District Governor's Newsletter - September 2018

Setember is Basic Education and Literacy Month

DG Dave writes

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month, so I would particularly like to commend all those Clubs who support Education & Literacy projects either at home or abroad. Whether it be working with Schoolreaders UK helping to develop the reading skills of Primary School Children, distributing Usborne Dictionaries for Life or helping to support Childrens’ education in third world Countries by providing Libraries or funding secondary education to those that cannot afford it.

During August I have visited the Clubs of Newport Pagnell, Luton North, Hoddesdon, Aylesbury Hundreds and Dunstable Downs as well as attending Hitchin Tilehouse to listen to our Rotary GB&I President Debbie Hodge.  There was also the International Seminar at Tilsworth, several meetings of the various District Committees and we popped over to Dunstable to see their School Uniform project in action.  We saw lots of antique Fords at Royston’s Kite and Car Festival and the Classic Car Shows organised by Luton Someries and Potters Bar!

September kicked off with Biggleswade Ivel’s 18th Charter Celebration and is proving to be equally exciting with visits to Luton Chiltern, Amersham, Bedford’s 95th Charter celebration, the opening of Horatio’s Garden at Stoke Mandeville and my first District Council Meeting being in charge. Further visits to Hemel Hempstead, Flitwick Vale, St Albans Verulamium, Ampthill, Luton Someries and Hertford Shires are all planned together with Baldock’s 65th Charter celebration, Race Night with MK Watling, District Bowls competition and the MK Satellite’s East meets West Dinner.

I would like to take this opportunity to mention the crocus planting taking place at Stoke Mandeville on 24th October on World Polio Day and ask Clubs to contribute £10 towards the cost and for those nearby Clubs to help with the planting.  We are applying for an In-District Global Grant for a Fibroscanner used to detect Liver damage.  The scanner provides a quick and painless way of assessing liver health, in many cases replacing a painful liver biopsy operation. If Clubs would like to contribute towards this please contact myself or Paul Denton.

There are a number of workshops happening over the next few months, the first of which is Setting up a Facebook Page on 27th September at the Novotel, Stevenage. Please contact Jenny Muir if you are interested.

Please continue supporting Education and Literacy Projects wherever they may be and continue to Be The Inspiration.

Dave Ford
District Governor

Conferene 2019 Update

Registration is now open, you can download the Registration Form from the Conference Website:-


Here is a short video from DG Dave about the 2019 Conference

Paul Manning
Conference Chair

World Polio Day 2018 – Social media posts

These are draft social media posts written to help you and your club celebrate World Polio Day 2018 on 24th October. Posts have been put into different topics, with the publication channel (Facebook or Twitter) indicated.

The links we’re providing should automatically generate an image when shared, one of the perks of our new site! Where there is a membership-related call to action, you may wish to add any necessary information tailored to your club, such as your club website.

The key hashtags to use are #WorldPolioDay, #EndPolio, #Purple4Polio and #PeopleOfAction.

On Rotary’s role

Facebook: Did you know that Rotary has spearheaded the campaign to eradicate polio around the world for over 30 years? Find out more about Rotary’s pioneering contribution to this global health effort: https://www.rotarygbi.org/our-causes/end-polio-now/

Twitter: For over 30 years, Rotary has been spearheading the global effort to #endpolio around the world. https://www.rotarygbi.org/our-causes/end-polio-now/#PeopleOfAction #WorldPolioDay

 On progress to date

Facebook: Since Rotary pledged to rid the world of polio, the number of global cases has fallen by 99.99% and the number of endemic countries dropping from 125 to just 3. Help us finish the job. https://www.rotarygbi.org/join/

Twitter: Rotary has helped reduce the number of polio cases worldwide by 99.99%. We are on the brink one of the greatest public health achievements in history. https://www.rotarygbi.org/join/ #PeopleOfAction #WorldPolioDay #endpolio

On the future

Facebook: With just 22 cases of polio worldwide in 2017, Rotary and our partners are on the brink of eradicating just the second human disease in history. Get involved and support history in the making. https://www.rotarygbi.org/join/

Twitter: With just 22 cases of polio in 2017, Rotary and our partners are on the brink of eradicating just the second human disease in history. https://www.rotarygbi.org/join/#PeopleOfAction #endpolio #WorldPolioDay

On World Polio Day 

Facebook: Today is #WorldPolioDay, where we unite with volunteers around the world to celebrate being on the brink of eradicating polio forever. Find out more about polio at https://www.rotarygbi.org/our-causes/end-polio-now/

Twitter: Today is #WorldPolioDay, where we unite with volunteers around the world to celebrate being on the brink of eradicating polio forever. #endpolio #PeopleOfAction https://www.rotarygbi.org/our-causes/end-polio-now/

On local efforts

Facebook: Our club [insert club name if you wish] has been supporting Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign for [X] years and this year we are/have [insert information on club activities / club website].

Twitter: We have supported @EndPolioNow for [X] years, and in 2018 we are/have [insert information on club activities / club website].

On using the polio story to increase membership

Facebook: Together, we step up to the world’s biggest challenges, such as eradicating polio forever. Through Rotary, you can volunteer your time and talents to make history and change the world. Get involved today at https://www.rotarygbi.org/join/

Twitter: Together, we step up to the world’s biggest challenges, including eradicating polio. Rotary gives you the platform to change the world. Get involved today: https://www.rotarygbi.org/join/#PeopleOfAction #endpolio #WorldPolioDay


Youth Competitions

Rotarians - Posters, Information Packs, Entry Forms and Certificates are now available for all the Youth Competiions.  Please check the Youth Section in the Members Only area of this site.

Global Scholars

Rotarians - meet our four new scholars.  Please check the Foundation Section in the Members Only area of this ite.


The Rotary Club of Luton Someries collects biscuit wrappers, cream cracker, trigger grips from cleaning liquid bottles, foreign coins, ball point pens and felt tip pens.
To date they have raised over £3000 for these items which would otherwise have gone to landfill.
They signed up to a company called Terracycle.co.uk who up-cycle non-recyclable items for re-use as things like watering cans and garden chairs, which saves them polluting landfill sites.

For recent news around the Distirict visit the Club News Section
For upcoming Events, check out the District Calendar

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