It may be cold outside in Mid February in Rotary District 7820, but things are just heating up for the 2018 District 7820 Conference set for May 2018 in St. John's.
Registration is open and we are expecting a great turnout from all around the district. This special Bulletin features stories on the great speakers, programming and entertainment at this not to be missed event as well as the Thursday Professional Development Day.
Go to for all the details on the conference, accommodations, the partners and youth programs and of course, to register!
Don't forget to attend your local Training For Leaders for Clubs, the Rotary Leadership Institute in April (see story this Bulletin) and the Rotary International convention in Toronto.
Plus - check out the special story in this Bulletin on an amazing Foundation project supported by District 7820 and its member clubs.
Until next time, 
Yours in Rotary Service
DG Don
Friday Program Highlights at District Conference 
Friday, May 25, 2018 
Newfoundland Welcome!
Breakfast Speaker Dave Penny has been a steady presence on the local folk scene as a composer of songs that are truly unique to Newfoundland and Labrador.  He has been a key figure in the resurgence in popularity of Newfoundland recitations, along the way contributing popular pieces like Johnny Chrome and A Townie Courted a Bayman’s Daughter to the local folk repertoire.   Dave’s second and most recent recording—All Turned Around—has been nominated for a 2017 MusicNL award for Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year and a 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year.  The album promises to further strengthen his position as one of Newfoundland and Labradors most fun and diverse entertainers.
9AM Plenary Session #1
  • Official Welcome
  • We are the World
  • Guest Speaker – RI Presidential Representative - Rotary Foundation Trustee Mike Webb 
Lunch Guest Speakers- Enactus Memorial 2016
Beating out more than 1,700 other campuses from around the world, the 2016 Enactus Memorial Team won the Enactus World Championships 2016, a prestigious competition focused on improving people’s lives through entrepreneurial action.  Project Sucseed is centered on improving food security in Newfoundland & Labrador, and in communities across Northern Canada. This is a major challenge for many communities in our province. As a social enterprise, Project Sucseed is focused on addressing food security by providing individuals and communities a way to grow their own, high quality produce efficiently and at an affordable cost. Through this project, they’ve been able to create co-operatives in northern rural areas where it is particularly difficult to access healthy produce. Project Sucseed is also partnered with Choices for Youth – a Newfoundland charity that supports at-risk and homeless youth to secure stable housing, education and employment.  This project helps create meaningful employment opportunities for their clients. Youth clients of the organization now manufacture and build every Sucseed unit that is shipped out and receive dedicated supports on and off the job to help them move forward with their lives.
Friday Evening Casual Social (off site - transportation provided)
A True Blue Newfoundland Kitchen Party!!
Join local Rotarians for an evening of food, friends, music and FUN!  Providing entertainment for the evening is the Outer Cove Concert Crew, a well known kitchen party favourite.  And you never know….where there’s a kitchen party, mummers are sure to follow – and you never know what can happen then!
Friday Afternoon Guest Speaker
Chief Joseph (Joe) A. Boland was appointed as Chief of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) on July 4th, 2017.  Chief Boland began his career in 1983 and in the 34 years following has served in almost every area of the RNC.   In addition to operational duties he served both as President and Vice President of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Police Association where he earned the respect of the members.  He has been awarded the 20 year Police Exemplary Service Medal, 30 year Police Exemplary Service Bar and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  On a personal note, Chief Boland is, and has been, very involved in the community; Joe has coached with the St. John’s Amateur Baseball Association and with the St. John’s Minor Hockey Association. In 2009, he was named Baseball Canada National Grassroots Development Coach of the Year. Chief Boland was recently inducted into the Softball Newfoundland Labrador Hall of Fame in the Athlete Category. As a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary hockey team he won the Gold Medal in 2001 at World Police Fire Games in Indianapolis, Indiana. He currently serves on the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Board, Eastern Health Police Liaison Committee, Occupational Health and Safety Committee, Mental Health Mobile Crisis Response Team Implementation Committee and Duty to Accommodate, Early and Safe Return to Work Committee. Joe resides in St. John’s with his wife, JoAnn, and their two children, Tyler and Jennifer. 
Sat and Sun Program Highlights at District Conference
Saturday, May 26, 2018 – PEACE DAY
 In honour of Peace Day, everyone is asked to wear something white on this day!
Selected as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 in 2014, Wali is a spoken word poet and public speaker.  He’s given TED talks, worked on voice overs for the Canadian Football League, created and performed custom poetry for corporate groups and spoken at hundreds of schools across North America.  He currently serves as the Poet Laureate of his hometown, Mississauga, Ontario.  From partnering with Microsoft and performing for tens of thousands at venues such as the Air Canada Centre, to conducting poetry workshops in classrooms for youth as a tool for self-expression, Wali uses story-telling and art to empower audiences and inspire them to empower others.  An enigmatic speaker, Wali combines social issues, personal stories, comedy and his south Asian and Muslim background to bring his work to life.  He is currently a student at the University of Toronto and advocates for social change through his work.  He is an ambassador for Crime Stoppers, Bell Let’s Talk and has helped in raising over one million dollars for United Way Ontario.
Plenary Session #2 – A Fun Lesson in Team Building!!
Plenary Session #3
  • A Wrap Up of the 2017-18 Year
  • Moving Forward – The 2018-19 Rotary Year
  • On to Pictou County
LUNCH GUEST SPEAKER - KEVIN TUERFF – Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11 
When Kevin Tuerff and his partner began their flight from France to New York City on September 11th, 2001, they had no idea that the world , and their lives, was about to change forever.  As US airspace closed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, Kevin, who was experiencing doubts about organized religion, found himself in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada with thousands of other refugees or “come from aways” that were stranded on 38 airplanes.  Yet, when all seemed dark, the people of Gander rallied and the “plane people” experienced boundless acts of kindness and generosity over the next several days.  In Channel of Peace, Kevin tells the story of how Gander’s compassion, then and now, has ignited a spirit of kindness that renewed Kevin’s spirituality and has inspired a new tradition of an annual “giving back” day at Kevin’s company that has since spread.  Kevin’s story has been told as part of the musical, “Come From Away” on Broadway.
Governor’s Dinner – Spirit of Newfoundland Dinner Theatre
Spirit of Newfoundland Productions
Celebrating their 20th year of providing quality entertainment to locals and “come from aways”, Spirit of Newfoundland Productions is a local company which operates out of its own theatre in downtown St. John’s.  Yearly they produce a number of high energy musical shows in a dinner theatre which is consistently sold out.  A home for a wealth of talented musicians and actors, Spirit showcases home-grown Newfoundland wit and music and encourages audiences to “come aboard” and enjoy an evening of music, laughter and camaraderie.   Led by Rotary Alumni, Peter Halley, Spirit is pleased to be hosting our Governor’s Gala Dinner Theatre on Saturday, May 26th, 2018.  It’s going to be a full and exciting evening of music and friends – not to be missed!
Sunday, May 27, 2018
9 am A Celebration of Rotary Service 
10 am Brunch
  • Youth Service Project Report
  • Closing Remarks – RI Presidential Representative Rotary Foundation Trustee Mike Webb 
  • Closing Remarks DG Don Sword
  • Official Handover
Brunch Entertainment- NEWMAN SOUND MEN’S CHOIR
Named after a beautiful and rugged region in Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador, Newman Sound was formed in 2005.  A true community choir Newman Sound is made up of more than forty experienced singers representing the professions of music, teaching, engineering, law, civil service, marketing, information technology and journalism.  Newman Sound has realized an ever-growing loyal audience, a high local and national reputation and a very bright future having established an exciting and eclectic repertoire across the genres of classical, pop and folk including some outstanding arrangements and original compositions by several of the singers within the choir.  Newman Sound received a 2012 ECMA nomination and won MusicNL's 2011 Classical Album of the Year award for their debut CD, "The Green and Salty Days," a collection of traditional music from Newfoundland and Labrador, including specially-commissioned works by Stephen Hatfield and Kathleen Allan. Newman Sound has performed many times each year and has been broadcast provincially and nationally on CBC radio and locally on Rogers Television in St. John's. In the 2006 National CBC Choral Competition, the choir earned the Galaxie Rising Star award for Most Promising New Choir in Canada and lived up to that promise by making it to the finals of the 2008 CBC Choral Competition. In 2016 Newman Sound placed second in the Equal-Voice Male Choir Category (now run by Choral Canada).  Newman Sound was honoured as MusicNL Classical Artist of the Year in 2011 for our debut CD and was named Champion Male Chamber Choir at the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati.   The choir is also very active in the community with its support of charity events and its own annual and very popular Love Songs for Seniors held at various local seniors' homes.
Thursday - Professional Development Day
Professional Development Day
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Intended for any Rotarian, the Professional Development Day will, this year, be held at the beautiful
Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre.
Transportation to and from the Holiday Inn to the Centre will be provided (check your conference program for departure time). 
Cost is $35.00 for those NOT registering as a President or Secretary Elect and must be paid with your conference registration.  The cost includes lunch.
Join your fellow Rotarians for an incredible day of learning in the most beautiful of surroundings!  The Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre is a project of the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast!
The Manuels River Experience explores the amazing geology and natural history of the protected trilobite fossil site on one of the oldest river systems in North America.  Home to over 6 km of trails through some of the most picturesque river valleys, it is an experience not to be missed!
See you there!

WASH in Schools (WinS) Challenge Grant awarded jointly tO

Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, D-6440 and  Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, D-4250 (with help from D7820 and its member clubs!)
Great news!!!  We won the competitive challenge grant.  The Rotary Foundation has awarded $552,500 to our team of Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, Rotary Club of Antigua and Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club for a grant addressing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH* in Schools (WinS).  *WASH - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
The competition was held between all Rotary clubs within five countries: Belize, Guatemala, India, Kenya and Honduras in two phases.  During phase I, 46 clubs applied and 13 of them moved to the next phase.   In phase Ii, 13 clubs applied, and four clubs were awarded grants.  We are privileged to be one of the four winners.
The grant integrates two Areas of Focus:  Water and Sanitation, Basic Education and Literacy.  Rotary International has issued a global challenge to improve education quality and access – particularly for girls – by working with communities to provide improved WASH services, teacher training, and curriculum enhancement.  It is important to leverage off from water and sanitation related efforts and connect them with health, hygiene and education.  Further details are available at this link:
The project outcome will transform and positively impact lives for children!!!
  • access to gender segregated sanitary facilities with flush toilets and septic at each school
  • facilities for girls designed particularly to respond to their needs during the menstrual cycle
  • effective hygiene educational program to encourage habit formation and to promote behavioral changes
  • a menstrual hygiene management program focused on the biology of the menstruation cycle and safe practices
  • extensive training for menstrual hygiene – goal is to have girls stay in school
  • Total Project Funding - $552,500
    Thanks to The Rotary Foundation for contributing $425,000 (77%) of project funding
These Rotary Districts contributed $58,500 in District Designated Funds (DDF):
6440, 7820, 4250, 6420, 6060, 5830, 7080, 7170
 Cash Donations- Rotary Clubs from District 6440 contributed $33,450, 000, Clubs beyond District 6440 contributed $17,650 and other entities contributed $16,900.
Participating Clubs from District 7820: Dartmouth Rotary Club, Stephenville Rotary Club, Wolfville Mud Creek Rotary Club, North Sydney Rotary Club, Kentville Rotary Club, New Waterford Rotary Club, Sydney-Sunrise Rotary Club, Sydney Rotary Club, Yarmouth Club, Middleton Rotary Club.     
The award of this grant now presents an opportunity to begin putting all our plans into action to help children, with emphasis on improving education for girls.  In addition to active engagement by the host and international Rotary clubs, we have created alliances with municipal governments, school authorities and local community of the Sacatepéquez Department in GuatemalaWe have a big challenge in front of us and we are up to it. Working together as a team, we will achieve our project goals.
Spring Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in Dieppe, NB
The spring Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) session is being held in Dieppe NB on Saturday April 7, 2018 at the CCNB Campus,  505 Rue du College  located off Champlain St in Dieppe, NB. The sign in desk opens at 8:15 am and the sessions will run from 9:00 am to about 4:00 pm. 
Having Rotarians attend an RLI session has proven to be a major benefit for both the member and their clubs.  The basic RLI program consists of series of three one day Parts.  The material in each part is organized to gradually increase the participants Rotary knowledge and leadership skill and are taken sequentially over a period of time. An overview of the RLI program  and the three parts can be found on the RLI page of the Website.
Depending on there being enough people who register in advance, all three Parts of the program will be offered.  If there are not enough registered for any of the Parts before the cutoff date of Mar 21st, that Part will be cancelled. 
Registration is all done on-line by clicking this link. The fee payable by cheque (or cash) at the door is $125.  Breaks and lunch are included in the fee. When you register, indicate you are paying by cheque.
Participants are responsible for their own hotel booking if needed. A special arrangement has been made with the Quality Inn Dieppe, just off the highway, just up the street from school. Here is link for directions
There are two types of rooms available;
$119 - standard room (40 available)
$129 - deluxe room (10 available)
PLEASE CALL THE HOTEL DIRECTLY TO MAKE A RESERVATION!  Rooms will be held until March 6th, then released back to the hotel.
Hotel info below for those to call. Booking is under the name "ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (RLI)"
Quality Inn Airport
370 Dieppe Blvd
Dieppe, NB
E1A 8H4
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