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Using The Rotary Voice to get our message over to the general public is recommended so it is done correctly and professionally. All the new branding is explained and outlined especially the use of the Rotary Masterbrand and Mark of Excellence. This book has been around for 2 years now and is recommended to all Club MPRC Chairs.

Vocational Training Team 
I am pleased to let you know that RI have approved The Rotary Foundation Global Grant application for a Vocational Training Team (VTT) to explore, develop, and help pilot a Social Enterprise Model to teach vocational skills to youth in Sofia, Bulgaria.  The award is for $101,695. The VTT, a relatively new initiative in Rotary, is the first in D1100.
Young people leaving the Bulgarian care system at age 18 lack independent living skills yet are often left to fend for themselves. Facing these challenges alone leaves them vulnerable to exploitation, prostitution, crime, and human trafficking.
The project is to provide a 2-year training programme and employment support through the Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion (FSCI).  Part of the project involves a VTT visiting Bulgaria, to develop a Social Enterprise Model, which includes training in business planning, market research, customer skills and management skills.  A leaflet which tells you more about the project can be found on the District website.
A team of 5 people is needed with the skills and passion to help develop these ideas, and who are ready and willing to bring this enterprise to life.  Team members can be Rotarians as well as non Rotarians.
To receive the grant of $101,695, D1100 has to provide a cash contribution as well as use the District Designated Fund.  At the beginning of the rotary year, I asked clubs if they would like to contribute financially towards this project and some clubs expressed an interest.
This is a great opportunity to be involved in this exciting project, so please discuss this in your club in the next few weeks and consider making a minimum financial contribution of £300.
Could all clubs wishing to help and contribute a minimum of £300, email me and let me know the amount you wish to contribute.  Cheques. payable to Rotary VTT, should be sent to me please before 25 April.
If your club does get involved they will be able to put forward candidates to be team members; have a VTT member share their experience by speaking at your club; Club members will be able to attend a conference organised by the VTT in Sofia (at their own cost).

Young Chef Cooks Up a Winner

For the second year running we have from District 1100 a finalist in the National competition for Young Chef.  Samantha Rides, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Portishead won the Regional Final at Builth Wells yesterday (Saturday 14th March).  This means she is in the final 8 contestants, out of the many thousand entrants at club level aross GB & Ireland.  She is pictured below in the kitchen after the event, with her mother.  This is just an i-Phone shot that I grabbed.  Shonaugh Evans took photographs with a decent camera and we’ll get something better from her.
The competition is organised by Filippo Berio, the olive oil manufacturers and in the past they have provided a splendid prize for the national winner which includes a trip to Italy to see the olive harvest.
5a Side Kicks Off
I would like to say a big thank you to all of you for taking part yesterday.  I hope you all enjoyed it and although we didn't have quantity we certainly had quality.  If I were to pick a player of the tournament I think it would be the young lady playing in defence for Abbeymead Rovers.
I give you all the scores below:
Saltford Stars             0                  Abbeymead Rovers                      1
Saltford Stars             4                  Minchinhampton Rangers              1
Minchinhampton         0                  Abbeymead Rovers                      4
Abbeymead Rovers   3                   Saltford Stars                                0
2nd Place
Saltford Stars             3                   Minchinhampton Rangers              1
If you have any suggestions for improving the numbers for the competition in future years please let me know from our start sports reporter Dsvid Fenwick.

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Please Note: ShelterBox issued another Press Release after the one on the right and are doing everything that can to get aid into the region

Breaking News
1,000 ShelterBox kits sent to typhoon area.

Saturday 14 March 2015

Cyclone Pam: UK disaster relief agency ShelterBox arranging aid and sending a team into Vanuatu, responding to ‘one of the worst disasters in Pacific history.’

Cyclone Pam, with winds of up to 170 mph, has devastated the south Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu. Cornwall-based ShelterBox is mobilising a response team, and already has aid in the region.

The Pacific paradise of Vanuatu, a little over 1,000 miles north east of Australia, has been battered by Cyclone Pam, a tropical storm with maximum wind speeds of 170mph. There are already reports of eight known deaths, but aid agencies on the scene expect numbers of fatalities to run into dozens.

Unicef Executive Director Vivien Maidaborn in New Zealand has warned that ‘Early reports are indicating that this weather disaster could potentially be one of the worst in Pacific history.’ Unicef spokeswoman Alice Clements described the cyclone as ‘15-30 minutes of absolute terror’ as it passed over Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila.

The archipelago is made up of 82 islands, 65 of which are inhabited, and there are concerns for people in remote locations. Vanuatu's president Baldwin Lonsdale said he had a ‘heavy heart’ and has appealed for aid.

Disaster relief agency ShelterBox, which provides highly portable emergency shelter and equipment for families displaced by natural catastrophes, has its people and aid poised to help.

ShelterBox Operations Coordinator Phil Duloy is at the charity’s HQ in Helston. He says, ‘We have contacted the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Vanuatu government, colleague charity CARE International, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International.’

‘All are aware of ShelterBox's capability and willingness to respond to any unmet shelter needs generated by the cyclone. ShelterBox stands ready to act quickly to deliver prepositioned emergency materials that we have available in the region’.


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