Mark Your Calendar
President's Meeting #1
Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m.
Glencairn Golf & Country Club
District Conference
October 14, 15 & 16
Marriott Gateway Hotel & Conference Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Rotary Leadership Institute
Saturday, Nov. 5, 8:00-4:00
Family Centre, Region of Waterloo Family & Children Services

The Wonders of Water

One of the Wonders that will be presented at the District Conference will focus on Water and we are very pleased to have fellow Rotarian Ron Denham as the presenter for this session.
Ron Denham received his education in England where he obtained a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.
After obtaining an MBA in Business Administration, he entered the management consulting profession, eventually becoming Senior Partner and Vice Chairman of KPMG Management Consulting, Canada’s largest management consulting firm.
In this capacity he played a major role in development projects in Peru, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Greece, Algeria, Senegal and Cuba, Subsequently he joined A.T. Kearney where he was Director responsible for developing the Canadian practice.
Throughout his busy career he has been active in the community and his profession.  He was Professor in the Business School, York University. He was elected Trustee of the North York Board of Education, Chairman of the Ontario Region of the Engineering Institute of Canada and President of the Institute of Management Consultants of Ontario. He was Chairman of the Stewardship Program at his church and was on the Board of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
A Rotarian for almost 60 years, he first joined in 1958 in Welland. He joined his present club—Toronto-Eglinton—in 1964.  He was President of his club and later District Governor. He was elected Paul Harris Fellow and is a Benefactor and Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to Rotary, to his vocation and to the world community he was presented with the “Service above Self” award, Rotary’s highest honor.
He has been active with Rotary clubs in Siberia and the Far East since 1997. He participated in the chartering of clubs in Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Komsomolsk-na-Amur and Omsk and has participated in Rotary conferences in Barnaul, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk. He has represented the President of Rotary at many international conferences in Europe, North America and Africa.
He was the founding chair of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG), A group of over 1800 Rotarians helping people in the developing world improve life and livelihood through the provision of safe water and sanitation. In that capacity he has fostered many water and sanitation projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, and in many states in India.
His current mission is to encourage all 1.2 million Rotarians to become familiar with world water issues, and every Rotary club (33,000) to become involved in a sustainable water and/or sanitation program.
Find It On Your District Website
- District Insurance Information -
The District Insurance Policy and related documents are available on the district website.
On the District Website go to the District/Club Info/Resources Tab on the main menu bar and click on the District Resources link.
In the window that opens, click on the District Insurance Policy link.
This will take you to a section of the website with links to various insurance documents and some important background information on policy limitations.
Also provided is contact information for our broker, Brenda Webber, at Norwich Insurance.  She can be contacted if there are questions on what may or may not be covered.   All club presidents have been sent a copy of the policy for their own club.  However, if a proof of insurance is required for a specific event then contact Brenda and she wil provide the required certificate.  Please provide at least two weeks notice.
The Centennial of Our Foundation
Let's Celebrate!
Are you wanting to find out what is already planned to celebrate our Foundation's 100th Anniversary, or looking for ideas for your own celebration or for Foundation resources?  Then check out the site:
Where you will find links for each of the following:
Celebrate the Centennial
Commemorate our Foundation’s century of achievement. See a list of scheduled events and find ideas for holding your own.
Explore the History of The Rotary Foundation
Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to “doing good in the world” planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917. That one idea and an initial contribution of $26.50 set in motion a powerful force for good that has transformed millions of lives around the globe.
The Foundation Centennial Book
From Rotary’s battle against the poliovirus to establishing the Rotary Peace Centers, The Rotary Foundation has a rich history. Doing Good in the World: The inspiring story of the Foundation’s First 100 Years tells the fascinating story of this 100-year journey and the people who made it happen.
Promotional Resources
Tell others about the good our Foundation does in your community. A variety of resources are available to help.
Donor Spotlight
Our supporters are the reason the Foundation has been able to make a difference in the lives of so many people around the world. Learn about some of these donors, who are giving generously to advance the Foundation’s work.
"We should not live for ourselves alone, but for the joy in doing good for others.
Arch Klumph, founder of The Rotary Foundation
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
In This Issue . . . 
  • What Defines Rotary
  • The Wonders of Water at Your District Conference
  • Sid Mowder - A District Rotarian of Note!
  • Find It on Your District Website - District Insurance Information
  • The Centennial of our Foundation - Let's Celebrate!
  • September is New Generations / Youth Services Month
  • Rotary YouTube Videos
  • ShelterBox and Rotary Take Action Following Earthquake in Italy
What Defines Rotary
by John Hewko
RI General Secretary
(Adapted from Rotary News, August 9, 2016)

What Rotary has achieved over the past century is remarkable. We were one of the world’s first membership service organizations. Rotary members have made a decisive positive impact in our communities and around the world, from helping to draft the UN Charter in San Francisco in 1945, to spearheading the most successful global health partnership in history with the launch of our PolioPlus program in 1985, bringing one of the world’s most feared diseases to the brink of eradication. 

The list of groundbreaking Rotary projects is too long to mention here. But as our Foundation enters its second century, we also need to think hard about how we will continue to have the kind of impact and influence that has shaped our first 100 years.

Our members, of course, are the beating heart of Rotary. So membership is a good place to start.

Greater flexibility
Over the past 15 years, Rotary has carried out pilot programs that have explored new definitions of membership, classifications, and the club experience. We have consistently found that when clubs are given the freedom to determine how to hold their meetings, the composition of their membership, and what defines engagement, the club is more vibrant and better able to grow.

In some parts of the world, the traditional club model works just fine, but in others, our membership is flatlining. To be frank, a single club model applied universally across our incredibly diverse Rotary communities is probably not sustainable.

To address this, and support Rotary’s future health, Rotary’s Council on Legislation adopted two measures that in my mind are critical for our organization: clubs now have greater flexibility in when, where, and how they meet and the types of membership they offer.

Also importantly, Rotaractors can become members of Rotary clubs while they are still in Rotaract.

It’s your choice
While this flexibility is available to those clubs that choose to amend their bylaws, a club that wishes to continue to adhere to the traditional requirements regarding meetings, attendance, structure, or categories of membership may continue to do so.

Some clubs are already taking advantage of the new flexibility. Rotary needs to retain the talents of qualified young leaders as well as attract members from all demographic groups. The membership decisions, like many others at this year’s Council, are a significant step for Rotary’s future.


Sid Mowder
A District Rotarian of Note! 

Sid Mowder is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore but has had a long, active and varied career in Rotary having been a member of 7 different clubs in three different districts!

In 1980 Sid moved from Oshawa to St. Catharines to take on the position of Treasurer for the Region of Niagara.  Shortly after beginning work there he was approached by a colleague to attend the local Rotary Club which he did and subsequently joined – seeing this as a way to make friends in his new city and to give back to the community.  During his time with the Rotary Club of St. Catharines Sid was part of an exchange trip to Trinidad and Tobago travelling with about 20 fellow Rotarians and visiting several clubs.  He and his wife then reciprocated and hosted a Rotarian family from Trinidad and Tobago for 10 days.  Sid became very active with Youth Exchange in his club and moved on to a role with the district Youth Exchange Committee.  Sid and his wife, Bette, hosted students from Denmark and Sweden.  A Rotary highlight for Sid during this time was when his club sent a large number of wheelchairs to a Crippled Children’s Centre in Yugoslavia which was still a communist country at the time.  Sid was able to visit the area, make connections with one of the operators of the centre and later had the contact’s daughter come to visit with them in Canada.

A change in employers saw Sid working in North York but commuting from St. Catharines.  Although he tried, it was too difficult to stay connected with his Thursday noon club and so he and some Rotary friends chartered a new club – the St. Catharines Lakeshore club which met in the evenings.  Eventually though, the family did move to North York and Sid joined the Rotary Club of Vaughan.  The area was growing quickly and after three years Sid, along with a few other Rotarians, again, chartered yet another club – The Rotary Club of North York.  He started a Youth Exchange program in the club and served as its third president.  He also took on the role of chair of the club’s International Services Committee, initiating a number of projects and later moved on to chair the District World Services Committee.  While there, his club and the district took on its most ambitious project to that time – the building of a children’s hospital in the Dominican Republic.

Since this was a brick and mortar project, no grants were available and Sid took on the task of fundraising for the project.  He visited all of the clubs in the district and was successful in securing support from over half of them.  In addition, though, he was successful in arranging for a 3H grant of $750,000 to cover the cost of the equipment for the hospital.  Sid also took part in three working trips, along with over 30 other Rotarians each trip, to assist in the construction of the building.  Sid also became connected with a needy village in the area and on one of their work trips they “commandeered” an Air Canada jet and filled it with donated clothing and supplies that were given to a shelter in the village.  In recognition of his ongoing dedication and service to the project Sid was twice honoured with a Paul Harris fellow.

Sid and Bette retired for a while in Wasaga Beach with a winter condominium in Florida.  Sid did join the Wasaga Rotary Club, but while in Florida he did so many makeups at the Pompano Beach Lighthouse club he eventually became an associate member there as well and assisted with many of their activities while on vacation!

Sid now lives in Burlington and in 2006 he joined the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore.  Shortly after joining the club he was asked to take on a project that would provide scholarships for students in Rusinga Island in Kenya.  Nate O’Hara, the son-in-law of the one of the club’s members, travelled frequently to this area and was able to speak personally about the needs there and introduced the project idea to the club.   In Kenya the government only provides funding for students up to grade 8.  The cost of students to attend high school or beyond falls to the families, most of whom cannot afford the expense.  He also explained that as a result of H.I.V. infections, many children have lost one or both parents.  After a visit to the area and some local needs analysis it was decided to take on the project and fund 3 girls and 1 boy each year and the project began with 4 students in 2008.  Four additional students were added each year so that by 2011 there were 16 students being funded across 4 grades, and in 2011 the first supported students graduated from high school.

Through connections with a former exchange student working in an inner-city girl’s school in New York City a grade nine class there took on the challenge and raised funds to support one additional student in Kenya.  Then in the following year a second class raised funds to support yet another student.  Impressed by what these students were doing in New York, Sid approached a couple of local Burlington High Schools and they too have met the challenge and between them are funding 3 additional students.  Sid has also approached other clubs in the Burlington area which have come on board and now the project is funding 22 students across the four grades of high school and has seen over 21 students graduate!

Sid’s main contact for the program in Kenya is Ezekiel Tito who has commented on the tremendous impact the program is having in his community.  He indicated that it has generated enthusiasm, motivation and concern in support for girl-child education.  As in most African societies, including Kenya, girl-child education and welfare has been compromised by stereotypes, prejudices, customs and attitudes that have discriminated against girls in favour of boys.  As a result of the scholarship program, the community has come full circle with a change from marginalization of girls to community support for girl-child education and advancement.

Further testament to the success of the program is found in this excerpt from a letter to Sid from Nate O’Hara who first identified the need for the program.

“It is a tribute to the scholarship program that by offering opportunities to some, you have motivated all.  When I first visited Rusinga in 2006 there was maybe one female student in grade 8 and perhaps five who had ever continued past that grade.  It is a credit to your efforts that, not only are girls completing their primary schooling, but are continuing on to complete their secondary education.  This can only have a positive impact for that community and society.”

Sid has just recently passed on the running of the Kenya Scholarship program to other club members but is still working hard for his club and for Rotary.  He is one of the head cashiers for the clubs very successful ribfest and is also on the Student Awards Selection committee.

When asked why he stays so involved with Rotary; Sid, somewhat jokingly, said that it just keeps him busy.  Upon a little more reflection, though, he offered “when you sit back and look at it, we have a tremendous positive impact in the world and there is a great deal of satisfaction in a job well done, especially when it is done in service to others.”


September is New Generations /
Youth Services Month
September is designated New Generations Month in order to focus on all Rotary activities that support the development of young people.  Rotary clubs are encouraged to use the slogan “Every Rotarian an Example to Youth” in club bulletins and publicity material during New Generations Month.
Many youth programs exist in our district including Youth Exchange, Interact Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, Camp Enterprise and the Rotary Youth leadership Awards (RYLA).  Clubs not currently involved with one or more of these activities are encouraged to consider them.  To find out more and how to get involved contact the District Director of Youth services – Ed Broeders (contact link is available under District Organization Chart on the district website).
There will also be a breakout session at the District Conference in October focusing on all of the Youth Programs.  They will provide firsthand accounts of the value and impact of these life-changing programs.  Don't miss them!
Rotary YouTube Channel

Did you know that Rotary has official media channels, including a YouTube channel?  You can find a wealth of Rotary themed videos that can be featured during one of your events or highlighted on your club website.
ShelterBox and Rotary Take Action Following Earthquake in Italy 
(Adapted from Rotary News, August 25, 2016)

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy early on Wednesday August 24, killing more than 240 people and trapping an unknown number beneath rubble. Tremors were felt as far away as Rome, 100 km (65 miles) southwest of the quake's epicenter.

On Friday, August 26 international disaster relief agency and Rotary International project partner ShelterBox sent a response team from its headquarters in the United Kingdom to the remote mountainous area of Italy where the destruction is most severe to assess the area's needs.

Luca Della Volta, president of ShelterBox Italia, the affiliate organization in Genoa, accompanied the response team. Della Volta is working with the Rotary Club of Rieti in District 2080, the club closest to the earthquake-affected sites, and has met with officials of the Italian Civil Protection Department, fire department, and Red Cross to coordinate efforts.

ShelterBox will send tents and other equipment from its locations in Italy and other sites across Europe to aid families and individuals made homeless by the disaster. Della Volta says the most urgent need is for tents and relief supplies for the hospital of Rieti, where most of the patients from the destroyed hospital in Amatrice were taken.

"I am truly heartbroken over what has happened," says Della Volta, charter president of the Rotary E-Club of 2042 Italia. "As Rotarians, we are always available to help people in need."