Connecting With Former Youth Exchange Students

Posted by Bill Egnatoff, Cataraqui-Kingston
August 25, the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston had quite a few guests at their Zoom meeting. Two COVID benefits are reaching out and connecting through online meetings. Members had suggested reaching out to past YX students. Marioly was an obvious choice; she left a real mark on our club. She arrived in 2005.
Past Youth Exchange Students present - Dulce Milay 2010-2011 YX to Gananoque (now living in Toronto), Marioly Sanchez, Venezuela YX 2005-2006 from Venezuela – Speaker, Iasmin Mendes. YX 2013-2014 from Brazil, Gabriela Calizaya Catacora YX 2011-12, Perú 
Visiting Rotarians and past Rotarians present - Rob Campbell C-KR member 2001-2008, RC Renfrew 2010-13, Marioly’s host parent, Joe Fontes, Renfrew RC, Past District chair for YX, hosted 10 YX students including Marioly’s brother, Kathleen Lofthouse, Renfrew RC, host for Marioly and for brother Manuel, Elsabé Falkson. RC Kingston
Connecting With Former Youth Exchange Students Bill Egnatoff, Cataraqui-Kingston 2020-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now Tulips – Huge Success!

Posted by Barbara Fisk, Gananoque
As with most clubs in the District the Rotary Club of Gananoque was keen to find something meaningful, helpful, and safe to do for the community during these trying times.  They were fortunate to come across this fabulous End Polio Now Tulip campaign from colleagues in another District. 
The vote was unanimous – let’s try it! It looks great!  And Great it is!
End Polio Now Tulips – Huge Success! Barbara Fisk, Gananoque 2020-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Une école en Tanzanie

Posted by Philippe-Olivier Kaul-Méledje, Montreal Ville-Marie
English version below
Le Club Rotary Montréal Ville-Marie est fier d’avoir contribué à la construction d’une école en Tanzanie, réalisée par les jeunes du PRÉCI de l’École de technologie supérieure.
Cette belle réalisation va permettre la scolarisation de 150 enfants de la région de Nainokanoka.
Au-delà d’une expérience unique et très enrichissante pour ces futurs ingénieurs, les retombées de ce projet pour la communauté locale sont inestimables. De nombreux enfants vont pouvoir découvrir les joies d’apprendre et de s’instruire.
Encore merci à eux, mais également à vous qui continuez à soutenir nos actions.
Une école en Tanzanie Philippe-Olivier Kaul-Méledje, Montreal Ville-Marie 2020-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

October is Economic and Community Development Month!

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
We just entered the second quarter of this Rotary Year. This is for sure not what I expected how I would be visiting clubs. Thank you to all of our Area Governors who are working hard on arranging my official visits to clubs, whether they are in-person or virtual. So far, I have visited 21 clubs that are Rotary and Rotaract, some in person, and some virtually. I have also participated in community and environmental events. I am learning more about our clubs and what we do for our communities.
October is Economic and Community Development Month! DG Hadi Mortada 2020-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

World Bicycle Relief

Posted by Colin Lyle, D7040 Passport
(Editor’s note: Colin lives in France. This was his report to the Passport club. The club has committed to one bike and is asking individuals to donate for more.)
I attended a meeting of a local club recently where the DG arrived on one of these bikes; last year he and his wife shared one to ride from near Luxembourg to the RI Convention in Hamburg - some 600 km.  World Bicycle Relief works with partners to create long-lasting, sustainable change and break the cycle of poverty in the communities where we work. Our philanthropic programs provide specially designed, locally assembled Buffalo Bicycles for students, health workers and entrepreneurs. Funds from our global supporters enable innovative programming, delivery of our bicycles to those in need, and constant evaluation of our impact in the field.
The video clip explains all the benefits of this project operated by World Bicycle Relief  in the poorest parts of the world; the bike only costs $197 CAD, is very rugged to withstand rough roads (and also very heavy!). It is also very simple and easy to maintain - the pedals are fixed and act as brakes, to simplify maintenance and reduce the cost.  My previous district 1700 has set itself the goal of contributing one bicycle per club - there are currently 105 clubs in the District.
The DG of 1700 asked me to spread the message.  This looks like something a club could take part in anywhere in the world and easily afford.  As the Poms say, “On Yer Bike”!
World Bicycle Relief Colin Lyle, D7040 Passport 2020-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Apple Picking

Posted by Lawrence Cantrill, Montreal-Lakeshore
For several years, the Rotary Club of Montreal Lakeshore has donated to local food banks. This, being the year of the Pandemic the need for support has been greater than ever.
At our regular meetings we have lunch. As we cannot meet in person, some of our members donated the cost of their meals to the food banks. This money along with a District Grant went to the West Island Mission and the On Rock Ministries food banks.
To help further, three members from the club on one of our last days of summer went apple picking at. The fruits of their labour were donated to the On Rock Ministries Food Bank which now feeds 1,000 people per week due to the pandemic. During these C.O.V.I.D. times apple picking was a safe way to volunteer our time whilst enjoying the outdoors in safety.
The first picture shows Maureen Cantrill and Lawrence Cantrill picking apples.
The second picture shows Brenda Scalzo (the third picker) delivering the fruits of our labour to the On Rock Food Bank at Pierrefonds, Montreal.
Apple Picking Lawrence Cantrill, Montreal-Lakeshore 2020-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
DicCon 2020 Videos Chris Cochrane, Public Image Chair 2020-10-02 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ariane Carriere, bulletin editor
The date for the District bulletin is usually the 4th or 5th of each month. Articles for the bulletin are coming in fast and furious, but please do not send anything after the first of any month. By that time I have started to fit the pieces together and I usually cannot fit anything else in.
All articles should be in Word with the author clearly identified at the beginning.  Action photos in JPG preferred. DO NOT embed photos in the article but send as a separate JPG attachment. DO NOT send a PDF. DO NOT send article in an email message but send as file attachment. Try not to have too many links in the articles as I need to test every single one to make sure they work. Fancy fonts, bullet points, and colours will not transfer to ClubRunner HTML so please don't use them.
Help! Ariane Carriere, bulletin editor 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

Le Club Rotary de Valleyfield (Québec) : 75 Ans de Services à la Communauté !

Posted by Michel Laniel Valleyfield
From RotaryCanada, English version below
Le CLUB ROTARY DE VALLEYFIELD célèbre en 2020 ses 75 ans d’existence. Il a été fondé en juin 1945 – à la fin de la deuxième grande guerre – par quelques hommes d’affaires de la région qui partageaient la vision et les objectifs du ROTARY INTERNATIONAL et qui cultivaient l’idéal de SERVIR D’ABORD !  Le club de Valleyfield a toujours été très actif dans son milieu et reconnu comme un regroupement de personnes grandement impliquées dans leur communauté.
Souper homard 2017
Lobster Dinner 2017
Souper homard 2019
Lobster Dinner 2019
Le Club Rotary de Valleyfield (Québec) : 75 Ans de Services à la Communauté ! Michel Laniel Valleyfield 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary FAR Project launched in Kingston

Rotary FAR Project launched to support Pathways to Education high school graduates while they take on next life goals
In short:
  • Kingston high school alumni of the Pathways to Education program will continue to receive support while they move on to post-secondary education and meaningful employment
  • For those alumni who wish to postpone the immediate employment vs. further education decision, 20 Rotarians have received professional mentorship training and will be matched with individual alumni as needed
  • The Rotary FAR Project is the product of financial support from local, national, and international Rotary Clubs
  • $140 000 CDN (approximate) was raised to fund the Facilitator of Alumni Resources (FAR) position for 3 days a week for 3 years
Rotary FAR Project launched in Kingston 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Jack Prim, Fundraising Chair
The Fundraising Committee objective is to assist fundraising at the club level by gathering and sharing the fundraising information for the district.  The information will facilitate existing fundraising efforts by helping to identify the “best practices” from all of the clubs in the district fo similar fundraising efforts.  It will also provide “how to information” to clubs who are planning to start a new fundraiser that is similar to some existing fundraisers in the district.
Fundraising Jack Prim, Fundraising Chair 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

A Practical Demonstration of the Power and the Joy of being Rotarian

Posted by Wendy Adams, Ottawa-Stittsville
A hands-on Chapala Rotary project provides emergency food relief to 100’s of Mexican families in need during Covid-19 time.
Zoom provided a great opportunity on Wed Sep 10th, 2020, for Stittsville Rotarians to hear first-hand about an international humanitarian project from guest speaker Barb Wilson, President-Elect, Lake Chapala Sunrise Rotary Club and Chair of Emergency Food Relief Program. The club has 38 members of varying nationalities and there are 133 clubs in that district in Mexico.
A Practical Demonstration of the Power and the Joy of being Rotarian Wendy Adams, Ottawa-Stittsville 2020-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Save Our Legion campaign incredibly successful – Committee presents $83,000 cheque to Branch 353

Posted by Terry Fleurie, Staff writer, Eganville Leader
For three quarters of a century, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 353, Eganville, has not only been supporting military veterans and their families, it has also served as the hub of community activities and has donated thousands of dollars to worthwhile causes.
Last Friday afternoon, the extended community that has benefitted from that generosity and support for 75 years, said Thank You in great style when the Save Our Legion campaign committee presented a cheque for $83,000 to the humbled Legion officials.
Save Our Legion campaign incredibly successful – Committee presents $83,000 cheque to Branch 353 Terry Fleurie, Staff writer, Eganville Leader 2020-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Bacon on a Bun

Posted by John Wilson, Renfrew
Our Club's largest fundraiser has been selling Bacon on a Bun at our annual Town of Renfrew, Ontario, Fall Fair.  Because of covid-19, the fair was cancelled so we thought we had lost all that revenue (approximately $18,000). One of our members, Janet Springer, had the great idea to do a drive through ‘Bacon on a Bun’ day.  She and fellow member, Doug Ryan, started organizing to make this happen. At a regular Club Meeting, (held via Zoom because of the pandemic), several members stepped forward to help organize this activity. Many new ideas blossomed forth from their discussions. They developed a plan to make deliveries to the many businesses that support us on one day and sales to the general public the next day.  It is very difficult to estimate how much we would sell however the organizers were confident that sales would be great.  Many people have told us over the years that they attend the fair just to get a Bacon on a Bun from our booth.  So, they decided to order 80 boxes of bacon which is half of the bacon we normally sell for the five-day fair.  The meat supplier thought we had set our sights too high, but we did it anyway.
Bacon on a Bun John Wilson, Renfrew 2020-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Training Talk

This issue of Training Talk is dedicated to district trainers. Share this information with other trainers in your district. There is also a lot of information that is helpful for clubs.
Note: There have been reports of periodic issues when logging into My Rotary or the Learning Center that have been fixed. If you continue having trouble accessing the Learning Center, please clear cookies and cached images in your internet browser settings, close, and reopen your browser and try again.
Training Talk 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
Getting Our Branding Right Rotary International Zone 8 Public Image Newsletter 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0
What Are You Going to See at DisCon 2020? 2020-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

September Message of the District Governor

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.
September Message of the District Governor 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

News from Area Clubs

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
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.
News from Area Clubs DG Hadi Mortada 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award

Posted by Sue Bellor, Awards Chair
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.
Excellence in Humanitarian Service Award Sue Bellor, Awards Chair 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 Food Security Project  - Rotary in Kingston

Posted by Ana Sutherland, Seaway West AG
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.
Covid-19 Food Security Project - Rotary in Kingston Ana Sutherland, Seaway West AG 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaract de l'île de Montréal

Posted by Olivier Frasson

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.
Rotaract de l'île de Montréal Olivier Frasson 2020-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

Aide alimentaire d’urgence aux familles vulnérables du quartier Saint-Michel de Montréal

Posted by Michèle Herblin, e-Club Premier7040 et Anne-Laure Damhet, présidente 19-20, Rotaract IDM.
The English version is below.
« 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.
Aide alimentaire d’urgence aux familles vulnérables du quartier Saint-Michel de Montréal Michèle Herblin, e-Club Premier7040 et Anne-Laure Damhet, présidente 19-20, Rotaract IDM. 2020-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

UN International Literacy Day – 8 September

Posted by Linda Flynn, Literacy / Alphabétisation
The 8th of September was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The UN's Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by world leaders in September 2015, promotes universal access to quality education and learning opportunities throughout people’s lives. Sustainable Development Goal 4 has as one of its targets ensuring all young people achieve literacy and numeracy and that adults, who lack these skills are given the opportunity to acquire them.
To learn more go to and CNTRL+ click on the titles below to learn more.
UN International Literacy Day – 8 September Linda Flynn, Literacy / Alphabétisation 2020-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Global Rewards Manon Lennon, Laval Rive-Nord 2020-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

My Exchange

Posted by Gabriella Fera, Rotex
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.
My Exchange Gabriella Fera, Rotex 2020-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

Aylmer Rotary Community Corps

Posted by Judy McBribe, president ARCC
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.
Aylmer Rotary Community Corps Judy McBribe, president ARCC 2020-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaract is Moving Ahead!

Posted by Katie Massie, Rotaract Ottawa South
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.
Rotaract is Moving Ahead! Katie Massie, Rotaract Ottawa South 2020-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

DG Message August / août - We Are Adapting!

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.
DG Message August / août - We Are Adapting! 2020-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Diversité, équité et inclusion

Posted by PDG Martha Weaver, Chateaugay
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.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Diversité, équité et inclusion PDG Martha Weaver, Chateaugay 2020-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Canada Day During COVID-19

Posted by Larrie Thomson, North Renfrew
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.
Canada Day During COVID-19 Larrie Thomson, North Renfrew 2020-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Hawkesbury Rotary performs Suzanne Hocquard, Hawkesbury 2020-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

This Year’s District Conference is a Unique Opportunity You Won’t Want to Miss!

Posted by Gayle Oudeh, 2020 Program Chair
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!
This Year’s District Conference is a Unique Opportunity You Won’t Want to Miss! Gayle Oudeh, 2020 Program Chair 2020-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

Spring cleaning at W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park, Stittsville

Posted by Wendy Adams, Ottawa-Stittsville
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.
Spring cleaning at W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park, Stittsville Wendy Adams, Ottawa-Stittsville 2020-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Fundraising continues at the Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac les levées de fonds continue

Posted by Daniel Geleyn, Kingston-Frontenac
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

Fundraising continues at the Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac les levées de fonds continue Daniel Geleyn, Kingston-Frontenac 2020-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Your Next Rotary Travel Destination / Votre prochaine destination voyage avec le Rotary

Posted by Jacinthe Paille D7040 Passport,
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.
Your Next Rotary Travel Destination / Votre prochaine destination voyage avec le Rotary Jacinthe Paille D7040 Passport, 2020-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement 2020-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Statement from Rotary International 2020-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

Joindre le Rotaract/Join Rotaract

Posted by Olivier Frasson, co-DRR 19-20, permission Rotary Canada
Il y a six ans, une de mes amies m'a invité à un barbecue qu'elle organisait avec son association. Les fonds récoltés serviront à envoyer des ordinateurs et des livres qu'ils ont récupérés pour une école primaire d’Haïti qui a tout perdu lors du tremblement de terre de 2010. C'était ma première interaction avec le Rotaract.
Six years ago, a friend of mine invited me to a BBQ she was organizing with her association.
The funds raised would be used to send computers and books they got for a primary school in Haiti that lost everything during the 2010 earthquake. It was my first interaction with Rotaract.
Joindre le Rotaract/Join Rotaract Olivier Frasson, co-DRR 19-20, permission Rotary Canada 2020-07-04 04:00:00Z 0

Happy New Rotary Year!

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
Another year comes upon us and we are heading into the unknown. Luckily, our Rotary Family in our District has handled it quite well. We are still visible, and we are lending a hand to our communities locally and internationally.
I am proud to be part of this family. Our District has shown unity and determination to get through these difficult times. Past District Governor Gerry Lambert has paved the way for us, and I vow to continue the great work that we started. I am happy that PDG Gerry & I worked together in past months, so we continue serving Rotary and our community to the best of our abilities. 
Happy New Rotary Year! DG Hadi Mortada 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Service Above Self

PDG Katie Burke Recipient of Service Above Self Award

Extra! Extra! Our very own Katie Burke has been recognized with Rotary's "Service Above Self" award during our District's 7040 Changeover event.

"Service Above Self" is Rotary’s highest honor and recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”, by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award is internationally competitive and is granted to no more than 150 Rotarians worldwide each year,

Congratulations Katie... this is a well-deserved recognition of the many contributions you continue to make on behalf of Rotary and our community.
Service Above Self 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Bringing the “Fourth Object of Rotary” to Life

PDG Nabil Oudeh Recipient Of 2020 Zone 28 Donald MacRae Peace Award

Every year, our Zones honor Rotarians, Rotary alumni or Rotary-based organizations whose lives and work exemplify Rotary’s passion to strive toward international service and peace.
This tradition started in then-Zone 22 in 2004 to honor Donald MacRae, a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Back in 1921, MacRae pushed for Rotary to expand its community base and think in terms of global service. As a result, at the International Convention held that year in Edinburgh, Rotarians unanimously agreed to incorporate international peacemaking into Rotary’s incorporating documents with these words, “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”  Today, we know those words as the Fourth Object of Rotary, and they are the basis for all the international work – from club service trips to Polio Plus – we do today.
Bringing the “Fourth Object of Rotary” to Life 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA Report - 2020

Posted by Paul Elsley, 7040 RYLA District Chair
When the pandemic arrived in North America in early March, plans for RYLA were put in jeopardy. The planning team investigated and quickly decided to pursue an online version modified to suit the Zoom platform. A total of 25 clubs from two Districts (7010 and 7040) including NY state, Quebec and central and eastern Ontario sent 52 delegates to the leadership academy. This represented a significant increase from the past two years and established new benchmarks for future years.
RYLA Report - 2020 Paul Elsley, 7040 RYLA District Chair 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Thank you all

Posted by Karla Ojeda, 15-16 Youth Exchange Student

Karla Ojeda was a Youth Exchange student from Venezuela to Cornwall Sunrise. After she returned home, the troubles in her country began. The Cornwall Sunrise club raised funds and arranged for her to return to Cornwall where she has been studying for the last two years at St. Lawrence College. She wrote to some of us about her experiences.

It is interesting how hard it is sometimes to put your thoughts and emotions into words.
A few weeks ago, I finished my program. There are mixed feelings, lots of questions but mainly so much to thank. I look back now, and ask, where did the last two years go? They went by in the blink of an eye and now I am a Social Service Worker.
Thank you all Karla Ojeda, 15-16 Youth Exchange Student 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Seventh Avenue of Service Announced

More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
More information about this new cause will be announced soon.
Seventh Avenue of Service Announced 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Where's the Fun? Garden Party

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. 
Where's the Fun? Garden Party 2020-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

Westmount's First Virtual Fundraiser

The Rotary club of Westmount was pleased to host its first ever virtual fundraiser by way of a mentalist show streamed through YouTube on June 11th.
Le Rotary club de Westmount a eu le plaisir d'organiser sa toute première collecte de fonds virtuelle par le biais d'une émission mentaliste diffusée sur YouTube le 11 juin dernier.
Westmount's First Virtual Fundraiser 2020-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
Carleton Place & Mississippi Mills donation 2020-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown COVID-19 Initiatives

Posted by LA Palamar, Ottawa-Bytown
In order to support our local community during the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown decided to offer our support to the families of Immaculata High School students. 
Located on Main Street in Old Ottawa South, this school of the Ottawa Catholic School Board serves a wide catchment area, spanning neighbourhoods of widely diverse socio-economic conditions. A pillar of the Old Ottawa South/East community since 1928, the school has evolved to serve the needs of its community moving from a girls-only school to a co-ed. 
Rotary Club of Ottawa Bytown COVID-19 Initiatives LA Palamar, Ottawa-Bytown 2020-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

What a year!

Posted by DG Gerry Lambert
It has been quite a year and we're not finished yet.
As we approach the District changeover, which will occur on Saturday the 27th of June at 11:00 am, I am thinking about how significantly our world has changed.  To say we are living in unprecedented times is a bit of an understatement.  Who would have believed a year ago that this changeover ceremony would find us living in the midst of a pandemic that has swept the world?  This pandemic that has resulted in the closure of the U.S./Canada border; forced us to meet online because of the significant restrictions with meeting in person; and resulted in the cancellation of the Rotary International Convention, District Assembly, and Foundation Dinner.
What a year! DG Gerry Lambert 2020-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Finley's Walk for Water

Posted by Daniel Geleyn, Kingston-Frontenac
Finley Johnston, 10, of Westport, ON, set out to walk 350 kms to raise $3000 towards building a well for people living without fresh water.
Finley's Walk for Water Daniel Geleyn, Kingston-Frontenac 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

Breaking news/dernières nouvelles

We are living in an interesting time. Each day there is more news about this virus that is spreading around the world. Now we have the added news of protests. The District is physically divided in half because the border is closed. Yet, Rotarians are meeting and getting together online.
We have made the decision to move our changeover and our annual conference online to protect the health and safety of our members and attendees. These events will be free of charge and we urge all of you to try to attend.
Nous vivons une période intéressante. Chaque jour, il y a plus de nouvelles sur ce virus qui se propage dans le monde entier. Maintenant, nous avons les nouvelles supplémentaires de protestations. Le district est divisé physiquement en deux parce que la frontière est fermée. Pourtant, les Rotariens se réunissent et se réunissent en ligne.
Nous avons pris la décision de déplacer notre passation des pouvoirs et notre conférence annuelle en ligne pour protéger la santé et la sécurité de nos membres et de nos participants. Ces événements seront gratuits et nous vous exhortons tous à essayer d’y assister.
Breaking news/dernières nouvelles 2020-06-03 04:00:00Z 0

RI Board Asks Everyone to Use the New Rotary Brand

At the April 2019 meeting of the Rotary International Board of Directors, the Board reviewed the Rotary brand and
  • requested all users of the Rotary Marks to come into visual brand compliance as soon as possible;
  • agreed not to publish in official Rotary media, after July 31, 2019, any advertisements or other information that are not in brand compliance;
  • agreed not to permit any exhibitions at all official Rotary events that are not in brand compliance;
We encourage all Rotary Clubs in District 7040 to become compliant too, as soon as possible. We will no longer publish pictures that have the old logo in them. You can find out more at the Rotary Brand Center.
RI Board Asks Everyone to Use the New Rotary Brand 2020-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Relief  for District Clubs

Posted by DG Hadi Mortada
We know that most of you are working on budgets for the next Rotary year. Due to cancellation of PETS & DTA this year, the District Finance Committee has decided to waive the $10 levy per member for 2020-2021 as a COVID-19 relief. This waiver is only for this coming year. We expect that the levy will return for the following year so that we can meet again in person.
COVID-19 Relief for District Clubs DG Hadi Mortada 2020-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary to the rescue/à la rescousse

Posted by Kevin Barron, Hawkesbury
On March 13 one of our members – Suzanne Hocquard reached out to the Meals On Wheels director in our area to inquire if they would need assistance delivering meals. Normally this task is completed by retired individuals but with the quarantine in force these individuals were not available.
Le 13 mars, une de nos membres - Suzanne Hocquard a contacté la directrice services communautaires de Prescott & Russell pour lui demander si elle aurait besoin d'aide pour livrer les repas. Normalement, cette tâche est accomplie par des individus retraités mais avec la quarantaine en vigueur, ces individus n'étaient pas disponibles.
Rotary to the rescue/à la rescousse Kevin Barron, Hawkesbury 2020-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Program of the Rotary International Virtual Convention 2020-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Potsdam donates to Food Bank


Potsdam Rotary Club President Duane Pelkey (right) presents a $1,000 donation to Potsdam Neighborhood Center Director Kristal Hayes at a safe social distance. The gift will be used by the Neighborhood Center food bank for COVID-19 relief. #RotaryResponds

Potsdam donates to Food Bank 2020-05-25 04:00:00Z 0

We Do Better Together

Rotary is a service organization with more than 35,000 clubs and 1.2 million members world-wide. At times, Rotary clubs join together to carry out worthwhile international projects to meet specific needs in communities.
Rotarian Nosberto L. Lou was the connecting link for two such Rotary clubs in Ottawa-Stittsville and in Guatemala North. Originally from Guatemala where he was a member of the Rotary club, Nosberto now lives with his family in Stittsville. Currently however, he is in Guatemala where he was able to see the great need for medical supplies to deal with the current COVID-19 crisis.
We Do Better Together 2020-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

Nouvelles des Échanges amicaux/News from D7040 Rotary Friendship Exchange

Posted by Greta Du Bois Cleynhens, D7040 RFE Chair, Cataraqui-Kingston
As a result of the present COVID-19 pandemic all Rotary Friendship Exchanges have temporarily been put on halt and will be reviewed at a later stage when general conditions allow it.
En raison de la pandémie actuelle de COVID-19, tous les échanges amicaux ont été temporairement suspendus et seront réexaminés ultérieurement lorsque les conditions générales le permettront.
Nouvelles des Échanges amicaux/News from D7040 Rotary Friendship Exchange Greta Du Bois Cleynhens, D7040 RFE Chair, Cataraqui-Kingston 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Première réunion virtuelle depuis 106 ans pour le Club Rotary de Montréal !

Posted by Michèle Herblin-Mauger- Co Chair District Club Support Committee
First online meeting in 106 years!
President Fatima sent this so inspiring message to the Montreal Rotary Club:
“Just a quick note to thank everyone who attended the May 8th online meeting.
This virtual meeting marked a new page in the history of the Montreal Rotary Club and you can be proud to be part of it, since it is the first time in 106 years of its existence that our Club has held such a meeting.

Let us make sure that all members of our Club will meet in large numbers online in order to share our points of view and get to know each other better so that this unique current crisis has a positive side thanks to this virtual tool. Thank you all for your presence and I hope to see more members online next Friday.”
Voilà comment le 2ème plus ancien Club du Rotary au Canada ouvre les portes à de nouvelles opportunités pour son futur, en s’adaptant avec fierté, et en appuyant son développement sur l’amitié de ses membres.
Tous les Clubs de la grande région de Montréal/Laurentides se réunissent désormais online. Qu’ils partagent la plateforme Gotomeeting que le e-Club Premier a mis à leur disposition ou qu’ils utilisent Zoom, un planning commun permet de maintenir un contact plus fréquent entre les Clubs. Les projets communs se multiplient et les Conseils de Présidents sous la direction des deux AG Michel Wong Kee Song et Charles Ezin sont maintenant effectifs.
Bravo à tous, l’avenir du Rotary est plus que jamais entre nos mains. Les portes sont ouvertes à tous les possibles!
Première réunion virtuelle depuis 106 ans pour le Club Rotary de Montréal ! Michèle Herblin-Mauger- Co Chair District Club Support Committee 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Kingston’s COVID-19 Project

Posted by Paul Elsley, Kingston
Summary of Rotary Kingston’s COVID-19 Project
Collaboration between: Isthmus, Food Sharing Project & Rotary
Last year, over 16,000 children at 87 schools in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington  were fed at school either a snack, breakfast or lunch or in some cases all three through the food provided by The Food Sharing Project, and over 200 young students from five high-needs schools received small food hampers each weekend. Food insecurity is a serious concern in our community and, according to the Partners in Mission Food Bank here, of the participants in the Food Bank hamper program, a staggering 34% are children. With the onset of the pandemic, schools have been closed with no prospect of them reopening this academic year, so these children are not able to access food through established Student Nutrition Programs. Food Banks are trying to cope with an increased surge in demand and extended wait times.
Rotary Kingston’s COVID-19 Project Paul Elsley, Kingston 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
District Alumni Chair/présidente des anciens du district. DGE Hadi Mortada 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Fundraising In A Changed World: Online Events

Here are six important considerations that go into a successful online fundraising event.
The “why” about fundraising is more important than ever.  Your event message needs to be short, simple, relevant, and centered on your mission.  Who are we helping?  What impact will a donation have?  Make the stories resonant and personal.  Have someone record short videos of why they donate or how they’ve been helped.  Throughout your online event, keep relating mission and impact.
Fundraising In A Changed World: Online Events 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Fundraising Goes Virtual

Posted by Marty Peak Helman, Zone Innovative Club Advocate
District 7780 Rotarians met recently (by Zoom, naturally!) to talk about fundraising options in the age of COVID.  Generally speaking, the group agreed that:
  • Any fundraising project can be done virtually or with social distancing – it just takes creativity and maybe some downsizing. 
  • Good givers will continue to give, even in the tough times.
  • A club should think about its traditional sponsors.  If they are a restaurant or other establishment hard-hit by COVID, this is not the time to approach them.  If they are an insurance agency or utility or other organization that has not been hard-hit, by all means reach out to them.
  • It’s critical to advertise, advertise, advertise events and activities on social media and wherever possible.  People are feeling cooped up and are looking for fun things to do.
Fundraising Goes Virtual Marty Peak Helman, Zone Innovative Club Advocate 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

First Ever Virtual Foundation Walk

Posted by Ron Patnode, Canton
The first ever virtual District 7040 Rotary Foundation Walk was held May 9, 2020. It was a cold, windy and snowy day for sure; however, we Rotarians provided service above self to support the Rotary Foundation. Fifty-six walkers representing seven clubs participated: Three from the US - Rotary Clubs of Canton, Potsdam and Massena. Three from Ontario, Canada - Cornwall Sunrise, Kingston-Frontenac,  1000 Islands-Brockville and one from Quebec – Old Montreal. The total amount raised was $10,728.31(US).
First Ever Virtual Foundation Walk Ron Patnode, Canton 2020-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange suspended for the year

Posted by Patrick Mahaffy, Youth Exchange Chair
The pandemic of the COVID-19 has spread all over the world and no one knows when the situation will be back to normal. As each country tries to minimize the spread of the virus, strict restrictions continue to be imposed. Hopefully, these will help ease the strain on our health care systems and minimize the damage caused by Covid-19.
With students’ well-being and security as our top priorities, Rotary District 7040 has decided to suspend new long-term youth exchanges for one year. This means that our district will not be sending or receiving students in the summer of 2020. 
Most countries have blocked foreigners from entering; visa processes are suspended; and it is not fair to the students to be held in uncertainty as many may have alternative plans for their education. This is a necessary step to let the situation return to a state where youth exchange again is possible.
We do hate to disappoint you and your students, and we understand that you may have alternate views on the matter. However, from our perspective, this is the timely and right thing to do now. We count on your understanding and hope that we can make exchanges again in 2021-22.
Youth Exchange suspended for the year Patrick Mahaffy, Youth Exchange Chair 2020-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Education To Change The Lives Of Children In A Nairobi Slum School

Posted by Alan Fox, Eganville
Rotary Club Of Eganville Charitable Trust Project Report
We have been fundraising for the last year and have received support from the Rotary Clubs of Chesterville, Gananoque, Kingston, Montreal Lakeshore, Cataraqui-Kingston, West Ottawa, Pembroke and North Renfrew as well as The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Fellowship of the Least Coin (the World Council of Churches).  Donations have also been received from many individuals who support this project.  Thank You! Alan and Mona Fox
Education To Change The Lives Of Children In A Nairobi Slum School Alan Fox, Eganville 2020-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Making a Difference - COVID-19

Posted by DG Gerry Lambert
“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.”
German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche.
The sun is shining and though there is a stiff breeze it is a beautiful day. Most likely, this is the best day so far this year here in Northern New York and I suspect for those across the border as well. Who would think that we would be in the midst of the worst health and financial crisis the world has seen since the “Spanish Flu” pandemic of one hundred years ago?
Making a Difference - COVID-19 DG Gerry Lambert 2020-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Community Corps


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A Rotary Community Corps is a group of non-Rotarians who share our commitment to changing the world through service projects. 

RCC members plan and carry out projects in their communities and support local Rotary club projects.

There are more than 10,000 corps in 100 countries. RCCs are active everywhere Rotary is present: in urban and rural areas, and in both developed and developing countries.

Rotary Community Corps 2020-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club Of Ottawa-Stittsville Delivers Friendship Boxes Dave Rooke, Ottawa-Stittsville 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata (RCNK) has come back to service

Posted by Dinakar Vaidya, Nepean-Kanata
After a brief pause for two weeks in March, the Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata (RCNK) has come back to service via ZOOM online video meeting in early April. It is an absolute pleasure to see most members join in and find out that all are healthy and well including their family and friends. For most of us, it was a new experience to attend club meeting online from the comfort of our own house, nevertheless all were very excited and enthusiastic on what we as a club can do to help communities in need.
The Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata (RCNK) has come back to service Dinakar Vaidya, Nepean-Kanata 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Celebrate Youth Service Month during the pandemic

May is Rotary’s Youth Service Month! Throughout the month, Rotary members, and younger members of the Rotary family, including Rotaractors, Interactors, and RYLA and Rotary Youth Exchange participants, celebrate the service, leadership development, connections, and FUN of Rotary’s programs for young leaders.

Here are four ways to celebrate Youth Service Month during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Celebrate Youth Service Month during the pandemic 2020-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

SAW (Stop After Work)

Posted by Jenn Grisi, Area Governor NY Lakes
A spin-off from my initiative in my year as Saranac Lake Rotary president of the “Where’s the Fun?” challenge (sometimes referred to as WTF), is what my club calls the SAW (Stop After Work) usually held at a local restaurant. We’ve made it easy to manage - it’s always the last Thursday of the month at 5 pm, no reservations required (we do give the restaurant a heads-up a day or so before).  Some stop just for a beverage and most stay for dinner. At some point during the evening we discuss where to go the next month and then call for a vote, post it on our website and make an announcement at the next meeting. The ‘Pause’ as NY’s governor has called this challenging time, has not put a pause to our fun as we have now moved our SAWs online.
SAW (Stop After Work) Jenn Grisi, Area Governor NY Lakes 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

An update from our Global Scholar studying in NYC this year

Posted by Rym Laoufi, 19-20 Global Scholar
A few weeks ago I came back to Montreal for Spring break and due to Coronavirus developments, I decided to stay home for a longer period. While things have not always been easy, I am now in the way of completing my degree through Zoom in order to, hopefully, graduate in May.
This virus has turned many of our lives upside down. For me, it meant putting a sudden end to an incredible experience in New York as well as dealing with unforeseen financial and academic challenges. In the midst of this, however, I became increasingly aware of how privileged I am to benefit from strong family support in Montreal. Once good weather finally settles in the city, I can also enjoy walks by the river and working under the sun in the garden.
My thoughts are therefore with all those students who are separated from their loved ones and, for various reasons, remain in NYC on their own. I want to thank everybody at Rotary who made my stay in NYC an amazing time from members of District 7040 to the New York Chinatown Rotary Club as well as all other wonderful Rotarians and Rotaractors I met in my American journey. As we say in French, ce n'est qu'un au revoir! I will be back in the Big Apple sooner rather than later (having left most of my things there ;) ). I wish us all brighter days to come.
An update from our Global Scholar studying in NYC this year Rym Laoufi, 19-20 Global Scholar 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Saranac Lake Rotary Literacy Program

Posted by Diane Tkach, Saranac Lake
Literacy is an initiative we as a club are proud to put our name on. We believe that reading is the only way out of poverty. Having books in the home; encouraging reading and literacy at a young age; adults reading and being role models – these are all statistically proven to set the stage for an exciting learning curve as children from birth are introduced to books and reading.
In the mid 1990’s club member Esther Arlan started the beginnings of a literacy program in the Saranac Lake school system. Esther is on one of the photos in the collage with current member Mitch Smith – looking at a book and laughing. By the time she and her husband, PDG Lionel, retired and moved away she had laid the foundation with the schools to allow us to come in and do something with a literacy focus.
Saranac Lake Rotary Literacy Program Diane Tkach, Saranac Lake 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

PolioPlus Responding to the COVID-19 Challenge

Posted by Mike McGovern, Chair of the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee and John Germ, Past Rotary International President and Chair of the Polio Countdown to History Committee
A program begun by Rotary is employing thousands of health workers to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) which includes Rotary’s PolioPlus program.   From the earliest days of polio eradication in the Philippines, the generosity and advocacy of Rotarians and our partners has nearly stopped polio, stopped Ebola from becoming an epidemic in Nigeria and now responds to COVID-19.
PolioPlus Responding to the COVID-19 Challenge Mike McGovern, Chair of the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee and John Germ, Past Rotary International President and Chair of the Polio Countdown to History Committee 2020-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Going into Action

Posted by Gerry Lambert, District Governor

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.

Rotary Going into Action Gerry Lambert, District Governor 2020-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Shop closed

Posted by Michele Berg, Deputy General Secretary Rotary International
Several months ago, we announced that Rotary Shop would close in April 2020. As members increasingly turn to Rotary’s electronic channels for information, we’ve seen a substantial decrease in use of Rotary Shop and more interest in downloadable files.

Digital versions of our most popular publications will be available on Rotary websites, including My Rotary and Rotary’s Learning Center. Some publications will also be offered as print-ready files that you can send to a local printer, if you’d like to.
Rotary Shop closed Michele Berg, Deputy General Secretary Rotary International 2020-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Update on RYLA 2020

Posted by Paul Elsley, Kingston
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.
Update on RYLA 2020 Paul Elsley, Kingston 2020-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

A Note from the Rotary Foundation

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).
A Note from the Rotary Foundation 2020-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Thank You 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Can you still have some fun during this time?

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 
Can you still have some fun during this time? 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Prepare For Your First Zoom Meeting (Participant And Host)

Posted by ARC PDG Peter Frueh, Zone 8
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.
Prepare For Your First Zoom Meeting (Participant And Host) ARC PDG Peter Frueh, Zone 8 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

What Is Our District Doing During This Time of COVID-19?

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, updated for August
Pour toutes les informations les plus récentes de notre district, mis à jour pour août

Click here - Cliquez ici

What Is Our District Doing During This Time of COVID-19? 2020-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

District 7040 COVID-19 Update

Due to the Corona virus, we find ourselves, as Rotarians, in the midst of a worldwide health crisis.  
Very few aspects of our lives have not been affected including our lives as Rotarians.
Our District faces additional challenges as we have clubs in Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut and New York, each of which is responding to the crisis in different ways based on their Governmental Health directives.
We, at the District level, have already decided that this year we are reconfiguring our Presidents-Elect Training and District Training Assembly which you may have read about in DGE Hadi's email yesterday.
At the same time, we are monitoring this ever-evolving situation to ascertain what impacts it will have on:
  • Youth Exchange
  • RI International Convention
  • Foundation Walk
  • Foundation Dinner
  • Grants Management Training
  • District Committee meetings
  • RYLA
  • Our Adventure programs
  • Global Grant Scholarships and Peace Fellowships.
  • Etc.
At this time, much is unknown, in particular, how long this COVID-19 Outbreak will last or how severe it will become.
Additionally, we cannot predict what additional restrictions may be decreed or placed on organizations within each jurisdiction such as travel bans, restrictions on meeting sizes, etc.
District 7040 COVID-19 Update 2020-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

PETS and DTA Changes

Posted by Hadi Mortada, DGE

The current situation of a global COVID-19 pandemic requires us to seriously consider the potential risks to Rotarians at upcoming District gatherings. After careful and deliberate consideration, we believe that caution is in the best interest of our membership. Therefore, it has been determined that we will not gather in person for President Elect Training and/or District Training Assembly on March 21 and 22, 2020.

We recognize that nothing really makes up for the opportunity to gather together, talk informally, and share ideas. However, as an alternative to these events, we will be providing on-line training opportunities as follows:

President Elect Training – An online session will be conducted on Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 10 am to noon. Additional online sessions may be scheduled at a later date. Alternately, Area Governors may meet in person with local Presidents Elect to provide additional training and support. Further information about registering for the online session on March 21 will be provided soon.

District Training Assembly – Where available and appropriate, break out session facilitators will provide interested Rotarians with their presentation material. Online sessions on some of the breakout topics will be scheduled throughout the year for Rotarians to attend. Additionally, some of the breakout sessions originally scheduled for DTA may be offered at District Conference in October.

Further information about Foundation Dinner and Grants Management Seminar, also scheduled for the March 21-22 weekend, will be forthcoming soon in a separate email.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation and wish you all good health!

PETS and DTA Changes Hadi Mortada, DGE 2020-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

Strategic and Local Alliances

Today, and throughout history, all groups whether it was families, countries, organizations, corporations, small or large businesses have formed strategic alliances.  Why? Because all organizations have the innate goals of wanting to grow, prosper and most importantly survive. This month, I would like to address how these alliances are currently being used to accomplish goals for both Rotary International and at the local club level.
Strategic and Local Alliances 2020-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

Toastmasters International

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem Rochon (Kemptville)
I was very happy to hear that at the 2019 Rotary Convention in Hamburg that Rotary International and Toastmasters International came together to form an alliance. I have been a Toastmasters and Rotarian for about the same length of time.  They definitely complement each other.
In 2010 I had the opportunity to lead a Group Study Exchange to India. The interview procedure is intense. I am certain that if it was not for the skill of impromptu speaking that I had practiced at each Toastmasters meeting I would not have been selected for this leadership role.  While in India for a month, the team and myself were required to do presentations to various Rotary clubs - at least 20 times and a presentation at the District conference there that had at least 1500 attendees.  Toastmaster members at my Club in Kemptville helped me learn to be comfortable in front of any audience.
Toastmasters International Anna Van Adrichem Rochon (Kemptville) 2020-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox and Rotary

Posted by Tom Deuson (Watertown)
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth, and dignity following more than 300 disasters in over 100 countries. We respond urgently to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami, or conflict by delivering boxes of essential shelter, aid and other life-saving supplies. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, a water filtration system, emergency lighting, and other tools for survival.
What began as a local connection with one Cornish Rotary Club in the United Kingdom has led to an international movement that’s raised over $68 million for ShelterBox to date – enough for 140,000 ShelterBox family tents or 390,000 ShelterKits.
ShelterBox and Rotary Tom Deuson (Watertown) 2020-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

All About PETS, Foundation Dinner, DTA

Posted by Gayle Oudeh, Trainer

Training for all incoming Presidents (Rotary and Rotaract Clubs) will be held March 21-22, 2020. Detailed program schedule will be announced soon. Training will take place Saturday, March 21 from 9am - 4:30 pm and Sunday, March 22 from 9 am - noon. Click here to register for PETS.

District Training Assembly (DTA) will also take place on Sunday, March 22 from 9am - 4:30 pm. Incoming Presidents must register for DTA and register for morning sessions identified as mandatory for Presidents Elect. Anyone from outside the district who wants to attend the weekend needs to contact Ariane Carriere.

Registration for DTA is separate from registration for PETS. Click here to register. for DTA

Saturday evening (March 21) there will be a Foundation Dinner. Registration for this dinner is also separate. Click here to register for the Foundation Dinner. There is no cost if you are a President Elect. All others must pay.

If you want to reserve a room at the Ramada Inn, phone 613-933-8000 and mention that you are with Rotary.

Pre-PETS Training will take place online prior to March 20, 2020. Check Events calendar.

All About PETS, Foundation Dinner, DTA Gayle Oudeh, Trainer 2020-02-25 05:00:00Z 0

District Scholarships in 7040 bourses de district 

Posted by Katie Burke, Scholarship Chair
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!
District Scholarships in 7040 bourses de district Katie Burke, Scholarship Chair 2020-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Brockville Donates $25,000 to Jumpstart

Posted by Doreen Barnes (1000 Islands)
On Thursday, February 13, the two Rotary Clubs in Brockville presented Canadian Tire (Brockville and Prescott) owners Alex and Beatriz Joannides, a cheque for $25,000 towards their program Jumpstart. Canadian Tire Jumpstart believes that children, ages 4 to 18, should have equal access to sports and physical activity. Over 70 activities related to hockey, dance, climbing, swimming and other sports are included in their funding program for children. In 2018, 971 children in this area were assisted with a disbursement of $50,168. Canadian Tire Jumpstart is Giving Kids a Sporting Chance!
From left to right are, President Shelley McCaffrey of the Rotary Club of the 1000 Islands, Rotarian Ray Marshall, Canadian Tire owners Alex Joannides, Beatriz Arias-Joannides, President David Keenleyside of the Rotary Club of Brockville, Canadian Tire Human Resources/Office Manager Gabriele Wickens and General Manager Jerry Wickens.
Rotary Brockville Donates $25,000 to Jumpstart Doreen Barnes (1000 Islands) 2020-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

Kingston Rotarians Welcome Newcomers!

Posted by Lucille Davies (Kingston)
We have four Rotary Clubs in Kingston, Ontario – Cataraqui-Kingston, Frontenac, Kingston, and Kingston-Waterfront – covering all three meal times of the day, plus the cocktail hour. Our oldest club, RC Kingston, was chartered in April, 1921, and this year we begin a 4-Club joint celebration of ‘100 Years of Rotary in Kingston’!
While we are very proud of our beautiful city, sitting on Lake Ontario, with our historical sites and trendy boutiques, we are most appreciative of our people. Kingstonians come from all corners of the world, tastily reflected in the multicultural cuisine of our many restaurants. So, one of our dozen or so Centennial Projects has to be a celebration of our local population, in particular, our newest Kingstonians.
Kingston Rotarians Welcome Newcomers! Lucille Davies (Kingston) 2020-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

Public Relations publiques

Posted by Chris Cochrane, Public Relations Chair
The purpose of having a District Public Relations Committee is to help you promote your Club and its events and to raise awareness of all things Rotary. To this end, as District Chair of PR, I offer assistance to any club to have info on their events and their club in general published/ aired in local media including print, radio & TV and uploaded to appropriate Social Media platforms. 
Le but d’avoir un Comité de relations publiques de district est de vous aider à favoriser votre club et ses événements et à soulever la conscience de toutes les choses rotatoires. À cet effet, comme chaise de district des RP, j'offre l'aide à n'importe quel club pour avoir l'information sur leurs événements et leur club a en général édité aérer dans des médias locaux comprenant la copie, la radio et la TV et téléchargé pour s'approprier les plates-formes sociales de médias.
Public Relations publiques Chris Cochrane, Public Relations Chair 2020-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

Physician Travel Packs

Posted by Knud Peterson (Montreal-Lakeshore)
Over the years the Montreal-Lakeshore Club has obtained - from 'Health Partners International of Canada' and delivered more than fifty 'Physician Travel Packs' to a number of projects in Central and South America and Africa
But then customs’ authorities in a number of countries, such as Paraguay, Peru and Guatemala made it difficult or even impossible to donate medicine to needy persons or entities in their respective countries so for the last several years this excellent type of international aid had come to an almost standstill.
Physician Travel Packs Knud Peterson (Montreal-Lakeshore) 2020-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

What is The Rotary Foundation?  It’s More than Polio?!

Posted by Bonnie Black (Plattsburgh)
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 morning at 10 am for a 30-minute ASK YOUR QUESTIONS gathering via Zoom:
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!
What is The Rotary Foundation? It’s More than Polio?! Bonnie Black (Plattsburgh) 2020-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Silent Auction 2020 encan silencieux

Posted by Jill Yarnell (West Ottawa)
The Silent Auction Committee for the Rotary International District 7040 Conference 2020 invites you to participate by donating a gift item to be auctioned.  The proceeds from this auction will go to The Rotary Foundation on behalf of the entire district.  The auction will be held during DisCon 2020, October 16-17, 2020.
Le Comité d'encan silencieux pour la Conférence 2020 du Rotary International District 7040 vous invite à participer en faisant don d'un article-cadeau à vendre aux enchères. Le produit de cette vente aux enchères ira à la Fondation Rotary au nom de tout le district. La vente aux enchères aura lieu pendant DisCon 2020, du 16 au 17 octobre 2020.

Silent Auction 2020 encan silencieux Jill Yarnell (West Ottawa) 2020-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 7040 Foundation Walk 2020

Posted by Ron Patnode (Canton)

The annual D/7040 Rotary Foundation Walk is Saturday, May 9th in, Canton, New York, hosted by the Rotary Club of Canton. The annual Foundation Walk was created to bring all the clubs in the district together in a family-oriented social setting with an emphasis on fellowship while providing an opportunity for clubs and their members to contribute their Annual Fund giving to the Rotary Foundation. You can collect pledges from the members of your club, or from anyone that you know. The Canton Rotary Club is inviting you and your club to join us in a leisurely walk in Canton, our county seat. See some notable sites and hear some of our history.

Registration will begin at 9:00 am at the Eben Holden Conference Center located on the St. Lawrence University campus. Plenty of free parking is available in lot C. Morning refreshments will be provided. Early registration is encouraged. The walk is a 5K (3.2 mile) beginning promptly at 10:00 am. Families and non-members wishing to attend should register through their sponsor Rotarian.

The walk route will leave Eben Holden Center visiting historic campus buildings: Herring-Cole Hall, Richardson Hall and the Garrison Chapel. Proceeding then to the Canton village historic district: Silas Wright House & Museum, the U.S Post Office, the birthplace of Frederic Remington, Jail Liberties Stone, the St. Lawrence County Courthouse, Heritage Park, as well as a federal style home. At various stops a brief summary of its historical significance and/or a guided tour as time permits will be provided. We will then return to Eben Holden Center for lunch at 12:00 pm.

Rotary District 7040 Foundation Walk 2020 Ron Patnode (Canton) 2020-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Running on Empties

Posted by Dave Rooke (Ottawa-Stittsville)
One of the local charity efforts we support on an annual basis  is called Running on Empties.  This event is organized by the Caring and Sharing Exchange in Ottawa each year in time for the Christmas season.  During this event, the Exchange partners with Local Beer Stores (these stores accept empty beer and liquor bottles for cash) for a one-day event to encourage patrons of the Beer Stores to donate some or all of their bottle returns to the Christmas Hamper Fund in Ottawa.  Most Beer Store outlets participate, and are assisted by service clubs, school groups and individuals who set up outside the store to encourage donations throughout the store opening hours.
Our Club participates annually at the Stittsville Beer Store outlet, and this year was part of the Ottawa effort that raised almost $20,000 to provide Christmas Food Hampers and/or vouchers to families in need.  The following is the email from the Caring and Sharing Exchange identifying the success of the program. 
As you might expect, we are very proud of our work in support of such undertakings throughout the year, and we do our utmost to let the community know how valuable service clubs are to the well being of the communities they serve.  
Running on Empties Dave Rooke (Ottawa-Stittsville) 2020-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

What I Have Learned So Far From My Official Club Visits

So far, I have visited over 60 Rotary/ROTARACT clubs, along with their boards. I have about 15 more visits to go, including Iqaluit. Hopefully, I will be finished with all but a few visits by the end of March.
My Official Club Visits have been the best part of my term as District Governor. I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to meet such a diverse group of clubs and Rotarians/Rotaractors within the District. The impact these clubs are having, especially in small communities is remarkable. Learning about the club's various fundraisers along with their service projects, both locally and overseas, are true examples of Rotary’s motto “Service above Self.”
What I Have Learned So Far From My Official Club Visits  2020-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Stittsville Rotary Trivia Challenge 2020-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Honouring Indigenous Peoples

The District, in hopes of advancing Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples worldwide, seeks to create a forum for collaboration that can provide a way for allies to contribute to supporting Indigenous partners. The committee will promote, in partnership with Indigenous partners, consistent and meaningful collaboration and coordination between the First Nations, Rotary Clubs and partners on Indigenous programs and services towards improving First Nations communities’ health and well-being.
The D7040 Passport Club on Tuesday January 14 recorded our Club Member, PDG Rene Melchers, explaining a new committee he is Chairing at District Level. Rene is asking for assistance so let's help him. Watch the video!
We also encourage you to go to the website
Honouring Indigenous Peoples 2020-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

District 7040 RYLA  2020

Posted by Paul Elsley

Kingston, Ontario May 29 - 31, 2020

Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) is a unique opportunity for high school students to gain insight and knowledge in life and leadership skills. The academy features professionally developed curriculum, exciting guest leaders, small group problem solving and self reflection which lead to enhanced leadership skills. Based on their academy experience, many graduates change their career objectives or educational plans. District 7040 Rotary Clubs may sponsor one to three students (ages 15-17) to attend this Youth Leadership Academy, The program is offered in English only. All students stay in residence at St. Lawrence College for 2 nights/3 days. Registration and transportation costs are covered by the local Rotary club.
District 7040 RYLA 2020 Paul Elsley 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Aid for Chernobyl / Aide pour Chernobyl



Shown is a picture of the Rotarians from both Brockville Clubs that were able to help on the packing night, this past Wednesday evening, Jan. 8, 2020.

Montrée est une image des rotariens des deux clubs de Brockville qui pouvaient aider la nuit d’emballage, ce passé mercredi soir, le 8 janvier 2020.
Aid for Chernobyl / Aide pour Chernobyl 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

Less than 10 steps to achieve a Rotary club citation

Posted by PDG Martha Weaver (Chateaugay)
At our District 7040 Conference, I had the pleasure of presenting 2018-2019 Rotary Citations to 34 of the 66 Rotary clubs in District 7040. Two of those were with Platinum Distinction, three with Gold, and 16 with Silver. Many clubs went from previously not being eligible for a Citation to being eligible with distinction. That was because clubs have been completing the goals, but not inputting their accomplishments into the system. There is a strategy that any club or district can use to increase Citation achievement.
Less than 10 steps to achieve a Rotary club citation PDG Martha Weaver (Chateaugay) 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0


Four international presidents / quatre présidents internationaux

From Left: Optimist International President Adrian M. Elcock, Rotary International President Mark Daniel Maloney, Lions International President Jung-Yul Choi, and Kiwanis International President Daniel Vigneron.
De la gauche : Le président international d'optimiste, Adrian M. Elcock, le président de Rotary International, Mark Daniel Maloney, le président international de lions, Jung-Yul Choi, et le président international du Kiwanis, Daniel Vigneron.
#WeServe 2020-01-16 05:00:00Z 0

The Scope and Scale of Rotary Volunteering

Posted by A special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies
“The lesson from this report is clear: volunteer service is not only a feel-good calling—it may provide one of the more powerful, and one of the more fulfilling, avenues through which to reach the ambitious United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”
~ Lester M. Salamon
The Scope and Scale of Rotary Volunteering A special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies 2020-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

Australia 2019-20 Bushfires Appeal

Can I please express my great appreciation to all those friends from right around the world who have offered kindness and support to Australia as we suffer these terrible fires. It helps enormously to know that you are thinking of us. Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) has a fund supporting bushfire recovery through which you can donate from outside Australia. Put into your browser and follow the blue "Donate Now" button.
It is not quite as easy as it should be to donate, but the trick is to ensure that on the second page in the address section, where it shows "State", all those from outside Australia need to choose the last option, which is "outside Australia". Then it should accept any district number. Thanks again!
Australia 2019-20 Bushfires Appeal Peter Labelle 2020-01-06 05:00:00Z 0

Eganville Rotary is looking for partners for the Siloam Education Centre

Posted by Alan Fox (Eganville)
Eganville Rotary is looking for partners to help fund a series of workshops addressing critical issues faced by students at Siloam Kware Primary School in Nairobi’s Mukuru slum.
For girls, information will be provided on menstruation and its role in human reproduction, as well as how to manage the monthly period.  For boys, information will be provided on the attributes of positive manhood.  For both girls and boys, instruction will be provided on Life Skills, such as career choices, dating with dignity, alcohol and drugs and the management of money.            
Eganville Rotary is looking for partners for the Siloam Education Centre Alan Fox (Eganville) 2019-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

RCAT Orléans Rotary Climate Action Team

Posted by Phil McNeely (Orleans)
The Rotarian Magazine, which reaches over 1.2 million Rotarians in 200 countries, issued a statement in April from Rotary International’s past-president, Barry Rassin. In light of the current movement around the climate emergency, Mr. Rassin has wisely recommended all Rotary members to get involved in slowing down climate change. Referring to the book Drawdown, by Paul Hawken, Mr. Rassin urges us to consider adopting simple actions to our daily lives, identified as Climate Solutions Within Our Reach.
Le magazine Rotarian, qui rejoins plus de 1,2 million de Rotariens dans 200 pays, a publié en avril une déclaration de l'ancien président du Rotary International, Barry Rassin. Compte tenu du mouvement actuel autour de l'urgence climatique, M. Rassin a sagement recommandé à tous les membres du Club Rotarien de s'impliquer dans le ralentissement du changement climatique. Se référant au livre Drawdown, de Paul Hawken, M. Rassin nous exhorte à envisager d'adopter des actions simples dans notre vie quotidienne, identifiées comme des solutions climatiques à notre portée.
RCAT Orléans Rotary Climate Action Team Phil McNeely (Orleans) 2019-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Les bourses de District 7040 Scholarships

Posted by Katie Burke (Cornwall Sunrise)

District 7040 has had a Global Grant Scholar for the past 7 years and each time the interview team is amazed at the talents, skills, experiences and academic achievements of each of the candidates.  Our scholars are not only smart and capable, they are eager, interested and involved in what the world has to offer.

Le District 7040 compte un boursier de subvention mondiale depuis 7 ans et chaque équipe d’entrevue s'émerveille des talents, des compétences, des expériences et des réalisations académiques de chacun des candidats. Nos chercheurs ne sont pas seulement intelligents et capables, ils sont enthousiastes, intéressés et impliqués dans ce que le monde a à offrir.

Les bourses de District 7040 Scholarships Katie Burke (Cornwall Sunrise) 2019-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Participez à la 2020 vaccination contre la polio en Inde 


The Indian Rotary leadership has stated that this is expected to be one of the last times that the Government will hold a National Polio Immunization program. If you have always wanted to participate in an NID, this may be your last opportunity for this experience.
Les dirigeants du Rotary Indien ont déclaré que ceci est un des derniers programmes nationaux de vaccination contre la polio qui sera organisé par le gouvernement.  Si vous avez toujours voulu participer à un NID, cela pourrait être votre dernière occasion de vivre cette expérience.
Participez à la 2020 vaccination contre la polio en Inde 2019-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Final Stretch!

November first and second are fast approaching, so register today for our District Conference.
We have Past RI Vice-President, Dean Rohrs, and her husband Rhino joining us for the entire weekend beginning with a Boat Tour and box lunch on Friday.  If you'd like to join her, as well as our Past District Governors, register now as space is limited to the first 45 people.  The cost is $15 per person and please note any food allergies.  The Boat Tour should be glorious this time of year!
The boat leaves the Town dock at the shore of the hotel at Noon, so we are asking everyone to come on board no later than 11:30am.
Registration for the Full Conference is still open until October 30th via the link to the left, or click here.
If you would like a hotel room, please call the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel directly (315-686-1100) and let them know you are part of Rotary...see you there!
Final Stretch! 2019-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

Awards, Awards and More Awards/des Prix, des Prix et plus de Prix

Posted by Sue Bellor (Massena)
Rotarians can thank and recognize other Rotarians for their continued commitment to others. Simply go online to 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 .
Les Rotariens ont la possibilité de remercier et reconnaître les autres Rotariens pour leur engagement continu envers les autres.  Allez simplement en ligne à, 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 .
Awards, Awards and More Awards/des Prix, des Prix et plus de Prix Sue Bellor (Massena) 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

My Polio Moment and why I give...


Jack Nicklaus, the legendary golfer, spoke as a Rotary Polio Ambassador at the Atlanta Rotary Convention a few years ago.  It was there that my wife Susan and I were surprised to learn of his childhood affliction with Polio.
His heartfelt comments made a great impression on us especially when he spoke on how he and his family was affected. As an engineer, I never feel a problem is unsurmountable.  It just needs to go through a process resulting in something being invented, built, or fixed. In doing so it is easy to lose sight of the impact our Polio efforts are having in preventing memories (like Jack’s) throughout the world for other individuals and families.
My Polio Moment and why I give...  2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0



What are your club’s plans? Quels sont les plans de votre club ?
Every year, on 24 October, we celebrate our progress toward eradicating polio. Clubs around the world raise awareness and spread the word that the fight to end polio is not over by hosting a local World Polio Day event.
Chaque année, le 24 octobre, nous célébrons nos progrès vers l'éradication de la poliomyélite. Les clubs du monde entier sensibilisent et font savoir que la lutte pour mettre fin à la poliomyélite n'est pas terminée en organisant un événement local de la Journée mondiale de la poliomyélite.

13 Ways to Kill Your Rotary Club


Posted by By PDG Michael Angelo Caruso, D6380
1. Neglect the food.
For centuries, people have gathered together around food and drink. Hospitality creates conversation and conversation creates everything from relationships to project lists.  Food and the accompanying ceremony is an asset for your Rotary club, not a liability. 
2. Don’t attract businesses.
Local businesses can help you identify the movers and shakers in your community. These people often make the best Rotarians. Work hard to be appealing when it comes to the length of your meeting, the location and the time/day slot. “Folksy” can work against you.
3. Don’t engage youth.
13 Ways to Kill Your Rotary Club By PDG Michael Angelo Caruso, D6380 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

September Was Literacy Month


Posted by Linda Flynn (West Ottawa)
The September Rotarian is a good read! Why wouldn't I say that as literacy chair?  So, make it a goal, during September which is Literacy month, to make the time to read it.
Inspired to update my literacy rate statistics for Canada & the USA I learned that both countries have remained steady since 2008 to 2014 at anywhere from 85 – 99% depending on the study.  This sounds good until you realize the number of illiterate Canadians is 2 in 5 adults or 9 million and with seniors (65 +) included there are 12 million people. For the USA, the government uses 19% for the number of illiterate Americans or 62 million.
September Was Literacy Month Linda Flynn (West Ottawa) 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
District Members at Zone Conference 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

Sad News

The Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata is mourning the passing of two past Club members recently:
Ron Workman was a Member of Rotary for over 25 years, both in the Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata and the Rotary Club of Shawville;
Peter McKennirey was a Member of the Club for nine years and served as Club President in 2011-2012.
Both men were dedicated to the ideals of Rotary and were great and gentle souls. They will be deeply missed.
Sad News 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Teachers on World Teachers Day/Célébrons les enseignants lors de la Journée mondiale des enseignants

Posted by Jacinthe Paille (D7040 Passport)
In 1994 I was studying to become a teacher at Laval University in Quebec City; that same year, World Teachers Day was established to “acknowledge, evaluate and enhance the instructors of the world.” ( It is held every year on October 5 and is celebrated by more than 100 nations globally as a way to commemorate the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.
En 1994 j’étudiais pour devenir enseignante à l’université Laval à Québec; cette même année-là, la Journée mondiale des enseignants a été établie pour « reconnaître, évaluer et mettre en valeur les instructeurs du monde entier ». ( La journée a lieu tous les ans le 5 octobre et est célébrée par plus de 100 nations autour du monde. C’est une façon de commémorer la signature de la Recommandation UNESCO/ILO de 1966 concernant le Statut des enseignants.
Celebrating Teachers on World Teachers Day/Célébrons les enseignants lors de la Journée mondiale des enseignants Jacinthe Paille (D7040 Passport) 2019-10-08 04:00:00Z 0

Hurricane Dorian Update and Relief Fund

The Islands of The Bahamas Need Your Help
As Hurricane Dorian was raging through Abaco yesterday, leaders of District 7020, the Disaster Network of Assistance Action Group and neighbouring Rotary Districts in Zone 33-34 gathered to formulate plans for the recovery efforts they knew would be needed the very next day.
The team is on alert and will be meeting on a very regular basis, confirming the status of Rotarians and clubs and monitoring the immediate and longer-term needs. Our experience of the storms of 2017 will serve us well as we head into another year of returning these islands to their former beauty.
Although the brunt of the storm was borne by the northern islands of the archipelago, much of the area, including Nassau, New Providence, continues to experience heavy rainfall and flooding. 
Hurricane Dorian Update and Relief Fund Bonnie Black 2019-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Message of the District Governor

Posted by DG Gerry Lambert (Canton)
It's August and I hope all of you have enjoyed your summer so far. As somebody who grew up in California, I look very forward did this time of year.  Let me update you on how things are going so far.
I have started visiting Clubs, in particular fundraisers like Perth's Rib Fest and Nepean-Kanata's 50th anniversary. Additionally, I started my official Club visits earlier this month in the Tri-Lakes area of New York followed by the clubs in the Kingston area. My goal is still to get as many DG visits completed prior to the District Conference on Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of November.  I plan to complete any remaining Club visits by the end of December.
Speaking of the Conference, I'd like to give you an update of what is planned for our annual two-day District Conference starting on Friday, 1 November, with the Council of Governors' meeting for a boat ride among the scenic 1000 Islands at the Harbor Hotel in Clayton, New York.  It is a breathtaking facility with a phenomenal view of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Message of the District Governor DG Gerry Lambert (Canton) 2019-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

Philanthropy Matchmakers

Posted by The Rotarian, Nikki Kalleo
In July, the Rotarian magazine featured an article on Philanthropy Matchmakers, none other than Fatima Lahmami Langlois and Jean Gagnon from the Rotary Club of Montreal. Read about the interview here.
Philanthropy Matchmakers The Rotarian, Nikki Kalleo 2019-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

Support my fundraising effort

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon (Kemptville)

Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, from the Rotary Club of Kemptville has a long way to go in the 2 weeks that leads up the race weekend that requires her sister, coming from Vancouver, and herself to raise a minimum of $1000 for the ROTARY Home Foundation.  They would appreciate all the help they can get from Rotary friends.  They will be posting on Facebook too.  Members that are on that platform are welcome to repost on their site so that these connections could also support this worthy cause. 
Support my fundraising effort Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon (Kemptville) 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

2nd Annual Charity Kickball Tournament

Posted by Jill Van Hoesen (Theresa)
Westelcom, a provider of advanced telecommunications solutions, has announced that it will host the 2nd Annual Kickin’ IT for a Cause kickball tournament to support the ARC Jefferson-St. Lawrence Capital Campaign, with plans to fund a speech therapy room at the Gaffney Drive campus. 
2nd Annual Charity Kickball Tournament Jill Van Hoesen (Theresa) 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

Awards, Awards and More Awards

Posted by PDG Sue Bellor (Massena)
Rotarians have the opportunity to thank and recognize other Rotarians for their continued commitment to others. Simply go online to and 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 .
Awards, Awards and More Awards PDG Sue Bellor (Massena) 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Inter-club project Dodge Pond Projet inter-club

Posted by Walt Mulyca (Massena)

Dodge Pond Camp in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains near Fine, NY provides a safe and fun camping experience for individuals between 8 and 21 with developmental and physical disabilities.

Le camp Dodge Pond au pied des montagnes d’Adirondack, à coté de Fine, NY, propose une expérience de camping fun et sécuritaire pour des personnes âgées de 8 à 21 ans, présentant un handicap physique ou mental.
Inter-club project Dodge Pond Projet inter-club Walt Mulyca (Massena) 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Camp Merrywood Krista Marie LeClair (Kingston) 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Day at the UN November 9

For the latest information on UN Day, go to
On behalf of Rotary’s Representatives to the United Nations/ New York, we are pleased to share that our New York team has begun planning for Rotary Day at the United Nations - scheduled for 9 November at the United Nations Secretariat. As you may be familiar with past UN Days, I want to alert you to some changes and ask your assistance in sharing information with Rotary members who may express concerns.
First, due to increasingly tight security measures, the UN has limited the number of rooms it permits for civil society/ general public events – particularly during the period of the UN General Assembly which runs from September through December.  Regrettably, there is no longer sufficient “UN-authorized” space for two programs. We will instead include Rotaractors and other young professionals in our one UN Day program.
Rotary Day at the UN November 9 2019-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Grants Management Seminar Qualification Schedule 

Posted by Bonnie Black (Plattsburgh)

Register on the District website under EVENTS on the right-hand side of the Home Page, or the left-hand side of this bulletin.   

Interested in applying for a global grant? Courses in the Learning Center at can serve as part of the required training on grants in order to qualify your club to apply for global grants.

These courses look at a grant from start to finish. It's best to take these courses before you start thinking about the type of global grant activity you want to do.  You will have many of your questions answered before attending any of the live sessions offered through the District. For the dates of the remaininh sessions, click on See More.

Grants Management Seminar Qualification Schedule Bonnie Black (Plattsburgh) 2019-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Certificates of Insurance for Canadian Clubs

Posted by Ariane Carriere (D7040 Passport)
Our new district insurance company for Canadian clubs no longer provides automatic certificates of insurance for every club. If you require one, you need to apply for it.
Review the “EVENT COVERAGE” TAB on the district website to ensure your event does not require a separate special events liability. 
If your event is not listed on the list of excluded events, please contact our broker 15-30 days prior to the event whenever possible.
Certificates of Insurance for Canadian Clubs Ariane Carriere (D7040 Passport) 2019-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

District Conference Rates

Posted by PDG Bonnie Black (Plattsburgh)

The Thousand Islands is THE Place to Be!

Our District Conference is shaping up as one of the best in years...we'll be hearing from a Canadian Rotary Rep to the United Nations and learn how engaged we are with international projects and decisions for Peace and World Understanding as well as Rotary's engagement with its formation.  Get motivated with an energetic Leadership Coach who stimulates everyone while providing us with ideas for our clubs as well as ourselves.  

Of special note is the RI President Mark Maloney's Representative to our Conference: Past RI Vice-President and Director, Dean Rohrs.  Her vitality and uplifting messages and guidance will be of special note!

Join us Friday, November first beginning at 3:30pm and Saturday, November second at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Canton, NY.  We'll even have a Friday Foundation Turkey Dinner with Entertainment as an option for just $10US.  Make your choice of registration package below.  


District Conference Rates PDG Bonnie Black (Plattsburgh) 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

Friendship exchange-l'échange d'amitié

Posted by Fay Campbell

Friendship exchange is a great way to meet new Rotarians and see the good that they are doing in the world. It is a great way to discover and enjoy new cultures while staying in the homes of local Rotarians. We may also find opportunities for partnership on projects.  

I would encourage all the members in the District to consider a Friendship Exchange. It is a rich, eye-opening experience, that can lead to wonderful friendships.

L'échange d'amitié est un excellent moyen de rencontrer de nouveaux Rotariens et de voir le bien qu'ils font dans le monde. C'est une excellente façon de découvrir et de profiter de nouvelles cultures tout en séjournant dans les maisons des Rotariens locaux. Nous pouvons également trouver des occasions de partenariat sur des projets. 

J'encourage tous les membres du district à envisager un échange d'amitié. C'est une expérience riche et révélatrice, qui peut mener à de merveilleuses amitiés.

Friendship exchange-l'échange d'amitié Fay Campbell 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
People of Action - les gens d'action 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ariane Carriere
Our current district Youth Protection Policy was drafted in 2014 at the insistence of RI, going back as far as 2004. We need to look at this document to see if revisions are needed. Please send suggestions to Ariane Carriere.
Notre politique actuelle de protection de la jeunesse du district a été rédigée en 2014 sur l'insistance du R.I. et remonte à 2004. Nous devons examiner ce document pour voir si des révisions sont nécessaires. S'il vous plaît envoyer vos suggestions à Ariane Carriere.
YPP/PdlJ Ariane Carriere 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

Aloha Rotary!

Posted by Jacinthe Paille
Get ready for some real sunshine at the next Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Soyez prêts pour du soleil mur à mur à la prochaine convention internationale du Rotary à Honolulu, Hawaii.
Aloha Rotary! Jacinthe Paille 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

COL 2019 CDL

Posted by Bette Miller
Essential changes for Clubs and Districts
Changements essentiels pour les clubs et les districts
COL 2019 CDL Bette Miller 2019-07-04 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Gerry Lambert

Gerry Lambert
District Governor 2019-2020

I was born in the Los Angeles area in the '50s and spent my early years growing up on the West Coast of the US (Washington, Oregon and California).
During the '60s & early '70s, I lived in the San Diego, California area and graduated from High School in El Cajon, California in 1972 where I enjoyed math, science and technology classes, Speech & Debate Club, track & cross-country teams and Scouting/ Order of the Arrow.
After high school, I attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. I graduated in June of 1976, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. It was during college that I met my lovely wife, Susan, and we were married two days after graduation. From there, we began our 21-year military career during which I served as an officer in the Signal Corps and Susan served as a hardworking and devoted military spouse.

Susan and I were fortunate to live and work on what would span three continents. We had many assignments in various locations within the United States, were stationed in Stuttgart, Germany for 4 years and Tageu, Republic of Korea for 2 ½ years. I also served as an ROTC Instructor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, receiving my Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. At the end of my military career, I was assigned the duty of Professor of Military Science I Commander of the Clarkson University ROTC Department in Potsdam, New York. This assignment is what brought me to the North Country and to District 7040 as I joined Rotary during my time at Clarkson.

When we arrived in Potsdam, Susan & I had moved 14 times in 17 years. Although this type of nomadic lifestyle can be hectic & challenging, it provided us with many wonderful opportunities. We learned about various cultures firsthand, formed many lifelong friendships, witnessed history in the making & realized that people worldwide are much more alike than different.
When I retired from the military in 1997, I continued working for three years at Clarkson University as the Director of International and Transfer Admissions. I had the opportunity, through a military program, to become a teacher and as I had always had an interest in this field, decided to change careers. For 14 years I worked as a Science & Technology teacher at Canton High School. I implemented a program called Project Lead the Way which was designed to encourage more young students to become engineers or work in other technology fields. I also received a second Masters of Educational Administration from St. Lawrence University. Concurrently, my wife and I bought a bagel shop in Potsdam which we ran for over ten years, eventually selling the business.

When I worked in Canton, I transferred from the Rotary Club of Potsdam to the Rotary Club of Canton where I have remained a member ever since. It was while l was in the Canton Club that I became Club President and eventually became an Area Governor. I also helped expand a multi-club Rotary camp at Dodge Pond in Clifton-Fine for children with special needs.
Upon retirement from teaching in 2014, I became involved with Volunteer Transportation, Incorporated (a Rotarian-created business) focused on transporting Medicare and Medicaid-eligible clients to medical appointments in the Northern New York area. Within Rotary, 1 also became more involved at the District level and eventually applied and was selected to become the District Governor while also serving as the chair of the District Learning and Development Team.
Additionally, I have become an adjunct faculty member for North Country Community College and teach business courses in a special college program offered at prisons in Northern New York.
I have been blessed with my wife Susan who, like me, has had a long career in the field of education and is currently Director of Special Education for the Massena School District and adjunct professor for North Country Community College. Susan is a member of the Massena Rotary Club and has served as secretary and president. Susan and J have four amazing children. In typical military fashion, our oldest was born in Germany, our second and third were born in Korea and our youngest was born in Virginia. My current interests include anything dealing with technology, gardening, and working together with others to accomplish great things.

District Governor Gerry Lambert Peter Labelle 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Citation

Posted on Jun 06, 2019
Earning the Rotary Citation is an honor that RI President Barry Rassin hopes clubs strive to achieve. To earn the citation, please complete all activities and report your accomplishments to Rotary by 30 June. Click to learn more about how to earn a Club or Rotaract Citation and how to nominate an Interact or Earlyact club for a citation.
The Rotary Citation 2019-06-06 04:00:00Z 0

Cyclone Idai Relief

Rotarians seeking to respond to the Cyclone Idai disaster—which hit Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Madagascar—may do so by donating to Rotary district 9400 NPC, which includes South Africa and Mozambique, and which has received the first ever Rotary Disaster Response Grant (DR1). They are on the ground working on water systems and are collecting funds for a possible global grant. ShelterBox also has boots on the ground. More information:
Cyclone Idai Relief 2019-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

Courageous Leadership

What does it take to change the culture of a club, of a Rotary district, of a Rotary Zone, of Rotary International, of the world? Courage! If you care about the future of Rotary, a webinar worth watching.

Courageous Leadership 2019-03-28 04:00:00Z 0 Future,Leadership
Our Partner Shelterbox 2019-03-28 04:00:00Z 0 Disaster Relief

My Big Fab Rotary Dinner


Invite non Rotarians to your home for dinner

on Saturday, April 6th, 2019


on Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Minimum suggested donation of  $30 per guest towards PolioPlus,
but any amount is appreciated

Donate here

My Big Fab Rotary Dinner 2019-03-27 04:00:00Z 0 Polio

Earn a Club Citation

The Rotary Citation recognizes Rotary clubs that support Rotary's strategic priorities by completing activities that make a club vibrant.
Is your club achieving these goals? Report the achievement and receive recognition you deserve. Here is how:
Earn a Club Citation 2019-03-24 04:00:00Z 0 Club Citation

Fay Campbell Selected as DG 21-22

We are pleased to announce that the district nominating committee has chosen Fay Morris Campbell of the Orleans club to be district governor in 2021-2022. Fay has held a number of positions in Rotary, including area governor for Ottawa Central 2011-2017 and is the current district friendship exchange chair.
Fay Campbell Selected as DG 21-22 2019-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Surveillance is Key to Ending Polio 2019-02-05 05:00:00Z 0 Polio

Servant Leadership

Posted by DG Martha Weaver
We are over half way through the Rotary year. A lot to celebrate! And, a lot to do by 30 June 2018. Thank you for letting me serve you. Being District Governor is a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity to meet Rotarians across the district and experience what makes Rotary so very special.
Thanks to the fantastic organizing team chaired by Trevor Dagilis the District Conference produced a rich set of ideas for use by clubs. In the spirit of innovation that the conference was based on, the conference document is meant to be an inspiration and resource for clubs. It was never meant to become a set of goals and a directive from the district.  Rotary is a grassroots organization, and clubs need water and sunshine to grow in their own direction.
Servant Leadership DG Martha Weaver 2019-02-02 05:00:00Z 0 Leadership

Rotary has the Power to Change Lives

A message from Barry Rasin, President 2018-2019

In my travels over the past year, I've visited many strong, vibrant clubs and districts that are transforming their communities. When I attend their meetings, I can feel the energy. When I meet their members, I can see they are people of action. And when I look at their communities, I can recognize the impact of their work.

I've also visited communities with Rotary clubs that were hardly more than social clubs. It shouldn't ever be that way. Fortunately, there's a simple approach that I believe can help revitalize any club.

I'd like to challenge every Rotary club to come up with at least one high-impact service project. Each club already has the potential, the resources, to make it happen. It has the power to change people's lives — completely.

Rotary has the Power to Change Lives 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0 Future

Happy Holidays

Wishing you a happy Winter Solstice, blessed Hanukkah, merry Christmas, peaceful Shabe-Yalda, compassionate Bohdi Day, Festivus grievances or whatever holiday you celebrate as we near the time of year when days grow longer.
Rotary is non-sectarian, but our founder Paul Harris sought meaningful spiritual relationships. He said that his religious affiliations were, like himself, difficult to label. “I really have no church affiliation...I am not easily classified...”

Many traditions give gifts during this season. Please join me in contributing to Rotary's campaign to end polio forever because we Rotarians are generous year-round. You can easily donate online at If you sign-in to your Rotary account, your club will receive credit for the donation.

Please donate now to protect children like Adil Khan and honor health workers like Shafiullah.

Happy holidays to you and your family.

Happy Holidays 2018-12-14 05:00:00Z 0


Inspiring Conversations & Exciting Connections!
What are the hallmarks of a healthy Rotary Club, and how do we foster the ideal conditions for a vital and engaged membership?  Conference participants joined in a professionally facilitated dialogue across all generations of Rotary (from Interact to Honorary Rotarians) on the opportunities and potential that lie ahead for our organization, discussing the ongoing value, relevance, and accessibility of Rotary.
#WhatMightWeBe 2018-11-17 05:00:00Z 0 Future,Resources
Changes to Nominating Committee Adopted 2018-11-16 05:00:00Z 0

IRS Requirements

Whether your club is a subordinate under Rotary International’s 501(c)(4) group exemption or is independently tax-exempt, the IRS requires that all Rotary clubs in the U.S. and its territories file an annual information return. For those clubs whose tax year follows the Rotary year, the deadline to file is 15 November. For clubs whose tax year is a calendar year, the deadline is 15 April. The form a club must file is dependent upon its gross receipts for the year.
IRS Requirements 2018-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Celebrate World Polio Day

The World Day against polio, October 24, is fast approaching.
Gather with your club members and the people of your city to view events of the World Day against polio, broadcast live from the Philadelphia College of Physicians at 18:30 local time. Join celebrities and health experts to discover our progress to end polio and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Global Initiative to eradicate polio.
How to watch Rotary’s World Polio Day event:
Celebrate World Polio Day 2018-10-10 04:00:00Z 0 Polio

Gatineau/Ottawa Tornado Recovery

The district has set up a bank account to take donations for projects to help recovery from the effects of the tornado. Ottawa/Gatineau area clubs will coordinate distribution of funds. Checks may be made out to the "Ottawa Gatineau Rotary Tornado Fund" and mailed to:
Rotary District 7040
PO Box 8233
Ottawa, T CSC, ON K1G 3H7
Gatineau/Ottawa Tornado Recovery 2018-09-24 04:00:00Z 1 Disaster Relief
District Literacy Linda Flynn 2018-09-23 04:00:00Z 0 Literacy

Hurricane Florence

A Rotary Foundation Donor Advised Fund (DAF) has been established to provide disaster relief from Hurricane Florence. The Fund will be directed by local Rotarians in the Carolinas and surrounding states that are effected by the storm. More information about Donor Advised Funds can be found here
Rotarians and friends wishing to help the affected area, can enter your gift as follows:
Name of the Donor Advised Fund Account:  Rotary District 7680 DAF #574
DAF Account #574
Contributions to this fund will be directed by Rotarians in District 7680 who will ensure your contributions have the biggest impact and go to the areas with the most need.
Hurricane Florence 2018-09-17 04:00:00Z 0 Disaster Relief

Award Winning Clubs

Clubs receiving the prestigious Rotary Citation in 2017-2018
  • Cornwall Sunrise
  • D7040 Passport
  • E-Club of District 7040-Premier
  • Massena
  • Montreal-Lakeshore
  • Orleans
  • Ottawa Kanata Sunrise
  • Plattsburgh
  • Renfrew
  • Saranac Lake
  • Watertown
  • Watertown Sunrise
  • West Ottawa
Award Winning Clubs 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0 Club Profile
World's Greatest Meal 2018-08-11 04:00:00Z 0 Polio

August is Membership Month

Happy Birthday Rotarians!

Join DG Martha in recognizing these club charter anniversaries:
Ottawa-Stittsville - 14 years
Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills - 16
Mount-Tremblant - 23 years
Rotary Club of Old Montreal / Club Rotary du Vieux Montréal - 26
Iqaluit - 40 years!
August is Membership Month Martha Weaver 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0 Membership

Giving clubs more say in who will be District Governor

Posted by Martha Weaver
As DG I am required to certify to Rotary International that the selection of the Governor-nominee (designate) conforms to Rotary International Bylaws and Policies. The current district selection procedure violates Rotary policy that members of the nominating committee cannot serve more than three times on the committee. To be fair to all, two resolutions were approved by District Council to change district procedures to read:
1. - 6.1 (G) Nominating Committee – shall be composed of the three most immediate Past District 7040 Governors, who are available and active in the district; and three club Immediate Past Presidents, who are available and active in the district, one from each geographic region, selected by random draw. Members shall serve for no more than three one-year terms. The District Governor will be Chair and only vote in the case of a tie. The District Governor-Elect and District Governor Nominee shall be observers without vote. The positions considered by this committee will be District Governor-Nominee and the Vice Governor for the upcoming Rotary year.
2. - 6.1 (G) Nominating Committee – shall be compose of the three most immediate Past District 7040 Governors, who are available and active in the district, and three Area Governors, one from each geographic region, who are available and active in the district, selected by random draw. Members shall serve for no more than three one-year terms. The District Governor will be Chair and only vote in the case of a tie. The District Governor-Elect and District Governor Nominee shall be observers without vote. The positions considered by this committee will be District Governor-Nominee and the Vice Governor for the upcoming Rotary year.
What happens next:
Giving clubs more say in who will be District Governor Martha Weaver 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Community Involvement Boosts Renfrew Rotary Projects

As Rotarians, we are all aware of the good work that we do. It is very rewarding, however, to be recognized in the communities we are in by the people and businesses in those communities. One such example of this is a local business owner in Renfrew, Ontario, Jon Pole of MyFM who recently heard an ad promoting Rotary while he was doing a program for a Toronto Station. He was aware of Rotary and the work we do, so he decided to use the People of Action ad as a filler ad on his 21 stations across Ontario at no cost to Rotary.
If you are in one of the communities where MyFM broadcasts, take a minute to thank them!
Community Involvement Boosts Renfrew Rotary Projects John Wilson 2018-08-05 04:00:00Z 0 Club Profile

Director's Message

Jeffry Cadorette is Director for Zones 24 and 32
There are no words to describe how honored and humbled I am to serve in this assignment as an RI Director for the next two years. By all reports it will pass quickly. My pledge to you is that I will work diligently on behalf of our organization to move the needle on the change we need to accomplish to stay relevant over the next decades. I’m enthusiastic to be a part of your team.
Director's Message 2018-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

Leadership and change at Rotary

A message from Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko
As any great institution with a long and glorious trajectory, I believe that our organization is at an inflection point, at a crossroads.

We are living in a time when technology and the means of communication are radically, and at an unprecedented rate, changing the ways humans interact.

We are living in a time when there are myriad competing options for people to network professionally and to give back to their communities.

We are living in a time when, in many countries, young professionals barely have time for their work and families, let alone time to engage in outside activities such as Rotary.
Leadership and change at Rotary John Hewko 2018-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message

A message from Barry Rasin, President 2018-2019
One year ago, your Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new vision statement, reflecting our aspirations for our organization and its future. It reads, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
That simple sentence distills so much of what is essential about Rotary. We unite, because we know that we are far stronger together than we could ever be alone. We take action, because we are not dreamers, but doers. We work to create lasting change that will endure long after our involvement has ended – across the globe and in our communities. And perhaps most important of all, we work to create change in ourselves – not just building a better world around us, but becoming better people ourselves.
President's Message 2018-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

DG Sue's Message for June '18

Posted by Sue Bellor, District Governor
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Since this is my last monthly message for 2017-2018, I want to express my deepest appreciation for all that you have done to make my journey memorable in “Making a Difference” through Rotary. When you reached out to shake my hand, or gave me a hug or just smiled and welcomed me at my visit to your club, I remember it fondly. When you called, emailed or chatted with me over the course of the year, I remember it fondly. When you shared with me your special projects, invited me to your special events, or shared your weekly bulletin with me, I remember it fondly. When you translated my message or presentation or materials into French, rode along together to club meetings or events, managed special district meetings and events, assisted me with research and tasks for Rotary International, or offered solicited advice, I remember it fondly.  We are all volunteers and I appreciate your dedication of time, and commitment. I have to also thank you for the fun, the laughter we shared and most important your kindness you showed me in District 7040.  Let the 4-Way Test continue to be our backbone and our best guide in working together for our clubs and for our district; truth, fairness, goodwill and friendship prove and enhance what is beneficial to all of us concerned about Service through Rotary.
DG Sue's Message for June '18 Sue Bellor, District Governor 2018-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

D 7040 Global Grant Scholar nomination for 2018-19

Posted by Katie Burke on May 03, 2018
The District Scholarships committee is pleased to announce that Garrett Milne, endorsed by the Rotary Club of Kemptville, has been selected as the D 7040 Global Grant Scholar for 2018-19.  Garrett's area of focus is Disease Prevention and Treatment and he will be pursuing his studies at the University of Sydney in Australia, in the Master of Health Security program.
D 7040 Global Grant Scholar nomination for 2018-19  Katie Burke 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0 Foundation

Martha's Bio

In the 1800s Martha's family settled in California, and that is where she raised her son, met her husband Jim Britell and where one of her step-sons and his family still live.
Martha's Bio 2018-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year: Anne Desgagnés

Rotary Club of Kingston-Frontenac


Name of award:    Rotarian of the Year
Rotary year for which award was presented:    2016-17
Describe why recipient was selected:
as Director Ways and Means, a new position, dedicated an incredible number of hours searching for a new fundraising event
as publisher of the club's weekly newsletter, improved content significantly with photos and lots of helpful information
found the inaugural major sponsor for Theatre Night, one of the club's biggest annual fundraising events
as co-chair of the Silent Auction Committee for Theatre Night, spearheaded a 21% increase in revenue over the previous year
on behalf of the club, maintained active contact with a former local YEX student 
Year recipient joined club:    2012
Position(s) held in club:
  • Director Ways and Means (2016-17)
  • Director New Generations (previous year)
Any other club(s) recipient joined:    Rotary Club of Cataraqui Kingston
Recipient's occupation now or before (retirement etc.)    Investment Advisor
Family information:    Married
Leisure activities recipient would care to share: Host mother for Rotary Youth Exchange students for 6 consecutive years
Rotarian of the Year: Anne Desgagnés 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Message From DG Sue... (7/1/17)

Posted by Susan Bellor, District Governor on Jul 01, 2017
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
A new Rotary year has begun and a new journey ahead is always filled with hope, plans, and excitement. Congratulations and best wishes are extended to all 7040 Club Presidents, Area Governors and District Chairs.
As we all start out in 2017-2018, I want to thank now Past District Governor Nabil Oudeh for a job well done. I wish Nabil the best as he is now setting the plans to be Vice General Chair of the Rotary Zone Institute in Montreal in fall 2018. When he asks you to help, please say, “yes”.
Message From DG Sue... (7/1/17) Susan Bellor, District Governor 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Profile: Gerry Lambert

Years as AG/other titles: 3 years as Area Governor and District Training/Learning and Development Team (LDT) Chair, Current District Governor Nominee
Other district committees participation: Learning & Development Team, 2017 District Conference, District Legislation Committee, Million Dollar Dinner (MDD) Committee
Years as Rotarian: 23 Years
Current/ Past Rotary Club Member: Canton/Potsdam NY
Rotary designations (titles in clubs, Foundation awards, etc.): Club President, Foundation Chair, Club Vocational Chair (included Ambassadorial Scholarships, Club Scholarships/awards, District Adventures in Technology & Environment and RYLA) ….and St Lawrence County 4-Club Rotary Dodge Pond Committee member/past chair.
Your occupation now or before (retirement etc.): Retired Military, Retired grades 7-12 Technology /Project Lead the Way(PLTW) teacher/Certified School Administrator, 15 years’ small business owner, landlord and now Part-time Volunteer Transportation Driver.
Family information: Wife Susan Rotarian Massena Club President, 4 children
Leisure activities, what you would care to share: Technology, tree farming, gardening, travel. 

Profile: Gerry Lambert 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Message from DG Nabil (June 30, 2017)

Posted by Nabil Oudeh on Jun 30, 2017
Dear Rotary family:

We may have started our year as acquaintances​,​ but we bonded as family by the year's end.

I am so grateful to each one of you who welcomed and hosted me​,​ and to all the leaders who supported me​​.

There are so many people who made this year the success it ​is​. I won't named them here in person. I did thank a few at the changeover dinner​,​ and many others I will continue to reach out to thank in person.
Message from DG Nabil (June 30, 2017) Nabil Oudeh 2017-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

New club in the District / Nouveau club dans le District

Posted by Ariane Carriere on Jun 20, 2017
D7040 Passport Club
La version française de cette lettre est ci-jointe.
District 7040 has just chartered a new club concept to make it easy for Rotarians who want to make a difference in their community to do so in a way that fits within their time, talent and finances, as well as with their family, work and life commitments — and do so through Rotary. The founding principle of the Rotary Passport Club is to make Rotary fit the lifestyle of its members through an affordable dues structure and flexible, and infrequent, in-person meetings. Instead of attending weekly meetings, members are encouraged to engage in humanitarian service — however that works best for them. Some meetings are online.
New club in the District / Nouveau club dans le District Ariane Carriere 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0 Club Celebrations,Club Profile

New Club Chartered

Posted by Nabil Oudeh on May 20, 2017
Dear Rotarians:
It is my great pleasure to announce the creation of our newest club in the district. "D7040 Passport Club" was chartered on May 8 by RI with 26 members. I will be presenting them with the charter documents in a couple of weeks.
The Passport Club is a unique club that allows club members to support a variety of service projects and fundraisers with clubs throughout our district. For more information about the club go to
Thank you PDG Ariane for taking the lead on this project.
Governor Nabil
New Club Chartered Nabil Oudeh 2017-05-20 04:00:00Z 0 Club Celebrations

An Interact Experience in Guatemala

What did you do during your spring break? If you were an Interactor in District 7040, you might have gone to Guatemala to work with Common Hope, an organization that makes education possible for impoverished children and families in Guatemala. A group of 15 - 11 students and 4 adults, left Montreal, Canada early in the morning of March 12, with 30 suitcases of donations and travelled all day to land in Guatemala in the evening. 

Monday, our work started. Everyone was given a choice of activities each day. You could choose to see one of the artisans of the region at work. There was tortilla making, a silversmith, and a ceramic artist. You could help at the daycare or the library. Two of us unpacked the suitcases with donations. There was site maintenance, but most important of all, we built a house!

It’s a simple house, cement floor, cement board panels and a corrugated tin roof. There is no electricity or water, yet the family that we built it for thought it was a palace. The floor was poured on Tuesday, and at the shop area we made panels for the walls. Everything had to be taken to the build site. The best part of that, according to the Vision Team members, was riding in the back of a pick-up truck. Friday afternoon we had the house blessing and because we were an all-Canadian team, we presented the family with a Canadian flag, signed by all the team members.

Each group of volunteers that goes for a week, a Vision Team, gets an opportunity to come face-to-face with poverty, often to an extent not experienced before. I asked a couple of the students who lived nearby to come and talk at a session at the District 7040 Training Assembly. What blew me away was when they started talking about the culture shock, more so when they got home then when they arrived there. The whole experience really made an impression on them, and on the whole team.

An Interact Experience in Guatemala 2017-04-16 04:00:00Z 0 Interact

Gerry Lambert selected as incoming governor 2019-20

District 7040 is pleased to announce that the District Governor selection committee has selected Mr. Gerry Lambert (Canton, NY) as incoming governor for 2019-20.
The District 7040 Selection Committee was delighted with the high caliber of applicants and grateful for the leadership and commitments of all applicants.
District Governor Nabil Oudeh will be making a formal introduction of DGND Gerry at District Training Assembly in Cornwall on April 8, 2017.
Gerry Lambert selected as incoming governor 2019-20 2017-04-05 04:00:00Z 0

Exchange Student

I am an exchange student.

How do you know what is a dream if you never accomplished one?
How do you know what is an adventure if you never took part in one?
How do you know what is anguish if you never said goodbye to your family and friends with your eyes full of tears? 
How do you know what is being desperate, if you never arrived in a place alone and could not understand a word of what everyone else was saying?
How do you know what is diversity if you never lived under the same roof with people from all over the world?

How do you know what is tolerance, if you never had to get used to something different even if you didn't like it?
How do you know what is autonomy, if you never had the chance to decide something by yourself?
How do you know what it means to grow up, if you never stopped begin a child to start a new course?

How do you know what is to be helpless, if you never wanted to hug someone and had a computer screen to prevent you from doing it?
How do you know what is distance, if you never, looking at a map, said "I am so far away."

How do you know what is a language, if you never had to learn one to make friends?
How do you know what is patriotism, if you never shouted "I love my country" holding a flag in your hands?
How do you know what is the true reality, if you never had the chance to see a lot of them to make one?

How do you know what is an opportunity, if you never caught one?
How do you know what is pride, if you never experienced it for yourself at realizing how much you have accomplished?
How do you know what is to seize the day, if you never saw the time running so fast?

How do you know what is a friend, if the circumstances never showed you the true ones.
How do you know what is a family, if you never had one that supported you unconditionally?
How do you know what are borders, if you never crossed yours, to see what there was on the other side?

How do you know what is imagination, if you never thought about the moment when you would go back home?
How do you know the world, if you have never been an exchange student?

I am an exchange student!
Exchange Student 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z 0 Youth Exchange

New Interact club!


January 25, the Rotary Club of Orleans celebrated the creation of our newest Interact Club consisting of Grade 7 and 8 students, Club Interact de Lécole Secondaire Publique Giséle-Lalonde. These students are our future leaders. A special thank you to our members Danielle Michaud and Area Governor Fay Campbell for guiding them through the process. We are very excited!

New Interact club! 2017-02-19 05:00:00Z 0 Interact
Rotary Fellowships offer Rotarians new experience Fay Campbell 2017-02-18 05:00:00Z 0 Fellowships

Uniendo America Project Fair

Posted by DG Nabil Oudeh on Feb 07, 2017
I have just returned from El Salvador where I attended Uniendo America project fair with Central and North American partners. Our district was well represented with 10 participants. It was an honor to be among so many people dedicated to service above self. I am so grateful for reconnecting with old friends and building new and lasting friendships in Central America. - DG Nabil
Uniendo America Project Fair DG Nabil Oudeh 2017-02-07 05:00:00Z 0 International Service

The Loft

On November 23rd, the International Service Committee of the Rotaract Club of Ottawa hosted the Loft Board Game Night at the Loft Board Game Lounge in Ottawa. At the event there were 65 friends and community members who were looking for a fun night out to play board games with friends while also donating to a great cause. There was also a raffle draw for four tickets to an Ottawa 67's hockey game. All of the proceeds, which ended up totaling to $833, were donated the ECHO Haiti for their Light for the Victims of Hurricane Matthew project in Haiti. The organization used the money to buy solar lamps for families and hospitals in the affected areas of Haiti. They will be used for light as well as an alternative energy source to charge phones and other electronic devices until the electricity is restored in these areas. The event was overall extremely successful. Thank you again to everyone who was able to come out to the event!

Scotch Raffle
Our Speaker's scotch raffle was also a huge success! Congrats to Norm Laur and Keara Lundrigan for each winning a bottle of this exclusive scotch and thanks to everyone who participated!
The Loft 2016-12-26 05:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

A Message from Guatemala

Posted by Ariane Carriere
The 2016 Interact Vision Team got a message from Guatemala.
"Greetings from Guatemala! I hope you are all well, enjoying yourselves and your families, as 2016 comes to a close.
I wanted to let you all know that Felix recently visited that family that you built a house for in Santa Catarina. We made a short video and put it up on YouTube so that you can see how the family has been doing since the construction of their new home! Please feel free to forward the link on to your family and friends as a way to share your experience and stories of your time in Guatemala."
It's very touching to see how the family is doing. We are now raising funds for another house in Guatemala with the 2017 Interact Vision Team. If you want to donate to our house build, go to
A Message from Guatemala Ariane Carriere 2016-12-26 05:00:00Z 0 Interact

Rotaract Ottawa South



Saturday November 5 our Rotaractors took a break from studying to spend the afternoon volunteering at Fletcher Wildlife Garden, where we were helping them remove Dog Strangling Vine, an invasive species that was taking over! Thank you to Sandy for being such a great host!

If you're interested in joining our team, "Like" us on Facebook or email us at !

Rotaract Ottawa South 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

Rotary Adventures in History 2016

Posted by Bill Egnatoff, Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston

Doing Time in Kingston: Youth Justice Then and Now

Doing Time in Kingston: Youth Justice Then and Now is a collaborative venture of the Rotary Clubs of Cataraqui-Kingston and Kingston, but the success of the program is due in large measure to the support of sponsoring clubs, the high caliber of students they send, and the excellent team of resource people. This year, the program inspired 17 high school students, ranging in age from 14 to 19, to do more of what some of them are already doing—to support their peers in ways that keep them happily engaged and out of trouble. The program gave them specific ideas for youth advocacy, for helping youth, and for possible career paths related to youth justice.
The program demystified the whole youth justice system, enabling participants to see what steps can be taken to redirect youth. They read about actual cases of children and youth who had been imprisoned and how they were treated. They saw how relevant legislation had evolved over the past two centuries and how laws are made. They learned of current innovative youth justice programs run by the Kingston Police, Youth Diversion, Queen’s Family Law Clinic, and the Canadian Families and Corrections Network. Through their visit to the Kingston Penitentiary and the Penitentiary Museum they have a sense of prison life and how it has evolved.
Rotary Adventures in History 2016 Bill Egnatoff, Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0 Adventures

The experience that never stops giving!

Posted by Angela Kelly, Rotary Club of Ottawa
The Rotary Club of Ottawa, celebrating its 100th anniversary, has now been engaged in the International Youth Exchange programme for decades.  Many host families and counsellors are still in contact with students they invited into their homes, celebrating their milestones and achievements with them.
The experience that never stops giving! Angela Kelly, Rotary Club of Ottawa 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0 Youth Exchange

Brockville Remembers

Posted by Michelle Peters, Rotary Club of Brockville
Three generations of the Rotary Brockville family joined together to place a wreath at the Brockville cenotaph in honour of Remembrance Day. Pictured are Josh Bennett, president the Rotary Club of Brockville; Tyler Read, co-president H.E.L.P Interact club; Corbin Evans, president Earlyact club; Maija Robillard, co-president Interact; and Ray Marshall, president of the Rotary Club of the 1000 Islands.
Brockville Remembers Michelle Peters, Rotary Club of Brockville 2016-11-17 05:00:00Z 0

Ottawa Rotaract Cleans Up!

Despite the rain the weekend before the Canadian Thanksgiving, the Ottawa Rotaract team helped to make the world a more beautiful place during our Jules Morin park clean up. Thank you to all who came out!
Ottawa Rotaract Cleans Up! 2016-10-16 04:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

Adventures in the Environment

For the past eleven years, the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise and the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences have made it possible for participants in Adventures in the Environment to experience hands-on environmental science with professional researchers. With the wonderful support of the Rotary Club Cornwall-Sunrise, 7 participants were able to tag alongside Biologists, technicians and Naturalist to discover life on the St. Lawrence River.
Adventures in the Environment 2016-10-15 04:00:00Z 0 Adventures

RYLA and Interact, a good fit

Posted by Jerry Manor, Rotary Club of Massena
The Massena Rotary Club RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) delegate Celine Stowell described her experiences at the RYLA conference at Paul Smith’s College near Saranac Lake, NY for Massena Rotarians during a recent luncheon at the Massena Elks Lodge. Celine participated in leadership activities, learned about African dance and had the opportunity to visit the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY with approximately 40 fellow RYLA attendees from around District 7040. Celine is a junior at Massena High School, a member of the Interact Club and an active member of the Massena Boys and Girls Club where she helps to supervise and lead activities for younger club members.
Celine Stowell is pictured with Massena Rotarian Walter Mulyca.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 13–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event varies from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.
RYLA and Interact, a good fit Jerry Manor, Rotary Club of Massena 2016-10-15 04:00:00Z 0 Interact,RYLA

Interact Club at Woodroffe High, Ottawa 2016-17

Posted by Jean Bégin, President RCWO
The students have several things planned for the year:
  • The students will be organizing and participating in a "Walk in Their Shoes" to support Doctors Without Borders.  The date on this is still forthcoming but hopefully this will happen in just a few weeks and when organized I will be circulating a pledge form at our Rotary Club.
  • The big fund raiser-the 24 hour Awake-will be happening on November 25th.  As you recall, the club helps to organize over 100 students to get pledges and to stay overnight and awake at the school all night long.  Last year, we had Rotarians volunteer to chaperone and everyone had a hoot playing ping pong!  Again, there will be a pledge of $1000 made to our Rotary Club to help support an ongoing project, with the students deciding how to direct that money.  The remainder of the money goes to the school in Africa that the students are committed to and a few other international charities as well.  Jaden is going to forward me some pictures of the school-last year the money sent paid for a full science lab!
  • We have selected 4 dates throughout the year that we will have Rotarians from our Club come and speak to Interact and we will provide pizza as well-this format for our speaker series is quite well received lol.  I will be working with our Youth committee to help choose who those speakers will be.
  • Jaden, Courtney and some of the Interact students will be going on a trip to Peru during March Break-which maybe our club might be able to help support
  • There is an idea of starting a "Conversation Club" where Interact students meet with students within the school that are just recently moved or staying in Canada-to help break down some of the social barriers.
Interact Club at Woodroffe High, Ottawa 2016-17 Jean Bégin, President RCWO 2016-10-15 04:00:00Z 0 Interact

Short Term Youth Exchange

Posted by Joe Fontes, District Youth Exchange Chair
Hello everyone, this month I would like to mention the short term program. We always talk about the Long Term Exchange, but leave out our Short term program which is also very important.
Many students may not be able to partake in the long term but the short term also offers many benefits and opens the doors to many other opportunities. The Short term Exchange presents opportunities for students to advance their knowledge and world understanding by allowing them to live abroad for a short period of time over the summer months. Participants also live with one host family for approximately one month under the sponsorship of their local Rotary club.This is a great program where the host brother or sister from abroad will also spend a month with the participating student in his or her home during the same summer.
This program still has the same objective as in the Long Term Exchange, in which it is intended to foster world peace and International understanding, the participants can still experience a new culture and meet new people from all walks of life.
This year in our District we had 6 short Term Exchanges, I would like very much to grow this program in our district and give this opportunity to more students and who knows it might open up the travel bug in the participant to do the Long Term as well.
The Picture below is of one of our own D7040 participants Jordan VanWyngaarden pictured on the right, and Martha Lamberti from the Rotary Club of Lecco, Italy, District 2042 who both visited the Rotary Club of Kingston.
For more information on how you can send a participant for the short Term Exchange send us an email, or visit our website,
We are changing the world one exchange at a time...
Short Term Youth Exchange Joe Fontes, District Youth Exchange Chair 2016-10-15 04:00:00Z 0 Youth Exchange
Old and New 2016-09-13 04:00:00Z 0 Public Relations

District 7040 Youth Exchange

Posted by Joe D. Fontes — Chair, Youth Exchange Committee on Jun 28, 2016
These are very exciting times for students, both outbounds as well as inbounds and, of course, our returning rebound students.

We have 11 rebound students returning from abroad and some have already returned home. They will be filled with stories about their  adventures , the challenges they had and, of course, the excitement of immersing themselves in a new culture.
District 7040 Youth Exchange Joe D. Fontes — Chair, Youth Exchange Committee 2016-06-28 04:00:00Z 0 Youth Exchange

What you don’t know about the campaign to end polio

Posted by By Erin Biba, The Rotarian, July 2016 on Jun 28, 2016
When was the last time there was polio in Europe? If you guessed 2002, the year the region was certified polio-free, you were wrong. The last time polio affected a child in Europe was last summer. In 2015, two Ukrainian children were diagnosed with paralytic polio, and, given the way the disease manifests itself, that means many more were likely infected and didn’t show symptoms. At least one Western news outlet deemed the outbreak “crazy” – but the reality is that no place on earth is safe from polio until the disease is eradicated everywhere.
What you don’t know about the campaign to end polio By Erin Biba, The Rotarian, July 2016 2016-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Cataraqui-Kingston nominee wins Global Grant Scholarship

Posted on Jun 27, 2016
The Scholarships Committee is pleased to announce that Natalie Kauf, nominated by the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston and selected as District 7040 Global Grant Scholarship candidate has been approved by The Rotary Foundation for the Global Grant Scholarship of $30,000 USD.
Natalie will be pursuing her studies at Cambridge University in the UK.  
Cataraqui-Kingston nominee wins Global Grant Scholarship 2016-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fellowships Month - Make New Friends around the World

Rotary Fellowships Month - June is designated as “Rotary Fellowships Month” by the RI Board to recognize the importance of international fellowship and good will among Rotarians with similar recreational interests, vocations, and health and medical issue-oriented interests, to promote increased participation in fellowships and increase understanding of this program.
The RI Board encourages fellowships groups to highlight activities through projects, activities, and events in celebration of “Rotary Fellowships Month” in June.
Rotary Fellowships Month - Make New Friends around the World 2016-06-01 04:00:00Z 0 Fellowships

Rotary District 7040 Foundation Walk at Brockville, Ontario benefits from camaraderie, beautiful weather

Posted by Bette Miller on May 09, 2016
All aspects of the 2016 annual Rotary Foundation were very successful… great organization and hospitality provided by the Rotary Clubs of Brockville, Prescott and 1000 Islands (Brockville).
Representatives from 12 clubs enjoyed the beautiful weather and great fellowship while the Annual fund benefitted by just over $10,000 USD.  The “Walking Stick” is presented annually to the club making the largest donation. 
Rotary District 7040 Foundation Walk at Brockville, Ontario benefits from camaraderie, beautiful weather Bette Miller 2016-05-09 04:00:00Z 0 Foundation

Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund Established

Posted by Julius Buski on May 09, 2016
Editor's note: The following story was copied from website of District 5370 which includes Fort McMurray.
The Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation has established the “Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund” to assist in the rebuilding of that city following this tragic fire.  The Charitable Foundation is now ready to accept donations, for which tax receipts will be issued.  The Foundation will rely on an independent committee of Fort McMurray stakeholders (including the Rotary clubs and the municipality) for advice on disbursal of the funds. 
Donations may be from individuals or corporations.  Rotary clubs may wish to facilitate this process by collecting donations, and then forwarding either the individual cheques or a cheque drawn on the club’s account for the total amount, along with a list of the donors and their addresses and postal codes.
Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund Established Julius Buski 2016-05-09 04:00:00Z 0 Disaster Relief

New District 7040 Rotaract Co-Representatives chosen for 2016-17

Posted by Dârini Vedarattiname on May 01, 2016
It is with great pleasure that Dârini Vedarattiname, District Rotaract Representative 2015-2016, and Jean-Philippe Argant, District Rotaract Chair, introduce District 7040 Rotaract Co-Representatives for 2016-17!

Barbara Engels, Club Rotaract of Downtown Montréal and Ryan Fedurco, Ottawa Rotaract Club will represent the nine Rotaract clubs within District 7040 beginning July 1, 2016.

We are convinced the two of them will make a great duo and will achieve impressive Rotary and Rotaract projects during their term. They are both bursting with ideas: Stay tuned to discover what they have in store for our District!

Congratulations Barbara and Ryan!
New District 7040 Rotaract Co-Representatives chosen for 2016-17 Dârini Vedarattiname 2016-05-01 04:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

Martha Weaver selected District Governor 2018-19

Posted by Claude LaLiberté on Feb 15, 2016
Congratulations to PR Chair Martha Weaver for being nominated as 2018-2019 District 7040 Governor.  For those who ask, about the validity of the eClubs, Martha is the second governor for District 7040 to come from eClub Premier Francophone.
Martha Weaver selected District Governor 2018-19 Claude LaLiberté 2016-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Kenneth V. Lefrançois (1945 – 2016)

Posted on Jan 06, 2016
Kenneth V. Lefrançois
(1945 – 2016)
2016 began with a sad note with the passing of DG1992-1993 Ken Lefrançois at age 70.  His continuous, active service to Rotary since his term in 92-93 was exemplary.
His most recent achievement, the formation of the most recent Rotary Action Group by RI, should be a focus in addition to the encouragement and chartering of so many clubs in our District.  
DG Claude

Below is a communication from Patrick Lefrançois, Ken's son, regarding funeral and memorial arrangements:
I want to thank everyone for their kind words.  The outpouring of love and support has made it possible for us to enjoy, remember and celebrate my father's life. 
Below, you will find the details of my father's funeral.
Kenneth V. Lefrançois (1945 – 2016) 2016-01-06 05:00:00Z 0

January: Vocational Service Month

Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service.  Vocational Service calls every Rotarian to: 
  • Aspire to high ethical standards in their  occupation; 
  • Recognize the worthiness of all useful  occupations, and; 
  • Contribute their vocational talents to the problems and needs of society. 
January: Vocational Service Month 2015-12-30 05:00:00Z 0 Vocational Service

Bethany Kids

Bethany Ambulance
The Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development (CRCID) will cease operations December 31. A new Grant Agreement between The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Canada and the Government of Canada has created a new international development assistance program, entitled “Partnership for Community Development”. During the last 29 years Kingston Rotarians were among the many Rotary club's throughout Canada who's projects benefited from CRCID support.
The Bethany Crippled Children's Centre project started when Paul Van Nest invited Kim Phuc to Kingston. Kim gave three very moving talks, which raised $13,000. (More information about Kim is available on her foundation website. The monies we—re split between Kim's foundation and the five area Rotary clubs.
Bethany Kids 2015-11-24 05:00:00Z 0 Club Profile,International Service

What is Interact? What is Earlyact?


Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Through Interact, you can:

  • Carry out hands-on service projects
  • Make international connections
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Have fun!

EarlyAct is not an official program on Rotary International yet. This does not stop an elementary school from starting an EarlyAct Club for anyone under the age of 12. The District will produce the appropriate documents. All requirements for an EarlyAct charter are the same as for an Interact Club.

How does an Interact/EarlyAct club create positive change?

Every Interact or EarlyAct club carries out two service projects a year: one that helps your school or community and one that promotes international understanding.

Service projects are an effective way for you to take action at home and abroad, connect with other young leaders, and get members excited about your club. You can find ideas and tips for successful projects in the Guide for Rotary Club Sponsors and Advisers. Check Downloads at the top left.

    What is Interact? What is Earlyact? 2015-10-24 04:00:00Z 0 Interact

    Government of Canada Partners with Rotary Foundation Canada to Eradicate Polio Worldwide and Reduce Poverty in Developing Countries

    August 1, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
    The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced the renewal of the partnership between Government of Canada and Rotary Foundation Canada by providing a total of up to $18 million to help save the lives of vulnerable children and reduce poverty in the world’s poorest countries.
    During the next four years, the Government of Canada will contribute two dollars for every dollar raised by Rotary Foundation Canada in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Endgame Strategy, to a maximum contribution of $12 million. The funds will be provided to UNICEF to support the goal of eradicating polio worldwide by 2018.
    Government of Canada Partners with Rotary Foundation Canada to Eradicate Polio Worldwide and Reduce Poverty in Developing Countries 2015-08-11 04:00:00Z 0 Polio

    August: Membership & Extension Month

    August: Membership & Extension Month
    Clubs around the world approach membership in very different ways. Recognizing and acting on the unique needs, customs, and changes in your community will enhance your ability to bring in new members and inspire existing ones. 
    Worldwide, 68% of Rotary club members are between the ages of 50 and 70. Are there opportunities for younger members in your club?
    Strong membership enables your club to do good in your local community and around the world. A strong membership also raises the public’s awareness of Rotary and increases support for The Rotary Foundation and its programs. Building membership is a top priority throughout Rotary, from the RI Board and Rotary coordinators to district leaders. Focusing on membership is most important, however, for club leaders, because they have the greatest power to improve it.
    53% of terminating members report that their club leaders never asked for member input.
    August: Membership & Extension Month 2015-08-04 04:00:00Z 0 Membership
    Rotary Showcase 2015-08-01 04:00:00Z 0 Showcase
    Rotaractors attend RYLA North American Conference 2015-07-30 04:00:00Z 0 RYLA,Rotaract
    e-Club Featured in Rotary Canada 2015-07-24 04:00:00Z 0 Club Profile

    Service Projects on Rotary Club Central

    This is one of the least utilized areas in Rotary Club Central, with clubs not completing achievements, yet it is the area in Rotary Club Central that has the greatest impact. 
    One club has stated that they do not feel it is necessary to enter anything in Rotary Club Central.  There are others that are just not doing anything.  There is reporting that Rotary International expects of clubs.  A comparison was made at one time that Rotary is like the franchiser and clubs are the franchisees.  Clubs are able to avail themselves of all the benefits of Rotary International and should be prepared to do their part in return.
    The latest figures show that the use of Rotary Club Central is increasing though.
    61% Clubs with Goals, 264 PROJECTS SET AS GOAL, 232 PROJECTS ACHIEVED
    Last Year Actual
    Current Year Actual
    Volunteer Hours
    Cash Contribution (USD)
    In-kind Donations (USD)
    Service Projects on Rotary Club Central 2015-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

    Good-bye, au revoir

    This is my last bulletin as District Governor.  It has been an amazing year and I feel very privileged that you chose me to be your leader in 2014-2015.  I want to thank all those who were a part of the District Council in 2014-2015,and those who have stepped up for next year.  A special thanks goes to outgoing AG's Dwight Boyce, Stephanie Battisti, and Fred Carriere, as well as Pat Brown, Rotaract; Jack Prim, membership; Trevor Dagilis, International Service; Sherri Agnew, Youth Exchange; and our co-District Rotaract Representatives Natasha Farrugia and Kaitlynn Almeida
    This bulletin is in English only because there has not been enough time to get items translated. The articles address the three main areas that RI asks us to report on, and a few areas that became important during the year.  As I was going through the club ratings, I completed any goals or results in Rotary Club Central that I was aware of.  Some clubs sent achievements to me but did not record them online.
    Use of GoToMeeting
    The use of virtual meetings increased sharing of ideas this year within the district.  Last year I introduced webinars for Presidents Elect, and this year I tried to keep in touch with them through AG groupings.  All in all it has served to have Rotarians look at meetings differently.  It is not always necessary to get in a car and drive.  Sometimes things can be done from one’s home.  GoToMeeting proved especially useful during January and February where I could still be in touch with district members while not having to drive in inclement weather.
    Youth Protection Policy
    Although this was not originally part of my goal for the year, it became more and more important as the year went on. Many clubs were under the impression that this is a new requirement but a policy has been in effect since 2006.  As I mentioned at the DTA, I feel like I am part of the movie “Groundhog Day” since I started with this in the 90’s as a teacher association president, and am still hearing the same arguments against the requirements now from Rotarians.  RI has changed what it needed since 2006 and we need to change also.  Many thanks to Kevin Laplante who has take on an important role in this process. 
    With the input of several clubs, we have made changes to the original policy and have now started with a club certification process for any club involved in activities with youth and vulnerable persons.  This is in addition to the Youth Exchange certification process and does not replace it.  A list of certified clubs is published on the Youth Services page and will be added to as more clubs become certified.  Club presidents and organizers of Adventure programs and RYLA have been reminded that their clubs needs to be certified before they can run their program.
    The concern about sending Canadian documents to the US has also been addressed with clubs.  At this time I am listed as co-Youth Protection Officer along with Kevin Laplante and I will continue in that capacity next year.  We need continuity in this process and cannot have the position change every year.
    The possibility of having a third party background check has been possible in the US and there is now at least one company that I have been made aware of that can do this in Canada.  This may help to alleviate some of the difficulties that members in rural areas have had in obtaining police checks.
    The Weekly Bulletin
    Clubs do weekly bulletins and it was because of that I decided to do that as well.  A weekly bulletin that has a bit of colour, that can be archived, and that can be shared in Facebook seemed to be well accepted. We keep email messages to a minimum so that new club presidents do not get bombarded.  Our Communication Policy, approved by the District Council in September is on the district website for anyone to check.  We cannot stop RI, but we can keep the ClubRunner communication system for the use of the district.   
    Clubs and AG’s contributed many articles for the bulletin.  I had set up a rough schedule according to the monthly themes and there were times that I was overwhelmed and had to carry articles forward several weeks in order to fit it all in.  Thanks to all who contributed.
    For many years I have been actively involved in the district.  While my role will change now, I am still a part of the district and will continue to be active for all of our members.  Thank you for the opportunity that you gave me.                                                                                                                                                                        
    Good-bye, au revoir 2015-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

    RYLA 2015

    Paul Smiths College, the location for RYLA 2015.  A job well done with thanks to Bob Hanna, Bill Rusak, Al Dunham, Ernie Stretton, Ray Agnew and all the volunteer chaperones.

    Students are getting started early on Friday morning.

    DG Ariane addresses students, parents and Rotarians at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

    No longer strangers, but now friends at the graduation lunch.

    RYLA 2015 2015-06-29 04:00:00Z 0 RYLA

    World’s Greatest Meal

    The District Changeover collected funds for World’s Greatest Meal on June 20, 2015.  Thanks to two very generous donors, we collected $2,150.00 to end polio now.
    Below is a brief summary of World’s Greatest Meal to end polio as of June 19, 2015:
    • There have been 1,208 events registered in 59 countries.
    • More than 67,300 participants worldwide
    • USD $1,210,537.96 has been raised (a total of USD $3,631,613.88 with matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
    This translates to enough funds to buy more than 6,052,000 polio vaccinations!!
    World’s Greatest Meal 2015-06-22 04:00:00Z 0 Polio

    RI Membership dues

    RI Membership dues
    The dues that your club pays to Rotary allow the Secretariat to provide quality and efficient support to Rotarians worldwide.
    Maintaining data
    Maintaining club data online can help you keep your membership information current and accurate. Your club president, secretary, and other officers can use My Rotary or your local system (ClubRunner ) to:
    • Update membership information within 30 days of any changes, or by 1 January or 1 July, whichever is sooner.
    • Make sure the names of all current officers are correct and that all future officers are named no later than 1 February. TIP: Set up a club email that can be transferred to future officers to ensure uninterrupted communications with Rotary.
    • Confirm that email addresses for all members are current.
    Club invoice mailing
    All club invoices are due and payable upon receipt, and the amount due is not adjustable. Rotary International emails a copy of the invoice to every club officer in January and July. To ensure that emails from Rotary are not rejected or filtered as spam, add to your approved email contacts.
    If your club has not opted out of the paper invoice or updated your officers email addresses, you will receive a paper copy by post in late January and late July. If your club has not received an invoice by the beginning of February or August, email to request a replacement. Include your club name and number and delivery address or fax number. Club dues still must be paid even if you have not received the invoice.
    Want to go paperless? Opt your club out of the paper invoice in My Rotary under Edit invoice preferences.
    Per capita dues
    Rotary per capita dues per half year are as follows:
    2015-16: $27.50 USD
    2016-17: $28.00 USD
    All clubs are billed $1.50 USD per member on their July invoice to help defray the costs of the Council on Legislation. Invoices include variable charges for The Rotarian magazines (other Rotary regional magazine subscriptions are billed separately) and variable fees for insurance (U.S. clubs only). See the Manual of Procedure for more information.
    Exchange rates
    Rotary credits payments at the official Rotary exchange rate at the time payment is received. Rotary re-evaluates exchange rates monthly. See current exchange rates.
    Payment methods
    Club presidents, treasurers, and secretaries can pay dues by:
    • Credit card online
    • Check or draft accompanied by the detached bottom portion of the invoice
    • Wire transfer
    Next week: District dues
    RI Membership dues 2015-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
    3 Easy Ways To Share 2014-2015 2015-06-11 04:00:00Z 0 Public Relations,Showcase

    More About Nepal

    Tim Ross and Dave LeSueur, Brockville Rotarians who just returned from Nepal, after enduring the earthquake that hit while they were there did a presentation for the Rotary Club of the Thousand Islands.  They showed moving photos of their trip there, including before and after photos of the devastation the earthquake created upon Nepal.  They were able to attend a Rotary meeting amongst Rotarians from Russia, India, and other places, set-up in their relief camp.  Photos of the hotel courtyard where they stayed, the cremation ceremonies, rubble throughout Nepal, and tents all around the country, were also a part of their presentation.   They also spoke of the need for low-cost housing, and there is a drive to raise enough funds for 30 houses at a cost of $1000 each.  Shelter Boxes were immediately deployed to Nepal, but the need is still there.  If you donate to the relief fund “SOS Children’s Villages” the Canadian Government will match your donation.  Dave and Tim were given a standing ovation for their courage and strength, and in appreciation for sharing this with us.
    After the meeting a donation page was set up for Shelter Box. will take you there. We got some pledges this week which will put us at least enough for one Shelter Box, the goal was for 4 of them. If you would like to send the information around that is much appreciated. It would be great to reach this goal. Here is a link to an article about our presentation to Rotary Thank you Tim Ross.
    More About Nepal 2015-05-29 04:00:00Z 0 Disaster Relief

    The Rotary Foundation Walk in Watertown

    About 50 Rotarians attended the Rotary Foundation Walk in Watertown, raising just over $10,000 US.  The 100th anniversary lunch was well attended.  DG Ariane Carriere presented a 100th anniversary plaque signed by Rotary International president Gary C.K. Huang.


    The Rotary Foundation Walk in Watertown 2015-05-18 04:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    Kingston Waterfront Charter Night



    More than 100 Rotarians and guests, representing over 20 clubs, took part in the charter night for the Rotary Club of Kingston Waterfront.  Guests came from as far away as Australia.  Many clubs presented gifts to welcome the new club into the district.

    Kingston Waterfront Charter Night 2015-05-18 04:00:00Z 0 Club Celebrations


    Posted on May 14, 2015
    Créé en 1962, le programme Interact compte aujourd'hui plus de 15 000 clubs dans 142 pays et permet à des jeunes de 12 à 18 ans de passer à l'action au niveau local, de nouer des liens avec d'autres jeunes à l'étranger et de développer leurs talents. Découvrez comment l'Interact permet aux jeunes de s'impliquer.
    CÉLÉBREZ L'INTERACT ! 2015-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
    D7040 Rotarian in Nepal 2015-05-10 04:00:00Z 0 Disaster Relief

    Camp Amy Molson

    Posted by Bryan MacKillop, Hawksbury
    Camp Amy Molson is a residential camp located in close proximity to the Town of Hawkesbury. It is for disadvantaged Montreal inner-city children, aged 5 to 13 years old. The Camp offers an exciting program of activities, especially created to capture the imagination of young children. The campers learn to play on the peaceful 180-acre lakeside site…a far cry from noisy, steamy pavement. Camp Amy Molson endeavors to provide personalized care to all campers. Through individualized programs, the camp tries to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of each child. This is best achieved through a philosophy of participation and cooperative camping and learning. The acquisition of camping skills is secondary to the appreciation for and respect of others and self.
    The Hawkesbury Rotary Club has been working with the Camp for over two decades to help them continue to provide this essential service to children who may only get these 15 days of reprieve once a year…or once during their childhood. The kids that attend this Camp are from our District. They live in our greater community. They need our help. Every year Rotarians from Hawkesbury attend the camp and provide a BBQ for every child in each of the three intakes. We have also supported the Camp with renovations and funding.
    Camp Amy Molson Bryan MacKillop, Hawksbury 2015-05-10 04:00:00Z 0 Club Profile

    Rotary Club of Renfrew 2014-2015

    Renfrew Rotary Club shares pictures and stories of the projects they do that support their community through press releases, on the club website and Facebook page.
    A check for $8,000 is a generous contribution by any standards. Recently, our local Rotary Club made such a donation to the Renfrew Hospice to help it with its good work. Everyone is affected by death and having a facility that enables our loved ones to die with dignity, comfort and empathy is of benefit to everyone in our community. Rotary is clearly grateful for the Hospice, offering respite not only for the dying but also the living.
    Rotary Club of Renfrew 2014-2015 2015-05-07 04:00:00Z 0 Club Profile

    Nepal Earthquake

    Posted by Gary C.K. Huang, President, Rotary International 2014-15
    We express our profound sadness and extend our sympathies to all those affected by the devastation resulting from the 25 April deadly earthquake in Nepal. Rescue missions and emergency aid continue to arrive in Nepal for the 8 million people impacted by the massive 7.8 magnitude quake.
    As we mourn the thousands of lost lives, Rotary joins many international agencies in providing immediate relief to survivors and mobilizing our expertise to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.
    How to help: 
    • District 3292, Nepal, has established a disaster relief fund to provide needed equipment and supplies to affected communities. Contact District Governor Kumar Piya for information about contributing to the fund.
    • Rotary’s service partner ShelterBox is working closely with Nepali Rotarians to coordinate immediate relief efforts. On Monday, 27 April, and Wednesday, 29 April, Rotarians greeted ShelterBox response teams in Nepal who will mobilize temporary housing and relief efforts. An initial 1,000 housing tents and 1,000 shelter kits will be distributed throughout affected communities. Two more ShelterBox relief teams and additional kits are ready to be deployed once further assessments are complete. Learn more about supporting ShelterBox’s relief efforts.
    • As with all disasters, the Rotary family may apply for global grants to support long-term recovery efforts in Nepal. Once immediate health, safety, and relief efforts have been addressed, work with local Nepali Rotary members and their international partners to develop projects within Rotary’s six areas of focus.
    Monitor the announcements section of My Rotary for more information as it becomes available and do not hesitate to contact with any questions.
    Our thoughts are with our Nepali neighbors during this difficult time. Thank you for continuing to Light Up Rotary through your compassion and generosity.
    Nepal Earthquake Gary C.K. Huang, President, Rotary International 2014-15 2015-05-03 04:00:00Z 0 Disaster Relief

    Global Grant Scholar selected

    Global Grant Scholar selected
    The Scholarship Selection Committee is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Global Grant Scholarship for 2015-16 is Pascale Laliberté-Martineau of Ottawa, sponsored by RC Ottawa. Ms Laliberté Martineau has chosen Economic and Community Development as her area of focus.  She will be Studying for an MSC in International Planning at University College London in the U.K. with an emphasis on 'Communities and Planning'.  Her particular interest is in alternative participatory mechanisms which will result in alternative economic processes which build the capacity of people to support the economic development of their own community.vironment will take place again this year from September 13-17 2015.  Students are to arrive in Cornwall on Sunday afternoon, Sept 13, to allow for an early start to the adventure on Monday morning.  They will continue their adventure until Thursday at lunchtime when they are picked up to return home.  Information and forms are on the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise website.  We can take a maximum of 8 students - first come, first served. If you have any questions please contact Katie Burke at
    Global Grant Scholar selected 2015-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

    Dodge Pond Camp

    Posted by Gerry Lambert, Canton
    St. Lawrence NYSARC’s Dodge Pond Camp, located in Oswegatchie, New York, is for individuals with developmental disabilities and one of the few in New York State certified for children. As a result, the Dodge Pond Camp programs serve approximately 250 consumers each year.  
    The partnership between Rotary and the Dodge Pond Camp of St. Lawrence NYSARC is long-standing.  The Watertown Rotary Clubs began supporting Dodge Pond some 20 years ago with the establishment of a one week camp for children with disabilities from Jefferson County. St. Lawrence County Rotary clubs joined the effort in 1998 when Rotarian Dave Mance, from Watertown traveled and met with clubs in St. Lawrence County with the idea of establishing a second week of camp for children with disabilities from St Lawrence County. Currently the Rotary Clubs of Watertown, Theresa, Canton, Massena, Ogdensburg, and Potsdam provide annual support to Dodge Pond Camp – both financial and non-financial.
    These clubs commit thousands of dollars each year to sponsor up to 100 campers who then attend one of the two weeklong overnight camps at Dodge Pond each August. The members of the clubs also help with building and repair of the camp facilities each Spring, such as lean-tos, docks, privies, basketball court and a playground. The District has also provided generous support in the past through District Simplified Grants.  The District’s support, combined with the local clubs’ support has benefited hundreds of NYSARC consumers both children and adults who attend Dodge Pond for various programs in the summer.  
    Thanks to Rotary hundreds of children and adults have and will continue to have opportunities they would never have had without its sponsorship.
    Dodge Pond Camp Gerry Lambert, Canton 2015-05-03 04:00:00Z 0 Club Profile,Community Service

    What is most needed in Nepal?

    Posted by Bruce Higgs
    More than your plane ticket or your collection of old T-shirts, what is most needed in Nepal right now is money. The Rotary Club of Gananoque will undertake to receive and transfer cash donations to their contacts in Budol and Phulbari, a town about an hour’s travel from Kathmandu. RC Gananoque will also issue charitable tax receipts to donors.
    There are two well organized Rotaract clubs and a Community Corps in this community; the closest Rotary club is RC Dhulikhel.  Both of the Rotaract clubs are led by young men who are university graduates (engineering and architecture, respectively) who benefitted from Rotary scholarships made possible by the RC Gananoque and friends.
    Because the Rotary Club of Gananoque has a long-time relationship with Rotary in Nepal (District 3292. Bruce Higgs, Doug Bickerton, Ron Casselman (Rotary Club of Gananoque) and Diane Kennedy  (RC Kingston) have all visited  Phulbari and Budol and personally know a number of Rotarians and Rotaract members with whom they have maintained regular communication.  
    Based upon current communications, it is hoped that ShelterBox may be able to provide some help with shelter, however, the greater concern is the shortage of food and clothing as the rains begin. Water for drinking and cooking is not expected to be a problem as this community has lined water storage ponds and water filters, thanks to the help of RC Gananoque and friends. The other concern is the procurement of supplies to begin repairing and rebuilding.
    We encourage you to donate what you can, to a reputable relief organization, and do research to find out where your money will go. If you can, compare a few organizations with aid appeals and ensure that you agree with their approach. If you wish to send donations to the Rotary Club of Gananoque, here is the information.
    Rotary Club of Gananoque
    c/o Bruce Higgs
            301 North Shore Rd. Howe Island
             R.R.#4, Gananoque ON Canada K7G2V6
    Mark on the bottom of the cheque - Nepal Earth Quake
    What is most needed in Nepal? Bruce Higgs 2015-04-26 04:00:00Z 0 Disaster Relief,International Service

    Easy Ways to Stretch Your Foundation Giving

    Is your Club Foundation Chair still asking you to write a check to The Rotary Foundation and give it to him to snail-mail to Evanston? Your Chair may not be comfortable with electronic giving, but The Rotary Foundation is! Giving online is less costly than pro-cessing checks, which means much quicker acknowledgement and, ultimately, more funds available to make a difference on the ground. Here are other ways to maximize your Foundation giving:
    Rotary Direct (recurring giving)
    You choose how much and how often you want to give— it's a simple and secure way to make a big impact — and the funds are transferred automatically. Online contributions can be made monthly, quarterly, or annually. Either complete and return the Rotary Direct enrollment form or enroll by phone at +1-866-976-8279. To update your existing recurring giving, contact or call +1-866-976-8279. For security reasons, changes to your credit card information should be made by phone—not online.
    Employee matching gift
    Double the impact of your gift by asking your employer to match your contribution to The Rotary Foundation. More than 15,000 companies match gifts to the Foundation, including many international corporations — and beginning this month, the program has expanded to include Canadian firms as well (see article at left). Find out if your employer offers this program at Learn more about Rotary's employee matching gift program, including recognition opportunities.
    Rotary MasterCard
    Support Rotary's efforts with the Rotary International credit card. Just by using your card, you'll be helping The Rotary Foundation do good in the world. A portion of each purchase you make with the card will benefit The Rotary Foundation, at no additional cost to you. The Rotary Foundation has received more than $8.6 million from the program since it launched in 2000, including $3.6 million to support polio eradication. Rotary’s credit card program is currently available in both Canada and the United States. Learn more and apply at this link.
    Airline miles
    Through the United Airlines Mileage Plus Charity Miles program, you can donate miles to provide free airfare toward a club or district project. Learn more. Rotary Miles donation form.
    Amazon Smile allows you to select a charity to receive 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible purchases. It is an easy way to give and it’s not hard to sign up. Click on the link for more — and be sure to select The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to receive your charitable contributions!
    Easy Ways to Stretch Your Foundation Giving 2015-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

    A New Rotary Community Corps

    The Renfrew Rotary Community Corps began forming during the summer of 2014, and received their official charter from Rotary international in November 2014. The charter was presented at an evening of fellowship in March 2015, by the sponsor Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Renfrew.  John Wilson and Janet Springer of the Renfrew Rotary Club got the Corps up and running. Since its inception, the Renfrew Rotary Community Corps has assisted various local groups by providing volunteers to assist at their functions or fundraisers.  The club has also worked on its own fundraisers with the proceeds benefitting local organizations.  The latest was a very successful event, RenfrewLicious, that involved every restaurant in Renfrew and raised $2500 that was donated to the local Food Bank. The club plans on continuing assisting local organizations including the sponsor Rotary club, while they identify other opportunities to assist the community.  The Corps is co-chaired by Greg Belmore and Briana Campbell.
    A New Rotary Community Corps 2015-04-26 04:00:00Z 0

    Welcome the New Club of Kingston Waterfront

    Welcome the New Club of Kingston Waterfront

    The District Governor and the sponsor Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston invite you to the Charter Celebration of the new Rotary Club of Kingston Waterfront on Monday, May 11, 2015.  It will also be the 30th anniversary celebration of the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston.
    6:00 pm Happy Hour.  7:00 pm Presentations.  7:30 pm Celebration
    Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, Grandview Room
    Registration $25 CAD.  You may pay at the door, as long as you are registered to allow us to order food based on registration numbers.  Register here.
    Cash Bar, Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
    Clubs are invited to send cheques/checks, or gifts to the new club through the District Governor.  It is traditional for every club to send a gift to the new club and to have representation to welcome the new club at its charter night.  Club groupings, especially with an Area Governor as the lead, could get together to purchase  items for the new club.
    Welcome the New Club of Kingston Waterfront 2015-04-26 04:00:00Z 0 Club Celebrations

    Let’s celebrate!

    This is how we “Light Up Rotary”!
    We have a new club in our district.  Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kingston Waterfront.  News about the charter night is in the Events section. Register now.
    We have a new satellite club in our district.  Welcome to the Rotary Club of Ottawa Metro, satellite of the Rotary Club of Ottawa.
    Let’s celebrate! 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0

    Does your club have interesting speakers?

    Posted by Walt Mulyca
    This picture is from a recent meeting of the Massena Rotary Club. It was my turn to get the guest speaker. I saw an article in the paper about Nolan Tarrence being the first student to ever win a New York State Championship in wrestling. There was a parade of Massena police, Akwesasne police, border guards and fire trucks to escort Nolan into town when he returned from Albany. I got on the internet and asked Coach Perrine if he could speak to Rotary and bring Nolan. I am old and weak these days and need a young strong friend to do some heavy lifting on occasion.. An 18 year old who is the NYS Champ in the 285 pound weight class should fill the bill. I am only in the 221 pound weight class. Nolan lives on the Mohawk Reservation. He will attend Buffalo University on a Division I Wrestling scholarship this fall and major in a sports health education field. Nolan often wrestles in Canada because he has trouble finding anyone around here who is able to take him on. He can wrestle in Canada on a team there because he is a dual citizen. His coach stopped wrestling with him a few years ago because it was too dangerous-for the coach. Nolan has a 104 win/15 loss record. He lost his first 8 matches but did not give up. As a senior he lost one match.
    Does your club have interesting speakers? Walt Mulyca 2015-04-19 04:00:00Z 0 Membership,Retention

    Presidential Citation

    Qualifying clubs for the 2014-2015 Citation from RI President Gary Huang

    Rotary Clubs
    Cornwall Sunrise
    Old Montreal
    Saranac Lake
    West Ottawa
    Rotaract Clubs
    L’'île de Montréal
    Queen’s University
    SUNY Plattsburgh
    Interact Clubs           
    Gananoque Secondary School
    Woodroffe High School
    Presidential Citation 2015-04-19 04:00:00Z 0 Club Citation

    Will your employer match Foundation giving?

    Posted by Chris Boyce, Annual Giving Officer Zone 24, 32
    Did you know your employer might match your gifts to The Rotary Foundation (Canada)?
    Corporate matching gifts are a great way for to you earn Foundation recognition points and help your club meet its giving goals.  To recognize your vital role in procuring these contributions, you will be awarded Foundation recognition points and your club will receive credit for the amount of the matching gift.
    Click here to see if your company is one of the many that has a matching gifts program and to learn about the details of your employer’s policy.
    Your human resources department is the best resource if you have any questions regarding your company’s specific program. However, we’ve created a guide to answer many of the most frequently asked questions regarding Rotary's corporate giving program in Canada.  American members can go to the RI site to check information.
    With your help, we will be able to provide even more life changing opportunities in your community and around the world. As always, thank you for all that you do on behalf of The Rotary Foundation (Canada).

    PS – If your company has a matching gifts program, submit your request today to help our Foundation achieve a record breaking year!
    Will your employer match Foundation giving? Chris Boyce, Annual Giving Officer Zone 24, 32 2015-04-19 04:00:00Z 0 Foundation

    An Effective Membership Day

    The Rotary Club of West Ottawa held its Membership Day on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.  In his introduction
    President Bob noted our Club is an activity-generated Club and we make things happen. In keeping with this he turned the meeting over to the very dynamic Merv Letts and his membership committee. Immediately we noticed our normal venue was transformed by the efforts of the Membership Committee and others to reflect what Rotary and the West Ottawa Rotary Club does in an effort to showcase the many sides of Rotary to the Alumni and twenty (20) Visitors. Exhibits included Shelter Box; the Rotary Youth Programs; Dictionary4Life; Mums for Thanksgiving; Golf Tournament Fundraiser; Music for Humanity Fundraiser; New Members Coffee Fundraiser; and the Cash Calendar Fundraiser; an exhibit featuring the ABC’s of Fraud.   There were stations where we showcased where our hard earned fundraising is deployed including the Rotary Home, Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre, Project Chance Africa and Scholarships and Fellowships available through Rotary. Finally, other stations that feature how other Rotary Clubs impact the local community through the Rotarians’ for Wabano station and an International Service Committee station.  Twenty invited guests had the opportunity of visiting and talking with the representatives of each exhibit.
    The Membership Chair, Merv Letts, eloquently spoke of Rotary at the Local, National and International levels. With fundraising through the Annual Golf Tournament, Mums For Thanksgiving, Music For Humanity, the Cash Calendar and the Coffee Program, West Ottawa Rotary is able to support a number of programs. Locally they have helped with the Rotary Home and Respite Centre, the Dave Smith Treatment Centre and also the number of smaller requests.   Nationally we have been able to help in the recent Alberta flooding and the Lac Magantic train disaster. We provide continued support in coaching Seniors and others at risk through the ABC’s of Fraud Program. Internationally through our own members Carol Waters, Bea Osome and Suan Cross, West Ottawa are busy in Africa teaching natives how to sew, drilling our eighth well and constructing a new school on the outskirts of Nairobi. The efforts to end Polio is very close to being a reality as polio is present in only three countries, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  To wind up this very whirlwind overview of why be a Rotarian, Merv reminded us that our annual dues are about $200 and there are three categories of membership, Regular Membership where you must attend 50% of Club meetings, Corporate Memberships, where up to 4 members from the same company can become members, and Associate Membership for those interested in one segment of Rotary. Merv concluded by asking newer member Joseph Redhead why he chose Rotary.  Joseph Redhead provided a brilliant account as to why he did.
    (Note:  From this successful Visitors’ Day, our Club has inducted 4 new members and welcomed 1 Associate Member.)
    For a full description of RCWO Visitors’ Day, go to our website and open Spinoff, February 10, 2015)
    An Effective Membership Day 2015-04-11 04:00:00Z 0 Club Profile,Membership

    A new visual identity for our youth programs

    Posted by John Hewko, RI secretary general
    Dear Rotarian, Rotaractor, or friend of Rotary:
    Are you ready to make it clear how Rotary invests in youth and young adults? We are rolling out a new visual identity for our youth programs that does just that. This new look will better align Interact, Rotaract, RYLA and Youth Exchange with Rotary, making it more clear how these youth programs are connected to Rotary and an important part of our story. Check out the new visual identity — a new, aligned visual design.
    In our survey last year, we learned that our new design should include Rotary, be consistent with our voice and visual identity, and convey our history even as we reach out to future participants. We wanted our design to communicate what these activities are and how Rotarians support them; for each, we did that through the Rotary Masterbrand and the Rotary wheel:
    • RYLA is a program that develops young leaders. Since it’s organized by Rotarians, we lead with your club or district logo featuring the Rotary masterbrand signature next to “RYLA” or the words “Rotary Youth Leadership Awards” in lowercase.
    • Rotary Youth Exchange is a program that builds cultural understanding. Since it’s organized by Rotarians, we lead with your district or multidistrict logo featuring the Rotary masterbrand signature next to “Rotary Youth Exchange” in lowercase.
    • Interact is a club for emerging leaders. These clubs are sponsored by Rotary clubs, and they’re connected to a school or a community. To show that, we put the Interact wordmark next to the Rotary wheel along with the phrase “A Rotary Sponsored Club.”
    • Rotaract is a club for young leaders, such as university students or young professionals. These clubs are Rotary partners, and they are based in universities or communities. We put the Rotaract wordmark next to the Rotary wheel with a phrase that affirms the role of Rotaractors as partners in service.
    Our Interact and Rotaract graphics live on our Brand Center, under our Logos section. This is also where you can create your club, district or multidistrict signature.
    Within our guidelines, there’s lots of freedom. You can put this visual design into action in different ways on T-shirts, banners, and websites. You’re also welcome to develop your own designs that share what RYLA, Rotary Youth Exchange, Interact, and Rotaract mean to you. If you do, be inspired by the fonts, colors, and ideas in our voice and visual identity guidelines to connect your creativity with Rotary’s overall design principles.
    We know that you have years of memories connected to our heritage logos — the red and metallic gold of Rotaract, the interlocking circles of the Interact logo, the confident, outstretched arms of RYLA, and the globe-crossing arrows of Rotary Youth Exchange. While we hope you’ll embrace our new direction, keep your pins, T-shirts, banners, bells, and other treasured items. Our Heritage Communications team will be looking after these logos for us, as these historic logos are equally a part of Rotary’s story.
    As you put our new design into action, show us what you create. Send your questions, comments, and ideas to We can’t wait to see what this next chapter of our story looks like.
    A new visual identity for our youth programs John Hewko, RI secretary general 2015-04-05 04:00:00Z 0 Public Relations

    Rotary Club of North Renfrew (Deep River)

    The Rotary Club of North Renfrew was Chartered in May 2006 and has had a maximum membership of 22 but currently has 18 very active members. Their Participation score is well over 100% and often topped the district’s list of clubs. This Rotary Club is certainly an example of what all Rotary Clubs a striving to be.
    There is only so much space, so maybe a list of ongoing successes maybe be the most word efficient why of highlighting this club.
    • 44% of their current membership are female.
    • Youth Exchange program since 2006
    • Interact program, very active with approximately 50 students.
    • Earlyact Club was started in the fall of 2013 with about 12 members.
    • Since 2006 the Club has been successful in receiving 7 District Simplified Grants and 1 Matching Grant for a total of about $36,947.
    • Since 2006 the members have contributed $29,988 USD to the Rotary Foundation
    • The Club supports many Community Projects and Events
      • North Renfrew Family Services
      • Canada Day celebrations
      • Rhubarb Lunch
      • Book Tree Project
      • Deep River Community Woods Project
    So what is new for the Club?
    In any effort to revitalize and focus the Club around an issue most members could support a new committee was formed, Environmental Working Group, which will look at a wide range of issues. An initial activity is a Community Waste Reduction Challenge and Reuse/Exchange Day (April or May 2015 ), both part of a broad Community Education Plan.
    Another new committee is exploring the possibility of initiating a housing project for senior residents of the area. They are currently looking for possible building sites.
    So what are the Challenges, for a club that is so successful?
    Well it is the same problem of many clubs in our district. The Rotary Club of North Renfrew needs to attract new members and work on ways to prevent member burnout. In the short term they partner with local groups to provide people power and use their success Interact Program to their advantage. But to some extent their success hinders the effort to solve their membership problem.
    A quote from the Club’s Publicity, Communication and Membership Committee:
    “ Because of our high visibility in the community, there is a common perception that our members must either work too hard or that the club already must have 50 or more members or so to achieve everything we do, so no more members are needed. “
    Rotary Club of North Renfrew (Deep River) 2015-03-28 04:00:00Z 0 Club Profile

    News from the Montreal area

    Posted by Bertrand de Cardaillac, Area Governor
    At the moment I am now, until next June 30 AG for Montreal and l’Est de Montréal. I remain on the Extension Committee and with Claude Laliberté we are starting to work on a STRATEGIC PLAN FOR EXTENSION, which is intimately related to club restructuring going on at l’Est de Montréal.
    L’EST de MONTRÉAL started the year with two members, President and Sec.-Treasurer, and recruited two more, including a dynamic President-Elect.  Five or more should be joining in the coming days. Dues are paid, intensive training is going on and hopes are high to have a vibrant club within the next two months. L’Est de Montréal’s initial community project is to work with the Community to foster its sense of pride (in reaction to past negative publicity).
    MONTREAL is moving along with its involvement with homelessness in collaboration with an organization called Méta-d’Âme specialized in social reinsertion through day center and transition apartments. Nine boxes of food were collected for them and members went with them for a day of volunteering at Moisson Montréal food bank as our way to participate in Rotary Day of Community Service. A Gobal Grant Application is almost ready to go to TRF for a Water (US$153,472) and Sanitation (US$25,000) project in the Sironko Region of Uganda thanks to the support of more than a dozen other clubs.
    Clubs and members are being regularly encouraged to get involved in district committees, training and events.
    News from the Montreal area Bertrand de Cardaillac, Area Governor 2015-03-15 04:00:00Z 0 Club Profile

    News from the Rotary Club of Ottawa

    Posted by Angela Kelly, Club president
    Prior to receiving an invitation to the “conversation” on maternal and child health between the PM and Bill Gates, our club had sent a thank you to the PM and the government for their continued support of the Polio eradication campaign.  This was particularly significant to our club since four of its members have travelled overseas to help with the immunization programmes.
    We were pleased to learn of the vote among members of the Rotary Metro group to become a satellite club.  We are happy to be the sponsoring club and look forward to many joint ventures.
    We have had two exceptional speakers during February.  James Jordan is the Safety Events Coordinator for the War Amps program.  James was born an amputee and is a shining example of the good work the War Amps program does.  Charles Melchers, one of our own members, works for Canada Border Services. He gives a clear, informative overview of the many facets of what this organization does…a timely topic, given the government’s emphasis on the dangers related to terrorism.
    In anticipation of Rotaract Week, we held our annual Chilly Chili Sunday at the Ottawa Rotary Home.Members of the Metro Satellite club also joined us in providing the meal for our younger Rotarians.All of us toured the Adult Wing of the facility with their coordinator and Chair of the Rotary Home foundation, John Lark.John is a member of our club and we were pleased to learn that the foundation had been able to raise $50K more in 2014 than in the previous year.
    A number of our club members attended the celebration of Rotary’s 110th birthday, hosted by MP Brad Butt.
    We were pleased to have the recipient of our club’s Citizenship Award, given annually to a graduate of Lisgar Collegiate, visit our club this past Monday.Albert Savescu now attends McGill and was eager to finally connect with the club during his study week.
    News from the Rotary Club of Ottawa Angela Kelly, Club president 2015-03-07 05:00:00Z 0 Club Profile
    Happy World Rotaract Week! 2015-03-07 05:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

    District 7040 Videos

    Did you know the District has a YouTube channel? It is at and hosts videos like the one below as well as a number of play lists on topics of interest to Rotarians. For clubs that do not have a YouTube account, the District can host your video for you. Contact PR chair Martha Weaver or District webmaster Ariane Carriere for more information.
    By the way, the District version of this video on Facebook has reached 6,000 people, with 281 likes, comments and shares.
    District 7040 Videos 2015-03-03 05:00:00Z 0 Public Relations

    Buruli Ulcer - RC Cornwall

    Several clubs in Rotary District 7040 have joined the Cornwall Sunrise Rotary Club supporting a one year project which focuses on education, early detection and treatment of Buruli Ulcer, a disease which affects skin, and if left untreated can also affect the bone, with a devastating impact on its victims. It is endemic in the Ashanti Region of Ghana where this disease affects children in poor rural communities primarily and can result in long costly hospital stays, and significant morbidity and disability rates. The clubs are working with the ABURA Foundation.
    Buruli Ulcer - RC Cornwall Martha Weaver 2015-03-03 05:00:00Z 0 International Service
    March is Literacy Month 2015-02-28 05:00:00Z 0 Literacy

    Message from District Literacy Chair

    Posted by Linda M. Flynn, District Literacy Chair
    As we celebrate Rotary International’s Literacy theme during March, each club in our District is challenged to ask themselves the following question, 
    What project(s) does our club have to support literacy?
    Last fall’s article focused on some literacy statistics internationally, nationally and within our District. The plan for District literacy was also summarized.  
    The District literacy plan includes encouraging clubs to consider taking on the Dictionary4Life project which the Rotary Club of West Ottawa is offering to expand and administer. I am very pleased to report that the Rotary Clubs of Prescott and Kingston-Waterfront have ordered dictionaries for this coming fall in addition to the continuing 8 Ottawa area clubs (West Ottawa, Nepean- Kanata, Ottawa Bytown, Ottawa, Stittsville, Orleans, South Nepean, Ottawa South) that are already involved in the project.  The District order was our largest order to date for 1,096 books. As you assess your club’s literacy projects please consider the Dictionary4Life project.  If you’d like evidence of how you can make a difference in a Grade 3 student’s life please view the winning one-minute video at
    “For most of us reading and writing are as natural as breathing.  But nearly 800 million adults worldwide lack the literacy skills needed to complete a job application, understand a child’s report card, or read a prescription.” (Source: Rotary International and the International Reading Association Literacy Project Guide) This latter document is an excellent guide for any club looking to either start a project or augment an already vibrant literacy program within your club.
    Your club might consider one or more of these successful Rotary club literacy projects:
    Improve access to books and learning materials
    • Book donations
    • Dictionary donations
    • Library support
    Support schools and teachers
    • Adopt a school
    • Teacher training
    Enhance classroom learning
    •  Early childhood literacy
    • Adult literacy
    • Student mentoring
    • Concentrated language encounter (CLE)
    Promote community development
    • Improve community health
    • Address special needs
    (Source: Rotary International and the International Reading Association Literacy Project Guide)
    As always, I would be pleased to speak to any District 7040 club about literacy. Please contact me at
    Message from District Literacy Chair Linda M. Flynn, District Literacy Chair 2015-02-28 05:00:00Z 0 Areas of Foucus,Literacy

    Rotary 110 years

    We have 15 new members so far this month!
    Time to celebrate!
    Rotary 110 years 2015-02-22 00:00:00Z 0

    Montreal-Lakeshore Rotarians and Volunteer West Island: Effective Teamwork!

    Posted by PDG Bill Hodges, Montreal-Lakeshore
    Where does one find Rotarians?  Everywhere, it seems!  
    Members of the Montreal Lakeshore Rotary Club, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate/Service Group Volunteer Program, continue to be active in the West Island and Montreal areas, helping out non-profit organizations and making a difference in the community. 
    Prior to Christmas a team of Rotarian-volunteers participated, via VWI connections, in the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation’s annual Gift Wrapping Project at Fairview Shopping Centre, wrapping customers’ purchases, rendering them ready for gift-giving.  Donations from these grateful shoppers benefitted the LGH Foundation.
    In addition, members of the Montreal-Lakeshore Club were introduced by VWI to Renée Mathieu, Activities Coordinator at CHSLD Denis-Benjamin Viger on île Bizard.   Ms Mathieu warmly welcomed visiting members and took them on a tour of the premises.  The Rotarians have developed an ongoing supportive relationship with this long-term care facility, collecting and preparing generous Care & Comfort Packages for residents, including much-needed toiletries and warm socks.
    Recently a team of enthusiastic members of the Montreal-Lakeshore Club, again organized by Brenda Scalzo, Community Service Vice-Chair, in collaboration with VWI, lent a hand at Welcome Hall Mission.  Such assistance is always appreciated by Tania Togias, the Mission’s Volunteer Coordinator, and the Welcome Hall Team, but especially so at this time, since they were experiencing a dearth of volunteers and an increase in clothing donations and demand for the Mission’s crucial services during these frigid winter days.  Rotarians to the rescue!
    When asked what the experience was like at Welcome Hall, Ms Scalzo replied unhesitatingly, “We enjoyed our time there, sorting through the never-ending pallets of clothes.  Our host, Anthony Bakerdjian, gave us a tour of their "Costco-like” warehouse filled with food and clothing, ready for distribution.  It was heartwarming to see the great generosity of corporations and individuals that filled their shelves. We hope to go back and work another ‘shift’.  We sure did have a good time!”
    Volunteer West Island It’s about time…time to help others
    Montreal-Lakeshore Rotarians and Volunteer West Island: Effective Teamwork! PDG Bill Hodges, Montreal-Lakeshore 2015-02-21 05:00:00Z 0 Club Profile,Community Service

    World Rotaract Week March 8 -15, 2015

    Posted by Patricia (Pat) Brown, District Rotaract Chair
    Every year, World Rotaract Week honors the chartering of the first club in North Carolina, USA, on March 13, 1968. Rotaract, for ages 18-30, was officially inaugurated during January 1968 under R.I. President Luther Hodges. World Rotaract Week, observed annually the week of March 13th is designed to foster Rotaract-Rotary activities in celebration of the founding of the Rotaract program. It is a time for celebrating the success and importance of the Rotaract program.
    This event is also an excellent opportunity to inform members of your community about the amazing work that Rotaract clubs do, and give them an opportunity to get involved.  Rotaract clubs and their sponsor Rotary club have the freedom to explore a variety of methods of participating in World Rotaract Week. Rotaractors can decide the best way for their club to celebrate the Rotaract program – completing one, two or an entire week’s worth of activities. After the club has completed its World Rotaract Week commemorative events, the sponsor Rotary club can download a certificate of recognition for presentation to the Rotaract club.
    Suggestions to commemorate Rotaract’s anniversary:  
    • Invite Rotaractors to Rotary club meetings and vice versa.
    • Conduct a joint project with a Rotary club.
    • Encourage a nearby Rotary club to sponsor a new Rotaract club in its area.
    • Plan a literacy day to be held annually.
    • Give a presentation about Rotaract to a Rotary club that does not sponsor a Rotaract club.
    • Publicize Rotaract in local media.
    • Encourage cross-promotion between Interact, Rotary Youth Exchange, RYLA, and other community youth organizations.
    • Partner with international Rotaract clubs.
    • Establish monitoring programs between Rotaractors and Interactors, as well as, with Rotarians.
    • Introduce potential members from Interact by inviting them to a meeting or a project.
    Participating clubs can receive special recognition from Rotary International. 
    World Rotaract Week March 8 -15, 2015 Patricia (Pat) Brown, District Rotaract Chair 2015-02-21 05:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

    District Governor 2017-2018

    It is my pleasure to announce that Susan Bellor, from the Rotary Club of Massena, will be our District Governor 2017-2018. Congratulations Susan!
    District Governor 2017-2018 2015-02-14 05:00:00Z 0

    What It Means to be a Rotarian

    Posted by From a speech by Past RI President Cliff Dochterman
    In a single word, Rotary means "oppor­tunities." Through Rotary membership, you can discover dozens of opportunities to enhance your life and enrich the lives of family and friends. There may be opportunities to establish close friendships with individuals around the world whom you would never have met, except through the magic of Rotary. There are opportu­nities to share with many others a common belief and philo­sophy of service, without any thought of personal return.
    There are opportunities to work side-by-side with other community leaders whom we highly respect. There are opportunities to stretch your horizons by listening to interesting programs and enjoying the good times at the weekly meetings. There are opportunities to represent your profession and demonstrate how high ethical standards are a vital part of your day-to-day occupation.
    There are opportunities to travel into virtually every land and find an open door and a cordial welcome to a totally new world of Rotary fellowship. There are opportunities to make your small part in the world really count through the achievements of the great and noble activities of Rotary's programs of service. There are opportunities to touch the lives of thousands of people whom you will never know, except through the rewarding glow of satisfaction which comes from knowing that somewhere, someone needed your help, and you took the time to do something. There are opportunities to join in the search for world peace and goodwill through the dynamic work of The Rotary Foundation.
    And finally, all of these opportunities add up to one conclusion: Rotary helps you become a better person and makes the quality of your own life just a little richer and more meaningful.
    What a wonderful feeling it is to have all of these oppor­tunities knocking at your door—just because you are a Rotarian!
    What It Means to be a Rotarian From a speech by Past RI President Cliff Dochterman 2015-02-07 05:00:00Z 0 Membership

    Listening to Rotary Stories

    The current issue of The Rotarian magazine has an interview with David Isay, founder of StoryCorps, a non-profit offering recording booths where anyone can reserve a spot to interview a relative or friend. Isay says, "I came to believe that the act of interviewing was having an impact, reminding people how much their lives matter."
    Last year while I was president of the Malone club, members were invited to tell their stories. The club had several members who had been Rotarians for 50 years and some younger members who were new to the Malone area. All Rotarians were given a chance to share a bit of their life story and get to know each other better. One meeting a month was set aside for two or three members to each give a short talk.
    Everyone's stories were amazing. The first two people -- a Pastor whose early life experiences would make a great movie and a school principal who told a warm, funny and personal story -- set the bar high. The rest of the members met the challenge, with stories that brought club members closer together. One member I personally was grateful we were able to hear passed away not long after he spoke. His talk left us with some special memories.
    DG Ariane says that the year she was president of the Cornwall club, she had some of the club's long standing members do what she called a “re-classification” talk. One of the members, a dentist, was an antique expert and showed club members how his log house had been dismantled and was rebuilt piece by piece at its present location. DG Ariane says, "He passed away this summer, very unexpectedly, but I still remember that talk."
    We didn't use an interviewer, though members were free to ask each other questions and they often did. Many clubs have "vocational/classification talks" where new members get a chance to introduce themselves to the club, but how new members learn about everyone else in the club is sometime a bit hit or miss. Sharing stories is, as Isay says, "...about connecting with someone you care about." The one thing I regret is that we did not record the talks.
    Listening to Rotary Stories 2015-01-26 05:00:00Z 0

    Rotary Peace Park in Stittsville

    Two donations. A total of $20,000. Now, that’s a good start on a fundraising campaign that will see the creation of a peace park with a labyrinth in Stittsville this year. This will be the first such peace park with a labyrinth within the city of Ottawa.
    These two major donations, one for $15,000 and one for $5,000, were announced by the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville, the driving force behind this peace park project, at a celebration to launch the fundraising component of the project on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the Bank of Montreal branch on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville.  Rotarian Brad Spriggs is in the photo at right.
    Rotary Peace Park in Stittsville 2015-01-24 05:00:00Z 0 Club Profile,Community Service
    Many thanks - Day Of Service 2015-01-24 05:00:00Z 0 Day of Service

    Six Ways to Improve Your Club's Image

    Does your club have a brochure? When was the last time you updated your letterhead? Need to create a flyer for an event? The Rotary Brand Center has editable templates and customizable materials to promote your club or project.
    1. Create a club logo
    2. Download Rotary program and Foundation logos.
    3. Incorporate Rotary’s visual identity in your next PowerPoint presentations.
    4. Customize the colorful brochure template with your club's information and download a print ready copy.
    5. Download Rotary’s official stationery for letterhead and business cards.
    6. Follow the identity guidelines for a consistent Rotary message.
    A number of the templates download as pdf files. You can further edit them with Adobe Acrobat Pro; or for a less expensive option, use PDFBuddy. (Google Chrome is recommended.) Using these tools you can , for instance, replace the pictures in the brochure or flyer with your own.
    With assistance from the Rotary Brand Center your club's print and online branding material will accurately represent your club's professional membership.
    Six Ways to Improve Your Club's Image 2015-01-18 05:00:00Z 0 Public Relations

    Six Ways to Promote Your Club's Rotary Day of Service

    Remember to do after-event publicity. Use your and your partner’s social media to promote the event:
    1. Post photos of your event on Instagram using the hashtag #RotaryDay.
    2. Tweet promotional information and updates, also using the hashtag #RotaryDay.
    3. Create a video of your Rotary Day and email to the District PR chair to post on the District YouTube channel.
    4. Share your story with Rotary staff for possible inclusion in a blog, newsletter, or The Rotarian magazine. Contact at
    5. Post photos of your event on Facebook.
    6. Post your event to Rotary Club Central and Rotary ShowcaseRotary Showcase User Guide.
    Six Ways to Promote Your Club's Rotary Day of Service 2015-01-17 05:00:00Z 0 Day of Service,Public Relations

    Our Northernmost Club - Iqaluit

    So, what is the Rotary Club of Iqaluit all about? The club is situated in the capital of the Nunavut Territory on Baffin Island in Frobisher Bay.  Originally, the Club met at the Frobisher Inn in 'downtown' Iqaluit but has since moved to the Legion.
    You might be interested to know that their longest tenured member is Murray Horn who has Educational Administration as his classification.  Soon, Murray will be headed for points south as he retires and wants to be closer to his extended family in the Montreal area.  Their first female member was Eden Crout who joined as soon as women could!  Today, the has 34 active members of which Geoff Johnson is the newest. 
    If you stopped someone on the street, they quickly respond that the Rotary Club of Iqaluit does a lot of good! The club is known for its Christmas Hampers for the needy, Elders' Dinner, Fall Fair for the kids, and more.  For their 25th Anniversary, over a decade ago, they establish Rotary Park which is used by residents when the weather is warmer for picnics and barbeques with families. Benches were established throughout the park and many come to view the Bay and wildlife.

    If a Rotarian from one of the other 69 clubs wants to visit, they would suggest either coming to visit to do something with the club such as helping with Fall Fair in October or, if for a relaxing vacation, try April during Toonik time.  Not sure what that is?  Ask a member when you see them at the District Conference or the District Training Assembly or PETS....yes, they travel south to keep our connections strong!
    Our Northernmost Club - Iqaluit 2015-01-15 05:00:00Z 0 Club Profile

    Rotaract in India

    Posted by Krishna Ruthnum

    Hello, hope all is well!

    I wanted to pass along a thank you note from Palash Bardhan. He heads up one of the NGOs that built 20 toilets in a few villages around Basirhat, about 2 hours east of Calcutta. It was a 3-hour trip each way, but we managed to spend a few hours meeting with beneficiaries, hearing their stories and taking lots of photos.
    Dear District 7040,
    Hearty greetings from Atghara Sanhati Kendra, a grass roots level NGO working for holistic rural development for the deserving people in 3/4 blocks under North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, India.  This is for your kind information that we had the opportunity to get assistance from Rotary including your support for 20 low cost toilets from RID 7040.
    On last 28th December, three Canadian friends led by Mr. Krishna have visited a several units at our project area. They have showed their interest and we were also moved for their tolerance in all aspects including food.
    On behalf of our organization we like to covey our sincere thanks to you & your colleagues for supporting us for the Project Dignity.  We hope we will get your support in future for the implementation for the Project Dignity and also other needed activities for the deserving people.
    We wish you all the best and convey our best wishes for the Happy New Year 2015 for all of you.
    With warm regards,
    Palash Bardhan
    General Secretary, Atghara Sanhati Kendra
    Rotaract in India Krishna Ruthnum 2015-01-11 05:00:00Z 0

    Making a Difference

    Rotarians are improving lives in communities around District 7040 through service projects in support of food banks and pantries.
    Explore the good work Rotary clubs are doing locally and globally.
    You can help on Saturday January 24, 2015 by making a donation of food or funds when clubs throughout Rotary District 7040 join together with their communities in a Rotary Day of Service to support our local food banks.
    Making a Difference 2015-01-03 05:00:00Z 0 Day of Service

    Wearing Your Rotary Pin

    Do you wear your Rotary pin each day? When you wear your pin people you know and work with will see that you are proud to be a Rotarian. They may even ask you about Rotary. You might tell them that Rotary is a group of people who pool their resources and use their talents to serve their communities. That Rotarians' dedication to serve is best expressed in our motto: Service Above Self.
    Someone might even ask you how to join Rotary, and you could invite them to attend a meeting or join in working on a service project.
    Not only does wearing your Rotary pin raise awareness of Rotary among friends and colleagues, it is a reminder that you are part of a group of people who live their lives by the ethical guide of The Four-Way Test:
    Of the things we think, say or do
    Is it the TRUTH?
    Is it FAIR to all concerned?
    Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
    When people make the connection between your Rotary pin and your ethical behavior they will gain a deep insight into what Rotary is about.
    Wearing Your Rotary Pin 2014-12-27 05:00:00Z 0 Public Relations

    North Central NY Rotary Clubs - Busy as usual

    Posted by Gerald Lambert, Area Governor, NCNY
    Massena, Canton, Potsdam, Ogdensburg and Gouverneur are all busy with their annual cycle of fundraisers, recognitions, donations and community service projects. 
    Massena tried a new fundraiser this fall a “Shania Twin” concert which was not only a lot of fun but very successful. 
    Canton, Potsdam and Massena have been busy raising funds and assisting local organizations with putting holiday baskets together for needy families within their local communities.
    Potsdam's annual wheelchair race was fun as always and led to a significant donation to their international project, The Rotary Wheelchair Foundation.
    The St Lawrence University ROTARACT in Canton, NY is having a great year.  They recently held a Run for Life event that raised over $12,000 on campus while at the same time inducted 19 new members into their club.
    Ogdensburg held a successful golf outing and has also decided to move their meetings to a new location in town in order to better accommodate its members.
    Gouverneur Rotary continues to sponsor an annual public speaking contest in the local high school which is one of the oldest in the state/nation.  Also coming up will be their Pink Flamingo Fundraiser whereby (if I have this correct, for a small donation you can have 1 or more Pink Flamingos put on your neighbors/friends’ yard :-)
    Canton donated some Rotary (embedded emblem) Adirondack Chairs and is also partnering with the local school to build mini Rotary library boxes to put around the community.  
    Both Potsdam and Canton made additional vocational award presentations to local high school students.
    North Central NY Rotary Clubs - Busy as usual Gerald Lambert, Area Governor, NCNY 2014-12-27 05:00:00Z 0 Club Profile

    Corporate Memberships

    Clubs may consider implementing the following measures when setting up this membership category:
    1. Approval. A corporate entity or organization can become an eligible corporate member of the Rotary club through an approval process established by the club.
    2. Designees. Once an entity becomes an eligible corporate member through the established approval process, it may appoint up to four persons to be its designees, one of whom must be a member of that entity’s senior executive group; the others can be managerial individuals employed full time by the eligible corporation.
    3. Changing designees. The club will determine the ability of the eligible corporation to change any of its designees so long as at all times one of them is a member of the eligible corporation’s senior executive group.
    4. Inductions. A corporate member designee will be formally inducted into the club as established by the club.
    5. Attendance. The attendance requirement for an eligible corporation will be established by the club.
    6. Classification. The classification of the eligible corporation and its designees will be established by the club. Because a corporate member is an official member of the Rotary club, this classification will be counted toward the classification limits set forth in the RI Constitution, Article 5, Section 2(b).
    7. RI registration. Each designee will be listed as an official member of the Rotary club and will be noted in the roster that they are designees of the named eligible corporation.
    Corporate Memberships 2014-12-27 05:00:00Z 0 Membership

    Clubs of the New York Lakes area

    Posted by Stephanie Battisti, Area Governor NY Lakes
    Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and AuSable Valley have been actively fundraising and donating back to their communities.
    Lake Placid just put on a Trivia Night which made over $3,000 for Literacy Projects.
    Saranac Lake recently held a Job Fair with the Local Businesses.
    Tupper Lake held a Blood Drive on November 20 at the Goff Nelson Library.
    AuSable Valley will be presenting $10,000 to the Montreal Club to support a Water Project in Africa.  Except for AuSable Valley, which has five members and wants to bring in younger members, all these clubs have had a new member within the past couple months.
    Clubs of the New York Lakes area Stephanie Battisti, Area Governor NY Lakes 2014-12-20 05:00:00Z 0 Club Profile

    Clubs of North West New York

    Posted by Tim Virkler, Area Governor NWNY
    The Rotary Clubs of Northwestern New York are made up of three clubs from the City of Watertown and three clubs from the Northern part of Jefferson County. The Watertown Clubs are the Noon Club, the Evening Club and the Sunrise Club. The Northern clubs are the Clayton Club, the Alexandria Bay Club and the Theresa Club. All clubs are strong, vibrant and actively engaged in services projects both on the local and international level.
    The oldest Club in Jefferson County, the Watertown Noon Club, is proud to be celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year. The Club was established on December 3, 1914, and thus has the honor of being among the earliest Rotary clubs in existence. A delegation from the Watertown Noon Club attended this year's District Conference in Ottawa and gave a presentation highlighting their Club's long history, . The Club is also working on a centennial project which is water park/wading pool that will be placed in a Watertown City park.
    The main service project for the Watertown Sunrise Club is Dodge Pond, which is a summer camp for handicap children. This year, Sunrise was a co-sponsor of an annual event in Watertown called Taste of the Town. The well attended event is a showcase of local restaurants, and as a co-sponsor the Sunrise Club was able to raise more money than even to support Dodge Pond.
    The Watertown Evening Club is the newest Rotary Club in Jefferson County and has become very active in the Rotary community. The Evening Club has children as a focus, and they have partnered with a local school to provide food-filled backpacks for needy children. Evening Club has also started working with other Jefferson County Rotary clubs on the joint international service project committee.
    Although it is the smallest Club in the County, the Theresa Club is a powerhouse in Jefferson County Rotary. The Club particularly focuses on local project and is known for their annual Chili Cook-Off, which raises thousands of dollars for Club projects. The Club's work is found all over their community, and the Theresa Rotarians embody the ideal of service above self.
    The Clayton Club continues to be very active with numerous ongoing projects each year. A major fundraiser for the Clayton Club is their annual gun show, which is a well attended event in the community each year. Clayton Rotary also sponsors their own Taste of the Town event with all proceeds going toward the eradication of Polio. A unique event organized by the Club is the annual "Pumpkin Chunking" contest, where teams build catapults to see who can hurl a pumpkin the farthest into the St. Lawrence River. Instead of money this event collects food which is then donated to the community.  This year the Rotary Club of Clayton will be hosting the Third Annual Fellowship Event in Clayton.
    The Alexandria Bay Club sits geographically between the Clayton Club and the Theresa Club in the Northern part of Jefferson County. Alex Bay Rotarians are active in their support of community based projects, and in addition have recently joined other Jefferson County Rotary Clubs on the joint international service committee. This year the Alex Bay Club stepped up and offered to host a dinner for the District Governor when she visited Jefferson County. The weather did not co-operate, but Rotarians from all over the County were able to enjoy a wonderful evening of fellowship at the Bonnie Castle Resort in Alexandria Bay. The Alex Bay Rotarians put on an outstanding dinner, and the event was a nice opportunity to showcase what the Club is all about.
    Clubs of North West New York Tim Virkler, Area Governor NWNY 2014-12-14 05:00:00Z 0 Club Profile

    Active and Honorary Membership

    Active and Honorary Membership in Same Club
    Members cannot simultaneously hold active and honorary memberships in the same club. However, a person may be an active member of one club and an honorary member of another club.  A satellite club member is also a member of the sponsor club.
    Honorary Membership
    The procedure for electing honorary members is detailed in article 7, section 6, of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution. Honorary membership is the highest distinction that a club can bestow and should be conferred only in exceptional cases. Clubs should grant honorary membership only as a distinction for meritorious service that embodies Rotary ideals or for permanent support of Rotary’s cause. (RCP 5.010.)
    Honorary members are exempt from paying admission fees and dues, may not vote, and may not hold any office in the club. Such members do not hold classifications but are entitled to attend all meetings, wear the RI emblem, badge, or other RI insignia, and enjoy all the other privileges of the club. No honorary member of a club is entitled to any rights or privileges in any other club, except for the right to visit other clubs without being the guest of a Rotarian. Individuals may hold honorary membership in more than one club. (RIB 4.050.2.; SRCC 7, 6)
    Honorary membership shall automatically terminate at the end of the term for such membership as determined by the board. However, the board may extend an honorary membership for an additional period. The board may revoke an honorary membership at any time.
    Active and Honorary Membership 2014-12-14 05:00:00Z 0 Membership

    North East New York

    Posted by Tom LaBombard, Area Governor NENY
    The Rotary Clubs in Northeastern New York continue to provide excellent service to their communities. 
    Starting with the smallest clubs, both Chateaugay and Champlain-Rouses Point are both in the process of adding new members, good news after several years of lack of growth.  It would appear that the good things that they are doing are starting to catch on. 
    Chateaugay recently received press coverage on its continued support of the Town of Chateaugay Theater project.  The bulk of the funds they have been able to raise in support of the project have been through the annual clam bake, a favorite event in the community.  Chateaugay is also active on the International front, contributing to a boy’s home in Ecuador. 
    Champlain-Rouses Point has had such success with its annual Father-Daughter dance that this upcoming year they are expanding the concept to a Mother’s Day dance that will feature a Mother-Son dance event.  And get out your running shoes this December, as they will be sponsoring the first annual Christmas race in the area.  These two clubs have shown that size is not a detriment when it comes to serving your community.
    Malone is very active in its community as well.  Malone has implemented a Teacher of the Year award, selecting from among the 7 schools within their service area.  Nominations are invited from a variety of sources in order to obtain a cross section of inputs as to what makes an excellent teacher.  The award, as well as their Paul Harris Fellow are presented at the annual Christmas Holiday celebration.  Their annual spaghetti dinner is an event that is looked forward to in the community.  The club is active on the international front supporting the same Ecuador project as Chateaugay, and has been a long time supporter of the Student Exchange program to the benefit of local and foreign students.  Malone has reached out to other Rotary Clubs and has had mutual events with clubs on both sides of the border.
    The two clubs in Plattsburgh have taken to working on several projects together.  For many years, they have shared the Radio Days fundraiser, and have decided to mutually sponsor RYLA for area students, making for a richer and more streamlined process.  This upcoming February, they will again be coordinating their efforts on sponsoring a Chamber of Commerce event.  Together, they sponsor an International Project, for which they receive matching funds, in Nicaragua.  Individually, Plattsburgh (generally known as the noon Rotary) puts on the annual Lake Champlain Fishing Derby, one of the biggest fishing derbies on Lake Champlain, the Roducky Derby where people can buy rubber ducks and decorate them to be raced down the river, and the bed race in conjunction with the Battle of Plattsburgh weekend.  Plattsburgh Sunrise provides the activities for the annual Mayor’s Cup yachting race and land lubber events, Winter Carnival, and Literacy Challenge in conjunction with Literacy Volunteers.  Both clubs have several individual international projects as well as their local projects.

    The five clubs in Northeastern NY have shown that living up the “service above self” both on the community and international fronts can be achieved while having fun.  It does not have to toil and drudgery, as these clubs have demonstrated, you can have fun while providing service to your communities. 
    North East New York Tom LaBombard, Area Governor NENY 2014-12-06 05:00:00Z 0 Club Profile

    Club Plans for Day of Service

    Clubs events for the Rotary Day of Service 24 January include:
    Massena Rotarians and friends will fight world hunger with a community project to help stock the shelves of their local food pantries AFTER the holidays. Rotarians plan to collect non-perishable food items at the Massena Rotary Club meetings from December 9th to January 27th. The food will be sent to the food pantries at the end of January.
    Laval Rive-Nord holds an annual wine and cheese tasting to raise funds for Le Relais Communautaire de Laval, and plans to do another another event for the 24th.
    Watertown Rotarians are holding a Rotary showcase event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Admission is free, and they are asking for donations of canned goods or cash, with all proceeds going to their local food banks.  There will be displays and exhibits; games for the kids; hot dogs, pretzels and other refreshments; and live music by the premier dance band in the North Country - Fred and The Eds!
    What is your club planning for Rotary Day of Service? Please share with you AG so we all can be inspired.
    Club Plans for Day of Service 2014-12-04 05:00:00Z 0 Day of Service

    What is your club doing for the Rotary Day of Service 24 January 2015?

    What is your club doing for January 24?
    Many clubs are participating in the January 24 Hunger Awareness Rotary Day of Service.  To find out what clubs are already doing on a continuous basis for hunger awareness, go to our district website 
    HUNGER: In Canada 36.4% of those turning to food banks are children. And in 2012, 49 million Americans lived in food insecure households: 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children.
    Many of our District Rotary clubs have special campaigns throughout the year in support of local food banks and pantries.
    You can help on Saturday January 24, 2015 when clubs throughout Rotary District 7040 join together with their communities in a Rotary Day of Service to support our local food banks.
    Click "Read more" for resource documents about hunger and food banks, and PR templates your club can customize -- or contact District PI chair Martha Weaver for assistance.
    Many templates are in MS Word and can be customized with your club logo. If you have not done so yet, log onto the Rotary website and under "manage" go to the brand center to create a logo.
    What is your club doing for the Rotary Day of Service 24 January 2015? 2014-11-25 05:00:00Z 0 Day of Service

    Rotarians Building Bridges to Aboriginal Peoples Through Business and HIP Innovation

    Posted by Andre Morriseau Senior Manager, Awards and Communications Canadian Council For Aboriginal Business(CCAB)
    The Rotary Club is a grass-roots organization consisting of business professionals and community leaders that volunteer time, talent & resources in order to remedy vital community needs.  With over 1.2 million members worldwide Rotary has been making history and bringing the world closer together for over 100 years. Since forming in 1905, they’ve taken on some of the world's toughest challenges and helped a wide range of international and service organizationsfrom the UN to Easter Sealsget started.
    Rotarians in Southern Ontario once again has Rotary at the forefront of applying new ideas on the road to creative solutions through the newly created Honouring Indigenous People (HIP) website created after extensive consultation with a number of Indigenous peoples and organizations. 
    “HIP is honouring Indigenous people by supporting their educational efforts and encouraging all Canadians to become aware of Indigenous issues, history and culture.  It is the hope of Rotarians, Rotary clubs and others that partnerships and collaborations will be established with Indigenous people in Canada focusing on creating mutual awareness and understanding.” Stated HIP Chair Chris Snyder.
    Rotarians Building Bridges to Aboriginal Peoples Through Business and HIP Innovation Andre Morriseau Senior Manager, Awards and Communications Canadian Council For Aboriginal Business(CCAB) 2014-11-22 05:00:00Z 0 HIP

    Talking about Politics

    Now that elections are finished in most part of our district, Rotarians are reminded of the following statement from the Manual of Procedures, p. 7
    RI and its member clubs refrain from issuing partisan political statements. Rotarians are prohibited from adopting statements with a view to exerting any pressure on governments or political authorities. However, it is the duty of Rotarians:
    1. In their clubs, to keep under review political developments in their own communities and throughout the world insofar as they affect service to their vocations and communities as well as the pursuit of the Rotary objective of world understanding and peace. They are expected to seek reliable information through balanced programs and discussions so that members can reach their own conclusions after a fair, collective examination of the issues.
    2. Outside their clubs, to be active as individuals in as many legally constituted groups and organizations as possible to promote, not only in words but through exemplary dedication, awareness of the dignity of all people and the respect of the consequent human rights of the individual. (89-134, RCP 2.100.)
    Talking about Politics 2014-11-15 05:00:00Z 0 Values

    2014 Rotary Curling Tour Team Heading to Scotland

    Twenty-two Rotarians from across Ontario and Quebec will be touring Scotland during November 2014 in pursuit of fellowship and curling supremacy as they curl Scottish Rotarians in 12 different locations over the month.   The 2014 Team members from our district include Sherri Agnew (Captain) and Bill Beattie from the Rotary Club of Kingston as well as Dave Pelletier (Sgt. at Arms) from the Rotary Club of Kemptville.
    Canadian and Scottish Rotarians meet and compete for the Transatlantic Rotary Curling Quaich every 2 years – alternating play between Canada and Scotland.   The first tour took place when a group of Canadian and American Rotarians traveled to Scotland way back in 1956 – and the tour has been going strong ever since.   The scores of all the games played at a dozen different curling rinks over the month are added together to determine the winner that year.  The 2014 team from Canada will be out for revenge after the touring Scot’s won the Quaich while touring Quebec and Ontario in 2012.  
    While curling is the event – fun and fellowship are the name of the game.   On the ice the competition will be fierce.   Off the ice it will be an opportunity to tour Scotland, renew friendships, and meet new friends in the birthplace of the game.
    You are invited to follow the team through the Team Blog –  and follow on Twitter @CanadaScot2014 .  During the tour the team will be posting both the curling results and some of the off-ice highlights.   Visit the Blog right now – have a look and bookmark the page.
    2014 Rotary Curling Tour Team Heading to Scotland 2014-11-09 00:00:00Z 0

    World Interact Week

    During World Interact Week, Interactors and Rotarians around the world commemorate the chartering of the first Interact club. The celebration, which takes place during the week of 5 November, is an ideal time for Interact clubs and their Rotary club sponsors to carry out joint activities and promote the positive effect Interact clubs have on their communities.
    While you’re planning your celebration, why not include the activities listed on the World Interact Week recognition form at Clubs that complete the activities and submit the form as instructed will receive special recognition from RI.
    World Interact Week 2014-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
    Prime Minister of Canada receives Polio Eradication Championship Award 2014-10-25 04:00:00Z 0 Polio

    End Polio Now

    Posted by John Germ, RI President-nominee
    We are 99% of the way to a polio-free world – truly, “this close” to eradicating polio forever. On 24 October, help us get closer by spreading the word about our fight to End Polio Now with our communities and the world. Here’s how:
    • Hear polio survivor and Ironman athlete Minda Dentler’s incredible story. Register today for our End Polio Now: Make History Today Livestream event.
    • Make a gift today and protect another child from getting polio for life.
    • Share Rotary’s fight to end polio with local government officials and use this opportunity to encourage them to support the global commitment to a polio free world. Download advocacy and event resources.
    • Show your support for polio eradication on social media and let your friends know that you want to end polio with this new End Polio Now graphic.
    • Host your own event on 24 October and add your voice to the conversation with the hashtag #WorldPolioDay.

    Our global network of volunteers has helped the vast majority of the world end polio. On World Polio Day, let’s show the world that when Rotarians start something, they finish it. Let’s end polio now.
    A video from the Walk to End Polio October 5 in Gatineau Park made by AG Jacinthe Paillé Landry
    End Polio Now John Germ, RI President-nominee 2014-10-11 04:00:00Z 0 Polio

    Secret to Content Marketing

    Content Marketing delivers valuable information that your audience wants and needs. For a potential Rotarian that would include information about how belonging to Rotary offers the opportunity to network and to join together with like minded people to make the world a better place. Creating a variety of engaging content on a consistent basis and delivering it through the best channel where people can find it the essence of Content Marketing. This year’s Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends report from Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs offers some insights as to how best to do this.
    B2B companies report that the most effective tactic are :
    • in-person events (69%)
    • webinars (64%)
    • videos (60%)
    • blogs (60%)
    • case studies, white papers, research reports and eNewsletters (58%)
    B2B companies report that he most effective social networks for content marketing are :
    • LinkedIn (63%)
    • Twitter (55%)
    • YouTube (48%)
    • SlideShare (42%)
    • Vimeo (405)
    Secret to Content Marketing 2014-10-07 04:00:00Z 0 Public Relations
    Scenes from the 2014 conference 2014-10-05 04:00:00Z 0 Conference

    The Six Areas of Focus

    Posted by Gary Huang
    The work of Rotary begins in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns.  While we serve in countless ways, we’ve focused our efforts in six key areas to maximize our impact. Our areas of focus not only encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs; they also reflect service opportunities in which we have demonstrated a proven track record of success:
    • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
    • Disease prevention and treatment
    • Water, sanitation and hygiene
    • Maternal and child health
    • Basic education and literacy
    • Economic and community development
    Our Foundation places a priority on these six areas of focus by offering global grants of US$30,000-US$400,000 to large scale, sustainable Rotary projects that address them. However, our work in the areas of focus is not limited only to these large scale projects. Every Rotary club is capable of addressing needs within these areas. To encourage them to get involved, I am requiring every club to participate in a project related to at least one area of focus in order to qualify for the 2014-15 Presidential Citation.
    The Six Areas of Focus Gary Huang 2014-09-28 04:00:00Z 0 Areas of Foucus

    Interota 2014

    Posted by Sean Yaphe
    After three years of preparations, Interota 2014 came and went in a flash. From July 26 to August 1, 2014, 200 Rotaractors and Rotarians from 38 countries descended upon Toronto and Montreal for a week of leadership and professional development, cultural exploration, and fellowship. Delegates spent three days in Toronto and three days in Montreal, as well experience transportation on Via Rail between both cities. Plenary sessions covered topics that included cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution and personalities, finding balance between physical health, mental health, careers, and social and family life, Rotaract around the world, and showcasing Rotaract on your resume.
    We were honored to have Rotary International President Gary Huang and his wife Corinna attend for the first three days! RI President Gary lit up the audience during our first plenary session with an engaging speech that got everyone excited. We were also honoured to have RI Zone Director Julia Phelps attend part of the conference as well as District Governors from Districts 7040 and 7070.
    Interota 2014 Sean Yaphe 2014-09-28 04:00:00Z 0 Rotaract

    The Object of Rotary Made Simple

    We all think we choose what path we take in life, who we socialize and mix with, what views we hold. But those decisions are actually shaped by networks of people - David Brooks.
    It does so by chartering local Rotary clubs and encouraging them to create Rotarians by advancing the Object of Rotary.  To make it easier to understand how the Object of Rotary can and does influence club members, here it is made simple.
    The Object of Rotary Made Simple 2014-09-21 04:00:00Z 0 Values

    Youth Exchange

    Posted by Iasmin Mendes
    It is hard to describe a whole year in just a couple paragraphs, but it is worth trying.  First of all it is important to say that it does not matter how much I explain how my year was or how many stories I tell about it, it is impossible to make someone feel what I did if one has never been an exchange student. The feeling is unique and indescribable. I remember the day I left Brazil as it was yesterday (even though it has been already a year since). I cried for the first 10 minutes of my first flight and then the only thing I could think about was how my life in Canada was going to be.  When I first arrived in Kingston there were at least 12 people waiting for me. I cannot remember what I said or what they did; I was too tired and afraid to turn that moment into a memory. But I remember after that I realized that my exchange was not a dream anymore, I was living it.
    It was hard. It was very hard. And the 10 minutes of crying on the plane happened a couple more times again throughout the year. Today I realize all my tears meant that I was growing up, facing the world in a way I had not done before. Today I realize I had two options to mature. Do it through the years as everybody does or do it while having one of the biggest experiences of my life. I am glad I chose the second option.
    Youth Exchange Iasmin Mendes 2014-09-13 04:00:00Z 0 Youth Exchange

    Club Satisfaction Survey

    When was the last time your club did a member satisfaction survey? RI has a very formal one which can take some work to analyze.  See - 18-Apr-2013 There are lots of good ideas on how to evaluate your club.
    Everybody likes to be asked for their opinion so find an easy way.  How about three questions:
    1. How would you rate the weekly meeting?  Fair…Good… Very Good…Excellent.  Any suggestions are appreciated:  __________________________________________ .
    2. Please rate the clubs service projects:  not enough….good balance of resources…… some times too much.  Any Suggestions:   _________________________________________ .
    3. Why did you join Rotary?  _____________________ and does your Club meet your expectations?   100%......75%....50%..... 25%
    Explain your answer:   ___________________________________ ____________________________________________________.
    The survey can be a starter of several club discussions. You can form groups to discuss and then summarize their consensus to the entire club.  Make up your own questions.  Use Survey Monkey or whatever.
    The important thing is to ask for opinions, draw some conclusions, feed back to the club and take appropriate action.  Having satisfied your members is important.
    Club Satisfaction Survey 2014-08-30 04:00:00Z 0 Membership

    Great Members Are Where You Find Them

    Posted by Dennis Dinsmore
    Suppose you could get a lead on a new prospective member for your club and you learn that she or he has the following attributes:
    • A strong desire to make the community and the world a better place to live;
    • A stable lifestyle free of worry about getting transferred or, worse, fired;
    • The education and experience to execute successful humanitarian projects;
    • Both time and money to devote to making the world a better place.
    Any Rotary membership chair would jump at an opportunity to recruit such a candidate. In many cases there are prospective new Rotarians with such traits within your own community – they are retirees.  This growing segment of our population finds itself free from the duties of tending to business and raising children and now can devote time to giving back to the community and to the world.
    While Rotary’s long term growth certainly depends on bringing in younger members, we must not overlook older potential candidates who have so much to contribute. The point is that good Rotarians can come from any age group and a wise club looks toward older generations as well as to youth.
    Great Members Are Where You Find Them Dennis Dinsmore 2014-08-30 04:00:00Z 0 Membership

    Be a Vibrant Club

    Potential members see “WHAT” when they visit your club?  They draw conclusions about the club.  Should they join??
    Is your club friendly?  Is your club engaged in community projects?  Do the members seem engaged?
    Does your club have a short brochure or business card which describes the club?   Is there a Club bulletin?  Are there member reports about upcoming projects?  Is there evidence that the club has FUN together?  In short “WHAT’S YOUR IMAGE?”
    Every Club has a different personality.  There is a regular meeting format, some socializing, some program and some Rotary/Club information.  If the meeting depicts a vibrant club, a friendly club, an engaged club wouldn’t that be a good selling point to a potential member!
     If you were interviewing for a job, how would you act?  The potential member is here to interview your club, so act accordingly, besides the same characteristics apply to member retention as well.
    How does your club stack up?  Make “What’s Your Image” an assembly discussion and see what you can learn.
    Be a Vibrant Club 2014-08-22 04:00:00Z 0 Membership

    Adventure in Citizenship

    Posted by Julie Cugalj
    The Adventure in Citizenship (AiC) Program, spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Ottawa, is the oldest running Adventure program in the District and will be celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2015. For four days each May, the AiC program offers a unique opportunity for 200 youth between 16-18 years of age to come to our nation’s capital, engage with others from across the country, and deepen their knowledge of Canada and its institutions. Students are billeted in Rotarians’ and friends of Rotarians’ homes and spend their time learning about both the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship through interactive workshops and plenary sessions, engaging in a dynamic mock election process, and visiting institutions such as the House of Commons, the Canadian Museum of History, and the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.
    Adventure in Citizenship Julie Cugalj 2014-08-22 04:00:00Z 0 Adventures

    Adventures in High Technology

    Posted by Eddie Villarta

    Adventures in High Technology

    Adventure in High Technology, which started in 1983, is an annual program of the Rotary Club of Nepean - Kanata offered to senior High School students who have an interest in exploring the potential of a career in the exciting world of high technology. As a result, the program assists participants in making more informed career decisions. The program involves many local, prominent businesses and industries which have agreed to guide the students with ‘hands on’ learning opportunities, not only in the world of computers, but also in other disciplines using Hi-Tech applications to push the envelope in their respective fields.
    Participating organizations include educational institutions, economic development organizations, life sciences organizations and small to medium sized ‘start-ups’. The program is five days in duration and will take place on October 19-23, 2014. Participating Rotary clubs sponsor senior high school students from their local high schools who have an interest in pursuing careers in high technology. In addition, sponsoring clubs arrange for their transportation to Ottawa. The Rotary Club of Nepean-Kanata organizes and manages the daily program and arranges for accommodation through billeting with Rotary club members and friends of Rotary. The event culminates with a high profile banquet for participants and business sponsors. Application forms and flyers are available online at
    Adventures in High Technology Eddie Villarta 2014-08-16 04:00:00Z 0 Adventures

    Improve Club Membership? Make a Local Impact!

    Posted by Jim Henry, PDG D6960
    Is your Rotary club making an impact in your community?  Whether your answer is yes or no, the impact your club is, or is not making, is probably having the same impact on membership.
    When it comes to making an impact, is it really beneficial to all concerned to try to be beneficial to all concerned?  A huge mistake many clubs make is that they spread their resources over wide areas.  This is partly because club leaders want to be fair to as many local causes as possible and to all members as possible by supporting their pet causes. This conundrum weakens clubs’ abilities to make greater impacts and often causes problems within the club. 
    Improve Club Membership? Make a Local Impact! Jim Henry, PDG D6960 2014-08-07 04:00:00Z 0 Membership

    Adventures in History

    Posted by Paul Elsley
    Yet another Rotary adventure is Adventures in History, the newest of the group. Adventures in History was begun in 2012 as a pilot project in Kingston, Ontario, sponsored originally by a couple of keen members of the Cataraqui-Kingston Rotary club. The idea behind it was to promote to youth, in an experiential way, the interesting and well established history of Kingston and the surrounding area in a unique format. In its second year, the Rotary Club of Kingston and the Kingston Frontenac club became partners. Students were recruited from local high schools to visit and listen to organizations promoting history. The goal was to see which of the organizations made the best case; at that point, the students would determine which organization or organizations would receive funding (from $100,000 imaginary “Rotary bucks”). After the awarding of the grant(s), students and organization delegates held a round table discussion which served to advance the cause of the organizations involved and further engage the students in real and practical applications of history.
    Adventures in History Paul Elsley 2014-08-07 04:00:00Z 0 Adventures

    Finding out about Wasrag

    President Gary Huang's inspiring theme "Light Up Rotary" will motivate all Rotarians to seek new goals and greater achievements in this new Rotary year.  Rotarian Action Groups have been endorsed as a significant resource for humanitarian projects and programs.  WASRAG, founded in 2007, has focused on WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) as the core element of all the Areas of Focus – providing clean water is the key to fighting disease, alleviating hunger and malnutrition, improving maternal and child health, enhancing literacy, reducing conflict and growing local economies.
    Finding out about Wasrag 2014-07-19 04:00:00Z 0 Water
    Bravo PolioPlus in D7040 2013-2014 Manon Lennon 2014-07-19 04:00:00Z 0 Polio


    Relationship, Relationship, Relationship

    Like the real-estate phrase, "location, location, location" marketing's phrase "relationship, relationship, relationship" distils a time-honored truth.
    Former District PR chair Chris Cochrane puts it this way: "The only proven way to get free media coverage in a large city is to make a friend of the editor(s) and owners." He suggests that clubs invite the owner and/or editor of a media outlet to speak to their club. "Treat the invitee like gold and constantly keep that person in the loop. Perhaps invite the owner to join the club after a successful talk." Chris advises.
    Relationship 2014-07-09 04:00:00Z 0 Public Relations

    What one 2013-14 District Matching Grant has been able to accomplish in Burundi!

    Objective:  Provision of a source of electricity for a medical clinic in a remote village
    Location: Village of Rwoga, Burundi
    Partners: Rotary Clubs of Bujumbura, Montreal-Lakeshore and its satellite club, Hudson-St. Lazare.  Citizens group in Rwoga
    Background: Jean-Claude Manirakiza, a member of the newly chartered Rotary Club of Hudson-St. Lazare, is a teacher in the Montreal area who was born in Rwoga, Burundi where his parents were murdered during tribal fighting while he was attending university in Belgium. For the past several years, he has returned twice a year to Rwoga, at his own expense, to work with a citizens’ group dedicated to peace building through education and the development of a better quality of life for the new generation.
    What one 2013-14 District Matching Grant has been able to accomplish in Burundi!