Posted by Valrie Wafer, Director , Rotary International

Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have -Unknown

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

Autumn has always been my favourite season. Every year the leaves seem to change overnight with their display of rich colour hues. The nights become shorter, the fields are harvested, and we give thanks for the food on our table. I want to wish all Canadians a Happy Thanksgiving this month. As we reflect on this year, we must be truly grateful for our health and our safety.........

Fall is a reminder that despite the world we live in today, change is still happening, and life moves on. In fact, change is the one constant we will need to celebrate as we work our way through this unprecedented time of complexity.

The past six months of the pandemic have shown us that Rotary does not slow down during difficult times, in fact, Rotary becomes stronger.

September was a very busy month. Our District Governor line and their partners participated in online facilitated discussion each week for four weeks. Thank you for being flexible, thank you for being trailblazers. We know that each of our districts are in good hands and that each of you are the right leaders at the right time! Congratulations! A special thank you to the facilitators who led this new online format.

On September 23-25, the Zone team delivered a fabulous three-night Summit Series. Each segment had incredible speakers, inspirational messages, and key Rotary updates with a call to action on the final night from our Innovative Club Advocates. Incredibly, the registration to this Summit Series topped 2,000 participants! With an estimated average attendance each night of 800 (considering multiple viewers at the same location). That is incredible! What is most exciting is that we were able to attract Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends who have never attended a Zone Institute or have ever had a Rotary experience outside of their own club meeting. Thank you for attending and thank you for lighting the chat box up with your comments and questions. The Summit series is available now on the Zone 28/32 website. If you were unable to join us, check it out ! If you were with us, share it !

And finally…THANK YOU. Thank you to the zone Summit Series team, led by PDG Marty Helman. Each of the team played a crucial role in the development and execution of the incredible, ground-breaking, program and I am in awe of your talents.

We will grow Rotary. The future is assured, and the future is bright. Thank you to every Rotarian for your leadership.

As we move into October, we celebrate World Polio Day, the achievement of the Africa region’s certification as wild polio virus free, and the work we have left to do to keep our promise to the children of the world. I look forward to being with many of you during your celebrations and awareness campaigns.

Be well and Be safe!

Yours In Rotary,


Valarie Wafer

RI Director

Rotary Club of Collingwood, South Georgian Bay