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Hello Fellow Rotarians! I hope we are all doing as well as can be expected during this unprecedented time in our history.  To do with that, our club had the idea that, maybe, Rotary clubs , world wide, would like to send out a big “THANK YOU”  to all the front line workers who are seeing us through the dangers of COVID-19.
 
Included would be the obvious …. All the health care workers, i.e. nurses, doctors, maintenance people, EMTs, etc. but also the people who are working the cash at the supermarkets, food bank volunteers, outreach volunteers helping the homeless,  the folks who are looking after our most vulnerable in nursing homes, truckers and the other people who are keeping our food supply on track. 
 
Let us recognize that we are all in this together and that together we can deal with these challenges, and come out of it better, stronger, and kinder. 
 
Stay home and stay safe!
The Rotary International Foundation is moving to assist Clubs with potential responses to the current COVID-19 situation locally and around the world. Firstly, with District Grants: Districts are encouraged to designate funds for COVID-19 Response, and they have agreed to excuse the usual requirement of no expenditures prior to July 1. For COVID-19 Projects, the Foundation will allow expenses in 2020-21 District Grants that have been incurred since March 15, 2020. District Grants can be used to support local activities, like purchasing thermometers, protective medical gear, or other items to donate to medical professionals who need them. Our District Grants Chair, Brian Smith (smithrsx@yahoo.ca) is available for any questions, and he notes that District 7820 Grant Applications are currently fewer than they were at this time last year...
 
Every day mothers risk their lives giving birth and millions of children die each year from treatable, preventable causes.
 
At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary provides immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improves access to essential medical services, and supports trained health care providers for mothers and their children.
 
Clubs in this district have supported many projects related to mothers and children.  One that I saw recently was the result of the partnership between the Rotary Club of Halifax and clubs in Calgary and Mbarara, Uganda...
In the interests of protecting our collective health and safety, the District Conference Planning Committee decided to cancel the conference scheduled for May 23-25th in Sydney, Nova Scotia. While the decision is the right one, it was not made lightly.   We do understand and appreciate the vast amount of work that has gone into the planning to date.
Our sincere thanks to those who have been part of the team. Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Sydney Club was one of the milestones we were going to note during the Conference. We hope that we will still be able to do so at some point.   While the May Conference is cancelled, our commitment to building better communities and a better world is stronger than ever.

Stay safe everyone. Stay home. Practice social distancing. Most importantly, be kind to one another.
We have a unique opportunity to learn while sharing time with Rotarians from Alaska and around the world! Rotarians from Districts 7810 and 7820 have an invitation to be home-hosted for a few days either before or following the Rotary International Symposium “Life on Land” to be held in Anchorage, AK, from November 19 – 21, 2020. By this date, I fervently hope that the COVID-19 virus will be a distant memory and we can safely gather together to hear two well-known international speakers address the symposium. Larry Merculieff, an Aleut from the Pribilof Islands is a passionate advocate for indigenous rights and wisdom as well as a community, business and environmental leader will be joined by our very own past international president, Ian Risely.
 
This symposium is an opportunity for us to celebrate our partnership with the United Nations and use this to be our Call to Action so that we as Rotarians can make a sustainable difference...
 
Many of you know The Four-Way Test and its ethical guide to personal and professional relationships. The four-way test is a philosophy adopted by Rotary International in 1943 to help guide Rotarians in their decision-making by asking four questions about the action they are planning on taking.
 
The Four Way Test allows Rotarians to consider:
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
The Rotary Club of Gander has been teaming up with 4th graders in Gander since 2005 to provide an exciting opportunity for children to learn about this decision making tool. This tradition was initiated as a collaborative effort by Rotarians Jack Way and David Peddle.
 
“David Peddle and myself both wanted to do something with the 4 way test at Gander Academy. Along the way there was considerable consultation with the administration and grade 4 teachers at the Academy as to what would work. The program we have today is the result of much collaboration” says Jack Way.
 
 The 4 way test poster contest allows an opportunity for children to use their artistic and creative skills to demonstrate their own understanding of the ethical principles. This year 5 Grade 4 students at Gander Elementary were chosen for their inspiring poster work. The work they submitted gives excellent examples of how children can live their daily lives with the principles of the 4 way test in mind.
 

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