District 1180: DG Events to 23rd July 2017

Monday 10th July  at the Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham Glyndwr University  saw 60 Rotarians  arrive with their computers for guidance on Rotary Club Central.

D1180 Rotary Club Central Training

RI Coordinator Keith Best took the session, starting with a presentation on the DMS (Data Management System) by Mike Lade.   This was a joint Training,  public image and membership event, assisted by our District Trainer Ged Whittle .  Great to see so many  Rotarians attending and we hope they will enter all their goals into RCC and update the Rotary World Showcase with their marvelous projects.  Many who attended the session entered live data on their club projects.

We now have over 40 per cent of our clubs using Rotary Club Central but the goal is to have over 60 per cent of clubs using Rotary Club Central by the year-end – so more challenges lie ahead!

Always a pleasure to visit  Llandudno Rotary and it  was good to meet up with the members again, at one of their  business meetings.  Great to see President John New and  PDG Mike Clutton, both looking very well .    Following a Club Visioning Programme, the club has gained a some new members and is making changes to  become more vibrant and flexible.

11th July: Rotarian Gavin Davies and President John New, Llandudno Rotary

Well done members at Llandudno Rotary for looking to the future.

Sadly Hawarden Rotary closed its doors on 30th June,  being Chartered in 1980 and we thank past Rotarians for their past service over years.    A few members will transfer to other local Clubs.

Fox & Grapes, Hawarden

With a population of  14 ,000 and similar in Buckley, the District membership team are working towards setting up a new group at the Fox and Grapes, The Hwy,  Hawarden.  Anyone willing to assist with this new venture please contact myself .  Further, is your Club willing to sponsor the new Club?    This could be used as a club project.

It is a most rewarding project,  setting up a new group and seeing it blossom.

It was a great honour to be invited to represent D1180 at the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool at John Moores Graduation Ceremony for lunch in the Lady Chapel and then attend the ceremony.   St. Vincents School was awarded the Community Award for  outstanding contribution to community engagement and education.   Rotary International was mentioned in the citation and Dr John Patterson acknowledged Rotary D1180 in his acceptance speech.

21st July: Anglian Cathedral Liverpool: Degree Awards Ceremony Platform (Rtn. Dr. John Patterson 4th from Right)

Never to miss a trick – lots of opportunities for Rotaract and another Institutional Rotary Club – watch this space!

P/P Dr. John Patterson, DG Beryl & Rtn. Jake Patterson: St Vincents Rotary

There are a few celebratory dates in July for our members:

16 July: Manojit & Raj celebrating their Ruby Wedding Luncheon with family, friends and many Rotary friends at Grove House Hotel, Wallasey

Congratulating  Rotarians Manojit and Raj Lodh on celebrating 40 years of marriage.

Also: Congratulating Rotarian Stan Fielding, Chester Deva Rotary on reaching the  young age of 100 years on 26th July.

On Tuesday, 18th July a visit to the Golf Open Championships with two Rotarians was an opportunity not to be missed.    Though not a golf fanatic – it was a day to be remembered with the temperature soaring to 27 degrees C.   Maybe a sport to be taken up when I have finished my Governorship and have time on my hands?

Royal Birkdale: The Open: 18th Green

In the evening, delighted to pay a visit to Southport Meols Rotary testing out a new venue at Hesketh  Bank Golf Club and hearing President Ged give his presentation on Dr. ABC emergency resuscitation.   Skills you never know when you might need them.

Delighted to meet up and chat with several prospective new members whilst at Southport Meols.

Club Visit Llanidloes Rotary:      A long journey to this breathtakingly beautiful  part of mid-Wales but the warm Rotary welcome made the journey worthwhile.     This is our most southern Club with a few celebrity Rotarians – Fred who is 101 years young, still taking an interest – I remember him from attending District Conference in 2007 at Liverpool,     President Stephen took a comprehensive business meeting and the club has already held several events this Rotary year  – including a treasure hunt .    Lovely to meet some prospective new members whom I hope will be invited to join in the coming weeks – adding diversity to the membership mix.

19th July: President Stephen & members of Llanidloes Rotary

It was great to be invited to attend a business meeting of  the newest club in District 1180 at Bentley Cheshire.      Checked through security and then met at the gates by Secretary Sarah – a warm welcome awaited.     IPDG Molly also attended to present a special award for Secretary Sarah.

Presentation: Outstanding Rotary Service Award by IPDG Molly Youd to Secretary Sarah Newcombe

We also witnessed a donation and a Presentation by Rtn. James Connor and his wife, Lindsay,  members of Bentley Cheshire.

Presentation by Rtn. James Connor and his wife, Lindsay,  members of Bentley Cheshire
Members Bentley Cheshire Rotary
Members Bentley Cheshire Rotary






IPDG Molly Youd, DG Beryl Cotton & Members Bentley Cheshire Rotary

The special project presented by James & his wife,  I will keep secret for the moment but, on this occasion, it is very hard to keep something so exciting under wraps.   Watch this space.

Oh, finally, have you seen the latest District Rotary Now  Magazine?   Don’t think I will ever be able to claim again that I hit the front page and page 3 of a glossy magazine!!     Lots of Club events are described in the magazine and it really gives a flavour of how busy Rotarians are in District 1180.

Thanks to Keith Mitchell, Editor for producing our District Magazine.  Please use any spare copies for encouraging new members to join your club!

A rest over the weekend and batteries charged for another exciting week ….

Loving every minute…


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