Meet the District Team for 2017/18
A new Rotary year ushers in a new District team and we sadly say goodbye to longstanding DRC – Mike Ware. However it’s not all change as Rachel Gerrish stays on as DRR.
District Rotaract Representative (DRR)
This will be my second year as District Rotaract Representative for 1090. Following on from a quiet year with a small committee, I am excited for the year ahead, with a brand new bigger committee, with the hope of inspiring clubs in our district.
Previous to this role, I have gone from Interactor to Rotaractor and then Rotaract President for Bourne End and Cookham. During my seven years in the Rotary family I have visited Zambia seven times (yes seven!) for the Wye Valley Zambia Project and organised plenty of fundraising events and activities for various charities. I have also attended an iRYLA (International Rotary Youth Leadership Award) in India, which was followed by a NGSE (New Generations Service Exchange).
I’d like to use my achievements in Interact and Rotaract to inspire others, and make sure that everybody realises how opportunities are available to them – especially worldwide opportunities. Being part of the Rotary family can help you in more ways than you know, both in your working and personal life – it will increase your confidence in many environments and it stretches a mile on your CV!
District Rotaract Representative Elect
I loved Rotaract from the moment I discovered it, which was at a Speed Friending event hosted by Oxford Rotaract. That was 3 years ago!
In that time I have been a part of many different events, and love that you can go from listening to an inspiring guest speaker one minute, to being dressed up as an elf and volunteering at a fun run the next! The variety is one of the reasons I have remained involved with Rotaract and hope that we can make that message ring true with other people thinking of getting on board.
Since joining Oxford Rotaract I have helped with social media and publicity, going on to be Vice President in 2015, and then President for 2016/17. I was honoured to speak at the Rotary District 1090 Conference in Bournemouth this year, alongside Rachel, where we emphasised the importance of Rotary clubs getting behind their local Rotaract Club. That support is so crucial to making groups a success and something we will continue to champion this year.
The world needs more Rotaractors!
I joined Rotaract back in 2011 and during my time I’ve been involved at the club, district and national level. I have also attended both the Rotary District 1090 and RGBI conferences and would highly recommend them to anyone that hasn’t been. They provide the perfect opportunity to socialise, network, and take inspiration from the fantastic work other clubs are doing. After all we don’t need to reinvent the wheel every time.
In my current role as Treasurer I’m tasked with collecting subs from clubs in the district and distributing funds as the committee deems fit. Last year we gave every club £500 to spend as they wished on promotional activities so I’m keen to hear how clubs used the money!
I’m also one of the primary webmasters for the district website so if you have any suggestions, just let me know.
District Rotaract Chair
I first started my Rotaract journey when I helped reform Oxford Rotaract (with a lot of help from local Rotary clubs) in 2010 after a four year hiatus. I was honoured to be the club president for a great bunch of people.
During my time with the club I’ve achieved lots of things and one of my proudest is attaining the nickname, ‘three desserts Field’. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but to give you the background I ate three desserts at an Oxford Spires Rotary Club meal, after having both a starter and a main course. Needless to say, I joined a gym pretty promptly afterwards…
I’ve just taken the plunge with a district role and needless to say I have a lot to learn. I think it’s important that with the new Rotary year we all take make the time to asses what’s going on around us. So I will be adopting the following approach “discuss, understand, then move forward together”.