District 7080
January 2019

News & Views Bulletin
Wishing You and Your Family the Best ...
Are we there yet?  We are half way there! Be it resolved that the glass is half full.  The sun will come out tomorrow.  Hoping that you are energized ... because tomorrow is only a day away!
Welcome to our seventh issue of the News & Views Bulletin.  It's vocational service month.  Thank you for using your vocation to inspire others.  Sandra and I wish you and your family a healthy, prosperous, and fulfilling 2019! 
Quote for the Month ...  "take a Leap of Faith and begin this Wondrous New Year by Believing"  (Sarah Ban Breathnach)
John Gilvesy, Governor 2018-19
Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
"We're not meant to fit in. We're meant to stand out" ... again Sarah Ban Breathnach
The Challenge ... A Million Dollars
It is our turn.  Many Districts have successfully hosted a Million Dollar Dinner event to increase donations to The Rotary Foundation (rated 4 out of 4 stars by Charity Navigator). There are many Rotarians and friends of Rotary that can truly make a difference by making a major financial contribution.  We have kicked off our campaign, (over $300,000 already committed), and asked cluster captains to tap on shoulders within their communities in hopes of raising a Million Dollars.  You can help.  See fact sheet below and contact  Carolyn Ferguson, Zone 24 Senior Major Gifts Officer | Polio, Development & Partnerships –       Tel .1 (289) 522-0270, Email: Carolyn.Ferguson@rotary.org
Save the Date April 6...Our Big FAB Rotary Dinner

For our Rotary Day, we are following in the footsteps of "The World's Greatest Meal...".  Rotarians are asked to invite non Rotarians (minimum 4, maximum 8) over for dinner on April 6, 2019 (with alternate date of May 4, 2019).  Each non Rotarian guest will be asked to donate at least $30 (payable to the club to benefit the Polio Plus Campaign) for a fantastic candlelight wine and dine event hosted by the Rotarian and Partner.  Photos during dinner to be posted online.  We are hoping to have RI President Barry Rassin live stream a message to all at a fixed time during dinner.  Again, a great opportunity for public image, to introduce guests to Rotary, Foundation, and Polio ... and have a lot of fun.  For information, please contact event chair Linda Breault at linda@pearlehospitality.ca
The largest ever issue of Beyond Borders starts off the new year with information about joining together, resolutions, seeing, canva, stats, Herb, another membership video, and RIDN Valarie's view.  Happy New Year to all ... and to all a great read!
Celebrate the Exceptional ...
Members of Rotary and community help make clubs stronger, communities better, and peace possible.  We thank you for your dedication and valuable contributions.  We give a select number of awards to those that go above and beyond.  See list below.  Please consider leaders in your community and if appropriate, return the completed form and any additional information by April 30th to Clarence Haverson, District Awards Committee Chair at chaverson@rogers.com
 ... on successfully completing the Rotary Peace Fellowship at The University of Queensland.  Marie-Paule was sponsored by our own Rotary Club of Tavistock.  As a Rwandan-born first generation immigrant in Canada, Marie-Paule Attema is passionate about promoting peace locally as well as globally.  In the last 10 years, Marie-Paule has worked with the most marginalized and isolated populations in South Africa, Guatemala, and Canada.   Her career goal is to contribute to recovery and mental health in the aftermath of armed conflict, and in the long term, to promote peace and equality through global policy making.  Reminder that February is Peace Month.  Schedule a speaker as soon as possible by contacting    Sherri Sutherland at the University of Waterloo   sherri.sutherland@uwaterloo.ca
All about the numbers ... where do we fit in?
In the words of RI Director Jeffry,  "It’s half time.  With apologies for the sports analogy, bring your team into the proverbial locker room and set your plan for the second half.  Bring this year home strong.  Re-motivate and re-inspire your team.  It’s not time yet to be in the bleachers ... stay on the field until midnight on 30 June 2019."
Honduras Microfinance Project ... Insight Trip
Opportunity International Canada is arranging an Insight Trip to allow us to connect with the people involved and benefiting from our Honduras Microfinance project.  You’ll spend time with experts in the field and local hosts who know the culture inside and out, and you will witness how our clients are rising out of poverty and transforming their lives.  Please contact me at  jgilvesy@gmail.com  if you are keen to learn more about microfinance, willing to assist with the Global Grant application, and to participate on the trip. 
Kind of a neat story from my home club ...
My back still aches when I hear that word ... lifting books for the Tillsonburg Book Sale.  The Discover Tillsonburg Magazine has a story about  "How Tillsonburg’s love of reading is changing lives around the world".  Take a read ...
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