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With help from a Rotary Foundation global grant, a group of women in rural Costa Rica are using ecotourism to enrich their families' futures.

Clubs made to order

These clubs keep things fresh with new ideas and new members.

Jennifer E. Jones makes history, becomes first woman named Rotary president-nominee

Jennifer Jones, of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2022-23.

Young inventor of eco-friendly bricks comes full circle

Binish Desai began working on an eco-friendly brick made out of recycling and waste, when he was 11. The former Rotary Youth Exchange student, inventor, and entrepreneur credits Rotary with giving him the support to pursue his dreams. Now he’s giving back through a new Rotary club.

The world stopped. They didn’t

These 10 workers put service above self when it counted most

It has been a month since the start of this new Rotary year. I have been connecting with many Rotarians through online club meetings or emails. I have visited several clubs online and will soon be starting my official visits.
We are all exploring new territory with the online meeting format and many clubs were not comfortable in the beginning to adopt this format. Eventually, a vast majority of the clubs have started the format of online meetings. This taught us to adapt to a fast-growing technology, allowing me to visit many clubs virtually, and I enjoyed them. Every club has its format and style. This opportunity showed us that we can adapt to any situation that comes at us.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and anti-racism solidarity demonstrations are calling out global inequities and the need for social justice. It is even more important that Rotary be an organization inclusive of all cultures, experiences, and identities.” -- from the introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Rotary: How are we Doing?
Rotary is committed to putting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at the core of the Rotary experience. “It is time for Rotary to create a new future for the organization, one that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and is beneficial to all of Rotary.” said 2018-19 President Barry Rassin when Rotary’s diversity, equity, and inclusion statement was adopted.
« La pandémie COVID-19 et les manifestations de solidarité contre le racisme dénoncent les inégalités mondiales et le besoin de justice sociale. Il est encore plus important que le Rotary soit une organisation intégrant toutes les cultures, expériences et identités. » - de l'introduction à Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Rotary: How are we Doing?
Le Rotary s'engage à mettre la diversité, l'équité et l'inclusion (DEI) au cœur de l'expérience du Rotary. "Il est temps pour le Rotary de créer un nouvel avenir pour l'organisation, un avenir qui soit plus ouvert et plus inclusif, plus juste pour tous, qui suscite la bonne volonté et qui soit bénéfique à l'ensemble du Rotary", a déclaré le président Barry Rassin en 2018-19 lors de l'adoption de la déclaration du Rotary sur la diversité, l'équité et l'inclusion.
There are many things happening during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Il se passe beaucoup de choses durant l'épidémie COVID-19.
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We are excited to announce that Rotaract District 7040 has joined the recently formed Rotaract Canada! This is a great opportunity for Rotaractors in our district to get involved with Rotary at a new level. By joining Rotaract Canada, Rotaractors in our district will have access to new opportunities to serve, learn, and connect. As stated on their website, Rotaract Canada is a MDIO, meaning they “spread information about service projects and events and foster communication between districts”. Through joining Rotaract Canada, members in our district will have even more opportunities for personal and professional development and leadership training.
Excitingly, we already have a few Rotaractors in our district stepping into positions with Rotaract Canada, including: John Le, Hannah Glover, and Riley Weymann. There are a multitude of other opportunities to help serve and support clubs across the country with positions available to match any skill set, from graphic designer to copywriter to analyst. There are as many as 20 positions available for Rotaractors to apply for, see their website for more details.
When we first started planning this year’s District Conference, our theme was “We’re Better Together.” Now, as the Covid-19 Pandemic is keeping us physically distant, it’s more important than ever to focus on the strength and opportunity that comes with working together as Rotarians. That’s why we’re holding this year’s District Conference online and we’ve adjusted our theme a little bit! We’re virtually better together!
Here's your opportunity to connect, be inspired, and celebrate the work of Rotary. Join us October 16-18, 2020 for our District’s first online District Conference. There is no cost to attend and the Conference is open to everyone. Invite your friends and neighbours to attend – it’s a great opportunity to introduce Rotary to them!
Rotarians can thank and recognize other Rotarians for their continued commitment to others. Simply go online to www.rotary.org click on “My Rotary” at the top, then under the “Learning and Reference” tab, click on “awards”.  Club leaders and members may nominate for: Recognize a Club, Significant Service Award, Avenues of Service Award in district, Service Award for a Polio-free World, and Polio Plus Pioneer Award.   Any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact District 7040 Awards Chair PDG Sue Bellor at sbellor1@twcny.rr.com .
Les Rotariens ont la possibilité de remercier et reconnaître les autres Rotariens pour leur engagement continu envers les autres.  Allez simplement en ligne à www.rotary.org, cliquez sur « Mon Rotary » en haut de la page et sous l'onglet « Je me forme », cliquez sur « Prix ».  Les Leader et membres de club peuvent se porter candidats pour : Reconnaître un club, un prix de service important, un prix d'avenues de service dans un district, un prix de service pour un monde sans polio et un prix Polio Plus Pioneer.  Si vous avez des questions ou des préoccupations, n'hésitez pas à contacter le président du GDP du district 7040, PDG Sue Bellor, à l'adresse sbellor1@twcny.rr.com .
All club presidents will need to fill in a document of certification for youth and vulnerable people and send it in as soon as possible. If you do not have any youth activities in your club, you need to fill in a non-participation document. Documents can be found at the Youth Protection pageSince we do not have long-term Youth Exchange this year, clubs that were certified through YE last year also need to fill in the document.
If you do any activities with youth or vulnerable people, your club needs to do these things. A list of clubs that have returned their certification will be posted on the district website.
Tous les présidents de club devront remplir un document de certification pour les jeunes et les personnes vulnérables et l'envoyer le plus rapidement possible. Si vous n'avez pas d'activités pour les jeunes dans votre club, vous devez remplir un document de non-participation. Les documents peuvent être consultés à la page de politique de protection de la jeunesse.   Comme nous n'avons pas d'échange de jeunes à long terme cette année, les clubs qui ont été certifiés par l'intermédiaire de l'EJ l'année dernière doivent également remplir le document.

Si vous faites des activités avec des jeunes ou des personnes vulnérables, votre club doit faire ces choses. Une liste des clubs qui ont retourné leur certification sera affichée sur le site Web du district.
Join your fellow District 7040 Rotarians in a series of monthly garden tours continuing August 19 at 4 p.m.  
Joignez-vous au Rotariens du District 7040 dans une série de visites mensuelles du jardin à partir du 19 août à 16 h. 
Stittsville Rotarians met in-person on Jul 21, 2020 for the first time since the pandemic was declared in March 2020. Following Covid-19 guidelines, together they cleaned up the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park at 1751 Stittsville Main Street, pulling weeds and making the park like new again.
Les Rotariens de Stittsville se sont rencontrés en personne le 21 juillet 2020 pour la première fois depuis la déclaration de la pandémie en mars 2020. Suivant les lignes directrices de Covide-19, ensemble, ils ont nettoyé le parc de la paix du Rotary W.J. Bell au 1751, rue Principale de Stittsville, tirant les mauvaises herbes et faisant du parc un parc nouveau.
Rotarians and friends at the pick-up day for the latest online auction of the Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac. “This fundraiser has helped us tremendously to continue to feel confident that we can continue to support the needs of our community and beyond,” says Daniel Geleyn, president of the Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac.  Photo by Daniel Geleyn

Des membres du club Rotary avec des amis durant la journée de collecte après la dernière vente aux enchères du club de Kingston-Frontenac. “Cette levée de fonds nous aide grandement à continuer d’être confiant que nous pouvons continuer à supporter les besoins de la communauté,” dit Daniel Geleyn, le président du club Rotary de Kingston-Frontenac.  Photo par Daniel Geleyn

If you are one of the many Rotarians who had planned to travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, last June, for the 2020 International Convention, I am certain you are still feeling sad about having to cancel your plans. Even if you may have attended some online events during the Virtual Convention, you might already be thinking about the next trip you’ll take.
Rejoice! The 2021 International Convention, which will take place in Taipei, Taiwan, is less than a year away (June 12 to 16, 2021) – and after all the time we’ve been spending meeting on screens, it will feel even better to get together and ‘feel the energy’, as the convention slogan goes.
Si vous êtes un des nombreux rotariens qui avait planifié de voyager à Honolulu, Hawaï pour la convention internationale de 2020 en juin dernier, je suis certaine que vous êtes encore triste d’avoir eu à annuler vos plans. Même si vous avez peut-être participé à certains événements en ligne pendant la convention virtuelle, il se peut que vous soyez déjà en train de penser à votre prochain voyage.
Réjouissez-vous! La convention internationale de 2021, qui aura lieu à Taipei, Taiwan, est dans moins d’un an (12 au 16 juin, 2021) – et après tout ce temps passé à faire des réunions en ligne, ce sera encore mieux de se retrouver et de ‘sentir l’énergie’ de Taipei, comme le mentionne le slogan de la convention.
Up until this year the club has held an annual Canada Day street parade for kids followed by free birthday cake for the public. A public parade was not possible this July because of COVID-19 so instead club members put on their thinking hats and instead sponsored a kid’s poster contest and adult story contest with What It Means to Be Canadian as the theme. All entries were printed in the North Renfrew Times.