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District Council 21st September 2011 - Summary

By Webmaster - Posted on 07 October 2011

IPDG David Butler presented his Personal Governor’s Citation to:

  • Rtn. Malcolm Overend – Development/Training within 1060 and his help at Assembly
  • Rtn. Mike Deathridge – help on PR/Communications and with DG’s Newsletter
  • Rtn. Jan Denning – voluntary work on dentistry in Kenya and Shelter Box Week for Japan.

The appointment of Rtn. John Tyler as Trustee for District 1060 Trust (2011-14) was approved. Rtn. John was re-elected and will serve as Trustee for a further period of three years.

COL Matters – PDG Peter Smith updated the meeting on the possible proposal from District 1220 for submission to the 2013 Council on Legislation dealing with travel expenses for RI Officers and Staff. He promised to circulate all Clubs, in due course, with the latest information.

Conference Chairman, PDG David Bowyer, said that with just 37 days to go to Conference there is still time to register and to attend this most worthwhile information packed, but fun, event. Coach travel to Llandudno is being provided (at a cost )- contact PDG Robin Jones, Lichfield St. Chad - and the coach(es) will also be used to ferry attendees between hotels and the Conference Centre,Venue Cymru.

District Leadrship & Development Chairman Malcolm Overend explained that the current Development Plan can be found on the 1060 web site [Sec. note: / For Members and Clubs / District Documents / 1060 Development Plan 2011.12.pdf - you will need to sign in to open or download ].

The focus is on membership and on succession of officers at both Club and District level.

Recently IPDG David Butler held a Past Presidents Valedictory seminar and the outcome can also be found on the 1060 web [Sec. note: – it follows the item mentioned above].

This seminar brought out lots of useful ideas regarding possible change to different types of Club meeting; sharing resources between Clubs, the costs of being a Rotarian, subs. and meal costs, especially special events costs.

A Guideline on Grievance Procedure has been drawn up to assist any Club or Rotarian who has a grievance to pursue or resolve.

Jim Sleight, District Membership Resources Team Leader, reported that with assistance from 1060 Communications, PR & Marketing Chairman, Dave Roberts, new 1060 promotional literature is being produced (a poster in was put out for each Club ). As well as posters for Clubs to display prominently in their local area, Clubs will also be provided with business cards (50 per Club) and “free postage” return postcards. These will hopefully be ready for issue within the next four weeks. There will also be a brochure for use where Clubs are working with schools (to give to staff and parents to promote Rotary), these could also be placed in Doctor’s waiting rooms, etc. 

A Club Profile questionnaire has been issued to every Club and to date about 50% have been returned. Would Clubs who have not yet returned their questionnaire please do so asap. This information is needed to best match potential Rotarians with the correct Club in their area.

Special Needs Football: 10th October at Aston Villa Academy. To date 23 teams are entered, but we are expecting 32 as per last year.

Toy Boxes: Bill Elliotintroduceda new charity project called Toy Boxesand opened one to display the contents. These boxes of toys cost a donation of £100 to Kids Out and can be geared to suit ages from early years through to 11+. The boxes will be donated, by Kids Out, to the child/children of battered wives. Bill said that he hopes to be able to purchase 68 boxes (average 1 / Club). Interested Clubs should contact Bill.

Youth Speaks:   Roy Hawkes has been the contact for 1060 for many years but he has now passed this function to Jo Kobrin (Secretary of Atherstone RC).

PDG Lorna introduced James Lovett, District Rotaract Representative and President of Rotaract Club of Leamington and Warwick, who will be a speaker at the forthcoming 1060 Conference. James is also on the National UK Executive of Rotaract (RGBI) as its International Officer  - we need to give him our full support. The worldwide statistics show there is on average 1 Rotaract Club for every 4 Rotary Clubs, so 1060 is nowhere near the average.

There was a Rotaract stand at the recent fresher’s day at Aston University and 15 students expressed an interest. As it happens, you need 15 names to start a Rotaract Club, so here is a Rotaract Club in the making, but it would only be open to Aston Students. A city the size of Birmingham should have at least one community based Rotaract Club. Asking each 1060 "area" to look at setting up a Rotaract Club. James is hoping to attend the Interota Conference in Turkey to make a bid for the UK to host the 2014 Rotaract International Conference. If the bid is successful I know James will be wanting support from local Rotary and Rotaract clubs.

Dates for your diary: L+W Rotaract Club are holding two key events: 25th February 2012 Rotaract Quiz night; and 29th June 2012 is the Rotaract Ball. Would hope 1060 Rotary Clubs would give both these events their full support.

District Governor Brian said that we need to embrace “change” within our Clubs and indeed within District. We need to look at the Council Meeting – could we do it differently? Handover – are there alternative / better ways of doing this ? 1060 Conference – we need to have a Conference, but should we do it differently ?   DG Brian said that PDG David Bowyer had agreed to set-up a small working party to review these three events and report back next year.