District Assembly

District Assembly is a key step in preparing for the coming Rotary year. This year’s District Assembly was held on 16th May, preparing for the year 2020-21.  Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event was held on line.  580 Rotarians from across the district attended.

Copies of presentations and links to recording of the various sessions are being posted here over the next few days, so watch this space.

ASSEMBLY PROGRAMME AND PRESENTATIONS – Click on the blue links to view.

9.00 a.m.         Opening Plenary Session: Click here for a recording of the session

  • Welcome & Introduction     District Governor 2019/20 Rtn  Rodney Spokes
  • A preliminary address      District Governor 2020/21 Rtn Peter G Berry
  • R.I. President 2020/21     Holger Knaack
  • Rotaract & NCS – A Partnership for the Future – Jim Davies
  • Public Image –  “One Rotary” message – Tracey Wright

10.15 a.m.       Dispersal to Individual Breakout meetings

 12:30 p.m.         Second Plenary Session: Click here for a recording of the session

  • An address by            Jennifer Jones, RI vice president 2016-17
  • Final remarks              Governor 2020/21 Rtn Peter G Berry
  • Close of Assembly     District Governor 2019/20 Rtn  Rodney Spokes



Rtn Peter Berry, District Governor-elect
Rotary Club of Grantham | District 1070 | East Midlands

Rotary Experience and Interests
I joined Rotary partly to network with other professionals and partly to help others less well-off than myself.

In 2011/12 I was Club President and during that time learnt what Rotary was all about. I became passionate about Foundation and served as District Foundation treasurer for 3 years, having previously been on the Foundation Committee. My other passion is for membership of Rotary, not just for a club but for Rotary in general and I have recently started promoting Interact and Rotaract.

Professional Background <
I have been a Financial Adviser for all of that time and still work today.

Personal life
I have been married to Catriona Berry for the past 30 years. We have 3 Children Melanie, Joanne and Andrew.

During my spare time I like to play golf, snooker and squash and I regularly referee in Squash competitions all over the United Kingdom

Holger Knaack RI President-elect

President 2020-21

Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany

Knaack is the CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company. He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business.

He is a founding member of the Civic Foundation of the City of Ratzeburg and served as president of the Golf-Club Gut Grambek. Knaack is also the founder and chair of the Karl Adam Foundation.

A Rotary member since 1992, Knaack has served Rotary as treasurer, director, moderator, member and chair of several committees, representative for the Council on Legislation, zone coordinator, training leader, and district governor.

He is an endowment/major gifts adviser and was co-chair of the Host Organization Committee for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg.

Knaack and his wife, Susanne, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Bequest Society.

Jennifer Jones, Rotary Foundation Trustee 2019-23

RI Vice President 2016-17

Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland Ontario | Canada

Jennifer Jones is the president and CEO of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning television production company in Windsor. Jones has served Rotary in many roles, including as RI vice president in 2016-17. She is co-chair of the End Polio Now: Make History Today campaign to raise $150 million. She has been a leader in cultivating experiential fundraising opportunities such as Rotary’s Polio Golf Day with Jack Nicklaus in Jupiter, Florida, USA, which raised over $5.25 million for polio eradication.

She has been recognized with many awards, including the Service Above Self Award and the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, the YMCA Peace Medallion, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and she was the first Canadian to receive Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award.

Rodney Spokes, District Governor
Rotary Club of Leicester | District 1070 | East Midlands

Rotary Experience and Interests
Rotary Club of Leicester: Inducted 1991, President 2002/03; presented Paul Harris Fellowship by Club 2004.

District: Assistant Governor 2004-07; LDT Chairman 2007/10; GSE Team Leader 2009; Assistant Secretary 2012-15; Youth Service Chairman 2017/18. International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians: UK Chairman 2006-08.

Professional Background
Professionally involved in motorsport as a rally co-driver, competing in 80 international events; rally team manager for dealer team Vauxhall winning the 1974 National Group One Championship and the Manufacturers Team Prize on the 1975 RAC Rally. Founder/Chairman of the International Rally Drivers Club.

Then for 25 years with Page & Moy Travel including heading up the Retail Travel Division with 170 staff and £100m turnover.

Personal life
Flying as a private pilot; committee member of the Friends of the University of Leicester Botanic Garden; volunteer at local charity theatre; photography; travel including cruises and motorhome.

My wife Pam is a member of the RC of Leicester Novus, particularly involved with Youth Service, and helping children with reading.

After a career in office management, including 20 years with a regional newspaper group, she now enjoys choral singing, and voluntary activities, including: welcoming visitors to Leicester Cathedral, serving in a hospice charity shop and being Membership Secretary of the Arts Society Leicester.