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Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
 
The opening day of our conference is edging ever nearer. Many of you have been able to clarify your calendars for June and have completed your registrations. Thank you for doing so. For those of you who are still working on schedule, we have meeting space for you and a few rooms left at the hotel. We look forward to having you join us.
 
Every three years, districts are required to select a Representative to the Rotary International Council on Legislation, the body that determines how Rotary governs itself. The council meets to vote on enactments and resolutions, items brought forward by Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts and the RI Board of Directors. Our representative for the past three years, has been PDG Duncan Conrad. 
 
Beginning on July 1, 2017, our representative will be PDG Doug Logan, a member of the Atlantic E-Club, a satellite of the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside. The alternate representative will be PDG Greg Coldwell of the Rotary Club of New Minas. PDG Greg would serve as our representative if for some reason PDG Doug, had to step aside.
 
Thank you to all who allowed their names to stand for this important position.
 
As I write this, the weather gods are predicting a fine weekend in much of the district. Take the opportunity to go outside and enjoy.
 
Until next time
 
Elva
District Conference Update:  “Boldly Forward”, and Very Soon
Registration activity for the 2017 District Conference is very busy right now, with only a few weeks remaining until we gather as Rotarians at the Old Orchard Inn in Greenwich, Nova Scotia.  Drawing upon all the Annapolis Valley Clubs for volunteers, District Governor Elva and our Conference Committee are ready to educate, connect, entertain and feed delegates from across our District and beyond.  Please check the Conference website for registration information, and forward questions on anything (we have lists for travel, food allergies, etc.) to conference.registration@outlook.com.
 
Hotel spaces are going quickly, and the Old Orchard Inn staff can assist if you need other accommodation options close by.  Home Hosting spots for Thursday evening are also filling up quickly, and we expect to close off registration for this favourite Conference activity by May 24th.
 
Breaking Out the Breakouts:  If you click on the Speakers Tab on the Conference Website, you will see biographies about not only our keynote speakers, but the Breakout speakers as well – have a look to see what you can learn by attending these informative sessions.
 
Details on Blues, Brews & Barbeque, Friday evening:  Our informal evening event will be just that, informal, but great for trying new foods, beverages and meeting other Rotarians.  We’ll bus delegates to the Wolfville Farmers Market to sample foods from local favourites, including Meadowbrook Meat Market, The Port Pub, Christiany’s Brasserie (almost spelled that wrong), The Half Acre Café, and Chef David Smart from LaTorta Woodfired Pizza.  Their representatives will be there to explain the offerings, and assist those with food allergies.  Liquid beverages (including some non-alcoholic choices of course) will be available from Lucketts & Blomidon wineries, Sea Level Brewery, Wayfarers Brewery and Good Robot. Music, by the Mark Riley band, will add to the entertainment – and we promise to bus you home to the Old O’ safely afterwards.

Please remember the Youth Silent Auction: We have to confess to encouraging some healthy competition among our Rotary Clubs in terms of bringing something to contribute to the Rotary Youth Programs Silent Auction. 
 
Frieda Burger, fritzi@eastlink.ca is leading the charge for this auction, which raises money to support District Youth programs.  Please bring what you can, Club Presidents and Secretaries.  While on the subject of Youth Programs, we encourage Clubs with Interactors and Rotary Exchangers to register as soon as possible, so we can welcome them to the Conference as well.
 
The Apple Blossoms are starting to bud, and our 2017 District Conference Committee is looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible, very soon.
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June 1st Leadership Day Reminder
The registration for the June 1st Professional Leadership Day at conference is coming along.  Have you signed up?  You need to!
 
Please promote it in your club and at any opportunity you have in the next week or so to encourage others to attend. 
 
Here are a few key points:
  • The Leadership Day is for ALL Rotarians - not just Presidents and Secretaries
  • The focus is on "Generous Leadership" - for individuals, teams and organizations.
  • The emphasis of the workshop is Rotary related but the learning applies outside of Rotary too - to workplaces, other activities etc.
  • Many employers would recognize the professional development value of the day such that members may not need to take a vacation day to attend
  • If you are already registered for the full conference, you do not need to pay extra for the day - BUT you do need to register separately on the Conference site - there is a tab on the conference site for the day or click this link.
  • If you are not registered for the conference, the fee for the day is $25 to cover lunch etc. - a great value for a top notch day of training, facilitated by a world class leadership expert, Crane Stookey
  • We have evolved the previous "PETS and SETS" into the TLC (Training for Leaders of Clubs) days that we offered around the district PLUS this day of leadership training for everyone - so if people ask if this is PETS and SETS, the answer is that it is part of the new, improved version!
We are getting down to the wire and are hoping we will see a little blast of last minute registration activity! 
 
Thanks
 
Louisa Horne
District Trainer
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Declaration of Appointments  RI Council on Legislation

Declaration of Appointments 

 
For the positions of the District 7820 Representative to the Rotary International 2017, 2018 and 2019 Councils on Resolutions and the 2019 Council on Legislation and Alternate Representative.
 
Further to the Invitation to Clubs to suggest names for these positions sent to clubs on February 13, 2017, clubs submitted three suggestions before April 15th, 2017.  The Nominating Committee considered those suggestions and notified the District Governor on April 24th, 2017 that they nominated
 
 PDG Doug Logan, a member of the eClub of Atlantic Canada (a Satellite Club of the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside) for the position of District 7820 Representative to the Rotary International 2017, 2018 and 2019 Councils on Resolutions and the 2019 Council on Legislation, and
 
 PDG Greg Coldwell, a member of the Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise for the position of  District 7820 Alternate Representative to the Rotary International 2017, 2018 and 2019 Councils on Resolutions and the 2019 Council on Legislation.
 
The District Governor published notice of the names and clubs of the nominees to the clubs in the District by email on April 25, 2017 according to the Rotary International Bylaws.  The notice stated that under Rotary International By-law Article 14.020.8, clubs meeting the criteria stated in that Article may challenge these nominations not more than 14 days after publication of that notification.
 
Absent receipt of any challenging nomination by the established date, the District Governor declares the above candidates to be the District’s Representative and Alternate Representative to the Rotary International 2017, 2018 and 2019 Councils on Resolutions and the 2019 Council on Legislation as nominated under Rotary International By-law Article14.020.10.
 
Published this May 10, 2017 on behalf of District Governor Elva Heyge,
District Governor of Rotary International District 7820
 
Garth C Gordon
District Secretary,
Rotary International District 7820
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Rotary Friendship Exchange - Call for Outbound Application
The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.
 
There are three Friendship Exchange Groups visiting our district this fall which will give us the opportunity to make many new friends. We have tried to ensure that all areas of our district have the opportunity to participate in an exchange but no area is overwhelmed.  The table below shows where we anticipate our visitors to travel. A more detailed schedule will be available shortly.
 
Country / Area
District
Inbound
Outbound
Areas Visited
District Website
Finland & Estonia
1420
Sept 13-26, 2017
15 August 2018
To be Confirmed
Annapolis Valley, PEI, Northern NS, Cape Breton
 
Vancouver Island & Washington State (coast)
5020
Sept 30 – Oct 13, 2017
15-28  May 2018
To be Confirmed
Halifax, South Shore, Yarmouth, Annapolis Valley
 
South Florida & Grand Bahamas
6990
Sept 12-26, 2017
Firm dates TBA
Jan / Feb 2018 
Firm dates TBA
St Pierre et Miquelon, NL (Avalon, Central, & Western )
 
 
We encourage you to support your club’s participation in making the visitors to your area welcome. It has been decided that our outbound teams to these districts will be selected firstly from the areas who have participated in the hosting and entertaining of our visitors. Should there be vacancies, a call will be made to the district as a whole.  A consideration for team selection will be the willingness to participate in the hosting and entertaining of our inbound visitors.
 
If you are interested in participating on one of the exchanges please complete the application form for our outbound teams. The deadline for applications to be received by PDG Tom McCaughey (dgtom7820@gmail.com) is 15th June 2017.   More information will be available at our district conference or by contacting PDG Tom at (709) 682-7259 or dgtom7820@gmail.com
 
We  also have requests for exchanges for 2018 from Australia and Oregon while we are still pursuing opportunities for South Africa and Singapore / Malaysia.
 
There are several exciting prospects ahead for our exchange program. We will keep you posted.
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Notice of Annual Meeting
 
To the Members, Rotary International District 7820 Incorporated:
 
In accordance with District By-Law 11, this is to advise that a Meeting of the Members of Rotary International District 7820 Incorporated will take place more than forty-five (45) days from today's date, at 3:30* PM on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Old Orchard Inn, Highway 101, Greenwich, Nova Scotia.
 
The business of the meeting will include the following required agenda items from the District MOPP with the addition of other items like the selection of the District Representative to the RI Council of Legislation / Resolutions and the Foundation Audit report when those additional items are in final form:
 
  • Call to order.
  • Minutes of previous Meeting-of-Members.
  • Approval of financial statements for year-ending June 30th last.
  • Approval of Treasurer’s interim financial statements for the current year.
  • Appointment of auditors for the year beginning July 1st next.
  • Appointment of legal firm for the year beginning July 1st next.
  • Committee reports.
  • Approval of the District per-capita dues to the Clubs for the year beginning July 1st next.
  • Approval of District Budget for the year beginning July 1st next.
  • Nominating Committee Report
  • Election of District Board
  • Other business
  • Adjournment
 
We will publish and circulate the final detailed Agenda in due course.
_________________________
Garth C Gordon
District Secretary 2016-2017
Rotary District 7820 including Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island,
Newfoundland & Labrador and the French Islands of Saint Pierre & Miquelon.
rotarydistrict7820@gmail.com
 
*The District Conference Planning Committee may advance this time to 4:00 p.m.
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Presidential Citation Update
The Presidential Citation process is in its second year of being "all electronic".  It IS the first year that the deadline for completing all the requirements is at the END of the Rotary Year. 
 
The District Dashboard tells us that many clubs have a way's to go to meet the requirements, however, CONGRATULATIONS to the Rotary Club of Wolfville - MudCreek who has already meet all the requirements. Also to the Rotary Clubs of Sackville & Area and Sidney Sunrise who are only one item away from the goal.
 
There is still time for other clubs to catch up. EVERYTHING is now done thru Rotary Club Central on the Rotary.org website.  Club Executives (President, Secretary and Executive Secretary) can access the report to see in details what needs to be done.  There is a great spot on the RI website that answers questions about the process at https://my.rotary.org/en/news-media/office-president/presidential-citation-rotary-clubs.   Click on View Club report to see the details for your club.
 
 
 
It's not that hard to do.  Rotary actually tracks much of the progress for you (thru membership and the Foundation giving). The rest is done by answering questions in Rotary Club Central.  There is even a group of "How To" videos that I created on the District YouTube site that walks you through Rotary Club Central.  As they were created a couple of years ago the website has changed slightly, however the principals are the same and still useful.
 
If you have any questions please contact me. jbgoit@gmail.com
 
 
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100 Years of Doing Good in the World
 
 
There is still time to make a donation and help celebrate 100 years of Rotary Doing Good in the World. 
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