District GovThe Rotary Club of Grantham were privileged to have as their guest speaker this Monday the District Governor Chris Davies from the Rotary Club of Market Harborough.
Chris said that a big part of the year was visiting all the clubs in the district and seeing all the different things that Rotarians do to Make a Difference not only to their local communities but to the world itself and every Rotarian has the choice to make a difference within their clubs and to the lives of others.
She went on to say that Rotary's End Polio Campaign will continue and so far this year only 6 cases of polio have been reported in the world compared to the tens of thousands  back in the 80's and 90's.
She was delighted to confirm that the Government had pledged £100 million towards the eradication of polio - this was announced by International Development Secretary, Priti Patel who said that Rotary had been at the forefront of the End Polio campaign. These funds will help to immunise 45 million children from the disease.
A project underway in the UK is for a tree to be planted for every Rotarian which would be 2500 in the District and Chris advised that various locations were being explored but she confirmed that a hedge planting scheme was being finalised for the Bomber Command Memorial at Lincoln
Every Club and every member should be proud of their achievements and she heaped praise on the Club for their outstanding work with the "RotarySwimarathon" were the whole community benefits and participates - every year more Clubs follow Grantham in this event not only in the UK but also worldwide with "Rotary Global Swimarathon". She also thanked the Club for their support with the Mock Interview Programme, their fund raising and awareness for Anti-Slavery and also the fund raising for End Polio through the Purple Ball and various concerts.
Members were also joined by Rotarians from Scunthorpe who are setting up their first "RotarySwimarathon" in March 2018 with guidance from the Club
She encouraged everybody to look to the future and increase their membership either through the Club, through Interact, Rotaract, E-clubs or Satelitte Clubs - anyone considering joining or who would like further information should contact David Burr on 01476 - 563358
Picture shows visiting Rotarians together with on front row President Bob Brownlow 2nd left, DG Chris Davies & w.e.f 1st Sept President Geoff Turner