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

In his November 2023 Newsletter, District 7070 Governor John Burns, Agent 7070, talks about many successes in October: our annual District 7070 Rotary Foundation Walk, World Polio Day LIVE from the Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College, the District 7070 Conference, and the many clubs he has visited during his official visits. He reminds us all to focus our efforts in November to The Rotary Foundation which is Rotary Foundation Month..........

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

The month of October has come and gone. A month of very mixed weather, with exceptionally warm and cold days.

District 7070 Rotary Foundation Walk

The weather never dampened the enthusiasm of our members as they came out in large numbers to attend the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Walk. The walk was very well organized by Region 3, led by DGE Virginia O’Reilly and her team. The location was fabulous, and despite the cool day with strong winds, we enjoyed the walk with wonderful scenery and the glorious Fall colours. The food was excellent and special thanks go out to Danny Cassidy for organizing this. I don’t know the final tally of the donations, but I know it was big.


Polio Eradication

The District did an excellent job of creating awareness of our fight to end polio, with flag raising ceremonies in all our municipalities and cities. Special mention must go to the event held in the Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College. As always so meticulously organised by Dave Andrews, who jointly Emceed the evening with Peter Hernandez. We let the world know how passionate we are about eradicating Polio. It is always a pleasure to have the presence of our own Rotary Superhero Dr. Bob Scott, who has contributed so much to Rotary’s fight against this terrible disease over many years. He is an inspiration to us all.

District Conference

The day of the District Conference finally arrived. The team led by District Governor Nominee Niecy Dillon, organized and produced an excellent conference. We successfully tried to make it a little different this year. We involved all clubs in the final segment “We are Awesome”. I thank them sincerely for the contributions which they provided to highlight the fabulous projects they have carried out. I give special thanks to our team of Assistant Governors, who not only introduced all of our breakout session speakers, but also provided the commentary on the club presentations. One thing came across loud and clear, we Rotarians are driven by service, but we sure know how to enjoy ourselves in the process.

DG Club Visits

I enjoyed 9 club visits during this month, and I continue to be inspired by the work and commitment shown by each of them. Again, I am seeing Rotarians who manage to have time set aside for fellowship and fun. This combination is what makes our district strong and it will act like a magnet to attract new members.


This coming month is Rotary Foundation month.

Lars Henriksson and Bob Wallace have organized a Rotary Foundation Workshop for Saturday November 18th at the Oshawa & District Shrine Club , which promises to be enlightening and interesting, covering all aspects of our Foundation. Attendees will also contribute to their club’s qualification to be able to apply for District and Global Grants. We look forward to a good attendance at this event.

I look forward to this coming month and all the new experiences that it brings.

Let’s continue to create Hope in the world.


John Burns
Special agent 7070

John Burns   District 7070 Governor, 2023-24