Announcement: D7040 District Governor 2026-27 and D7040 Vice-Governor 2024-25

Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
The Rotary District 7040 Nominations Committee met on January 20, 2024 to consider nominations for the role of D7040 District Governor for Rotary Year 2026-27. 
As a result of that selection process, I am pleased to inform you that our District Governor for 2026-27 will be Barbara (Barb) Fisk (D7040 Passport Club).
The Nominations Committee also considered the nomination for the role of D7040 Vice-Governor for Rotary Year 2024-25, and confirmed PDG Hadi Mortada (Rotary Club of West Ottawa) to that role.
Congratulations to both Barb and Hadi, and our continued thanks for all that you do for Rotary!
Announcement: D7040 District Governor 2026-27 and D7040 Vice-Governor 2024-25 DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2024-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

Promoting RYLA

Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience that Rotary members organize to give youth a chance to develop leadership skills while having fun and forming lasting friendships! 
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Club President Basics

As of 1 July 2023, incoming club presidents are required to complete their courses in the Learning Center prior to taking office. Visit, sign into My Rotary, select VIEW in the Club Leadership catalog to find Club President Basics.
Club President Basics 2024-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Foundation Moment

Posted by Barbara Fisk DRFC
Foundation grants of ANY kind are a very real and very important part of BOTH local communities and international Rotary.  Members simply want to help others. Using grants is a great way to leverage money that has been donated.
This is the time of the year for clubs and members to review their budgets and areas that they want to help.  It is the time to send in budgeted donations and ensure your club has been recognized for its efforts.  It is also the time to be looking at what projects, be they “backyard local” or further afield, that you want to do.  The District has money to help with projects and really wants to see clubs leverage and use that money!
Yes, there are requirements for Grant qualification, and yes, they slightly changed this year to make the training more accessible and self-paced, as requested by members.  But recently, we relaxed some of those requirements even further, so it is even easier for clubs and members to be qualified.  Please check the District website under Grant Management or reach out to DRFC, Barbara Fisk for more details or clarification.
THANK YOU for being a part of Rotary Grants – local OR international!
Foundation Moment Barbara Fisk DRFC 2024-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary is International and Local - DG Message

Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
Simmy and I are in the Armenia region of Colombia, with a group of Rotarians from Clubs in D7040, and from Florida, California, Ohio, and Maine, in a two-part trip.
During the first part of the trip, we visited Rotary-related and Rotary-funded projects, including projects addressing potable water supply, neonatal and maternal health, sustainable economic development, and women and girl’s empowerment.  These visits allowed us to get an update on existing projects, some of which have substantial involvement from D7040 Clubs, and hear of their future plans.
For the second part of the trip, we moved to the Colombia Project Fair in Armenia, where we were joined by DGE Teresa Whitmore.  At the Project Fair, which is one of many held around the world, Rotary and Rotaract Clubs presented projects in development and for which partners are being sought.  These projects cover the full gamut of Rotary’s Areas of Focus and provide many opportunities for Clubs in our District and others to contribute to international projects of their choice and help bring them to fruition.
These projects are or would be implemented under Rotary Foundation Global Grants, which are funded through contributions from Clubs, Districts, and individuals, and the Rotary Foundation.  In this way, we are able to Create Hope in the World and help improve the lives of people around the world, including in our own District.  And by using the strength of the full Rotary community, and the multiplier effect of financial partnerships, international projects can be implemented at a scale that few Clubs can do on their own.
One of the biggest myths we have is that Global Grants can only be used to support projects in the developing world.  False!  Global Grants can be implemented anywhere, as long as the project meets the Rotary Foundation criteria.  In fact, many of you may not know that there is a Global Grant in development for a fully inclusive playground for children of all ages and abilities to be built in Cornwall ON, led by Cornwall Sunrise Rotary.
However, our ability to support these international projects, which bring together Rotarians and Clubs from around the world, depends on the availability of funds from The Rotary Foundation, which in return requires contributions to the (our!) Foundation.  If, as Rotarians, we want to continue to help make lives better around the world, we need to ensure that The Foundation remains appropriately funded.  And remember, an significant protion of the funds contributed by D7040 members comes back to us in three years to be used by and within our District.
So, I encourage you all to contribute to The Rotary Foundation so that we can continue to be sure that the International in Rotary International continues to be a reality.  And if you, either as a Club or individually, are looking to support an international program in Colombia – and the contribution need not be large – take a look at the possibilities from the Colombia Project Fair –
Rotary is International and Local - DG Message DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2024-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

Interact at Lake Placid

Posted by Martha Spear, AG
In order to graduate from Lake Placid Central School a student must have accomplished 40 hours of community service.  In the past, some students achieved this goal by participating in Kiwanis Key Club, a service organization for youth. 
Nicole Trainor attended LPCSD herself, was a member of Key Club from 2005 until she graduated in 2009.  After college, Nicole returned to LPCSD as a special education teacher. 
Nicole said, “When I was a student at Lake Placid, I really appreciated being in Key Club and the service projects we got to do. When Lake Placid’s Kiwanis Club closed, the Key Club kept going independently for several years.  I didn’t want to see this opportunity for students go away so I looked into what Rotary could offer us, and that led to Interact for middle and high school students.”
This past summer and fall, with the support of Keith Clark, Community Schools Director, and the Rotary Club of Lake Placid, Nicole led the founding of the Lake Placid Interact Club, which is a chapter of Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18.  Interact clubs bring together young people to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self.”
Students and their advisor Mr. Greg Fisher at the Holiday Stroll.
Front row from left to right-Connor, Will, Mikey, Mia, Olivia, Ruth. Back is Mr. Fisher, Nora
This past fall, the Interact students and the LPCSD collected an estimated 3,300 pounds of food, which converts to 3,667 meals or enough to feed a family of 4, three times a day for 306 days. Greg Fisher spoke about the successful food drive.  “The students checked the grocery carts every day (see pictures of carts) and were so excited about the increasing numbers of cans and boxes of food their fellow students were donating.
About 15 of students participated when we delivered to food to the pantry. They went in and saw the set-up and got a lesson in how it works.  It was a great service activity, and the kids learned a lot.  They are learning life skills through Interact.”
Interact at Lake Placid Martha Spear, AG 2024-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Training

Posted by Bonnie Black
On the first Saturday in January, 8 Rotarians and 2 faculty members joined together for RLI – Part One in Cornwall.  The 6-session day was enjoyed by all with some noting what they had learned – and these were all ‘seasoned’ Rotarians!  It’s always interesting to see the moments of clarity and ‘Ah-hah’ on topics such as our Foundation and Membership.  Vocational Service, our oft-neglected Avenue of Service evoked many ideas to bring this back into action in clubs to especially benefit our young people.
Part 3 will be offered in April by invitation only.  Another Part 1 can be offered near the end of this Rotary or over the summer – whenever it’s best for up to 15 Rotarians at a time.  Contact RLI Registrar for our District, PDG Bonnie at
Rotary Leadership Training Bonnie Black 2024-02-03 05:00:00Z 0
RYLA 2024 is here Kenzie Melvill, RYLA chair 2024-02-02 05:00:00Z 0

Recent DEI Zone Webinar 

  • Courageous Conversations - A DEI Discussion featuring PDG Nabil Oudeh and Zone DEI committee chair Kate Sims.  
Recent DEI Zone Webinar 2024-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Administrative Duties for Your Club

Posted by Ariane Carriere
La version française est ci-dessous.
To all D7040 Club presidents,
As we are going into February, we want to remind you that there are a few administrative duties that you and your club need to perform in order to keep leadership information current.
  1. Update your executive on the district website Do the same on the RI membership database via My Rotary. If you are not yet data integrated with RI, the president will need to do that.
  2. Hold annual club election no later than 31 December.
Administrative Duties for Your Club Ariane Carriere 2024-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary License Plate Available to New York Rotarians

Posted by Michael Griffin AG
A custom Rotary license plate is available to all New York State Rotarians. The plate features the newest Rotary Mark of Excellence ("Wheel") and our motto, "Service Above Self."
The Rotary International plate is available via mail through the DMV Custom Plates Unit. You can find details at: (You will need to mail in a letter of proof of membership from your president on Rotary letterhead. Scans and PDFs are accepted.) You can download the PDF order form, which you will mail in along with your letter of proof of membership.
Rotary License Plate Available to New York Rotarians Michael Griffin AG 2024-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

The Foundation Minute

Posted by Barbara Fisk DRFC

What Are The Arch Klumph Society And The Legacy Society?

Donors whose cumulative gifts total US$250,000 or more are recognized as members of the Arch Klumph Society. As a member, you’re honored at an induction ceremony and have your picture and biography in the Leaders in Philanthropy interactive display at Rotary International World Headquarters. You’ll receive invitations to special events, along with membership pins and crystals that commemorate your giving level. Since 2004, more than 700 people have joined the Arch Klumph Society.
Donors who promise a gift of $1 million or more to the Endowment are invited to join the Legacy Society. As a member, you’ll receive special tokens of appreciation and all the benefits provided to Bequest Society members. Legacy Society members are listed in Rotary’s annual report and are also invited to special events. 
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Arch Klumph Society or the Legacy Society? Please reach out if you have any questions or need any help accessing information.
Save the Date for the Environment and Peace Session, January 30, 2024, at 7:00pm ET/ 5:00pm MT with Dr. Michele Devlin and Trustee Marty Helman. (See registration on district home page)
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Rotary Study Programs

Posted by Katie Burke
Rotary Study opportunities – Global Grant Scholarship and Peace Fellowships
Each year, District 7040 offers study opportunities for District 7040 recent university graduates to be able to pursue their studies in one of the Rotary Areas of Focus: peacebuilding and conflict prevention, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation and hygiene, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, community economic development, and supporting the environment.
The amount of the scholarship is $30,000 USD, awarded to one successful candidate who will be entering the first year of a first Master’s degree and be studying outside of his/her home country and District 7040.  We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic, interesting and interested candidates.  The candidates must have completed their undergraduate studies and bring to the table a range of interests and abilities not only in their studies but also in their personal skills and abilities.  Language, arts and sports abilities as well as volunteer work are assets.  The deadline for applications is April 15 2024, interviews will be conducted on April 28 2024, the successful candidate will be identified before May 1 for studies to begin in the Fall of 2024.  Please refer to Rotary D 7040 website for further details – look under the Foundation heading – Scholarships  - in the menu at the top of the web page.
In addition to the Global Grant Scholarship, D 7040 sponsors candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships.  The Peace fellowships offered are the short-term fellowship (2-3 months) and the 2-year Master’s Peace Fellowship offered at 6 universities around the world.  Candidates must have a strong interest in Peace and Conflict resolution, 3-5 years of work experience and consider these studies as part of their career path.  Further details are found on the D 7040 website under the Foundation-Scholarships heading as well as on the Rotary International website. The deadline for applications in April 15 2024 and interviews will be held on April 28, 2024.  The District may nominate more than one candidate for these Fellowships.
All candidates are urged to read the District and RI information carefully.
Questions should be referred to Katie Burke at
Rotary Study Programs Katie Burke 2024-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Training Part 1

Posted by Bonnie Black
On the first Saturday in January, 8 Rotarians and 2 faculty members joined together for RLI – Part One in Cornwall.  The 6-session day was enjoyed by all with some noting what they had learned – and these were all ‘seasoned’ Rotarians!  It’s always interesting to see the moments of clarity and ‘Ah-hah’ on topics such as our Foundation and Membership.  Vocational Service, our oft-neglected Avenue of Service evoked many ideas to bring this back into action in clubs to especially benefit our young people.
Part 3 will be offered in April by invitation only.  Another Part 1 can be offered near the end of this Rotary or over the summer – whenever it’s best for up to 15 Rotarians at a time.  Contact RLI Registrar for our District, PDGBonnie at
Our D7040 International Service Committee and our Foundation Committee will be meeting on Saturday, March 2nd at the Seaway Valley Theatre in Cornwall at 9am.  We will be hearing a report on the Columbia Project Fair which will bring ideas for projects your club can get involved with in 24-25.  Remember, it’s important that your officers and appropriate committee chairs take the online training within the next 60 days.  Please check our District site under Foundation>Grants to understand the modules in the Learning Center at needed to complete as well as our own District-specific modules.  Get it done today and then get inspired by our fellow Ro0tarians returning from South America with many choices on how we can do good in the world next rotary year!
Rotary Leadership Training Part 1 Bonnie Black 2024-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

A New Beginning - Un nouveau départ

The closing of the old year, and the start of a new year.
A time for reflection, and spiritual and physical refreshing.
As Rotarians, a time to think of what you can do to support Rotary’s objectives in the coming year, through service and contributions.
Simmy and I hope that 2024 will be a wonderful year for you and your loved ones.
La fin de l’année précédente et le début d’une nouvelle année.
Un temps de réflexion et de rafraîchissement spirituel et physique.
En tant que Rotariens, c’est le moment de réfléchir à ce que vous pouvez faire pour soutenir les
objectifs du Rotary au cours de l’année à venir, par le service et des contributions.
Simmy et moi espérons que 2024 sera une année merveilleuse pour vous et vos proches.
A New Beginning - Un nouveau départ DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2024-01-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Did you miss the Be Extraordinary – Become a District Governor webinar on December 2?


Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
Do you want to know what was said by our panellists and other participants? Did you join in but want to refresh your memory?
You can do both – the video of the webinar is available at: To make it easy to navigate the video, the topics discussed, and their approximate times are listed.
If you have any questions after watching the video, please feel free to reach out to me, to DGE Teresa Whitmore, or to DGN Graeme Fraser.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Did you miss the Be Extraordinary – Become a District Governor webinar on December 2? DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

The New Pergola at Rotel

Posted by Joan Hunter
Last summer a group of Rotarians from the West Ottawa Rotary Club planted a pollinator garden at Rotel, the non-profit motel located beside the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Hospital General Campus.  Phil Powel Smith, a member of that team, noticed that the pergola was in bad shape and returned to the West Ottawa Club with a recommendation that it be replaced. 
The New Pergola at Rotel Joan Hunter 2023-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Orleans Holiday Party Joan Hunter 2023-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Season's Greetings - Salutations de la saison

Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
This is a season during which many faiths and cultures celebrate their beliefs and their heritage. In the Gregorian month of December 2023, there are celebrations of Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, the December solstice, Yule, Christmas, Zarathosht Diso, and Kwanzaa. For those of Scottish heritage and others, Hogmanay spans the end of this year and the start of the next. And in Gregorian January, those who follow the Orthodox Christian faith will be celebrating Orthodox Christmas.
Within our Rotary community, we have members who follow many of the faiths which have celebrations during this period, and others which may not have formal celebrations or Holy Days at this time of the Gregorian year, including Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism for example.
Season's Greetings - Salutations de la saison DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

A Charter Night to Remember

Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
On Saturday November 25, there was an amazing gathering of Rotarians and non-Rotarians at the Charter Celebration Gala for the Montreal Cedars Rotary Club. The event was hosted by Pres. Maha Maalouf-Kassouf, with Rima Khoury (Club Treasurer) acting as MC.
In addition to Charter members of the Club and an array of guests from the Montreal area, a number of members of the District Governor group were in attendance with their spouses - DG Pardeep Ahluwalia and Simmy Ahluwalia, IPDG Michel Wong Kee Song and Suzanne, PDG Hadi Mortada and Teresa, PDG Nabil Oudeh and Gayle Oudeh, and PDG Ariane Carriere
The highlight of the evening was the opportunity for District Governors to present Rotary pins to those Charter members of Montreal Cedars who were present.
A Charter Night to Remember DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-11-30 05:00:00Z 0
DisCon24 Francesco Ambrogi 2023-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Global Grants Scholarships Katie Burke 2023-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Forest - winter maintenance Jane Courtice-Neocleous 2023-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

Park of Hope

Posted by Sharon Miller
The Park of Hope: Strengthening our Community Through Inclusive & Accessible Recreation
Imagine a play space in your community where every child, regardless of their abilities, can experience a profound sense of belonging, play, learn and grow alongside peers of all ages and abilities.  The Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise, in partnership with the RC of Fort Myers South, Rachel’s Kids and the City of Cornwall, are embarking on an ambitious, transformative project to create such a space – a fully accessible and inclusive playground that fosters unity, inclusivity, and diversity.
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Branding Competition

Posted by Dave Humphries, Public Image, Communication & Outreach
Rotary International (RI)changed its brand several years ago, however, not all Clubs or Districts are using the current branding. To encourage the use of the official RI brand in D7040, and hopefully have some fun while doing it, we are launching a Branding Competition. 
The Chair of the D7040 Public Image Committee, David Humphries, District Governor Elect, Teresa Whitmore, Governor Nominee Graeme Fraser, and technical lead Chris Cochrane are issuing a challenge to all D7040 Clubs. They want to have ALL clubs in District 7040 using current RI branding. 
To be entered into this competition, your Club’s Letterhead, print material, social media accounts and website must show the proper Rotary logo as shown at the top. The example above is for District 7040: you can create the correct logo for your Club by going to the Brand Center in My Rotary (  Don’t have a MyRotary account? Set one up, it’s really easy - and you will find a wealth of Rotary related info and courses in MyRotary!
The first phase of the competition will run from November 15th, 2023, to January 15th, 2024, and will include social media, website, written promotional material and letterhead. The second phase will run until November 2024 and will include all banners, flags, tents, and bigger promotional materials.
How to enter 
Starting November 15th,  you will be able to submit letterhead, promotional material, social media links, and anything else which shows the current brand, to the Public Image Committee’s email account and our judging team will  look at  them.
Branding Competition Dave Humphries, Public Image, Communication & Outreach 2023-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Highway Cleanup

Posted by Michael Griffin
The Canton and Potsdam Rotary Clubs teamed up on October 28 to do the roadside cleanup on two miles of State Route 310 north of Canton as part of the New York State Adopt-A-Highway Program. 

Front row: Canton President Kathy Mullaney, Jeanne Tyo-Martin and Scott Goldie. Back row: AG Michael Griffin, Laurean Pelkey and Kainan Smith. Not shown: Mike Crowe and Sunday Smith. 

“The rain blew through before we got too wet, and we ended up having a good time. We all thought that there was less trash this year!,” said President Kathy. 
Highway Cleanup Michael Griffin 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Blanket Drive - South Africa

Posted by Greta Du Bois Cleynhens
Collaboration between the International Services in the Kingston region.
The International Service of RC Kingston-Frontenac took on as a project of the 23/24 year the “Blanket Drive” in partnership with the Rotary Club of Morningside, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Blanket Drive - South Africa Greta Du Bois Cleynhens 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Malone

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
The Rotary Club of Malone held its annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser in October. Many hands made light work -- from the fantastic cooks in the kitchen to the many Interact students and Rotary members who helped in all ways. The Interact Club organized the process for filling orders, taking orders curbside, filling orders and delivering curbside, and anything in between.  Customers really enjoyed the students' joyful attitude and their work ethic. 
The photos are of the Malone Rotary Interact Club and the Rotary kitchen workers.
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Valley Rotary Gathering

Posted by Larrie Thompson
Happy guests at the annual Ottawa Valley Rotary gathering on September 16 at the Deep River yacht and tennis clubhouse. 
Heureux invités au rassemblement annuel du Rotary de la vallée de l'Outaouais le 16 septembre au yacht et au club-house de tennis de Deep River. 
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Hawkesbury Receives Recognition Karl Holmes 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Potsdam Books

Posted by Michael Griffin
The Rotary Club of Potsdam distributed 150 new books in support of literacy and conducted its annual Haunted Hallway at the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce Fright Night in October.
Le Rotary Club de Potsdam a distribué 150 nouveaux livres à l'appui de l'alphabétisation et a organisé son couloir hanté annuel lors de la nuit de la peur de la Chambre de commerce de Potsdam en octobre.
Potsdam Books Michael Griffin 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Membership Thoughts

Posted by Jamie Johnstone

As District Membership Chair for District 7040 I want to share with you my three top membership goals for this Rotary year.

 #1) Finishing in  the top three in our Zone  ( Zone 28) in membership growth.

 #2) Increase Rotaract in our District  by 30 new members.

#3) Increase membership in the District by 5%.

The above goals  I believe are realistic and achievable but I need everyone’s help to attain them.  What are your club’s membership goals? I hope all club presidents have entered their goals in Rotary Central especially their membership goals ( it’s never too late to enter or edit a goal). I also hope all clubs have membership chairs in place and a committee to support them. We also have to look for opportunities to include people, not reasons to exclude them. I was very happy that 39 people gave up a Friday night to participate in our last L&D session on membership, and hope to have another one in a couple of months. Your feedback and ideas are always welcomed and appreciated. I can be reached at The world needs more Rotarians, so lets grow Rotary together.

Membership Thoughts Jamie Johnstone 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day/Week Events

Posted by Barbara Fisk
Celebrations in Cornwall
Presentation at the Power Dam in Cornwall
DGN Graeme Fraser, Polio Chair Joan Hunter, and DRFC Barbara Fisk with the End Polio flag.
World Polio Day/Week Events Barbara Fisk 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Jenn Grisi
DisCon 24 – Find a Friend in May
The 2024 District Conference (May 3 -5) in scenic Clayton, New York will feature a Friday evening welcome Reception that all attendees are invited to attend. 
Find old friends, make new friends, make dinner plans or just enjoy the company of fellow Rotarians at this first night get-together.
By the way, now is the time to register!  Conference prices will go up at the end of December.
DisCon24 Jenn Grisi 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Training

Posted by Bonnie Black
Our next session on Part 1 (every Rotary member, especially newer ones can attend) will be Saturday, January 6th at the Best Western in Cornwall.  The day begins at 7:30am with Continental Breakfast and fellowship.  The day includes lunch and LOTS of Rotary knowledge-stuff you never knew you didn’t know!
REGISTER NOW to reserve your seat on the District website under Events.
No charge and many materials!  
Notre prochaine session sur la partie 1 (chaque membre du Rotary, en particulier les plus récents, peut y assister) aura lieu le samedi 6 janvier au Best Western à Cornwall.  La journée commence à 7h30 avec le petit déjeuner continental et la camaraderie.  La journée comprend le déjeuner et beaucoup de connaissances du Rotary que vous ne saviez pas que vous ne saviez pas !
INSCRIVEZ-VOUS MAINTENANT pour réserver votre place sur le site Web du district sous Événements.
Pas de frais et beaucoup de matériaux !
Rotary Leadership Training Bonnie Black 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Environment Fair

Posted by Kateri Clark
Rotary Ottawa South Participates in Environment Fair
Rotary Ottawa South participated in the 2nd Annual Environment Fair hosted by the Ottawa Cluster Environment Group at the Ottawa Baha'i Centre. This event took place on Saturday, September 30.
We were happy to share information about how Rotary is acting locally and globally to protect the environment. We were also inspired by the depth and breadth of knowledge, information, and resources available in Ottawa.
The day was beautiful, if a bit warm; there was good attendance, and people engaged in meaningful conversations, learning, and networking. Some attendees signed up with organizations to continue dialogs or collaboration in the future, or to obtain additional information so that they can take steps towards protecting our environment.
Environment Fair Kateri Clark 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Youth Forest 

Posted by Jane Courtice-Neocleous
Ottawa Rotary Youth Forest Winter Maintenance
On Wednesday, November 1st, The Rotary Club of Orléans, ORYF Team partnered with 35 Grade Seven Students along with their teacher, Floriane Tsering from St. Peter HS to lay mulch around the vulnerable saplings in the Forest to ensure future moisture retention and weed suppression in anticipation of Spring 2024.
With current Climate conditions, planting and caring for trees has never been more important. The students and staff at St. Peter HS have Climate Action goals and the Rotary Club of Orléans partnership has been instrumental in helping them reach their goals, as well, as our own.
These young people came, and they conquered. A large mountain of mulch placed at the entrance to the Forest, and another moved by wheelbarrow to the centre of the Forest, allowed ease of access to these young people to fill and empty their pails of mulch around the saplings. Thanks to their focus and commitment, by the end of one and half hours, EVERY little sapling had been surrounded and protected aginst the harsh winter conditions to come.
The ORYF Team could not have been happier. As a small token of our appreciation, we are pleased to be able to provide them with pizza and honorable mention certificates to Sachbir for the record number of trips and to Trevor (a pillar of their EcoClub) for his Herculean grit as he shoveled mulch into the empty pails for the entire duration.
 It was a privilege working with these young Environmentalists and a delight watching them work so hard to complete the challenge.
In addition, they have accepted our invitation to partner with the ORYF Team, Spring 2024, when South Nation Conservation returns to infill the trees where necessary. 
The Rotary Youth Forest Jane Courtice-Neocleous 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
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26-27 Call for District Governor nominations

Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
Call for Nominations: District Governor 2026-27 Rotary International District 7040 Appel De Candidatures : Gouverneur De District 2026-27
26-27 Call for District Governor nominations DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

DG November Message

Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
The topic of this month’s DG message is in part due to reflections on situations I have seen during my recent round of Club visits, and in part due to preparing the launch of the nomination process for the D7040 District Governor for the 2026-27 Rotary year.
We are a volunteer organisation based largely around individual Clubs, with members juggling multiple responsibilities and demands on their time – family; career (and contrary to what some may think, retirement is a “career”); Rotary; other volunteer and service obligations.
At the Club level, we have small Clubs and large Clubs, some with a preponderance of older members, others with many younger members, and some which are more of a generational mix.  And many Clubs face the same leadership and management challenges – finding members willing to take on the roles and responsibilities of President and other Club officers.  Why is this the case? There are as many reasons as there are members – I’ve done it before; it takes too much time; I have too many other obligations; maybe when I retire; my travel schedule would interfere.  All of these can be valid reasons for not stepping forward, but if we all take that view, then our organisation collapses.  So how can we manage? 
DG November Message DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-11-05 04:00:00Z 0
Montreal Cedars Charter Night 2023-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

2022-23 Rotary Citations

Congratulations to the following clubs that earned a Rotary Citation for 2022-23. Certificates will be sent by email to the clubs if you have not received yours yet.
Arnprior                  Cornwall Sunrise          E-club of District 7040 Premier          
Gananoque              Kemptville                    Kingston                     
Ottawa-Stittsville    Potsdam                        Saranac Lake
 How do we achieve the Rotary Citation for Rotary clubs?
1. Go to Rotary Club Central.
2. Review the available goals.
3. Select and set at least half of the goals available.
4. Achieve your goals.
5. Report your achievement in Rotary Club Central by 30 June.
Note: In addition to achieving and reporting achievement of goals by 30 June, Rotary International must receive each semi-annual dues payment in full within 60 days after the invoice is issued, or before receiving the 60-day reminder, to be eligible for the Rotary Citation.
2022-23 Rotary Citations 2023-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Update from our Canadian Insurance Agent

This is also information that US clubs can use.
We have a tool kit that is posted on the district website, including:
CYBER SECURITY TIPS – Cyber Theft has SKYROCKETED in the last two years, including one Rotary Club got hit just 2 months ago. 
  • The most common method of theft as of late is a “cyber bandit” intercepts an invoice that your club was expecting, maybe a vendor or a supplier that was part of a fundraiser.  The cyber bandit changes the invoice to have their bank information inserted for payment and VOILA, the club has lost $10,000.  It happens so much more than you could believe.  I’ve had 3 clients this year have it happen, and I’m just one broker. 
Update from our Canadian Insurance Agent 2023-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
The Club Experience Matters: Understanding the Data 2023-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

The Foundation Minute

Posted by Hadi Mortada, Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (ARRFC)

What Are Some Ways to Leave a Legacy of Doing Good?

You can qualify as a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation by making an outright gift of US$1,000 or more to the Endowment or notifying the Foundation that you’ve included the Endowment as a beneficiary of that amount in your estate plan. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.
If you make a commitment for a future gift of $10,000 or more to the Foundation, you’ll be invited to join the Bequest Society. Bequest Society members receive benefits and recognition pieces for different levels of giving, including pins and crystals, the ability to endow named funds, or special seating at the Rotary International Convention.
More than 100,000 Benefactors and more than 14,500 Bequest Society members are creating legacies of generosity as they help people around the world live better lives. 
Contact me if you want to become a Benefactor or join the Bequest Society. 
Quelles sont les façons de laisser un héritage de faire le bien ?
Vous pouvez être considéré comme un bénéficiaire de la Fondation Rotary en faisant un don de 1 000 $US ou plus à la Fondation ou en avisant la Fondation que vous avez inclus la Fondation en tant que bénéficiaire de ce montant dans votre plan successoral. Les bienfaiteurs reçoivent un certificat et un insigne à porter avec une épinglette Rotary ou Paul Harris Fellow.
Si vous vous engagez à faire un don futur de 10 000 $ ou plus à la Fondation, vous serez invité à vous joindre à la Bequest Society. Les membres de la Bequest Society reçoivent des avantages et des pièces de reconnaissance pour différents niveaux de don, y compris des épingles et des cristaux, la capacité de doter des fonds nommés, ou des sièges spéciaux à la Convention internationale du Rotary.
Plus de 100 000 bienfaiteurs et plus de 14 500 membres de la Bequest Society créent un héritage de générosité en aidant les gens du monde entier à vivre une vie meilleure.
Contactez-moi si vous voulez devenir un bienfaiteur ou rejoindre la Société du Bequest.
The Foundation Minute Hadi Mortada, Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (ARRFC) 2023-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
An invitation to the district 2023-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Seaway West Clubs at Kingston Fall Fair Paul Elsley 2023-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute Training Joan Hunter 2023-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

DG October Message

Posted by David Humphries
Together with other members of our District Leadership team, I attended the Zones 28 & 32 “Learning to Lead” Symposium, held in Toronto during the last weekend of September.  At this event, I met a number of Rotarian leaders from around our Zones, which encompass Canada and much of the North-Eastern United States, who have some form of disability.  This did not impair their ability to be leaders or active Rotarians. 
This month’s District Governor’s message has been written by Dave Humphries, our District 7040 Public Image, Communications and Outreach Chair and someone living with a disability.
DG October Message David Humphries 2023-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
PROJET D'APPROVISIONNEMENT EN EAU ET D'ASSAINISSEMENT AU GHANA 21-8484 E-club Premier 7040 2023-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Let’s Keep The Music Playing


Posted by PDG Fay Campbell
Please join the Rotary Club of Orleans and the Campbell Oudeh McNamee (COM) Fund for Music Education at a garden party on Sunday, September 10th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., 906 River Road, Manotick, Ontario.
Your donation of $50 minimum will provide scholarships for music students at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.  Students from rural areas need help paying their tuition. Helping students with their tuition will incentivize them to return to rural to teach. To that end, a Fundraiser Garden party is held. Your support would be great to keep the music playing.
Enjoy an afternoon with typical Jamaican flare: reggae music, classical music gems and Jamaican cuisine.  Please see the link below to sign up.
Let’s Keep The Music Playing PDG Fay Campbell 2023-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

What inspired me to become and stay a Rotarian

Posted by PDG Fay Campbell
PDG Fay Campbell, Rotary Club of Orleans, was recently interviewed on Rogers from Ottawa about why she became a Rotarian, and why she stayed in Rotary. You'll see pictures of her travels towards the end of the interview which you can see at
What inspired me to become and stay a Rotarian PDG Fay Campbell 2023-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Community Gardening

Posted by M-C van der Merwe

Bushels of Bonding at the Robinson Community Centre

Community gardens play a crucial role in supplying fresh produce to needy communities. These gardens, typically established on shared plots of land, allow individuals to come together and cultivate crops for the benefit of their community. By growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs locally, community gardens not only provide access to nutritious food but also foster a sense of empowerment, education, and social cohesion. 
Community Gardening M-C van der Merwe 2023-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Message September 2023

As you read the September District Governor’s message, Simmy and I will be away traveling in the Galapagos Islands, mainland Ecuador, and Peru.  This is part of the Rotary experience we don’t talk about very much, but it helps put the International in Rotary International!
While not a formal Rotary trip, it was put together for us by Alonzo, a Rotarian travel agent friend in Brazil.  And while the couple travelling with us from Ottawa are not Rotarians (yet!), this doesn’t mean that we will not be connecting with fellow Rotarians.  In Ecuador we will be staying with a Rotarian ITHF member in Guayaquil. And in Lima we will join Alonzo and a group of students from Australia, Japan, France, and Germany who are based in Brazil for their Rotary Youth Exchanges, and who will tour Peru with us.  International or what!
There are so many ways that you can experience the excitement of travel through Rotary, and many Rotarians already take advantage of all or some of these opportunities:
  • Rotary’s Project Fairs connect clubs interested in collaborating with global partners with those seeking international service projects.  They typically last two to three days and may include visits to service projects or opportunities to experience the local culture.  Project fairs in this Rotary year will be, or have already been held in Argentina, Mexico, Guinea (West Africa), Honduras (Uniendo), and Colombia (  Members of District 7040 have a long history of participating in the Uniendo and Colombia project fairs, and will likely do so again in January-February 2024.
  • District Friendship Exchanges provide opportunities for members of one District to visit another, usually staying with Rotarians in the host District; they are typically reciprocal, with Rotarians from the other District also coming to visit us.  It’s a wonderful way to travel, but it’s not like a regular holiday - it’s an experience. You learn about how the locals live, make lifelong friends, and discover new cultures and communities. And often while sharing Rotary projects and ideas.  The D7040 District Friendship Exchange Committee is seeking input from members about their interest in participating in District Exchanges; if you have not yet participated in the survey, you can take it at
  • Rotary’s International Travel & Hosting Fellowship (ITHF) promotes and facilitates regional, national, and international "connections" on an individual basis between its members. ITHF members connect with and visit other members and have the opportunity to host ITHF members from other countries.  Connecting with Rotarians through the ITHF permits members to travel and see other parts of the world in a different way (
  • The annual Rotary International Conventions, Rotary’s largest events, bring together Rotary members and the family of Rotary from around the world for inspiration, information, and fun!  Held in a different city each year, you’ll find People of Action from around the world brainstorming solutions to some of the most pressing challenges and celebrating our works of service that create lasting change.  You’ll make new connections, renew and strengthen existing friendships, discover fresh perspectives as you interact with people from different countries and cultures – and have fun doing it!  Come and join Rotarians from D7040 and around the world at the next RI Convention, May 25-29, 2024 in Singapore (
  • Our District Conferences allow members of D7040 from across our bi-national, bilingual, multi-regional and multi-cultural District to get together for fun and fellowship, while learning about and discussing issues of concern to our members.  Given our bi-national and multi-cultural District, DisCon’24 will allow for a simple and easy international experience!  Join us in Clayton NY, May 3-5, 2024, and connect and reconnect with Rotarians from around our own District (
So, although we think mainly of the International in Rotary International as meaning working abroad to help those in need in other countries (and the importance of this element is not to be underestimated), don’t forget the fun and fellowship part of International that you can experience through the travel opportunities that await you as Rotarians.
En lisant le message du gouverneur de district de septembre, Simmy et moi serons en voyage dans les îles Galapagos, en Équateur continental et au Pérou.  Cela fait partie de l'expérience du Rotary dont nous ne parlons pas beaucoup, mais cela aide à mettre l'International dans le Rotary International !
Bien qu'il ne s'agit pas d'un voyage officiel du Rotary, il a été mis en place pour nous par Alonzo, un ami rotarien qui est un agent de voyages au Brésil.  Et bien que le couple qui voyage avec nous d'Ottawa ne soit pas Rotariens (encore!), cela ne signifie pas que nous ne serons pas en contact avec d'autres Rotariens.  En Équateur, nous resterons avec une membre rotariene de l'ITHF à Guayaquil. Et à Lima, nous nous joindrons à Alonzo et à un groupe d'étudiants d'Australie, du Japon, de France et d'Allemagne qui sont basés au Brésil pour leurs échanges de jeunes du Rotary et qui visiteront le Pérou avec nous.  International ou quoi!
Il y a tellement de façons dont vous pouvez vivre l'excitation du voyage à travers le Rotary, et de nombreux Rotariens profitent déjà de tout ou partie de ces opportunités:
  • Les foires de projet du Rotary relient les clubs intéressés à collaborer avec des partenaires mondiaux avec ceux qui recherchent des projets de services internationaux.  Ils durent généralement de deux à trois jours et peuvent inclure des visites à des projets de service ou des occasions de découvrir la culture locale.  Les foires du projet de cette année Rotary auront lieu, ou ont déjà eu lieu en Argentine, au Mexique, en Guinée (Afrique de l'Ouest), au Honduras (Uniendo) et en Colombie (  Les membres du district 7040 ont une longue histoire de participation aux foires du projet Uniendo et Colombie, et le feront probablement à nouveau en janvier-février 2024.
  • Les échanges d'amitié de district offrent aux membres d'un district la possibilité de rendre visite à un autre, généralement en restant avec des Rotariens dans le district d'accueil; ils sont généralement réciproques, avec des Rotariens de l'autre district qui viennent également nous rendre visite.  C'est une merveilleuse façon de voyager, mais ce n'est pas comme des vacances régulières - c'est vraiment une expérience. Vous apprenez comment les habitants vivent, vous vous faites des amis pour la vie et vous découvrez de nouvelles cultures et communautés. Et souvent tout en partageant des projets et des idées du Rotary.  Le comité d'échange d'amitié du district D7040 sollicite les commentaires des membres au sujet de leur intérêt à participer aux échanges de district; si vous n'avez pas encore participé à l'enquête, vous pouvez la répondre à
  • L'International Travel & Hosting Fellowship (ITHF) du Rotary promeut et facilite les « connexions » régionales, nationales et internationales sur une base individuelle entre ses membres. Les membres de l'ITHF se connectent avec d'autres membres et leur rendent visite et ont la possibilité d'accueillir des membres de l'ITHF d'autres pays.  La connexion avec les Rotariens par le biais de l'ITHF permet aux membres de voyager et de voir d'autres parties du monde d'une manière différente (
  • Les Conventions internationales annuelles du Rotary, les plus grands événements du Rotary, rassemblent les membres du Rotary et la famille du Rotary du monde entier pour l'inspiration, l'information et le plaisir !  Tenu dans une ville différente chaque année, vous trouverez des personnes d'action du monde entier qui réfléchissent à des solutions à certains des défis les plus urgents et célèbrent nos œuvres de service qui créent un changement durable.  Vous établirez de nouvelles connexions, renouvellerez et renforcerez les amitiés existantes, découvrirez de nouvelles perspectives en interagissant avec des personnes de différents pays et cultures - et vous vous amuserez à le faire!  Venez rejoindre les Rotariens de D7040 et du monde entier lors de la prochaine Convention RI, du 25 au 29 mai 2024 à Singapour (
  • Nos conférences de district permettent aux membres de D7040 de notre district binational, bilingue, multirégionaux et multiculturels de se réunir pour le plaisir et la camaraderie, tout en apprenant et en discutant des questions qui préoccupent nos membres.  Compte tenu de notre district binational et multiculturel, DisCon'24 permettra une expérience internationale simple et facile!  Rejoignez-nous à Clayton NY, du 3 au 5 mai 2024, et connectez-vous et renouez avec les Rotariens de notre propre district (
Ainsi, bien que nous pensions principalement à l'International du Rotary International comme signifiant travailler à l'étranger pour aider ceux qui sont dans le besoin dans d'autres pays (et l'importance de cet élément ne doit pas être sous-estimée), n'oubliez pas le plaisir et la camaraderie de l'International que vous pouvez vivre à travers les opportunités de voyage qui vous attendent en tant que Rotariens.
District Governor Message September 2023 Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Club Experience 2023-09-01 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
As you read the September District Governor’s message, Simmy and I will be away traveling in the Galapagos Islands, mainland Ecuador, and Peru.  This is part of the Rotary experience we don’t talk about very much, but it helps put the International in Rotary International!
While not a formal Rotary trip, it was put together for us by Alonzo, a Rotarian travel agent friend in Brazil.  And while the couple travelling with us from Ottawa are not Rotarians (yet!), this doesn’t mean that we will not be connecting with fellow Rotarians.  In Ecuador we will be staying with a Rotarian ITHF member in Guayaquil. And in Lima we will join Alonzo and a group of students from Australia, Japan, France, and Germany who are based in Brazil for their Rotary Youth Exchanges, and who will tour Peru with us.  International or what?
Travel DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Ottawa Rotary Youth Forest 2023-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

Human Trafficking/District Champions & Awareness Projects

Posted by Martin Nadon
Congratulations to all new club Presidents in District 7040 and around the world!  This puts you one step closer to your Area Governor, District Governor, Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.  We suggest that one goal for new club Presidents is to bring new perspectives and hope to your members as well as including the critical conversations of Human Trafficking (HT) happening in your communities. 
Human Trafficking/District Champions & Awareness Projects Martin Nadon 2023-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Human Trafficking Martin Nadon 2023-08-08 04:00:00Z 0

Our newest club

Posted by Maha Maalouf-Kassouf, charter president Montreal Cedars
“Imagine Rotary” IRIPP Jennifer Jones in order to
“Create Hope in the World” RI P Gordon R. Mclnally
Rotary, this magical word that changes the world!  Professionals and leaders share their passion for Rotary around the world. This passion which never ceases to open opportunities for effective and beneficial action, which urges us to act with clear and just objectives, confirming the decision to respect values ​​and to safeguard human dignity for the citizens of the world! Rotarians combine their collective resources to improve the lives of others and hold to heart the motto: “Service Above Self and One Profits Most Who Serves Best.” This conviction materialized on June 30, 1999, the date on which I received, as founding President, the charter of the Rotary Club of Zahlé-Békaa, District 2450, in Lebanon. Twenty-five years already! The enthusiasm is renewed and the challenge, too, was always overcome and won!
I hereby pay tribute to each member of the Rotarian family, convinced that solidarity and service change the world. I thank the Rotarians and leaders of District 7040 who have woven a story of success in the face of the tragic explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020. The calamity of this gigantic explosion amplified the disaster experienced in Lebanon, Land of Cedars, and still persists today… In a matter of seconds, almost half of the capital disappeared. Armed with resilience, determination, and courage, it is thanks to the Rotarians of Lebanon and you, Rotarians, and Leaders of District 7040, who did not hesitate to help a bruised and afflicted Lebanon.
Our newest club Maha Maalouf-Kassouf, charter president Montreal Cedars 2023-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Rotary District 7040

Welcome to our latest Rotary Club, Montreal Cedars, who received their charter on June 28, 2023. All 20 members are listed in the district database.
Welcome to Rotary District 7040 2023-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

Creating a culture of care

This year, RI President R. Gordon R. McInally is encouraging Rotary members to create a culture of care, both within Rotary and around the world, by making mental health a priority. In a caring culture, leaders and members focus on helping each other thrive. 

That makes August — Membership and New Club Development Month — the perfect time to evaluate your club’s culture and adjust it if needed. Members are more likely to stay if their club experience is fulfilling. Use these ideas to help members feel involved, valued, and cared for:
  • Communicate with people at every stage of their membership. If members think their experience in the club can be improved, take action to make changes. You can also use these two surveys to learn more about what members are thinking:
    1. The member interest survey will help you understand what new and prospective members care about and how they want to contribute. 
    2. The member satisfaction survey (or an online version) can be distributed each year to all members. 
By asking for feedback regularly and responding to it, you show that you’re open to change, and you empower members to be involved in creating their ideal club experience.
  • Use the Club Health Check to identify areas where your club could improve and determine how to keep your club relevant for members and the community. 
  • Take the Creating an Inclusive Club Culture course to discover ways for your club to become more inclusive, diverse, and equitable. Remember that for any Learning Center course, you’ll need a My Rotary account. 
You can also find more membership resources on My Rotary.
Creating a culture of care 2023-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Kingston Rotaract - The best conclusion of a fantastic year

Posted by Francesco Ambrogi
Last night during a regular meeting our Club concluded the service we started in August 2022 with KEYS newcomers center in Kingston. From the beginning, the goal was to provide help and support to all refugees and newcomers in our community. KEYS welcomed more than 200 families coming from Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Burundi, and many other countries in difficulty. During our amazing collaboration Rotaractors and KEYS volunteers worked together at fantastic fundraisers (Fall in Love with Dance), social events for refugee kids (Halloween themed night, and Winter wonderland), and community services (Clothing bazaars and donations), and we had the pleasure to meet several newcomers’ families. The support from Rotarians and the Kingston community was outstanding, culminating with the last Clothing Bazaar organized on February 2023 which involved more than 30 volunteers across 6 different organizations. I am extremely proud of all members of my Club and very happy for the work we have done.
Kingston Rotaract - The best conclusion of a fantastic year Francesco Ambrogi 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation Corner

Posted by Barbara Fisk - DRFC
Welcome to the New Rotary Year!  Our Foundation Team is looking forward to another year of inspiring stories, super projects and changes in how we help members and clubs engage with The Rotary Foundation.  We hope clubs have creative new ideas and are planning some super events! We love to hear from YOU and are always happy to SHARE your experiences with others. Do send in your stories and we’ll get them into this bulletin wherever possible
The Foundation Moment that is sent weekly to your Presidents is a grand opportunity to learn a wee bit about Foundation every meeting.  We hope that it gives you ideas, news, or inspiration for things you may not have considered in the past.  Please do share it with all your members!
If you missed our first Moment this year, here it is for you now!
The Rotary Foundation Corner Barbara Fisk - DRFC 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Ottawa Bytown Car Rally Ken Sparks 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Meetings

Posted by Bonnie Black
Last Saturday of this Month
Saturday, August 26th is the first of our four quarterly meetings for District International Service and The Rotary Foundation.  Mark it on your calendar so you can hear about our 23-24 goals for both. Register online before the 19th at: District International Service & Foundation Mtg | District 7040 (
We are looking for interested Rotaractors to join us, too!  It’s now the second year in which Rotaract Clubs can apply for both District as well as Global Grants to assist with projects.  Find out more on the 26th!
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It’s Back!
Rotary Leadership Institute will be offered a few times in this Rotary year.  We’re beginning with our District Leaders needing Part 2 on September 23rd.
Part 1 will be offered to ANY Rotaractor or Rotarian on Saturday, January 6th with Part 3 offered on April 6th to those who have completed Part 2.
The September 23rd Part 2 session will be held at Seaway Valley Theatre at 30 East Sixth Street in Cornwall from 7:30am to 4:30pm.  We begin with a light repast at 7:30am and begin our sessions promptly at 8am. 
The January and April sessions will be held at the Best Western Conference Center in Cornwall on Vincent Massey Boulevard from 7:30am to 4:30pm.  We begin with a light repast at 7:30am and begin our sessions promptly at 8am once we have ordered lunch off of the menu. These sessions are at no charge and all meals along with materials are provided to you.  You will receive an email after registration with the Participant Manual for you to either access on your laptop/tablet or print yourself.  This is how we can offer these day-long, interactive sessions at no charge to attendees.  Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing as we move around!
Upcoming Meetings Bonnie Black 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

DG Message August 2023

Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
Slavery and Human Trafficking are dark and sinister - evocative of a troubling past that has caused innumerable modern challenges. Slavery should not exist in our societies, but it does. It is a $200 billion global industry, with over 50 million people trapped in slavery world-wide.
This isn’t a “third world” problem. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in Canada and across the West. The age of the average victim is 12-14 years old, and these children generate approximately $250,000 each year for their trafficker.
But most Canadians and Americans are unaware that it is happening in their communities. And make no mistake - it’s happening right under our noses.
DG Message August 2023 DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
RAGAS Mission Slide 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

D7040 Friendship Exchange

Posted by Simmy Ahluwahlia
Rotary Friendship Exchange allows Rotarians and non-Rotarians to experience a different culture, broaden international understanding, explore their professions in a different context, build lasting relationships, and establish a foundation for peace and service, including global grant collaboration. Learn more:
Some of you have participated in The Rotary Friendship exchanges in the past, for others who don’t know what this is –
Rotary Friendship Exchanges lets Rotarians in one part of the world experience life in another country or culture. Through person-to-person connections across national boundaries international understanding and goodwill are advanced. On a Rotary Friendship Exchange, you are not just a tourist. 
D7040 Friendship Exchange Simmy Ahluwahlia 2023-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Farewell and Keeping in Touch

Posted by IPDG Michel and Suzanne Wong Kee Song
Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends,
I want to thank each and every one of you for your support, kindness, and availability during my time in office as District Governor for 2022-2023. Suzanne and I have made many new friends for life, and we have enjoyed every moment during our visits touring our immense territory known as D7040. We can still see the smiling faces, warm welcomes, and also remember the enjoyable exchanges we had with all of you on so many topics. We have been driving through numerous areas, new places and discovered several interesting things that would not have been possible if I were not holding this role. We will cherish every unique moment shared with all of you.
Farewell and Keeping in Touch IPDG Michel and Suzanne Wong Kee Song 2023-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

DG Message July 2023

Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
The start of a new Rotary year, and it’s appropriate that this should be identified as Rotary’s Maternal and Child Health Month. We have many activities ongoing within the District which support, both directly and indirectly, this area of focus, and which have such a powerful impact on people in need.
The new year is also a time of new beginnings, but that does not mean that we change what we do. Indeed, as we move from one internal Rotary theme to another, let’s Imagine Rotary working to Create Hope in the World. To me, this means continuing with the good work that Clubs are already doing, both in their local communities and internationally, at the same time as we support RI President Gordon McInally’s priority to identify and implement initiatives to address mental health issues. And this does not just mean issues in our communities, but also within ourselves and in our Clubs. Let’s work to erase the stigma associated with discussions on mental and emotional well-being. Let’s make it acceptable to ask our friends in Rotary “How are you? How are you, really?”  And let’s ensure that we create a safe space in our Clubs within which we can provide support to our members. At the same time, we need to develop initiatives to raise awareness of mental health issues in our communities, and to help improve access to mental health services on all fronts.
DG Message July 2023 DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
District 7040 Changeover 2023 Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
District Organization Chart 2023-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

DG Message June 2023

First and foremost, my very sincere thanks to all fellow Rotarians, families and friends who helped and participated in our District Conference which took place at the Westin Montreal Hotel from May 5th to 7th, 2023. I was able to rely on a dedicated team led by Chair Mark and program Chair Gayle. Both were surrounded by none less dedicated Rotarians whose main objective was to make sure that all participants have a fun and unforgettable event. From the feedback gathered so far, I can humbly say that they have achieved their goal and beyond. The quality and diversity of our speakers spoke for themselves paired with our theme *Inclusion* together with our President Jennifer Jones’ theme *Imagine Rotary*. Our President was gracefully represented personally by PDG Stella Roy whose participation was truly appreciated.
I would also like to specially thank all my sponsors and collaborators who came forward to back this conference and my year as District Governor with their generous support, financially and otherwise. Your kindness was priceless and with no strings attached. The General sessions, all the Breakout sessions, the Foundation breakfast meeting were very well attended. Even the special community event for the food security held on Sunday morning, involvement was great by participants across the district and our President Rep PDG Stella Roy also lent a hand in it.
Our District Foundation Walk superbly organized by the R.C of Cornwall Sunrise took place on a sunny Saturday morning in Cornwall on May 13th. Many Rotarians with their families were present and shared the fun by collecting over US$ 13,000 for the R.F Annual Fund. Multiple other events took place in Rotary clubs all around our district, mostly on Foundation and PHF themes. I continued visiting clubs in person as well as attending functions during the last month, equally enthusiastic as when I first started! Always new faces and much joy to be had. RYLA also took place from May 26th to 28th at the RKY Camp in Parham near Kingston.
Furthermore, PDG Bonnie Black will be our next C.O.L representative and PDG Susan Bellor will act as alternate beginning July 1st, 2023 for our District. I want to thank them for taking on this challenge to share their knowledge and expertise for the good running of operations in our district.
Greetings from Melbourne where I am attending the R.I. World Convention together with many other Rotarians from the district! The speakers so far have been great and sessions are very stimulating. Beyond other wonderful news from our Foundation and unique Rotary International organization, the Rotary Foundation has pledged a sum of  2 million dollars for a special project to help women impacted by cervical cancer in Cairo, Egypt. My personal thanks to all participants who made titanic efforts to be here in Melbourne to share fun and fellowship with their fellow Rotarians from all over the world
A friendly reminder again to all Club Presidents, please make sure that your goals are entered in the Rotary Club Central so that you can assess your progress by the end of your term. Area Governors, kindly follow-up and help them accordingly.   
Please note that the Changeover for the District will take place on June 24th as planned by DGE Pardeep at Smokie Ridge Vineyard,10090 Cameron Rd, Mountain, ON, K0E 1S0.
I wish all of you and your loved ones’ good health and success with a bright summer in the loom.
DG Message June 2023 Michel Wong Kee Song 2023-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid News Update

Posted by Jenn Grisi
This is a photo of Jenn Grisi, who recently retired as Area Governor. This is Jenn's message:
Service above self.  People of Action. Not everyone, upon hearing those snippets, would immediately think of Rotary.  Rotarians would.  As a Rotarian and outgoing (meaning my term is almost over rather than self-described affable human being) Area Governor, I would love for more people to associate this organization with those snippets.  I would love for more people to know that the Rotary Foundation is rated 4/4 stars by Charity Navigator with 100% for the Accountability and Finance Beacon meaning you can trust that your donation is being used as promised.  I would love for more people to reach out to Rotary and ask ‘how can I help?”.  The more members involved, the more dynamic the club and the more good can be done in our communities and beyond. 
Lake Placid News Update Jenn Grisi 2023-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

Becoming More Inclusive Through Diverse Speakers

Posted by Martha Weaver
Many Rotary clubs still struggle with attracting and retaining a diverse, inclusive membership that fully represents their communities. Hearing from and connecting with diverse speakers is one simple step that can start making a difference. By listening with open minds and hearts, members will gain exposure to new ideas, build understanding and become better able to appreciate the perspectives of others. That is something that will strengthen Rotary for generations to come.
Becoming More Inclusive Through Diverse Speakers Martha Weaver 2023-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

District Changeover

Posted by Joan Hunter
If you have not already registered for our Changeover please go to the District website and do so now.  We have planned a “family friendly” day at the Smokey Ridge Winery, 10090 Cameron Road, Mountain, Ontario.  This location is close to Kemptville.  Wear casual clothes and bring your children or grandchildren.  There will be activities for the kids including a bouncy castle.  Festivities will start at 11:00 and continue until 4:00. Registration link on the left.
Si vous ne vous êtes pas déjà inscrit à notre changement, veuillez vous rendre sur le site Web du district et le faire maintenant.  Nous avons prévu une journée « familiale » à la Smokey Ridge Winery, 10090 Cameron Road, Mountain, Ontario.  Cet emplacement est proche de Kemptville.  Portez des vêtements décontractés et amenez vos enfants ou petits-enfants.  Il y aura des activités pour les enfants, y compris un château gonflable.  Les festivités commenceront à 11h00 et se poursuivront jusqu'à 16h00.
District Changeover Joan Hunter 2023-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Elsabe Falkson


Rotarians take action in May

Habitat for Pollinators = Food Security

30 years ago the native Rusty-Patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) was as common as three out of every ten bumblebees seen. We haven’t seen one since 2009.  The alarming rate of pollinator decline, food production challenges, soil depletion, chemical pollution, climate change, carbon emission, and sequestration are some of the most serious environmental issues we face.  Scientists predict that if we stay on this trajectory we have less than 60 years of harvesting crops before soil collapse and untenable climate change halts crop production. A third of the food we eat is attributed to the pollination services of bees. An abundance of healthy native bees, ensures this food. In D7040, 32 of our economically important crops (valued at $690 billion per year in Ontario) are pollinated by native pollinators. 
Whilst many Rotary clubs (20+ in D7040) and hundreds of friends participate in No Mow May with enthusiasm, others are skeptical, complacent, or critical.  Some find it inconceivable to change minds and lawns from what we have, for decades, been doing, creating, caring for, and what we are fiercely proud of. There are entrenched beliefs about lawns - how it should look, lawn care, and its function. Sometimes our views are emotionally charged: Those who had Lyme’s or other tick-borne diseases (or know someone so unfortunate) are appalled at the thought of not mowing.  Many concerns are based on misinformation and beliefs not backed by science. FAQ like “What about ticks?”, “What happens after May?”, and more, are answered on our D7040 website. Some did not like the name No Mow MAY and suggestions like “Mindful May”, “Pollinator Month” or the inspirational “Grow More May” developed by the Rotary Club of Gananoque , will potentially replace the No Mow message. 
At Harvard, researchers found that lawns with multiple species of grasses and wildflowers require far less mowing and water than would the typical turf.  We need to think twice about perfectly manicured lawns requiring water (in dry months), fertilizer and herbicides (bad for your health and the environment), topsoil, GMO seeds, maintenance labour, and machines (producing air, particle, and noise pollution), in addition to releasing an insane amount of greenhouse gasses (those that are fossil-fuelled). Let’s face it, it costs a lot of money to maintain a lawn in pristine condition. There are powerful corporations, heavily invested in the estimated $8 billion turfgrass lawn industry in North America, and they sponsor universities and institutions that actively advocate against No Mow May. 
Environmental leaders say we don’t do enough, we should do more, and that just not mowing in May is not nearly enough.  I tend to agree. If we can do for the Environment what Rotary has done for Polio we will have an enormous impact. We can spread awareness and take action, creating sustainable urban habitats.  May is a perfect time to imagine thriving living lawns. Our gardens, patios and balconies can be places for healing the earth. Imagine your community in 60 years. What legacy do you want to leave? Let us be responsible ancestors!
Biodiversity Elsabe Falkson 2023-05-11 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Pardeep Ahluwalia
As we move into May, we enter an interesting time of the year as we transition from Winter, through Spring and look towards Summer. In Rotary, we are also in the midst of transition, within Clubs, within the District and within Rotary International itself, as we celebrate our current leaders while looking forward to the new Rotary year.  

To be effective, this transition process relies on one thing – a functional succession planning mechanism at all levels of our organization. Rotary International has a well-developed succession planning process to identify the RI President-Elect and President Nominee.  At the District level, we also have a process to identify Governor-Elect and Governor-Nominee.  This approach to succession planning allows for a smooth changeover from one Rotary year to the next, and allows in-coming leaders to gain a better understanding of the organisation. 

At a more local level, I would encourage our District Clubs to review their succession planning systems and determine if changes are needed to permit future leaders to be identified sufficiently in advance of the Rotary year end / start to allow not only a smooth transition of responsibilities, but also to allow incoming leaders to benefit from a period of “apprenticeship” before taking on their new roles.

Our current transition period has brought and will bring with it a number of ways of celebrating Rotary’s current leaders and welcoming the new leadership.  The recent 2023 District Conference led by District Governor Michel Wong Kee Song was an instructional and inspirational event. The RI Convention in Melbourne at the end of May will provide a wonderful opportunity to renew existing and create new friendships within the world-wide Rotary community.  And our Annual District Changeover event on June 24 is being planned to be an informal family-friendly BBQ (details below).

So enjoy this period of transition, take advantage of the opportunities to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the Rotary world, but most importantly – enjoy the fun and fellowship which is such an important part of the Rotary experience.
Transitions Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

Honouring Indigenous Peoples

Posted by Rene Melchers
Honouring Indigenous Peoples(HIP) National Experience in Winnipeg
The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston and the Rotary Club of Brockville sponsored two students who recently attended the HIP National Experience in Winnipeg.  CBC and CTV captured interviews with some of the youth at the HIP National Experience which can be viewed by clicking on the links below.
CTV also captured the Experience as well
Honouring Indigenous Peoples Rene Melchers 2023-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

DG Message - May

Dear Fellow Rotarians and friends,
We marked the 155th anniversary of our founder’s birth, Paul Harris in April. We sit back and think of the vision of that gentleman who simply wanted to facilitate and improve the way of life for his fellow citizen. Aligned with our theme this year, our district’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee hosted an online seminar where Kangana Chawla, master’s student in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University, shared insights about the unconscious social and cultural biases we’ve developed throughout our lives and their daily implications. 
DG Message - May Michel Wong Kee Song 2023-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
World Immunization Week 2023-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Education Project in Tanzania

Posted by Peter Morrin
Meet our student Ilet
The Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac is sponsoring a student in rural Tanzania with a full elementary school scholarship, in cooperation with  the Rotary Club of Hai-Kilimanjaro and the Saidia Agricultural and Social Care Organisation , Tanzania.
We are committed to a scholarship of $500.00 USD per year for one scholar during the full seven years of elementary school .Payment is made at the beginning of each school year. It covers school fees, books, uniform, transport, and meals where needed . As this involves a multi-year club budget, special permission is obtained from the Board. The project will be reviewed for ongoing to a full high school sponsorship .
The student, chosen locally, is 6 years old Ilet Shirima, starting grade one. She lives in Kibosho at Singa Juu Village.
Education Project in Tanzania Peter Morrin 2023-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

DG Michel Wong Kee Song April Message

Dear Fellow Rotarians and friends,
April has been declared *Environment Month* by Rotary International. When we look around to see what has been accomplished to save Mother Earth up to now by the different organisations and governmental bodies, we must admit that not much has been put in place and we are not thriving in the right direction. Nonetheless, it is essential for us to do our part, however big or small our actions may seem to be, we remain driven in our efforts to continue the mission for a better environmental world.
April is a special month for us all because it marks the 155th anniversary of our founder’s birth, Paul Harris. Let us pull together in strength and underline the vision of this gentleman who simply cared for humankind and wanted to take action. With his dream coming true and determination to help those who needed it, Paul succeeded in launching the greatest non-profit organization in the world. As Rotarians, it is our pride to be part of this organization and we can celebrate this by donating whatever we can to our Rotary Foundation, including our time.
DG Michel Wong Kee Song April Message Michel Wong Kee Song 2023-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

A Tasty Presentation

Posted by Ashley Sloan
Two members of the Kemptville Rotary club, John and Cora Beking, hosted a special event during a Tuesday night meeting at the Grenville Mutual Building.  An El Salvador themed meal of rice topped with a sunny side up fresh egg, homemade refried beans, cheese filled papusas, and a dessert called cholado, was served to members and guests while John and Cora gave a presentation on their latest mission to El Salvador. This was their eighth mission, where they went to work on projects with people living in these communities to create and build partnerships, as well as long lasting friendships. Rosie and Trevor were their hosts during their mission in El Salvador and have worked on a few of these missions with them.
A Tasty Presentation Ashley Sloan 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Potsdam Golf Tournament 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Implicit Bias 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Trip to El Salvador Project Fair Carol Cartier 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Kingston Rotaract Clothing Bazaar Francesco Ambrogi 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Shelterbox Kathy Mourtos 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Curling Canada Award given to Ken Thompson 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Blankets for Ukraine Gerhard Peters 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Jennifer Jones on Youth Protection 2023-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
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DG Message March

As days go by, it is the same struggle, joy, and sadness in the lives of many fellow human beings around the world. For many of them living in areas embattled with drug trafficking, wars, and other disasters such as the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria recently, simply waking up to see the light of the day is a blessing; on top of that, looking for food and basic necessities can make it an even tougher struggle. We should consider ourselves as very privileged and lucky as we not only have all the basic necessities, but we also can have the peace of mind of not being struck by a bullet, a bomb or caught in crossfire conflicts on a daily basis. Let us all be grateful for what we have and be hopeful that better days are ahead for all the people currently struggling in their lives.  
President Jennifer Jones is continuing her journey around the world visiting numerous Rotarians, sharing her *Imagine Rotary* vision and dream of a peaceful world. She shared the unique moments spent with two retired WWII adversaries who had chosen Rotary to live lives of peacemaking for a better world. I have also learned about RIPE Gordon McInally’s 2023-2024 theme *Create Hope in the World*. His commitment is to continually move forward and improve long term the way we, Rotarians, interact and deliver on projects with care and empathy.
DG Message March 2023-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

What is in a Name?

Posted by Pardeep Ahluwalia, DGE
As I approach the beginning of my term as Governor, I have been thinking a lot about a fundamental question - "What is the district?" At its core, the district is there to serve clubs and Rotarians by providing the tools and support needed to do our good works. Districts connect clubs with each other and provide resources so that it is easier for Rotarians to work together and undertake projects on behalf of those most in need. Over the next two months, Rotary leaders in the district will gather to develop and guide our efforts for the coming year. On March 4, Area Governors, committee Chairs and the District executive will gather for the Leadership Team Orientation Seminar (formerly TTS) and on Mar. 31/April 1 incoming Presidents will meet at the President Elect Rotary Leadership Seminar (formerly PETS). I look forward to listening to Rotarians and working collaboratively to shape the future direction of our wonderful organization.
Qu’y a-t-il dans un nom?
À l’approche du début de mon mandat de gouverneur, j’ai beaucoup réfléchi à une question fondamentale : « Qu’est-ce que le district? » À la base, le district est là pour servir les  clubs et les Rotariens en fournissant les outils et le soutien nécessaires pour faire nos bonnes œuvres. Les districts relient les clubs les uns aux autres et fournissent des ressources afin qu’il soit plus facile pour les Rotariens de travailler ensemble et d’entreprendre des projets au nom de ceux qui en ont le plus besoin. Au cours des deux prochains mois, les dirigeants du Rotary dans le district se réuniront pour développer et guider nos efforts pour l’année à venir. Le 4 mars, les gouverneurs de zone, les présidents de comité et l’exécutif du district se réuniront pour le séminaire d’orientation de l’équipe de direction (anciennement TTS) et le 31 mars/1er avril, les nouveaux présidents se réuniront lors du séminaire de leadership du président élu du Rotary (anciennement SFPE). J’ai hâte d’écouter les Rotariens et de travailler en collaboration pour façonner l’orientation future de notre merveilleuse organisation.
What is in a Name? Pardeep Ahluwalia, DGE 2023-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Global Grant 2232406 Vocational School;Abonsrakom, Bono Region, Ghana

Posted by Peter Labelle, Grants chair
The Primary Goal is to reduce unemployment and poverty by providing skills training in trades to youth. There are employment opportunities available in trades like masonry, carpentry, fashion design and personal care for people with the required skills. The project, in turn, would provide a means for graduates to earn a living income, reduce unemployment in the region and lift families out of poverty.
Global Grant 2232406 Vocational School;Abonsrakom, Bono Region, Ghana Peter Labelle, Grants chair 2023-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Global Grant update

Posted by Peter Labelle, Grants chair
Global Grant #2119172 Karantina Public Hospital - Paediatric Ward and Operating Theater Equipment. Equipment finally being installed in the paediatric wing in Beirut.
Global Grant update Peter Labelle, Grants chair 2023-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

Help clubs update their logos

Posted by Jennifer Jones, RI President
Nearly a decade ago, while I was the chair of the Strengthen Rotary’s Brand Committee, we conducted in-depth research to better understand how the public viewed Rotary, our members, and our work. What we learned was that we needed to reposition the Rotary brand by focusing on clear, consistent messages and a unified visual identity.

Based on the committee’s recommendation, the Board of Directors approved new brand guidelines, which included how clubs should use the Rotary logo. Simply put, club logos should include the club name either above or below the Rotary logo, like this:
A brand is more than just a logo, but a logo is a big part of our visual identity. When the public sees it throughout their community, they begin to think of Rotary members as people of action. Using the same visual elements unites Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact and allows us, as a diverse global organization, to tell our story with one voice.

The RI Board of Directors is asking every club to update its logo to align with Rotary’s brand guidelines. We are asking you to:
  • Help clubs in your district understand why we all need to use the Rotary logo correctly
  • Show clubs how to create their own logo and use it consistently on their website, social media accounts, and other marketing materials, like banners, brochures, signs, and clothing
You can use the resources below, as well as those in the newly updated Brand Center, for assistance. I also encourage you to contact your Rotary Public Image Coordinator Mary Lou Harrison from Toronto Sunrise and their team for additional guidance and support. They are eager to help.

This year, my Imagine Impact tour will highlight how Rotary members are creating positive, lasting change while it also introduces Rotary to new audiences and potential partners. This is where I need your help. Think of how much more impact these stories will have when they’re shared with one global voice!

Let’s continue to help our clubs attract the next generation of people of action as we increase our impact around the world.

Thank you for your support.

Jennifer Jones
RI President, 2022-23
Talking Points
Our Logo: Representing Rotary (learning course)
Help clubs update their logos Jennifer Jones, RI President 2023-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Ukraine blanket distribution

Posted by Peter Labelle, Grants chair
Recent blankets distributions in the severely destroyed village of Shchevchenkove, Ukraine. It is near the Russian border. Our district partnered with the Rotary Club of Kharkiv-New Level. The district matched contributions from clubs. Altogether we sent over $36,000 USD.
Ukraine blanket distribution Peter Labelle, Grants chair 2023-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s 7th Area of Focus: Spotlight on Lawns, Lights (and Colonialism)

Posted by Elsabe Falkson, Kingston
A D7040-wide endeavour to promote urban biodiversity is underway! It starts with two projects this Spring:  Lawns and Lights.
1. Lawns   (Bee Friendly No Mow May)
Homeowners are fiercely proud of their immaculate emerald green “weed-free” lawns. I too, am proud of my green lawn.  I love it when kids (now grandkids) rough and tumble on the lawn. To be honest, it is nice too, when the neighbors feel the grass is greener on my side of the fence.
Beyond the concept of the perfect (monoculture turfgrass) suburban lawn is a much more troubling environmental issue:  Monoculture lawns mean less biodiversity. Lawns are often maintained using chemicals (fertilizers) that leach into ecosystems, our homes and lakes, and rivers.  For many decades, companies (selling turfgrass and mechanical and chemical products to maintain lawns) advertised lawns, emphasizing this beauty, coupled with solid family and community values: Over time, “perfect” lawns became a part of social status. Thus comes the narrative that the picture-perfect suburban home (North America’s white picket fence, eh?) is incomplete without a neatly manicured lawn. Lawns are also very much a colonial heritage. Remember, before fossil-fueled mowers, trimmers, and blowers were invented, the work was done by slaves, minimum-wage labor, or exhausted owners with push-blade mowers and oversized rusty clippers. A colonial mindset, I’d wager.
Rotary’s 7th Area of Focus: Spotlight on Lawns, Lights (and Colonialism) Elsabe Falkson, Kingston 2023-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

PERLS (President Elect Rotary Leadership Seminar)

Posted by Paul Elsley
Dear Presidents- elect:  Please mark your calendars for the weekend of Mar. 31 – Apr. 1. At that time, all Presidents–Elect will gather in person in Cornwall at the Best Western – Parkway Inn and Conference Centre to begin our annual training of Presidents for the 2023 – 2024 Rotary year. 
There is no cost for Presidents Elect. The District recognizes that this training is so important and we want to make it as easy as possible for PE’s to participate. The program begins on Mar. 31 with registration and check-in at 4:00 pm and ends at the same time the following day.
We have a wonderful program prepared for you involving Zone and District leaders. There will also be two sessions for Area Governors to meet with Presidents Elect to plan for the coming year and pursue ways to collaborate.
To book a room at the Best Western, please call 613-932-0451 (identify that you are with the D7040 PETS group).
If you have any questions, contact Paul Elsley at
PERLS (President Elect Rotary Leadership Seminar) Paul Elsley 2023-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

DG Message for February 2023

A month has passed already since the beginning of 2023 and within the Rotarian community, February is Peace building and Conflict resolution month. Let us take a moment to have a special thought for all the victims of unjust, unwarranted wars and conflicts around the world. These issues can come from the greediness of people in search for power, wealth, or personal agendas. Despite these challenges, as Rotarians, we believe that change can happen, and our efforts make an impact. We work towards making the world a better place. We pray that the governing bodies divert the funds used for armed conflicts to help the people in need instead, all around the globe for a better life and future.
DG Message for February 2023 Michel Wong Kee Song 2023-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Have you registered for these events?

There are some important events coming up that you may need to register for:
  1. Rotary Leadership Institute for district leaders, February 18, 2023 at the Best Western Parkway in Cornwall. 
  2. Rotary's birthday is February 23. What is your club planning?
  3. District Council March 4, 2023 at the Best Western Parkway in Cornwall.
  4. District Leaders for 23-24 Leadership Team Orientation Seminar following the District Council, Best Western, Cornwall. 
  5. World Rotaract Week / Semaine mondiale du Rotaract March 13-19, 2023.
  6. District Training Assembly March 14, 2023 on Zoom.
  7. PETS/SFPE March 31, April 1, 2023 at the Best Western, Cornwall.
Check the Events list on the left of the district home page to find out more.
Have you registered for these events? 2023-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

Program of District Conference 2023

Posted by Caroline Joly, Old Montreal
Here is an overview of the district conference 2023 program ! Click on the link to get to it. Program - Programme
If you haven't registered yet, don't forget, until February 28th you can register at the price of $300 CAD. After that day the price will go up to $350 CAD ! Register here
You can also book your hotel room in the same hotel as the district conference downtown Montreal at the price of $199 CAD + tax per room per night. You won’t find such a good price downtown Montreal in a hotel like the Westin (270 Saint-Antoine Street West, Montreal H2Y 0A3)
We also negotiated the parking at $28 CAD instead of $39 CAD normal price. Book hotel here
Looking forward to seeing you in May (5,6,7).
Program of District Conference 2023 Caroline Joly, Old Montreal 2023-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

DG Visits in Seaway West

Posted by Paul Elsley
In mid-January, DG Michel continued his in-person visits to District clubs with a whirlwind tour of Seaway West. He visited seven clubs in 3 ½ days from Napanee in the west to Gananoque in the east. 
DG Visits in Seaway West Paul Elsley 2023-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

A new resource for district leaders

Leveraging Local Events to Grow Rotary: A Membership and Marketing Guide for district leaders is now available. It explains each step of creating a strategic plan to turn the increased interest that comes from big Rotary events into membership growth. You’ll find tips for creating a strong leadership team, getting clubs ready for growth, planning promotions, and approaching prospective members. The guide also has links to these new resources:
(en anglais seulement)
A new resource for district leaders 2023-01-27 05:00:00Z 0
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Global Grant for the Porur Dialysis Clinic in Chennai. 

Posted by Heather Nogrady, Cataraqui-Kingston
Below is a link to an article by Rotarian Heather Nogrady on the RC Cataraqui-Kingston website. It is for a Global Grant that provides 10 dialysis machines and related equipment to the Porur Dialysis Clinic in Chennai. This $119,000 US project has 10 Rotary Clubs in 6 countries and 4 districts supporting it. For the host club, RC Chennai Galaxy, this is their first Global Grant.
As International Partner, RC Cataraqui-Kingston is thankful for the support of RC Montreal Lakeshore and of course our District 7040 for District Designated Funds as well as a diverse group of Rotary friends internationally.
Global Grant for the Porur Dialysis Clinic in Chennai. Heather Nogrady, Cataraqui-Kingston 2023-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Kingston Cash Calendar

Posted by Paul Elsley
Ten years ago, the Rotary Club of Kingston was looking for a new fundraiser to support our charitable work in the community.  One of our members, Scott Buckley suggested that we sell a Cash Calendar.  Similar fundraisers were being conducted by Rotary Clubs in Prince Edward County and Napanee.  After some detailed research, including determining that we weren’t encroaching on other clubs’ sales, we initiated the project for the 2013 calendar year.
The calendar featured the work of local artists and was well received by the community.  The introductory pages of the calendar gave an overview of Rotary, its various programmes and our initiatives in the local community.  Our first year we raised over $15,000.  We refined the calendar in subsequent years focussing on photographs from local artists. The intent was to highlight the diversity of our community, its buildings, landscapes and wildlife.  Sales and revenues continued to grow.
Kingston Cash Calendar Paul Elsley 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

Global Scholar

Posted by Camille Bruggeman
Recently, I was asked to tell a few lines about my Canadian university experience. That is how I present myself to you today. My name is Camille and I am 25 years old. I studied law in Belgium, my country of origin. Very quickly, I knew that I wanted to put my studies at the service of certain causes that go beyond my Belgian national borders. Having grown up in a family with adopted siblings and coming from different backgrounds, I quickly developed a particular interest in international law, and more specifically international humanitarian law which aims to humanize armed conflicts around the world as much as possible, by offering minimal legal protection to the most vulnerable people. It was in this context that I applied to the master's program in this subject offered by the University of Ottawa. 
When it came to finding sources of funding to carry out these studies that have been close to my heart for a long time, I turned to Rotary, whose values and ambitions echo mine. Rotary allows students, whose academic ambitions are aligned with one or the other of the seven Rotary axes, to obtain a scholarship to cover the substantial costs of studying abroad.  With the precious support of my club in Belgium (the Plombières-Welkenraedt club), I was able to win first place in a competition for a district scholarship. Then, I had the chance to become a global grant scholar and receive the prestigious Rotary Foundation grant. 
At UOttawa, I am pursuing a study project that is related to the Rotary axis on preserving and promoting peace. Indeed, through my final thesis, I am interested in the armed conflicts currently taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in North and South Kivu. In these conflicts, sexual violence is used on a massive scale for the purposes of, among other things, appropriating the country's wealth. Since widespread impunity is an element that leads to a continuation of this violence, I question the effectiveness of national and international criminal tribunals in caring for victims. I try, through the use of a feminist perspective, to propose ways to improve the response of the law to this violence. 
Global Scholar Camille Bruggeman 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
Kingston Interact Clubs Natasia Kotsovolos 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

DG Message - January 2023

Dear Fellow Rotarians and friends,
I wish you all a wonderful year 2023 ahead with health, happiness, and success. May you all thrive in your planned projects be it personal or professional.
I hope that you all enjoyed a delightful time with your families and friends during the festive season. Already half of a year gone in my assignment as DG, I can confess that I did not sense the time going by because I have been enjoying every bit of it despite some inevitable challenges. I have been very happy and privileged to meet with so many fellow Rotarians up to now across the district who are so dedicated and who have the right agenda in their belief and actions. I consider myself so lucky to have spoken with them and been able to share our ideas. 
The most enjoyable moments of my visits are when I can exchange on a one-on-one basis; taking the time to listen to the story and experience, these incredible Rotarians have accomplished so much as individuals and as a group. I have been working hard on increasing membership in our district so that we have more hands and heads to help those less fortunate than us. At this time, I was hoping our numbers would be much higher and I know we can do better as a team. Please, I am asking each one of you to lend a hand. Let’s do our best to identify the people who are true Rotarians at heart and in action but who have simply not joined our organisation yet. You’ll know a Rotarian when you see one, so go find that new Rotarian!
DG Message - January 2023 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

Two Invitations in January – Literacy

Posted by Jacinthe Paille
The New Year brings with it many exciting events, including the District Conference in May. Until then, you are invited to attend two online events hosted by Literacy Chair Jacinthe Paillé.
The first event is a literacy presentation for all - Rotarians, their spouses, friends, Rotaractors, Interactors, alumni, etc. on Wednesday, January 11 (7:00pm EDT). Jacinthe presented to many clubs in the fall of 2022 (in person and virtually), and would like to offer any club and/or individual the opportunity to attend the presentation in 2023.
The information is on the District Calendar:
Two Invitations in January – Literacy Jacinthe Paille 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

A Rotary food service for the Greater Montreal area

Posted by Michele Herblin E-club Premier 7040, article from Rotary Canada
There are more than 671,000 monthly visits to Quebec food banks in 2022, with a significant increase in demand since 2019. In addition to the rise in job insecurity, the soaring cost of food is creating a profound sense of food insecurity. I asked myself: To help solve this problem, would it be possible to hold on to some of the millions of tons of food that are wasted each year in this country? 
Two events made me decide to get involved: the poignant words of a mother at an emergency food basket distribution organized by our Rotary Club, who had to choose between taking the bus to the grocery store or walking to pick up what she was given, and a delivery from a large food bank to a neighborhood community organization whose truck was full of chips, energy bars and sugary drinks.
A Rotary food service for the Greater Montreal area Michele Herblin E-club Premier 7040, article from Rotary Canada 2022-12-30 05:00:00Z 0

Ukraine Warm Blanket Project

Posted by Jane & Gerhard Peters, Arnprior
Have you been wondering what you could do to help suffering people in Ukraine?
The Arnprior Rotary Club is spearheading a District-wide project to Support Ukrainian Refugees by donating to the Warm Blanket Project - “WE WILL WARM UP UKRAINE IN A DIFFICULT HOUR.” This is a project created by the Rotary Club of Kharkiv-New Level in Ukraine.
Ukraine Warm Blanket Project Jane & Gerhard Peters, Arnprior 2022-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Register now for the best price!

Excellent Speakers, Great Fellowship, Family Friendly
Excellents conférenciers, grande fraternité, convivial pour la famille
Early Bird until December 31, 2022. Don't miss out, register now!
Lève-tôt jusqu’au 31 décembre 2022. Ne manquez pas, inscrivez-vous maintenant !
Early Bird
Jan. 1, 2023
March 1, 2023
Friday night Dinner (on your own)
Rotarians (Saturday all meals, breaks)
Non-Rotarians/Guests/Partners (Saturday all meals, breaks)
New Rotarians (3 years or less) (Saturday all meals, breaks)
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Rotaract, no Saturday Banquet
Rotaract (Saturday all meals, breaks)
Interact (breakfast and lunch)
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YE students (2 nights shared accommodation, Saturday all meals, breaks)
Clubs with Youth Exchange students are encouraged to register them before December 31!
Nous encourageons les clubs avec des étudiants d'Échanges Jeunesse à les inscrire avant le 31 décembre !
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How Did This Project Come About?

Posted by Jane Peters, Arnprior
Many of you may be aware that we are raising funds to make and distribute Blankets in Ukraine - this project is an initiative by the Rotary Club of Kharkiv in Ukraine. Last August, the Rotary Club of Arnprior held a Silent Auction at our inaugural Tarts and Arts Festival at Robert Simpson Park with proceeds going to this project.
Gerhard learned of this project by talking with Ukrainian Rotarian, Olga Lalovenko, who we had met in Houston, Texas last June during the Rotary International Convention there. She had just presented John Hewko, Rotary International’s current General Secretary, a pair of the Snake Island Stamps, which celebrates the infamous reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
How Did This Project Come About? Jane Peters, Arnprior 2022-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Brazil Trip

Posted by Carol Cartier
PGD Fay Campbell (Rotary Club of Orleans), Doug Bickerton (Gananoque Club), Laurie Bickerton (friend of Rotary), Pete Burrell and Carol Cartier (Kingston Club), led by Alonso Campoi, a Rotarian from Brazil embarked on an ITHF adventure of a lifetime.
ITHF exists to promote and facilitate regional, national and international "connections" between its members. ITHF members travel to all different parts of the world and host members from all other parts. These connections and cross-cultural exchange enrich members' lives."
The trip began with a city tour of Sao Paulo and its colourful and inviting fruit markets selling such blends as kiwi banana fruits. The famous ‘mile high’ bologna sandwich and pasteles (fried pastries stuffed with delicious fillings) were also in abundance.
A short plane ride found us in Foz do Iguaçu where we visited the huge Itaipu Dam providing electricity to both Brazil and Paraguay. A three-country sunset cruise finished our first day at Iguazu Falls.
Brazil Trip Carol Cartier 2022-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Clothing Drive

Posted by Francesco Ambrogi
A Winter Clothing Drive for Refugees
The main goal of our Kingston Rotaract Club this year is to give support to all refugees in our community. Beginning on July 12th,, we began a close collaboration with KEYS, a registered charity that is doing an amazing job in engaging and supporting newcomers in Kingston.
Some of the refugee families, especially the ones coming from Ukraine, arrived here during the summer/fall with as little as a backpack due to the hurry at which they had to leave their home country. Being an international student myself and having moved from a much warmer country to Canada, I learned on my skin how tough Canadian winter can be if someone is not well prepared. For this reason, our Club had to help solve this problem!
Clothing Drive Francesco Ambrogi 2022-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange

Posted by Wilfrid Kelly-Coderre
Growing up and attending French school there was always one message that the teacher was insistent on. One day you will be happy to speak French. This was often said in tandem with the, “you must not speak English in the hall's” speech. Which was constantly repeated throughout my time there. What I never realized about the first message, is that they were right.  Being a francophone is an asset, because everyone speaks English here, so over and above being from a foreign country, being francophone differentiates me.  For those who don’t know me, my name is Wilfrid Kelly-Coderre and I am currently on my Rotary Youth Exchange year in Norway. I moved from Ottawa, a city as big as the two biggest cities in Norway combined, to Elverum, a city of 20,000 in the east of the country. Despite having only been here for 112 days, I am confident that nothing I could have done back home would have rivaled the experiences I am having here. I remember having my doubts about applying, and even committing to going after I was accepted. But just a third of the way in and I can’t help but want to be involved with next year's outbounds, just so I can witness as many people as possible do what I am doing right now. To any clubs that are considering sponsoring a youth exchange student: do it. I can’t recommend this experience enough, and I am so grateful to the wonderful people of the Rotary Club of Ottawa and of the whole district that made it possible for me to be where I am today.
Youth Exchange Wilfrid Kelly-Coderre 2022-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

A Resilient Holiday Spirit

Posted by Bern Hudson

Rotarians know how to face a challenge. At the best of times development and fundraising projects come with hurdles.  Every club is sure to have stories about them. Conundrums. Challenges faced when working hard to get things done. Then there are challenges that really leave people scratching their heads. This year the Rotary Club of Gananoque faced one of those kinds of challenges.

It was nearing the first weekend of November, the week before the Club’s 29th annual Christmas Craft Fair. Expectations were high. Everyone was eager help make up for two years of pandemic fundraising paralysis following one successful summer Ribfest fundraiser.

The venue was booked. Food, tables and floor mats were ordered. Promotion was going strong. 80 craft vendors were on their way. The sign-up sheet for volunteers was full. Raffle baskets and 50/50 draws were ready. 

Then came the announcement. Five days prior to the Rotary Club of Gananoque Christmas Craft Fair, news came of a possible province-wide labour strike by school support staff in Ontario. If the strike proceeded, schools across the province would close. No community use would be permitted. The venue for the fair would be cancelled. 

A Resilient Holiday Spirit Bern Hudson 2022-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Orleans is Helping Out Again

Next weekend, November 12 and 13, we're helping out again with the National Capital Artisan's Holiday Magic Craft show at the Lester B Pearson High school on 2072 Jasmine, free admission, between 10 am and 4 PM.  Come out and join in the fun!  You won't be disappointed!
Orleans is Helping Out Again 2022-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange

Posted by Mischa Huyer
Being an exchange student in Switzerland has been the most exciting (and humbling) experience. When I first considered applying to become an exchange student, I had many questions and concerns. First, I knew it wouldn't be guaranteed that I could go to my first country of choice, so I felt the fear and uncertainty of where I would end up. Second, I knew that I would miss out on sharing my final year of high school with the people I have grown up with. Despite this, I had faith that this experience would be worthwhile, and I submitted my application. After just being here for a little under three months, I am so glad that despite my concerns, I signed up for this program.
So far, I have met people from all over the world; some of my new friends being from Argentina, Brazil, Finland, and Ecuador just to name a few. Though I do face many challenges with the language barrier, I already feel so much more confident in my French than I did at the beginning of my exchange. The kids in my class are very patient with me, and always help me when I ask for it. My host family has also been incredible throughout the entire process and have provided me with many experiences that I know I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Youth Exchange Mischa Huyer 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Sailing Trip

Posted by Elena Krushinskaya, D2223, Russia
Rotarian Vladimir Korsun (RC Yekaterinburg) has a very interesting hobby - organizing cruise tours on sailing yachts. He has already taken his friends to the Seychelles, the Caribbean, the Norwegian fjords, crossed the Aegean from Greece to Turkey. Vladimir had plans to organize an international Rotary sailing tour, but every time the pandemic interfered.
The dream of such a tour came true in Turkey in October of this year, when Rotarians from three countries and from four different Clubs met on the snow-white yacht Kairos: Canada, Russia, Uzbekistan; Rotary Club of Yekaterinburg, Rotary Club of Snezhinsk, Rotary Club of West Ottawa (RCWO), and the D7040 Passport Club!
We ordered polo shirts with the symbols of Rotary and yachting, and the flag of our club (RC Yekaterinburg), which was raised to the Rotary anthem in a solemn atmosphere.
The first to sign up for the tour were our Canadian friends Simmy and Pardeep Ahluwalia from the D7040 Passport Club and the RCWO, who in the spring of 2019 hosted Rotarians from our club in Ottawa and lived at Vladimir’s house when they were in Yekaterinburg later that year. They were joined by their friends, Gina (Girija) and Vijay Dube (RCWO). The rest of the team decided to join the cruise in mid-August, and preparations for our tour began.
The Dream Team - that's how Captain Vladimir called his “crew”. Everyone is so different, but with the same life values.
Direct and rejoicing in everything, like a child, and always ready to help Bakhtiyor; only a strong pitching and seasickness that overtook him could delay the preparation of pilaf. Unusual Sasha, noticing the smallest details. Restless and enterprising Lena, who organizes everyone and everything and generates ideas. Strategist Sergei, who at first wanted to teach everyone how to play chess, but quickly changed his mind and surprised everyone with his card game. Inventing sparkling jokes on the go, a real orator Pardeep. The flamboyant Simmy, our freelance photographer, has a lot of interesting Bollywood stories to her credit, and calmly prepared lunch when the yacht was tossed from one side to the other in three-meter waves. Vijay, a high-tech entrepreneur, meditated while washing dishes and the yacht every day, generating new business ideas. Modest Gina, who carefully observes everyone, understands everyone, and teaches English. Beautiful, seemingly fragile, but strong in spirit Christina; how much courage one must have to stand aft in a storm, steer the sail, and guide the anchor! And Captain Vladimir, who organized such a wonderful trip, always resolute and confident, sometimes serious, but more often smiling, showing excellent professional skills.
Of the 10 participants in the tour, 8 were on a yacht for the first time and had little idea of ​​what awaited them. Everyone was united by the desire to see new places, test themselves and show the Rotary brotherhood.  We were waiting for the romance of travel, stunning landscapes, clear azure sea, cloudless sky, delicious local cuisine and an unforgettable yachting atmosphere.
Rotary Sailing Trip Elena Krushinskaya, D2223, Russia 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

Fall Fair in Kingston

Posted by Paul Elsley
The call went out last spring for volunteers to manage the gates at the Kingston Fall Fair. Not surprisingly, the Rotarians of Seaway West were eager to support the annual event. Though the learning curve was steep, they managed well with the patience and poise for which Rotarians are known.
The Kingston Fall Fair has been in existence since 1830 and it is one of the longest running fairs in the country. The 2022 version occurred between September 15 – 18 and was the first since COVID-19 shut down the event two years ago. The volunteer coordinator and her team retired and so the Fair Board President was looking for a new volunteer team. Rotarian Darlene Clement (Kingston), who sits on the Fair Board, suggested that Rotarians might be willing to take on the task. A small committee of Rotarians met with the Fair Board executive and later agreed to take on the volunteer effort. And it was no small task! In fact, attendance at the fair was up 60% over the last pre-pandemic event (2019)!
Fall Fair in Kingston Paul Elsley 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

Kingston Rotaract Club

Posted by Francesco Ambrogi
Moving to another country is the most tiring effort one can make. Barriers beyond the physical boundaries must be crossed: language barriers, cultural barriers, social barriers. This effort is even greater when you did not choose to move in the first place, and yet you had to abandon your homeland.
With this thought in mind, the Rotaract Club of Kingston decided to commit to provide help to refugees and families coming from Ukraine to our community. As of July 12th 2022, our Club started a tight collaboration with the Refugee Resettlement Service recently opened in Kingston by KEYS; since then, we actively meet to discuss and develop our service.
Canada has announced the Canada-Ukraine authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) along with an expedited immigration process for Ukrainians with family already in Canada. As of today, 49 families from Ukraine have been welcomed in our community and many more will arrive over the fall and winter.
Kingston Rotaract Club Francesco Ambrogi 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

DisCon23 Update

Posted by Caroline Joly
Let's meet again in Downtown Montreal for the district conference, 5-6-7 May 2023 !
Let’s enjoy the beauty of the city, the good food, the fun and the fellowship of this conference ! Our team is ready to make this event a fantastic one. Come to meet in person all the Rotarians of district 7040.
This year's theme is "inclusion". Our District Governor Michel Wong-Kee-Song wanted to point out that we are all part of one and unique world and we all deserve our place, no matter who we are, where we come from, what god we believe in or not... The only wealth we own is our planet and we all belong to it. Let's imagine what inclusion means in this world and try to make it happen. Look for the DisCon 2023 tab at the top of our home page for more information.
Retrouvons-nous à nouveau dans le centre-ville de Montréal pour la conférence de district les 5-6-7 mai 2023
Profitons de la beauté de la ville, de la bonne nourriture, de l'amusement et de la camaraderie ! Notre équipe vous a organisé un événement fantastique. Venez nombreux retrouver les Rotariens du district 7040 en personne.
Le thème de cette année est "inclusion". Notre Gouverneur de district, Michel Wong-Kee-Song a voulu mettre en avant que nous faisons toutes et tous partie du même monde et que nous y avons toutes et tous notre place, peu importe qui nous sommes, d'où nous venons, en quel dieu nous croyons ou pas... La seule richesse que nous possédons est notre planète et nous y appartenons toutes et tous. Imaginons ce qu'est l'inclusion et faisons en sorte d'en faire une réalité. Pour plus d'informations, consultez l'onglet DisCon 2023 en haut de notre page d'accueil.
DisCon23 Update Caroline Joly 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

DG's message for November 2022

Dear Fellow Rotarians and friends,
I wish to share with you the joys I have been encountering in meeting with more Rotarians during my in-person club visits up to now. The clubs all extended a warm and joyful welcome to me joining them and shared with great enthusiasm their stories, planned projects and upcoming events. As I wish I could participate in all these wonderful events, fundraisers, and community gatherings you have been preparing for, I will do my best to attend those that I can despite the tight timeline we have together. I look forward in continuing my in-person visits in more regions which I have not been able to explore yet. I am learning a lot about the cultures and habits of our fellow human beings living in the more remote areas.
As all the seasoned Rotarians know, November is the Foundation Month for Rotary International. We should be very proud of the good deeds and life-changing contributions that our Foundation commit to daily in partnership with our fellow Rotarians in various communities around the world. We should encourage every member and friend to donate to the Rotary Foundation within their means. When we see the joys of life on faces of the people we are able to help through services rendered, this magical moment is truly priceless.
DG's message for November 2022 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

DG's message for October 2022

Dear Fellow Rotarians and friends,
October is the month when we all as Rotarians make the extra mile to band together and push to fundraise for the eradication of the Polio virus on our planet. We began this journey 35 years ago and we are so near to achieving this incredible mission and challenge that we have undertaken. Rotary International has been able to bring leaders from all over the globe from governmental bodies to private institutions to get together to take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. We have been able to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in over 122 countries around the world. With gratitude, we thank the many volunteers who at the risk of their lives continue to administer the vaccine to vulnerable children in the remote and conflict areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The latter being the last two remaining countries where cases have been reported, I hope that we, Rotarians, get to see our dream of a Polio-free world come true in the very near future. We must continue in our efforts to clear this disease forever.
Please join me in donating what ever you can and within your means to the Rotary Foundation earmarking Polio bearing in mind that all donations are double matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Did you know that in 2011, Rotary fundings for the eradication of Polio exceeded $ 1 billion? Let’s keep focused on reaching this unbelievable challenge of eradicating the Polio virus for all.
Chers Rotariens et amis,
Octobre est le mois où, en tant que Rotariens, nous faisons tous un effort supplémentaire pour nous unir et se mobiliser pour collecter des fonds pour l'éradication du virus de la polio sur notre planète. Il y a 35 ans que ce projet a vu le jour et nous sommes si près de réaliser cette incroyable mission et ce défi que nous avons entrepris. Le Rotary International a été en mesure de rassembler des dirigeants du monde entier, des organismes gouvernementaux aux institutions privées, pour relever les défis les plus difficiles du monde, localement et mondialement. Nous avons pu vacciner plus de 2,5 milliards d'enfants dans plus de 122 pays à travers le monde. Avec reconnaissance, nous remercions les nombreux volontaires qui, au péril de leur vie, continuent d'administrer le vaccin aux enfants vulnérables dans les zones reculées et en conflit de l'Afghanistan et du Pakistan. Ces deux pays étant les derniers où des cas ont été signalés, j'espère que nous, Rotariens, pourrons voir notre rêve d'un monde sans poliomyélite se réaliser dans un avenir très proche. Nous devons poursuivre nos efforts pour éliminer à jamais cette maladie.
Joignez-vous à moi pour donner tout ce que vous pouvez et dans la mesure de vos moyens à la Fondation Rotary pour la polio, en gardant à l'esprit que tous les dons sont doublés par la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates. Saviez-vous également qu’en 2011, les financements du Rotary pour l'éradication de la poliomyélite ont dépassé 1 milliard de dollars ? Restons concentrés afin de relever ce défi incroyable d'éradiquer le virus de la polio pour tous.
DG's message for October 2022 2022-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now…..World Polio Day is October 24…….Are You Ready?

Posted by Bette Miller, Cornwall Sunrise
Monday, October 24, 2022 is World Polio Day. In 1985, Rotarians made a pledge to all of the children of world to make the eradication of polio worldwide our number one commitment. This is a promise that includes Rotarians and Rotaractors everywhere and particularly, it calls upon members of District 7040 to mobilize in support of this effort and encourage their Interact and Earlyact clubs to join in. Here are some suggestions:
  1. Clubs are encouraged to register the activities they have planned in support of World Polio Day. Register those activities before October 13 at
  2. Encourage Rotarians, Rotaractors and Friends of Rotary to join the PolioPlus Society.  This involves pledging a minimum of $100 USD annually to the PolioPlus Fund of The Rotary Foundation until polio has been declared eradicated. Register your intention with PDG Bette Miller at . Contributions by Canadian donors,  and US donors Promote the 2:1 match Rotary received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
End Polio Now…..World Polio Day is October 24…….Are You Ready? Bette Miller, Cornwall Sunrise 2022-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

October / octobre

Posted by DG Michel Wong Kee Song
Octobre est le mois où, en tant que Rotariens, nous faisons tous un effort supplémentaire pour nous unir et se mobiliser pour collecter des fonds pour l'éradication du virus de la polio sur notre planète. Il y a 35 ans que ce projet a vu le jour et nous sommes si près de réaliser cette incroyable mission et ce défi que nous avons entrepris. Le Rotary International a été en mesure de rassembler des dirigeants du monde entier, des organismes gouvernementaux aux institutions privées, pour relever les défis les plus difficiles du monde, localement et mondialement. Nous avons pu vacciner plus de 2,5 milliards d'enfants dans plus de 122 pays à travers le monde. Avec reconnaissance, nous remercions les nombreux volontaires qui, au péril de leur vie, continuent d'administrer le vaccin aux enfants vulnérables dans les zones reculées et en conflit de l'Afghanistan et du Pakistan. Ces deux pays étant les derniers où des cas ont été signalés, j'espère que nous, Rotariens, pourrons voir notre rêve d'un monde sans poliomyélite se réaliser dans un avenir très proche. Nous devons poursuivre nos efforts pour éliminer à jamais cette maladie.
October is the month when we all as Rotarians make the extra mile to band together and push to fundraise for the eradication of the Polio virus on our planet. We began this journey 35 years ago and we are so near to achieving this incredible mission and challenge that we have undertaken. Rotary International has been able to bring leaders from all over the globe from governmental bodies to private institutions to get together to take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. We have been able to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in over 122 countries around the world. With gratitude, we thank the many volunteers who at the risk of their lives continue to administer the vaccine to vulnerable children in the remote and conflict areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the latter being the last two remaining countries where cases have been reported, I hope that we, Rotarians, get to see our dream of a Polio-free world come true in the very near future. We must continue in our efforts to clear this disease forever.
October / octobre DG Michel Wong Kee Song 2022-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

Ottawa South Golf Tournament

Posted by Scott Vetter, Ottawa South
Like many Rotary clubs, Rotary Ottawa South is essentially rebuilding our events. COVID did more than halt group interactions for two years, it changed lives and routines which altered the dynamic of our club – simply picking up where we left off in 2019 wasn't an option. We owe great thanks to a handful of dedicated members who led the golf committee through many months of planning and preparation. We were fortunate to have strong volunteer support from the club and "Friends" and we're grateful to the golfers and sponsors and their enthusiasm for the event.
Everyone who attended had a wonderful time: golfers relished a challenging and beautiful course; volunteers enjoyed participating; and sponsors appreciated the opportunity to support the BGC Ottawa and Rotary Ottawa South.
We're grateful to be able to hold our charity golf tournament again. Bringing people together to appreciate those who are serving our community and support them in their initiatives is at the core of many Rotary functions ... and we seem to have much fun in the process! See for yourself : 
Ottawa South Golf Tournament Scott Vetter, Ottawa South 2022-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Bytown Car Rally

Posted by Annabelle Salas, Ottawa Bytown
On September 25th, the Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown Car Rally took place.  The Club partnered with the Ottawa Home Foundation to raise funds and have fun in a nice event that allowed participants to enjoy the Ottawa landscape while performing tasks with family and friends.  This year the path took participants to visit great places along the Rideau Canal.  At Merrickville , participants were able to enjoy the beautiful town while learnings about its historic background.  The Rally started at the Ottawa Rotary Home and ended at the same place, where participants and organizers enjoyed drinks and snacks while sharing their adventures during the Rally.
The Club gives special thanks to the sponsors which included:  Carp Self Storage, Morris Home Hardware, Ampos Orthopaedics and Pilypaitis Nobbs Wealth Management Group.  Thanks is extended to donors:  L.A. and Bill Palamar, Manotick Place Retirement and Miller Apartments, Baldachin Restaurant and Inn, Rocco Disipio, Production Case Company, Bushtukah, Charles Mossman, Benjamin Butmir and Scott Vetter.
Rotary Club of Bytown Car Rally Annabelle Salas, Ottawa Bytown 2022-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid - Shelters

Posted by Harris Semegan, Lake Placid
The Rotary Club of Lake Placid has placed two of three bus shelters, culminating a three-year project from concept to design to funding, construction and placement.  While glass and signage remains to be installed, these bus shelters we believe will be welcomed by those waiting for the village trolleys and school busses, especially in the winter. Our bus shelter committee interacted with local elected officials and the NY State Department of Transportation in selecting locations that would have good utilization and be placed in a safe spot for users.  We thank the Town of North Elba and Village of Lake Placid as these entities will assume on-going maintenance and care for the structures.
Lake Placid - Shelters Harris Semegan, Lake Placid 2022-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange inspires generations

Read about some inspiring student experiences, what it’s like to host exchange students, and how some exchanges have helped transform students into leaders in their communities.

If you want to see the direct impact of Rotary Youth exchange on both participants and adult volunteers, or if you’ve been searching for a glimpse of the program to show to others, this page is for you.
Rotary Youth Exchange inspires generations 2022-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

What Records Should Your Club Keep?

Posted by Ariane Carriere, Treasurer, Youth Protection Officer
Recently I received this question from an Area Governor: “Is there a hard and fast rule about what documents should be kept for club records?  I have at least one club asking after discovering boxes of past documents.”
To be honest, I've never come across that question before. I know in Canada the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) wants you to keep financial documents for 7 years. The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants you to keep financial documents for 6 years from the tax year that you are working on, so it is basically the same.  DG Michel and I have talked about this, and we are going to be getting rid of some of the old records in our district storage locker.
What should be kept by the club are the records of police checks, club certification documents, etc. When we started down this road in 2004, clubs decided that they would keep their own records. You've probably heard of cases where someone is accused of sexual assault years and years after the event. If you have the records to prove that you did everything possible to keep youth and vulnerable persons safe, there should be no question. If you do not have those records, it could be problematic.
What Records Should Your Club Keep? Ariane Carriere, Treasurer, Youth Protection Officer 2022-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Take Action for World Polio Day: 24 October

Every year, Rotary members around the world mobilize for World Polio Day. We raise awareness of polio and gather support for our global effort to make sure that every child is protected from it.

By staying tenacious, hopeful, and committed, we will make history by making polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

How you can take part in World Polio Day

Host an event or activity. The Rotaract Club of Samaro, Sindh, Pakistan, conducted a polio awareness session to educate parents about polio and its effects on children. The club provided educational materials and gifts for the children.

Plan a fundraiser. Rotarian Jason Browne partnered with Raids of Love, a community of gamers dedicated to doing good, to host “Gamers to End Polio” charity streams on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Kick. They raised over US$4,000 for PolioPlus and also educated viewers on polio and Rotary’s PolioPlus initiative. Learn more about this fundraiser by watching the first Voices of Members video.

Post on social media. Use the materials on the World Polio Day Resources page to spread the word about World Polio Day and the importance of polio eradication. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #EndPolio and #WorldPolioDay!

However you decide to get involved, register your club’s action. No effort is too small or too big to share. As a special incentive this year, the districts with the highest percentage of clubs that register a World Polio Day action will receive a special thank-you message from RI President R. Gordon R. McInally.
Tell us about your club's action
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DG's September message

I hope you are all doing well and that your loved ones are staying safe these days. We have had delightful warm weather which I do also hope you were able to enjoy over the last summer months either locally or out exploring new places.
September is Literacy month and let’s highlight the importance of learning at a young age the different tools that we acquire and the skills that will set the foundation for a better future in life. Too often in both written and broadcasted news, we discover how affected several communities are. Whether some are right in our neighborhoods or others around the world, many still do not have the basic skills for reading and writing. This frequently influences the outcome of moving forward in life, or worse, barred from any chance of building one. Access to education, healthcare, employment, or fundamental knowledge remain a challenge, even today. Literacy is the first step towards opening communication, gaining a deeper understanding of the world and most importantly, developing independence to become a thriving citizen. It enriches the individual to be socially engaged and to create a better future for themselves. This in turn will solidify the community in addition to contributing significantly in reducing economic and social inequalities.
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My life in an iron lung

Posted by Dr. Paul Alexander
We had a great turnout this week to hear Paul Alexander’s remarkable story about his 70 years of life in an iron lung from the age of six years old. It was really inspiring to hear Paul share his journey with the 50 people online.

Several people have requested a link to the recording we made and you can take the opportunity to listen to Paul. Please find the recording of Paul Alexander's talk at this link:  recording of Paul's Talk.  Visit this link and comment if you wish. Please complete the form on the page so we know you have visited us.
Martin Brocklebank, Secretary
The Rotary eClub of Innovation
My life in an iron lung Dr. Paul Alexander 2022-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Register Now: The Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention 2022

The exciting Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention (ZIC) is taking place October 20th-23rd, 2022 and we want to see students from your district there!
This is an opportunity for Rotarians to show their support for our young leaders who have been working very hard organizing this first-ever Zone event that includes Interact delegates from Canada, USA, Bermuda, and St. Pierre et Miquelon!
Here's where your help is needed:
1. We are seeking Delegates.
If your club currently sponsors an Interact club, please connect with them and consider sponsoring one or more delegates. Clubs & Districts in Zones 28 and 32 are able to reserve spots for Interact students and chaperones at the Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention ahead of time. Each spot is $991 Canadian dollars ($850 registration fee plus a $141 refundable deposit).
2. We are seeking Donors/Sponsors.
If your club does not currently sponsor an Interact Club, kindly consider becoming a Donor/Sponsor of the event in support of youth leadership!
Thank you for your kind consideration. We also encourage you to take a look at our website ( to learn more.
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, the event in general, or would like to invite our team to speak to your club/district leadership about the event please feel free to contact
Register Now: The Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention 2022 2022-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary is back in Gananoque

Posted by Barbara Fisk
Gananoque Rotary Club is BACK – “Babybacks”, that is…. RIBFEST 2022-A GREAT SUCCESS!!
After a 2 year hiatus Gananoque saw the return of the Town’s most popular fundraising festival on the July 1st weekend!  Splendid weather graced the 4 day event of finger lickin’, mouth watering, lip smacking, yummy ribs, all on offer from 4 professional “ribbers”. This annual event, co-hosted with our friends the town’s Lion club, brought out locals and tourists by the hundreds and the newly instituted “Toonie at the Gate” fazed virtually no one!  Smiles abounded as young and old passed through the gates at our new location behind the Lou Jeffries/TLTI Recreation Centre.
Rotary is back in Gananoque Barbara Fisk 2022-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary for Africa

Posted by Ron Wellard, Nepean-Kanata

Dance plays a central role in Ugandan culture. Traditional dance links with music and other artistic forms giving expression to Ugandan traditional religious beliefs, spirituality and local culture.

Join us for an energetic, fun and culturally informative evening with visiting dance troupe members of the Agnes Zabali Boys and Girls Club of Kamenga Uganda. Elements of dance, drumming and traditional costumes blend  together for a truly unique event.

Mark your calendars, September 17th at 7pm, Woodroffe United Church, tickets available through Eventbrite.

Proceeds will be used to provide funding to Rotary supported local projects. 

Rotary for Africa Ron Wellard, Nepean-Kanata 2022-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Turning Pages with the Diverse Book Club

Posted by Jacinthe Paillé, Literacy Chair, District 7040
In my everyday life just like in Rotary, I wear many hats: mom, stepmom, wife, teacher, avid reader, Literacy Chair, member of the DEI committee, and more. Since July of 2021 I have had the pleasure of becoming the Literacy Chair for this district, which has allowed me to share my passion for education, literacy, reading, and books with fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, family, and friends. As such, I decided to start a book club (the Diverse Book Club) that would be accessible (online), open, and free to all, and that would be inclusive by focusing on questions inspired by varied pieces of writing from an array of authors, genres, themes, etc. You can participate even if you haven’t read the book!
Turning Pages with the Diverse Book Club Jacinthe Paillé, Literacy Chair, District 7040 2022-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Tip

Posted by Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid
I recently attended a DEI Summit sponsored Rotary District 5950 which covers the much of Minnesota. The summit was help live in Minneapolis and online via Zoom.
The focus of the summit fell into three main areas, DEI basics; The Business of Healing; and Transforming Club Culture.
In the breakout sessions, it was interesting to note how many of our clubs lack diversity. Change is happening, however it’s a slow process educating members.  
Thanks to our new International President, Jennifer Jones, she has made DEI her Presidential Initiative. 
Here’s an excerpt from her message about the DEI Initiative:
Diversity is one of Rotary's longstanding core values and greatest strengths. Jones knows there is more to be done to ensure that Rotary's culture exemplifies our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Rotary, with input and guidance from the DEI Task Force, has strengthened our commitment to DEI, resulting in a greater focus on celebrating every individual's contributions, advancing equity, and creating a more welcoming and inclusive culture.
President Jennifer Jones encourages each of us to do our part to ensure Rotary is a welcoming and inclusive community by:
  1. Learning more about DEI in Rotary, including understanding definitions and how to celebrate and respect our differences.
  2. Determining why DEI matters to our club and community and how using DEI principles can help our club grow and become stronger.
  3. Raising awareness of DEI, including creating a DEI committee in your club that reflects the demographics of your community.
  4. Taking action on DEI in our club and community for instance educating yourself about underrepresented groups in your community in order to become a more knowledgeable and effective advocate for DEI.
Learn more and take action by reading the DEI presidential brochure.
Find additional resources on our DEI web page.
Watch what Jones hopes to accomplish with DEI (download).
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Tip Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid 2022-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Dear fellow Rotarians and friends, greetings to all

We are already one month into this Rotary year, and I look forward to working and sharing fun with all of you throughout my journey as Governor and beyond. My official visits have started, and I am hopeful that the majority of these will be in person as nothing can replace these kinds of personal exchanges. How fortunate we were to have our RI President for 2022-2023, Jennifer Jones, start the new Rotary year with us in D-7040, Ottawa. I really felt privileged being present and this will be a lifetime memory to cherish. Her compassion, availability and personal touch were heartwarming and demonstrative of the spirit that we espouse for Rotarians. I am also seizing this opportunity to thank all those who were able to come and share these moments of joy and camaraderie with us in Ottawa. For those who were unable to participate, we encourage you to jump onto the bandwagon in sharing the fellowship and friendship.
Like all District Governors who have preceded me, I would like to see a vibrant district and our membership increasing as well. My district theme is Inclusion: Just Imagine what Inclusion can bring to our organisation. Not only will this help sustain our strength in the District, but it will also provide the opportunity to bring more people from diverse cultural, academic and employment backgrounds into Rotary. I have a particular objective of finding new ways of empowering the women who are already Rotarians or considering becoming Rotarians. I trust that you will join me in our efforts, and we will be united in reaching our goals.
As you are aware, President Jennifer Jones’ theme for this Rotary year is “Imagine Rotary.”  So, let’s challenge ourselves to dream big and imagine how we can attract new members in Rotary, engage with one another, keep our existing members and work together in the District to support our local communities and our international causes. August being the Membership month, let us work our best to at least have a plus in membership of our respective clubs by the end of the month.
Let’s join forces to make this a year to remember in D-7040!
Message du DG Michel Wong Kee Song – Bulletin de district pour le mois d’août
Chers camarades rotariens et amis, mes salutations à vous.
Un mois s’est écoulé déjà depuis que cette année du Rotary a débuté. J’ai hâte de vraiment mettre la main à la pâte et de partager du plaisir avec chacun de vous tout au long de mon mandat en tant que gouverneur et au-delà. Mes visites officielles ont commencé, et j’espère que la majorité d’entre elles se feront en personne, car rien ne peut remplacer ce genre d’échanges personnels. Quelle chance nous avions d’avoir notre présidente de RI pour 2022-2023, Jennifer Jones, pour démarrer la nouvelle année du Rotary chez nous au D-7040, à Ottawa. Je me suis vraiment senti privilégié d’être présent et ce sera un souvenir à chérir pour toute une vie. Sa compassion, sa disponibilité et sa touche personnelle nous faisaient chaud au cœur et étaient démonstratives de l’esprit que nous incitons chez les Rotariens. Je profite également de l’occasion pour remercier tous ceux qui ont pu venir partager ces moments de joie et de fraternité avec nous à Ottawa. Pour ceux qui n’ont pas pu participer, nous vous encourageons à vous joindre au mouvement en partageant autant la camaraderie et l’amitié.
Comme tous les gouverneurs de district qui m’ont précédé, j’aimerais voir un district dynamique et accueillir davantage de nouveaux membres. Mon thème de district est l’inclusion: imaginez ce que l’inclusion peut apporter à notre organisation. Non seulement cela aidera à maintenir notre force dans le district, mais cela donnera également l’occasion d’amener plus de personnes de divers horizons culturels, académiques et professionnels au Rotary. J’ai un objectif particulier de trouver de meilleures façons innovatrices de promouvoir les femmes qui sont déjà rotariennes ou qui envisagent de devenir rotariennes. J’espère sincèrement que vous vous joindrez à moi dans nos efforts et que nous serons unis afin d’atteindre nos objectifs.
Comme vous le savez, le thème de la présidente Jennifer Jones pour cette année du Rotary est « Imaginez le Rotary ».  Alors, mettons-nous au défi de rêver grand et d’imaginer comment nous pouvons attirer de nouveaux membres au Rotary, nous engager les uns avec les autres, garder nos membres existants et travailler ensemble dans le district pour soutenir nos communautés locales et nos causes internationales. Août étant le mois d’adhésion, faisons de notre mieux pour avoir au moins un plus dans l’adhésion à nos clubs respectifs d’ici la fin du mois.
Unissons nos forces pour en faire une année mémorable dans D-7040!
Le vôtre dans le service Rotary.
Michel Wong Kee Song
Dear fellow Rotarians and friends, greetings to all 2022-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Seaway West Rotarians Helping to Settle Refugees

Posted by Sam MacLeod - Rotary Club of Kingston
About seven years ago, an article circulated showing the image of a young boy, who laid lifeless on a beach along the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. The boy was identified as Alan Kurdi, a child who had drowned as his family attempted to flee the war in Syria. The image and article had a profound effect on my wife and I and we found ourselves pacing around our newly purchased home, staring into empty bedrooms, and trying to figure out if there was anything we could do. And so, around midnight, we decided to see if we might be able to host someone from Syria looking for a place of refuge and to help them settle in our town.
Seaway West Rotarians Helping to Settle Refugees Sam MacLeod - Rotary Club of Kingston 2022-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Kingston Supports Pathways to Education Graduation

The end of the school year is always exciting but especially for those who are graduating from secondary school. On June 16, 17, many young people gathered at the Kingston Community Health Centre with their families and Pathways to Education staff to celebrate their success. It was a wonderful event that would not have happened without the support and volunteer efforts of Kingston Rotarians.
Rotary in Kingston Supports Pathways to Education Graduation 2022-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

Jennifer Jones visit to Ottawa

Rotarians and Rotaractors in many cities across Canada are being visited by Jennifer Jones, the Rotary International President for 2022-2023 and the first female in Rotary’s 117 year existence. The “Imagine Canada Tour” began on June 17th in Dawson City, Yukon and will wind up on July 11th in Victoria, British Columbia.  Please check the District Facebook page for more pictures also.
Jennifer Jones visit to Ottawa 2022-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved.
Learn more about becoming a facilitator here.
Les premiers soins en santé mentale (PSSM), sont l’aide apportée aux personnes qui commencent à manifester un problème de santé mentale ou qui traversent une crise psychologique. Tout comme les premiers soins apportés en cas de blessures physiques, les premiers soins en santé mentale sont prodigués jusqu’à ce qu’un traitement approprié soit offert ou jusqu’à ce que la crise se résorbe.
En savoir plus de devenir animateur ici.
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Potsdam Rotary Donates $1,000 to Potsdam Neighborhood Center Food Bank

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
The Rotary Club of Potsdam has donated $1,000 to the Potsdam Neighborhood Center food bank in support of the Rotary District 7040 "Week of Service," April 24-30. Rotary President Taylor Robertson (right) presents a check to Neighborhood Center Director Kristal Hayes.
The donation was supported by a matching grant from Rotary District 7040. According to the district, with inflation in food costs, food banks have warned that those in need may soon run out of money for food and increase their use of food banks and other food sources. Also, due to inflation, it is likely that these organizations will have to pay more for many items.
To address this issue, the Rotary district is providing about a total of $80,000 to support food banks and other providers in the New York, Ontario, Quebec, and Nunavut. Participating Rotary and Rotaract clubs in District 7040 are each making a donation to a local food bank, food operation, or charitable meal provider during the Rotary Week of Service.
Potsdam Rotary Donates $1,000 to Potsdam Neighborhood Center Food Bank Michael Griffin, AG 2022-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Week of Service

Posted by Ariane Carriere, District Treasurer
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The article below this one is similar to many that I received. We promised you a wrap-up, but it is taking much longer than anticipated to gather and edit all the pictures, articles, and newspaper links that we received. It will be coming, but you will need to wait.
Originally, we had calculated that if everyone participated, we would be putting about $80,000 into food banks across the district. That is the amount mentioned in the article below. The cost to the district would have been about $40,000. We did not quite make that, but I am happy to announce that we spent $18,660 CAD, meaning that altogether we put $37,320 CAD into food banks across the district.
Semaine de service
L’article ci-dessous est similaire à beaucoup que j’ai reçu. Nous vous avons promis une récapitulation, mais il faut beaucoup plus de temps que prévu pour rassembler et éditer toutes les photos, articles et liens des journaux que nous avons reçus. Il viendra, mais vous devrez attendre.
À l’origine, nous avions calculé que si tout le monde participait, nous mettrions environ 80 000 $ dans les banques alimentaires du district. C’est le montant mentionné dans l’article ci-dessous. Le coût pour le district aurait été d’environ 40 000 $. Nous n’avons pas tout à fait fait cela, mais je suis heureux d’annoncer que nous avons dépensé 18 660 $ CA, ce qui signifie qu’au total, nous avons mis 37 320 $ CAD dans les banques alimentaires du district.
Week of Service Ariane Carriere, District Treasurer 2022-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

History in the making for District 7040!

Posted by Nabil and Gayle Oudeh, Imagine Rotary Canada Tour Planning Committee (Ottawa Hub)
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!
History in the making for District 7040! Nabil and Gayle Oudeh, Imagine Rotary Canada Tour Planning Committee (Ottawa Hub) 2022-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2022

Posted by Paul Elsley, on behalf of the RYLA 2022 team
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.
RYLA 2022 Paul Elsley, on behalf of the RYLA 2022 team 2022-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

DEI Committee – Tip of the Month

Posted by Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, DEI “Miss Manners”
At the May DEI Committee meeting Rene Melchers from Rotary Club of 1000 Islands (Brockville) gave an enlightening presentation about HIP (Honouring Indigenous People - 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.
DEI Committee – Tip of the Month Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, DEI “Miss Manners” 2022-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

Canton Highway Cleanup

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
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.
Canton Highway Cleanup Michael Griffin, AG 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

June is Rotary Fellowship Month

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
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.
June is Rotary Fellowship Month DG Fay Campbell 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Leading in a Hybrid Work Environment – A new toolkit for leaders

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. 
Leading in a Hybrid Work Environment – A new toolkit for leaders 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Area Rotarians Walk to Raise Funds and Awareness for The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Linda Bouvier, Clayton
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.
Area Rotarians Walk to Raise Funds and Awareness for The Rotary Foundation Linda Bouvier, Clayton 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Labyrinth at the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park

Posted by Marion Mossman, President Ottawa-Stittsville
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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.
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.
Labyrinth at the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park Marion Mossman, President Ottawa-Stittsville 2022-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 7040 Conference May 4 – 7, 2022

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville
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.
Rotary District 7040 Conference May 4 – 7, 2022 Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville 2022-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Covenant of Nations Sponsorship Support

Posted by Honouring Indigenous Peoples
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.
Covenant of Nations Sponsorship Support Honouring Indigenous Peoples 2022-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

The Queen's Beacon Lighting Ceremony

Posted by Teresa Whitmore, DGND
Last year, the Pageant Master from Buckingham Palace reached out to Rotary Clubs around the world and ask that they partake in a Rotary Beacon Lighting Ceremony on June 2nd to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  To that end every capital city around the world that is part of the Monarchy, will light a beacon in Her Majesty's honor at 9:15pm local time.
As the Chair of this event, I would like to invite you to attend this event that will be taking place at Ottawa City Hall, on the Marion Dewar Plaza, 110 Laurier Avenue West on June 2nd, 2022.  The event will run from 8:45pm to 9:30pm.  
You MUST register either by phone at 613 580 2470 or  You will not be given access to this event unless you are registered ahead of time.
For the ladies, it is appropriate to wear your favourite fascinator to this event, but not proper protocol to wear a hat to honour the Queen, after 5pm.
I hope to see many of you there!  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
The Queen's Beacon Lighting Ceremony Teresa Whitmore, DGND 2022-05-17 04:00:00Z 0

Grant Scholarship committee is pleased to announce Caitlin Grady

Posted by Katie Burke, Scholarship Chair
The District 7040 Global Grant Scholarship committee is pleased to announce that Caitlin Grady, a native of Chelsea QC and endorsed by the RC Ottawa South, has been selected as the D 7040 Global Grant Scholar for 2022-23.
Caitlin, who  speaks English and French, graduated from the CEGEP de l'Outaouais in Gatineau, and from Dalhousie University in Halifax with a degree in Environment, Sustainability & Society and Biology with a minor in Political Science.  She received the Loran Award for undergraduate studies as well as the McCall MacBain International Fellowship which enabled her to learn Spanish and complete her studies in Costa Rica.  She currently works for CPAWS and will pursue her studies at Sciences Po, the School of International Affairs in Paris, France.
Caitlin's Area of Focus is Environment; she plans to pursue a career in international environmental policy and hopes to be able work for the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) through support for the development and implementation of global climate and biodiversity agreements.
Grant Scholarship committee is pleased to announce Caitlin Grady Katie Burke, Scholarship Chair 2022-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

District Literacy

Posted by Jacinthe Paille
Welcome to the Literacy page! The link below will take you to a plethora of information related to literacy, such as club projects, news, statistics, and more.
As your District Literacy Chair since 2021, I am pleased to offer presentations to clubs in English and French (in person or virtually). Throughout the years, I hosted a Diverse Book Club (in English, virtual) and was invited to share my knowledge in education, books and reading.
I am always happy to discuss ways clubs can promote literacy (and a love of reading) by sharing some of the activities I do, such as being a steward to 4 Little Free Libraries, hosting a podcast on books and reading, organizing a literary festival, and more!
Jacinthe Paillé
District Literacy Chair
Bienvenue sur la page de l’alphabétisation! Le lien ci-dessous vous offre une panoplie d’informations en lien avec l’alphabétisation, comme par exemple des projets de clubs, des nouvelles, des statistiques et plus encore.
En tant que responsable de l’alphabétisation depuis 2021, je suis heureuse d’offrir des présentations aux clubs en français et en anglais (en personne ou virtuellement). Au fil des années, j’ai animé un club de lecture divers (en anglais, virtuel), et j’ai été invitée à partager mes connaissances sur l’éducation, les livres et la lecture.  
Je suis toujours heureuse de discuter des multiples façons dont les clubs peuvent promouvoir l’alphabétisation (et un amour de la lecture) en partageant quelques-unes des activités que je fais, telles que la gestion de 4 petites bibliothèques de rue, l’animation d’un balado sur les livres et la lecture, l’organisation d’un festival littéraire, et plus encore!
Jacinthe Paillé
Responsable de l’alphabétisation du District
District Literacy Jacinthe Paille 2022-05-03 04:00:00Z 0 Literacy

Youth Service Month / le service à la jeunesse

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
May’s theme is Youth Service. We will continue with the ABCs of Rotary that I started in July 2021 at the beginning of my term as District Governor – we are nearing the end of the alphabet and the end of another Rotary year.
The letters V & W inspire the words Vision, Volunteer, Vocation, Work and We.
Vision allows us to see that much is possible when we work together. RYLA, Youth Exchange, Interact and EarlyAct are prime examples of Rotary’s vision for youth. We encourage youth to build international understanding and make new friends, develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. They will have the opportunity to find out that serious leadership can be seriously fun and connects Youth with leaders in their community and around the world.
With these skills we encourage youth to own their vision, and to take action to make a difference in their school and community.
Youth Service Month / le service à la jeunesse DG Fay Campbell 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Deadline Approaching for Potsdam Rotary Golf Tournament

Rotarian golfers in Ontario, Quebec and New York are cordially invited to participate in the 18th annual Potsdam Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 14, at the Potsdam Town & Country Club in Potsdam, New York. Now that it's easier to cross the border again, please join your fellow Rotarians in a day of fun!
Foursomes should register as soon as possible at or (click on "Potsdam Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament 2022" under Upcoming Events), so that preparations can be made.
Deadline Approaching for Potsdam Rotary Golf Tournament 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

DEI Tip of the Month - May

Posted by Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, DEI “Miss Manners”
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Last month the DEI Committee posed six questions to assess if your club is DEI-Friendly (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion).
This month you have the opportunity to evaluate the overall inclusivity of your club.
Check to see if you can answer “Yes” to all the following questions:
DEI Tip of the Month - May Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, DEI “Miss Manners” 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Become a Mental Health First Aid Facilitator – Virtually!

Since the shift to online learning began at the start of the pandemic, The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) team at the MHCC has been inundated with requests to develop a virtual (remote) version of its popular Facilitator Certification Training program. Until recently, the program has only been available for in person sessions across Canada. So far over 1,400 facilitators have successfully completed the program, with many more expected to sign up in the coming months as the virtual version of the course launches to the public this May.
Become a Mental Health First Aid Facilitator – Virtually! 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Canton Rotary Sells Out in Pi Day Pie Sale

The Rotary Club of Canton sold out with sales of 100 apple and blueberry pies in its annual Pie Sale Fundraiser on March 13, one day before Pi Day!
Front row (left to right): Rotarians Brian Lavair, Mary Anne Lessard, Sonya Butler and Jeanne Tyo-Martin. Back row: Michael Crowe and Bob DeGraff.
Canton Rotary Sells Out in Pi Day Pie Sale 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
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Massena Pancake Breakfast Raises Nearly $6,000

The Rotary Club of Massena served more than 500 meals at its annual (drive-thru) pancake breakfast on April 2. The club raised nearly $6,000, including other donations and sale of donuts made by prospective Rotarian Karen Murray. The funds will be used to give back to the community, including four food banks and four high school senior scholarships, as well as other community projects.
Massena Rotarians Rose Bronchetti, PDG Susan Bellor, Rick Marshall and Gail Schneider sell tickets and 50/50s.
Massena Rotarian Dave Frary cooks pancakes.
Massena Pancake Breakfast Raises Nearly $6,000 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Westmount - Helping Ukrainian Refugees in Romania

Posted by Susan Buscemi, President Westmount

The Ukrainian tragedy has mobilized Rotarians worldwide to do what they do best - take action in service to those in need. The Rotary Club of Westmount in Quebec received a plea for assistance in March from a partnership of five Romanian Rotary clubs helping Ukrainian refugees pouring across their border. The need was sudden and urgent, as women, children, and the elderly found themselves ripped from their homes and facing uncertainty in another country. Our fellow Rotarians in Iași stepped forward to provide front line medical attention, food, accommodation, translation services, legal assistance, and more.

The Rotary Club of Westmount - Helping Ukrainian Refugees in Romania Susan Buscemi, President Westmount 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
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ClubRunner Changeover Training Series

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ClubRunner is excited to announce our Changeover Training Series for 2022! To help better prepare you for this upcoming year, we're holding a series of free webinars to help you brush up on your ClubRunner skills and knowledge.

Join us for these in-depth webinars starting on May 5th and continuing until May 21st, 2022. New this year, we’re offering both beginner and advanced level webinars for certain modules. These training sessions are open to all ClubRunner users at no cost.

Hosted by our expert Product Specialists, we will be presenting webinars based on roles, club or district versions, and in-depth module deep dives. There will even be live Q&A available during and after the webinar!

Please visit to view all sessions and to register. All video recordings will be available at the same URL, the recorded sessions should be available by end of May/beginning of June.

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Truckload of PEI Potatoes delivered to Kingston

Posted by Daniel Geleyn, President Kingston-Frontenac
Christian Perry, a Lionhearts Inc. volunteer, offloads the first skid of PEI potatoes at the Kingston Community Food Redistribution Warehouse on April 5 while the truck driver looks on. The potatoes were provided by Second Harvest and this delivery was facilitated by Rotarians in Kingston. The 60,000 lbs. of potatoes are to be distributed by the many food security providers in Kingston and area.
Christian Perry, a Lionhearts Inc. volunteer, offloads the first skid of PEI potatoes at the Kingston Community Food Redistribution Warehouse (CFRW) on April 5 while Emma Cox, the CFRW facility manager looks on. The potatoes were provided by Second Harvest and this delivery was facilitated by Rotarians in Kingston. The 60,000 lbs. of potatoes are to be distributed by the many food security providers in Kingston and area.
Christian Perry, a Lionhearts Inc. volunteer, helps to offload a skid of PEI potatoes at the Kingston Community Food Redistribution Warehouse on April 5. The potatoes were provided by Second Harvest and this delivery was facilitated by Rotarians in Kingston. The 60,000 lbs. of potatoes are to be distributed by the many food security providers in Kingston and area.
Some of the skids of PEI potatoes that were delivered at the Kingston Community Food Redistribution Warehouse on April 5. The facility is managed by Lionhearts Inc., and the potatoes were provided by Second Harvest while this delivery was facilitated by Rotarians in Kingston. The 60,000 lbs. of potatoes are to be distributed by the many food security providers in Kingston and area.
Emma Cox, the Kingston Community Food Redistribution Warehouse facility manager moves one of the 19 skids of PEI potatoes at the Kingston Community Food Redistribution Warehouse on April 5. The potatoes were provided by Second Harvest and this delivery was facilitated by Rotarians in Kingston. The 60,000 lbs. of potatoes are to be distributed by the many food security providers in Kingston and area.
Kingston Whig-Standard
Truckload of PEI Potatoes delivered to Kingston Daniel Geleyn, President Kingston-Frontenac 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Dominica Smart Distance Learning Project

Posted by Julia Ginley, Orleans
The Dominica Smart Distance Learning (DSDL) Project is the largest project that the Rotary Club of Orléans has undertaken.  On Friday April 8th we made our first in person visit to the Ottawa Smart Classroom at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Training Centre in Kanata.
The group of participants included the following individuals as depicted in the photo above:
From left to right:  Mehdi Mahdavi (Incoming Director, International Services RC0; Julia Ginley (Project Lead, Dominica Smart Distance Learning (DSDL) Project & Director of International RCO) ; Erin Hearty (Coordinator Local 2041, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Training Centre; Richard Hayter (Director of Community Relations for the Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec Building Trades Council); Jane Neocleous (President RCO); Fay Campbell (District Governor, District 7040); Kent Felske (Contractor, DSDL Project)
Dominica Smart Distance Learning Project Julia Ginley, Orleans 2022-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

In the Spirit of Peace

Posted by Yulia Zharikova, secretary of the Rotary Club of Kyiv Advance
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The history of the Rotary Club of Kyiv Advance began at the end of 2013, when several like-minded people formed the Rotary Club of Donetsk Advance. We were united by the idea of community service and our passion for art and music. The club supported young talents and devoted its energies to the development of educational programs in the city.
In 2014, after the outbreak of military conflict in eastern Ukraine, many members of our club fled to different parts of the country and even abroad. Subsequently, four club members who had moved to Kyiv decided to resume our club activities under the name Rotary Club of Donetsk Advance. Four other members who had ended up abroad or remained in Donetsk subsequently decided to keep their membership as well. So, we retained eight members.
In the Spirit of Peace Yulia Zharikova, secretary of the Rotary Club of Kyiv Advance 2022-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Funeral Service for Edmond Lanthier Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11 a.m. 2022-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club International Cooperation – Club Twinning

Posted by Pardeep Ahluwalia, DGN, West Ottawa
Something special took place at the March 29 virtual meeting of the Rotary Club of West Ottawa (RCWO) of D7040, a meeting attended by over 70 members and friends of the RCWO and the Rotary Club of Mira Road, Mumbai (RCMR) of D3141. After a presentation on the RCWO International Service activities, the two Clubs demonstrated their belief in International Cooperation by formalizing a Rotary Club Twinning Agreement.
Rotary Club International Cooperation – Club Twinning Pardeep Ahluwalia, DGN, West Ottawa 2022-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

Take Action: Report and verify your 2022-23 club information and officers to RI

We’re collecting club and club officer information for the 2022-23 Rotary year, and we need your help. We ask your club to report incoming club officers to Rotary to help us compile resources for Rotary members around the world, including the online interactive directory and the Find a club search function found on My Rotary. This will also ensure that incoming club officers receive vital information from Rotary. This is a reminder that if you have not already done so, please submit the names of your club’s incoming officers by the end of April.
Submit or verify:
  • The names of your club’s 2022-23 president, secretary, executive secretary/director, treasurer, Rotary Foundation chair, membership chair, public image chair, and service projects chair as well as their contact details, such as mailing addresses, email addresses, and phone and fax numbers.
  • Your club’s meeting details: place, address, day, and time.
  • Your club’s contact information: a permanent phone number and, if you have them, a permanent email address and mailing address where all club officers can receive mail, as well as your club website. 
Take Action: Report and verify your 2022-23 club information and officers to RI 2022-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
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Annual District Foundation Walk for the Annual Fund

Posted by Bonnie Black, DRFC
Each May, Rotarians around our District gather to raise funds for the Foundation’s Annual Fund – the ‘engine’ which drives all local and global grants which do good in the world. The past two years, we did it virtually and raised more than we had in recent years!  This year, the Rotary Club of Montreal West & NDG will be hosting our Walk on Saturday, May 14thbeginning at the Town Hall.
We are hoping that many will be excited to get out and walk together in Rotary fellowship on the 14th of May.  Reporting forms to assure your Club is represented in Montreal West can be downloaded here.  Collect your cash or checks and bring them with you, submitting them at the Registration Table before setting out on your walk with other clubs.  We will enjoy a lunch together at the end of the Walk which is covered by your registration fee. To register for the walk CLICK HERE.
Annual District Foundation Walk for the Annual Fund Bonnie Black, DRFC 2022-03-29 04:00:00Z 0

DisCon 2022 Hybrid – Mind, Body & Spirit District Conference Updates

District 7040 is proud to have The Mental Health Commission of Canada as a presenting partner of the District Conference.          
Did you already register for the District Conference (DisCon 2022 - Hybrid) and are now wishing you had chosen the in-person option?  Not to worry, you can go back to your conference registration and make that edit yourself.  If you can’t find it, or you need help, please contact Ariane.
If you haven’t already registered for the District Conference (Discon2022 - Hybrid) being held May 4, 5, 6 and 7, please do!  $126.50 in person or $26.50 online.  More detail to follow in future communications or CLICK HERE for more information and to register.   
DisCon 2022 Hybrid – Mind, Body & Spirit District Conference Updates 2022-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Getting Close to the End of ABC's

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
Continuing with the ABC's of Rotary – this month we look at the letters T and U as it relates to Rotary International's monthly theme for April, Maternal and Child Health. Every day mothers give birth. In some parts of the world, there is a massive risk for both mother and child.
Tragic: What could be more tragic than a mother losing her life during childbirth? Rotary’s goal is to make childbirth safer by providing adequate care during pregnancy and delivery. Millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes that we take for granted or consider an inconvenience in most parts of North America.
How many children die each year unnecessarily? At least seven million under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary provides immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improves access to essential medical services, and supports trained health care providers for mothers and their children.
Rotary’s projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs. Maternal and Child Health Care is also recognized as one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus.
Understanding the causes of maternal mortality during childbirth is still a challenge. Continuing improvement in local healthcare such as education, nutrition and good hygiene is vital in reducing the risks to both mother and child.
Getting Close to the End of ABC's DG Fay Campbell 2022-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Canton Rotary Sells Out in Pi Day Pie Sale

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
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The Rotary Club of Canton sold out with sales of 100 apple and blueberry pies in its annual Pie Sale Fundraiser on March 13, one day before Pi Day!
Front row (left to right): Rotarians Brian Lavair, Mary Anne Lessard, Sonya Butler and Jeanne Tyo-Martin (lol).
Back row: Michael Crowe and Bob DeGraff.
Le Rotary club de Canton a vendu 100 tartes aux pommes et aux bleuets lors de sa collecte de fonds annuelle Pie Sale le 13 mars, la veille du Pi Day !
Canton Rotary Sells Out in Pi Day Pie Sale Michael Griffin, AG 2022-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid Rotary Club holds discussion about the Ukraine

Posted by Harris Semegram, Lake Placid
On March 16, the Lake Placid club held a special evening meeting via Zoom to learn more about the Ukraine situation to that point via interviewing Dmitry Feld.  Dmitry was born in Russia and lived in the Ukraine for many years.  He is currently Marketing Director for USALuge and had run the very successful I LOVE NY BBQ festival more many years.  Dmitry recently arranged for Ukrainian flags to be hung along the village’s Main Street.  He was interviewed by club co-President Harris Semegram, and Betsy Brown, who also lived in Russia for years as an employee of the Department of State.  Betsy appeared as a private citizen.  Download/listen to the audio of the interview here.
Lake Placid Rotary Club holds discussion about the Ukraine Harris Semegram, Lake Placid 2022-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Ride 2022

Posted by Tom Deuson, Watertown
ShelterBox Ride sponsored by Watertown Rotary, June 4, 2022
Bill Saiff’s West View Lodge
13499 County Route 123
Henderson Harbor, NY 13651 
The 10th ShelterBox Ride will primarily take place in scenic Henderson the courses consist of gentle rolling hills along Lake Ontario and through picturesque farmland.  All roads are in very good repair and have low volumes of traffic.  The rides are open course; riders must adhere to all New York State rules of the road.
ShelterBox Ride 2022 Tom Deuson, Watertown 2022-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

DEI Tip of the Month - April

Posted by Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, newly elected DEI “Miss Manners”
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Every month the DEI Committee will share tips, ask/answer questions, and present guidelines for you to assess if your club is DEI-Friendly (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion)
Check to see if you can answer “Yes” to all the following questions:
  1. Is your meeting accessible to all?
    1. Location?
    2. Handicapped Accessible?
    3. Time Accessible?
    4. Cost Accessible?
    5. Alternative Meetings/Times?
  2. Is there an ethnic bias to your meetings?
  3. Do you offer hybrid meetings?
  4. Does everyone have the technology capabilities to join your Zoom meetings?
  5. Are your meetings non-political?
  6. Are your meetings non-denominational?
For more DEI guidelines “watch this space!”
DEI Tip of the Month - April Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, newly elected DEI “Miss Manners” 2022-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

What Could You Do with $25,000?

Posted by WASH Rotary Action Group
Since its founding in 2007, the WASH Rotary Action Group has been dedicated to its Mission:
“To support and ensure sustainable long-lasting safe water, sanitation and hygiene programs to communities in need.”  
To further this cause, WASH-RAG’s Board of Directors is delighted to announce a one-time, special grant of $25,000 to encourage Rotary Districts and clubs to become active participants in a WASH project. Better still – that $25,000 will be eligible for a dollar-to-dollar match from DDF and/or cash contributions to the Global Grant.
All Rotary Districts and Clubs qualified to participate in The Rotary Foundation’s Global Grants Program can apply for the grant. Clubs who have participated previously in a small WASH project, funded by a District Grant are encouraged to apply.
What Could You Do with $25,000? WASH Rotary Action Group 2022-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

Statement by Chair of the Rotary Action Group for Peace

Posted by Fabio Carballo

Dear Peacebuilders,

Further to the statement from the RAGFP issued on 13th February (We in the Rotary Action Group represent Rotarians of all nations and ethnicities.  We all share one language, and that is the language of peace.  We do not support violence and war as a solution to conflict and differences.)

I should like to assure you that we in the Rotary Action Group for Peace, through our Past Chair and other Directors, are doing all that we can to support Rotarians and Rotaractors at this time of uncertainty. We have been doing this through attendance at international Rotary and Rotaract meetings, offering advice and support. We too support the initiative of Rotary International and their Task Force in supplying humanitarian aid to Ukraine and neighbouring countries who have been taking in many refugees.

We are reminded at this time of the urgency of our mission i.e., the prevention of conflict.  We therefore invite more Rotarians to join us in the Rotary Action Group for Peace so that together we may grow this movement for peace.

Statement by Chair of the Rotary Action Group for Peace Fabio Carballo 2022-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

Chesterville Snow Days 2022

The Rotary Club of Chesterville partnered with the Chesterville Winter Carnival Committee to come up with an activity for all ages - Chesterville Snow Days.  The intent was to get people out enjoying the snow and to submit a photo to be included in a photo collage.  You can see from the photos that everyone (and their dog) participated. The result was a lot of fun, smiles and this collage.
Le Rotary Club de Chesterville s’est associé au Comité du Carnaval d’hiver de Chesterville pour proposer une activité pour tous les âges : Chesterville jours de neige.  L’intention était d’amener les gens à profiter de la neige et de soumettre une photo à inclure dans un collage photo.  Vous pouvez voir sur les photos que tout le monde (et leur chien) a participé. Le résultat a été beaucoup de plaisir, des sourires et ce collage.
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Célébrons "Le Jour de la Terre" le samedi 23 avril 2022

Posted by Club Rotary Laval Rive-Nord
Berge de l'Alose, 3560, rue du Barrage Laval QC H7E 5A7
Le parc est ouvert à tous sans frais de 7 à 22 h
Activité familiale: Apporter votre gouter, chaises de parterre, gants de caoutchouc, râteaux, pince de ramassage pour aider à nettoyer la Berge du Barrage et la Berge de l'Alose sises au 3560, rue du Barrage, Laval QC H7E 5A7. Stationnement sur la rue dans les endroits désignés.  Vous y trouverez aussi des bancs, des tables de pique-nique, des poubelles et des toilettes. La Ville de Laval fournira les sacs appropriés et demande aux citoyens de respecter les consignes sanitaires en vigueur dans les lieux publics.
Célébrons "Le Jour de la Terre" le samedi 23 avril 2022 Club Rotary Laval Rive-Nord 2022-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

Responding to the crisis in Ukraine

Posted by John Germ, Chair, The Rotary Foundation
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As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, Rotary has made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We are deeply concerned about the Ukraine crisis and need your help.

Rotary is made up of people of action, especially in difficult times. In response to the deepening refugee crisis, The Rotary Foundation Trustees have decided to prioritize contributions made to the Disaster Response Fund until 30 April 2022 to support disaster response grants for districts affected by these events. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to supply water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing.
Half a million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number of refugees could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.

With your donation to our Disaster Response Fund, we can support communities and help rebuild lives during this tragic time.
En tant que l’une des plus grandes organisations humanitaires au monde, le Rotary a fait de la paix la pierre angulaire de notre mission mondiale. Nous sommes profondément préoccupés par la crise ukrainienne et avons besoin de votre aide.
Le Rotary est composé de personnes d’action, surtout dans les moments difficiles. En réponse à l’aggravation de la crise des réfugiés, les administrateurs de la Fondation Rotary ont décidé de donner la priorité aux contributions versées au
Fonds de réponse aux catastrophes jusqu’au 30 avril 2022 pour soutenir les subventions d’intervention en cas de catastrophe pour les districts touchés par ces événements. Ces subventions accélérées pour les interventions en cas de catastrophe peuvent être utilisées pour fournir de l’eau, de la nourriture, des médicaments, des abris et des vêtements.
Un demi-million de personnes ont fui l’Ukraine et ont un besoin urgent d’aide d’urgence. Les Nations Unies estiment que le nombre de réfugiés pourrait atteindre jusqu’à 5 millions de personnes déplacées. Les Rotary clubs d’Europe et du monde entier ont intensifié leur travail de secours, certains travaillant sur le terrain pour aider les familles déplacées. Grâce à votre don à notre
 Fonds d’intervention en cas de catastrophe, nous pouvons soutenir les communautés et aider à reconstruire des vies pendant cette période tragique.
Responding to the crisis in Ukraine John Germ, Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2022-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

Need help with your WASH project—here’s how!!

Posted by Ron Denham, Chair Emeritus, Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group
The Rotary club of LaSalle-Centennial wanted to support the RC of Mzuzu (Malawi) to bring water to a rural community, but the cost was more than the club, and its partners could raise.
Enter the Canadian Rotarian Water Foundation (CRWF).
Need help with your WASH project—here’s how!! Ron Denham, Chair Emeritus, Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group 2022-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Canton Fundraiser

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
The Rotary Club of Canton recently held a 50/50 fundraiser during a hockey game at St. Lawrence University's Appleton Arena in Canton, New York. Left to right: President Jeanne Tyo-Martin, Janet Favro and Treasurer Brian LaVair. (Not pictured: Scott Goldie, working at the club's Chuck-a-Puck table.)
Le Club Rotary de Canton a récemment organisé une collecte de fonds 50/50 lors d’un match de hockey à l’Appleton Arena de l’Université St. Lawrence à Canton, dans l’État de New York. De gauche à droite : la présidente Jeanne Tyo-Martin, Janet Favro et le trésorier Brian LaVair. (Non photographié : Scott Goldie, travaillant à la table Chuck-a-Puck du club.)
Canton Fundraiser Michael Griffin, AG 2022-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

March Is Easter Seals Month

Posted by David Short, Kingston
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David Short here - I'm with the Rotary Club of Kingston – inviting your club to participate in the annual March Is Easter Seals Month campaign. It’s a special year this year - our 100th Anniversary!
Founded in 1922 by Ontario Rotary clubs, Easter Seals Ontario has been supporting Easter Seals Kids and their families in Southeastern Ontario - helping children with physical disabilities obtain equipment needed for daily living, as well as camps and social activities they might otherwise not have access to. Learn more about how your money helps. or watch this two minute video showing how funds raised make a HUGE impact on kids’ lives: The Impact and Cost of Essential Equipment

The annual March Is Easter Seals Month campaign is THE major fundraiser of the year. Its success is critical. We encourage your club to participate in at least one of the many ways to do so this year!
March Is Easter Seals Month David Short, Kingston 2022-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Winter BBQ

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville
Who holds a barbeque in -23C weather?  The Rotary Club of Kemptville does.  It was our most successful BBQ ever.
Less than a week before the Kemptville Skating Event, the organizers had a call from a local food truck canceling their participation.  A Rotarian was called to see if the club would be willing to barbeque hot dogs, hamburgers and sell cold drinks.  “No problem!” 
Every Canadian expects cold temperatures in winter but that weekend was exceptional.  -23C (-9.4 F) without taking into consideration the chill factor.   Cold drinks were not a “hot” seller.  In fact, it was so cold that the condiments needed to be hidden inside oven mitts to keep them from freezing. 
Rotary Winter BBQ Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville 2022-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
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Chesterville Snow Days

Posted by Christine Barkley, Chesterville
Due to the precautions surrounding Covid-19, Chesterville did not hold their winter carnival this year. Therefore, the Carnival Committee and the Rotary Club of Chesterville partnered together to host Chesterville Snow Days.  Everyone is invited to capture their winter fun activities in a photo and submit the photo to the Rotary Club. A collage of all photos will be created and posted for all to enjoy. 
February is known as one of the gloomiest months of the year.  The Rotary Club of Chesterville was determined to change this and erected a Valentine Kissing Booth in the town gazebo to help people feel and spread the love in the community. 
The Booth was enjoyed by all ages.  There were even people stopping with their pets to share a smooch!    In the photo, Merrick and Raleigh stop by for a quick photo op. Merrick and Raleigh are the children of Derrick and Shannon Minish of Chesterville.
Chesterville Snow Days Christine Barkley, Chesterville 2022-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Days of Service

Proposal to Support Food Banks or Food Charities
Rotary and Rotaract clubs in District 7040 will each make a donation to their local food bank, food operation, or charitable meal provider during a “Rotary Week of Service” on the last week of April 2022.

District 7040 will provide $500 reimbursements to clubs that donate at least $1,000 to their local food banks. The District will reimburse 50% of a club’s donation if it is less than $1,000. An alternative for clubs with ongoing food-related programs would be to provide proof that they have donated this year (i.e., a cancelled cheque), and arrange for a “photo op” the last week of April 2022. Donations and reimbursements will be in the currency of the club’s nationality ($US or $CAD).
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District Governor Message for March

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.
When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
What words that start with the letters: Q,R & S relate to Rotary’s theme this month?
Quality /Quantity
The quantity of Global Grant Projects: Since 2013, The Rotary Foundation has invested more than $130 million in over two thousand projects worldwide. Through this investment, our Rotary volunteers, people of action, have improved access to safely managed and basic WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education) services to communities, schools, and healthcare facilities, while protecting and conserving water resources quality. 
R: Response
Rotarians continue to be committed to making a difference to those that need assistance in our country as well as in the wider world community. It is wonderful to witness the response by our members when need has been identified.
S: Sanitation, Sustainable
The objective of the WASH projects is to develop good hygiene habits in children, “By reducing absenteeism due to diseases that are acquired due to lack of water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools, we can increase their academic development. Training teachers to help children develop good hygiene habits is key.”
Rotary challenges our members to develop sustainable projects that comprehensively address the most pressing need - water, sanitation, and hygiene education.
District Governor Message for March DG Fay Campbell 2022-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Potsdam Rotary Participates in Frosty Fest!

Posted by AG Michael Griffin
Members of the Potsdam Rotary Club turned out to support Frosty Fest! in Ives Park on Saturday morning. Battling slushy conditions, the team sculpted three "Snowtarians," heralding the Rotary messages of international service, and world peace and understanding. The Rotary logo was displayed on blue ice adjacent to a display of Potsdam Rotary projects, along with a streamer of international flags. Left to right: Laurean Pelkey, Bobby Gordon, Mary Sue Foster and Shawn Seymour.
Potsdam Rotary Participates in Frosty Fest! AG Michael Griffin 2022-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Darkspark VERSIONS - a Youth Service Opportunity

Posted by Bill Egnatoff, Cataraqui-Kingston
The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston is planning to again support the work of Darkspark. We invite Rotary H.I.P. club members and other interested clubs in our District to join us.
Darkspark, founded by musicians Melissa Larkin and D’Ari Lisle and now in its 10th year, promotes intercultural understanding by giving voice to youth on social justice issues through engaging them in songwriting (including rap) and storytelling supported by professional musicians, videographers, and educators. The song and project story videos are circulated widely on social media platforms used by artists internationally.
Darkspark VERSIONS - a Youth Service Opportunity Bill Egnatoff, Cataraqui-Kingston 2022-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Ottawa Rotary Youth Forest

Posted by Phil McNeely, Director of Community Services, Orléans
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Let’s work with our youth to plant new forests and help restore our planet!
In a recent article in the Ottawa Citizen, Keroles B. Riad wrote that “Studying climate science and sustainability policy is one of the most important topics that affects your life. It has become as basic as math, biology and language- part of the knowledge base necessary for us to exercise our civic duty as well as global citizenship.”
The Rotary Club of Orléans (RCO) proposes the Ottawa Rotary Youth Forest, the planting of a youth forest in the South Nation River watershed east of Ottawa. Hopefully, the project will grow to include 10 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs and 10 secondary schools in the Ottawa area, starting with 2,000 trees in the spring of 2023.
Ottawa Rotary Youth Forest Phil McNeely, Director of Community Services, Orléans 2022-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Connection - Lake Placid and the Winter Olympics

Posted by Harris Semegram, Lake Placid
As we watched the coverage of the 2022 Winter Olympics, the Rotary Club of Lake Placid feels very connected to Team USA and our “hometown” athletes.  So many have trained here in Lake Placid over the years.  Perhaps you’d like to watch this short video in which you’ll see 1992 Silver Medalist Paul Wylie describing some of what the future holds.  Paul recently spoke to our club and provided us with a very informative “backstage tour” of what goes into training for the Olympics, from technology to stagecraft. 
Alors que nous regardions la couverture des Jeux olympiques d'hiver de 2022, le Rotary club de Lake Placid se sent très lié à l'équipe des États-Unis et aux athlètes de notre « ville natale ». Tant de personnes se sont entraînées ici à Lake Placid au fil des ans. Peut-être aimeriez-vous regarder cette courte vidéo dans laquelle vous verrez le médaillé d'argent de 1992, Paul Wylie, décrire une partie de ce que l'avenir nous réserve. Paul s'est récemment adressé à notre club et nous a fourni une « visite des coulisses » très informative de ce qui se passe dans l'entraînement pour les Jeux olympiques, de la technologie à la mise en scène.
Connection - Lake Placid and the Winter Olympics Harris Semegram, Lake Placid 2022-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Notice to All D7040 Rotarians

Posted by Bette Miller, chair Legislation Committee
At the District 7040 Council meeting, February 12, 2022, it was determined that moving forward references to D7040 District Procedures will be discontinued and removed from the District website.  This change has been made to ensure that information regarding governance will be current at all times thus reducing possible confusion that may be caused by outdated information or wording. This change also allows Rotarians to access information in all of Rotary’s official languages.
For matters of governance, clubs should refer to the following documents:
Notice to All D7040 Rotarians Bette Miller, chair Legislation Committee 2022-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2022

Posted by Paul Elsley, RYLA chair
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RYLA 2022 @ RKY Camp May 27 (Fri) – May 29 (Sun), 2022
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain insight and knowledge in life and leadership skills. The academy features professionally developed curriculum, exciting guest leaders, small group problem solving and self reflection which leads to enhanced leadership skills. Based on their academy experience, many graduates change their career objectives or educational plans. District 7040 Rotary Clubs may sponsor one to three students (ages 15-17) to attend this event.
Students will engage with other high school students from Quebec, Ontario, Nunavut, and northern New York state providing them with a unique opportunity to learn about different communities and cultures. They also learn about themselves and their values and leadership strengths and gaps. Students come away from the experience having developed a program for implementation in their school or community and many new friendships.
Registration and information is available at:
January 24 – Applications are open for 2022. Price is $250 per student.
March 7 - Deadline for Rotary Clubs to fill out intent to sponsor form.
April 18 – Last day to submit applications.
May 2 - Deadline for Rotary Clubs to submit names of sponsored candidates and submit registration fees to district.
Please email or phone 613-449-8854 for RYLA updates
RYLA 2022 Paul Elsley, RYLA chair 2022-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

All About Environmental Sustainability

Posted by Elsabe Falkson, Chair
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In keeping with Rotary International recognizing Environment Sustainability as a seventh Area of Focus, Rotary District 7040 now has an Environment page Check this page regularly for developments and project ideas.
District 7040 EnviroClub Awards
The Awards Scheme is a progressive, criteria-based system, where a club first applies for a “Bronze” Award, before progressing to a “Silver” Award and finally a “Gold” Award. Any Rotary, Rotaract or Interact club in the District can apply. Benefits to your club:
  • Recognition of your club’s environmental activities
  • Provide incentives for new environmental activities
  • Use the certification in the marketing of your club and fundraising efforts
  • Engage and retain current members
  • Attract new members of a younger demographic
  • Build new partnerships with like-minded organizations
All About Environmental Sustainability Elsabe Falkson, Chair 2022-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Discon2022 Is Now Discon2022 Hybrid

District Governor Fay’s wish to provide a family-friendly Body, Mind and Spirit District Conference in Ottawa will come true but it has been adjusted to allow for the well-being of all concerned.  If you are comfortable traveling, you are encouraged to attend and enjoy the in-person camaraderie that we’ve all been missing *(for $126.50 which includes all Saturday meals, hospitality suite and excursion).  If you need or prefer to stay home you can participate in almost all of the conference’s offerings *(for $26.50) – the business meeting, plenary sessions, workshops, awards and entertainment as well connecting anytime to the House of Friendship, Yoga, Mindfulness exercise, Tai Chi and Silent Auction.
Discon2022 Is Now Discon2022 Hybrid 2022-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

Posthumous Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation

Posted by Vila Smith, Arnprior
The Rotary Club of Arnprior has posthumously presented the late Rabbi Reuven Bulka with a Paul Harris Fellowship as someone who exemplified Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self.”  A presentation ceremony was held via Zoom during the Club’s January 24th weekly meeting. The ceremony was attended by the Rabbi’s son Eliezer Bulka and Rabbi Iden Scher of the Machzikei Hadas Synagogue in Ottawa where Rabbi Bulka served for over 50 years. He became known as “Canada’s Rabbi” because of his outstanding service to his community and for Canada. Rotarian Leo Hughes spoke about how Rabbi Bulka dedicated his life to spreading kindness, helping people, making a difference, comforting others, and always saying the right thing at the right time to make someone feel better.
Posthumous Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation Vila Smith, Arnprior 2022-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee and Rotary 2022-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Delivering Some Goodness - Christmas Hamper Drive-Saturday December 18th, 2021

Posted by Rotary Club of Iqaluit 6269
In the latter months of the year, it is not unusual at a Rotary meeting in Iqaluit, that you will hear the members coming together to review the operations of the Christmas Hamper Drive.
Local partnerships in the community and other parts of the country, south from us, have contributed significantly to the success of this yearly event since the 70’s.
One of our on-going partners, Arctic Co-operatives, initiated and put together 260 hampers of perishable and non-perishable items! All the goodness in box, to ensure that families in Iqaluit, enjoy a nice Christmas dinner.
The hampers were delivered, ahead of time, to our local Cadet Hall, and turkeys followed early Saturday morning. New and faithful volunteers, with addresses in hand, taking up to four, five and six hampers in their vehicle, wheeled off to deliver the hampers in all corners of the city.
Delivering Some Goodness - Christmas Hamper Drive-Saturday December 18th, 2021 Rotary Club of Iqaluit 6269 2022-01-27 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by DG Fay Campbell
February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/ Resolution month continuing with the ABCs of Rotary we will look at the letters: N, O, P
N:  Narrowing, Nurturing
O:  Objectives,
P:  Pandemic, Paradigm, Peace
Consider this quote from MAHATMA GANDHI:
"Good travels at a snail's space.
The peace movement cannot accomplish things radically and all at once.
 Often, it can only advance by gradual and protracted means.
 Gradualism does not, however, imply negative compromise or merely passing time.
It means truly reforming our times by sowing seeds of peace in individual minds through sincere dialogue and, in this way, cultivating consensus”.
February DG Fay Campbell 2022-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now Tulips – Are on the “Grow Again”! 😊

Posted by Barbara Fisk, End Polio Now chair
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Once again clubs in our District are being offered the opportunity to raise funds for Polio Plus, through the sale of the brightly theme coloured, red and yellow, End Polio New Tulips!  This program, supported by Vesey’s Nursery in PEI, is a super way to build community spirit, raise awareness for Polio Eradication and even help with member recruitment!  It is truly a WIN/WIN/WIN program!
Canadian clubs have been contacted to consider how they will get involved this year.  AND!!!! NEW this YEAR – we are looking to include the American clubs, using a different supplier! More details on that will follow soon!  Canadian Clubs renewing their commitments already know “how” to be involved in the project, but for some clubs this is a new adventure.  This is how the program started!
Dutch Rotarians have led the world in using tulips to benefit this critical polio eradication project. What began as the purchase of rights to name and sell a new variety of tulip during a 2013 charity auction, this idea has blossomed into a continuing and internationally successful fundraiser. In the first few years of launching this initiative, over 1.5 million tulips were sold, generating approximately $2,000,000 US to fight polio. Thanks to the breeding and cultivation of these beautiful tulips by Dutch grower Jan Lichthart, this Rotary initiative has spread to Switzerland, Germany, France, the USA and is now in its fourth year in Canada. 
End Polio Now Tulips – Are on the “Grow Again”! 😊 Barbara Fisk, End Polio Now chair 2022-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Take the Rotary District 7040 Diversity Survey

Posted by DEI committee
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a top priority for Rotary International and District 7040, one that underscores our core values for how members interact with each other and our communities.
In 2019 the RI Board adopted a statement that affirms its commitment to DEI and recognizes that Rotary's capacity for doing good is amplified when we not only welcome, but actively invite, a variety of experiences, cultures, and perspective. In 2020 then DG Hadi Mortada appointed a DEI committee under the leadership of Rotarian Martha Weaver to foster greater understanding and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion; in 2021 DG Fay Campbell appointed Rotaractor Heather Taylor as co-chair of the DEI committee.
This survey collects input regarding DEI from district 7040 Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs and from individual members to understand what is working and identify opportunities to improve at club and district levels. The survey has two components: A comprehensive survey of club leadership to learn whether diversity is valued and championed at the club level and identify area where assistance from the DEI committee will make a difference. An additional survey of all Rotary, Rotaract and Interact members will give an understanding of which areas of DEI survey respondents perceive as most important.
Take the Rotary District 7040 Diversity Survey DEI committee 2022-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Reflections: Ambassadorial Scholar Watched 'Miracle Unfold' in South Africa

Posted by Brett House
With a bachelor’s degree in economics from Queen’s University, I was selected in 1994 as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and headed abroad for a year of study at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The year helped me launch a quarter-century career as a macroeconomist.
Inspired by my experiences in South Africa, I have worked to make financial markets and economies more stable and effective at producing better living standards for people in Canada and throughout the world at the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and now at Scotiabank in Toronto.
Rotary’s scholarship program was established in 1947 “to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.” Since then, over 30,000 young leaders from over 100 countries have participated.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars aren’t just academics: they’re embedded in the communities they visit as goodwill representatives of their countries and to do presentations on their research and their homelands. Across South Africa, I talked — sometimes in French or broken Afrikaans — about how the world needs “more Canada,” and I tried to share a few modest insights for its post-apartheid transition.
Rotary Reflections: Ambassadorial Scholar Watched 'Miracle Unfold' in South Africa Brett House 2022-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

Maybe about VTT, Maybe about something entirely new

We're doing something different at our club (Plattsburgh Sunrise). Our club, represented by our International Services Committee (ISC), will virtually host Jean Claude Mbonigaba for a professional development experience. The hosting period is January 31 – March 11, 2022. Claude is from Rwanda. He was selected for a professional development experience (PDE) by the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) program. As part of his MWF experience, a US-based organization will serve as his mentor, working in an area aligned with his interests: youth participation in their communities. Our club is qualified to serve as his PDE host for six weeks since we actively engage in international development activities.
Maybe about VTT, Maybe about something entirely new 2022-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

Hearing Loss – The Silent Epidemic

Posted by Ross Hammond
My wife Monique has a Zoom Presentation – “Hearing Loss – The Silent Epidemic”. She has spoken to over 200 Rotary Clubs. This includes over 100 Zoom and 100 in person presentations to clubs in the US, Canada, Australia and Scotland. Monique has also spoken in person to over 185 other community organizations and employee groups about Hearing Loss. Monique and I are also Rotarians. We are between clubs as our club closed, but are looking at joining a Passport Club in our area.
Hearing Loss – The Silent Epidemic Ross Hammond 2022-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International @ COP-26

Posted by Harris Semegram, Lake Placid
Bill Flederbach, incoming President of the Lake Placid Rotary Club, attended the recent COP-26 global climate summit in Glasgow.  Bill's presentation to the club included an overview of the summit with commentary on Rotary's global involvement in mitigating the impacts of climate change.  Bill also presented insights into what his firm, ClimeCo, Inc. (Bill is CEO) does worldwide with many projects focusing on agricultural methane abatement, reforestation, organic waste composting and digestion.  One of Bill's themes for his tenure as President will be to focus our club on an environmental project.  Here's Bill with RI President Shekhar Mehta and his wife, Rashi.
Rotary International @ COP-26 Harris Semegram, Lake Placid 2022-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Statement on Global Vaccination

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:
Rotary Statement on Global Vaccination 2022-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Making a Difference at the Parkdale Food Centre

Posted by Ché Weist, President, Rotary Club of Ottawa
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I remember walking on Rosemount Avenue off Wellington Street West in Ottawa, wondering about the smell of food that came from a small building tucked between a few larger ones.  Following my nose, I ended up taking the stairs to a basement full of people who were cooking under the watchful eye of a chef.  As everyone was cutting vegetables, fruit, washing dishes, and setting up long tables, the chef was stirring a huge pot and keeping an eye on the crowd around him and talking all the while.
The chef, Simon Bell, asked me few questions.  Once I said I wanted to help, he handed me an apron and blue gloves and a large bag full of kale. I knew what he wanted to do: mix it with olive oil and bring the heaping amount to half of its size. Simon smiled and walked away saying I knew what I was doing.  I did mention that I enjoyed cooking and my great grandma, who raised me, was a fantastic chef.
Within a couple of weeks, I was invited to a training session where board members of the Parkdale Food Centre were focused on healthy fresh meals served with dignity. I was impressed by the kind approach to feeding some 85 people daily, and I started going every Wednesday to help with the cooking and serving.
Making a Difference at the Parkdale Food Centre Ché Weist, President, Rotary Club of Ottawa 2022-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

Sad News

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
It is with great sadness that I must announce PDG Edmond Lanthier, Rotary Club of Hull passed away on January 13.
In recognition of his commitments, a donation can be made to: The Air Cadet League of Canada (Quebec) or The Rotary Foundation (Canada).
A celebration of his life ceremony will be organized later in 2022.
Sad News DG Fay Campbell 2022-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
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District Governor 2024-2025 Selected

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
It is with great pleasure that we announce the selection of Teresa Whitmore, Rotary Club of Orleans, to serve as 7040 District Governor for the 2024-2025 Rotary year. She will be District Governor Nominee Designate until July.
Teresa has volunteered throughout her entire working life. Her experience includes serving as President of the real estate board, President of UNIFEM Canada, President of the United Way as well as a variety of other charities. She is Past President of the Rotary Club of Orleans.

In 2016 she was the District Conference chair for DG Nabil Oudeh and again for DG Hadi Mortada in 2021. She currently serves as the AG for 6 of the 11 clubs in our area and is the chair of the Foundation Annual Fund committee.

Teresa has been a full time Realtor for more than 30 years, specializing in military and relocation moves. She also specializes in expat moves to Panama, Latin America. Her previous career included time with Air Canada and then as manager of a travel agency for 15 years.

She was elected as a city councillor for the City of Belleville and served on two Economic Development Commissions for the city and region. In that capacity she travelled to South Korea on Economic Trade Missions. She also served as the Chair of the Conservation Authority for our city. She has stayed involved in the political process by serving as the Chair of the Business Advisory Committee for the city of Ottawa, whose mission was to act as the voice for small to medium size enterprises throughout the city. She served on the Economic Development Committee for Orleans and is currently an Ambassador for the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

Teresa believes that one must give back to their community if you expect your community to support you in your own business.

District Governor 2024-2025 Selected DG Fay Campbell 2022-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

It's a New Year

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
Fellow Rotarians, as we leave the old year behind, the new year offers us new promises and opportunities to set new goals and to achieve our commitments and New Year Resolutions. Please check the bulletin from a recent club visit to Montreal East to show what can be done.
January is Vocational Service Month. As we continue the ABCs of Rotary. This month’s message is brought to you by the letter M.
M represents Motivation in the context of Vocational Service. While goal setting is needed to focus our attention and efforts, Motivation is a must-have to achieving our desired goals and resolutions.
At the start of each year, it is traditional to set new goals and make new resolutions for the coming year.  As Rotarians, when making your New Years Resolutions for 2022 - here are a few motivational tips to help with achieving your Rotary goals and aspiration this year.
To begin, please ponder the following question:  What motivates me?
It's a New Year DG Fay Campbell 2021-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

Petit conte de Noel : Quand des Rotariens se transforme en lutins

Posted by Marc Mauger, e-club Premier 7040
Pour ceux qui souffrent, Noel n’est pas synonyme de paix et de réjouissance, et dans nos communautés, il y a aussi des gens qui sont seuls, exclus, en souffrance. Les associations de quartier tentent de leur venir en aide mais les approvisionnements sont irréguliers et les dons sont souvent inadaptés.
On a pu voir livrer dans une association des surplus de canettes de boisson énergétique et des cartons de croustilles en guise de livraison d’une banque alimentaire. Nous avons alors demandé ce qui faisait le plus défaut. Nul ne s’étonnera de la réponse : insuffisance de fruits et légumes frais. Notre défi a donc été de trouver des produits frais pour Noel. 
Entre novembre et décembre, notre Club a démarché des fermiers, des grossistes, des transformateurs afin de pouvoir recueillir des denrées fraîches pour constituer des paniers de Noel afin d’alimenter la distribution de plusieurs associations. Grâce à la persévérance de Michèle qui a imaginé et géré l’opération, grâce au bénévolat des membres du Club et de quelques autres, nous sommes allés comme des petits lutins remplir des sacs dans des fermes et des entrepôts. Les denrées ont ensuite été regroupées pour être portionnées et mises en paniers individuels. Plusieurs soirées et fins de semaine ont été nécessaires pour préparer la logistique suivante : livrer les denrées et les paniers au bon moment.
Une action du Rotary eClub Premier 7040
Au final, notre action se résume à :
  • 507 familles servies dont 65 livrées à domicile
  • 3,2 tonnes de denrées collectées et distribuées
  • 11 240$ en juste valeur marchande de dons distribués
  • 14 bénévoles
  • 190 heures de bénévolat
  • 11 véhicules utilisés dont 2 camions pour le transport des marchandises et les livraisons
La dernière journée, le 18 décembre, la dernière manifestation a été annulée pour cause de restriction sanitaire, les paniers ont dû être livrés à domicile. Nos lutins du eClub n’ont pas hésité, et l’espace d’un jour, ils se sont transformés en Père Noel pour livrer en personne les 65 familles bénéficiaires.
Petit conte de Noel : Quand des Rotariens se transforme en lutins Marc Mauger, e-club Premier 7040 2021-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

Appreciating That We Are Each Unique

Posted by Martha Weaver, DEI co-chair
Appreciating diversity means understanding and valuing the differences that make each of us unique. Out of that understanding grows a commitment to creating communities with fair access to opportunity for all, and Rotary clubs that are intentional about addressing matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Here is what one club in District 7040 is doing to implement their commitment to DEI. Jennifer Deschamps, current President of the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise, along with several club members, is leading a year-long commitment to DEI that includes deepening the club’s relationship with the people of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, one of the original five nations of the Haudenosaunee confederacy. RC Cornwall Sunrise’s approach is detailed in this presentation.
Elisha King and Nihahsenna:a Peters spoke about Land-Based Education and its Impact on Language
Appreciating That We Are Each Unique Martha Weaver, DEI co-chair 2021-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid Club Helps Mayfield, KY

Posted by Harris Semegram, Lake Placid
At its last meeting before taking a Christmas break, the Lake Placid Club agreed to make a donation to the Rotary Club of Mayfield KY to help with recovery efforts after the tornado which devastated that town and others in the area.  Shown with the donation check are club Co-Presidents Heather Perkins and Harris Semegram.
Our club has joined with many other Rotary clubs across the USA to help with recovery efforts in Mayfield KY. Some clubs have sent food, some have sent medical or construction supplies. We're making a donation to the Mayfield Rotary Club to use where needed. If you'd like to make an individual donation, please visit their Facebook page for more information:
Lake Placid Club Helps Mayfield, KY Harris Semegram, Lake Placid 2021-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

Montreal-Lakeshore Rotarians deck the halls at Sainte-Anne’s Hospital

Posted by The Suburban, Montreal
Montreal-Lakeshore Rotarians are long-time participants in, and supporters of, Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Program. Dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers working together for the benefit of local and international projects, they are always ready to lend a hand in the West Island wherever it is needed for volunteer activities, seasonal events, and emergency responses.

An annual and much-anticipated activity to welcome in the holiday season is back in force, thanks to Brenda Scalzo, services chair at Rotary Club of Montreal-Lakeshore, and fellow volunteers Carol Skinner, Maureen Cantrill, David Warne, Lawrence Cantrill, and Cameron Sherry.

“We were happy to return to Sainte-Anne’s Hospital to assist with putting up their Christmas decorations,” stated Scalzo. “It’s an event that we look forward to, and welcome the start of the holiday season.”

Montreal-Lakeshore Rotarians deck the halls at Sainte-Anne’s Hospital The Suburban, Montreal 2021-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

Disaster Recovery - Haiti

Posted by Bette Miller, Grants chair
In August 2021, an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude struck the Tiburon Peninsula of Haiti. The epicenter was approximately 150 kilometres west of the capital Port-au-Prince. This placed it close to the city of Les Cayes where serious damage and loss of life occurred. With her roots in neighbouring Jamaica, our DG Fay was quick to encourage Rotarians in D7040 to provide whatever financial assistance they could to help with disaster recovery.
Disaster Recovery - Haiti Bette Miller, Grants chair 2021-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

RI and TRF position statement on COVID-19 vaccination

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.
RI and TRF position statement on COVID-19 vaccination 2021-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Free Reading Program - Online Presentation

Posted by Hugh Williams, Ottawa
Given to Rotary about five years ago, the Free Reading Program, a complete, interactive, and fun online English literacy program from K to grade 6 is now used by over 360,000 children and is hosted by over 100 Rotary clubs around the world. Literacy is a key foundation to the success of every child.
Hear from Rotarians Heather Lennie (Scarborough Rotary, now living in Florida) and Hugh Williams (Ottawa Rotary Club) how the Free Reading Program has changed the lives and fortunes of kids everywhere – particularly during COVID-19 when schools were closed. Plus, with an online presentation, you’ll get to see the program in action. If your club is keen on literacy, then you may even want to establish an online Campus in your community like so many other clubs have done.
Because “Literacy lasts a lifetime!” For more information: Hugh Williams,
Free Reading Program - Online Presentation Hugh Williams, Ottawa 2021-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville
The Rotary club of Kemptville was invited to travel through a local subdivision with a float to spread the holiday cheer.  The residents of the area donated food, money, and toys which the club members collected as they traveled the area.  Almost $1000 cash was donated along with a huge amount of food - twice as much as last year. 
Both House of Lazarus and the Salvation Army were overwhelmed with the generosity.  Both organizations are experiencing a higher demand for their services than ever before therefore these donations that the club organized, planned, and sorted was greatly appreciated.
Spreading Holiday Cheer Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville 2021-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Passport Club Helps Out

Posted by Ariane Carriere, Passport
On December 11, Passport Club members helped out with the Salvation Army Kettle Drive, in Cornwall and in Ottawa.
Passport Club Helps Out Ariane Carriere, Passport 2021-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Potsdam Rotary Kettle Service

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
The Rotary Club of Potsdam staffed the Potsdam Area Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign for the day on December 18 at the Potsdam Price Chopper. The money collected by the kettle drive is used to help families in need throughout the year, falling under our Rotary focus of "saving mothers and children."
Potsdam Rotary Kettle Service Michael Griffin, AG 2021-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

DisCon 2022 Early Bird Registration Extended

Posted by Ariane Carriere, DisCon Registrar

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.

DisCon 2022 Early Bird Registration Extended Ariane Carriere, DisCon Registrar 2021-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Zone Gala and Fundraiser 2021-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Telling Stories

Posted by Michael Angelo Caruso, Zone 28 Public Image Coordinator
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.

Contact your local Public Image specialist if you want help.
Telling Stories Michael Angelo Caruso, Zone 28 Public Image Coordinator 2021-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

Kingston Clubs Give Books to Kids

Posted by Paul Elsley, Kingston
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.
Kingston Clubs Give Books to Kids Paul Elsley, Kingston 2021-11-26 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by DG Fay Campbell
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
December DG Fay Campbell 2021-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

Notice of probable Canadian insurance premium increase next year

Posted by Ariane Carriere, DIR Canada
***PLEASE NOTE*** This notice only refers to Canadian clubs. 
We have been informed by our insurance company for Canadian insurance that it is now required to charge sales tax. This year our total district insurance premium for all Canadian clubs could be as much as $4000.00 over what was projected because we also have an added cyber policy.
We are writing to let you know that the district will take care of this extra amount for this year. We are not going to ask you for another levy to make up the shortfall. Be aware that because of this the premium for 2022-23 will likely increase to at least $22.00 per member, instead of $19.00 that you were charged this year. Some of you will be looking at what level you need to set your dues for next year, and you will need to keep this in mind.
Notice of probable Canadian insurance premium increase next year Ariane Carriere, DIR Canada 2021-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

The Gift of the Wisdom and Experience of Others

Posted by Jenn Grisi, AG

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.
The Gift of the Wisdom and Experience of Others Jenn Grisi, AG 2021-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

We Are Parts Of A Mosaic: Let's All Be Proud

Posted by Nadia Al-Banna
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!