July 30, 2022

Malcolm Tagg, District Governor – do Rotary your own way

It’s only a few weeks into my year as DG. I’ve certainly enjoyed the process of getting here and what it has mainly emphasised to me is the sheer scale of Rotary across the world. Even in our own District, Clubs are hugely diverse, achieving spectacular collective outcomes from a wide field of activity, directly making life better, more pleasant, or more comfortable for others or helping other organisations and individuals to do those very same things.

In our District what are the key things I’ve learned?

My year proper started with TWO Dragon boat races, organised on successive days, respectively by Wakefield Chantry/Huddersfield (ably assisted by volunteers from other clubs) at Pugneys Park in Wakefield and the York Club event on the River Ouse. In the hot weather I prefer to think it was just as hard watching, in the baking heat, as it was for those who were paddling. Well done to all – for the spectacle, the funds raised and enjoyment provided and showcasing Rotary.

The club visits I have made, often with [wife] Judith have been enjoyable, each demonstrating fellowship and significant diversity of activity and ideas. Thanks to everyone who has welcomed us to their own Rotary domain. We look forward to meeting many more Rotarians, in their own environments as the year goes on.

Progress is brisk with the development of this year’s District Centenary Conference and, if not before, I look forward to meeting many of you in October, in Scarborough. Here’s the registration link, it’s self-explanatory when you follow it:


Finally, thank you to my DG predecessors and to DGE David Phillips, DGN Richard Greenwood, District Secretary Anne Griffin and others, all of whom have contributed to my development towards this role. Any mistakes I make – which will hopefully be few and far between - are entirely of my own doing!

Stay safe, keep on doing what you do for others within and outside your clubs

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