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01 October, 2021                                                                                                   
 
Response Statement on 2022 Rotary Convention in Houston
Rotary has built a global presence based on our strong, shared core values. As a non­political and non-religious organization, we are people of action whose strengths enable us to create lasting change. And our diversity of people, mind and purpose has drawn thought leaders and changemakers to us to forge partnerships and
opportunities few other organizations enjoy. Rotary values help build trust and stability across the world, and our presence builds hope wherever we meet and serve.
Rotary International’s annual convention is an essential part of our culture and success. Selection of a site for hosting a convention does not endorse the policies of the local government or the political environment in which the convention is held. Our convention allows us to bring together our diverse perspective to exchange ideas that allow us to take action towards fostering more peaceful communities. Thousands of Rotary members from the Houston area have spent years preparing for this international celebration. These dedicated Rotarian are looking forward to both hosting fellow members from around the globe and demonstrating to the local community how Rotary brings people together to share ideas and take action to address pressing needs at home and throughout the world.
Rotary is aware that some people have questioned if Rotary should hold our convention in Houston. We believe that based on our values and the purpose of our convention we can do more to address challenges and concerns by holding our convention, than we can by attempting to make a statement regarding local issues. We encourage continuing dialogue within our community of Rotary members and believe it is in the best tradition of our organization. Openly discussing the ethical considerations of everything we do holds us accountable to our values; it is
fundamental to being a member of Rotary. It is for these reasons, and assuming that the impact of COVID-19 is reduced, and it is safe to do so, we intend to hold our Convention in Houston in June.
Kindest regards,
 
 
Shekhar Mehta
President, Rotary International 2021-22
 
 
 
 
Last call for reduced rate!
We’re excited to gather again in-person so we can connect, share ideas, and strengthen our relationships in an atmosphere of friendship and learning. The 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas, USA, offers us that opportunity – and we remain optimistic that we’ll be there together 4-8 June 2022.   
The deadline to register at the reduced rate is fast approaching. You have until 15 December 2021, so sign up and pay today to take advantage of significant savings. You’ll have the chance to cancel for a full refund until 30 April 2022, minus a $50 per person administration fee. 
 
The Rotary convention provides opportunities to expand your network, share best practices, and stay informed. Plus, you won’t want to miss the Houston Host Organization Committee’s lineup of ticketed events, like the Discovery Green Welcome Event at a 12-acre park steps from the convention center.
 
Don’t delay your convention registration and the prospect of meeting up with old and new friends. Perhaps you can even encourage a friend to join you so they, too, can be inspired with the family of Rotary.  
 
We look forward to welcoming you in Houston! 
 
 
 
 
 
November is a month of FREE opportunity open to all Rotarians and Rotaractors.
 
Check out the teaser video for the upcoming month: CLICK HERE.
 
 
Bios and topics can be found in the attachment. All attendees MUST register to get the ZOOM Links. 
 
November 6: 10am-12:15pm Atlantic Halifax time
   Pierre Battah - Author of Humanity at Work
   Jillian Gibson - Foundation Chair for District 7820
 
FREE REGISTRATION FOR SESSION 1
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November 6: 12:30pm-2:45pm Atlantic Halifax time 
   Melina Marzaro - Quebec City Rotaract Club, District 7790
                                 Rotaract Rep and Zone 28/32 Assistant Public
                                 Image Coordinator
    Kelly Hunt - St. John After Hours Rotary Club President, District
                                 7820 Public Image Committee
                                 member and Zone 28/32 Assistant Public
                                 Image Coordinator
                   
FREE REGISTRATION FOR SESSION 2
 
November 20: 10am-11am Atlantic Halifax time 
                      Corey F. - Canadian Mental Health Association
 
FREE REGISTRATION FOR SELF CARE TALK
 
For the security of the events please do not post this on any social media. Any issues please contact me directly. 
 
Yours in Rotary
 
Anthony 
Anthony Waddell
Director of Training and Development
District 7810
district7810training@gmail.com
 
 
Rotary Service and Engagement 
Joint service week
 
 
Joint Service Week: 10-16 October
Dear Rotary member,

I am excited to announce that Rotary International is partnering with our friends at Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, and Optimist International to increase our collective impact through community service.

Celebrate Community is a weeklong service event taking place 10-16 October. During this time, Rotary, Rotaract, Kiwanis, Lions, and Optimist clubs are encouraged to collaborate with one another to complete a service project that benefits the community. Work with your fellow service club members to determine how you can best help your community, such as:
  • Cleaning up a park, highway, or waterway
  • Planting trees
  • Collecting nonperishable food for food pantries or clothing for homeless shelters
  • Packing meals
  • Harvesting a community garden
  • Reading to children at the local library
  • Volunteering at a local animal shelter
Whatever you choose to do, tell us about it! Tag @Rotary on social media to let us — and your neighbors — know how you’re giving back and celebrating community through service.

Use the club finder tool on the Kiwanis, Lions, and Optimist websites to find a club near you.

I hope this is one of many opportunities for our four organizations to collaborate and serve. We all want to do good in the world, and we can do even more when we do it together.

Sincerely,

John Hewko
General Secretary
Rotary International
 
 
 
 
 
 
Attached is a tribute to Pam Harrison that appears in the current Vesey’s catalogue. It is a tremendous acknowledgment recognizing her commitment and passion toward  the elimination of polio.
 
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Please watch the video below to learn more about how ShelterBox is helping families who have been affected by this horrible disaster.
 
 
Haiti Update: Your Aid in Action
 
Teams are currently in direct communication with locally based partners and senior Rotarians within Haiti. We are working directly with community members to ensure the right aid is getting to the families who need it most.
 
There is still lots of work needed as teams navigate logistics, security concerns, and access challenges, but your support is making it all possible.
 
Teams are currently in the final planning stages with locally based partners to ensure that aid is on the way to ensure appropriate aid reaches those who need it most. Click here to learn more about the situation in Haiti and how you can support these actions.
 
I will update you as the situation and response efforts continue. Thank you again for your support.
 
Stephanie Christensen
Executive Director
 
 
 
 
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ShelterBox and Rotary are official Project Partners in international disaster relief. ShelterBox Canada is a registered charity independent of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation. Charitable Registration # 84628 3208 RR0001
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Are You Ready for a Rotarian Call to Action?
What if that Call got you a ticket to the Best Party Ever?!?
 
Most of you know this, but maybe you are new to Rotary and not really familiar with the Rotary Foundation (TRF).  TRF helps Rotarians (like us!) do great projects all over the world with millions of $$ in grants every year.  We keep TRF going with our donations to the Annual Fund and to PolioPlus, money that comes back to our grant program.  What most DON’T know is that in the last year our requests for grants are more than doubled, but our donations are in many districts lower due to the pandemic.
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