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 April 2021 Newsletter

Hello District 7070 Rotarians and the whole Rotary family:

April is Maternal and Child Health month in Rotary. In many Districts surrounding the Great Lakes, including District 7070, April is also a kickoff to ‘Supporting the Environment’ as the newest Area of Focus.

Maternal and Child Health

According to Rotary, an estimated 5.9 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation.  To help mitigate these preventable causes of death, Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits, and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease.     Please Read more  .............

Rotary International President Holger Knaack's April 2021 Newsletter

In Holger Knaack's April 2021 Newsletter, our Rotary International President focuses on Earth Day on 22 April with a new sense of purpose, since the environment is now an area of focus for Rotary. Holger tells us that solutions for all great tasks always start with you and me, and there is much we as individuals can do simply by changing our behavior. He adds that support from The Rotary Foundation will define this new chapter in our service. Through district and global grant projects, we will build upon our previous projects that help the environment............

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

In his April 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 our Rotary Foundation programs of scale grants that will award a $2 million grant annually to one project that aligns with one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus. The grant should solve problems for many people in a large geographic area through a measurable and sustainable approach within a three- to five-year period. The grant also requires like-minded partners who are committed and resourceful. The idea is also to replicate these programs in different communities around the world, applying the lessons learned. It is the latest chapter in the story of Rotary, one that recounts how ordinary citizens unite to not only plan big but also take bold action to help others in need...........

Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer's April 2021 Newsletter

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

Recently, I was moderating a panel discussion with senior women leaders who were asked to share their Rotary moment.  Unrehearsed, each shared their personal experience that made an impact on their life and the life of others.  A literacy program in Russia, life-saving heart surgery to a child in the Middle East and a school for orphans in India.  It struck me that each heartfelt story involved the life of a child. 

Rotary’s focus in the month of April is on Maternal and Child Health. The focus on maternal health isn’t as simple as a strategy to save lives, it is far bigger than that. ..........



Bill MacKay Honoured with Rotary International's Service Above Self Award

The Service Above Self Award is considered Rotary International’s highest honor to bestow on a Rotarian. 

The purpose of this award is to recognize those individual Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary. The Rotary International Service Above Self Award was initiated in 1992 and is Rotary International's highest honour for individual Rotarians. A maximum of 150 recipients worldwide may be selected each year. No member from the Rotary Club of Belleville has received the award and there have only been eight recipients in District 7070. One notable recipient was Past RI President Wilf Wilkinson in 2005-06.

District Governor Mark Chipman, a virtual guest at the Rotary Club of Belleville’s March 19, 2021 Zoom meeting said, “It is my pleasure today, as Governor of District 7070 to inform you that William (Bill) MacKay, has been selected by the Rotary International Board of Directors to receive the 2020-21 Service Above Self Award.”.......Please read more.......

New Members Zoom Get-Together  - Register TODAY for APRIL 8, 2021

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???

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

The session will be of particular interest to members who have joined Rotary in the past two years.

THESE ARE FOR YOU !!! -  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. 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 and February 18 Get Togethers. We are all looking forward to the next one from  7-8 pm on Thursday April 8, 2021.

For more details and to see the recordings of the August 20, Nov 25 and Feb 18 New Members Zoom Get Togethers which are now in the Membership Tab of the District 7070 Website, please Read more......

Tuesday Talks - April 13, 2021 - Toastmasters and Rotary

Join Peter Hernandez, Award Winning Inspirational Speaker, Rotarian & Toastmaster

And Mark Blackmore, Toastmasters Area Director, District 60 Division E Area 44 

On Tues. April 13th @ 7pm-8pm  

This Tuesday Talk aims to answer 3 key questions:

What is Toastmasters? What will it do for me? How will it improve the Rotary experience?

This orientation will show you how Toastmasters can change your life with its proven formula for developing personal Leadership & Public Speaking skills through prepared speeches, impromptu speaking, receiving/giving feedback, meeting /club roles, results tracking & recognition. It will also include Best Practices for taking Rotary club meetings to new heights.

Click here to register.

Holger Knaack the Keynote Speaker at the April 19 Zoom Meeting of the Rotary Club of Oshawa

Save the date. April 19 at 12 noon. The Rotary Cub of Oshawa is having a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Moscow East and the keynote speaker is the current President of Rotary International Holger Knaack. The Oshawa Rotary Club is still working out the details. Watch for more in the District 7070 Facebook Page and on the District website .

April 21, 2021 - Rotary Earth Day Virtual Celebration - 7 pm - You Are Invited


On Wednesday April 21, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, leading up to Earth Day and the Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup, Rotary District 7070 , here in southern Ontario, Canada, will be holding a virtual “Earth Day 2021 Virtual Celebration!”. This is open to all Rotarians and guests everywhere. Register here:


Importance of the Great Lakes – Mark Fisher, CEO, Council of the Great Lakes. The health and vitality of the Great Lakes to Ontario and neighbouring states and multi-jurisdictional cooperation in managing this shared resource


Sam Demma, PickWaste. An entrepreneur and youth coach, Sam has a compelling and inspirational story delivered at several TED Talks. Sam started PickWaste, a community cleanup initiative that has caught widespread attention; check out Sam at

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....

Director Dialogue - With RI Director Valarie Wafer  - "Public Image The Musical" - Register TODAY for April 28, 2021 and see the links to 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 and the third with Rotary International President-Elect Shekhar Mehta .  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!  

 And CLICK HERE to visit the Director Dialogue page and access recordings of past events.

Our next Director Dialogue is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28th.  Join us for "Public Image: The Musical!"  Registration is required; 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


World Immunization Week - April 24-30, 2021

As scientists work to find and distribute new vaccines for the coronavirus, we can do our part to keep our communities healthy by helping Rotary spread the word about the importance of vaccinations during World Immunization Week, April 24-30, 2021. Immunizations save millions of lives every year and are widely recognized as one of our most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases continue to put children’s health at risk around the world. .....


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

Position of District Secretary - Open for 2021-2024 - Apply Today

The District 7070 Board is seeking a Rotarian or Rotaractor from District 7070 with effective communication skills and a collaborative spirit to fill the position of District Secretary. This position is considered an officer on the District 7070 board. This is a 3-year commitment, with yearly renewal (year 1: receiving training, year 2: full year leading in position, year 3: training successor). reporting to the District Governor (DG), under the direction and assistance of the Administration and Support Leader.

To Apply: Contact Ron Dick (  

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

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE 2021 Taipei Virtual Rotary International Convention - June 12 - 16, 2021

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE 2021 Taipei Virtual Rotary International Convention - June 12 - 16, 2021

RI President Holger Knaack is looking forward to having all Rotarians join him for the Rotary Virtual Convention.

The Virtual Convention will be open to all Rotary members and participants. Event registration will open in mid-April and will include a promotional fee of $49 for 21 days, with an increase afterward to $65. The cost of each preconvention event is $20. Both the convention and preconvention events include access to the House of Friendship.

2021 District Conference  - June 25 and 26, 2021 - REGISTER TODAY

Big News – the Rotary D7070 Conference is now scheduled for June 25-26, 2021!!!


With COVID, our D7070 Conference has had to be rescheduled a few times.  We are now excited to announce that our Conference, “Heroes and Champions”, has been scheduled for June 25-26, 2021 and will be a hybrid celebration with fun activities including community engagement events and inspiring online speakers!

Save the dates: June 25 and 26

To see what we have in store, please "Read more".......

Online Rotary Foundation Gala Event - "Celebrate our Foundation!" on May 12, 2021 - REGISTER TODAY !!

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 ( ) .

District 7070 International Women's Day Event - March 8, 2021 - Outstanding Success

District 7070 hosted a world-wide celebration which brought together female leaders both in industry and Rotary who shared bold ideas, history and women in Rotary and business. These trailblazers really did invoke our Rotary spirit and inspire us all with the work they have done over the years!

Thank yu to Johanna deBoer and Jan Hoselton for organizing the March 8 celebration of Women in Rotary on International Women's Day 2021. Over 80 Rotarians and guests from all over the country and beyond attended over Zoom. There was a quick meet and greet before we started the presentations, and we were led in toast by our District Governor Mark Chipman. 

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



In Memory of our Rotarians - April 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 April 2021 Newsletter

In his April 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........

SAVE THE DATE - Rotary Foundation Seminar on Zoom Saturday, April 17, 2021, 8.30 am – 11.00 am

On Saturday, April 17, 2021, the District Foundation Committee will organize an on-line Seminar about the Rotary Foundation and its Grants Program (Global and District Grants).  The Seminar will be organized in two sessions, starting at 8.30 am with a 15 minutes break.  We plan to finish by 11.00 am.. 

The Seminar is not an alternative to the District’s Qualification process.  Instead, it can be seen as a compliment to the three training Modules that are found on   However, those attending the Seminar should find it easier to successfully complete the three Quizzes that are required for the Qualification process..

The first half of the program will provide a general overview of the Rotary Foundation; its mission, funds, ways of supporting the Foundation, the Foundation’s organization and programs.  The second half after the break will cover the Grants program and include case presentations of Global and District Grant projects from the District.

A more detailed program as well as registration instructions will be posted on the District’s website,

April 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? APPLICATION DEADLINE - MAY 15, 2021

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

"Grow Rotary Workshop" on February 27, 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 February 27, 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 FEBRUARY 27, 2021 GROW ROTARY WORKSHOP.  It is also available in the Membership Tab on our District 7070 website. 


"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. 



April is Maternal and Child Health Month

What Is your Rotary Club doing to focus on Maternal and Child Health in April 2021 ? Every day mothers risk their lives giving birth and millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes. At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Your Rotary projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs. Here is a challenge to your Rotary Club........

Rotary and Mediators Beyond Borders International Build Resilient Communities

During these unprecedented times, we are all experiencing moments of panic, fear, scarcity, and uncertainty, and conflict seems inevitable. But conflict is not inherently bad; it is simply an expression of our diversity – diverse needs, perspectives, and possibilities. Conflict is natural; violence is not. And with the right skills, conflict can be transformed into a positive source of creativity, collaboration, creative problem solving, and unprecedented progress.

As an official service partner of Rotary, Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) comes with an international team of practitioners with the technical expertise to equip local communities with critical conflict transformation skills, worldwide. Rotary has already experienced the power of partnership in organizing polio vaccinations with local and global partner organizations; in the same way, Rotary can reduce violent conflict globally by collaborating with MBBI........

April 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 .........

Shelterbox Canada News for April 2021

In her April 2021 Newsletter, Dani Bristow, Community Program Coordinator at ShelterBox Canada, discusses how having access to clean water reduces the risk of illness caused by bacteria and other pathogens found in dirty water. By providing families with water containers and water filters, we can make safe drinking water one less thing to worry about.  Here's more of her newsletter.....

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.......



Tuesday Talks - March 9, 2021 - " Youth Services - It's Time To Get Involved" - RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE
Congratulations to the Youth Service Committee and Chair Patti Wright for an outstanding presentation on March 9, 2021  for Tuesday Talks on Youth Services. We found out how our clubs 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. 

We saw 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? We heard from them and saw first-handed.

The Youth Exchange team is looking for volunteers, students for the exchange, and of course, volunteer host families. We found out how our clubs 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, we hope you enjoyed hearing their talk about what they are doing to make a difference in our world. We hope you tuned in live, but just in case, HERE IS  a link to the You Tube recording. This is a "not to miss" Tuesday Talks featuring our own members right here in our District 7070. 


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

Where is YOUR  "My Favourite Rotary Moment" ?  Please send it to Sue Miller , Today.

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:........

Congratulations to The Rotary Club of Ajax - 70th Anniversary









Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Ajax on their 70th Anniversary on March 17, 2021. In commemoration the Club produced this booklet which was distributed to 25,000 homes in Ajax. Here is a link to tat booklet: -


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 - 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

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
Presidents Meetings April
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New Members Gettogether - April 8th
Apr 08, 2021
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'Tuesday Talks' April- Toastmasters
Apr 13, 2021
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District 7070 Earth Day Virtual Celebration
Apr 21, 2021
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Presidents Meetings May
May 03, 2021
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Camp Enterprise (Details to follow)
May 06, 2021 – May 08, 2021
Rotaract District Conference
May 08, 2021 – May 09, 2021
Tuesday Talks May- Peace Bldg & Conflict Preventio
May 11, 2021
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Presidents Meetings June
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AG Meeting June
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District Leadership Team-June
Jun 21, 2021 6:00 PM
District Conference
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2020-21 District 7070 Virtual Conference
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