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RI President
Shekhar Mehta
 
 
RI News
European Rotaract clubs organize to help Ukrainian refugees

Across Europe, Rotaract members are using digital tools to share information and coordinate to help people who have been affected by the war in Ukraine

A little bit of salt

A surgeon in Spain finds a way to treat patients in Nigeria

Rotary members honored as Champions of Girls’ Empowerment

Six Rotary members were honored in March as People of Action: Champions of Girls’ Empowerment during Rotary Day with UNICEF in New York City. This distinction recognizes the honorees’ commitment to improving girls’ access to education, health, and sanitation and hygiene resources, as well as their work to create environments where girls can flourish.

Staff Corner: John Hewko

Learn more about the general secretary and CEO of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, John Hewko.

Rotary Statement on the War against Ukraine

Rotary supports UN General Assembly resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian military forces from Ukraine.

 
May’s theme is Youth Service. We will continue with the ABCs of Rotary that I started in July 2021 at the beginning of my term as District Governor – we are nearing the end of the alphabet and the end of another Rotary year.
 
The letters V & W inspire the words Vision, Volunteer, Vocation, Work and We.
Vision allows us to see that much is possible when we work together. RYLA, Youth Exchange, Interact and EarlyAct are prime examples of Rotary’s vision for youth. We encourage youth to build international understanding and make new friends, develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. They will have the opportunity to find out that serious leadership can be seriously fun and connects Youth with leaders in their community and around the world.
 
With these skills we encourage youth to own their vision, and to take action to make a difference in their school and community.
 
Last year, the Pageant Master from Buckingham Palace reached out to Rotary Clubs around the world and ask that they partake in a Rotary Beacon Lighting Ceremony on June 2nd to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  To that end every capital city around the world that is part of the Monarchy, will light a beacon in Her Majesty's honor at 9:15pm local time.
 
As the Chair of this event, I would like to invite you to attend this event that will be taking place at Ottawa City Hall, on the Marion Dewar Plaza, 110 Laurier Avenue West on June 2nd, 2022.  The event will run from 8:45pm to 9:30pm.  
 
You MUST register either by phone at 613 580 2470 or ProtocolRSVP@ottawa.ca.  You will not be given access to this event unless you are registered ahead of time.
 
For the ladies, it is appropriate to wear your favourite fascinator to this event, but not proper protocol to wear a hat to honour the Queen, after 5pm.
 
I hope to see many of you there!  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
 
 
 
 
 
The District 7040 Global Grant Scholarship committee is pleased to announce that Caitlin Grady, a native of Chelsea QC and endorsed by the RC Ottawa South, has been selected as the D 7040 Global Grant Scholar for 2022-23.
 
Caitlin, who  speaks English and French, graduated from the CEGEP de l'Outaouais in Gatineau, and from Dalhousie University in Halifax with a degree in Environment, Sustainability & Society and Biology with a minor in Political Science.  She received the Loran Award for undergraduate studies as well as the McCall MacBain International Fellowship which enabled her to learn Spanish and complete her studies in Costa Rica.  She currently works for CPAWS and will pursue her studies at Sciences Po, the School of International Affairs in Paris, France.
 
Caitlin's Area of Focus is Environment; she plans to pursue a career in international environmental policy and hopes to be able work for the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) through support for the development and implementation of global climate and biodiversity agreements.
Since the shift to online learning began at the start of the pandemic, The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) team at the MHCC has been inundated with requests to develop a virtual (remote) version of its popular Facilitator Certification Training program. Until recently, the program has only been available for in person sessions across Canada. So far over 1,400 facilitators have successfully completed the program, with many more expected to sign up in the coming months as the virtual version of the course launches to the public this May.

ClubRunner is excited to announce our Changeover Training Series for 2022! To help better prepare you for this upcoming year, we're holding a series of free webinars to help you brush up on your ClubRunner skills and knowledge.

Join us for these in-depth webinars starting on May 5th and continuing until May 21st, 2022. New this year, we’re offering both beginner and advanced level webinars for certain modules. These training sessions are open to all ClubRunner users at no cost.

Hosted by our expert Product Specialists, we will be presenting webinars based on roles, club or district versions, and in-depth module deep dives. There will even be live Q&A available during and after the webinar!

Please visit clubrunner.com/training to view all sessions and to register. All video recordings will be available at the same URL, the recorded sessions should be available by end of May/beginning of June.

RYLA 2022 @ RKY Camp May 27 (Fri) – May 29 (Sun), 2022
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain insight and knowledge in life and leadership skills. The academy features professionally developed curriculum, exciting guest leaders, small group problem solving and self reflection which leads to enhanced leadership skills. Based on their academy experience, many graduates change their career objectives or educational plans. District 7040 Rotary Clubs may sponsor one to three students (ages 15-17) to attend this event.
 
Students will engage with other high school students from Quebec, Ontario, Nunavut, and northern New York state providing them with a unique opportunity to learn about different communities and cultures. They also learn about themselves and their values and leadership strengths and gaps. Students come away from the experience having developed a program for implementation in their school or community and many new friendships.
 
Registration and information is available at:  https://rotary7040.com/page/ryla/
 
January 24 – Applications are open for 2022. Price is $250 per student.
March 7 - Deadline for Rotary Clubs to fill out intent to sponsor form.
April 18 – Last day to submit applications.
May 2 - Deadline for Rotary Clubs to submit names of sponsored candidates and submit registration fees to district.
 
Please email elsleypaul@gmail.com or phone 613-449-8854 for RYLA updates
The Dominica Smart Distance Learning (DSDL) Project is the largest project that the Rotary Club of Orléans has undertaken.  On Friday April 8th we made our first in person visit to the Ottawa Smart Classroom at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Training Centre in Kanata.
 
 
The group of participants included the following individuals as depicted in the photo above:
 
From left to right:  Mehdi Mahdavi (Incoming Director, International Services RC0; Julia Ginley (Project Lead, Dominica Smart Distance Learning (DSDL) Project & Director of International RCO) ; Erin Hearty (Coordinator Local 2041, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Training Centre; Richard Hayter (Director of Community Relations for the Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec Building Trades Council); Jane Neocleous (President RCO); Fay Campbell (District Governor, District 7040); Kent Felske (Contractor, DSDL Project)
Last month the DEI Committee posed six questions to assess if your club is DEI-Friendly (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion).
 
This month you have the opportunity to evaluate the overall inclusivity of your club.
 
Check to see if you can answer “Yes” to all the following questions:
The Rotary Club of Massena served more than 500 meals at its annual (drive-thru) pancake breakfast on April 2. The club raised nearly $6,000, including other donations and sale of donuts made by prospective Rotarian Karen Murray. The funds will be used to give back to the community, including four food banks and four high school senior scholarships, as well as other community projects.
 
Massena Rotarians Rose Bronchetti, PDG Susan Bellor, Rick Marshall and Gail Schneider sell tickets and 50/50s.
Massena Rotarian Dave Frary cooks pancakes.
 
Christian Perry, a Lionhearts Inc. volunteer, offloads the first skid of PEI potatoes at the Kingston Community Food Redistribution Warehouse on April 5 while the truck driver looks on. The potatoes were provided by Second Harvest and this delivery was facilitated by Rotarians in Kingston. The 60,000 lbs. of potatoes are to be distributed by the many food security providers in Kingston and area.
Christian Perry, a Lionhearts Inc. volunteer, offloads the first skid of PEI potatoes at the Kingston Community Food Redistribution Warehouse (CFRW) on April 5 while Emma Cox, the CFRW facility manager looks on. The potatoes were provided by Second Harvest and this delivery was facilitated by Rotarians in Kingston. The 60,000 lbs. of potatoes are to be distributed by the many food security providers in Kingston and area.
Christian Perry, a Lionhearts Inc. volunteer, helps to offload a skid of PEI potatoes at the Kingston Community Food Redistribution Warehouse on April 5. The potatoes were provided by Second Harvest and this delivery was facilitated by Rotarians in Kingston. The 60,000 lbs. of potatoes are to be distributed by the many food security providers in Kingston and area.
Some of the skids of PEI potatoes that were delivered at the Kingston Community Food Redistribution Warehouse on April 5. The facility is managed by Lionhearts Inc., and the potatoes were provided by Second Harvest while this delivery was facilitated by Rotarians in Kingston. The 60,000 lbs. of potatoes are to be distributed by the many food security providers in Kingston and area.
 
 
Emma Cox, the Kingston Community Food Redistribution Warehouse facility manager moves one of the 19 skids of PEI potatoes at the Kingston Community Food Redistribution Warehouse on April 5. The potatoes were provided by Second Harvest and this delivery was facilitated by Rotarians in Kingston. The 60,000 lbs. of potatoes are to be distributed by the many food security providers in Kingston and area.
Kingston Whig-Standard
 
 

The Ukrainian tragedy has mobilized Rotarians worldwide to do what they do best - take action in service to those in need. The Rotary Club of Westmount in Quebec received a plea for assistance in March from a partnership of five Romanian Rotary clubs helping Ukrainian refugees pouring across their border. The need was sudden and urgent, as women, children, and the elderly found themselves ripped from their homes and facing uncertainty in another country. Our fellow Rotarians in Iași stepped forward to provide front line medical attention, food, accommodation, translation services, legal assistance, and more.

The history of the Rotary Club of Kyiv Advance began at the end of 2013, when several like-minded people formed the Rotary Club of Donetsk Advance. We were united by the idea of community service and our passion for art and music. The club supported young talents and devoted its energies to the development of educational programs in the city.
 
In 2014, after the outbreak of military conflict in eastern Ukraine, many members of our club fled to different parts of the country and even abroad. Subsequently, four club members who had moved to Kyiv decided to resume our club activities under the name Rotary Club of Donetsk Advance. Four other members who had ended up abroad or remained in Donetsk subsequently decided to keep their membership as well. So, we retained eight members.
We’re collecting club and club officer information for the 2022-23 Rotary year, and we need your help. We ask your club to report incoming club officers to Rotary to help us compile resources for Rotary members around the world, including the online interactive directory and the Find a club search function found on My Rotary. This will also ensure that incoming club officers receive vital information from Rotary. This is a reminder that if you have not already done so, please submit the names of your club’s incoming officers by the end of April.
 
Submit or verify:
  • The names of your club’s 2022-23 president, secretary, executive secretary/director, treasurer, Rotary Foundation chair, membership chair, public image chair, and service projects chair as well as their contact details, such as mailing addresses, email addresses, and phone and fax numbers.
  • Your club’s meeting details: place, address, day, and time.
  • Your club’s contact information: a permanent phone number and, if you have them, a permanent email address and mailing address where all club officers can receive mail, as well as your club website. 
 
Since its founding in 2007, the WASH Rotary Action Group has been dedicated to its Mission:
 
“To support and ensure sustainable long-lasting safe water, sanitation and hygiene programs to communities in need.”  
 
To further this cause, WASH-RAG’s Board of Directors is delighted to announce a one-time, special grant of $25,000 to encourage Rotary Districts and clubs to become active participants in a WASH project. Better still – that $25,000 will be eligible for a dollar-to-dollar match from DDF and/or cash contributions to the Global Grant.
 
Eligibility
 
All Rotary Districts and Clubs qualified to participate in The Rotary Foundation’s Global Grants Program can apply for the grant. Clubs who have participated previously in a small WASH project, funded by a District Grant are encouraged to apply.
ShelterBox Ride sponsored by Watertown Rotary, June 4, 2022
 
Bill Saiff’s West View Lodge
13499 County Route 123
Henderson Harbor, NY 13651 
 
The 10th ShelterBox Ride will primarily take place in scenic Henderson the courses consist of gentle rolling hills along Lake Ontario and through picturesque farmland.  All roads are in very good repair and have low volumes of traffic.  The rides are open course; riders must adhere to all New York State rules of the road.
As the first organization to envision a polio-free world through mass immunization of children, Rotary believes the decision to vaccinate is a humanitarian imperative. The Rotary International Board of Directors and Rotary Foundation Trustees believe that:
 
1) Global vaccination is the path to ending the pandemic, and we strongly encourage vaccination for all individuals, including our members.
2) Misinformation hinders the fight against COVID-19, and we are committed to providing our members with science-based information.
 
Whenever possible, articles have been translated into French. We could use help with translation at any time. Please note that most articles have a "See More" link so that you can read the rest of the article.
 
Dans la mesure du possible, les articles ont été traduits en français. Nous pourrions utiliser de l'aide pour la traduction à tout moment. Veuillez noter que la plupart des articles ont un lien "See More" afin que vous puissiez lire le reste de l'article.