Imagine Rotary Canada Tour
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Dinner/Dance on June 30.
 
For Softball & BBQ on July 1, register here.

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RI President
Shekhar Mehta
 
 
RI News
First woman takes office as president of Rotary International

First woman takes office as president of Rotary InternationalEVANSTON, Ill. (June 29, 2022) – Jennifer Jones, member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, will be the first woman to take office as

Rotary awards its highest recognition to HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales

Rotary awards its highest recognition to HRH Prince Charles, Prince of WalesKIGALI, Rwanda (June 24, 2022) – Celebrate Community, a joint initiative of the four major volunteer service organizations, will launch this year

Melodies and memories

The nonprofit Music Mends Minds, launched by Rotary member Carol Rosenstein, provides people with memory loss an opportunity to reconnect through song.

Imagine Melbourne

Join us to Imagine What’s Next at the 2023 Rotary International Convention in Australia

Rotary and ShelterBox renew global partnership

Rotary and ShelterBox renew global partnership

 
Where has the year gone?  During the year, even despite COVID, I have had the opportunity to see first hand many demonstrations of the strong sense of fellowship that is shared among Rotarians.  Fellowship or friendship is what most members say keeps them in Rotary.
 
My term as District Governor will come to an end on June 30th therefore, we are also arriving at the last 3 letters of the alphabet as I continue with my interpretation of Rotary as defined by the ABC’s and the monthly themes.
X stands for the X-factor.  Noteworthy is the cooperation and assistance all members have shown me throughout the year. Thank you, I could not have done it without your support.
 
Y is in acknowledgment and praise of You and the impact you have made in this organization. Without you, we could not accomplish anything. Each one of us is unique, with different strengths, skills, and talents.  When we work together, we accomplish much – almost ending Polio is example of how you make it happen.
 
Z in my mind stands for zeal.  Rotarians use great energy and enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective. The zeal of Rotarians when working to eradicate Polio or developing a project to make your community or world a better place is inspirational. The zeal of Rotarians shows the true meaning of Rotary Service, Support, and Encouragement. Let’s continue to be our best selves.
 
Thank you all and peace always.
 
 
On July 1, 2022, the first female President of Rotary International will begin her term. Jennifer Jones, a Canadian from Windsor, Ontario will be kicking off her year as RI President with a cross Canada tour and her very first day as President will be right here in District 7040! The purpose of this tour is to highlight the tremendous contributions that Rotarians make to their communities and to projects around the world.
 
We are excited to be hosting Jennifer and her husband, Nick Krayacich, as well as a number of other Canadian Rotary International dignitaries including Director Valarie Wafer and Mark Wafer, Trustee Dean Rohrs and Rhino Rohrs and current President’s Aide Bryn Styles and Randi Styles. They will be in Ottawa June 29, 30 and July 1.
 
While part of their schedule will include visiting with government officials while in Ottawa, a number of activities are planned so that all Rotarians in the District may have opportunity to meet incoming RI President Jennifer and to celebrate the new Rotary year. Here’s what their schedule looks like and where you can participate:
 
Wednesday, June 29
Evening reception with Canadian government officials
 
Thursday, June 30
Morning and afternoon - visiting various Rotary projects around Ottawa
           
Evening - Foundation Dinner/District Changeover Banquet. All Rotarians in District 7040 (and surrounding Districts) are invited to attend this very special celebration of giving to the Foundation as well as the changeover to a new Rotary year and the pinning of our incoming District Governor Michel Wong Kee Song. This event will take place at the Ottawa Conference Centre. More information in the District Calendar on the left OR
 
 
Friday, July 1
Morning – special presentation for the first Arch Klumph society member in the new Rotary year
           
Afternoon – Softball and BBQ. All Rotarians, family, and friends in District 7040 are invited to attend. We are organizing a friendly softball game or two that Rotarians can participate in. Or just cheer from the sidelines and enjoy a hotdog/hamburger! Details in the District Calendar on the left or register here.
 
This is a unique opportunity to meet our incoming RI President and to celebrate Rotary. Mark these dates on your calendar!
 
You may be aware of the historical and spiritual gathering (Covenant of Nations) taking place between the Anishinaabeg Nation and Haudenosaunee Confederacy outside of Syracuse, New York August 2-5, 2022. They have not met together since 1840.
Some of the DisCon team members 
 
Julia Ginley, Scott Vetter, DG Fay Campbell, Anna Van Adrichem Rochon, Jacinthe Paille, and Jane Courtice-Neocleous
 
Missing: Ariane Carriere, Jenn Grisi, Chris Cochrane, Luke McEachnie, Olivier Frasson, Marc Chau, and Dwight Brown
This District completed the first hybrid District Conference.  It took place after the cancellation in October and then the in-person cancellation for May and morphed into hybrid.  For the first three days - May 4th, 5th and 6th everything was done over Zoom.   Zoom is always a solution BUT it did allow us to host some excellent presenters. Our District’s Global Scholar of 2021 spoke with passion on Thursday evening after the presentation of Covid Angels Recognitions by DG Fay Campbell and awards and citations of 2021/22 by IPDG Hadi Mortada.
Here is the link for the Stittsville Central news story on the history of the Labyrinth at the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park that appeared because of a Peace Walk for the Ukraine. It included information about the beginnings of the Labyrinth and the photos are great too.

https://stittsvillecentral.ca/ruth-richardson-and-ottawa-stittsville-rotary-club-invite-residents-to-peace-walk-for-ukraine/
 
Voici le lien pour le Stittsville Central nouvelles sur l’histoire du labyrinthe au W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park qui est apparu en raison d’une marche de la paix pour l’Ukraine. Il comprenait des informations sur les débuts du Labyrinthe et les photos sont également excellentes.
 
The Mental Health Commission of Canada has prepared a new guide for employers -- Leading in a Hybrid Work Environment -- a new “toolkit” of expert advice and resources to help organizations and their managers support the mental well-being of employees impacted by the pandemic and the challenges of today’s hybrid work environment. 
 
The toolkit addresses some of the main issues facing managers in the current work environment: managing performance issues, conflict resolution, onboarding new staff, protecting one’s own mental health, and recognizing declining mental health in employees. 
The Rotary Club of Canton recently conducted its semi-annual roadside clean-up.  A team of nine cleaned up trash and other debris along two miles of State Route 310 just north of Canton, bolstered by donuts and hot coffee at the early morning service activity.
 
Left to right: Brian LaVair, Mike Crowe, Kathy Mullaney, AG Michael Griffin, Scott Goldie, Tom Lee, Mary Anne Lessard and Ann Charlebois. (Not shown, Photographer and President Jeanne Tyo-Martin.)
 
Le Club Rotary de Canton a récemment procédé à son nettoyage semestriel en bordure de route.  Une équipe de neuf personnes a nettoyé les déchets et autres débris le long de deux miles de la Route d’État 310 juste au nord de Canton, renforcée par des beignets et du café chaud lors de l’activité de service tôt le matin.
Rotarians in District 7040 contributed some $13,000 on May 14 after walking to raise awareness of the Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary International. District members hail from Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Northern New York, and Nunavut.
 
Clayton Rotarian Linda Bouvier in Montreal at the statue paying homage to the Iroquoian heritage on what is now the Loyola campus.
 
La Rotarienne de Clayton Linda Bouvier à Montréal à la statue rendant hommage au patrimoine iroquoien sur ce qui est maintenant le campus de Loyola.
Astronaut Marc Garneau, a Rotarian, praised the charitable work of the Rotary Foundation and its outreach in disaster relief for the Ukraine.
 
L’astronaute Marc Garneau, un Rotarien, a fait l’éloge du travail caritatif de la Fondation Rotary et de sa sensibilisation aux secours en cas de catastrophe pour l’Ukraine.
 
 
Six months ago, with everything still uncertain, the RYLA planning team made the commitment to having an in-person RYLA and, although we were not without casualties, it was a resounding success. To make sure everyone was as safe as possible, we put several measures in place including masking indoors, making certain a nursing student was on site, and having the participants rapid test before coming to camp. Unfortunately, three of the students tested positive and were unable to come. We have already told them that they are first in line for next year’s RYLA.
 
That left us with 40 students who came from across the district. We had 7 students from Quebec, 7 students from New York state and 26 students from eastern Ontario. As has become the custom, there were twice as many girls as boys and we had a range of cultures, languages, and countries (including an exchange student from Germany) in our midst. Yeah DEI! A special thanks goes out to the Rotary Club of Plattsburgh which sponsored Jacob Mitchell. He travelled the furthest taking 4 ½ hours, including navigating the Canadian border, to get to the camp.
At the May DEI Committee meeting Rene Melchers from Rotary Club of 1000 Islands (Brockville) gave an enlightening presentation about HIP (Honouring Indigenous People - https://honouringindigenouspeoples.com). This organization encourages and supports relationship building between Rotary clubs and Indigenous communities. One aspect of this relationship is a Land Acknowledgment, a way for all of us to recognize the people before us.
Rotarians and friends from Potsdam, Canton, Massena and Watertown Noon recently came together for an interclub workday at Dodge Pond. Left to right: Amanda Wilson, Andrew Norrell, Claire R-Norrell, Lucy R-Norrell, Gerry Lambert, Jeanne Tyo-Martin, Ron Patnode, Taylor Robertson (holding Sam LaShomb), and Brandon LaShomb. Not pictured: Howie Ganter and Michael Griffin.
Rotarians and friends from the Potsdam, Canton, Massena and Watertown Noon clubs came together on May 21 for an interclub workday at Dodge Pond. They continued work on a trail that connects the main lodge with another portion of the camp -- constructing sideboards, putting down a weed barrier and filling in with trail material.
The ARC Jefferson-St. Lawrence positioned materials and provided staff to supervise and assist.
Dodge Pond is truly a unique opportunity for special needs children in Northern New York and something the Rotary clubs have been supporting for more than 40 years!
As the first organization to envision a polio-free world through mass immunization of children, Rotary believes the decision to vaccinate is a humanitarian imperative. The Rotary International Board of Directors and Rotary Foundation Trustees believe that:
 
1) Global vaccination is the path to ending the pandemic, and we strongly encourage vaccination for all individuals, including our members.
2) Misinformation hinders the fight against COVID-19, and we are committed to providing our members with science-based information.
 
Whenever possible, articles have been translated into French. We could use help with translation at any time. Please note that most articles have a "See More" link so that you can read the rest of the article.
 
Dans la mesure du possible, les articles ont été traduits en français. Nous pourrions utiliser de l'aide pour la traduction à tout moment. Veuillez noter que la plupart des articles ont un lien "See More" afin que vous puissiez lire le reste de l'article.