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I am happy to be sending out a greeting to you for the first time. I look forward to continuing corresponding with everyone over the next year as District Governor.
Our Rotary year is moving along and I count 60 more days before the Rotary world has its changing of the guard. The world as we knew it has been upended with the advent of the pandemic resulting from the Coronavirus. Rotary has been given a wake up call to acknowledge that we live in a different world that’s going to be with us for a long time.
As District Governor Elect, I had the privilege of attending the International Assembly in San Diego in late January. During the week we were introduced to our Rotary International President Elect, Holger Knaack and were the first group to hear his theme for 2020-21, “ Rotary opens opportunities”. After a week of learning, listening and networking with Rotarians from around the world, we felt quite prepared to continue our preparations for the next Rotary year. After a productive face to face District Learning session in Halifax in February I felt I was ready for July 1st. 
That was 2 months ago and times have changed dramatically for most of us with the pandemic. This has meant no District Conference, no traditional Rotary fundraisers throughout the District to support our projects and monetary contributions and no face to face Rotary experiences. During this time period our leadership team under the innovative guidance of Louisa Horne has persevered in trying to keep Rotary relevant and vibrant.
On a personal level, I had been trying to find a way to contribute to my community in a positive way. I have been a long time blood donor and unfortunately we no longer have blood donor clinics in Sydney. I had to travel to Halifax and coincidently a mobile clinic
was being held in Truro, a community along the way - a Halifax appointment would have been at least a month away. It turns out that my donation was significant as this was the day before the tragic events that occurred around Truro. I truly hope that I helped in a small way by stopping in and donating. As Rotarians we want to help our neighbours in whatever way we can, whether it be by reaching out and offering a helping hand or a small act of kindness. 
Remember to keep safe and look out for your neighbour.
May is Youth Service month in Rotary. The elephant in the room is that COVID-19 has significantly disrupted many Rotary youth programs. School closures have shut down Interact clubs. Rotaract clubs have been affected by university closures. The Rotary Adventure in Citizenship and Rotary Adventure in Human Rights programs were cancelled. This year’s Rotary Youth Exchange students are 75% returned home. And 100% of next year’s exchange students are wondering whether they’ll be able to go. The health and safety of program participants is our paramount concern, so these decisions were difficult but necessary.
As you would expect, Rotary’s values have shone through during this process...
It’s tough.  Keeping People of Action physically distanced from others – and their projects!  So what is an enthusiastic Rotarian to do?  We are seeing lots of action – from making masks and delivering food baskets – to creating new fundraising projects.  And we are seeing great use of the five Zoom licenses that the District has purchased – that is great.  Speakers are presenting wonderful programs – and your district leadership team is available to you if you want a speaker on Zoom Best Practices, ClubRunner, Foundation, Polio, International Services, Strategic Planning, Youth, Membership and Club models – just ask!  As always, we are ready to support you in any way that we can – invite us!  We’ll be there.  Send an email to Louisa with your request – rotarylouisa@gmail.com
What else?  Here is a list of ideas that Doug Logan shared at the recent TLC...
In partnership with the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation, The Rotary Club of Kentville donated $5,000 towards supplies and is helping with production and distribution of more than 1500 non-medical mask kits and masks to the hospital and other community health groups with a need to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
The Rotary Club of Middleton would like to thank all the generous and talented volunteers who have stepped up to participate in our goal to distribute face masks to health care workers in the Annapolis Valley. We have welcomed the donation of a new sewing machine, metres of cotton fabric, elastic, thread, and most of all, the caring effort of dozens of sewers who have constructed over 250 face masks so far. Volunteers have come from Port George, Prince Albert, Melvern Square, Kingston, Nictaux and Middleton. Thank you to the Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Middleton, Bridgetown and Digby for the donations of fabric and elastic! If you would like to also help, call Dianne McDonald at 902 825 8034
During these changing and challenging times, one thing remains constant—the commitment of Rotarians to their community. The Sydney-Sunrise Rotary Club has not been able to meet for their weekly breakfast meetings at Boston Pizza so they have decided to donate the meal costs from mid-March to April 30th to Loaves and Fishes and the Glace Bay Food Bank.   A cheque for $933.75 was provided to each organization.
Pictured here are Marco Amati, Executive Director of Loaves and Fishes and Michelle Kalbhenn, Coordinator of the Glace Bay Food Bank. We do meet virtually though, and will continue to find ways to give back to our community during this difficult time.

Bob Moffatt, Rotary Club of Charlottetown presenting a cheque to Ronnie McIntosh, Coordinator of Souris Food Bank, Souris, PEI, April 26, 2020. Monies were raised from Rotary Radio Bingo which operates from tip to tip on Prince Edward Island.



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Louisa Horne

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Godfred Chongatera
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