It's the middle of March and we are in the middle of World Rotaract Week: March 12-16, 2018!
Rotaract is the "Junior Rotary" service club for persons aged 18-30. Rotaract turns 50 this year and the March 2018 edition of the Rotarian Magzine features articles about Rotaract as well as a feature story on Rotary International President-Elect Barry Rassin from the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas. One of Barry Rassin's key messages is to encourage Rotary clubs to charter more Rotaract clubs and to help build the connection with Rotaracters, many of whom will be potential Rotarians in the future.
Our District is blessed with several Rotaract clubs. Most are University-based clubs and one (the Rotaract Club of St. John's) is community-based. But we are so pleased to welcome a brand new Rotaract club - the Rotaract Club of the University of Prince Edward Island! See the feature story about UPEI Rotaract in this Bulletin.
We are in the midst of Training season and you won't want to miss the Training for Leaders of Clubs (TLC) in your area. Eastern Nfld and Central and Northern NS have already had their engaging sessions but if you are in the following areas, please mark your calendars:
March 24                    Southwest Nova Scotia – Centre Stage Theatre, Kentville
April 7                        Western Newfoundland – Corner Brook Regional High School
April 14                      HRM – Hearthstone Inn, Dartmouth
April 21                      PEI – Camp Gencheff
April 28                      Cape Breton- Boston Pizza, Sydney
May 5 & 6                   HV-GB & Lab West - Tentative dates - Locations TBA
May 12 or 13              Central Nfld - Tentative dates - Location TBA
The next Rotary Leadership Institute is scheduled for April 7th in Dieppe NB. This is an excellent training program to increase your Rotary knowledge and skills. Register at  
Registration is open for the District Conference but you need to book your room at the conference hotel - Holiday Inn and Conference Centre in St John's - before the end of March to ensure that you get the conference rates.
Yours in Rotary Service,
DG Don
Rotaract Club of UPEI is Chartered
President Paul Crant of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown is pleased to announce that the club has sponsored a school based Rotaract Club at the University of Prince Edward Island.  The club’s charter is on its way from Rotary International. The new club is meeting in the Don and Marion McDougall Hall at 2:00 pm on Fridays.
The charter club executive is: 
  • Berk Erbas, President
  • Jeremy Xu, Vice President
  • Emily Caldwell, Secretery
  • Kai Chen, Treasurer
(President Berk (left) and Vice President Jeremy (right) met PEI Premier Wade McLaughlin at the Premier's Dinner on Feb 5th, organized by the Island Rotary Clubs.) 
“It is a real privilege to see this club start up with so much enthusiasm”, said Martin Ruben, Director of Fundraising and Rotaract liaison, “Along with Rotarian Michael Morrison, we have enjoyed working with the Rotaract adviser at UPEI, Richelle Greathouse, to facilitate the creation and operation of the club.”
The Rotaract Club of UPEI has chosen mental health as its focus for 2018.  In the coming weeks and months, it will be holding fundraisers to support Lennon Recovery House Association who are creating a facility in the village of Rustico. “Our club chose mental health as our focus as there appears to be a critical need in the community for better facilities,” said Rotaractor Berk.  “We are thrilled to be contributing to the community in such an important manner.”
The club expects to have about 25 members for its charter night when it is arranged.  In addition to its focus on mental health, the club will be liaising with Rotarians in PEI to familiarize themselves with the job markets and to better understand the community in which they are studying.  Ideally, for Rotaractors who wish to start out their careers in PEI, they will have a significant advantage over those students who will not have the same experience.
As well as students from UPEI, the new Rotaract club will be looking for new members at Holland College in Charlottetown.  Many students there have already expressed an interest in becoming Rotaractors. 
PDD, RI Rep and Breakouts at District Conference!
Before the 2018 District Conference begins you won't want to miss the Thursday Professional Development Day (PDD) on May 24th at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre in the Town of Conception Bay South (outside of St. John's). That is where all Rotarians can take their leadership skills to the next level. It's free for incoming Presidents and Secretaries and only $30 for all other Rotarians. Lunch and transportation to and from the conference hotel is included in your PDD registration. 
Beginning Thursday May 24th evening with Home Hospitality with Rotarians from the six regional clubs, an event not to be missed, the conference officially begins on Friday May 25th at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre in St. John's. The conference has great keynote speakers, plenary activities, music, entertainment and lots of opportunities for district Rotarians to "Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action"! For more details and to register go to:
The Rotary International President's Representative to the 2018 District Conference is Michael Webb from the Rotary Club of Mendip, England. Mike is a current director of The Rotary Foundation.  You won't want to miss him speak. He will deliver an inspirational address on the 2017-18 theme "Rotary: Making A Difference" as well as a report on Rotary worldwide. 
Here is the latest on the Friday and Saturday Breakout Sessions:
District Membership Chair Wendy Scammell and DGN Lousia Horne will lead a breakout on Membership - including an examination of the results of the district's exit survey of 100 people who left clubs in our district over the past 18 months.
Public Image is a key focus of Rotary International and our district. Carrie Jones, Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 24 East is travelling to St. John's and will talk about Public Image and the new "Rotary: People of Action" campaign.
  •  Hear all about "Santa to the Coast" from Past President Geoff Goodyear. The Rotary Club of Happy Valley - Goose Bay has been involved with this project for decades and it even won a Rotary Significant Achievement Award.
  • Designed by Interactors and Rotaractors and led by Kristina Ennis (a former Rotaractor, now Rotarian), this breakout is an opportunity to hear from our future Rotarians about the work they are carrying out in their own areas as well as what their needs for the future may be. 
  • Where do the Funds we donate to the Rotary Foundation go? District Foundation Chair PDG Stella Roy leads a panel that will showcase successful District Grants and Global Grants. "Exchange Ideas" afterwards in the Q&A and then "Take Action"!
  • He's helped many clubs in Newfoundland develop their strategic plan - he can help you as well. Rotarian Alex Twells leads the breakout on the “How To” of Strategic Planning – How to Assess your Club to Move Forward.
The Rotarian Magazine
The official magazine of Rotary in our part of the world is the English language version of the Rotarian. Part of our RI membership dues pays for our personal monthly subscription. Many Rotarians read the magazine from cover to cover every month.
Rotary recommends that each club have a Magazine Chair or Committee. The Magazine Committee encourages members to read and use the Rotarian magazine. When there are interesting articles many clubs talk about them in their club meetings. Or clubs use the articles to help generate ideas for future fundraisers or service projects.
Rotary International also encourages clubs to use their magazines as an opportunity for service. Clubs can buy subscriptions for local schools or libraries or members can donate used magazines to doctor's or dentist's offices.  To subscribe, order back issues and gift subscriptions, change your mailing address, or report a missing issue, email or call the Circulation Department at 847-424-5216 or 847-424-5217.
Finally, The Rotarian is turning green! You can choose to receive an electronic version instead of or in addition to your print version. You can choose to view a version designed for smart phone or tablet or download a pdf. Just log into My Rotary on and check out "The Rotarian" page under the Member Center. 
2018-20 IHE Delft scholarship application available
The Rotary Foundation and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education work together to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis. We’re offering up to 10 scholarships for graduate study at the IHE Delft campus in the Netherlands. The partnership aims to increase the number of trained professionals who can plan and implement water and sanitation solutions in developing areas. The scholarships are also designed to promote long-term, productive relationships between Rotarians and skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities.

Scholars will receive a Master of Science degree in urban water and sanitation, water management, or water science and engineering. Graduates work with their sponsor Rotary clubs on a related project to benefit their local community. The application is due 15 June. For more information, review the application toolkit and scholarship terms and conditions available from Abby McNear, Rotary Grants Manager,+1-847-425-5656

The Rotary International office in Zurich, Switzerland, will coordinate this scholarship program. If you have questions, please write to Vanessa Court-Payen at
Rotary Foundation Receives Highest Rating - Again!






For the 10th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

In the most recent ratings, TRF earned the maximum of 100 points for demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

In a letter to TRF, Charity Navigator notes that "only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

The rating reflects Charity Navigator's assessment of how TRF uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness.

This is our own charity and sometimes we Rotarians don't recognize how great a charity it is. For information on how you or your Rotary club can support The Rotary Foundation go to

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