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Our District is involved!! We had 8 members of our District team attend the training at the Zone Institute in Montreal. Dr. Ian Doyle, our DGN commenced his training under the tutelage of a great group of facilitators. Louisa Horne, our DGE, continued her ongoing training and team building. I joined my “classmates” for a day of facilitated discussion that further bonded our group together before participating in the general conference. PDG Stella led breakout sessions on polio while PDG Elva led the discussions with Rotarians interested in the International scope and potential of projects throughout the world. PDG Greg Coldwell participated in discussions pertaining to our Council on Legislation that will determine the future direction of our organization.
 
Most exciting of all was that we had two members of our District team there to learn and connect with other leaders in their specific area of interest. Gail Gosse, our District Membership Chair attended sessions specifically designed to learn more about how we can successfully increase our membership. I would like to quote a little of what she had to say about her experience, “There was a buzz about Membership at the Zones 24/32 2018 Conference in Montreal. One take-away I share is the membership session’s List of the Top 10 of Is Your Club Ready for Prime Time", which she has shared below.
 
Our District Public Image Chair, Alana Hirtle, was able to learn some critical new skills that she is able to bring back to our District to better enable us to tell our story and to engage non-Rotarians in new and exciting ways. She had this to say about what she learned, "It was amazing to be in such an engaged, inspiring atmosphere at the Zone 24/32 conference. We learned about creating content for social media posts, and 10 tools to help you create more exciting collateral. I can't wait to share this with our members in future newsletters."
 
Why am I so thrilled to share this with you? It is because we are developing critical skills and knowledge that we can readily share with each and every club in our District. This will enable all our clubs to access, at the District level, people with the expertise to help you in very specific ways that will lead to better engagement of members, attract new people to our organization and raise the profile of Rotary in each of our respective communities.
 
Fall Rotary Leadership Institute Sessions Available
The remaining fall session of the Rotary Leadership Institute  is still available for you to check out and register for.
 
It will be held in Truro on October 27th at the NSCC Truro campus.  We have had to cancel the September  St. John's session entirely due to low registration and have also withdrawn the two special half day graduate courses we had planned for the Truro session for the same reason.  It takes forward planning to put on any of these sessions, so rotarians need to register early.  Deadline for Truro is Oct 20th.  Please register here.  
 
Details on the sessions will appear closer to the time of presentation on the RLI webpage where you will also find more information about RLI program in general. 
 
RLI has been proven effective in significantly improving retention rates of Rotarians, particularly those who are newer to the organization.  Please encourage someone in your club to attend and ask your club to support them.
 
PDG Jim Goit
RLI Registrar
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World Polio Day October 24
As you know, World Polio Day is October 24. District 7820 PolioPlus Committee Chair, Tom Campbell, offers the following suggestions for ways you may celebrate the day:
  • Pints for Polio - Collaborate with local craft beer pub, charge $20 to get in for a beer and munchies, and every $1 of a beer sold goes to Polio;
  • Have a flag raising at your city or provincial building.  Most will have a flag pole where you may fly the End Polio Now flag for a day;
  • 5K walk for Polio - similar to the CIBC run for the Cure. Walk and raise donations/pledges;
  • Invite 6-8 people to dinner at your home, and charge $25-$30 each. Prepare the meal yourself, and give the money raised to Polio.
Also, check out www.endpolio.org where you may find ideas, download materials, as well as an event planning guide. If your club does do an event, please register it at https://www.endpolio.org/promote-your-event. They are trying to get 5,000 events around the world. Tom also has plastic ponchos for those wanting to do a walk. Feel free to connect with him at tom@afj.life or phone 902-394-4738 if you would like him to send some to your club. And remember, if there’s no picture, it didn’t happen!
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Survey for District Strategic Plan
Your district is preparing a new strategic plan for the next three years and your input is needed.  When your Board meets on October 12-13, we are excited that we will have the benefit of a summary of views from across the district to inform our discussions.
 
If you have not already completed it, please do so at your earliest convenience. The survey has questions about the key areas of responsibility of the district - leadership development, youth programs, foundation, public image, membership and club health and governance.  There are multiple choice questions and every topic has an open ended space for you to give suggestions and feedback on any aspect of the district's work. Your responses are confidential.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
 
Click on this link https://www.questionpro.com/t/AK0X6ZcvS3, or cut and paste it into your browser if it does not take you directly to the survey. We expect that the survey will take about 7-8 minutes.  We appreciate your help in this important task.  It is only with your input that your district can effectively support your club in achieving your goals. We would appreciate receipt of your response by October 5th.
October is Community and Economic Development Month
Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation create opportunities to help individuals and communities thrive financially and socially, such as:
  • Entrepreneurs use microloans to become street vendors, rickshaw drivers, weavers, and tailors
  • Entrepreneurs in rural communities can borrow money to buy livestock or plant crops, or get training in sustainable farming.
  • Rotary helps Tanzanians with albinism overcome stigma and superstition to find safety and a livelihood.
Closer to home, at the Zone Conference in Montreal Sept 20-22, former Prime Minister Paul Martin spoke of his foundation, the Martin Family Initiative, and their education based programs for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities.
 
As Indigenous peoples are the youngest and fastest growing segment of the population, better education is necessary to ensure that Indigenous children and youth in Canada have the chance to succeed. The Martin Family Initiative (MFI) is committed to improving not only K-12 education for Indigenous children, but also the wider determinants that influence their educational outcomes, including health and well-being. To achieve this, they work in partnership with Indigenous leaders, educators, governments, other foundations, and private sector partners. Because in their words, better student outcomes make stronger communities.  
 
There are a number of programs offered by MFI, including: Model School Literacy Project (with a focus on children K-grade 3), Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Awards (for students in Grades 11 and 12, designed to introduce them to the variety of business opportunities available within the Canadian economy), First Nations School Principals’ Course (professional development for Principals and Vice Principals, aimed at building leadership skills and improving educational outcomes for students), Mentorship Programs (with participation from accounting and law firms, now available in 29 schools), and We Stand Together Campaign (changing the way indigenous students experience indigenous history).
 
During Mr. Martin’s interview at the Zone Conference, he expressed his great respect and appreciation for the work that Rotary International does, and although there is no formal relationship between MFI and Rotary, Mr. Martin indicated he would be open to such a partnership. Following his interview with RI Director Jeffry Cadorette he was made an honorary member of the Montreal Westmount club by President Barry Rassin.
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People of Action
Last month we started our "People of Action" section and this month is no exception! Our clubs and members continue to do great things in our communities and around the world. This month, we are pleased to feature the work carried out by the following clubs:
  1. This month, members of the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast cooked up a storm for their support of the Bladder Cancer Awareness Walk.
  2. The Rotarians of the the Rotary Club of St. John's East "Served up Gratitude" when they fed over 400 people at the Larkhill Academy Family Breakfast.
  3. Partnerships are the way of the future for Rotary and we honour the apple tree planting done by the Rotary Club of Clarenville and the Girl Guides and Brownies at their local farm and market.
  4. Everyone now knows about the play "Come from Away" and the members of the Gander Rotary Club were thrilled to have as their guest, cast member Patrena Bromley to help them celebrate their "Toast and Auction" fundraiser. 
  5. A shout-out to the Rotary Club of Exploits for their significant financial support of the accessible swing for Rotary Park! 
Stay tuned for the "People of Action" section of next month's newsletter to learn about the incredible projects our clubs are involved with.
Is Your Club Ready for Prime Time?
There was a buzz about Membership at the Zones 24/32 2018 Conference in Montreal.  Delegates know that our data shows that most Districts in North America have seen a decline in numbers. They also know we have imbalances of age, gender, and ethnicity. Themes of attracting and retaining members cropped up at many sessions.
 
One take-away I share is the membership session’s List of the Top 10 of Is Your Club Ready for Prime Time:
 
  1. Review our traditions. Are they old-fashioned and exclusive? Examples included grace and anthems.
  2. Up-date our lingo. An example is that is Sergeant-at-Arms has military overtones, might host or hospitality be fresher? Is our humor offensive or disrespectful?
  1. Use social media (in a variety of forms) to attract new members. Keep Facebook and Web Sites; add Twitter and Snapchat as they seem to be popular with younger people.
  2. Reduce costs wherever we can (about 1/3 members left due to cost). One club has three meal options at the meeting (no meal, a light meal, and the full meal). We might try not to pressure members into buying tickets. Some reduce costs for younger members. Family Memberships can help here, too.
  3. The Council on Legislation has given us the flexibility to change our styles of meeting and even have fewer meetings. We are encouraged to use it.
  4. Make it personal – acknowledge members’ birthdays, achievements, and the like. One club said they provide day care at the meetings and events.
  5. Mentorship: Too many members leave in the first few years and we should connect better with them. We heard of one club’s process for On-Boarding new members to ensure basic information and orientation are offered, and that members make connections and have fun.
  6. Meet and Don’t Repeat: Change it up. Differ the venue, the time, and the format. This keeps meetings fresh and offers a variety of options for busy people.
  7. Go Mobile: younger people use texts, not telephones.
  8. Fewer brochures and more digital media. Brochures are an older form of communication, get out of date quickly, and are not environment friendly. We are encouraged to move to digital if we want to attract younger people. Rolling pictures (carousel) of a club at work was one best practice we saw.
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