Dear fellow Rotarians and friends, greetings to all

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

Seaway West Rotarians Helping to Settle Refugees

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

Rotary in Kingston Supports Pathways to Education Graduation

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

Jennifer Jones visit to Ottawa

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

Mental Health First Aid

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

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

Week of Service

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

History in the making for District 7040!

Posted by Nabil and Gayle Oudeh, Imagine Rotary Canada Tour Planning Committee (Ottawa Hub)
 
 
On July 1, 2022, the first female President of Rotary International will begin her term. Jennifer Jones, a Canadian from Windsor, Ontario will be kicking off her year as RI President with a cross Canada tour and her very first day as President will be right here in District 7040! The purpose of this tour is to highlight the tremendous contributions that Rotarians make to their communities and to projects around the world.
 
We are excited to be hosting Jennifer and her husband, Nick Krayacich, as well as a number of other Canadian Rotary International dignitaries including Director Valarie Wafer and Mark Wafer, Trustee Dean Rohrs and Rhino Rohrs and current President’s Aide Bryn Styles and Randi Styles. They will be in Ottawa June 29, 30 and July 1.
 
While part of their schedule will include visiting with government officials while in Ottawa, a number of activities are planned so that all Rotarians in the District may have opportunity to meet incoming RI President Jennifer and to celebrate the new Rotary year. Here’s what their schedule looks like and where you can participate:
 
Wednesday, June 29
Evening reception with Canadian government officials
 
Thursday, June 30
Morning and afternoon - visiting various Rotary projects around Ottawa
           
Evening - Foundation Dinner/District Changeover Banquet. All Rotarians in District 7040 (and surrounding Districts) are invited to attend this very special celebration of giving to the Foundation as well as the changeover to a new Rotary year and the pinning of our incoming District Governor Michel Wong Kee Song. This event will take place at the Ottawa Conference Centre. More information in the District Calendar on the left OR
 
 
Friday, July 1
Morning – special presentation for the first Arch Klumph society member in the new Rotary year
           
Afternoon – Softball and BBQ. All Rotarians, family, and friends in District 7040 are invited to attend. We are organizing a friendly softball game or two that Rotarians can participate in. Or just cheer from the sidelines and enjoy a hotdog/hamburger! Details in the District Calendar on the left or register here.
 
This is a unique opportunity to meet our incoming RI President and to celebrate Rotary. Mark these dates on your calendar!
History in the making for District 7040! Nabil and Gayle Oudeh, Imagine Rotary Canada Tour Planning Committee (Ottawa Hub) 2022-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2022

Posted by Paul Elsley, on behalf of the RYLA 2022 team
Six months ago, with everything still uncertain, the RYLA planning team made the commitment to having an in-person RYLA and, although we were not without casualties, it was a resounding success. To make sure everyone was as safe as possible, we put several measures in place including masking indoors, making certain a nursing student was on site, and having the participants rapid test before coming to camp. Unfortunately, three of the students tested positive and were unable to come. We have already told them that they are first in line for next year’s RYLA.
 
That left us with 40 students who came from across the district. We had 7 students from Quebec, 7 students from New York state and 26 students from eastern Ontario. As has become the custom, there were twice as many girls as boys and we had a range of cultures, languages, and countries (including an exchange student from Germany) in our midst. Yeah DEI! A special thanks goes out to the Rotary Club of Plattsburgh which sponsored Jacob Mitchell. He travelled the furthest taking 4 ½ hours, including navigating the Canadian border, to get to the camp.
RYLA 2022 Paul Elsley, on behalf of the RYLA 2022 team 2022-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

DEI Committee – Tip of the Month

Posted by Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, DEI “Miss Manners”
At the May DEI Committee meeting Rene Melchers from Rotary Club of 1000 Islands (Brockville) gave an enlightening presentation about HIP (Honouring Indigenous People - https://honouringindigenouspeoples.com). This organization encourages and supports relationship building between Rotary clubs and Indigenous communities. One aspect of this relationship is a Land Acknowledgment, a way for all of us to recognize the people before us.
DEI Committee – Tip of the Month Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, DEI “Miss Manners” 2022-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

Canton Highway Cleanup

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
The Rotary Club of Canton recently conducted its semi-annual roadside clean-up.  A team of nine cleaned up trash and other debris along two miles of State Route 310 just north of Canton, bolstered by donuts and hot coffee at the early morning service activity.
 
Left to right: Brian LaVair, Mike Crowe, Kathy Mullaney, AG Michael Griffin, Scott Goldie, Tom Lee, Mary Anne Lessard and Ann Charlebois. (Not shown, Photographer and President Jeanne Tyo-Martin.)
 
Le Club Rotary de Canton a récemment procédé à son nettoyage semestriel en bordure de route.  Une équipe de neuf personnes a nettoyé les déchets et autres débris le long de deux miles de la Route d’État 310 juste au nord de Canton, renforcée par des beignets et du café chaud lors de l’activité de service tôt le matin.
Canton Highway Cleanup Michael Griffin, AG 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

June is Rotary Fellowship Month

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
 
Where has the year gone?  During the year, even despite COVID, I have had the opportunity to see first hand many demonstrations of the strong sense of fellowship that is shared among Rotarians.  Fellowship or friendship is what most members say keeps them in Rotary.
 
My term as District Governor will come to an end on June 30th therefore, we are also arriving at the last 3 letters of the alphabet as I continue with my interpretation of Rotary as defined by the ABC’s and the monthly themes.
X stands for the X-factor.  Noteworthy is the cooperation and assistance all members have shown me throughout the year. Thank you, I could not have done it without your support.
 
Y is in acknowledgment and praise of You and the impact you have made in this organization. Without you, we could not accomplish anything. Each one of us is unique, with different strengths, skills, and talents.  When we work together, we accomplish much – almost ending Polio is example of how you make it happen.
 
Z in my mind stands for zeal.  Rotarians use great energy and enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective. The zeal of Rotarians when working to eradicate Polio or developing a project to make your community or world a better place is inspirational. The zeal of Rotarians shows the true meaning of Rotary Service, Support, and Encouragement. Let’s continue to be our best selves.
 
Thank you all and peace always.
June is Rotary Fellowship Month DG Fay Campbell 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

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

 
The Mental Health Commission of Canada has prepared a new guide for employers -- Leading in a Hybrid Work Environment -- a new “toolkit” of expert advice and resources to help organizations and their managers support the mental well-being of employees impacted by the pandemic and the challenges of today’s hybrid work environment. 
 
The toolkit addresses some of the main issues facing managers in the current work environment: managing performance issues, conflict resolution, onboarding new staff, protecting one’s own mental health, and recognizing declining mental health in employees. 
Leading in a Hybrid Work Environment – A new toolkit for leaders 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

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

Posted by Linda Bouvier, Clayton
Rotarians in District 7040 contributed some $13,000 on May 14 after walking to raise awareness of the Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary International. District members hail from Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Northern New York, and Nunavut.
 
Clayton Rotarian Linda Bouvier in Montreal at the statue paying homage to the Iroquoian heritage on what is now the Loyola campus.
 
La Rotarienne de Clayton Linda Bouvier à Montréal à la statue rendant hommage au patrimoine iroquoien sur ce qui est maintenant le campus de Loyola.
Astronaut Marc Garneau, a Rotarian, praised the charitable work of the Rotary Foundation and its outreach in disaster relief for the Ukraine.
 
L’astronaute Marc Garneau, un Rotarien, a fait l’éloge du travail caritatif de la Fondation Rotary et de sa sensibilisation aux secours en cas de catastrophe pour l’Ukraine.
 
 
Area Rotarians Walk to Raise Funds and Awareness for The Rotary Foundation Linda Bouvier, Clayton 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Labyrinth at the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park

Posted by Marion Mossman, President Ottawa-Stittsville
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Here is the link for the Stittsville Central news story on the history of the Labyrinth at the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park that appeared because of a Peace Walk for the Ukraine. It included information about the beginnings of the Labyrinth and the photos are great too.

https://stittsvillecentral.ca/ruth-richardson-and-ottawa-stittsville-rotary-club-invite-residents-to-peace-walk-for-ukraine/
 
Voici le lien pour le Stittsville Central nouvelles sur l’histoire du labyrinthe au W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park qui est apparu en raison d’une marche de la paix pour l’Ukraine. Il comprenait des informations sur les débuts du Labyrinthe et les photos sont également excellentes.
Labyrinth at the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park Marion Mossman, President Ottawa-Stittsville 2022-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 7040 Conference May 4 – 7, 2022

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville
Some of the DisCon team members 
 
Julia Ginley, Scott Vetter, DG Fay Campbell, Anna Van Adrichem Rochon, Jacinthe Paille, and Jane Courtice-Neocleous
 
Missing: Ariane Carriere, Jenn Grisi, Chris Cochrane, Luke McEachnie, Olivier Frasson, Marc Chau, and Dwight Brown
This District completed the first hybrid District Conference.  It took place after the cancellation in October and then the in-person cancellation for May and morphed into hybrid.  For the first three days - May 4th, 5th and 6th everything was done over Zoom.   Zoom is always a solution BUT it did allow us to host some excellent presenters. Our District’s Global Scholar of 2021 spoke with passion on Thursday evening after the presentation of Covid Angels Recognitions by DG Fay Campbell and awards and citations of 2021/22 by IPDG Hadi Mortada.
Rotary District 7040 Conference May 4 – 7, 2022 Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville 2022-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Covenant of Nations Sponsorship Support

Posted by Honouring Indigenous Peoples
 
You may be aware of the historical and spiritual gathering (Covenant of Nations) taking place between the Anishinaabeg Nation and Haudenosaunee Confederacy outside of Syracuse, New York August 2-5, 2022. They have not met together since 1840.
Covenant of Nations Sponsorship Support Honouring Indigenous Peoples 2022-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

The Queen's Beacon Lighting Ceremony

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

Grant Scholarship committee is pleased to announce Caitlin Grady

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

District Literacy

Posted by Jacinthe Paille
Welcome to the Literacy page! The link below will take you to a plethora of information related to literacy, such as club projects, news, statistics, and more.
 
As your District Literacy Chair for 2021-22 and 2022-23, I am pleased to offer presentations to clubs in English and French (in person or virtually). I also started a Diverse Book Club (in English, virtual) where everyone is welcome – even if you have not read the book! I try to vary the authors, genres, themes, etc. so there is something for everyone. All details in link below.
 
Jacinthe Paillé
District Literacy Chair, 2021-22 & 2022-23
 
Bienvenue sur la page de l’alphabétisation! Le lien ci-dessous vous offre une panoplie d’informations en lien avec l’alphabétisation, comme par exemple des projets de clubs, des nouvelles, des statistiques et plus encore.
 
En tant que responsable de l’alphabétisation en 2021-22 et 2022-23, je suis heureuse d’offrir des présentations aux clubs en français et en anglais (en personne ou virtuellement). J’ai aussi commencé un club de lecture divers (en anglais, virtuel) ouvert à tous – même si vous n’avez pas lu le livre! Je tente de varier les auteurs, les genres, les thèmes, etc. afin qu’il y ait quelque chose pour chacun. Tous les détails dans le lien ci-dessous.
 
Jacinthe Paillé
Responsable de l’alphabétisation du District, 2021-22 & 2022-23
 
District Literacy Jacinthe Paille 2022-05-03 04:00:00Z 0 Literacy

Youth Service Month / le service à la jeunesse

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

Deadline Approaching for Potsdam Rotary Golf Tournament

Rotarian golfers in Ontario, Quebec and New York are cordially invited to participate in the 18th annual Potsdam Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 14, at the Potsdam Town & Country Club in Potsdam, New York. Now that it's easier to cross the border again, please join your fellow Rotarians in a day of fun!
 
Foursomes should register as soon as possible at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/307534894147 or potsdamrotary.org (click on "Potsdam Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament 2022" under Upcoming Events), so that preparations can be made.
Deadline Approaching for Potsdam Rotary Golf Tournament 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

DEI Tip of the Month - May

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

Become a Mental Health First Aid Facilitator – Virtually!

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

Canton Rotary Sells Out in Pi Day Pie Sale

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

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

The Rotary Club of Westmount - Helping Ukrainian Refugees in Romania

Posted by Susan Buscemi, President Westmount
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Truckload of PEI Potatoes delivered to Kingston

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

Dominica Smart Distance Learning Project

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

In the Spirit of Peace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Getting Close to the End of ABC's

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

Canton Rotary Sells Out in Pi Day Pie Sale

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

Lake Placid Rotary Club holds discussion about the Ukraine

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

ShelterBox Ride 2022

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

DEI Tip of the Month - April

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

What Could You Do with $25,000?

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

Statement by Chair of the Rotary Action Group for Peace

Posted by Fabio Carballo

Dear Peacebuilders,

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

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

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

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

Chesterville Snow Days 2022

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

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

Responding to the crisis in Ukraine

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

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

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

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

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

Canton Fundraiser

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

March Is Easter Seals Month

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

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

Rotary Winter BBQ

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville
Who holds a barbeque in -23C weather?  The Rotary Club of Kemptville does.  It was our most successful BBQ ever.
 
Less than a week before the Kemptville Skating Event, the organizers had a call from a local food truck canceling their participation.  A Rotarian was called to see if the club would be willing to barbeque hot dogs, hamburgers and sell cold drinks.  “No problem!” 
Every Canadian expects cold temperatures in winter but that weekend was exceptional.  -23C (-9.4 F) without taking into consideration the chill factor.   Cold drinks were not a “hot” seller.  In fact, it was so cold that the condiments needed to be hidden inside oven mitts to keep them from freezing. 
 
Rotary Winter BBQ Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville 2022-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
District 7910 Hosts DEI Summit 2022-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

Chesterville Snow Days

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

Rotary Days of Service

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

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

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

Potsdam Rotary Participates in Frosty Fest!

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

Darkspark VERSIONS - a Youth Service Opportunity

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

Ottawa Rotary Youth Forest

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

Connection - Lake Placid and the Winter Olympics

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

Notice to All D7040 Rotarians

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

RYLA 2022

Posted by Paul Elsley, RYLA chair
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RYLA 2022 @ RKY Camp May 27 (Fri) – May 29 (Sun), 2022
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain insight and knowledge in life and leadership skills. The academy features professionally developed curriculum, exciting guest leaders, small group problem solving and self reflection which leads to enhanced leadership skills. Based on their academy experience, many graduates change their career objectives or educational plans. District 7040 Rotary Clubs may sponsor one to three students (ages 15-17) to attend this event.
 
Students will engage with other high school students from Quebec, Ontario, Nunavut, and northern New York state providing them with a unique opportunity to learn about different communities and cultures. They also learn about themselves and their values and leadership strengths and gaps. Students come away from the experience having developed a program for implementation in their school or community and many new friendships.
 
Registration and information is available at:  https://rotary7040.com/page/ryla/
 
January 24 – Applications are open for 2022. Price is $250 per student.
March 7 - Deadline for Rotary Clubs to fill out intent to sponsor form.
April 18 – Last day to submit applications.
May 2 - Deadline for Rotary Clubs to submit names of sponsored candidates and submit registration fees to district.
 
Please email elsleypaul@gmail.com or phone 613-449-8854 for RYLA updates
RYLA 2022 Paul Elsley, RYLA chair 2022-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

All About Environmental Sustainability

Posted by Elsabe Falkson, Chair
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In keeping with Rotary International recognizing Environment Sustainability as a seventh Area of Focus, Rotary District 7040 now has an Environment page https://rotary7040.com/sitepage/environment/. Check this page regularly for developments and project ideas.
 
District 7040 EnviroClub Awards
 
The Awards Scheme is a progressive, criteria-based system, where a club first applies for a “Bronze” Award, before progressing to a “Silver” Award and finally a “Gold” Award. Any Rotary, Rotaract or Interact club in the District can apply. Benefits to your club:
  • Recognition of your club’s environmental activities
  • Provide incentives for new environmental activities
  • Use the certification in the marketing of your club and fundraising efforts
  • Engage and retain current members
  • Attract new members of a younger demographic
  • Build new partnerships with like-minded organizations
All About Environmental Sustainability Elsabe Falkson, Chair 2022-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Discon2022 Is Now Discon2022 Hybrid

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

Posthumous Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation

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

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

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

February

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

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

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

Take the Rotary District 7040 Diversity Survey

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

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

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

Maybe about VTT, Maybe about something entirely new

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

Hearing Loss – The Silent Epidemic

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

Rotary International @ COP-26

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

Rotary Statement on Global Vaccination

As the first organization to envision a polio-free world through mass immunization of children, Rotary believes the decision to vaccinate is a humanitarian imperative. The Rotary International Board of Directors and Rotary Foundation Trustees believe that:
Rotary Statement on Global Vaccination 2022-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Making a Difference at the Parkdale Food Centre

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

Sad News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's a New Year

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

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

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

Appreciating That We Are Each Unique

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

Lake Placid Club Helps Mayfield, KY

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

Posted by Martha Weaver she/her/ours
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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.
DEI
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.
DEI
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.
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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
 
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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
 
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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.
 
Public Image, the Musical 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

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.
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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
English version is below
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.
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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
Rotary FAR Project launched in Kingston 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

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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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