Governor’s monthly letter – September 2019

Rotary International - Southwest Finland and Åland Islands - District 1410

Governor’s monthly letter – September 2019

Read as pdf: 09_GB_xx

Busy autumn

Only 16 club visits left while writing this monthly letter. Time passes and autumn advances. It has been fun and I wait for the coming club visits. The last visit is on the 12th of November and after that it is time to take it easy.

At the moment I am visiting in the Rotary Institute in Gdansk. It is so wonderful to meet friends and find new acquaintances. This networking is the one thing I really appreciate in Rotary, pin in the jacket enables a lot, so have courage, start a chat and the rest will be history!!

This time:

  • Rowing for herring
  • Foundation training
  • DG search
  • District exchange student interview on the 16 the of November.
  • National Rotary forum 31.1. -2.2. in Helsinki

Rowing for herring in Helsinki on the 6th of October

District 1410 is involved for the Baltic Sea herring rowing. If you cannot make it and row this time, you are welcome to come and cheer. The rowing starts at 11 and goes from Finlandia Hall Töölö bay to the Kauppatori (Market square), where we arrive around at 12.00. This time there is also a herring-seminar in Viking M/S Mariella auditorium at the conference deck.

Read more from the website of herring rowing  Silakkasoudun  – we’ll update photos on the district blog site as the rowing day is done.

Foundation training:

This autumn Rotary Foundation training will be arranged in

  • 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.  

Governor 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.


National Rotary Forum will be arranged in  Helsinki in the new 24/7 beating Tripla city centre.

Come and take a step to the future, try something new and inspire! Foundation, membership and PR included. More on district 1420 website.  

Link to the invitation

VSE successfully done

VSE visit is successfully over and according the visitors they had an amazing visit and had really good experiences both from the working culture as well as enjoyed their stay as tourists.

Especially big thank you for all the host families, rotaries involved in creating the program and everyone who was involved.

Quite a many Rotarians from the district helped with the arrangements but especially two Assistant Governors Rainer and Juha – thank you for your support, help, chauffeuring and arrangements..

VSE team’s members visited in Turku (thank you Erja and Barbara), in Parainen (thank you Kristiina and Tom), in Eurajoki (thank you Altti), in Forssa (thank you Jari, Rauno ja Tanja as well as helping hand outside  of rotary Kirsi),  in Huittinen (thank you Raimo), in Ulvilassa (thank you Hanna-Leena) and in Raisio (thank you Terhi). A special thank you for all the companies where our visitors had a possibility to visit!

Our team visits England 18.4. – 2.5. and you can apply for another month.Send your application latest on 31st of October – in English where you tell about yourself, your job, your hobbies and what you expect from the journey. Send the application to

District council decides the team members on 6th of November and after that the chosen ones receive information. Next the team gets together, thinks of the team visibility, what to take as a gift, etc. etc!

Important dates:

6.10. Herring rowing in Helsinki

24.10. World Polio Day

30.10. VSE team applications

30.11. DG search

31.1. – 2.2.2020 Rotary forum in Helsinki

29.2.2020 PETS and district meeting in Parainen

  1. – 26.4.2020 District conference in Turku/Viking Grace


Heidi Cavén


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