The 2014-15 international Rotary theme is “Light up Rotary” and current District Governor Ken Billington has effectively steered District 1070 to be true to that theme.
It has been wonderful to see what has been achieved in so many ways. However, at the end of this Rotary year Ken will hand over the reins to Rotarian Geoff Blurton, a member the Rotary Club of Kettering.
The Rotary Club of Kettering was chartered in 1930 and Geoff is only the second member of the Club to be honoured as the District Governor, the last member being Rotarian Pearcey Drever who was in office from 1949-1951.
Meticulous preparation for the role of District Governor is vital. Accompanied by his wife Heather, Geoff has already been to Berlin for a Governor-Elect Training Seminar and in January they will attend the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego.
February and March are busy months with District Officers Team Building Day, the RIBI Assembly, Presidents-Elect Training Seminar and in May the District Assembly.
What are Geoff’s hopes and aspirations for the 2015/16 Rotary Year ?
He said: “I want to build on what Ken and other past District Governors have achieved and increase the level of support for clubs, as it is at club level that things happen.
“The District Governor is there to serve clubs and club members in the true spirit of ‘Service above Self.
“I want to guide Rotary to be more visionary, to look at the world in which we live and serve.
“That world is an ever changing world and we must be strong enough to change wherever that is necessary to keep Rotary relevant.”
Geoff’s personal theme will be “Vision” and the conference in Bournemouth in September will be based on this theme.
Many years ago he was a headteacher of a school for visually impaired children and the conference will look at visual impairment with speakers from organisations such as the Royal National Institute for the Blind, Sightsavers and Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.
Geoff concluded: “I look forward to a great year of service as District Governor with the support of an excellent district team and 80 wonderful clubs.