Disaster Appeals

The weather is causing lots of hardship at the moment.  Below are some of the International appeals happening right now.

Hurricane Harvey

Dear Rotarians,

As I am sure you all know, many of the cites along the Gulf Coast of the United States have been devastated by category 4 Hurricane Harvey with winds of over 130 miles an hour and over 50 inches of rain. It’s the heaviest storm on record anywhere in the U.S. outside Hawaii and it is still raining.

This severe rainfall has caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. Cities like Rockport, Texas have been completely destroyed. The Greater Houston area with a population of over 6.5 million people (the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States) has had over 3.7 million people leave the region in the evacuation effort. Others remained trapped inside their homes, as entire neighborhoods were submerged.

Hurricane Harvey is predicted to be the costliest natural disaster in the history of the U.S., with a damage cost exceeding Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. AccuWeather predicts that the damage cost will hit $160 billion.

Earlier this morning, Presidential Aide Don Mebus and Past RI Director Greg Podd hosted a strategy conference call with governors from Districts 5930, 5840, 5890, 5910 and 6200 in Texas and Louisiana to develop a cohesive response.

A Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund (DAF) has been established by Greg Podd and President-Elect Barry Rassin through The Rotary Foundation to collect relief contributions. Don and Greg are working with leaders from the affected districts to create a process for disbursing DAF funds to their respective district foundations or local 501c3 organizations to support local relief efforts.

If you would like to help please go to the following link:

If you would like to make a contribution by credit card please go to the following link:

The Name of the DAF (Donor Advised Fund) is The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund. The Account Number of the DAF (Donor Advised Fund) is 608

ShelterBox, Rotary’s partner for disaster relief, is providing tents for use as ‘privacy tents’ to be pitched within the convention centers housing families that have been evacuated.

Please direct inquiring Rotarians to the web story on for the most up-to-date information or to contact RI by writing to

Please share this information with your fellow Rotarians and Rotary Clubs.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can give.

Dean Rohrs
Rotary International Vice President 2017-18

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Hurricane Irma

In light of the problems being caused in the Caribbean by Hurricane Irma the RIBI Donations Trust trustees have decided to re-open the Caribbean Hurricane Appeal which was originally set up last year.

The link for donations is:


Aquabox – Appeal for Nepal and Bangladesh

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Conference Update 23rd August


Following on from last month’s update as you all now know the RIBI President Denis Spiller will be attending our Conference at Llandudno this coming year. This is a reminder that Denis has also agreed to hold a question and answer session on what is happening within RIBI at present.

So to remind you, if you wish to put a question to Denis, this session will be held on the Saturday Afternoon in the Conference Headquarters Hotel, The Imperial, between 1500hrs and 1600hrs.  It will be held on a basis similar to Question Time, i.e. questions will need to be forwarded beforehand and the Rotarian asking the question will need to be in the audience.

The only bad news is, is that the hotel can only accommodate a maximum of 75 people so it will be on a first come first served basis.  So, come along – if you haven’t already registered for conference and you want to ask the RIBI President any constructive question – get registering now, and submit your question.

Any questions should be passed to myself by either email or letter.  My contact details are in the District Directory and I look forward to receiving your questions.  Todate I have received none, so come on this is YOUR opportunity to question the man himself, and really find out what is happening in RIBI.



Calling all district golfers and especially those attending the District Conference in Llandudno this year.

Have you booked in for the Conference Golf Competition on Friday 29th Oct 17?

Come along with your clubs and play one of the premier courses in North Wales, tee times still available.

Special discounted rate of £40 per player which included coffee and bacon cob.

Prizes for both Female and Male Golfers together with Longest Drive and Nearest the pin prizes plus the District Trophy for the overall winner. We still have tee times available.

Add this to a great Conference Weekend so get booking now. Contact Lorraine McGlone if you wish to add this to your registration or speak with the golf organiser Jack Anderson of the Rotary Club of Retford.


PDG Steve Lawes

Conference Director

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Rotary Youth Exchange Program for 2018

If you know youngsters between 15 and 17 years of age, please let them know the Registration will be opened soon for them to register their interest for next year exchanges with Rotary. The two programmes we will be running are the Short Term Exchange up to three weeks and Camps.

The District 1220 Youth Exchange Officer (DYEO) will start to look for Exchange Partners for them. The website to register is
If anyone requires more information, please contact Cas Francis on email: Remember to Exchange with Rotary you must register with RI or RIBI.

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Conference rate extended to 30th August


Rotary District 1220 Annual Conference

September 29th & 30th and the 1st Of October 2017


A Conference to Inform, Inspire and Motivate

YOUR District Conference is being held in Venue Cymru one of the most prestigious Conference Centres in the United Kingdom. Our Conference Speakers will include our RIBI President Dennis Spiller and Geoff Miller a hugely respected figure in the world of cricket, along with Malcolm Wells MBE and Canine Partners, Gordon Mould CBE of KidsOut, and Andy Cole will “Inspire you to be Happy”. We will hear from David Ellis and Barney Callaghan, Molly Youd and Fiona Bassett informing us about what can be achieved within Rotary and Emma Jones from The Childrens Air Ambulance plus be motivated by hearing from some of our own Clubs of what they are achieving!

In our improved Rotary Showcase come and try the Children’s Air Ambulance Simulator, the ideal thing for “High Flying Rotarians”, visit Community Heartbeat for a demonstration of a defibrillator, see just what YOUR District is doing by visiting the District Stall. Be Entertained on Friday night by “Two Left Feet” at our Hoe Down and, Roll A Coaster at our Saturday Night Gala Dinner. Come along and have a weekend of:

‘Fun, Fellowship and Friendship’

Register now using your Registration Form or on line at:


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Recognition for Rotary’s new Satellite Club

Members of the recently formed Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield have significantly contributed to a prestigious award presented each year to only one club in Rotary District 1220, which covers 69 Rotary clubs throughout Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and parts of Lincolnshire. The Gordon Taylor Trophy for the Best Club in District 1220 has been presented to Chesterfield Rotary Club by District Governor Michael Longdon, not only for its varied programme of charitable events, but mainly for being the first club to set up a thriving satellite club of busy younger business people in the town. Chesterfield president Peter Barr shared the success with satellite club members at their July monthly meeting held at Brampton Manor. For more details about the Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield contact secretary Rachel Trueman 07792 719 238.

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Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show 2017

There was another good attendance for this year’s Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show held at Rectory Fields, Ashover, on Sunday 23 July 2017. Hundreds turned out for the show which is organised jointly by the Rotary Club’s of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock.  The event raises thousands for local charities. 

Best car was a 1935 Derby Bentley Park Ward Drophead 3 1/2 litre owned by John Wilkes from Wingerworth.  Best bike was a 1937 1000cc Ariel Square Four owned by Peter Kirkman from Matlock.

Trophies were presented to the two winners by Clay Cross Rotary president Sally Jackson.  Rotary wishes to thank everyone who supported the event.


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Chesterfield receives ‘Best all-round club’ award

The Rotary Club of Chesterfield has been adjudged the best all-round club, out of 69 Rotary clubs in the district covering Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, and parts of Lincolnshire, for Rotary Year 2016-17.

The Gordon Taylor Trophy for the Best Club in District 1220 was presented by district governor Michael Longdon on his official visit to the Chesterfield Rotary club on Friday 7 July 2017.

This prestigious award not only recognises the club’s varied programme of charitable community projects for both young and old, but success in promoting Rotary’s aims by the innovative setting up of an associated satellite club for busy younger business people in the Chesterfield area – the first such club in District 1220.

The Rotary Satellite Club of Chesterfield with fifteen founder members is chaired by local independent financial adviser, Peter Blant, and meets monthly at Brampton Manor. Ring 07977 730 354 for details of satellite club membership.

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Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show – Sunday 23 July 2017

Ashover Classic Car & Bike Show – Sunday 23 July 2017

Local charities are once again set to benefit when hundreds of classic cars and bikes turn up at the picturesque Ashover Show Ground, near Chesterfield, for an all-day rally, which is expected to raise thousands of pounds for local charities.

Believed to be the East Midlands’ best Classic Car & Bike Show of the year, it runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 23 July 2017.  It will be attended by enthusiasts from all over the region and is expected to include classic cars, bikes and scooters from all eras.

Organised jointly for the seventh year running by the Rotary Clubs of Chesterfield, Chesterfield Scarsdale, Clay Cross and Matlock this annual charity event has now raised a total of over £70,000 for local charities.

There will be attractions for all the family, with a variety of refreshment stands and licensed bars. There is also musical entertainment and displays in the main event arena, kids rides, and a large side show with Autojumble and an Arts and Craft Fair.

This year, specialists from event partner H&H Classics, Europe’s largest specialist classic vehicle auction house will be in attendance at the show. The H&H team, in association with the UK’s specialist insurance and valuation expert for classic cars, Hagerty International, will be able to discuss just about everything to do with the cars from condition, history and a general idea of what it might be worth. If required they can also put owners in touch with Hagerty International for a formal valuation.

For more information about H&H Classics go to or to discuss anything specific contact Laurence Houlden on 07968 195 703 or email

Stuart Bradley from the organising committee, said: “This annual event has proved very popular with classic car and bike enthusiasts because of its ideal location in the Derbyshire countryside in the lovely village of Ashover

Entry for exhibitors is £5 per classic car/bike to include two adults. Public car parking is free, admission: £5 per person (under 12s go free, but must be accompanied by an adult).

The Ashover Show Ground is located at Rectory Fields, Milken Lane, Ashover, S45 0BA

The main sponsor of this charity event is Stoneacre, one of the most successful and fastest growing motor groups in the UK. Other sponsors include:- JCT600 (Mecedes Benz Chesterfield), The Van Yard, PCS Motor Factors, BRM Solicitors, Sally Botham Estates, Saxton Mee, Bothams Mitchell Slaney, Stuart Bradley Jewellers.

For more details of this great day out for all the family go to or email

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District Conference Information – Llandudno 29th Sept to 1st Oct

Fellow Rotarians

Have you registered?

We know that many of you have already booked your accommodation but have not yet registered for the event.  Remember that we are holding the price until mid August at £40 per person.

So what will you getting for the £40?  We obviously have to pay for the Conference Centre which is by far the biggest cost for any Conference – it also includes the entertainment for you on both the Friday Evening and Saturday Evening. If you wish to join in the Gala dinner then there is the cost of the meal to pay for which we have managed to keep to £35 per person. The entertainment is open to all but entrance will be limited initially to those dining and then open to other delegates after the meal.  Timings will be released nearer the date.  Don’t forget the Golf Competition as well, only £40.

We have listened to you from previous Conferences and note that you wish to learn what is going on in Rotary, so we have arranged speakers that will tell you what is happening and at the same time amuse you.  We will also have one or two other speakers to entertain you and share their stories.

Speakers include:

Barney Callaghan a Rtn from Northern Ireland a past DG who is amusing but hard hitting about the future of Rotary.

Rtn Dave Ellis, many of you will remember David’s talk about Membership three years ago he now has a new thought provoking talk for you.

We have the CEO from Kids Out – Gordon Moulds – an initiative that Rotary is very much involved with.

There will be updates on District Initiative and Projects that are currently being undertaken.

We also have PDG Molly Youd and her daughter Fiona who have a great story to tell on setting up a new club for younger people.

Finally, we have been fortunate to get Past President of Rotaract UK Louise Moss to come and talk to you about Rotaract.

Non Rotary Speakers are Andy Cope, an Inspirational Speaker who has spoken at several Charters around the country.

Children’s Air Ambulance

Canine Partners and their national speaker Malcolm Wells, MBE, plus a demonstration on Stage.

Geoff Miller, past England Cricketer and Test Selector.

We have also listened to you regarding the Rotary Showcase where we hope you will enjoy the interactive stalls this year, including the Flight Simulator of the Children’s Air Ambulance, Heartbeat and their defibrillator training. Prostate Cancer charity will be having a stall.  District Projects will be in evidence.

So, what do we want from you – simple to enjoy yourselves – come along and meet like-minded Rotarians from around the District. The RIBI President Denis Spiller will also be there for you to chat to.

So, come on, now is the time to register.

Let your hair down on Friday Night with a very casual dress or Jeans and Checked Shirts, while we Hoe down to Two Left Feet.

After you have eaten your fill at the Gala Diner on Saturday Evening we will dance the night away to one of the UKs best Event Bands ROLLACOASTER.

All in all, we have a weekend of Fun Fellowship and Friendship arranged.

To those who have not been to a Conference before – come along and try it.

To those of you who used to come but no longer do – come this year and enjoy the fellowship.

There are Hotels and Guest Houses in abundance in Llandudno to suit all pockets so cost should not be an issue.

Remember the dates 29th September to 1st October


The Conference Team

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