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Doing Good: Saving Mothers and Children

Our members improve access to essential medical services for mothers and their children. These efforts are aimed at reducing the number of children under age five who die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation – a figure that is currently estimated at 7 million. According to another estimate, more than 80 percent of maternal deaths can be prevented with access to reproductive health services and trained health care workers. Our members provide education, immunizations, birthing kits, and mobile health clinics to support these causes. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breast-feed, and how to protect themselves and their children from disease

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It is with great pleasure that Dârini Vedarattiname, District Rotaract Representative 2015-2016, and Jean-Philippe Argant, District Rotaract Chair, introduce District 7040 Rotaract Co-Representatives for 2016-17!

Barbara Engels, Club Rotaract of Downtown Montréal and Ryan Fedurco, Ottawa Rotaract Club will represent the nine Rotaract clubs within District 7040 beginning July 1, 2016.

We are convinced the two of them will make a great duo and will achieve impressive Rotary and Rotaract projects during their term. They are both bursting with ideas: Stay tuned to discover what they have in store for our District!

Congratulations Barbara and Ryan!

Our last day!  We began with a moment of silence for the devastation and the victims of the 6.5 earthquake in Japan.
I must report that the Resolution offered by our District was not moved forward to the RI Board for consideration.  But, the Endorsement passed earlier this week might allow us to put forth another version for the Council on Resolution which will now meet annually.  The Council on Legislation will still meet triennially, but Resolutions will be reviewed annually.
I will be conferring with our e-club to see, if they would like to consider this.  We will also be seeking the e-club data that was mentioned when an objection was raised.
Quite a busy day, running from 8am to 6pm, approving 12 proposed Enactments before lunch and 3 afterwards for a total of 115 Enactments since Sunday afternoon.  We then proceeded to work through the proposed Resolutions of which we approved 2 before dinner.
We ‘cleaned up’ a few issues from the 2013 Council such as assuring both the ByLaws of RI and the Rotary Code of Policies are identical noting that a new club needs a minimum of 20 members to be chartered.
We began today with a discussion about the financial stability and the sustainability of Rotary – the organization which inspires so many of us to ‘do good in the world.’
Just as we are finding in our own District, there just isn’t enough money to do what clubs want.  It’s the same at RI.  In order to nurture and grow clubs and districts, we need to understand why the Rotary semi-annual dues must be increased…and more than just the ‘nickel and diming’ that the 50 cents semi-annually can give us.
Flexibility is the byword in our District according to our DGE Nabil...and where did he hear that? As he told us on Saturday at the District Training Assembly, from our leaders at RI. And we are experiencing this here in Chicago as we review the proposed enactments for the third day.
This morning we approved, many with amendments, 10 proposed enactments; this afternoon we approved 8.

Monday, April 11, 2016

This was our first full day and was it ever draining yet exhilarating!  It was obvious that what we were told yesterday had come to life: what the future looks like starts here at the Council…
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It is so interesting to see the proposals come to life as the spokesperson for the District or for the RI Board of Directors presents the legislation and we then debate it.  Much of it includes ‘variations on a theme’ which is actually wondrous when you consider that Rotarians from throughout the world focused on specific concerns at the same time and proposed similar changes to our Constitution and By-Laws.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

This week, I have the honor of representing almost 2,000 of us from District 7040 along with 509 others from Districts around the world.
Sunday afternoon at 3pm, we gathered for our Opening session.  President Ravi welcomed us along with the RI Board of Directors and all of the Past RI Presidents.  This Council has its roots in 1934, when the first Council on Legislation gathered for the responsibility of acting as the trustees of both the tradition of Rotary and its future.  We were told the philosophy of Service of Self was to guide us in every question on which we vote this week.
Saturday May 7, 2016
Hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Brockville, The 1000 Islands and Prescott
Location is Hardy Park, Water Street West/ Kincaid Street Brockville. Parking will be at the south end of Kincaid Street in the gravel lot. There will be people to guide the parking. Join us in a walk through the beautiful 1000 Islands river community of Brockville. Explore many points of interest and the involvement of the Rotary Brockville since 1921/22.
Check- in time is 9:30-10:00 am. Brockville and Prescott Rotarians will check you in and collect your registration fee of $15.00 at par either cash or Canadian cheque/U.S. check made payable to Rotary Brockville. You will receive your Foundation Walk bag with walking maps and literature. PDG Bette Miller will collect your Foundation Walk pledge sheets and pledge money. Make all checks payable to The Rotary Foundation. Enjoy coffee and pastries. Review walking maps and literature. The walk begins at 10:00 am.
Lunch and announcements are at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. Lunch will be soup and sandwiches at the Mill Restaurant, next to Hardy Park. If you have any dietary restrictions/allergies, please notify Ray Marshall so arrangements can be made.
There will be optional events available in the afternoon. Miss Brockville boat cruise, a tour of the Brockville Museum, a visit to the Aquatarium or a visit to the Fort and Museum in Prescott are some examples.  The details of these and more will be found in your Foundation Walk bag.
The contact for questions and further information is Ray Marshall at or 613.498.1001.
Registration documents are in the column to the right. Deadline is May 3, 2016.
The Prescott and Brockville Rotary Clubs are looking forward to hosting your visit on May 7th.

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