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DG Dave’s November Newsletter

Dave’s Diary 

The Monthly Newsletter of the District Governor

31st October 2012

DG 2012-2013 David Ashley

Group Study Exchange Team

The Group Study Exchange Team from Nepal has now left us and flown back home, no doubt full of good words to say about their stay in the District. At the de-briefing meeting and their Farewell Party on 19th November, Team Leader Nugal and team members Suyesh, Dipika, Shresna and Roshani all spoke very highly indeed of their host Rotarian families and of the content of their programme. I would like to thank everyone from Rob Gray who coordinated the whole event, the area coordinators, the host families and all others who were involved in the arrangements in any way for the excellent arrangements that resulted in such a great final GSE Team visit to District 1220.

District Conference

The District Conference, another major event in the Rotary calendar has also now passed for another year. Numbers attending the Conference were considerably down this year on previous years (about 700 attended including about 400 Rotarians) and we need to look closely at the Annual Conference for the future.

Organisers of the Conference have to prepare a budget based on the number of people attending and when numbers fall as they did this year it can leave the District with an overspend on the budget. Various members of the organising teams for the conferences this year, next year and the year after will be meeting later this month to discuss the situation and agree on a way forward.

This may well include ascertaining the views of members who do not normally attend the Conference and those who normally do but stayed away this year. Why don’t they attend? Is it the location? Is it the cost? Is it the content? Is it age related? Is it a result of previous bad experiences? We need to know these things if we are to make the conference accessible to all.

One element of the discussion will no doubt focus on the funding of the Conference. We are required by Rotary International to hold a conference, so should the cost of the whole Rotary element of the Conference come from our subscriptions? After all the Conference is open to all members to attend. At present just a proportion is funded by this means, with the remainder coming from the Registration Fee payable by delegates.

Charter Celebrations

We are now well into the Charter season and already a couple of Club Charter Nights have had to be postponed because of such a low take up by visiting Rotarians – a similar situation to the District Conference. I attended a Charter a few days ago where the numbers were just over 60. With the average price of a Charter Night now being (I estimate) in the region of £25 we have to ask “Are the days of annual Charters now numbered? Perhaps we need to have that debate.

The holding of an annual event to celebrate the granting of a Club Charter is not universal. In many areas this does not happen whilst in others just significant anniversaries are celebrated. There may well be other alternative ways of celebrating the granting of a Club Charter. In any case we need to make sure that we cannot be accused of “re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” whilst the ship sinks. Perhaps instead of a charter we should plough a similar amount of finance into promoting our clubs, re-establishing ourselves in our local communities and seeking out new members to carry on the traditional work of Rotary. Just a thought.

District Council

The next District Council meeting will be held at The Novotel on Tuesday 11th December 2012 at 7.30pm. Attendance by voting representatives of all clubs is sought as there will be an important discussion and vote on the Re-Districting proposals mentioned in my last Newsletter. I have today circulated a letter about this to all Club Presidents and Secretaries. It is important if you wish your club’s views to be heard at the Council meeting that you are represented.

We did ask members attending the last District Council meeting to complete an evaluation form. These forms have been collated and the results suggest that the meeting was viewed positively by those attending. Various suggestions were made as to how future meetings could be improved but as with all such exercises some views expressed were diametrically opposite other views. It just shows – “You can’t please all the people all the time”.

Once again there will be presentations by clubs on projects in which they are involved. If your club has a project it would like to advertise to the District via a short presentation at District Council please let me know.

District Website

Have you had a look at the new improved District Website recently? If not spend a few minutes seeing what there is on it that may be of interest to you and if you have any items that may be of interest to a wider Rotary community, please send them to Mark Snape, the Webmaster.

On the website there is a note of the amount raised for District funds (helping to keep subscriptions down) by sales on Amazon through the website. It seems to have been stuck on £2,314 for some time now. Don’t forget – if you are buying anything from Amazon, do it by going onto the District website and using the Amazon link provided. There is no extra cost to you the purchaser. This is simply a donation to us by Amazon.

Sponsored Walk by District Governor – “H2H Walk”

In order to support Bluebell Wood Hospice and Rainbows Hospice I am planning to do a sponsored walk from Bluebell Wood in South Sheffield to Rainbows in Loughborough. The planned dates are Friday 3rd May 2013 to Monday 6th May 2013 (May Day Bank Holiday). The District Sergeant at Arms, Owen Briggs, has already committed to joining me. Any other Rotarians (or indeed non-Rotarians) are invited to join us, either for the whole walk or just for a part of it. We shall be finalising and circulating the route shortly.

I have set myself an ambitious target of raising £5,000 from the walk. The idea is to ask Clubs to hold events along the route of the walk as we pass through their area, mainly during the evenings of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th but at other times as well if they fit the walk route.

Would anyone who wants to assist in any way, either walking, organising an event,or in any other way please drop me an email to Let’s just hope for dry weather

Foundation Seminar

Don’t forget the Foundation Seminar that is being held on Thursday, 8th November at the Novotel, Long Eaton, commencing at 7.30pm. The outgoing GSE Team to Nepal and their Team Leader David Hood from RC of Wirksworth will be there. The main item of business though will be ensuring that Clubs within the District are prepared and qualified to take on projects etc under Future Vision. It is important therefore that all Clubs are represented here. Terry Leivers is able to give you all the information you need.

Birthday Wishes

Honorary Rotarian Reg Dean from the Rotary Club of Wirksworth will be celebrating his 110th (yes that’s right – 110th) birthday on Sunday 4th November. I understand this makes him the oldest person in Britain – unless you know differently. Reg was a Rotarian at Wirksworth for many years before becoming honorary is later life. Until very recently he attended Wirksworth Club meetings on a regular basis.

I shall be visiting Reg on his birthday and taking best wishes from the RI President Sakuji Tanaka. Why don’t you send him a birthday card from your club and help him to celebrate this VERY special occasion.

Yours in Rotary
Dave Ashley

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Meet the GSE team from Nepal

From mid-September to mid-October, we have a GSE team in the District visiting from Nepal.

Listed below are some of the events where you can meet Rotarian Nugal Vaidya and his team of Dipika Shrestha, Roshani Shrestha, Shreshna Basnet and Suyesh Pradhan.

If you can’t make one of the events, you can catchup with their activities via their blog at


Derby Mercia  *New Date*

Wednesday 17th October  6.45 for 7.00pm

The Mackworth Hotel, Ashbourne Rd, MACKWORTH, Derby, DE22 4LY

Menu Choices:-

A) British Beef & Pedigree Ale Pie served with new potatoes and vegetables
B) Chicken Tikka masala in a mildly spiced tomato & onion sauce with coriander
C) Sweet Red pepper tart- topped with feta cheese. Served with new potatoes & salad

D) Apple Pie
E) Melt in the middle chocolate pudding
F) Fruit salad

Coffee or tea to finish

Please send cheques ( 14.95 per person) made payable to The Rotary Club of Derby Mercia ( include menu choices)
Anthony Odell, 23 Lodge Drive, Belper, DE56 2TP

To arrive no later than Wednesday 10th October

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DG Dave’s October Newsletter

Dave’s Diary 

The Monthly Newsletter of the District Governor

31st September 2012

DG 2012-2013 David Ashley

Well, hello everyone, a quarter of the year has already past and it seems like just the blink of an eye, but so much has happened. I have carried out my official visits to all but eight clubs now and three of them I shall be visiting during October. The RIBI president has spent three very successful days in the District. The Conference is almost upon us and I have just returned form the second RIBI General Council meeting at Alcester. I would like to spend the next few paragraphs outlining one particular issue that was on the agenda there.

Important Message for Club Presidents and their clubs

Re-Districting within RIBI

Some time ago Rotary International stated their intention of reducing the number of Districts within RIBI from 29 down to 24 and it suggested those Districts that it intended to eliminate. District 1220 was not one of them. Partly as a result of this and partly to address the issue of the declining and ageing membership within RIBI a report was sent from RIBI to RI making alternative suggestions.

One of the suggestions was that RIBI would itself address the number of Districts and would look at a more structured approach to reducing the number. These proposals have now been published to the RIBI General Council in draft format and are now subject to the first round of discussion and review. Within the draft document all the proposed new Districts have been given a letter rather than a number.

All the clubs within District 1220 have been kept together within new District H. {webmaster: this is to aid with the re-oganisation study and Districts will be renumbered later} In addition ten clubs from North Lincolnshire and sixteen clubs from South Yorkshire have been added. These are:-

North Lincolnshire

  • Barrow Meridien
  • Barton Upon Humber
  • Brigg
  • Cleethorpes
  • Epworth & Isle of Axholme
  • Grimsby
  • Grimsby Havelock
  • Grimsby St. James
  • Scunthorpe
  • Scunthorpe Pentagon

South Yorkshire

  • Abbeydale
  • Barnsley
  • Barnsley (Rockley)
  • Doncaster
  • Doncaster St Georges
  • Doncaster St. Leger
  • Hallam
  • Mexborough & District
  • Rotherham
  • Rotherham Sitwell
  • Sheffield
  • Sheffield Vulcan
  • Stainborough
  • Thorne
  • Wombwell
  • Wortley

The new District would therefore be the combination of all the clubs from District 1220 plus the clubs listed above. This would give the new District a total of 84 clubs instead of the present 59 and just under 2,700 members instead of the present figure of just under 1,800.

There are many long term benefits to enlarging the District, not the least of which would be the financial benefit of having more contributing members making the District finances more stable. There are of course many issues still to decide and agree upon, such as election of officers, venues for District meetings, regalia, incorporating the additional clubs etc. etc.

There is now a period until 12th October to allow present District Governors to present any comments or counter proposals to the Re-Districting Committee so that they can then be considered and where appropriate included in a revised draft report. (The basic intention here is to allow a short period of time to iron out any obvious mistakes in the proposals – one or two of which have already been identified in other areas) The revised report will then be circulated back to all the District Governors and also placed on the RIBI Website.

Clubs will then have a period from 25th October till 9th November to make any representations regarding the proposals.

Following this period of consultation a Final Report will be prepared and sent to RI for ratification at their board meeting on 19th January 2013.

The proposals are due to come into force on 1st July 2015. The proposals will not affect the status of any Rotary Clubs or Rotarians. They will simply change the size, shape and nature of the District to which Clubs will be attached.

Would Club Presidents please bring this matter to the attention of their clubs this week so that everyone has an opportunity to comment should they so wish.

I would appreciate it if any comment could be forwarded to me by email by no later than 5pm on 11th October so that I can consider them and forward them to the Re-Districting Committee if appropriate by the set deadline. Anonymous comment will not be considered.

On a personal note, it seems to me that District 1220 has come out of this exercise as well as could have been hoped for. No clubs are being split off from the main group. I am sure that suitable arrangements can be made to combine 1220 with the additional sixteen {webmaster: twenty-six} clubs, many of which are well known to us in this District in any case.

General News Items

The RIBI President, Rotarian John Minhinick and his wife Sheila were in the District from 10th to 12th
September. They were very impressed by the quality of the projects and presentations that they saw. My
thanks to everyone who was involved in any way with the visit for making it such a success.

District Conference

The District Conference is almost upon us and I look forward to seeing as many Rotarians and their guests as possible at Southport. Whilst you are there, do spend some time in the Rotary Showcase, where we have many stalls and stands of Rotary projects and non Rotary organisations. Free tea and coffee there (and the bar is open) on the Friday afternoon.

Don’t forget that you will need to collect your delegate packs from the showcase on arrival.

Group Study Exchange Team

The Group Study Exchange Team from Nepal is presently in the District until 20th October. They are also appearing at District Conference. They are a really good team. I had the pleasure of listening to their first presentation at Mapperley and Arnold on 26th September. Try and get to see them when they are in your neck of the woods – it really is worthwhile.

Remember, this may well be the last GSE Team from abroad that we see because under Future Vision they will be replaced by Vocational Training Teams, a slightly different animal.

Your Views ?

Over the last few months various members of the District Team have been working really hard to deliver a good service to Rotarians across the District. We are trying to make what we do for Clubs and Rotarians at District level as relevant and appropriate as possible. However, to ensure that we are doing the right things we need your comments and views. I have had very constructive feedback from a number of Rotarians recently about District Council, Conference and various other District events. I welcome this. If you have any views about Rotary topics please let me know. I really do want to know. Without this knowledge we cannot improve

Yours in Rotary

Dave Ashley


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Rotary Club of Retford 007 Themed Charity Night

On 17th November 2012, the Rotary Club of Retford will hold a themed charity night in aid of Bassetlaw Hospice.

The James Bond 007 ‘Thunderball’

Dancing to the live music of ‘Heads will Roll’.

Drinks reception with Entertainment, 4 course dinner, Casino, Auction, Raffle, Disco and more…

At Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor, DN22 8QS

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A walk in the woods plus lunch, October 20th

You are invited to join the Rotary Club of Ravenshead and Blidworth and the Ravenshead Inner Wheel on the 20th October 2012 for a walk on a pleasant route, mainly through woodland, followed by a homemade soup (with choices), desert and coffee/tea lunch. This year we are offering a choice of two routes, both starting from the same place. One is just under 4 miles and the other just over 5 miles. You can choose on the day. There is a coffee stop available on both routes.

It is suitable for walkers of all abilities and children are welcome although they must be in the care of a responsible adult. well behaved dogs are also welcome.

The venue is Ravens Lodge Scout Headquarters on Main Road, Ravenshead (B6020 road, next to the Little John Inn). You can start at any time between 10:30 and 11am

The cost is £7.00. Children under 12 are half price. If you do not wish to walk you are welcome to join us for lunch from 12:30 onwards.

We need to know the numbers attending and so if you wish to take part please contact Bob or Sandra Jackson on 01623 793978 or email or Mike Lee on 01623 409893.

Everyone who has been previously seemed to enjoy the walks and so we look forward to seeing you on the day. Although this is intended as a social event any profit we do make will go to our Rotary and Inner Wheel charities.

Bob Jackson

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RIBI President’s visit

Pictured left to right: Matlock President Peter Wigglesworth, RIBI President John Minhinick, DG Dave Ashley 

Rotarian John Minhinick, the President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) and his wife Sheila, left our District yesterday after three days with us. Before leaving, President John asked me to thank everyone who had been involved in either the arrangements for or attendance at all of the different parts of the visit. He and Sheila have had a wonderful time in District 1220 and were most complementary about everything they saw and heard and the activities they took part in during their visit. Brief details of the visit can be found on my blog on the District website.

On a personal level I would wish to echo those sentiments. Everyone involved has clearly worked very hard to ensure that their part of the visit went off without a hitch. There was no part of the visit that did not present Rotary in this District in the most positive light to him.

The arrangements for the visit were particularly intended to highlight the range of work we are doing in our local communities, with schools, the sick and the elderly, our forward planning in respect of membership retention and recruitment and the help we provide to local charitable causes in our communities and in this regard it was extremely successful. We also tried to give him just a very small glimpse of the natural beauty, history, culture and lifestyle within the District. Once again John gave great praise to this element of the visit.

Unfortunately as with any three day visit, it is not possible to include all clubs in the arrangements but Pres. John was exposed to almost one third of the Clubs in the District, giving him a fair picture of the health of the District.

Thanks once again

Yours in Rotary

Dave Ashley

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District International Projects Fair and Dinner

The District 1220 International Committee has organised an “International Projects Fair and Dinner”. It is to be held at the Novotel on the evening of 1st November 2012. It will comprise of the following:

  • Stalls displaying international projects from Clubs in the District
  • Stalls of international charities
  • A three course meal
  • A presentation by the charity Sand Dams
  • A presentation by Eileen Bagshaw of Save the Children

Entertainment with an international themeThe stalls will be open for viewing from 5.30pm (set up from 5pm) and the dinner will be served at 7.30pm. The two presentations will follow the dinner.

The three course meal will cost just £17.00p and the menu is:

Cream of tomato and basil soup

Chicken breast chasseur with seasonal vegetables and chateau potatoes

(chicken breast in white wine, tomato and tarragon sauce)

Dutch apple pie with crème anglais

There will be options for vegetarians and persons with special dietary requirements.

If you would like to use the opportunity to put on display any international projects in which your club is involved please let me know as soon as possible so that I can reserve you a stall. (limited numbers available) There is no charge for this.

If you would like to attend the dinner, please let me know straight away, preferably by email, with a cheque for the appropriate amount, payable to “Rotary International District 1220”. We would this event to be a big success and so your support would be invaluable. Non Rotarian guests are very welcome.

Yours in Rotary Friendship

Gail Ashley

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Rotary Working Shoulder to Shoulder with the Royal British Legion

Last year the Nottingham Branch of the Royal British Legion asked Rotary to help with their Annual Poppy collection.

The whole experience was so successful and resulted in a record amount collected and the Royal British Legion asked if Rotary would consider extending this partnership throughout the country.

It has now been adopted by RIBI as one of their recognised projects and it has been agreed by this year’s District Governors and District Community Officers to support this initiative. I will be meeting the Regional coordinators in Birmingham on 11 September.

Rotary`s role is to offer help if requested by the relevant local branch. We are not taking over all of the collecting, we are working together to assist where needed.

I am aware that some clubs have helped their local branches for years and this is excellent and the help is greatly appreciated. Long may it continue!

Royal British Legion branches will request help through their Community Fundraisers who are:.

Nottingham / Nottinghamshire: Bob Privett

Derby / Derbyshire: Christine Selden.

Requests for help will then be passed to PDG Val Leivers for Nottingham/ Nottinghamshire, AG Roger Summers for Derby / Derbyshire.

We have had meetings with both groups and have resolved the few issues that we encountered last year.

In most areas the collections will be from Saturday 27 October to Sunday 11 November.

This is an excellent community project and an opportunity to showcase Rotary. We can wear our Rotary tabards; T-shirts etc and speak to members of the public to show both organisations working together. Last year both organisations gained new members as a result of our liaison.

District Governor David Ashley fully supports this initiative.

Roger Summers and I will be contacting Rotary clubs when it is known where the help is needed. If in
the meantime if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me or Roger according to your

PDG Val Leivers


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Building Waterfalls in River Leen

AN iconic feature of the picturesque village of Linby has been enhanced — thanks to a helping hand from Hucknall Rotary Club.

Wanting to involve the club in a ‘Community Spring-clean project’, President Ian Young contacted Linby Parish Council with a view to work on a project in the village where the club hold its weekly meetings.

Subsequent consultation brought about a project that the village of Linby wanted to implement, but couldn’t because of lack of manpower. With the clubs willingness to be involved, the village authorities were able to finally make arrangements to improve the water flow through Linby Docks with the construction of several stone dams.

Club president Ian Young explained: “We wanted to extend our varied community service to the village we meet in.”

It was quite a challenge cutting a gigantic stone slab first of all into several pieces and then cutting the smaller sections to size, transporting the heavy slabs from the pub car park over the road to the Docks. The waterbed then had to be levelled before the stone could be lowered into the water and laid into position.

The new look of the Docks has already attracted much interest as people stop to watch the water cascade over the stone dams.

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