Please find below a list of other PET sessions in other Districts for reference only if you cannot make District 7810's PETS / SETS mandatory training date.
New England
7780, 7850, 7870, 7890, 7910,
7930, 7950, 7980
Framingham, MassMarch 8,9,& 10 2018Kat Sims, DGE
7790St-Georges, Le BeauceMarch 16,17,18 2018Marcel Noel DGE
7040NAV Corwall ONApril 21,22 2018Martha Weaver
Cape Breton
March 24
March 31
April 21
April 28
Rob Christie

My fellow Rotarians,

It is with an incredible amount of pride and excitement that I let you know about some wonderful news connected with Rotary's polio eradication efforts and our very own District 7810. I am so pleased to announce that we have received word of a realized estate gift from a non-Rotarian who left the majority of assets to The Rotary Foundation in her will. This gift--considered a multiple Arch Klumph Society Donation--comes out of District 7810, though the donor wished to remain anonymous. Her attorney, who was a Rotarian in District 7810, recommended Rotary as a beneficiary at the time she drew up her estate papers many years ago. 

This gift is designated for Polio eradication efforts and will be matched two-to-one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
This gift is a testimony to the work of Rotary around the world with regard to Polio eradication. In the past 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world. Of significant note, Charity Navigator lists The Rotary Foundation as number 3 in the top ten Charities everyone has heard of in the World.

I also believe this gift speaks to the important work our District has done over the years to raise community awareness about Rotary's polio eradication efforts around the globe. I and our District leadership are so proud of the work all of you do to raise awareness and funds for this most important cause.
We are humbled by this most generous private donation, we hope it serves as an inspiration to you as you continue your good work in the name of Rotary, and we have no doubt that it will make a significant difference in the eradication of Polio in the world.



Iris Sullivan

District Governor 7810

2017 - 2018


It is with sincere condolences to the Family of Past District Governor Don Richards that we share in the sadness of this news.

PDG was a Wonderful Humanitarian, Educator, Community Member and loving Family Man.

We know that his life on earth brought many blessings to others.

Rest In Peace.


Iris Sullivan

District Governor



Donald Richards


Donald Richards

The death of Donald Richards of Hampton occurred on January 9th, 2018 at Bobby’s Hospice, Saint John. Don is survived by his wife Myrna, his daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Michael Keleher, grandsons Maxwell and Owen Keleher, daughter-in-law Genevieve Desmarais and grandson Xavier Richards, his sister Jackie Tilton, his brother Bob Richards (Gail) and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents Edgar and Bertha (Bishop) Richards, Don was predeceased by his son Eric.

Following high school graduation, Don attended the University of New Brunswick. Before graduating Don took a few years off and from 1958-1960 and was employed as a Meteorological Technician with the Canadian Department of Transportation working in a number of communities including Sable Island and Frobisher Bay. Don returned to university and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1962 and taught sciences at Belleisle Regional High School from 1962-1964. Don received his Bachelor of Education and married Myrna Tays in 1964. Myrna and Don then moved to Rothesay and started teaching in the Rothesay school system.

From 1973 to 1989 Don taught in the U.B.B.S.J. and U.N.B.F. extension programs for B.Ed. and M.Ed. students. He was also active with the New Brunswick Teachers Association at both the local and provincial level. Don also served on curriculum committees for the Department of Education.

In 1983 Don was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Hampton. He served in a number of executive positions including a year as club president. In 1993 he was made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Hampton. In 1997 Don was selected to serve as team leader for the district 7810 Group Study Exchange team that spent the month of April in South Korea. In 2000-2001 Don served as District Governor for Rotary District 7810.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Reid's Funeral Home (506-832-5541) 1063 Main St. Hampton, where visitation will be held Friday, January 12th, 2018, 3-5 pm. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Hampton at 3:00 pm Saturday, January 13th, 2018. Interment will be in St. Paul’s Anglican Cemetery in the spring.

Donations in memory of Don may be made to Bobby’s Hospice or to the memorial of the donor’s choice. Personal condolences to the family and donations may be made through


Dear Fellow Rotarians


We have arrived at the midpoint of our 2017-2018 Rotary Year.

Amazing Development in the past couple of years with many ideas  becoming a Reality. Thanks for all of the  teamwork of our members.

I am proud of each of you ! We have an active Foundation with Grants processes moving forward. We have two Clubs in our District submitting Global Grant request.

The Clubs are incredibly busy in each of their respective communities with Programs: such as  School Breakfast programs, Food Bank support, Clothing Drives, Literacy programs, these are  Amazing support  systems in the local communities.

The GIIVE project is truly a BOOTS on the Ground in Guatemala . KUDOS to all that are participating in any way at all especially those  that have taken the time to travel on your own time. and personal expense

GOTO MEETING is extremely well utilized above and beyond our wildest expectations.

Committees are all active with International flavor on each committee

The Oversight Committee reviews the bank statements and cheque disbursements on a regular basis. This is a mandated committee as an RI Pilot Project with Governor Funding directed to the District. This is comprised of IPDG, two PDG"S and two AG's of course Internationally represented.

Please watch for dates for the Pre Pets and of course the mandated PETS/SETS in April.

My sincere Gratitude for you Confidence and support during this past six months. I look forward to  your continuing strength to work with all of your expertise and knowledge in our District projects

BLESSED are those who choose to give and share this Christmas You have been so generous  to so many in the past !

May your generosity be retained tenfold this Christmas and throughout  the coming year!

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.

Thank you for all you do in the name of Rotary.

Best WIshes  as you Continue to Make a Difference in 2018.

I am  humbled to have this opportunity to serve as your District Governor


Enjoy the Season!





Please find below a list of all awards and certificates presented at the 2017 Rotary District 7810 Conference.


Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions  
 "Joy Barresi-Saucier, Presque Isle Rotary" 
 "Brittany Chambers, Rotaract of Fredericton" 
 "Julie Bernard, Dalhousie Rotary" 
Public Relations Program Award  
 Sackville Rotary 
PDG Mike Walsh Award - Best Club of the Year  
 Dalhousie Rotary 
Best Attendance Award  
 Fredericton Sunrise Rotary 
Member Retention Award  
 Port Elgin Rotary 
New Member Award  
 Moncton West-Riverview Rotary 
Frank Hussey Award - Rotarian of the Year  
 "Mary Sears, Sackville Rotary" 
PDG Harriett McNeil Award - President of the Year  
 "Marcel Gervais, Moncton Rotary" 
Tom Nelson Award - Community Service - Inclusive and Innovative  
 Resurgo Satellite of MWR Rotary 
Duncan Wathen Award - Net Increase in Members  
 Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary 
PDG Award - I Wanna Be A DG - Pretty Darn Good  
 "Lowell Loveday, Chatham Rotary" 
Outstanding Rotarian - Governors Recognition  
 "Susan Kulesza - Leadership - Rotaract, Interact, Youth Advisory" 
 "Rick Rogers - Leadership - Foundation, GIIVE, and End Polio Now" 
PDG Certificates - Service Above Self  
 Greg Campbell 
 Ian Ferguson 
PDG Crystal Globe - Service Above Self  
 All living D7810 PDGs 
New Clubs - Service to Community  
 Rotaract of Woodstock 
 Bathurst Interact 
 Sussex Interact 
Acadian Peninsula Ice Storm Recovery  
 "Grand Falls Rotary, Berend Tepper" 
 "Newcastle Rotary, Greg MacDiarmid" 
 "Chatham Rotary, Shawn Cripps" 
 "Chatham Rotary, Peggy McLean" 
 "Chatham Rotary, Anne Woods" 
 "Bathurst Rotary, Bernard Cormier" 
 "Resurgo Satellite of MWR Rotary, Nadine Dugay-Lemay" 
Acadian Peninsula Ice Storm Recovery - Outstanding Leadership  
 "DGE Silvana Bosca, Bathurst Rotary" 
 "DG Iris Sullivan, Chatham Rotary" 
Outstanding District Conference Chairperson  
 "Lowell Loveday, Chatham Rotary" 
Guss Trophy - International Service  
 "Mars Hill Rotary - Project GIIVE, Grant Sponsor with 13 Clubs" 
Retiring Assistant Governors  
 "Floyd Rockholt, Area 1" 
 "Noel Eustace, Area 3" 
 "Terry Thomas, Area 9" 
Retiring Youth Exchange Program Chair   
 Mary O'Donnell 


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 is predicted to be the costliest natural disaster in the history of the U.S., with a damage cost exceeding Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina AccuWeather predicts that the damage cost will hit $160 billion

Earlier this morning, Presidential Aide Don Mebus and Past RI Director Greg Podd hosted a strategy conference call with governors from Districts 5930, 5840, 5890, 5910 and 6200 in Texas and Louisiana to develop a cohesive response.

A Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund (DAF) has been established by Greg Podd and President-Elect Barry Rassin through The Rotary Foundation to collect relief contributions. Don and Greg are working with leaders from the affected districts to create a process for disbursing DAF funds to their respective district foundations or local 501c3 organizations to support local relief efforts.
If you would like to help please go to the following link:
If you would like to make a contribution by credit card please go to the following link:
The Name of the DAF (Donor Advised Fund) is The Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Donor Advised Fund. The Account Number of the DAF (Donor Advised Fund) is 608
ShelterBox, Rotary’s partner for disaster relief, is providing tents for use as ‘privacy tents’ to be pitched within the convention centers housing families that have been evacuated.
Please direct inquiring Rotarians to the web story on for the most up-to-date information or to contact RI by writing to
Attached is an information sheet regarding this established fund.  Please share this information with your fellow Rotarians and Rotary Clubs.
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can give

To open the Donor Advised Fund document, click or copy and paste this link into your browser:

This file can also be found on the Zones website home page, www.RotaryZones24-32org in the Download File section.
H. Dean Rohrs
Rotary International Vice President 2017-18
19233 69 A Avenue, Surrey, BC. V4N 6K4
Ph:  604-836-1454


Fellow Rotarians


September has arrived. We are now two months into our 2017- 2018 Rotary Year!

I have visited 34 Clubs to date with only six more left to be on track of reaching out to the Membership of 7810

I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all the AG's for taking time out of their personal schedules to accompany me on the Club visits,

working with you and the Club Presidents has created an open positive dialogue as we move forward.

Special Thank you to all of the Club Presidents for preparing for our visits and making us feel WELCOME

Committee chairs are working incredibly hard to get established. I am pleased to announce that we do not have a District Committee that does not have International

Representation or at least five members! KUDOS to all for making this happen so quickly.

On August 12 in Fredericton we had the beginning of a new Visioning for our District with Adrian DeCoo of District. The next step is to send out a survey monkey asking members in the district for input, after this information is correlated we will be asking for members to come forward to create a team to develop a strategy on moving our vision forward.

The newly established Finance Oversight committee has established a meeting schedule monthly with the District Treasurer to review monthly invoices and disbursements.A proposed budget has been circulated by Bruce Woods thirty days prior to the conference.

District Grants have been signed off for 2015- 2016 with RI and the 2017-2018 have been approved by RI with Clubs receiving notice of their application acceptance.

The Manual of Policy and Procedure has been circulated by PDG John Carkner for review thirty days prior to the Conference for District input by the membership.

GOTOMEETING has been utilized to the extreme. Special accolades to Terry Gaudet for teaching us to be efficient with the technology. There are monthly meetings with

Presidents, AGs, Governor line. Committee Chairs will begin meeting in September. Committees are using this technology to communicate on a regular basis KUDOS to all who are embracing this new way of communication in District 7810

I am pleased to be part of a Foundation Initiative partnership with District 7820, AMAZING opportunity to work together for the enhancement of Rotary Foundation. This announcement at the District Conference will bring a new excitement to our District. Rotary Making a Difference..

District Conference is fast approaching and I am proud of the Rotary Club of Chatham for the efforts they have put forward to make this conference informative and fun.

We are a small District of MIGHTY ROTARIAN'S with BIG HEARTS.


Quote Vince Lombardi:


We are going to relentlessly chase perfection

Knowing full well we will not achieve it

Because nothing is perfect

But we will relentlessly chase it,

Because in the process we will catch excellence.


Thank you for all you do in the name of Rotary.


From the Desk of DG Iris

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.   We are planning to offer all Parts of the training if enough Rotarians register for each.   On-line registration is available by clicking this link.  Don't delay as space is limited for each Part.
Participating in RLI has proven to be the defining moment for many Rotarians.  Join us in Truro.
Hi folks
The Rotary International conventions  in Toronto is  creating a lot of interest . Already there are 10,000 Rotarians from around the world registered. For Rotarians in Districts 7820, 7810 and 7790 here is a worry free comfortable way of attending the convention.  Attached is package that has been prepared for me by Target tours of Prince Edward Island a very professional and experienced company in the tour business. I asked them to put together a package that will provide bus transportation to Toronto and return, hotel accommodation at the Chelsea hotel,( one of the excellent RI host hotels close to the convention site) , transport daily to and from the convention sites from the hotel and a city tour of Toronto.  The attached document gives the  specific details and costs depending on the number sharing a room. Participants can be picked up here on PEI in Nova Scotia and  New Brunswick and arrangements can also be made for anyone in Quebec  or other parts of D 7790 to join in as well ( those costs are not listed) .  the package  will need at least 30 participants to make this a go and the deadline for booking is September 30 after that rotary will release the block of rooms. 
Please have this broad cast to every Rotarian in your district, put it on your district website and on your face book page.   this is a great opportunity to experience the convention, enjoy the fellowship of other Rotarians and do so in a cost effective way, worry free manner. Please contact Target Tours  if you have questions or direct them to me and I’m be happy to get an answer for you. 
Come and Join Linda and I and experience rotary at it’s best.  
Past President Josh Cormier welcomed DG Iris Sullivan to Sackville's 7:15 morning meeting.  He also invited any Rotarians that wished to join with Board members in meeting with her after breakfast.

DG Iris Sullivan, of the Rotary Club of Chatham, was introduced by Pam Harrison. This is the 8th club she has visited this week !

A short video was shown of 2017-18 RI President Ian Risley introducing this year’s Rotary theme - “ Rotary: Making A Difference.”

RI has a strategic plan with three strategic goals which are : Support and Strengthen Clubs;  Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service; Enhance Public Image and Awareness.


Iris also reported that climate change is a big issue for President Ian: he has asked that during the period from 1 July 2017 to 22 April 2018 each Rotarian plant one tree.


Iris commended District 7810 for their Polio Plus fund-raising efforts; having raised $256,000 (including matching funds) our district, in proportion to size, is second in the world.


A special invitation was issued to Rotarians to attend the District Conference to be held 22-24 September at the Rodd Miramichi River Hotel; there is a special conference room rate of only $139.


Next year’s RI Conference will be held in Toronto and the District is looking for a Conference Chairperson.  This will be a great opportunity for Canadian Rotarians to attend an international conference.  Some group tours from N.B. and P.E.I. are being planned.


Iris was thanked by Wynn Meldrum for her inspiring presentation.


The meeting closed with the Four-Way Test.


Members then adjourned outside for a group photo celebrating “Canada 150.”




Iris Sullivan DG 2017-18



This is a picture of our DG Iris Sullivan taken with International President Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet.  

It is with humility and great anticipation that I look forward to serving as your 2017-18 District Governor of District 7810.
The Governor line has created a wonderful platform to enhance the Rotary Experience in our District. Thank you to Wayne and Sylvie Wornes and Ginny and Gerald Joles for your support, leadership, and the education you have provided me in the past two years.
RI President Ian has provided an outline for the 1.2 million Rotarians around the world to guide us in our year which is all inclusive ROTARY MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
RI’s strategic plan simply outlines our Values in Action, the three strategic Goals are:
  • Support and Strengthen Clubs
  • Focus and Increase Humanitarian Service
  • Enhance Public Image and Awareness
The resources to make all this happen are available to all at RI, we just need to reach out.
Climate Change is an big issue for President Ian.  He has asked that during the time frame of July 1, 2017 to April 22, 2018 each Rotarian plant one tree.
The Presidential Citation is a great tool for each Club to record their activities. Each Clubs input is extremely valued and encouraged as collectively it outlines the effectiveness of Rotary in each community.  Imagine your community without all of the Positive changes your Rotary Club has incorporated.
The Vision Plan for our District is evolving. Our District Committees are geographical inclusive and vibrant. I am pleased that our Past District Governors are becoming engaged in District activities and committees.  They have the expertise and knowledge that is invaluable to help us move forward.
We are fortunate to have Rick Rodgers and Ian Ferguson represent us at Zone 24/32 level.
I believe our District has many opportunities to create a dynamic difference in our International District as well as the International projects we are involved in.
Congratulations and thank you for your all of your Volunteer Time. Your personal sacrifices are immeasurable. There is a large supportive team at Rotary International and your District to assist you with your personal, Club, District and International Goals.
Thank you for all you do in the name of Rotary.
I cannot change the direction of the wind BUT
I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
James Dean
Iris Sullivan
District Governor 2017-2018
Rotary International District 7810
506-352-0905 or 506-625-4819 (cell) 
Greetings from Evanston! My name is Molly Block and I am excited to
introduce myself as the Rotary Friendship Exchange Coordinator.
RI President-elect Ian Riseley, with the support from the RI Board of
Directors, has made the newly expanded Rotary Friendship
Exchange program one of his main priorities and is encouraging all
districts to participate in 2017-18. Learn more about the expanded
guidelines through this handout.
Our records indicate that District 7810 has not yet appointed a
District Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair for the upcoming
Rotary year. District chairs support the Rotary Friendship
Exchange program by planning and coordinating all aspects
of exchanges at the district level. By appointing a chair, you
will be providing an opportunity for members in your district to
experience a different culture, broaden their international
understanding, foster goodwill, explore their professions in a
different context, build longstanding friendships, and establish
a foundation for peace and service. 
We are looking for someone to volunteer as District Chair
for this position.
Best wishes in the coming Rotary year,

Any Rotarian that is interested please contact Iris Sullivan directly.

member photo
District Governor Elect
Phone: 506-352-0905


                To all Rotarian's in District 7810
                 We are pleased to invite you to
              a Buffet Diner in honor of our
                      PETS CELEBRATION
                  We have the honor of hosting Mary Beth Growney Selene
                                   Saturday April 22nd, 2017
                                  Fredericton Inn, Fredericton
                                           5:00pm - 7:00pm
                         Cost: $20.00 per person Partners INVITED
                                        RSVP by April 14th
Like a corporation, Rotary is governed by a Board of Directors lead by a President. Every three years however, with a nod towards a Parliamentary form of government, Rotary meets in a forum called the Council on Legislation. 2016 was such a year and the Council on Legislation met last week April 11-15. 
 Virginia (Ginny) Joles - DG 7810
It is truly an honor and privilege to serve Rotary District 7810 as 2016-2017 District Governor!  Jerry and I are blessed to have many wonderful individuals to work together on our District team.  I am so excited about the opportunities that await us as we go into this year!
We are fortunate to have had such wonderful leadership in the past. I extend whole-hearted thanks to Wayne and Sylvie Wornes, as well as Mike and Francine Walsh, for their dynamic leadership, guidance, and training during this past year!  Going forward, they have agreed to help strengthen Youth Services, Training, and Membership.
I am very excited to be a part of Rotary International President John Germ’s “All Star Team.”  That is what he calls his group of District Governors who will be serving humanity with him.  John and his wife, Judy, are from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has a huge heart and will be an amazing leader for our organization. He chose three simple, no-nonsense words to be the theme for his year:  “Rotary Serving Humanity.”  He is not concerned with how many meetings you attended as a Rotarian, but asks you to make a small difference in your community, one day at a time.
I have asked our club presidents to establish some very important goals for their clubs and to pair up with another club, to adopt a twin club, meet new Rotarians, exchange ideas, take action and make a difference.  Our district also has some lofty goals for next year.  I am certain that together, as a team, we can accomplish all of those goals.
Some of my personal goals are to grow membership, support our youth, celebrate The Foundation’s 100th Anniversary, and keep our members informed and involved.  And, I encourage you to be passionate, involved, and eager as we begin this year’s Rotary journey.
 In closing, thank you for being a Rotarian!  I am thankful for all that you do to give back in your communities. And, I am thankful for your confidence in me and look forward to meeting with you soon.  Please know that I am here for you.  I am only a phone call or an email away.
Virginia R. Joles
District Governor 2016-2017
Rotary International District 7810
207-762-8461 or 207-227-5673 (cell) 
It has been a fantastic Rotary year, what an experience, I would highly recommend this to anyone. Now, you do have to love driving and not sleeping in your own bed most of the year but I was with my wife so it was allowed, lol.  So many great Rotarians, events and fellowship.  Too many to express here.  The memories will always be there for Sylvie and I as we create more in our journey.  The District was strong before we took the helm and is stronger moving onto the next Rotary year.  We are so blessed to have so many qualified, carrying, and Service above Self Rotariansin this Rotary District.
We did have to say farewell to a few long serving Rotarians and friends as they were called to the Rotary meeting in the sky. They will also forever be in in our thoughts. We sent the Banner onto Presque Isle to continue the great work, Virginia "Ginny" Joles and Jerry, we wish you well and know the support will continue.
Several Perth-Andover Rotarians along with some friends of Rotary gathered recently at the Community Garden located on the Andover Elementary School grounds.  They did a beautiful job in “sprucing” up the gardens for everyone to enjoy.  Thanks to everyone for a job well done! copy and paste link if clicking does not work.
Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation has been set up as a way for Rotarians and the public to donate to the relief of Fort McMurray.  The Alberta Government will match 15% of funds donated to maximum of $1000 per donation.
The Canadian and Alberta Government has stated they will match dollar for dollar money donated to the Canadian Red Cross,
We wish all affected by the Wildfires in Alberta, health and safety and send our thoughts and best wishes.
Training of the following categories are to be done by Area. (FOUNDATION / MEMBERSHIP / PUBLIC IMAGE and YOUTH SERVICES)
Attached please find a schedule of these training sessions.  If you did not attend the one in your area at the time it was held, or are unable to attend the session in your area when it is to be held, then you should attend a training session that will fit your time schedule.
These training sessions will last from 1:00pm until 4:00pm.

Dear District Governors,
On April 10 the 2016 Council on Legislation (CoL) will convene to act on
PE 16-98, which proposes amending RI Bylaws to add that RI "supports the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the humanitarian crisis of global warming."
Past RI Director Mary Beth Growney Selene, has asked me to send you this letter (
attached as a pdf and copied below) in which she asks:

"…your district's clubs to support this proposed enactment and ask your district's delegate to the 2016 CoL to vote
yes, and speak in support of its passage.”


Please direct any questions, comments or concerns to or, of the RC of Madison, WI, in which this proposal originated.
Thanks in advance for forwarding Rotarian Growney Selene's letter to your District's CoL delegate and requesting their support.
Yours in service,
Karen D. Kendrick-Hands
Going Green Fellowship, Co-Chair
Member, Rotary Club of Madison, District 6250

March 22, 2016

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Last year, I was proud to help District 6250 forward Proposed Enactment 16-98 to "support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate the humanitarian crisis of global warming" to the 2016 Council on Legislation. I am asking your district's clubs to support this proposed enactment and ask your district's delegate to the 2016 CoL to vote yes, and speak in support of its passage. I am joined in that request by the undersigned fellow PDG's and other concerned Rotarians.

In my opinion,all of the rationales in the attached Purpose and Effect statement are still true and even more compelling. 2015 was Earth's warmest year by the widest margin on record; []. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, held in Paris, December 2015, 193 countries came together to affirm the dangers of climate change and commit to greenhouse gas reduction strategies to keep temperature rise below 2 degrees centigrade. The Paris Agreement even anticipates a role for Rotary International as a "non-party stakeholder of civil society . . . to support actions to reduce emissions and/or build resilience and decrease vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change . . . " Sections 134 & 135.

Climate change's profound impacts will adversely affect Rotary projects in all of the Areas of Focus, impeding and frustrating current efforts, including completing the eradication of polio, and undoing much of our past service legacy. Additionally, the very existence of dozens of Rotary Clubs in the Small Island States is threatened by sea level rise.

Too often, we as Rotarians don't appreciate the esteem in which Rotary is held around the world, the pivotal role we can play in responding to global crises, and what a difference it will make to have Rotary proactively leading the effort to support action on climate change. Rotary is the ideal forum to lead the depoliticization of responses to the looming humanitarian crises that climate change will bring. Implementing solutions is consistent with advancing our efforts in all the Areas of Focus.

PE 16-98 is not a change in policy, but an expansion of opportunity for Rotary to lead. No Club or District will be compelled to act, but PE16-98 does clarify that Clubs and Districts will be allowed to act under the Rotary Banner to work to mitigate and adapt to climate change if they choose.

Rotary's leadership on climate change embodies Rotary's finest value of Service above Self and will increase our relevance and value to the next generation of Rotarians, the young professionals who are vital to our organization's future.

As Paul Harris has challenged us: "Whatever Rotary means to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves." Supporting Climate Change action is wholly consistent with the values at the bedrock of Rotary International. For additional details, please contact Paul Riehemann, and Karen Kendrick-Hands,, members of the RC Madison, WI, USA and co-founders of the Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group.

Thank you in advance for your support of PE 16-98.

Best Regards,
Mary Beth Growney Selene, PDG, Past Rotary International Director, 2013-15

Additional Signatories:
Mary Van Hout, DG 6250, Wisconsin & Minnesota, USA 2015/16
Dean Dickinson, PDG 6250, USA CoL Delegate 2013-16
Dick Stevens, PDG 5340, California 2012/13
Abdulla Salih, President, RC Male, Maldives 2015/16
David Brawn, PDG 9675, Australia 2010/11
Peter L Moralée, PDG District 1220, Great Britain 2013/14. Vice Chair of  The
   Sustainability Trust
Rodney Huggins, PDG 1090 Great Britain, 1987/88, Member-at-Large, CoLs
   2005-08, 2009-13
Terry Knowles, PDG 1040 (then 104), Great Britain 1981/82
Gabrielle Back, Ass't DG1060, Great Britain, 2015-16
David Warren, PDG 6250, USA, 2014/15
Robert R. Stroud, PDG 6250, USA 2012/13
Chuck Hanson, PDG 6250, USA. 2011/2012

On February 22nd, The Rotary Club of Perth-Andover hosted the Rotary Club of Florenceville at The Castle Inn in Perth-Andover.  
Prior to the meeting, a group of young students from the Sistema program gave a very entertaining performance.  At the conclusion of the meeting Dave Halpine, Director of the local Sistema program, gave an excellent and informative slide show presentation.   On behalf of the Club, Cheryl  Reed, President, presented Dave with a cheque for $2000.   Rotarian Marianne Bell, Club Foundation Chair, assisted with the presentation.  We thank District 7810 for a matching grant to assist with the program.  We were very pleased to help the children grow in their love of music.

We also celebrated Rotary's 111th birthday (Feb. 23) with a birthday cake.  It was a  most enjoyable evening of Rotary fellowship.
At a well-attended banquet on Saturday, March 12, Donald Dickson and Rotarian Marsha Lang, were made Paul Harris Fellows by the Rotary Club of Perth-Andover.  Both recipients are well known for their volunteer work in the community.  Making the presentation was District Governor Wayne Wornes and Club President, Cheryl Reed.
On a sunny February morning the Rotary Flag was raised at City Hall  by Mayor Brad Woodside far left to mark the 111th Anniversary of Rotary.    3 Fredericton Clubs were represented, left to right David Balmain, President of Fredericton North Club, Jean Street, President of Fredericton Sunrise Club, John Carkner Past District Governor, Sunrise Club and Tim Porter, President Elect of the newly formed Hanwell Club.  The flag will remain flying until March 1st.  Happy Anniversary Rotary.
There are nine weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world.
At the February 8th meeting of the Rotary Club of Perth-Andover, President Cheryl Reed presented a $2000 (US) cheque to Carl Young, President of the Rotary Club of Fort Fairfield for the GIIVE Project (Guatemalan Infrastructure Improvement Venture).  The project will improve sanitation and water infrastructure  in the villages in Monterrico, Santa Rose and Guatemala region.  Several clubs from Area 1 have partnered to raise funds for the project.  Also pictured is Kevin McCartney, member of the Rotary Club of Presque Isle and member of the organizing committee for the project.

Join my quest for peace
By Past District Governor Anton Polsterer, District 1910; Past Chair of Inter-Country Committees worldwide
I want to share my experience in a multi country district afflicted by war, specifically civil war, and how Rotarians and Rotary clubs can help re-establish mutual understanding and goodwill.  Our efforts can help heal the wounds caused by political and civil unrest by creating a climate, which renders future conflicts difficult and hopefully impossible.
I joined Rotary in Vienna in 1986 and transferred to the Rotary Club of Moscow while working in Russia
from 1989-92. Later, after moving back to Austria, I became District Governor for Bosnia & Herzegovina,
Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria. After years of war and totalitarian government rule, these communities longed for freedom and peace.
Our district had 130 clubs with more than 5000 Rotarians. We represented five different nationalities and languages. Croatia and Bosnia were heavily hurt by the Yugoslav civil war in the 1990s: Bosnia and Herzegovina had a pre-war population of 4.5 million people including Orthodox Serbians, Catholic Croatians and Bosnian Moslems. During the war, close to two million people, almost 50% of the population was displaced within their own country to create “ethnic” regions.
Rotarian Norm Purdy had the ultimate Rotary Make Up Meeting on the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.  He left behind one his club's Rotary banners. Congrats to Norm on reaching new heights and for spreading the word about Rotary.
The Rotary Club of Perth-Andover conducted their annual Christmas tree pickup on Saturday morning, Jan. 9.  Upon completion of the job, a time of fellowship and a hot meal was provided by fellow Rotarians. 
Rotarian Mike Bolster and his enthusiastic group of helpers collected the trees.
Rotarians Malcolm Grant, Louiselle St. Amand, Ron Cummings and Cheryl Reed braved the cold weather to collect discarded Christmas trees, which were headed for the shredder to be turned into mulch.  For more than 30 years, the Rotary Club of Perth-Andover have been providing this service to the community.
District Foundation Chair Rick Rogers and PDG Mike Walsh presented certificates of appreciation to the Rotary clubs of Floranceville, Presque Isle and Perth- Andover for their financial support to the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign. As of 2015, we can celebrate year one of Nigeria with no reported cases of polio, leaving only two countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan.  We are getting very close!!! 
Wish List!!! When an exchange student comes to Canada they often want to have the “Canadian experience” which involves - lots of snow and a HOCKEY GAME. On Sunday afternoon (December 6) Louie (Sackville) and Pam joined Carlos (Moncton) and Andrew to watched the Moncton Wild Cats’ game. The game went into overtime so they got to experience the ‘peak hockey stress’. Thanks to Andrew for providing the tickets.
Machias Town Manager Christina Therrien was inducted into the town’s chapter of the Rotary at the weekly meeting of the club Tuesday, November 3rd. Therrien accepted her Rotary pin, demonstrating a commitment to "service above self." The town official’s membership was sponsored by Wayne Peters, program coordinator for the group. The club was also visited that night by Wayne Wornes, governor of the Machias club’s district, and his wife Sylvie. The Rotary is an international civic group organized into smaller districts; within Machias’ district are 40 "very successful" clubs, 10 of which are in the U.S., Wornes explained. Machias’ district is one of the smallest in the global organization, with around 1,200 members spread across what is one of the largest districts geographically.
The visit was part of a regional tour by Wornes, who shared that a program designed to connect Rotary clubs through online webinars would be operative next year. He also announced an exciting project meant to spark more interaction between clubs within their district and to encourage Rotarians’ interest in conferences and Rotary leadership by bringing training and local discussion within a reasonable distance of the clubs. Wornes lamented that the Rotary doesn’t get enough nominations at the district level for governors, and not for lack of suitable candidates. In order to be eligible for governorship, one must be a chapter president for two years, at which time a club can nominate its president. After a nomination is accepted, it is a three-year process before a candidate can become a District Governor.
The District Governor brought with him a speech by "Ravi" Ravindran, president of the Rotary International, an inspired appeal to members to "be a gift to the world," which is also the organization’s theme for 2015. Being a Rotarian is not just about the giving of money and resources, but giving of yourself, Ravi said, illustrating the Rotary International’s appreciation of "the difference between a handout and an outstretched hand."
 Pictured from left to right: Rick Rogers, Wayne Peters, Christina Therrien, Wayne Wornes, and Machias Rotary Club President Paul Gaddis 
We Wish the best of the season to all in District 7810.  Sylvie and I have met and reconnected with so many great Rotarians and citizens of the world this year and we would like to take the time to say "Thank you for your Service Above Self", we know that because of you, your community and the world will be a better place to live in".  Rotary strives to be an all encompassing organization so if this is not a time of celebration or if your beliefs celebrate a different method, than that is the beauty of Rotary and please take this time to "Be A Gift To The World".

Hi Wayne - “once upon a time Mike and Francine came to Sackville to a PHF event and met Jeff from Community Forrest International. So Jeff got invited to speak at the District Conference in Dieppe on Sunday morning. Many Rotarians were impressed and  invited Jeff to speak at their clubs over the next few months. Jeff spoke at Lowell’s club last week, he was a big hit!!! In Presque Isle  Lowell told me they were donating $1,000.00 to Jeff’s project and wondered if Sackville may want to match their donation”.  


And that my friend is how Rotary works!!!!


I am amazed by Rotarian’s power to make things happen, and very proud to be a Rotarian. Pam

Polio this week of November 25,  2015

World polio Update

 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. 

  • PakistanOne 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.


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* 1 case not reported.
Pictured is Rambha Pershad, owner of the Fundy Line Motel and Restaurant, Florence Preston, cook at the Fundy Line, Shawn Cripps, president of the Rotary Club of Chatham. The Rotary Chili Cook off was held during the Association of Professional Engineering and Geoscientists of N.B. Pumpkin Fling. Five restaurants participated Tim Horton's, Mirawood Cafe, Fundy Line Restaurant, Rodd Miramichi Hotel, and Mike's. Each person paid $5.00 to taste each chili and vote for their favourite, $500 was raised for the Anglophone North School School District Science Program. The chili's were numbered one to five and in the blind taste test Fundy Line Restaurant won. They now have the plaque and Bragging rights as the best chili on the River for 2015. Out of the seven year history of the contest Fundy Line Restaurant has won three times. Thank you to all the Restaurants who donated their delicious chili and we hope to see you again next year.
The Rotary Club of Chatham donated $500 to the Miramichi Cardiac Wellness Program.  Pictured are Shawn Cripps Club President, Dr. Zbigniew Nowak, Medical Director, Cardiac Wellness Program and Kristen Copp Program Coordinator.
PRESQUE ISLE – During the weekend of November 13-15, 2015, Area One Rotary Club leaders from Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Fort Kent, Limestone, Mars Hill, Presque Isle, and Washburn, along with nearby Rotary Clubs from Houlton and New Brunswick will be gathering at the University of Maine at Presque Isle to learn more about Rotary International (RI) and the process required to be in compliance as a Rotary Club.
After the Saturday training on November 14, the Area One Future Visions Committee will host an informational dinner and silent auction fundraiser for Project GIIVE (Guatemalan Infrastructure Improvement Venture). The public is invited to join Rotarians at the Presque Isle Fish & Game Club, 583 Parsons Road, beginning at 4:30 p.m. for a vegetarian and beef stew dinner, $15 per person, and to hear more about a Future Visions Grant being jointly drafted by Area One Rotary Clubs and several New Brunswick Clubs.
Julia Phelps, Rotary International Director, will bring a welcome and direct message of how Rotary International, even a local Club, is a “Gift to the World.” Peter and Carolyn Johnson from the Rotary Club in Yarmouth, Maine, will tell about projects they have seen in Guatemala and how this involvement changed their lives. Carolyn serves as RI Assistant Coordinator for Zone 32, southern Maine and New England, and recently visited the proposed Project GIIVE communities while overseeing ongoing activities aligned with literacy, work with primary teachers, and small water projects funded through grants received by Districts in Zone 32.
Rotary District 7810 Governor Wayne Wornes and Foundation Chairperson Rick Rogers will also address Rotary’s emphasis on water and sanitation issues.
The planned Future Visions Grant is proposed to meet the needs of a village near the city of Monterrico, Guatemala, in cooperation with the Guatemalan Rotary Club La Ermita. The project funding goal for this initial project is about $50,000 with the implementation performed in stages and Future Visions GIIVE Projects will continue to be developed for years to come.
The initial request will be for water filtration devices to provide safe drinking water and eco-stoves to provide healthy home cooking facilities. The grant would also include improved sanitation facilities with eco-toilets. The GIIVE group of Rotary Clubs is planning to submit its grant application by July 2016. If approved and funded, the clubs will be sending Rotarians and vocationally-trained individuals to Monterrico, Guatemala, in the Spring of 2017.
The informational event will be held at the Presque Isle Fish & Game Club, 583 Parsons Road, Presque Isle, Maine, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15/person. Silent Auction items will consist of authentic Guatemalan apparel, jewelry, coffee and other items. Proceeds from the evening will be given to the Future Vision GIIVE 2016 Project. To RSVP, please contact Kevin McCartney at or 207-492-4766 by November 8, 2015.
The Presque Isle Rotary Club maintains a membership of approximately 100 individuals and is part of a world-wide organization of community volunteers. The Slogan of Rotary is “Service Above Self” and the club seeks to live up to this ideal to support a variety of causes for the betterment of the community.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about Rotary and its ideals can visit or contact any Rotary member.
The Rotary Club of Moncton & West Riverview presented a $900.00 cheque to Visions United Church to support their COATS OF CARE project. They raised funds to purchase and deliver five (5) coats that convert into sleeping bags to every city in the Maritimes. The coats are made in Detroit by homeless  women through a wonderful project called the EMPOWERMENTPLAN (google for details). The pilot project begins November 1st and will be monitored this winter to evaluate if the coats are suitable and useful during our famous “Canadian Winters”. This is a great example of doing good in the world and addressing the growing concerns of poverty in Canada. 
Rotarian Pam Harrison ( Visions United Church) and Club President Darrell Nameth
In honor of World Polio Day, which is widely recognized on the 24th of October, the Rotary Club of Sackville held a fun auction on Thursday, October 1st and raised $1500 as part of Rotary’s 30-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease polio.  Local Rotarian Pam Harrison suggested that to recognize the 30th anniversary of Rotary’s fight to eradicate polio that our 30 members should raise a minimum of $30 each.  This goal of $900 was exceeded through the generosity of individual club members! Due to the enthusiasm of club members to achieve their goal the Board of Directors decided to match these contributions to a total of $3000!
President Dianne Oulton of the Sackville Rotary Club said that “contributing to the end game of the Polio Plus eradication initiative was the right thing to do especially since every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to US$ 35 million a year. So our club’s contribution of $3000 in essence will be tripled to a grand total of $9000”.
The Hanwell Satellite Club. received its Charter on October 15, District Governor Wayne Wornes awarded them their Charter as the newly formed Hanwell Rotary Club. As an added bonus, their Club President, Adeline Misener, was inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow for her service. Congrats to Adeline and all members of the Hanwell Rotary Club!! Best of Luck! Twenty one new Rotarians were honoured by over 70 guests made up of 12 Rotary clubs and friends from New Brunswick, Ontario and Maine. They had the privilege of having Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, in attendance.
Sylvie and I are very excited about the coming Rotary year, I have worked very closely with PDG Michael Walsh and Sylvie has learned a lot from Francine.  This journey started 3 years ago and we have been given great advice, mentorship and training to prepare us for the year.
Our District Team is well informed and ready as well, we could not possibly try to move forward without their assistance.
As with the work that the President's needed to do to prepare for their year, it is now time to step forward.
We begin our club visits much like Mike did with the Presque Isle club first, so be kind.
I started in Rotary 2002 with the Moncton West and Riverview club, I wish to take this time to also thank everyone of their members for their quick wits and guidance through the years.  The move over to the Dieppe Rotary club was one taken with much thought but when it came down to location and meeting times it all fit, They met just down the road from my office (this was before they closed down Crystal Palace, Ramada).  I am shy speaking French so I have looked at the move to Dieppe RC as an opportunity to improve my confidence with speaking French.
As President "Ravi" has asked let's work and focus on becoming "A Gift To the World"
See everyone soon.
Wayne Wornes
Governor District 7810
The Rotary Clubs of Perth-Andover and Fort Fairfield held their joint Annual Meeting at the Larlee Creek Public House in Perth-Andover on June 25.  Rotarians and their spouses/partners enjoyed a delicious meal and a special time of fellowship. 
The combined Annual Meeting is a longstanding celebration of the Rotary year by both clubs.  Each club presented member awards and recognitions. District Governor Mike Walsh presented Perth-Andover Rotary Club President Margie Brooks with the Presidential Citation, one of three awarded in District 7810 for the 2014-2015 year. 
 Special guests included District Governor Mike Walsh and wife Francine, District Governor-Elect Wayne Wornes and wife Sylvie, District Governor-Nominee Ginny Joles, Past District Governor Pat Perry, Area 1 Assistant District Governor (ADG) Floyd Rockholt, and
Area 1 Immediate-Past ADG Nancy Fletcher.
Many of the Clubs throughout the District are busy with a variety of fundraising activities and community projects.  Get all the latest updates on our District Facebook page.  Don't forget to like our page and the pages of our clubs to share all the great things Rotarians are doing throughout New Brunswick and eastern Maine. 
Rotary Club of Presque Isle - clean up
Rotary Club of Newcastle - Rotary Spring Fest
Rotary Club of Fredericton Sunrise
The Municipality of Cumberland County; Mike McLellan presented “Certificates of Recognition” for countless hours of volunteer work to Carrie White, Pam Harrison, Dara Legere, LouAnne Berry, P J White and Charlene Daborn.
Dara Legere was recognised by Nova Scotia’s Premier, the Honorable Stephen McNeil, MLA at a 41st Provincial Volunteer Awards Ceremony luncheon held at the Weston Hotel, Halifax on April 7th

With great pleasure Margie Brooks, President, Perth-Andover Rotary Club,  presented the executive of the SVHS Interact Club with their charter on February 8.


Kevin McCartney, Rotarian from the Presque Isle Rotary Club, gave a very interesting and informative presentation at the Feb. 8 meeting of the Perth-Andover Rotary Club.  He spoke about a Guatemalan Future Vision Project that is in the initial planning stages.  Representatives of the Rotary Clubs of Presque Isle, Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Mars Hill and Limestone have  formed the organizing committee.  He welcomed interested Rotarians from our club to join them.


All Rotarians are invited to the attend the Rotary World Community Project. Please see attached invitation with details on the event. This is the fourth year of this event that has been held in partnership with six clubs in the district: Moncton Sunrise Club, Dieppe Club, Shediac Club, Moncton Club, Fredericton Sunrise Club and Moncton West & Riverview Club. The focus this year will be on providing clean drinking water to villages in India.


If you are interested in learning more about the project or would like to attend this evening please call me or email me.


Best Regards,


Susy Campos

Tel: 506-386-1330


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