Dear district Rotary Foundation chairs and district grants subcommittee chairs:

We have good news: Rotary has a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity International that will enhance club and district service activities by providing access to Habitat’s resources and programming. Clubs can work with Habitat affiliates and local communities to design and provide long-term, affordable housing to families in need of shelter. And now they can use global grants to fund the types of low-cost shelters that Rotarians and Rotaractors have been building with Habitat for Humanity for years.

Committed to the belief that every person deserves a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began more than 40 years ago as a grassroots effort on a community farm in Georgia, USA. Families and individuals who need homes work with Habitat to build or improve places that can be theirs. Since 1976, Habitat and its 1.8 million volunteers have served more than 9.8 million people in 70 countries.

If your district or clubs are interested in using global grant funding to construct low-cost shelters with Habitat for Humanity, see the guidelines and application.

Please write to if you have any questions.


Abby McNear
Rotary Grants Manager
2017-2018 District 7810 Governor Report
District Conference Bathurst October 21st 2018
Congratulations to Rotarians in District 7810 for Making a Difference.
As the lead it was my Goal to bring a business structure to our District.
There were a number of first time initiatives and some reorganizing of structure in other areas.
A mentorship was established with all Chairpersons who were in transition of a third year!
The introduction of GOTOMEETING under Ginny’s year, with minimal internet cost, but with significant cost savings for travel and the opportunity to communicate an effective forum of networking geographically, I would say was the most effective and efficient manner of conducting business to date for the District.
A first for District 7810 Million Dollar Initiative co-chaired by two Past District Governors, Allan MacLellan and Michel Leger. This is a joint Foundation Initiative with our Rotarian Friends in District 7820, which was launched in July 2017.
The Finance Committee was re-established to meet monthly, with quarterly Financial statements supplied by the District Treasurer, with specific terms of reference, the individuals were designated to be American and Canadian equally, two Assistant Governors and two Past District Governors with the Immediate Past District Governor as Chairperson for continuity of Budget Transparency in the District. Members for 2017 -2018 Chairperson IPDG Ginny Joles , Assistant Governors Robbie Griffin, Cliff Rhome the two Past District Governors John Carkner and Greg  Campbell.  Pre-Pets for two Areas Presque Isle and Bathurst offered Training for incoming Club Treasurers with Rotarians with Accounting Designations facilitating this education component.
The opportunity of monthly meetings were created and I am grateful to all of the Chairpersons who facilitated with structure and educational opportunities that were an asset for all. Those Active participants were: Foundation, Assistant Governor’s, Presidents, Board of Directors, Committee Chairpersons, Membership, Public Image and Literacy. A few of these committees were expanded to invite one person from each Club to a social education evening. These meetings were structured for a period of one hour specifically. Assistant Governor’s developed a Training program facilitated by themselves from a program guided through RI. Assistant Governor’s  continue to be the conduit of information within our District.
Rotaract Clubs were supported with guidance from Susan Kulesza and Don McKay. We have Clubs in Woodstock, Fredericton, Mount Allison. There is interest in St John and Miramichi which will hopefully create Clubs in 2018 - 2019.
Interac Clubs under the guidance of Greg McDiarmid have maintained membership with a new Club created in Bathurst.
District Youth Committee facilitates as an independent Committee. We were not able to facilitate RYLA in 2017 - 2018 under this Committee. The Committee Member Noel Eustace attended a Youth Conference in Poland in September 2017, Marcel Gervais also attended conferences on this topic in Canada and the US. Chairperson of this committee is Wayne Wornes.
Anthony Waddell volunteered in January 2018, to create a District Strategic /Vision Plan with input from every Club plus giving opportunity to each Rotarian on their personal input in the District, which he is actively pursuing.
DDF Grants were delayed for the 2018 - 2019 year due to the delay of completion of paper work of Global Grants from several years past. The Governor line has been working on this the past several years with the assistance of RI.
The GIIVE project continues to be active. This project has been led by the Woodstock and Presque Isle Clubs, Initially to assist with eco stoves, eco water and eco sanitation, this project has extended to other areas of Rotary’s six areas of Focus.
The Past District Governors met twice. I am hoping this group of Educated Rotarians continue to meet on a regular basis to share their expertise and four years of High Level Rotary International Education and Leadership Training with Rotarians in our District. Mentorship is priceless.
We were excited to celebrate the Donation of a kidney to Michael Walsh from one of his District Governor classmates, Lyle Ryan of California. A true Rotary SERVICE ABOVE SELF gesture.
The Highlight of our District year was the Donation of over a MILLION Dollars for Polio Plus in a Legacy Gift that was received from an anonymous Donor. This Donation gave us number 1 status in the world and will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
It has been a humbling experience to work with so many devoted Rotarians in our District 7810. I am blessed to have met so many wonderful individuals that shared their Rotary experiences with me that made my journey priceless and memorable, so many making a huge Difference in many Communities.
Thank you to the Rotary Club of Chatham for their Confidence and Support.
Congratulations and Thank you for everything you do in the name of Rotary.
QUOTE :  Edward Everett Hale
I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything
But I can do Something
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do!
Respectfully Submitted
Iris Sullivan
District Governor 2017 - 2018
Please find below a list of all awards and certificates presented at the 2018 Rotary District 7810 Conference.


Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions  
 "Ginny Joles PDG, Presque Isle Rotary" 
 "Bruce Wood, Moncton Rotary" 
 "Andre Welland, Rothesay Kings Rotary" 

 "Eugene Lewis, Woodstock Rotary"

 "Sally Wishart Armstrong, Guest Speaker"
Public Relations Program Award  
Chatham Rotary 
PDG Mike Walsh Award - Best Club of the Year  
 Sussex Rotary 
Best Attendance Award  
Perth Andover Rotary 
Member Retention Award  
Fredericton Rotary 
New Member Award  
Oromocto Rotary 
Frank Hussey Award - Rotarian of the Year  
"Michael & Francine Walsh, Moncton West-Riverview Rotary" 
PDG Harriett McNeil Award - President of the Year  
"Mandy Pooler Hall, Presque Isle Rotary" 
Tom Nelson Award - Community Service - Inclusive and Innovative  
Moncton Rotary 
Duncan Wathen Award - Net Increase in Members  
Dieppe Rotary 


Guss Trophy - International Service  

Gary Stewart, Woodstock Rotary

District Governor - Certificates of Recognition
St Croix Calais Rotary Club
Anthony Waddell

Terry MacDonald

Harvey Bass

Greg MacDiarmid

Rob Driscoll

Pam Harrison

Gary Thorne

Nancy Theriault

John Grantham

Bob Tremblett

Nicole Whyte

Robbie Griffin

Cliff Rhome

Greg Campbell

Ginny Joles

John Carkner

Michel Leger

Allan MacLellan

Joy Barresi Saucier

Susan Kulesza

Don McKay

Paula Hiltz

Rotary announces US$96.5 million to end polio 
Rotary grants to support the global effort to end polio, focused on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria, along with further funding to help keep 16 vulnerable countries polio-free. 
World Polio Day reviews the bold steps taken to end polio
At Rotary’s 6th annual World Polio Day event on 24 October in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, we’ll highlight the monumental and innovative steps that are getting us closer to our goal. We’ll also celebrate 30 years of achievements by the GPEI.
Canada's prime minister accepts polio honor
Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, was presented with Rotary’s Polio Eradication Champion Award in recognition of Canada’s contributions to polio eradication.  
Rotary in the News
Inside Pakistan's fight for zero polio cases, where women are on the frontlines 
From ABC News: Just a few years ago, Pakistan was home to nearly all of the world’s polio cases, now it is "closer than ever" to zero cases.
Celebrate World Polio Day
Have you shared your World Polio Day plans with us? We want to know how you'll help make history with the global Rotary community on 24 October.
Donate to End Polio
Make a contribution to end polio and your gift will be tripled, thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
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Tsunami and earthquake aftermath in Central Sulawesi, Wani, Indonesia - 02 Oct 2018
Dear District Governor Silvana,
I am sorry to be emailing you again so soon after last reaching out, but I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with the following update on the work ShelterBox and Rotary are doing together in Indonesia.
On Friday 28 September, the people of Sulawesi looked on in horror as giant waves crashed onto their shores. First the island was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. Then a tsunami tore through the region, flattening everything in its path and turning thousands of homes to rubble.
Families have been left devastated as they struggle with the catastrophic aftermath. Thousands are still searching for lost family members, whilst also enduring landslides and power outages.
The disaster has caused the displacement of around 66,000 people and the death of 1,400, and these numbers are expected to rise.
ShelterBox already has a Response Team in Lombok, Indonesia following the August 6.9 magnitude earthquake which left 20,000 people homeless. Our team has been in-country for the last month helping families recover from that event.
We are now sending a second Response Team to Indonesia to understand how we might be able to help Sulawesi families who have lost everything. We are in contact with the Indonesian government, the disaster management organizations, and our Rotary colleagues in Indonesia to understand how we might be able to help Sulawesi families. We have aid stored nearby in Malaysia and we are working with our contacts to understand any importation restrictions, and how we might be able to get it in to Indonesia and to the families who may need it.
As official Project Partners, Rotary and ShelterBox work together to ensure no family is left without shelter after disasters. We are proud to be a Rotary International Project Partner, further strengthening a global circle of friendship.
Our immediate response to this disaster was made possible by the past support of Rotarians including those in your district. To continue to play a role in our ongoing aid to families in need for this and other disasters we would ask that you:
  1. Share this information with your District – Rotary Club presidents who have given to us previously have also received this email
  2. Stay up to date on our response at
  3. Encourage clubs to make a donation to ShelterBox Canada
  4. Host Shine For ShelterBox events to engage the community and raise essential funds:
You can also feel free to reach out to me or local ShelterBox Ambassadors if you have questions or need any other assistance.
Thank you for your interest and support!
Yours in Rotary,
Tess Widdifield
Rotary and Community Fundraising Manager
The Rotary Club of Toronto Twlight
P.S. If you would like to set up an online fundraising page for your District to expand your fundraising reach and track the impact of your District please get in touch here
District Governor Nominations for 2021-2022
DUE DATE:  September 30, 2018
District 7810 is seeking applicants for our 2021-2022 District Governor position.  One of the most important decisions we make in our District is choosing its future leadership.  We are seeking the most qualified person for the position of District Governor.  If you have, or know someone who has a demonstrated history of proven leadership as a Rotarian, and would be willing to serve, then we are seeking to utilize that talent, skill and sound judgment as our District Governor for 2021-2022.  
Applications (see downloads below) may be submitted anytime between now and (September 30, 2018).  Application may be submitted by mail or email.  Please note the form indicates your Club Secretary must attest that the club is aware of your application.
Please direct any questions to: District Governor (2018-2019) Silvana Bosca, or  506-545-8269
Please send the completed application no later than September 30, 2018 to:
Rotary District 7810
C/O DG (2018-19) Silvana Bosca
PO Box 3112
Fredericton, NB  E3A 5G8

Fellow Rotarians


As I reflect on the past year of 2017 -2018, my best memory is the opportunity I have had to work and play with each one of you!!

It has been humbling to work alongside such devoted volunteers whose main focus is enhancing lives in their communities and the entire world, each one of you Making a Significant Difference for so many.

I am excited that  many Rotarians have volunteered in the past two years to create such dynamic committees with each one reflecting our International composition.

I am grateful to the Assistant Governor Team who are truly the " Glue" of our District.

Your Leadership is effective due to the connection to each Club and your willingness to devote your time to educate yourselves with each new program that seems constant from Rotary International.

I am pleased that you embraced and co-ordinate your own training as a group .

The Governor Line is only effective because of your Committment and dedication.

The meetings with Past District Governor's was extremely valuable.

To those that mentored me Thank you !! I have learned from each of you and am humbled now to be part of the legacy each of you has had a hand in creating in District 7810.

Special appreciation to all Committee Chairs who in 2018 took the time to establish defined committees with Mandates and Terms of Reference, and monthly on line meeting with committee members as well as Club committees. These efforts truly have had an amazing impact on productivity for each  RI area of focus. Kudos on a job well done.

To each of the Presidents, your Amazing Leadership in all corners of our District has created a new energy that is contagious.

Thank you to the Board of Directors: Treasurer Bruce Wood and Secretary Andre Welland  for taking a fourth year of volunteer responsibility. PDG Ginny Joles for her patience and understanding and always reminding me that I was not alone.

Terry Mac Donald for his huge role who should be called our Rotary GURU.

It has been an honor and humbling to be the first DG from the Rotary Club of Chatham. Thank you Leon Bremner for the nomination and my Club for supporting me every step of this extraordinary journey.


Thank you to all who made so many firsts become a reality!


Million Dollar Dinner with District 7820

International Committees with the inclusion of Maine and New Brunswick

GotoMeeting: bridging the geographic challenges.

Monthly Finance Meetings with two PDGs and two AG's

Number 1 District in the World for Polio Giving 



Quote:  Edward Everett Hale


I am only one,but I am one.

I cannot do everything

But I can do Something

And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do!!







Iris Sullivan PDG

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Plan now to make a big splash on World Polio Day
Silvana Bosca, District Governor 2018-19
Rotary Club of Bathurst
 A native of Bathurst, Silvana became the first female member of the Rotary Club of Bathurst in 1995 and 3 years later became the first female Club president. Talk about engaging a new member!!
When asked what attracted her to Rotary, Silvana will say,  “It was the Club’s support for providing funding for physically challenged children that initially attracted me, but what kept me there, was the efficiency in which members took action to help in the community.  If someone needed a wheelchair ramp, for example, they made it happen – everyone just pitched in and got it done!”
Career-wise, she started out as a Physiotherapist, then moved into management and hospital administration; her last position,  before retiring 5 years ago, was senior policy advisor to the VP of Medical Affairs of one of New Brunswick’s two health regions.
Active in her community, Silvana recently co-chaired the Hospital Foundation major community fund-raising campaign, was volunteer Run director for the CIBC Run for the Cure for 9 years, and served on various boards including the NB Lung Association and NB Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
An enthusiastic golfer and gardener, she also enjoys driving her Harley Davidson Streetglide, boating, fishing, snowmobiling, travelling and spending time at the camp with her husband Andy LeBlanc.
But the number 1 passion for Silvana and Andy are their grandchildren, Eve 6 years and Mila 4 months and believe they are extremely fortunate that both of Andy’s sons and their families live in Bathurst.
Silvana looks forward to meeting District 7810 Rotarians during her visit to your club over the next 3 months.
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