Kids First   Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Together We Learn More Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Power Up  Anne Day 2021-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Chilligo Creek Clean Up Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Vice-President & Director Valarie Wafer's December 2021 Newsletter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In her December 2021 Newsletter, Rotary International Vice-President and Director and Valarie Wafer talks about a busy November, the transition from Zoom to live in-person events , including her office at Rotary Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.  She lays out her busy December ,in person events and the International Assembly in January for incoming District Governors. VP Valarie asks us to give 1000% as we emerge strong and embody our vision statement as people of action ... 
Rotary International Vice-President & Director Valarie Wafer's December 2021 Newsletter Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
End Polio Now Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary is About Changing Lives  Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
District Treasurer Wanted Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta's December 2021 Newsletter Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation John Germ's December 2021 Newsletter

Posted on Dec 03, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In his December 2021 message to Rotarians, John Germ, Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, (and also Past President of Rotary International), reminds us that to reach our goal of $410 million to the Rotary Foundation, in this Rotary year, we need to stay on course to reach our goal, we need to raise $50 million for PolioPlus, with a 2-to-1 match by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation bringing the total to $150 million. To keep our Rotary Foundation programs running strong, we set a goal to raise $125 million for the Annual Fund. We also aim to raise $95 million for the Endowment Fund in outright gifts and new commitments, and a further $40 million for other outright gifts. He talks about YOU being just one of the people on our Team. Please read more ...
 
 
Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation John Germ's December 2021 Newsletter Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-12-03 05:00:00Z 0
D7080 Bulletin Poll - Dec 21 Dan Dubreuil 2021-11-23 05:00:00Z 0
Conflict Resolution Dan Dubreuil 2021-11-23 05:00:00Z 0
Painting The Cannon For Polio Day Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Sensory Garden At KidsAbility  Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange Still Serving to Change Lives  Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta's November 2021 Newsletter Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
It Only Takes One to Inspire Change Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
The Backpack Project   Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Stepping Out To Dinner Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Think Big   Anne Day 2021-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Smiles For Seniors Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
Water First   Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
How to Grow Your Club This Year! Dan Dubreuil 2021-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
DEC - Bruce Trail Webinar Dan Dubreuil 2021-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
D7080 Bulletin Poll - Nov 21 Dan Dubreuil 2021-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
What Does Diversity Equity and Inclusion Mean for Rotary? Dan Dubreuil 2021-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
No One Asked  Anne Day 2021-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
7 Tips For Telling Powerful Stories Doug Vincent 2021-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Help Wanted - Hybrid Meeting Sub-Committee Dan Dubreuil 2021-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
D7080 Bulletin Poll - Oct 21 Dan Dubreuil 2021-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
How Welcoming is Your Club's Website? Dan Dubreuil 2021-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Attend Upcoming Truth Events!

The Rotary Club of Guelph and the City of Guelph have put together a number of FREE events to provide the community with opportunities to learn more about Residential Schools and their impact. Register today!
 
Free copy of the BOOK “Towards Braiding"
 
As a community service, the Rotary Club of Guelph (with financial support from the City of Guelph) has printed 500 copies of this important book for organizations and individuals wanting to learn more and help with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, especially with the Indigenous community.  Contact B. Holmes, rcog.iacomm@gmail.com to request a free copy, while quantities last.
 
 
Attend Upcoming Truth Events! Dan Dubreuil 2021-09-17 04:00:00Z 0
ShelterBox “Fill the Box” Weekend Display  Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Convention 2022

Howdy, Y'all!
 
Rotary International Convention 2022 will be held in Houston, Texas, USA. They say everything is "Bigger," "Better,"" and "Friendlier" in Texas. Houston has been led by "People of Action" who have taken this city to great heights, including to the moon and back. 
Rotary International Convention 2022 Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

District 7080 - Governor's Message

Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors,
 
Never has there been a time when Serving to Change Lives has been more relevant! As we catch up on the news of the world every morning, there are events happening throughout the world where Rotarians are quick to move and provide whatever they are capable of in order to alleviate, mitigate, or resolve whatever and wherever a need arises.
District 7080 - Governor's Message Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs in Mississauga Host a Successful Ribfest 

 
The Rotary Clubs of Mississauga and Mississauga West held a Rotary Ribfest Drive-Thru on June 25-27, 2021.   The Drive-Thru was very successful with over 6,800 cars coming thru to buy ribs, exceeding expectations.  Approximately $70,000 was raised!  The recipient of the proceeds was the Mississauga Food Bank and other charities. We will be hosting our second Rotary Ribfest Drive-Thru on September 17-19.  This has been a great way to raise funds during COVID-19.
 
Rotary Clubs in Mississauga Host a Successful Ribfest Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
Streetsville Rotary Supports Seniors and Local Charity Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

September is Blood Donation Month in D7080

 
Submitted by Norma Gamble - Director of the District 7080 Community Service Committee
 
During the month of September, your Community Service team is encouraging all clubs and all Rotarians to give the gift of LIFE to others and donate blood! Blood Banks are desperate for donations!

No problem if you can’t donate, but great if you can encourage family and friends to join in and donate too!
 
September is Blood Donation Month in D7080 Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary International - September 2021 President's Message

GREETINGS, MY DEAR CHANGEMAKERS,
 
I am sure you are having an enriching experience as you Serve to Change Lives. One of the ways you can make the greatest change in a person’s life is to help them learn to read. Literacy opens up the world to us. It makes us better informed about life in our own communities and opens vistas to other cultures. Reading and writing connects people and gives us another way to express our love for one another.
 
Rotary International - September 2021 President's Message Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Register for RLI Training - October 23, 2021

 
WHAT IS RLI? The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to increase a Rotarian’s knowledge base, and to refine individual leadership skills. Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business professionals who want to be more effective leaders in their vocation and to be a more confident and knowledgeable Rotarian.
Register for RLI Training - October 23, 2021 Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

District 7080 Environment Project Fair

 
Submitted by Michael Pavan - Chair of the District 7080 Environmental Committee
 
The District Environment Committee (DEC) purpose is to inspire, build awareness and engagement within District 7080 for Rotary's Environment Area of Focus while acting as a resource, catalyst and service for the Clubs to support the development and implementation of their environment projects and initiatives.
District 7080 Environment Project Fair Dan Dubreuil 2021-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

Considerations for Return to In-Person Gatherings

As clubs consider in-person gatherings, including club meetings, social events, or fundraisers, this document is provided to assist with key considerations to ensure the safety of participants at Rotary events in District 7080. First and foremost, public health measures provided by MedicalOfficers of Health should be your guiding principle. Additionally, many venues (e.g. restaurants, golf clubs, etc.) will establish additional guidelines. Please refer to the linked document for additional guidelines and resources.
 
Considerations for Return to In-Person Gatherings Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Building Awareness On Human Trafficking

Submitted by Anne Day, Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium
 
When we hear the words “human trafficking,” we tend to think that this is something that happens only in big cities. Sadly this is not true. In fact, with our proximity to the Ontario 400 highways, it usually means that most of all human trafficking in Canada happens using that route.
Building Awareness On Human Trafficking Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Community Makes Tour de Guelph 2021 Most Successful Yet - $165,000 Raised In Net Proceeds

Submitted by Darlene Carpenter,Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium
 
When COVID-19 hit in the spring of 2020, the organizers of Tour de Guelph had a decision to make.   Should we cancel the event and wait for the pandemic to be over, or find a new way of holding it. Tour de Guelph is a joint community fundraising cycling event organized by the Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium, along with the Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital.  The joint organizing committee decided to hold a “virtual” Tour de Guelph 2020, encouraging community members to register, solicit sponsors, and ride physically distanced on a route of their choice any time during a four-week period.
 
Community Makes Tour de Guelph 2021 Most Successful Yet - $165,000 Raised In Net Proceeds Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

District 7080 - Governor's Message

Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors,
 
As we embark on Membership and New Club Development month, Rotary’s number one priority is to Grow Rotary and increase membership. Our International President Shekhar Mehta’s goal of increasing our membership to 1.3 million by July 2022. With his call to action of “Each One, Bring One,” he is asking each Rotarian and Rotaractor to introduce a new person into their club, and to focus on Diversity and reaching out to younger people and women.
District 7080 - Governor's Message Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary International - August 2021 President's Message

GREETINGS, MY DEAR CHANGEMAKERS,
As we focus on membership in Rotary this month, I ask you to help make history this year. For more than 20 years, our membership has stood at 1.2 million. Rotary is a vibrant organization with a 116-year history, members in more than 220 countries and geographic areas, and a rich legacy of work in polio eradication and other humanitarian programs. Rotary has changed so much in our own lives and the lives of others. As we Serve to Change Lives, don’t you think Rotary could have an even greater impact on the world if more people were practicing Service Above Self?
Rotary International - August 2021 President's Message Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Message From The Rotary Club of Fergus Elora

Posted on Aug 01, 2021
Submitted by Leanne Iravani, Director of  Community Service, Rotary Club of Fergus Elora
 
Congratulations to Stephen Pollack on his term as 55th Rotary Club of Fergus Elora President.
 
In regards to our fundraising activities in 2021 - Our Chase the Ace program had to be suspended due to Covid 19- We presented Groves Hospital in Fergus with $35,000. We look forward to being able to finish up our third Catch the Ace game soon.
Message From The Rotary Club of Fergus Elora Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

EnvironFocus Knowledge and Culture Exchange Program (EKCEP)

 
The D7080 Environment Committee has identified an exciting new educational initiative for clubs within our district. The EnvironFocus Knowledge and Culture Exchange Program (EKCEP) gives clubs an avenue to improve lives and address needs in local and international communities by teaching students how to implement projects that solve sustainability / environmental problems.
EnvironFocus Knowledge and Culture Exchange Program (EKCEP) Dan Dubreuil 2021-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

District 7080 - Governor's Message

Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors,
 
Rotary International’s Vision Statement starts with the word “Together.”  The statement’s main message is that “Together People Create Change!” The COVID-19 pandemic had a huge toll on the entire world and changed the way that people work together.
 
Bringing Rotarians together with local communities increases our presence and our impact in those communities. By working together with community leaders, local corporations, and municipalities we become an integral part of our community and people would be more encouraged to be a part of this wonderful thing called Rotary.
District 7080 - Governor's Message Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Rotary District Award Recipients

Posted on Jul 01, 2021
 
A number of District 7080 Awards were presented as part of the District 7080 Awards and Changeover Program on June 23rd.     
 
District Governor Mike Lawrie and incoming District Governor Rudy Habesch had the opportunity to recognize some of the many significant contributions quietly and selflessly being made by dedicated Rotarians and Rotary Partners to support their communities, their clubs and the District.  
Congratulations to Rotary District Award Recipients Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary International - July 2021 President's Message

My Dear Changemakers,
 
I wish each of you and your families a great Rotary New Year! Together, let us make it the best year of our lives, by making it a year to grow more and do more. Let this be a year of changemakers, and let us begin with our membership.
Rotary International - July 2021 President's Message Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome D7080 Polio Chair

Submitted by Lesley Barmania, D7080 Foundation Director
 
The D7080 Foundation Committee would like to welcome Badar Shamim to the role of D7080 Polio Chair.  We are excited to have Badar join our Foundation Team to promote polio eradication around the globe. Badar is passionate about eradicating polio.  In January 2018, Badar joined Past Polio Chair Hajra Wilson, PDG Norm Bindon and others from our district to participate in a National Immunization Day in Pakistan.
Welcome D7080 Polio Chair Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Brampton Rotaract Appreciates Essential Workers Ahona Mutsuddi 2021-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Our New Governor for District 7080

Congratulations to Rudy Habesch, District 7080 Governor for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year!  
 
Rudy joined Rotary in 1994 with the Rotary Club of Amman Jerash in Amman Jordan. After moving to the Rotary Club of Amman Cosmopolitan in 1996, having served on many board positions, he became club President in 2003-04.  Rudy started the Gift of Life Amman (GOLA) Project helping children suffering from congenial heart defects receive life saving heart surgery. He later helped to establish the Gift of Life Charitable Society, registered through the Ministry of Social Development in Jordan, and affiliated with the Gift of Life International Project started by the Rotary Club of New York.
 
Our New Governor for District 7080 Dan Dubreuil 2021-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Great Lakes Watershed Clean-up Now On! 

Now that the province has lifted its ‘Stay-at-Home’ order, all Clubs within D7080 are encouraged to organize a Watershed Clean-up project.  As per the original program planned for April, this is a club-based initiative in support of Rotary’s newest area of focus, the environment.We encourage all clubs to do the following when planning their event:
 
Great Lakes Watershed Clean-up Now On! Dan Dubreuil 2021-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Opens Opportunities - District Assistant Reflection

Submitted by Jananee Savuntharanathan, District Assistant
 
It has been an absolute pleasure and honor to serve as District 7080’s first District Assistant. As my term comes to an end, I would like to thank each and every Rotarian/Rotaractor/Interactor and friends of Rotary that I have been able to connect with. Many have been my mentors, many have inspired me, and many helped me make the decision to join a Rotary club.
Rotary Opens Opportunities - District Assistant Reflection Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Oxygen Concentrators for India

Submitted by Rajbir Mann, International Service Director
 
Thank you to all Rotarians, Rotary clubs in our district and Zone 28 and 32 and to community donors for an amazing response to the call for help, to help mitigate this unprecedented humanitarian tragedy in India. Thank you for joining together and responding to the call from the Rotary India action task force and in helping to make a difference and potentially save many lives. 
Oxygen Concentrators for India Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-06-01 04:00:00Z 2
Mother's Day Gift Packages for Young Mom's in Guelph Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Brampton Nominated for a Vitality Award

Submitted by Stephen Rhodes, Rotary Club of Brampton
 
“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” (Horace)
 
The adversity of COVID19 has brought out the best of the Rotary Club of Brampton. In fact, the Regeneration Outreach Community has just nominated the club for a "business group" vitality award through Volunteer MBC.
The Rotary Club of Brampton Nominated for a Vitality Award Dan Dubreuil 2021-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

June Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie

 
Hello to all Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors as we enter the final month in the Rotary year. June is Fellowship month and a time to look at the importance of friendships and relationships in Rotary. Fellowship is a word with an evolving definition. I think in our Rotary context, the most relevant meaning is “a society or group of people sharing mutual interests or activities” and a secondary meaning of “companionship or friendship”. 
June Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie Dan Dubreuil 2021-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

June Message - RI President Holger Knaack

In January 2020, when I announced my presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, and spoke of the changes that Rotary needed to embrace, none of us had any idea how quickly change would arrive. But I am a longtime believer in seeing challenges as opportunities. This year, we seized new opportunities to reimagine what Rotary could be. For years, we had discussed ways to make Rotary flexible and adaptable, and we had tried a few experiments. This year, we all experimented — and succeeded! Online meetings are a regular fixture now as clubs invite guests from across the globe.
June Message - RI President Holger Knaack Dan Dubreuil 2021-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup 

Trash, plastics, and other littered items plague our waterways.  This trash poses a threat to terrestrial and aquatic life, often becomes microplastics and harmful toxins, and pollutes one of the most precious and limited natural resources.  Shopping carts, tires, furniture, trash, foam cups, plastic containers, and aluminum cans contaminate our waterways and greenways.  More than 22 million pounds (10 million kilograms) of trash and plastic pollution ends up in the Great Lakes each year.
Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Dan Dubreuil 2021-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

May Message - RI President Holger Knaack

For years, Susanne and I hosted many Rotary Youth Exchange students in our home. This program was an entry point to Rotary for me, and my heart is truly in it. When Rotary’s exchange programs were suspended because of COVID-19 to keep students and families safe, we felt sorry, especially for the participants, because those years cannot be repeated.
May Message - RI President Holger Knaack Dan Dubreuil 2021-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

The Give to Live Furniture Project


Submitted by Rotary Club of Burlington North
 
The Give to Live Furniture Project is a Rotary Burlington North initiative which was started by Clinton Howell and Mary Dilly. It involves the collection of good quality second hand furniture from various sources and the donation of this furniture to families in extreme need. 
The Give to Live Furniture Project Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Be Tomorrow’s Leaders Today!


Submitted by Rotary Club of Milton
 
Rotary Club of Milton organised the ROTARY YOUTH SUMMIT (RYS) on 10 th April, 2021. The idea was envisaged about a year ago considering it to be an event for the youth of Milton and further extending it to the Halton Region. A RYS organizing committee was formed by the club in conjunction with the Rotaract and Interact Clubs of Halton, to engage them in planning the summit based on the interest of youth groups varying from ages 12 to 24.
Be Tomorrow’s Leaders Today! Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Supporting Small Business through Easter


Submitted by Rotaract Club of Mississauga
 
In April, the Rotaract Club of Mississauga successfully completed their Easter Treat Box Fundraiser with all proceeds donated to the Mississauga Food Bank. In order to support and bring awareness to local businesses, the club curated Easter Treat Boxes filled with baked goods contributed by six small local bakeries.
Supporting Small Business through Easter Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Take Care of Self, Each Other and The Planet!

 
 
This year, the District 7080 Conference will take place online! Join your fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors from around the district on May 29th to reflect on our year’s theme, listen to inspiring guest speakers and engage in breakout session discussions.
Take Care of Self, Each Other and The Planet! Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

The Perfect Pandemic Fundraiser

 
‘99 Missions’ Scavenger Hunt has been a pleasant surprise for Rotary Burlington North and may well become a key fundraising event for the club in the years to come.  Although it was developed to respect the social distancing requirements of COVID 19, it has the potential to grow into a mainstream fundraiser that allows participants to have fun while helping those in need. 
The Perfect Pandemic Fundraiser Dan Dubreuil 2021-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

May Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie

 
Greetings again fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors.  As we enter our 11th month of the Rotary year, we mark and celebrate Youth Service Month. The areas we celebrate this month include Interact, RYLA and the Youth Exchange Program. In this Pandemic year, the RYLA program and the youth exchange programs are on hold, but there are enthusiastic and robust activities at the Interact level. 
May Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie Dan Dubreuil 2021-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

PR and Membership Teams Introduce the GRO Program

Declining membership continues to be an issue for most clubs in D7080. With that in mind, the district PR and Membership Committees have developed a new communication program aimed at reversing the trend. GRO = Grow Rotary Online. The program aims to leverage the power of targeted digital communications to attract new members to clubs across the district.
PR and Membership Teams Introduce the GRO Program Dan Dubreuil 2021-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Medalist Program

It’s an exciting time of year – Rotary Clubs in Oxford county are once again joining together to celebrate the amazing youth in our communities through the Rotary Medalist Program.
 
Some of your club members might ask, “What is the Rotary Medalist program”? The Rotary Medalist program has the Oxford County Rotary Clubs come together and present an award to up to two students from each Oxford County secondary school. The students must show characteristics, abilities, and interests which would make them both worthy representatives of the school and ultimately personify the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.” Once selected, we have the students create a 2 min video about the other recipient from their school, highlighting the reasons why they were chosen. We then celebrate and present these videos on May 26th at our Virtual Awards Celebration.

 
Rotary Medalist Program Dan Dubreuil 2021-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Update

Submitted by Dean Rutty, Youth Exchange Chair
 
The Board of Rotary International met this past week and has decided to further suspend the Youth Exchange program through June 2022. Our District Committee remained optimistic through this very difficult year that enough progress would have been made to resume the program. But with the safety of our students and volunteers paramount, the decision to suspend for another year is the correct one.
Rotary Youth Exchange Update Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

2021 Rotary District 7080 Virtual Conference


Submitted by Leah Parent, District Conference Committee member
 
Calling all Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors from around the District! On May 29th, 2021, the Rotary District 7080 Conference is going virtual. We welcome you to join us for a packed morning of guest speakers, breakout sessions, and fellowship, surrounded by this year’s theme of “Take care of self, each other, and the planet”. Tune in for fascinating and inspiring discussions about our theme with District Governor Dr. Michael Lawrie and guest speakers Valarie Wafer (RI Vice President 2021-2022), Ian Riseley (RI Past President 2017-2018), and Keynote Speaker Boris Cherniak (motivational hypnotist, comedian, speaker, and author).
2021 Rotary District 7080 Virtual Conference Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Message From Holger Knaack and K.R. Ravindran

In these difficult days, we are so heartened to receive such uplifting reports on the unrelenting efforts of our Rotary members who have responded in their communities against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, the single question we hear time and again is, “Are we getting involved with COVID vaccination?”  The answer is yes.

This does not mean we will deviate from our commitment to eradicating polio, which remains our highest priority and continues to be our only corporate program. Polio vaccinations must continue unabated, as must our effort to raise $50 million per year for this effort.
Message From Holger Knaack and K.R. Ravindran Dan Dubreuil 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Calling All Rotarian Golfers!


Submitted by Lynn Lewis, Rotary Club of Mississauga
 
The US Canada Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians was organized in February 1990 by Bryce Roper, PDG, 5400. The first USCGFR event was held in Portland Maine in 1990 and events have been held annually since. In 2018 the Executive Committee voted to change the organization's name to the United States - Canada Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians (USCGFR) to better reflect the composition of our membership.
Calling All Rotarian Golfers! Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

March Pick Me Up - Centre of Wellington Centennial


Submitted by Neil Whittaker, Centre of Wellington Centennial 
 
The fundraising committee of the Centre Wellington Centennial Rotary Club decided to try a March Pick Me Up, fundraiser.
 
We approached local merchants and asked if they would like to support this event by supplying merchandise at cost and with their support we were able to put together a gift bag. The bags contained a live plant, scented candle, scented soap, cut tulips and chocolates. We advertised on Facebook and had people e-transfer the $25 cost of the bags to us. We planned for and sold 200 bags and on March 13th had a drive-through pick up at the Centre Wellington Sportsplex. For a first time online line fundraiser- it very successful!
March Pick Me Up - Centre of Wellington Centennial Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the Feel Good Raffle


Submitted by Lynn Lewis, Rotary Club of Mississauga
 
We first began researching a raffle after hearing about the success of the Mudcreek Rotary Club in Nova Scotia with their raffle.  It has been reported that raffles bring in $1.5 million annually to their tiny community of 4,000+ people. Although it has taken Mudcreek Rotary 6 years to be successful, their experience is a testament to the power of working together with the community in order to make amazing things happen. 
Welcome to the Feel Good Raffle Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Milton Youth Summit

Have you heard about the upcoming Milton Youth Summit? 

The Rotary Club of Milton has put together a virtual Milton Rotary Youth Leadership Summit on April 10, 9am-3pm. It promises to be a great event with high-caliber speakers and panelists covering Environment, Mental Health, Careers, and Service Learning with a youth-oriented focus.  The event planning committees led by Milton President, Romeo Mitchell, include not only members of the host club but also Interactors, Rotaractor, and Rotarians from Halton, Peel, and Passport Club South.
 
There have been multiple planning meetings per week for three months. We are pleased to report that enrolment has been filling up steadily with youth aged 12-24 years from across District 7080 and even as far afield as Uganda and St Lucia being invited to register.  
 
More details can be found at: https://www.miltonrotaryclub.com/
 
Milton Youth Summit Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Community Service Awards Event Adapts Well to the Vagaries of Forced Change


Submitted by Mae Radford, Rotary Club of Burlington Central
 
In past years, the Rotary Club of Burlington Central recognized two new Paul Harris Fellows at an annual Community Service Awards breakfast meeting at the Burlington Golf and Country Club.  Members of the other three Burlington Rotary Clubs, and friends and family of the recipients, joined us at an exciting formal event.
 
But it is pandemic time and can we cope with the vagaries of change and consider cancelling?
Community Service Awards Event Adapts Well to the Vagaries of Forced Change Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Three Proactive Projects to Protect Environment


Submitted by Nagwa Abou-El Naga, District Environment Committee member
 
Rotarians and Rotaractors spent an hour and a half with Prof Herbert Sinnock, Director of  Sustainability at Sheridan Institute of Technology, on March 18, 2021, at the District Environmental  Webinar. The focus of the webinar was to discuss how the public sector would improve energy use, reduce waste and develop healthy green areas. These areas are not just environmental projects, but also a learning process to changing residents' culture and mindset in using the city's public places to be proactive in protecting the environment.
 
Prof Sinnock led the education and training for Global Environment protection at  Sheridan College and connected with municipalities of Oakville and Brampton to establish  Energy use and Zero emission. 
Three Proactive Projects to Protect Environment Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

World Rotaract Week - Rotaract Mississauga completes funding for Well Installation Project


Submitted by Leah Parent, Rotaract Club of Mississauga
 
In the 2018/2019 Rotary year, the Rotaract Club of Mississauga pledged to raise $5000 over two years in support of the Well Installation Project on Ukerewe Island, Tanzania, a project spearheaded by the Rotary Clubs of Meaford and Thornbury. Working in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Nansio in Tanzania and Tanzanian village leaders, the Rotary Clubs of Meaford and Thornbury identified the need for access to safe water in villages across Ukerewe Island.
World Rotaract Week - Rotaract Mississauga completes funding for Well Installation Project Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Week - UTM Rotaract Self-care Essentials


Submitted by Aqsa & Umniyah, Rotaract Club of University of Toronto - Mississauga
 
We are always so busy trying to take care of others, that oftentimes we forget to take care of ourselves. For that reason, this year UTM Rotaract club took the initiative of selling self-care packages all through the month of March. The purpose of the fundraiser was to increase mental health awareness, encourage self-care and raise funds for CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).
Rotaract Week - UTM Rotaract Self-care Essentials Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Club Leadership Training, April 10 - April 17

If you are an incoming Board member or committee chair - or if you aspire to be, these sessions are for you. They are role-specific and provide essential information on how each committee functions. If you are a newer member,  learn the function of each committee so that you can serve.
 
For more information and to view the sessions, check out: https://rotary7080.org/Page/clt-2021
Club Leadership Training, April 10 - April 17 Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

World Rotaract Week - Rotaract Club of Brampton's Food Donation Initiative


Submitted by Rotaractor Gaurav Gujar, Rotaract Club of Brampton
 
After Rotaractor Gaurav Gujar won an internal employee contest at work, he was astonished by what he could do with a generous donation of $4000 from his employer, HSBC Bank Canada. Gaurav had come across a contest about how employees volunteer in their community and as a Rotaractor for five years, it was natural to talk about all the work he had done in the community through the Rotaract Club of Brampton. 
 
With the donation, the Rotaract Club of Brampton has decided to donate non-perishable food items to four food banks in Brampton, four times. Each time, the food donations will be approximately 150-200 pounds per food bank, so around 600-800 pounds for the year!
World Rotaract Week - Rotaract Club of Brampton's Food Donation Initiative Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Take The Enviro Pledge

Submitted by Michael Pavan, Chair of the D7080 Environment Committee
 
Rotary District 7080 shares an interest in protecting our common legacy: the Environment.
We invite our members to support activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment.
 
In a recent national poll, over half of Canadians indicated their belief that climate change will not hurt them personally.  That is concerning, with all the scientific facts that call out the severe risk of climate change that faces every country on earth.  
Take The Enviro Pledge Dan Dubreuil 2021-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

New D7080 Microsite for Non-Rotarians
 

Submitted by Dan Dubreuil, PR Director D7080
 
“Each one, bring one” is a great idea and we encourage all members to embrace it.  To help bolster membership attraction, the District has also developed a new microsite that explains who we are, and what we do. 
 
Helping our district's membership committees will be a priority for the District’s PR team next year. We’re looking to help drive real growth in membership, not just stem our declines.  The introduction of the Environment as an area of focus, and the change in membership status for Rotaractors be key to making this happen.
New D7080 Microsite for Non-Rotarians  Dan Dubreuil 2021-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

April Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie

April is Maternal and Child Health Month for Rotary which is another one of our Areas of Focus. Related to this area of focus, Gender Equality is one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. This theme was highlighted on International Women’s Day last month. The cause is one that has been a societal issue that harkens back to a time when women weren’t recognized as persons and were not allowed to vote. The women’s rights movement continues to address equality, reproductive rights and violence against women.  Although we have witnessed variable shifts in culture and advances in education, access to health care and employment, there is still a lot of work to be done. Maternal and child health is a cause that is mixed in with several of Rotary’s other areas of focus.
April Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie Dan Dubreuil 2021-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

District 7080 Conference Registration Opens Today!

Today is the day! Registration opens for the Rotary District 7080 Virtual Conference. Don’t miss our engaging and inspiring lineup of guest speakers including Ian Riseley, Valarie Wafer, and Boris Cherniak. Please note that the last day to register is May 26th, so don’t wait too long! Visit rotary7080conference.com to register today. #discon2021
District 7080 Conference Registration Opens Today! Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Interact in D7080


Curious about what our Interact Members are up to?  Click below to catch-up on their news through their Monthly Newsletters. 

See Bulletins
Interact in D7080 Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

2021-2022 Rotary Theme

2021-22 RI President Shekhar Mehta announced his theme "Serve to Change Lives" during the opening session of the International Assembly. The theme serves as an inspiration for all Rotarians and a rallying call for our efforts in 2021-2022. Watch incoming President Shekhar's official address at the International Assembly by clicking the link below.
2021-2022 Rotary Theme Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

RI's Amazing Training Resources


 
 
Learn everywhere and anytime with Rotary’s Learning Center. Take courses, find resources, connect with an online community, and track your progress. To see a basic overview of all available courses click the link below.
 
RI's Amazing Training Resources Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup


Save the Week: April 17 - 24, 2021 - Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup.

In 2021 The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors added a new area of focus: Supporting the environment.  There's no better way to celebrate than participating in the first ever Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup on April 24, 2021.
 
Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

District Membership Webinar: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity


Do you know where you and your club fit on the DEI spectrum? Join us March 24 at 7:00 PM. Our presenter is RI Vice President Elect Valarie Wafer. Valarie is the chair of the Rotary International DEI Taskforce. You will learn how you and your club can take action to create lasting change and ensure you are Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive.

Register Now!
District Membership Webinar: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

District Peace Committee Webinar


The District 7080 Peace Committee will be hosting its first webinar with guest presenter Holly White, an RI Peace Fellow. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 2nd at 7PM.
District Peace Committee Webinar Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Club of Guelph's 'Mask-querade'


Submitted by The Rotaract Club of Guelph
 
In the face of many challenges and necessary adaptations, the Rotaract Club of Guelph has gone ahead with its annual Spring Gala fundraiser, but with several COVID-safe twists. Initially unsure of how to proceed with their biggest event of the year, the club has spent the better part of the past several months brainstorming how to keep the fundraising spirit alive while staying separated. Passionate to continue the spirit of giving back to the local community, the team elected to host the gala online over Zoom on Friday, March 5, 2021 with the tongue-in-cheek theme of “Mask-querade”. 
Rotaract Club of Guelph's 'Mask-querade' Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

March Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie

 
March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month. This is one of Rotary’s 7 Area of Focus. It is also on the list of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It is the aim of the UN to have universal access to safely managed water and sanitation by 2030. But we have a long way to go. Every 2 minutes, somewhere in the world, a child dies as a result of poor hygiene or unsafe drinking water. 
 
 
 
March Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie Dan Dubreuil 2021-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

March Message - RI President Holger Knaack

 
As someone who knows firsthand the great leadership potential of Rotaractors, I always look forward to World Rotaract Week, which we are celebrating from 8 to 14 March. Rotaractors are the focus of all three of my presidential conferences this year, and I was proud when, two years ago, the Council on Legislation voted to elevate Rotaract by including Rotaract clubs as members of Rotary International. Before that, the Council had already made dual membership possible, and shortly after, the Board of Directors decided to do away with Rotaract’s age limits.
March Message - RI President Holger Knaack Dan Dubreuil 2021-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

D7080 Facebook Group

Are you a club member within 7080?  Then you should ALSO be a member of our District Facebook Group.

See posts for upcoming events and other content to enrich your life in Rotary! Post your own ideas and experiences about Rotary too.
 
This is a closed group, just for us. Request to join now:   www.facebook.com/groups/7080Community/
 
Contact Dan Dubreuil if you need more info!
D7080 Facebook Group Dan Dubreuil 2021-02-03 05:00:00Z 0

Water First Global Grant


Submitted by The Rotary Club of Guelph
 
How many times, as Rotarians and Canadians, have we heard the comment; “(We) help with water projects all over the world, why do we still have clean water issues in Canada” and then, “what can we do to assist First Nation people who are dealing with clean water issues?” The how and why of clean water issues in Canada is a complex and deeply frustrating issue for all Canadians and a life-threatening issue to affected Indigenous communities. So, what can we as concerned Canadians and Rotarians do?
 
After much research and discussion, a group of District 7080 and 7090 Rotary Clubs worked together and applied for a Global Grant to be hosted in Canada, with an International partner in Buffalo and were successful in raising $115,000 to assist in training interested Indigenous youth in clean water management.
Water First Global Grant Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Focus on Environment

Submitted by Nagwa Abou El-Naga, District 7080 Rotaract Director
 
DG Michael Lawrie recently launched a new District Committee to help our clubs tackle environmental issues and support Rotary’s newest Area of Focus. Our Environment Committee is currently planning a series of webinars to inform Rotarians about ways our clubs, and club members, can work to protect the environment.
Rotarians Focus on Environment Dan Dubreuil 2021-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Spreading Christmas Cheer - RC Palgrave

These unprecedented times have forced Rotary clubs around the world to reinvent many of their events and fundraising activities. Palgrave Rotary club is proud to have embraced this challenge and successfully developed a fundraiser that replaced income lost to the pandemic, facilitated continued interaction between the club and the community we serve most immediately, and provided a much-needed dose of Christmas cheer!
Spreading Christmas Cheer - RC Palgrave Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Blood Donation Challenge


Submitted by The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise
 
The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise has issued a Blood Donation Challenge to members, their family & friends. Between January 8 – February 14th, people are challenged to go donate blood.
 
Rotarian Jen Clarke mentions the club has been getting some good traffic and feedback on their social media channels, and members have already started making appointments and donating.

All clubs/district are welcome to join us in this challenge.  Note that this is an essential service, so the donation centres are open – by appointment only. https://www.blood.ca/en
Blood Donation Challenge Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Drive-Thru for Winter Coats - RC Mississauga Meadowvale

On Saturday, January 16th, the Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale hosted a drive-thru coat drive to collect winter coats for the annual Fight The Cold Coat Drive. Fight The Cold Coat Drive is an initiative led by Mississauga community volunteer Leslie Silvestri. Every year, Leslie collects gently used winter coats for those in need. Due to the pandemic, this year's need is much greater.
 
RCMM collected over 200 coats in the parking lot of Streetsville United Church. The club would like to thank Streetsville United and all the Rotarians and community members who donated and helped with this event. Your kindness is appreciated.
Drive-Thru for Winter Coats - RC Mississauga Meadowvale Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Adapting to Change - RC Brampton Flower City Centennial

The Rotary Club of Brampton Flower City Centennial is a relatively small but active club. The COVID 19 Pandemic affected both of our primary fund-raising events from last years. Notwithstanding our members continues to serve the community. They were able to identify several causes where the club could be of assistance.
Adapting to Change - RC Brampton Flower City Centennial Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Four Burlington Rotary Clubs at Christmas

Together, the four clubs in Burlington joined to prepare 800 goody bags full of candy canes, chocolates, a cookie and other sweets ready to add to the Christmas Dinners served on Christmas Day by the Meal Bag Program at Wellington Square United Church.
 
It has been a tough year: some folk lost their jobs, families lost loved ones, some had health issues and some became more socially isolated than ever.  Many community partners, friends, churches, and organizations, including Rotary, rallied together and did everything they could to deliver a safe ‘pandemic proof’ Christmas dinner and deliver a message of hope to those in such need. The Meal Bag Program at Wellington United Church is so grateful for the Christmassy candy bags provided by the four Burlington Rotary Clubs that gave that special touch, a sweet ending to the Christmas dinner.
 
Our partners, volunteers and friends who delivered the hot meals heard inspirational stories of gratitude for the meal on Christmas Day. Check out the action on Youtube.
 
 
Four Burlington Rotary Clubs at Christmas Jananee Savuntharanathan 2021-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

February Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie

 
Welcome to February, our shortest month and we rejoice seeing the daylight stretching a little longer each day. As Canadians, our national identity is partially formed by our four very different seasons and the opportunity to be active outdoors. Winter brings us a chance to engage in alpine and Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing and ski-doing; but this year we had to adjust to the Pandemic rules and do these things differently, if at all. The snowbirds were largely grounded this year and our love for a break in the sunny, warm southern climates was probably curtailed. None the less, as Canadians, we find ways to get fresh air and hopefully to engage with others in newly defined ways.
February Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie Dan Dubreuil 2021-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

Rising to the Challenge 

 
Past President Mary Brady and President Ralph Sprague, Rotary Burlington North
 
Our biggest struggle at the beginning of the lock down due to COVID 19, was knowing how to run a meeting virtually. The Zoom application was new to most of us. Luckily, we had a member of our club whose company allowed her to use her account for personal reasons, and she was familiar with the technology. This allowed us to start offering our meeting virtually immediately. We soon realized that it was going to be a while before we were going to meet in person again - little did we know that this was not going to be for just a few months.
 
Rising to the Challenge Dan Dubreuil 2021-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

What is The Disaster Advisory Resource Group?

IPDG Lesley Barmania, 2020-21 DARG Chair
 
The Disaster Advisory Resource Group (DARG) was established in the summer of 2020 to communicate, connect and coordinate information from members regarding local and international disaster initiatives.  For clarification, the DARG Committee will not manage projects; their role is to provide information to support our members and clubs. 
 
 
 
What is The Disaster Advisory Resource Group? Dan Dubreuil 2021-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

Why You Should Care About Rotary Branding

By Liz Thiam, Rotary brand specialist
 
As a Rotary brand specialist, I see Rotary signs everywhere. I guess you could say it’s an occupational hazard. Even my children spot Rotary signs wherever we go. So when I attended a local Rotary event in my hometown last year, I couldn’t help but notice how Rotary’s logo was being used.
Why You Should Care About Rotary Branding Dan Dubreuil 2021-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

February Message - RI President Holger Knaack

In Rotary, 23 February is our anniversary, and February is also the month when we focus on promoting peace. There is a reason for this: Contributing to peace and international understanding has been a high priority for us since our earliest days.
 
We are often asked: “How can we get involved in peace now?” There are many paths to peace in Rotary. Our youth programs point us in the direction of Positive Peace, as does the work of intercountry committees and the Rotary Action Group for Peace.
February Message - RI President Holger Knaack Dan Dubreuil 2021-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary 7080 Youth Exchange

Dean Rutty, Youth Exchange Committee Chair, 2019-2021 
 
As you all know, our District Youth Exchange Program is currently suspended. Our District Committee recently met via Zoom with our 8 anxious yet patient outbounds (the group that would have been abroad right now had it not been for the pandemic), and they, as are we, cautiously optimistic that the program can resume for 2021-22. Obviously many factors have to fall into place, including vaccine accessibility, resumption of safe air travel, ability to live with host families and attend school, and granting of visas. It is too early to tell if this will be the case.
 
I ask you to keep in mind that former Exchange students make exceptional speakers for your weekly Rotary club meetings. They not only provide a glimpse of life in another country, they offer tremendous insight into how Youth Exchange benefits communities and Rotary clubs. Zoom also makes it easy for your club to have a “reunion” of past Exchange students- how exciting to find out how their lives have changed since their Exchange!
 
Please email me and we will be pleased to arrange a wonderful speaker for your meeting.
Rotary 7080 Youth Exchange Dan Dubreuil 2021-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

Cluster Power

 
The FOUR Rotary clubs in Oakville formed an alliance or cluster to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit goes to the Assistant Governor, Bent Fink-Jensen and Community Service Director of D7080, Norma Gamble for jumping into gear as soon as it was made public that we had a challenge ahead of us.
Cluster Power Dan Dubreuil 2020-12-31 05:00:00Z 0

Cookie Dough Drop Fundraiser

Submitted by Alysha Palmer 
 
During the holiday season, the Rotaract Club of Mississauga had the opportunity to partake in a Cookie Dough Fundraiser with local organization, Terra Cotta Cookie Co., based in Georgetown, Ontario. Over a two-week span beginning November 16th, our members reached out to friends, family, coworkers, and Rotarians to pre-purchase frozen cookie dough drops, where our club would receive $5 from every box sold in support of the Ukerewe Island Well Installation Project.
Cookie Dough Drop Fundraiser Dan Dubreuil 2020-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

Council on Resolutions: 2020 Results

The Council on Resolutions meets online each year. Representatives from all of Rotary’s districts vote on resolutions proposed by clubs, districts, the RI Board of Directors, and the General Council or Conference of RIBI, as well as urgent enactments proposed by the RI Board.
 
The RI Board will consider all resolutions that the Council adopts. Adopted urgent enactments amend Rotary’s constitutional documents.
 
Council on Resolutions: 2020 Results Dan Dubreuil 2020-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

Improve Your Communication Skills 

 
RI's Learning Centre continues to provided exceptional resources for all Rotarians.  
 
Communicating effectively can help you get ahead in the workplace and in life. Sharpen your communication skills with these new courses in Rotary’s Learning Center. My Rotary login required
Improve Your Communication Skills Dan Dubreuil 2020-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

Sweat for a Cause


Submitted by Halton Rotaract
 
During a time where many of us are working from home and feeling alone, it is important we stay centered and healthy. One of the ways to do this is through physical activity. Did you know that just 30-60 minutes of daily exercise can help you stay healthy?
Sweat for a Cause Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

Jennifer Jones to Speak at RC of Brampton - Jan 11, 2020

 
Jennifer Jones, the Rotary International President Nominee for 2022-23, will be speaking at the regular ZOOM meeting of the Rotary Club of Brampton on January 11 at 12 noon. We are very proud to have a Canadian as the first woman President of R.I.
 
President Dittie Voegele of the Rotary Club of Brampton is pleased to invite all District 7080 Rotarians, and a few others as well, to hear Jennifer speak on 'The Future of Rotary'.
 
Jennifer is a former Vice-President of Rotary International and was a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, until selected as the President Nominee.
 
Jennifer Jones to Speak at RC of Brampton - Jan 11, 2020 Dan Dubreuil 2020-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

January Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie

Hello and welcome to 2021: We have passed the half -way mark in this Rotary year. It is with humble pride that we can look back on 2020 and reflect on how far we have come. The year that was themed “Rotary Opens Opportunity” has encouraged us not to count barriers, obstacles and restrictions but to reframe them as challenges that encouraged us to respond. We had the opportunity to choose a course of action that we hadn’t planned on. RI President, Holger Knaack, had encouraged us to be revolutionary and not be confined by our past habits. The Pandemic, I believe, will represent a milestone year for us and we will hereafter refer to BC and AC – before Covid and after Covid. 
 
 
 
January Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie Dan Dubreuil 2020-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

Bringing Santa to the People!

Submitted by Sandra Lawson
 
The Ingersoll Rotary Club wanted to share our Club's Christmas Celebration during this difficult year. This Christmas the club brought Santa to the People after having to cancel their traditional Santa Claus Parade. This small parade covered 85 km of the Town over five nights and had over 3000 people track our GPS location.
Bringing Santa to the People! Dan Dubreuil 2020-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

January Message - RI President Holger Knaack

January is finally here. As we look forward to 2021, our thinking doesn’t have to stop at the end of these 365 days. Are you thinking ahead about what you will be doing in 2022, 2023, and beyond?
 
We cannot foresee the future, but we can steer ourselves where we want to go. I think it is important that every Rotary club hold a strategic meeting at least once a year. Past RI Director Greg Yank, who has a lot of experience working with clubs on their plans, shares his viewpoint....
 
 
January Message - RI President Holger Knaack Dan Dubreuil 2020-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7080 Virtual Conference Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

Nominations for District 7080 Awards are now Open!

 
As Rotarians, we all follow the motto “Service Above Self”. However District 7080 District also feels it is important to recognize outstanding contributions that are quietly and selflessly made by dedicated Rotarians and Rotary Partners who go above and beyond.  That is why the D7080 District Awards were created.
Nominations for District 7080 Awards are now Open! Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Young Professionals Mentorship Program

 
The Rotary Passport Club South has teamed up with Rotaractors and young professionals in the community to kick-off their second cohort of the Young Professionals Mentorship Program. 
 
The program aims to connect young professionals with Rotarians and provide opportunities for both mentors and mentees to acquire new skills and knowledge. 
Young Professionals Mentorship Program Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary in Action - Serving the Homeless in Woodstock

Woodstock-Oxford Rotary comes weekly to the Community Free Table, supporting needs of the homeless and less fortunate in their community.  “It was the idea of a local resident in our community who started it,” said club member Doug Vincent.  “Shortly thereafter, Rotary got involved supporting the need by providing a BBQ lunch along with other fruit and yoghurt snacks, etc.”.  
Rotary in Action - Serving the Homeless in Woodstock Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Spreads Christmas Cheer

Submitted by:  Doug Vincent, Woodstock Oxford Rotary 
 
Woodstock-Oxford Rotary continues to share some Christmas Cheer with the homeless and less fortunate in their community.  In addition to their regular Saturday BBQ lunch and distribution of clothing and hygiene items, they have been busy with some special activities for Christmas.
 
Thanks to Ingersoll Rotarian and owner of Woodstock Giant Tiger, Bob Armstrong, they are sourcing several bags of donated groceries for distribution.  Bob came up with the idea of suggesting customers purchase a $5.00 bag of groceries for the less fortunate.  With additional donations by Giant Tiger, there is more than $5.00 value in each bag, which the Rotarians are distributing to those in need..
Rotary Spreads Christmas Cheer Dan Dubreuil 2020-11-30 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor for Rotary Year 2023-24

From the Desk of District Governor Mike Lawrie
 
It is with great pleasure that I announce the result of the selection process for the District Governor for Rotary year 2023-24 - Brenda Halloran of  Rotary Waterloo.

 
District Governor for Rotary Year 2023-24 Dan Dubreuil 2020-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

December Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie

December is upon us and our Rotary district is alive and vibrant.  We are coming into the sixth month of the Rotary year and nearing the half way mark. The monthly theme is Disease Prevention and Treatment which is the Area of Focus Number 2 of the 7 areas that Rotary identifies. Our fight to end polio is the primary goal for Rotary International and it is with realistic anticipation that we await the eradication of this disease. 
December Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie Dan Dubreuil 2020-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

Get Your Word Out Through our District’s Facebook Page

Our district's Facebook Page has over 1500 Followers.  Most are Rotarians, but many are not. Going forward we plan to use the district Facebook Page to help our clubs promote their events and celebrate their successes.
 
We need your help. With almost 50 clubs in the district it’s a challenge to keep-up with everything that is going on. If you’d like to have the district Facebook Page share a post about an event or a story from your club, please email the URL of the Facebook Post that’s on your club’s Facebook page to:  connect@rotary7080.org  
Get Your Word Out Through our District’s Facebook Page Dan Dubreuil 2020-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Over $100,000 Raised by the Rotary Online Auction Dan Dubreuil 2020-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Embraces “GivingTuesday”

GivingTuesday has become a global movement for charitable giving and volunteering. It takes place on the Tuesday that follows Thanksgiving (in the USA) and marks the unofficial “Opening Day” of the giving season.
 
In the same way that retailers have come together to create Black Friday, the giving community has banded together for GivingTuesday.  It’s a time when individuals rally to support their favourite cause.
 
Rotary International Embraces “GivingTuesday” Dan Dubreuil 2020-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

The Upside of Zoom – Promote Your Speakers

 
One of the benefits of moving Zoom meetings has been the ability to attract new and different speakers to our clubs.  Many clubs are making the most of Zoom by connecting with speakers from outside their communities. Clubs have also tapped new presenters from within their community who now have the time to present due to the restrictions that COVID-19 has placed on other parts of their lives. (Lots of FREE time!)
 


 
The Upside of Zoom – Promote Your Speakers Dan Dubreuil 2020-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

December Message - RI President Holger Knaack

As I look back on 2020, I reflect on how our lives have changed. The global COVID-19 pandemic brought pain and loss to many of us. And for almost all of us, our daily lives, family time, and work also changed this year. But we've made it to the end of this difficult year, not on our own but by reaching out to one another, as we always do in Rotary. With each passing year, I become prouder of our organization.
December Message - RI President Holger Knaack Dan Dubreuil 2020-11-28 05:00:00Z 0

District Environment Committee Launched

Protecting our environment has officially become an area of focus for Rotary International. Given RI's commitment to this important goal, District 7080 has taken action. We have established a District Environment Committee (DEC). The inaugural meeting took place on October 28th and established our role and goals. This committee is to be a resource and support to clubs and their Environment Committees. In addition, the DEC will collect and share the success stories and best practices of the individual clubs. A speaker series will be launched and promoted. Two expert speakers have already been booked. Look for more on that in next month's bulletin.
 
The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) recently published a good overview of what individual clubs can do to support the environment.  A copy of the guide is located on our district website. Clear here to read or download a copy.  
 
Rotary International has allocated $18 million dollars over the next 5 years to help fund projects related to environmental protection. Applications will be accepted starting in July of 2021.
 
We are hoping to add members to the committee, so if you have a passion for environment issues and have some time please connect with me, Norma Gamble.
District Environment Committee Launched Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

2019-2020 Awards and Citations

As Rotarians, we belong to Rotary for the satisfaction of knowing that we are contributing in our own way to make our community and our world a better place. Service above Self. However as District, it is important to recognize and celebrate the many significant contributions that are quietly and selflessly being made by dedicated Rotarians and Rotary Partners, and to recognize clubs which strive to build their membership and strengthen the communities they are part of. The District 7080 Awards are one way of recognizing those contributions and accomplishments.
2019-2020 Awards and Citations Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Day at the United Nations

 
 
Every November, Rotary Day at the United Nations highlights the humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world.  In past years, members have spent the day at UN headquarters in New York City or one of the organization’s other offices where they hear keynote speakers and share information.
Rotary Day at the United Nations Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

November Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie

 
We are now 4 months into our Rotary year, and I continue to be impressed with the energy, dedication and innovation shown by our clubs. By visiting almost exclusively on Zoom, the creativity and imagination that I have witnessed is amazing.
November Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
November Message - RI President Holger Knaack Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Milton Cruisin' Parade

Submitted by Rod McLachlan
 
On Sunday, September 13th, the Milton Rotary Club, in partnership with local organizers and members of the Milton Optimist Club, hosted an event called the Milton Cruisin’ Parade that involved 67 vehicles.
 
 
Milton Cruisin' Parade Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Guelph South's Annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Steps to Stop Silence

Submitted by Leanne Iravani
 
Fergus Elora Rotary Club member Neil Dunsmore took the first steps to stopping the silence around mental health and suicide by walking 531 km from the Township of Centre Wellington to the nation’s capital, Ottawa. When asked why he would take on such a challenge, Dunsmore answered with a typical Rotarian response “It’s about my community!”.
 
Steps to Stop Silence Dan Dubreuil 2020-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

Planting For Our Future

By Mike Elsey, Rotary Club of Georgetown President and John Lanthier, Friend of Rotary
 
On October 3rd, 2020, The Rotary Club of Georgetown organized and led an ambitious project to plant 2020 trees along the Hungry Hollow Trail network in Halton Hills.  This initiative, “Planting For Our Future,” was part of the club’s goal to positively impact the natural environment of our town for generations while recognizing the club's 65th Anniversary. 
 
Planting For Our Future Dan Dubreuil 2020-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

November is Rotary Foundation Month

Source: Borrowed with pride from District 7070 website
 
What is your Rotary Club doing in November to celebrate and focus on The Rotary Foundation?
 
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities such as eradicating polio, promoting peace and protecting our environment. 
November is Rotary Foundation Month Dan Dubreuil 2020-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

First Community Interact Club Founded in our District

Submitted by Uche Okugo. 
 
On October 25th, our district formally handed over the Certificate of Organization to the President and members of our first community-based Interact Club in Distrct 7080. The Interact team was led by Diane Oyedeji (President). Poonam Kaur (Vice President), Chiquita Yerrmnchetty (Head of Finance), and Simardeep Dhanota (Head of communications) were also in attendance.
 
Thanks to Saskia Wijngaard for organizing the meeting, Dittie Voegele for hosting and Luisa Santos-Mocon for providing warmth, apple ciders and cookies.
 
Also, thanks to DG Mike Lawrie, Youth Services Director Ed Fowler and my great District Interact team for your continuous support. Congratulations Rotary!
 

 
 
First Community Interact Club Founded in our District Dan Dubreuil 2020-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

640 Meals 

Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale
 
On Saturday, October 3rd, club members from the Rotary Club of Mississauga-Meadowvale contributed funds to Feed Mississauga to provide 640 meals to Mississauga residents in need. Feed Mississauga began as a special initiative to help families in Mississauga during the pandemic.
 
The club was able to contribute funds that were raised through charity bingo at Rama Gaming and matched by a special covid Rotary district grant to fund 640 hot meals.
The RCMM team was out at the Mississauga Convention Centre on October 3rd to help deliver the meals across their community. Helping hands were received from Peel Regional Police and the Mississauga Fire Department.
 
A special visit from Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie was appreciated. Sincere thanks go to the team at Feed Mississauga, the Mississauga Convention Centre, Peel Regional Police, Mississauga Fire Department, and Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
640 Meals Dan Dubreuil 2020-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

Peace Committee Opportunities

Submitted by Kathleen Dick, Chair Rotary District 7080 Peace Committee
 
Are you interested in serving on the District Peace Committee? We are looking for Rotarians who may have some interest.
 
Our goals are to actively engage every club in peace building within the District, assist clubs in putting Rotary’s core value of peace building into action, keeping clubs informed of Rotary peace initiatives both locally and internationally, provide education opportunities on peace building for interested clubs and to work with clubs to identify potential Rotary Peace Fellowship candidates, and to inform the members of the Peace Studies Programs available at the University of Waterloo.
 
We are currently available to do presentations at your club meetings and would be happy to do so.  If you have any questions, please contact me at: kmbd1008@gmail.com
 
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Peace Committee Opportunities Dan Dubreuil 2020-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Call for Nominations for District Governor for 2023-2024 is Now Open Darren Sweeney 2020-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

District Speaker Series: Moving from Diversity to Inclusive Opportunities for All!

The best way to grow Rotary is to inspire and motivate existing members, and to find new members with a passion for service. Come ready to be inspired and learn how diversity and inclusion can strengthen your club. "Dr. Bowtie Todd" will present “Moving from Diversity to Inclusive Opportunities”. This is not your ordinary diversity talk, so come prepared to learn and have fun!
 
District Speaker Series: Moving from Diversity to Inclusive Opportunities for All! Dan Dubreuil 2020-10-07 04:00:00Z 0
Take Action for World Polio Day: 24 October Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 1

Stories Connect Us

 
Submitted by Susan Jasper
 
Twelve years ago, a literacy dream was created by Rotary called Telling Tales. Local clubs banded together to bring to their community a literary festival that would be free and accessible to all.  It was an instant hit and has grown steadily; last year’s 2-day event attracted over 7,000 people. 
Stories Connect Us Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

October Message - RI President Holger Knaack

During a recent Zoom meeting with Rotarians and Rotaractors, I looked at the smiling faces on my screen and realized how much our organization has changed in a short period. It is clear that there is no going back to the "old normal" in Rotary — and I see that as an exciting opportunity!
 
 
October Message - RI President Holger Knaack 2020-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

More Than a Motto

 
Written by Janice Moore
 
The past several months has seen an incredible change in our world on a macro level. There is no one in the world that has not been affected by the pandemic that has reached every corner of the globe.
More Than a Motto Dan Dubreuil 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

Better Together

Submitted by Dan Dubreuil
 
2020 marks the 11th year for the Rotary Online Auction.  Started in 2009 by the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar, the event now includes a total of 7 Clubs in District 7080.  Over the past 3 years the event has successfully generated over $200K in net proceeds for participating clubs.
 
Better Together Dan Dubreuil 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

October Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie

We are now 3 months into the Rotary year and our clubs and clusters are churning along as we address the needs in our communities and respond to issues around the world. Each month has a theme that might involve one of our 7 Areas of Focus or another topic of importance. As you will read elsewhere in this newsletter, October is Economic and Community Development Month. Rotary and our many partners work in areas to help individuals acquire skills and equipment to earn an income. From training women and girls to sew and providing them with sewing machines, to teaching financial literacy and sound business practices, Rotary and our partners help to build sustainable communities.
October Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie Dan Dubreuil 2020-09-28 04:00:00Z 0

Time to be a PR Rockstar!

With 50 clubs and +1400 members, our district is a powerhouse of service and goodwill within Southern Ontario. Amazingly, we’re still a well-kept secret within many of the communities we serve.  The PR Rock Star program is looking to change that, and we need you to be part of the plan!
Time to be a PR Rockstar! Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-09-28 04:00:00Z 0

Take Action for World Polio Day: 24 October
 

Every year, Rotarians and Rotaractors across the globe mobilize for World Polio Day to raise awareness about eradicating polio for good. If we stay committed, polio will be eradicated.
 
Join the effort to ensure every child receives the polio vaccine and end polio by organizing a World Polio Day event. In 2019, Rotary members held more than 5,900 events in 136 countries. This year, online events and activities will allow us to expand our reach even more and inspire others to join with Rotary.
 
Plan an event for your community!  Not sure how to take action for World Polio Day? From virtual event ideas to social media posts and photos, the World Polio Day Toolkit can help you start planning and promoting your activities now.
 
Take Action for World Polio Day: 24 October  Dan Dubreuil 2020-09-28 04:00:00Z 0


September Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie

Hello Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends…..
 
We have now completed 2 months of the current Rotary year and our District is buzzing with activity in so many areas. Our continued response to the Covid Pandemic shows the resilience, innovation and energy of the clubs and clusters as we continue to reach out to our local communities as well as around the world. I will highlight just a few of the initiatives fostered by our clubs.
 
 
September Message - District Governor Mike Lawrie Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0


A Simple Idea, Very Well Executed

 
 
Let’s face it, a bottle drive isn’t exactly a new or exciting event.  That didn’t stop the Oakville Trafalgar Club and clubs within their cluster from making it a true success. To date, over $9000 has been raised from community donations of returnable bottles and cans.  At 20¢ a bottle and 10¢ a can, that’s a mountain of returns!
 
 
A Simple Idea, Very Well Executed Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary to Help with Supplies for Beirut

The Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club is sending much-needed medical supplies and equipment to patients in Beirut  after an explosion last month left nearly 200 people dead and an estimated 6,000 injured.
 
 
Rotary to Help with Supplies for Beirut Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

September Message - RI President Holgar Knaack

Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,
 
Rotary youth exchange — one of the many programs for youths and young adults that we celebrate this month — was my path into true engagement in Rotary. My wife, Susanne, and I began hosting exchange students soon after I joined, and the experience helped me go from simply being a member of my Rotary club to being a true Rotarian. Now Rotary Youth Exchange is a family tradition, and a strong one: Over the past 24 years, we have hosted 43 students!
September Message - RI President Holgar Knaack Dan Dubreuil 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0


Interactors Support Health & Hygiene in Nigeria

Interactors of Central Peel Secondary School were able to raise over $2,200 through a go-fund-me page which provided two instant microbial water filters to two maternity units in two hospitals in Nigeria. The students also provided 100 breastfeeding mothers living in an IDP camp in Nigeria with soap for sanitation and improved hygiene.
 
 
Interactors Support Health & Hygiene in Nigeria Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0


Rotary Club of Cambridge PH Partners with The Coping Centre

The Coping Center was founded in 1990 by Glenn and Roslyn Crichton after the loss of their 5 year old daughter to Leukemia. Located in a century old estate nestled in 6 acres of beautiful gardens and mature trees, it offers a peaceful place for support and encouragement in the uniqueness of one’s grief journey.
 
 
Rotary Club of Cambridge PH Partners with The Coping Centre Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Eggs & Cheese for Chalmers Food Pantry, Guelph

Chalmers Community Services Centre provides food, clothing, diapers, and other services to community members in need.  Funding for the bulk of the food is provided through grants; local churches also provide some funding as well as diapers, toilet paper and food items.
Eggs & Cheese for Chalmers Food Pantry, Guelph Dan Dubreuil 2020-08-31 04:00:00Z 0

Go Green

 
 
This month, the Rotaractors of District 7080 are joining forces for our very first collaborate sustainability activity! Almost in the end stages of planning, this endeavour aims to create awareness of environmental issues around the world and in our communities, while encouraging sustainable ways of living.
Go Green Dan Dubreuil 2020-08-31 04:00:00Z 0


Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise Adopt-a-Road Clean-up

 
On Saturday, July 18th, 2020 ten (10) members of The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise and two (2 guests) undertook a road clean-up on Franklin Boulevard between Can-Amera Parkway and Avenue Road in Cambridge as part of the Region of Waterloo’s Adopt-a-Road Program. Despite the heat and humidity, a good time was had by all involved in the operation.
 
Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise Adopt-a-Road Clean-up Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

August Message - RI President Holgar Knaack

 
The year 2020 has brought monumental changes that have already included a global pandemic and a renewed call for social justice. We are reminded that we live in a constantly changing world, and Rotary is a reflection of that world.
 
We must be ready to listen and adapt, always drawing upon our core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. If we live these values and apply The Four-Way Test to all aspects of our lives, we will be prepared to lead at all times.
August Message - RI President Holgar Knaack Dan Dubreuil 2020-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

August Message - Governor Mike Lawrie

Greetings, Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends.
 
We are now 1 month into the new Rotary year and 4 months into COVID-19. When the Rotary theme for this year was unveiled in January, RI could little imagine that “Rotary Opens Opportunities” would drive new outreach projects and innovative fundraising events focused on helping those within our community deal with a global pandemic.
 
But here we are. As Rotarians we’ve responded to new opportunities to help!
 
August Message - Governor Mike Lawrie Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-08-01 04:00:00Z 0


Canada's Largest Ribfest Now Canada's Largest Drive Thru? 

The 25th anniversary of Canada’s Largest Ribest was going to be a truly special celebration for the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore.
 
Over the past 24 years the event has raised over $3.5 Million for local charities, scholarship and international projects. The plans for this year’s event were big and ambitious…then COVID-19 came knocking.
 
 
Canada's Largest Ribfest Now Canada's Largest Drive Thru?  Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaract Club of Mississauga Bottle & Can Drive

With COVID-19 imposing limitations on the ability of the Rotaract Club of Mississauga to hold meetings and host fundraisers, club members sought out a way that they could continue to stay engaged with one another and raise funds for the good of the community.
 
Beginning in May, the club recruited friends, family members, neighbours and other Rotarians to donate their empty cans and bottles to be returned to the Beer Store for a small profit.
Rotaract Club of Mississauga Bottle & Can Drive Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Tour de Guelph Pivots in Response to COVID-19

When the Tour de Guelph Committee met in March 2020, they knew that the traditional event wouldn’t be possible this year. COVID-19 just wasn’t going to allow a one-day event in June for 750 riders.
 
Like so many fundraising events, Tour de Guelph was at risk of being cancelled. The financial shortfall would be huge for the many local charities that benefit from funds raised at the event each year. With this hard reality in mind, the committee knew that cancelling simply was not an option. 
 
 
Tour de Guelph Pivots in Response to COVID-19 Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

New COVID-19 Disaster Response Grants

On April 15th the district submitted a request to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) for a US$25,000 Disaster Response Grant to help our clubs with COVID-19 relief projects. We were advised soon after that available funds were exhausted and that our application would be kept on file. We were not optimistic, but we remained hopeful.
 
 
New COVID-19 Disaster Response Grants Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Online Training Resources Abound!

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi
 
A key benefit of being a Rotarian is having access to Rotary International’s array of online learning resources.   My.Rotary supports an extensive list of online courses focused on running an effective club and/ or leading a committee. It also offers material focused on building essential leadership skills.  New material is added  to their catalogue regularly, so it’s always worth a look to see what’s new: https://learn.rotary.org/members/learn/catalog/view/19
 
 
Online Training Resources Abound! Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Brampton Generates $85,000 in Food Donations

In late March the effects of COVID-19 began to take hold in Brampton. The province’s decision to close all but essential services triggered an increased need for food for families. 
 
The Rotary Club of Brampton’s call to action was to help and the club donated $50,000 for the Regeneration Outreach Centre and, by reaching out to our members’ extensive business networks, the club was able to solicit an additional $35,000 in corporate support.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Brampton Generates $85,000 in Food Donations Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Opening New Communication Channels

 
In June 2020, an exciting outcome reached in a conversation between the DG Michael Lawrie and the Director of the District Rotaractors Committee (DRC) Nagwa Abou El-Naga. The DG Michael Lawrie suggested getting the DRC members to join a number of the 7080 District Committees. Nagwa was thrilled that this short conversation with Michael led to implementing this progressive action. 
Opening New Communication Channels Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

July Message - President Holgar Knaack

Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,
 
This does not seem like a time for great optimism, but it has to be. Long before Rotary was founded, the world dealt with great crises that tested humankind’s ability to progress and endure. In the age of Rotary, the world has faced many more catastrophes; however, we have survived, and every step of the way, Rotary has helped the world heal.
 
Every great challenge is an opportunity for renewal and growth. I revealed the theme of Rotary Opens Opportunities at the International Assembly in San Diego just as the COVID-19 crisis was beginning, but these are words that I have believed for many years.
 
Rotary is not just a club that you join; it is an invitation to endless opportunities. We believe in creating opportunities for others and for ourselves. We believe that our acts of service, large and small, generate opportunities for people who need our help, and that Rotary opens opportunities for us to live a richer, more meaningful life, with friends around the world, based on our core values.
 
Governments and institutions are gaining a greater appreciation for the types of public health partnerships that are critical to our work. People stuck at home, eager for greater connections and hungry to help their communities, are now embracing the values we have promoted since our beginning.
 
All of this is positive news, but just because there are greater opportunities than ever for Rotary to thrive does not guarantee that we will succeed. The world is changing rapidly — and was doing so even before this crisis. People were starting to move away from regular lunch meetings and toward online gatherings. Friendships were being cultivated and revived in social media relationships even before most of our meetings moved to Zoom and Skype. Younger generations have a strong desire to serve — but have questioned whether they could play a meaningful role in organizations like Rotary or whether they might make a bigger impact forming different types of connections. Now is the time to put everything on the table, test new approaches, and prepare Rotary for the future.
 
The COVID-19 crisis has forced all of us to adapt. This is good, and our new Action Plan specifically calls on us to improve our ability to adapt. But adaptation is not enough. We need to change, and change dramatically, if we are to face the challenges of this new age and provide the Rotary that the world so desperately needs.
 
This is our great challenge, not just in the next year but into the future. It is up to us to remake Rotary for these new times — to wholeheartedly embrace the ideas, energy, and commitment of young people eager to find an outlet for idealism. We must become an organization fully enmeshed in the digital age, not one that simply looks for online ways to keep doing what we have always done.
 
The world needs Rotary now more than ever. It is up to us to make sure that Rotary Opens Opportunities for generations to come.
 
July Message - President Holgar Knaack Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Share Your Ideas in Our District Facebook Group

Facebook is a powerful platform to share ideas and generate discussion.  District 7080 currently has two channels on Facebook; each has a unique role and objective.
 
Our Facebook Page targets those outside of Rotary with stories meant to  encourage involvement in our organization.
 
Our Facebook Community Group is where club members go to share their ideas, insights and passion for Rotary.
Share Your Ideas in Our District Facebook Group Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Supporting the Environment Becomes a New Area of Focus

The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.
 
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 a New Area of Focus Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Up to $5000 Federal in Grants for Eligible Rotarians and Rotaractors 

The Federal Government is now offering Grants of up to $5,000 to eligible students who have served in a Not for Profit organization as a Volunteer on Covid 19 Related Projects.
 
Volunteer activities that focus on Community Service or Public Relations (eg website development, social media planning) are preferred but other areas will be considered. Restricted activities include fundraising and government lobbying.
Up to $5000 Federal in Grants for Eligible Rotarians and Rotaractors  Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Four Clubs, One Great Result!

By Norma Gamble (Passport Club South)
 
When COVID-19 reared its ugly head in our community the four Oakville Rotary Clubs immediately came together to discuss projects and fundraising efforts that might meet the emerging needs. An Oakville Rotary Relief Fund was formed and to date has raised over $45,000, including a district COVID-19 grant of $5,000. The Rotary Club of Oakville, Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar, Rotary Club of Oakville West, and the Passport South Rotary Club, with donations from the general public made at www.rotaryoakville.ca continue to impact profoundly the Oakville community.
Four Clubs, One Great Result! Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaract is No Longer a Program – It’s a New Type of Membership within RI

For several years Rotarians and Rotaractors around the world have been discussing how to elevate Rotaract and recognize their clubs as equal partners in service. Rotaractors have offered their ideas to the Board through RI’s Rotaract Committee, at the annual Rotaract Pre-convention, and through online surveys and focus groups — and it was time to take action.
Rotaract is No Longer a Program – It’s a New Type of Membership within RI Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

New District Training Opportunities for Club PR

This spring’s Club Leadership Training program demonstrated the power of real-time online training sessions. The PR Committee is looking to keep a good thing going by offering 3 new training sessions for members looking dial-up their PR and communication skills. 
 
Each session will last 1 hour and will take place on the last Saturday of the month starting in July.
New District Training Opportunities for Club PR Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

July Message - Governor Mike Lawrie

My Personal Theme for this year is Take Care of Self, Each Other and the Planet. Our personal success depends on making smart choices, on having strong relationships and working on restoring and strengthening our environment. As a retired Family Physician I naturally bring my professional values to Rotary. In this month’s message I’d like to focus on Taking Care of Self.
 
At first glance, Taking Care of Self seems like a self-centred idea. Some might say it’s the antithesis of being a Rotarian. We are about Service Above Self. Doesn’t prioritizing ‘Self’ subjugate the importance of serving other others? Nothing could be further from the truth!     
 
We’ve all heard the message before take-off.  “Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others.”  Here the reason for focusing on ourselves first is clear; we need to prioritize our need for oxygen so that we don’t faint and remove all hope of helping others. 
 
Within Rotary, taking care of self allows us to do a better job of serving others.  Taking care of self speaks to the need for basic personal health, nutrition, sleep and exercise. It also means being aware and responsive to our own mental health.
 
The stress of a Pandemic makes this last point especially important. To be clear, we are not living in a ‘New Normal’.  The adjustments we’ve made to avoid contracting Covid 19 are not in tune with human nature. We are social beings with a need for deep human connection in order to thrive. Deprivation from meaningful social interaction is a slippery slope that can lead to physical and mental health issues. Uncertainty about a lasting solution for Covid 19 makes matters worse. In some cases new financial pressures compound the issue. To some degree Covid 19 has put us all on a slope.
 
I hesitate to be prescriptive about how to best care for self in this pandemic. Volumes have recently been written to educate and inform. The prioritization of taking care of self is the best medicine I can offer. Advice from the doctor: Make a conscious effort to gauge your daily physical and mental health.  If you feel either is eroding quickly, seek help and advice from a friend, family member or health care professional. Prioritize your health; your ability to truly serve others depends on it!  Rotary depends on it. 
 
I’ll take this opportunity to say a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to District Governor Lesley Barmania for her leadership, adaptability, passion and tireless efforts to communicate and follow-up with action throughout the past year. The theme for this past year was Rotary Connects the World; with the help of Lesley’s leadership we certainly did that!
 
As well, thank you to all that served in district and club leadership positions over the past year. It certainly was not ‘business as usual’; your efforts to lead during a time of adversity are appreciated by all.
 
I look forward to meeting you all in the coming year (by Zoom, if need be).  If you have a special meeting, event, fundraiser or service project and would like me to attend, just ask. You can reach me at via email at: lawrieclan@rogers.com  Or, give me a call at: 519-503-2646.
 
Please do take care!
 
 
July Message - Governor Mike Lawrie Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Introducing Valarie Wafer, Board Director at RI and A Fellow Canadian

For the last 3 years our zone, Zone 28, has been well represented by Jeffry Cadorette. His knowledge and terrific sense of humour made him a friend of our District. Replacing Jeffry will be Valarie Wafer, a member of the Rotary Club of Collingwood, South Georgian Bay.
 
Joining Rotary in 2005 made a profound impact on Valarie’s life, giving her a new viewpoint of the world and how substantial differences happen when we work together.  Valarie was governor of District 7070, which covers the greater Toronto area, in 2013/14. Now residing in Collingwood, Valarie’s home club is the Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay.
Introducing Valarie Wafer, Board Director at RI and A Fellow Canadian Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 1
July District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
There’s Never Been a Better Reason to Visit Taipei!  Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

The 2020 Virtual Rotary Convention – Sign-Up for July Break-out Sessions!
 

Although the General Sessions have come and gone, there are still opportunities to participate in this year’s Rotary Convention.  If you haven’t had a chance, check out recordings of the two General Sessions posted to YouTube:
 
Day One:    https://bit.ly/2020-Day1
Day  Two:   https://bit.ly/2020-Day2.  
 
Or better yet, take part in the virtual break-out sessions happening throughout July.  With over 30 speakers, there’s a topic for just about everybody’s interest.
 
Click here to see the full line-up:  https://convention.rotary.org/en/honolulu/july-breakouts
 
 
The 2020 Virtual Rotary Convention – Sign-Up for July Break-out Sessions!  Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
June District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2020-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
June is Rotary Fellowships Month Darren Sweeney 2020-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

Archives - Marco Polo of Rotary

Marco Polo of Rotary – Submitted by Badar Shamim, Rotary Brampton 
 
James Wheeler Davidson can be considered as the “Marco Polo of Rotary”.  A member of the Rotary Club of Calgary in 1914, he was named as “Rotary’s Ambassador Extraordinary”.  Davidson was the man behind Rotary’s growth in Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Syria and then British India. Badar adds, “It’s mind blowing to think that Calcutta, India has been a part of Rotary International family for a hundred years, and that Rotary Lahore will be a hundred years old in 7 years, and is 13 years older than RC Brampton!”
Archives - Marco Polo of Rotary Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
May District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2020-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Online Meeting Ideas

 
Congratulations to the 44 clubs in District 7080 who have successfully continued to meet online as they have not been able to meet in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many clubs are reporting a higher attendance rate which is great news!  The provision of Zoom licenses by the District to each cluster has greatly facilitated this online activity, both at the club and cluster levels.  We must remember that it is still a requirement for clubs to meet, and especially important for us to carry on the work of Rotary during this time when the community needs us the most.
 
Online Meeting Ideas Darren Sweeney 2020-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Paul Harris!   Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
May is Youth Service Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Disaster Response Grants

Clubs and districts can apply for Rotary disaster response grants to support COVID-19 relief efforts. These grants can be used to provide supplies and medical care and to support rebuilding efforts. 
 
The Rotary Foundation Trustees recently approved placing $1 million in our Disaster Response Fund to make these grants immediately available for applications related to COVID-19. 
 
Rotarians care for and protect people in their local communities and around the world.
 
Rotary Disaster Response Grants Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
April District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s statement on COVID-19 and its impact on polio eradication efforts

March 30, 2020
 
Dear Rotarians,

In every corner of the world, it seems that not a single person or community is unaffected by COVID-19. You may be wondering how to stay focused on our work eradicating polio when we are dealing with a pandemic caused by a virus for which there is not yet a vaccine — a situation similar to what the world faced with the poliovirus not so long ago.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic response requires worldwide solidarity and an urgent global effort. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), with thousands of polio workers and an extensive laboratory and surveillance network, has a moral imperative to ensure that these resources are used to support countries in their preparedness and response.
Rotary’s statement on COVID-19 and its impact on polio eradication efforts Darren Sweeney 2020-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

Best Practices for Holding Online Meetings

Some parts of an in-person meeting don't work well online. Develop your meeting content to eliminate or reformat activities that are best done face-to-face.

Keep things interesting by minimizing presentation length and maximizing discussion. Include polls, open Q&A, practice sharing - anything that focuses attention on the content and each other.

Best Practices for Holding Online Meetings Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
April is Maternal and Child Health Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Virus Update - March 16/20

To: All Rotary and Rotaract Club Presidents, Presidents’ Elect, Club Secretaries
CC:  D7080 Council, D7080 Committee Chairs, D7080 Assistant
 
March 16th, 2020
 
The COVID-19 situation is evolving hourly.  Today, government and medical advisors are asking all Canadians to take stronger measures to contain the spread of the virus.  We've been advised that we can flatten the curve of coronavirus by taking further disciplined steps to protect ourselves, our families and our communities by not only being more mindful of hand hygiene, but also through social distancing and voluntary isolation.  
 
We are therefore asking all clubs to suspend all in-person meetings and events for at least 3 weeks from today, or until further notice.  It’s time to adopt alternative meeting options that will allow us to stay connected until this virus situation abates.   
 
COVID-19 Virus Update - March 16/20 Darren Sweeney 2020-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

Suggestions for your club to stay active and involved

Here are some options available to you for club and committee meetings. RI President Mark Maloney is encouraging all of us to use our discretion when it comes to club and district meetings and events, including Rotary programs and activities. Canceling or postponing in-person meetings or Rotary-related travel may be appropriate in light of club-specific circumstances. Even if events are held as scheduled, some members may choose to not take part.
 
In either event, we should all be thinking in terms of how to use this time to stay connected to Rotary, to our fellow club members and even of ways to serve our clubs and our communities. While we are living in challenging times, the hallmark of Rotary has always been rising to challenge after challenge.   
 
Suggestions for your club to stay active and involved Darren Sweeney 2020-03-14 04:00:00Z 1

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from District 7080

 
Date: March 12, 2020
To:     All Rotary and Rotaract Club Presidents
CC:    Assistant Governors
 
We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation for the past few weeks. Given yesterday’s announcements from the World Health Organization, the Government of Canada, Government of the USA, and leading medical professionals, the D7080 Governor Team (G-Team) have decided to postpone all in-person district events that have been scheduled for the remainder of this Rotary year.   This includes DA/CLT, RLI, RYLA, District Team Training, Presidents meetings, Council meetings and the District Conference.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from District 7080 Darren Sweeney 2020-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
March District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2020-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
March is Water and Sanitation Month Darren Sweeney 2020-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

January RI Board of Directors Decisions

 
The third 2019–20 RI Board of Directors meeting was held on 27–29 January 2020 at Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, IL USA. At this meeting, the Board reviewed nine committee reports and recorded 39 decisions.
January RI Board of Directors Decisions Darren Sweeney 2020-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
February is Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
February District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2020-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Theme 2020

Rotary is not just a club that you join, it is an invitation to endless opportunities. The theme for 2020-2021 is -- Rotary Opens Opportunities". President-elect Holger Knaack

Rotary International Theme 2020 Darren Sweeney 2020-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7080 Conference Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Guelph will celebrate their centennial this year.

 
What a terrific photo of the 25 members who started the Rotary Club of Guelph in February 1920. Research shows that Rotary Guelph was the first club to charter in District 7080. Thomas Funk, a member of Rotary Guelph is currently writing a book of the club’s first 100 years.  We look forward to a great read!
Rotary Guelph will celebrate their centennial this year. Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

January is Vocational Service Month

 
During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities.

Vocational Service focuses on:
  • Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.
  • The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.
January is Vocational Service Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

Zone Monthly Message

Beyond Borders News is published monthly and contains articles of interest to Rotary leaders. Regular features include reports of significant events in the Zones, appointments of Rotarians to Zone and Rotary International committees and task forces, outstanding project reports and stories of interest to Rotarians across the two Zones.
Zone Monthly Message Darren Sweeney 2019-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
December District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

 
Disease prevention and treatment is the Rotary International theme for December and one that most non-Rotarians associate with Rotary International due to our incredible efforts to eradicate polio.  We’re nearly there…but the job is not yet finished. If you have never participated in a National Immunization Day (NID), here’s probably your last chance to participate in giving Polio drops to immunize children in India before the Government of India switches to injectables. Please make sure you have sufficient time to apply for a visa for travel to India.
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
District Conference 2019-2020 Darren Sweeney 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
District 7080 Rotary Conference Darren Sweeney 2019-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
November District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

November is Rotary Foundation Month

 
November is Foundation month and what better time for clubs and members to think about supporting our efforts to End Polio Now, and the awesome projects we do here and around the world. Check out these short video clips on Rotary’s six areas of focus: vimeopro.com/rotary/causes-english.  Each video is about 100 seconds long with the first 20 seconds being repeated, after which each video goes on to speak to a different area of focus. They are great reminders of our causes, and also terrific meeting starters!
 
November 4-10          World Interact Week
November 9                Rotary Day at the United Nations, New York, New York, USA                                       
November is Rotary Foundation Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day Darren Sweeney 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day Event Registration Darren Sweeney 2019-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
October District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Reconnect Week Darren Sweeney 2019-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Million Dollar Dinner (MDD) ... a wonderful evening!

 

Message from Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) John Gilvesy

This event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a great effort and commitment to the ideals of Rotary. It was a year ago on September 13, 2018 that a group of eight sat around a table to explore this idea to raise $1 million for The Rotary Foundation. Senior Major Gifts Officer and PDG John Stairs explained the MDD campaign process.
 
We did a little better than $1 million. In fact, during the campaign, we raised around $3.5M Canadian dollars or nearly $2.9 US dollars! This was the largest ever campaign total by a single District in Zone 24 east…and in all of Canada!
Million Dollar Dinner (MDD) ... a wonderful evening! Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
2019 RI Manual Of Procedure Darren Sweeney 2019-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
October is Economic and Community Development Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
RI Monthly Presidential Message Darren Sweeney 2019-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month Darren Sweeney 2019-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
September District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Africa begins countdown to being polio free as Nigeria marks 3 years without disease

 
On the 21st August, we reached another milestone in the Countdown to History.  It has been three years since a child in Nigeria was paralyzed by the wild poliovirus. This means that the entire World Health Organization (WHO) African region could be certified as wild poliovirus-free as soon as mid-2020. When this happens, 5 out of the 6 WHO regions in the world will be considered polio-free. 
 
Africa begins countdown to being polio free as Nigeria marks 3 years without disease Darren Sweeney 2019-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0

RI President's Message - August 2019

Mark Daniel Maloney President 2019-20

During 2019-2020, I am encouraging Rotarians and Rotaractors to grow Rotary. We must grow our service, we must grow the impact of our projects, but, most importantly, we must grow our membership so that we can achieve more.
RI President's Message - August 2019 Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
2019 Council of Legislation (CoL) Darren Sweeney 2019-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
August District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
August is Membership and New Club Development Month Darren Sweeney 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
July is New Leadership Month Darren Sweeney 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
July District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Annual Awards Night

 
Congratulations to the club and individuals who received recognition and awards, and a special thank you to our Changeover & Awards Committee for putting together the special evening.
 
2019 Annual Awards Night Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-06-30 04:00:00Z 1
June is Fellowship Month Darren Sweeney 2019-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
May District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
May is Youth Service Month Darren Sweeney 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
5 Steps for becoming a people of action club Darren Sweeney 2019-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Acts of Kindness April 19-21 Darren Sweeney 2019-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
April District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
April is Maternal and Child Health Month Darren Sweeney 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
March District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
March is Water and Sanitation Month Darren Sweeney 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Presidential Citation & New Member Retention Awards Darren Sweeney 2019-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Peace Fellowships Now Available Darren Sweeney 2019-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
February District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month Darren Sweeney 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Current District Role Opportunities Darren Sweeney 2019-01-27 05:00:00Z 0
My Big FAB Rotary Dinner Darren Sweeney 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary is collecting compelling People of Action stories from around the world

 
The People of Action campaign brings Rotary's story to life by showing Rotary members as the people of action that we are.  It highlights local Rotarians making a difference in their communities, which is the cornerstone of this campaign - building the public's understanding of who we are and what we do.
 
Does your club have a project that shows how you took action to solve a problem in your community? Please tell us about it!
 
Rotary is collecting compelling People of Action stories from around the world Darren Sweeney 2019-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year Darren Sweeney 2019-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
January District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
January is Vocational Service Month Darren Sweeney 2019-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
Season’s Greetings to all Rotarians! Darren Sweeney 2018-12-23 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor-Nominee-Designate

 
Our District Governor for 2021-22 will be Rudy Habesch of the Rotary Club of Oakville.
 
Rudy joined Rotary in 1994 with the Rotary Club of Amman Jerash in Amman Jordan.  After moving to the Rotary Club of Amman Cosmopolitan in 1996, he became club President in 2003-04.
District Governor-Nominee-Designate Darren Sweeney 2018-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
December District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
December - Disease Prevention and Treatment Month Darren Sweeney 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Rotary Friendship Exchange

 
Our Rotary Friendship Exchange chair has organized a friendship exchange with District 4130 in Mexico. Our guest district 4130 will host our District 7080 group between February 9 - 16, 2019 and will visit Monterrey, San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato and Mexico City.
 
Upcoming Rotary Friendship Exchange Darren Sweeney 2018-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
Giving Tuesday - November 27th Darren Sweeney 2018-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
November District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

District 7080 Tree Planting Challenge

 
2017-18 Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, challenged every Rotarian throughout the world to plant one tree. District 7080 met the challenge by planting over 5,000 trees. A remarkable feat.  Congratulations to all of the clubs who participated and made our tree planting weekend a huge success. Here is a short video prepared by AJ Rana, District Public Relations Director. 
 
District 7080 Tree Planting Challenge Darren Sweeney 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month Darren Sweeney 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Oakville World Polio Awareness

 
The Oakville Rotaractors, along with members of the  Oakville Clubs (including the new Passport Club) staffed a table at Oakville Place mall to inform the public about the fight to end polio. 
Oakville World Polio Awareness Darren Sweeney 2018-10-27 04:00:00Z 0 End Polio

End Polio Now Flag Day in Oakville

 
In recognition of World Polio Day the four Oakville Rotary clubs organized a flag raising of the Rotary at Town Hall yesterday. 
 
The Mayor Rob Burton and Regional Town Councillor Jeff Knoll (who is a Rotarian) and well as members from the 4 clubs were in attendance.
 
End Polio Now Flag Day in Oakville Darren Sweeney 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Tillsonburg Book Fair

 
The project started about 1977 and has continued without interruption.  The goal is to recycle books to keep them out of the landfill while also reselling the donated books to new readers at an inexpensive price.  The Club raises about $4,000 from this project which ran from October 17-20 at the local Town Centre Mall.  It also provides a means of publicizing the work of the local Rotary Club and invites people to join us.
 
Tillsonburg Book Fair Darren Sweeney 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

How will you celebrate World Polio Day?

 
Whether you’re hosting a fundraiser, planning a 5 km run, or placing ads around town, there are countless ways your club can be a part of World Polio Day. Join us on 24 October and spread the word about polio eradication in your community. Go to endpolio.org/worldpolioday to get started. And whatever you have planned, tell us! Promote your event and post pictures on social media using #EndPolio.
How will you celebrate World Polio Day? Darren Sweeney 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Help Rotary grow Rotaract

 
 
Be a part of RI President Barry Rassin's goal to grow Rotaract this year. Take a pledge to start a new Rotaract club and sign up to receive support every step of the way.
Help Rotary grow Rotaract Darren Sweeney 2018-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

Enter the 2019 Rotarian photo contest

 
Do you have a great shot from a club project or fundraiser? Did you capture a memorable moment at the convention or during an international trip? Enter your images in The Rotarian's 2019 photo contest and you might see them in the pages of the magazine.
 
Enter the 2019 Rotarian photo contest Darren Sweeney 2018-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

Membership Summit 2018

 
Every club, large and small, will benefit from the membership program we have waiting for you.  Based on some early feedback we anticipate a great turnout so do not wait too long to register.  Registration deadline is November 2nd. 
Membership Summit 2018 Darren Sweeney 2018-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

Is your club using the correct Rotary branding?

 
Having a consistent brand image is important to all organisations, Rotary is no exception.
 
In 2013, a new logo & brand image pack was developed, this was to ensure every club, in every district across the world could have the same high standard of brand recognition.
 
There a lot of old style Rotary graphics still being displayed on various publications, including newsletters & flyers, posts on social media and hardware items, such as banners and signs.
 
Is your club using the correct Rotary branding? Darren Sweeney 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Areas of Focus

Rotary has identified specific causes to target to maximize our local and global impact. At the same time, we understand that each community has its own unique needs and concerns.

Through global grants and other resources, we help clubs focus their service efforts in the following areas.

Areas of Focus Darren Sweeney 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
2018 Council on Resolutions Darren Sweeney 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
October is Economic & Community Development Month Darren Sweeney 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Erin Rotary Trail cheque presentation Darren Sweeney 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Reconnect Week Darren Sweeney 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0


Join the Celebration

World Polio Day is 24 October!

Now’s the time to start planning your World Polio Day event. Spread the word in your community about the ongoing fight to end polio. Together, we can — and will — make history by ending polio for good. 
 
 
Join the Celebration Darren Sweeney 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0 World Polio Day
Peace Day Challenge Darren Sweeney 2018-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Peace Darren Sweeney 2018-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Preston – Hespeler 

On September 9, our club hosted a Jazzy Blues afternoon of food, friends, and entertainment as some of the region's best chefs create and serve samples from their menus! 
   
This Jazzy Blues Best Bites event supports the great work of Cambridge Memorial Hospital and the Rotary Club of Preston–Hespeler.  See you there next year!
 
Chad Wickham & Jelisa Okieffe (Guests at the event)
Rotary Club of Preston – Hespeler Darren Sweeney 2018-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

District Wide End Polio Now Concert

 

The Region's Premiere Men's a capella chorus, Harbourtown Sound and Rotary present a Christmas Favourite in support of Rotary International's End Polio Now initiative.

Sunday, November 25, 2018 @ 2 PM. Tickets are $55 and are available at BurlingtionPAC.ca

District Wide End Polio Now Concert Darren Sweeney 2018-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

How will you celebrate World Polio Day?

 
Whether you’re hosting a fundraiser, planning a 5k run, or placing ads around town, there are countless ways your club can be a part of World Polio Day. Join us on 24 October and help spread the word about polio eradication in your community.
 
How will you celebrate World Polio Day? Darren Sweeney 2018-09-16 04:00:00Z 0 World Polio Day

LitRAG Club Contest

 
The Literacy Rotarian Action Group (LitRAG) will award 2 clubs that best take action to address Literacy in their community with US $500 each! Get inspired and learn more at on.rotary.org/2oNOuul and be sure to enter by October 15th.
LitRAG Club Contest Darren Sweeney 2018-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Join the Rotary Peace Academy Darren Sweeney 2018-09-04 04:00:00Z 0 Peace

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

 
Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus. Consider these facts:
  • If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths.
  • A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
  • If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month Darren Sweeney 2018-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

2020-21 Rotary President Selected

 
Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
2020-21 Rotary President Selected Darren Sweeney 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

August is Membership and New Club Development Month

 
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, and that’s the perfect time to celebrate you — the pillar of Rotary. You continue to show the world that Rotary members are people of action — people who are doing good in communities all over the world. For that, we thank you.  
 
August is Membership and New Club Development Month Darren Sweeney 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Oakville Helps Darren Sweeney 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

How to host a Rotary Day

 
RI President Barry Rassin has challenged clubs and Rotarians to Be the Inspiration in 2018-19. One of the ways Rassin would like to see clubs do this is by hosting a Rotary Day. Any club big or small can host a Rotary Day, and several clubs can combine to share ideas, talent, and resources. Get ideas in the July issue of Rotary Leader.
 
How to host a Rotary Day Darren Sweeney 2018-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Coffee with Polio Experts: Honorine Mollard Billard, WHO Darren Sweeney 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0 Polio Plus,WHO
Polio Plus Fact Sheet Darren Sweeney 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
2018 RI Convention in Toronto Darren Sweeney 2018-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Pre-Convention Governors Night Darren Sweeney 2018-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Medals Awards Night in Woodstock Darren Sweeney 2018-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

Ending Ultra-Poverty Summit

Attend the Ending Ultra-Poverty Summit on June 28th, 2018 | Westin Harbour Castle | Toronto, Ontario
 
One of the greatest opportunities in our time is to see the end of extreme poverty by 2030. The World Bank and the United Nations prefer "No Poverty" as the first of the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
• Less poverty means more income and better health
• More income means more food
• More food means children grow to their full height and full mental capacity
• More income means more children in school
• More educated children means nations are rebuilt from the ground up to tackle their biggest challenges
 
Most observers agree with what needs to be done. The question is how?
 
The scale of projects that Rotary can finance is small compared to the challenge, but small, groundbreaking, well documented initiatives can move the needle on how to best achieve the end of extreme poverty. During the Summit you will have the chance to dive in with the experts as you design a series of $100,000 projects that will have an ongoing impact on the lives of people living in ultra-poverty. It is these kinds of projects that can be built to a scale that make a difference.
 
Ending Ultra-Poverty Summit Darren Sweeney 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

2018 Zone Conference

The 2018 Montreal Zone Conference is a unique event, and we want to invite you to be a part of it.  
 
Whether you’re an incoming District Governor, District leader, Past District Governor, or even a Rotarian with an interest in becoming more engaged in Rotary…. Montreal is for you!  The theme “People Coming Together” fits our goal in providing you an extraordinary and unforgettable event.  This is why we invited everyone to be a part of the excitement!
 
2018 Zone Conference Darren Sweeney 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
June District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-06-01 04:00:00Z 2 Fellowship,RYLA,Youth Exchange

District Wide Tree Planting on Earth Day weekend

Pictures are of our District Wide Tree Planting on Earth Day weekend.  Rotarians, families, communities and dignitaries came together to plant trees.  Our challenge from Rotary International President Ian Riseley was to plant one tree per Rotarian throughout the world.  The District goal was 1,700 trees.  We surpassed this by planting over 4,000 trees on Earth Day weekend!!
 
District Wide Tree Planting on Earth Day weekend Darren Sweeney 2018-05-04 04:00:00Z 0 Earth Day,Tree Planting
May District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Clubrunner Webinar Darren Sweeney 2018-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
April District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Rotary Theme Announced

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration
 
Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.
 
Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”
 
 
2018-2019 Rotary Theme Announced Darren Sweeney 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
March District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-03-01 05:00:00Z 1 Acton,Brampton,Burlington North,Canada,Clean Water,Government of Canada
Rotary Minute: What one thing would you tell your club president or an incoming club president? Darren Sweeney 2018-02-21 05:00:00Z 0 Club,PETS,Rotary Minute
February District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0 Bolton,Brampton,Caledon,Cambridge North,Camp Wanakita,Foundation,PETS I,Peace Centres,Polio,Waterloo,Youth Exchange

Part Time Paid District Assistant

Posted by John Gilvesy
 
Job Posting for Part Time Paid District Assistant
 
Purpose: To provide support to the District Governor, Council Executive, Committees, and Clubs
Proposed Employment: Part time, working approximately 500 hours per year, based on District schedule and actual requirements, averaging +/-10 hours/week
 
For more details, please see our posting on Indeed
Part Time Paid District Assistant John Gilvesy 2018-01-07 05:00:00Z 0
January District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-01-01 05:00:00Z 0 District Governor Nominee Designate,Foundation,Oakville Cluster,PETS I,Polio Plus,Vocational Service

KidsAbility & Rotary: 60th Anniversary

Proudly founded and supported by local Rotarians since 1957, KidsAbility is the recognized leader in Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington for empowering children and youth with a wide range of complex special needs to realize their full potential. Through a talented team of therapists, teachers, support staff and volunteers, 6,318 children and youth benefited from therapy and support services in Cambridge, Fergus, Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo last year.
 
The Rotary Club of Fergus Elora member Bob Grant and his involvement with KidsAbility was featured in the KidsAbility 60th Anniversary Book.
KidsAbility & Rotary: 60th Anniversary Darren Sweeney 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0 Fergus Elora,KidsAbility
December District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2017-12-01 05:00:00Z 0 Brampton,Burlington,Fergus Elora,Membership Summit,World Polio Day
Online Event Registration for Rotary 2018 Darren Sweeney 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
November District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Mermbeship Summit,World Polio Day
District 7080 donates 300+ early reader books to local school Darren Sweeney 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day - October 24, 2017 Darren Sweeney 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0 World Polio Day

Oakville Trafalgar - Wines and Lines Fundraiser - Oct 26

The Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar, presented this great literary event last year and it was a big success. This year, we are hoping to get a lot more people out to hear three fascinating authors talk about their craft and their books, enjoy a light dinner and some wine, and to share some fellowship. And, of course, to raise funds in the process that we can give away to good causes!
 
Attached is a flyer with all the details about this year's event. Please be sure to buy tickets yourself, and to pass this flyer along to all your contacts. You'd be surprised how many people you know who are in book clubs or are simply avid readers.
Oakville Trafalgar - Wines and Lines Fundraiser - Oct 26 Darren sweeney 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
October District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2017-10-01 04:00:00Z 0 Burlington North,Kitchener Grand River,Kitchener Westmount,Mississauga Airport,Oakville Trafalgar,Preston Hespeler,Rotary Online Auction,Rotary alumni reconnect,Woodstock Oxford,World Polio Day,Youth Exchange
September Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2017-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
August Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Central Upgrade

Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade!

RI has completely redesigned RCC with a fresh, modern interface. Pages load faster, navigation is more intuitive, and easy-to-read charts and graphs make past and current club data more accessible.
 
You can read more about the new Rotary Club Central here
 
If YOUR club hasn't yet started using Rotary Club Central, NOW is the time to get going with it. Just click here. You will need to login with your RI account (note - this is NOT the same as your ClubRunner account), or if you don't yet have an RI account, you can easily create one. Specific club executives can (indeed, must) update RCC for their club - ordinary members can only view it.
Rotary Club Central Upgrade Darren Sweeney 2017-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Lend Your Expertise

 
 
  The Toronto HOC Marketing and Communications Team wants you!

Following on the success of the Toronto 2018 presence at Atlanta. The Toronto Host Organizing Committee’s Marketing Team is looking for a number of Rotarians and/or Friends of Rotary to help in our efforts to promote Toronto 2018.
 
Lend Your Expertise Darren Sweeney 2017-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Centre Wellington on Canada Day Darren Sweeney 2017-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Haven House Cheque Presentation

Posted on Jul 07, 2017
 
Rotary Cambridge North presenting a cheque to the Women’s Crisis Centre of Waterloo for $30,000.00
Haven House Cheque Presentation Darren Sweeney 2017-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Burlington Tree Planting

Posted on Jul 07, 2017
 
In keeping with the wishes of our new RI President Ian Riseley, our club, which is comprised of 46 members, went out recently and planted 200 trees in the City of Burlington with a little help from a few of our Rotary Friends and Family who came out to join in the fun.
Rotary Club of Burlington Tree Planting Darren Sweeney 2017-07-07 04:00:00Z 0
July Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome To Rotary

Welcome to Rotary

We are neighbours, community leaders, and global citizens uniting
for the common good.  We believe in Service Above Self.
With you, we can accomplish even more.

 

Join Leaders

The heart of Rotary is our clubs, dedicated people who share a passion
for both community, service and friendship. Whether you are a student,
just starting your career, or at the end of your career and ready for retirement,
there are many ways Rotary can help you to become a better leader.

 

Exchange Ideas

Rotary brings together great minds from nearly everywhere in the world.
From college scholarships to our renowned Peace Fellowships,
Rotary supports the educational aspirations of thousands of future leaders.

 

Take Action

Explore the world through our global network. We’re committed to taking on
some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as the total eradication of Polio.
We also do much work in our local communities as well from trail clean ups,
to working with those in need, to building community centres.
No project is too big or too small for Rotary.
Change your community with us by volunteering on a local project.
We work with groups of all sizes to accomplish even more.

 

Come Join Us - Do Good In The World!

Rotary making a difference in our communities and in our world!

Contact our District Director of Membership Mr. Hubert Singh - membership7080@gmail.com

Membership Committee Page

Welcome To Rotary Darren Sweeney 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

2017-2018 Rotary Year Theme Announced

Posted on Jul 01, 2017
 
President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
2017-2018 Rotary Year Theme Announced Darren Sweeney 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
2017-18 District Change Over Darren Sweeney 2017-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
District Conference - September 23 - Mississauga Darren Sweeney 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Supercars - Mississauga Darren Sweeney 2017-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Sign up to Volunteer in Toronto

Posted on May 09, 2017

Here’s Your Chance to be Part of the Action in 2018

As of May 13, 2017 you will be able to register yourself to become a Volunteer/Ambassador at the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention.
 
This is a great way to expand your Rotary Convention experience and make it truly international. You will meet Rotarians from all around the world, make new acquaintances and even some long lasting friendships.
 
The Toronto 2018 HOC Volunteer opportunity is open to Rotarians, their friends and family members.
Sign up to Volunteer in Toronto Darren Sweeney 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

Project Amigo, Colima, Mexico

Posted on May 03, 2017
November 2016 – March 2018
 

A Work Week at Project Amigo is a Mexican experience like no other. Each Work Week is carefully designed to give you a balanced perspective – certainly our kids and their families have great need (the “Project” half) but they also have a rich and ancient culture into which they are keen to welcome you (the “Amigo” half.) You will spend your week working and playing in the tiny rural villages, in the beach side towns, in the migrant work camps and in the schools and the communities in which reside the heart and soul of Project Amigo- our kids! When you volunteer for a Work Week at Project Amigo, you will make a difference while building friendships to last a lifetime.

Project Amigo, Colima, Mexico Darren Sweeney 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Day of the Dead Tour, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico Darren Sweeney 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

February 2017 update on the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention

   February 2017 update on the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention
 
February 6, 2017
 
Looking for Some Excitement
 
The Events and Entertainment Committee of the Toronto 2018 HOC is responsible for all the entertainment that will be featured at the House of Friendship throughout the Rotary International Convention running from June 23 to June 27, 2018. In addition the committee is charged with recommending the most exciting and inspiring ticketed events for convention registrants to attend.
February 2017 update on the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention Darren Sweeney 2017-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
2017 District Conference Darren Sweeney 2017-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
Government of Canada Grant Partnership Darren Sweeney 2016-12-12 05:00:00Z 0 International Service

Rotary Foundation Million Dollar Dinner

 
 
 
  District 7080 is hosting a Million Dollar Dinner in support of our Rotary Foundation
 
 
 
 
 
The Million Dollar Dinner is a celebration and recognition of Rotarians who have made new contributions of US$10,000 or made a new bequest of US$10,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Learn more about the Million Dollar Dinner
Rotary Foundation Million Dollar Dinner Darren Sweeney 2016-11-29 05:00:00Z 0


RYLA 2017

 
 
    The 2017 RYLA cycle is accepting applications!
 
 
 
Applications for RYLA 2017 are now being accepted.  For more information, please visit the RYLA site page
RYLA 2017 Darren Sweeney 2016-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

RIC Press Release

Posted on Nov 24, 2016
 November 2016 update on the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention
 
Excitement is building among Rotarians in the Districts Hosting the 2018 Rotary International Convention (6330, 7010, 7040, 7070, 7080 and 7090). People are asking how they can help out. Clubs are asking if they can participate in Home Hosting. Folks are coming up with all types of entertainment and speaker suggestions. Others want to register and get their hotel accommodations lined up.
RIC Press Release Darren Sweeney 2016-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

Press Release 2018 RIC

   An update on the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention
 
There are just under 21 months to go before the 2018 Convention in Toronto will be taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Air Canada Centre. During the course of the run up to 2018, which sometimes feels like a marathon and other times seems more like a 100 yard dash, we would like to keep you abreast of what preparations are taking place.
Press Release 2018 RIC Darren Sweeney 2016-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Our Foundation Celebrtates 100 Years of Doing Good in the World Bill Proctor 2016-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

2016/17 District Changeover Event

Posted on Jun 28, 2016
Barbara Fisk of the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium receiving her Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service Award at the 2016 Annual District Awards Celebration and Changeover Banquet
2016/17 District Changeover Event Darren Sweeney 2016-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
3 newest Paul Harris Society members Barbara Fisk 2016-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Suzanne Rae of Cairns, Australia, is in the District this week - End Polio Now Darren Sweeney 2016-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
2017-18 Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications Darren Sweeney 2016-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Vaccine switch could be final step in polio eradication Darren Sweeney 2016-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Oakville Speaker Series - Stephen Cornish Darren Sweeney 2016-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

Cambridge Sunrise Trivia Challenge

Posted on Apr 08, 2016
 
The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise held their 4th annual Trivia Challenge fundraiser on the evening of Friday April 1st at the Cambridge Newfoundland Club.
Cambridge Sunrise Trivia Challenge Darren Sweeney 2016-04-08 04:00:00Z 0
Canada announces new support to fight polio in Pakistan Darren Sweeney 2016-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Outbound Youth Exchange Darren Sweeney 2016-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary's 111th Birthday! Darren Sweeney 2016-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Service Clubs are changing with the Times

Posted by Will Pugh on Nov 26, 2015
A recent article in the Record.com talks about how service clubs are changing with the times. One of the clubs featured prominently is the Rotary Club of Waterloo.  To read the full article, please click here.
Service Clubs are changing with the Times Will Pugh 2015-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

Launch of Global Peace Centre Canada

Posted by Ernie Ginsler on Jun 10, 2015
Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Nobel Peace Laureate Malala, front centre, at the launch of the Global Peace Centre Canada in Waterloo. Ziauddin is the honourary Chair. Local Rotarians have been closely involved in the establishment of this Centre and two, Ernie Ginsler and Lowell Ewert, sit on the founding board. The K-W Cluster has raised close to $150,000 for Rotary Peace Scholarships for students studying peace building at the University of Waterloo and Conrad Grebel University College. It is our long-term goal to see RI support a Rotary Peace Center in Waterloo. We now have a ready partner in place to coordinate with. For more information on supporting peace building in Canada, contact Ernie Ginsler at ernie@ginsler.com
Launch of Global Peace Centre Canada Ernie Ginsler 2015-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Our Newest Rotaract Club

Posted by Kathleen Dick on May 26, 2015
Introducing Cambridge Rotaract, District 7080’s newest Rotaract Club sponsored by Rotary Cambridge North.  This inspiring group of young people are ready to help change the world! Their first event will be at Laser Quest in Kitchener on June 13th, with proceeds to go to Polio Plus.  Stayed tuned for more events and news!
 
Our Newest Rotaract Club Kathleen Dick 2015-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Video

Posted on May 24, 2015

Please have a look at the video which was developed to help the clubs in your district meet their Foundation goals for 2014-15.

Many clubs hold Rotary Foundation donations to the end of the Rotary year.  They often submit the donations in early July. The donation is then credited to the next Rotary year.

The video is at: https://vimeo.com/127549078

Let's "Light Up Rotary" with a final push to meet the Foundation goals.

Chris Offer, PDG
Endowment/Major Gift Adviser for Zone 24
Rotary Club of Ladner – District 5040
Phone 604-940-9365  Cell 604-897-8758
Email:
ChrisOffer@outlook.com

Rotary Foundation Video 2015-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

Learning Partnership Prize

Posted by Helene Burrowes on May 20, 2015
We won the NATIONAL STUDENT INNOVATION AWARD along with a $500.00 cheque. We were told that we beat a defending champion for 4 years from another province. The organization that we applied the award for is The Learning Partnership and the sponsors for the cash award is BMO Financial. This is a Canada wide competition where this year there were 45 000 students who applied and the applications were looked at by 160 judges from Canada and USA and we won the Judges Choice Award for all 4 categories. We could apply to any 2 of the 4 categories- Team Work, Enterprising Spirit, Originality and Impact on School / Community. We applied for all and we won in all the categories.


 
Learning Partnership Prize Helene Burrowes 2015-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

District 7080 Video an update

Posted by Howard Pell on May 05, 2015
 
The competition for best video is now over and we finished a very respectable third!
 
 
Rotary International currently has a competition for Rotary videos and the Kitchener club has the only entry from D7080 (my video) and we need your help in voting for it. The winner will be featured on Rotary.org, the digital edition of the Rotarian mag and on Rotary's social media channels.

Click this link https://www.facebook.com/rotary/app_486254294756872 and vote for the video from Howard in Kitchener.

Voting begins today for the people's choice and closes May 11th. So please vote early and vote often for the Kitchener video. And please forward this email to everyone you know so we can get the most people voting.
District 7080 Video an update Howard Pell 2015-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

Relief and Recovery Efforts in Nepal

Posted by Gary C.K. Huang on Apr 30, 2015
Dear Rotarian,
 
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: 
Relief and Recovery Efforts in Nepal Gary C.K. Huang 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Devastation in Nepal

Posted by Fionna Ferguson on Apr 30, 2015
I am sure you are all watching the news from Nepal and may have some question about what happened, where, what's going to happen next, what donations can provide, what else you can do. 
 
Two of our Interactors, Suvena Ricknauth with help from Dijot Sran, have produced a slideshow which may answer some of your questions.
 
You can view the slideshow by clicking here.
 
Devastation in Nepal Fionna Ferguson 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Nepal emergency: Medical supplies packed & ready to go

Posted by Judy Warrington on Apr 29, 2015
Physician Programs (HPIC) is well known in the Rotary world and receives support from many pharmaceutical companies and Rotary clubs.  For many years Rotary  or Rotaract clubs   from Montreal or  London or Oakville who've in fact sponsored the kits for the groups I 'vet led.   They cost $575 and they're packed with meds appropriate to the known needs of the destination community and good for a few hundred people.  Their head office is in Montreal for Canada and their distribution centre is in Mississauga.  They are a very fine , well-known, reputable organization worthy of Rotary 7080 support as well…  on the emergency wish list from our Nepal  Rotary friend there are med packs.   HPIC kits would be  ideal.  Please read the message from HPIC below.
Nepal emergency: Medical supplies packed & ready to go Judy Warrington 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

Nepal Earthquake Rotary disaster relief fund

Posted by Doug Vincent on Apr 25, 2015
You may have read or seen the news today about the devastating earthquake in Nepal.  Many people have perished or are missing.  Homes are totally destroyed or too dangerous to be inside of them.
Late today, I had some shocking photos shared to me by a friend on Facebook.
 
 The need of receiving assistance will be very high and I assume Rotarians and Clubs will be asking "What is Rotary doing" to help.  I have contacted my Rotary friends who live in the affected district as well as a RI Director friend there.  I hope they will give us a firsthand report on what local Rotarians are doing to help and what the priority needs are.  Let's not just assume we know what they need and start arranging to ship items until we know their priority needs.
 
 In the meantime, Woodstock-Oxford Rotary has set up a "Nepal Disaster Relief Fund" where people can donate online and receive a CRA tax receipt.  People can go to www.woodstockoxfordrotary.org and at the top click 'Donations' then 'Donate to our Charity'. 
 
That links to an donation page where you can 'Select your preferred fund,' from a drop down menu.
i.e.: Earthquake in Nepal 
 
Then fill in the amount and credit card details. You will receive an emailed receipt within minutes.
 
or
 
Send a cheque to Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Benefit Trust c/o Peter Stam, Treasurer 656441 15th Line,
RR#7  Woodstock, N4S 7W2
 
Please include an email address if possible for your tax receipt if required.  If no email it can be sent regular mail.
 
We expect to work with known Rotary contacts and friends in the affected area, to ensure we are satisfying their priority needs and to oversee delivery of relief items with proper stewardship of our donated funds.
 
Nepal Earthquake Rotary disaster relief fund Doug Vincent 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

Peace Scholarships

Posted by Ernie Ginsler on Mar 31, 2015
The leaders of the five clubs in the K-W Cluster met with University reps and two recipients of Rotary Peace Scholarships (front left) so the clubs could learn more about what the students are learning. To say that the Rotarians were impressed would be an understatement. Rotarians in the K-W Cluster have raised close to $150,000 for Peace Scholarships at the University of Waterloo. Rotarians and clubs throughout the District are encouraged to become involved in supporting these scholarships.
Peace Scholarships Ernie Ginsler 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

Waterloo hits the big 5-0

Posted by John Wahl on Mar 26, 2015
Rotary Waterloo welcomed three new members on March 24th, Yaw Donkoh (2nd from left), a transferring Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, Lynda Luburic (4th from R) and Rami Said (2nd from R). Pictured as well are their sponsors, Barb Wahl  (3rd from L), Cynthia Mills (4th from L) and Bardish Chagger (3rd from R).  These inductions marked milestones for our club as we have now doubled our membership from 24 at July 1, 2013 and we have reached our 5-year goal of 50 members in 21 months.  Joining us to celebrate were Past District Governor Ian Ferguson (L) and District Governor Elect Will Pugh (R).
Waterloo hits the big 5-0 John Wahl 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0

RI President Gary Huang Visits District 7080

Posted by Kathleen Dick on Mar 23, 2015
RI President Gary Huang and his wife Corrina Yao visited District 7080 yesterday. He is the first President to visit our District. We spent the day tourning local Rotary projects; Kids Ability, Waterloo, Accessible Playground and Aquatic Centre, Fergus, Hospice Wellington and Playsense in Guelph.
RI President Gary Huang Visits District 7080 Kathleen Dick 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Rosen

Posted by Patsy Marshall on Mar 16, 2015
Taken this evening-President of the RCO Kitchener Westmount John Thompson, DG Patsy Marshall, and Paul Rosen, Team Canada Paralympian who received a PH Fellow., at the Kitchener Sports Association (in collaboration with KW Habilitation) banquet.
Paul Rosen Patsy Marshall 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Flame to end Polio

Posted by Patsy Marshall on Mar 13, 2015
As part of an effort to celebrate the decades long battle and the ultimate victory over polio in India, the Rotary Club of Madras in December launched a Rotary Flame, lit by Rotary International President Gary Huang. It will travel around the world to commemorate India becoming a polio-free nation and to share its experience and expertise with countries where polio still exists.. Before reaching Rotary’s international convention in São Paulo, Brazil, in June 2015, the Rotary Flame will traverse through Colombo, Karachi, Kabul, Sydney, Manila, London, Lagos, Evanston and Toronto. Once the epicenter of wild polio virus, India, along with the World Health Organization’s Southeast Asia region, was officially declared polio-free in March 2014.
 
To view a video about the initiative please click here
Rotary Flame to end Polio Patsy Marshall 2015-03-14 00:00:00Z 0

1951 Rotary Wine Fundraiser

Posted by Patsy Marshall on Mar 09, 2015
“The Mississauga Lakeshore Rotary Club regrets and is disappointed to announce that the LCBO will not be listing our 1951 Rotary Wine at LCBO stores in Ontario.The two wines under the brand 1951, a 2012 Cabernet Merlot and a 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay produced by Chateau des Charmes in Niagara on the Lake recently participated in the LCBO’s Wine to Watch program in about 65 LCBO stores across Ontario, ending January 31, 2015.
 
We are proud that our wines were the top sellers in the Wines to Watch program thanks to the support of Rotarians and their friends across Ontario.$1 from the sale of each bottle has gone into the club’s charitable foundation and will benefit a variety of charities including a women's shelter and a food bank.We thought that the success of 1951, together with the extensive rotary network across Ontario and our charitable objectives, would be persuasive arguments for
the LCBO to include 1951 in its general listing.  We have learned, however, that a significant financial commitment is required by the LCBO to support marketing programs.  Such a commitment is impractical in our situation and represents an insurmountable barrier to us proceeding further.
 
We are pleased, however, that 1951 will continue to be available by direct purchase from the winery, Chateau des Charmes – see also www.1951rotarywine.com
 
A special thank you to Dick Chataway from Rotary Mississauga Lakeshore for organizing this fundraiser.
1951 Rotary Wine Fundraiser Patsy Marshall 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

Call for 2015 Nominations: Donald MacRae Peace Award

Posted by Patsy Marshall on Mar 04, 2015

The Rotary Zone 24-32 Donald MacRae Peace Award is an annual award presented by Rotary Zones 24 and 32 to recognize and honour an individual or organization for outstanding achievement consistent with the ideals of Rotary as expressed in the Fourth Object of Rotary.

The award commemorates the contribution of Halifax Rotarian Donald MacRae, who in a speech to the International Convention in Kansas City in June 1918, proposed that Rotary become an agent for the promotion of goodwill and peace among nations.  This was the first time that this vision of Rotary was expressed publicly.

For more information about criteria and how to submit and application, click here

Call for 2015 Nominations: Donald MacRae Peace Award Patsy Marshall 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Mississauga Celebrating Rotary 110th Anniversary 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
President-Elect urges Rotary Members to 'Be a Gift to the World' Patricia (Patsy) Marshall 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peace Scholarship/Peace Centre Initiative – District 7080

Posted by Ernie Ginsler on Jan 16, 2015
District Governor Patsy Marshall extends sincerest thanks to Ernie Ginsler for his efforts with the Peace Scholarship/Peace Centre Initiative and for the following update.
 
Happy New Year. A lot has happened since my last update. I’ll make this short and sweet, but if anyone wants more information, just let me know.
 
Since the initiative began in 2012, we have raised a little under $150,000 in cash and pledges for Rotary Peace Scholarships at The University of Waterloo. Students in the Master’s Degree in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, The Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, and The Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel have received scholarships. So far, five students have benefited. Our next step is to go beyond our cluster to the rest of the District.
 
Rotary Peace Scholarship/Peace Centre Initiative – District 7080 Ernie Ginsler 2015-01-17 00:00:00Z 0

2015 Rotary Peace Fellow

Posted by Patricia [Patsy] Marshall on Dec 16, 2014
7080 is pleased to announce that Catrina Ziesman has been selected as a 2015 Rotary Peace Fellow to study at the University of Queensland.  Catrina is the third Peace Fellowship scholar from our District.
2015 Rotary Peace Fellow Patricia [Patsy] Marshall 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
End of Year Foundation Deadlines Patricia [Patsy] Marshall 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0

Announcement

Posted by Patricia [Patsy] Marshall on Dec 07, 2014
We are happy to announce that
Kathi Dick from our Cambridge Notrth Club will be our District Governor for 2017/18.
 
Kathi joined Rotary in March 2007. She is a proud member of The Rotary Club of Cambridge North where she served as President in 2013/14. Kathi is currently serving on the District Training Committee and the District Foundation Committee as Foundation Area Coordinator for the Cambridge Cluster.  She is looking forward to working with the Governors team and in leading the District in 2017/18
Announcement Patricia [Patsy] Marshall 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Serving Up Soup And Service At District Conference


Our Conference planning committee wanted a project where Rotarians could give back — and would keep attendees alert and active after lunch! What we decided to do was create Soup-in-a-Bag, a hearty, healthy mix of dry ingredients that we could deliver to local food pantries. This involved putting dry lentils, split peas, pearl barley, fusilli, dried onion and parsley flakes in each bag and tying off with blue and gold ribbons.
Rotaractors at the University of Guelph and several Youth Exchange students helped us coordinate the project. We made 1000 bags (each bag holds 10 servings) in two hours! The total cost for ingredients and bags was $1500. So, we fed 10,000 people (1000 bags at 10 servings each) for just pennies per serving! Volunteers from two food banks, one church and one drop-in center were on hand to accept the packaged soup.
We asked for and readily received a letter of permission from the local health commissioner, and everyone wore plastic gloves. We used a simple Split Pea Soup recipe. The ingredients were poured into bins and we used scoops to fill the bags with our designated ingredi