February 2024 février

Upcoming Events
Foundation Mini-Session #5 Endowment Fund
Feb. 10, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Finance & Review Committee
Feb. 13, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
Feb. 19, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
DG - Salaberry De Valleyfield
Resto Taverne Urbaine DEZ
Feb. 20, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
DG - Montréal Ville Marie - Est De Montréal
Feb. 20, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Learning and Development - District Resources
Feb. 20, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Rotary's anniversary / Anniversaire du Rotary
Feb. 23, 2024
DG - RC Montreal Cedars
Restaurant La Sirène
Feb. 24, 2024
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
DG - West Ottawa
Feb. 27, 2024
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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Bulletin Editor
Joan Hunter
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Rotary Acronyms

As we converse or communicate in other ways in the world of Rotary, we hear and see many abbreviations. You can look up some of the meanings on the Acronyms page under the My District tab

New Executives

Your executive members for next year should be reported on the District website. You may find this document helpful How do I carry over a current year executive? Do this in the district site first. If your club is integrated with RI, and most are, you can check later to see that the executive does show up  there How to manage club officers.
All About the District - Tout sur le district

Rotary is International and Local - DG Message

Simmy and I are in the Armenia region of Colombia, with a group of Rotarians from Clubs in D7040, and from Florida, California, Ohio, and Maine, in a two-part trip.
During the first part of the trip, we visited Rotary-related and Rotary-funded projects, including projects addressing potable water supply, neonatal and maternal health, sustainable economic development, and women and girl’s empowerment.  These visits allowed us to get an update on existing projects, some of which have substantial involvement from D7040 Clubs, and hear of their future plans.
For the second part of the trip, we moved to the Colombia Project Fair in Armenia, where we were joined by DGE Teresa Whitmore.  At the Project Fair, which is one of many held around the world, Rotary and Rotaract Clubs presented projects in development and for which partners are being sought.  These projects cover the full gamut of Rotary’s Areas of Focus and provide many opportunities for Clubs in our District and others to contribute to international projects of their choice and help bring them to fruition.
These projects are or would be implemented under Rotary Foundation Global Grants, which are funded through contributions from Clubs, Districts, and individuals, and the Rotary Foundation.  In this way, we are able to Create Hope in the World and help improve the lives of people around the world, including in our own District.  And by using the strength of the full Rotary community, and the multiplier effect of financial partnerships, international projects can be implemented at a scale that few Clubs can do on their own.
One of the biggest myths we have is that Global Grants can only be used to support projects in the developing world.  False!  Global Grants can be implemented anywhere, as long as the project meets the Rotary Foundation criteria.  In fact, many of you may not know that there is a Global Grant in development for a fully inclusive playground for children of all ages and abilities to be built in Cornwall ON, led by Cornwall Sunrise Rotary.
However, our ability to support these international projects, which bring together Rotarians and Clubs from around the world, depends on the availability of funds from The Rotary Foundation, which in return requires contributions to the (our!) Foundation.  If, as Rotarians, we want to continue to help make lives better around the world, we need to ensure that The Foundation remains appropriately funded.  And remember, an significant protion of the funds contributed by D7040 members comes back to us in three years to be used by and within our District.
So, I encourage you all to contribute to The Rotary Foundation so that we can continue to be sure that the International in Rotary International continues to be a reality.  And if you, either as a Club or individually, are looking to support an international program in Colombia – and the contribution need not be large – take a look at the possibilities from the Colombia Project Fair –

24-25 Theme Announced

2024-25: The Magic of Rotary

2024-2025 Theme logo - EN

RI President-elect Stephanie Urchick celebrates the magic of Rotary. She says members create that magic with every project completed, every dollar donated, and every new member of Rotary.

Download 2024-25 theme logo materials (.zip)

2024-25 presidential theme branding guidelines (PDF



Branding Competition

Rotary International (RI)changed its brand several years ago, however, not all Clubs or Districts are using the current branding. To encourage the use of the official RI brand in D7040, and hopefully have some fun while doing it, we are launching a Branding Competition. 
The Chair of the D7040 Public Image Committee, David Humphries, District Governor Elect, Teresa Whitmore, Governor Nominee Graeme Fraser, and technical lead Chris Cochrane are issuing a challenge to all D7040 Clubs. They want to have ALL clubs in District 7040 using current RI branding. 
To be entered into this competition, your Club’s Letterhead, print material, social media accounts and website must show the proper Rotary logo as shown at the top. The example above is for District 7040: you can create the correct logo for your Club by going to the Brand Center in My Rotary (  Don’t have a MyRotary account? Set one up, it’s really easy - and you will find a wealth of Rotary related info and courses in MyRotary!
The first phase of the competition will run from November 15th, 2023, to January 15th, 2024, and will include social media, website, written promotional material and letterhead. The second phase will run until November 2024 and will include all banners, flags, tents, and bigger promotional materials.
How to enter 
Starting November 15th,  you will be able to submit letterhead, promotional material, social media links, and anything else which shows the current brand, to the Public Image Committee’s email account and our judging team will  look at  them.

Administrative Duties for Your Club

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To all D7040 Club presidents,
As we are going into February, we want to remind you that there are a few administrative duties that you and your club need to perform in order to keep leadership information current.
  1. Update your executive on the district website Do the same on the RI membership database via My Rotary. If you are not yet data integrated with RI, the president will need to do that.
  2. Hold annual club election no later than 31 December.

RYLA 2024 is here

Interact at Lake Placid
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.”
Rotary License Plate Available to New York Rotarians
A custom Rotary license plate is available to all New York State Rotarians. The plate features the newest Rotary Mark of Excellence ("Wheel") and our motto, "Service Above Self."
The Rotary International plate is available via mail through the DMV Custom Plates Unit. You can find details at: (You will need to mail in a letter of proof of membership from your president on Rotary letterhead. Scans and PDFs are accepted.) You can download the PDF order form, which you will mail in along with your letter of proof of membership.

Rotary Leadership Training

On the first Saturday in January, 8 Rotarians and 2 faculty members joined together for RLI – Part One in Cornwall.  The 6-session day was enjoyed by all with some noting what they had learned – and these were all ‘seasoned’ Rotarians!  It’s always interesting to see the moments of clarity and ‘Ah-hah’ on topics such as our Foundation and Membership.  Vocational Service, our oft-neglected Avenue of Service evoked many ideas to bring this back into action in clubs to especially benefit our young people.
Part 3 will be offered in April by invitation only.  Another Part 1 can be offered near the end of this Rotary or over the summer – whenever it’s best for up to 15 Rotarians at a time.  Contact RLI Registrar for our District, PDG Bonnie at