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

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


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