Posted by Leanne Whelan on Dec 14, 2018
The Rotary Club of Clarenville has a lot to celebrate this holiday season! Not only have they had a very strong year with many successful community projects and a great online auction fundraiser, they have also created long lasting and impactful partnerships with other groups in their community, such as the Girl Guides. Most recently a major partnership with the Kiwanis club has not only brought the local music festival into the fold of the Rotary Club's projects but has also brought an influx of new members to their club.
Exciting Times at Clarenville Club! Leanne Whelan 2018-12-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Christie on Dec 14, 2018
The more than 90 members of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown actively support youth programs in their community and across the world. They recently made a generous donation to the Mikinduri Children of Hope and partner with the Sierra Club to support the Wild Child Forest School. Thank you for making the Rotaract Club of UPEI a reality!
75 years young and still going strong! Without a doubt, the Rotary Club of Summerside has made a huge and positive impact on the community through the construction of the Inspire Learning Centre. While having fun, proceeds from the Fitzgerald Snow Golf Classic support the Prince County Hospital Foundation. Recognizing the value of investing in the future, the club gives out 7 scholarships annually.
People of Action! Rob Christie 2018-12-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana Hirtle on Dec 14, 2018
By Rotary Service and Engagement Staff,
Vocational Service calls on us to empower others by using our unique skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new professional opportunities and interests. January is Rotary’s Vocational Service Month, a great time to leverage vocational service in your club projects and activities.
Here are five ways you can incorporate vocational service in your club activities:
  1. Host a club meeting at your work place and share about your profession; take time to learn about fellow members’ occupations.
  2. Use your skills and expertise to serve a community.
  3. Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your words and actions.
  4. Work with local businesses to create mentorship, internship, or practicum opportunities to help young people achieve their career goals.
  5. Guide and encourage others in their professional development.
5 Ways to Inspire through Vocational Service Alana Hirtle 2018-12-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana Hirtle on Dec 14, 2018
Whether you’re ringing in New Year’s Eve from some fabulous party, or having a quiet evening at home in front of the fire, you probably have a New Year’s tradition or two. Common traditions in Canada include singing “Auld Lang Syne” to greet the New Year, and kissing someone you love as the clock strikes 12. Around the world, cultures welcome the rolling year with unique New Year’s traditions of their own. Here are some interesting practices you may wish to add to your list this year:
In Spain, it is customary to eat 12 grapes – one at each stroke of the clock at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Each grape represents good luck for one month of the coming year. In bigger cities like Madrid and Barcelona, people gather in main squares to eat their grapes together and pass around bottles of cava.
New Year's Traditions Around the World Alana Hirtle 2018-12-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louisa Horne on Dec 14, 2018
November 28 was a red letter day for Rotary St. John’s East member Kristina Ennis. On that day, she was named the first ever recipient of the St. John’s Board of Trade Emerging Young Professional award, sponsored by RBC, at the Board’s 2018 Business Excellence Awards.
To quote Kristina: “The absolute joy that being part of Rotary International brings to my life, and the support that my employer ExxonMobil provides me to go above and beyond to take part in what I am passionate about, is second to none. It was the best afternoon…I can’t say thank you to everyone involved enough!”
We’re very excited too, as Kristina will be joining the District board in July 2019. We look forward to seeing much more from this young Rotarian in years to come!
Emerging Young Professional Kristina Ennis Louisa Horne 2018-12-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clifford Stanley on Dec 14, 2018
Last year, the president of the Rotary Club of Wolfville, John Horton, passed away from cancer. Although John had been a member of the club for only six years, he was very active, already serving as Treasurer, Club Service Director, and Vice President. During the short time between his diagnosis and death, he received numerous blood transfusions in an effort to stabilize his condition, but sadly, John passed away on June 9, 2017.
The Club’s regard for John’s contributions was very high, and they honoured him with a Paul Harris Fellowship posthumously last December. In memory of John, the Rotary Club of Wolfville would like to stage a friendly blood drive competition between Rotary Clubs in District 7820. This yearly event will be held in cooperation with the Canadian Blood Service’s ‘Partners for Life’ program, and its intent is to increase blood donations to the Canadian Blood Service. The club with the largest per capita number of donations in each calendar year will win the competition, and thereby receive $1000 from the Rotary Club of Wolfville to be spent on the charity of their choice. The per capita calculation will be based on the number of members in each participating club on January 1 of each year, so clubs that recruit new members who donate blood will have an edge on the competition.
John Horton Memorial Blood Drive Clifford Stanley 2018-12-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Frieda Burger on Nov 29, 2018
Rotarians from around the world will gather in Hamburg, Germany for the Rotary International Convention, June 1st to 5th, 2019.  Will you be there too?  If you plan to attend, take advantage of the early booking price and register now for just $395.  Note: This price ends on Dec. 15th, so hurry to to sign up.
Barry Raskin, President, Rotary International writes:  "a Rotary convention is an unparalleled opportunity to find a world of inspiration in a single city. This year, Hamburg, Europe's "Gateway to the World", will be that single city -- and your gateway to the world of Rotary. Begin your days with general sessions that inspire you, as well as a wealth of breakout sessions for every interest and every ambition.  Then set out, with friends old and new, to explore this historic port city. You'll find classic and modern architecture, delicious multicultural cuisine, and a maze of canals waiting to be wandered.”  
Hamburg 2019 Convention - Early Bird Deadline Dec 15th! Frieda Burger 2018-11-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dick Hodgson on Nov 27, 2018
The project had its origins in a discussion at the 2017 District 7820 Conference in Wolfville NS.  At a breakout discussion on youth, chaired by District Youth Chair Michael Craig, it was recognized that the vast majority of current Rotary programs in support of youth were directed at high-performers.  Out of this discussion was born the idea of developing a project that would provide developmental opportunities for youth drawn from economically challenged communities, or other demanding circumstances. 
District Youth visit Ottawa Dick Hodgson 2018-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana Hirtle on Nov 27, 2018
Many of us joined Rotary to meet new people, or for a number of other reasons. But can we as individuals convey all that Rotary offers, to prospective new members? In the latest of the membership video series, PDG Larry Furbish enlists the help of Zone 24/32 Director Jeffry Cadorette to outline the many opportunities and benefits of being a Rotary member. Need some inspiration? Watch the video now!
What do You get out of Rotary? Alana Hirtle 2018-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana Hirtle on Nov 27, 2018
Santa tends to make frequent pre-Christmas appearances south of his Arctic home, yet is rarely seen before the big day in northern regions! Due to this unfortunate irony, children living in the remote communities along the Labrador Coast don’t have a chance to pass on their Christmas list or have a chat with the guy in person. So started a tradition some 58 years ago by personnel of the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force stationed in Goose Bay. They would collect gifts for the children living on the coast, pile it all aboard a DeHaviland Single Otter on skis and head off to the coast. When ice conditions permitted, Santa would land on the harbour and hold audience and dispense gifts. When conditions were poor, gifts were often dropped by parachute!
Clubs in the Christmas Spirit! Alana Hirtle 2018-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Christie on Nov 20, 2018
The island of St. Pierre is a much cleaner place after members of the Rotary Club of St. Pierre & Miquelon picked up more than 550 kgs. of garbage along the roads of that beautiful place! This club knows the value of partnerships and engages frequently with the members of other service clubs to realize their goals for community involvement.
The membership of the Rotary Club of Sydney continues to grow with the recent induction of 4 new members! Congratulations! It was wonderful to learn that the club sponsored Lyndsey Prosper, from the Eskasoni First Nation, to participate in the Adventures in Citizenship trip to Ottawa.
People of Action for December Rob Christie 2018-11-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug McMillan on Oct 30, 2018
This request was sent to me by Father Louis Atwine of the Rotary Club of Bushenyi in Uganda. Bushenyi was one of the Districts which participated in the Health Child Uganda project out of neighbouring Mbarara University of Science and Technology. I have attended meetings and spoken at the Rotary Club of Bushenyi as well as helping their health care system to get a rainwater collection system and a generator through Rotary. While there are some Rotary Clubs in District 7820 participating in the planned global grant for Kangaroo Mother Care in Mbarara, during my visit in July, Father Atwine indicated that if there could be assistance in obtaining equipment for Bushenyi, that would be greatly appreciated.
Health Child Uganda Project opportunities Doug McMillan 2018-10-30 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Christie on Oct 29, 2018
Have you been inspired to read about the activities of our clubs here in our District? Has it given you any ideas about what you and your club may wish to initiate? This month we are featuring the work of 3 clubs in Newfoundland and two in Northern Nova Scotia.
The Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Stephenville have partnered with the People of the Dawn Friendship Centre. To see the gardens in the backyard of their facility where medicinal plants, important to our Indigenous peoples are being cultivated was an enlightening experience.
People of Action for November Rob Christie 2018-10-29 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana Hirtle on Oct 29, 2018
We’re looking for stories for our December newsletter, to highlight some of the fun and meaningful ways in which your club celebrates the Holiday season. It can be an event held in November or it can be promotion of an upcoming event in December that people shouldn’t miss! Remember to send interesting photos (in jpeg or png format please) with your prepared article (as a Word attachment) to Editor Alana – or DG Rob - Depending on the response, we may not be able to feature all articles in this issue, but will do our best to incorporate as many as possible. Ho Ho Ho!
Ho Ho Holidays Are Coming! Alana Hirtle 2018-10-29 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Stella Roy on Oct 29, 2018
I am pleased to provide an update on what our clubs in District 7820 have been doing since July 1, 2018:
District Grants: D7820 received $21,333 USD on Aug 1, 2018 because three years ago the members of our district gave $90,00 USD. We receive 50% of that back for our District to use for grants (D7820 uses the maximum we can for District Grants which is half of the 50%). 12 clubs applied and all received up to $2,400 CAD and matched it with club funds. They are working in Nova Scotia (Cumberland county, Middleton, New Minas, Truro, Yarmouth, Sydney, Bridgewater), PEI (Montague), NL (St John’s), and Internationally (Zimbabwe, Ghana, Uganda). These projects include community gardens, enhancing parks, dental help for youth, musical instruments, photography for the mentally challenged, micro research projects, and ceramic cooking stoves. They are “creating lasting change in our local communities, global communities and in themselves” as Rotarians lead and participate in the projects.
November is Foundation Month! Stella Roy 2018-10-29 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana Hirtle on Oct 29, 2018
November 11, 2018 will mark a sombre anniversary; 100 years since the end of World War I, the “War to end all Wars”. As I read through the related articles in the November issue of The Rotarian, I was struck by the magnitude of Rotarians’ influence during that war and in the years since, especially in relation to the Rotary Representative Network and its work with the United Nations and other international organizations.
I was aware that Rotary Day at the UN takes place on November 10 each year, but I wanted to have a better understanding of why that is, so I did some further digging. With a nod to the Rotary Club of New York’s excellent research, I am pleased to provide our members with some background information as to how the UN came to be, and the role that Rotary played in it.
Rotary International and the United Nations Alana Hirtle 2018-10-29 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana Hirtle on Oct 29, 2018
Of the many things we learned at the Zone Conference in September, one of the best take-aways for me was a list of tools that may be used to create fabulous documents such as posters, social media posts, PowerPoint presentations, etc. The list is lengthy, so I’m going to introduce you to three here which I think you’ll use frequently. I hope you enjoy checking them out as much as I did!
  1. – Create beautiful documents for any occasion. It’s drag and drop, with over 65,000 customizable templates. You may edit fonts, pictures, formats, etc. Sign up through Google account or an email/password combination.
  2. – 3.5 million free png files for download. Register through Facebook or Twitter. Offers 2 free downloads per day, every day.
  3. – like Canva, but with animation! 12,000 templates to choose from. Sign up through Facebook, Google, or email/password combination.
3 Cool Tools! Alana Hirtle 2018-10-29 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Sword on Oct 29, 2018
On  October 25th District Governor Rob Christie officially announced the Nominating Committee's unanimous choice as nominee for the position of the District Governor-Nominee Designate for RI District 7820:
Alex Twells, a member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s East (shown here at  the clean up of Cobbs Pond Rotary Park in Gander in July). Alex is now the choice to become District Governor for 2021-22. Congratulations, Alex!
Originally from England, Alex moved to St. John's with his wife, Laurie and three children, in 2000. Alex is an independent  business consultant specializing in strategy, leadership and governance.He joined the Rotary club of St John's East in 2005 and has served in various club leadership roles included two terms as president in 2008 and 2009.  As a co-founder of the Rotary Read A Long Program Alex became involved with the set up of a literacy initiative for elementary schools which started in St. John's and spread across the province bringing thousands of dollars of new books to school libraries and hundreds of Rotarian and non Rotarian readers into school classrooms. Since July Alex has been serving as Area Governor for Central Newfoundland and has also been assisting District Governor Elect Louisa Horne with the development of the District 7820 strategy. Outside of work and Rotary Alex is a keen tennis player, cook and explorer.
The District Nominating Committee was chaired by IPDG Don Sword and made its choice following a merit based search including a formal interview of candidates as per District and Rotary International rules. The Committee published formal invitations to District Clubs and Rotary members to suggest names for this position. Under Rotary International Bylaw Article 14.020.8, clubs meeting the criteria stated in that Article may challenge this nomination not more than 14 days after publication of the notification to Club Presidents. 
District 7820 Rotary 2021-22
Alex Twells - Nominee for DG 2021-22 Don Sword 2018-10-29 03:00:00Z 0 District 7820,Rotary 2021-22
Posted by Jim Goit on Oct 01, 2018
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.  
Fall Rotary Leadership Institute Sessions Available Jim Goit 2018-10-01 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Campbell on Sep 28, 2018
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.
World Polio Day October 24 Tom Campbell 2018-09-28 03:00:00Z 1
Posted by Gail Gosse on Sep 28, 2018
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?
Is Your Club Ready for Prime Time? Gail Gosse 2018-09-28 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Christie on Sep 28, 2018
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, 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.
Survey for District Strategic Plan Rob Christie 2018-09-28 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana Hirtle on Sep 25, 2018
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.
October is Community and Economic Development Month Alana Hirtle 2018-09-25 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Louisa Horne on Aug 30, 2018
Is your club looking for an interesting international project that has high impact, excellent accountability, ease of funds transfer and the potential for a great program?  Here you go…
Who is involved?  The MicroReseach team at Dalhousie University/IWK ( has established an excellent relationship with the Rotary Club of Mbarara in Uganda and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).  Charles Kazooba who is the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) at MUST, a Dal alumnus, is the local Rotarian in Mbarara who is spear heading the MicroResearch relationship there.
Exciting Project in Uganda Louisa Horne 2018-08-30 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Christie on Aug 28, 2018
Rotarians in our District are “People of Action”, doing fantastic projects in their communities and across the world. We thought it a great idea to share, over the remaining 10 months of this Rotary year, projects that have been undertaken by every club in our District; we believe it is important to honour and acknowledge the work of our Rotarians. Each month we will feature four or five clubs and what they are doing as “People of Action”. 
District 7820 People of Action! Rob Christie 2018-08-28 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alana Hirtle on Aug 26, 2018
September is Literacy and Basic Education Month. reports that more than 775 million people worldwide over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17% of the world’s adult population. Rotary’s goal is “to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.” Many programs are in place to support this goal, including training teachers and other professionals who work with vulnerable populations, formal student mentoring programs, and community based literacy programs.
Literacy and Basic Education Month Alana Hirtle 2018-08-26 03:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 24, 2018
Formerly known as the Zone Institute, we have renamed it the Zone Conference. So, what’s the same, and what’s different. The Institute was originally designed to motivate, inspire, and educate past, current and incoming district governors. That has not changed. We want and need as many past governors in attendance because we know there is a critical mass of that talent and leadership that can make an event magical. The pledge of the entire planning team is that the event will be worthy of your time and resources.
Zone Conference 2018 Montreal Jim Goit 2018-07-24 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Sword on Jul 20, 2018
Clubs are invited to suggest eligible Rotarians for the position of District Governor Nominee Designate, “DGND” - the Rotarian who will advance through the District Governor chain of offices to become District Governor for 2021-22
The Nominee shall assume the title of Governor-Nominee-Designate upon selection and shall assume the title of District Governor-Nominee (DGN) on July 1, 2019. The selection shall be made by Nomination Committee procedure following RI By-Laws and our District Manual of Policies and Procedures, Section 8*.
 The suggested candidate must meet the qualifications specified in Rotary International By-law (“RIB”) 16.070*.   The District Governor’s duties are specified in Rotary International By-law 16.090*.  Further District Governor information specific to our District is found in the article Continuity, Consistency, Collaboration*.  A Club must forward its suggestion to the Nominating Committee using the 2018 District Governor-Nominee Designate Suggestion Form.
All of these documents are available from the district website. under the menu item "District Documents/DGN-D Nomination" .
D7820 Rotary 2021-22
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WANTED! Suggestions for D7820 Governor for 2021-22!  Don Sword 2018-07-20 03:00:00Z 0 D7820,Rotary 2021-22
Posted by Jim Goit on Jul 12, 2018
All but two Clubs in District 7820 use Facebook as an element of their Public Image efforts.
Social Media channels, particularly Facebook and Twitter are being used by Rotary Clubs to share their activities with other Rotarians as well as with the publix.

Over the past the 4 years the growth in the total number of "Likes" to all Facebook pages operated by our Rotary Clubs has grown by over 210%.  The growth by year is shown below.
Facebook Reach Continues to Expand Jim Goit 2018-07-12 03:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 09, 2018
Carrie Jones, Zone Public Image Coordinator has announced the Public Image Citation for our Zone 24 East. The awards will be given out during the Zone Institute in Montreal.
If you have a Public Image project that fits the criteria, please apply.
Zone Public Image Awards Jim Goit 2018-07-09 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Christie on Jul 01, 2018
Happy New Year!
Yes, it is a new Rotary year and we should all take a moment to think about what we would normally do at the start of a calendar New Year, which is to make some New Year resolutions. What are your personal resolutions as a Rotarian as we commence our 2018 - 2019 year? Barry Rassin, our RI President for this year has encouraged us to make lasting  change in ourselves, our community and the world. What are your resolutions for your club? Will you use this year to inspire others to join our wonderful organization and to truly make a difference in the world?
I look forward to meeting all of you as Irene and I spend time with yourand your clubs. I look forward to talking with you in some detail about the concept of S.H.A.P.E. an acronym I developed to provide a framework of how our clubs and District can move forward through this coming year.
All the best for a wonderful new (Rotary) year.
Happy New Year Rob Christie 2018-07-01 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Christie on Jun 22, 2018
Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is our new President of Rotary International for 2018-19., He has chosen as his theme, "Be the Inspiration" and shared with us attending the International Assembly in San Diego his vision that, "Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves". 
President Barry earned an MBA in health and hospital administration from the University of Florida and is the first fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives in the Bahamas. He recently retired after 37 years as president of Doctors Hospital Health System, where he continues to serve as an adviser. 
Meet our Rotary International President for 2018-2019 Rob Christie 2018-06-22 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rob Christie on Jun 15, 2018
Greetings from the beautiful Northumberland Shore! We are thrilled to be able to serve Rotary in the second largest District in the world.
Ten years ago, Rob joined Rotary as a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Whitehorse Midnight Sun in District 5010, which, at the time encompassed Yukon, Alaska and Eastern Russia. Irene joined the club a few years later.
Meet DG Rob and Partner Irene Rob Christie 2018-06-15 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jim Goit on Jun 11, 2018
The new leadership team comes into effect for District 7820 on the start of the new Rotary year beginning July 1st. Find out more about them through their profiles.
They have already been active in the district planning for the year so let's show them our support.
New District Executive Takes Over July 1 Jim Goit 2018-06-11 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Sword on May 29, 2018
Rotary International President Ian Riseley's theme for the Rotary year 2017-18 is "Rotary: Making A Difference" and DG Don Sword recognized several "Difference Makers" in our district at the 2018 D7820 District Conference held May 25-27 in St. John's.
Wilf McIsaac from the Rotary Club of St. John’s NW but he has been living in the Codroy Valley in Western Nfld for the past year. He is completing his term in June as our District Treasurer and he may be remembered as the most important Treasurer our district has ever had. Wilf is a banker, not an accountant, but he has led our district into a brave new era of sound financial management with modern banking tools and guided us as we adapted to a series of increasingly demanding financial requirements from Rotary International. Everyone within the district is in Wilf's debt for his leadership. 
Wilf was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship pin +1 and a framed "Difference Maker" award.
Congratulations Wilf!
Making a Difference Paul Harris Fellowship
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District Leaders recognized at the Conference Don Sword 2018-05-29 03:00:00Z 0 Making a Difference,Paul Harris Fellowship
Posted by Don Sword on May 29, 2018
One of the purposes of the District Conference held May25-27, 2018 in St. John's was to celebrate the accomplishments of D7820 Rotary Clubs.
Clubs have until June 30th to complete enough of the goals in the four categories to be recognized with Rotary International President Ian Riseley's Rotary Citation. Since those awards will not be presented until the fall of 2018, District Governor Don Sword decided to recognize the ten (10) clubs that were currently eligible for that Citation (subject to the year end membership numbers) with a Governor's Citation!
Rotary 2017-18
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Governor's citation and Outstanding Club of the Year Don Sword 2018-05-29 03:00:00Z 0 Rotary 2017-18
Posted by Don Sword on May 29, 2018
The Rotary International Club Significant Achievement Award is given to recognize a particular club’s service project or activity that has had an exceptional impact. Rotary International stipulates that only one club per district, per year, is eligible to receive this award.
This year on Monday October 2, 2017 District Governor Don Sword attended the grand opening of what was the culmination of one of the most significant projects ever undertaken by a club in our district when the Inspire Learning Centre opened in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Rotary International President Ian Riseley was also in attendance along with many other special guests to celebrate the remarkable achievement of the Rotary Club of Summerside.
D7820 RI Significant Achievement Award Rotary Club of Summerside
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RC Summerside wins Significant Achievement Award Don Sword 2018-05-29 03:00:00Z 0 D7820,RI Significant Achievement Award,Rotary Club of Summerside
Posted by Don Sword on May 29, 2018
Past District Governor Stella Roy is a member of the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside, in Nova Scotia.
Since serving as District Governor in 2014-15, Stella has remained very active in Rotary at the district, Zone and internationally having participated in immunization days in Africa. As our District Foundation Chair she has led a very effective group from all around our district. She has also served as the Rotary  Zone 24 East Polio Plus Coordinator.
The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service recognizes individual Rotarians who have demonstrated outstanding service to The Rotary Foundation. Each year, Districts may select only one Rotarian to honour for their commitment, enthusiasm, and passion for the ideals of Rotary.
At the District Conference in St. John's DG Don Sword presented to PDG Stella Roy, on behalf of the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. 
Congratulations Stella!
Heart of the District Award Rotary Foundation
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PDG Stella Roy wins big at the District Conference! Don Sword 2018-05-29 03:00:00Z 0 Heart of the District Award,Rotary Foundation
Posted by Greg Coldwell
Rotary Districts 7810 and 7820
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the idea of our Million Dollar Campaign and Celebration Dinner . It is an opportunity for us to show that we believe in the ideals of Rotary and our ability to "Do Good in the World".
The Rotary Foundation is a remarkable organization, with strong financial oversight, that allows Rotarians to achieve results in many ways by transforming our gifts into projects that change live both close to home and around the world. Its mission is to advance world understanding, good will and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
The leadership of District 7810 and 7820 wants to make the work of The Rotary Foundation better known, to raise the profile of the great work that is being done around the globe by TRF. Paul Harris said "Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves." Help us continue ensuring great results.
We are inviting you to become part of Rotary's life changing work by becoming part of our Million Dollar Campaign and Celebration Dinner.
Thank you!
District 7810
PDG Michel Leger PDG Allan Maclellan
District 7820
PDG Greg Coldwell PDG SteIla Roy
District 7810 District 7820 Rotary Foundation
MILLION DOLLAR CAMPAIGN - Rotary Foundation Greg Coldwell 2018-05-15 03:00:00Z 0 District 7810,District 7820,Rotary Foundation
Posted by Wendy Scammell on May 14, 2018
District-Wide Exit Interview Survey – How Did We do?
100 former Rotarians were surveyed.  53% indicated that they left Rotary within 5 years of joining.
What’s the biggest reason why they left?
Come to our breakout session to find out!
This year, our District Membership Team conducted anonymous and confidential exit interviews with 100 former Rotarians who had left Rotary in our District since July of 2016.  We asked them 10 open-ended questions and received honest feedback which you can use to help your club strategize for the future.
This breakout session, will take place on Friday, May 25 at the District Conference in St. John’s and will be led by District Governor Nominee and former District Trainer Louisa Horne, of the Halifax Harbourside club and District Membership Chair Wendy Scammell, of the St. John’s Northwest club.
2018 District Conference District 7820 Membership
District-Wide Exit Interview Survey Wendy Scammell 2018-05-14 03:00:00Z 0 2018 District Conference,District 7820,Membership
Posted by Michael Craig on Apr 29, 2018
 Short Term Exchange Program (STEP)
New in 2018-2019, District 7820 will begin offering youth aged 15-19 the opportunity to go on short term (summer) exchanges.  Under STEP, Rotary matches students in two countries for a family-to-family exchange. The families then plan a reciprocal exchange for the students in July-August, with the 2 students together in Canada one month and in the other country the other month. 
For Rotary clubs, short term exchanges are much lower cost/effort than traditional long term (school year) exchanges. Rotary helps ensure a safe and secure exchange environment via our youth protection processes, but STEP does not require Rotary clubs to recruit volunteer host families. Club costs will be just $200 per student. All other costs of exchange are the responsibility of the student/family.
The application/selection period for Summer 2019 exchanges will be October-November 2018. For more information on how your Rotary Club can begin to offer short term exchanges to students in your area, please email Michael Craig, District Chair of Youth Service
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Exciting News on Youth Programs in D7820! Michael Craig 2018-04-29 03:00:00Z 0 Interact
Posted by Don Sword on Apr 20, 2018
All Rotary clubs have the power and resources of Rotary International and its award winning charity, The Rotary Foundation behind them.  But how do you know if your club is one of the best?
The answer may well be subjective, but there are a few objective ways that Rotary International and our District 7820 have for clubs to see how they measure up.
Each year the RI President sets out a goal based Rotary Citation for clubs to strive for. Last year (2016-17) three clubs in our district achieved the Citation. (New Minas Sunrise, Sackville & Area, and Sydney Sunrise).
This year, as part of his annual theme of "Rotary: Making A Difference", RI President Ian Riseley has offered a club "Rotary Citation" as well. Clubs that achieve this year's Citation are high performing and balanced clubs that have achieved a variety of service and club management goals under categories that are based upon the overall strategic priorities of Rotary International:
  1. Paying RI dues on time.
  2. Recording volunteer hours and service project contributions.
  3. Support and strengthen clubs.
  4. Focus and increase humanitarian service.
  5.  Enhance Rotary's public image and awareness.
So far seven (7) clubs in D7820 have already qualified for this year's Citation! And there are three (3) clubs that are only one category away from qualifying! Plus other clubs in the district are working to achieve the recognition by the end of the year.
Clubs have until June 30th 2018 to complete and record their 2017-18 Rotary Citation goals and the actual certificate won't be available until the Fall of 2018, but I will be announcing the clubs that have achieved the Citation by the time the District Conference begins. Will your club be recognized? Please come to the District Conference to find out!
Ian Riseley Making a Difference PIPE Dreams
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Do You Have a High Performing Club? Don Sword 2018-04-20 03:00:00Z 0 Ian Riseley,Making a Difference,PIPE Dreams
Posted by Don Sword on Apr 18, 2018
Rotary International’s Council on Resolutions (COR) meets online each year to vote on proposed resolutions submitted by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI. The COR has the authority to adopt resolutions. Most adopted resolutions are then considered by the RI Board or the TRF Trustees.
District 7820's representative to the COR is PDG Greg Coldwell, and every club and district may propose resolutions. If your club is considering proposing a resolution for the COR, please follow the guidelines in this link.
The deadline to submit proposed resolutions from clubs and districts for the 2018 COR must be received by Rotary International on or before 30 June 2018, including the governor’s confirmation of endorsement.  There are no exceptions to the deadline.
Council on Resolutions
2018 Council on Resolutions - June 30th Deadline to Propose Resolutions! Don Sword 2018-04-18 03:00:00Z 0 Council on Resolutions
Posted by Don Sword on Apr 18, 2018
Mark your calendar for June 17th!
Join DG Don Sword and DGE Rob Christie and their families for the changeover garden party to be held at Rob and Irene’s home (110 Water Street, Pictou) starting at 2:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to join in the festivities and meet Rotarians from around the District. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
It's a new Rotary year starting July 1st; be among the first to help 2018-19 District Governor Rob to kick off the new  Rotary theme, "Be The Inspiration"!
 Come and join us!
Be The Inspiration Rotary 2018-19
DG Changeover Event June 17th in Pictou! Don Sword 2018-04-18 03:00:00Z 0 Be The Inspiration,Rotary 2018-19
Posted by Don Sword on Apr 18, 2018
The 2016 Council on Legislation (COL) was absolutely groundbreaking for Rotary and its clubs around the world.
The 2016 COL approved a number of changes to the old Rotary rules around attendance, meeting time, place and frequency and signaled a new era in Rotary marked by a recognition that change is needed for clubs to attract and retain quality members to remain vibrant forces in their local and world communities, well into the 21st Century.
Clubs within District 7820 have taken the change message very seriously. Here are some of the innovations that clubs within our district have tried or are currently implementing:
2016 Council on Legislation Making a Difference
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Council on Legislation 2016 Revisited - Club Flexibility Don Sword 2018-04-18 03:00:00Z 0 2016 Council on Legislation,Making a Difference
Posted by Stella Roy on Apr 13, 2018
The Deadline to make your club's initial application for a District Grant has been extended to May 1st!! 
Your District Foundation Committee have trained at least 80 Rotarians between November 2017 and February 2018 to ensure that their clubs are eligible to apply for a District Grant during the 2018-19 cycle and know how to do it.
There are grants of up to $3,000 CDN available if the club matches the funds from District.
The projects ideally should be completed by May 31, 2019 (unless an extension is obtained by February 15, 2019). Approved projects can begin any time after July 1 2018.
All proposed projects must be submitted through the Clubrunner grant module on the District 7820 website Just log into the Member Area and select the "Grants" Tab.
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District Grant deadline extended to May 1st! Stella Roy 2018-04-13 03:00:00Z 0 District Grants,Rotary 2018-19,Rotary Foundation
Posted by Don Sword on Apr 12, 2018
The time is now for your club to support a local scholar in his or her application for a fantastic Rotary scholarship opportunities - The Rotary Peace Fellowships and the Rotary Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals.
Rotary Peace Fellowship 2019-2020 - applications to the District due May 1st!
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of Rotary's peace centers. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Fellowship develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships (50 master's degrees for 15-24 months and 50 certificate studies of 3 months plus 2-3 weeks of field study ) cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
The Selection Process includes Club, District and Rotary Foundation steps:
Peace Rotary Foundation Water
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Last Chance on the Peace and Water Scholarships Don Sword 2018-04-12 03:00:00Z 0 Peace,Rotary Foundation,Water
Posted by Don Sword on Apr 12, 2018
What if you could participate in a full day professional leadership session on “Transformational leadership in times of change” by someone who trains MBA students and business executives and not for profit leaders on programs costing thousands of dollars - and attend for FREE or for the cost of a nice lunch?
Well, as a Rotarian from District 7820, you have that opportunity!!  
On Thursday, May 24th, the day before the District Conference begins, the Professional Development Day (PDD) takes place at the beautiful Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre in Conception Bay South. If you are an incoming President or Secretary the PDD is FREE (includes lunch and transportation to and from the Holiday Inn in St. John's). All other Rotarians may register for a low price of $35! You will even get a certificate of completion to give your employer to get the day off as professional development.
2018 District Conference PDD Training
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Don't Miss the Professional Development Day! Don Sword 2018-04-12 03:00:00Z 0 2018 District Conference,PDD,Training
Posted by Don Sword on Apr 12, 2018
The 2018 District Conference is six weeks away and the excitement is building. Registration numbers show a great turnout from all around our District. You won't want to miss the opportunity to "Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action!"
And don't forget to wear something white on Saturday 's "White- Out" to show support for Rotary's focus on promoting "Peace and Conflict Resolution!"
2018 District Conference Public Image
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District Conference Excitement Builds! Don Sword 2018-04-12 03:00:00Z 0 2018 District Conference,Public Image
Posted by Don Sword on Apr 12, 2018
For just $20 you can buy a chance to win a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey autographed by 2017-18 Rotary International President Ian Riseley - just in time to go to the Rotary International Convention in Toronto June 23-27, 2018.
Tickets are now available! Just contact Avalon Northeast Rotarian Jerry Young:
Payment can be by cash, VISA or Master Card.
The jersey was signed by RI President Ian Risley when he was at Camp Gencheff helping to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary on Prince Edward Island. Tickets will be drawn on May 27th at the District Conference in St. John's. The signed jersey will be sent to the winner in time to attend the Rotary International Convention in Toronto and, in particular, the Beyond Borders dinner at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Sunday June 24th.
Only 150 tickets are available so get yours NOW!
Proceeds from the draw will support the 2018 District Conference.
2018 District Conference Ian Riseley Toronto Convention
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Win a Leafs jersey signed by RI Pres Ian Riseley Don Sword 2018-04-12 03:00:00Z 0 2018 District Conference,Ian Riseley,Toronto Convention
Posted by Tom McCaughey on Mar 31, 2018
In February/ March 2018 our District 7820 was well represented in District 6990 (South Florida & Grand Bahamas) during our outbound exchange there.  It was a very busy exchange. Our hosts were wonderful, and we stayed in several delightful homes and met a myriad of wonderful Rotarians.
RotaryFriendship Exchange
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Successful Rotary Friendship Exchange Trip to D6990 Tom McCaughey 2018-03-31 03:00:00Z 0 RotaryFriendship Exchange
Posted by Don Sword on Mar 28, 2018
The time is now for your club to support a local scholar in his or her application for a fantastic Rotary scholarship opportunities - The Rotary Peace Fellowships and the Rotary Scholarships for Water and Sanitation Professionals.
Rotary Peace Fellowship 2019-2020 - applications to the District due May 1st!
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of Rotary's peace centers. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Fellowship develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships (50 master's degrees for 15-24 months and 50 certificate studies of 3 months plus 2-3 weeks of field study ) cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
The Selection Process includes Club, District and Rotary Foundation steps:
Peace Rotary Foundation Water
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Rotary Peace & Water Scholarships Available! Don Sword 2018-03-28 03:00:00Z 0 Peace,Rotary Foundation,Water
Posted by Don Sword on Mar 26, 2018
Earth day is April 22, 2018 and that is the day that RI President Ian Riseley marked on the calendar for Rotary Clubs around the world to aim for in his "Plant a Tree" Challenge. He asked every club to plant one tree for every member in their club. The final deadline is the end of this Rotary year - June 30, 2018. 
RI Pres Ian did his part this Fall by planting a tree at Camp Gencheff, PEI.
Some clubs in D7820 have already planted their trees and others hope to complete the challenge by the start of the District Conference at the end of May.
As District Governor I have been fortunate to participate in a number of tree plantings.
During my official Governor's visit to the Rotary Club of St. Pierre et Miquelon in September, I cut the ribbon on the tree project at the airport with the help of the local Rotarians and visitors from my home Club of Avalon Northeast, Newfoundland. 
Also in September, I was honoured to plant one of the dozens of trees placed on the trails near the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre in Conception Bay South (the site of the Professional Development Day on Thursday, May 24, 2018) to mark Canada's 150th Anniversary. Then, in mid- February, after attending the outstanding Presidential Peacebuilding Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace in Vancouver, I participated in a tree planting project on Sunday morning at Everett Crowley Park with Rotarians from across Canada and the USA as well as Haiti, the Philippines and Argentina!
Environment PIPE Dreams
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Plant A Tree Challenge update  Don Sword 2018-03-26 03:00:00Z 0 Environment,PIPE Dreams
Posted by Don Sword on Mar 21, 2018
Inducting New Members
One of the favourite parts of being District Governor is being able to help induct new members into the family of Rotary. Recently I was pleased to be invited by President Brad Beckett to attend the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest Club Assembly and help induct two wonderful new members - Meaghan Drover (daughter of former club President, the late Ed Drover) and Kim Christianson.
(see photo - L-R President Brad, Kim, Meaghan, and DG Don).
This year, most clubs in our district have been succesfully adding new members. From a start on July 1st, 2017 of 1521 members, the latest figures show a total membership in D7820 of 1594! Congratulations and please keep on inviting new members into Rotary. But we can't be complacent - past history shows that we will normally experience a club membership "purge" at year end. As a result, the net increase district-wide in recent years has been negligible or even negative. The challenge for D7820 and indeed all of Rotary in North America, has been retention, not recruitment. 

District-Wide Exit Interview Survey Results
In order to find out the real reasons behind why retention of members has been such a challenge, your District Membership Committee has been working on a district-wide Exit Interview Project this year . One hundred former Rotarians, who had recently left their clubs, were interviewed by impartial interviewers by phone and were asked ten questions about their experience in Rotary and as a Rotarian. The interviews were done confidentially and the results have been tabulated so that no club or individual has been identified. The final project report will be available to all clubs once completed.
Committee Chair Wendy Scammell and District Governor Nominee Louisa Horne will be presenting on Membership issues including the Exit Interview Project results at a breakout session at the District Conference in St. John’s, taking place at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s from May 24-27. Register now for the District Conference - "Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action".
Membership Training
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Membership Matters! Don Sword 2018-03-21 03:00:00Z 0 Membership,Training
Posted by Stella Roy on Mar 20, 2018
Your District Foundation Committee have trained at least 80 Rotarians between November 2017 and February 2018 to ensure that their clubs are eligible to apply for a District Grant during the 2018-19 cycle and know how to do it. The deadline to make your application is April 15th, 2018!
There are grants of up to $3,000 CDN available if the club matches the funds from District.
The projects ideally should be completed by May 31, 2019 (unless an extension is obtained by February 15, 2019). Approved projects can begin any time after July 1 2018.
All proposed projects must be submitted through the Clubrunner grant module on the District 7820 website Just log into the Member Area and select the "Grants" Tab.
Your Foundation Committee has made it easy for clubs to prepare their proposal by creating easy templates. The selection criteria are transparent but all qualified clubs must sign and submit an MOU.
Here is the link for the template:
District Grants Rotary 2018-19 Rotary Foundation
The April 15th District Grant deadline is approaching! Stella Roy 2018-03-20 03:00:00Z 0 District Grants,Rotary 2018-19,Rotary Foundation

It is with sadness that we report that Past District Governor (87-88), member of the Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest, Aiden Maloney passed away March 17th, age 97. He was very fine man and a great Rotarian. He had an award at his club for Young Professionals named after him. He will be sorely missed.

Aidan embodied the Rotary Four Way Test in his lifetime; a true Rotarian; a friend and mentor. RIP Aidan. Our thoughts are with his family. 

The link to his obituary is below:

The link to the St. John's Evening Telegram article published following his passing is below:

RIP PDG Aiden Maloney 2018-03-20 03:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Sword on Mar 12, 2018
Before the 2018 District Conference begins you won't want to miss the Thursday Professional Development Day (PDD) on May 24th at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre in the Town of Conception Bay South (outside of St. John's). That is where all Rotarians can take their leadership skills to the next level. It's free for incoming Presidents and Secretaries and only $35 for all other Rotarians. Lunch and transportation to and from the conference hotel is included in your PDD registration. 
Beginning Thursday May 24th evening with Home Hospitality with Rotarians from the six regional clubs, an event not to be missed, the conference officially begins on Friday May 25th at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre in St. John's. The conference has great keynote speakers, plenary activities, music, entertainment and lots of opportunities for district Rotarians to "Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action"! For more details and to register go to:
The Rotary International President's Representative to the 2018 District Conference is Michael Webb from the Rotary Club of Mendip, England. Mike is a current director of The Rotary Foundation.  You won't want to miss him speak. He will deliver an inspirational address on the 2017-18 theme "Rotary: Making A Difference" as well as a report on Rotary worldwide. 
Here is the latest on the Friday and Saturday Breakout Sessions:
    2018 District Conference Making a Difference
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    PDD, RI Rep and Breakouts at District Conference! Don Sword 2018-03-12 03:00:00Z 0 2018 District Conference,Making a Difference
    Posted by Martin Ruben on Mar 11, 2018
    President Paul Crant of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown is pleased to announce that the club has sponsored a school based Rotaract Club at the University of Prince Edward Island.  The club’s charter is on its way from Rotary International. The new club is meeting in the Don and Marion McDougall Hall at 2:00 pm on Fridays.
    The charter club executive is: 
    • Berk Erbas, President
    • Jeremy Xu, Vice President
    • Emily Caldwell, Secretery
    • Kai Chen, Treasurer
    (President Berk (left) and Vice President Jeremy (right) met PEI Premier Wade McLaughlin at the Premier's Dinner on Feb 5th, organized by the Island Rotary Clubs.) 
    Rotaract Youth
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    Rotaract Club of UPEI is Chartered Martin Ruben 2018-03-11 04:00:00Z 0 Rotaract,Youth
    Posted by Stella Roy on Feb 24, 2018
    The Halifax Harbourside Rotary Club is looking for partners and support to undertake a mechanized borehole water project in Bawiu, a small village near Navrongo, in the Northern-most part of Ghana. This is the driest part of the country. The community is among the poorest in the region and lacks the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers.

    The population of the community is estimated to be 1,012, a majority of which are youth. Improved maternal health education and programs, reducing infant mortality, have led to higher birth rates and population growth over the past 10 years.
    About 70% of the economy in the Bawiu community depends on agriculture. The farmers rely on rainfall to water their crops and animals. The average rainfall for the community is 940mm per annum with most rain falling between June to September.  The dry season is from November to March and in January, the driest month, there is only 1mm of rainfall. The mechanized borehole project will provide an opportunity for farmers to farm all year round, bringing an immense economic benefit to the community.
    Rotary Foundation Water
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    Water Project in Ghana Seeking Support Stella Roy 2018-02-24 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation,Water
    Posted by Tom McCaughey on Feb 24, 2018
    Are you tired of winter yet? Looking for an early Spring?
    We have a couple of openings for the outbound exchange to Vancouver Island and western Washington state. Their district is looking forward to repaying the hospitality that we extended to their delegation last Fall.
    Please contact PDG Tom McCaughey for an application at or (709)682-7259.   
    RFE’s are an inexpensive way to explore other districts, to meet some great friends and learn about their culture and their projects and to generally be treated as very welcome guests and not a tourist.
    RotaryFriendship Exchange
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    Openings available for Friendship Exchange in May! Tom McCaughey 2018-02-24 04:00:00Z 0 RotaryFriendship Exchange
    Posted by Narayan Murarka on Feb 08, 2018

    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:
    Rotary Foundation
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    WE LOVE IT WHEN THE PLAN COMES TOGETHER Narayan Murarka 2018-02-08 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Foundation
    Posted by Tom McCaughey on Jan 29, 2018
    In a few days, our outbound team representing Newfoundland, St Pierre and HRM will be beginning our exchange with D6990 in Florida and the Florida Keys.
    Unfortunately, the Grand Bahama Island leg has been dropped primarily due to difficulties caused primarily by the hurricane last fall. Our contact has promised a full and entertaining visit throughout the rest of the district. The return team from D6990 will visit us in August.
    Our return visit to D5020 Vancouver Island/ Washington state is scheduled to begin in Comox / Campbell River, BC on May 9th and end in Tacoma, WA. on May 24th. Unfortunately, some members of our selected team have had to drop out. We are now accepting applications from interested Rotarians. Contact PDG Tom McCaughey at dgtom7820@gmail.comor or (709)-682-7259
    RotaryFriendship Exchange
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    Rotary Friendship Exchange Update - Feb 2018 Tom McCaughey 2018-01-29 04:00:00Z 0 RotaryFriendship Exchange
    Posted by Tom Wilkinson on Jan 25, 2018
    Led by the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, our District has for the past 15 years worked with our partners in China and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea/North Korea ("DPRK") to demonstrate the goals and purposes of Rotary International and our Rotary Foundation in promoting world understanding, goodwill and international peace.  During that time 11 humanitarian, sanitation and/or educational projects have been completed in the DPRK.
    International Service Making a Difference
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    Promoting Peace in DPRK (North Korea). Tom Wilkinson 2018-01-25 04:00:00Z 0 International Service,Making a Difference
    Posted by Tom Campbell on Jan 24, 2018
    Love to have dinner? Like wine with a few friends? Laugh? Do all this and help eradicate one of the most detestable disease on the planet.
    We are very close to eradicating Polio. We need help in getting over the top. Host a dinner and donate to Polio Plus through your local Rotary club. Your donation will be tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. $1 vaccinates a child against Polio.
    Thank you.
    In February, as we celebrate the founding of Rotary on February 23, 1905, why not hold an event and join us in this amazing cause?
    For more information and ideas
    go to the World's Greatest Meal website 
    or visit the Facebook Page -
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    World's Greatest Meal to END POLIO NOW! Tom Campbell 2018-01-24 04:00:00Z 0 Polio Plus
    Posted by Jillian Gibson on Jan 19, 2018
    This is Holly White, handing in her final dissertation earning her a Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in December 2017.  Holly is the first Peace Scholar from Newfoundland and Labrador and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest.
    Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of our peace centers.
    Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Fellowship develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
    February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month within Rotary. It’s now time to begin preparing for our next applicants. 
    Here’s how you and your clubs can become involved:
    Peace Rotary 2019-20
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    Seeking Peace Fellows for 2019-20 Jillian Gibson 2018-01-19 04:00:00Z 0 Peace,Rotary 2019-20
    Posted by Tim Hockin on Jan 19, 2018
    The Rotary Club of Summerside, with support from the City of Summerside, recently had a new sign created and installed at the entrance to the Rotary Friendship Park. The park, especially in the winter with the freshly fallen snow, is perfect for a peaceful stroll with family or with a canine friend!
    The sign was made possible by a generous donation from the estate of Hazel Halliday. Ms. Halliday was known to enjoy spending time in the Friendship Park.
    In appreciation of her kind gift and her fondness for the park, the Rotary Club of Summerside chose to create a more permanent sign to properly grace the main entrance.
    Rotary Club of Summerside
    Summerside Rotary Friendship Park Tim Hockin 2018-01-19 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary Club of Summerside
    Montreal Zone 2018 - Your Personal VIP Invitation Michelle O'Brien 2018-01-17 04:00:00Z 0 Montreal Zone 2018,Rotary 2018-19
    Posted by Hank Sartin Rotary International on Jan 15, 2018

    Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

    Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

    Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.

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    2018-19 Rotary Theme: "Be the Inspiration" Hank Sartin Rotary International 2018-01-15 04:00:00Z 0 Barry Rassin,Be The Inspiration,Rotary 2018-19
    Posted by Jillian Gibson on Jan 14, 2018
    Rotary Peace Fellowship 2019-2020
    Each year, The Rotary Foundation selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of our peace centers.
    Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Fellowship develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
    Peace Rotary 2019-20 Rotary Foundation
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    Rotary Peace Fellowship 2019-2020 Jillian Gibson 2018-01-14 04:00:00Z 0 Peace,Rotary 2019-20,Rotary Foundation
    Posted by Don Sword on Jan 14, 2018
    The Rotary Club of Ottawa established its annual "Adventure in Citizenship" Program in 1951, over 65 years ago. Each year about 220 senior high school students, from across Canada, spend four days in Ottawa experiencing tours, lectures, discussions and social events designed to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Canadian citizenship and the workings of our democratic insitutions. While in Ottawa they get to meet members of parliament, senior officials and others. They also gain an appreciation of the diversity of Canada through meeting one another and having discussions among themselves.
    Rotary 2017-18 Youth
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    Adventure in Citizenship - Spring 2018 Don Sword 2018-01-14 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary 2017-18,Youth
    Posted by Don Sword on Jan 13, 2018
    Starting with Rotary Club of Clarenville on July 10th and finishing with the Rotary Club of Happy Valley - Goose Bay on December 20th, I visited all 47 Clubs in District 7820 (48 including the E-Club). Pat joined me on over half of those visits. We have a very large and diverse district - NL, NS, PEI and St. Pierre et Miquelon - but it is filled with wonderful Rotary clubs in great communities.
    I met with each Club's Executive or Board and I asked each Rotarian in attendance to describe their club using one word. The "word cloud" above reflects what I heard. The overwhelming number of word choices were positive ones. Just look at the words used most often - Community, Fellowship, Comradery, Service, Committed, Family and Fun. 
    Club visits Rotary 2017-18
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    What DG Don Learned From His Club Visits Don Sword 2018-01-13 04:00:00Z 0 Club visits,Rotary 2017-18
    Posted by Don Sword on Jan 13, 2018
    Holy Spirit High School in Conception Bay South, is the fourth largest high school in Newfoundland and Labrador and up until this year, had never held a career fair.
    New Generations Chair Rob Boychuk and his fellow committee members at the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast thought that needed to change. So, they met with the school officials and teachers as well as the Interact Club of Avalon Northeast which operates out of that school. Several months of planning followed. The result was a hugely successful Career Fair held on Tuesday January 9th, 2018 for five classes of  level II, grade 11,  students enrolled in Career Development 2201. 
    Vocational Service Youth
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    Rotary Career Fair Don Sword 2018-01-13 04:00:00Z 0 Vocational Service,Youth
    Posted by Stella Roy on Jan 07, 2018
    Happy New Year to All from the District Foundation Team!
    Half Year Update:  At the half way point in the Rotary year we have trained 35 of 47 Rotary Clubs and 75 individual Rotarians for the District Grants Program for 2018-2019. The program is ready to accept grants from $1,000 to $3,000 (CAD) .
    The Committee has entered all the qualified people in the District records but only eight (8) of the Clubs have returned their signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) back. If your club has not submitted its MOU then it will not be able to enter an application into the Grant program.  So, please complete and submit your signed MOU!
    D7820 Rotary 2017-18 Rotary Foundation
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    Foundation Committee Report January 2018 Stella Roy 2018-01-07 04:00:00Z 0 D7820,Rotary 2017-18,Rotary Foundation
    Posted by Jim Goit on Jan 02, 2018
    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.
    Spring Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) in Dieppe, NB Jim Goit 2018-01-02 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Dec 28, 2017
    Vocational service is the very essence of Rotary.
    It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the second point of the Object of Rotary which calls on Rotarians to encourage and foster high ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
    Put these ideals into action by using your professional skills to serve your community, practicing your profession with integrity, and guiding others in their professional development. If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service.
    January is Vocational Service Month 2017-12-28 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Dec 28, 2017
    By January 1st all clubs in the District should have held their elections for their 2018-19 club officers. Holding elections on time and having a clear succession plan in place will help keep your club headed in the right direction for the next Rotary year.
    December 31, 2017 was the deadline for election of officers and February 1,  2018 is the deadline for reporting the officers to Rotary International.
    Current club officers can submit this information via the Club Administration section of My Rotary, ClubRunner, or by sending the information to
    RI and District Dues
    Invoices for membership dues from both the District and Rotary International will be sent to clubs mid-January, and are based on membership data in Rotary’s database as of 1 January 2018. Adjustments can no longer be made once the invoice has been issued.
    Remember 2-2-2: Two dues invoices (District and RI), Two times a year (July 1 and January 1), sent to two different places - RI and the District.
    January Reminders for Clubs Don Sword 2017-12-28 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Dec 28, 2017
    The 2018 Convention in Toronto is the best opportunity in years for Rotarians from District 7820 to experience a Rotary International Convention. Many members say that they joined Rotary when they were inducted into membership, but didn't truly become a Rotarian until they had attended a Rotary International Convention. You won't want to miss the opportunity to join tens of thousands of Rotarians "Making A Difference" in Toronto. 
    And this event promises "Inspiration Around Every Corner"!
    Why not join the over 125 Rotarians and Partners from District 7820 who have registered for the Toronto Convention already?
    • Register by 31 March to take advantage of the pre-registration discount.
    • Hotel demand and prices are rising due to a separate event Toronto is hosting. Book your hotel room or arrange for other accommodation as soon as possible.
    • Check out the Host Organization Committee Events. The best ones will sell out fast!
    And don't forget: D7820 Rotarians are eligible to register to attend the Rotary International Zones 24 & 32 "Beyond Borders" dinner Sunday, June 24th at the Hockey Hall of Fame!
    See you in Toronto!
    Making a Difference Rotary 2017-18 Toronto Convention
    Toronto 2018 - Inspiration Around Every Corner Don Sword 2017-12-28 04:00:00Z 0 Making a Difference,Rotary 2017-18,Toronto Convention
    Posted by Don Sword on Dec 28, 2017
    NOW is the time to start registering for the 2018 District 7820 Conference in St. John's May 25-27 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Centre! The Professional Development Day is on Thursday May 24th at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre (transportation from the conference hotel is included in your registration).
    DG Don and Pat look forward to welcoming you to St. John's.  Won't you join us?
    Get ready to "JOIN LEADERS - EXCHANGE IDEAS - TAKE ACTION"!  Join us for:
    • Exciting Speakers
    • Networking and learning experiences
    • A True Newfoundland Kitchen Party 
    • Music, Music, Music and Fun with Spirit of Newfoundland
    Follow this link for more details and to register online:
    And don't miss the promotional video:
    And check out the fantastic program for Youth Exchange students and Interactors that is integrated with the main program for Rotarians, Rotaractors and Partners. There will be a great Partners program as well

    Be sure to take advantage of the conference rates at the Holiday Inn. Contact the Hotel directly to reserve your room. See details at Note - transportation to and from the St. John's airport is complimentary for those staying at the Holiday Inn!
    See you in St. John's!
    Rotary 2017-18
    2018 District Conference in St. John's Registration Now Open! Don Sword 2017-12-28 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary 2017-18
    Posted by Don Sword on Dec 28, 2017
    TLC- Winter/ Spring 2018
    Building a Culture of Leadership – Leading the Change

    Who should attend: All incoming & prospective Leaders of your Club including Executive, Directors and Committee Chairs.  The working sessions of the day are open to all members of the Clubs in each area and will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is interested in developing their own leadership skills to attend.
    What we hope to achieve from the day: Focused and targeted professional development and leadership training that will useful for you as a leader in your clubs and at work!
    What you’ll learn: Deeper insight into the Club leadership roles if you are currently or an incoming leader, orientation to some critical leadership competencies and a number of key strategic tactics to help you support your club achieve.
    What the day will look like:
    • Role and responsibility orientation/learning intensives for current and incoming Club leadership including presidents, treasurers, secretaries and committee chairs outlining critical tasks associated with the various roles, leading practice examples and key dates.
    • Targeted leadership competency workshops around strategic thinking, dynamic engagement and effective communication.
    • Building a Culture of Leadership for All Leaders – you will learn about what it means to build a Culture of Leadership in your club and how it can create the right conditions to support Club growth and vibrancy.
    • Call to Action workshop – where you will learn strategies and tactics how to be impactful change leaders.
    • Fun sessions that will build your knowledge around Rotary in general, our youth work and the Foundation.
    February - NL West                                          March - SW NS NL West
    February - NL East                                            April - Northern NS
    March - PEI                                                        April - Cape Breton
    Watch your email inbox or check back at for the exact times and dates in your area! 
    TLC - Training For Leaders of Clubs - coming to your area soon! Don Sword 2017-12-28 04:00:00Z 0 Training
    Posted on Dec 28, 2017
    Once in a World - A City Like Vancouver!
    Enjoy this city among friends at the Rotary International Presidential Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Peace on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
    Only a few rooms left at the Hyatt Regency for the great price of $189CAD. Come hear amazing speakers like environmental scientists David Suzuki and Jonathan Patz, nuclear specialist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ira Helfand, Hiroshima Survivor, Jiro Kawatsuma, business leaders Bruce Karas and  Maria Rodale, Rotary Peace Fellows Will Plowright  and Glenn Raynor and life changers like Daniel Tillias, Jess Housty and Salvadore Rico. Check out their bios, the conference program and much more at
    Environment Ian Riseley Peace
    Early Bird Regis. Extended to Jan 4th on RI Pres. Conf. on Enviro Sustainability & Peace 2017-12-28 04:00:00Z 0 Environment,Ian Riseley,Peace
    Posted by Don Sword on Dec 28, 2017
    1. I will be an engaged and active Rotarian in my club.
    2. I will attend another Rotary club at least once before June 30, 2018.  
    3. I will invite someone to attend a Rotary club meeting, social or service activity.
    4. I will help my club complete DG Don’s “P.I.P.E. Dreams” to build momentum and support for Public Image, Peace and the Environment in my club and our District.
    5. I will register for and attend my local TLC “Training for Leaders of Clubs” - check for details.
    6. I will spend time looking at the District website and I will share what I find out with my fellow club members.
    7. I will register for and attend the 2018 District Conference May 25-27 and the Professional Development Day on May 24th
    8. I will become a monthly donor to the award-winning Rotary Foundation – and support the Annual Fund (Share) or Polio Plus.
    9. I will go to, register for “My Rotary”, log in and check out my club’s goals on Rotary Club Central, my club’s projects on Rotary Showcase and the new “Rotary: People of Action” Public Image campaign in Brand Central.
    10. I will register for and attend the Rotary International Convention in Toronto June 23-27, 2018. and the Beyond Borders Dinner at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday June 24th
    Rotary 2018-19
    Top 10 New Years Resolutions for D7820 Rotarians in 2018 Don Sword 2017-12-28 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary 2018-19
    Posted by Don Sword on Dec 08, 2017
    This time of year can be a very lonely, emotional or sad time for many. For many elderly, in poor health, alone following the loss of a loved one, or living through a personal or family tragedy this time of year can be anything but joyful.
    That's where Rotary Clubs and Rotarians in our district step up. In countless ways throughout our district Rotary through projects large and small will be bringing joy to those who need it the most at this time of year.
    Throughout our District Rotarians will be serving lunch or entertaining at a seniors home, holding a Christmas party for children in need and putting a float in the local parade. 
    Rotarians Spreading Joy Don Sword 2017-12-08 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Dec 08, 2017
    Santa is real and he is a Rotarian!!
    Santa must be real because wherever Rotary is, so is Santa bringing joy and presents to children. No one is left out when Santa and Rotary get together.
    Santa is a Rotarian Don Sword 2017-12-08 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Dec 08, 2017
    We Rotarians are, by and large, a pretty privileged bunch. Most of us are free to choose any menu item at our favourite restaurant, relishing the pleasure and freedom of dining out. Unfortunately, far too many within our district don't have that option. Their option may be whether to buy groceries or to pay rent. No one should have to make such a choice.
    According to Food Banks Canada, the numbers for our district are jarring. In March 2016, food banks in Newfoundland and Labrador assisted 26,366 people (37.3% were children). For Nova Scotia the number was 23,840 (30.4% children). For Prince Edward Island the number was 3, 370 (35.5% chldren).
    The need is all year round but at this time of year the need is particularly great.
    Food Banks, Hunger and Rotary Don Sword 2017-12-08 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Dec 08, 2017
    The challenges of pregnancy and parenting can be overwhelming for any woman, and for young mothers experiencing social isolation, financial demands, and with limited social and family support, the challenges of motherhood are even more so.
    Momma Moments Christmas Party Don Sword 2017-12-08 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Dec 08, 2017

    (From information on the Salvation Army website)

    In 1891, Captain Joseph McFee wanted to help the help the vulnerable in San Francisco, especially during the Christmas season, but he didn’t know where to get funding to do so. He remembered, during his earlier days in Liverpool, England, seeing a large kettle where passengers of boats that docked nearby were able to toss coins to help the poor. Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing, and encouraged the public to “Keep the Pot Boiling.”  He collected enough to host a Christmas dinner for the poor.

    Rotary & Salvation Army Kettles - a Great Tradition Don Sword 2017-12-08 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Dec 02, 2017
    Election & Reporting of Club Officers
    It's that time of year when clubs should be holding their elections of the 2018-19 club officers. Holding elections on time and having a clear succession plan in place will help keep your club headed in the right direction for the next Rotary year.
    December 31, 2018 is the deadline for election of officers and February 1,  2019 is the deadline for reporting the officers to Rotary International.
    Current club officers can submit this information via the Club Administration section of My Rotary, ClubRunner, or by sending the information to 
    Wondering about how to do that new Leadership position within your club? Stay tuned for the dates, times and locations for the upcoming TLC (Training for Leaders of Clubs) in your area in 2018 and take your leadership, planning and technical skills in Rotary roles and programs to the next level!
    Rotary 2018-19
    Election & Reporting of Club Officers Don Sword 2017-12-02 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary 2018-19
    Posted by Patrick Lamey on Nov 30, 2017
    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!
    Interact PIPE Dreams Peace
    Peace Activist Speaks to Port Hawkesbury Rotary Patrick Lamey 2017-11-30 04:00:00Z 0 Interact,PIPE Dreams,Peace
    Posted by Tom McCaughey on Nov 29, 2017
    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
    RotaryFriendship Exchange
    Places Available in Friendship Exchange Planned for Florida & Grand Bahamas Tom McCaughey 2017-11-29 04:00:00Z 0 RotaryFriendship Exchange
    Posted on Nov 25, 2017
    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.
    DAVID NELSON MUISE 1949-2017

    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). 
    Remembering PDG David Muise Don Sword 2017-11-25 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Nov 25, 2017
    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
    District Clubs Recognized for Their Support of The Rotary Foundation Don Sword 2017-11-25 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Nov 25, 2017
    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!
    Rotary 2017-18
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    Register Early and Save! Toronto 2018 Don Sword 2017-11-25 04:00:00Z 0 Rotary 2017-18
    Posted on Nov 25, 2017
    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.
    Looking for Great Rotary Photos and Stories Jim Goit 2017-11-25 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Stella Roy on Nov 25, 2017
    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.
    Polio Plus Rotary Foundation
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    How Nigeria is working passionately to remain polio free Stella Roy 2017-11-25 04:00:00Z 0 Polio Plus,Rotary Foundation
    Posted on Nov 03, 2017
    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.
    Dr. Ian Doyle announced as District Governor Nominee Designate Jim Goit 2017-11-03 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Tom McCaughey on Oct 30, 2017
    The last Friendship Exchange visitors have returned home to District 5020 (Vancouver Island & western Washington State  and by all reports, their experience in Nova Scotia was much better than they had anticipated.
    Comments received include “the best vacation we’ve ever had” ; “A wonderful exchange, beyond our expectations” &  “We both had a wonderful experience and enjoyed the beauty of Nova Scotia, the warm welcoming and hospitality of our hosts and the camaraderie of our fellow Rotarians.”
    Rotary Friendship Exchange Update Tom McCaughey 2017-10-30 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Oct 30, 2017
    The fall session of the Rotary leadership Institute (RLI)  was held Oct 24th in Truro.  There were 29 Rotarians who spent the day sharpening their leadership skills and learning more about their organization.  This included three who successfully completed the training to become RLI facilitators. As always, feedback from the day has been very positive. 
    The next RLI session will be held April 7th, in Dieppe NB.  All three parts will be offered if enough people register before the deadline.
    Check out the RLI page, register for a Part and bring someone  from your club to the next session.
    Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Session Success Jim Goit 2017-10-30 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Oct 29, 2017
    By now everyone in the District should have heard about DG Don's P.I.P.E. Dreams for D7820.
    In addition to seeking help from talented and committed Rotarians throughout the district to develop, by June 30, 2018 , sustainable district strategies for each of  Public Image, Peace and the Environment, DG Don is asking each club to take some simple steps to build momentum and awareness of  P.I.P.E. Dreams in our District. So far, the reaction from around the district has been very positive.
    P.I.P.E. Dreams Progress Don Sword 2017-10-29 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Oct 29, 2017
    Rotary International President Ian Riseley has challenged clubs to take some fairly simple steps to achieve the 2017-18 Rotary Citation.
    Clubs that are strong and are "Making A Difference" in their communities will automatically be recognized for their goals but they need to let Rotary International know about it by recording it on Rotary Club Central (RCC) , Rotary Showcase and Rotary Ideas. (To find these simply go to and log into My Rotary ) 
    Two things are mandatory.
    Firstly, clubs must pay their Rotary International dues on time in July and January. Secondly, all clubs must report their volunteer hours and service project contributions in Rotary Club Central. The reason for this is that it will allow Rotary International to quantify our impact on our local and global communities. This is critical for Rotary International to attract and retain major partners like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation . It also helps Districts and Clubs tell their stories to their supporters. Every club has at least one member who is good at keeping records. Let the Four Way Test apply to your estimate of volunteer hours. 
    The Rotary Citation 2017-18 Don Sword 2017-10-29 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Oct 29, 2017
    We are "this close".  Thanks to you.
    As you know, one of Rotary's goals is to eradicate polio. As of the end of October there have been only 12 new cases of wild polio in the world in 2017. That's down from 37 in 2016 and 74 in 2015. Thirty years ago there were 350,000 cases a year. The countdown to eradication is truly upon us.
    But we still need your help. The final push to eradicate will cost US$1.5 Billion and to support that financial target Rotary International has pledged to raise $US 50 Million a year for the next three years. 
    Tuesday October 24 was World Polio Day.  
    Across the Rotary world there were celebrations, fundraisers and activities. But right here at home in District 7820 there were a number of special events to mark the occasion. For example, the St. John's East Rotary Club held a "Pints for Polio" fundraiser at the Qudi Vidi Brewery. It was a sold out event and raised thousands to END POLIO NOW. The E-Club of Atlantic Canada spearheaded an On-line World Polio Day event that started in the Atlantic and went across Canada with regional E-Clubs and special guests joining the meeting as each time zone reached 7 PM! What a great idea to raise awareness and money! 
    The Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise had its county proclaim World Polio Day and the Rotary Club of Truro held a "Get to Know Rotary Day" and promoted World Polio Day as well. And many other clubs in our District supported World Polio Day in their own way.  
    World Polio Day may be over, but that is no reason for you or your club to do nothing until next year. Continue to raise awareness and raise funds to help eradicate polio. Encourage your club to make its own donation. Or, consider making your own personal donation to Polio Plus. Check our for more ideas on raising awareness, fundraising ideas and up-to-date information.
    Please let our District Polio Coordinator, Tom Campbell, know what your club has done or plans to do to help eradicate polio.
    We really are "this close"!
    We Are "This Close" To Eradicating Polio Don Sword 2017-10-29 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Greg Coldwell on Oct 29, 2017
    District 7810
    Our Rotary International District 7820 is joining forces with our neighbouring District 7810 (New Brunswick and part of Maine) to support the Rotary Foundation in our Districts. 
    We are pleased to announce the launch of a Million Dollar Campaign and Celebration Dinner. This is an opportunity for our Districts to show that we believe in the ideals of Rotary and our ability to "Do Good in the World".
    The Rotary Foundation is a remarkable organization, with strong financial oversight, that allows Rotarians to achieve results in many ways by transforming our gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.  Its mission is to advance world understanding, good will ad peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sutainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
    The leadership of Districts 7810 and 7820 want to make the work of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) better known, to raise the profile of the great work that is being done around the globe by TRF. Paul Harris said, "Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves." Help us to continuing ensuring great results.
    We are inviting you to become part of Rotary's life changing work by becoming part of our Million Dollar Campaign and Celebration Dinner .
    Thank you.
    RI District 7810RI District 7820
    PDG Michel LegerePDG Greg Coldwell
    PDG Allan MaclellanPDG Stella Roy
    Million Dollar Campaign D7810 & D7820 Greg Coldwell 2017-10-29 03:00:00Z 0
    Grand Opening of the Inspire Learning Centre Don Sword 2017-10-08 03:00:00Z 0 Ian Riseley,Rotary Club of Summerside
    Posted by Don Sword on Oct 08, 2017
    A highlight of the wonderful gala night at the Delta Charlottetown on Sunday October 1st , 2017 was the awarding of Paul Harris Fellowships (PHF's) to Rotarians from Island Rotary clubs. RI President Ian Riseley personally pinned every recipient with their 1st or multiple PHF recognition. 
    The recipients were:
    Rotary Club of Summerside
    Georgia Ellis
    Gerard Greenan
    PHF plus three
    John A. McCarthy
    PHF plus one
    Les R. Chipperfield
    PHF plus two
    Maitland MacIssac
    Al Frost
    David Anderson
    PHF plus two
    Sandy Rundle
    PHF plus two
    Nelson Snow
    PHF plus five
    Steve Cudmore
    PHF plus one
    Thane Smallwood
    PHF plus one
    Craig Harris
    Margo Thompson
    Chris Willcock
    Peter Brown
    Rotary Club of Hillsborough
    Joan MacFarlane
    PHF plus one
    Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
    Susan Carruthers
    PHF plus three
    Paulette Hooley
    PHF plus one
    David Hooley
    PHF plus four
    Joanne Ings
    PHF  plus two
    Ann Sherman
    PHF  plus three
    Rotary Club of Charlottetown
    Peter MacDougald
    Harry O’Connell  
    PHF plus one
    Paul Crant
    PHF plus one
    Larry Sider
    PHF plus six
    Ian Riseley Paul Harris Fellowship Rotary Foundation
    A "Gala" Night for Paul Harris Fellowships Don Sword 2017-10-08 03:00:00Z 0 Ian Riseley,Paul Harris Fellowship,Rotary Foundation
    Posted by Don Sword on Oct 08, 2017
    The Rotary Club of Charlottetown was chartered on October 1, 1917, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Halifax. It was club number 333 in the Rotary world.  With 100 years of service the Club determined to mark the occasion with a Centennial Celebration and celebrate it did!
    With Past District Governor Robert (Bob) Moffatt as Chair the Centennial Committee worked tirelessly to make the celebration worthy of the one hundred years of "Service Above Self". This article can't begin to list all of the accomplishments of a century, including sponsoring four out of the five other clubs on the Island. James W Macnutt even wrote a book - "A Century of Service of Rotary on Prince Edward Island". Copies are still available
    D7820 Ian Riseley
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    A Celebration 100 years in the Making Don Sword 2017-10-08 03:00:00Z 0 D7820,Ian Riseley
    Posted by Ron Zwaagstra on Sep 27, 2017
    Halifax Metro Rotary Clubs are welcoming about a dozen Boston Rotarians and guests during a the week of December 6th, the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.
    DG Don Sword will be attending these events and you are also welcome. We are working on a registration method so we can gauge the numbers of people attending these events.
    If you have questions, please contact Ron Zwaagstra
    Save the dates to attend Rotary’s 100th Anniversary Halifax Explosion Commemoration Events  Ron Zwaagstra 2017-09-27 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Tom McCaughey on Sep 25, 2017
    At the time of this writing, the Rotary Friendship Exchange team from D1420 (Finland & Estonia) is halfway through their visit. A wonderful group of very interesting Rotarians and their guests with a diversity of backgrounds. This group has visited the Annapolis Valley and Prince Edward Island and along the way, the RC of Truro warmly welcomed them with a great BBQ lunch. Currently they have visited Pictou County and are on their way to Cape Breton. This group is overwhelmed with the generosity and hospitality of everyone that they have met.
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    Rotary Friendship Exchange visits to D7820 Tom McCaughey 2017-09-25 03:00:00Z 0 Rotary 2017-18,RotaryFriendship Exchange
    Posted by Don Sword on Sep 25, 2017

    We are “this close”. Thanks to you.

    As you know, one of Rotary’s goals is to eradicate polio.  We are down to eight children infected in the world in 2017 so far. Please see the attached graphic. This is down from, literally, tens of thousands only a few short years ago. 

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    World Polio Day - Tuesday October 24, 2017 Don Sword 2017-09-25 03:00:00Z 0 Polio Plus
    Posted by Jim Goit on Sep 21, 2017
    This has been a year of major environmental disasters! Category 5 Hurricane's like Harvey, Irma, Joes and Maria made their way through the Caribbean with sustained record-breaking wind speeds and storm surges causing untold personal damage and suffering.  The island of Barbuda is now considered uninhabitable as 95% of buildings were destroyed and there is no water or power.  Places liked the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Florida to name just a few other location have also been hard hit. 
    Shelterbox is the First Response for Rotary Jim Goit 2017-09-21 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Sep 06, 2017

    Dear Rotarians,

    As I am sure you all know, many of the cites along the Gulf Coast of the United States have been devastated by category 4 Hurricane Harvey with winds of over 130 miles an hour and over 50 inches of rain. It’s the heaviest storm on record anywhere in the U.S. outside Hawaii and it is still raining.

    This severe rainfall has caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. Cities like Rockport, Texas have been completely destroyed.  The Greater Houston area with a population of over 6.5 million people (the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the United States) has had over 3.7 million people leave the region in the evacuation effort.  Others remained trapped inside their homes, as entire neighborhoods were submerged.

    Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort Coordination Jim Goit 2017-09-06 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword
    Have you read your September issue of the Rotarian yet? 
    First of all, check out pages 48-51 and the feature article "Leap of Faith" all about the Syrian refugee crisis and the work of the Rotary Club of Amherst!  Great article and great job by the caring Rotarians of Amherst. Truly an example of "Rotary: Making A Difference"! Go to to see the article online. 
    DG Don will be in Amherst on the official club visit on Monday, September 11, 2017 to congratulate the Rotary Club of Amherst in person. 
    Secondly, congratulations to PDG Pete Smith Mbah Ntiante who had the picture he entered in the 2017 "RI End Polio Now" Photo contest profiled in the September 2017 Rotarian Magazine. You can see it on page 7 of the magazine. Follow the link above for the online version.
    And finally, the Video to promote the 2018 District Conference in St. John's has been featured in the August 2017 edition of "Beyond Borders" - the Newsletter of Rotary Zones 24 & 32! Follow this link and check out page 11. http://
    If you want to see that District Conference promo video again please follow this YouTube link: (or just search YouTube for "2018 Rotary District 7820 Conference Promo Video"). Who knows, you might be inspired to join the many Rotarians from around our District to come to St. John's for a memorable conference. See you there!
    Making a Difference Public Image Rotary 2017-18 Rotary Foundation Rotary: People of Action
    District 7820 is in the ROTARY News! Don Sword 2017-08-30 03:00:00Z 0 Making a Difference,Public Image,Rotary 2017-18,Rotary Foundation,Rotary: People of Action
    Posted by on Aug 29, 2017
    On Monday October 2, 2017 Rotary International President Ian Riseley will be the special guest for the Grand Opening of the Summerside Rotary Learning Centre. This great project is a great example of Rotary: Making A Difference!
    In 2013, after a year-long strategic planning process, the Rotary Club of Summerside recognized an opportunity to undertake a signature project. Through this process, the club determined that expanding the services of the city’s library would be the best way to positively contribute to the community. The old Summerside Rotary library had outgrown its space making it impossible to meet the needs of the seventeen non-profit user groups and educational institutions, as well as the library’s weekly staff programs.
    In 2014, the Summerside Rotary Club purchased “the old post-office” from the federal government and began the process of transforming the space to the new regional Inspire Learning Centre.  Rotary relied heavily upon its club members’ various skill sets to help with the fundraising, marketing, renovations and legal aspects throughout the process.
    Through the generosity of the community and the contributions of all three levels of government, $2.8 million was raised to make the new Inspire Learning Centre a reality. Summerside Rotarians themselves contributed $300,000.
    The Inspire Learning Centre now includes the library, meeting rooms and space for non-profit groups, taking up 15,000 square feet of the 27,000-square-foot building the Rotary Club had purchased. The federal government remains as a tenant in the remaining space.  The Rotary Club of Summerside, with a history of making things happen, has once again brought a “legacy” project to life for the benefit of all ages and for future generations. Follow these links to read more about this signature Rotary project:
    Ian Riseley Making a Difference Rotary 2017-18
    RI President Ian Riseley to open the Summerside Rotary Learning Centre 2017-08-29 03:00:00Z 0 Ian Riseley,Making a Difference,Rotary 2017-18
    Posted by Jim Goit on Aug 18, 2017
    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 replaced 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 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.
    People of Action Pictures Needed Jim Goit 2017-08-18 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Aug 16, 2017
    The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of one-day courses offered to help refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge about Rotary.  Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business, professional and community leaders who want to become more knowledgeable Rotarians and more effective leaders in their vocation and their Rotary club.  It is open to all Rotarians but is especially beneficial for newer Rotarians.
    You can find out more about RLI and the various sessions by checking out our on line resources.  Experienced Rotarians are the leaders of the sessions and you will meet others from clubs all over the Atlantic region.  
    The fall session of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be held Oct 28, 2017 in Truro at the Truro Campus of the NSCC, 36 Arthur St.   We are planning to offer all Parts of the training if enough Rotarians from  District 7810 and 7820 register   On-line registration is available by clicking this link.  Don't delay as space is limited for each Part.  
    The cost of the course is  still $125 which includes lunch and breaks.  Hotel accommodation is the responsibility of the individual Rotarian. 
    The Rotary Club of Truro is also hosting a reception at the Best Western on October 27th starting at 7:00 pm for Rotarians in Truro for the RLI event on the 28th. 
    Participating in RLI has proven to be the defining moment for many Rotarians.  Join us in Truro.
    Register for Rotary Leadership Institute Session Oct 28th Truro Jim Goit 2017-08-16 03:00:00Z 1
    Posted by Rotary International on Aug 09, 2017

    Barry Rassin, of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2018-19. He will be declared the president-elect on 1 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

    As president, Rassin aims to strengthen our public image and our use of digital tools to maximize Rotary’s reach.

    “Those who know what good Rotary clubs do will want to be a part of it, and we must find new models for membership that allow all interested in our mission to participate,” he says. “With Rotary more in the public eye, we will attract more individuals who want to be part of and support a membership organization that accomplishes so much good around the world.”


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    Barry Rassin selected to be 2018-19 Rotary president Rotary International 2017-08-09 03:00:00Z 0 Barry Rassin,Rotary 2018-19
    Posted by Don Sword on Aug 08, 2017

    Rotary International has announced that Mark Daniel Maloney, of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA, has been selected by the Nominating Committee to be President of Rotary International in 2019-20. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.

    “The clubs are where Rotary happens,” Mark believes. His priorities are to support and strengthen clubs at the community level, preserve Rotary’s culture as a service-oriented membership organization, and test new regional approaches for growth.

    “With the eradication of polio, recognition for Rotary will be great and the opportunities will be many,” he says. “We have the potential to become the global powerhouse for doing good.”

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    RI announces Mark Maloney as President for 2019-20 Don Sword 2017-08-08 03:00:00Z 0 Mark Maloney,Rotary 2019-20
    Posted by Joan MacFarlane on Jul 28, 2017
    CELEBRATING 100 Years of Rotary Service on PEI
    Get Your Tickets Now!
    Sunday October 1, 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Club of Charlottetown being admitted into Rotary International on October 1, 1917. The entire year has been one of celebrating the Rotary clubs of Prince Edward Island “Making A Difference” for the past 100 years.
    But now the Centennial Committee, led by Chair PDG Bob Moffatt, are holding a major event to cap off the celebration.
    A Gala Dinner will be held at the PEI Convention Centre in Charlottetown on Oct 1st with special guest, Rotary International President Ian Riseley in attendance! This will be a “hot ticket” so you won’t want to miss out.
    The event begins with a reception at 6 PM and the dinner at 7 PM. Tickets are only $75 per person. For out of province attendees please contact Joan MacFarlane of the RC of Hillsborough Charlottetown at to reserve a ticket and for payment details. The deadline for off island attendees to purchase tickets is Friday September 15th.
    Plus, the organizing committee have arranged for a special room rate at the Delta for overnight visitors. Call the hotel for the special rate. 
    See you in Charlottetown on October 1st!
    Celebrating 100 Years of Rotary on PEI Joan MacFarlane 2017-07-28 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Tom McCaughey on Jul 28, 2017
    There are three Friendship Exchanges in the works.
    In a little over a month, our first inbound Friendship Exchange will be visiting us from District 1420 Finland & Estonia on September 14th to the 26th. This group of twelve Rotarians will be visiting the Annapolis Valley, Prince Edward Island, Pictou /New Glasgow/ Stellarton/ Westville and then on to Cape Breton.
    Our host teams have been busy planning and organizing some wonderful tours and events for our visitors. Please take the opportunity to meet with these visiting Rotarians when they visit your club or area. This itinerary and the bios of our visitors will be posted shortly on the District website.
    Our return exchange with them will be in August 2018.
    D7820 Rotary Friendship Exchanges Update Tom McCaughey 2017-07-28 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Stella Roy on Jul 28, 2017
    A Global Grant can be extremely worthwhile for the community it serves in another part of the world. But even successful projects can involve challenges.  
    These emails from the Befang, Cameroon project to provide a real life example of the challenges a project can face as well as the importance of knowing your host club and having good communication.
    For full report  on this project follow this link
    D7820 Making a Difference Rotary 2017-18 Rotary Foundation
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    Overcoming challenges - Global Grant in Cameroon (RC Truro project) Stella Roy 2017-07-28 03:00:00Z 0 D7820,Making a Difference,Rotary 2017-18,Rotary Foundation
    Posted by Don Sword on Jul 23, 2017
    The Rotary Club of Stephenville's President Mel Dean and Rotary Club of Grand Falls member Greg Woolfrey were recognized with True Rotarian Awards during the Official Club visits by DG Don and Pat in July.
    Consistent with the 2017-18 Rotary Theme these two worthy award winners are "Making a Difference"!
    Congratulations, Mel and Greg!
    Club visits D7820 Making a Difference Rotary 2017-18
    True Rotarians Recognized Don Sword 2017-07-23 03:00:00Z 0 Club visits,D7820,Making a Difference,Rotary 2017-18
    Posted by Don Sword on Jul 22, 2017
    One of the most important roles of the District Governor is to visit the clubs to deliver the messages from the current RI President including the 2017-18 theme Rotary: Making a Difference and to help promote healthy and vibrant clubs. 
    DG Don and Pat visited the Western and Central Newfoundland clubs in July and also participated in the Sydney Ribfest. They were very well received and spent time in board meetings, club meetings, project tours and activities. 
    Some highlights included: RC Clarenville baked DG Don a welcome cake; the Rotary Arts Centre in Corner Brook; a productive visit with RC Humber; a tour of Rotary projects by RC Stephenville, the Rotary Gold Mine draw at Cobb's Pond Rotary Park in Gander and  future Rotarian Tarragon Wilkes at RC Grand Falls! 
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    DG Don's Travels in July Don Sword 2017-07-22 03:00:00Z 0 Club visits,D7820,Rotary 2017-18
    Posted by Garth Gordon on Jul 22, 2017
    Clubs are invited to suggest eligible Rotarians for the position of District Governor Nominee Designate, “DGND” - the Rotarian who will advance through the District Governor chain of offices to become District Governor for 2020-21.  The Nominee shall assume the title of Governor-Nominee-Designate upon selection and shall assume the title of Governor-Nominee on July 1, 2018. The selection shall be made by Nomination Committee procedure as per RI By-Laws and District Manual of Policies and Procedures, Section 8.
    To be eligible, the suggested candidate must meet the qualifications specified in Rotary International By-law (“RIB”) 16.070 (COL 2016).  The Duties of a District Governor are specified in Rotary International By-law 16.090 (COL 2016).  Further District Governor information specific to our District is found in the article Continuity, Consistency, Collaboration.  These additional information resources are attached to this invitation.  They will also be available on the District’s home page.
    A Club shall forward its suggestion to the Nominating Committee using the Rotary International District 7820 District Governor-Nominee Suggestion Form 2017.  This form is attached to this notice and will be available on the home page of the District Website. 
    Please note the required attachments to the District Governor-Nominee Suggestion Form 2017 that must also be fully completed and submitted:

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    Invitation to Clubs to Suggest Nominees for District Governor Nominee-Designate Garth Gordon 2017-07-22 03:00:00Z 0 D7820,Rotary 2010-21
    Posted by Rotary International
    Rotary International President-elect Sam F. Owori died unexpectedly on 13 July due to complications from surgery. Sam was a member of the Rotary Club Kampala, Uganda, for 38 years.

    “Rotary has become a way of life for me – with the intrinsic value and core belief in mutual responsibility and concern for one another as a cornerstone,” Sam said when he was nominated last year. “I feel immense satisfaction knowing that through Rotary, I’ve helped someone live better.”

    Sam's term as Rotary’s 108th president would have begun on 1 July 2018.

    “Please remember Sam as the outstanding, hardworking Rotarian he was,” said Rotary International President Ian Riseley. “In this difficult time, I ask you to keep his wife, Norah, the Owori family, and Sam’s millions of friends around the world in your thoughts.”

    Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori dies Rotary International 2017-07-22 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Duncan Conrad on Jul 13, 2017
    The Rotary International Convention  in Toronto next June is  creating a lot of interest.  Already there are 10,000 Rotarians from around the world that have registered.

    For Rotarians in Districts 7820, 7810 and 7790 here is a worry free comfortable way of attending the convention.  
    Tour from Maritimes organized to RI Convention in Toronto Duncan Conrad 2017-07-13 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Jun 23, 2017
    Rotary International 2017-18 President Ian Riseley
    Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
    President Ian has been a Rotarian for over 40 years. He is a professional accountant, an environmentalist, vegetarian, an avid sports fan, and has tremendous support from Juliet who is the first RI Presidential partner who was herself a former District Governor in Rotary. Ian is intelligent, capable, and has a keen sense of humour. Ian is the kind of person who takes what he does very seriously, but doesn’t take himself seriously. He would fit in perfectly in District 7820! 
    Bio Ian Riseley Rotary 2017-18
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    Meet RI President Ian Riseley Don Sword 2017-06-23 03:00:00Z 0 Bio,Ian Riseley,Rotary 2017-18
    Posted by Don Sword on Jun 23, 2017
    Since 1949, Rotary International has had an annual theme which focuses our activities as Rotarians for that year. This is more for internal use than for the general public, for whom Service Above Self is a constant explanation of what drives us. According to RI President Ian Riseley, the 2017/18 theme of Rotary: Making a Difference represents what Rotary is and Rotary does, every day and in many ways. All those people who benefit from our great programs appreciate that Rotary exists to make a difference. Further, Rotary makes a difference to ourselves as Rotarians. We are improved as people by following the guiding principles that come from our mission statement and the Object of Rotary.
    The world is a better place because of Rotary making a difference!
    Ian Riseley Logo Making a Difference Rotary 2017-18 Theme
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    ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE Don Sword 2017-06-23 03:00:00Z 0 Ian Riseley,Logo,Making a Difference,Rotary 2017-18,Theme
    Posted by Jim Goit on Jun 23, 2017
    The 2017-18 District Governor Leadership team members officially begin their new duties July 1, 2017.  Details for each of these individuals may be found on their profile pages on the District website.
    Our District is fortunate to have a strong, team based, leadership plan.  Please support them as they do the important work of Rotary.
    District Leadership Team 2017-18 Jim Goit 2017-06-23 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jun 22, 2017
    The Professional Development Day will take place Thursday May 24 at Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre just outside of St. John's in Conception Bay South. Registration for both events will begin in January 2018.
    In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments or wish to volunteer please contact Kathryn Atkin or Dave Works, Conference Co-Chairs.
    2018 District Conference Promotional Video Don Sword 2017-06-22 03:00:00Z 0
    Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded to District Conference Team Elva Heyge 2017-06-06 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jun 06, 2017
    The Rotary Foundation Regional Service Award for a Polio Free World was established by the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation in order to recognize outstanding contributions to the polio eradication effort and to encourage participation in the final eradication efforts.
    This prestigious award goes to PDG Stella Roy for her "Above and Beyond? efforts in the fight to End Polio.
    Making the presentation is Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinators, PDG Duncan Conrad and Rotary Foundation Trustee, Bryn Styles.
    The Rotary Foundation Regional Service Award for a Polio Free World goes to PDG Stella Roy Jim Goit 2017-06-06 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jun 06, 2017

    Selecting “Club of the Year” is a difficult challenge for a district Governor. So many of you are doing great work in your communities, and many of you deserve the recognition. After much thought, I have selected the Rotary Club of Summerside to receive this recognition for 2016-17.

    RC Summerside has just completed an enormous project for their community, the Inspire Learning Centre.  I’m told that it took three years to plan and about a year to construct. The project involved the repurposing of a surplus Federal Building into a three-floor structure, which encompasses a traditional library, and space to support a variety of community needs. The club engaged the whole community in the planning and the financing and now have a wonderful facility, that will serve the residents of Summerside long into the future.

    Accepting the award from DG Elva is Gord Coffin of the Rotary Club of Summerside.  Congratulations.

    Summerside Named Club of the Year 2016-17 Elva Heyge 2017-06-06 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jun 06, 2017
    Garth Gordon
    Garth Gordon has been a member of the Rotary Club of Kentville since 1986 and in the years since has served the club in many capacities including President in 1991-92.
    Garth’s first career was in the Royal Canadian Navy, after which he opted for a career in law. He retired from that profession in 2015 and was looking for a new challenge, and that happened to be when I was building a team for this Rotary Year and needed a District Secretary. How fortunate that Garth agreed the position was the challenge he was looking for.
    As I mentioned earlier, Garth has served District 7820 incredibly well this year, putting his expertise to use in updating our governance structure, harmonizing it with RI policies, and providing related assistance to a number of clubs.  Moreover Garth has agreed to fulfill a three year term as District Secretary.
    Garth, please accept this symbol of my appreciation for all the wonderful assistance and support you have provided to the District, its clubs, and to me this year.
    Louisa Horne
    Inspired by her daughter Hannah’s experience as a Youth Exchange student, Louisa Horne joined the Rotary Club of Halifax in 2005 and has been a very active Rotarian ever since. She was President when her club was named Club of the Year, and has led Group Study Exchange and Rotary Friendship Exchange teams on international visits. She currently is our District Trainer, and our District Governor Nominee Designate.
    Louisa is Director of the small business consulting practice of the Business Development Bank of Canada, and strongly believes in the exploration of best practices for continuous improvement. She has put her vocational experience and skills into action on behalf of Rotary and with Doug Logan has developed the Training for Leaders of Clubs program now in use in District 7820.
    Doug Logan
    Doug Logan joined Rotary with the New Glasgow club in 1997. Since then he has served his club and the District in many capacities, including as District Governor in 2008-09.  As Governor he oversaw the implementation of the District’s current governance structure and led the development of a District Strategic Plan. On numerous occasions he has provided support to Clubs on leadership and governance issues.
    Doug has over thirty years’ experience in leadership and management and has authored two books dealing with innovation and organizational change. Teaming with Louisa he has used his skills for the benefit of the District in developing the training for Leaders of Clubs Program.
    Louisa and Doug, please accept these expressions of our gratitude for your extraordinary commitment to the preparation of our future leaders in District 7820.
    District Secretary and Trainers Presented with Paul Harris Fellowships Elva Heyge 2017-06-06 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jun 06, 2017
    The HEART OF THE DISTRICT AWARD is given to a Past District Governor who provided great service to the district during his/her year as district governor and who continues to contribute in an outstanding way to the work being carried out by District 7820.
    The recipient of the award for 2016-17 is PDG who served the district very well during his year as governor making major improvements in process and increasing our presence on social media. As past district governor, he has been the “go to” person for technical advice on Clubrunner, the RI website, manager of the district website and editor of our district bulletin.
    This recognition is in appreciation for all that Jim has done for the district.
    Congratulations Jim.
    Shown are Jim and his wife Barbara.
    Heart of the District Award, 2016-17 Elva Heyge 2017-06-06 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Tom McCaughey on May 14, 2017
    The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world. In addition to experiencing other cultures and making lasting friendships, an exchange provides a strong foundation for carrying out other international activities and service projects.
    Rotary Friendship Exchange - Call for Outbound Application Tom McCaughey 2017-05-14 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Brian Smith on May 14, 2017
    Registration activity for the 2017 District Conference is very busy right now, with only a few weeks remaining until we gather as Rotarians at the Old Orchard Inn in Greenwich, Nova Scotia.  Drawing upon all the Annapolis Valley Clubs for volunteers, District Governor Elva and our Conference Committee are ready to educate, connect, entertain and feed delegates from across our District and beyond.  Please check the Conference website for registration information, and forward questions on anything (we have lists for travel, food allergies, etc.) to
    Hotel spaces are going quickly, and the Old Orchard Inn staff can assist if you need other accommodation options close by.  Home Hosting spots for Thursday evening are also filling up quickly, and we expect to close off registration for this favourite Conference activity by May 24th.
    District Conference Update:  “Boldly Forward”, and Very Soon Brian Smith 2017-05-14 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on May 11, 2017

    Update June 6.  There is STILL TIME.

    The Presidential Citation process is in its second year of being "all electronic".  It IS the first year that the deadline for completing all the requirements is at the END of the Rotary Year. 
    The District Dashboard tells us that many clubs have a way's to go to meet the requirements, however, CONGRATULATIONS to the Rotary Club of Wolfville - MudCreek who first to meet all the requirements. DG Elva recognized them at the District Conference. The Rotary Clubs of Sackville & Area and Sidney Sunrise have now also reached the goal. 
    Presidential Citation Update Jim Goit 2017-05-11 03:00:00Z 0
    100 Years of Doing Good in the World Jim Goit 2017-05-10 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Garth Gordon on May 10, 2017

    Declaration of Appointments 

    For the positions of the District 7820 Representative to the Rotary International 2017, 2018 and 2019 Councils on Resolutions and the 2019 Council on Legislation and Alternate Representative.
    Further to the Invitation to Clubs to suggest names for these positions sent to clubs on February 13, 2017, clubs submitted three suggestions before April 15th, 2017.  The Nominating Committee considered those suggestions and notified the District Governor on April 24th, 2017 that they nominated
     PDG Doug Logan, a member of the eClub of Atlantic Canada (a Satellite Club of the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside) for the position of District 7820 Representative to the Rotary International 2017, 2018 and 2019 Councils on Resolutions and the 2019 Council on Legislation, and
     PDG Greg Coldwell, a member of the Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise for the position of  District 7820 Alternate Representative to the Rotary International 2017, 2018 and 2019 Councils on Resolutions and the 2019 Council on Legislation.
    Declaration of Appointments  RI Council on Legislation Garth Gordon 2017-05-10 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Apr 30, 2017
    It's only a month away! Rotarians from across District 7820 are encouraged to register soon for the District Conference at the Old Orchard Inn.  Events begin with Leadership Training on Thursday June 1st  and then things are“ Moving Boldly Forward” into the full Conference Friday, Saturday ending on Sunday.  Have a look at the full program.  
    You won't want to miss it. Check out the website and register on-line today.
    Please see the District Conference website for information about the registration and accommodations.  If you have questions about any aspect of the Conference, please email us at
    See you at the Old O!
    District Conference update 2017-04-30 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Apr 30, 2017
    Amherst Rotarian Morris Haugg had some great advice to share about fostering "Fellowship" in Rotary Clubs and he took the time to share it with the Editor of the Rotary International Rotarian Magazine.  It has been published in the May issue. Check it out.  Congratulations Morris.  Great advice! 
    District Rotarian's Letter to Editor Published in Rotarian Magazine Jim Goit 2017-04-30 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Apr 29, 2017
    There was a small but interested group for the first of the technical sessions that was held on April 12. We shared tips on how to more effectively use Clubrunner to better manage member information or communicate with Rotarians. We also talked about website design and integrating  Facebook with the Club's site.
    In the second session we'll explore how to easily use RI's Rotary Club Central to help meet the requirements for the RI Presidential Citation and manage club planning. Other topics will be covered as participants ask.  
    There is a whole range of tools available to make the work of the club's officers  and committee chairs easier... you just need to know they are available and how to use them. I'm open to questions and suggestions for topics so the sessions can be interactive.  Based on requests and interest, additional sessions will be scheduled.
    The sessions is open to everyone interested and will be held on Wednesday May 10th from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ADT.  Please register at so that you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

    There are lots of tools available to help with effective operation of a Rotary Club. Let's learn about them. Contact me if there are specific questions or topics you'd like to see covered. If I don't know about it,  there are others we can find who can help us.  
    PDG Jim Goit
    Technical Session Reminder Jim Goit 2017-04-29 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Garth Gordon on Apr 15, 2017
    To the Members, Rotary International District 7820 Incorporated:
    In accordance with District By-Law 11, this is to advise that a Meeting of the Members of Rotary International District 7820 Incorporated will take place more than forty-five (45) days from today's date, at 3:30* PM on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Old Orchard Inn, Highway 101, Greenwich, Nova Scotia.
    Notice of Annual Meeting Garth Gordon 2017-04-15 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Duncan Conrad on Apr 14, 2017
    Rotarians had reason to celebrate recently as they were on hand at RI headquarters for the induction of Joop and Susan Ueffing  as the first members of the 
    Arch Klumph Society from District 7820.
    Arch C. Klumph founded the Rotary Club of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, in 1911 and was the 1916-17 Rotary president. Addressing the 1917 convention in Atlanta, Georgia, he eloquently promoted the idea of "endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world." That year, the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, made the first gift, of $26.50, to the fledgling fund. When the endowment had grown significant enough to require administrators to manage it, The Rotary Foundation was born, and Klumph was selected as one of its first trustees.

    The Arch Klumph Society (AKS) was created in 2004, during Rotary International's centennial celebration, as a meaningful way to recognize the Foundation's highest-level donors, those who have made a donation of US $250,000 or more to the humanitarian programs of the Rotary Foundation.
    Joop and Susan where they were joined by 12 other couples from across zone 24 who were also inducted in what was called the AKS Canada Day at the AKS Inductions at RI Headquarters.  This was the largest number of AKS members  ever inducted and  Joop and Susan are the first ever AKS members form D 7820.  
    Supporting the Ueffings at the induction was a contingent of Rotarians and their partners from D 7820, including A/RRFC Stella Roy, RRFC Duncan Conrad, District Foundation Chair,  PDG Greg Coldwell and Claudia, PDG Tom McCaughney and Shirley, DG Elva Heyge, and Shirley Robertson, a friend of  DG Elva's from Vancouver.
    District 7820 Rotarians Celebrate First Arch Klumph Society Members Duncan Conrad 2017-04-14 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Wendy Scammell on Apr 13, 2017
    Are you a club leader? Is your club struggling but you’re having a hard time figuring out why?
    This video presentation by Zone Membership Coordinator, Ian Ferguson, may help you focus your efforts where they will be most effective.  Ian presented to our District Membership Committee recently and it was recorded live and uploaded to our District YouTube channel to share with clubs in the district. See link below:

    I’d love to get your feedback.  Please email me at
    Wendy Scammell
    Membership Chair 2015-2018
    Developing a Membership Strategy Wendy Scammell 2017-04-13 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Apr 13, 2017
    Like many clubs in District 7820, the Rotary Club of Amherst has a very active project to help settle Syrian refugees in their community. Rotary International has profiled the excellent work of the Club in their online and print media with a great videos highlighting the important role of Rotary in these efforts.  Congratulations Amherst Rotarians!
    Rotary Club of Amherst Gets RI Profile with Refugee Project Jim Goit 2017-04-13 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Brian Smith on Apr 11, 2017
    Rotarians from across District 7820 are encouraged to register soon for the District Conference at the Old Orchard Inn, hosted by Valley Rotary Clubs.  With only 7 weeks remaining until events begin with Leadership Training on May 31, things “ Moving Boldly Forward” as we say in the Conference Theme.   Please see the District Conference website for information about the program, registration and accommodations.  If you have questions about any aspect of the Conference, please email us at
    Here again is a summary of the Keynote Speakers over Friday and Saturday’s sessions:
    RI President’s Representative Stephen Brown,“Rotarians Partnering to Help in Afghanistan”
    Rose Adams,  “Breathe”  
    Ron Denham,WASRAG, “Hope for Millions”
    Bryn Styles,“A Foundation to Build On”   
    Peter Bevan-Baker,“The Happy Dentist”
    Partner and Youth Program Information: The Conference Web Site features new information about both the Partner Program and Youth Program (YE and Interact).  Partners can sign up for Home Hosting on Thursday, and take part in tours of local wineries, Grand Pre National Historic Site, and lunch in Port Williams on Friday, followed by the Blues, Brews and Barbeque main Conference social event. On Saturday, there will be more sightseeing, some down time in the afternoon, and the District Governors Dinner in the evening.
    Youth delegates (please ensure these are registered on line) will be housed at Acadia and take part in a mix of main Conference activities and off site travel and study of water related issues.  We hope to have the younger folks develop some water service project proposals to share with their home clubs after the Conference is complete.  And please remember that these and other Rotary Youth activities will benefit from your Club’s contribution to the Silent Auction goodies for the Conference – See you all soon.
    Mid-April District Conference Update Brian Smith 2017-04-11 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Louisa Horne on Apr 10, 2017
    PETS & SETS has evolved to be a Professional Development opportunity for all leaders and aspiring leaders – and the content is not just for your Rotary life – it’s for your whole life!
    We are so excited to be presenting this professional development day, focused on “Generous Leadership”.  This is truly an opportunity for you to participate in Vocational Service as you explore ways to develop valuable leadership skills that will be of benefit for your Club and your workplace.  Check out the accompanying flyer and sign up today! 
    Note that even if you have already registered for the conference, you need to register for this day separately.  If you are not attending the conference as an incoming President or Secretary, the fee is only $25 for your lunch – an exceptional opportunity for you to benefit from this workshop for the cost of your lunch!
    June 1 – Leadership Day – Open to all Rotarians! Louisa Horne 2017-04-10 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Tom McCaughey on Mar 31, 2017
    Your Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) committee has been actively working on the three upcoming exchanges this year. All will be inbound at roughly the same time but in separate areas of our district. All areas of our district are expected to be involved in exchanges in 2017
     Applications for Outbounders in 2018 will be available shortly for these exchanges. First choices will be given to those Rotarians and partners from the areas that the teams are visiting.  Should openings still be available, invitations will be extended on a district wide basis. 
    Representatives of the committee will be available to visit and explain to members and clubs the benefits of involvement in Friendship Exchanges. Details of exchanges will soon be sent to the clubs that are expected to be involved.
    Although not all can directly participate as an outbounder, the hosting, entertaining and touring with Rotarians from other Districts  are rewarding and provide wonderful opportunities for fellowship. 
    • D1420 Finland & Estonia Their inbound team will be here from 9th to 22nd of September and will tour PEI; Northern NS; Cape Breton and HRM
    • D6990 South Florida & Grand Bahamas; Will visit from approximately 10th to 24th September 2017 and will be touring Newfoundland but will also join DG Don Sword on his official visit to St. Pierre et Miquelon on 15th Sept.
    • D5020 Vancouver Island & Washington State; Inbound early October 2017 (final dates TBD) and will visit HRM; South Shore NS; Yarmouth; Valley
    All questions can be directed to PDG Tom McCaughey at
    Rotary Friendship Exchange April Update Tom McCaughey 2017-03-31 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Mar 30, 2017
    Interested in learning how to more effectively use Clubrunner to better manage member information or communicate with Rotarians? Need to spruce up your club's website? Want to learn how to easily use RI's Rotary Club Central to help meet the requirements for the RI Presidential Citation?  
    There is a whole range of tools available to make the work of the club's officers  and committee chairs easier... you just need to know they are available and how to use them.
    There are two on-line technical discussion sessions coming up during April and May that may be of help. I will lead these discussions and will cover topics of interest to Rotarians who are responsible for some of the technical day-to-day management activities of their Rotary Clubs.   I'm open to questions and suggestions for topics so the sessions can be interactive.  Based on requests and interest, additional sessions will be scheduled.
    The two planned sessions are open to everyone interested. They will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017  and Wednesday May 10th from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ADT.  Please register at
    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

    There are lots of tools available to help with effective operation of a Rotary Club. Let's learn about them. Contact me if there are specific questions or topics you'd like to see covered. If I don't know about it,  there are others we can find who can help us.  
    Technical Discussion Sessions Announced Jim Goit 2017-03-30 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Don Sword on Mar 30, 2017
    Taking Training in our District to the Next Level.
    The District has a new two-part training strategy to help our current and future District’s leaders and clubs be the best they can be.
    The first part is the Training for Leaders of Clubs (TLC). Introduced in 2016, TLC replaces the old Mini Conference. Gone is the “talking heads” lecture style of the past – replaced with interactive workshops, focused training and even some games! We are half way through TLC for 2017 and according to the evaluations District 7820 Rotarians love TLC!
    Look under UPCOMING EVENTS on for details of the TLC in your area and to register for Charlottetown (April 8), St. John’s (rescheduled to April 22) and Sydney (April 29) and Happy Valley-Goose Bay (May 6).
    The second part is the new Professional Development Day on Thursday, June 1 at the Old Orchard Inn, prior to the District Conference. This replaces the old PETS and SETS day. This day is a high quality Leadership training session lead by a world class facilitator, Crane Stookey as well as District and Rotary International leaders. Attendance is a must for incoming Presidents and Secretaries but any current or future Rotary leader may attend.
    If you are an incoming President or Secretary, your registration to attend the Prof Dev Day is Free (it’s already paid by your club and District). For any other Rotarian the cost is $25 (to cover the lunch).  Please note: Anyone who attends the Prof Dev Day must register separately, even if they have already registered for the District Conference. Look under UPCOMING EVENTS on for details of the event and registration details.
    DGE Don Sword.
    Move Aside PETS & SETS – It’s Professional Development Day! Don Sword 2017-03-30 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Brian Smith on Mar 30, 2017
    Put away that snow shovel, think Apple Blossoms, and join your Rotarian colleagues at the Old Orchard Inn in early June.  As of March 24, we have about 70 delegates registered, and “the Old O” rooms are about half booked.  Please make your plans now - Just go to the District 7820 Conference website.  Please contact Registrar Gord Hankin or Conference Coordinator Holly Thompson with any questions or special needs.
    Conference Highlights:
                                    Home Hosting, a chance to meet other Rotarians where they live.
    Friday                   Rose Adams: Breathe   
                                    Ron Denham:  Hope for Millions
                                    Bryn Styles:  A Foundation Worth Building On
                                    Blues, Brews & Barbeque, with the Mark Riley Band
    Saturday              Stephen Brown: Rotary International Update   
                                    Peter Bevan-Baker: The Happy Dentist
                                    Governor’s Banquet, with The Spinney Brothers
    Sunday                 Memorial Service and Closing Brunch
    Finally, a reminder to Club Executives, that we are seeking contributions from all over the District for the Youth Program Silent Auction.  This is a great chance to show off your local businesses, restaurants and tourist sites with a gift certificate, and raise some money to support youth programs.   Please ensure that Youth Exchange, Interact or Rotaract members are also registered early, so we can plan to welcome them at the Conference as well.  
    Boldly Forward 2017 District Conference Update Brian Smith 2017-03-30 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Garth Gordon on Feb 28, 2017
    RI research and member clubs' experiences have shown that when clubs have more freedom to decide how and when they hold their meetings, who they'll invite to become members, and what member engagement means, their ability to attract new members and keep current members motivated increases.  The 2016 Council on Legislation voted to give Rotary clubs more flexibility than they've ever had. The changes in policy affect when, where, and how clubs meet and the types of membership they offer.  RI has now published a number of resources to assist clubs who are considering flexible rules.  These resources are found at:
    We have also prepared a District resource.  The new “flexibility rules” require clubs to amend their by-laws to implement them.  To simplify this process our District drafted a short alternative by-law paragraph by which a club (incorporated or not) may delegate authority to implement  flex rules to the Club’s directors on notice to its members.
    This a one-time by-law change for clubs.  When adopted, the club’s directors can easily implement, amend or cancel flex rules on notice to its members.  RI approved this paragraph and the Nova Scotia Companies Office has accepted it when filed by two clubs.  Find this paragraph in the article “7820 - Checklists for Rotary Club Constitution Review”  through the link on the District Website home page - District Documents / Club Constitution Review Documents – 2016.  
    Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
    Garth Gordon
    District Secretary

    RI Publishes Resources on Club Flexibility Garth Gordon 2017-02-28 04:00:00Z 0
    Although our district has participated in Rotary Friendship Exchanges for several years, many of our members are unaware of what they are or how to get involved.
    A self-funded international exchange opportunity for Rotary members and partners to discover diverse perspectives and establish international service partners, RFEs are a great way to travel, to learn how others live, make lifelong friends, discover cultures and communities in a unique way all while enjoying Rotary Fellowship while being hosted in homes of Rotarians.
    Rotary Friendship Exchange Tom McCaughey 2017-02-26 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Brian Smith on Feb 17, 2017
    Come to Greenwich this June to be inspired and meet your District 7820 Rotary friends and family at the 2017 District Conference.  We have over 40 delegates registered now, and the Inn has been busy taking accommodation requests.  Put away that snow shovel, read through our Conference Program and make your plans to be with us for Apple Blossom Time (well, just after) now - Just go to the District 7820 Home Page and click on District Conference or go directly to
    We want to preview the Keynote and other Speakers and events:  Our RI President John Germ has named a President’s Representative to visit with us, to talk about what Rotary International is doing, and to meet as many individual Rotarians as possible.  Steve Brown, a member of the Rotary Club of La Jola, California, has served as one of 15 Trustees of the Rotary Foundation and has extensive experience in the many initiatives funded through the Foundation.  He has been hands on with projects in Afghanistan and Africa, visiting there frequently and supporting programs that link students from primary to university with their counterparts from around the world.  Steve is a lawyer by vocation, and lives in the San Diego area with his wife Susan, who will also be visiting us.  If you want more information on Steve, look at his Rotary web site:
    2017 District Conference Update! Brian Smith 2017-02-17 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Elva Heyge on Feb 13, 2017
    Final Reminder! Deadline is April 15th.
    Clubs are invited to suggest eligible Rotarians for the District Representative to the Rotary International 2017, 2018 and 2019 Councils on Resolutions and the 2019 Council on Legislation (COL). The term begins July 1, 2017. The COL will convene for the purpose of amending the constitutional documents of Rotary International. The selection shall be made by Nomination Committee procedure as per RI By-Laws.
    Any club in the district may suggest a candidate for Representative, but if a club suggests a Rotarian who is a member of a different club, the Rotarian's club must agree in writing for the nomination to be accepted. Clubs must provide a brief (one page suggested) resume indicating their candidate’s background and reason he or she should be selected.
    To be eligible, the candidate must be a current member of a club in the District and must have served a full term as District Governor as at July 1 , 2017.
    Call for Council on Legislation (COL) Representative Elva Heyge 2017-02-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Brian Smith on Feb 13, 2017
    Join your Rotarian colleagues at the Old Orchard Inn this June for the 2017 District Conference.  As of mid-February, we have over 30 delegates registered (thank you everyone – this really helps the organizers) and the Inn has been busy taking accommodation requests.  Please make your plans now - Just go to the District 7820 Home Page and click on District Conference  or go directly to
    2017 District Conference Update Brian Smith 2017-02-13 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Louisa Horne on Feb 08, 2017
    Who:  All incoming Club Leaders – Executive, Directors, Committee Chairs – AND aspiring leaders – AND members interested in making your club irresistible… even if you came last year, come again!  The learning will be different!
    When:  Saturdays in 7 locations – check your invitation or the District website for details for your area
    What will happen at this interactive TLC day of learning?
    • Professional development and leadership training that will useful in clubs and at work!
    • Separate Breakouts about the roles and responsibilities for Secretaries & Treasurers – learn about the most important tasks of your role, and review best practices and calendars of key dates; Advanced Treasurer session for those interested in establishing a foundation.
    • Effective Meetings for Presidents, Directors and Committee Chairs – learn how to chair a great meeting that is fun and productive … and that members won’t want to miss!  Simply irresistible!
    • Annual Club Planning for All Leaders – you will learn about Effective Planning and actually work on your club’s plan in this working session – this will get you started on the necessary planning for July 1.
    • Foundation, Youth and Membership – critical information that all club leaders need to know.
    Training for Leaders Information and Schedule Available Louisa Horne 2017-02-08 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Wendy Scammell on Feb 06, 2017
    Your District membership committee has been busy updating club membership resources on our district website and we invite you to take a look at the presentations, surveys, checklists, membership plans, and lots of other useful documents for your use.  Some of these documents have been generated by clubs in the district while others are published by Rotary International.  Use what works for your club in your community. They are accessed through the "Member Resources" menu on the front page of the website.
    If you’d like some help with making your club IRRESISTIBLE, please contact your membership committee member in your area ( or contact your District Membership Chair, Wendy Scammell at
    Membership Resources Wendy Scammell 2017-02-06 04:00:00Z 0
    2017 District Conference Registration Open Brian Smith 2017-01-15 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Dec 22, 2016
    DG Elva Heyge is pleased to announcement of the appointment of Gail Gosse to the role of Assistant Governor for Central Newfoundland  for the 2017-18 Rotary Year.
    Gail has a long history in adult education including several years as Dean of the School of Business Studies at the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) Qatar campus, Academic Program Developer at  Memorial University of NL, Campus Director at three CNA Campuses on the Avalon, teacher and supervisor in the Division of Adult Education, of the Department of Education (worked throughout the province). 
    She joined Rotary in 1998 and was President in 2007-2008. Gail has been in most every Board position. She  is a three-time PHF recipient who had a special spot for community projects and for membership. She tries to "be there" to mentor other members and other clubs when she can. She enjoys working with other Rotarians to co-present at workshops so we all can grow.
    Gail Gosse Appointed AG for Central Newfoundland Elva Heyge 2016-12-22 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Nov 27, 2016
    DG Elva Heyge is pleased to announce two new Assistant Governors to take up duties for three year terms.
    Jim Gould assume the role of Assistant Governor (AG) for Central & Northern Nova Scotia for a three year term starting July 2017.  He will be shadowing current AG Rob Christie this winter to get familiar with his duties.
    A recently retired banker with CIBC, Jim has lived and worked in small communities all over Atlantic Canada.He was President of the Rotary Club of Truro in 2014-15.
    Leanne Scoville has agreed to serve as Assistant Governor for Eastern Newfoundland for three years, beginning July 1, 2017. To help prepare for this role, she will begin immediately to job shadow the current AG Carman Carroll.
    Leanne was president of the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast in 2014-15.
    New AGs announced Jim Goit 2016-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Stella Roy on Nov 21, 2016
     The deadline for early registration discounts for registration for the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta (June 10-14) are fast approaching.  
    Up to DECEMBER 15 (Extended to Dec 18) $340 
    After until  MARCH 31   $415
    Thirty one (31) Rotarians from District 7820 are currently registered for this historic event.  Here are to reasons YOU might consider going. 
    RI Convention in Atlanta Update Stella Roy 2016-11-21 04:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Peace Scholar Matt Hefler Updates Donna Clark 2016-11-21 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Brian Smith on Nov 18, 2016
    Coming Soon:  Registration for the 2017 District Conference at the Old Orchard Inn in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley will be available in January, and the Conference Committee is hard at work to make a great event for Rotarians, their Partners and Youth involved with Rotary. 
    Keynote speakers confirmed at this point include:
    • Rose Adams - lawyer, entrepreneur and community involveist - a Rotarian who speaks about how to adjust to change, enhance leadership and respect for others, something she calls "BREATHE".
    • Peter Bevan-Baker - someone you hear frequently in the media speaking in his role as Leader of the PEI Green Party, Peter has an ability to encourage people to face challenges, build community and respect our environment with a balanced life style  - "Be Happy".
    • Ron Denham - Ron is a Canadian Rotarian who has been instrumental in creating the Water and Sanitation Action Group - WASRAG, one of the most successful of the Rotary International Action Groups.  He can speak to us about current water and sanitation issues facing developed countries and how Rotary can best to respond.
    Mark your calendars now:  The Conference begins with Leadership Training on June 1; regular Conference sessions begin first thing on Friday June 2 and end about noon on Sunday June 4. 
    Watch for our 2017 District Conference Website launching in January for details.
    Brian Smith
    2017 District Conference Alert Brian Smith 2016-11-18 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Nov 16, 2016

    District Governor Elva Heyge is pleased to announce Ms. Louisa Horne as District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND) for District 7820.

    Louisa is an educator, entrepreneur and business leader. A former geologist and teacher, independent certified management consultant and certified business coach, CEO of national educational companies, Louisa is now Director of the national small business consulting practice for BDC, the Business Development Bank of Canada, where she leads a team of Portfolio Managers.

    Louisa Horne Named DGND for District 7820 Jim Goit 2016-11-16 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Louisa Horne on Nov 16, 2016
    Calling all Prospective Club Leaders!  Save the Date!
    Training for Leaders of Clubs – TLCs – Spring 2017
    If you will be a member of the executive or board of your club, or plan to Chair a committee next year – or if you are just thinking about serving in one of these roles, TLC is for you!  We will be offering this training opportunity in seven locations and we hope you will save the date.  Learn best practices about being a Secretary or Treasurer.  Develop your skills in leading effective committee meetings.  Engage in planning activities for your club to help you have a great year in 2017-18.  All this and more!
    Participants last year had this to say – “I wish all of our Club members had attended”.  “Planning together to create an irresistible club was just what we needed.”  “Great session of value to any Rotarian”.  How can you pass up the opportunity this time? 
    If you came last year, you will learn more this time.  If you did not come last year, well, don’t miss this round of training sessions aimed at all club leaders.  Stay tuned for more details.  For now, please share the date with your club and mark it in your calendars.
    PEI – February 25
    Halifax – March 4
    Corner Brook – March 18
    Valley – March 25
    St. John’s – April 1
    Northern NS – April 22
    Sydney – April 29
    Training for Leaders of Clubs – TLC Louisa Horne 2016-11-16 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ron Zwaagstra on Nov 16, 2016
    Halifax Explosion Project

    This year, Rotarians from the 6 Metro Halifax/Dartmouth/Sackville Clubs are travelling to Boston to spend a day of activities with Rotarians from Boston and surrounding areas culminating in the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Boston Common on December 1st.  A tree is sent from Nova Scotia every year as thanks  for the help Halifax received from Boston in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion. This year’s 45 foot tree is from Ainslie Glen, Cape Breton. Among the music entertainment for the expected 20000 plus people in attendance will be Cape Breton’s THE TOWN HEROES.
    Halifax Explosion Centennial Project Ron Zwaagstra 2016-11-16 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Nov 14, 2016
    Election & Reporting of Club Officers Reminding your clubs about the election of the 2017-18 officers will get them headed in the right direction for the next Rotary year. 31 December 2016 is the deadline for election of officers and 1 February 2017 is the deadline for reporting the officers to Rotary International.
    Current club officers can submit this information via ClubRunner (Club or District version) or My Rotary. Clubs can also send the information to 
    Election & Reporting of Club Officers Jim Goit 2016-11-14 04:00:00Z 0
    Update to District Manual of Policies and Procedures Garth Gordon 2016-11-09 04:00:00Z 0
    Illustrated History of the Rotary Foundation Jim Goit 2016-11-08 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Nov 07, 2016
    The Rotary Friendship Exchange to District 7820 Nova Scotia, 2016, has been a fantastic success.  We were honoured to be met on day one by the District Governor, Elva Heyge who welcomed us warmly.  Also present was Louisa Horne, GFE organiser and drivers Don Gray and Dave Penny, the latter two would also be hosts.  Banners and gifts were exchanged.
    Cramming our luggage in and settled into our modes of transport, Dodge Vans, we were on our way and out of Halifax the roads opening up onto smooth highways.  We passed between corridors of lush forest on either side of the road, indeed an ongoing feature of days ahead, as we journeyed toward our first destination of Lunenburg.
    We arrived in Lunenburg in time to have lunch with the Lunenburg Rotary Club and enjoyed their hospitality.  Upon completion the group had a tour of the area (either walking or via horse drawn carriage) and then met and dispersed with the various hosts. 
    Rotary Friendship Exchange Report 2016-11-07 04:00:00Z 0
    100 Years of the Rotary Foundation Greg White 2016-11-02 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Greg Coldwell on Oct 31, 2016
    At the 1917 International convention Rotary President Arch Klumph proposed to set up an endowment " for the purpose of doing good in the world ." In 1928 it was renamed the Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct
    entity within Rotary International.
    So obviously the Foundation turns 100 this year, and that is worth celebrating. Why ?  The reasons are numerous, but first, really what does the Foundation do for Rotary?
    The Rotary Foundation Needs YOUR Support Greg Coldwell 2016-10-31 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Oct 31, 2016
    Some grade five Sydney students at Brookland Elementary gasped with joy when Luke MacDonald and Neil Clarkson arrived at their temporary location at Shipyard Elementary School‎. 
    Brookland's bottom floor was completely destroyed, as were all the contents during a flood that devastated south end Sydney on Thanksgiving Day. Amongst the items lost were three Spark Brain Bikes, an integral part of the students' and teacher's daily routines. 
    Luke sprung into action as soon as he heard the bikes were lost. He immediately contacted Run For Life's John Carson who made the surprise happen. Luke recruited Neil and away they went from Halifax to Cape Breton, assembling the bikes at a stop along on the way.  
    The Brookland students and their teacher are extremely touched by this generosity. It made a difficult situation a lot easier.  
    Replacement Bikes for Sydney School Luke MacDonald 2016-10-31 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Oct 28, 2016
    Rotarian Diane Griffin, a member of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty, has been appointed to the Senate of Canada.
    Diane has always played a leading role in her Rotary club, as we are sure she will do the same in the Senate as well.
    Diane is a former deputy environment minister  for PEI and has served as Executive Director of the Island Nature Trust.   She volunteers on the board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and has received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and the P.E.I. Environment award. Diane is also a published author, publishing a book called Atlantic Wildflowers.
    Congratulations Diane!
    PEI Rotarian Appointed to Senate of Canada Jim Goit 2016-10-28 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Michael Craig on Oct 28, 2016
    Dear Club Presidents and Secretaries, 
    I am forwarding a notice from the Rotary Club of Ottawa announcing the open period for Clubs across Canada to reserve a spot for a student sponsored by their Club to attend the annual Rotary Adventure in Citizenship (AIC) program.  Many of you have received this directly and a fair number of Clubs participate in this program already, but I wanted to send a note to encourage all Clubs to consider applying for one of these spots and sending a student from your local high school to attend this conference. 
    Adventures in Citizenship Opportunity for Youth Michael Craig 2016-10-28 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Elva Heyge on Oct 26, 2016
    The impact of Hurricane Matthew will be felt in our district as well as in Haiti & the Bahamas for a long time. Many Rotarians have asked how they can help.
    Following a special district board, I will share with you what we learned about the impact of the storm and the ways in which you as Rotarians could help, if you so choose.
    Hurricane Matthew Relief Opportunities Elva Heyge 2016-10-26 03:00:00Z 0
    Shelterbox Appeals Jim Goit 2016-10-12 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Michelle Johnston-Lazaratos on Sep 28, 2016
    Dear Rotarians of District 7820,
    I am thrilled to introduce you to our Inbounders for 2016-17 from Districts 7820 and 7810.  This year, 7820 is hosting 8 students from Belgium, Germany, Argentina, Spain, Taiwan, and France, and has sponsored 8 students to go outbound to these same countries.  The photo is from the recent Inbounder Orientation that was held at Camp Gencheff in PEI.
    Rotary Youth Exchange – Expression of Interest for Club Participation in the 2017-18 Exchange Year Michelle Johnston-Lazaratos 2016-09-28 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Sep 28, 2016
    Would your club like to help fund this project?
    This farm tractor is ready to ship to Cameroon.  It will be delivered to an agricultural area in the foothills of Mt Cameroon where potatoes, carrots, peanuts, coffee and the like are grown.  Presently the tractor they are using is old and in need of replacement.  The village has 55,000 residents and rely on this harvest.  Their children play a large role in tending to these crops.
    It will cost $6,000 Canadian to ship this tractor on a RO-RO vessel to Cameroon. On arrival the R.C. of Limbe will deliver the tractor to the Awing Village.
    Please email PDG Pete with your commitment.
    Farm Tractor to Cameroon Project Pete Smith 2016-09-28 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Elva Heyge on Sep 28, 2016
    The Board of Directors is pleased to announce some changes in the administration of District.
    With the expiration of the contract with Shallaway for general administration services on September 1st, the Board took the opportunity to distribute the general communication and administrative duties back to the volunteer board members such as the District Secretary.
     As of September 1st, general inquiries to District previously handled by the Admin office will be handled by the District Secretary  (   A listing of the full District team is always available on the website  (District Info, Organization Chart) if you require specific assistance in particular area.
    Changes to the Administration of District 7820 Elva Heyge 2016-09-28 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Sep 27, 2016
    • Do you want to work on membership for your club but don’t know where to start?
    • Have you brought in new members only to have them leave again in a couple of months?
    • Are you a Club Membership Chair but don’t know what your job is?
    Your District Membership Committee can help!
    We work with your Assistant Governor and have training and experience in membership development and retention.  We have LOTS of resources and great presentations that we can offer to your club, your board or your membership committee.
    Membership Matters Jim Goit 2016-09-27 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Greg Coldwell on Sep 21, 2016


    This is a very special year in the Rotary world - The Rotary Foundation is 100 years old and as you know, it represents the financial mainstay of the worldwide Rotary movement.   
    In order to celebrate this special event, we are now inviting submissions for a one time District Grant of $5,000, to be funded from this year’s available DDF.
    If your club and at least one member of your club is District Grant qualified then using the District’s Club Runner website, Initial proposals should be submitted for review by no later than 15th October and the full completed applications must be on the website by 31 October 2016. 
    Special Centennial District Grant Greg Coldwell 2016-09-21 03:00:00Z 0
    Atlanta Convention Stella Roy 2016-09-12 03:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Foundation Celebration Greg Coldwell 2016-09-11 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Tom McCaughey on Aug 29, 2016
    There are many interesting places around the world that we in District 7820 would love to visit and explore. On the other hand, Atlantic Canada is in itself such a beautiful and exciting place to live and so many people around the world want to come and see what we have to offer. Rotary Friendship Exchanges allow us to visit and host lifelong friends that we haven’t met yet.
    Rotary Friendship Exchange Update Tom McCaughey 2016-08-29 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Aug 29, 2016
    I am busy coordinating the Womens Peace Tables Worldwide Campaign.
    Since taking on the task in June we have close to 100 Tables being planned in more than 40 countries worldwide. And we have just begun.
    I am heading to Bradford England this week to present in a panel discussion on Women, Peace and Security and then on to Dublin to the Global Launch of the Peace Tables Campaign. (Join me!)
    I have just put the challenge out to Rotary and my goal is to have every club in the world dedicate a meeting in October to Peace.
    From Peter Kyle, Chair, Rotary Peace Centers Committee: "Susan, I have just read about your Peace Tables initiative. What a great concept. Good luck with this initiative - I hope it gets widely publicised and adopted!"  Join our FB group:
    Report from Rotary Peace Fellow Jim Goit 2016-08-29 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Garth Gordon on Jul 31, 2016
    Update on 2016 Council on Legislation Changes
    2016 Council on Legislation.  In April the 2016 Council on Legislation, “COL”, made several changes to Rotary International’s legislation including the Standard Rotary Club Constitution.  The changes are summarized in the Essential Changes for Clubs and Districts published by RI. 
    Some of the key changes affecting clubs include:
    1. the ability to change meeting schedules,
    2. to change attendance rules and for members to attend regular meetings by online participation.  Clubs are still expected to forward attendance reports to the Governor. 
    3. The Club Treasurer is now a permanent member of the club board. 
    4. There is now a requirement that Directors should provide written minutes for all board meetings and those minutes should be available to all members within sixty days of the meeting.
    Important Changes to RI Legislation Will Make Clubs More Flexible Garth Gordon 2016-07-31 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Tom McCaughey on Jul 29, 2016
    Do you want to travel and genuinely experience other cultures guided by new Rotarian friends?  If so, then consider a Rotary Friendship Exchange. Expenses are minimized as participants in an RFE take turns hosting one another, often forging friendships that last a lifetime.
    The experiences and memories are incredible. Who else has a Roadrunner Award? Ridden dune buggies?  Flown in balloons? … all the while being treated to personal tours of historic and cultural significance that most tourists would never get an opportunity to experience.
    On A Rotary Friendship Exchange, You’re Never Just A Tourist Tom McCaughey 2016-07-29 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Jul 28, 2016
    Second Call
    Deadline is Oct 1st
    DISTRICT 7820
    Invitation to nominate a Rotarian for the
    Position of District Governor
    It's time to begin the process to nominate and select a District 7820 Rotarian to be District Governor in the 2019-20 Rotary year.  That may seem like a long way off, however I can tell you from experience that the time goes quickly and there are several steps in the years before the successful nominee becomes District Governor.
    The leadership group acts as a team and the successful District Governor Nominee Designate (DGND) will immediately be part of the decision making group for the district as soon as this fall. This is really part one of a four year journey with successive one year terms as District Governor Nominee (DGN), District Governor Elect (DGE) and ultimately as District Governor (DG) - each position comes with their own responsibilities, training and experiences.
    District Governor 2019-20 Nomination Invitation Jim Goit 2016-07-28 03:00:00Z 0
    Shelterbox Appeal 2016-07-06 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Jun 29, 2016
    It is said that the journey is more important than the destination and in the case of the District Governor "journey", that is certainly the case.  It has been a journey to remember.
    To help with those memories, I've put together a selection of pictures taken during the year.  Check out the photos at
    The album is (more or less) in chronological order starting from Ribfest in Sydney in July 2015 and ending with the Club turnover celebrations we attended in Pictou and Windsor recently.  There is so much in between!  I've tried to get everything in, but see if you can spot your club or event in the group. 
    Thank you to everyone who had helped Barbara and I have what we will remember as a wonderful year.  It was a GREAT YEAR TO BE A ROTARIAN.  Please continue to be a "Gift to the World".
    Jim and Barbara
    2015-16 Retrospective Jim Goit 2016-06-29 03:00:00Z 0
    District Leadership Team for 2016-17 Jim Goit 2016-06-12 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Jun 12, 2016
    Rotary Serving Humanity
    Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.  Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
    Rotary Serving Humanity 2016-17 Theme Jim Goit 2016-06-12 03:00:00Z 0
    Presidents / Secretaries
    It is very important to update your club's membership data before July 1.  This can be done on either your club's Clubrunner site or, if you do not have one, the District Clubrunner site. If you are in the habit of updating membership information only on the RI site, you will need to go the extra step and also update the District Clubrunner 
    Remember, the RI Semi Annual Report (SAR) is produced from information on file as at July 1. NO CHANGES can be made to your club invoice once the report is produced. The invoice is generated based upon the number of active members shown as of July 1 and you must pay what is shown. To ensure the information is correct, be sure to update your member data before JUNE 20.
    If you do not have, or cannot remember your password, simply go through the login process and when the window to enter your email address and password appears, click on the line at the bottom referring to new or lost passwords and follow the instructions.
    Don't wait until July 1, DO IT NOW !
    Important - Update your member data Gord Hankin 2016-05-31 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on May 31, 2016
    This is my last DG message for the 2015-16 Rotary year and Barbara and I thank everyone for a great experience during my time as District Governor.  We have had some truly outstanding experiences travelling to visit all the Rotary Clubs in District 7820.  It is both humbling and eye opening to see all the great work that Rotarians are doing in our local communities and around the world.
    Thank you to all those who hosted us in our travels, drove us from meeting to meeting, proudly showed us their community projects, allowed us to celebrate with them and to those who welcomed us into their clubs.  
    Thank you to the members of the District Team who supported our efforts during the year.  I think we made some great headway on a whole number of fronts and I'm happy that I am leaving the DG position with the District on such a positive upswing.  We have a great team and a great succession path.  I see nothing but good things ahead.
    Thank you to the members of the Rotary Club of Truro who have been so instrumental in helping to put on a GREAT District Conference but were also there to support Barbara and me in other ways when we needed it. The club is strong and moving forward.
    The DG experience is unique in Rotary.  It has been my privilege to be your District Governor for 2015-16 and I have been inspired to continue to serve Rotary in any way I can. Thank you again, and continue to be a Gift to the World!
    One Last Thing Jim Goit 2016-05-31 03:00:00Z 0
    June DG Video Message Jim Goit 2016-05-30 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on May 27, 2016
    I'm sure that many of you know that the Council on legislation has recently met and that there were significant changes proposed to the way Rotary Clubs could operate.  
    A document is now available that highlights all the changes for you.  Clubs have until mid August to Object to any changes.
    Have a look at the full note from Rotary International listed with this message.  It would be a great time to start a discussion in your club, review your own bylaws and bring them in line with the new RI model.
    Update from Council on Legislation Jim Goit 2016-05-27 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on May 26, 2016
    The 2016 District Conference was by all measures a great success as the word cloud above would indicate.  In a follow-up survey, participants gave their opinions on speakers, facilities and entertainment. A summary of the results is available and will be used to improve future conferences
    District Conference Evaluation Report Jim Goit 2016-05-26 03:00:00Z 0
    Special Offer for Registration at 2017 RI Convention Stella Roy 2016-05-17 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on May 16, 2016
    We have all witnessed the drama and devastation of the ongoing fires in and around Fort McMurray and many people in District 7820 have direct connections to people impacted by the fire.
    At the District Conference held from May 12-15th there were several fundraisers and clubs were offered the opportunity to make pledges to the cause.  
    PDG Duncan Conrad put together a package that includes a one night stay at the Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown, a Duncan's Island Tour and a 1000 Paul Harris Credits to be transferred to the successful bidder. The tour and hotel are valued at $600.00 CDN and the Paul Harris credits are worth $1000 US. After some spirited bidding, the successful bidder was Rob Christie of the Pictou Club. Thank you Rob! And thank you for your generosity Duncan!
    In addition, PDG Pete Smith donated an oil panting by Rotarian George Lewis, an artist who is famous for his artworks that are often donated to Rotary causes.  Tickets were sold and the draw was made on Saturday evening. Dan Currie from the Rotary Club of Pictou won the draw.  50% of the $950 raised will going to the Red Cross for Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund; the remaining half will go to support Pete's work in The Cameroon. 
    The Rotary Clubs of Truro, Lunenburg, North Sydney, New Waterford, St John's NW, Yarmouth, Stephenville, Windsor, Dartmouth, Waterford Valley, Sydney Sunrise, Avalon NE, Sackville & Area, New Minas Sunrise and the E-club of Atlantic Canada pledged a combined total of  $9,000. RI President's rep pledged $1,000 (US) or about $1,250 CDN.  Charlie A'Court performed at the Gala donated 25% of his CD sales that night to the effort as well.  
    In all a total about $11,900 was pledged during the Conference. Outstanding!  And we know that other clubs and Rotarians will want to be involved.  The details on making donations follows.
    Donations to Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund Jim Goit 2016-05-16 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on May 16, 2016
    Each year Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact clubs can earn a Presidential Citation from the Rotary International for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and their clubs. Activities include growing your membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community. The goals are designed to help clubs achieve a balance in activities.
    The Citation is to honor the efforts of the many clubs that have worked hard toward their Rotary goals. 
    Requirements are a bit different each year, reflecting the change in priorities of the President.  The 2015-16 version included goals around the use of electronic tools, for example, and not surprisingly the process  itself was driven by the on-line Rotary Club Central planning tool. 
    The Citation was issued in three levels: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The Gold citation recognizes those who met the high bar of all seven goals; silver citations were awarded to those achieving six goals, and Bronze goes to those who have attained five (including, in all cases, the mandatory goals).
    RI Presidential Citations Awarded Jim Goit 2016-05-16 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on May 15, 2016
    It is the practice for the district to name one of our clubs for the Outstanding Club of the Year Award.  This is a very difficult task as there are so many great clubs doing extraordinary things.
    To be eligible, the criteria specifies that the successful club must be eligible for the RI Presidential citation and have shown an increase in membership during the year.  Clubs are then judged on their Membership Development, Service Projects, Support of the Foundation and Service beyond the Club.
    Rotary Club of Sackville & Area Club of the Year Jim Goit 2016-05-15 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on May 15, 2016
    Always busy, PDG Pete Smith (Rotary Club of Port Hawkesbury) is the 2015-16 recipient of the District 7820 Heart of the District Award. The presentation was made at the Governors's Gala banquet at the District Conference on May 14th by DG Jim Goit.
    The Heart of the District Award is given to a PDG who provided great service to the District during their year as District Governor and who continues to contribute in an outstanding way to the work being carried out by District 7820.
    After returning from an NID in Cameroon and having seen the condition of the hospitals and clinics in that country, Pete decided to do something.  Since then he has continued to arrange shipments of containers of hospital and miscellaneous medical equipment to Cameroon (now working on number 16) and he has also been responsible for shipping several rebuilt school buses to the country.
    Pete has also designed and built a mold for a water purifier for use in Cameroon.
    Pete has been awarded one of the highest offices (Honourary Chief)  and has been given a piece of land in Cameroon where he plans to build a small community center. 
    Pete Smith is deserving of the Heart of the District Award.  Congratulations Pete.
    See more at on this site's Awards and Recognition page including the names of previous awardees.
    Pete Smith Recipient of Heart of the District Award Jim Goit 2016-05-15 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Apr 20, 2016
    Rotarians can help in Equador by responding to the medical needs of those suffering from the recent earthquake.
    Health Partners International of Canada currently has 100 Humanitarian Medical Kits ready to be shipped. HPIC is sponsored by the Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturers and thus has access to top quality Canadian medications and medical supplies.
    I serve on the Board and fully endorse HPIC's ability to provide necessary essential products. HPIC can supply $10 wholesale value of medication for $1. All in Canadian funds. This leverage make our contributions go further.

    HPIC is also working with World Vision Canada in Angola in response to a yellow fever outbreak.

    For more information on these emergencies and how to contribute please visit

    Robert Earle
    International Service Director  902-466-4837
    Rotary Club of Dartmouth       902-233-3205
    Health Partners International of Canada option for helping in Equador Robert Earle 2016-04-20 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Mar 27, 2016
    The Board of Directors for District 7820 established a task force to review the approach to district conferences in response to a request from the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty.  The District Conference was last studied in 2002 and the recommendations in the report written at the time had largely been adopted.
    The terms of reference and membership for the task force were set and a report of the findings was due by April 30, 2016. The task force was composed of the following Rotarians: PDG Doug Logan (Chair), PDG Greg Coldwell , PDG Gord Hankin, DGN Don Sword, PP Dave Works, AG Carman Carroll, AG Ann Sherman, and PP Tom Davies. 
    The report of the District Conference Review committee was received by the District Board in February and  after review was accepted by the Board of Directors on March 17th 2016.
    District Conference Review Report Update Jim Goit 2016-03-27 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Mar 06, 2016
    The April 1st deadline for completion of requirements to qualify for the 2015-16 RI Presidential Citation is rapidly approaching.  As all is recorded on Rotary Club Central, it is easy to see that many clubs are closing in on meeting the requirements.

    The On-Line Tool adaption area is one that seems to be giving many clubs problems.  All club members can help achieve the citation with a few simple activities.  
    Of the several options, the three easiest to complete are "50% of Club members logging into My Rotary",  the "Create or Contribute to a Rotary Ideas project" and have at least two Rotarians "Join and Contribute to a Rotary Discussion Group".
    Quick Way to Get Credit for Online Tools Section of Presidential Citation Jim Goit 2016-03-06 04:00:00Z 0
    PDG Stella Tells Story of Polio Immuniziation 2016-02-29 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Feb 24, 2016
    Most every Rotary Club has a collection of club banners that has accumulated from either being brought by visitors to the club or from club members who travel, visit clubs around the world and bring banners back.  There are various ways that these banners are displayed or stored. However, over time it can become a problem to manage them.
    Wayne Gillis from the Rotary Club of Truro has developed a great system for this purpose and with banners collected over 90 years of service, it works well.  Watch the video that was made after the club's 90th Charter night celebration when the system was put to use to put the banner collection away until the next time it is needed.  
    In the video note Rotary International Director Julia Phelps and Immediate Past District Governor Stella Roy helping to put the banners away.

    Club Banner Management System Demo Jim Goit 2016-02-24 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Jan 25, 2016
    A  new Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group - ESRAG has been formed that may be of interest to many in our district.
    The Board of Rotary International approved a proposal to establish the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG) on 23 October 2015.  The purpose of the action group is to "Assist Rotarians in implementing service projects, building awareness, and inspiring action toward environmental sustainability -- particularly reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the global warming humanitarian crisis."
    New Rotary Action Group on the Environment Formed Jim Goit 2016-01-25 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jan 21, 2016
    Michael Angelo Caruso is District Governor elect for District 6380 in Michigan and he delivers an great message to his fellow DGEs at the 2016 RI assembly in San Diego on how to talk about Rotary.
    How do you talk about Rotary - A must watch video 2016-01-21 04:00:00Z 0
    DGE's from around the world were in San Diego  Jan 17-23 for their training at the 2016 International Assembly.
    Here DGE Elva officially meets RI President Elect John Germ. Many may remember John from when he attended the Million Dollar Dinner in Halifax in 2014.
    DGE Elva attends DG Training 2016-01-18 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jan 17, 2016
    The 2016 District 7820 Conference Registration is open!
    The conference committee has been busy putting the final touches on the program for the 2016 District Conference that will be held in Truro May 12 -15.  Check out the  website for lots of details including the program, speaker profiles, links to accommodation sites and much, much more.   When you're ready, click on the on-line registration button.
    There are a few very important items that you should know:
    • Online registration must be completed by every Rotarian, Rotaractor, Interactor & Youth Exchange student who is attending.  
    • Presidents and Secretaries Elect must register even if their club is paying for them. Instructions for them are on the registration page. Please read them carefully.
    • Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee and delegates must make their own arrangements.
    We look forward to seeing you in Truro.  If you have questions about registration, please contact the Conference Registrar, Gord Hankin at or Deputy Registrar, Don Mackenzie
    2016 District Conference Registration Opens Jim Goit 2016-01-17 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit
    District 7820 has a strategic plan and monitors a number of outcomes to help indicate the success of various initiatives toward district goals.  Every quarter the outcome measures are updated and compared to the annual goals.  In this way the various committees can adjust their activities if necessary.
    The district is making good progress and has already exceeded some of this year's objectives which is great!  We are close to the membership goals for the year due to the hard work of many people and are one of the few districts in our zone that are growing in members. 
    On the Foundation category however, donations to the annual fund are off by about 40% compared to last year.  There is still time to make gains on this before the end of the Rotary year and Rotarians are encouraged to include the annul fund in their giving plans.
    2015-16 Outcomes Measures Jan 1 Update Jim Goit 2015-12-29 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit
    Are you getting all the news from Rotary clubs in Atlantic Canada?  Are you using Facebook?  There is an easy way to get a summary of the most interesting news from the clubs in our District and from Rotary International.  Like the District Facebook page.  
    Every day, clubs post their stories, events, awards news, project and fundraising ideas to their club Facebook pages.  A selection of those are shared with the District Facebook page.  IF you have liked the District page you'll get a notice of those posts when you log into your personal Facebook account.  You don't have to search or "like" all 43 clubs (there are only 10% that don't  have Facebook sites) and you don't get overwhelmed with information.  The District team filters it for you.  You can always check further with a particular club if you want to.
    There are almost a million Facebook accounts in our district so it's a great way to get your clubs message out as well. 
    Please join the conversation by Liking the District Facebook Page. Rotary International - District 7820 
    Get Club News from Facebook Jim Goit 2015-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Nov 27, 2015
    The long battle to eliminate polio from the world is paying off.  The World Polio update as of the week of November 25,  2015 is as follows:
    • In 2015, wild poliovirus transmission is at the lowest levels ever, with fewer cases reported from fewer areas of fewer countries than ever before.  
    • In 2015, 57 wild poliovirus cases have been reported from two countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan), compared to 305 cases from nine countries during the same period in 2014. 
    • Pakistan: One new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in the past week, with onset of paralysis on 1 November. It is the most recent WPV1 case in the country, from Kamari town, Karachi, Sindh. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2015 is now 41
    • Afghanistan: No new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases were reported in the past week. The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 27 October, from Nangarhar. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2015 remains 16.
    Karen L. Oakes
    End Polio Now Coordinator Zone 24E 
    Give to help End Polio at
    Winning the Polio Battle Jim Goit 2015-11-27 04:00:00Z 0
    A group of friendly invaders from Canada’s Atlantic coast were in Roswell earlier this week as part of a Rotary exchange. The Rotarians were from District 7820 Atlantic Canada, which includes clubs from the provinces of Newfoundland-Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia and the French island Les Iles de Saint Pierre et Miquelon.
    From left: Tom and Shirley McCaughley, Newfoundland-Labrador; Marg Chisholm, Nova Scotia; Anne Gillis, Prince Edward Island; Sonya Piercy, Newfoundland-Labrador; Frieda Burger, Nova Scotia; and Don Chisholm, Nova Scotia. (Timothy P. Howsare Photo)
    Rotary Friendship Exchange (RFE) in New Mexico 2015-11-15 04:00:00Z 0
    The next in a series of Rotary Foundation webinars presented by the Zone 24 Foundation team is now open for registration:
    If you are one of the many Rotarians that have already registered for this webinar - thank you - if you have not registered we hope you will take the opportunity to participate.
    Date & Time Tuesday, November 24, 2015 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST (Pacific Time)
    Zone 24 Rotary Foundation Webinar Series 2015-11-14 04:00:00Z 0
    ClubRunner's BlogSpotYou and your organization rely on the smooth flow of communication between members to share important information. If your emails are being blocked or identified as spam, it creates a disconnect in your organization because important details may be missed. All email clients now have automatic spam filters that rate every incoming message according to set criteria to determine whether or not they might be spam.
    Avoiding spam filters - Advice from Clubrunner 2015-11-14 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Nov 10, 2015
    District Governor Jim Goit and Nominations Committee Chair, Immediate Past District Governor Stella Roy are pleased to announce the choice of Rob Christie, member of the Rotary Club of Pictou and Assistant Governor for Central and Northern Nova Scotia, as District Governor Nominee (Designate) for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.


    Rob was the unanimous choice and impressed the committee with his preparation for the position and his obvious commitment to Rotary.
    District Governor Nominee Designate Named Jim Goit 2015-11-10 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Nov 10, 2015
    Every three years, Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation (COL) to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council gives us a voice in how our organization is governed. District 7820 sends one representative to this meeting to represent members interests.  This time our representative is PDG Duncan Conrad.
    Council on Legislation 2016 Duncan Conrad 2015-11-10 04:00:00Z 0
    Engage in the Rotary Foundation to Change Lives Greg Coldwell 2015-11-10 04:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Nov 01, 2015
    Rotary International has recently made some changes to the site that Rotarians in District 7820 can take advantage of.
    The Rotary Ideas website helps clubs connect for funding, volunteers, partnerships, and in-kind donations. Where once they had to rely on Rotary to make this connection, clubs can now post their needs and find projects to support by themselves. Rotary Ideas emphasizes partnerships in addition to funding.
    Financial donations made to a Rotary ideas project can now go directly to the Rotary International Foundation and Rotarians logging in through their MyRotary account will get full Paul Harris credits in addition to income tax receipts for Canadian donations.  All donations to the end Polio cause are also eligible for the 2:1 matching from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Canadian Government.
    DG Jim and Ron ZwaagstraPresident of the Rotary Club of Sackville & Area  have been working with Kristin Brown from Rotary International for the past year to make changes to the system that will allow financial donations to go directly to the Rotary Foundation. The Pedaling for Polio Tour de 7820 site was used as a test case and is the first Rotary Ideas site  to do this.   
    Donations collected during DG Jim and Barbara's club visits have already been been sent to the Foundation and recognized on the Pedaling for Polio Site. More are being added.  Clubs and individuals are encouraged to make their own donations to Polio directly on the site.  Help us End Polio NOW.
    Pedaling for Polio: The Tour de 7820 Donation Site Goes Live Jim Goit 2015-11-01 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Stephen Thompson on Oct 20, 2015
    In November 2013, a group of singers from Halifax Harbourside got together to rehearse some Christmas carols that would be performed at Costco to raise funds for the Salvation Army Red Kettle drive. They had so much fun doing this that they decided  they should continue rehearsing a broader repertoire and invite members from the other clubs of the Halifax area. The goal would be to promote Rotary through music and they would call themselves Four Way Harmony.
    Two years later, the group has grown from 6 to 12 members, and they  have sung at club functions, charter nights, seniors homes and the 2015 District Conference in Halifax. Any monies raised through donations are split evenly between the  International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians (IFRM) and local HRM projects which support the mission of the IFRM.  The group would welcome any opportunities to sing at club event or non-Rotary function; after all, it’s about spreading the message of Rotary!
    Please contact Stephen Thompson at to learn more or book a singout. You can learn more about the IFRM by visiting
    Four Way Harmony Rotary Choir Stephen Thompson 2015-10-20 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Michelle Johnston-Lazaratos on Oct 19, 2015
    If your club is intending to participate in Rotary Youth Exchange for students departing/arriving in September 2016,  please confirm with Michelle ASAP as student interviews and selections will need to be completed by mid-December.  
    If you have any questions about Rotary Youth Exchange or require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Michelle at 902-314-6680 or .
    Call for Club interest in 2016 Rotary Youth Exchange Michelle Johnston-Lazaratos 2015-10-19 03:00:00Z 0
    Two Choices
     What would you do? make the choice. Don't look for  a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway.  
    My question is: Would you  have made the same choice? 
    At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of  one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by  all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:
    'When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection. 
    Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children  do.  Where is the natural order of things in my son?' 
    The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and  it comes in the way other people treat that child.'   
    Then he told the following story:      
    Shay 2015-10-11 03:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club of Summerside is underway with a major project, creation of the Rotary Regional Community Learning Centre in Summerside, PEI.  As part of their fund raising efforts the club is using Social media to attempt to gain wide support.

    "This space will provide an excellent venue for an expanded Regional Library, programming, and supports for literacy, numeracy, e-learning, entrepreneurial education and a host of other needs not currently being met in a satisfactory way," - Georgia Ellis, Rotary Club of Summerside President.

    We have acquired the former federal building at our 57 Central Street in downtown Summerside and with financial support from ACOA in the form of an $800,000 contribution from the Innovative Communities Fund, we are working smart to make this community development a successful, signature project for Rotary.
    Summerside Library Launches With Innovative Social Media Fundraising 2015-10-11 03:00:00Z 0
    PDG Joe Whalen passes 2015-10-07 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Duncan Conrad
    District leaders
    District 7820
    As you are aware, the Rotary International Council on Legislation will meet in Evanston in April of 2016.   The  proposed changes to the Legislation contained in the link below were  proposed to the 2016 Council by clubs, districts, the general council or conference of RIBI, and the RI Board. Each item was received by Rotary before the 31 December 2014 deadline. The RI Board, working on the advice of the Constitution & Bylaws Committee, has found this legislation to be regular.  Each of these Items will be debated and voted upon by the Council on Legislation Representatives from each district around the rotary world.  
    As your representative I am sharing these proposed changes with you so that you can get and understanding of the scope of the proposals which the Council will consider during it’s meetings in April.  this document contains some 181 proposed resolutions and reenactments which the council will consider.    I intend over the next several months to give you some highlights of the items proposes and of course a summary of the results of the debates and the decisions taken after the Council meets in April. In the interim I have attached a link to   
    The 2016 Council on Legislation book of proposed legislation. Please download a copy here:  Happy bedtime reading. 
    Duncan Conrad
    District 7820 
    Representative to the Council On Legislation
    Council on Legislation - April 2016 Duncan Conrad 2015-09-11 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Aug 29, 2015
    During the club visits I have been taking the Rotary cycling jersey along to promote the Tour de 7820 and the End Polio Now cause. Many Rotarians have asked if there was a T shirt style and women's sizes and if they can get their own.  The answer is YES there is and YES you can... And they are now available to order.
    The special ordering website has been opened.  Just select the style (Cycling Jersey or Running T, in Men's or Women's) and size for the shirts that you want . Then check out. The shirts are made to order and it takes 6 weeks from the time the site is closed to when the shirts arrive so please be patient. The order all comes in to the Bike Monkey in Truro before being shipped out to you.
    Thank you.   You'll look sharp promoting Rotary.   These would make great Christmas gifts!
    Running T
    Cycle Jersey
    Rotary Cycle Jerseys and Running Ts Available Jim Goit 2015-08-29 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Aug 29, 2015
    Can you imagine what it must be like not to be able to read to your children or grandchildren? Most of us take the skill so much for granted. Yet.. Worldwide, more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate and 67 million children have no access to education.  
    In our own district, the 2003 International Adult Literacy Skills Survey (IALSS) data showed that more than half of adults living in the Atlantic region have below level 3 literacy and/or numeracy skills (minimum skills level suitable for coping with the demands of everyday life and work in a complex, advanced society) and would have difficulty meeting the challenges of everyday life and work.  What can Rotary do to help this situation?
    Sept 2015 DG Bulletin Message Jim Goit 2015-08-29 03:00:00Z 0
    Think about attending the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) and become informed in what Rotary and Rotarians really do. Although named "Leadership" institute it is geared towards teaching Rotarians more about Rotary. Even if you do not aspire to being a "leader" in your club, it is a great program for all Rotarians.
    RLI offers 3 learning sessions that are each a day long and must be taken in order. You are introduced to how Rotary and clubs operate, meet Rotarians from other clubs and learn how they do things. Click the graphic above and register today.
    To see information on the whole RLI program and details on Part 1, 2 & 3 go to the RLI page on the District 7820 Websit
    Ask your club to help you with the registration fee.  See you in Truro.
    Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) Truro Oct 24 2015 Gord Hankin 2015-08-18 03:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Eclub of Atlantic Canada Gord Hankin 2015-08-18 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Aug 08, 2015

    Great News

    Matching of funds for donations made by Canadians to the Polio Eradication Initiative will be matched by the Government of Canada two dollars for every dollar raised by The Rotary Foundation (Canada).
    This is amazing! When you include the ongoing  2:1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a $5.00 donation becomes a $25.00 contribution toward ending polio. 
    There has NEVER been to better time to making a donation toward the End Polio Now campaign through the Rotary Foundation.  Donations can be made through the Rotary International website by clicking the GIVE link and selecting Polio and the cause.  
    We are almost there!  Let's finish the job.
    New Matching Program for Donations Toward Ending Polio Jim Goit 2015-08-08 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Gord Hankin on Jul 27, 2015
    The Rotary Satellite Eclub of Atlantic Canada Stratford has received approval from Rotary International.
    A "Satellite" club is a "division" of an existing club but operates independently of it's parent club but under the supervision of the parent. It's members are full Rotarians with all the privileges of full membership. 
    An "Eclub" is an "electronic" club that meets online on a website and carries on it's Rotary activities via the internet.
    Our membership currently stands at 10 but we anticipate gaining enough new members in the next few months to become a fully chartered club.
    Please drop in  to our website   ( ) and take a look around. Join and register on our Forum and participate in our weekly programs. All are welcome.
    If you do know of someone who may be interested in joining our Eclub, please send their information to the Eclub secretary Cindy Titus.
    PDG Gord Hankin 04-05
    Satellite Eclub receives RI approval Gord Hankin 2015-07-27 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Jul 20, 2015
    Facebook is one of the three primary Social Media tools that Rotary Clubs find most useful to communicate their messages concerning the good works of Rotary, both internally to other Rotarians as well as to external audiences.  80% of Clubs in District 7820 have their own Facebook pages while 25% have Twitter accounts.
    The District Facebook page follows all the District club pages and regularly shares posts that are judged to be potentially of interest across the District. By integrating all of the Club pages, the District provides a one-stop-shop for people following Rotary Facebook communication in our area.
    One of the priorities for District during the year is to increase the use of social media by Rotary Clubs and also increase the reach that the media has into the community. 
    Club Facebook Usage Jim Goit 2015-07-20 03:00:00Z 0
    2015-16 RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran
    K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, a business leader from Colombo, Sri Lanka, takes office on 1 July as the 105th president of – a global network of 1.2 million volunteers dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges.

    , a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, says a top priority will be to strengthen clubs by attracting men and women committed to improving communities worldwide through volunteer service.

    From supporting local food pantries to providing clean water in remote villages, Rotary clubs join forces to carry out impactful and sustainable projects at home and abroad. And Rotary members often are both first-responders and re-builders when major disasters strike, because Rotary clubs are present in every corner of the world.

    K.R. Ravindran becomes the first Sri Lankan to head Rotary 2015-06-28 03:00:00Z 0
    DG's July message
    As I begin my term as District Governor, I ask you to reflect on this year’s Rotary International theme “Be a Gift to the World”. What an inclusive and inspiring theme! We all have gifts we can contribute, regardless of our means, position and profession. It’s not only material gifts but gifts of our time and talents that are important. Through Rotary we can use those gifts for service to our communities, our region and around the world.  By the giving of our gifts, we will also get a level of personal satisfaction by knowing that we are helping others in need.
    It’s an exciting time in Rotary.  Membership growth in our district has been very positive; we have new clubs and many new projects. There are new tools to help us communicate as Rotarians and be efficient as clubs. We really are on the verge of eliminating polio from the world - an exceptional gift indeed. It’s truly a great time to be a Rotarian.
    As Barbara and I start our journey around the district this month we are excited by the opportunity to meet our fellow Rotarians and see firsthand the work of Rotary in your club.  We look forward to sharing with you some of the gifts we have as Rotarians and talking about how together we can do even more. Together let’s make 2015-16 a great year to be a Rotarian.

    DG Jim
    July 2015 Bulletin DG Message 2015-06-16 03:00:00Z 0

    Rotary’s new member benefits program gives all Rotarians access to discounts on a variety of products and services selected with their interests in mind.

    Discounts & special offers

    Rotary Global Rewards

    When Rotary Global Rewards launches in July, the program will include discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, and entertainment. More products and services from companies around the world will be added throughout the year. Check back often to see what’s new in Rotary Global Rewards.

    How it works

    Anyone can view the offers and discounts on Rotary Global Rewards. But only Rotary club members who are signed in to their My Rotary accounts can redeem them. You can access and redeem rewards from your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

    If you have not already done so, create a My Rotary account now so you’re ready to take advantage of the new member benefits program when it’s available. If you need help creating an account, see the .

    Rotary support

    If you have questions about specific offers, please contact the company directly. They have the most knowledge about their discounts. Contact information is available on each company’s website.

    For issues with the website, please  to the Rotary Contact Center.

    Rotary Global Rewards 2015-06-12 03:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jun 05, 2015
    On June 12th, District 7820 welcomes its newest Rotary club to a century-old tradition. The Rotary Club of St. John’s After Hours hosts its official charter event on Friday, to become the forty-seventh Rotary club in the District and the sixth in St. John’s
    New Club Chartered Bruce Templeton 2015-06-05 03:00:00Z 0
    Click on the graphics below for the Video presentation
    Click HERE to see all the past and future YouTube videos from D7820 Including the speakers at the 2015 District Conference.
    June Paddle Talk
    This is my last newsletter to you as your Governor for 2014 - 2015
    As I reflect over the year that has sped by I feel so proud all of the great work our district does in our communities both locally and globally.
    Every week I hear of a new project or new idea to help others less fortunate than ourselves
    1. News:
    Several clubs have reached Milestones
    St John’s NW  celebrated  50 years in style with 2 charter members and several 40 years plus. Sponsored by the RC of St John’s
    Middleton celebrated 60 years sponsored by the RC of Kentville and Wolfville in the presence of Honorary Member and Premier of Nova Scotia Stephen McNeil. The museum in Middleton has an exhibition on Rotary for the remainder of the calendar Year. Drop by and see it.
    Sydney celebrates 95years sponsored by the RC of Halifax
    Wolfville celebrates 80 years sponsored by the RC of Windsor
    New Charter
    We have grown as a district and have a new club RC of St John’s After Hours, sponsored by the District. Thanks to all the work and Mentorship of Membership Chair Paul Roy, PDG Tom McCaughy, AG Bruce Templeton and President Kelly Finlayson. This club is a new generation of clubs that meets with no meal at 5.30 in the evening and is one of now 6 clubs in the St John’s area.
    Membership Chair , Foundation Chair step down
    A big thank you to all the work that Paul Roy has given the district in the last two years as District Membership Chair. He took his role very seriously and was there when any club asked for information.  He has left the district in a strong position going forward.
    Elva Heyge  can never really be replaced. We will always remember her legacy of setting the policies in place for the “Future Vision of the Rotary Foundation” Our  District, Global Grants and Peace Fellow Scholarships are very well organised. We have just completed our FIRST Global Grant Scholarship for Matt Hefler to go to the UK thanks to Elva and President  RC Halifax Harbourside Donna Clark. Elva has worked for over three years in this role and continues on to do great work as District Governor Elect.  Thank you Elva
    Thanks to Bob Monroe of the RC of Sydney ‘s guidance our Interact clubs have increased again and Cape Breton still leads the way in this area
    Michelle Lazaratos of the RC of Charlottetown has worked tirelessly for our Youth exchange is in need of more committee members if people have an interest.
    Lorraine Ennis has led our Rotaractors and we look forward to RYLA on the Rock in August.
    We are close to our goal at $150,000 with more to come.  Thank you Bruce. You have championed this initiative
    Thank you to PDG Gord Hankin for all his work with the Webpage and this newsletter. Gord is on the computer daily for the District, Thank you to Kathryn Atkin at the District office, PDG Duncan Conrad for his constant support and work with membership, PDG Bob Moffat for his work on the Awards and Audit , David Mullins as Grant Chair, PDG Doug Logan as Peace Scholar Chair and Thank you to the Board who have worked tirelessly for you this year.
    I leave you in great hands with DGE Jim Goit, he is a delight to work with and will continue to work hard for the District with his wife Barbara at his side.
    I am looking forward to going back to help with the work our club  RC Halifax Harbourside does in our community but thank you all for making me so welcome in your communities this year. You will always be welcome in Halifax 
    Stella Roy
    June 2015 Bulletin Lead 2015-05-27 03:00:00Z 0
    Dear Club and District Officers:
    Between 19-22 May, we are introducing several updates to the Club & District Administration pages that will make your administrative tasks easier:
    Quick links: You’ll be able to designate favorite links from the Club & District Administration section and access them from your My Rotary dashboard. See an example.
    Terms of access: Incoming club and district officers will have access to club and district information by 1 June. Most outgoing club and district officers will retain access to the information for 12 months.
    Overall redesign: Related activities will be grouped together on Club & District Administration pages. See an example and the new landing page.
    If you have questions, contact
    Changes to Club & District Administration pages on 2015-05-20 03:00:00Z 0
    Click " READ MORE" below to see the 8 conference graphics created by MacLeod Allen Creative Services representing the different speakers during the conference.
    Conference Graphics 2015-05-12 03:00:00Z 0
    Read about:
    How to coach a Peace Fellow applicant
    Promote Rotary on a budget
    Get Ready for your July club invoice:- Create a "My Rotary" account today
    Five don’t-miss opportunities in São Paulo
    New club invoice makes life easier
    Great information, click  HERE to read the newsletter. ET READY FOR YOUR JULY CLUB INVOICE; CREATE A MY ROTARY ACCOUNT TODAY
    Rotary Leader May 2015 2015-05-04 03:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Cycle Jersey Jim Goit 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
    DG Stella writes review of her Nigeria Polio trip. 2015-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Leader - March 2015 | Helping clubs and districts achieve success 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
    End Polio Now video Mar 2015 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
    tudents from Israel and Palestine sat together at a local art studio in Encinitas, California, USA, one day last summer, drawing portraits of one another and learning how to live in peace.

    Kelly Mellos, an organizer of the project from the Rotary Club of Encinitas Coastal, says that drawing someone who is sitting so close helps break down social barriers between the young people. "They see how many similarities there are between them," she says. "And they begin to understand we are all just people. There is a respect and trust that builds."

    Intense summer program gives Israeli and Palestinian teens new perspectives 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
    Think About It ! 2015-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
    Past RI President Cliff Dochterman speaks at a club charter night 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
    Rotary International Annual Report 2013-2014 2014-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
    DG Stella is honoured to have PRIP Ron Burton and his wife Jetta to be the Rotary International President's rep at the 2015 District conference in Halifax. Ron and Jetta are no strangers to District 7820 as they attended the 2007 Zone Institute held in Halifax in 2007.

    Ron D. Burton
    Immediate Past President (2013-14)  
    Member, President’s Advisory Committee
    University foundation
    Rotary Club of Norman
    Past RI President Ron Burton to be RI President's Rep at District Conference 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Gord Hankin on Dec 14, 2014
    The Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast recently honoured the memory of the Late PDG Trevor Atkin. Kathryn recently sent me the following:
    Hello everyone - I just wanted to share with you something very special.  Our Rotary Club has chosen to remember Trevor and his contribution to the club in a very special way.  The Club has had a granite bench made and installed inside the gazebo at Topsail Beach.  All of you will know that the beach held a very special place in Trevor's heart and he and Bess spent, if not every day, then almost every other day walking the beach and the surrounding trails.  In fact, they became a fixture and became known in the neighbourhood as the "Man with the little black dog". 
    Remembering PDG Trevor Atkin Gord Hankin 2014-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Peace Center Application 2014-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
    Bill Gates thanks Rotary 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0

    At its October meeting , the RI Board of Directors modified Rotary’s calendar of special observances to designate specific months to highlight the Areas of Focus. As a result, Rotary’s special observances are:
    January: Vocational Service
    February: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
    March: Water and Sanitation
    April: Maternal and Child Health
    May: Youth Services
    June: Rotary Fellowships
    July: Start of New Rotary Year
    September: Basic Education & Literacy
    October: Economic & Community Development
    November: The Rotary Foundation
    December: Disease Prevention and Treatment
    Rethinking the Rotary Calendar 2014-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head for speaking out against the Taliban in support of girls' education, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014.

    Yousafzai, whose father is a Rotarian, shares the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, a native of India who has worked to combat the exploitation of children for financial gain, according to an announcement in October from the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

    Malala Yousafzai wins the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize 2014-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
    A club in Australia cooks up sausages as part of the World’s Greatest Meal.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Susanne Rea

    Susanne Rea saw how social media propelled an event to raise money for polio eradication, and figured she could use the same tools to encourage Rotary clubs around the world to hold similar fundraising meals. To date, clubs and districts have raised over $1 million for Rotary's polio eradication campaign through more than 600 dining events.

    Five must-do’s to get your event noticed on social media 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Members of the Rotary Club of Sunyani East, Ghana, explain how their club began, and why Rotary is the best place to find fun, companionship and service.

    For more than a decade, Rotary's membership has lingered around 1.2 million. That means that for every person who joined during that period, another person left. Last year, membership hit a 10-year low, at 1,185,000, though we've since rebounded, raising the figure this year to 1,207,102.

    For RI President Gary C.K. Huang, that's not good enough. He hopes to increase membership to 1.3 million by the end of his term.

    How Rotary can keep and recruit members 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
    A member of the Rotary Club of Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, immunizes children against polio at a camp for internally displaced persons in Waziristan. No type 3 polio has been reported in Pakistan -- or anywhere worldwide -- for more than two years.
    Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Rotary Club of Rawalpindi

    Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are approaching a significant milestone: the eradication of type .

    The last case of polio caused by the type 3 virus was reported in Yobe, Nigeria, on 10 November 2012.

    A major breakthrough against polio 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0

    This year, Rotary is participating in #GivingTuesday on 2 December, a global day of giving supported by 10,000 organizations worldwide.

    Invite your club to get involved by . Online giving is the easiest and most efficient way to give to the Foundation and the causes you care about most. As an added incentive, President Gary C.K. Huang will send special video messages to the club and district that make the most individual online gifts to The Rotary Foundation on #GivingTuesday.

    Share why you support the Foundation on and by using the tags #GiveTheGift and #GivingTuesday. And replace your profile picture with our !

    You can also round out Rotary Foundation Month by adding this , which highlights #GivingTuesday, to your weekly program.

    Contact if you questions or feedback about participating in #GivingTuesday.

    Rotary News

    Participate in #GivingTuesday on 2 December 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Giving &Grants 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Jim Goit on Oct 26, 2014
    A few of us are looking at trying to organize bicycle events for Rotarians and friends to be held in the Truro area in the early summer of 2015 and then again in 2016.  We are thinking about  offering different rides at each event, perhaps 25, 50 and/or 100 km  and proceeds going toward the End Polio Campaign. There could be team jerseys like the one shown. 
    If it were organized, would Rotarians come? 
    Let Jim Goit ( or Ron Zwaagstra ( know if you’d be interested.  Please pass this message on to people you know who like to road bike. 
    Interested in Riding? Jim Goit 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
    Greetings Rotarians and Friends: 
    Once again this year, I invite you to join us in New York City at the Rotary-United Nations Day on Saturday, November 1, 2014.  In addition, Canadian Rotarians can participate in a UN Tour Friday am and a Special Canada Session, hosted by the Canadian UN Ambassador on Friday afternoon, October 31st.
    Rotary Day at the United Nations PDG Doug Vincent 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
    Congratulations to DGN Elva Heyge 2014-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
    Congratulations PDG Wayne Hambly 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Jun 24, 2014

    Three experienced Rotarians  make up the Executive of District 7820 for 2014-15. Each brings their own experience and skill set to the job of helping our District be successful during the year.
    District Executive 2014-15 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Passing the torch 2014-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
    New RI Member Invoice coming Jan 1 2015 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
    At the District Conference this past weekend, Cindy Titus was inducted as the first member of the eClub which currently is a satellite club of the RC of Stratford. Congratulations Cindy!
    L-R  Stratford President Elect James Pineau, AG Ann Sherman, Cindy, Stratford President Pam Borden, District Membership Chair Paul Roy.
    eClub Inducts first member 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
    21 Days To Conference
    Are you registered ?
    Click HERE to register
    Some of you may have missed the poll on the mid month bulletin. We asked if you were registered for the conference. Click HERE for the results.
    District Governor's Comments May 2014
         We are rapidly winding down the year of "Engage Rotary  Change Lives "before we "Light Up Rotary". Although I think that our theme this year is one that will live throughout Rotary's history.
          There are a couple of very important and exciting events that are happening before we install DGE Stella Roy and I fade off into the sunset. Three weeks to go before Claudia and I, the conference committee, and all the clubs from western Nova Scotia are your hosts at the 99th annual conference being held at the Old Orchard Inn. Educational seminars , top notch inspirational speakers ,outstanding entertainment ,delicious food and nectar of the vines are just a few of the activities waiting for you May 22-25. Not to mention the opportunity to make some interesting new friends. If you have not already done so please register for the whole or part of the conference. If you have trouble finding a room please get in touch with the committee . SEE YOU THERE.
          As most of you are aware Rotary has a theme for each of the months ---- well almost all , May does not have any formal distinction except in a number of Districts it is conference month plus the on going training for next year's executive's. This tells us the Rotary year is drawing to an end . A year which for Claudia and I was filled with very exciting club visits ,highly interesting and humanitarian projects which are enhancing our communities and hopefully alleviating the pain and suffering of those less fortunate than us the world over. We have less than two months to finish all those lofty goals that we set out to accomplish a mere ten months ago. I had six goals that I intended to complete this year which I will go into more detail next month, five have basically been successfully completed. Membership is the one area where we may not reach the lofty heights we set out to achieve. On the positive side membership will be up year over year and for this I thank everyone for their efforts especially membership chair Paul Roy.
        There have been at least two clubs that have increased their numbers dramatically , one has achieved this by getting their community involved with what they do . A lesson here I think for all of us. It is much easier to bring members in than to get them involved and retain them. How do you make members feel part of the club, convince them it is the work they do that gives Rotary the power to eradicate polio, build schools ,drill wells , and all the other good work we do locally and around the world.
          Having said that someone asked you to a meeting and introduced you to a world of service ,why don't you do the same?
       Thank you.  
    Greg Coldwell
    District Governor
    Participate in YOUTH EXCHANGE and become young again !
    Ever wanted to know more about Youth Exchange?  Is your club currently involved, been involved in the past and would like to jump in again, or want to get involved for the first time?  As part of our mandate from the District to foster and grow the Rotary Youth Exchange program in 7820, there will be a one day information, training, and strategy session on YE on May 22, prior to the District Conference.  Youth Exchange Officers from all clubs currently active in YE will be there.  We would like to open the session to any other Rotarians interested in getting involved at either the club or District level.  If you are interested in attending or would like more information on Youth Exchange, please contact Michelle Lazaratos, District Youth Exchange Chair at .
    Michelle Lazaratos
    RYE 7820 District Chair
    35 Sheffield Crescent
    Charlottetown, PE, CANADA C1E 2G8
    Rotary Foundation "Giving & Grants" information from Rotary International
    Click HERE to learn the latest updates directly from RI.
    May Bulletin Items 2014-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
    Port Hawkesburt & PDG Pete Smith Wil 1st prize International 2014-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
    Rotary is receiving significant international media coverage this week for its role in the historic polio-free certification of the World Health Organization’s South-East Asia region
    Rotary in the media update 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
    Would you, or someone you know, like to become a Rotarian but don’t live near an existing club or can’t attend regular meetings?  Perhaps you, or someone you know, are thinking of leaving Rotary because you are moving, or because of family and/or work commitments.
    Rotary eClub of Atlantic Canada 2014-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
    Do you know someone who you think would make a good Rotarian but cannot get to a meeting at the same time every week?
    We have the answer. An eClub for District 7820. Click HERE to see the Facebook page.
    Rotary E-club of Atlantic Canada 2014-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
    Click on the logo to the left to read the latest "Visions" newsletter from TRF. Take special note of the item on page 4 by our own PDG John Williamson.
    TRF Visions Canada Newsletter 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
    District 7820 sends congratulations to AG Mark Linehan on his appointment.
    member photo
    New Provincial Court Judges to Sit in St. John’s and Stephenville

    The Honourable Darin King, Minister of Justice, and the Honourable Felix Collins, Attorney General, today announced two new judicial appointments for the province. Lynn E. Cole was appointed to Provincial Court in Stephenville effective March 6, while Mark T. Linehan was appointed to Provincial Court in St. John’s effective March 4.


    AG Mark Linehan appointed to Judge in St. John's 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Wasrag newsletter March 2014 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
    District Project
    Awing Village – 2014
    Our District is preparing to send another container to Cameroon.  
    We are seeking some hospital equipment for the Awing hospital such as (1) Operating Table, Stretchers, Admitting Table, Wheel Chairs, and Mattresses. In addition we will be loading school supplies such as writing material, solar power calculators, musical instruments, children’s summer clothing.  Bicycles will be collected also to help fill available space. The 20’ container is located in Burnside, Dartmouth and accessible during weekdays.   Please email PDG Pete at if you wish to assist.
    This will be a total of fifteen containers that have been shipped to Africa containing hospital, school and water equipment. You can all be proud of these successful projects which continue to bring relief to the communities. Almost every club in D7820 has contributed, and our District is well known in D9150 with their local advertising and the four school buses we shipped in 2010 proudly displaying D7820 and Canadian Flag.
    Rotary, giving Service Above Self
    Cameroon updat March 2014 2014-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
    It is with great sadness that we report the passing of PDG Trevor Atkin ( 98-99)  this past Thursday Feb 27 2014.  Trevor was a dedicated Rotarian and wonderful friend to many in this district. He will be missed. Our condolences go out to Kathryn and family.  ( )
    News from our District Governor
    We may be in the midst of the coldest time of year but Rotary is sizzling in the District. From Youth services Vicki Chalker and her committee are hard at work planning and preparing for an exciting District wide RYLA for Rotoract in 2015. The Riverview Interact club made the floor of the Nova Scotia Assembly by way of a special resolution presented by MLA Alfie MacLeod for their work in international service. Being recorded by Hansard this now becomes a permanent record in Nova Scotia history . Congratulations to the Riverview club and Rotarian Bob Munroe their mentor. Still on the issue of Youth services, the Yarmouth Rotary club is sponsoring a Interact club in the local High School and the charter has been applied for. Finally this past week St. John's clubs presented DGE Stella Roy with a cheque for Polio Plus that will help vaccinate 187,000 children . Congratulations to  AG Bruce Templeton and St.John's Rotarians.
        On the membership front PDG Tom MaCaughey has been the driving force behind the formation of an after hours club in St. John's . At their first gathering this past week a number of potential new members were present. Best of luck with this Tom and hopefully this will be a template for many more. Membership chair Paul Roy is busy generating interest in a e-club .
        DGE Stella Roy has started training of next years Presidents and Secretaries . Mini conferences have  begun and I would encourage you to attend the one being held in your area . It is a great way to meet Rotarians from other clubs and hear very informative and interesting speakers.
       March is literacy month . Probably not on the top of most clubs agendas , but certainly a problem within our society and also world wide and why it is part of our foundations six areas of focus. So how can motivated clubs promote and celebrate Literacy month. Please consider the following,
          (1) create awareness
               (a) Schedule a speaker on a literacy topic .
               (b) Present a literacy recognition to teachers, students, or civic leaders who have promoted the cause of literacy in the community.
           (2) Undertake a project
                (a) Do a basic literacy project
                (b) Do a functional literacy project.
          If you have not already done so please go to the million dollar dinner web site " " and have a look.
          Please consider registering for all or part of the district conference.
    DG Greg
    News from our Membership Chair
    We all know the great work that Rotary does and it makes us feel good.
    In order for our clubs to do more good unto our local and global communities we need more members.  Our District has been a leader the past three years with membership growth in Canada. This year to date we have not been as successful. We have just completed our eight month of our Rotary Year and the District is at the same membership number we were at July 1st.  1601 members.  Only 14 of our 46 clubs are showing a membership growth. Many clubs are the same membership number and a few clubs are in declining membership. The district has a goal this year to grow by 1 % that would mean adding 16 new members for the year. We can not achieve this with out your clubs help.
    Rotary is very good at bringing in new members however we have not been very good at keeping them. People join Rotary for Rotary’s ideals.
    People don’t leave Rotary.  They leave clubs that do not live up to the new members expectations.  They key is to get the new members engaged. We suggest you assign a mentor to help the new member understand Rotary and the mentor helps them get involved in the committee they are passionate about. New members joined Rotary to serve.
    In other exciting news the membership committee is at the beginning stages of forming an E-club in the District.  James Pineau of the Rotary Club Of Stratford PEI will be the chair.  We ask that you take notice of announcements from the district and let us know of potential new members who may be interested in joining this exciting new concept in Rotary.
    Your district membership committee is happy to make club visits and help your club identify ways to attract and keep members. The tools are there. Your club may only be one piece away from being a vibrant and growing club.
    Together we can make our goal and have growth again for the fourth year in a row.
    Paul R Roy
    District 7820
    Membership Chair.
    DG March 2014 news 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
    Crowdsourcing has become very popular over the past few years. Rotary in now taken it one step further and created a Crowdsourcing page for your club projects. Take a look at  and get help with your project.
    Rotary Crowdsourcing - 2014-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
    Bruce Aylward speaks about Polio 2014-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
    EVANSTON, Ill., USA (Dec. 23, 2013) — K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, a business leader from Colombo, Sri Lanka, will be the 105th president of Rotary International – a global network of 1.2 million volunteers dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges./div>
    K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran - RIPresident 2015-2016 2013-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Bob Munroe on Dec 11, 2013
    On December 3rd, the Interact Club of Riverview Rural High School celebrated 29 years of service both locally and internationally. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sydney, the club’s approximately 50 members weekly donate their time to assist a variety of community organizations and not for profit groups and events.
    Riverview Interect Bob Munroe 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Gord Hankin on Dec 07, 2013
    United Airlines has announced the airline's third annual 10-million-mile giveaway, benefiting nearly three dozen nonprofits that provide services to people and communities around the world. Individuals can vote online for their favorite of 35 organizations and, by doing so, determine how many "MileagePlus" award miles each nonprofit will receive.
    >United will give each of the organizations, which include Rotary International, a minimum of 25,000 miles. The airline will award the remainder of the 10 million miles based on the percentage of the total vote count each nonprofit receives.
    In early voting, Rotary is in second place. Rotarians are asked to help Rotary reach the top by voting once daily at through December 31. The award miles will be distributed in January, 2014.

    Don't wait...DO IT NOW !

    10 million mile challenge Gord Hankin 2013-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Bruce Templeton on Dec 05, 2013
    On Dec 4 , the St. John's Board of Trade held it's Business Excellence Awards. Over 600 business leaders were present when leading businesses were selected and publicly presented glittering awards. In the category of Customer Service and Reliability, the award was presented to PDG Tom McCaughey's firm Service Master Clean of St. John's.

    Congratulation to Tom, Shirley and their whole team for winning this very deserved award for business excellence.


    PDG Tom's business wins award Bruce Templeton 2013-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Gord Hankin on Dec 02, 2013

    Hi Everyone,

    If you are not aware of this ongoing contest with Aviva Insurance please help us out.  We are in the semi finals of this contest.  If we make it to the Finals we are guaranteed a $5000 prize up to as high as a $150000 prize.  We have a lot of work left to do in our Port Hawkesbury Community Park project.  I am putting a call out to all Rotarians to go to the link below and register and then vote for our project once per day for the next 10 days.  There is some very worthwhile projects in this contest but I would love your help to aide us in completing our Community Park Project.  It only takes a second to vote once your register.  If you have more then one email then register with each email and vote that many more times.

    I hope you can help our community.

    Thank you.

    Jeremy White 

    Need Help for the Port Hawkesbury Community Park Gord Hankin 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Gord Hankin on Dec 01, 2013

    It is my pleasure to announce that the duly appointed nominating committee has selected Elva Heyge, Past President of the Rotary Club of Kentville, as our District Governor Nominee Designate for District 7820 for the year 2016-2017.

    Any club wishing to challenge this selection may do so in accordance with RI bylaw 13.020.8 as outlined below by directing such challenge to District Governor Greg Coldwell ( and copied to the chair of the nominating committee, PDG Tom McCaughey (

    This must be received in writing on or before Tuesday, December 17, 2013.

    Should no challenge be received by this date, Elva Heyge will be declared as nominee for District Governor 2016-2017  .

    District Governor Nominee - 2016-2017 Gord Hankin 2013-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Thomas McCaughey on Nov 29, 2013

    The DG Selection Committee is pleased to announce the choice of Elva Heyge of the Rotary Club of Kentville as District Governor Nominee (Designate) for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year in accordance with our by-laws. Elva was chosen over two other very capable and impressive candidates for this position.

    Elve Heyge selected as DGND 16-17 Thomas McCaughey 2013-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Margaret Butt on Nov 28, 2013

    Four new Rotarians were welcomed in the Rotary world by Club President Margaret Butt.

    The candidates, Laurie Skinner, Julie Sheppard, Katrina McLaughlan and Roger Barbour have come along for a number of weeks, were carefully taken through an interview process and then asked the question “Do you still wish your name to go forward.”  Happily, none of them ran for the door!

    The Rotary Club of St. John’s East grew by 10% this morning Margaret Butt 2013-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Club of Halifax’s continuing 100th Anniversary Celebrations. Roy Hayward 2013-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Gord Hankin on Nov 28, 2013

    Dear Zones 24 & 32 Rotarians:

    Attached is the December issue of the monthly Zone newsletter.  Inside you will find thoughts on the real value of Rotary's new branding campaign and on what the "family of Rotary" entails. You'll also find also an update on Associate Membership, and a primer on WASRAG, the Water and Sanitation Action Group that started right here in our Zones.    And yes, it's the end of the year; time to think about charitable giving, especially to our Foundation.  Included are some tips to make sure that your charitable giving works for you -- not the tax man

    Zone 24 & 32 Monthly newsletter Gord Hankin 2013-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Louisa Horne on Nov 17, 2013
    Through the Me to We/Free the Children foundation, we are raising 500$ which supplies a school with new books and furniture.  We are hoping to have it go towards a school in Pakistan to further support Malala's education for all movement.
    Gorsebrook School Interact in Halifax "Build a school". Louisa Horne 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Gord Hankin on Nov 10, 2013
    Action Requested: Engage Rotary: remind your clubs to work towards the 2013-14 Presidential Citation
    District 7820
    Dear District Governor Coldwell:
    I am writing to provide you with important information about the 2013-14 Presidential Citation. Please share the following information with your clubs.
    Rotary – 2013-14 Presidential Citation Gord Hankin 2013-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
    Archie Panjabi: Rotary Polio Ambassador Gord Hankin 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Gord Hankin on Nov 02, 2013

    On Friday Nov 1 and Saturday Nov 2 the D7820 District Team met in Halifax for their fall review and strategy session. An excellent series of discussions took place under the watchful eye of District Trainer Meriam MacLeod. 


    District Team meets in Halifax Gord Hankin 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Gord Hankin on Nov 02, 2013

    Following is a link to the November issue of Beyond Borders, our Zone newsletter.  Inside you will read about satellite clubs, the very first e-alumni association, an update on the Hurricane Irene grant, info on the Paul Harris "Little Red Schoolhouse" and next year's Zone Institute in Toronto, a listing of those Rotarians we have lost this year, and much more.

    Beyond Borders Newsletter, November 2013 Gord Hankin 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
    Waterford Valley Rotary Club NL visits Ireland District Conference Rick Tiller 2013-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by James Goit on Oct 26, 2013

    I am looking to update the list of Rotary Clubs in District 7820 that have a Facebook sites so every club can be linked to the district page.  By doing this, Club postings can be easily shared district wide. 

    Members of the District Social Media team are always looking for postings of interest to share, however clubs are free to post their own stories, events etc on the District page directly as well.  Let me know if you or someone in your club would be interested in joining the team.

    Let me know if the list below is incomplete. There are a few clubs with "group" sites we are unable to link to unfortunately.

    I am also interested in Clubs that use Twitter.

    Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast
    Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty
    Rotary Club of Corner Brook
    Gander Rotary Club
    Rotary Club of Grand Falls
    Rotary Club of Halifax
    Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside
    Rotary Club of Halifax Northwest
    Rotary Club of Kentville
    Rotary Club of Middleton
    Rotary Club of Port Hawkesbury
    Rotary Club of Sackville & Area
    Rotary Club of St. John's Northwest
    Rotary Club of Stephenville
    Stratford Rotary
    Rotary Club of Summerside
    Rotary Club of Truro
    Rotary Club of Windsor, NS
    Rotary Club of Wolfville - Mud Creek
    Rotary Club of Yarmouth

    Thank you.

    Jim Goit (
    District Social Media Chair
    District Governor Nominee

    Club Facebook Sites James Goit 2013-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Evelina Dunlap on Oct 26, 2013

    Important - Time sensitive

    Dear NS/PEI Club members,
    There is an interest from District 5020, an international district comprising Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, and Western Washington State, USA, to visit NS/PEI in the fall of 2014 and for the NS/PEI team to go west in the spring of 2014.
    The dates for the NS/PEI team to go to District 5020 are June 1-15, 2014. They will come to NS/PEI Sep 24-Oct 9, 2014.
    This RFE is only open to the Clubs in NS/PEI. Please notify me of your interest by Nov 6, 2014 by email at
    Kindly indicate the name of your club and whether you will travel with a partner or alone.
    Rotary regards,
    Evelina Dunlap
    RFE Co-ordinator District 7820


    RFE to District 5020 (Vancouver Island and Washington State) Evelina Dunlap 2013-10-27 00:00:00Z 0