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District Governor Neil Phillips August 2017 Newsletter
Governor’s Newsletter 
August 2017
  Rotary: Making A Difference

My Fellow Rotarians:

And we’re off! Or so it seems, as new Club Presidents, Committee Chairs and teams take flight to start another Rotary year. As for me, I’ve already visited Clubs to say hi. Thanks for the incredibly warm welcome: I can see why DG’s past always say it’s a highlight of their year.
Mind, as you read this, I’ve already taken a break and am in Spain and France – to rejuvenate for our exciting year. smiley
August in Rotary is officially Membership and New Club Development Month. While the summer may be slow to some, it’s a great time to start thinking about your plans for the year. We’re focusing on the streamlined Rotary Leads process, which is already producing new members for our district.
Before the end of summer sets in, I do urge people to register for our District Conference this November in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Breakout sessions cover each of the Six Areas of Focus. Our Rotary International President’s Representative is Virpi Honkala from Finland – offering perhaps a new perspective on Rotary for many of you. And we have a stellar keynote speaker in Iranian-Canadian entertainer, public speaker and human rights activist Nazanin Afshin-Jam, president and co-founder of Stop Child Executions. Check out our website, and book your room now as well – they’re going fast. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to get warmed-up for next year’s wine-country district conference in Prince Edward County. -)
Enjoy the rest of the summer, however and wherever you spend it, and I look forward to seeing everyone over the next months during Club visits.


Yours In Rotary, 




District Governor Neil Phillips at          

District Governor Elect Mary Lou Harrison August 2017 Newsletter
Dear Fellow Rotarians of District 7070,

I hope that you are enjoying the summer and that you're finding some opportunities for rest and re-creation! If you're looking for something to do, why not check out Rotary events and/or meetings organized by other clubs, either close to home or wherever your travels may take you? It's a great opportunity to enjoy Rotary friendship and to see how other clubs get things done (think R&D). 

One place you might choose to visit this summer (for those of you who don't already live there!) is Prince Edward County. The 2018 Rotary District 7070 Conference will be held in Wellington, Prince Edward County, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The DC18 Planning Team is busy planning a fabulous day-long conference with opportunities either side to enjoy all that The County has to offer. 

I am thrilled to announce that Deborah Murray of the Rotary Club of Trenton and Sandra Latchford of the Rotary Club of Picton will Co-Chair this fabulous event! My thanks to them both in advance for lending their considerable skills, enthusiasm, and Rotary dedication to this important District gathering. 

The rest of the DC18 Planning Team is still being assembled, and new team members are still needed. Please send me an email at if you'd like to get involved!

In closing, I have a request! If you spot DG Neil this year, at your club or at a Rotary event, please take his photo. Include other members of the Rotary family too and send them to me for the newsletter, social media, and other uses as yet to be determined. Many thanks!

Happy Summer!

Mary Lou

Mary Lou Harrison

District Governor Elect 2018-19 at

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Rotary International President Ian Riseley's Monthly Message – August  2017
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
When someone asks you, “What is Rotary?” what do you say? I think we’ve all had the experience of being asked that deceptively simple question and ­finding ourselves suddenly at a loss for words. Even the most articulate among us have a hard time ­capturing the essence of our organization in just a few sentences.
As an organization, Rotary has always had a difficult time conveying the scope of our work: not just what we do, but how we do it, and the value of what we contribute to the world.
As an accountant, I like numbers. They work in every language, and often they communicate complex information much more effectively than words. That is why, in this Rotary year, I am asking each club to provide Rotary headquarters with two numbers: the amount of money, both in cash and in kind, spent on humanitarian service; and the ­number of hours of work performed in Rotary’s name.
For more of Ian's letter, ............................Read more 
Rotary Foundation Chair Paul Netzel's August Newsletter
We Listen to YOU: 

Dear fellow Rotarians,

What does the chair of The Rotary ­Foundation Trustees do, anyway? What do the Trustees do? These ­questions are often asked of me in different ways. The Board of Trustees manages the business of the ­Foundation, the charitable arm of our organization that ­transforms your gifts into sustainable outcomes that change lives — both close to home and around the world.

One thing we do is listen. We listen to you, the members. Your voice comes to us through many different channels and connections with feedback, ideas, concerns, and recommendations.

We listen to our Rotary Foundation ­committees. We listen to our regional coordinators and ­advisers, to the district Foundation committee chairs and to our district governors. We listen to our ­associate Rotary foundations which provide local tax ­benefits in seven countries.

We listen to our colleagues on the Board of Directors, to our trusted Rotary staff, to our ­incredible PolioPlus committees and our polio partners, to our Rotarian Action Groups and to the Cadre of Technical Advisers. We listen to feedback from our six Rotary Peace Centers.

Rotarians are the backbone of the Foundation, so it’s important to listen to you.

To view all of Paul's letter,  ..............................Read more

RI Preseident Elect Sam Owori's Passing

A letter to all Rotarians from Rotary International President Ian Riseley:

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Sam F. Owori, Rotary International president-elect, died unexpectedly Thursday as a result of post-operative complications from a planned surgery.  

Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years.

“Rotary has become a way of life for me – with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone,” Sam said when he was nominated last year. “I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through Rotary, I’ve helped someone live better.”

Sam's term as Rotary’s 108th president would have begun on 1 July 2018.

“Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hard-working Rotarian he was,” said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. “In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.” 

The Rotary world mourns Sam's passing ....................Read more


District 7070 Rotary Foundation August 2017 Newsletter

From Ted Morrison, 2017-18 Chair of Annual Programs Fund -  District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee

July brings on a new Rotary year- a new Rotary Theme, a new club President, new Board members, new projects , new goals, and new grant applications. It is also a new year for the Rotary Foundation- the "engine" that drives Rotary forward and makes all those humanitarian projects possible. At this time we should all be reminded that it is time to make our annual commitment of support to the Rotary Foundation.

The EREY commitment, as it is known, stands for Every Rotarian Every Year. It means just that -every Rotarian all over the world donates something to the Rotary Foundation. Although US$100 is suggested ,it does not have to be that amount. It can be more than that or it could be less. Giving to the Foundation is voluntary. However, once you realize that the dollars you give come back to you in the form of grants to be used in humanitarian projects, it becomes a Rotarian's duty to support the Rotary Foundation. Your donations are saving lives all over the planet and making the world a better place. Whether the project is done by you, your club, or a totally different club in some far off part of the world your donation is helping provide the grant money to make the project possible.

The easiest way to make your annual donation is by "Rotary Direct". Simply complete the form and indicate the amount and the TRF will deduct that amount each month from either your credit card or your bank account. You don't have to think about it again. Go to My Rotary and search for Rotary Direct and the form will pop up. You will receive a tax receipt for the amount you gave in the new year to claim on your tax form. You can also make your annual donation online or by cheque.

Please see Ted's entire letter ..........

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District 7070 Global Grant Scholars for 2017-18 

From Ross Bowser and Kevin Power, Co-Chairs District Global Grant Scholars Committee

The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation recently confirmed the award of two District 7070 Global Grant Scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The first recipient is Krista Kruja, sponsored by the Toronto West Rotary Club. Krista is a Toronto resident who received her Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) degree with a Global Health Specialization from McMaster University. Krista will be pursuing a joint Master’s Degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics, in London, England.

The second recipient is Spencer McMurray, sponsored by the Toronto East Rotary Club and a graduate of the University of Toronto where he received his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Peace, Conflict, and Justice, minor in Political Science. Spencer will pursue a Masters of International Security, with a concentration in conflict resolution and a regional concentration on the Middle East, and the study of Arabic at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po, in Paris, France.

To hear more about these two outstanding individuals............Read more


2017 Rotary District 7070 Foundation Walk

Celebrate 100 years of the Rotary Foundation at the 2017 District 7070 Foundation Walk!

Join fellow Rotarians and friends on


Sunday, Sept 10, 2017 for the annual District 7070 walk in support of the Rotary Foundation (8:30 am Registration, 10 am Walk, 12 pm Lunch) at Heydenshore Pavilion, 589 Water Street in Whitby. Hosted by the Whitby and Whitby Sunrise Rotary clubs, enjoy a leisurely walk along the beautiful waterfront trail in Whitby. Enjoy music, local craft beer, prizes, and trivia. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served!! Awesome fun for the whole family!!!

Individual pledge forms can be downloaded from the District 7070 website at

Please email Mark Chipman if you would like someone from the committee to visit your club and provide a 5-10 minute overview of the walk event.

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Polio This Week As of July 27, 2017 
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August Is Membership and New Club Development Month

From Virginia O'Reilly, Chair of the District 7070 Membership Committee

August is Membership and New Club Development 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? It’s time. Time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world.

There are many ways to join in the celebration, but here are a few activities to get you started:

  • Say it loud, say it proud! Let everyone in your social network know that you are a proud member by changing your Twitter and Facebook profile to the I’m a Proud Member, I’m a Proud Rotaractor, or I am a Proud Interactor graphic. Copy and save the graphic as your profile picture for August.

  • Exchange ideas. Do you have successful membership strategies that have worked well in your community? Share them on the Membership Best Practices Discussion Group.

  • We Are Rotary. Using the hashtag #WeAreRotary, post photos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine of your club members at work in your community or abroad to show how Rotary makes a positive impact in the world.

  • Making a difference. Rotary clubs are known for the high-impact service projects they undertake locally and globally. Share stories about your service projects and how they improve lives on Rotary Showcase. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see what Rotary members around the world are doing to celebrate Membership Month.

  • What does Rotary mean to you? Rotary members have pushed polio to the brink of eradication, delivered clean water to those in need, improved their local communities, provided scholarships to the next generation of peacemakers, and continued to do good in the world.

Free webinar - First Impressions Matter: The Membership Experience
First Impressions Matter
Signup for on the website for our free webinar, First Impressions Matter: The Membership Experience, and learn valuable best practices and resources to help you improve your first impressions with prospective and new members. The webinar takes place Thursday, 31 August, at 12:30 Chicago time (UTC-5) (1:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time) .
We all know that first impressions are important, and this is just as true for Rotary clubs. This session will share some best practices and resources available to clubs that are looking to improve the experience for prospective and new members.
Priority # 1 - Membership Semniar - Sept 23, 2017
Priority #1 Membership Seminar... September 23rd, 2017
From District 7070 Membership Chair, Virginia O'Reilly
It is a new Rotary year and what a great way to kick it off - the next installment of our Membership Seminar!! Let's keep the momentum going!  Hear about what is working for clubs in our district, new ideas and the impact these are having on membership.  Discuss what your club is doing, how it is working and discover how to make it better. 

On  Saturday September 23rd join us from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the next installment of our Membership Seminar at... Centennial College Event Centre - 6th Floor, Progress Campus, 937 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON.  Parking available and free on Saturdays. 

Registration will be open to the first 50 people who sign up on line. 

If you were forwarded this email from the member above, use this link to register instead:

Register Online


Rotary Commitment To Landmine Eradication – REVISITED

It is now time for Rotarians in District 7070 and right across Canada to revisit their commitment to this worthwhile humanitarian cause. In keeping with this year’s Rotary theme – it is time once again for Rotarians “To Make a Difference”.

When was the last time you stepped on a landmine? Probably never – aren’t we fortunate. If you live in Cambodia, Iraq or Syria, to name a few, you may not have been so lucky.

This far away reality of the effects of landmines and IED’s will come much closer to home in late September when Toronto hosts the 3rd Invictus Games. For many involved, they have had the benefit of resources and support from their countries. Yet, residents of most countries still affected by landmines have little to offer in support of their crippled compatriots. This is where we as caring and compassionate Rotarians come in to fill this void.

Rotarians in District 7070 have committed time and money to eliminate many ills that plague our world, including long-standing support of landmine eradication. We at the Canadian Landmine Foundation (CLMF) are asking Rotarians in District 7070 to renew their commitment to eliminating these hideous devices.

As with our efforts with polio, we continue to make progress on the landmines front – but not without setbacks. Landmine use is on the rise and funding has steadily declined over the past number of years. Canada was once the 3rd largest funder of landmine eradication but is now 10th. Overall funding for landmine relief is at its lowest point is 10 years.

Yet many are still suffering.

As many as 18 people, mostly each day to the catastrophic effects of landmines. Lives and communities are forever changed as a result. children and women, are losing their lives or limbs

It is now time for Rotarians to revisit their commitment to this worthwhile humanitarian cause. In keeping with this year’s Rotary theme – it is time once again for Rotarians “To Make a Difference”.

To find out how to help .....................................Read more


Peace Building Conferences Set For 2018


From Ian Lancaster, Chair of District 7070 Peace Building Committee

Fellow Rotarians,

District 7070 has created a Peace-building Committee to help share Rotary’s ongoing vision to raise the profile of peace and to create an environment to learn more about the ‘building blocks’ of Peace-building through mediation, dispute resolution, and negotiation.

Here are the locations of the upcoming presidential Peacebuilding Conferences but to hear President Ian Riseley’s invitation to join him at any of the six conferences in 2018, follow this link:

These conferences highlight the areas in which Rotary does its most significant work. They will focus on how peace relates to each of Rotary’s five other areas of focus as well as environmental sustainability. The first Environmental Sustainability and Peace conference is in our own backyard, Vancouver, BC on February 10, 2018. Come join DG Neil and me as we learn more about Rotary’s focus on environmental sustainability.

To read all of Ian's newsletter ..............................Read more


SHELTERBOX News For August 2017

From: Stephanie Christensen Executive Director, ShelterBox Canada

PHILIPPINES: Rotary Partnership in Action

In the early morning on Thursday July 6th, a seismic tremor hit the Philippines. ShelterBox was ready and has operations staff in country working right now to assist communities in need. ShelterBox staff member Dave Ray, was on a neighbouring island in Cebu, when the earthquake struck. Buildings rumbled as power cut out, causing rolling blackouts and communication lines to fall silent across the island chain.

Since the earthquake struck this morning, I’ve already been in contact with the Philippines Red Cross and local Rotary Clubs to discuss ways for ShelterBox to assist.” – Dave Ray, Operations Coordinator

Over the years, ShelterBox has developed significant expertise in working in the Philippines and we have locally. While it is unlikely we will respond due to the type of damage, we have prepositioned aid on standby and great local contacts including Rotary Clubs who stand ready to assist. Read more about our work in the Philippines and watch a video update from Dave at

BC WILDFIRES: ShelterBox is closely monitoring ......

To get more on this story and more on the latest ShelterBox Canada  News...

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HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) News Update - August 2017


Honouring Indigenous People was created by Rotarians in Southern Ontario in partnership and consultation with a number of indigenous people. We are honouring indigenous people by supporting their educational efforts and encouraging all Canadians to be aware of indigenous issues, history and culture.


Please look at their website ( for regular updates. The Rotary HIP Facebook has been set up so "like us on Facebook". Pass it on to your Facebook friends.

Facebook Page: click : to see their new site. You can like, follow and share.

Newsletters : Their monthly HIP newsletters can now be found on our HIP website (Rotary HIP – Newsletters).

To see how your Rotary Club can get involved and see what other Rotary Clubs are already doing.......

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WASRAG Newsletter  - August 2017

WASH Resources The following are some great WASH resources that you might find useful!

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

The Water Network

Faecal Sludge Management - Practical Action in South Asia

Partnership for Handwashing

Brochures and Presentations

To see more news about WASRAG and  to get ideas how your Rotary Club can help ....

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RADAR 139 - 11 Years and Growing

From Joanne Ashley, Chair of District 7070 RADAR (Rotary Action for the Development of AIDS Responses ) Committee


The RADAR139 initiative was created with the encouragement of Past District Governor Bill Patchett, who wanted every club in the District to have the opportunity “to get on the RADAR” and to help alleviate the massive suffering caused by HIV/AIDS.

In 2006, $139 represented the approximate cost to save the life of an HIV+ mother and her baby for one year. Each new Rotary year, every club in District 7070 is asked to contribute a minimum of $139 to support an HIV/AIDS-related project chosen by the members of RADAR – Rotary Action for the Development of AIDS Responses – our District 7070 AIDS committee.

Donations of $139 or more from your Rotary Club and all of the Rotary Clubs across the District bring hope, health and dignity to so many each year.

Has your Club donated $139 this Rotary year?

To find out more................................Read more

August. 2017 Rotary Zone 24E  Public Image Newsletter 
From Carrie Jones, Rotary International Zone 24 East Public Image Coordinator

To:  All District 7070 Club Presidents and Public Image Directors and Public Image Chairs:

Here are some resources to assist your Rotary Club develop and carry out your Club's Public Image Plan for 2017-18.

Here is a link to the July 2017 Public Image Newsletter filled, this month, with ideas on how to boost your Club's public image:

Here is a link to the August 2017 Public Image Newsletter filled, this month, with ideas on how to boost your Club's public image using social media:

These Newsletters are located in the District 7070 website in the left-hand column under the District 7070 Newsletters section.

Carrie Jones is available to help Club Presidents and Public Image Directors and Chairs with trainings, questions, and so on.

Her email is

Welcome Linda Grey-Noble to the District Newsletter Team

My Fellow Rotarians,

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Linda Grey-Noble, a member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Twilight to the District 7070 Newsletter Team. Linda is welcoming the opportunity to help bring a "new look" to the District 7070 Newsletter. We look forward to seeing the "New" Newsletter. Thank you, Linda, for volunteering and "Making a Difference"  in 2017-18.

Neil Phillips

District  7070 Governor 2017-17

3 Tips with Social Media to Create A Buzz

Posted on July 13, 2017 By Evan Burrell, Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia

I’m sure your club puts a lot of effort into planning events like fundraising dinners, charity golf days, car shows, and changeovers ceremonies. You probably focus right down to the smallest detail. So why not put that much effort into promoting your event on social media?

Social media is a powerful tool for gaining exposure. But just like all the other necessary arrangements, getting good results takes a bit of preparation. Here are three tips for developing a social media strategy for your next event.

To see the buzz creating 3 tips............................Read more 


Marketing and Communications Team Wants YOU

Following on the success of the Toronto 2018 presence at Atlanta. The Toronto Host Organizing Committee’s Marketing Team is looking for a number of Rotarians and/or Friends of Rotary to help in our efforts to promote Toronto 2018.

Part of the mandate of the HOC is to ensure that Toronto is a welcoming location for visiting Rotarians and their families and to be certain that all our visitors have a fun and memorable experience at next year’s Rotary International Convention.

If you have a background and expertise in any of the following areas we need your help:

  • Website content (writing, editing)

  • Social media (Facebook was crucial for Atlanta)

  • Traditional Media (Newspapers, Radio, TV)

  • Advertising and presence in Toronto (billboards, retail/commerce liaison)

  • Newsletter publishing

  • Press Release management

Please contact our Marketing and Communications team through Mike Gauthier by July 22 if you can help out.

Thanks so much,

Michele Guy & Michael Cooksey

Co-Chairs Toronto 2018 HOC                                                                                      

Home Hospitality – Your Club's Help Is Needed

From Jackie Davies, Rotary Club of Toronto 

On Monday, June 25, 2018 The Host Organizing Committee (that is us – your club and mine) is holding “Home Hospitality”. The Committee members, Jackie Davis and Don Bell are now looking for Rotarians and Rotary Clubs in the District, particularly in the GTA, to host Convention delegates for a night of home hospitality. They expect 5,000 delegates to sign up. Jackie or Don Bell will be glad to come to your Rotary Club and tell you how you and your club can participate and host Rotarians form all over the world. She would like every club in the District to participate. Perhaps the clubs outside the GTA could partner with clubs in the GTA and co-host Rotarians. Jackie is looking for one person from each Club in the district to act as a liaison for the Host Operating Committee to get the word from the Committee out to your members. Please provide that name to Jackie or Don as soon as possible. Your club President will have the contact information available in a few days.

Don Bell contact: Jackie Davies contact:

On To Toronto

Rotarians from all over the world enjoyed southern hospitality, learned about new funding commitments in our efforts to eradicate polio, and discovered how prevalent human trafficking is during the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta. If you weren't able to attend, experience it with our coverage on Read Bill Pollard's account of enjoying the convention virtually. It's not too early to register for the 2018 Convention in Toronto.

Volunteers Needed For The Toronto 2018 Rotary Convention – Sign Up Today

From: Lorraine Lloyd , Co-Chair Ambassadors & Volunteer, TORONTO 2018 HOC (Host Organizing Committee)

My Fellow Rotarians,

More than 1,200 volunteers will be required to help. And the Host Operating Committee is looking to YOU. You can now sign up as a volunteer by going to the and sign up as a Volunteer.

Please go to:

Go to VOLUNTEER section....follow through to where is mentions Atlanta & click on REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER. We are using a Vroom software system and you'll need to give an email & set up a password. Once you do so, you'll instantly go in the shift area.

To find our more about volunteering......................Read More

Entertainment Suggestions For Toronto 2018 – Rotary International Convention

From Lynda Ryder, Zone 24 East Rotary Co-ordinator

This is a calling out to Rotarians in District 7070 for entertainment suggestions for the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention. I am the co-chair of entertainment for the 2018 Convention and if you could just drop me an email with your suggestions and/or thoughts, our team would consider all possibilities. We are also responsible for entertainment for the House of Friendship – We are hoping to have new entertainment each hour. So far, I have had applications from local choirs; fashion show presenters, martial arts, school bands etc. District 7080 has really taken this project on and sent me a myriad of suggestions.

Thank you all,

Lynda Ryder

District 7070 Conference 2017 – Nov 3 and 4

From: Andrea Tirone , Chair, Conference Planning, 2017 District 7070 Conference

Hello and thank you once again to everyone who has registered to attend the District 7070 Conference November 3rd & 4th at the White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake!

We have some updates on Friday à la carte options as well as a reminder for booking accommodations at White Oaks Resort and Spa. If you know of a fellow club member who hasn’t yet registered for the 2017 District Conference,, so please do encourage them to register before then.

Friday à la carte Golf Tournament

We have confirmed that the Nina Cole Rotary Invitational Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, November 3rd at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club. For you golf nuts, this is the oldest surviving golf course in North America. Be sure to read its history on their website. The 9-hole best-ball tournament is being offered at $40.00 per golfer and will run from 1:00PM4:30PM. For more information and to register please visit our website.


As our team continues to plan for November, we wanted to send out another friendly reminder to those who may not have yet booked their accommodations. We have negotiated a deal with White Oaks so that Superior Guest Rooms are $179.00 on November 3rd and $189.00 on November 4th. You will want to book early as there are a limited number of rooms available at this rate.

For more information please visit our conference site:

And to book directly with White Oaks Resort and Spa, Click here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch at any time!

Kind Regards,

Andrea Tirone                 Chair, Conference Planning 2017 District 7070 Conference

Our 3rd Taming of the Dragon Contest

Taming of the Dragon - Youth Social Impact Competition.

From Sarah Hui, District Rotaract Rep

To all Rotarians in District 7070,

We're calling for high school students who want to have a positive social impact in their community and beyond. There will be over $4,500 up for grabs, mentorship opportunities, team training, and personal development experiences. Students will get to present in front of 100-300 guests ranging from high school peers to industry professionals. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out as we'd be happy to assist!

Full booklet of competition details is here.

The enlarged infographic is here.

Kindest regards

Sarah Hui

Rotary Uncorked - Your District Conference in 2017

District Governor Neil is known to be all about wine.

So what better place to hold our annual conference than in Niagara Wine Country

– at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, November 3rd and 4th.


Wonderful Sponsorship Opportunities

As a Sponsor, you will reach the 400+ attendees directly and more than 2,500 Rotarians and Rotaractors

through newsletters, websites and social media.

  1. One-year and two-year Sponsorships available

  2. Opportunities start as low as $300

To find out more

Click on the link


Contact Lorna Johnson, Tel: 647-308-2808

50 Year Rotarians in Oshawa
Rotary Club of Oshawa President Ron Dick (Far Left) and Rotary District 7070 Past District Governor Jim Louttit (Far Right) recognized these three members of the Rotary Club of Oshawa for 50 plus years of service (Left to Right) Tom Maxwell, William Stirling and Dave Perkin, at the July 11, 2017 meeting of the Rotary Club of Oshawa at the Jubilee Pavillion in Oshawa.
Toronto Danforth Rotary Club in Canada 150 Parade
Members of the RC Toronto-Danforth, one of the new clubs of Rotary District 7070, participating in the Canada 150 celebrations, on July 1 in Toronto. — with Farid Uddin Khan Siddiqui.
RC Belleville Dedicates Women's School in Bangladesh

On July 18, 2017,  through a joyful ceremony, mothers and their children dedicate the school to the name of Rotary Club of Belleville. Mothers decorated their schoolroom with their own drawing, colorful balloons, flowers and children’s drawing and named the school as Rotary Club of Belleville Women’s School. Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Belleville working with Barbara Melara of  the Amarok Society, on this Mother of Intention Project in Khulna, Bangladesh. For more info on the Amarok Society, be sure to visit  . 

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District 7070 Rotarians Unite to Transform Lives in Ethiopia
Congratulations to the fine work of the District 7070 Rotary Clubs of Toronto Sunrise, Toronto Earlscourt, East York and Alliston . Rotarians are transforming lives in Ethiopia, to tackle the shortage of cleft services.
 Here is the story and also two links in the Transforming Faces Newsletter :
To see what these Rotary Clubs accomplished...................... Read more
Making Peace Photo Exhibition in Toronto - Free Tour
Rotarian and Friends:
We thought this Free Tour may be of interest for some of you this summer. 
Graham Burgess, is a youth coordinator for the international photo exhibition of Making Peace (through June to August). The exhibition is presently on show along Front St E (from Cherry along Front St E into Corktown Common)
This is the largest exhibit of its kind in the world and the first showing in North  America.  The exhibit pays tribute to peace makers all over the globe, including Lester B.Pearson.He wrote to ask if any of our members would be interested in a guided tour of the exhibit. The tours will be provided until the end of August by Graham.  
If you would like to visit the exhibit Graham would be more than pleased to show our members around!
If you have any questions feel free to email or get in contact with Graham Burgess at: and he will make arrangements for a tour. 
District Governor Neil
Discover what's new in Rotary Club Central
The new and improved Rotary Club Central is finally here. Navigate more easily with our modern interface, and use this essential planning tool on your mobile phone or tablet. You can also quickly track service activity and see your past and current club data in easy-to-read charts and graphs.

Check out the new Rotary Club Central today.

To learn more about Rotary Club Central............

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Rotary Leadership Institute for the 2017-18 Rotary Year

From Susan Hunter, Chair District 7070 Rotary Leadership Institute

Due to the very low registrations for Belleville on Sept 24, 2016, we were forced to cancel RLI in Belleville last Rotary year. We hope to see you this year in Belleville, Oshawa and/or in Scarborough in 2017-18.

This is your opportunity to learn more about Rotary and share your ideas with other Rotarians. And it is a great learning experience for newer Rotarians. Sign up online very soon. Watch for the District website for details.

For all Rotarians who have joined a Rotary Club in District 7070 in the last year, our Rotary District will pay your tuition fee for Rotary Leadership Institute part one !!! All you have to do is sign up online on the Website jpeg coming soon for 2017-18.

To find out more about our Rotary Leadership Institute...........

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Club Visioning - Where Is Your Club Going To Be In 3 Years?

  Rotary Clubs, like any other organizations, need to have a plan for where they are heading. In order to assist Clubs to develop a vision, the District has a team of experienced Rotarians who can facilitate visioning sessions. Since we started the program, five or six years ago, close to 40 Cubs have held sessions. A few Clubs have held two or three sessions, up-dating their vision on a regular basis.

Why do we need vision?

Visioning facilitation helps a Rotary Club to develop its own vision and then sets out the steps necessary to achieve that vision. It is worth noting that the result is not a vision set out by the District or Rotary International. Instead, the result is a vision designed and endorsed by the Club’s own members. This vision will help to ensure consensus, continuity, and consistency in the Club leadership and programming, to set the stage for future progress.

Further contact

If you are interested in holding a Visioning facilitation in your Club, or just have questions in general, please contact PDG Lars Henrikssontel. 416-489


Mobile Business Directory Of The Members Of Rotary District 7070

From Rotarian Rob MacArthur, President of the Rotary Club of Ajax & Creator of  District 7070 MOBI

Are you a Rotarian in District 7070?

How would you like to advertise your business on our new mobile business directory for as little as $10 for the first year?

Check out the site at to register today!
Are you a consumer looking for a service or business owned by a Rotarian?

Check the site often to see our business directory grow.

Who wouldn’t want to do business with a group of business owners that follow Rotary's Four-Way Test
Check out our Facebook link: 7070 Directory

To learn more about District 7070 mobi............ Read more

A Renewed Rotary District 7070 Speakers Bureau

From Rotarian Aziz Saleh, a member of The District 7070 District Website Team

Guest Speakers or Your Own Club Member Speakers:

Have you heard a good speaker at one of your weekly Rotary meetings? It may even be one of your own Rotary Club members who often are your best Rotary speakers.

How about sharing that speaker with everyone in District 7070.

Come and visit the new look on the District 7070 Website at our Speakers' Bureau and let Aziz know how you like it.

Perhaps your Club is looking for a good speaker. This is your chance to help. The District 7070 Website Committee has created a Rotary District 7070 Speakers Bureau that we will post on the District 7070 website and we need your input.

Please send the following info:

  • Speaker’s Name and Topic,

  • Speaker’s Contact information

  • A short Speaker Biography

The Name of The Rotarian and your Rotary Club making the recommendation

To Rotarian Aziz Saleh at

A very special Thank You to Rotarian Aziz Saleh of our District 7070 Website Team who has volunteered to put together the Rotary International District 7070 Speakers Bureau for you to use.

Your Opportunity to Serve – To Volunteer and Serve on a District Committee

Just as no Rotary Club can function effectively without a smooth working organization supporting its President, so too for the District.

In this day and age, a District Governor cannot possibly do that which is necessary to achieve the maximum in club activity in all five avenues of service without the enthusiastic dedication and support of many Rotarians working in a district team or organization.

The role of a District Committee is to assist the District Governor in a particular sphere of Rotary activity. The District Governor will have formulated plans for activity in certain areas in accordance with directions received from the President and Board of Directors of Rotary International and from his or her own plans for the district.

The committees are responsible for assisting the clubs in achieving Rotary International, district, and club goals.

And this is where you come in. Many District Committees are looking for members to help. And you are the one who can help.

Members of the District Committees are Rotarians just like you and me. We attend the weekly meetings of our Rotary Clubs, we participate in Fundraising events, and in local and international Community Service projects, we contribute to The Rotary Foundation, we go to the District Assembly, and The District Conference when we can.

And this is where you come in. It is time for you to take that next step in your Rotary life and help out on a District Committee. Most District Committees meet about once a month, for a few hours where you will learn more about that Committee and be able to offer your talents, and expertise or just plain readiness to help out.

Connect with the Committee Chair TODAY. Find out what each Committee does and see if it right for you. See if you can help at the Committee Level. They are willing to have you help out.

To help out on a District Committee ......................Read more

Rotary At A Glance
As of March 31, 2017, there are 1,233,172 Rotarians in 35,533 Rotary Clubs in the world. And, As of March 30, 2017, there are 233,450 Rotaract members in 10,150 Rotaract Clubs in the world and there are 495,880 Interact members in 21,560 Interact Clubs in the world.
Get Connected

Attention Rotarians !!!   Get Connected .......

Have you checked out the new Rotary website:

Have you checked out the Rotary District 7070 website  :

Have you checked out the Rotaract District 7070 website:

Are you following us on twitter @rotary7070

Advertise your business on our new mobile business directory at

Be sure to “Like” us on our Facebook Page : Rotary District 7070

Be sure to “Like” Rotary on their Facebook Page: Rotary International

Have you checked out your Rotary Club website and Facebook Page lately? Is it current?

When potential members inquire or come to your your webiste. club , they check out


Additional Rotary Resources:


Resources & reference for you to use in your Rotary Club
Future Rotary International Conventions


  • 2018: 24-27 June, Toronto, Canada

  • 2019: 1-5 June, Hamburg, Germany

  • 2020: 7-10 June, Honolulu, USA

  • 2021: 13-16 June, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2022: 5-8 June, Texas, USA.

Upcoming Events
DG Rotaract visit
Aug 28, 2017 6:00 PM
District 7070 Rotary Foundation Walk
Heydenshore Pavilion
Sep 10, 2017
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Foundation Walk - Club Delegate Registration
Sep 10, 2017
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
DG Visit to Alliston Markham Unionville& Sunrise
Sep 11, 2017 6:00 PM
DG visit to Wellington
Sep 12, 2017 7:00 AM
DG Visit to Picton
Sep 12, 2017 12:00 PM
DG Visit TO Forest Hill & Eglington
Sep 13, 2017 12:00 PM
DG Visit TO West and Parkdale Highpark
Sep 14, 2017 7:00 AM
DG visit to Scarborough Clubs
Sep 19, 2017 6:00 PM
Membership Seminar
Centennial College Event Centre
Sep 23, 2017
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
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