A number of deadlines are approaching for polio related activities your club may want to get involved with to promote Rotary's campaign to eradicate the disease:

Crocus buttonholes

Costing just 39p per crocus buttonhole, with each one on average bringing in 1GBP, the crocus buttonholes really are a winner.

Place your orders by 28th April 2017 to receive buttonholes in time for World Polio Day 2017 and Rotary Day 2018. Late orders cannot be accepted.

Download the order form and read the Rotary Club Briefing to get started.

Photo Competition

Have you entered the Purple4Polio photo competition to be in with a chance of winning 1,400GBP worth of gardening vouchers?

There are two categories, community and floral, and entries must be received by 30th April 2017

Remember that with both competitions we are looking for action and innovative ideas as well as a high resolution photograph. Visit the website for full details and remind yourself of the entry form, competition criteria and the Terms and Conditions.

Crocus Corms

Orders are now also being taken for the 2017 Purple4Polio crocus corm planting season and with your support we are aiming to see 10 million corms planted across Great Britain and Ireland!

There will only be one deadline for orders this year which is 31st July. Late orders cannot be accepted.

Download the order form to get started.

London Marathon for Best Beginnings


Two Rotary members are getting set to run the London Marathon on behalf of parents and children’s charity Best Beginnings on Sunday 23rd April.

The runners are Alistair Bates and Jennifer Rees- Jenkins and we know how much Rotary support would mean to them.

You can support them on the day at the two cheer points at mile 3 (Woolwich Arsenal) and mile 23 (Tower Hill) from 8.30am. 

Best Beginnings would also love to invite Rotarians to the after party being thrown for our runners, five minutes from the finish line.

You can also support by donating to Alistair and Jennifer's Virgin Money Giving pages, or by text.

Text ‘BMJA62’ to 70070 to donate 5GBP to Alistair or ‘JRJM99’ to 70070 to donate 5GBP to Jennifer.

However it is not just about these two runners, there are twenty runners running for Best Beginnings and there are over 250 running for Heads Together, The Royal Foundation campaign of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, that is making this London Marathon the first Mental Health Marathon. 

Read Alistair and Jennifer's stories.

Please email Dayna Silverman at Best Beginnings if you are able to come along or further information. Please contact Dayna Silverman, Best Beginnings Fundraising & Events Manager.

Young Citizen BBC iPlayer


At the Rotary Conference in Manchester we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Rotary Young Citizen Awards, recognising new winners for 2017 and catching up with former winners from the past decade.

The Awards achieved lots of coverage, including in the Huffington Post and BBC News website.

The ceremony was also broadcast live on the BBC News Channel, and you can catch up on BBC iPlayer.

Rotary and KYBP


Are you taking part in the Stroke Association's annual Know Your Blood Pressure Day on Saturday 22nd April, or hosting a blood pressure testing event later in the year?

The Stroke Association have put together two handy toolkits to help you.

Download your Promotional Toolkit and Social Media Toolkit today to get started and make the most of these draft social media posts.

Marketing REsources


Looking for some fresh pieces of promotional material to help grow your membership? Try the new A6 postcards!

There are three designs to choose from, each with a specific target audience in mind:

• The Rotary Effect - targeting membership to a general public audience

• Youth Competitions - to be used to promote membership to attendees specifically at our youth events

• Connect for Good - emphasising the business and networking benefits which Rotary membership can provide

All three postcards are available in the form of interactive PDFs, meaning they can be tailored with your club contact information.

PDFs are available via the website, along with instructions for use and a recommended printing supplier.

Hard copies with pre-printed text are also available free of charge in packs of 50 through the RIBI online shop or by calling the Support Centre 01789 765 411 to place your order.

Rotary Institute 2017 Riga


One of the great events of Rotary is the Rotary Institute, a multi-national regional conference. This event brings international Rotary leaders together to share ideas, information and inspiration.

Last year our Institute was held in Madrid, shared with the Scandinavian Districts. This year we combine with our friends from Zones 15 and 16 in the beautiful city of Riga, Latvia.

As well as the Rotary Institute on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October 2017, other events take place around it. These are:

• Governor Elect Training – Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October 2017

• Foundation Seminar, and other Seminars – Thursday 12th October and Friday 13th October 2017

All events will be held in the city’s Radisson Blu Hotel.

Registration will be opening soon on the 2017 Institute website.

A number of presentations, slideshows and videos from the 2016 Institute are available on the 2016 Institute website. 

Rotary Ride


Now in its third year, Rotary Ride is back for Father’s Day weekend on 17th and 18th June 2017! As part of the Rotary Foundation centennial celebrations and Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign, this year’s ride will be raising money for End Polio Now to help in the final push to finally eradicate polio from the world.

Rotary Ride has already proved to be a great success and now is your chance to come together and get on your bikes to help Rotary accomplish its biggest achievement.

The Rotary Ride is another way for clubs and districts to engage with their communities on a local level, whilst boosting national coverage and recognition for our organisation.

There are three types of ride, which you can select to suit you and your club:

Fun ride - This is 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 of 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 and the login details are:

Username: club (the word not your club name)

Password: 1liketocycle

You can also download your fundraising pack, full of top tips for hosting an event, promotional materials and other information.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with with any questions.

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Date: Friday 21st April 2017

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