January 2024 Janvier

Upcoming Events
Foundation Mini-Session # 4 Scholarships
Jan. 13, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
Jan. 15, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
DG Visit Montreal Lakeshore
Double Tree Hotel
Jan. 16, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
DG Visit Westmount Rotary
Victoria Hall
Jan. 17, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
DG - Rotaract Ile De Montréal
Jan. 17, 2024
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
DG Visit Montreal West & NDG
Montreal West Town Hall
Jan. 18, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
DG Visit Montreal
Jan. 19, 2024
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
DG Visit Old Montreal
Westin Hotel
Jan. 19, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
District Executive Committee
Jan. 20, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.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

A New Beginning - Un nouveau départ

The closing of the old year, and the start of a new year.
A time for reflection, and spiritual and physical refreshing.
As Rotarians, a time to think of what you can do to support Rotary’s objectives in the coming year, through service and contributions.
Simmy and I hope that 2024 will be a wonderful year for you and your loved ones.
La fin de l’année précédente et le début d’une nouvelle année.
Un temps de réflexion et de rafraîchissement spirituel et physique.
En tant que Rotariens, c’est le moment de réfléchir à ce que vous pouvez faire pour soutenir les
objectifs du Rotary au cours de l’année à venir, par le service et des contributions.
Simmy et moi espérons que 2024 sera une année merveilleuse pour vous et vos proches.

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.

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



Foundation Corner


Rotary Leadership Training Part 1

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, PDGBonnie at
Our D7040 International Service Committee and our Foundation Committee will be meeting on Saturday, March 2nd at the Seaway Valley Theatre in Cornwall at 9am.  We will be hearing a report on the Columbia Project Fair which will bring ideas for projects your club can get involved with in 24-25.  Remember, it’s important that your officers and appropriate committee chairs take the online training within the next 60 days.  Please check our District site under Foundation>Grants to understand the modules in the Learning Center at needed to complete as well as our own District-specific modules.  Get it done today and then get inspired by our fellow Ro0tarians returning from South America with many choices on how we can do good in the world next rotary year!

Global Grants Scholarships

Global Grant Scholarship information is now posted on the District website
Les informations au sujet de la Bourse de subvention mondiale sont maintenant sur le site-web du District

Rotary Study Programs

Rotary Study opportunities – Global Grant Scholarship and Peace Fellowships
Each year, District 7040 offers study opportunities for District 7040 recent university graduates to be able to pursue their studies in one of the Rotary Areas of Focus: peacebuilding and conflict prevention, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation and hygiene, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, community economic development, and supporting the environment.
The amount of the scholarship is $30,000 USD, awarded to one successful candidate who will be entering the first year of a first Master’s degree and be studying outside of his/her home country and District 7040.  We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic, interesting and interested candidates.  The candidates must have completed their undergraduate studies and bring to the table a range of interests and abilities not only in their studies but also in their personal skills and abilities.  Language, arts and sports abilities as well as volunteer work are assets.  The deadline for applications is April 15 2024, interviews will be conducted on April 28 2024, the successful candidate will be identified before May 1 for studies to begin in the Fall of 2024.  Please refer to Rotary D 7040 website for further details – look under the Foundation heading – Scholarships  - in the menu at the top of the web page.
In addition to the Global Grant Scholarship, D 7040 sponsors candidates for Rotary Peace Fellowships.  The Peace fellowships offered are the short-term fellowship (2-3 months) and the 2-year Master’s Peace Fellowship offered at 6 universities around the world.  Candidates must have a strong interest in Peace and Conflict resolution, 3-5 years of work experience and consider these studies as part of their career path.  Further details are found on the D 7040 website under the Foundation-Scholarships heading as well as on the Rotary International website. The deadline for applications in April 15 2024 and interviews will be held on April 28, 2024.  The District may nominate more than one candidate for these Fellowships.
All candidates are urged to read the District and RI information carefully.
Questions should be referred to Katie Burke at

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