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Upcoming Events
Foundation Mini-Session # 1 Polio Plus
Sep 16, 2023
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
DEI Committee Speaker Beau Loendorf
Sep 18, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute - Part 2 Dist Leaders
Seaway Valley Theatre
Sep 23, 2023
7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Rotary Zones 28 & 32 Institute, Toronto
Sep 27, 2023 – Oct 01, 2023
Reconnect Week
Oct 02, 2023 - Oct 08, 2023
Celebrating 25 Years/Célébrons 25 ans
Oct 02, 2023
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Indigenous Peoples Day
Oct 07, 2023
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Finance & Review Committee
Oct 10, 2023
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
D7040 District Executive Committee (in-person)
Cornwall Golf & Country Club
Oct 14, 2023
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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Bulletin Editor
Joan Hunter
All About the District - Tout sur le district
As you read the September District Governor’s message, Simmy and I will be away traveling in the Galapagos Islands, mainland Ecuador, and Peru.  This is part of the Rotary experience we don’t talk about very much, but it helps put the International in Rotary International!
While not a formal Rotary trip, it was put together for us by Alonzo, a Rotarian travel agent friend in Brazil.  And while the couple travelling with us from Ottawa are not Rotarians (yet!), this doesn’t mean that we will not be connecting with fellow Rotarians.  In Ecuador we will be staying with a Rotarian ITHF member in Guayaquil. And in Lima we will join Alonzo and a group of students from Australia, Japan, France, and Germany who are based in Brazil for their Rotary Youth Exchanges, and who will tour Peru with us.  International or what?

National Capital Pride Run/Walk 2023

Lara Jobston running
Hugh Williams running
District 7040's diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) committee joined with Ottawa area Rotarians for our first ever participation in Capital Pride by entering a team in the National Capital Pride Run/Walk to raise funds for Bruce House. The Rotary in Ottawa Team raised almost $700, and Lindsey Foster, member of Rotary Club of Kingston, was one of the event's overall top donors. National Capital Pride Run said: "Great to have our local Rotary district join us this year - we are in awe of the work you do! We hope to see you back again next year."

What inspired me to become and stay a Rotarian

PDG Fay Campbell, Rotary Club of Orleans, was recently interviewed on Rogers from Ottawa about why she became a Rotarian, and why she stayed in Rotary. You'll see pictures of her travels towards the end of the interview which you can see at

Community Gardening

Bushels of Bonding at the Robinson Community Centre

Community gardens play a crucial role in supplying fresh produce to needy communities. These gardens, typically established on shared plots of land, allow individuals to come together and cultivate crops for the benefit of their community. By growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs locally, community gardens not only provide access to nutritious food but also foster a sense of empowerment, education, and social cohesion. 

Ottawa Rotary Youth Forest

Club Experience

D7040 Friendship Exchange

Rotary Friendship Exchange allows Rotarians and non-Rotarians to experience a different culture, broaden international understanding, explore their professions in a different context, build lasting relationships, and establish a foundation for peace and service, including global grant collaboration. Learn more:
Some of you have participated in The Rotary Friendship exchanges in the past, for others who don’t know what this is –
Rotary Friendship Exchanges lets Rotarians in one part of the world experience life in another country or culture. Through person-to-person connections across national boundaries international understanding and goodwill are advanced. On a Rotary Friendship Exchange, you are not just a tourist. 

Ottawa Bytown Car Rally