District 1200 Rotary Youth Showcase

6th July 2019 at Stanchester Acadamy, Stoke sub Hamdon

Doors open 9.30am – Showcase 10.30am to 12.30am

Do come along and support this inspirational showcase of the young talent in our District.




Weston Rotary Club’s Charity Golf Tournament

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Chelwood Bridge awards a Paul Harris Fellow

At the Presidents night dinner on Tuesday the 18th of June Douglas Nash outgoing President of Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club presented The Paul Harris Fellow Award  to Mike Hedges. On presenting the award Douglas said that the commitment to Rotary from Mike on a District and Local level unrivalled. To get a flavour of what that commitment looks like he read out the following positions this year’s  award winner had held  

In District 1200

Membership Chairman 2014/15

Assistant Governor  2015/16 – 2016/17 – 2017/18

District Membership Attraction and Engagement Chair – 2012/13 – 13/14 – 14/15

District Trainer  –  2018/19 

Leadership, Development   – 2018/19

In Chelwood Bridge

Club President  2010/11 

Community Services Committee Chair  218/19

Club Membership Chair 2017/18 – 2018/19

Instrumental in the formation of the Cam Valley Satellite Club 2018/19

President Elect for – 2018/19

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Douglas finished by saying “It is with great pleasure that on behalf of Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club I present the Paul Harris Fellow Award to Mike Hedges.  

Chelwood Bridge Big Breakfast 2019

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Postcard from Hamburg Convention

Convention Headlines

* More than 26,000 registrants representing 3,605 Rotary clubs in 170 countries

* Rotary commits US$102 million this year to end polio

* Hamburg gains €24 million in tourism revenue

* First German, Holger Knaack, nominated to serve as RI president in 2020

* 35 speeches and 98 breakout sessions

* 334 exhibit booths of which 200 featured Rotary humanitarian projects


All the Convention videos can be found at


My top picks:

Chris Wells – Rotaract and DOGOODERY –
Watch this if you only have time for one

Steve Farber – Extreme leadership

Daniel Flynn – ThankYou

John Hewko, General Secretary, told the Convention that recent research found that Rotarians give 45 m volunteer hours worth $850m each year.


Did you know about the large number of Fellowships that exist within Rotary?


Midsummer Madness and Handover

I hope to see you all on the 29 June at School-in-a-bag premises for the handover party.


District Assembly May 2019

Dear all,

For those of you who were unable to attend, the following gives an extract of the District Assembly held at Bath & West Showground on the 18 May 2019 and links to some of the content.

The meeting started with Stewart asking Mike Webb, Vice Chair of the Rotary Foundation Trustees to present several awards. The first of these was one of only four Polio Free World Awards to Keith Barnard-Jones in recognition of his work in the pursuit of the eradication of Polio. Hugo Pike was presented with a Sapphire Paul Harris for his work in establishing and building Water Survival Box.  There were also awards for clubs that had contributed the most in Annual Dues and towards Polio Eradication.


Rotary Connects the World.


The Assembly started with an edited video of Mark Maloney RI President Elect explaining the objectives of his year and the theme “Rotary Connects the World” which can be see here in full https://vimeopro.com/rotary/2019-international-assembly/video/310884339




Donna Wallbank the RIBI President Elect then spoke about the how the association needs to change to ensure survival. She also spoke about some initiatives including Mental Health, the Environment and Loneliness.


The District 5 Year Strategic Plan was reviewed.


My Aspirations were then tabled:

  • Grow Rotary by starting new clubs including Rotaract
  • Educate Club Rotarians about “wider” Rotary
  • Increase the use of MyRotary
  • Drag our District into the 21st Century
  • Celebrate what the clubs are doing
  • District Projects – International and Home
  • Continue the fight to End Polio



The District Support Team was then introduced. There are several new faces for 2019-20 including Chrissie Bailey as District Secretary, Bruce Bailey and David Price as Assistant Governors, David Perkins – Foundation, Rupert Cox who will lead the Humanitarian Service Team, Martin Carter – Youth.

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Dates for your Diary

Public Image – A short video on how to improve your Club website.  For help with public image and social media contact Martin & Sarah Holley.

Membership (Satellites & Moving Rotary Forward) – Ric Canham outlined the objective of forming new clubs.

Youth (RYLA video & Rotakids) – Wendy Grassby. For more details contact Martin Carter and John Mander (RYLA)

 Shelterbox how to position with secondary schools – for more details contact Hugh Deed

Foundation (Educating members, Incoming Global Grants) – Tony Quinn.  For more details contact David Perkins

Polio + video by Carl Chinnery (not shown due to time constraints) See here https://vimeopro.com/rotary/2019-international-assembly/video/310884954

Humanitarian Service – Rupert Cox. Looking to celebrate what the clubs are doing and supporting their efforts. Special emphasis on Loneliness, Mental Health and the Environment.

Compliance – Video by Amanda Watkin (not shown due to time constraints) See here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2Wb-AfJ2LM#action

District Conference promotion video, see at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sZAs7VX9sM&feature=youtu.be


District Theme for 2019-20


PRESENTATION – Yeovil Hospital Breast Care Unit Stewart Cursley and Caroline Osborne. A project for which we are hoping to obtain a global grant. https://yeovilhospital.co.uk/get-involved/support-us-yeovil-hospital-charity/breast-cancer-unit-appeal/

Stewart Cursley – summing up and thanking the 2018-19 Team for all their efforts

 I hope to see you all at Mid-Summer Madness party and Handover on 29 June at School in a Bag premises.


Caerphilly Male Voice Choir in Frome

Frome Rotary invites you to a Chairty Concert

Saturday 15th June at 7:30 pm in the Frome Memorial Theatre
With an “Afterglow” in the Assembly Rooms


Tickets £12.50 available at the box office 01373 462795 or online at http://www.fmt.website

Proceeds to The Spinal Injuries Association and Josh Payne-Gover

Midsomer Madness Party

The social highlight of this Rotary year is the Midsummer Madness Party organised by District 1200

Rotarians, their families and friends are all invited to join us for a night of ‘Midsummer Madness’ on Saturday 29 June at 7 P.M. in Chilthorne Domer, to mark the Rotary and Inner Wheel District Handover. We are having a buffet, cider van and live music!

The event is being hosted by Luke Simon (Founder/CEO of ‘School in a Bag’) in Home Farm, Chilthorne Domer. The Rotary Club of Weymouth is bringing their legendary Cider Van. We shall also have live music!

Please come if you can; all are welcome. Tickets cost only £12 (see flyer for payment details and venue location). Children can come at half price. The event is also raising funds for School in a Bag and other Rotary supported charities.

Click here to download the form to purchase your ticket.  

Gin Fest at Midsomer Norton

Come and join us for a weekend festival of gin, cider, delicious food and live music ‪from 31st May to ‪1st June‬‬ at The Somer Centre in Midsomer Norton.


There are three sessions, so buy a ticket for one, or all of them! Tickets are only available online and in advance. There are no tickets available on the door.

Friday Evening 7.30pm to 11.30pm

Saturday Afternoon 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Saturday Evening 7.30pm to 11.30pm

All weekend you can look forward to trying an outstanding selection of craft and small batch UK gins, all perfectly garnished and served by the fantastic Peculiar Gin Company. There will be a collection of craft ciders for you to try also.

Classic Car Run 19th May 2019

Calne Rotary invite you to join their Classic Car Run




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