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. Please share this letter and keep our Rotary family 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. 








District Governor's September 2020 Newsletter

Hello District 7070:

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month in Rotary with September 8 recognized as International Literacy Day.

Over 776 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate.  That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population!!

One of the Rotary’s Areas of Focus

Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s areas of focus.  Basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community/economic development and promoting peace. The stats are alarming:

  • If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths
  • A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five

  • If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty, which would be equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.........



Rotary International President Holger Knaack's September 2020 Newsletter

In Holger Knaack's September 2020 Newsletter, Holger talks about our service to Youth - in particular, Youth Exchange and also Rotaract.       ......

The September 2020 Message from K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran,  Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation

In his September 2020 message to Rotarians, K.R. Ravi Ravindran, Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, (and also Past President of Rotary International), tells us that with Positive Peace, our society's structures, policies, and everyday attitudes and actions promote justice at all levels, sustaining a peaceful coexistence. He says that Positive Peace, studied at our Rotary Peace Centers around the world, is not just an academic idea for the Rotary Peace Fellows. Through Rotary's partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Rotary Positive Peace Academy offers free training to every Rotary member on how to wage Positive Peace in every project we do and that Positive Peace resonates at all levels of The Rotary Foundation..........


Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer's September 2020 Newsletter

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

 September is a time for change and new beginnings. The days are getting a little shorter, the leaves start to change colour, and we begin to think about back to school. As these changes start to take place this year, parents and students are tasked with making some tough decisions for alternate school experiences. These new choices will see social distancing and masks and leave us wondering how this may affect traditional learning and development models that have historically been in place for us and our parents before us; not an easy undertaking. By no coincidence, September is Basic Education and Literacy month in Rotary. ....... ......




Jennifer E. Jones Is Nominee for 2022-23 Rotary International President

Foundation Trustee Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history. Jennifer will officially become president-nominee on October 1, 2021, if no other candidates challenge her. Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact........


Rotary and the Beirut Expolsion - How You Can Help

Helping out Beirut - The explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4 impacted the entire city resulting in widespread destruction, loss of many lives, injuries in the thousands and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of citizens. District 7070 is currently looking into possible opportunities for clubs. There are two choices that we have reviewed to date:

Personal Donation matched by the Canadian Government:

Thank you to so many Clubs that made a personal individual donation, that was matched by the Canadian Government .

Global Grant Possibility:

A number of Rotary Clubs in our District 7070 are investigating the possibility of a Global Grant with the Rotary Clubs in Beirut, to see how Rotary can help. The Rotary Club of Newmarket has already set aside $1,000 when a Global Grant is created. If you or your club wish to set aside some funds for a grant, please do so. Currently, our point person is our District 7070 Areas of Focus Action Committee Chair Richard Mewhinney. He can be reached at  . If you have any questions, Richard will be glad to answer them for you. 

Please "Read more" for more information

A Note of Thanks from Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson

Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson says thank you to all of the Rotarians and friends who sent him Happy 90th Birthday wishes and to thank everyone for the many people who have sent him "Get Well" wishes. Wilf wants to let us all to know that he is on the mend.

He is doing is exercises every day. He has been out to a local Rotary event in Trenton, Ontario, and he is attending many Rotary Zoom meetings. Rotarians all over the world are so glad you are getting better, Wilf, and we also thank Rika Wilkinson who we all know, is looking after you very well. 

Tuesday Talks - “Moving from Diversity to Inclusion” with Dr. "Bowtie" Jenkins - Sept 8 - Register TODAY

Our next Tuesday Talk is coming up on September 8 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. This year's Presidential theme is “Rotary Opens Opportunities” and we are charged to grow Rotary and ensure it is an invitation to endless opportunities. The best way to grow Rotary is to inspire and motivate existing members and to look for potential members who are missing.

Heather Drakes, Chair, and her entire District 7070 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee invite you to "Tuesday Talks" on September 8 from 7 PM to 8 PM, entitled, “Moving from Diversity to Inclusion” with Dr. "Bowtie" Todd . Come ready to be inspired and learn how diversity and inclusion will help you during your Rotary year and beyond with Dr. “Bowtie” Todd “Moving from Diversity to Inclusion” This presentation is not your ordinary diversity talk, so come prepared to learn and have fun.

Be sure to register here...

To find out all about Todd, please Read more.....

Accountability and Inclusion: A Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Webinar Series - REGISTER TODAY FOR THE SEPT 17 WEBINAR

Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds. And we’re committed to reflecting the communities we serve by being inclusive of all cultures, experiences, and identities. Throughout 2020-2021, Rotary will host a webinar series to explore diversity, equity, and inclusion, with topics that range from understanding our own implicit biases to learning how to hold each other accountable. Read more about the sessions that will be offered.  
Register now for the first webinar, Design an Inclusive Plan for Your Organization on Thursday, 17 September at 15:00 Chicago time (UTC-5), and submit your questions to our experts. A recording of the session will be available to everyone who registers. In the meantime, you can explore the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion learning topic (My Rotary login required) to find resources to use in your clubs and to share best practices with other members. 

District Insurance Policy UPDATE

Our insurance policy renewed on July 1 on substantially a status quo basis.  We were hoping to obtain quotes for coverage enhancements but the insurer was not willing to make changes due to COVID-related uncertainty.

Certificates of insurance will be sent to all clubs when we receive them, likely in early September.  The current year policy documents will be posted on the District website as soon as we receive them.  They’ll be posted at   Last year’s policy documents are posted there for the timing being.

If you need a certificate of insurance for a third party, perhaps for a venue where you are holding an event, please contact our broker, Kelsey Schaafsma, at Norwich Insurance.   (416) 863-2014.   These are routine requests and can usually be obtained without having to pay additional premiums.


Questions about COVID?  A COVID exclusion has been added to the Property section of our policy, clarifying the insurer’s intent not to cover revenue lost due to COVID.  However, there is no exclusion on the General Liability section of the policy.  Therefore, if a Club is accused of negligence in the spread of COVID or of another communicable disease, the General Liability policy would respond and defend the club and/or the District.


Any other questions about our insurance policy?  Please contact our Rotarian insurance liaison, Rachel Boyd at   (905) 213-8310.

"Grow Rotary Workshop" on October 3, 2020 - REGISTER TODAY

SAVE THE DATE - On October 3  -  the District Membership Committee is hosting a New Grow Rotary Zoom Meeting. Registration is now OPEN on the District 7070 website right here. 

Last year, we had a series of  very successful Grow Rotary Workshops. The rooms were filled with lots of  “buzz” . Rotarians generated great ideas to engage and inspire. This year, we will have more Grow Rotary Workshops. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get ready to participate in the 2020 Workshops.  These workshops are for all Rotarians interested in your club’s path to Grow Rotary and how all aspects of our club impact membership.

Members of your Rotary Club's Membership committee, Public Image committee and Rotary Foundation committee are particularly encouraged to attend. We encourage at least 3 members from your club to attend so you can share the discussion and work on plans integrating Membership, Public Image and Foundation in your growth strategy.

Rotary Zone 28 & 32 OnLine Summit - Open to ALL Rotarians - Sept 23-25, 2020 - REGISTER TODAY

Introducing  Zone 28/32 Summit, Online! Open to ALL Rotarians

It’s all here … thought-provoking messages from leadership … opportunities to interact with our senior Rotary leaders … and breakouts with district leaders from across our two Zones. It’s leadership training & fellowship - and so much more!  Best of all, it's at no cost to you, from the convenience of your home or wherever you may be! Join your friends from throughout Zones 28 and 32* on September 23-25 via Zoom for our annual gathering – traditionally known as the Zone Institute -- now a series of opportunities to interact with Rotary’s movers and shakers.......

District 7070 Assistant Governor Openings for 2021-22 Rotary Year - Apply TODAY

District 7070 currently has 16 Assistant Governor Positions. Each Assistant Governor is responsible for 4 or 5 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs. 

For the 2021-2022 Rotary Year, there are 5 positions available.

The Assistant Governor (AG) role is a 3-year commitment. Yearly, some AGs come to the end of their 3- year term and the District is looking for Candidates to take over to keep the roster full.  Assistant Governors are selected each year in advance of the start of their term in order to receive training, familiarize themselves with their duties, connect with the incoming Presidents of the  Rotary and Rotaract clubs they are responsible for.  

Applications for the Assistant Governor must be received by District Governor Mark Chipman, by October 1st, 2020. 

As an Assistant Governor, you are the connection between your clubs and the district. The relationships you build with club leaders make Rotary stronger. This is an important and rewarding role.

Please apply today by clicking on the "Current District Leadership Opportunities" page in the new menu tab "Leadership Opportunities for You In District 7070".

Rotary Community Bottle and Food Drive - September 26, 2020

Are you ready for some fun and community engagement? Join clubs across the District as we hold a Rotary Community Bottle and Food Drive on Saturday September 26. This will be an opportunity to promote the great work and “endless opportunities” of Rotary from Etobicoke, right through Toronto and east to Picton and Belleville and from downtown Toronto north to Alliston and Newmarket. Each club will be responsible for the details and logistics of their event; the District will help promote on social media.  Don’t forget to tag @rotary7070 and #rotary7070 on your own Club social media posts. Let’s make this happen!!!! 

COVID-19: What District 7070 Clubs Are Doing and Requesting

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 AND ideas for your club to help your community through COVID-19..

 2020-21 District 7070 Conference - REGISTER TODAY

Please join us for the Rotary District 7070 Conference in 2021 ! Friday, April 9 - Sunday, April 11, 2021 at the beautiful Pan Pacific Toronto (formerly the Westin Prince Hotel) ,in Toronto. The entire Team at the hotel look forward to welcoming you for
Rotary District 7070 Conference 2020-21, so you can experience firsthand Pan Pacific’s signature hospitality – at Toronto’s first Pan Pacific hotel.
 Be sure to register TODAY. Here's how.....

RADAR $139 - Has YOUR CLUB made your annual donanation  in the 2020-21 Rotary Year?

Each new Rotary year, every club in District 7070 is asked to contribute a minimum of $139 to support an HIV/AIDS-related project chosen by the members of RADAR – Rotary Action for the Development of AIDS Responses – our District 7070 AIDS committee. 

Has your Club donated $139 or more, this Rotary year? Here's why, and here's how.........



In Memory of our Rotarians - September  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 Rotary Foundation Chair's September 2020 Newsletter

In his September 2020 letter to Rotarians,  Past District Governor Bob Wallace, 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. How would YOU like to spend Rotary's money? Find out how , right here in Bob's letter.There is lots more news in PDG Bob's letter........

How Would YOU Like to help Spend Rotary's Money? - The  District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee Wants YOU

How would you like to help spend Rotary's money, on some very worthwhile projects. That's exactly what you would be doing as a member of the District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee. 

District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee Members are Wanted TODAY!!! - we are looking for new members for the District Foundation Committee to make a difference. Please send your applications for Committtee membership to  Terry Caputo, Director, District Governance Committee, at

As a Committee member, you will make strong connections between our clubs and the district. The relationships you build with club leaders make Rotary stronger. This is an important and rewarding role.

Please apply today by clicking on the "Current District Leadership Opportunities" page in the new menu tab "Leadership Opportunities for You In District 7070".

 A Mill for Bill Campaign  - Thank You to Everyone in District 7070 - An August 4, 2020 Update from PDG Bob Wallace

Rotary District 7070  “A Mill for Bill” Campaign We Did IT


Here is what we did in the 2019-20 Rotary Year:  $983,000 US Dollars or $1,313,451.18 CDN Dollars

District 7070 ranked #2 in total Foundation giving across zones 28/32, just behind District 5360 who’s Foundation giving totaled at $1.2 million. District 7070 also ranked #7 in Annual Fund giving across the two zones.    


On May 10, 2019, Rotary lost a charismatic, dynamic leader with the death of Past District Governor Bill Patchett at the Northumberland Hills Hospital after a valiant battle with cancer. Our loss was so significant that Bill’s passing was mentioned at the RI Convention in Hamburg, Germany in June 2019.

In District 7070, we will remember Bill for his passion and for his legendary and tenacious End Polio Now and Rotary Foundation fundraising efforts.

Bill was appointed as District 7070 Foundation Chair in 2010. Until that time, the average annual contributions to the Rotary Foundation and polio by Rotarians in our District was about $340,000 USD.

In his first year as District Foundation Chair, Bill motivated our Rotarians to contribute over $830,000 USD, simply amazing.

Since then, our District 7070 has raised an average of $730,000 USD annually. This substantial increase in contributions allows more of our clubs to access Global and District Grants through the Rotary Foundation SHARE Program. It also means that Rotary has been able to impact the lives of more people around globe.

PDG Bill was responsible for elevating our district to the #1 District in Canada for Polio giving and one of the top 3 districts in Canada for contributions to our Rotary Foundation. 

Bob Wallace
Rotary Coordinator Zone 24 East
President 1998-1997, 2018-19, 2019-2020
District Governor 2011-2012
Council On Legislation  2017-2020
District 7070 Rotary Foundation Chair 2020-2023



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.....



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. See the country-specific section and more details, right here at

Africa Kicks Out Wild Polio - August 25, 2020

In 1996, the great African leader Nelson Mandela launched the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign with Rotary International’s support, setting out a vision for a polio-free Africa. At the time, wild polio paralyzed 75,000 children each year. To protect communities from this crippling disease, African leaders, health workers, volunteers, parents, global donors and organizations united to reach every child with polio vaccines.  

On  August 25, 2020, after four years without a single case of wild polio, the African region has been certified free of wild poliovirus. Decades of extraordinary investment has paid off. 

Yet, the job is not finished. These efforts must continue to prevent wild polio from returning and to end all forms of polio for good – both in Africa and globally.

What are YOUR Plans for World Polio Day 2020?

Four ways to create buzz for your World Polio Day event : 

It's time to start making plans for World Polio Day, October 24, 2020 – This is Rotary’s best opportunity during 2020 to shine the spotlight on our top goal of eradicating polio. Not sure where to start? Read these tips and you’ll be well on your way to helping Rotary marking its biggest worldwide World Polio Day celebration ever. GET THE TIPS. And please be sure to let our District 7070 World Polio Day Chair, Jennifer Boyd at what your club is doing. Here are some more ways to tell the world that Rotary is Eradicating Polio .......

World Polio Day In Durham Region 2020 - Join Us for our Oct 22 Livestream Event

The Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood, partnering with Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology are co-hosting our livestream “World Polio Day 2020 in Durham Region” from the new Global Classroom in the new Centre for Collaborative Education at Durham College on Thursday, October 22, 2020 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (Toronto time). Everyone in District 7070, including members form the 10 Rotary Clubs in Durham region are invited. The URL to our big event : . Please come and see what we have in store this year....


New End Polio Now Educational and Fundraising Resources 

With the challenges of COVID-19, there’s a significant risk that many children will miss out on lifesaving vaccines that prevent dangerous diseases, including polio. The most important thing that Rotary members can do is sustain our fundraising efforts in the fight to end polio. Download new End Polio Now educational and fundraising resources — including videos, social media messages, event materials, and more — to help spread the word about the need to end polio for good.

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.


New Member Zoom Get-Togethers for 2020

They are here ! - The District Membership Committee is hosting New Member Zoom Get-Togethers.  Anyone who has joined Rotary since January 1, 2019 is invited to participate. There is lots of interesting info about our Rotary organization and often there is not enough time in a regular meeting to ensure that new members get to hear about it.  So join us throughout 2020  as we share some Rotary basics and not so basics.  And bring any questions you might have!  A Zoom link will be sent to those who register.

Everyone is welcome to join but these sessions are specially designed for new members who've joined in the past 2 years. If you know a new member, please encourage them to join.  Potential members welcome too,  although they will need to be registered as a guest by a Rotarian.

We will be having 3 of these sessions, each covering different topics.   In addition to Thursday, August 20th session, please mark in your calendars...Wednesday November 18th 7-8 pm and Thursday February 18th.

Go to the Membership Menu on the District Website and see what has already been set up for you to see  in the "New Member Get Together" Tab



Ideas on how to keep your members INVOLVED

Now is a good time to recognize our members and the amazing work they do in their communities. In 2020, Rotarians around the world are finding ways to open opportunities, showing their incredible dedication and commitment to making the world a safer and better place. This is also a great time to consider how people can engage with Rotary. Here are just a few ideas on how to keep your members involved: 

Membership and New Club Development Ideas for You and Your Members

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

Hybrid meetings keep all members engaged

in our area, the global pandemic arrived like an unwelcome dinner guest. Within a matter of days after the first local case of COVID-19, my Rotary club’s meeting location closed, and gatherings of 50 or more people were prohibited (my club has over 100 members). Face-to-face Rotary meetings came to an almost immediate halt. David Stovall and Stephanie Urchick, Rotary International Directors, and Director-elect Peter Kyle immediately set up online meetings for all Rotary members in Zones 33 and 34 to attend. They held these meetings twice each week and posted recordings on social media, setting an explicit example for district and club leaders of how they could maintain and strengthen the engagement of Rotary members even during a pandemic.....

Rotary Virtual Convention  - Membership Breakout Sessions

If you missed the featured breakout sessions during the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention, it is not too late! All the recordings are available on the convention website, with free registration required to access them.

Sessions like Using Virtual Tools to Engage Members and Digital Trends of 2021: Using Tech to Engage Millennials discuss the best ways to attract participants and keep them interested online. Be inspired to create experiences that members will find memorable and meaningful! Find the virtual breakout session files, such as PowerPoint slides and PDFs, in the Learning Center (My Rotary login required).

Share this Video With Your members -  Ask the Membership Experts: Membership Q&A - at The RI Virtual Convention

As part of the RI Virtual Convention, members of the RMO team participated in a 30-minute Membership Q&A session where they discussed:

• The vital connection between attracting new members and keeping members engaged

• Ways to revitalize the club experience in the time of social distancing, and beyond

• Their hopeful visions for the future of Rotary

And more! Check out the recording and encourage your club leaders to view, share and discuss at an upcoming online meeting. You can also view recordings of all convention sessions at

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. 


September Is Basic Education and Literacy Month

What is your Rotary Club doing to support this important Rotary Foundation Area of Focus?

Basic education and literacy is one of The Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, and promoting peace. ......

Guatemala Literacy Project - A Gold Standard of Rotary Projects

The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is a network of Rotarians, clubs, districts, and the nonprofit organization Cooperative for Education (CoEd) with a common interest in improving education for underserved students in Guatemala. Take a look and see who is already involved - Over 600 Rotary Clubs in 80 Districts (7 clubs from right here, in District 7070, and over 87 in Canada). Since 1997, the GLP has served over 188,000 Guatemalan students through four sustainable programs that are tested and proven to work. Past RI President Ian Riseley called the GLP “the gold standard of Rotary projects” for its sustainability and impact. If your Rotary Club is looking for a Literacy Project, please take a look .......

District 7070 Areas of Focus Action Committees  - A Call to Action in 2020-21

Congratulations to all the District 7070 Rotarians and Rotaracters for a tremendous year of Community and International Service!   While there is still work ahead of us, as we continue to meet the challenges of the pandemic, we can all hold our heads high in our response to our Communities needs to meet the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.  With over 40 District Grant applications from our District 7070 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs we have doubled the amount of District Grants from previous years........

Honouring Indigenous People - Orange Shirt Day  - September 30 - Order Your Shirt by Aug 15 to ensure Devilery

To all of the Rotary District 7070 family:

Wear Orange In the Spirit of Reconciliation! SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 . ORDER YOUR ORANGE SHIRT BY AUGUST 15

September 30th has been declared Orange Shirt Day annually, in recognition of the harm the residential school system did to children's sense of self-esteem and well-being, and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters......

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. Our District 7070 Action Committe's Areas of Focus Coordinator is John Currie from the Pickering Rotary Club. John is also the  Executive Director of H I P and can be reached at .   If you have a good news story, please send it to us. Click here to view their new website and check the Areas of Focus Action Committees Menu Bar in the District Newsletter under HIP.  This rapidly growing nation-wide movement, HIP,  is a partnership between Indigenous Peoples & Rotarians. The new wesbite 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 .........

Supporting the Environment becomes Rotary’s Newest Area of Focus

The Rotary Foundation Trustees and RI Board of Directors both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment. Creating a distinct area of focus for the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact. More details will be announced soon.....  

News from the  WASH Rotary Action Group - News

We've Changed Our Name. With the approval of Rotary International our organization is now going to be called "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Rotary Action Group" or "WASH Rotary Action Group" to reflect the emphasis Rotarians are placing on hygiene as an important component of projects.  Our new logo, has WASH in a font to represent water pipes. The water spurt is in the many colors used in the Rotary logos. "Rotary Action Group" is spelled out at the bottom in blue to complete the logo. A downloadable logo, revamping of the website, and more will be coming in the upcoming months . There is lots to look forward to. You are invited to view all of the back issues of the WASRAG  / WASH Rag Newsletters at    For more Water, Sanitation and Hygiene News for this month,  please Read More.......

Shelterbox Canada News 

In her September 2020 Newsletter, Allison Kingston, Community Fundraising Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada and a Member of the  Rotaract Club of Sarnia-Lambton, discusses leadership in Rotary and at Shelterbox and reminds us that after 20 years of existence, ShelterBox continues to evolve and innovate, but one thing that has never changed is that everything they do is guided by the same goal: helping families rebuild after disaster. Each year, Rotary helps us to go further, support more people, and access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach. Here's more of her newsletter.....



ROTEX Is Now in District 7070

Rotex is a society of past Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) alumni that engages with current Inbound and Outbound Rotary Exchange Students to better their exchange experience overall. Rotex acts as a middleman between Rotary Clubs and exchange students through supporting Rotarians throughout the RYE program via mentoring students on proper etiquette while on exchange, organizing trips and events for Outbound, Inbound, and Rebound Exchange Students, and ultimately being the voice for RYE exchange students in many cities, districts, and countries in the Rotary world.

Rotex D7070 (Rotex in District 7070) was founded in February 2020, jointly by the District 7070 Youth Exchange Committee and former outbound Youth Exchange students.  Rotex helped run the Outbound Rotary Exchange Student Orientation at Ganaraska Forest Centre in February 2020.  

The goals of the Rotex group are to

a. Promote the Rotary Youth Exchange Program 

b. Run events, train and nurture Rotary Youth Exchange Students to provide better and more varied experiences for the both the students and the sponsoring Rotary Clubs.

c. Provide advice and feedback to the District 7070 Rotary Youth Exchange Committee from a different point of view.......

Rotaract Canada Strategic Plan 2020-21

Rotaract Canada is already changing the landscape of Rotaract in our region. The creation process of our Strategic Plan has already allowed us to connect District Rotaract Rperesentatives (DRRs)  across the zone in ways never done before, set an example to encourage clubs and districts to engage members in the creation of a strategic plan and setting out our goals and priorities for what is to come in the Rotary year. To learn more about our strategic priorities, action items and methodology, please Read more......



Be a proud Rotarian and share your Favourite Rotary Moment

I challenge each of you and your members to submit your favourite moment and have it posted on Rotary 7070 social media.  

Please email a photo along with the following text to

ROTARIAN: (your name)
MEMBER SINCE: (year you joined Rotary)
A FAVOURITE ROTARY MOMENT: (brief outline of your moment…just a couple of sentences)
PERSONAL OUTCOME: (why this was a highlight to you. Ex: how did it make you feel, what positive outcome came from this.)

Let’s tell the world what we love about Rotary and why we are Rotarians! 

How 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......

Is Your Club USING 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.

Is Your Club PROTECTING the Rotary Brand 

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......

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.....

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?”


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 ........

Richmond Hill Rotary Organizes the 40th Terry Fox Run for September 20, 2020

The 2020 Terry Fox Run: One Day. Your Way.   

Terry Fox was diagnosed with cancer as a teenager and had his right leg amputated. Wanting to support cancer research, he went on to inspire cancer patients and Canadians alike by running across Canada to raise awareness and funding.  On July 24, 1980, Terry Fox ran north on Yonge Street through Richmond Hill. The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill believing in the due cause, started organizing the run and have been doing so every year for last 39 years at Mill Pond Park, 321 Mill Street Richmond Hill. And again in 2020. Read more ......

Rotary Club of Willowdale Delivers New Uniforms and Much More to School in Tanzania

As we start Basic Education and Literacy Month, let's look at what the Rotary Club of Willowdale has done in July 2020. They delivered in July 2020 the new school uniforms to J. K. Nyerere primary school in Arusha, Tanzania Africa. The club has been supporting the Arusha school since 2013 with multiple needs. It is remarkable that the Rotary Club of Willowdale together with generous donors, annually supports the J. K. Nyerere school without ever applying for any Rotary District or Global Grants to help assist in this project.....

Rotary & Rotaract Clubs of Willowdale - Gratitude Gardens Can Use YOUR help

Bring a smile to all Frontline Workers during the Pandemic of 2020. The Rotary and Rotaract Clubs of Willowdale will be planting bulbs in the Fall of 2020 to create Gratitude Gardens in the area of Leslie and Sheppard Avenues. Our wish is to bring cheer in the Spring of 2021 and remind us of the dedication of all Frontline workers in our community. We need your donations now. Please follow the link and tell your neighbours and friends.


August 11, 2020 "Tuesday Talks"  - Fundraising With A Cause - Recording Now Available

DID YOU miss the second 'Tuesday Talks' on August 11 from 7 - 8 PM with Nicole Beatty talking about "Fundraisers Are Influencers With A Cause - How to Stay Relevant In The Time of COVID-19".?  HERE IS A LINK OF THE RECORDING. 

Influencer marketing has exploded in recent years.  This form of engagement is more than prestige, advertising and brand endorsement.  It’s about storytelling, community building and connecting with people in a meaningful way.  In the non-profit and charitable sector community influencers are all around us: frontline workers, donors, board members, volunteers and yes, fundraisers. If you’re like me you love what you do and you want to influence positive change in the world around you.  You’re an ambassador for a cause you believe in.  You’re a storyteller that inspires giving.  You’re a relationship manager that connects people with philanthropy. You’re an influencer with a cause.  And in the wake of COVID-19, your efforts and passion have never been more important.

We will review influencer trends and how they’re elevating community engagement for non-profits and charities during the COVID-19 pandemic; learn how to integrate engagement marketing into our fundraising practice; and discuss how to influence positive change in the world around you during this unprecedented time. To learn all about Nicole, please Read more.....

Four new Learning Center courses created by Toastmasters International

Expand your communication skills with four new Learning Center courses created by Toastmasters International: Inspirational speech, Interpersonal Communication and Networking, and Deliver a speech.

Get started at the:

Rotary Leadership Institute  -  Start Planning for the 2020-21 Rotary Year

Due to COVID-19, the April 4, 2020 Rotary Leadership Institute was CANCELLED. Please stay tuned,right here  for details on our 2020-21 schedule. 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  2020-21 Rotary Year. 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........

Stay connected through Rotary’s online Learning Center

ROTARY CONNECTS THE WORLD — that is Rotary President Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme, and despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Rotarians are continuing to connect with one another and the world. Rotary’s new Action Plan calls on us to increase our ability to adapt — and members are coming up with innovative ways to serve their communities and create opportunities for fellowship. Many clubs are meeting online for the first time, reimagining fundraisers and other events, and reinventing planned service projects. Rotary’s online Learning Center has resources that can help you stay connected to the organization and to one another. Instead of meeting one week, for instance, everyone in your club might choose a topic to learn more about and then report back to the other members......

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.

New Version of Club Visioning Adjusts to the New Normal

Dear fellow Rotarians in District 7070, 

Over the last ten or so years, many District 7070 Clubs have used Club Visioning to review their operations and future plans.  Some Clubs have held Club Visioning sessions on a regular basis.  We are using a format that we share with more than 100 districts around the world.  However, for the last few years the activity has dropped, both in D7070 and other districts.

A couple of months ago, this downward trend resulted in Past District Governor Steve Wilcox, who once designed the program, to ask a few facilitators to be part of a committee reviewing and up-dating the program.  As I assisted him to introduce Club Visioning in Sweden and Scandinavia, he invited me to be part of the committee....

The Rotary Citation for 2020-21

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.......

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