With Environmental Sustainability taking root within Rotary as the 7th Area of Focus, Rotary has designated April 2023 as the Environment Month. Check the link below to see what Rotarians around the world are doing to improve the health of planet.


Within District 7070, most clubs are participating in the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup. On Saturday April 22, 2023 (EARTH DAY), thousands of Rotarians & Non-Rotarians alike, on both sides of the Canadian and U.S. border will roll up their sleeves to collect refuse along the shoreline, and innumerable waterway tributaries to the Great Lakes basin......

Our 3rd Annual Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Event (GLWC) is quickly approaching!  Please mark your calendar for Saturday April 22 (Earth Day).  More information to come from your District Environmental Action Committee. Thank you - Dan Coombes - Chair GLWC (dancoombes4@gmail.com)

What is your club doing ?  At The Second Marsh in Oshawa, Ontario, the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa, Oshawa-parkwood and Courtice are helping the Friends of The Second Marsh. The SECOND MARSH is a 137 ha coastal wetland located in the southeast portion of Oshawa, (Regional Municipality of Durham), Ontario, Canada.  The combination of Second Marsh with the adjacent areas of McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve and Darlington Provincial Park represents nearly 400 hectares, one of the largest publicly accessible waterfront spaces available in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  It is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in a major urban center, and is unique in being the largest remaining wetland in the GTA.

Please Read more .......


Dear fellow Rotarians in District 7070,

Rotarians in District 7070 have been committed to The Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation. You should be proud of the difference that Rotary have made in the lives of millions of people throughout the world by the project funded by The Rotary Foundation.

I want to thank you for your past efforts and ask that you recommit to helping us raise funds for The Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation.

We are inviting you to join our efforts to continue for The Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation.  To become a member of the District 7070 Paul Harris Society you are asked to commit to making an annual donation of $1000 USD or more to The Annual Programs Fund of the Rotary Foundation.

We hope that with your commitment in joining the District 7070 Paul Harris Society, we will make a significant difference in our world.

To sign up go to https://rotary7070.org/sitepage/paul-harris-society-district-7070


Bob Wallace

Past District Governor

Chair, District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee

Dear Fellow Rotarians in District 7070,

Rotarians in District 7070 have been committed over the past nearly 40 years to raising funds to immunize children worldwide and our efforts are paying off.  You should be proud of the difference that Rotary has made in the lives of millions of children by eliminating this dreadful disease.

I want to thank you for your past efforts and ask that you recommit to helping us raise funds to finish Rotary’s number one initiative of eradicating polio.  Rotary is still committed to raising $50 million a year for this effort.

As such, we are launching the District 7070 Polio Plus Society and are inviting you to join our efforts to continue to raise funds to eradicate polio.  To become a member of the District 7070 Polio Plus Society you are asked to commit to making an annual donation of $100 USD or more to The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus Fund until the last two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, are certified free of the wild polio virus. 

For more information and to sign up go to https://rotary7070.org/sitepage/polioplus-society-1


Bob Wallace

Past District Governor

Chair - District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee


Dear Rotary District 7070 family,

I am writing to you this afternoon to share some very exciting news!  On March 28, 2023, I received notice from Rotary International that the  Rotary Club of Toronto Tibetan, Ontario, Canada has been chartered! Our District 7070 just added a new club to our Rotary Family!

Every time a New Rotary  Club is created, it validates the work Rotary does in our communities, serves as  testament to the the dedication in making a difference in the world and the unrelenting commitment to service above self. 

Rotary is relevant!

New Rotary Clubs add more diversity, bring new ideas, new enthusiasm, energy and new perspectives; it makes us stronger!

A Charter Celebration Evening is being organized, I ask you to come out to share in the exuberance with our new Rotary members. Please stay tuned for more info. Please give a warm welcome our Newest Club in our Great District!

Rotary Club of Toronto Tibetan!

Our strength is our members!

Thank you for making a difference!


Patrick Asiñero has been selected to be a Rotary Peace Fellow and will study at the Rotary Peace Centre at Duke University. In Patrick's own words, he says that after long months of waiting, he finally got the notification from Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center that he got both the Rotary Peace Fellow scholarship and the admissions at Duke University for it's Master in International Development Policy. 

More importantly, Patrick says that he is truly happy and grateful, and he wanted to celebrate this moment with Past District Governor Lynda Ryder, our District 7070 Peace Scholar Chair, who has been so instrumental with Patrick's application. Please Read more to meet Patrick.....

District 7070 International Women's Day 2023 was another outstanding success. The event was broadcast LIVE to the world from the Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario CANADA, on March 8, 2023 International Women's Day. Johanna deBoer, Chair of the IWD23 Committee welcomed the LIVE audience and those watching from all over the world. Rotary District 7070 Governor Iosif Ciosa thanked everyone for attending and stressed the importance of Women in Leadership Roles in Rotary.

Dr. Elaine Popp, Vice President of Durham College welcomed the world-wide audience to Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario and to the Rotary Global Classroom along with the founder of the Classroom Professor Lon Appleby who hosted the event at no charge to Rotary.
All four speakers told their Rotary stories and how important Rotary is in their lives and in their communities: Assistant Governor Elizabeth Compton (Past President of the Toronto Leaside Rotary Club), Rotary District Governor Nominee Designate Niecy Dillon-Tyrovolas (Past President of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise), and Rachel Boyd (President, Rotary Club of Bowmanville), and Kaitlynn Almeida , Rotaract Club of Toronto and General Secretary of Rotaract Canada.  To see more details and get a link to the recorded broadcast........ Please Read more .....

The 2023 Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium (RYLS) is taking place, May 11-14, 2022 at the Ganaraska Forest Centre!  The 3-night experience is geared toward youth between the ages of 17-23 and will offer an inspiring program including: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Reconciliation and Land Based Education, Hands-on Activities, Group Dynamics, Public Speaking, Outdoor Survival and GPS Geocache adventures along with campfires, friendship and tons of fun and learning!!!  All this for only $375 per participant which covers all programs, accommodation, and meals.  Rotary Clubs are encouraged to find and sponsor eligible participants within their community, as well as members of the Rotaract and Interact Clubs that they host.  There are only 30 spots available! 

Applications and further information for RYLS 2023 can now be found at this link:   https://rotary7070.org/stories/rotary-youth-leadership-symposium-(ryls)-is-may-11-14-2023-apply-today Due date for submission HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MARCH 31, 2023.  Online applications and further details are now available on the Rotary District 7070 website and all District social media.  Please Read more.....  

The Host Organizing Committee is very excited to welcome Rotary members and guests to Melbourne for the 2023 Rotary International Convention.   Known as one of the world’s most livable cities, you will enjoy what we take for granted, a beautiful, vibrant and cosmopolitan city.

NOTE ON VISAS: Canadian's now require a visa to enter both New Zealand and Australia including if you're just transiting through the country.  New Zealand is Easy,  download the NZeTA application to complete. Generally issued within a few hours or less if everything is complete and there is a fee.  Australia doesn't make it as easy to find but now having found the process, download the Australian ETA app snd then the process is quite simple, they just don't make the information as easy to find as they should.  There is also a fee to apply for this snd if the application is complete, they issue the certificate in minutes. Both Visa's must be applied for from outside of the country so people need to make application prior to departure.  In order to apply, you will need to have your passport available as they require the App to scan the passport as part of the process. As Canadian's prior to COVID did not require Visa's for either country it is important we communicate this to all attending or thinking of attending.  Also, when I booked my flight nothing was mentioned in this regards and has the potential of catching some people off guard........

The Wilf Wilkinson Peace Award was inaugurated following Wilf’s year as President of Rotary International. It was commissioned to honour him for his specific efforts in supporting the 4th Object of Rotary, namely the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace.

Past winners include the late Jack Layton, War Child, and The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care. Rotary Clubs in District 7070 are invited to forward nominations for this award on an annual basis. Nominees can be Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, friends of Rotary, or organizations in our district.

Submissions should include a biography of the individual or group, and answers to the following in as much detail as possible: ......