Greetings Fellow Rotarians,
Can you imagine that we are entering the last month of 2017? Time certainly flies!
My tour as District Governor is almost completed. I only have two clubs – Middleton and Happy Valley – Goose Bay left. I thank you all for your warm welcomes and hospitality during the visits.
One highlight this month was helping the Rotary Club of Yarmouth to deliver the Meals on Wheels. The meals are prepared at the local hospital.
November was Foundation month and in this Bulletin I am announcing all of the Clubs that earned special recognition in 2016-17 from The Rotary Foundation (TRF). 
TRF recognized the top three clubs in terms of per capita contributions to the Annual Fund (Share). The Share fund not only does good work around the world, it also returns 50% of each dollar donated to our District. Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Halifax for earning the banner for #1 Club in the District in terms of Annual Fund (Share) per capita giving!
Read this month's story to see which clubs were recognized for "EREY" (Every Rotarian Every Year) and "100% Giving" as well as those clubs that made a significant contribution to the 2016-17 End Polio Now campaign. Congratulations to all the winning clubs! Also read PDG Stella’s article about her personal experiences in helping to keep Nigeria polio free. Thanks to Stella and many other volunteers and donors we are so close to eradicating polio from the planet!
Cape Breton is a vital part of our district and this Bulletin features stories on two Rotarians from Sydney Sunrise Club: Dr. Ian Doyle, our newest member of the District Governor line, as well as the late PDG David Muise. Also read about Port Hawkesbury Rotary's Coady International Institute visit and now they met the "Peace" part of the P.I.P.E. Dreams challenge! 
The time is quickly approaching when you will need to select your club executive for next year. Succession planning is a key part of having and maintaining a well-run club. December 31st is the deadline that RI has set for all clubs to hold an AGM for the election of these officers. To help your club leaders prepare for their roles in 2017-18, the district training team is hard at work preparing the Training for Leaders of Clubs (TLC) sessions. Training will be held throughout the District in each AG area. The dates, locations and agendas will be announced over the next few weeks.
Don't forget to send in your great photos related to how your club is fulfilling the P.I.P.E. (Public Image, Peace and Environment) Dreams for the upcoming District Conference as well as the Rotary: People of Action photos for our website (see story in this Bulletin).
Finally, there are spots available in the Rotary Friendship Exchange planned for Florida and the Grand Bahamas in the new year. Interested? Check out the story in this Bulletin.
I will be in touch again in Mid December with a special holiday edition of the Bulletin!
Until next time.
Yours in Rotary Service
DG Don
Dr. Ian Doyle announced as District Governor Nominee Designate 
District Governor Don Sword is pleased to announce that Dr. Ian Doyle, Rotary Club of Sydney Sunrise has been selected as the District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND), to serve as District Governor in Rotary year 2020-21.
On July 16, 2017 clubs were invited to suggest names for this position on or before the September 30, 2017 deadline.  The Nominating Committee considered those suggestions, interviewed the candidates and notified the District Governor of their recommendation which has subsequently been approved.
A dentist in Sydney, Ian has been a educator and mentor to many young professionals and a leader in his professional associations, provincially, nationally and at the international level.  
A Rotarian since 1981, Ian has been president of two Rotary Clubs and a very active community volunteer.  He and his wife Anne have  hosted exchange students, attended numerous Rotary International Conventions and District Conferences. Ian has participated in 9 overseas humanitarian missions with plan for more.  He is currently District Paul Harris Society Chair.
Remembering PDG David Muise 
Remembering PDG David Muise
PDG David Muise's funeral was held November 6th and was attended by a large contingent of local and district Rotarians. He will be greatly missed. We publish his obituary below, written in his own words.

If you are reading this I guess I died. Believe me, it wasn't my choice. Someone will fill in the date, (November 2, 2017 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital). 
I battled cancer most of my life so I assume that's what got me.

I am sorry to be leaving behind my beloved wife Deborah George who cared for me with love and kindness and never wavered. I was truly blessed to have her in my life. She will always be My Love. 

I was blessed with 4 wonderful children, Alison (Ian) Trainor, Geoffrey (Ainsley Fraser), Cathy (Brent) Huntington, and Beth. Through good times and bad, my love for them never wavered. They gave me six grandchildren, Devon Rowe, Jonah Cameron, Hillary and Chloe Huntington, and Claire and Sarah Trainor whom I love dearly. 

I grew up in Ashby, the son of Nelson and Nellie Muise. I had eight brothers and sisters, Brian (Maggie), Paula (Onni), Michael (Linda), Margaret (Roger), Helen (Stephen), Robert (Susan), Joseph (Mary) and Janine, who died too young. 

I attended Mount Allison University and Dalhousie University Law School then set about practicing law for over 40 years. I served a term in the Nova Scotia Legislature as MLA for CB West after which I expected nothing from the Liberal Party and that's exactly what I got. I served a tumultuous term as Mayor of CBRM, a job that gave me sleepless nights and grey hair but a lot of satisfaction as well. I trust history will treat me well. Because I was too nosy to retire, I ended up working with Sheldon Nathanson-I wish I had met him 40 years earlier. 

I volunteered with the Cancer Society and worked for improved services for patients. My proudest achievement was working to secure a Cancer Center for Cape Breton, never thinking I would become a patient there. 

I was a member of the Sydney Rotary Club and was the co-founder of the Sydney-Sunrise Club and served as District-Governor for the Maritimes in 2009-2010. I like to think that we debunked the misconception that Rotary is a bunch of rich old guys by leading the way in community service, a record for which I am truly proud. 

I hated dogs and bullshit and did my best to avoid both. I like to think I made more friends than enemies, laughed more than I cried, loved more that I hated, prayed more than I swore and left the wood pile a little higher. 

I don't want a wake, it's too hard on the family, but you are all invited to a party after Mass where there will be food, music and stories with a prize going the best story about me…and it doesn't even have to be true.

Funeral mass will be celebrated Monday, November 6 at 2:00 pm at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church with Fr. Bill Burke officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Patient Comfort Fund at the CB Cancer Centre or to The Rotary Foundation would be appreciated or you can just perform a random act of kindness for someone less fortunate. 

As for my life, Jimmy Buffet summed it up in, He Went To Paris:

Jimmy, some of it's magic, some of it's tragic
But I had a good life all the way. 

I'm just sayin'…

Online condolences may be sent by visiting 

How Nigeria is working passionately to remain polio free
How Nigeria is working passionately to remain polio free.
by PDG Stella Roy
I have just returned from 10 days in Nigeria, with a team from Canada, USA and Denmark, led by Ann Lee Hussey, to immunize for polio. We went to Yola, Adamawa State in the northeast of Nigeria close to where the last four cases of polio were found in August 2016. We went to work with the Rotarians, the WHO, the Gates Foundation doctor and UNICEF. We also went to thank the health care workers for the all the work they do and the mothers for vaccinating their children.
At the current time a higher percentage of children are vaccinated in Nigeria than in North America which is a sad fact.
We were at the health centers at 6.30 am with the health care workers (HCW) and went in twos with the HCW, a recorder, a Rotarian, a Rotaractor and usually a security man, door to door to catch all the children. Once we had visited the house the recorder wrote in chalk on the gate or door, how many children in the house, how many were vaccinated and which day we were there. The National Immunization program goes for a week and we went each day to different villages, schools and churches.
It was very hot by 11 am. Once our routes were completed we went back to the center and at 3 pm there was a meeting of all the leaders from the community to record the numbers of children vaccinated, the challenges and the good things that occurred that day. If there were refusals the reason was discussed and the next day someone else went to speak one on one with the family. In one area the markers were old and not working so that was corrected the next day.
Then at 5 pm there was a state meeting with WHO, UNICEF, Gates Dr, CRIDC ( the group that check the water and stool samples) the minister of health, doctors and the Rotarians to again check on the challenges throughout the Adamawa state. No stone is left unturned.
The most moving part for our team was a visit to two IDP camps (Internal Displacement Camps) where the people who have fled Borno from Boko Haram. Some of the escaped girls from the kidnapping several years ago were there. We vaccinated there.
Some of the women were there for 10 years and the children don’t know any difference. They have a meager existence having to forage for food but they all looked happy as children do.
Let us hope with this extensive vaccinating system that occurs at least four times a year in these NE states will keep Nigeria and Africa polio free. At the same time similar campaigns are going on in Chad, Cameroon and Niger and children are being immunized going in and out of Borno.
Worldwide, the countdown to eradication is truly on with only 15 cases of wild polio in the world in 2017 (compared to 37 in 2016). There have been 10 cases in Afghanistan and 5 in Pakistan. Nigeria has not had a case since August 2016.
District Clubs Recognized for Their Support of 
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation recognized eligible clubs within District 7820 for their support for The Rotary Foundation in 2016-17.
Banners were provided to the top three per capita donations to the Annual Fund (Share):
1. Rotary Club of Halifax - US$235.05
2. Rotary Club of Kentville- US$218.00
3. Rotary Club of New Minas - US$188.77
Four clubs earned banners for 100% Foundation Giving. (Every dues paying member contributed a minimum of US$25 to the Annual Fund and the average contribution is at least US$100 to any Rotary Foundati gift designation:
1. Rotary Club of New Minas
2. Rotary Club of Sackville and Area
3. Rotary Club of Sydney-Sunrise
4. Rotary Club of Wolfville Mud Creek
Two clubs earned banners for "EREY" Every Rotarian, Every Year. Every dues paying member contributed a minimum of US$25 to the Annual Fund and the annual per capita giving is at least US$100.
1. Rotary Club of Sackville and Area
2.  Rotary Club of Wolfville Mud Creek
Thirteen clubs were recognized  with "End Polio Now: Make History Today Campaign Certificates of Achievement", awarded to those clubs that contributed US$1,500 or more to Rotary's Challenge to End Polio Now.
1. Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast
2. Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
3. Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside
4. Rotary Club of Halifax Northwest
5. Rotary Club of Hillsborough-Charlottetown
6. Rotary Club of Kentville
7. Rotary Club of Pictou
8. Rotary Club of St. John's
9. Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest
10. Rotary Club of Summerside
11. Rotary Club of Sydney-Sunrise
12. Rotary Club of Truro
13. Rotary Club of Windsor
Congratulations to all of the winning clubs! You are all Making A Difference!
Clubs and individual Rotarians can easily support the Annual Fund (Share) and/or Polio Plus. Simply go to and click on "Give". 
Places Available in Friendship Exchange Planned for Florida & Grand Bahamas
The Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) program is a wonderful and rewarding experience of visiting other districts and cultures, guided by friends in Rotary. Exchange participants take turns hosting and visiting one another, forging friendships that last a lifetime.
We have an outbound exchange planned from February 18th to March 3rd 2018 with District 6990 South Florida & the Grand Bahamas.  My counterpart in D6990 has promised sun and beaches in February as well as lots of fellowship!
Their return visit here will be this summer (dates TBD).
Our outbound team of 11 Rotarians and partners was selected several months ago and unfortunately two couples recently have had to opt out. We are now accepting applications to fill those vacancies. Singles and couples will be considered.
Interested Rotarians may contact me by email (  or at  phone numbers (709)682-7259 or (902)443-9827
More information about RFEs can be found on the attached PDF and the following link
Tom McCaughey PDG 2012-2013
Friendship Exchange Chair
Peace Activist Speaks to Port Hawkesbury Rotary
The Rotary Club of Port Hawkesbury enjoyed its annual visit to the Coady International Institute where we met several wonderful international students who spoke passionately about their causes and projects in their respective home countries.   They also spoke enthusiastically about the invaluable tools they were acquiring at Coady for peace and community economic development.   In attendance were the Coady students, Rotarians and guests (including DG Elect Rob Christie), Richmond Academy Interactors and St. FX University Rotaractors. 
In response to DG Don’s challenge to our Club (his P.I.P.E. Dream), we invited peace activist and community peace facilitator, Maureen St. Clair to be our guest speaker.  Her message was powerful and resonated strongly with all those in attendance.   A wonderful meal and a special moment was enjoyed by all.
Rachel MacFarlane, Fund Development Officer at the Coady International Institute wrote the Club afterwards saying;
I wanted to send along a quick thank you for spending time with us here at Coady last week! The participants, Marureen and I had a wonderful time! The Interacters shared with me that they all left feeling inspired to make positive change!
Looking for Great Rotary Photos and Stories
Do you have a great Rotary story and great photos? Then, please share! 
Rotary International has started what it is calling the People of Action Campaign where it is showing Rotarians doing what they have become known for; working together to make our communities better.
With that in mind, we would like to highlight some of the activities of the clubs and Rotarians in District 7820 by profiling our  People Of Action  on the front page of the District Website.  It is our plan to replace the current top scrolling banner on the website with pictures of our Rotarians in action around the region or around the world.  To do that WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Please send PDG Jim Goit ( pictures of your club and members working on projects and we'll include them along with your club and project name in the next generation of the website masthead banner.
Here are a few things to consider to submit a great picture:
  1. Pictures should be of members (and others) doing something (ie, serving food, cleaning a ditch, painting a wall, building stoves, etc, ect).  Grip and grin award or cheque presentations are less desirable.  Our highlight is on the people.
  2. Fun and laughter make the best pictures. 
  3. We're looking for Rotary identifiable signs, clothing etc in the picture. If you don't have any, that's fine, but it would be better if at least one Rotary symbol shows up in the picture.
  4. Pictures need to be landscape (ie wider than tall) to be useful for this application and they should be of high quality (at least 1600 pixels wide).
We'll do our best to use as many of  the pictures sent in as possible, however we reserve the right to select only the best and most representative of Rotary in our region.
There is no time limit but we'd hope to have the new banner running by the New Year so we need your pictures!
If you have any questions let Jim know.  (  
Register Early and Save! Toronto 2018
Join the over 115 District 7820 Rotarians already registered to attend the 2018 Rotary International Convention  in Toronto 23-27 June 2017.
If you register before the December 15 2017 deadline you pay only US$345 per Rotarian (US$70 per Rotaractor). The price then goes up to $420 ($495 after March 31st). The cancellation deadline is April 30th , 2018.
Many Rotarians say that they joined Rotary when they were inducted into membership, but they did not truly become a Rotarian until they attended a Rotary International Convention. And in 2018 in Toronto it is going to be so close to home!
With world-renowed speakers, great preconvention events, the house of friendship and great breakout sessions, this promises to be a fantastic RI convention.
Check out all the details at And don't forget to book your accomodation and the other extra events which are selling out fast! Hot tickets include the Saturday June 23rd evening Rock at the Historic Distillery District,  Host Hospitality Dinners on Monday evening June 25th and the Rotaryfest at the CNE Centre on Tuesday evening June 26th.
Plus, don't forget to register for the Beyond Borders Dinner at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 24th 2018.  Beyond Borders is the social gathering for Rotarians across Zones 24 & 32 and a great opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones!
Go to for more information or to purchase your tickets!
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Don Sword
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