for your District
Foundation Seminar Queen’s Hotel, Lockerbie Monday, March 12 Maurice Halliday Tel:01557 330982
Young Chef Grand Final
Edinburgh School of Food and Wine, Newliston Sunday, March 18 Ian Potts Tel:01384 811427
District Council Meeting
Dryfesdale Hotel, Lockerbie Sunday, 14.00 March 25 Keith Best Tel:01671 404369
Kilsyth Race Night
Coachman Hotel, Kilsyth Friday, March 30
Charles Macfarlane Tel:01236 825382
RIBI Assembly Birmingham Friday, March 30 - Sunday 01 April
RIBI Conference Bournemouth
International Centre, Bournemouth Friday,
13-15 April Peebles
President’s Night Tontine Hotel, Peebles Friday, May 04
David Mitchell Tel: 01721 723305
District Assembly Craiglockhart Campus, Napier University, Edinburgh Sunday, 14.00 May 20
The Rotary Club of Carluke decided in 2010, after a talk which highlighted the impact of extended tours of duty abroad on families left at home, to do something to support the troops. They wanted to boost morale by keeping our troops in contact with their loved ones back home.
With the help of the MOD and military satellite communication company Paradigm, the charity Calls for Heroes was set up to raise cash to buy our troops in Afghanistan extra satellite phone air time to call home.
Calls for Heroes is a registered Charity SC 041729 and has been approved by RIBI for inclusion in the Opportunity for Service Library.
First Minister of Scotland, Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, recently said ‘The people of Scotland are rightly proud of our Service personnel. We owe them so much. I am therefore delighted and honoured to endorse the Rotary Club Calls for Heroes fund raising campaign.’
Falklands veteran Simon Weston also endorsed the project at the District Conference in Southport.
As the project has expanded, the Rotary Club of Galashiels & District has worked with Carluke to spread the load and the project is now being promoted across RIBI.
For more information or to donate to Calls for Heroes to buy more cards in time for Christmas, see http://www.callsforheroes.org
Rotary for Tomorrow
Get a taste of the new Rotary menu
In July the Rotary Clubs of Livingston and Peebles embarked upon this District’s first Associate Member Pilot Programme.
The programme runs until July 2014 and offers a great opportunity for individuals to become familiar with Rotary.
Since July the rules of engagement have changed and any Club in District can take on an Associate Member Pilot Programme.
District Governor Keith Best is so impressed by the opportunities that this scheme holds that he has invited all Clubs to take it up — the choice is yours, together with the conditions that you set as Clubs. The benefits can be impressive.
What’s in it for your Club? As we all know there’s no quick fix to attracting new members but this initiative can be all things to all people and a ‘taster’ that hitherto was not possible.
The rules are minimal, flexible and imaginative.
How does it work? Remember at all times that Associate Members are prospective members and the approval process and termination process will be Club determined.
Attendance and age is a matter of Club choice, although it is suggested that Associate Members status should not exceed two years.
These members are not official members of your club; they do not pay RI or District
dues, do not apply toward RI election voting and are not entitled to hold any Club officer position.
It is entirely the choice of individual clubs whether or not Associates will contribute to any of the Club’s fees and dues.
These are the main benefits that Clubs can derive by adopting this pilot. The mechanics and reporting procedure to RI are simple.
Teresa Douglas, President of Livingston Club, was full of praise for the pilot, saying: “Here at Livingston we have been adopting a liberal view with regard to the membership criteria for many months. This pilot gives us even greater flexibility to offer potential members a taste of Rotary before they commit.”
Likewise John Nice, President of Peebles commented: “The club is showing great enthusiasm for the pilot and plans are being finalised to implement it as soon as possible.”
Clubs will never have a better, more flexible way of introducing new members.
Couple this with promoting Rotary in your community, use social media to get the message through and share your passion for Rotary.
Why not take this up — right here, right now?
If you would like more information contact Chair Robin Gilchrist on 01556 611409 or Doug Forsyth at email: dougforsyth@ uwclub.net
or phone on 01450 377103
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