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Youth is the Rotary theme for the month of May. The happy baby in the photo to the left is our granddaughter, Josie. Every Rotarian needs to be thinking about what his or her club is doing to support youth and to make Rotary and Rotary Clubs attractive to the next generation of Rotarian.
 
Rotary International has fantastic youth programs - Youth Exchange (both "Long Term" and "Short Term"), Rotaract, Interact and RYLA. Plus, Rotary clubs have created their own youth projects - like "Adventures" in Citizenship, Human Rights, Agriculture and many more. 
 
In this Bulletin District Youth Chair Michael Craig has submitted stories on exciting developments regarding Rotary Youth Programs and Services in D7820 as well as a report on this year's "outbound" Youth Exchangers orientation weekend.
 
If clubs want to continue to be relevant for new and current members and to continue to attract and retain quality members, clubs need to change. Read all about how clubs in this district have taken advantage of the 2016 Council on Legislation to do just that!
 
Also in this Bulletin:
  • June 30th deadline to propose resolutions at the 2018 Council on Resolutions.
  • Mark your calendar for the June 17th DG Changeover Event in Pictou.
  • Do you have a high performing club?
Finally, The District Conference is set to go ahead at end of the month and registration numbers are very healthy. There is room for more at Thursday's Professional Development Day but the Youth Conference for Youth Exchange students and Interacters is SOLD OUT! 
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
DG Don
Exciting News on Youth Programs in D7820!
 Short Term Exchange Program (STEP)
 
New in 2018-2019, District 7820 will begin offering youth aged 15-19 the opportunity to go on short term (summer) exchanges.  Under STEP, Rotary matches students in two countries for a family-to-family exchange. The families then plan a reciprocal exchange for the students in July-August, with the 2 students together in Canada one month and in the other country the other month. 
 
For Rotary clubs, short term exchanges are much lower cost/effort than traditional long term (school year) exchanges. Rotary helps ensure a safe and secure exchange environment via our youth protection processes, but STEP does not require Rotary clubs to recruit volunteer host families. Club costs will be just $200 per student. All other costs of exchange are the responsibility of the student/family.
 
The application/selection period for Summer 2019 exchanges will be October-November 2018. For more information on how your Rotary Club can begin to offer short term exchanges to students in your area, please email Michael Craig, District Chair of Youth Service
 
Investing in Rotary Youth Programs
 
Also new for 2018-2019, District 7280 will provide funds to support Club participation in and development of new and existing Rotary Youth Programs. 
 
  1. Short Term Exchange Program – Two awards of $500 each will be available to support Clubs that send at least one student on a 2018-2019 short term exchange. 
  2. Long Term Exchange Program – One award of $1000 will be available to support a Club that, having not sent students on exchange during 2016-2019, sends at least one student on a 2019-2020 long term exchange.
  3. Adventure in Citizenship – Up to $1250 will be available to fund a spot in the annual Rotary Adventure in Citizenship program, to be available to a student from any high school in District 7820.  (Students will only be eligible to apply for either their local or the district-wide program, not both.)
  4. Adventure in X – Up to $2250 will be available to fund a spot in another Rotary Adventure-type program, to be available to a student from any high school in District 7820.
  5. Adventure Program for Disadvantaged Youth – Up to $3000 available to support a Club(s) to establish an Adventure-type program targeted to students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.
  6. Public Image Support for Interact & Rotaract – Up to $1000 will be available to support Interact and Rotaract clubs to increase their visibility and association to Rotary through the acquisition of public image materials e.g. banners, T-shirts, flyers, etc.
For more information, please contact Michael Craig, District Chair of Youth Service. Clubs are invited to submit proposals regarding these opportunities.
 
Youth Protection Training and Certification
 
District 7820’s Youth Protection materials have been updated to bring them in line with RI’s most recent policies and guidelines.
 
  1. Updated Training – Rotarians who directly support Youth Exchange (YEOs, Counselors) and Interact (Rotary-Interact Club Liaisons) require updated youth protection training.  The training is also recommended for Rotarians supporting youth in capacities other than the Youth Exchange and Interact roles, above.  Training sessions via webinar will be held in May and June; online training will be available beginning approx. July.
  2. Annual Certification by Clubs –  RI Youth Protection Certification guidelines now include a specific certification by clubs regarding compliance within youth protection requirements. There are three parts: acknowledgement of the standards set out in Youth Protection Policy, details regarding youth programs offered by the Club, and certification of compliance by the club.
Discussion of the training and certification requirements is underway with Rotarians supporting Youth Exchange and Interact. More information will be provided to incoming Presidents and Secretaries before the District Conference in May. For more information, please email Michael Craig, District Chair of Youth Service
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Youth Exchange Outbounder Orientation
Camp Gencheff in Stratford, PEI, hosted Rotary Youth Exchange students and parents April 27-29 for the annual In-and-Out Orientation session.  Our 2018-2019 outbound students and their parents participated in training sessions designed to prepare them for the students’ year abroad. Our 2017-2018 inbounds (students here from other countries) were also there, participating in training to prepare them for their return home. 
 
A special thanks to Angie Arsenault (Summerside), Kim Palmer-Nickerson (Charlottetown) and Bill Kendrick (Charlotteown Royalty) for leading the local hosting and Alida Campbell (Halifax Harbourside) for leading the orientation sessions.
 
Photo above:  In-and-Out Rotary Exchange Students, immediately after D7820 outbounders received their red Canada blazers.
 
Photos below: Students on exchange from Germany, Austria and Switzerland talk to students going to German-speaking countries next year; and 
 Alida Campbell checks in as students and parents play Barnga, a card game specially designed to simulate cultural differences and conflicts.
 
 
Council on Legislation 2016 Revisited - Club Flexibility
The 2016 Council on Legislation (COL) was absolutely groundbreaking for Rotary and its clubs around the world.
 
The 2016 COL approved a number of changes to the old Rotary rules around attendance, meeting time, place and frequency and signaled a new era in Rotary marked by a recognition that change is needed for clubs to attract and retain quality members to remain vibrant forces in their local and world communities, well into the 21st Century.
 
Clubs within District 7820 have taken the change message very seriously. Here are some of the innovations that clubs within our district have tried or are currently implementing:
 
  • Reduced the number of meetings to the minimum required by Rotary - twice a month.
  • Taken advantage of the fact that all clubs may now meet online. Some clubs broadcast their meetings/guest speakers on Facebook Live or other technological format.
  • Eliminated old rituals and formalities - like graces, anthems, singing, fines, ticket draws, head tables - that are not relevant or welcoming to the next generation of Rotary membership. 
  • Eliminated old labels like "Sgt at Arms" for a less militaristic and more welcoming term "Host"
  • Mix traditional meetings - sit down meals and  guest speakers - with meetings that are entirely club related (working meetings like a club assembly, commitee/board meetings) or simply a social meeting (pot luck, BBQ, picnic, pizza party, wine and cheese) or a community service meeting (volunteer at local food bank, Salvation Army kettle duty, seniors event, etc.)
  • Combine social events with fundraising - like the World's Greatest Meal for Polio - or a BBQ or pot luck hosted by a Rotarian with a donation by attendees going to a designed charity or cause. 
  • Different times and locations - for example a regular breakfast, lunch or dinner meeting three times a month and once a month hold a less formal meeting at a coffee shop or pub. Some clubs see higher attendance at the non-traditional venue than the traditional venue/meeting!
  • Hold occasional joint meetings with a nearby club.
  • And that's not all!
If your club is planning or is currently trying an innovative way to hold meetings, why not share what has worked and what has not with other clubs in the District? We all can learn from the experiences of others. Post it on social media and let your Assistant Governor and District Governor know how your club is finding new ways to "Make A Difference" in your community!
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DG Changeover Event June 17th in Pictou!
Mark your calendar for June 17th!
 
Join DG Don Sword and DGE Rob Christie and their families for the changeover garden party to be held at Rob and Irene’s home (110 Water Street, Pictou) starting at 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities and meet Rotarians from around the District. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
 
It's a new Rotary year starting July 1st; be among the first to help 2018-19 District Governor Rob to kick off the new  Rotary theme, "Be The Inspiration"!
 
 Come and join us!
2018 Council on Resolutions - June 30th Deadline to Propose Resolutions!
Rotary International’s Council on Resolutions (COR) meets online each year to vote on proposed resolutions submitted by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI. The COR has the authority to adopt resolutions. Most adopted resolutions are then considered by the RI Board or the TRF Trustees.
 
District 7820's representative to the COR is PDG Greg Coldwell, and every club and district may propose resolutions. If your club is considering proposing a resolution for the COR, please follow the guidelines in this link. https://my.rotary.org/en/document/how-propose-resolutions-council-resolutions
 
The deadline to submit proposed resolutions from clubs and districts for the 2018 COR must be received by Rotary International on or before 30 June 2018, including the governor’s confirmation of endorsement.  There are no exceptions to the deadline.
Do You Have a High Performing Club?
All Rotary clubs have the power and resources of Rotary International and its award winning charity, The Rotary Foundation behind them.  But how do you know if your club is one of the best?
 
The answer may well be subjective, but there are a few objective ways that Rotary International and our District 7820 have for clubs to see how they measure up.
 
Each year the RI President sets out a goal based Rotary Citation for clubs to strive for. Last year (2016-17) three clubs in our district achieved the Citation. (New Minas Sunrise, Sackville & Area, and Sydney Sunrise).
 
This year, as part of his annual theme of "Rotary: Making A Difference", RI President Ian Riseley has offered a club "Rotary Citation" as well. Clubs that achieve this year's Citation are high performing and balanced clubs that have achieved a variety of service and club management goals under categories that are based upon the overall strategic priorities of Rotary International:
 
  1. Paying RI dues on time.
  2. Recording volunteer hours and service project contributions.
  3. Support and strengthen clubs.
  4. Focus and increase humanitarian service.
  5.  Enhance Rotary's public image and awareness.
So far seven (7) clubs in D7820 have already qualified for this year's Citation! And there are three (3) clubs that are only one category away from qualifying! Plus other clubs in the district are working to achieve the recognition by the end of the year.
 
Clubs have until June 30th 2018 to complete and record their 2017-18 Rotary Citation goals and the actual certificate won't be available until the Fall of 2018, but I will be announcing the clubs that have achieved the Citation by the time the District Conference begins. Will your club be recognized? Please come to the District Conference to find out!
 
This year, as your District Governor, I challenged clubs to help fulfill my P.I.P.E. Dreams. (Public Image, Peace and Environment). For a high performing club, achieving those "dreams" is not hard at all (and if you complete the "Dreams" you also can check the box on a couple of the Rotary Citation Goals):
 
Public Image - use the proper Rotary branding and annual theme logos in club communications. 
Peace - hold one club meeting, project or activity related to Peace and Conflict Resolution.
Environment - hold one club meeting, project or activity focused on the Environment. (completing RI President Ian Riseley's "Plant a Tree" challenge qualifies for this "Dream").
 
Most clubs in D7820 have fulfilled the P.I.P.E. dreams or at least one or two of them. 
 
The District Conference speakers and programming will support these themes - including the Saturday "White Out" when all attendees are asked to wear something white to support Rotary's commitment to Peace.
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