After the Annual General Meeting of District 7070, on November 14, 2019, District 7070 hosted all of the Rotary District 7070 Club Presidents and their Rotary Club Rotary Foundation Directors/Chairs at The Oshawa Golf and Curling Club, to an excellent meal during Rotary Foundation Month and heard from some outstanding Rotary Foundation speakers. Here is what happened....

Annual General Meeting : District 7070 Governor Beth Selby, chaired the Annual General Meeting of Rotary District 7070 as President of the Corporation. Financial statements (for the year ending June 30, 2019) of the Corporation were reviewed, Directors were elected (to hold office from July 1, 2020), the accountant was appointed for the year ending June 30, 20209, and there was a confirmation of all acts done and taken by the Directors and Officers of the Corporation since the last meeting of the members of the Corporation. 


Club Presidents' Rotary Foundation Dinner 

District 7070 Rotary Foundation Chair (and Past District Governor) Michael Bell opened the Rotary Foundation portion of the meeting and talked about December 3, (Giving Tuesday) and encourage all clubs to invite their friends , relatives , business associates, and the general public to "tell the world" to give to The Rotary Foundation. He added that because of the money donated to the Rotary Foundation , 3 years ago, there were a total of 1,117 Rotary Foundation Global Grants handed out last year. He also encouraged all Rotarians to donate, noting that only 30 % of Rotarians donate to The Rotary Foundation. He also thanked all clubs and club presidents for a very successful 2018-19 Rotary Year in terms of The Rotary Foundation, highlighted , over the last few years by the addition of Arch Klumph Society members and 7 Major Donors. He also thanked past District Governor Ted Morrison, our current Annual Programs Fund Chair for getting clubs to get their objective in and also for contributing. He also congratulated Rotarians for their efforts in contributions to End Polio Now.  PDG Michael talked about contributions to the Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund, which are in the $10,000 to $250,000 category. He said that with help from Carol Seabrook Ferguson (Major Gifts), they will help you review all of the options. If you and any of your members are looking to become Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation, OR if you know of anyone in your community , please let him know. 


Past District Governor and current District 7070 Chair of the Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund Ted Morrison presented the Rotary Foundation video highlighting the work of The Rotary Foundation ove rthe last 100 years. Here is a link to that video:

He talked to the Club Presidents about leading by example and donating to the Annual Programs Fund, and encouraging all of their club members to do the same. Ted hoped that all clubs will have a speaker talking about The Rotary Foundation, in November, Rotary Foundation Month. Ted said that The Rotary Foundation is the engine that drives Rotary and its clubs to do so much good in the world. He talked about the donations going to grants and the Share system, and that our District gets half of the money back after three years to turn into grants.

He congratulated everyone for the very successful Rotary Foundation Walk in September raising over $100,000 for The Rotary Foundation.  He asked each President to attend the Grants management Seminar in February and take your Foundation Chair with you. He asked the Club Presidents to go in to MyRotary , see their clubs contributions and keep putting gentle pressure on their club members to make a donation. 

He asked each Club President to go into Rotary Club Central and put in their 2019-20 goal for the Annual programs Fund and for the PolioPlus Fund. 19 Clubs still had not done so. 

He reminded Club Presidents and Rotary Club Foundation Chairs to encourage their members to donate to the Annual Fund and to the Polio Fund and added that the Bill Gates donations of $2 for every 1$ Rotarians donate is still on for this Rotary Year. Ted thanked District Governor Beth Selby for the District 7070  donation of $30,000 US of District Designated Funds to Polio Eradication, on World Polio Day in Durham Region. This turns into $180,000 after all of the multipliers kick in. 

Ted encouraged everyone to remember Past District Governor Bill Patchett , who did so much for District 7070's contributions to The Rotary Foundation and the "Mill for Bill campaign. He encouraged all clubs to get their donations in as soon as they can. He said that if we all pull together, Bill's dream of $1 million to the Rotary Foundation by June 30, 2020 just may become a reality. 

He talked about everyone should give something. And if you can't give $100, please make a donation to the EVERY YEAR TO THE EVERY ROTARIAN EVERY YEAR PLAN. PLEASE GIVE WHAT YOU CAN!!!! Ted also talked about the graduated awards we can receive as our donations to The Rotary Foundation grow, year after year. And our donations are tax deductible. We can even put our donations in our will and become Benefactors to The Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. He urged everyone to  Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work! Read highlights from the past year in our Rotary Foundation annual report.  Rotary Foundation named World's Outstanding Foundation


Ted also reminded all of the Presidents to select individuals from their club to go on line and get their qualification completed for the 2019-20 Grants Management , which are required each Rotary year, so that their club can be certified to apply for grants.  He also urged everyone to make a donation to the Rotary Foundation, which can be done so easily, right out of your bank account on a monthly basis,  by way of Rotary Direct.  Support our efforts year round by making a recurring gift. You choose how much and how often you want to give— it's a simple and secure way to make a big impact. Online contributions can be made monthly, quarterly, or annually. Direct enrollment form or enroll by phone at +1-866-976-8279. To update your existing recurring giving, contact us at or call +1-866-976-8279. For security reasons, changes to your credit card information should be made by phone. 

Be sure to see Ted's presentation on how the three Funds of the Rotary Foundation work on our District website right here



PDG Dr. Bob Scott, who has been our advocate for raising funds for polio eradication for the last 33 years, showed us why, as he showed us photos of children with polio. He gave an update on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and its partners: Rotary, The WHO, the CDC, UNICEF, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the governments of the world.

Bob noted that type 2 polio has been certified as eradicated in August 2015, and as of October 24, 2019,type 3 has now been eradicated. And there has been no evidence of new polio cases in Nigeria now for 3 years.  

Bob Scott thanked the Gates Foundation, for continuing their commitment to match 2 for 1 every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication, through 2019-20 which will mean $450 million more for polio eradication.  Bob took us back to the days when there were 1,000 new cases of polio per day in the world to today. Bob noted that only Afghanistan and Pakistan remain with polio cases. He noted that we have stalled in our global efforts. In the 2019 Calendar Year to date: there have been a total of 88 new cases. He noted that there number of cases caused by the circulating virus is becoming a concern.

Bob said that there are still many challenges: the missed children (in the last round of immunization in Afghanistan , 1 million children missed); the killings of volunteers(over 250),  (the Taliban, who used to be on our side, and not now); the gaps in polio surveillance; and the funds, so much needed, to get the job done. He even mentioned the wars that are still being waged. But when the fighting subsides, vaccinators are there,  administering the vaccine.

Bod said that 18 million children are walking and alive, because of our efforts to eradicate polio. Four of the 6 World Health Organization regions have been certified polo free. 

Each year, we continue to immunize 450 million children in 60 countries and fund 150,000 workers in 70 countries and continue our surveillance in 70 more countries.

Bob asked all Rotarians to Learn, Connect with everyone, and donate.


2018-29 Rotary Citation Awards: Past District Governor Mary Lou Harrison noted that this was a very difficult year to attain this award. There may be additional awardees presented awards to other clubs. Very close to their attainment were the Rotary Cubs of Markham Unionville, Picton, Toronto West, Toronto Leaside , Whitby Sunrise, Bowmanville and Stirling.

The Rotary Citation with Silver Distinction was presented to the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa-Parkwood, Parkdale High Park Humber and to Toronto Danforth.

The Rotary Citation with Gold Distinction was presented to the Rotary Clubs of Markham Sunrise, Newmarket, Port Hope, Scarborough and Toronto Bay Bloor.

The Rotary Citation with Platinum Distinction was presented to the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa and North Scarborough.


District 7070 Rotary Foundation Awards for 2018-19: Past District Governor Mary Lou Harrison presented awards to clubs who made significant achievements in donations to the Rotary Foundation:


1. End Polio Now Countdown to History: Congratulations to the clubs that contributed at least US $1,500 to Rotary's polio eradication efforts: Ajax, Alliston, Bowmanville, Campbellford, Coburg, Colborne, Etobicoke, Markham Sunrise, Oshawa-Parkwood, Pickering, Picton, Quinte Sunrise, Scarborough, , Scarborough Passport, Toronto, Toronto East, Toronto Sunrise , Uxbridge, and Whitby. 



2. 100% Foundation Giving Club : Congratulations to the clubs that achieved an average of $100 per capita giving and 100% participation with every club member contributing at least $25 to any of the Rotary Foundation Funds:  Port Perry,  Richmond Hill, and Toronto Skyline



3. Every Rotarian - Every Year: Congratulations to the clubs that achieved a minimum Annual Fund contribution of US $ 100 per capita, with every member contributing at least US $25 to the Annual Fund: Port Perry,  Richmond Hill, and Toronto Skyine



4. Top Three Highest Per Capita Annual Giving Banner: Three clubs in the district that gave the most, per capita, to the Annual Fund: 3. Toronto at $198.58 per capita; 2. Scarborough Passport at $254.51 per capita and Number One: Scarborough Twilight at $360.83 per capita. 




District 7070 Rotary Foundation Chair Michael Bell asked everyone to save this date to celebrate the Rotary life of Bill Patchett,  from 2 to 4 pm on January 19 at the Best Western Hotel in Cobourg with proceeds going to The Rotary Foundation.