June/juin 2022


June is Rotary Fellowship Month

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.

Rotary Fellowships


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Upcoming Events
International Convention
Jun 04, 2022 - Jun 08, 2022
ShelterBox Ride 2022
Henderson Harbor
Jun 04, 2022
5:38 AM – 1:00 PM
DG Visit Chateaugay
Chateaugay Town Hall
Jun 15, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
President Elect Training Seminar (PETS) Session #3
Jun 18, 2022
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
Jun 20, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary District 7040 Membership Committee/Comité d'adhesion de Rotary District 7040
Jun 21, 2022 7:00 PM
DG Visit Tupper Lake
Tupper Lake Country Club
Jun 22, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Jennifer Jones Canada Tour
Jun 30, 2022
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Foundation Dinner and District Changeover
Jun 30, 2022
6:00 PM – 11:59 PM
New Rotary Year / La nouvelle année rotarienne
Jul 01, 2022
July 1 with Jennifer Jones
Jul 01, 2022
10:00 AM – 11:59 PM
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Bulletin Editor
Joan Hunter
Click on image to get the last Zone newsletter.
Cliquez sur l'image pour recevoir la dernière 
newsletter du Zone.
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. Anything after the 25th will not be published.
Joan Hunter will be taking over as newsletter editor for the district. She and I will be working together for the first few months.
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. Rien après le 25 ne sera publié.
Joan Hunter prendra la relève en tant que rédactrice en chef du bulletin pour le district. Elle et moi travaillerons ensemble pendant les premiers mois.
All About the District - Tout sur le district

History in the making for District 7040!

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. Registration details will be coming soon!
Friday, July 1
Morning – special presentation for the first Arch Klumph society member in the new Rotary year
Afternoon – BBQ and Baseball. All Rotarians in District 7040 are invited to attend. We are organizing a friendly soft ball game or two that Rotarians can participate in. Or just cheer from the sidelines and enjoy a hotdog/hamburger! Details about how you can get involved will be coming soon.
Evening – Fireworks
This is a unique opportunity to meet our incoming RI President and to celebrate Rotary. Mark these dates on your calendar and watch your inbox for a special email with all the information about registration for these events!

ShelterBox Ride 2022

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.

Week of Service

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.
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.

Potsdam Rotary Donates $1,000 to Potsdam Neighborhood Center Food Bank

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.

Rotary District 7040 Conference May 4 – 7, 2022

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.

RYLA 2022

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.

Potsdam, Canton, Massena, and Watertown Noon Rotary Clubs Volunteer at Dodge Pond

Rotarians and friends from Potsdam, Canton, Massena and Watertown Noon recently came together for an interclub workday at Dodge Pond. Left to right: Amanda Wilson, Andrew Norrell, Claire R-Norrell, Lucy R-Norrell, Gerry Lambert, Jeanne Tyo-Martin, Ron Patnode, Taylor Robertson (holding Sam LaShomb), and Brandon LaShomb. Not pictured: Howie Ganter and Michael Griffin.
Rotarians and friends from the Potsdam, Canton, Massena and Watertown Noon clubs came together on May 21 for an interclub workday at Dodge Pond. They continued work on a trail that connects the main lodge with another portion of the camp -- constructing sideboards, putting down a weed barrier and filling in with trail material.
The ARC Jefferson-St. Lawrence positioned materials and provided staff to supervise and assist.
Dodge Pond is truly a unique opportunity for special needs children in Northern New York and something the Rotary clubs have been supporting for more than 40 years!

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. 

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

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.

Covenant of Nations Sponsorship Support

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.
DEI Committee – Tip of the Month
At the May DEI Committee meeting Rene Melchers from Rotary Club of 1000 Islands (Brockville) gave an enlightening presentation about HIP (Honouring Indigenous People - 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.

Labyrinth at the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park

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.
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.

Canton Highway Cleanup

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.


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.