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ROTEX 7810
MARCH 19 - 21, 2021
Open to ALL Rotarians and Rotaractors!!!
The Rotaract Canada Symposium is a dynamic, fun, and innovative Rotaract conference like you've never seen before! Come connect with Rotaractors from coast to coast, hear and interact with top Rotary speakers and thinkers and set your club up for success while having some serious fun!
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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.
Expert Panel Speakers Series
Feb 22, 2021 – 6:00-7:00pm
Brought to you by: The Districts Systemic Racism Task Force

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Dr. David Divine                 Godfred Chongatera 
Dr. Ahmed Derradji-Aouat    Dr. Felicia Eghan
This session is part of a broader piece of work the District has undertaken to spark conversation and change related to systemic racism and anti-Black racism. The full took kit can be found on the District’s Webpage at:    
If you have any questions related to this session or the tool kit, reach out to Lori Anne Jones at
To recognize the contributions to the “End Polio Campaign” by Rotarian Pam Harrison, who recently passed away, the Foundation Committees of Districts 7810 and 7820, under the guidance of Zone Polio Coordinator PDG Stella Roy, established the D7815 Polio Plus Society in memory of Pam Harrison. Those who commit to contributing $100 US per year until Polio is eradicated will become charter members of the newly formed “District 7815 Polio Plus Society”. You may contribute by going to our 7820 Website.    Click on the Polio Plus Society button on the right side of the web page.                                   
Please make a note of the date on your calendar and schedule to participate in this virtual event.  Upon registration, you will receive an automatic confirmation including a Zoom meeting invitation link and links to the draft agenda, the previous AGM minutes, financial statements, voting rules, the manual of policies and procedures and annual reports presented by the leadership team of Rotary District 7810.  
Following the AGM, PDG Noel Eustace will be presenting the district awards.  This is a great opportunity to celebrate your club's success. 
I hope to see as many of you as possible participating in this important event.  Please be sure to let us know if you have any questions.  
Rotary Zones 28/32
This is for all Rotary members in Zones 28-32

I want to personally invite you to attend our first open meeting, "Director Dialogue," with past Rotary International President Ian Riseley! See below for an informational flyer and for your invitation to register! Remember to keep the 2nd Thursday of every month at this same time (7pm ET/4pm PT) free for future meetings.
Special guests from throughout the Rotary world will join me each month to cover a wide range of topics of interest to all Rotarians, all provided at no charge as a benefit to you as a member of a club in Zones 28 & 32!
CLICK ON THIS ZOOM LINK to register.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  NOTE: registration is limited to 500; a live stream of the event will be provided should we exceed that number.

I look forward to you joining me for this special “Director Dialogue” series.

Thank you,

RID Valarie Wafer

Michael A. Clark
Michael A. Clark, 86, of Houlton, died peacefully October 18, 2020, at a local nursing home. He was born in Portland, August 2, 1934, to Alan H. and Corris (Hume) Clark.

Though born in Portland, Michael considered himself from Houlton. He attended Houlton schools and graduated from Houlton High School in 1954. He took many courses in many different institutions for higher education, graduating from Ricker College with a bachelor's degree in business management. After high school, Michael joined the Navy serving on both the Midway and Hornet aircraft carriers.

Michael's desire when he returned to Houlton after serving in the Navy, was to help make Houlton a better place to live. He helped in building the family business, Houlton Farms Dairy, with the start of the Presque Isle division. He was instrumental in the building of the dairy's ice cream division. He later went into business for himself opening M.A. Clark Men's Clothing Store. He spent most of his life in sales. He was a self-taught photographer.

A member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, he sang in the choir and served in many capacities. He was Exhalted Ruler of the Houlton Lodge of Elks, President of the Houlton Rotary Club and served as District Governor for Rotary. He received Paul Harris Fellow awards from the Rotary Club and the District. He served on many boards and worked on many projects in the community being most proud of the Boy and the Boot and the Houlton Amphitheater. He was awarded the "Outstanding Citizen of the Year 1979" by the Governor of Maine. He, along with his wife Deb, was instrumental in fundraising for the Houlton Community Arts Center by selling seats. For over 30 years, he had the pleasure of managing and playing timpani for McGill's community band. He was a Mason and was thrilled to be the tenor drummer for the Highlanders ... always a drummer!

Most important to Michael was his family. He is survived by his wife, Deb, of Houlton; daughter, Corris Pinette and husband, Ron, of Patten; son, Walter and his wife, Mary, of Southbridge, Mass.; son, Michael and his wife, Leslie, of Ooltewah, Tenn.; son, Eric, of Hermon, Maine; and son, David and his wife, Karalyn, of Las Vegas, Nev. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Aaron Smith (Sarah), Colleen Clark (Joe Bearor) and Kiley Pinette; Tabitha Clark and Bethany Clark; Arianne Clark; Josh Clark; Paige and Owen Clark; and beloved great-grandchildren, Booker and Emily.

Because of Covid, there will be a family only service and burial. A celebration of his life will be held in the summer at a McGill's Band concert. Donations may be made to McGill's Community Band, c/o Deb Clark, 43 Columbia St., Houlton, ME 04730 or Church of the Good Shepherd, P.O. Box 1672, Houlton, Maine 04730. To share condolences and memories please visit

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gary Archibald of Dalhousie on Saturday, September 26th, 2020. Gary was born in Tide Head, the son of the late Earl and Stella (Porter) Archibald. He was one of five boys, Gordon (deceased), Jack (deceased), Leland (Oromocto) and Donald (Miramichi). He is survived by his wife Kathy (Hynes) of Dalhousie, daughters Shannon (Sean Harris) of Gatineau and Jodie (Carle Ensminger) of Halifax, grand-daughters Keara, Cameron, Maya and Fiona as well as many nieces and nephews.

Much like the garden beds he tended to with care, Gary approached all elements of his life with a caring devotion. His desire to better the community started when he studied recreation and community development at Algonquin College in Ottawa and then moved to Dalhousie in 1975, and continued until his passing. Gary devoted his life to the Town of Dalhousie and its people. While he retired from his role with the Town in 2003, he never stopped working to find ways to help the community, most recently serving as the current President of Dalhousie Rotary Club and an active member of the Board of Recreaplex.

Gary was a very engaged individual and there was little in life that didn’t captivate his interest. He was a kind and gentle soul who lived a full and happy life. He loved being with his family and making new memories. Although his accomplishments were considerable, his greatest pride was his two daughters.

We have lost a good man, and we will miss him!




Wayne Franklin HarperWayne Franklin Harper, of Sackville, NB passed away peacefully on September 10, 2020 at the age of 79. Born in Ottawa, ON, Wayne lived in London ON where he started work for M. Loeb Ltd. after graduation. He quickly moved up the ladder and in 1982, he accepted his "dream job" as Vice President of Wholesale Operations with Loblaw’s at their eastern head office in Sackville NB. Then in 1992 he purchased the Vogue Cinema which he operated until 2006. During this time, he also assisted in his wife’s business, The Flying A, and taught at Mount Allison University in the Commerce Department.  

Wayne was unselfishly devoted to his community and recently received the Long Term Service Award from the Town of Sackville. Most recently he was actively involved with The Rotary Club of Sackville, a Board member of Block Investments and Property Holdings Ltd, Secretary of the Curl for Cancer annual Bonspiel and Treasurer of the Sackville Farmer’s Market Limited. 

His past contributions to the community include: President of the Rotary Club of Sackville, Vice Chairman of the Sackville Memorial Hospital, Vice Chairman of the Southeast Hospital Corporation, Board member and Vice Chairman of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation, Treasurer of the Sackville Swim Club, Board member of Renaissance Sackville, President of the Atlantic Motion Picture Exhibitors Association, Board member of the Motion Picture Theatre  Association of Canada, founding President of the Sackville Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Mount Allison University Judicial Committee, a member of the Mount Allison University ACE Advisory Committee and Treasurer of the Sackville Golf & Country Club.  

When Wayne was not volunteering his time, he could be found playing bass guitar for friends and family in the band Cookin’ and as well as at local events or the Sackville Farmer’s Market.

Wayne was the oldest of two children of Francis (Frank) Harper and Ruth Harper (Way). He was predeceased by his parents, his younger brother Ian Harper, his son, Todd Harper and grandson Hewson Ray. Wayne is survived by his wife Sandra Harper (McGinn) and daughter Kristen Harper (Andrew Bone) and grandchildren Marley in Halifax, and Megan and Madeleine in Ottawa ON.

The family remembers Wayne for his outgoing nature, his love of friends and family, his generosity and his love of community.  Wayne always maintained that life in Sackville is what everyone should experience, a lifestyle not found anyplace else.

A Time of Remembrance will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Jones Funeral Home, 70 Bridge St., Sackville, NB (506-364-1300) at 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Social distancing and Covid-19 restrictions will be in effect. Please bring a mask and respect social distancing protocols.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Sackville Memorial Hospital Foundation can be made in Wayne’s memory through Jones Funeral Home.
Dear Rotarians,

It our pleasure to announce to you that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.

Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We should be proud of all the hard work that we’ve done to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. 

This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus. 

Over the last two decades, countless Rotary members in countries across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunize children, advocate with local and national leaders, and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks. 

This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary members, the African region, and our GPEI partners, and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication. But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries.

We have faced many challenges in our journey to eradicate polio. But we’ve made remarkable progress, and the polio infrastructure that Rotarians helped build will serve as a lasting legacy that will continue to help protect vulnerable children against other diseases for decades to come.

We are calling on you today to recommit yourselves to ending polio. We need each and every one of you to help finish this fight and continue raising $50 million each year for PolioPlus. The eradication of wild polio in the African region shows us that polio eradication is achievable, and shows how our hard work, partnerships and financial commitment continue to propel us forward, even during a global pandemic.

Thank you for your continued efforts, for achieving a wild polio-free African region, and for remaining committed to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world.

Holger Knaack                                                                                       
K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International                                                          
Chair, The Rotary Foundation

Rotary International President Holger Knaack and Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair Dr. Tunji Funsho congratulate Rotarians on eradicating wild polio in the African Region. Watch here.

  • RI Board of Directors & Directors-Elects, TRF Board of Trustees + Incoming Trustees
  • District Governors, District Governors-Elect
  • Club Presidents
  • PolioPlus Committees (International PolioPlus Committee, 2020-21 EPN Countdown to History Campaign Committee, Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Forces, PolioPlus National Advocacy Advisors, National PolioPlus Committee Chairs, End Polio Now Zone Coordinators)
  • Regional Leaders (RCs, RPICs, RRFCs, E/MGAs)
  • PRIPs, DRFCs
  • Communications Committee
  • End Polio Now Newsletter Subscribers
You are invited to attend the Plenary sessions, ON-line Summit.  This is free of charge.  All you need to do is register for the summit.  Please click on the link below.
Rotary Zones 28/32
Here are are some additional highlights from the upcoming free Zone 28/32 Online Summit!

If you have already registered for the Online Summit, THANK YOU! 
If you haven't already done so, please register now (it's FREE!) and join your friends from throughout Zones 28 and 32* on September 23-25 via Zoom for our annual gathering – traditionally known as the Zone Institute -- now a series of online opportunities to interact with Rotary’s movers and shakers, including breakout sessions for all attendees! 
One of our special keynote speakers is Rotary International’s president-elect Shekhar Mehta, live from Kolkata, India!
RIPE Shekhar will be keynoting our Summit on Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 ET/4:00 PT.
All Rotarians and Rotaractors are invited – new members are especially welcome to meet Rotary International’s president-elect.
RI PE Shekhar’s Rotary passions center on membership and service, and he recognizes the interdependence of these two concerns: The more members Rotary attracts, the more service we can accomplish together! He also believes that the communications tools we have become accustomed to during COVID 19 will have a long-term positive effect in promoting both service and growth.
The service initiatives RI PE Shekhar has led or been responsible for across his Rotary career are impressive and include:
  • Constructing 500 homes for tsunami survivors.
  • Starting the Shelter Kit program in India. This has led to distribution of more than 15,000 Shelter Kits aiding 75,000 disaster victims in 20 or more natural disasters.
  • The Healing Little Hearts program, which has resulted in 2500 heart surgeries for children from across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal & Africa.
  • Conceptualizing T-E-A-C-H, a holistic literacy program that has now reached more than 50,000 schools and 15 million children across India.
  • Setting up 15 eye hospitals across India that together, result in nearly 50,000 eye operations each year.
  • Initiating a scholarship program that has resulted in over 1000 scholarships to marginalized children.
  • Building 6000 toilets that have benefited 30,000 people in rural communities.
“Zoom in” to hear RI PE Shekar live! Join the Q&A and discussion afterward! He will present from Kolkota to Zone 28/32 Rotarians at our Zone 28/32 Summit on Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 pm ET/4:00 PT. All Rotarians are invited to join at no cost, but registration is required so we can properly prepare.

Extra Extra - first time that a club has chartered in the district in the last 5 years - a fully bilingual passport club in the Moncton area.

Après un long parcours et plusieurs hauts et bas, Rotary International nous as accueilli officiellement le 8 juin 2020 comme nouveau club dans la grande famille rotarienne mondiale. Merci à tous ceux et celles qui ont contribué de près ou de loin à l'atteinte de cet objectif.

After a long journey punctuated by highs and lows, Rotary International officially welcomed us June 8th 2020 as a new club in the world Rotary family. Thank you to all that have help us to reach that goal.



District Governor Noel Eustace - 2019 2020 Year End Message
Watch his year end message on the District 7810 YouTube channel or read it below the video.
Hi Everyone. This is District Governor Noel, wishing to reach out to everyone as we get close to the end of this Rotary year. Allow me to apologize, as this is my first take at doing a video message. We’ll just say, live, uncut all in one take. Lots of info so please be patient till the end. And here we go.

What a year it has been, eh?
First off, on behalf of the District, my wife Karen and I, a huge THANK YOU to each and everyone of you for all of your work that you and your clubs have done in your communities and for your hospitality when we came to visit.
Being honest, the governors visit is just one day of the many things that goes on during each Rotary year. To maybe refresh from our visit, we did chat about a date, a date in time and the significance of that date in history. Inclusive of the significant events of that date, was the chartering of your Rotary club. That in itself is significant in history, be it recent history or further ago in history. We compared some events and advancements that were revolutionary in their day, but no where near the same today. Things had changed! What was is not what is today. And what is today is not what will be tomorrow.
Because of a brave group of passionate people, all leaders in your community, they chose to come together to create positive change, to form a Rotary club. Each and everyone of you are amazing for continuing that idea. Whether you realize it, let alone accept it, each of you are leaders and change makers in the lives of so many. We also chatted about just asking good people to join our organization. And so many of you did that. The result of all of your efforts we accomplished two huge milestones…. Your efforts increased District membership by over 100 new members. Realizing we lose a few through the year, we have netted out over 30 new members. This is HUGE. Within our Zone, Zone 28 we are made up of 3 countries, 21 districts 1067 clubs with just over 37000 members. Your efforts this year was the largest in all the Zone. Actually, our District was approximately 1/3 of the zones total membership growth. Yes… that huge. THANK YOU, especially our District membership chair, Nigel Bayless.
Including all that, we also have chartered a new club. The first in 5 years. Past District Governor Wayne Wornes was the last Governor to have done so, chartering the RC of Hanwell. This new club is called the Rotary Club of the Atlantic International Passport - Club Rotary de l'Atlantique International Passeport with Charter President Richard Lemay. Merci tous la monde, Thank you all.
On top of this, District 7810 is also a Charter member in the formation of Rotaract Canada. A huge step forward in recognizing Rotaractors as true partners of Rotary.
In trying to speak the speak about change, we changed up the District conference. We were truly fortunate to have our very own Rotary Director participate. Thank you to Jeffry Cadorette. From the 200 participants representing 33 clubs to the Maritime kitchen party and the breakout secessions to the Polio Tulip campaign contribution (thank you Pam Harrison for engaging so many of us) the conference was
educational, informative, and fun!

Back to the history conversation. We as a District have also the huge honour of recognizing clubs who have achieved 100 years of service. Not just one, not two, but three. WOW! That is a lot of service. To the Rotary Clubs of St Stephen, Houlton, and Moncton, Thank you for all you have done for the past 100 years and for what you will do for the next 100 years. Please know, none of this would not have happen if not for the sponsor club, the Rotary Club of Saint John, now 106 years old…. My, my my. In honour of this, a plan was started over 3 years ago by reaching out to then RI President Nominee Mark Maloney. We had a grand celebration planned to recognize each of the 3 centennial clubs PLUS one from our neighbouring 7820 who had 1 club celebrating their centennial too. A very special shout out to the Rotary Club of Moncton who had planned a massive gala event of 500 people (that was sold out almost immediately) and to the Rotary Club of Moncton West and Riverview for being the District co-ordinators for the for the overall event of President Marks visit to our area including a Rotary luncheon of over 250 people and club and project visits all over the Greater Moncton area.
So, with all our chatting about change, the unbelievable happened! The global pandemic! Our families, our friends, our businesses our jobs, our clubs even our organization has been turned upside down, twisted, shaken, rattled, anything you can think of. Everything stopped and I mean everything. BUT, that does not mean we stopped thinking and being creative. Creative on how we can help our families & friends, our businesses and our communities and our Rotary. Yes, things changed with Rotary, an understatement of the year, but WOW, did each of you ever step up. No matter the personal challenges and sacrifices we have all had to face, each of you as Rotarians have sure stepped up. The shared stories of community support have been nothing short of amazing and inspiring! THANK YOU. Please keep this up. Your engagement in the community does make a HUGE difference for so many. Staying connected with each other, with the District and with Rotary international is also important. Please continue to have online meetings, be creative, have special events, anything for any reason to stay connected is as much important to each of us as it is to our clubs, our organization and most importantly, our communities.
That being said normally these last few months of the Rotary year is made up of special events, charter nights, Paul Harris Nights, community recognition events, etc. all leading to supporting the Rotary Foundation. With all that has stopped, please do not forget about our Foundation. It is events such as we are all experiencing today is why the foundation does what it does… helping those that need it. Now it is right outside our front doors. Our District has applied for a Rotary Foundation Global Relief Grant for Covid-19. Needless to say, the demand was huge and the current fund has been depleted. We have been told that grant applications will be held in order and with the new Rotary year, new funds will be allocated and grants filled.
The overall point is, please do not forget about OUR Foundation. If your clubs were planning on doing Foundation events this year, please follow through as soon as possible within the next couple of weeks. Our foundation needs our support more than ever.
Needless to say change is always challenging, some would say scary, even difficult and stressful. Notwithstanding current events, our district has been under a spotlight. During our visit, many of you have asked about our overall membership, the district and what all this means. Well, during all of this, a lot has happened. Starting 3 years ago, the Governor line of our district has been meeting with our counterparts in other Districts. Culminating this year with our request for a meeting with all governors of District 7790 to our west, District 7820 to our east and their successors plus our Director Jeffry and Director Elect Valarie during the Zone Conference in Niagara Falls last fall. We recognized we wanted to be in control of our fate and not leave it to others.
From this meeting, we decided to establish a committee as a whole with equal representation from all 3 districts. Chaired by our own Governor Elect John, we met face to face in Fredericton. From here we identified the best possible future for our districts. Believe it or not, this means we are going back to what we used to be, all one District once again. Originally within the Rotary world, there was a time we were known as District #1. New Brunswick grew so much, we were able to form our own District in 1958. Like we chatted during our visit, change is inevitable. So we, as an overall area are going to be changing. Rotary as an organisation is changing, so we hope to be progressive within this world of change. 
As all three Districts, we had sent a joint proposal to be approved by the Board of Directors of Rotary International. At their last meeting, they approved our request for the model and timelines we had presented. Effective on July 1st, 2022 Rotary International will form a new District, District 7815 that will include all of Atlantic Canada and St. Pierre Miquelon, France. The 10 Rotary clubs within the State of Maine, will become a part of District 7790. This means we have two years to transition and to get to know each other better. Part of this process is we have established two separate organizing committees, one for the transition for the 10 clubs to District 7790 and one for the formation of District 7815. We have solid representation on both committees. For District 7790, we have Floyd Rockholt and Marc Ouellette. For District 7815, we have soon to be Governor Elect Darren Hansen, Governor Nominee Harvey Bass and Past District Governor Silvana Bosca.
Want to know the funny part… as governor I had signed these documents during a leap year… on February 29th. 
What does all this mean…. Simple. My name is Noel and I am a member of the Rotary Club of Fredericton North and I will continue to serve my club and my community to the best of my professional, vocational and personal abilities. Nothing more, nothing less.
This close to the end of this Rotary year, and all the changes we all have experienced and made, the finances of the district have also been a key focus. As of our last Board meeting just last week, the operating budget tentatively shows a significant surplus since no in person training and travel costs have been incurred as originally budgeted. Once the fiscal period is complete and the final surplus is known, the board has approved a motion and District will be reaching out with three options;
1) Issue a credit to members in the form of a credit for membership dues
2) Providing a cumulative credit, based on membership, to the club to spend as you see fit
3) Provide an inter District matching grant program to support clubs who support Covid 19 specific projects within your own communities (this is to build on the Rotary International Global Grant Program we hope to receive in the next Rotary year)
Governor Elect John has committed to personally following up with each club President early in the new Rotary year to get each of your clubs’ feedback. 
Last but certainly not least, many of us were to be representing our District at the International Convention in Honolulu, right now…. This week. We all know it was cancelled, but the good news is there is going to be a virtual convention, June 20 – 26, 2020. Links are on the RI website. The positive in all of this… we all have an opportunity to be a part of such a first, the first virtual convention, complete with keynote speakers and break out secessions. To be a part of an RI convention, all without leaving your home or office. Still lots to
see and learn. Please consider registering, it is quite a program.
Overall, it has been an amazing year. Utterly amazing. Together as Rotarians, as clubs and as a District, we have accomplished so much as a whole. Karen and I are truly blessed to have met so many passionate Rotarians. We are in awe of all the good things each of you and your clubs are doing. Going forward please know we are here to support you in anyway we can. On a personal note, I wish to say thank you the
Governor line and everyone in the District leadership team for all their passion, drive, leadership and support through out the year. We look forward to supporting the District and Governor Elect John, the Governor line and the District leadership team during the next Rotary year and hope each of you will continue to do the same.
Thank you all. Dare to be the difference.
And remember… Rotary connects the world.
Be well. Be safe.
Yours In Rotary,
Noel CM Eustace
District Governor 2019-2020
Rotary Connects The World
Rotary International District 7810
New Brunswick, Canada & Eastern Maine, USA
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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) 
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