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. Please share this letter and keep our Rotary family 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.

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District Governor Mark Chipman's March 2021 Newsletter

Hello District 7070 Rotarians and the whole Rotary family:

March is Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Month in Rotary.   As one of our areas of focus, we as Rotarians make a significant difference in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene around the world through our Rotary Foundation (TRF) contributions.  In 2018, TRF awarded over $18 million to clean water initiatives.

Please Read more  .............

Rotary International President Holger Knaack's March 2021 Newsletter

In Holger Knaack's March 2021 Newsletter, our Rotary International President focuses on Rotary and Rotaract, as we celebrate World Rotaract Week March 8 through 14, 2021. He notes how proud he was when, two years ago, the Council on Legislation voted to elevate Rotaract by including Rotaract clubs as members of Rotary International. He sees no difference between a Rotary club and a Rotaract club, except perhaps for the average age. He says that it is time for Rotarians to realize that while Rotaractors may have a different culture, we all share a common vision of uniting people to take action. Rotaract’s unique ways of doing things serve as inspiration for innovation, helping Rotary increase its ability to adapt to future challenges. Rotarians and Rotaractors will build the future together, so let’s start today.........

The March 2021 Message from K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran,  Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation

In his March 2021 message to Rotarians, K.R. Ravi Ravindran, Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, (and also Past President of Rotary International), talks about what Rotarians have done to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, to care for our communities, and to seize the opportunity to be a part of perhaps the most complex task ever undertaken in history — vaccinating 7 billion people. But this does not mean we will deviate in any way from our avowed commitment to eradicating polio, which remains our highest priority and will continue to be our only corporate program. he says that we need to spread the message about the power of vaccines to save lives. We need to work closely with governments and support them in the vaccination drive. He adds that Rotary members are already finding the means to channel their humanitarian spirit through the Foundation, which is constantly adapting to address the world’s challenges ...........


Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer's March 2021 Newsletter

Dear Rotarains, Rotaractors and the whole Rotary family in District 7070,

Rotary and Rotarians have created significant and remarkable levels of participation during the pandemic thanks to two specific, but equally important factors. 

The first is obvious, Rotary leaders such as our Zone Regional Team, our District Governors and Club Presidents have pivoted to lead their groups through a constantly changing landscape. The other is the incredible increase in the quality and capacity of online communication tools, in particular Zoom and Teams. Our skill sets, public speaking and fundraising initiatives have been remarkable. New relationships are being built thanks to you, adding opportunities in this virtual world.............

Director Dialogue - With RI Director Valarie Wafer  - Register TODAY for March 10, 2021 and see previous recordings

I want to personally thank everyone who join us for our  "Director Dialogues". The first one was with Past Rotary International President Ian Riseley and the second one with Past Rotary International President Barry Rassin.  Remember to keep the 2nd Thursday of every month  at 7pm ET/4pm PT, free for future meetings. Special guests from throughout the Rotary world will join me each month to cover a wide range of topics of interest to all Rotarians, all provided at no charge as a benefit to you as a member of a club in Zones 28 & 32!  

CLICK ON THIS ZOOM LINK to See the November 12 Recording with Ian Riseley. 

The second District Dialogue was January 14th, 2021 -  Titled: Elevate Rotaract, what does it mean to Rotary?  My guest was Past Rotary International President Barry Rassin   He talked with us about what "Elevate Rotaract" means in practical terms. 

HERE IS THE  ZOOM LINK to See the January 14 Recordin with Barry Rassin 


Upcoming Director Dialogue - Wednesday, March 10, 2021, "Positive Peace"

Valarie's guest will be Rotary International President-Elect Shekhar Mehta.  CLICK ON THIS LINK to register for the webinar.





For future Director Dialogues, after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  NOTE: registration is limited to 500; a live stream of the event will be provided should we exceed that number. I look forward to you joining me for this special “Director Dialogue” series.

Thank you,

Valarie Wafer




The 2021 Rotary International Convention will be held virtually

The Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 12-16 June 2021, in Taipei, Taiwan, will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. The 2021 Rotary International Convention will be held virtually. Visit for more information about refunds and the upcoming virtual event.

We are sorry that we will not see you in Taipei this year, but this decision, made by the Rotary Board of Directors, is necessary to protect the health of everyone involved. We will share more details about the 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention soon.

Here’s what you need to know now:.......

Please read more for a letter from Rotary International President Holger Knaack......

2020-21 District 7070 Conference & Year End Celebration - Weekend of June 26 

Save the date and stay tuned for an exciting announcement in the coming weeks about our District Conference and Year End Celebration!  We have pivoted due to COVID and while we won't be holding the Conference at a hotel, we will have a safe, fun, and engaging itinerary including activities for the whole family to make a difference in our communities across the District!!  More info to come. .....

District 7070 International Women's Day Event - March 8, 2021 - You Are Invited

Join us for a District 7070 wide celebration which brings together female leaders both in industry and Rotary sharing bold ideas, history and women in Rotary and business. These trailblazers are sure to invoke our Rotary spirit and inspire us all with the work they have done over the years!

Be sure to join us at 6:30 pm, Monday March 8. Limited virtual capacity, maximum of 500, please reach out to for an invite to this district event over Zoom. There will be a quick meet and greet before we start the presentations, be sure to have something to drink on hand for a celebration toast.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 861 5510 8001

Passcode: 801545

For more details, please Read more.....

Tuesday Talks - March 9, 2021 - " Youth Services - It's Time To Get Involved"
Please join us on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 7 PM for Tuesday Talks on Youth Services, hosted by the District 7070 Youth Services Committee , chaired by our very own Patti Wright. Find out how your club can become more involved in so many service to our Youth, here in District 7070, in southern Ontario: Earlyact, Interact, Rotaract, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), International Youth Exchange and a brand new venture for District 7070, called ROTEX. Listen to the leaders. Earlyact? Yes. Tune in to find out how your club get involved.

Come and see how Rotaract has changed  and how easy it is for your club to start a Rotaract Club. Rotaractors are really changing the world. How great is Interact? Let's hear from them and see for yourself.

The Youth Exchange team is looking for volunteers, students for the exchange, and of course, volunteer host families. Find out how your club can participate.

The RYLA program helps our young adults here in southern Ontario, with so many Leadership Development skills and challenges. The RYLA team is looking for your volunteers to help put together an outstanding RYLA week in 2022. Their planning starts now. They are looking for you.

If your club already sponsors a Rotaract or Interact Club, you will really enjoy hearing them talk about what they are doing to make a difference in our world. We encourage members of the Interact and Rotaract clubs to register for this Tuesday Talks. Be sure to let them know that they are more than welcome and can register as "guests". Please register today. This is a "not to miss" Tuesday Talks featuring our own members right here in our District 7070. 

Dr. David L. Mowat - March 18 and 12 Noon Zoom Meeting  -  "Covid-19 - Some Lessons Learned"  - YOU Are Invited

Over the past year, COVID-19 has had profound and far-reaching impacts on many aspects of our lives. To explore the impacts of the global pandemic and the public health response, and to understand where we stand today in Ontario, the Rotary Club of Toronto Bay-Bloor is hosting a virtual presentation via Zoom, with Q & A, with Dr. David L. Mowat, former Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario and Former Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

The meeting will have a limited number of participants - please RSVP and submit any questions by Monday March 15, 2021 to A video of the meeting will be available upon request.

More details . Please Read more ..........


APRIL is Oral Health Month - Let's Celebrate Together!

To Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the whole Rotary family in District 7070:

April is Oral Health Month in Canada. Please assist us to encourage your local schools and parents to promote good oral and overall health.

Send a letter to your local schools now promoting good oral health:

A Letter to Principals is available to download asking elementary schools to sign up for Brush-a-mania 2021.   Schools may order a Colgate toothbrush and toothpaste for each of their students.  (All City of Toronto schools are sponsored by the Scarborough Rotary Passport Club.  Cost for non-Toronto schools is $1 per student.)

Send a letter to parents late March promoting good oral health:

A Letter to Parents is available to download asking parents to encourage their children to brush/floss their teeth every day.   Everyone who brushes and/or flosses their teeth 100 times within any 30 day period will be emailed a Brush-a-mania certificate of achievement.  His or her name will be entered into a draw to win an Xbox One or one of fifty Android tablets. The contest is open to all elementary students in Canada from April 1 to May 31.

The goal is to encourage the students to develop good oral hygiene habits at an early age.

Thank you for promoting good oral health,

Raffy Chouljian

Scarborough Rotary Passport Club


Your Call to Action : April 17 - 24, 2021 - Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup

The Rotary ‘GREAT LAKES WATERSHED CLEANUP’ is fast approaching.  On Saturday April 24, over 20,000 Rotarians on both sides of the Canadian and U.S. border will roll up their sleeves to collect refuse along the shoreline, and innumerable waterway tributaries to the Great Lakes basin.  This is great example of ‘ROTARY IN ACTION’ and brings considerable community attention to the importance of ‘ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY’

The District 7070 Environmental Action Committee is leading the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Initiative, as it gets rolled out right across our District. This is an initiative hatched by our District 7070 Governor Mark Chipman, with his fellow District Governors surrounding the Great Lakes. Mark is very excited about the potential for this event and here's why..... It’s actually huge – with 15 districts involved – 500 Clubs & 20,000 Rotarians. So please mark your calendars for Saturday April 24.  This is your Call To Action - What is your club doing?   Please Read more....

Online Rotary Foundation Gala Event - "Celebrate our Foundation!" on May 12, 2021 - All Rotarians are Invited

Dear fellow Rotarians, 

Thank you for your service in a most difficult year. Your leadership is critical to ensure that your members stay engaged within their clubs, continue to serve their communities, and adapt to the realities of the pandemic. We are asking for your help with our Rotary Foundation event on May 12, 2021. Together, we will celebrate what we have achieved and inspire Rotarians to do more. The online Gala event, "Celebrate our Foundation!" will be held Wednesday, May 12, from 8-9 pm ET (5-6 PT). It will be a fast-paced 60-minute variety style show featuring Rotary dignitaries, celebrities, musicians, entertainers and more. Details are at the event website:

Presidential conference showcasing Rotaract - May 14 -16

RI President Holger Knaack will hold three virtual presidential conferences that will showcase the leadership of Rotaract members and collaboration between Rotaract and Rotary around the world. Knaack said he chose to focus on Rotaract leaders because young people have the potential to reshape our organization: “The COVID-19 epidemic has made clear that we are living in a different world, a world dominated by young people with the foresight and drive to take advantage of rapid change.”

The last of the three events will be hosted from the United States, 14-16 May ( ) .

2021 Rotary International Assembly Recordings Now Available

Rotary recently held the first virtual International Assembly (for Rotary's 2021-22 District Governors). They make great topics for your weekly Zoom meetings with your club members. Log in and visit My Rotary to experience some of the inspiring messaging shared throughout the assembly.

Rotary ramps up COVID-19 vaccination efforts

Rotary clubs around the world are mobilizing in their communities to support the introduction and delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations. Rotary leaders are urging members to connect with their local health agencies to determine how Rotary can support COVID-19 vaccine efforts.

(In the photo)... John Hall, president of the Rotary Club of Trenton, North Carolina, receives his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Jones County immunization day.

Rotary has decades of experience in supporting the distribution of polio vaccines as well as highlighting their power and efficacy, which is a critical reason why polio is on the brink of eradication. It’s this expertise, along with strategic partnerships and innovation, that Rotary members can tap into to protect communities from COVID-19.....

Rotary Leadership Institute - A Huge Success in 2020-21 - THANK YOU

Exceptional times called for exceptional actions. COVID-19 forced us to move our regular RLI programming to a virtual format this year. We were excited to be able to bring you the high quality program directly to the comfort of your home. The benefit was that we did not have to worry about traffic or snow!

You came through for us and filled our virtual RLI zoom sessions. Thank you.

Rotary provides an opportunity for all of us to provide service to our community and around the world. The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) has a mission to strengthen Rotary clubs through quality leadership education. As Rotarians, you are already a leader in your community and in your profession. The purpose of RLI is to give you the skills and competencies to be an effective leader in Rotary.

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.  Now more than ever, the world needs Rotarians to create a more peaceful and equitable world for all.


For more information, please contact Susan Hunter at


Tuesday Talks - February 9, 2021 -  Understanding Your Conflict Management Style - Recording Now Available
Our Tuesday February 9, 2021 Tuesday Talks - Understanding Your Conflict Management Style - RECORDING IS NOW AVAILABLE 

Watch and listen to Gayle Oudeh as she explains how we approach and deal with conflict can make the difference between resolving a conflict quickly or causing it to escalate dramatically. Yet we don’t always think about how we should respond to a conflict – we just react! This session focused on the five different approaches people take to conflict using the metaphor of birds. Are you a woodpecker, owl, hummingbird, parakeet or ostrich? There’s a time and place for each style. Find out how you can resolve conflicts more effectively by adjusting and adapting your conflict management style!

Gayle Wiebe Oudeh   613-222-2658   Director, Coaching & Training   Centre for Conflict Resolution International



In Memory of our Rotarians - March 2021

It is with great sadness when we loose members of our District 7070 Rotary family this month. Everyone in District 7070 wants to expresses their deepest sympathies to our extended Rotary family.




District 7070 Rotary Foundation Chair's March 2021 Newsletter

In his March 2021 letter to Rotarians,  Past District Governor Bob Wallace, Chair of the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee, encourages every Rotarian to make a conscious effort to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation, whatever you can afford, to the Annual Programs Fund and to the PolioPlus Fund, and to the Endowment Fund. How would YOU like to spend Rotary's money? Find out how, right here, in Bob's letter. There is lots more news in PDG Bob's letter........

Rotary Foundation Trustees Decisions  -  Feb 2021

I share with you the highlights from the the last Rotary Foundation Trustee meetings. Some difficult decisions had to be made but the future of our Foundation and stewardship of the funds you donate so generously are what drives these decisions. If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact me at or a member of your District or Zone Foundation team.

Please stay safe.

My best regards,

Dean Rohrs

Trustee, The Rotary Foundation

Please Read more.....

Important Changes to The Rotary Foundation funding model

Dear Rotarians,

This has perhaps been the most turbulent year of this generation — we faced a global health crisis, natural disasters, and economic turmoil all at the same time and the whole world was affected. Through it all, Rotary has stood tall. We have heard stories of some amazing acts of generosity and personal acts of service by clubs, Rotarians, and Rotaractors.

The Rotary Foundation has been proud to support our members’ efforts in serving their communities. Since March 2020, we awarded $32 million in global and disaster response grants for projects related to COVID-19. In fact, we awarded 1,359 global grants worth $95.6 million in 2019-20. Compare that to 2013-14, when global grants were first introduced, when we awarded 868 global grants worth $47.3 million. That’s a lot of growth! All over the world, Foundation grants are supporting projects that demonstrate Rotary’s impact and reach.......

March 2021 Update - Qualifications for Rotary Foundation Grants The 2021-22 Rotary Year - Do It Online

UPDATE: 2021-22 Rotary Year

Clubs that plan to participate in the Rotary Foundation programs in the 2021-22 Rotary year must meet the requirements set up by the Rotary Foundation.  All Clubs that want to apply for a Global Grant or District Grant next year, must be qualified for the 2021-22 Rotary year.  The qualification is only valid for one year.  Therefore, Clubs that are qualified for this year, must qualify again for next year.  It is also important to note that Clubs must be qualified throughout the life of a project.  This is of particular importance to Clubs involved in Global Grant projects, as those projects typically take more than one Rotary year to complete.

Two years ago, District 7070 started using an on-line qualification process.  Three modules related to the Rotary Foundation, Global Grants and District Grants are posted on the District’s website.  There is a quiz connected with each module.  At least, two members from a Club must successfully complete the three quizzes for the Club to become qualified.  It doesn’t have to be the same members taking the qualification each year.  On the contrary, ask other members of the Club to complete the training.  It is a great way of making more members aware of the Rotary Foundation and everything around it.......



The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund and A Request from District 7070 

Dear fellow Rotarians and all of the members of the District 7070 Rotary family,

Great news, at the recent meeting of 7070 district Foundation meeting, it was reported that all 55 out of our 55 clubs have submitted Annual Fund goals in MyRotary for a total of $ 183,933.77!

Click here to Donate Now

So far, several clubs have surpassed their Annual Fund goal, 5 have not donated anything YTD, and many are still working toward their Annual Fund goal. As we near the half-way point in the Rotary year, let’s strive to meet these goals.  For those clubs that have surpassed their goal – thank you!  Perhaps there is an opportunity to donate a bit more!

The world needs the Rotary Foundation more today than it ever has in its history. The Covid 19 pandemic has really put stress on the Rotary Foundation. Over 40 million dollars has been given in grants to clubs around the world to assist in the fight against the pandemic. Rotarians should be proud of the immediate response by our organization to fight this world health crisis.......

Do you know a good Rotary Peace Fellow candidate?

In a glass-enclosed dojo in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, Sombat Tapanya teaches children the principles of peace through aikido. A psychologist who specialized in childhood trauma, he uses insights he gained as a Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok in 2016. (Watch the video

Every year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders like Tapanya to study at one of our peace centers. Your district can endorse as many qualified candidates as you wish, anywhere in the world, at no cost to your district. Learn more about the application process, which begins in February, and how you can support the Peace Centers. ( )

It's Not Too Late to Still Sign Up and Help Spend Rotary's Money? - The  District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee Wants YOU

How would you like to help spend Rotary's money, on some very worthwhile projects. It's not too late to sign up . That's exactly what you would be doing as a member of the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee. 

District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee Members are Wanted TODAY!!! - we are looking for new members for the District Foundation Committee to make a difference. Please send your applications for Committtee membership to  Terry Caputo, Director, District Governance Committee, at

As a Committee member, you will make strong connections between our clubs and the district. The relationships you build with club leaders make Rotary stronger. This is an important and rewarding role.

Please apply today by clicking on the "Current District Leadership Opportunities" page in the new menu tab "Leadership Opportunities for You In District 7070".


The Latest Weekly News on Polio Eradication

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

An Important Rotary Foundation Update and Request  for A Donation to the Polio Fund from Dr Bob Scott

To my fellow Rotary and Rotaract family, here in District 7070

Great news, at the recent meeting of 7070 district Foundation meeting, it was reported that all 55 out of our 55 clubs have submitted goals in MyRotary for polio eradication for a total of $ 62,000!

So far, 16 clubs have surpassed their goal for polio eradication, 15 have not donated anything YTD, and 15 are still working on their goal of at least $1,500 USD as a minimum (as per Rotary International request).  As we near the half-way point in the Rotary year, let’s strive to meet these goals.  For those clubs that have surpassed their goal – thank you!  Perhaps there is an opportunity to donate a bit more!


The request by the board of Rotary International and the Foundation board of trustees is that every club to donate $1,500 USD ($1,921CAD) as a minimum.

Remember that for every dollar donated the Gates foundation will match 2 to one so $1,500 dollars becomes $4,500 dollars........



2021 Membership Resource Guide & State of Membership Powerpoint Presentation

I’ve updated the Membership Resource Guide (see the Membership Menu Tab on the District 7070 Website) , which includes links and descriptions about membership resources, tools, and publications, with new resources noted in red. One resource I hope you’ll find useful is our updated State of Membership PowerPoint Presentation, which you can download and customize to share Rotary’s current membership data and trends, as well as district specific data, who’s joining and who’s leaving, and what opportunities exist to strengthen membership. If you have any questions about the materials listed, please let me know. at

Learn How To Ensure new Clubs Are Successful

As you work to create new clubs in our district, the new Starting a Club course on Rotary’s Learning Center can help strengthen your efforts. Log into MyRotary and see the course today. In this course, you’ll learn the process of starting a Rotary, Rotaract, or Satellite club, get tips for connecting with prospective members, and find out how you can maximize a new club’s success. It’s a great resource for new club champions, sponsor clubs, a new club advisor or anyone interested in new club development.This course is for both Rotary and Rotaract members and those who want to become members.

New Members Zoom Get-Together  - Feb 18, 2021 Recording Now Available

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? DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ROTARY???

THESE ARE FOR YOU !!! - The District 7070 Membership Committee is hosting New Member Zoom Get-Togethers.  Anyone who has joined Rotary in the last few years is invited to participate. 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 some Rotary basics and not so basics.  And bring any questions you might have!  A Zoom link will be sent to those who register. There is lots of interesting info about our Rotary organization and often not enough time in a regular meeting to ensure that new members get to hear about it. So on November 25, please 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 2 years but anyone who wants to know a little more about Rotary is most welcome. For more information and to register go to

Everyone is welcome to join but these sessions are specially designed for new members who've joined in the past 2 years. If you know a new member, please encourage them to join.  Potential members welcome too,  although they will need to be registered as a guest by a Rotarian. Rotarians from all over District 7070 enjoyed the November 25 Get Together. We are all looking forward to the next one from  7-8 pm on Thursday February 18, 2021.

For more details and to see the recordings of the August 20, 2020 and the February 18, 2021 New Members Zoom Get Togethers, please Read more......

"Grow Rotary Workshop" on January 23, 2021- Recording Now Available

Are you interested in your club’s path to Grow Rotary?  Having a strong vibrant Rotary Club involves Membership - looking after our members - new, seasoned and potential, Public Image – reaching out to our communities showing them what we do and showing the power of what we can do -  and our Foundation and what it allows us to do.  Over 65 Rotarians and Rotaractors attended the Jan 23, 2021 Grow Rotary Workshop. Lots of fantastic,  proven ideas to grow your club with new members and to retain and engage your current members. Thank you to Virginia O'Reilly and her District 7070 membership Committee for another great workshop. These sessions are really geared to members of your  Club's Membership committee, Public Image committee and Rotary Foundation committee.  We encourage at least 3 members from your club to attend the next "Grow Rotary Workshop" so you can share the discussion and work on plans integrating Membership, Public Image and Foundation in your growth strategy.

HERE IS A LINK, ON OUR ROTARY DISTRICT 7070 YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF THE JAN 23, 2021 GROW ROTARY WORKSHOP.  It is also available in the Membership Tab on our District 7070 website. 



March 2021 is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month

What Is your Rotary Club doing to focus on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in March 2021?  Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.

Read more, right here, for more details....

Latest News from the  WASH Rotary Action Group

You are invited to view all of the back issues of the WASRAG  / WASH Rag Newsletters at    For more Water, Sanitation and Hygiene News for this month,  please Read More.......

News from the Basic Education & Literacy Rotary Action Group
The BELRAG newsletter is ready!  Learn how Rotarians around the world are making a difference to ensure that students have access to learning, even in difficult situations. Rotarians are creative and effective in rising to meet the needs of students during these times when so many schools are closed or class time is limited.   The February BELRAG newsletter is full of success stories  of how Rotary Opens Opportunities for students in communities around the world.
Shelterbox Canada News for March 2021

In her March 2021 Newsletter, Dani Bristow, Community Program Coordinator at ShelterBox Canada, discusses the role of the Rotary Club Champion and how you can help share our message to their clubs and attract new members to support ShelterBox through raising awareness of the tangible impact of ShelterBox’s work around the world. ShelterBox and Rotary are making an impact and Rotarians play a critical part of our movement. Here's more of her newsletter.....

March 2021 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 President of the Rotary Club of Pickering. He can be reached at .   If you have a good news story, please send it to John. Click here to view their new website. For more news, check the Areas of Focus Action Committees Menu Bar in the District Newsletter under HIP.  This rapidly growing nation-wide movement, HIP,  is a partnership between Indigenous Peoples & Rotarians. The new website contains stories about supporters, just like you and your Club, who are making an impact across Canada by taking action to create lasting change! Here is a link to their latest Newsletter.  Here are some highlights .........




What Is Your Club's Public Image? Need Some help?

Dear fellow Rotarians in District 7070,

In the Summer of 2020, we asked Rob MacArthur, our District 7070 Public Image Public Investigator (P I P I for short) 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?

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

REMEMBER: Another investigation will be taking place in the Spring of 2021 to see if the results have improved.

Yours in Rotary,

Rob MacArthur

Rotary District 7070 Public Image Public Investigator

New Videos You Can Use from Our District 7070 YouTube Channel - Subscribe TODAY

Have you seen what is on our District 7070 YouTube channel ? Subscribe TODAY. Use It TODAY. 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. They are broken down into the following playlists:

  • Rotary District 7070

  • District 7070 Taking Action Locally

  • District 7070 Taking Action Globally

  • District 7070 Workshops

  • Tuesday Talks

  • Rotary International

  • Rotaract

  • End Polio

Check out our new Rotary District 7070 YouTube channel! Whether you want to catch up on a Tuesday Talk, see videos of our clubs taking action locally or globally, share an engaging video from Rotary International on your social media or at a club meeting…it’s all there and more. 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.

The Importance of Rotary Branding

As a Rotary brand specialist, I see Rotary signs everywhere. I guess you could say it’s an occupational hazard. Even my children spot Rotary signs wherever we go. So when I attended a local Rotary event in my hometown last year, I couldn’t help but notice how Rotary’s logo was being used.

At first, I was thrilled to see the club’s logo featured on a banner welcoming attendees. But then......

What Is Your Favourite Rotary Moment ? - Tell Us All About It


District Governor Mark Chipman has challenged YOU and we need your help. We are going to feature ONE "My Favourite Rotary Moment" every month. It could be YOUR "Favourite Rotary Moment". Let's go Rotarians and Rotaractors in District 7070 !! Let's meet the challenge. What is Your Favourite Rotary Moment?

Here is District Governor Mark's challenge and here is all you have to do :

I challenge each of you and your members to submit your favourite moment and have it posted on Rotary 7070 social media.  

Please email a photo along with the following text to

ROTARIAN: (your name)
MEMBER SINCE: (year you joined Rotary)
A FAVOURITE ROTARY MOMENT: (brief outline of your moment…just a couple of sentences)
PERSONAL OUTCOME: (why this was a highlight to you. Ex: how did it make you feel, what positive outcome came from this.)

Let’s tell the world what we love about Rotary and why we are Rotarians! 

DG Mark

Who has the  FEBRUARY 2021 "My Favourite Rotary Moment" ? You May Know Her... Please Read more....

What's New In The Learning Centre? - A New Course - "Our Logo - Representing Rotary"

In the Our Logo: Representing Rotary course in the Learning Center, learn why Rotary's visual identity and logos are important and how you can use them to best represent Rotary. My Rotary login required. This course shows all members how they can strengthen Rotary’s brand by using logos in accordance with our global guidelines. Learn how to customize your logo so you can link your Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact club, or your district or zone, to the good that Rotary does around the world.


Boost Your Public Image - Tips to Enhance Your Club's Online Presence 

What is Your Club's Online Presence?  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.

For more than 100 years, Rotary has united leaders who are committed to using their expertise to take action and improve their communities. Awareness of Rotary is high. But public understanding of who we are, what we do, and the value we bring to communities is concerningly low.  It’s important that we tell our story in ways that help people everywhere understand what Rotary does, how we’re different, and why our work matters. Without this understanding, we can’t reach our full potential and bring more people together and improve even more communities worldwide. No other organization is quite like Rotary. By using our unique voice consistently in all our messaging, we can ensure that our communications reflect our distinct character. If we speak, write, and design in one voice, our communications will sound, read, and look unmistakably like Rotary. This will give our audiences a better understanding of who we are. Together, we can show the world that we’re #People Of Action.......


Social Media Tips To Strengthen Your Club's Media Presence

Social media is part of our everyday lives, both personally and professionally. To stay connected with your members and community, you need more than a club website; you need a strong social media presence too. 

Each day throughout this series, Sue Miller of the District 7070 Public Image Committee, posted a series of quick tips to help you build, improve, and strengthen your social media posts and keep them up-to-date. Go to the Facebook Page and Boost Your Club's Public Image.

While you are there, look for the new "Why Rotary" Series of posts that Sue Miller has featured for you and your Rotary Club. Share these posts too in your social media accounts. #whyrotary #rotary7070 ......

Get The Word Out NOW - New Facebook Group - Grow Your Club, Raise Money, Get Attention - Join TODAY

Michael Angelo Caruso, our Rotary Zone 28 East Public Image Coordinator has created this Facebook group to help the best service organization get even better at marketing and the art of public image. JOIN TODAY.

The ideas that you see will help you get more visitors, populate your events and raise more money for your club Feel free to ask questions and share ideas.......

Increase Your Club's Visibility - TAG "ROTARY DISTRICT 7070"

Calling all District 7070 Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs!

Increase your club’s visibility. TAG US !  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.

Tell Your Rotary Story - Use Rotary's People of Action Campaign

The People of Action campaign helps you bring your Rotary story to life by showing Rotary members as the #PeopleOfAction we are. We share a unique passion for taking action to improve their communities and the world to create lasting change. Telling your "People of Action" stories in a meaningful, coordinated way builds the public’s understanding of who you are and what you do. It highlights the impact we make in our communities and around the world. Learn how to tell your People of Action story and help answer the question, “What is Rotary?”



REACH OUT !! -  Connect Your Club With Other Rotary Clubs in Our District

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:........

Autism Spectrum Disorder support series - From The Rotary Club of Etobicoke

The Rotary Club of Etobicoke made a web series called The Exceptional Life which is an intimate journey following families raising children with Autism as they work closely with Development Pediatrician Dr. Joelene Huber, a specialist in ASD and real-life “Nanny 911” Behaviour Therapist Sarah Davis on key social, communication and behaviour skills. It was produced with the intention of being a service to families who found themselves on endless waiting lists with few resources, after having their child diagnosed with autism. With targeted ABA therapies and support our experts help add to our parent’s toolkit. 

You can watch the series here!:

For more details, please Read more....

 Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline's virtual walk around the island of Bali in Indonesia!  - YOU are Invited - Open Until March 18, 2021 

Missing travel? Not getting enough physical activities? Feeling Zoom fatigue? 

We are all invited to join the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise for a virtual walk around the island of Bali in Indonesia! You can join the mission between January 18th and April 18th. Learn about local attractions and culture, escape the cold weather to join us on the beach, This is the best virtual event to help you achieve your fitness goal while satisfying your travel bug during this period of confinement. Most importantly, you're contributing to charities while doing so!  For all of the details, please Read more ........



Virtual Club Visioning program to be launched. Team Members Needed.

For over ten years, District 7070 has offered Clubs assistance with their strategic planning through the Club Visioning program developed by IVFC, International Vision Facilitation Council.  IVFC, founded in District 5960, consists of experienced Rotarians in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and Scandinavia.  Looking back, close to 40 Clubs in D7070 have run at least one session, many two or three.  Overall, the program was well received.

Over the last year, a committee of IVFC has met regularly to review and update the program based on experience from around the world.  The process is now closer connected with RI’s Strategic Plan.  In addition, more focus is placed on developing the Action Plan as a result of the visioning session.  The experience from most districts using the program was that Clubs were very good at generating ideas at the sessions, but often had problems creating the action plan.  A virtual version of the program has also been developed. 

The virtual Club Visioning Program will be launched officially on July 1, 2021.   Therefore, we are looking for Rotarians who would be interested in being part of the teams delivering the program.  Two training session will be held on-line, Saturday February 13, 2021 and Saturday, March 13, 2021.  The training will cover the various functions for the team delivering a virtual Club Visioning session.  The experience gained at these training sessions will also be of value for operating any in-person visioning sessions.   We are also interested in finding Clubs that would be interested in running pilot sessions.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program and attending the training is welcome to contact PDG Lars Henriksson, who is a member of the international committee developing the new program.  Lars can be reached at email or cell 416 402 6093.

Our Rotary District 7070 Website - A Useful Resource for Your Club

Have you checked out our District 7070 Website lately?

Have you checked out the centre column to see all of the minute stories that you can share with your members and post on to your club website and social media pages? 

Have you checked out all of the previous District Newsletters that you may have missed? They are in the left hand column. 

Have you taken a moment, lately, and read " Welcome to Rotary District 7070 in Ontario, Canada !" ? It is in the right hand column of the Website. Perhaps you could add that to your club website. 

While you are in that right hand column, be sure to watch Past District Governor Ted Morrison show us how The Rotary Foundation really works. 

Have you looked into each menu tab and and then scrolled down through each tab to see all of the outstanding stories and resources available to you and your club?

Have you checked the Events Calendar to see what you and your club members can register and learn more about Rotary? 

Be sure to check out our District 7070 Facebook , Twitter, Instagram accounts and our District 7070 YouTube Channel for the latest Rotary news here in southern Ontario and around the Rotary world. 

Rotary Zone 28 & 32 Website - News and Resources for Your Club

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.

Tuesday Talks - January 12 - Save Time and Get Results--Best Practices for Membership, Fundraising, Promoting Rotary- Recording Now Available

The Recording of the January 12, 2021 Tuesday Talks is now available on our Rotary District 7070 YouTube Channel.

Hosted by the District 7070 Public Image  Committee, the January 12 Tuesday Talks was viewed by over 165 attendees from not just District 7070, but form Rotary and Rotaract Clubs all over Canada and the USA and even from Ghana. This Public Image edition of Tuesday Talks showed how to Save Time and Get Results—Best Practices for Membership, Fundraising, Promoting Rotary. Our dynamic keynote speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, who is our Rotary Zone 28 East Public Image Coordinator, is known for getting extremely fast results. He gave us tips on being a better communicator and he showed us some of his proven effective communication strategies by helping audience members improve during his presentation........

The Rotary Citation for 2020-21

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.......

The Clubrunner App - Here's How You Connect with Rotarians in District 7070

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.....

More Helpful Links, Resources & References

 Have you checked out the Rotary website:    ?   Have you registered, as a member, and are you familiar with all of the tools in myrotary?  There are many more links that will help you lead your club.......

Upcoming Events
District 7070 International Women's Day Event
Mar 08, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
'Tuesday Talks' March-Youth Services
Mar 09, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presidents-Elect Training
Mar 10, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
District Leadership Team-March
Mar 15, 2021 6:00 PM
Presidents-Elect Training
Mar 17, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
AG Meeting March
Mar 22, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Presidents-Elect Training
Mar 24, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Youth Exchange - The Inside Scoop
Mar 30, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presidents Meetings April
Apr 05, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
District Conference Committee
Apr 06, 2021
New Members Gettogether - April 8th
Apr 08, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
District 7070 Conference 2020 Heroes and Champions April 9 - 11, 2021
Apr 09, 2021 4:00 PM –
Apr 11, 2021 12:15 PM
'Tuesday Talks' April- Toastmasters
Apr 13, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Grow Rotary Workshop
Apr 24, 2021
Presidents Meetings May
May 03, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Camp Enterprise (Details to follow)
May 06, 2021 – May 08, 2021
Rotaract District Conference
May 08, 2021
Tuesday Talks May- Peace Bldg & Conflict Preventio
May 11, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presidents Meetings June
Jun 07, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
AG Meeting June
Jun 07, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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