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Rotary Disabled Games
Over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday November 1-2 the Rotary Disabled games took place in Coventry with 6 Teams taking part, one of which was from Avon. The were sponsored by the clubs in the Bristol area. Whilst the games themselves are funded by the Coventry Clubs with a little help this year from the Big Lottery Fund. Getting the competitors there and if necessary their carers,and accommodation are paid for by the sponsoring clubs. The games have been going for over 30 years and on a visit one can see why. Participants get an awful lot out of it and because of that the Rotarians helping do also. In our District Gloucestershire did not enter a team this year but talking to the organisers they are more than subscribed for next year. For details go to this link

The District Governor writes

Peace Fellows funded by The Rotary Foundation
 I attended the Bill Huntley Peace Seminar in Bradford last weekend. Bill was only the 4th Rotarian from RIBI to achieve the Presidency of RI and died suddenly in 2006. Bill created the Rotary Peace Centres when he was Chair of Trustees of the Rotary Foundation.
 
We heard 8 Scholars, who had just completed their 12 months at the university, tell us about their areas of interest and applied field experience. The new intake of 11 scholars had just arrived at Bradford and introduced themselves, telling of their backgrounds and plans for the year.
Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellowships (50 master’s degree fellowships and 50 professional development certificate fellowships) are offered on a competitive basis at six Rotary Peace Centres, which operate in partnership with seven leading universities.
  • Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
  • University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
  • University of Uppsala, Sweden
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
The fellows are chosen from countries and cultures around the globe based on their potential as leaders in government, business, education, media, and other professional areas.  Coursework at the centres focuses on preventing and resolving conflict by addressing the root causes by responding to hunger with food security, disease with health care, illiteracy with education, poverty with sustainable development and environmental degradation with conservation.
Bristol Breakfast have sponsored Rebecca Simms from Horfield, Bristol who won a Rotary Scholarship to do a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at the International Christian University in Tokyo this year. We wish Rebecca well in her studies and look forward to hearing from her in the future.
 
District Conference
 
Make sure you register before 30 November to get the early booking discount. Details on the website
 
There is an opportunity for Clubs to participate in the Exhibition that will take place at the Conference. This will showcase the work of clubs and charities that we work with.  The exhibition will be open to the public as well as Rotarians.
 
If you would like to participate in the exhibition, contact Martin Perry District Foundation chair.

The Rotary Effect in Your Community

As a member of the Marketing PR and Comms committee of RIBI and the Editor of Rotary Today I continually review the way we are projecting the work of Rotary within the UK and Ireland. We have decided to adopt The Rotary Effect. So we promote what clubs do within their own communities since if we are working as Rotarians in the community we will "Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas and Take Action" that is what we should be doing. It's not about how the money was raised for a charity it comes down to what is done with the money raised and has been donated. In that way we will engage interest and new members.
The new members advised to us in the last weeks are:


Sandy Green: Hereford City

Gail Breeze: Tewkesbury 

Welcome to Rotary and we wish you years of fun and service.


 
 
 
Quite a Line Up
 
Over the past few weeks almost everywhere we turned in research of humanitarian work we could not get away from the work many agencies are doing to rid the world of this Ebola epidemic. The UK efforts are centred around Sierra Leone and here is Idris Elder, the very brave Will Pooley and The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP Secretary of State for International Development promoting the work of UK Aid.
Of course Rotary has responded and several clubs are working to collect money and donations for aid in the three countries of the epidemic Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. One club The Rotary Club of Marlow has direct contact with The Rotary Club of Monrovia in Liberia and is working directly with them. Rotary International as an organisation is reviewing the situation very closely to see how we can help. We are a not a first respond organisation and will act to help sustain infrastructure. Meanwhile we would point out that every £1 donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal is matched by UK Aid.

 
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