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President John’s special visit to Rotary in the ‘Heart of England’


By Steve Cartwright - Posted on 16 August 2012

John Minhinick, President RIBI 2012/13

Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland President John Minhinick has announced he will be making a special visit to the ‘West Midlands’ on 28th – 30th August 2012.

The visit has been arranged specifically to view Rotary Club Youth Projects in Sutton Coldfield and Nechells. With a grand opening of a Rotary ‘Sensory’ garden in Bromsgrove. President John along with rotary members will also be getting their hands dirty assisting in the tidying of a Farm for use of children with disabilities in Coventry.

Additionally over the 3 days he will be visiting and talking to Rotary Clubs and Rotary Members (Rotarians) from Lichfield, Birmingham, Erdington, Wylde Green, Halesowen, Rowley Regis, Bromsgrove and Coventry.

It is hoped also that in representing Rotary International, John will also be able to engage with prominent local Pakistani community leaders and business people in the Birmingham / West Midlands area, to discuss and get their support for the final push to eradicate Polio in Pakistan.

Rotary District 1060 has 64 Rotary Clubs, 1650 voluntary members, and covers parts of Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Rotary in the UK having a total membership of 51,000, (1840 clubs), of which John Minhinick is the current president until 30th June 2013.

This will be a great opportunity for both Rotary members (Rotarians) and the ‘public’ to find out more about ‘Rotary’ by meeting John and seeing how local Rotarians are working hard for their, our Communities.

‘Rotary We’re for Communities’

Timetable for Visit

The timetable for the visit is:

Tuesday 28 August

  • 18.45 hrs R.C. Lichfield St Chad Membership Event - George Hotel Bird St, Lichfield WS13 6PR

Wednesday 29 August

  • 08.30 hrs RC Wylde Green - Sutton Coldfield Town FC Coles Lane, Sutton Coldfield B72 1NL
  • 10.15 hrs RC Halesowen & RR 'Coffee' Morning Halesowen Golf Club, Hurst Green B62 8QF. Informal Coffee morning meeting also IW Brandon Wood Farm - need 'work' attire
  • 13.45 hrs BBC Radio WM Joanne Malin Show Mail Box, Birmingham B1 1AY
  • 15.30 hrs RC Erdington - Nechells Youth Club Project 2 Cattels Grove, Nechells B7 5RA
  • 18.00 hrs RC Coventry Phoenix Brandon Wood Farm Brandon Lane, Coventry CV8 3QG
  • 19.00 hrs RC Coventry Phoenix Meal

Thursday 30 August

  • 07.30 hrs RC Alcester Alauna - Breakfast Lakes Bistro 3 High St Alcester 49 5AE
  • 10.30 hrs Life after Stroke Centre - Bromsgrove Church Lane, Bromsgrove B61 8RA
  • 16.30 hrs RC Bromsgrove Sensory Garden Opening Sanders Park, Kidderminster Rd B61 7JP
  • 19.00 hrs RC Bromsgrove meet RIBI President Mekong Thai Restaurant, 12 Worcester Street Bromsgrove B61 7AE; informal meeting