April is "Maternal and Child Health" Month. That is one of the six areas of focus of The Rotary Foundation. The others are:
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Disease Prevention & Treatment
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Basic Education and Literacy
  • Economic and Community Development
Our district has supported many projects in our communities and around the world that deal with these six focus areas. Rotary Clubs can tell their project stories on the Rotary Showcase and at the same time help to achieve the Rotary Citation for 2017-18. (Go to > hover over Take Action, Develop Projects > select Rotary Showcase)
Are you registered for the District Conference? Each club must send its incoming President and Secretary or designate.
Don't forget - each club is asked to bring an item for the auction in support of District 7820's Youth Programs and Services. 
The deadline for applying for a District Grant is rapidly approaching. See the story in this Bulletin.
Our District lost a great Rotary leader. See the story on the late PDG Aiden Maloney.
Earth Day is April 22nd! RI President Ian Riseley challenged every club to plant one tree for each member by Earth Day 2018, or at the latest the end of this Rotary year. Spring comes late in many parts of District 7820 so I am hoping our clubs can have their trees planted by the start of the District Conference at the end of May. See story in this Bulletin.
Every weekend is April will be a Training for Leaders of Clubs somewhere in our district. You won't want to miss your TLC. And it's your last chance to register for the Rotary Leadership Institute on April 7th in Dieppe, NB. Check out the "Upcoming Events" on the home page of the District website for details and to register.
Until next time, yours in Rotary service,
DG Don
RIP PDG Aiden Maloney

It is with sadness that we report that Past District Governor (87-88), member of the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest, Aiden Maloney passed away March 17th, age 97. He was very fine man and a great Rotarian. He had an award at his club for Young Professionals named after him. He will be sorely missed.

Aidan embodied the Rotary Four Way Test in his lifetime; a true Rotarian; a friend and mentor. RIP Aidan. Our thoughts are with his family. 

The link to his obituary is below:

The link to the St. John's Evening Telegram article published following his passing is below:

The April 15th District Grant deadline is approaching!
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. The deadline to make your application is April 15th, 2018!
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:
Membership Matters!
Inducting New Members
One of the favourite parts of being District Governor is being able to help induct new members into the family of Rotary. Recently I was pleased to be invited by President Brad Beckett to attend the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest Club Assembly and help induct two wonderful new members - Meaghan Drover (daughter of former club President, the late Ed Drover) and Kim Christianson.
(see photo - L-R President Brad, Kim, Meaghan, and DG Don).
This year, most clubs in our district have been succesfully adding new members. From a start on July 1st, 2017 of 1521 members, the latest figures show a total membership in D7820 of 1594! Congratulations and please keep on inviting new members into Rotary. But we can't be complacent - past history shows that we will normally experience a club membership "purge" at year end. As a result, the net increase district-wide in recent years has been negligible or even negative. The challenge for D7820 and indeed all of Rotary in North America, has been retention, not recruitment. 

District-Wide Exit Interview Survey Results
In order to find out the real reasons behind why retention of members has been such a challenge, your District Membership Committee has been working on a district-wide Exit Interview Project this year . One hundred former Rotarians, who had recently left their clubs, were interviewed by impartial interviewers by phone and were asked ten questions about their experience in Rotary and as a Rotarian. The interviews were done confidentially and the results have been tabulated so that no club or individual has been identified. The final project report will be available to all clubs once completed.
Committee Chair Wendy Scammell and District Governor Nominee Louisa Horne will be presenting on Membership issues including the Exit Interview Project results at a breakout session at the District Conference in St. John’s, taking place at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s from May 24-27. Register now for the District Conference - "Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action".
TLC 2018 - Be the Inspiration!
Part of the answer to why some members leave Rotary is that their club does not meet their needs and expectations. In District 7820 we believe that clubs should strive to be "irresistible" to their current and prospective members. At this years "Training for Leaders of Clubs" District Trainers Sharon Horne and Lori-Anne Jones have been helping clubs learn how to be vibrant, agile and resilient. You won't want to miss your area's "Training for Leaders of Clubs" (TLC). TLC's are scheduled for Corner Brook on April 7th, for HRM on April 14th, for PEI on April 21st, for Sydney on April 28th and Lewisporte on May 12th. For details on the upcoming TLC in your area,  go to the home page of the district website and look under "Upcoming Events".
Plant A Tree Challenge update

Earth day is April 22, 2018 and that is the day that RI President Ian Riseley marked on the calendar for Rotary Clubs around the world to aim for in his "Plant a Tree" Challenge. He asked every club to plant one tree for every member in their club. The final deadline is the end of this Rotary year - June 30, 2018. 
RI Pres Ian did his part this Fall by planting a tree at Camp Gencheff, PEI.
Some clubs in D7820 have already planted their trees and others hope to complete the challenge by the start of the District Conference at the end of May.
As District Governor I have been fortunate to participate in a number of tree plantings.
During my official Governor's visit to the Rotary Club of St. Pierre et Miquelon in September, I cut the ribbon on the tree project at the airport with the help of the local Rotarians and visitors from my home Club of Avalon Northeast, Newfoundland. 
Also in September, I was honoured to plant one of the dozens of trees placed on the trails near the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre in Conception Bay South (the site of the Professional Development Day on Thursday, May 24, 2018) to mark Canada's 150th Anniversary. Then, in mid- February, after attending the outstanding Presidential Peacebuilding Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace in Vancouver, I participated in a tree planting project on Sunday morning at Everett Crowley Park with Rotarians from across Canada and the USA as well as Haiti, the Philippines and Argentina!
Tree planting is a great way to show our respect for our Planet Earth. To learn more about the Tree Planting Challenge check out the information on the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group's website Your club can also tell its story of  your tree planting project on the Rotary Showcase to earn credit towards the 2017-18 Rotary Citation . Here are instructions on how to do that:
Don't forget to let me and your Assistant Governor know about your Tree Planting project because it also qualifies for the P.I.P.E. Dreams goals - Public Image, Peace and Environment! Please email your high resolution photos of your club planting trees to your local Assistant Governor and to me as District Governor.
Happy tree planting!
DG Don
Rotary Peace & Water Scholarships Available!
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
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