Governor’s monthly letter – August 2019

Monthly letter in pdf-form: 08_GB

Attachments: vuosikokouskutsu –   D1410_tilinpäätös 30.6.2019  –  D1410 tase, tuloslaskelma 30.6.2019 –  1410 Tase-erittelyt 30.6.19



Club visits are on and thank you for all those clubs, I have had a chance to meet and talk. And lots of talk we have had on different subjects. August has been wonderful, hopefully September continues exactly the same.

Autumn seminar

is held on 14thof September. Sign up either via the link on the district website’s frontpage or via Urjala RC website link. Sign up now, as we need details for the catering.

In the program we have official meeting (incl. annual report and accountancy), miniworkshop on public image issues, lift talk and so on.

In the program we also have music, culture and possibility to meet lots of friends. So sign up!

Attached (in Finnish) meeting invitation + official paperwork

VSE-team to Finland

VSE-team is coming to Finland on 4th of September, when we’ll meet them at the Turku airport with the host families. Team’s departure time is very early as the leave 6 am, so for the last night (17-18.9.) we’ll set them up somewhere close to the airport. In their program the last day is free, so the team members can wonder around Turku. Any guides available for the day? We also shall spend the last night (17th) with the team. Any good ideas regarding the program?

Team members below:

Helen – team leader is a a qualified lawyer specialising in child protection and family law. We are still looking for 2-3 suitable working places as well as host families.

Sophie is changing her career path and her interests are on social issues like homeless people. For her we are planning 5th – 6th a visit to Huittinen jail and the homeless program as well as 9th – 10th getting to know how Huittinen town works on social issues (host Raimo Wiik). On the 11th – 16th in Turku we are arranging for her to visit Sirkkala day centre, that is run by the city and the church and for homeless people. Still looking for a host to Turku visit!

Emma is ceramics artist and for her we have booked 9th – 12th the Forssa Vocational Institute (host Tanja Paassilta). She was hoping to meet also a private studio entrepreneur – any ideas? For Emma we need more program and host family for 5th-8thand 14th– 167th.

Natalie works as Waste and Sustainability Officer. Free days in her calendar are 5th – 8th. The whole next week she’ll be meeting different companies in Forssa (still looking for host). In autumn seminar the 14th  Natalie would swap the hosts for the rest of the program ie. host and program needed for 15th – 16th. There was a suggestion on Eurajoki, can this be confirmed?

Becky is a registered nurse and her program for 5th – 8this open.  During 9th – 13th she’ll be visiting  Keski-Satakunnan Terveydenhuollon kuntayhtymä (host Hanna-Leena Markki). Swap with hostfamilies in the autumn seminar. The rest of her program 15th– 16this open. auki

As you can see from the programs above, we still have working places and hosts to arrange, so I need everyone’s help.

If you can make it as a host, please contact DG:


This autumn Rotary Foundation training will be arranged in

  • Forssa Autokeidas on 16.10. at 18, registration to AG to Mikko Lindeman,
  • in Pori Porin Suomalainen Klubi, Eteläranta 10 on 17.10. at 18, registration to AG Anne-Maj Eskelinen,
  • in Turku, Henrikinkatu 10, Porthan Hall, 30.10. at 18, registration to AG Rainer Huopalahti.

Training is for the Foundation responsible persons, presidents and other rotarians interested in the projects. If the club is applying funds from the District, a trained person is demanded.

Guvernor search for 2022 – 2023

Clubs are asked to send applications latest 30th November 2019  to:

Governor’s application is on district website: instructions – for members – documents and templates.

To apply you need to have permission from the applicant of club’s active member and CV.

Decision to select new governor is made by the naming comittee called by governor. Decision is done by December.

The decision by naming committee is confirmed in the district meeting 2020.



4.9. VSE-team arrives

7.9. District golf championship games

14.9. Autumn seminar

17.9. VSE-team last night in Turku

  1. – 29.9. Rotary Institute, Gdansk

6.10. Herring rowing in Helsinki

24.10. World Polio Day

30.11. DG-applications




Regards HeidiC


VSE-team from district 1210 to Finland in September 4th – 18th

Our district 1410 has made a MOU (memorandum of Understanding) – a deal with district 1210 ( in England of VSE  (Vocational Study Exchange). District 1210 and North West Midlands includes 52 clubs in  Staffordshire and Shropshire and partly in English West Midlands.

It is similar exchange as was GSE (Group Study Exchange), this one takes two weeks. The purpose is to find 1-2 different work places per team member. Also host families are needed 1-2 per team member. If you are interested to host and practise your English language and culture, please sign in

And remember, district’s autumn seminar is held on 14th of September – it would be absolutely great to get the team to Urjala too. Unfortunately it is the team’s only full weekend in Finland, so if programs cannot be fitted, lets make an interesting and memorable visit. 

If you happen to know great work places for the team members, I thank you already in advance. Please read more below, so you’ll get the idea of needed workplaces.

We shall send a team to England in spring time (Marc-April) 2020. The team includes a leader and four members. Our team will be different than 1210 as they all are going to be rotarians. I hope that our members find this opportunity exciting and apply for the two week visit to work in similar jobs in England as you are in Finland. Some inquiries have been made already, if you are interested, please send an application by email telling about you, your work + hobbies (in English), so when the team is elected we can send the information to England. 

Regards Heidi Cavén, DG 1410


More about the incoming team

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Helen is a member of the Rotary Club of Wednesfield in District 1210 and has been a Rotarian for 16 years. She is the Immediate Past President and a Paul Harris Fellow.  She was a group study exchange (the forerunner to vocational study exchange) in 2000 when she visited District 6780 East and Middle Tennessee.

Helen is a qualified lawyer specialising in child protection and family law and works for the UK’s Foreign Ministry. Prior to that she worked as a legal adviser to Magistrates and Judges in the Criminal and Family Justice system. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

She lives in London and her interests are walking, cinema, theatre, cooking, football (as a spectator), travel, travel, more travel (!) and is a member of the Campaign for Real Ale.   Helen was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth earlier this year and made a ‘Member of the British Empire’. She was presented with her award by Prince William.

Helen is looking forward to coming to Finland to learn more about the country and the work of rotary, particularly work with children and about the Finnish criminal justice and child protection systems.