Posted by John Burns, District 7070 Governor , 2023-24

In his February 2024 Newsletter, District 7070 Governor John Burns, Agent 7070, talks about spring being in the air. He also highlights February Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month and how Rotary creates environments of peace, and invites everyone to our District 7070 Peace Conference on February 20.  He adds that February is a learning month for our incoming presidents and assistant governors and announces our District's selection for District Governor for 2026-27 pending the 14 day waiting period. John is back on the club visitation trail in February and he is encouraging everyone to generate peace in ourselves and in our community to Create Hope in the World.............

Dear fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and Earlyactors,  !!. 

I expect that like me most of you are looking forward to spring time. We are about half way through winter and we have been lucky so far with the weather, but we all know what we can get in February and March. Let’s all hope for an early spring.

If you haven’t already read the February edition of the Rotary Magazine, look at pages 18 and 19. An Essay from Gordon McInally. It is so funny and yes, I know as a Scotsman I am biased.


February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month

Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children.

We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

Rotary creates environments of peace

As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.

By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding, and finding more ways for people to get involved.

Rotary creates environments where peace can happen. 

Rotary District 7070 Admin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Rotary District 7070 Peace Forum Time: Feb 22, 2024 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 838 7738 0589

"Harmonizing Hearts and Hands for Peace,"

Organized by Nevine Yassa President RC Scarborough 2023-24,

D 7070 Peace Chair.


This month sees the beginning of Learning Sessions for President Elects and Assistant Governors as they prepare to lead our clubs into the next Rotary year. We all wish them well as they move forward.


This month is also the time when we select a new District Governor Nominee Designate. The District Nominating Committee have selected Elizabeth Compton from the Rotary Club of Toronto Leaside, to be District 7070 Governor 2026-2027. Following a period of 14 days to allow for any challenges, we will formally acclaim Elizabeth to that position.


I will be resuming my remaining club visits later in this month and look forward to meeting them all.

Do your part to generate peace in yourself and your community, and continue to create hope in the world.

Yours in Rotary


John Burns
Special agent 7070

John Burns   District 7070 Governor, 2023-24