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October 16-17-18  
octobre 2020
 
 

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The Conversation: Jeanne Gang

The Conversation:Jeanne GangA renowned Rotary alum affirms her commitment to environmentally sustainable architectureGrowing up in Belvidere, Illinois, a city 70 miles

Small scholarships help Illinois adults build their careers

Small scholarships help adults return to school and trade a job for a career - In a seemingly affluent Chicago suburb, poverty stops many adult students from affording classes to advance their skillsets. Local Rotary clubs are helping pay for school.

Nature & Nurture

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

The world stopped. They didn’t

These 10 workers put service above self when it counted most

African region declared free of wild poliovirus

Rotary and its GPEI partners celebrate a monumental achievement, say global eradication of wild polio is possible with the continued dedication and persistence of Rotarians

It’s September, Basic Education and Literacy month in Rotary. A new school year for many. Consider buying a young person a book. You never know, they may love it and become bookworms!
 
Jennifer E Jones, member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada has been nominated to become Rotary International President for 2022-23. Congratulations Jennifer!
 
Great News! Africa is declared Polio Free, thank you Rotarians for helping make this happen.
Despite all the challenges that we are facing during these difficult times, I started my official club visits. I had a few official visits in person. I also attended a couple of outdoor social gatherings where I had the pleasure to be part of clubs' official changeovers and awards presentations. Physical distancing was observed. I have visited a few others virtually. Some were official visits and others were social visits to say hello and stay up to date on their activities.
 
Rotary District 7040 Past District Governor and District Awards Chair Sue Bellor (Massena Rotary Club) was present to award  the Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award to Margaret (Peggy) Coe in Watertown along with Peggy’s  husband Past District Governor Ben Coe (Watertown Club) and 2019-20 District Governor Gerry Lambert (Canton Rotary Club). (left  to right in photo).
 
This award is given annually to only 150 non-Rotarians selected worldwide and District 7040 is very pleased to honor Peggy.
 
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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Going on an exchange was something I never thought I would do. Since my parents were both exchange students, they would always ask if it was something I was interested in, but the answer I always gave them was no. It wasn’t until we were having lunch with one of their friends they met through exchange, and I heard all of their amazing stories that I started to wonder, am I making a giant mistake by turning down this amazing opportunity? The answer to that was a huge yes. Luckily, I was able to get into the program just in time, and after many helpful orientations I was off to start my journey in Copenhagen, Denmark.
 
 
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« Ce qui est certain, c’est que ce Covid nous aura permis d’être créatif ». C’est ainsi que la Mairesse de l’arrondissement, Mme Giuliana Fumagalli, a commencé ses remerciements lors de la dernière distribution de paniers alimentaires le 16 juillet dernier.
 
Le Député Fédéral de la circonscription, le Conseiller de la Ville de Montréal pour le District étaient également présents à l’événement. Tous ont salué l’efficacité du réseau créé par les partenaires de l’action en souhaitant que « la belle équipe » Rotary/organismes communautaires de Saint-Michel poursuive leur partenariat pour la communauté.
 
 
Join your fellow District 7040 Rotarians in a series of monthly garden tours continuing October 19 at 4 p.m. featuring a garden from Jamaica. 
 
 
Joignez-vous au Rotariens du District 7040 dans une série de visites mensuelles du jardin à partir du 19 septembre à 16 h. 

A Rotaract Treasure Hunt

 
 
For our second meeting of the year, the executive concocted its members a little treasure hunt across Montreal! 
 
Three different routes were offered to the teams, so that each of them would go through different iconic places in the city. Through these places and a few puzzles, our members had to find the place where the meeting would take place: the clock dock, on the edge of the St-Laurent.
 
Last week, our past-president was alongside E-Club Premier to help them with the latest grocery basket distribution, at Carrefour Populaire, for the poorest families in the St-Michel district. This initiative was launched last March by the Rotary Clubs of Montreal. A total of 5.8 tons of food were distributed which helped around 600 families! Rotary / Haiti joint action review since April 2020: 7200 kg of food distributed to families and elders in Saint Michel, community kitchens and a homeless shelter.
As part of our final delivery week of food boxes, we were given 280 backpacks and school supplies for the children in our families through the United Way at no cost.
Rotarians in Kingston purchased an additional 120 backpacks with supplies in order to cover the families requesting the donation.
This project was exceptionally rewarding and it has cemented the long-term collaboration of the six clubs in Kingston.
 
The great news is that all the kids that needed a new Back Pack received one. Great work accomplished by Rotarians to benefit the community.
We are very pleased to have an opportunity to write a short article regarding our Community Corps in the District Bulletin.  Thank you, Fay Campbell, for providing us with this opportunity.  Let me first provide you with a brief history of our club.
 
In 2011 a friend and Past Governor, Armin Thiele, noticed that our social group was close and enjoyed each others company, partaking in several activities together.  He suggested we form a Rotary club in our community of Aylmer, Quebec.  Many of us were interested in the concept but work and family life raised concern regarding the time required to hold weekly meetings and working on major fundraising projects.  Armin suggested that we consider starting a Community Corps sponsored by a regular Rotary Club.  This concept seemed less demanding and in March of 2011 we received our Charter in the presence of many Rotarians from Hull Rotary as well as the District Governor.
La version française après l'anglais  
 
“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.
 
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!