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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
I hope that your 2018 is a year filled with Happiness, Health, Prosperity and Making A Difference!
 
My journey as your District Governor is at the half way mark. I have been so impressed with the good work that each of you, as Rotarians in our clubs around the District, do in your local communities and around the world. You make me proud to be your District Governor.
 
Pat and I finished up the official Club visits on a high note with a visit to the Rotary Club of Happy Valley - Goose Bay. We had a wonderful visit that concluded with participating in the "Santa to the Coast" service project on December 23rd that brought joy to the children in Natuashish and Nain on the northern coast of Labrador. If you attend the District Conference in May in St. John's you can hear all about this great project during a breakout session!
 
2018 is now upon us and whether we are in a District or Club executive position, are a long serving or new Rotarian, the half way point in the year is the best time to rededicate ourselves to "Service Above Self".
 
In this Bulletin there are suggestions on the top 10 Resolutions for 2018 for D7820 Rotarians, stories about the great Rotary Leadership training opportunities upcoming in our District, as well as articles about the Rotary Presidential Conference in Vancouver in February, the District Conference in St. John's in May and the Rotary International Convention in Toronto in June. 
 
The next six months of this Rotary year are shaping up to be great ones for District 7820. Please do your part to make these months successful and engaging for your club. Participate in as many Rotary training, social and fundraising events and service projects as you can, invite someone else to experience Rotary and don't forget to support our Rotary Foundation!
 
Until the next time,
 
Yours in Rotary Service
 
DG Don
Top 10 New Years Resolutions for D7820 Rotarians in 2018
 
  1. I will be an engaged and active Rotarian in my club.
  2. I will attend another Rotary club at least once before June 30, 2018.  
  3. I will invite someone to attend a Rotary club meeting, social or service activity.
  4. I will help my club complete DG Don’s “P.I.P.E. Dreams” to build momentum and support for Public Image, Peace and the Environment in my club and our District.
  5. I will register for and attend my local TLC “Training for Leaders of Clubs” - check http://rotary7820.com/ for details.
  6. I will spend time looking at the District website http://rotary7820.com/ and I will share what I find out with my fellow club members.
  7. I will register for and attend the 2018 District Conference May 25-27 and the Professional Development Day on May 24th http://rotary7820.com/page/district-conference
  8. I will become a monthly donor to the award-winning Rotary Foundation – and support the Annual Fund (Share) or Polio Plus. https://www.rotary.org/en/donate
  9. I will go to Rotary.org, register for “My Rotary”, log in and check out my club’s goals on Rotary Club Central, my club’s projects on Rotary Showcase and the new “Rotary: People of Action” Public Image campaign in Brand Central.
  10. I will register for and attend the Rotary International Convention in Toronto June 23-27, 2018. http://www.riconvention.org/en and the Beyond Borders Dinner at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday June 24th https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50077/sitepage/beyond-borders-dinner-2018
Early Bird Regis. Extended to Jan 4th on RI Pres. Conf. on Enviro Sustainability & Peace
Once in a World - A City Like Vancouver!
 
Enjoy this city among friends at the Rotary International Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
 
Only a few rooms left at the Hyatt Regency for the great price of $189CAD. Come hear amazing speakers like environmental scientists David Suzuki and Jonathan Patz, nuclear specialist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ira Helfand, Hiroshima Survivor, Jiro Kawatsuma, business leaders Bruce Karas and  Maria Rodale, Rotary Peace Fellows Will Plowright  and Glenn Raynor and life changers like Daniel Tillias, Jess Housty and Salvadore Rico. Check out their bios, the conference program and much more at www.environmentandpeace.com
 
EARLY BIRD RATE EXTENDED ‘til JAN 4th
REGISTRATION CLOSES FEBRUARY 4th
TLC - Training For Leaders of Clubs - coming to your area soon!
TLC- Winter/ Spring 2018
Building a Culture of Leadership – Leading the Change

 
Who should attend: All incoming & prospective Leaders of your Club including Executive, Directors and Committee Chairs.  The working sessions of the day are open to all members of the Clubs in each area and will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is interested in developing their own leadership skills to attend.
 
What we hope to achieve from the day: Focused and targeted professional development and leadership training that will useful for you as a leader in your clubs and at work!
 
What you’ll learn: Deeper insight into the Club leadership roles if you are currently or an incoming leader, orientation to some critical leadership competencies and a number of key strategic tactics to help you support your club achieve.
 
What the day will look like:
  • Role and responsibility orientation/learning intensives for current and incoming Club leadership including presidents, treasurers, secretaries and committee chairs outlining critical tasks associated with the various roles, leading practice examples and key dates.
  • Targeted leadership competency workshops around strategic thinking, dynamic engagement and effective communication.
  • Building a Culture of Leadership for All Leaders – you will learn about what it means to build a Culture of Leadership in your club and how it can create the right conditions to support Club growth and vibrancy.
  • Call to Action workshop – where you will learn strategies and tactics how to be impactful change leaders.
  • Fun sessions that will build your knowledge around Rotary in general, our youth work and the Foundation.
 
February - NL West                                          March - SW NS NL West
February - NL East                                            April - Northern NS
March - PEI                                                        April - Cape Breton
 
Watch your email inbox or check back at Rotary7820.com for the exact times and dates in your area! 
2018 District Conference in St. John's Registration Now Open!
 
NOW is the time to start registering for the 2018 District 7820 Conference in St. John's May 25-27 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Centre! The Professional Development Day is on Thursday May 24th at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre (transportation from the conference hotel is included in your registration).
 
DG Don and Pat look forward to welcoming you to St. John's.  Won't you join us?
 
Get ready to "JOIN LEADERS - EXCHANGE IDEAS - TAKE ACTION"!  Join us for:
 
  • Exciting Speakers
  • Networking and learning experiences
  • A True Newfoundland Kitchen Party 
  • Music, Music, Music and Fun with Spirit of Newfoundland
Follow this link for more details and to register online: http://7820conference.com
And don't miss the promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzjEYfaB4-w
 
And check out the fantastic program for Youth Exchange students and Interactors that is integrated with the main program for Rotarians, Rotaractors and Partners. http://rotary7820.com/page/conference-youth/. There will be a great Partners program as well http://rotary7820.com/page/conference-partners-program/

Be sure to take advantage of the conference rates at the Holiday Inn. Contact the Hotel directly to reserve your room. See details at http://rotary7820.com/page/conference-accommodations/ Note - transportation to and from the St. John's airport is complimentary for those staying at the Holiday Inn!
 
See you in St. John's!
Toronto 2018 - Inspiration Around Every Corner
The 2018 Convention in Toronto is the best opportunity in years for Rotarians from District 7820 to experience a Rotary International Convention. Many members say that they joined Rotary when they were inducted into membership, but didn't truly become a Rotarian until they had attended a Rotary International Convention. You won't want to miss the opportunity to join tens of thousands of Rotarians "Making A Difference" in Toronto. 
 
And this event promises "Inspiration Around Every Corner"!
 
Why not join the over 125 Rotarians and Partners from District 7820 who have registered for the Toronto Convention already?
 
Remember:
  • Register by 31 March to take advantage of the pre-registration discount.
  • Hotel demand and prices are rising due to a separate event Toronto is hosting. Book your hotel room or arrange for other accommodation as soon as possible.
  • Check out the Host Organization Committee Events. The best ones will sell out fast!
And don't forget: D7820 Rotarians are eligible to register to attend the Rotary International Zones 24 & 32 "Beyond Borders" dinner Sunday, June 24th at the Hockey Hall of Fame!
 
See you in Toronto!
January Reminders for Clubs
ELECTIONS
 
By January 1st all clubs in the District should have held their elections for their 2018-19 club officers. Holding elections on time and having a clear succession plan in place will help keep your club headed in the right direction for the next Rotary year.
 
December 31, 2017 was the deadline for election of officers and February 1,  2018 is the deadline for reporting the officers to Rotary International.
 
Current club officers can submit this information via the Club Administration section of My Rotary, ClubRunner, or by sending the information to data@rotary.org.
 
RI and District Dues
 
Invoices for membership dues from both the District and Rotary International will be sent to clubs mid-January, and are based on membership data in Rotary’s database as of 1 January 2018. Adjustments can no longer be made once the invoice has been issued.
 
Remember 2-2-2: Two dues invoices (District and RI), Two times a year (July 1 and January 1), sent to two different places - RI and the District.
January is Vocational Service Month
Vocational service is the very essence of Rotary.
 
It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second point of the Object of Rotary which calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
 
Put these ideals into action by using your professional skills to serve your community, practicing your profession with integrity, and guiding others in their professional development. If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service.
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