Our District 7070 newsletter is meant to keep everyone in our Rotary family up to date on latest news from around the Rotary world, from the clubs in our District, from the various committees in District 7070 and beyond. We send it out to all active Rotarians and post it on to our District Facebook page. We ask that you share this letter and keep our entire Rotary family and friends informed. Make sure they all get a copy. The deadline for your story submissions is always 4 days prior to the end of the month. Check out our District 7070 Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram accounts and our District 7070 website for the latest news about Rotary here in southern Ontario and around the world. 








District Governor Ron Dick's April 2022 Newsletter

In his April 2022 Newsletter, District Governor Ron Dick reminds us that Rotary's theme for April 2022 is  Maternal and Child Health. Ron has also announced even more news about the speakers, events and activities for the May 13-15 District 7070 Conference and urges everyone to register as soon as possible. He also asks us all to commit to a service in your community with Rotarians , and your friends as we all participate in the second annual Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Program on April 23........

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta's April 2022 Newsletter

In Shekhar Mehta's April 2022 Newsletter, our Rotary International President talks about doing more (bigger , more impactful service projects) and growing more (as in membership).  He talks about April being Maternal and Child Health Month - a great opportunity for our clubs to consider what you are doing to support the health of mothers and young children. He also talked about the presidential conferences and the UN environmental conference. He says, "Our survival is at stake — the damage of environmental catastrophe is already upon us — and so, too, is our ability to lift the world’s most needy out of poverty and offer them hope. We must find ways to protect our planet while sustaining the economic growth necessary to achieve our highest humanitarian goals."........

Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation John Germ's April 2022 Newsletter

The  April 2022 message to Rotarians, from John Germ, Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation talks about the many Rotary moments he has had over the years and how they showed him Rotary’s tangible power of turning our dreams of a better world into reality, and in April, focusing on Rotary members from Austria, Germany, Nigeria, and Switzerland are realizing their dream to help mothers and children in Nigeria. He added that because of Rotarians' engagement, the past decade, the amount of money the Foundation has awarded for global grants has grown by more than 100 percent. He said we need more clubs and individuals to give to the Annual Fund to help keep our district and global grant programs thriving. He said, "Remember: It’s not about the money, but about what our money can do. Imagine the Rotary dreams we could make real if every member and every club got together and made a gift to our Foundation today"..............

Rotary International Vice-President & Director Valarie Wafer's April 2022 Newsletter

In her April 2022 Newsletter, Rotary International Vice-President and Director and Valarie Wafer talks about  Rotary's close relationship with UNICEF and the recent  Rotary Day at UNICEF which brought together our partnership as well as our synergies in our collective work to empower girls. Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has made Empowering Girls a critical overarching priority this Rotary year............



Disaster Relief for Ukraine - Please DONATE TODAY through The Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund

Disaster Relief for Ukraine:

A Note from District 7070 Governor Ron Dick to The Rotary District 7070 family

In response to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, the Rotary Foundation has made available the Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions. All donations made online at Disaster Response Fund | My Rotary, including the use of available district designated funds (DDF), need to be received by April 30, 2022. Grant applications to take advantage of the funds will be available now through June 30, 2022. This will be the main avenue for Rotary Foundation support, but Rotary and Rotaract clubs are also encouraged to create their own responses to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

In addition to the support provided through the Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation is coordinating with partners and regional leaders, exploring effective solutions to the increased humanitarian needs. A separate email will follow with more details on how to help!  
Thank you for all that you do to promote peace.

Rotary  & Rotaract Clubs  - Swift Action to Aid Ukraine

At Rotary, we’re using our deep networks and decades of experience to take swift action to provide humanitarian relief for those affected by the war in Ukraine. Learn how we are taking action ( see: ) including how to donate to the Disaster Response Fund, contribute District Designated Funds, apply for a disaster response grant, and find contact information for club and district-led efforts. Read the latest roundup of activities. (see: )

Important Info UPDATE on Ukraine from PDG Bob Wallace, Chair District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee

To All Rotarians and Rotaractors in District 7070

The District 7070 Foundation committee has been watching the expanding humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and knows many clubs are offering support through the Red Cross or ShelterBox to name two. These offer immediate support to the victims. For Rotary Clubs looking to provide support for the Ukraine we are suggesting the following three recommendations: .....

April is Maternal and Child Health Month

What Is your Rotary Club doing to focus on Maternal and Child Health in April 2022 ? Every day mothers risk their lives giving birth and millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes. At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Your Rotary projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs. Here is a challenge to your Rotary Club........

Rotarians - Let's Celebrate Oral Health Month Together - It's Brush-a-Mania 2022

Attention Rotarians in District 7070: April is Oral Health Month in Canada. Please assist The Rotary Club of Scarborough Passport  to encourage your local schools and parents to promote good oral and overall health.  It is Brush-a-mania 2022 ......

Meet the New District 7070 Technology Team - Here to Help Your Club

This is to introduce the District 7070 Technology team. Let's meet our team members. We are a team that can provide answers to any of your queries about MY ROTARY, CLUBRUNNER, ZOOM, and social media.

If you have any questions or problems that we can help with please contact me.

If your club would like any training in these areas, also please let us know. We recognize that these software programs are a great help and want you to get the most out of them.......

Register TODAY for the APR 7, 2022 - New Members Zoom Get-Together

Are you a new Rotary or Rotaract member in the last two years?

Are you an older member who would like to learn even more about Rotary?


On Thursday April 7, 2022 from 7 to 8 pm the Rotary District 7070 Membership Committee is hosting a fourth New Member Zoom get-together. There is lots of interesting info about our Rotary organization and often there is not enough time in a regular meeting to ensure that new members get to hear about it. So join us as we share more Rotary basics and not-so-basics. Bring any questions you might have!  The session will be of particular interest to members who have joined Rotary in the past two years.

For more information and to register go to

Please Read more.....

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) – We’re Zooming Again in the Spring of 2022! - Part Three - Apr  13, 20 & 27 - You Can REGISTER TODAY for Part III
In 2021, we are staying with our Rotary Leadership Institute programming in the virtual format as a result of the pandemic. Although we all appreciate that videoconference will never replace the personal connection that we get from meeting face-to-face, we still had a very successful program with overwhelming response and enthusiasm from Rotarians across the District. Rotarians new to Rotary and even those with many years of service will benefit from learning how we can create strong clubs with vibrant members who are engaged and committed to Service Above Self. This Rotary year, we will be maintaining our virtual format on the Zoom platform. You can NOW go to the District 7070 Events Calendar NOW and register. You can still Register  right here for Part Three . Here are some important new details for 2021-22 .....
Second Annual Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Is April 23 - What Is Your Club Doing?  - Watch the New Video

On Saturday, April 23, thousands of Rotarians & Non-Rotarians, on both sides of the Canadian and U.S. border, will roll up their sleeves to collect refuse along the shoreline and many waterway tributaries to the Great Lakes basin. We encourage Rotary Clubs in District 7070 , right here in south central Ontario to plan April 23 as a Rotary Day of Service and support one of Rotary's areas of focus: Supporting The Environment. This is a great example of ROTARY IN ACTION and brings considerable community attention to the importance of ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY.  We will be joined by 100's of other Clubs from additional Districts surrounding the Great Lakes.  This is our day to show 'Rotary in Action' on a massive scale, and promote 'Environmental Sustainability' within our communities.  Pull out your T-Shirt from last year, and sign-up. .... Watch the new video from Dan Coombes, Chair District 7070 Great Lakes Watershed Committee .......... 

Promote the power of vaccines for World Immunization Week - April 24 - 30, 2022

With their decades of experience working to eradicate polio, Rotary members can play a key role in publicizing the power of vaccines. World Immunization Week,  April 24 - 30, 2022, gives Rotary and Rotaract clubs an opportunity to raise awareness of the part that vaccines play in saving lives — as well as of the critical need to continue supporting global polio vaccination for children and COVID-19 vaccines for all. Because Rotary members and our partners have worked hard to counter vaccine hesitancy and reach all children with the polio vaccine, the world has seen a 99.9% reduction in polio cases since 1988. Our fight against polio is proof that vaccines work. Download the World Immunization Week Toolkit right here.

Rotary At The Toronto Pride Parade  - June 26, 2022 - You Can March In The Parade With Rotary

Members of the Rotary family (and their friends and family!) are invited to march in a spirit of celebration and inclusion in the Pride Toronto Parade on Sunday, June 26,2022!  We have secured a marching permit for up to 100 people, and we're working on fabulous t-shirts that can be worn by both marchers and observers.  Please register in the Event section of the District 7070 website so we know how many people to expect! This will also give us a way to communicate with you as more event details become available. Those who are not members of Rotary Clubs in District 7070 can register as guests.  We hope you will join us! Questions? Please us know via email. Thanks!

Your Rotary Pride 2022 Committee,

Karen Somerville,  Rotary Club of Toronto East

Jeff Dobson, President of the Rotary Club of Toronto 

Mary Lou Harrison, 2018-19 District Governor & Member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise

Rotary International President Elect Jennifer Jones Cross Canada Tour - Join Us in Toronto on July 5 for our Multi-District Celebrations - UPDATE


Here is a letter directly from Rotary International President Elect Jennifer Jones talking about her July 2022 Cross Canada Tour and a note for District Governor Ron Dick:

"It is with great excitement that I am writing to let you know that Nick and I will be starting the 2022-23 Rotary year as President of Rotary International on a tour from coast to coast to coast across Canada.........

The Connector - Jennifer Jones is poised to lead Rotary into a vibrant, diverse future

President-elect Jennifer Jones’ office at Rotary International world headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, feels different from those of her predecessors, but that’s in no way a result of the fact that on 1 July she will become Rotary’s first female president. On the wall hangs a recent gift from a friend — a black scratch-off map on which Jones can record every Rotary destination she visits during the next two years. When we speak it’s September, two months since she took office as president-elect, and on the map, only Chicago has been revealed — many planned events were canceled or postponed due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Today, Jones is the only person on the 18th floor of One Rotary Center. There are no phones ringing, no fingers tap-tap-tapping on keyboards in the cubicles outside her door. One could do cartwheels through the Rotary boardroom and nobody would notice.. Read the whole story here

Your Club's Website Refresh Program - A few Spots Are Still Open for a Half-Back Rebate Incentive - Make Sure Your Club REGISTERS TODAY

To Rotarians in District 7070:

In the 2019-2020 Rotary Year, many Rotarians and Rotaractors of District 7070 participated to complete the new 3-year strategic plan.  A recent District wide survey reconfirmed and refined the Strategic Actions under the following four categories:


To assist the Rotary Clubs of District 7070 achieve their Strategic Action goals, the District Public Relations Committee is introducing a Rotary Club ClubRunner Website Refresh Program and Promotional Discount available for your club TODAY.  And the program is going to be available in 2022-23 too. Please Read more......


Looking Back to 1980

Your editor received a note and a photo from Bill MacKay (Jr) , Past District 7070 Governor and member of the Rotary Club of Belleville. The photo was taken on  February 20th, 1980 celebrating the 25th year of  the Rotary Club of Toronto-Eglinton and the 75th year for Rotary International. Please note that there is a Rotarian in the photo by the name of Bill MacKay (Snr) who just happens to be Bill (Jr)'s Dad, who is also a Past District Governor of our District (then called District 707) and a former member of the Rotary Club of Belleville. Yes, a father -son Past District Governor Team (same club and same District). (Editor's Note: I was the Chair of the District 707 Public Relations Committee under Bill MacKay Snr.) When you see the photo, how many Rotarians you may recognize?  Many in the photo are Past District Governors of our District and of course, one is a Past Rotary International President......

District 7070 Softball Tournament - Teams Are Signing Up - Are you Interested? Please Let us Know TODAY

The Rotary Club of G.O.A.L.S. is hosting an inaugural Rotary softball fundraiser tournament and needs your participation!   We're looking for teams and/or individuals to play in a fun, one-day Saturday tournament in Whitby this June (11th or the 18th)!   

  • guaranteed four, up to six games

  • all (or no!) skill levels encouraged to play!

  • three-pitch (i.e. pitch to your own team)

  • prizes, raffles, and all proceeds to benefit Rotary Club of G.O.A.L.S. charitable account!

Please email Rotary Club of G.O.A.L.S. Secretary Mark Blackmore at or call/text at 905 626 8742 by March 15 to make inquiries or express your interest!


Mark Blackmore


Rotary Club of G.O.A.L.S.

call/text 905 626 8742

"Try...  Learn...  Grow...  Repeat."

District 7070 International Women's Day Event - Tuesday Talks - March 8, 2022 - Now Available on District 7070's You Tube Channel

This year, International Woman's Day is celebrated on Tuesday March 8th! District 7070 is hosted its 2nd annual celebration on our Tuesday Talks on March 8, 2022 as we honoured 2 women from our District 7070 to come talk about breaking bias. The District 7070 International Women's Day committee welcomed Virginia O'Reilly (our District 7070 Membership Chair, also our District Governor Nominee Designate) and Lynda Ryder (District 7070 Past District Governor and current District 7070 Protection Officer) to the stage to talk about their exciting history and experience with District 7070 along with their insight on how to promote and celebrate women's achievement and take action for equality. Please be sure watch the replay on or Rotary District 7070 You Tube Channel ...... please Read more ......



District 7070 Conference 2022 - May 13 to 15 - REGISTER TODAY


MAY 13 - MAY 15, 2022

Rotarians, Spouses and Guests - Full Package: Registration - $299.00 - Deposit up to March 15, 2022 - $100.00

Register today         Show this video at a club meeting:

Please Read more........

Discover New Horizons at the June 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston - Register TODAY

To the Rotary family here in District  7070,

Join us this year to explore what’s possible in Rotary, in Houston, and in yourself.

 Each year, Rotary members from all over the world come together to discover new opportunities to increase our impact, broaden our reach, and strengthen our ability to adapt for future success.

It’s also the perfect venue to find new ways to enhance your Rotary experience. Register right here.  

We are working to organize a special District 7070 celebration - details to follow.......

Rotary Roundup - June 5, 2022 - Our Zone 28 & 32 BBQ in Houston

Cost $95.00 US........ Register Here

Rotary Zone 28-32 Bermuda Cruise - Sept 1 to 6, 2022 -  Life Below Water - REGISTER TODAY - 

Cruise to Bermuda, September 1-6, 2022 Celebrating Life Below Water - Connecting the World Through Sustainability. This Rotary Zone 28 & 32 event is open to everyone – Rotarians and non-Rotarians – interested in having fun and learning more about Life Below Water.

Just announced - speakers during our special cruise to Bermuda! Lis Mullin Bernhardt - Program Officer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); Past Rotary International President, Barry Rassin, Rotary Club of East Nassau, will share his passion for the sustainable use of our oceans and the importance of caring for our planet “There is no Plan B”; Dr. Chris King, whose topics is Threats of Climate Change to Peace.   Dr King is a retired Brigadier General with over 32 years of active service in the United States Army; C. Mark Eakin, Satellite Oceanography & Climatology Division, Marine Ecosystems & Climate Branch, Coordinator of NOAA Coral Reef Watch; and Vic Grosjean, MEng, MSc, CEng, NER, Chartered Engineer, Oceanographer, One of Australia's Most Innovative Engineers, speaking on the topic of Mangrove Restoration..........

Rotary Zone 28-32 - Life On land - Anchorage Alaska - Nov 3 to 5, 2022 - REGISTER TODAY

Rotary Zone 28 & 32 invite you to "Life On Land - Connecting the World Through Sustainability" in Anchorage Alaska from November 3 through 5, 2022 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and Spa. Just announced - program speakers: Laurie Zuckerman is a third generation Rotarian and a member of the Paul Harris Bequest Society (She serves as Rotary 5400’s Environmental Sustainability Chair, the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) North American Webinar Coordinator, and ESRAG’s Climate Education Co-Chair); Ilarion (Larry Merculieff) was raised in a traditional Unangan (Aleut) way and received his Unangan name Kuuyux (The name is given to one person in each lifetime amongst his people. Kuuyux means an arm extending out from the body, a carrier of ancient knowledge into modern times, a messenger. Today he is living the legacy of his name); and Carey Gillam is a veteran investigative journalist with more than 30 years of experience covering corporate news, including 17 years as a senior correspondent for Reuters international news service (She is the author of “Whitewash- The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science,” an expose of corporate corruption in agriculture). Register now - CLICK HERE  



In Memory of our Rotarians - April 2022

It is always with great sadness when we loose members of our District 7070 Rotary family. Everyone in District 7070 wants to expresses their deepest sympathies to our extended Rotary family. Please send your notices to Newsletter Editor Dave Andrews at .....





District 7070 Rotary Foundation Chair Bob Wallace's  April 2022 Newsletter

In his April 2022 letter to Rotarians,  Past District Governor Bob Wallace, Chair of the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee, encourages every Rotarian to set their club and personal goals and make a conscious effort to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation, before the end of the Rotary year, whatever you can afford, to the Annual Programs Fund and to the PolioPlus Fund, to the Disaster Response Fund, and to the Endowment Fund. .......

Rotary Foundation Grants Qualifications  - Rotary Club of Alliston The First Club to Qualify

The Rotary Club of Alliston is the first Club in District 7070 qualify for the Rotary Foundation’s Grants program for the 2022-23 Rotary year.  With David Green and Susan Leach completing the three modules training and the Club submitting the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the District, the Club met the requirements established by The Rotary Foundation for participating in the District and Global Grant program.

Every Rotary and Rotaract Club in the District is encouraged to become qualified.  At least two of the Club’s members must complete the on-line training.  Please, visit to get access to the three training modules with corresponding quizzes as well as the form for District Grant project applications. 

In addition to having two of its members complete the qualification training, the Club must submit an MOU to the District.  A copy of the MOU can also be found through the link above.  Only qualified Clubs can get access to funds for District and Global Grants.  The qualification is valid for on Rotary year.  These rules are established by The Rotary Foundation. 

The Rotary Foundation District and Global Grant Qualification Modules & Quizzes On District Website for Rotary and Rotaract Clubs - BE SURE TO QUALIFY TODAY FOR 2022-23

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) through its grants program provides opportunities to do good in the world.  Rotary and – as of July 1, 2022 – Rotaract Clubs can apply for grant funds to humanitarian projects.  However, TRF has some rules and regulations that Clubs must meet, if they want to apply for funds from TRF.

Clubs must be qualified EVERY YEAR

Only qualified Rotary and Rotaract Clubs can apply for grants from the Rotary Foundation.  Qualification is administered by the Districts and is valid for one Rotary year.  D7070 is using an online qualification process, with three modules posted on the District’s website, www.rotary7070.0rg   A quiz is connected to each module. ....... (PLEASE READ MORE).......



See the Weekly Updates on Polio Eradication from Rotary & GPEI - Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Follow the latest news on Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio, every week. Here is a link to the latest cases - updated every week. See the country-specific section and more details, right here at

$800.000 Gift to The Rotary Foundation Canada for Polio Eradication

On March 18, 2022, The Rotary Foundation Canada received a very generous gift of CAN $800,000.00 (US $630,000.00) from the Estate of Marie McGee. The bequest was made in her will to the Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation for the specific designated purpose of polio eradication and the Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation in turn has made the donation to The Rotary Foundation Canada. The presentation of the gift was made at the Rotary Club of Toronto meeting. Attending virtually were Past RI President and Trustee Chair John Germ, Chair of The Rotary Foundation Canada and Trustee Dean Rohrs and Past Trustee Chair and Past International Polio Plus Committee Chair Dr. Bob Scott......

Rotary's Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-26 - Delivering On A Promise

Rotary and our Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners have launched the Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-2026: Delivering on a Promise to overcome the remaining challenges to ending polio, including last year’s increase in polio cases caused by a pause in vaccination campaigns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders from Pakistan and Afghanistan — the last two countries where wild polio remains endemic — have recommitted to working with the GPEI to improve vaccination campaigns and reach at-risk children. As long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.

In addition to providing a roadmap to eradication, the new strategy calls for renewed political and financial commitments from governments and donors to achieve a polio-free world. Learn more about the action underway to eradicate polio.


Why Each One Bring One is Personal 

Why are you a member of Rotary? For a lot of people, the answer is you want to help others or build friendships. But why is this important to you? That’s largely a personal question, and every person’s story is unique. That is why we have found the best membership efforts have to start with the personal. When Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta challenged Rotary members with his appeal of Each One, Bring One, we knew we had to get personal and inspire our members to share their Rotary experiences with others.......

"Grow Rotary Workshop" - PART 3 - on March 26, 2022 - Now Available on the Rotary District You Tube Channel

The path to a strong vibrant Rotary Club involves our Membership.  Membership is like a garden, to be strong and grow we nurture current members and plant the seeds for new members on an ongoing basis. 

On Saturday March 26, 2022 from 9:30 am to 11:10 am - the District Membership Committee hostedPart 3 of this year's “Grow Rotary Zoom Workshops”. We welcomed everyone to share how your Club is able to grow your membership.  There was lost of opportunities for questions and for attendees to share their own Club experiences and tips.  This informative and interactive workshop always generates discussion and sparks ideas to engage and inspire.  All Rotarians were welcome and we encouraged at least 3 from your club to attend so you can share the discussion and work on plans for strengthening your Club.  REGISTER NOW!

PUT MEMBERSHIP FRONT & CENTER IN YOUR CLUB. The You Tube video is available right here.

District 7070 has Clubs that are vibrant and growing…how are they doing that?  How are other Districts doing that?  This informative and interactive workshop  generated discussion and sparked ideas to engage and inspire. ..........

Here is the video of the "Grow Rotary Workshop" - PART 2 - on January 22, 2022 

The path to a strong vibrant Rotary Club involves our Membership.  Membership is like a garden, to be strong and grow we nurture current members and plant the seeds for new members on an ongoing basis. 

On Saturday January 22, 2022 from 9:30 am to 11:10 am - the District Membership Committee hosted Part 2 - “Grow Rotary Zoom Workshop”. We welcomed Rotarian Paul Elsley, Past President of the Kingston ON Rotary Club who shared how his Club was able to grow by 10+ members during the pandemic.  Here in the LINK to the You Tube video.  There is more.....

Are YOU Passionate About Membership and Growing Strong Clubs? - The District 7070 Membership Committee Wants YOU

District 7070 Membership Committee is calling for both Rotaractors and Rotarians in the District to join the District Membership Committee.  Our scope is to foster the growth of Rotary and strong Rotary Clubs in D7070. We are looking for Rotarians who are passionate about membership and growing strong Clubs in D7070. Are you that Rotarian?  If you are interested, please contact Virginia O’Reilly at and we can set up a time to chat about your interests.

The Membership Committee comprises a Main organizing committee and 5 sub-committees. Please take time to review the sub-committees and see which one (s) that suit your interests and where you can contribute the most. To see the various sub-committees. please Read more.....



President Shekhar's Challenge To You - Has Your Club Planned A  Rotary Day of Service?

As part of his 2021-22 initiatives, Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta is encouraging clubs to plan and host a practical and action-oriented Rotary Day of Service. The event should address a challenge facing your community that fits in one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus and brings together volunteers from within and outside of Rotary. We’re halfway through the Rotary year. Has your club already risen to the challenge? 

Shelterbox Canada News for April 2022

In her April 2022 Newsletter, Meg SchmeiderCommunity Program Coordinator at ShelterBox Canada, provides an update on how Rotary Shelterbox are working together to help in the Ukraine and how we can help. Here's more of her newsletter.....

Shelterbox Canada Update on Aid to Ukraine

To the Rotary family in District 7070:

I know there's constant information and news coming out of Ukraine, and it can be exhausting and frustrating. However, I am writing today to give you a bit of hopeful news.

Although this crisis is far from over, and millions of people are in need of support, you are making a difference.

ShelterBox teams are hard at work in Eastern Europe, delivering aid and supplies to people most affected by this crisis. This is only possible because of our amazing supporters. Right now, teams are in the process of working on three different projects: .....


News from the  WASH Rotary Action Group

You are invited to view all of the back issues of the WASRAG  / WASH Rag Newsletters at   .  Visit us at: .View our videos at: WASH Rotary Action Group YouTube Channel .Follow us on Facebook at: WASH Rotary Action Group . Please Read More.......
2022 People of WASH Photo Contest - Entries due April 30, 2022

The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Rotary Action Group (WASH RAG) is creating a digital library of photographs and videos. It is available to all Rotarians to promote WASH projects on social media, websites, flyers, and other promotional materials. We want pictures and videos that capture Rotarians working on water, sanitation and/or hygiene projects. For example, we are looking for people building washrooms, constructing dams, and children washing their hands. While important, we do not want ribbon cuttings or check presentations....... 

Are You Working for WASH ?

You Can Introduce Your Club to WASH-RAG (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene):

It’s easy to become a WASH Advocate by becoming a presenter at your next club meeting, District meeting, or Zone!  You can present WASH in your community!  Did you know you don't have to be a Rotarian to join WASH-RAG?......

What Could You Do With $25,000 ?

Since its founding in 2007, the WASH Rotary Action Group has been dedicated to its Mission:

“To support and ensure sustainable long-lasting safe water, sanitation and hygiene programs to communities in need.”

To further this cause, WASH-RAG’s Board of Directors is delighted to announce a one-time, special grant of $25,000 to encourage Rotary Districts and clubs to become active participants in a WASH project. Better still – that $25,000 will be eligible for a dollar-to-dollar match from DDF and/or cash contributions to the Global Grant........


News from Honouring Indigenous People

Here is the latest Honouring Indigenous People Rotary News and Events, projects, blogs, photos, films, and resources. There are many major initiatives and resources available to you and your Rotary club, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your Club can help.  Our District 7070 Action Committee's Areas of Focus Coordinator is John Currie from the Pickering Rotary Club. John is also the  Executive Director of H I P and Past President of the Rotary Club of Pickering. He can be reached at .   If you have a good news story, please send it to John. Here are some highlights .........



Attention Rotaract Club Presidents - You Can Now Report Your  Rotaract club officers to Rotary International

Rotaract club presidents are now able to report current and incoming secretaries, treasurers, and committee chairs to Rotary International. Reporting these appointments will help assure your club leaders get the latest news and resources to support club-led activities. Log in to My Rotary and access the Club Administration section of your account.

2022 Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium, May 26-29, 2022

Rotary District 7070 is excited to announce the 2022 Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium, May 26-29, 2022 taking place at the beautiful Ganaraska Forest Centre, an environmentally sensitive, overnight outdoor education facility located in the heart of the majestic Ganaraska Forest just north of Port Hope!

The 3 night experience is geared toward youth between the ages of 17-23 and will offer an inspiring program: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Indigenous Culture, Hands-on Activities, Group Dynamics, Toastmasters/Public Speaking, Outdoor Survival and GPS Geocache adventures along with camp fires, friendship and tons of fun and learning!!! 

All this for only $299 per participant which covers all programs, accommodation, and meals. 

Rotary Clubs were encouraged to find and sponsor eligible participants within their community, as well as members of the Rotaract and Interact Clubs that they host.  There were only 30 spots available.  Registration is now over.


For inquiries and to receive a registration form, please contact PDG Mark Chipman at


Start Using the New "Easier-to-use" Brand Center templates

See what’s new in Rotary’s Brand Center:

We’re introducing new templates to make it easier for you to create official club logos and to customize ads, social media graphics, and brochures. Be sure to log in to MyRotary where you’ll find these templates in the Brand Center after February 15, 2022. With these updated templates, you can:

  • Select Rotary images to use — or upload your own

  • Easily crop photos and images

  • Quickly add text and headlines

  • Choose options for printing on your own or by a professional

  • When you use the new templates to create logos and promotional materials, you’ll be prompted to download your finished product. The materials you create won’t be saved in the Brand Center.

    And if you’ve recently created materials using current templates and saved them in the Brand Center, be sure to download your work before February 15, 2022. The current templates will no longer be available after that date.

"One Voice, Every Club" Video - Test Your Rotary Knowledge

Test your Rotary logo knowledge with our new 30-second video. It’s an entertaining way to learn how to use the Rotary logo correctly. Visit the Brand Center to download and share Rotary’s latest video today. Use this video at your next meeting or club training. Download the video here: . 

The Power of the Rotary Logo - A Compelling Story

Charles Pretto, incoming governor of District 5340 in California, is getting asked about Rotary everywhere he goes, from his dental hygienist to grocery store clerks. He credits the lapel pin he started wearing that features the modern Rotary logo. Pretto explains how the logo, which has the word Rotary big next to the wheel, makes our organization more identifiable. Read Pretto's post in Rotary Voices. ........

Public Relations and Your Club - A New Course in The Learning Centre

The service projects your club is involved in are great examples of  People of Action stories. Help new audiences learn how your club makes a difference in your community by taking the Public Relations and Your Club course in the Learning Center. This course will help you learn how to work with journalists and editors to tell your stories and make sure your club grabs headlines. Log in to MyRotary and go to The learning Centre. 

Tips on Placing Your New Stories

In 2021, Rotary’s Communications team secured more than 300 news stories in a variety of international media outlets. Those stories focused on Rotary’s efforts to end polio, support COVID-19 mitigation and vaccination efforts, protect the environment, and empower girls. Making Rotary’s impact more visible helps the organization connect with people who don’t know about Rotary. It also inspires more engagement, participation, and support. So when you’re working with journalists to identify timely and relevant stories that convey Rotary’s impact in a compelling way, make sure your story pitch includes as many of these elements as possible: ......

A Rotary Public Image Tip - Use Media Releases to Cover Your Club Events

Here is a ROTARY PUBLIC IMAGE TIP From Rob MacArthur (Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise and member of our District 7070 Public Image Committee:

"Does your club send out media releases about upcoming meetings... who the speaker is... how the general public can attend?

My experience is many don't. When I have done it for my clubs, we have gotten TV coverage, print coverage, as well as visitors that would have never have come. It really is worth the time.

In addition, media releases on milestones, recognition, who you have supported and who has supported you is very helpful as well."



A Rotary Public Image Tip -  Connect the RSS Feeds in your Rotary  Social Media Accounts

Here is another ROTARY PUBLIC IMAGE TIP from Rob MacArthur (from our District 7070 Public Image Committee):

"Do you use RSS feeds to post to your social media resources?

I have been doing this for a long time to be more productive for my sites.

Since Rotary International has an RSS feed for the news posts they make, I have a tool that shares the post when it to our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram account. The article picture is reformatted perfectly and post includes the title. When people click on it, except for instagram, people are taken right to the article.

Saves a lot of time and is the most effective way of sharing what RI is sending out. Check out Rotary Club of Port Hope for examples.

Any posts about are done through this method.

I use blogger for custom posts of my own. Tags are added in the post and the posts are accessible and sharable by RSS feed. Its not really auto posting to me... I see it as autosharing.. which I find very handy".


Rob MacArthur

Rotary District 7070 Public Image Committee

Want help With Your Club's Public Image ? Just Ask The Rotary Public Image Committee

In the Summer of 2020, we asked Rob MacArthur, our District 7070 Public Image Public Investigator to carry out an investigation on all 55 Rotary clubs with respect to their club's Public Image.  Rob looked at their basic web site setup as well as social media channels and the way they were being used. A spreadsheet of the results was made available for our District Leadership Team and Assistant Governors to look at in the Fall of 2020. The Pie Chart included shows a graphical representation of the results.  Where do you "think" your club fits in this chart? What is the Image that the public have, about your club? ASK ROB

If you would like to know where your club is and/or get some help in removing those issues, or, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rotary District 7070's very own PI PI(Public Image Public Investigator) Rob MacArthur at info@robmac.orgREMEMBER: Another investigation will be take place very soon. Be sure to register and have your club website refreshed. Has your club improved your Public Image?

A Rotary Public Image Tip - Use the Resources on the District 7070 YouTube Channel - Subscribe Today - No Charge

Have you seen all of the videos on our District 7070 YouTube channel ? Subscribe TODAY. Use the videos. Put them on to your club website and social media accounts. It will help your club tell the story of Rotary and show how your club members are People of Action in your community and around the world! People’s perception of Rotary comes from their experiences with our clubs and programs, along with the stories we tell and the videos & images we share.

Compelling, consistent brand communications — together with a great experience — can help us engage and attract more members, donors, and partners. Use our District 7070 YouTube channel to share videos that reflect Rotary’s initiatives and projects both locally and globally. These videos can be posted to your social media pages and shared at your meetings.

Please send us any appropriate videos from your club events/meetings to be included on our channel (send to Go to and subscribe so you don’t miss a thing. There's more.....


Rotary Public Image Tips To Boost Your Club's Online Presence - Try These Tips - And We Can Help Too - Just Ask

What is Your Club's Online Presence?  Do You Even Have One? Does it represent your club members? Does it tell the Rotary story of who you are and what you do?

Your District 7070 Public Image Committee asked one of our committee members, Rob MacArthur of the Rotary Club of Port Hope to be our "Public Image Public Investigator" to take a look at your club website and social media accounts. We asked Rob to sum up what he found and offer some suggestions to help your club. Here is Rob's look at our Rotary clubs in District 7070 and some outstanding tips how you can increase your club's public image.....

A Rotary Public Image Tip - Increase Your Club's Visibility - TAG Rotary 7070 - Here's How

Calling all District 7070 Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs!  Increase your club’s visibility. TAG US ! 

Tag Rotary District 7070 in all of your appropriate social media posts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) so we can share your news and events. We have lots of followers who would like to see your posts!

District Social Media Tags:

Facebook: @rotary7070
Instagram: @rotaryd7070
Twitter: @rotary7070

Be sure to go to District 7070's Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram Accounts - borrow and share our posts on your club's social media. Boost Your Rotary Image TODAY.

Use the hashtag: #rotary7070" in all of your posts. We can then share them on the District 7070 social media accounts. 

Attention Rotarians and Rotaractors: We Invite You to Join our Public Image Committee and Help Rotary Clubs Boost Their Public Image

District 7070 Public Image Committee is calling for both Rotaractors and Rotarians in the District to join the District Public Image Committee.  Our scope is to boost Rotary's Public Image and to assist Rotary Clubs in D7070 to do the same.

We are looking for Rotaractors and Rotarians who have experience in the field of Public Relations, Social Media platforms, and news writing. We want you to use those attributes to assist clubs and our Committee . Are you that Rotarian?  Are you that Rotaractor? If you are interested, please contact Dave Andrews at and we can set up a time to chat about your interests.

Be sure to see the Public Image menu tab on our District Website and check out our District Facebook Page , Twitter account and Instagram account and this Dsitrict Newsletter too, for some idea of what we do. 




REACH OUT  And Connect Your Club With Other Rotary Clubs in Our District RIGHT HERE IN THIS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

Do you have events or fundraisers that you want other clubs to know about?  Perhaps a project with which you need their assistance?  Here are just three ways you can get your event, your message , a story about your club, or your "ask for help" out to your neighbouring Rotary Clubs, RIGHT HERE IN THIS NEWSLETTER:........

Rotary Club of Toronto Bay-Bloor Invite you to The Massey Dialogues - April 7 - On Conflict Prevention, Climate Change & Economic Development

The Rotary Club of Toronto Bay-Bloor with the Rotary Club of Nicosia Aspelia, the Rotary Club of Paphos Aphrodite, and the Pollinator and Environmental Protection Task Force of Rotary Cyprus present the Massey Dialogues: Conflict Prevention, Climate Change, and Economic Development. The Massey Dialogues of April 7, will explain how data collected using GIS (Geographical Information System) contribute to conflict prevention, supporting the environment, and growing local economies which are three Rotary International's areas of focus. Here is the link to register for the Zoom Webinar:    Here is a link to see the Topics and the Participants:

Rotary Club of Courtice  - 20th Anniversary - April 22 - YOU ARE INVITED

To The District 7070 Rotary family:

Since 2002 the Rotary Club of Courtice has dedicated itself to supporting families, community organizations and community projects in Clarington, the Durham Region and around the world. With the support of our sponsor the Rotary Club of Bowmanville, we have worked tirelessly to uphold the Rotary Mantra of “Service above Self”, while following the guiding principles of the “Rotary Four Way Test”. After twenty years of action to build better local, international and global communities, we will be hosting an Anniversary celebration of Rotarians and Community Members.....



Our New Club Visioning Model - A Tool to Plan Beyond Tomorrow

Rotary Clubs, like most other organizations, will benefit from having a plan for the next couple of years.  What are your goals?  What do you want your Club to be like - two or three years down the road? 

Strategic planning consists more or less of these three steps. 

  • A description of where you are now, the Club’s status. 

  • As a group, you and your club members decide what and where you want to be in two, three years. 

  • By developing an Action Plan, you and your club members map out how to reach your goals. 

Once the plan is approved, you implement it, reviewing it on a regular basis to see how you are doing.  You and your club members analyze the on-going situation. Things may develop differently than you planned.  Why?  What to do?  A strategic plan is a living document and should be used that way........

See What's New in Rotary's Learning Center

Have you seen the improvements we've made in Rotary's Learning Center?  Log in to MyRotary and ...

  • Check out the new home page with course catalogs organized by topic to help you find courses more easily. 


Email with questions. 

Kind regards, 
Rotary's Learning and Development Team

Be Sure To Use the Newly Refreshed Rotary District 7070 Website - As A Resource for Your Club

We now have a new and refreshed District 7070 Website. Be sure to take a look at the change over the next short period of time. Be sure to register for your club's website refresh too.  In the meantime, check out the resources and articles available to you today.  Use them on your club website, and as posts in your social media accounts.

Have you checked out our District 7070 Website lately?

Have you checked out the up-to-the-minute scrolling stories that you can share with your members and post on to your club website and social media pages? Have you checked out the new concise menu tabs? Have you seen all of the links at the bottom of the page?  There's more good news here... Please Read more.....

 Rotary Zone 28 & 32 Website -  Your Club's Source for Rotary News, Events & Connections  - Use Them on Your Website and in Your Club Social Media

Rotary International Zones 28 & 32 (formerly Zones 24 & 32) is a community of Rotarians, spanning two languages, four countries and seven time zones: Bermuda, Canada, France and the United States. It is you and me.

The Zone Website is filled with news from around the Rotary world, and even in our own backyard. Please take a look at the Zone website and you will find monthly Beyond Borders Newsletters,  letters from our Rotary leaders, dates and sites of our Rotary Zone Conferences which you can attend, Rotary events in our own backyard, Resources on membership, The Rotary Foundation and Public Image, and a section called Great Ideas To Share (Best Practices you can use and share with your members), membership webinars , and up to the minute news and download files. Enjoy.

Get Your Club Zooming into Hybrid - Here's How - from the Tuesday Talk Special Tech Edition -  Watch It on the District 7070 You Tube ChannelWatch on the District 7070 You Tube Channel

We've been zooming along for a while now.  Many of our clubs are looking forward to re-connecting in person.  But what if some of your club members have truly embraced remote meetings?  The next era of Rotary meetings are hybrid's.  That's right, a combination of in person and remote.  It's another new frontier! If you want to learn how to run great hybrid meeting so everyone is present, either remotely or in the room, please watch this special edition of Tech Tuesday Talks.  You'll hear from seasoned Rotarians who will show and tell what it takes to make a hybrid meeting great.  Learn from those in the know, best practices for sharing presentations, speakers, voice and background.  Gain from the experience of others.  Questions you may have, like "can you just put a laptop at the front of the room or do you need special technology or hardware?"  "Is it costly?"  "How "techy" does one need to be to run a hybrid meeting?"  Join us for answers to these and many other questions so your club can zoom into the frontier of hybrid Rotary meetings. The future is bright - it's hybrid!  Watch it on the Rotary District You Tube Channel today  . Please Read more to see the video.....


Will Your Club Receive The Rotary Citation In  2021-22 ? - Here's How

Your Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact club can earn a Rotary Citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and your club. Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.

Here's how.......

Use the Clubrunner  App And CONNECT with All Rotarians in District 7070 - Here's How 

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.....

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