Category Archives: Governor’s Blog

DG Blog 1st July 2021

 

Today marks the start of the new Rotary Year, which I would like to start by congratulating Rory for leading us through the pandemic in support of communities at home and further afield.

I am looking forward to facing the challenge of leading our District through the challenges of coming out of lockdown.  For those I am yet to meet in person, I am a member of Yeovil Rotary and a local Consultant Paediatrician. My wife, Katalin is an Emergency Medicine Consultant and we have a five year old daughter, Charlotte.

Club members are the most important part of Rotary and we are here to serve you, as a District. If there is anything we can do to support clubs, we shall do our very best to help.

We have a history of which we can be proud. Two of our Clubs are celebrating their centenaries this year, Weston-super-Mare and Bath; a magnificent testimony to the legacy which Rotary is leaving in our local area and beyond.


Looking forward to the year ahead, I would be very grateful if you could consider supporting Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), or your local children’s hospice, as my chosen charity for the year ahead. I would also be very grateful if you could support ‘The Green Canopy’, a U.K. wide tree planting initiative to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year. Peter Renshaw from Taunton Rotary shall be telling us more about this initiative in the months to come.

Rotary International President, Shekhar Mehta, has emphasised the importance of service in our communities as his theme for the year ahead. I know that this is a theme that resonates with many of us. He has asked that we have ‘Rotary Days of Service’ where clubs join with neighbouring clubs, involving the local community in service. Other key themes at a global level are the Environment (a new Area of Focus in the Rotary Foundation), the education of children (particularly girls) and growing Rotary.

District Governor Nominee (DGN) is leading a programme to reintroduce Rotaract to our District. I am sure we all agree that this will bring new energy and ideas to our organisation and help build Rotary further in our District.

With regard to International projects in our District, congratulations to Guy Parkinson in Frome Selwood for swift action, co-ordinating the District response in support of the COVID related emergency in Nepal. District Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFCC) for Nepal, Ranjeev Shrestha has thanked out District for its rapid response. Yinka Osoba (Yeovil) is leading a project with Global Sight Solutions (formerly the Guildford Eye Project) to equip an Eye Hospital in Nigeria. Dot Cretney (Frome Town) is leading a project for books to be sent to Malawi.

In closing, on behalf of the District, I would like to congratulate Mike Webb (from Mendip Rotary on stepping down as Vice-Chair of The Rotary Foundation), who has been awarded the Rotary ‘Distinguished Service Award’ by Ravi Ravindran, Chair of Trustees of The Rotary Foundation. Well done, Mike for being awarded this most prestigious honour.

I plan to update you through this Blog on a monthly basis. The best of luck for the year ahead to you all.

Warm wishes,

Michael Fernando

District Governor, District 1200

 

DG Blog 29th June 2021

‘And now the end is near…. I did it my way’

Well, as they say, all good things come to an end. Despite it being a most difficult year, I have greatly enjoyed meeting almost all of the clubs and, individually, their presidents, albeit virtually, and hope that I can catch up with many of you at Michael’s conference later this year on the weekend of 16th October I can sympathise with the club presidents in particular having to adapt their approach to their year, and perhaps not having the chance to deliver on the ideas and initiatives they must have had planned for their clubs. However, I have been impressed with how so many clubs have not only continued their meetings and supported each other during this pandemic, but have risen to the challenges and continued vital project work – and found innovative ways of fundraising. Well done to all of you for working through this challenging year. We were all focused on growing Rotary, but this has proved to be a hurdle because of the extreme circumstances.

There have been several highlights for me this year.  

‘Staying Alive’

Firstly, seeing the determination and resilience of clubs and their Rotarians to continue with community service and fundraising despite the difficulties.  I am especially proud of the 200 plus Rotarians and families who volunteered to help out at vaccination centres. Without this infrastructure support from Rotary, I am honestly doubtful that some of the clinics would have run so efficiently. This initiative showcased Rotary at its best, and in many areas, Rotarians are already being asked to be ready for any autumn vaccination roll-out. 

‘Please Release Me…’

District business:

And it was a pleasure to be able to release much needed funds from district reserves and persuade General Council to agree with my proposed amendment to maintain District Grant funding at the previous year level rather than reduce it. I felt very strongly that it was right to do so. 

I must also thank my District team, all drawn from clubs who are prepared to give that extra service supporting District and service to the clubs. I will say this – I know that some in the Clubs are sceptical about – some even hostile to – District’s existence. However, without people stepping up to take on these roles, and without District in some form or other, then we would lose the valuable resources that clubs can tap into.

You probably all know by now that we had an amazing virtual conference, well-attended (thank you to those of you who supported it and spent a day in front of the computer!) and, I’m pleased to say, under budget, yet free to all. There is no doubt that virtual meetings will continue to play a part in the ordinary business of clubs going forward as we strive to make efficiencies, reduce costs and improve our carbon footprint. A special thanks to my club, Taunton Vale, and my stalwart and dedicated conference committee, without whom it would not have taken place, as has been the case with many Districts this year. And let’s not forget that the poor souls on my committee ended up organising TWO conferences! Our original face-to-face event which had to be cancelled, then taking on the challenge of the first virtual conference. I lost count of how many committee meetings we had to have in the end because of our ‘double act’. Though I believe our chairman kept count. Don’t forget to read the article about our conference on the Rotary website and remember that on the conference website, https://district1200.com which remains in situ as a legacy product, there are downloadable resources for you to use in your meetings.

This year we have also created a Membership Task Force, and under the Chairmanship of incoming DG Michael, strengthened our Public Image Team in order to support club efforts to grow Rotary. On that subject, following the introduction of the Global Hub, we have started the creation of a Passport Club. I believe that Passport Clubs are without doubt part of the way forward for Rotary. They are certainly not created as a threat to ‘traditional’ Rotary – rather, they create another conduit by which interested parties can be a Rotarian, but deciding how and when they want to carry out Rotary activities. And in taking this route, new Rotarians will learn about the work which already goes on in the district and be a resource to support existing clubs in projects, if they wish. Well done, Penny Underwood, for driving this forward, and with the help of White Knight Marketing and my wife Julie, all are busily engaged in its structure and the website creation. Watch this space! 

Another innovation of which I am proud is the inter District (3 and 4 District) district meetings which took place this year – long may they continue.

‘Young People are the Future’

On youth, I am pleased to report success in the Young Musician in the Regional (South and South West) Final of RYM. Ellen Steward and Amelie Lloyd (both from Taunton Club) were first and second respectively in the vocalist class, whilst Daisy Hickson (clarinet) of Minehead was third in the instrumental class, so three of the four D1200 candidates were placed and did us proud. Sadly, the National Final has been cancelled this year so that’s the end of the 2021 competition. This must be a disappointment to the participants, but they should all feel proud of their regional achievements, and I firmly believe that this is a key part of Rotary’s role – to encourage young people in projects or contests which acknowledge and develop their skills and confidence. 

‘A Question of Honour’

By the way, I was honoured by my own club last night with a Paul Harris Fellowship – what a way to end a very memorable Rotary year.

 ‘What a wonderful world’ 

I wish my successor Michael (who I am sure will be a wonderful DG), and all of you, all the best for the forthcoming year, and I thank you for your support. So many of you stepped up to the plate when, for example, we made a call-out for help with the virtual conference on the day. It was wonderful to see volunteers from a wide range of clubs offer their time and skills in a situation new to most of us. Again, that epitomises the friendship and willingness of many Rotarians to be involved in so many different ways. 

‘Be my Wife’

Lastly, a very special thanks to my wife Julie, who as a former GSE student has known Rotary longer than I have, whom I met because of Rotary, and who has been a tremendous support in my Rotary journey and especially this last year and in planning and delivering the conference. And, though it’s probably not the done thing for a DG to say, would have made a better DG in my view! 

Best wishes

Rory O’Donnell

PS – those who watched the conference will know that we used songs to introduce the speakers. Michael, for example, just had to have a famous Abba song attributed to him! So, in order to end a different year for a DG in a different way, I’ve used song titles as sub-headings for my final blog. I wonder how many of you spotted that? Or how many of you know the performers?! (Another example of how our virtual world and search engines can come into play!)

Answers: Frank Sinatra; Bee Gees; Engelbert Humperdinck; The Good Ones; Sarah Brightman; David Bowie

DG Blog May 2021

DIARY DATE: DISTRICT ASSEMBLY – 22nd MAY

I write this blog following my last District Executive meeting as your District Governor, and the next forum is Assembly – one of the most important events of the year where the incoming team set out their plans for the year ahead. Please join the event and learn how Michael and his team plan to move Rotary forward as we emerge from restrictions.

INDIA and NEPAL

Our hearts go out to the people in these countries who are suffering appallingly from covid and the lack of available hospital beds and oxygen concentrators. I know that funds are constrained but even a little goes a long way when combined with the gifting from all the clubs. Please consider helping.

INNOVATION IN FROME

I had a great opportunity on Saturday to visit the Rotary shop in Frome. What a fantastic venture – and I am aware that other clubs have also taken shops – more recently, Chippenham.

The one in Frome is a collaborative effort by the three Rotary clubs there and on Saturday it was manned by Becky and her team from Frome Town with Dot Cretney presiding over activity. (And Dot and the team have a huge amount of experience to share with other clubs around what works well and what doesn’t.) There was a vibrant atmosphere in the shop which is spacious and airy and made for a pleasant covid-compliant browsing experience. Takings were approx. £600 by lunchtime, and not only is the activity raising significant funds for Rotary, but also promoting public awareness of Rotary in Frome. Anyway, I came away with some antique kitchen scales, a towel rail, board game and brand-new jigsaw, all for a worthy donation of £40. A bargain, Becky and Dot assured me! What a great way to raise funds to support the calls for financial assistance in our communities and internationally.

PASSPORT TO ROTARY

While at the Frome shop, I met with Penny Underwood and we discussed Global Hub and Passport Club. Global Hub is a Rotary club in itself, and my wife Julie and Penny are finding the online version of Rotary to be interesting and worthwhile as an alternative approach to being a ‘traditional’ Rotarian. It can be used to incubate clubs ‘in the making’, just as satellites with traditional clubs, which can either remain a useful ‘arm’ of existing clubs or develop into independent clubs and charter. Flexibility is the way forward – finding models that suit the aspirations of potential Rotarians as well as existing ones. It is a sad fact that several of the people leaving Rotary have only been members for less than three years which shows that we have not got it right yet, but I know that there is great enthusiasm for pursuing more flexible ways of conducting Rotary (whilst respecting the existing formula which suits many more) and I look forward to seeing how this innovation progresses in our district.

DISTRICT VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Our conference committee wanted to ensure that conference had a legacy and the conference website  (rebranded Rotary Showcase) https://district1200.co.uk  contains, in the various zones, many useful video presentations on the projects that Rotary supports and helpful material in the membership zone on Rotakids, Interact, Rotaract and joining Rotary. There is useful material for a club meeting, whether face-to-face or virtual – many presentations could be used in lieu of a speaker. We hope that in years to come, others will add to this online resource.

My wife Julie was asked to write an article about the issues encountered in holding a virtual conference and it is featured in the online version of the Rotary Magazine – fame for district 1200!! You’ll find the article here:

Don’t let the flame of the Rotary conference fade – Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (rotarygbi.org)

In my virtual meetings with clubs since the conference, I’ve remarked that ‘it was our first, and hopefully our last’, virtual conference. However, some Rotarians have rightly challenged me on this, and what I should clarify is that hopefully it was our first enforced virtual conference – because the feedback about preferences for the future format is worth noting. 14% would actually prefer a virtual conference; 27% a blended (face-to-face plus virtual) conference; 14% would like a weekend conference; 25% a one-day event. (Other responses included ‘no preference’ and ‘a two-day virtual conference’.)

It was pleasing to note that the Volunteer Expo (previously National Conference), which was a very professional event, deliberately set out to be outward-facing – just as our own conference was. In terms of value for money, I passionately believe that we should be using conference to showcase to non-Rotarians the work that we carry out.              

GRANTS

Through your generosity Stan Jones was able to submit the Yeovil District Hospital Breast Cancer Unit application. That is two Global Grants approved in this year, in our district.

Dorset County Hospital Chemotherapy Department, medical equipment £46,342

Yeovil District Hospital Breast Cancer Unit, Ultra-Sound Scanner £70,310

Once again this is testament to the work of Rotarians across our district – and two very worthy causes.

DG Blog 21 April 2021

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY… (I’ll bet you’re already singing an Abba song?)

As you know we voted recently to release £750 of district reserves to each club in the district to do with whatever each club wishes. When considering the use to which clubs will put the money, please spare a thought for the previously nominated district charity Yeovil Hospital Breast Cancer Unit (contact Stan Jones) and our own Rotary charity, Foundation, which, following the interruption of fundraising due to the pandemic, is desperately short of funds. 

JAB’ – BERRING ABOUT THE HUBS 

Our conference film-maker Glen Wayman of Highwayman Films stitched together a significant number of random i-phone videos to create a 2-minute cameo showing the great work that we, as Rotarians, are doing to support the biggest project in the UK in the current year – the vaccination of the whole population against Covid-19. And over 200 Rotarians, friends and family in our district alone going out in all weathers to help. Glen’s wizardry produced a professional film which can be shared on zoom and is a great recruiting tool for volunteers considering joining Rotary. Do consider using Glen’s services – he is extremely good value for money and in his early 20’s is a film-maker just starting out, deserving of our support. I make no apologies for saying this and by the way, we are not personally connected to him in any way other than having discovered his services, and wanting to see a local young man succeed. (And, of course, trying to persuade him to join Rotary!) 

A VIRTUAL SUCCESS 

We delivered it – YAY! 

The virtual conference was without a doubt intensive and complicated to organise, with what transpired to be a bigger workload than in a face-to-face environment. A challenge, to say the least. But the virtual world offered us an opportunity to engage with a wide range of non-Rotarians and Rotarians who would not normally attend conference, alongside our stalwarts. So, we took it!

Live chat and evaluation feedback was overwhelmingly positive. And what of our outcomes? Here are the headlines – more detail on request: 

It had a commendable carbon footprint – no-one had to travel, and they could watch in their PJs without judgement (unless decorated with fluffy animal print!). 380 registrations, 98% attended; 16% were non-Rotarians, 7 people were in the ‘Join Rotary’ breakout room, with 13 others providing email addresses to find out more – so a key objective was achieved. 30% said more than 1 person viewed the conference with them – 1 person reported 5 at the screen; 2% were under 18 (potential Rotakids?); 86% said they planned to watch part of the conference again afterwards (on our legacy website https://district1200.co.uk which has additional content of presentations and Rotary showcases – and had 200 users whilst the conference was in full swing); 85% of the Rotarians said they were likely to show a presentation from our website or YouTube channel at a club meeting. As for a future format,  14% would prefer a virtual conference, 27% a blended (face-to-face plus virtual) approach, 25% a one-day event, 14% a weekend, and 20% with no preference.  

Mentoring and support for Simeon has been offered, and we are aware of several promising networking links established. We have also benefited from extensive press coverage leading up to and after the event, keeping Rotary in the public eye. Finally, the cost. Despite the conference being free the total cost came in significantly under budget which I know will please the District Treasurer.

I can’t thank the Taunton Vale conference committee and chair Richard Goring enough for their stalwart support in such difficult circumstances, including having to arrange a conference twice over, and many other Rotarians across the district who stepped up to the plate and became speakers’ friends, amongst other roles, on the day. I won’t name you all individually in case I miss out anyone. But you know who you are, and I am truly grateful to you all for your help and support. And also, credit to Rotarians in district 1150 in Wales, who stood by all day to take over in case we all went down with Covid-19, or Somerset imploded, or all our wi-fi went down.  

‘Made me proud to be a Rotarian.’ ‘It re-invigorated my interest in Rotary.’ ‘As a visitor, it opened my eyes to the reach of Rotary.’ ‘The live Q and As were a bonus – when they take place, rarely, at a traditional conference, it takes ages with a roving mic.’ And from one of our initial committee members: ‘I didn’t think you could or should do it. I was wrong.’ ‘The conference you gave us on Saturday was a real gift, not only because it was a great day, but also because you have taken us forward to a new place where we know a virtual conference is possible and beneficial.’  Just some of the dozens of positive comments we received.   

So please refer to the website and the interesting presentations in the various zones – they can all be shared in club meetings and provide valuable reference content. Within your zoom meetings, the host can visit the website, click on one of the presentations, and share their screen to play it at your meetings. Make sure you select ‘share sound’ bottom left of the share screen tab. Or visit the district’s YouTube channel if you have any problems accessing them on the website. Much of the content of the conference day itself will be there. (Minus Eddie the Eagle I’m afraid – as they say, if you snooze, you lose! If you didn’t join us on the day, you missed a treat.) We have had so many post-conference requests to view Simeon’s presentation that he has now agreed we can share his session within our website, so do log on to it to view it again or share with others.  

Due to issues with breakout rooms over lunch (those pesky internet gremlins weren’t taking a lunchbreak!) and competing presentations, some charities in the friendship zone did not get access to as many visitors as they might. I would encourage clubs to please consider contacting the various charity representatives who gave up their time to be with us in the breakout rooms on the day, to arrange speaker evenings over the coming months. A list is noted below with contact details (widely shared so not breaking GDPR!): 

Stand Against Violence     Dave Urwin     d.urwin@sav-ed.co.uk

Purple Community Fund    Jane Walker    jane@p-c-f.org

Aquabox                             Roger Cassidy cassidy.roger@gmail.com

Bibic                                   Pip Buckley     Philippa.buckley@bibic.org.uk

Young people’s Trust for the Environment  Peter Littlewood  peter.littlewood@ypte.org.uk

Hidden Needs Trust            Rachel Goodfellow  hnt.sen@btinternet.com

Go Create                            Liz Hutchin        liz@gocreate.org.uk

District 1200 Ugandan Water Project  Cate Whitewood  cate5@btopenworld.com

Somerset Wildlife Trust branch Kate Wilson Kate.Wilson@somersetwildlife.org

FACE THE MUSIC! 

24th April – save the date! District Final – Young Musician Competition. 

From the comfort of your own home without having to drive anywhere, watch these talented local youngsters perform – then see if you agree with the judges. Better than Britain’s Got Talent! 

VOLUNTEER EXPO  7th & 8th MAY 

Don’t forget to register for this free event which celebrates the work of volunteer organisations, is packed full of content, and has some amazing speakers. For those of you who missed Simeon Moore’s powerful presentation at our own conference, you can catch up with him again as he will be a keynote speaker. (But which district found him first…?!) 

LEAN ISN’T MEAN: ROTARY ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING 21ST MAY 

There is a proposal by General Council to create a new board structure, having received the full support of the current year DG group. Imagine running a company where the directors serve for a year then retire at the end of the year with a replacement set of directors? There is no continuity and the incoming directors spend the first few weeks scratching their heads, trying to find out what is going on, and having to deal with proposals brought forward from their predecessors whilst trying to understand the rationale. That’s what we have in Rotary in GB&I! The proposal is for the creation of a leaner board structure where people have a 3-year term and I believe that it makes sense. 

There are no changes proposed to the districts and clubs and so for the average Rotarian there will be no perceived change. I urge you please to support the proposal. Any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me. 

PASSPORT TO ROTARY 

Our successful inter-district collaboration over presentations on a wide range of topics continues. We recently had a very successful 4-district joint seminar on Friday 19th March and it was impressive to see how several young Rotarians formed a passport club, and in conjunction with established clubs, successfully completed several big projects within a short timescale. This underlines that there are now many different ways in which people can engage as Rotarians and that they are not in conflict with each other, but complementary, and do please contact Penny Underwood in the District Secretariat team for more details about passport clubs. She speaks so well about them that I’m sure she could also be persuaded to present, and answer your questions, at one of your club meetings…! 

DG Blog 16th March 2021

At the weekend I hosted my penultimate District Forum as DG (and the next one will be Michael Fernando’s Assembly)  strange to think that my year is coming to an end without being able to meet any of you face-to-face, but then we’ve all had that problem and I feel for your club presidents, too, in the same boat.   I was delighted with the virtual attendance, though, with over 100 people who managed to get on – a couple having to wait for some space, for which I apologise. If anyone tried to attend and couldn’t get in, we do have it recorded and can send that to you. The licence is capped at 100, and I think it will need to be increased for future meetings as I suspect on-line meetings may continue into the future, out of necessity or indeed choice.

Useful information

A few key points arising – Penny Underwood gave a very useful and positive overview of the Rotary Global Hub.
Ric Canham highlighted the useful resources there are in My Rotary, when you are considering how to attract new members….

Vicki Davies of Bathavon raised the issue of joint presidents not being recognised by RIGB&I and the difficulties around, eg, recording entries of both post-holders on the club website, and President Tom Griffin advised that this was because a joint role is not recognised by RI. I have to say I agree wholeheartedly with Vickie – that this is such a mixed message, and that RI should acknowledge this as a positive step forward and modernise their thinking on it. Until I come to the end of my DG tenure I will lobby RIGB&I to address this with RI, and Michael Fernando, the next DG, has committed to do the same.

Suggestions around promoting the Rotary message included from Frome and Wellington clubs who have already/are going to host a pop-up shop jointly in their respective town, to showcase Rotary. Surely a useful idea especially with so many empty shops nowadays, and as lockdown eases.

A Rotarian identified that his local leisure centre had a poly-pocket inside every locker door, and gained agreement to put in them a leaflet about Rotary and the opportunity for people to continue to volunteer in their communities.  A stimmy for the clubs (a new pandemic-coined word I have learned!).  And he also advised attendees that there is no planned increase in subscriptions this year and that a proposal to reduce grants to District was withdrawn. (which I confess I’m delighted to have successfully contributed to).

Michael Fernando invited vice-presidents and presidents elect to join his Whatsapp group in future, as it was highlighted this can help incoming post-holders discuss common issues.


COUNTDOWN to conference

As I write this, it is UNDER 2 weeks to the day until the District Conference. We’re on countdown and we have passed 300 registrations! I hope you’ve picked up on some of the marketing which is actively being pushed out, including several facebook and twitter posts.   Again a reminder – please let us know if you see or hear any of the press coverage.   Or if you have personal contacts in any of the media channels local to you, please feel free to send them the press release provided below. You can also use the photos on your own websites/facebook pages as they are royalty-free, having been taken by us during filming.    We are tracking the analytics of website visits and after each facebook post or press release there has been a spike in interest.

(And by the way, for admin reasons we are now promoting a cut-off point for registrations for the conference by lunchtime on Thursday 25th.)

Teenage gang culture

As you know, we’ve already done some filming with Eddie the Eagle, and last Sunday we also did filming (covid and film-industry compliant of course with relevant permissions) with Simeon Moore up in Birmingham. He gave us a totally candid account of his life of serious crime, but is now passionate about mentoring young people including through his rap music and youtube channel. I’m sure you will have some interesting questions to ask him at the live Q and A on March 27th.

Once again, do encourage non-Rotarians to join in, as well as your colleagues in your club, and after the event there will be material released on the conference website https://district1200.co.uk for you to view at your leisure (though not Simeon’s or Eddie’s sessions), and to use as tools to help recruitment, or for interest at your own Rotary meetings.

 


Press Release:

An Olympian and a T Rex? A pairing to help attract more volunteers to join Rotary.

An Olympic ski jumper and a dinosaur will be among the highlights of a push to attract more members to Rotary.

Click here to download the full Press Release

 

District Governor’s Blog

Rotary Day

On 23rd February 1905, Rotary International was founded by Chicago-based lawyer, Paul Harris. This year, ‘Rotary Day’ will celebrate 116 years of our incredible organisation! 
During that time, Rotary has united people in a common purpose – making connections and making a difference.

That ethos is happening right now in District 1200 in a variety of ways. Despite the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have found ways to stay connected and serve our communities when they need us most.

In particular I am most grateful for the wonderful support for the vaccination project given by volunteers helping at vaccination hubs. I do realise that many of us have been unable to help because they themselves are at risk but nevertheless it looks like approx 200 Rotarians and partners have been volunteering in the District and while still awaiting a response from some of my fellow DGs I have counted at least one thousand from just a few Districts.

Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland President, Tom Griffin, has recorded a special Rotary Day message, which I encourage you to watch here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AdS1oUp8CQ

Days such as Rotary Day are a wonderful opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all the members in our District for your continued dedication and commitment to Rotary. Our impact truly does start with you.

I hope that those hosting events or activities today have a great time. Rotary Day is also a great opportunity to promote what you’re doing in the community. There are a number of resources available for clubs – social media posts, graphics and a press release template can be downloaded here – http://www.rotarygbi.org/rd2021

Conference 27th March

Registrations are coming in mainly from Rotarians so please remember to spread the word among your non – Rotarian friends and colleagues. Watch out for the social media on District Facebook and Circa 1200 and if you have not already registered please remember to do so. I promise you a fun and interesting day.

Rory O’Donnell

THINK ALL ZOOMS ARE A ‘BORE-OSAURUS’ NOWADAYS?

Then think again – meet our Tyrannosaurus!

 



Blood and gore will delight (some!) adults and budding palaeontologists alike. (Phew – do you know how many times it took to type that correctly?)

Caring for our World

Up to 2000 extinctions still occur annually: let’s look at the causation of the loss of animals who will sadly never roam our world again.
(Though we may feel grateful we’re not face-to-face with flesh-eating dinosaurs.)

Film-maker Paul Wooding brings you his totally unique T REX AUTOPSY. Do you have the stomach for it?

Join our Rotary District 1200 Virtual Conference on Sat March 27th. Free of charge but booking essential.

http://district1200.co.uk

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Caring for our World: 2020 District 1200 Rotary Conference

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Caring for our World – book now

NASA’s Perseverance lands on Mars lake – sources of water explored.


MARS: 1
Africa: 0

But Rotary helps many countries score in sourcing water.

Funding/practical help eg WASH water/sanitation/hygiene/Shelterbox/Aquabox/Water Survival Box/Shelterbox/Busoga Trust in Uganda.

Check into Project & Friendship Zones, District 1200 Virtual Conference, March 27. https://district1200.co.uk

#busogatrust#countdowntoMars#Rotary#WASH#shelterbox#watersurvivalbox#aquabox

Rotarians – you’re a knowledgeable group of people – but did you know that the world’s best coffee should be eaten with a spoon?

No, we didn’t believe Rory’s excuse either! But you might learn the truth about coffee from ‘Mr Miles’ in the Entertainment Zone of our District 1200 Virtual Conference.

And you could WIN​ a luxury Mr Miles Tea Rooms hamper https://www.mr-miles.co.uk/ – just for attending virtually. (Ts & Cs apply)

Mr Miles Tea and Coffee – Tea & Coffee, Shop, Taunton, Somerset, Devon, Avon – Mr Miles Tea Rooms, Tea and Coffee

Mr Miles is a hark back to traditional english tearooms, when time was taken to enjoy a good cup of tea. Mr Miles is a Taunton based Coffee Shop.
http://www.mr-miles.co.uk

 

Join our Rotary District 1200 Virtual Conference, Sat March 27th. Free of charge, but booking essential.     Register now!

“Don’t be the product of your environment – let your environment be the product of you.”

Think drug crime isn’t going on under your nose? Well, it’s not just in city centres…

 

Meet Simeon Moore, the ex-gun-carrying, drug-dealing gang member who turned around his life and now dedicates his time to trying to prevent young people following in his previous footsteps.

Through his music, poetry and YouTube channel DatsTV he is on a mission to steer others away from what he sees as glamorised violence in our media and arts.


“Don’t be the product of your environment – let your environment be the product of you.” Simeon Moore


What inspired Simeon to leave behind his old life? What has he had to overcome? What’s his plan for the future?

Lessons to be learned – and a must-see for young people, parents, teachers, any youth worker, and Rotarians alike.

You must have some burning questions for this young man – you have a unique opportunity to ask him, live, on Saturday March 27th.

Rotary District 1200 Virtual Conference – 100% free-of-charge to attend.

Caring for our World: 2020 District 1200 Rotary Conference

http://district1200.co.uk

Booking essential. Please do share this post and invite others, including non-Rotarians, to attend.

 

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