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We Cannot Give Up Now
Peter Wells from Swindon Rotary Club gave a personal and moving account of the Rotary polio campaign at the recent District Mini Convention. Nigeria has not reported any cases of paralysis since July last year and it is hoped this fantastic record will continue. The challenge comes in Pakistan and Afghanistan where cases last year were some of the highest for a few years. Rotarians there led by Aziz Memon are working very hard to eradicate polio from their country. In the next issue of Rotary there is an article from Aziz explaining the issues they come across. i hope you will continue to support this essential proect to its conclusion.
Picture: From WHO is of aid workers in Nigeria.
District Conference  March 27-29 Warwick University
The conference is now only 2 months away and I look forward to seeing many of you there.  We are very lucky to have Robert and Charlene Hall from Atlanta, USA.  Robert is the RI representative and comes with a wealth of experience, as well as the chairman for the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta.   We are very pleased to welcome back RIBI President Peter King and his wife Di to D1100.  Let’s give both couples a very warm welcome.
We have an exciting programme of speakers and entertainment.
  • Rob Rees, the Cotswold Chef, will speak to us about the Wiggly Worm charity that changes the lives of the most vulnerable in society with food education.
  • Rotarian Geoff Mackey is guaranteed to have you in fits of laughter with his talk ‘Such is Life.’
  • Following dinner in Scarman hotel there is a concert by the Spires Orchestra.

  • Steve Dayman from Meningitis Now will tell his personal story, about the charity he founded and new developments in vaccination.
  • Matt Hyde, Chief Exec Scout Association will be talking about how Scouting has been rejuvenated and the partnership between RIBI and the Scout Association that recently has been set up.
  • Jackie Smith, Executive Head of the Uplands School and Uplands Community Trust will give us an incite into the wonderful work they do to help children with severe learning difficulties.
  • In the afternoon there are ten breakout sessions and there is a choice of attending two.
    These include Rotary Question time; Rotary choir; Social Media; Staying Safe; Education – Rotary Community Qualification; How do You Think; Reflexology and Headology; Energy Saving; Secrets of the Marketing world; Gardeners Question time.
  • In the evening there is a Gala dinner followed by dancing to the 6 piece Ronnie Scotts Rejects from London, playing music from the 60’s 70’s and 80’s.

The theme for the morning is Peace and Conflict Resolution.
  • Peace One Day will tell us how 21 September became the Global Peace Day when amongst other things Rotarians and others Aid workers are able to work in war torn countries to give Polio drops to millions of children.
  • Rtn Alison Sutherland is a Director of the Rotarian Action Group and we will hear about the work she does.
  • Mike Peckham will tell us about Hiring a Hero, the charity which helps ex servicemen into employment.
  • Rtn Liz Odell will update us on her experiences of being a Shelter Box Response Team member.
It is not too late to register
Reduced Registration Fee extended to 31 January
Registration for the conference continues and we are extending the reduced Registration fee until the end of January. Please get your Registration to Mike Lambert now. First class hotel accommodation is part of the package. See details on the Conference website
There is an opportunity for Clubs to showcase their work or nominate a charity of their choice in the Exhibition.  Please contact Martin Perry District Foundation chair.

Youth Competitions

At this time of year these are really ramping up and Young Chefs got cooking at Gloucester College in Cheltenham last week. As usual the standard was very high. The District Finals of this competition take place at The Cotswold School on Saturday February 28. The Youth Competitions, engaging with young people of all ages are unique within the Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland area.
One competition which is creating great interest is the Technology Tournament with over 50,000 young people participating. We don't have this in District 1100 as far as we know. However if your club is hosting such an event please let us know. The picture above shows one such event taking place. For details of Youth Competitons across the District click here.
Corporate Membership
Has your club thought about this? Since if you sign up a business, company, school or charity you add 4 members to your club count at a stroke. You have the main member plus 3 designees from the organisation. Quite a number of clubs across the UK and Ireland have Corporate Members but we have not heard of any within the District yet. However, if your club has corporate members then do let us know.
Just one club has reported inducting new members this time The Rotary Club of Royal Wooton Bassett and District added 2 new members to their role. They are:
Peter Laws and Robin Snell.
Welcome to Rotary...enjoy.

Ebola Crisis
In the last edition we reported on Clubs who have made some contribution to the effort to contain and eradicate this terrible disease from West Africa. Chris Firth of Swindon Rotary Club informed us they had collected £600 at Sainsbury's and sent it to The Rotary Club of Marlow for their efforts in Liberia along with The Rotary Club of Monrovia.
District Conference 2015
Warwick Arts Centre
March 27-29
Details on the District Website here
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