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Why vaccinations matter

Why vaccinations matter

Check out Rotary.org’s modern, new look

Check out Rotary.org’s modern, new lookRotary.org, our public-facing website, has a fresh, contemporary look that clearly answers the often-asked question: “What is Rotary?” It’s the first step in a two-part update to our entire website: first Rotary.org, and

RI President Shekhar Mehta urges countries at COP26 to protect mangroves

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta joined the Rotary delegation to the 26th United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on 10 November to explore ways Rotary can work on environmental challenges.

Rotary Youth Exchange: Your passport to adventure

Youth Exchange students often say their experience abroad was the best time of their lives. Being part of the program can be life-changing for Rotary members as well

Rotary projects around the globe October 2021

Learn how Rotary clubs are taking action in the U.S. and Canada, Brazil, Finland, Korea, and New Zealand.

Happy Holidays; Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year to each of us, no matter how you celebrate. Enjoy this precious time spent with family and friends. 
December is Rotary's Disease Prevention and Treatment Month. We will continue the ABCs of Rotary with the letters K and L which happen to be in keeping with this theme. 
K: Kindness and Knowledge and L: listening, Laughter, and Love

The Early Bird deadline for DisCon 2022 has been extended to December 31, 2021. Please encourage your club members to register before that date. If you did not register for the Friday night dinner, there is still time. You need to scroll to the bottom of the packages page to find the add-on. Dinner will be at the conference venue.

La date limite pour le DisCon 2022 a été reportée au 31 décembre 2021. Veuillez encourager les membres de votre club à s'inscrire avant cette date. Si vous ne vous êtes pas inscrit au dîner du vendredi soir, il est encore temps. Vous devez faire défiler vers le bas de la page des packages pour trouver le module complémentaire. Le dîner aura lieu sur le lieu de la conférence.

Whenever possible, articles have been translated into French. We could use help with translation at any time.
Dans la mesure du possible, les articles ont été traduits en français. Nous pourrions utiliser de l'aide pour la traduction à tout moment.
Our district homepage, www.rotary7040.com has a COVID-19 resource page. It includes a list of speakers that you may find useful for your meetings. In addition, the D7040 Passport club has an Education Centre where you may find useful videos.
Make sure that you also check our Membership article by Kateri Clarke about ideas for connecting virtually.
In this new world created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Rotarians all over the world are looking for new ways to safely connect. Online meetings and events are the norm now in and outside of Rotary; and if you’re finding yourself struggling to find ways to connect with your fellow Rotarians or aren’t feeling the same sense of community as you may be used to, you’re not alone! So, as we adapt to our new reality, let’s discuss some ways that you may be able to increase your connectivity.
When I hear people describe me as “diverse,” I say, “Yes, and much more!” Let me start by saying that, growing up in the Middle East, I had the impression that all women were strong survivors and decision-makers. My grandmother and mother, despite their traditional roles, certainly were family leaders. It seemed like a natural inheritance from the days of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. My father and my faith also supported my sense of empowerment. As early as the age of 13, I had a clear say in all family decisions; my opinion was independent and as important as my brother’s. Before traveling, I was advised to “be professional, be proud, work hard and let your actions speak for themselves,” as if the world was ready for me!  
Traveling brings people together. Nadia (on left) met three Rotary exchange students in a recent Rotary conference in Toronto. 
Voyager rapproche les gens. Nadia (à gauche) a rencontré trois étudiants d'échange du Rotary lors d'une récente conférence du Rotary à Toronto.

Why Presidents’ Councils Work

This is the month where we do most of our gift giving and receiving but if you’re part of a Presidents’ Council you can give other clubs (via their presidents) your ideas and in return come away with solutions you may not have thought of. 
As area governor for the Northeast NY and NY Lakes area clubs, I facilitate the presidents’ council meetings each month for the combined areas and have seen this in action.  We know we run into issues in our clubs and can spend time worrying and problem solving, but if we combine forces we often find another club has already been through that same issue and their solution may well work for us. 
Most recently at one of these meetings, I was reminded of a holiday card project that was developed last year by the Plattsburgh Noon club in response to the isolation of seniors caused by the pandemic.  Volunteers from the club, and when word spread, from various community groups and school classes, wrote, signed and delivered over 2000 holiday cards to elders throughout the community.  It was so well received they are coordinating it again and this has inspired the Saranac Lake club to do the same in their community.  This is just one of the benefits of being involved beyond the boundaries of our own clubs, teaming up to support one another and to share the gifts of wisdom and experience.
Once again, the Rotary Clubs of Kingston brought a little holiday cheer to thousands of children. Our annual book distribution occurred between Nov. 23 – Nov. 25, thanks to our volunteers and partners, and it was an overwhelming success.
Almost 25% of households in Canada do not have a single book. Low literacy levels place children at a disadvantage that perpetuates poverty. First Book Canada, a non-profit based out of Mississauga, Ontario, is trying to change this pattern by building libraries in those homes. Each year, they donate thousands of new books to families in low-income neighborhoods. The results of these efforts are significant. Children report greater self-esteem, are more engaged in reading and close the achievement gap in their classrooms.
Our event would normally take place in one of our north-end schools, but the pandemic prevented Rotarians from having access to this site. Fortunately, Rotarian Bernie Robinson provided some available space in his new building at the corner of Gardiners Road and Cataraqui Woods Drive. We reached out to teachers through the Limestone District School Board and to many other local organizations who are focused on children’s reading programs. Teachers and program leaders then registered to receive books through the First Book Canada site and selected a time and day to collect the books.
While that was happening, 40 Rotarian volunteers and friends received the 12 large pallets of books over two days. In total, there were over 17,000 books from publishers like Firefly, Disney and Penguin/Random House. It was a monumental effort to unpack the boxes and organize tables by grade/age. Once this was done, the volunteers put together the teacher orders so that each person would receive at least 350 books.
One of the teachers participating in the program said: “These books will bring so much joy to our students. Thank you so much for making this happen.” It is so special to hear these words and know that this event is making such a difference in the lives of so many children. It would not happen without the collaborative efforts of all of the Kingston clubs and our community partners. We are already looking forward to next year’s distribution.
Remember, a good story has a beginning, a middle and an end. It should take between two and five minutes to get it out. If it’s shorter, it’s merely an anecdote; longer and you’ll risk losing your audience.

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A new custom Rotary license plate will soon be available for New York State Rotarians! The new custom plate will feature the Rotary logo and our motto, "Service Above Self."
District 7120 Governor Janet Tenreiro along with District 7040 Area Governor Michael Griffin are taking point on this project, which has the support of all nine district governors in New York State. The new plate will take the place of Rotary's current custom plate in New York, which uses the old logo and has no motto.
In order for New York State to move ahead on printing the new plates, we need to get at least 200 New York State Rotarians to express interest in ordering the new custom license plate.
If you are interested in ordering a plate, please fill out the short form online at https://forms.gle/sQAhXsejZBanX25K8 or print out and mail in the attached form.
This is very different ! - A new Rotary website with Great Recipes !
From one person to another…. to help break the monotony of our days. Visit: www.rotaryrecipes.ca (Rotary Club of Montreal-Lakeshore)
You may be really surprised ! Many of the recipes are ‘family heirlooms’ - and all of them are special !
Even if you do not have the time to try the recipes, reading about them and their contributors can be entertaining. And as we would like to spread the information about the website, please consider passing it on to friends and family. It is a very positive endeavour in today’s world.
La version française est ci-dessous.
Although Rotary International does not have a specific mandate that volunteers, especially those working with youth, receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the Board of Directors and Trustees have made several endorsements for both receiving a vaccine and for helping to overcome vaccine hesitancy within our communities. After all, Rotary's flagship humanitarian project is the eradication of polio, which would not be possible if not for vaccination efforts worldwide. The Board of Directors has strongly encouraged volunteers that work with Rotary Youth Exchange, and by extension Rotary's other programs for young leaders, and the young people themselves if eligible to receive a vaccine, but there is no such mandate. We defer to the guidelines of your local community, health authority, or school-based restrictions for what may be required over we have strongly encouraged.
You can learn more about what Rotary's position and actions are around COVID-19 vaccination here: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-and-coronavirus-impact-frequently-asked-questions#vaccinations.
The District 7040 executive also encourages vaccinations, in line with our support of polio eradication.