March 2020

7080 Connects
I Googled it! Just 19 days until the first day of Spring 2020 which officially arrives on Thursday March 19th at 11:50 pm.  And, don’t forget that there’s only 31 days until March 31st to register for our District Conference at the early booking price of $119/adult and $49/youth/Interactor/Rotaractor!  Please join us. It will be a fun, memorable event when our Rotary family comes together to do what we do best…service above self! Our goal is to complete 25 projects that support children in our district, but we need your help to sponsor these community projects.  If you, your club or a local business person would like to sponsor a project, please let us know. (See more details under Bits ‘n Bites below.)  There will be great speakers and lots of variety with something for everyone.  You’ll also attend our annual awards and changeover– two events for the price of one! So please put this day aside in your calendar, register now and let’s show our communities and our members that “Together We Succeed”.
What did we do in February? Aziz and I continued to visit clubs who invited me to speak at meetings, recognize Paul Harris Fellows, present last years’ club awards and induct new members. We’ve enjoyed every minute and continue to be inspired by the number of incredible members and friends in our D7080 Rotary family.  
We’ve also been meeting with some of our young professionals to find out how they see creating more vibrancy in their clubs and within Rotary in general.  We’re working with our Rotaract clubs as full Rotary partners and making sure our processes and systems in D7080 reflect this important Rotary International change. I have been inspired by their energy and ideas to keep Rotary relevant and to ensure that we continue to do good in the world well into the future.
In February, D7080 held another awesome Presidents’ Elect Training session (PETS 1) for our incoming Presidents. D7080 is again in good hands this coming Rotary year!  Besides a huge “thank you” to the Training team and facilitators for organizing an exceptional event, I want to thank our incoming leaders for stepping up to this very important role.  In speaking about leadership in the context of change, RI General Secretary and CEO John Hewko said that it’s a truly exciting time to be in Rotary. Our world is changing, and in order to stay relevant, we all need to embrace change. He gave us three questions to ask ourselves:
  1. In this rapidly changing world, are we nimble enough to adapt and innovate?
  2. Can we, given our annual change in leadership, cultivate the continuity necessary to implement those adaptations?
  3. Are we an organization that can continue to be relevant for the 21st century?
Since the primary impetus for enacting change occurs at the club and district level, our leadership becomes critical. He goes on to say, “This means that real change — the type of lasting change to which our strategic plan aspires — requires two types of innovation. First, the innovation to change the status quo. Second, the innovation to overcome the inevitable resistance to that change.”
What is your club doing? What are your plans as we move forward?  Changing is not our biggest risk – our biggest risk is not taking action! Talk soon.
Quote of the Month
It is well that there is nothing in Rotary so sacred that it cannot be set aside in favor of things better. This is an experimental age in a changing world, and all things which are worthwhile and progressive are the cumulative effects of preceding successes and failures.” - Paul Harris circa 1936
Lesley Barmania, Governor 2019-20
Rotary Club of Mississauga Meadowvale
March is Water and Sanitation Month
9-15 March — World Rotaract Week
28 March — Presidential conference, Rotary Day at UNESCO, Paris, France
31 March – Last day to take advantage of the Early Booking registration for the
31 March— Preregistration discount ends for the Rotary International Convention
Rotaract News
World Rotaract Week - March 9-15, 2020
Join the World Rotaract Week party this 9-15 March! This annual celebration highlights the success and importance of Rotaract in communities around the world. 
Check out for more information on ideas to celebrate every day of the week and share what your Rotaract Club will be doing with Rotaract clubs around the world! 
Rotaract Oakville & Burlington Pub Trivia Fundraiser 
From Desmond Jordan, Rotary Oakville Trafalgar
Please see the flyer for a fun fundraising opportunity to support the combined Oakville and Burlington Rotaract Clubs on March 15. This is a pub Trivia Quiz session on a Sunday afternoon just for all us fine Rotarians and friends.
Did You Know?
Our District Membership Mini-Summits
From Brian Bennett, D7080 Membership Director
As previously communicated to all, in past years the District Membership Committee hosted a single membership summit with the membership chairs from the clubs in the District all coming together. This year, their strategy is to take the summit right to the clubs to present to all club members the various options and strategies available for membership. Through this presentation, members gain a common understanding of the flexibility that is now available to clubs to improve membership recruitment and retention, and ensure the club’s long-term vitality. If your club has not yet booked your Mini-Summit, please email Director of Membership, Brian Bennett at to set a date. 

Do you want to help your members strengthen their skills? 
Here’s some ideas from the Leadership in Action guide.
And don’t forget to show Lawrence Furbish’s latest videos on membership which can be viewed at:
Community Service Think Tanks
From Norma Gamble, D7080 Community Service Director
Are you interested in joining a D7080 Think Tank? Join dynamic fellow Rotarians to figure out innovative ways to address community social imperatives.
Our current D7080 Think Tanks include:
  • Environment/Climate Action
  • Indigenous Initiative
  • Affordable Housing
  • Social Isolation/How to mitigate it in our communities
Please contact Norma Gamble, D7080 Community Service Director at to join one. Check out our Community Service web pages at
Rotary Youth Exchange- It’s not a year in a life, IT’S A LIFE IN A YEAR!
From Dean Rutty, Youth Exchange Chair
On the first weekend of February, members of the District Youth Exchange
Committee gathered together the “inbounds”, those here from other countries, and the newly selected “outbounds”, those heading out in the summer of 2020 for a year of adventure and self-discovery, at YMCA Wanakita in Haliburton for our annual winter training camp. Described as one of the highlights of the year by many Exchange Students, our goal is to observe the students over a weekend of truly Canadian activities- snowshoeing, cross country skiing, team initiatives, and of course, sleeping outdoors in a Quinzee, a snow shelter similar to an igloo that the students build themselves.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) - April 26th - May 1st, 2020
This year’s RYLA program is alive and well...but needs your support!  We are asking Rotary Clubs to sponsor 30 - 35 students between the ages of 18 - 26 to attend this dynamic, fun and engaging learning experience at the Ecology Retreat Centre in Orangeville. The cost for each sponsorship is $825. Please contact your club president and for more details.
Check out for Club Action Plan, Camp Guidelines, Application Form and more details. 
D7080 Peace Committee
From PDG Kathi Dick
The District 7080 Peace Committee would like you to consider inviting one of our dynamic committee members to be a speaker at a club meeting.  We can inform you on Peace activities and projects, how to become a Peace Builder Club and much more! Our objective is to help you become aware of the many opportunities we have to promote peace, in our communities and globally.  Rotary International is now accepting applications for the 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowships.  Can you think of anyone who might be a candidate?  Please contact Kathi Dick at, or Ernie Ginsler at, for information regarding the Peace Fellowship Program or to book a speaker.
Honduras Micro-Finance Project
From John Gilvesy, IPDG, Rotary Club of Tillsonburg
It is a great pleasure to announce that our Global Grant application for microfinance in Honduras has been approved.  The recent message from The Rotary Foundation reads as follows:
"Congratulations! Your global grant application for funding to help boost economic development by providing loans and training to individual clients and SME clients in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, submitted by the Rotary Club of Puerto Cortés (D-7080) and the Rotary Club off Tillsonburg (D-7080), has been approved by The Rotary Foundation and The Rotary Foundation of Canada. The award is in the amount of US$ 251,070."
Travel Opportunity – Hidden Treasures – Italy May 25-30, 2020
Would you like to see more of Italy?  Here’s an opportunity from D2090 in Italy. You can view the itinerary and a letter to Club Presidents to share with their members.
The Essentials of Understanding
Conflict – New Course in the
Rotary Learning Centre
The Essentials of Understanding
Conflict course is available in the
Learning Center. Explore the various
conflict management styles that can
help you develop more collaborative relationships. Check it out in the Learning Centre Catalog
Toastmasters Alliance with Rotary

In May 2019, Toastmasters and Rotary International came to an agreement to form a strategic alliance.  We now have an incredible opportunity for both organizations to work together and leverage our combined strengths to help members achieve their personal goals, grow their networks and enhance their leadership and communication skills. Read more at

Rotary's Core Values
Bits 'n Bites
Together We Succeed! Reminder to Register 
Join us at the 2019/2020 Rotary District 7080 Conference for a full day of engaging guest speakers, District changeover and awards and a team-building children’s service project that will directly give back to children in the area. Before March 31st, Rotarians can register for only $119 and Rotaractors, Interactors and Youth can register for only $49. Prices increase April 1st. Guarantee your spot for this unforgettable day at  If you would like to sponsor a project, please contact Jennifer Ngo or Nita Kang for more information.
The Environment – What’s in a name?
From Louise Gardiner, President Elect Rotary Kitchener 

What’s in a name? Everything! The idea from Rotary International of considering environmental issues as a new area of focus isn’t new to some of us who are already focusing on our community environments.  What is new is calling it what it is – The Environment!
State of the Region Luncheon - Region of Waterloo, ON
From Howard Pell, Rotary Club of Kitchener
Karen Redman and members of the Kitchener Rotary club and the Kitchener-Westmount Rotary club worked together to hold this event. The purpose of the event was two-fold. Karen wished to convey her thoughts to the public about her role as Chair of the Region as well as provide an update on the current state of the Region. The second purpose was to remind non-Rotarians in the Region that Rotary is still a strong force and always looking for new members to help us make our community, and the world, a better place to live.
Share your innovative ideas!
Don’t forget to share your innovative ideas! Send them to District Assistant, Jananee, at
Events Tab – District website
Check out the Events tab on our district website to keep up-to-date on what’s going on. Support each other’s events and show a Rotary presence!
RI Convention in Honolulu –
June 6 – 10, 2020
March 31st, 2020 – pre-registration
discount ends. Come and join us and
Rotarians from around the world. 
You can register at:
contact our D7080 International Convention Promo Chair, Anum at
Looking for a Speaker?
Look no further! Check out the District 7080 Speaker Resource List
Former Global Peace Scholar Katie Fettes Ambassador for the has been added to our speakers list. Katie is able to deliver presentations on the concept of “positive peace” and discuss the Global Peace Index and Positive Peace Index, two tools used by the Institute to analyze peace and quantify its economic value.
Additionally, knowledgeable speakers from our district are available to come to your meetings to speak about Membership, Youth, Community and International Service, Peace, Foundation, Public Image and more. Just reach out to the committee director. Contact information can be found on our district website.
Russell Hampton
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