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WELCOME TO THE FIRST Edition of the District 7070 Rotary Newsletter (JULY) FOR 2017-18.

This email has been sent To: ALL active Rotarians in District 7070.

If your Rotary Club has honorary members, or ANYONE who you think may wish to receive a copy of this Newsletter, please send a copy to them.

Please send a copy to the MEDIA in your area. This will help increase Rotary's public image throughout southern Ontario.

Please go to the Rotary District 7070 website ( ) . This District 7070 Newsletter is there now for you to read and download at your leisure. It is located in the left hand column of the District website. And the link is also shown below:

July 2017 District 7070 Newsletter

And be sure to check out the Rotaract website too for the latest news of the Rotaract Clubs in District 7070.

The JULY 2017 Rotary District 7070 Newsletter is packed with information on our many Rotary programs

such as:

  • Letters from District Governor Neil Phillips and from District Governor-Elect Mary Lou Harrison

  • Letter from R.I. President Ian Riseley

  • Letter from Rotary Foundation Chair Paul Netzel and our District 7070 Foundation Chair, Past District Governor Michale Bell

  • A Status Report on Polio Eradication and also the big $1.2 Billion Donation to PolioPlus

  • Are you contributing to the District 7070 Speakers Bureau? How about MOBI ?

  • Newsletters from ShelterBox Canada , and Honoring Indigenous People, and WASRAG

  • A new section called Clubs In the News . A great opportunity to assist other Rotary Clubs.

  • News from The 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta

  • Public Image – A PHOTO CONTEST - From our Zone 24 East Public Image Coordinators Carole Jones and Brian Thompson

  • Have you volunteered for Toronto2018 yet? Any thoughts on the entertainment?

  • Don't forget the REMINDERS..... like Rotary Leadership Institute , Club Visioning, the Mobile Business Directory, our Speakers Bureau and many more

  • Are you going to the Rotary District Conference? Have you registered? Have you booked your hotel room?

  • and many more news items and Reminders

In addition, all editions of this year's Newsletters will be available on the District 7070 website. Look at the left hand column of the District Website and scroll down. You may wish to include a copy on your own Club website and your own Club Facebook page. This Newsletter is a good look at Rotary in Southern Ontario and around the world and just may attract new members to your site and to your Rotary Club.

We will continue to email a newsletter out to you perhaps 10 to 11 times in the 2017-18 Rotary year (we will try for one a month as our goal).

This is a "no charge" endeavour so that our District Rotary Dues are kept in check. Please send all of your articles to me Dave Andrews, Public Relations Chairman.

SPECIAL NOTE TO District Governor Neil, Governor Elect Mary Lou and to ALL District Committee Chairs and members of the District Advisory Board: The deadline for submitting articles, letters and photos for EVERY EDITION IS 4 DAYS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE MONTH.

SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL Assistant Governors and Club Presidents:

As the Assistant Governors make their way around to visit your respective Clubs, they will ask each President for any news they wish all Rotarians in the District to read about . It should be a real accomplishment or plan that you may want to share as a helpful suggestion or idea for your fellow Rotarians. Please note this is not an avenue to get your next fundraiser to get some ink. We all have those to do. This is a great opportunity for you and your club's Public Relations Committee to get some news out about your club . Perhaps a completed successful projects (and why it was successful), perhaps some accomplishments of some individual club members, etc.

SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL Club Presidents:

Please send your articles (and your photos) to your Assistant Governor and not to me. I would like the Assistant Governors to edit them first. Thanks for understanding.
We will try to get out the Editions by first of each month.

Please ensure that your club members have their email addresses on the District 7070 Website up to date. This will assist them getting this email.

The deadline for submitting articles (and photos) to me will be
4 days prior to the start of each month.

Thank you for all of your help.


David F. Andrews,
Chairman Rotary District 7070 Public Relations

District Governor Neil Phillips July 2017 Newsletter
Governor’s Newsletter 
July 2017
         Rotary: Making A Difference


 My Fellow Rotarians:

Welcome to a new Rotary year! It is an honour and a privilege to serve as your District Governor, and I look forward to seeing many of you at Club and District events in the coming months.

In 2017-18, we’ll answer the question “What is Rotary?” with RI President Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme, Rotary: Making a Difference. Says Ian, “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.” It’s an apt theme; one that speaks directly to what we all strive to do every year, and I encourage you to reflect on your definition of what Rotary means to you personally.

We have an opportunity of a lifetime – or at least a generation – this year. While traditionally the District Governor Elect promotes the upcoming international convention, I think as it’s in Toronto we are all promoting – and supporting – it! See Mary Lou’s letter for some great info on how you can get involved. And check out the Host Organising Committee website frequently – changes and additions are being put up often as the convention gets ever closer. As I write this, there are 364 sleeps until the big event. And let’s not forget the Rotaract Preconvention – momentous being Rotaract’s 50th anniversary. There will also likely be an Interact Preconvention. So lots to get involved with on so many levels: just ask!

Registration in Atlanta was an astounding success – so much so that it crashed RI’s servers as the midnight Mightily exhausted perhaps – but beaming. earlybird deadline approached! By the time I was on my flight back to Toronto, over 13,000 had registered. My bet is our final tally next June will be 30,000+. As Ian says, “No Pressure!” I am absolutely confident a year from now we’ll be proud at the great success we all accomplished.

I also hope we’ll be able to proudly meet another challenge set forth for our district. Every Rotary club has been challenged to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between now and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. At the District Assembly, we announced our partnership with Highway of Heroes Tribute, and we already have a community tree planting set for Earth Day. With these initiatives, we’ve already met the initial goal, so I’m setting the challenge much higher, and aiming for a tree for every attendee to Toronto 2018. Get planting!

This year is going to be a year full of fun and impactful events. Alongside those and the great work we do already, look for some changes throughout the year ahead, in our communications, streamlined processes and reduced administration.

I’d also like to congratulate and welcome Sarah Hui from the Rotaract Club of Toronto into the role as our new District Rotaract Representative.

As we embark on another exciting year, a big thank you and sincere congratulations to Past District Governor Jim and all those who accomplished so much last year and contributed to the ongoing success of District 7070.

I’m looking forward to the year ahead, to share in your enthusiasm and energy and the opportunity to realize our theme of Rotary: Making a Difference alongside each and every one of you.

Yours In Rotary, 




District Governor Neil Phillips at                     



Let's Meet Neil 
District 7070 District Governor Neil Phillips has taken the reigns of District 7070. Want to no more about Neil, here is your chance
Let's meet Neil:
Neil Phillips joined Rotary in 1998, when he was asked to become a member of The Rotary Club of Toronto (RCT) by his CEO, a fellow Rotarian.  In his Rotary career, Neil has had the opportunity to serve in many different capacities and at several levels.  In 2012-13 Neil was honoured to be President during RCT’s Centennial year.  He is a past member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Foundation, a Sustaining Member of The Rotary Foundation and a member of the Bequest Society.  Within RCT he has been awarded the Club Builder and William Peace Award, with multiple Paul Harris Fellow designations, and the Distinguished Service Award.  On the heels of completing his term as Club President, Neil took on the positions of Assistant Governor and District Chair for Rotaract – roles in which he held until moving into the role of District Governor Elect.
In the community, Neil has held volunteer roles outside of Rotary, including board member positions with his tennis club and World Literacy Canada.
He has worked in the marketing logistics, uniforms/branded merchandise and product co-packing and third party logistics industries for three decades.  He has been with DGN Marketing Services for more than 25 years and has been President of the company since 2007.
Neil is of British heritage, his parents emigrating from England directly after having both served in World War II.  He has lived in British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario; and while sometimes conflicted about referring to himself as a Torontonian, calls Toronto his home today. 
An inveterate traveler, Neil has explored all seven continents (with an eccentric definition of “off the beaten path”), and has a passion for literature and music.  He enjoys all foods, and can often be found with his nose in a glass of wine. 
He lives with his partner, Mardi Michels, who by coincidence was a Rotary Exchange Student (Australia to Belgium) in her youth.  Mardi is a French teacher, cooking instructor and food writer/author.  In the past three years Neil & Mardi have become French landowners, busy learning phrases like “tout a l'égout” as they restore their historic home as a rental property.  They are bossed around by Cleo, their opinionated Burmese cat. 
District Governor Elect Mary Lou Harrison July 2017 Newsletter
Dear Fellow Rotarians of District 7070,

I'm excited to begin another amazing Rotary year of Service Above Self and incredible Rotary friendships with you!

My recent visit to Atlanta to help promote the Rotary International Convention in Toronto reminded me of what a diverse and passionate group of people we are as the family of Rotary. It was wonderful to reconnect with long-time friends and to make new ones from all over the world.

I was especially thrilled to have an opportunity to chat with RI Past President Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, who was in office when I was President of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise. He is a very vocal promoter of women in Rotary, and his encouragement at the 2005 RI Convention in Chicago still motivates me! Extra special was the opportunity to introduce Past President Carl-Wilhelm to Beth Selby from the Rotary Club of Cobourg as the District 7070 Governor for the 2019/20 Rotary year.

If you have not yet registered for the 2018 RI Convention in Toronto and signed up to volunteer, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible. There are lots of opportunities to get involved, including arranging a night of Host Hospitality to welcome Rotarians from around the world to a dinner in your home or hosted by your club.

Another highlight of the Atlanta Convention was the launch of the People of Action campaign which shows very clearly what can happen when Rotarians, working together, turn challenges into action that changes lives. Be sure to check out the video!

Thank you, in advance, for being People of Action in your own clubs and around the world through international projects and your support of The Rotary Foundation, our foundation.

Mary Lou

Mary Lou Harrison

District Governor Elect 2018-19 at


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Mary Lou

Mary Lou Harrison

District Governor Elect 2018-19 at


Join us in Toronto! Mark your calendar at

Let's Meet Mary Lou 

Mary Lou Harrison is the daughter of a Rotarian and a Rotary Ann. She grew up volunteering at Rotary events and projects of all sorts. Her early exposure to the Rotary family included hosting exchange students attending the Rotary International Convention in Toronto in 1983.

A strong advocate for the role of women in Rotary, Mary Lou renewed her relationship with Rotary after watching female members of the Rotary Club of Parkdale-High Park interviewed on television about the creation of The Redwood Shelter. However, she didn’t join Rotary until several years later when someone asked her! Thank you to Rotarian Scott Allison.

Mary Lou is a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Northumberland Sunrise, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, and an active member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise. This in no way means that she is a morning person!

Her district roles have included the positions of Assistant Governor, Vocational Service Chair, Co-Chair of RADAR (Rotary Action for the Development of AIDS Responses), and membership on the Communications Team. She can often be found on an event planning committee (Rotary Foundation Walk, Rotary AIDS Walk, District Conferences, Peace Conference etc.) and/or behind the camera capturing wonderful Rotary moments to feed social media.

Currently, Mary Lou is the Parish Administrator at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, a national historic site, active church, and performing arts venue in downtown Toronto. Her work life has included positions in the Ontario government as an Arts Consultant, her own catering and events management company, teaching cooking, freelance writing, and being the editor of a community newspaper.

Mary Lou is married to David, and they have two daughters, Rachel and Sarah. Outside of Rotary, her interests include gardening, reading, board and card games, and the environment. She is thrilled that Rotary International President Ian is a tree hugger too!

Rotary International President Ian Riseley's Monthly Message – July  2017


Dear Fellow Rotarians:

There are as many reasons to come to Rotary as there are Rotarians – maybe even a few more. But each of us has stayed in Rotary because it adds something to our own lives. Through Rotary, we are Making a Difference in the world; and the more involved we become, the more of a difference Rotary makes to each of us. Rotary challenges us to become better people: to become ambitious in the ways that matter, to strive for higher goals, and to incorporate Service Above Self into our daily lives.

What kind of difference Rotary clubs and individual Rotarians make through their service will always be their own decision. As an organization, we are guided by the three strategic priorities our Board has set in our strategic plan: to support and strengthen our clubs, to focus and increase our humanitarian service, and to enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.

In the year ahead, our clubs will have the support of a greatly augmented array of online tools, including a refreshed, a simplified Rotary Foundation grant application process, an improved My Rotary experience, and a rebuilt Rotary Club Central. As we look to strengthen our clubs, two specific challenges stand out in our membership: our gender balance and our average age. To keep our clubs strong, we need to build a membership that reflects the communities we serve and that will continue to develop knowledgeable leaders for generations to come.

For many years, one idea has stood at the heart of all our service: sustainability. Sustainable service means our work continues to have a positive impact long after Rotary’s direct involvement has ended. We don’t dig wells and walk away; we make sure communities can maintain and repair those wells. If we build a clinic, we make sure that clinic has a way to keep running without ongoing support from us. And when it comes to polio, we aren’t working to contain it; we’re working to end it.

Eradicating polio is the ultimate in sustainable service. It is an investment that will yield not just a long-lasting but a permanent benefit, on a global scale. It is and must remain our No. 1 priority until the job is done.

For 112 years, Rotary has made a difference to more lives, in more ways, than we can ever count or will ever know. Today, each of us bears a torch, its flame lit by Paul Harris, that has been passed forward from generation to generation, in Rotary: Making a Difference.


Ian H.S. Riseley          President, Rotary International                                            

Let's Meet Ian

Ian H.S. Riseley, of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International in 2017-18. He will become the president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge him.

Riseley says that meaningful partnerships with corporations and other organizations are crucial to Rotary’s future.

We have the programs and personnel and others have available resources,” says Riseley. “Doing good in the world is everyone’s goal. We must learn from the experience of the polio eradication program to maximize our public awareness exposure for future partnerships.”

Riseley is a practicing accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., which specializes in advising local and international businesses, and has a strong interest in international affairs. He received the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in 2002 in recognition of his work in Timor-Leste. He also received the Order of Australia medal in 2006 for service to the Australian community.

Governments see Rotary as positive representatives of a civil society,” he says. “We should work with them to advocate for peace and conflict resolution, just as we are advocating for polio eradication.”

A member since 1978, Riseley has served Rotary as treasurer, director, trustee, RI Board Executive Committee member, task force member, committee member and chair, and district governor.

He is also a former member of the Australian Polio Eradication Private Sector Campaign and a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He and his wife, Juliet, are Multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and Bequest Society members.

Be sure to look in the July 2017 edition of the Rotarian magazine starting on page 30 for more about our new Rotary International President.

Rotary Foundation Chair Paul Netzel's July Newsletter

The Foundation and the power of an idea

Dear fellow Rotarians,

It seems like yesterday that I was 26 and a brand-new member of Rotary. When I missed my third meeting and failed to do a makeup, my sponsor sat me down and for the first time really explained the values of Rotary. I took his words to heart and haven’t missed a makeup since. Now, 49 years later, almost to the day – as a proud member of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles (LA5) – I am honored and humbled to serve as chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation this year.

The Foundation started with a simple idea: to do good in the world. One hundred years later, we know the story of what happened – as we have learned during this year’s celebration of the Foundation’s centennial.

During those years, Rotarians have raised and invested more than $4.1 billion in thousands of programs, projects, and scholarships. In short, the Foundation is a living history of the power of one idea. A Rotarian shares an idea with his or her club, and – with the help of grant money from the Foundation – amazing things happen.

This is an exciting time to be a Rotarian. It’s the first year of The Rotary Foundation’s second century, and we are on the verge of participating in one of the most amazing accomplishments in human history: the eradication of polio. Thirty-two years ago, PolioPlus began and served as a catalyst that engaged Rotarians and partners worldwide. Today polio is on track to become the second disease eradicated in human history. CNBC, a leading global media outlet, recently ranked The Rotary Foundation third on its list of the "Top 10 Charities Changing the World."

In the coming months I look forward to discussing our Foundation goals for the next year and beyond. Share your thoughts with me at Ask yourself,"What can I do to help tackle an issue that’s near and dear to me?" How will you engage the Foundation to help you? Remember, all it takes is one person with an idea – along with a great organization – and those timeless Rotary values I learned way back when. It seems like yesterday.



Paul Netzel                Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair

Let's Meet Paul

Past Rotary International Director and current Trustee Paul A. Netzel, a member of Rotary Club of Los Angeles, California, USA, is the Rotary Foundation Chairman for the year 2017-2018.

Paul A. Netzel is founder and chair of Netzel Grigsby Associates Inc., a leading management consulting firm specializing in work with nonprofit organizations and institutions throughout the western United States. He served as mayor of Culver City, California, and president of Culver City’s Board of Education. He has held leadership positions in numerous local and national professional societies and not-for-profit boards, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Boy Scouts, Goodwill Industries, United Way, YMCA, and the Auto Club of Southern California Advisory Board.

A Rotarian since 1968, Netzel has served as director, task force zone coordinator, committee chair, zone institute chair and convener, International Assembly moderator and chair, training leader, and district governor.

Netzel has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. Both Paul and his wife, Diane, are charter members of the Arch Klumph Society, Major Donors, and members of the Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society of The Rotary Foundation.


District 7070 Rotary Foundation July 2017  Newsletter

From Michael Bell, 2017-18 Chair District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Here we are in July 2017, the start of a new Rotary Year. And what 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 everyone in your Club, this Rotary Year, made that same commitment to personally donate $20.00 for the eradication of Polio? Again, this Rotary Year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match our contributions on a 2 for 1 basis. Your one dollar becomes 3 dollars ! And we sure would like every Rotarian in District 7070 to contribute in 2017-18. Yes, we are very close! You are making a difference !

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. I hope all District 7070 Clubs that have already made that commitment to the Rotary Foundation and I hope that all of you will keep up the good work to reach your goal. This is where we get our money for Grants. Last year, we did have 100% in commitments met. Has your Club made plans to make that donation yet? Are your goals and plans in Rotary Club Central?

If we want to reach our goal for this year and next, we would like to see $ 100.00 US from every member, in every Rotary Club. This is our commitment to the Every Rotarian Every Year Campaign of the Rotary Foundation - EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year).

Our Rotary Foundation provides the money for our Grants Program. The Grants can be used for both local and international projects. It is interesting to note that more of you are applying for Grants. This is most encouraging. On the other hand, these applications require us to raise more money for Foundation. Please encourage your Treasurer to send in your commitment. I would also encourage the Assistant District Governors to check on their clubs and their progress.

Are there any prospective Major Donors in the District? Please let us know if you or someone you know wishes to take this next step to support Our Rotary Foundation.

Many thanks to all of you for your support.


District 7070 Foundation Chair Email:


2017 Rotary District 7070 Foundation Walk

Celebrate 100 years of the Rotary Foundation at the 2017 District 7070 Foundation Walk!

Join fellow Rotarians and friends onSunday Sept 10, 2017for the annual District 7070 walk in support of the Rotary Foundation (8:30am Registration, 10am Walk, 12pm 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.

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$ 1.2 Billion US Pledged to End Polio

$1.2 Billion US pledged to End Polio

Be sure to check out this historic link:

1.2 billion pledge to end polio

At the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta this week, global leaders and key donors affirmed their commitment to ending polio. The historic pledges of new funds will go toward drastically shrinking the $1.5 billion gap in the funding that is needed to reduce cases to zero.

Outbreaks of vaccine-derived polio have been reported in June

Outbreaks of vaccine-derived polio have been reported in June

Understanding the recent polio outbreaks

Outbreaks of vaccine-derived polio have been reported this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria, according to the World Health Organization. Why do these happen? Vaccine-derived cases are rare, and differ from polio cases caused by the virus living in the wild. Here is what you need to know about these outbreaks.


By Ryan Hyland and Teresa Schmedding:

Outbreaks of vaccine-derived polio have been reported this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria, according to the World Health Organization.

At least 17 cases were identified in Syria and at least four in Congo. In both countries, health officials are working with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to respond immediately to the outbreaks with supplementary immunization activities and field investigations.

To prevent the virus from spreading further, investigations and immunizations are also being strengthened in neighboring countries, the World Health Organization said.

Despite the new cases, the push to eradicate polio is stronger than ever, with fewer cases reported so far this year than ever before. It also got a boost last week at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where donors pledged $1.2 billion for the effort.


Vaccine-derived cases are rare, and they differ from wild cases. Here’s what you need to know to understand these outbreaks.

Q: What are the two kinds of polio cases?

A: Wild cases of polio are caused by poliovirus that is circulating naturally in the environment.

Vaccine-derived polioviruses are extremely rare and exist under specific circumstances. Oral polio vaccine contains live virus that is weakened so that it will prompt the body’s immune response without causing paralysis. The vaccine is ingested, and the weakened virus replicates in the child’s gut and is then excreted. In areas with poor sanitation, this excreted vaccine virus can spread to other children. This can actually be good because it then immunizes them. When the strain no longer finds susceptible children, it dies out.

The problem occurs in areas of low vaccination coverage. There, such vaccine-derived strains of the virus can continue to circulate as long as they continue to find unvaccinated or otherwise susceptible children. While they continue to circulate, they mutate. Eventually, if they are allowed to circulate long enough — at least 12 months — they can mutate into strains that are strong enough to cause paralysis.

Q: Is the vaccine safe?

A: Yes. The oral polio vaccine has reduced the number of polio cases by 99.9 percent since 1988. The risk posed by wild poliovirus is far greater than the risk of an outbreak caused by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus. Once wild polioviruses have been eradicated, use of oral vaccine will be stopped.

Q: Are vaccine-derived cases common?

A: Polio cases caused by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus are extremely rare. Wild poliovirus remains the far greater risk. Nevertheless, because of the small risk of vaccine-derived outbreaks, use of oral vaccine will be stopped when wild polioviruses have been eradicated.

Q: Are wild cases common?

A: Wild poliovirus occurs only in the countries where polio remains endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Only six cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been reported so far in 2017. That’s the lowest number of polio cases in history, with fewer cases reported in fewer areas of fewer countries than ever before.

Q: How are polio cases detected?

A: Polio surveillance has two parts: Doctors and health workers monitor children for the virus, and authorities test sewage samples from sewer systems or elsewhere, in areas that don’t have adequate sanitation facilities.

The detection of these most recent cases demonstrates that polio surveillance systems are functioning in both countries.

Q: What is the science behind the vaccines?

A: There are two types of vaccine: oral and inactivated-virus. The original oral vaccine protected against types 1, 2, and 3 of the virus.

Type 2 wild poliovirus was eradicated in 1999 so the current vaccine contains only type 1 and type 3. This allows it to provide quicker and better protection against the two remaining types. The inactivated-virus vaccine, administered by injection, contains virus that is dead. Because the virus is dead, the vaccine cannot cause polio outbreaks.

Polio This Week As of June 24, 2017 

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  • No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week.  The total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 remains four.  The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 16 April from Nawzad district, Hilmand province.
  • Afghanistan is carrying out a programme review focusing on the implementation of the National Emergency Action Plan and making necessary adjustments for the second half of 2017.
  • With most of Afghanistan polio-free, efforts are focused on continuing to strengthen operations, in close coordination with Pakistan, to address remaining low-level transmission in the common reservoir area of the Quetta-Kandahar transmission corridor.
  • One new WPV1-positive environmental sample was reported in the past week, from Kandahar, collected on 7 June.  It is the sixth WPV1-positive environmental sample detected in the country this year; three of the six samples are from Kandahar.



  • One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in the past week, bringing the total number of WPV1 cases for 2017 to three.  It is the most recent case in the country, and had onset of paralysis on 11 June, from Killa Abdullah, Balochistan.
  • The year 2016 saw the lowest ever annual number of polio cases in the country but poliovirus continues to be isolated through environmental surveillance over a significant geographical range. Efforts are ongoing through implementation of the national emergency action plan to address remaining gaps in coverage and surveillance, in close coordination with neighbouring Afghanistan



  • No new cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) were reported in the past week.  The total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 remains four and no cases have been reported in 2017.  The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 21 August 2016 in Monguno Local Government Area (LGA), Borno.
  • Detection of the polio cases in Nigeria underscores the risk posed by low-level undetected transmission and the urgent need to strengthen subnational surveillance
  • The response is part of a broader regional outbreak response, coordinated with neighbouring countries, in particular the Lake Chad sub-region, including northern Cameroon, parts of Central African Republic, Chad and southern Niger.
  • Nigeria continues to implement emergency response to the detected WPV1 strain and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) strains affecting the country.


Lake Chad Basin:

  • The detection of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) and circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in Nigeria poses a risk to the neighbouring countries of the Lake Chad basin and hence an outbreak response plan is being implemented as part of the response to the Nigeria outbreak.

  • Emergency outbreak response efforts continue across the Lake Chad basin, together with activities to fill subnational surveillance gaps across the region.

Central Africa:

  • No new cases were reported in the past week.  The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is affected by two separate outbreaks of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2), in Haut Lomami province (two cases, with onset of paralysis on 8 March and 20 February); and in Maniema province (two cases with onset of paralysis on 26 March and 18 April, with an additional isolate detected in a healthy individual with sample collection on 2 May).
  • DR Congo is also affected by an Ebola outbreak, in Bas Uele province in the north of the country.  Coordination among both outbreak response teams will be necessary and teams are already working on this.
  • Surveillance and immunization activities are being strengthened in neighbouring countries.
  • The first mOPV2 campaign was implemented last week (27-29 June) targeting more than 750,000 children under the age of five years in the two affected provinces.
  • Outbreak response plans are currently being finalised, with supplementary immunization activities using monovalent oral polio vaccine type 2 (mOPV2) in line with internationally-agreed outbreak response protocols.



  • In Syria, no new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported in the past week.  One of the previously-reported cases from Raqua, on re-testing, has been confirmed as negative for cVDPV2, and has been removed from the list of cases.  The total number of cVDPV2 cases is now 23.  All cases had onset of paralysis between 3 March and 28 May.  Twenty-two of the cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir-Al-Zour governorate, and one case is from Talabyad district, Raqua governorate.
  • Confirmation of additional cases is not unexpected at this time and would not change the operational situation, as outbreak response plans are being finalized, in line with internationally-agreed outbreak response protocols.  Although access to Deir-Al-Zour is compromised due to insecurity, the Governorate has been partially reached by several vaccination campaigns against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases since the beginning of 2016. Most recently, two campaigns have been conducted in March and April 2017 using the bivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV). However, only limited coverage was possible through these campaigns.  In response to the isolation of cVDPV2 from Raqua governorate, the Syrian Ministry of Health in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF is considering adding the area to the outbreak response, depending on whether local spread of the virus is occurring
More Rotary International Convention News And Highlights

More Rotary International Convention News And Highlights

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In Defense of Children

In defense of children

Actor and philanthropist Ashton Kutcher and Rotary addressed a major human rights issue at the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta: human trafficking and modern-day slavery. U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee discussed the legislative framework that allows traffickers to thrive in plain sight.

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On To Toronto

On to Toronto

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.

Apply to serve on a 2018-19 Rotary International Committee

Apply to serve on a 2018-19 Rotary International Committee

Would you like to contribute further to Rotary by serving on a committee?

Each of Rotary's committees, comprising Rotarians and Rotaractors from around the world, works with the organization's leadership to ensure efficiency and promote the goals and priorities of the strategic plan. The following committees are searching for qualified candidates for openings in 2018-19. All committees correspond via email, teleconference, and webinars as needed, and some involve at least one mandatory in-person meeting per year.

View the list of committees and learn more


Volunteers Needed For The Toronto 2018 Rotary Convention – Sign Up Today

Volunteers Needed For The Toronto 2018 Rotary Convention – Sign Up Today

From: Lorraine Lloyd ,Co-Chair Ambassadors & Volunteer, TORONTO 2018 HOC (Host Organizing Committee)

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.

Please go to:

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.

FYI - the area to volunteer for Toronto is not LIVE yet and won't be until later. Atlanta signup is our top priority at this point.

There are many shift options for each day. Please volunteer for at least ONE 2- hour shift. If you wish to sign up for several shifts, and multiple days, even better.

We'll be building excitement at our Toronto 2018 Convention booth, located in the House of Friendship, and we'll be handing out Toronto luggage tags or something fun item. Just look for the big TORONTO sign (similar to the one at City Hall) in the Hall of Friendship.

When volunteering on line, don't forget to fill out what size polo shirt you'd like to wear. If you're doing multiple shifts, you'll receive 2 shirts.


FYI - Tourism Toronto will be giving us a short training session in advance.

Keep in mind, that there are 2 opening sessions: (I) Sunday, June 11th at 10:30-12:30 & (ii) 3:30-5:30.

Generally, but 'not written in stone', we've heard that if you registered for the Atlanta Convention early, you probably are in the first session. (if any issues, we can always switch after we get our registration pkgs).

(There are no volunteers shifts during Closing Session)

My Co-Chair, Dawn-Marie King has set up the volunteer software so if you have any major issues, do let us know. Feedback has been that it's working well.

I look forward to seeing you both in Atlanta.



Lorraine Lloyd

Co-Chair Ambassadors & Volunteers TORONTO 2018 HOC (Host Organizing Committee)

Rotary International Convention 2018 – Home Hospitality – Your Club's Help Is Needed

Rotary International Convention 2018 – Home Hospitality – Your Club's Help Is Needed

From Jackie Davies, Rotary Club of Toronto

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 form all ove rthe world. She would like every club in the District to participate. Perhaps the clubs outside the GTA could partner with clubs in the GTA and co-host Rotarians. Jackie is looking for one person from each Club in the district to act as a liason for the Host Operating Committee to get the word from the Committee out to your members. Please provide that name to Jackie or Don as soon as possible. Your club President will have the contact information available in a few days.

Don Bell contact: Jackie Davies contact:

Entertainment Suggestions For Toronto 2018 – Rotary International Convention

Entertainment Suggestions For Toronto 2018 – Rotary International Convention

From Lynda Ryder, Zone 24 East Rotary Co-ordinator

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

District 7070 Conference 2017 – Nov 3 and 4

From: Andrea Tirone , Chair, Conference Planning, 2017 District 7070 Conference

Hello and thank you once again to everyone who has registered to attend the District 7070 Conference November 3rd & 4th at the White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake!

We have some updates on Friday à la carte options as well as a reminder for booking accommodations at White Oaks Resort and Spa. If you know of a fellow club member who hasn’t yet registered for the 2017 District Conference, registration fees will go up on June 7th, so please do encourage them to register before then.

Friday à la carte Golf Tournament

We have confirmed that the Nina Cole Rotary Invitational Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, November 3rd at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club. For you golf nuts, this is the oldest surviving golf course in North America. Be sure to read its history on their website. The 9-hole best-ball tournament is being offered at $40.00 per golfer and will run from 1:00PM – 4:30PM. For more information and to register please visit our website.


As our team continues to plan for November, we wanted to send out another friendly reminder to those who may not have yet booked their accommodations. We have negotiated a deal with White Oaks so that Superior Guest Rooms are $179.00 on November 3rd and $189.00 on November 4th. You will want to book early as there are a limited number of rooms available at this rate.

For more information please visit our conference site:

And to book directly with White Oaks Resort and Spa, Click here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch at any time!

Kind Regards,

Andrea Tirone                 Chair, Conference Planning 2017 District 7070 Conference


Rotary Uncorked - Your District Conference in 2017

District Governor Neil is known to be all about wine.

So what better place to hold our annual conference than in Niagara Wine Country

at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, November 3rd and 4th.


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.

  1. One-year and two-year Sponsorships available

  2. Opportunities start as low as $300

To find out more

Click on the link


Contact Lorna Johnson, Tel: 647-308-2808

The Rotary District 7070 Conference Committee is running our 3rd Taming of the Dragon

The Rotary District 7070 Conference Committee is running our 3rd Taming of the Dragon - Youth Social Impact Competition.

From Sarah Hui, District Rotaract Rep

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

Our Identity at a Glance
 Our identity at a glance contains the basic elements in our visual system: our logos, color palette, typography,
iconography, and information graphic styles, along with photography style and suggested subject matter and
merchandise ideas. Each element is designed to work in harmony with the
others, while providing flexibility
within a framework. When combined, they clearly convey our active leadership, our persevering spirit, and
our compassion. Please use this condensed guide in conjunction with the full guidelines available at 
Download: Rotary pamplet 547B-EN at
It is also on the District 7070 website under the Pubic Image Tab 
Unveiling Rotary's New Public Image - People of Action

Unveiling Rotary's New Public Image - People of Action

Rotary’s new public image campaign, People of Action, was revealed at this year’s Rotary International Convention in Atlanta. John Smarge, chair of the Communications Committee, showed attendees the campaign video and talked about People of Action as an important step in prompting awareness and understanding Rotary.

Read more about the campaign

Photos - Telling Your Story In Just One Shot
From Carrie Jones and Brian Thompson, Public Image Coordinators for Rotary International Zone 24East
Rotary has goals, a lot of goals for public image. They include placement in media like newspapers and radio. But honestly? None of
that matters if the story isn’t good. None of that matters if the pictures don’t touch your heart. So, this month’s newsletter is mostly
about photos. 

People of Action is the core of Rotary. Service. Kindness. Compassion. Friendship. People. People helping people wisely and with heart.
That’s what the story of Rotary is.
Here is the link to the video for the PEOPLE OF ACTION campaign’s launch.

Here is a lovely blog post by Joe Otin about the PEOPLE OF ACTION campaign. There will be resources up and running on very soon.
One of the most important things you can teach your club presidents and public image chairs is just how important it is when you visually present your story.

For people in the news media, for people on Facebook or Instagram, a photo of Rotarians shaking hands or exchanging banners isn’t
something that stops and makes them stare. It’s a placeholder, something that has no meaning for them and they just buzz by.
Yes, even Rotary International’s website has these photos in the media section. I beg you. Don’t use them. Or if you do, use them for internal club newsletters and memos, not to present Rotary to the people you’re trying to recruit and/or raise money from.

So, what kinds of photos should you put on your social media sites and website and submit to newspapers?

Good ones!

I know. I know. Bad answer.

The real question is what makes a good photo. The first thing is that it should be clear. A blurry photo isn’t going to help things.

1. THINK ABOUT YOUR MESSAGE. This photo is a chance to tell people your Rotary story in an instant.

2. HOW DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO FEEL. Think about how the photo makes you react. Do you feel
something? Do you find it interesting?

3. EMOTION. People relate to story and image through emotion. Give it to them.
For great advice about photo composition tips, check out this link at

For Rotary Images you can go here, but what you’ll see probably won’t be what you want to be using for your social media and websites.

Content with images get about 94% more views than content without images. Tweets with images are retweeted about 150% more. Consumers like photos. Imagine buying a dress with just a verbal description. You wouldn’t want to.

So, why is this?
Photos explain complex situations and give information in a quick, useful way.
Photos make you look and sometimes stay to ponder things.
People process images in 13 milliseconds. That’s fast.
They break up 
text. On the internet people tend to scan instead of reading. Images make text easier to understand.

Try to encourage AND find a member of your Rotary Club with photography skills and use that member for public images
on social media. There are a lot of closet photographers out there. Locating them and celebrating their abilities allows
them to shine. Have them send me their favorite Rotary photo that they’ve taken ( Or
you can submit them. Send them by July 31. There will be a prize and inclusion in the next newsletter.
The complete July 2017 Public Image Newsletter with lots of tips and ideas to increase Rotary's Public Image is on the District 7070 Website under the Public Image Tab.  
Membership Leads

Membership Leads
The Rotary year is almost over, so don’t forget to check your district or club membership leads page. If you have any outstanding leads, follow up on them and update their status online.
Managing Membership Leads webinar (English only) shows districts how to use this tool and provides best practices for clubs. Since it started in December 2015, the membership leads program has resulted in nearly 2,000 new Rotarians by routing prospective members to districts, then to clubs.

Satellite Club Success

Satellite Club Success:

Discover how one district is building satellite clubs by using the new club flexibility. These satellite clubs meet twice a month — once to socialize and once to do a service project

Member Resources Add Up
Strength In Diversity:

Strength In Diversity:

Strength in diversity

In a world where intolerance and violence fueled by religious differences seem to be on the rise, one Rotary club in Indonesia is showing how diversity can help prevent a pandemic threat. 

New award celebrates success of women in Rotary

New award celebrates success of women in Rotary

The Women in Rotary Event at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, held during the 2017 Convention, presented former Foundation Trustee Carolyn Jones with the newly established Sylvia Whitlock Leadership Award. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the success of women in Rotary. Maine Rotarian Tory Paxson, 27, shares the event's impact on her and her thrill at getting to meet Dr. Whitlock.

New World Peace Partners Committee in District 7070:

New World Peace Partners Committee in District 7070:

From Ian Lancaster, Chair District 7070 Vocational Service Committee

My Fellow District 7070 Rotarians,

July 1 sees the creation of a new entity in our District, a peace committee, something not seen in Zone 24 (Canada) with the exception of District 5550’s (the Winnipeg area) “World Peace Partners” Committee.

As I noted in an earlier article, Rotary has been at the forefront of peace – peace-building for most of the organization’s history. The establishment of our “peace” committee is another step in promoting a philosophy of working towards peace-building. This is “a process that facilitates the establishment of durable peace and tries to prevent the recurrence of violence by addressing root causes and effects of conflict through reconciliation, institution building, and political as well as economic transformation. This consists of a set of physical, social, and structural initiatives that are often an integral part of post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation” (Conflict Information Consortium, University of Colorado).

As the inaugural Chair of our Peace Committee, I’m reaching out to you, to help me build and develop our new committee.

I’m looking for Rotarians passionate about “peace” and educating Rotarians and the public about Rotary and its peace-building history and mandate to build peace through partnerships with our peace scholarship universities, our own internal Rotary Action Group, and other like-minded organizations.

Rotary International President Ian Riseley, in his message to us, has created a format to integrate peace-building starting with Environmental Sustainability and Peace in Vancouver, February 9 -11, 2018 partnered with the Rotary Action Group for Peace and the Rotary Action Group for Environmental Sustainability.

This conference, one of six in the first half of 2018, will be convened by President Ian. These conferences will focus on how peace-building relates to each of Rotary’s five other areas of focus.

The others are:

If you are interested in furthering peace-building in District 7070 and beyond, please get in touch with me at

Peace Through Service,

Ian E. Lancaster

SHELTERBOX News For July 2017

From: Stephanie Christensen Executive Director, ShelterBox Canada


 Welcome to a New Rotary Year with ShelterBox Canada
ShelterBox Canada would like to welcome all Rotarians to a new year with ShelterBox! Over the 2016-17 year, Rotarians and Rotary Clubs donated over $550,000 to help ensure that no family is without shelter after disaster or conflict. We remain incredibly grateful for your continued support to ShelterBox Canada. As you enter this new year with your Rotary Club, we would like to highlight three areas to keep in mind as you plan for the exciting year ahead with ShelterBox.


ShelterBox Canada Hero Program

Your club can join over 100 Rotary Clubs across Canada as a ShelterBox Hero. A Hero is a Rotary Club that has identified the continuing need to prepare for disasters and respond at a moment’s notice. ShelterBox Hero awards are given out based on each club’s annual support of ShelterBox Canada: Bronze is $1,200 or more annually, Silver is $3,600 or more, and Gold is $6,000 or more. All donations made by the club, fundraising and individual club members count towards your Hero award total and every ShelterBox Hero will be recognized. If your club wants more information about the Hero program or wants to see your status for your next conference, get in touch at


Rotary Youth Exchange

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is a fantastic opportunity for young students to support a Rotary Project Partner and make a real difference to communities who have lost everything. By supporting ShelterBox as part of your exchange program, students will be helping us ensure that no family goes without shelter after a disaster. We have all the resources that the students and Rotary District Youth Exchange Leaders need and can offer support from our National office.

An amazing example of the Rotary Youth Exchange in action is in Rotary District 5360. For the second year in a row, students hosted an International Dinner for local Rotarians, The group was made up of both inbound and outbound students who came together with their Rotary Clubs to tackle this fundraising goal; since 2011, four classes of Youth Exchange students in this district have raised over $120,000. Everyone at ShelterBox Canada would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who helped make this event a success! If your Rotary District is interested in learning more about the ShelterBox Canada Youth Exchange challenge, please get in touch at and friends and raised $40,000 for ShelterBox Canada.


ShelterBox Canada Presentations

We have over 120 Ambassadors across Canada acting as the face of ShelterBox in their respective communities. If you would like to arrange a ShelterBox speaker to come out to your club, please contact us and we would be more than happy to help with those arrangements.

All the best, 


Stephanie Christensen 

Executive Director, ShelterBox Canada                    


And From ShelterBox Canada to Rotary: Thank you !!!

From Ron Noseworthy

ShelterBox Response Team Member and Past President of The Rotary Club of Kenora


ShelterBox Canada – 159 Jane St Office 2, Toronto, ON M6S 3Y8

Email: Phone: 647-352-1930


HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) News Update - July 2017

HIP Website

Please look at our website ( for regular updates. The Rotary HIP Facebook has been set up so "like us on Facebook". Pass it on to your Facebook friends.

Blog Go to (Rotary HIP - Blog).

Facebook Page: click : to see our new site. You can like, follow and share.

 Photo Album : (Rotary HIP - Photo Album - Rotary HIP) : Please take a look.If you have recently viewed a good film or documentary or read a book not on our list with an indigenous theme or message, please email Julie Dunaiskis ( and Janet McLeod ( to add to our list. 

 Newsletters : Our monthly HIP newsletters can now be found on our HIP website (Rotary HIP – Newsletters).

For the latest Newsletter, please see: 

Resources - Films & Documentaries : (Rotary HIP - Films & Documentaries). 

Reading: If you have recently viewed a good film or documentary or read a book not on our list with an indigenous theme or message, please email Julie Dunaiskis ( and Janet McLeod ( to add to our list.

Podcasts - we have downloaded a new podcast with Bob Rae. Mr. Rae was guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Toronto lunch meeting on March 29, 2017. We now have podcasts with John Andras, Tim Thompson, Chris Snyder, the Honourable Paul Martin, the Honourable Bob Rae and Kenn Richard. These are short and will provide terrific insight into indigenous issues. We also have a video with Paul Martin. More are to come. Please advise if you have someone you think would be good to have on a podcast. These interviews were conducted by Emre Yurga, the incoming chair of the Rotary Club of Toronto's Indigenous Services Committee. Thank you, Emre.

Rotary News

On June 5th & 6th, HIP Chair, Chris Snyder, Gifts-in-Kind Director, John Currie, HIP Directors, Lisa Farano and Andre Morriseau attended a conference in Toronto about what Nation to Nation Relationship would look like. This will be covered in greater detail in Chris' message at the end.

On Friday, June 23rd, the Rotary Club of Toronto held a luncheon with guest speaker Roberta Jamieson, President & CEO of Indspire (see the link on our website). In her remarks, she talked about the importance of education. Across the country only 40% of Indigenous young people finish secondary school versus 90% of the rest of the population. Her organization, Indspire, in 2016-2017 provided over 3,700 scholarships/bursaries and over the years 96% of bursary winners have finished secondary school. She stressed while people complain of the cost of providing education, the reality is it will cost much more if nothing is done through extra costs of social welfare, high unemployment, incarceration and loss of their productive minds which will improve our economy and other parts of our lives. She was the first in her family of 8 children to go to university and became the first female Indigenous lawyer in Canada and Canada's ombudsman. She added there are still thousands of families like hers.

HIP Director, David Newman attended the District 5550 District Conference in Kenora in late May. Keynote speaker was Kevin Lamoureux, professor at the University of Winnipeg. He was given a standing ovation because of his message which included the statement comments like "why don't they get over it?" speaks to a pathology of privilege and ignorance of what was done to our Indigenous Peoples by the Indian Act and residential schools and Treaty violations.

David also attended the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta in May. He reports viewing a Rotary sponsored ad outlining a US initiative installing and training residents in solar electricity to homes on a Navaho Reservation. As well, David, a lawyer, has been promoting the integration of restorative justice and Indigenous ways of peace building into the legal system. After participating in a workshop, he was approached by some Rotarians who want to learn more, many of them lawyers. Michigan Supreme Court Judge, Tim Connors is leading the way with integration and has a 90% success rate in the areas of commercial, child protection and family law. We hope this great dialogue continues.

The Rotary Club of Collingwood SGB recently donated $7,000 towards a Land Stewards Youth Internship project delivered by Elephant Thoughts over a 4 week period starting this August in Long Lake #58 First Nation. This is a 3 year program that was developed at the request of the community to enable 10 youth in the community to develop job ready skills in the area of environmental science. Also, the club donated $1,000 to host two KAIROS Blanket ceremonies to club and community members. HIP Director, Tim Thompson and LuAnn Hill were the facilitators.

The Rotary Club of Waterdown has donated $3,000 towards One Laptop per Child. These funds will go a long way to supporting and equipping technology in first nation communities. As well the club is hosting a Ribfest on June 30-July 3rd where there will be a sacred fire. Come and enjoy for the day or the weekend.

Rotary Club of Uxbridge recently made a donation to support the summer camp run by Elephant Thoughts for young First Nations people in Temiskaming.

Ted Mann and George Krohn of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville recently attended the awards ceremony in Mattawa where their club again donated funds for student bursaries. One of their previous winners is now a doctor and has gone back to work in a First Nations reserve.

As previously mentioned, Nicole Patterson of the Rotary Club of East York and John Currie, our Director of In-Kind-Gifts and Projects have recently been certified as facilitators for the Kairos Blanket Program. Nicole will be doing a blanket exercise in Belleville in the fall along with one at the 7070 Rotary District Conference. Great work! For further details go to the link (Homepage - The Blanket Exercise). Please contact either Nicole at or John at to book a program.


Gifts-in-Kind. As previously stated, this has been an overwhelming success. Over 180 pallets of goods worth over $650,000 have been sent to twenty First Nations communities including two in Manitoba. Transportation valued at more than $120,000 by Trucks for Change and Wasaya Airlines have been provided for no cost. HIP has been the co-ordinator and facilitator of the transportation. This is a partnership between the donor organizations (schools, churches, Rotary clubs), transportation companies and the local First Nations communities. We are working hard to put this program on a self-sustaining basis for the future. There has been some media, most focused on the donors. It is our aim to turn this into the start of engagement and interaction amongst people and the communities north and south. Already a few pen pal exchanges are starting to evolve.

On July 14th, Chris Snyder will attend the Rotary Club of Burlington North meeting. There will be a cheque presentation to ONEXONE Foundation who operate the First Nations School Breakfast Program (click the link on our website for more information). The club and 12 other Rotary clubs in District 7080 participated and along with a district matching grant, a total of $12,800 was raised. Great work!


What is your club doing? Please email Julie Dunaiskis ( with a brief summary so we can post on the HIP website and provide an update in upcoming newsletters. This will help other clubs and provide a sense of how we are involved. We do not know the precise number of clubs across Canada who are involved in educational and awareness activities, however, our guess is at least 100. Some were involved well before HIP, many on their own and some because of our encouragement and leadership. Let's all go forward together.


Adventure in Understanding will take place on August 27 - September 1, 2017.

Applications are now open for youth aged 16-18 years of age. Sponsored and in partnership with the Rotary Club of

Peterborough Kawartha, Curve Lake First Nation, Camp Kawartha and the Canadian Canoe Museum, this annual


canoe trip brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to be leaders in sharing and experiencing aspects


of Indigenous culture leading to greater understanding and reconciliation. Check the application link on our blog.


Request a Speaker - Would your club like to have a Speaker at an upcoming meeting? If so, please check the list of available speakers on our website under Resources/Speakers List. Or contact Tom Sears ( to  

propose a date and a subject you would like the person to speak about i.e. a) about HIP b) a project or  

c) awareness of the issues. Ideally these talks will inform members and guests and hopefully engage members in becoming involved in an Indigenous program, donating money and developing a relationship with the local Indigenous community. We are happy to help you connect with the community close to you. There have been an estimated ten presentations in the past month.


News & Events

On June 7th, Gifts-in-Kind Director, John Currie attended a funding presentation at the First Nations Technical Institute. The presentation was made by Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. A commitment has been made to the co-creation of policy to recognize Aboriginal Institutes as a critical pillar in post-secondary education in the province and a commitment to stable funding. Congratulations to FNTI President and HIP Director, Suzanne Brant who has been involved.

The Village at Blue Mountain is hosting an Indigenous Life Festival 'Miino Bmaadzwin' on August 18, 19 & 20th. Indigenous musicians, scholars, storytellers, chefs, artists, filmmakers, dancers, vendors and more will be in attendance and events will be shared as it becomes available. There will be an outdoor KAIROS Blanket Exercise delivered on Sunday morning. If you have any ideas for performers or activities, please contact Lisa Farano ( who is co-ordinating the event.

The Be the Change Film Series in Collingwood screened After the Last River to a full house. Director and producer, Vicky Lean spent 5 years travelling to Attawapiskat FN to develop the film. A Toronto screening may be planned so we will let you know details. If you would like to read more information or organize a community screening, click on the link:

The North American Indigenous Games are coming to the GTA in July. Click on the link to find out about the cultural festival, marketplace and sports events.

October 4th - 8th - Indigenous Roots of Expressive Arts Therapy Conference, Winnipeg, MB - the conference will feature keynote presenters and workshops creating dialogue, celebration and promoting healing. A highlight will be a performance by Thomson Highway. Full details and the registration link can be found on our blog.

Are you making summer vacation plans for Canada's 150th birthday year? The Ontario Travel website has lots of great ideas focused on Aboriginal Experiences (Aboriginal Experiences | as well as several celebrations in Ottawa throughout the summer and fall. The National Gallery is beginning dual exhibitions of Canadian and Indigenous Art. Some long time traditional favourites are pow wows on Manitoulin Island, Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons near Midland, Crawford Lake near Campbellville, Curve Lake and Chippewas of Rama.

Owen Sound will be celebrating June 30th -July 9th with a Maawanji'iding: Festival Canadiana Owen Sound. Local First Nations and Metis communities will join in presenting a series of entertaining, informative and inspirational events. Check out the website for detailed dates (under Signature Events) Celebration 2017 Owen Sound-Events - Owen Sound.

There will be a sunrise ceremony delivered by Gary Sault, an elder of the Mississaugas of the New Credit on July 2nd at 7 a.m. in Port Credit. It will be in the north end of the Memorial Park beside the Credit River (Lakeshore and Mississauga Road).

HIP has been instrumental in helping the Mushkegowuk Council and camps Pathfinder and Wabun and the Ontario Camping Association pull together an exciting canoe adventure. Seven communities in the James Bay area will be sending seven males and seven females and elders to these camps to have a joint canoe trip in Algonquin Park with young people from these camps. The First Nations young people will be exposed to canoe tripping for the first time and it is hoped it will set the stage for a trip next year down the Albany together. This is a great exercise in reconciliation, cultural awareness and leadership training. We are excited to being able to play a role!



Other : We have a new HIP Brochure. It should be saved under our Resources tab (Rotary HIP - Powerpoint Presentations) by the end of this month. If you would like to use it, you may print and distribute to your networks.






Approved Projects : Check the HIP website (Rotary HIP - Approved projects) to see full project descriptions. We hope you or your club can support any of the projects mentioned as follows. Kashechewan's Paddling with the Cree; Dolly Parton Imagination Library; One Laptop per Child Canada; and Elephant Thoughts.

We need much more financial support. Please join in. Not only will you help the project become reality and assist with the educational needs but you will learn a lot as well. We are also reviewing several new initiatives. When approved, we will be providing a brief outline with a link to the project. All of these projects have been approved by our project committee and have the full support of the Indigenous community.

HIP Membership: We would like you, your club and friends to become members. You do not need to be a Rotarian to join. You can join today by selecting (Rotary HIP - Become a Member) on the HIP website. Complete the online form and send us a cheque for $100 made payable to HIP. By becoming a member, you are saying we like and support what HIP is doing. Here is $100 to help move the cause of education and awareness forward. Please note, membership payment cannot be done online as it is not tax-receiptable. Please send a cheque c/o 100 Simcoe St., Suite 110, Toronto M5H 3G2 and reference the online form or send a note with your name, address, email and club(if applicable) to the above address. We will send you an acknowledgement and ensure you will receive our monthly newsletter.

Charitable donations can now be accepted online through our website (Rotary HIP - Make a Donation) and the donor will receive a tax receipt immediately. You may designate funds to a specific project or to general projects focusing on education. Thank you for your continued support of our projects.


Our Message from HIP Chair, Chris Snyder

On June 5-6th, I attended an Indigenous conference along with John Currie, Andre Morriseau and Lisa Farano. It was part of a four-part series sponsored by Canadians for a New Partnership(CFNP). The purpose of the series is to explore what a Nation to Nation arrangement would look like and explore obstacles that would need to be overcome. The purpose of CFNP is to create a new partnership with Indigenous Peoples built on mutual respect, peaceful co-existence and equality.

CFNP was initiated by Stephen Kakfwi, a Dene and former premier of the Northwest Territories and the founding members including Paul Martin, Joe Clarke, Ovide Mercredi, Shelagh Rogers, Mary Simon and several other prominent Canadians active in indigenous issues. Scott Serson, a former deputy minister of INAC is also a director and someone who has been a great supporter of HIP since the start.

The conference featured many outstanding speakers including Michael Ferguson, the auditor general, Paul Thoppil, the chief financial officer of INAC, Ovide Mercredi, past National Chief, Wayne Wouters, former clerk of the privy council and many outstanding Indigenous leaders from across the country.

After two days of listening and mingling, there were several things that struck me:

1. The status quo cannot continue and a new relationship must be developed.

2. There have been many successful self governing Indigenous relationships that have already been created.

3. There are, in this country, many capable Indigenous Peoples(our board members all fit into this category).

4. In 1763, a proclamation by George III outlined the basis for future administration of lands in North America and the rights of the Indigenous Peoples including the right to be their own nation. This status has been confirmed in law and by politicians repeatedly since then. Most recently by Mr. Trudeau, the Indigenous Peoples have this right but it has not been followed by our governments.

5. The treaties were signed in good faith but continually broken by governments and corporations alike particularly in relation to resources.

6. Instead of a we-we scenario, it has been a we-they arrangement with rules being set by governments and the Indigenous Peoples being treated like children with no control over their destiny resulting in a loss of knowing who they are, little power and a continual spiral downwards. This has been compounded by such things as the Indian Act which many agree must be changed or scrapped and replaced, the residential schools, the 60's Scoop and the continuing colonial ways the Indigenous Peoples are treated.

7. A huge amount of dependency has been created which is of benefit to no one. As a result, the Indigenous communities have had to go cap in hand to governments as they have few means of creating their own streams of income.

What is needed is a new relationship that creates areas in which the Indigenous Peoples have control including education, some laws and revenue sources such as a share of resource income. Negotiations that were dealt with in a nation to nation manner such as the Cree in their agreement with Hydro Quebec albeit after a lot of difficulty have done very well!

There are plenty of obstacles to obtaining this we/we position, however, what better time than now for the government and the Indigenous communities to work this out together operating under the principles outlined by CFNP.

In the meantime, we as individuals, need to continue to build better relationships with each other through the creation of awareness and specific education action projects.

Happy Canada 150 Plus. We are taking a break for July but will return the end of August.


Sincerely,  Chris Snyder          Chair, HIP         416-364-0181 Ext. 2501             




WASRAG Newsletter  - July 2017

 WASH Resources The following are some great WASH resources that you might find useful!

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

The Water Network

Faecal Sludge Management - Practical Action in South Asia

Partnership for Handwashing

Brochures and Presentations


Calendar Of Events

October 15, 2017 - GLOBAL HAND WASHING DAY

November 19, 2017 - WORLD TOILET DAY

March 22, 2018 - WORLD WATER DAY



WASH in Guatemala

In the WASH Newsletter we like highlighting many of the ambitious and passionate water and sanitation projects that Rotary clubs are completing around the world.

We also like to relay how some of these projects get completed and Best Practices.

Read this WASRAG blog WASH in Guatemala to see how this four year project, put together so many pieces to bring water, sanitation and hygiene to over 5,000 students.


720 Schools Done .. 300 to Go !

The infrastructure situation of most schools in Lebanon is catastrophic. A Rotary mega-project in Lebanon is changing that situation. Not only bringing clean water to public schools, but encouraging cross-culture understanding and fellowship.

To date, this project has reached all regions of Lebanon, involved all religions, sects and nationalities, and brought water and hygiene education to over 500,000 Lebanese students and 100,000 Syrians.

Read the WASRAG Blog Clean Water in Lebanese Schools


Laying Pipe in Rural Africa

The Olympia Rotary Club, with the support of a group of Rotary Clubs and The Rotary Foundation have raised $800,000 to provide a new water system for the Livingstonia Plateau, Malawi.

Working with the Central Church of African Presbyterian, 35 miles of pipelines were laid to provide fresh water to 20,000 people in 10 villages.

This is another Rotary Project that has used the Community Transformation Center (CTC) concept.

To read more about this project visit Laying Rural Pipe


Going "Bateys" for Filters

In the Dominican Republic, the villages where the sugar cane cutters live are called "bateys". These villages are very primitive and are prone to waterborne illnesses.

In March, Rotarians from Districts 7780 and 7790 in Maine, USA, traveled to the Dominican Republic to assist with the installation of water filters in three Bateys. With the assistance of a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation, over 1,500 water filters will be installed in individual homes. A component of the installation is hygiene education.

To read more about this project and the filters they are using visit Going Bateys


WASRAG Newsletter On-line Archive

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


Wasrag needs your membership. Membership revenue helps cover our administrative costs, website upgrades, training, development of support materials etc. To check whether your membership has expired, email Anna

To submit stories and pictures our Newsletter, please email: to the attention of Wasrag newsletter editors Ian Rumbles and Terri Black.

*The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag) is pleased to consider partnerships with any corporate supporter. Due to the unique attributes of water sources and water provision, acceptance of corporate support does not imply an endorsement of any particular water technology. Rotarians, Rotary clubs, and Rotary partners must evaluate any technology to determine if it is the best solution for the conditions where the program will be implemented. Wasrag can provide guidance about where different technologies work best, but Rotarians and Rotary clubs must make the final decision about how to implement their programs.

is a group of Rotarians whose purpose is to support Rotary clubs to effectively plan, finance, implement, monitor and evaluate water, sanitation, and hygiene programs, where they are most needed in a collaborative, cost-effective, timely, and sustainable manner, true to the principles of Rotary International. Wasrag operates in accordance with Rotary International policy but is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International. The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group 


Bill Stirling - 50 Years a Rotarian in Oshawa

Bill Stirling - 50 Years a Rotarian in Oshawa



BIll Stirling received recognition from District 7070 Governor Jim Louttit for 50 years of service to Rotary Club of Oshawa, on Monday , June 19, 2017 at the regular weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Oshawa, at the Oshawa Jubilee Pavillion. Bill was on the steering committee that chartered the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood in 1976 and also led a District 7070 Group Study Exchange Team in the 1980's . He has served as Club President and also Chair of the Oshawa Rotary Ribfest. Bill says ``Those were only the first 50``.

And congratulations to two other members of the Rotary Club of Oshawa who are also 50 years in Rotary this year: Tom Maxwell and Dave Perkin. They will receive their recognitions on July 10.



Resources & reference for you to use in your Rotary Club


Rotary Leadership Institute for the 2017-18 Rotary Year

Rotary Leadership Institute for the 2017-18 Rotary Year

From Susan Hunter, Chair District 7070 Rotary Leadership Institute

Due to the very low registrations for Belleville on Sept 24, 2016, we were forced to cancel RLI in Belleville last Rotary year. 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. Sign up online very soon. Watch for the District websie for details.

For all rotarians who have joined a Rotary Club in District 7070 in the last year, our Rotary Distict 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.


What Is The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

RLI is a grassroots coalition of Rotary districts implementing a leadership development program for "potential" leaders of Rotary CLUBS. RLI believes that excellent CLUB leadership (all types of club leaders) is essential to the future of Rotary in a complex and fast changing world. Most Rotarians have not been exposed to the great scope of Rotary around the world and have not considered what leadership skills are necessary to move Rotary forward. RLI strongly believes that a good Rotary Club leader must know the evolution of Rotary, its current status and activities in the world and have a vision for what Rotary can be in the future.

RLI provides a three day non-consecutive basic course in both Rotary knowledge and leadership skills, especially for voluntary organizations. RLI follows an adult learning approach with facilitated discussion led by trained Rotary facilitators.

The cost is $70 per Rotarian per course. This cost covers course materials, coffee breaks and lunch. Usually the Rotary club covers the cost for their members to attend since the club will be the beneficiary of a more knowledgeable membership.

Course for 2017-18:

Part I and Part II and Part III are being scheduled for September 2017 in Belleville, in November 2017 in Oshawa, and in April 2018 in Scarborough. Ontario (8:30 am to 4:00 pm)

Registrations will soon be open for the 2017-18 session on a first-come, first-serve basis on line at the website by signing in and signing up and paying your $70 for your course.

A minimum of 18 participants is needed for a course to run.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Hunter by email or by phone 905-495-3826 . Please do not be disappointed. Register SOON.

Rotary At A Glance

As of March 31, 2017, there are 1,233,172 Rotarians in 35,533 Rotary Clubs in the world. And, As of March 30, 2017, there are 233,450 Rotaract members in 10,150 Rotaract Clubs in the world and there are 495,880 Interact members in 21,560 Interact Clubs in the world.

Club Visioning - Where Is Your Club Going To Be In 3 Years?

Club Visioning - Where Is Your Club Going To Be In 3 Years?

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 session, up-dating their vision on a regular basis.

Why do we need vision?

Visioning facilitation helps a Rotary Club to develop its own vision and then sets out the steps necessary to achieve that vision. It is worth noting that the result is not a vision set out by the District or Rotary International. Instead, the result is a vision designed and endorsed by the Club’s own members. This vision will help to ensure consensus, continuity and consistency in the Club leadership and programming, to set the stage for future progress.

Further contact

If you are interested in holding a Visioning facilitation in your Club, or just have questions in general, please contact PDG Lars Henriksson, , tel. 416-489 8483.

Mobile Business Directory Of The Members Of Rotary International District 7070

Mobile Business Directory Of The Members Of Rotary International District 7070

From Rotarian Rob MacArthur, a member of The District 7070 District Website Team

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

The Rotary District 7070 Mobile Business Directory has been in operation for over two years. We have several District members listing their businesses. The Directory has had over 6,000 visits annually with a click through rate of over 6%. This means that 6% of those visits did something... they called a business... they clicked on the map to find the business... or they went to the businesses website. In the industry, over 6% is very good. The more members we have participating and sharing the directory, the more exposure it will have and the better success it will have. Any Rotary member of District 7070 can be on the directory for a cost of $10.00. To look at the directory and to find out more about it, please go to You can also fill out the form to have your business put on the directory.

Is your business missing out on a opportunity? If you would like more info, please contact Rob McArthur at .

Editor’s Note: A very special Thank You to Rotarian Rob MacArthur of our District Website Team who has created the Mobile Business Directory of the Members of Rotary International District 7070

A Renewed Rotary District 7070 Speakers Bureau

A Renewed Rotary District 7070 Speakers Bureau

From Rotarian Aziz Saleh, a member of The District 7070 District Website Team

Guest Speakers or Your Own Club Member Speakers:

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.

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.

Please send the following info:

  • Speaker’s Name and Topic,

  • Speaker’s Contact information

  • A short Speaker Biography

The Name of The Rotarian and your Rotary Club making the recommendation

To Rotarian Aziz Saleh at

A very special Thank You to Rotarian Aziz Saleh of our District 7070 Website Team who has volunteered to put together the Rotary International District 7070 Speakers Bureau for you to use.

Your Opportunity to Serve – To Volunteer and Serve on a District Committee

Your Help is Requested. This is Your Opportunity to Serve

To Volunteer and Serve on a District Committee

Just as no Rotary Club can function effectively without a smooth working organization supporting its President, so too for the District.

In this day and age, a District Governor cannot possibly do that which is necessary to achieve the maximum in club activity in all five avenues of service without the enthusiastic dedication and support of many Rotarians working in a district team or organization.

The role of a District Committee is to assist the District Governor in a particular sphere of Rotary activity. The District Governor will have formulated plans for activity in certain areas in accordance with directions received from the President and Board of Directors of Rotary International and from his or her own plans for the district.

The committees are responsible for assisting the clubs in achieving Rotary International, district, and club goals.

And this is where you come in. Many District Committees are looking for members to help. And you are the one who can help.

Members of the District Committees are Rotarians just like you and me. We attend the weekly meetings of our Rotary Clubs, we participate in Fundraising events, and in local and international Community Service projects, we contribute to The Rotary Foundation, we go to the District Assembly, and The District Conference when we can.

And this is where you come in. It is time for you to take that next step in your Rotary life and help out on a District Committee. Most District Committees meet about once a month, for a few hours where you will learn more about that Committee and be able to offer your talents, and expertise or just plain readiness to help out.

Connect with the Committee Chair TODAY. Find out what each Committee does and see if it right for you. See if you can help at the Committee Level. They are willing to have you help out.

Here are the District Committees and the Chairs and their email addresses:

Committee Chair
Email Address
District Rotary Foundation
Michael Bell
Grants Management
Lars Henriksson
Ambassadorial Scholar –
Global Grant Scholar
Kevin Power
Ross Bowser
Annual Programs Fund
Ted Morrison
Polio Plus
Bob Scott
Foundation Walk
Mark Chipman
World Polio Day
Jennifer Boyd
Youth Services / New Generations
Marie Visser
Patti Wright
Mark Chipman
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards RYLA
Ric Williams
Youth Exchange
Larry Wright
Virginia O'Reilly
Membership Extension
Al Warren
Youth Professional Development
Andrea Tirone
Rotary Alumni
Anitra Basant Sisavang
Club Visioning
Lars Henriksson
Inter Country Committee - ICC
Nevine Yassa
Membership Leads
Beth Selby
Service Projects
Beth Selby
Water and Sanitation
Richard Mewhinney
RADAR – Rotary Action for the Development of AIDS Responses Co Chairs
Joanne Ashley,
Debbie Morgan and
Rotary At Work
Joe Dale
Volunteers Sweat Equity
J. Chris Snyder
Courtney Doldron
Khalid Hasan
Rotary HIP – Honoring Indigenous People
John S. G. Andras
Jim Louttit
Doug Byers
PETS – Pres Elect Training Seminar
Mary Lou Harrison
Rotary Leadership Institute
Susan Hunter
District Assembly
Mary Lou Harrison
Brian Thompson
Public Image
David Andrews
Public Relations
David Andrews
Social Media
Darryl Patterson
District Website
Bob Wallace
Wilf Wilkinson Award
Rob Leek
Vocational Service
Ian Lancaster
Vocational Training Team
Ian Lancaster

Get Connected

Get Connected, Rotarians !!!

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 club , they check out your webiste.


Additional Rotary Resources:

Future Rotary International Conventions

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
District 7070 Rotary Foundation Walk
Heydenshore Pavilion
Sep 10, 2017
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Foundation Walk - Club Delegate Registration
Sep 10, 2017
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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