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Rotary’s second virtual convention highlights accomplishment in polio, progress toward ending COVID-19

Rotary’s second virtual convention highlights accomplishment in polio, progress toward ending COVID-19

Swiss Rotary clubs help young refugees start new lives

The program matches refugees with training to get them settled and fill a need for skilled workers.

Common Ground: Rotary Magazine 2021 Photo Awards

Common Ground: Rotary Magazine 2021 Photo Awards. In a time of separation, our winning photographers used their cameras to make connections.

Rotary members lead effort to transform childbirth care in Mongolia

Julie Dockrill, recipient of Rotary’s People of Action: Champions of Health, led a team of midwives in training health care professionals as part of a comprehensive well-being program that’s saving mothers and babies.

Rotary's rainbow

Fellowship has created a global home for LGBT members and friends

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This has been a year like no other! Soon I will be joining the PDG Line. Our DG class has an ongoing joke as we are the Pandemic District Governors hence “PDG”. We have overcome many challenges and we continue doing so. I did not get the chance to visit our clubs in the normal way where Governors visit clubs in person and attend their functions. However, this year has opened to us new opportunities to communicate with clubs in different ways.
 
The last two Rotary International Conventions have been cancelled due to the pandemic. The Canada/US border has been closed since last year and I was forced to make my visits virtually. The health restrictions have forced us to pivot and meet virtually. In a way this opened the opportunity for me to meet with clubs on many different occasions. Many clubs were and continue to be creative in running their fundraisers online and made the best of it. In Rotary we became creative and discovered many ways to do our fundraisers. From anniversaries to foundations, you name it. We discovered how to do Rotary in different ways to accommodate the restrictions.
President-elect Shekhar Mehta's vision is "Serve to Change Lives," I thought to myself, how do I bring you this message from Sekhar. You are already committed to serving; this why you are here. So, I thought, let me look at the word Serve and what it says.
Code of Policies General Principles regarding Travel, Meetings and Events   
·       The health and safety of all participants in Rotary programs, meetings, and events is of paramount importance. 
·       All conveners and organizers of Rotary meetings and events shall fully comply with all health and safety rules in effect in that location. 
·       No in-person Rotary meeting or event shall be mandatory for any participant who may feel uncomfortable attending because of the pandemic.   
·       All conveners and organizers of Rotary meetings and events are strongly encouraged to consider all health concerns in deciding whether to hold in-person meetings.  
·       All travelers must adhere to all risk mitigation protocols required or recommended by local authorities.  
Ready for a break, but not ready to travel far yet? How about a cycling staycation in Stittsville?
 
The Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville is organizing the Stittsville Staycation Rotary Ride.  Cycle around Stittsville and discover unique restaurants, craft breweries, coffee & ice cream shops that make Stittsville special!

Pick a day between June 26 and July 4 and bicycle a 14 km route around Stittsville. Follow a virtual map/route with checkpoints that are logged via GPS using MapRun6 (free app must be downloaded either through the App store or Google Play).  Go to the labyrinth in WJ Bell Rotary Peace Park to start your ride! (off Cherry Drive).
 
Registration is $10/individual; $20/family.  All proceeds go to the Stittsville Rotary Club (in support of the Stittsville Food Bank).  Everyone completing the ride will be entered into a draw for a $100 gift certificate to the checkpoint location of their choice.  Additional prizes from Bushtukah.

The EventBrite Cycling link is:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stittsville-staycation-rotary-ride-tickets-155724802075
April and May were busy months for Rotary in Kingston as our Centennial celebrations ramp up.  We held our official birthday party, prepared our Butterfly Garden and assisted our community with the distribution of Rapid Test Kits.
 
Our official birthday celebration occurred on April 1st marking the anniversary date of our charter (Note: Our club was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ottawa). The celebration began with a congratulatory message from RI President Nominee Jennifer Jones. We invited guests celebrating their centenaries from Wellington, New Zealand, Peterborough and Brockville. They shared their projects and plans and congratulated us on our own efforts. We also received congratulations from DG Hadi and DGE Fay who both praised the Kingston clubs' activities this year. The scene shifted to downtown Kingston where a small group unveiled a plaque commemorating our very first meeting at the (then) Frontenac Hotel. Club Historian Paul Van Nest recounted the events of the inaugural meeting.
 
For some Rotary clubs, the funding assistance provided by District Simplified Grants and District Matching Grants has meant that projects were enabled that could not have happened without the assistance of the funding from our Rotary Foundation. 25% of the money that clubs contributed to the Annual Fund in 2017-18 was made available to the District for qualified clubs to use to help them undertake small local or international projects of a humanitarian nature.
 
In spite of Covid-19, we had a busy year with most local projects helping to support activities that were made more important and timely because of the restrictions and hardships by the pandemic.
 
Let’s look at how clubs have used these funds here in D7040 communities.
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It is important that your club’s member information is up-to-date, because Rotary cannot change the club invoice after it has been generated or accept membership updates with your payment.   
      
Report all new or terminated members and 2021-22 club officers no later than 1 July 2021.
  • Members with admission dates of 1 July 2021 or before will be counted for the July 2021 club invoice.
  • Members with termination dates of 1 July 2021 or before will not be counted for the July 2021 club invoice.
Submit or verify:
  • The names of your club’s 2021-22 president, secretary, executive secretary/director, treasurer, Rotary Foundation chair, and membership 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. 
 
Photo of Claire Slingerland’s reinstallation
 
June is traditionally called Pride month, or commonly “Gay Pride month.”  This is an annual celebration of the fierce joy of being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, transitioning, non-binary, a-sexual, intersex or “other,” some of the wonderful variety of sexualities that makes up our human community. A good old catch-all adjective from my days as a young activist in the 1980’s and 90’s is “queer,” which is a word I am comfortable calling myself.   
 
To celebrate this year’s Pride month, I spoke with three transgender Rotarian ladies to ask about their experiences and their relationship with Rotary. All three are white and from three different Western countries.  Each of these Rotarians transitioned from being born in a male body to living as their true female selves. 
Last fall the Perth Rotary Club undertook to observe Rotary’s World Polio Day by planting 265 special tulips in our Rotary Gardens in Stewart Park, downtown Perth.
 
The End Polio Now tulip was a special creation of some Dutch Rotarians who led a most unique program to benefit our fight. In 2013, they purchased the rights to name and develop a new variety of tulip bulbs. The idea has “blossomed” into an internationally successful fundraiser, with more than 1.5 MILLION bulbs being sold, and so far, generating more than $2 MILLION (US) to Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign in 2019. To date, Switzerland, Germany, France, and the USA have joined with Holland, and Canada is now in its second year.
 
Our Club purchased the bulbs and a volunteer - Elaine Hook (wife of Rotarian Ray Hook) - spearheaded this initiative to “spruce up” our own Rotary Garden in Perth. The bulbs were planted in late October by five keen Club members, led by Elaine. We visited the gardens in mid-May (masked and distanced), and we were quite pleased with the results of our work.
 
The Club plans to expand the sale of these tulips to the Perth Community this summer. Not only are the tulips lovely and will enhance people’s gardens, but every box sold results in a direct contribution from the supplier (in our case – Veseys Seeds based in Charlottetown PEI) to RI for our End Polio Now campaign.
 
And, this initiative certainly falls within and supports Rotary’s newest area of focus – protecting the environment.
 
 
Jamie D’Souza is a young environmentalist who majored in Human Environment and minored in Urban Studies at Concordia University.
She recently graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Masters in Geography.

She spoke to the Rotary Club of Westmount about how polar bear viewing in Churchill, Manitoba (the polar bear capital of the world) could influence climate change, and the implications of and impacts from climate change for tourism in Churchill, Manitoba. 
 
View her presentation here.
 
We are excited to announce the 2021-2022 District Rotaract Representatives! Please welcome Mustafa and Auriane!! They are an enthusiastic duo, with extensive Rotaract and Rotary experience. Their talents and passion will be an invaluable asset to the district during the upcoming year!
 
There are many things happening during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Il se passe beaucoup de choses durant l'épidémie COVID-19.
 
We have new insurance information for Canadian clubs, but they will also benefit US clubs. Check the insurance page.
 
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