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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?