December 2019

7080 Connects
It’s countdown to the holidays…and even though the official start of winter isn’t for another 20 days, there were days in November that certainly felt like winter had already arrived!
Of course, the biggest news is that the D7080 Nomination Committee selected Sandhya Maini as our District 7080 Governor for 2022-2023.  Sandhya is a member of Rotary Burlington North and has served in many capacities at the district, currently as Training Director. We welcome Sandhya to the Governor Team (G-Team) as District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND). A sincere thank you goes to the other candidates who also interviewed for the role and the Nominating Committee.
It was another busy month for us.  We have now completed all ten cluster celebrations and our thanks go to everyone who worked so hard to help our clubs connect and exchange ideas. It was awe-inspiring to see the amount of community service we provide throughout D7080.  You are truly amazing and are actively demonstrating that we are connecting with our communities here and around the world.
We are so encouraged by feedback from attendees who told us that connecting with other clubs and members has been fun and inspiring and that we should hold these events more often. I’m particularly excited about the number of club presidents who are meeting to exchange ideas and discuss working together on events. rock!
Our next opportunity for all of us to connect will be at our D7080 Conference at Bingemans in Kitchener on May 30th, 2020.  It’s going to be a unique, inspiring and fun-filled day that you really won’t want to miss. It will be an opportunity to actively work together on a children’s service project that will help you learn more about yourself, and how you work in teams. This year, we have combined the District Conference with the year-end Awards and Changeover – two events for the price of one!  Registration is now open at and if you register before December 31st, you qualify for the Early Bird pricing of $99/adult and $49/Rotaract, Interact, RYE, Youth pricing!  So don’t wait…come join us, have fun and connect with your friends and fellow members of the Rotary family. 
Together We Succeed!
We wish you and your families a joyous holiday season.  Stay well…and warm!
November 19, 2019 - North Halton Cluster Celebration Event
Quote of the Month
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Henry Ford
Lesley Barmania, Governor 2019-20
Rotary Club of Mississauga Meadowvale
Rotaract News
October 2019 RI Board of Directors Meeting
The 2019 Council on Legislation amended the constitutional documents of Rotary International to include Rotaract clubs as a membership type of Rotary International. This action elevates Rotaract and positions Rotary for a future that is innovative, inclusive, and adapting to the world around us. It recognizes that Rotarians and Rotaractors make individual contributions and have different membership experiences but serve side by side in a shared desire to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
In the October 2019 RI Board of Directors meeting, the RI directors set the following goals to help grow Rotaract Clubs.
  • increase the number of reported Rotaractors by 100 percent by 2022;
  • increase the number of reported Rotaractors that join Rotary clubs by 20 percent by 2022;
  • increase the number of reported Rotaractors to one million by 2029.
Click here for more information.
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.
Rotary Roots Run Deep at the United Nations – PDG Doug Vincent
Back in the 1930's a Rotarian from Nashville TN, had the idea of developing "International Institutes of Understanding" to advance one of Rotary's causes, namely: to promote International Understanding and World Peace.
The concept grew to cities in Texas and spread across the globe. It was a great success which was embraced by many senior world leaders, putting Rotary on the map. 
Very early, Rotary was at the grass roots of discussions and input to develop the United Nations concept. Prior to the 1945 San Francisco charter event, there were other exploratory meetings, which included Rotarians. During that time, Rotary published the “Dumbarton Oaks” meeting notes, to share and solicit input from clubs and members around the world.  Click here to read more. 

Did You Know?

Club Innovation Award – 2019-20

This year, we have added a new award in recognition of a D7080 Rotary Club which has been particularly innovative in its approach to strengthening its growth, responsiveness, reach and impact locally and internationally. Innovation can be in any aspect, including strengthening its membership, visibility, impact, and through the five Rotary Avenues of Service.  This award will be chosen by the DG in consultation with the Awards Committee and the G-Team.

2018-19 Rotary Citation and other awards
Because clubs have until the end of the Rotary year, June 30th, to achieve the Rotary Citation, these awards cannot be presented at the District Changeover and Awards event for the year that they were achieved.  Districts do not receive information from RI on award recipients for the previous year until well into October.  This year, instead of waiting until this year’s 2019-2020 Changeover and Awards event at the District Conference, the Governor team, including the Past District Governors agreed to present the awards to the clubs during the year.  Past District Governors and the current G-Team will be contacting clubs in order to make those presentations. Our thanks and congratulations go to the following clubs who achieved the Rotary Citation last year.    
  • Burlington Central
  • Burlington Lakeshore
  • Guelph South
  • Guelph Trillium
  • Mississauga Dixie
  • Orangeville
  • Waterloo
SAVE THE DATES! The Rotary Club of Guelph is turning 100 in 2020
On February 20, 1920, the Rotary Club of Guelph, under the presidency of a local pharmacist Dr. Alexander Stewart, was chartered and in 2020 Rotarians are celebrating 100 Years of Rotary in Guelph.  2020 will be a very exciting year for Club Members to be one of a few clubs in District 7080 which has or will soon celebrate 100 years of service.  
Two very special dates include the Charter Day Luncheon on Friday, February 21, and a Gala Dinner on April 25 to celebrate Earth Day and the completion of our 100-acre Rotary Forest near Guelph Lake.
Guelph Rotary invites you to SAVE THE DATES while you anticipate further details for this “once-in-a-lifetime” celebration.
Membership Animated Video Series
Our thanks go to Lawrence Furbish, Zone 32, who has kindly shared his animated Membership Video series with us. These are 2 to 3-minute videos that are great meeting and conversation starters. Brian Bennett, D7080 Membership Director has added them to the Membership landing page on our District website.  Check them out and share them with your club members.
Membership - The Right Fit
Heather is a recent college graduate on the search for a network relatable to where she was currently in life. Rotary was a name she knew all too well, as both parents are Rotarians. Heather wasn’t ready for the Rotary clubs that meet during breakfast and lunch hours and couldn’t afford the cost of dues required to attend. The Rotary clubs she visited just were not the right fit. She continued on her search and it became frustrating seeing none of the clubs were the right one. Then, a year ago the London Rotary Club started a satellite club full for younger individuals between the ages of 22-3, the Rotary Satellite Club of London, Ontario, Canada. The club meets during happy hour, includes service projects and half-price wing night! Finding this connection with a satellite club has shown Heather that there are other options available and accessible to individuals with her similar lifestyle. To learn more about this story please visit Use the Guide to Satellite Clubs to learn more about satellite clubs, how they work and what the process entails. The guide also includes best practices and links to additional resources.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
A top priority for Rotary is growing and diversifying our membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve and are inclusive of all cultures, experiences, and identities. We're creating an organization that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities.
To help us achieve our goal, the RI Board of Directors passed a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement:
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders. 
Also, consider taking the online learning module, “Building a Diverse Club” in the Learning Centre on My Rotary at
Giving Tuesday – December 3rd
Make The Rotary Foundation your choice on Giving Tuesday.  Giving Tuesday was founded by the United Nations Foundation and New York’s 92nd Street Y in 2012 as a day dedicated to charitable giving. Through the use of technology and social media, Giving Tuesday has become a global phenomenon.
In 2018, their Foundation received more than 1,100 gifts which totalled $321,000 on that single day. 
Consider donating online to our charity, The Rotary Foundation for Giving Tuesday and throughout the year. It’s easier than ever to support the causes you believe in.  For more information, click here.
Low-cost shelters and simple schools pilot ends 31 December 
Since 1 January 2017, clubs and districts have been able to use global grants to build low-cost shelters or simple schools as part of a Rotary Foundation pilot program. That pilot ends 31 December, 2019. The Trustees will decide in April whether to keep funding these types of projects with global grants. In the meantime, be sure to let clubs in your district know that we can’t accept applications for these projects after 31 December.
Revised Standard Club Constitution and Recommended Club Bylaws

It’s time to review and update your club’s Standard Club Constitution and the Recommended Club Bylaws which have been simplified to reflect the changes approved at the April 2019 Council on Legislation.  Keeping your Club Constitution and Bylaws up to date is an important governance responsibility to ensure that your members are aware of your club's current guidelines and policies. 

Click here to access 2019 Standard Club Constitution

Click here to access 2019 Recommended Club Bylaws

Rotary Friendship Exchange 

Rotary Friendship Exchange is an International exchange program with a primary goal to build greater international understanding and goodwill among Rotarians and their families.  
Our Mexican Family visited us on October 31st to November 7th. Eleven Mexicans from seven different clubs from District 4130.
We welcomed our Mexican family with open hearts, we hosted them in three cities Guelph, Milton and Burlington.  We taught them about our Halloween and a Canadian turkey dinner (Thanksgiving).                                             
Flamingo Challenge
Take a look at the Taste of Autumn Gala video that features some of the projects and organizations that Orangeville Highlands have been supporting for the past 25 years.  Thank you everyone for the awesome community services you provide…and to President Jeff Bathurst for sharing the video.
Bits n' Bites
District 7080 Conference – May 30th 2020 
Not registered yet?  Come enjoy the fun! Great speakers, hands-on children’s service project, photo booth, mini-golf, BBQ lunch.  Don’t miss the Early Bird special…register now at  For more information, contact Jennifer Ngo at
RI Convention in Honolulu – June 6th – 10th, 2020 
Already signed up?  Please let Anum know your travel details as she is coordinating an event evening where our members can meet up during the convention.  We’ve done this for the past few years…and it’s been fun! Not signed up yet? Plan now to attend  the RI Convention in Honolulu. You can register at: or contact our D7080 International Convention Promo Chair, Anum at
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