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New 1220 District Governor Keep ROTARY ‘Staying Alert’

Doctor Jill Bethell MBE takes over as District 1220 Governor in July. The retired doctor will lead the team ensuring Rotary has fresh vigour to be ‘alert’ to the needs of communities throughout the East Midland and South Yorkshire.  

During and beyond the covid-19 pandemic, 67 local Rotary groups have continued to support by uniting and take action in our communities and beyond. A regional foodbank supply scheme is now in operation and a number of grants have been made to schools, individuals and organisations making PPE for hospitals and care centres. Rotary International have given $20million to support foodbanks worldwide.

President of Rotary International 20-21 during her training in San Diego USA earlier this year prior to the Covid-19 pandemic

Retired Dronfield GP Jill said, “Many lessons have and are being learned during this pandemic. As COVID-19 changes the way we live so it changes how Rotary operates and what we do. Let’s all turn our challenges into stepping stones to success in different ways than we’ve previously enjoyed.”

Jill, a Londoner by birth, trained in Sheffield and has spent many years in Dronfield and is privileged to be very much part of the Community. Jill, with others, started the Welcome Club on Tuesdays in memory of her father who had multiple sclerosis; the Cardio Club for those with heart problems – often Jills’ Friday evening surgeries were busy with men from 50-70 years,  who had had heart attacks, needing to “touchbase” and check out their concerns. Dronfield’s keen, vibrant St John Ambulance Unit invited Jill to be President; Dronfield Guides to be their Ambassador and a Church Warden for 5 years. Jill and husband Tony were both very honoured to receive MBEs at the same time in 2011, for Services to the Community of Dronfield.

Jill will lead Rotary as it develops through Covid-19 with greater use of technology such as video conference meetings and Rotary E clubs where members do much work online.

Jill said, “Rotary needs to keep alert to present very difficult and different circumstances. We need to modernise and move on in the 21st century with younger members enabling Rotary to help address community needs both during and after this pandemic.”

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Community Save a Life Campaign

WIN A DEFIBRILLATOR FOR YOUR COMMUNITY !!

All Clubs:

Please let DG Cheryle know by Feb 14th how many of your Club Members have done the Free Online Life Saving Skills Course.

The Club with the highest Percentage of Club Members completed will win a Defibrillator for their Community.

The Course is Free and only takes about 40 Mins to complete. You can even do it in Stages of 10 Mins.

Just go onto the following Website www.virtual-college.co.uk/prepared.

Together we can “Be the Inspiration” to Save Lives.

Tell you Families, Friends, Schools and Community Groups and encourage them to do the Course.

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Steve’s Scribbles June 2015

District Governor Stephen Lawes

District Governor Stephen Lawes

The wheels of time have revolved endlessly and here we are just a few days away from the end of this Rotary Year. I have been honoured and delighted to have served you as District Governor for D1220 this past year.

I would like to start this last newsletter by saying how delighted I have been to see an overall positive growth in membership over the year as at the beginning of the month, we are about 28 more than when we started the year, sadly with our age demographics we have said a sad goodbye to around 15 members over the months as they have moved to higher service. We are still, however loosing too many members for reasons such as disinterest, no stimulation, energies not matched by club, dissatisfaction with club, and a number who fail to give a reason. We must continue to ask ourselves are we actually doing enough to keep these people within our clubs, if not then we must ask ourselves what are we going to do to change, for if we cannot keep our membership how can we be expected to attract new younger members. I have during the past twelve month advocated that we must change, if we are to survive as an organisation. I continue to urge you all to look at how you could make your clubs a more attractive proposition. We can do all this, and still keep many of our traditions. On a more positive note I am delighted that we will end the year not only in positive growth, but also we are looking forward to being joined by four new clubs, Buxton, from the old 1050 District, and Abbeydale, Sheffield and Doncaster St Leger from 1270. I know that these clubs will bring new projects for us to share. Please welcome them into the fold of D1220 and show them they are joining a great District.

I have also been extremely impressed with all the hard work and projects that are being undertaken, throughout the District. Many of these projects have been augmented with district grants and this brings me onto Foundation. If there is any one area that has saddened me this year, it is the amount of foundation giving, I was delighted to hear that 15 clubs had given the full amount that I had suggested at the start of this year, however, many clubs have not given so much and our total giving is down considerably, both to the general fund and to polio plus. All I will say is that foundation is our own Charity and I believe in the old adage that charity begins at home. It may not be the most popular charity with membership but it is our own and it is through Foundation that we are able to accomplish many of our fine achievements. I also know that many have been disappointed to learn that we are now being charged a levy, but this is only 5% or 5p in the pound to administer the fund. This is still one of the smallest amounts for administration costs for any charity throughout the world. I will end talking about foundation by reminding you all that it is not spiting foundation or the trustees if we do not give, it is those less fortunate than ourselves who will suffer. Less money equals less grants, an inability to fund students, and an inability to fund vocational training teams. I urge you all to reconsider your giving. Rotary only asks that you contribute 100 dollars a year per Rotarian, or approximately £60 a year at current exchange rates, just over £1.15 a week, less than a pint or glass of wine.

Moving onto International I have been moved in recent week to the response by all clubs to the recent disaster in Nepal, clubs undertook the challenge rapidly and through our contacts within Nepal we have been able to send aid and assistance direct to where it is needed. A very big thank you for all your efforts in this area. I can inform you that through your donations to Shelterbox, Aquabox, street collections and club donations we have sent as a District over £40,000. Well done to you all. That aside I have also been amazed at the work you are carrying out overseas, please keep up this excellent job, you have all certainly shined a light in many communities throughout the world.

I would also like to thank the members of the District Team for all their hard work, guidance and advice they have given me over the year, it has been greatly received. To those of the team who are leaving their posts this year I extend a special thank you on behalf of myself and my predecessors, for all the hard work you have given to District over the years. I wish you well for the future. At this point I will mention one in particular and that is Pauline Johnston who is handing over the reins of District Secretary, Pauline has been District Secretary for 5 years and has come to the end of her tenure in post, she has also dedicated 18 years to District in one capacity or another and her knowledge and experience will be sadly missed. Finally,

I thank you all for being such wonderful hosts when I and Jan have visited your clubs and attended your events. The warmth of welcome that has been shown to us both has been truly outstanding. We hope we have represented you well, as we have followed the theme of Light Up Rotary. I know that through your work you have lit many a flame, and the light of Rotary now shines brighter in many communities both at home and abroad. Please keep up the excellent work and keep those flames alight as to light the path for the new year. I look forward to seeing many of you at District Handover on the 28th June when we will induct the incoming DG, my friend Dr Roger Summers.

Again I thank you for giving me the honour of being your District Governor these past 12 months.

Yours in Rotary

Steve

Steve Lawes, District Governor 2014-2015

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Steve’s Scribbles

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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Steve’s Scribbles

District Governor Stephen Lawes

District Governor Stephen Lawes

Well another Rotary year has started and the wheel keeps on turning.  It has been two weeks since IPDG Peter handed the chain across at a District Handover, and I was honoured to take up the mantle for this coming year.

Since then I have been busy with Official and Informal Club visits, I have already met many of the hard working Rotarians of the District, and I have heard about the many projects that they intend to undertake.  I have been accompanied by members of my home club who have acted as duty driver and I hope that they too will see the wider picture of Rotary within D1220.

I believe that communications is the key to success and to this extent it is my intention to write a short newsletter each month which will be enhanced by “The Blog” so that everyone in the District can learn what is going on and to see the antics of the DG.

We face some great challenges both this year and in the future, the biggest of which is the declining membership within Rotary.  How we do this will not be easy, and I urge you all to try and look at ways of ensuring the name of Rotary will be as strong as ever in D1220 in the future. I would also like to emphasise that the District Team is not there to dictate, we are there to help and assist where ever we can.  Sometimes the message to clubs from district can seem autocratic, however on many occasions we are only relaying instructions from RI and RIBI. I personally wish to get away from the image that has built up over the years of us and them; we are, after all, Rotarians just trying to serve.

Finally, I would like to remind you about Conference which will be held on the week-end of 3rd to 5th October in Llandudno.  The team have been working hard to put together a very good programme for your entertainment.  There is an excellent web page on Conference with information on what is happening and with a link to electronic registration should you wish to do so.  Jan and I look forward to seeing you all there.

Have a good year of Fellowship and Fun as we ‘Light Up Rotary’ in D1220.

 

Steve

District Governor 2014-15

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DG Peter’s Musings – January 2014

The Rotary year just flies by, seven months already, all going by in a blur!

I have now had the pleasure of visiting 56 Clubs and been a Guest at 20 Charters. I would like to thank you all on behalf of Carol & myself for your friendly welcome and hospitality. It is interesting to visit places that were to me only names in our District Directory.  I was warned by other members of the District Team to be wary of venturing to some of them in the cold dark nights of winter as they were well into “Bandit Country”!!

In fact the visits were so rewarding, your enthusiasm, which is palpable when you speak about your plans for Projects, some in train or even already completed this year makes me so proud to be part of this Rotary District, especially so as your District Governor.

Knowing we were going to meet so many new people during the year was as you can imagine a bit daunting to contemplate but everywhere we have felt true Rotary Fellowship, please forgive me though when we meet again if I cannot recall your name instantly, thank goodness for name tags!

You will recall I spoke during my Club visits about changes I wanted to introduce to District Council.

At the first of the Council meetings this year, held in mid September, in spite of all the efforts of those behind (and in front) of the scenes it was a far from a polished professional performance. Reports received after the second Council in December indicated a significant improvement even if one of the ‘Star’ turns was unable to attend. I am of course talking about the presentation of the Derby Mercia Clubs Schools Project, “Raspberry Pi”.

I am delighted to say this presentation has been rescheduled for the Council Meeting on 25th March. I do hope all Clubs will send a good contingent to hear this talk plus a number of other subjects we plan to cover in interesting ways during the evening. We also have moved this meeting to a new and different venue, as near the centre of gravity of the District as we can get. The Derbyshire Hotel, located just off Junction 28 of the M1 to the east along the A38.

I hope you all had a good Christmas break, and are fully refreshed for whatever rigours the remainder of this Rotary Year throws at us.

Carol & I were hosts to our traditional family get together. We all had a really lovely time together. How Carol copes with all the planning, shopping and organising for the whole family and preparing wonderful meals at home always amazes me, all that on top of supporting me as well is quite frankly astonishing. Before anyone else says it, yes I know, payback time is coming!!

Till the next newsletter, keep warm and dry!

 

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