September Message of the District Governor

It’s September, Basic Education and Literacy month in Rotary. A new school year for many. Consider buying a young person a book. You never know, they may love it and become bookworms!
Jennifer E Jones, member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada has been nominated to become Rotary International President for 2022-23. Congratulations Jennifer!
Great News! Africa is declared Polio Free, thank you Rotarians for helping make this happen.

DisCon 2020 House of Friendship is Open!

We have several booths already for the House of Friendship. Check to see what we have. If you want to have a display, contact Jean Begin.

The Online Auction is Ready to G!

Has your club donated an item yet?

World Polio Day is October 24!

What is your club planning to do?

Has Your Club Completed Youth Protection Certification?

Upcoming Events
DG Hadi - RC Montreal
Sep 04, 2020
7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
DG Hadi - Plattsburgh Sunrise
Sep 08, 2020 7:30 AM
DG Zone Training/Workshop # 2
Sep 08, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
DG Hadi Canton, NY
Sep 14, 2020
DG Hadi - RC Chesterville
John and Beate Stewart at 3507 Cty rd 7. chesterville
Sep 14, 2020 6:00 PM
DG Hadi - RC Carleton Place-Zoom
Sep 15, 2020
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
DG Zone Training/Workshop #3
Sep 15, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
DG official meeting, Watertown
Sep 16, 2020
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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Bulletin Editor
Ariane Carriere
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All About the District - Tout sur le district

News from Area Clubs

Despite all the challenges that we are facing during these difficult times, I started my official club visits. I had a few official visits in person. I also attended a couple of outdoor social gatherings where I had the pleasure to be part of clubs' official changeovers and awards presentations. Physical distancing was observed. I have visited a few others virtually. Some were official visits and others were social visits to say hello and stay up to date on their activities.
Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award
Rotary District 7040 Past District Governor and District Awards Chair Sue Bellor (Massena Rotary Club) was present to award  the Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award to Margaret (Peggy) Coe in Watertown along with Peggy’s  husband Past District Governor Ben Coe (Watertown Club) and 2019-20 District Governor Gerry Lambert (Canton Rotary Club). (left  to right in photo).
This award is given annually to only 150 non-Rotarians selected worldwide and District 7040 is very pleased to honor Peggy.

UN International Literacy Day – 8 September

The 8th of September was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The UN's Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by world leaders in September 2015, promotes universal access to quality education and learning opportunities throughout people’s lives. Sustainable Development Goal 4 has as one of its targets ensuring all young people achieve literacy and numeracy and that adults, who lack these skills are given the opportunity to acquire them.
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Aide alimentaire d’urgence aux familles vulnérables du quartier Saint-Michel de Montréal

The English version is below.
« Ce qui est certain, c’est que ce Covid nous aura permis d’être créatif ». C’est ainsi que la Mairesse de l’arrondissement, Mme Giuliana Fumagalli, a commencé ses remerciements lors de la dernière distribution de paniers alimentaires le 16 juillet dernier.
Le Député Fédéral de la circonscription, le Conseiller de la Ville de Montréal pour le District étaient également présents à l’événement. Tous ont salué l’efficacité du réseau créé par les partenaires de l’action en souhaitant que « la belle équipe » Rotary/organismes communautaires de Saint-Michel poursuive leur partenariat pour la communauté.

My Exchange

Going on an exchange was something I never thought I would do. Since my parents were both exchange students, they would always ask if it was something I was interested in, but the answer I always gave them was no. It wasn’t until we were having lunch with one of their friends they met through exchange, and I heard all of their amazing stories that I started to wonder, am I making a giant mistake by turning down this amazing opportunity? The answer to that was a huge yes. Luckily, I was able to get into the program just in time, and after many helpful orientations I was off to start my journey in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Aylmer Rotary Community Corps

We are very pleased to have an opportunity to write a short article regarding our Community Corps in the District Bulletin.  Thank you, Fay Campbell, for providing us with this opportunity.  Let me first provide you with a brief history of our club.
In 2011 a friend and Past Governor, Armin Thiele, noticed that our social group was close and enjoyed each others company, partaking in several activities together.  He suggested we form a Rotary club in our community of Aylmer, Quebec.  Many of us were interested in the concept but work and family life raised concern regarding the time required to hold weekly meetings and working on major fundraising projects.  Armin suggested that we consider starting a Community Corps sponsored by a regular Rotary Club.  This concept seemed less demanding and in March of 2011 we received our Charter in the presence of many Rotarians from Hull Rotary as well as the District Governor.

Rotary Global Rewards


Covid-19 Food Security Project  - Rotary in Kingston

As part of our final delivery week of food boxes, we were given 280 backpacks and school supplies for the children in our families through the United Way at no cost.
Rotarians in Kingston purchased an additional 120 backpacks with supplies in order to cover the families requesting the donation.
This project was exceptionally rewarding and it has cemented the long-term collaboration of the six clubs in Kingston.
The great news is that all the kids that needed a new Back Pack received one. Great work accomplished by Rotarians to benefit the community.

Rotaract de l'île de Montréal

A Rotaract Treasure Hunt

For our second meeting of the year, the executive concocted its members a little treasure hunt across Montreal! 
Three different routes were offered to the teams, so that each of them would go through different iconic places in the city. Through these places and a few puzzles, our members had to find the place where the meeting would take place: the clock dock, on the edge of the St-Laurent.
Last week, our past-president was alongside E-Club Premier to help them with the latest grocery basket distribution, at Carrefour Populaire, for the poorest families in the St-Michel district. This initiative was launched last March by the Rotary Clubs of Montreal. A total of 5.8 tons of food were distributed which helped around 600 families! Rotary / Haiti joint action review since April 2020: 7200 kg of food distributed to families and elders in Saint Michel, community kitchens and a homeless shelter.

Awards, Awards and More Awards

Rotarians have the opportunity to thank and recognize other Rotarians for their continued commitment to others. Simply go online to and under the Learning and Reference tab, click on “awards”.  Club leaders and members may nominate for: Recognize a Club, Significant Service Award, Avenues of Service Award in district, Service Award for a Polio-free World, and Polio Plus Pioneer Award.   Any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact District 7040 Awards Chair PDG Sue Bellor .