Rotary Leadership Institute Training Joan Hunter 2023-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Seaway West Clubs at Kingston Fall Fair Paul Elsley 2023-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

DG October Message

Together with other members of our District Leadership team, I attended the Zones 28 & 32 “Learning to Lead” Symposium, held in Toronto during the last weekend of September.  At this event, I met a number of Rotarian leaders from around our Zones, which encompass Canada and much of the North-Eastern United States, who have some form of disability.  This did not impair their ability to be leaders or active Rotarians. 
This month’s District Governor’s message has been written by Dave Humphries, our District 7040 Public Image, Communications and Outreach Chair and someone living with a disability.
DG October Message David Humphries 2023-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
PROJET D'APPROVISIONNEMENT EN EAU ET D'ASSAINISSEMENT AU GHANA 21-8484 E-club Premier 7040 2023-09-16 04:00:00Z 0

Let’s Keep The Music Playing


Posted by PDG Fay Campbell
Please join the Rotary Club of Orleans and the Campbell Oudeh McNamee (COM) Fund for Music Education at a garden party on Sunday, September 10th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., 906 River Road, Manotick, Ontario.
Your donation of $50 minimum will provide scholarships for music students at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica.  Students from rural areas need help paying their tuition. Helping students with their tuition will incentivize them to return to rural to teach. To that end, a Fundraiser Garden party is held. Your support would be great to keep the music playing.
Enjoy an afternoon with typical Jamaican flare: reggae music, classical music gems and Jamaican cuisine.  Please see the link below to sign up.
Let’s Keep The Music Playing PDG Fay Campbell 2023-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Community Gardening

Posted by M-C van der Merwe

Bushels of Bonding at the Robinson Community Centre

Community gardens play a crucial role in supplying fresh produce to needy communities. These gardens, typically established on shared plots of land, allow individuals to come together and cultivate crops for the benefit of their community. By growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs locally, community gardens not only provide access to nutritious food but also foster a sense of empowerment, education, and social cohesion. 
Community Gardening M-C van der Merwe 2023-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Message September 2023

As you read the September District Governor’s message, Simmy and I will be away traveling in the Galapagos Islands, mainland Ecuador, and Peru.  This is part of the Rotary experience we don’t talk about very much, but it helps put the International in Rotary International!
While not a formal Rotary trip, it was put together for us by Alonzo, a Rotarian travel agent friend in Brazil.  And while the couple travelling with us from Ottawa are not Rotarians (yet!), this doesn’t mean that we will not be connecting with fellow Rotarians.  In Ecuador we will be staying with a Rotarian ITHF member in Guayaquil. And in Lima we will join Alonzo and a group of students from Australia, Japan, France, and Germany who are based in Brazil for their Rotary Youth Exchanges, and who will tour Peru with us.  International or what!
There are so many ways that you can experience the excitement of travel through Rotary, and many Rotarians already take advantage of all or some of these opportunities:
  • Rotary’s Project Fairs connect clubs interested in collaborating with global partners with those seeking international service projects.  They typically last two to three days and may include visits to service projects or opportunities to experience the local culture.  Project fairs in this Rotary year will be, or have already been held in Argentina, Mexico, Guinea (West Africa), Honduras (Uniendo), and Colombia (  Members of District 7040 have a long history of participating in the Uniendo and Colombia project fairs, and will likely do so again in January-February 2024.
  • District Friendship Exchanges provide opportunities for members of one District to visit another, usually staying with Rotarians in the host District; they are typically reciprocal, with Rotarians from the other District also coming to visit us.  It’s a wonderful way to travel, but it’s not like a regular holiday - it’s an experience. You learn about how the locals live, make lifelong friends, and discover new cultures and communities. And often while sharing Rotary projects and ideas.  The D7040 District Friendship Exchange Committee is seeking input from members about their interest in participating in District Exchanges; if you have not yet participated in the survey, you can take it at
  • Rotary’s International Travel & Hosting Fellowship (ITHF) promotes and facilitates regional, national, and international "connections" on an individual basis between its members. ITHF members connect with and visit other members and have the opportunity to host ITHF members from other countries.  Connecting with Rotarians through the ITHF permits members to travel and see other parts of the world in a different way (
  • The annual Rotary International Conventions, Rotary’s largest events, bring together Rotary members and the family of Rotary from around the world for inspiration, information, and fun!  Held in a different city each year, you’ll find People of Action from around the world brainstorming solutions to some of the most pressing challenges and celebrating our works of service that create lasting change.  You’ll make new connections, renew and strengthen existing friendships, discover fresh perspectives as you interact with people from different countries and cultures – and have fun doing it!  Come and join Rotarians from D7040 and around the world at the next RI Convention, May 25-29, 2024 in Singapore (
  • Our District Conferences allow members of D7040 from across our bi-national, bilingual, multi-regional and multi-cultural District to get together for fun and fellowship, while learning about and discussing issues of concern to our members.  Given our bi-national and multi-cultural District, DisCon’24 will allow for a simple and easy international experience!  Join us in Clayton NY, May 3-5, 2024, and connect and reconnect with Rotarians from around our own District (
So, although we think mainly of the International in Rotary International as meaning working abroad to help those in need in other countries (and the importance of this element is not to be underestimated), don’t forget the fun and fellowship part of International that you can experience through the travel opportunities that await you as Rotarians.
En lisant le message du gouverneur de district de septembre, Simmy et moi serons en voyage dans les îles Galapagos, en Équateur continental et au Pérou.  Cela fait partie de l'expérience du Rotary dont nous ne parlons pas beaucoup, mais cela aide à mettre l'International dans le Rotary International !
Bien qu'il ne s'agit pas d'un voyage officiel du Rotary, il a été mis en place pour nous par Alonzo, un ami rotarien qui est un agent de voyages au Brésil.  Et bien que le couple qui voyage avec nous d'Ottawa ne soit pas Rotariens (encore!), cela ne signifie pas que nous ne serons pas en contact avec d'autres Rotariens.  En Équateur, nous resterons avec une membre rotariene de l'ITHF à Guayaquil. Et à Lima, nous nous joindrons à Alonzo et à un groupe d'étudiants d'Australie, du Japon, de France et d'Allemagne qui sont basés au Brésil pour leurs échanges de jeunes du Rotary et qui visiteront le Pérou avec nous.  International ou quoi!
Il y a tellement de façons dont vous pouvez vivre l'excitation du voyage à travers le Rotary, et de nombreux Rotariens profitent déjà de tout ou partie de ces opportunités:
  • Les foires de projet du Rotary relient les clubs intéressés à collaborer avec des partenaires mondiaux avec ceux qui recherchent des projets de services internationaux.  Ils durent généralement de deux à trois jours et peuvent inclure des visites à des projets de service ou des occasions de découvrir la culture locale.  Les foires du projet de cette année Rotary auront lieu, ou ont déjà eu lieu en Argentine, au Mexique, en Guinée (Afrique de l'Ouest), au Honduras (Uniendo) et en Colombie (  Les membres du district 7040 ont une longue histoire de participation aux foires du projet Uniendo et Colombie, et le feront probablement à nouveau en janvier-février 2024.
  • Les échanges d'amitié de district offrent aux membres d'un district la possibilité de rendre visite à un autre, généralement en restant avec des Rotariens dans le district d'accueil; ils sont généralement réciproques, avec des Rotariens de l'autre district qui viennent également nous rendre visite.  C'est une merveilleuse façon de voyager, mais ce n'est pas comme des vacances régulières - c'est vraiment une expérience. Vous apprenez comment les habitants vivent, vous vous faites des amis pour la vie et vous découvrez de nouvelles cultures et communautés. Et souvent tout en partageant des projets et des idées du Rotary.  Le comité d'échange d'amitié du district D7040 sollicite les commentaires des membres au sujet de leur intérêt à participer aux échanges de district; si vous n'avez pas encore participé à l'enquête, vous pouvez la répondre à
  • L'International Travel & Hosting Fellowship (ITHF) du Rotary promeut et facilite les « connexions » régionales, nationales et internationales sur une base individuelle entre ses membres. Les membres de l'ITHF se connectent avec d'autres membres et leur rendent visite et ont la possibilité d'accueillir des membres de l'ITHF d'autres pays.  La connexion avec les Rotariens par le biais de l'ITHF permet aux membres de voyager et de voir d'autres parties du monde d'une manière différente (
  • Les Conventions internationales annuelles du Rotary, les plus grands événements du Rotary, rassemblent les membres du Rotary et la famille du Rotary du monde entier pour l'inspiration, l'information et le plaisir !  Tenu dans une ville différente chaque année, vous trouverez des personnes d'action du monde entier qui réfléchissent à des solutions à certains des défis les plus urgents et célèbrent nos œuvres de service qui créent un changement durable.  Vous établirez de nouvelles connexions, renouvellerez et renforcerez les amitiés existantes, découvrirez de nouvelles perspectives en interagissant avec des personnes de différents pays et cultures - et vous vous amuserez à le faire!  Venez rejoindre les Rotariens de D7040 et du monde entier lors de la prochaine Convention RI, du 25 au 29 mai 2024 à Singapour (
  • Nos conférences de district permettent aux membres de D7040 de notre district binational, bilingue, multirégionaux et multiculturels de se réunir pour le plaisir et la camaraderie, tout en apprenant et en discutant des questions qui préoccupent nos membres.  Compte tenu de notre district binational et multiculturel, DisCon'24 permettra une expérience internationale simple et facile!  Rejoignez-nous à Clayton NY, du 3 au 5 mai 2024, et connectez-vous et renouez avec les Rotariens de notre propre district (
Ainsi, bien que nous pensions principalement à l'International du Rotary International comme signifiant travailler à l'étranger pour aider ceux qui sont dans le besoin dans d'autres pays (et l'importance de cet élément ne doit pas être sous-estimée), n'oubliez pas le plaisir et la camaraderie de l'International que vous pouvez vivre à travers les opportunités de voyage qui vous attendent en tant que Rotariens.
District Governor Message September 2023 Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

What inspired me to become and stay a Rotarian

Posted by PDG Fay Campbell
PDG Fay Campbell, Rotary Club of Orleans, was recently interviewed on Rogers from Ottawa about why she became a Rotarian, and why she stayed in Rotary. You'll see pictures of her travels towards the end of the interview which you can see at
What inspired me to become and stay a Rotarian PDG Fay Campbell 2023-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Club Experience 2023-09-01 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
As you read the September District Governor’s message, Simmy and I will be away traveling in the Galapagos Islands, mainland Ecuador, and Peru.  This is part of the Rotary experience we don’t talk about very much, but it helps put the International in Rotary International!
While not a formal Rotary trip, it was put together for us by Alonzo, a Rotarian travel agent friend in Brazil.  And while the couple travelling with us from Ottawa are not Rotarians (yet!), this doesn’t mean that we will not be connecting with fellow Rotarians.  In Ecuador we will be staying with a Rotarian ITHF member in Guayaquil. And in Lima we will join Alonzo and a group of students from Australia, Japan, France, and Germany who are based in Brazil for their Rotary Youth Exchanges, and who will tour Peru with us.  International or what?
Travel DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Ottawa Rotary Youth Forest 2023-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

Human Trafficking/District Champions & Awareness Projects

Posted by Martin Nadon
Congratulations to all new club Presidents in District 7040 and around the world!  This puts you one step closer to your Area Governor, District Governor, Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.  We suggest that one goal for new club Presidents is to bring new perspectives and hope to your members as well as including the critical conversations of Human Trafficking (HT) happening in your communities. 
Human Trafficking/District Champions & Awareness Projects Martin Nadon 2023-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Human Trafficking Martin Nadon 2023-08-08 04:00:00Z 0

Our newest club

Posted by Maha Maalouf-Kassouf, charter president Montreal Cedars
“Imagine Rotary” IRIPP Jennifer Jones in order to
“Create Hope in the World” RI P Gordon R. Mclnally
Rotary, this magical word that changes the world!  Professionals and leaders share their passion for Rotary around the world. This passion which never ceases to open opportunities for effective and beneficial action, which urges us to act with clear and just objectives, confirming the decision to respect values ​​and to safeguard human dignity for the citizens of the world! Rotarians combine their collective resources to improve the lives of others and hold to heart the motto: “Service Above Self and One Profits Most Who Serves Best.” This conviction materialized on June 30, 1999, the date on which I received, as founding President, the charter of the Rotary Club of Zahlé-Békaa, District 2450, in Lebanon. Twenty-five years already! The enthusiasm is renewed and the challenge, too, was always overcome and won!
I hereby pay tribute to each member of the Rotarian family, convinced that solidarity and service change the world. I thank the Rotarians and leaders of District 7040 who have woven a story of success in the face of the tragic explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020. The calamity of this gigantic explosion amplified the disaster experienced in Lebanon, Land of Cedars, and still persists today… In a matter of seconds, almost half of the capital disappeared. Armed with resilience, determination, and courage, it is thanks to the Rotarians of Lebanon and you, Rotarians, and Leaders of District 7040, who did not hesitate to help a bruised and afflicted Lebanon.
Our newest club Maha Maalouf-Kassouf, charter president Montreal Cedars 2023-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Rotary District 7040

Welcome to our latest Rotary Club, Montreal Cedars, who received their charter on June 28, 2023. All 20 members are listed in the district database.
Welcome to Rotary District 7040 2023-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

Creating a culture of care

This year, RI President R. Gordon R. McInally is encouraging Rotary members to create a culture of care, both within Rotary and around the world, by making mental health a priority. In a caring culture, leaders and members focus on helping each other thrive. 

That makes August — Membership and New Club Development Month — the perfect time to evaluate your club’s culture and adjust it if needed. Members are more likely to stay if their club experience is fulfilling. Use these ideas to help members feel involved, valued, and cared for:
  • Communicate with people at every stage of their membership. If members think their experience in the club can be improved, take action to make changes. You can also use these two surveys to learn more about what members are thinking:
    1. The member interest survey will help you understand what new and prospective members care about and how they want to contribute. 
    2. The member satisfaction survey (or an online version) can be distributed each year to all members. 
By asking for feedback regularly and responding to it, you show that you’re open to change, and you empower members to be involved in creating their ideal club experience.
  • Use the Club Health Check to identify areas where your club could improve and determine how to keep your club relevant for members and the community. 
  • Take the Creating an Inclusive Club Culture course to discover ways for your club to become more inclusive, diverse, and equitable. Remember that for any Learning Center course, you’ll need a My Rotary account. 
You can also find more membership resources on My Rotary.
Creating a culture of care 2023-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Kingston Rotaract - The best conclusion of a fantastic year

Posted by Francesco Ambrogi
Last night during a regular meeting our Club concluded the service we started in August 2022 with KEYS newcomers center in Kingston. From the beginning, the goal was to provide help and support to all refugees and newcomers in our community. KEYS welcomed more than 200 families coming from Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Burundi, and many other countries in difficulty. During our amazing collaboration Rotaractors and KEYS volunteers worked together at fantastic fundraisers (Fall in Love with Dance), social events for refugee kids (Halloween themed night, and Winter wonderland), and community services (Clothing bazaars and donations), and we had the pleasure to meet several newcomers’ families. The support from Rotarians and the Kingston community was outstanding, culminating with the last Clothing Bazaar organized on February 2023 which involved more than 30 volunteers across 6 different organizations. I am extremely proud of all members of my Club and very happy for the work we have done.
Kingston Rotaract - The best conclusion of a fantastic year Francesco Ambrogi 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation Corner

Posted by Barbara Fisk - DRFC
Welcome to the New Rotary Year!  Our Foundation Team is looking forward to another year of inspiring stories, super projects and changes in how we help members and clubs engage with The Rotary Foundation.  We hope clubs have creative new ideas and are planning some super events! We love to hear from YOU and are always happy to SHARE your experiences with others. Do send in your stories and we’ll get them into this bulletin wherever possible
The Foundation Moment that is sent weekly to your Presidents is a grand opportunity to learn a wee bit about Foundation every meeting.  We hope that it gives you ideas, news, or inspiration for things you may not have considered in the past.  Please do share it with all your members!
If you missed our first Moment this year, here it is for you now!
The Rotary Foundation Corner Barbara Fisk - DRFC 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Ottawa Bytown Car Rally Ken Sparks 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Meetings

Posted by Bonnie Black
Last Saturday of this Month
Saturday, August 26th is the first of our four quarterly meetings for District International Service and The Rotary Foundation.  Mark it on your calendar so you can hear about our 23-24 goals for both. Register online before the 19th at: District International Service & Foundation Mtg | District 7040 (
We are looking for interested Rotaractors to join us, too!  It’s now the second year in which Rotaract Clubs can apply for both District as well as Global Grants to assist with projects.  Find out more on the 26th!
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It’s Back!
Rotary Leadership Institute will be offered a few times in this Rotary year.  We’re beginning with our District Leaders needing Part 2 on September 23rd.
Part 1 will be offered to ANY Rotaractor or Rotarian on Saturday, January 6th with Part 3 offered on April 6th to those who have completed Part 2.
The September 23rd Part 2 session will be held at Seaway Valley Theatre at 30 East Sixth Street in Cornwall from 7:30am to 4:30pm.  We begin with a light repast at 7:30am and begin our sessions promptly at 8am. 
The January and April sessions will be held at the Best Western Conference Center in Cornwall on Vincent Massey Boulevard from 7:30am to 4:30pm.  We begin with a light repast at 7:30am and begin our sessions promptly at 8am once we have ordered lunch off of the menu. These sessions are at no charge and all meals along with materials are provided to you.  You will receive an email after registration with the Participant Manual for you to either access on your laptop/tablet or print yourself.  This is how we can offer these day-long, interactive sessions at no charge to attendees.  Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing as we move around!
Upcoming Meetings Bonnie Black 2023-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

DG Message August 2023

Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
Slavery and Human Trafficking are dark and sinister - evocative of a troubling past that has caused innumerable modern challenges. Slavery should not exist in our societies, but it does. It is a $200 billion global industry, with over 50 million people trapped in slavery world-wide.
This isn’t a “third world” problem. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in Canada and across the West. The age of the average victim is 12-14 years old, and these children generate approximately $250,000 each year for their trafficker.
But most Canadians and Americans are unaware that it is happening in their communities. And make no mistake - it’s happening right under our noses.
DG Message August 2023 DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0
RAGAS Mission Slide 2023-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

D7040 Friendship Exchange

Posted by Simmy Ahluwahlia
Rotary Friendship Exchange allows Rotarians and non-Rotarians to experience a different culture, broaden international understanding, explore their professions in a different context, build lasting relationships, and establish a foundation for peace and service, including global grant collaboration. Learn more:
Some of you have participated in The Rotary Friendship exchanges in the past, for others who don’t know what this is –
Rotary Friendship Exchanges lets Rotarians in one part of the world experience life in another country or culture. Through person-to-person connections across national boundaries international understanding and goodwill are advanced. On a Rotary Friendship Exchange, you are not just a tourist. 
D7040 Friendship Exchange Simmy Ahluwahlia 2023-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Farewell and Keeping in Touch

Posted by IPDG Michel and Suzanne Wong Kee Song
Dear Fellow Rotarians and Friends,
I want to thank each and every one of you for your support, kindness, and availability during my time in office as District Governor for 2022-2023. Suzanne and I have made many new friends for life, and we have enjoyed every moment during our visits touring our immense territory known as D7040. We can still see the smiling faces, warm welcomes, and also remember the enjoyable exchanges we had with all of you on so many topics. We have been driving through numerous areas, new places and discovered several interesting things that would not have been possible if I were not holding this role. We will cherish every unique moment shared with all of you.
Farewell and Keeping in Touch IPDG Michel and Suzanne Wong Kee Song 2023-07-06 04:00:00Z 0

DG Message July 2023

Posted by DG Pardeep Ahluwalia
The start of a new Rotary year, and it’s appropriate that this should be identified as Rotary’s Maternal and Child Health Month. We have many activities ongoing within the District which support, both directly and indirectly, this area of focus, and which have such a powerful impact on people in need.
The new year is also a time of new beginnings, but that does not mean that we change what we do. Indeed, as we move from one internal Rotary theme to another, let’s Imagine Rotary working to Create Hope in the World. To me, this means continuing with the good work that Clubs are already doing, both in their local communities and internationally, at the same time as we support RI President Gordon McInally’s priority to identify and implement initiatives to address mental health issues. And this does not just mean issues in our communities, but also within ourselves and in our Clubs. Let’s work to erase the stigma associated with discussions on mental and emotional well-being. Let’s make it acceptable to ask our friends in Rotary “How are you? How are you, really?”  And let’s ensure that we create a safe space in our Clubs within which we can provide support to our members. At the same time, we need to develop initiatives to raise awareness of mental health issues in our communities, and to help improve access to mental health services on all fronts.
DG Message July 2023 DG Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
District 7040 Changeover 2023 Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville 2023-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
District Organization Chart 2023-06-22 04:00:00Z 0

DG Message June 2023

First and foremost, my very sincere thanks to all fellow Rotarians, families and friends who helped and participated in our District Conference which took place at the Westin Montreal Hotel from May 5th to 7th, 2023. I was able to rely on a dedicated team led by Chair Mark and program Chair Gayle. Both were surrounded by none less dedicated Rotarians whose main objective was to make sure that all participants have a fun and unforgettable event. From the feedback gathered so far, I can humbly say that they have achieved their goal and beyond. The quality and diversity of our speakers spoke for themselves paired with our theme *Inclusion* together with our President Jennifer Jones’ theme *Imagine Rotary*. Our President was gracefully represented personally by PDG Stella Roy whose participation was truly appreciated.
I would also like to specially thank all my sponsors and collaborators who came forward to back this conference and my year as District Governor with their generous support, financially and otherwise. Your kindness was priceless and with no strings attached. The General sessions, all the Breakout sessions, the Foundation breakfast meeting were very well attended. Even the special community event for the food security held on Sunday morning, involvement was great by participants across the district and our President Rep PDG Stella Roy also lent a hand in it.
Our District Foundation Walk superbly organized by the R.C of Cornwall Sunrise took place on a sunny Saturday morning in Cornwall on May 13th. Many Rotarians with their families were present and shared the fun by collecting over US$ 13,000 for the R.F Annual Fund. Multiple other events took place in Rotary clubs all around our district, mostly on Foundation and PHF themes. I continued visiting clubs in person as well as attending functions during the last month, equally enthusiastic as when I first started! Always new faces and much joy to be had. RYLA also took place from May 26th to 28th at the RKY Camp in Parham near Kingston.
Furthermore, PDG Bonnie Black will be our next C.O.L representative and PDG Susan Bellor will act as alternate beginning July 1st, 2023 for our District. I want to thank them for taking on this challenge to share their knowledge and expertise for the good running of operations in our district.
Greetings from Melbourne where I am attending the R.I. World Convention together with many other Rotarians from the district! The speakers so far have been great and sessions are very stimulating. Beyond other wonderful news from our Foundation and unique Rotary International organization, the Rotary Foundation has pledged a sum of  2 million dollars for a special project to help women impacted by cervical cancer in Cairo, Egypt. My personal thanks to all participants who made titanic efforts to be here in Melbourne to share fun and fellowship with their fellow Rotarians from all over the world
A friendly reminder again to all Club Presidents, please make sure that your goals are entered in the Rotary Club Central so that you can assess your progress by the end of your term. Area Governors, kindly follow-up and help them accordingly.   
Please note that the Changeover for the District will take place on June 24th as planned by DGE Pardeep at Smokie Ridge Vineyard,10090 Cameron Rd, Mountain, ON, K0E 1S0.
I wish all of you and your loved ones’ good health and success with a bright summer in the loom.
DG Message June 2023 Michel Wong Kee Song 2023-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid News Update

Posted by Jenn Grisi
This is a photo of Jenn Grisi, who recently retired as Area Governor. This is Jenn's message:
Service above self.  People of Action. Not everyone, upon hearing those snippets, would immediately think of Rotary.  Rotarians would.  As a Rotarian and outgoing (meaning my term is almost over rather than self-described affable human being) Area Governor, I would love for more people to associate this organization with those snippets.  I would love for more people to know that the Rotary Foundation is rated 4/4 stars by Charity Navigator with 100% for the Accountability and Finance Beacon meaning you can trust that your donation is being used as promised.  I would love for more people to reach out to Rotary and ask ‘how can I help?”.  The more members involved, the more dynamic the club and the more good can be done in our communities and beyond. 
Lake Placid News Update Jenn Grisi 2023-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

Becoming More Inclusive Through Diverse Speakers

Posted by Martha Weaver
Many Rotary clubs still struggle with attracting and retaining a diverse, inclusive membership that fully represents their communities. Hearing from and connecting with diverse speakers is one simple step that can start making a difference. By listening with open minds and hearts, members will gain exposure to new ideas, build understanding and become better able to appreciate the perspectives of others. That is something that will strengthen Rotary for generations to come.
Becoming More Inclusive Through Diverse Speakers Martha Weaver 2023-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

District Changeover

Posted by Joan Hunter
If you have not already registered for our Changeover please go to the District website and do so now.  We have planned a “family friendly” day at the Smokey Ridge Winery, 10090 Cameron Road, Mountain, Ontario.  This location is close to Kemptville.  Wear casual clothes and bring your children or grandchildren.  There will be activities for the kids including a bouncy castle.  Festivities will start at 11:00 and continue until 4:00. Registration link on the left.
Si vous ne vous êtes pas déjà inscrit à notre changement, veuillez vous rendre sur le site Web du district et le faire maintenant.  Nous avons prévu une journée « familiale » à la Smokey Ridge Winery, 10090 Cameron Road, Mountain, Ontario.  Cet emplacement est proche de Kemptville.  Portez des vêtements décontractés et amenez vos enfants ou petits-enfants.  Il y aura des activités pour les enfants, y compris un château gonflable.  Les festivités commenceront à 11h00 et se poursuivront jusqu'à 16h00.
District Changeover Joan Hunter 2023-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Wheel 2023-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Community Service at DisCon 2023 Michèle Herblin-Mauger 2023-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Presidential Representative District 7040 2023-05-12 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Elsabe Falkson


Rotarians take action in May

Habitat for Pollinators = Food Security

30 years ago the native Rusty-Patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) was as common as three out of every ten bumblebees seen. We haven’t seen one since 2009.  The alarming rate of pollinator decline, food production challenges, soil depletion, chemical pollution, climate change, carbon emission, and sequestration are some of the most serious environmental issues we face.  Scientists predict that if we stay on this trajectory we have less than 60 years of harvesting crops before soil collapse and untenable climate change halts crop production. A third of the food we eat is attributed to the pollination services of bees. An abundance of healthy native bees, ensures this food. In D7040, 32 of our economically important crops (valued at $690 billion per year in Ontario) are pollinated by native pollinators. 
Whilst many Rotary clubs (20+ in D7040) and hundreds of friends participate in No Mow May with enthusiasm, others are skeptical, complacent, or critical.  Some find it inconceivable to change minds and lawns from what we have, for decades, been doing, creating, caring for, and what we are fiercely proud of. There are entrenched beliefs about lawns - how it should look, lawn care, and its function. Sometimes our views are emotionally charged: Those who had Lyme’s or other tick-borne diseases (or know someone so unfortunate) are appalled at the thought of not mowing.  Many concerns are based on misinformation and beliefs not backed by science. FAQ like “What about ticks?”, “What happens after May?”, and more, are answered on our D7040 website. Some did not like the name No Mow MAY and suggestions like “Mindful May”, “Pollinator Month” or the inspirational “Grow More May” developed by the Rotary Club of Gananoque , will potentially replace the No Mow message. 
At Harvard, researchers found that lawns with multiple species of grasses and wildflowers require far less mowing and water than would the typical turf.  We need to think twice about perfectly manicured lawns requiring water (in dry months), fertilizer and herbicides (bad for your health and the environment), topsoil, GMO seeds, maintenance labour, and machines (producing air, particle, and noise pollution), in addition to releasing an insane amount of greenhouse gasses (those that are fossil-fuelled). Let’s face it, it costs a lot of money to maintain a lawn in pristine condition. There are powerful corporations, heavily invested in the estimated $8 billion turfgrass lawn industry in North America, and they sponsor universities and institutions that actively advocate against No Mow May. 
Environmental leaders say we don’t do enough, we should do more, and that just not mowing in May is not nearly enough.  I tend to agree. If we can do for the Environment what Rotary has done for Polio we will have an enormous impact. We can spread awareness and take action, creating sustainable urban habitats.  May is a perfect time to imagine thriving living lawns. Our gardens, patios and balconies can be places for healing the earth. Imagine your community in 60 years. What legacy do you want to leave? Let us be responsible ancestors!
Biodiversity Elsabe Falkson 2023-05-11 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Pardeep Ahluwalia
As we move into May, we enter an interesting time of the year as we transition from Winter, through Spring and look towards Summer. In Rotary, we are also in the midst of transition, within Clubs, within the District and within Rotary International itself, as we celebrate our current leaders while looking forward to the new Rotary year.  

To be effective, this transition process relies on one thing – a functional succession planning mechanism at all levels of our organization. Rotary International has a well-developed succession planning process to identify the RI President-Elect and President Nominee.  At the District level, we also have a process to identify Governor-Elect and Governor-Nominee.  This approach to succession planning allows for a smooth changeover from one Rotary year to the next, and allows in-coming leaders to gain a better understanding of the organisation. 

At a more local level, I would encourage our District Clubs to review their succession planning systems and determine if changes are needed to permit future leaders to be identified sufficiently in advance of the Rotary year end / start to allow not only a smooth transition of responsibilities, but also to allow incoming leaders to benefit from a period of “apprenticeship” before taking on their new roles.

Our current transition period has brought and will bring with it a number of ways of celebrating Rotary’s current leaders and welcoming the new leadership.  The recent 2023 District Conference led by District Governor Michel Wong Kee Song was an instructional and inspirational event. The RI Convention in Melbourne at the end of May will provide a wonderful opportunity to renew existing and create new friendships within the world-wide Rotary community.  And our Annual District Changeover event on June 24 is being planned to be an informal family-friendly BBQ (details below).

So enjoy this period of transition, take advantage of the opportunities to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the Rotary world, but most importantly – enjoy the fun and fellowship which is such an important part of the Rotary experience.
Transitions Pardeep Ahluwalia 2023-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

Honouring Indigenous Peoples

Posted by Rene Melchers
Honouring Indigenous Peoples(HIP) National Experience in Winnipeg
The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston and the Rotary Club of Brockville sponsored two students who recently attended the HIP National Experience in Winnipeg.  CBC and CTV captured interviews with some of the youth at the HIP National Experience which can be viewed by clicking on the links below.
CTV also captured the Experience as well
Honouring Indigenous Peoples Rene Melchers 2023-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

DG Message - May

Dear Fellow Rotarians and friends,
We marked the 155th anniversary of our founder’s birth, Paul Harris in April. We sit back and think of the vision of that gentleman who simply wanted to facilitate and improve the way of life for his fellow citizen. Aligned with our theme this year, our district’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee hosted an online seminar where Kangana Chawla, master’s student in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University, shared insights about the unconscious social and cultural biases we’ve developed throughout our lives and their daily implications. 
DG Message - May Michel Wong Kee Song 2023-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
World Immunization Week 2023-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Education Project in Tanzania

Posted by Peter Morrin
Meet our student Ilet
The Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac is sponsoring a student in rural Tanzania with a full elementary school scholarship, in cooperation with  the Rotary Club of Hai-Kilimanjaro and the Saidia Agricultural and Social Care Organisation , Tanzania.
We are committed to a scholarship of $500.00 USD per year for one scholar during the full seven years of elementary school .Payment is made at the beginning of each school year. It covers school fees, books, uniform, transport, and meals where needed . As this involves a multi-year club budget, special permission is obtained from the Board. The project will be reviewed for ongoing to a full high school sponsorship .
The student, chosen locally, is 6 years old Ilet Shirima, starting grade one. She lives in Kibosho at Singa Juu Village.
Education Project in Tanzania Peter Morrin 2023-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

DG Michel Wong Kee Song April Message

Dear Fellow Rotarians and friends,
April has been declared *Environment Month* by Rotary International. When we look around to see what has been accomplished to save Mother Earth up to now by the different organisations and governmental bodies, we must admit that not much has been put in place and we are not thriving in the right direction. Nonetheless, it is essential for us to do our part, however big or small our actions may seem to be, we remain driven in our efforts to continue the mission for a better environmental world.
April is a special month for us all because it marks the 155th anniversary of our founder’s birth, Paul Harris. Let us pull together in strength and underline the vision of this gentleman who simply cared for humankind and wanted to take action. With his dream coming true and determination to help those who needed it, Paul succeeded in launching the greatest non-profit organization in the world. As Rotarians, it is our pride to be part of this organization and we can celebrate this by donating whatever we can to our Rotary Foundation, including our time.
DG Michel Wong Kee Song April Message Michel Wong Kee Song 2023-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

A Tasty Presentation

Posted by Ashley Sloan
Two members of the Kemptville Rotary club, John and Cora Beking, hosted a special event during a Tuesday night meeting at the Grenville Mutual Building.  An El Salvador themed meal of rice topped with a sunny side up fresh egg, homemade refried beans, cheese filled papusas, and a dessert called cholado, was served to members and guests while John and Cora gave a presentation on their latest mission to El Salvador. This was their eighth mission, where they went to work on projects with people living in these communities to create and build partnerships, as well as long lasting friendships. Rosie and Trevor were their hosts during their mission in El Salvador and have worked on a few of these missions with them.
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Implicit Bias 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Trip to El Salvador Project Fair Carol Cartier 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Kingston Rotaract Clothing Bazaar Francesco Ambrogi 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Shelterbox Kathy Mourtos 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Curling Canada Award given to Ken Thompson 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Blankets for Ukraine Gerhard Peters 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Jennifer Jones on Youth Protection 2023-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
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DG Message March

As days go by, it is the same struggle, joy, and sadness in the lives of many fellow human beings around the world. For many of them living in areas embattled with drug trafficking, wars, and other disasters such as the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria recently, simply waking up to see the light of the day is a blessing; on top of that, looking for food and basic necessities can make it an even tougher struggle. We should consider ourselves as very privileged and lucky as we not only have all the basic necessities, but we also can have the peace of mind of not being struck by a bullet, a bomb or caught in crossfire conflicts on a daily basis. Let us all be grateful for what we have and be hopeful that better days are ahead for all the people currently struggling in their lives.  
President Jennifer Jones is continuing her journey around the world visiting numerous Rotarians, sharing her *Imagine Rotary* vision and dream of a peaceful world. She shared the unique moments spent with two retired WWII adversaries who had chosen Rotary to live lives of peacemaking for a better world. I have also learned about RIPE Gordon McInally’s 2023-2024 theme *Create Hope in the World*. His commitment is to continually move forward and improve long term the way we, Rotarians, interact and deliver on projects with care and empathy.
DG Message March 2023-03-07 05:00:00Z 0

What is in a Name?

Posted by Pardeep Ahluwalia, DGE
As I approach the beginning of my term as Governor, I have been thinking a lot about a fundamental question - "What is the district?" At its core, the district is there to serve clubs and Rotarians by providing the tools and support needed to do our good works. Districts connect clubs with each other and provide resources so that it is easier for Rotarians to work together and undertake projects on behalf of those most in need. Over the next two months, Rotary leaders in the district will gather to develop and guide our efforts for the coming year. On March 4, Area Governors, committee Chairs and the District executive will gather for the Leadership Team Orientation Seminar (formerly TTS) and on Mar. 31/April 1 incoming Presidents will meet at the President Elect Rotary Leadership Seminar (formerly PETS). I look forward to listening to Rotarians and working collaboratively to shape the future direction of our wonderful organization.
Qu’y a-t-il dans un nom?
À l’approche du début de mon mandat de gouverneur, j’ai beaucoup réfléchi à une question fondamentale : « Qu’est-ce que le district? » À la base, le district est là pour servir les  clubs et les Rotariens en fournissant les outils et le soutien nécessaires pour faire nos bonnes œuvres. Les districts relient les clubs les uns aux autres et fournissent des ressources afin qu’il soit plus facile pour les Rotariens de travailler ensemble et d’entreprendre des projets au nom de ceux qui en ont le plus besoin. Au cours des deux prochains mois, les dirigeants du Rotary dans le district se réuniront pour développer et guider nos efforts pour l’année à venir. Le 4 mars, les gouverneurs de zone, les présidents de comité et l’exécutif du district se réuniront pour le séminaire d’orientation de l’équipe de direction (anciennement TTS) et le 31 mars/1er avril, les nouveaux présidents se réuniront lors du séminaire de leadership du président élu du Rotary (anciennement SFPE). J’ai hâte d’écouter les Rotariens et de travailler en collaboration pour façonner l’orientation future de notre merveilleuse organisation.
What is in a Name? Pardeep Ahluwalia, DGE 2023-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Global Grant 2232406 Vocational School;Abonsrakom, Bono Region, Ghana

Posted by Peter Labelle, Grants chair
The Primary Goal is to reduce unemployment and poverty by providing skills training in trades to youth. There are employment opportunities available in trades like masonry, carpentry, fashion design and personal care for people with the required skills. The project, in turn, would provide a means for graduates to earn a living income, reduce unemployment in the region and lift families out of poverty.
Global Grant 2232406 Vocational School;Abonsrakom, Bono Region, Ghana Peter Labelle, Grants chair 2023-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Global Grant update

Posted by Peter Labelle, Grants chair
Global Grant #2119172 Karantina Public Hospital - Paediatric Ward and Operating Theater Equipment. Equipment finally being installed in the paediatric wing in Beirut.
Global Grant update Peter Labelle, Grants chair 2023-02-18 05:00:00Z 0

Help clubs update their logos

Posted by Jennifer Jones, RI President
Nearly a decade ago, while I was the chair of the Strengthen Rotary’s Brand Committee, we conducted in-depth research to better understand how the public viewed Rotary, our members, and our work. What we learned was that we needed to reposition the Rotary brand by focusing on clear, consistent messages and a unified visual identity.

Based on the committee’s recommendation, the Board of Directors approved new brand guidelines, which included how clubs should use the Rotary logo. Simply put, club logos should include the club name either above or below the Rotary logo, like this:
A brand is more than just a logo, but a logo is a big part of our visual identity. When the public sees it throughout their community, they begin to think of Rotary members as people of action. Using the same visual elements unites Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact and allows us, as a diverse global organization, to tell our story with one voice.

The RI Board of Directors is asking every club to update its logo to align with Rotary’s brand guidelines. We are asking you to:
  • Help clubs in your district understand why we all need to use the Rotary logo correctly
  • Show clubs how to create their own logo and use it consistently on their website, social media accounts, and other marketing materials, like banners, brochures, signs, and clothing
You can use the resources below, as well as those in the newly updated Brand Center, for assistance. I also encourage you to contact your Rotary Public Image Coordinator Mary Lou Harrison from Toronto Sunrise and their team for additional guidance and support. They are eager to help.

This year, my Imagine Impact tour will highlight how Rotary members are creating positive, lasting change while it also introduces Rotary to new audiences and potential partners. This is where I need your help. Think of how much more impact these stories will have when they’re shared with one global voice!

Let’s continue to help our clubs attract the next generation of people of action as we increase our impact around the world.

Thank you for your support.

Jennifer Jones
RI President, 2022-23
Talking Points
Our Logo: Representing Rotary (learning course)
Help clubs update their logos Jennifer Jones, RI President 2023-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Ukraine blanket distribution

Posted by Peter Labelle, Grants chair
Recent blankets distributions in the severely destroyed village of Shchevchenkove, Ukraine. It is near the Russian border. Our district partnered with the Rotary Club of Kharkiv-New Level. The district matched contributions from clubs. Altogether we sent over $36,000 USD.
Ukraine blanket distribution Peter Labelle, Grants chair 2023-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s 7th Area of Focus: Spotlight on Lawns, Lights (and Colonialism)

Posted by Elsabe Falkson, Kingston
A D7040-wide endeavour to promote urban biodiversity is underway! It starts with two projects this Spring:  Lawns and Lights.
1. Lawns   (Bee Friendly No Mow May)
Homeowners are fiercely proud of their immaculate emerald green “weed-free” lawns. I too, am proud of my green lawn.  I love it when kids (now grandkids) rough and tumble on the lawn. To be honest, it is nice too, when the neighbors feel the grass is greener on my side of the fence.
Beyond the concept of the perfect (monoculture turfgrass) suburban lawn is a much more troubling environmental issue:  Monoculture lawns mean less biodiversity. Lawns are often maintained using chemicals (fertilizers) that leach into ecosystems, our homes and lakes, and rivers.  For many decades, companies (selling turfgrass and mechanical and chemical products to maintain lawns) advertised lawns, emphasizing this beauty, coupled with solid family and community values: Over time, “perfect” lawns became a part of social status. Thus comes the narrative that the picture-perfect suburban home (North America’s white picket fence, eh?) is incomplete without a neatly manicured lawn. Lawns are also very much a colonial heritage. Remember, before fossil-fueled mowers, trimmers, and blowers were invented, the work was done by slaves, minimum-wage labor, or exhausted owners with push-blade mowers and oversized rusty clippers. A colonial mindset, I’d wager.
Rotary’s 7th Area of Focus: Spotlight on Lawns, Lights (and Colonialism) Elsabe Falkson, Kingston 2023-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

PERLS (President Elect Rotary Leadership Seminar)

Posted by Paul Elsley
Dear Presidents- elect:  Please mark your calendars for the weekend of Mar. 31 – Apr. 1. At that time, all Presidents–Elect will gather in person in Cornwall at the Best Western – Parkway Inn and Conference Centre to begin our annual training of Presidents for the 2023 – 2024 Rotary year. 
There is no cost for Presidents Elect. The District recognizes that this training is so important and we want to make it as easy as possible for PE’s to participate. The program begins on Mar. 31 with registration and check-in at 4:00 pm and ends at the same time the following day.
We have a wonderful program prepared for you involving Zone and District leaders. There will also be two sessions for Area Governors to meet with Presidents Elect to plan for the coming year and pursue ways to collaborate.
To book a room at the Best Western, please call 613-932-0451 (identify that you are with the D7040 PETS group).
If you have any questions, contact Paul Elsley at
PERLS (President Elect Rotary Leadership Seminar) Paul Elsley 2023-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

DG Message for February 2023

A month has passed already since the beginning of 2023 and within the Rotarian community, February is Peace building and Conflict resolution month. Let us take a moment to have a special thought for all the victims of unjust, unwarranted wars and conflicts around the world. These issues can come from the greediness of people in search for power, wealth, or personal agendas. Despite these challenges, as Rotarians, we believe that change can happen, and our efforts make an impact. We work towards making the world a better place. We pray that the governing bodies divert the funds used for armed conflicts to help the people in need instead, all around the globe for a better life and future.
DG Message for February 2023 Michel Wong Kee Song 2023-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Have you registered for these events?

There are some important events coming up that you may need to register for:
  1. Rotary Leadership Institute for district leaders, February 18, 2023 at the Best Western Parkway in Cornwall. 
  2. Rotary's birthday is February 23. What is your club planning?
  3. District Council March 4, 2023 at the Best Western Parkway in Cornwall.
  4. District Leaders for 23-24 Leadership Team Orientation Seminar following the District Council, Best Western, Cornwall. 
  5. World Rotaract Week / Semaine mondiale du Rotaract March 13-19, 2023.
  6. District Training Assembly March 14, 2023 on Zoom.
  7. PETS/SFPE March 31, April 1, 2023 at the Best Western, Cornwall.
Check the Events list on the left of the district home page to find out more.
Have you registered for these events? 2023-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

Program of District Conference 2023

Posted by Caroline Joly, Old Montreal
Here is an overview of the district conference 2023 program ! Click on the link to get to it. Program - Programme
If you haven't registered yet, don't forget, until February 28th you can register at the price of $300 CAD. After that day the price will go up to $350 CAD ! Register here
You can also book your hotel room in the same hotel as the district conference downtown Montreal at the price of $199 CAD + tax per room per night. You won’t find such a good price downtown Montreal in a hotel like the Westin (270 Saint-Antoine Street West, Montreal H2Y 0A3)
We also negotiated the parking at $28 CAD instead of $39 CAD normal price. Book hotel here
Looking forward to seeing you in May (5,6,7).
Program of District Conference 2023 Caroline Joly, Old Montreal 2023-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

DG Visits in Seaway West

Posted by Paul Elsley
In mid-January, DG Michel continued his in-person visits to District clubs with a whirlwind tour of Seaway West. He visited seven clubs in 3 ½ days from Napanee in the west to Gananoque in the east. 
DG Visits in Seaway West Paul Elsley 2023-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

A new resource for district leaders

Leveraging Local Events to Grow Rotary: A Membership and Marketing Guide for district leaders is now available. It explains each step of creating a strategic plan to turn the increased interest that comes from big Rotary events into membership growth. You’ll find tips for creating a strong leadership team, getting clubs ready for growth, planning promotions, and approaching prospective members. The guide also has links to these new resources:
(en anglais seulement)
A new resource for district leaders 2023-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Administrative Duties for Your Club

La version française est ci-dessous.
To all D7040 Club presidents,
As we are going into February, we want to remind you that there are a few administrative duties that you and your club need to perform in order to keep leadership information current.
  1. Update the RI membership database via My Rotary. Do the same on the district website .
  2. Hold annual club election no later than 31 December.
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Service Resources 2023-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Global Grant for the Porur Dialysis Clinic in Chennai. 

Posted by Heather Nogrady, Cataraqui-Kingston
Below is a link to an article by Rotarian Heather Nogrady on the RC Cataraqui-Kingston website. It is for a Global Grant that provides 10 dialysis machines and related equipment to the Porur Dialysis Clinic in Chennai. This $119,000 US project has 10 Rotary Clubs in 6 countries and 4 districts supporting it. For the host club, RC Chennai Galaxy, this is their first Global Grant.
As International Partner, RC Cataraqui-Kingston is thankful for the support of RC Montreal Lakeshore and of course our District 7040 for District Designated Funds as well as a diverse group of Rotary friends internationally.
Global Grant for the Porur Dialysis Clinic in Chennai. Heather Nogrady, Cataraqui-Kingston 2023-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Kingston Cash Calendar

Posted by Paul Elsley
Ten years ago, the Rotary Club of Kingston was looking for a new fundraiser to support our charitable work in the community.  One of our members, Scott Buckley suggested that we sell a Cash Calendar.  Similar fundraisers were being conducted by Rotary Clubs in Prince Edward County and Napanee.  After some detailed research, including determining that we weren’t encroaching on other clubs’ sales, we initiated the project for the 2013 calendar year.
The calendar featured the work of local artists and was well received by the community.  The introductory pages of the calendar gave an overview of Rotary, its various programmes and our initiatives in the local community.  Our first year we raised over $15,000.  We refined the calendar in subsequent years focussing on photographs from local artists. The intent was to highlight the diversity of our community, its buildings, landscapes and wildlife.  Sales and revenues continued to grow.
Kingston Cash Calendar Paul Elsley 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

Global Scholar

Posted by Camille Bruggeman
Recently, I was asked to tell a few lines about my Canadian university experience. That is how I present myself to you today. My name is Camille and I am 25 years old. I studied law in Belgium, my country of origin. Very quickly, I knew that I wanted to put my studies at the service of certain causes that go beyond my Belgian national borders. Having grown up in a family with adopted siblings and coming from different backgrounds, I quickly developed a particular interest in international law, and more specifically international humanitarian law which aims to humanize armed conflicts around the world as much as possible, by offering minimal legal protection to the most vulnerable people. It was in this context that I applied to the master's program in this subject offered by the University of Ottawa. 
When it came to finding sources of funding to carry out these studies that have been close to my heart for a long time, I turned to Rotary, whose values and ambitions echo mine. Rotary allows students, whose academic ambitions are aligned with one or the other of the seven Rotary axes, to obtain a scholarship to cover the substantial costs of studying abroad.  With the precious support of my club in Belgium (the Plombières-Welkenraedt club), I was able to win first place in a competition for a district scholarship. Then, I had the chance to become a global grant scholar and receive the prestigious Rotary Foundation grant. 
At UOttawa, I am pursuing a study project that is related to the Rotary axis on preserving and promoting peace. Indeed, through my final thesis, I am interested in the armed conflicts currently taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in North and South Kivu. In these conflicts, sexual violence is used on a massive scale for the purposes of, among other things, appropriating the country's wealth. Since widespread impunity is an element that leads to a continuation of this violence, I question the effectiveness of national and international criminal tribunals in caring for victims. I try, through the use of a feminist perspective, to propose ways to improve the response of the law to this violence. 
Global Scholar Camille Bruggeman 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
Kingston Interact Clubs Natasia Kotsovolos 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

DG Message - January 2023

Dear Fellow Rotarians and friends,
I wish you all a wonderful year 2023 ahead with health, happiness, and success. May you all thrive in your planned projects be it personal or professional.
I hope that you all enjoyed a delightful time with your families and friends during the festive season. Already half of a year gone in my assignment as DG, I can confess that I did not sense the time going by because I have been enjoying every bit of it despite some inevitable challenges. I have been very happy and privileged to meet with so many fellow Rotarians up to now across the district who are so dedicated and who have the right agenda in their belief and actions. I consider myself so lucky to have spoken with them and been able to share our ideas. 
The most enjoyable moments of my visits are when I can exchange on a one-on-one basis; taking the time to listen to the story and experience, these incredible Rotarians have accomplished so much as individuals and as a group. I have been working hard on increasing membership in our district so that we have more hands and heads to help those less fortunate than us. At this time, I was hoping our numbers would be much higher and I know we can do better as a team. Please, I am asking each one of you to lend a hand. Let’s do our best to identify the people who are true Rotarians at heart and in action but who have simply not joined our organisation yet. You’ll know a Rotarian when you see one, so go find that new Rotarian!
DG Message - January 2023 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

Two Invitations in January – Literacy

Posted by Jacinthe Paille
The New Year brings with it many exciting events, including the District Conference in May. Until then, you are invited to attend two online events hosted by Literacy Chair Jacinthe Paillé.
The first event is a literacy presentation for all - Rotarians, their spouses, friends, Rotaractors, Interactors, alumni, etc. on Wednesday, January 11 (7:00pm EDT). Jacinthe presented to many clubs in the fall of 2022 (in person and virtually), and would like to offer any club and/or individual the opportunity to attend the presentation in 2023.
The information is on the District Calendar:
Two Invitations in January – Literacy Jacinthe Paille 2023-01-03 05:00:00Z 0

A Rotary food service for the Greater Montreal area

Posted by Michele Herblin E-club Premier 7040, article from Rotary Canada
There are more than 671,000 monthly visits to Quebec food banks in 2022, with a significant increase in demand since 2019. In addition to the rise in job insecurity, the soaring cost of food is creating a profound sense of food insecurity. I asked myself: To help solve this problem, would it be possible to hold on to some of the millions of tons of food that are wasted each year in this country? 
Two events made me decide to get involved: the poignant words of a mother at an emergency food basket distribution organized by our Rotary Club, who had to choose between taking the bus to the grocery store or walking to pick up what she was given, and a delivery from a large food bank to a neighborhood community organization whose truck was full of chips, energy bars and sugary drinks.
A Rotary food service for the Greater Montreal area Michele Herblin E-club Premier 7040, article from Rotary Canada 2022-12-30 05:00:00Z 0

Ukraine Warm Blanket Project

Posted by Jane & Gerhard Peters, Arnprior
Have you been wondering what you could do to help suffering people in Ukraine?
The Arnprior Rotary Club is spearheading a District-wide project to Support Ukrainian Refugees by donating to the Warm Blanket Project - “WE WILL WARM UP UKRAINE IN A DIFFICULT HOUR.” This is a project created by the Rotary Club of Kharkiv-New Level in Ukraine.
Ukraine Warm Blanket Project Jane & Gerhard Peters, Arnprior 2022-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Register now for the best price!

Excellent Speakers, Great Fellowship, Family Friendly
Excellents conférenciers, grande fraternité, convivial pour la famille
Early Bird until December 31, 2022. Don't miss out, register now!
Lève-tôt jusqu’au 31 décembre 2022. Ne manquez pas, inscrivez-vous maintenant !
Early Bird
Jan. 1, 2023
March 1, 2023
Friday night Dinner (on your own)
Rotarians (Saturday all meals, breaks)
Non-Rotarians/Guests/Partners (Saturday all meals, breaks)
New Rotarians (3 years or less) (Saturday all meals, breaks)
Banquet only Saturday (Partners/Guests)
Rotaract, no Saturday Banquet
Rotaract (Saturday all meals, breaks)
Interact (breakfast and lunch)
$ 50
$ 50
YE students (2 nights shared accommodation, Saturday all meals, breaks)
Clubs with Youth Exchange students are encouraged to register them before December 31!
Nous encourageons les clubs avec des étudiants d'Échanges Jeunesse à les inscrire avant le 31 décembre !
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How Did This Project Come About?

Posted by Jane Peters, Arnprior
Many of you may be aware that we are raising funds to make and distribute Blankets in Ukraine - this project is an initiative by the Rotary Club of Kharkiv in Ukraine. Last August, the Rotary Club of Arnprior held a Silent Auction at our inaugural Tarts and Arts Festival at Robert Simpson Park with proceeds going to this project.
Gerhard learned of this project by talking with Ukrainian Rotarian, Olga Lalovenko, who we had met in Houston, Texas last June during the Rotary International Convention there. She had just presented John Hewko, Rotary International’s current General Secretary, a pair of the Snake Island Stamps, which celebrates the infamous reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
How Did This Project Come About? Jane Peters, Arnprior 2022-12-16 05:00:00Z 0

Brazil Trip

Posted by Carol Cartier
PGD Fay Campbell (Rotary Club of Orleans), Doug Bickerton (Gananoque Club), Laurie Bickerton (friend of Rotary), Pete Burrell and Carol Cartier (Kingston Club), led by Alonso Campoi, a Rotarian from Brazil embarked on an ITHF adventure of a lifetime.
ITHF exists to promote and facilitate regional, national and international "connections" between its members. ITHF members travel to all different parts of the world and host members from all other parts. These connections and cross-cultural exchange enrich members' lives."
The trip began with a city tour of Sao Paulo and its colourful and inviting fruit markets selling such blends as kiwi banana fruits. The famous ‘mile high’ bologna sandwich and pasteles (fried pastries stuffed with delicious fillings) were also in abundance.
A short plane ride found us in Foz do Iguaçu where we visited the huge Itaipu Dam providing electricity to both Brazil and Paraguay. A three-country sunset cruise finished our first day at Iguazu Falls.
Brazil Trip Carol Cartier 2022-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Clothing Drive

Posted by Francesco Ambrogi
A Winter Clothing Drive for Refugees
The main goal of our Kingston Rotaract Club this year is to give support to all refugees in our community. Beginning on July 12th,, we began a close collaboration with KEYS, a registered charity that is doing an amazing job in engaging and supporting newcomers in Kingston.
Some of the refugee families, especially the ones coming from Ukraine, arrived here during the summer/fall with as little as a backpack due to the hurry at which they had to leave their home country. Being an international student myself and having moved from a much warmer country to Canada, I learned on my skin how tough Canadian winter can be if someone is not well prepared. For this reason, our Club had to help solve this problem!
Clothing Drive Francesco Ambrogi 2022-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange

Posted by Wilfrid Kelly-Coderre
Growing up and attending French school there was always one message that the teacher was insistent on. One day you will be happy to speak French. This was often said in tandem with the, “you must not speak English in the hall's” speech. Which was constantly repeated throughout my time there. What I never realized about the first message, is that they were right.  Being a francophone is an asset, because everyone speaks English here, so over and above being from a foreign country, being francophone differentiates me.  For those who don’t know me, my name is Wilfrid Kelly-Coderre and I am currently on my Rotary Youth Exchange year in Norway. I moved from Ottawa, a city as big as the two biggest cities in Norway combined, to Elverum, a city of 20,000 in the east of the country. Despite having only been here for 112 days, I am confident that nothing I could have done back home would have rivaled the experiences I am having here. I remember having my doubts about applying, and even committing to going after I was accepted. But just a third of the way in and I can’t help but want to be involved with next year's outbounds, just so I can witness as many people as possible do what I am doing right now. To any clubs that are considering sponsoring a youth exchange student: do it. I can’t recommend this experience enough, and I am so grateful to the wonderful people of the Rotary Club of Ottawa and of the whole district that made it possible for me to be where I am today.
Youth Exchange Wilfrid Kelly-Coderre 2022-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

A Resilient Holiday Spirit

Posted by Bern Hudson

Rotarians know how to face a challenge. At the best of times development and fundraising projects come with hurdles.  Every club is sure to have stories about them. Conundrums. Challenges faced when working hard to get things done. Then there are challenges that really leave people scratching their heads. This year the Rotary Club of Gananoque faced one of those kinds of challenges.

It was nearing the first weekend of November, the week before the Club’s 29th annual Christmas Craft Fair. Expectations were high. Everyone was eager help make up for two years of pandemic fundraising paralysis following one successful summer Ribfest fundraiser.

The venue was booked. Food, tables and floor mats were ordered. Promotion was going strong. 80 craft vendors were on their way. The sign-up sheet for volunteers was full. Raffle baskets and 50/50 draws were ready. 

Then came the announcement. Five days prior to the Rotary Club of Gananoque Christmas Craft Fair, news came of a possible province-wide labour strike by school support staff in Ontario. If the strike proceeded, schools across the province would close. No community use would be permitted. The venue for the fair would be cancelled. 

A Resilient Holiday Spirit Bern Hudson 2022-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Orleans is Helping Out Again

Next weekend, November 12 and 13, we're helping out again with the National Capital Artisan's Holiday Magic Craft show at the Lester B Pearson High school on 2072 Jasmine, free admission, between 10 am and 4 PM.  Come out and join in the fun!  You won't be disappointed!
Orleans is Helping Out Again 2022-11-08 05:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange

Posted by Mischa Huyer
Being an exchange student in Switzerland has been the most exciting (and humbling) experience. When I first considered applying to become an exchange student, I had many questions and concerns. First, I knew it wouldn't be guaranteed that I could go to my first country of choice, so I felt the fear and uncertainty of where I would end up. Second, I knew that I would miss out on sharing my final year of high school with the people I have grown up with. Despite this, I had faith that this experience would be worthwhile, and I submitted my application. After just being here for a little under three months, I am so glad that despite my concerns, I signed up for this program.
So far, I have met people from all over the world; some of my new friends being from Argentina, Brazil, Finland, and Ecuador just to name a few. Though I do face many challenges with the language barrier, I already feel so much more confident in my French than I did at the beginning of my exchange. The kids in my class are very patient with me, and always help me when I ask for it. My host family has also been incredible throughout the entire process and have provided me with many experiences that I know I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Youth Exchange Mischa Huyer 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Sailing Trip

Posted by Elena Krushinskaya, D2223, Russia
Rotarian Vladimir Korsun (RC Yekaterinburg) has a very interesting hobby - organizing cruise tours on sailing yachts. He has already taken his friends to the Seychelles, the Caribbean, the Norwegian fjords, crossed the Aegean from Greece to Turkey. Vladimir had plans to organize an international Rotary sailing tour, but every time the pandemic interfered.
The dream of such a tour came true in Turkey in October of this year, when Rotarians from three countries and from four different Clubs met on the snow-white yacht Kairos: Canada, Russia, Uzbekistan; Rotary Club of Yekaterinburg, Rotary Club of Snezhinsk, Rotary Club of West Ottawa (RCWO), and the D7040 Passport Club!
We ordered polo shirts with the symbols of Rotary and yachting, and the flag of our club (RC Yekaterinburg), which was raised to the Rotary anthem in a solemn atmosphere.
The first to sign up for the tour were our Canadian friends Simmy and Pardeep Ahluwalia from the D7040 Passport Club and the RCWO, who in the spring of 2019 hosted Rotarians from our club in Ottawa and lived at Vladimir’s house when they were in Yekaterinburg later that year. They were joined by their friends, Gina (Girija) and Vijay Dube (RCWO). The rest of the team decided to join the cruise in mid-August, and preparations for our tour began.
The Dream Team - that's how Captain Vladimir called his “crew”. Everyone is so different, but with the same life values.
Direct and rejoicing in everything, like a child, and always ready to help Bakhtiyor; only a strong pitching and seasickness that overtook him could delay the preparation of pilaf. Unusual Sasha, noticing the smallest details. Restless and enterprising Lena, who organizes everyone and everything and generates ideas. Strategist Sergei, who at first wanted to teach everyone how to play chess, but quickly changed his mind and surprised everyone with his card game. Inventing sparkling jokes on the go, a real orator Pardeep. The flamboyant Simmy, our freelance photographer, has a lot of interesting Bollywood stories to her credit, and calmly prepared lunch when the yacht was tossed from one side to the other in three-meter waves. Vijay, a high-tech entrepreneur, meditated while washing dishes and the yacht every day, generating new business ideas. Modest Gina, who carefully observes everyone, understands everyone, and teaches English. Beautiful, seemingly fragile, but strong in spirit Christina; how much courage one must have to stand aft in a storm, steer the sail, and guide the anchor! And Captain Vladimir, who organized such a wonderful trip, always resolute and confident, sometimes serious, but more often smiling, showing excellent professional skills.
Of the 10 participants in the tour, 8 were on a yacht for the first time and had little idea of ​​what awaited them. Everyone was united by the desire to see new places, test themselves and show the Rotary brotherhood.  We were waiting for the romance of travel, stunning landscapes, clear azure sea, cloudless sky, delicious local cuisine and an unforgettable yachting atmosphere.
Rotary Sailing Trip Elena Krushinskaya, D2223, Russia 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

Fall Fair in Kingston

Posted by Paul Elsley
The call went out last spring for volunteers to manage the gates at the Kingston Fall Fair. Not surprisingly, the Rotarians of Seaway West were eager to support the annual event. Though the learning curve was steep, they managed well with the patience and poise for which Rotarians are known.
The Kingston Fall Fair has been in existence since 1830 and it is one of the longest running fairs in the country. The 2022 version occurred between September 15 – 18 and was the first since COVID-19 shut down the event two years ago. The volunteer coordinator and her team retired and so the Fair Board President was looking for a new volunteer team. Rotarian Darlene Clement (Kingston), who sits on the Fair Board, suggested that Rotarians might be willing to take on the task. A small committee of Rotarians met with the Fair Board executive and later agreed to take on the volunteer effort. And it was no small task! In fact, attendance at the fair was up 60% over the last pre-pandemic event (2019)!
Fall Fair in Kingston Paul Elsley 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

Kingston Rotaract Club

Posted by Francesco Ambrogi
Moving to another country is the most tiring effort one can make. Barriers beyond the physical boundaries must be crossed: language barriers, cultural barriers, social barriers. This effort is even greater when you did not choose to move in the first place, and yet you had to abandon your homeland.
With this thought in mind, the Rotaract Club of Kingston decided to commit to provide help to refugees and families coming from Ukraine to our community. As of July 12th 2022, our Club started a tight collaboration with the Refugee Resettlement Service recently opened in Kingston by KEYS; since then, we actively meet to discuss and develop our service.
Canada has announced the Canada-Ukraine authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) along with an expedited immigration process for Ukrainians with family already in Canada. As of today, 49 families from Ukraine have been welcomed in our community and many more will arrive over the fall and winter.
Kingston Rotaract Club Francesco Ambrogi 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

DisCon23 Update

Posted by Caroline Joly
Let's meet again in Downtown Montreal for the district conference, 5-6-7 May 2023 !
Let’s enjoy the beauty of the city, the good food, the fun and the fellowship of this conference ! Our team is ready to make this event a fantastic one. Come to meet in person all the Rotarians of district 7040.
This year's theme is "inclusion". Our District Governor Michel Wong-Kee-Song wanted to point out that we are all part of one and unique world and we all deserve our place, no matter who we are, where we come from, what god we believe in or not... The only wealth we own is our planet and we all belong to it. Let's imagine what inclusion means in this world and try to make it happen. Look for the DisCon 2023 tab at the top of our home page for more information.
Retrouvons-nous à nouveau dans le centre-ville de Montréal pour la conférence de district les 5-6-7 mai 2023
Profitons de la beauté de la ville, de la bonne nourriture, de l'amusement et de la camaraderie ! Notre équipe vous a organisé un événement fantastique. Venez nombreux retrouver les Rotariens du district 7040 en personne.
Le thème de cette année est "inclusion". Notre Gouverneur de district, Michel Wong-Kee-Song a voulu mettre en avant que nous faisons toutes et tous partie du même monde et que nous y avons toutes et tous notre place, peu importe qui nous sommes, d'où nous venons, en quel dieu nous croyons ou pas... La seule richesse que nous possédons est notre planète et nous y appartenons toutes et tous. Imaginons ce qu'est l'inclusion et faisons en sorte d'en faire une réalité. Pour plus d'informations, consultez l'onglet DisCon 2023 en haut de notre page d'accueil.
DisCon23 Update Caroline Joly 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

DG's message for November 2022

Dear Fellow Rotarians and friends,
I wish to share with you the joys I have been encountering in meeting with more Rotarians during my in-person club visits up to now. The clubs all extended a warm and joyful welcome to me joining them and shared with great enthusiasm their stories, planned projects and upcoming events. As I wish I could participate in all these wonderful events, fundraisers, and community gatherings you have been preparing for, I will do my best to attend those that I can despite the tight timeline we have together. I look forward in continuing my in-person visits in more regions which I have not been able to explore yet. I am learning a lot about the cultures and habits of our fellow human beings living in the more remote areas.
As all the seasoned Rotarians know, November is the Foundation Month for Rotary International. We should be very proud of the good deeds and life-changing contributions that our Foundation commit to daily in partnership with our fellow Rotarians in various communities around the world. We should encourage every member and friend to donate to the Rotary Foundation within their means. When we see the joys of life on faces of the people we are able to help through services rendered, this magical moment is truly priceless.
DG's message for November 2022 2022-11-04 04:00:00Z 0

DG's message for October 2022

Dear Fellow Rotarians and friends,
October is the month when we all as Rotarians make the extra mile to band together and push to fundraise for the eradication of the Polio virus on our planet. We began this journey 35 years ago and we are so near to achieving this incredible mission and challenge that we have undertaken. Rotary International has been able to bring leaders from all over the globe from governmental bodies to private institutions to get together to take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. We have been able to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in over 122 countries around the world. With gratitude, we thank the many volunteers who at the risk of their lives continue to administer the vaccine to vulnerable children in the remote and conflict areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The latter being the last two remaining countries where cases have been reported, I hope that we, Rotarians, get to see our dream of a Polio-free world come true in the very near future. We must continue in our efforts to clear this disease forever.
Please join me in donating what ever you can and within your means to the Rotary Foundation earmarking Polio bearing in mind that all donations are double matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Did you know that in 2011, Rotary fundings for the eradication of Polio exceeded $ 1 billion? Let’s keep focused on reaching this unbelievable challenge of eradicating the Polio virus for all.
Chers Rotariens et amis,
Octobre est le mois où, en tant que Rotariens, nous faisons tous un effort supplémentaire pour nous unir et se mobiliser pour collecter des fonds pour l'éradication du virus de la polio sur notre planète. Il y a 35 ans que ce projet a vu le jour et nous sommes si près de réaliser cette incroyable mission et ce défi que nous avons entrepris. Le Rotary International a été en mesure de rassembler des dirigeants du monde entier, des organismes gouvernementaux aux institutions privées, pour relever les défis les plus difficiles du monde, localement et mondialement. Nous avons pu vacciner plus de 2,5 milliards d'enfants dans plus de 122 pays à travers le monde. Avec reconnaissance, nous remercions les nombreux volontaires qui, au péril de leur vie, continuent d'administrer le vaccin aux enfants vulnérables dans les zones reculées et en conflit de l'Afghanistan et du Pakistan. Ces deux pays étant les derniers où des cas ont été signalés, j'espère que nous, Rotariens, pourrons voir notre rêve d'un monde sans poliomyélite se réaliser dans un avenir très proche. Nous devons poursuivre nos efforts pour éliminer à jamais cette maladie.
Joignez-vous à moi pour donner tout ce que vous pouvez et dans la mesure de vos moyens à la Fondation Rotary pour la polio, en gardant à l'esprit que tous les dons sont doublés par la Fondation Bill et Melinda Gates. Saviez-vous également qu’en 2011, les financements du Rotary pour l'éradication de la poliomyélite ont dépassé 1 milliard de dollars ? Restons concentrés afin de relever ce défi incroyable d'éradiquer le virus de la polio pour tous.
DG's message for October 2022 2022-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now…..World Polio Day is October 24…….Are You Ready?

Posted by Bette Miller, Cornwall Sunrise
Monday, October 24, 2022 is World Polio Day. In 1985, Rotarians made a pledge to all of the children of world to make the eradication of polio worldwide our number one commitment. This is a promise that includes Rotarians and Rotaractors everywhere and particularly, it calls upon members of District 7040 to mobilize in support of this effort and encourage their Interact and Earlyact clubs to join in. Here are some suggestions:
  1. Clubs are encouraged to register the activities they have planned in support of World Polio Day. Register those activities before October 13 at
  2. Encourage Rotarians, Rotaractors and Friends of Rotary to join the PolioPlus Society.  This involves pledging a minimum of $100 USD annually to the PolioPlus Fund of The Rotary Foundation until polio has been declared eradicated. Register your intention with PDG Bette Miller at . Contributions by Canadian donors,  and US donors Promote the 2:1 match Rotary received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
End Polio Now…..World Polio Day is October 24…….Are You Ready? Bette Miller, Cornwall Sunrise 2022-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

October / octobre

Posted by DG Michel Wong Kee Song
Octobre est le mois où, en tant que Rotariens, nous faisons tous un effort supplémentaire pour nous unir et se mobiliser pour collecter des fonds pour l'éradication du virus de la polio sur notre planète. Il y a 35 ans que ce projet a vu le jour et nous sommes si près de réaliser cette incroyable mission et ce défi que nous avons entrepris. Le Rotary International a été en mesure de rassembler des dirigeants du monde entier, des organismes gouvernementaux aux institutions privées, pour relever les défis les plus difficiles du monde, localement et mondialement. Nous avons pu vacciner plus de 2,5 milliards d'enfants dans plus de 122 pays à travers le monde. Avec reconnaissance, nous remercions les nombreux volontaires qui, au péril de leur vie, continuent d'administrer le vaccin aux enfants vulnérables dans les zones reculées et en conflit de l'Afghanistan et du Pakistan. Ces deux pays étant les derniers où des cas ont été signalés, j'espère que nous, Rotariens, pourrons voir notre rêve d'un monde sans poliomyélite se réaliser dans un avenir très proche. Nous devons poursuivre nos efforts pour éliminer à jamais cette maladie.
October is the month when we all as Rotarians make the extra mile to band together and push to fundraise for the eradication of the Polio virus on our planet. We began this journey 35 years ago and we are so near to achieving this incredible mission and challenge that we have undertaken. Rotary International has been able to bring leaders from all over the globe from governmental bodies to private institutions to get together to take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. We have been able to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in over 122 countries around the world. With gratitude, we thank the many volunteers who at the risk of their lives continue to administer the vaccine to vulnerable children in the remote and conflict areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the latter being the last two remaining countries where cases have been reported, I hope that we, Rotarians, get to see our dream of a Polio-free world come true in the very near future. We must continue in our efforts to clear this disease forever.
October / octobre DG Michel Wong Kee Song 2022-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

Ottawa South Golf Tournament

Posted by Scott Vetter, Ottawa South
Like many Rotary clubs, Rotary Ottawa South is essentially rebuilding our events. COVID did more than halt group interactions for two years, it changed lives and routines which altered the dynamic of our club – simply picking up where we left off in 2019 wasn't an option. We owe great thanks to a handful of dedicated members who led the golf committee through many months of planning and preparation. We were fortunate to have strong volunteer support from the club and "Friends" and we're grateful to the golfers and sponsors and their enthusiasm for the event.
Everyone who attended had a wonderful time: golfers relished a challenging and beautiful course; volunteers enjoyed participating; and sponsors appreciated the opportunity to support the BGC Ottawa and Rotary Ottawa South.
We're grateful to be able to hold our charity golf tournament again. Bringing people together to appreciate those who are serving our community and support them in their initiatives is at the core of many Rotary functions ... and we seem to have much fun in the process! See for yourself : 
Ottawa South Golf Tournament Scott Vetter, Ottawa South 2022-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Bytown Car Rally

Posted by Annabelle Salas, Ottawa Bytown
On September 25th, the Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown Car Rally took place.  The Club partnered with the Ottawa Home Foundation to raise funds and have fun in a nice event that allowed participants to enjoy the Ottawa landscape while performing tasks with family and friends.  This year the path took participants to visit great places along the Rideau Canal.  At Merrickville , participants were able to enjoy the beautiful town while learnings about its historic background.  The Rally started at the Ottawa Rotary Home and ended at the same place, where participants and organizers enjoyed drinks and snacks while sharing their adventures during the Rally.
The Club gives special thanks to the sponsors which included:  Carp Self Storage, Morris Home Hardware, Ampos Orthopaedics and Pilypaitis Nobbs Wealth Management Group.  Thanks is extended to donors:  L.A. and Bill Palamar, Manotick Place Retirement and Miller Apartments, Baldachin Restaurant and Inn, Rocco Disipio, Production Case Company, Bushtukah, Charles Mossman, Benjamin Butmir and Scott Vetter.
Rotary Club of Bytown Car Rally Annabelle Salas, Ottawa Bytown 2022-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid - Shelters

Posted by Harris Semegan, Lake Placid
The Rotary Club of Lake Placid has placed two of three bus shelters, culminating a three-year project from concept to design to funding, construction and placement.  While glass and signage remains to be installed, these bus shelters we believe will be welcomed by those waiting for the village trolleys and school busses, especially in the winter. Our bus shelter committee interacted with local elected officials and the NY State Department of Transportation in selecting locations that would have good utilization and be placed in a safe spot for users.  We thank the Town of North Elba and Village of Lake Placid as these entities will assume on-going maintenance and care for the structures.
Lake Placid - Shelters Harris Semegan, Lake Placid 2022-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange inspires generations

Read about some inspiring student experiences, what it’s like to host exchange students, and how some exchanges have helped transform students into leaders in their communities.

If you want to see the direct impact of Rotary Youth exchange on both participants and adult volunteers, or if you’ve been searching for a glimpse of the program to show to others, this page is for you.
Rotary Youth Exchange inspires generations 2022-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

What Records Should Your Club Keep?

Posted by Ariane Carriere, Treasurer, Youth Protection Officer
Recently I received this question from an Area Governor: “Is there a hard and fast rule about what documents should be kept for club records?  I have at least one club asking after discovering boxes of past documents.”
To be honest, I've never come across that question before. I know in Canada the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) wants you to keep financial documents for 7 years. The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants you to keep financial documents for 6 years from the tax year that you are working on, so it is basically the same.  DG Michel and I have talked about this, and we are going to be getting rid of some of the old records in our district storage locker.
What should be kept by the club are the records of police checks, club certification documents, etc. When we started down this road in 2004, clubs decided that they would keep their own records. You've probably heard of cases where someone is accused of sexual assault years and years after the event. If you have the records to prove that you did everything possible to keep youth and vulnerable persons safe, there should be no question. If you do not have those records, it could be problematic.
What Records Should Your Club Keep? Ariane Carriere, Treasurer, Youth Protection Officer 2022-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Take Action for World Polio Day: 24 October

Every year, Rotary members around the world mobilize for World Polio Day. We raise awareness of polio and gather support for our global effort to make sure that every child is protected from it.

By staying tenacious, hopeful, and committed, we will make history by making polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated.

How you can take part in World Polio Day

Host an event or activity. The Rotaract Club of Samaro, Sindh, Pakistan, conducted a polio awareness session to educate parents about polio and its effects on children. The club provided educational materials and gifts for the children.

Plan a fundraiser. Rotarian Jason Browne partnered with Raids of Love, a community of gamers dedicated to doing good, to host “Gamers to End Polio” charity streams on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Kick. They raised over US$4,000 for PolioPlus and also educated viewers on polio and Rotary’s PolioPlus initiative. Learn more about this fundraiser by watching the first Voices of Members video.

Post on social media. Use the materials on the World Polio Day Resources page to spread the word about World Polio Day and the importance of polio eradication. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #EndPolio and #WorldPolioDay!

However you decide to get involved, register your club’s action. No effort is too small or too big to share. As a special incentive this year, the districts with the highest percentage of clubs that register a World Polio Day action will receive a special thank-you message from RI President R. Gordon R. McInally.
Tell us about your club's action
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DG's September message

I hope you are all doing well and that your loved ones are staying safe these days. We have had delightful warm weather which I do also hope you were able to enjoy over the last summer months either locally or out exploring new places.
September is Literacy month and let’s highlight the importance of learning at a young age the different tools that we acquire and the skills that will set the foundation for a better future in life. Too often in both written and broadcasted news, we discover how affected several communities are. Whether some are right in our neighborhoods or others around the world, many still do not have the basic skills for reading and writing. This frequently influences the outcome of moving forward in life, or worse, barred from any chance of building one. Access to education, healthcare, employment, or fundamental knowledge remain a challenge, even today. Literacy is the first step towards opening communication, gaining a deeper understanding of the world and most importantly, developing independence to become a thriving citizen. It enriches the individual to be socially engaged and to create a better future for themselves. This in turn will solidify the community in addition to contributing significantly in reducing economic and social inequalities.
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My life in an iron lung

Posted by Dr. Paul Alexander
We had a great turnout this week to hear Paul Alexander’s remarkable story about his 70 years of life in an iron lung from the age of six years old. It was really inspiring to hear Paul share his journey with the 50 people online.

Several people have requested a link to the recording we made and you can take the opportunity to listen to Paul. Please find the recording of Paul Alexander's talk at this link:  recording of Paul's Talk.  Visit this link and comment if you wish. Please complete the form on the page so we know you have visited us.
Martin Brocklebank, Secretary
The Rotary eClub of Innovation
My life in an iron lung Dr. Paul Alexander 2022-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Register Now: The Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention 2022

The exciting Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention (ZIC) is taking place October 20th-23rd, 2022 and we want to see students from your district there!
This is an opportunity for Rotarians to show their support for our young leaders who have been working very hard organizing this first-ever Zone event that includes Interact delegates from Canada, USA, Bermuda, and St. Pierre et Miquelon!
Here's where your help is needed:
1. We are seeking Delegates.
If your club currently sponsors an Interact club, please connect with them and consider sponsoring one or more delegates. Clubs & Districts in Zones 28 and 32 are able to reserve spots for Interact students and chaperones at the Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention ahead of time. Each spot is $991 Canadian dollars ($850 registration fee plus a $141 refundable deposit).
2. We are seeking Donors/Sponsors.
If your club does not currently sponsor an Interact Club, kindly consider becoming a Donor/Sponsor of the event in support of youth leadership!
Thank you for your kind consideration. We also encourage you to take a look at our website ( to learn more.
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, the event in general, or would like to invite our team to speak to your club/district leadership about the event please feel free to contact
Register Now: The Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention 2022 2022-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary is back in Gananoque

Posted by Barbara Fisk
Gananoque Rotary Club is BACK – “Babybacks”, that is…. RIBFEST 2022-A GREAT SUCCESS!!
After a 2 year hiatus Gananoque saw the return of the Town’s most popular fundraising festival on the July 1st weekend!  Splendid weather graced the 4 day event of finger lickin’, mouth watering, lip smacking, yummy ribs, all on offer from 4 professional “ribbers”. This annual event, co-hosted with our friends the town’s Lion club, brought out locals and tourists by the hundreds and the newly instituted “Toonie at the Gate” fazed virtually no one!  Smiles abounded as young and old passed through the gates at our new location behind the Lou Jeffries/TLTI Recreation Centre.
Rotary is back in Gananoque Barbara Fisk 2022-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary for Africa

Posted by Ron Wellard, Nepean-Kanata

Dance plays a central role in Ugandan culture. Traditional dance links with music and other artistic forms giving expression to Ugandan traditional religious beliefs, spirituality and local culture.

Join us for an energetic, fun and culturally informative evening with visiting dance troupe members of the Agnes Zabali Boys and Girls Club of Kamenga Uganda. Elements of dance, drumming and traditional costumes blend  together for a truly unique event.

Mark your calendars, September 17th at 7pm, Woodroffe United Church, tickets available through Eventbrite.

Proceeds will be used to provide funding to Rotary supported local projects. 

Rotary for Africa Ron Wellard, Nepean-Kanata 2022-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Turning Pages with the Diverse Book Club

Posted by Jacinthe Paillé, Literacy Chair, District 7040
In my everyday life just like in Rotary, I wear many hats: mom, stepmom, wife, teacher, avid reader, Literacy Chair, member of the DEI committee, and more. Since July of 2021 I have had the pleasure of becoming the Literacy Chair for this district, which has allowed me to share my passion for education, literacy, reading, and books with fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, family, and friends. As such, I decided to start a book club (the Diverse Book Club) that would be accessible (online), open, and free to all, and that would be inclusive by focusing on questions inspired by varied pieces of writing from an array of authors, genres, themes, etc. You can participate even if you haven’t read the book!
Turning Pages with the Diverse Book Club Jacinthe Paillé, Literacy Chair, District 7040 2022-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Tip

Posted by Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid
I recently attended a DEI Summit sponsored Rotary District 5950 which covers the much of Minnesota. The summit was help live in Minneapolis and online via Zoom.
The focus of the summit fell into three main areas, DEI basics; The Business of Healing; and Transforming Club Culture.
In the breakout sessions, it was interesting to note how many of our clubs lack diversity. Change is happening, however it’s a slow process educating members.  
Thanks to our new International President, Jennifer Jones, she has made DEI her Presidential Initiative. 
Here’s an excerpt from her message about the DEI Initiative:
Diversity is one of Rotary's longstanding core values and greatest strengths. Jones knows there is more to be done to ensure that Rotary's culture exemplifies our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Rotary, with input and guidance from the DEI Task Force, has strengthened our commitment to DEI, resulting in a greater focus on celebrating every individual's contributions, advancing equity, and creating a more welcoming and inclusive culture.
President Jennifer Jones encourages each of us to do our part to ensure Rotary is a welcoming and inclusive community by:
  1. Learning more about DEI in Rotary, including understanding definitions and how to celebrate and respect our differences.
  2. Determining why DEI matters to our club and community and how using DEI principles can help our club grow and become stronger.
  3. Raising awareness of DEI, including creating a DEI committee in your club that reflects the demographics of your community.
  4. Taking action on DEI in our club and community for instance educating yourself about underrepresented groups in your community in order to become a more knowledgeable and effective advocate for DEI.
Learn more and take action by reading the DEI presidential brochure.
Find additional resources on our DEI web page.
Watch what Jones hopes to accomplish with DEI (download).
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Tip Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid 2022-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Dear fellow Rotarians and friends, greetings to all

We are already one month into this Rotary year, and I look forward to working and sharing fun with all of you throughout my journey as Governor and beyond. My official visits have started, and I am hopeful that the majority of these will be in person as nothing can replace these kinds of personal exchanges. How fortunate we were to have our RI President for 2022-2023, Jennifer Jones, start the new Rotary year with us in D-7040, Ottawa. I really felt privileged being present and this will be a lifetime memory to cherish. Her compassion, availability and personal touch were heartwarming and demonstrative of the spirit that we espouse for Rotarians. I am also seizing this opportunity to thank all those who were able to come and share these moments of joy and camaraderie with us in Ottawa. For those who were unable to participate, we encourage you to jump onto the bandwagon in sharing the fellowship and friendship.
Like all District Governors who have preceded me, I would like to see a vibrant district and our membership increasing as well. My district theme is Inclusion: Just Imagine what Inclusion can bring to our organisation. Not only will this help sustain our strength in the District, but it will also provide the opportunity to bring more people from diverse cultural, academic and employment backgrounds into Rotary. I have a particular objective of finding new ways of empowering the women who are already Rotarians or considering becoming Rotarians. I trust that you will join me in our efforts, and we will be united in reaching our goals.
As you are aware, President Jennifer Jones’ theme for this Rotary year is “Imagine Rotary.”  So, let’s challenge ourselves to dream big and imagine how we can attract new members in Rotary, engage with one another, keep our existing members and work together in the District to support our local communities and our international causes. August being the Membership month, let us work our best to at least have a plus in membership of our respective clubs by the end of the month.
Let’s join forces to make this a year to remember in D-7040!
Message du DG Michel Wong Kee Song – Bulletin de district pour le mois d’août
Chers camarades rotariens et amis, mes salutations à vous.
Un mois s’est écoulé déjà depuis que cette année du Rotary a débuté. J’ai hâte de vraiment mettre la main à la pâte et de partager du plaisir avec chacun de vous tout au long de mon mandat en tant que gouverneur et au-delà. Mes visites officielles ont commencé, et j’espère que la majorité d’entre elles se feront en personne, car rien ne peut remplacer ce genre d’échanges personnels. Quelle chance nous avions d’avoir notre présidente de RI pour 2022-2023, Jennifer Jones, pour démarrer la nouvelle année du Rotary chez nous au D-7040, à Ottawa. Je me suis vraiment senti privilégié d’être présent et ce sera un souvenir à chérir pour toute une vie. Sa compassion, sa disponibilité et sa touche personnelle nous faisaient chaud au cœur et étaient démonstratives de l’esprit que nous incitons chez les Rotariens. Je profite également de l’occasion pour remercier tous ceux qui ont pu venir partager ces moments de joie et de fraternité avec nous à Ottawa. Pour ceux qui n’ont pas pu participer, nous vous encourageons à vous joindre au mouvement en partageant autant la camaraderie et l’amitié.
Comme tous les gouverneurs de district qui m’ont précédé, j’aimerais voir un district dynamique et accueillir davantage de nouveaux membres. Mon thème de district est l’inclusion: imaginez ce que l’inclusion peut apporter à notre organisation. Non seulement cela aidera à maintenir notre force dans le district, mais cela donnera également l’occasion d’amener plus de personnes de divers horizons culturels, académiques et professionnels au Rotary. J’ai un objectif particulier de trouver de meilleures façons innovatrices de promouvoir les femmes qui sont déjà rotariennes ou qui envisagent de devenir rotariennes. J’espère sincèrement que vous vous joindrez à moi dans nos efforts et que nous serons unis afin d’atteindre nos objectifs.
Comme vous le savez, le thème de la présidente Jennifer Jones pour cette année du Rotary est « Imaginez le Rotary ».  Alors, mettons-nous au défi de rêver grand et d’imaginer comment nous pouvons attirer de nouveaux membres au Rotary, nous engager les uns avec les autres, garder nos membres existants et travailler ensemble dans le district pour soutenir nos communautés locales et nos causes internationales. Août étant le mois d’adhésion, faisons de notre mieux pour avoir au moins un plus dans l’adhésion à nos clubs respectifs d’ici la fin du mois.
Unissons nos forces pour en faire une année mémorable dans D-7040!
Le vôtre dans le service Rotary.
Michel Wong Kee Song
Dear fellow Rotarians and friends, greetings to all 2022-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Seaway West Rotarians Helping to Settle Refugees

Posted by Sam MacLeod - Rotary Club of Kingston
About seven years ago, an article circulated showing the image of a young boy, who laid lifeless on a beach along the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. The boy was identified as Alan Kurdi, a child who had drowned as his family attempted to flee the war in Syria. The image and article had a profound effect on my wife and I and we found ourselves pacing around our newly purchased home, staring into empty bedrooms, and trying to figure out if there was anything we could do. And so, around midnight, we decided to see if we might be able to host someone from Syria looking for a place of refuge and to help them settle in our town.
Seaway West Rotarians Helping to Settle Refugees Sam MacLeod - Rotary Club of Kingston 2022-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Kingston Supports Pathways to Education Graduation

The end of the school year is always exciting but especially for those who are graduating from secondary school. On June 16, 17, many young people gathered at the Kingston Community Health Centre with their families and Pathways to Education staff to celebrate their success. It was a wonderful event that would not have happened without the support and volunteer efforts of Kingston Rotarians.
Rotary in Kingston Supports Pathways to Education Graduation 2022-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

Jennifer Jones visit to Ottawa

Rotarians and Rotaractors in many cities across Canada are being visited by Jennifer Jones, the Rotary International President for 2022-2023 and the first female in Rotary’s 117 year existence. The “Imagine Canada Tour” began on June 17th in Dawson City, Yukon and will wind up on July 11th in Victoria, British Columbia.  Please check the District Facebook page for more pictures also.
Jennifer Jones visit to Ottawa 2022-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved.
Learn more about becoming a facilitator here.
Les premiers soins en santé mentale (PSSM), sont l’aide apportée aux personnes qui commencent à manifester un problème de santé mentale ou qui traversent une crise psychologique. Tout comme les premiers soins apportés en cas de blessures physiques, les premiers soins en santé mentale sont prodigués jusqu’à ce qu’un traitement approprié soit offert ou jusqu’à ce que la crise se résorbe.
En savoir plus de devenir animateur ici.
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Potsdam Rotary Donates $1,000 to Potsdam Neighborhood Center Food Bank

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
The Rotary Club of Potsdam has donated $1,000 to the Potsdam Neighborhood Center food bank in support of the Rotary District 7040 "Week of Service," April 24-30. Rotary President Taylor Robertson (right) presents a check to Neighborhood Center Director Kristal Hayes.
The donation was supported by a matching grant from Rotary District 7040. According to the district, with inflation in food costs, food banks have warned that those in need may soon run out of money for food and increase their use of food banks and other food sources. Also, due to inflation, it is likely that these organizations will have to pay more for many items.
To address this issue, the Rotary district is providing about a total of $80,000 to support food banks and other providers in the New York, Ontario, Quebec, and Nunavut. Participating Rotary and Rotaract clubs in District 7040 are each making a donation to a local food bank, food operation, or charitable meal provider during the Rotary Week of Service.
Potsdam Rotary Donates $1,000 to Potsdam Neighborhood Center Food Bank Michael Griffin, AG 2022-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Week of Service

Posted by Ariane Carriere, District Treasurer
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The article below this one is similar to many that I received. We promised you a wrap-up, but it is taking much longer than anticipated to gather and edit all the pictures, articles, and newspaper links that we received. It will be coming, but you will need to wait.
Originally, we had calculated that if everyone participated, we would be putting about $80,000 into food banks across the district. That is the amount mentioned in the article below. The cost to the district would have been about $40,000. We did not quite make that, but I am happy to announce that we spent $18,660 CAD, meaning that altogether we put $37,320 CAD into food banks across the district.
Semaine de service
L’article ci-dessous est similaire à beaucoup que j’ai reçu. Nous vous avons promis une récapitulation, mais il faut beaucoup plus de temps que prévu pour rassembler et éditer toutes les photos, articles et liens des journaux que nous avons reçus. Il viendra, mais vous devrez attendre.
À l’origine, nous avions calculé que si tout le monde participait, nous mettrions environ 80 000 $ dans les banques alimentaires du district. C’est le montant mentionné dans l’article ci-dessous. Le coût pour le district aurait été d’environ 40 000 $. Nous n’avons pas tout à fait fait cela, mais je suis heureux d’annoncer que nous avons dépensé 18 660 $ CA, ce qui signifie qu’au total, nous avons mis 37 320 $ CAD dans les banques alimentaires du district.
Week of Service Ariane Carriere, District Treasurer 2022-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

History in the making for District 7040!

Posted by Nabil and Gayle Oudeh, Imagine Rotary Canada Tour Planning Committee (Ottawa Hub)
On July 1, 2022, the first female President of Rotary International will begin her term. Jennifer Jones, a Canadian from Windsor, Ontario will be kicking off her year as RI President with a cross Canada tour and her very first day as President will be right here in District 7040! The purpose of this tour is to highlight the tremendous contributions that Rotarians make to their communities and to projects around the world.
We are excited to be hosting Jennifer and her husband, Nick Krayacich, as well as a number of other Canadian Rotary International dignitaries including Director Valarie Wafer and Mark Wafer, Trustee Dean Rohrs and Rhino Rohrs and current President’s Aide Bryn Styles and Randi Styles. They will be in Ottawa June 29, 30 and July 1.
While part of their schedule will include visiting with government officials while in Ottawa, a number of activities are planned so that all Rotarians in the District may have opportunity to meet incoming RI President Jennifer and to celebrate the new Rotary year. Here’s what their schedule looks like and where you can participate:
Wednesday, June 29
Evening reception with Canadian government officials
Thursday, June 30
Morning and afternoon - visiting various Rotary projects around Ottawa
Evening - Foundation Dinner/District Changeover Banquet. All Rotarians in District 7040 (and surrounding Districts) are invited to attend this very special celebration of giving to the Foundation as well as the changeover to a new Rotary year and the pinning of our incoming District Governor Michel Wong Kee Song. This event will take place at the Ottawa Conference Centre. More information in the District Calendar on the left OR
Friday, July 1
Morning – special presentation for the first Arch Klumph society member in the new Rotary year
Afternoon – Softball and BBQ. All Rotarians, family, and friends in District 7040 are invited to attend. We are organizing a friendly softball game or two that Rotarians can participate in. Or just cheer from the sidelines and enjoy a hotdog/hamburger! Details in the District Calendar on the left or register here.
This is a unique opportunity to meet our incoming RI President and to celebrate Rotary. Mark these dates on your calendar!
History in the making for District 7040! Nabil and Gayle Oudeh, Imagine Rotary Canada Tour Planning Committee (Ottawa Hub) 2022-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2022

Posted by Paul Elsley, on behalf of the RYLA 2022 team
Six months ago, with everything still uncertain, the RYLA planning team made the commitment to having an in-person RYLA and, although we were not without casualties, it was a resounding success. To make sure everyone was as safe as possible, we put several measures in place including masking indoors, making certain a nursing student was on site, and having the participants rapid test before coming to camp. Unfortunately, three of the students tested positive and were unable to come. We have already told them that they are first in line for next year’s RYLA.
That left us with 40 students who came from across the district. We had 7 students from Quebec, 7 students from New York state and 26 students from eastern Ontario. As has become the custom, there were twice as many girls as boys and we had a range of cultures, languages, and countries (including an exchange student from Germany) in our midst. Yeah DEI! A special thanks goes out to the Rotary Club of Plattsburgh which sponsored Jacob Mitchell. He travelled the furthest taking 4 ½ hours, including navigating the Canadian border, to get to the camp.
RYLA 2022 Paul Elsley, on behalf of the RYLA 2022 team 2022-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

DEI Committee – Tip of the Month

Posted by Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, DEI “Miss Manners”
At the May DEI Committee meeting Rene Melchers from Rotary Club of 1000 Islands (Brockville) gave an enlightening presentation about HIP (Honouring Indigenous People - This organization encourages and supports relationship building between Rotary clubs and Indigenous communities. One aspect of this relationship is a Land Acknowledgment, a way for all of us to recognize the people before us.
DEI Committee – Tip of the Month Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, DEI “Miss Manners” 2022-05-30 04:00:00Z 0

Canton Highway Cleanup

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
The Rotary Club of Canton recently conducted its semi-annual roadside clean-up.  A team of nine cleaned up trash and other debris along two miles of State Route 310 just north of Canton, bolstered by donuts and hot coffee at the early morning service activity.
Left to right: Brian LaVair, Mike Crowe, Kathy Mullaney, AG Michael Griffin, Scott Goldie, Tom Lee, Mary Anne Lessard and Ann Charlebois. (Not shown, Photographer and President Jeanne Tyo-Martin.)
Le Club Rotary de Canton a récemment procédé à son nettoyage semestriel en bordure de route.  Une équipe de neuf personnes a nettoyé les déchets et autres débris le long de deux miles de la Route d’État 310 juste au nord de Canton, renforcée par des beignets et du café chaud lors de l’activité de service tôt le matin.
Canton Highway Cleanup Michael Griffin, AG 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

June is Rotary Fellowship Month

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
Where has the year gone?  During the year, even despite COVID, I have had the opportunity to see first hand many demonstrations of the strong sense of fellowship that is shared among Rotarians.  Fellowship or friendship is what most members say keeps them in Rotary.
My term as District Governor will come to an end on June 30th therefore, we are also arriving at the last 3 letters of the alphabet as I continue with my interpretation of Rotary as defined by the ABC’s and the monthly themes.
X stands for the X-factor.  Noteworthy is the cooperation and assistance all members have shown me throughout the year. Thank you, I could not have done it without your support.
Y is in acknowledgment and praise of You and the impact you have made in this organization. Without you, we could not accomplish anything. Each one of us is unique, with different strengths, skills, and talents.  When we work together, we accomplish much – almost ending Polio is example of how you make it happen.
Z in my mind stands for zeal.  Rotarians use great energy and enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective. The zeal of Rotarians when working to eradicate Polio or developing a project to make your community or world a better place is inspirational. The zeal of Rotarians shows the true meaning of Rotary Service, Support, and Encouragement. Let’s continue to be our best selves.
Thank you all and peace always.
June is Rotary Fellowship Month DG Fay Campbell 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Leading in a Hybrid Work Environment – A new toolkit for leaders

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has prepared a new guide for employers -- Leading in a Hybrid Work Environment -- a new “toolkit” of expert advice and resources to help organizations and their managers support the mental well-being of employees impacted by the pandemic and the challenges of today’s hybrid work environment. 
The toolkit addresses some of the main issues facing managers in the current work environment: managing performance issues, conflict resolution, onboarding new staff, protecting one’s own mental health, and recognizing declining mental health in employees. 
Leading in a Hybrid Work Environment – A new toolkit for leaders 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Area Rotarians Walk to Raise Funds and Awareness for The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Linda Bouvier, Clayton
Rotarians in District 7040 contributed some $13,000 on May 14 after walking to raise awareness of the Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary International. District members hail from Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec, Northern New York, and Nunavut.
Clayton Rotarian Linda Bouvier in Montreal at the statue paying homage to the Iroquoian heritage on what is now the Loyola campus.
La Rotarienne de Clayton Linda Bouvier à Montréal à la statue rendant hommage au patrimoine iroquoien sur ce qui est maintenant le campus de Loyola.
Astronaut Marc Garneau, a Rotarian, praised the charitable work of the Rotary Foundation and its outreach in disaster relief for the Ukraine.
L’astronaute Marc Garneau, un Rotarien, a fait l’éloge du travail caritatif de la Fondation Rotary et de sa sensibilisation aux secours en cas de catastrophe pour l’Ukraine.
Area Rotarians Walk to Raise Funds and Awareness for The Rotary Foundation Linda Bouvier, Clayton 2022-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Labyrinth at the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park

Posted by Marion Mossman, President Ottawa-Stittsville
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Here is the link for the Stittsville Central news story on the history of the Labyrinth at the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park that appeared because of a Peace Walk for the Ukraine. It included information about the beginnings of the Labyrinth and the photos are great too.
Voici le lien pour le Stittsville Central nouvelles sur l’histoire du labyrinthe au W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park qui est apparu en raison d’une marche de la paix pour l’Ukraine. Il comprenait des informations sur les débuts du Labyrinthe et les photos sont également excellentes.
Labyrinth at the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park Marion Mossman, President Ottawa-Stittsville 2022-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 7040 Conference May 4 – 7, 2022

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville
Some of the DisCon team members 
Julia Ginley, Scott Vetter, DG Fay Campbell, Anna Van Adrichem Rochon, Jacinthe Paille, and Jane Courtice-Neocleous
Missing: Ariane Carriere, Jenn Grisi, Chris Cochrane, Luke McEachnie, Olivier Frasson, Marc Chau, and Dwight Brown
This District completed the first hybrid District Conference.  It took place after the cancellation in October and then the in-person cancellation for May and morphed into hybrid.  For the first three days - May 4th, 5th and 6th everything was done over Zoom.   Zoom is always a solution BUT it did allow us to host some excellent presenters. Our District’s Global Scholar of 2021 spoke with passion on Thursday evening after the presentation of Covid Angels Recognitions by DG Fay Campbell and awards and citations of 2021/22 by IPDG Hadi Mortada.
Rotary District 7040 Conference May 4 – 7, 2022 Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville 2022-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Covenant of Nations Sponsorship Support

Posted by Honouring Indigenous Peoples
You may be aware of the historical and spiritual gathering (Covenant of Nations) taking place between the Anishinaabeg Nation and Haudenosaunee Confederacy outside of Syracuse, New York August 2-5, 2022. They have not met together since 1840.
Covenant of Nations Sponsorship Support Honouring Indigenous Peoples 2022-05-18 04:00:00Z 0

The Queen's Beacon Lighting Ceremony

Posted by Teresa Whitmore, DGND
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  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 Queen's Beacon Lighting Ceremony Teresa Whitmore, DGND 2022-05-17 04:00:00Z 0

Grant Scholarship committee is pleased to announce Caitlin Grady

Posted by Katie Burke, Scholarship Chair
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.
Grant Scholarship committee is pleased to announce Caitlin Grady Katie Burke, Scholarship Chair 2022-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

District Literacy

Posted by Jacinthe Paille
Welcome to the Literacy page! The link below will take you to a plethora of information related to literacy, such as club projects, news, statistics, and more.
As your District Literacy Chair for 2021-22 and 2022-23, I am pleased to offer presentations to clubs in English and French (in person or virtually). I also started a Diverse Book Club (in English, virtual) where everyone is welcome – even if you have not read the book! I try to vary the authors, genres, themes, etc. so there is something for everyone. All details in link below.
Jacinthe Paillé
District Literacy Chair, 2021-22 & 2022-23
Bienvenue sur la page de l’alphabétisation! Le lien ci-dessous vous offre une panoplie d’informations en lien avec l’alphabétisation, comme par exemple des projets de clubs, des nouvelles, des statistiques et plus encore.
En tant que responsable de l’alphabétisation en 2021-22 et 2022-23, je suis heureuse d’offrir des présentations aux clubs en français et en anglais (en personne ou virtuellement). J’ai aussi commencé un club de lecture divers (en anglais, virtuel) ouvert à tous – même si vous n’avez pas lu le livre! Je tente de varier les auteurs, les genres, les thèmes, etc. afin qu’il y ait quelque chose pour chacun. Tous les détails dans le lien ci-dessous.
Jacinthe Paillé
Responsable de l’alphabétisation du District, 2021-22 & 2022-23
District Literacy Jacinthe Paille 2022-05-03 04:00:00Z 0 Literacy

Youth Service Month / le service à la jeunesse

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
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.
Youth Service Month / le service à la jeunesse DG Fay Campbell 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Deadline Approaching for Potsdam Rotary Golf Tournament

Rotarian golfers in Ontario, Quebec and New York are cordially invited to participate in the 18th annual Potsdam Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 14, at the Potsdam Town & Country Club in Potsdam, New York. Now that it's easier to cross the border again, please join your fellow Rotarians in a day of fun!
Foursomes should register as soon as possible at or (click on "Potsdam Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament 2022" under Upcoming Events), so that preparations can be made.
Deadline Approaching for Potsdam Rotary Golf Tournament 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

DEI Tip of the Month - May

Posted by Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, DEI “Miss Manners”
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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:
DEI Tip of the Month - May Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, DEI “Miss Manners” 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Become a Mental Health First Aid Facilitator – Virtually!

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.
Become a Mental Health First Aid Facilitator – Virtually! 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Canton Rotary Sells Out in Pi Day Pie Sale

The Rotary Club of Canton sold out with sales of 100 apple and blueberry pies in its annual Pie Sale Fundraiser on March 13, one day before Pi Day!
Front row (left to right): Rotarians Brian Lavair, Mary Anne Lessard, Sonya Butler and Jeanne Tyo-Martin. Back row: Michael Crowe and Bob DeGraff.
Canton Rotary Sells Out in Pi Day Pie Sale 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Golf Classic 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Massena Pancake Breakfast Raises Nearly $6,000

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.
Massena Pancake Breakfast Raises Nearly $6,000 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Westmount - Helping Ukrainian Refugees in Romania

Posted by Susan Buscemi, President Westmount

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 Rotary Club of Westmount - Helping Ukrainian Refugees in Romania Susan Buscemi, President Westmount 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
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ClubRunner Changeover Training Series

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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 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.

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Truckload of PEI Potatoes delivered to Kingston

Posted by Daniel Geleyn, President Kingston-Frontenac
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.
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Truckload of PEI Potatoes delivered to Kingston Daniel Geleyn, President Kingston-Frontenac 2022-05-02 04:00:00Z 0

Dominica Smart Distance Learning Project

Posted by Julia Ginley, Orleans
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)
Dominica Smart Distance Learning Project Julia Ginley, Orleans 2022-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

In the Spirit of Peace

Posted by Yulia Zharikova, secretary of the Rotary Club of Kyiv Advance
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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.
In the Spirit of Peace Yulia Zharikova, secretary of the Rotary Club of Kyiv Advance 2022-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Funeral Service for Edmond Lanthier Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11 a.m. 2022-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club International Cooperation – Club Twinning

Posted by Pardeep Ahluwalia, DGN, West Ottawa
Something special took place at the March 29 virtual meeting of the Rotary Club of West Ottawa (RCWO) of D7040, a meeting attended by over 70 members and friends of the RCWO and the Rotary Club of Mira Road, Mumbai (RCMR) of D3141. After a presentation on the RCWO International Service activities, the two Clubs demonstrated their belief in International Cooperation by formalizing a Rotary Club Twinning Agreement.
Rotary Club International Cooperation – Club Twinning Pardeep Ahluwalia, DGN, West Ottawa 2022-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

Take Action: Report and verify your 2022-23 club information and officers to RI

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. 
Take Action: Report and verify your 2022-23 club information and officers to RI 2022-03-30 04:00:00Z 0
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Annual District Foundation Walk for the Annual Fund

Posted by Bonnie Black, DRFC
Each May, Rotarians around our District gather to raise funds for the Foundation’s Annual Fund – the ‘engine’ which drives all local and global grants which do good in the world. The past two years, we did it virtually and raised more than we had in recent years!  This year, the Rotary Club of Montreal West & NDG will be hosting our Walk on Saturday, May 14thbeginning at the Town Hall.
We are hoping that many will be excited to get out and walk together in Rotary fellowship on the 14th of May.  Reporting forms to assure your Club is represented in Montreal West can be downloaded here.  Collect your cash or checks and bring them with you, submitting them at the Registration Table before setting out on your walk with other clubs.  We will enjoy a lunch together at the end of the Walk which is covered by your registration fee. To register for the walk CLICK HERE.
Annual District Foundation Walk for the Annual Fund Bonnie Black, DRFC 2022-03-29 04:00:00Z 0

DisCon 2022 Hybrid – Mind, Body & Spirit District Conference Updates

District 7040 is proud to have The Mental Health Commission of Canada as a presenting partner of the District Conference.          
Did you already register for the District Conference (DisCon 2022 - Hybrid) and are now wishing you had chosen the in-person option?  Not to worry, you can go back to your conference registration and make that edit yourself.  If you can’t find it, or you need help, please contact Ariane.
If you haven’t already registered for the District Conference (Discon2022 - Hybrid) being held May 4, 5, 6 and 7, please do!  $126.50 in person or $26.50 online.  More detail to follow in future communications or CLICK HERE for more information and to register.   
DisCon 2022 Hybrid – Mind, Body & Spirit District Conference Updates 2022-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Getting Close to the End of ABC's

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
Continuing with the ABC's of Rotary – this month we look at the letters T and U as it relates to Rotary International's monthly theme for April, Maternal and Child Health. Every day mothers give birth. In some parts of the world, there is a massive risk for both mother and child.
Tragic: What could be more tragic than a mother losing her life during childbirth? Rotary’s goal is to make childbirth safer by providing adequate care during pregnancy and delivery. Millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes that we take for granted or consider an inconvenience in most parts of North America.
How many children die each year unnecessarily? At least seven million under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary provides immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improves access to essential medical services, and supports trained health care providers for mothers and their children.
Rotary’s projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs. Maternal and Child Health Care is also recognized as one of Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus.
Understanding the causes of maternal mortality during childbirth is still a challenge. Continuing improvement in local healthcare such as education, nutrition and good hygiene is vital in reducing the risks to both mother and child.
Getting Close to the End of ABC's DG Fay Campbell 2022-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Canton Rotary Sells Out in Pi Day Pie Sale

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
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The Rotary Club of Canton sold out with sales of 100 apple and blueberry pies in its annual Pie Sale Fundraiser on March 13, one day before Pi Day!
Front row (left to right): Rotarians Brian Lavair, Mary Anne Lessard, Sonya Butler and Jeanne Tyo-Martin (lol).
Back row: Michael Crowe and Bob DeGraff.
Le Rotary club de Canton a vendu 100 tartes aux pommes et aux bleuets lors de sa collecte de fonds annuelle Pie Sale le 13 mars, la veille du Pi Day !
Canton Rotary Sells Out in Pi Day Pie Sale Michael Griffin, AG 2022-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid Rotary Club holds discussion about the Ukraine

Posted by Harris Semegram, Lake Placid
On March 16, the Lake Placid club held a special evening meeting via Zoom to learn more about the Ukraine situation to that point via interviewing Dmitry Feld.  Dmitry was born in Russia and lived in the Ukraine for many years.  He is currently Marketing Director for USALuge and had run the very successful I LOVE NY BBQ festival more many years.  Dmitry recently arranged for Ukrainian flags to be hung along the village’s Main Street.  He was interviewed by club co-President Harris Semegram, and Betsy Brown, who also lived in Russia for years as an employee of the Department of State.  Betsy appeared as a private citizen.  Download/listen to the audio of the interview here.
Lake Placid Rotary Club holds discussion about the Ukraine Harris Semegram, Lake Placid 2022-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Ride 2022

Posted by Tom Deuson, Watertown
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.
ShelterBox Ride 2022 Tom Deuson, Watertown 2022-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

DEI Tip of the Month - April

Posted by Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, newly elected DEI “Miss Manners”
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Every month the DEI Committee will share tips, ask/answer questions, and present guidelines for you to assess if your club is DEI-Friendly (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion)
Check to see if you can answer “Yes” to all the following questions:
  1. Is your meeting accessible to all?
    1. Location?
    2. Handicapped Accessible?
    3. Time Accessible?
    4. Cost Accessible?
    5. Alternative Meetings/Times?
  2. Is there an ethnic bias to your meetings?
  3. Do you offer hybrid meetings?
  4. Does everyone have the technology capabilities to join your Zoom meetings?
  5. Are your meetings non-political?
  6. Are your meetings non-denominational?
For more DEI guidelines “watch this space!”
DEI Tip of the Month - April Susan Friedmann, Lake Placid, newly elected DEI “Miss Manners” 2022-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

What Could You Do with $25,000?

Posted by WASH Rotary Action Group
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.
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.
What Could You Do with $25,000? WASH Rotary Action Group 2022-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

Statement by Chair of the Rotary Action Group for Peace

Posted by Fabio Carballo

Dear Peacebuilders,

Further to the statement from the RAGFP issued on 13th February (We in the Rotary Action Group represent Rotarians of all nations and ethnicities.  We all share one language, and that is the language of peace.  We do not support violence and war as a solution to conflict and differences.)

I should like to assure you that we in the Rotary Action Group for Peace, through our Past Chair and other Directors, are doing all that we can to support Rotarians and Rotaractors at this time of uncertainty. We have been doing this through attendance at international Rotary and Rotaract meetings, offering advice and support. We too support the initiative of Rotary International and their Task Force in supplying humanitarian aid to Ukraine and neighbouring countries who have been taking in many refugees.

We are reminded at this time of the urgency of our mission i.e., the prevention of conflict.  We therefore invite more Rotarians to join us in the Rotary Action Group for Peace so that together we may grow this movement for peace.

Statement by Chair of the Rotary Action Group for Peace Fabio Carballo 2022-03-19 04:00:00Z 0

Chesterville Snow Days 2022

The Rotary Club of Chesterville partnered with the Chesterville Winter Carnival Committee to come up with an activity for all ages - Chesterville Snow Days.  The intent was to get people out enjoying the snow and to submit a photo to be included in a photo collage.  You can see from the photos that everyone (and their dog) participated. The result was a lot of fun, smiles and this collage.
Le Rotary Club de Chesterville s’est associé au Comité du Carnaval d’hiver de Chesterville pour proposer une activité pour tous les âges : Chesterville jours de neige.  L’intention était d’amener les gens à profiter de la neige et de soumettre une photo à inclure dans un collage photo.  Vous pouvez voir sur les photos que tout le monde (et leur chien) a participé. Le résultat a été beaucoup de plaisir, des sourires et ce collage.
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Célébrons "Le Jour de la Terre" le samedi 23 avril 2022

Posted by Club Rotary Laval Rive-Nord
Berge de l'Alose, 3560, rue du Barrage Laval QC H7E 5A7
Le parc est ouvert à tous sans frais de 7 à 22 h
Activité familiale: Apporter votre gouter, chaises de parterre, gants de caoutchouc, râteaux, pince de ramassage pour aider à nettoyer la Berge du Barrage et la Berge de l'Alose sises au 3560, rue du Barrage, Laval QC H7E 5A7. Stationnement sur la rue dans les endroits désignés.  Vous y trouverez aussi des bancs, des tables de pique-nique, des poubelles et des toilettes. La Ville de Laval fournira les sacs appropriés et demande aux citoyens de respecter les consignes sanitaires en vigueur dans les lieux publics.
Célébrons "Le Jour de la Terre" le samedi 23 avril 2022 Club Rotary Laval Rive-Nord 2022-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

Responding to the crisis in Ukraine

Posted by John Germ, Chair, The Rotary Foundation
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As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, Rotary has made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We are deeply concerned about the Ukraine crisis and need your help.

Rotary is made up of people of action, especially in difficult times. In response to the deepening refugee crisis, The Rotary Foundation Trustees have decided to prioritize contributions made to the Disaster Response Fund until 30 April 2022 to support disaster response grants for districts affected by these events. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to supply water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing.
Half a million people have fled Ukraine and are in dire need of emergency aid. The United Nations estimates that number of refugees could grow to as many as 5 million people displaced. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families.

With your donation to our Disaster Response Fund, we can support communities and help rebuild lives during this tragic time.
En tant que l’une des plus grandes organisations humanitaires au monde, le Rotary a fait de la paix la pierre angulaire de notre mission mondiale. Nous sommes profondément préoccupés par la crise ukrainienne et avons besoin de votre aide.
Le Rotary est composé de personnes d’action, surtout dans les moments difficiles. En réponse à l’aggravation de la crise des réfugiés, les administrateurs de la Fondation Rotary ont décidé de donner la priorité aux contributions versées au
Fonds de réponse aux catastrophes jusqu’au 30 avril 2022 pour soutenir les subventions d’intervention en cas de catastrophe pour les districts touchés par ces événements. Ces subventions accélérées pour les interventions en cas de catastrophe peuvent être utilisées pour fournir de l’eau, de la nourriture, des médicaments, des abris et des vêtements.
Un demi-million de personnes ont fui l’Ukraine et ont un besoin urgent d’aide d’urgence. Les Nations Unies estiment que le nombre de réfugiés pourrait atteindre jusqu’à 5 millions de personnes déplacées. Les Rotary clubs d’Europe et du monde entier ont intensifié leur travail de secours, certains travaillant sur le terrain pour aider les familles déplacées. Grâce à votre don à notre
 Fonds d’intervention en cas de catastrophe, nous pouvons soutenir les communautés et aider à reconstruire des vies pendant cette période tragique.
Responding to the crisis in Ukraine John Germ, Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2022-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

Need help with your WASH project—here’s how!!

Posted by Ron Denham, Chair Emeritus, Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group
The Rotary club of LaSalle-Centennial wanted to support the RC of Mzuzu (Malawi) to bring water to a rural community, but the cost was more than the club, and its partners could raise.
Enter the Canadian Rotarian Water Foundation (CRWF).
Need help with your WASH project—here’s how!! Ron Denham, Chair Emeritus, Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group 2022-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Canton Fundraiser

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
The Rotary Club of Canton recently held a 50/50 fundraiser during a hockey game at St. Lawrence University's Appleton Arena in Canton, New York. Left to right: President Jeanne Tyo-Martin, Janet Favro and Treasurer Brian LaVair. (Not pictured: Scott Goldie, working at the club's Chuck-a-Puck table.)
Le Club Rotary de Canton a récemment organisé une collecte de fonds 50/50 lors d’un match de hockey à l’Appleton Arena de l’Université St. Lawrence à Canton, dans l’État de New York. De gauche à droite : la présidente Jeanne Tyo-Martin, Janet Favro et le trésorier Brian LaVair. (Non photographié : Scott Goldie, travaillant à la table Chuck-a-Puck du club.)
Canton Fundraiser Michael Griffin, AG 2022-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

March Is Easter Seals Month

Posted by David Short, Kingston
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David Short here - I'm with the Rotary Club of Kingston – inviting your club to participate in the annual March Is Easter Seals Month campaign. It’s a special year this year - our 100th Anniversary!
Founded in 1922 by Ontario Rotary clubs, Easter Seals Ontario has been supporting Easter Seals Kids and their families in Southeastern Ontario - helping children with physical disabilities obtain equipment needed for daily living, as well as camps and social activities they might otherwise not have access to. Learn more about how your money helps. or watch this two minute video showing how funds raised make a HUGE impact on kids’ lives: The Impact and Cost of Essential Equipment

The annual March Is Easter Seals Month campaign is THE major fundraiser of the year. Its success is critical. We encourage your club to participate in at least one of the many ways to do so this year!
March Is Easter Seals Month David Short, Kingston 2022-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Winter BBQ

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville
Who holds a barbeque in -23C weather?  The Rotary Club of Kemptville does.  It was our most successful BBQ ever.
Less than a week before the Kemptville Skating Event, the organizers had a call from a local food truck canceling their participation.  A Rotarian was called to see if the club would be willing to barbeque hot dogs, hamburgers and sell cold drinks.  “No problem!” 
Every Canadian expects cold temperatures in winter but that weekend was exceptional.  -23C (-9.4 F) without taking into consideration the chill factor.   Cold drinks were not a “hot” seller.  In fact, it was so cold that the condiments needed to be hidden inside oven mitts to keep them from freezing. 
Rotary Winter BBQ Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville 2022-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
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Chesterville Snow Days

Posted by Christine Barkley, Chesterville
Due to the precautions surrounding Covid-19, Chesterville did not hold their winter carnival this year. Therefore, the Carnival Committee and the Rotary Club of Chesterville partnered together to host Chesterville Snow Days.  Everyone is invited to capture their winter fun activities in a photo and submit the photo to the Rotary Club. A collage of all photos will be created and posted for all to enjoy. 
February is known as one of the gloomiest months of the year.  The Rotary Club of Chesterville was determined to change this and erected a Valentine Kissing Booth in the town gazebo to help people feel and spread the love in the community. 
The Booth was enjoyed by all ages.  There were even people stopping with their pets to share a smooch!    In the photo, Merrick and Raleigh stop by for a quick photo op. Merrick and Raleigh are the children of Derrick and Shannon Minish of Chesterville.
Chesterville Snow Days Christine Barkley, Chesterville 2022-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Days of Service

Proposal to Support Food Banks or Food Charities
Rotary and Rotaract clubs in District 7040 will each make a donation to their local food bank, food operation, or charitable meal provider during a “Rotary Week of Service” on the last week of April 2022.

District 7040 will provide $500 reimbursements to clubs that donate at least $1,000 to their local food banks. The District will reimburse 50% of a club’s donation if it is less than $1,000. An alternative for clubs with ongoing food-related programs would be to provide proof that they have donated this year (i.e., a cancelled cheque), and arrange for a “photo op” the last week of April 2022. Donations and reimbursements will be in the currency of the club’s nationality ($US or $CAD).
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District Governor Message for March

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.
When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
What words that start with the letters: Q,R & S relate to Rotary’s theme this month?
Quality /Quantity
The quantity of Global Grant Projects: Since 2013, The Rotary Foundation has invested more than $130 million in over two thousand projects worldwide. Through this investment, our Rotary volunteers, people of action, have improved access to safely managed and basic WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Education) services to communities, schools, and healthcare facilities, while protecting and conserving water resources quality. 
R: Response
Rotarians continue to be committed to making a difference to those that need assistance in our country as well as in the wider world community. It is wonderful to witness the response by our members when need has been identified.
S: Sanitation, Sustainable
The objective of the WASH projects is to develop good hygiene habits in children, “By reducing absenteeism due to diseases that are acquired due to lack of water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools, we can increase their academic development. Training teachers to help children develop good hygiene habits is key.”
Rotary challenges our members to develop sustainable projects that comprehensively address the most pressing need - water, sanitation, and hygiene education.
District Governor Message for March DG Fay Campbell 2022-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Potsdam Rotary Participates in Frosty Fest!

Posted by AG Michael Griffin
Members of the Potsdam Rotary Club turned out to support Frosty Fest! in Ives Park on Saturday morning. Battling slushy conditions, the team sculpted three "Snowtarians," heralding the Rotary messages of international service, and world peace and understanding. The Rotary logo was displayed on blue ice adjacent to a display of Potsdam Rotary projects, along with a streamer of international flags. Left to right: Laurean Pelkey, Bobby Gordon, Mary Sue Foster and Shawn Seymour.
Potsdam Rotary Participates in Frosty Fest! AG Michael Griffin 2022-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Darkspark VERSIONS - a Youth Service Opportunity

Posted by Bill Egnatoff, Cataraqui-Kingston
The Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston is planning to again support the work of Darkspark. We invite Rotary H.I.P. club members and other interested clubs in our District to join us.
Darkspark, founded by musicians Melissa Larkin and D’Ari Lisle and now in its 10th year, promotes intercultural understanding by giving voice to youth on social justice issues through engaging them in songwriting (including rap) and storytelling supported by professional musicians, videographers, and educators. The song and project story videos are circulated widely on social media platforms used by artists internationally.
Darkspark VERSIONS - a Youth Service Opportunity Bill Egnatoff, Cataraqui-Kingston 2022-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Ottawa Rotary Youth Forest

Posted by Phil McNeely, Director of Community Services, Orléans
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Let’s work with our youth to plant new forests and help restore our planet!
In a recent article in the Ottawa Citizen, Keroles B. Riad wrote that “Studying climate science and sustainability policy is one of the most important topics that affects your life. It has become as basic as math, biology and language- part of the knowledge base necessary for us to exercise our civic duty as well as global citizenship.”
The Rotary Club of Orléans (RCO) proposes the Ottawa Rotary Youth Forest, the planting of a youth forest in the South Nation River watershed east of Ottawa. Hopefully, the project will grow to include 10 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs and 10 secondary schools in the Ottawa area, starting with 2,000 trees in the spring of 2023.
Ottawa Rotary Youth Forest Phil McNeely, Director of Community Services, Orléans 2022-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Connection - Lake Placid and the Winter Olympics

Posted by Harris Semegram, Lake Placid
As we watched the coverage of the 2022 Winter Olympics, the Rotary Club of Lake Placid feels very connected to Team USA and our “hometown” athletes.  So many have trained here in Lake Placid over the years.  Perhaps you’d like to watch this short video in which you’ll see 1992 Silver Medalist Paul Wylie describing some of what the future holds.  Paul recently spoke to our club and provided us with a very informative “backstage tour” of what goes into training for the Olympics, from technology to stagecraft. 
Alors que nous regardions la couverture des Jeux olympiques d'hiver de 2022, le Rotary club de Lake Placid se sent très lié à l'équipe des États-Unis et aux athlètes de notre « ville natale ». Tant de personnes se sont entraînées ici à Lake Placid au fil des ans. Peut-être aimeriez-vous regarder cette courte vidéo dans laquelle vous verrez le médaillé d'argent de 1992, Paul Wylie, décrire une partie de ce que l'avenir nous réserve. Paul s'est récemment adressé à notre club et nous a fourni une « visite des coulisses » très informative de ce qui se passe dans l'entraînement pour les Jeux olympiques, de la technologie à la mise en scène.
Connection - Lake Placid and the Winter Olympics Harris Semegram, Lake Placid 2022-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Notice to All D7040 Rotarians

Posted by Bette Miller, chair Legislation Committee
At the District 7040 Council meeting, February 12, 2022, it was determined that moving forward references to D7040 District Procedures will be discontinued and removed from the District website.  This change has been made to ensure that information regarding governance will be current at all times thus reducing possible confusion that may be caused by outdated information or wording. This change also allows Rotarians to access information in all of Rotary’s official languages.
For matters of governance, clubs should refer to the following documents:
Notice to All D7040 Rotarians Bette Miller, chair Legislation Committee 2022-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2022

Posted by Paul Elsley, RYLA chair
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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:
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 or phone 613-449-8854 for RYLA updates
RYLA 2022 Paul Elsley, RYLA chair 2022-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

All About Environmental Sustainability

Posted by Elsabe Falkson, Chair
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In keeping with Rotary International recognizing Environment Sustainability as a seventh Area of Focus, Rotary District 7040 now has an Environment page Check this page regularly for developments and project ideas.
District 7040 EnviroClub Awards
The Awards Scheme is a progressive, criteria-based system, where a club first applies for a “Bronze” Award, before progressing to a “Silver” Award and finally a “Gold” Award. Any Rotary, Rotaract or Interact club in the District can apply. Benefits to your club:
  • Recognition of your club’s environmental activities
  • Provide incentives for new environmental activities
  • Use the certification in the marketing of your club and fundraising efforts
  • Engage and retain current members
  • Attract new members of a younger demographic
  • Build new partnerships with like-minded organizations
All About Environmental Sustainability Elsabe Falkson, Chair 2022-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Discon2022 Is Now Discon2022 Hybrid

District Governor Fay’s wish to provide a family-friendly Body, Mind and Spirit District Conference in Ottawa will come true but it has been adjusted to allow for the well-being of all concerned.  If you are comfortable traveling, you are encouraged to attend and enjoy the in-person camaraderie that we’ve all been missing *(for $126.50 which includes all Saturday meals, hospitality suite and excursion).  If you need or prefer to stay home you can participate in almost all of the conference’s offerings *(for $26.50) – the business meeting, plenary sessions, workshops, awards and entertainment as well connecting anytime to the House of Friendship, Yoga, Mindfulness exercise, Tai Chi and Silent Auction.
Discon2022 Is Now Discon2022 Hybrid 2022-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

Posthumous Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation

Posted by Vila Smith, Arnprior
The Rotary Club of Arnprior has posthumously presented the late Rabbi Reuven Bulka with a Paul Harris Fellowship as someone who exemplified Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self.”  A presentation ceremony was held via Zoom during the Club’s January 24th weekly meeting. The ceremony was attended by the Rabbi’s son Eliezer Bulka and Rabbi Iden Scher of the Machzikei Hadas Synagogue in Ottawa where Rabbi Bulka served for over 50 years. He became known as “Canada’s Rabbi” because of his outstanding service to his community and for Canada. Rotarian Leo Hughes spoke about how Rabbi Bulka dedicated his life to spreading kindness, helping people, making a difference, comforting others, and always saying the right thing at the right time to make someone feel better.
Posthumous Paul Harris Fellowship Presentation Vila Smith, Arnprior 2022-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee and Rotary 2022-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

Delivering Some Goodness - Christmas Hamper Drive-Saturday December 18th, 2021

Posted by Rotary Club of Iqaluit 6269
In the latter months of the year, it is not unusual at a Rotary meeting in Iqaluit, that you will hear the members coming together to review the operations of the Christmas Hamper Drive.
Local partnerships in the community and other parts of the country, south from us, have contributed significantly to the success of this yearly event since the 70’s.
One of our on-going partners, Arctic Co-operatives, initiated and put together 260 hampers of perishable and non-perishable items! All the goodness in box, to ensure that families in Iqaluit, enjoy a nice Christmas dinner.
The hampers were delivered, ahead of time, to our local Cadet Hall, and turkeys followed early Saturday morning. New and faithful volunteers, with addresses in hand, taking up to four, five and six hampers in their vehicle, wheeled off to deliver the hampers in all corners of the city.
Delivering Some Goodness - Christmas Hamper Drive-Saturday December 18th, 2021 Rotary Club of Iqaluit 6269 2022-01-27 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by DG Fay Campbell
February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/ Resolution month continuing with the ABCs of Rotary we will look at the letters: N, O, P
N:  Narrowing, Nurturing
O:  Objectives,
P:  Pandemic, Paradigm, Peace
Consider this quote from MAHATMA GANDHI:
"Good travels at a snail's space.
The peace movement cannot accomplish things radically and all at once.
 Often, it can only advance by gradual and protracted means.
 Gradualism does not, however, imply negative compromise or merely passing time.
It means truly reforming our times by sowing seeds of peace in individual minds through sincere dialogue and, in this way, cultivating consensus”.
February DG Fay Campbell 2022-01-27 05:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now Tulips – Are on the “Grow Again”! 😊

Posted by Barbara Fisk, End Polio Now chair
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Once again clubs in our District are being offered the opportunity to raise funds for Polio Plus, through the sale of the brightly theme coloured, red and yellow, End Polio New Tulips!  This program, supported by Vesey’s Nursery in PEI, is a super way to build community spirit, raise awareness for Polio Eradication and even help with member recruitment!  It is truly a WIN/WIN/WIN program!
Canadian clubs have been contacted to consider how they will get involved this year.  AND!!!! NEW this YEAR – we are looking to include the American clubs, using a different supplier! More details on that will follow soon!  Canadian Clubs renewing their commitments already know “how” to be involved in the project, but for some clubs this is a new adventure.  This is how the program started!
Dutch Rotarians have led the world in using tulips to benefit this critical polio eradication project. What began as the purchase of rights to name and sell a new variety of tulip during a 2013 charity auction, this idea has blossomed into a continuing and internationally successful fundraiser. In the first few years of launching this initiative, over 1.5 million tulips were sold, generating approximately $2,000,000 US to fight polio. Thanks to the breeding and cultivation of these beautiful tulips by Dutch grower Jan Lichthart, this Rotary initiative has spread to Switzerland, Germany, France, the USA and is now in its fourth year in Canada. 
End Polio Now Tulips – Are on the “Grow Again”! 😊 Barbara Fisk, End Polio Now chair 2022-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

Take the Rotary District 7040 Diversity Survey

Posted by DEI committee
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a top priority for Rotary International and District 7040, one that underscores our core values for how members interact with each other and our communities.
In 2019 the RI Board adopted a statement that affirms its commitment to DEI and recognizes that Rotary's capacity for doing good is amplified when we not only welcome, but actively invite, a variety of experiences, cultures, and perspective. In 2020 then DG Hadi Mortada appointed a DEI committee under the leadership of Rotarian Martha Weaver to foster greater understanding and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion; in 2021 DG Fay Campbell appointed Rotaractor Heather Taylor as co-chair of the DEI committee.
This survey collects input regarding DEI from district 7040 Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs and from individual members to understand what is working and identify opportunities to improve at club and district levels. The survey has two components: A comprehensive survey of club leadership to learn whether diversity is valued and championed at the club level and identify area where assistance from the DEI committee will make a difference. An additional survey of all Rotary, Rotaract and Interact members will give an understanding of which areas of DEI survey respondents perceive as most important.
Take the Rotary District 7040 Diversity Survey DEI committee 2022-01-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Reflections: Ambassadorial Scholar Watched 'Miracle Unfold' in South Africa

Posted by Brett House
With a bachelor’s degree in economics from Queen’s University, I was selected in 1994 as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and headed abroad for a year of study at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The year helped me launch a quarter-century career as a macroeconomist.
Inspired by my experiences in South Africa, I have worked to make financial markets and economies more stable and effective at producing better living standards for people in Canada and throughout the world at the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and now at Scotiabank in Toronto.
Rotary’s scholarship program was established in 1947 “to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.” Since then, over 30,000 young leaders from over 100 countries have participated.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars aren’t just academics: they’re embedded in the communities they visit as goodwill representatives of their countries and to do presentations on their research and their homelands. Across South Africa, I talked — sometimes in French or broken Afrikaans — about how the world needs “more Canada,” and I tried to share a few modest insights for its post-apartheid transition.
Rotary Reflections: Ambassadorial Scholar Watched 'Miracle Unfold' in South Africa Brett House 2022-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

Maybe about VTT, Maybe about something entirely new

We're doing something different at our club (Plattsburgh Sunrise). Our club, represented by our International Services Committee (ISC), will virtually host Jean Claude Mbonigaba for a professional development experience. The hosting period is January 31 – March 11, 2022. Claude is from Rwanda. He was selected for a professional development experience (PDE) by the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) program. As part of his MWF experience, a US-based organization will serve as his mentor, working in an area aligned with his interests: youth participation in their communities. Our club is qualified to serve as his PDE host for six weeks since we actively engage in international development activities.
Maybe about VTT, Maybe about something entirely new 2022-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

Hearing Loss – The Silent Epidemic

Posted by Ross Hammond
My wife Monique has a Zoom Presentation – “Hearing Loss – The Silent Epidemic”. She has spoken to over 200 Rotary Clubs. This includes over 100 Zoom and 100 in person presentations to clubs in the US, Canada, Australia and Scotland. Monique has also spoken in person to over 185 other community organizations and employee groups about Hearing Loss. Monique and I are also Rotarians. We are between clubs as our club closed, but are looking at joining a Passport Club in our area.
Hearing Loss – The Silent Epidemic Ross Hammond 2022-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International @ COP-26

Posted by Harris Semegram, Lake Placid
Bill Flederbach, incoming President of the Lake Placid Rotary Club, attended the recent COP-26 global climate summit in Glasgow.  Bill's presentation to the club included an overview of the summit with commentary on Rotary's global involvement in mitigating the impacts of climate change.  Bill also presented insights into what his firm, ClimeCo, Inc. (Bill is CEO) does worldwide with many projects focusing on agricultural methane abatement, reforestation, organic waste composting and digestion.  One of Bill's themes for his tenure as President will be to focus our club on an environmental project.  Here's Bill with RI President Shekhar Mehta and his wife, Rashi.
Rotary International @ COP-26 Harris Semegram, Lake Placid 2022-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Statement on Global Vaccination

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:
Rotary Statement on Global Vaccination 2022-01-18 05:00:00Z 0

Making a Difference at the Parkdale Food Centre

Posted by Ché Weist, President, Rotary Club of Ottawa
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I remember walking on Rosemount Avenue off Wellington Street West in Ottawa, wondering about the smell of food that came from a small building tucked between a few larger ones.  Following my nose, I ended up taking the stairs to a basement full of people who were cooking under the watchful eye of a chef.  As everyone was cutting vegetables, fruit, washing dishes, and setting up long tables, the chef was stirring a huge pot and keeping an eye on the crowd around him and talking all the while.
The chef, Simon Bell, asked me few questions.  Once I said I wanted to help, he handed me an apron and blue gloves and a large bag full of kale. I knew what he wanted to do: mix it with olive oil and bring the heaping amount to half of its size. Simon smiled and walked away saying I knew what I was doing.  I did mention that I enjoyed cooking and my great grandma, who raised me, was a fantastic chef.
Within a couple of weeks, I was invited to a training session where board members of the Parkdale Food Centre were focused on healthy fresh meals served with dignity. I was impressed by the kind approach to feeding some 85 people daily, and I started going every Wednesday to help with the cooking and serving.
Making a Difference at the Parkdale Food Centre Ché Weist, President, Rotary Club of Ottawa 2022-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

Sad News

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
It is with great sadness that I must announce PDG Edmond Lanthier, Rotary Club of Hull passed away on January 13.
In recognition of his commitments, a donation can be made to: The Air Cadet League of Canada (Quebec) or The Rotary Foundation (Canada).
A celebration of his life ceremony will be organized later in 2022.
Sad News DG Fay Campbell 2022-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
New members Montreal East 2022-01-13 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor 2024-2025 Selected

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
It is with great pleasure that we announce the selection of Teresa Whitmore, Rotary Club of Orleans, to serve as 7040 District Governor for the 2024-2025 Rotary year. She will be District Governor Nominee Designate until July.
Teresa has volunteered throughout her entire working life. Her experience includes serving as President of the real estate board, President of UNIFEM Canada, President of the United Way as well as a variety of other charities. She is Past President of the Rotary Club of Orleans.

In 2016 she was the District Conference chair for DG Nabil Oudeh and again for DG Hadi Mortada in 2021. She currently serves as the AG for 6 of the 11 clubs in our area and is the chair of the Foundation Annual Fund committee.

Teresa has been a full time Realtor for more than 30 years, specializing in military and relocation moves. She also specializes in expat moves to Panama, Latin America. Her previous career included time with Air Canada and then as manager of a travel agency for 15 years.

She was elected as a city councillor for the City of Belleville and served on two Economic Development Commissions for the city and region. In that capacity she travelled to South Korea on Economic Trade Missions. She also served as the Chair of the Conservation Authority for our city. She has stayed involved in the political process by serving as the Chair of the Business Advisory Committee for the city of Ottawa, whose mission was to act as the voice for small to medium size enterprises throughout the city. She served on the Economic Development Committee for Orleans and is currently an Ambassador for the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

Teresa believes that one must give back to their community if you expect your community to support you in your own business.

District Governor 2024-2025 Selected DG Fay Campbell 2022-01-01 05:00:00Z 0

It's a New Year

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
Fellow Rotarians, as we leave the old year behind, the new year offers us new promises and opportunities to set new goals and to achieve our commitments and New Year Resolutions. Please check the bulletin from a recent club visit to Montreal East to show what can be done.
January is Vocational Service Month. As we continue the ABCs of Rotary. This month’s message is brought to you by the letter M.
M represents Motivation in the context of Vocational Service. While goal setting is needed to focus our attention and efforts, Motivation is a must-have to achieving our desired goals and resolutions.
At the start of each year, it is traditional to set new goals and make new resolutions for the coming year.  As Rotarians, when making your New Years Resolutions for 2022 - here are a few motivational tips to help with achieving your Rotary goals and aspiration this year.
To begin, please ponder the following question:  What motivates me?
It's a New Year DG Fay Campbell 2021-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

Petit conte de Noel : Quand des Rotariens se transforme en lutins

Posted by Marc Mauger, e-club Premier 7040
Pour ceux qui souffrent, Noel n’est pas synonyme de paix et de réjouissance, et dans nos communautés, il y a aussi des gens qui sont seuls, exclus, en souffrance. Les associations de quartier tentent de leur venir en aide mais les approvisionnements sont irréguliers et les dons sont souvent inadaptés.
On a pu voir livrer dans une association des surplus de canettes de boisson énergétique et des cartons de croustilles en guise de livraison d’une banque alimentaire. Nous avons alors demandé ce qui faisait le plus défaut. Nul ne s’étonnera de la réponse : insuffisance de fruits et légumes frais. Notre défi a donc été de trouver des produits frais pour Noel. 
Entre novembre et décembre, notre Club a démarché des fermiers, des grossistes, des transformateurs afin de pouvoir recueillir des denrées fraîches pour constituer des paniers de Noel afin d’alimenter la distribution de plusieurs associations. Grâce à la persévérance de Michèle qui a imaginé et géré l’opération, grâce au bénévolat des membres du Club et de quelques autres, nous sommes allés comme des petits lutins remplir des sacs dans des fermes et des entrepôts. Les denrées ont ensuite été regroupées pour être portionnées et mises en paniers individuels. Plusieurs soirées et fins de semaine ont été nécessaires pour préparer la logistique suivante : livrer les denrées et les paniers au bon moment.
Une action du Rotary eClub Premier 7040
Au final, notre action se résume à :
  • 507 familles servies dont 65 livrées à domicile
  • 3,2 tonnes de denrées collectées et distribuées
  • 11 240$ en juste valeur marchande de dons distribués
  • 14 bénévoles
  • 190 heures de bénévolat
  • 11 véhicules utilisés dont 2 camions pour le transport des marchandises et les livraisons
La dernière journée, le 18 décembre, la dernière manifestation a été annulée pour cause de restriction sanitaire, les paniers ont dû être livrés à domicile. Nos lutins du eClub n’ont pas hésité, et l’espace d’un jour, ils se sont transformés en Père Noel pour livrer en personne les 65 familles bénéficiaires.
Petit conte de Noel : Quand des Rotariens se transforme en lutins Marc Mauger, e-club Premier 7040 2021-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

Appreciating That We Are Each Unique

Posted by Martha Weaver, DEI co-chair
Appreciating diversity means understanding and valuing the differences that make each of us unique. Out of that understanding grows a commitment to creating communities with fair access to opportunity for all, and Rotary clubs that are intentional about addressing matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Here is what one club in District 7040 is doing to implement their commitment to DEI. Jennifer Deschamps, current President of the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise, along with several club members, is leading a year-long commitment to DEI that includes deepening the club’s relationship with the people of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, one of the original five nations of the Haudenosaunee confederacy. RC Cornwall Sunrise’s approach is detailed in this presentation.
Elisha King and Nihahsenna:a Peters spoke about Land-Based Education and its Impact on Language
Appreciating That We Are Each Unique Martha Weaver, DEI co-chair 2021-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

Lake Placid Club Helps Mayfield, KY

Posted by Harris Semegram, Lake Placid
At its last meeting before taking a Christmas break, the Lake Placid Club agreed to make a donation to the Rotary Club of Mayfield KY to help with recovery efforts after the tornado which devastated that town and others in the area.  Shown with the donation check are club Co-Presidents Heather Perkins and Harris Semegram.
Our club has joined with many other Rotary clubs across the USA to help with recovery efforts in Mayfield KY. Some clubs have sent food, some have sent medical or construction supplies. We're making a donation to the Mayfield Rotary Club to use where needed. If you'd like to make an individual donation, please visit their Facebook page for more information:
Lake Placid Club Helps Mayfield, KY Harris Semegram, Lake Placid 2021-12-28 05:00:00Z 0

Montreal-Lakeshore Rotarians deck the halls at Sainte-Anne’s Hospital

Posted by The Suburban, Montreal
Montreal-Lakeshore Rotarians are long-time participants in, and supporters of, Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Program. Dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers working together for the benefit of local and international projects, they are always ready to lend a hand in the West Island wherever it is needed for volunteer activities, seasonal events, and emergency responses.

An annual and much-anticipated activity to welcome in the holiday season is back in force, thanks to Brenda Scalzo, services chair at Rotary Club of Montreal-Lakeshore, and fellow volunteers Carol Skinner, Maureen Cantrill, David Warne, Lawrence Cantrill, and Cameron Sherry.

“We were happy to return to Sainte-Anne’s Hospital to assist with putting up their Christmas decorations,” stated Scalzo. “It’s an event that we look forward to, and welcome the start of the holiday season.”

Montreal-Lakeshore Rotarians deck the halls at Sainte-Anne’s Hospital The Suburban, Montreal 2021-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

Disaster Recovery - Haiti

Posted by Bette Miller, Grants chair
In August 2021, an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude struck the Tiburon Peninsula of Haiti. The epicenter was approximately 150 kilometres west of the capital Port-au-Prince. This placed it close to the city of Les Cayes where serious damage and loss of life occurred. With her roots in neighbouring Jamaica, our DG Fay was quick to encourage Rotarians in D7040 to provide whatever financial assistance they could to help with disaster recovery.
Disaster Recovery - Haiti Bette Miller, Grants chair 2021-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

RI and TRF position statement on COVID-19 vaccination

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.
RI and TRF position statement on COVID-19 vaccination 2021-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Free Reading Program - Online Presentation

Posted by Hugh Williams, Ottawa
Given to Rotary about five years ago, the Free Reading Program, a complete, interactive, and fun online English literacy program from K to grade 6 is now used by over 360,000 children and is hosted by over 100 Rotary clubs around the world. Literacy is a key foundation to the success of every child.
Hear from Rotarians Heather Lennie (Scarborough Rotary, now living in Florida) and Hugh Williams (Ottawa Rotary Club) how the Free Reading Program has changed the lives and fortunes of kids everywhere – particularly during COVID-19 when schools were closed. Plus, with an online presentation, you’ll get to see the program in action. If your club is keen on literacy, then you may even want to establish an online Campus in your community like so many other clubs have done.
Because “Literacy lasts a lifetime!” For more information: Hugh Williams,
Free Reading Program - Online Presentation Hugh Williams, Ottawa 2021-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville
The Rotary club of Kemptville was invited to travel through a local subdivision with a float to spread the holiday cheer.  The residents of the area donated food, money, and toys which the club members collected as they traveled the area.  Almost $1000 cash was donated along with a huge amount of food - twice as much as last year. 
Both House of Lazarus and the Salvation Army were overwhelmed with the generosity.  Both organizations are experiencing a higher demand for their services than ever before therefore these donations that the club organized, planned, and sorted was greatly appreciated.
Spreading Holiday Cheer Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville 2021-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Passport Club Helps Out

Posted by Ariane Carriere, Passport
On December 11, Passport Club members helped out with the Salvation Army Kettle Drive, in Cornwall and in Ottawa.
Passport Club Helps Out Ariane Carriere, Passport 2021-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

Potsdam Rotary Kettle Service

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
The Rotary Club of Potsdam staffed the Potsdam Area Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign for the day on December 18 at the Potsdam Price Chopper. The money collected by the kettle drive is used to help families in need throughout the year, falling under our Rotary focus of "saving mothers and children."
Potsdam Rotary Kettle Service Michael Griffin, AG 2021-12-20 05:00:00Z 0

DisCon 2022 Early Bird Registration Extended

Posted by Ariane Carriere, DisCon Registrar

The Early Bird deadline for DisCon 2022 has been extended to December 31, 2021. Please encourage your club members to register before that date. If you did not register for the Friday night dinner, there is still time. You need to scroll to the bottom of the packages page to find the add-on. Dinner will be at the conference venue.

La date limite pour le DisCon 2022 a été reportée au 31 décembre 2021. Veuillez encourager les membres de votre club à s'inscrire avant cette date. Si vous ne vous êtes pas inscrit au dîner du vendredi soir, il est encore temps. Vous devez faire défiler vers le bas de la page des packages pour trouver le module complémentaire. Le dîner aura lieu sur le lieu de la conférence.

DisCon 2022 Early Bird Registration Extended Ariane Carriere, DisCon Registrar 2021-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
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Telling Stories

Posted by Michael Angelo Caruso, Zone 28 Public Image Coordinator
Remember, a good story has a beginning, a middle and an end. It should take between two and five minutes to get it out. If it’s shorter, it’s merely an anecdote; longer and you’ll risk losing your audience.

Contact your local Public Image specialist if you want help.
Telling Stories Michael Angelo Caruso, Zone 28 Public Image Coordinator 2021-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

Kingston Clubs Give Books to Kids

Posted by Paul Elsley, Kingston
Once again, the Rotary Clubs of Kingston brought a little holiday cheer to thousands of children. Our annual book distribution occurred between Nov. 23 – Nov. 25, thanks to our volunteers and partners, and it was an overwhelming success.
Almost 25% of households in Canada do not have a single book. Low literacy levels place children at a disadvantage that perpetuates poverty. First Book Canada, a non-profit based out of Mississauga, Ontario, is trying to change this pattern by building libraries in those homes. Each year, they donate thousands of new books to families in low-income neighborhoods. The results of these efforts are significant. Children report greater self-esteem, are more engaged in reading and close the achievement gap in their classrooms.
Our event would normally take place in one of our north-end schools, but the pandemic prevented Rotarians from having access to this site. Fortunately, Rotarian Bernie Robinson provided some available space in his new building at the corner of Gardiners Road and Cataraqui Woods Drive. We reached out to teachers through the Limestone District School Board and to many other local organizations who are focused on children’s reading programs. Teachers and program leaders then registered to receive books through the First Book Canada site and selected a time and day to collect the books.
While that was happening, 40 Rotarian volunteers and friends received the 12 large pallets of books over two days. In total, there were over 17,000 books from publishers like Firefly, Disney and Penguin/Random House. It was a monumental effort to unpack the boxes and organize tables by grade/age. Once this was done, the volunteers put together the teacher orders so that each person would receive at least 350 books.
One of the teachers participating in the program said: “These books will bring so much joy to our students. Thank you so much for making this happen.” It is so special to hear these words and know that this event is making such a difference in the lives of so many children. It would not happen without the collaborative efforts of all of the Kingston clubs and our community partners. We are already looking forward to next year’s distribution.
Kingston Clubs Give Books to Kids Paul Elsley, Kingston 2021-11-26 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by DG Fay Campbell
Happy Holidays; Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year to each of us, no matter how you celebrate. Enjoy this precious time spent with family and friends. 
December is Rotary's Disease Prevention and Treatment Month. We will continue the ABCs of Rotary with the letters K and L which happen to be in keeping with this theme. 
K: Kindness and Knowledge and L: listening, Laughter, and Love
December DG Fay Campbell 2021-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

Notice of probable Canadian insurance premium increase next year

Posted by Ariane Carriere, DIR Canada
***PLEASE NOTE*** This notice only refers to Canadian clubs. 
We have been informed by our insurance company for Canadian insurance that it is now required to charge sales tax. This year our total district insurance premium for all Canadian clubs could be as much as $4000.00 over what was projected because we also have an added cyber policy.
We are writing to let you know that the district will take care of this extra amount for this year. We are not going to ask you for another levy to make up the shortfall. Be aware that because of this the premium for 2022-23 will likely increase to at least $22.00 per member, instead of $19.00 that you were charged this year. Some of you will be looking at what level you need to set your dues for next year, and you will need to keep this in mind.
Notice of probable Canadian insurance premium increase next year Ariane Carriere, DIR Canada 2021-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

The Gift of the Wisdom and Experience of Others

Posted by Jenn Grisi, AG

Why Presidents’ Councils Work

This is the month where we do most of our gift giving and receiving but if you’re part of a Presidents’ Council you can give other clubs (via their presidents) your ideas and in return come away with solutions you may not have thought of. 
As area governor for the Northeast NY and NY Lakes area clubs, I facilitate the presidents’ council meetings each month for the combined areas and have seen this in action.  We know we run into issues in our clubs and can spend time worrying and problem solving, but if we combine forces we often find another club has already been through that same issue and their solution may well work for us. 
Most recently at one of these meetings, I was reminded of a holiday card project that was developed last year by the Plattsburgh Noon club in response to the isolation of seniors caused by the pandemic.  Volunteers from the club, and when word spread, from various community groups and school classes, wrote, signed and delivered over 2000 holiday cards to elders throughout the community.  It was so well received they are coordinating it again and this has inspired the Saranac Lake club to do the same in their community.  This is just one of the benefits of being involved beyond the boundaries of our own clubs, teaming up to support one another and to share the gifts of wisdom and experience.
The Gift of the Wisdom and Experience of Others Jenn Grisi, AG 2021-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

We Are Parts Of A Mosaic: Let's All Be Proud

Posted by Nadia Al-Banna
When I hear people describe me as “diverse,” I say, “Yes, and much more!” Let me start by saying that, growing up in the Middle East, I had the impression that all women were strong survivors and decision-makers. My grandmother and mother, despite their traditional roles, certainly were family leaders. It seemed like a natural inheritance from the days of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. My father and my faith also supported my sense of empowerment. As early as the age of 13, I had a clear say in all family decisions; my opinion was independent and as important as my brother’s. Before traveling, I was advised to “be professional, be proud, work hard and let your actions speak for themselves,” as if the world was ready for me!  
Traveling brings people together. Nadia (on left) met three Rotary exchange students in a recent Rotary conference in Toronto. 
Voyager rapproche les gens. Nadia (à gauche) a rencontré trois étudiants d'échange du Rotary lors d'une récente conférence du Rotary à Toronto.
We Are Parts Of A Mosaic: Let's All Be Proud Nadia Al-Banna 2021-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

Ideas for Connecting Virtually

Posted by Kateri Clark, Membership co-chair
In this new world created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Rotarians all over the world are looking for new ways to safely connect. Online meetings and events are the norm now in and outside of Rotary; and if you’re finding yourself struggling to find ways to connect with your fellow Rotarians or aren’t feeling the same sense of community as you may be used to, you’re not alone! So, as we adapt to our new reality, let’s discuss some ways that you may be able to increase your connectivity.
Ideas for Connecting Virtually Kateri Clark, Membership co-chair 2021-11-22 05:00:00Z 0

Website Article Basics / bases des articles de site Web

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.
Website Article Basics / bases des articles de site Web 2021-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Canton Highway Cleanup

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
The Rotary Club of Canton did a highway clean-up on Saturday, October 23.
Sunrise preparations for clean-up. Amy Plumadore, Jeanne Tyo-Martin, Mary Anne Healey and Edith Frazer.
A successful clean-up. Back row: Tom Lee, Mary Ann Healey, Tim Welpe,  Edith Frazer. Front Row: Jeanne Tyo-Martin and Amy Plumadore, (Mike Crowe behind the camera).
Mary Anne Healey, Edith Frazer, Jeanne Tyo-Martin, Mike Crowe, Amy Plumadore and Tom Lee (Tim Welp behind the camera).
Canton Highway Cleanup Michael Griffin, AG 2021-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Chesterville Second Annual Great Pumpkin Patch

The Rotary Club of Chesterville thanks everyone who came out last night for our 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Patch.
It was great to see so many people out touring the village, inviting others to come see their decorations, sitting in driveways visiting - just a fun-filled evening.
Rotary Club members were on hand at the Gazebo to hand out Hallowe'en treats. Thanks to those who gave donations and to those who just stopped by for a good visit.
Everyone's support is greatly appreciated, and we hope you enjoyed your evening.
The decorations around the village are unbelievable - thank you for taking the time to decorate your yards.
Plans are underway for next year. The street with the most participants will be announced Hallowe'en night on our Facebook page.
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Ottawa Bytown New Fundraiser

Posted by Ken Sparks, President Ottawa Bytown
In the Spring of 2021, The Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown organized a new Fundraiser where our members collected used goods and partnered with Value Village. The advertising and marketing zeroed into “Cleaning out the Closet” and “Donate those Small Household Items” that you don’t need anymore.
The link shows a short video:
  • the Marketing Flyer we used
  • Emptying the storage locker that was used during the fundraiser
  • Transporting the items to Value Village
  • A cheque presentation of $2,000 to Immaculata HS in Ottawa to support their student’s breakfast program
Ottawa Bytown New Fundraiser Ken Sparks, President Ottawa Bytown 2021-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor's November Message

In keeping with the ABCs of Rotary, November’s Foundation Month looks at the letters: I and J 

“I” represents: Imagination, Importance, and incredible Ideals

“J” represents: Joy

“Imagine a world where we all could live as one”- quote from John Lennon. 

The importance of building a solid foundation, we can develop and leave a legacy for a better world, one where each child has food to eat and an education. A solid foundation makes all the following possible:

·       Promoting peace

·       Fighting disease

·       Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene

·       Helping mothers and children

·       Supporting education

·       Growing local economies

·       Protecting the environment   

As we see ills occurring worldwide, it can be easy to lose sight of what we are trying to achieve. Our imagination is sometimes tested when we cannot imagine a better world for the next generation.

For November, I would encourage all of us to take some time to think about our incredible ideals for the short and long term; as we “Serve to Change Lives.”

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RC Arnprior Cleans up Algonquin Trail; “Unplugged” Kids Clean up Galilee Beach

Posted by Rod Smith, Arnprior
On Sept 25, 2021, a dozen Club members, family and friends of Rotary gathered to clean up sites that could pollute local waterways.  Also participating in the cleanup as part of an educational outing were ten children and guardians of the Unplugged Program of St. John Lutheran Church.
Some of the cleanup crew on the Algonquin Trail in Braeside. Rod Smith, Gerhard Peters, Jane Peters, Bill Sellers, Vila Smith, Terry Dawson, Bruce Buie, Dave Palmer and Pushpa (bottom row)
RC Arnprior Cleans up Algonquin Trail; “Unplugged” Kids Clean up Galilee Beach Rod Smith, Arnprior 2021-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Does This Remembrance Resonate With You?

I attended several good sessions at last year's virtual District Conference. It was enjoyable and educational, but everyone missed the camaraderie that's generated when a group gets together. I'm really looking forward to meeting in-person with fellow Rotarians next May. See you at DisCon 2022!
Scott Vetter, RC Ottawa South
Are you counting the days until you can meet again?  You have friends in the USA or Canada that you have not met in person for over a year and a half – they’re waiting for you too!  The Ottawa Conference & Event Centre on Coventry Road in Ottawa is the location where we will be “Reaching Out” and meeting for the Rotary District Conference on May 6 & 7, 2022. 
DisCon2022 will be different than past events.  It will be family friendly with activities and meals for all ages.  It will be a celebration of the past Rotary year and an opportunity to learn from speakers that will help everyone to step back and reevaluate their life and make strides into seeing through a different lens.
Does This Remembrance Resonate With You? 2021-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

New Custom License Plate for NYS Rotarians

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
A new custom Rotary license plate will soon be available for New York State Rotarians! The new custom plate will feature the Rotary logo and our motto, "Service Above Self."
District 7120 Governor Janet Tenreiro along with District 7040 Area Governor Michael Griffin are taking point on this project, which has the support of all nine district governors in New York State. The new plate will take the place of Rotary's current custom plate in New York, which uses the old logo and has no motto.
In order for New York State to move ahead on printing the new plates, we need to get at least 200 New York State Rotarians to express interest in ordering the new custom license plate.
If you are interested in ordering a plate, please fill out the short form online at or print out and mail in the attached form.
New Custom License Plate for NYS Rotarians Michael Griffin, AG 2021-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Working Together Despite the Age Gap

Posted by Heather Taylor, Ottawa Rotaract
Through Rotary, Rotaract and Interact, there are several different generations who work to support their communities around the world. Whether it is through culture, style and communication, there can be a lot said about the differences between each generation. These age gaps provide unique complications but can also be used to work together in a very collaborative way.
As we have learned through COVID-19, communication styles and the way we depend on technology have changed exponentially. Now, Millennials and Gen Z are well accustomed to technology as it has been accessible through growing up. So, adapting to the necessary online format of classes and Zoom calls was more straightforward. However, I think that one thing we can all agree on, no matter the age, is that it was still a huge adjustment for everyone. Staring at a computer screen all day definitely takes a toll on motivation, energy and how you relate to the world. However, Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors all rose to the challenge, to learn new skills in order to remain serving their community.
Working Together Despite the Age Gap Heather Taylor, Ottawa Rotaract 2021-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Potsdam Rotary Opens Three Lil' Free Libraries

Posted by Michael Griffin, AG
The Rotary Club of Potsdam has opened three "Lil'" Free Libraries with books specifically geared toward children. The new libraries are located outside of Trinity Episcopal Church at 8 Maple St., Yum Yum's Chilly Delight at 12 Main St., and Harris Medical Supplies inside the Market Square Mall.
Little Free Libraries are little house-like kiosks in which books are donated. They are located all over the world and are free to both adults and children to take a book or leave a book, if they can.
Potsdam Rotary Opens Three Lil' Free Libraries Michael Griffin, AG 2021-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Ontario Rotary Raffle

Ontario Rotary Raffle:  Catch-the-Ace
The Rotary Raffle is now active and ready to buy tickets.  All Ontario Rotary clubs are encouraged to consider the advantages of joining this lottery to help support their local charities and to help alleviate club fundraising expectations.
After 18 months of preparation, the Rotary Club of Mississauga has launched the “Catch-the-Ace” Raffle for residents of Ontario only.   There are currently 16 Rotary Clubs in Ontario that have signed up to participate and another 10 clubs that have expressed an interest.  The goal is to have ALL Ontario Rotary clubs onboard to generate mega-jackpots and help alleviate club fundraiser pressures.
The first draw will be on October 28th and then weekly thereafter. 
Sign up your club or purchase a ticket:
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Retaining Our Most Valuable Resource

Posted by Kateri Clark, Membership chair
Which is more valuable to your Rotary club?
A) One new member?
B) One retained member?
The answer is definitely B.
According to Amy Gallo of the Harvard Business Review, “acquiring a new customer is anywhere from five to 25 times more expensive than retaining an existing one.” That’s because it costs more to find and convince a new member to join than to keep your current members engaged.
Of course, keeping members engaged, and paying special mind to the motivation and retention of your members, can be difficult at times! Rotary has some great ideas and resources to help us improve our club’s membership retention.
Retaining Our Most Valuable Resource Kateri Clark, Membership chair 2021-10-25 04:00:00Z 0 Membership
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October is Economic and Community Development Month.

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
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This month also has World Polio Day on October 24. What is your club planning? Check out some of the special events and invitations on our home page. Also, 4-10 October is Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week. Do you know any former scholars, Youth Exchange students, Friendship Exchange members, or Interactors that you can invite to a meeting?
As we continue through the ABC’s of Rotary - this month's message is brought to you by the letters H and G and the words - Goodwill and Generosity and Hope and Hard work
October is Economic and Community Development Month. DG Fay Campbell 2021-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Youth Protection at Rotary International

Posted by Rotary Youth Protection staff
We want to make sure you are aware of the latest youth protection resources. As you work to engage young people in service and leadership development through Rotary’s structured programs, including Interact, RYLA, and Rotary Youth Exchange, or other activities involving youth, make sure that all of your volunteers and program participants are aware of these resources and your commitment to ensuring a safe and inclusive experience.

Rotary’s Statement of Conduct for Working With Youth
Rotary International strives to create and maintain a safe environment for all youth who participate in Rotary activities. To the best of their ability, Rotary members, their partners, and other volunteers must safeguard the children and young people with whom they come into contact and protect them from physical, sexual, and psychological abuse (RCOP 2.120.1.)
Youth Protection at Rotary International Rotary Youth Protection staff 2021-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Local Rotarian receives “Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award”

Posted by Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise
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We are extremely proud to report that Bette Miller, a founding member of the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise, has received an award from Rotary International that only 44 persons worldwide were merited this past year. The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award, presented to Bette in June, honours people who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Rotary Foundation.
With a wealth of knowledge and the compassionate ability to teach and guide Rotarians, Bette has been vital to the understanding of the goals of the charitable arm of Rotary. The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award requires that the nominee’s eligible service be on a broad basis, over an extended period of time, include at least six of the eleven required activities which make up the eligibility criteria and have previously been awarded the Rotary Foundation Meritorious Service Award, which she was in 2014.
Local Rotarian receives “Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award” Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise 2021-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

A Special Invitation to Listen to a Polio Survivor

You are invited to the
Rotary Clubs of Cornwall and Cornwall Sunrise World Polio Day Awareness Event
Monday, October 18th ~ 7 PM (Eastern Time)
With guest speaker
“John Nanni”
Polio Survivor, Rotary District 7630 PolioPlus Chair, and Rise Against Hunger Rotary Ambassador
Join us via Zoom (limited space) by registering in advance here:
A Special Invitation to Listen to a Polio Survivor 2021-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day 2021 LIVE

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World Polio Day 2021 LIVE from The Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.
Rotary invites the world to watch "LIVE” from Durham College's new Global Classroom on October 21, 2021, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Tune In Here on Oct 21 at 7 PM, EDT:
The 10 Rotary Clubs in Durham Region (and the Rotary Club of Port Hope), (in District 7070, on behalf of your co-hosts, the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood and Durham College invite you to District 7070's World Polio Day 2021 - Live from The Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario Canada.
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Rotary website with Great Recipes!

Posted by Knud Petersen, Montreal-Lakeshore
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This is very different ! - A new Rotary website with Great Recipes !
From one person to another…. to help break the monotony of our days. Visit: (Rotary Club of Montreal-Lakeshore)
You may be really surprised ! Many of the recipes are ‘family heirlooms’ - and all of them are special !
Even if you do not have the time to try the recipes, reading about them and their contributors can be entertaining. And as we would like to spread the information about the website, please consider passing it on to friends and family. It is a very positive endeavour in today’s world.
Rotary website with Great Recipes! Knud Petersen, Montreal-Lakeshore 2021-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Introducing New Members to Rotary

Posted by Kateri Clark, Membership Co-Chair
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How exciting! Your club has a new member, and it is time to help them become a fully-fledged Rotarian. This time is very exciting and a little scary, for both the new member and your club. But it is important to make sure that it is the best experience for everyone, especially the new member! A high rate of members drop out of Rotary within a couple of years, so helping new members make connections and feel included within the club is key to retaining new members and keeping them motivated.
Introducing New Members to Rotary Kateri Clark, Membership Co-Chair 2021-09-19 04:00:00Z 0 Grow Rotary,Inclusion,Membership

Rotary Club of Lake Placid Activities

Lake Placid NY Rotary Club – 16th Annual and BEST DUCK RACE EVER!
With appropriate words said to honor the memory of those lost on September 11, 2001, our Rotary Club conducted its major fundraiser of the year, benefitting numerous organizations in the Lake Placid area.  On a sunny and warm late afternoon, attendees were able to enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner prior to the race.  Entertainment was provided in the form of a mechanical bull and jousting pit.  Top prize in this year’s race was $1,500 with numerous other prizes such as gas cards, dinner certificates and movie tickets.  We are very pleased to thank our community and to report this appears to be our best duck race fundraiser, netting over $16,000 for our Donations Committee to distribute.   
The Rotary Club of Lake Placid NY featured a summary of all our activities in a recent column that ran in our local paper, The Lake Placid News. You can access the article here
The inflatable rubber duck on Mill Pond promotes the Lake Placid Rotary Club’s upcoming Dam Duck Race fundraiser, which will be held down the Chubb River on Saturday, Sept. 11. (News photo — Andy Flynn)
We put in the books with another great Dam Duck Race to benefit many organizations in the Lake Placid community. Unfortunately, Tina passed away shortly after this picture was taken.
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Darrel O’Shaughnessy awarded Paul Harris Fellow by Arnprior Rotary Club

Posted by Gerhard Peters, Past President Arnprior
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The Arnprior Rotary Club is pleased to announce that Darrel O’Shaughnessy has been given the prestigious Paul Harris Award for his volunteer efforts within the Arnprior Community over the last decade.
In 2011 Darrel and his wife Betty were involved with the creation of the successful Arnprior Dragon Boat Club (ADBC) which in 2015 led to the annual Arnprior Dragon Boat Festival.  More recently he was instrumental in successfully launching Canada’s
22nd Men’s Shed in 2019.   He currently serves as Chair of the Greater Arnprior Senior's Council (GASC) and has positions on the Town of Arnprior's Corporate Services Advisory Committee and the Senior’s Active Living Centre (SALC) Advisory Committee.
Congratulations to Darrel for receiving the Paul Harris Award, which is named after one of Rotary’s founders, and puts him into the company of previous recipients including polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk and Habitat for Humanity advocate Jimmy Carter.
Photo Caption: Recently Arnprior Volunteer Extraordinaire Darrel O’Shaughnessy was presented Rotary’s Paul Harris Award by Rotary District 7040 Governor Fay Campbell and Arnprior Rotary president Vila Smith at an end of a summer gathering.
Darrel O’Shaughnessy awarded Paul Harris Fellow by Arnprior Rotary Club Gerhard Peters, Past President Arnprior 2021-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Awards - des prix de reconnaissance

Posted by Katherine Burke Awards Chair - présidente du comité des prix
Each year, Rotary International has a list of awards for deserving Rotarians and clubs BUT these awards need nominations!  Below you will find the link to the Rotary awards page.  Please read it carefully - there are awards that have upcoming deadlines: The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service (Nov), Service Above Self (Oct 1-31) and Service Award for a Polio-Free World (Oct 1).
Please read the application carefully and if you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Chaque année, le Rotary International offre des prix de reconnaissance pour Rotariens et pour les clubs Rotary mais ces prix on besoin d'une application.  Ci-dessous vous trouverez le lien pour la page des prix.  SVP lire avec soin - il y a des prix qui ont des dates limites sous peu: Citation domaines d'action du Rotary (Nov), Prix Servir d'abord (31 Oct), Prix pour un monde sans poli (1 Oct).
SVP lire le formulaire d'application avec soin et si vous avez besoin d'aide, ne pas hésiter de me contacter.
Rotary Awards - des prix de reconnaissance Katherine Burke Awards Chair - présidente du comité des prix 2021-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Always Making Mistakes

Posted by Martha Pritchard Spear, Lake Placid
Recently someone asked me why I put “aspiring anti-racist” in my bio. It’s because no matter my good intentions, I am constantly slipping up. The other day I, a white American-born woman, was serving a family of dark-skinned people at the health food store where I sometimes work. They had accents, and I guessed they were continental Indian but did not speak that thought. We chatted about the local cheese they were buying, rhapsodized about the taste of the sungold tomatoes, and the mother and I discussed the merits of kombucha.  Then my curiosity got the better of me and I asked, “Where are you visiting from?” The mother and I had been looking at each other as I spoke, and her eyes flickered away, and her face changed from relaxed to tight. I knew I’d done it again.  Unintentional microaggression. 
Always Making Mistakes Martha Pritchard Spear, Lake Placid 2021-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Mont-Tremblant List of Projects

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Local projects
  • “Lunch Boxes” program in the schools, inspired first by Olivette Gauthier and after by Marjorie.
  • “For a Green Future”, tree planting in 2000 and in 2019
  • Football Program to counter school drop off in collaboration with the Club Richelieu
  • Mont-Tremblant “Cannes” Festival (Guignolée) in partnership with the Village neighborhood Committee, the Knights of Columbus and La Samaritaine.
  • Project Summer Camp for the handicapped children in partnership with Clair-Soleil Association – New Paralympic building for our athlete Eric Gauthier.
  • Bursary to celebrate the success of the Curé-Mercure High School’s student who tried the hardest to succeed in his/her studies – The swing offered to the CHSLD – Grant to help cover the costs of the windows displaying the Saint-Jovite’s Church History
  • Project “Sophie”
  • Financial support for the Palliative Care Unit “Palliacco”
  • Partnership with Father Marc Richer, Knights of Columbus and other clubs, for the conception of “La Samaritaine” and special help from the Fairmont Hotel – Grants to La Traversée, in particular for the automated doors
  • Christmas celebrations for the children receiving help from the Lunch Box Program at the Fairmont, Ski Le Gap and Domaine St. Bernard
  • Tickets offered to the students of the High-School Music Program for the Choir Tremblant’s concerts
  • And much more!
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Ecuador Project Fair 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

“Let’s Meet Again”

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville
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Are you counting the days until you can meet again?  You have friends in USA or Canada that you have not met in person for over a year and a half – they’re waiting for you too!  The Ottawa Conference & Event Centre on Coventry Road in Ottawa is the location where we will be “Reaching Out” and meeting for the Rotary District Conference on May 6 & 7. You can find all the information here.
“Let’s Meet Again” Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, Kemptville 2021-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

Change in Rotary Global Rewards

Posted by Manon Lennon, Laval Rive-Nord
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ROTARY GLOBAL REWARDS replaced by Member Discounts | My Rotary
Now Member Discounts - Provided by Abenity
Rotary International and Abenity partnered with top brands to provide member-only access to private discounts and corporate rates on everything from pizza and the zoo to movie tickets, oil changes, car rentals, and hotels. You need to be signed in to My Rotary.
Change in Rotary Global Rewards Manon Lennon, Laval Rive-Nord 2021-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 Update- as of Aug. 25, 2021

Posted by Baxter Willis M.D., District COVID adviser, West Ottawa
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Although Ottawa’s case counts remain low in comparison to the Greater Toronto area, there is concern that we will soon be in a fourth wave. Daily cases in Ottawa average less than 20 over the past month. Case numbers are once again rising in the last week, but the figures are not consistent.
One thing in these numbers is consistent. Those testing positive for Covid-19 are largely the unvaccinated or partially vaccinated (about 85% of the total).  And if you are vaccinated and test positive for Covid, the likelihood is that you will not need to be hospitalized. Vaccination protects against the serious pulmonary consequences of the virus.
Covid-19 Update- as of Aug. 25, 2021 Baxter Willis M.D., District COVID adviser, West Ottawa 2021-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor September Message

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September is the month that Rotarians focus on “Basic Education and Literacy.”
As I write the ABCs of Rotary this month, I am constantly reminded of how our values are still important; while we have matured as an organization, our values remain unchanged. We will be exploring the letters E and F this month.
District Governor September Message 2021-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Haiti Fundraisers

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
Eleven years ago, Haiti was hit by an earthquake that killed many, destroyed homes, schools, hospitals, businesses and much more.  It has happened again.  In 2010 money and supplies were sent from around the world to help.  There is a vast amount of misuse, mismanagement, and corruption.  We have learned from that experience.
The fundraiser initiated by the Rotary Club of Hawkesbury will have many safeguards to prevent this from happening again with these funds. 
I am in contact with the district 7020 disaster team, which is on the ground in Haiti. They assess where the funds can be best used for a sustainable project. Rotary works to ensure sustainability. Other agencies provide immediate relief, but we want to make a difference over the long run.
Haiti Fundraisers DG Fay Campbell 2021-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Haiti Donations

Canadian clubs can use this link to donate for Haiti.
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Public Libraries: Promoting Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion

Posted by Jacinthe Paillé, D7040 Passport Club, DEI Committee, Literacy Chair
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I do not remember the exact moment I stepped into a library for the first time, but I do feel as if I’ve spent countless hours in public libraries since I was very young. From Quebec City to Toronto, I have always had a library card and borrowed (and read) many, many books throughout my life. Even when I travel, I love to visit these beautiful places, and admire not only the books but also the architecture, and soak in the quietness of the place.
In Rotary, as we celebrate Literacy month in September, I wanted to share my love of books, reading and the amazing potential of public libraries with you, and remind you of the many ways they promote accessibility, diversity and inclusion.
Public Libraries: Promoting Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion Jacinthe Paillé, D7040 Passport Club, DEI Committee, Literacy Chair 2021-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Golf Getaway Lottery

Posted by John Beard Rotary Club of Kanata
Hello, John Beard here from the Rotary Club of Kanata. There are only a few weeks left to get your Golf Getaway Lottery tickets to win the ultimate golf/travel vacation to next year's 150th Open Championship. In doing so, you have a chance at winning the ultimate golf vacation trip to St Andrews Scotland in July 2022. Imagine!?!
Just a head's up we have less than three weeks left in the Lottery before the Grand Prize Draw on September 8. Now is the time to grab your tickets! As we wind down the campaign, the interest in the remaining tickets ramps up, so get yours now.

Go to Golf Getaway Lottery if you want to get a lottery ticket or two, and do share this email with those you know who would love to visit Scotland – maybe you can find someone who will take you and you take them if you win!
Golf Getaway Lottery John Beard Rotary Club of Kanata 2021-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

Invitation to Virtual Project Fair

Posted by Oscar Torres Montes, Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, District 4455
We would like to invite you and your District to our Virtual Project Fair from September 18 to 24, 2021. In this fair, international projects are exhibited to find sponsor clubs and bring districts closer. Please send the information to your District or other Rotary friends in Canada?
At the same time, I would like to get closer to our Districts in order to be able to carry out other programs in the future such as youth exchanges or Rotary friendship exchanges.
If you like, we can have a meeting by Zoom to provide more information about the fair.
Here is our social media information:
Invitation to Virtual Project Fair Oscar Torres Montes, Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, District 4455 2021-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

A New Type of Fundraiser

Posted by John/Jack Prim, Fundraising Chair
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As District Fundraising Chair, one of my goals is to share information amongst our clubs about what our clubs are doing to raise money.  For some of us, COVID impacted our fundraising efforts.  Now may be a good time to review your fundraising programs to see if you should consider adding new ones, and/or to consider dropping some.  Getting the most out of your club members’ participation effort versus the amount of money raised, I feel, is an important consideration.  Another factor in considering a fundraiser’s value is the fellowship that the various fundraisers provide.
I want to share with you a new type of fundraiser with the hope that many of you will be able to adopt it as part of your fundraising program.   It is a Zoom Wine and Cheese Party.  It was the creation of the Rotary Club of Orleans.
A New Type of Fundraiser John/Jack Prim, Fundraising Chair 2021-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

Clubs Qualified for Rotary Year 2021-2022 Grants

The following 23 clubs qualified for grants during our pandemic-driven 2020-2021 year for grants in the 2021-2022 Rotary year:
Cornwall Sunrise
D7040 Passport
Montreal Lakeshore
Montreal Westward/NDG
Old Montreal
Plattsburgh Sunrise
e-club premier D7040
Montreal Ville-Marie
Saranac Lake
St Jerome
Watertown Sunrise
West Ottawa
Please register under EVENTS on our District website for any of the remaining Grant Management Seminar sessions scheduled after the quarterly District International Service/Foundation meetings.  Registration assures you receive the correct Zoom link, if we remain virtual!
Clubs Qualified for Rotary Year 2021-2022 Grants 2021-08-12 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Deepens its Commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Posted by Martha Weaver she/her/ours
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Rotary International just issued language strengthening its statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). You can read it here. That update says Rotary is: “...committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.”
How can our clubs take, action “…so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.” How can we individual Rotarians help to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong? Educate yourself. Talk with others. Expand your knowledge and strengthen your and your club's comittment to diversity, equity and inclusion by registering for the September 17th DTA session and attending monthly DEI committee meetings.
Rotary Deepens its Commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion Martha Weaver she/her/ours 2021-07-30 04:00:00Z 0 DEI

Growing our clubs starts with a membership committee

Posted by Kateri Clark, Membership Chair
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Rotary’s impact starts with our members — people like ourselves who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Without active members, Rotary would not exist.  But how do we demonstrate our value to potential new members and our current members? 
Growing our clubs starts with a membership committee Kateri Clark, Membership Chair 2021-07-30 04:00:00Z 0 Grow Rotary,Membership

The Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain and the Rotary Club of West Ottawa

Posted by Caroline DeWitt, Past President West Ottawa
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The following article and images appeared in the Rotary District 7030 Newsletter
The Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain (RCCPOS) and the Rotary Club of West Ottawa (RCWO) are collaborating to provide educational support to the children located on the Beetham Estate in Trinidad, W.I.
The Beetham Estate is a well-known crime hot spot just outside the capital city of Port of Spain, with limited opportunities for its residents. This Rotary collaboration builds on the assistance provided over decades by RCCPOS primarily to the All-in-One Child Development Centre (a preschool) and the Each One Teach One school.
The project will span three years, from February 2020 to June 30, 2022, with projects including infrastructure maintenance/refurbishment, educational materials (computers, library materials), kitchen appliances, stationery and food hampers.
Then President of the RCWO Caroline De Witt, is originally from Trinidad and Tobago, and after the devastation of the recent volcano eruption in St Vincent and the Grenadines, reached out to see how her club could help. After an appeal to her members and the wider diaspora, they made a donation of USD 11,453 towards the Rotary Disaster Relief.
The Rotary Club of Central Port of Spain and the Rotary Club of West Ottawa Caroline DeWitt, Past President West Ottawa 2021-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 7010 Indigenous Project - Water First Internship Program

Posted by Rene Melchers, PDG/District Indigenous committee chair
It is amazing to know that in Canada we have problems with drinking water. Rotary has built so many wells and supported communities around the world and now we have an opportunity to do so in our own country.
If your club is looking to support an Indigenous project that will allow you to Serve to Change Lives, then this is a project for you to support. District 7010 is requesting for funds to support drinking water on First Nations reserves. The government funds the building and Infrastructure but for sustainability they need more training. Rotary understands this that with any project it is critical that when the building is done, and we leave the communities need to support it onward.
If you are interested read the article below for details and contact them to speak to your club on this project and how you can help. You can contact them through their website.
Rotary District 7010 Indigenous Project - Water First Internship Program Rene Melchers, PDG/District Indigenous committee chair 2021-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor August Message

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
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August is membership and new club development month; therefore, we will look at letters C and D as we 'Serve to Change Lives". 
C: Create and cultivate an inviting club environment where everyone will feel welcome. We encourage all members to invite friends, co-workers, and family members to join us for all talent and skills are welcome.
Our goal as Rotarians is to create and maintain an inclusive club environment- where everyone is heard, making the crack in the concrete for the rose to grow. With creation comes risk; for us to grow, we will try new things, some may fail, but those that work will improve our Clubs and in turn Rotary and the world around us.
District Governor August Message DG Fay Campbell 2021-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

More Tulips Available

Posted by Carol Cartier, Kingston
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.District 7040 joined with other Canadian districts in an End Polio Now tulip campaign which ran from June 15th until the end of July.  We were originally allocated 400 boxes which sold out in the first week. We are pleased to announce that our District has now been allocated an additional 500 boxes to sell. These specially bred “End Polio Now” tulips come from Holland and will be distributed to Rotary clubs in Canada by Vesey Seeds of PEI. Unfortunately, due to border restrictions delivery is not possible to our American clubs at this time. The tulips come in boxes of 25 bulbs and sell for $25, all taxes and delivery included.  All profits (last year amounting to $13 per box sold) will be donated to Polio Plus and this money will count towards your club’s Polio Plus goal and will generate Paul Harris points, calculated on how many boxes your club sells. The bulbs are shipped 6 boxes to a case so it would be appreciated if your orders are for full cases only.   Payment is required at time of ordering.  Delivery will occur in mid-September, just in time for planting, and will come directly to a nominated contact person at each club who will be responsible for onward delivery to your local supporters.
More Tulips Available Carol Cartier, Kingston 2021-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

A New Rotary Year – A Big Thanks!

Posted by Bonnie Black, TRF Chair
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In 2020-21, we were able to turn the corner on our Annual Fund giving in our District – the highest since 2017-18 at $157,354US which is $97.67US per capita…just a few dollars under the global goal of $100US per capita. We are now moving in the right direction!
Yet, only 15% of our clubs have entered Foundation goals for this Rotary year in Rotary Club Central, so it’s hard to project where we might be this time next year.
What our Foundation Committee members don’t understand is why there are 14 clubs which, again, didn’t even donate $1 to our Foundation-either individually or as a club.  The Rotary Foundation is the ‘engine’ which powers our local and international projects – projects where Rotarians are doing good in the world and proud of it!  Take a look at all of the successful projects on Rotary Showcase.
The Foundation is why we are almost done eradicating polio in our world.  Who couldn’t be proud of that?!
Our Committee would like to hear why YOUR club members support Our Foundation – and plan to do so again this year.  Please send all responses to our District Rotary Foundation Chair at by August 20th. We'll share them here in the coming months and at District meetings.
A New Rotary Year – A Big Thanks! Bonnie Black, TRF Chair 2021-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Message

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
Spring is the start of new beginnings as the earth and its creatures come to life again.  Spring’s new beginnings are built on past love and care of the earth and a future commitment to use its gifts wisely. So too is our Rotary journey: mindful of the past, active in the present, and transformational in the future.
As we welcome the new Rotary year let us be mindful of the PAST - “Connect the World”, the PRESENT - “Rotary Opens Opportunities”, and look ahead to the FUTURE in which we “Serve to Change Lives” and “Grow Rotary”.  I would like to invite you to my version of the ABCs of Rotary.  Let us start, this month, with the letters A and B.  During the year we will examine the entire alphabet.
District Governor's Message DG Fay Campbell 2021-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Kingston Centennial – June Highlights

Posted by Paul Elsley, Kingston
We have finally arrived at the culminating month of our Centennial celebrations, and, in some respects, we saved the best for last.
One of our Centennial projects promotes environmental sustainability at No. 9 Gardens, a property located near Lyndhurst, Ont. Launched in partnership with Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, St. Lawrence College Department of Skilled Trades and Tourism, and the Kingston Rotary clubs, this unique 40-acre facility is Canada’s first Sustainability and Reconciliation Centre, created as a hands-on teaching facility and lab for research and the implementation of innovative projects and practices that lead to low carbon communities and a sustainable lifestyle.
On June 15, a dozen Rotarians made their way north to the property to plant apple trees. Working in four shifts, this determined group planted the first phase of trees with plans to return to plant many more in the fall. The centre will teach non-First Nation students about environmental sustainability and First Nation culture and traditions.
Rotary in Kingston Centennial – June Highlights Paul Elsley, Kingston 2021-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

Land Acknowledgment

Posted by Heather Taylor (she/her) DEI co-chair
The District 7040 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee has written a Land Acknowledgement, taking into consideration the entire district. This is a “living” document, as it will continue to be edited and acknowledged.
We would also like to honour and mourn the many children being found at several residential schools across Canada, and those who have yet to be found.
Land Acknowledgment Heather Taylor (she/her) DEI co-chair 2021-06-30 04:00:00Z 0 DEI

Welcome New Social Media Committee

Posted by DG Fay Campbell
I am thrilled to welcome Rotaractors Aysha Aftab, Devanshi Bhanjana and Yashica Choudhary as the District’s new Social Media committee for 2021-22. They are now bringing their talents to the whole district! Huge thanks to Nabil Oudeh who will serve as their Rotary Advisor.
Welcome New Social Media Committee DG Fay Campbell 2021-06-30 04:00:00Z 0