September Nr 2 2017

27.9.2017

Please remember to book your place at the District Conference and Suomi Finland 100 jubilee gala taking place on 21 October 2017. The deadline for registration is 30 September. To register, please go to https://d1420.rotary.fi/

Please remember to book your place at the District Conference and Suomi Finland 100 jubilee gala taking place on 21 October 2017. The deadline for registration is 30 September. To register, please go to https://d1420.rotary.fi/.

 

During my visits to local clubs, I have been delighted to see that the Rotary spirit is alive and well across Finland. If possible, it is even stronger in Estonia, where clubs are very vibrant and work extremely well together.

I would be thrilled to see more active collaboration across the Baltic Sea, too. Clubs could organise mutual visits and benefit from the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with others. Trips abroad to experience a new culture never fail to inspire and could, I believe, pave the way for clubs to work more closely together on a range of projects. Presidents, why not consider a spring trip to visit the other half of our district?

 

In conjunction with my visits, I have sought to highlight the importance of the Rotary fundamentals. From our inceptions, we have been a service organisation and, in accordance with that guiding principle, all clubs should be engaged in active service through a variety of channels. We serve one another by offering our friendship and by always observing the Four-Way Test at all of our meetings. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that attending meetings is of itself not sufficient to fulfil our obligations as Rotarians. I would encourage all clubs to consider pursuing new avenues for active service. There are excellent opportunities for becoming involved in local, international and youth programmes. Please consider your potential to make a difference in the world!

 

Members have turned to us to enquire about the terminology used by Rotary International. Some find it rather outdated and are also keen to know more about what the District Council is, what it does and who is on it.

The District Council (DC) is District 1420’s decision-making body chaired by the incumbent Governor. The Governor is joined on the DC by three Past District Governors (PDGs), the serving District Governor (DG) and a District Governor Elect (DGE) and a District Governor Nominee (DGN). The District Rotary Foundation Committee Chairman and Rotary District Finance Committee Chairman are also entitled to attend the meetings.

The District Council secretariat is provided by an externally appointed secretary.

The District Council is tasked with overseeing the running of District 1420 and supporting the local clubs in carrying out their work in line with the Rotary International mission. This means that the District Council does not manage clubs or delegate tasks to them. Indeed, each club is an independent entity, and it is precisely because of this independent status that we recommend members to formally register their club with the authorities.

 

Dear members, our theme for this year, Rotary – making a difference, calls us all to act in the spirit of service. All of us have it within us to change the world for the better. We are privileged indeed to have a membership encompassing highly experienced experts from a number of specialist fields. For this reason, there is so much we can contribute and achieve as we join our forces and work together for a shared goal. Look to your local community, help may be needed closer than you might think! Join forces with your local scout groups, churches, aid organisations and even your local authority. I very much look forward to hearing more about the great work you are doing.

 

Wishing you all the very best for the autumn season and good luck with all your efforts!

 

Yours sincerely,

Liisa Stjernberg