The District Scholarships committee is pleased to announce that Garrett Milne, endorsed by the Rotary Club of Kemptville, has been selected as the D 7040 Global Grant Scholar for 2018-19.  Garrett's area of focus is Disease Prevention and Treatment and he will be pursuing his studies at the University of Sydney in Australia, in the Master of Health Security program.
Global Grant Scholarship Committee Chair, Katie Burke, tells us that Hugo Genest was selected by the RC West Ottawa as their candidate for a Rotary Peace Fellowship 2017-18 (certificate program).  He is currently in Thailand at Chulalonkorn University and will be finishing his Peace Fellowship by April 10th 2018.
 
Wali gazes meditatively at the Mekong stretching before our eyes. “In the last week of January alone, fours attacks were perpetrated in Afghanistan. Three in Kabul, and one in my hometown of Jalalabad, which targeted Save the Children, an NGO dedicated to improving the livelihoods of the most vulnerable. A friend of mine was killed in all of this madness. Terrible.” Wali stays calm. I don’t know how he does it. I want to peer through the veil of his resilience to find answers: Do you ever get used to the bloodshed? Do you become accustomed to incessantly shattered dreams? 
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA), June 8-10, 2018, is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain insight and knowledge in life and leadership skills. The academy features professionally developed curriculum, exciting guest leaders, small group problem solving and self reflection which lead to enhanced leadership skills. Based on their academy experience, many graduates change their career objectives or educational plans. District 7040 Rotary Clubs may sponsor one to three students (ages 15-17) to attend this Youth Leadership Academy that gives them a memorable and potentially life-changing experience.
D7040 Passport Club
 
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District 7040 has just chartered a new club concept to make it easy for Rotarians who want to make a difference in their community to do so in a way that fits within their time, talent and finances, as well as with their family, work and life commitments — and do so through Rotary. The founding principle of the Rotary Passport Club is to make Rotary fit the lifestyle of its members through an affordable dues structure and flexible, and infrequent, in-person meetings. Instead of attending weekly meetings, members are encouraged to engage in humanitarian service — however that works best for them. Some meetings are online.
 
Recent Rotary District 7040 Facebook Posts
 
A Message from DG Sue...
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
Are you one of the 30,000 who have registered for the Rotary International Convention in Toronto? Go to rotary2018.org to register. This is the chance of a lifetime to attend a Rotary International Convention! It is exhilarating to network with Rotarians from all over the world!
 
Clubs are reminded to provide the DG with credential certificates and voting cards, if those clubs are not able to send a delegate to the convention. Having as many clubs as possible represented helps Rotary achieve the quorum we need to hold valid officer elections. You can learn more about the role of convention delegates in Article 9 of the Constitution and or Article 10 of the RI Bylaws.
 
District Rotarians earned district and regional meritorious citations at the annual Rotary Foundation Dinner on April 21st. Those individuals honored, received plaques from RI along with special pins bestowed by PDG/DRFC Bonnie Black and myself. PDG Edmond Lanthier was lauded for Service Above Self; PDG Katherine Burke for Meritorious Service; and Manon Lennon for Service for a Polio-Free World. Congratulations to all for well-deserved recognition. Read more about these awards and club recognition banners in the May District RF Newsletter. Thank you to all donors and for the fine work of the District 7040’s RF Committee!
 
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The Rotary Foundation Works for Us
YOU Make Our Foundation Successful - WE Can Do More Local & International Projects!
In 2016-2017, our District set out to increase our Annual Fund giving, making a U-Turn from the previous two years of giving.  We set as our goal $170,000 hoping to get within target range of the 2013-2014 giving.  It appears we have come quite close, so for the 2017-2018 Rotary year, we are stretching the goal to $180,000!
 
This month, make sure your club has entered its Foundation goals into Rotary Club Central - with a goal, we can judge how we are doing.  Every member can see the goals when he or she logs into www.rotary.org and clicks on MyRotary.  Need help in entering the goals?  Send an email to District Foundation Chair, PDGBonnie Black - together we are strengthening our Rotary future!
 
 
Toronto RI Convention
June 23 - 27, 2018
 
Upcoming Events
 

The above events represent a partial list. To see all upcoming events entered on the district calendar, including future DG visits, click HERE.