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It’s Canada Day and Happy 150th Birthday to Canada! July 1st is also Memorial Day in NL and the 101st anniversary of the valour and sacrifice of the Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont Hamel.
 
Congratulations and many thanks to PDG Elva Heyge on the completion of a successful Rotary year which concluded with a tremendous District Conference in the Valley and a great celebration of the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation at the International Convention in Atlanta.
 
Today is also the first day in the Rotary year for the 47 clubs in our District. I am very honoured to serve as your District Governor in 2017-18. Like our District’s Club Presidents, today is my first official day on the job. My duties and responsibilities will be made much easier because of our excellent District Leadership Team including the Assistant Governors, District Chairs and Committees. Within District 7820’s leadership team we believe in the 3 C’s – “Continuity, Consistency and Collaboration” so my primary goal will be to build upon the positive legacy in our District created by our Past District Governors and “pass the baton” smoothly at the end of my term.
 
I look forward to meeting with many of you during the year at official club visits and district and club events. My wife Pat hopes to be able to make many of the visits and events as well. During our travels throughout the district I will be bringing greetings from RI President Ian Riseley and telling you about his chosen theme for 2017-18 and other Rotary news.
 
Beyond maintaining and improving what our District has already accomplished, I have three “P.I.P.E.” Dreams. I hope that we can build sustainable district strategies related to Public Image, Peace (and conflict resolution) and the Environment. Please let me or your Assistant Governor know if you are interested in helping with these efforts.
 
Until I see you in your home club, I wish you all the best as you begin the new Rotary year.
 
DG Don

 
District Leadership Team 2017-18
 
The 2017-18 District Governor Leadership team members officially begin their new duties July 1, 2017.  Details for each of these individuals may be found on their profile pages on the District website.
 
Our District is fortunate to have a strong, team based, leadership plan.  Please support them as they do the important work of Rotary.
 
ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Since 1949, Rotary International has had an annual theme which focuses our activities as Rotarians for that year. This is more for internal use than for the general public, for whom Service Above Self is a constant explanation of what drives us. According to RI President Ian Riseley, the 2017/18 theme of Rotary: Making a Difference represents what Rotary is and Rotary does, every day and in many ways. All those people who benefit from our great programs appreciate that Rotary exists to make a difference. Further, Rotary makes a difference to ourselves as Rotarians. We are improved as people by following the guiding principles that come from our mission statement and the Object of Rotary.
 
The world is a better place because of Rotary making a difference!
 
The 2017-18 theme logo symbolizes diversity, with people from all races and backgrounds uniting under the banner of Rotary to make a difference. It also symbolizes all of us striving to do better, reaching ever higher to do good in the world, in the name of Rotary. Even those of us who are modest in our achievements can, when combined with 1.2 million colleagues, contribute to making a difference, in our own communities and around the world. The circle shows that Rotary is in almost all parts of the globe.
 
It is a busy and active design, just as Rotary is busy and active.
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Meet RI President Ian Riseley
Rotary International 2017-18 President Ian Riseley
Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
 
President Ian has been a Rotarian for over 40 years. He is a professional accountant, an environmentalist, vegetarian, an avid sports fan, and has tremendous support from Juliet who is the first RI Presidential partner who was herself a former District Governor in Rotary. Ian is intelligent, capable, and has a keen sense of humour. Ian is the kind of person who takes what he does very seriously, but doesn’t take himself seriously. He would fit in perfectly in District 7820! 
Ian H.S. Riseley is a principal of Ian Riseley and Co., an accounting firm he established in 1976. Prior to starting his own firm he worked in the audit and management consulting divisions of large accounting firms and corporations.

Riseley has been a member of the boards of both a private and a public school, a member of the Community Advisory Group for the City of Sandringham, and president of Beaumaris Sea Scouts Group. He has been president of Langi-Taan Ski Club as well as honorary auditor or adviser for a number of charitable organizations. Riseley’s honors include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from The Rotary Foundation.

A Rotarian since 1978, Riseley has served as treasurer, director, Foundation trustee, and member and chair of numerous RI and Foundation committees.
 
He and his wife, Juliet, a past district governor, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of The Rotary Foundation. They live on seven hectares at Moorooduc, where they practice their personal philosophy of sustainable and organic living. They have two children and four grandchildren.
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2018 District Conference Promotional Video
 
 
The Professional Development Day will take place Thursday May 24 at Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre just outside of St. John's in Conception Bay South. Registration for both events will begin in January 2018.
 
In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments or wish to volunteer please contact Kathryn Atkin or Dave Works, Conference Co-Chairs.
P.I.P.E. Dreams for D7820!
RI President Ian Riseley has a passion for  Peace & Conflict Resolution and the Environment. He is also encouraging districts and clubs to take advantage of the new Rotary Public Image Campaign - "Rotary: People of Action" which was formally launched at the International Convention in Atlanta in June 2017.
 
In keeping with that spirit, DG Don has a few modest dreams for District 7820 for 2017-18. Three P.I.P.E. Dreams to be exact!
 
DG Don is seeking help from talented and committed Rotarians throughout the district to develop, by June 30, 2018 , sustainable district strategies for each of  Public Image, Peace and the Environment. If you are interested please let DG Don or your local Assistant Governor know.
 
There are also some simple steps that each club is encourage to do to support P.I.P.E. Dreams in our District.
 
For Public Image - let's use 2017-18 as a year to take a look at our Rotary club websites, brochures and other promotional materials and bring them up to date for the new brand standards introduced by Rotary International. If we all are up to date - it makes us all look better. Go to the Brand Center on Rotary.org for more details. And while we are at it, let's start to use the words "Rotary: People of Action" in our everyday language. It is especially useful in social and other media. We should use it as often as we use "Service Above Self".
 
For Peace, let's use 2017-18 as a year for all clubs to devote at least one club meeting to Peace. That means one week's program, speaker or activity should be related to peace and conflict resolution. Share your ideas with your Assistant Governor and take pictures for social media. Send in your pictures and we will show them at the 2018 District Conference in St. John's when we have a "white out" for peace!  
 
For Environment, let's use 2017-18 as a year for all clubs to devote  at least one club meeting to the Environment. That means one week's program, speaker or activity should be related to the environment. An easy way to do this is to participate in RI President Ian Riseley's "Plant a Tree" challenge. Every Rotary club in the world is challenged to plant one tree for each member of their club between July 1, 2017 and April 22, 2018 (Earth Day). Make it fun, make it memorable, make it engaging. You choose how to participate - plant a fully grown tree or a sapling. Plant the tree in a park or in your own back yard. Your choice. It may be a good idea to involve your community - school groups, youth groups, - you decide! Share your ideas and projects with your Assistant Governor and take pictures for social media.  Send in your pictures and we will show them at the 2018 District Conference in St. John's to demonstrate how we have planted over 1600 trees in our district to "Protect Planet Earth" and to support sustainable service in our communities and around the world.
 
I hope you will share my P.I.P.E. Dreams!  
 
DG Don
 
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Youth Service: A plan is nothing without people… 
 
At our District Conference, new District Chair for Youth Services, Michael Craig, presented a plan to significantly grow Youth Service programs in District 7820. 
 
The plan was enthusiastically received by Rotarians in attendance: Now we need some enthusiastic Rotarians to lead and work on some of the priority programs. Please consider the following five priority areas and contact Michael to let him know you would like to turn the plan into our collective reality.  Youth Protection; Youth Weekends; RYLA for Junior and Senior High; Adventures in (you name it); Short Term Exchanges. 
  1. Youth Protection and other support – While our Clubs and District has done a good job complying with requirements and ensuring the safety of the youth we serve, this has often seemed for Clubs to be more complicated and difficult to manage than it is. To improve this, Trinda Ernst and Holly Thompson are working to improve Youth Protection processes; Ashley Butt is doing the same for travel permission management for youth; and Alida Campbell is taking on our training and support materials.  These Rotarians could really benefit from your expertise and assistance.
  2. Youth Weekends – Our exchange students get together on 5-6 weekends between Sep-Jun. The plan is to expand this by 1-2 weekends to places in the District we’ve been missing, invite some of the more experienced Interactors to join on these weekends, and engage some of our youth alumni and Rotaractors in running these weekends.  Ashley Butt is working on this, but we need more Rotarians – especially Rotarians from Clubs that could run a weekend – to work on this.
  3. RYLA for Junior and Senior High – As much as Clubs already do to engage with youth in our local areas, we need a foot-in-the-door program to introduce Rotary to youth and schools where we don’t already have a relationship.  The Truro Rotary Club’s one-day RYLA leadership conference and the Yarmouth Rotary Club’s experience with excellent speakers available through partner organizations point the way for us to develop a RYLA program that all Clubs can use locally. To do this well, we need someone to lead the development of a strategy (needs assessment to program framework), create partnerships (community colleges for facilities and expertise, partner organizations for speakers and expertise), etc. We need a leader for this to get started.
  4. Adventures in (you name it) – Many clubs have the wonderful experience sending students to the Ottawa Rotary Club’s Adventure in Citizenship program. These week-long away programs most often have a tremendous impact on the lives of the students who attend. These are major awards – approx. $1250 in value, on par with many scholarships – and generate a great deal of favourable awareness of Rotary in schools. There are many other Adventures available: This summer our district’s Clubs are sending students to Adv. in Understanding in Peterborough and Adv. in Human Rights in Winnipeg. We also can create our own Adventures programs: E.g. a language and culture Adv. in St. Pierre & Miquelon, a cycling Adv. in (you name it), etc. These Adventures programs are another great foot-in-the-door program for schools and youth, but we need people to lead the development of a strategy and plan.
  5. Short Term Exchanges – The long term school year exchange program we offer can be challenging for clubs because of costs and the need to find host families. For summer 2018, we’re piloting the Short Term Exchange Program (STEP): a family to family exchange in July-August that Rotary Clubs facilitate but which is minimal cost to Clubs and does not require recruiting host families.  District 7810 in NB is sharing their STEP knowledge with us and Christine Murray is leading the pilot program for Sydney / Cape Breton. We really would like to offer STEP in 1-2 more pilot areas – especially places where we have Interact clubs e.g. Avalon Peninsula – but we need a Rotarian to lead the pilot in their area.
There are many great programs we can move forward with – but only with your help. Please really consider what you could do to help grow Youth Service in our Clubs and our District, and please contact Michael to let him know you are interested.
 
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A Great Year for the Foundation
2016 2017 was a great year for your Rotary Foundation in District 7820.
 
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) celebrated a century of doing good in the world in 2017 and again won accolades for the best Foundation in the World!
 
As a District during 2016-17 we gave $122,143 to the Annual Share Fund and $97,994 to Polio Plus! Even more good news - D7820 has an ALL TIME high "Every Rotarian Every Year" (EREY) with 457 committing to give annual donations to TRF!  
 
As a district we did two global grants and have several more in the planning stages. We also completed at least 12 district grants worth $23 000 including helping Simon in RC St John's Northwest from Ghana complete his masters and a $5000 centennial project in RC Grand Falls-Windsor.
 
As a district we had one successful Peace Scholar and one Global Grant Scholar go to Spain to study water.
 
Thank you  District 7820 from your Foundation Team! 
 
We truly made the 2016-17 Rotary theme of Rotary: Serving Humanity come alive and fulfilled The Rotary Foundation's mission of Doing Good in the World!
 
Polio Eradication Update:
 
In Atlanta at the Rotary International Convention, the "COUNT DOWN TO HISTORY " campaign was launched.  Since January 1, 2017 there have only been six cases of wild polio virus in the world - four in Afghanistan and two in Pakistan.
 
We are THIS close. Let's countdown to zero! 
 
D7820 Foundation Chair Stella Roy
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