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Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, Take Action
From District Governor Martyn Harwood 
Today I went to the Badminton Estate to see how South Cotswold RC run the annual Horseless trials event. Around 300+ runners of all ages participated. Some runners were in fancy dress and there was even a section for Cannicross – for runners and their dogs.   A sunny morning helped to make this a successful event and raise money for local charities.
 
Mini Convention
We have the first mini Convention on Monday October 13, at the Chase Hotel Brockworth, 7pm for 7.30. All Rotarians in D1100 are invited to attend. I would really encourage you to come along to meet other Rotarians in the District, hear about club projects and some interesting speakers. The evening will include:
  •  Susanne Rea From Australia – Worlds Greatest Meal – this has raised over $800,000 since its launch 12 months ago for End Polio
  • Heart Research UK - Denise Armstrong Assistant Director Heart Research UK
Presentations by:
  • Area 1 – AG Simon Wells - Polio Mile and Polio Dinner
  • Area 2 - Brian Knox-Little, Portishead - Memory Cafe Project
  • Area 3 - John Wells, Chipping Sodbury - South West Air Ambulance project
District Conference March 27-29, 2014 Warwick University
Registration has commenced and to receive the early booking discount, your registration must be received by 30 November.  Full details are on the website
Accommodation is en-suite bedrooms which are of a four star hotel standard. Delegates can enjoy all of the extra touches including toiletries, room service, and complimentary high speed wireless internet access.
 
Philippines Disaster Fund
The good news is that a project has been identified which is to help Paypay National High School Rehabilitation Project in Cebu. The Rotary Club of Cebu is our partner club. The Disaster Fund held by the District stands at £29,638. PDG Jan Harris’s club Evesham will be the lead club on the project. A Global Grant application has been written by the RC Cebu and we are currently checking this through.
 

District VTT and Global Grant
We are working on a Vocational Training Team project to help young people in Bulgaria when they leave the care system at 18.  They have to fend for themselves, often with little education or skills to prepare them, which means that many drift into a life of crime.  This project concerns the training of these young people to enable them to have the skills to set up and run a Social Enterprise Unit.
Our partners are the RC Sofia International and the Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion.
The Global Grant application has been authorised by the District Grants sub Committee and the project value is $101, 695.  Once this has been agreed by RI, we will be seeking 4 team members to join Team Leader AG Tim Mason.  More on this later.

Pilot Programmes to assist in membership development

The four current pilot schemes for membership are set out in summary below.  Full details are also available and should be studied by clubs contemplating involvement.
Associate Membership
This Programme allows an individual to become associated and acquainted with a Rotary club, its members, its programmes and projects, and the expectations of club membership with the intent of becoming an active member within a designated period of time.

Corporate Membership
The Programme allows a corporation or company in the club's area to become a member of the Rotary club, through an established membership approval process, and to appoint up to four designees as the individuals attending club meetings, serving on projects, voting on club matters, serving as club officers and on club committees, and so on.
Satellite Clubs
The Satellite Club Pilot Programme will assess the impact of allowing a Rotary club to conduct multiple club meetings during a week, each taking place at a different location, on a different day and/or at a different time.
Innovative and Flexible Rotary Clubs
The Innovative and Flexible Rotary Club Pilot Programme will focus on letting clubs self-determine their operations to fit better with the needs of their members and community.
 If you have an interest in any of the above pilots please get in touch with your club membership chair who will have all the details.
 
Make World Polio Day your club Rotary Day.
RI President Gary Huang has asked every club to hold a Rotary Day sometime in the year. What better time to celebrate a club Rotary Day is there than on World Polio Day.On Friday October 24. We are making great progress but Pakistan is still the challenge where the polio rate is heading for close to 200 this year. We have come a long way and cannot give up now. Keep the day and help make World Polio Day the day we finally declared war on polio. 
Monmouthshire Unsung Heroes Award
Monmouth Rotary club has been recognised for its tireless charity work carried out in Monmouthshire with a top award. The club, which arranges the annual Monmouth Raft Race among its other charity events, won an inaugural The Mons award for its work in the community. The Mons have been established to recognise Monmouthshire’s ‘unsung heroes’. Norman Williams, of Monmouth Rotary Club, said: “We really appreciate being recognised in this way. It was totally unexpected.”
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