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District 1100 eNewsletter #21
ROTARY DISTRICT 1100
eNEWSLETTER
SEC'S SPOT 
 
District Secretary's notices appear here, and like the District Diary, are on the District Website

Nailsea & Backwell won the District Quiz beating Royal Forest of Dean and Swindon in a closely fought final.

District Handover will be at The Feathers Hotel, Ledbury on 1 July. 

The finals of the District Skittles Challenge Cup and Plate will be held at Royal British Legion, Slimbridge on 4 May.

Next year's Club Officers should look out for information from your Assistant District Governor about upcoming Zone meetings near you. 

 

GOING FOR GOLD 
 

Incoming DG David Houghton laid out his exciting plans for the year ahead at District Assembly.

David spoke about the RI theme and his own emphasis on, whilst recognizing the need for Clubs to retain their own independence and identity, he will continue to encourage them to work together on larger higher profile activities and events.

With an Olympic theme David unveiled his District team which he has dubbed Team 2012

The break out sessions gave attendees more opportunities to take these emphases forward in the various avenues of service.

With
Conference returning to Torquay between 1 and 3 March looks to be another exciting year in prospect. 

NEW MEMBERS

Mike Gay has joined Fishponds and Downend.

Stuart Hobday is now a member of Chipping Sodbury.

Cheltenham Sunrise has welcomed Ian George and Simon John.

Big welcome to them all to the Family of Rotary. 

Please tell us about your new members and  Sue Fitzjohn what your Club is doing to recruit members.

FESTIVAL WEATHERS
THE STORM

The poor weather didn't deter many people coming along to enjoy and join in with our District's very first public showcase of Rotary's events and projects.
A very wide range of Club's activities and achievements were on display at the event which was brilliantly organized by David Wells.
Unfortunately the very poor weather led to the decision to draw the Festival to an early finish at lunchtime.
It was also great to see so much sharing of information, enthusiasm and ideas between Clubs. 
Some excellent footage of the Festival has been posted here by Max Steel of Worcester Vigornia. 
All in all judged to have been a great success which hopefully will be repeated at some suitable opportunity in the future.


 
 
FAB CONFERENCE

District Conference came home to Bristol and was a great success.

Well deserved Service Above Self Award presented to Past District Governor (PDG) Ian Beattie of Bristol

Inspirational presentations by Penny Dean & Henry Olonga set the tone for the plenary sessions.

Very informative presentation from the WHO about our commitment to End Polio Now and Rotary's vital part in the progress to where we are today and the importance of not giving up now. 

Attendance trophy went to Yate and Club Bulletin award went to Gloucester Severn. District Quiz trophy was presented to Nailsea and Backwell.

Big thank you to District Governor Martin and Conference Chairman PDG Stuart Gilbert for such an excellent day.
EXCELLENT NIGHT
IN WORCS.

 
Worcestershire Clubs came together to host a fabulous night of fellowship with a very interesting guest speaker from Wiggly Wigglers the award winning garden supplies company.

Attended by about 120 Rotarians including representation from 9 Clubs in neighbouring District 1060.

Great example of how Clubs working together can achieve more. 



Please tell us how you are working well with Clubs near you.

The District team are keen to share ideas and celebrate successes in all avenues of Rotary Service, achievements and fellowship.

GSE VISIT

The incoming Group Study Exchange team from Sri Lanka has been well received as they have travelled and spoken throughout District.

They have been hosted and entertained throughout the length and breadth of our District undertaking a programme masterminded by GSE Chair Garth Raymer.

Next year we will send and welcome a team from the USA.

2012 / 13 will be the last year of GSE. Will be replaced by Vocational Training Teams as part of Rotary's Future Vision. 

eClub CHARTER

Places are going fast for the exciting and very different Charter event for our District's unique eClub on Saturday 19 May.

Will be an interesting value for money family friendly day at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire.

Not to be missed. More information here.



DG Martin and his wife Ann have been pleased to recently attend a number of black tie dinners including the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Cheltenham North's charter. 


Looking for a different overseas trip?

Then why not consider then joining the Rotary Friendship Exchange trip to India in Jan / Feb 2013?
 
Please note that the latest date for copy for the next District eNewsletter is 9 May. Send your contributions to the District PR & Communications Team.  www.rotary1100.org
 
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