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Weston Rotary Club’s Charity Golf Tournament

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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




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

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

District Conference promotion video, see at


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.

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.


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.  

The Annual Exmoor Challenge

The 2019 Rotary Club of Exmoor Challenge

 Supporting the Children’s Hospice South West

Sunday 14th April 2019

We are invited to take part in the 2019 Exmoor Challenge between Districts 1175 and 1200. Last year the event raised over £1000 with over 100 walkers competing.

Rotarians, their families, and friends from Rotary Districts 1175 and 1200 earn points for their District by completing either of two walks (4 miles or 8 miles).  The shield is currently held by District 1200 and has been for a while. The routes will be starting from Allerford Community Hall TA24 8HL from 0800 and passing through some of the most beautiful scenery on Exmoor.

Walkers over 18 pay an entry fee of £7. Walker’s under18 enter free, but an adult must accompany them. Dogs are welcome, owners must keep them under control. PROPER WALKING SHOES/BOOTS ARE ADVISED.

More details will be available during February with the routes, information and sponsorship forms available from the Exmoor Rotary web site. Meanwhile please register by e mail

Yours in Rotary, Paul Kingdom – Rotary Club of Exmoor

Concert Welsh Male Voice Choir

Saturday 2nd March 2019 at St Benedict’s Church Glastonbury

Proceeds from this event will go to EVAG (Emergency Volunteer Action Group Trust)

More about EVAG

EVAG is the group which formed during the District 1200 enormous programme to aid recovery for the victims of the 2014 floods and storms. In a word – Rotary & Inner Wheel excelled. The EVAG group is now working with the Civil Authorities, with whom we have specific agreements and training programmes, to plan our response to future civil emergencies.

Members of the EVAG team have attended in-depth debriefs of the disasters of the last year – the Manchester bomb, Grenfell, the Salisbury poisoning and Storm Emma.

A Grenfell report summary read ‘….The great British public demonstrated immense generosity, and local volunteers and members of the community stepped forward to support ….This was voluntary action at its best and most immediate….’

In the case of Storm Emma Rotary was congratulated by the County Council for our 100% response to every call. The EVAG Ops centre was activated and handled the requests for support.

Members of the EVAG team want to explain to Clubs what we have agreed with the Civil Authorities, to outline our role, and how we are organising for the next occasion on which we shall respond.

This is a call to Clubs – please include EVAG members in your list of speakers in the next Rotary year.   Contact: David Welch for more information  

Rotary Youth Projects

During the next few months District Finals will be held for the various youth projects which clubs participate in in our district.

These are the dates District, Regional and National Finals:

Young Photographer Dates
National Final: Deadline date: Saturday, 6th April 2019
Theme – ‘Beauty of Nature’


Young Chef Dates
District Final: Saturday 9th February 2019, Westfield Academy, Yeovil.
Regional Final: 30th March 2019 Venue: Exeter College
National Final: Saturday, 27th April 2019 Venue: Leeds City College, Printworks Campus, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JY


Youth Speaks Dates
District Final: 2nd March 2019 Venue: Kings of Wessex School, Cheddar
Regional Final: 30th March 2019 Venue: Queens College, Taunton.
National Final: Saturday, 12th May 2019 Venue: The Rotary Showcase, Nottingham


Young Writer Dates
National Final: 6th April 2019 (deadline date) Theme – ‘My Inspiration’



Young Musician Dates
District Final:  Sunday 24 March 2019   Venue:  Cheddar
Regional Final: Saturday 4th May 2019. Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex.
National Final: Saturday, 4th May 2019 Venue: Colchester Institute, Sheepen Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3LL

District Conference Golf Competition

This years annual District Golf Competition will be at Mendip Spring Golf Club on 12th October 2018.

Individual Stableford golf competition

Any Rotarian can take part in the Conference Golf Competition, but Conference Delegates and their parters can compete for the conference cup and ladies for the ladies trophy.  Those not registered at conference they can still play for the district individual trophy.

District 1200 Individual Golf Trophy ______  Any D 1200 Rotarian

Conference 2018 golf trophy             ______ Registered conference delegates

Conference 2018 Ladies trophy         ______ Female registered conference delegates

DATE:                               12th  October 2018

Venue:                            Mendip Spring Golf Club

Competition:                 Stableford.  Yellow or Red tee’s (ladies); Full handicap.

Cost :                                £22

Package :                        18 holes, Brinsea course. Food available at additional cost

Times:                              Arrival- 10 am; 1st Tee at 11 am

NB :  D 1200 Rotarians with a golf handicap are invited to enter the District                      Competition
Registered conference delegates only will be eligible for the conference trophy
Only one trophy may be won by any one player.
The trophy ranking is District, Conference, Ladies

Download your entry form here. 

Weston-super-Mare Rotary Dog Show

President Marian Barber presents £2,000 to Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary received by manager Sarah Schranz. Thank you to everybody who made it such a great day. See you next year, Saturday 11th May

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The car that will break the 1,000mph barrier

Find our more about the Bloodhound project at our District Conference 2018

You can find out more about the 2018 Conference on the District 1200 website.

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