Our programme for week commencing 5th April continues to be current this week, to ensure everyone has the chance to contribute, because of the Easter Holidays. The programme included:

  • Your ideas for improving the eClub Website
  • How should the eClub engage younger people 18 -30 years, should we consider forming an eRotaract Club?
  • Information about District Assembly at the end of April (see below)
  • Discussion about the Festival of Rotary
  • Continued issues about Women in Rotary, following up a facebook discussion

Please see Blog below e.g. Week commencing 5th April

District Assembly

On Saturday 28th April, District 1100 are holding the District Assembly, this is where the incoming District Governor shares his ideas for the coming year 2012/13 (see Events Calendar for more details). The District 1100 eClub will need to hold a Club Assemby in June, to decide what our plans are for the year, so if members can attend the District event it will help with our eClub planning, details of event District Assembly Card Programme. Please contact Janice Mason if you need more details.

Festival of Rotary – 22nd April in Bristol – great opportunity for all members to learn more about Rotary and what it achieves in District 1100, please visit Festival Website for more details.

District 1100 eClub helps to host Group Study Exchange from Sri Lanka

Meet Chamil and Chetra our guests for the week

Janice and Tim really enjoy the opportunities and learning provided by the Foundation Programme – Group Study Exchange.

The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

Chamil describes why his country
 From presentations of life in Sri Lanka, to visits to Avebury and interesting places in Marlborough, the guests got to see Trains at Steam and heard about how English Heritage look after our ancient monuments. Finally the ultimate treat of the Royal Wottoon Bassett Rotary Club showing that even ghosts stay in the dry when English weather is not very clement!
Vocational visits for Chamil included a day at the photographer in Cirencester, as his profession is photography at posh parties and weddings. Whilst Chetra learnt more about how our Magistrates and Crown Courts work, as well as how Offenders are now managed in the community. As a Lawyer in Civil Law, she was interested to compare the Sri Lankain system with our UK Criminal Justice System.
Chetra learns about Ghost Hunting

Pressing on with our Recruitment

Hopefully you are all aware of our forthcoming Charter Event on the 19th May, at Slimbridge, when we celebrate our inclusion into Rotary International. It will be great if you are able to join us. Once the Charter event has taken place the our activity needs to be continue to ensure we tell people about Rotary and recruiting new members to the District 1100 eClub. To this end we are developing area specific leaflets, please let us know if you can help distribute these out into your community, an A4 poster will be available for displaying in shop windows or on notice boards and an A5 leaflet which mentions key places around your specific area.

Finally the eClub is going Quakers

Janice says “the people we have sold ducks to love the idea and the fact that the money raised by Swindon Old Town RC goes to ABC (Affected By Cancer) and we get 50p for our charity funds for every duck we sell. We have a sack full of ducks in our study to give out to you all to sell – our dogs are fascinated by them and want to play with them, so please let us know how many you want before they get to them and the poor ol’ ducks are no longer able to swim! The Ducks come in bags of 25, you sell people a ticket, not the actual plastic duck.”

Rain, although we were told this isn't as bad as in Sri Lanka

After the rain on the Ghost Hunt with GSE visitors, Janice and Tim felt they could really go Quakers and began singing in the rain!

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