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This has been a year of major environmental disasters! Category 5 Hurricane's like Harvey, Irma, Joes and Maria made their way through the Caribbean with sustained record-breaking wind speeds and storm surges causing untold personal damage and suffering.  The island of Barbuda is now considered uninhabitable as 95% of buildings were destroyed and there is no water or power.  Places liked the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Florida to name just a few other location have also been hard hit. 
 
But it's not just hurricanes that are causing devastation. There have been devastating flooding round the world. More than 1.7 million people have been affected in Nepal, while a third of Bangladesh is under water. Huge areas of India and Myanmar are also in need of support.  Earth quakes have recently caused major damage in Mexico. 
 
You and your club may be wondering how best to help in the face of such overwhelming need.
 
As official Project Partners in disaster relief, Rotary and ShelterBox work together to ensure that no family is left without shelter after disasters. ShelterBox teams are currently working with Rotarians in Districts where these disaster have occurred to determine the need and what can be done do to help.  But ShelterBox needs the support of Rotarians like you  in order to help families affected by these disasters around the world. 
 
Please consider ShelterBox as an avenue for you and your club to help give immediate relief to families whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed.  
 
Donations can be made online at www.shelterboxcanada.org where you will also find out more about the good work of Shelterbox.
 
 

Dear Rotarians,

As I am sure you all know, many of the cites along the Gulf Coast of the United States have been devastated by category 4 Hurricane Harvey with winds of over 130 miles an hour and over 50 inches of rain. It’s the heaviest storm on record anywhere in the U.S. outside Hawaii and it is still raining.

This severe rainfall has caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. Cities like Rockport, Texas have been completely destroyed.  The Greater Houston area with a population of over 6.5 million people (the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States) has had over 3.7 million people leave the region in the evacuation effort.  Others remained trapped inside their homes, as entire neighborhoods were submerged.

On Monday October 2, 2017 Rotary International President Ian Riseley will be the special guest for the Grand Opening of the Summerside Rotary Learning Centre. This great project is a great example of Rotary: Making A Difference!
 
In 2013, after a year-long strategic planning process, the Rotary Club of Summerside recognized an opportunity to undertake a signature project. Through this process, the club determined that expanding the services of the city’s library would be the best way to positively contribute to the community. The old Summerside Rotary library had outgrown its space making it impossible to meet the needs of the seventeen non-profit user groups and educational institutions, as well as the library’s weekly staff programs.
 
In 2014, the Summerside Rotary Club purchased “the old post-office” from the federal government and began the process of transforming the space to the new regional Inspire Learning Centre.  Rotary relied heavily upon its club members’ various skill sets to help with the fundraising, marketing, renovations and legal aspects throughout the process.
 
Through the generosity of the community and the contributions of all three levels of government, $2.8 million was raised to make the new Inspire Learning Centre a reality. Summerside Rotarians themselves contributed $300,000.
 
The Inspire Learning Centre now includes the library, meeting rooms and space for non-profit groups, taking up 15,000 square feet of the 27,000-square-foot building the Rotary Club had purchased. The federal government remains as a tenant in the remaining space.  The Rotary Club of Summerside, with a history of making things happen, has once again brought a “legacy” project to life for the benefit of all ages and for future generations. Follow these links to read more about this signature Rotary project:
http://www.summersiderotaryclub.com/Stories/inspiring-move-to-the-new-learning-centre
 
Have you read your September issue of the Rotarian yet? 
 
First of all, check out pages 48-51 and the feature article "Leap of Faith" all about the Syrian refugee crisis and the work of the Rotary Club of Amherst!  Great article and great job by the caring Rotarians of Amherst. Truly an example of "Rotary: Making A Difference"! Go to https://my.rotary.org/en/news-media/magazines/rotarian to see the article online. 
 
DG Don will be in Amherst on the official club visit on Monday, September 11, 2017 to congratulate the Rotary Club of Amherst in person. 
 
Secondly, congratulations to PDG Pete Smith Mbah Ntiante who had the picture he entered in the 2017 "RI End Polio Now" Photo contest profiled in the September 2017 Rotarian Magazine. You can see it on page 7 of the magazine. Follow the link above for the online version.
 
And finally, the Video to promote the 2018 District Conference in St. John's has been featured in the August 2017 edition of "Beyond Borders" - the Newsletter of Rotary Zones 24 & 32! Follow this link and check out page 11. http://https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000050077/en-ca/files/homepage/beyond-borders-aug-2017/02-Zones-August-2017.pdf
 
If you want to see that District Conference promo video again please follow this YouTube link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzjEYfaB4-w (or just search YouTube for "2018 Rotary District 7820 Conference Promo Video"). Who knows, you might be inspired to join the many Rotarians from around our District to come to St. John's for a memorable conference. See you there!
 
 
Rotary International has started what it is calling the People of Action Campaign where it is showing Rotarians doing what they have become known for; working together to make our communities better.
 
With that in mind, we would like to highlight some of the activities of the clubs and Rotarians in District 7820 by profiling our  People Of Action  on the front page of the District Website.  It is our plan to replaced the current top scrolling banner on the website with pictures of our Rotarians in action around the region or around the world.  To do that WE NEED YOUR HELP!
 
Please send Jim Goit (jbgoit@gmail.com) pictures of your club and members working on projects and we'll include them along with your club and project name in the next generation of the website masthead banner.
 
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of one-day courses offered to help refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge about Rotary.  Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business, professional and community leaders who want to become more knowledgeable Rotarians and more effective leaders in their vocation and their Rotary club.  It is open to all Rotarians but is especially beneficial for newer Rotarians.
 
You can find out more about RLI and the various sessions by checking out our on line resources.  Experienced Rotarians are the leaders of the sessions and you will meet others from clubs all over the Atlantic region.  
 
The fall session of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be held Oct 28, 2017 in Truro at the Truro Campus of the NSCC, 36 Arthur St.   We are planning to offer all Parts of the training if enough Rotarians from  District 7810 and 7820 register   On-line registration is available by clicking this link.  Don't delay as space is limited for each Part.
 
The cost of the course is  still $125 which includes lunch and breaks.  Hotel accommodation is the responsibility of the individual Rotarian. There is a block of rooms at the Best Western Truro - Glengarry ((902) 893-4311) available on a first come basis. The block will be held until Sept. 27/17 at $125.99 plus tax which includes hot breakfast.  
 
The Rotary Club of Truro is also hosting a reception at the Best Western on October 27th starting at 7:00 pm for Rotarians in Truro for the RLI event on the 28th. 
 
Participating in RLI has proven to be the defining moment for many Rotarians.  Join us in Truro.
 

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