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We are keen to promote the work that many of you are involved in in District 1060 as well as keep you informed of the work done in RIBI and RI international. Please ask if you have any queries and we will do our best to help you. Our policy is to try and provide as much information through newsletters and links to websites as we can to help clubs find international projects. And to help clubs with projects to find clubs to support them. We will also support RIBI initiatives in responding to disasters - normally clubs should donate to the box projects or support any national appeals through DEC which are advertised. 

Reach beyond your community and connect with others who share common interests. Make a positive impact on people’s lives worldwide. Whether you’re interested in meeting new friends, participating in a cultural or vocational exchange, or finding a partner for a service project, Rotary International has resources that can help, visit .....

Rotary Service Connections

Thanks for your enthusiasm - Bob Mowle and all the members of the District International Service Committee

Further information is available here


The Story of the End of Polio


For the latest information from RI visit the RI Polio Home Page .




I give below a brief description of Warwick Rotary Club's plans: -

There have been cultural links between Warwickshire and Bo for the last four years, including teacher exchanges, and school project support from Leamington and Warwick Rotarians, led by a Leamington based charity which promotes educational and vocational links.  The link between Warwick and Bo is therefore established.

DEC Ebola Crisis Appeal

The DEC has launched an appeal for the people affected by the Ebola Crisis

Good news from Lichfield Rotary Club Re: Ebola!

 Lichfield Rotary Club have responded to the Rotary national appeal to support aid work addressing the Ebola epidemic in Africa. A cheque to Medecins Sans Frontieres has just been dispatched; and a further commitment to a special event to raise some more funds for MSF is being arranged. Well done fellow Rotarians at Lichfield Rotary Club! 

District 1060 International Service Conferecne - 15th November 2014

Full details of this year's International service conference and a registration form are attached. Numbers are limited this year so places will be allocated on a first come irst served basis.


Clubs looking for clubs to help them deliver an International project please get a place on the Speed Dating Session

Save the date for World Polio Day 2014!



World Polio Day: 24 October 2014

World Polio Day is quickly approaching on October 24th. This is a chance for Rotarians, clubs, and districts across the world to come together to fight polio. There are many ways you could mark the day. Dedicate your club meeting to focus on Rotary’s work to end polio that week. Community fundraisers on/around World Polio Day are great a way to raise awareness of our cause in the general public.  You could take the opportunity to remind government officials to support the global commitment to a polio free world- Rotary’s top priority. On World Polio Day, wear your End Polio Now pin and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Bwengu Projects - Working in Africa

Bwengu Projects is a small NGO run by Sue & Tony Melia.

Each year we work in north Malawi, completing various building projects of local village schools, churches and medical centers and generally supporting the community. Part of our work is in the provision of self managing food projects providing for orphans and other children.

                                          Our 10th year - Working In Africa

We have now booked our flights to Africa, we fly out 14th Sept. This will be our shortest stay in the 10 years we have been travelling to Malawi, staying for just 1 month. Sue will carry out an evaluation of the various additional education projects that have taken place in 2014.  The effect of the introduction of solar lighting within 3 classrooms has changed the thinking of many within the villages. The best evidence of this can be shown in the letter we received from the Head Teacher of Luzi School for June school reports.

Our plan is to offer these same education projects to other secondary school communities in 2014/15.   Volunteers wishing to work in Africa, we now have the organisational structure in place if any one wishes to travel out to Malawi. There are a number of interesting projects available.

We also are looking for any spare or discarded mobile phones and lap top computers these we will take with us in September when we travel out to Malawi.

For further information email  for project fact sheet and other questions you may have or go to 

Manaca School Project/Team Triathlon fundraiser

Manaca School Project

The building work for the Manaca School project described in our June newsletter is now well underway. Photos are on our Facebook posting. For more information, and to find out how you can help us with this project download our information sheet.

Team Triathlon fundraiser

I am President of Roborough Rotary Club (the sponsor of Literacy in a Box) this year and I will be doing the cycling leg of an Olympic distance Team Triathlon on 6th September. Last year's President will be swimming and next years President will be running. We are raising money for Literacy in a Box and Right to Play but the option exists to support just one of these two charities. More details are on our Virgin Money Giving events page.

Southeast Asia is polio-free

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Help us build on this milestone and eradicate polio worldwide

Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio from the face of the earth received an anticipated shot of good news in March when the World Health Organization (WHO) certified its Southeast Asia region as poliofree. The 11-country region is home to more than 1.8 billion people and over 25 percent of the world’s population.

Read more 

Make a donation to help end polio now 

Find resources to help spread the word


On 1 Apr 2014, a 8.2-magnitude earthquake occurred in the shallow depths near the Chilean coast, 95 km Northwest of Iquique. It was the largest in a sequence of earthquakes in northern Chile that started on 1 Jan 2014. A tsunami alert was issued for Chile, Peru and Ecuador, and later extended to Colombia and Panama; tsunami watches were issued for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Timely alert messages allowed for the evacuation of close to 1 million people in areas with high tsunami risk on the coast of Chile and Easter Island. Six people were killed, around 2,000 houses near Iquique were damaged, and power and utility network interruptions, minor flooding and landslides affecting roads were reported.

RIBI International Service Committee Newsletter - July 2014

The July Newsletter is available for download here and contains articles on:

  • Rotary Doctor Bank in Great Britain & Ireland
  • Fellowship of Physicians
  • The Pain Relief Dental Clinic in the Punjab
  • Rotary Action Groups- Slavery- Peace- Water & Sanitation
  • Saudi Arabia - MERS virus
  • Sand Dam Projects Progress
  • Champions for Change

Enjoy 2014-15 as you hopefully have fun Lighting up Rotary,

Mike Parry, International Service Chairman

RIBI International Service Committee Newsletter - June 2014

The June Newsletter is available for download here and contains articles on:

  • InterCountry Committees (ICC)
  • Second Sight
  • Boxing Clever (Shelterbox)
  • Kenya - May 2014

District 1060 Sand Dams Project

Bob Mowle


District 1060 Sand Dams Project 2014

This Project is to build one or more Sand Dams in a needy location in the African dry-lands, probably in Kenya, to capture clean water near communities, rather than several hours walk away, and agriculture aimed to achieve food security. The exact location will be determined when we know how much money clubs are prepared to donate.  Our project will be part of an RIBI programme being led by Rotary Partners Excellent Development and Districts 1140 and 1250. 

District 1060 International Service Group Membership

For the attention of all members of the District 1060 International Service Group:

This message is to ask you to consider if you still need to maintain your membership of the district international service group.  And to ask you to speak to your club International Service Chair (or lead) and advise them to join our International Group on the district website.

Guatemala Literacy Project

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

I’m contacting you to ask you to consider the Guatemala Literacy Project ( in your planning of your International activities.

We in Kenilworth Rotary have tended to focus on Literacy & Education along with Water over the past several years; Guatemala’s needs are great and were highlighted from our involvement over some years with a small charity ( ) run by the Maya Child Care, a charity registered in the UK. They always need your help.

Shelter Box briefing


Dear Fellow Rotarians,

As recently highlighted in a communication from Rotary International, ShelterBox and Rotary share an incredibly strong and effective partnership. But it is clubs like yours that make the real difference to families around the world who have lost everything.

We need your help as much now as we always have done. I’d like to take this opportunity to talk a little more about how Rotary is making a difference to families and more ways you can get involved.

Making a difference…

Update on Flooding Crisis in Serbia and Bosnia From the RIBI International Committee

The International Committee has been asked what RIBI is doing to help in the above disaster. You should be aware that RIBI do not have the facilities to take direct action, but we do have feedback from the Box Schemes, some Clubs and other agencies. 

SHELTER BOX - Reports from Bosnia indicate that there is no longer need for shelter or water as water stations are now operational. However, Serbia has asked for limited help and 200 Shelter Boxes have been sent. 


Heavy rains caused floods and landslides in several parts of the country. Most affected: Cochabamba department. According to the latest report some 60,000 families have been displaced or otherwise affected by heavy rainfall, floods and mudslides in 127 municipalities. The following message was received on our website -   'Please let me know if you could help us aid some of the more than 50,000 families hurt or displaced by the recent severe floodings Bolivia is undergoing. 


During January and February severe flooding forced some 100 families to evacuate their homes in the villages and farmsteads of the affected area. Rotary District 1200 established a reception and distribution warehouse to provide essential items for the displaced families. The trustees of Worldwaterworks Limited maintained contact with Rotarian David Welch, the Flood Relief Co-ordinator, and offered to supply such stock items as we hold that may be needed.


Thanks  to the very significant response of Rotary Clubs across RIBI and Scandinavia we were able to send a total of 800 Water-Survival Boxes that were distributed by our partner aid agency Humanity First to displaced families in the Western Visayas area of the Central Philippines. With your help we have since been gradually building our stock ready for ‘the next one’. 

Rotary Disaster Relief

Peter Mayer has presented the work that Rotary does, towards improving the conditions of those who are suffering in the wake of disasters around the globe. This power point presentation will be useful to clubs and Rotarians who are interested in promoting the work of charities such as; S.A.R.A.I.D, International Rescue Corps Mozambique, Life Straw, Water Survival Box and Aqua Box.

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