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It's worth a BIG celebration
You are part of the success story 

On Tuesday January 14 India was declared polio free. There has been no reported cases of polio  since January 13, 2011.

We now have just 3 endemic polio countries, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan

and the most difficult to work with appears to be Pakistan where they have problems of a religious and political nature.We are in constant touch with Rotarians organising campaigns there and they admit to the challenges. At present Pakistan has recorded 91 cases as compared to 58 cases this time last year. Pakistan is working with India to replicate their success. Pakistan Prime Ministers office said, on hearing the good news from India," Let's join hands to rid the region and the world of polio by working in close collaboration and a spirit of partnership in the name of our children"
We need to continue to give them support in terms of encouragement and of course money. We are. "This Close" and we can't and must not give up now.
Go to www.endpolionow.org or www.polioeradication.org or click on the links to find out more.
The picture above is from a Rotary friend in Pakistan showing children queueing for their two polio vaccine drops.
Every £1 raised or donated to foundation for End Polio Now will be matched with £2 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The District Team are here to advise and support the members and Clubs.

As Jan says in her piece this time.
Please remember that I and my team are here to support you, please ask if there is anything at all we can help you with, I can’t say this enough times. The reason there is District is to support the members, without whom there would be no clubs, no districts, no RIBI and no RI. 
May I say that I hope you all enjoyed the New Year celebrations and now settled into the second half of this Rotary year. I wish you all a very happy 2014.
The District Team are just a busy as ever her are a few things which are happening.
District Council is on Monday January 20, where all the new officers are elected and/or announced for the coming Rotary year ie 2014/15, our DGE Martyn Harwood is of course in San Diego at the moment at RI Assembly preparing for his year as our District Governor.
All the youth competitions are now ‘hotting up’ with District, Regional and National Finals taking place in the next few months. 
The District Conference is not far away now – from March 7th till 9th in Bournemouth. You can still register,by clicking here.

We are still looking for a project for the money you have kindly donated to the District Philippines Fund which now stands at almost £22,000. We have had some very generous donations from not only the public but our own members as well. We need to spend this money wisely. I will update you as soon as I can.
To read all of Jan's journey through the District click here

The caption above is for "The World's Greatest Meal to Help End Polio" which was started just before the end of next year. The group on Facebook has now reached over 3,000 members and we have sign ups from Clubs right across the world. Australia and New Zealand lead the way with the UK just a little behind. Reports from all over the world are really very encouraging and we know it is going to be big. If you wish to sign up please go to the Facebook group here.
 

 United Airlines had 10million air miles to give away.

  The charity with the highest number of votes at midnight on December 31, 2013 would win the majority of the miles for humanitarian aid work. So Rotarians across the world jumped into action and started voting. Many voted every day on every conceivable device they could find and over Christmas and the New Year. The voting was always very tight between Rotary and an American children's charity. We managed second place and received 3,368,099 United air miles which will be used for humanitarian flights. We thank anyone who took part since the air miles are worth quite a big donation. 

Does your Club reflect your community?

This is a question we should be asking as we plan to recruit new members. The "We're for Communities" marketing campaign has been highly successful in raising enquiries but are we turning these into new members? Here is the definition of diversity: The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.  These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.
As we recruit new members do we remind ourselves about diversity?
New members reported this time are as follows:
Cheltenham:                                Brendan Brown
Royal Wooton Bassett & District:    Philip Tanner
Welcome to a diverse Rotary and have fun.
The Rotary Crocus for Polio
Rotarians across the world are doing all they can to rid the world of this terrible disease and several awareness campaigns and fund raisers are happening over the next few weeks to the build up to Rotary Day. One such initiative is the Crocus Campaign. Wear a crocus for polio. It is unusual and people ask you about it so it's a good conversation starter to tell people about Rotary. We have several boxes of the Crocuses in District so please wear you crocus. If you or your Club are doing something already, thank you.

Young Writers get out their Quills

The District 1100 eClub are running this competition with such famous writers as Polly Robinson and it is going great. Polly a budding writer herself gives us some information on how the competition is going.
Ten Rotary Clubs in District 1100 have sent their winners to us and there are eight entries in the Junior category, six entries in the Intermediate category, and three entries in the Senior category. Fab to have some really good work from our youngsters. The entries are now with our judges and I'll let you know when we have the winners. They will go through to the National final.The winners of the District competition will be announced at the Youth Speaks day 8th February.

Correction!
Yes we are human and at times we make errors. We stated in the last issue that District Assembly was on Saturday April 24 and the eagle eyed amongst you pointed out the error it is of course Saturday April 26, 2014.
Our apologies for the slip up.
 
Copyright © 2013 Rotary District 1100 Marketing Pr and Communications Team

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