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. 



Send In Your Stories and Photos for the Next Edition:

Please send your Rotary Club stories (deadline is always 4 days prior to the end of the month) to our District  Public Image Chair, Dave Andrews at

A suggestion to the  District Leadership Team, Assistant Governors and Committee Chairs : Send in a story about what your committee is doing and tell our clubs how they can connect with you. 

A suggestion to 2023-24 Club Presidents: There is a place in the Newsletter for News from Clubs. What have you accomplished that you would announce to everyone in the District? (Please note that we would love to see your "accomplishments", not "fundraisers" and not "cheque presentations"). 





District Governor John Burns' September 2023 Newsletter

In his September 2023 Newsletter, District 7070 Governor John Burns, Agent 7070,  urges us to tune in and register for the World Suicide Prevention Day broadcast on Sept 9; to develop or join a project focusing on basic education and literacy during September;  to enter our goals in Rotsray Club Central for our donations to polio as we get nearer to World Polio Day; to register today for the Nov 18 Rotary Foundation Grants Seminar ;  to make a donation to help those affected by the forest fires in western Canada through District 5040; and to register for the October 20-22 District 7070 Conference............

Rotary International President Gordon McInally's September 2023 Message

In President Gordon McInally's  September 2023 Message, he reminds us that Sept 21 is the International Day of Peace and urges us to aggressively wage peace through our projects. He says that any work toward building peace needs to be brave and bold and gives us examples from Pakistan Rotarians. He asks us to try virtual international exchanges that build on our current programs and make them more accessible and that these online chats have the potential to inspire new connections and more respect between societies...............

Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation Barry Rassin's September 2023 Newsletter

In the Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation (and Rotary International Past President)  Barry Rassin's September 2023 Newsletter, Barry asks all of us to create our Rotary moment, when we realize that being part of Rotary means more than just showing up for a meeting, when we discover taht we are part of something that changes the lives of others as it changes ours. Barry syas that the beauty of Rotary, especially with The Rotary Foundation, is that we can create these Rotary moments anytime. He asks us to reach out to others in Rotary and discuss our work. Barry says, "If you haven’t discovered your Rotary moment yet, keep searching. Serving Rotary through our Foundation is a great place to find it, and it will change your life"..........

The September 2023 video from Drew Kessler, Rotary International Director, Zone 28 & 32 

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. Look for the "In The Zone" September 2023 video from Drew Kessler, our Rotary International Director, (available on September 1, 2023), in the September 2023 District 7070 Newsletter version that will be published on our District website and on the Rotary Zone 28 and 32 website . ....... Please Read more...



Mário César Martins de Camargo of Brazil selected to be 2025-26 Rotary International President

Mário César Martins de Camargo, a member of the Rotary Club of Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil, is the selection of Nominating Committee for President to become Rotary International’s president for 2025-26. He will officially become the nominee on 15 September if no other candidates challenge him......

Celebrate Community Week  -Sept 11-17, 2023

During September 11 - 17, 2023, Rotary and Rotaract clubs worldwide are collaborating with local Kiwanis, Lions, and Optimist clubs on service projects that address health and wellness, food insecurity and hunger, education and literacy, and the environment. When we work together, there’s no limit to the positive impact we can create in our communities — so start planning today!

Contact the Service and Engagement team for help developing projects or connecting with the other organizations’ clubs, or for questions related to Celebrate Community week.

Join North American Rotarians to Help Save the Monarch Butterfly - At the Ajax Rotary Club Sept 21 Meeting  - YOU ARE INVITED

The Rotary Club of Ajax is joining Rotary Clubs in Canada, the US, and Mexico in a project that will promote the monarch butterfly and raise funds to help protect the wintering grounds of the monarch in Mexico.  YOU are invited to join Rotarians in District 7070 for lunch to be held at noon on Sept. 21, 2023 in the Rotary Room of the Ajax Public Library, 55 Harwood Avenue South,Ajax, Ontario. The program will include a short presentation on the monarch butterfly and the importance of protecting and restoring its habitat, and Rotary’s efforts to that end.

The lunch will cost $20, and we will need to advise the caterer as to numbers, so please let us know by the end of the day on Monday, Sept. 18 if you plan to attend. Please email Stephan Barg if you are planning to be there:  Please Read more for some of the details.....

Help Needed for Those Evacuated from the Fires in Yellowknife 

District 7070 Governor John Burns has received requests from a few District Governors in Canada regarding the evacuation of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories due to the wildfires. For those of you who may not know, we have two clubs in Yellowknife and a club in Hay River, who have all been evacuated. 

From District 5370 Governor Brett Collingwood: Here in Edmonton we are working with the city of Edmonton in offering supplies and/or volunteer support where needed for the evacuation centres. Here is a message that I circulated to all of the members in District 5370 indicating where they may provide financial relief support to the Northwest Territories.  Clubs and Rotarians in District 7070 may wish to help out..... Please Read more.....

September Is Basic Education and Literacy Month

What is your Rotary Club doing to support this important Rotary Foundation Area of Focus?

Basic education and literacy is one of The Rotary Foundation’s seven areas of focus. We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. ......

Basic Education and Literacy Rotary Action Group - Awards Available - Enter TODAY !!!

During September each year, BELRAG (the basic Education & Literacy Rotary Action Group) offers global education awards to Rotary and Rotaract Clubs and the program is managed by District 7070's Joan Littleford (Rotary Cub of Whitby, and Secretary of BELRAG).  BELRAG is  always looking for clubs who have successfully managed a fairly simple but effective project or a complex project that has education as its main focus.  BELRAG offers three $500 US awards to Rotary Clubs and one $500 award to a Rotaract Club and the project is highlighted in the BELRAG newsletter. Please read more to see how the contest works.....

District 7070 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee - Invites YOU to Join

Your Rotary District 7070 Diversity Equity & Inclusion  (DEI) Committee is welcoming members. If you would like to join a committee that is actively working to celebrate the rich diversity we have in our district and strive to create more inclusive clubs, please get in touch with Shauna Moore -


District 7070 Conference - Oct 20 to 23, 2023 - Register TODAY


OCTOBER 20 - 22, 2023      Towne Place Suites Oshawa by Marriott



2024 Rotary International Convention - Singapore - May 24 - 29, 2024

The Rotary International Convention: Unforgettable moments, enduring relationships. The Rotary International Convention is where you’ll find people of action from around the world brainstorming solutions to some of the most pressing challenges and celebrating our works of service that create lasting change. The convention is where you’ll renew connections, discover fresh perspectives, and create unforgettable moments and enduring relationships.

  Please Read more ......



In Memory of our Rotarians 

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 September 2023 Newsletter

In his September 2023 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. .......

Rotary Foundation Walk - Oct 15, 2023 - YOU ARE INVITED 

Welcome to the annual Rotary District 7070 Foundation Walk. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy a great walk, fellowship with new and old friends and to raise money for the Rotary Foundation. The Walk will happen rain or shine. On October 15, 2023 from 10AM to 2 PM at The Milne Dam Conservation Park,  8251 McCowan Road, Markham, ON. A lunch will be served. Please register today and start collecting pledges from your friends  and Rotarians.

Use these forms to help make that donation:

Donate Directly to The Rotary Foundation (Here)

Non Rotarian Donor Form (Here)

Multiple Rotarian Donor Form (Here)

Rotarian Donor Form (Here)


Please Read more to see this year's Poster.....

Here is How YOU can JOIN the NEW Rotary District 7070 Paul Harris Society

Dear fellow Rotarians in District 7070,

Rotarians in District 7070 have been committed to The Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation. You should be proud of the difference that Rotary have made in the lives of millions of people throughout the world by the project funded by The Rotary Foundation.

I want to thank you for your past efforts and ask that you recommit to helping us raise funds for The Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation.

We are inviting you to join our efforts to continue for The Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation.  To become a member of the District 7070 Paul Harris Society you are asked to commit to making an annual donation of $1000 USD or more to The Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation.

We hope that with your commitment in joining the District 7070 Paul Harris Society, we will make a significant difference in our world.

To sign up go to


Bob Wallace

Past District Governor

Chair, District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee

Here is How You Can Create Your Personal Rotary Foundation Fundraiser  - It's Called "RAISE FOR ROTARY" 

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....



Here is the Weekly Update 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.....

Resources for Polio Awareness and Fundraising
Here is How YOU can JOIN the NEW Rotary District 7070 Polio Plus Society

Dear Fellow Rotarians in District 7070,

Rotarians in District 7070 have been committed over the past nearly 40 years to raising funds to immunize children worldwide and our efforts are paying off.  You should be proud of the difference that Rotary has made in the lives of millions of children by eliminating this dreadful disease.

I want to thank you for your past efforts and ask that you recommit to helping us raise funds to finish Rotary’s number one initiative of eradicating polio.  Rotary is still committed to raising $50 million a year for this effort.

As such, we are launching the District 7070 Polio Plus Society and are inviting you to join our efforts to continue to raise funds to eradicate polio.  To become a member of the District 7070 Polio Plus Society you are asked to commit to making an annual donation of $100 USD or more to The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus Fund until the last two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, are certified free of the wild polio virus. 

For more information and to sign up go to


Bob Wallace

Past District Governor

Chair - District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee


REGISTER TODAY - October 19 for World Polio Day LIVE Broadcast from the Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario CANADA

YOU ARE INVITED..... We are working on the final details for  OCTOBER 19, 2023 - 06:00 pm to 8:30 pm - when the 11 Durham Region Rotary Clubs (plus the Rotary Club of Port Hope) invite YOU to join us LIVE IN-PERSON OR LIVE ON-LINE in the Rotary Global Classroom in the Centre for Collaborative Education at Durham College where we will celebrate World Polio Day with leaders from around the world, hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood, and Durham College. 

YOU CAN JOIN US LIVE IN PERSON STARTING AT 5:45 PM - ONLY 100 SEATS AVAILABLE:  REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON : Cash bar and a light lunch will be served. Cost (by cash r by cheque) is $ 45.00 per person, AND a portion - $ 10.00 - will be donated to The Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus Fund and will be credited to your next Paul Harris Fellow. Spouses, guests and prospective members are invited. REGISTER TODAY........

District 7070 End Polio Now Flag PHOTO CONTEST

Back by popular demand for 2023-24 is the Rotary District 7070 End Polio Now Flag Photo Contest. We want all District 7070 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs to send a maximum of 5 fun, interesting and unique photos from their respective clubs of End Polio Now flag in their community. Randy Nickerson (third place winner of the Rotary International Photo Contest in 2020-21) will judge the best photo. The winning club will receive a $100 donation to The Rotary Foundation Polio Fund in the club’s name. The winning club will receive a plaque as winners of the 2023 End Polio Now Photo Contest. The cheque and the plaque will be presenetd by District Governor John Burns on October 19 LIVE during the Rotary District 7070 World Polio Day LIVE from the Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario. Deadline for photo submission is Tuesday Oct 17 at 3 pm to Randy Nickerson at

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

In 2020, the GPEI  launched a revision of the strategy for polio eradication. Partners and stakeholders collectively identified remaining obstacles to polio eradication, in order to inform a revised and strengthened plan. They then developed optimal approaches to reaching the goal, adapted to the global health context and based on lessons learned.

The strengthened plan aims to achieve and sustain a polio-free world through a focus on implementation and accountability.  Emphasis will be on cutting outbreak response times; increasing vaccine demand; transforming campaign effectiveness; working systematically through integration; increasing access in inaccessible areas; transitioning towards government ownership; and improving decision-making and accountability.

Many of the new tactics and strengthened approaches outlined in this plan are already operational, and the plan will officially replace the current Polio Endgame Strategy in January 2022.......



Have You Checked Your Club's Health ?


Just as routine doctor visits help people identify health risks before they become serious, Rotary’s club health check can diagnose problem areas and prescribe remedies. Club leaders will find a checklist to assess their club’s well-being in the areas of club experience, service and social events, members, image, and business and operations, along with an array of resources to treat any problem areas. Regularly consulting those resources can help maintain your club’s health and preserve its value for club members and the community. A few examples follow, but review the entire document through the website listed below to ensure you’re taking full advantage of these valuable tools.

Assess your club’s well-being at   Please Read more.....

 Have You added the "JOIN US" OR "INTERESTED IN JOINING US?" Button onto 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 . Our goal is to receive 100 inquires from  the "Join Us" or "Interested In Joining Us?" button on the District 7070 Website. Here is our challenge to your club:  By the end of this Rotary year we want over 40 Rotary Clubs have a "Join Us" or "Interested In Joining Us?" button on their own club website AND for your club to have a "member 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........

How do YOU Connect With Prospective Members? Does Your Club Have A Plan and a Process ?  Take a Look

Early in the new year,  Rotary International sees a big increase in inquiries about joining Rotary. District and club leaders: Remember to follow up with these prospective members to ensure that they have a positive experience. You can gain a better understanding of how to turn leads into members by taking the Online Membership Leads course. Use the Refer a new member form if you know someone who might be interested in joining. The updated form allows all Rotary members to refer a prospective member to their own club or to a different club.

Do YOU Have a Plan to Tackle These Challenges: Attracting New Members, Keeping Them Engaged, Finding Ways to Contribute to You Community  ?

Many clubs face challenges related to three things: attracting new members, keeping members engaged, and finding meaningful ways to contribute to their communities. Use the Club Planning Assistant to get tailored advice for addressing your club’s challenges. Club leaders, you’ll receive an instant response with links to the resources we recommend to help you address your club’s most pressing challenges. You can then build these suggested strategies into your club’s membership plan.

Please Take a Look At These Resources to Help Increase Your Club's Value

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:......


Welcome to the brand new section in our District newsletter. Our Past District Governor Iosif Ciosa is our District Training Chair and he wants to give every member of the Rotary famiy in District 7070 the best possible opportunity to learn more about Rotary and your leadership opportunities.   Be sure to drop by this section each month to see what new training / eadership opportunities are in store for you. 

Welcome to the Rotary District 7070 Training and Learning Action Plan for 2023-24

Welcome to your Rotary District 7070 Training & Learning in the 2023-24 Rotary year. The District 7070 Training/Learning committee is bringing all training/learning sessions under one umbrella.

  • The traning/learining sessions (events) on the district website are one colour – red

  • A form to be used by our District Committees when putting together a training/learning session to tell you all about the training session. This form (see the attached form in the next story in this newsletter) will be sent to Iosif and to Bob Wallace posting on to the District website

  • We have also created  a NEW  section in the Monthly District Newsletter that will show the training/learning session in the upcoming month

  • District Governor John Burns will also add any training / leraning sessions to his weekly message. 

Please Read more to see just some of the future training learning sessions already planned for YOU....

Training & Learning 2023-23 Description Form

To District 7070 Committees:       From: Committee Chair: Iosif Ciosa

Training/Learning 2023/2024 Description Form

Here is the Training/Learning Description Form that we would like you to fill out and sent to Iosif Ciosa when you create the training  / learning event that we will put on the District Website.

You may attach pictures, flyers, artwork or graphics (please make sure that pictures or graphics are not copywritten and are royalty free).

Please Read more to see the form.....

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) – We’re Zooming Again in Fall of 2023-24!  - PART ONE Starts Sept 13 - REGISTER TODAY

For the fall of 2023-24, 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 the 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 1: Session 1 on  Wed Sept 13, Session 2 on Wed Sept 20, Session 3 on Wed Sept 27

Click here to register for Part 2: Session 1 on  Wed Oct 11, Session 2 on Wed Oct 18,  Session 3 on Wed Oct 25

Click here to register for Part 3: Session 1 on  Wed Nov 8, Session 2 on Wed Nov 15, Session 3 on Wed Nov 22

Public Image & Technology Team  Workshop for District 7070 Clubs - Nov 4, 2023 - REGISTER TODAY

Based on your Club's Website and Social media, would YOU join your club?

That is what prospective members are viewing today. 

Perhaps it is time to BOOST your public image and come to our 2023-24 joint Public Image / Technology Workshop filled with tips and “how to’s” regarding club public image , club websites, club social media, MyRotary, & Clubrunner . 

Bob Wallace and Dave Andrews and their committees are setting up a 2023-24 joint Public Image / Technology Workshop filled with tips and “how to’s”


Please Read more.......

REGISTER NOW FOR THE NOVEMBER 18, 2023 - Rotary Foundation Grants Seminar

On Saturday, November 18, 2023, the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee will hold a Grants Management Seminar about the Rotary Foundation and its grants program. The seminar will be held at the Oshawa and District Shrine Hall, 1626 Simcoe St. N, Oshawa.

Please register TODAY:

Members of Rotary and Rotaract Clubs who attend the full program will meet the qualification requirements for both the current Rotary year and the 2024-25 year. The alternative will be completing the modules and quizzes found on the District’s website.  Clubs must also submit Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) to the District for each year.

The agenda for the seminar, which will start at 8 am and run to 2 pm, will include information on the Rotary Foundation, how to raise funds for the Foundation, how the funds become available to Clubs and Districts and ways the District allocates funds it receives Distrct Designated Funds (DDF). There will also be presentations of Global and District grant projects as well as a walk through of the District grant application process for the 2024-25 Rotary year. In addition, there will be an opportunity during the program for Clubs to share project ideas.

A draft agenda is posted on the District’s website in the November 18, 2023 calendar. Registration for the seminar is made on the District’s website.

The seminar is free

Rotary and Rotaract Clubs are encouraged to send at least two members each.  For more information, please contact Past District Governor Lars Henriksson at or cell 416 402 6093. Hope to see you in Oshawa Saturday, November 18. 2023.....



Add Your Projects to Rotary Showcase - Get Your Project Noticed (Worldwide) - They Automatically Become Part of our District 7070 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. In 2023-24, if your club is looking to receive a Rotary Citation, your service projects have to go into Rotary Showcase.

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.

Need Help With YOUR Next Service Project ? - Here are 5 Webinar Sessions NOW Available - From Rotary International

Rotary International's five-part webinar series, designed to support you as you cultivate effective and sustainable projects, is now available on demand. Watch any of the five sessions for tools and strategies to help you plan, implement, and evaluate your projects.

Shelterbox Canada News 

Please welcome  Ally Buck, the new Rotary and Community Fundraising Coordinator with ShelterBox Canada (taking over Meg’s role). She has been getting settled into her new position over the last few weeks and is looking forward to getting to know the Rotary Clubs and Rotarians that support ShelterBox. She is originally from Pictou County, Nova Scotia where she attended the Nova Scotia Community College’s Social Services/Community Development program. In 2018 she relocated to Kingston, Ontario to attend Queen’s University where she graduated with her BA in Global Development Studies last June.

In her June 2023 Newsletter, Ally provides an update on how Rotararact  and Shelterbox are working in Turkiye. Here's more of her newsletter.....


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 .........


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

You are invited to view all of the back issues of the WASHRAG  / 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.......
Be Sure to DOWNLOAD  - The Areas of Focus Guide - Learn How to Create Innovative Projects

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.


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.


Speakers' Corner - WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS - All We Need is Your Input

Looking For A Place to Find Speakers?   Got a good Speaker you have recently heard?  Well, you've come to the right place!

We want this to be a great resource for speakers for your club. The speakers listed have been all recommended by other clubs in our District. The list will be updated often so you may want to "bookmark" this page! Speakers are listed by category as shown on the District 7070 website "Speakers Corner" page under the Our Work Tab.  

Questions or comments? Good idea? Worthwhile? 

Just follow the instructions on the Speakers Corner Page and then contact Rotary District 7070 Public Image Chair Dave Andrews at with the speakers (and their info on this form) that you wish to add to Speaker's Corner for all of the clubs to enjoy.

Note: The Speakers Corner Page is only accessible by Rotarians and Rotaractors with a clubrunner ID and password and not available to the general public . (to respect the privacy to the speakers who have volunteered to speak to other Clubs) 

Ideas Your Club Can Use to Strengthen Rotary's Brand

Here are a few ideas from Rotary International for strengthen Rotary's brand...

Making Rotary's public image a priority:

As a Rotary public image advocate, you help others understand who we are and how we make a difference. Publicizing your club’s efforts and sharing the impact you make helps attract members, volunteers, and donors. Thank you for making public image a priority and strengthening Rotary's brand.

Brand News is a newsletter about public image and branding sent quarterly to Rotary leaders. If you know someone who would like to receive it, please have them write to


Club Website Refresh Program for 2023-24 - Get Your Club Noticed - Prospective Members are Checking You Out - SIGN UP TODAY 

To Rotarians in District 7070:

It's TIME TO GET YOUR CLUB NOTICED. Prospective members are checking YOU out - What will they see? Don't be left behind.  REGISTER TODAY. To assist the Rotary Clubs of District 7070 GET NOTICED, at the request of District Governor John Burns, the District Public Relations Committee is continuing the Rotary Club ClubRunner Website Refresh Program and Promotional Half Back Discount. THIS PROGRAM IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CLUB in 2023-24. Half of our District 7070 Rotary clubs have completed the refresh program. These  club websites are getting noticed by the public and by potential members. When a prospective member looks to join a club, they look at YOUR club website. GET YOUR CLUB WEBSITE REFRESHED - REGISTER TODAY.  Please Read more.......

See the NEW Course on Promoting Rotary On Social Media - NOW AVAILABLE In The Rotary Learning Centre

About The Course:   Social media offers a powerful way to promote Rotary and your club to people who are already involved, as well as to partner organizations, possible donors, and prospective members. Learn the basics of using various social media platforms and how to create posts that will connect with people.

Other courses you can take: Building Rotary's Public Image; The Rotary brand; Promoting Your Club as People of Action; Our Logo: Representing Rotary; Public Relations and Your Club

Past Rotary International President Jennifer Jones and RI Board of Directors - URGE YOU to UPDATE YOUR  ROTARY CLUB LOGO

Nearly a decade ago, while I was the chair of the Strengthen Rotary’s Brand Committee, we conducted in-depth research to better understand how the public viewed Rotary, our members, and our work. What we learned was that we needed to reposition the Rotary brand by focusing on clear, consistent messages and a unified visual identity. Based on the committee’s recommendation, the Board of Directors approved new brand guidelines, which included how clubs should use the Rotary logo.......

Does Your Club Have a Web Presence ? Can YOU Answer These Questions ?

Check out the link and truthfully answer the questions on your club's web presence.

The put together a plan to increase your club's web presence.

Check You Club's Public Image Checklist - How many Can you check off your club's list? 

Rotary’s public image is shaped by the actions of every member, from how we conduct ourselves in meetings to how we represent Rotary at events and respond to needs in our communities. The club public image committee’s role is to create and implement a plan to tell Rotary’s local story, promote the club’s activities in the area, and raise awareness of Rotary’s work around the world. This list will help you assess how well your committee is shaping Rotary’s image.

Check the Club Public Image Checklist. See how many checks you have accomplished , and start working on the rest of the checks.   Here is the checklist. 

Heads Up on Altering the Rotary Logo - Some Do's and Dont's 

I have  noticed that some Rotary Clubs in our District are altering the Rotary logo for use in the marketing and promotion of their various events and projects.

This sends the wrong signal to the public. Many do not know who we are now and with different “looks” to our logo just makes it worse. Please use the Rotary Voice and Visual Guidelines  ( see : ) and USE ONLY THE ONE ROTARY LOGO in your marking and public relations initiatives. That would include your website , all social media sites and any signs you may have created.  We continue to strive for One clear consistent look and message in all that we do, to ensure that everyone knows our “Rotary” message.....

Tag Rotary District 7070 in ALL of Your Club's appropriate social media posts - And Share RI and our District 7070 posts on your Club's Social Media

Calling all District 7070 Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs! Increase your club’s visibility. Tag us (Rotary District 7070 accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Intragram) 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! Take a look at our three District accounts.

District Social Media Tags:
Facebook: @rotary7070
Instagram: @rotaryd7070
Twitter: @rotary7070

Follow all Rotary International and Rotary District 7070 social media accounts and be sure to turn on notifications. This way, you won’t miss a post. And follow all Rotary District 7070 Facebook, Instagram and Twitter posts and share them on your social media pages.  There is more....

Want to Boost  Your Club's Positive Public Image?  - The Rotary Public Image Committee Is Here to Help - JUST ASK

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? Here is what Rob found out... Please Read more....

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

Our District 7070 Public Image Committee is calling for YOU  (Rotaractors and Rotarians in the District)  to join our 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 YOU, Rotaractors and Rotarians who have experience in the field of Public Relations, Social Media platforms, and news writing. We want you to use those very special talents to assist clubs and our Committee . Are you that Rotarian?  Are you that Rotaractor? Are you 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 the District Newsletters 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 Uxbridge Tackles An Invasive Species - Common Buckthorns - YOU CAN HELP

The common buckthorn is an incredibly aggressive plant that outcompetes other native species and threatens biodiversity all across North America (and certainly across our District!). The Uxbridge Rotary Club has received a microgrant from the Invasive Species Centre to tackle the spread of common buckthorns in the Uxbridge Trails. We're leading a couple of teams into our beloved trail systems to mechanically remove these trees with specialized tools, called Puller Bears, that were purchased through the grant. You can help.....

Rotary Club of Woodbridge Presents the Humber River Festival Frog Race on Sept 17 - YOU AE INVITED

The Rotary Club of Woodbridge invites you to the Humber River Festival and their Frog Race fundraiser. Join the Rotary Club of Woodbridge on September 17 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm for a fun-filled day showcasing arts, crafts and food vendors, at the Woodbridge Memorial Arena. You can purchase a frog for the race fundraiser too. Net proceeds will be supporting the Woman and Child Program at the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital. Tickets cost $5 and there are 3 prizes allocated to the first three frogs that will the race. The ticket can be purchase thru Eventbrite .

The will be 1000 tickets / 1000 frogs sold for the race in the Humber River /$1000 total prizes. There will be a lot of children activities, food vendors and our annual Frog Race. Location: 5020 Hwy 7 Pool and Memorial Arena in Woodbridge and Nort Johnson Park. Please Read more.....



How to Get Your Club's Rotary Citation In  2023-24

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.......

Shifting Service Projects from Rotary Club Central to Rotary Showcase

From Victoria Ruger, Club and District Management Product Manager and Chonticha Yurai, Grants and Service Product Manager

You all know the benefits of using Rotary Club Central, which is designed to be the place where you set our goals and track your progress.
Rotary Showcase, however, is the best place for you to plan your service projects, share the outcomes, and show the impact in ways that can attract more partners or inspire other clubs.In the coming months, both online tools will be updated. This includes phasing out the Service Activities section in Rotary Club Central — a change that will simplify how you track projects and allow you to focus your efforts in one place.......

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

As we are returning step by step to a more normal life, after COVID, it is now time to also look at the plans for the future for YOUR CLUB.  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 ........

Do YOU Have 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.......

Our Refreshed Rotary District 7070 Website - Please use this Great Source of Materials, Stories and Photos to Share on 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.

Are YOU Using the Clubrunner  App To 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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