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 Mark Chipman's February 2021 Newsletter

Hello District 7070 Rotarians and the whole Rotary family:

When I joined Rotary back in 2006, I was surprised to find out that Rotary has a long history of promoting peace in the world.  I always remember Past District Governor Brian Thompson explaining at one of our Whitby Sunrise Club meetings that Rotary served as a consultant to the US delegation at the United Nations (UN) Conference on International Organization, often referred to as the UN Charter Conference, in San Francisco in 1945.  Today, Rotary proudly holds the highest consultative status offered to non-governmental organizations by the UN’s Economic and Social Council (UNESCO). .............

Rotary International President Holger Knaack's February 2021 Newsletter

In Holger Knaack's February 2021 Newsletter, our Rotary International President focuses on Rotary's birthday and our efforts to promote peace and international understanding. He says that, "Contributing to peace and international understanding has been a high priority for us since our earliest days." He talks about his personal peace journey and shows how your club can get involved too........

The February 2021 Message from K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran,  Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation

In his February 2021 message to Rotarians, K.R. Ravi Ravindran, Chair of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, (and also Past President of Rotary International), talks about "giving" as a way of life and Maimonides’ Eight Levels of Charity that teaches us about what giving means and what motivates us to do it. He says that, "Every one of our donations helps us reach higher levels.....As we gain a wider perspective, we see all those who need to be uplifted as well as the countless opportunities we have to help them in Rotary"  ...........


Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer's February 2021 Newsletter

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

As the calendar changes to February, we enter the exciting and strategic time of preparing our leaders for the next Rotary year. International Assembly is the grand finale of our Governors journey to be the new district leader on July 1st and as is tradition the Rotary theme, focus and objectives of the next year are announced and incorporated into the message to prepare our leaders.

This tradition will continue this year, under the leadership of President-Elect Shekhar Mehta, but perhaps we will be setting new traditions as well. International Assembly, which has been held in San Diego for many years was to take place for the first time in Orlando, Florida.  As you are aware, this event will now take place on a virtual platform (February 1-11). ..............




John Burns of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville will serve as District 7070 Governor for the Rotary Year 2023-24

My Fellow Rotarians,

Having received no objections to the Selection Committee’s decision, I am delighted to inform you that John Burns, Rotary Club of Bowmanville, has been selected as the RI District 7070 District Governor for 2023-24. John will be a great addition to our District Governor Team joining me, PDG Beth Selby, DGE Ron Dick and DGN Iosif Ciosa.  

Congratulations John!

Please join me in congratulating our new District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND), John, in his new role

Yours in Rotary, 

Mark Chipman       District Governor 2020-21   Rotary International District 7070

Let's meet John Burns .......


The 2021 Rotary International Convention will be held virtually

The Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 12-16 June 2021, in Taipei, Taiwan, will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. The 2021 Rotary International Convention will be held virtually. Visit for more information about refunds and the upcoming virtual event.

We are sorry that we will not see you in Taipei this year, but this decision, made by the Rotary Board of Directors, is necessary to protect the health of everyone involved. We will share more details about the 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention soon.

Here’s what you need to know now:.......

Please read more for a letter from Rotary International President Holger Knaack......

2020-21 District 7070 Conference & Year End Celebration - Weekend of June 26 

Save the date and stay tuned for an exciting announcement in the coming weeks about our District Conference and Year End Celebration!  We have pivoted due to COVID and while we won't be holding the Conference at a hotel, we will have a safe, fun, and engaging itinerary including activities for the whole family to make a difference in our communities across the District!!  More info to come. .....

Director Dialogue - With RI Director Valarie Wafer  - Register TODAY for March 10, 2021 and see previous recordings

I want to personally thank everyone who join us for our  "Director Dialogues". The first one was with Past Rotary International President Ian Riseley and the second one with Past Rotary International President Barry Rassin.  Remember to keep the 2nd Thursday of every month  at 7pm ET/4pm PT, free for future meetings. Special guests from throughout the Rotary world will join me each month to cover a wide range of topics of interest to all Rotarians, all provided at no charge as a benefit to you as a member of a club in Zones 28 & 32!  FIRST MEETING was ON NOV 12.

CLICK ON THIS ZOOM LINK to See the November 12 Recording. 

The second District Dialogue was January 14th, 2021 -  Titled: Elevate Rotaract, what does it mean to Rotary?  My guest was Past Rotary International President Barry Rassin   He talked with us about what "Elevate Rotaract" means in practical terms. 

HERE IS THE  ZOOM LINK to See the January 14 Recording. 

Upcoming Director Dialogue - Wednesday, March 10, 2021, "Positive Peace"

Valarie's guest will be Rotary International President-Elect Shekhar Mehta.  CLICK ON THIS LINK to register for the webinar.






For future Director Dialogues, after registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  NOTE: registration is limited to 500; a live stream of the event will be provided should we exceed that number. I look forward to you joining me for this special “Director Dialogue” series.

Thank you,

Valarie Wafer


RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards - CANCELLED  for 2020-21

Please note that due to the ongoing challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reluctantly made the decision to cancel RYLA this year. Stay tuned for a revamped 2022 RYLA, possibly incorporating a hybrid online - in-person program and offering sessions for interact-age as well. If you're interested in being a part of the excitement in planning and implementing, don't hesitate to reach out. 



Neil Phillips + Weiting Bollu

Co-Chairs, RYLA D7070

The Hon. Paul Hellyer Speaking Feb 10 at The Rotary Club of Markham Sunrise - YOU Are Invited

The Rotary Club of Markham Sunrise has a very special guest as a speaker on Feb 10th at noon - 97 year old Paul Hellyer - former Minister of Defense for Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau’s Transportation Minister. Everyone in the District is invited to join their Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 862 3930 8859  - Passcode: Rotary . His topic: The world you may not know about - and the broader reality. Paul Hellyer, born 6 August 1923, is an engineer, politician, writer and commentator. He is the longest serving current member of the Privy Council of Canada, just ahead of Prince Philip. In recent years he has become interested in the extraterrestrial presence and their superior technology that we have been emulating. In September 2005 he became the first person of cabinet rank in the G8 group of countries to state unequivocally “UFO’s are as real as the airplanes flying overhead.” He continues to take an interest in these areas. For more information, contact Tina Martin –

Rotary Club of Toronto Series on Racism - Jan 22, Jan 29 & Feb 5 - We Are Invited

The Rotary Club of Toronto is hosting an online 3-week series of dynamic speakers (January 22, 29 and February 5 from 12:15 - 1:30pm) sharing their experiences of racism in Canada and pointing to some positive paths forward. The purpose of this initiative is to build awareness of and insight into the prevalence and impacts of racism and to stimulate ideas about actions Rotary can take to help be a part of the solution.

Click on this link to join this January 22nd session live or to watch it after the event.

Click on this link to join this January 29th session live or to watch it after the event.

Click on this link to join this February 5th session live or to watch it after the event.

For more details, please Read more....

Concert to Feed the Need in Durham - Thank You Rotary - The final numbers are in!

Thank you to all of the Rotarians and friends of Rotary throughout District 7070 !!

 I wanted to let you know - after collating the revenues from all our sources, the net proceeds from this year's Concert to Feed the Need in Durham are $20,120. (up from about $14,000 last year).

For every dollar donated, Feed the Need in Durham can distribute 7 dollars worth of food. That means with the funds generated by the concert, FTDN is able to distribute over $140,000 worth of food to our neighbours at a time when food insecurity has never been greater.

This was a true team effort. Six clubs in Durham and one in Toronto (thanks Bay-Bloor) stepped up this year as co-presenters of the event, which helps feed people across the region. I've never been prouder to be a Rotarian!

Thanks as well to all the generous sponsors - many of whom are club members as well.  And thanks of course to the musicians, without whom there is no concert. Congrats and thanks to all who made it happen! 

Hopefully, with whatever conditions bring, we're able to do it even better next year.

Joe Solway

Bowmanville Rotary Club

 New Members Zoom Get-Together  - Register TODAY for February 18, 2021

Are you a new Rotary or Rotaract member in the last two years? Are you an older member who would like to learn even more about Rotary? DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ROTARY???

THESE ARE FOR YOU !!! - The District 7070 Membership Committee is hosting New Member Zoom Get-Togethers.  Anyone who has joined Rotary in the last few years 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 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. There is lots of interesting info about our Rotary organization and often not enough time in a regular meeting to ensure that new members get to hear about it. So on November 25, please join us as we share more Rotary basics and not so basics. Bring any questions you might have!  The session will be of particular interest to members who have joined Rotary in the past 2 years but anyone who wants to know a little more about Rotary is most welcome. For more information and to register go to

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. Rotarians from all over District 7070 enjoyed the November 25 Get Together. We are all looking forward to the next one from  7-8 pm on Thursday February 18, 2021.

For more details and to see the recording of the August 20 New Members Zoom Get Together, please Read more......

Celebrating Women in Rotary District 7070 - March 8/21

We are looking for women to join a committee to come up with some ideas to celebrate and recognize International Women's Day on March 8 with a focus on the amazing women of Rotary and D7070!  Please put out a request to your club members and if interested have them contact Bowmanville Rotarian Johanna de Boer  at .

February 23, 2021 - Rotary's 116th Birthday AND World Understanding and Peace Day

 February 23 is Rotary’s 116th Birthday. That day is also called World Understanding and Peace Day. On February 23, 1905, little did Paul Harris and his three friends realize what they were starting when they met in room 711 of the Unity Building in Chicago. We have come a long way, since then, but we still have a long way to go to achieve goodwill, peace, and understanding among all people of the world. And there is more to read....... 


A Call to Action : April 17 - 24, 2021 - Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup

Save the Week: April 17 - 24, 2021 - Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup 

A note for District Governor Mark Chipman to all Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the whole Rotary family in District 7070 and beyond:

Marking 2021 Earth Day, District 7070, along with neighboring Districts, will be organizing a first ever Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup on April 24, 2021.

To date we have commitments from 15 Districts bordering the Great Lakes as well as the Niagara, St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers and the Erie Canal in New York State. We are naming the event the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup to open it up to any club on a waterway that empties into the Great Lakes system. Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer with Rotary International President Holger Knaack are both supportive of this collaborative project.

This will be a great way to engage our Rotary Family and non-Rotarians in a day of action, draw attention to our fragile environment and our desire to be part of the solution. With the plan for heavy promotion it is an opportunity to bring awareness to the good work of Rotary.

Get your club to select a nearby waterway or even a local park to clean up and be a part of this exciting event on April 24! Mark this in your calendars - more details will follow.

Mark Chipman

District Governor

Rotary District 7070

For even more details, please Read more......... 

Presidential conference showcasing Rotaract - May 14 -16

RI President Holger Knaack will hold three virtual presidential conferences that will showcase the leadership of Rotaract members and collaboration between Rotaract and Rotary around the world. Knaack said he chose to focus on Rotaract leaders because young people have the potential to reshape our organization: “The COVID-19 epidemic has made clear that we are living in a different world, a world dominated by young people with the foresight and drive to take advantage of rapid change.”

The last of the three events will be hosted from the United States, 14-16 May ( ) .

"Grow Rotary Workshop" on January 23, 2021- Recording Now Available

Are you interested in your club’s path to Grow Rotary?  Having a strong vibrant Rotary Club involves Membership - looking after our members - new, seasoned and potential, Public Image – reaching out to our communities showing them what we do and showing the power of what we can do -  and our Foundation and what it allows us to do.  Over 65 Rotarians and Rotaractors attended the Jan 23, 2021 Grow Rotary Workshop. Lots of fantastic,  proven ideas to grow your club with new members and to retain and engage your current members. Thank you to Virginia O'Reilly and her District 7070 membership Committee for another great workshop. These sessions are really geared to members of your  Club's Membership committee, Public Image committee and Rotary Foundation committee.  We encourage at least 3 members from your club to attend the next "Grow Rotary Workshop" so you can share the discussion and work on plans integrating Membership, Public Image and Foundation in your growth strategy.

HERE IS A LINK, ON OUR ROTARY DISTRICT 7070 YOUTUBE CHANNEL OF THE JAN 23, 2021 GROW ROTARY WORKSHOP.  It is also available in the Membership Tab on our District 7070 website. 


Tuesday Talks - February 9, 2021 -  Understanding Your Conflict Management Style - Please Register TODAY
Please join us on Tuesday February 9, 2021 from 7 to 9 pm for another Tuesday Talks - Understanding Your Conflict Management Style

How we approach and deal with conflict can make the difference between resolving a conflict quickly or causing it to escalate dramatically. Yet we don’t always think about how we should respond to a conflict – we just react! This session will focus on the five different approaches people take to conflict using the metaphor of birds. Are you a woodpecker, owl, hummingbird, parakeet or ostrich? There’s a time and place for each style. Find out how you can resolve conflicts more effectively by adjusting and adapting your conflict management style!

Gayle Wiebe Oudeh   613-222-2658   Director, Coaching & Training   Centre for Conflict Resolution International

About Gayle Oudeh:

Gayle Wiebe Oudeh is the Director of Coaching and Training for the Centre for Conflict Resolution International where she utilizes her expertise in interpersonal dynamics, team development, leadership development and organizational systems in addressing conflict issues in the workplace.  As a Professional Certified Coach, Gayle is frequently involved in coaching individuals and teams as they deal with conflict, change and goal setting. 

Additionally, Gayle is a largely self-taught artist, utilizing her time in her studio as an opportunity for continued personal growth as it constantly stretches her to experiment and rely on her intuition. Recently she has begun teaching acrylic paint pouring workshops to share her love of the creative process.

As a Rotarian, Gayle has served as President of the Rotary Club of Orléans for two years (2017-19). She has served as a Zone trainer for the District Governor Elect partners and as an International Training Leader at the Rotary International Assembly. She currently serves as the Chair for the District Training and Learning Committee, the Program Chair for District Conference 2020 and the Conference Chair, 2021. Gayle is a Paul Harris Fellow, a major donor, and a member of the Rotary Foundation’s Bequest Society.

Rotary Leadership Institute - We Are Filled Up for the February 2021 Part III - Zoom Sessions

Exceptional times call for exceptional actions. COVID-19 has forced us to move our regular RLI programming to a virtual format this year. We are excited to bring you the high quality program directly to the comfort of your home. The benefit is we do not have to worry about traffic or snow!

So, what should you consider attending another virtual meeting?

Rotary provides an opportunity for all of us to provide service to our community and around the world. The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) has a mission to strengthen Rotary clubs through quality leadership education. As Rotarians, you are already a leader in your community and in your profession. The purpose of RLI is to give you the skills and competencies to be an effective leader in Rotary.

Rotarians new to Rotary and even those with many years of service will benefit from learning how we can create strong clubs with vibrant members who are engaged and committed to Service Above Self.  Now more than ever, the world needs Rotarians to create a more peaceful and equitable world for all.


For more information, please contact Susan Hunter at


Tuesday Talks - January 12 - Save Time and Get Results--Best Practices for Membership, Fundraising, Promoting Rotary- Recording Now Available

The Recording of the January 12, 2021 Tuesday Talks is now available on our Rotary District 7070 YouTube Channel.

Hosted by the District 7070 Public Image  Committee, the January 12 Tuesday Talks was viewed by over 165 attendees from not just District 7070, but form Rotary and Rotaract Clubs all over Canada and the USA and even from Ghana. This Public Image edition of Tuesday Talks showed how to Save Time and Get Results—Best Practices for Membership, Fundraising, Promoting Rotary. Our dynamic keynote speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, who is our Rotary Zone 28 East Public Image Coordinator, is known for getting extremely fast results. He gave us tips on being a better communicator and he showed us some of his proven effective communication strategies by helping audience members improve during his presentation........

Rotary and the Beirut Explosion - New Beirut Recovery Website - Donations TODAY to the Global Grant

Helping out Beirut - The explosion at the port of Beirut on August 4,2020 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.

The Beirut Recovery Website is now up and running. . It contains all of the information in the video and more including an important section on Stewardship, our team members, additional documentary videos about the Karantina Hospital and more. 

Global Grant Now Established: Please Donate TODAY:

A Global Grant application (GG# 2119172) has been completed by The Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan, with the Whitby Sunrise Rotary Club as the International Sponsor partner. Clubs throughout District 7070 and beyond, are invited to participate in medical equipment for the pediatrics Operating Theatre of Beirut's only public hospital. The objective is for District 7070 Rotary Clubs to donate $60,000 US towards the Grant. The money will go towards surgical equipment for the neo-natal unit at the Karatina Hospital in Beirut. The video below tells the story, how and where to send your money. Let's all get behind this humanitarian project . If you or your club wishes to make a donation, right now to the Global Grant , you may do so Please "Read more" and see how easy it is to help. . Currently, our point people are Steve Rutledge of the Rotary Club of Whitby-Sunrise ( email:  and our District 7070 Areas of Focus Action Committee Chair Richard Mewhinney ( email: ).  


Please "Read more" for more information



In Memory of our Rotarians - February 2021

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.



An Important Rotary Foundation Update and Request  for A Donation to the Polio Fund from Dr Bob Scott

To my fellow Rotary and Rotaract family, here in District 7070

Great news, at the recent meeting of 7070 district Foundation meeting, it was reported that all 55 out of our 55 clubs have submitted goals in MyRotary for polio eradication for a total of $ 62,000!

So far, 16 clubs have surpassed their goal for polio eradication, 15 have not donated anything YTD, and 15 are still working on their goal of at least $1,500 USD as a minimum (as per Rotary International request).  As we near the half-way point in the Rotary year, let’s strive to meet these goals.  For those clubs that have surpassed their goal – thank you!  Perhaps there is an opportunity to donate a bit more!


The request by the board of Rotary International and the Foundation board of trustees is that every club to donate $1,500 USD ($1,921CAD) as a minimum.

Remember that for every dollar donated the Gates foundation will match 2 to one so $1,500 dollars becomes $4,500 dollars........

District 7070 Rotary Foundation Chair's February 2021 Newsletter

In his February 2021 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........

Do you know a good Rotary Peace Fellow candidate?

In a glass-enclosed dojo in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai, Sombat Tapanya teaches children the principles of peace through aikido. A psychologist who specialized in childhood trauma, he uses insights he gained as a Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok in 2016. (Watch the video

Every year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders like Tapanya to study at one of our peace centers. Your district can endorse as many qualified candidates as you wish, anywhere in the world, at no cost to your district. Learn more about the application process, which begins in February, and how you can support the Peace Centers. ( )

Qualifications for Rotary Foundation Grants The 2021-22 Rotary Year - Do It Online

UPDATE: 2021-22 Rotary Year

Clubs that plan to participate in the Rotary Foundation programs in the 2021-22 Rotary year must meet the requirements set up by the Rotary Foundation.  All Clubs that want to apply for a Global Grant or District Grant next year, must be qualified for the 2021-22 Rotary year.  The qualification is only valid for one year.  Therefore, Clubs that are qualified for this year, must qualify again for next year.  It is also important to note that Clubs must be qualified throughout the life of a project.  This is of particular importance to Clubs involved in Global Grant projects, as those projects typically take more than one Rotary year to complete.

Two years ago, District 7070 started using an on-line qualification process.  Three modules related to the Rotary Foundation, Global Grants and District Grants are posted on the District’s website.  There is a quiz connected with each module.  At least, two members from a Club must successfully complete the three quizzes for the Club to become qualified.  It doesn’t have to be the same members taking the qualification each year.  On the contrary, ask other members of the Club to complete the training.  It is a great way of making more members aware of the Rotary Foundation and everything around it.......

It's Not Too Late to Still Sign Up and 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. It's not too late to sign up . 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".


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


How to make your club vibrant

The Rotary Club of Seoul was established in 1927 as the first club in Korea. In recent years, though, its membership had been diminishing. Club leaders took steps to transform the club, including founding a satellite club for English-speaking leaders ages 19-35 and offering a convertible membership program. ( )

How healthy is your club? The Is Your Club Healthy? course in the Learning Center will show you how to use the Rotary Club Health Check, the first step in becoming a vibrant and healthy club.


February is Peacebuilding & Conflict Prevention Month
Millions of people all over the world are currently displaced by armed conflict or persecution. In fact, 90% of casualties in armed conflicts are civilians, half of which are children. Through service projects and Rotary programs, the Rotary family is committed to pursuing projects that address the structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.....
What Is Peacebuilding ?

February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention month in the Rotary calendar.  To take those first steps toward peace, where people are able to resolve their conflicts without violence and work together to improve the quality of their lives, means we need to look at the foundational pieces of peacebuilding.

Just what is peacebuilding?

Peacebuilding is about dealing with the reasons why people fight in the first place and about supporting societies to manage their differences and conflicts without resorting to violence.......

Shelterbox Canada News 

In her February 2021 Newsletter, Allison Kingston, Community Fundraising Coordinator, ShelterBox Canada and a Member of the  Rotaract Club of Sarnia-Lambton, discusses Hurricane season and Shelterbox readiness to respond. The coronavirus pandemic means that it will be more challenging for response teams to travel to hurricane-hit countries But their links with local partners and Rotary worldwide means they can provide aid in new ways that keep families safe  . Here's more of her newsletter.....

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. Your Club can help.  Our District 7070 Action Committee's Areas of Focus Coordinator is John Currie from the Pickering Rotary Club. John is also the  Executive Director of H I P and President of the Rotary Club of Pickering. He can be reached at .   If you have a good news story, please send it to John. Click here to view their new website. For more news, 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 website contains stories about supporters, just like you and your Club, who are making an impact across Canada by taking action to create lasting change! Here is a link to their latest Newsletter.  Here are some highlights .........

"Talking Rotary" Podcast - A Life of Volunteering. - featuring Chris Snyder - Rotary Club of Toronto

Chris Snyder, from the Rotary Club of Toronto, and founder of Rotary Honouring Indigenous Peoples, recently was a guest on a "Talking Rotary" podcast - A Life of Volunteering. Two Rotarians from Winnipeg,  Peter Tonge and Mandy Kwasnica have created a podcast with Rotarians to spread info about their Rotary activities to other Rotarians and others. John Currie, Executive Director  of Rotary HIP (who is also President of the Rotary Club of Pickering) and Chris have each been interviewed about HIP and Chris on his Rotary sweat equity trips (some of you may have been on one of them).

They are offering Chris' book Creating Opportunities: A Volunteer's Memoir to readers. $10 from each online book purchase will go the Rotary International Foundation. Much of the book is about Rotary. The book is the same as this year's Rotary theme. People have found this book very useful as an inspirational book, as a recruiting tool, a speakers' gift and to anyone who wants to explore opportunities of service within Rotary or as a volunteer.

You can listen using the link:

Chris' book link:

News from The Basic Education and Literacy Rotary Action Group

There is a lot happening throughout the Rotary world - and Rotarians supporting BEL are no exception!  This BELRAG newsletter is full of news and information of projects, resources, and opportunities. First, BELRAG hosted, this month, a webinar to share information on how to create a successful BEL Global Grant.   That will be available on their website.  TRF Director of Grants, Abby McNear, and BEL Area of Focus Manager, Mary Jo Jean Francois, were their expert panelists sharing best practices for BEL projects. Two excellent projects were highlighted:  Library Learning Centers in Kenya (supported by RC Stevenage) and an adult literacy program that began many years ago in Turkey to support refugees in developing literacy skills.

Is your club interested in learning about projects to support:  consider attending the (virtual) Central America Projects Fair (Feb 18-20) or the Colombia Projects Fair (Feb 5-12)   A great way to connect with Rotarians and learn of new opportunities. All this and more is included in this BELRAG newsletter. 

Latest News from the  WASH Rotary Action Group

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.......



Look Who is featured In February 2021 With Their Favourite Rotary Moment ? - You May Know Her


District Governor Mark Chipman has challenged YOU and we need your help. We are going to feature ONE "My Favourite Rotary Moment" every month. It could be YOUR "Favourite Rotary Moment". Let's go Rotarians and Rotaractors in District 7070 !! Let's meet the challenge. What is Your Favourite Rotary Moment?

Here is District Governor Mark's challenge and here is all you have to do :

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! 

DG Mark

Who has the  FEBRUARY 2021 "My Favourite Rotary Moment" ? You May Know Her... Please Read more....

Why You Should Care About Rotary Branding

As a Rotary brand specialist, I see Rotary signs everywhere. I guess you could say it’s an occupational hazard. Even my children spot Rotary signs wherever we go. So when I attended a local Rotary event in my hometown last year, I couldn’t help but notice how Rotary’s logo was being used.

At first, I was thrilled to see the club’s logo featured on a banner welcoming attendees. But then......

What's New In The Learning Centre? - A New Course - "Our Logo - Representing Rotary"

In the Our Logo: Representing Rotary course in the Learning Center, learn why Rotary's visual identity and logos are important and how you can use them to best represent Rotary. My Rotary login required. This course shows all members how they can strengthen Rotary’s brand by using logos in accordance with our global guidelines. Learn how to customize your logo so you can link your Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact club, or your district or zone, to the good that Rotary does around the world.


Use These Outstanding Tips to Enhance Your Club's Online Presence 

What is Your Club's Online Presence?  Does it represent your club members? Does it tell the Rotary story of who you are and what you do?

Your District 7070 Public Image Committee asked one of our committee members, Rob MacArthur of the Rotary Club of Port Hope to be our "Public Image Public Investigator" to take a look at your club website and social media accounts. We asked Rob to sum up what he found and offer some suggestions to help your club. Here is Rob's look at our Rotary clubs in District 7070 and some outstanding tips how you can increase your club's public image.

For more than 100 years, Rotary has united leaders who are committed to using their expertise to take action and improve their communities. Awareness of Rotary is high. But public understanding of who we are, what we do, and the value we bring to communities is concerningly low.  It’s important that we tell our story in ways that help people everywhere understand what Rotary does, how we’re different, and why our work matters. Without this understanding, we can’t reach our full potential and bring more people together and improve even more communities worldwide. No other organization is quite like Rotary. By using our unique voice consistently in all our messaging, we can ensure that our communications reflect our distinct character. If we speak, write, and design in one voice, our communications will sound, read, and look unmistakably like Rotary. This will give our audiences a better understanding of who we are. Together, we can show the world that we’re people of action.......


Outstanding Social Media Tips On the District 7070 Facebook Page, Instagram Accounts

Social media is part of our everyday lives, both personally and professionally. To stay connected with your members and community, you need more than a club website; you need a strong social media presence too. 

Each day throughout this series, Sue Miller of the District 7070 Public Image Committee, posted a series of quick tips to help you build, improve, and strengthen your social media posts and keep them up-to-date. Go to the Facebook Page and Boost Your Club's Public Image.

While you are there, look for the new "Why Rotary" Series of posts that Sue Miller has featured for you and your Rotary Club. Share these posts too in your social media accounts. #whyrotary #rotary7070 ......

Get The Word Out NOW - New Facebook Group - Grow Your Club, Raise Money, Get Attention - Join TODAY

Michael Angelo Caruso, our Rotary Zone 28 East Public Image Coordinator has created this Facebook group to help the best service organization get even better at marketing and the art of public image. JOIN TODAY.

The ideas that you see will help you get more visitors, populate your events and raise more money for your club Feel free to ask questions and share ideas.......

Have You Seen What is On Our District 7070 YouTube Channel ? - Subscribe TODAY

Have you seen what is on our District 7070 YouTube channel ? Subscribe TODAY. Use It TODAY. It will help your club tell the story of Rotary and show how your club members are People of Action in your community and around the world! 

People’s perception of Rotary comes from their experiences with our clubs and programs, along with the stories we tell and the videos & images we share. Compelling, consistent brand communications — together with a great experience — can help us engage and attract more members, donors, and partners. 

Use our District 7070 YouTube channel to share videos that reflect Rotary’s initiatives and projects both locally and globally. These videos can be posted to your social media pages and shared at your meetings. They are broken down into the following playlists:

  • Rotary District 7070

  • District 7070 Taking Action Locally

  • District 7070 Taking Action Globally

  • District 7070 Workshops

  • Tuesday Talks

  • Rotary International

  • Rotaract

  • End Polio

Check out our new Rotary District 7070 YouTube channel! Whether you want to catch up on a Tuesday Talk, see videos of our clubs taking action locally or globally, share an engaging video from Rotary International on your social media or at a club meeting…it’s all there and more. Please send us any appropriate videos from your club events/meetings to be included on our channel (send to Go to and subscribe so you don’t miss a thing.

Increase Your Club's Visibility - TAG "ROTARY DISTRICT 7070"

Calling all District 7070 Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs!

Increase your club’s visibility. TAG US !  in all of your 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

Tell Your Rotary Story - Use Rotary's People of Action Campaign

The People of Action campaign helps you bring your Rotary story to life by showing Rotary members as the #PeopleOfAction we are. We share a unique passion for taking action to improve their communities and the world to create lasting change. Telling your "People of Action" stories in a meaningful, coordinated way builds the public’s understanding of who you are and what you 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?”



REACH OUT !! -  Connect Your Club With Other Rotary Clubs in Our District

Do you have events or fundraisers that you want other clubs to know about? 

Perhaps a project with which you need their assistance.  Here are just three ways you can get your event, your message , a story about your club, or your "ask for help" out to your neighbouring Rotary Clubs:........

Dr Robert Kyle, Chief Medical Officer of Health - Speaker at Bowmanville Rotary Club on Feb 16

You are invited  !!! The Rotary Club of Bowmanville's keynote speaker is Dr. Robert Kyle, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Durham Region at their February 16 regular weekly zoom meeting at 7:30 am. He will be talking about the status of Covid-19 in the Region of Durham and the vaccination campaign for the residents of Durham Region. This will be of particular interest to the 10 Rotary Clubs in Durham Region but everyone is invited to attend. A good meeting to invite prospective members. If you would like more info, please contact Rotarian Joe Solway at .

zoom details: 

At the time of the meeting click on the link:

If this is your first time using Zoom, you will be prompted to download and install the Zoom client application. This may take a minute or two. Once it is fully installed, it should take you to the meeting.

If you used the link above you should not be prompted for the meeting ID, but if you are, here is that number:

Meeting ID: 814 5143 5826

Wait for the host to admit you. That may take me a minute for me to notice you in the waiting room

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 814 5143 5826

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Dial by your location

+1 647 374 4685

+1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 814 5143 5826

Matching Grant Project by The Rotary Club of Toronto Danforth in Bangladesh

Congratulations to the Rotary Clubs In Bangladesh and the Rotary Club of Toronto Danforth who recently distributed Blankets, Food, and Vegetable seeds in Bangladesh.
On January  29, 2021, blankets, food, and vegetable seeds were distributed to the people in  Bangladesh by the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Khulna and the Rotary Club of Rangpur in District 3281 with the sponsoring club , the Rotary Club of Toronto Danforth right here in District 7070. Blankets and Packages were distributed among 200 families by each club who are suffering from cold weather and post flood effects. Local community leaders attended the distribution program. They appreciated the generosity of the Rotary Club of Toronto Danforth. 

Editor's Note: Well done Toronto Danforth !!


Virtual Club Visioning program to be launched.  Team Members Needed.

For over ten years, District 7070 has offered Clubs assistance with their strategic planning through the Club Visioning program developed by IVFC, International Vision Facilitation Council.  IVFC, founded in District 5960, consists of experienced Rotarians in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and Scandinavia.  Looking back, close to 40 Clubs in D7070 have run at least one session, many two or three.  Overall, the program was well received.

Over the last year, a committee of IVFC has met regularly to review and update the program based on experience from around the world.  The process is now closer connected with RI’s Strategic Plan.  In addition, more focus is placed on developing the Action Plan as a result of the visioning session.  The experience from most districts using the program was that Clubs were very good at generating ideas at the sessions, but often had problems creating the action plan.  A virtual version of the program has also been developed. 

The virtual Club Visioning Program will be launched officially on July 1, 2021.   Therefore, we are looking for Rotarians who would be interested in being part of the teams delivering the program.  Two training session will be held on-line, Saturday February 13, 2021 and Saturday, March 13, 2021.  The training will cover the various functions for the team delivering a virtual Club Visioning session.  The experience gained at these training sessions will also be of value for operating any in-person visioning sessions.   We are also interested in finding Clubs that would be interested in running pilot sessions.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program and attending the training is welcome to contact PDG Lars Henriksson, who is a member of the international committee developing the new program.  Lars can be reached at email or cell 416 402 6093.

Our Rotary District 7070 Website - A Useful Resource for Your Club

Have you checked out our District 7070 Website lately?

Have you checked out the centre column to see all of the minute stories that you can share with your members and post on to your club website and social media pages? 

Have you checked out all of the previous District Newsletters that you may have missed? They are in the left hand column. 

Have you taken a moment, lately, and read " Welcome to Rotary District 7070 in Ontario, Canada !" ? It is in the right hand column of the Website. Perhaps you could add that to your club website. 

While you are in that right hand column, be sure to watch Past District Governor Ted Morrison show us how The Rotary Foundation really works. 

Have you looked into each menu tab and and then scrolled down through each tab to see all of the outstanding stories and resources available to you and your club?

Have you checked the Events Calendar to see what you and your club members can register and learn more about Rotary? 

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.

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.......

Upcoming Events
'Tuesday Talks' February-Conflict Resolution
Feb 09, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Honourable Paul Hellyer-Guest Speaker
Feb 10, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
District 7070 RLI Part 3 FEB. 10th, 17th, and 24th, 2021
Feb 10, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Presidents-Elect Training
Feb 10, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
District 7070 RLI Part 3 FEB. 10th, 17th, and 24th, 2021
Feb 17, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Presidents-Elect Training
Feb 17, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
New Members Zoom Gettogether - February 18th 2021
Feb 18, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
District 7070 RLI Part 3 FEB. 10th, 17th, and 24th, 2021
Feb 24, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Presidents-Elect Training
Feb 24, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Grow Rotary Workshop Part 3 - Feb 27th
Feb 27, 2021
9:30 AM – 11:10 AM
Presidents Meetings March
Mar 01, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
AG Meeting March
Mar 01, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
District Conference Committee
Mar 02, 2021
Presidents-Elect Training
Mar 03, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
'Tuesday Talks' March-Youth Services
Mar 09, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presidents-Elect Training
Mar 10, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
District Leadership Team-March
Mar 15, 2021 6:00 PM
Presidents-Elect Training
Mar 17, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Presidents-Elect Training
Mar 24, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Apr 01, 2021
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