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All she saw was a pair of legs sticking out from under a very sick truck. It was all she needed to approach us and ask if she could be of any assistance as she lived in the community. Before we knew it, a tow truck and local garage had been contacted and what seemed to us as a major challenge suddenly became solvable.
 
Since the truck was no longer available, the pressing need for transportation became an issue as we needed to be in Corner Brook for a club visit that was almost three hours from Grand Falls. Again, with her phone to her ear, Peggy inquired as to the availability of rental cars. During the summer in Newfoundland, rental cars are as scarce as hen’s teeth.
 
That did not deter Peggy, who simply said, “Take my car!” Only then did we learn that she is a member of the local Exploits Rotary club. How many of us, whether Rotarians or not, would be so generous as to offer help and a vehicle to complete strangers? Truly, Peggy exemplifies our motto of “Service above Self”.
 
But…it didn’t stop there. Upon our return to Grand Falls, Peggy and her husband, Barry, would not hear of us staying in a local hotel and insisted that we join them at their nearby cabin for a BBQ and overnight stay. As Rotarians, we reach out and practice hospitality. Stop for a moment and reflect on when it was, and what you did as a Rotarian to assist complete strangers in their time of need. We are the changemakers in this world of ours and one small act of generosity and kindness goes a long way to building a better world one or two people at a time.
Fall Rotary Leadership Institute Sessions Available
There will be two sessions of the Rotary Leadership Institute held this fall that you should check out and register for.
 
The first will be held in St John's Newfoundland on September 29th.  All three Parts will be offered if enough register for the event.  The event will be held at the College of the North Atlantic.  Please register here.
 
The second session will be held in Truro on October 27th at the NSCC Truro campus.  In addition to the normal three parts, we will also be offering two special half day graduate courses. One on Membership and Membership Issues and the second on Motivating volunteers. These two courses come as a package.  Please register here.
Details on the two sessions will appear closer to the time of presentation on the RLI webpage where you will also find more information about RLI program in general. 
 
RLI has been proven effective in significantly improving retention rates of Rotarians, particularly those who are newer to the organization.  Please encourage someone in your club to attend and ask your club to support them.
 
PDG Jim Goit
RLI Registrar
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Literacy and Basic Education Month
September is Literacy and Basic Education Month. Rotary.org reports that more than 775 million people worldwide over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17% of the world’s adult population. Rotary’s goal is “to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.” Many programs are in place to support this goal, including training teachers and other professionals who work with vulnerable populations, formal student mentoring programs, and community based literacy programs.
 
In a 2007 study, David Green and Craig Riddell, economists at the University of British Columbia, investigated the distribution of literacy skills in the Canadian-born population and how those skills are generated[1]. Green and Riddell note that literacy skills play a fundamental role in enabling individuals to function to their full capability in society and in the economy. Without literacy, individuals cannot take a full and equal role in social and political discourse: they become less than equal members of society without the basic tools required to pursue their goals. Thus, they argue, in any attempt to build a better society, the distribution and generation of literacy is of fundamental importance.
 
The Conference Board of Canada reports that 40 % of Canadian adults have literacy skills too low to be fully competent in most jobs in our modern economy. This data stems from the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), first conducted in 1994, wherein three categories of literacy were tested: Prose (new stories, fiction), Document (job applications, forms) and Quantitative (balance a cheque book, calculate a tip)[2]. These tests do not include the more recent requirements of social media and multiple software platforms, now part of our daily routine.
 
In our home communities, we can partner with Literacy Groups and Government departments to help improve the literacy of residents. For those wanting to learn more about RI’s international literacy and education based projects, refer to https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes/supporting-education or the Literacy Rotarian Action Group at www.litrag.org.

[1] Green, David A. and W. Craig Riddell (2007). Literacy and the Labour Market: The Generation of Literacy and Its Impact on Earnings for Native-born Canadians. International Adult Literacy Series. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 89-552-XIE, no. 18
 
[2] Conference Board of Canada, Adult Literacy Rate—Low-Level Skills, March 2013
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WANTED! Suggestions for D7820 Governor for 2021-22!
 
Clubs are invited to suggest eligible Rotarians for the position of District Governor Nominee Designate, “DGND” - the Rotarian who will advance through the District Governor chain of offices to become District Governor for 2021-22
 
The Nominee shall assume the title of Governor-Nominee-Designate upon selection and shall assume the title of District Governor-Nominee (DGN) on July 1, 2019. The selection shall be made by Nomination Committee procedure following RI By-Laws and our District Manual of Policies and Procedures, Section 8*.
 
 The suggested candidate must meet the qualifications specified in Rotary International By-law (“RIB”) 16.070*.   The District Governor’s duties are specified in Rotary International By-law 16.090*.  Further District Governor information specific to our District is found in the article Continuity, Consistency, Collaboration*.  A Club must forward its suggestion to the Nominating Committee using the 2018 District Governor-Nominee Designate Suggestion Form.
 
All of these documents are available from the district website. https://rotary7820.com under the menu item "District Documents/DGN-D Nomination" .
 The Club must also submit the following four required documents with its District’s Suggestion Form:
 
  1.  A copy of the suggesting club’s resolution adopted at a regular meeting of the club naming the suggested candidate.  The resolution shall be certified by the Club Secretary per RIB 14.020.4.  The District’s Suggestion Form includes a template for this resolution but there is no fixed format for the resolution.
  2. A Rotary International Governor-nominee Form (page 1 of 2) and the Governor-nominee Data Form (page 2 of 2)* with the Candidate’s Statement and the Club’s Statement of Candidate’s Qualification completed.
  3. Two brief statements from the suggested candidate.  The first will state the candidate’s understanding of four characteristics of a great District Governor and how the candidate measures up to those ideals.  The second will state what the candidate would like to see the District and Clubs in the District improve on as well as why the improvements and innovations should be attempted.  There is no fixed format for these statements.
 Suggestions for DGN-D must be sent to Immediate Past District Governor Don Sword, Chair of the Nominating Committee, either by email to d7820dgsword@gmail.com or by mail to 2 Webster Place, Conception Bay South NL A1W 5M7.
 
 These items and the RI District Election Guidelines are available from the District Website https://rotary7820.com/ (District Documents/District Governor Nominee Nomination) or the District Secretary (rotarydistrict7820@gmail.com).
 
 Only fully completed suggestions received before Midnight Atlantic Daylight Time on Friday September 28, 2018 will be considered.
 
 If you have any questions please contact IPDG Don or District Secretary Garth.
 
 Thank you!
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Exciting Project in Uganda
Is your club looking for an interesting international project that has high impact, excellent accountability, ease of funds transfer and the potential for a great program?  Here you go…
 
Who is involved?  The MicroReseach team at Dalhousie University/IWK (www.microresearch.ca) has established an excellent relationship with the Rotary Club of Mbarara in Uganda and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).  Charles Kazooba who is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) at MUST, a Dal alumnus, is the local Rotarian in Mbarara who is spear heading the MicroResearch relationship there.
 
MUST has already engaged in numerous projects with the Dalhousie based MicroReseach team and most have involved child and maternal health.  Together they have launched a number of projects that are described as having “tremendous impact at the community level and policy influence in the area”.  MicroResearch was started in Mbarara in 2008 by Drs. Noni MacDonald and Bob Bortolussi from Dalhousie University/IWK and the Dean of Medicine at MUST.
 
What is MicroResearch?  MicroResearch supports local health professionals and community colleagues coming together to find solutions for local health problems and grows local research capacity to find solutions for other health problems. It grows and supports a local culture of inquiry and stimulates longer-term interest and activity in research.
 
The concept involves small locally driven multidisciplinary health research teams participating in research training workshops with hands-on research proposal development. The team helps local community workers to ask the questions that will address their problems and then to implement the actions themselves.  It is grass roots, participatory action work! In all MicroResearch cases to date, community impact has been clear – e.g., significant decline in infant mortality from infections after a locally driven shift in rituals of umbilical cord treatments.  The local midwives were part of the initial project definition and they lead the communication process for change – a much more effective approach than having the Canadian leaders urge for change.
 
What will the projects do? The details will be determined collaboratively with the research team including the local stakeholders.  The effectiveness of the MicroResearch approach is that the leaders from Dalhousie do not impose a specific question/issue on the local stakeholders but rather leave flexibility in the definition of the question to the team for collaborative agreement.  Interestingly, the approach has been so effective in Africa that the leaders have brought it back to Nova Scotia and workshops held in the Valley and Halifax have involved several local Rotarians.
 
How can we help? Each project costs C$2000 to launch and the Rotary Club of Mbarara has committed to support 18 MicroResearch projects with a contribution of $300 towards each of up to 6 projects/year for the next 3 years. To fully support each of the 6 projects per year, they need an additional C$1700/ project and the RC Mbarara has approached our District to be their partner.  Several clubs have already made commitments but we are not there yet!  Are you ready to jump onboard?
 
Want to learn more?  Charles Kazooba is coming to Canada and he will be in Halifax for a few days in September.  He and Dr. Bortolussi from Dalhousie will be presenting to the RC Halifax Harbourside on September 7th and if you are in the area, you are welcome to attend.  Or, you can contact Louisa Horne who can link you to the researchers at Dalhousie/IWK – rotarylouisa@gmail.com.
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Membership Engagement
Membership and New Club Development Month (August) may be over, but there are opportunities year round to enhance your membership experience! One way you can celebrate your membership is by getting involved in the many activities and programs available to you as a member of the greater Rotary family. Everyone’s reason for joining Rotary is different, but members stay because of the value it adds to their lives.
 
Here are some ways you can encourage your members to become more engaged:
  • Discover other cultures and make new friends across the globe by taking part in a Rotary Friendship Exchange. Contact RFE District Coordinator PDG Tom McCaughey for more information.
  • Explore your passions and hobbies with fellow Rotarians by joining one of 80 Rotary Fellowships.
  • Collaborate with experts from a Rotarian Action Group to help ensure your service projects have a lasting impact.
  • Work with your district community, international, and vocational service chairs to boost your service efforts.
  • Join or start a conversation in a discussion group on My Rotary.
  • Partner on a service project with a sponsored Interact or Rotaract club.
  • Host a Rotary Day event in your community. Rotary Days underscore our warm and cohesive community, show others how our work improves lives, and introduce Rotary to the larger community. Your Rotary Day can take any form as long as it’s fun, engaging, and open to all. Find tips for planning an event.
These are just a few examples of the many ways you can enhance your membership experience. We would love to hear some stories of innovative ways you’ve encouraged greater engagement or participation in your club’s activities. Let us know how you are “Being the Inspiration” in your community.
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District 7820 People of Action!
Rotarians in our District are “People of Action”, doing fantastic projects in their communities and across the world. We thought it a great idea to share, over the remaining 10 months of this Rotary year, projects that have been undertaken by every club in our District; we believe it is important to honour and acknowledge the work of our Rotarians. Each month we will feature four or five clubs and what they are doing as “People of Action”. 
 
Having completed the Newfoundland and St. Pierre portions of the DG visits, I would like to start by sharing with you the projects I learned about on a firsthand basis from our clubs there:
  • Members of the St. John’s NW club used the proceeds from their “A Song for Zimbabwe” to support the Tshelanyemba Hospital, in Zimbabwe;
  • A unique idea of the St. John’s After Hours club is to have 12 Good Deeds for 2018. One of their good deeds was to support the MUN foodbank;
  • The Waterford Valley club was conducting an environmental project long before many in our world thought too much about the subject. They continue to do great work cleaning up the Waterford River;
  • Baking up a storm, members of our Rotaract Club of St. John’s used the proceeds from their bake sale to support “Choices for Youth” in the coldest night of the year walk;
  • A community partnership with Scout Troup 519 saw Rotarians from the St. John’s club working side-by-side with the Scouts to do a major cleanup of the Fred Meijer CIS Trail.
Kudos to each of these clubs for living our objective of being “People of Action.”
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