November 27, 2021

It’s been good to talk, COP26 and Rob Burrow

Fellow Rotarians, we are now 5 months through the Rotary year and fast approaching Christmas, many of you are now meeting face to face, some with hybrid meetings whilst others are alternating between Zoom and face to face.

Many of you have successfully changed your meeting venues from hotels to golf clubs which is allowing you more flexibility in the way you meet.

It has been a busy time visiting and speaking to Clubs in the District when we have had open discussion on how we take Rotary forward and how we attract and recruit new members.

I am also delighted that many of my visits have been multi-club events which have prompted more of you to work together as one, to give that bigger impact within the community.

It has been a joy to meet so many of you in person, unlike last year, and to get to know you. For those of you I have not visited yet I do look forward to meeting you in the new year so please send me over dates when I can visit and plan my diary for 2022.

November has been dominated by the environment and COP 26, Kirkburton Middle School, which is supported by RC Denby Dale, produced the wining poster for the Rotary GB&I COP 26 poster competition. With her stunning poster ‘Keep it Beating’ Emma O’Donnell came top out of 4,300 other entries throughout the UK.

The poster ‘Climate Change won’t solve itself’ by Tabatha Atkinson of Lees Primary School, supported by RC Keighley was also chosen and received a Highly Commended Citation.

District also awarded Rob Burrow with a Paul Harris Fellowship for his outstanding work for Motor Neurone Disease, the award had to be made through his PA who visited him at home to present the award. Here is a short video from Rob to us.

With Lesley at my side, I have attended many Charter Celebrations and we both thank our hosts for great food and fellowship during our visits.

Charter celebrations really do remind us that Rotary is very much about fellowship and the bonds that it creates.

A great finish to 2021.

May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year as we look forward to 2022.

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