Posted by Valrie Wafer, Director , Rotary International

In her June 2021 Newsletter, Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer talks about last month of the Rotary year and she could not be prouder of our leadership teams: the 2020-21 District Governors, the 2021-22 District Governors, everyone who made the May 12 Rotary Foundation Celebration a financial success, Beyond Borders editor Ariane Carrier , the Zone Regional Leadership Team, and every Rotarian for their continued generosity and service this past year while the world was in crisis as we all stepped up to serve our local and global community in many different capacities. .....

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

June is upon us.  The last month of the Rotary year and I could not be prouder of our leadership teams.

I have spent time with our District Governor class of 2020-2021 and have witnessed and celebrated their achievements.  Well done!  You put the mirror away and looked through a fresh lens to Open Opportunities to lead and inspire.  Your leadership has not gone unnoticed, our Districts and Zones are better because of each of you.  Your title may change on July 1, but this is just the beginning of your leadership journey in Rotary.

Our District Governors Elect and our leaders are poised and ready to take the reins.  A big congratulations to all of you as you prepare to Serve to Change Lives.  I know we will continue to find new ways to experience Rotary and support our members. I look forward to serving on your Team.

This is the time of the year when we need to say “Thank you”.

On May 12th we celebrated our Foundation, an incredible event that raised over $180,000 USD! This event would not have happened without the leadership of PDG Peter Schultz who was instrumental in conceptualizing this event, chairing this event and bringing it to each of us.  Many districts, including my own D7010, had pre or post parties to celebrate District accomplishments, projects and partnerships.  A chance to dress up and celebrate! Thank you!

I want to recognize our Beyond Borders editor Ariane Carrier who brings us a first-class edition each and every month.  It is an incredible effort and is recognized by us all.  Thank you!

I want to thank our Zone(s) Regional Leadership Team. These hardworking volunteers seized the chance to meet more often with their clubs and districts.  Bringing inspirational speakers, relevant discussion topics and working to Grow Rotary.  I know that the seeds you have planted will bear fruit in the future. Thank you!

There are so many more to thank and I am afraid of missing someone.  Please know that as I write this, I have a huge smile on my face and send virtual hugs to each of you to recognize how each of you have supported Rotary, our Zones and me personally. Thank you!

"None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful." – Mother Teresa

I especially want to thank each of you, everyone reading this newsletter for your continued generosity and service this past year while the world was in crisis.  You stepped up to serve your local and global community in many different capacities. You supported our Celebration of our Foundation and have been generously supportive of our fundraising efforts to assist India.  I want to thank DGE Aruna Koushik and recognize her for coordinating this effort, we will update you in the coming weeks. Thank you!

The summer months bring hope.  A time to get out, be with family and friends and celebrate in person. 

I hope we are together very soon.

Until then Be Safe and Be Well. 

Yours In Rotary,


Valarie Wafer

Rotary International Director (2020-22)

Rotary Club of Collingwood, South Georgian Bay