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Excitement builds for Melbourne

The 2023 Rotary International convention will offer endless inspiration for the year to come.

Watch: Rotary’s People of Action: Champions of Inclusion broadcast event

Watch: Rotary’s People of Action: Champions of Inclusion broadcast

Former aviator mentors next generation of scientists

JonDarr Bradshaw, a former military aviator and contractor for the U.S. space agency, has a different kind of mission now.

Forever young

Interact is 60: Join us as we examine Rotary’s leadership and service program for teens through the lens of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

The Afghan women who were determined to run

A Rotarian tells the story of the perseverance of female runners in Afghanistan in the film The Secret Marathon.

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. 
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
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.


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!
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