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Welcome to the May 2013 Service News, linking you to news, resources and information from all of RIBI's Service Committees. It is emailed, monthly, to all 35,000+ members whose email addresses are on the RI database. If Club Secretaries are aware of members with an email address, but not on the RI database, please forward to them (and, ideally, add their details to the database). Service News editions are archived on the RIBI website, in the Updates area.

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Please note that with immediate effect RIBI insurance brokers have changed. Please click here for more information.

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In this Month's Newsletter, topics covered are:

  • Woodland Trust
  • Stroke Association
  • Probation Service
  • Children in Need
    - Gabrielle from our RIBI Community Team will be attending a partner session at the BBC offices in London to find out what this year’s project will be like. We will give an update to Rotarians in next month’s newsletter
  • The Trussell Trust - FoodBanks
    - more information on our on-going development in the relationship with The Trussell Trust and how Rotarians and Rotary Clubs have been actively supporting this organisation in the local community can be found here

Dates for your diary:

Peter Dancy Community Service Chair

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Himalayan Balsam reduction is our main theme this Spring. The Balsam is growing and is anything up to 6 inches in height already! It spread a lot last summer to areas it does not normally grow due to the exceptionally wet conditions. Try and get your local newspaper to launch a campaign and co-ordinate other groups and individuals to have Balsam pulling days, preferable at least one in June and one in July, before the weed starts to seed. Work from the edges inwards, or, in the case of streams and rivers, start as far upstream as you can.

I have an 800 word article which was published in my local paper asking for help I can let you have on request.

This is also a good time to Spring Clean areas before the grass gets too high. There has been a lot in the press about spring cleaning the beaches before the season starts. This, like HB above, gives an excellent opportunity to publicise Rotary – Rotarians in action!

There is an urgent need to collect bicycles, and also Hospital Equipment.

See leaflets for Himalayan Balsam Reduction, Bicycle and Hospital Equipment Recycling on the RIBI Environmental web site.

Terry Knowles, member of the Environmental Sustainability Group

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The External Funding Advisory Group (EFAG) is dedicated to helping and supporting applications for funding to non-Rotary sources. It is a resource of Rotarians that is available to help clubs and districts prepare grant applications and to seek out potential funding sources including those that may be available from central Government such as the Department for International Development, the Big Lottery and such like.

The EFAG is looking to support projects which:
a) have either local ownership in the developing country or local ownership in the local community/region here in Great Britain and Ireland;
b) are sustainable projects;
c) are 'large' and would benefit from significant external funding e.g. projects over £50,000 ideally;
d) is an existing project but will be started in a new geographical area in a developing country (if applicable);
e) is a project recognised by RIBI, i.e. does it involve other Rotary clubs and/or districts?

If you think you have a project which could fit then why not let us know, click here to complete the online form.

Please note RIBI does not have money for funding projects but endeavours to help clubs and districts to find funding.The group is looking at funding opportunities from many different providers so there is no deadline involved. Please allow some time for the group to correspond with you about your project. It may have to look at a number of funding opportunities to see what best suits the project’s dimensions.

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Latest news from the International Service committee can be found in the May Newsletter, which is now available on the website. This issue includes:

For: Club Treasurer and Club International Service Chair

International have decided to extend the deadline for completing their online survey!

Thank you to all those clubs that have completed the online RIBI International Service Committee Club Annual Return Survey for the year 2012/13.

If you have not yet completed the online survey for your club, we would be grateful if you could do this asap – to assist, the deadline has been extended to 9th June 2013.

Drew Hughes, International Service Chairman

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Wanted: Honorary Editor of Rotary Today 2013/14 (deadline extended)

Have some time on your hands? Interested in encouraging, inspiring and informing your fellow Rotarians? An eye for detail but a nose for controversy?

You may be just the person Rotary Today is looking for! If you have previous journalistic or editorial experience, an ability to make tough decisions on content and are used to working with a team but can still devote time and energy to the job please contact the RIBI Secretary/CEO for a full job description asap. Returned applications must be in no later than 5pm Sunday 30th June and the job (unpaid but expenses covered) will start at the beginning of June.

David Ellis, Marketing, PR and Communications Chairman

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First Edition! Access the first Change By Choice membership eNews. This bi-monthly publication will bring you regular updates on the 5 Year Membership Development Plan, District Restructuring and Club Case Studies for Best Practice…  submit your ideas and activities for the July publication?

Change By Choice through Club Consultation
For the first time clubs are being given an opportunity to talk about what they need and expect from RIBI. The function and form of our administrative areas (districts) is under review. Facilitators are working with the Assistant Governor teams to bring clubs together in discussion and debate. Questions about how clubs work together in their local area, what are the natural boundaries for a region, how do district teams best help to strengthen clubs and what do we need to stop doing, keep doing and start doing in order to gain a strong profile through our work in the community. We are a democratic organisation, so have your say and take part in the consultation programme Read more here…

A New Year Ahead
We are almost at the end of the current Rotary year and clubs will be delivering their plans at Assemblies all across RIBI throughout May and June but do all of your members have an active role to play? Sometimes we forget to ask each member what they would like to be involved in, we plan and carry out some great work but are all members participating in the way they would like? It is so important that members feel they are listened to, that we acknowledge their interests and provide an environment where their voice can be heard. Attracting new people to Rotary is vital but looking after the members we have has to be the first step towards sustainability. Keep your club members involved and benefit from stronger participation!

Amanda Watkin, Membership Development & Retention Committee Chairman

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Latest news from the New Generations Service committee can be found on the New Generations section of the RIBI website here.

Donna Wallbank, New Generations Chairman

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Rotaract Committee news for May:

  • 2012/13 Worldwide Rotaract Directory - the updating process continues . . . . slowly!
    Sponsoring Rotary clubs should see these recent RI communications:
    to: 2012-13 Rotaract club presidents who are registered in MAP and also,
    to: 2012-13 Rotaract club presidents who are NOT registered in MAP 
    Again, thank you for your help with this critical process.
  • Current List of Active (Suspended & Terminated)  RGBI Rotaract Clubs: sponsoring Rotary clubs - check here to ensure your Rotaract club’s details are updated.
  • District & Club Assemblies: we would encourage districts and clubs to ensure that Rotaract is targeted as a project for the 2013/14 year. Plan now to promote the ideals of Rotary in the generation of the future and grow Rotary.
  • RGBI Council Meeting - the final one of the year will be held on Sunday 9th June in Manchester hosted by the Manchester International Rotaract Club in the University of Manchester’s Students Union, from 12.00pm to 4.00pm. Rotarians are welcome.
  • The RGBI Annual Conference is returning in 2013: venue - London and the dates 1st - 3rd November 2013. Watch this space for more information as and when it becomes available.

Paul Hutchinson, Rotaract Committee Chair

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End Polio Now – the purple crocus fabric buttonhole is proving to be a runaway success.

The crocus is an ideal advocacy and fundraising tool to symbolise the End Polio Now campaign as its purple colour matches the dye painted on the fingers of children who have received the vaccine. You can find club order forms here.

Mike Parry, End Polio Now Coordinator (Zone 17)

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June is the month where clubs set out their plans for the next Rotary year at club assembly. Including Vocational Service as an integral part of your clubs programme will add value to your Rotary service and decrease the reliance on fundraising.

For ideas have a look at those produced by District Vocational Service Chairs at RIBI Assembly by downloading the file “2013 RIBI Assembly Summary of Vocation breakout sessions.pdf” on the RIBI website Vocational committee page here.

Eric Sambell, Vocational Service Chairman

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The Youth Exchange manual is gradually making its way into computers all over RIBI as DYEOs and others realise the benefits of having a great deal of information and advice available to them at long last at the click of a mouse.

The temporary working link is can be found here.

The training webinar style programme is ready to go, beginning with ‘Getting Started’ for incoming DYEOs, and will cover all essential areas. Materials will be archived in RIBI Moodle, accessible from the RIBI website.

Plans are afoot for training any Club Rotarians who are interested in improving their knowledge and/or helping to develop greater involvement in this growing and important area of service.

If this is you please contact your District Youth Exchange Officer or Di King, Chairman, Rotary Youth Exchange in GB & Ireland.

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