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Rotary Leader
May 2020
Helping club and district leaders achieve success
Rotary Youth Exchange students benefit from service
Rotary Youth Exchange students learn valuable skills and make vital connections when they have a chance to take part in their host district's service projects. While these projects have taken on a new shape during the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs are still finding innovative ways to keep their youth involved. Also, for Youth Service Month, read a blog post about how to help your Youth Exchange students face the uncertainty of these extraordinary times.
Jenny Stotts, District 6690 membership chair and assistant governor, shares what she has learned about engaging members and keeping them (Rotary) happy.
We are redesigning Rotary Leader. Beginning with the July issue, this newsletter will have a revised format and will direct you to a variety of content that will help you achieve success leading your club or district.

Dear Rotary and Rotaract members,

As part of our alliance with Toastmasters, we’re offering new communication courses to help you grow your networks, improve your skills, and increase your impact in the community. Visit Rotary’s Learning Center on a personal computer or iPad tablet to take the first two courses (Note: courses can't be accessed on mobile devices):  
  • Develop a speech — Learn how to write compelling speeches that take into account your topic, audience, and goal.
  • Deliver a speech — Explore the effect your voice and body language can have on your audience.
These courses were developed by Toastmasters International; they include assignments to help you put your new skills into practice and peer evaluations to help you grow through collaboration. It may take a little longer to complete these courses than some of the courses in the Learning Center, but we believe it’s worth it. And as many of us are staying home due to the global COVID-19 epidemic, you can take the courses and complete assignments from home. To learn more, watch our new video.

These courses are just one of the many ways we’re investing in Rotary and Rotaract members. Practicing and improving your skills can help you succeed in your personal and professional endeavors. And using your skills within Rotary and Rotaract strengthens our clubs and increases our impact.

Please note that all Rotarians and Rotaractors with My Rotary accounts will have access to these courses. If you don’t have a My Rotary account, learn how to create one.

Share your feedback by completing the evaluation at the end of each course. Your input helps us develop new and better courses. And watch for more courses to be available later this year.

Learn more about Rotary’s alliance with Toastmasters at If you have any questions, write to


Sarah Remijan
Director of Learning & Development, Programs & Member Services
Rotary International
Membership Minute
April 2020
Ideas for strengthening membership
4 ways to engage members online
Are you looking for ideas to engage members while we’re physically distancing ourselves from each other? Has your club started meeting online? Here are some of our favorite resources to help:
Find more resources at
Revised requirements for the 2019-20 Rotary Citation 
We know that some of the 2019-20 Rotary Citation goals may be difficult for clubs to achieve during this pandemic, so we’ve revised the requirements. Instead of achieving five of the nine goals in the Unite People and Take Action categories, clubs now need to achieve at least three goals in each of these categories. The Presidential Distinction requirements remain the same, and clubs still need to be in good standing to be eligible. 

We appreciate the work you continue to do during this time and are looking forward to seeing the creative ways in which clubs achieve their goals. Clubs can still report their achievements as described in the Achievement Guide and use the Rotary Citation Recipients report on My Rotary to check their progress. Contact us at if you have any questions. 
Webinar: Connect With the (Online) Rotary World
Be sure to register for our webinar, Connect With the (Online) Rotary World, being held Tuesday, 28 April, 15:00-15:45 Chicago time (UTC-5), to join a conversation with Rotarians who are using technology to stay connected to their clubs and districts. You’ll be asked to share questions before the webinar, and you’ll get access to the recording and slides afterward. 
Let e-clubs help you get online during the pandemic
If your club wants to move its activities online, e-clubs can be an ideal resource. Learn how the Rotary E-Club of The Caribbean 7020 is helping other clubs and watch a short video about the advantages of meeting online. 

More from our blog: 
Ideas for staying connected despite social distancing
Ingrid Waugh, who’s an assistant Rotary coordinator, and a team of leaders from Zone 8 in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands have created a list of tips for keeping members connected during this challenging time. From virtual service projects to phone calls that help clubs check on members, you’ll find ideas for keeping social connections strong despite any physical distance. 
Membership Minute is a bimonthly newsletter that provides the latest membership trends, strategies, best practices, and resources to help strengthen membership in your clubs. The newsletter is sent to Rotary coordinators, district governors, district membership chairs, club membership chairs, club presidents and subscribers. Please forward this to anyone who may be interested. 

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Join us for World Immunization Week 2020 
World Immunization Week is Coming
As scientists work to find a vaccine for the new coronavirus, we can do our part to keep our communities healthy by helping Rotary spread the word about the importance of vaccinations during World Immunization Week, 24-30 April.

Immunizations save millions of lives every year and are widely recognized as one of our most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases continue to put children’s health at risk around the world. 

Rotary knows firsthand that #VaccinesWork. Since 1985, we’ve contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children from polio. When children receive the polio vaccine, their pinkie fingers are marked with purple ink so health workers will know which children received the vaccine. Today, only two countries continue to report cases of polio caused by the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

Take action in three easy ways: 
  1. Raise awareness of vaccination and polio eradication efforts by painting your nails — or pinkie — purple, or customize our new End Polio Now artwork with your signature and words of support. Post your pictures on social media using the hashtags #EndPolio and #VaccinesWork. 
  2. Download Rotary’s World Immunization Week Toolkit to get graphics and sample social media posts. 
  3. Donate to Rotary’s PolioPlus Fund. Your contribution will be tripled, thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
A special thanks to District Membership chairs Nigel Bayliss (7810) and Gail Gosse (7820) for helping to create a collaborative online event for club leadership on April 18th. Current District Governor for District 5370 Tracey Vavrek was the guest speaker along with Zone Coordinator Doug Logan. The conversation was about exploring creative ways to engage Rotarians.
The video was recorded and can be found through the District's YouTube channel:

When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases
decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers
can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.
The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into opportunities by funding
grants that support water, sanitation, and hygiene programs.

You can make a difference both close to home and around the world with
a gift to The Rotary Foundation in celebration of World Water Day.
All District in person events through to June 30 are now postponed or cancelled.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Leadership Team of District 7810, we hope everyone is safe and well.
Needless to say, what is happening here, as well as globally, is unprecedented.
As a District, we wish to let everyone know that effective immediately, all District in person events through to June 30 are now postponed or cancelled.
Such events include and not limited to;
Training - RLI, District Leadership, PETS/SETS, Treasurers, Foundation, Public Image, etc.
Youth - RYLA/Interact, Youth Exchange Outbound orientation
Special Events - Centennial 100,
All in person District committee meetings
Please know, as we prepare for the upcoming Rotary year, we as a District will continue training digitally on line.
We are in the planning stages for having an on line version of PETS, Presidents training and along with some others.
As of now, the date of this training will be the same, this coming April 18th.
Yes, it will look, feel and be different, but we are willing to try something new. (Remember #thinkdifferent7810)
You will see and hear more from District Training as soon as possible on this event.
We are asking all Rotary and Rotaract clubs to follow suit.
Most, if not all, have already stopped meeting in person.
Please seriously consider postponing or cancelling any and all in person club meetings, committee meetings and in person community events.
This can be a time for true leadership. Social Distancing does not mean we have to become isolated.
Be creative! Use various social media's like facetime, skype, zoom, GoTo meeting, chat rooms, discussion groups, etc.
As a District, we have access to  GoTo Meeting. Have a virtual club meeting or committee meeting. District leadership uses this regularly to stay connected and stay in touch with each other.
If you wish to co-ordinate an on line meeting, let Terry MacDonald know and he can help coordinate for you.
Terry W. MacDonald
Executive Secretary
Rotary District 7810
506-478-7810 (c) 
April 4th, 2020 RLI Training Sessions have been Cancelled
After discussion at the board level, it has been decided that the RLI Scheduled for April 4, 2020 will be cancelled due to concerns with the continuing COVID 19 outbreak. 
Participants will be contacted directly with cancellation information shortly. Facilitators are asked to cancel their hotel room reservations directly with the Hotel Wingate Dieppe.
For our first time facilitators, please note that your sessions will now be moved to the Fall offering of RLI in Truro on October 24, 2020. Your assignments will be confirmed in the coming months. 
Thank you everyone for your understanding. 
Any questions, feel free to contact me directly. 
Leanne Whelan
Board Member for RLI Atlantic Atlantique Division
Facilitator Scheduler

Save the date - RI President Mark Maloney is coming to Moncton on April 27th.


Celebrating 100 years are Rotary Club of Houlton (Maine), Moncton Rotary Club (NB), St Stephen (NB), and from Rotary International - District 7820 - the Rotary Club of Sydney (NS).


Worthy to note that Rotary Club of Saint John is 106 years old.


More information to follow about the events that day.

To read the Bio for Mark Maloney, click on the link below

Happy World Rotary Day!!! 

Today, we celebrate the 115th Anniversary of the very first Rotary club at the Rotary club of Chicago.

It is also world Rotary Day, where we can celebrate the successes of all the Rotarians around the world who do great things in their community.

Be sure to spread the word about why you are in Rotary by wearing your Rotary pin, branded Rotary club shirt or other Rotary branded apparel out in public today and start a conversation.




French Level 1 **NEW**
English Levels 1, 2, 3, Graduate
Upcoming Leadership Training for all Rotarians with the Rotary Leadership Institute Training in Dieppe on April 4th.
It is always a great day with lots of information.

Conflict and violence displaced more than 68 million people in the past year, and half of those are children.

For Area 1,7 and 9 Clubs – this will be at the Campus Centre at the University of Maine at Presque Isle from 9am to 3pm Eastern Standard Time

Please mark on your calendar for a day of information, inspiration, and networking. All Rotarians are invited to attend workshops on Membership, Youth Services, Public Image, or Foundation. In addition, we request all President Elects, Secretary Elects, and Treasurer Elects attend workshops designed to assist you to make a smooth transition into those offices. 
Please register at:
Join the World Rotaract Week party this 9-15 March! This annual celebration highlights the success and importance of Rotaract in communities around the world. 

Check out these concrete ideas you can use to celebrate every day of the week!
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John Slipp
He is heading to San Diego in January 2020 for District Governor Elect Training!
Happy Holidays & Seasons Greetings District 7810 (French to follow):

On behalf of our family, Karen and I would like to extend to each of you, the Rotarians of District 7810, and your families the warmest wishes for the holidays.
Joyeuses Fêtes et Saisons Salutations District 7810

Au nom de notre famille, Karen et moi voudrions adresser à chacun d'entre vous, les Rotariens du District 7810, et à vos familles, les meilleurs vœux de vacances.
One of Rotary International's 6 areas of focus is Disease Prevention and Treatment and is the theme for December. In 1979, Rotary became the first service organization to create a campaign to immunize six million children in the Philippines in a multi year project. This start has led to where we are today, almost eradicating it from the world. Rotary is partnered with the Gates Foundation who matches the monies raised and together achieve over 500 million annually. 
Today we are down to 107 cases in two countries and the push is on to vaccinate the remainder. It has been the major focus of Rotary to take the impossible and find the solution. It is through the drive of a million Rotarians to raise money and to help with the volunteering to immunize children throughout the world. 
Did you know that October 24th is End Polio Day? District 7810 had a number of clubs doing specific fundraising and awareness activities in Northern Maine and New Brunswick. 
Did you know that the Gates Foundation matches Polio donations year-round? Many clubs are involved in End Polio activities throughout the year. 

Did you know that the Rotary Foundation raised 331.9 million dollars last year so that they could fund the projects that we do around the world to impact lives in a positive way?

November is all about the Rotary Foundation and the #DoGoodery that is done because of it.


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October is Economic and Community Development Month
Did you know that nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Our Rotary members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
Track our success stories on social media throughout the month of October on Facebook (@district7810), Instagram (7810district), LinkedIn (Rotary District 7810), and Twitter (@RDistrict7810). 
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