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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.

What is EVAG?

YOUR District 1200 group which plans for Rotarians & Inner Wheelers to aid the Civic Authorities – EVAG – has received a message of Congratulations from the Somerset County Council Emergency planners – because we responded to every request during Storm Emma.

Emergency Volunteer Action Group

EVAG is a derivative of the enormous aid efforts when we helped our those who were so badly affected by the flooding on the Somerset Levels in 2014 – YOU AND INNER WHEEL assisted householders and managed warehouses.

The organising group formed ourselves into EVAG – THE GROUP WHICH PLANS FOR ASSISTANCE IN THE FUTURE – in any number of types of emergency.

We plan, train, and we serve on the planning groups of the 3 County Councils – Somerset, Wiltshire & Dorset.

EVAG and Storm Emma

EVAG volunteers assisting during storm Emma

YOU have always responded to our calls. During Storm Emma we set up our 24hr response centre. Every time we received a call we called out to YOU and we never had to call twice – we found volunteers within 30 minutes each time; we notified the authorities and they said –‘Thank you. GO!’ YOU then set out to achieve the Mission. 100% success.

What does ‘EVAG’ stand for? How does it work? Who are they? How can YOU become involved?

Well, we want to explain & inform…and the best means is to come to YOUR Clubs to give a talk.   Please invite us!

Download our list of speakers who are ready, willing and able….

BreatheRotary – enter now

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland are giving two lucky winners, chosen at random from entries received, a copy of the DVD and a family ticket (for 2 adults and up to 4 children)  to visit the splendid Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, where some of BREATHE was filmed. 

This inspirational and highly emotional celebration of bravery and human possibility follows the life of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) and his wife Diana (Claire Foy), an adventurous and determined couple who refuse to give up when Robin contracts polio and is given just months to live. Against all advice, Diana brings him home from hospital where her devotion and witty determination transcends his disability. This movie, directed by Andy Serkis, was produced by Rotary Purple4Polio Ambassador Jonathan Cavendish and is based on the true story of his own parents.

How do I enter?

  • By email – Put BreatheRotary in the subject line and in the body of the email include one positive comment  about the Rotary End Polio Now campaign, your name and email address and send it to; or
  • By Facebook  – simply like a post that interests you on the @EndPolioGBI Facebook page and post a positive comment about the Rotary End Polio Now campaign and ensure you add #BreatheRotary; or
  • By Twitter – Quote tweet a post that you like from @RotaryGBI and include #BreatheRotary and a positive comment about the Rotary End Polio Now campaign in your tweet.

Closing date 22nd April 2018 at 11.59pm

Visit for opening dates and times, ticket valid till Sunday 30th September 2018.

This prize draw is open to all residents of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Gibraltar, Channel Islands and Isle of Man aged 18 years old and over 

Winners will be notified using the same communication means the entrants used to submit their entry

This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.

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Growing Rotary knows no borders

This is a District 1200 Satellite club – in Wales!!

Rotary Voices

Inauguration evening in Pentyrch, Wales, 6 February 2018.

By Tony Quinn, Rotary Coordinator 

Recently, I attended a memorable event, the inauguration of a 15-member satellite club, Garth, in South Wales District 1150. What is unique about this satellite is that it is being hosted by my own club of Chelwood Bridge, which is in District 1200. How is that so?

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District 1200 Conference 13th October 2018

Have you got this date in your diary?

This years conference is at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Bristol South.
This boutique-style hotel was originally known as Cadbury House.

Download an application form here to book your ticket

This year Earth Hour is on Saturday 24th March 2018 from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm

 We all have a responsibility to look after our planet – reducing the amount of plastic we use and send to landfill is one way of working towards this aim

Earth Hour, More on the Tree Planting Challenge, Reduce your Energy Costs & Reduce your Carbon Footprint, Plastic Waste, Environmental Education

Download the full Rotary GBI newsletter here 

Dorchester Resident wins prestigious Rotary award

Each year Rotary clubs are invited to nominate someone who they believe deserves to receive the Rotary Champions of Change Awards, and we are delighted to announce that Molly Rennie of Dorchester has been awarded one of the seven Community Champions Awards for 2017-18.

Molly, is a Dorchester resident who has worked tirelessly in Dorchester for over 30 years, and over the last decade her most influential role in the community has been to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse.    She was nominated by Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary for her tireless work with the victims of Domestic Abuse, which started with the Dorchester Women’s’ Refuge which she chaired during its formative years and for which she has raised thousands of pounds.

Molly identified that victims of domestic abuse, both male and female, were poorly supported and set about doing something to resolve this significant community problem.

Her achievements in raising the profile of the campaign against Domestic Abuse are an example to all, she has been truly inspirational in driving forward the campaign, firstly by ensuring that the refuge became a reality and then ensuring it has the funds to run and continue its excellent work. In recent times Molly has become proactive in obtaining materials to educate and support children and young people who have witnessed domestic abuse.

Molly’s determination to raise the subject across the community has been paying off, with victims empowered to escape their situations, reflected by a refuge sadly always full.  Molly has firmly established refuges, halfway houses, education programmes and community support networks for victims of domestic abuse.

Molly Rennie is one of those people who really does go that extra mile; her commitment and dedication to the campaign against Domestic Abuse is truly inspirational.   But her work extends far beyond this one important subject. As a town and district councillor she has striven to integrate their work within their communities and as a force for good she has forged bonds between different parts of the community, old, young, in need or those who just want to celebrate our town. 

Molly will receive her award at The 2017/18 Rotary Champions of Change Awards Event which will take place at Cardiff City Hall in May 2018.

Rotary Foundation Peace Studies

Clubs in District 1200 are invited to nominate suitable candidates

Contact Brian Hellin for further informtion

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