Our District 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 and from the various committees in District 7070 and beyond. Please keep our family informed. Make sure they get a copy. The deadline for your story submissions is always 4 days prior to the end of the month. Scroll all the way down and find out "What's Inside" this month, please read more .......

COVID-19 Update from District 7070 Leadership Team


Dear District Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and Friends of Rotary,

The COVID-19 situation in Canada is evolving on a daily basis and even changing by the hour. The Federal and Provincial Governments, and medical advisors are asking all Canadians to take stronger measures to contain the spread of the virus. At this critical time, we need to practice the necessary hand hygiene practises, social distancing, and self-isolation if you have returned from travelling outside Canada.
By now you have read RI President Mark Maloney and RI President-elect Holger Knaack's email regarding Rotary's Role in Battling Coronavirus, and RI President Mark Maloney's email cancelling the 2020 Convention in Honolulu.  Here is further communication from RID Jeffry Cadorette and RIDE Valarie Wafer.
I encourage you to call your Rotary colleagues who are ill, house-bound for a number of reasons, or Rotarians that you have not seen in a while.  Reach out to your neighbours for the same reasons.  Does someone need groceries, their medication picked up, their dog walked, or to listen to their concerns?
Thank you for keeping me apprised of your Clubs’ response to COVID-19 with respect to meetings and events. Many Rotary and Rotaract Clubs have cancelled their regular meetings and events for the foreseeable future. We strongly encourage clubs to suspend all in-person meetings and events until further notice.  
It is time to adopt an alternate meeting option that will allow everyone to stay connected until this COVID-19 situation subsides.  There is a 20% discount offered for Zoom through Rotary Global Rewards to have online meetings up to 100 participants with unlimited minutes. Just use the discount code of "ZOOMROTARY" when purchasing; use this link
Clubs can also sign up for a free Zoom account at  The free service allows groups of up to 100 people to connect for up 40 minutes. 
Here are the set-up instructions for a free account -
-Go to
-In the top right corner, click "sign up, it's free"
-Choose to connect to your Gmail or Facebook account, or provide info for a new account
-You will be asked to confirm your account via the email/account you provided
-The first time you join a meeting, you will be asked to allow the zoom application to download to your computer
If you want a tutorial on Zoom, click on the link below:
Darryl Patterson has establsihed a Technology Club Support site to support clubs in our District.  Please use the following link -
Stay well.  Stay connected. 

Your District 7070 Governor Team

Mary Lou Harrison,   District 7070 Governor 2018-19

Beth Selby,   District 7070 Governor 2019-20

Mark Chipman,   District Governor 2020-21

Ron Dick,   District Governor 2021-22

Iosif Ciosa,  District 7070 Governor 2022-23

Read more to see the March 12, 2020 District 7070 Update .....




District Governor's May 2020 Newsletter

May is Youth Services Month

Dear fellow Rotarians, 

Youth Services is Rotary International’s focus for the month of May.  District 7070 has an outstanding presence in the areas of EarlyAct, Interact, Youth Exchange, RYLA, and Rotaract.

EarlyAct is a school club for elementary students in grades five to eight to educate them about Rotary.  The program focuses on preparing students to take on leadership roles in their school and community.

As a former secondary school teacher and administrator, I witnessed the significant contribution of Interact Clubs.  As a Cobourg Rotarian, I am always pleased to hear regular updates from the Cobourg Collegiate Institute Interact Club’s activities-Halloween for Hunger, bake sales, community dinner, and the 30 Hour Fast- to name a few of their events that raise funds to help their community........ 

The May 2, 2020 Rotary International COVID-19 Telethon Now on Youtube for All to See

Rotary's COVID-19 Livestream Telethon received $420,536 during the May 2, 2020 event. The COVID-19 Telethon, led by Past R I President Barry Rassin, Past R I Director John Smarge, Past R I Director Jennifer Jones and Past R I Director Julia Phelps along with other Rotary leaders, was a thumping success.The donations are expected to gross over $ One Million by March 3, 2020.  If you missed the COVID-19 #RotaryResponds Telethon, you can watch in YouTube . it was inspiring and uplifting to see how Rotarians worldwide, have responded to helping their fellow himan beings during this pandemic. In true fashion #RotaryResponds.

Rotary’s 1.2 million members across the globe have taken swift action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than $3.4 million in Rotary Disaster Response Grants have already been put into action on the frontlines to battle COVID-19.  Additionally, millions more have been raised by our #PeopleofAction - they have responded quickly and are truly saving lives. Now, we need to do more and the need for additional funding is a priority.

Thank You to Our Essential Workers in District 7070

To anyone who works with the public and cannot stay home, those who are helping, fighting to keep us well, and providing service to us


for your dedication and aid!

From All of the Rotarians, Rotaractors and the whole Rotary family here in District 7070 - South-Central Ontario,  CANADA

Latest Information on COVID-19 from Rotary International

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together....

COVID-19: Here is What District 7070 Rotary & Rotaract Clubs Are Doing to help their Community

What is your Rotary Club and Rotaract Club doing to help your community during the COVID 19 outbreak? Take a look at some of the clubs and their projects. Perhaps you too can do a similar project in your community. Perhaps YOU can help at one of their projects. 

Here is a place for your Club to ASK for help from Rotary and Rotaract Clubs, with your project. Talk to the Mayor, Councilors, Community Service Organizations, Food Banks, Health workers, just to name a few. Your community is counting on our entire Rotary family and your partner organizations during this time of special need.

Send your projects and project requests to District Public Image Chair Dave Andrews at and he will do his best to get them in the article which will be regularly updated.

Look in the 'Rotary and COVID-19" menu bar on the District website and see "What District Clubs are doing and requesting" for just some of the many projects.


Rotary International President Mark Maloney's May 2020 Newsletter

In Mark Maloney's May 2020 Newsletter, during Youth Service Month, it is all about Rotary's ability to adapt , especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and how that fits in to one of our new goals in Rotary's New Action Plan. He tells us all that The world needs our leadership today more than ever. Truly, Rotary Connects the World.......

May 2020 Message from Gary Huang, Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation

In his May 2020 message to Rotarians, Gary Huang, Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, (and also Past President of Rotary International), tells us about the work that Rotary members and our Foundation are carrying out to stop the spread of COVID-19 and to help people affected. He also talks about the Foundation Trustees working quickly to add COVID-19 projects to their list of eligible activities for disaster response grants, transferring $3 million to our Disaster Response Fund for COVID-19 grants, and waiving the 30 percent foreign financing requirement for any new global grant that addresses COVID-19........


2020 District 7070 Conference - REGISTER TODAY

Are you going to the District 7070 Conference at the Pan Pacific Toronto (formerly the Westin Prince Hotel) in Toronto on October 23 to 25, 2020? As a special incentive, Register for the District Conference before APRIL 12, 2020 and have your name entered in a draw for a one night stay at the Pan Pacific Toronto, including breakfast for two, together with a $100.00 Gift Certificate for the Keg Restaurant. Be sure to register TODAY. Here's how.....



COVID-19 District Grant Application Go To Meeting - May 2 - 11 AM to 12 NOON - Register Today

Please register today for the May 2, 2020 District 7070 District Grant Process Webinar with the District leadership Team. Hear Grants Chair Lars Henriksson run through the life-cycle (from donations to District Designated Funds, to applications to spending plan, to decision by The Rotary Foundation, to awarding of grant cheques, to final reports by clubs, to closing the grant). You will also see the District Application Form as Lars and PDG Michael Bell walk through the form, and PDG Bob Wallace, Lars & Michael will go thru Questions and Answers too.

Brushamania 2020 & The Great Canadian Brushoff - An Outstanding Success







THANK YOU To all Rotarians and Rotaractors, your familiy and friends right across Canada:

Brushamania and the very first Great Canadian Brushoff were a huge success in 2020. According to Colgate, a long-time sponsor of Brushmania, over 10,000 families right across Canada were reached for the April 22, Great Canadian Brushoff and the draw for the prizes is not yet over. Still time to enter, kids . Even a Past Rotary International President and a Past Rotary International Vice President got out their toothpaste and toothbrush and brushed their teeth for 2 minutes. And so did many members of District 7070's Governor Team (past, present and future). See some of the photos on . Thanks to Rotary Clubs right across Canada. This is the 20th year of Brushamania and Rotary's continuing efforts to promote good oral health in our country. Please read the rest of the story and see how it went.....

Revised Requirements for the 2019-20 Rotary Citation

We know that some of the 2019-20 Rotary Citation goals may be difficult for clubs to achieve during this pandemic, so we’ve revised the requirements. Instead of achieving five of the nine goals in the Unite People and Take Action categories, clubs now need to achieve at least three goals in each of these categories. The Presidential Distinction requirements remain the same, and clubs still need to be in good standing to be eligible. 

We appreciate the work you continue to do during this time and are looking forward to seeing the creative ways in which clubs achieve their goals. Clubs can still report their achievements as described in the Achievement Guide and use the Rotary Citation Recipients report on My Rotary to check their progress. Contact us at if you have any questions

Chatting To Wellness - RYLA Alumni Calls on Rotary For Help

Mahad Shahzad, attended RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, here in District 7070. He is also the Founder and President of Chatting to Wellness. They are launching a program called Online Chatting Sessions for seniors across Canada; to combat loneliness and isolation, which has increased significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local university students are available by phone every weekday evening to chat with seniors as part of this new volunteer-run phone-call program. The conversations, led by the senior, are entirely free and are for 45 minutes in length. Calls are scheduled between 6 pm - 9 pm EST, Monday to Friday. Seniors can either sign up directly, or call 437-702-2025 or have a family member sign up for a call on their behalf by visiting Mahad is asking if Rotary and Rotaract Clubs in District 7070 can help. Here's how.......

Tips for Clubs To Stay Connected

Dear fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors in District 7070,

Sarah Stacey and I continue to be inspired by the way District 7070 and our clubs have persisted in finding ways to stay connected with one another during this unique time. We have been positively overwhelmed by both districts’ and clubs’ dedication to supporting their communities, and have collected what you’ve shared, in order to create our second Staying Connected resource. This document highlights tips for hosting online meetings, announcements from Rotary, feature clubs and districts, and ways to continue supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion! Please feel free to share this document with your club and district leadership. 

Sophie Dangerfield

Rotary International Officer,  Club and District Support, Americas

Stay Connected - District Assembly on Zoom  - May 9, 2020

Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors,

Most of us are accustomed to meeting in person, exchanging stories, supporting each other, and planning projects face-to-face.  Now, it is even more important to support our club members and STAY CONNECTED.  Connecting now could ensure that we have a strong membership going forward.  A number of Clubs have already tried ‘Zoom’ meetings, and some are doing virtual social get-togethers and fundraisers (Tip:  try virtual meetings a few times and you’ll iron out the ‘bugs’).  Check out the District website calendar for virtual events that are happening and join in!  If your Club is having a virtual meeting or event, please consider posting it on the District calendar so others can join you.  Reach out by phone to any members who miss virtual meetings or you haven’t heard from you.  Together we can STAY CONNECTED! There's more ..........


4 New District Committees Want YOUR HELP - Apply Today

The District 7070 Leadership Team is seeking applicants for 4 NEW District 7070 Committees (see attached document for the new committee's mandate). 

The deadline for applications for all four new District committees is Friday, May 1, 2020. This is an extension of the original deadline of 3 April 2020 for the committees listed below.

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

  • Leadership Development

  • Environmental Action

  • Technology & Information Management 

Information about all four new District 7070 committees is included in the revised mandate document attached to this mandate. Please read it carefully. 

Application Process: Applicants for all four committees are asked to respond by email to Terry Caputo, Chair, Governance Committee, by Friday, May 1, 2020, at

The email should outline the committee of interest and the eligibility of the applicant to serve as a committee member.  All applications will be considered and those to be interviewed will be notified by the Chair of the Governance Committee as soon as possible.

Yours in Rotary,

DG Beth

Deadline for 2021-22  Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications - July 1, 2020

Dear District 7070 Rotarians,

We have two months left to recruit qualified candidates for the 2021-22 Rotary Peace Fellowship and we need your help!

As a Rotary leader, you play a key role in communicating information about Rotary Peace Centers programs to potential candidates. We encourage you to use and share these resources and help us uncover the next cohort of Rotary Peace Centers:

  • Send personalized emails with the fellowship announcement to contacts within your network.

  • Do you know someone who could benefit from our program? Submit their name and email in our referral form and we’ll follow up with them.

Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by July 1, 2020......

Nominations Now Open for the Dr. Bob Scott Disease Prevention Award - May 31, 2020 Deadline


The Doctor Bob Scott Disease Prevention Award was inaugurated following Bob’s retirement as Chair of Rotary’s Polio Eradication program. It was commissioned to honour him for his significant leadership in efforts to reach The Rotary Foundation’s primary goal, namely the eradication of polio from the face of the earth........

Nominations Now Open for the Wilf Wilkinson Peace Award - Deadline  - May 31, 2020


The Wilf Wilkinson Peace Award was inaugurated following Wilf’s year as President of Rotary International. It was commissioned to honour him for his specific efforts in supporting the 4 th Object of Rotary, namely the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace. Past winners include the late Jack Layton, War Child, and The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care.......

2019-20 Public Image Contest in District 7070 - Deadline for Entries Extended to May 31, 2020

It's contest time for District 7070 Rotary, Rotaract, Interact, and Earlyact Clubs! This year it's all about Instagram. The winner will receive $500 towards the community service project of your club’s choice (local or international). Time on your hands being at home? Now is a good time to enter the contest. It Now closes on May 31, 2020. For all the details, go to

A Mill for Bill Campaign to Raise $ 1 Million for The Rotary Foundation - Getting Even Closer to our Goal - DONATE TODAY

Rotary District 7070  “A Mill for Bill” Campaign

Help us raise $1 million USD in support of our Rotary Foundation in the 2019/20 Rotary Year!

Bill’s dream is for District 7070 to raise $1 million USD for our Rotary Foundation!

What better way to honour Bill than by making his dream a reality in 2019-20?

Have YOU made your contribution? 

We are getting closer and closer to our goal.

Let's honour Bill and keep District 7070 in First Place.

Here is where we are today:  OVER $ 883,511.74   !!!

We are getting closer. Who will put us over our $1,000,000 goal?

Please read more to see how you and your Rotary Club can contribute.......

Rotary's New Strategic Plan

As People of Action, we share a strong sense of purpose.

More than a century ago, we pioneered a new model of service leadership grounded in person-to-person connections. Today, those connections are a network that spans the globe—bridging cultural, linguistic, generational, and geographic barriers—and shares the vision of a better world. As People of Action, we understand that fulfilling that vision requires a planThis is Rotary’s plan for the next five years: to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt........

Call for Nominations for The Donald MacRae Peace Award

Do you know a Rotarian or Rotary organization that deserves plaudits for the international work it does? Every year, a Rotarian or Rotary organization is celebrated in each of our Zones for outstanding achievement consistent with the ideals expressed in the Fourth Object of Rotary: “The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through humanitarian activity of international significance. Every Rotary Club and District in Zones 28 and 32 is encouraged each year to submit an application for the Donald MacRae Peace Award.......



In Memory of our Rotarians - May 1, 2020

It is with great sadness when we loose members of our District 7070 Rotary family this month. Everyone in District 7070 wants to expresses their deepest sympathies to our extended Rotary family.




District 7070 Update  - Rotary Foundation Grants & COVID-19 Responses

On April 20, 2020, the District Governor Team sent out a letter to all Rotarians , outlining our District 7070 Update on Rotary Foundation Grants & COVID-19 Responses. Be sure to look in the Rotary Foundation menu Bar on our District 7070 Website for all of the information on the page entitled. "2020-2021  Grants Qualification and Documents".

As people of action, Rotary members want to find ways to respond to COVID-19 and to help people affected by it. The Rotary Foundation offers several options that Rotarians can use to help care for and protect people in their own communities and others around the world. On that page, please take a look at the files section called Rotary Foundation COVID-19 Grant Options for additional background. Here , you will read and learn more about :District Grants, Global Grants, and the Rotary Disaster Response Fund.

If you have questions, please send them to Michael Bell, District 7070 Foundation Chair, and copy Lars Henriksson, District 7070 Foundation Grants Chair.

Thank you so much for all you are doing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotary’s response is needed, and our Rotary Foundation is ready to help us help us others. If you have not yet made a personal or club donation to our Foundation, please do so if you can........

District 7070 Rotary Foundation Chair's May 2020 Newsletter

In his May 2020 letter to Rotarians, with just 2 months to go in this Rotary year,  Past District Governor Michael Bell, Chair of the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee, encourages every Rotarian to make a conscious effort to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation, whatever you can afford, to the Annual Programs Fund and to the PolioPlus Fund,and to the Endowment Fund, and urges everyone to honour Past District Governor Bill Patchett and give just a "Little More for Bill" as we all try to reach "A Mill for Bill".  He is also encouraging clubs to apply for new COVID-19 District grant. There is more news in PDG Michael's letter........

2020-21 Rotary Foundation Grants Information and Qualification Material NOW On-line

The Rotary Foundation requires Clubs, that want to apply for District or Global Grants to projects, must be qualified.  A Rotary Club is qualified once it has done the following

- have at least two of its members successfully complete the training provided by the District, and

- have its President and President Elect submit to the District a signed copy of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

The qualification is valid for one year.  It makes the whole Club qualified and responsible, not just the two members that complete the qualification process. Once again, District 7070 is using on-line training for the qualification process.  Three modules (The Rotary Foundation, Global Grants and District Grants) can be found under the Rotary Foundation tab on the District's website,  Quizzes, each consisting of nine questions, are connected with the modules.  Seven of the nine questions must be correctly answered to pass each quiz.  Once a Rotarian has successfully completed all three Quizzes, s/he is qualified and will count towards the Club's Qualification.....

New Programs of Scale grants for new year
In 2013, Rotary set out on its new grant model under the Future Vision Plan, in the hopes that the approach would enhance the scope, impact, and sustainability of humanitarian projects. More than six years later, and with over $460 million invested in almost 7,000 projects across the globe, Rotary is ready to augment these critical investments with a new grant type. Beginning January 2020, Rotary International is introducing a highly selective, competitive grant model that empowers Rotarians to implement large-scale, high impact projects with experienced partners.....
Global Grant Project Bank up and running on our District 7070 Website our District 7070 website

Every year, the District Governor and District receive many Global Grant project proposals from Clubs and Districts around the world.  They are requesting funding, DDF and Club contribution, to important and interesting projects. Clubs in our District are doing the same, contacting other Clubs in our District and globally.  It is a way of raising funds for projects......



The Importance of Immunization Against All Vaccine-preventable Diseases, Including Polio

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

As scientists work to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, World Immunization Week (24 -30 April) provides an opportunity to recognize the importance of immunization against all vaccine-preventable diseases, including polio. 

For over 40 years, Rotarians have never wavered in fulfilling our commitment to the children of the world to end polio. Today, the polio infrastructure Rotary helped build – including its tools, workforce, and extensive surveillance networks – are being used to also help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by supporting preparedness and response activities in many countries, including Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. This illustrates our legacy to global health and the “Plus” in PolioPlus......


The Latest Weekly News on Polio Eradication

Follow the latest news on Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio, every week. Here is a link to the latest cases in 2019. See the country-specific section and more details, right here at

PolioPlus Program and COVID-19

Here are some talking points that our very own Past District 7070 Governor and Past Rotary International Vice President Dr. Bob Scott, the Past Chair of the Rotary International PolioPlus Committee has put together to help us understand the COVID-19 affect on the PolioPlus Program. Some of the information comes from Rotary's current Chair of the International PolioPlus Committee, Mike McGovern. Some of the issues covered: the Polio infrastructure support for COVID-19 response; the Status of polio immunization activities; and Rotary continuing support for PolioPlus ..... 

A History of PolioPlus and Its Impact on COVID-19

This presentation on the history of PolioPlus and the impact of COVID-19 on the PolioPlus program was originally presented by the Lighthouse Rotary Club of Evanston, Illinois, on April 14th. John Osterlund facilitated the discussion that included Carol Pandak, Director of Rotary's PolioPlus Program, and Ann Lee Hussey, Past District Governor District 7780, who has dedicated her life to the eradication of polio.

A great overview in about 40 minutes.

Our new Polio End Game Strategy for 2019-2023

Please read carefully the Questions from The Rotarian and the answers from John Sever. Rotary International PolioPlus Committee Vice-Chair in october 2019's Rotarian Magazine about Rotary's new Polio Endgame Strategy 2019-2023.....

Rotary Virtual Reality Polio Kit Available for Your Club

The Rotary Club of Alliston is using the Rotary Virtual Reality Polio Kit as part of their Canada Day Celebrations in Alliston, Ontario. It was also on display for users to see the VR film "Two Drops of Patience" last year's District Conference and  at World Polio Day in Durham Region. Your club can also borrow the kit . Mary Lou Harrison and Assistant Governor Shirley Ross have two kits. they consist of a pull up banner and a small plastic box with 5 VR headsets, 5 sets of ear phones, 2 iPhone adapters, cleaning wipes, and a safety use card.


Four Ways to Engage Members Online

Are you looking for ideas to engage members while we’re physically distancing ourselves from each other? Has your club started meeting online? Here are some of our favorite resources to help: 

Find more resources at

Let E-clubs Help You Get Online During the Pandemic

If your club wants to move its activities online, e-clubs can be an ideal resource. Learn how the Rotary E-Club of The Caribbean 7020 is helping other clubs and watch a short video about the advantages of meeting online. 

More from our blog: 

Ideas for Staying Connected Despite Social Distancing

Ingrid Waugh, who’s an assistant Rotary coordinator, and a team of leaders from Zone 8 in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands have created a list of tips for keeping members connected during this challenging time. From virtual service projects to phone calls that help clubs check on members, you’ll find ideas for keeping social connections strong despite any physical distance.

Flexible Options for Clubs - Want to offer more flexibility but not sure where to start?

Want to offer more flexibility but not sure where to start?

Select one of these options that describes the most pressing challenge your club faces, and find solutions and resources to help......

Learn the Fundamentals of Mentoring in a New Online Course

Mentoring Basics is now available in the Learning Center. In this new 30-minute interactive course, you’ll learn the role, responsibilities, and benefits of being a mentor to an adult professional. Our research shows that clubs with mentor programs retain members better. Enroll today

Membership and New Club Development Ideas

Although August was Membership and New Club Development Month, ANYTIME is the perfect time to celebrate your club’s members and consider the many options available for strengthening your membership. The following ideas can get you started:........

Rotary Resources To Help Your Club "Grow Rotary"

Give your members a meaningful Rotary experience by offering them opportunities to make a positive difference and connect with others. They’ll make valuable friendships and feel good about Rotary and the work we’re doing to make the world a better place. Has your club found ideas to help your club take a fresh approach with these resources?  Log into myrotary and find out right here, how your club can be a strong club. .......

2019-20 Membership Resource Guide

Diana Edwards, our Regional Membership Officer for Membership Development has updated and the Membership Resource Guide with helpful new resources and publications noted in red.


Areas of Focus District 7070 Action Committee - Become a Committee Member OR Ask us for Help on your next project

Dear Fellow Rotarians in District 7070,

In the October 1, 2019 District 7070 Newsletter, we introduced you to the Area of Focus Coordinators and their roles in our Areas of Focus. Here is our challenge to YOU - every Rotarian in District 7070: Do you want ti become a member of one of the Areas of Focus Action Committees? Does your club need help starting a project? Please read more to find out how.....

FREE Academic Help for Parents to Teach your Kids - The Maloney Method

Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson has been working hard with Mike Maloney, founder of The Maloney Method, to try to get some academic help for parents who have been pressed into service as teachers, during the COVID-19 crisis. His lessons have a 45 year history of doing well for kids. They are like recipes. If you follow the recipe carefully, you get success, even with children who struggle. this will be free, through Rotary, to all parents not just in District 7070, not just in Canada , but worldwide........ .

LitRAG Call To Action - Read a Story to a Child

Dear Rotarians in District 7070, 

I hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well.   I wanted you to be aware of and invite you to a call to action for LITRAG (Literacy Rotary Action Gropu) members and all Rotarians to get engaged, involved, and make a difference during these uncertain days.   The following information is being sent to LITRAG members - I hope all our members rally around this effort and promote this opportunity to their clubs and communities.  Would you take a few minutes to read a children’s  story aloud, video it, and post it to #TogetherWe Read.   Then, promote the resource to parents, schools, daycare programs in your community.  We welcome stories in a variety of languages!   Thanks for all you do to promote education and literacy  - take care and be well.

Carolyn Johnson

Yarmouth (Maine) Rotary,

District 7780 Governor, 2013-14

Rotary Coordinator, Zone 32 (2017-2020)
Technical Coordinator, Cadre of Technical Advisors, Basic Education & Literacy (2017-2020) ; 
Vice-chair, Literacy Rotarian Action Group (LITRAG)

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, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have a good news story, please send it to us. Click here to get the latest newsletters, information and updates about HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples)! OR check the Action Committees Menu Bar in the District Newsletter under HIP.  This rapidly growing nation-wide movement, HIP,  is a partnership between Indigenous Peoples & Rotarians. Each newsletter also contains stories about supporters, just like you, who are making an impact across Canada by taking action to create lasting change! Here are some highlights .........

Guatemala Literacy Project Annual Report

Dear Fellow Rotarians in District 7070:

Thanks so much to all Rotary clubs and districts who contributed a total of $631,247* to the Guatemala Literacy Project this year! Please click here for the 2020 GLP Annual ReportEducation is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty that has plagued rural, indigenous Guatemalans for generations. Because of YOUR help, over 9,700 more Guatemalan children and their teachers are receiving the gift of sustainable textbooks, computer centers, literacy programs, and professional development skills this year.......

News From The Canadian Landmine Foundation

Demining During COVID-19

The global pandemic has changed life in many ways. For Team 5 deminers in Cambodia, it has brought even more time away from their families. As teams prepared to come out of the field for Khmer New Year, the Cambodian government ordered Khmer New Year celebrations canceled and told everyone to stay in town, at work. Celebrations would be held at a later date after the virus is contained or destroyed. People were allowed to celebrate the holiday in family groups, but not in village parties, as is the norm. EOD Team 5 celebrated with each other in the field, and were quickly back to work, albeit with some extra PPE! Scroll down for a video of what Team 5 accomplished in 2019, or CLICK HERE to give today!  ...

Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG) - News

You are invited to view all of the back issues of the WASRAG Newsletters at    This month, there us a special Call To Action from Ron Denham, District 7070 Past District Governor and Cahir Emeritus of WASRAG. For more Water and Sanitation News for this month,  please Read More.......

Our Best Defense Against Coronavirus - Suggestions from WASRAG

Handwashing with soap is the best defense against COVID-19. The WashEm_Quicktip_Coronavirus guide provides practical tips on how to encourage community-level handwashing behavior. The USAID's Water Currents newsletter highlighted this guide in their March 26, 2020 issue. For more on this topic watch the webinar from Sanitation and Water for All, featuring presentations from UNICEF and WHO on COVID-19 and WASH

Shelterbox Canada News 

In her May 2020 Newsletter, Allison Kingston, Community Fundraising Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada and a Member of the  Rotaract Club of Sarnia-Lambton, talks about Shelterbox responding to current disasters and current Shelterbox operations world wide and thanks Rotarians for their kind contributions.  Here's more of her newsletter...



May is Youth Services Month

What Is your Rotary Club doing to focus on Youth Service in May 2020? May is Youth Services Month when Rotary Clubs, around the world focus on youth services, Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, Youth Exchange and in our District - Earlyact. Read more for how YOU can help.....

CANCELLED - Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Hands On Service Trip to Dominican Republic - Book Now and Save


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the proposed YOUTH hands on trip to the Dominincan Republic in March Break of 2021 has been cancelled.


Patricia Wright B.Mus.A., LL.B., ICD.D
Chair of Youth Services for District 7070


Rotaract policy changes, what you should know

In October 2019, the Board of Directors of Rotary International made several changes to the policies related to Rotaract, which were recommended by the Elevate Rotaract Task Force. The 2019 Council on Legislation amended the constitutional documents of Rotary International to include Rotaract clubs as a membership type. After this landmark decision in April, RI President Mark Maloney appointed the Elevate Rotaract Task Force, composed of Rotaractors and Rotarians, to recommend updates to policies to better reflect Rotaract’s newly elevated status. At every stage of the Task Force’s discussions, the critical goals were to learn what Rotaractors want from their membership and to give them every opportunity to shape these important policy decisions through surveys and focus groups. To learn more about the changes and see answers to frequently asked questions, please click here.


Start a Rotaract Club

Attention Rotarians in District 7070:  Do you want to start a Rotaract club? Check out these 10 steps that will guide you in the process. You can also view a webinar or take the online course in the Learning Center to learn why community-based Rotaract clubs are so great, how easy they are to start, and how getting involved in Rotaract can inspire and engage Rotary members, too.

2020 RYLA District 7070 - CANCELLED THIS YEAR - But Save The Date for 2021

Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, friends, and family:

We're SAD to announce the 2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) District 7070 program , scheduled for May 1 to 6, 2020, has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  BUT please save the following dates for 20201 RYLA: April 30 to May 5, 2021. In the meantime, we are very pleased to share the success of the 2019 program with you. With over 189+ individuals involved last year and 23 District 7070 Rotary Clubs involved, we know that 2020 would have been a smashing hit with your support, and can't wait to start palling for 2021 RYLA. Please take a look at our 2019 Year End Report which shows you the summary of last year's participants, speakers, programming, spending, and feedback! .......



Want to Enhance Your Club’s Public Image?

The Rotary Brand Center has all of the tools you need! The Brand Center includes online, print, outdoor, and radio ads you can download to promote Rotary. The Brand Center is also home to all the materials you need to tell your People of Action story. People of Action is Rotary’s latest public image campaign......

RI Board Asks Everyone to Use the New Rotary Brand

At the April 2019 meeting of the Rotary International Board of Directors, the Board reviewed the Rotary brand and

  • requested all users of the Rotary Marks to come into visual brand compliance as soon as possible;

  • agreed not to publish in official Rotary media, after July 31, 2019, any advertisements or other information that are not in brand compliance;

  • agreed not to permit any exhibitions at all official Rotary events that are not in brand compliance;

We encourage all Rotary Clubs in District 7070 to become compliant too, as soon as possible.

Protect the Rotary Brand in 2020

The Rotary wheel — our mark of excellence — is a symbol of Rotary’s leadership. It is the purest visual representation of what we have achieved and all that we are yet to accomplish. In a world where we are constantly bombarded by thousands of advertising messages daily, it’s vital to have a consistent, high-quality representation of our brand to cut through the noise. Amanda Wendt, vice chair of the RI Communications Committee, discusses how your club can promote and protect our brand and why you should......

Take a New Course on Rotary’s Brand

A  new module in the Learning Center will teach you the importance of branding, how Rotary uses its brand to communicate to the public, and how you can strengthen our brand. This course will help you understand Rotary's brand; the benefits of a consistent, recognizable brand; and how you can strengthen Rotary by being a brand champion. Learn More

New Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines

Rotary’s Voice and Visual Identity Guidelines have been updated to help members learn how to speak, write, and design materials so that all communications look, feel, and sound unmistakably like Rotary. This comprehensive guide is now available in English in the Brand Center. Go to and download today.

NEW! Learning Center Courses: Rotary Brand and Public Image

Rotary’s newest self-paced learning modules, The Rotary Brand and Rotary’s Public Image are ready for prime time! Take these courses to learn about benefits of a consistent and recognizable brand, and how you can support and strengthen our brand and help us to engage and attract more members, donors and partners. The Rotary Brand course will help you understand Rotary's brand; the benefits of a consistent, recognizable brand; and how you can strengthen Rotary by being a brand champion. The Building Rotary's Public Image course will explore the importance of Rotary’s public image and your role in not just raising awareness of Rotary but also helping people actually understand us. 

Update Your Club’s Facebook Cover Photo

Are you looking to ways to show your club as people of action? Use the Digital banner/Facebook cover photo template to create a graphic for your club’s Facebook page that show the difference you make in your community. Visit The Brand Center

Tag Rotary District 7070 in ALL appropriate social media posts

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

Some Resources to help your club shape Rotary's Public Image

Rotary’s public image is shaped by the actions of YOU,  each member in your Rotary Club, as well as by your involvement in the community, your presence on the web and social media, and the publications Rotary produces. Is your club working actively to shape that image? Here is an opportunity to see some resources you can use and how you can teach your members how to do this in a way that promotes community awareness of Rotary’s work around the world.....

Are Your Club Members - People of Action? - Tell Rotary International All About It

TELL US HOW YOU ARE PEOPLE OF ACTION!   Click here. Rotary International just might feature your club's story in an ad at the next Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, or in a future issue of Brand News.   The People of Action campaign brings Rotary's story to life by showing Rotary members as the people of action that we are.  It highlights local Rotarians making a difference in their communities, which is the cornerstone of this campaign - building the public's understanding of who we are and what we do...... 

Use The People of Action Campaign to Tell Rotary's Story
The People of Action campaign helps you bring Rotary’s story to life by showing Rotary members as the people of action we are. Telling our People of Action stories in a meaningful, coordinated way builds the public’s understanding of who we are and what we do. It highlights the impact we make in our communities and around the world. Learn how to tell your People of Action story and help answer the question, “What is Rotary?”
Rotary & Video - Building a Visual Impact

Making videos requires seeing the Rotary story in a different way. How do we convey that we are people of action who are taking tangible steps to make a difference in this world? There are already assets out there that show the Rotary story in a big picture way and these can be found on in the brand center and on YouTube and Vimeo.......


Public Image Newsletters

The Public Image Newsletters are located under the Public Image Tab of the District 7070 Website under "Public Image Newsletters". They are an excellent resource to assist you with boosting your club's Public Image. 


Here is Your Opportunity to Connect Your Club With Other Rotary Clubs in Our District

Rotary Connects The World. That's the Theme for 2019-20. One connection is between Rotary Clubs in our own District . Do you have events or fundraisers that you want other clubs to know about? Perhaps a project with which you need their assistance. Find out how you can Connect Your Club with District 7070 Rotary Clubs ........

Rotary Thank You Sign to Our Front Line Workers - from Rotary Club of Ajax

Dear fellow Rotarians in District 7070,

Heather Hebert, President of the Rotary Club of Ajax, has created a Full Page 8 1/2 x 11 thank you sign that you can fold in half to make 2 and put them in your car windows or any where else to say THANK YOU from Rotary, and maybe ask how you / we can help more if you take them to a Hospital , Nursing Homes that are having major problems these days or Food Banks. Perhaps all of the Rotary Clubs can do the same. The Rotary Club of Ajax is looking at making them into a bumper sticker and maybe fundraiser, however , distribution is a problem these days to all 2000 members . I hope you will send this out to all of your club members.  

Ken Hurst

President - Ajax Rotary - 2016 - 2017

For more information, please contact Ken Hurst at or Heather Hebert at



Rotary Leadership Institute  -  CANCELLED For April 4, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the April 4, 2020 Rotary Leadership Institute has been CANCELLED. In a complex, fast-changing world, excellent Rotary club leadership is essential to the future of Rotary.  One of the best ways to strengthen your Club is to give your members the tools and skills to be better Rotarians.  Rotary Leadership Institute is the solution. We hope to do just that in the Fall of 2020.  This will be your opportunity to learn more about Rotary and share your ideas with other Rotarians, and it is a great learning experience for newer Rotarians. April 13 and November 16, 2019 courses I, II and III were a tremendous success.  . Here is more of the story........

Enrich your Rotary experience and leadership by visiting the new and Improved ROTARY LEARNING CENTER

Learn everywhere and anytime with Rotary’s Learning Center. Take advantage of a wealth of training materials designed to help you learn new skills and become more successful in what you do.Take courses, find resources, connect with an online community, talk with other registrants and course moderators, customize your user profile, and track your progress. Sign in with your My Rotary account at, or find the link on My Rotary under the Learning & Reference tab. Enrich your Rotary experience and leadership by visiting the improved

Rotary Zone 28 & 32 Website - News and Resources for Your Club

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.

What Is Your Club Like In Three Years Time? - Club Visioning and An Action Plan for Your Club

What is your Club like in three years?   Rotary Clubs, like any other organization, change over time.  Change may be the result of events outside our control, but change can also be the result of activities we take.  One way to have impact on where your Club is heading is to plan for the future; have a Vision and create an Action Plan to reach that Vision. For many years, District 7070 is offering interested Clubs a Visioning Program.  A team of experienced Rotarians act as facilitators for your Club.  The concept is that the participants, Club members, place themselves three to five years into the future and paint a picture of what their Club is like at that time.  How many members does the Club have?  What is the image of your Club in the community?  What projects is your Club doing at that time?  Your idividual members visions are combined and voted upon, reaching consensus on a common Vision for your Club........


The new and improved Rotary Club Central is here

The new and improved Rotary Club Central is here. It's now faster, easier to navigate, and presents past and current club data in a more accessible way.  You will be able to navigate more easily with our modern interface and use this essential planning tool on your mobile phone or tablet. You can also quickly track service activity and see your past and current club data in easy-to-read charts and graphs. Log into myrotary and check out the new Rotary Club Central today. For more details please Read more .....

The Rotary Citation for 2019-20

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.......

The Clubrunner App - Here's How You Connect with Rotarians in District 7070

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.....

More Helpful Links, Resources & References

 Have you checked out the Rotary website:    ?   Have you registered as a member and are you familiar with all of the tools in myrotary?  There are many more links that will help you lead your club.......

Upcoming Events
Youth Services Month
May 01, 2020 - May 31, 2020
Assistant Governors Meeting
May 08, 2020
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
CANCELLED Rotaract/Interact Conference/District Assembly
May 09, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
D7070 Zoom Session-Budget,Insurance,New Strat Plan
May 09, 2020
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Youth Exchange - OB Student Orientation 2020
May 23, 2020 10:00 AM –
May 24, 2020 2:00 PM
Together-Apart Virtual District Governors' Dinner
Your Dining Room
May 27, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Fellowships Month
Jun 01, 2020 - Jun 30, 2020
Cancelled RI Convention
Jun 06, 2020 - Jun 10, 2020
Assistant Governors Meeting
Jun 19, 2020
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
D7070 Zoom Meeting- Virtual Year End Celebration
Zoom Meeting-Home computer
Jun 30, 2020
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
President-Elects' to RI in Chicago - NOW SEPT 12
RI Headquarters Evanston, Illinois
Sep 12, 2020 8:00 AM –
Sep 14, 2020 10:30 PM
District 7070 Conference 2020 Heroes and Champions Oct 23-25
Oct 23, 2020 4:00 PM –
Oct 25, 2020 12:15 PM
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