Director's Newsletter July 2021

Zone Leadership Team 20-21 

Calendar of Events -- Terra and Online
DG, DGE & DGN training online.
Registration coming soon.  Click here for dates
September 23, 2021
Virtual Governor-Elect Training Seminar Graduation, 7:00 pm ET
November 2-4, 2021
Virtual Zone Summit
7:00 pm ET each evening

June 4-8, 2022
RI Convention, Houston, Texas

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Director's Message


And now we welcome the new Rotary year!  -Serve to Change Lives

As I write this, we have just passed the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer.  In recent weeks as I have travelled virtually through our Zones, I sense an awakening, hope and expectation of what is to come.  We are literally emerging from our homes. For many of us it has been a long hibernation of necessary protocols to keep us safe and do our part to stop the spread of this pandemic.
And yet, in our clubs, districts and zones we have flourished. We have found new ways to connect, new ways to fundraise and new ways to experience Rotary. Our changeover and celebration events have reinforced our core value of fellowship, our Rotary family has never been so important.
“What a wonderful thought is that some of the best days of our lives haven’t even happened yet” -Anne Frank
I hope you each enjoyed our 2021 Virtual Convention. Congratulations are certainly in order to PRIP Holger Knaack and the team that put together incredible speakers, energetic entertainment and some fabulous breakouts.  The online platform will remain available until December 31, 2021, in order to view the presentations on demand. 
Remember to register for the Houston convention at and stay tuned for further details on our Beyond Borders Event to take place at the convention.
As we begin to Serve to Change Lives, let us set personal, club and district goals.
My personal commitment is to wear my Rotary pin every day, continue to support the Annual Fund as a Paul Harris Society Member and support the end of Polio. 
This year I am going to ask everyone to continue to explore new innovative club models.  To bring diversity into our clubs and reflect our communities. Let’s each commit to Each One Bring One and invite a new member into Rotary to reach President Shekhar’s goal of 1.3m members.
I hope to visit with many of you this coming year and look forward to sharing many of your special events with you.
Until then be well and be safe!
The Kessler Report

Like Yogi Berra once said, it is deja vu all over again.

I would like to take this opportunity to announce the plan for events during the 2022-2023 Rotary year and it will be like déjà vu all over again.  Back in the winter of 2019, in a hotel lounge in Michigan, Director Valarie came up with an amazing concept to hold the pre institute training traditionally associated with a Zone Institute into a separate event and have two separate Zone functions focused on the United Nations Sustainable Goals.  The events being planned for the 2020-2021 in Bermuda and Alaska were going to focus on Life Below Water and Life on Land.  A tremendous amount of work went into the planning of all three events which due to the pandemic did not come to fruition.
It is with the foundation and inspiration that Director Valarie set forth that we will be replicating the three events in the 2022-23 Rotary year.  In the coming months I will use this forum to highlight these events in order.  To kick off this I will begin with the first Zone event for 2022-23 – Life Below Water being chaired by Melissa Ward-Rathbun. 
Please plan on joining us September 1-6, 2022, where we will depart NYC on the incredible Norwegian Joy for a 5-night cruise to Bermuda. While onboard the Norwegian Joy, you will have the opportunity to hear speakers talking about actionable steps we can all take to preserve our oceans, sea life and lead a more sustainable life highlighted by presentations from ESRAG, NFP Partners, and NGOs.  Look out for more details from Melissa in the coming months.  We encourage you to book now for the best availability and cabin selection. You only need a refundable deposit of $250 to receive your space.
Below please find further details on the amazing event Melissa and her team are putting together.  For further information please follow this link and feel free to contact Melissa at
I can not begin to tell you how excited I am for this in-person event in which we can all come together and enjoy the fellowship that our Zones provide.

Cruise to Bermuda


Service Above Self 2020-2021

Service Above Self Award

Rotary's highest honor recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, by volunteering their time and talents to help others. The award is internationally competitive and is granted to no more than 150 Rotarians worldwide in any one year.
The recipients in our Zones 28 and 32 for 2020-2021 are:
    5050 Sean Hogan
    5060 Sherry Chamberlain
    6380 Vineet Katial
    6400 Richard Caron
    7010 Brian Menton
    7040 Ariane Carriere
    7070 William Mackay
    7230 Lawrence Cohen
    7475 Lynn Arnold

The Rotary Foundation Global Grants in Malawi 2018-2021

The world has never been more separated, yet at the same time more united, as diseases of our time effect everyone around the globe.  It is also exposing needs that are greater than ever.  There is strong demand for the work of The Rotary Foundation.  One prime example is the $150,000 combination of three Global Grants running from 2018-2021. This unprecedented partnership of Medical, Dental, and Eyecare Vocational Training Teams are led by ARRFC, PDG Connie Spark of York East Rotary, D7390. Once again Spark weaves her international magic, threading 49 compassionate Medical, Dental and Eyecare professionals along with a cadre of volunteers from four countries. The team worked with host Dan Kuwali of Lilongwe Club in D9210, teaching at the only medical school in Malawi. Here they delivered educational seminars, practical experience, and a large dose of hope for a better future.

Presenting a Medal of Honour

A Very Small Way to Say Thank You

Langley Central Rotary Club President Annette Borrows with four of the nurses from the Langley Memorial Hospital COVID cohort. Annette is presenting a Medal of Honour to the hospital for their ongoing efforts against COVID.
From TRF Trustee and PRIVP Dean Rohrs:
This is my Rotary Club.  The presentation was done with full COVID protocols.  A drive by with all the Fire Rigs and Police Cars, Rotarian vehicles and much honking and banging on pots and pans.  A very small way to say thank you to everyone at Langley Memorial Hospital for the dedication in serving the community during this pandemic.

Centennial Celebrations

The following clubs celebrated their centennial during the 2020-2021 Rotary year.
 Club Charter DateClub IDClub NameState/ProvinceClub Country NameDistrict IDZone ID
 01-May-1921160Prince RupertBritish ColumbiaCanada504028
 01-May-19212920CharlotteMichiganUnited States636028
 01-May-19214711St. CatharinesOntarioCanada709028
 01-May-19214822WellsvilleNew YorkUnited States712032
 01-May-19215035Port Chester-Rye BrookNew YorkUnited States723032
 01-May-19215039Staten IslandNew YorkUnited States723032
 01-May-19215334CarlislePennsylvaniaUnited States739032
 01-May-19215440NorristownPennsylvaniaUnited States743032
 01-May-19215504West ChesterPennsylvaniaUnited States745032
 01-May-19216460NashuaNew HampshireUnited States787032
 01-May-19216612EverettMassachusettsUnited States793032
 01-Apr-19213021AdrianMichiganUnited States640028
 01-Apr-19214873EndicottNew YorkUnited States717032
 01-Apr-19214963HudsonNew YorkUnited States721032
 01-Apr-19215349LebanonPennsylvaniaUnited States739032
 01-Apr-19215598Ridgefield Park-BogotaNew JerseyUnited States749032
 01-Apr-19216502New Britain-BerlinConnecticutUnited States789032
 01-Apr-19216521WillimanticConnecticutUnited States789032
 01-Apr-19216605BeverlyMassachusettsUnited States793032
 01-Apr-19216729GreenwichConnecticutUnited States798032
 01-Apr-19216734MeridenConnecticutUnited States798032
 01-Mar-19214706Niagara FallsOntarioCanada709028
 01-Mar-19215381HazletonPennsylvaniaUnited States741032
 01-Mar-19215660Red BankNew JerseyUnited States750532
 01-Mar-19216683TauntonMassachusettsUnited States795032
 01-Feb-1921227WenatcheeWashingtonUnited States506028
 01-Feb-19214769CorningNew YorkUnited States712032
 01-Feb-19215646Long BranchNew JerseyUnited States750532
 01-Dec-19202932HillsdaleMichiganUnited States636028
 01-Dec-19204893OwegoNew YorkUnited States717032
 01-Dec-19205076Queens BoroughNew YorkUnited States725532
 01-Dec-19205982VinelandNew JerseyUnited States750532
 01-Dec-19206656Fall RiverMassachusettsUnited States795032
 01-Nov-19205341GettysburgPennsylvaniaUnited States739032
 01-Sep-19202781CadillacMichiganUnited States629028
 01-Aug-19205651New Brunswick, N. Brunswick, Highland Park & MilltownNew JerseyUnited States747532
Growing Membership: The Year Ahead in Our Zones
Since last August, we’ve been working closely together (thanks Zoom!) to prepare for our years as Rotary Coordinators. We’re especially thankful for the strong support we’ve received from Director Valarie Wafer, Incoming Director-Elect Drew Kessler and out-going Rotary Coordinators Bill Robson (Zone 28) and Melissa Ward-Rathbun (Zone 32).
At this time, we wanted to share some of the key principles that have been driving our preparations and which will guide our teams’ efforts going forward and, perhaps most importantly, invite your feedback on these.

WASH Rotary Action Group needs a Newsletter Editor

Forward from:
Julia D. Phelps, Ed.D.
Chair, World Water Summit, 2017 - present
Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 2017 - 2020
Director, Rotary International, 2014 - 2016
Stay safe, wash your hands, and get your vaccine.
Hi everyone,
As you know we are trying to recruit a new newsletter editor.  The job description is on the website.  During our last call we noted as follows:

The Empowering Girls Initiative

The Empowering Girls initiative is one of three Presidential Initiatives for Rotary year 2021-2022 as we Serve to Change Lives.
The initiative is focused on club-level projects through which Rotary clubs can create positive change in the lives of girls.
Specifically, the initiative challenges clubs to:
  • Engage in a project or projects of their choice that empowers girls.
  • Address the needs and inequities that girls throughout the world face on a daily basis.
  • In addition to implementing a project, monitor and measure the impact of the project.
  • Disseminate and create awareness of Rotary resources and subject matter experts, including but not limited to: Rotary Action Groups, Rotary Foundation cadre and Peace Fellows.
  • Tell the stories of successful projects and their impact to the general public, using a variety of media channels.
  • Share the stories of success and their impact across their region and post them on Rotary Showcase, as well as on social media channels.

Foundation Giving

As a District Governor I know the importance of OUR Foundation to the humanitarian work of Rotary around the globe, the fight to end Polio, funding for District grants, Peace Fellow scholarships, VTT and more. 
I had the good fortune of being a committee member of our Million Dollar Dinner in 2017 and agreed to solicit major gifts from fellow Rotarians on both sides of our bi-national border.
As a former long-time volunteer and staff member of the United Way I quickly learned that if one is soliciting donations one had better make the commitment to give themselves.  My wife, Judy and I decided to make an endowment gift to TRF from our estate on our death.  I had already joined the Paul Harris Society and decided to contribute a major gift to be used for Water and Sanitation.

Interact News

We have had meetings to encourage one another during COVID.  Some Districts reported they were not even allowed to hold Interact meetings at all - even virtually.  At these meetings we discussed the health of our clubs, what we could do as a group to improve the program, etc.  The main ideas to come from these discussions were Interact President training; how to organize a project; increase membership; and, how to run a meeting.  Best practices were shared by all.  We will continue to have these meetings every two months.
With vaccinations now in place we look forward the "NEW NORMAL" next year.
If your Rotary club does not sponsor an Interact Club contact your District Interact Chair. They will be more than happy to help you start one.  It will invigorate your Rotary club, assist in your projects, and keep you on your toes.
Interact is the fastest growing area of Rotary. Join the fun!!

Zone Interact Convention

The early bird registration for the Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention closes on October 15, 2021.  On behalf of our planning committee, we request that this email please be forwarded to the Youth Chairs and Club presidents of the Rotary Clubs that sponsor Interact Clubs in your district. ZIC (Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention) is a 4-day Interact conference to empower and enable youth to change the world for the better. 

Gift of US $1 Million to PolioPlus

The board of directors of the Rotary Foundation Canada announced a donation of US $1,000,000 to the PolioPlus campaign on June 24.
“Remarkably there have been only two cases of wild polio reported in 2021.”
“We have the wild poliovirus pinned down in the smallest geographic area in history. There are just two countries that continue to report cases of the wild virus,” said Dean Rohrs, chair of The Rotary Foundation Canada and Trustee of The Rotary Foundation.
“As we work with our partners to apply innovative new strategies to reach more children, and embrace lessons learned, I’m optimistic that the end of polio is within our grasp, but we must remain vigilant in rallying global political and financial support as we push towards a polio-free world.”
Barriers to eradication — like weak health systems, insecurity, and mobile and remote populations — must be overcome.
Rohrs stated that this donation is because of the generosity of Canadian Rotarians. She further stated, “The Rotary Foundation Canada has had good returns on investments and favorable exchange rates. This has permitted this donation of funds from our unallocated investment earnings to support polio eradication.”
If a single child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for continued funding and commitment to eradication.

The Rotary Quarter Mile

The Rotary Club of Bangor, Rotary Club of Bangor Area Breakfast, and Rotary Club of Old Town completed a unique fundraiser: Link to news video.
These three Rotary Clubs raised over $16,638 (which represents one mile of quarters) to help fund the efforts to end Polio world-wide with the Rotary Quarter Mile fundraiser.

Achieving A Polio Free World

Judith Diment, Leading Polio Advocacy in the UK tells us Advocacy is still important. No other organization gets the 2:1 match from the Gates Foundation.
Because of COVID the world and our governments have a much better understanding of the importance of vaccination.
Because of our Polio program we know how to run a campaign and the importance of
  • Viral transmission
  • Vaccination - Reaching EVERY Child
  • Contact tracing
  • Building trust in the community
  • Surveillance and testing

Help Wanted

Welcome to our new look Zone newsletter. I hope you like it. If you have any suggestions for changes or improvements, contact me.
Valarie has stressed the team approach in our Zones 28 & 32. As newsletter editor, I know what she means. There really should be someone to be my assistant/backup/replacement. I'm the only one who receives articles and news events, and then I figure out how it goes into the newsletter. We have now started an online version, where several people could work on each newsletter during the same month, so collaboration is possible. A reminder that articles are due on or before the 20th of any month.
Are you interested? So far, I thought I had two people, but that did not work out. Send me a message if you have any interest.