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Happy New Year!

Yes, it is a new Rotary year and we should all take a moment to think about what we would normally do at the start of a calendar New Year, which is to make some New Year resolutions. What are your personal resolutions as a Rotarian as we commence our 2018 - 2019 year? Barry Rassin, our RI President for this year has encouraged us to make lasting  change in ourselves, our community and the world. What are your resolutions for your club? Will you use this year to inspire others to join our wonderful organization and to truly make a difference in the world?
 
I look forward to meeting all of you as Irene and I spend time with you and your clubs. I look forward to talking with you in some detail about the concept of S.H.A.P.E. an acronym I developed to provide a framework of how our clubs and District can move forward through this coming year.
 
Have a wonderful Canada Day!
 
Rob
Meet our Rotary International President for 2018-2019 
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is our new President of Rotary International for 2018-19., He has chosen as his theme, "Be the Inspiration" and shared with us attending the International Assembly in San Diego his vision that, "Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves". 
 
President Barry earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. 
 
A Rotarian since 1980, Rassin has served Rotary as director and is vice chair of The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees. Rassin received Rotary's highest honor, the Service Above Self Award, as well as other humanitarian awards for his work leading Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. He and his wife, Esther, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation. 
 
For his full story check out his bio.
New District Executive Takes Over July 1
The new leadership team comes into effect for District 7820 on the start of the new Rotary year beginning July 1st. Find out more about them through their profiles.
 
They have already been active in the district planning for the year so let's show them our support.
 
District Governor (DG) - Rob Christie
 
Born and raised on the West Coast, Rob attended the University of British Columbia and earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1967. Rob subsequently qualified to become a Registered Professional Forester and worked as such for his entire career. He has held a variety of senior management positions ranging from Chief Forester to Manager of Forest Resources for a number of privately owned companies in British Columbia. For a few years he worked as an international consultant and worked in such countries as Venezuela, Indonesia and Vietnam. In 1989 Rob was recognized by his professional organization as “Forester of the Year” for his contribution towards integrated forest management. Now retired, Rob has been awarded the distinction of being a Life Member of the profession.
 
Rob’s involvement with Rotary began more than a quarter of a century ago, when his son became a Rotary Exchange Student to Mexico. Upon his son’s return Rob’s family hosted Exchange Students from Mexico, Japan, Costa Rica and Australia. Rob was invited to become a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Whitehorse Midnight Sun in 2007. He served as Secretary for three years before becoming President in the year 2009 – 2010. Among other projects he worked on the District 5010 team hosting Group Study Exchange (GSE) participants from Estonia and S. Korea.
 
  In 2012, Rob moved from Whitehorse to Pictou with his wife Irene Szabla, where he joined the Rotary Club of Pictou. Shortly after being involved in the District, Rob was asked to take on the role of Assistant Governor for the six clubs in northern Nova Scotia.Rob is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Bequest Society. 
 
Rob has a son, Adam, who with his wife and two sons reside in Sackville, NB and a daughter. Jocelyn, with her husband, Paul and son, Elliot, who live in Calgary, AB. Rob is incredibly fortunate to have as family, Irene’s son, David, who resides in Whitehorse and her daughter, Pascale, who has been teaching in Cambodia for the past three years and has just accepted a new teaching position in Hong Kong.
 
District Governor Elect (DGE)  - Louisa Horne
 

Louisa is an educator, entrepreneur and business leader. A former geologist, teacher, certified business coach, and Chief Academic Officer of national educational companies, Louisa is now an independent Management Consultant (CMC), specializing in leadership development and strategic thinking.  She recently served as the Director of the national small business consulting practice for BDC, the Business Development Bank of Canada.

Passionate about delivering engaging client experiences, Louisa enjoys exploration of best practices for continuous improvement. Louisa has three degrees from Dalhousie University in Science and Education and has pursued doctoral studies in Florida.

A member of the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside since 2005, Louisa was inspired to join when her younger daughter was selected to be a Youth Exchange student. Louisa was instrumental in establishing the first junior high school based Interact Club in the District. She is proud of her Club’s recognition as District Club of the Year 2011-12 when she served as President. Her focus has been on building membership and helping the Club become more inclusive, engaging and irresistible.  She received a District Vocational Award and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Louisa lead the last Group Study Exchange team from our district on the 2013 trip to Malaysia. She also lead a Rotary Friendship Exchange trip to New Zealand in 2015 and has participated in several other Friendship Exchange trips.

Louisa has been a familiar face in District for the past several years leading various training and strategic planning exercises for clubs all over the region. She was named District Trainer and joined the District board of Directors in 2016.  Her team approach has revolutionized the leadership training process for District and the TLC (Training for Leaders of Clubs) series is widely seen as the model for future leader development in our District. Louisa is a Group Discussion Leader for the Atlantic Chapter of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)

Louisa has attended several International Conventions as well as Zone institutes so she is well versed in contemporary thinking in the Rotary world.  She and PDG Doug Logan co-facilitated a breakout session on being “Simply Irresistible” at the Toronto International Convention in 2018.

Born in Halifax, Louisa has lived there most of her life although she and her family have also lived in Cyprus, Germany and Hong Kong. Louisa and her husband, Paul, own a beach home near Halifax where they enjoy gardening and caring for their Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. They have two daughters, Alyson and Hannah.


District Governor Nominee -  Ian Doyle
 

Ian was born in Halifax but his roots are in Inverness County, Nova Scotia.  Growing up he lived in various communities in Atlantic Canada before eventually settling in Mabou, Nova Scotia.  He attended Saint Francis Xavier University where he received his BA and BEd.  After three years of teaching, he returned to university to study Dentistry at Dalhousie.  Ian began practicing in Westmount outside of Sydney in 1978. Currently he is semi retired but still practices when the need arises in his former clinic, does some hospital work and is a part time instructor at Dalhousie Dental School.
 
Ian has been involved as a volunteer in his community over the years.  Through out his career he has also made a major commitment to organized Dentistry.  Ian has been President of the Nova Scotia Dental Association, Chair of the Provincial Dental Board, and Canadian President of the International College of Dentists.  He has taken part  in 9 International Dental-Medical Missions, in South America, and the Caribbean, most of which have had some degree of local Rotary support.  Ian has taken part and supported many local free dental days over the years to help those who do not have easy access to care. Ian has received the highest award from the NSDA for his contributions to the dental profession and was chosen as Alumni Volunteer of the Year by both Dalhousie University and  the Dalhousie Dental  School, in separate years .
 
Ian initially joined Rotary in 1981 and after a leave of absence for about 2 years because of work and family commitments he returned to Rotary in Sydney where he has been President of both the Sydney Rotary and the Sydney Sunrise Rotary clubs.
 
Ian and his wife Anne, have hosted 6 international exchange students, attended 2 RI Conventions and they belong to the Rotary International Travel and Hosting Fellowship.  Ian has done make up meetings all over the world especially during the 15 or so years that he achieved 100% attendance. He has been involved with many local  Rotary committees over the years with a special soft spot for International and Student exchange.  Ian is currently coordinator of the Paul Harris Society, a Paul Harris Fellow, A Major Donor, and soon to be member of the Bequest Society.
 
Ian has been married to his best friend Anne for nearly 40 years.  Anne, who is a recently retired French teacher and school counsellor, was recently awarded the Rotarian Partner of the Year Award by Rotary International for her contributions to Rotary over the years.
 
Anne and Ian have three children, Ian (Kylene), Tricia (Lucas), and Brenden who are involved the medical and software development fields.  They are fortunate to have 3 grandchildren.
 
Ian enjoys singing with the Cape Breton Chordsmen, a barber shop chorus, loves travel and he is an avid squash player.
 
Ian brings to the table a life long dedication to the improvement of his community, his profession, and a commitment to Rotary and he looks forward to serving in such a respected and caring organization.
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Meet DG Rob and Partner Irene
Greetings from the beautiful Northumberland Shore! We are thrilled to be able to serve Rotary in the second largest District in the world.
 
Ten years ago, Rob joined Rotary as a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Whitehorse Midnight Sun in District 5010, which, at the time encompassed Yukon, Alaska and Eastern Russia. Irene joined the club a few years later.
 
Rob, a retired Professional Forester spent his entire career in British Columbia. Irene started her career as a Social Worker in a remote community on Baffin Island followed by many years in the North as a manager for the Child Development Centre in Whitehorse.
 
We love to travel and have had many adventures in almost every corner of the globe. We are looking forward to the opportunity of visiting every club in our expansive District in the year ahead. Don’t be surprised to see us camping at a local community park or gravel pit as we will be using our truck and camper for many of the visits.
 
Speaking of visits, the proposed dates for almost all of the club visits is on the District Home Page under DG Calendar. Check with your Area Governor for any updates or specifics.
 
We have three objectives for each of the club visits which are:
 
  1. To get to know club members
  2. To have fun
  3. To leave your community a little bit better than when we arrived.
This is the year for everyone to be INSPIRED  to S H A P E up Rotary!
Fall Rotary Leadership Institute Sessions Available
There will be two sessions of the Rotary Leadership Institute held this fall in 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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