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








District Governor Iosif Ciosa's November 2022 Newsletter

In his November 2022 Newsletter, District Governor Iosif Ciosa talks about the successful District Conference,  potential new Rotary and Rotaract club meetings, and the tremendous work of the Rotary Foundation during November  - Rotary Foundation Month. ...... 

Rotary International President Jennifer Jones' November 2022 Newsletter

In President Jennifer Jones'  November 2022 Newsletter, she says that by sharing our Rotary moments, we are being generous with others and giving them an opportunity to understand the impact of Rotary. She says that we make people "feel" Rotary by sharing our Rotary moments. She says that "We need ambassadors for Rotary’s message and our dreams for a better world. The best ambassadors are our members. The more you share stories — and share them from the heart — the more you encourage others to partner with us, to join us, and to stay." She concluds by saying that "In everything we do, what people feel about Rotary will shape our future"............

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

In the Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation (and Rotary International Past President)  Ian Riseley's  November 2022 Newsletter, he says, "as we celebrate The Rotary Foundation, let’s remember that each Foundation project is much like planting a tree. With each sapling of hope, health, and peace, we make an investment in the future that will one day grow into something even greater. He adds, "Charity Navigator, an independent agency, has given The Rotary Foundation its highest ranking for more than a decade. Why? Our overhead expense level is much lower than most similar organizations — 89 percent of gifts to the Foundation went to programs and operations in Rotary year 2021-22. Not only are we efficient stewards, but Rotary’s requirement of a community-needs assessment for global grants helps ensure the sustainability of our projects".  However, only about 38 percent of members actively support our own organization’s great charity. We can and should do better. Ian Riseley challenges each club to make a giving plan for our Rotary Foundation this year.  ............. 

The November 2022 video from Drew Kessler, Rotary International Director, Zone 28 & 32 for 2022-24

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



Uxbridge Rotary Christmas Market - Nov 12 & 13 - Everyone in District 7070 is Invited - Get Your Tickets TODAY

To the entire Rotary District 7070 Family:

Inspiration for holiday decorating has for many years been sparked by the annual Uxbridge Rotary Christmas Home Tour. This year, the same extraordinary team of design professionals and dedicated Rotarians have come together to host a special Christmas Market at the Uxbridge Historical Centre. The Uxbridge Rotary Christmas Market takes place on November 12 and 13 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Attendees will experience all the magic and wonder of the season as they witness the themed transformation of historic buildings into awe inspiring vignettes of silver and gold sparkle and sheen, alongside contemporary takes on the traditional red and green!

The Uxbridge Rotary Christmas Market is not only a feast for the eyes, but for the other senses too!...... Read more......

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) – We’re Zooming Again in 2022-23!  - REGISTER TODAY for PART III (Sessions Nov 9, 16 and 23)

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

Click here to register for Part 3 Wed Nov 9, Wed Nov 16, Wed Nov 23

A Night of a Thousand Dinners - in Oshawa - District 7070 Rotarians are Invited - November 17, 2022 - Help Us Support The Canadian Landmine Foundation

Everyone in District 7070 is invited to: 

Night of A Thousand Dinners – NOVEMBER 17, 2022 - Proceeds to  the Canadian Landmine Foundation  , Officers' Mess, Ontario Regiment, Simcoe Street North. Tickets $100.00 per person. Bar opens at 6 pm. Dinner at 7 pm.  Fundraiser for Canadian Landmine Foundation by the Oshawa Rotary Club. Call Gordon Dowsley for tickets at 905-576-3636 and at . Many Rotary Clubs in Canada support Canadian Landmine Foundation. Join us. See:


Beaujolais Nouveau Night - Nov 17, 2022 - YOU Are Invited

It is that time of the year... the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, the 2022 Beaujolais Nouveau is almost ready to be enjoyed. 
You are invited to the 2022 Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration Fundraiser. Tickets are limited, sign up today. Family and friends are welcome! Please click on the link below to attend.  Register Online    Thank you


The annual Beaujolais Nouveau Fundraising Celebration hosted by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke.  An evening of Wine, Delicious Food, Exciting Raffle Prizes and Silent Auction. All funds raised will go to support the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is our Charity. This is how we, Rotarians, do all the great work in the world. These past few years more than ever the Rotary Foundation has been funding projects around the world, and also helping with the ever increasing humanitarian disasters.  Come out and Join Us! ......

Adopt A Village Laos - Steve Rutledge - Your Club Support  - Gratefully Accepted Before November 21, 2022

To All of our Rotary friends in District 7070:

I finally managed to book my return ticket to Laos, after 6 weeks of trying .

In lieu of that, I now have a hard deadline on raising the funds for the water project in Huey Hid, northern Laos. In a nutshell the project is estimated to be $44,000.  We have asked for whatever funds are manageable to your Rotary club. To date, we have raised $37,250, including a matching grant that was approved on Monday. We can't spend it of course until we reach the Matching grant target of $10,000 from District 7070 clubs and of course the overall target. We are almost at the $10K target. We do have a number of clubs that haven't committed yet but we are expecting to hear your club soon.

I would sincerely appreciate an update from your club as soon as you are able.

Deadline Quickly Approaching for Laos Water Filters - November 21, 2022:

With Christmas just a couple of months away, the team at Adopt A Village in Laos is preparing for its' first distribution of water filters in time for Christmas. By far, its most popular program, donations of $125 for each water filter will get a tax receipt, and an emailed picture of the receiving family in Laos in time for the holiday season. Etransfer your payment to or call Steve at 905-269-2255 with visa/master card information. We will need your email address, mailing address (for CRA requirements) and a caption/phrase or name of the person/people you would like to honour. Feel free to send a picture, or we will use the Canadian flag (or flag of your choosing) as the background. Whether it be as a Christmas Gift, In Memoriam of a loved one, or simply to provide clean water to a rural family, feel free to contact us.

Meanwhile, here is a Youtube link to our latest video, to show you our accomplishments over the last season.

Thanks so much!      Steve Rutledge

2022 Concert for Feed The Need in Durham - Hosted by the Rotary Clubs in Durham Region  - Dec 11, 2022 - TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE - SPONSORS WELCOME

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

YOUR ARE INVITED. The event’s scope has grown over the years, becoming a Durham-wide Rotary event, with the Rotary clubs in the Region so far joining as co-presenters. All net proceeds from the show will go to Feed the Need in Durham – and the need has never been greater. The agency collects and distributes food and other essential items to more than 60 emergency food providers across Durham, including food banks, shelters, meal and snack programs and other social service agencies.  Save the date: Dec 11, 2022 .  TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE......  BECOME A SPONSOR.....  Please Read more....

District 7070 Rotarians Receive Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medals

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal is quite an honour for service to their community and we understand that Rotarians from District 7070 have received this distinguished award. Congratulations. Please read more to see some of the recipients.....


The 2022-23 Club Website Refresh Program - Get Your Club Noticed - SIGN UP TODAY - for the 2022-23 Half-Back Rebate Incentive

To Rotarians in District 7070:

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


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

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

Chris Etienne, Past District Governor from District 6290, was selected as the 2024-2026 Rotary International Director for Zone 28!

The Zone 28 Nominating Committee met at the end of September and selected 2007-2008 District 6290 Governor Chris Etienne to serve as 2024-2026 Rotary International Director, representing our paired Zones (28 & 32). Her nomination, should there be no challenge per the Rotary International Bylaws, becomes official after December 1, 2022. She will follow current Director Drew Kessler from Zone 32 and serve on the Board of Directors beginning July 1, 2024........

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

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


District 7070 Conference 2022 - Oct 14-16 - Another Huge Success

Check out all of the photos right here :  and even more on the District 7070 website ( ) in in the "about" tab under Photos.

Read more to see what we had the pleasure of experiencing.......

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

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

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

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

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

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



In Memory of our Rotarians - November 2022

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




November 2022 - This Is Rotary Foundation Month

What is your Rotary Club doing in November 2022 to celebrate and focus on The Rotary Foundation? As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. To get ideas how the Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world, please Read more......


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

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

REGISTER NOW FOR THE NOVEMBER 19, 2022 - Rotary Foundation Grants Seminar

Back by big demand!  On Saturday, November 19, 2022, there will be a Rotary Foundation Grant Seminar.  The purpose is to give members of Rotary and Rotaract Clubs the opportunity of learning more about the Rotary Foundation and how the Grants program works, incl. what is required of Clubs that want to apply for District and Global Grants. There is still time to REGISTER HERE !! Please note that registrations are filling fast.

Rotary and Rotaract Clubs are qualified once at least two of their members have attended this workshop or completed the on-line training modules.  In addition, the Clubs must submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for each year to the District. Members of Rotary and Rotaract Clubs interested in attending the Workshop, held in Oshawa, must register by visiting the District’s website

The program for the seminar, which will be held at the Oshawa and District Shrine Hall, 1626 Simcoe St. N, Oshawa, will start at 8.30 am with Registration.  The formal program will start at 9 am with an overview of the Rotary Foundation, followed by information on the Grants program.  Both District Grant and Global Grant projects will be covered, incl. case presentations.  A simple lunch will be provided. ALL AT NO CHARGE TO YOU OR YOUR CLUB.  The program is expected to finish at 2 pm.

Rotary and Rotaract Clubs are encouraged to send at least two members each.  For more information, please contact PDG Lars Henriksson at or cell 416 402 6093. The Complete agenda will be released soon.  Hope to see you in Oshawa Saturday, November 19, 2022.

You Can Still Qualify TODAY On-Line for The Rotary Foundation District and Global Grant Qualification 

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

Let's Meet Our Rotary Global Peace Scholar Jothi Udaya Shan

At the recent Rotary District Conference in Allison (Oct 14-16, 2022) we had the pleasure of meeting our Rotary Global Peace Scholar Jothi Udaya Shan. For those of you who missed the Conference, here is your chance to meet Jothi, in her own words..... Udaya Jothi Shan is a peace activist, yoga practitioner and an advocate for the rights of displaced peoples. She is a Tamil-Canadian and the founder of the social-enterprise P.E.A.C.E. that offers the mind-heart-body practice of yoga and mindfulness to displaced children and families. Jothi serves as a Development Manager at the United Nations Children’s Fund. She holds a Bachelor's degree in peace studies and a Masters in Criminology and legal studies from the University of Toronto. .......

Let's Meet Dr. Sam Brophy-Williams, our Rotary Global Grant Scholar

If you were at the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Walk in Whitby, Ontario at the end of September or at the Rotary District 7070 Conference Oct 14-16, like many of us, you had the pleasure to meet Dr. Sam Brophy-Williams our Rotary Global Grant Scholar (from District 9705 in Western Australia) who is in Toronto for the year on his Global Grant Scholarship. Sam is available to speak to your club about his life, his experiences, his global grant and what it means to be a Global Grant Scholar. Thank you to Past District Governor Lynda  Ryder, Chair of our District Global Grant Scholars for asking Sam to introduce himself to everyone on our District. Here's Sam in his own words .....

Congratulations to District 7070 Clubs Who Received District Rotary Foundation Grants - Did Your Club Get One?

At the recent District Conference, District 7070 Governor Iosif Ciosa had the pleasure of presenting 13 District Grant cheques to ten lead Clubs for the projects with more than 25 other D7070 Clubs contributing to at least one of these projects, While it is possible to apply for a District Gant with only one Club, our matching formula encourages Clubs to cooperate.  Most projects this year have several supporting Clubs. Please Read more for all of the details.....

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

𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑮𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒔 𝑫𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑱𝒆𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒇𝒆𝒓 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔’ 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒀𝒆𝒂𝒓

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

Raise For Rotary - Create Your Personal Rotary Foundation Fundraiser 

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



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

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

Become a Charter Member of The End Polio Now Canadian Club TODAY

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

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

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

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

Click here to make an online donation



World Polio Day 2022 Live from The Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario Canada - WATCH THE REPLAY TODAY

District 7070's World Polio Day 2022 -  WATCH THE REPLAY - NOW AVAILABLE - Live from The Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario Canada on October 20.  Here is the link to the REPLAY OF THE LIVE broadcast and be sure to see (see the Class Page for a sneak preview right HERE).  Another District 7070 public image awareness success.

See all of the photos on the District 7070 website HERE.

The 11 Rotary Clubs in Durham Region (and the Rotary Club of Port Hope ), on behalf of your co-hosts, the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood and Durham College invite the world to District 7070's World Polio Day 2022 - Live from The Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario Canada on October 20 (light lunch from 6 to 7 pm and then the LIVE BROADCAST from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (Toronto Time).  The event, LIVE from The Rotary Global Classroom featured a panel discussion featuring Dr Bob Scott,(Past Rotary International Vice-President  and Immediate Past Chair of the Rotary International Polio Plus Committee ), Incoming Rotary International President Gordon McInally, Valarie Wafer (Immediate Past Vice President of Rotary International) , and Dr. Tunji Funsho, Immediate Past Chair of Nigeria's Polio Plus Committee. We will also heard from Jennifer Jones, incoming Rotary International President as well. Together, they updated all of us about Rotary's efforts with our Global Polio Eradication initiative Partners and our challenge, going forward to End Polio Now.........

District 7070 World Polio Day Photo Contest - We have a winner

We wanted all Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in District 7070 to send a maximum of 5 fun, interesting and unique photos from their respective clubs with their End Polio Now flag in their community. Randy Nickerson, from the Rotary Club of Oshawa (who was the third place winner of the Rotary International Photo Contest in 2020-21) judged the best photo. Thank you to Rotary Club of Oshawa Past President Trish best for creating and running the contest with Randy. The winner will receive a $100 donation to PolioPlus in the club’s name. A plaque was presented to the Rotary Club of Courtice. Well Done.

The plaque will be presented on an annual basis to the winning club. District Governor Iosif Ciosa  and Randy Nickerson presented the  plaque and acknowledge the donation certificate and the plaque to the winning club at the World Polio Day Live broadcast on Oct 20.  

Watch the LIVE broadcast and see the entrees and the winning photo.  Here is the link to the broadcast:

Here is a link to the photos.

October 24  - Proclaimed World Polio Day, in Toronto, Ontario

October 24 was proclaimed World Polio Day, in Toronto, Ontario in District 7070 (home of the 2018 Rotary International Convention) by Mayor John Tory. Rotarians joined Rotary District 7070 Governor Iosif Ciosa and District 7070 World Polio Day Chair Jennifer Boyd at City Hall on Friday October 21, 2022 for the proclamation and End Polio Now Flag Raising. Thank you to fellow Rotarian Walter Psotka, from Walter Psotka Photography.

Please go to the "About' tab on the Rotary District 7070 website ( , click on the" Photos" and see all of the photos from City Hall in Toronto.

see:    Here is a sampling of the photos......

District 7070 Celebrates World Polio Day In Mexico on October 24, 2022

While Rotarians in District 7070 celebrated World Polio Day in several ways, Past District 7070 Governor Jim Louttit was in Mexico participating in a Rotary Environmental Tour.  On Monday, October 24, 2022, Jim represented our District 7070 along with representatives from another 14 Districts covering Mexico and United States in raising awareness for polio eradication in Mexico.  You can spot him in the following photo above the “Now” in “End Polio Now”.  The location for the photo was in the Frank (Past Rotary International President) and Jesse Devlyn Forest in Nevado de Toluca, Mexico.  During the day, Rotarians and volunteers also planted 400 trees. 

Stay tuned everyone: Jim tells us he will provide a story on the Environmental Tour for next month’s newsletter.

A New Weapon Against Polio

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

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

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


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

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

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


Successful Membership Seminar at the 2022 District Conference on Oct 15, 2022

Your Rotary District 7070 Membership Committee had their first seminar session of the new Rotary year at this year’s District 7070 Conference entitled: Creating a Successful and Agile Club.

 It was indeed a pleasure for us to engage in active dialogue with Rotarians and Rotaractors, as participants responded to prompts and questions poised. We had a wealth of information exchanged throughout the interactive discussions, including ideas for other membership sessions we might offer our district in the future.

A few highlights from attendees:

  • Bring clubs together to share a specific event

  • Start a “best practices” group (share on a blog or district website)

  • New Members ask: What ignites your passion?

  • Find out why folks stay or leave

By the number of people who attended this session, it is apparent that Rotarians and Rotaractors know how critical it is for us to build forward together and create our shared Rotary future.

The State of Rotary's membership

Did you know that the number of clubs has grown in both Rotary and Rotaract? Or that the comfort and care of our members is the single greatest factor in member satisfaction? Learn about the latest membership trends in the newly updated State of Rotary’s Membership presentation. The 15-slide PowerPoint presentation shows how we’re doing as of 1 July. It can be shared and is easy to customize for your region. 

If you want to learn more about setting membership goals, watch the recordings of the first two webinars in the From Insight to Action series. Register now for the last webinar in this series, which will take place on Wednesday, 9 November, at 11:00 Chicago time (UTC-6). Everyone who registers will receive a recording via email.

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

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

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

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



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

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

Interested in Joining  The District 7070 Membership Committee ?

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

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



You Can now Download the Newly Updated Areas of Focus Guide

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

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

Shelterbox Canada News for November 2022

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

Joint Literacy Project: Rotary Club of Scarborough, Durham College Global Guardian Project and the Rotary Global Classroom with Lon Appleby

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

Tactical Emergency Medical supplies to civilians on the front lines of Ukraine - Still Needed - Rotary Clubs Can Help TODAY

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


News from Honouring Indigenous People

Here is the latest Honouring Indigenous People Rotary News and Events, projects, blogs, photos, films, and resources. There are many major initiatives and resources available to you and your Rotary club. Your Club can help.  Our District 7070 Action Committee's Areas of Focus Coordinator is Bill Empey from the Rotary Club of Toronto   If you have a good news story, please send it to Bill. Here are some highlights .........

Rotary HIP Youth to Youth Program Rescheduled : Date to be determined in 2023

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


Are You NOW Using the Redesigned Rotary Brand Center?

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

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

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

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

It is NOW Time to Kick-Start You Club's Social Media Presence

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

Here are 6 Social Media Resolutions to get Your Club Noticed

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

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

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

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

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

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

Start Using these 7 Steps to Increasing your club’s Facebook Presence

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

Here is Why your club should use Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

YOU can help Uxbridge Rotary help Support their Humanitarian Efforts  as a Result of the Tornado 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chuck  Taylor

Rotary Club of Uxbridge


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


Your Club's Rotary Citation In  2022-23  - Here's How You Can Get It - START NOW

The Rotary Citation awards recognize the hard work clubs do throughout the year. Taking action toward achieving the citation goals helps clubs engage their members, stay relevant in their communities, and run more efficiently. A welcoming and engaging club also reflects the values of Rotary. When clubs achieve citation goals, they contribute to the overall health and culture of Rotary for generations to come. Your Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact club can earn a Rotary Citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and your club. Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community. 

Here's how.......

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

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

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

Strategic planning consists more or less of these three steps. 

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

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

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

Please Read more ........

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you checked out our District 7070 Website lately?

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

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

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

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

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

What's Larry's Email Address?

 It was a rainy day when I got the call.  

 He needed to know, right away,

 "What's his email" he did say. 

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

 The magic we found, by bringing it down

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

With rushing to cheer, the awakening is here! 

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

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

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

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