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DG Notes- December 2020
 The Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in Canada and better days should follow..
    Our District Board met on Sunday evening and it was unanimously decided, after receiving a recommendation from our Finance Committee to wave the District dues for the second half of the Rotary year. This will mean a saving of $30 per Rotarian. If clubs have already received their club dues payments for the year, then they may have funds that they can use in other ways if their club members wish. In this difficult year your dues are better spent by your clubs than by the District.
     On December 5, a very successful TLC on Fund-Raising, chaired by of our District Trainor, Alana Hirtle, was held. We had a  great turn out with lots of innovative ideas and discussion. This session was recorded, if anyone would like to view it.
     Our District Systemic Racism task force has put the finishing touches on a number of documents that will be released early in the new year to clubs and members. Members of the Task Force are continuing their work on another major project which will involve a speaker series which will be starting up in February.
Many thanks to the tireless work of this committee who have been meeting regularly and contributing to the task force since July. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge all of the time and work put in by Rachel Clarke. Rachel has stepped down from her Rotary duties, hope fully temporarily and we will miss her.
     I have had the pleasure of viewing a 25 minute presentation from a Rotary club meeting that was held recently in California. Our International Director, Valerie Wafer has mentioned that this presentation might be valuable to show at a club meeting or viewed individually. Valerie stated:
The video was produced by The Global Impact Group (TGIG.org) and is a result of discussions and ideas that emerged from The Rotary Pandemic Response Task Force (Chaired by Past RI Director Jeffry Caddorette). Jim Marggraff, who you will see in the video, is a founding member of TGIG, a Rotarian in the Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Club, and one of the 9-member global Rotary Pandemic Response Task Force.The video was filmed at one of his club's meetings.   

The video kicks off with a live, Virtual/In-Person (V/IP) meeting of Jim's Rotary club showing how and why you can easily host V/IP meetings to keep your club connected and healthy now and in the future! The club meeting then features world-renowned speakers Zooming in, across space and time for an extraordinary discussion!

I encourage you to have your Club Presidents show this video as one of their club's programs and invite community members and non-Rotarians.
The link is below:
    I would like to ask our clubs or Rotarians in the District to consider helping a former Rotary exchange student, Mauricio Quiroz from Venezuela who was not able to return to his country mainly due to Covid-19 concerns. Through his own initiatives and with the help of a number Rotary clubs in the District he has been attending University of Kings College.  It has been difficult monetarily for him and any contributions would be helpful in supporting his educational journey. Rotarians Kevin Connors of the Dartmouth East Rotary club or Brian Smith, Dartmouth Rotary, two of the sponsoring clubs would gladly give you more information on this exemplary student and accept any donation towards a bursary for Mauro. This would be a tax-deductible donation.
     I regretfully am announcing the resignation of our Chair of Youth Services, Michael Craig.
Michael has worked tirelessly over the past 4 plus years on all aspects of youth programs in the District and he will be missed. Thank you for your contributions and dedication.
The District has been informed by our President Holger Knaack that any youth exchanges will be on hold at least until the next Rotary year and to date, no direction has been given for future exchanges. The covd-19 pandemic may still be a worldwide problem for a while, but I will notify clubs if there are any changes in the student exchange situation.
      Currently we are asking any Rotarians who might be interested to contact myself or DGN Roger Sevigny if you would like to serve on a Youth Services Committee. This group will be working towards forming  a joint Youth Services Committee that would involve our neighbouring District 7810 and in 2022 eventually become the Youth Services Committee for our combined Districts (7815).  
  In closing I would like to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy holiday break as we take time, if possible, to be with family. Next year is looking more and more positive.
LIVE Rotary.
Best regards,
DG Ian
Beacon, my trusty Ro-terrier, and I have enjoyed our four-year journey of district leadership and we can highly recommend the experience to anyone looking to help “move the needle” on service!  It is fun – and it can be done while working full-time and balancing family and other activities.  It takes a collaborative approach and a great team!   
It was clear from the beginning  of the journey that change was happening in Rotary and so the timing was good – I am a shift-oriented person – a disruptor perhaps – and so the opportunity to help lead a team in a changing organization with lots of moving needles, was exciting. The very best thing about the experience has been witnessing the creativity that is happening across the district – clubs trying new things. That was a core goal – to support an environment in which clubs and Rotarians would do new things – or do old things in new ways – and know there is help available from the leadership team and that Rotary welcomes innovation.  Just try stuff! 
Here are a few areas where we tried to help L.E.A.D. in alignment with Rotary’s priorities – that is, Lead with impact, enhance Engagement, encourage Agility and support Diversity, inclusion and reach:
It is with profound sadness that we announce our District lost a true leader on Sunday, June 21, 2020. PDG Jim Goit, of the Rotary Club of Truro, died suddenly while doing what he loved... cycling with a friend. Throughout his 69 years, Jim had many passions – cycling, skiing, baking bread, being a proud Rotarian but most of all, his family.
He joined Rotary in 2005, was club president in 2011-12 and went on to be our District Governor in 2015-16. Throughout his Rotary career, Jim received many citations and awards, the most recent being the “Heart of the District in 2016-2017.
He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 47 years, their sons, Michael and Steven and their respective families.
The family asks that donations, in Jim’s name be made to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund. For Canadians, donations can be made to the Rotary Foundation of Canada. Please see a form that will be attached to an email to all district members, or go to the following link for more information: https://my.rotary.org/…/docum…/memorial-or-tribute-gift-form
From bowling to beer, from metal-heads to magicians, from water polo to whiskey! This is Rotary Fellowships Month - that's right - Fellowships with an "S" - do you know about the many fellowships that you could be part of?
We have Rotarians in this district who are part of the Musicians one... and the Motorcycle one... and the LGBT one … and lots more!  These groups are a great way to connect with Rotarians around the world with similar interests – and when you travel, you have immediate friends! 
There are great stories of wonderful connections people have made – do you have a story?  Post it on our District Facebook page.

Hello there! 

I’m a Rotarian in the RCHH and a volunteer with ShelterBox Canada. This year is ShelterBox's 20th anniversary, and I would love to present at one of your club’s virtual meetings to share the work ShelterBox (SB) has been doing with the support of Rotary. We are so grateful for the support of ShelterBox Canada from clubs like yours; SB could not do it without you!

Since 2012 SB has been a Rotary International project partner in disaster relief. And with SB itself being founded in 2000 as a Rotary Millennium project by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizzard, Rotary is always close to the heart of what SB does. SB works with people all over the world who’ve lost their homes to all kinds of disasters – floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, conflicts. It goes where people are vulnerable, so you’ll often find it in challenging places that are overlooked by others. It talks to families to find out what’s needed, and then it does everything it can to make it happen. Led by what it’s been told, SB provides tents, tarpaulins, tools, lights, blankets, water containers, mosquito nets and more – whatever’s needed to give people a place to call home. And because it’s 100% focused on emergency shelter, it knows what’s worked in previous disasters and it’s always looking for new ways to have even more impact on people’s lives.

COVID-19 is impacting the lives of families around the world and how SB delivers it’s services. Right now, SB is working even harder with it’s partners around the world to provide families with the emergency shelter they need now, more than ever.

I, or a SB staff member, would be more than happy to provide a live virtual presentation to your club to let you know how ShelterBox is supporting families during COVID-19. If this is something you would be interested in, please let me know when would be a good time to speak with your club online. I can be reached at: sjbeaufoy@yahoo.com, or at 902-444-0930 in Halifax. If you have any questions at all or would like to connect by phone, please do not hesitate to do so!

Over the past 12 years, Ian and Anne Doyle have logged a lot of miles. They have done so by helping others in some very remote areas of the world. Over this time, they have been involved in 10 international missions providing dental treatments, supplies, equipment, and mentorship in areas where help was requested and is desperately needed.  
Ian is a member of the Sydney-Sunrise Rotary Club. In July 2020, he will become District Governor of 45 Rotary Clubs in P.E.I., N.S., Newfoundland and St. Pierre and Miquelon. Ian and Anne’s dedication to Rotary is evident as they both take on this new responsibility.   They have truly lived Rotary’s motto of “service above self.”
Over the past decade, Ian and Anne have travelled to Guyana, Peru, Nicaragua, Haiti and Honduras. Each mission has been supported financially by the Sunrise Club. Their support has also helped to leverage funds from other Rotary Clubs. Through Ian’s dental connections, the International College of Dentists, the Cape Breton Island Dental Society and the Dental Assistants of Cape Breton have all contributed.   
It all started about 12 years ago, when a fellow Rotarian urged Ian to “just do it now” when they began planning their first mission...

For the Rotary Club of Gander staying connected during a time of social distance requires the bravery of trying new things! Some of us have conquered the hurdles of connecting via Zoom this Spring. 
Many thanks to Derek Hillier who has been crucial in supporting our membership through embracing this new way of meeting as a group. Derek has been able to set us up and keep us running with bi-weekly meetings. 
When it comes to staying connected, you don’t have to use Zoom technology to stay in touch with fellow members. In our meetings we encourage members to reach out if they know of someone who hasn’t been able to connect. Members of any club can do this by giving someone a call, sending them a text or an email.  Don’t forget about our Rotary family across the district during these challenging and often isolating times.


District 7820
District Governor 

Ian Doyle


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
January 2021

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