Recent Updates
 
The 2016-17 Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International has unanimously nominated Samuel Frobisher Owori, of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda, to be the president of Rotary International in 2018-19. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

Owori says he sees in Rotary "an incredible passion to make a difference." As president, he plans to "harness that enthusiasm and pride so that every project becomes the engine of peace and prosperity."
 
 
 
The Scholarships Committee is pleased to announce that Natalie Kauf, nominated by the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston and selected as District 7040 Global Grant Scholarship candidate has been approved by The Rotary Foundation for the Global Grant Scholarship of $30,000 USD.
 
Natalie will be pursuing her studies at Cambridge University in the UK.  
 
 
 
Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special needs children will play baseball – all before zipping to the airport for a flight to Chicago and a cab ride to Rotary International World Headquarters, where he takes office as president of RI this month.
 
Why the breakneck pace? “I don’t have hobbies,” he says. “Civic work is my recreation.”
 
 
 
The Rotary Adventure in the Environment program is offered by the Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise September 12th - 15th, 2016.
 
Participants will have the opportunity to interact with scientists from the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences for four days of field biology and environmental sciences. This program is offered for youth at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of 2 years of high school science.
 
 
 
When was the last time there was polio in Europe? If you guessed 2002, the year the region was certified polio-free, you were wrong. The last time polio affected a child in Europe was last summer. In 2015, two Ukrainian children were diagnosed with paralytic polio, and, given the way the disease manifests itself, that means many more were likely infected and didn’t show symptoms. At least one Western news outlet deemed the outbreak “crazy” – but the reality is that no place on earth is safe from polio until the disease is eradicated everywhere.
 
 
 
Recent Rotary District 7040 Facebook Posts
 
Rotary Foundation Centennial
Our August District Foundation gathering at the International Service meeting was inspiring!   It is wonderful when a group of Rotarians, with a similar passion, gathers together to share their ideas.
 
We spoke about how to publicize your events celebrating the Centennial of our Foundation.  We also shared ideas which clubs are already committed to this year - what phenomenal concepts have been developed!
 
A Message from DG Nabil...
What a great start for our Rotary year!

I have started my year by participating in club-sponsored events, fundraisers, and with club visits.  It is a great reminder and testament to the amazing work we are doing in our communities serving humanity. 
As I have shared over the past month with many of you, we are focusing on three areas: Youth Programs, club/ member rejuvenation, and building a sweat equity bank for all volunteer hours expended by Rotarians and clubs. 

And of course I need to remind us all to join our District conference [link] and celebration on October 28 – 29 in Ottawa which promises to be a conference like no other.

In speaking with the leaders of our youth programs it is clear to me that we are doing fantastic things with our existing programs, rejuvenating and streamlining our Interact programs. Our vision is to have at least as many Interact clubs as there are Rotary clubs in our District over the next 5 years. Currently, there is less than one in three clubs that has an Interact club. We have a good head start that we can build on.
 
Developing and building an Interact club takes initiative, time and energy. And the returns on investment to the clubs are great. 
 
Youth Services
These are very exciting times for students, both outbounds as well as inbounds and, of course, our returning rebound students.

We have 11 rebound students returning from abroad and some have already returned home. They will be filled with stories about their  adventures , the challenges they had and, of course, the excitement of immersing themselves in a new culture.

The integration back can sometimes be difficult for the student. We will be having a Rebound Reorientation on August 27-28/2016 at Charleston Lake where we prepare the student to being back home.
 
 
District Conference
 
DisCon2016 Sponsorship
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
 
 
RI Convention: Atlanta
Rotary International
Convention
June 10 - 14, 2017