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






District Governor Iosif Ciosa's March 2023 Newsletter

In his March 2023 Newsletter, District Governor Iosif Ciosa talks about March being Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Month and reminds us all that clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life. If you are interested in initiating or participating in a project for this focus area, please contact: PDG Ron Denham, Chair Emeritus of WASRAG (the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group). Ron, is a member of the Eglinton Rotary Club.  He reminds us that World Rotaract Week is March 13-19 and that invites all of us to sign up for and attend District 7070's March 8 International Womens' Day LIVE from the Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa (or watch on line) . He also invites everyone to sign up and March with the Toronto Rotary Club in the St Patrick's Day Parade in Toronto.......... 

Rotary International President Jennifer Jones' March 2023 Message

In President Jennifer Jones'  March 2023 Message, she talks about two Rotarians - one from Japan and one from Park City, Utah, who shared similar stories, though they served on opposing sides of World War II. What was remarkable to her was that each of them chose Rotary to live lives of peacemaking. It struck Jennifer that we are all on this planet simply trying to do our best, and we are much more similar than we are different...........

Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation Ian Riseley's March 2023 Newsletter

In the Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation (and Rotary International Past President)  Ian Riseley's March 2023 Newsletter, he says that water is essential for life no matter where we live. Yet many of us take it for granted. Today, 2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water. Through your support, The Rotary Foundation provides water and sanitation for countless communities around the globe. When thinking of teaming up to provide safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene, Ian asks us to remember that one of our greatest partners is right here within the family of Rotary: Rotaract. This Rotary year, Rotaract clubs may apply for global grants.  President Ian encourages Rotary and Rotaract clubs to work together on existing grants and for Rotary clubs to support grants sponsored by Rotaract clubs to make a difference in the water and sanitation challenges we all face.    ....

The March 2023 video from Drew Kessler, Rotary International Director, Zone 28 & 32 and the entire Leadership Team

To embrace current technology and to be a resource to all members of Zone’s 28/32 the current newsletter is being transitioned to an interactive blog style format that will be managed and moderated by the Zone leadership team. Look for the In The Zone March 2023 video from Drew Kessler, our Rotary International Director, available on March 1,, 2023 in the March 2023 District 7070 Newsletter version that will be published on our District website or on the Rotary Zone 28 and 32 website . ......



It's Official - Niecy Dillon-Tyrovolas is Rotary District Governor for 2025-26

Having received no challenges to the Selection Committee’s decision, I am delighted to inform you that Niecy Dillon-Tyrovolas, from the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, has been selected as the RI District 7070 District Governor for the Rotary Year 2025-26. Niecy will be a great addition to our District Governor Team joining me, IPDG Ron Dick, DGE John Burns and DGN Virginia O'Reilly.

Let's Meet Niecy ....... Please Read more......



Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act -- presentation by Terry Caputo - Now Available to Your Club

Our Rotary District 7070 Treasurer, Larry Whatmore arranged , on February 9, 2023, for Rotary District 7070 Club Treasurers and executives to attend the ONCA presentation by Terry Caputo (on behalf of the District Governance Committee) . Terry's PowerPoint presentation, a recording of the presentation, and resources to assist clubs in completing the required paperwork are on the District website under "About 7070" (see "Ont. Corp. Act & Your Club" in the pull-down menu) or more specifically at the following URL: . The PowerPoint presentation and resources to assist clubs are listed in the "Files" section of the above URL. A recording of Terry's presentation has been uploaded to the District's YouTube channel.

You can link to it in the "Links" section of the above URL.  If you have any issues with the resolution of the video, you can also access the recording at this link: .

Thank you all for taking an interest in this important topic, which affects all of our provincially-incorporated clubs or foundations.  If you have any questions or would appreciate additional guidance, Terry's contact info is included in the first URL noted above. You are welcome to share this with other club leaders who might benefit from this.

Rotary Is Helping in Turkey and Syria - You Can Donate TODAY

Because of catastrophic earthquakes that have devastated parts of Turkey and Syria, contributions to the Turkey/Syria Disaster Response Fund through March 31, 2023 are being directed to humanitarian relief efforts to help people in urgent need of housing, medical care, and other necessary basicsLearn how you can help. See other ways to donate right here in District 7070.....

Rotary District 7070 Peace Symposium 2023 - Another District 7070 Success



Thank you to Nevine Yassa, Chair of Rotary District 7070 Peace Committee and her team for an outstanding Rotary District 7070 World Understanding and Peace Day Symposium with music, art and incredible speakers on Thursday February 23, 2023 . The Symposium included Rotarians from all over the world including two Past Rotary International Presidents: Wilf Wilkinson and Gary Huang. We heard from Nobel Prize Winner Ouided Bouchamaoui who will join us all the way from Tunis, different entities that Rotary International is collaborating with to promote peace such as Mediators without Borders, The Institute for Economics & Peace, Rotary Inter-Country Committees (Rotary ICC), Chris Offer on the Rotary Peace Centres, John Currie on Honouring Indigenous Peoples, and even the Interact Club of Earl Haig Collegiate, right here in District 7070. It was truly an evening where we learned  how Rotary is collaborating with these different entities to extend peace and understanding around the world......

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) – We’re Zooming in 2022-23!  - REGISTER TODAY for PART TWO & Three in 2023 - Part TWO First Session is MARCH 8, 2023

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

Click here to register for Part ONE - Feb 8, 15 and 22

Click here to register for Part TWO - March 8, 15 and 22

Click here to register for Part ONE - April 5, 12 and 19

District 7070 International Women's Day - March 8, 2023 - EMBRACE EQUITY - Join Us In Person In The Rotary Global Classroom or On Line - REGISTER TODAY

Come embrace women and equity in Rotary District 7070 as we celebrate the women of Rotary District 7070 !  We gather on March 8th @ 6pm in the Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in a hybrid setting (In person and online) to celebrate fellowship and hear from female leaders of Rotary District 7070.  Reception from 6 to 7 pm. Broadcast starts at 7 pm. Registration fee of $5.00 payable at the door for the IN Person event. Parking will be in Founders Lot 2 . Parking will be $3.00  Guest speakers include Niecy Dillon, Rachel Boyd, Kaitlyn Almeida and Elizabeth Compton.

Please join us for an evening where we embrace equity to forget and harmony and unity, driving success for all. Please register for the IN PERSON  event right here


Join us for the on line broadcast  :

If you have any questions, please contact Johanna de Boer, Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise at
Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium (RYLS) is May 11 - 14, 2023 - APPLICATIONS EXTENDED TO MARCH 31, 2023

The 2023 Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium (RYLS) is taking place, May 11-14, 2022 at the Ganaraska Forest Centre!  The 3-night experience is geared toward youth between the ages of 17-23 and will offer an inspiring program including: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Reconciliation and Land Based Education, Hands-on Activities, Group Dynamics, Public Speaking, Outdoor Survival and GPS Geocache adventures along with campfires, friendship and tons of fun and learning!!!  All this for only $375 per participant which covers all programs, accommodation, and meals.  Rotary Clubs are encouraged to find and sponsor eligible participants within their community, as well as members of the Rotaract and Interact Clubs that they host.  There are only 30 spots available! 

Applications and further information for RYLS 2023 can now be found at this link: Due date for submission HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 31, 2023.  Online applications and further details are now available on the Rotary District 7070 website and all District social media.  Please Read more.....  

St Patrick's Day Parade Toronto - Rotary Club of Toronto Invites YOU to Participate - March 19

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Sunday, March 19th, starting at 11:30 Bloor & St. George

This year, once again the Toronto Club has organized the  St.Patrick's Day Parade Rotary Participation! Last year members from different clubs in the district came out to walk in the parade. Join us this year, sign up today!

Rotary Clubs of District 7070 will be participating in the upcoming St. Pat's Parade once again.

We are looking for a massive turn out this year and we'll have a new banner along with a vehicle or two.

Legendary sports broadcaster with the Toronto Raptors and TSN, Jack Armstrong, has been named Grand Marshal of Toronto's St. Patrick's Parade for 2023. Jack is the son of Irish immigrants and very proud of his heritage.

The 2023 Parade will take place on Sunday, March 19th, starting at 12 noon at Bloor and St. George. Be there by 11:30am to get organized with the group.

We can't wait to see you all there!  .... Please read more....

Public Image Apprenticeship Program - Sign up TODAY - First Session is March 23 

Prince Kumar has set up a Public Image Apprenticeship Program,  where Public Image people within the Rotary and Rotaract clubs could be trained on an internship basis using specific tools and do some work for the District for 4-5 weeks and then take their skills back to  their own clubs . First three 90 minute sessions (from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm)  are now inset up and scheduled for registration. Session One: Join Us; Linktree, and Google forms (Mar 23) ; Session Two: Canva – how to use and how to set up for your club (Apr 13) ; Session three: How to use these tools and turn them into posts on various social media (May 18 ).  Be sure to register on the District Website TODAY.

Celebrate Oral Health Month in April with Rotary District 7070's Brushmania - Your Club Can Help

Let’s Get Your Rotary or Rotaract Club to Help Celebrate Oral Health Month Together in 2023!

April is Oral Health Month in Canada. Please assist us to encourage your local schools and parents to promote good oral and overall health. 

Schools may schedule a presentation by a local dentist and order a Colgate toothbrush and toothpaste for each of their students.

Here's how Your Rotary Club can help.....Please Read more.....

Public Image & Technology Team  Workshop for District 7070 Clubs - April 1, 2023 - Would YOU Join Your Club TODAY? 

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

That is what prospective members are viewing today. 

Perhaps it is time to BOOST your public image and come to our 2023 joint Public Image / Technology Workshop filled with tips and “how to’s” regarding club public image , club websites, club social media, MyRotary, & Clubrunner . Set for Saturday, Apr 1, 2023 in Cobourg Public Library .

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

Here are just some of the topics we will be covering:

  • Your Clubrunner website
  • Clubrunner app
  • MyRotary
  • Club Social media  - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc
  • Getting Media coverage for your club – Do’s and Don’ts & some tips
  • Rotary Brand Center (media examples, logos,  photos)
  • Writing stories
  • Using photos (do’s and don’ts and trademarks)
  • The 2022-23 website refresh program: has your club website been refreshed - prospective members are checking you out

Note: All D7070 Rotarians have been asked to send list of what they wanted to see at the workshop. Just send your list to Bob and Dave (get your suggestions in to us TOODAY). 

Workshop will be no charge to register , but $40 invoice if “no show”.



Rotary International Convention - Melbourne Australia - May 27 - 31, 2023 - SEE NOTE ON VISAS

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

NOTE ON VISAS: Canadian's now require a visa to enter both New Zealand and Australia including if you're just transiting through the country.  New Zealand is Easy,  download the NZeTA application to complete. Generally issued within a few hours or less if everything is complete and there is a fee.  Australia doesn't make it as easy to find but now having found the process, download the Australian ETA app snd then the process is quite simple, they just don't make the information as easy to find as they should.  There is also a fee to apply for this snd if the application is complete, they issue the certificate in minutes. Both Visa's must be applied for from outside of the country so people need to make application prior to departure.  In order to apply, you will need to have your passport available as they require the App to scan the passport as part of the process. As Canadian's prior to COVID did not require Visa's for either country it is important we communicate this to all attending or thinking of attending.  Also, when I booked my flight nothing was mentioned in this regards and has the potential of catching some people off guard........

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

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

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

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

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


OCTOBER 20 - 22, 2023      TownePlace Suites Oshawa by Marriott






In Memory of our Rotarians - March  2023

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





District 7070 Rotary Foundation Chair Bob Wallace's March 2023 Newsletter

In his March 2023 letter to Rotarians,  Past District Governor Bob Wallace, Chair of the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee, encourages every Rotarian to set and meet their club and personal goals and make a conscious effort to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation, whatever you can afford, to the Annual Programs Fund, the PolioPlus Fund, the Disaster Response Fund, and to the Endowment Fund. .......

2023-24 Rotary Foundation Grant Qualification Is Posted on The District 7070 Website

Rotary and Rotaract Clubs that want to apply for Global or District Grants must be qualified.  This is a requirement from the Rotary Foundation.  Club qualification is valid for one Rotary year.  Clubs must be qualified for the full time of the project.  This is particularly important for Clubs involved in a Global Grant project.   Those projects typically take more than one Rotary year from start to finish, so the Clubs must renew they qualification every year until the project is completed.  Ideally, we want all Clubs to be qualified every year.  The qualification process is a great way to learn more about the Rotary Foundation.

To qualify, a Club must have at least two of its members complete the qualification process.  In addition, the Club must submit an MOU to the District, signed by the President and President Elect.   Please Read more for details.............

6 Steps to Introduce New members to The Rotary Foundation

A key step for new members is understanding The Rotary Foundation. Here are 6 steps to familiarize new members with our Foundation. Please Read more...


Rotary Foundation Trustees Approve Targeted Funds For Ukraine and Pakistan

In response to the worsening humanitarian crises in Ukraine and Pakistan, The Rotary Foundation Trustees voted in January to create two new targeted funds to continue offering lifesaving aid to people who have been affected. The Ukraine Response Fund and the 2022 Pakistan Flood Response Fund will be separate from the general Disaster Response Fund, which had previously supported relief efforts for the war in Ukraine and devastating flooding in Pakistan.....

Rotary International President-Elect Gordon McInally's Royal Edinburgh Million Dollar Weekend - In Scotland

Rotary International President-elect Gordon McInally invites you to join him in Scotland in August 2023 for the Royal Edinburgh – Rotary Foundation Million Dollar Weekend. Donors who make an outright gift to The Rotary Foundation of US$100,000 or more, or a bequest commitment of US$250,000 or more, will have the opportunity to register to attend – at no cost to Rotary – a specially curated experience hosted by Gordon and Heather McInally in their home country of Scotland.

For details and to download a flyer visit:’s-“royal-edinburgh-trf-million-dollar-weekend-in-scotland”?fbclid=IwAR17P3yyVGQ7ekXhF-1m5a55gUP5-uBjqsWVQ_dHtX8AaGOUT6mw7D-M-6M

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

𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝑮𝒊𝒇𝒕𝒔 𝑫𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑱𝒆𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒇𝒆𝒓 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔’ 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒍 𝒀𝒆𝒂𝒓

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

Raise For Rotary - Here is How You Can Create Your Personal Rotary Foundation Fundraiser 

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



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

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

End Polio Now - 2022 In Review

For polio eradication efforts, 2022 brought good news. Fewer genetic strains of the virus are circulating than ever before. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two countries where polio remains endemic. And support from political, medical, and community leaders in those areas has strengthened vaccination efforts during the past year. Global support for polio eradication also reached new heights, as was proven at the World Health Summit in October, when Rotary and international partners and donors pledged a combined US$2.6 billion to eradicate the disease......

Promote the Power of Vaccines  for World Immunization Week - April 24-30

With decades of experience in polio eradication, Rotary members play a key role in publicizing the power of vaccines. In part because Rotary members and partners have worked so hard to counteract vaccine hesitancy and reach all children with the polio vaccine, we’ve immunized billions of children against the disease.

World Immunization Week,  April 24-30, is an opportunity for Rotary and Rotaract clubs to spread the message that vaccines save lives. It’s critical to continue polio vaccinations for children around the world and to advocate for COVID-19 vaccinations for all.

Download the World Immunization Week Toolkit

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to make an online donation


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

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

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

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



Get Revved Up About  - Session 3 - March 28 - 7 PM - Please Register TODAY

Our 3rd and last session - Get Revved Up About Rotary - will have two speakers that were featured in last October's Rotary magazine under 'Rules of Engagement'.  They are Nancy Prochaska from the Rotary Club of North Cobb County in Georgia and Victoria Ewart from the Rotary Club of Edmonton Southeast.  Both have great success stories on member engagement which you do not want to miss. Register HERE

Add the "JOIN US" OR "INTERESTED IN JOINING US?" Button on to your Club Website ? Please do it TODAY - It Really Works

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

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

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

A New Resource: Leveraging Local Events to Grow Rotary - A Membership & Marketing Guide

Leveraging Local Events to Grow Rotary: A Membership and Marketing Guide  is now available. It explains each step of creating a strategic plan to turn the increased interest that comes from big Rotary events into membership growth. You’ll find tips for creating a strong leadership team, getting clubs ready for growth, planning promotions, and approaching prospective members. The guide also has links to these new resources:

Prospective Member Outreach Template for Clubs

Use these customizable scripts to communicate with prospective members assigned to your club through the Manage Membership Leads page in My Rotary. Modify the text based on your needs and update the prospective member’s status at each step. It’s important that every club have a process to manage the membership leads assigned to them. We want each prospective member to receive a response and have a positive interaction with Rotary.

Here are some scripts:

Membership - Filling A Need to Serve

Brian Goerdt is pretty good at figuring out how things work. A computer consultant, he’s built his business on managing complex projects and streamlining business needs. So when he was 2021-22 president-elect of the Rotary Club of Bettendorf, Iowa, he wanted to analyze what factors helped the club succeed. He calls what he found the "secret sauce" of membership growth. It has, he says, three ingredients:

Invite people to join.

Connect with them.

And engage them in projects that serve the community.

That secret sauce must be making Rotary membership in Bettendorf a tasty proposition.  Read more to find out how.....

Are YOU Connecting With Prospective Members? 

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

Learn How To Address Your Club's Membership Challenges

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


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

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



Add Your Projects to Rotary Showcase - They Become Part of our District Project Board

Richard Mewhinney met with PDG Ron Dick, PDG Bob Wallace, and Prince Kumar to initiate a trial of a project board utilizing the Rotary Showcase as a platform. We need the help of every club in District 7070 to add projects to the Rotary Showcase. They will not only appear on the Project Database for the entre Rotary world to see (and perhaps help you with your project) but also act as part of our Rotary District 7070 Project Board. Log into MyRotary , go to the online tools and click Rotary Showcase. Rotary members and program participants are improving lives in communities around the world every day through thousands of service projects. Explore the good work that we’re doing locally and globally, and share these projects through social media.

March 2023 is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month

What Is your Rotary Club doing to focus on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in March 2023?  Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.

Read more, right here, for more details....

Do You Want $8,000 for Your Next WASH Project ?

Need help with your WASH project—here’s how!!

The Rotary club of LaSalle-Centennial wanted to support the RC of Mzuzu (Malawi) to bring water to a rural community, but the cost was more than the club, and its partners could raise. Enter the Canadian Rotarian Water Foundation (CRWF). In discussing the project with Elvira DiGesu-Iarusso, of the LaSalle club, the CRWF team realised that one of the goals was to bring safe water to a village clinic serving 700 households. It qualified for funding under CRWF’s WASH in HCF (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, in Health Care Facilities) program. This program offers up to $Cdn 8000 or 10% of the project value, whichever is the lesser, for any WASH project bringing safe water, sanitation and/or hygiene to a hospital, clinic or nursing station, in which a Canadian Rotary club plays a significant role........


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

You are invited to view all of the back issues of the WASRAG  / WASH Rag Newsletters at   .  Visit us at: .View our videos at: WASH Rotary Action Group YouTube Channel .Follow us on Facebook at: WASH Rotary Action Group . Please Read More.......
2023 Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup - April 22, 2023

Our 3rd Annual Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Event (GLWC) is quickly approaching!  Please mark your calendar for Saturday April 22 (Earth Day).  More information to come from your District Environmental Action Committee. Thank you - Dan Coombes - Chair GLWC (

What is your club doing ?  At The Second Marsh in Oshawa, Ontario, the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa, Oshawa-parkwood and Courtice are helping the Friends of The Second Marsh. The SECOND MARSH is a 137 ha coastal wetland located in the southeast portion of Oshawa, (Regional Municipality of Durham), Ontario, Canada.  The combination of Second Marsh with the adjacent areas of McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Darlington Provincial Park represents nearly 400 hectares, one of the largest publicly accessible waterfront spaces available in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  It is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in a major urban center, and is unique in being the largest remaining wetland in the GTA.

Please Read more .......


Download the Newly Updated Areas of Focus Guide

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

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

Shelterbox Canada News for March 2023

In her  March 2023 Newsletter, Meg SchmeiderCommunity Program Coordinator at ShelterBox Canada, provides an update on how Rotary and Shelterbox in Ukraine. Here's more of her newsletter.....

Joint Literacy Project: Rotary Club of Scarborough, Durham College Global Guardian Project and the Rotary Global Classroom -  Help Support Orphans in Ukraine

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


News from Honouring Indigenous People

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



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

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

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

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



Make Sure Your Club Gets Noticed - Prospective Members are Checking You Out - Is Your Rotary Club Website Refreshed ?  - SIGN UP TODAY 

To Rotarians in District 7070:

It's TIME TO GET YOUR CLUB NOTICED. Prospective members are checking YOU out - What will they see? Don't be left behind.  REGISTER TODAY. To assist the Rotary Clubs of District 7070 GET NOTICED, at the request of District Governor Iosif Ciosa, the District Public Relations Committee is continuing the Rotary Club ClubRunner Website Refresh Program and Promotional Half Back Discount, NOW available for your club in 2022-23.The first  25 Rotary clubs have completed the refresh program in 2021-22. These  club websites are getting noticed by the public and by potential members. When a prospective member looks to join a club, they look at your club website. REGISTER TODAY.  Please Read more.......

Update You Rotary Club Logo

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

Does Your Club Have a Web Presence ?

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

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

Check You Club's Public Image Checklist

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

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

Heads Up on Altering the Rotary Logo

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

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

EMBRACE THE LOGO - It's Our Global Recognition

Here is a letter from Past Rotary International President Holger Knaack and Past Rotary Foundation Chair of the Trustees Ravi Ravindran. It is a Call To Action. It is more relative in 2023 than ever before. They are asking Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs to update their logos to align with our brand standards. This means using the template in the Rotary Brand Center to create a club logo and then using it consistently, like on club websites, social media accounts, and signage, to name a few.......

Kick Start Your Club's Social Media Presence 

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

Making Public Image A Priority

When your club makes public image a priority, be prepared to see engagement rise. Showcasing how your projects make an impact in the community and touch people's lives gives the public an understanding of what Rotary does. Even better, it inspires people to get involved, says Julie Johnson, District 9510 Rotary Public Image Chair.....

Rotary Brand Center Tutorial Video

Short instructional videos make learning new skills or navigating websites easier. That’s why we’ve created “Getting Started,” which walks you through the recently updated Brand Center home page. The video will also show you how to save assets to your computer, share items, access the tools you need to create professional communications, and more. You’ll find the “Getting Started” video on the Brand Center home page. Watch it today!

Draw Attention With Photos

With the rise of social media and the decline of attention spans, the use of images to attract an audience is key. Photos are ideal captivators, whether for a social media post, flyer, ad, or brochure. For your People of Action stories, you’ll want images that instantly convey the good work your club members are doing....

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

Calling all District 7070 Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs! Increase your club’s visibility. Tag us in all appropriate social media posts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) so we can share your news and events. We have lots of followers who would like to see your posts!

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

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

SIX Social Media Resolutions  - GET Your Club Noticed

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

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

Want new members in Your Club? YOU HAVE TO GET SOCIAL

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

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

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

INCREASE your club’s Facebook Presence

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

Here is Why your club should use Instagram

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

Rotary Club of Markham Sunrise  Helps Ukraine  With medical Supplies In A Very Big Way

Jon Stevens from the Markham Sunrise Rotary Club joined with Tracey Burton and Tammy Isa of the Canadians Care Collective (a team of Canadian Volunteers) and other partners to deliver urgently needed  medications and medical supplies to Ukrainian hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and directly to the front lines. John and the club initially raised  around $83,000 through the CanadaHelps online platform and another $42,000 via other means for a total of about $125,000 cash raised – in addition to the $100 million of in-kind donations.

Results To Date:....... Read more.....

Wellington Rotary Club Maple Syrup Sales  - PRE-ORDER NOW

The Wellington Rotary Club is getting ready for our third annual Maple Syrup fundraiser. Over the past 2 years this event has raised nearly $20,000 with monies going to the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital. This year we will again be selling 750 mL bottles of local maple syrup for $20 a bottle. For those interested in pre-ordering please contact Yvonne Buys at – given past experience this will sell out fast. Alternatively, as we have done in previous years, Clubs could partner with us by bulk purchasing bottles without labels at a discount price to be sold locally. For more details please contact Yvonne.



Your Club's Rotary Citation In  2022-23  - Here's How You Can Get It - Just 4 Months Left  - Don't Delay

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

Here's how.......

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

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

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

Strategic planning consists more or less of these three steps. 

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

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

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

Please Read more ........

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

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

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

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

Use Our Refreshed Rotary District 7070 Website - A Great Source of Material to Share on Your Club Website

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

Have you checked out our District 7070 Website lately?

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

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

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

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

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

What's Larry's Email Address?

 It was a rainy day when I got the call.  

 He needed to know, right away,

 "What's his email" he did say. 

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

 The magic we found, by bringing it down

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

With rushing to cheer, the awakening is here! 

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

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

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

Upcoming Events
District 7070 RLI Part 2 Mar 8, 15, 22 2023
Mar 15, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
District Leadership Team (DLT) Meeting
Mar 20, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
PETS training for 2023-2024
Mar 21, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
District 7070 RLI Part 2 Mar 8, 15, 22 2023
Mar 22, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Marketing & Membership Apprenticeship Program
Mar 23, 2023
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Membership Committee
Mar 27, 2023 8:00 AM
Membership – Get Revved Up about Rotary
Mar 28, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Public Image and Technology Workshop
Cobourg Public Library
Apr 01, 2023
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Durham President's meeting
Apr 03, 2023 5:30 PM
District 7070 RLI Part 3 Apr 5, 12, 19, 2023
Apr 05, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Public Image Committee Meeting
Apr 06, 2023 7:00 PM
Membership Committee
Apr 10, 2023 8:00 AM
District 7070 RLI Part 3 Apr 5, 12, 19, 2023
Apr 12, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Public Image Apprenticeship Workshop
Apr 13, 2023
President Elects Trip to Evanston
Apr 16, 2023 – Apr 17, 2023
District Leadership Team (DLT) Meeting
Apr 17, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
District 7070 RLI Part 3 Apr 5, 12, 19, 2023
Apr 19, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup 2023
Apr 22, 2023
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Membership Committee
Apr 24, 2023 8:00 AM
Assistant Governors (AGs) Meeting with DG Iosif
Apr 24, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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