7080 Connects
District 7080 - Governor's Message
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.
Rotary International - President's Message
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....
RI News 
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.
This year's resolutions and votes have been published on My Rotary. They make for interesting reading and provide insights on the perspectives that may shape Rotary in future years.   (My Rotary login required)
Two New Courses - Thanks to Toastmasters
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 two new courses in Rotary’s Learning Center. (My Rotary login required)
District News
Nominations for D7080 Awards are 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
Growing Rotary Through Transformations
The District Membership Committee is presenting its second webinar for this Rotary year on Thursday, January 14th, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. 
The topic will be “Growing Rotary Through Transformation”. We all know that Rotary needs to grow in our District and that “the same old” isn’t going to do it. Tracy Vavrek, PDG for District 5370 and Zone 28 & 32 Innovative Club Advocate is our keynote presenter sharing a number of new growth ideas and her passion for transforming the Rotary experience, following which there will be a number of question specific breakout sessions.
Club News
Brining Santa to the People!
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.
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'.
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.
7 Reasons to Join Rotary 
In January, many Rotary clubs see an uptick in calls and inquires from people looking to make a difference in their community.  People want to join an organization, or simply volunteer, and they're curious to know what Rotary is all about.  Doug Vincent, from Rotary Woodstock-Oxford, suggests 7 great reasons why young people should consider joining Rotary. 
Rotaract News
+$1000 Raised Through Holiday Cookie Drop
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.
Sweat for a Cause
During a time where many of us are working from home and feeling alone, it is important we stay centred 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?


Upcoming Events and Club Zoom Meetings

Please check-out upcoming events and Zoom meetings in D7080.  To add your event to this list simply enter it on the Events Calendar on the District 7080 website.  Please note that registration is required for many of these events. Click on each event for full details. 
Sam & Lance Curated Fashion and Lifestyle Goods
Virtual - Zoom
Jan 06, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Jennifer Jones to Speak at RC of Brampton
Virtual - Zoom
Jan 11, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
District Membership Webinar #2
Jan 14, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Foundation Qualification Training Webinar
Jan 21, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
District Membership Webinar #3
Mar 24, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Rotary District 7080 Virtual Conference 2021
Virtual - Zoom
May 29, 2021
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
View entire list
We Want to Hear From YOU!
Thank you to all club members who submitted stories and images for this month’s issue of 7080 Connects. If you have a story that you’d like to share please sent it to connects@rotary7080.org  
The deadline for submissions is December 23rd.  All stories that don’t make it into the monthly bulletin will be posted on the district website, the district's Facebook Page or the District's Facebook Group
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