In his February 2024 Newsletter, District 7070 Governor John Burns, Agent 7070, talks about spring being in the air. He also highlights February Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month and how Rotary creates environments of peace, and invites everyone to our District 7070 Peace Conference on February 20.  He adds that February is a learning month for our incoming presidents and assistant governors and announces our District's selection for District Governor for 2026-27 pending the 14 day waiting period. John is back on the club visitation trail in February and he is encouraging everyone to generate peace in ourselves and in our community to Create Hope in the World.............

Having received no challenges to the Selection Committee’s decision, I am delighted to inform you that Elizabeth (Liz) Compton, from the Rotary Club of Toronto Leaside, has been selected as the RI District 7070 District Governor for the Rotary Year 2026-27. Liz will be a great addition to our District Governor Team joining me, Immediate Past District Governor Iosif Ciosa, District Governor Elect Virginia O'Reilly and District Governor Nominee Niecy Dillon-Tyrovolas

Let's Meet Liz ....... Please Read more......

 
 

Millions of people all over the world are currently displaced by armed conflict or persecution. In fact, 90% of casualties in armed conflicts are civilians, half of which are children. Through service projects and Rotary programs, the Rotary family is committed to pursuing projects that address the structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.....

Rotary District 7070 Membership Chair Joan Barrett and her committee are putting the final touches on the February 20 Learning Tuesdays Zoom  - "Membership Workshop  - Club Culture", featuring, as our keynote speaker, our Rotary International President 2024-25 Stephanie Urchick and the 2024-24 Aide to President Stephanie , Tom Gump.  Learn some new ways to add and retain members in your club. Be sure to register on the District website Events Calendar  and see the Zoom Meeting link.  Register HERE

Dear Rotarians

I am absolutely thrilled to extend to you a warm and heartfelt invitation to join us at the upcoming Rotary Peace Forum, themed "Harmonizing Hearts and Hands for Peace," taking place on February 22, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. (Please register on the District 7070 website at  https://rotary7070.org/event/peace-forum--quot-hearts-and-hands-for-peace/ ).  Imagine being part of a gathering where distinguished humanitarians and industry leaders from across the globe unite under the inspiring theme of "Harmonizing Hearts and Hands for Peace." This theme encapsulates our belief that creating lasting peace is a harmonious effort that requires the unity of compassionate hearts and capable hands. This just in....we just received confirmation that Rotary International President Gordon McInally will be part of our broadcast. ......

 February 23 is Rotary’s 119th Birthday. That day is also called World Understanding and Peace Day. On February 23, 1905, little did Paul Harris and his three friends realize what they were starting when they met in room 711 of the Unity Building in Chicago. We have come a long way, since then, but we still have a long way to go to achieve goodwill, peace, and understanding among all people of the world. And there is more to read....... 

 

The 2024 Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium (RYLS)

The 2024 Rotary Youth Leadership Symposium (RYLS) will be taking place, April 18-21, 2024 at the Ganaraska Forest Centre! The 3-night, 4-day experience is geared toward youth between the ages of 16-20 and will offer an inspiring program: Conflict Resolution, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Reconciliation and Land Based Education, Leadership, Hands-on Activities, Group Dynamics, Public Speaking, Outdoor Survival along with campfires, friendship and tons of fun and learning!!!

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 - so act fast! 

Applications are due by March 1, 2024.  To apply click HERE.
 
For more info, contact: Past District Governor, Mark Chipman, chipburt@hotmail.com.   
 
Check out the attached Flyer and video of past RYLS participants below.
 
 
Applications are due March 1, 2024.
 
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To the Rotary District 7070 Family,

Thank you all for your applications that we received by the December 15 deadline. District 7070 received a significant number of outstanding candidates, making the selection process quite challenging. Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP) received applications from hundreds of candidates across Canada, and only 50 will be chosen to participate. Successful applicants will receive acknowledgment in the upcoming week. When the final selection is published, we will provide the names of those selected from 7070. Five students from 7070 will be going to British Columbia.  These very special students will enjoy a truly transformational experience. We now need your help to raise the final amount for the program ..... Please Read more .....

We need help recruiting other Rotarians to go to Brush-a-mania schools and represent Rotary.  Brush-a-mania is a Rotary program and it would be nice if there was a Rotarian at every school to emcee and lead the assembly. Brush-a-mania is a not-for-profit program designed to promote oral health and awareness among young children from Junior Kindergarten to grade 6. It was started in 2001 by the Scarborough Rotary Passport Club and has already reached over 650,000 students. Our purpose is to educate and motivate children and to bring together dentists, Rotarians, teachers and parents to create a celebration around proper dental care. Read more about this great project and see how you and your Rotary Club can  help.....

Come embrace women and equity in Rotary District 7070 as we celebrate the women of Rotary District 7070 !  We gather on March 8th @ 6pm in the Rotary Global Classroom at Durham College in a hybrid setting (In person and online) to celebrate fellowship and hear from female leaders of Rotary District 7070.  Reception from 6 to 7 pm. Broadcast starts at 7 pm. Registration fee of $15.00 payable to jdeboer@rogers.com in advance.  Parking will be in Founders Lot 2 @ Durham College . Parking will be $3.00   Parking map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/BxKBqPJyHQpXacNG8 . Guest speakers include Janet Thorsteinson, Paige Fernandes, Jennifer Boyd, Nikita Williams, Renata Pancini & Debbbie Morgan.

Please join us for an evening where we embrace equity to forget and harmony and unity, driving success for all. Please register for the IN PERSON  event  by CLICKING HERE

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Join us for the on line broadcast  :  https://app.tauria.com/client/s/6320b2f4bb8aa1a116995e50

If you have any questions, please contact Johanna de Boer, Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise at jdeboer@rogers.com

Exciting news from Rotary Club of Peterborough

🥌 The Rotary World Curling Championships are in Peterborough in April 2024!

This prestigious event, talking place from Friday April 5 - 12, 2024, will be a clash of 23 top-tier teams from the powerhouse curling nations of Canada, the USA, Scotland, and England. Each team has battled through national Rotary curling competitions to secure their spot in this global spectacle.

We invite sponsors to gain visibility during this exciting event. Partner with us to showcase your brand to a passionate audience and support this global celebration of sport and fellowship.

Interested in Sponsoring? Contact: rotaryworldcurling2024@gmail.com

Learn more about the International Curling Fellowship of Rotarians: https://www.curlingrotaryfellowship.com

Please read more  ......

In a complex, fast-changing world, excellent Rotary club leadership is essential to the future of Rotary.  One of the best ways to strengthen your Club is to give your members the tools and skills to be better Rotarians.  Rotary Leadership Institute is the solution.  This is your opportunity to learn more about Rotary and share your ideas with other Rotarians, and it is a great learning experience for newer Rotarians, for your incoming Board of Directors, and for any Rotarian who wants to learn more about Rotary.  HOLD  THE DATE - April 20, 2024 -  Parts I, II and III . DETAILS WILL FOLLOW SOON .  REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON .  Here is more of the story........

Our 4th Annual Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup Event (GLWC) is quickly approaching!  Please mark your calendar for Saturday April 27, 2024.  More information will come from your District Environmental Action Committee very soon. Thank you - Dan Coombes - Chair GLWC (dancoombes4@gmail.com)

What is your club doing ?  What are you plannning? Here's one example.....

At The Second Marsh in Oshawa, Ontario, the Rotary Clubs of Oshawa, Oshawa-Parkwood and Courtice and civic leaders will be helping the Friends of The Second Marsh to clean up the Second Marsh on Lake Ontario. 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.

For even more ideas....... Please Read more .......

 

Rotary and Rotaract Clubs that want to apply for Global or District Grants must be qualified.  This is a requirement from the Rotary Foundation.  Club qualification is valid for one Rotary year.  Clubs must be qualified for the full time of the project.  This is particularly important for Clubs involved in a Global Grant project.   Those projects typically take more than one Rotary year from start to finish, so the Clubs must renew they qualification every year until the project is completed.  Ideally, we want all Clubs to be qualified every year.  The qualification process is a great way to learn more about the Rotary Foundation. The 2024-25 qualification criteria will be on our District 7070 website under the Rotary Foundation tab on February 1. 

To qualify, a Club must have at least two of its members complete the qualification process.  In addition, the Club must submit an MOU to the District, signed by the President and President Elect.   Please Read more for details.............

We are a new Rotaract club in the district. We are an e-club that spans over the entire district 7070. We’ve approached you today to let you know we are actively recruiting future Rotaractors. So if you know any individuals who might be interested feel free to get them to sign up using our sign-up sheet in our bio or by emailing us directly. We are looking forward to learning more and creating a partnership with your club. Feel free to reach us at rotaract7070eclub@gmail.com If interested. 

Our goals:

- To give Rotaractors a home after they graduate from a university-based Rotaract club

- To address service area gaps in Rotaract programs

- To foster and grow Rotaract in the District

- To be a central club that allows for tracking numbers and coordinating large-scale events like the Rotaract District Conference

-  To be an access point between Rotaract and Rotary Clubs

- To be an inclusive space that builds goodwill and better friendships

- To foster Rotarians of the future

- To be a fun club where young professionals and university students get to network, and develop under rotary.   

We look for your support in making this a reality. 

Additionally below is our Linktree containing our social media and Sign-up Sheet, please circulate it to your club and networks. 

https://linktr.ee/rotaract7070eclub

Please Read more to see the poster....

 

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