District Governor News – 7

Jimmy’s Monthly Newsletter

Issue 7. SEPTEMBER 2019.

I recently sent a welcome email to the 10 NEW members listed in the DMS since 1st July 2019. there are none from the 1st August yet, which is coming to an end soon.

I also decided to take a look at the number of NEW members in the District, since 1st January 2019 using the DMS search facility. There are 84, which included the 10 mentioned above, which means 74 since 1st July 2018, with just over 50 of these following the RI board notification.

I am not being complacent – but that equates to just over 1 new Rotarian per week, can you imaging the number if we were able to do that for our 48 groups in district? Even if we could manage just 1 new Rotarian each month in each Rotary, that would be over 600 in the year. Can we do it? – ‘yes we can’… to quote Bob the Builder!!!. If we can manage to do that with even a quarter of our groups, we might save the district from a merger. As that will enable us to meet the target set by RI.

It is possible that we can increase that number for this year, to meet the target of 100 new Rotarians set by IPDG Jim. Sadly, we have lost many Rotarians to the ravages of age, either through incapacity to continue due to ill health; infirmity or death. I wonder if that specific aspect will be taken into consideration, when they look at our active attempts to meet the request made.

We are considering many avenues to increase engagement and then conversion to Membership, therefore let us continue to work towards the goals set and push for recognition of the efforts being made to address the situation.

I have taken the recommendation from Roddy Duncan, to convert my efforts to engage the ‘Culinary Ability Chefs’ – and seek to launch an e-satellite Rotary from Glasgow North & Bishopbriggs, to secure any interest around the Globe from those registered with the various

Associations of Chefs, who wish to participate in the desire to provide access to their sector, by those with disabilities, seeking to pursue a career in in the Hospitality industry.

Recent actions and situations within that specific target group, have taken a great step forward, during our planning – although there is some concern that other Districts around the world, may copy the basic idea and even launch at the same time, or before we do – there is some urgency therefore to set this up and be first to do so.

During my visits, there have been some encouraging comments by individual Rotarians regarding the idea and we may manage to set up a ‘think tank’ to consider other employment sectors which we could be targeting a similar engagement strategy for their industry. They may also look at the various factors that might be a ‘hurdle’ for some in the community, to pursue a specific career.

These may include – ‘Deaf’; ‘Blind’; ‘Mute’; ‘Autistic’; those who are ‘economically challenged’; ‘single parents’; ‘refugees’; ‘economic migrants’; ‘displaced citizens’ from other countries; etc… the list may well grow. Therefore , it may be worthwhile exploring some of these sectors and

engaging with the professionals related to current provision for them.

There is a lesson to be gained, by looking at the list of ‘Rotary Fellowships’ and ‘Rotary Action Groups’; to stimulate thoughts of prospective sectors for consideration, that could sustain global Rotary e-satellites, based in District 1230.

There are also 143 sports listed, in a website I came across, which highlights World; Olympic; Continental; National championships – as well as another source, for the many countless hobbies and crafts that individuals are engaged in. A Rotary e-club ‘meeting their needs and desires’ to perhaps follow their passion and also ‘do good in the community’ at the same time, could very well be considered by them.

Time to get our thinking caps on – learn to ‘think differently’ folks, seek out the potential opportunities for consideration. Many of these sectors listed may well be able to seek funding to support individuals, from many agencies that see them as a ‘priority’ within the community. I guess these could be seen as ‘Community Action Groups’ – similar to the ‘peace corps’ listed

in Rotary.

Rotary may also have to ‘think differently’ regarding the skills that some of these individuals can share, albeit they may not be able to pay the annual subscription – some form of waver could be negotiated based on the time given to ‘help others’ in the community. That specific point may also address the comments made by many retired Rotarians who have less disposable income today and that becomes the main factor for them leaving Rotary. Taking their very valuable skills and experience away with them.

Sep is ‘Education’ month; and 20th Sept’ is the ‘Culinary Olympics’ team

Fundraising dinner in the Banqueting Hall of Glasgow City Chambers. (contact me if you wish to attend)

Oct is ‘Economic & Community Development’ month & 24th is ‘Polio Day’ (also)

District Conference is 12th/13th Oct’, in the Golden Jubilee Hotel & Conference centre, Clydebank. The registration forms are out, and there are many options for attendance. Finally, may I record a massive thank you, for your service.

Nov is ‘Rotary Foundation’ month – The Rotary Foundation is our own Charity.

I ask you to search inside yourself and consider if you can / will, share this journey of ‘thinking differently’ with me, I need your skills; expertise; ideas; and your very valuable time – to enable us to grow Rotary in the West of Scotland. – ARE YOU WITH ME?

Yours in Rotary Service

Jimmy

District Governor News – 6

Jimmy’s Monthly Newsletter

Issue 6. AUGUST 2019.

We are already at the end of the first month in the Rotary year 2019/2020 – the visits have started, with twenty completed at the time of typing this newsletter. For me – it has been an inspiration. I have to repeat, the list and diversity of projects and social activities grows daily, the genius of so many Rotarians used to engage and involve their communities is phenomenal.


Equally, I want to record my respect further, to all the Rotarians in our district, your passion for ‘doing good’ is undiminished in difficult times, as those who have already had a visit will know, I urge you to continue your great work and strive to broadcast the ‘good news’ to others. A previous newsletter, (issue 4)  gives support to sign into or set-up your own ‘My Rotary’ account in www.rotary.org (if you need help, please let me know)


As a district, we have to increase our numbers above 1,100 by 30 June 2020. I seek your input as we strive to engage NEW Rotarians – to encourage and involve them through various options. I guess I am looking for your creativity and ability to ‘Think Differently’ so that we may manage this.

Remember that a ‘satellite’ of your Rotary can be recognised with 8 or more participants, it can meet at a different date and time, to suit those unable to attend a regular meeting. It can also have an alternate format and structure – making it more flexible and accommodating to others. You can also set up an ‘e-satellite’ (electronic) for those unable to attend a face to face event.

Anyone involved in a satellite, are ‘active’ Rotarians registered through your main Rotary, thereby enhancing your numbers and growing your options to ‘do good in the community’ and engage others in projects, which can be a joint project with the main group, or a separate project looking towards meeting a specific need.

This allows you to be more innovative and flexible, as well as attracting a diverse sector of the community to align themselves with the project. Being that flexible also enables other organisations to become real partners and gain Rotary recognition for the good work being done through them.

I will also be looking to recognise great work being done, therefore start thinking about individuals, or groups that you know have done great work. I will then do the ‘OSCARS’ – and make up shortlists of potential winners, invite those shortlisted to buy tickets for the Handover and we can reveal the winner – on the day of the Handover … creating some excitement and  friendly tension.

Aug is ‘Membership Extension’ month

            and District Council – is Wed’ 14th; Glynhill Hotel; 6.30pm

Sep is ‘Education’ month; and 20th Sept’ is the ‘Culinary Olympics’ team

Fundraising dinner in the Banqueting Hall of Glasgow City Chambers. (contact me if you wish to attend)

Oct is ‘Economic & Community Development’ month & 24th is ‘Polio
            Day’
(also)

District Conference is 12th/13th Oct’, in the Golden Jubilee Hotel & Conference centre, Clydebank. The registration forms are out, and there are many options for attendance. Finally, may I record a massive thank you, for your service.

Yours in Rotary Service

Jimmy

District Governor News – 5

Jimmy’s Monthly Newsletter

Issue 5. AUGUST 2019.

We are already into the Rotary year 2019/2020 – club visits have started. What an inspiration it has been too. The list and diversity of fundraising projects and social activities grows daily, the genius of so many Rotarians used to engage and involve their communities is phenomenal.


I want to record my respect to all the Rotarians in our district, your passion for ‘doing good’ is undiminished in difficult times, I urge you though, to continue the great work and strive to broadcast your ‘good news’ to others. The previous (issue 4)  newsletter gave you support to sign into or set-up your own ‘My Rotary’ account in www.rotary.org (if you need another copy let me know)


Immediate Past District Governor Jim, set us a target to increase our numbers above 1,100 by 30 June 2020. I also desire that and I seek your support as we strive to engage up to 20% NEW Rotarians – by encouraging and involving them through various options.

A ‘satellite’ of your Rotary can be recognised with 8 or more participants, the ‘satellite’ can meet at a different date and time, to suit the needs of those unable to attend the Regular meeting. A satellite can also have an alternate format and structure – making it more flexible and accommodating to others. You can also set up an ‘e-satellite’ for those unable to attend a face to face event.

Those involved in the satellite, are full Rotarians registered through your main Rotary, thereby enhancing your numbers and growing your options to ‘do good in the community’ and engage others in the projects, which can be a joint project with the main group, or a separate project looking towards meeting a specific need. This allows you to be more innovative and flexible, as well as attracting a diverse sector of the community to align themselves with the project. Being that flexible also enables other organisations to become real partners and gain further recognition for the good work being done through them.

An example may be, the local ‘Police Scotland Youth Volunteers’ – organised separately from Rotary, although engaged with Rotary to provide a specific service, the Adult Leaders can become members and gain recognition for organising the youth projects or ‘interact’ group in the community. Thereby enabling the young volunteers to participate more fully, in the range of Rotary youth events and exchange opportunities.

It is important to ‘think differently’ as we liaise with others in the community, to enhance the services provided to others needing help.

Aug is ‘Membership Extension’ month

            and District Council – Wed’ 14th; Glynhill Hotel; 6.30pm

Sep is ‘Education’ month; and 20th Sept’ is the ‘Culinary Olympics’ team

Fundraising dinner in the Banqueting Hall of Glasgow City Chambers.

Oct is ‘Economic & Community Development’ month & 24th is ‘Polio
            Day’


District Conference is 12th/13th Oct’, in the Golden Jubilee Hotel & Conference centre, Clydebank. The registration forms are already out, ask your President and Secretary. There are many options for attendance, to make it easier for you. Finally, may I take this moment to thank you all, for your service.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Jimmy

District Governor News – 4

Jimmy’s Monthly Newsletter

Issue 4. JULY 2019.

Well, here we are – you have already installed me as District Governor, but I know it is only a temporary installation, keeping the seat warm for District Governor Elect Angela.


I want to repeat some of the information in newsletter 3, as I need ‘input’ from you, to allow me to represent our District the best I can, taking forward your desires and addressing your concerns. This newsletter will again seek your support to sign into or set-up your own ‘My Rotary’ account in www.rotary.org


At  District Assembly, the team leaders had prepared support materials for you, if you could – share this information with as many Rotarians from your club for 2019/20?

In www.rotary.org when you set up your ‘My Rotary’ account, you can then sign in each year and use the ‘Rotary Club Central’ tool to help you set your goals, keep them simple: e.g.

  1. We aim to have one (1) new Rotarian during the year 2019/20.
  2. We aim to have (100%) retention of our current Rotarians.
  3. We aim to try and raise (£21) from each Rotarian for Foundation, to represent the $26.50 donation from Arch Klumph in 1917, when he set up the Rotary Foundation to help support our charitable work of ‘doing good in the world’. [ EREY ] ‘Every Rotarian Every Year’.
  4. We aim to raise (£77) per head for the Rotary Foundation ‘Annual Fund’ as ‘Sustaining Members’ of the Rotary Foundation.
  5. We aim to increase the ‘diversity’ of Rotarians, to best represent the community; (a) in Gender; (b) Ethnic/Cultures; etc..
  6. We aim to provide an ‘electronic newsletter’ to share information to our Rotarians (please place me on your circulation mailing list)
  7. We aim to liaise with local Media to promote our charitable activities.
  8. We aim to engage with other organisations in the community
  9. We aim to get involved with some of the ‘Rotary Action Groups / Fellowships’ in My Rotary.
  10. We aim to encourage as many Rotarians as possible to participate in Training and Leadership roles in our own Rotary and at District level.

If you manage to do these simple steps, then you will make a massive impact on the profile of the District within Rotary.

Calendar items to think about:

July is ‘new officers’ internal training / set-up.

Aug is ‘Membership Extension’ month

            and District Council – Wed’ 14th; Glynhill Hotel; 6.30pm

Sep is ‘Education’ month

District Conference is 12th/13th Oct’, in the Golden Jubilee Hotel & Conference centre, Clydebank. The registration forms are out, ask the President Elect and Secretary. There are many options for attendance, to make it easier for you and your family to participate. The program is looking very good and the cost is down this year.

Finally, I have started my District Governor visits, may I take this moment to thank you all, for responding to the proposed dates or alternative dates, I think I know where I’m going now.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Jimmy

District Governor News – 3

Jimmy’s Monthly Newsletter

Issue 3. MAY 2019.

We are starting the final countdown – 6 weeks to go, you are busy with AGM’s; Assemblies and Handovers happening or looming and planning for next session 2019/20?


I need ‘input’ from you, to allow me to represent our District the best I can, taking forward your desires and addressing your concerns. This newsletter will also seek your support to sign into or set-up your own ‘My Rotary’ account in www.rotary.org


At our District Assembly, the district team leaders all prepared support materials for you, therefore, could you strive to share with as many Rotarians from your club for next session 2019/20?

In www.rotary.org when you set up your ‘My Rotary’ account, you can then sign in each year and use the ‘Rotary Club Central’ tool to help you set your goals, keep them simple: e.g.

  1. We aim to have one (1) new Rotarian during the session 2019/20.
  2. We aim to have (100%) retention of our current Rotarians.
  3. We aim to try and raise (£21) from each Rotarian for Foundation, to represent the $26.50 donation from Arch Klumph in 1917, when he set up the Rotary Foundation to help support our charitable work of ‘doing good in the world’. [ EREY ] ‘Every Rotarian Every Year’.
  4. We aim to raise (£77) per head for the Rotary Foundation ‘Annual Fund’ as ‘Sustaining Members’ of the Rotary Foundation.
  5. We aim to increase the ‘diversity’ of Rotarians, to best represent the community; (a) in Gender; (b) Ethnic/Cultures; etc..
  6. We aim to provide an ‘electronic newsletter’ to share information to our Rotarians
  7. We aim to liaise with local Media to promote our charitable activities.
  8. We aim to engage with other organisations in the community
  9. We aim to get involved with some of the ‘Rotary Action Groups / Fellowships’ in My Rotary.
  10. We aim to encourage as many Rotarians as possible to participate in Training and Leadership roles in our own Rotary and at District level.

If you manage to do these simple steps, then you will make a massive impact on the profile of the District within Rotary.

Calendar items to think about:

May is ‘Youth Service’ month;

June is ‘Fellowship’ month;

July is ‘new officers’ internal training / set-up.

Complete your AGM’s; Assembly & Handover (May; June / July)

District Handover lunch, is Sun’ 30th June, at 1.00pm; Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew. I would very much appreciate and value your support.

District Conference is 12th/13th Oct’, in the Golden Jubilee Hotel & Conference centre, Clydebank. The registration forms are out, ask the President Elect and Secretary. There are many options for attendance, to make it easier for you and your family to participate. The program is looking very good and the cost is down this year.

Finally, please respond to the proposed ‘District Governor’ visit request, which was in the President Elect pack, so that I may confirm dates in the diary.

Yours in Rotary Service,Jimmy