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St. John's, NL. Canada
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Each year Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact clubs can earn a Presidential Citation from the Rotary International for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and their clubs. Activities include growing your membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community. The goals are designed to help clubs achieve a balance in activities.
The Citation is to honor the efforts of the many clubs that have worked hard toward their Rotary goals. 
Requirements are a bit different each year, reflecting the change in priorities of the President.  The 2015-16 version included goals around the use of electronic tools, for example, and not surprisingly the process  itself was driven by the on-line Rotary Club Central planning tool. 
The Citation was issued in three levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The Gold citation recognizes those who met the high bar of all seven goals; silver citations were awarded to those achieving six goals, and Bronze goes to those who have attained five (including, in all cases, the mandatory goals).
We have all witnessed the drama and devastation of the ongoing fires in and around Fort McMurray and many people in District 7820 have direct connections to people impacted by the fire.
At the District Conference held from May 12-15th there were several fundraisers and clubs were offered the opportunity to make pledges to the cause.  
PDG Duncan Conrad put together a package that includes a one night stay at the Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown, a Duncan's Island Tour and a 1000 Paul Harris Credits to be transferred to the successful bidder. The tour and hotel are valued at $600.00 CDN and the Paul Harris credits are worth $1000 US. After some spirited bidding, the successful bidder was Rob Christie of the Pictou Club. Thank you Rob! And thank you for your generosity Duncan!
In addition, PDG Pete Smith donated an oil panting by Rotarian George Lewis, an artist who is famous for his artworks that are often donated to Rotary causes.  Tickets were sold and the draw was made on Saturday evening. Dan Currie from the Rotary Club of Pictou won the draw.  50% of the $950 raised will going to the Red Cross for Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund; the remaining half will go to support Pete's work in The Cameroon. 
The Rotary Clubs of Truro, Lunenburg, North Sydney, New Waterford, St John's NW, Yarmouth, Stephenville, Windsor, Dartmouth, Waterford Valley, Sydney Sunrise, Avalon NE, Sackville & Area, New Minas Sunrise and the E-club of Atlantic Canada pledged a combined total of  $9,000. RI President's rep pledged $1,000 (US) or about $1,250 CDN.  Charlie A'Court performed at the Gala donated 25% of his CD sales that night to the effort as well.  
In all a total about $11,900 was pledged during the Conference. Outstanding!  And we know that other clubs and Rotarians will want to be involved.  The details on making donations follows.
It is the practice for the district to name one of our clubs for the Outstanding Club of the Year Award.  This is a very difficult task as there are so many great clubs doing extraordinary things.
To be eligible, the criteria specifies that the successful club must be eligible for the RI Presidential citation and have shown an increase in membership during the year.  Clubs are then judged on their Membership Development, Service Projects, Support of the Foundation and Service beyond the Club.
Always busy, PDG Pete Smith (Rotary Club of Port Hawkesbury) is the 2015-16 recipient of the District 7820 Heart of the District Award. The presentation was made at the Governors's Gala banquet at the District Conference on May 14th by DG Jim Goit.
The Heart of the District Award is given to a PDG who provided great service to the District during their year as District Governor and who continues to contribute in an outstanding way to the work being carried out by District 7820.
After returning from an NID in Cameroon and having seen the condition of the hospitals and clinics in that country, Pete decided to do something.  Since then he has continued to arrange shipments of containers of hospital and miscellaneous medical equipment to Cameroon (now working on number 16) and he has also been responsible for shipping several rebuilt school buses to the country.
Pete has also designed and built a mold for a water purifier for use in Cameroon.
Pete has been awarded one of the highest offices (Honourary Chief)  and has been given a piece of land in Cameroon where he plans to build a small community center. 
Pete Smith is deserving of the Heart of the District Award.  Congratulations Pete.
See more at on this site's Awards and Recognition page including the names of previous awardees.

Rotarians can help in Equador by responding to the medical needs of those suffering from the recent earthquake.
Health Partners International of Canada currently has 100 Humanitarian Medical Kits ready to be shipped. HPIC is sponsored by the Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturers and thus has access to top quality Canadian medications and medical supplies.
I serve on the Board and fully endorse HPIC's ability to provide necessary essential products. HPIC can supply $10 wholesale value of medication for $1. All in Canadian funds. This leverage make our contributions go further.

HPIC is also working with World Vision Canada in Angola in response to a yellow fever outbreak.

For more information on these emergencies and how to contribute please visit www.hpicanada.ca

Robert Earle ro.earle@eastlink.ca
International Service Director  902-466-4837
Rotary Club of Dartmouth       902-233-3205

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