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

You cannot afford to let this opportunity pass.

I just watched a short film from staff at wondros.com – which motivated me to look at their website, I actually was inspired by the little knowledge I have. 
The team at ‘wondros’ were behind the ‘Yes we can’ campaign for President Obama and it featured ‘will-i-am’ …. some of you may recall I invited him to be a speaker at our District Conference in October this year, sadly none of his agents / agencies / contacts, in the UK even took time to say not available. 
None the less, I am undaunted in my task – to increase engagement and numbers of Rotarians in the West of Scotland by a simple 20%… 
Are you one of my future 20%?…. 
If so, respond and I’ll share your options for engagement – ‘curious’?
Do you want to ‘make a difference’?
Do you want to ‘inspire’ others? 
Do you have around 2 hours a month to give, towards organising projects for helping others?
Would you like to increase your network of contacts?
Are you able to create and share stories ‘digitally’?
Are you up for a ‘challenge’?
Can you afford to let this opportunity pass – without even trying to find out about Rotary?

District Governor News – 2

Jimmy’s Monthly Newsletter

Issue 2. 2019.

With only a few weeks to go, time for AGM’s; Assemblies and Handovers happening or looming and to look forward and plan for next session 2019/20?

My ‘forward looking’ monthly newsletter, will share information from you, up to 3 months in advance, so that you may promote some of your own local activities and seek collaboration from others, for your local and international projects.

The ‘FOUNDATION’ seminar provided insight into our OWN Rotary Charity – ‘The Rotary Foundation’. The seminar shared how you can access your contributions and have them returned to the District as ‘Grants’, to support the outstanding work you are doing locally or internationally, providing a ‘Service Above Self’ and enhancing the reach and impact of the support you are giving.

The Rotary Foundation, now concentrate all ‘grant’ activities on ‘6 Areas of Focus’ which are as follows:

  1. ‘Peace and Conflict Prevention / Resolution’
  2. ‘Disease Prevention and Treatment’
  3. ‘Water and Sanitation’
  4. ‘Maternal and Child Health’
  5. ‘Basic Education and Literacy’
  6. ‘Economic and Community Development’

You can download individual A4 double-sided sheets of these, from www.rotary.org

During the past year, I have been looking ahead to collaborate with other ‘community service’ organisations. I hope this will enable us to gain new Rotarians from these groups. If you have any links or contacts in these groups locally, share the news of collaboration and you may manage to encourage their participation with you.

With help from Rotaract, I plan to target students attending Universities and Colleges in the West of Scotland, I have basic information in their own language: – Korean; Japanese; French; German; Portugese; Italian and Spainish, promoting Rotaract opportunities and the various youth opportunities open to them, i.e. ‘New Generations Exchange’; ‘Youth Exchange’; ‘Camps’; ‘RYLA’; etc. If you have contacts in these groups, let me know, I can provide you with resources for them and encourage participation locally. One Rotarian is striving to get the information in ‘Polish’ for us, another is striving to provide them in ‘Punjabi’.

I also hope to build a collaborative link with major employers in the West of Scotland and perhaps negotiate with the staff, some ‘corporate members’ for Rotary. We need to ‘THINK DIFFERENTLY’ and break down the barriers within our communities, allowing us to continue to provide a ‘Service Above Self’ and enhance our Rotary presence in the West of Scotland.

Calendar items to think about:

May is ‘Youth Service’ month;

June is ‘Fellowship’ month;

Plan your AGM; Assembly & Handover (May; June / July)

Dist’ Handover lunch, is Sun’ 30th June, at 1.00pm; Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew.

Dist’ Conf’ is 12th/13th Oct’, in the Golden Jubilee Hotel & Conference centre, Clydebank.

Yours in Rotary Service, Jimmy

District Governor News – 1

Jimmy’s Monthly Newsletter

Issue 1. 2019.

With just over 1 month to go in the year for District Governor Jim Ross, I thought it may be an appropriate time to ask you to start looking ahead for session 2019/20.

I plan to provide a ‘forward looking’ monthly newsletter, probably sharing information up to 3 months in advance, so that you may promote some of your activities and seek collaboration from others for some of your projects.

My starting point is the recent District Council at which the executive shared with you the information that RI (Rotary International) had indicated that the numbers in our District, had been dropping steadily over the years and that we had passed the threshold of being able to have our own District. The discussion at Council agreed and understood that any proposed merger may result in a dramatic loss of Rotarians from our District.

Therefore:- we have PETO (President Elect Training and Orientation) It would be great if all our Presidents attending, can share the plans for our future and enhance the opportunity for a continued Rotary presence in the West of Scotland. Please, could you strive to have a representative from your club attend?

I can only be your servant as District Governor, as I have been elected to represent our District within the wider world of Rotary. To be able to do this efficiently and effectively, I need to hear from each one of you, on which aspects I should take the lead, to represent your wishes. I would have thought that the one thing you do not want, is for me to go and be an egomaniac and promote my own thoughts on what you want or need. Particularly as I may get it very wrong!!!

You may have heard or read from my previous reports during the past year, which I have been looking ahead on the issue of collaborating with other ‘community service’ volunteers in other organisations. The purpose of which will enable us to perhaps gain some new Rotarians from within these groups.

During the past 12 months, I have met with representatives from various cultural and ethnic groups in the West of Scotland, discussions are still at an early stage, although they may already be showing some ‘new shoots’ emerging, from which we may manage to record new Rotarians. If you have any links or contacts within these groups locally, share this news and you may manage to encourage their participation with you.

The representatives I have chatted with so far are The Chinese community; The Indian community; The Pakistan community; The African community also, with help from our Rotaractors, we plan to target the student cohort attending Universities and Colleges in the West of Scotland, using information in their own language, such as – Korean; Japan; French; German; Portugal; Italian and Spain, promoting Rotaract opportunities and the various youth opportunities open to them, i.e. ‘Youth Exchange’; ‘Camps’; ‘RYLA’; etc. If you have any contact within one or more of these groups, please let us know, we can then provide you with resources to reach out to them and encourage participation locally.

Not only have the cultural groups been contacted, some of us who were volunteering at the ‘Scottish Schools Athletics’ event in the Emirates Arena, managed to chat with many individuals who were showing and interest in the work which Rotary does, locally and internationally. One of those individuals happens to be a coach for the ‘Springburn Harriers’ in which they have young athletes from our (Glasgow North & Bishopbriggs) five local secondary schools. I hope to build a collaborative link and perhaps negotiate some ‘corporate’ members from the adult athletes.

Some of you may know that I swim a couple of mornings each week. I regularly meet and chat with another swimmer who happens to be the Boys Brigade Captain of a local Company in (Glasgow North & Bishopbriggs) who is also the Glasgow Battalion Secretary. He indicated that they are also in early stage talks with their fellow organisations – The Scouts; The Girls Brigade; The Guides; we chatted about offering some of the ‘youth’ opportunities through their organisations and we may perhaps gain Rotarians from the Officers and Leaders.

I must thank you for a link to the last group that I am chatting with, The Police Young Volunteers – I chatted with one of the leaders at a Paisley event and since then I have been contacted by our local group and I plan to chat with them also. My aim is to share any information gained, with each of you in the hope that you will also see the opportunities to engage with all of these groups; organisations and cultures around you locally.

We need to ‘THINK DIFFERENTLY’ and break down the barriers within our communities, allowing us to continue to provide a ‘Service Above Self’ and enhance our Rotary presence in the West of Scotland.

If you happen to have a link to – The Soroptimist ladies; The Inner Wheel ladies; or The Womens Institute ladies; please let me know and we can look to building a link with them too.

To finish this first newsletter, here are specific Rotary items to think about from the Rotary Foundation 6 areas of Focus and annual calendar:

May is ‘Youth Service’ month;

June is ‘Fellowship’ month;

You should also be planning your AGM; Assembly & Handover (May; June / July)

The District Handover dinner is Sunday 30th June 2019, at 1.00pm in the Glynhill Hotel, Renfrew.

The ‘District Conference’ is 12th/13th October 2019 in the Golden Jubilee Hospital & Conference centre, Clydebank. More information on the conference will emerge in the future ‘Monthly Newsletters’ – make sure that you look at the various options to attend and participate, bring family and friends, encourage potential Rotarians to attend and hear about the great work you do as a Rotarian, locally and internationally.

Thank you for selecting me to represent you as your District Governor next session, I can only perform at my best with your support and input, therefore let us build up a dialogue between us, so that I am able to focus on the route District wishes to go.

Yours in Rotary Service


New Developments

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