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.
DON’T MISS OUT ON A WEEKEND OF FUN, FELLOWSHIP AND LISTENING TO 1ST CLASS SPEAKERS
It is not too late to register
Reduced Registration Fee extended to 31 January
- 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.
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.