Global Grant Scholarship Committee Chair, Katie Burke, tells us that Hugo Genest was selected by the RC West Ottawa as their candidate for a Rotary Peace Fellowship 2017-18 (certificate program).  He is currently in Thailand at Chulalonkorn University and will be finishing his Peace Fellowship by April 10th 2018.
Wali gazes meditatively at the Mekong stretching before our eyes. “In the last week of January alone, fours attacks were perpetrated in Afghanistan. Three in Kabul, and one in my hometown of Jalalabad, which targeted Save the Children, an NGO dedicated to improving the livelihoods of the most vulnerable. A friend of mine was killed in all of this madness. Terrible.” Wali stays calm. I don’t know how he does it. I want to peer through the veil of his resilience to find answers: Do you ever get used to the bloodshed? Do you become accustomed to incessantly shattered dreams? 
Greetings from Evanston!  As the 2019 fellowship application cycle continues, we would like to share important reminders about the 2019 application cycle.
  • February-May: Districts recruit and mentor potential Rotary Peace Fellowship candidates
  • 31 May 2018: Applications due to districts for endorsement consideration
  • 1 July 2018: District endorsement decisions due to The Rotary Foundation (Please note that all candidates must to be interviewed by the district in order to be approved for district endorsement)
  • Mid-November: Selection decisions released
Upcoming district officer trainings
Rotary Peace Centers will offer a webinar training on March 6 at 10:00 AM CST to review the endorsement process and familiarize officers with the Embark platform.  The webinar is called, “The Important Role of Rotarians” and will be offered in English and Spanish.  You can register for the English webinar here and the Spanish webinar here.  
If you have any questions about the role of the district or the endorsement process, please contact the Rotary Peace Centers at
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA), June 8-10, 2018, 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 lead 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 Youth Leadership Academy that gives them a memorable and potentially life-changing experience.
D7040 Passport Club
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District 7040 has just chartered a new club concept to make it easy for Rotarians who want to make a difference in their community to do so in a way that fits within their time, talent and finances, as well as with their family, work and life commitments — and do so through Rotary. The founding principle of the Rotary Passport Club is to make Rotary fit the lifestyle of its members through an affordable dues structure and flexible, and infrequent, in-person meetings. Instead of attending weekly meetings, members are encouraged to engage in humanitarian service — however that works best for them. Some meetings are online.
Recent Rotary District 7040 Facebook Posts
A Message from DG Sue...
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
District Scholarship Chair PDG Katie Burke notes that the deadline for scholarship applications is April 15th and the interviews will take place on April 28th. Please be reminded that candidates need be District 7040 permanent home residents. Did you all see PDG Katie’s article about our district  global scholar in RI Vice President Dean Rohr’s newsletter? Bravo, Katie!
Are you one of the 30,000 who have registered for the Rotary International Convention in Toronto? Go to to register; the next deadline is April 1st at $410 US. This is the chance of a lifetime to attend a Rotary International Convention! It is exhilarating to network with Rotarians from all over the world!
Have you registered for the District 7040’s special Rotary weekend? Friday April 20th is the last Grants Management Qualifying session; Saturday April 21st is PETS (President-Elect Training); Saturday night April 21st is our annual Rotary Foundation Dinner; Sunday April 22nd is DTA (District Training Assembly).....all are at the NAV Centre in Cornwall. Thank you to DGN Gerry Lambert and his Learning Development Team for many hours of planning for this very special weekend in our district.
The Rotary Foundation Works for Us
YOU Make Our Foundation Successful - WE Can Do More Local & International Projects!
In 2016-2017, our District set out to increase our Annual Fund giving, making a U-Turn from the previous two years of giving.  We set as our goal $170,000 hoping to get within target range of the 2013-2014 giving.  It appears we have come quite close, so for the 2017-2018 Rotary year, we are stretching the goal to $180,000!
This month, make sure your club has entered its Foundation goals into Rotary Club Central - with a goal, we can judge how we are doing.  Every member can see the goals when he or she logs into and clicks on MyRotary.  Need help in entering the goals?  Send an email to District Foundation Chair, PDGBonnie Black - together we are strengthening our Rotary future!
Toronto RI Convention
June 23 - 27, 2018
Upcoming Events

The above events represent a partial list. To see all upcoming events entered on the district calendar, including future DG visits, click HERE.