It's August 1st and one month in the 2017-18 Rotary calendar is in the history books. July was indeed historic as our Rotary International President Elect Sam Owori from Uganda died on July 13th, shocking the Rotary world. (see lead story below)
August is Membership and Extension Month and as you can see I am doing my part to bring in younger people into Rotary! Baby Tarragon Wilkes is the son of Rotarians Kim McDonald-Wilkes and Colin Wilkes of the Rotary Club of Grand Falls.
Summer is short in most of our District so Rotary may not be the top priority for Rotarians in August. Nevertheless, I urge each club to consider adopting during this Rotary year the many tools developed by our District Membership Committee for membership attraction, engagement and retention. These are available on the District website on the top of the main page - just look under the menu under Member Resources. 
Further, may I suggest that each of us as individual Rotarians resolve to try to invite at least one prospective member to a meeting during this Rotary year. If we all did that then we would have 1500 or more potential new Rotarians in our District! 
Pat and I enjoyed great Club visits to the Western and Central Newfoundland Clubs and also spent a active weekend attending the successful Sydney Ribfest. DG club visits in August include some Valley clubs, Cape Breton and PEI. The complete schedule is shown on the DG Event Calendar on the the District's website: I encourage you to like the "Rotary International - District 7820" Facebook page to see photos and descriptions of these club visits as well as posts of club events, activities and other Rotary updates.   
In this month's Bulletin there are several other stories I hope you will find interesting:
  • Help RC Charlottetown and Island Rotarians celebrate 100 years at their Gala Dinner with special guest RI President Ian Riseley on October 1st!
  • Two new True Rotarian Award recipients.
  • Last month's Bulletin included a promo video on the St. John's convention in May 2018. This month we highlight the RI convention in Toronto in June 2018 and a special bus tour from the Maritimes to the convention. Check it out! 
  • The role of District Governor is demanding but also very rewarding. PDG Elva's committee has begun the process of selecting the 2020-21 District Governor. 
  • An update on Friendship Exchanges for our district.
  • Even a successful Global Grant funded by The Rotary Foundation can be challenging. This month's story is an example of the importance of knowing your host club well and on good communication.
Until next time, remember in 2017-18 we are Rotary: Making a Difference!
DG Don
Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori dies
Rotary International President-elect Sam F. Owori died unexpectedly on 13 July due to complications from surgery. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years.

“Rotary has become a way of life for me – with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone,” Sam said when he was nominated last year. “I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through Rotary, I’ve helped someone live better.”

Sam's term as Rotary’s 108th president would have begun on 1 July 2018.

“Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hardworking Rotarian he was,” said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. “In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family, and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.”

Under Sam's leadership, the number of clubs in Uganda swelled from nine to 89 over the course of 29 years. 

Sam saw in Rotary members "an incredible passion to make a difference," and wanted to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."

Sam was the chief executive officer of the Institute of Corporate Governance of Uganda, whose mission is to promote excellence in corporate governance principles and practice in the region by 2020. Previously, he was executive director of the African Development Bank, managing director of Uganda Commercial Bank Ltd., and director of Uganda Development Bank.  He has also served as corporate secretary of the Central Bank of Uganda.

He served as member and chair of several boards including FAULU (U) Ltd., (now Opportunity Bank), the Uganda Heart Institute, the Centre for African Family Studies, Mulago Hospital Complex, Mukono Theological College, and the Kampala City Council.

Sam also was the vice chair of Hospice Africa Uganda, and board member and chair of the Audit Committee of PACE (Programme for Accessible Health, Communication, and Education) in Uganda.

“Sam was a special person in so many ways, and his unexpected death is a huge loss to Rotary, his community, and the world,” Riseley said. “We are establishing details on plans to celebrate his life as they become available.” 

Rotary is establishing a memorial fund in Sam's honor and will provide details soon.    

Celebrating 100 Years of Rotary on PEI
CELEBRATING 100 Years of Rotary Service on PEI
Get Your Tickets Now!
Sunday October 1, 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Club of Charlottetown being admitted into Rotary International on October 1, 1917. The entire year has been one of celebrating the Rotary clubs of Prince Edward Island “Making A Difference” for the past 100 years.
But now the Centennial Committee, led by Chair PDG Bob Moffatt, are holding a major event to cap off the celebration.
A Gala Dinner will be held at the PEI Convention Centre in Charlottetown on Oct 1st with special guest, Rotary International President Ian Riseley in attendance! This will be a “hot ticket” so you won’t want to miss out.
The event begins with a reception at 6 PM and the dinner at 7 PM. Tickets are only $75 per person. For out of province attendees please contact Joan MacFarlane of the RC of Hillsborough Charlottetown at to reserve a ticket and for payment details. The deadline for off island attendees to purchase tickets is Friday September 15th.
Plus, the organizing committee have arranged for a special room rate at the Delta for overnight visitors. Call the hotel for the special rate. 
See you in Charlottetown on October 1st!
Tour from Maritimes organized to RI Convention in Toronto
The Rotary International Convention  in Toronto next June is  creating a lot of interest.  Already there are 10,000 Rotarians from around the world that have registered.

For Rotarians in Districts 7820, 7810 and 7790 here is a worry free comfortable way of attending the convention.  
You can download a package (click here) that has been prepared for me by Target Tours of Prince Edward Island, a very professional and experienced company in the tour business. I asked them to put together a package that will provide bus transportation to Toronto and return, hotel accommodation at the Chelsea hotel, (one of the excellent RI host hotels close to the convention site), transport daily to and from the convention sites from the hotel and a city tour of Toronto.  The attached document gives the  specific details and costs depending on the number sharing a room.
Participants can be picked up here on PEI in Nova Scotia and  New Brunswick and arrangements can also be made for anyone in Quebec  or other parts of D 7790 to join in as well ( those costs are not listed).  The package  will need at least 30 participants to make this a go and the deadline for booking is September 30. After that Rotary will release the block of rooms. 
This is a great opportunity to experience the convention, enjoy the fellowship of other Rotarians and do so in a cost effective way,worry free manner.  Please contact Target Tours  if you have questions or  me ( and I’m be happy to get an answer for you. 
Invitation to Clubs to Suggest Nominees for District Governor Nominee-Designate
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 2020-21.  The Nominee shall assume the title of Governor-Nominee-Designate upon selection and shall assume the title of Governor-Nominee on July 1, 2018. The selection shall be made by Nomination Committee procedure as per RI By-Laws and District Manual of Policies and Procedures, Section 8.
To be eligible, the suggested candidate must meet the qualifications specified in Rotary International By-law (“RIB”) 16.070 (COL 2016).  The Duties of a District Governor are specified in Rotary International By-law 16.090 (COL 2016).  Further District Governor information specific to our District is found in the article Continuity, Consistency, Collaboration.  These additional information resources are attached to this invitation.  They will also be available on the District’s home page.
A Club shall forward its suggestion to the Nominating Committee using the Rotary International District 7820 District Governor-Nominee Suggestion Form 2017.  This form is attached to this notice and will be available on the home page of the District Website. 
Please note the required attachments to the District Governor-Nominee Suggestion Form 2017 that must also be fully completed and submitted:

a. 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 Suggested Form includes a template for this resolution.
  b. Rotary International Governor-nominee Form (page 1 of 2) & the Governor-nominee Data Form (page 2 of 2) with the Candidate’s Statement and the Club’s Statement of Candidate’s Qualification completed. This form is available through the District's home page.
  c.  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.
Suggestions for DGND must be sent to Immediate Past District Governor Elva Heyge, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, either by email to or by mail to PO Box 71, Canning, Nova Scotia, B0P 1H0.  As IPDG Elva Heyge will be traveling extensively this Summer please send a copy of the application to District Secretary Garth Gordon either by email to  or by mail to 14 Duncan Avenue, Kentville, Nova Scotia BN 1N4. 
 Only suggestions received on or before September 30, 2017 will be considered.
If you have any questions please contact me.
Thank you.
Elva Heyge
Immediate Past District Governor
Chairperson, Nominating Committee
Rotary District 7820
True Rotarians Recognized 
The Rotary Club of Stephenville's President Mel Dean and Rotary Club of Grand Falls member Greg Woolfrey were recognized with True Rotarian Awards during the Official Club visits by DG Don and Pat in July.
Consistent with the 2017-18 Rotary Theme these two worthy award winners are "Making a Difference"!
Congratulations, Mel and Greg!
D7820 Rotary Friendship Exchanges Update
There are three Friendship Exchanges in the works.
In a little over a month, our first inbound Friendship Exchange will be visiting us from District 1420 Finland & Estonia on September 14th to the 26th. This group of twelve Rotarians will be visiting the Annapolis Valley, Prince Edward Island, Pictou /New Glasgow/ Stellarton/ Westville and then on to Cape Breton.
Our host teams have been busy planning and organizing some wonderful tours and events for our visitors. Please take the opportunity to meet with these visiting Rotarians when they visit your club or area. This itinerary and the bios of our visitors will be posted shortly on the District website.
Our return exchange with them will be in August 2018.
The second inbound team to visit us is from District 5020 Vancouver Island & (western) Washington State. They will begin their visit with us in HRM on 1st October and then travel to the Lunenburg / Bridgewater area, Yarmouth and then the Annapolis Valley. This visit is in the planning stages and more details will be forthcoming shortly.
We will return this visit to their district in May 2018.
Unfortunately, our third inbound exchange has been cancelled for this year. The team from District 6990 South Florida & Grand Bahamas who were to visit St. Pierre and Newfoundland had to cancel and hope that we can accommodate them next year. I know of some disappointment from several members who were looking forward to hosting these visitors. Thanks to those members who put effort into the planning of this inbound exchange.
We will still be sending our team to visit them at the end of February 2018.  (Not a bad time to visit that area 😊) 
Overcoming challenges - Global Grant in Cameroon  (RC Truro project)
A Global Grant can be extremely worthwhile for the community it serves in another part of the world. But even successful projects can involve challenges.  
These emails from the Befang, Cameroon project to provide a real life example of the challenges a project can face as well as the importance of knowing your host club and having good communication.
For full report  on this project follow this link
This is a heads up regarding the Rotary Club of Truro/District/Global Grant 1530060.  Cameroon
July 4 2017
Today I received this note with pictures from Kumbo, Cameroon where the water part of the project is complete.
You will see how they began high up on the hillside to bring clean water to the village.  This is a very emotional thing for the village people to have clean, safe water on site and not have to spend hours carrying dirty water to their homes.
Phase two
I am also going to send you another email that is Oussematou's report.  You will see that there have been very serious problems in parts of Cameroon related to the French/English problem that surfaced and became
violent.  Oussematou was really concerned.  They had to suspend the project early this year but were able to  resume in early June, hoping to complete the repair of the school by the end of July.
Once the training sessions are completed and the repair of the school is complete, we will be able to finish off.
Yours in Rotary!
---------- Original Message ---------- 
Date: July 4, 2017 at 1:42 AM 
dear Lydia
Thank you Lydia for this kind memory, this actual work will be same.
 Sure the political situation and the violence prevailing in schools needed a very tactful strategy so as not to lose grant sent by Rotary and also to provide good study environment to children. The team is there working hard with all the stake holders to make sure thing moves in peace.
 I did not want to make alarm but working with the team in silence to success. Just be patient for few weeks and you will see what I am saying.
For now I stopped sending the rest of the documents and the Engineer will take in to consideration the observation of Ibrahim.
Thank you for the trust Allan and  Lydia. I have kept so far that only God can reach it.
The building is going up every day and the community is working day and night to be sure it succeed. 
Oh Lydia hope you kept the pictures of the old buildings as seen in the first video. we have a series of pictures for the construction and community work and so on , fabrication of the school benches and tables and chairs for teachers. It will permit you come up with a video showing before and after as usual. I will be happy to have them for my final report and strongly believe I will never let you down by the grace of Almighthy.
Stay all blessed and healthy.
Bulletin Editor
Don Sword
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