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Happy Holidays/Joyeuses fêtes

As we approach the new year and the halfway mark through our Rotary year, I wanted to say thank you to all the clubs that I visited.
 
It truly has been a different kind of experience. It is not how I expected I would be visiting our clubs and members, but I felt welcome every time I visited a club. I feel privileged and welcomed every time I visited you in your homes and shared with you my story and experience as far as a district governor.
I want us all to be mindful of the people in need in our communities, lend a hand to someone, make someone's day brighter whether we connect with them by telephone or video call. Or, just the old-fashioned way, send them a card!
 
I want to thank everyone in our district for doing what you are doing to keep our district in excellent shape. We have added over 30 new members so far, so welcome to our new Rotarians who decided to join us and serve their communities.
 
From our home to yours, Teresa & I would like to wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season filled with love, health, and happiness.
 
 
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Gather together, virtually, and tour Rotarians' holiday-decorated homes, inside and out.  Please
send a few photos of your lights or Christmas village or gnome collection to Jenn
at jenngrisi@gmail.com to be part of the show (deadline end of day December 12th please).  Or
if you don't have the energy or inclination to decorate this year, just come for the tour.  Eggnog,
glogg or what have you in hand.
 
Rassemblez-
vous, virtuellement, et faites le tour des maisons dÇcorÇes de vacances des Rotariens, Ö l'intÇrie
ur et Ö l'extÇrieur. Veuillez envoyer quelques photos de vos lumiäres ou de votre village de Noâl  ou de votre collection de gnomes Ö Jenn Ö jenngrisi@gmail.com pour participer au spectacle (date limite : fin du jour le 12 dÇcembre s'il vous plaåt). Ou si vous n'avez pas l'Çnergie ou l'envie de dÇcorer cette annÇe, venez simplement pour la visite. Eggnog, glogg ou ce que vous avez sous la main. Joignez-vous au Rotariens du District 7040 Ö partir du 19 decembre Ö 16 h.
 
Upcoming Events
DG Hadi visits Rotary Club of Cornwall
ZOOM
Jan 25, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
 
Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise Virtual Trivia Night
Jan 29, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
DG Hadi - Napanee
Zoom
Feb 02, 2021 5:30 PM
 
District Council / Continuity
TBA
Feb 06, 2021
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
 
DG Hadi - Valleyfield
ZOOM
Feb 09, 2021
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
 
Our Peace Centers - What Are They? Where Are They?
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84060030535
Feb 13, 2021
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
 
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
Online
Feb 15, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Alexandria Bay official DG visit
Feb 17, 2021 6:15 PM
 
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All About the District - Tout sur le district

Kemptville's Merry Christmas Float

 
With Covid, Kemptville Rotary has been feeling disconnected from our community. So, one of our Friends of Rotary, Brenda, came up with a great idea. Even though we can’t have parade let’s make a Merry Christmas float and take it mobile around North Grenville.
The club jumped aboard immediately. While we discussed this float, we talked about the Christmas food drive we always do during our community parade. Well, it was decided why not add this to our mobile float bring joy initiative. We were off.
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Succession Planning

Last month, I provided an insight of the importance of demographics – a vital consideration of succession planning when it comes to training and identifying needs and opportunities for your members.
 
What would you do in your Club if a key member resigned or fell ill? Would you be prepared?
 
Succession planning is not an issue that many Clubs address until the AGM, this is reflected in many Clubs not even having a plan evident on ‘My Rotary’. We need to think about succession planning to meet our Incorporation obligations, Rotary commitment and most importantly to provide services and meet our Clubs goals (if we have any). What would happen in you club if a key member were not available?
 
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A Life that Mattered

Tribute to Ada K. Stoiber:

On November 19, 2020, we lost one described by those who knew her as a generous and gracious Lady, Ada Stoiber.
In his poem “What Will Matter” Michael Josephson writes “it’s not your success, or what you built, or the things you collect. What matters is the legacy you leave behind, not that you are remembered but how you are remembered, not how many people you know, but how many will feel a sense of loss when you are gone.”
 
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Christmas Silent Auction

 
Rotary Club of Old Montreal is Organizing a Christmas Silent Auction Fundraising Activity
 
 
The fund raised will be used to help people having Mental Health issues especially young generation.  During this pandemic period, more and more young people are encountering Mental Health problems due to the stress of pandemic, lost of jobs and isolation from friends and society. Your generosity will help them to get out of this pandemic and find confidence in themselves in fighting with this health issue.
 
Please contact Malcolm Olafson at (514) 933-9047 or Rotaryvieuxmontreal@gmail.com for more information or donation.

Supporting Rotary - One Community’s Response

For almost 50 years the village/town of Massena, New York has supported the annual Massena Rotary Pancake Day/Auction.  This fundraiser, held in early Spring, is an enthusiastically anticipated event.  Many consider Rotary Pancake Day to be an indication that Spring will soon arrive.  Attending the event, bidding on auction items, visiting with old friends, eating good food is enjoyed by all.  

Each year 1200 to 1500 local citizens along with more than 100 volunteers put on the event and raise between 14,000 to 17,000 USD. The money supports dozens of local organizations and projects that benefit both the Massena New York community and International Rotary projects.

Unfortunately, our pancake day this Spring was cancelled due to the pandemic.  So, the big question was what do we do now? Rotarians are famous for thinking outside the box and a new plan for an amended pancake day was developed.  With help from a local church, a tent rental company and other members/ organizations within the community, a very different plan for pancake day was developed.
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Promoting Named Funds with our Rotary Foundation

As a follow up to the District Mini-meeting on Endowment on November 21, an article by Senior Major Gifts Officer, Carolyn Ferguson, of The Rotary Foundation.
 
What is your Rotary legacy?
 
As you consider your vision for the future, Rotary can help you take action to nurture causes that are meaningful to you.
 
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Supporting Food Plant Solutions RAG / Soutenir le groupe d'action

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One of the best things to do with weeds is eat them. Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group creates educational materials that explain what nutritional food is and how to grow it based on agricultural researcher Bruce French's database of over 30,000 edible plants—the world’s most comprehensive database of its kind.
 
In support of Food Plant Solutions, the Rotary club of Chateaugay cordially invites you to a virtual tour of the Northern New York State garden of PDG Martha Weaver on the 9th of January 2021, 10:00am EST, 11:00pm AWST If you would like to offer support to Food Plant Solutions, there is a https://foodplantsolutions.org/donate/, but nothing is required.
 
Register in advance for this event:
 
 
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Rotarians for Bees

Fellow Rotarians - I greatly enjoyed a webinar from an Australian Rotary group that was promoted by ESRAG - it should, in my humble opinion, be circulated widely within our realm of influence.
 
Rotarians for Bees (Victoria, Australia charter) - Your Garden: Our Future webinar promoted by ESRAG. This is a 95 minute presentation (speakers and questions/answers) that is Australia centric but of relevance to new or existing gardeners worldwide who are concerned about food security, biodiversity, and environmental sustainability – ecosystem health.
 
This webinar goes beyond bees and would be of special interest to anyone who may be interested in helping to Save Our Pollinators. The webinar also highlights the role of native and introduced plant species and varieties, education, research, the “planting Seeds Project”, the “B&B Highway”, and introduces the one square metre challenge.
 
The edited webinar recording is available at: