Introducing Valarie Wafer, Board Director at RI and A Fellow Canadian Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
July District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

New District Training Opportunities for Club PR

This spring’s Club Leadership Training program demonstrated the power of real-time online training sessions. The PR Committee is looking to keep a good thing going by offering 3 new training sessions for members looking dial-up their PR and communication skills. 
Each session will last 1 hour and will take place on the last Saturday of the month starting in July.
The following topics will be covered:     
1) How to Generate More Powerful Facebook Posts and Track Your Success (Sat, Jul 25, 9:00 AM) 
2) How to Refresh the Look of Your Club's Website in a Few Simple Steps (Sat, Aug 29, 9:00 AM) 
3) Let's Get Personal!  3 Ideas Every Club Member Can Use to Promote Their Club (Sat, Sep 26, 9:00 AM)
Click here to Register for each session:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
New District Training Opportunities for Club PR Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Share Your Ideas in Our District Facebook Group

Facebook is a powerful platform to share ideas and generate discussion.  District 7080 currently has two channels on Facebook; each has a unique role and objective. Our FB Page targets those outside of Rotary with stories meant to  encourage involvement in our organization. Our FB Group is where club members go to share their ideas, insights and passion for Rotary.
The district PR Committee determines what gets published on our FB Page.  The opposite is true for our FB Group; any Rotarian can post a message that’s for ‘the good of Rotary’.  All you need to do to be able to post content is become a member of the Group. (Access to the group is typically granted within a few hours of a request). The name of our FB Group is District 7080 Community; it’s a place where members can feel at home to share their passion, pride and insights about being a Rotarian.   
In the past, access to the District 7080 Community has been open to Rotarians and non-Rotarians.  All posts within the Group were available for all to see, including the general public.  
Going forward we plan to limit membership to the District 7080 Community to Rotarians. (Current members who are not Rotarians will be grandfathered into the Group.)  We also plan to change who can see the posts that are published in this Group.  Starting mid-July, only Group members will be able to see the posts that are published within the District 7080 Community.
These changes are meant to encourage more sharing, candor and discussion within the Group.  Rotarians communicating with Rotarians, sharing ideas to serve or communities.
Not a member yet?  It’s never too late to join; simply click this link and request to join:
Share Your Ideas in Our District Facebook Group Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

July Message - President Holgar Knaap 


Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,
This does not seem like a time for great optimism, but it has to be. Long before Rotary was founded, the world dealt with great crises that tested humankind’s ability to progress and endure. In the age of Rotary, the world has faced many more catastrophes; however, we have survived, and every step of the way, Rotary has helped the world heal.
Every great challenge is an opportunity for renewal and growth. I revealed the theme of Rotary Opens Opportunities at the International Assembly in San Diego just as the COVID-19 crisis was beginning, but these are words that I have believed for many years.
Rotary is not just a club that you join; it is an invitation to endless opportunities. We believe in creating opportunities for others and for ourselves. We believe that our acts of service, large and small, generate opportunities for people who need our help, and that Rotary opens opportunities for us to live a richer, more meaningful life, with friends around the world, based on our core values.
Governments and institutions are gaining a greater appreciation for the types of public health partnerships that are critical to our work. People stuck at home, eager for greater connections and hungry to help their communities, are now embracing the values we have promoted since our beginning.
All of this is positive news, but just because there are greater opportunities than ever for Rotary to thrive does not guarantee that we will succeed. The world is changing rapidly — and was doing so even before this crisis. People were starting to move away from regular lunch meetings and toward online gatherings. Friendships were being cultivated and revived in social media relationships even before most of our meetings moved to Zoom and Skype. Younger generations have a strong desire to serve — but have questioned whether they could play a meaningful role in organizations like Rotary or whether they might make a bigger impact forming different types of connections. Now is the time to put everything on the table, test new approaches, and prepare Rotary for the future.
The COVID-19 crisis has forced all of us to adapt. This is good, and our new Action Plan specifically calls on us to improve our ability to adapt. But adaptation is not enough. We need to change, and change dramatically, if we are to face the challenges of this new age and provide the Rotary that the world so desperately needs.
This is our great challenge, not just in the next year but into the future. It is up to us to remake Rotary for these new times — to wholeheartedly embrace the ideas, energy, and commitment of young people eager to find an outlet for idealism. We must become an organization fully enmeshed in the digital age, not one that simply looks for online ways to keep doing what we have always done.
The world needs Rotary now more than ever. It is up to us to make sure that Rotary Opens Opportunities for generations to come.
July Message - President Holgar Knaap    Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
There’s Never Been a Better Reason to Visit Taipei!  Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

July Message - Governor Mike Lawrie


My Personal Theme for this year is Take Care of Self, Each Other and the Planet. Our personal success depends on making smart choices, on having strong relationships and working on restoring and strengthening our environment. As a retired Family Physician I naturally bring my professional values to Rotary. In this month’s message I’d like to focus on Taking Care of Self.
At first glance, Taking Care of Self seems like a self-centred idea. Some might say it’s the antithesis of being a Rotarian. We are about Service Above Self. Doesn’t prioritizing ‘Self’ subjugate the importance of serving other others? Nothing could be further from the truth!     
We’ve all heard the message before take-off.  “Should the cabin lose pressure, oxygen masks will drop from the overhead area. Please place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others.”  Here the reason for focusing on ourselves first is clear; we need to prioritize our need for oxygen so that we don’t faint and remove all hope of helping others. 
Within Rotary, taking care of self allows us to do a better job of serving others.  Taking care of self speaks to the need for basic personal health, nutrition, sleep and exercise. It also means being aware and responsive to our own mental health.
The stress of a Pandemic makes this last point especially important. To be clear, we are not living in a ‘New Normal’.  The adjustments we’ve made to avoid contracting Covid 19 are not in tune with human nature. We are social beings with a need for deep human connection in order to thrive. Deprivation from meaningful social interaction is a slippery slope that can lead to physical and mental health issues. Uncertainty about a lasting solution for Covid 19 makes matters worse. In some cases new financial pressures compound the issue. To some degree Covid 19 has put us all on a slope.
I hesitate to be prescriptive about how to best care for self in this pandemic. Volumes have recently been written to educate and inform. The prioritization of taking care of self is the best medicine I can offer. Advice from the doctor: Make a conscious effort to gauge your daily physical and mental health.  If you feel either is eroding quickly, seek help and advice from a friend, family member or health care professional. Prioritize your health; your ability to truly serve others depends on it!  Rotary depends on it.     
I’ll take this opportunity to say a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to District Governor Lesley Barmania for her leadership, adaptability, passion and tireless efforts to communicate and follow-up with action throughout the past year. The theme for this past year was Rotary Connects the World; with the help of Lesley’s leadership we certainly did that!
As well, thank you to all that served in district and club leadership positions over the past year. It certainly was not ‘business as usual’; your efforts to lead during a time of adversity are appreciated by all.
I look forward to meeting you all in the coming year (by Zoom, if need be).  If you have a special meeting, event, fundraiser or service project and would like me to attend, just ask. You can reach me at via email at:  Or, give me a call at: 519-503-2646.
Please do take care!
July Message - Governor Mike Lawrie   Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Supporting the Environment Becomes a New Area of Focus


The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.
More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development. Each of these areas supports the development and execution of programs that are eligible for global grants from The Rotary Foundation.
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on July 1st, 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
More information about this new cause will be announced soon.
Supporting the Environment Becomes a New Area of Focus   Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Four Clubs, One Great Result!

By Norma Gamble
When COVID-19 reared its ugly head in our community the four Oakville Rotary Clubs immediately came together to discuss projects and fundraising efforts that might meet the emerging needs. An Oakville Rotary Relief Fund was formed and to date has raised over $45,000, including a district COVID-19 grant of $5,000. The Rotary Club of Oakville, Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar, Rotary Club of Oakville West, and the Passport South Rotary Club, with donations from the general public made at continue to impact profoundly the Oakville community.

Step 1 – Late March - Assistant Governor Bent Fink-Jensen and D7080 Community Service Director, Norma Gamble, and the four club Presidents met on zoom to determine if there was a way to work together in the face of COVID-19. Immediate decision was to form an Oakville Rotary Relief Fund which identified necessities in food, PPE, and education/technology as our main focus. We continued to meet weekly and soon four service organizations received funding.

Step 2 – The Presidents decided that further funding decisions should be made by the club Community Service chairs since they usually received requests for funding and knew the needs within the community. With some Presidents staying on the committee, the Community Service chairs stepped up and determined the recipients of the second and third rounds of funding. With regularly input from the Oakville Community Foundation, United Way and the Town of Oakville, we continue to help identify those who may have slipped through the cracks in getting immediate help.

Step 3 – Wouldn’t we need our PR/Communication chairs to publicize all of this great news? Absolutely! So the PR/Communication chairs soon started their zoom calls and so began a well-oiled machine within our Oakville Rotary Cluster.

Recently our members were asked whether they had found this coordinated approach helpful. A resounding “Yes” was heard from all and a strong desire to continue to work together in the future. Due to the success of this cluster initiative we might well add another cluster zoom group of Membership Chairs in our effort to increase membership in the four clubs. We’d encourage all clusters to work together to maximize effort and results.

While COVID-19 has been a serious challenge to all, we have recognized the positive side of things. We might never have discovered the incredible power of working together had we not been challenged by this pandemic.
Four Clubs, One Great Result! Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Up to $5000 Federal in Grants for Eligible Rotarians and Rotaractors 

The Federal Government is now offering Grants of up to $5,000 to eligible students who have served in a Not for Profit organization as a Volunteer on Covid 19 Related Projects.
Other eligibility criteria include:
  • Must be registered in a college or university program
  • Currently a member of Rotary or Rotaract
  • Must currently be volunteering at a NFP / Charitable Organization
  • Must volunteer at least 100 hours to earn $1000 in grants. The maximum grant is $5000 for 500 hours.
  • The minimum requirement is 20 hours a week.  
Volunteer activities that focus on Community Service or Public Relations (eg website development, social media planning) are preferred but other areas will be considered. Restricted activities include fundraising and government lobbying.
All applications will need to be completed by the supervising organization. The candidate’s supervisor will need to be identified with the application.  Rotary Clubs, Clusters or Rotaract Clubs may apply on behalf of their eligible volunteers if they have Charitable Status. It is possible for one organization to enrol more than one volunteer.
This grant program starts immediately and ends October 31, 2020
For more information go to:
Up to $5000 Federal in Grants for Eligible Rotarians and Rotaractors  Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaract is No Longer a Program – It’s a New Type of Membership within RI 


For several years Rotarians and Rotaractors around the world have been discussing how to elevate Rotaract and recognize their clubs as equal partners in service. Rotaractors have offered their ideas to the Board through RI’s Rotaract Committee, at the annual Rotaract Preconvention, and through online surveys and focus groups — and it was time to take action.
As Rotaract evolved over the years it became clear that it was more than just a program and Rotaractors wanted more flexibility, more products and services, and more recognition from Rotary for the amazing work they’re doing in their clubs, districts, and multi-districts. After the 2019 Council on Legislation voted to officially recognize Rotaract clubs as a membership type, the president appointed the Elevate Rotaract Task Force to discuss how to update Rotaract policies to reflect this new status and create an inclusive, innovative, and flexible membership experience.
Effective 1 July, 2020, the following changes to RI Code of Policies will take effect:
  • Rotaract clubs will be able to establish a new club with or without a sponsor.
  • Rotaract clubs will able to choose other Rotaract clubs as their sponsors.
  • Rotaract clubs will be open to all young adults at least 18 years old.
  • Rotaract policies will be moved from chapter V, “Programs,” to a revised chapter II, “Clubs.”
  • The Standard Rotaract Club Constitution and the Recommended Rotaract Club Bylaws will be amended to reflect these policy changes.
  • Rotary districts are encouraged to include Rotaractors in every district committee.
With these changes Rotary International hopes to achieve the following by 2022:
  • Increase the number of Rotaractors  by 100%
  • Increase the number of Rotaractors who join Rotary clubs by 20%
  • Increase the number of Rotaractors to 1 million
District 7080 is fully committed to supporting these goals and plans to make the growth of Rotaract an important part of its upcoming strategic plan.
To learn more about the changes, visit:
Rotaract is No Longer a Program – It’s a New Type of Membership within RI    Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

The 2020 Virtual Rotary Convention – Sign-Up for July Break-out Sessions!

Although the General Sessions have come and gone, there are still opportunities to participate in this year’s Rotary Convention.  If you haven’t had a chance, check out recordings of the two General Sessions posted to YouTube:
Day One:
Day  Two:  
Or better yet, take part in the virtual break-out sessions happening throughout July.  With over 30 speakers, there’s a topic for just about everybody’s interest.
Click here to see the full line-up:
The 2020 Virtual Rotary Convention – Sign-Up for July Break-out Sessions!  Dan Dubreuil 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
June District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2020-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
June is Rotary Fellowships Month Darren Sweeney 2020-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

Archives - Marco Polo of Rotary

Marco Polo of Rotary – Submitted by Badar Shamim, Rotary Brampton 
James Wheeler Davidson can be considered as the “Marco Polo of Rotary”.  A member of the Rotary Club of Calgary in 1914, he was named as “Rotary’s Ambassador Extraordinary”.  Davidson was the man behind Rotary’s growth in Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Syria and then British India. Badar adds, “It’s mind blowing to think that Calcutta, India has been a part of Rotary International family for a hundred years, and that Rotary Lahore will be a hundred years old in 7 years, and is 13 years older than RC Brampton!”
Archives - Marco Polo of Rotary Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
May District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2020-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

Online Meeting Ideas

Congratulations to the 44 clubs in District 7080 who have successfully continued to meet online as they have not been able to meet in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many clubs are reporting a higher attendance rate which is great news!  The provision of Zoom licenses by the District to each cluster has greatly facilitated this online activity, both at the club and cluster levels.  We must remember that it is still a requirement for clubs to meet, and especially important for us to carry on the work of Rotary during this time when the community needs us the most.
Online Meeting Ideas Darren Sweeney 2020-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday Paul Harris!   Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
May is Youth Service Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-04-25 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Disaster Response Grants

Clubs and districts can apply for Rotary disaster response grants to support COVID-19 relief efforts. These grants can be used to provide supplies and medical care and to support rebuilding efforts. 
The Rotary Foundation Trustees recently approved placing $1 million in our Disaster Response Fund to make these grants immediately available for applications related to COVID-19. 
Rotarians care for and protect people in their local communities and around the world.
Rotary Disaster Response Grants Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
April District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary’s statement on COVID-19 and its impact on polio eradication efforts

March 30, 2020
Dear Rotarians,

In every corner of the world, it seems that not a single person or community is unaffected by COVID-19. You may be wondering how to stay focused on our work eradicating polio when we are dealing with a pandemic caused by a virus for which there is not yet a vaccine — a situation similar to what the world faced with the poliovirus not so long ago.
The COVID-19 pandemic response requires worldwide solidarity and an urgent global effort. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), with thousands of polio workers and an extensive laboratory and surveillance network, has a moral imperative to ensure that these resources are used to support countries in their preparedness and response.
Rotary’s statement on COVID-19 and its impact on polio eradication efforts Darren Sweeney 2020-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

Best Practices for Holding Online Meetings

Some parts of an in-person meeting don't work well online. Develop your meeting content to eliminate or reformat activities that are best done face-to-face.

Keep things interesting by minimizing presentation length and maximizing discussion. Include polls, open Q&A, practice sharing - anything that focuses attention on the content and each other.

Best Practices for Holding Online Meetings Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
April is Maternal and Child Health Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

COVID-19 Virus Update - March 16/20

To: All Rotary and Rotaract Club Presidents, Presidents’ Elect, Club Secretaries
CC:  D7080 Council, D7080 Committee Chairs, D7080 Assistant
March 16th, 2020
The COVID-19 situation is evolving hourly.  Today, government and medical advisors are asking all Canadians to take stronger measures to contain the spread of the virus.  We've been advised that we can flatten the curve of coronavirus by taking further disciplined steps to protect ourselves, our families and our communities by not only being more mindful of hand hygiene, but also through social distancing and voluntary isolation.  
We are therefore asking all clubs to suspend all in-person meetings and events for at least 3 weeks from today, or until further notice.  It’s time to adopt alternative meeting options that will allow us to stay connected until this virus situation abates.   
COVID-19 Virus Update - March 16/20 Darren Sweeney 2020-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

Suggestions for your club to stay active and involved

Here are some options available to you for club and committee meetings. RI President Mark Maloney is encouraging all of us to use our discretion when it comes to club and district meetings and events, including Rotary programs and activities. Canceling or postponing in-person meetings or Rotary-related travel may be appropriate in light of club-specific circumstances. Even if events are held as scheduled, some members may choose to not take part.
In either event, we should all be thinking in terms of how to use this time to stay connected to Rotary, to our fellow club members and even of ways to serve our clubs and our communities. While we are living in challenging times, the hallmark of Rotary has always been rising to challenge after challenge.   
Suggestions for your club to stay active and involved Darren Sweeney 2020-03-14 04:00:00Z 1

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from District 7080

Date: March 12, 2020
To:     All Rotary and Rotaract Club Presidents
CC:    Assistant Governors
We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation for the past few weeks. Given yesterday’s announcements from the World Health Organization, the Government of Canada, Government of the USA, and leading medical professionals, the D7080 Governor Team (G-Team) have decided to postpone all in-person district events that have been scheduled for the remainder of this Rotary year.   This includes DA/CLT, RLI, RYLA, District Team Training, Presidents meetings, Council meetings and the District Conference.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from District 7080 Darren Sweeney 2020-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
March District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2020-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
March is Water and Sanitation Month Darren Sweeney 2020-02-21 05:00:00Z 0

January RI Board of Directors Decisions

The third 2019–20 RI Board of Directors meeting was held on 27–29 January 2020 at Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, IL USA. At this meeting, the Board reviewed nine committee reports and recorded 39 decisions.
January RI Board of Directors Decisions Darren Sweeney 2020-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
February is Peace & Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
February District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2020-02-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Theme 2020

Rotary is not just a club that you join, it is an invitation to endless opportunities. The theme for 2020-2021 is -- Rotary Opens Opportunities". President-elect Holger Knaack

Rotary International Theme 2020 Darren Sweeney 2020-01-20 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7080 Conference Jananee Savuntharanathan 2020-01-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Guelph will celebrate their centennial this year.

What a terrific photo of the 25 members who started the Rotary Club of Guelph in February 1920. Research shows that Rotary Guelph was the first club to charter in District 7080. Thomas Funk, a member of Rotary Guelph is currently writing a book of the club’s first 100 years.  We look forward to a great read!
Rotary Guelph will celebrate their centennial this year. Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

January is Vocational Service Month

During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities.

Vocational Service focuses on:
  • Adherence to and promotion of the highest ethical standards in all occupations, including fair treatment of employers, employees, associates, competitors, and the public.
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, not just those that are pursued by Rotarians.
  • The contribution of your vocational talents to solving the problems of society and meeting the needs of the community.
January is Vocational Service Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-12-21 05:00:00Z 0

Zone Monthly Message

Borders News is published monthly and contains articles of interest to Rotary leaders. Regular features include reports of significant events in the Zones, appointments of Rotarians to Zone and Rotary International committees and task forces, outstanding project reports and stories of interest to Rotarians across the two Zones.
Zone Monthly Message Darren Sweeney 2019-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
December District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

Disease prevention and treatment is the Rotary International theme for December and one that most non-Rotarians associate with Rotary International due to our incredible efforts to eradicate polio.  We’re nearly there…but the job is not yet finished. If you have never participated in a National Immunization Day (NID), here’s probably your last chance to participate in giving Polio drops to immunize children in India before the Government of India switches to injectables. Please make sure you have sufficient time to apply for a visa for travel to India.
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
District Conference 2019-2020 Darren Sweeney 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
District 7080 Rotary Conference Darren Sweeney 2019-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
November District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

November is Rotary Foundation Month

November is Foundation month and what better time for clubs and members to think about supporting our efforts to End Polio Now, and the awesome projects we do here and around the world. Check out these short video clips on Rotary’s six areas of focus:  Each video is about 100 seconds long with the first 20 seconds being repeated, after which each video goes on to speak to a different area of focus. They are great reminders of our causes, and also terrific meeting starters!
November 4-10          World Interact Week
November 9                Rotary Day at the United Nations, New York, New York, USA                                       
November is Rotary Foundation Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day Darren Sweeney 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day Event Registration Darren Sweeney 2019-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
October District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Reconnect Week Darren Sweeney 2019-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Million Dollar Dinner (MDD) ... a wonderful evening!


Message from Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) John Gilvesy

This event was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a great effort and commitment to the ideals of Rotary. It was a year ago on September 13, 2018 that a group of eight sat around a table to explore this idea to raise $1 million for The Rotary Foundation. Senior Major Gifts Officer and PDG John Stairs explained the MDD campaign process.
We did a little better than $1 million. In fact, during the campaign, we raised around $3.5M Canadian dollars or nearly $2.9 US dollars! This was the largest ever campaign total by a single District in Zone 24 east…and in all of Canada!
Million Dollar Dinner (MDD) ... a wonderful evening! Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
2019 RI Manual Of Procedure Darren Sweeney 2019-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
October is Economic and Community Development Month Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
RI Monthly Presidential message Darren Sweeney 2019-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month Darren Sweeney 2019-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
September District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Africa begins countdown to being polio free as Nigeria marks 3 years without disease

On the 21st August, we reached another milestone in the Countdown to History.  It has been three years since a child in Nigeria was paralyzed by the wild poliovirus. This means that the entire World Health Organization (WHO) African region could be certified as wild poliovirus-free as soon as mid-2020. When this happens, 5 out of the 6 WHO regions in the world will be considered polio-free. 
Africa begins countdown to being polio free as Nigeria marks 3 years without disease Darren Sweeney 2019-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

RI President's Message - August 2019

Mark Daniel Maloney President 2019-20

During 2019-2020, I am encouraging Rotarians and Rotaractors to grow Rotary. We must grow our service, we must grow the impact of our projects, but, most importantly, we must grow our membership so that we can achieve more.
RI President's Message - August 2019 Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
2019 Council of Legislation (CoL) Darren Sweeney 2019-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
August District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
August is Membership and New Club Development Month Darren Sweeney 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
July is New Leadership Month Darren Sweeney 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
July District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

2019 Annual Awards Night

Congratulations to the club and individuals who received recognition and awards, and a special thank you to our Changeover & Awards Committee for putting together the special evening.
2019 Annual Awards Night Jananee Savuntharanathan 2019-06-30 04:00:00Z 1
June is Fellowship Month Darren Sweeney 2019-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
May District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
May is Youth Service Month Darren Sweeney 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
5 Steps for becoming a people of action club Darren Sweeney 2019-04-20 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Acts of Kindness April 19-21 Darren Sweeney 2019-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
April District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
April is Maternal and Child Health Month Darren Sweeney 2019-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
March District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
March is Water and Sanitation Month Darren Sweeney 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Presidential Citation & New Member Retention Awards Darren Sweeney 2019-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Peace Fellowships Now Available Darren Sweeney 2019-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
February District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month Darren Sweeney 2019-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Current District Role Opportunities Darren Sweeney 2019-01-27 05:00:00Z 0
My Big FAB Rotary Dinner Darren Sweeney 2019-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary is collecting compelling People of Action stories from around the world

The People of Action campaign brings Rotary's story to life by showing Rotary members as the people of action that we are.  It highlights local Rotarians making a difference in their communities, which is the cornerstone of this campaign - building the public's understanding of who we are and what we do.
Does your club have a project that shows how you took action to solve a problem in your community? Please tell us about it!
Rotary is collecting compelling People of Action stories from around the world Darren Sweeney 2019-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year Darren Sweeney 2019-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
January District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2019-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
January is Vocational Service Month Darren Sweeney 2019-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
Season’s Greetings to all Rotarians! Darren Sweeney 2018-12-23 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor-Nominee-Designate

Our District Governor for 2021-22 will be Rudy Habesch of the Rotary Club of Oakville.
Rudy joined Rotary in 1994 with the Rotary Club of Amman Jerash in Amman Jordan.  After moving to the Rotary Club of Amman Cosmopolitan in 1996, he became club President in 2003-04.
District Governor-Nominee-Designate Darren Sweeney 2018-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
December District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
December - Disease Prevention and Treatment Month Darren Sweeney 2018-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Rotary Friendship Exchange

Our Rotary Friendship Exchange chair has organized a friendship exchange with District 4130 in Mexico. Our guest district 4130 will host our District 7080 group between February 9 - 16, 2019 and will visit Monterrey, San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato and Mexico City.
Upcoming Rotary Friendship Exchange Darren Sweeney 2018-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
Giving Tuesday - November 27th Darren Sweeney 2018-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
November District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

District 7080 Tree Planting Challenge

2017-18 Rotary International President, Ian Riseley, challenged every Rotarian throughout the world to plant one tree. District 7080 met the challenge by planting over 5,000 trees. A remarkable feat.  Congratulations to all of the clubs who participated and made our tree planting weekend a huge success. Here is a short video prepared by AJ Rana, District Public Relations Director. 
District 7080 Tree Planting Challenge Darren Sweeney 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
November is Rotary Foundation Month Darren Sweeney 2018-11-01 04:00:00Z 0

Oakville World Polio Awareness

The Oakville Rotaractors, along with members of the  Oakville Clubs (including the new Passport Club) staffed a table at Oakville Place mall to inform the public about the fight to end polio. 
Oakville World Polio Awareness Darren Sweeney 2018-10-27 04:00:00Z 0 End Polio

End Polio Now Flag Day in Oakville

In recognition of World Polio Day the four Oakville Rotary clubs organized a flag raising of the Rotary at Town Hall yesterday. 
The Mayor Rob Burton and Regional Town Councillor Jeff Knoll (who is a Rotarian) and well as members from the 4 clubs were in attendance.
End Polio Now Flag Day in Oakville Darren Sweeney 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

Tillsonburg Book Fair

The project started about 1977 and has continued without interruption.  The goal is to recycle books to keep them out of the landfill while also reselling the donated books to new readers at an inexpensive price.  The Club raises about $4,000 from this project which ran from October 17-20 at the local Town Centre Mall.  It also provides a means of publicizing the work of the local Rotary Club and invites people to join us.
Tillsonburg Book Fair Darren Sweeney 2018-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

How will you celebrate World Polio Day?

Whether you’re hosting a fundraiser, planning a 5 km run, or placing ads around town, there are countless ways your club can be a part of World Polio Day. Join us on 24 October and spread the word about polio eradication in your community. Go to to get started. And whatever you have planned, tell us! Promote your event and post pictures on social media using #EndPolio.
How will you celebrate World Polio Day? Darren Sweeney 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Help Rotary grow Rotaract

Be a part of RI President Barry Rassin's goal to grow Rotaract this year. Take a pledge to start a new Rotaract club and sign up to receive support every step of the way.
Help Rotary grow Rotaract Darren Sweeney 2018-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

Enter the 2019 Rotarian photo contest

Do you have a great shot from a club project or fundraiser? Did you capture a memorable moment at the convention or during an international trip? Enter your images in The Rotarian's 2019 photo contest and you might see them in the pages of the magazine.
Enter the 2019 Rotarian photo contest Darren Sweeney 2018-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

Membership Summit 2018

Every club, large and small, will benefit from the membership program we have waiting for you.  Based on some early feedback we anticipate a great turnout so do not wait too long to register.  Registration deadline is November 2nd. 
Membership Summit 2018 Darren Sweeney 2018-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

Is your club using the correct Rotary branding?

Having a consistent brand image is important to all organisations, Rotary is no exception.
In 2013, a new logo & brand image pack was developed, this was to ensure every club, in every district across the world could have the same high standard of brand recognition.
There a lot of old style Rotary graphics still being displayed on various publications, including newsletters & flyers, posts on social media and hardware items, such as banners and signs.
Is your club using the correct Rotary branding? Darren Sweeney 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Areas of Focus

Rotary has identified specific causes to target to maximize our local and global impact. At the same time, we understand that each community has its own unique needs and concerns.

Through global grants and other resources, we help clubs focus their service efforts in the following areas.

Areas of Focus Darren Sweeney 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
2018 Council on Resolutions Darren Sweeney 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
October is Economic & Community Development Month Darren Sweeney 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Erin Rotary Trail cheque presentation Darren Sweeney 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Reconnect Week Darren Sweeney 2018-09-30 04:00:00Z 0

Join the Celebration

World Polio Day is 24 October!

Now’s the time to start planning your World Polio Day event. Spread the word in your community about the ongoing fight to end polio. Together, we can — and will — make history by ending polio for good. 
Join the Celebration Darren Sweeney 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0 World Polio Day
Peace Day Challenge Darren Sweeney 2018-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Peace Darren Sweeney 2018-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Preston – Hespeler 

On September 9, our club hosted a Jazzy Blues afternoon of food, friends, and entertainment as some of the region's best chefs create and serve samples from their menus! 
This Jazzy Blues Best Bites event supports the great work of Cambridge Memorial Hospital and the Rotary Club of Preston–Hespeler.  See you there next year!
Chad Wickham & Jelisa Okieffe (Guests at the event)
Rotary Club of Preston – Hespeler Darren Sweeney 2018-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

District Wide End Polio Now Concert


The Region's Premiere Men's a capella chorus, Harbourtown Sound and Rotary present a Christmas Favourite in support of Rotary International's End Polio Now initiative.

Sunday, November 25, 2018 @ 2 PM. Tickets are $55 and are available at

District Wide End Polio Now Concert Darren Sweeney 2018-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

How will you celebrate World Polio Day?

Whether you’re hosting a fundraiser, planning a 5k run, or placing ads around town, there are countless ways your club can be a part of World Polio Day. Join us on 24 October and help spread the word about polio eradication in your community.
How will you celebrate World Polio Day? Darren Sweeney 2018-09-16 04:00:00Z 0 World Polio Day

LitRAG Club Contest

The Literacy Rotarian Action Group (LitRAG) will award 2 clubs that best take action to address Literacy in their community with US $500 each! Get inspired and learn more at and be sure to enter by October 15th.
LitRAG Club Contest Darren Sweeney 2018-09-16 04:00:00Z 0
Join the Rotary Peace Academy Darren Sweeney 2018-09-04 04:00:00Z 0 Peace

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

Basic education and literacy is one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus. Consider these facts:
  • 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.
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month Darren Sweeney 2018-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

2020-21 Rotary President Selected

Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
2020-21 Rotary President Selected Darren Sweeney 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

August is Membership and New Club Development Month

August is Membership and New Club Development Month, and that’s the perfect time to celebrate you — the pillar of Rotary. You continue to show the world that Rotary members are people of action — people who are doing good in communities all over the world. For that, we thank you.  

Show your passion for Rotary by adding a Proud Member frame on Facebook. Watch RI President Barry Rassin speak about strengthening our public image and diversifying our membership. We hope you’ll show his short membership video at your next club meeting. 
August is Membership and New Club Development Month Darren Sweeney 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Oakville Helps Darren Sweeney 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

How to host a Rotary Day

RI President Barry Rassin has challenged clubs and Rotarians to Be the Inspiration in 2018-19. One of the ways Rassin would like to see clubs do this is by hosting a Rotary Day. Any club big or small can host a Rotary Day, and several clubs can combine to share ideas, talent, and resources. Get ideas in the July issue of Rotary Leader.
How to host a Rotary Day Darren Sweeney 2018-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Coffee with Polio Experts: Honorine Mollard Billard, WHO Darren Sweeney 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0 Polio Plus,WHO
Polio Plus Fact Sheet Darren Sweeney 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
2018 RI Convention in Toronto Darren Sweeney 2018-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Pre-Convention Governors Night Darren Sweeney 2018-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Medals Awards Night in Woodstock Darren Sweeney 2018-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

Ending Ultra-Poverty Summit

Attend the Ending Ultra-Poverty Summit on June 28th, 2018 | Westin Harbour Castle | Toronto, Ontario
One of the greatest opportunities in our time is to see the end of extreme poverty by 2030. The World Bank and the United Nations prefer "No Poverty" as the first of the Sustainable Development Goals.
• Less poverty means more income and better health
• More income means more food
• More food means children grow to their full height and full mental capacity
• More income means more children in school
• More educated children means nations are rebuilt from the ground up to tackle their biggest challenges
Most observers agree with what needs to be done. The question is how?
The scale of projects that Rotary can finance is small compared to the challenge, but small, groundbreaking, well documented initiatives can move the needle on how to best achieve the end of extreme poverty. During the Summit you will have the chance to dive in with the experts as you design a series of $100,000 projects that will have an ongoing impact on the lives of people living in ultra-poverty. It is these kinds of projects that can be built to a scale that make a difference.
Ending Ultra-Poverty Summit Darren Sweeney 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

2018 Zone Conference

The 2018 Montreal Zone Conference is a unique event, and we want to invite you to be a part of it.  
Whether you’re an incoming District Governor, District leader, Past District Governor, or even a Rotarian with an interest in becoming more engaged in Rotary…. Montreal is for you!  The theme “People Coming Together” fits our goal in providing you an extraordinary and unforgettable event.  This is why we invited everyone to be a part of the excitement!
2018 Zone Conference Darren Sweeney 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
June District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-06-01 04:00:00Z 2 Fellowship,RYLA,Youth Exchange

District Wide Tree Planting on Earth Day weekend

Pictures are of our District Wide Tree Planting on Earth Day weekend.  Rotarians, families, communities and dignitaries came together to plant trees.  Our challenge from Rotary International President Ian Riseley was to plant one tree per Rotarian throughout the world.  The District goal was 1,700 trees.  We surpassed this by planting over 4,000 trees on Earth Day weekend!!
District Wide Tree Planting on Earth Day weekend Darren Sweeney 2018-05-04 04:00:00Z 0 Earth Day,Tree Planting
May District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Clubrunner Webinar Darren Sweeney 2018-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
April District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-04-01 04:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Rotary Theme Announced

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration
Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.
Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”
2018-2019 Rotary Theme Announced Darren Sweeney 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
March District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-03-01 05:00:00Z 1 Acton,Brampton,Burlington North,Canada,Clean Water,Government of Canada
Rotary Minute: What one thing would you tell your club president or an incoming club president? Darren Sweeney 2018-02-21 05:00:00Z 0 Club,PETS,Rotary Minute
February District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0 Bolton,Brampton,Caledon,Cambridge North,Camp Wanakita,Foundation,PETS I,Peace Centres,Polio,Waterloo,Youth Exchange

Part Time Paid District Assistant

Posted by John Gilvesy
Job Posting for Part Time Paid District Assistant
Purpose: To provide support to the District Governor, Council Executive, Committees, and Clubs
Proposed Employment: Part time, working approximately 500 hours per year, based on District schedule and actual requirements, averaging +/-10 hours/week
For more details, please see our posting on Indeed
Part Time Paid District Assistant John Gilvesy 2018-01-07 05:00:00Z 0
January District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2018-01-01 05:00:00Z 0 District Governor Nominee Designate,Foundation,Oakville Cluster,PETS I,Polio Plus,Vocational Service

KidsAbility & Rotary: 60th Anniversary

Proudly founded and supported by local Rotarians since 1957, KidsAbility is the recognized leader in Waterloo Region and Guelph-Wellington for empowering children and youth with a wide range of complex special needs to realize their full potential. Through a talented team of therapists, teachers, support staff and volunteers, 6,318 children and youth benefited from therapy and support services in Cambridge, Fergus, Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo last year.
The Rotary Club of Fergus Elora member Bob Grant and his involvement with KidsAbility was featured in the KidsAbility 60th Anniversary Book.
KidsAbility & Rotary: 60th Anniversary Darren Sweeney 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0 Fergus Elora,KidsAbility
December District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2017-12-01 05:00:00Z 0 Brampton,Burlington,Fergus Elora,Membership Summit,World Polio Day
Online Event Registration for Rotary 2018 Darren Sweeney 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
November District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2017-11-01 04:00:00Z 0 Foundation,Mermbeship Summit,World Polio Day
District 7080 donates 300+ early reader books to local school Darren Sweeney 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day - October 24, 2017 Darren Sweeney 2017-10-14 04:00:00Z 0 World Polio Day

Oakville Trafalgar - Wines and Lines Fundraiser - Oct 26

The Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar, presented this great literary event last year and it was a big success. This year, we are hoping to get a lot more people out to hear three fascinating authors talk about their craft and their books, enjoy a light dinner and some wine, and to share some fellowship. And, of course, to raise funds in the process that we can give away to good causes!
Attached is a flyer with all the details about this year's event. Please be sure to buy tickets yourself, and to pass this flyer along to all your contacts. You'd be surprised how many people you know who are in book clubs or are simply avid readers.
Oakville Trafalgar - Wines and Lines Fundraiser - Oct 26 Darren sweeney 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
October District Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2017-10-01 04:00:00Z 0 Burlington North,Kitchener Grand River,Kitchener Westmount,Mississauga Airport,Oakville Trafalgar,Preston Hespeler,Rotary Online Auction,Rotary alumni reconnect,Woodstock Oxford,World Polio Day,Youth Exchange
September Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2017-09-01 04:00:00Z 0
August Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Central Upgrade

Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade!

RI has completely redesigned RCC with a fresh, modern interface. Pages load faster, navigation is more intuitive, and easy-to-read charts and graphs make past and current club data more accessible.
You can read more about the new Rotary Club Central here
If YOUR club hasn't yet started using Rotary Club Central, NOW is the time to get going with it. Just click here. You will need to login with your RI account (note - this is NOT the same as your ClubRunner account), or if you don't yet have an RI account, you can easily create one. Specific club executives can (indeed, must) update RCC for their club - ordinary members can only view it.
Rotary Club Central Upgrade Darren Sweeney 2017-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Lend Your Expertise

  The Toronto HOC Marketing and Communications Team wants you!

Following on the success of the Toronto 2018 presence at Atlanta. The Toronto Host Organizing Committee’s Marketing Team is looking for a number of Rotarians and/or Friends of Rotary to help in our efforts to promote Toronto 2018.
Lend Your Expertise Darren Sweeney 2017-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Centre Wellington on Canada Day Darren Sweeney 2017-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Haven House Cheque Presentation

Posted on Jul 07, 2017
Rotary Cambridge North presenting a cheque to the Women’s Crisis Centre of Waterloo for $30,000.00
Haven House Cheque Presentation Darren Sweeney 2017-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Burlington Tree Planting

Posted on Jul 07, 2017
In keeping with the wishes of our new RI President Ian Riseley, our club, which is comprised of 46 members, went out recently and planted 200 trees in the City of Burlington with a little help from a few of our Rotary Friends and Family who came out to join in the fun.
Rotary Club of Burlington Tree Planting Darren Sweeney 2017-07-07 04:00:00Z 0
July Newsletter Darren Sweeney 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome To Rotary

Welcome to Rotary

We are neighbours, community leaders, and global citizens uniting
for the common good.  We believe in Service Above Self.
With you, we can accomplish even more.


Join Leaders

The heart of Rotary is our clubs, dedicated people who share a passion
for both community, service and friendship. Whether you are a student,
just starting your career, or at the end of your career and ready for retirement,
there are many ways Rotary can help you to become a better leader.


Exchange Ideas

Rotary brings together great minds from nearly everywhere in the world.
From college scholarships to our renowned Peace Fellowships,
Rotary supports the educational aspirations of thousands of future leaders.


Take Action

Explore the world through our global network. We’re committed to taking on
some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as the total eradication of Polio.
We also do much work in our local communities as well from trail clean ups,
to working with those in need, to building community centres.
No project is too big or too small for Rotary.
Change your community with us by volunteering on a local project.
We work with groups of all sizes to accomplish even more.


Come Join Us - Do Good In The World!

Rotary making a difference in our communities and in our world!

Contact our District Director of Membership Mr. Hubert Singh -

Membership Committee Page

Welcome To Rotary Darren Sweeney 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

2017-2018 Rotary Year Theme Announced

Posted on Jul 01, 2017
President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
2017-2018 Rotary Year Theme Announced Darren Sweeney 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
2017-18 District Change Over Darren Sweeney 2017-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
District Conference - September 23 - Mississauga Darren Sweeney 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Supercars - Mississauga Darren Sweeney 2017-05-31 04:00:00Z 0

Sign up to Volunteer in Toronto

Posted on May 09, 2017

Here’s Your Chance to be Part of the Action in 2018

As of May 13, 2017 you will be able to register yourself to become a Volunteer/Ambassador at the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention.
This is a great way to expand your Rotary Convention experience and make it truly international. You will meet Rotarians from all around the world, make new acquaintances and even some long lasting friendships.
The Toronto 2018 HOC Volunteer opportunity is open to Rotarians, their friends and family members.
Sign up to Volunteer in Toronto Darren Sweeney 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0

Project Amigo, Colima, Mexico

Posted on May 03, 2017
November 2016 – March 2018

A Work Week at Project Amigo is a Mexican experience like no other. Each Work Week is carefully designed to give you a balanced perspective – certainly our kids and their families have great need (the “Project” half) but they also have a rich and ancient culture into which they are keen to welcome you (the “Amigo” half.) You will spend your week working and playing in the tiny rural villages, in the beach side towns, in the migrant work camps and in the schools and the communities in which reside the heart and soul of Project Amigo- our kids! When you volunteer for a Work Week at Project Amigo, you will make a difference while building friendships to last a lifetime.

Project Amigo, Colima, Mexico Darren Sweeney 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Day of the Dead Tour, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico Darren Sweeney 2017-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

February 2017 update on the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention

   February 2017 update on the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention
February 6, 2017
Looking for Some Excitement
The Events and Entertainment Committee of the Toronto 2018 HOC is responsible for all the entertainment that will be featured at the House of Friendship throughout the Rotary International Convention running from June 23 to June 27, 2018. In addition the committee is charged with recommending the most exciting and inspiring ticketed events for convention registrants to attend.
February 2017 update on the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention Darren Sweeney 2017-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
2017 District Conference Darren Sweeney 2017-01-06 05:00:00Z 0
Government of Canada Grant Partnership Darren Sweeney 2016-12-12 05:00:00Z 0 International Service

Rotary Foundation Million Dollar Dinner

  District 7080 is hosting a Million Dollar Dinner in support of our Rotary Foundation
The Million Dollar Dinner is a celebration and recognition of Rotarians who have made new contributions of US$10,000 or made a new bequest of US$10,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Learn more about the Million Dollar Dinner
Rotary Foundation Million Dollar Dinner Darren Sweeney 2016-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2017

    The 2017 RYLA cycle is accepting applications!
Applications for RYLA 2017 are now being accepted.  For more information, please visit the RYLA site page
RYLA 2017 Darren Sweeney 2016-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

RIC Press Release

Posted on Nov 24, 2016
 November 2016 update on the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention
Excitement is building among Rotarians in the Districts Hosting the 2018 Rotary International Convention (6330, 7010, 7040, 7070, 7080 and 7090). People are asking how they can help out. Clubs are asking if they can participate in Home Hosting. Folks are coming up with all types of entertainment and speaker suggestions. Others want to register and get their hotel accommodations lined up.
RIC Press Release Darren Sweeney 2016-11-24 05:00:00Z 0

Press Release 2018 RIC

   An update on the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Convention
There are just under 21 months to go before the 2018 Convention in Toronto will be taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Air Canada Centre. During the course of the run up to 2018, which sometimes feels like a marathon and other times seems more like a 100 yard dash, we would like to keep you abreast of what preparations are taking place.
Press Release 2018 RIC Darren Sweeney 2016-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Our Foundation Celebrtates 100 Years of Doing Good in the World Bill Proctor 2016-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

2016/17 District Changeover Event

Posted on Jun 28, 2016
Barbara Fisk of the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium receiving her Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service Award at the 2016 Annual District Awards Celebration and Changeover Banquet
2016/17 District Changeover Event Darren Sweeney 2016-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
3 newest Paul Harris Society members Barbara Fisk 2016-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Suzanne Rae of Cairns, Australia, is in the District this week - End Polio Now Darren Sweeney 2016-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
2017-18 Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications Darren Sweeney 2016-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Vaccine switch could be final step in polio eradication Darren Sweeney 2016-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Oakville Speaker Series - Stephen Cornish Darren Sweeney 2016-04-15 04:00:00Z 0

Cambridge Sunrise Trivia Challenge

Posted on Apr 08, 2016
The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise held their 4th annual Trivia Challenge fundraiser on the evening of Friday April 1st at the Cambridge Newfoundland Club.
Cambridge Sunrise Trivia Challenge Darren Sweeney 2016-04-08 04:00:00Z 0
Canada announces new support to fight polio in Pakistan Darren Sweeney 2016-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Outbound Youth Exchange Darren Sweeney 2016-02-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary's 111th Birthday! Darren Sweeney 2016-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Service Clubs are changing with the Times

Posted by Will Pugh on Nov 26, 2015
A recent article in the talks about how service clubs are changing with the times. One of the clubs featured prominently is the Rotary Club of Waterloo.  To read the full article, please click here.
Service Clubs are changing with the Times Will Pugh 2015-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

Launch of Global Peace Centre Canada

Posted by Ernie Ginsler on Jun 10, 2015
Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Nobel Peace Laureate Malala, front centre, at the launch of the Global Peace Centre Canada in Waterloo. Ziauddin is the honourary Chair. Local Rotarians have been closely involved in the establishment of this Centre and two, Ernie Ginsler and Lowell Ewert, sit on the founding board. The K-W Cluster has raised close to $150,000 for Rotary Peace Scholarships for students studying peace building at the University of Waterloo and Conrad Grebel University College. It is our long-term goal to see RI support a Rotary Peace Center in Waterloo. We now have a ready partner in place to coordinate with. For more information on supporting peace building in Canada, contact Ernie Ginsler at
Launch of Global Peace Centre Canada Ernie Ginsler 2015-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Our Newest Rotaract Club

Posted by Kathleen Dick on May 26, 2015
Introducing Cambridge Rotaract, District 7080’s newest Rotaract Club sponsored by Rotary Cambridge North.  This inspiring group of young people are ready to help change the world! Their first event will be at Laser Quest in Kitchener on June 13th, with proceeds to go to Polio Plus.  Stayed tuned for more events and news!
Our Newest Rotaract Club Kathleen Dick 2015-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Video

Posted on May 24, 2015

Please have a look at the video which was developed to help the clubs in your district meet their Foundation goals for 2014-15.

Many clubs hold Rotary Foundation donations to the end of the Rotary year.  They often submit the donations in early July. The donation is then credited to the next Rotary year.

The video is at:

Let's "Light Up Rotary" with a final push to meet the Foundation goals.

Chris Offer, PDG
Endowment/Major Gift Adviser for Zone 24
Rotary Club of Ladner – District 5040
Phone 604-940-9365  Cell 604-897-8758

Rotary Foundation Video 2015-05-24 04:00:00Z 0

Learning Partnership Prize

Posted by Helene Burrowes on May 20, 2015
We won the NATIONAL STUDENT INNOVATION AWARD along with a $500.00 cheque. We were told that we beat a defending champion for 4 years from another province. The organization that we applied the award for is The Learning Partnership and the sponsors for the cash award is BMO Financial. This is a Canada wide competition where this year there were 45 000 students who applied and the applications were looked at by 160 judges from Canada and USA and we won the Judges Choice Award for all 4 categories. We could apply to any 2 of the 4 categories- Team Work, Enterprising Spirit, Originality and Impact on School / Community. We applied for all and we won in all the categories.

Learning Partnership Prize Helene Burrowes 2015-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

District 7080 Video an update

Posted by Howard Pell on May 05, 2015
The competition for best video is now over and we finished a very respectable third!
Rotary International currently has a competition for Rotary videos and the Kitchener club has the only entry from D7080 (my video) and we need your help in voting for it. The winner will be featured on, the digital edition of the Rotarian mag and on Rotary's social media channels.

Click this link and vote for the video from Howard in Kitchener.

Voting begins today for the people's choice and closes May 11th. So please vote early and vote often for the Kitchener video. And please forward this email to everyone you know so we can get the most people voting.
District 7080 Video an update Howard Pell 2015-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

Relief and Recovery Efforts in Nepal

Posted by Gary C.K. Huang on Apr 30, 2015
Dear Rotarian,
We express our profound sadness and extend our sympathies to all those affected by the devastation resulting from the 25 April deadly earthquake in Nepal. Rescue missions and emergency aid continue to arrive in Nepal for the 8 million people impacted by the massive 7.8 magnitude quake.
As we mourn the thousands of lost lives, Rotary joins many international agencies in providing immediate relief to survivors and mobilizing our expertise to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.
How to help: 
Relief and Recovery Efforts in Nepal Gary C.K. Huang 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Devastation in Nepal

Posted by Fionna Ferguson on Apr 30, 2015
I am sure you are all watching the news from Nepal and may have some question about what happened, where, what's going to happen next, what donations can provide, what else you can do. 
Two of our Interactors, Suvena Ricknauth with help from Dijot Sran, have produced a slideshow which may answer some of your questions.
You can view the slideshow by clicking here.
Devastation in Nepal Fionna Ferguson 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Nepal emergency: Medical supplies packed & ready to go

Posted by Judy Warrington on Apr 29, 2015
Physician Programs (HPIC) is well known in the Rotary world and receives support from many pharmaceutical companies and Rotary clubs.  For many years Rotary  or Rotaract clubs   from Montreal or  London or Oakville who've in fact sponsored the kits for the groups I 'vet led.   They cost $575 and they're packed with meds appropriate to the known needs of the destination community and good for a few hundred people.  Their head office is in Montreal for Canada and their distribution centre is in Mississauga.  They are a very fine , well-known, reputable organization worthy of Rotary 7080 support as well…  on the emergency wish list from our Nepal  Rotary friend there are med packs.   HPIC kits would be  ideal.  Please read the message from HPIC below.
Nepal emergency: Medical supplies packed & ready to go Judy Warrington 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

Nepal Earthquake Rotary disaster relief fund

Posted by Doug Vincent on Apr 25, 2015
You may have read or seen the news today about the devastating earthquake in Nepal.  Many people have perished or are missing.  Homes are totally destroyed or too dangerous to be inside of them.
Late today, I had some shocking photos shared to me by a friend on Facebook.
 The need of receiving assistance will be very high and I assume Rotarians and Clubs will be asking "What is Rotary doing" to help.  I have contacted my Rotary friends who live in the affected district as well as a RI Director friend there.  I hope they will give us a firsthand report on what local Rotarians are doing to help and what the priority needs are.  Let's not just assume we know what they need and start arranging to ship items until we know their priority needs.
 In the meantime, Woodstock-Oxford Rotary has set up a "Nepal Disaster Relief Fund" where people can donate online and receive a CRA tax receipt.  People can go to and at the top click 'Donations' then 'Donate to our Charity'. 
That links to an donation page where you can 'Select your preferred fund,' from a drop down menu.
i.e.: Earthquake in Nepal 
Then fill in the amount and credit card details. You will receive an emailed receipt within minutes.
Send a cheque to Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Benefit Trust c/o Peter Stam, Treasurer 656441 15th Line,
RR#7  Woodstock, N4S 7W2
Please include an email address if possible for your tax receipt if required.  If no email it can be sent regular mail.
We expect to work with known Rotary contacts and friends in the affected area, to ensure we are satisfying their priority needs and to oversee delivery of relief items with proper stewardship of our donated funds.
Nepal Earthquake Rotary disaster relief fund Doug Vincent 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

Peace Scholarships

Posted by Ernie Ginsler on Mar 31, 2015
The leaders of the five clubs in the K-W Cluster met with University reps and two recipients of Rotary Peace Scholarships (front left) so the clubs could learn more about what the students are learning. To say that the Rotarians were impressed would be an understatement. Rotarians in the K-W Cluster have raised close to $150,000 for Peace Scholarships at the University of Waterloo. Rotarians and clubs throughout the District are encouraged to become involved in supporting these scholarships.
Peace Scholarships Ernie Ginsler 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0

Waterloo hits the big 5-0

Posted by John Wahl on Mar 26, 2015
Rotary Waterloo welcomed three new members on March 24th, Yaw Donkoh (2nd from left), a transferring Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, Lynda Luburic (4th from R) and Rami Said (2nd from R). Pictured as well are their sponsors, Barb Wahl  (3rd from L), Cynthia Mills (4th from L) and Bardish Chagger (3rd from R).  These inductions marked milestones for our club as we have now doubled our membership from 24 at July 1, 2013 and we have reached our 5-year goal of 50 members in 21 months.  Joining us to celebrate were Past District Governor Ian Ferguson (L) and District Governor Elect Will Pugh (R).
Waterloo hits the big 5-0 John Wahl 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0

RI President Gary Huang Visits District 7080

Posted by Kathleen Dick on Mar 23, 2015
RI President Gary Huang and his wife Corrina Yao visited District 7080 yesterday. He is the first President to visit our District. We spent the day tourning local Rotary projects; Kids Ability, Waterloo, Accessible Playground and Aquatic Centre, Fergus, Hospice Wellington and Playsense in Guelph.
RI President Gary Huang Visits District 7080 Kathleen Dick 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Rosen

Posted by Patsy Marshall on Mar 16, 2015
Taken this evening-President of the RCO Kitchener Westmount John Thompson, DG Patsy Marshall, and Paul Rosen, Team Canada Paralympian who received a PH Fellow., at the Kitchener Sports Association (in collaboration with KW Habilitation) banquet.
Paul Rosen Patsy Marshall 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Flame to end Polio

Posted by Patsy Marshall on Mar 13, 2015
As part of an effort to celebrate the decades long battle and the ultimate victory over polio in India, the Rotary Club of Madras in December launched a Rotary Flame, lit by Rotary International President Gary Huang. It will travel around the world to commemorate India becoming a polio-free nation and to share its experience and expertise with countries where polio still exists.. Before reaching Rotary’s international convention in São Paulo, Brazil, in June 2015, the Rotary Flame will traverse through Colombo, Karachi, Kabul, Sydney, Manila, London, Lagos, Evanston and Toronto. Once the epicenter of wild polio virus, India, along with the World Health Organization’s Southeast Asia region, was officially declared polio-free in March 2014.
To view a video about the initiative please click here
Rotary Flame to end Polio Patsy Marshall 2015-03-14 00:00:00Z 0

1951 Rotary Wine Fundraiser

Posted by Patsy Marshall on Mar 09, 2015
“The Mississauga Lakeshore Rotary Club regrets and is disappointed to announce that the LCBO will not be listing our 1951 Rotary Wine at LCBO stores in Ontario.The two wines under the brand 1951, a 2012 Cabernet Merlot and a 2013 Unoaked Chardonnay produced by Chateau des Charmes in Niagara on the Lake recently participated in the LCBO’s Wine to Watch program in about 65 LCBO stores across Ontario, ending January 31, 2015.
We are proud that our wines were the top sellers in the Wines to Watch program thanks to the support of Rotarians and their friends across Ontario.$1 from the sale of each bottle has gone into the club’s charitable foundation and will benefit a variety of charities including a women's shelter and a food bank.We thought that the success of 1951, together with the extensive rotary network across Ontario and our charitable objectives, would be persuasive arguments for
the LCBO to include 1951 in its general listing.  We have learned, however, that a significant financial commitment is required by the LCBO to support marketing programs.  Such a commitment is impractical in our situation and represents an insurmountable barrier to us proceeding further.
We are pleased, however, that 1951 will continue to be available by direct purchase from the winery, Chateau des Charmes – see also
A special thank you to Dick Chataway from Rotary Mississauga Lakeshore for organizing this fundraiser.
1951 Rotary Wine Fundraiser Patsy Marshall 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0

Call for 2015 Nominations: Donald MacRae Peace Award

Posted by Patsy Marshall on Mar 04, 2015

The Rotary Zone 24-32 Donald MacRae Peace Award is an annual award presented by Rotary Zones 24 and 32 to recognize and honour an individual or organization for outstanding achievement consistent with the ideals of Rotary as expressed in the Fourth Object of Rotary.

The award commemorates the contribution of Halifax Rotarian Donald MacRae, who in a speech to the International Convention in Kansas City in June 1918, proposed that Rotary become an agent for the promotion of goodwill and peace among nations.  This was the first time that this vision of Rotary was expressed publicly.

For more information about criteria and how to submit and application, click here

Call for 2015 Nominations: Donald MacRae Peace Award Patsy Marshall 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Mississauga Celebrating Rotary 110th Anniversary 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
President-Elect urges Rotary Members to 'Be a Gift to the World' Patricia (Patsy) Marshall 2015-01-19 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peace Scholarship/Peace Centre Initiative – District 7080

Posted by Ernie Ginsler on Jan 16, 2015
District Governor Patsy Marshall extends sincerest thanks to Ernie Ginsler for his efforts with the Peace Scholarship/Peace Centre Initiative and for the following update.
Happy New Year. A lot has happened since my last update. I’ll make this short and sweet, but if anyone wants more information, just let me know.
Since the initiative began in 2012, we have raised a little under $150,000 in cash and pledges for Rotary Peace Scholarships at The University of Waterloo. Students in the Master’s Degree in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, The Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, and The Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel have received scholarships. So far, five students have benefited. Our next step is to go beyond our cluster to the rest of the District.
Rotary Peace Scholarship/Peace Centre Initiative – District 7080 Ernie Ginsler 2015-01-17 00:00:00Z 0

2015 Rotary Peace Fellow

Posted by Patricia [Patsy] Marshall on Dec 16, 2014
7080 is pleased to announce that Catrina Ziesman has been selected as a 2015 Rotary Peace Fellow to study at the University of Queensland.  Catrina is the third Peace Fellowship scholar from our District.
2015 Rotary Peace Fellow Patricia [Patsy] Marshall 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
End of Year Foundation Deadlines Patricia [Patsy] Marshall 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Patricia [Patsy] Marshall on Dec 07, 2014
We are happy to announce that
Kathi Dick from our Cambridge Notrth Club will be our District Governor for 2017/18.
Kathi joined Rotary in March 2007. She is a proud member of The Rotary Club of Cambridge North where she served as President in 2013/14. Kathi is currently serving on the District Training Committee and the District Foundation Committee as Foundation Area Coordinator for the Cambridge Cluster.  She is looking forward to working with the Governors team and in leading the District in 2017/18
Announcement Patricia [Patsy] Marshall 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0

Serving Up Soup And Service At District Conference

Our Conference planning committee wanted a project where Rotarians could give back — and would keep attendees alert and active after lunch! What we decided to do was create Soup-in-a-Bag, a hearty, healthy mix of dry ingredients that we could deliver to local food pantries. This involved putting dry lentils, split peas, pearl barley, fusilli, dried onion and parsley flakes in each bag and tying off with blue and gold ribbons.
Rotaractors at the University of Guelph and several Youth Exchange students helped us coordinate the project. We made 1000 bags (each bag holds 10 servings) in two hours! The total cost for ingredients and bags was $1500. So, we fed 10,000 people (1000 bags at 10 servings each) for just pennies per serving! Volunteers from two food banks, one church and one drop-in center were on hand to accept the packaged soup.
We asked for and readily received a letter of permission from the local health commissioner, and everyone wore plastic gloves. We used a simple Split Pea Soup recipe. The ingredients were poured into bins and we used scoops to fill the bags with our designated ingredient. One of the clubs in our District is already doing this project with their members. Other clubs plan to pick it up. We certainly had fun and contributed to immediate needs in our community.
Serving Up Soup And Service At District Conference Patricia [Patsy] Marshall 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Remembrance Day Patsy Marshall 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day THANK YOU message from Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Posted by Patricia (Patsy) Marshall on Oct 25, 2014
Dear Friends:

Today, as we mark World Polio Day, I commend Rotarians for your efforts to eradicate Polio. I was deeply humbled to accept the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award in Toronto on October 18, and extend my personal thanks for this special honour.

I have a great deal of admiration and respect for the good works carried out by Rotarians in Canada, and around the globe. Your organization has made extraordinary contributions to a diverse range of humanitarian services – championing the eradication of polio chief among them. Your members make a positive difference in communities around the globe.
World Polio Day THANK YOU message from Prime Minister Stephen Harper Patricia (Patsy) Marshall 2014-10-26 00:00:00Z 0

Prime Minister Harper receives Rotary's Polio Eradication award.

Posted by Patricia [Patsy] Marshall on Oct 21, 2014
Rotary leaders from throughout Canada and the United States met to recognize Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Saturday, 18 October, with the organization’s Polio Eradication Champion Award for his efforts to support a polio-free world.  
Seen with the Prime Minister are RIPE Ravi, and Wilf Wilkinson (RI Trustee). 
Prime Minister Harper receives Rotary's Polio Eradication award. Patricia [Patsy] Marshall 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now

Rotary marks World Polio Day 2014 with US$44.7 million in grants to fight polio in Africa, Asia and the Middle East
Humanitarian group’s October 24 livestream event from Chicago features top global health experts, polio-survivor Minda Dentler, pop star Tessanne Chin, reggae’s Ziggy Marley and more
EVANSTON, Ill. (Oct. 21, 2014) —  With the world  “This Close”—99%—to eliminating polio from the planet, the effort is receiving an additional US$ 44.7 million boost from Rotary to support immunization activities, surveillance, and research spearheaded by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which aims to end the disabling viral disease worldwide by 2018.
End Polio Now Stephen Rhodes 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Hajra Wilson!

Posted by Patricia [Patsy] Marshall on Oct 20, 2014
Hajra Wilson, Polio Plus Chair has been recognized by Rotary International by receiving RI's Service Award for a Polio Free World. Hajra is flanked by PDG John Stairs and Mary Jane Howie (wife of PDG Barry Howie).
Congratulations Hajra Wilson! Patricia [Patsy] Marshall 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

Why Rotary?

Posted by Peter Stam on Oct 20, 2014
Why Rotary? Peter Stam 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0

PM receives the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion

Posted by Patsy Marshall on Oct 18, 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today received the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award, for his longstanding support and continued leadership in efforts to eliminate polio around the world. The Prime Minister accepted the award at a ceremony hosted by the Canadian Rotary Foundation in Toronto.

PM receives the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Patsy Marshall 2014-10-19 00:00:00Z 0

7080 Rotarians Heading to Scotland on the Rotary Curling Tour

Posted by Clarence Haverson on Oct 14, 2014
Eight Rotarians for 7080 will be getting a taste of Rotary in Scotland all through the month of November as part of the 2014 Canada to Scotland Rotary Curling Tour Team.    
You are invited to follow the team through the Team Blog –  and on Twitter @CanadaScot2014   During the tour the team will be posting both the curling results and some of the off-ice highlights.   Visit the Blog right now – have a look and bookmark the page.
7080 Rotarians Heading to Scotland on the Rotary Curling Tour Clarence Haverson 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z 0

Peace and security a growing focus for scholars – and a strong commitment for Rotarians

Posted by Ernie Ginsler on Oct 10, 2014
The United Nations’ International Day of Peace extends year-round for UWaterloo professors and students whose scholarship addresses the complexities of conflict, security, governance – and ultimately, peace.
Conrad Grebel University College’s Peace and Conflict Studies programs and the MA in Global Governance program based at the Balsillie School of International Affairs play important parts in advancing peace. And their mission is underscored in the wider community by increasing scholarship support from local Rotary clubs. 
Peace and security a growing focus for scholars – and a strong commitment for Rotarians Ernie Ginsler 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z 0

New Chair for DART

Posted by Mike Gauthier PDG on Oct 07, 2014
District 7080 is very proud to announce that Ingrid Sproxton of The Rotary Club of Orangeville has agreed to assume the role of Chair for the District Aboriginal Resource Team (DART). Ingrid is a past president of Rotary Orangeville and has been an active member of DART since its inception in 2013.
New Chair for DART Mike Gauthier PDG 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0

District Conference 2014 Highlights

Posted by Barbara Fisk
What a sweet conference The Magic of Diversity was! From sweet chocolates upon arrival, through fabulous speakers all weekend, to a bittersweet closing and goodbye - District 7080 learned, shared and enjoyed true Rotary Fellowship!
District Conference 2014 Highlights Barbara Fisk 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Host Organizing Committee for the 2018 Rotary International Convention

Michele Guy and Michael Cooksey. co-chairs of the Host Organizing Committee for the 2018 Rotary International Convention, are pleased to announce the following appointments:
Co-chairs of Finance and Administration – John Gordon CA – District 7010 and  Ron Kielstra CA – District 7090
Co-chairs of Fundraising and Sponsorship – Valarie Wafer – District 7070 and  Alanna Scott – District 7070
Co-chairs of Marketing and Promotion – Michael Gauthier – District 7080 and Bruce Gillies – District 7070
Host Organizing Committee for the 2018 Rotary International Convention Patricia [Patsy] Marshall 2014-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

Candidates for District Governor

Posted by Bernd Dinnert on Sep 01, 2014
We need your help in finding a District Governor for our District 7080. The successful candidate will be District Governor in the Rotary year 2017-2018. The District Governor is an Officer of Rotary International. This office will give you great opportunities to meet and motivate not only Rotarians in our District, but also other DGs from around the world.
Maybe you or someone you know might be a good candidate for this position. Why don’t you give it some consideration? Here is what a potential candidate should do:
  • Familiarize yourself with the duties and responsibilities  of a District Governor as described in our Policies and Procedures document (click here to view)
  • Download the nomination form (click here), fill it out and submit it to me before October 31 2014.
  • Be prepared to attend an interview session on November 15. Details will be announced to the applicants.
  • Should you have any questions you can contact me at any time.
Please give this good consideration. It is an important and interesting position.
Bernd Dinnert
Chairman, Nomination Committee 2014/2015
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Candidates for District Governor Bernd Dinnert 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0

Guelph Ribfest

Posted by Barbara Fisk on Aug 22, 2014
District Governor Patsy Marshall helps open Guelph-Trillium's 17th Annual Ribfest!
Guelph Ribfest Barbara Fisk 2014-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
7080 DG Patsy's PERFORM Address Howard Pell 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Changeover and Annual Awards Night Patsy Marshall 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Patsy Marshall’s Message

Posted by Patricia [Patsy] Marshall on Jul 28, 2014
For most clubs and the District, membership growth is a priority in the coming year. Our goal  over the next two years is to grow District 7080 to 2000+ members which will require a net increase of approximately 200 Rotarians,  or 2-3 members per club per year.
There is no magical method to achieving growth in membership. The most important thing each  of us  can do is to make sure we “ask” family, friends and business associates if they would like to become involved in supporting our activities in the local and international communities, by joining Rotary.  Many club meetings during the summer are more informal, BBQ’s etc., which provide a great opportunity to invite non-Rotarians to attend and learn about the activities  and projects that your club does in your community. 
District Governor Patsy Marshall’s Message Patricia [Patsy] Marshall 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

2014 Changeover and Awards Night

Posted by Clarence Haverson on Jul 22, 2014
On June 25th District 7080 celebrated our accomplishments under District Governor Mike Gauthier during 2013-14, and ushered in Patsy Marshall as District Governor for 2014-15.   Over 250 Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and guests came together at the Hanlon Convention Centre in Guelph, hosted by Patsy’s home club – Guelph Trillium.
2014 Changeover and Awards Night Clarence Haverson 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0

Message from our District Governor

Posted by Patsy Marshall on Jun 30, 2014
Dear Rotarians in District 7080,
Hope you are enjoying this beautiful Canada Day with your family and friends. Tonight, we will be watching fireworks, offered by the Rotary Club of Guelph, which highlight their day-long festivities.
I wish to thank each of you for your dedication and the way you shared your vocations with Rotary this past Rotary year. You certainly helped PDG Mike Gauthier to ENGAGE ROTARY, and CHANGE LIVES. Thank you, Mike, for your leadership and insights this past year. Our new theme, LIGHT UP ROTARY, is very easy to communicate to everyone so we can encourage individuals to join leaders, exchange ideas and take action to make the world a better place.
Looking forward to working with each of you, as I serve as District Governor for District 7080, and an officer of Rotary International for the next year. With your support and inspiration, there is hope to LIGHT UP ROTARY, as we move Rotary forward to provide Service Above Self. See you soon as my club visits will commence next week.
Patsy Marshall, District Governor
District 7080
Message from our District Governor Patsy Marshall 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Response to WHO Statement

Posted by Hajra Wilson on May 20, 2014
We have received the following communication from International PolioPlus Committee Chair Bob Scott:
On behalf of International PolioPlus Committee Chair Bob Scott, I am pleased to share the information following:
The World Health Organization has announced the outcomes of the Emergency Committee meeting on polio, which was convened in Geneva last week.  The committee concluded that the recent international spread of polio constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern” and issued recommendations to prevent further international spread of the virus.
Details on the decision and resulting recommendations are described in this statement issued by WHO.
Rotary's Response to WHO Statement Hajra Wilson 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0

District7080 Changeover and Annual Awards Night

Posted by Clarence Haverson
Come celebrate the achievements of clubs from all across the District, enjoy the fellowship of fellow Rotarians and guests, have a great meal, and help to honour Mike Gauthier and usher in Patsy Marshall!
You may register and pay on line with a credit card, or register on line, and mail your cheque. To Register, click here.
If you need assistance to register, or if you would like to reserve a table for your group - please click here to email the Conference Committee.
District7080 Changeover and Annual Awards Night Clarence Haverson 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z 0

2nd Annual Trivia Challenge

Posted by Mark Rozad on Feb 16, 2014

The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise is holding its second annual Trivia Challenge on March 28, 2014.

For more information click Here

2nd Annual Trivia Challenge Mark Rozad 2014-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
HUANG ENCOURAGES CLUB MEMBERS TO ‘LIGHT UP ROTARY’ Bent Fink-Jensen 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Display at Business Expo

Posted by Douglas Vincent on Nov 20, 2013

This week four clubs from our District joined forces to have a Public Awareness and Membership interest booth at the KW Business Expo.

AG Larry Hardman reported "We had good response to our booth. There was a steady flow of traffic throughout the event." Three Cambridge and one Kitchener club participated.

What a great idea for clubs to promote Rotary, both for awareness and as a membership recruitment activity.

Rotary Display at Business Expo Douglas Vincent 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peace Scholarship Initiative Update

Posted by Ernie Ginsler on Nov 18, 2013

A little while ago, President John Wahl of the Waterloo Club wrote to all District 7080 Presidents pointing out that if each club donated $1,000 a year for this year and next, we would achieve our goal of $50,000 in scholarships for 2014 and 2015.

I am pleased to report that some clubs are exceeding that request. Recently, we received a $4,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Mississauga, and a donation of $2,085 from the Rotary Club of Woodstock, in addition to a $1,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Waterloo.

As we approach the December 31st deadline for personal donations in this tax year, a donation to the Rotary Peace Scholarship Fund would make a great gift honouring a club member, spouse, or other significant person.

Donations can be made out to the Rotary Club of Kitchener Foundation, and please put “Rotary Peace Scholarship” in the memo line. They can be mailed to:

Rotary Club of Kitchener Foundation

c/o KidsAbility
500 Hallmark Dr.
Waterloo, ON N2K 3P5

For more information:



Rotary Peace Scholarship Initiative Update Ernie Ginsler 2013-11-19 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Bent Fink-Jensen on Oct 31, 2013

Celebrate Rotary Foundation Month.

November gives us the chance to build greater ownership and pride in our Foundation. PolioPlus is successful because Rotarians believe in our commitment and support it financially. We give to the polio eradication effort because we see clearly what our money is doing and what we are helping to achieve. We all take pride in knowing that the money we give is helping to fund a polio-free world.

But many Rotarians do not have the same pride and ownership of the Foundation's Endowment Fund and Annual Fund. We are still falling short of our goal of Every Rotarian, Every Year. Why? Because Rotarians do not know what good works the Endowment Fund and Annual Fund enable us to do.




FOUNDATION TRUSTEE CHAIR'S MESSAGE Bent Fink-Jensen 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians who have served District 7080 as District Governor Randy Seager 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0

District Awards and Changeover Night, A roaring success!

Posted by Bernie Rochon on Jul 10, 2013

On July 3rd some 300 Rotarians and guests attended the District 7080 annual Awards and Changeover Night. This year the event was hosted by the Rotary Club of Palgrave at the Royal Ambassador on Innis Lake in the rolling hills of Caledon.

The evening began on the patio but due to threatening skies moved indoors where a wonderful Jazz Group provide pleasant background music.

Just before dinner 8 of our past and present District Governors were piped into the hall with Bert Grapes leading the way.

During the course of the evening 21 clubs were presented with the Rotary International Presidents Citation by Rotary international Director Bryn Styles.

Outgoing District Governor, Ian Ferguson, also presented awards to outgoing members of the District Council.

Our foundation chair Bob Palmateer presented the Rotary Foundation award to Randy Seager for all his great work in organizing Group Study Exchange teams over the past number of years.

Four dedicated members of our district, Peter McCann, Syd Harmon, Chris Byrnes and Hajra Wilson, were then showcased by video tributes and awarded Paul Harris Fellowships.

The new Governor’s Team was introduced by means of the passing of the pins: Immediate Past District Governor Ian Ferguson, District Governor Mike Gauthier, District Governor Elect Patsy Marshall and District Governor Nominee Will Pugh. Past District Governor Bernd Dinnert also was on hand to present Ian with his Past District Governor pin.

After brief addresses by outgoing Governor Ian and incoming Governor Mike the crowd was entertained by a promotional Rap Video announcing the falls district conference.

All in all a great night with a great bunch of Rotarians.

District Awards and Changeover Night, A roaring success! Bernie Rochon 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary 7080 Presidential Citations 2012-13

Posted by Stephen Rhodes on Jul 02, 2013


The presentations below were made to Rotary Club's across District 7080, who qualified for the annual Rotary International Presidential Citation in DG Ian Ferguson's year. They were presented at the Rotary 7080 District Changeover meeting July 3 by Director Bryn Styles. Congratulations to all recipients.

To see all the pictures visit our Facebook Page.

Rotary 7080 Presidential Citations 2012-13 Stephen Rhodes 2013-07-03 00:00:00Z 0

First two Waterloo Rotary Peace Scholarship Recipients for 2013 Chosen

Posted by Randy Seager on Jul 02, 2013


Conrad Grebel University College, Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies:


A female student from Bangladesh who has spent the last eighteen years working with the Mennonite Central Committee in Bangladesh. She has worked to reduce violence against women, and to resolve community-level conflicts. She developed a training manual, and trained community leaders in peace-building and mediation techniques. She was selected as one of four Women Peace-Makers by the Joan B. Kroc Institute, University of San Diego. She is passionate about resolving conflict in her country and improving her skills and knowledge to contribute to future leadership positions in the field of peace and conflict studies after graduating.


Balsillie School of International Affairs, Master’s Degree in Global Governance:


A male student who is interested in the human rights implications of the increasing role of private military and security companies in contemporary conflicts.  In privatizing war in some respects, are there greater obstacles being created for the pursuit of peace? The scholarship, will permit him to participate in the CIGI Junior Fellowships program, a professional development program they run for their Masters students that cultivates research and policy analysis skills.


For more information, or to contribute to the Waterloo Rotary Peace Scholarship Initiative as an individual or a club contact:
First two Waterloo Rotary Peace Scholarship Recipients for 2013 Chosen Randy Seager 2013-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
District 7080 Insurance Binder for 2013-2014 is now posted Randy Seager 2013-06-15 00:00:00Z 0

District 7080 is FIRST CLASS

Posted by Mike Gauthier on Mar 24, 2013

District 7080 is among the very first districts in Rotary International to achieve First Class Status under incoming Rotary International President Ron Burton's First Class Initiative.

District 7080 is FIRST CLASS Mike Gauthier 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0

Pythons' Pit - An Inaugural Vocational Success!

Posted by Barbara Fisk on Mar 23, 2013

Rotary Clubs in the Halton region banded together, in partnership with the Degroote School of Business and sponsoring companies to design and successful implement D7080's newest Vocational Services Event!  The successful Pythons' Pit took place on March 23 at the DeGroote School of Business in Burlington where Rotary and sponsors hosted 6 amazing Pythons - Nadir Ansari, Don Dalicandro, Randy Pilon, Susanne Mikler, George Minakakis, and John Romano who listened, mentored and offered financial contracts to 8 High School Teams and 6 Open Category teams.

The presentations were amazing - from one student braving it as a Grade 9 entrepreneur to Grade 11 and 12 students - all were equally passionate about their business ideas and were well prepared with their business plans.  Ideas ranged from pre-packaged, custom made Indian food to sports training devices, to online job search resources to a unique proposition of high heel shoes that were adjustable! Others included designing your own bra, mobilization of restaurants for staffing and order delivery to the ultimate winner of a family brand hot sauce distribution company.  

The Open category saw adults with propositions in gluten-free muffins, totem bags, custom coolers and 3 highly technical offerings in the dental, medical and corporate worlds.  

Kudos to all the participants and organizers of this event!  Watch for details in the fall for next year's Pythons' Pit!


Pythons' Pit - An Inaugural Vocational Success! Barbara Fisk 2013-03-24 00:00:00Z 0

RID Bryn Styles visits the RC of Guelph Trillium

Posted by Randy Seager on Feb 05, 2013

Rotary International Director Bryn Styles joined the RC of Guelph Trillium for their regular Wednesday morning meeting. Pictured below is Bryn Styles, DG Ian Ferguson, DGN Mike Gauthier, DGNN Patsy Marshall and Rotarian Peter Moore. We are "This Close" to ending Polio!


RID Bryn Styles visits the RC of Guelph Trillium Randy Seager 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z 0

30th International Rotary Curling Tour - Scotland to Canada 2012

Posted by Randy Seager on Dec 19, 2012

  Montreal-Ottawa-Kingston-Peterborough-Oshawa-Toronto-Barrie-Thornbury-Fergus-Kitchener-Stratford-Simcoe and Burlington

 As we landed at Glasgow airport after a gruelling four weeks curling in Canada we felt that this was the tour to end all tours – I am sure that the 29 tours that had been before us had felt the same. We had been treated to fellowship and hospitality that was second to none.


30th International Rotary Curling Tour - Scotland to Canada 2012 Randy Seager 2012-12-20 00:00:00Z 0

Mari-Anne Tate is new D7080 GSE Team Leader

Posted by Randy Seager on Dec 08, 2012

The Group Study Exchange Committee is excited to announce that Rotarian Mari-Anne Tate has been selected to be the GSE Team Leader of the District 7080 Team to District 4640 in the State Parana, Brazil from May 8th to June 11th 2013.


Mari-Anne was selected from an excellent group of seven District 7080 Rotarians at interviews conducted on Thursday, December 6th.Image

Rotarian Mari-Anne has been a member of the Rotary Club of Caledon West as well as the Rotary Club of Brampton for seven years.

A Guidance Counsellor and a teacher of Career Studies, her Rotary service has included being Vice Chair of Europe – Youth Exchange Committee as well as Area Co-Ordinator – Youth Exchange Committee and an Interact Supervisor at the Central Peel Secondary School. She has also chaperoned the Cross Canada trip for Rotary Youth Exchange Students and been a Host Parent for Rotary Exchange Students. Mari-Anne reads, writes and speaks Portuguese, is fluent in French and speaks basic German. Mari-Anne’s involvement with Rotary began when she was selected to be a Rotary Exchange Student to Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1976 and continued when one of her two sons was selected as a Rotary Exchange Student. Mari-Anne accepted the invitation of PDG Norm Bindon to become a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Brampton completing the circle started many years before.

Mari-Anne has the full support of the District GSE Committee and the complete endorsement of District Governor Ian Ferguson.


Mari-Anne Tate is new D7080 GSE Team Leader Randy Seager 2012-12-09 00:00:00Z 0

District 7080 Prepares for the Future

Posted by Randy Seager on Nov 30, 2012

By: Bob Palmateer and Mike Gauthier

District 7080 Prepares for the Future

Club Proposals for 2013-14 District Grants Now Being Accepted

On Saturday November 24, 2012 representatives from all 50 District 7080 Clubs attended a Foundation Qualification Training seminar in Kitchener as a step in preparing our district for the new Rotary Foundation Grant Model. From the positive feedback received we appear to be on the right track to successfully transition from the old DSG Grant Model to the new District Grant model.

The qualification training was the first step.

Next every club that wishes to participate in either District or Global Grants will need to submit a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be able to request any grant funds.

Once a club has filed their MOU then they may submit a “Club Project Proposals for District Grant Funds” form.

This form and the MOU are now available on the District Website.

1.     Just click the Rotary Foundation Button at the top of the District Website

2.     Then select Foundation Grants

3.     Then select 2013-2014 Rotary Year

4.     Then select Foundation Qualification and Grants 2013-2014

You will then have the MOU and the Club Project Proposals for District Grant Funds form available in the left hand column.

You can also access the same information from the site page “Foundation Qualification and Grants 2013-2014” on the right hand side of the District Website.

The amount of funds available for the 2013-14 District Grant is $77,740. The only district draw being made against this amount is $12,700 for a special initiative called “The Cash Panel”. This leaves $65,040 of District Grant Funds for Club Projects. Grant Monies to be used for Polio Plus, Peace Fellowships, Disaster relief and District Matches on Global Grants will come from other District Designated Funds.

Details on The CASH Panel will be announced at the December 6, 2012 Presidents Meeting. All Presidents are encouraged to register today!

As we transition to the new Foundation Grant Models we must not forget utilizing DSG and Matching Grant funds that are available to all District clubs this year. Application Forms are in the Download section of the District Website The accessibility to the current year’s form will be improved in the coming weeks.

Bob Palmateer District Foundation Chair

Mike Gauthier District Governor Elect for 2013-14

District 7080 Prepares for the Future Randy Seager 2012-12-01 00:00:00Z 0

Group Study Exchange Team Leader Applications Requested

Posted by Randy Seager on Nov 24, 2012

Group Study Exchange Team Leader Applications Requested

District 7080 will be having a reciprocal Group Study Exchange (GSE) with District 4640 in Brazil. The dates for the outbound exchange will be May 11th through June 8th 2013.
We are looking for an experienced Rotarian who wishes to use their management and people skills to provide leadership and guidance to an enthusiastic and focused group of four non-Rotarian team members between the ages of 25 and 40. The team will be selected with your help in the January of 2013.
Group Study Exchange Team Leader Applications Requested Randy Seager 2012-11-25 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Will Pugh selected as District Governor 2015-2016

Posted by Randy Seager on Nov 18, 2012

Rotarian Will Pugh of the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore has been selected as your District Governor Nominee Nominee


I am pleased to inform you that Will Pugh of the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore has been selected to serve as 7080's District Governor for the year 2015-16.

Will has been an active Rotarian since 1993 having served his club as a director and as president in 2009-10. He has been a host family for seven exchange students and an inbound Group Study Exchange team member. He served as the Burlington area Youth Exchange Coordinator for five years.

He has been very active as a member of the district team and currently serves as District International Projects chair and is the the district's representative on the Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development (CRCID) Board of Directors.

Will has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Geography) degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from York University.

Will is widowed and has two children and three grandchildren and resides in Burlington where he operates a company supplying products for the home construction industry.

Will joins a strong line-up of future district leaders, DGE Mike Gauthier 2013-14 and DGN Patsy Marshall 2014-15 who are all pledged to pursue the district vision of creating an environment within which clubs can succeed and prosper.

I thank Will for his commitment to Rotary and look forward to his leadership in the district in the years to come.

Sincerely yours,

Ian Ferguson

District Governor 2012-13

Rotarian Will Pugh selected as District Governor 2015-2016 Randy Seager 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Message

Posted by Ian Ferguson on Sep 06, 2012

The 2012-13 Rotary year is off to a great start with lots of activity around the District and from the contacts that I have had with Rotarians there is a positive buzz in the air.

I am pleased to tell you that all 32 district chairperson positions at the district level are filled and all committees have been very active. I am in awe of the number of experienced Rotarians there are who have been so unselfish with their time on behalf of this wonderful organization.

There are several important events coming up very soon that are of importance to us all.

I’m looking forward to the combined 7080-7090 District Conference that will be held in Richmond Hill October 19-21. All information can be accessed online including an opportunity to register.

This is an excellent opportunity to network with a lot of new Rotary faces while enjoying a top notch program that includes Debra McGrath and Zaib Shaikh of Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Colin Mochrie of Whose Line Is It, Anyway? There will be ethnic entertainment on Friday night as well as five hospitality suites. For the golfers there is a chance to play the famous Angus Glen Golf course as an add on. All of the hotel rooms are very reasonably priced for those who want to stay over, and the facility is easily accessible by car just off the 407.

I suggest that this is a great opportunity for clubs to encourage new members to attend and many are subsidizing the cost for them to do so. It is a great way to engage them in the programs of Rotary.

As you are aware the District Strategic Plan had been in development for the past two years. Later this month, under the chairmanship of DGE Mike Gauthier, the final plans will be pulled together and circulated to all of the district clubs for their review. I know that the committee will appreciate your feedback. Having a well planned directional document will serve the district well and help us to continue as a strong resource to all Rotarians.

A reminder that all District Council meetings are open for all to attend. They are held every two months; check the District website for details. It is good opportunity for everyone to observe the workings of the organization and to further familiarize members with the programs and the issues that surround them. We will be moving the meetings around the District as much as possible to facilitate Rotarians’ attendance. The next meeting is at the Elmhurst Inn in Ingersoll on Thursday, September 13th. If interested, sign up on line.

I look forward to completing my club visits over the next few months, and I hope to see a great turnout at the district conference.

District Governor's Message Ian Ferguson 2012-09-07 00:00:00Z 0

Call for Nominations DG 2015/16

Posted by Robert Palmateer on Sep 05, 2012
Each year our District puts out a call for nominations for District Governor, this year for the Rotary year to commence July 1, 2015, the selected individual to follow DG Ian Ferguson 2012/13, DGE Mike Gauthier 2013/14 and DGN Patsy Marshall 2014/15. 

Call for Nominations DG 2015/16 Robert Palmateer 2012-09-06 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Hajra Wilson on Aug 31, 2012

As you might be aware we have 111 reported cases of polio cases worldwide whereas last year we had 650. There are three endemic countries where polio still exists; Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. India was declared polio free in January and is no longer considered an endemic country as long there are no new cases reported within the next two years.

There is an urgency for Rotarians world wide to continue to raise funds for Polioplus more than ever.

All Rotarians in Canada have received a newsletter from Past RI president Wilf Wilkinson and Dr. Bob Scott, RI Chair, PolioPlus urging you to write to your M.P. asking the government of Canada to increase its funding.

I am happy to inform you that CIDA approached Rotary regarding a possibility of collaborating on a short term fundraiser for global polio eradication in which CIDA would match funds raised by Rotary up to $1 million. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has expressed an interest in further leveraging this match by providing up to an additional $1 million, thus giving us a potential total of $3 million for our good work for global polio eradication efforts. If we fail to provide the necessary funds there is the possibility of increased polio cases.

We will again celebrate World Polio Day on Wednesday, 24th October.

The clubs in the GO Train areas will again participate by handing out brochures to raise awareness.

Here are some ideas of how you may promote World Polio Day.

-Create your own "This Close" ad
-Host a walk, run or bike-a-thon in your committee.
-Send out press releases about your event.
-Download World Polio Day Proclamation from the RI website and ask your town or city to commentate World Polio Day on Wednesday, 24th October.
-Invite a polio survivor to speak to your club or clusters.

Rotary Club of Cambridge North will be working with the local hockey team in promoting World Polio Day.

I am working with Rotarians throughout the District. Please lend a hand and promote World Polio Day on Wednesday, 24th October.

The last 1% will be the most difficult to eradicate.

Polioplus Hajra Wilson 2012-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
D7080 GSE Team arrives in Venice to begin their exchange with D2060 Randy Seager 2012-05-15 00:00:00Z 0

The Final Inch - fundraising gala for Polio Plus

Posted by Carole Berry on Mar 01, 2012

Come to a spectacular gala and help us "get closer" to finally eradicating Polio.
On Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m. the Rotary Club of Brampton will host "The Final Inch"
Program includes:  
4 course served dinner, plus dessert table
PEACE MISSION - an east-west fusion group
The Polio Eradication Story
Activities and Fun through the Evening

Located at
Sagan Convention and Banquet Hall
7180 Edwards Blvd., Mississauag
(Hwy 407/Hurontario Street)

Tickets:  $75 each  (partial tax receipt from Rotary Foundation)
Table of 8 $600
Sponsorships available - $500 - $5000
Contact Rotarians
Sheila Winsor  416-453-5289  Carole Berry 905-790-6983  Badar Shamim 905-456-2024
Register on line or email

The Final Inch - fundraising gala for Polio Plus Carole Berry 2012-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Meet your new Governor for 2014-2015, Patsy Marshall Norm Bindon 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z 0

Call For District Governor Nominations

Posted by Norm Bindon on Aug 20, 2011


It is that time of year when we select the next GOVERNOR "in waiting"

2011-12 Brian Carmichael          

2012-13   Ian Ferguson    2013-14   Mike Gauthier         

2014-15 To Be Selected 

The nomination form, the initial notice to club presidents and the pertinent sections of the RI Manual of procedure are available here and on the SITE Pages to the right as downloadable files.

Nominations must be received not later than: Midnight, Monday October 24th, 2011.  

Call For District Governor Nominations Norm Bindon 2011-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation / Future Vision Announcement

Posted by Brian Carmichael on Jul 01, 2011
We are pleased to announce that PDG Bob Palmateer will assume the role as Future Vision Chair. Bob will head the committee that implements the transition from the present Foundation committee structure to the new Future Vision model. Bob will assume these responsibilities immediately. When Syd Harmon,  the current Foundation chair, completes his term in June of 2012 Bob will assume the role of chair of this new Foundation/Future Vision committee. While we do not officially become a Future Vision District until July 2013 the new committee structure should be in place early in the Rotary year 2012-13.
Rotary Foundation / Future Vision Announcement Brian Carmichael 2011-07-02 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Nominations

Posted by Norm Bindon on Sep 21, 2010
 District Governor Nomination  Deadline Approaching

‘Nominations for District Governor for the Rotary year 2013-2014 close  on October 12, 2010. For further information contact your Club President or  Club Secretary or visit the links to the left under Site Pages - District Governor Nominations.

Interviews will take place on October 23rd

2010-11  Bernd Dinnert      2011-12 Brian Carmichael      2012-13   Ian Ferguson      2013-14   To Be Selected

District Governor Nominations Norm Bindon 2010-09-22 00:00:00Z 0

'Club of the Month' winner for the month of August

Posted by Bernd Dinnert on Sep 08, 2010

During the last Presidents meeting, DG Bernd congratulated Rotary Club of Shelburne President Bill Roy for being the first club to win the Club Of the Month competition for the month of August. President Bill proudly explained that the Rotary club of Shelburne staged this year the 60th Canadian Fiddeling competion.

'Club of the Month' winner for the month of August Bernd Dinnert 2010-09-09 00:00:00Z 0

Far Horizons - Group Study Exchange Newsletter

Posted on Aug 16, 2010
The first edition of this year's Far Horizons is available for download.  It has information about our team leader Peggy Anderson-Coats; requirements for team member applicants and an introduction to District 4340 (Chile) and the team that will be in our District from mid September to mid October.
Far Horizons - Group Study Exchange Newsletter 2010-08-17 00:00:00Z 0

Brampton Rotaract

Posted on Aug 06, 2010
Inauguration Party Sunday August 15th, 2010 The invitation is available at the following link: If yourself or anyone needs more information, you can email me at or call me at 416-892-9574. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at the party! Laura Ansell Social Director Rotaract Club of Brampton
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Congratulations Peggy !

Posted by Bernd Dinnert on Aug 04, 2010
It was late on Wednesday August 4th when the GSE district committee decided, that Peggy Anderson Coats, Past President of the Guelph Trillium club, should be the GSE team leader leading a team to district 4340 in Chile in the spring of 2011.
Congratulations Peggy ! Bernd Dinnert 2010-08-05 00:00:00Z 0

July News letter from DG Bernd

Posted by Bernd Dinnert on Jul 19, 2010
Fellow Rotarians, Our new Rotary year has commenced and I started my visits to the Rotary clubs within our district. It is summer time and several of our clubs have BBQs as part of their club meetings. I enjoy the concert of singing birds during my talks. A big thank you to the Rotary clubs of Tavistock, Guelph-Trillium, Kitchener- Westmount and Mississauga-Meadowvale for their warm welcome...
July News letter from DG Bernd Bernd Dinnert 2010-07-20 00:00:00Z 0

Club Official Directory data reporting made easier

Posted by Brian Carmichael on Jul 08, 2010
We are excited to introduce new capabilities for Rotary clubs to report their club contact and officer information through Member Access at Each current Rotary club president, secretary, executive secretary/director is now able to report and maintain the following club data online:
Club Official Directory data reporting made easier Brian Carmichael 2010-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
details for Mike Ledwith Bernd Dinnert 2010-07-05 00:00:00Z 0

Looking for GSE Team Leader Candidates

Posted on Jul 04, 2010
We are looking for candidates to apply for the position of GSE Team Leader to lead a team to District 4340 in Chile from March 19th to April 19th 2011. The selection session will be held on Wednesday, August 4th in Cambridge from 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Looking for GSE Team Leader Candidates 2010-07-05 00:00:00Z 0

PDG Mike Ledwith passes on

Posted by Bernd Dinnert on Jul 03, 2010
It is with great sadness to inform you that Past District Governor Mike Ledwith passed away on Saturday morning July 3. Mike was District Governor of District 707 in 1975/76. He was the last surviving charter member of the Rotary Club of Milton. He was also a past Mayor of Milton. It was just last week when Mike Ledwith was named Senior of the year in Milton. He was known for his humility and his preference to working behind the scenes. Our sincere condolences go out to the family members of Mike. More information about funeral arrangements will be published as they become available.
PDG Mike Ledwith passes on Bernd Dinnert 2010-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Polio Plus Cruise 2010-06-25 00:00:00Z 0

CN Tower Lights Up for Rotary's 100 Years

Posted on Jun 13, 2010
Toronto, Ontario --- On the evening of June 19, 2010, the world's tallest tower, CN Tower will be lit up in Rotary Blue and Gold to honour Rotary International's 100 years in Canada, it was announced today by Doug Byers, District Governor of Rotary International District 7070 ,  the Rotary District located right here in southern Ontario.
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25th Anniversary Airport Rotary Club

Posted on Jun 06, 2010
Date: Thursday June 17th, 2010 Time: 6:30 PM Fuzion Banquets 1300 Britannia Rd, East Mississauga, Ontario L4W 1CB For Tickets Call Malini 905-502-0015 Diamond 416-560-6631 Hilda 905-849-8350
25th Anniversary Airport Rotary Club 2010-06-07 00:00:00Z 0


Posted on May 10, 2010

As of 30 April, Rotarians have raised about $122.4 million for Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge. These contributions will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

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2010 COL Summary Report
by PDG Doug Vincent

Posted on May 03, 2010
Our D7080 COL Representative, PDG Douglas Vincent has filed this Summary Report of significant issues coming from the 2010 COL.   This is in addition to his daily reports sent during the deliberations in Chicago.  This is the Rotary International parliament that reviews and adopts various constitution and bylaw items that govern our global organization.   See Reports here.
2010 COL Summary Report by PDG Doug Vincent 2010-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International News Frank Strauss 2010-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Woodstock Awards of Excellence 2010-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Programs for Youth and Young Adults 2010-04-04 00:00:00Z 0

World Health Fair Rotary Action Group

Posted on Mar 23, 2010
Hello Rotarians,

Our booth number for the International Convention is 2000. Great  location just to the right of the main entrance, on a corner. Out of  200 booths, we have one of the best!!!!
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District Interact Conference

Posted on Mar 08, 2010

Students from the Interact Clubs of District 7080 – about 150 students in total - will participate in an upcoming Conference on April 16, 2010 at St. Jude's Academy in Mississauga.

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Hospital Equipment for Jamaica

Posted on Mar 01, 2010
3 containers full of Hospital Equipment are on their way to Rotarians in  Jamaica, and will be distributed to various hospitals there. A huge thank you goes to Pres. Dale Scheerer, AG Mike Gauthier, AG Andrew Williams, the Rotary Clubs of Bolton, Palgrave & Kitchener Westmount, for a great project well done.

Aldo Villanovich    D-7080 WCS Chair

Hospital Equipment for Jamaica 2010-03-02 00:00:00Z 0

Good News Update on Ian Ferguson

Posted on Feb 19, 2010
At the Presidents Meeting DG Bob told us that Ian Ferguson (DG 2012-2013) had gone in for a stress test and based on the results his doctor had immediately put him into the ICU at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital. The good news is that after a procedure on Friday Ian was released from the hospital on Saturday. He will recuperate for a few days. Refrain from lifting glasses of beer over 5 lbs. Start playing squash again in a weeks time. Ian will fill us in on all the details when we next see him.
Good News Update on Ian Ferguson 2010-02-20 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarians ‘Healing Little Hearts’ in India

Posted on Feb 14, 2010
Above: The first child to receive heart surgery funded with a D7080 Rotary Foundation matching grant, is joyfully greeted by Hajra Wilson. For photo slideshow <click here>.

"Give a 'Gift of Life' to 200 children through life-saving heart surgeries."
This was the challenge presented, by RIDN Shekhar Mehta from Calcutta, India at the Zone 22 Institute in Victoria BC.  That  statement created an impact on D7080 PDG Doug Vincent, who has since worked with Shekhar to coordinate 50 lifesaving surgeries.  Their goal was to include an opportunity for Canadian Rotarians to subsequently meet the patients & families face to face, and be touched by the outcome of this effort.
Rotarians ‘Healing Little Hearts’ in India 2010-02-15 00:00:00Z 0

Help Haiti - Rotary Foundation (Canada) Fund

Posted on Jan 28, 2010

I am pleased to advise you, on behalf of the board of The Rotary Foundation (Canada) that through February 12th, Canadians may make a tax-deductible donation to The Rotary Foundation (Canada) designated to help with earthquake recovery projects in Haiti. These restricted contributions will be used for Rotary Foundation projects in Haiti.

The easy way to contribute is on the secure donation page at .

Help Haiti - Rotary Foundation (Canada) Fund 2010-01-29 00:00:00Z 0

Beyond Borders News Zones 24 and 32

Posted on Jan 09, 2010
Districts across our two Zones have done a tremendous job in keeping Rotary active and strong - whether it is through contributions to the Foundation, Polio eradication efforts, Membership Development and chartering of new clubs, promotion of the 2010 Montreal Convention or community and International projects. Rotary is alive and well in Zones 24 and 32.

Click here to view the Beyond Boarders newsletter.
Beyond Borders News Zones 24 and 32 2010-01-10 00:00:00Z 0

Meet your District Governor for 2012/13

Posted by Robert Palmateer on Dec 28, 2009
It is my pleasure to announce that the nominating committee for District Governor has selected Ian Ferguson to be the District Governor for 2012/13 following completion of candidate interviews on December 12th.
No club having proposed a challenging candidate by the December 28th deadline, I declare Ian Ferguson, as the candidate of the district nominating committee, as governor nominee to serve as District 7080 Governor in 2012/13.
Meet your District Governor for 2012/13 Robert Palmateer 2009-12-29 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary World Peace Scholar

Posted on Nov 24, 2009
A report from Rachel. Our first Rotary World Peace Scholar studying at the University of Bradford in England.

Click here to view Rachel's report.


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CRCID Appoints new president

Posted on Nov 17, 2009
Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development is pleased to announce the appointment of PDG Peter Peters as President.

Click here to view the announcement.
CRCID Appoints new president 2009-11-18 00:00:00Z 0

Polio Plus Quilt Raffle

Posted on Oct 24, 2009
$7,717.00 raised for Polio Plus. And we made the latest issue of the Rotary Fellowship of Quilters and Fabric Artists.
Polio Plus Quilt Raffle 2009-10-25 00:00:00Z 0

Polio Plus trip

Posted on Sep 22, 2009

Travel to New Delhi with Past President Hajra Wilson,PolioPlus Chair , District 7080. Assist us in the eradication of Polio in State ofWestern Uttar Pradesh, India. 6th January to 16th January, 2010. Space is limited. Please contact Hajra Wilson, hajra.wilson@me .com

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District Youth Exchange Dragonboat

Posted on Sep 07, 2009
The Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club will be hosting the District Youth Exchange Dragonboat practice/race(Dragon Boating provided by the Woodstock Rotary Club) and Campout in Woodstock at the Pittock Conservation Park. After the Dragonboat practice/race we will be having a BBQ at Pittock Park,
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Reach One, Keep One

Posted by Brian Carmichael on Aug 30, 2009
Rotarians are responding enthusiastically to the new membership slogan, "Each Rotarian: Reach One, Keep One."

"Each one of us became a Rotarian because someone invited us to attend a Rotary meeting," agrees William Pollard, past governor of District 7600 (Virginia, USA). "We all have a responsibility to grow our Rotary family so that we can continue to provide service to our local and international communities."
Reach One, Keep One Brian Carmichael 2009-08-31 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary, Google join forces

Posted by Brian Carmichael on Aug 30, 2009

Rotary has teamed up with Google to make nearly 100 years of The Rotarian available free online.

Full-color, searchable scans of all issues of the magazine from 1959 to 2008 are now available through Google Books, with more issues to follow. The site is accessible from The Rotarian's page on the RI Web site.

Rotary, Google join forces Brian Carmichael 2009-08-31 00:00:00Z 0

VIA Rail Convention Fare

Posted on Aug 23, 2009
This will confirm VIA Rail Canada's participation as the major ground transportation company for the Rotary International Convention in June 2010.

VIA Rail Convention Fare 2009-08-24 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Cruise

Posted on Aug 03, 2009
Rotary Cruise - After the Montreal RI Convention join the Rotary District 7080 - End Polio Now Fundraising Cruise on Holland America - Montreal to Boston - June 26-July 3, 2010.  And then spend a couple more days in the city of the "Boston Tea Party" - celebrating America's 234th Birthday!  (July 4, 2010).  See the World famous Boston Pops as they host the city harbour firework display. An optional 3 night package is available, hotel, Boston sightseeing and the Boston Pops Annual Firework display concert read more
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Rotary Fellowships

Posted on Jul 23, 2009
Rotary Fellowships is one of Rotary International's nine structured programs designed to help clubs and districts achieve their service goals in their own communities and in communities abroad, fostering fellowship and goodwill in the process.
Rotary Fellowships 2009-07-24 00:00:00Z 0

Club News for the District Website

Posted by Frank Strauss on Jul 14, 2009
The Rotary Club of Oakville and Marlatt Financial Advisors have teamed up once again to lend their support to Ian Anderson House and other local community and International Projects by hosting our Seventh Annual Golf Tournament at Indian Wells Golf Club on Monday September 21st, 2009.

The cost is only $170 per person which includes green fees, shared electric cart,  welcome package and banquet dinner.  There's lots of prizes and fun games happening throughout the day!

We currently have only 5 foursomes left!!

Please download the  Players Registration Form .   To registers or for more information contact John Smith at  or call 905.827.5666. 

Club News for the District Website Frank Strauss 2009-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
First Edition - Rotary Canada Frank Strauss 2009-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

$10,000 Smile

Posted on Jun 17, 2009
Sanjay Saujani, member of the Mississauga Meadowvale Rotary Club, is all smiles after winning the $10,000 Hole-In-One prize at the 1st annual Erin Rotary Club Charity Golf Tournament. His golfing partners are Glenn Crawford (left) the current club president and Dave Partridge (right) former member and now current member of the Erin Rotary Club, Sanjay has already signed up for the 2nd Annual tournament to be held in June 2010
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Rotary Stamp for Canada Brian Carmichael 2009-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Volunteer at the 2010 RI Convention Brian Carmichael 2009-05-25 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Toronto Argos

Posted on Apr 26, 2009

The Toronto Argonauts are offering to Rotary Clubs an opportunity to sponsor students to attend the "SAS All-Stars" leadership program. For details regarding the game for your area click here .

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Posted on Apr 26, 2009

Sat. May 30, 2009 Humber College Lakeshore Campus West Building B

Click here for the flyer.

Click here for the registration form.
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Zone 22 Newsletter April 2009

Posted on Apr 16, 2009
"There is a great temptation when choosing people for a specific assignment to choose someone who has previously done the job . . . but it seems to me that one of the responsibilities of leadership is to seek out and develop the latent talent of those members who, for various reasons, have never had a real chance to demonstrate their ability."
Clem Renouf, RI President 1978-79

Click here to download the newsletter.
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Update on our Ambassadorial Scholar

Posted by Fred Sweeney on Apr 04, 2009
Thought I'd drop you a quick note to let you know how things are going. I've now finished up with my second term and I'm not two weeks into the session break before the last term. I'm thus glued to my computer working on my thesis and trying to get the research done as quickly as possible (and, of course, it's right now moving along at a snail's pace). 
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"This Rotarian Age" now in PDF

Posted on Mar 22, 2009
Editor: Tsukishima, Becky

Posted on Mar 07 2009Our Founder Paul Harris wrote "This Rotarian Age" almost 75 years ago, and yet his words and vision still resonate.

Now Mike Raulin (a publisher) is creating easier to read books in PDF format to download and read. A remarkable contribution to Rotary Global History.

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Update from Rachel our World Peace Scholarship

Posted by Fred Sweeney on Mar 14, 2009
It has been busy lately... so much so that the blog has been languishing a bit.  This is largely because I've got two part-time consultancies on the go alongside a new full time position as a psychosocial officer with Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance... supporting asylum seekers and refugees to access medical, psychological, social and educational services in Cairo, and advocating for their rights. Hearing their stories of the persecution they faced in their homelands, and their ongoing struggles in Egypt makes me that much more convinced that practitioners and policymakers need to work at addressing the root causes of conflict which will minimize their displacement. I am really enjoying this work, although some days it can be pretty heavy.

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Rotary is You Family

Posted by Douglas W Vincent on Feb 27, 2009
The Family of Rotary is another benefit of Rotary Membership.  The next time you are telling a prospective member about the many personal benefits of joining Rotary, impress them with this true life story.  It shares how the unfortunate accident of a Rotarian's son was helped by local Rotarians in Jamaica.
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Reach out to Africa

Posted by Brian Carmichael on Feb 23, 2009
Reach Out To Africa

Reach Out to Africa will focus on projects related to water, health, literacy and education, economic empowerment, children's welfare, and disabilities.
Originated by Past RI President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson's advisory committee, the ad hoc committee consists of four regional subcommittees that cover eastern, western, southern, and northern Africa, and another subcommittee made up of Rotarians from around the world who have participated in successful projects on the continent.

For more information you can follow these links

Learn more on the Reach Out to Africa Web site.
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Foundation Future Vision Pilot District

Posted by Brian Carmichael on Feb 23, 2009
At the Presidents Meeting the clubs overwhelmingly voted in favour of applying to be a Rotary Foundation Future Vision Pilot District.

Of the 530+ Districts in the world 100 will be selected to be Future Vision Pilot Districts

You can follow the links below to get more information about Future Vision or click on the following link

Future Vision

Learn more about the Future Vision Plan
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District 7080 Scholarship Programs

Posted by Fred Sweeney on Jan 05, 2009
1. Ambassadorial Scholarship
District Council 7080 approved a recommendation from the Foundation Committee to offer an Ambassadorial Scholarship for the 2010/11 school year. Club presidents may begin seeking applicants.

2. Rotary Peace Scholarship
There are only 36 positions available worldwide annually. This year Rachel Yordy of Elmira was selected for a 2 year scholarship.
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Membership Matters Newsletter - September

Posted on Jan 02, 2009
In a year of economic havoc that rocked global markets and shook consumer confidence, Rotary International's most important asset – its members – steadily grew. As of 30 June, the end of the 2008-09 RI year, there were 1,234,527 members in 33,790 Rotary clubs. That's an increase of 3,044 members and 520 clubs from the previous year!

Click here to download the full newsletter.
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Rotary World Peace Scholarship for the 2009/11

Posted on Dec 24, 2008
Rachel Yordy has been selected to receive the Rotary World Peace Scholarship for the 2009/11 school year. Her selection is quite an accomplishment considering that there are only 36 positions available each year for this scholarship. She was selected from among applicants from 186 Rotary Districts around the world.
She will begin her studies in the fall of 2009 at Bradford University in England. Her sponsoring club is the Rotary Club of Waterloo. I have been trying to get her out to visit some Rotary clubs in the Waterloo area. However, she is leaving to work in Egypt in January, prior to beginning her studies next fall.

Rachel Yordy

Hello Rotarians! My name is Rachel Yordy and I am from – in the words of my favourite history teacher – the 'little hamlet' of Elmira. Thanks to the incredible support of my local club (Waterloo), you folks at district 7080, and Rotary International, I have recently been awarded a Rotary World Peace Fellowship to pursue graduate studies at the University of Bradford next September. Fred Sweeney suggested I introduce myself to you and tell you a bit about what I'm up to until I move to the UK, so here we go…

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World Heath Fairs Rotarian Action Group

Posted on Oct 06, 2008
Health Care Around the World

Rotarians from 35 countries are working together to improve world health.

With their battle cry of "Prevention is the intention" their mission has been and is to provide and promote health care and disease prevention wherever the opportunity presents itself. This simple but profound mission statement reflects a lifelong commitment by these members to provide "service above self" and to prolong life of individuals wherever possible.

Click here to view the newsletter.

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Membership Minute

Posted on Jul 29, 2007
Raising public awareness to generate interest in Rotary club membership
Recent focus groups conducted by RI (of non-Rotarians) indicate that many people are not aware of what Rotary is or what Rotary clubs do. Public awareness and your club's public image have a direct effect on membership growth, so it's important that the membership and public relations committees work together to coordinate their activities and goals. When your club has a prominent, public presence in your community, inviting prospective members to become Rotarians becomes a much easier task to accomplish. 
This edition of TheMembership Minute is dedicated to providing helpful tips and resources on the topic of external communication. 
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Make a difference!

Posted by Stephen Rhodes


You are the missing piece


Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders.

Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Learn More about Rotary today. Find a club near you. Visit


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Interota is Coming!

Posted by Stephen Rhodes

ImageYou’ve heard about it, you’ve seen the logo, but now you ask “How can I get involved?!” The start of the International Rotaract Conference is less than 6 months away, and with hundreds of Rotaractors about to descend on Toronto, we want Rotarians in District 7080 to be involved! 

Over the next several months, the Interota Organizing Committee invites you to reach out to them to see how your club or individual Rotarians might be a part of the historic event for Rotaract in Canada. 

The committee is looking for corporate sponsorship, donations-in-kind, and volunteer support as they welcome over 300 Rotary youth from around the world.   If you are interested in helping, or just want to hear more about Rotaract and Interota, please contact or visit for more information.


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Successful Cluster Dinner!

Posted by Barbara Fisk

 ImageThe Rotary Guelph-Wellington Cluster held the first of several area, multi-club events of the 2013-2014 year.  The featured speaker, Ron Denman, charter president of WASRAG (the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group) and worldwide authority on Rotary water projects, spoke to a group of approximately 100 Rotarians, spouses, friends and 16 Guelph Rotaractors on Tuesday evening, Jan 21st at the Guelph Golf and Country Club.  

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Table Talk - developing a PR plan

Posted by Stephen Rhodes
Attended the Rotary Regional Success seminar in Toronto on the weekend and broke into groups to develop a PR plan for clubs. Here is what our table discussed. Lots of ideas.
Table Talk – Public Image Plan

 ImageGoal – to raise public awareness and Rotary profile in our community, to generate new members

 Target – people who want to make an impact in our community and beyond

 Messaging – Our club (s) impact (s) our community by:

detail what your local club does (ie supports seniors and how, youth, children, specific projects etc)

-          We impact the world by:

-          If you are looking to give back, Rotary is the place for you.

How to reach our target

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The question of why we do what we do

Posted by Stephen Rhodes

At the Regional Success Seminar in Toronto, a presentation on membership growth included this fascinating video on selling the why of what we do and not the what when it comes to spreading the word and growing our membership. Worth the 18 minutes.

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Hajra earns prestigious award

Posted by Barbara Fisk

ImageAnn Lee Hussy, Rotary International Representative and recipient of the Rotary Foundation International Service Award for a Polio Free World, honoured Hajra Wilson with her Major Donor Award.

Hajra, a member of Cambridge North Rotary Club, was participating at the District 7080 Annual Conference, held at the Waterloo Inn, Waterloo.  She joined the ranks of other distinguished Rotarians who have made generous donations to The Rotary Foundation Canada.  Hajra is a District leader who has championed numerous National Immunization Days in Pakistan and worked tirelessly with local clubs to achieve their goals to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

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Paul Martin keynote speaker at our conference

Posted by Barbara Fisk

ImageThe Right Honourable Paul Martin, 21st Prime Minister of Canada, chatted enthusiastically and with determination to a gathering of keen Rotarians this past weekend at the District 7080 Annual Conference, held in Waterloo.

Martin, also known for his key successes as Canada's Finance Minister, spent time elaborating on issues surrounding Aboriginal schools, education, and the future of our Canadian economy looking at the 25-40% primary and elementary school current and projected intake of Aboriginal peoples.

Without our concerted efforts to help ensure students have appropriate and relevant education, our economy will not enjoy continued success.  Leaders of Canada's Indigenous peoples are working hard to create solid curriculum and get it out to the schools where it is needed most.  Martin's message to Rotarians was one of support and action at the education level.  Patsy Marshall, District Governor Elect thanked Martin in an equally informal and relaxed atmosphere
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World Polio Day in Guelph

Posted by Stephen Rhodes


On Thursday morning October 24th 45 Rotarians assembled at Guelph City Hall to raise the End Polio Now flag to mark World Polio Day. Pictured from Left to right are; Drew Hughes President of Rotary Club of Guelph Wellington, John Barbour President Elect of Rotary Club of Guelph Wellington, Brian Cowen President of RC of Guelph South, Guelph City Councilor Karl Wettstein, Jim Wadleigh President of RC of Guelph, John Barnum of Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium, Margaret Nixon Assistant Governor of Rotary District 7080 and Denise Pukarowski President Elect of Rotary Club of Centre Wellington.


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Peace on Earth – Not Just A December Thing

Posted by Ernie Ginsler
ImageWhat’s in it for the world? Rotary asks the big questions. Rotarians provide the big answers.

Last year’s Presidential theme was Peace. But peace has been a core value of RI since the 1920s. For the last eighteen months, Rotarians from the Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph clusters have been working to build a legacy around peace.

As a developmental step, suggested by RI, we are reaching out to clubs in District 7080 and beyond to fund three peace scholarships at the University of Waterloo. Initial fundraising within the Kitchener-Waterloo Cluster raised $40,000 from individual Rotarians and their clubs for the 2013-2014 academic year. Our goal now is to reach beyond K-W to raise $50,000 for 2014. Two scholarships of $23,000 will go to students in the Master of Arts in Global Governance (MAGG) program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPCS) program at Conrad Grebel University College. A smaller scholarship of $4,000 will go to a student in the Conflict Management Certificate Program at Conrad Grebel in the MPCS program. We hope that in the future this might lead to a long-term peace-building initiative.
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Celebrating New Generations

Posted by Rajeev Wijesinghe


It was Rotary’s New Generations members’ turn to share in President Sakuji Tanaka’s Rock Star presence.   On Friday March 1st, an informal evening reception hosted by the Rotary Club of Toronto at the city’s Fairmont Royal York Hotel saw over 200 participants from Districts 7010, 7040, 7070 and 7080 in attendance.  Good food, fellowship, and entertainment aside, it was the opportunity to meet Mr. Tanaka that brought these guests together.  

President Tanaka met with all attendees and posed for hundreds of photographs.  He listened with sincere interest where guests were eager to share stories of successful projects.  When Youth Exchange students were eager to adorn him with pins from their home countries, he accepted them with gratitude and enthusiasm.  

Rotary’s fifth avenue of service was in good company and was well-represented by passionate members of Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Exchange, and Rotary itself.

This evening program took place against a truly Rotary backdrop as the City of Toronto had declared the week of February 24 – March 2 to be “Rotary Week.”  Toronto’s City Hall was illuminated in Rotary colours and the Rotary flag was flown all week.  The reception was also one of many events during the week that celebrated Rotary’s presence in Toronto and beyond while extending a warm welcome to President Tanaka – the leader whose theme encouraged each Rotarian to strive for “Peace through service.”
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Rotary District 7080's Youth Exchange Program Honoured With High Recognition

Posted by Stephen Rhodes

ImageJavier Ortiz presents the "Dr. Abe Kottuthara Outstanding District Award" to District 7080 Youth Exchange Chair Chris Byrnes in Orlando Florida on Saturday Feb.16th. This award is presented annually by the (Rotary) North American Youth Exchange Network in recognition of exemplary youth exchange programs in Rotary districts across Canada, United States, and Mexico. In particular, District 7080's selection processes, recruitment, training programs, and funding process were highlighted as the award was presented.


Pictured Chris Byrnes with Javier Ortiz right.

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New button on the Menu Bar above

Posted by Randy Seager
Click on the Fundraiser & Events drop down list above to see some of the ways that clubs in our District are raising funds for worthy causes.  

Email me if you have an event or fundraiser that you would like to list.
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RC of Toronto, Founder's Day Luncheon

Posted by David Seager

The Rotary Club of Toronto's

Founders' Day Friday Luncheon November 23, 2012

to be held at The King Edward Hotel, 37  King Street East, Toronto, Ontario  

Lunch at 12:00 noon 

On November 28th, 1912, the founding members of The Rotary Club of Toronto met at the King Edward Hotel for our inaugural luncheon. 

Since 1912, Rotary has been an important part of the social fabric in our City, significantly influencing improvement in the urban community while providing all those we serve with hope and dignity.

We are pleased to invite you to help us mark this occasion by attending our Founders’ Day luncheon celebration at the King Edward Hotel (37 King Street East) on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 from 12 noon - 2:00 pm.

Pre-luncheon cocktails (cash bar) will be available from 11.30 a.m.

This is a celebration not just for The Rotary Club of Toronto, but also for all Rotarians in the Province of Ontario.  As the first club in this province, our founding members understood the goals of Rotary, and had a vision for the good that could be done in the application of our simple philosophy, always with the guidance of our 4-Way Test. 


Any questions please contact:

Tickets can be purchased online at this link

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PR squared with District 7070 and 7080

Posted by Stephen Rhodes

We promised the PR presentation delivered by Dave Andrews and Stephen Rhodes at the excellent joint District conference over the weekend would be available online. A copy is available here. 

 There are more Public Relations resources available here.

Share your best practices in 300 words, with any imagery you have and we will post them on the District website.

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What is Rotary?

Posted by Stephen Rhodes
Doug Vincent passed this RI video along that could be used by your club as a teaser for potential members.
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GSE Team from District 4640 in Brazil arrives in District 7080

Posted by Randy Seager
ImageRotarian Team Leader Vania Maria Tombini and her team members Eduarda Scariott de Almeida, Alcione de Abreu and Rogerio Gomes Pitz arrives early Saturday morning September 29th at Pearon Airport to begin their four week Group Study Exchange. Click below for their presentation schedule.
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A new Rotary year begins

Posted by Stephen Rhodes
ImageOutgoing DG Brian Carmichael pinned our new District Governor Ian Ferguson on Monday, June 25 at the special changeover meeting attended by 180 Rotarians from across the District.

The evening was organized by Bill Koopman, and MC was Jim Campbell, both of the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar.

DG Ian talked about the importance of clubs to the life of Rotary. He says strong clubs make for a healthy organization. He promised that District would be a strong resource for clubs during his year as DG.

For a Photo album of the evening click FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM (and please LIKE the page as we build a Facebook following.)

Photos by Bill Koopman
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District 2060 Group Study Exchange Team Arrives

Posted by Kathi Smith
The team from D2060 Italy arrived last night and was greated by a welcoming team which included DG Brian Carmichael, GSE Chair Randy Seager and outgoing GSE Team Leader Christine Wood.

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Web Site Changes

Posted by Brian Carmichael
Over the next few weeks we will be making changes to our web site. The idea is to make it easier for you to find information about all the programs related to the 5 Avenues of Service.

You will notice that there are now TABS across the top of the site. These will be expanded to include complete Drop Down Menus that will link to specific areas of Rotary information.

As new pages become complete we will list them here.

Please be patient we intend to have all the new features completed by April 21 2012.
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$200 Million Polio Challenge Update

Posted by Brian Carmichael
 This afternoon at the International Assembly, we had the pleasure of announcing that the Challenge has surpassed the US$200 million mark and has raised US$202.6 million as of 17 January 2011. In addition Jeff Raikes, Chief Executive Officer of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was at the Assembly and announced that the Gates Foundation has awarded The Rotary Foundation an additional US$50 million grant for polio eradication.  The new $50 million grant from the Gates Foundation is not a challenge grant


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"We're This Close" Ads to Run on CBC

Posted by Kathi Smith

Please find below the air times for CBC Network and News Network for the remainder of this week. Please tweet, post, pass along to anyone and everyone. We want to make as many people as possible aware that our 60second "This Close" commercial will be airing across Canada for the next three weeks.

All times are EST. Times can change due to live coverage, production break changes... or any other last minute change in scheduling.

Oct 19

Power and Politics News Network 5:06pm

Oct 20

The National News Network 9:10pm

The National News Network 11:51pm

George Stroumboulopoulos Network 11:25pm

Oct 21

Lang and O’Leary Prime News Network 7:11pm

George Stroumboulopoulos Network 11:55pm

Oct 22

Weekend Morning News Network 11:39am

Figure Skating Grand Prix Network 3:09pm

Figure Skating Grand Prix Network 3:14pm

Oct 23

Early Prime Weekend News Network 6:17pm

Figure Skating Grand Prix Network 3:18pm
Figure Skating Grand Prix Network 3:20pm
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Paul Harris Recognition Notice

Posted by Brian Carmichael
As a result of changes in North America to streamline and to reduce costs, the processing of Paul Harris recognition will revert to Evanston.

For the past several years the processing of Paul Harris Fellow recognition materials for Canadians has been done by The Rotary Foundation - Canada, at its office in London, Ontario. You have been able to contact staff at that office by phone at 519 473 3646.

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Rotary Club Locator Mobile app Brian Carmichael 0
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Send in your news items

Posted by Brian Carmichael
We would like to include articles on the district website about major club events, fundraising events - letting others know about them and how they turned out, and also interesting speakers that other clubs might like to hear.  You can contact one of the District Directors that can help you with posting it on the website.

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Free Training Available

Posted by Brian Carmichael
Free training (On-Demand Demos and Webinars) related to posting information and better utilization of our web site is available for any member at ClubRunner.  

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$200 Million Polio Challenge Update

Posted by Brian Carmichael


Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge totals*
US$ 194.7 Million
*As of   6th  November, 2011

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