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.
Articles Deadlines
Please submit anything that you want in the newsletter by the 25th of each month. The newsletter usually goes out by the first or second of each month and it takes time to put things together in the proper format. Anything after the 25th will not be published.
Articles must be in Word format, with pictures separately as attachments.
Joan Hunter prendra la relève en tant que rédactrice en chef du bulletin pour le district. Joan et Ariane travaillerons ensemble pendant les premiers mois. Nous cherchons de l’aide. Quelqu’un de l’État de New York et quelqu’un du Québec feraient une excellente équipe. La connaissance de ClubRunner est utile, mais pas requise.
Dates limites des articles
Veuillez soumettre tout ce que vous voulez dans la newsletter d'ici le 25 de chaque mois. La newsletter sort habituellement au premier ou au deuxième de chaque mois et il faut du temps pour mettre les choses en forme. Rien après le 25 ne sera publié.
Les articles doivent être en format Word, avec des images 
séparées comme pièces jointes.

District Council Meeting August 27, 2022
Minutes and all reports received can be found in the Documents section of District Council under District Committees. They are public and anyone who is signed in can view them.
Upcoming Events
D7040 Environmental Sustainability Meeting
Sep 07, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Environmental Sustainability
Sep 07, 2022 7:00 PM
DG Visit - Malone (noon club meeting)
Sep 08, 2022
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
DG Visit - Canton (noon club meeting)
Best Western University Inn
Sep 19, 2022
11:15 AM – 1:00 PM
DG Visit - Ogdensburg
Hosmer's Marina
Sep 19, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
Sep 19, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Zone 28 & 32 Learning to Lead 2022
Sep 21, 2022 4:00 PM –
Sep 24, 2022 5:00 PM
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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

Turning Pages with the Diverse Book Club

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!

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Tip

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).

Rotary for Africa

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 is back in Gananoque

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.

My life in an iron lung

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

Did You Know?

Our district homepage, has a COVID-19 resource page. It includes a list of speakers that you may find useful for your meetings. You can also find the Speakers' page on the home page of the website now under the "My District" tab. In addition, the D7040 Passport club has an Education Centre where you may find useful videos.