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Since the founding of Rotary in 1905 the world has been competely transformed. Every aspect of our society, our working and family lives have been competely transformed. Not all changes have been positive but by and large the world is a better place now than 100 years ago.
 
We as Rotarians share the belief that the future can be better than the past and that we have the power to make it so. The new Vision Statement adopted by Rotary International in June 2017 (shown in the image to the left) reflects this belief.
 
 
Note the new Vision Statement talks about creating lasting change globally (particularly through our Rotary Foundation), in our communities (particularly through Club Service projects) and in ourselves.
 
This recognizes that for our current and future members the opportunity to experience personal growth through the Rotary experience is critically important for the future of our clubs and for the Rotary movement itself. For example, our RI President Ian Riseley credits Rotary for developing his public speaking skills.
 
For some time your District leadership has recognized its primary role is to help clubs and their members. The District helps to provide opportunities for development of leadership skills, planning skills and technical skills. 
 
Please take advantage of the opportunity to participate in Rotary training supported by the District including the Training for Leaders for Clubs (TLC) in your area, in an upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) and the District Conference in St. John's in May. Plus, don't forget the Rotary International Convention in Toronto in June - or even the Zone conference in Montreal next September, featured in a story in this Bulletin. 
 
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
DG Don
World's Greatest Meal to END POLIO NOW!
Love to have dinner? Like wine with a few friends? Laugh? Do all this and help eradicate one of the most detestable disease on the planet.
 
We are very close to eradicating Polio. We need help in getting over the top. Host a dinner and donate to Polio Plus through your local Rotary club. Your donation will be tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. $1 vaccinates a child against Polio.
 
Thank you.
 
In February, as we celebrate the founding of Rotary on February 23, 1905, why not hold an event and join us in this amazing cause?
 
For more information and ideas
go to the World's Greatest Meal website  http://wgmeal.com/ 
or visit the Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/Meal2endpolio/
Seeking Peace Fellows for 2019-20
This is Holly White, handing in her final dissertation earning her a Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in December 2017.  Holly is the first Peace Scholar from Newfoundland and Labrador and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest.
 
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of our 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 cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
 
February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month within Rotary. It’s now time to begin preparing for our next applicants. 
 
Here’s how you and your clubs can become involved:
  • Review the informational flyer about the Peace Fellowship
  • Become familiar with upcoming deadlines for applications.
  • Think about potential applicants and help spread the word in your area.
  • Meet with potential applicants and help with the application process.  Each club can support one applicant.  You may need to conduct an interview process to find the best applicant.
  • Invite previous Peace Fellowship participants to your club meetings or to meet with applicants.
  • Connect with District Scholarship Committee Chair (Jillian Gibson) to learn more.
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Rotary Friendship Exchange Update - Feb 2018
In a few days, our outbound team representing Newfoundland, St Pierre and HRM will be beginning our exchange with D6990 in Florida and the Florida Keys.
Unfortunately, the Grand Bahama Island leg has been dropped primarily due to difficulties caused primarily by the hurricane last fall. Our contact has promised a full and entertaining visit throughout the rest of the district. The return team from D6990 will visit us in August.
 
Our return visit to D5020 Vancouver Island/ Washington state is scheduled to begin in Comox / Campbell River, BC on May 9th and end in Tacoma, WA. on May 24th. Unfortunately, some members of our selected team have had to drop out. We are now accepting applications from interested Rotarians. Contact PDG Tom McCaughey at dgtom7820@gmail.comor or (709)-682-7259
 
In the meantime, team leader PFG Duncan Conrad has plans well underway for our return visit to D1420 in Finland & Estonia. This exchange is in August.
 
We have request from D9700 in Australia to visit them in November this year with their return visit here in 2019. Another request that we are considering is from District 5110 in Oregon/Northern California to visit us in September / October and to return to visit them in May 2019. Requests for applictions from interested Rotarians will be issued shortly.
 
We have been requested to participate in possible future exchanges with several other countries including The Netherlands and South Africa.  We will keep you informed on our progress.
 
Tom McCaughey, PDG
Rotary District 7820 Friendship Chair
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Montreal Zone 2018 - Your Personal VIP Invitation

This year, Everyone is invited to Join us!

Pre-Conference September 18-20, 2018  |   Conference September 20-22, 2018 
at the Hotel Bonaventure in Montreal

Michelle O'Brien
District Governor, Rotary District 5010, Alaska-Yukon 2016-2017
Assistant Public Image Coordinator, Zone 24W
General Chair, Rotary Zones 24&32 Institute, 2018
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2018-19 Rotary Theme: "Be the Inspiration"

Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.

To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.”

Rassin asked the incoming district governors to “inspire the club presidents, and the Rotarians in your districts, to want to change. To want to do more. To want to reach their own potential. It’s your job to motivate them — and help them find their own way forward.”

Progress on polio

Rassin noted that one source of inspiration has been Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. He described the incredible progress made over the past three decades. In 1988, an estimated 350,000 people were paralyzed by the wild poliovirus; just 20 cases were reported in 2017 as of 27 December. “We are at an incredibly exciting time for polio eradication,” he said, “a point at which each new case of polio could very well be the last.”

He emphasized that even when that last case of polio is recorded, the work won’t be finished. “Polio won’t be over, until the certifying commission says it’s over—when not one poliovirus has been found, in a river, in a sewer, or in a paralyzed child, for at least three years,” he said. “Until then, we have to keep doing everything we’re doing now.” He urged continued dedication to immunization and disease surveillance programs.

Sustaining the environment

Rotary has focused heavily on sustainability in its humanitarian work in recent years. Now, Rassin said, Rotarians must acknowledge some hard realities about pollution, environmental degradation, and climate change. He noted that 80 percent of his own country is within one meter of sea level. With sea levels projected to rise two meters by 2100, he said, “my country is going to be gone in 50 years, along with most of the islands in the Caribbean and coastal cities and low-lying areas all over the world.”

Rassin urged leaders to look at all of Rotary’s service as part of a larger global system. He said that this means the incoming district governors must be an inspiration not only to clubs, but also to their communities. “We want the good we do to last. We want to make the world a better place. Not just here, not just for us, but everywhere, for everyone, for generations.”

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Promoting Peace in DPRK (North Korea). 
Led by the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, our District has for the past 15 years worked with our partners in China and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea/North Korea ("DPRK") to demonstrate the goals and purposes of Rotary International and our Rotary Foundation in promoting world understanding, goodwill and international peace.  During that time 11 humanitarian, sanitation and/or educational projects have been completed in the DPRK.
 
The first of these was to host three agricultural scientists from the DPRK for two weeks, who were seeking help to improve the harvesting, processing and transportation of potatoes, a commodity which grew well in their climate but 75% of which was being lost due to poor farming practices. With the help of Rotarians from Rotary clubs in our District 7820, including, Hillsborough, Summerside, Truro and Wolfville, we provided opportunities to visit our Canadian agricultural research facilities, the Atlantic Veterinary College, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, potato farms, handing and storage facilities, potato processing plants such a McCain’s and Cavendish Farms as well as inspecting harvesting equipment and various potato transportation vehicles. This visit also included meetings with farmers, agriculture scientists , academics, provincial agencies as well as various federal government officials and international agencies in Ottawa, arranged and hosted by Rotarians of the RC of Ottawa. At the same time, these scientists were hosted in the homes of Rotarians, attended many Rotary club meetings, visited several local Rotary community projects and had an opportunity to engage in our Canadian and Rotary cultures.
 
From this beginning, Charlottetown Royalty Rotary with the assistance of many Rotary clubs in D7820, has engaged in 11 additional projects in the DPRK all of which have been made possible through the coordination and exceptional assistance of Randal Eastman, Special Rotary International Representative to China and our fellow Rotarians and Rotary clubs in Shanghai and Beijing, China.
 
Some of these projects have included:
  • support for renovation of an operating room in a paediatric hospital in S. Pyongan province;
  • the supply of 500 wheelchairs for children and the disabled following a disaster that destroyed a major children’s hospital;
  • Assisted in the establishment of the Rotary “Korean Friendship Network” consisting of a network of individuals and Rotary clubs in Canada, China, Australia, UK and USA who work to promote peace and understanding in North Korea through humanitarian, health and educational projects;
  • Transported and distributed 273,000 manna pack rice meals for starving orphans in 5 orphanages following crop failure in 2012;
  • Provided a major researched report prepared by Rotarian Dr. Winston Johnston which outlines the means, benefits and potential for producing native food crops in Rinsan Country, DPRK;
  • In 2014, introduced ShelterBox UK to leaders in DPRK which has resulted in delivery of several hundred Shelterboxes in areas hit by typhoons and flooding.
Most recently, we have completed the installation of a Solar Hot Water Heater system at the Haeju Orphanage/School which now provides a consistent supply of hot water for cooking and bathing for 590 orphans and staff which otherwise would only have hot water two months of the year. For the first time, the North Korean government partnered with us and provided 27% of the funding for this project. 
 
Also thanks to the RC of Gander and a District Foundation Grant we provided a year’s supply of hand soap while the RC of Sydney and another District Foundation Grant provided for the 4 Hot Water Storage Tanks. We are indebted to the RCs of Montague, Sydney Sunrise, New Waterford, Halifax, St. John’s East, Willowdale (Ont.), Rotaract Clubs in Shanghai, a US Interact Club of  and several other individual donors in Canada and China who made this project possible. We are particularly appreciative of the incredible contribution of Past President, Gord Card of the RC of Sydney, NS who traveled to North Korea, at his own expense, as part of one of our inspection/evaluation team for this project and for his on-going support of these projects.
 
Our current project relates to providing solar lights (LuminAid) for the Haeju orphanage as well as solar units for re-charging cell phones.
 
The RC of Charlottetown Royalty is extremely grateful to not only the clubs mentioned above, but also the Hillsborough club and others in D7820,  as well as the cooperation of the District Foundation team, particularly, PDG Greg Coldwell and PDG Elva Heyge and David Mullins, who have contributed significantly in helping us meet the goals for these international Rotary projects.
 
Hopefully our work in the DPRK will be an incentive to other Rotarians and Rotary clubs to make a courageous step to help disadvantaged children, even in the most perilous of geographical locations and to thereby promote world understanding, goodwill and international peace.
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Summerside Rotary Friendship Park
The Rotary Club of Summerside, with support from the City of Summerside, recently had a new sign created and installed at the entrance to the Rotary Friendship Park. The park, especially in the winter with the freshly fallen snow, is perfect for a peaceful stroll with family or with a canine friend!
 
The sign was made possible by a generous donation from the estate of Hazel Halliday. Ms. Halliday was known to enjoy spending time in the Friendship Park.
 
In appreciation of her kind gift and her fondness for the park, the Rotary Club of Summerside chose to create a more permanent sign to properly grace the main entrance.
 
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