Newsletter Update - September
We started a quiz with the July newsletter – 3 questions were hidden in that issue and numerous people responded with the correct (and some not-so-correct!) answers. 
This issue has three more questions – and one might involve a little sleuthing on the district Facebook site too! Send your answers to by September 10th when a draw of correct submissions will take place for another allegedly awesome prize!
New Editors
We have new Newsletter Editors…Kristina Ennis from the Rotary Club of St.  John ‘s East, and Kelly Hunt from the Rotary Club of St. John’s After Hours.
We also want to extend our sincere thank you to our editor from last year, Alana Hirtle. Alana took our newsletter to a new level and her talents are much appreciated.
Time to Register for RLI in Truro Oct 26, 2019
The Atlantic Division of the Rotary Leadership Institute's (RLI) fall session will be held in Truro on October 26th 2019. All registration will be on our new website  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.
Check out the website for details on RLI 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 if you have questions about the Rotary Learning program.
District 7820 Membership Data Update
Rotary International released their official 2019-29 membership numbers on August 15 – these numbers are used for club invoices. We’ve had an opportunity to analyze these for our District and have a few important highlights to share...
Rotary International released their official 2019-29 membership numbers on August 15 – these numbers are used for club invoices. We’ve had an opportunity to analyze these for our District and have a few important highlights to share.
Rotary Year
July 1
District Membership
While these numbers might seem discouraging, we are not unique.  Trends are similar across North America.  However, some districts are growing.
We’ve analyzed our district’s data in some detail. Between 2016 and 2019:
  • 12 clubs increased their membership by 2 persons or more
  • 14 clubs have membership that is stable (up or down one member, or no change)
  • 20 clubs have lost 2 members or more
In other words, the numbers are positive for the majority of clubs which have remained stable or grown.  However, we have a small number of clubs whose membership loss should be of particular concern to their leadership. Indeed, these few clubs account almost entirely for the membership loss reported above.
So, why are some clubs doing particularly well with growing or maintaining stability in membership?  We can identify three critical reasons. These clubs all tend to have:
  1. A strong and committed leadership team with a determined focus
  2. Solid systems of governance and accountability
  3. Strong connections with their community accompanied by a strong public image
It will be no surprise that clubs doing less well tend to have:
  1. One foot stuck in their history and a reluctance to let go of traditions that are not attractive to new members
  2. Less robust governance, leadership and accountability
  3. A hard time connecting with and engaging new members
The chart above shows that we have 104 fewer members starting this Rotary year than we did in 2016.  However, this is the NET change.  We are quite good at bringing new people to our clubs – we actually gained 364 new members since 2016, but we lost 465 others.  That’s a lot of former Rotarians who were once interested in our clubs.  Some of these people are no longer in your community – but the majority likely are!  And many will still have an interest in Rotary. Our challenge to you is to find innovative new ways to re-engage these people in the task of re-creating Rotary for tomorrow.  Ask us about Passport Clubs that might suit these people.  And remember, most people who leave clubs do so within the first two years of joining – so pay attention to engagement of members – and at the same time, keep your eye on attraction of new members as research suggests that clubs need to add 15% of their starting number annually to keep their membership stable.
If you are interested in more detailed information about your club, District Membership Chair Gosse will be more than happy to share this information with you.  Assistant Zone Coordinator Doug Logan is also available to help clubs.  Trivia question – which of the three points listed above that characterize clubs that have stable or growing membership could your club work on?
Three Ways to Make Your Club More Accessible
Rotary recently adopted a diversity, equity, and inclusion policy that sends a strong message that we embrace inclusivity. Rotary has clubs all over the world and reaches a broad range of people with our service projects. So we are already diverse, but a second ingredient, inclusion, is the key to unlocking and maintaining the full benefits of that diversity. How inclusive is your club?
Rotary recently adopted a diversity, equity, and inclusion policy that sends a strong message that we embrace inclusivity. Rotary has clubs all over the world and reaches a broad range of people with our service projects. So we are already diverse, but a second ingredient, inclusion, is the key to unlocking and maintaining the full benefits of that diversity. How inclusive is your club?
Verna Myers, founder of the Verna Myers Company and vice president of Inclusion Strategy at Netflix, has explained the difference between the two concepts as “Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.”
In the context of Rotary membership, this means it is not enough to invite people from diverse backgrounds to our meetings and events. We need to include them in club planning and decision making, and value their contributions.
Below are some ideas for cultivating inclusion:
Make your club accessible
  • Do you meet in a convenient location for everyone? If not, consider meeting in more than one venue.
  • Can people find information if they are unable to attend?
  • Does the time of your meeting work for the demographic you are trying to attract? You could provide options, such as some morning and some evening meetings. Not every meeting needs to include a meal.
  • Are there any unnecessary costs that block some from attending, such as the cost of a meal? A limited menu can also create unintentional barriers for those with dietary restrictions. Also consider providing the choice of not eating at all.
  • Can you bill for fees on a monthly or quarterly basis instead of annually, for those who would manage better this way? You could set up a small premium to cover the added cost.
Give all members something meaningful to do
This requires club leaders to understand why each member is there and determine what activities would fulfill their passion and purpose for joining. It is sometimes easier to do a task yourself then delegating, but handing tasks over to someone new is a great way to include them.
Provide diversity and inclusion training
Every club can benefit from an honest discussion about these topics. I have received feedback from many members and have heard in consulting with districts that some people hesitate to join because of inappropriate comments or behaviour they have experienced. Bring in a speaker or conduct a training session on any of the following topics:
  • Using inclusive language: Learn about the effects our words have on creating a culture of normalised behavior. Gendered language, for instance, is a barrier toward achieving gender equality. To achieve the goal of having women comprise 30 percent of membership and leadership by June 2023, we need to take positive action in this arena.
  • Detecting and avoiding unconscious bias and discrimination. Sometimes people can unintentionally be treated unfairly because of a personal characteristic.
  • Understanding and avoiding sexual harassment. The “me too” movement has raised awareness of sexual harassment. Bring in an expert to raise your club’s awareness of the issue and what they can do to prevent it.
  • Calling out inappropriate behavior as a bystander. David Morrison, retired Lieutenant General of the Australian Army, and current chair of Diversity Council Australia, notes “the standard you walk past is the standard you accept.”
  • Participate in International Women’s Day, and your local Pride celebrations and other days that celebrate diversity.
There are many strategies your club can employ. But for any to work, you must accept that change is vital to Rotary’s continued success. We can admire Rotary International for approving the diversity, equity, and inclusion policy. Now it’s up to members to work it down to the club level.  What are your two favourite points from the accessibility and inclusion lists above?  [That’s a trivia question!]
September is Basic Education and Literacy Month!
Does your club support education, one of Rotary’s six areas of focus? There are many possibilities for projects surrounding supporting education that it can be difficult to choose. The first step in a local project would be to speak with a local school to determine how your club can make an impact. Looking for international opportunities? The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to ensure that all people have sustainable access to basic education and literacy through a variety of means. Read the full article to get ideas and learn next steps for becoming involved in an initiative to support education!
A logical theme for back-to-school month here in District 7820.  Hopefully, if you are not already involved, your club is thinking about how you will support education, one of our core areas of focus.  There are so many possibilities!  Locally, you might consider Interact or Rotaract clubs, breakfast programs, after school programs, reading clubs, school supplies, mentoring, scholarships... how can you choose?  The first step is to talk to a local school – request an appointment with the Principal and ask how you can have an impact.  It might be something simple, like a piece of playground equipment or a stationary bike for a classroom.  It might be something longer term, such as supporting a breakfast program or providing healthy snacks for an event, or it might be supporting a student to attend a special event.
Hands-on school involvement is a great way to engage members.  You may have members who have time to visit a school every week to read with a student and this may be the activity that brings Rotary alive for that member.  Another member may become excited about bi-weekly visits to support an Interact Club.  Another might love to support a Purple Pinkie Polio Awareness project.  The first step is just to ask!  Build a relationship and go for it.  And don’t forget that you can always partner with other clubs on an initiative.
There are also many international opportunities associated with this area of focus.  Rotary supports activities and training to improve education for all children and literacy for children and adults through international service supported by the Rotary Foundation.   The Foundation enables Rotarians to ensure that all people have sustainable access to basic education and literacy by:
  • Involving the community to support programs that strengthen the capacity of communities to provide basic education and literacy to all
  • Increasing adult literacy in communities
  • Working to reduce gender disparity in education
  • Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to basic education and literacy.
If you are thinking about some international opportunities, the following activities are within the scope of the basic education and literacy area of focus:
  • Access to quality basic primary and secondary education
  • Educating adults in literacy
  • Providing training in teaching literacy, curriculum development, and school administration
  • Strengthening educational experience through improved materials and facilities
  • Community management of education systems
  • Vocational training teams supporting the above activities
  • School desk purchases, when accompanied by a detailed and verifiable plan to improve basic education and literacy
  • Scholarships for graduate-level study in programs related to basic education and literacy.
If you need help with establishing an education or literacy program, let us know – we have people on the District team who are resources here to help with just that! You might also have members who may be interested in the Rotary Action Group for Literacy – they have lots of resources too – check out
World Polio Day – October 24th
October 24th is World Polio Day! What is your club doing to support Rotary’s goal ending polio forever?
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years, and our goal of ridding the earth of this disease is in sight. We started in 1979 with vaccinations for 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic.
There are many clubs in the district who hold events to support fundraising efforts and awareness to End Polio Now on or around World Polio Day. What is your club planning? Let us know! Looking for some ideas? Read the full article to get some more World Polio Day ideas…
October 24th is World Polio Day! What is your club doing to support Rotary’s goal ending polio forever?
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years, and our goal of ridding the earth of this disease is in sight. We started in 1979 with vaccinations for 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic.
There are many clubs in the district who hold events to support fundraising efforts and awareness to End Polio Now on or around World Polio Day. What is your club planning? Let us know! Looking for some ideas?
  • Pints for Polio has taken off as a polio-focused event around the world! With craft breweries popping up all over the map, now is a great time to start your own Pints for Polio.
  • Progress for Polio – hold a progressive dinner in support of End Polio Now
  • Purple Pinkie Day - Conduct an awareness campaign in a public space, a mall, office tower, or anywhere with increased foot traffic. Spread the word about Rotary’s impact on Ending Polio Now!
Pints for Polio Success Story: The Rotary Club of St. John’s East in NL will be holding it’s third annual Pints for Polio in 2019. Their event at Quidi Vidi Brewery in the heart of St. John’s includes a chilli cook-off, a wide variety of craft beer, a 50/50, and a local live musician entertains throughout the night. Tickets are $20.00. Feel free to get in touch with Kristina at for some tips and tricks to kick off your own Pints for Polio in your city!
There are many ways to acknowledge World Polio Day on October 24 (and it doesn’t have to be that exact day!).  Some clubs in our district are planning Pints for Polio social events at local breweries or pubs – what are you planning?  Share your ideas with us.
Across Canada for $119
Rotarian and entrepreneur Krystina Johnson and her family recently took a return trip from Middleton, NS to Chilliwack BC – what an adventure! The fun part? The Johnson’s did so by spending just under $119 one way. With increasing focus on reducing our carbon foot print, there are many ways that we can conserve energy in our everyday lives. Read the full article to discover how Krystina and her family accomplished this great feat.

Rotarian and entrepreneur Krystina Johnson, husband Brent, son Matthew 5 and daughter Hailey 2, made a return trip, Middleton, Nova Scotia to Chilliwack, British Columbia, in July. Energy cost was just under $119 one way. The Johnson’s estimated flying cost for two adults and two children would have been around $4000 plus fees, taxes, and the cost of renting a car while visiting relatives and friends. Driving a 2015 Tesla Model S, the travel time, one way, was 12 days. The greatest challenge was locating places to charge the vehicle overnight and encountering damaged charging equipment (due to rain).

The couple took over a month to plan their route with the knowledge that charging stations are rare in the prairies; but, “Level 2” chargers may be found at some town halls, tourist destinations. The charging infrastructure is slated to be installed across the country at Petro Canada locations but ground has yet to be broken in some places. The biggest gap in service was between Sudbury, Ontario and Fort MacLeod in southern Alberta. Sometimes their only option was to call local RV campsites to locate locations in which they could charge their vehicle.

In April 2018, the Johnsons travelled with their young family from Chilliwack to Middleton in a van, bought a vintage property and set up business. Brent Johnson works as a Systems Administrator managing computers and servers online for the West Coast and Krystina is a professional photographer. Krystina became an active member of the Rotary Club of Middleton. The Johnsons have close ties to their families in Chilliwack and intend to spend a few weeks in British Columbia every summer. They reckon that by using an electric vehicle, which requires very little maintenance, costs are cut by 80% of those required to operate a traditional gasoline vehicle.

A super charger outlet will take an hour and a half and provide enough energy for approximately 350 kilometres in the type of car they have. A 50 amp outlet takes approximately 8 hours while a 30 amp outlet can take up to 24 hours. The closest dealerships with the most selection of electric vehicles are located in Quebec; in part due to exceptional provincial government incentives and grants of up to $8000 in addition to federal grants of $5000 on eligible “green” vehicles. Because electric vehicles require so little maintenance the Johnsons have purchased two from Quebec. They also own a 2013 Nissan Leaf which they use for their daily errands and appointments. 

Krystina and Brent are committed to reducing traditional energy consumption. This past spring they took advantage of Nova Scotia Energy’s rebate program. They installed 32 solar panels at a cost of $33,000 and with the rebate they paid approximately $20,000. The 32 solar panels provide most of the energy to run their two story century home and power their vehicles. They estimate that over the life of the panels (25-30 years) they will save $80,000 in electricity costs. When the family returned from their month long vacation, they had a healthy Nova Scotia Power credit waiting. The unused energy generated from the solar panels is sold back to Nova Scotia Power.

"Swing Fore the Kids" Charity Golf Tournament
The Rotary Club of Dartmouth has held an annual charity golf tournament for the past 6 years. 
On average these events have raised between $10,000 and $15,000 for worthwhile charitable organizations in our community.  Between 2014 and 2017 the proceeds went towards the commitment made by the six Rotary Clubs in Metro Halifax to help make the first hospice in Halifax a reality. 
With that commitment fulfilled the 2018 tournament “Swing Fore the Kids” was in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax’s breakfast program, which serves over 60,000 free breakfasts and snacks at local community schools.  Again, this year “Swing Fore the Kids” will support the breakfast program and will be held on September 11th at the Chester Golf Club. 
For more information see our website at
Roll with Rotary – Waterford Valley’s Car Show Success!
The Rotary Club of Waterford Valley had our most successful car show to date on July 27, 2019.
We had 80% member participation, and ten additional volunteers. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary had a new high end cruiser and officer on hand all day, and they were a star attraction for young and old. Our program supported the Canadian Mental Health Association, Community Food Sharing Association, the Vera Perlin's Button Shop (a program in St. John’s that creates meaningful employment for persons with developmental disabilities), Canadian Blood Services, Organ Donor program, and Diabetes for a Day. It was a real fun day for the family.
Our club will be holding a Business meeting September 18th to set a plan of action to revitalize the club and have the past history of the club put online. I can honestly say It has been a privilege to be part of this remarkable club.
Upcoming Event – Walk for Water with the Rotary Club of Bridgewater
Join the Rotary Club of Bridgewater and District for the 1st Annual Walk for Water at 9am on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at the Woodland Gardens Pond at the Desbrisay Museum, Bridgewater. 
The purpose of the event is to raise awareness of the global water crisis and generate funds to support a project that will bring clean water to families in a developing country.
Participants will walk ½ mile, fill their buckets, and retrace their steps to symbolize the burden that millions of women and girls in developing countries bear every day as they collect dirty water for use in their homes.
Every minute children die from water related diseases. We often take for granted the resources we have available to us. We can turn on the faucet and get a glass of clean water, but there are an estimated 900 million people in the world who lack access to safe water. Please support our event and help us make a difference.
The Rotary Club of Bridgewater and District will partner with event sponsors, our Rotary District 7820, and the Rotary Foundation of Canada to multiply your donation. There is a $10 recommended donation to participate. Pets are welcome. To make a donation or e-transfer
Irresistible Opportunity – Join the Public Image Team!

The Public Image team is looking for a Rotarian to join the team as an EDITOR for the monthly newsletter! This role would include collecting and editing articles for the monthly newsletter.

Please contact Kristina at if you have a few hours a month to dedicate to editing articles for our monthly newsletter.

Upcoming Events in the District!


Swing Fore the Kids Golf Tournament, Dartmouth, NS- September 11, 2019

Zone Conference, Niagara Falls, ON - September 17-21, 2019

Bollywood Night, Truro, NS - September 28, 2019

Pints for Polio, St. John’s East, NL - October 24, 2019

Rotary Leadership Institute, Truro, NS - October 26, 2019

Check out for more details on some upcoming events in our district!

RI Foundation News: 2019-20 District Grants of $36,000 Approved by RI
Thanks to North Sydney, Sydney Sunrise, New Minas Sunrise, Halifax Northwest and Harbourside, Sackville, Kentville, Exploits, St. John’s and St. John’s East (and their partner Clubs) for the 2019-20 District Grant submissions. These were reviewed by Stella Roy, Miriam MacLeod, Fred Hayward and Brian Smith (District Grants Sub-Committee Chair), forwarded to Rotary International, and approved in July. Projects include local youth centre facilities and programs, youth education and experiences, upgrades to community facilities, helping the homeless and international community assessment and water supply.
One of the first projects out of the gate this year, organized by Halifax Northwest and partnering clubs in HRM, was a collaborative project with Outward Bound Canada and Phoenix Youth Services to send ten at risk youth on an six-day canoe expedition through the Kejimkujik and Tobeatic Wilderness areas from July 22-27. 
By participating in the District Grant program, our Clubs are expanding the reach of their activities with up to $5,000 from RI, and they are taking advantage of the Rotary International Foundation contributions from District 7820 clubs and members. In total, the District Grant program will facilitate over $100,000 in worthwhile service projects in the District for 2019-20.
Why is There A Rotary Pin and A Rotary Wheel?
The first lapel pin was designed and made by a New York Rotary Club member in 1909. The forerunner of the traditional Rotary pin worn today, it featured the Rotary wheel in its earliest representation with eight spokes, no cogs, and no keyway. Trivia question – why does the wheel need a keyway?
The wheel became the symbol of Rotary in 1906, a year after Rotary’s formation in Chicago. Asked to design a symbol for the new club, a Chicago Rotarian drew a simple wagon wheel with a few lines to show dust and motion (14 spokes, no cogs, no keyway). Paul Harris reasoned that the wheel symbolized "Civilization and Movement." One observant Rotarian pointed out that a wheel would not generate clouds of dust in front of it, so they removed the offending cloud and that design remained the emblem for Chicago until 1912. 
In 1910, the Rotary Club of Philadelphia added cogs to create a working wheel, symbolizing members working together, literally interlocked with one another to achieve the organization's objectives. They used 19 cogs in honour of their club, the 19th in Rotary. They created hundreds of metal pins with this design and successfully pitched it as the new official international wheel in 1912. It didn’t hurt that the president of the Philadelphia club [who had designed that club's emblem] became president of the International Association of Rotary Clubs at the 1912 Duluth convention. 
In 1918, two Rotarian engineers petitioned Rotary to amend the design of the wheel. They argued that a cogwheel with 19 cogs would not work. Also, the emblem had square-cornered teeth of disproportionate size, and the cogs were irregularly spaced. One called it, “an anachronism to engineers.” Another called it "an insult to engineering that only the brain of an artist could conceive." They sketched a new wheel, with 6 spokes (symbolizing the 6 Objects of Rotary at that time) and 24 cogs or teeth. This design was presented to the Rotary world in 1920. 
However, there remained many versions of the Rotary wheel in use around the world by the different clubs. It wasn’t until 1922 that the Rotary International Association declared that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. 
The Rotary Wheel is also referred to as our Mark of Excellence and it should not be altered in any way, or used in any graphics in a way that diminishes it – e.g., it should not be used as Mickey Mouse ears!  The colours and how the wheel can be used are very specific – don’t mess with it!  Check out the guidelines in the Rotary Brand Center.
So why wear a Rotary pin?  
Have you ever been asked about your pin?  I have.  On airplanes, in grocery checkout lines, in meetings – it’s a great conversation starter.  Wearing a pin is a wonderful way to show your pride in Rotary and to have an easy way to start a conversation about what Rotary means to you.  Don’t miss that opportunity.  Can you see the pin on this well-known guy’s lapel?
And if you’re really into pins, there’s even a Rotary on Pins Fellowship group... really!
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