The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.

The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Winston Churchill

I am happy to report that the District’s 75 clubs are starting to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. What better organization would you want to have at your back? Rotary has survived and grown through two World Wars, the last pandemic of the Spanish Flu, and is now in the process of ridding the world of Polio.

I am happy to report that most of our Rotary clubs, the District, Zone and Rotary International have recovered from the initial shock of this crisis and are now moving forward to reach out and assist its members and their local communities worldwide. The response has been fantastic.

There are many things happening during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Il se passe beaucoup de choses durant l'épidémie COVID-19.
For all the latest information from our district, including a message from the District Governor
Pour toutes les informations les plus récentes de notre district, y compris un message du gouverneur du district.

Click here - Cliquez ici

All clubs received a short survey from our District Stewardship Committee on March 29th and responded by Wednesday the 1st of April regarding what each club had already done or planned to do about the pandemic.
A week later, after the 61 responses were received and analyzed, our Grants Committee Chair, PDG Bette Miller sent to every club the The Rotary Foundation District 7040 District Simplified Grants COVID-19 Club Application Form.
Criteria: This is a one-time District initiative with ALL clubs in D7040 eligible to apply (no qualification necessary) with only one application per club. Applications must be received no later than April 20, 2020.
The Rotary Support Center does not have phone or contribution processing capabilities at this time.  They are only available to answer inquiries via email.  Their email address is  Members should not email contributions to this email address. 
The Governor of Illinois has issued a shelter-in-place order.  This means that no staff will be allowed into One Rotary Center.  Any contributions sent to One Rotary Center will not be processed for some time.  Additionally, our capability for accepting faxed contributions has also been placed on hold indefinitely.  We highly encourage members who would like to contribute to do so online at  Club officers do have the option to donate on behalf of their club members once they sign in. Look in Files on the district COVID-19 page.
Again, the best place to make a contribution is online at
The full article can be found on the District COVID-19 page (link above).
After careful consideration, we have decided to go forward with RYLA 2020! With so many Rotary events being postponed or cancelled, we wanted to be able to deliver some good news.
RYLA 2020 will happen from May 28 (Thursday) to May 31 (Sunday). Each day will be slightly shortened from those of past years but spread out and so the need to add a fourth day. Rest assured that no students will be travelling to Kingston – instead, we will be meeting online using Zoom, virtual icebreakers, Google Classroom and more. The RYLA team has been working diligently to adapt our programme to the new environment and we are confident that the student delegates will have fun, be engaged, learn lots about leadership and make new friends. Our goals for the experience remain the same.
This Article is from the Rotary Zone 8 newsletter Rotary On The Move. I encourage you to read the whole article.
Zoom looks a bit different, depending on your device. It works on PCs, laptops, tablets and smart phones. First step is to download the application appropriate for your device from Zoom.US.
Watch this video first.
Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time; Fun and Easy Online Connection.
This is an 8 min video and shows how it looks on a Windows PC. Similar for Mac, except Zoom is in the Apple store. For IOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android (tablets and phones) Zoom is in their stores.
Rotary loves Bingo
The first is a Zoom Bingo, courtesy of Zone 33.
The second, courtesy of Chatham Sunrise has some localized squares but can easily be adapted.
25 Day April Mental Health Challenge 
Our District Foundation Committee is coming to you!  Although we meet quarterly along with the District International Service Committee, we usually are missing representation from about 40 of our 66 clubs.
So…our Foundation Team will come to you on the following Saturday mornings at 10 am for a 30-minute ASK YOUR QUESTIONS gathering via Zoom:
April 18 – Endowment Fund (Rotary’s Future)
May 30 – Polio (Rotary’s Major Initiative)
Drop in on one or all sessions!  If you’re interested, just email me at and I will send you the link.  Feel free to ask other club members who might have an interest in hearing more about Our Foundation doing good in the world - see you soon!
The scholarship deadline is coming up quickly and it is time to take a look at whom we are looking for!
La date limite des bourses arrive rapidement et il est temps de chercher les boursiers de cette année!
2019 District Conference Photo Album


DisCon 2020
Ottawa ON
We’re better together
On est meilleurs ensemble
October 16-17  
octobre 2020

Click Here 

for more information
Rotarians Wanted
Looking for Rotarians to fill positions in the  District Organization for 2020-2021.
If interested please contact Hadi Mortada at
RI President
Mark Maloney

District Calendar

Rotary Showcase is a great place to be inspired and find project ideas, as well as share success stories. District 7040 clubs are doing good in their communities and around the world.
Click here to see our projects.