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Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
 
March is certainly going out like a lion. As I write this, I am waiting out a snow storm in North Sydney, that occurred following a wonderful Charter Night celebration with the Rotary Club of North Sydney. Congratulations to RC North Sydney for an outstanding event. When you receive this message I will be in Pictou, where I will be attending RC Pictou’s production of “Chicago”, on Saturday evening. It should be a great event.
 
Four of our 8 TLC (annual planning for clubs) training sessions have been completed, and the reviews are wonderful. The session planned for St. John’s on Saturday April 1 has been cancelled because of the storm currently heading that way and has been rescheduled for April 22nd. See below for details.
 
The deadline for District Grants is looming.  The initial application must be submitted on the grants portion of the District website, by April 15th, with the completed application in place by May 15th. The grants amounts range from $1,000 to $5000. Put on your thinking cap and hit the keyboard!
 
Planning for our district conference is now in the fine details stage.  The latest information is on the conference website. I encourage you to review the program (June 1 – 4) and register as soon as possible. It will be a great weekend!
 
Until next time
 
Elva
Move Aside PETS & SETS – It’s Professional Development Day!
Taking Training in our District to the Next Level.
 
The District has a new two-part training strategy to help our current and future District’s leaders and clubs be the best they can be.
 
The first part is the Training for Leaders of Clubs (TLC). Introduced in 2016, TLC replaces the old Mini Conference. Gone is the “talking heads” lecture style of the past – replaced with interactive workshops, focused training and even some games! We are half way through TLC for 2017 and according to the evaluations District 7820 Rotarians love TLC!
 
Look under UPCOMING EVENTS on rotary7820.com for details of the TLC in your area and to register for Charlottetown (April 8), St. John’s (rescheduled to April 22) and Sydney (April 29) and Happy Valley-Goose Bay (May 6).
 
The second part is the new Professional Development Day on Thursday, June 1 at the Old Orchard Inn, prior to the District Conference. This replaces the old PETS and SETS day. This day is a high quality Leadership training session lead by a world class facilitator, Crane Stookey as well as District and Rotary International leaders. Attendance is a must for incoming Presidents and Secretaries but any current or future Rotary leader may attend.
 
If you are an incoming President or Secretary, your registration to attend the Prof Dev Day is Free (it’s already paid by your club and District). For any other Rotarian the cost is $25 (to cover the lunch).  Please note: Anyone who attends the Prof Dev Day must register separately, even if they have already registered for the District Conference. Look under UPCOMING EVENTS on rotary7820.com for details of the event and registration details.
 
DGE Don Sword.
Technical Discussion Sessions Announced
Interested in learning how to more effectively use Clubrunner to better manage member information or communicate with Rotarians? Need to spruce up your club's website? Want to learn how to easily use RI's Rotary Club Central to help meet the requirements for the RI Presidential Citation?  
 
There is a whole range of tools available to make the work of the club's officers  and committee chairs easier... you just need to know they are available and how to use them.
 
There are two on-line technical discussion sessions coming up during April and May that may be of help. I will lead these discussions and will cover topics of interest to Rotarians who are responsible for some of the technical day-to-day management activities of their Rotary Clubs.   I'm open to questions and suggestions for topics so the sessions can be interactive.  Based on requests and interest, additional sessions will be scheduled.
 
The two planned sessions are open to everyone interested. They will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017  and Wednesday May 10th from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ADT.  Please register at  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6045538623097389570
 
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

There are lots of tools available to help with effective operation of a Rotary Club. Let's learn about them. Contact me if there are specific questions or topics you'd like to see covered. If I don't know about it,  there are others we can find who can help us.  
 
Boldly Forward 2017 District Conference Update
Put away that snow shovel, think Apple Blossoms, and join your Rotarian colleagues at the Old Orchard Inn in early June.  As of March 24, we have about 70 delegates registered, and “the Old O” rooms are about half booked.  Please make your plans now - Just go to the District 7820 Conference website.  Please contact Registrar Gord Hankin or Conference Coordinator Holly Thompson conference.registration@outlook.com with any questions or special needs.
 
Conference Highlights:
                                Home Hosting, a chance to meet other Rotarians where they live.
Friday                   Rose Adams: Breathe   
                                Ron Denham:  Hope for Millions
                                Bryn Styles:  A Foundation Worth Building On
                                Blues, Brews & Barbeque, with the Mark Riley Band
Saturday              Stephen Brown: Rotary International Update   
                                Peter Bevan-Baker: The Happy Dentist
                                Governor’s Banquet, with The Spinney Brothers
Sunday                 Memorial Service and Closing Brunch
 
Finally, a reminder to Club Executives, that we are seeking contributions from all over the District for the Youth Program Silent Auction.  This is a great chance to show off your local businesses, restaurants and tourist sites with a gift certificate, and raise some money to support youth programs.   Please ensure that Youth Exchange, Interact or Rotaract members are also registered early, so we can plan to welcome them at the Conference as well.  
Call for Council on Legislation (COL) Representative
Final Reminder! Deadline is April 15th.
 
Clubs are invited to suggest eligible Rotarians for the District Representative to the Rotary International 2017, 2018 and 2019 Councils on Resolutions and the 2019 Council on Legislation (COL). The term begins July 1, 2017. The COL will convene for the purpose of amending the constitutional documents of Rotary International. The selection shall be made by Nomination Committee procedure as per RI By-Laws.
 
Any club in the district may suggest a candidate for Representative, but if a club suggests a Rotarian who is a member of a different club, the Rotarian's club must agree in writing for the nomination to be accepted. Clubs must provide a brief (one page suggested) resume indicating their candidate’s background and reason he or she should be selected.
 
To be eligible, the candidate must be a current member of a club in the District and must have served a full term as District Governor as at July 1 , 2017.
Suggestions must be sent to the District Governor c/o the District Secretary either by email to rotarydistrict7820@gmail.com or by mail to the District Secretary Garth Gordon, 14 Duncan Avenue, Kentville, Nova Scotia, B4N 1N4. Only nominations received on or before April 15, 2017 will be considered.
 
The suggestions shall be submitted in the form of a resolution adopted at a regular meeting of the club naming the suggested candidate. The resolution shall be certified by the club secretary and the submission shall include the signatures of the club president and the club secretary.
 
Please review the attached document with the full rules, eligibility criteria and other procedures.
 
If you have any questions please contact District Secretary Garth Gordon at  rotarydistrict7820@gmail.com.
 
Thank you.
 
Elva Heyge
2016-17 Governor, Rotary District 7820
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