The 2019 Big Give Christmas Challenge


Once again we have applied for the Christmas Challenge where donations may be doubled or more.

At this stage we have agreed to seek pledges of £10000 and if we are successful in getting to the next stage we will be able to double that with matched funding.

Firstly however we need to accumulate £10000 in pledges by the end of  August. We will learn if we have been successful by October.

Pledges can be made here only    

but will not be called upon until January if we are successful.

Please share this with contacts and friends to help Water Survival Box continue its good work.

We look forward to your support

Tony Quinn



DG Blog 5th August 2019

Volunteer Expo

The RIBI Assembly has changed, instead of being a conference for Rotarians it is now a free outward-looking event open to everyone interested in volunteering.  It will also incorporate the finals of our young competitions. It will take place from 1 to 3 May 2020 at the NEC Birmingham. Further details are available from the website

Youth Competitions

Details of this year’s Youth Competitions have now been released. Details


Last week I reported that Weymouth had managed to recruit seven new members.  I asked Joe Swindell, the President what their secret was.  I attach part of his response as ideas that we could all use.

“Over the past 12 months or so we have also started eating out at various restaurants around town for one of our monthly meetings, rather than always at our base of Pilgrim House.  These evenings have proven to be very popular and Rotarians are encouraged to bring guests along to these social nights. Not only does it get the club seen in public a little more but it’s also a good way to get people interested and introduce the club to them in a very informal, friendly and potentially less ‘overbearing’ manner.

As the club continues to be pro-active around the town – not least with the Fayre in the square – we’ve been using the local media outlets more and more to spread the word and in fact have attracted one new member from the local paper and one from the local radio station in the process!!!

I think basically it is about keeping the club active and in the public eye.  If people see us ‘doing good stuff’ around the town – and enjoying it at the same time – they will be interested in what we are doing and hopefully join us.”

District Team

I am pleased to announce that Penny Underwood has been appointed as District Environment Lead.  She is passionate about finding ways that we can improve sustainability and start to clean up the planet.

We still have a vacancy on the District team for somebody to head up our International projects. If you are interested contact me or Rupert Cox.

Ilminster Golf Day

I was due to play in the Ilminster Charity Golf Day which was unfortunately postpone due to the threat of thunder. Is has been rescheduled for 27 August, tee times bookable with the pro shop at Cricket St. Thomas Golf Club.

Adopt a Path

Somerset County Council are looking for volunteer groups to Adopt a Path. Details from This might be a suitable project for a new satellite club.


Next January will be the last chance to do Polio Drops before India switches to Injectables. If you are interested in going to help visit the Rotary Club of TajMahal Facebook page for more details



RotaKids supporting their local community

RotaKids gives children aged 7-12 the opportunities to have fun and make a difference.

Discover Rotary’s programmes for young people at:


DG Blog 29th July 2019

Youth Videos.

Our new Youth videos which had a great reception at the Youth Showcase have now been loaded onto YouTube and can be accessed as follows RYLA and Breakthrough


This week I visited Taunton Vale, currently the largest club in the District, that meets at the County Cricket Ground.  They have just started a Satellite Breakfast Business Networking club – now there is an idea.

My visit to Wrington Vale coincided with the Presentation Evening for their Young Artist Competition that attracted over eighty entrants. They now meet at Barley Wood which has a superb view from the dining room.


Yeovil Hospital Breast Care Unit

Pauline Bland is putting on a “GinDig” for the Breast Care Unit. The ticket price is £10 with £5 to the charity and the rest for a burger and salad. Tickets from Pauline on  Or from the pub.


Well done to the following clubs on their recruitment of 21 new members

Bathavon 3, Burnham-on-Sea 3, Chelwood Bridge 1, Crewkerne District 1, Dorchester Poundbury 1, Frome 1, Island & Royal Manor of Portland 1, Midsomer Norton & Radstock 1, Taunton Vale 1,Wellington 1, Weymouth 7.

Do not forget to apply for a membership development grant for your club to help with recruitment activities.

District Forum 14 September

Your feedback has been listened to and the format of the next Forum is changing to give precedence to networking and breakout groups.

District Conference 11-13 October

Only ten weeks to go, so if you want a room in the hotel book soon. I do not think it has anything to do with helicopter manufacturing, but the hotel has changed its name to the snappy “Leonardo Royal Grand Harbour Hotel”.



Fund Raising for the Imagine Rotary Holiday

Continuing the success Devizes Rotary have had in providing the hot food for the Imagine Cruising team over the past 3 years, last Saturday we did the same again at a party hosted at Craig and Vicki Collingwood’s house. The theme of the meal this year was Tex Mex, and we were delighted that their two sons, George & particularly Edward, were there to lend a helping hand setting up the equipment and preparing the food. Thanks a lot fellas!

The money raised at the event will be put towards a week’s holiday next year for a deserving family at the Rotary bungalow in New Milton. In recognition of this, we’ll be naming it the Imagine Rotary Holiday. Thanks again to all the crew at Imagine Cruising for helping to make this happen.

For more ‘photos click HERE to take a look at the Devizes Rotary Blog site.

Mendip Male Voice Choir

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Embracing Rotary’s flexibility for working members

Meet the working members of Frome Town Rotary, who are embracing Rotary’s flexibility to give back to their community.

By embracing Rotary’s flexibility, working members of a new Rotary group in Frome are giving back to their community.

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£3,000 raised for charity by Devizes Rotary at the 2019 Devizes Beer Festival

The 20th Devizes CAMRA Beer Festival took part on Saturday 6th July, and once again Devizes Rotary were invited to provide hot food for the hungry festival goers. Over 20 Rotarians and friends were joined by members of Devizes Lions to serve over 500 burgers, 800 sausages, and four huge pans of chilli. Veggie burgers and a vegan chilli were also on offer, and this year plastic cutlery and polystyrene containers were replaced by recyclable and sustainable alternatives.

A great day was had by all, and we are delighted to say that our efforts raised just under £3,000 local charities.

Devizes Community Area Health & Well Being Day hosted by Devizes Rotary

62 organisations, offering everything from fitness fun to advice on how to keep your home more secure, were out in force in Devizes on Saturday 14th June. The Devizes Community Area Health and Well Being Day, organised by Devizes Rotary with support from the Devizes Area Board, brought together a wide range of activities. Many of them were aimed at older people but there was also plenty on offer for younger people who were drawn to The Green despite severe showers throughout the morning.

Before the event opened refreshments were made available to the exhibitors and demonstrators by volunteers from WCIL and St James’ Church, then Devizes Rotary took over providing a great mixture of hot food and drinks. All the profits raised have been donated to 3 local charities, namely the Devizes Monday Club, Market Lavington Tuesday Club and Bromham & Rowde Tuesday Club.

For more information and pictures from the event go to


Unpacking Social Enterprise

Rotary Social Innovation, a brand new concept of Rotary is promoting social enterprises to build sustainable communities and tackle some of society’s biggest issues.

Check out a brand new concept of Rotary that is promoting social enterprises to build sustainability in our communities.

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