7080 Connects
Monthly Bulletin - March 2021
District 7080 - Governor's Message
March is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month. This is one of Rotary’s 7 Area of Focus. It is also on the list of 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It is the aim of the UN to have universal access to safely managed water and sanitation by 2030. But we have a long way to go. Every 2 minutes, somewhere in the world, a child dies as a result of poor hygiene or unsafe drinking water. 
Rotary International - President's Message
As someone who knows firsthand the great leadership potential of Rotaractors, I always look forward to World Rotaract Week, which we are celebrating from 8 to 14 March. Rotaractors are the focus of all three of my presidential conferences this year, and I was proud when, two years ago, the Council on Legislation voted to elevate Rotaract by including Rotaract clubs as members of Rotary International. 
RI News 
2021-2022 Rotary Theme
2021-22 RI President Shekhar Mehta announced his theme "Serve to Change Lives" during the opening session of the International Assembly. The theme serves as an inspiration for all Rotarians and a rallying call for our efforts in 2021-2022. Watch incoming President Shekhar's official address at the International Assembly by clicking the link below.
RI's AMAZING Training Resources!
Learn everywhere and anytime with Rotary’s Learning Center. Take courses, find resources, connect with an online community, and track your progress. To see a basic overview of all available courses click the link below.
New Icon for Our Areas Focus
Effectively communicating Rotary's Areas of Focus is an important part of promoting our work.  RI has recently developed a new icon to support our efforts; the Environment has been added to the mix. Click the link below to access a Zip file that has many versions of the approved icon that can be used in our communications.
District News
Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup 
In 2021 The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors added a new area of focus: Supporting the environment.  There's no better way to celebrate than participating in the first ever Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup on April 24, 2021.
District Peace Committee Webinar
The District 7080 Peace Committee will be hosting its first webinar with guest presenter Holly White, an RI Peace Fellow. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 2nd at 7PM.
District Membership Webinar: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
Do you know where you and your club fit on the DEI spectrum? Join us March 24 at 7:00 PM. Our presenter is RI Vice President Elect Valarie Wafer. Valarie is the chair of the Rotary International DEI Taskforce. You will learn how you and your club can take action to create lasting change and ensure you are Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive.
Stay Connected - Join Rotary District 7080 Facebook Group!
The District 7080 Facebook Group is designed for members of Rotary and Rotaract Clubs to share ideas, news, events and information. See posts by Rotarians in our District, for Rotarians in our District. Please join the group today!
Club News

Rotaract Club of Guelph's 'Mask-querade' 

In the face of many challenges and adaptations, the Rotaract Club of Guelph is moving ahead with its annual Spring Gala fundraiser, but with several COVID-safe twists. Passionate to continue the spirit of giving back to the community, the team will be hosting the gala online over Zoom on Friday, March 5, with the tongue-in-cheek theme of “Mask-querade”.  
Interact in D7080
Curious about what our Interact Members are up to?  Click below to catch-up on their news through their Monthly Newsletters. 

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.
Presidents'-Elect Training Seminars (PETS)
Feb 16, 2021 7:00 PM –
Mar 10, 2021 9:00 PM
District Peace Committee Webinar
Mar 02, 2021
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Green Energy - Rotary Club of Palgrave
Mar 03, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Rotaract Club of Guelph's Spring Gala
Mar 05, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
International Women’s Day - Janis Alton
Mar 08, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Club of Oakville - Speaker Series: The Rt.
Mar 09, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 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 March 26th. 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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