September is here and that means summer holidays and camps are over and it's back to school and back to regular Rotary club meetings and activities. And District Interact Chair Bob Munroe has a suggestion - why not sponsor an Interact club in your local Junior or Senior High School?
Given the time of year it is no surprise that September is Rotary’s Basic Education and Literacy month.
This Bulletin features a stories on that theme – Summerside’s new Learning Centre set to have a grand opening when RI President Ian Risley visits PEI for the Rotary Club of Charlottetown's 100th anniversary event.  The deadline for out of town visitors to register to attend the Sunday Oct 1st 100th anniversary charter dinner at Rotary Club of Charlottetown is September 15th. Contact Joan MacFarlane at to reserve your ticket. You won't want to miss it!
August was a busy month for club visits – Pat and I had wonderful visits to four Valley clubs and the six on PEI. Then I ended the month with official visits to the four Sydney and area clubs. Thanks to all of you, for "Making a Difference" in your local communities and around the world and for your tremendous hospitality.
Upcoming DG club visits in September include Port Hawkesbury, Amherst, the Pictou County clubs, the HRM clubs and Saint Pierre et Miquleon.  Please "like” the "Rotary International - District 7820" Facebook page to see photos and descriptions of these club visits as well as shares and posts of club events and activities throughout the District and other Rotary updates.   
Please consider registering for the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institutes in Truro NS, Oct 28, 2017 (see story in this Bulletin) and Moncton NB, April 2018 (with D7810). Plus, the first The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Information Sharing and 2017 2018 Grant Qualification and Training dates have been set: Oct 24th -HRM, Oct 25th – Truro, Oct 26 – Sydney, Oct 28 PEI, Nov 7 Lunenburg/Bridgewater. More dates will be finalized soon.
Don't forget that the District is in the process of seeking qualified persons for the position of District Governor for 2020-21. See story in this Bulletin for more details.
Finally, don’t forget the P.I.P.E. Dreams! (Public Image, Peace and Environment) For details on how your club can participate please read the July Bulletin article
And remember, in 2017-18 we are Rotary: Making A Difference!
DG Don
RI President Ian Riseley to open the Summerside Rotary Learning Centre 
On Monday October 2, 2017 Rotary International President Ian Riseley will be the special guest for the Grand Opening of the Summerside Rotary Learning Centre. This great project is a great example of Rotary: Making A Difference!
In 2013, after a year-long strategic planning process, the Rotary Club of Summerside recognized an opportunity to undertake a signature project. Through this process, the club determined that expanding the services of the city’s library would be the best way to positively contribute to the community. The old Summerside Rotary library had outgrown its space making it impossible to meet the needs of the seventeen non-profit user groups and educational institutions, as well as the library’s weekly staff programs.
In 2014, the Summerside Rotary Club purchased “the old post-office” from the federal government and began the process of transforming the space to the new regional Inspire Learning Centre.  Rotary relied heavily upon its club members’ various skill sets to help with the fundraising, marketing, renovations and legal aspects throughout the process.
Through the generosity of the community and the contributions of all three levels of government, $2.8 million was raised to make the new Inspire Learning Centre a reality. Summerside Rotarians themselves contributed $300,000.
The Inspire Learning Centre now includes the library, meeting rooms and space for non-profit groups, taking up 15,000 square feet of the 27,000-square-foot building the Rotary Club had purchased. The federal government remains as a tenant in the remaining space.  The Rotary Club of Summerside, with a history of making things happen, has once again brought a “legacy” project to life for the benefit of all ages and for future generations. Follow these links to read more about this signature Rotary project:
It's Back to School (an opportunity to start an Interact club!)
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. As the district chair for Interact, I encourage all Presidents of Rotary Clubs not currently sponsoring an Interact Club, to give serious consideration to getting involved with this aspect of Youth Services. While not every Rotary Club has a University in their community to initiate Rotaract involvement, every community has a high school, (or junior high/middle school) which can provide the membership base for an Interact Club.
Interact is one of the most significant and fastest growing programs of Rotary service. More Rotary Clubs in our district should become involved with Interact. Although there are presently 20 Interact Clubs in our District, there are many Rotary Clubs that are not engaged with this area of Youth Services.
Forming an Interact Club will offer an opportunity for your Rotary Club to further its youth related activities, as well as provide the youth with an organized structure to get involved with community service and gain the benefits of membership in a worldwide organization.
The first step in achieving this goal will be to immediately appoint an Interact Committee from within your membership and charge that committee with the responsibility of getting ready to act when school resumes in September. It is important for the committee to get an early start in the school year before prospective Interact members become involved in other pursuits. The quality students needed and that Interact Clubs attract will quickly find other interests or activities to contribute their time and efforts.
Organizing an Interact Club is one of the most rewarding activities a Rotary Club can undertake in its community. In turn, an Interact club can bring new energy to a Rotary Club, inspire fresh ideas for service, increase support to projects, and spread knowledge of Rotary into other sectors of the community. Both Rotarians and Interactors will share in the success of this Club.
What will set you and your Rotary Club apart in your year as Club President? All too often we fall into the routine of carrying on the same committees, programs and projects that our own Rotary Club has been doing for many years. You as President must remember that this is your year and you have the opportunity to put forth your own goals and objectives.  Perhaps the formation of an Interact Club could be a goal for your year.
The opportunity is there to leave a continuing reminder of your accomplishment as Club President. I encourage you to leave your mark on your Club and seize the challenge to charter another Interact Club in District 7820.
I would be very pleased to provide any interested Club with whatever assistance is possible. If you would like some information on what has worked in starting and maintaining Interact clubs in other communities, I would be pleased to share some ideas with you.
District Interact Chair – Bob Munroe
District 7820 is in the ROTARY News!
Have you read your September issue of the Rotarian yet? 
First of all, check out pages 48-51 and the feature article "Leap of Faith" all about the Syrian refugee crisis and the work of the Rotary Club of Amherst!  Great article and great job by the caring Rotarians of Amherst. Truly an example of "Rotary: Making A Difference"! Go to to see the article online. 
DG Don will be in Amherst on the official club visit on Monday, September 11, 2017 to congratulate the Rotary Club of Amherst in person. 
Secondly, congratulations to PDG Pete Smith Mbah Ntiante who had the picture he entered in the 2017 "RI End Polio Now" Photo contest profiled in the September 2017 Rotarian Magazine. You can see it on page 7 of the magazine. Follow the link above for the online version.
And finally, the Video to promote the 2018 District Conference in St. John's has been featured in the August 2017 edition of "Beyond Borders" - the Newsletter of Rotary Zones 24 & 32! Follow this link and check out page 11. http://
If you want to see that District Conference promo video again please follow this YouTube link: (or just search YouTube for "2018 Rotary District 7820 Conference Promo Video"). Who knows, you might be inspired to join the many Rotarians from around our District to come to St. John's for a memorable conference. See you there!
People of Action Pictures Needed
Rotary International has started what it is calling the People of Action Campaign where it is showing Rotarians doing what they have become known for; working together to make our communities better.
With that in mind, we would like to highlight some of the activities of the clubs and Rotarians in District 7820 by profiling our  People Of Action  on the front page of the District Website.  It is our plan to replaced the current top scrolling banner on the website with pictures of our Rotarians in action around the region or around the world.  To do that WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please send Jim Goit ( pictures of your club and members working on projects and we'll include them along with your club and project name in the next generation of the website masthead banner.
Here are a few things to consider to submit a great picture:
  1. Pictures should be of members (and others) doing something (ie, serving food, cleaning a ditch, painting a wall, building stoves, etc, ect).  Grip and grin award or cheque presentations are less desirable.  Our highlight is on the people.
  2. Fun and laughter make the best pictures. 
  3. We're looking for Rotary identifiable signs, clothing etc in the picture. If you don't have any, that's fine, but it would be better if at least one Rotary symbol shows up in the picture.
  4. Pictures need to be landscape (ie wider than tall) to be useful for this application and they should be of high quality (at least 1600 pixels wide).
We'll do our best to use as many of  the pictures sent in as possible, however we reserve the right to select only the best and most representative of Rotary in our region.
There is no time limit but we'd hope to have the new banner running by December so we need your pictures!
If you have any questions let me know.   Jim (  
Register for Rotary Leadership Institute Session Oct 28th Truro
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of one-day courses offered to help refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge about Rotary.  Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business, professional and community leaders who want to become more knowledgeable Rotarians and more effective leaders in their vocation and their Rotary club.  It is open to all Rotarians but is especially beneficial for newer Rotarians.
You can find out more about RLI and the various sessions by checking out our on line resources.  Experienced Rotarians are the leaders of the sessions and you will meet others from clubs all over the Atlantic region.  
The fall session of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be held Oct 28, 2017 in Truro at the Truro Campus of the NSCC, 36 Arthur St.   We are planning to offer all Parts of the training if enough Rotarians from  District 7810 and 7802 register   On-line registration is available by clicking this link.  Don't delay as space is limited for each Part.
The cost of the course is  still $125 which includes lunch and breaks.  Hotel accommodation is the responsibility of the individual Rotarian. There is a block of rooms at the Best Western Truro - Glengarry available on a first come basis. The block will be held until Sept. 27/17 at $125.99 plus tax which includes hot breakfast.  
The Rotary Club of Truro is also hosting a reception at the Best Western on October 27th starting at 7:00 pm for Rotarians in Truro for the RLI event on the 28th. 
Participating in RLI has proven to be the defining moment for many Rotarians.  Join us in Truro.
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
Bulletin Editor
Don Sword
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