Latest news from around the Isles
Welcome to our bumper members' newsletter, bringing
you news from across Rotary International in Great Britain &
Ireland. Please note that some links may
require sign in to the members' section of the website.
In this newsletter,
you will find the following:
Ride. This weekend is Rotary's national bike ride
for prostate cancer.
• Magazine. Check
out the latest edition of Rotary
magazine, featuring The Prince's Trust.
Competitions. View the outstanding winners of Young
Writer and Young Photographer.
• Purple4Polio. Order
your crocus corms and get your green fingers at the ready.
• Foundation. Start
planning for The Rotary Foundation Centennial celebrations.
Handover. Your last chance to register for the
The Rotary Express heads to Manchester.
to Serve. Hear how Rotary is helping Village Water
• Insurance. New
Confirmation of Insurance and the latest news from our insurance
It’s now less than one
week to go until this year’s Rotary Ride and we are all set to be bigger
and better than 2015. The ride, which takes place this Father’s Day
weekend (18th – 19th June), has already seen phenomenal interest from
clubs and members of the public so if you still haven’t registered your
event on the Rotary Ride website, what are you waiting for?
You can do this by
logging on to rideentry.rotarygbi.org using
the login details below:
(the word not your club name)
(first character is the number one)
Last year was a huge
success with 250 events taking place all across Great Britain and Ireland
and 20,000 people joining clubs to help raise over 100,000 for prostate
cancer. We also gained great exposure for Rotary with 494 pieces of press
coverage, which included print, radio, online and social media mentions
reaching an audience over 6.5 million people.
However, we want this
year’s Rotary Ride to top last year’s, so it's not too late to dust off
that bike helmet and find a
ride near you. There is something for everyone
with family fun rides for all ages and abilities, longer cross-country
rides for more intrepid enthusiasts, and even static rides, a
great way to work as part of a team by taking turns riding to a goal
The RIBI PR team are
also holding a media day the day before the Rotary Ride takes place to
promote the events happening and the great work being done for the
prostate cancer charities. To bolster our offering to the press we’re
keen to get some case studies from local people about their experiences
with prostate cancer who would be willing to give media interviews. We’d
like to speak to anyone who has experienced the disease, or had someone
close to them affected by prostate cancer, and their motivations for
taking part in the Rotary Ride.
If you know of anyone
who would be happy to share their story with us and be put forward for
media interviews could you please get in touch as we’ll be keen to speak
to them. To contact us please email email@example.com.
We are excited the
share the latest edition of Rotary magazine, which is available to view online.
This issue features The Prince’s Trust as the charity celebrates its 40th
anniversary, an update on the fight against polio in Pakistan and an
interview with refugee and critically acclaimed author Gulwali Passarlay.
We also showcase a
number of award winners, including youth competitions, Champions of
Change and the Outstanding International Man and Woman of the Year Award,
and a selection of regional news from clubs across Great Britain and
If you have a story you
would like to see featured in Rotary,
and some great pictures to go with it, contact the PR Team or
the magazine's Editor.
Another wonderful year
of youth competitions has come to an end, and we are delighted to share
the winners of the final two competitions.
The theme for this
year's Young Photographer and Young Writer competitions was 'Our World Is
Beautiful', and whether capturing stunning landscapes or penning
descriptive stories about the seasons, competitors were inspired by the
world around them.
To find out the
winners of the Young Photographer
and Young Writer competitions,
and see the winning entries for yourself, visit the website.
We've been so excited
by the positive response from Rotary clubs across the length and breadth
of Great Britain and Ireland who are getting involved with the new Purple4Polio campaign!
Remember you still have time to get involved with Rotary’s new
partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and take part in
purple crocus planting activities to raise awareness for Rotary's fight
to eradicate polio.
Details of how to get
involved can be found on the Purple4Polio page of the Rotary website
(sign in required). This page also contains a Rotary Club Briefing to help
clubs with their planting activities, instructions on how to order corms
and a host of other promotional resources.
Green fingers at the
ready! The next deadline for corm orders is 30th June!
Rotary Foundation Centennial
When incoming District
Governors gathered in San Diego for the International Assembly in
January, they began preparing for The Rotary Foundation’s year of
centennial celebrations in 2016/17.
Governors-Elect also got a sneak peak of Doing Good in the World, a new book
giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Foundation’s rich history, from
founder Arch Klumph’s initial proposal at the 1917 Rotary Convention up
to the latest humanitarian grants. Governors received complimentary
copies of the book, and author David C. Forward, governor of District
7500 (New Jersey, USA), addressed the gathering and signed copies.
“I have circled the
globe to research, write and speak about the story of Rotary in action,
and I have never been as proud to be a Rotarian as I am today,” Forward
said. “This is something I can give to a town’s mayor to help him or her
understand the value of having a Rotary club in the community, or new
members to help them become more engaged, motivated, generous Rotarians.”
Now is the time to
start planning your club or district’s centennial celebration. In
addition to spreading the word about the book, now for sale on the RIBI online
shop, you have lots of ways to let your members know
about the Foundation:
• Dedicate club meeting time to Foundation
topics each week. Share how your local and international projects are
improving lives through Rotary’s areas of focus.
• Continue The Rotary Foundation’s legacy of
humanitarian service by participating in a global grant or district grant
project and dedicating it to the centennial.
• Challenge members to increase their
contributions to the Foundation. Encourage them to give through Rotary
Direct and to join the Paul Harris Society by contributing $1,000 or more
• Start organising a centennial event in your
community and use it to educate your local media about Rotary and its
centennial promotion tool kit, which includes resources for planning and
promoting activities, at the Rotary centennial website.
There is still time to
secure your place on the Rotary International in Great Britain &
Ireland cruise to commemorate the Presidential handover of Peter Davey to
Eve Conway on Saturday 2nd July 2016.
Watch the sun set over
London’s iconic landmarks and take in the stunning skyline from the
Thames’ largest party boat, the Dixie Queen.
Embarking at Tower
Pier, guests will experience a night of dinner and live music from Cody
Lee, who appeared on BBC1′s 'The Voice',
and his band The Retro Boys, the UK’s youngest retro band.
For more information
and to register for the event, visit the following link.
The Rotary Express is
steaming ahead to Manchester Central on
7th – 9th April 2017 for the 92nd annual Rotary in Great Britain &
Ireland conference, which is shaping up to be as inspiring and sensational
as ever with a fantastic line up of speakers.
There are plenty of unique and exciting functions
to choose from this year, ranging from a special ‘Welcome to Manchester’
drinks reception at the historic Manchester Town Hall, a mouth-watering
three-course dinner at the extravagant conference headquarters hotel, The Midland, and
not forgetting a lively tribute concert from the Legends of Las Vegas.
All this culminates in
a spectacular concert on Saturday evening with Welsh superstar
mezzo-soprano classical crossover singer Katherine Jenkins OBE who will
be singing for Rotary conference delegates in this stunning concert.
Advanced tickets are available for registered
Rotary conference delegates for a limited time only before they go
on public sale. To book tickets to this concert look out for details in
your Conference Registration confirmation email.
If all that isn’t
enough to keep you on your toes, there will also be youth activities, the
bustling Community Showcase, the annual Rotaract Conference, Foundation
celebrations and a few surprises along the way.
Don’t miss out on the
special Early Bird discount and register now to
be part of something special!
Since 2003, Rotary
clubs have helped over 100 villages through their support of Village Water,
and now their new Village Information Monitoring system is enabling
authorities in the area to measure the water, sanitation and health benefits
of their activities more effectively.
Recent data showed
that there has been a 98% reduction in diarrhoea, 89% reduction in eye
infections and an 81% reduction in malaria in areas of Zambia where
Village Water has a presence, proving that the support and
service given by Rotary clubs is having a lasting impact in international
You can find further information on Village Water
by visiting their website, or by
contacting Rotarian Richard Pither.
Our insurance brokers
Bartlett's will be producing a regular Insurance Newsletter for clubs
which will provide helpful links to resources, reminders of insurance
cover levels for various activities, policy renewal plans, and more. The
first newsletter, along with the new Confirmation of Insurance for the
2016/17 Rotary year, is now available on our website
(sign in required).
It is important that
all members organising or participating in Rotary activities are aware of
the insurance implications, the insurance guide and risk assessment
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