Thursday, 27 September 2012

A Busy Few Days 27th September 2012

On 25th September I went to the Rotary Club of West Ashfield at the Derbyshire Hotel at South Normanton.  It was a 7pm start and Paul Taylor from the Rotary Club of Belper and Duffield acted as driver for the evening.

It was a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Mansfield and so there was a fairly large audience there,  The two Presidents (Peter from West Ashfield and Paul from Mansfield) were excellent hosts for the evening and were great company.

I talked to the members present about the Rotary International theme for the year and presented each President with a letter from RI President Sakuzi and an origami crane.

I also talked briefly about our upcoming Conference in Southport.

At the end of the meeting I had an interesting chat with Rtn Tony Balding about Youth Exchange Programmes (He was formerly the District Youth Exchange Officer) and about the numbers of youngsters that we used to send off on exchange visits.

Thanks to all at the two clubs and to Paul Taylor for acting as the driver.

On Wednesday 26th September I drove down to Alcester for a 9am start to the RIBI General Council meeting.   The main item on the agenda was the issues of Re-Districting.  We heard that the proposal was for the number of Districts to be reduced from the present 29, down to 24 from 1st July 2015. The proposals for the boundaries of the new Districts and the clubs that each will consist of were revealed.    Whilst this is not the place for a disclosure of this information I am in possession of the details and will be communicating it with clubs over the next few days.

I excused myself from this meeting at 3.30pm and made my way home to get changed and pick Gail up, just in time to set off for a meeting of the Rotary club of Mapperley and Arnold where the Group Study Exchange Team (GSE) were making their first formal presentation.   

It was a very lively meeting and the presentation from the team was very informative and the assembled members and guests found it most interesting.  I am now looking forward to meeting up with the team at Conference.
Presidents Peter and paul with DG Dave

The GSE TEam
Thanks to all at Mapperley and Arnold, in particular President David, for their efforts in putting this evening on.

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