Posted by Susan Bellor, District Governor
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!
Are you all set to enjoy the Annual District Foundation Walk? It takes place on May 12th in downtown Kingston, hosted by Kingston-Frontenac with the assistance of several area Rotary clubs. This is a great opportunity to gather with club members and friends, get some exercise, enjoy the waterfront and scenery along with Rotarian fellowship, a delicious lunch afterward, and of course, to contribute to the Annual Fund and PolioPlus. For more information please contact Murray Matheson: mcmcanuck@gmail.com.
 
PDG Katie Burke continues to seek and organize Rotarians in the district for help on the translation team, along with the need for a translation team coordinator. Can you provide some Rotary stewardship to help with this very important endeavor? In the pursuit to provide translations to French for all that we want to share, we do need some bilinguals to help us. We are a District of more than one language and want to respect this diversity with our French- speaking fellow Rotarians and friends. Please contact Katie at brkcornwall@gmail.com before May 30th.
 
There is still time to earn the prestigious Rotary Citation. Presidents please Input your goals at Rotary Club Central and be sure to update your service projects and volunteer hours; these are very important.  Please contact your area governor and / or me for any assistance. To date there are 6 clubs who have earned it; congratulations to D7040 Passport, E-Club Premier, Lake Placid, Massena, South Nepean, and West Ottawa. There are also 5 clubs who are getting closer, having achieved 3/4 categories and 5 other clubs who have achieved 2/4 categories. Let’s all earn it!
 
DGE Martha Weaver is a member of E-club Premier and our district is planning to have the District Governors’ Changeover online this year tentatively on June 16th.  Therefore, the Governors’ Council will meet on the afternoon of ISC meeting June 9th, from 1-2pm  at the same location. Updates will be announced in my message and/or emails.
 
District Friendship Exchange Chair Fay Campbell is seeking 12 Rotarians to host a person or activity for a friendship exchange with District 3040 in Bhopal, India. Contact Fay as soon as possible: faycampbell21@gmail.com
 
Have you joined a RAG yet? Get involved with a Rotary Action Group which shares your interests. You can engage in meaningful service activities outside your own club or district or country. Check out the directory at: myrotary.org/rotarian-action-groups.
 
The finance committee would like a Rotarian with insurance knowledge and practicing experience to help out with the comparison of U.S. and Canadian Insurance. Please contact PDG Ariane Carriere: ariane.carriere.7040@gmail.com
 
“People Coming Together” is the theme of the 2018 Montreal Zone Conference with President – elect Barry Rassin, RI Director Jeff Cadorette and our own PDG Nabil Oudeh who is vice chairing this institute. A very cool experience is promised. Register today at www.zoneinstitute.net. Everyone is welcome. Join the Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/RotaryMontreal2018
 
The Rotary International Theme for 2018-2019 is “Be the Inspiration”, but we don’t need to wait until July to show our Rotary spirit of charitable service as we continue to go forward in Making a Difference through Rotary!
 
Kind regards,
Sue Bellor
DG 2017-2018
7040