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Adopting the new image
Gradually the new image of rotary will be phased in, we are working on the material at RIBI. We are focussing very much on what Rotary achieves within the community. So we will tell the story of what we do and not necessarily how we do it.
For the keen copy spotters amongst us you will have noticed that the RIBI Domain name has also changed. This was held back awaiting the result of the Scottish Referendum. Roller Pull Up banners will be produced with the same theme. We are changing the wording slightly to " Joining leaders, Exchanging Ideas and Taking Action".
We hope you like the changes, please get in touch with any comments.

 The District Governor writes...
District Conference Accommodation
If you thought you were returning to your student days for our District Conference, you’re mistaken!  The accommodation is definitely not ‘student’, but is in a top notch hotel with all modern facilities.  Have a look at this video
for views of the facilities at Scarman.    Make sure you register before November 30 to get the early booking discount.
Polio Day
October 24,2014 is World Polio Day.  I would be interested to know if your club is doing anything to mark this day.  Those of you who attended the mini convention last Monday will have heard about the World’s Greatest Meal from Suzanne Rea and about the launch of the Bristol clubs’ Mile of Coins. 
 At the mini Convention, there was a collection of loose change for End Polio.  A fantastic £138.85 was collected.  The contribution by the Gates Foundation will treble this up gives £416.55 – that is 1666 doses of polio vaccine.  Thank you to those who contributed.

Mini Convention
I hope that those of you who attended enjoyed the evening.  I have introduced a new format this year.  After business, we had a presentation by Denise Armstrong from Heart Research UK who told us about the Helping Hearts campaign.  Envelopes are being distributed by your AG to your clubs to collect unwanted jewelry in support of the campaign fund raising.   
Four RYLA candidates came along to present a cheque for £232 to Heart Research UK from a collection they held while on their RYLA programme.    We watched a video of their week’s activities, which showed how much these young people gained from the programme.  Next year’s RYLA is already full, but if you’d like more information, please contact Andy Jarrett, our RYLA coordinator. 
At each mini convention, an Area has been asked to make a short presentation on one of its club’s activities.   Areas 1 gave details of the Bristol Mile of Coins, Portishead from Area 2 told us about their Memory Café for Alzheimer's sufferers and Chipping Sodbury RC, Area 3 on their request for district clubs’ support for a video laryngoscope to be used by the SW Air Ambulance
The next mini convention will be held on January 13, 2015 and I do encourage you to attend. We will make presentations shorter and more opportunity for discussion.
As from today Monday October 20 the Membership Directory Extension (MDE) will cease to operate. RIBI are specifying a replacement version and we will advise you when it is operational. This is expected to be in April/May 2015. 

Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland launches membership project.

Rotary Growth Opportunities (GO) launches next month and will be focussing on the ways clubs can grow their membership. A series of webinars and seminars will be held over the next few weeks to help underline the innovative ways of bringing in new members.

In the meantime Clubs inducting new members are as follows:

Worcester Vigornia: Graham Spence
Royal Wootton Bassett Town: Michael Easton

We welcome you to Rotary and wish you many fun years serving the community.
October is the month when Rotarians across the world consider using their vocational skills on projects through the year. Following the second object of Rotary " As a Rotarian,I will use my vocational experience and talents to serve Rotary." Calling on rotarians to encourage and foster:
  • High ethical standards in business and professions
  •  The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
  • The dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
The above guide can be found on the Rotary International website.

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