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Since the founding of Rotary in 1905 the world has been competely transformed. Every aspect of our society, our working and family lives have been competely transformed. Not all changes have been positive but by and large the world is a better place now than 100 years ago.
 
We as Rotarians share the belief that the future can be better than the past and that we have the power to make it so. The new Vision Statement adopted by Rotary International n June 2017 reflects this belief.
 
Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
 
Note the Vision Statement talks about creating lasting change globally (particularly through our Rotary Foundation), in our communities (particularly through Club Service projects) and in ourselves.
 
This recognizes that for our current and future members the opportunity to experience personal growth through the Rotary experience is critically important for the future of our clubs and for the Rotary movement itself. For example, our RI President Ian Riseley credits Rotary for developing his public speaking skills.
 
For some time your District leadership has recognized its role to help clubs and members. The District helps to provide opportunities for development of leadership skills, planning skills and technical skills. 
 
Please take advantage of the opportunity to participate in Rotary training supported by the District including the Training for Leaders for Clubs (TLC) in your area, or an upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI). 
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
DG Don
2018-19 Rotary Theme: "Be the Inspiration"

 

Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

 

Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.
 

To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.”

Rassin asked the incoming district governors to “inspire the club presidents, and the Rotarians in your districts, to want to change. To want to do more. To want to reach their own potential. It’s your job to motivate them — and help them find their own way forward.”

Progress on polio

Rassin noted that one source of inspiration has been Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. He described the incredible progress made over the past three decades. In 1988, an estimated 350,000 people were paralyzed by the wild poliovirus; just 20 cases were reported in 2017 as of 27 December. “We are at an incredibly exciting time for polio eradication,” he said, “a point at which each new case of polio could very well be the last.”

He emphasized that even when that last case of polio is recorded, the work won’t be finished. “Polio won’t be over, until the certifying commission says it’s over—when not one poliovirus has been found, in a river, in a sewer, or in a paralyzed child, for at least three years,” he said. “Until then, we have to keep doing everything we’re doing now.” He urged continued dedication to immunization and disease surveillance programs.

Sustaining the environment

Rotary has focused heavily on sustainability in its humanitarian work in recent years. Now, Rassin said, Rotarians must acknowledge some hard realities about pollution, environmental degradation, and climate change. He noted that 80 percent of his own country is within one meter of sea level. With sea levels projected to rise two meters by 2100, he said, “my country is going to be gone in 50 years, along with most of the islands in the Caribbean and coastal cities and low-lying areas all over the world.”

Rassin urged leaders to look at all of Rotary’s service as part of a larger global system. He said that this means the incoming district governors must be an inspiration not only to clubs, but also to their communities. “We want the good we do to last. We want to make the world a better place. Not just here, not just for us, but everywhere, for everyone, for generations.”

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Montreal Zone 2018 - Your Personal VIP Invitation
 

This year, Everyone is invited to Join us!

Pre-Conference September 18-20, 2018  |   Conference September 20-22, 2018 
at the Hotel Bonaventure in Montreal

Michelle O'Brien
District Governor, Rotary District 5010, Alaska-Yukon 2016-2017
Assistant Public Image Coordinator, Zone 24W
General Chair, Rotary Zones 24&32 Institute, 2018
 
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Seeking Peace Fellows for 2019-20
This is Holly White, handing in her final dissertation earning her a Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in December 2017.  Holly is the first Peace Scholar from Newfoundland and Labrador and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest.
 
Each year, Rotary 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.
 
It’s now time to begin preparing for our next applicants. 
 
 
Here’s how you and your clubs can become involved:
 
 
Summerside Rotary Friendship Park
The Rotary Club of Summerside, with support from the City of Summerside, recently had a new sign created and installed at the entrance to the Rotary Friendship Park. The park, especially in the winter with the freshly fallen snow, is perfect for a peaceful stroll with family or with a canine friend!
 
The sign was made possible by a generous donation from the estate of Hazel Halliday. Ms. Halliday was known to enjoy spending time in the Friendship Park.
 
 
In appreciation of her kind gift and her fondness for the park, the Rotary Club of Summerside chose to create a more permanent sign to properly grace the main entrance.
 
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