The 2018 Rotary International Convention is in Toronto from June 23-27, 2018. We have over 130 Rotarians and Partners from our district already registered to attend! On Sunday, June 24th, we are able to attend the "Beyond Borders" Dinner being held at the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHF) in downtown Toronto.
Attendees at the "Beyond Borders" Dinner at the HHF are encourage to wear their own hockey jersey. Now is your chance to be the best dressed Rotarian at that dinner - or just own a fantastic Rotary souvenir - you can buy a ticket on a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey jersey signed by Rotary International President Ian Riseley! Check out the story in this Bulletin.
Go to For information and to register for the Toronto convention.
On a sadder note, many Canadians wore hockey jerseys or placed hockey sticks on doorsteps to honour the Humboldt Broncos. Immediately after the accident I contacted the Governor of Rotary District 5550 to ask what Rotary plans to do in the wake of the tragedy and to offer our help. I will pass along whatever information I receive.
Also in this Bulletin:
  • Exciting details about the 2018 Professional Development Day!
  • A District Conference update and an extension to reserve at the conference hotel!
  • An extended date to apply for District Grants!
  • Learn all about the latest successful Rotary Friendship Exchange!
  • Last chance to apply for two great Rotary Scholarships!
During the first two weekends in April I have been travelling around the district with District Governor Elect Rob Christie and our district trainers Sharon Horne and Lori Anne Jones to the Training for Leaders of Clubs in Corner Brook and HRM. We will be at Camp Gencheff on April 21st and Sydney on April 28th for the PEI and Cape Breton TLC's. The sessions to date have been excellent. I hope to see you there!
Yours in Rotary Service 
DG Don  
District Grant deadline extended to May 1st!
The Deadline to make your club's initial application for a District Grant has been extended to May 1st!! 
Your District Foundation Committee have trained at least 80 Rotarians between November 2017 and February 2018 to ensure that their clubs are eligible to apply for a District Grant during the 2018-19 cycle and know how to do it.
There are grants of up to $3,000 CDN available if the club matches the funds from District.
The projects ideally should be completed by May 31, 2019 (unless an extension is obtained by February 15, 2019). Approved projects can begin any time after July 1 2018.
All proposed projects must be submitted through the Clubrunner grant module on the District 7820 website Just log into the Member Area and select the "Grants" Tab.
Your Foundation Committee has made it easy for clubs to prepare their proposal by creating easy templates. The selection criteria are transparent but all qualified clubs must sign and submit an MOU.
Here is the link for the template:
District Conference Excitement Builds!
The 2018 District Conference is six weeks away and the excitement is building. Registration numbers show a great turnout from all around our District. You won't want to miss the opportunity to "Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action!"
And don't forget to wear something white on Saturday 's "White- Out" to show support for Rotary's focus on promoting "Peace and Conflict Resolution!"
Great news! The conference hotel - The St John's Holiday Inn and Convention Centre has agreed to extend the conference discounted room rate to April 20th! So there is still time to book the best place to stay and obtain the conference rate.
Plus, we are pleased to announce a new breakout session leader! Past District Governor Brian Thompson from Ontario is the Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for our Rotary Zone. He will be conducting a workshop / breakout on Friday afternoon. A good Public Image and good Public Relations are essential for Rotary's support in the community for our projects and fundraising efforts as well as acttracting and retaining members.
Learn all about the new  Rotary Branding and the new Rotary Public Image campaign "Rotary: People of Action".
So, don't wait! Go to for more details and to register today! 
Don't Miss the Professional Development Day! 
What if you could participate in a full day professional leadership session on “Transformational leadership in times of change” by someone who trains MBA students and business executives and not for profit leaders on programs costing thousands of dollars - and attend for FREE or for the cost of a nice lunch?
Well, as a Rotarian from District 7820, you have that opportunity!!  
On Thursday, May 24th, the day before the District Conference begins, the Professional Development Day (PDD) takes place at the beautiful Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre in Conception Bay South. If you are an incoming President or Secretary the PDD is FREE (includes lunch and transportation to and from the Holiday Inn in St. John's). All other Rotarians may register for a low price of $35! You will even get a certificate of completion to give your employer to get the day off as professional development.
The PDD will build on the training at the Training For Leaders of Clubs (TLC) but you don't have to have attended the TLC to participate. You can attend the PDD on its own or attend it in conjunction with the District Conference. You choose! Go to the District Conference site for more details and to register.
The purpose of the PDD is to build your leadership capabilities to navigate the fast paced world we live in; where change is constant. During this interactive session we will focus on how to be a catalyst and architect upon encountering opportunities and challenges during change. You will learn to leverage and unlock your inherent leadership competencies to elevate you to the next level of change management mastery.
You will:
  • Develop innovative solutions that get real results at work.
  •  Build personal resilience and agility to develop relationships that work, and foster the support required to create the necessary changes.
The workshop leader is Margaret C. McKee, an Associate Professor in the Management Department and the Director of the Sobey MBA Program of the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is also the Academic Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors/Rotman Directors Education Program (DEP), a 12-day intensive executive development program for business and community leaders serving as directors for corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and agencies, boards and crown corporations.  
Drawing on her professional experience and PhD in Management, Margaret’s teaching and research is focused on corporate social responsibility, organizational culture, and responsible leadership. In the leadership area, her focus has been on studying the effects of leadership training initiatives on the well-being of leaders and their employees. Margaret has presented and published numerous papers on her research in Canada, the US and Europe.
Transportation to and from the Holiday Inn to the Centre will be provided (check your conference program for departure time).  Cost is $35.00 for those NOT registering as a President or Secretary Elect and must be paid with your conference registration.  The cost includes lunch.  Go to the District Conference site to register.
See you at the Professional Development Day!!
Win a Leafs jersey signed by RI Pres Ian Riseley
For just $20 you can buy a chance to win a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey autographed by 2017-18 Rotary International President Ian Riseley - just in time to go to the Rotary International Convention in Toronto June 23-27, 2018.
Tickets are now available! Just contact Avalon Northeast Rotarian Jerry Young:
Payment can be by cash, VISA or Master Card.
The jersey was signed by RI President Ian Risley when he was at Camp Gencheff helping to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary on Prince Edward Island. Tickets will be drawn on May 27th at the District Conference in St. John's. The signed jersey will be sent to the winner in time to attend the Rotary International Convention in Toronto and, in particular, the Beyond Borders dinner at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Sunday June 24th.
Only 150 tickets are available so get yours NOW!
Proceeds from the draw will support the 2018 District Conference.
Last Chance on the Peace and Water Scholarships
The time is now for your club to support a local scholar in his or her application for a fantastic Rotary scholarship opportunities - The Rotary Peace Fellowships and the Rotary Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals.
Rotary Peace Fellowship 2019-2020 - applications to the District due May 1st!
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of Rotary's peace centers. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Fellowship develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships (50 master's degrees for 15-24 months and 50 certificate studies of 3 months plus 2-3 weeks of field study ) cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
The Selection Process includes Club, District and Rotary Foundation steps:
Step 1: Club Endorsement
Local Rotary Clubs interview interested applicants to ensure that the candidate possesses the skills, attributes and experience as outlined in the application form.  A club member (“Sponsor Counsellor”) will assist with the writing of the application form and liaise with the applicant throughout the entire process.  The club endorsed application form must be submitted to the Rotary District 7820 by May 1, 2018.  Rotary Clubs may endorse one applicant only per year. 
Step 2:  District Endorsement
The Scholarship Committee Chair for District 7820, along with the Foundation Chair, will review all applications submitted and may choose to hold a secondary interview. The Scholarship Committee Chair will submit the recommended applications to the District Board of Directors for official endorsement of the District Governor by June 1, 2018.  The District may endorse more than one applicant per year.
Step 3: The Rotary Foundation selection
Final completed and endorsed applications will be submitted to the Rotary Foundation on or before July 1, 2018.  Selection is made by November 2018 to begin studies in the fall of 2019.
For eligibility criteria and more details, please visit Peace Fellowship Sub-Committee Chair for District 7860:  Jillian Gibson  jillian.gibson@outlook.come.
Rotary Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals- applications due June 15th!
The Rotary Foundation and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education work together to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis. We’re offering up to 10 scholarships for graduate study at the IHE Delft campus in the Netherlands. The partnership aims to increase the number of trained professionals who can plan and implement water and sanitation solutions in developing areas. The scholarships are also designed to promote long-term, productive relationships between Rotarians and skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities.

Scholars will receive a Master of Science degree in urban water and sanitation, water management, or water science and engineering. Graduates work with their sponsor Rotary clubs on a related project to benefit their local community. The application is due 15 June. For more information, go to

The Rotary International office in Zurich, Switzerland, will coordinate this scholarship program. If you have questions, please write to Vanessa Court-Payen at
Successful Rotary Friendship Exchange Trip to D6990 
In February/ March 2018 our District 7820 was well represented in District 6990 (South Florida & Grand Bahamas) during our outbound exchange there.  It was a very busy exchange. Our hosts were wonderful, and we stayed in several delightful homes and met a myriad of wonderful Rotarians.
We were warmly welcomed at several club meetings and receptions in our honour including Weston, Davie-Cooper City, Hallandale Beach Aventura, Miami and Coral Gables clubs. We made presentations about our district to the Cypress Creek/ Fort Lauderdale, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne and Miramar-Pines clubs. 
We were treated to many adventures including an Everglades air boat ride, deep sea fishing, tropical gardens, sailing off Miami, beaches, tropical botanical gardens, an art festival, and dinner cruises among the rich and (in)famous. We assisted with a fund-raising chili cookoff with the Coral Gables club. All in all, our new friends ensured that we experienced much more than any tourist would expect. We have a number of ideas for projects that our hosts shared with us.
 A delegation of Rotarians from D6990 will be visiting us in August 2018 and I am sure that we will do our best to show the hospitality that District 7820 is well known for.
PDG Tom McCaughey
District 7820 Friendship Exchange Chair
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