Newsletter Update - November
We started a quiz with the July newsletter, this issue has three more questions – and one might involve a little sleuthing.
Send your answers to by November 15th when a draw of correct submissions will take place for another awesome prize!
Join the Public Image Team! 

The Public Image team is looking for a Rotarian to join the team as an EDITOR for the monthly newsletter! This role would include collecting and editing articles for the monthly newsletter.

Please contact Kristina at if you have a few hours a month to dedicate to editing articles for our monthly newsletter

November Planter Contest
Calling All Rotarians who have Creative Landscape/Garden Talent ... A Contest just for you!  Being Green and Enhancing Rotary’s Public Image all at the same time!
The Challenge:  Design a street planter that is beautiful and that builds awareness of Rotary to anyone who admires it!
Your district has asked for input from you about adding goals to our strategic plan related to the environment. That request is in another article in this newsletter.  In the meantime, let's try a fun project to bring some green to our streets -- a "Rotarized Planter Design Contest" – an RPDC!!
Criteria for your design:
  • Easy to build and affordable wooden planter box
  • Durable - no lattice or little bits sticking up that could easily break off etc.
  • Suitable for a municipal street
  • Deep enough for herbs and edibles to grow in it
  • Possibly with two levels
  • Simple yet stunningly attractive
  • Incredibly creative “Rotarizing” to make it clear where the planter came from!
Submit a copy of your drawn design to by 31 December 2019 – along with a statement about what your club would do with $200 to apply to a Public Image initiative. The submission could be a hand drawing or a computer based drawing – or some other format – as long as the dimensions and design features are clear enough for a prototype to be built.
- The RPDC winner's club will receive a PI award of $200 to apply to a PI initiative.
- A prototype will be built and final plans shared with all clubs that may want to build a planter of edibles for their community. 
- Photo shows a “boring” one as an example of what we are NOT looking for ....but it may inspire creativity and some awesomely amazingly Rotarizing!
Public Image Puppy Contest Winners
And the winner is…three winners actually! 
The Rotary Clubs of Sackville, Exploits and Bridgewater all submitted wonderful accounts of the adventures of their puppies to the Public Image Contest.  They also had great ideas about investing in new banners and parade floats and we are awarding them each $400 toward their efforts.  Congratulations!  But wait, there’s a catch!  We need more photos of what you acquire… with your puppy again!
The next deadline is April 30th – don’t miss it!  Take your puppy on a tour of all your projects and take photos as you go – don’t forget about symbols of your international projects and your social events.  Puppies love social gatherings!  And remember – the puppies are a tool to help you tell your stories – try it!  And when you post images, encourage others to share them – and share what you see on Facebook too.
Club of the Year!
A number of years ago they were faced with decling membership and were  struggling as a club. Just as Phoenix rose from the ashes, the Rotary Club of Yarmouth met their challenges head on to become the great club they are today! Over this past year, as your District Governor, I recognized the incredibly significant contributions the club made to their local community as well as international projects.
In recognition of their many accomplishments, I had the pleasure of  presenting the District 7820, "Club of the Year" award for 2018 - 2019 to club president, Linda Deveau and club members at their recent meeting.
CONGRATULATIONS to each and every member of the club for their dedication and hard work!
Your Board at Work - Input Needed! 
Helping clubs thrive...
Your Board and team of Area Governors met in late October for 1.5 days to learn more about intercultural integration and to review priorities.  We were enlightened by a trainer from the Immigrant Settlement Association of NS who offered a wonderful workshop that left us all with new insights. 
As always, we also reviewed our strategic plan and made an addition – you may know that RI recently reviewed the areas of focus and changed the names of a few of them. 
They also considered whether to make the environment a new area of focus and instead, decided to integrate issues related to the environment in all existing areas.  Great idea!
Your Board decided that we should also include a focus on environment in our district strategic plan.  Some clubs already have initiatives related to climate change and environment – such as planting trees or making personal commitments related to reducing and recycling. 
So now the question is, what should we as a district do?  Are there initiatives that we can help with?  We’d like to hear from you about what you’d like your district to do with respect to environment.  We don’t do district wide projects as efforts should come from clubs – but we can support and encourage action – what would you like to see?  We want to hear from you. 
Please send Louisa your thoughts and suggestions about this important topic –
Trivia question – what are the new names of the areas of focus and what is now being integrated into them all?
Peace Fellow 2020
We are thrilled to announce that we have a successful applicant for the 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship program.  This prestigious professional development award is given to only 50 people around the world – and our very own Nora Didkowsky from Hants County is one of them!

Nora will be studying at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand from January to April 2020.  This professional development certificate program allows experienced leaders gain practical tools for promoting peace and international development during an intensive, 3- month program, which includes 3 weeks of field study and peer learning opportunities with a diverse group.

Nora’s entire career, education and volunteer activities make her the perfect candidate for this program.  Having completed her PhD and working through two post-docs working with Rohingya refugee children in India, this interactive program will strengthen the impact of her work as a peace and development professional.

What is she most looking forward to?  “Beyond the Fellowship’s core teachings, a significant opportunity is the potential to expand the reach and impact of my work through shared learning with a global community of peace-builders. These connections have the potential to magnify the power of our independent and collective work. As conflicts around the world are simultaneously multiplying and intensifying, and we face the highest levels of displacement ever recorded, there is an unprecedented need to coordinate unified and timely solutions that connect diverse worldviews, bodies of knowledge, and approaches.”

This is yet another example of the power of Rotary!  We wish Nora all the best in her studies and look forward to hearing the stories of her experience.


Trivia question - where are the universities at which Rotary Peace Scholars can study around the world?

Rotary's Membership Experience
Why do people join Rotary? What makes them stay in their clubs, and what makes them leave?
Rotary conducts the Membership Experience Feedback Survey every year to better understand the needs, interests, and engagement of our members. The most recent survey offers insights on prospective, current, and former members.
New Rotaract Club at Dalhousie!
The Rotary Club of Truro is proud to support a new Rotaract Club at Dalhousie University, Agricultural Campus.
The Rotaract club launched this September and includes over 21 members. Members  participated in Truro Rotary Club’s Bollywood event, and the president performed a bollywood dance.
The members have been volunteering weekly at the local food bank, filling bags and serving clients. On World Polio Day the club launched the Purple Pinkie campaign, selling cupcakes and stamping pinkies on a poster that will be displayed on campus. The campaign will continue to run at the campus pub, serving purple drinks fundraising for polio.
Club members will be participating in a leadership conference hosted by Dalhousie University. The Rotaract Club is planning on supporting the Christmas Index Program operated through Truro Rotary Club
Rotary Club of Sackville and Area - Adopt a Highway
In September, Rotary Club of Sackville and Area did their semi annual Adopt - A - Highway initiative from Exit 1K to Fultz House in Lower Sackville.
Thirteen members and friends of Rotary took on the clean up of all the garbage nesting on the sides of the road.  Our Club has been a proud participant in the Adopt-A-Highway program for many years now.  Twenty bags of garbage plus other various items were cleared from view and sent to their proper disposal sites.
This regular activity makes for a cleaner, environmentally friendlier community. Thank you and congratulations to all.  Keep up the great work.
Dartmouth Club - General Hospital Redevelopment Memorial Donation
 On October 12th, the Rotary Club of Dartmouth committed $25,000 to Dartmouth General  Hospital Redevelopment.  President Don Penwell, Donna Upham, Reid Harrison and Robert Earle are pictured presenting the cheque to Steve Harding, and Jenna Joyce of the General Hospital Foundation.
The Dartmouth General Hospital Redevelopment consists of major facilities renovations and expansion, and the addition of new equipment and technology. Our Club is particularly delighted with the addition of the new three-story building named after Neville Gilfoy, a prominent member of our Club who pasted away in 2016.
 The Neville J. Gilfoy Wing, has been added on the back of the hospital and will house:
  • Eight new operating rooms with two designed specifically for orthopedics 
  • An Ambulatory Care and Endoscopy Centre with eighteen new clinic room
  • A new Medical Device Reprocessing area
 Overall Dartmouth General Hospital Redevelopment will result in:
  • Better integration of Surgical Services across the HRM
  • Concentration of Orthopedic Surgery - majority of primary joint replacement surgeries for patients from all over HRM are to be done at DGH
  • Shorter waitlists and reduced wait times for orthopedic and endoscopic procedures
  • Redeveloping existing space to increase our capacity
  • Improved patient flow to enhance patient privacy
  • Increased patient comfort and improved aesthetic
The Rotary Club of Dartmouth is proud to be involved in the worthwhile community project.
Nigeria Reaches Crucial Polio Milestone

It’s been three years since health officials last reported a case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus in Nigeria. The milestone, reached on 21 August, means that it’s possible for the entire World Health Organization (WHO) African region to be certified wild poliovirus-free next year.

Nigeria’s success is the result of several sustained efforts, including domestic and international financing, the commitment of thousands of health workers, and strategies to immunize children who previously couldn’t be reached because of a lack of security in the country’s northern states.

“Rotary, its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, and the Nigerian government have strengthened immunization and disease detection systems,” says Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. He adds: “We are now reaching more children than ever in some of the hardest-to-reach places in Nigeria.”

McGovern says Rotary members in Nigeria play an important role in ridding the country of the disease. “Rotarians have been hard at work raising awareness for polio eradication, advocating with the government, and addressing other basic health needs to complement polio eradication efforts, like providing clean water to vulnerable communities.”

Nigeria is the last country in Africa where polio is endemic. Once Africa is certified as free of the wild poliovirus, five of the WHO’s six regions will be free of wild polio. Polio remains endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which means transmission of the virus has never been stopped.

Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee, acknowledges the milestone but cautions Rotary members about celebrating too soon. He cites the challenge of making certain that routine immunizations reach every child in Nigeria.

“It’s paramount that we ensure all doors are locked to the re-entry of the wild poliovirus into our country,” says Funsho.

Funsho says to achieve this, Rotary needs to maintain strong advocacy efforts, continue to increase awareness of immunization campaigns, and ensure members raise necessary funds. Rotary has contributed $268 million to fight polio in Nigeria.

“As the first organization to dream of a polio-free world, Rotary is committed to fulfilling our promise,” says McGovern. “Our progress in Nigeria is a big step toward that goal, but we need to maintain momentum so that Pakistan and Afghanistan see the same level of progress.”

Did You Know? 
Did you know that when Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, died in 1947, the Rotary Foundation established a memorial fund in his name:  “The Paul Harris Foundation Fellowships for advanced study”.  Right from the beginning, the Rotary Foundation has had an emphasis on education.  We are so pleased that our district currently has two Rotary Foundation scholars:   a Global Grant Scholar studying multiple sclerosis at Memorial University in Newfoundland and now, a Rotary Peace Fellow about to embark on a journey to Thailand.  District 7820 is continuing the Foundation’s tradition of supporting education to improve global health and well-being.
       Trivia question. What was the amount of the first donation from the Rotary Foundation and what did it           support?
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