Posted by DG Sue Bellor
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
District Council met on January 27th and several district officers, directors, and chairpersons provided valuable updates. With 5 months remaining, be sure to input more goals and service hours, and update your service projects at Rotary Club Central; all necessary to earn The Rotary Citation. At this date, 36 clubs have set some goals and 22 of those clubs have set at least 16 goals; ask your club officers how you can help. If you want to check the status of your club; ask your area governor or contact me. We are ready to assist. The next District Council meeting will be held June 2nd .
District Scholarship Chair PDG Katie Burke continues to seek and organize Rotarians in the district for help on the translation team, along with the need for  a translation team coordinator. Can you provide some Rotary stewardship to help with this very important endeavor? In the pursuit to provide translations to French for all that we want to share, we do need some bilinguals to help us. We are a District of more than one language and want to respect this diversity with our French- speaking fellow Rotarians and friends. Please contact Katie at Thank you to all those who have been translating; and to AG Michele Herblin who has taken on the task of translating my monthly message and district council notes. Merci beaucoup!
Would you like to grow more as a Rotarian? Would you like to strengthen your club? Would you like to discover more about Rotary? Please consider attending Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) on March 24th at the Ramada Inn, Cornwall; Parts 1 & 2 in English and Part 1 in French. I am a graduate of all 3 levels offered in District 7040. It was interactive education on our most relevant topics; including membership, service, foundation, leadership and more. I had a lot of fun too; valuable for any Rotarian aspiring to do more for club and district. Check the district website and register today.  (Refer also to and read the January news; especially the quote of the month.)
Are you one of the 30,000 who have registered for the Rotary International Convention in Toronto? Go to to register, purchase tickets for special events and even volunteer. This is the chance of a lifetime to attend a Rotary International Convention! It is exhilarating to network with Rotarians from all over the world!
PDG Ariane Carriere is excited to announce that another Interact Club will charter in February, with the assistance of AG Fay Campbell. If your club is interested in finding out more about sponsoring an Interact Club, contact PDG Ariane. Even though the Guatemala mission was cancelled for this year, it will run again in 2019. Remember to leave some room in your club’s budget for 2018-19 for donations to Common Hope.
“People Coming Together” is the theme of the 2018 Montreal Zone Conference with President – elect Barry Rassin, RI Director Jeff Cadorette and our own PDG Nabil Oudeh who is vice chairing this institute. A very cool experience is promised. Register today at
Meanwhile, check out upcoming events at our District 7040 website. Our district continues to work hard to provide you many opportunities. In addition the Learning Development Team has been reaching out to many in the district to bring you trainings and a special Rotary weekend April 20-22 to include: Grants Management Training, President Elect Training (PETS), the annual District Foundation Dinner, and District Training Assembly (DTA). This is a most worthwhile opportunity for new and veteran Rotarians.
The Rotary International Theme for 2018-2019 is “Be the Inspiration”, but we don’t need to wait until July to show our Rotary spirit of charitable service as we continue to go forward in Making a Difference through Rotary!
Kind regards,
Sue Bellor
DG 2017-2018