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Calling All Rotarians who have Creative Landscape/Garden Talent ... A Contest just for you!  Being Green and Enhancing Rotary’s Public Image all at the same time!
The Challenge:  Design a street planter that is beautiful and that builds awareness of Rotary to anyone who admires it!
Your district has asked for input from you about adding goals to our strategic plan related to the environment. That request is in another article in this newsletter.  In the meantime, let's try a fun project to bring some green to our streets -- a "Rotarized Planter Design Contest" – an RPDC!!
Criteria for your design:
  • Easy to build and affordable wooden planter box
  • Durable - no lattice or little bits sticking up that could easily break off etc.
  • Suitable for a municipal street
  • Deep enough for herbs and edibles to grow in it
  • Possibly with two levels
  • Simple yet stunningly attractive
  • Incredibly creative “Rotarizing” to make it clear where the planter came from!
Submit a copy of your drawn design to rotarylouisa@gmail.com by 31 December 2019 – along with a statement about what your club would do with $200 to apply to a Public Image initiative. The submission could be a hand drawing or a computer based drawing – or some other format – as long as the dimensions and design features are clear enough for a prototype to be built.
- The RPDC winner's club will receive a PI award of $200 to apply to a PI initiative.
- A prototype will be built and final plans shared with all clubs that may want to build a planter of edibles for their community. 
- Photo shows a “boring” one as an example of what we are NOT looking for ....but it may inspire creativity and some awesomely amazingly Rotarizing!
And the winner is…three winners actually! 
The Rotary Clubs of Sackville, Exploits and Bridgewater all submitted wonderful accounts of the adventures of their puppies to the Public Image Contest.  They also had great ideas about investing in new banners and parade floats and we are awarding them each $400 toward their efforts.  Congratulations!  But wait, there’s a catch!  We need more photos of what you acquire… with your puppy again!
The next deadline is April 30th – don’t miss it!  Take your puppy on a tour of all your projects and take photos as you go – don’t forget about symbols of your international projects and your social events.  Puppies love social gatherings!  And remember – the puppies are a tool to help you tell your stories – try it!  And when you post images, encourage others to share them – and share what you see on Facebook too.
Helping clubs thrive...
Your Board and team of Area Governors met in late October for 1.5 days to learn more about intercultural integration and to review priorities.  We were enlightened by a trainer from the Immigrant Settlement Association of NS who offered a wonderful workshop that left us all with new insights. 
As always, we also reviewed our strategic plan and made an addition – you may know that RI recently reviewed the areas of focus and changed the names of a few of them. 
They also considered whether to make the environment a new area of focus and instead, decided to integrate issues related to the environment in all existing areas.  Great idea!
Your Board decided that we should also include a focus on environment in our district strategic plan.  Some clubs already have initiatives related to climate change and environment – such as planting trees or making personal commitments related to reducing and recycling. 
So now the question is, what should we as a district do?  Are there initiatives that we can help with?  We’d like to hear from you about what you’d like your district to do with respect to environment.  We don’t do district wide projects as efforts should come from clubs – but we can support and encourage action – what would you like to see?  We want to hear from you. 
Please send Louisa your thoughts and suggestions about this important topic – rotarylouisa@gmail.com
Trivia question – what are the new names of the areas of focus and what is now being integrated into them all?
A number of years ago they were faced with decling membership and were  struggling as a club. Just as Phoenix rose from the ashes, the Rotary Club of Yarmouth met their challenges head on to become the great club they are today! Over this past year, as your District Governor, I recognized the incredibly significant contributions the club made to their local community as well as international projects.
In recognition of their many accomplishments, I had the pleasure of  presenting the District 7820, "Club of the Year" award for 2018 - 2019 to club president, Linda Deveau and club members at their recent meeting.
CONGRATULATIONS to each and every member of the club for their dedication and hard work!
We are thrilled to announce that we have a successful applicant for the 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship program.  This prestigious professional development award is given to only 50 people around the world – and our very own Nora Didkowsky from Hants County is one of them!

Nora will be studying at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand from January to April 2020.  This professional development certificate program allows experienced leaders gain practical tools for promoting peace and international development during an intensive, 3- month program, which includes 3 weeks of field study and peer learning opportunities with a diverse group.

Nora’s entire career, education and volunteer activities make her the perfect candidate for this program.  Having completed her PhD and working through two post-docs working with Rohingya refugee children in India, this interactive program will strengthen the impact of her work as a peace and development professional.

What is she most looking forward to?  “Beyond the Fellowship’s core teachings, a significant opportunity is the potential to expand the reach and impact of my work through shared learning with a global community of peace-builders. These connections have the potential to magnify the power of our independent and collective work. As conflicts around the world are simultaneously multiplying and intensifying, and we face the highest levels of displacement ever recorded, there is an unprecedented need to coordinate unified and timely solutions that connect diverse worldviews, bodies of knowledge, and approaches.”

This is yet another example of the power of Rotary!  We wish Nora all the best in her studies and look forward to hearing the stories of her experience.


Trivia question - where are the universities at which Rotary Peace Scholars can study around the world?

Why do people join Rotary? What makes them stay in their clubs, and what makes them leave?
Rotary conducts the Membership Experience Feedback Survey every year to better understand the needs, interests, and engagement of our members. The most recent survey offers insights on prospective, current, and former members.
The Rotary Club of Truro is proud to support a new Rotaract Club at Dalhousie University, Agricultural Campus.
The Rotaract club launched this September and includes over 21 members. Members  participated in Truro Rotary Club’s Bollywood event, and the president performed a bollywood dance.
The members have been volunteering weekly at the local food bank, filling bags and serving clients. On World Polio Day the club launched the Purple Pinkie campaign, selling cupcakes and stamping pinkies on a poster that will be displayed on campus. The campaign will continue to run at the campus pub, serving purple drinks fundraising for polio.
Club members will be participating in a leadership conference hosted by Dalhousie University. The Rotaract Club is planning on supporting the Christmas Index Program operated through Truro Rotary Club


District Leadership Team 
Chair, District Leadership Team Home Page

Louisa Horne

District Mailing Address
Godfred Chongatera
District Secretary
Suite 608
1888 Brunswick Street
Halifax, NS
B3J 3J8
Cell: 902-225-9626 
Office: 902-431-4405
District Social Media
November 2019

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