February/février 2022



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”.

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.

Read about the Hybrid Conference below.


Newsletter Articles

Please submit anything that you want in the newsletter by the 25th of each month. The newsletter usually goes out by the first or second of each month and it takes time to put things together in the proper format. February is a short month. Anything after the 25th will not be published.
Veuillez soumettre tout ce que vous voulez dans la newsletter d'ici le 25 de chaque mois. La newsletter sort habituellement au premier ou au deuxième de chaque mois et il faut du temps pour mettre les choses en forme. Février est un mois court. Rien après le 25 ne sera publié.

Youth Protection Documents

Just a reminder to those of you who are getting youth program registrations started. Clubs that have not sent in their Youth Protection documents cannot participate until they have completed their process outlined on our district site
Juste un rappel à ceux d’entre vous qui obtiennent des inscriptions de programmes pour les jeunes ont commencé. Les clubs qui n’ont pas envoyé leurs documents de protection de la jeunesse ne peuvent pas participer tant qu’ils n’ont pas terminé leur processus décrit sur notre site de district
Upcoming Events
DG Fay - Plattsburgh Noon
Feb 02, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
DG Fay - Massena Board Meeting (Zoom)
Feb 07, 2022 5:30 PM
District Council
Feb 12, 2022
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
DG Fay - Massena Club Meeting (Zoom)
Feb 15, 2022 12:00 PM
District Membership Committee / Comite d'adhesion
Zoom (See description for link)
Feb 15, 2022
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
View entire list
Bulletin Editor
Ariane Carriere
Click on image to get to the Zone newsletter for the current month.
Cliquez sur l'image pour accéder au bulletin Zone pour le mois en cours, en anglais seulement.
All About the District - Tout sur le district

Discon2022 Is Now Discon2022 Hybrid

Due to continued uncertainty surrounding COVID, the in-person Mind, Body & Soul District Conference scheduled for May 6 and 7, 2022 is now going to be a hybrid event.  We want all Rotarians to be part of the learning, sharing, and socializing and the committee is hard at work revising the details to make it as inclusive and accessible as possible whether in-person or at home.
What is known at this time is: 
Sad News
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.

Celebrating a Centennial and a Life - in Memory of Edmond

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.

District Governor 2024-2025 Selected

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.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee and Rotary

The information for the Platinum Jubilee is from this brochure See page 37 where Fay's name as district governor is mentioned.
Another brochure is also available via this site: The announcement of the celebration made CTV news.

All About Environmental Sustainability

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

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

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. 

RYLA 2022

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

Posthumous Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation

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.

Take the Rotary District 7040 Diversity Survey

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Making a Difference at the Parkdale Food Centre

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.

Rotary International @ COP-26

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.

Hearing Loss – The Silent Epidemic

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.

New members Montreal East

Installation of four new members at the December 4 meeting with DG Fay.
The unofficial part of the lunch was really camaraderie. To finish the people make a group picture for souvenir
To read the full bulletin for the meeting, go to the bulletin from a recent club visit to Montreal East.

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.

Did You Know?

Our district homepage, has a COVID-19 resource page. It includes a list of speakers that you may find useful for your meetings. You can also find the Speakers' page on the home page of the website now under the "My District" tab. In addition, the D7040 Passport club has an Education Centre where you may find useful videos.

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.