Tom Arnold DG Newsletter Aug 09   24/08/2009

District 1160


District Governor’s Newsletter

Dear Rotarians,

Since the 4th July I have a sense of floating on air; definitely feet not

touching the ground. From Kerry to Donaghandee and Ballina to Dublin

you have given us a great welcome.  Unfortunately there were a few clubs

Bridgid could not attend with me. If I didn’t realize before how big District

1160 is, I certainly do now. I have seen the tremendous amount of

work being done by clubs in their local communities and on international

projects. A busy club is a fun club to be a member of. Rotary

should be enjoyable. It is an established fact that a busy club will attract

new members more readily.


It is always a special occasion for a District Governor to be present when

a new member is inducted. I was delighted to be present at the induction

of Nicola Wise, the newest member of the Rotary Club of Antrim. At

28 years of age Nicola is the youngest member of R.C. Antrim. She comes

from a tradition of Rotary, with her father Chris Wray, President of R.C.

Newtownabbey. We all wish her a long membership and happy time

within the family of Rotary.



A common challenge for club presidents is how to motivate members. A

survey has yielded the following ideas:

Set goals in advance and present them at your first meeting as club

. Providing clear goals and an action plan for your year as president

helps club members to focus on areas an opportunities that interest


Focus on only a few goals.

Setting too many goals can overwhelm members. Keep club goals to

three or four that are achievable.

Set a Deadline for Goals

Set the expectation date for goals to be achieved during your year. Set

long term goals for multi year projects.

Invite Club Members to Chair Projects and Committees

Instead of waiting for members to volunteer ask individuals to step into

positions of leadership. Involve as many members as possible.

Recognise Achievements.

When goals are achieved take the time to acknowledge club members

who were involved; this will encourage other members to become more



To experience the real fellowship of Rotary come along to the District

Conference on 9th—11th October 2009 in Athlone. The conference hotel

is the Sheraton. Registration Forms are available on line at




At District Assembly, Handover and at subsequent club visits I have asked members to be

conscious of Rotarians who may be experiencing difficulties as a result of the downturn

in the economy. In the family of Rotary we must look after these members and do all in

our power to keep them in the family of Rotary.  In a Rotary publication this week I see that

Rotary International General Secretary, Ed Futa is also championing this theme.

District 1160 leads the way again!


Rotary Statistics as of July 2009

1,221,880 Rotarians Worldwide

531 Rotary Districts

33,334 Rotary Clubs

174,271 Rotaract Members

7,577 Rotaract Clubs

274,160 Interact Members

11,920 Interact Clubs