Learning Opportunities Abound

President elect training 2024
As Rotarians and Rotaractors, we're committed to service. Continuous learning fuels our potential to make a difference. Supercharge your Rotary journey in 24-25 with engaging learning opportunities.
Learning Opportunities Abound Martha Weaver 2024-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
District Changeover 2024 2024-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

2024 District Conference Success!

Posted by Jenn Grisi
Rotarians completing a puzzle
Friendships were rekindled, projects were planned, Rotarians were inspired and fun was had at DisCon 2024 in Clayton, New York-all the ingredients for a successful gathering of Rotarians.
2024 District Conference Success! Jenn Grisi 2024-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Environmental Sustainability in District 7040 Elsabé Falkson 2024-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Membership Goals and Success

Posted by Jamie Johnstone, DMC
Rotarians, your efforts are paying off! Our membership growth trend is positive, and we're on track to be among the top three districts for membership growth in Zone 28.
Membership Goals and Success Jamie Johnstone, DMC 2024-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Peace Poles

RI President Stephanie Urchick with McMurray Club President William Kern to scout a location for a peace pole in the community. Photography by Christine Armbruster
RI President Stephanie Urchick, a member of the McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA club, says members create The Magic of Rotary with every project completed, every dollar donated, and every new member of Rotary.
Peace Poles Martha Weaver 2024-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
July is Maternal and Child Health Month Martha Weaver 2024-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

Your 2024-25 Rotary Adventure Awaits!

Posted by DG Tess Whitmore
DG Tess in a white shirt
The 2024-25 Rotary Year isn't just a series of events – it's your ticket to a world of personal growth, meaningful service, and unforgettable experiences.  Our Rotary calendar is bursting with opportunities to make a difference while forging lifelong friendships. Take a moment right now to mark your calendars and start planning your journey.
Your 2024-25 Rotary Adventure Awaits! DG Tess Whitmore 2024-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Pardeep Reflects on a Remarkable Rotary Year

Posted by Pardeep Ahluwalia
Pardeep Aluwalia and his wife Simi with lake in background
I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Rotarians of District 7040 for entrusting me with the honor of serving as your District Governor in 2023-24. It was a pleasure to see many of you at the District Changeover as we welcomed Teresa Whitmore from the Rotary Club of Orleans as the incoming Governor for 2024-25.
District Governor Pardeep Reflects on a Remarkable Rotary Year Pardeep Ahluwalia 2024-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
New Rotary Director Chris Etienne Martha Weaver 2024-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Message from the District Learning and Development Chair David Carey 2024-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Leadership Institute

Posted by Bonnie Black
On April 6th, our District 7040 Rotary Leadership Institute graduated our second Part III class completing their Undergraduate Level.  Left to right are:  Jenn Grisi (Saranac Lake), Chris Thompson (D7040 Passport), Margaret Shipley (D7040 Passport), Jamie Johnstone (Montreal Westward & NDG), PDG Michel Wong Kee Song, Gerhard Peters (Arnprior), Jane Peters (Arnprior), Michael Griffin (Potsdam) and Charles Ezin (St. Jerome).
Rotary Leadership Institute Bonnie Black 2024-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Membership Moment June 2024

Posted by Jamie Johnstone, Membership Chair

The end of the Rotary year is quickly approaching, and I would like all clubs to have membership chairs in place for July I, 2024. Even though membership should be every Rotarians responsibility, every club needs someone to coordinate these efforts and to make sure new Rotarians are well received and are enjoying their experience in their new clubs. It is also important that new members are mentored and explained what is expected of them. You can contact me at rotarianjamiej@gmail.com.

Next Zone Membership Webinar Monday, June 3, 7:30PM on Zoom.

Membership Moment June 2024 Jamie Johnstone, Membership Chair 2024-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

International Celebration in Gananoque

Posted by Barbara Fisk, DRFC
Gananoque hosted an outstanding international night in May, this time show casing everything Nepali!  Hari Chandra Satyal and wife, Kavita Chapagain were most gracious hosts as they treated everyone to an evening with true Nepal charm and hospitality.  There were many pictures that you can see at the Dropbox link included.
Guests were greeted with Nepali Masal tea with cookies at the door, and then moved into an exquisitely decorated room with colourful pennant strings, honeycomb tree flowers, sparkling serviettes, programs, and bags of wildflower seeds on the tables!  The silent auction was well filled with fun items from cake plates to wooden charcuterie boards.  Photos, flags, and other pictures from Nepal adorned all the walls including Hari’s framed Rotaract charter. Another table was covered with 14 amazing home-made, “Food Channel worthy”, yummy display cakes, later auctioned off to share at tables or take home. Cora Beking had outdone herself again this year! Hari introduced the authentic Nepali meal, prepared by the very willing Hospitality class from Gananoque Secondary School.  After dinner guests were treated to a wonderful folk dance by two more gracious Nepali college students.  Everyone’s ethnic attire was so beautiful and lovely to see. 
International Celebration in Gananoque Barbara Fisk, DRFC 2024-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Together We Build for The Future


Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
Together We Build for The Future – such a simple phrase but loaded with meaning.  We each of us do what we can to help those less fortunate and in need of help, and we each have a small impact with every one of our actions.  But if we work collectively within our Clubs, the impact we have is greater than the sum of its parts.  And if we extrapolate that across our District and the full worldwide Rotary community, we can have huge impacts that result in fundamental and significant change.  That means that we must work Together as People of Action.
Through working together within the Rotary community and with those whom we wish to help, we foster the conditions that give people the hope that their lives, and those of their children, and of their communities can be better.  We help Create Hope in the World by working together and allowing those in need to Build better lives.
If people can build better lives in the present, they can start to look forward and see a better Future, with improved access to sanitation and water, treatment of and reduction in health issues, availability of education, mechanisms for sustainable economic growth, and ability to improve their natural environment, all leading to the potential for conflict resolution and a more peaceful world.
Because Together We Build for The Future.
Together We Build for The Future DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2024-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Global Grant Scholar for 2024-25

Posted by Katie Burke, Scholarship Chair
The District 7040 Global Grant Scholar for 2024-25 is Aidan Gurung, endorsed by the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston.
Aidan will be studying at the University of Cambridge in the UK (M.Phil in Education - Education, Globalization and International Development)).  She will be studying under the "Basic Education and Literacy" Area of Focus.
Aidan has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Global Development and English) and a Bachelor of Education - her field of study is high school English and Geography with a specialization in Education Technology.  Her goal is to  explore the use of EdTech tools in improving basic education in Nepal.  Aidan has extensive volunteer experience; she has worked for EdTech start-ups in Canada and in Korea and she is the co-founder and leader of several start-ups.  She has received several scholarships and prizes as well as extensive recognition for her volunteer and entrepreneurial efforts. Her spare time is taken up with reading - with a goal of a book per week - dance, and writing.  She admits that sports do not come easy to her but has challenged herself with the goal of running a marathon!
She is bright, she is talented, she is adventuresome, she is curious, she is proof that the world is in good hands !
Global Grant Scholar for 2024-25 Katie Burke, Scholarship Chair 2024-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Canton Rotary Presentations

Posted by Tim Welpe, Canton
Canton Rotary Club presented a $3,353.05USD donation to the Canton Church and Community Program, and Gaige Murdie, a Senior at Canton High School, was recognized by the Canton Rotary Club as the Student of the Quarter.
Canton Rotary Presentations Tim Welpe, Canton 2024-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

Lionhearts and Rotary Clubs of Ottawa Community Service Project Update

Posted by Jane Courtice-Neocleous, Orléans
The Rotary Clubs of Ottawa have been searching for a more hands-on volunteering opportunity to better serve our local communities and build stronger relationships with our local communities and with each other. Our search is over. Our volunteer initiative to partner with Lionhearts Inc. allows all of this to happen.
What is the impact on the individual member: greater sense of well-being/improved mental health/seeing the results of your effort.
What is the impact for the Club: retain your members/great way to recruit and increase membership.
What is the impact for Rotary: it raises Rotary’s public image.
What is the impact for your local community:  partnerships and working together for a common cause.
Lionhearts and Rotary Clubs of Ottawa Community Service Project Update Jane Courtice-Neocleous, Orléans 2024-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

Designing Your Rotary Experience

Getting involved in Rotary offers opportunities to make connections, participate in meaningful service, become a leader, and expand your perspective. The personal growth that members achieve through Rotary is shaped by how they decide to participate.The Designing Your Rotary Experience guide is a tool that all Rotaractors and Rotarians can use to personalize their Rotary membership and take action in ways that are important to them. And for longer-term members, the guide is a good reminder of all the possibilities that their Rotary membership holds.
Designing Your Rotary Experience 2024-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

The Campbell Oudeh McNamee (COM) Rotary scholarship winners

Posted by PDG Fay Campbell
The Campbell Oudeh McNamee (COM) Rotary scholarship was established in 2018 with the goal of providing opportunities to open doors to education and life for economically disadvantaged students living in rural communities in Jamaica.  The aim of the scholarship is to make music a transformative force that break down barriers and makes it accessible for youth who would otherwise face economic hardship in attaining their educational pursuits. The 2024 winners, pictured with PDG Fay Campbell are TYRIQUE JOHNSON, Bachelor of Music Education (left) and KHALIL MATHEW BLAKE, Bachelor of Music in Performance (right).
If you learn music, you’ll learn history. If you learn music, you’ll learn mathematics. If you learn music, you’ll learn most all there is to learn. — Edgar Cayce
The Campbell Oudeh McNamee (COM) Rotary scholarship winners PDG Fay Campbell 2024-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

Happy Spring Rotarians!

Posted by Elsabé Falkson, Environment chair
It is Spring, that wondrous time of year that nature wakes up.  My east windows are full of seedlings (vegetables, herbs, and native flowers)  waiting to be transplanted in the garden.  The crocuses are blooming, and the tulips leaves promise a soon-to be wondrous display.  It makes me happy.
 I love fresh air, open windows, and doors.  I love to hear the birds. Except there are fewer every year and I have no choice but to listen to an incessant suburban buzz!  Not a bee buzz, but lawnmowers.  Think about the noise and air pollution we cause when we mow, trim and blow. Emissions from (fossil-fuelled) mowers, blowers, and trimmers are an important source of toxic and carcinogenic exhaust and fine particulate matter (EPA).  Toxic pesticides and fertilizers… we cannot keep on using these, knowing how much we harm the environment (and ourselves).
Our District- wide efforts to promote urban biodiversity (Less lawns and lights) is ramping up again.
Happy Spring Rotarians! Elsabé Falkson, Environment chair 2024-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

Water – a “sine qua non” for life!

Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
Such a seemingly simple molecule composed of just three atoms – two hydrogen and one oxygen.  But as with so many simple things, absolutely critical for life on Earth!
Humans can live for weeks without food, but only a few days without water.  This is a fact that we tend to forget in a society where most of us can turn on a tap and obtain more than enough water to consume directly, to cook with, and to bathe and clean.  But in many parts of the world, water is a commodity more precious than anything.
In many of these places, water is not easily accessible, or if accessible is not potable.  These factors lead to acute and chronic health consequences, have negative impacts on educational opportunities, and limit agricultural and other socio-economic activities.  This why water, together with sanitation and hygiene which depend on water, is one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus.  Provision of water to those who do not have access to clean potable water is one way that we can help instill a sense of hope in those we seek to help, and by so doing help Create Hope in the World!
With this in mind, DGE Teresa Whitmore and I decided that we would introduce a D7040 Governors’ Initiative this year and support a Global Grant project to bring safe drinking water to an indigenous community in Amazonian Colombia.  If you want to know more about this project, please contact your AG or me, and we can provide information as well as describe how you or your Club can make a commitment to the project.  As many of you have heard me say during my Club visits, it does not take a lot for a Club or an individual to become involved in a Global Grant project, but our  collective impact can be huge!
Water – a “sine qua non” for life! DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2024-03-29 04:00:00Z 0

DEI Speakers Bureau : Every Voice Deserves to be Heard

Posted by DEI Chair Weaver & Claude Opus
At Rotary, our guiding principles—The Four-Way Test, Object of Rotary, and the Avenues of Service—form the bedrock of our commitment to service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. These values inspire us to create a world where every person, regardless of their background, feels valued and belongs.
The District 7040 DEI committee Speakers Bureau showcases the rich tapestry of our community, from diverse age groups and ethnicities to different learning styles and beliefs. By sharing their unique stories, our speakers inspire, educate, and ignite change. Whether you're an individual looking to share your story or a club seeking to enhance your diversity journey, the Speakers Bureau is your gateway to growth and understanding. By engaging with our speakers, you'll gain fresh perspectives, challenge your assumptions, and discover the power of embracing differences.
Visit the DEI Speakers Bureau to learn more and get involved. Together, we can build a future where every person is celebrated, respected, and empowered to make a difference.
DEI Speakers Bureau : Every Voice Deserves to be Heard DEI Chair Weaver & Claude Opus 2024-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Empowering and elevating women in the workplace 2024-03-10 05:00:00Z 0

Every Rotarian Every Day

Posted by Elsabe Falkson
Environmental Sustainability:  Collectively we can make a huge difference.
Biodiversity, Pollution, Sustainable Living, Climate, Food Systems, Circular Economy. These are the 6 areas where Rotarians worldwide create projects to protect the environment.  They are all connected and change in one affects the others.  In this article, we will explore Pollution and Sustainable Living where we, as District 7040- People of Action, can make a difference, even without a budget!
Every Rotarian Every Day Elsabe Falkson 2024-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

District 7040 Learning and Development Sessions

Posted by Joan Hunter
I have been attending the Learning and Development Sessions over the course of this Rotary Year and I have to commend Paul Elsley and the L&D team for the excellence that I have observed in the selection of topics and speakers for these sessions.  By way of example, I will mention that session on February 20th in which several presenters showcased the sections of our District Website. Even for someone like me who is on the website regularly I acquired new information.  I also know how topical such a session was given feedback that I hear regularly about Rotarians having difficulty navigating through the website.
I know that we all attend many Rotary meetings and that Rotary is not the only aspect of our lives but if you are unable to attend one of these session please know that they are all recorded and available for you to watch.  To listen to a recording of one or more of these sessions go to the District Website, click on Learning & Development, scroll down and at the bottom of the page on the left hand side click on “Recorded 7040 Videos”.
Story updated 10 June 2024
District 7040 Learning and Development Sessions Joan Hunter 2024-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Presidents' Council Meeting in Montreal

Posted by Marc Mauger
The Montreal President’s Council meeting for February was hosted at the home of Michele Herblin and Marc Mauger of the E -Club Premier 7040. Eleven Rotary Clubs and one Rotaract Club were represented and we talked about our past success and upcoming events. Michele gave a wonderful presentation on the Food Security program that she runs and how the other clubs in the Montreal area can get involved to take this project to the next level and how other clubs in the District can get involved. Merci Marc and Michele for a wonderful evening of Rotary Fellowship.
Presidents' Council Meeting in Montreal Marc Mauger 2024-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

Promoting RYLA

Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience that Rotary members organize to give youth a chance to develop leadership skills while having fun and forming lasting friendships! 
Promoting RYLA 2024-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

Foundation Moment

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

Interact at Lake Placid

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

What Are The Arch Klumph Society And The Legacy Society?

Posted by Barbara Fisk DRFC
Donors whose cumulative gifts total US$250,000 or more are recognized as members of the Arch Klumph Society. As a member, you’re honored at an induction ceremony and have your picture and biography in the Leaders in Philanthropy interactive display at Rotary International World Headquarters. You’ll receive invitations to special events, along with membership pins and crystals that commemorate your giving level. Since 2004, more than 700 people have joined the Arch Klumph Society.
Donors who promise a gift of $1 million or more to the Endowment are invited to join the Legacy Society. As a member, you’ll receive special tokens of appreciation and all the benefits provided to Bequest Society members. Legacy Society members are listed in Rotary’s annual report and are also invited to special events.
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Arch Klumph Society or the Legacy Society? Please reach out if you have any questions or need any help accessing information.
What Are The Arch Klumph Society And The Legacy Society? Barbara Fisk DRFC 2024-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

Foundation Corner

Posted by Barbara Fisk, DRFC
It was a privilege and honour to meet and present Ken Marlow from the RC of Massena, with his Major Donor Level 1 Crystal and pin recognition.  Ken joined Rotary in 2004 and has been supporting The Rotary Foundation ever since.  We thank Ken for his generousity and look forward to others joining him as a Major Donor.
For more information on how YOUR gifts help humanitarian efforts around the world - https://my.rotary.org/en/document/major-gifts-major-impact-brochure
Foundation Corner Barbara Fisk, DRFC 2024-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Breaking Down Silos in Child Health and Nutrition 2023-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Orleans Holiday Party Joan Hunter 2023-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

The New Pergola at Rotel

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

Rotary Club of Montreal Cedars' Charter Night

Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
On Saturday November 25, there was an amazing gathering of Rotarians and non-Rotarians at the Charter Celebration Gala for the Montreal Cedars Rotary Club. The event was hosted by President Maha Maalouf-Kassouf, with Rima Khoury (Club Treasurer) acting as MC.
In addition to Charter members of the Club and an array of guests from the Montreal area, a number of members of the District Governor group were in attendance with their spouses - DG Pardeep Ahluwalia and Simmy Ahluwalia, IPDG Michel Wong Kee Song and Suzanne, PDG Hadi Mortada and Teresa, PDG Nabil Oudeh and Gayle Oudeh, and PDG Ariane Carriere, who presented Rotary pins to those Charter members of Montreal Cedars who were present.
Please click "Read more" for President Maha Maalouf-Kassouf's full story of the club's founding.
Rotary Club of Montreal Cedars' Charter Night DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-11-30 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Forest - winter maintenance Jane Courtice-Neocleous 2023-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

Park of Hope

Posted by Sharon Miller
The Park of Hope: Strengthening our Community Through Inclusive & Accessible Recreation
Imagine a play space in your community where every child, regardless of their abilities, can experience a profound sense of belonging, play, learn and grow alongside peers of all ages and abilities.  The Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise, in partnership with the RC of Fort Myers South, Rachel’s Kids and the City of Cornwall, are embarking on an ambitious, transformative project to create such a space – a fully accessible and inclusive playground that fosters unity, inclusivity, and diversity.
Park of Hope Sharon Miller 2023-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Malone Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Malone held its annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser in October. Many hands made light work -- from the fantastic cooks in the kitchen to the many Interact students and Rotary members who helped in all ways. The Interact Club organized the process for filling orders, taking orders curbside, filling orders and delivering curbside, and anything in between.  Customers really enjoyed the students' joyful attitude and their work ethic.
The Rotary Club of Malone Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Highway Cleanup

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

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

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

Valley Rotary Gathering

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

World Polio Day/Week Events

Posted by Barbara Fisk
Celebrations in Cornwall
Presentation at the Power Dam in Cornwall
DGN Graeme Fraser, Polio Chair Joan Hunter, and DRFC Barbara Fisk with the End Polio flag.
World Polio Day/Week Events Barbara Fisk 2023-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
Seaway West Clubs at Kingston Fall Fair Paul Elsley 2023-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Leadership Institute Training Joan Hunter 2023-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
PROJET D'APPROVISIONNEMENT EN EAU ET D'ASSAINISSEMENT AU GHANA 21-8484 E-club Premier 7040 2023-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

What inspired me to become and stay a Rotarian

Posted by PDG Fay Campbell
PDG Fay Campbell, Rotary Club of Orleans, was recently interviewed on Rogers from Ottawa about why she became a Rotarian, and why she stayed in Rotary. You'll see pictures of her travels towards the end of the interview which you can see at https://www.rogerstv.com/show?lid=12&rid=4&sid=2734.
What inspired me to become and stay a Rotarian PDG Fay Campbell 2023-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Community Gardening

Posted by M-C van der Merwe

Bushels of Bonding at the Robinson Community Centre

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

Human Trafficking/District Champions & Awareness Projects

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

Kingston Rotaract - The best conclusion of a fantastic year

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

The Rotary Foundation Corner

Posted by Barbara Fisk - DRFC
Welcome to the New Rotary Year!  Our Foundation Team is looking forward to another year of inspiring stories, super projects and changes in how we help members and clubs engage with The Rotary Foundation.  We hope clubs have creative new ideas and are planning some super events! We love to hear from YOU and are always happy to SHARE your experiences with others. Do send in your stories and we’ll get them into this bulletin wherever possible
The Foundation Moment that is sent weekly to your Presidents is a grand opportunity to learn a wee bit about Foundation every meeting.  We hope that it gives you ideas, news, or inspiration for things you may not have considered in the past.  Please do share it with all your members!
If you missed our first Moment this year, here it is for you now!
The Rotary Foundation Corner Barbara Fisk - DRFC 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
RAGAS Mission Slide 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

D7040 Friendship Exchange

Posted by Simmy Ahluwahlia
Rotary Friendship Exchange allows Rotarians and non-Rotarians to experience a different culture, broaden international understanding, explore their professions in a different context, build lasting relationships, and establish a foundation for peace and service, including global grant collaboration. Learn more: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/friendship-exchange
Some of you have participated in The Rotary Friendship exchanges in the past, for others who don’t know what this is, continue reading.
D7040 Friendship Exchange Simmy Ahluwahlia 2023-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid News Update

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

Becoming More Inclusive Through Diverse Speakers

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


Posted by Elsabe Falkson


Rotarians take action in May

Habitat for Pollinators = Food Security

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

Honouring Indigenous Peoples

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

Education Project in Tanzania

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

A Tasty Presentation

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

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

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

Global Grant update

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

Ukraine blanket distribution

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

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

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

Global Scholar

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

A Rotary food service for the Greater Montreal area

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

Ukraine Warm Blanket Project

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

How Did This Project Come About?

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

Clothing Drive

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

Rotary Sailing Trip

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

Kingston Rotaract Club

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

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

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

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

Rotary International statement on Ukraine conflict

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It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.

At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there. Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world.

As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate cease fire, withdrawal of Russian forces, and a restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue.

In the past decade, Rotary clubs in Ukraine, Russia and nearby countries have transcended national differences and have actively engaged in peace-building projects to promote goodwill and to marshal assistance for the victims of war and violence. Today, our thoughts are with our fellow Rotary members and others in Ukraine coping with these tragic events. Rotary International will do everything in its power to bring aid, support and peace to the region.

Rotary International statement on Ukraine conflict 2022-03-01 05:00:00Z 0