Contest! Contest! Contest!
Shout out to AV Clubs!
Kudos to the Annapolis Valley Rotary Clubs for this fantastic example of how you can utilize RI brand tools to enhance your club's (or many clubs!) public image. Remember, you can find the template for this, and much more, on the RI Brand Center website.
Puppies for PI July Update
How is your puppy doing?  Does he or she have a name?  Has he or she been to any events and been seen on Facebook yet?  The Rotary Club of Stephenville recently voted on their puppy’s name and decided on Finny, after a recently retired, long-time member of their club.  Finny will be marching in the upcoming “Friendly Invasion” parade, along with Louisa and Beacon.  Stay tuned for pictures of that event! 
It seems that Sydney’s puppy (name unknown) might be a little bit naughty.  He was out looking for Rotary wheels and found Kevin Armstrong’s car and got a little confused… he might have had a little accident on one of its wheels… hope there is no rust. 
Harbourside’s puppy went to Hamburg and had some fun there at the International Convention.
So, a reminder – your puppy is meant to help you with Public Image activities and there is a contest that means your club could win up to $500 for your PI initiatives.  Step 1 is to train your puppy by visiting every project your club has been involved in and taking a photo of your pup with the project – or with a photo or symbol of an international project… check out June’s article for more details. Trivia Question: What is Team Leader Louisa's dog's name?
District Polio Challenge!
Or… there is such a thing as a free lunch!
It’s a contest!  Your club could win.  Read on…
Every District in our zone has been challenged to increase polio giving by 5% and the only way that can happen is for clubs to increase their contributions to polio. Everything in Rotary is about what clubs do!   So… we thought it might be helpful to have a little incentive, so we have a contest for you!
There are 2 ways to win a dinner for your club!
  1. All clubs that made a contribution of $100 or more last year, and that increases their contribution by at least 5% this year will have their club name put in a hat for a draw.  One club name will be drawn and that club will win a dinner for the club, prepared and served by members of the District Leadership team. 

    All Clubs that gave less than $100 last year, and who contribute at least $1000 this year will be included in this draw too.  There are 15 clubs  in this category so let’s get going! 
  2. Of the clubs that contributed more than $100 last year, the one that has the greatest percentage increase this year will also receive a dinner for their club.
So there are TWO dinners on the line to be won.  Who wants one of them?
How are you going to do it?  Well, many clubs gave $1500 or more last year so this 5% increase might be only ~$75 – that shouldn’t be too hard!  You could have a progressive dinner or a wine survivor game… or come up with some other fun way to help eradicate this disease.  You might even have a Purple Pinky event at a mall to raise awareness of the importance of vaccination and of Rotary’s efforts, with the WHO and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to get to the goal of ZERO new polio cases.
If you are not sure what your club givings were last year, let us know and we can tell you.
Deadline to win a prize is May 1, 2020.  (Yes, you have until the end of the Rotary year to make contributions but if you want a free dinner, you have to be a little faster!).
2021 Conference in St. John's
2021 marks the centenary of Rotary in Newfoundland and Labrador, and to recognize this milestone the District Conference will be held in St John’s. The District Board would love to hear from members interested in being part of the conference planning committee. We promise hard work and lots of fun. You don’t have to be based in St John’s to part of this committee. Please contact Alex Twells (Chair of District Leadership Team 2021) on if you have skills and time that can help or lead this committee.
Rotary Friendship Exchange Updates
The time is getting closer for our visitors to arrive from Oregon and Australia to participate in our Friendship Exchanges. These are wonderful opportunities to meet Rotarians from other parts of the Rotary world, to exchange ideas and to gain new friends.
On August 8th, a group of 10 Rotarians from District 5110 will arrive in Halifax for a couple of days and then will fly to St Pierre for two nights of their wonderful French hospitality. The group will then fly to St John’s and then travel westward across Newfoundland leaving from Deer Lake on 22nd August. We have postponed our return visit to Oregon until next year. This new date will be determined later.
September 21st sees the arrival of our visitors from District 9790, Melbourne, Australia. They will travel through PEI, NS & the Annapolis Valley experiencing our wonderful scenery and hospitality. They will be with us until October 5th.
Our return visit will begin on 1st of March next year when their summer temperatures have cooled down a bit for us. 
When our visitors arrive in various parts of our district, they will be home hosted and treated as any other guests that we might have in our homes. Several clubs will ask them to be guest speakers, show them our areas and entertain them. Please do your part to make them feel welcome.
On another note, we have been asked to participate in future exchanges with Districts 2223 (Russia), 5550 (Manitoba & Saskatchewan) , 3030 (India). We are exploring opportunities with Denmark and other Scandinavian countries. Contact PDG Tom McCaughey at to express interest in any of these exchanges or if you have other ideas for exchanges that you would like for us to explore.
Why go to an International Convention?
Top ten reasons…with some reflections from Hamburg
  1. It puts the “I” in RI in a very impactful way.  Over 25,000 people from almost 200 countries in the same place is pretty cool.  That’s what we saw in Hamburg and next year in Hawaii will be similar.  When the flags from all the countries are brought in by youth and each country is introduced, there are roars of pride from the crowd… and there are country names many people have never heard of.  It’s a bit like the United Nations or Olympics and is totally impressive!  We had over 30 people from our district in Hamburg and in almost a week, as we were attending five plenary sessions and about six breakout sessions, and wandering the exhibit halls and streets, I did not ever see some of them!  I did meet people from many other places and learned about amazing work being done around the world.   
  1. It is an opportunity to hear from some amazing plenary speakers – often including Nobel prize winners and world leaders – with a few amazing inspirational speakers thrown in!  We had some good ones in Hamburg and you can see most of them on video – google or to go the Rotary Vimeo and you will find all of the plenary speakers.  They are generally ~20 minutes long – perfect for club meeting programs!  What a great way to experience the learning over the summer – you could watch one at each meeting over the summer!  You can hear from outgoing President Barry Rassin, new President Mark Maloney and next year’s President Holger Knaack – as well as Chair of the Trustees Brenda Cressey, General Secretary John Hewko, and some great motivational speakers. Have a look for a young Rotaractor from the UK – he did a great presentation on “Dogoodery”.
  2. Huge learning opportunities at over 100 breakout sessions on every topic you can imagine – from leadership and meeting management to water projects and micro-finance – practical sessions with people who have done cool things.  The only challenge  is choosing what to go to – the sessions are 60, 90 and 120 minutes long and they overlap – and because there are so many people, it means the facilities are huge and there may be a long walk between them so strategic planning of breakout choice is important.  Some have long lines too – the one that Doug Logan, Alex Twells and I facilitated this year had as many people waiting outside in line as the hundreds that were inside participating!
  3. Learning at the House of Friendship – which is really like a trade show – hundreds of booths about projects looking for partners (like our own Dr. Doug MacMillan had on “Helping Babies Survive”) where you can have in depth conversations with people doing amazing things.  Or buy a shirt at one of many vendors… or learn about one of the many fellowship groups (those are the special interest groups on everything from wine or scotch drinkers, golf, fabric arts, music, sailing and motorcycling to metal music).  It takes hours to do this place justice and if you get into project conversations, you could be there all day!
  4. Connecting the world – the host city is crawling with Rotarians and they are all your friends.  In an outdoor café, pub or on a bus, you can have a conversation with someone wearing the big registration tag and immediately find a dinner mate or a recommendation for a restaurant, or a contact for a new collaborative project – or maybe an invitation to someone’s home.  It’s amazing.  It feels like the whole city revolves around Rotary for a week – with flags of welcome at City Hall to free transit passes, Hamburg rolled out the welcome mat.
  5. Pre-conference events – there were special sessions for Youth leaders, a one-day conference for Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG) and a Peace Symposium before the convention itself began.  Elva and I attended the WASRAG session and it was great – practical sessions on establishing good projects and some world-class speakers.  Many people also participate in tours before or after the convention – or plan their own travel in the area of the convention.  Many of our attendees planned vacation time around the event – and some of us did a mini-friendship exchange with Rotarians in Estonia and Finland – this amazing experience is an example of what can happen when you connect with Rotarians around the world!
  6. Hear from RI leaders – there are special meals and events with RI leaders where you can hear more about their strategic direction etc. and have an opportunity to interact with Rotary leaders from around the world.  That can be fun – Beacon met the RI President Elect, Holger Knaack, as well as a past RI President Frank Devlin – they had quite a chat.
  7. Exercise while you explore – these events take up a lot of space and there’s a lot of walking!  And there can be some great exploring in the host city – people tracking their steps had some great big numbers!
  8. FUN!  It is super fun to attend host committee events (that’s the local group that organizes social and cultural events) and fellowship group events – most of them have a special event sometime during the convention so you have to plan carefully!  We went to an amazing concert in the new Hamburg philharmonic hall – and we attended a club hosted event at a museum park which was fabulous.  Others went to the wine fellowship event and some of our colleagues from 7810 went on the Metalhead fellowship cruise!  Something for everyone.
  9. Get to know some other Rotarians from our district – we had a fun gathering on the night before the opening for our district, and we invited the 7810 participants and a few other guests.  Over 30 people attended a fun session at a German fraternity where we experienced the ritual of the organization and had a great meal.  Our guests included former NS Premier Rodney MacDonald who was volunteering at a booth about First Nations initiatives in Port Hawkesbury.  Also, many of us rent Airbnb or other apartments for Rotary events and share space with colleagues.  It’s a great opportunity to get to know some other Rotarians better – we had 6 Rotarians in our flat in Hamburg and it was fun! 
Honolulu next year from June 6-10 will have the same opportunities and hopefully we’ll have a good crew from 7820 at it.  A handful of people have already registered – and the “earlybird” fee is in effect until the end of December.  Some people have already booked an Airbnb condo near the Honolulu Convention Centre to keep costs down – check out the options!
Move Your Club's Needle
Reminder – What Needle does your club want to move?  And what help can the District provide?
The District wants to hear from every club about their “move the needle” goals and how we can help.  We have talented people with expertise and experience in youth programs, international projects, strategic planning and more!  What do you most want to shift this year?  Louisa is not automatically scheduling visits to each club – rather, we want to have the person who will have most impact on your club be the one to visit you. Let us know and we’ll find someone to help you.  Alternatively, Louisa or an Area Governor can visit your club to participate in an event, help with an award presentation or perhaps offer a program – whatever you’d find most helpful.  We’d like to hear the “wish list” from all clubs by the end of July!  Please send a message to Louisa at  Check here for more ideas about what is possible.
Council on Legislation Update
Editor's note: This letter was circulated to all Districts earlier this month. More details will follow.
Dear Rotarians,

The Council on Legislation (COL) met 14-18 April 2019 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The English revised constitutional documents, that incorporate all the enactments adopted by the COL, are now available. The following three documents have been updated:
They have been posted on the Governance documents page of My Rotary and language versions will be posted as they become available. The Report of Action, sent in May 2019, can also be found on the Councils page of My Rotary. The revised documents will also be included in the 2019 Manual of Procedure, which will be ready for distribution by October 2019.  

If you have questions about policies adopted by the Council, please contact your Club and District Support representative.  If you have questions about the 2019 Council or future Councils, please contact Council Services at
Best regards,

Sarah Christensen
Council Services Supervisor
District Opportunities!
The perfect opportunity to be part of the District team! No meetings!  No conference calls!  And you can do it all from home in your jammies!
District Alumni Chair. 
We don’t have one and we’d love to have someone take on this important role that will give you a great entré into district leadership and connection with a great team.   
So who are alumni anyway?  Former exchange students, Interactors, Rotaractors, scholarship recipients, Adventures participants… they are all a valued part of the Rotary family. Your role as district alumni chair is to develop and maintain relationships with alumni in our district and to connect our clubs with alumni. Encourage Rotarians to build relationships with alumni and work with them on projects and fundraisers. When they do, it can lead alumni to become Rotary members. If nothing else, it connects them with capable leaders in the community – and it connects you to some great people.
What is needed?  It’s an opportunity for a people person... for someone with some computer skills who likes connecting with people... and who perhaps likes solving puzzles and tracking people down… and who is good at keeping lists!   Perhaps you were once involved in exchange or other youth oriented initiatives and maybe are an alumnus yourself… how perfect would that be?  You can do it all from your desk and phone.  Oh, and there’s a manual to help you get started… so it’s easy!  If you are looking for the perfect role that you can do independently from home, please let me know at
PS We’re still looking for people to be on the Public Image team. If interested, or for more details, contact PI Chair Kristina Ennis,
New Club Models
One of the goals of your District Membership Committee (DMC) is to share resources with our AG’s and their clubs. We’ve heard you say that sometimes there is too much information online (causing information overload 101) and other times it’s hard to navigate our sites to find what you want. Your DMC Chair recently received this article and shares it with you hoping that Rotarians find it clarifies the new types of clubs we are permitted (by RI) to have. Here it is:
By Jessie Harman, chair of the Rotary International Membership Committee and a member of the Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast, Victoria, Australia
Rotary’s new strategic plan is underpinned by four key priorities – to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The emergence of new club models is evidence that Rotary clubs and districts are working actively to advance these priorities.
These new club models represent an opportunity to connect with a more diverse group of individuals – particularly those who are unable or unwilling to join our traditional clubs. While new club models have been emerging for some time, the 2016 Council on Legislation decision to promote flexibility and innovation has arguably accelerated their development.
At the present time, it’s possible to recognize at least seven different types of clubs:
  • Traditional clubs – at the heart of Rotary: a group of professionals and aspiring leaders who meet regularly for service, connections and personal growth
  • Satellite clubs – sponsored by a traditional club, but with their own meetings, projects, bylaws and board
  • E-Clubs – that meet exclusively online
  • Passport clubs – that allow members to attend other Rotary club meetings and service projects, so long as they attend a specified number of meetings in their own club
  • Corporate clubs – whose members are employed by the same employer, but who have different roles in their workplace
  • Cause-based clubs – whose members share a passion for a particular cause and whose service projects and activities center around that cause, and
  • Rotaract clubs – sponsored by Rotary clubs, whose members are aged between 18 and 30 and who meet together for service, friendship, and connections
    Amid this landscape, there are also hybrids of these types – adding further to the diversity of Rotary, and there can be little doubt that new club models will continue to emerge – including the possibility of a model of participation which is not club-based.
    Development of new club models and new ways to engage with Rotary is a healthy sign – indeed some would say a critical ingredient – of our ongoing sustainability and success. Our challenge is to continue to evolve – to meet the needs of our members and our communities and to ensure Rotary stays relevant, innovative, and engaging long into the future.
Trivia Question: How many types of clubs are identified in this article?
Did You Know?
DYK why…The Rotary year begins on July 1?
Initially, Rotary conventions played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.  The first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.
The next August, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs’ finances. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to give the secretary and treasurer time to prepare a financial statement for the convention and board, and to determine the proper number of club delegates to the convention.
The executive committee agreed and, in April 1913, designated 30 June as the end of the fiscal year. This also allowed for changes to the schedule for reporting club membership and payments. Even The Rotarian changed its volume numbering system to correspond to the fiscal year (beginning with Volume 5, No. 1, in July 1914).
Rotary continued to hold its annual conventions in July or August until 1917. Delegates to the 1916 event in Cincinnati, Ohio, approved a resolution to hold future conventions in June, mainly because of the heat in cities where most of them occurred. The next one was held 17-21 June in Atlanta.
The term “Rotary year” has been used to signify Rotary's annual administrative period since at least 1913 and since the executive committee’s decision in 1913, the end of the Rotary year has remained 30 June.
Another bit of trivia – there have been 8 Rotary International Conventions in Canada, with the first one being in 1924 in Toronto.   Two other Canadian cities have hosted RI Conventions.  Do you know which ones?
Leading for Growth
A few thoughts from Doug Logan, Zone Assistant Coordinator for Membership, about Leadership
Over the years, I’ve seen many problematic approaches to Rotary leadership.
- People who think they have to do everything, or believe that if they don’t do it themselves it won’t get done properly. Too many of these people burn themselves out, walk away and leave a vacuum with no one to take over from them because they’d always done it all.
- Those who delegate (or do nothing), handing off all important tasks to others. Too many succeed at accomplishing very little, creating confusion and uncertainty because they don’t provide direction and support.
- Others who feel the need for control and insist that everything must be done their way. Often, these people’s focus on doing what they think is right means that they miss the opportunity to do the right thing. Worse, they can crush innovation and initiative.
- Laissez-faire leaders who leave everyone alone to do as they wish, resulting in confusion and lack of direction.
And leaders who think that it is all about themselves and satisfying their own ego needs, meaning that what gets done tends to be good for them – but not necessarily Rotary.
Of course, we all have our own personalities and preferred leadership styles. Even so, our responsibility as leaders is to set the above inclinations aside and put Rotary first. We must ensure the right things get done to help us continue to move forward and grow. What we should be most concerned about is building teams of people who share our motivation to serve; engaging them to build collaborative plans of action; assigning them tasks that match their skills and interests; supporting them as unique individuals; holding them accountable and then trusting that they will do all they can to help Rotary thrive.
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Kristina Ennis
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