Over the past few months the Ebola Epidemic has coined to spread in all but one country. Nigeria brought seconded 29 WHO workers from the polio initiative and using their knowledge Nigeria was soon declared ebola free.
However it continues to spread in Liberis, Sierra Leonne and Guinea.The USA have adopted Liberia, the UK Sierra Leone and the rest of the world Guinea. Rotary International is considering a response and emphasise that we are not a first responder what we do needs to be sustainable and we consider longer term projects. One club in the UK is in touch with a Rotary Club in the Liberiean, the rotary Club of Marlow and their respective club in Monrovia are working together. Regarding donations to DEC every £1 is matched by UK Aid. There is also a club in Yorkshire raising funds to fund two combat vehicles in response to an appeal. If your club is helping in any way we would like to hear from you.
From your District Governor...
I attended RIBI General Council (GC) last weekend. One item discussed was the Recommendations of the Task Force that General Council set up to report on the RIBI structure. The Task force recommendations were circulated to over 36,000 Rotarians.
General Council agreed to most of the recommendations, subject to further clarification and report back to the next meeting in February. The proposal to have the Chairs of the Committee make up the Executive was not agreed. Currently the Executive consists of 8 members of the DG succession group.
The changes proposed will be voted on at the Annual Business meeting at the RIBI Conference in Belfast next April.
RIBI Fathers Day Cycle Events 21 June 2015
Clubs have been asked to organise local cycling events on Fathers Day June 21, 2014. Information on what we are being asked to do is slowly coming through and we will have a presentation at the Mini Convention on January 12 from our Coordinator Phil Selwood – D1100 Community and Vocational chair. Money raised by the clubs will be in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.
This event has the potential to be the best PR and marketing opportunity for RIBI that we have had for many years. We can use the event to raise the profile of Rotary as well as a membership initiative, while at the same time raising awareness of prostate cancer that just might save a few men’s lives and a family grief.
Please keep this day free in your club’s calendar to support the event.
District Conference March 27-29, 2015
Just to remind you that details of the conference are on the District website
. To ease the registration process, individual forms can now be sent direct to
, Registration Officer – details on website. Forms can continue to go through your club conference coordinator.
Would you like to help set the questions for the District Quiz? We particularly need questions on current affairs, modern music and sport. If you are interested, please contact Peter Hayman
, Quiz Coordinator.