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Shekhar Mehta
 
Zone Events
2021-2022
 
RI News
Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 14th consecutive year

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 14th consecutive

Jennifer Jones imagines Rotary fulfilling big dreams

Rotary International president-elect announces 2022-23 presidential theme to district governors-elect.

Rotary Projects Around the Globe January 2022

Rotary Projects Around the Globe - January 2022

Owori will become first Ugandan to head Rotary International

Business leader Samuel Owori will become first Ugandan to head Rotary

PolioPlus is engaging reluctant communities by addressing basic needs

PolioPlus is engaging reluctant communities by addressing basic

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 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.
On September 15, 1921, the Rotary Club of Hull held its first informal meeting. The club received its charter two months later, sponsored by the Ottawa Rotary Club. Its first president was George Doyon, an insurance executive. The charter celebrated at a banquet on February 22, 1922.
 
In 2021, the Rotary Club of Hull, Quebec, celebrates once again — and not just its centennial. Last year, our Rotarian friend and colleague Edmond Lanthier celebrated his 50th anniversary as a member of the Rotary Club of Hull. This is a remarkable achievement that deserves to be highlighted.
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.

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.
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.
 
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.
 
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, hugh@freereadingprogram.orgwww.bereading.org
On December 11, Passport Club members helped out with the Salvation Army Kettle Drive, in Cornwall and in Ottawa.
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
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.
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.”

 
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."
 
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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/419144901536661/
 
Our district homepage, www.rotary7040.com has a COVID-19 resource page. It includes a list of speakers that you may find useful for your meetings. In addition, the D7040 Passport club has an Education Centre where you may find useful videos.
 
Make sure that you also check our last month's bulletin for the Membership article by Kateri Clarke about ideas for connecting virtually.
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Although Rotary International does not have a specific mandate that volunteers, especially those working with youth, receive a COVID-19 vaccine, the Board of Directors and Trustees have made several endorsements for both receiving a vaccine and for helping to overcome vaccine hesitancy within our communities. After all, Rotary's flagship humanitarian project is the eradication of polio, which would not be possible if not for vaccination efforts worldwide. The Board of Directors has strongly encouraged volunteers that work with Rotary Youth Exchange, and by extension Rotary's other programs for young leaders, and the young people themselves if eligible to receive a vaccine, but there is no such mandate. We defer to the guidelines of your local community, health authority, or school-based restrictions for what may be required over we have strongly encouraged.
 
You can learn more about what Rotary's position and actions are around COVID-19 vaccination here: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-and-coronavirus-impact-frequently-asked-questions#vaccinations.
 
The District 7040 executive also encourages vaccinations, in line with our support of polio eradication.