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We just entered the second quarter of this Rotary Year. This is for sure not what I expected how I would be visiting clubs. Thank you to all of our Area Governors who are working hard on arranging my official visits to clubs, whether they are in-person or virtual. So far, I have visited 21 clubs that are Rotary and Rotaract, some in person, and some virtually. I have also participated in community and environmental events. I am learning more about our clubs and what we do for our communities.
 
 
World Polio Day (WPD) Variety Benefit - This registered WPD programme features five performances along with historical video clips relating to polio. The online link ( https://rcwo.org/page/polio ) to this 34 minute programme will remain active until November 24.
 
As with most clubs in the District the Rotary Club of Gananoque was keen to find something meaningful, helpful, and safe to do for the community during these trying times.  They were fortunate to come across this fabulous End Polio Now Tulip campaign from colleagues in another District. 
The vote was unanimous – let’s try it! It looks great!  And Great it is!
 
There are many things happening during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Il se passe beaucoup de choses durant l'épidémie COVID-19.
 
For all the latest information from our district, updated for August
Pour toutes les informations les plus récentes de notre district, mis à jour pour août

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For three quarters of a century, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 353, Eganville, has not only been supporting military veterans and their families, it has also served as the hub of community activities and has donated thousands of dollars to worthwhile causes.
Last Friday afternoon, the extended community that has benefitted from that generosity and support for 75 years, said Thank You in great style when the Save Our Legion campaign committee presented a cheque for $83,000 to the humbled Legion officials.
 
A hands-on Chapala Rotary project provides emergency food relief to 100’s of Mexican families in need during Covid-19 time.
 
Zoom provided a great opportunity on Wed Sep 10th, 2020, for Stittsville Rotarians to hear first-hand about an international humanitarian project from guest speaker Barb Wilson, President-Elect, Lake Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club and Chair of Emergency Food Relief Program. The club has 38 members of varying nationalities and there are 133 clubs in that district in Mexico.
 
Our Club's largest fundraiser has been selling Bacon on a Bun at our annual Town of Renfrew, Ontario, Fall Fair.  Because of covid-19, the fair was cancelled so we thought we had lost all that revenue (approximately $18,000). One of our members, Janet Springer, had the great idea to do a drive through ‘Bacon on a Bun’ day.  She and fellow member, Doug Ryan, started organizing to make this happen. At a regular Club Meeting, (held via Zoom because of the pandemic), several members stepped forward to help organize this activity. Many new ideas blossomed forth from their discussions. They developed a plan to make deliveries to the many businesses that support us on one day and sales to the general public the next day.  It is very difficult to estimate how much we would sell however the organizers were confident that sales would be great.  Many people have told us over the years that they attend the fair just to get a Bacon on a Bun from our booth.  So, they decided to order 80 boxes of bacon which is half of the bacon we normally sell for the five-day fair.  The meat supplier thought we had set our sights too high, but we did it anyway.
From RotaryCanada, English version below
Le CLUB ROTARY DE VALLEYFIELD célèbre en 2020 ses 75 ans d’existence. Il a été fondé en juin 1945 – à la fin de la deuxième grande guerre – par quelques hommes d’affaires de la région qui partageaient la vision et les objectifs du ROTARY INTERNATIONAL et qui cultivaient l’idéal de SERVIR D’ABORD !  Le club de Valleyfield a toujours été très actif dans son milieu et reconnu comme un regroupement de personnes grandement impliquées dans leur communauté.
 
Souper homard 2017
Lobster Dinner 2017
Souper homard 2019
Lobster Dinner 2019
August 25, the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston had quite a few guests at their Zoom meeting. Two COVID benefits are reaching out and connecting through online meetings. Members had suggested reaching out to past YX students. Marioly was an obvious choice; she left a real mark on our club. She arrived in 2005.
 
Past Youth Exchange Students present - Dulce Milay 2010-2011 YX to Gananoque (now living in Toronto), Marioly Sanchez, Venezuela YX 2005-2006 from Venezuela – Speaker, Iasmin Mendes. YX 2013-2014 from Brazil, Gabriela Calizaya Catacora YX 2011-12, Perú 
 
Visiting Rotarians and past Rotarians present - Rob Campbell C-KR member 2001-2008, RC Renfrew 2010-13, Marioly’s host parent, Joe Fontes, Renfrew RC, Past District chair for YX, hosted 10 YX students including Marioly’s brother, Kathleen Lofthouse, Renfrew RC, host for Marioly and for brother Manuel, Elsabé Falkson. RC Kingston
The date for the District bulletin is usually the 4th or 5th of each month. Articles for the bulletin are coming in fast and furious, but please do not send anything after the first of any month. By that time I have started to fit the pieces together and I usually cannot fit anything else in.
 
All articles should be in Word with the author clearly identified at the beginning.  Action photos in JPG preferred. DO NOT embed photos in the article but send as a separate JPG attachment. DO NOT send a PDF. DO NOT send article in an email message but send as file attachment. Try not to have too many links in the articles as I need to test every single one to make sure they work. Fancy fonts, bullet points, and colours will not transfer to ClubRunner HTML so please don't use them.
The Fundraising Committee objective is to assist fundraising at the club level by gathering and sharing the fundraising information for the district.  The information will facilitate existing fundraising efforts by helping to identify the “best practices” from all of the clubs in the district fo similar fundraising efforts.  It will also provide “how to information” to clubs who are planning to start a new fundraiser that is similar to some existing fundraisers in the district.
 
Rotary FAR Project launched to support Pathways to Education high school graduates while they take on next life goals
 
In short:
  • Kingston high school alumni of the Pathways to Education program will continue to receive support while they move on to post-secondary education and meaningful employment
  • For those alumni who wish to postpone the immediate employment vs. further education decision, 20 Rotarians have received professional mentorship training and will be matched with individual alumni as needed
  • The Rotary FAR Project is the product of financial support from local, national, and international Rotary Clubs
  • $140 000 CDN (approximate) was raised to fund the Facilitator of Alumni Resources (FAR) position for 3 days a week for 3 years
For several years, the Rotary Club of Montreal Lakeshore has donated to local food banks. This, being the year of the Pandemic the need for support has been greater than ever.
 
At our regular meetings we have lunch. As we cannot meet in person, some of our members donated the cost of their meals to the food banks. This money along with a District Grant went to the West Island Mission and the On Rock Ministries food banks.
 
To help further, three members from the club on one of our last days of summer went apple picking at. The fruits of their labour were donated to the On Rock Ministries Food Bank which now feeds 1,000 people per week due to the pandemic. During these C.O.V.I.D. times apple picking was a safe way to volunteer our time whilst enjoying the outdoors in safety.
 
The first picture shows Maureen Cantrill and Lawrence Cantrill picking apples.
The second picture shows Brenda Scalzo (the third picker) delivering the fruits of our labour to the On Rock Food Bank at Pierrefonds, Montreal.
(Editor’s note: Colin lives in France. This was his report to the Passport club. The club has committed to one bike and is asking individuals to donate for more.)
 
I attended a meeting of a local club recently where the DG arrived on one of these bikes; last year he and his wife shared one to ride from near Luxembourg to the RI Convention in Hamburg - some 600 km.  World Bicycle Relief works with partners to create long-lasting, sustainable change and break the cycle of poverty in the communities where we work. Our philanthropic programs provide specially designed, locally assembled Buffalo Bicycles for students, health workers and entrepreneurs. Funds from our global supporters enable innovative programming, delivery of our bicycles to those in need, and constant evaluation of our impact in the field.
 
The video clip explains all the benefits of this project operated by World Bicycle Relief  in the poorest parts of the world; the bike only costs $197 CAD, is very rugged to withstand rough roads (and also very heavy!). It is also very simple and easy to maintain - the pedals are fixed and act as brakes, to simplify maintenance and reduce the cost.  My previous district 1700 has set itself the goal of contributing one bicycle per club - there are currently 105 clubs in the District.
 
The DG of 1700 asked me to spread the message.  This looks like something a club could take part in anywhere in the world and easily afford.  As the Poms say, “On Yer Bike”!
English version below
 
Le Club Rotary Montréal Ville-Marie est fier d’avoir contribué à la construction d’une école en Tanzanie, réalisée par les jeunes du PRÉCI de l’École de technologie supérieure.
 
Cette belle réalisation va permettre la scolarisation de 150 enfants de la région de Nainokanoka.
 
Au-delà d’une expérience unique et très enrichissante pour ces futurs ingénieurs, les retombées de ce projet pour la communauté locale sont inestimables. De nombreux enfants vont pouvoir découvrir les joies d’apprendre et de s’instruire.
 
Encore merci à eux, mais également à vous qui continuez à soutenir nos actions.
 
 
Join your fellow District 7040 Rotarians in a series of monthly garden tours continuing November 19 at 4 p.m. featuring a garden from Cornwall, Ontario
 
 
Joignez-vous au Rotariens du District 7040 dans une série de visites mensuelles du jardin à partir du 19 novembre à 16 h. 
When we first started planning this year’s District Conference, our theme was “We’re Better Together.” Now, as the Covid-19 Pandemic is keeping us physically distant, it’s more important than ever to focus on the strength and opportunity that comes with working together as Rotarians. That’s why we’re holding this year’s District Conference online and we’ve adjusted our theme a little bit! We’re virtually better together!
 
Here's your opportunity to connect, be inspired, and celebrate the work of Rotary. Join us October 16-18, 2020 for our District’s first online District Conference. There is no cost to attend and the Conference is open to everyone. Invite your friends and neighbours to attend – it’s a great opportunity to introduce Rotary to them!