Local & International News
Correspondence received from our two RFE inbound groups this year indicate that they are very excited to visit us! District 5110 (Oregon) wish to visit NL & SPM, August 8th to 24th and District 9790 (Australia) wish to tour NS, September 22nd to October 5th. It appears that our tourist departments have a long reach. We would like to hear from more clubs and individual Rotarians who would like to become involved in this program and help to make our visitors welcome.
Our return exchanges will be to D5110 September 10-26, 2019. We have yet to determine dates to return to D9790 but March/April 2020 is suggested due to their extreme temperatures earlier although a great time to visit.  The selected outbound team can make that decision.
May is Youth Service month across Rotary International, so it’s a great time to reflect on Youth Service in our District. We should be proud of the range of programs our Rotary clubs offer youth. Equally, we should be proud of what young leaders can accomplish with a just a little support and input.
Interact is for 14-18 year olds and is our largest program, with approximately 300 members in 23 Interact clubs. Interactors volunteer in their communities, make international connections, and develop leadership skills while making new friends. Two new clubs were chartered this year: Maple Grove (Yarmouth) and Northeast Kings (New Minas).
We also have 6 Rotaract clubs based mostly at universities, where young leaders ages 18-30 come together to exchange ideas with community leaders, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service. A new club was chartered this year at NSCC Kingstec and recognized as student organization of the year.
The Atlantic Division of the RLI has a new website and a new beginning.  Starting with the fall session of RLI in Truro coming on October 26th 2019, all registration will be on our new website https://rliatlanticdiv.org.  The new registration process is faster and simpler to negotiate.  In addition to material about RLI, you'll find a list of all the upcoming RLI sessions out to 2022.
The facilitators for RLI recently met to map out a strategy to make Rotary learning in Atlantic Canada even better.  Check out the new website for details as things unfold and plan to join us or make sure someone from your club attends RLI in Truro in October.  It's an investment in membership. Research shows that there is more than a 50% improvement in retention rate for Rotarians who have attended RLI compared to those who have not.  Contact us as rli.atlantic.division@gmail.com if you have questions about the Rotary Learning program.
The 2019 R I Convention in Hamburg is just a month away, so, to refresh your memory and your longing for the lovely port city which will be hosting the convention, here is a link for you to see. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z25jW9l4hls .
Can’t travel to Hamburg? Register for Rotary Live Connect to livestream the convention to your computer or mobile device. Many General Sessions , Breakout Sessions and Ceremonies will take place during the Convention and if you are NOT able to attend, you can join the Convention through their Live Connect by registering at https://www.riconvention.org/en/hamburg/rotary-live-connect .  Take a look at the page and you will see all that they will be broadcasting; it is truly quite a line up of events and meetings.  This could be interesting to you too because you'll be able to tune in to the Breakouts you've missed!  If you have never attended an International Convention, you can see what when on by going to the Live Connect site and looking back at a previous Convention.
To whet your appetite, go to this link https://www.rotary.org/en/convention-2019-hamburg-dining .  Wishing you a safe trip and bring back lots of memories and information to share with us.
The deadline for the district conference registration has been extended until May 3, 2019. Please note that all registrations must now be paid by credit card, as there will be insufficient time to receive cheques by mail.
Our Conference Committee wants to thank everyone who has already registered as it makes our pre-planning so much easier for things such as meals etc. For those of you not yet registered, we encourage you to dust off your credit card, go to https://rotary7820.com/page/district-conference/ and REGISTER now!
Rotarian Lawrence Furbish has created more short membership videos which have been a huge hit at membership seminars and club meetings. The videos are a fun way to provoke conversation about important membership engagement topics. I encourage you to share these videos with club leaders who might use them as reflections on what we do. 
At a recent Ronald McDonald House Charities Volunteer Gala, the Rotary Club of St.John’s Northwest was presented with the Ronald McDonald House Charities NL 2019 “Helping Hand” Award - House Programs. These awards honour Dr. Jack Hand who worked tirelessly to make Ronald McDonald House a reality in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are 6 categories of awards that are presented to volunteers who reflect a dedication and commitment to Ronald McDonald House and its mission of helping families of sick children when they need it most.
Rotary Club St. John’s Northwest has shown dedication through active participation in the house programs over the past 6 years. The club donated $50,000 in 2012 to the capital campaign and funds were specifically used to outfit the house kitchen. From the start the club committed to regularly participate in the “Home for Dinner Program” that provides home cooked evening meals for the children and their families who are staying at the house. Rotarians also volunteer each year at the house anniversary celebrations by cooking hotdogs and hamburgers.
Many thanks to all the amazing club members from Rotary St. John’s Northwest who volunteered their time for this great community service project. Your “Helping Hands” are really appreciated! Showing in the photo (L-R) are: Norma Elliott, Rotarians: Dorothy Sullivan, Heddy Peddle, Enid Strickland, Esraa AbouAmin

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