Happy New Rotary Year!

Another year come upon us and we are heading into the unknown. Luckily, our Rotary Family in our District have handled it quite well. We are still visible, and we are lending a hand to our communities locally and internationally.
I am proud to be part of this family. Our District have shown unity and determination to get through these difficult times. Past District Governor Gerry Lambert have paved the way for us, and I vow to continue the great work that we started. I am happy that PDG Gerry & I worked together in past months, so we continue serving Rotary and our community to the best of our abilities. 


What Are Clubs Doing During This Time?

The Massena Rotary Club helped out June 14 at the Food distribution in Massena. Here are the food items that will were distributed:
1st Station - 1 trailer of milk (20 pallets) roughly 4,500 Gallons of milk
2nd Station - 1500 Dairy Boxes (13 lb box)
Sour cream 16 oz, Cottage cheese 16 oz, String cheese 12 ct, 8 oz Yogurt 6 ct, 1 Gallon of milk
3rd Station - 1500 Produce Boxes (20 lb box)
Head lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, 1# mini Carrots, 2# Onions, 5 # Potatoes, 6 Ct oranges, 12 ct Apples

Rotarians helped out at all three stations until we ran out. It was great seeing so many people stopping by.


Assisting were Susan Bellor, Patrick Brady, Darcy Sharpe, Curt Wood, Dale Kramer, David Frary and Frenchie Coupal as well as Brian Sharpe.

Truck to Trunk Food Distribution was made possible by St. Lawrence County Legislator Rita Curran and Massena Town Councilman Sam Carbone supported a unique food distribution opportunity on June 14th. Through a collaboration with Malone Mayor Andrea Dumas, the USDA Food Program, Glazier Packing, and the Massena Central School District, residents were able to pick up food in front of the high school on Sunday, 6/14 from 9:00 am to 12:00.

Upcoming Events
New Rotary Year / La nouvelle année rotarienne
Jul 01, 2020
WTF (Where's the Fun?) Garden Party
Jul 15, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
DisCon 2020 Online
Oct 16, 2020 – Oct 18, 2020
DisCon 2020 Online Auction Contact Registration
Oct 16, 2020 – Oct 18, 2020
World Polio Day / Journée mondiale contre la polio
Oct 24, 2020
View entire list

A Message from Rotary International President Holger Knaack

Bulletin Editor
Ariane Carriere
Click on image to get to the Zone newsletter for July.
All About the District - Tout sur le district

Bringing the “Fourth Object of Rotary” to Life

PDG Nabil Oudeh Recipient Of 2020 Zone 28 Donald MacRae Peace Award

Every year, our Zones honor Rotarians, Rotary alumni or Rotary-based organizations whose lives and work exemplify Rotary’s passion to strive toward international service and peace.
This tradition started in then-Zone 22 in 2004 to honor Donald MacRae, a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Back in 1921, MacRae pushed for Rotary to expand its community base and think in terms of global service. As a result, at the International Convention held that year in Edinburgh, Rotarians unanimously agreed to incorporate international peacemaking into Rotary’s incorporating documents with these words, “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”  Today, we know those words as the Fourth Object of Rotary, and they are the basis for all the international work – from club service trips to Polio Plus – we do today.

Service Above Self

PDG Katie Burke Recipient of Service Above Self Award

Extra! Extra! Our very own Katie Burke has been recognized with Rotary's "Service Above Self" award during our District's 7040 Changeover event.

"Service Above Self" is Rotary’s highest honor and recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”, by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award is internationally competitive and is granted to no more than 150 Rotarians worldwide each year,

Congratulations Katie... this is a well-deserved recognition of the many contributions you continue to make on behalf of Rotary and our community.

Where's the Fun? Garden Party

Join your fellow District 7040 Rotarians in a series of monthly garden tours starting July 15th at 4 p.m.  
Joignez-vous au Rotariens du District 7040 dans une série de visites mensuelles du jardin à partir du 15 juillet à 16 h. 

Welcome Interact clubs bienvenue

Welcome to our latest Interact clubs:
  1. Club Interact du Collège Lachine, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Old Montreal, charter ceremony to be determined.
  2. Interact Club of LDH (Longfields-Davidson Heights), sponsored by the Rotary Club of South Nepean, charter ceremony to be determined.
Bienvenue à nos nouveaux clubs Interact:
  1. Club Interact du Collège Lachine, parrainé par le Rotary club du Vieux Montreal, cérémonie de charte à déterminer.
  2. Interact Club of LDH (Longfields-Davidson Heights), parrainé par le Rotary club de South Nepean, cérémonie de charte à déterminer.
Carleton Place & Mississippi Mills donation
Rotary Club of Carleton Place & Mississippi Mills donates $4,000 to hospital

Joindre le Rotaract/Join Rotaract

Il y a six ans, une de mes amies m'a invité à un barbecue qu'elle organisait avec son association. Les fonds récoltés serviront à envoyer des ordinateurs et des livres qu'ils ont récupérés pour une école primaire d’Haïti qui a tout perdu lors du tremblement de terre de 2010. C'était ma première interaction avec le Rotaract.
Six years ago, a friend of mine invited me to a BBQ she was organizing with her association.
The funds raised would be used to send computers and books they got for a primary school in Haiti that lost everything during the 2010 earthquake. It was my first interaction with Rotaract.

RYLA Report - 2020

When the pandemic arrived in North America in early March, plans for RYLA were put in jeopardy. The planning team investigated and quickly decided to pursue an online version modified to suit the Zoom platform. A total of 25 clubs from two Districts (7010 and 7040) including NY state, Quebec and central and eastern Ontario sent 52 delegates to the leadership academy. This represented a significant increase from the past two years and established new benchmarks for future years.

Westmount's First Virtual Fundraiser

The Rotary club of Westmount was pleased to host its first ever virtual fundraiser by way of a mentalist show streamed through YouTube on June 11th.
Le Rotary club de Westmount a eu le plaisir d'organiser sa toute première collecte de fonds virtuelle par le biais d'une émission mentaliste diffusée sur YouTube le 11 juin dernier.

Thank you all

Karla Ojeda was a Youth Exchange student from Venezuela to Cornwall Sunrise. After she returned home, the troubles in her country began. The Cornwall Sunrise club raised funds and arranged for her to return to Cornwall where she has been studying for the last two years at St. Lawrence College. She wrote to some of us about her experiences.

It is interesting how hard it is sometimes to put your thoughts and emotions into words.
A few weeks ago, I finished my program. There are mixed feelings, lots of questions but mainly so much to thank. I look back now, and ask, where did the last two years go? They went by in the blink of an eye and now I am a Social Service Worker.

Seventh Avenue of Service Announced

More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
More information about this new cause will be announced soon.

Where's the Fun?

COVID-19 Relief  for District Clubs

We know that most of you are working on budgets for the next Rotary year. Due to cancellation of PETS & DTA this year, the District Finance Committee has decided to waive the $10 levy per member for 2020-2021 as a COVID-19 relief. This waiver is only for this coming year. We expect that the levy will return for the following year so that we can meet again in person.

RI Board Asks Everyone to Use the New Rotary Brand

At the April 2019 meeting of the Rotary International Board of Directors, the Board reviewed the Rotary brand and
  • requested all users of the Rotary Marks to come into visual brand compliance as soon as possible;
  • agreed not to publish in official Rotary media, after July 31, 2019, any advertisements or other information that are not in brand compliance;
  • agreed not to permit any exhibitions at all official Rotary events that are not in brand compliance;
We encourage all Rotary Clubs in District 7040 to become compliant too, as soon as possible. We will no longer publish pictures that have the old logo in them. You can find out more at the Rotary Brand Center.

Thank You