Members' Newsletter
Latest news from around the Isles

Welcome to our jam packed newsletter, bringing you news from across Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland.

In this newsletter, you will find the following:

• 2016 Business Meeting. Results and footage from this year's meeting can now be accessed.

• Rotary Magazine. Have a read of the latest edition of Rotary magazine.

• Polio. A polio-free world is in sight - read the latest vaccination developments.

• Presidential Handover. Commemorate the handover from Peter Davey to Eve Conway.

• Rotary Ride. Check out our new merchandise for riders. 

• Youth. Will your district be present at St George's Park on 5th June?

• KidsOut. Dates for this year's event are now confirmed.

• The Big Lunch. Another exciting community event for your club to get involved in.


2016 Business Meeting

The 2016 Business Meeting took place earlier this month at the Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland Conference in Bournemouth.

The meeting considered a number of proposed resolutions, with the results now available at the following link.

The meeting was made available via a live stream, and this footage is now also available to be viewed on the Rotary website.

Rotary Magazine

Rotary Magazine

The latest edition of Rotary magazine has now reached clubs and is also available to view online

This fascinating edition explores the worldwide efforts to combat the widespread Zika virus, an interview with BBC Radio 4′s John Humphrys, a look into this year's winners of the Rotary Champions of Change Awards and much more, including your usual dose of news from around the Isles.

If you have a story you would like to see featured in Rotary, and some great pictures to go with it, contact the PR Team or the magazine's Editor.

Polio-Free World In Sight


This week marks the beginning of the largest and fastest globally coordinated rollout of a vaccine into routine immunisation programmes in history. Between 17th April and 1st May, 155 countries and territories around the world will begin to use the bilvalent oral polio vaccine, providing better protection for children against polio.

The announcement, which was published by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reached a number of national news outlets including the BBC, ITV News, The Independent, The Guardian, National Geographic and Business Insider, with Rotary mentioned in a number of pieces.

To spread the news even more, we want Rotarians, clubs and districts to get vocal about the remarkable contribution we are making to eradicating polio. Why not share it on social media with the help of these draft posts and photos?

Read the full story of the largest vaccine rollout on our website.

Presidential Handover

Presidential Handover

You have the chance to join Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland in commemorating the Presidential handover of Peter Davey to Eve Conway on Saturday 2nd July 2016.

Watch the sun set over London’s iconic landmarks and take in the stunning skyline from the Thames’ largest party boat, the Dixie Queen.

Embarking at Tower Pier, guests will experience a night of dinner, live music and dancing.

Live music will include Cody Lee who appeared on BBC1′s 'The Voice' and his band The Retro Boys, the UK’s youngest retro band.

For more information and to register for the event, visit the following link.

Rotary Ride Merchandise

Get your Rotary Ride merchandise 

After the huge success of last year’s event, the Rotary Ride is returning for 2016, taking place on Father’s Day weekend (18th-19th June).

Merchandise including t-shirts, hoodies and water bottles in a variety of colours and sizes are now available to order via Rotary Ride's online store on SpreadShirt.

All of Rotary's profits on merchandise will be split between the four prostate cancer charities involved with the ride.

Make sure you look the part at this year's ride. Remember, there are three types of ride, which you can select to suit you and your club:

Fun ride - A ride for all ages and abilities. This is an ideal way for amateurs, families and youngsters to get involved through an event that is fun for all.

Enthusiasts - For the more established riders, give yourself a challenge by taking part in a long distance or cross-country ride.

Static ride - You don’t have to cycle the length and breadth of the country to take part, in fact you don’t even need to go anywhere. A static ride involves jumping on an exercise bike and is a great way to work as part of a team by taking turns riding to a goal distance.

We want this year to be bigger and better, so to register your ride log on to using the login details are:

Username: club (the word not your club name)

Password: 1liketocycle

We look forward to your involvement!

Under-12s inter-district football tournament


The deadlines for entries in to the national final of this year's Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland inter-district under-12s football tournament is 30th April.

The tournament provides once in a lifetime opportunity for young people to play at the state of the art facilities at St George's Park, home of the England men and women's national football teams. The tournament is organised such that each district can enter one team into the national final.

Further details on the structure and programme of the tournament can be found on the Rotary website and in the following information pack and registration form.

As the only national young persons’ sports competition organised within Rotary in this Isles, the Rotary Youth Service Committee would like to adopt it as a national youth competition, but for that to happen, at least 50% of all districts in Great Britain and Ireland need to participate. Don't hesitate and register now!

KidsOut 2016


Over the last 25 years 25,000 disadvantaged young people have been treated to fun and adventurous trips and activity days as part of the Rotary KidsOut Big Day Out initiative.

This year, the event will take place on Wednesday 8th June and you can get involved in a number of ways. You could provide children with a KidsOut ToyBox, donate a venue for an event or create and run an event of your own. 

To find out more about about KidsOut and how you and your club can get involved this year, visit their website.

The Big Lunch

The Big Lunch

Another potential date for your diaries is Sunday 12th June, which will be when this year's Big Lunch takes place up and down the country.

The aim is to connect communities through fun and friendly street and garden parties, with over 7 million people taking part last year.

Why not use The Big Lunch as another way for your club to engage with the community and show the public what Rotary is all about?

Visit The Big Lunch website to find a host of resources, tips, and ideas to get your event up and running!


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