Happy Birthday Rotarians!

Join DG Martha in recognizing these club charter anniversaries:
 
Ottawa-Stittsville - 14 years
Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills - 16
Mount-Tremblant - 23 years
Rotary Club of Old Montreal / Club Rotary du Vieux Montréal - 26
Iqaluit - 40 years!
August is Membership Month Martha Weaver 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
As Rotarians, we are all aware of the good work that we do. It is very rewarding, however, to be recognized in the communities we are in by the people and businesses in those communities. One such example of this is a local business owner in Renfrew, Ontario, Jon Pole of MyFM who recently heard an ad promoting Rotary while he was doing a program for a Toronto Station. He was aware of Rotary and the work we do, so he decided to use the People of Action ad as a filler ad on his 21 stations across Ontario at no cost to Rotary.
 
If you are in one of the communities where MyFM broadcasts, take a minute to thank them!
Community Involvement Boosts Renfrew Rotary Projects John Wilson 2018-08-05 04:00:00Z 0

Be The Inspiration!

A new Rotary year and a new Rotary theme: “Be the Inspiration” I am feeling inspired—and excited—because that is what a new beginning offers. How about you?

Welcome district 7040 leadership team for 2018-2019! The district 7040 team is a collection of diverse and talented individuals, working together with one simple purpose: to help each Rotary club in district 7040 to be a vibrant club because that is the only reason a district exists.

First and foremost, our number one team is the 2018-2019 club presidents–and the club leaders who make up their teams. Week after week, these are the Rotarians who engage with their communities and with the world to create something remarkable – a Rotary club.
District Governor Martha Weaver Martha Weaver 2018-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Bellor, District Governor
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
           
Since this is my last monthly message for 2017-2018, I want to express my deepest appreciation for all that you have done to make my journey memorable in “Making a Difference” through Rotary. When you reached out to shake my hand, or gave me a hug or just smiled and welcomed me at my visit to your club, I remember it fondly. When you called, emailed or chatted with me over the course of the year, I remember it fondly. When you shared with me your special projects, invited me to your special events, or shared your weekly bulletin with me, I remember it fondly. When you translated my message or presentation or materials into French, rode along together to club meetings or events, managed special district meetings and events, assisted me with research and tasks for Rotary International, or offered solicited advice, I remember it fondly.  We are all volunteers and I appreciate your dedication of time, and commitment. I have to also thank you for the fun, the laughter we shared and most important your kindness you showed me in District 7040.  Let the 4-Way Test continue to be our backbone and our best guide in working together for our clubs and for our district; truth, fairness, goodwill and friendship prove and enhance what is beneficial to all of us concerned about Service through Rotary.
DG Sue's Message for June '18 Sue Bellor, District Governor 2018-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac

 

Name of award:    Rotarian of the Year
Rotary year for which award was presented:    2016-17
Describe why recipient was selected:
as Director Ways and Means, a new position, dedicated an incredible number of hours searching for a new fundraising event
as publisher of the club's weekly newsletter, improved content significantly with photos and lots of helpful information
found the inaugural major sponsor for Theatre Night, one of the club's biggest annual fundraising events
as co-chair of the Silent Auction Committee for Theatre Night, spearheaded a 21% increase in revenue over the previous year
on behalf of the club, maintained active contact with a former local YEX student 
Year recipient joined club:    2012
Position(s) held in club:
  • Director Ways and Means (2016-17)
  • Director New Generations (previous year)
Any other club(s) recipient joined:    Rotary Club of Cataraqui Kingston
Recipient's occupation now or before (retirement etc.)    Investment Advisor
Family information:    Married
Leisure activities recipient would care to share: Host mother for Rotary Youth Exchange students for 6 consecutive years
Rotarian of the Year: Anne Desgagnés 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
District 7040 is pleased to announce that the District Governor selection committee has selected Mr. Gerry Lambert (Canton, NY) as incoming governor for 2019-20.
 
The District 7040 Selection Committee was delighted with the high caliber of applicants and grateful for the leadership and commitments of all applicants.
 
District Governor Nabil Oudeh will be making a formal introduction of DGND Gerry at District Training Assembly in Cornwall on April 8, 2017.
 
Gerry Lambert selected as incoming governor 2019-20 2017-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

 

January 25, the Rotary Club of Orleans celebrated the creation of our newest Interact Club consisting of Grade 7 and 8 students, Club Interact de Lécole Secondaire Publique Giséle-Lalonde. These students are our future leaders. A special thank you to our members Danielle Michaud and Area Governor Fay Campbell for guiding them through the process. We are very excited!

New Interact club! 2017-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fay Campbell on Feb 18, 2017
In 2016, the District 7040 DG appointed me chair of the Fellowships Committee. Rotary Fellowships give their members the opportunity to have fun, make new friends around the world, and enhance their experience in Rotary.
Rotary Fellowships offer Rotarians new experience Fay Campbell 2017-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ariane Carriere, Interact chair District 7040
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The 2016 Interact Vision Team got a message from Guatemala.
 
"Greetings from Guatemala! I hope you are all well, enjoying yourselves and your families, as 2016 comes to a close.
 
I wanted to let you all know that Felix recently visited that family that you built a house for in Santa Catarina. We made a short video and put it up on YouTube so that you can see how the family has been doing since the construction of their new home! Please feel free to forward the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV3hy-szCuU&feature=youtu.be on to your family and friends as a way to share your experience and stories of your time in Guatemala."
 
It's very touching to see how the family is doing. We are now raising funds for another house in Guatemala with the 2017 Interact Vision Team. If you want to donate to our house build, go to https://give.commonhope.org/fundraise/team?ftid=81758.
 
A Message from Guatemala Ariane Carriere, Interact chair District 7040 2016-12-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Angela Kelly, Rotary Club of Ottawa
 
 
The Rotary Club of Ottawa, celebrating its 100th anniversary, has now been engaged in the International Youth Exchange programme for decades.  Many host families and counsellors are still in contact with students they invited into their homes, celebrating their milestones and achievements with them.
The experience that never stops giving! Angela Kelly, Rotary Club of Ottawa 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Peters, Rotary Club of Brockville
 
Three generations of the Rotary Brockville family joined together to place a wreath at the Brockville cenotaph in honour of Remembrance Day. Pictured are Josh Bennett, president the Rotary Club of Brockville; Tyler Read, co-president H.E.L.P Interact club; Corbin Evans, president Earlyact club; Maija Robillard, co-president Interact; and Ray Marshall, president of the Rotary Club of the 1000 Islands.
Brockville Remembers Michelle Peters, Rotary Club of Brockville 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

 

 

Saturday November 5 our Rotaractors took a break from studying to spend the afternoon volunteering at Fletcher Wildlife Garden, where we were helping them remove Dog Strangling Vine, an invasive species that was taking over! Thank you to Sandy for being such a great host!

If you're interested in joining our team, "Like" us on Facebook or email us at rotaractottawasouth@gmail.com !

Rotaract Ottawa South 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Egnatoff, Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston

Doing Time in Kingston: Youth Justice Then and Now

Doing Time in Kingston: Youth Justice Then and Now is a collaborative venture of the Rotary Clubs of Cataraqui-Kingston and Kingston, but the success of the program is due in large measure to the support of sponsoring clubs, the high caliber of students they send, and the excellent team of resource people. This year, the program inspired 17 high school students, ranging in age from 14 to 19, to do more of what some of them are already doing—to support their peers in ways that keep them happily engaged and out of trouble. The program gave them specific ideas for youth advocacy, for helping youth, and for possible career paths related to youth justice.
 
The program demystified the whole youth justice system, enabling participants to see what steps can be taken to redirect youth. They read about actual cases of children and youth who had been imprisoned and how they were treated. They saw how relevant legislation had evolved over the past two centuries and how laws are made. They learned of current innovative youth justice programs run by the Kingston Police, Youth Diversion, Queen’s Family Law Clinic, and the Canadian Families and Corrections Network. Through their visit to the Kingston Penitentiary and the Penitentiary Museum they have a sense of prison life and how it has evolved.
 
Rotary Adventures in History 2016 Bill Egnatoff, Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0
 
Despite the rain the weekend before the Canadian Thanksgiving, the Ottawa Rotaract team helped to make the world a more beautiful place during our Jules Morin park clean up. Thank you to all who came out!
 
Ottawa Rotaract Cleans Up! 2016-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jean Bégin, President RCWO
 
The students have several things planned for the year:
  • The students will be organizing and participating in a "Walk in Their Shoes" to support Doctors Without Borders.  The date on this is still forthcoming but hopefully this will happen in just a few weeks and when organized I will be circulating a pledge form at our Rotary Club.
  • The big fund raiser-the 24 hour Awake-will be happening on November 25th.  As you recall, the club helps to organize over 100 students to get pledges and to stay overnight and awake at the school all night long.  Last year, we had Rotarians volunteer to chaperone and everyone had a hoot playing ping pong!  Again, there will be a pledge of $1000 made to our Rotary Club to help support an ongoing project, with the students deciding how to direct that money.  The remainder of the money goes to the school in Africa that the students are committed to and a few other international charities as well.  Jaden is going to forward me some pictures of the school-last year the money sent paid for a full science lab!
  • We have selected 4 dates throughout the year that we will have Rotarians from our Club come and speak to Interact and we will provide pizza as well-this format for our speaker series is quite well received lol.  I will be working with our Youth committee to help choose who those speakers will be.
  • Jaden, Courtney and some of the Interact students will be going on a trip to Peru during March Break-which maybe our club might be able to help support
  • There is an idea of starting a "Conversation Club" where Interact students meet with students within the school that are just recently moved or staying in Canada-to help break down some of the social barriers.
Interact Club at Woodroffe High, Ottawa 2016-17 Jean Bégin, President RCWO 2016-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jerry Manor, Rotary Club of Massena
The Massena Rotary Club RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) delegate Celine Stowell described her experiences at the RYLA conference at Paul Smith’s College near Saranac Lake, NY for Massena Rotarians during a recent luncheon at the Massena Elks Lodge. Celine participated in leadership activities, learned about African dance and had the opportunity to visit the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY with approximately 40 fellow RYLA attendees from around District 7040. Celine is a junior at Massena High School, a member of the Interact Club and an active member of the Massena Boys and Girls Club where she helps to supervise and lead activities for younger club members.
 
 
Celine Stowell is pictured with Massena Rotarian Walter Mulyca.
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 13–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event varies from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.
 
RYLA and Interact, a good fit Jerry Manor, Rotary Club of Massena 2016-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Fontes, District Youth Exchange Chair
Hello everyone, this month I would like to mention the short term program. We always talk about the Long Term Exchange, but leave out our Short term program which is also very important.
 
Many students may not be able to partake in the long term but the short term also offers many benefits and opens the doors to many other opportunities. The Short term Exchange presents opportunities for students to advance their knowledge and world understanding by allowing them to live abroad for a short period of time over the summer months. Participants also live with one host family for approximately one month under the sponsorship of their local Rotary club.This is a great program where the host brother or sister from abroad will also spend a month with the participating student in his or her home during the same summer.
 
This program still has the same objective as in the Long Term Exchange, in which it is intended to foster world peace and International understanding, the participants can still experience a new culture and meet new people from all walks of life.
 
This year in our District we had 6 short Term Exchanges, I would like very much to grow this program in our district and give this opportunity to more students and who knows it might open up the travel bug in the participant to do the Long Term as well.
 
The Picture below is of one of our own D7040 participants Jordan VanWyngaarden pictured on the right, and Martha Lamberti from the Rotary Club of Lecco, Italy, District 2042 who both visited the Rotary Club of Kingston.
 
 
For more information on how you can send a participant for the short Term Exchange send us an email fontesjoe@gmail.com, or visit our website, http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50214/Page/youth-exchange.
 
We are changing the world one exchange at a time...
 
 
Short Term Youth Exchange Joe Fontes, District Youth Exchange Chair 2016-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
For the past eleven years, the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise and the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences have made it possible for participants in Adventures in the Environment to experience hands-on environmental science with professional researchers. With the wonderful support of the Rotary Club Cornwall-Sunrise, 7 participants were able to tag alongside Biologists, technicians and Naturalist to discover life on the St. Lawrence River.
 
 
 
 
 
Adventures in the Environment 2016-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Did you know that Rotary has new logos for the Youth programs also?
 
 
Old and New 2016-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
 
 
Have you always dreamed of studying abroad? Applications are now available for Rotary Youth Exchange 2017-18! Please go to our website under forms & documents. http://www.yex.rotary7040.com
 
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Posted by By Erin Biba, The Rotarian, July 2016 on Jun 28, 2016
When was the last time there was polio in Europe? If you guessed 2002, the year the region was certified polio-free, you were wrong. The last time polio affected a child in Europe was last summer. In 2015, two Ukrainian children were diagnosed with paralytic polio, and, given the way the disease manifests itself, that means many more were likely infected and didn’t show symptoms. At least one Western news outlet deemed the outbreak “crazy” – but the reality is that no place on earth is safe from polio until the disease is eradicated everywhere.
What you don’t know about the campaign to end polio By Erin Biba, The Rotarian, July 2016 2016-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 27, 2016
The Scholarships Committee is pleased to announce that Natalie Kauf, nominated by the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston and selected as District 7040 Global Grant Scholarship candidate has been approved by The Rotary Foundation for the Global Grant Scholarship of $30,000 USD.
 
Natalie will be pursuing her studies at Cambridge University in the UK.  
Cataraqui-Kingston nominee wins Global Grant Scholarship 2016-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Claude LaLiberté on Feb 15, 2016
Congratulations to PR Chair Martha Weaver for being nominated as 2018-2019 District 7040 Governor.  For those who ask, about the validity of the eClubs, Martha is the second governor for District 7040 to come from eClub Premier Francophone.
Martha Weaver selected District Governor 2018-19 Claude LaLiberté 2016-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 06, 2016
Kenneth V. Lefrançois
(1945 – 2016)
2016 began with a sad note with the passing of DG1992-1993 Ken Lefrançois at age 70.  His continuous, active service to Rotary since his term in 92-93 was exemplary.
 
His most recent achievement, the formation of the most recent Rotary Action Group by RI, should be a focus in addition to the encouragement and chartering of so many clubs in our District.  
 
DG Claude

Below is a communication from Patrick Lefrançois, Ken's son, regarding funeral and memorial arrangements:
 
I want to thank everyone for their kind words.  The outpouring of love and support has made it possible for us to enjoy, remember and celebrate my father's life. 
 
Below, you will find the details of my father's funeral.
Kenneth V. Lefrançois (1945 – 2016) 2016-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
Rotaractors attend RYLA North American Conference 2015-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
e-Club Featured in Rotary Canada 2015-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
 
The District Changeover collected funds for World’s Greatest Meal on June 20, 2015.  Thanks to two very generous donors, we collected $2,150.00 to end polio now.
 
Below is a brief summary of World’s Greatest Meal to end polio as of June 19, 2015:
  • There have been 1,208 events registered in 59 countries.
  • More than 67,300 participants worldwide
  • USD $1,210,537.96 has been raised (a total of USD $3,631,613.88 with matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
This translates to enough funds to buy more than 6,052,000 polio vaccinations!! www.wgmeal.com
World’s Greatest Meal 2015-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

 

 

More than 100 Rotarians and guests, representing over 20 clubs, took part in the charter night for the Rotary Club of Kingston Waterfront.  Guests came from as far away as Australia.  Many clubs presented gifts to welcome the new club into the district.
 
 

Kingston Waterfront Charter Night 2015-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gary C.K. Huang, President, Rotary International 2014-15
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We express our profound sadness and extend our sympathies to all those affected by the devastation resulting from the 25 April deadly earthquake in Nepal. Rescue missions and emergency aid continue to arrive in Nepal for the 8 million people impacted by the massive 7.8 magnitude quake.
 
As we mourn the thousands of lost lives, Rotary joins many international agencies in providing immediate relief to survivors and mobilizing our expertise to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.
 
How to help: 
  • District 3292, Nepal, has established a disaster relief fund to provide needed equipment and supplies to affected communities. Contact District Governor Kumar Piya for information about contributing to the fund.
  • Rotary’s service partner ShelterBox is working closely with Nepali Rotarians to coordinate immediate relief efforts. On Monday, 27 April, and Wednesday, 29 April, Rotarians greeted ShelterBox response teams in Nepal who will mobilize temporary housing and relief efforts. An initial 1,000 housing tents and 1,000 shelter kits will be distributed throughout affected communities. Two more ShelterBox relief teams and additional kits are ready to be deployed once further assessments are complete. Learn more about supporting ShelterBox’s relief efforts.
  • As with all disasters, the Rotary family may apply for global grants to support long-term recovery efforts in Nepal. Once immediate health, safety, and relief efforts have been addressed, work with local Nepali Rotary members and their international partners to develop projects within Rotary’s six areas of focus.
Monitor the announcements section of My Rotary for more information as it becomes available and do not hesitate to contact relief@rotary.org with any questions.
 
Our thoughts are with our Nepali neighbors during this difficult time. Thank you for continuing to Light Up Rotary through your compassion and generosity.
Dear Rotarian Gary C.K. Huang, President, Rotary International 2014-15 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gerry Lambert, Canton
St. Lawrence NYSARC’s Dodge Pond Camp, located in Oswegatchie, New York, is for individuals with developmental disabilities and one of the few in New York State certified for children. As a result, the Dodge Pond Camp programs serve approximately 250 consumers each year.  
 
The partnership between Rotary and the Dodge Pond Camp of St. Lawrence NYSARC is long-standing.  The Watertown Rotary Clubs began supporting Dodge Pond some 20 years ago with the establishment of a one week camp for children with disabilities from Jefferson County. St. Lawrence County Rotary clubs joined the effort in 1998 when Rotarian Dave Mance, from Watertown traveled and met with clubs in St. Lawrence County with the idea of establishing a second week of camp for children with disabilities from St Lawrence County. Currently the Rotary Clubs of Watertown, Theresa, Canton, Massena, Ogdensburg, and Potsdam provide annual support to Dodge Pond Camp – both financial and non-financial.
 
These clubs commit thousands of dollars each year to sponsor up to 100 campers who then attend one of the two weeklong overnight camps at Dodge Pond each August. The members of the clubs also help with building and repair of the camp facilities each Spring, such as lean-tos, docks, privies, basketball court and a playground. The District has also provided generous support in the past through District Simplified Grants.  The District’s support, combined with the local clubs’ support has benefited hundreds of NYSARC consumers both children and adults who attend Dodge Pond for various programs in the summer.  
 
Thanks to Rotary hundreds of children and adults have and will continue to have opportunities they would never have had without its sponsorship.
 
Dodge Pond Camp Gerry Lambert, Canton 2015-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Boyce, Annual Giving Officer Zone 24, 32
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Did you know your employer might match your gifts to The Rotary Foundation (Canada)?
 
Corporate matching gifts are a great way for to you earn Foundation recognition points and help your club meet its giving goals.  To recognize your vital role in procuring these contributions, you will be awarded Foundation recognition points and your club will receive credit for the amount of the matching gift.
Click here to see if your company is one of the many that has a matching gifts program and to learn about the details of your employer’s policy.
 
Your human resources department is the best resource if you have any questions regarding your company’s specific program. However, we’ve created a guide to answer many of the most frequently asked questions regarding Rotary's corporate giving program in Canada.  American members can go to the RI site to check information.
 
With your help, we will be able to provide even more life changing opportunities in your community and around the world. As always, thank you for all that you do on behalf of The Rotary Foundation (Canada).

PS – If your company has a matching gifts program, submit your request today to help our Foundation achieve a record breaking year!
 
Will your employer match Foundation giving? Chris Boyce, Annual Giving Officer Zone 24, 32 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
 
The attached request for funding has been received for sharing with the clubs in District 7040.  The funding request was received by the Honouring Indigenous Peoples Board, a new organization bringing Rotary and First Nations together in support of education for indigenous peoples.  Our mandate is to review and approve such requests before sharing them with Canadian Rotary clubs. 
 
The urgent request is from the First Nations Community of Landsdowne House, a fly-in community located 480 km northeast of Thunder Bay for financial assistance to help them purchase and install a desperately new playground for their community education centre. 
 
The documents included in this funding request, and added to downloads below are:
  • Honouring Indigenous Peoples request for funding support (to be forwarded to clubs);
  • Supporting Documents (only forwarded to clubs upon request):
    • Neskantaga Education Centre request letter; and,
    • Playground quote
If you have any questions, comments, and/or concerns please contact:
Kevin Webb, HIP Project Co-Chair at kwebb@crcid.org
Chris Snyder, HIP Founder & Chair at chris@eccgroup.ca
 
Is your club looking for a First Nations project? 2015-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
 
The Rotary Club of North Renfrew was Chartered in May 2006 and has had a maximum membership of 22 but currently has 18 very active members. Their Participation score is well over 100% and often topped the district’s list of clubs. This Rotary Club is certainly an example of what all Rotary Clubs a striving to be.
There is only so much space, so maybe a list of ongoing successes maybe be the most word efficient why of highlighting this club.
  • 44% of their current membership are female.
  • Youth Exchange program since 2006
  • Interact program, very active with approximately 50 students.
  • Earlyact Club was started in the fall of 2013 with about 12 members.
  • Since 2006 the Club has been successful in receiving 7 District Simplified Grants and 1 Matching Grant for a total of about $36,947.
  • Since 2006 the members have contributed $29,988 USD to the Rotary Foundation
  • The Club supports many Community Projects and Events
    • North Renfrew Family Services
    • Canada Day celebrations
    • Rhubarb Lunch
    • Book Tree Project
    • Deep River Community Woods Project
So what is new for the Club?
In any effort to revitalize and focus the Club around an issue most members could support a new committee was formed, Environmental Working Group, which will look at a wide range of issues. An initial activity is a Community Waste Reduction Challenge and Reuse/Exchange Day (April or May 2015 ), both part of a broad Community Education Plan.
 
Another new committee is exploring the possibility of initiating a housing project for senior residents of the area. They are currently looking for possible building sites.
 
 
So what are the Challenges, for a club that is so successful?
Well it is the same problem of many clubs in our district. The Rotary Club of North Renfrew needs to attract new members and work on ways to prevent member burnout. In the short term they partner with local groups to provide people power and use their success Interact Program to their advantage. But to some extent their success hinders the effort to solve their membership problem.
 
A quote from the Club’s Publicity, Communication and Membership Committee:
“ Because of our high visibility in the community, there is a common perception that our members must either work too hard or that the club already must have 50 or more members or so to achieve everything we do, so no more members are needed. “
 
Rotary Club of North Renfrew (Deep River) 2015-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda M. Flynn, District Literacy Chair
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As we celebrate Rotary International’s Literacy theme during March, each club in our District is challenged to ask themselves the following question, 
 
What project(s) does our club have to support literacy?
 
Last fall’s article focused on some literacy statistics internationally, nationally and within our District. The plan for District literacy was also summarized.  
 
The District literacy plan includes encouraging clubs to consider taking on the Dictionary4Life project which the Rotary Club of West Ottawa is offering to expand and administer. I am very pleased to report that the Rotary Clubs of Prescott and Kingston-Waterfront have ordered dictionaries for this coming fall in addition to the continuing 8 Ottawa area clubs (West Ottawa, Nepean- Kanata, Ottawa Bytown, Ottawa, Stittsville, Orleans, South Nepean, Ottawa South) that are already involved in the project.  The District order was our largest order to date for 1,096 books. As you assess your club’s literacy projects please consider the Dictionary4Life project.  If you’d like evidence of how you can make a difference in a Grade 3 student’s life please view the winning one-minute video at http://youtu.be/uCwcZQKQ6nE
 
“For most of us reading and writing are as natural as breathing.  But nearly 800 million adults worldwide lack the literacy skills needed to complete a job application, understand a child’s report card, or read a prescription.” (Source: Rotary International and the International Reading Association Literacy Project Guide) This latter document is an excellent guide for any club looking to either start a project or augment an already vibrant literacy program within your club.
 
Your club might consider one or more of these successful Rotary club literacy projects:
Improve access to books and learning materials
  • Book donations
  • Dictionary donations
  • Library support
Support schools and teachers
  • Adopt a school
  • Teacher training
Enhance classroom learning
  •  Early childhood literacy
  • Adult literacy
  • Student mentoring
  • Concentrated language encounter (CLE)
Promote community development
  • Improve community health
  • Address special needs
(Source: Rotary International and the International Reading Association Literacy Project Guide)
 
As always, I would be pleased to speak to any District 7040 club about literacy. Please contact me at lindaflynn@bell.net.
 
Message from District Literacy Chair Linda M. Flynn, District Literacy Chair 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by From a speech by Past RI President Cliff Dochterman
 
In a single word, Rotary means "oppor­tunities." Through Rotary membership, you can discover dozens of opportunities to enhance your life and enrich the lives of family and friends. There may be opportunities to establish close friendships with individuals around the world whom you would never have met, except through the magic of Rotary. There are opportu­nities to share with many others a common belief and philo­sophy of service, without any thought of personal return.
 
There are opportunities to work side-by-side with other community leaders whom we highly respect. There are opportunities to stretch your horizons by listening to interesting programs and enjoying the good times at the weekly meetings. There are opportunities to represent your profession and demonstrate how high ethical standards are a vital part of your day-to-day occupation.
 
There are opportunities to travel into virtually every land and find an open door and a cordial welcome to a totally new world of Rotary fellowship. There are opportunities to make your small part in the world really count through the achievements of the great and noble activities of Rotary's programs of service. There are opportunities to touch the lives of thousands of people whom you will never know, except through the rewarding glow of satisfaction which comes from knowing that somewhere, someone needed your help, and you took the time to do something. There are opportunities to join in the search for world peace and goodwill through the dynamic work of The Rotary Foundation.
 
And finally, all of these opportunities add up to one conclusion: Rotary helps you become a better person and makes the quality of your own life just a little richer and more meaningful.
 
What a wonderful feeling it is to have all of these oppor­tunities knocking at your door—just because you are a Rotarian!
 
What It Means to be a Rotarian From a speech by Past RI President Cliff Dochterman 2015-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
 
Two donations. A total of $20,000. Now, that’s a good start on a fundraising campaign that will see the creation of a peace park with a labyrinth in Stittsville this year. This will be the first such peace park with a labyrinth within the city of Ottawa.
 
These two major donations, one for $15,000 and one for $5,000, were announced by the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville, the driving force behind this peace park project, at a celebration to launch the fundraising component of the project on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the Bank of Montreal branch on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville.  Rotarian Brad Spriggs is in the photo at right.
 
 
Rotary Peace Park in Stittsville 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathie Montgomery
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The Rotary Club of Montreal Westward will be holding our 75th Anniversary Gala evening Friday January 23rd at 6:30 PM at the Montreal West Town Hall, 50 Westminster south, Montreal West.
 
MP Marc Garneau is our special guest speaker and Mayor Beny Masella will be the Master of Ceremonies.
 
We have a special caterer, DJ and wine included. Cost $85.
 
We need to know your very precise numbers by Thursday January 15th at the latest - with your cheque to Montreal Westward Rotary by the 15th also as we are paying the caterer per person. Please e-mail me so that I can keep track of numbers.
 
Please list the names of your guests. The main meal choice is chicken. If you or your guest cannot eat chicken, we can order salmon for those individuals if you specify ahead.
 
It will be a wonderful, fun evening. Please invite family and friends for our celebration.
 
Kathie Montgomery
 
75th Anniversary Gala Montreal Westward Kathie Montgomery 2015-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Clubs may consider implementing the following measures when setting up this membership category:
1. Approval. A corporate entity or organization can become an eligible corporate member of the Rotary club through an approval process established by the club.
2. Designees. Once an entity becomes an eligible corporate member through the established approval process, it may appoint up to four persons to be its designees, one of whom must be a member of that entity’s senior executive group; the others can be managerial individuals employed full time by the eligible corporation.
3. Changing designees. The club will determine the ability of the eligible corporation to change any of its designees so long as at all times one of them is a member of the eligible corporation’s senior executive group.
4. Inductions. A corporate member designee will be formally inducted into the club as established by the club.
5. Attendance. The attendance requirement for an eligible corporation will be established by the club.
6. Classification. The classification of the eligible corporation and its designees will be established by the club. Because a corporate member is an official member of the Rotary club, this classification will be counted toward the classification limits set forth in the RI Constitution, Article 5, Section 2(b).
7. RI registration. Each designee will be listed as an official member of the Rotary club and will be noted in the roster that they are designees of the named eligible corporation.
 
Corporate Memberships 2014-12-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stephanie Battisti, Area Governor NY Lakes
 
Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and AuSable Valley have been actively fundraising and donating back to their communities.
 
Lake Placid just put on a Trivia Night which made over $3,000 for Literacy Projects.
 
Saranac Lake recently held a Job Fair with the Local Businesses.
 
Tupper Lake held a Blood Drive on November 20 at the Goff Nelson Library.
 
AuSable Valley will be presenting $10,000 to the Montreal Club to support a Water Project in Africa.  Except for AuSable Valley, which has five members and wants to bring in younger members, all these clubs have had a new member within the past couple months.
 
Clubs of the New York Lakes area Stephanie Battisti, Area Governor NY Lakes 2014-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tim Virkler, Area Governor NWNY
 
The Rotary Clubs of Northwestern New York are made up of three clubs from the City of Watertown and three clubs from the Northern part of Jefferson County. The Watertown Clubs are the Noon Club, the Evening Club and the Sunrise Club. The Northern clubs are the Clayton Club, the Alexandria Bay Club and the Theresa Club. All clubs are strong, vibrant and actively engaged in services projects both on the local and international level.
 
The oldest Club in Jefferson County, the Watertown Noon Club, is proud to be celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year. The Club was established on December 3, 1914, and thus has the honor of being among the earliest Rotary clubs in existence. A delegation from the Watertown Noon Club attended this year's District Conference in Ottawa and gave a presentation highlighting their Club's long history, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edYr9M0fpUA&feature=youtu.be . The Club is also working on a centennial project which is water park/wading pool that will be placed in a Watertown City park.
 
The main service project for the Watertown Sunrise Club is Dodge Pond, which is a summer camp for handicap children. This year, Sunrise was a co-sponsor of an annual event in Watertown called Taste of the Town. The well attended event is a showcase of local restaurants, and as a co-sponsor the Sunrise Club was able to raise more money than even to support Dodge Pond.
 
The Watertown Evening Club is the newest Rotary Club in Jefferson County and has become very active in the Rotary community. The Evening Club has children as a focus, and they have partnered with a local school to provide food-filled backpacks for needy children. Evening Club has also started working with other Jefferson County Rotary clubs on the joint international service project committee.
 
Although it is the smallest Club in the County, the Theresa Club is a powerhouse in Jefferson County Rotary. The Club particularly focuses on local project and is known for their annual Chili Cook-Off, which raises thousands of dollars for Club projects. The Club's work is found all over their community, and the Theresa Rotarians embody the ideal of service above self.
 
The Clayton Club continues to be very active with numerous ongoing projects each year. A major fundraiser for the Clayton Club is their annual gun show, which is a well attended event in the community each year. Clayton Rotary also sponsors their own Taste of the Town event with all proceeds going toward the eradication of Polio. A unique event organized by the Club is the annual "Pumpkin Chunking" contest, where teams build catapults to see who can hurl a pumpkin the farthest into the St. Lawrence River. Instead of money this event collects food which is then donated to the community.  This year the Rotary Club of Clayton will be hosting the Third Annual Fellowship Event in Clayton.
 
The Alexandria Bay Club sits geographically between the Clayton Club and the Theresa Club in the Northern part of Jefferson County. Alex Bay Rotarians are active in their support of community based projects, and in addition have recently joined other Jefferson County Rotary Clubs on the joint international service committee. This year the Alex Bay Club stepped up and offered to host a dinner for the District Governor when she visited Jefferson County. The weather did not co-operate, but Rotarians from all over the County were able to enjoy a wonderful evening of fellowship at the Bonnie Castle Resort in Alexandria Bay. The Alex Bay Rotarians put on an outstanding dinner, and the event was a nice opportunity to showcase what the Club is all about.
Clubs of North West New York Tim Virkler, Area Governor NWNY 2014-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Twenty-two Rotarians from across Ontario and Quebec will be touring Scotland during November 2014 in pursuit of fellowship and curling supremacy as they curl Scottish Rotarians in 12 different locations over the month.   The 2014 Team members from our district include Sherri Agnew (Captain) and Bill Beattie from the Rotary Club of Kingston as well as Dave Pelletier (Sgt. at Arms) from the Rotary Club of Kemptville.
 
Canadian and Scottish Rotarians meet and compete for the Transatlantic Rotary Curling Quaich every 2 years – alternating play between Canada and Scotland.   The first tour took place when a group of Canadian and American Rotarians traveled to Scotland way back in 1956 – and the tour has been going strong ever since.   The scores of all the games played at a dozen different curling rinks over the month are added together to determine the winner that year.  The 2014 team from Canada will be out for revenge after the touring Scot’s won the Quaich while touring Quebec and Ontario in 2012.  
 
While curling is the event – fun and fellowship are the name of the game.   On the ice the competition will be fierce.   Off the ice it will be an opportunity to tour Scotland, renew friendships, and meet new friends in the birthplace of the game.
  
You are invited to follow the team through the Team Blog – www.canada-scotland2014.com  and follow on Twitter @CanadaScot2014 .  During the tour the team will be posting both the curling results and some of the off-ice highlights.   Visit the Blog right now – have a look and bookmark the page.
 
 
2014 Rotary Curling Tour Team Heading to Scotland 2014-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Prime Minister of Canada receives Polio Eradication Championship Award 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0