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June 2016
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Canada is contributing $40 million over three years toward two initiatives by UNICEF and by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise held their 4th annual Trivia Challenge fundraiser on the evening of Friday April 1st at the Cambridge Newfoundland Club.
Sunday, February 21st was an exciting day in Burlington for 13 highly motivated, world-thinking, teenagers!

A recent article in the Record.com talks about how service clubs are changing with the times. One of the clubs featured prominently is the Rotary Club of Waterloo.  To read the full article, please click here.

Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Nobel Peace Laureate Malala, front centre, at the launch of the Global Peace Centre Canada in Waterloo. Ziauddin is the honourary Chair. Local Rotarians have been closely involved in the establishment of this Centre and two, Ernie Ginsler and Lowell Ewert, sit on the founding board. The K-W Cluster has raised close to $150,000 for Rotary Peace Scholarships for students studying peace building at the University of Waterloo and Conrad Grebel University College. It is our long-term goal to see RI support a Rotary Peace Center in Waterloo. We now have a ready partner in place to coordinate with. For more information on supporting peace building in Canada, contact Ernie Ginsler at ernie@ginsler.com

Introducing Cambridge Rotaract, District 7080’s newest Rotaract Club sponsored by Rotary Cambridge North.  This inspiring group of young people are ready to help change the world! Their first event will be at Laser Quest in Kitchener on June 13th, with proceeds to go to Polio Plus.  Stayed tuned for more events and news!


Please have a look at the video which was developed to help the clubs in your district meet their Foundation goals for 2014-15.

Many clubs hold Rotary Foundation donations to the end of the Rotary year.  They often submit the donations in early July. The donation is then credited to the next Rotary year.

The video is at: https://vimeo.com/127549078

Let's "Light Up Rotary" with a final push to meet the Foundation goals.

Chris Offer, PDG
Endowment/Major Gift Adviser for Zone 24
Rotary Club of Ladner – District 5040
Phone 604-940-9365  Cell 604-897-8758


We won the NATIONAL STUDENT INNOVATION AWARD along with a $500.00 cheque. We were told that we beat a defending champion for 4 years from another province. The organization that we applied the award for is The Learning Partnership and the sponsors for the cash award is BMO Financial. This is a Canada wide competition where this year there were 45 000 students who applied and the applications were looked at by 160 judges from Canada and USA and we won the Judges Choice Award for all 4 categories. We could apply to any 2 of the 4 categories- Team Work, Enterprising Spirit, Originality and Impact on School / Community. We applied for all and we won in all the categories.


The competition for best video is now over and we finished a very respectable third!
Rotary International currently has a competition for Rotary videos and the Kitchener club has the only entry from D7080 (my video) and we need your help in voting for it. The winner will be featured on Rotary.org, the digital edition of the Rotarian mag and on Rotary's social media channels.

Click this link https://www.facebook.com/rotary/app_486254294756872 and vote for the video from Howard in Kitchener.

Voting begins today for the people's choice and closes May 11th. So please vote early and vote often for the Kitchener video. And please forward this email to everyone you know so we can get the most people voting.

Dear Rotarian,
We express our profound sadness and extend our sympathies to all those affected by the devastation resulting from the 25 April deadly earthquake in Nepal. Rescue missions and emergency aid continue to arrive in Nepal for the 8 million people impacted by the massive 7.8 magnitude quake.
As we mourn the thousands of lost lives, Rotary joins many international agencies in providing immediate relief to survivors and mobilizing our expertise to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts.
How to help: 
I am sure you are all watching the news from Nepal and may have some question about what happened, where, what's going to happen next, what donations can provide, what else you can do. 
Two of our Interactors, Suvena Ricknauth with help from Dijot Sran, have produced a slideshow which may answer some of your questions.
You can view the slideshow by clicking here.

Physician Programs (HPIC) is well known in the Rotary world and receives support from many pharmaceutical companies and Rotary clubs.  For many years Rotary  or Rotaract clubs   from Montreal or  London or Oakville who've in fact sponsored the kits for the groups I 'vet led.   They cost $575 and they're packed with meds appropriate to the known needs of the destination community and good for a few hundred people.  Their head office is in Montreal for Canada and their distribution centre is in Mississauga.  They are a very fine , well-known, reputable organization worthy of Rotary 7080 support as well…  on the emergency wish list from our Nepal  Rotary friend there are med packs.   HPIC kits would be  ideal.  Please read the message from HPIC below.
You may have read or seen the news today about the devastating earthquake in Nepal.  Many people have perished or are missing.  Homes are totally destroyed or too dangerous to be inside of them.
Late today, I had some shocking photos shared to me by a friend on Facebook.
 The need of receiving assistance will be very high and I assume Rotarians and Clubs will be asking "What is Rotary doing" to help.  I have contacted my Rotary friends who live in the affected district as well as a RI Director friend there.  I hope they will give us a firsthand report on what local Rotarians are doing to help and what the priority needs are.  Let's not just assume we know what they need and start arranging to ship items until we know their priority needs.
 In the meantime, Woodstock-Oxford Rotary has set up a "Nepal Disaster Relief Fund" where people can donate online and receive a CRA tax receipt.  People can go to www.woodstockoxfordrotary.org and at the top click 'Donations' then 'Donate to our Charity'. 
That links to an donation page where you can 'Select your preferred fund,' from a drop down menu.
i.e.: Earthquake in Nepal 
Then fill in the amount and credit card details. You will receive an emailed receipt within minutes.
Send a cheque to Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Benefit Trust c/o Peter Stam, Treasurer 656441 15th Line,
RR#7  Woodstock, N4S 7W2
Please include an email address if possible for your tax receipt if required.  If no email it can be sent regular mail.
We expect to work with known Rotary contacts and friends in the affected area, to ensure we are satisfying their priority needs and to oversee delivery of relief items with proper stewardship of our donated funds.

The leaders of the five clubs in the K-W Cluster met with University reps and two recipients of Rotary Peace Scholarships (front left) so the clubs could learn more about what the students are learning. To say that the Rotarians were impressed would be an understatement. Rotarians in the K-W Cluster have raised close to $150,000 for Peace Scholarships at the University of Waterloo. Rotarians and clubs throughout the District are encouraged to become involved in supporting these scholarships.

Rotary Waterloo welcomed three new members on March 24th, Yaw Donkoh (2nd from left), a transferring Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, Lynda Luburic (4th from R) and Rami Said (2nd from R). Pictured as well are their sponsors, Barb Wahl  (3rd from L), Cynthia Mills (4th from L) and Bardish Chagger (3rd from R).  These inductions marked milestones for our club as we have now doubled our membership from 24 at July 1, 2013 and we have reached our 5-year goal of 50 members in 21 months.  Joining us to celebrate were Past District Governor Ian Ferguson (L) and District Governor Elect Will Pugh (R).

RI President Gary Huang and his wife Corrina Yao visited District 7080 yesterday. He is the first President to visit our District. We spent the day tourning local Rotary projects; Kids Ability, Waterloo, Accessible Playground and Aquatic Centre, Fergus, Hospice Wellington and Playsense in Guelph.

Taken this evening-President of the RCO Kitchener Westmount John Thompson, DG Patsy Marshall, and Paul Rosen, Team Canada Paralympian who received a PH Fellow., at the Kitchener Sports Association (in collaboration with KW Habilitation) banquet.

As part of an effort to celebrate the decades long battle and the ultimate victory over polio in India, the Rotary Club of Madras in December launched a Rotary Flame, lit by Rotary International President Gary Huang. It will travel around the world to commemorate India becoming a polio-free nation and to share its experience and expertise with countries where polio still exists.. Before reaching Rotary’s international convention in São Paulo, Brazil, in June 2015, the Rotary Flame will traverse through Colombo, Karachi, Kabul, Sydney, Manila, London, Lagos, Evanston and Toronto. Once the epicenter of wild polio virus, India, along with the World Health Organization’s Southeast Asia region, was officially declared polio-free in March 2014.
To view a video about the initiative please click here

District Governor Patsy Marshall extends sincerest thanks to Ernie Ginsler for his efforts with the Peace Scholarship/Peace Centre Initiative and for the following update.
Happy New Year. A lot has happened since my last update. I’ll make this short and sweet, but if anyone wants more information, just let me know.
Since the initiative began in 2012, we have raised a little under $150,000 in cash and pledges for Rotary Peace Scholarships at The University of Waterloo. Students in the Master’s Degree in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, The Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, and The Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel have received scholarships. So far, five students have benefited. Our next step is to go beyond our cluster to the rest of the District.

The United Nations’ International Day of Peace extends year-round for UWaterloo professors and students whose scholarship addresses the complexities of conflict, security, governance – and ultimately, peace.
Conrad Grebel University College’s Peace and Conflict Studies programs and the MA in Global Governance program based at the Balsillie School of International Affairs play important parts in advancing peace. And their mission is underscored in the wider community by increasing scholarship support from local Rotary clubs. 


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Attended the Rotary Regional Success seminar in Toronto on the weekend and broke into groups to develop a PR plan for clubs. Here is what our table discussed. Lots of ideas.
Table Talk – Public Image Plan

 ImageGoal – to raise public awareness and Rotary profile in our community, to generate new members

 Target – people who want to make an impact in our community and beyond

 Messaging – Our club (s) impact (s) our community by:

detail what your local club does (ie supports seniors and how, youth, children, specific projects etc)

-          We impact the world by:

-          If you are looking to give back, Rotary is the place for you.

How to reach our target


At the Regional Success Seminar in Toronto, a presentation on membership growth included this fascinating video on selling the why of what we do and not the what when it comes to spreading the word and growing our membership. Worth the 18 minutes.