As the first day of my District Governorship, 1st July it’s a good time to look back on 2016/17 and congratulate our outgoing District Governor Molly for her leadership and hard work during her year as Governor. The RI Theme ‘Rotary Serving Humanity’ was an excellent strap-line.
At the Ins and Out DG Handover lunch Molly was able to look back on special moments during her year as Governor.
The handover was held at the In and Out Lunch on Sunday 25th June at the Beaufort Park Hotel, New Brighton Mold where over 150 Rotrians enjoyed a two course delicious lunch.
IPDG Molly Youd gave a heartwarming address to those who attended – thanking everyone for their support and hospitality but sharing some of the very special moments and highlights of her year as District Governor.
A huge thanks to DGE Steve Martin and District Secretary Gordon for arranging the event.
Molly mentioned one of her most memorable moments was welcoming new members to our organization and being asked by Clubs to present the many well deserved Paul Harris Fellowships
In 2016/17 District 1180 have Chartered two new Clubs in our District – Wrexham Glyndwr and Bentley Cheshire which started as a satellite club and we celebrate these clubs and thank those who instigated their formation. Vibrant and full of enthusiasm. Bala & Penllyn Rotary also formed a satellite club – Glannau Tegid and we hope this Club will grow from strength to strength. Well done Bala & Penllyn.
We celebrate all the projects our Clubs undertake both in their local communities and abroad and over the next twelve months I so very much look forward to hearing about their goals and achievements.
Most of our Clubs in District 1180 are looking at new ways of doing their Rotary work and taking advantage of the benefits from Council of Legislation 2016 – how to attract new members, having a programme of work that is interesting and thus retains members. We are in exciting times moving our organization forward all the time.
We have just completed a series of Membership Roadshows in D1180 and have spoken with many Rotarians about the challenges we face to increase our membership. Lots of ideas and tools were teased out and participated in discussions as to why we should modernize. I thank Tony Cotton, Andrew Errington, Ged Whittle, Lisa Carlin, for their presentations, along with visitors: David Hartley, Alan Morgan, Mike Constable speaking about Club Visioning along with Sarah and Elena from Bentley Cheshire speaking on the formation of their new club. However, the biggest thanks must go to the Rotarians who attended and represented their Clubs. If your club was not represented you missed out!
I am looking forward to hosting RIBI Denis Spiller who is visiting our District 5/6th July and we have a busy schedule for him. I hope he can meet as many District 1180 Rotarians as possible.
Its going to be a busy month, so bring it on!