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It's mid January and 2017 is rapidly fading into the rear view mirror. Before it does let's celebrate the fact that in 2017 there were only 20 cases of polio worldwide! Is 2018 the year to finally eradicate polio? 
 
Speaking of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) there are two stories about TRF in this Bulletin - one that highlights DistrictGrants and another about Peace Fellowships.
 
My official club visits have been completed so I have taken some time to reflect on what I have learned. See the story in this Bulletin. 
 
January is Vocational Service Month and in this month's Bulletin you can read how one club in suburban St. John's held a successful Career Fair. Also on the topic of Youth, read how our District is playing a major part in the Rotary Club of Ottawa's Adventures in Citizenship program. 
 
Looking forward we have a number of great Rotary training and learning experiences available - the Training For Leaders of Clubs (TLC) in various locations around the District, the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in April in Dieppe, the Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace in Vancouver in February and the Rotary International Convention in Toronto in June.
 
But I predict the highlight of the Rotary year will be the 2018 District Conference and Professional Development Day. The organizing committee from the St. John's area Rotary clubs have plans for a fantastic line-up of speakers, programming, activities and entertainment. Get ready to "Join Leaders. Exchange Ideas. Take Action"! You won't want to miss it. Go to http://rotary7820.com/page/district-conference for details and to register.
 
Until the next time, remember we are "Rotary: Making A Difference"!
 
DG Don
 
 
What DG Don Learned From His Club Visits
Starting with Rotary Club of Clarenville on July 10th and finishing with the Rotary Club of Happy Valley - Goose Bay on December 20th, I visited all 47 Clubs in District 7820 (48 including the E-Club). Pat joined me on over half of those visits. We have a very large and diverse district - NL, NS, PEI and St. Pierre et Miquelon - but it is filled with wonderful Rotary clubs in great communities.
 
I met with each Club's Executive or Board and I asked each Rotarian in attendance to describe their club using one word. The "word cloud" above reflects what I heard. The overwhelming number of word choices were positive ones. Just look at the words used most often - Community, Fellowship, Comradery, Service, Committed, Family and Fun. 
 
Sometimes the words chosen were neutral or perhaps even negative - such as Transitioning, Struggling, Stagnant and Disengagement. But most of the time the Rotary leader who offered such a word recognized that positive things often come out of acknowledging that there are challenges within their club, seeking solutions and then taking action to deal with them. 
 
My observation was that overall those clubs that had successfully brought more women and younger members into their clubs and in particular their club's leadership positions, tended to be the clubs that were healthier and had a more positive outlook. RI President Ian Riseley has encouraged Rotary clubs to seek out more women and more younger members and my observation is that this is a sound strategic direction for clubs to pursue.
 
Other trends:
  1. Flexible meetings. More clubs are taking advantage of flexibility in meeting times, locations and frequency. Ever since RI's Council on Legislation in 2016  there is no longer a "right" way to hold a Rotary meeting. Many successful clubs are experimenting with new ways to do things.  
  2. Focus on "Hands-On" projects. Most clubs are responding to the desires of their members to include more opportunities for hands-on service. 
  3. Cooperation and Leverage. Both small and large clubs are making it a practice to cooperate with other Rotary clubs, other non profit organizations, or other service clubs like Lions, on selected projects. This strategy leverages the power of the Rotary club to do more with fewer members. 
  4. Planning. More clubs have, are working on, or are updating their club's strategic plan. Healthy clubs tend to be ones that are effective planners. The focus of the annual Training for Leaders of clubs (TLC) provides training and tools for clubs leaders to help them with club planning. 
  5. Three C's - Continuity, Consistency and Collaboration. More clubs have, or are working on, sustainable multi-year leadership and succession plans. Healthy clubs tend to be the ones that have leaders that work together effectively, year over year. 
  6. Fellowship. Successful clubs are fun clubs with good fellowship. They recognize the value of friendship in advancing Rotary's service objectives and work on the social side of Rotary. 
  7. Making A Difference - Locally. While all clubs strive to do more, all clubs are making a difference in their local community. Rotary clubs in our District are proud of what they have accomplished and they should be! 
  8. Making A Difference - Globally. The most successful and healthy clubs include an international element in their service. A small percentage of the overall club budget can be leveraged with help from the Rotary Foundation through District and Global Grants to make a significant impact.
  9. District Conference Excitement. I was encourgaged to hear that many Rotarians from around our District, not just the incoming President or Secretary, were hoping to attend the District Conference in St. John's in May.  Don't delay - register now! http://rotary7820.com/page/district-conference
  10. RI Convention in Toronto Excitement. As of January 8, 2018 there are 129 registrations for the Toronto RI Convention from our District! For information and to register go to http://www.riconvention.org/en
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Adventure in Citizenship - Spring 2018
The Rotary Club of Ottawa established its annual "Adventure in Citizenship" Program in 1951, over 65 years ago. Each year about 220 senior high school students, from across Canada, spend four days in Ottawa experiencing tours, lectures, discussions and social events designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Canadian citizenship and the workings of our democratic insitutions. While in Ottawa they get to meet members of parliament, senior officials and others. They also gain an appreciation of the diversity of Canada through meeting one another and having discussions among themselves.
D7820 and our neighbouring District 7810 in NB have been longstanding participants in this program. Annually about 35 students from Atlantic Canada participate in the prgram.
 
The 2018 Program will run from Saturday April 28th to Wednesday May 2nd. There will be 24 students from our District including 18 from Nova Scotia, 4 from Newfoundland and Labrador and 2 from Prince Edward Island. That represents an investment of about $30,000 by clubs in our District, (and almost $50,000 across Atlantic Canada) in developing the citizenship of our young people.
 
The following clubs from District 7820 are sponsoring students to participate in the Adventures in Citizenship program in 2018.
 
Dist
Prov
Club/Area
7820
NL
Avalon Northeast
7820
NL
Exploits (Grand Falls)
7820
NL
Gander
7820
NL
St. John's Northwest
7820
NS
Bridgewater & District
7820
NS
Dartmouth
7820
NS
Dartmouth
7820
NS
Halifax
7820
NS
Halifax Harbourside
7820
NS
Halifax North West
7820
NS
Kentville
7820
NS
Middleton
7820
NS
Mud Creek Wolfville
7820
NS
New Minas Sunrise
7820
NS
New Waterford
7820
NS
North Sydney
7820
NS
Sydney
7820
NS
Sydney Sunrise
7820
NS
Truro
7820
NS
Westville
7820
NS
Wolfville
7820
NS
Yarmouth
7820
PE
Hillsborough
7820
PEI
Summerside
 
For more information about the Rotary Club of Ottawa's Adventures in Citizenship program go to http://rotaryottawa.com/page/welcome-to-the-rotary-adventure-in-citizenship-program
 
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Rotary Peace Fellowship 2019-2020
Rotary Peace Fellowship 2019-2020
 
Each year, The Rotary Foundation selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of our peace centers.
 
Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Fellowship develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
 
Our Fellowships
 
Each year, the Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities around the world.
  • Master’s degree programs: Last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break.
  • Professional development certificate program: For experienced professionals and lasts three months with two to three weeks of field study.
Selection Process
 
Step 1: Club Endorsement
 
Local Rotary Clubs interview interested applicants to ensure that the candidate possesses the skills, attributes and experience as outlined in the application form.  A club member (“Sponsor Counsellor”) will assist with the writing of the application form and liaise with the applicant throughout the entire process.  The club endorsed application form must be submitted to the Rotary District 7820 (serving Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and St. Pierre et Miquelon) by May 1, 2018.  Rotary Clubs may endorse one applicant only per year. 
 
Step 2:  District Endorsement
 
The Scholarship Committee Chair for District 7820, along with the Foundation Chair, will review all applications submitted and may choose to hold a secondary interview. The Scholarship Committee Chair will submit the recommended applications to the District Board of Directors for official endorsement of the District Governor by June 1, 2018.  The District may endorse more than one applicant per year.
 
Step 3: The Rotary Foundation selection

Final completed and endorsed applications will be submitted to the Rotary Foundation on or before July 1, 2018.  Selection is made by November 2018 to begin studies in the fall of 2019.
 
For eligibility criteria and more details, please visit https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships
 
 
Peace Fellowship Sub-Committee Chair for District 7860:  Jillian Gibson  jillian.gibson@outlook.com
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Rotary Career Fair 
Holy Spirit High School in Conception Bay South, is the fourth largest high school in Newfoundland and Labrador and up until this year, had never held a career fair.
 
New Generations Chair Rob Boychuk and his fellow committee members at the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast thought that needed to change. So, they met with the school officials and teachers as well as the Interact Club of Avalon Northeast which operates out of that school. Several months of planning followed. The result was a hugely successful Career Fair held on Tuesday January 9th, 2018 for five classes of  level II, grade 11,  students enrolled in Career Development 2201. 
 
Each class spent a school period (about 58 minutes) circulating the room with "occupational passports".  About 25 different occupations were represented at booths set up to provide practical information on each vocation - including academic, skills training and work experience requirements.  The occupations reflected a student survey of their vocational wishes. The Rotary Club did its best to meet their wishes and the students were able meet with a wide variety of vocational representatives - from carpenter, firefighter, lawyer, urban planner, realtor and mortgage broker to video game designer, TV producer and tattoo artist!
 
The students, teachers, administrators, occupational representatives and Rotarians all felt the day was a huge success, and worthy of repetition at this high school and expansion to other grades and other schools. 
 
The media took notice as well with positive coverage from CBC TV, NTV, the St John's Evening Telegram and The Shoreline community weekly newspaper. 
 
Congratulations on a job well done!
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Foundation Committee Report  January 2018
Happy New Year to All from the District Foundation Team!
 
Half Year Update:  At the half way point in the Rotary year we have trained 35 of 47 Rotary Clubs and 75 individual Rotarians for the District Grants Program for 2018-2019. The program is ready to accept grants from $1,000 to $3,000 (CAD) .
 
The Committee has entered all the qualified people in the District records but only eight (8) of the Clubs have returned their signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) back. If your club has not submitted its MOU then it will not be able to enter an application into the Grant program.  So, please complete and submit your signed MOU!
 
Example of a Successful District Grant:
 
The Grand Falls - Windsor  (Now Exploits) Rotary Club Centennial District Grant - the Lionel Kelland Presentation House Hospice (LKH)
 
Key facts:
  • The Exploits  club committed to $50,000 over a 2 year period.
  • This goal was achieved and a $5,000 Centennial District Grant was given in addition.
  • Private donations received on behalf of LKH:  $38,000
  • The Club gave Lionel Kelland Presentation House Hospice a cheque for $93,000.
This hospice is located in Grand Falls-Windsor but will serve the area of Central Newfoundland as a compassionate care and end-of-life facility. The Presentation Sisters have donated a building that they were previously using as a Retreat and Renewal Centre.
 
As well as providing compassionate end-of-life care, the hospice will also offer training to home care staff and families living in small communities who are taking care of loved ones.
 
The club dedicated their annual wine tasting event proceeds. To produce this event involves all members of the club in various roles. This is an annual event that raises significant funds and we committed 2 years to raise the committed amount.
 
The Rotary Club of Exploits bought 2 overbed tables, 2 dressers, 2 flat screen TV, 2 bedside tables, living room furnishings and 2 palliative care beds.  This will be in the ‘Rotary Room”. The Club will be receiving an acknowledgement (as will the Foundation) in the form of a plaque .
 
In the words of President Vicky Knee “ This project has captured the hearts and full support of the residents of our region” 
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Spring Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in Dieppe, NB
The spring Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) session is being held in Dieppe NB on Saturday April 7, 2018 at the CCNB Campus,  505 Rue du College  located off Champlain St in Dieppe, NB. The sign in desk opens at 8:15 am and the sessions will run from 9:00 am to about 4:00 pm. 
 
Having Rotarians attend an RLI session has proven to be a major benefit for both the member and their clubs.  The basic RLI program consists of series of three one day Parts.  The material in each part is organized to gradually increase the participants Rotary knowledge and leadership skill and are taken sequentially over a period of time. An overview of the RLI program  and the three parts can be found on the RLI page of the Website.
 
Depending on there being enough people who register in advance, all three Parts of the program will be offered.  If there are not enough registered for any of the Parts before the cutoff date of Mar 21st, that Part will be cancelled. 
 
Registration is all done on-line by clicking this link. The fee payable by cheque (or cash) at the door is $125.  Breaks and lunch are included in the fee. When you register, indicate you are paying by cheque.
 
Participants are responsible for their own hotel booking if needed. A special arrangement has been made with the Quality Inn Dieppe, just off the highway, just up the street from school. https://www.choicehotels.ca/. Here is link for directions https://www.choicehotels.ca/en/quality-inn-airport-dieppe-hotel-directions-cna72
 
There are two types of rooms available;
$119 - standard room (40 available)
$129 - deluxe room (10 available)
 
PLEASE CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY TO MAKE A RESERVATION!  Rooms will be held until March 6th, then released back to the hotel.
 
Hotel info below for those to call. Booking is under the name "ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (RLI)"
 
Quality Inn Airport
370 Dieppe Blvd
Dieppe, NB
E1A 8H4
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