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








District Governor Iosif Ciosa's December 2022 Newsletter

In his December 2022 Newsletter, District Governor Iosif Ciosa talks about December being the mid-point of our Rotary Year. It has been a great year so far, as we were able to meet in person, returned to our projects, Ribfests, fundraisers, we had a District Conference to remember, and the encouragement to Dream . He asks us what our Rotary Club doing to focus your efforts on Disease Prevention and Treatment? Iosif adde that Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, but our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease......... 

Rotary International President Jennifer Jones' December 2022 Newsletter

In President Jennifer Jones'  December 2022 Newsletter, she talks about Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia as Rotary’s first Programs of Scale grant recipient, and it is saving lives. She invites us to read in The December 2022 edition of Rotary magazine about Rotary partnerships that create lasting change............

Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation Ian Riseley's December 2022 Newsletter

In the Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation (and Rotary International Past President)  Ian Riseley's  December 2022 Newsletter, he says that Rotary unites by a set of core values — service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership — that guide our decisions and galvanize us to take action and, by doing so, change the world. He talks about our value of giving to The Rotary Foundation He says, "Rotary members are among the most generous people I have ever met. Combining our personal generosity with the countless ways Rotary affords us to give back makes us a global force for good. We also value good stewardship, planning, and sustainability. Not only do we give, but in Rotary we also give smart. We know that building sustainability into our projects means their impact will be felt over the long term."  ............. 

The December 2022 video from Drew Kessler, Rotary International Director, Zone 28 & 32 and the entire Leadership Team

To embrace current technology and to be a resource to all members of Zone’s 28/32 the current newsletter is being transitioned to an interactive blog style format that will be managed and moderated by the Zone leadership team. Here is the In The Zone December video from Drew Kessler, our new Rotary International Director and the entire Zone 28 and 32 Leaders . ......



YOU are Invited to the performance of WATER FALL - December 4, 2022 - an exploration of our complex and poetic relationship with water

WaterFall show posterOn Sunday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m., you are invited to attend the performance of WaterFall, an exploration of our complex and poetic relationship with water presented by Theatre Gargantua at Factory Theatre in Toronto.  This event is presented by the District 7070 Water & Sanitation and Environmental Action Committees. It is for everyone with an interest in water and our shared environment. Please invite others!!! We've been invited to have Rotary banners in the lobby for the performance. This is a great opportunity to introduce others to Rotary and to have some fun. Get tickets here.

After the 75 minute show, we've booked space for drinks and snacks at the Northern Maverick Brewing Company. Please reply to me by email or RSVP to the District 7070 Facebook event if you would like to join in this social time. Hope to see you there!

Mary Lou Harrison  -- on behalf of the District 7070 Water & Sanitation and Environmental Action Committees 

P.S. Check out the newly-released water video by HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) interns and share widely!

2022 Concert for Feed The Need in Durham - Hosted by the Rotary Clubs in Durham Region  - Dec 10, 2022 - TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE - SPONSORS STILL WELCOME

Fifth Annual Concert to Feed the Need in Durham : PLEASE NOTE DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE: TO   At 2pm on SATURDAY DECEMBER 10, 2022, musicians from across the Durham Region will be gathering at The BILTMORE THEATRE  39 King St E, Oshawa, ON L1H 1B2 to help feed their neighbours in the fifth annual Concert to Feed the Need in Durham. As in past years, the event will showcase an award-winning line-up of performers from a cross-section of genres – pop, country, R&B, gospel, folk, classical and more.

YOUR ARE INVITED. The event’s scope has grown over the years, becoming a Durham-wide Rotary event, with the Rotary clubs in the Region so far joining as co-presenters. All net proceeds from the show will go to Feed the Need in Durham – and the need has never been greater. The agency collects and distributes food and other essential items to more than 60 emergency food providers across Durham, including food banks, shelters, meal and snack programs and other social service agencies.  Save the date: Dec 10, 2022 .  TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE......  BECOME A SPONSOR.....  Please Read more....

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) – We’re Zooming Again in 2022-23!  - REGISTER TODAY for PART I, II and III in 2023

In 2022-23 we are staying with our Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) programming in the virtual format.  Although we all appreciate that videoconference will never replace the personal connection that we get from meeting face-to-face, RLI is a very successful program with overwhelming response and enthusiasm from Rotarians across our District. Rotarians new to Rotary and even those with many years of service benefit from learning how we can create strong clubs with vibrant members who are engaged and committed to Service Above Self. 

Click here to register for Part ONE - Feb 8, 15 and 22

Click here to register for Part TWO - March 8, 15 and 22

Click here to register for Part ONE - April 5, 12 and 19


Your 2022-23 Rotary Club Website Refresh Program - Get Your Club Noticed - SIGN UP TODAY 

To Rotarians in District 7070:

To assist the Rotary Clubs of District 7070 achieve their Strategic Action goals, at the request of District Governor Iosif Ciosa, the District Public Relations Committee is continuing the Rotary Club ClubRunner Website Refresh Program and Promotional Half Back Discount, NOW available for your club in 2022-23.The first  25 Rotary clubs have completed the refresh program in 2021-22. These  club websites are getting noticed by the public and by potential members. When a prospective member looks to join a club, the look at your club website. Will they want to join your club?  Now it's TIME TO GET YOUR CLUB NOTICED. Don't be left behind.  REGISTER TODAY.  Please Read more......


Public Image & Technology Team  Workshop for District 7070 Clubs - What Do You Want to See?

Dave Andrews and Bob Wallace and their two committees (Public Image  & Technology) would like to put together a in-person workshop, in early spring 2023 for Rotary Clubs to help you boost your club's public image. What specific things do you want us to focus on?  Social Media ideas?  Clubrunner Items and Issues? Please let  us know as soon as you can. Dave Andrews is at and Bob Wallace is at

Call for 2025-26 District Governor Nominations - DEADLINE IS JANUARY 6, 2023

District 7070 is looking for Rotarians who are interested in leading our District as Governor in the 2025-26 Rotary year – July 1, 2025 to June 30, 2026.  All Rotary Clubs in District 7070 are invited to submit suggestions to me on or before Friday, January 6th, 2023. Nomination forms (that were sent is Iosif's email to all Rotarian) should be scanned and sent by email to  Receipt of each form will be made by return email. Please retain the original form.....

Rotary Magazine Photo Awards Return in June 2023 - Submit by Dec 31, 2022

The Rotary magazine Photo Awards return in the June 2023 issue. The contest is an opportunity to share your vision of the world, be it in glorious color or classic black and white. Not only are we looking for the best photographs depicting any subject, but the judges will also honor the top photos in select categories. Members of Rotary and their families may submit photos between  October 1, 2002  and December 31, 2022. But don’t wait: Send us your images today. Submit your photos at In 2021 , Rotary Club of Oshawa member Randy Nickerson won third place. It could happen to you and your photo,

District 7070 Rotarians Invited to A Rotary Friendship Exchange with Sicily - for June 2023


RFE - Rotary Friendship Exchange With District 2110 (Sicily & Malta) and District 7070 - June 2023

We are excited to share with the members of 7070 an invitation from District 2110 to participate in a friendship exchange. We are looking for six pairs of Rotarians who are interested in making a one-week stay in Sicily during June 2023. The exchange will take place either the second or third week of June, as the visiting Canadians will attend the 2110 District Conference in the picturesque town Taormina from June 9-11th. The six Sicilian host couples would return to 7070 for our District Conference in October 2023. The friendship exchange would allow Canadian Rotarians to be warmly welcomed with "home hospitality" in the homes of the host families of Sicilian Rotarians......

Let's Get Your Club to Help Celebrate Oral Health Month in April with Brushmania

Let’s Get Your Rotary or Rotaract Club to Help Celebrate Oral Health Month Together in 2023!

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

Schools may schedule a presentation by a local dentist and order a Colgate toothbrush and toothpaste for each of their students. Here's how Your Rotary Club can help.....



Rotary International Convention - Melbourne Australia - May 27 - 31, 2023

The Host Organizing Committee is very excited to welcome Rotary members and guests to Melbourne for the 2023 Rotary International Convention.   Known as one of the world’s most livable cities, you will enjoy what we take for granted, a beautiful, vibrant and cosmopolitan city. .......

Rotary Zone 28-32 - Life On land - Anchorage Alaska - Aug 31 to Sept 3, 2023

Rotary Zone 28 & 32 Finally, our Alaska "Life on Land" symposium has been postponed until August 31-September 2, 2023, at the Anchorage Sheraton and Spa, with 3 days pre and post-event opportunities.

The weather will be warmer, still plenty of daylight but also darkness for any northern lights. We will have great speakers on the Arctic and Environmental Sustainability, dinner in a home hosted by Rotarians, a special tour to see glaciers and wildlife, and the ability to match with a company for a one-way cruise from or to Alaska (some September deals are great!) or travel further north to meet up with local Rotarians in Fairbanks or Utqiagvik.

There's plenty of time to get ready, so grab your friends and start planning!  Details coming soon on the Zone website,

District 7070 Conference - Oct 20 to 23, 2023 - Register before Dec 31 and SAVE


OCTOBER 20 - 22, 2023      TownePlace Suites Oshawa by Marriott

ROTARACTORS $139.50 + HST  (Book the early bird rate by paying a 50% deposit upon registration
Balance must be paid by December 31, 2022 )


REGISTRATIONS JULY 1 - OCTOBER 20, 2023: ROTARIANS & GUESTS $339.00 + HST;  ROTARACTORS $169.50 + HST ..........



In Memory of our Rotarians - December 2022

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





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

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

Announcing  R I President Gordon McInally's Royal Edinburgh Million Dollar Weekend - In Scotland

RI President-elect Gordon McInally invites you to join him in Scotland in August 2023 for the Royal Edinburgh – Rotary Foundation Million Dollar Weekend. Donors who make an outright gift to The Rotary Foundation of US$100,000 or more, or a bequest commitment of US$250,000 or more, will have the opportunity to register to attend – at no cost to Rotary – a specially curated experience hosted by Gordon and Heather McInally in their home country of Scotland.

For details and to download a flyer visit:’s-“royal-edinburgh-trf-million-dollar-weekend-in-scotland”?fbclid=IwAR17P3yyVGQ7ekXhF-1m5a55gUP5-uBjqsWVQ_dHtX8AaGOUT6mw7D-M-6M

GO ONLINE - You Can Still Qualify TODAY for The Rotary Foundation District and Global Grant Qualification 

The Rotary Foundation requires every Rotary and Rotaract Club that wants to apply for a District or Global Grant is qualified.  It's not too late. Please get your club qualified TODAY. It is a yearly process, administered by the Districts.  In D7070, we have an on-line process, consisting of three quizzes connected to three self-study modules.   The modules and quizzes are found on the District’s website,   At least two Club members must pass the three quizzes.  In addition, the Club President (2021-22) and President-Elect (2022-23) must submit a signed MOU – Memorandum of Understanding to the District. If you want to Qualify NOW instead of waiting for the November 19 Seminar, please Read more to see what you can do to qualify today .....

The November 19, 2022 - Rotary Foundation Grants Seminar - Another Huge Success

Back by big demand!  On Saturday, November 19, 2022, the Rotary Foundation Grant Seminar was attended by 70 Rotarians from many clubs who are now qualified for 2022-23 and 2023-24 Grant Applications.  The purpose was to give members of Rotary and Rotaract Clubs the opportunity of learning more about the Rotary Foundation and how the Grants program works, including what is required of Clubs that want to apply for District and Global Grants. Rotary and Rotaract Clubs are qualified once at least two of their members have attended this workshop or completed the on-line training modules.  In addition, the Clubs must submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for each year to the District. Members of Rotary and Rotaract Clubs interested in attending the Workshop, held in Oshawa, must register by visiting the District’s website

The program for the seminar, was held at the Oshawa and District Shrine Hall.  The formal program started with District Rotary Foundation Chair Bob Wallace which included an overview of the Rotary Foundation, its mission and funding and the Share Program (by District 7070 Grants Chair Lars Henriksson) , followed by a Polio update by Past District Governor and Past Chair of Rotary's PolioPlus Committee, Dr Bob Scott. Both District Grant and Global Grant projects were covered, including case presentations by Steve Rutledge and Lennis Trotter.  

Jennifer Jones Presidential Fund for The Rotary Foundation - You Can Donate Today

𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑮𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒔 𝑫𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑱𝒆𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒇𝒆𝒓 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔’ 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒀𝒆𝒂𝒓

In recognition of her commitment to supporting the long-term financial stability of Rotary, Jennifer Jones has requested that gifts to her Presidential Fund support the Endowment-World Fund. Gifts are not requested, however those wishing to make a Rotary Foundation gift in appreciation for RI President Jennifer’s participation in an event are requested to make a gift to the Jennifer Jones Presidential Fund – Endowment-World Fund. 
The World Fund is the primary funding source for global grants which support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. The World Fund provides the necessary funding for our highest priority activities around the globe. 
For further information and to download an information sheet visit:

Raise For Rotary - Create Your Personal Rotary Foundation Fundraiser 

Raise for Rotary is a platform that allows individuals, clubs, and districts to create online fundraisers that benefit The Rotary Foundation. It is a great way to celebrate personal events and special occasions. Organizers can share their fundraisers through social media, email, and text, so family, friends, colleagues, and supporters can donate online...... Please Read more....



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

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

WOW - Rotarians Are Becoming Charter Members of The End Polio Now Canadian Club  - How About YOU

Become a CHARTER MEMBER of the End Polio Now Canadian Club today. All you have to do is make a donation to The Rotary Foundation Polio Fund for $100.00 Canadian, once a year - every year. Our Past District Governor Michael Bell signed up 20 new members at the recent Rotary District 7070 conference. Did you know that Donations to The Rotary Foundation Polio Fund are tax deductible, even in Canada?.

Your donations to the Polio Fund are really needed today. Did you know that Rotary International's goal is for every Rotary club (including your own cub) to donate $1,500 US per year so that we can get the Gates Foundation of $100 million US per year?  That would work out to an average of $45 US per club member. Did you know that only 12% of Rotarians donate to the Polio Fund worldwide. Let's change that number. It is up to you. 

Make your donation and then notify DG Michael Bell at  that you have done this and he will make sure you get your CHARTER MEMBER pin in the End Polio Now Canadian Club.

Thank you Rotarians and Rotaractors of District 7070. Thank you Michael Bell and thank you Dr Bob Scott (Immediate Past Chair of the Rotary International Polio Plus Committee) for promoting the End Polio Now Canadian Club.

Click here to make an online donation


A New Weapon Against Polio

A New Weapon Against Polio - A modified vaccine offers hope that eradication is closer than ever - BY JASON KEYSER

In mid-2017, two groups of 15 strangers lived together for 28 days each in a ring of shipping containers assembled in the parking lot of Antwerp University Hospital in Belgium. They had access to books and movies, a small courtyard for barbecues, a common kitchen and dining room, and a fitness room — all of it behind secure interlocking doors and under the watch of personnel in protective gowns.

What sounds like a reality TV or sci-fi scenario was, in fact, a remarkable clinical trial of the latest weapon in the battle to eradicate polio — a reengineered vaccine called the novel oral polio vaccine type 2, or nOPV2......


Rotary's Polio Eradication Strategy 2022-26 - "Delivering On A Promise" to overcome the remaining challenges to ending polio

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

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


Be sure to Add the "JOIN US" OR "INTERESTED IN JOINING US?" Button on to your Club Website ? Please do it TODAY - It Really Works

Past District Governor Mike Cooksey once told me that if you want more Rotary members, you have to ask. He told everyone he saw to "Get your Ask in Gear". His words certainly reflect one of the Strategic Plans that District 7070 has this year. Our goal is to receive 100 inquires from  the "Join Us" or "Interested In Joining Us?" button on the District 7070 Website and to have over 40 Rotary Clubs have a "Join Us" or "Interested In Joining Us?" button on their own club website AND have a members conversion process from these inquiries.  It's up to you.

If you have been already been part of the District 7070 Website Refresh Program, then you will remember Melissa Wells talking about adding a "Join Us" button to the front page of your club website.  This is your way of "asking" anyone who sees your website to learn more about Rotary and join your club. 

Past District Governor Bob Wallace of our District 7070 Technology Team did this to our District Website. Instead of "Join Us" , Bob put an "Interested in Joining Us" button right up front on the menu tab. To see how we have done , Please Read more........

Leveraging Local Events to Grow Rotary - And Much More....

I’m happy to share a new toolkit: Leveraging Local Events to Grow Rotary: A Membership and Marketing Guide. This resource walks district leaders through a strategic plan to prepare clubs for potential membership growth that comes with an increased interest in Rotary, particularly when there is a large event in their area. District leaders will find tips for engaging a strong leadership team, getting clubs ready, planning promotions, and learning about prospective members. Within the guide there are links to several additional resources I wanted to highlight:

Prospective member outreach templates (for clubs)

Web presence assessment

Best Practices for Hosting a Prospective Member Event 

As you plan events and engage with prospective members, share these resources with your clubs so they are prepared to welcome new members to Rotary.


Rotary Clubs Are Staying Connected to Their Members and Responding to the Needs in the Community. LOOK AT ALL OF THE RESOURCES

New and different club models will attract diverse leaders to Rotary. Rotary clubs continue to demonstrate their value by staying connected to members and responding to changing needs in the community. Read about clubs around the world who are finding ways to adapt to new challenges and meeting onlineUse these resources to increase your club's value:......

Interested in Joining  The District 7070 Membership Committee ?

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

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



December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

What is your Rotary Club doing to focus your efforts on Disease Prevention and Treatment?

Rotary's top priority is the eradication of polio, but our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can't afford to pay for healthcare.....

Add Your Projects to Rotary Showcase - It becomes Part of our District Project Board

Richard Mewhinney met with PDG Ron Dick, PDG Bob Wallace, and Prince Kumar to initiate a trial of a project board utilizing the Rotary Showcase as a platform. We need the help of every club in District 7070 to add projects to the Rotary Showcase. They will not only appear on the Project Database for the entre Rotary world to see (and perhaps help you with your project) but also act as part of our Rotary District 7070 Project Board. Log into MyRotary , go to the online tools and click Rotary Showcase. Rotary members and program participants are improving lives in communities around the world every day through thousands of service projects. Explore the good work that we’re doing locally and globally, and share these projects through social media.

You Can now Download the Newly Updated Areas of Focus Guide

Rotary is dedicated to causes that build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world. Our areas of focus address some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs.

Download the updated areas of focus guide and learn about the many opportunities to carry out innovative projects that will make an impact.

A Night of a Thousand Dinners - in Oshawa - District 7070 Rotarians Attended - November 17, 2022 - They all Helped Support The Canadian Landmine Foundation

 Rotarians from 7 clubs in District 7070 and beyond attended A Night of A Thousand Dinners, on NOVEMBER 17, 2022  with proceeds going to  the Canadian Landmine Foundation. The evening was at the Officers' Mess, Ontario Regiment, in Oshawa, Ontario. This Fundraiser for The Canadian Landmine Foundation was hosted and organized by Oshawa Rotarian Gordon Dowsley of the Oshawa Rotary Club.  Many Rotary Clubs in Canada support Canadian Landmine Foundation. A few years ago, over 90 % of the Rotary Districts in Canada all had Nights of a Thousand Dinners. It's NOW time for Rotary clubs right across Canada to start planning for their November / December 2023 Night of A Thousand Dinners. See:   ........



Shelterbox Canada News for December 2022

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

Rotary Action Group For Peace at 3 Nuclear Weapon  Forums


Rotary Action Group for Peace Civil Society Observers at The Tenth Nuclear Nonproliferation Review Conference at the United Nations in New York  

The Rotary Action Group for Peace Civil Society Observers attended the Tenth Nuclear Nonproliferation Review Conference at the United Nations in New York on August 1-26, 2022 . Here is an executive summary of their final report  ........


Joint Literacy Project: Rotary Club of Scarborough, Durham College Global Guardian Project and the Rotary Global Classroom - CAN YOUR CLUB HELP?

A meeting with Violetta Piora at our Rotary District 7070 Conference in Oshawa, Ontario in May 2022, just after her session; has become a joint project extraordinaire! The Rotary Club of Scarborough, in conjunction with the Global Guardian Project of Durham College and the Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario Canada are supporting orphans in Ukraine. This orphanage is located in a remote mountainous village and has over 93 young children in its’ care. The goal of this project is to help these students learn English and restart their education.......

Tactical Emergency Medical supplies to civilians on the front lines of Ukraine - Still Needed - CAN YOUR CLUB HELP?

To our fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors and our whole District 7070 Rotary family,

At the Rotary District 7070 Conference in Oshawa in October , we saw the partnership with Durham College's Rotary Global Classroom and Sunnybrook Hospital, and Global Guardian working together to send Tactical Emergency Medical supplies to civilians on the front lines of Ukraine. They still need Canadian Rotary Clubs including those in District 7070, to help today. Thank you to the Rotary Clubs who have already donated and are saving lives.  All donations will be included in their purchase of medical supplies from Sunnybrook hospital and taken to the Ukrainian war zone.  Global Guardian is working on additional shipments of these medical kits that will arrive in a few months.  Please Read more to find out more about the project and how YOU can help this immediate need TODAY....


News from the WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) Rotary Action Group

You are invited to view all of the back issues of the WASRAG  / WASH Rag Newsletters at   .  Visit us at: .View our videos at: WASH Rotary Action Group YouTube Channel .Follow us on Facebook at: WASH Rotary Action Group . Please Read More.......
There is Still Time to Request Funds from Canadian Rotarians Water Foundation  for your WASH Projects in 2022-23 Rotary Year

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

As a Canadian District Regional Foundation Committee Chair, you know it's getting tougher to secure funding from The Rotary Foundation for Rotary projects. The requirements are increasingly demanding, and the amounts available for grants are being squeezed. Fortunately the Canadian Rotarian Water Foundation is here to help!

We are still offering up to $10,000 (CAD) or 10% of the value (whichever is less) of any WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) project focusing on a hospital, clinic or other health care facility, in which a Canadian Rotary club plays a leading role.......


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. Your Club can help.  Our District 7070 Action Committee's Areas of Focus Coordinator is Bill Empey from the Rotary Club of Toronto   If you have a good news story, please send it to Bill. Here are some highlights .........

HIP National Youth to Youth Truth and Reconciliation Experience - March 27 to 31, 2023 - Applications Open in December 2022

HIP is searching for 50 youth ages 15 to 17 from across Canada to participate in this innovative program & National dialogue aimed at peacebuilding & creating sustainable environmental change.

HIP is launching the National Youth Truth & Reconciliation Experience, a unique Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y) learning opportunity for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students in grades 9 to 11. This innovative initiative raises cultural awareness, promotes mutual understanding among youth across Canada on the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and treaty relations plus ignites the need to create sustainable environmental transformation. We ask for your vital support.....

District 7070 & 7010 Rotary HIP Youth to Youth Program Rescheduled : Date to be determined in 2023

The 66th Truth & Reconciliation call-to-action invites community-based organizations to deliver programs on truth and reconciliation and establish a network to share information and best practices. HIP’s Youth-to-Youth initiative is an innovative program aimed at empowering the next generation of leaders by uniting Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth and inspiring them to take action towards creating sustainable environmental change.

Y2Y (Youth-to-Youth) Initiatives:
Two engagements co-ordinated between District 7070 and the Williams Treaty First Nations communities in 2022:
  • The first one: Virtual teaching on nibi (water) with students was held on April 28, 2022 and was hosted with a panel of local Elders and Knowledge Keepers
  • The second one: Called "Aki-aadiziwin", it  is a Reconciliation and Land Stewardship Program that aims to connect Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth through meaningful engagement. Camp Kawartha in-person event on a date to be determined in 2023 with 25 Indigenous and 25 non-Indigenous youth. Youth will learn about treaties, Indigenous heritage and culinary experiences with Knowledge Keepers in the Williams Treaty Territories.  Details and application are found on   Please read more....
Misko-Aki - Confluence of Cultures introduces a new and unique exhibition - Rotary Clubs  - Please Support  - Donate Today - Club Presentations NOW Available

Misko-Aki; Confluence of Cultures introduces a new and unique exhibition of Indigenous history and culture in Muskoka. Located at the Muskoka Steamship and Discovery Center in Gravenhurst, the exhibition (and a virtual version) will open in 2023.   Visitors will experience the 10,000 year history of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe, Metis and Mohawk people as the exhibition takes them on a canoe trip through the culture, history and geography of the region. This unique project highlights the authentic and previously unrecorded history of these four cultures in a fascinating presentation. The confluence of these four cultures in Muskoka ties together indigenous history in many southern Ontario communities. Rotary Clubs can now donate to the exhibition. Please Read more to see how you can help .....

Covenant of Nations - Sacred Wampum Renewal Gathering:  Rotary Clubs can Support - Please DONATE TODAY

The Covenant of Nations will bring together elders from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinaabeg nation in a sacred renewal of Wampum Belt agreements that establish peaceful relations and resource sharing.  These agreements cover the area surrounding the Great Lakes and were last renewed before the arrival of settlers.  Rotary is being asked to support this initiative.  This reflects the trust and friendship established between Rotary and the indigenous community. Please Read more to see how YOU can help.....



Interested in helping our district youth exchange program ?  Want to make lifelong friendships?  Here's How...

Attention - Rotarians and Rotoractors!
Interested in helping our district youth?  Want to make lifelong friendships? 
The District Rotary Youth Exchange Committee welcomes you to join us!  We meet monthly to select and support our District’s Rotary Youth Exchange Inbound and Outbound Students.  Contact PDG Beth Selby ( or Trevor Hagerman (

Attention Rotaract Club Presidents - Are YOU Now Reporting Your  Rotaract club officers to Rotary International?

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


The Redesigned Rotary Brand Center

Visit the new and easier-to-use Brand Center for your Rotary promotional needs

Dear Rotarians and all of the Rotary Family in District 7070,

Thank you for your vital feedback during the preview period for the updated Brand Center. The responses we received from public image coordinators, committee members, and other frequent users have been overwhelmingly positive.

Because of that, we’ve now launched the rebuilt Brand Center to the entire Rotary community..... Please Read more.....

Here's How to Kick-Start You Club's Social Media Presence

Social media makes expanding your club’s reach easier than ever, but how? There are tips, tricks, and tools for creating content for social platforms, and the goal is simple: connection. A well-built social media presence will help you create connections in your community and beyond, from showcasing your club’s success to building awareness of its presence. To help boost your social media savvy, we’ve put together the following eight tips and tools:

SIX Social Media Resolutions to get Your Club Noticed

Maybe you spent much of last year banging away on social media to gain exposure for your club (because everyone says you should), but you felt like you were getting nowhere fast. It’s still early in the year. Why not take a step back, make an honest assessment of your approach, and determine what you could do better.

Here are six social media resolutions I think you should make this year to elevate your club’s social media exposure......

Want new members in Your Club? Then you just have to get social!

Did you know more than a billion people use social media every day?

Social media is readily accessible, instantaneous, cost effective and user friendly. It offers your Rotary club a fantastic opportunity to communicate more effectively with members and supporters and can energize the way you promote your club and find new members.

Here are just a few examples of ways your club can use social media:

SEVEN Steps to Increasing your club’s Facebook Presence

A Facebook page gives your club a voice on Facebook. With so much other “noise” on social media, there are several things you can do to raise your club’s page above the distractions. ......

Here is Why your club should use Instagram

The most engaging posts on social media are the ones that include images. That isn’t a statement, it’s a fact!  Out of all of the social media networks, I have to say Instagram is my favorite. Why? Because photos equal fun!  Although Facebook is currently the most popular social network, other platforms have been gaining ground, especially visual platforms like Instagram, which allows users to share photos after applying edits and digital filters. After uploading your photo, you can share it on your club’s social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Instagram is awesome when it comes to showing your creativity and it has 300 million active users.

So why should your club be on Instagram? Because “a picture is worth a thousand words.” There are so many things you can do with photos to showcase your vibrant club and promote Rotary. Before your jump in:

Want to Boost  Your Club's Public Image?  - Just Ask Us - The Rotary Public Image Committee Is Here to Help

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

Attention Rotarians and Rotaractors: Come Join Our Public Image Committee - Help our Rotary & Rotaract Clubs Boost Their Public Image

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

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

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




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

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

Rotary Club of Port Hope Cuts The Ribbon On New Park Celebrating A Century of Service

Members of the Municipality of Port Hope held the grand opening of the Rotary Centennial Riverview Park on Thursday, November 24, 2022. The event took place at 1 McKibbon Street which is near Corbett’s Dam and was held to commemorate the 100 years of service by the Rotary Club of Port Hope. The Club has partnered with the Municipality of Port Hope to upgrade and improve the small park and trail located on the west side of the Ganaraska River between the fish ladder and Molson Street. Future plans are to have the structure surrounded by gardens near the parking lot, widening and extending the existing trail with the addition of benches at resting spots and plants of shrubs and trees.

The Rotary Club has set aside funds for their centennial project to improve the park for the community to enjoy, but they need help from the community. Individuals and businesses can make a donation towards the improvement of the park and trail. All Monetary donations are welcome. Donations in the amount of $25.00 or more are eligible to receive a charitable tax receipt from the Municipality of Port Hope.....

Port Hope Rotary Covers Cost of ROLLS Transit in December

The Rotary Club of Port Hope has once again stepped up to generously cover the cost of ROLLS Transit in December. This means throughout December, residents who are already enrolled as ROLLS members can enjoy the service without the fees, the Municipality of Port Hope recently announced. Costs for the specialized, accessible transit service will be covered through to Dec. 31. Rotary has also sponsored Christmas light tours from Dec. 13 to 20, it was recently announced. Reservations for these one-hour bus tours are open to ROLLS members and residents of Empire Crossing, Hope Street Terrace, Roseglen Village, Extendicare and Regency Park, it was explained. Tours run 5 to 8 p.m. For more details and/or to book a spot, residents can contact the transit co-ordinator at 905-885-9891.

Rotary Club of Cobourg 100th Anniversary - November 18, 2022

On November 18, 2022, the Rotary Club of Cobourg held its 100th Anniversary luncheon at the Best Western in Cobourg, Ontario,  attended by Rotarians from many clubs in District 7070. The lunch celebrated their 100 years of service to the community. Here are a few photo highlights.....

Willowdale Rotarians Invite You to a fundraising lunch in aid of the Salvation Army after-school program - December 15, 2022

On Thursday, December 15th, at 12:30 pm, Willowdale Rotarians will be having a fundraising lunch in aid of the Salvation Army after-school program. At the Grand Luxe, 3125, Bayview Ave. There will be a seasonal turkey lunch and music and carols with some of the members of the Salvation Army band. The cost is $60 pp and again confirmation is required to Bill King by Sunday, December 11th. Contact Bill King .

Help Uxbridge Rotary Support their Humanitarian Efforts  as a Result of the Tornado 

Dear fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors and the whole Rotary family in District 7070,

We are grateful to all who have reached out with offers of support after a tornado touched down in Uxbridge on May 21, 2022 and caused catastrophic damage. We know many lives have been changed. The Rotary Club of Uxbridge is glad to be able to provide a central place to receive donations through the Rotary Club of Uxbridge Charitable Foundation. All funds received will be used specifically for disaster relief.

We are working with Durham Social Services and the Township of Uxbridge to assess the specific needs of the community including supporting families and individuals who have been displaced and those dealing with food insecurity. All funds received will be distributed, as quickly as possible to local charitable organizations serving the community.

Donations may be sent via e-transfer to All donations $20 or over will receive a tax receipt.

In order to properly address your tax receipt, please include your name, email address and mailing address in the message line of your e-transfer.

For donations by cheque, please send to:
Rotary Club of Uxbridge Charitable Foundation
121 Second Avenue
Uxbridge, ON L9P 2A2

Chuck  Taylor

Rotary Club of Uxbridge


Note: Chuck is available to talk to your Rotary Club. He can be reached at


Your Club's Rotary Citation In  2022-23  - Here's How You Can Get It - START TODAY - We Are Half Way Through the Year

The Rotary Citation awards recognize the hard work clubs do throughout the year. Taking action toward achieving the citation goals helps clubs engage their members, stay relevant in their communities, and run more efficiently. A welcoming and engaging club also reflects the values of Rotary. When clubs achieve citation goals, they contribute to the overall health and culture of Rotary for generations to come. 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.......

Does Your Club Have a Plan Beyond Tomorrow? -  Here's How - A New Club Visioning Model - Creating A Plan For The Future

COVID has thrown a wrench in many Clubs’ plans. As we are returning step by step to a more normal life, it may be time to also look at the plans for the future for our Clubs.  Club Visioning offers a process to develop an Action Plan for the Club.  Each member of the Club is invited to participate, and the session can be either on-line or in person.  Interested?  Please, contact Lars Henriksson at to find out more about the Club Visioning program.

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

Strategic planning consists more or less of these three steps. 

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

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

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

Please Read more ........

Questions for the District 7070 Technology Team ? - All You Have to do is ASK

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

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

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

Use Our Refreshed Rotary District 7070 Website - A Great Source of Material for Your Club Website

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

Have you checked out our District 7070 Website lately?

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

 Rotary Zone 28 & 32 Website -  Another Great Source  of Rotary News, Events & Connections  - Use Them on Your Website and in Your Club Social Media

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

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

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

What's Larry's Email Address?

 It was a rainy day when I got the call.  

 He needed to know, right away,

 "What's his email" he did say. 

  Holding my cell I wanted to yell, please, please, give me the spell,

 The magic we found, by bringing it down

 Gave way to new sight: email addresses, events, phone numbers....ah.....the light!

With rushing to cheer, the awakening is here! 

Downloading the Clubrunner app, all with a fingertip,  it was a snap,

Your club members detail will be very clear, your district executives have no fear.

You'll find what you wish,  there'll be no need to fish.  It's smart on your cell, just do it....time will tell. Read more.....

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