Happy Spring Everyone,
 
The April edition of our Zone newsletter "Beyond Boarders" is now available here:
 
 
Please take a few minutes to have a look and see what we are doing as Rotarians beyond our own area. 
  
Our joint District Conference with D7810 is fast approaching.  It will be on the Friday evening May 13th for a social, and Saturday May 14th.  This year we are trying a very different approach to district conference.  We will have one central broadcasting centre in St. John's. Regional locations will be connected to the broadcast, and each other, through the virtual platform.  We are encouraging clubs to get together in your area to organize a "mini-conference" for your local Rotarians to have an opportunity for fellowship.  If you are unable to get out to a group setting, you will still be able to participate from the comfort of your own home.  A registration link will be available soon.
 
We are full into training season, and I encourage all incoming club officers to prioritise the training sessions being delivered by our Anthony Waddell and our amazing District Training team.
 
We are planning the final D7820 AGM for the evening of Thursday May 26th. The formal communication and invitations will be sent by District Secretary Godfred Chongatera shortly.
 
I am excited to report that incoming RI President Jennifer Jones will be spending her third day as RI President in our new District 7815. Jennifer is visiting St. John’s on Sunday July 3rd as the first stop in a cross Canada tour. A committee has been busy for the last few months planning the event. At Jennifer’s request, the focus will be on participating in community projects but there will be a chance to meet Jennifer on Sunday evening at a meet and great event in St John’s. The details are still being developed but I would encourage anyone who has an interest to plan an evening in St John’s on July 3rd
 
Finally, I would like to recognize and thank all of you for the incredible support in the relief efforts for Ukraine.  I am aware that many clubs and members have supported Shelter Box, and our district fundraising site for the Disaster Relief Fund.  As of today, we have raised $162,038.00!!!   Thank You!
 
In the months ahead, there will be efforts globally to assist in the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees who have left their home.  We are already hearing from clubs who have started the process of hosting these families.  Our role as a district is to continue to promote the Rotary Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and to act as a support for clubs who want to get involved.  We are working with our zone directors to see how best we can support clubs in this area.  We will provide more information when it becomes available. 
 
Yours in Rotary
Alex Twells
Chair of D7820 Leadership Team 2021/2