Welcome to The September 2017 District 7070 Newsletter


District Governor's September 2017 Newsletter
My Fellow Rotarians:

September 10th is our Foundation Walk, and I look forward to seeing many Rotarians there. Not only is it a fun morning to see many of your fellow Rotarians – it’s a key fundraiser to support our Foundation. How key is this? Well, remember that a large portion of our donations come back to us in three years, made available through District Designated Funds. Our ability to match funds for your Club projects in three years is directly related to donations this year.

 September in Rotary is officially Basic Education and Literacy Month. We have a new Chair of the District Literacy Committee this year; am sure Courtney Doldron ( from the Willowdale Club would be interested in hearing from any Clubs who have projects, or need some assistance in this area. There’s also a breakout on the topic at our District Conference......

District Governor Elect's Sept 2017 Newsletter
Dear Fellow Rotarians of District 7070,

I hope that you are enjoying the summer and that you're finding some opportunities for rest and re-creation! If you're looking for something to do, why not check out Rotary events and/or meetings organized by other clubs, either close to home or wherever your travels may take you? It's a great opportunity to enjoy Rotary friendship and to see how other clubs get things done (think R&D). 

One place you might choose to visit this summer (for those of you who don't already live there!) is Prince Edward County. The 2018 Rotary District 7070 Conference will be held in Wellington, Prince Edward County, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The DC18 Planning Team is busy planning a fabulous day-long conference with opportunities either side to enjoy all that The County has to offer......

R I President's Sept 2017 Newsletter

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

One of the best parts of any Rotary convention is the sheer diversity of the people you see there. Whether you’re heading into a breakout session, exploring the House of Friendship, or sitting down for a bite to eat, you’ll meet people from every corner of the world, in all kinds of national attire, speaking just about every language. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a big part of what makes Rotary great: that we can be so different and still find ourselves so at home together.

That spirit of warm community that is so central to Rotary also defines Toronto, our host city for the 2018 Rotary International Convention. Toronto is one of my favorite cities....


Rotary Foundation Chair's Sept Newsletter

Countdown To History

"Countdown to history" is a phrase I especially like. Those three words express not just how momentous Rotary’s polio endeavor is – something achieved only once before in the human experience – but also that the finish line is within sight.

Rotary and our strategic partners are united behind eradicating polio. Our 2016 Council on Legislation voted to reaffirm polio eradication as a goal "of the highest order." At the recent 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, global health leaders reiterated their commitment to polio eradication. News coverage of our efforts pops up everywhere. Projects continue worldwide – such as District 6930’s annual World’s Greatest Meal – that focus on Rotarians’ primary responsibilities of fundraising, advocacy, and volunteer recruitment......



2018-19 Rotary International President 

Barry Rassin of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, selected to be 2018-19 RI president

Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.....

2019-20 R I Presidential Nominee

Mark Daniel Maloney, of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2019-20. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

“The clubs are where Rotary happens,” says Maloney, an attorney. He aims to support and strengthen clubs at the community level, preserve Rotary’s culture as a service-oriented membership organization, and test new regional approaches for growth.

“With the eradication of polio, recognition for Rotary will be great and the opportunities will be many,” he says. “We have the potential to become the global powerhouse for doing good.”.....

District 7070 Foundation Chair's September Newsletter

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

There is no better time than now, to ask all Rotarians to think about supporting our Rotary Foundation. You will be making a difference in so many ways throughout the world. Rotarians do make the world a better place.

Has your Rotary Club committed, again this Rotary Year, to donating at least $20.00 PER Rotarian to PolioPlus? Has your Club sent in your objectives to me, for the 2017-18 Rotary Year yet? I sure hope that your Rotary Club has set your goal for contributing at least $ 100.00 US for each member of your club for Annual Giving to the Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation. .....

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 six 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. ......

2017 Rotary Foundation Walk

Join fellow Rotarians and friends on Sunday, Sept 10, 2017 for the annual District 7070 walk in support of the Rotary Foundation (8:30 am Registration, 10 am Walk, 12 pm Lunch) at Heydenshore Pavilion, 589 Water Street in Whitby. Hosted by the Whitby and Whitby Sunrise Rotary clubs, enjoy a leisurely walk along the beautiful waterfront trail in Whitby. Enjoy music, local craft beer, prizes, and trivia. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served!! Awesome fun for the whole family!!!

Individual pledge forms can be downloaded from the District 7070 website at  . Please email Mark Chipman if you would like someone from the committee to visit your club and provide a 5-10 minute overview of the walk event. ....



Latest Polio News 
Follow the latest news on Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio, every week. See the country-specific section and more details, at
World Polio Day  - Oct 24, 2017

What is your Rotary Club in District 7070, doing on October 24, 2016, to tell the world that Polio is being eradicated and that Rotary is leading the way?

There are many ways to bring to the attention of Rotary’s fight to end Polio world wide. : Have World Polio Day, October 24, proclaimed in your community, by your City , Town and Regional Councils; Hand out fliers as we did last year at TTC and Go station locations; Have the End Polio Now or Rotary flag fly high at City Hall in Toronto or in your town or city on October 24; Have a walk in your town to show your club’s support.

Get ready for the 5th annual World Polio Day event, co-hosted with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and streamed live from Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, Washington.  If you would like more information and wish to help, please contact World Polio Day Chair for District 7070, Jennifer Boyd, at ..........


Rotary Day at the United Nations 

November 11, 2017 United Nations Headquarters at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

Rotary Day at the United Nations is our annual event highlighting the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world. Rotary Day at the United Nations celebrates two organizations’ shared vision for peace and highlights the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world. The event also honors people who make a positive difference in their community, their country, or around the world. Each year, about 1,000 guests attend. Who attends? How about YOU? .....

Howard Tours Rotary Trip to West Africa - Oct 2017
How would you like to travel with North American Rotarians to Accra, Ghana for a life changing experience and be part of a trip to Accra, Ghana, West Africa in October 2017 to participate in a polio immunization exercise, attend the 12th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project?  Here's how.......
Rotarians contribute more than $300 million to TRF
Rotarians and friends contributed a total of $304.3 million (unaudited) to The Rotary Foundation during the centennial year, a celebration of the Foundation’s 100 years of Doing Good. This amount surpassed the goal of $300 million set to mark the centennial in 2016-17. Click here to Learn more.
Priority # 1 - Sept 23 Membership Semniar 
It is a new Rotary year and what a great way to kick it off - the next installment of our Membership Seminar!! Let's keep the momentum going!  Hear about what is working for clubs in our district, new ideas and the impact these are having on membership.  Discuss what your club is doing, how it is working and discover how to make it better.  On  Saturday September 23rd join us from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the next installment of our Membership Seminar at... Centennial College Event Centre - 6th Floor, Progress Campus, 937 Progress Ave, Scarborough, ON.  Parking available and free on Saturdays.  Registration will be open to the first 50 people who sign up on line.  ​​​​​​​Register Online
Membership - A fresh Approach

Give your members a meaningful Rotary experience by offering them opportunities to make a positive difference and connect with others. They’ll make valuable friendships and feel good about Rotary and the work we’re doing to make the world a better place.

Find ideas to help your club take a fresh approach with these resources: .......Find out right here, how your club can be a strong club. .......

10 tips to attract and retain quality members
Since July 1, 2016, the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, has recruited 31 new members. They have grown from a medium to a large-sized club in their district at 93 members. Tom Gump, club president and a district trainer, shares 10 tips for replicating their success.. Click here to find 10 tips.
Membership Resources

Don’t miss out on the many valuable resources that are available for prospective and current members. Using these tools allows clubs to improve their members’ experience so that more prospective members join and more current members stay.

Watch this video of President Ian Riseley speaking about the importance of membership flexibility. And there is more  ........


Rotary Recommits to Landmine Eradication

Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson is urging Rotarians in District 7070 and right across Canada to revisit their commitment to this worthwhile humanitarian cause. In keeping with this year’s Rotary theme – it is time once again for Rotarians “To Make a Difference”. Find out how you can help. .....

Shelterbox Canada News - Sept 2017
MEET TIM HEDGES: Operations Rotary Liaison

This July, ShelterBox expanded its operations team to welcome Tim Hedges as the new Operations Rotary Liaison. This new role within ShelterBox works to strengthen the partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary International in the field as we work together as international project partners in disaster relief.

Having been involved with ShelterBox for some years I have recently joined the staff as Operations Rotary Liaison to build and maintain links with Rotary clubs in areas frequently affected by disasters. ShelterBox has a long connection with the Rotary organization through fundraising and our wonderful affiliate network, but the vast majority of our deployments feature input from local Rotarians. Their skills, contacts and sheer hard work is often invaluable in ensuring the success of a response and, whatever the scale or type of a disaster, the Rotary network is often best placed to assist our teams with local knowledge and support such as transport, accommodation, and translation services.........

Peace Building Conferences - 2018

My Fellow Rotarians,

District 7070 has created a Peace-building Committee to help share Rotary’s ongoing vision to raise the profile of peace and to create an environment to learn more about the ‘building blocks’ of Peace-building through mediation, dispute resolution, and negotiation. Here are the locations of the upcoming presidential Peacebuilding Conferences but to hear President Ian Riseley’s invitation to join him at any of the six conferences in 2018, follow this link:     .........

HIP (Honouring Indigenous People) News for Sept 2017

Rotary News  On July 14th, HIP Chair, Chris Snyder and John Lomax, the CIRCLE chair (7080) attended the Rotary Club of Burlington North meeting. The ONEXONE Foundation was presented with a cheque in the amount of $12,800 in support of the 2016/2017 First Nations School Breakfast Program. The funds were raised from 12 Rotary District 7080 clubs (Palgrave, Erin, Burlington Central, Orangeville Highlands, Orangeville, Mississauga Credit Valley, Burlington North, Mississauga Meadowvale, Burlington, Oakville West, Shelburne and Guelph Trillium) along with a district matching grant. Great work!

See what Rotarians are doing to Honour Indigenous People and find out how you can help....Read more ....

WASRAG News for Sept 2017

On the WASRAG website, we keep back issues of the WASRAG Newsletter on this page


WASH Resources Some great WASH resources that you might find useful! ........
RADAR 139 - 11 Years and Growing

My Fellow Rotarians,

The RADAR139 initiative was created with the encouragement of Past District Governor Bill Patchett, who wanted every club in the District to have the opportunity “to get on the RADAR” and to help alleviate the massive suffering caused by HIV/AIDS.  In 2006, $139 represented the approximate cost to save the life of an HIV+ mother and her baby for one year. Each new Rotary year, every club in District 7070 is asked to contribute a minimum of $139 to support an HIV/AIDS-related project chosen by the members of RADAR – Rotary Action for the Development of AIDS Responses – our District 7070 AIDS committee. Donations of $139 or more from your Rotary Club and all of the Rotary Clubs across the District bring hope, health and dignity to so many each year.  Has your Club donated $139 this Rotary year? Here's how......

Guatemala Thanks Canadian Rotarians

Hello Rotarians all,

I am sending this e-mail out to all Canadian Rotary Clubs (past & present) who have supported the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP). I just got back from Guatemala, having been invited to receive and welcome RI President Ian Riseley on behalf of all Canadian Rotary Clubs who have supported the GLP. President Ian and his wife Juliet were in Guatemala in part to see firsthand what Rotary does within the Global Grants that have supported the GLP. I actually sat at the same table during lunch on Sunday August 20th with President Ian and Juliet. .........

Rotary Brand Center

Many people don’t know much about Rotary

Together, we can change that.  Despite more than a century of Rotarians creating change in communities around the globe, many people don’t understand what Rotary is, how we’re different, and why they should engage with us. To thrive in the 21st century, Rotary needs a strong identity. And while every Rotarian’s experience is unique, how we tell Rotary’s story should be consistent. You can help by following these simple steps.......

People of Action Campaign
Dear fellow Rotarians in District 7070, 
I am excited to announce the release of the People of Action assets on the Rotary Brand Center! Below is a list of assets that are available to download now in all Rotary languages:
  • People of Action print ads (Connect, Inspire, Transform, End Polio)
  • People of Action social media ad templates (Transform, End Polio)
  •  “What We See” 90-second public service announcement video .................
We are the Greatest Story Ever Told

Former vice president of Rotary International, Jennifer Jones, believes it is extremely important to share the history of our organization. According to her, "we are the greatest story ever told."  If your Rotary club project is a "secret" known only to members, it probably will not have the expected impact nor reach its full potential. The success of fundraising campaigns, social actions or promotional initiatives is the result of intense publicity and the involvement of as many people as possible. ........

Marketing & Communications Team wants YOU
The Toronto Host Organizing Committee’s Marketing Team is looking for a number of Rotarians and/or Friends of Rotary to help in our efforts to promote Toronto 2018.  Please contact our Marketing and Communications team through Mike Gauthier and here is how you can help out.......
Home Hospitality  - Your Club can Help

On Monday, June 25, 2018 The Host Organizing Committee (that is us – your club and mine) is holding “Home Hospitality”. The Committee members, Jackie Davis and Don Bell are now looking for Rotarians and Rotary Clubs in the District, particularly in the GTA, to host Convention delegates for a night of home hospitality. They expect 5,000 delegates to sign up. Jackie or Don Bell will be glad to come to your Rotary Club and tell you how you and your club can participate and host Rotarians from all over the world......

Volunteers Still Needed for Toronto 2018

My Fellow Rotarians,

More than 1,200 volunteers will be required to help. And the Host Operating Committee is looking to YOU. You can now sign up as a volunteer by going to the and sign up as a Volunteer.  Go to VOLUNTEER section....follow through to where is mentions Atlanta & click on REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER. We are using a Vroom software system and you'll need to give an email & set up a password. Once you do so, you'll instantly go in the shift area.....

Any Entertainment Suggestions for Toronto 2018

This is a calling out to Rotarians in District 7070 for entertainment suggestions for the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention. I am the co-chair of entertainment for the 2018 Convention and if you could just drop me an email with your suggestions and/or thoughts, our team would consider all possibilities. We are also responsible for entertainment for the House of Friendship – We are hoping to have new entertainment each hour. So far, I have had applications from local choirs; fashion show presenters, martial arts, school bands etc. District 7080 has really taken this project on and sent me a myriad of suggestions.

Thank you all,

Lynda Ryder

Call for breakout proposals: 2018 Toronto convention

Do you have an idea or project that you want to share with the Rotary world? Consider organizing a breakout session at the Toronto convention.  Breakout sessions can inspire attendees, helping them polish their leadership skills and giving them new ideas for projects, fundraising, strengthening membership, and more. Submit your proposal online by Sunday, October 1, 2017.


Register for Toronto 2018

Rotarians from all over the world enjoyed southern hospitality, learned about new funding commitments in our efforts to eradicate polio, and discovered how prevalent human trafficking is during the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta. If you weren't able to attend, experience it with our coverage on Read Bill Pollard's account of enjoying the convention virtually. It's not too early to register for the 2018 Convention in Toronto.

Register for Conference & Book Hotel
 Hello and thank you once again to everyone who has registered to attend the District 7070 Conference November 3 & 4 at the White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake!  If you have not, this is your invitation to register. For more information please visit our conference site: And to book directly with White Oaks Resort and Spa, Click here.  .....And there's more ............ 
Our 3rd Taming of The Dragon Contest

To all Rotarians in District 7070,

We're calling for high school students who want to have a positive social impact in their community and beyond. There will be over $4,500 up for grabs, mentorship opportunities, team training, and personal development experiences. Students will get to present in front of 100-300 guests ranging from high school peers to industry professionals. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out as we'd be happy to assist!   Full booklet of competition details is here.   The enlarged infographic is here.

Kindest regards

Sarah Hui

Wonderful Sponsorship Opportunities
Wonderful Sponsorship Opportunities: As a Sponsor, you will reach the 400+ attendees directly and more than 2,500 Rotarians and Rotaractors through newsletters, websites and social media.  One-year and two-year Sponsorships available. Opportunities start as low as $300

To find out more, Click on the link  and  Contact Lorna Johnson, Tel: 647-308-2808


You're Invited to Rotary Friendship Day in Oshawa 

Ron Dick, President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa and Ted Morrison, President of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood invite ALL Rotarians in District 7070 and their guests to Rotary Friendship Day in Oshawa on Monday September 25 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Parkwood Estate, the estate of the late Colonel R.S. "Sam" McLaughlin. The guest speaker at the noon luncheon will be Samantha George, Curator of Parkwood Estate. Unless Parkwood is booked by a film crew, tours of the home will also be included, following the meeting.

Tickets for the event are $75 for each Rotarian and a 2nd ticket can be purchased for $60 with all proceeds going the Annual Programs Fund of The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation transforms donations into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects, the most notable of which is the PolioPlus campaign, Rotary's effort to eradicate polio from the world.” Rotarians from all of the 56 Rotary Club in southern Ontario are invited when they register to attend with access via the Rotary District Calendar. Seating is limited to 120 Rotarian and guests.


Rotary Club of Oshawa helps Adopt A Village Laos

Steve Rutledge, President of "Adopt A Village In Laos" showcased his "Water Filter Project" and his efforts to bring drinking water to villages in Laos, at the July 31 meeting of The Oshawa Rotary Club. The World Community Service Committee gave a donation to the cause on behalf of The Rotary Club of Oshawa.

Steve said, "These funds will go towards the construction of a permanent water supply for the village of Phou Kou, Nambak District, Luang Prabang Province, Laos. That you so much for your amazing support!"

Left to Right- Arthur Lovell, Dave Brooks, Clive Waugh, Steve Rutledge, Margaret Wallace, Bonnie Brown.

New & Improved Rotary Club Central
The new and improved Rotary Club Central is finally here. Navigate more easily with our modern interface, and use this essential planning tool on your mobile phone or tablet. You can also quickly track service activity and see your past and current club data in easy-to-read charts and graphs.

Check out the new Rotary Club Central today......

Rotary Citation and Service Above Self Award 

Rotary clubs that achieve goals related to increased membership, sustainable service projects, Rotary Foundation giving, and building awareness of Rotary may earn the 2017-18 Rotary Citation. You can track your progress toward the citation on the reports page on You can also view updated membership information and Foundation giving in Rotary Club Central. Check out the new citation tab, which is an easy way to submit self-reported goals. Rotary’s Service Above Self Award honors Rotarians who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents. District governors and RI directors may nominate one candidate from their districts to receive this award in the 2017-18 Rotary year. Nominations are due November 1, 2017.  If you have questions, email

Rotary Leadership Institute - 2017-18

 We hope to see you this year in Belleville, Oshawa and/or in Scarborough in 2017-18. This is your opportunity to learn more about Rotary and share your ideas with other Rotarians. And it is a great learning experience for newer Rotarians.  Sept 30 in Belleville. Be sure to register on line today. Watch for the District website for details. For all Rotarians who have joined a Rotary Club in District 7070 in the last year, our Rotary District will pay your tuition fee for Rotary Leadership Institute part one !!! All you have to do is sign up online on the Website jpeg coming soon for 2017-18. To find out more about our Rotary Leadership Institute.......

Club Visioning & Your Strategic Plan 

Rotary Clubs, like any other organizations, need to have a plan for where they are heading. In order to assist Clubs to develop a vision, the District has a team of experienced Rotarians who can facilitate visioning sessions. Since we started the program, five or six years ago, close to 40 Cubs have held sessions. A few Clubs have held two or three sessions, up-dating their vision on a regular basis. Does your club need vision? Find out right here.................

Your Rotary Mobile Business Directory

Are you a Rotarian in District 7070? How would you like to advertise your business on our new mobile business directory for as little as $10 for the first year? Check out the site at to register today! Are you a consumer looking for a service or business owned by a Rotarian? Check the site often to see our business directory grow. Who wouldn’t want to do business with a group of business owners that follow Rotary's Four-Way Test.  Check out our Facebook link: 7070 Directory. .....

District 7070 Speakers Bureau

Have you heard a good speaker at one of your weekly Rotary meetings? It may even be one of your own Rotary Club members who often are your best Rotary speakers.  Are you looking for a good speaker? How about sharing that speaker with everyone in District 7070. Come and visit the new look on the District 7070 Website at our Speakers' Bureau and let Aziz know how you like it.  Perhaps your Club is looking for a good speaker. This is your chance to help. The District 7070 Website Committee has created a Rotary District 7070 Speakers Bureau that we will post on the District 7070 website and we need your input...........

Helpful Links, Resources & References

Have you checked out the new Rotary website:

Have you checked out the Rotary District 7070 website 


Have you checked out the Rotaract District 7070 website:

Are you following us on twitter @rotary7070

Advertise your business on our new mobile business directory at

Be sure to “Like” us on our Facebook Page 

: Rotary District 7070

Be sure to “Like” Rotary on their Facebook Page: Rotary International

Have you checked out your Rotary Club website and Facebook Page lately? Is it current?

When potential members inquire or come to your webiste. club , they check out your


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Future Rotary International Conventions
  • 2018: 24-27 June, Toronto, Canada

  • 2019: 1-5 June, Hamburg, Germany

  • 2020: 7-10 June, Honolulu, USA

  • 2021: 13-16 June, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 2022: 5-8 June, Texas, USA.

Upcoming Events
DG Visit TO West and Parkdale Highpark
Sep 14, 2017 7:00 AM
DG visit to Scarborough Clubs and Agincourt
Sep 19, 2017 6:00 PM
DG visit to Etobicoke
Sep 20, 2017 6:00 PM
Membership Seminar
Centennial College Event Centre
Sep 23, 2017
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Rotary Friendship Day in OSHAWA
Parkwood Estate
Sep 25, 2017
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
DG visit to Toronto East & Toronto Bay Bloor
Sep 27, 2017 12:00 PM
President's Meeting
Oshawa Golf Club
Sep 28, 2017 7:00 PM
Membership Mini Seminar
Oshawa Golf Club
Sep 28, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2017-18 Rotary Leadership Institute - Belleville
Sep 30, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
DG Visit to Stirling
Oct 02, 2017 7:00 AM
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