Wishing you a happy Winter Solstice, blessed Hanukkah, merry Christmas, peaceful Shabe-Yalda, compassionate Bohdi Day, Festivus grievances or whatever holiday you celebrate as we near the time of year when days grow longer.
 
Rotary is non-sectarian, but our founder Paul Harris sought meaningful spiritual relationships. He said that his religious affiliations were, like himself, difficult to label. “I really have no church affiliation...I am not easily classified...”
 

Many traditions give gifts during this season. Please join me in contributing to Rotary's campaign to end polio forever because we Rotarians are generous year-round. You can easily donate online at https://www.endpolio.org/donate. If you sign-in to your Rotary account, your club will receive credit for the donation.

Please donate now to protect children like Adil Khan and honor health workers like Shafiullah.

Happy holidays to you and your family.

 
Inspiring Conversations & Exciting Connections!
What are the hallmarks of a healthy Rotary Club, and how do we foster the ideal conditions for a vital and engaged membership?  Conference participants joined in a professionally facilitated dialogue across all generations of Rotary (from Interact to Honorary Rotarians) on the opportunities and potential that lie ahead for our organization, discussing the ongoing value, relevance, and accessibility of Rotary.
 
A message from Barry Rasin, President 2018-2019
 
One year ago, your Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new vision statement, reflecting our aspirations for our organization and its future. It reads, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
 
That simple sentence distills so much of what is essential about Rotary. We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create lasting change that will endure long after our involvement has ended – across the globe and in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves – not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people ourselves.
Jeffry Cadorette is Director for Zones 24 and 32
 
There are no words to describe how honored and humbled I am to serve in this assignment as an RI Director for the next two years. By all reports it will pass quickly. My pledge to you is that I will work diligently on behalf of our organization to move the needle on the change we need to accomplish to stay relevant over the next decades. I’m enthusiastic to be a part of your team.
A message from Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko
 
As any great institution with a long and glorious trajectory, I believe that our organization is at an inflection point, at a crossroads.

We are living in a time when technology and the means of communication are radically, and at an unprecedented rate, changing the ways humans interact.

We are living in a time when there are myriad competing options for people to network professionally and to give back to their communities.

We are living in a time when, in many countries, young professionals barely have time for their work and families, let alone time to engage in outside activities such as Rotary.
 
Clubs receiving the prestigious Rotary Citation in 2017-2018
 
  • Cornwall Sunrise
  • D7040 Passport
  • E-Club of District 7040-Premier
  • Massena
  • Montreal-Lakeshore
  • Orleans
  • Ottawa Kanata Sunrise
  • Plattsburgh
  • Renfrew
  • Saranac Lake
  • Watertown
  • Watertown Sunrise
  • West Ottawa
 
Deadline for DG nominations 31 December
Dear Rotarians of District 7040,
 
Your club is invited to nominate a candidate for the position of District Governor for Rotary year 2021-2022. Nominations signed by the candidate and the club secretary should be scanned and sent to me by email with a paper copy to my address.
 
Martha Weaver, DG
 
 
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