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

Posted by Barbara Fisk, End Polio Now chair
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 PDG Martha Weaver, Chateaugay
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 PDG Martha Weaver, Chateaugay 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
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/419144901536661/
 
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, hugh@freereadingprogram.orgwww.bereading.org
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

December

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!  
 
Traveling brings people together. Nadia (on left) met three Rotary exchange students in a recent Rotary conference in Toronto. 
 
Voyager rapproche les gens. Nadia (à gauche) a rencontré trois étudiants d'échange du Rotary lors d'une récente conférence du Rotary à Toronto.
 
 
We Are Parts Of A Mosaic: Let's All Be Proud Nadia Al-Banna 2021-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

Ideas for Connecting Virtually

Posted by Kateri Clark, Membership co-chair
 
In this new world created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Rotarians all over the world are looking for new ways to safely connect. Online meetings and events are the norm now in and outside of Rotary; and if you’re finding yourself struggling to find ways to connect with your fellow Rotarians or aren’t feeling the same sense of community as you may be used to, you’re not alone! So, as we adapt to our new reality, let’s discuss some ways that you may be able to increase your connectivity.
Ideas for Connecting Virtually Kateri Clark, Membership co-chair 2021-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

Website Article Basics / bases des articles de site Web

Whenever possible, articles have been translated into French. We could use help with translation at any time. Please note that most articles have a "See More" link so that you can read the rest of the article.
 
Dans la mesure du possible, les articles ont été traduits en français. Nous pourrions utiliser de l'aide pour la traduction à tout moment. Veuillez noter que la plupart des articles ont un lien "See More" afin que vous puissiez lire le reste de l'article.
Website Article Basics / bases des articles de site Web 2021-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Canton Highway Cleanup

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
The Rotary Club of Canton did a highway clean-up on Saturday, October 23.
 
Sunrise preparations for clean-up. Amy Plumadore, Jeanne Tyo-Martin, Mary Anne Healey and Edith Frazer.
A successful clean-up. Back row: Tom Lee, Mary Ann Healey, Tim Welpe,  Edith Frazer. Front Row: Jeanne Tyo-Martin and Amy Plumadore, (Mike Crowe behind the camera).
Mary Anne Healey, Edith Frazer, Jeanne Tyo-Martin, Mike Crowe, Amy Plumadore and Tom Lee (Tim Welp behind the camera).
Canton Highway Cleanup Michael Griffin, AG 2021-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Chesterville Second Annual Great Pumpkin Patch

The Rotary Club of Chesterville thanks everyone who came out last night for our 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Patch.
It was great to see so many people out touring the village, inviting others to come see their decorations, sitting in driveways visiting - just a fun-filled evening.
Rotary Club members were on hand at the Gazebo to hand out Hallowe'en treats. Thanks to those who gave donations and to those who just stopped by for a good visit.
Everyone's support is greatly appreciated, and we hope you enjoyed your evening.
The decorations around the village are unbelievable - thank you for taking the time to decorate your yards.
Plans are underway for next year. The street with the most participants will be announced Hallowe'en night on our Facebook page.
Chesterville Second Annual Great Pumpkin Patch 2021-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Ottawa Bytown New Fundraiser

Posted by Ken Sparks, President Ottawa Bytown
In the Spring of 2021, The Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown organized a new Fundraiser where our members collected used goods and partnered with Value Village. The advertising and marketing zeroed into “Cleaning out the Closet” and “Donate those Small Household Items” that you don’t need anymore.
The link shows a short video:
  • the Marketing Flyer we used
  • Emptying the storage locker that was used during the fundraiser
  • Transporting the items to Value Village
  • A cheque presentation of $2,000 to Immaculata HS in Ottawa to support their student’s breakfast program
Ottawa Bytown New Fundraiser Ken Sparks, President Ottawa Bytown 2021-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor's November Message

In keeping with the ABCs of Rotary, November’s Foundation Month looks at the letters: I and J 

“I” represents: Imagination, Importance, and incredible Ideals

“J” represents: Joy

“Imagine a world where we all could live as one”- quote from John Lennon. 

The importance of building a solid foundation, we can develop and leave a legacy for a better world, one where each child has food to eat and an education. A solid foundation makes all the following possible:

·       Promoting peace

·       Fighting disease

·       Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene

·       Helping mothers and children

·       Supporting education

·       Growing local economies

·       Protecting the environment   

As we see ills occurring worldwide, it can be easy to lose sight of what we are trying to achieve. Our imagination is sometimes tested when we cannot imagine a better world for the next generation.

For November, I would encourage all of us to take some time to think about our incredible ideals for the short and long term; as we “Serve to Change Lives.”

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RC Arnprior Cleans up Algonquin Trail; “Unplugged” Kids Clean up Galilee Beach

Posted by Rod Smith, Arnprior
On Sept 25, 2021, a dozen Club members, family and friends of Rotary gathered to clean up sites that could pollute local waterways.  Also participating in the cleanup as part of an educational outing were ten children and guardians of the Unplugged Program of St. John Lutheran Church.
 
 
 
Some of the cleanup crew on the Algonquin Trail in Braeside. Rod Smith, Gerhard Peters, Jane Peters, Bill Sellers, Vila Smith, Terry Dawson, Bruce Buie, Dave Palmer and Pushpa (bottom row)
RC Arnprior Cleans up Algonquin Trail; “Unplugged” Kids Clean up Galilee Beach Rod Smith, Arnprior 2021-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Does This Remembrance Resonate With You?

 
I attended several good sessions at last year's virtual District Conference. It was enjoyable and educational, but everyone missed the camaraderie that's generated when a group gets together. I'm really looking forward to meeting in-person with fellow Rotarians next May. See you at DisCon 2022!
Scott Vetter, RC Ottawa South
 
Are you counting the days until you can meet again?  You have friends in the USA or Canada that you have not met in person for over a year and a half – they’re waiting for you too!  The Ottawa Conference & Event Centre on Coventry Road in Ottawa is the location where we will be “Reaching Out” and meeting for the Rotary District Conference on May 6 & 7, 2022. 
 
DisCon2022 will be different than past events.  It will be family friendly with activities and meals for all ages.  It will be a celebration of the past Rotary year and an opportunity to learn from speakers that will help everyone to step back and reevaluate their life and make strides into seeing through a different lens.
Does This Remembrance Resonate With You? 2021-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

New Custom License Plate for NYS Rotarians

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
A new custom Rotary license plate will soon be available for New York State Rotarians! The new custom plate will feature the Rotary logo and our motto, "Service Above Self."
 
District 7120 Governor Janet Tenreiro along with District 7040 Area Governor Michael Griffin are taking point on this project, which has the support of all nine district governors in New York State. The new plate will take the place of Rotary's current custom plate in New York, which uses the old logo and has no motto.
 
In order for New York State to move ahead on printing the new plates, we need to get at least 200 New York State Rotarians to express interest in ordering the new custom license plate.
 
If you are interested in ordering a plate, please fill out the short form online at https://forms.gle/sQAhXsejZBanX25K8 or print out and mail in the attached form.
 
New Custom License Plate for NYS Rotarians Michael Griffin, AG 2021-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Working Together Despite the Age Gap

Posted by Heather Taylor, Ottawa Rotaract
Through Rotary, Rotaract and Interact, there are several different generations who work to support their communities around the world. Whether it is through culture, style and communication, there can be a lot said about the differences between each generation. These age gaps provide unique complications but can also be used to work together in a very collaborative way.
 
As we have learned through COVID-19, communication styles and the way we depend on technology have changed exponentially. Now, Millennials and Gen Z are well accustomed to technology as it has been accessible through growing up. So, adapting to the necessary online format of classes and Zoom calls was more straightforward. However, I think that one thing we can all agree on, no matter the age, is that it was still a huge adjustment for everyone. Staring at a computer screen all day definitely takes a toll on motivation, energy and how you relate to the world. However, Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors all rose to the challenge, to learn new skills in order to remain serving their community.
 
Working Together Despite the Age Gap Heather Taylor, Ottawa Rotaract 2021-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Potsdam Rotary Opens Three Lil' Free Libraries

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
The Rotary Club of Potsdam has opened three "Lil'" Free Libraries with books specifically geared toward children. The new libraries are located outside of Trinity Episcopal Church at 8 Maple St., Yum Yum's Chilly Delight at 12 Main St., and Harris Medical Supplies inside the Market Square Mall.
 
Little Free Libraries are little house-like kiosks in which books are donated. They are located all over the world and are free to both adults and children to take a book or leave a book, if they can.
Potsdam Rotary Opens Three Lil' Free Libraries Michael Griffin, AG 2021-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Ontario Rotary Raffle

 
Ontario Rotary Raffle:  Catch-the-Ace
The Rotary Raffle is now active and ready to buy tickets.  All Ontario Rotary clubs are encouraged to consider the advantages of joining this lottery to help support their local charities and to help alleviate club fundraising expectations.
 
After 18 months of preparation, the Rotary Club of Mississauga has launched the “Catch-the-Ace” Raffle for residents of Ontario only.   There are currently 16 Rotary Clubs in Ontario that have signed up to participate and another 10 clubs that have expressed an interest.  The goal is to have ALL Ontario Rotary clubs onboard to generate mega-jackpots and help alleviate club fundraiser pressures.
 
The first draw will be on October 28th and then weekly thereafter. 
 
Sign up your club or purchase a ticket:  https://rotaryraffle.online
 
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Retaining Our Most Valuable Resource

Posted by Kateri Clark, Membership chair
Which is more valuable to your Rotary club?
 
A) One new member?
B) One retained member?
 
The answer is definitely B.
 
According to Amy Gallo of the Harvard Business Review, “acquiring a new customer is anywhere from five to 25 times more expensive than retaining an existing one.” That’s because it costs more to find and convince a new member to join than to keep your current members engaged.
 
Of course, keeping members engaged, and paying special mind to the motivation and retention of your members, can be difficult at times! Rotary has some great ideas and resources to help us improve our club’s membership retention.
Retaining Our Most Valuable Resource Kateri Clark, Membership chair 2021-10-25 04:00:00Z 0 Membership
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October is Economic and Community Development Month.

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
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This month also has World Polio Day on October 24. What is your club planning? Check out some of the special events and invitations on our home page. Also, 4-10 October is Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week. Do you know any former scholars, Youth Exchange students, Friendship Exchange members, or Interactors that you can invite to a meeting?
 
As we continue through the ABC’s of Rotary - this month's message is brought to you by the letters H and G and the words - Goodwill and Generosity and Hope and Hard work
October is Economic and Community Development Month. DG Fay Campbell 2021-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Youth Protection at Rotary International

Posted by Rotary Youth Protection staff
We want to make sure you are aware of the latest youth protection resources. As you work to engage young people in service and leadership development through Rotary’s structured programs, including Interact, RYLA, and Rotary Youth Exchange, or other activities involving youth, make sure that all of your volunteers and program participants are aware of these resources and your commitment to ensuring a safe and inclusive experience.

Rotary’s Statement of Conduct for Working With Youth
Rotary International strives to create and maintain a safe environment for all youth who participate in Rotary activities. To the best of their ability, Rotary members, their partners, and other volunteers must safeguard the children and young people with whom they come into contact and protect them from physical, sexual, and psychological abuse (RCOP 2.120.1.)
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Local Rotarian receives “Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award”

Posted by Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise
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We are extremely proud to report that Bette Miller, a founding member of the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise, has received an award from Rotary International that only 44 persons worldwide were merited this past year. The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award, presented to Bette in June, honours people who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Rotary Foundation.
 
With a wealth of knowledge and the compassionate ability to teach and guide Rotarians, Bette has been vital to the understanding of the goals of the charitable arm of Rotary. The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award requires that the nominee’s eligible service be on a broad basis, over an extended period of time, include at least six of the eleven required activities which make up the eligibility criteria and have previously been awarded the Rotary Foundation Meritorious Service Award, which she was in 2014.
Local Rotarian receives “Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award” Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise 2021-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

A Special Invitation to Listen to a Polio Survivor

You are invited to the
 
Rotary Clubs of Cornwall and Cornwall Sunrise World Polio Day Awareness Event
 
Monday, October 18th ~ 7 PM (Eastern Time)
 
With guest speaker
 
“John Nanni”
 
 
Polio Survivor, Rotary District 7630 PolioPlus Chair, and Rise Against Hunger Rotary Ambassador
 
Join us via Zoom (limited space) by registering in advance here:
A Special Invitation to Listen to a Polio Survivor 2021-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day 2021 LIVE

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World Polio Day 2021 LIVE from The Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
 
Rotary invites the world to watch "LIVE” from Durham College's new Global Classroom on October 21, 2021, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Tune In Here on Oct 21 at 7 PM, EDT:
 
 
The 10 Rotary Clubs in Durham Region (and the Rotary Club of Port Hope), (in District 7070, on behalf of your co-hosts, the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood and Durham College invite you to District 7070's World Polio Day 2021 - Live from The Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario Canada.
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Rotary website with Great Recipes!

Posted by Knud Petersen, Montreal-Lakeshore
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This is very different ! - A new Rotary website with Great Recipes !
 
From one person to another…. to help break the monotony of our days. Visit: www.rotaryrecipes.ca (Rotary Club of Montreal-Lakeshore)
 
You may be really surprised ! Many of the recipes are ‘family heirlooms’ - and all of them are special !
 
Even if you do not have the time to try the recipes, reading about them and their contributors can be entertaining. And as we would like to spread the information about the website, please consider passing it on to friends and family. It is a very positive endeavour in today’s world.
Rotary website with Great Recipes! Knud Petersen, Montreal-Lakeshore 2021-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Introducing New Members to Rotary

Posted by Kateri Clark, Membership Co-Chair
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How exciting! Your club has a new member, and it is time to help them become a fully-fledged Rotarian. This time is very exciting and a little scary, for both the new member and your club. But it is important to make sure that it is the best experience for everyone, especially the new member! A high rate of members drop out of Rotary within a couple of years, so helping new members make connections and feel included within the club is key to retaining new members and keeping them motivated.
 
 
 
Introducing New Members to Rotary Kateri Clark, Membership Co-Chair 2021-09-19 04:00:00Z 0 Grow Rotary,Inclusion,Membership

Rotary Club of Lake Placid Activities

Lake Placid NY Rotary Club – 16th Annual and BEST DUCK RACE EVER!
 
With appropriate words said to honor the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001, our Rotary Club conducted its major fundraiser of the year, benefitting numerous organizations in the Lake Placid area.  On a sunny and warm late afternoon, attendees were able to enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner prior to the race.  Entertainment was provided in the form of a mechanical bull and jousting pit.  Top prize in this year’s race was $1,500 with numerous other prizes such as gas cards, dinner certificates and movie tickets.  We are very pleased to thank our community and to report this appears to be our best duck race fundraiser, netting over $16,000 for our Donations Committee to distribute.   
 
The Rotary Club of Lake Placid NY featured a summary of all our activities in a recent column that ran in our local paper, The Lake Placid News. You can access the article here
 
The inflatable rubber duck on Mill Pond promotes the Lake Placid Rotary Club’s upcoming Dam Duck Race fundraiser, which will be held down the Chubb River on Saturday, Sept. 11. (News photo — Andy Flynn)
We put in the books with another great Dam Duck Race to benefit many organizations in the Lake Placid community. Unfortunately, Tina passed away shortly after this picture was taken.
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Darrel O’Shaughnessy awarded Paul Harris Fellow by Arnprior Rotary Club

Posted by Gerhard Peters, Past President Arnprior
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The Arnprior Rotary Club is pleased to announce that Darrel O’Shaughnessy has been given the prestigious Paul Harris Award for his volunteer efforts within the Arnprior Community over the last decade.
 
In 2011 Darrel and his wife Betty were involved with the creation of the successful Arnprior Dragon Boat Club (ADBC) which in 2015 led to the annual Arnprior Dragon Boat Festival.  More recently he was instrumental in successfully launching Canada’s
22nd Men’s Shed in 2019.   He currently serves as Chair of the Greater Arnprior Senior's Council (GASC) and has positions on the Town of Arnprior's Corporate Services Advisory Committee and the Senior’s Active Living Centre (SALC) Advisory Committee.
 
 
Congratulations to Darrel for receiving the Paul Harris Award, which is named after one of Rotary’s founders, and puts him into the company of previous recipients including polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk and Habitat for Humanity advocate Jimmy Carter.
 
Photo Caption: Recently Arnprior Volunteer Extraordinaire Darrel O’Shaughnessy was presented Rotary’s Paul Harris Award by Rotary District 7040 Governor Fay Campbell and Arnprior Rotary president Vila Smith at an end of a summer gathering.
Darrel O’Shaughnessy awarded Paul Harris Fellow by Arnprior Rotary Club Gerhard Peters, Past President Arnprior 2021-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Awards - des prix de reconnaissance

Posted by Katherine Burke Awards Chair - présidente du comité des prix
Each year, Rotary International has a list of awards for deserving Rotarians and clubs BUT these awards need nominations!  Below you will find the link to the Rotary awards page.  Please read it carefully - there are awards that have upcoming deadlines: The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service (Nov), Service Above Self (Oct 1-31) and Service Award for a Polio-Free World (Oct 1).
Please read the application carefully and if you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
 
Chaque année, le Rotary International offre des prix de reconnaissance pour Rotariens et pour les clubs Rotary mais ces prix on besoin d'une application.  Ci-dessous vous trouverez le lien pour la page des prix.  SVP lire avec soin - il y a des prix qui ont des dates limites sous peu: Citation domaines d'action du Rotary (Nov), Prix Servir d'abord (31 Oct), Prix pour un monde sans poli (1 Oct).
SVP lire le formulaire d'application avec soin et si vous avez besoin d'aide, ne pas hésiter de me contacter.
 
Rotary Awards - des prix de reconnaissance Katherine Burke Awards Chair - présidente du comité des prix 2021-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Always Making Mistakes

Posted by Martha Pritchard Spear, Lake Placid
Recently someone asked me why I put “aspiring anti-racist” in my bio. It’s because no matter my good intentions, I am constantly slipping up. The other day I, a white American-born woman, was serving a family of dark-skinned people at the health food store where I sometimes work. They had accents, and I guessed they were continental Indian but did not speak that thought. We chatted about the local cheese they were buying, rhapsodized about the taste of the sungold tomatoes, and the mother and I discussed the merits of kombucha.  Then my curiosity got the better of me and I asked, “Where are you visiting from?” The mother and I had been looking at each other as I spoke, and her eyes flickered away, and her face changed from relaxed to tight. I knew I’d done it again.  Unintentional microaggression. 
 
Always Making Mistakes Martha Pritchard Spear, Lake Placid 2021-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Mont-Tremblant List of Projects

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Local projects
  • “Lunch Boxes” program in the schools, inspired first by Olivette Gauthier and after by Marjorie.
  • “For a Green Future”, tree planting in 2000 and in 2019
  • Football Program to counter school drop off in collaboration with the Club Richelieu
  • Mont-Tremblant “Cannes” Festival (Guignolée) in partnership with the Village neighborhood Committee, the Knights of Columbus and La Samaritaine.
  • Project Summer Camp for the handicapped children in partnership with Clair-Soleil Association – New Paralympic building for our athlete Eric Gauthier.
  • Bursary to celebrate the success of the Curé-Mercure High School’s student who tried the hardest to succeed in his/her studies – The swing offered to the CHSLD – Grant to help cover the costs of the windows displaying the Saint-Jovite’s Church History
  • Project “Sophie”
  • Financial support for the Palliative Care Unit “Palliacco”
  • Partnership with Father Marc Richer, Knights of Columbus and other clubs, for the conception of “La Samaritaine” and special help from the Fairmont Hotel – Grants to La Traversée, in particular for the automated doors
  • Christmas celebrations for the children receiving help from the Lunch Box Program at the Fairmont, Ski Le Gap and Domaine St. Bernard
  • Tickets offered to the students of the High-School Music Program for the Choir Tremblant’s concerts
  • And much more!
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Ecuador Project Fair 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

“Let’s Meet Again”

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville
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Are you counting the days until you can meet again?  You have friends in USA or Canada that you have not met in person for over a year and a half – they’re waiting for you too!  The Ottawa Conference & Event Centre on Coventry Road in Ottawa is the location where we will be “Reaching Out” and meeting for the Rotary District Conference on May 6 & 7. You can find all the information here.
 
“Let’s Meet Again” Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville 2021-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

Change in Rotary Global Rewards

Posted by Manon Lennon, Laval Rive-Nord
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ROTARY GLOBAL REWARDS replaced by Member Discounts | My Rotary
Now Member Discounts - Provided by Abenity
 
Rotary International and Abenity partnered with top brands to provide member-only access to private discounts and corporate rates on everything from pizza and the zoo to movie tickets, oil changes, car rentals, and hotels. You need to be signed in to My Rotary.
 
Change in Rotary Global Rewards Manon Lennon, Laval Rive-Nord 2021-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 Update- as of Aug. 25, 2021

Posted by Baxter Willis M.D., District COVID adviser, West Ottawa
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Although Ottawa’s case counts remain low in comparison to the Greater Toronto area, there is concern that we will soon be in a fourth wave. Daily cases in Ottawa average less than 20 over the past month. Case numbers are once again rising in the last week, but the figures are not consistent.
 
One thing in these numbers is consistent. Those testing positive for Covid-19 are largely the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated (about 85% of the total).  And if you are vaccinated and test positive for Covid, the likelihood is that you will not need to be hospitalized. Vaccination protects against the serious pulmonary consequences of the virus.
Covid-19 Update- as of Aug. 25, 2021 Baxter Willis M.D., District COVID adviser, West Ottawa 2021-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor September Message

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September is the month that Rotarians focus on “Basic Education and Literacy.”
 
As I write the ABCs of Rotary this month, I am constantly reminded of how our values are still important; while we have matured as an organization, our values remain unchanged. We will be exploring the letters E and F this month.
District Governor September Message 2021-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Haiti Fundraisers

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
 
Eleven years ago, Haiti was hit by an earthquake that killed many, destroyed homes, schools, hospitals, businesses and much more.  It has happened again.  In 2010 money and supplies were sent from around the world to help.  There is a vast amount of misuse, mismanagement, and corruption.  We have learned from that experience.
 
The fundraiser initiated by the Rotary Club of Hawkesbury will have many safeguards to prevent this from happening again with these funds. 
 
I am in contact with the district 7020 disaster team, which is on the ground in Haiti. They assess where the funds can be best used for a sustainable project. Rotary works to ensure sustainability. Other agencies provide immediate relief, but we want to make a difference over the long run.
Haiti Fundraisers DG Fay Campbell 2021-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Haiti Donations

Canadian clubs can use this link to donate for Haiti.
 
 
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Public Libraries: Promoting Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion

Posted by Jacinthe Paillé, D7040 Passport Club, DEI Committee, Literacy Chair
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I do not remember the exact moment I stepped into a library for the first time, but I do feel as if I’ve spent countless hours in public libraries since I was very young. From Quebec City to Toronto, I have always had a library card and borrowed (and read) many, many books throughout my life. Even when I travel, I love to visit these beautiful places, and admire not only the books but also the architecture, and soak in the quietness of the place.
 
In Rotary, as we celebrate Literacy month in September, I wanted to share my love of books, reading and the amazing potential of public libraries with you, and remind you of the many ways they promote accessibility, diversity and inclusion.
 
Public Libraries: Promoting Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion Jacinthe Paillé, D7040 Passport Club, DEI Committee, Literacy Chair 2021-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Golf Getaway Lottery

Posted by John Beard Rotary Club of Kanata
Hello, John Beard here from the Rotary Club of Kanata. There are only a few weeks left to get your Golf Getaway Lottery tickets to win the ultimate golf/travel vacation to next year's 150th Open Championship. In doing so, you have a chance at winning the ultimate golf vacation trip to St Andrews Scotland in July 2022. Imagine!?!
 
Just a head's up we have less than three weeks left in the Lottery before the Grand Prize Draw on September 8. Now is the time to grab your tickets! As we wind down the campaign, the interest in the remaining tickets ramps up, so get yours now.


Go to Golf Getaway Lottery if you want to get a lottery ticket or two, and do share this email with those you know who would love to visit Scotland – maybe you can find someone who will take you and you take them if you win!
Golf Getaway Lottery John Beard Rotary Club of Kanata 2021-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

Invitation to Virtual Project Fair

Posted by Oscar Torres Montes, Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, District 4455
 
We would like to invite you and your District to our Virtual Project Fair from September 18 to 24, 2021. In this fair, international projects are exhibited to find sponsor clubs and bring districts closer. Please send the information to your District or other Rotary friends in Canada?
 
At the same time, I would like to get closer to our Districts in order to be able to carry out other programs in the future such as youth exchanges or Rotary friendship exchanges.
If you like, we can have a meeting by Zoom to provide more information about the fair.
 
Here is our social media information:
 
 
Invitation to Virtual Project Fair Oscar Torres Montes, Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, District 4455 2021-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

A New Type of Fundraiser

Posted by John/Jack Prim, Fundraising Chair
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As District Fundraising Chair, one of my goals is to share information amongst our clubs about what our clubs are doing to raise money.  For some of us, COVID impacted our fundraising efforts.  Now may be a good time to review your fundraising programs to see if you should consider adding new ones, and/or to consider dropping some.  Getting the most out of your club members’ participation effort versus the amount of money raised, I feel, is an important consideration.  Another factor in considering a fundraiser’s value is the fellowship that the various fundraisers provide.
 
I want to share with you a new type of fundraiser with the hope that many of you will be able to adopt it as part of your fundraising program.   It is a Zoom Wine and Cheese Party.  It was the creation of the Rotary Club of Orleans.
 
A New Type of Fundraiser John/Jack Prim, Fundraising Chair 2021-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

Clubs Qualified for Rotary Year 2021-2022 Grants

The following 23 clubs qualified for grants during our pandemic-driven 2020-2021 year for grants in the 2021-2022 Rotary year:
 
Club
Qualified
Arnprior
District
Cataraqui-Kingston
Global
Cornwall Sunrise
Global
D7040 Passport
Global
Gananoque
Global
Kingston
Global
Kingston-Frontenac
Global
Montreal
Global
Montreal Lakeshore
District
Montreal Westward/NDG
District
Mont-Tremblant
District
Nepean-Kanata
Global
Old Montreal
Global
Orleans
Global
Ottawa
District
Plattsburgh Sunrise
Global
e-club premier D7040
Global
Montreal Ville-Marie
District
Saranac Lake
District
St Jerome
District
Watertown Sunrise
Global
West Ottawa
District
Westmount
Global
 
Please register under EVENTS on our District website for any of the remaining Grant Management Seminar sessions scheduled after the quarterly District International Service/Foundation meetings.  Registration assures you receive the correct Zoom link, if we remain virtual!
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Rotary Deepens its Commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion

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Rotary International just issued language strengthening its statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). You can read it here. That update says Rotary is: “...committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.”
 
How can our clubs take, action “…so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.” How can we individual Rotarians help to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong? Educate yourself. Talk with others. Expand your knowledge and strengthen your and your club's comittment to diversity, equity and inclusion by registering for the September 17th DTA session and attending monthly DEI committee meetings.
Rotary Deepens its Commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion Martha Weaver she/her/ours 2021-07-30 04:00:00Z 0 DEI

Growing our clubs starts with a membership committee

Posted by Kateri Clark, Membership Chair
 
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Rotary’s impact starts with our members — people like ourselves who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Without active members, Rotary would not exist.  But how do we demonstrate our value to potential new members and our current members? 
Growing our clubs starts with a membership committee Kateri Clark, Membership Chair 2021-07-30 04:00:00Z 0 Grow Rotary,Membership

The Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain and the Rotary Club of West Ottawa

Posted by Caroline DeWitt, Past President West Ottawa
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The following article and images appeared in the Rotary District 7030 Newsletter
 
The Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain (RCCPOS) and the Rotary Club of West Ottawa (RCWO) are collaborating to provide educational support to the children located on the Beetham Estate in Trinidad, W.I.
 
The Beetham Estate is a well-known crime hot spot just outside the capital city of Port of Spain, with limited opportunities for its residents. This Rotary collaboration builds on the assistance provided over decades by RCCPOS primarily to the All-in-One Child Development Centre (a preschool) and the Each One Teach One school.
 
The project will span three years, from February 2020 to June 30, 2022, with projects including infrastructure maintenance/refurbishment, educational materials (computers, library materials), kitchen appliances, stationery and food hampers.
 
Then President of the RCWO Caroline De Witt, is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, and after the devastation of the recent volcano eruption in St Vincent and the Grenadines, reached out to see how her club could help. After an appeal to her members and the wider diaspora, they made a donation of USD 11,453 towards the Rotary Disaster Relief.
The Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain and the Rotary Club of West Ottawa Caroline DeWitt, Past President West Ottawa 2021-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 7010 Indigenous Project - Water First Internship Program

Posted by Rene Melchers, PDG/District Indigenous committee chair
It is amazing to know that in Canada we have problems with drinking water. Rotary has built so many wells and supported communities around the world and now we have an opportunity to do so in our own country.
 
If your club is looking to support an Indigenous project that will allow you to Serve to Change Lives, then this is a project for you to support. District 7010 is requesting for funds to support drinking water on First Nations reserves. The government funds the building and Infrastructure but for sustainability they need more training. Rotary understands this that with any project it is critical that when the building is done, and we leave the communities need to support it onward.
 
If you are interested read the article below for details and contact them to speak to your club on this project and how you can help. You can contact them through their website.
Rotary District 7010 Indigenous Project - Water First Internship Program Rene Melchers, PDG/District Indigenous committee chair 2021-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor August Message

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
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August is membership and new club development month; therefore, we will look at letters C and D as we 'Serve to Change Lives". 
 
C: Create and cultivate an inviting club environment where everyone will feel welcome. We encourage all members to invite friends, co-workers, and family members to join us for all talent and skills are welcome.
 
Our goal as Rotarians is to create and maintain an inclusive club environment- where everyone is heard, making the crack in the concrete for the rose to grow. With creation comes risk; for us to grow, we will try new things, some may fail, but those that work will improve our Clubs and in turn Rotary and the world around us.
 
 
District Governor August Message DG Fay Campbell 2021-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

More Tulips Available

Posted by Carol Cartier, Kingston
 
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.District 7040 joined with other Canadian districts in an End Polio Now tulip campaign which ran from June 15th until the end of July.  We were originally allocated 400 boxes which sold out in the first week. We are pleased to announce that our District has now been allocated an additional 500 boxes to sell. These specially bred “End Polio Now” tulips come from Holland and will be distributed to Rotary clubs in Canada by Vesey Seeds of PEI. Unfortunately, due to border restrictions delivery is not possible to our American clubs at this time. The tulips come in boxes of 25 bulbs and sell for $25, all taxes and delivery included.  All profits (last year amounting to $13 per box sold) will be donated to Polio Plus and this money will count towards your club’s Polio Plus goal and will generate Paul Harris points, calculated on how many boxes your club sells. The bulbs are shipped 6 boxes to a case so it would be appreciated if your orders are for full cases only.   Payment is required at time of ordering.  Delivery will occur in mid-September, just in time for planting, and will come directly to a nominated contact person at each club who will be responsible for onward delivery to your local supporters.
 
More Tulips Available Carol Cartier, Kingston 2021-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

A New Rotary Year – A Big Thanks!

Posted by Bonnie Black, TRF Chair
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In 2020-21, we were able to turn the corner on our Annual Fund giving in our District – the highest since 2017-18 at $157,354US which is $97.67US per capita…just a few dollars under the global goal of $100US per capita. We are now moving in the right direction!
 
Yet, only 15% of our clubs have entered Foundation goals for this Rotary year in Rotary Club Central, so it’s hard to project where we might be this time next year.
 
What our Foundation Committee members don’t understand is why there are 14 clubs which, again, didn’t even donate $1 to our Foundation-either individually or as a club.  The Rotary Foundation is the ‘engine’ which powers our local and international projects – projects where Rotarians are doing good in the world and proud of it!  Take a look at all of the successful projects on Rotary Showcase.
 
The Foundation is why we are almost done eradicating polio in our world.  Who couldn’t be proud of that?!
 
Our Committee would like to hear why YOUR club members support Our Foundation – and plan to do so again this year.  Please send all responses to our District Rotary Foundation Chair at bonnie.black@rotary7040.com by August 20th. We'll share them here in the coming months and at District meetings.
 
A New Rotary Year – A Big Thanks! Bonnie Black, TRF Chair 2021-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Message

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
 
Spring is the start of new beginnings as the earth and its creatures come to life again.  Spring’s new beginnings are built on past love and care of the earth and a future commitment to use its gifts wisely. So too is our Rotary journey: mindful of the past, active in the present, and transformational in the future.
 
As we welcome the new Rotary year let us be mindful of the PAST - “Connect the World”, the PRESENT - “Rotary Opens Opportunities”, and look ahead to the FUTURE in which we “Serve to Change Lives” and “Grow Rotary”.  I would like to invite you to my version of the ABCs of Rotary.  Let us start, this month, with the letters A and B.  During the year we will examine the entire alphabet.
District Governor's Message DG Fay Campbell 2021-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Kingston Centennial – June Highlights

Posted by Paul Elsley, Kingston
We have finally arrived at the culminating month of our Centennial celebrations, and, in some respects, we saved the best for last.
 
One of our Centennial projects promotes environmental sustainability at No. 9 Gardens, a property located near Lyndhurst, Ont. Launched in partnership with Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, St. Lawrence College Department of Skilled Trades and Tourism, and the Kingston Rotary clubs, this unique 40-acre facility is Canada’s first Sustainability and Reconciliation Centre, created as a hands-on teaching facility and lab for research and the implementation of innovative projects and practices that lead to low carbon communities and a sustainable lifestyle.
 
On June 15, a dozen Rotarians made their way north to the property to plant apple trees. Working in four shifts, this determined group planted the first phase of trees with plans to return to plant many more in the fall. The centre will teach non-First Nation students about environmental sustainability and First Nation culture and traditions.
Rotary in Kingston Centennial – June Highlights Paul Elsley, Kingston 2021-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

Land Acknowledgment

Posted by Heather Taylor (she/her) DEI co-chair
 
The District 7040 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee has written a Land Acknowledgement, taking into consideration the entire district. This is a “living” document, as it will continue to be edited and acknowledged.
 
We would also like to honour and mourn the many children being found at several residential schools across Canada, and those who have yet to be found.
Land Acknowledgment Heather Taylor (she/her) DEI co-chair 2021-06-30 04:00:00Z 0 DEI

Welcome New Social Media Committee

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
I am thrilled to welcome Rotaractors Aysha Aftab, Devanshi Bhanjana and Yashica Choudhary as the District’s new Social Media committee for 2021-22. They are now bringing their talents to the whole district! Huge thanks to Nabil Oudeh who will serve as their Rotary Advisor.
 
Welcome New Social Media Committee DG Fay Campbell 2021-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Celebrating a Centennial and a Life - in Memory of Edmond

Posted by Jean-Guy St-Arnaud, Rotary Club of Hull
On September 15, 1921, the Rotary Club of Hull held its first informal meeting. The club received its charter two months later, sponsored by the Ottawa Rotary Club. Its first president was George Doyon, an insurance executive. The charter celebrated at a banquet on February 22, 1922.
 
In 2021, the Rotary Club of Hull, Quebec, celebrates once again — and not just its centennial. Last year, our Rotarian friend and colleague Edmond Lanthier celebrated his 50th anniversary as a member of the Rotary Club of Hull. This is a remarkable achievement that deserves to be highlighted.
Celebrating a Centennial and a Life - in Memory of Edmond Jean-Guy St-Arnaud, Rotary Club of Hull 2021-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Stittsville Staycation Rotary Ride

Posted by Peter Labelle on Jun 20, 2021
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Ready for a break, but not ready to travel far yet? How about a cycling staycation in Stittsville?
 
The Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville is organizing the Stittsville Staycation Rotary Ride.  Cycle around Stittsville and discover unique restaurants, craft breweries, coffee & ice cream shops that make Stittsville special!

Pick a day between June 26 and July 11 and bicycle a 14 km route around Stittsville. Due to the unpredictable weather and the desire to support small businesses around Stittsville, the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville has decided to extend our Stittsville Staycation Rotary Ride bicycle tour for another week until July 11, 2021. Follow a virtual map/route with checkpoints that are logged via GPS using MapRun6 (free app must be downloaded either through the App store or Google Play).  Go to the labyrinth in WJ Bell Rotary Peace Park to start your ride! (off Cherry Drive).
 
Registration is $10/individual; $20/family.  All proceeds go to the Stittsville Rotary Club (in support of the Stittsville Food Bank).  Everyone completing the ride will be entered into a draw for a $100 gift certificate to the checkpoint location of their choice.  Additional prizes from Bushtukah.

The EventBrite Cycling link is:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stittsville-staycation-rotary-ride-tickets-155724802075
Stittsville Staycation Rotary Ride Peter Labelle 2021-06-20 04:00:00Z 0

HIP’s I Pledge 215

Posted by John Currie (he/him) President | Rotary Club of Pickering
Rotarian Friends,
 
We need Rotary Nation to help us spread the word about HIP’s I PLEDGE 215 movement. We kindly ask that you share this information with your Club and others in your district.  
 
Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation discovered the remains of the 215 children using ground-penetrating radar. This has confirmed what Indigenous Peoples and Allies have known and been saying for years.
 
Generations of Indigenous children were abducted. Many are shocked to learn that the last residential school closed in 1996.
 
You can help by raising awareness, supporting Indigenous healing and Honouring the children who never made it home by supporting the next generation.
 
Please:
 
·        Create social media posts using the attached picture
·        Link your posts to https://honouringindigenouspeoples.com/ipledge215
·        Add the Facebook frame “I PLEDGE 215” to profile pictures
 
Thank you, my friends. Together we truly can make an impact.
HIP’s I Pledge 215 John Currie (he/him) President | Rotary Club of Pickering 2021-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Serve to Change Lives

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
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President-elect Shekhar Mehta's vision is "Serve to Change Lives," I thought to myself, how do I bring you this message from Sekhar. You are already committed to serving; this why you are here. So, I thought, let me look at the word Serve and what it says.
Serve to Change Lives DG Fay Campbell 2021-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Special Presentation

Jamie D’Souza is a young environmentalist who majored in Human Environment and minored in Urban Studies at Concordia University.
She recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Masters in Geography.

She spoke to the Rotary Club of Westmount about how polar bear viewing in Churchill, Manitoba (the polar bear capital of the world) could influence climate change, and the implications of and impacts from climate change for tourism in Churchill, Manitoba. 
 
View her presentation here.
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Governor's Message

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This has been a year like no other! Soon I will be joining the PDG Line. Our DG class has an ongoing joke as we are the Pandemic District Governors hence “PDG”. We have overcome many challenges and we continue doing so. I did not get the chance to visit our clubs in the normal way where Governors visit clubs in person and attend their functions. However, this year has opened to us new opportunities to communicate with clubs in different ways.
 
The last two Rotary International Conventions have been cancelled due to the pandemic. The Canada/US border has been closed since last year and I was forced to make my visits virtually. The health restrictions have forced us to pivot and meet virtually. In a way this opened the opportunity for me to meet with clubs on many different occasions. Many clubs were and continue to be creative in running their fundraisers online and made the best of it. In Rotary we became creative and discovered many ways to do our fundraisers. From anniversaries to foundations, you name it. We discovered how to do Rotary in different ways to accommodate the restrictions.
Governor's Message 2021-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Message from Rotary International 

Code of Policies General Principles regarding Travel, Meetings and Events   
·       The health and safety of all participants in Rotary programs, meetings, and events is of paramount importance. 
·       All conveners and organizers of Rotary meetings and events shall fully comply with all health and safety rules in effect in that location. 
·       No in-person Rotary meeting or event shall be mandatory for any participant who may feel uncomfortable attending because of the pandemic.   
·       All conveners and organizers of Rotary meetings and events are strongly encouraged to consider all health concerns in deciding whether to hold in-person meetings.  
·       All travelers must adhere to all risk mitigation protocols required or recommended by local authorities.  
Message from Rotary International 2021-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Pride Month: Celebrating Transgender Rotarians

Posted by Martha Pritchard Spear (elle), Lake Placid
 
Photo of Claire Slingerland’s reinstallation
 
June is traditionally called Pride month, or commonly “Gay Pride month.”  This is an annual celebration of the fierce joy of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, transitioning, non-binary, a-sexual, intersex or “other,” some of the wonderful variety of sexualities that makes up our human community. A good old catch-all adjective from my days as a young activist in the 1980’s and 90’s is “queer,” which is a word I am comfortable calling myself.   
 
To celebrate this year’s Pride month, I spoke with three transgender Rotarian ladies to ask about their experiences and their relationship with Rotary. All three are white and from three different Western countries.  Each of these Rotarians transitioned from being born in a male body to living as their true female selves. 
Pride Month: Celebrating Transgender Rotarians Martha Pritchard Spear (elle), Lake Placid 2021-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Administrative Duties for June

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It is important that your club’s member information is up-to-date, because Rotary cannot change the club invoice after it has been generated or accept membership updates with your payment.   
      
Report all new or terminated members and 2021-22 club officers no later than 1 July 2021.
  • Members with admission dates of 1 July 2021 or before will be counted for the July 2021 club invoice.
  • Members with termination dates of 1 July 2021 or before will not be counted for the July 2021 club invoice.
Submit or verify:
  • The names of your club’s 2021-22 president, secretary, executive secretary/director, treasurer, Rotary Foundation chair, and membership 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. 
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District Grants 2020-21 That Have Benefitted Local Communities

Posted by Bette Miller, District Grants Chair
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For some Rotary clubs, the funding assistance provided by District Simplified Grants and District Matching Grants has meant that projects were enabled that could not have happened without the assistance of the funding from our Rotary Foundation. 25% of the money that clubs contributed to the Annual Fund in 2017-18 was made available to the District for qualified clubs to use to help them undertake small local or international projects of a humanitarian nature.
 
In spite of Covid-19, we had a busy year with most local projects helping to support activities that were made more important and timely because of the restrictions and hardships by the pandemic.
 
Let’s look at how clubs have used these funds here in D7040 communities.
District Grants 2020-21 That Have Benefitted Local Communities Bette Miller, District Grants Chair 2021-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

Update on Tulip Planting - Perth

Posted by Ray Hook, Perth
Last fall the Perth Rotary Club undertook to observe Rotary’s World Polio Day by planting 265 special tulips in our Rotary Gardens in Stewart Park, downtown Perth.
 
The End Polio Now tulip was a special creation of some Dutch Rotarians who led a most unique program to benefit our fight. In 2013, they purchased the rights to name and develop a new variety of tulip bulbs. The idea has “blossomed” into an internationally successful fundraiser, with more than 1.5 MILLION bulbs being sold, and so far, generating more than $2 MILLION (US) to Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign in 2019. To date, Switzerland, Germany, France, and the USA have joined with Holland, and Canada is now in its second year.
 
Our Club purchased the bulbs and a volunteer - Elaine Hook (wife of Rotarian Ray Hook) - spearheaded this initiative to “spruce up” our own Rotary Garden in Perth. The bulbs were planted in late October by five keen Club members, led by Elaine. We visited the gardens in mid-May (masked and distanced), and we were quite pleased with the results of our work.
 
The Club plans to expand the sale of these tulips to the Perth Community this summer. Not only are the tulips lovely and will enhance people’s gardens, but every box sold results in a direct contribution from the supplier (in our case – Veseys Seeds based in Charlottetown PEI) to RI for our End Polio Now campaign.
 
And, this initiative certainly falls within and supports Rotary’s newest area of focus – protecting the environment.
 
 
Update on Tulip Planting - Perth Ray Hook, Perth 2021-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

Kingston Centennial - April/May News

Posted by Paul Elsley, Kingston
April and May were busy months for Rotary in Kingston as our Centennial celebrations ramp up.  We held our official birthday party, prepared our Butterfly Garden and assisted our community with the distribution of Rapid Test Kits.
 
Our official birthday celebration occurred on April 1st marking the anniversary date of our charter (Note: Our club was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ottawa). The celebration began with a congratulatory message from RI President Nominee Jennifer Jones. We invited guests celebrating their centenaries from Wellington, New Zealand, Peterborough and Brockville. They shared their projects and plans and congratulated us on our own efforts. We also received congratulations from DG Hadi and DGE Fay who both praised the Kingston clubs' activities this year. The scene shifted to downtown Kingston where a small group unveiled a plaque commemorating our very first meeting at the (then) Frontenac Hotel. Club Historian Paul Van Nest recounted the events of the inaugural meeting.
 
Kingston Centennial - April/May News Paul Elsley, Kingston 2021-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now tulip campaign

Posted by Carol Cartier & Pete Burrell, Kingston

We Are This Close

We are pleased to announce that for the first time District 7040 is joining with other Canadian districts at an End Polio Now tulip campaign which will run from June 15th until the end of July.  These specially bred “End Polio Now” tulips come from Holland and will be distributed to Rotary clubs in Canada by Vesey Seeds of PEI. Unfortunately, due to border restrictions delivery is not possible to our American clubs currently.
 
The tulips come in boxes of 25 bulbs and sell for $25, all taxes and delivery included.  All profits (last year amounting to $13 per box sold) will be donated to Polio Plus and this money will count towards your club’s Polio Plus goal and will generate Paul Harris points, calculated on how many boxes your club sells.  We only have 400 boxes available this year, so first come first served, and since the bulbs are shipped 6 boxes to a case it would be appreciated if your orders are for full cases only.   Payment is required at the time of ordering.  Delivery will occur in mid-September, just in time for planting, and will come directly to a nominated contact person at each club who will be responsible for onward delivery to your local supporters.

 
End Polio Now tulip campaign Carol Cartier & Pete Burrell, Kingston 2021-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

Co-DRR Announcement

Posted by Heather Taylor & Katlin Massie, DRR 20-21
 
We are excited to announce the 2021-2022 District Rotaract Representatives! Please welcome Mustafa and Auriane!! They are an enthusiastic duo, with extensive Rotaract and Rotary experience. Their talents and passion will be an invaluable asset to the district during the upcoming year!
 
Co-DRR Announcement Heather Taylor & Katlin Massie, DRR 20-21 2021-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

Governor's Message

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May is Youth Service Month. What a great fitting theme. The Adventure in Citizenship Program, hosted by the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Ottawa, attracts many young individuals to come and discover Ottawa and learn what it means to be a citizen of this great country. However, this year, the Adventure in Citizenship Organizing Committee decided to pivot and run the event online.
 
This online event is one of a kind, never been done before. Young citizens from all across the country will join in and learn about how privileged to be living in Canada. It takes place from May 1-5, 2021.
 
I want to congratulate the Rotary Club of Brockville, Ontario for celebrating its 100th anniversary this month. I also want to congratulate the Rotary Club of Gananoque, Ontario for celebrating its 90th anniversary. Please join me in sending them best wishes.
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How to Interact with People Facing Mental Health Struggles: Do's and Don’ts

Posted by Dârini Vedarattiname, Club Rotaract de l’île de Montréal
By Dârini Vedarattiname, Club Rotaract de l'île de Montréal
 
-- Article disponible en français (coin supérieur-gauche) --
 
Back in 2016, I welcomed PSTD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) into my life. That new friend settled in with two sidekicks: Anxiety Disorder and Depression. It took me about three years to learn to live with it. Here are a few tips from my humble experience of what to do and not do when interacting with someone facing mental health struggles.
How to Interact with People Facing Mental Health Struggles: Do's and Don’ts Dârini Vedarattiname, Club Rotaract de l’île de Montréal 2021-05-02 04:00:00Z 0 DEI,Diversity,Inclusion,Mental Health

Join our Annual District Foundation Event then a Zone-wide Party!

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On Wednesday, May 12th at 7pm-7:45pm, we will hold a virtual edition of our Annual Foundation ‘Dinner.”  Then, at 8pm, you can join our Zone-wide Fundraising Event (Alaska/BC to St. Pierre & Miquelon, see story below).
 
Again, we will not be able to meet face-to-face to celebrate all that has been accomplished by Rotarians and Clubs throughout our District.  So, this year, we will meet on Zoom to do so.  Register on the District website to receive the Zoom link.
Join our Annual District Foundation Event then a Zone-wide Party! Bonnie Black, DRFC 2021-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Call for Performers:

Posted by Brian Foster, D7040 Passport
Hello – everyone, kindly find the “Call for Performers” below. As this is a time sensitive call, either get involved in actively contacting (cc to me) or pass this along to any headliner, regionally recognized or very talented local performer or group who may be willing to assist us. There is no restriction – any group or performer from anywhere!
 
If anyone would like more information, I can be contacted at brian.c.foster1@gmail.com or 403-846-8142.
Call for Performers: Brian Foster, D7040 Passport 2021-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

It’s here: Podcasts by the Rotary Club of Ottawa

Posted by Kateri Clark, Ottawa
The Rotary Club of Ottawa has been working on a big project, that we want to share with everyone! It is called People of Action: A Podcast by the Rotary Club of Ottawa!!
 
We are very excited to introduce our Host, Fabiana Nobel and the Co-Host and Editor, Heather Taylor. So far, we have produced three episodes for your listening pleasure.
It’s here: Podcasts by the Rotary Club of Ottawa Kateri Clark, Ottawa 2021-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Support the St. Vincent Volcano Relief Fund

Posted by Caroline DeWitt, West Ottawa
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La Soufrière volcano in the Caribbean erupted on April 9th, 2021 spewing volcanic ash as high as 10Km into the atmosphere. The volcano located in the north of the island continues to erupt (April 22) see the red zone. Thousands of residents are displaced. Residents in the surrounding islands of the Grenadines and Barbados are being affected by the corrosive ash.
 
St. Vincent is the home of two Rotary Clubs. The Rotary Club of St Vincent and the Rotary Club of St. Vincent South as well as the Rotaract Club of Kingstown. 
 
District Governor Lisle Chase and the entire D7030 district thanks those who support and continues to support the relief effort. Our District Governor Hadi Mortada D7040 extends his support and appreciation to all.
Support the St. Vincent Volcano Relief Fund Caroline DeWitt, West Ottawa 2021-04-27 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Orleans 6th Annual Youth Awards – COVID-19 Heroes

Posted by Fred Sherwin of the Orleans Star
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The Rotary Club of Orleans 6th Annual Youth Award event was held on April 11, 2021.  The theme for this year’s award was the “COVID Heroes”  The award recognizes and encourages youth leaders in our community who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, courage, citizenship and engagement in serving their community in voluntary services while maintaining excellence in their academic pursuits amidst the challenges of the 2020/2021 COVID-19 pandemic.
 
This year twelve youth received a Rotary Club of Orleans -COVID-19 Heroes achievement award under the following five categories:  citizenship, commitment to excellence, leadership, persistence and, resiliency.
Rotary Club of Orleans 6th Annual Youth Awards – COVID-19 Heroes Fred Sherwin of the Orleans Star 2021-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians/Rotaractors Helping Kingstonians get Vaccinated

Approximately 60 Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends of Rotary have been helping local Public Health authorities to vaccinate Kingstonians since early March. All four Rotary clubs and the two Rotaract clubs are involved. The volunteer work involves assisting with the onsite screening process at the local Mass Immunization Clinic. Volunteers work half day shifts and are required to don PPE (mask, shield, and gown). According to the volunteers, the work is very meaningful and satisfying as the clients are so happy to receive their vaccinations.
 
This is an article by Rotarian Lindsey Foster  who has been a member of the Rotary Club of Kingston since 2009 serving as President in 2017-18. She co-chairs the Community Outreach Grants Committee and helps coordinate marketing efforts for the club and the ‘Celebrating 100 Years of Service in Kingston’ campaign during Kingston Rotary’s Centennial.
 
Rotarians/Rotaractors Helping Kingstonians get Vaccinated 2021-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

Free Mental Health Webinars from the Rotary Club of Ottawa Stittsville

Posted by Charles Mossman, Ottawa-Stittsville
Our Ottawa Stittsville Rotary Club is offering two additional free webinars to our community and others during Mental Health Week in May. 
 
The first webinar on May 3rd is titled “Are the Kids OK?” Three panelists will discuss youth mental health and addictions issues followed by questions and answers.

The second webinar on May 6th with Ryan Forsyth will discuss Men’s Mental Health issues.

We are very excited to offer these free webinars during the Covid pandemic and we hope that they will provide support to our community members who are struggling during this difficult time.
 
Note that our previous webinars were recorded and are available on our stittsvillerotary.com website at https://portal.clubrunner.ca/1100/page/what-we-do.

Registration for these Zoom webinars is at the following addresses:

May 3 - Youth Mental Health -  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEldOitrzsoGN3Duy78lcER4-qRrvERE3Tn

May 6 - Men's Mental Health -  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEsce6przoqHtLdJyAYGA3anzvNjV1eABPY
 
 
Free Mental Health Webinars from the Rotary Club of Ottawa Stittsville Charles Mossman, Ottawa-Stittsville 2021-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

Embracing the Logo

Posted by Holger Knaack, President, Rotary International
 
Rotary’s logos mean so much to us. They’re the visual representation of our identity and values, and they instantly convey who we are. Those of us who’ve been with Rotary for many years have even seen the evolution of that logo. Repeated and consistent use of our logos builds global recognition of what we do. That’s why we all wear our Rotary pins so proudly!

Over the next several months, we’ll ask Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs to update their logos to align with our brand standards. This means using the template in the Brand Center to create a club logo and then using it consistently, like on club websites, social media accounts, and signage, to name a few.
Embracing the Logo Holger Knaack, President, Rotary International 2021-04-24 04:00:00Z 0

Learning Center Courses

Dear 2021-22 club officers:

Are you thinking about how you can get ready to make an impact next Rotary year? Take the Learning Center courses for your role before you take office (My Rotary login required):

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Committees:
    • Administration
    • Membership
    • Public image
    • Rotary Foundation
    • Service projects

If you don’t have a My Rotary account, use this step-by-step guide to create one.

Don’t forget to look at our professional development courses, too, especially the courses developed by Toastmasters International, which will help you strengthen your communication and leadership skills. They’re available to all members in the Professional Development topic on the Learning Center.

Links to the Learning Center may not work on mobile devices. Instead, go to the Learning Center through My Rotary, then search for materials or courses.

Help other club officers prepare for the year ahead by forwarding this email to them. Send any questions or comments to learn@rotary.org.

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Strategic Planning and Rotary District 7040

Posted by Pardeep Ahluwalia, District strategic planner
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With the District’s Rotary and Rotaract Clubs thinking about the coming new Rotary year, it is a good time to start, if you haven’t already, your process for preparing your Club’s Strategic Plan, which will provide your roadmap to action for the next few years.
 
Strategic Planning is a term that scares a lot of people, but it’s simply a process for determining your objectives for the next few years, and the actions needed to achieve them.  Put more simply – strategic planning helps you to identify your destination(s) and how to get there.
 
All organizations develop strategic plans to guide them into the future, and Rotary is no different.  Rotary International issued its latest RI Strategic Plan in 2019.  Using this as a high-level starting point, D7040 prepared a District Strategic Plan, which was distributed to District Clubs and Committees in January 2021 (available here: https://rotary7040.com/page/documentation).  It is expected that District Clubs and Committees will use this as a framework to prepare their own strategic/action plan.
Strategic Planning and Rotary District 7040 Pardeep Ahluwalia, District strategic planner 2021-04-24 04:00:00Z 0

Membership Blitz!

Posted by Martin Nadon, AG Seaway East
More than ever, communities need Rotary and Rotary needs their communities! Rotary clubs across the Seaway-East area have been meeting online since March 2020 and they all have created innovative and safe ways to help their communities push through this pandemic. Thousands of professionals are also working remotely across Eastern Ontario, including myself, where the City of Cornwall is becoming a hub for these remote workers.  Most recently, the City of Cornwall has been ranked the 8th “Best Community in Canada” (Maclean’s, 2021) and the two Rotary clubs in Cornwall are certainly a contributing factor of that statistic!  Furthermore, at the end of April, thousands of remote college and university students will be scanning cyberspace for opportunities to volunteer, grow and connect with their communities.  Add in the latest round of the stay-at-home orders and it’s go-time to find, invite and engage these leaders!
Membership Blitz! Martin Nadon, AG Seaway East 2021-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Watertown Swimarathon Raises $ 5,700 for Polio Eradication

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Watertown Rotary Club swimmers swam laps at the local YMCA on February 27th in an effort to raise donations to fund the eradication of polio in our world. The swimmers raised $5,685.00, which will be matched by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 2 for 1 when Rotary International raises $50 million for 2021. This union of fundraising has assisted our Rotary Club to provide over $17,000 towards support of vaccinating over 28,000 children worldwide in 2021.
 
All clubs are asked to raise at least $1500US each Rotary year in our final push toward eradicating Polio in our world.  How much have you raised from fundraisers, community campaigns and individual donations this Rotary year?
Pictured are swimmers President Jeff Combs, Larry Sorel, Jeff Wood, Howie Ganter, Jeff Barnard, Beth Linderman, Don and Dianna Woodhouse and coordinator Don Klug.
Rotary Club of Watertown Swimarathon Raises $ 5,700 for Polio Eradication 2021-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

US Rotarians Access FREEWILL

Attention US Rotarians!
The Rotary Foundation has partnered with “Free Will” to invite Rotary members on the US side of our District to include a gift to TRF in their will…at no cost.  Those of you who have already attained Major Donor status recently received a letter from The Rotary Foundation regarding this offer.
 
Visit https://www.freewill.com/therotaryfoundation to check out the process.
 
While Freewill is currently not available in Canada, perhaps there is a lawyer in your club who would offer to provide this service at no charge or at a reduced fee for members. Canadian gifts are named to the Rotary Foundation Canada and declared using this notification card: https://my.rotary.org/en/document/your-rotary-legacy-notification-card
 
If you have further questions regarding being a Bequest Society member, please connect with our Endowment Chair, PDGSue Bellor.
US Rotarians Access FREEWILL Bonnie Black 2021-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Dates for Cleanup Extended 2021-04-06 04:00:00Z 0

Public Image, the Musical

 
This fact-paced Zoom event features members of our Rotary Public Image Coordinators (RPICs) and Assistant RPICs sharing success strategies for growing your club, raising more money and getting attention for Rotary. Attendees will learn important skills such as video marketing, Facebook analytics, Instagram engagement, and making the most of our Rotary database. RPICs Michelle Morrow O'Brien and Michael Angelo Caruso (Zone 28) and Nikki Mederos (Zone 32) are anticipating a fun session with lots of aha moments for you.
 
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Rotary Direct Challenge A Success

Posted by Bonnie Black, Foundation Chair
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Our District challenged all Rotarians to enroll in Rotary Direct between January and Rotary's Birthday on February 23rd and receive 500 Paul Harris Recognition Points.   We now have 25 new enrollees in Rotary Direct as a result and they should be seeing their points added to their totals by April.  Thanks for increasing the foundation in District 7040 for Our Foundation!  Our District has 115 participants in Rotary Direct - our hope is 125 by 30 June...we can get there!
Rotary Direct Challenge A Success Bonnie Black, Foundation Chair 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

From the Editor's Desk

Posted by Ariane Carriere, D7040 Passport
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Things always work better when we use the team approach in our District. As the bulletin editor, I know there really should be someone to be my assistant/backup/replacement. Only I know what I receive in the way of articles and news events, and how it goes into the bulletin. The ClubRunner bulletin is an online version, where several people could work on stories, but at the end you pull it together into one.
 
Is there anyone that might be interested in something like that? I tried to set up the new version by July so that we could start a new Rotary year with a team bulletin, but many items came in too late. Send a message to Ariane if you are interested, and especially if you are familiar with using ClubRunner for online bulletins.
 
Articles should be sent to me no later than the 25th of any month, in Word format with the author clearly identified to be included in the next month's bulletin. Right now, I receive all of them, but I'd like to have a team.
 
La plupart de ces articles peuvent être trouvées sur la version française de la page d'accueil de site Web.
 
From the Editor's Desk Ariane Carriere, D7040 Passport 2021-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

Judging People

Posted by Martha Weaver
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How good are you at reading people? Can you tell when someone is lying? How about recognizing when you are in a dangerous situation? We human beings evolved to judge each other quickly because our ability to make these judgments had—and still has—real survival value. As a supervisor in an office where some of those we served were people who experienced paranoid thoughts and aggression, part of my job was to intervene at the first sign a client might be a threat to their interviewer. I depended on my ability to "read people” to keep clients and employees safe.
Judging People Martha Weaver 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

Kingston Centennial – March Edition

Posted by Paul Elsley, Kingston
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March was another busy month for Rotary in Kingston as our Centennial celebrations ramp up. We held two major events (safely and mostly on Zoom), launched a new volunteer initiative and highlighted the significant international contributions of our clubs.
 
The month began with our Community Outreach Grants ceremony. We invite smaller, local organizations to submit applications in support of projects planned for the coming year. There are always a few familiar faces, with whom we have developed strong partnerships, and other wonderful groups that are new to us.
Kingston Centennial – March Edition Paul Elsley, Kingston 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

A New Fundraiser?

Posted by Jack Prim, Plattsburgh
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Fundraising has been challenging for the past year for events that involve club membership involvement with other people.  Clubs should be reviewing their traditional events to see if they can go on as in the past or if they should be modified to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.  
 
Finding a new Fundraiser is also an option.  As your district Fundraising Chairperson, I would like to provide some new opportunities for your clubs to consider.  The one I would like for you to consider today is the sale of Rain Barrels and their associate accessories.  Most of you are probably familiar with Rain Barrels, but if not, they provide the means to collect rainwater from your roofs and then to use it at a future time to water plants in your yard and garden.  In March, our District Governors' theme was "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene."   This fundraiser fits right in with that focus.
A New Fundraiser? Jack Prim, Plattsburgh 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

Council on Legislation Resolutions

Posted by Sue Bellor, COL representative
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This is an important reminder to you and/or your club; if you wish to submit a Resolution, please read attached information and submit to me by May 1st. I will then copy to our district's legislative committee which will need to review for action by our district council in early June. RI will need this submission, as approved by our council and DG before June 30th.
Council on Legislation Resolutions Sue Bellor, COL representative 2021-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

Free Pandemic-Related Mental Health Seminars

As one of its community services, the Rotary Club of Ottawa Stittsville is offering three free pandemic-related mental health seminars by Zoom on April 6 and April 8 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Topics include:

Management strategies for relating and responding to mental health issues (April 6),and
Strategies for job search success during Covid (April 8).
 
Details on these seminars are provided below. Register for each session by using the web link found within the posters or as provided below. We hope you will share the information about our free webinars with your family and friends.
 
Our Rotary club wishes you well as we all navigate our way to a better future. We also invite you to visit the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park for some quiet contemplation or meditation at our labyrinth this spring.

Seminar information. Ryan Forsyth, Mental Health Speaker & Advocate, will host the events as follows:
 
Free Pandemic-Related Mental Health Seminars Peter Labelle 2021-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Update - The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup

Posted by Sucha Mann, West Ottawa
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In light of the recent changes and restrictions of the province of Ontario's shutdown decision, the DG group (Hadi and fellow DG's in neighbouring provinces) decided that we will extend the clean-up to start on April 24 and end on June 1st. That way if any group of 5 people decide to go out and do some clean-up, we are still complying with the province's decision.
 
All clubs in Ontario are advised. Clubs in Quebec and NY state are to follow their local laws and health authorities recommendations.
Update - The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Sucha Mann, West Ottawa 2021-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation Zone 28 & 32 Gala Peter Schultz, PDG 5060 2021-03-13 05:00:00Z 0

TIFF Film Series

Posted by Dave Rooke, Ottawa-Stittsville
We are pleased to offer 'Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time' as our film for April 2021. The following link takes you to the landing page for the film where you can view the trailer and pre-order/purchase the film.
 
 
The film is available Sunday April 25 to Saturday May 1st. A portion of the purchase price ($12.00 including tax) will support the service projects of the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville.
TIFF Film Series Dave Rooke, Ottawa-Stittsville 2021-03-12 05:00:00Z 0

Take Care / prendre soin

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
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I’d like to encourage you to call ON A REGULAR BASIS, your Rotary colleagues who are house bound for a number of reasons, or Rotarians that you have not seen in a while.  Reach out to your neighbours for the same reasons. Does someone need groceries, their medication picked up, their dog walked, or to listen to their concerns?
 
Je voudrais encourager vous à appeler DE FAÇON RÉGULIÈRE, vos collègues rotary qui sont maison liée pour un certain nombre de raisons, ou rotariens que vous n'avez pas vus dans un moment.  Atteignez à vos voisins pour les mêmes raisons. Est-ce que quelqu'un a besoin d'épiceries, leur médicament a-t-il repris, leur chien a-t-il marché, ou pour écouter leurs soucis ?
Take Care / prendre soin DG Hadi Mortada 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Bequest Society / société de bequest

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
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Our family of Major Donors continues to grow, however in this case, a result of a realized estate gift. While we are always sad to say goodbye to members of our Rotary family, it does present an opportunity to remember them for the good that will come from their Bequest gift, now in action as an endowed gift to share with our district. I wish to recognize the late Dr. Arthur J. "Bud" McGinnis, of The Rotary Club of West Ottawa, in his honor and legacy. The decision to leave a Bequest gift remains vital to allowing our Rotary work to continue. Truly this group “opens opportunities” for us to serve in the world.
 
Stay well and Stay Safe. 
Bequest Society / société de bequest DG Hadi Mortada 2021-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month

What Is your Rotary Club doing to focus on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in March 2021?  Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.

Clean water is a basic need for human beings. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. However, at least 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water, which is what motivates our members to build wells, install rainwater harvesting systems, and teach community members how to maintain new infrastructure.

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The Sun Never Sets in Rotary

 
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World Understanding & Peace Day is celebrated on February 23rd, the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary in 1905.
 
On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, District 3232 South India led an initiative Titled "The Sun Never Sets in Rotary". This was a non-stop cycle of meetings in succession hosted by Clubs/Districts in different time zones across the 6 continents. Each meeting segment was 90 minutes. The event started in D3232 on 23 Feb (1400 UK time) and concluded the following day with D3232 hosting the final meeting.
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International Assembly 2021

Posted by Valarie Wafer, Zone 28&32 RI Director
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When the RI Board of Directors took the decision to move the 2021 International Assembly to a virtual format, we each realized that our District Governors Elect, partners and Rotaractors may not have the experience many of us refer to as the highlight of our District Governor year.
 
The virtual platform in many ways tried to replicate the in-person experience with General Sessions of inspiring and informative speakers.  You can access the videos here.
 
Session breakouts led by facilitators including our very own from our: Nabil and Gayle Oudeh, Denis and Maureen Boyd, Una Martone and Marty Helman.
 
 
International Assembly 2021 Valarie Wafer, Zone 28&32 RI Director 2021-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

District Conference Date Change

Posted by Fay Campbell, DGE
 
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District Governors past, present and future have recently had some general discussions on when, during the Rotary year, the District Conference should occur. It was agreed that the Spring is a better timeframe for our District Conference. One of the reasons discussed for the move included the fact that a Spring conference allows for a celebration of the Rotary year that has passed. For this year specifically, if we postpone the District Conference until Spring 2022, the chance of having an in-person conference increases considerably.
 
District Conference Date Change Fay Campbell, DGE 2021-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Kingston Centennial News

Posted by Paul Elsley, Kingston
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February was another busy month for the Rotary Kingston Centennial. In addition to continuing to plan for the next four months and continuing with regular club activities, the Rotary clubs of Kingston held one Centennial event and launched an important project.
 
On Feb. 15th, Kingston’s World Champion Town Crier proclaimed a “Year of Rotary in Kingston.” Chris Whyman read from the city proclamation stating:
 
“Whereas the Rotary clubs of Kingston have been dedicated to meeting the needs of our citizens and have developed timely, relevant programs and projects to meet the needs and challenges of our community; and Whereas the Rotary clubs of Kingston are celebrating their 100th anniversary; and Whereas the Rotary clubs of Kingston have a number of projects and events planned for this Centennial in collaboration with many community partners; Therefore, l, Mayor Bryan Paterson, on behalf of Kingston City Council hereby proclaim July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 to be "A Year of Rotary in Kingston”.
Kingston Centennial News Paul Elsley, Kingston 2021-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Bringing Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Your Life through Reading

Posted by Jacinthe Paillé, DEI Committee, President D7040 Passport Club
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Those who know me well are aware that I am an avid reader and that I just love books. As well, I have made it my personal mission to put books in the hands of people: my children and stepchildren, husband, extended family, students, friends, even prisoners, and more! For me, reading is not just a hobby, it is a true passion that brings me a lot of joy – and I’d like to suggest some titles of interest to share that joy through a whole range of authors and themes.
 
To help me select the books you will read about here, I was inspired by the Indigo Reading Challenge, which offers “21 new ways to read in 2021.” (Indigo is Canada’s largest bookstore chain). Using this list to choose your next reads may help you discover new authors – or renew with forgotten ones! You can find the downloadable list of categories here: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/inspired/books/indigo-2021-reading-challenge/ On Indigo’s website, you’ll also find suggestions for each category – or you can start with the titles below!
Bringing Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Your Life through Reading Jacinthe Paillé, DEI Committee, President D7040 Passport Club 2021-02-26 05:00:00Z 0
2021 Montreal Chinese New Year Charity Concert Susan Xianshu Huang, President Old Montreal 2021-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
Orleans Wine & Cheese Fundraiser 2021-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Iqaluit Rotary Delivers Record Christmas Hampers

Posted by Peter Varga, Iqaluit
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Blizzard conditions and a short city-wide power failure were no match for the Rotary Club of Iqaluit’s 2020 Christmas dinner hamper delivery.
 
 
The Christmas hamper is a community tradition that began more than 40 years ago. Donations from businesses, city groups and Iqaluit residents raised about $56,000 to fund the 2020 effort, which easily covered distribution of 250 boxes containing essentials to make Christmas dinner for a family.
“People in Iqaluit are always very generous, I think even more so this year than ever before,” said Catherine Hoyt, lead organizer of the event. Donations for the 2020 season hit a record high, which matched needs of the ever-growing territorial capital in Canada’s eastern Arctic.
Iqaluit Rotary Delivers Record Christmas Hampers Peter Varga, Iqaluit 2021-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

News from Eganville Rotary

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Scolar, our Intermediary in Mukuru Nairobi Kenya reported the need for additional PPE for students and staff at Kware Siloam School once school was to restart in January. In November, Rotary had provided hand washing stations and Thermo-guns and 250 masks. But with the new school year starting after the forced COVID closure, students would not be able to attend the new term without proper masks. This need was identified and Eganville Rotary responded with an additional 800 locally sourced masks for the children. With crowded conditions at Siloam, it is difficult to maintain socially distancing as we see it but with mandatory mask wearing, the handwashing stations and daily temperature monitoring COVID is somewhat mitigated thanks to our many project sponsors.
News from Eganville Rotary 2021-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

The Great Lakes Cleanup

Posted by Frank Adamson, District Governor, 7090 & Robert Burns, Rotary Club of Trenton, MI. District 6400 & Friends of the Detroit River
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The Great Lakes Cleanup Frank Adamson, District Governor, 7090 & Robert Burns, Rotary Club of Trenton, MI. District 6400 & Friends of the Detroit River 2021-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

How does Rotary make help happen?

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
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Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians. 
We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.
 
Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.  Visit the Rotary International https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/promoting-peace and help us make a difference.
 
To watch a Peace video, go to https://player.vimeo.com/video/132750732 
How does Rotary make help happen? DG Hadi Mortada 2021-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

February DG Message février

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February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month. Also, February 23 is Rotary International's 116th Birthday. What is your club doing to celebrate this event?
 
I am so proud of our club's and district's great work helping our communities locally and internationally. Thank you to everyone for making a difference during this difficult time that our communities are facing.
 
I have been visiting clubs virtually and I am discovering how we are all adapting to this new way of doing Rotary. I am proud to say that I have visited 90% of our clubs, not only once, but two or three times for some. I have been visiting our Presidents' Council Meetings and I am proud to say that our Area Governors are working diligently with clubs to share ideas and work with each other to make their communities a better place.
 
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The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
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This is an invitation to all Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the whole Rotary family in District 7040 and beyond. Marking 2021 Earth Day, District 7040, along with neighbouring Districts, will be organizing a first-ever Rotary Great Lakes Watershed/St Lawrence River Cleanup on April 24, 2021. Individual clubs are welcome to hold their events during the week of April 17-24, 2021.
 
To date, we have commitments from 15 Districts bordering the Great Lakes as well as the Niagara, St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers and the Erie Canal in New York State. We are naming the event the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup to open it up to any club on a waterway that empties into the Great Lakes system. Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer with Rotary International President Holger Knaack are both supportive of this collaborative project.
 
This will be a great way to engage our Rotary Family and non-Rotarians in a day of action, draw attention to our fragile environment and our desire to be part of the solution. With the plan for heavy promotion, it is an opportunity to bring awareness to the good work of Rotary.
Get your club to select a nearby waterway or even a local park to clean up and be a part of this exciting event on Saturday, April 24! Mark this in your calendars - more details will follow.
The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup DG Hadi Mortada 2021-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

Kingston Centennial/Centenaire de Kingston

Posted by Paul Elsley, President and Co-Chair of Rotary in Kingston Centennial
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January was a busy month for Rotary in Kingston as we prepared to formally launch our Centennial projects and events. It is hard to believe that the process that began two years ago is finally under way.
 
The official kick off occurred at our first Zoom meeting of 2021 with Mayor Paterson’s “State of the City” address. It was nice to have Rotarians from other clubs present for the ceremony and we hope to replicate open invitations to Rotarians in the District at other Centennial events and projects. The Mayor congratulated Rotary on the launch of our Centennial year. He reflected on a comment by us on Facebook that we described the pandemic as a “time for serving even in the midst of everything that is going on.” Mayor Paterson told the group that he “appreciates the work that Rotary does and our [strong] presence in the community.” He finished by stating that it is “inspiring to have groups like Rotary” helping those in need.
 
Kingston Centennial/Centenaire de Kingston Paul Elsley, President and Co-Chair of Rotary in Kingston Centennial 2021-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

I May Be Blind, But My Name Is Still Tina

Posted by Tina Leonard as told to Martha Pritchard Spear
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I’ve been legally blind for over seven years, first losing sight in my right eye and then in my left eye. However, I won't let my sight challenges hold me back from leading as normal a life as possible. I work as a real estate broker and owner for my own company, Tina Leonard Real Estate, from my home office in Lake Placid, NY.
 
Since becoming blind, I’ve accumulated a few pet peeves. It frustrates me no end when I find individuals who don't know how to interact with people who are sight impaired. That’s why I’m always on the ready to teach them, not only for selfish reasons, but more importantly to help the entire blind community. The following are four basic guidelines to help improve overall connection and communication.
I May Be Blind, But My Name Is Still Tina Tina Leonard as told to Martha Pritchard Spear 2021-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Hawkesbury Success Story

Posted by Suzanne Hocquard, Hawkesbury
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Here is our “success story” from the Hawkesbury Rotary Club thanks to the grants that we received and are still spending. The first thing we did as a club in March when the government suggested that everyone stays home, was to reach out to the local food banks and the meals on wheels groups to see if they needed extra hands.
I knew that many of the volunteers for these places are older people, retired from their jobs, and these are the people that are being encouraged to stay home. Our club has a variety of ages, so we were able to help. We had the manpower, but we needed names and names I got! We were delivering fresh meals 5 days a week, for 3 months. Then when summer hit, we cut it down to 3 frozen meals a week in one delivery, this was easier to control the volunteers as well during the summertime.
 
I lumped all of Hawkesbury and Vankleek Hill Rotary deliveries separate from the Services Communautaires de Prescott-Russell that we also do. These deliveries were chosen because they have been suggested to us from the Schools, where the teachers or principals have been worried about the families or people who are taking cancer treatments or recuperating from some sort of an operation, so we feed them and their caregivers. We have never refused anyone.
 
I reached out to the club members for feedback. I asked for comments that they were getting from the people that they deliver to. The comments are as such, “Oh my god, I am so happy I am on your list for another week!” or “Oh I just knew that we were going to get more this week, you don’t know how this helps us, we are afraid to go out there, and my kids don’t want us to” or “I don’t know who the cook is, but please pass on our complements to the chef”. I have even had calls from older children that reside in the United States wondering how their parents can be added to the list. The light in the eyes and the smile that truly says they made it through another week is something else.
 
 
Hawkesbury Success Story Suzanne Hocquard, Hawkesbury 2021-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

DisCon 2021 Registration Information d'inscription

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Early Bird deposit half of your registration CAD until Feb. 28. You have a choice of paying the deposit now, and the balance later, or paying the full amount at once before June 1.
 
Dépôt lève-tôt 1/2 CAD de votre inscription jusqu’au 28 février. Vous avez le choix de payer le dépôt et le solde plus tard ou de payer la totalité du montant à la fois avant le 1er juin.
 
WIN 1/2 OFF YOUR REGISTRATION FEE WHEN YOU REGISTER from January 4-30, 2021. You will be entered into a draw to WIN 1/2 OFF your early bird registration. For every 10 registrations one registrant will win a 1/2 off. Draw will take place on Sunday, January 31, 2021. You can register now. For information go to https://rotary7040.com/sitepage/discon-2021/
 
GAGNEZ 1/2 DE VOS FRAIS D’INSCRIPTION LORSQUE VOUS VOUS INSCRIVEZ du 4 au 30 janvier 2021. You sera inscrit à un tirage au sort pour GAGNER 1/2 OFF votre inscription aux lève-tôt. Pour 10 inscriptions, un inscrit gagnera un 1/2 de moins. Le tirage aura lieu le dimanche 31 janvier 2021. Vous pouvez vous inscrire maintenant. Plus d'information https://rotary7040.com/sitepage/discon-2021/
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DEI - Votre Parcours / Your Journey

Posted by Martha Pritchard Spear, Lake Placid
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Ce ne sont pas tous les clubs ou même tous les rotariens qui croient qu’un énoncé proactif antiracisme soit une nécessité en ce moment.  Malgré cela, le Rotary International a émit un énoncé [1] affirmant l’engagement du Rotary envers l’antiracisme.  Les clubs peuvent utiliser cet énoncé comme source d’inspiration pour des discussions, ou un modèle pour développer leur propre énoncé reflétant leur communauté locale.  
 
Plusieurs rotariens pourraient penser qu’ils ne sont pas biaisés, mais nous avons tous des partis pris à l’intérieur de nous. Le Harvard Implicit Bias project [2] (en anglais) offre des tests gratuits en ligne afin de découvrir vos partis pris cachés.   Que faire lorsqu’un test scientifique révèle que vous avez un certain parti pris envers un groupe en particulier ?
DEI - Votre Parcours / Your Journey Martha Pritchard Spear, Lake Placid 2021-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

Helping to Create Housing Resources

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Ricochet's mission is to create housing resources for young people between the ages of 18 and 35 who are experiencing residential instability in the West Island. Rotary Club of Old Montreal is helping Ricochet achieving its objective and achieve their goals:
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Participate in District Conference 2021

Posted by Gayle Oudeh, Conference Chair
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Participate in whatever way is most comfortable to you! This year’s District Conference will be available both in-person and on-line.

In-Person: District Conference 2021 will take place at Auberge des Gallant in Ste. Marthe, Quebec. Participants will have opportunity to attend plenary sessions, break out sessions, enjoy the House of Friendship and Silent Auction, mingle, and catch up.

On-line: For those who prefer to participate on-line, they will have live access to plenary sessions and separate break out sessions and interactive sessions with others who are participating online.

Please note that all current Covid-19 protocols will be followed at the time of the conference. Should restrictions be such that an in-person conference is not feasible, adjustments will be made, and the conference will be held entirely online.

Watch the video here: https://1drv.ms/v/s!AvLX-PL3H7zig5UZgLmqOWQlrqXIvg?e=OKmF1B

Participate in District Conference 2021 Gayle Oudeh, Conference Chair 2020-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Direct Earns Paul Harris Points

Posted by Bonnie Black - Plattsburgh
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Our District is offering 500 Paul Harris Recognition Points to any Rotarian who signs up with Rotary Direct between January first and February 23rd, Rotary’s birthday. That’s halfway to a Paul Harris Fellow for you before you even begin to donate!
 
Ask your Club President or Foundation Chair to share the form they received over the holidays or check here https://my.rotary.org/en/rotary-direct .  You can choose any program or area of focus you desire.  There is also an FAQ information sheet they have which you may ask for to clarify any questions you have.
 
All Recognition Points will be credited during this Rotary year in March or April, allowing for processing your enrollment.
 
Rotary Direct Earns Paul Harris Points Bonnie Black - Plattsburgh 2020-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

January is Vocational Service Month

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This would be an excellent time to assess your club's Vocations.
  • Conduct vocation-related activities and programs.
  • How can your members share information on their vocations?
  • Create a "yellow pages" or a club directory so members can do business with each other.
  • Share your creative ideas for promoting Vocational Service with clubs, district and the Governor.
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Celebrating Rotary’s Centenary in Kingston

Posted by Peter Merkley, Paul Elsley & Paul Van Nest - Kingston
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April 1, 1921 is the official date that the Rotary Club of Kingston was registered by Rotary International, which makes 2021 the 100th year of Rotary in Kingston. There are now four Rotary clubs in Kingston: Kingston (1921), Kingston-Frontenac (1965), Cataraqui-Kingston (1985) and Kingston Waterfront (2015) and two Rotaract clubs: Queen’s Rotaract (1985) and Kingston Rotaract (2020). All told, there are almost 200 members of the Rotary family here.
 
Rotarians from all clubs began planning for this celebration three years ago with a goal to celebrate our past service and offer anniversary contributions to our community. Then Covid-19 happened. Since Rotarians fully understand how to pivot and address community needs, we redirected our energy to assisting people most impacted by the lockdown. Since April, 2020, we have delivered healthy food to vulnerable children and their families and made masks for frontline workers and others who need them.
Celebrating Rotary’s Centenary in Kingston Peter Merkley, Paul Elsley & Paul Van Nest - Kingston 2020-12-27 05:00:00Z 0

Extra! Extra! Extra! We Have a New Interact Club!

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Dear Rotary Club of Westmount:
 
Congratulations on sponsoring the Interact Club of Marianopolis!
 
We now have 32 Interact Clubs in our district. Some may not be active because of COVID-19, but that will change.
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A Life that Mattered

Tribute to Ada K. Stoiber:

On November 19, 2020, we lost one described by those who knew her as a generous and gracious Lady, Ada Stoiber.
In his poem “What Will Matter” Michael Josephson writes “it’s not your success, or what you built, or the things you collect. What matters is the legacy you leave behind, not that you are remembered but how you are remembered, not how many people you know, but how many will feel a sense of loss when you are gone.”
 
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Happy Holidays/Joyeuses fêtes

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
As we approach the new year and the halfway mark through our Rotary year, I wanted to say thank you to all the clubs that I visited.
 
It truly has been a different kind of experience. It is not how I expected I would be visiting our clubs and members, but I felt welcome every time I visited a club. I feel privileged and welcomed every time I visited you in your homes and shared with you my story and experience as far as a district governor.
I want us all to be mindful of the people in need in our communities, lend a hand to someone, make someone's day brighter whether we connect with them by telephone or video call. Or, just the old-fashioned way, send them a card!
 
I want to thank everyone in our district for doing what you are doing to keep our district in excellent shape. We have added over 30 new members so far, so welcome to our new Rotarians who decided to join us and serve their communities.
 
From our home to yours, Teresa & I would like to wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season filled with love, health, and happiness.
 
 
Happy Holidays/Joyeuses fêtes DG Hadi Mortada 2020-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians for Bees

Posted by Brian Foster, D7040 Passport
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Fellow Rotarians - I greatly enjoyed a webinar from an Australian Rotary group that was promoted by ESRAG - it should, in my humble opinion, be circulated widely within our realm of influence.
 
Rotarians for Bees (Victoria, Australia charter) - Your Garden: Our Future webinar promoted by ESRAG. This is a 95 minute presentation (speakers and questions/answers) that is Australia centric but of relevance to new or existing gardeners worldwide who are concerned about food security, biodiversity, and environmental sustainability – ecosystem health.
 
This webinar goes beyond bees and would be of special interest to anyone who may be interested in helping to Save Our Pollinators. The webinar also highlights the role of native and introduced plant species and varieties, education, research, the “planting Seeds Project”, the “B&B Highway”, and introduces the one square metre challenge.
 
The edited webinar recording is available at:
Rotarians for Bees Brian Foster, D7040 Passport 2020-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Supporting Food Plant Solutions RAG / Soutenir le groupe d'action

Posted by PDG Martha Weaver, Chateaugay
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One of the best things to do with weeds is eat them. Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group creates educational materials that explain what nutritional food is and how to grow it based on agricultural researcher Bruce French's database of over 30,000 edible plants—the world’s most comprehensive database of its kind.
 
In support of Food Plant Solutions, the Rotary club of Chateaugay cordially invites you to a virtual tour of the Northern New York State garden of PDG Martha Weaver on the 9th of January 2021, 10:00am EST, 11:00pm AWST If you would like to offer support to Food Plant Solutions, there is a https://foodplantsolutions.org/donate/, but nothing is required.
 
Register in advance for this event:
 
 
Supporting Food Plant Solutions RAG / Soutenir le groupe d'action PDG Martha Weaver, Chateaugay 2020-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Promoting Named Funds with our Rotary Foundation

Posted by The Rotary Foundation Senior Major Gifts Officer, Carolyn Ferguson
As a follow up to the District Mini-meeting on Endowment on November 21, an article by Senior Major Gifts Officer, Carolyn Ferguson, of The Rotary Foundation.
 
What is your Rotary legacy?
 
As you consider your vision for the future, Rotary can help you take action to nurture causes that are meaningful to you.
 
Promoting Named Funds with our Rotary Foundation The Rotary Foundation Senior Major Gifts Officer, Carolyn Ferguson 2020-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas Silent Auction

 
Rotary Club of Old Montreal is Organizing a Christmas Silent Auction Fundraising Activity
 
 
The fund raised will be used to help people having Mental Health issues especially young generation.  During this pandemic period, more and more young people are encountering Mental Health problems due to the stress of pandemic, lost of jobs and isolation from friends and society. Your generosity will help them to get out of this pandemic and find confidence in themselves in fighting with this health issue.
 
Please contact Malcolm Olafson at (514) 933-9047 or Rotaryvieuxmontreal@gmail.com for more information or donation.
Christmas Silent Auction 2020-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Supporting Rotary - One Community’s Response

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For almost 50 years the village/town of Massena, New York has supported the annual Massena Rotary Pancake Day/Auction.  This fundraiser, held in early Spring, is an enthusiastically anticipated event.  Many consider Rotary Pancake Day to be an indication that Spring will soon arrive.  Attending the event, bidding on auction items, visiting with old friends, eating good food is enjoyed by all.  

Each year 1200 to 1500 local citizens along with more than 100 volunteers put on the event and raise between 14,000 to 17,000 USD. The money supports dozens of local organizations and projects that benefit both the Massena New York community and International Rotary projects.

Unfortunately, our pancake day this Spring was cancelled due to the pandemic.  So, the big question was what do we do now? Rotarians are famous for thinking outside the box and a new plan for an amended pancake day was developed.  With help from a local church, a tent rental company and other members/ organizations within the community, a very different plan for pancake day was developed.
Supporting Rotary - One Community’s Response PDG's Gerry Lambert and John Murray, Massena 2020-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Kemptville's Merry Christmas Float

Posted by Nancy Miller-McKenzie, President Kemptville Rotary
 
With Covid, Kemptville Rotary has been feeling disconnected from our community. So, one of our Friends of Rotary, Brenda, came up with a great idea. Even though we can’t have parade let’s make a Merry Christmas float and take it mobile around North Grenville.
The club jumped aboard immediately. While we discussed this float, we talked about the Christmas food drive we always do during our community parade. Well, it was decided why not add this to our mobile float bring joy initiative. We were off.
Kemptville's Merry Christmas Float Nancy Miller-McKenzie, President Kemptville Rotary 2020-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

Succession Planning

Posted by ARC PDG Brian Coffey Rotary Coordinator's Team 2020-21 Zone 8, Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands
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Last month, I provided an insight of the importance of demographics – a vital consideration of succession planning when it comes to training and identifying needs and opportunities for your members.
 
What would you do in your Club if a key member resigned or fell ill? Would you be prepared?
 
Succession planning is not an issue that many Clubs address until the AGM, this is reflected in many Clubs not even having a plan evident on ‘My Rotary’. We need to think about succession planning to meet our Incorporation obligations, Rotary commitment and most importantly to provide services and meet our Clubs goals (if we have any). What would happen in you club if a key member were not available?
 
Succession Planning ARC PDG Brian Coffey Rotary Coordinator's Team 2020-21 Zone 8, Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands 2020-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, December 1, is a day to start the holiday season on a charitable note. Here are some reasons why The Rotary Foundation should be your charity of choice.
 
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Perth Rotary Club Gives Back in Time for World Polio Day October 24th

Posted by Ray Hook, Perth
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Rotary International has been working to eradicate polio in the world for the last thirty years with stunning success, with only three countries remaining in an endemic state. Rotarians have helped to immunize over 2.5 billion children around the world.  Rotarians will not stop in our efforts to eliminate this disease.
 
Dutch Rotarians have led a most unique program to benefit our fight. In 2013, they purchased the rights to name and develop a new variety of tulip bulbs. The idea has “blossomed” into an internationally successful fundraiser, with more than 1.5 MILLION bulbs being sold, and so far, generating more than $2 MILLION (US) to Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign. To date, Switzerland, Germany, France, and the USA have joined with Holland.  Canada is now in its second year.
 
Vesey’s Bulbs of PEI is Canada’s sole supplier of this unique bulb. Every step along the way, donors have provided such funding that over $18 from each $25 box (of 25 bulbs) goes back to Rotary International, to be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill Gates Foundation!
 
Perth Rotary Club Gives Back in Time for World Polio Day October 24th Ray Hook, Perth 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Pour vous distraire !

Posted by Colin Lyle, D7040 Passport
Je pensais que vous trouveriez amusante cet article paru ce matin dans notre journal local le Midi Libre;
la personne à gauche avec casquette et lunettes au tour du cou n’est personne d’autre que votre représentant
du club Passport D7040 !  Je suis devenu ‘le représentant du Rotary Canada’ - voire le 5é ligne du premier paragraphe !
 
I thought you'd find this article in our local newspaper Midi Libre funny this morning; 
the person on the left with cap and glasses on the neck is no one but your D7040 Passport Club member! I became ‘the representative of Rotary Canada’ - or even the 5th line of the first paragraph!
Pour vous distraire ! Colin Lyle, D7040 Passport 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group Activities

Posted by Caroline DeWitt, West Ottawa

Rotary Club of West Ottawa: Tree Planters and Shoreline Cleaners

Members of the Rotary Club of West Ottawa enjoyed tree planting while social distancing with Ottawa Councillor Jean Cloutier in Billings Park. Volunteers planted 200 trees in sun-soaked, crisp morning greenspace. Read more about the event at https://riverviewparkreview.ca
Club members and their guests also committed to supporting the environment by attending Ottawa Riverkeeper ‘s Shoreline Cleanup in Jacques Cartier Park. Volunteers collected 400 pounds of garbage along the shoreline overlooking the Ottawa River. Another fun-filled project supporting our watershed. You can find more information at www.ottawariverkeeper.ca
 
Our two projects are in line with RI’s seventh area of focus: Environmental Sustainability.
Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group Activities Caroline DeWitt, West Ottawa 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Condors Golf Raffle Draw

Posted by Dwight Brown, Kanata
Pictured on the left is John Beard, Past President of the Kanata Rotary Club and Condors Golf Raffle Co-Chair and Jim Perkins, who founded the Capital City Condors, which help special needs youth play hockey.
Condors Golf Raffle Draw Dwight Brown, Kanata 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Making Money - A Slice and a Chicken At a Time

Posted by Gerry Lambert, IPDG

Identifying opportunities to support the homeless, free will dinners, food pantries, scholarships, the disabled, PolioPlus, the Rotary Foundation, and many other local and International needs has never been a challenge for Rotary clubs. However, having clubs raise funds to support those needs during the COVID19 crisis has been a challenge.

Several Rotary and ROTARACT clubs have now started implementing new fundraisers to fill their financial gap.

 

 
Making Money - A Slice and a Chicken At a Time Gerry Lambert, IPDG 2020-11-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotaract News

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We are excited to announce that Rotaract District 7040 has joined the recently formed Rotaract Canada! This is a great opportunity for Rotaractors in our district to get involved with Rotary at a new level. By joining Rotaract Canada, Rotaractors in our district will have access to new opportunities to serve, learn, and connect. As stated on their website, Rotaract Canada is a MDIO, meaning they “spread information about service projects and events and foster communication between districts”. Through joining Rotaract Canada, members in our district will have even more opportunities for personal and professional development and leadership training.
 
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Are You Driven to Help Others? You Have Another Opportunity!

Posted by Sue Bellor, Massena
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So many Rotarians want to do more to address causes locally and internationally through Rotary’s 7 Areas of Focus. We try to be there in person when we can. We also have the opportunity to help others globally; to improve the quality of life for others here and abroad. Being a retired teacher does not limit me in my continued quest to help educate children, youth, and adults. I belong to a RAG (Rotary Action Group) for Literacy and support the education of a child in Guatemala.
Are You Driven to Help Others? You Have Another Opportunity! Sue Bellor, Massena 2020-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

November is Foundation Month

What are we doing to support our foundations? The Rotary Foundation is the source that supports our projects. The Rotary Foundation provides funds for Grants, Global Scholars, and Peace Fellows. Let's support our foundation generously.
 
Most of us are meeting virtually and not spending any money on our meals. Here is a challenge to all of us, let's each one of us make a $25 donation to the foundation during November. Imagine if 1635 members in our district make a one-time donation of $25.00! That is over $40,000. Remember, these funds come back to us and support our projects and grants we apply for. Click this link to see how your donations can help https://www.rotary.org/en/donate ou ici en français https://www.rotary.org/fr/donate
November is Foundation Month 2020-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

World Interact Week

Posted by Ariane Carriere, Interact Chair
 
When we say Interactors are making a difference around the world, we mean it! Where in the world are you celebrating #WorldInteractWeek, this week?
World Interact Week Ariane Carriere, Interact Chair 2020-11-04 05:00:00Z 0

Connecting With Former Youth Exchange Students

Posted by Bill Egnatoff, Cataraqui-Kingston
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August 25, the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston had quite a few guests at their Zoom meeting. Two COVID benefits are reaching out and connecting through online meetings. Members had suggested reaching out to past YX students. Marioly was an obvious choice; she left a real mark on our club. She arrived in 2005.
 
Past Youth Exchange Students present - Dulce Milay 2010-2011 YX to Gananoque (now living in Toronto), Marioly Sanchez, Venezuela YX 2005-2006 from Venezuela – Speaker, Iasmin Mendes. YX 2013-2014 from Brazil, Gabriela Calizaya Catacora YX 2011-12, Perú 
 
Visiting Rotarians and past Rotarians present - Rob Campbell C-KR member 2001-2008, RC Renfrew 2010-13, Marioly’s host parent, Joe Fontes, Renfrew RC, Past District chair for YX, hosted 10 YX students including Marioly’s brother, Kathleen Lofthouse, Renfrew RC, host for Marioly and for brother Manuel, Elsabé Falkson. RC Kingston
Connecting With Former Youth Exchange Students Bill Egnatoff, Cataraqui-Kingston 2020-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now Tulips – Huge Success!

Posted by Barbara Fisk, Gananoque
 
As with most clubs in the District the Rotary Club of Gananoque was keen to find something meaningful, helpful, and safe to do for the community during these trying times.  They were fortunate to come across this fabulous End Polio Now Tulip campaign from colleagues in another District. 
The vote was unanimous – let’s try it! It looks great!  And Great it is!
End Polio Now Tulips – Huge Success! Barbara Fisk, Gananoque 2020-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Une école en Tanzanie

Posted by Philippe-Olivier Kaul-Méledje, Montreal Ville-Marie
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Le Club Rotary Montréal Ville-Marie est fier d’avoir contribué à la construction d’une école en Tanzanie, réalisée par les jeunes du PRÉCI de l’École de technologie supérieure.
 
Cette belle réalisation va permettre la scolarisation de 150 enfants de la région de Nainokanoka.
 
Au-delà d’une expérience unique et très enrichissante pour ces futurs ingénieurs, les retombées de ce projet pour la communauté locale sont inestimables. De nombreux enfants vont pouvoir découvrir les joies d’apprendre et de s’instruire.
 
Encore merci à eux, mais également à vous qui continuez à soutenir nos actions.
Une école en Tanzanie Philippe-Olivier Kaul-Méledje, Montreal Ville-Marie 2020-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

October is Economic and Community Development Month!

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
We just entered the second quarter of this Rotary Year. This is for sure not what I expected how I would be visiting clubs. Thank you to all of our Area Governors who are working hard on arranging my official visits to clubs, whether they are in-person or virtual. So far, I have visited 21 clubs that are Rotary and Rotaract, some in person, and some virtually. I have also participated in community and environmental events. I am learning more about our clubs and what we do for our communities.
 
October is Economic and Community Development Month! DG Hadi Mortada 2020-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
DisCon 2020 Videos Chris Cochrane, Public Image Chair 2020-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

World Bicycle Relief

Posted by Colin Lyle, D7040 Passport
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(Editor’s note: Colin lives in France. This was his report to the Passport club. The club has committed to one bike and is asking individuals to donate for more.)
 
I attended a meeting of a local club recently where the DG arrived on one of these bikes; last year he and his wife shared one to ride from near Luxembourg to the RI Convention in Hamburg - some 600 km.  World Bicycle Relief works with partners to create long-lasting, sustainable change and break the cycle of poverty in the communities where we work. Our philanthropic programs provide specially designed, locally assembled Buffalo Bicycles for students, health workers and entrepreneurs. Funds from our global supporters enable innovative programming, delivery of our bicycles to those in need, and constant evaluation of our impact in the field.
 
The video clip explains all the benefits of this project operated by World Bicycle Relief  in the poorest parts of the world; the bike only costs $197 CAD, is very rugged to withstand rough roads (and also very heavy!). It is also very simple and easy to maintain - the pedals are fixed and act as brakes, to simplify maintenance and reduce the cost.  My previous district 1700 has set itself the goal of contributing one bicycle per club - there are currently 105 clubs in the District.
 
The DG of 1700 asked me to spread the message.  This looks like something a club could take part in anywhere in the world and easily afford.  As the Poms say, “On Yer Bike”!
World Bicycle Relief Colin Lyle, D7040 Passport 2020-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Apple Picking

Posted by Lawrence Cantrill, Montreal-Lakeshore
For several years, the Rotary Club of Montreal Lakeshore has donated to local food banks. This, being the year of the Pandemic the need for support has been greater than ever.
 
At our regular meetings we have lunch. As we cannot meet in person, some of our members donated the cost of their meals to the food banks. This money along with a District Grant went to the West Island Mission and the On Rock Ministries food banks.
 
To help further, three members from the club on one of our last days of summer went apple picking at. The fruits of their labour were donated to the On Rock Ministries Food Bank which now feeds 1,000 people per week due to the pandemic. During these C.O.V.I.D. times apple picking was a safe way to volunteer our time whilst enjoying the outdoors in safety.
 
The first picture shows Maureen Cantrill and Lawrence Cantrill picking apples.
The second picture shows Brenda Scalzo (the third picker) delivering the fruits of our labour to the On Rock Food Bank at Pierrefonds, Montreal.
Apple Picking Lawrence Cantrill, Montreal-Lakeshore 2020-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Help!

Posted by Ariane Carriere, bulletin editor
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The date for the District bulletin is usually the 4th or 5th of each month. Articles for the bulletin are coming in fast and furious, but please do not send anything after the first of any month. By that time I have started to fit the pieces together and I usually cannot fit anything else in.
 
All articles should be in Word with the author clearly identified at the beginning.  Action photos in JPG preferred. DO NOT embed photos in the article but send as a separate JPG attachment. DO NOT send a PDF. DO NOT send article in an email message but send as file attachment. Try not to have too many links in the articles as I need to test every single one to make sure they work. Fancy fonts, bullet points, and colours will not transfer to ClubRunner HTML so please don't use them.
Help! Ariane Carriere, bulletin editor 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

Le Club Rotary de Valleyfield (Québec) : 75 Ans de Services à la Communauté !

Posted by Michel Laniel Valleyfield
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Le CLUB ROTARY DE VALLEYFIELD célèbre en 2020 ses 75 ans d’existence. Il a été fondé en juin 1945 – à la fin de la deuxième grande guerre – par quelques hommes d’affaires de la région qui partageaient la vision et les objectifs du ROTARY INTERNATIONAL et qui cultivaient l’idéal de SERVIR D’ABORD !  Le club de Valleyfield a toujours été très actif dans son milieu et reconnu comme un regroupement de personnes grandement impliquées dans leur communauté.
 
Souper homard 2017
Lobster Dinner 2017
Souper homard 2019
Lobster Dinner 2019
Le Club Rotary de Valleyfield (Québec) : 75 Ans de Services à la Communauté ! Michel Laniel Valleyfield 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary FAR Project launched in Kingston

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Rotary FAR Project launched to support Pathways to Education high school graduates while they take on next life goals
 
In short:
  • Kingston high school alumni of the Pathways to Education program will continue to receive support while they move on to post-secondary education and meaningful employment
  • For those alumni who wish to postpone the immediate employment vs. further education decision, 20 Rotarians have received professional mentorship training and will be matched with individual alumni as needed
  • The Rotary FAR Project is the product of financial support from local, national, and international Rotary Clubs
  • $140 000 CDN (approximate) was raised to fund the Facilitator of Alumni Resources (FAR) position for 3 days a week for 3 years
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Fundraising

Posted by Jack Prim, Fundraising Chair
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The Fundraising Committee objective is to assist fundraising at the club level by gathering and sharing the fundraising information for the district.  The information will facilitate existing fundraising efforts by helping to identify the “best practices” from all of the clubs in the district fo similar fundraising efforts.  It will also provide “how to information” to clubs who are planning to start a new fundraiser that is similar to some existing fundraisers in the district.
 
Fundraising Jack Prim, Fundraising Chair 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

A Practical Demonstration of the Power and the Joy of being Rotarian

Posted by Wendy Adams, Ottawa-Stittsville
A hands-on Chapala Rotary project provides emergency food relief to 100’s of Mexican families in need during Covid-19 time.
 
Zoom provided a great opportunity on Wed Sep 10th, 2020, for Stittsville Rotarians to hear first-hand about an international humanitarian project from guest speaker Barb Wilson, President-Elect, Lake Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club and Chair of Emergency Food Relief Program. The club has 38 members of varying nationalities and there are 133 clubs in that district in Mexico.
 
A Practical Demonstration of the Power and the Joy of being Rotarian Wendy Adams, Ottawa-Stittsville 2020-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Save Our Legion campaign incredibly successful – Committee presents $83,000 cheque to Branch 353

Posted by Terry Fleurie, Staff writer, Eganville Leader
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For three quarters of a century, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 353, Eganville, has not only been supporting military veterans and their families, it has also served as the hub of community activities and has donated thousands of dollars to worthwhile causes.
Last Friday afternoon, the extended community that has benefitted from that generosity and support for 75 years, said Thank You in great style when the Save Our Legion campaign committee presented a cheque for $83,000 to the humbled Legion officials.
 
Save Our Legion campaign incredibly successful – Committee presents $83,000 cheque to Branch 353 Terry Fleurie, Staff writer, Eganville Leader 2020-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Bacon on a Bun

Posted by John Wilson, Renfrew
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Our Club's largest fundraiser has been selling Bacon on a Bun at our annual Town of Renfrew, Ontario, Fall Fair.  Because of covid-19, the fair was cancelled so we thought we had lost all that revenue (approximately $18,000). One of our members, Janet Springer, had the great idea to do a drive through ‘Bacon on a Bun’ day.  She and fellow member, Doug Ryan, started organizing to make this happen. At a regular Club Meeting, (held via Zoom because of the pandemic), several members stepped forward to help organize this activity. Many new ideas blossomed forth from their discussions. They developed a plan to make deliveries to the many businesses that support us on one day and sales to the general public the next day.  It is very difficult to estimate how much we would sell however the organizers were confident that sales would be great.  Many people have told us over the years that they attend the fair just to get a Bacon on a Bun from our booth.  So, they decided to order 80 boxes of bacon which is half of the bacon we normally sell for the five-day fair.  The meat supplier thought we had set our sights too high, but we did it anyway.
Bacon on a Bun John Wilson, Renfrew 2020-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Training Talk

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This issue of Training Talk is dedicated to district trainers. Share this information with other trainers in your district. There is also a lot of information that is helpful for clubs.
 
Note: There have been reports of periodic issues when logging into My Rotary or the Learning Center that have been fixed. If you continue having trouble accessing the Learning Center, please clear cookies and cached images in your internet browser settings, close, and reopen your browser and try again.
 
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Getting Our Branding Right Rotary International Zone 8 Public Image Newsletter 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
What Are You Going to See at DisCon 2020? 2020-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

September Message of the District Governor

It’s September, Basic Education and Literacy month in Rotary. A new school year for many. Consider buying a young person a book. You never know, they may love it and become bookworms!
 
Jennifer E Jones, member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada has been nominated to become Rotary International President for 2022-23. Congratulations Jennifer!
 
Great News! Africa is declared Polio Free, thank you Rotarians for helping make this happen.
September Message of the District Governor 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

News from Area Clubs

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
Despite all the challenges that we are facing during these difficult times, I started my official club visits. I had a few official visits in person. I also attended a couple of outdoor social gatherings where I had the pleasure to be part of clubs' official changeovers and awards presentations. Physical distancing was observed. I have visited a few others virtually. Some were official visits and others were social visits to say hello and stay up to date on their activities.
News from Area Clubs DG Hadi Mortada 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award

Posted by Sue Bellor, Awards Chair
 
Rotary District 7040 Past District Governor and District Awards Chair Sue Bellor (Massena Rotary Club) was present to award  the Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award to Margaret (Peggy) Coe in Watertown along with Peggy’s  husband Past District Governor Ben Coe (Watertown Club) and 2019-20 District Governor Gerry Lambert (Canton Rotary Club). (left  to right in photo).
 
This award is given annually to only 150 non-Rotarians selected worldwide and District 7040 is very pleased to honor Peggy.
Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award Sue Bellor, Awards Chair 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 Food Security Project  - Rotary in Kingston

Posted by Ana Sutherland, Seaway West AG
As part of our final delivery week of food boxes, we were given 280 backpacks and school supplies for the children in our families through the United Way at no cost.
Rotarians in Kingston purchased an additional 120 backpacks with supplies in order to cover the families requesting the donation.
This project was exceptionally rewarding and it has cemented the long-term collaboration of the six clubs in Kingston.
 
The great news is that all the kids that needed a new Back Pack received one. Great work accomplished by Rotarians to benefit the community.
Covid-19 Food Security Project - Rotary in Kingston Ana Sutherland, Seaway West AG 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaract de l'île de Montréal

Posted by Olivier Frasson

A Rotaract Treasure Hunt

 
 
For our second meeting of the year, the executive concocted its members a little treasure hunt across Montreal! 
 
Three different routes were offered to the teams, so that each of them would go through different iconic places in the city. Through these places and a few puzzles, our members had to find the place where the meeting would take place: the clock dock, on the edge of the St-Laurent.
 
Last week, our past-president was alongside E-Club Premier to help them with the latest grocery basket distribution, at Carrefour Populaire, for the poorest families in the St-Michel district. This initiative was launched last March by the Rotary Clubs of Montreal. A total of 5.8 tons of food were distributed which helped around 600 families! Rotary / Haiti joint action review since April 2020: 7200 kg of food distributed to families and elders in Saint Michel, community kitchens and a homeless shelter.
Rotaract de l'île de Montréal Olivier Frasson 2020-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

Aide alimentaire d’urgence aux familles vulnérables du quartier Saint-Michel de Montréal

Posted by Michèle Herblin, e-Club Premier7040 et Anne-Laure Damhet, présidente 19-20, Rotaract IDM.
The English version is below.
 
« Ce qui est certain, c’est que ce Covid nous aura permis d’être créatif ». C’est ainsi que la Mairesse de l’arrondissement, Mme Giuliana Fumagalli, a commencé ses remerciements lors de la dernière distribution de paniers alimentaires le 16 juillet dernier.
 
Le Député Fédéral de la circonscription, le Conseiller de la Ville de Montréal pour le District étaient également présents à l’événement. Tous ont salué l’efficacité du réseau créé par les partenaires de l’action en souhaitant que « la belle équipe » Rotary/organismes communautaires de Saint-Michel poursuive leur partenariat pour la communauté.
Aide alimentaire d’urgence aux familles vulnérables du quartier Saint-Michel de Montréal Michèle Herblin, e-Club Premier7040 et Anne-Laure Damhet, présidente 19-20, Rotaract IDM. 2020-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

UN International Literacy Day – 8 September

Posted by Linda Flynn, Literacy / Alphabétisation
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The 8th of September was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The UN's Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by world leaders in September 2015, promotes universal access to quality education and learning opportunities throughout people’s lives. Sustainable Development Goal 4 has as one of its targets ensuring all young people achieve literacy and numeracy and that adults, who lack these skills are given the opportunity to acquire them.
 
To learn more go to https://www.un.org/en/observances/literacy-day and CNTRL+ click on the titles below to learn more.
 
UN International Literacy Day – 8 September Linda Flynn, Literacy / Alphabétisation 2020-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Global Rewards Manon Lennon, Laval Rive-Nord 2020-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

My Exchange

Posted by Gabriella Fera, Rotex
Going on an exchange was something I never thought I would do. Since my parents were both exchange students, they would always ask if it was something I was interested in, but the answer I always gave them was no. It wasn’t until we were having lunch with one of their friends they met through exchange, and I heard all of their amazing stories that I started to wonder, am I making a giant mistake by turning down this amazing opportunity? The answer to that was a huge yes. Luckily, I was able to get into the program just in time, and after many helpful orientations I was off to start my journey in Copenhagen, Denmark.
 
 
My Exchange Gabriella Fera, Rotex 2020-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

Aylmer Rotary Community Corps

Posted by Judy McBribe, president ARCC
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We are very pleased to have an opportunity to write a short article regarding our Community Corps in the District Bulletin.  Thank you, Fay Campbell, for providing us with this opportunity.  Let me first provide you with a brief history of our club.
 
In 2011 a friend and Past Governor, Armin Thiele, noticed that our social group was close and enjoyed each others company, partaking in several activities together.  He suggested we form a Rotary club in our community of Aylmer, Quebec.  Many of us were interested in the concept but work and family life raised concern regarding the time required to hold weekly meetings and working on major fundraising projects.  Armin suggested that we consider starting a Community Corps sponsored by a regular Rotary Club.  This concept seemed less demanding and in March of 2011 we received our Charter in the presence of many Rotarians from Hull Rotary as well as the District Governor.
Aylmer Rotary Community Corps Judy McBribe, president ARCC 2020-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaract is Moving Ahead!

Posted by Katie Massie, Rotaract Ottawa South
 
We are excited to announce that Rotaract District 7040 has joined the recently formed Rotaract Canada! This is a great opportunity for Rotaractors in our district to get involved with Rotary at a new level. By joining Rotaract Canada, Rotaractors in our district will have access to new opportunities to serve, learn, and connect. As stated on their website, Rotaract Canada is a MDIO, meaning they “spread information about service projects and events and foster communication between districts”. Through joining Rotaract Canada, members in our district will have even more opportunities for personal and professional development and leadership training.
 
Excitingly, we already have a few Rotaractors in our district stepping into positions with Rotaract Canada, including: John Le, Hannah Glover, and Riley Weymann. There are a multitude of other opportunities to help serve and support clubs across the country with positions available to match any skill set, from graphic designer to copywriter to analyst. There are as many as 20 positions available for Rotaractors to apply for, see their website for more details.
 
 
 
Rotaract is Moving Ahead! Katie Massie, Rotaract Ottawa South 2020-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

DG Message August / août - We Are Adapting!

It has been a month since the start of this new Rotary year. I have been connecting with many Rotarians through online club meetings or emails. I have visited several clubs online and will soon be starting my official visits.
 
We are all exploring new territory with the online meeting format and many clubs were not comfortable in the beginning to adopt this format. Eventually, a vast majority of the clubs have started the format of online meetings. This taught us to adapt to a fast-growing technology, allowing me to visit many clubs virtually, and I enjoyed them. Every club has its format and style. This opportunity showed us that we can adapt to any situation that comes at us.
DG Message August / août - We Are Adapting! 2020-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Diversité, équité et inclusion

Posted by PDG Martha Weaver, Chateaugay
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“The COVID-19 pandemic and anti-racism solidarity demonstrations are calling out global inequities and the need for social justice. It is even more important that Rotary be an organization inclusive of all cultures, experiences, and identities.” -- from the introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Rotary: How are we Doing?
 
Rotary is committed to putting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at the core of the Rotary experience. “It is time for Rotary to create a new future for the organization, one that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and is beneficial to all of Rotary.” said 2018-19 President Barry Rassin when Rotary’s diversity, equity, and inclusion statement was adopted.
 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Diversité, équité et inclusion PDG Martha Weaver, Chateaugay 2020-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Canada Day During COVID-19

Posted by Larrie Thomson, North Renfrew
 
Up until this year the club has held an annual Canada Day street parade for kids followed by free birthday cake for the public. A public parade was not possible this July because of COVID-19 so instead club members put on their thinking hats and instead sponsored a kid’s poster contest and adult story contest with What It Means to Be Canadian as the theme. All entries were printed in the North Renfrew Times.
Canada Day During COVID-19 Larrie Thomson, North Renfrew 2020-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Hawkesbury Rotary performs Suzanne Hocquard, Hawkesbury 2020-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

This Year’s District Conference is a Unique Opportunity You Won’t Want to Miss!

Posted by Gayle Oudeh, 2020 Program Chair
When we first started planning this year’s District Conference, our theme was “We’re Better Together.” Now, as the Covid-19 Pandemic is keeping us physically distant, it’s more important than ever to focus on the strength and opportunity that comes with working together as Rotarians. That’s why we’re holding this year’s District Conference online and we’ve adjusted our theme a little bit! We’re virtually better together!
 
Here's your opportunity to connect, be inspired, and celebrate the work of Rotary. Join us October 16-18, 2020 for our District’s first online District Conference. There is no cost to attend and the Conference is open to everyone. Invite your friends and neighbours to attend – it’s a great opportunity to introduce Rotary to them!
This Year’s District Conference is a Unique Opportunity You Won’t Want to Miss! Gayle Oudeh, 2020 Program Chair 2020-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

Spring cleaning at W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park, Stittsville

Posted by Wendy Adams, Ottawa-Stittsville
Stittsville Rotarians met in-person on Jul 21, 2020 for the first time since the pandemic was declared in March 2020. Following Covid-19 guidelines, together they cleaned up the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park at 1751 Stittsville Main Street, pulling weeds and making the park like new again.
 
Les Rotariens de Stittsville se sont rencontrés en personne le 21 juillet 2020 pour la première fois depuis la déclaration de la pandémie en mars 2020. Suivant les lignes directrices de Covide-19, ensemble, ils ont nettoyé le parc de la paix du Rotary W.J. Bell au 1751, rue Principale de Stittsville, tirant les mauvaises herbes et faisant du parc un parc nouveau.
 
Spring cleaning at W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park, Stittsville Wendy Adams, Ottawa-Stittsville 2020-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Fundraising continues at the Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac les levées de fonds continue

Posted by Daniel Geleyn, Kingston-Frontenac
Rotarians and friends at the pick-up day for the latest online auction of the Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac. “This fundraiser has helped us tremendously to continue to feel confident that we can continue to support the needs of our community and beyond,” says Daniel Geleyn, president of the Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac.  Photo by Daniel Geleyn
 

Des membres du club Rotary avec des amis durant la journée de collecte après la dernière vente aux enchères du club de Kingston-Frontenac. “Cette levée de fonds nous aide grandement à continuer d’être confiant que nous pouvons continuer à supporter les besoins de la communauté,” dit Daniel Geleyn, le président du club Rotary de Kingston-Frontenac.  Photo par Daniel Geleyn

Fundraising continues at the Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac les levées de fonds continue Daniel Geleyn, Kingston-Frontenac 2020-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Your Next Rotary Travel Destination / Votre prochaine destination voyage avec le Rotary

Posted by Jacinthe Paille D7040 Passport,
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If you are one of the many Rotarians who had planned to travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, last June, for the 2020 International Convention, I am certain you are still feeling sad about having to cancel your plans. Even if you may have attended some online events during the Virtual Convention, you might already be thinking about the next trip you’ll take.
 
Rejoice! The 2021 International Convention, which will take place in Taipei, Taiwan, is less than a year away (June 12 to 16, 2021) – and after all the time we’ve been spending meeting on screens, it will feel even better to get together and ‘feel the energy’, as the convention slogan goes.
 
Si vous êtes un des nombreux rotariens qui avait planifié de voyager à Honolulu, Hawaï pour la convention internationale de 2020 en juin dernier, je suis certaine que vous êtes encore triste d’avoir eu à annuler vos plans. Même si vous avez peut-être participé à certains événements en ligne pendant la convention virtuelle, il se peut que vous soyez déjà en train de penser à votre prochain voyage.
 
Réjouissez-vous! La convention internationale de 2021, qui aura lieu à Taipei, Taiwan, est dans moins d’un an (12 au 16 juin, 2021) – et après tout ce temps passé à faire des réunions en ligne, ce sera encore mieux de se retrouver et de ‘sentir l’énergie’ de Taipei, comme le mentionne le slogan de la convention.
Your Next Rotary Travel Destination / Votre prochaine destination voyage avec le Rotary Jacinthe Paille D7040 Passport, 2020-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement 2020-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
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Joindre le Rotaract/Join Rotaract

Posted by Olivier Frasson, co-DRR 19-20, permission Rotary Canada
Il y a six ans, une de mes amies m'a invité à un barbecue qu'elle organisait avec son association. Les fonds récoltés serviront à envoyer des ordinateurs et des livres qu'ils ont récupérés pour une école primaire d’Haïti qui a tout perdu lors du tremblement de terre de 2010. C'était ma première interaction avec le Rotaract.
 
Six years ago, a friend of mine invited me to a BBQ she was organizing with her association.
The funds raised would be used to send computers and books they got for a primary school in Haiti that lost everything during the 2010 earthquake. It was my first interaction with Rotaract.
 
Joindre le Rotaract/Join Rotaract Olivier Frasson, co-DRR 19-20, permission Rotary Canada 2020-07-04 04:00:00Z 0

Happy New Rotary Year!

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
 
Another year comes upon us and we are heading into the unknown. Luckily, our Rotary Family in our District has handled it quite well. We are still visible, and we are lending a hand to our communities locally and internationally.
 
I am proud to be part of this family. Our District has shown unity and determination to get through these difficult times. Past District Governor Gerry Lambert has paved the way for us, and I vow to continue the great work that we started. I am happy that PDG Gerry & I worked together in past months, so we continue serving Rotary and our community to the best of our abilities. 
Happy New Rotary Year! DG Hadi Mortada 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self

PDG Katie Burke Recipient of Service Above Self Award

Extra! Extra! Our very own Katie Burke has been recognized with Rotary's "Service Above Self" award during our District's 7040 Changeover event.

"Service Above Self" is Rotary’s highest honor and recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”, by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award is internationally competitive and is granted to no more than 150 Rotarians worldwide each year,

Congratulations Katie... this is a well-deserved recognition of the many contributions you continue to make on behalf of Rotary and our community.
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Bringing the “Fourth Object of Rotary” to Life

PDG Nabil Oudeh Recipient Of 2020 Zone 28 Donald MacRae Peace Award

Every year, our Zones honor Rotarians, Rotary alumni or Rotary-based organizations whose lives and work exemplify Rotary’s passion to strive toward international service and peace.
 
This tradition started in then-Zone 22 in 2004 to honor Donald MacRae, a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Back in 1921, MacRae pushed for Rotary to expand its community base and think in terms of global service. As a result, at the International Convention held that year in Edinburgh, Rotarians unanimously agreed to incorporate international peacemaking into Rotary’s incorporating documents with these words, “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”  Today, we know those words as the Fourth Object of Rotary, and they are the basis for all the international work – from club service trips to Polio Plus – we do today.
 
Bringing the “Fourth Object of Rotary” to Life 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA Report - 2020

Posted by Paul Elsley, 7040 RYLA District Chair
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When the pandemic arrived in North America in early March, plans for RYLA were put in jeopardy. The planning team investigated and quickly decided to pursue an online version modified to suit the Zoom platform. A total of 25 clubs from two Districts (7010 and 7040) including NY state, Quebec and central and eastern Ontario sent 52 delegates to the leadership academy. This represented a significant increase from the past two years and established new benchmarks for future years.
 
RYLA Report - 2020 Paul Elsley, 7040 RYLA District Chair 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you all

Posted by Karla Ojeda, 15-16 Youth Exchange Student

Karla Ojeda was a Youth Exchange student from Venezuela to Cornwall Sunrise. After she returned home, the troubles in her country began. The Cornwall Sunrise club raised funds and arranged for her to return to Cornwall where she has been studying for the last two years at St. Lawrence College. She wrote to some of us about her experiences.

It is interesting how hard it is sometimes to put your thoughts and emotions into words.
 
A few weeks ago, I finished my program. There are mixed feelings, lots of questions but mainly so much to thank. I look back now, and ask, where did the last two years go? They went by in the blink of an eye and now I am a Social Service Worker.
 
 
Thank you all Karla Ojeda, 15-16 Youth Exchange Student 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Seventh Avenue of Service Announced

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More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
 
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
 
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
 
More information about this new cause will be announced soon.
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Westmount's First Virtual Fundraiser

The Rotary club of Westmount was pleased to host its first ever virtual fundraiser by way of a mentalist show streamed through YouTube on June 11th.
Le Rotary club de Westmount a eu le plaisir d'organiser sa toute première collecte de fonds virtuelle par le biais d'une émission mentaliste diffusée sur YouTube le 11 juin dernier.
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Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown COVID-19 Initiatives

Posted by LA Palamar, Ottawa-Bytown
In order to support our local community during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown decided to offer our support to the families of Immaculata High School students. 
 
Located on Main Street in Old Ottawa South, this school of the Ottawa Catholic School Board serves a wide catchment area, spanning neighbourhoods of widely diverse socio-economic conditions. A pillar of the Old Ottawa South/East community since 1928, the school has evolved to serve the needs of its community moving from a girls-only school to a co-ed. 
Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown COVID-19 Initiatives LA Palamar, Ottawa-Bytown 2020-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

What a year!

Posted by DG Gerry Lambert
It has been quite a year and we're not finished yet.
 
As we approach the District changeover, which will occur on Saturday the 27th of June at 11:00 am, I am thinking about how significantly our world has changed.  To say we are living in unprecedented times is a bit of an understatement.  Who would have believed a year ago that this changeover ceremony would find us living in the midst of a pandemic that has swept the world?  This pandemic that has resulted in the closure of the U.S./Canada border; forced us to meet online because of the significant restrictions with meeting in person; and resulted in the cancellation of the Rotary International Convention, District Assembly, and Foundation Dinner.
What a year! DG Gerry Lambert 2020-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Finley's Walk for Water

Posted by Daniel Geleyn, Kingston-Frontenac
Finley Johnston, 10, of Westport, ON, set out to walk 350 kms to raise $3000 towards building a well for people living without fresh water.
 
 
Finley's Walk for Water Daniel Geleyn, Kingston-Frontenac 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

Breaking news/dernières nouvelles

We are living in an interesting time. Each day there is more news about this virus that is spreading around the world. Now we have the added news of protests. The District is physically divided in half because the border is closed. Yet, Rotarians are meeting and getting together online.
 
We have made the decision to move our changeover and our annual conference online to protect the health and safety of our members and attendees. These events will be free of charge and we urge all of you to try to attend.
 
Nous vivons une période intéressante. Chaque jour, il y a plus de nouvelles sur ce virus qui se propage dans le monde entier. Maintenant, nous avons les nouvelles supplémentaires de protestations. Le district est divisé physiquement en deux parce que la frontière est fermée. Pourtant, les Rotariens se réunissent et se réunissent en ligne.
 
Nous avons pris la décision de déplacer notre passation des pouvoirs et notre conférence annuelle en ligne pour protéger la santé et la sécurité de nos membres et de nos participants. Ces événements seront gratuits et nous vous exhortons tous à essayer d’y assister.
Breaking news/dernières nouvelles 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

RI Board Asks Everyone to Use the New Rotary Brand

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At the April 2019 meeting of the Rotary International Board of Directors, the Board reviewed the Rotary brand and
  • requested all users of the Rotary Marks to come into visual brand compliance as soon as possible;
  • agreed not to publish in official Rotary media, after July 31, 2019, any advertisements or other information that are not in brand compliance;
  • agreed not to permit any exhibitions at all official Rotary events that are not in brand compliance;
We encourage all Rotary Clubs in District 7040 to become compliant too, as soon as possible. We will no longer publish pictures that have the old logo in them. You can find out more at the Rotary Brand Center.
RI Board Asks Everyone to Use the New Rotary Brand 2020-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Relief  for District Clubs

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
We know that most of you are working on budgets for the next Rotary year. Due to cancellation of PETS & DTA this year, the District Finance Committee has decided to waive the $10 levy per member for 2020-2021 as a COVID-19 relief. This waiver is only for this coming year. We expect that the levy will return for the following year so that we can meet again in person.
COVID-19 Relief for District Clubs DG Hadi Mortada 2020-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary to the rescue/à la rescousse

Posted by Kevin Barron, Hawkesbury
On March 13 one of our members – Suzanne Hocquard reached out to the Meals On Wheels director in our area to inquire if they would need assistance delivering meals. Normally this task is completed by retired individuals but with the quarantine in force these individuals were not available.
 
Le 13 mars, une de nos membres - Suzanne Hocquard a contacté la directrice services communautaires de Prescott & Russell pour lui demander si elle aurait besoin d'aide pour livrer les repas. Normalement, cette tâche est accomplie par des individus retraités mais avec la quarantaine en vigueur, ces individus n'étaient pas disponibles.
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary to the rescue/à la rescousse Kevin Barron, Hawkesbury 2020-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
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Potsdam donates to Food Bank

 

Potsdam Rotary Club President Duane Pelkey (right) presents a $1,000 donation to Potsdam Neighborhood Center Director Kristal Hayes at a safe social distance. The gift will be used by the Neighborhood Center food bank for COVID-19 relief. #RotaryResponds

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We Do Better Together

Rotary is a service organization with more than 35,000 clubs and 1.2 million members world-wide. At times, Rotary clubs join together to carry out worthwhile international projects to meet specific needs in communities.
 
Rotarian Nosberto L. Lou was the connecting link for two such Rotary clubs in Ottawa-Stittsville and in Guatemala North. Originally from Guatemala where he was a member of the Rotary club, Nosberto now lives with his family in Stittsville. Currently however, he is in Guatemala where he was able to see the great need for medical supplies to deal with the current COVID-19 crisis.
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Nouvelles des Échanges amicaux/News from D7040 Rotary Friendship Exchange

Posted by Greta Du Bois Cleynhens, D7040 RFE Chair, Cataraqui-Kingston
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As a result of the present COVID-19 pandemic all Rotary Friendship Exchanges have temporarily been put on halt and will be reviewed at a later stage when general conditions allow it.
 
En raison de la pandémie actuelle de COVID-19, tous les échanges amicaux ont été temporairement suspendus et seront réexaminés ultérieurement lorsque les conditions générales le permettront.
Nouvelles des Échanges amicaux/News from D7040 Rotary Friendship Exchange Greta Du Bois Cleynhens, D7040 RFE Chair, Cataraqui-Kingston 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Première réunion virtuelle depuis 106 ans pour le Club Rotary de Montréal !

Posted by Michèle Herblin-Mauger- Co Chair District Club Support Committee
First online meeting in 106 years!
President Fatima sent this so inspiring message to the Montreal Rotary Club:
“Just a quick note to thank everyone who attended the May 8th online meeting.
This virtual meeting marked a new page in the history of the Montreal Rotary Club and you can be proud to be part of it, since it is the first time in 106 years of its existence that our Club has held such a meeting.

Let us make sure that all members of our Club will meet in large numbers online in order to share our points of view and get to know each other better so that this unique current crisis has a positive side thanks to this virtual tool. Thank you all for your presence and I hope to see more members online next Friday.”
 
Voilà comment le 2ème plus ancien Club du Rotary au Canada ouvre les portes à de nouvelles opportunités pour son futur, en s’adaptant avec fierté, et en appuyant son développement sur l’amitié de ses membres.
 
Tous les Clubs de la grande région de Montréal/Laurentides se réunissent désormais online. Qu’ils partagent la plateforme Gotomeeting que le e-Club Premier a mis à leur disposition ou qu’ils utilisent Zoom, un planning commun permet de maintenir un contact plus fréquent entre les Clubs. Les projets communs se multiplient et les Conseils de Présidents sous la direction des deux AG Michel Wong Kee Song et Charles Ezin sont maintenant effectifs.
 
Bravo à tous, l’avenir du Rotary est plus que jamais entre nos mains. Les portes sont ouvertes à tous les possibles!
Première réunion virtuelle depuis 106 ans pour le Club Rotary de Montréal ! Michèle Herblin-Mauger- Co Chair District Club Support Committee 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Kingston’s COVID-19 Project

Posted by Paul Elsley, Kingston
Summary of Rotary Kingston’s COVID-19 Project
Collaboration between: Isthmus, Food Sharing Project & Rotary
 
Last year, over 16,000 children at 87 schools in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington  were fed at school either a snack, breakfast or lunch or in some cases all three through the food provided by The Food Sharing Project, and over 200 young students from five high-needs schools received small food hampers each weekend. Food insecurity is a serious concern in our community and, according to the Partners in Mission Food Bank here, of the participants in the Food Bank hamper program, a staggering 34% are children. With the onset of the pandemic, schools have been closed with no prospect of them reopening this academic year, so these children are not able to access food through established Student Nutrition Programs. Food Banks are trying to cope with an increased surge in demand and extended wait times.
 
Rotary Kingston’s COVID-19 Project Paul Elsley, Kingston 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
District Alumni Chair/présidente des anciens du district. DGE Hadi Mortada 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Fundraising In A Changed World: Online Events

 
Here are six important considerations that go into a successful online fundraising event.
 
MISSION
The “why” about fundraising is more important than ever.  Your event message needs to be short, simple, relevant, and centered on your mission.  Who are we helping?  What impact will a donation have?  Make the stories resonant and personal.  Have someone record short videos of why they donate or how they’ve been helped.  Throughout your online event, keep relating mission and impact.
Fundraising In A Changed World: Online Events 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Fundraising Goes Virtual

Posted by Marty Peak Helman, Zone Innovative Club Advocate
District 7780 Rotarians met recently (by Zoom, naturally!) to talk about fundraising options in the age of COVID.  Generally speaking, the group agreed that:
  • Any fundraising project can be done virtually or with social distancing – it just takes creativity and maybe some downsizing. 
  • Good givers will continue to give, even in the tough times.
  • A club should think about its traditional sponsors.  If they are a restaurant or other establishment hard-hit by COVID, this is not the time to approach them.  If they are an insurance agency or utility or other organization that has not been hard-hit, by all means reach out to them.
  • It’s critical to advertise, advertise, advertise events and activities on social media and wherever possible.  People are feeling cooped up and are looking for fun things to do.
Fundraising Goes Virtual Marty Peak Helman, Zone Innovative Club Advocate 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

First Ever Virtual Foundation Walk

Posted by Ron Patnode, Canton
The first ever virtual District 7040 Rotary Foundation Walk was held May 9, 2020. It was a cold, windy and snowy day for sure; however, we Rotarians provided service above self to support the Rotary Foundation. Fifty-six walkers representing seven clubs participated: Three from the US - Rotary Clubs of Canton, Potsdam and Massena. Three from Ontario, Canada - Cornwall Sunrise, Kingston-Frontenac,  1000 Islands-Brockville and one from Quebec – Old Montreal. The total amount raised was $10,728.31(US).
 
 
First Ever Virtual Foundation Walk Ron Patnode, Canton 2020-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange suspended for the year

Posted by Patrick Mahaffy, Youth Exchange Chair
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The pandemic of the COVID-19 has spread all over the world and no one knows when the situation will be back to normal. As each country tries to minimize the spread of the virus, strict restrictions continue to be imposed. Hopefully, these will help ease the strain on our health care systems and minimize the damage caused by Covid-19.
 
With students’ well-being and security as our top priorities, Rotary District 7040 has decided to suspend new long-term youth exchanges for one year. This means that our district will not be sending or receiving students in the summer of 2020. 
 
Most countries have blocked foreigners from entering; visa processes are suspended; and it is not fair to the students to be held in uncertainty as many may have alternative plans for their education. This is a necessary step to let the situation return to a state where youth exchange again is possible.
 
We do hate to disappoint you and your students, and we understand that you may have alternate views on the matter. However, from our perspective, this is the timely and right thing to do now. We count on your understanding and hope that we can make exchanges again in 2021-22.
Youth Exchange suspended for the year Patrick Mahaffy, Youth Exchange Chair 2020-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Education To Change The Lives Of Children In A Nairobi Slum School

Posted by Alan Fox, Eganville
Rotary Club Of Eganville Charitable Trust Project Report
 
 
We have been fundraising for the last year and have received support from the Rotary Clubs of Chesterville, Gananoque, Kingston, Montreal Lakeshore, Cataraqui-Kingston, West Ottawa, Pembroke and North Renfrew as well as The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Fellowship of the Least Coin (the World Council of Churches).  Donations have also been received from many individuals who support this project.  Thank You! Alan and Mona Fox
Education To Change The Lives Of Children In A Nairobi Slum School Alan Fox, Eganville 2020-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Community Corps

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To view the complete article online go to https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/rotary-community-corps.

A Rotary Community Corps is a group of non-Rotarians who share our commitment to changing the world through service projects. 

RCC members plan and carry out projects in their communities and support local Rotary club projects.

There are more than 10,000 corps in 100 countries. RCCs are active everywhere Rotary is present: in urban and rural areas, and in both developed and developing countries.

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Rotary Club Of Ottawa-Stittsville Delivers Friendship Boxes Dave Rooke, Ottawa-Stittsville 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata (RCNK) has come back to service

Posted by Dinakar Vaidya, Nepean-Kanata
After a brief pause for two weeks in March, the Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata (RCNK) has come back to service via ZOOM online video meeting in early April. It is an absolute pleasure to see most members join in and find out that all are healthy and well including their family and friends. For most of us, it was a new experience to attend club meeting online from the comfort of our own house, nevertheless all were very excited and enthusiastic on what we as a club can do to help communities in need.
The Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata (RCNK) has come back to service Dinakar Vaidya, Nepean-Kanata 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Celebrate Youth Service Month during the pandemic

May is Rotary’s Youth Service Month! Throughout the month, Rotary members, and younger members of the Rotary family, including Rotaractors, Interactors, and RYLA and Rotary Youth Exchange participants, celebrate the service, leadership development, connections, and FUN of Rotary’s programs for young leaders.

Here are four ways to celebrate Youth Service Month during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Celebrate Youth Service Month during the pandemic 2020-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

SAW (Stop After Work)

Posted by Jenn Grisi, Area Governor NY Lakes
A spin-off from my initiative in my year as Saranac Lake Rotary president of the “Where’s the Fun?” challenge (sometimes referred to as WTF), is what my club calls the SAW (Stop After Work) usually held at a local restaurant. We’ve made it easy to manage - it’s always the last Thursday of the month at 5 pm, no reservations required (we do give the restaurant a heads-up a day or so before).  Some stop just for a beverage and most stay for dinner. At some point during the evening we discuss where to go the next month and then call for a vote, post it on our website and make an announcement at the next meeting. The ‘Pause’ as NY’s governor has called this challenging time, has not put a pause to our fun as we have now moved our SAWs online.
 
SAW (Stop After Work) Jenn Grisi, Area Governor NY Lakes 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

An update from our Global Scholar studying in NYC this year

Posted by Rym Laoufi, 19-20 Global Scholar
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A few weeks ago I came back to Montreal for Spring break and due to Coronavirus developments, I decided to stay home for a longer period. While things have not always been easy, I am now in the way of completing my degree through Zoom in order to, hopefully, graduate in May.
 
This virus has turned many of our lives upside down. For me, it meant putting a sudden end to an incredible experience in New York as well as dealing with unforeseen financial and academic challenges. In the midst of this, however, I became increasingly aware of how privileged I am to benefit from strong family support in Montreal. Once good weather finally settles in the city, I can also enjoy walks by the river and working under the sun in the garden.
 
My thoughts are therefore with all those students who are separated from their loved ones and, for various reasons, remain in NYC on their own. I want to thank everybody at Rotary who made my stay in NYC an amazing time from members of District 7040 to the New York Chinatown Rotary Club as well as all other wonderful Rotarians and Rotaractors I met in my American journey. As we say in French, ce n'est qu'un au revoir! I will be back in the Big Apple sooner rather than later (having left most of my things there ;) ). I wish us all brighter days to come.
An update from our Global Scholar studying in NYC this year Rym Laoufi, 19-20 Global Scholar 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Saranac Lake Rotary Literacy Program

Posted by Diane Tkach, Saranac Lake
Literacy is an initiative we as a club are proud to put our name on. We believe that reading is the only way out of poverty. Having books in the home; encouraging reading and literacy at a young age; adults reading and being role models – these are all statistically proven to set the stage for an exciting learning curve as children from birth are introduced to books and reading.
 
In the mid 1990’s club member Esther Arlan started the beginnings of a literacy program in the Saranac Lake school system. Esther is on one of the photos in the collage with current member Mitch Smith – looking at a book and laughing. By the time she and her husband, PDG Lionel, retired and moved away she had laid the foundation with the schools to allow us to come in and do something with a literacy focus.
 
Saranac Lake Rotary Literacy Program Diane Tkach, Saranac Lake 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

PolioPlus Responding to the COVID-19 Challenge

Posted by Mike McGovern, Chair of the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee and John Germ, Past Rotary International President and Chair of the Polio Countdown to History Committee
 
A program begun by Rotary is employing thousands of health workers to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) which includes Rotary’s PolioPlus program.   From the earliest days of polio eradication in the Philippines, the generosity and advocacy of Rotarians and our partners has nearly stopped polio, stopped Ebola from becoming an epidemic in Nigeria and now responds to COVID-19.
PolioPlus Responding to the COVID-19 Challenge Mike McGovern, Chair of the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee and John Germ, Past Rotary International President and Chair of the Polio Countdown to History Committee 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Shop closed

Posted by Michele Berg, Deputy General Secretary Rotary International
Several months ago, we announced that Rotary Shop would close in April 2020. As members increasingly turn to Rotary’s electronic channels for information, we’ve seen a substantial decrease in use of Rotary Shop and more interest in downloadable files.

Digital versions of our most popular publications will be available on Rotary websites, including My Rotary and Rotary’s Learning Center. Some publications will also be offered as print-ready files that you can send to a local printer, if you’d like to.
Rotary Shop closed Michele Berg, Deputy General Secretary Rotary International 2020-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Update on RYLA 2020

Posted by Paul Elsley, Kingston
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After careful consideration, we have decided to go forward with RYLA 2020! With so many Rotary events being postponed or cancelled, we wanted to be able to deliver some good news.
 
RYLA 2020 will happen from May 28 (Thursday) to May 31 (Sunday). Each day will be slightly shortened from those of past years but spread out and so the need to add a fourth day. Rest assured that no students will be travelling to Kingston – instead, we will be meeting online using Zoom, virtual icebreakers, Google Classroom and more. The RYLA team has been working diligently to adapt our programme to the new environment and we are confident that the student delegates will have fun, be engaged, learn lots about leadership and make new friends. Our goals for the experience remain the same.
Update on RYLA 2020 Paul Elsley, Kingston 2020-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

A Note from the Rotary Foundation

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The Rotary Support Center does not have phone or contribution processing capabilities at this time.  They are only available to answer inquiries via email.  Their email address is rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org.  Members should not email contributions to this email address. 
 
The Governor of Illinois has issued a shelter-in-place order.  This means that no staff will be allowed into One Rotary Center.  Any contributions sent to One Rotary Center will not be processed for some time.  Additionally, our capability for accepting faxed contributions has also been placed on hold indefinitely.  We highly encourage members who would like to contribute to do so online at myrotary.org/donate.  Club officers do have the option to donate on behalf of their club members once they sign in. Look in Files on the district COVID-19 page.
 
Again, the best place to make a contribution is online at myrotary.org/donate.
 
The full article can be found on the District COVID-19 page (link above).
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Can you still have some fun during this time?

Rotary loves Bingo
The first is a Zoom Bingo, courtesy of Zone 33.
The second, courtesy of Chatham Sunrise has some localized squares but can easily be adapted.
 
25 Day April Mental Health Challenge 
 
Can you still have some fun during this time? 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Prepare For Your First Zoom Meeting (Participant And Host)

Posted by ARC PDG Peter Frueh, Zone 8
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This Article is from the Rotary Zone 8 newsletter Rotary On The Move. I encourage you to read the whole article.
 
Zoom looks a bit different, depending on your device. It works on PCs, laptops, tablets and smart phones. First step is to download the application appropriate for your device from Zoom.US.
 
Watch this video first.
Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time; Fun and Easy Online Connection.
 
This is an 8 min video and shows how it looks on a Windows PC. Similar for Mac, except Zoom is in the Apple store. For IOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android (tablets and phones) Zoom is in their stores.
Prepare For Your First Zoom Meeting (Participant And Host) ARC PDG Peter Frueh, Zone 8 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

What Is Our District Doing During This Time of COVID-19?

There are many things happening during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Il se passe beaucoup de choses durant l'épidémie COVID-19.
 
We have new insurance information for Canadian clubs, but they will also benefit US clubs. Check the insurance page.
 
For all the latest information from our district, updated regularly
Pour toutes les informations les plus récentes de notre district, régulièrement mis à jour

Click here - Cliquez ici

 
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District 7040 COVID-19 Update

Due to the Corona virus, we find ourselves, as Rotarians, in the midst of a worldwide health crisis.  
 
Very few aspects of our lives have not been affected including our lives as Rotarians.
 
Our District faces additional challenges as we have clubs in Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut and New York, each of which is responding to the crisis in different ways based on their Governmental Health directives.
 
We, at the District level, have already decided that this year we are reconfiguring our Presidents-Elect Training and District Training Assembly which you may have read about in DGE Hadi's email yesterday.
 
At the same time, we are monitoring this ever-evolving situation to ascertain what impacts it will have on:
  • Youth Exchange
  • RI International Convention
  • Foundation Walk
  • Foundation Dinner
  • Grants Management Training
  • District Committee meetings
  • RYLA
  • Our Adventure programs
  • Global Grant Scholarships and Peace Fellowships.
  • Etc.
At this time, much is unknown, in particular, how long this COVID-19 Outbreak will last or how severe it will become.
 
Additionally, we cannot predict what additional restrictions may be decreed or placed on organizations within each jurisdiction such as travel bans, restrictions on meeting sizes, etc.
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PETS and DTA Changes

Posted by Hadi Mortada, DGE

The current situation of a global COVID-19 pandemic requires us to seriously consider the potential risks to Rotarians at upcoming District gatherings. After careful and deliberate consideration, we believe that caution is in the best interest of our membership. Therefore, it has been determined that we will not gather in person for President Elect Training and/or District Training Assembly on March 21 and 22, 2020.

We recognize that nothing really makes up for the opportunity to gather together, talk informally, and share ideas. However, as an alternative to these events, we will be providing on-line training opportunities as follows:

President Elect Training – An online session will be conducted on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 10 am to noon. Additional online sessions may be scheduled at a later date. Alternately, Area Governors may meet in person with local Presidents Elect to provide additional training and support. Further information about registering for the online session on March 21 will be provided soon.

District Training Assembly – Where available and appropriate, break out session facilitators will provide interested Rotarians with their presentation material. Online sessions on some of the breakout topics will be scheduled throughout the year for Rotarians to attend. Additionally, some of the breakout sessions originally scheduled for DTA may be offered at District Conference in October.

Further information about Foundation Dinner and Grants Management Seminar, also scheduled for the March 21-22 weekend, will be forthcoming soon in a separate email.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation and wish you all good health!

PETS and DTA Changes Hadi Mortada, DGE 2020-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

Strategic and Local Alliances

 
Today, and throughout history, all groups whether it was families, countries, organizations, corporations, small or large businesses have formed strategic alliances.  Why? Because all organizations have the innate goals of wanting to grow, prosper and most importantly survive. This month, I would like to address how these alliances are currently being used to accomplish goals for both Rotary International and at the local club level.
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Toastmasters International

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem Rochon (Kemptville)
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I was very happy to hear that at the 2019 Rotary Convention in Hamburg that Rotary International and Toastmasters International came together to form an alliance. I have been a Toastmasters and Rotarian for about the same length of time.  They definitely complement each other.
 
In 2010 I had the opportunity to lead a Group Study Exchange to India. The interview procedure is intense. I am certain that if it was not for the skill of impromptu speaking that I had practiced at each Toastmasters meeting I would not have been selected for this leadership role.  While in India for a month, the team and myself were required to do presentations to various Rotary clubs - at least 20 times and a presentation at the District conference there that had at least 1500 attendees.  Toastmaster members at my Club in Kemptville helped me learn to be comfortable in front of any audience.
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ShelterBox and Rotary

Posted by Tom Deuson (Watertown)
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Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth, and dignity following more than 300 disasters in over 100 countries. We respond urgently to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami, or conflict by delivering boxes of essential shelter, aid and other life-saving supplies. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, a water filtration system, emergency lighting, and other tools for survival.
 
What began as a local connection with one Cornish Rotary Club in the United Kingdom has led to an international movement that’s raised over $68 million for ShelterBox to date – enough for 140,000 ShelterBox family tents or 390,000 ShelterKits.
ShelterBox and Rotary Tom Deuson (Watertown) 2020-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

All About PETS, Foundation Dinner, DTA

Posted by Gayle Oudeh, Trainer
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Training for all incoming Presidents (Rotary and Rotaract Clubs) will be held March 21-22, 2020. Detailed program schedule will be announced soon. Training will take place Saturday, March 21 from 9am - 4:30 pm and Sunday, March 22 from 9 am - noon. Click here to register for PETS.

District Training Assembly (DTA) will also take place on Sunday, March 22 from 9am - 4:30 pm. Incoming Presidents must register for DTA and register for morning sessions identified as mandatory for Presidents Elect. Anyone from outside the district who wants to attend the weekend needs to contact Ariane Carriere.

Registration for DTA is separate from registration for PETS. Click here to register. for DTA

Saturday evening (March 21) there will be a Foundation Dinner. Registration for this dinner is also separate. Click here to register for the Foundation Dinner. There is no cost if you are a President Elect. All others must pay.

If you want to reserve a room at the Ramada Inn, phone 613-933-8000 and mention that you are with Rotary.

Pre-PETS Training will take place online prior to March 20, 2020. Check Events calendar.

All About PETS, Foundation Dinner, DTA Gayle Oudeh, Trainer 2020-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

District Scholarships in 7040 bourses de district 

Posted by Katie Burke, Scholarship Chair
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The scholarship deadline is coming up quickly and it is time to take a look at whom we are looking for!
 
La date limite des bourses arrive rapidement et il est temps de chercher les boursiers de cette année!
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Rotary Brockville Donates $25,000 to Jumpstart

Posted by Doreen Barnes (1000 Islands)
 
On Thursday, February 13, the two Rotary Clubs in Brockville presented Canadian Tire (Brockville and Prescott) owners Alex and Beatriz Joannides, a cheque for $25,000 towards their program Jumpstart. Canadian Tire Jumpstart believes that children, ages 4 to 18, should have equal access to sports and physical activity. Over 70 activities related to hockey, dance, climbing, swimming and other sports are included in their funding program for children. In 2018, 971 children in this area were assisted with a disbursement of $50,168. Canadian Tire Jumpstart is Giving Kids a Sporting Chance!
 
From left to right are, President Shelley McCaffrey of the Rotary Club of the 1000 Islands, Rotarian Ray Marshall, Canadian Tire owners Alex Joannides, Beatriz Arias-Joannides, President David Keenleyside of the Rotary Club of Brockville, Canadian Tire Human Resources/Office Manager Gabriele Wickens and General Manager Jerry Wickens.
Rotary Brockville Donates $25,000 to Jumpstart Doreen Barnes (1000 Islands) 2020-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

Kingston Rotarians Welcome Newcomers!

Posted by Lucille Davies (Kingston)
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We have four Rotary Clubs in Kingston, Ontario – Cataraqui-Kingston, Frontenac, Kingston, and Kingston-Waterfront – covering all three meal times of the day, plus the cocktail hour. Our oldest club, RC Kingston, was chartered in April, 1921, and this year we begin a 4-Club joint celebration of ‘100 Years of Rotary in Kingston’!
 
While we are very proud of our beautiful city, sitting on Lake Ontario, with our historical sites and trendy boutiques, we are most appreciative of our people. Kingstonians come from all corners of the world, tastily reflected in the multicultural cuisine of our many restaurants. So, one of our dozen or so Centennial Projects has to be a celebration of our local population, in particular, our newest Kingstonians.
Kingston Rotarians Welcome Newcomers! Lucille Davies (Kingston) 2020-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

Public Relations publiques

Posted by Chris Cochrane, Public Relations Chair
The purpose of having a District Public Relations Committee is to help you promote your Club and its events and to raise awareness of all things Rotary. To this end, as District Chair of PR, I offer assistance to any club to have info on their events and their club in general published/ aired in local media including print, radio & TV and uploaded to appropriate Social Media platforms. 
 
Le but d’avoir un Comité de relations publiques de district est de vous aider à favoriser votre club et ses événements et à soulever la conscience de toutes les choses rotatoires. À cet effet, comme chaise de district des RP, j'offre l'aide à n'importe quel club pour avoir l'information sur leurs événements et leur club a en général édité aérer dans des médias locaux comprenant la copie, la radio et la TV et téléchargé pour s'approprier les plates-formes sociales de médias.
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Physician Travel Packs

Posted by Knud Peterson (Montreal-Lakeshore)
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Over the years the Montreal-Lakeshore Club has obtained - from 'Health Partners International of Canada' and delivered more than fifty 'Physician Travel Packs' to a number of projects in Central and South America and Africa
 
But then customs’ authorities in a number of countries, such as Paraguay, Peru and Guatemala made it difficult or even impossible to donate medicine to needy persons or entities in their respective countries so for the last several years this excellent type of international aid had come to an almost standstill.
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What is The Rotary Foundation?  It’s More than Polio?!

Posted by Bonnie Black (Plattsburgh)
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Our District Foundation Committee is coming to you!  Although we meet quarterly along with the District International Service Committee, we usually are missing representation from about 40 of our 66 clubs.
 
So…our Foundation Team will come to you on the following Saturday morning at 10 am for a 30-minute ASK YOUR QUESTIONS gathering via Zoom:
 
May 30 – Polio (Rotary’s Major Initiative)
 
Drop in on one or all sessions!  If you’re interested, just email me at bonblack@yahoo.com and I will send you the link.  Feel free to ask other club members who might have an interest in hearing more about Our Foundation doing good in the world - see you soon!
What is The Rotary Foundation? It’s More than Polio?! Bonnie Black (Plattsburgh) 2020-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Silent Auction 2020 encan silencieux

Posted by Jill Yarnell (West Ottawa)
The Silent Auction Committee for the Rotary International District 7040 Conference 2020 invites you to participate by donating a gift item to be auctioned.  The proceeds from this auction will go to The Rotary Foundation on behalf of the entire district.  The auction will be held during DisCon 2020, October 16-17, 2020.
 
Le Comité d'encan silencieux pour la Conférence 2020 du Rotary International District 7040 vous invite à participer en faisant don d'un article-cadeau à vendre aux enchères. Le produit de cette vente aux enchères ira à la Fondation Rotary au nom de tout le district. La vente aux enchères aura lieu pendant DisCon 2020, du 16 au 17 octobre 2020.

 
Silent Auction 2020 encan silencieux Jill Yarnell (West Ottawa) 2020-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 7040 Foundation Walk 2020

Posted by Ron Patnode (Canton)

The annual D/7040 Rotary Foundation Walk is Saturday, May 9th in, Canton, New York, hosted by the Rotary Club of Canton. The annual Foundation Walk was created to bring all the clubs in the district together in a family-oriented social setting with an emphasis on fellowship while providing an opportunity for clubs and their members to contribute their Annual Fund giving to the Rotary Foundation. You can collect pledges from the members of your club, or from anyone that you know. The Canton Rotary Club is inviting you and your club to join us in a leisurely walk in Canton, our county seat. See some notable sites and hear some of our history.

Registration will begin at 9:00 am at the Eben Holden Conference Center located on the St. Lawrence University campus. Plenty of free parking is available in lot C. Morning refreshments will be provided. Early registration is encouraged. The walk is a 5K (3.2 mile) beginning promptly at 10:00 am. Families and non-members wishing to attend should register through their sponsor Rotarian.

The walk route will leave Eben Holden Center visiting historic campus buildings: Herring-Cole Hall, Richardson Hall and the Garrison Chapel. Proceeding then to the Canton village historic district: Silas Wright House & Museum, the U.S Post Office, the birthplace of Frederic Remington, Jail Liberties Stone, the St. Lawrence County Courthouse, Heritage Park, as well as a federal style home. At various stops a brief summary of its historical significance and/or a guided tour as time permits will be provided. We will then return to Eben Holden Center for lunch at 12:00 pm.

Rotary District 7040 Foundation Walk 2020 Ron Patnode (Canton) 2020-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Running on Empties

Posted by Dave Rooke (Ottawa-Stittsville)
 
One of the local charity efforts we support on an annual basis  is called Running on Empties.  This event is organized by the Caring and Sharing Exchange in Ottawa each year in time for the Christmas season.  During this event, the Exchange partners with Local Beer Stores (these stores accept empty beer and liquor bottles for cash) for a one-day event to encourage patrons of the Beer Stores to donate some or all of their bottle returns to the Christmas Hamper Fund in Ottawa.  Most Beer Store outlets participate, and are assisted by service clubs, school groups and individuals who set up outside the store to encourage donations throughout the store opening hours.
 
Our Club participates annually at the Stittsville Beer Store outlet, and this year was part of the Ottawa effort that raised almost $20,000 to provide Christmas Food Hampers and/or vouchers to families in need.  The following is the email from the Caring and Sharing Exchange identifying the success of the program. 
 
As you might expect, we are very proud of our work in support of such undertakings throughout the year, and we do our utmost to let the community know how valuable service clubs are to the well being of the communities they serve.  
Running on Empties Dave Rooke (Ottawa-Stittsville) 2020-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

What I Have Learned So Far From My Official Club Visits
 

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So far, I have visited over 60 Rotary/ROTARACT clubs, along with their boards. I have about 15 more visits to go, including Iqaluit. Hopefully, I will be finished with all but a few visits by the end of March.
 
My Official Club Visits have been the best part of my term as District Governor. I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to meet such a diverse group of clubs and Rotarians/Rotaractors within the District. The impact these clubs are having, especially in small communities is remarkable. Learning about the club's various fundraisers along with their service projects, both locally and overseas, are true examples of Rotary’s motto “Service above Self.”
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Honouring Indigenous Peoples

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The District, in hopes of advancing Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples worldwide, seeks to create a forum for collaboration that can provide a way for allies to contribute to supporting Indigenous partners. The committee will promote, in partnership with Indigenous partners, consistent and meaningful collaboration and coordination between the First Nations, Rotary Clubs and partners on Indigenous programs and services towards improving First Nations communities’ health and well-being.
 
The D7040 Passport Club on Tuesday January 14 recorded our Club Member, PDG Rene Melchers, explaining a new committee he is Chairing at District Level. Rene is asking for assistance so let's help him. Watch the video! https://vimeopro.com/cochrane/rotary
 
We also encourage you to go to the website http://www.rotaryhip.com/.
Honouring Indigenous Peoples 2020-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

District 7040 RYLA  2020

Posted by Paul Elsley
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Kingston, Ontario May 29 - 31, 2020

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 lead 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 Youth Leadership Academy, The program is offered in English only. All students stay in residence at St. Lawrence College for 2 nights/3 days. Registration and transportation costs are covered by the local Rotary club.
District 7040 RYLA 2020 Paul Elsley 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Aid for Chernobyl / Aide pour Chernobyl

 

 

Shown is a picture of the Rotarians from both Brockville Clubs that were able to help on the packing night, this past Wednesday evening, Jan. 8, 2020.

Montrée est une image des rotariens des deux clubs de Brockville qui pouvaient aider la nuit d’emballage, ce passé mercredi soir, le 8 janvier 2020.
Aid for Chernobyl / Aide pour Chernobyl 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Less than 10 steps to achieve a Rotary club citation

Posted by PDG Martha Weaver (Chateaugay)
At our District 7040 Conference, I had the pleasure of presenting 2018-2019 Rotary Citations to 34 of the 66 Rotary clubs in District 7040. Two of those were with Platinum Distinction, three with Gold, and 16 with Silver. Many clubs went from previously not being eligible for a Citation to being eligible with distinction. That was because clubs have been completing the goals, but not inputting their accomplishments into the system. There is a strategy that any club or district can use to increase Citation achievement.
Less than 10 steps to achieve a Rotary club citation PDG Martha Weaver (Chateaugay) 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

#WeServe 

Four international presidents / quatre présidents internationaux

 
From Left: Optimist International President Adrian M. Elcock, Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney, Lions International President Jung-Yul Choi, and Kiwanis International President Daniel Vigneron.
 
De la gauche : Le président international d'optimiste, Adrian M. Elcock, le président de Rotary International, Mark Daniel Maloney, le président international de lions, Jung-Yul Choi, et le président international du Kiwanis, Daniel Vigneron.
#WeServe 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

The Scope and Scale of Rotary Volunteering

Posted by A special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies
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“The lesson from this report is clear: volunteer service is not only a feel-good calling—it may provide one of the more powerful, and one of the more fulfilling, avenues through which to reach the ambitious United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”
~ Lester M. Salamon
 
The Scope and Scale of Rotary Volunteering A special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies 2020-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

Australia 2019-20 Bushfires Appeal

Can I please express my great appreciation to all those friends from right around the world who have offered kindness and support to Australia as we suffer these terrible fires. It helps enormously to know that you are thinking of us. Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) has a fund supporting bushfire recovery through which you can donate from outside Australia. Put https://rawcs.org.au/ into your browser and follow the blue "Donate Now" button.
It is not quite as easy as it should be to donate, but the trick is to ensure that on the second page in the address section, where it shows "State", all those from outside Australia need to choose the last option, which is "outside Australia". Then it should accept any district number. Thanks again!
Australia 2019-20 Bushfires Appeal Peter Labelle 2020-01-06 05:00:00Z 0

RCAT Orléans Rotary Climate Action Team

Posted by Phil McNeely (Orleans)
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The Rotarian Magazine, which reaches over 1.2 million Rotarians in 200 countries, issued a statement in April from Rotary International’s past-president, Barry Rassin. In light of the current movement around the climate emergency, Mr. Rassin has wisely recommended all Rotary members to get involved in slowing down climate change. Referring to the book Drawdown, by Paul Hawken, Mr. Rassin urges us to consider adopting simple actions to our daily lives, identified as Climate Solutions Within Our Reach.
 
Le magazine Rotarian, qui rejoins plus de 1,2 million de Rotariens dans 200 pays, a publié en avril une déclaration de l'ancien président du Rotary International, Barry Rassin. Compte tenu du mouvement actuel autour de l'urgence climatique, M. Rassin a sagement recommandé à tous les membres du Club Rotarien de s'impliquer dans le ralentissement du changement climatique. Se référant au livre Drawdown, de Paul Hawken, M. Rassin nous exhorte à envisager d'adopter des actions simples dans notre vie quotidienne, identifiées comme des solutions climatiques à notre portée.
RCAT Orléans Rotary Climate Action Team Phil McNeely (Orleans) 2019-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Les bourses de District 7040 Scholarships

Posted by Katie Burke (Cornwall Sunrise)

District 7040 has had a Global Grant Scholar for the past 7 years and each time the interview team is amazed at the talents, skills, experiences and academic achievements of each of the candidates.  Our scholars are not only smart and capable, they are eager, interested and involved in what the world has to offer.

Le District 7040 compte un boursier de subvention mondiale depuis 7 ans et chaque équipe d’entrevue s'émerveille des talents, des compétences, des expériences et des réalisations académiques de chacun des candidats. Nos chercheurs ne sont pas seulement intelligents et capables, ils sont enthousiastes, intéressés et impliqués dans ce que le monde a à offrir.

Les bourses de District 7040 Scholarships Katie Burke (Cornwall Sunrise) 2019-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Participez à la 2020 vaccination contre la polio en Inde 

 

 
The Indian Rotary leadership has stated that this is expected to be one of the last times that the Government will hold a National Polio Immunization program. If you have always wanted to participate in an NID, this may be your last opportunity for this experience.
 
Les dirigeants du Rotary Indien ont déclaré que ceci est un des derniers programmes nationaux de vaccination contre la polio qui sera organisé par le gouvernement.  Si vous avez toujours voulu participer à un NID, cela pourrait être votre dernière occasion de vivre cette expérience.
Participez à la 2020 vaccination contre la polio en Inde 2019-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Final Stretch!

November first and second are fast approaching, so register today for our District Conference.
 
We have Past RI Vice-President, Dean Rohrs, and her husband Rhino joining us for the entire weekend beginning with a Boat Tour and box lunch on Friday.  If you'd like to join her, as well as our Past District Governors, register now as space is limited to the first 45 people.  The cost is $15 per person and please note any food allergies.  The Boat Tour should be glorious this time of year!
 
The boat leaves the Town dock at the shore of the hotel at Noon, so we are asking everyone to come on board no later than 11:30am.
 
Registration for the Full Conference is still open until October 30th via the link to the left, or click here.
 
If you would like a hotel room, please call the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel directly (315-686-1100) and let them know you are part of Rotary...see you there!
Final Stretch! 2019-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

Awards, Awards and More Awards/des Prix, des Prix et plus de Prix

Posted by Sue Bellor (Massena)
Rotarians can thank and recognize other Rotarians for their continued commitment to others. Simply go online to www.rotary.org click on “My Rotary” at the top, then under the “Learning and Reference” tab, click on “awards”.  Club leaders and members may nominate for: Recognize a Club, Significant Service Award, Avenues of Service Award in district, Service Award for a Polio-free World, and Polio Plus Pioneer Award.   Any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact District 7040 Awards Chair PDG Sue Bellor at sbellor1@twcny.rr.com .
 
Les Rotariens ont la possibilité de remercier et reconnaître les autres Rotariens pour leur engagement continu envers les autres.  Allez simplement en ligne à www.rotary.org, cliquez sur « Mon Rotary » en haut de la page et sous l'onglet « Je me forme », cliquez sur « Prix ».  Les Leader et membres de club peuvent se porter candidats pour : Reconnaître un club, un prix de service important, un prix d'avenues de service dans un district, un prix de service pour un monde sans polio et un prix Polio Plus Pioneer.  Si vous avez des questions ou des préoccupations, n'hésitez pas à contacter le président du GDP du district 7040, PDG Sue Bellor, à l'adresse sbellor1@twcny.rr.com .
Awards, Awards and More Awards/des Prix, des Prix et plus de Prix Sue Bellor (Massena) 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

My Polio Moment and why I give...

 

Jack Nicklaus, the legendary golfer, spoke as a Rotary Polio Ambassador at the Atlanta Rotary Convention a few years ago.  It was there that my wife Susan and I were surprised to learn of his childhood affliction with Polio.
 
His heartfelt comments made a great impression on us especially when he spoke on how he and his family was affected. As an engineer, I never feel a problem is unsurmountable.  It just needs to go through a process resulting in something being invented, built, or fixed. In doing so it is easy to lose sight of the impact our Polio efforts are having in preventing memories (like Jack’s) throughout the world for other individuals and families.
My Polio Moment and why I give...  2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

WORLD POLIO DAY OCTOBER 24th JOURNÉE POLIO MONDIALE

 

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What are your club’s plans? Quels sont les plans de votre club ?
 
Every year, on 24 October, we celebrate our progress toward eradicating polio. Clubs around the world raise awareness and spread the word that the fight to end polio is not over by hosting a local World Polio Day event.
 
Chaque année, le 24 octobre, nous célébrons nos progrès vers l'éradication de la poliomyélite. Les clubs du monde entier sensibilisent et font savoir que la lutte pour mettre fin à la poliomyélite n'est pas terminée en organisant un événement local de la Journée mondiale de la poliomyélite.
WORLD POLIO DAY OCTOBER 24th JOURNÉE POLIO MONDIALE  2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

13 Ways to Kill Your Rotary Club

 

Posted by By PDG Michael Angelo Caruso, D6380
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1. Neglect the food.
For centuries, people have gathered together around food and drink. Hospitality creates conversation and conversation creates everything from relationships to project lists.  Food and the accompanying ceremony is an asset for your Rotary club, not a liability. 
2. Don’t attract businesses.
Local businesses can help you identify the movers and shakers in your community. These people often make the best Rotarians. Work hard to be appealing when it comes to the length of your meeting, the location and the time/day slot. “Folksy” can work against you.
3. Don’t engage youth.
13 Ways to Kill Your Rotary Club By PDG Michael Angelo Caruso, D6380 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

September Was Literacy Month

 

Posted by Linda Flynn (West Ottawa)
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The September Rotarian is a good read! Why wouldn't I say that as literacy chair?  So, make it a goal, during September which is Literacy month, to make the time to read it.
 
Inspired to update my literacy rate statistics for Canada & the USA I learned that both countries have remained steady since 2008 to 2014 at anywhere from 85 – 99% depending on the study.  This sounds good until you realize the number of illiterate Canadians is 2 in 5 adults or 9 million and with seniors (65 +) included there are 12 million people. For the USA, the government uses 19% for the number of illiterate Americans or 62 million.
September Was Literacy Month Linda Flynn (West Ottawa) 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
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Sad News

 
The Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata is mourning the passing of two past Club members recently:
Ron Workman was a Member of Rotary for over 25 years, both in the Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata and the Rotary Club of Shawville;
Peter McKennirey was a Member of the Club for nine years and served as Club President in 2011-2012.
Both men were dedicated to the ideals of Rotary and were great and gentle souls. They will be deeply missed.
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Celebrating Teachers on World Teachers Day/Célébrons les enseignants lors de la Journée mondiale des enseignants

Posted by Jacinthe Paille (D7040 Passport)
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In 1994 I was studying to become a teacher at Laval University in Quebec City; that same year, World Teachers Day was established to “acknowledge, evaluate and enhance the instructors of the world.” (awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/world-teachers-day-2019/) It is held every year on October 5 and is celebrated by more than 100 nations globally as a way to commemorate the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
 
En 1994 j’étudiais pour devenir enseignante à l’université Laval à Québec; cette même année-là, la Journée mondiale des enseignants a été établie pour « reconnaître, évaluer et mettre en valeur les instructeurs du monde entier ». (awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/world-teachers-day-2019/) La journée a lieu tous les ans le 5 octobre et est célébrée par plus de 100 nations autour du monde. C’est une façon de commémorer la signature de la Recommandation UNESCO/ILO de 1966 concernant le Statut des enseignants.