COVID 19: Here is What District 7070 Rotary & Rotaract Clubs Are Doing to help their Community

What is your Rotary Club and Rotaract Club doing to help your community during the COVID 19 outbreak? Take a look at some of the clubs and their projects. Perhaps you too can do a similar project in your community. Perhaps YOU can help at one of their projects. Here is a place for your Club to ASK for Rotary and Rotaract Clubs to help YOU with your project. Talk to the Mayor, Councilors, Community Service Organizations, Food Banks, Health workers, just to name a few. Your community is counting on our entire Rotary family and your partner organizations during this time of special need. Send your projects and project requests to District Public Image Chair Dave Andrews at and he will do his best to get them in the article which will be regularly updated......

COVID 19: Here is What District 7070 Rotary & Rotaract Clubs Are Doing to help their Community 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Thank You to Our Essential Workers in District 7070


To anyone who works with the public and cannot stay home, those who are helping, fighting to keep us well, and providing service to us


for your dedication and aid!

From All of the Rotarians, Rotaractors and the whole Rotary family here in District 7070 - South-Central Ontario,  CANADA

Thank You to Our Essential Workers in District 7070 2020-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

March 23, 2020 -  COVID-19 Update from District 7070

Posted by Your District 7070 Governor Team

March 23, 2020

Dear District Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and Friends of Rotary,

The COVID-19 situation in Canada is evolving on a daily basis and even changing by the hour. The Federal and Provincial Governments, and medical advisors are asking all Canadians to take stronger measures to contain the spread of the virus. At this critical time, we need to practice the necessary hand hygiene practises, social distancing, and self-isolation if you have returned from travelling outside Canada.
By now you have read RI President Mark Maloney and RI President-elect Holger Knaack's email regarding Rotary's Role in Battling Coronavirus, and RI President Mark Maloney's email cancelling the 2020 Convention in Honolulu.  Here is further communication from RID Jeffry Cadorette and RIDE Valarie Wafer.
I encourage you to call your Rotary colleagues who are ill, house-bound for a number of reasons, or Rotarians that you have not seen in a while.  Reach out to your neighbours for the same reasons.  Does someone need groceries, their medication picked up, their dog walked, or to listen to their concerns?
Thank you for keeping me apprised of your Clubs’ response to COVID-19 with respect to meetings and events. Many Rotary and Rotaract Clubs have cancelled their regular meetings and events for the foreseeable future. We strongly encourage clubs to suspend all in-person meetings and events until further notice.  
It is time to adopt an alternate meeting option that will allow everyone to stay connected until this COVID-19 situation subsides.  There is a 20% discount offered for Zoom through Rotary Global Rewards to have online meetings up to 100 participants with unlimited minutes. Just use the discount code of "ZOOMROTARY" when purchasing; use this link
Clubs can also sign up for a free Zoom account at  The free service allows groups of up to 100 people to connect for up 40 minutes. 
Here are the set-up instructions for a free account -
-Go to
-In the top right corner, click "sign up, it's free"
-Choose to connect to your Gmail or Facebook account, or provide info for a new account
-You will be asked to confirm your account via the email/account you provided
-The first time you join a meeting, you will be asked to allow the zoom application to download to your computer
If you want a tutorial on Zoom, click on the link below:
Darryl Patterson has establsihed a Technology Club Support site to support clubs in our District.  Please use the following link -
Stay well.  Stay connected. 

Your District 7070 Governor Team

Mary Lou Harrison,   District 7070 Governor 2018-19

Beth Selby,   District 7070 Governor 2019-20

Mark Chipman,   District Governor 2020-21

Ron Dick,   District Governor 2021-22

Iosif Ciosa,  District 7070 Governor 2022-23

Read more to see the March 12, 2020 District 7070 Update.....


March 23, 2020 - COVID-19 Update from District 7070 Your District 7070 Governor Team 2020-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

Instagram Contest - Deadline for Entries Extended to May 31, 2020

Posted by Sue Miller, District 7070 Public Image Committee


It’s easy as 1, 2, 3! Earn one ballot for each step completed. The winner will receive $500 towards the community service project of your club’s choice (local or international).


Instagram Contest - Deadline for Entries Extended to May 31, 2020 Sue Miller, District 7070 Public Image Committee 2020-03-14 04:00:00Z 0

Highway of Heroes Campaign - November 2019 Update from Mark Cullen

Posted by Mark Cullen Campaign Chair & Co-Founder, Highway of Heroes Living Tribute

Dear Rotarians and members of the Rotary family and friends of Rotary,

REMEMBER NOVEMBER: If there is a peak season for our campaign, it is the month of November. We will, after all, pause on Monday, November 11, to reflect on the sacrifice of many who served in the Canadian Armed Forces to defend our freedom. We will also reflect on those who did not come home during times of conflict: 117,000 since the war of 1812. We will hear John McRae's famous poem recited somewhere, at least once. And we will be mindful of his words. I think that it is a fine coincidence that the months of Thanksgiving and the month of Remembrance are back to back. October and November even rhyme, almost. Here at the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign, we are thankful for so much. Indeed, that is a gross understatement.....

Highway of Heroes Campaign - November 2019 Update from Mark Cullen Mark Cullen Campaign Chair & Co-Founder, Highway of Heroes Living Tribute 2019-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

District 7070 Trees Planted - Highway of Heroes Tribute Campaign

Posted by Bob Wallace on Oct 01, 2019

Rotary International President Ian Riseley has asked us to plant a tree for every Rotarian in our district, between July 1st and April 22nd, 2018 – Earth Day.  I am pleased to say we have partnered with Highway of Heroes Tribute to help make this happen.  Through available District Designated Funds, we’ve funded the planting of a tree for every Club along the Highway for Heroes (between Trenton and Toronto).  Additionally, we have a Family Planting Day planned for Earth Day (Sunday, April 22nd), at a location to be finalized.  That’s 2,200 trees already committed.  Mark Cullen was a featured speaker at the District Conference, and we have a 2:1 on trees – just for Rotarians. 

But you know, that goal of just 2,200 trees is not particularly ambitious for our district.  Several Clubs already have environmental initiatives every year.  Working with Clubs and liaising with Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group, I’d like to suggest we plant a tree for every single attendee to our International Convention.  I think 30,000+ trees sounds much more impressive.  And we have a designated Mr. Tree in the district on Kevin Power, to help aggregate all our projects.

Individual Rotarians and Rotary Clubs that have completed tree plantings can enter their information through the link above to add the trees to our district tally. 

Click Here for more information                   

Please Read more for more details......

District 7070 Trees Planted - Highway of Heroes Tribute Campaign Bob Wallace 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

Judge Judy Says: Register TODAY 









OCTOBER 25-27, 2019.


                 DO YOU?

            REGISTER HERE
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Peace - Easy as 1, 2, 3.  A Youth Exchange Story

Posted by Grant Southwell

World Peace - One Student, one family at a time

Rotary is well known world wide for our efforts to support and grow world peace and understanding. In fact Peace and Conflict Resolution is one of our six area's of focus.
What better way to support this goal than to have all Rotary Clubs involved in our very own "Rotary Youth Exchange" program.  Our young people are our future. Why not invest in them in a most realistic way?
The Rotary Youth Exchange program is the only program sponsored by RI that permits members of a Rotarian's family to participate - no other Rotary sponsored program allows this to happen, primarily due to the perception of being in conflict of interest or nepotism.
Peace - Easy as 1, 2, 3. A Youth Exchange Story Grant Southwell 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Mary Lou Harrison's November 2018 Newsletter - We Are Changemakers!

Posted by Mary Lou Harrison, District 7070 Governor 2018-19

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” - Rotary's new vision statement, approved June 2017

Creating positive and lasting change is not easy. It takes vision, determination, co-operation, and the willingness to take risks, to stretch well beyond what we know we can do to accomplish what others might consider the impossible. In District 7070, we can proudly and truthfully say that our actions make us changemakers.

District Governor Mary Lou Harrison's November 2018 Newsletter - We Are Changemakers! Mary Lou Harrison, District 7070 Governor 2018-19 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

November 2018 - Rotary Foundation Month

What is your Rotary Club doing in November 2018 to celebrate and focus on The Rotary Foundation? To get ideas how the Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world, please Read more....... 

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We All Smile in the Same Language

Posted by Jason Pole Co-Chair, District 7070 Rotary Youth Exchange Committee

Smile in My Language

Recently, a seventeen-year-old young woman reminded me that we all smile in the same language. A simple statement that many would not challenge or even give much thought too. For this young person, it is of paramount importance. She has recently started school in Canada and although her spoken English is good, her native language is Portuguese. There are often times in Canada when she needs to use her smile to communicate. She needs to smile to acknowledge that she does not fully understand all the words spoken to her, or that you may need to speak a little bit more slowly so she can follow the conversation, or simply the smile may indicate a sincere thank-you for taking the time to listen.....

We All Smile in the Same Language Jason Pole Co-Chair, District 7070 Rotary Youth Exchange Committee 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

And Here They Are....Our Rotary Exchange Students

From Near from Far ...  

What do Campbellford and Argentina have in common?  Lucia!  Pictured with thumbs up here among the ten 2018/2019 Inbound Youth Exchange Students.  These students have come from far and will be near and dear to District 7070 for the next 11 months.  Reach out, say Hi, get to know just why Youth Exchange can make the change and inspire a world of peace. 
Thinking of becoming a host Youth Exchange Club?  Email us (Jason Pole/Deb Murray) at 
Click here for more details.  (Like what clubs are participating now - it may surprise you) 
Come from part of Youth Exchange today.  
And Here They Are....Our Rotary Exchange Students Deborah Murray 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

2018 Rotary Foundation Walk Highlights


On Sunday, September 30, 2018, over 260 Rotarians from District 7070 and their families walked the 2 and 5 km walks at the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg and toured the famed gallery, at the 2018 Rotary District 7070 Foundation Walk, hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Alliston, Aurora, Kleinburg, Nobleton & Schomberg, Markham Sunrise, Markham Unionville, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, and Woodbridge, and raised over $100,000 for the Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund.........

2018 Rotary Foundation Walk Highlights 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

NEW - The Clubrunner App - If Doug Can Do IT.....

Posted by Deborah Murray

What's Larry's Email Address?

 It was a rainy day when I got the call. 

 He needed to know, right away,

 "What's his email" he did say. 

  Holding my cell I wanted to yell, please, please, give me the spell,

 The magic we found, by bringing it down

 Gave way to new sight: email addresses, events, phone numbers....ah.....the light!

With rushing to cheer, the awakening is here! 

Downloading the Clubrunner app, all with a fingertip,  it was a snap,

Your club members detail will be very clear, your district executives have no fear.

You'll find what you wish,  there'll be no need to fish.  It's smart on your cell, just do it....time will tell. Read more.....

NEW - The Clubrunner App - If Doug Can Do IT..... Deborah Murray 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Who is She? Deb Murray 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention 2018 in Toronto Bob Wallace 2016-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary members attend Jubilee Audience at the Vatican

Posted by David Andrews

Pope Francis thanks Rotary for its efforts to end polio and urges Rotary members to continue vaccination campaigns

Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran is greeted by Pope Francis following the Jubilee Audience at the Vatican in St. Peter’s Square on April 30, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Vatican.

Rotary members attend Jubilee Audience at the Vatican David Andrews 2016-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Rev Up Rotary - Youth Kickstart at RYLA

Posted on Mar 19, 2016

District 7070 is buzzing with energy as we prepare to Rev Up Rotary in 2016-2017.

As a District, we're getting Rev'ed Up about RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  Our program, "Leadership Begins With Me" is scheduled May 15 to 20 at Loyalist College in Belleville.

From the Diary of a RYLA Participant...


It’s a big world out there!  And it takes special people with special talent to thrive, grow and contribute to making it a better world.  I always knew there were challenges, and sometimes I felt overwhelmed.  I mean, I’m doing OK, my friends are great, and I’m learning a lot in school and at work.  But until I got to RYLA, I never knew how much I could learn in just one week.  Yes, it was a hectic week, long hours, and a lot of activity – but I really was involved, and the time flew!

The hardest part of the whole experience is to sum it up in just a few words.  I mean, we dealt with ideas, impossible problems, learned the perspective of our classmates and our faculty members, produced a newspaper, put on entertainment for visiting Rotarians, did volunteer work – and had fun every step of the way.

The bottom line though is that I feel more confident, connected and committed to my future and my role in building a better world.  Do you?

Thanks, Rotary

Apply Now!  Deadline April 1

Participant Online Application Form ( Paper )

For further information, please contact:

Ric Williams
Chairman, District 7070 RYLA Committee

Rev Up Rotary - Youth Kickstart at RYLA Clark Ferguson 2016-03-20 00:00:00Z 0

Canadian Government's New Commitment to The Rotary Foundation



Posted by David Andrews on Jul 31, 2015

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced the renewal of the partnership between Government of Canada and Rotary Foundation Canada by providing a total of up to $18 million to help save the lives of vulnerable children and reduce poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

During the next four years, the Government of Canada will contribute two dollars for every dollar raised by Rotary Foundation Canada in support of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Endgame Strategy, to a maximum contribution of $12 million. The funds will be provided to UNICEF to support the goal of eradicating polio worldwide by 2018.

The renewal of the partnership reinforces Canada’s ongoing leadership on polio. It builds on the Pennies & More for Polio initiative, through which Rotary Foundation Canada raised $2.2 million between 2012 and 2013, which was matched by the Government of Canada.

The Government of Canada will also contribute up to $6 million to support Rotary Foundation Canada’s efforts to help advance maternal, newborn and child health, secure the future of children and youth, and increase sustainable economic growth in under-served communities in developing countries.

Today, the world stands on the verge of being able to end the preventable deaths of women and children within a generation. Canada remains steadfast in its commitment to work with Canadian and international partners to achieve this goal.

Canadian Government's New Commitment to The Rotary Foundation     David Andrews 2015-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
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Canada's Prime Minister Steven Harper Receives RotaryFoundation Polio Eradication Champion Award David Andrews 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President Elect in Toronto Bob Wallace 2014-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Interested in Joining Rotary? ARE YOU THE MISSING PIECE ? David Andrews 2014-08-31 04:00:00Z 0
Walk with Rotary & Trump AIDS on April 26th Mary Lou Harrison 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary 7070 Mobile Business Directory Launched! Mary Lou Harrison 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary E-Club Trillium Lakes is a new way to belong! Mary Lou Harrison 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Online Credit Card Payment Option Now Available For District Events! Les Shernofsky 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Why Service Clubs still matter Robert Wallace 2012-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

Polio Eradication

Posted by Robert Wallace on Sep 27, 2012

This article appeared in the Globe and Mail September 28, 2012 concerning the eradication of polio by 2018 if all goes well. Bill Gates' efforts were the main feature of the fund raising part of the article but it included reference to Rotary International, Wilf Wilkinson and even the Gov't of Canada matching funds raised for this program in Canada.

Globe and Mail Article

Polio Eradication Robert Wallace 2012-09-28 00:00:00Z 0

Important ClubRunner Updates

Posted by Mary Lou Harrison on Jul 28, 2012
Thank you to everyone who has given feedback about the new District website! Keep your comments, questions and ideas coming. Our highest priority now is to ensure that all clubs have turned on data integration with Rotary International.
Important ClubRunner Updates Mary Lou Harrison 2012-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

Centennial Celebrations for the Rotary Club of Toronto

Posted by Mary Lou Harrison on Jun 29, 2012

The Rotary Club of Toronto (“RCT”) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and of course this also marks 100 years of Rotary in the Province of Ontario. The celebrations for this momentous landmark were officially launched in July of 2012 and will continue through to June 2013.

Centennial Celebrations for the Rotary Club of Toronto Mary Lou Harrison 2012-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

ClubRunner Launched in District 7070 – Your Input Needed!

Posted by Mary Lou Harrison on Jun 28, 2012
As members of the ClubRunner Implementation Team for District 7070, we are very excited to launch our new District 7070 website! The new site is still a work in progress, and we look forward to your input in order to improve the site and to keep its content fresh and engaging.
ClubRunner Launched in District 7070 – Your Input Needed! Mary Lou Harrison 2012-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline! Mary Lou Harrison 2012-06-29 00:00:00Z 0

A Video Message from PDG Valarie on World Toilet Day

Posted by Mary Lou Harrison

Check it out! A fun yet serious message about World Toilet Day - November 19th, recognized by the UN. 

Recitation by Past District Governor Valarie Wafer; poem written by Coleen Wafer.


A Video Message from PDG Valarie on World Toilet Day Mary Lou Harrison 0

Rotary and Gates Foundation extend fundraising agreement to end polio

Posted by David Andrews

New match arrangement could raise US$525 million for global eradication effort

LISBON, Portugal (25 June 2013) Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced an extension of their existing fundraising partnership that could generate up to US$525 million in new money for polio eradication as the global effort to end this crippling disease enters its critical endgame phase.

Under the new agreement, announced before an audience of more than 20,000 Rotary members from 160 countries gathered in Lisbon for the humanitarian group’s annual convention, the Gates Foundation will match 2 for 1 every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication up to $35 million per year through 2018.

Rotary and Gates Foundation extend fundraising agreement to end polio David Andrews 0
Collaborative Golf Tournament Raises over $12,500 for Rotary Projects Mary Lou Harrison 0

Rotary District 7070 is Award-Winning!

Posted by Mary Lou Harrison


At the recent Zone Institute in Philadelphia, District 7070 was recognized for a very successful year in 2012-2013 under the leadership of PDG Ted Koziel. Our District was honoured with a number of awards.

Rotary District 7070 is Award-Winning! Mary Lou Harrison 0


Posted by Valarie Wafer
August is Membership and Extension Month when Rotary Clubs, around the world focus on membership in Rotary. Does your club have a plan?    Are you executing your own plan to invite your friends and business associates to join your Rotary Club?  Take a look at the video at what our Rotary International President Ron Burton has to say about Rotary membership.  


RI President Burton’s Membership Message from Rotary International on Vimeo.




Toronto Marlies Help Rotary End Polio On Feb 2, 2013 Bill Patchett 0

World Polio Day in Toronto - End Polio Now Flag is Raised

Posted by David Andrews

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- In honor of World Polio Day 2012, hundreds of Rotarians from the 26 Rotary Clubs in Toronto were on hand, including the Rotary International District Governor Ted Koziel, to help raise the red END POLIO NOW at Toronto City Hall at 10:00 am on October 24 in honour of the Rotary Clubs of Toronto and their efforts in Rotary’s 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease, polio

World Polio Day in Toronto - End Polio Now Flag is Raised David Andrews 0

Gov't of Canada & Bill Gates match Canadian Rotary Donations to Polio Plus 3 to 1

Posted by David Andrews

An Important Message from Bryn Styles, Rotary International Director 2012-2014

Canada & The Gates Foundation Matches Donation by Canadian Rotarians

27 Sep 2012
To: District Governors, and Rotarians in all Canadian Rotary Districts

Re: 3 for 1 for Polio

I am very pleased to announce that after several months of negotiations between the Canadian government and senior Canadian Rotary leaders, the Canadian government has agreed to match Canadian Rotarian and Canadian Rotary Club donations to Polio through the Rotary Foundation. I would like to thank all Rotarians who took the time to contact their respective members of parliament to expedite this matter.

The match from the Canadian government is 1:1 but the other exciting news is that the Gates Foundation will also match 1:1 on the Rotarian donations to make it a 3:1 donation on behalf of Canadian Rotarians. There is a $1 million limit on both the government and Gates donations which I am sure that Canadian Rotarians will have no problem reaching.

The match is for donations made between 1 June 2012 and 31 March 2013.

$1 million = $3 million!

What else can we do? Talk about polio! Make the public aware and encourage their donations through Rotary clubs. Attend district information events to share ideas. We must become advocates to finally end this dreaded disease.

We also have an opportunity this year to honour Trustee Chair Wilf Wilkinson. Each year Districts are encouraged to donate at least 20% of their DDF towards polio. Many do this and I thank you. It would truly be an honour for Wilf if ALL Canadian districts were able to donate at least 20% of their DDF or more. What a statement of support for our own senior Rotary leader! These DDF donations will be matched in the 3:1 campaign.

Over the coming weeks you will be contacted by your RRFC and End Polio Now Coordinator. Please allow them to work with your districts as we take this initiative to every Canadian Rotarian.

Thank you and good luck. Please share all of your success stories with me!


Be sure to watch the UN Special Session on Polio has now been archived for viewing here: case you were not able to view the broadcast that was shown live on Sept 27, 2012 .

On Sept 27, 2012, the UN Secretary-General is hosting a high-level event from 12:30-1:30pm (Eastern)/5:30-6:30 GMT highlighting progress and challenges in the effort to achieve global eradication of polio. It will include statements of global solidarity from both polio affected countries and new and longstanding champions for polio and announcements of new commitments to support polio eradication. Speakers include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Wilfrid J. Wilkinson (Rotary Foundation), President Hamid Karzai (Afghanistan), President Good luck Jonathan (Nigeria), President Asif Ali Zardari (Pakistan), Prime Minister Julia Gillard (Australia), Mr. Bill Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (USA), Koichiro Gemba (Japan), Julian Fantino (Canada), Rt. Hon. Alan Duncan (UK), Dr. Ahmad Mohamed AliAl-Madani (Islamic Development Bank), , Sandro Rosell i Filiu (FC Barcelona), Ms. Aseefa Bhutto Zardari (Pakistan), Tony Lake (UNICEF), and Dr. Margaret Chan (WHO). The moderator will be Senator Timothy E. Wirth, President of the UN Foundation. Rotary will announce new funding of US$75million over three years.

Gov't of Canada & Bill Gates match Canadian Rotary Donations to Polio Plus 3 to 1 David Andrews 0