Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland
RIBI Committees & Resource Groups News

Welcome to the October 2011 Service News, linking you to news, resources and information from all of RIBI's Service Committees and Resource Groups. It is emailed, on the fourth Friday of each month, to all 30,000+ members whose email address is on the RIBI 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.)

To access the Committees' and Resource Groups' web pages, which are in the Members' Area, you must be logged in as a member. If you are unable to log in, please read the Member Access Portal Tutorial document (on the right of the members' area landing page), speak with your club Secretary, or contact the Secretariat on 01789 765411.

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Conference Committee

Have you registered yet for the 2012 RIBI Conference in Bournemouth? Click through for everything you need to know about registration, accommodation, special offers, entertainment, speakers and more.

13th-15th April 2012 is guaranteed to be fun and entertaining as well as inspiring!

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New Generations Resource Group

Latest news and updates are in the October 2011 New Generations Newsletter (under Related Documents), including:

  • RYLA's Contribution to Rotaract
  • Equipping the Next Generation of Citizens
  • New Generations Seminar
  • Making the Most of Social Networks and Modern Technology
  • Interact Growth
  • Attractive new New Generations pull-up displays now available
  • New Generations competitions
  • District 1140 sponsors students attend Mission Discovery
  • Youth Exchange news
  • World Peace Conference


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Rotaract Resource Group

Great to see so many enquiries for a supply of the new Rotaract Leaflet, which was launched in the last edition of 'Service News'. Your Rotary club's copies may be ordered online from the Shop on the RIBI website.

Planning to start up a new Rotaract Club? Check out the Rotaract pages below on the RIBI website for further guidance and resources:

  • RI Rotaract Presentation - from the Rotary E-learning centre - can be customised to club requirements. (This link takes you to the 'What is Rotaract?' page on the RIBI website. See 'Related Documents' on the right of that page.)

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International Service Resource Group

All the latest International news is in the October 2011 issue of the International Newsletter (under Related Documents):

  • Late News - Turkish Earthquake
  • Horn of Africa - Sand Dams / Mary's Meals
  • Pakistan Floods - ShelterBox / Water Survival Box
  • Haiti - Jaipur Limb Centre Update
  • Pump Aid - News
  • Literacy - Rotary Action group
  • Fairtrade
  • Hunger and Poverty Seminar
Water Survival Box is launching a major fundraising campaign to increase online donations. Click through for more details.

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Marketing, PR & Communications

#rotaryendpolio: A great big thank you to everyone who made the time despite the short notice to get involved in the first attempt in RIBI to harness the power of social media to promote World Polio Day and Rotary's involvement. We learnt a lot of very useful lessons and judged the exercise a success as results suggest that we reached an audience of over 1.2 million Twitter followers.

Free social media webinar: How to promote your club, district and Rotary in general using social media. Register for a free one hour webinar. Aimed at 'advanced users', it will be held on Wednesday, 16th November at 5pm (GMT).

New General Secretary's first 100 days: Read about what General Secretary John Hewko has achieved in his first 3 months in the role and about his thoughts on the key priorities for ensuring a successful future for Rotary. He has had meetings with, amongst others, Bill Gates and Jeff Raikes CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Fireside chat with RIBI President Ray Burman: Click through to watch the video.

Rotary Today reader survey - October 2011: have you fed back your views about the magazine this month? If not, please do - it helps the editorial team provide what you most want to read. PS... did you know that you can read editions of Rotary Today going back to 2008 online here?

'What is Rotary?' leaflet: This new leaflet is proving very popular. Available to purchase via the online Shop.

Are you able to obtain free advertising space in widely read newspapers/ magazines in your area? If so, please email the Marketing team at the Secretariat on and and they will try to provide suitably sized ads for you.

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Membership Development & Retention

Extension: See the latest new club formed, and find out more about how forming new clubs can help established clubs to grow. See 'The Aurora Story', under Related Documents'.

Retention: Mentoring new Rotarians will help us to improve retention. An excellent guide for Mentors is available. Clicking on the 'Related Document' will tell you how to create your own Moodle account. Feedback from those who have tried it is most favourable, so please give it a go.

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Community Service Resource Group
Extreme weather waits for nobody: "Towns flooded" are this week's headlines. Is your district and club prepared with plans for working with local authorities and the voluntary sector? Find out more about RIBI's Resilience Group.

Proud of your Club's work? The deadline for RIBI Community and Environment awards is 31 December. For the various RI & RIBI Awards click here.

Spanning several Avenues of Service, the latest RIBI Environmental Group's downloadable leaflets include: Eco Schools; Margaret Carey Trust Bicycles; Climate Week and the Woodland Trust.

Woodland Trust Free Trees - must be ordered by 7 December. If you don't know where to plant them, try contacting your local council or write a letter to your local press! It's worked for others.

Rotary Spring Clean is officially starting on 12 March 2012, the start of Climate Week and ends on Earth Day, 22 April 2012. But don't limit your activities to this period! Please let Bob Parfitt know what you are doing so he can share good ideas.

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Vocational Service Resource Group

RI chooses RC Cheltenham Sunrise's (D1100) "YOUR GREEN FUTURE" project: an educational forum on environmentally conscious careers, as one of the four RI wide vocational projects showcased during October; Vocational Service month.

More than 280 secondary school students and teachers attended the forum which included community and business leaders who gave tips on how to implement green innovations to improve business.

Click here for details of this replicable project, which also won the 2011 Rodney Huggins Environment Award. Click here for the RI page.

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Leadership Development & Training

The exciting new web based training facility for Rotarians; the RIBI Moodle, is now beginning to take shape. It will enable members to access a range of training courses whenever and wherever they are.

The modules now available are:

  • Mentoring
  • Community Service Projects
  • International Service Projects
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Future Vision for non Pilot District [Rotary Foundation]
  • Running Competitions - New Generations

Detailed guidance on how to access these can be found on the Self Registration and Enrolment page.

We will be looking shortly for new course developers to assist us in rolling out more courses. If you have a background in teaching/learning, development, and an interest in web-based design, please contact Tony Quinn, RIBI Moodle Project Leader:

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