Webmaster has been sacked!!

By Martin Brocklebank

Without any good reason DG Jonathan decided that my services are no longer needed! [after 12 years service above self]

Apparently at an Executive Meeting my tenure was raised by Jonathan and discussed resulting in a decision to relieve me of my contribution to the District and Rotary.

I was informed of this decision without any prior discussion and any reason given. Within an hour my access to all District sites including the DMS [which i was instrumental in bringing into existence!]

I guess we all have a sell by date but I have to say that although it is the “gift” of the DG to appoint whoever he wants it is still disappointing that it was done without on consideration to my contribution in helping many Rotarians and clubs over the years. There was a resistance to tell me why and not one word of thanks for all the effort I have given in my various roles over the years. VEry sad and upsetting I have to say!!

As I have hosted a number of District websites, such as this one, free of charge and willingly donating time and money in doing so it is now not wanted by the Executive and DG Jonathan.

This will be the last edition on this site as I undertand that they have created another website instead of utilising this one [I did offer it to them!]

A gather that DGN Ian Elliot will be taking on the role along with his many roles he has aquired in the past year
He is now the DGN, Public Image Chairman, Assistant Governor and a member of the L&T team so hopefully he will have enough time to give you the support and help you have enjoyed over my years.

This might sound bitter and it probably is … no wonder District is dominated by PDG’s if they cannot keep enthusiastic and loyal contributors such as me  … there is no new blood coming through the ranks and it has become a “closed shop” for the old guard.


Following my year’s sabbatical, may I say how nice it is to be back in the hotseat but, before explaining the changes made I have been requested by senior management in the Howell household to make it clear to the
readership that the above photograph is not a real shot of my actual desk but is used for illustrative purposes only.

I hope you will approve of the new style of magazine available to you and that those of you not too familiar with the navigation of e-magazines have read the instructions that I sent to all clubs a week or so prior to the release of this document. All club secretaries received a copy to be passed to the members so, if you haven’t seen it, please pester your secretary not me (although I will supply you a copy if requested).

To view the July issue of Ten-Eighty News just click on the “Current Issue” link in the bar at the top of the page. Not only do we have a re-vamped magazine but we have a new, dedicated website too and this is solely down to Webmaster Martin who has worked tirelessly on the creation of the site and he has also populated it with back numbers of our district magazine but also those of RIBI and Rotary International itself.

Please feel free to leave a comment at any time and please bookmark the site and drop in to see what’s happening and we shall be featuring news items from future editions as they are written and time sensitive notices as well.

Membership of Rotary is inspirational on so many levels but we must persuade others of that fact and get them to join us. The district team will need the assistance of every one of us to achieve that goal and this magazine will do its best to keep you informed on the latest thoughts and plans – please use it yourself to express your views on what is happening and what you think needs to be done, it’s your magazine.