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District Governor Stephen Lawes

District Governor Stephen Lawes

I know I have said this time and time again doesn’t time fly when you are enjoying yourself? It has now been nearly four months since I took office as District Governor, and I can honestly say that they have been four of the most enjoyable months of my life so far.

As I write these scribbles I have visited some 48 clubs at 44 venues, attended 6 charters and fronted one district conference, as well as running a number of meetings including one district council. It has been an honour to meet so many dedicated Rotarians as I have travelled around the district and also to learn of many of the projects that you are undertaking, it is truly amazing what you are all doing under the name of Rotary please keep up the good work.

I can inform you that District have agreed to allow the RC of Buxton to join us following their request earlier in the year, and I have written officially to RIBI giving our consent to the move. We now wait to hear that the proposal has been accepted in the new District they would have been joining. I will keep you informed.

As I mentioned above I was honoured to presided over the District Conference in Llandudno over the week-end of 3rd – 5th October. I wish to thank all those who attended for their support and from the feedback I have received I think we got the programme right for you all. It is difficult putting on events such as these and I wish to thank the team for all the hard work they put in. I was extremely disappointed that Andy Reed was taken ill on the Sunday morning but I can inform you all that I have received an e-mail advising that he is now fully recovered and that if possible he would like to come and visit the district sometime. I will keep you informed on any development.

Membership as we all know is key in our thoughts as we move through the year; I would urge you all to look at all avenues of potential members. We need as many older members as we do young the truth being we need a well-balanced new cadre of members which reflects the communities we serve. We also need to look at retaining as many members as possible and we should be asking ourselves why are people leaving our clubs, have we gone stale? do our programmes offer a good variety? I would like you to look at your membership honestly and say does it reflect what Rotary is all about and does it offer the opportunities to serve as our publicity tells them? Do we meet the four way test regarding membership? If you answer no then I urge you to look at where you are letting your community down and to look at addressing the balance, whether it be by age, race, ideology, colour or gender. If yes I thank you and ask you to keep looking for new members as well.

Finally keep up all the good work I am seeing as I travel around the District. Until my next scribble
YIR Steve

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District Foundation Seminar

District Foundation Seminar

Your District Foundation Committee would like to invite all District 1220 Rotarians to attend the 2014 Annual Foundation Seminar.

We have just completed our first year working under ‘The Foundation New Grants Model’ and we would like to update Clubs via Presentations of two successful Global Grant applications. The Club representatives themselves, will be giving the presentation of their Projects and the grants process ‘worts n all’ and what we have all learned, valuable knowledge. It promises to be a good night!

In addition, the District Foundation Grant Sub Committee Chairman John Moffatt will be giving an update on Grants Application this year. Also we will be introducing Dave Cook, our proposed first District Global Scholar, Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bakewell and wishes to study at Cape Town University, South Africa. He is a truly remarkable young man!

The Seminar is on Thursday 13th November 2014

7.00 for 7.30pm (no meal!)

at The Derbyshire Hotel (at Junction 28 M1)

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Kirkby prepares for End Polio week

Kirkby prepares for End Polio week

Kirkby ‘End Polio’ Week – October 19th to 26th

Kirkby Rotary Club and Ashfield District Council are co-operating to support World Polio Day on 24th October. Thanks to half a dozen club members who are in touch with other community organisations, such is the enthusiastic response that the whole week is now dedicated to the cause of helping finally to eradicate the disease from the world.

This is the programme, so far:
W/c Sun Oct 19 The following organisations sell badges during the week: ADC Urban Road reception desk and office and Northern Depot, Sutton; Ashwood, Forest Hill Methodist, St John’s, St Wilfrid’s and All Saints Annesley Churches; and Acacia Community Centre

Mon Oct 20 Annesley Primary School plant bulbs in Kingsway Park at 11 am.

Tue Oct 21 Kingsway Primary School plant at the Shoulder of Mutton site, 2 pm.

Wed Oct 22 Kingsway School’s Wear Purple Day including a short presentation to pupils at the assembly.

Fri Oct 24 Orchard Primary School plant crocus bulbs in Kingsway Park at around 10 am The school also have a Wear Purple Day. Greenwood Primary School have a Wear Purple Day, make purple cakes; do purple finger painting; from 10.30 am several classes have a short presentation from Rotarian Mike Lee. ADC Urban Road office staff have a Wear Purple Day Kirkby Rotary badge-selling at Morrisons Supermarket, 10 till 4

ADC will supply the bulbs and Kirkby Rotary Club the badges: we have ordered 17 boxes of badges (50 per box).

At all the bulb planting sessions on the Tuesday and Friday we are expecting hierarchy from ADC and KRC to attend and give short speeches.

ADC and KRC are organising publicity, centring on the co-operation between ADC, Rotary and the schools, churches, etc and featuring the bulb plantings. All the above events will be photographed, if possible. Media invited to selected events. Featured daily on ADC social networking media and website.

Two plaques will be located one at each of the two sites, bearing a suitable inscription, and will be installed in the spring when the crocuses are in flower, so making a second publicity story. Funded by ADC

Ron Walker

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Church Wilne 9th Annual Horse Ride

Once again the weather was kind to us, in fact with the lack of recent rain the fields were quite hard under hoof but the horses appeared to have no problems. As usual the local farmers deserve a big thank you for letting us form a ride through an area not usually available to the public.

In all 222 horses rode the course of which 64 entered on the day and we were pleased to have 72 marshals which contributed to the smooth running of the event. £148 was collected in buckets at the car park and £130 came from sales at the Beer tent.
All proceeds, £8,000 in total, will go to the Children’s and Derbyshire Air Ambulance split 50/50.



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Boost for three local charities

Boost for three local charities

Car Show 2Record proceeds from a Classic Car and Bike Show held at Renishaw Hall last June have now been shared out between three worthy local charities. The annual event, organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield, this year raised over £7,000 resulting in healthy donations of £2,350 each being made to Ashgate Hospice, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Chesterfield Rotary president John Roberts presented the cheques at a special ceremony held at the Olde House, Newbold, on Friday 12 September to representative of the three charities. Also in attendance was Tony Cordin, group operations director of Autoworld, the charity event’s main sponsor.

Main organiser, past president Stuart Bradley said: “There was a record turnout for the 2014 event which means Rotary this year is able to make another significant donation to these three deserving local charities.”

He added: “Renishaw Hall is the perfect venue for this annual charitable event which we have run successfully for several years, raising thousands of pounds in support of these important local charities.”

Ester Price from Ashgate Hospice reported that even more patients were being cared for and a new £1 million appeal was due to be launched in October. The aim is to raise funds to cover a £250,000 a year budget deficit for the next two years, and £500k needed for urgent building maintenance work on the original grade II listed building, which is believed to date back to 1674.

Helen Mower from Bluebell Wood reported that the donation would fund one month of children’s activities in the messy play room; a room which is bursting with fun, games, arts and crafts, painting, and sensory play with activity coordinators.

Lucy King from Weston Park reported that the Cancer Hospital Charity was this year celebrating its 20th anniversary and was thankful to the many supporters who had helped raise over £16 million in that time. Weston Park is a leading centre for pioneering cancer research, treatment and care that provides vital services for the 60,000 cancer patients in this region.

President John Roberts presents cheques (from l to r) to Lucy King, community fundraiser for Weston Park Cancer Charity, Helen Mower, head of fundraising for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, and Ester Preston, director of fundraising and marketing for Ashgate Hospice. Also pictured past president Stuart Bradley (left) and Tony Cordon of Autoworld

President John Roberts presents cheques (from l to r) to Lucy King, community fundraiser for Weston Park Cancer Charity, Helen Mower, head of fundraising for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, and Ester Preston, director of fundraising and marketing for Ashgate Hospice. Also pictured past president Stuart Bradley (left) and Tony Cordon of Autoworld

The main sponsor of this charity event is Autoworld, one of the leading New and Used Car dealerships in Derbyshire and the Midlands. Other sponsors include:- CMC Motorcycles, PCS Motor Factors, Noble Motorsport, BRM Solicitors, Stuart Bradley Jewellers.

The date has been fixed for next year when the Classic Car & Bike Show will once again be held at Renishaw Hall on Wednesday 10 June 2015.

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Conference Programme and Early Bird

Conference Programme and Early Bird

There is still time to Register

Conference Registration at £40 has been extended to September 15th
Gala Dinner Booking closes on 10th September
This is your Conference, so be there for fun, friendship and to build your knowledge and enthusiasm for OUR ROTARY


The District Conference programme is now available. See below.

Download (PDF, 116KB)

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