October:  Autumn Leaves are falling

Monday 16th – Liverpool South’s Charter night with President Janet Keefe celebrating g 72 years of Rotary at the Childwall Golf Club.

I was delighted to meet up with some of the clubs new members and to celebrate 30 years of service with two members – Ian Maher and Roger Saunders ( and 40 years with Alfred Matthews who was not able to attend. )

Entertainment was by Troika.   Fantastic!!

It was great to meet Janet’s Dad Joe – who had a lovely evening.



Tuesday, 17th – Lunchtime meeting at Wrexham Rotary with President Pene.

Not a very large meeting as several members were away on holiday or unable to attend (I think they had heard the Governor was attending!!).

After lunch and chat, we adjourned from the restaurant into a nearby room and I was able to address the Club. They have a membership showcase event planned next week and I do hope they have some interest from this event.

They are, also, very interested in a satellite club in one of the outlying areas. They will be given every support to get this set up and running.

Wednesday 18th October evening was District Council at the Catrin Finch Centre, Wrexham which was very well attended.    Three minute   Presentations were give by AG Terry Bolton and AG David Hartley following their nominations for DG 2020/21.  Nominations were proposed for AG and District support team 2018/19.       (See Council minutes which will be published on the District Website)

David Hartley was elected as DG 2020/21 and thanks were given to both candidates for putting their names forward.  A District Centennial Global Grant was proposed by the District Foundation team and this proposal was accepted and will be taken forward.   The object of the grant is to reduce the spread of water borne diseases by enhancing services and sanitation for an estimated population of 24000-5000 in Uganda.     We will be supporting the Rotary Club of Nansana District 9211 of Uganda with their application for a global grant.

Some of the District trophies were awarded:

Maurice Harrop Trophy – best club website – awarded to Oswestry Cambrian.


Paul Harris Trophy – for the most new members was awarded to Bala Rotary


Cantaber Cup – Foundation per capita giving was awarded to Conwy.


Social Media Trophy – awarded to Southport Meols (highly commended were Northwich and Oswestry Cambrian)





Mike Constable received a certificate from PDG Molly Youd for his involvement in setting up a satellite Club at Bentley Cheshire (which has now Chartered, of course)


Hardman Shield – best club bulletin – not awarded as none of the entries had used the correct Rotary branding.

COL Representative PDG Roger Heath explained COL – Council on Legislation 2019 and RC Heswall put forward a proposal to be taken forward to the next stage..     Discussion took place, amendments and voting.

Thursday, 19th – off to College Cambria to join Steve Blakesley who is the District Technology Tournament Officer and had arranged an excellent tournament with 18 teams from 7 Schools. It was supported by Rotarians from Flint and Holywell, Mold, Deeside and North Wales Clubs.   Schools involved were Flint High School, Glan Clwyd, St. Bridgets, Pensby, West Kirby Grammar School, Hawarden and St. Richard Gwyn all competing to build a pipeline vehicle. The event being sponsored by Air Bus.  Well done to all concerned – fabulous project.

Thursday evening I was able to join Saughall Rotary at a social evening at the home of two of the members.  
Hot dogs and tasty soup was served along with a quiz arranged by Terry.     Fantastic that Jenn came along with three Rotaractors from University of Chester and they each headed up a  team.

The icing on the cake was the induction of a new member: Anthony Brooke-Rankin.

Friday 22nd October – off to llandudno to join Rotarians from District 1060 – heart of England – as guests at their District Conference with DG Dr. Charan Banger MBE and his lovely wife Dalbir.

The personal representative of RI President Ian Risely was Niko Niemi from Finland with his charming  wife Sirkku.

It was good to spend time with DG Carol Reilly from D 1210 who was the other visiting District Governor.


Speakers:   RIBI President – Denis Spiller Milton Frary, the Wheelchair foundation

Inner Wheel District 6 Chair – Pamela Griffiths

Fatima Shehzad – Rotaract in Action.

Ken Robertshaw – The Mississippi and The Giggle Doctor.

Karen Baley, GREAT Educational Charity.

Thought for the Day – Trevor James.

Mike Hammond – CE QE Hospital Birmingham Charity

Fisher House  Community Education Academy of Leadership – Dr. Christopher Johnson

Peter Wells, End Polio Now Ambassador.

Dr. Geoof Mckey – Life’s Like that.

Friday night entertainment was to celebrate Diwali – Festival of light – and this was most colourful, entertaining and dramatic.

Dancing on Saturday was with Tristram Shandy.


Monday, 21st October – a visit to Llangollen to see how President Lyn Pinel was getting along.
Good to be able to present to the club and then answer several questions given by the members.     A very happy atmosphere.



Tuesday, 24th – Polio Day – tree planting with Chester Riverside and the Lord Mayor of Chester.


How delighted I was to be invited along to Chester by President Peter Fryer.   The Lord Mayor of Chester, Councillor Razia Daniels helped Rotarians plant bulbs and then we all retired to the back yard of a local tea room for afternoon tea.


Wednesday, 25th – DG visit to Southport Links Rotary.

Good to be with President John Tarpey and the members who gave me the floor to speak about the priorities for the Rotary year and then of the members had questions which I enjoyed answering.     A well attended meeting and most enjoyable.

Friday, 26th – RC Northwich Vale Royal Charter with President Howie Rose.   This was a most unusual speaker – the tales of a Busker – a man who told us all about his many occupations.   He kept us all enthralled and in laughter.

A new member was inducted and Peter Chapman was awarded a PHF. Congratulations to Peter.


I had intended to visit the Bradford Peace University but I have just registered for the Peace Conference at the Ricoh Arena at Coventry in February and seem to be doing rather a lot of dashing around so I skipped this event.   I understand DGN(D) David Hartley and Rotarian Yvonne attended and were greatly inspired by the day.   I am hoping to be able to visit next year when more time is available.


Public Image Seminar – held on Sunday 29th October at this fabulous new venue – Neston High School – perfect for training events. District Trainer Ged led the day with presentations from Fiona Bassett, District Public Image Chair and IPDG Molly Youd as Rotary Assistant Coordinator Public Image.   Secretaries and PI Chairs were given some very useful information.   Good to see District Secretary Gordon in the afternoon session.


30th October – Governors Continuity meeting at Beaufort Park Hotel and the final event of the month was Hawarden Satellite club meeting at the Fox and Grapes. A huge thanks to AG Ray Allan for attending.   The next meeting will now be in 2018 after Christmas festivities.

To finish I thought I  would share with you one of the celebrated engineering achievements in our District.    Do you know where it is??

It was a very busy month but the District has achieved so much.  It has been a pleasure travelling around visiting clubs and meeting lots of Rotarians  –  the journeys  have been enjoyable admiring the Autumn colours!

Countdown to District Conference…


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