DG Blog January 2023

Hi all, I’m back! After a too long break for Covid and Christmas let’s get the new year going!

Firstly, thanks to all of you for everything achieved in 2022, 2023 looks to be even better. I’ve read lots of reports from many clubs about all your Christmas activities, I’ve loved reading them all and there have been some great images, let’s make sure we use these stories to share our achievements and also to encourage others to join our clubs.

The situation in Ukraine seems no better but the response from our district has been magnificent and so far and we’ve helped hundreds of Ukranian families to settle into life here in D1200. Sadly, the funds from Foundation which supported these families has now been used up but in true Rotary spirit, we have now started to raise funds to purchase generators which are desperately needed as the power infrastructure in Ukraine seems to have been specifically targeted. We have also been involved with ensuring the supply of drinking water and guided a three-district project to install a large water purifier as well as the supply of water filter systems from our own Water Survival Box team! Essential shelters have also been funded. Sadly, it appears we will be called upon for some time yet but we mustn’t weaken, helping those in immediate need is at the core of Rotary…

As we settle into our new ways of working following the Covid pandemic, it has become apparent that some clubs are embracing a new way of working, a new way of meeting and a new way of reaching out, some clubs have returned to pre-Covid routines and are being very successful in re-establishing their impact in their locality – whichever your club has done, it’s encouraging to see an active and successful district. Under the RI pilot programme which is now 6 months into its’ 5 year schedule, new and innovative ways of working are being tried and some clubs are exploring new ways of looking at succession and how it can help find our future club leaders – if you’re interested in trying something new, speak to your AG!

As spring returns once more, it would be wonderful if we could all publish pictures of our ever-growing crocus displays, please send them to me with your club name and location of them and we’ll put a great story together!

Thank you all for everything you’ve achieved so far – let’s be even bigger and better in 2023!

Ric Canham PHF

District Governor


A NEW year!

As 2022 draws to a close, there is a tendency to spend our time looking back – certainly, there was a lot to look back at in the year gone by. We lost our dear Queen Elizabeth II. We saw the rise of conflict in mainland Europe. We watch as Covid re-emerges in China. We saw three prime ministers. We lost many great and loved figures. There are many things, both good and bad, to look back at…

But the New Year is a time to look forward, to imagine how we can make the world a safer and better place; we need to have a ‘Why Not?’ attitude and look forward to all that we can achieve in 2023 and then do it!

In the new spirit of Rotary and the fresh ways we can release ourselves, we can be so much more to so many more people. We can talk confidently to new generations, and so new members, safe in the knowledge that we can find a Rotary model that suits them and their lifestyles. We have almost no barriers to stop us achieving what we all want – a Rotary fit for the 21st century, a Rotary that will not only survive, but thrive and grow!

The New Year is a time for looking forward, for looking forward to what we can do, not looking back at what happened.

I do not make New Year resolutions, instead I have New Year ambitions; my ambition is to end my year as your District Governor on the 30th June, with a district – and so Rotary – that is stronger, better prepared, and so able to achieve so much more!

My thoughts and best wishes go to each and every one of you and you families, and I look forward greatly to helping you make Rotary the best it’s ever been!

Ric Canham

District Governor

Rotary International District 1200

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