January 2020

7080 Connects
Happy New Year to our entire Rotary Family and their families! A new decade is upon us...and what better opportunity to re-examine our goals...so much to do and so little time! As I reflect on what I want to achieve over the next few months, specifically to continue to strengthen and grow the Rotary brand, I wonder how many of us have made our new year’s resolutions? What wild and wonderful things are you striving for this year?  What dreams will you make a reality for yourself, your family, your club, your community and communities around the world? Then the inevitable question: “Why make resolutions if we don’t follow through?”  
Many years ago, I became interested in why some people are more effective and successful than others?  What did they do differently? I discovered that the most successful people created specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound goals.  They actually wrote them down, spoke to others about them and sometimes placed them in prominent spaces in their homes and offices as constant reminders.  But that wasn’t all. Being truly committed to achieving the goal was key. Take a minute to consider this quote on the power of commitment:
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
I share this with you in the hope that it will help you achieve your dreams in 2020.  This wisdom about commitment has served me well over the years and has inspired me to move forward.  I can tell you that I have always found it to be true.
Aziz and I wish you and your families a 2020 filled with good health, peace, joy, and laughter. Connect soon!
Quote of the Month
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we  fail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lesley Barmania, Governor 2019-20
Rotary Club of Mississauga Meadowvale
January is Vocational Service Month
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!
Rotaract News
Electronic Waste and Clothing Drive
The Rotaract Club of Mississauga and the Rotary Club of Mississauga Meadowvale have teamed up to host an E-Waste collection event on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The event will take place from 10 AM to 4 PM at Trinity Church Streetsville, located at 69 Queen St S, Mississauga, ON L5M 1K5. For more information, check out the Facebook event page
We want to hear about your events! Want to have your Rotaract event featured in the District newsletter? Send an email to rotaract7080@gmail.com with details on your event so we can let the District know the amazing work Rotaract do! 
Did You Know?
Membership Status in D7080
D7080 Membership by Cluster from Jul 1/19 -  Dec 23/19
Your District 7080 Membership Committee has developed a membership slide presentation that can be given at either or both of Cluster and Club meetings. The presentation is aimed at letting grass roots members know about Rotary’s growing flexibility in membership options, club options and meeting formats, all of which were seen as key to vibrancy and sustainability of Rotary membership.  
It is designed to fit into the usual 15-20 minute time allotted for speakers at club        
meetings. It also challenges the club to develop an action plan whether through the membership committee or at a club assembly with regular follow up liaison with the AG and DMC. Either your club’s AG or a member of the District Membership Committee will shortly be in contact with you to arrange a presentation.   
Membership Animation Video
Our thanks again go to Lawrence Furbish, Zone 32, for sharing his creative videos.


Community Service- Social Innovation 

From Norma Gamble, D7080 Community Service Director

“Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry" - Bill Drayton, social entrepreneur, author, founder of Ashoka, Leading Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World. If we wish to build a first class Community Service function in our district we need an integrated, coordinated and collaborative social impact strategy. Could this be a start?

View the Presentation - Social Innovation Works 

Join the District 7080 Public Image Team 
If you have marketing, communications and public relations experience and want to facilitate change, we need your help to raise Rotary's profile in our D7080 communities. 
Service Projects - Indigenous Peoples of Canada
Rotary Palgrave Partnership 
From Ian Kittle, President Rotary Palgrave
There are more than 1.6 million Indigenous Peoples of Canada, also known as the First Nations, many of them with poverty-driven dire needs in areas of shelter, healthcare, education and social justice. Rotary Club of Palgrave is inviting all other Rotary clubs to join in the effort to raise the level of services by us to the Indigenous peoples to a more meaningful scale.
The second of three strains of wild poliovirus is eradicated! 
An independent commission of experts announced on World Polio Day, 24 October, that wild poliovirus type 3 has been eradicated worldwide. It is the second strain of poliovirus to be wiped out, after wild poliovirus type 2 was certified as eradicated in 2015. Type 3 was last detected in northern Nigeria in 2012. Since then, the strength and reach of the polio eradication program's global surveillance system has been critical in verifying that the strain is truly gone. Investing in staffing, innovative tools, and a global network of laboratories helped us determine that type 3 is no longer a threat.
Service Trips
  • Mexico National Immunization Day (NID) in Caborca – February 13 – 17, 2020
Only a total of 15 spots are available so you need to act now if you want to be part of this great service opportunity!
  • Guatemala Literacy Project – Rotary e-Club of Ohio Pathways – 2 dates in February
Rotary educational programs in Guatemala currently serve more than 50,000 impoverished children, and with your help... we hope to grow that number even more!
  • Microfinance at Work and Explore Honduras – March 22 - 26, 2020
Journey with Opportunity International Canada (OIC) to Honduras to witness first-hand how we are walking alongside Honduran families to create holistic change in their lives.
Rotary Youth Exchange Video
From Betty Jo Parent, President Rotary Mississauga West and Vice-Chair RYE South America
A number of Mississauga Rotary Clubs joined forces to host the District 7080 Rotary Youth Exchange students to a weekend in Mississauga Nov 22 – 24th. These weekends provide a wonderful opportunity for our students to get to know each other better – share cultures and make lasting friendships.  Their weekend included representing “Rotary Connects The World” at the Streetsville Santa Claus parade. You can see the students in action at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAYh0-zy2E0&authuser=0.
EarlyAct - Ridgewood Public School, Mississauga Malton
I had the honor to attend Ridgewood Public School’s EarlyAct club on Wednesday December 18th.  What an amazing experience to shake hands with approximately 60+ Grade 5 EarlyActors and to hear them recite the Four Way Test!
Together We Succeed!
From David Clement, Rotary Brampton
Together We Succeed! On Sunday December 15th, Rotary Brampton held their annual Children’s Christmas Party. A true Rotary family event (Rotary, Rotaract, Brampton Rotary Interact, Youth Exchange, DG Lesley and Aziz) all helping to make our annual Rotary Brampton Christmas Party for special needs children and their families a great success.
Bits 'n Bites
D7080 Conference New Marketing and Communications Committee members
We are thrilled and extremely grateful to have Rotaractors joining our committee.  Leah Parent and Alysha Palmer are both members of Rotaract Mississauga.  Please join us in welcoming them. You can look forward to some great updates regarding our district conference!
D7080 Conference – May 20th, 2020 @ Bingemans in Kitchener
Join us for a fun and inspiring day on May 30th at Bingemans in Kitchener! Did you take advantage of the early bird special? If not, there’s still time to get a reduced price of $119/adult, $49/ Interactors, Rotaractors and Youth if you register before March 31st. Remember, our traditional Awards and Changeover event will be held at our District Conference. 
Don’t wait,  register now at http://www.rotary7080conference.com/ or contact Jennifer Ngo, District Conference Chair at adgrotary@gmail.com if you have any questions.
RI Convention in Honolulu – June 6 – 10, 2020
We now have 54 members from D7080 signed up to attend the RI International Conference in Honolulu.  Please take the time to let Anum know your travel details as she is coordinating an evening event 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? 
You can register at: https://www.riconvention.org/en/honolulu/register or contact our D7080 International Convention Promo Chair, Anum at anumfnazir@gmail.com.
And to make this a trip of a lifetime, there’s still time to sign up for the cruise to visit the many islands of Hawaii. 
Russell Hampton
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