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RGBI is proudly hosting it’s first ever training event for club officers (on the 25th Jan from 10am – 4pm in Edinburgh) – and you’re invited! It will be a great day packed with ideas for Rotaractors and Rotarians alike, and although very early in the process of elections, will hopefully have Rotaractors thinking about an officer role for the next Rotaract year, Rotarians discussing the hot topics of the day, and some ‘almost 30s’ talking about the next steps in the Rotary family.

The cost is only £5 which is to cover lunch which will be provided by a local shop, a social enterprise employing almost exclusively homeless people in a bid to provide a stable lifestyle. An online registration form is available for both Rotaractors and Rotarians, so please follow the relevant link and book up! We will also welcome any Rotarian that might find it interesting, and we hope to run a session for Rotarians who want to learn more about Rotaract.

Places are limited for this event, so book now and don’t miss out!

The RGBI Conference is less than 2 months away!!  With excitement building, we thought we would share this great blog post on London commuters!  Which type of commuter are you?  http://www.rgbi2013.org/the-london-shuffle-travelling-on-the-undeground/

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The Rotary Club of Tower Hamlets is holding a free event on Monday 19th August from 6pm onwards where Rotaractors, young Rotarians and their friends can meet.

It’s a fun event where you can learn more about Rotary and Rotaract, share your ideas and experiences or simply have a drink with some brilliant local people.

Register now for your FREE ticket! http://rotanet1.eventbrite.co.uk/

Not in London?  Why not organise a Rotanet event in your area and help Rotaractors, young Rotarians and friends to meet up and share ideas and experiences!

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As many of you will already know, RGBI District 1130 are hosting a conference in London from the 1st – 3rd November 2013.  There hasn’t been a Rotaract conference in Great Britain & Ireland for at least 4 years now, so we are thrilled this conference is going ahead!

Organising the conference in their spare time, the District 1130 Conference Committee have done a brilliant job in putting this together!

The conference is a fantastic opportunity for Rotaractors to meet, network, learn, and have fun!  Don’t miss out – ‘like’ the conference Facebook page to get the latest news first!

In the first of our ‘How to…’ series of blog posts we look at how Rotaractors can get more involved in their Districts.  We interviewed two current DRRs to find out more about what a DRR is, and what it involves!

What is a DRR?!!

Michael Ziedins: DRR is short for District Rotaract Representative 

What exactly does a DRR do?

MZ: The role is incredibly important as you facilitate communication between the clubs and the Rotary District committee; in effect you lead the Rotaractors within the district.

Guy Boocock: As a DRR you are required to help with the communication between Rotaractors, Clubs, and the Rotary District committee through the Rotaract District Chair (Rotarian) and the District Governor. Ideally you should have a seat on the Rotary Council to ensure the top level is aware of what is going on and that they support you and to make starting clubs easier. As DRR you are the voice of every Rotaractor in your district and represent them at all Rotary and Rotaract district, national and international events. According to the DRR Handbook amongst other jobs you should develop and distribute a newsletter, arrange a district Rotaract conference, provide guidance to Rotaract clubs in all matters, and organise a training session for Rotaract club officers.

How long have you been a DRR?

MZ: This is my second year of being a District Rotaract Representative (DRR) of RI District 1140 which covers Surrey, North Hampshire and South West Greater London.

GB: This is my first year as DRR for District 1110, which covers most of Hampshire, parts of Wiltshire and Dorset and includes the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands; however I was previously DRR for District 1080 in 2010-11.

Why did you decide to become a DRR, and what do you enjoy most about the role?

MZ: The thing I most enjoy about the role is meeting different people, whether it is Rotaractors from other areas or within the other clubs. I first became interested in being a DRR by attending events of other clubs within the district and also a European Meeting. I soon realised how much could be achieved if people work together which unfortunately didn’t seem to be happening.

GB: After being a Rotaractor for less than a year I was first asked to take on the District 1080 role in 2010 because I was enthusiastic about all aspects of Rotaract and wanted to see club growth results and improved communication and fellowship between clubs. I put myself forward for DRR 1110 because I had the same commitment and wanted to continue the great work the past DRR had been doing for 3 years. Being a DRR in different districts has enabled me to meet different Rotarians and Rotaractors, and at the PreConvention Lisbon I was able to meet new Rotaractors from around the world and promote the organisation in different ways, especially to Rotary.

What are your aims for 2013/14?

MZ: Well my aim for 2012/13 was to get the clubs communicating together again. The aim for 2013/14 therefore must be to form closer relations with the Rotary district and hopefully a longer term plan in terms of extension.

GB: My aims for 2013/14 are to charter the Portsmouth and Southsea Interest Group, target specific large-population areas and, with the help of the local Rotary clubs and Rotary District, start new interest groups within these towns/cities, create a district newsletter which would be circulated around all Rotary and Rotaract clubs, district officers and to RGBI, improve communication between existing clubs by organising district events i.e. sports games evening, charity fundraiser, support of other clubs activities, and generally improve the overall Rotaract theme in D1110.

This all sounds great!  How do Rotaractors in Great Britain & Ireland become a DRR?

MZ: Becoming a DRR is straightforward.  The candidate is nominated (or preferably puts themselves forward) and is then elected by the Rotaract Clubs.

GB: You have to be an experienced Rotaractor, have been or be a Club President or have held or hold a District committee position in the year you are DRR. In the case of only one club in the district, the current or recent Club President assumes the role.

Interested in becoming a DRR?  Contact your District Council or your sponsoring Rotary Club to find out more!  

Yesterday some RGBI Rotaractors attended the RIBI Presidential Handover, where Nan McCreadie was inaugurated as the first female President of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland.  We previously reblogged a post Let’s Talk About Sex!, which considers whether Rotary will ever have equal membership between men and women.  Witnessing the historic moment yesterday first hand has filled me with hope that one day women and men will be equal in all aspects, including in organisations such as Rotary, across the world.

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Rotaract has the potential to play a massive role in the future of Rotary, and with the clubs in Great Britain & Ireland being well represented by both young men and women, and the support of RIBI President Nan McCreadie, RGBI can play a role in promoting equality in Great Britain & Ireland.

Want to join us?  Visit our website to find your nearest club, or get in touch to find out about starting a club in your area.

Nisha Kotecha

RGBI Publicity Officer

publicity@rotaract.org.uk