The Newsletter of Rotary District 1100
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The redesigned magazine
Your magazine left the printers to be distributed on Friday afternoon January 30. We hope you like it since we have spent a lot of time and effort over the past few months making significant changes to the look the layout and the articles. It should be in your clubs on Wednesday. In this edition there are 2 Big Interviews with the UBS Director of Philanthropy and the CEO of ShelterBox Alison Wallace. Around the Districts has been reconfigured and is now called Regional News. We think it makes a much better read. Let us know what you think.

'Rotary Ride 2015 for Prostate Cancer'
A D1100 focus group has met twice to work at localising the forthcoming National bike ride to be held on 21 June (Fathers Day) to promote awareness of Prostrate Cancer.
RIBI has emailed Club Presidents’ and Secretaries
In summary this document:
  • sets out the raison d'etre for the event
  • publishes the proposed national website (not yet live)
  • encourages clubs to register nationally at a cost of £10  per rider if over 16, free for under 16.
The focus group recommends that in D1100 we:
  • encourage clubs to take part in this national initiative to raise money for prostate cancer, to showcase Rotary and attract new members.
  • use the national system for registration if that suits
  • link local pre planned cycling events to this initiative
  • set up new cycling events locally either through established cycling clubs or by arranging bike rides, family bike rides, sportive events, static events etc
  • Clubs tell Com Voc chair Phil Selwood what event they are organising so details of all events across D1100 are recorded
  • the original proposal that we link arms with other clubs district by district and around the coastline we are deferring to another year.
What happens to the £10 Registration fee?
From the £10, £5 will go to a Prostate Cancer organisation within the District in which the participants are riding, no more than £1 will be paid to Eventbrite to cover the registration costs, £2 will go to the club whose ride the participant has chosen to take part in to cover their expenses, and £2 will go to covering the PR and marketing that is being done by RIBI. Obviously if the ride is the success we are all hoping that we should have more income than expenditure in which case we can re distribute the balance to Prostate Cancer.
Why are we doing this?
Not only is it a great way to help raise money for prostate cancer, a condition that not only affects 40,000 men in the UK and Ireland every year (of which 10,000 men will die) but their families as well, it is also a fantastic way to bring our communities together through a national campaign, raising the profile of Rotary across the country and helping us drive membership enquiries.
What do you need to do?
Organise an event on Sunday 21 June for the Rotary Ride either using the RIBI Registration system or use your own pricing and donate profit to Prostate Cancer locally.
Consider joining up with other Rotary clubs in your locality and make it a joint event.
Tell Phil Selwood Com Voc chair what event you are organising.
Have Fun and Fellowship.

Rotary and the UN

Did you know that a Team of Rotary Representatives is working with the UN on a new set of Millennium Development Goals? Ed Futa the Dean of representatives spoke with me before the New Year about the work of himself and his team of 20. We also have teams of advocates working with governments across the world to emphasise The Rotary Foundations areas of focus and align them with a new set of goals.
Their work in this field has been given platinum status within the UN and special recognition has been given to our "End Polio Now" campaign with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary International has just released a further $38.4M for work in the non endemic countries in maintaining them polio free. The endemic countries also receive part of this grant to rid their country of polio. This is especially the case in Pakistan
You Wait for one and then Three Come Along Together
Worcester South welcomed 2 female members. So it can be done and a very warm welcome to, Gillian Woodbridge, Margaret Davis and Val Firming. Enjoy your time with Rotary.
We also hear on the grapevine that some Clubs are setting up satellite clubs but they want to keep them secret but they should be telling us all about them since it means they are progressive. 

District Conference 2015
Warwick Arts Centre
March 27-29
Details on the District Website here
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