How big is YOUR Rotary world? 
Rotary International turned 113 on February 23rd. Rotary has grown to include 1.2 million men and women in over 200 countries and geographical regions.
Being a Rotarian can mean more than just being a member of your local Club. 
Rotary Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs. Our District currently is working on exchanges with places like Finland & Estonia, and South Florida & the Grand Bahamas. Check out the District website for more details. And Breaking News! - The Return visit to the RFE to Washington State and Vancouver has openings - see the story in this Bulletin! 
Do you have a hobby? Why not join a Rotary Fellowship? They are independent, social groups of Rotarians who share a common passion. What a fun way to make friends around the world! There are Fellowships about everything from Antique Autos to Yoga and everything in between. 

Do you have a service passion? Why not join a Rotary Action Group? If you are interested in water and sanitation, check out  Are you passionate about Peace? Maybe is for you. Are you concerned about the Environment? Why not join ESRAG - There are many Rotary Action Groups. Go to for more information on these and other Rotary Action Groups.
By the way, if you attend the Rotary International convention in Toronto in June you can check out many of these Fellowships and Groups at the House of Friendship. Register at
Finally, March is Water and Sanitation month - see the story in this Bulletin on our district's water project in Ghana.
Yours in Rotary Service,
DG Don
2018 Training for Leaders of Clubs
 Building a Culture of Leadership – Leading the Change
Be the inspiration!
It's the 2018 Training for Leaders of Clubs season and there have been two successful sessions held so far: January 27th in St. John's for the Eastern Newfoundland clubs and February 17th in Truro for the Central and Northern Nova Scotia Clubs.
The upcoming TLC's are:
  • Southwest Nova Scotia - Saturday March 24th, Centre Stage Theatre, Kentville.
  • Western Newfoundland - Saturday April 7th,  Corner Brook Regional High School.
  • HRM - Saturday April 14th, Hearthstone Inn, Dartmouth. 
  • PEI - Saturday April 21st, Camp Gencheff.
  • Cape Breton, Saturday April 28th, Boston Pizza, Sydney
Join your fellow club members to learn what it takes to build a stronger, more vibrant club through personal and shared leadership. The TLC is a  full day of intensive leadership development sessions with Rotary knowledge building to help you build club vibrancy.   
Each TLC starts at 8:30am for the Executive Team and 10:00am for the General Membership
If you are a Rotarian in one of those areas please watch your inbox for your personal invitation!
Youth Programs Update - March 2018
The matching of outbound Youth Exchange students is now complete and the details have been announced to the participating clubs. For the Rotary year 2018-19 District 7820 will have 11 Clubs in our District participating in the Long Term Exchange Program (LTEP) and one Club (New Glasgow) participating in the Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) pilot with the destination TBA.
The Rotary Clubs of St. John’s, St John’s Northwest, Summerside, Charlottetown, Charlottetown Royalty, Hillsborough, Wolfville Mud Creek, Windsor, Dartmouth East and Halifax Harbourside will be sending students away for the experience of a lifetime under the LTEP. They will be travelling to the following countries: New Zealand, Colombia, Italy, Brazil, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Chile, Netherlands and Belgium. New Minas Sunrise is participating in an inbound-only LTEP hosting a student from Nigeria.  
This year’s Adventures in Citizenship program in Ottawa will be held from Saturday April 28th to Wednesday May 2nd. Twenty-four (24) students from our District including 18 from NS, 4 from NL and 2 from PEI will attend. That represents an investment of about $30,000 by clubs in our District in developing the citizenship of our young people.
The following 23 clubs from District 7820 are sponsoring students to participate in the Adventures in Citizenship program in 2018: Avalon Northeast, Exploits (Grand Falls), Gander, St. John’s Northwest, Bridgewater & District, Dartmouth (2 students), Halifax, Halifax Harbourside, Halifax North West, Kentville, Middleton, Wolfville Mud Creek, New Minas Sunrise, New Waterford, North Sydney, Sydney, Sydney Sunrise, Truro, Westville, Wolfville, Yarmouth, Hillsborough and Summerside. For more information about the Rotary Club of Ottawa's Adventures in Citizenship program go to
Great news from PEI! The Rotary Club of Charlottetown is in the final stages of chartering a new Rotaract club at UPEI!
Finally, the next big Youth gathering in our District will be at the upcoming District Conference in St. John’s. The Rotaracters will be attending the main conference while the Interacters and Youth Exchange students will be attending their own fantastic Youth Program and selected parts of the main program. Details at
Rotary D7820 on Facebook
Want to know all about what is going on with our Rotary District and the best of what our Clubs are doing?
The best way to stay current is to "Like" or "Follow" our District's Facebook Page. It's called "Rotary International - District 7820" and it is almost at 1,000 likes!
If you are on Facebook please help us go "over the top" by "Liking" the page.
Plus - check out the new "Event" page for our upcoming District Conference in May in St. John's! You can let your fellow Rotarians know that you are going and take part in the discussion.
Openings available for Friendship Exchange in May!
Are you tired of winter yet? Looking for an early Spring?
We have a couple of openings for the outbound exchange to Vancouver Island and western Washington state. Their district is looking forward to repaying the hospitality that we extended to their delegation last Fall.
Please contact PDG Tom McCaughey for an application at or (709)682-7259.   
RFE’s are an inexpensive way to explore other districts, to meet some great friends and learn about their culture and their projects and to generally be treated as very welcome guests and not a tourist.
Here is the tentative schedule:
Inbound Schedule into District 5020
May 9th   Atlantic Rotarians to arrive -  suggest that they fly in to Campbell River and be met by a delegation including the Mayor and Council.
Itinerary begins mid-morning of May 10th.
Nights of  May 9, 10, and 11 in Campbell River
May 12th Travel day to Victoria
Nights of May 12, 13, and 14 in Sydney by the Sea (outside Victoria)  
 May 15th Travel day, ferry to Port Angeles then pick up by East Jefferson Club
 Nights of May 15, 16, and 17 in East Jefferson, USA
May 18th Travel day to Bainbridge Island
Nights of 18, 19, and 20 in Bainbridge Island
May 21st travel to Tacoma
Nights of 21,22, and 23 Tacoma Rotary #8
May 24th Tacoma #8 hosts to take to Sea Tac Airport for travel throughout the day.
Water Project in Ghana Seeking Support
The Halifax Harbourside Rotary Club is looking for partners and support to undertake a mechanized borehole water project in Bawiu, a small village near Navrongo, in the Northern-most part of Ghana. This is the driest part of the country. The community is among the poorest in the region and lacks the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers.

The population of the community is estimated to be 1,012, a majority of which are youth. Improved maternal health education and programs, reducing infant mortality, have led to higher birth rates and population growth over the past 10 years.
About 70% of the economy in the Bawiu community depends on agriculture. The farmers rely on rainfall to water their crops and animals. The average rainfall for the community is 940mm per annum with most rain falling between June to September.  The dry season is from November to March and in January, the driest month, there is only 1mm of rainfall. The mechanized borehole project will provide an opportunity for farmers to farm all year round, bringing an immense economic benefit to the community.
The proponent of this project is from this community and current member of Halifax Harbourside Rotary. The project has the support of the Navrongo Municipal Assembly and the entire community. The project proponent has put a team together that is on the ground and ready to go. The project has been designed and costed by the Municipal Assembly Engineer. The cost of developing the project from beginning to finish is about $50,000.00 USD.
Several Clubs in the District are already supporting the project financially - Kentville, Halifax, Westville and Halifax Northwest. It is our hope that together we will help improve the economic wellbeing of this community. Please contact us to learn more or if your club wishes to help.
Stella Roy
Godfred Chongatera
Bulletin Editor
Don Sword
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