Peace Fellow Experiences
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District 7040 has had a good number of Rotary Peace Fellows and we continue that tradition! D7040 is pleased to announce that Sarah Champagne, sponsored by the RC Montreal, has graduated from the University of North Carolina as a Peace Fellow with a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution.  Sarah is a graduate of the University of Montreal in political science and journalism and has some wonderful Peace Fellow experiences to convey to Rotarians.
Sarah has recently returned to the District and is willing to speak to Rotary Clubs about her experience.  You may contact her at  Please ensure that your club offers her 2-3 alternate dates so that she can fit your club into her schedule.
Le District 7040 a eu beaucoup de succès avec the nombre de nos candidats (es) qui ont complété les Études de la paix de la Fondation Rotary et ça continue!
Le District 7040 est fier d’annoncer que Sarah Champagne, parrainée par le club Rotary de Montréal, a complété sa maitrise en Études de la paix et de la résolution du conflit à l’Université de la Caroline du Nord aux E-U.  Sarah est diplômée de l’Université de Montréal en sciences politiques et en journalisme à et a de merveilleuses expériences à transmettre aux Rotariens par rapport à ses études de la paix et de la résolution des conflits.
Dernièrement, Sarah est revenue à Montréal et est maintenant disponible pour parler aux clubs du district.  Vous pouvez communiquer avec Sarah à . Veuillez SVP lui proposer 2-3 dates alternatives afin qu'elle puisse intégrer votre club dans son horaire.
As chair of the Scholarships/Fellowships committee, I have put together a PowerPoint presentation to explain what the scholarship situation and criteria are in D 7040.  I would be pleased to make a presentation to your club - please contact me for further details.
Katie Burke,  Chair of Scholarships - D 7040
Dans mon rôle de présidente du comité des bourses Rotary, j'ai préparé une présentation PowerPoint afin d'expliquer ce qui est disponible en termes de bourses ainsi que les critères pour les candidats (es). Il me ferait plaisir de présenter ces informations à votre club - veuillez communiquer avec moi pour de plus amples détails.
Katie Burke, Présidente du comité des bourses - D 7040
Rotary Action Group for Mental Health has many:
Presentation Titles: Pandora’s Pandemic – a Focus on Hope & Resilience, Why Leaders Need to Transform How We Think About Mental Health in the Workplace
Name:  Bonnie Black, PDG
Contact Email: 
Club membership: Plattsburgh, NY USA
Presentation Titles: How to Find Peace in Times of Uncertainty, How Employers Can Support Employees' Mental Health During the Pandemic, Fighting Anxiety in the Midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic: 7 Things You Can Do to Stay Calm,  How to Hack Your Mental Wellness in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Name: Mike Veny
Contact Email:
Club membership: eClub of Wall Street New York USA
Presentation Titles: The Happiness Challenge, First Aid Depression in India
Name: Rita Aggarwal
Contact Email:
Club membership: Nagpur India
Presentation Titles: Organizing Work and District level activities in the Rotary Spirit, Recovering from Frontline Worker Burnout
Name: Professor Geetha Jayaram MBBS, MBA 
Contact email:
Club membership: Howard West – Maryland USA
Presentation Title: Maintaining your Sanity during COVID 19
Name: Larry Kubiak
Contact email:
Club membership: Tallahassee, Florida USA
Presentation Title: How Interact Teens Lead Emotional Wellness projects
Name: Bob Anthony
Contact email:
Club Membership: Naples, Florida USA
Presentation Title: ABCs for Success: Strategies for maintaining and regaining mental health and wellness
Name:  Dwaine Souveny
Contact Email:
Club membership: Red Deer Rotary Sunrise, Alberta Canada
Presentation Title: Mental Health Education For Teens and Their Families
Name: Leslie Glass
Contact email:
Club Membership: Sarasota Bay, Florida USA
Presentation Title: Don't Bottle It Up Campaign - Creating Mental Health Awareness in Your Club & Community
Name: Darren Hands
Contact email:
Club Membership: Plympton, Great Britain
Presentation Title: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Name: David Carey
Contact email:
Club Membership: Passport club (D7040)
Kateri Clark and Susan Dalati - District Membership Co-Chairs. 
1. Keeping long time members engaged,
2. attracting new members and
3. how to attract millennials.
Honouring Indigenous People
A videorecording of a presentation by PDG Rene Melchers can be found at is also a PowerPoint presentation at the left that can be used in one of your meetings. Contact Rene Melchers at
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Contact PDG Martha Weaver Martha has two presentations:
1.  Let's talk about diversity, equity and inclusion
2. Say yes to looking at the world in a new way: LGBT Rotarians and Friends Fellowship
Learning and Development
Gayle Oudeh-District Learning and Development Team Chair.
1. conflict resolution,
2. leadership,
3. positive psychology (being resilient, happy and fulfilled),
4. personality differences.
Public Image
Chris Cochrane-District PR Chair and Passport Past President.
1.  How to morph a standard club to one with a viable online component
2.  How to use your club site to raise money $
3.  How to fund any project using video
4.  How to get guaranteed media coverage for your event
5.  How to attract new members using online tools
6.  How to communicate effectively online, in person, and in the media
The Rotary Foundation
Bonnie Black-PDG District Foundation Topics could include:
  • Annual Fund (Rotary’s Present)
  • Scholarships: Global and Peace Fellows
  • Endowment Fund (Rotary’s Future)
  • Polio (Rotary’s Major Initiative)
Better Miller-PDG Foundation Grants
  1. Rotary Foundation Grants - Success stories
  2. Project Fairs – a Rotary Opportunity
Other Speakers
Michele Herblin-Co-Chair Club Support-
1. How to manage videoconferences from 2 to 250 attendees, and make everyone comfortable 
2. The 10 key points to maintain friendship and club efficiency while meeting online  
3. How to manage international hands-on projects remotely and train worldwide beneficiaries to use the most up to date communication tools
Manon Lennon- District Rotary Global Rewards
  1. Session on Rotary Global Rewards | My Rotary (English)
    1. Explore Rotary Global Rewards to find discounts and special offers and give back to Rotary. Rotary and Rotaract members can add their own offers.
    2. The proceeds from the program less expenses will be contributed to Rotary Areas of Focus based on voting by members using the program.
  2. Formation Rotary Global Rewards | My Rotary (Français)
    1. Explorez Rotary Global Rewards pour découvrir les remises et les offres spéciales proposées. Les membres du Rotary et du Rotaract peuvent ajouter leurs propres offres.
    2. Un pourcentage sera remis par les marchands participants à la Fondation Rotary.
  3. Learning Center
    1. Take advantage of a wealth of training materials designed to help you learn new skills and become more successful in what you do.
  1. Formation
    1. Nos multiples ressources et matériels de formation ont été conçus pour vous aider à développer vos connaissances et à réussir dans vos projets.
  2. How to download the app and purchase Zoom for your club
Friendship Exchanges
Due to the Covid restrictions physical Friendship Exchanges are on hold until better developments. General outline of a Friendship Exchange (of which there are several different types) but also specific points such as:
- boost international collaboration for your projects, get partners.
- visit the international projects your club is involved in.
- Experience Rotary in a different country, different ways of holding meetings, of their District actions and priorities.
- Live with Rotarians in their homes, different cultures, religion, historical and geographical discoveries leading to long friendships.
- Requirements for participation in a Friendship Exchange (the most important are flexibility and difference acceptance).
- return hosting of a Friendship Exchange.
Online Workshops on How to Do Online Meetings and Make-up Meetings:  Email POC for a link.
  1. E Club: Michele Herblin join our meeting at
    1. Workshop in French and English
Sam Watts - Serving vulnerable people in our communities
Sam Watts raises important issues and proposes fresh ideas about how we ought to serve vulnerable people in our communities.  Most of us want to respond to people in need in a caring way.  We want to help.  However, if we merely act with charitable intentions we may not produce the result that we seek.   Is it possible to do the right thing, but do it far more effectively? What would happen if our collective efforts were aligned rather than disconnected?  Do we need to confront some persistent myths that incorrectly inform our perspective in relation to the complex social challenges that exist in our world?
Sam’s presentation provides food for thought for donors, volunteers, elected officials and members of the media.  It has also been described as “eloquent tough love for non-profit leaders”.
Sam Watts is the author of “Good Work Done Better”, published in 2020, that proposes ideas for how community-based non-profit organizations can improve their impact. He has also written numerous articles on leadership, organizational effectiveness, and how to implement strategies in organizations. 
In October 2016, he was appointed CEO and Executive Director of Welcome Hall Mission, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing shelter, food and love to Montrealers in need.  The Mission has an annual budget of approximately 25 million dollars, more than 150 full time employees and has over 800 valued volunteers. Founded in 1892, the team serves men, women, youth and children who are experiencing poverty, homelessness and exclusion by providing personalized solutions.
Sam Watts: Cell: 514-926-3275

Jamie D'Souza is a recent Masters of Arts graduate from the University of Ottawa. She completed a thesis on the relationship between climate change and polar bear viewing tourism in Churchill, Manitoba. 
Jamie is the Content Manager for Happy Eco News (, a website that provides positive environment news.
Jamie sits on the executive board for the Green Party of Canada. She is passionate about the environment and is committed to reducing textile and clothing waste from the landfill. 
Speakers on the Environment
1. Smallholder coffee production in NW Tanzania

RTN Jamie Kyles (Victoria, BC) Smallholder coffee production in NW Tanzania: 10 years of significant sustainable success

This full value chain project has dramatically improved the quality of life for 270 subsistence farming families in the village of Nyamuhunga, near the town of Bukoba, in NW Tanzania. This project, conceived by Mr Kyles and executed by a high-quality national NGO (with ongoing business advice from Jamie), has provided the basis for a followup project to be funded by a Rotary Global Grant during 2022/2023.

Phone: 1 250 477 7106, email:

See more on our website: How did poor Tanzanian coffee farmers gain 'financial traction' through an affordable Rotary opportunity? | Rotary Club of Kingston (

2. Adirondack Watershed Institute - Invasive Species (Paul Smiths, NY)
Dan Kelting/Zoe Smith
3. Bill Flederbach, CEO, Climeco - Rotarian at COP26 (Lake Placid, NY)
4. Youth Climate Summit/COP26/The Wild Center in Tupper Lake
Elodie Linck & Witter Swanson
5. Jennifer Denny Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation (Saranac Lake)
  • If your club has an interesting speaker who is willing to be an on line speaker for another club, then please email their information which I will post on a special district webpage (in progress).
  • If your club has come up with a way to help your local community please email it to so we can share it with others via the webpage also.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact DG Fay Campbell via email.
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