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Welcome to 2015
Make this your best Rotary year ever with so many things happening in the District,nationally and internationally. See below DG Martyn's piece for January which is Rotary Awareness Month.

Happy New Year from DG Martyn and the District Team
 
January is a good month to take stock of your Rotary Club and reflect on what you have achieved over the previous six months and what you plan to do in the second half of the Rotary year.
 
Mini Convention 12 January
 
Everyone is invited to the District 1100 Mini Convention on 12 January which is being held at The Chase Hotel, Brockworth, 7.00 for 7.30 pm.  At 6.15pm, before the start of the Convention, there are two workshops that everyone is invited to attend: Foundation and International. The Foundation workshop will qualify your club to apply for a District Grant in 2015/16 as well as a Global grant.
 
There will be an opportunity to network between 7.00 and 7.30 pm.  The meeting will start with a small amount of business - adoption of the accounts for 2013/14, appointment of the District team for 2015/16 and discussion on the RIBI Restructuring.
 
There will be a presentation on the RIBI Rotary Bike Ride Sunday 21 June which is to promote awareness of Prostate Cancer.  Participation by your club in organising a Bike Ride will give your club a high profile in your community and nationally. RIBI are working with HROC, our marketing company and the launch in London will be in March. This is one not to be missed and will be the biggest Rotary Day in RIBI ever.
 
Speaker subjects for the evening are Sand Dams, End Polio and we have 2 Area presentations: Area 4 – Five Valleys Fireworks and Area 5 – Running a Successful Club


District Conference 27 – 29 March Warwick University
 
Reduced Registration Fee extended to 31 January
 
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.. An exciting programme of motivational speakers and breakouts are organised, together with entertainment on both evenings.  First class hotel accommodation is part of the package. See details on the Conference website
 
RYLA
 
During 2015 District 1100 will explore the possibility of securing external funding to allow us to run a second Rotary Youth Leadership Awards course. Please let Andy Jarrett  know if you or anyone in your Club has experience in writing such bids or contracts with companies or charitable trusts that might be interested in helping us extend this wonderful opportunity to more young people aged 16 -18. More information is on the District website. 

Rotary GO

A new initiative has been launched by the RIBI Membership Committee called Rotary Growth Opportunity (GO). This will be outlined in webinars to be held shortly. Details of the dates and times can be found below:

• Corporate Membership –  7pm Friday 16th January & 7pm Thursday 29th January

• Associate Membership –  7pm Wednesday 21st January &  7pm Monday 26th January

• eClubs –  7pm Tuesday 20th January & 7pm Thursday 22nd January

• Satellite Clubs –  7pm Monday 19th January &  7pm Friday 30th January

• Innovative and Flexible Clubs – 8pm Thursday 22nd & 7pm Wednesday 28th
P
lease note the links do not work you will need to go to Rotary GBI website to book.

New Members notified to the Editor as at January 4 are

Worcester Vigornia: Reg Sharratt.

Worcester Vigornia continue there successful membership drive with what seems like a new member every other week, well done!


District Mini Convenvention
Monday January 12, 2015
19:30
Chase Hotel,
Brockworth

We congratulate Bob Coles of Rotary@Kingsholm who received the British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours List for services to the Fire and Rescue Service and to the community.
Want to keep your members engaged in the New Year then send them this eNewsletter.
Ebola, the Fight Goes On
 
In a recent eNewsletter we asked for Clubs to let us know what they were doing to help the fight of Ebola in West Africa. The UK has adopted Sierra Leone and there is progress there but it is slow.
Two Clubs reported on initiatives they took to combatnthis terrible disease.

Nailsea and Backwell went onto the streets in November and collected £1,021.09 which was sent to DEC and this sum is matched by The UK Government as UKAid.

Worcester Wychavon kindly sent a donation to The Rotary Club of Marlow who are working with the Rotary Club of Monrovia in Liberia to provide essential equipment to alleviate suffering and contain the virus.

The Rotary Club of Marlow is co-ordinating a country wide collection for Liberia and we were informed on Saturday January 3 that it was about to reach £80,000. This money is being turned into real practical help on the ground in Monrovia.

As Editor of the national magazine  I have spoken recently to a number of agencies providing aid and relief in these countries. It would seem that the long term objective is to provide community health centres for the prevention and containment of Ebola by educating the people in remote communities.
The immediate aim to to stop the spread and the medium to long term objective is to prevent this sort of epidemic ever happening again

 
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