The big question is WHY…why do we continue to give of our talent and treasures to The Rotary Foundation? Why are you and your clubs committed to ensuring the work of our Foundation in this District continues? I believe it is because of the fact that each one of us knows that the work of our Foundation makes a lasting difference in the lives of people across the globe. As I have shared with our fellow Rotarians across this District, we, in all likelihood will never meet the people who are the beneficiaries of our projects, but we have the confidence that through our efforts, their lives and their communities will be improved.
If I may speak personally for a moment, I have made the decision to support the Foundation through a couple of initiatives. As the expression goes, “you can’t take it with you”. As I continue to see my age numbers get larger and larger, I am compelled to give back to society as a way of saying thank you. As a Rotarian, I believe that our Foundation is the best vehicle in the world to serve humanity. I have chosen to become a member of the Rotary Bequest Society, where as you know, monies will flow to the Foundation out of my estate.
The Foundation also has a somewhat lesser known way of ensuring that we can improve and enrich the lives of others across the globe; this can be done through the creation of a personal legacy with the Foundation. I have also chosen to walk down that path to ensure that I can be an active participant in the Foundation while I live out my passion for Rotary.
Every day the news is full of stories of yet another disaster, be it fire, flood, famine or war. Our Foundation is poised to respond to those dire situations. We have the confidence in knowing that, as Past RI President KR Ravindran said, “We can be the miracle of others” through the work of our Foundation.
I encourage all of you during this month, where we place our emphasis on the accomplishments of our Foundation, that you take President Barry’s appeal to us seriously and ask ourselves the question, “Are we reaching our potential or can we do more?”
Alex Twells - Nominee for DG 2021-22
On  October 25th District Governor Rob Christie officially announced the Nominating Committee's unanimous choice as nominee for the position of the District Governor-Nominee Designate for RI District 7820:
Alex Twells, a member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s East (shown here at  the clean up of Cobbs Pond Rotary Park in Gander in July). Alex is now the choice to become District Governor for 2021-22. Congratulations, Alex!
Originally from England, Alex moved to St. John's with his wife, Laurie and three children, in 2000. Alex is an independent  business consultant specializing in strategy, leadership and governance.He joined the Rotary club of St John's East in 2005 and has served in various club leadership roles included two terms as president in 2008 and 2009.  As a co-founder of the Rotary Read A Long Program Alex became involved with the set up of a literacy initiative for elementary schools which started in St. John's and spread across the province bringing thousands of dollars of new books to school libraries and hundreds of Rotarian and non Rotarian readers into school classrooms. Since July Alex has been serving as Area Governor for Central Newfoundland and has also been assisting District Governor Elect Louisa Horne with the development of the District 7820 strategy. Outside of work and Rotary Alex is a keen tennis player, cook and explorer.
The District Nominating Committee was chaired by IPDG Don Sword and made its choice following a merit based search including a formal interview of candidates as per District and Rotary International rules. The Committee published formal invitations to District Clubs and Rotary members to suggest names for this position. Under Rotary International Bylaw Article 14.020.8, clubs meeting the criteria stated in that Article may challenge this nomination not more than 14 days after publication of the notification to Club Presidents. 
November is Foundation Month!
I am pleased to provide an update on what our clubs in District 7820 have been doing since July 1, 2018:
District Grants: D7820 received $21,333 USD on Aug 1, 2018 because three years ago the members of our district gave $90,00 USD. We receive 50% of that back for our District to use for grants (D7820 uses the maximum we can for District Grants which is half of the 50%). 12 clubs applied and all received up to $2,400 CAD and matched it with club funds. They are working in Nova Scotia (Cumberland county, Middleton, New Minas, Truro, Yarmouth, Sydney, Bridgewater), PEI (Montague), NL (St John’s), and Internationally (Zimbabwe, Ghana, Uganda). These projects include community gardens, enhancing parks, dental help for youth, musical instruments, photography for the mentally challenged, micro research projects, and ceramic cooking stoves. They are “creating lasting change in our local communities, global communities and in themselves” as Rotarians lead and participate in the projects.
Global Grants: D7820 this year has received:
  • $41,000 USD SHARE Fund from monies D7820 Rotarians gave three years ago;
  • $ 2,700 USD from endowment fund, which was interest from monies given to that fund that we will receive annually;
  • $47,320 DDF carried over from last year;
  • TOTAL $90,904 USD  2018-2019;
  •  as of today $21,006 USD.
Currently our clubs are involved in Guatemala doing multiple literacy projects, Kenya with a farming project, Ghana with a water project, and almost submitted, South Africa Early education, Nepal educating girls, and Uganda baby pouches. Ongoing are projects in Guatemala - Literacy, Zimbabwe - Adopt a village, Cote D’ Ivoire - Family health days, Befang - farm training, Uganda - orthopedic devices, Rift valley - WASH, India - Literacy, Argentina - medical equipment.
We have one global grant scholarship led by significant donations from Montague and Wolfville Mud Creek.  Wendy, a young girl from Nigeria, is studying at MUN how exercise affects the disease Multiple Sclerosis. This is a problem prevalent in all Atlantic provinces, so in two years we will have information valuable for our District.
Polio: We are on the “count down to history” 
So far this year D7820 has given $13,000 towards the PolioPlus Campaign.
Your dollars pay for the health care workers to deliver the vaccine around the world, 155,000 of them in total! We pay for clinics in all small rural communities, as well as 147 laboratories around the world to diagnose Wild Polio virus. These will still be there once polio is eradicated -  this will be our Rotary Polio Legacy long after Polio is eradicated.
We have 22 cases in the world: 
  • Nigeria 0, no wild polio virus since 2016 August
  • Pakistan only 6, 3 of which were in February in a small coal mining village difficult to access for vaccinating; now there is a herd immunity there, September 2018
  • Afghanistan 16, it is the most difficult area but we are working hard, September 2018
Thank you all for your World Polio Day activities that have raised awareness and funds. Please keep this up. The goal is $1,500 per club this year.
Please TAKE ACTION - think about how you can participate in our Rotary Foundation by creating or participating in projects, or giving to the foundation to make these projects possible. Our 2 year Million Dollar Initiative wraps up in April 2019. If you are in a position to do so, please consider your legacy – maybe a Bequest or Annual cash donation by Rotary Direct so that our District can continue TO DO GOOD IN THE WORLD. Rotarians give hope in a world where often there is none.
Ho Ho Holidays Are Coming!
We’re looking for stories for our December newsletter, to highlight some of the fun and meaningful ways in which your club celebrates the Holiday season. It can be an event held in November or it can be promotion of an upcoming event in December that people shouldn’t miss! Remember to send interesting photos (in jpeg or png format please) with your prepared article (as a Word attachment) to Editor Alana – or DG Rob - Depending on the response, we may not be able to feature all articles in this issue, but will do our best to incorporate as many as possible. Ho Ho Ho!
Membership and Public Image
As you watch the cartoon-video you may wonder why the man in this picture was sought after at the Zone 24/32 Conference of September 2018. The cartoon guy in the video is an avatar of Rotarian Larry Furbish. Larry and his family created the whole three minute video to stimulate reflection of our image in our community. Some clubs have found it useful as a short announcement to keep our image on the members’ radar, and others have used it as a discussion starter for a whole meeting/fireside. It also can lead into a discussion of goals and plans for your clubs.
Here are the themes of the video:
1. What image does our club have in our community?
2. How can we ensure that our image is one of #PeopleOfAction who have an impact in our community?
3. How can we use our projects and other good work to publicize our impact so that we attract new members?
4. Is the club’s web page/Facebook up to date and does it show people of action rather than people in suits at a meeting?
5. When we tell others about Rotary do we underscore local impact, an opportunity to learn from our speakers, and the social aspects of Rotary?
By the way, he is Lawrence K. Furbish, Past District Governor of Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club, District 7780.
3 Cool Tools!
Of the many things we learned at the Zone Conference in September, one of the best take-aways for me was a list of tools that may be used to create fabulous documents such as posters, social media posts, PowerPoint presentations, etc. The list is lengthy, so I’m going to introduce you to three here which I think you’ll use frequently. I hope you enjoy checking them out as much as I did!
  1. – Create beautiful documents for any occasion. It’s drag and drop, with over 65,000 customizable templates. You may edit fonts, pictures, formats, etc. Sign up through Google account or an email/password combination.
  2. – 3.5 million free png files for download. Register through Facebook or Twitter. Offers 2 free downloads per day, every day.
  3. – like Canva, but with animation! 12,000 templates to choose from. Sign up through Facebook, Google, or email/password combination.
People of Action for November
Have you been inspired to read about the activities of our clubs here in our District? Has it given you any ideas about what you and your club may wish to initiate? This month we are featuring the work of 3 clubs in Newfoundland and two in Northern Nova Scotia.
The Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Stephenville have partnered with the People of the Dawn Friendship Centre. To see the gardens in the backyard of their facility where medicinal plants, important to our Indigenous peoples are being cultivated was an enlightening experience.
The focus on our youth has been one of the priorities of the Rotary Club of Humber in Corner Brook where they have been instrumental in the establishment and continuation of the Rotaract Club at the Grenfell campus.
Without money, our ability to “do good in the world” becomes challenging. The Rotary Club of Corner Brook holds a “Wine to Water” fundraiser which enables them to carry on their support of a school as well as water projects in Haiti.
We have all read the story about the “Little engine that could”. The Rotary Club of Westville is a club that proved that they are “the little club that could”! They set out to build a splash park in their community and through the partnership with a variety of agencies saw their dream become a reality.
Pizza Fest in New Glasgow is a must on everyone’s agenda in Pictou County! The members of the Rotary Club of New Glasgow host this incredibly successful event annually. Proceeds from this event enable them to give back to the community where they have constructed a gazebo in the Goodman Rotary park used by the residents for such activities as picnics and weddings!
Please read the information on our District Home Page from Doug McMillan of the Rotary Club of Halifax. There are opportunities for clubs to assist with the Health Child Uganda project as was discussed in an earlier newsletter.
Rotary International and the United Nations
November 11, 2018 will mark a sombre anniversary; 100 years since the end of World War I, the “War to end all Wars”. As I read through the related articles in the November issue of The Rotarian, I was struck by the magnitude of Rotarians’ influence during that war and in the years since, especially in relation to the Rotary Representative Network and its work with the United Nations and other international organizations.
I was aware that Rotary Day at the UN takes place on November 10 each year, but I wanted to have a better understanding of why that is, so I did some further digging. With a nod to the Rotary Club of New York’s excellent research, I am pleased to provide our members with some background information as to how the UN came to be, and the role that Rotary played in it.
It was during the Atlantic Conference in August 1941, off the coast of Newfoundland, where President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued a joint pronouncement that an effective international organization would be needed to replace the struggling League of Nations that had been unable to prevent the outbreak of WWII. On January 1, 1942, the term “United Nations’ was first announced by President Roosevelt; it was the name given to the coalition of countries led by the United States, Great Britain, and Soviet Union to defeat the Japanese and German aggression.
By the late 1940's, Rotary International was one of the largest international organizations in the world. There were more that 6,800 clubs in more than 81 countries. More importantly, Rotary was already working on projects around the world to diminish the causes of war and aggression. In fact, during a 1943 Rotary conference held in London, an outline of the development of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was established, and in 1946 Rotarians helped write its constitution. Additionally, many of the delegates at the 1945 United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco that were representing their respective governments, were also members of their own Rotary clubs and utilized their clubs to develop support for the soon to be established United Nations Organization (UN).
Of the 800 delegates at the San Francisco Conference, 49 were active Rotarians, including such notable individuals as:
  • Thomas J. Davis, past president of Rotary International (1941-42) and unsuccessful Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate;
  • Luther Hodges, past president of the Rotary Club of New York (1945-46). Luther also went on to become governor of North Carolina, Commerce Secretary for President Kennedy (1960-63), and President of Rotary International in 1968;
  • Gabriel L. Dennis, the Secretary of State of Liberia, who was a signer of the Charter for Liberia;
  • Jan Christian Smuts, the Prime Minister of South Africa from 1919 until 1924 and from 1939 until 1948;
  • Carlos Romulo of the Philippines was also a signer for the Philippines. He served as Resident Commissioner of the Philippines to the United States Congress from 1944 to 1946, President of the Fourth Session of the General Assembly (1949-50), and was the Philippines' Secretary of Foreign Affairs from 1950 to 1984;
  • Jan Masaryk, Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia from 1940 to 1948.
As a result, many have argued, it was decided at the conference that the causes of aggression and war, such as poverty, ignorance, and lack of human rights, would have to be ameliorated as well. As a consequence, the UN Charter was designed to help achieve these goals much more than originally planned. Rotarians contributed to the drafting of the charter, its preamble, and the articles on ECOSOC (the Economic and Social Council) and the NGO's. On October 24, 1945, the Charter was ratified and the United Nations came into existence.
Many Rotary clubs played an essential role in building support during the formative years of The United Nations. As such, more than 70 years later, Rotary International still maintains the highest consultative status with the United Nations of any non-governmental organization.
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