DGs Blog 16 March 2020

District Forum Saturday 21 March.

As you will have seen, we have decided to cancel the face to face meeting at Stanchester Academy and hold the meeting via Zoom instead. To join the meeting on Saturday please click the following link https://zoom.us/j/8184662099. If you do not have the necessary technology, you can join by telephone by dialling 02030512874 and then entering the meeting reference 8184662099#.

Whilst there is currently no advice from the Government to cancel meetings, because our members are mainly in the “at risk” group several clubs are deciding to cancel meetings for the new few weeks. In the absence direct Governmental advice to cancel meetings it really up to each club to decide what they wish to do but in the circumstances it is probably sensible to cancel meetings for the time being. In any case attendance is likely to be down as individuals make their own decisions.


Loneliness.

We should make every effort to maintain contact with our members and our communities without taking any unnecessary health risks and we can of course do this via telephone and the various video conferencing applications that are available to us. Zoom is an application that allows online meetings of up to 100 attendees for up to 40 minutes for free. Download the free app from https://www.zoom.us


Volunteer Expo and National Youth Finals.

RGBI has decided to postpone the Expo until next year and this years national Youth Finals have been cancelled.


District 1090.

Jill and I spent a very enjoyable weekend at District 1090, Thames Valley, Conference at Newbury Racecourse where we heard some excellent speakers including Geoff Mackey and Steve Brown ex captain of GB wheelchair rugby team and now Countryfile presenter.


Wessex Youth Education classrooms.

Margaret Gilmour, the president of Frome, has written to let me know that the whole fleet of 9 Wessex Youth Education classrooms need refurbishment at a cost for each classroom of £12000. The educational units (In effect fully equipped caravans) move around our district working with local schools in educating children between the ages of 3 and 13. Using electronic and visual equipment they explain the importance of looking after your body in healthy eating, lifestyle and the drawbacks in abuse of alcohol and drugs (age related materials are of course applied). Wiltshire clubs have already agreed to fund one classroom and the Frome Club is hoping with the help of clubs in the district to do the same. For more information contact Margaret or visit http://www.lifeeducationwessex.org.uk.

Best wishes, Dennis

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