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The urgent cries of the Philippine people. 

Pictures coming in from the news agency Reuters show devastation but they also show pictures of people holding up requests for help.

There is urgent need for food and dry shelter along with clean water.

Rotarians as ever have responded with donations and collections. Some clubs will be on the streets this weekend collecting for ShelterBox and other Rotary box charities. In the District it was decided to take a more medium to longer term view and set up a fund "The Phillipines Fund" for help to set up schools,clinics and possibly hospitals when the initial immediate requirement has subsided. Of course clubs can choose to make their donations and collections in whatever way  they think appropriate and RIBI has set up a fund "RIBI Disaster Fund" for aid to the Philippines. Rotary International RI is also setting up a fund and details will be sent when known.
It is always difficult to know how to respond to such a terrible disaster and we leave it to clubs to decide the best way in which they think they can help.
However we are assured of one thing and that is Rotarians are responding as they always do and every single penny donated or collected will be used in some way to help the disaster struck people of the Philippines.
For more information and graphic scenes of the destruction click here…. or click on the picture.

 Please let us know how much you collect since we are putting all the amounts together as Rotary within RIBI.

From Swindon Old Town.
So far, One Shelter Box ordered this week. Friday, supported The Ridgeway School in their fundraising efforts.
Today, Saturday will be doing a bucket collection at The WYVERNE THEATRE plus handing out 400 leaflets about Shelter Boxes.
Tomorrow will be collecting at a Sainsbury Store.
Long term we will be raising money once the immediate needs have been met.

A very busy 2 weeks for DG Jan

Another two weeks in the Rotary year 2013/14 and another newsletter. As usual it has not been a quiet two weeks, I have been kept busy visiting clubs and attending functions

Some edited highlights of Jan's 2 weeks around the District.
On Saturday and Sunday we attended the Disabled Sports in Coventry. This an annual event run by District 1060 which our District has supported for many years. Two teams entered from D1100, one sponsored by the RC of Cirencester and the other by the RC of Bristol Breakfast. It was good to be there and to see the competitors having such a great time. The only event we won was the Boccia, the trophy going to the Cirencester Team. Thank you so much to both clubs for supporting this great event and for the hard work that goes into organising the trip to Coventry and to looking after the contestants.  
If you wish to read all of DG Jan's Journeys in the district in the last couple of weeks  click here.

HRH Prince of Wales reviews progress of the polio campaign in India.

His Royal Highness Prince Charles appreciates Rotary’s efforts in polio eradication in India and world-wide

During an official visit to Serum Institute of India in Pune, India on 10th November 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Charles acknowledged Rotary’s tremendous efforts in eradicating polio in India and urged them to do the same world-wide. His Royal Highness spent some time at Rotary’s display panel showcasing Rotary’s role in polio eradication, asking specific questions to Rotary District 3131 District Governor Dr Deepak Shikarpur, National Polio Committee Member SK Jain & District PolioPlus Chair Sandesh Savant. His Royal Highness accepted and posed with an “End Polio Now” scarf for the media photographers. Later, at a reception at Turf Club, he requested the large press present to highlight Rotary’s multifaceted role in making “This Close to Ending Polio” a reality for all future generations.

India awaits to announce polio eradication but we have had a couple of setbacks recently with cases in Syria and the virus being found in Israel and the possibility of cases in Romania. We must continue this fight and as Rotary help to complete the task of eradicating polio from the world.

Planning is gearing up...

...for 3 “Your Green future” events in 2014. An initiative spearheaded in District 1100. Each event involves over 25 schools and almost 500 pupils who go along to learn about career prospects in the green economy
Stratford Park in Stroud will be the venue on 4/5th February followed by UWE in Bristol on 1/2nd April. The Worcester team have yet to fix a venue sometime in June.
Stroud is headed up by Rtn Leon Sandells, Bristol, Rtn David Lewis and Worcester Rtn John Pooley. Click on their name to contact them.
Clubs in the District can help by doing the following.
1.raise awareness of the events in local schools
2.Helping finance with a modest amount £100/200
3.Offering to help with stewarding the event.
Growing Rotary with new members.
Since July Clubs across the District have increased membership by 38 in percentage terms that is 1.89%. However clubs committed at the start of the year to induct new members and we are 56 below the target set. On the positive side some clubs had a nett increase of 6 members and one 12 new members. With others there was a big loss with the highest being 5. The UK percentage of female members at present is 13%. We are providing these facts to underline that point that there is still a lot of work do concerning growing clubs with new members. On the bright side we have 2 inductions to report in this issue
Cheltenham: Anne Collard

Monmouth: Sue Gaylard

We welcome them into the organisation and wish them fun and rewarding membership

Around the District

Over £20,000 was raised for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre at a recent Charity Dinner and Auction organised by Worcester Sever Rotary.
The event was held at Bank house Bransford and the 300 attendees were entertained with a talk by the right honourable Michael Portillo who is now known for his television appearances.
Lots coming up for auction conducted by estate agent Andrew Grant included a week’s holiday in a luxury villa in  Marbella and the more unusual, a prize onion, which sold for £320.
President of Worcester Severn Rotary Club, Jonathon Sington said, “ It was a superb evening and everyone enjoyed themselves. Michael Portillo was an entertaining and interesting speaker. The auction was a great success and I would like to thank everyone who came along and made a contribution. We are all very pleased at the outcome.”
Worcester Severn Rotary Club hold several events throughout the year and support the local community with hands on projects.

RYLA is Changing

Andy Jarrett is in the process of updating the RYLA pages on the District Website and in the next few days new pages and forms will be appearing read more...
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