District Governor

John Dehnel

Welcome to Rotary District 1070 and the 2016-17 Rotary Year

Rotary Serving Humanity is our theme across all the clubs in District 1070 and across the whole world of Rotary for the year 2016-17.  This is a reminder from RI President John Germ to us all that service to humanity is the basis of all that Rotary does.  We meet in our clubs, we enjoy our social activities and our service projects, we work together as friends on fund raising; all of this contributes to our serving humanity.

I am proud to have been asked to lead the Rotarians and clubs in our District 1070 for the year.  It is a real privilege, albeit a daunting one.  We have so much history, including exemplary support for people in our own local communities and across the world.  I will, during the year, be doing all I can to support and encourage all members of Rotary, your families and friends to continue and to broaden that service to humanity.

This year, on 1st July 2016, nine clubs across mid-Lincolnshire, previously in district 1270, are amalgamating with those who have long been part of district 1070.  District 1070 will then encompass clubs across Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, much of Lincolnshire, and parts of Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.  I am pleased to welcome all clubs as part of our new District 1070.

Our clubs have a wide range of local and international projects in mind for the year, working with youth and local communities, supported health, education and livelihood. We have a highly knowledgeable and dedicated district team who are there to help support our clubs.  

Our own charity, The Rotary Foundation, moves into its centenary year in 2016-17, having been initiated at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta in 1917.  Our Foundation is keen to support as many projects as possible during 2016-17.  Just talk to the Foundation team if you have an interest either in financial support for your projects or want some practical help in project design.  Please do continue to support our own charity even more generously in this, its 100th year.

We hope to see the end of polio across the world in 2016-17.  We are so close to finishing the task.  Keep spreading the message and helping financially.  The sooner we can end polio, the sooner Rotary will be able to take part in the celebrations of the completion of this massive task and, more importantly, the sooner no more children across the world will be paralysed for life.

Our District Conference is in Nottingham on the 17th-18th September 2016.  On display, on stage and in the expanded house of Friendship, will be a plethora of great ideas for practical ways clubs can support our communities.  Be there for fun and inspiration with your club and our colleagues from across the district.

With so much to do we need more members in our clubs to carry on our great work.  Keep looking for good people to join us, in whatever guise, to support us and continue with Rotary Serving Humanity.

John Dehnel, Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray