April is Maternal and Child Health Month. That is one of the six areas of focus of The Rotary Foundation. The others are:
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Disease Prevention & Treatment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Basic education and Literacy
  • Economic and Community Development
Our district has supported many projects in our communities and around the world that deal with these six focus areas. Rotary Clubs can tell their project stories on the Rotary Showcase and at the same time help to achieve the Rotary Citation for 2017-18. (Go to > hover over Take Action, Develop Projects > select Rotary Showcase)
Are you registered for the District Conference? Each club must send its incoming President and Secretary or designate.
Don't forget - each club is asked to bring an item for the auction in support of District 7820's Youth programs and services.  
The deadline for applying for a District Grant is rapidly approaching. See the story in this Bulletin.
Our District lost a great Rotary leader. See the story on the late PDG Aiden Maloney.
Earth Day is April 22nd! RI President Ian Riseley challenged every club to plant one tree for each member by Earth Day 2018. Spring comes late in many parts of District 7820 so I am hoping our clubs can have all of their trees planted by the start of the District Conference at the end of May.
Every weekend is April will be a Training for Leaders of Clubs somewhere in our district. You won't want to miss your TLC. And its your last chance to register for the Rotary Leadership Institute on April 7th in Dieppe, NB. Check out the "Upcoming Events" on the home page of the District website for details and to register.
Until next time, yours in Rotary service,
DG Don
The April 15th District Grant deadline is approaching!
Your District Foundation Committee have trained at least 80 Rotarians between November 2017 and February 2018 to ensure that their clubs are eligible to apply for a District Grant during the 2018-19 cycle and know how to do it. The deadline to make your application is April 15th, 2018!
There are grants of up to $3,000 CDN available if the club matches the funds from District.
The projects ideally should be completed by May 31, 2019 (unless an extension is obtained by February 15, 2019). Approved projects can begin any time after July 1 2018.
All proposed projects must be submitted through the Clubrunner grant module on the District 7820 website Just log into the Member Area and select the "Grants" Tab.
Your Foundation Committee has made it easy for clubs to prepare their proposal by creating easy templates. The selection criteria are transparent but all qualified clubs must sign and submit an MOU.
Here is the link for the template:
RIP PDG Aiden Maloney

It is with sadness that we report that Past District Governor (87-88), member of the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest, Aiden Maloney passed away March 17th, age 97. He was very fine man and a great Rotarian. He had an award at his club for Young Professionals named after him. He will be sorely missed.

Aidan embodied the Rotary Four Way Test in his lifetime; a true Rotarian; a friend and mentor. RIP Aidan. Our thoughts are with his family. 

The link to his obituary is below:

The link to the St. John's Evening Telegram article published following his passing is below:

Membership Matters!
Inducting New Members
One of the favourite parts of being District Governor is being able to help induct new members into the family of Rotary. Recently I was pleased to be invited by President Brad Beckett to attend the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest Club Assembly and help induct two wonderful new members - Meaghan Drover (daughter of former club President, the late Ed Drover) and Kim Christianson.
(see photo - L-R President Brad, Kim, Meaghan, and DG Don).
This year, clubs in our district have been succesfully adding new members. From a start on July 1st, 2017 of 1521 members the latest figures show a total membership in D7820 of 1590! Congratulations and please keep on inviting new members into Rotary. But we can't be complacent - past history shows that we will normally experience a club membership "purge" at year end. As a result, the net increase district-wide in recent years has been negligible or even negative. The challenge for D7820 and indeed all of Rotary in North America, has been retention, not recruitment. 

District-wide Exit Interview Survey Results
In order to find out the real reasons behind why retention of members has been such a challenge, your District Membership Committee has been working on a district-wide Exit Interview Project this year . One hundred former Rotarians, who had recently left their clubs, were interviewed by impartial interviewers by phone and were asked ten questions about their experience in Rotary and as a Rotarian.  The interviews were done confidentially and the results have been tabulated so that no club or individual has been identified.  The final project report will be available to all clubs once completed.
Committee Chair Wendy Scammell and District Governor Nominee Louisa Horne will be presenting the Exit Interview Project results at a breakout session at the District Conference in St. John’s, taking place at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s from May 24-27. Register now for the District Conference - "Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action" on the issue of why some new and old members choose to leave Rotary.
TLC 2018 - Be the Inspiration!
Part of the answer to why some members leave Rotary is that their club does not meet their needs and expectations. In District 7820 we believe that clubs should strive to be "irresistible" to their current and prospective members. At this years "Training for Leaders of Clubs" District Trainers Sharon Horne and Lori-Anne Jones have been helping clubs learn how to be vibrant, agile and resilient. You won't want to miss your area's TLC - go to the district website and look under "Upcoming Events" on the home page for the TLC in your area.
Bulletin Editor
Don Sword
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