District 7080
April 2019

News & Views Bulletin
 Don't be fooled ... spring has sprung
We are back from our Microfinance Insight Trip in Honduras.  The trip exceeded all expectations and truly strengthened the partnership and friendship of all participants.  Microfinance objectives include granting safe and affordable training and loan products to the entrepreneurial poor.  "Teaching how to fish".  I believe that models similar to those used in Honduras can be duplicated in other developing countries.  Read Jay's story below.   Muchas Gracias for all your support!
Welcome to our tenth issue of the News & Views Bulletin.  It is "Maternal & Child Health" month.  Hmm ... when you think about it, doesn't it all begin with maternal and child health?
Quote for the Month ... “Stay away from negative people.  They have a problem for every solution.”  (Albert Einstein)
John Gilvesy, Governor 2018-19
Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
... 9th inning and bases are loaded!
Cluster captains are pitching presentations and tapping on shoulders as part of our Million Dollar Campaign.  Rotarians and friends of Rotary are making major financial contributions ($10,000 or more) to the Foundation, with many donation options including 3 year commitments, clause in their will, or via an insurance policy.   Let's have a grand slam and blow the roof off the $1M cap.  Campaign deadline is May 6.   Plans for a Million Dollar Gala have commenced to celebrate the achievement, and recognize respective donors.  If you have yet to be tapped and want to be a major donor to YOUR Foundation,  contact  Carolyn Ferguson at carolyn.ferguson@rotary.org
MBFRD message from Chair Linda ...

There are a few Rotary Clubs in our District struggling to get members to support our Rotary Day event, My Big FAB Rotary Dinner It’s not too late!   Use these tools and encourage members to participate and MAKE IT FUN!
  • What got members involved in my club was just one very enthusiastic club member speaking about his plans for the night. 
  • What also helped is bending the rules.  It doesn't matter what you serve… gourmet, pizza, order in, it's more about fellowship and awareness for Rotary, Foundation, and Polio Plus. 
  • Being flexible on the date is also important. The preferred dates are April 6th or May 4th, but if those dates don’t work for a member, it's better to host a dinner somewhere in between those dates than not at all. 
  • If a member says they don’t have a home big enough to host 4 guests, suggest to them to buddy up with another Rotarian, with a combined guest count of 8 guests. 
  • Lead by example.  Are you hosting a dinner?  Are you excited about it and sharing your plans with your club?
  • Are you making it fun?  After the dinner on the 6th one of our members is inviting everyone who is hosting a dinner that night to bring their guests to their home for a bigger fellowship party.
  • Keep the invitation short and simple, with focus on it being a fun social evening.
Thank you for your support of this event.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Linda Breault  at  lindabreault@aceevents.ca 
Have you gone "Beyond Borders"?
Strange but wonderful things in this month's issue of the Beyond Borders Newsletter.  Have you heard about the shoe that grows, walls.io, or the story about the goat dairy?  Lots more too.  Go ahead ... be inspired.  Read on!
... About Honduras Microfinance Insight Trip
" I was able to see first hand the compassion of the local individuals committed to make a difference and the passion of the Honduran people.  It was incredibly fun, educational, and I made strong connections to so many people involved directly and indirectly."  For the rest of the story and photos ...
Changeover & Awards Event at Glencairn Golf Club on June 27.  Have you registered yet?
For the low, low, price of only $70, register now for our District Changeover & Awards evening event set for June 27, 2019 at Glencairn Golf Club.  Enjoy cocktails and fellowship on the garden patio, then all you can eat buffet dinner in the ballroom.  Celebrate the achievements of members and the passing of the torch to DGE Lesley.  Register at:  https://rotary7080.org/event/copy-of-district-changeover-and-awards-banquet/  
PS: Not to late to  make an award nomination ... the nomination deadline for the Rotary District 7080 Awards is April 30th.   The 7080 District Awards are intended to recognize significant contributions that are quietly and selflessly being made by dedicated Rotarians and Rotary Partners.   For more information, contact Clarence Haverson at chaverson@rogers.com .   If you wish to play golf beforehand, please check with PDG Syd Harmon at  sjharmon@rogers.com 
All are welcome to join together in Niagara Falls for our Zone Conference on September 19 - 21.  See the bios of an impressive slate of featured speakers at     https://rotaryzoneconferenceniagara.sched.com/directory/speakers
Do you know a Scholar??
June 30, 2019 is the deadline for Global Grant scholarship applications for graduate scholars who will begin their studies in August, September, or October 2019.  Please submit the global grant application online using the Grant Centre.  All steps, scholar and sponsor authorizations must be completed for the application to be officially submitted to TRF.  If you have any questions or run into any obstacles, please contact Renée Reiling, Regional Grants Officer 1-847-866-3314
And the AG's are ...
Please join us in welcoming and congratulating
  • Paul Cody, Cambridge PH who will be taking on the role of Assistant Governor Cambridge Cluster,
  • Claude Armstrong, Brampton Flower City Centennial who will be taking on the role of Assistant Governor Brampton Cluster, and
  • Susanne Zbindon, Orangeville who will be taking on the role of Assistant Governor, Dufferin, Erin, Calendon, all effective July 1st, 2019.
With these new postings, our AG team for 2019-20 will be:
  • Brampton - Claude Armstrong
  • Burlington - Janet Canavan
  • Cambridge - Paul Cody
  • Dufferin, Erin, Caledon - Susanne Zbindon
  • Guelph & Wellington - Darlene Carpenter
  • Kitchener Waterloo - Hubert Singh
  • Mississauga - Jennifer Ngo
  • North Halton - Vino Khamasia
  • Oakville - Bent Fink-Jensen 
  • Woodstock and Oxford - Darrel Parker
We extend a huge thank you to current AG's and those ending their terms ...  Vanora Spreen, Rita Westbrook and Ingrid Sproxton!  Looking forward to your continued commitment and leadership ... both at club and future district roles! 
News Flash ... hot off the press!
... from Dale Sheerer, President-elect of the Rotary Club of Mississauga North Breakfast ... " after much discussion with the Mississauga Rotary Club, the members of my club have agreed to merge.  We feel that we are of like mind, our desire would be to work towards an inclusive Mississauga Rotary Club.  Something for everyone.".  Congratulations to all participants who facilitated the dialogue ... thank you for your persistence in finding a way that surely will best serve members, community, and Rotary.
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