Celebrating DG Handover 25th June 2017


DG Handover 25th June 2017: DG Beryl & PDG Tony

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.

Governors Handover 25th June 2017: DG Molly installs DGE Beryl Cotton as DG D1180

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.

Governors Handover 25th June 2017: D1180 Support Team 2017-18

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

DG Handover 25th June 2017 L-R: P/P Paul Cotton DG Beryl, PDG Tony, P/P Kirsty Cotton


PDG Les Wilson Presents Slate Cake to IPDG Molly

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.

Membership Roadshow: Cambria College, Deeside

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.

PDG Les Wilson & Rotaract Chair 2017-18 Manojit Lodh

Its going to be a busy month, so bring it on!

PDG Roger Heath, Rtn. Raj Lodh & Rtn. Pat Wilson

District Training Update

Our first preparation for 2017/18 was to arrange an extra Assistant Governor meeting in November 2016.    We had five new AGs elected at the October District Council meeting and it was agreed to have an ‘orientation’ meeting.     We were able to enlighten them as to the development of their first year as an Assistant Governor.  This proved successful, worthwhile and popular.

With a new District Trainer on board – Ged Whittle, Southport Meols Rotary – we wanted to modernise the training.   Ged had done much preparation work and we had a very successful District Officer Training Meeting (DOTS 1).  The 2017/18 theme and strategy was outlined by myself to update the District support team consisting of the DG Continuity team,  the 10 AGs (Assistant Governors) and all the Service Chairs.

The Governor and AG team attended the RIBI Leadership Assembly at Birmingham and I felt that it was a great team building exercise.   All who attended were able to hear RIBI President Elect Denis Spiller’s presentation and meet with RI President Elect Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet.    We all left inspired and well prepared for the next step.

This indeed was PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) which we held at the Holiday Inn, Runcorn.    Going around the groups I felt very proud of the Assistant Governors facilitating the training of their individual groups and the constant flow of ideas and information between the President Elects and AGs.      Sadly out of 79 clubs – 19 were missing but we were delighted that our latest satellite Chair and member travelled all the way from Bala to listen, learn and participate and, indeed, their input was greatly  valued.

After DOTS 2 we prepared for the District Assembly and we had just under 300 Rotarians in attendance.   In the General Session I was able to inform all attendees about the Presidential theme and  the priorities of the  Rotary year.

We have identified a need to improve some of the breakout sessions, fill in gaps of Rotary knowledge for new Rotarians etc.  District trainer Ged Whittle already has this in hand for next Rotary year.

We all felt that we can constantly improve on the training and learn from our mistakes.    Ged is open to all ideas and wants to build on the success of his first year.

Following on from this we have a District Support training day with Keith Best, RI Coordinator on Monday, 5th June – covering Rotary Club Central and membership issues.

This will be followed by training on Monday, 11th July for our incoming Presidents, Secretaries and Exec. Secretaries on the use of Rotary Club Central.

As you can see there has been an awful lot of work put in by many District Officers to ensure that in 2017/18 – We really do ‘Make a Difference’.







Beryl’s First Post: Lasting impressions from San Diego

2016/17 has been a very busy year as District Governor Elect District 1180.

Having met other DGEs in Zone 17 and 18A at Alcester we all eagerly started our RI training at GETS (Governor Elect Training) which was held in Madrid in November 2016.

Making my way through a work book, participating in break out sessions and hearing inspirational speakers was totally absorbing and thought provoking.    After the 2 day training I stayed on for the Rotary Institute and found this most  instructive and interesting.

I made loads of notes and will refer to them during my year in office.

It was the first time I heard RI Vice President Jennifer Jones speak – wow – she is some Rotarian!   I also enjoyed the Rotary Foundation presentations and listening to RI Director Bradford Howard from Canada – another very inspirational Rotarian presenting on RI financial matters.       I happened to meet up with a Rotaractor named Selva Taskol – a charming young lady from Madrid and we now keep in touch on Facebook.

Straight after Christmas it was up and away to the RI Leadership Assembly in San Diego.   We managed to take a few days holiday prior to the Assembly so I was nicely relaxed and acclimatised by the time we arrived in San Diego.     Nothing prepares you for this experience.     Working with 540 other District Governor Elects in preparation for your year in office gives you a much greater understanding of the complexities and size of Rotary International.

We were all delighted when the year theme was announced by RI President Elect Ian: Rotary Making a Difference and the logo depicts the diversity of the peoples of the world.     I loved it.     What a fantastic theme to promote for 2017/18.

Apart from just one country, we all appear to have similar problems with membership recruitment and retention and we all need to increase giving and educate our Rotarians on Rotary Foundation.       I most loved the General (Plenary) sessions when we all heard presentations by such eminent Rotarians as Immediate Past RI President Ravi Ravindran,

District 1180. International Assembly, January 2017. San Diego, California, USA.

RI President Elect Ian Riseley, RI Vice President Jennifer Jones and so many others.     I was totally awestruck.

Visiting the trade stands, I was able to purchase badges, ties and scarves for my District Support Team.  Being a Buyer for my business probably helped me to be quick thinking and organised with my buying.    (The good patterns soon get snapped up).

We enjoyed the company of the RIBI (Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland) incoming President Denis Spiller and his wife Penny.

The International Parade is something else.       We stayed to nearly the  last to represent Wales along with fellow District Governor Elect Maggie from District 1150 (South Wales).

The days were long and exhausting but exciting and interesting.   I must say, I benefited greatly from the interaction with other DGEs from across the world, hearing first-hand about the way Rotary is governed in other countries.   Also, the particular problems they face.

I could write pages but lets just say – an experience of a lifetime and one that I hope has prepared me for the year ahead and will hold me in good stead during my term of office.