December 2023 décembre


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Rotary Acronyms

As we converse or communicate in other ways in the world of Rotary, we hear and see many abbreviations. You can look up some of the meanings on the Acronyms page under the My District tab
Upcoming Events
Webinar - Become a District Governor
Dec 02, 2023
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Public Image Meeting
Dec 07, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
Dec 18, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute - Part 1 Dist Leaders
Best Western Parkway Inn & Conference Centre
Jan 06, 2024
7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Foundation Mini-Session # 4 Scholarships
Jan 13, 2024
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
Jan 15, 2024
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
DG - Rotaract Ile De Montréal
Jan 17, 2024
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
District Executive Committee (Virtual)
Jan 20, 2024
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Learning and Development - Fraud
Jan 20, 2024
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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Bulletin Editor
Joan Hunter
All About the District - Tout sur le district

Season's Greetings - Salutations de la saison

This is a season during which many faiths and cultures celebrate their beliefs and their heritage. In the Gregorian month of December 2023, there are celebrations of Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, the December solstice, Yule, Christmas, Zarathosht Diso, and Kwanzaa. For those of Scottish heritage and others, Hogmanay spans the end of this year and the start of the next. And in Gregorian January, those who follow the Orthodox Christian faith will be celebrating Orthodox Christmas.
Within our Rotary community, we have members who follow many of the faiths which have celebrations during this period, and others which may not have formal celebrations or Holy Days at this time of the Gregorian year, including Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism for example.

26-27 Call for District Governor nominations

Call for Nominations: District Governor 2026-27 Rotary International District 7040 Appel De Candidatures : Gouverneur De District 2026-27

Branding Competition

Rotary International (RI)changed its brand several years ago, however, not all Clubs or Districts are using the current branding. To encourage the use of the official RI brand in D7040, and hopefully have some fun while doing it, we are launching a Branding Competition. 
The Chair of the D7040 Public Image Committee, David Humphries, District Governor Elect, Teresa Whitmore, Governor Nominee Graeme Fraser, and technical lead Chris Cochrane are issuing a challenge to all D7040 Clubs. They want to have ALL clubs in District 7040 using current RI branding. 
To be entered into this competition, your Club’s Letterhead, print material, social media accounts and website must show the proper Rotary logo as shown at the top. The example above is for District 7040: you can create the correct logo for your Club by going to the Brand Center in My Rotary (  Don’t have a MyRotary account? Set one up, it’s really easy - and you will find a wealth of Rotary related info and courses in MyRotary!
The first phase of the competition will run from November 15th, 2023, to January 15th, 2024, and will include social media, website, written promotional material and letterhead. The second phase will run until November 2024 and will include all banners, flags, tents, and bigger promotional materials.
How to enter 
Starting November 15th,  you will be able to submit letterhead, promotional material, social media links, and anything else which shows the current brand, to the Public Image Committee’s email account and our judging team will  look at  them.

A Charter Night to Remember

On Saturday November 25, there was an amazing gathering of Rotarians and non-Rotarians at the Charter Celebration Gala for the Montreal Cedars Rotary Club. The event was hosted by Pres. Maha Maalouf-Kassouf, with Rima Khoury (Club Treasurer) acting as MC.
In addition to Charter members of the Club and an array of guests from the Montreal area, a number of members of the District Governor group were in attendance with their spouses - DG Pardeep Ahluwalia and Simmy Ahluwalia, IPDG Michel Wong Kee Song and Suzanne, PDG Hadi Mortada and Teresa, PDG Nabil Oudeh and Gayle Oudeh, and PDG Ariane Carriere
The highlight of the evening was the opportunity for District Governors to present Rotary pins to those Charter members of Montreal Cedars who were present.



The New Pergola at Rotel

Last summer a group of Rotarians from the West Ottawa Rotary Club planted a pollinator garden at Rotel, the non-profit motel located beside the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Hospital General Campus.  Phil Powel Smith, a member of that team, noticed that the pergola was in bad shape and returned to the West Ottawa Club with a recommendation that it be replaced. 

Park of Hope

The Park of Hope: Strengthening our Community Through Inclusive & Accessible Recreation
Imagine a play space in your community where every child, regardless of their abilities, can experience a profound sense of belonging, play, learn and grow alongside peers of all ages and abilities.  The Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise, in partnership with the RC of Fort Myers South, Rachel’s Kids and the City of Cornwall, are embarking on an ambitious, transformative project to create such a space – a fully accessible and inclusive playground that fosters unity, inclusivity, and diversity.

Global Grants Scholarships

Global Grant Scholarship information is now posted on the District website
Les informations au sujet de la Bourse de subvention mondiale sont maintenant sur le site-web du District
The Rotary Club of Orleans Holiday Party
Potsdam Books
The Rotary Club of Potsdam distributed 150 new books in support of literacy and conducted its annual Haunted Hallway at the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce Fright Night in October.
Le Rotary Club de Potsdam a distribué 150 nouveaux livres à l'appui de l'alphabétisation et a organisé son couloir hanté annuel lors de la nuit de la peur de la Chambre de commerce de Potsdam en octobre.

The Rotary Club of Malone

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
The Rotary Club of Malone held its annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser in October. Many hands made light work -- from the fantastic cooks in the kitchen to the many Interact students and Rotary members who helped in all ways. The Interact Club organized the process for filling orders, taking orders curbside, filling orders and delivering curbside, and anything in between.  Customers really enjoyed the students' joyful attitude and their work ethic. 
The photos are of the Malone Rotary Interact Club and the Rotary kitchen workers.

Valley Rotary Gathering

Happy guests at the annual Ottawa Valley Rotary gathering on September 16 at the Deep River yacht and tennis clubhouse. 
Heureux invités au rassemblement annuel du Rotary de la vallée de l'Outaouais le 16 septembre au yacht et au club-house de tennis de Deep River. 

Rotary Youth Forest - winter maintenance

Hawkesbury Receives Recognition
Recognition Given to the Hawkesbury Rotary Club
Highway Cleanup
The Canton and Potsdam Rotary Clubs teamed up on October 28 to do the roadside cleanup on two miles of State Route 310 north of Canton as part of the New York State Adopt-A-Highway Program. 

Front row: Canton President Kathy Mullaney, Jeanne Tyo-Martin and Scott Goldie. Back row: AG Michael Griffin, Laurean Pelkey and Kainan Smith. Not shown: Mike Crowe and Sunday Smith. 

“The rain blew through before we got too wet, and we ended up having a good time. We all thought that there was less trash this year!,” said President Kathy. 

Blanket Drive - South Africa

Collaboration between the International Services in the Kingston region.
The International Service of RC Kingston-Frontenac took on as a project of the 23/24 year the “Blanket Drive” in partnership with the Rotary Club of Morningside, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Foundation Minute

How Does The Rotary Foundation Recognize Rotary Clubs?
Donations to the Foundation are essential to securing and expanding our programs throughout the world. We recognize with gratitude clubs that make extraordinary contributions.
  • 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club: These are clubs in which all dues-paying members are Paul Harris Fellows. The club receives a banner. This is a one-time recognition, but the intent is that the club will maintain its status.

Rotary Leadership Training

Our next session on Part 1 (every Rotary member, especially newer ones can attend) will be Saturday, January 6th at the Best Western in Cornwall.  The day begins at 7:30am with Continental Breakfast and fellowship.  The day includes lunch and LOTS of Rotary knowledge-stuff you never knew you didn’t know!
REGISTER NOW to reserve your seat on the District website under Events.
No charge and many materials!  
Notre prochaine session sur la partie 1 (chaque membre du Rotary, en particulier les plus récents, peut y assister) aura lieu le samedi 6 janvier au Best Western à Cornwall.  La journée commence à 7h30 avec le petit déjeuner continental et la camaraderie.  La journée comprend le déjeuner et beaucoup de connaissances du Rotary que vous ne saviez pas que vous ne saviez pas !
INSCRIVEZ-VOUS MAINTENANT pour réserver votre place sur le site Web du district sous Événements.
Pas de frais et beaucoup de matériaux !