District Training 2017
|Posted||on Feb 27, 2017||
ROTARY: Total Team Training 2017-2018 is Saturday April 1, 2017
Have you registered yet?
Officers for 2017-18: President-Elect, President-Nominee, All Club Directors,Treasurer, Secretary, Foundation Public Image/Relations Chair, Youth Services Chair, Service Projects Chair, Membership Chair, Members new to Rotary and any other club member who wants to know what's new in Rotary or needs to refresh or brush up their Rotary skills
.....AND All interested Rotaractors and Interactors!!!!
At Total Training you will have the opportunity to learn about:
Holiday Inn Sarnia, April 1st, 2017 9:30am to 4:00pm
What you don’t know about the campaign to end polio
|Posted by Martin Ward||on Jun 25, 2016||
(from Rotary Weekly - June 24, 2016)
If we are so close to eradicating polio, why do we still need $1.5 billion to finish the job? Find out in an article from the latest issue of The Rotarian, and discover the steps needed to get from “this close” to done. Read more.
London Hyde Park Annual Golf Tournament
|Posted by Martin Ward||on Jun 13, 2016||
For more information and the Registration Form go to: http://www.hydeparkrotary.org/
|District Governor's Message - June 2016||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jun 02, 2016||
(from the May 2016 issue of "The Bridge" - District 6330's monthly newsletter - read the full issue here)
District Governor Nancy’s Message - June 2016
Rotary year of 2015-2016 is drawing to a close. For me this has been a fantastic year and a great honour to serve as your District Governor. George and I had the opportunity to make many new Rotarian friends as we visited your club and were invited back to join you in your other activities. We were made to feel most welcome - Thank you! We gained a clearer appreciation and understanding of the great work you are doing and learned more about our District and your club. All of us can stand proud of our achievements this year as Rotarians in District 6330!
Our theme of ‘Be a Gift to the World’ has provided many ways for us as Rotarians to focus on our special gifts. We have become more aware of our gifts as we give our time, talents, expertise and knowledge to improve lives in communities across the globe. As our RI President Ravi stated "Through Rotary, we can take these our gifts and make a genuine difference in the lives of others and in our world." And make a difference we did! As a Rotarian You are ‘A Gift to the World’ through your contribution to your Rotary club and community.
You undertook great community projects - both locally and globally. You made great efforts to share Rotary with others and encourage them to join you in your club. It is important we continue to “Grow” our Rotary Clubs. You set contribution goals for Foundation and Polio Plus and supported your targets. And we can celebrate the End to Polio is “this close”.
|District Governor Changeover - Join the Celebration||Posted by Martin Ward||on May 31, 2016|
|District Governor Message - May 2016||Posted by Martin Ward||on May 05, 2016||
(from the May 2016 issue of "The Bridge" - District 6330's monthly newsletter - read the full issue here)
District Governor Nancy’s Message - May 2016
It has been said that “April showers bring May flowers”.
While this past month of April has also brought snow as well as rain showers - we know that the month of May will bring some spring flowers for all of us to enjoy!
Plus an opportunity to celebrate our Mothers on Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day!
And Welcome to Youth Services month! Rotary District 6330 has a long history of supporting youth programs in our District and around the world. As we look around our District we see Rotarians in our clubs involved and engaged with Youth.
In our Clubs we can find them: sponsoring students in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program; involved with an Interact or Rotaract Club; sponsoring a Rotary Speech Contest; supporting students to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Program such as seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders & Adventures in Citizenship; sponsoring a Scholarship Program; or simply inviting their younger family members to join the club in a service or fellowship event. Our clubs are engaged in numerous projects devoted to mentoring young people and encouraging and fostering the ideals of Rotary service with this younger audience.
|Membership Leads||Posted by Martin Ward||on Apr 15, 2016||
(from Rotary Membership Minute- April 2016)
A how-to membership leads video
A new video, available online, helps district and club leaders make the most of the recently enhanced Membership Leads resource. It shows how to track a prospective member from the initial membership leads submission all the way to connection with a local club. It also outlines the role of club and district leaders in the redesigned process, highlighting how their participation will help strengthen membership, and features the new Rotary resources available to support them. Join the conversation in the Membership Best Practices discussion group to tell us how you’re using the new Membership Leads resource to grow and diversify membership.
In order to improve Membership Minute and our Membership Best Practices discussion group, we’ve developed a survey to learn what you think and what topics you’re interested in. The survey should take less than three minutes, and your responses are completely confidential. We appreciate your participation.
|District Governor Message - April 2016||Posted by Martin Ward||on Apr 01, 2016||
District Governor Nancy’s Message April 2016
Welcome to the Month of April….
Welcome to Spring!
A time of New Beginnings!
Spring is here and we are all excited with the prospects of warmer weather and nature rejuvenating.
And we look to the Future. There are three months left in this Rotary year. We as Rotarians have two choices to make from this point forward. We can choose to coast to the June 30th finish line; or we can rev up our engines and head to the finish line at top speed! There are so many opportunities in Rotary. Looking ahead, we have lots of occasions to engage ourselves, our fellow Rotarians, and non-Rotary partners in great projects and programs. We can look for our passion and match it with a project that helps those in our communities.
|District Governor Message - February 2016||Posted by Martin Ward||on Feb 03, 2016||
We head into the month of February. It is the shortest month of the year - although this year we gain another day as this is a Leap Year! February is the Month of Hearts. Many of us can remember as a child how excited we were to make Valentine hearts to give to our friends and families to show them we care. Rotarians have always been generous in their hearts by the giving of their time and their money to the causes of Rotary.
The month of February is special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated to one of the six Areas of Focus: Promoting Peace. This month gives each of us an opportunity to pause and to reflect on the ways we can promote Rotary’s quest for goodwill, peace, and understanding among people of the world. Are Rotarians up to this challenge of Promoting Peace? Definitely! Being part of the solution is how we as Rotarians build together. It takes only a small step on our part for it is “by small actions that we accomplish great things!”
We are asked to be a catalyst for change. And as RI President K.R. ‘Ravi’ Ravindran likes to say “We are in Rotary for one simple reason: to change the world”. It has been the way of Rotary to focus upon matters in which members are in agreement; rather than upon matters in which we disagree. Being open minded and forgiving is how we as Rotarians approach the problems of the world. We can and do find ways to work together and get along in our world.
|2016-17 presidential theme announced||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jan 27, 2016||
|Passing of PDG Robert Coulter||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jan 19, 2016||
It is with great sadness that I must announce the passing of Past District Governor Dr. Robert Coulter. Dr. Bob was the President of the Port Huron Rotary Club in the year 1973 – 1974. He was District Governor of Rotary District 6330 in the year 1982 – 1983.
Dr. Coulter passed away in Tennessee. He moved to Tennessee from Port Huron just before New Year’s Day. The family is planning a memorial service in Port Huron in June of this year. As soon as I receive further details, I will provide them to you.
This is the loss of two Past District Governors, and two Past Presidents of the Port Huron Rotary Club in the last few months. Please pass on the information.
Christine I. LaTour,
Rotary Club of Port Huron
|Rotary Responds to Flint Water Emergency||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jan 19, 2016||
Rotary Club of Flint President Amy Krug writes an open letter to Rotarians interested in helping the citizens of Flint during the water emergency.
|District Governor Nancy's December Message||Posted by Martin Ward||on Dec 01, 2015||
With December and the Holiday season upon us, it is a perfect time to reflect on all the good things that have happened in the first half of the Rotary year. More than any other month, December is a time of reflection and celebration. As the end of the current year approaches and the coming of a new year is at hand, we reflect on the accomplishments, achievements and happenings of the months of 2015. And we celebrate! December is a festive and celebratory time for nearly all of us. However or whatever you celebrate, the December holidays encourage us to spend more time with our families. Even with the frenzied activities as we follow our already busy schedules, along with the additional holiday-related activities; take the time to rediscover your family, friends and neighbors. And as we reflect and celebrate the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”, we also remember those who are less fortunate.
|Celebrating 10 years of building peace||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 22, 2015||
(from Rotary Weekly - November 20, 2015)
Celebrating 10 years of building peace
Chulalongkorn is unique among the six Rotary Peace Centers in packing intensive coursework and field studies into a three-month program aimed at professionals already working in fields related to peace. In its first decade, the center has graduated 355 peace fellows from 69 countries with certificates of professional development. Read more about Chulalongkorn and join a discussion on peace.
|Membership Tools You Can Use||Posted by Tom Robitaille||on Nov 22, 2015||
Membership Tools You Can Use
Attracting – Engaging – Retaining - Members
Sometimes you do not have to climb over the fence or scale a wall. All you have to do is stand on your toes and peek over the top to get a new view of things.
While attending a conference in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA, for Rotary Zones 24 and 32 this past September, this thought came to my mind. “They can’t see over the fence.” Many of the district membership leaders were expressing all the challenges they have with membership growth and retention despite all their efforts.
Bring them in, keep them
|Get ready to celebrate The Rotary Foundation centennial||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 18, 2015||
(from Rotary Training Talk - November 2015)
The Rotary Foundation turns 100 in 2016-17! The centennial year officially kicks off at this year’s Rotary Convention in Seoul. Districts are encouraged to start thinking now about how they’ll incorporate the centennial celebration into district training and events.
Governors-elect will receive details on centennial initiatives at the International Assembly. In January, the following centennial resources will be available online:
|District Governor Nancy's Message - November 2015||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 09, 2015||
Greetings Fellow Rotarians! The Rotary world celebrates the work of The Rotary Foundation during the month of November. We all know the mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. Our gifts are transformed into projects that change lives with funding Grants that assist in the prevention of disease, building peace, providing clean water, supporting maternal and child health, promoting education and supporting local economies.
When considering making Club or personal contributions, it is fitting to mention that The Rotary Foundation of RI has again been awarded the coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency by Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator. We can all stand proud of this achievement of a 96.31% rating. Our Rotary Foundation is one of the best in the world.
During this Rotary Foundation Month, our District extends its congratulations to the top three District clubs for their outstanding contributions in the Annual Fund Per Capita Giving to the Rotary Foundation in the 2014-2015 Rotary year. Our thanks to:
1) Rotary Club of Goderich
2) Rotary Club of London-Lambeth
3) Rotary Club of Grand Bend
|Join Rotary||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 01, 2015||
(from Rotary International Membership Minute - October 2015)
A New process for prospective, referred, and returning or relocating members
Your online connection to membership leads
|Watch our World Polio Day update||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 01, 2015||
(from Rotary Weekly - October 30, 2015)
Watch our World Polio Day update
Celebrities like Emmy Award-winning actress Archie Panjabi and Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo joined health officials like Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, in celebrating recent progress in the fight to end polio during our World Polio Day update 23 October. You can still watch the update and help us end polio by supporting the Miles to End Polio team.
|World Polio Day - October 24, 2015||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 23, 2015||
|Celebrate young leaders’ global impact during World Interact Week||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 23, 2015||
(from Rotary Young Leaders In Action Newsletter - October 2015)
During World Interact Week,, Interactors around the world will take action in their communities and show how their clubs make a difference. Here are just a few ways you can get involved:
|Videos that tell Rotary’s story||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 14, 2015||
Check out Rotary International's new website dedicated solely to the powerful videos of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. Take a few minutes during each club meeting in November to share information about The Rotary Foundation. One effective way to do this is to play a video at your club meetings and/or at Foundation events.
|Partnering to help refugees from Syria||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 09, 2015||
(from Rotary Weekly - October 9, 2015)
More than 6,000 people leave Syria every day, fleeing the civil war that has been raging there since 2011. Rotary members are working with our project partner, ShelterBox, to supply basic aid and supplies to those displaced by the fighting. Learn more about Rotary's response to the humanitarian crisis and how we work with partners.
|UNICEF's Polio Eradication in Nigeria Story||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 08, 2015||
Earlier this year Nigeria was delared Polio-free for one full year. This video prepared by UNICEF tells the story of how that happened due to the efforts of thousands of dedicated volunteers, UNICEF, WHO, Rotary International, and more ...
It truly is a good news story, but there is so much more to do, we cannot stop until we have finished ...
|International Service - HANDS ON OPPORTUNITY||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 06, 2015||
This is the OPPORTUNITY that you have been waiting for! Your chance to do International Service....HANDS ON!!
We are seeking volunteers for our "Friends of Rotaplast in District 6330" trip to Sylhet, Bangladesh .
Join and check out the Facebook group: Rotaplast Sylhet Banglades
Here is a video about Rotaplast:
Browse the Rotaplast website http://rotaplast.org/
|Rotary UN-day 2015||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 02, 2015||
Here is summary information on Rotary-UN Day, November 7, 2015, including the Canada session on Friday and a Friendship Dinner Cruise on Saturday evening.
For those in eastern Canada, we already have two buses going, if you do not want to drive or fly on your own - contact Doug Vincent (contact info in above picture) .
|District Governor Nancy's Message - October 2015||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 02, 2015||
Welcome to October! The leaves are changing colours and the gardens showing some signs of decline. What a magnificent country we live in where we are able to experience the changing seasons!
I am sharing some Reflections of my first 100 days as your District Governor. Hard to believe that amount of time has already passed!! One of the most interesting experiences in those 100 days has been the opportunity to enjoy the Official visit to your Club. What a wonderful time George and I are having as we continue our journey through the District and meet our fellow Rotarians. You have been so welcoming!
Firstly - our District is made up of an amazing group of Rotarians committed to the work of improving the lives in our Local and Global Communities. Both George and I have commented on how busy each club is and the difference you are making in your world. Thank you for all you do for Rotary! Secondly - I feel that Rotary is one of the best venues to bring together the differences in people and create a common ground to serve others and to have fun. What an opportunity Rotary provides for us to build friendships and a sense of community together! Thirdly - this extraordinary organization was built on the dedication and commitment of our founders, and we can carry that vision forward as we create the plans for the future of our clubs.
|District Governor Nancy’s Message September 2015||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 01, 2015||
And now we are into one month of our Rotary New Year and plans are being or have been made for an exciting year filled with fundraisers, family activities, joint activities and Community projects. These are busy times indeed as we prepare to continue the good work of Rotary.
September signals a change of season as Autumn arrives. We find the daylight hours are getting somewhat shorter and the evenings feeling cooler. September means back to school routines start as students head back to classes.
Some of the Rotary Monthly themes have changed as of July 2015. September is now recognized as Basic Education and Literacy Month; and has also become one of the six Areas of Focus in Rotary. Rotary’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
|Promoting education in rural Mexico||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 01, 2015||
(from Rotary Weekly Newsletter - August 28, 2015)
For more than a decade, Rotary clubs in the United States and Mexico have been investing in children’s education in Nayarit, providing scholarships, building libraries, and rehabbing school buildings. Carolina Gonzales Rivas, a scholarship recipient and now a Rotary member, talks about how Rotary has influenced her life.
|Africa's Polio Milestone||Posted by Martin Ward||on Aug 18, 2015||
(from Rotary Weekly Newsletter - August 14, 2015)
Africa reaches important polio milestone
marked a year since the continent of Africa has reported a new case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus. This is the longest the continent has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical step on the path toward a polio-free Africa. But continued support is critical before Africa can be certified polio-free.
|Celebrating Our Members||Posted by Martin Ward||on Aug 18, 2015||
(from Rotary Membership Minute Newsletter - August 2015)
August is Membership Month!
Each August we celebrate Membership Month, an opportunity to thank our members for their commitment to Rotary. We begin 2015-16 celebrating strong membership growth of nearly 25,000 members this past year. The hard work and support of our members has led to successes such as the recent polio eradication milestones in Nigeria and on the entire African continent, both of which marked one year without a case of polio caused by the wild poliovirus. Those achievements wouldn’t have been possible without members’ dedication and their continued support of Rotary and The Rotary Foundation.
We hope you have an opportunity to participate in Membership Month promotions and activities, which are listed on Rotary’s social media pages, in The Rotarian’s August issue, and on Rotary.org. We encourage you to share these features with your clubs to help us show our appreciation to all members. And we invite you to watch this 2 minute membership message from RI President K.R. Ravindran at a club meeting.
|A dozen ways to make a difference||Posted by Martin Ward||on Aug 01, 2015||
(from Rotary Weekly newsletter - July 31, 2015)
A dozen ways to make a difference
August is Membership and New Club Development Month, which means it’s time to celebrate your Rotary club, its members, and the good you do in your community and around the world. Discover twelve ways to make the most of your membership.
|District Governor Nancy's Message - August 2015||Posted by Martin Ward||on Aug 01, 2015||
And now we are into one month of our Rotary New Year and plans are being or have been made for an exciting year filled with fundraisers, family activities, joint activities and Community projects. These are busy times indeed as we prepare to continue the good work of Rotary.
August is named as Membership and Extension month in Rotary. And while we assign a month to Membership focus; in reality Membership and the growth of our Club TEAM is a year round consideration. If we want to sustain our clubs, we understand the importance of building and growing our membership by sharing the Gift of Rotary with more ‘soon-to-be members’.
Let’s first look at the word TEAM. We all recognize the significance of sports TEAMS, of building winning TEAMS; of groups gathered together in TEAMS. I have capitalized TEAM for a reason. The acronym of T.E.A.M. is Together Everyone Achieves More.
All of us belong to TEAM Rotary. In TEAM Rotary there are no spectators or audience. Every member is in the ‘game’; no one sits on the bench; and everyone benefits. Every member is involved at some level in at least one of the Five avenues of service at any given time; - working the front line, the coaching line, the back line, the outfield. Each one of us is involved in our club taking care of our communities through our programs and projects.
|Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jul 28, 2015||
(from Rotary Weekly Newsletter - July 24, 2015)
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus. The country is on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
|General secretary’s report||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jul 15, 2015|
|Online tools key to Presidential Citation||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jul 09, 2015||
Online tools key to Presidential Citation
Earn a Presidential Citation from President K.R. Ravindran. This year’s citation goals are measurable using the information your clubs provide online. Club and district officers can track a club’s progress toward its goals – and see where help is needed – by checking the new Presidential Citation reports.
|Youth Exchange students connect at Rotary Convention||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jul 07, 2015||
(from Rotary Youth Exchange Newsletter - July 2015)
Youth Exchange students connect at Rotary Convention
Rotary leaders from around the world converged in São Paulo at our 106th Rotary International Convention to share ideas, learn best practices, and make new friends. And Rotary Youth Exchange students also enjoyed this exciting annual event. Rotarian champions of the Youth Exchange program shared stories with students and colleagues at the Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention.
|Meet Rotary’s new president||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jul 07, 2015||
(from Rotary Weekly Newsletter - July 2, 2015)
Meet Rotary’s new president
K.R. Ravindran’s life has been molded by family, country, and Rotary. Serving as Rotary president is his way of giving back to each of them.
|District Governor Nancy’s Message - July 2015||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jul 01, 2015||
The Start of the Rotary Year
The start of something new is always exciting - and so it is with each new Rotary year. The New Year is often associated with an opportunity to change and turning over a “new leaf”. It also provides an occasion to reflect - to look at the Past, Present and Future. Our lives are full of significant dates for celebrating - from birthdays to anniversaries, to holidays and milestones. And so it is with July 1st - a sort-of “New Year’s” for Rotary and Rotarians. A time to look at our Clubs and District; to celebrate what we have accomplished up to today; and what we envision for our future.
District Governor's Message
|Posted by Martin Ward||on Jun 04, 2015||
District Governor Doug's Monthly Message - from the June Issue of 'The Bridge'
As we enter the month of June, the last month of the Rotary year, I want to thank all Rotarians in District 6330 for the privilege of serving as your governor for the Rotary year 2014-2015.
It has been a busy, eventful and exciting year for me personally. I had the opportunity to represent our District at the 2014 Institute in Toronto and meet with our Prime Minister, who was honoured by the Rotary Foundation with the Polio Champion Award in recognition of Canada’s ongoing financial support of the Polio Eradication program.
I also had the privilege of serving as the Aide to RI President Gary C.K. Huang and his wife Corinna, when they visited London for the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of London, where I had the honour to host a reception for Major Donors and to participate in the presentation to 5 of this year’s 11 Major Donors with their recognitions at the 100th Anniversary Gala.
Rotaractors, Interactors aid victims of Nepal earthquakes
|Posted by Martin Ward||on May 27, 2015||
(from "Young Leaders In Action" - May 2015)
Rotaractors, Interactors aid victims of Nepal earthquakes
Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary clubs around the world are mobilizing to support communities in Nepal affected by two devastating earthquakes.
|Rotary clubs worldwide mobilize in support of earthquake-ravaged Nepal||Posted by Martin Ward||on May 01, 2015||
EVANSTON, Ill., USA (April 29, 2015) — Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang is urging the humanitarian organization’s 1.2 million members worldwide to assist the victims of earthquake-ravaged Nepal in any way possible, including contributing to ShelterBox, the international disaster response charity that is Rotary’s project partner for disaster relief.
|District Governor's Message - May 2015||Posted by Martin Ward||on May 01, 2015||
District Governor Doug's Monthly Message - from the May Issue of 'The Bridge'
The month of May means that we have only two months left in this Rotary year.
However, May will be a busy month for most clubs as there have been many Rotary events scheduled, including the 20th Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Festival City on May 5th, the Five Grand Feast at the RC of Burton on May 7th, the 1st Anniversary of the St. Thomas Railway City Rotary Club on May 20th, the 90Anniversary of the RC of St. Marys on May25th, several area meetings and multiple fundraising events.
The District Conference is also in May this year. May 21-23, only 3 weeks away. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so as soon as possible via the District Website or mail. See the article on the conference in this newsletter. Please ensure to advise DG Doug of any member of your club who has passed away during this past year so that they can be included in the Celebration of Life event on Saturday afternoon.
Saving Kids From Polio in Islamic State Territory
|Posted by Joan Fisher||on Apr 19, 2015||
|District Governor's Message - April 2015||Posted by Martin Ward||on Apr 01, 2015||
District Governor Doug's Monthly Message - from the April Issue of 'The Bridge'
Our District was honoured to have the President of Rotary International and his wife Corinna spend several days (March 19- March 22) with us in London to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of London. Gary and Corinna attended many events which are highlighted in this issue of The Bridge.
As your Governor, I had the privilege of not only hosting the RI President, I served as his aide throughout his visit and they were most gracious to work with. They are typical Rotarians-very nice people and very dedicated to Rotary.
It was not only a celebration of Rotary in London, but Rotary in District 6330, as the 12 “legacy” clubs that were sponsored by RC of London participated in all of the events, and many other clubs from the District were represented at one or more of the 5 official functions, especially the “gala” on Saturday evening, which was a spectacular event.
|Bringing our youth programs closer to Rotary||Posted by Martin Ward||on Mar 30, 2015||
In any given year, more than 500,000 young people participate in Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, Rotary Youth Exchange, and New Generations Service Exchange. These programs have made a positive difference in our world for decades. We’ve developed leaders through RYLA, built international understanding through Rotary Youth Exchange, and worked side-by-side with Interactors and Rotaractors to take action in our communities. But, just like Rotary, these programs have never received the recognition they deserve. Members of the public often don’t know about our programs, why they matter, and how they are connected to Rotary’s story.
|Reconnect in São Paulo||Posted by Martin Ward||on Mar 24, 2015||
Brazil is home to many former Rotary Scholars, Youth Exchange students, and Group Study Exchange team members. The 2015 RI Convention in São Paulo offers a wonderful opportunity for you to reunite with people your club or district has hosted, while you experience all the excitement of a Rotary Convention. Like Rotary, São Paulo is notably diverse. In its many ethnic neighborhoods, you’ll feel the influence immigrants from your country have left on this South American metropolis, and you may even discover a long-lost branch of your family tree.
|International Women’s Day, 8 March||Posted by Martin Ward||on Mar 06, 2015||
(from Rotary Weekly - March 6, 2015)
|March is Literacy Month||Posted by Martin Ward||on Mar 02, 2015||
District Governor Doug's Monthly Message - from the March Issue of 'The Bridge'
Focus on Literacy by our District is something that we all should be proud of. During my club visits I learned that virtually every club in our District conducts at least one literacy project in their community. Many clubs do a number of projects, including dictionaries to Grade 3, E-readers, mini libraries, mentoring and reading to children.
In addition, most International projects contribute to literacy by allowing children at attend school by providing clean water, sanitation facilities, school supplies and equipment.
Make sure your Club is recognized for the literacy projects conducted this past year by completing and submitting the Literacy Award application to District Literacy Chair, Susan Storie by April 30, 2015. All successful clubs will be recognized and receive their awards at the District Conference May 22-23,2015.
|President Elects must register for PETS||Posted by Martin Ward||on Feb 28, 2015||
President Elects - Please take note. You must register for PETS - and you must book your own accommodation at the Holiday Inn, Sarnia before March 6 to ensure that you get the Rotary preferred rate. Register here.
PETS cost is CDN $200/US$175 for President Elects and CDN $100/US$85 for partners.
Please make cheque payable to Rotary District 6330 and mail to Michael Atkins. Address below.
Michael Atkins DG 2010-2011 6330
|February is World Understanding Month||Posted by Martin Ward||on Feb 01, 2015||
District 6330 is making significant contributions to World Understanding through the international projects initiated by individual clubs. These are supported through the district and the District Foundation Committee, which has provided District Designated Funds in support of Global Grants.
At the present time our district is actively involved in projects in Mexico, Cameroon, India and a submission for a project in Managua has just been received. The value of the projects is almost $300,000US and over 40 Rotary Clubs in District 6330 are supporting these endeavours via direct donations.
Our district also supports World Understanding through the Global Scholarship program. At the present time, the 2 candidates we selected for 2015-16 are busy preparing their applications to their chosen university and their formal scholarship applications to Rotary International under the direction and support of District Chair, Johnna Johansen.
|District Conference May 21-23, 2015||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jan 23, 2015||
On-line registration is now open. Register for District Conference NOW!
|Rotary Club of London - Celebrating 100 Years||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jan 21, 2015||
"ROTARY CLUB OF LONDON, 100TH ANNIVERSARY"
MARK YOUR CALENDAR...VISIT LONDON
|2015-16 Rotary Theme Announced||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jan 21, 2015|
|Make a Difference in 2015||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jan 03, 2015||
(from Rotary Weekly - A Roundup of Rotary News - January 2, 2015)
Your work changed lives around the world in 2014. Let’s work together to make an even bigger impact in 2015. Learn how your donations to The Rotary Foundation support our efforts to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, eliminate illiteracy, and eradicate polio.
|District Governor's Message - January, 2015||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jan 01, 2015||
January is ROTARY AWARENESS MONTH and as we enter the second half of the Rotary Year it is an ideal time to publicize our service projects and to promote upcoming events in the community, the district and internationally.
Rotary Days are a great way to publicize your club’s activities. Please ensure your club members participate and involve local
Membership can be enhanced by your club activities in your community and internationally. The above activities can get the
|ROTARY PEACE CENTERS||Posted by Martin Ward||on Dec 13, 2014||
The Rotary Peace Centers is proud to announce that the application for the 2016 Rotary Peace Fellowship is now online, and we are more excited than ever for the upcoming year!
Why are we so excited? This year the Rotary Peace Centers Fellowship has a newly designed webpage with additional resources for you and potential applicants. Please go to our website to view the new animation video about the application process, stories from alumni, and many more amazing resources. Click the links below to access more information:
|Your vote changed their lives||Posted by Martin Ward||on Dec 01, 2014||
Because of your votes, Rotary received 3.3 million miles from United Airlines’ 10 Million Charity Miles giveaway last year, and those miles sent students from around the world on unforgettable yearlong exchanges. Certified districts selected exceptional candidates with financial need to receive miles covering their round-trip airfare. Monique, a student from a Native American pueblo in New Mexico who was selected for an exchange in Brazil, acknowledges, “Throughout my life, I have had to overcome many obstacles that have made me the person I am today.” Maia, who is studying in Ecuador, says that “in a family of six, my options for travel have been rather limited.” Despite the challenges, these charismatic, intelligent, and optimistic exchange students all agree that their time abroad will be the beginning of a lifelong journey of cultural discovery. “I know I’ll be bringing the world together in understanding,” says DeWayne, who realized his dream to travel from his home in Arkansas, USA, to Italy. Mayra, who will be the first person in her family to attend college and who is a role model to three younger siblings, believes this kind of experience is what moves people “to eradicate diseases, build communities, fight famine, and create lasting changes.”
Also, consider donating miles to provide free airfare for people in need of lifesaving surgery and for other worthy causes.
|Maternal and Child Health||Posted by Martin Ward||on Dec 01, 2014||
Maternal and child health is one of five priority areas identified by Rotary International for Rotary development initiatives. Theses priority topics also align with some of the Millennium Development Goals articulated by the WHO. Maternal and child health in- terfaces closely with the other four priorities: 1) promoting peace 2) fighting disease and poverty 3) providing clean water and 4) supporting education.
All five areas of focus relate to the need for a healthy population in a safe and healthy community to ensure optimal development of all.
Read more in the December 2014 issue of the District 6330 Newsletter - The Bridge
|December Message from DG Doug||Posted by Martin Ward||on Dec 01, 2014||
As we turn the calendar to the month of December, we look forward to visiting with our families during the Holiday Season and are busy preparing plans to travel to or host one or more of these festive occasions.
I wish all District 6330 Rotarians and their families a happy and joyous Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year.
Family is an important part of Rotary and Rotary can also be an important part of family as many family members support our club fundraising and service projects throughout the year.
Most clubs hold special Christmas events in the month of December, which provide an opportunity to celebrate our successes during this past year but also to thank family members for their support. It is also an opportunity to invite community leaders and non-Rotarians to attend and meet the Rotarians in their community and learn about what Rotary does locally and internationally.
|The Rotary Foundation||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 04, 2014||
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.
|How two clubs used a Foundation grant to save lives in rural Mexico||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 04, 2014||
(from Rotary Leader - November 2014)
Rotary members in Ajijic, Mexico, and Lincoln, California, USA, are using a Rotary Foundation grant to combat a high mortality rate among women in the rural Mexican community by providing screenings for cervical and breast cancer. It's just one example of the great work made possible by your support of The Rotary Foundation. For Rotary Foundation Month:
|Is your club ready for the new invoice?||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 04, 2014||
(from Rotary Leader - November 2014)
Beginning this January, your club will receive an easy to read one-page invoice that clearly states the amount it owes for subscriptions, membership dues, and outstanding balances. Find out if your club is ready, and learn the top five things club officers need to know about the new invoice.
|November is Rotary Foundation Month||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 01, 2014||
The Rotary Foundation is our Foundation and is the vehicle that allows us, as Rotarians, to contribute to the many humanitarian projects that Rotary International carries out throughout the world every year.
In addition, The Rotary Foundation also supports the Global Scholarship program, the Peace Scholarship program and provides disaster relief when necessary.
The Rotary Foundation also administers the Polio Eradication program and is a key partner in efforts to eradicate polio by 2018.
The Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation is the fund that we use to finance our District and Global Grants. Fifty percent of our donations in 2014-15 will be made available to District 6330 in 2017-18 to continue our District and Global Grants.
|World Polio Day - Live Stream Event||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 26, 2014||
(from PDG Tanya Wolff)
Here is the link to the live steam event celebrating World Polio Day...
|The 2014 Interact Video Contest||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 23, 2014||
The fifth annual Interact Video Contest has officially started! Tell your Interact club’s story for a chance to win $500 to spend on your next service project. Grab your camera and record a video to inspire others and be recognized for your service. Choose from two themes: “The Interact Effect” and “Best. Day. Ever.” Here are some tips to get you started:
Make sure to submit your entry before the deadline of 1 December. Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
|Why ending polio matters||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 20, 2014||
On World Polio Day, 24 October, Rotary will host a live-streamed event including an update on our campaign to eradicate polio. We are 99 percent of the way to ending this crippling disease. Learn why it is critical that we finish the job, and what you can do to help.
|Membership Minute - October 2014||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 07, 2014||
(from Membership Minute Newsletter - October 2014)
More than 10,000 Rotary members completed the 2014 Strategic Plan survey. Asked to identify the top issues facing Rotary, they focused on membership recruitment and retention, membership diversity, and club innovation and flexibility.
Use the Strategic Planning Guide to develop your club’s vision.
Set and track your club goals in Rotary Club Central.
|Propose changes to Rotary’s constitutional documents by 31 December||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 03, 2014||
(from Rotary News)
Every three years, Rotary International's Council on Legislation meets to debate and vote on policies and ideas submitted by clubs, districts, and the RI Board. This process gives your club and district a voice in how our organization is governed.
|October is Vocational Services Month||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 01, 2014||
October is a busy month in Rotary as it is Vocational Service Month and many clubs are also planning to celebrate World Polio Day on October 24th via special programs or events. Clubs are urged to celebrate Vocational Service Month by discussing ethics in the workplace and sharing the happenings in the various professions represented in the Rotary clubs throughout our district. A short update of member classifications talks makes for a great program and also is of great interest and value for newer members. The diversity of professions in Rotary is one of the great assets of this organization.
|New Member at Mitchell Rotary Club||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 30, 2014||
The Rotary Club of Mitchell proudly inducted Charles Fitzsimmons into Rotary at their September 30th Breakfast Meeting in the presence of Douglas Burnard, District 6330 Governor and Martin Ward Assistant Governor Area 3.
Pictured are: Mike Kraemer, President Rotary Club of Mitchell, Charles Fitzsimmons, Douglas Burnard and Martin Ward.
|Plan your trip to São Paulo now||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 19, 2014||
Visit the convention site for everything you need to plan your trip to São Paulo and register for the 2015 Rotary International Convention Saturday, 6 June, to Tuesday, 9 June. Don’t wait. The best price for registration is available through 15 December. The Host Organization Committee has just lowered prices for host events to give more people opportunities to sample Brazilian culture.
|26th Annual Rotary Charity Auction||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 18, 2014||
For the past 26 years, Rotary Clubs in London have hosted a charity auction to fund programs for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society.
The members of the Rotary Club of London South are working with the Rotaractors at Western University to host this year's Rotary Charity Auction ( www.RotaryCharityAuction.com) from November 1st to 18th to support food, shelter and literacy programs for less fortunate children and youth.
|Why and how to host a Rotary Day||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 09, 2014||
In an effort to increase membership by 100,000 this year, RI President Gary C.K. Huang is urging clubs and districts to organize fun, informal community events called Rotary Days.
"We need to showcase our good work to everyone in the community," says Huang. "Rotary Days need to be fun and all-inclusive... Let's give people the opportunity to experience what it's like to make a difference."
Any club, big or small, can host a Rotary Day. Neighboring clubs can pool their resources and co-host an event, and entire districts can come together for a large-scale Rotary Day. In fact, several clubs and districts already have hosted picnics, concerts, parades, and other Rotary Day events. In addition, the Rotary Board of Directors and other senior leaders will facilitate several national Rotary Days in 2014-15.
Check out the new Rotary Days webpage for additional information, including tips about planning a Rotary Day, a calendar of Rotary Days scheduled around the world, information on how to receive a special award from your district governor, and details about a worldwide video contest.
|Paul Harris Society||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 09, 2014||
Named after Rotary's founder, the Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or approved global grants. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generosity of annual support to The Rotary Foundation.
|Goderich Club Celebrates During DG Visit||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 06, 2014||
The Goderich club kept DG Doug busy during his visit on September 2 with the induction of 2 new members, plus recognition awarded to a benefactor and 6 Paul Harris Fellows.
|CRCID Announces a New Website||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 06, 2014||
CRCID invites you to review its new and improved website. The website address is: www.crcid.org
|Rotary Acronyms - Alphabet Soup||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 06, 2014||
Ever wondered what all those initials stand for?
Can you understand these two sentences?
• The RRFC suggested the DG ask the DRFC to promote PHFS and EREY to increase DDF to fund a VTT.
The Zone 24&32 blog features an article outlining the pros and cons, as well as the meaning of Rotary's acronyms - Read the full post here.
|Rotary Club of London - Celebrating 100 Years of Service||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 06, 2014||
(story updated September 6, 2014)
Celebrating 100 Years of Service
The Rotary Club of London is preparing for its Celebration of 100 Years of Service Above Self in 2015. Over the next 18 months we will be funding 1 major project of approximately $100,000 plus 10 - $10,000 projects - project details here. The celebration will encompass events throughout the weekend - full weekend details here.
Our Paul Harris Fellow Goal - 100 Paul Harris Fellow recognitions
On March 21, 2015 we will be holding our Centennial Dinner at the London Convention Centre. RI President Gary Huang will be joining us for this very special occasion. At this dinner we would like to have President Gary present100 Paul Harris Fellow recognitions. Please mark your calendar now!
|September is NEW GENERATIONS MONTH||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 01, 2014||
September is New Generations Month and most clubs in District 6330 are involved in one or more activities with our own district youth and/or with international youth.
Our District 6330 Scholar, Sean Toal completed his masters in Latin American Studies and has now returned to the US and is about to enter the next phase of his training with the US Army. Further info to follow.
We are now looking for two more District 6330 scholars for 2015-2016.
|Trent Severn Concert in St Marys||Posted by Martin Ward||on Aug 28, 2014||
The St Marys Club is holding a fundraising concert on September 27 in support of the 'End Polio Now' campaign.
The concert follows a Rotary Crocus planting event where individuals and families will gather to plant 13,000 purple crocus bulbs in a cascading waterfall design in Cadzow Park, St Marys.
This event actually has two parts. You can participate in the crocus planting and/or attend the concert. The crocus planting will happen (weather permitting) at some time between September 15 and the concert date. The concert on September 27 will feature the "Trent Severn" group and proceeds will support polio eradication. A concert poster is available here.
|St. Thomas Railway City Rotary Club - Charter Celebration||Posted by Martin Ward||on Aug 19, 2014||
|Ambitious Membership Goal||Posted by Martin Ward||on Aug 08, 2014||
(from Rotary Weekly - August 1, 2014)
Gary C.K. Huang never imagined he would become Rotary International's president when he joined in 1976, but now that he is in office, he hopes to increase membership to 1.3 million by the end of his term. Huang has a track record of improving membership development in Asia, adding 19 clubs when he was district governor for Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
|Celebrate Membership Month||Posted by Martin Ward||on Aug 07, 2014||
(from Rotary Membership Minute - August 2014)
August is Membership and Extension Month, which means it’s time to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and all of the good you do in your community and around the world. Here are several ideas to get you started!
Throughout August, submit photos of your club members hard at work to show the world how Rotary makes a difference. Use the hashtag #WeAreRotary and post photos of your club in action to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
|August message from District Governor Doug||Posted by Martin Ward||on Aug 07, 2014||
August is MEMBERSHIP and EXTENSION MONTH.
For most clubs, and the District, membership growth is a priority in the coming year. In the past year, some clubs have been relatively successful which, along with the establishment of the newest club in our District, St. Thomas Railway City, has resulted in a net growth in membership in the District. Our goal is to continue this growth over the next two years to 2000+ members in our District, which will require a net increase of approximately 150 or 1-2 members per club per year.
There is no magic method to achieve growth in membership. The most important action we can do is to make sure we “ask” family, friends and business associates if they would like to become involved in supporting our activities in the local and international community. Many club meetings during the summer are more informal, BBQ’s etc., which provides a great opportunity to invite non-Rotarians to attend and learn about the activities your Club does in your community.
|Youth Exchange family reunites at convention in Sydney||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jul 26, 2014||
Youth Exchange is a transformational experience for thousands of young people, host families, and Rotarians, and starts participants on a lifelong journey of international friendship. Watch the participant from a Youth Exchange in central Queensland, Australia, 35 years ago reconnect with her host at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney last month. Also, read about one student's eye-opening year abroad.
Join our Rotary Youth Exchange LinkedIn group to connect with fellow alumni, volunteers, and officers around the world who share your passion for international fellowship.
August is Membership Month, but the strength of Rotary is about much more than its members -- it encompasses all those whose lives have been touched by Rotary activities. Share your photos using the hashtag #WeAreRotary on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and they could be featured on Rotary’s Facebook page and Rotary.org.
|Leaving a Legacy of Hope||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jul 22, 2014||
A recent post to the Zone 24 & 32 blog contains a video that provides a succinct review of The Rotary Foundation – Endowment Fund and Major Gifts.
It covers Bequest Society, named funds, opportunities for Rotarians in USA and Canada, how The Rotary Foundation thanks and recognizes donors, and a review of the new Planned Giving website.
|Art provides a medium for building peace||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jul 22, 2014||
(from "Rotary Voices" - July 18, 2014)
Rotary members in California, USA, have been working with Hands of Peace to break down barriers and build dialogue between students from Israel, Palestine, and the United States. Kelly Mellos, an artist who uses her workshop to teach the visiting students trust and compassion, writes a powerful and timely post about the experience in Rotary Voices.
|Meet Rotary’s New President: Gary C.K. Huang||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jul 04, 2014||
Gary C.K. Huang, a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan, is asking Rotary members to Light Up Rotary in 2014-15. In a profile for the July issue of The Rotarian magazine, Huang shows us the meaning behind the family of Rotary.
|July message from District Governor Doug||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jun 26, 2014||
am deeply honoured to serve as your District Governor for 2014-2015 and have the privilege to follow the outstanding Rotarians who have served as our past District Governors. Their continued support in the upcoming year is appreciated. The two years I have spent in preparation for my year as District Governor have been the highlight of my 34 years in Rotary, as over this time I have had the opportunity to meet many Rotarians from all corners of the world.
RI President Gary C.K. Huang’s theme for 2014-2015 is “Light Up Rotary”
President Gary asks all of us to Light Up Rotary by sharing our service, strengthening our clubs, and letting our light shine throughout our communities. “Rotary Days” are opportunities to give our communities a chance to learn more about Rotary and the service that we provide both locally and around the world.
We will also Light Up Rotary and make history by continuing our plan to eradicate polio, which is absolutely realistic within the next few years.
|June Message from District Governor Don||Posted by Martin Ward||on May 31, 2014||
(taken from the June issue of "The Bridge" District 6330's monthly newsletter - read the complete newsletter here)
A Final Message from Don as District Governor
Our District Conference Planning Committee has been working very hard over the past couple of years putting together an excellent and informative program for this three-day conference. As in past years, the purpose of the conference is to bring Rotarians together and celebrate our accomplishments and to discuss matters of importance to Rotarians and Rotary International. It is also another opportunity to meet new friends and become reacquainted with old friends. If you have not already done so, send in your registration to Rotary District Conference, Box 103, Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0. The brochure can be downloaded from our district website. The online registration closed on May 31st.
We have a lot to celebrate in our district this year. We have done some amazing things around the world and in our own back yards! Congratulations to you all! Rotarians have been generous in donations to the Rotary Foundation and to Polio Eradication. We can’t give up now …One challenge I have for each of our clubs …Take a look at the number of Benefactors in your club and try to increase that number as much as you can. Currently the club with the highest number of Benefactors is Fenton Rotary. Remember that funds pledged as a Benefactor go to the Endowment Fund of the Rotary Foundation. Only the interest on that money is used for Rotary programs.
|Rotary Youth Exchange shaped my life||Posted by Martin Ward||on May 19, 2014||
Denise DiNoto tells how her exchange to Tasmania gave her more confidence in her abilities.
Read about her experience as one of the first students with a mobility impairment to participate in Rotary Youth Exchange on Rotary Voices.
From Rotary Youth Exchange Newsletter - May 2014 - Read more
It is not too late to have your club participate in the D6330 Rotary Youth Exchange Program!! Contact District Youth Exchange Chair Claire Sherwin for the club application form. Please consider this worthwhile program which offers great opportunities to our Michigan and Ontario high school students ...It's not too late!
|May Message from District Governor||Posted by Martin Ward||on May 01, 2014||
(taken from the May issue of "The Bridge" District 6330's monthly newsletter - read the complete newsletter here)
April Showers bring May Flowers! What about April Snow storms? May has finally arrived and along with it, warmer temperatures. May is the time to reflect on what we as Rotarians have accomplished over the past year. Congratulations to all of you for doing good in your communities and around the world! DGE Doug and his team have been preparing to Light Up Rotary and they are asking you to do your part!
We are in Rotary for several reasons, but one that I hear a lot is for the fellowship and for the service we can do to help others. I recently attended a Paul Harris Fellow presentation at a club in our district, and I was so happy to hear that one of our Ambassadorial Scholars is living the Rotary motto Service Above Self. Not only will he complete his Masters Degree this June in Jerusalem, but he has been volunteering EVERY week at a local orphanage working with young children.
|"The Rotarian" Is Now On-Line||Posted by Martin Ward||on Apr 10, 2014||
Did you know The Rotarian is now on-line? Check it out.
Celebrate Magazine Month by checking out The Rotarian's new website, TheRotarianMagazine.com. You'll find highlights from each issue, along with selected stories from the archives. Each feature story appears in full, accompanied by photos and videos.
|April Message From District Governor||Posted by Martin Ward||on Apr 01, 2014||
(taken from the April issue of "The Bridge" District 6330's monthly newsletter - read the complete newsletter here)
I have to congratulate all you Rotarians who had so many Literacy speakers and literacy projects last month….I am truly proud of the accomplishments made this year by Rotarians in District 6330 in improving literacy in this world!
April is Magazine Month and you see the wonderful information in this newsletter about our Rotarian Magazine beginnings and historical facts about our founder. I hope you share your readings from our Rotarian magazine with family and friends. Share it with other service organizations in your communities, too! If your club does not already do so, be sure to have subscription sent to local nursing homes, public libraries, and even your high school libraries.
|March Is Literacy Month||Posted by Martin Ward||on Mar 07, 2014||
LITERACY STARTS AT HOME. Even in the ‘lucky countries’ of ours, there are children who don’t own one book, let alone have access to the rich home reading environment that your children experienced. A poor start to this process of becoming literate disadvantages those children throughout their schooling.
IN OUR OWN COMMUNITIES. Develop your own programs. Talk to the literacy professionals, welfare organizations and others in your communities who see the effects on people of low literacy skills and will have ideas about what you can do.
INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS. The ability to read, write, and do simple math is critical for the well-being of individuals in any society. International Literacy and numeracy projects allow us to make a real contribution to building nations and reducing poverty. Work with another organization by sponsoring an international project.
RAISING AWARENESS OF LITERACY ISSUES. Let’s celebrate literacy and the efforts of Rotary clubs everywhere. Special emphasis should be a feature of every club’s program during Rotary Literacy month in March. We also ask clubs to celebrate International Literacy Day on September 8th each year.
Literacy empowers people and is essential for community development. Literate populations are more likely to develop economically, live healthier lives, and be more peaceful. Nearly 800 million people worldwide over the age of 15 can neither read nor write.
Building literacy goes beyond the ability to read and write. It involves developing the skill to read and understand the written material and to write statements that are relevant to everyday life.
(taken from the March issue of "The Bridge" the District 6330 monthly newsletter)
|March Message from District Governor Don Moore||Posted by Martin Ward||on Mar 07, 2014||
(taken from the March issue of "The Bridge" District 6330's monthly newsletter - read the complete newsletter here)
March is here at last and our Presidents-Elect and their boards are gearing up for their Rotary year which commences on July 1st! Congratulations to all of you and DGE Doug for the work that has gone into preparing these Rotarians for a very important year as we "Light Up Rotary"! This is a perfect time to remind our Rotary Clubs that our next Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is being held on May 3rd, 2014 in Sarnia. Parts I, II, and III are being offered. If you have never attended one of these sessions, you will come away learning so much more about Rotary! We encourage clubs to cover the $75 registration for each part for members of your club. Contact PDG Al Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for further details.
March is Literacy Month as you all know and this is very important work that Rotarians perform both locally in our own communities and also abroad. I want to make you aware of another issue closer to home … A Rotarian Aboriginal Initiative. A new organization came to life out of the 2012 District 7070 conference called the Aboriginal Rotarian Community Circle (ARCC). After much discussion, thought and input with and from the Indigenous community, Rotarians and others, we concluded where we can most be effective is education.
|February Message from District Governor||Posted by Martin Ward||on Feb 07, 2014||
(taken from the February issue of "The Bridge" District 6330's monthly newsletter - read the complete newsletter here)
February is already here and this month we celebrate World Understanding Month in Rotary. It is time for us to reflect on what our clubs have been doing in World Community Service projects and to feel good about helping others less fortunate. Our Presidents-Elect are starting their planning process for their Rotary year starting in July! Has your club given any thought as to how you will split your service projects between local and international projects? Recognizing that while we are blessed in Canada and America and we should share our wealth with those less fortunate, I feel that in order to grow and attract new members to our club, we have to build a stronger presence in our own community. Many smaller clubs believe that in order to survive, they have to do only local projects.
|February - World Understanding Month||Posted by Martin Ward||on Feb 07, 2014||
In honor of the first Rotary meeting that occurred on February 23, 1905, Rotary International has designated this day as "World Understanding and Peace Day" and has selected February as "World Understanding Month."
What will your club do to celebrate World Understanding and Peace and February 23?
Here's some ideas from Penny Offer - taken from the Zone 24 & 32 blog.
|Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers - Tech Talk Newsletter Available||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jan 19, 2014||
The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers is a group of volunteer Rotarians who provide technical expertise and advice to Rotarians planning and carrying out Rotary grant projects around the world.
Cadre members review, monitor, and evaluate projects and ensure grant funds are being used properly. Assignments include technical reviews, site visits, audits, and operational audits.
Interested in volunteering for the Cadre of Technical Advisors? Download the registration form.
|Rotary Theme for 2014-2015 - Anounced||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jan 13, 2014||
(from the Rotary International website)
RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucious who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."
"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark," Huang told the 537 district governors and their spouses and partners who are attending the 2014 International Assembly in San Diego, California.
"The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.
After announcing his theme at the opening session of the five-day training meeting, Huang urged club members to Light Up Rotary in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects.
"How you Light Up Rotary is up to you," Huang said. "You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help."
|Additional Pledge from Canadian Government for Polio Eradication Efforts||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jan 11, 2014||
(from Zone 24 and 32 Facebook post by PDG(7080) Doug Vincent)
Canada has just announced another donation of $20million to our Polio Plus Initiative. At the conclusion of his visit to Pakistan where he met with vaccinators, doctors and UNICEF staff, Minister of State,Tim Uppal announced Canada's latest contribution to the fight to eradicate polio.
|Global Scholar Reports From Oxford||Posted by Martin Ward||on Jan 02, 2014||
Sean Toal, District 6330's Global Scholar to the University of Oxford, has submitted a first report to District 6330.
|Strengthening Rotary's image through words||Posted by Martin Ward||on Dec 21, 2013|
|Do You Want to go on a NID to India?||Posted by Martin Ward||on Dec 21, 2013||
We received a note from Brad Howard, RI Director for Zone 25-26 indicating that there may be space available for participation in a National Immunization Day in February 2014. If you are interested in participating watch this web site for more details. We will post additional details as soon as they are available.
|Editor for District 6330 Newsletter - "The Bridge"||Posted by Martin Ward||on Dec 21, 2013||
Please note that Rotarian John Hill, Kincardine Rotary Club, has assumed the role as Editor of the BRIDGE commencing with the January 2014 issue. Any articles or photos should be sent to John by the last day of the previous month (Dec 31 in this case) for consideration. Contact John at email@example.com
DG Don Moore
|District Governor for 2016-2017 Selected||Posted by Martin Ward||on Dec 20, 2013||
DG Don has confirmed the selection of the District Governor for the Rotary Year 2016-2017. Diane Chantler is our new District Governor Nominee Designate she will serve District 6330 as District Governor from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 following current District Governor Don Moore, District Governor Elect Doug Burnard, and District Governor Nominee Nancy Ottewell.
Diane has been a Rotarian since 1998 when she was asked to join the Rotary Club of Bracebridge. She was a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes, Club President in 2002-2003 and past AG and Polio Plus District Chairperson for District 7010. Diane started the HOPE bear campaign in 2002, getting her Club to sell Teddy Bears for Polio. Her Club was written up in the Rotarian and the Century of Service for this campaign. The results were thousands of Teddy Bears sold with the participation of 40 Clubs in Canada and the USA with one Club offshore. Over $100,000 was raised in total through this campaign. Her Club as known as the Teddy Bear Club and they sold different bears to raise funds for all kinds of community projects. Diane was the recipient of the Rotary District Foundation award in 2003. In 2010 Diane received a Rotary Foundation Regional Service Award for a Polio free world from Rotary International. She is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Benefactor and a Member of the Bequest Society.
In 2009, she travelled to Ecuador with a group of Rotarians to deliver 300 wheelchairs to people there. It was another unbelievable moment in her life to experience an international project and the people whose lives were touched.
Diane believes that Rotary is really about people, who work so hard to make a difference in their communities, both at home and around the world. Diane has attended 2 international conventions, as well as participated in a Wheelchair Distribution in Ecuador.
Diane and her husband Bill retired to St. Thomas, Ontario, which is Bill’s hometown. Diane spent her 35 year career in Business, Banking, Finance, Accounting and HR working in both the private and corporate sector. They love spending time with their great nieces and nephews (7 boys and 2 girls all under the age of 12). In their spare time they enjoy travelling.
Diane believes that Rotary allows her the balance in her life between family, work and her community. The true joy comes from doing things for others and Rotary allows us to experience that. The other great benefit of Rotary is the chance to meet people and build friendships, whether it is in your own Club or when you are travelling to other parts of the world. She is looking forward to getting to know so many more people in District 6330 and learning about all the wonderful things that Clubs do in their communities.
|December Message From District Governor Don||Posted by Martin Ward||on Dec 17, 2013||
(taken from The Bridge - December 2013)
The holiday season is upon us and Marie and I would like to wish all of you the very best for this Holiday Season. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! And of course a very Happy New Year to all of you and your families.
|Paul Harris Society Doubles Its Membership||Posted by Martin Ward||on Dec 17, 2013||
(taken from The Bridge - December 2013)
The Paul Harris Society in District 6330 had a record 100% growth in membership last year.
Rotary members worldwide who commit to an annual donation of $1,000 USD to Rotary International are awarded membership in the Paul Harris Society. This commitment carries forward as long as they are able to continue and it often leads to those members reaching “Major Donor” status.
Our District Paul Harris Society membership chair, Jamie Poole, points out that it has never been easier to become a PHS member. By completing the commitment form and setting up a monthly donation to RI, you become a member of the PHS.
Our district is extremely proud of our present 32 members and looks forward to passing the 50 mark in this current Rotary year. For more information about becoming a member, and to get a copy of the forms, please contact Jamie Poole.
You can phone him at 519-344-8118 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Relief aid pours into typhoon-struck communities||Posted by Martin Ward||on Dec 06, 2013||
(from Rotary International Weekly Update newsletter - Dec. 6)
One of the strongest storms in history, Typhoon Haiyan brought overwhelming destruction to coastal towns, killing more than 5,200 people, displacing 4.4 million, and causing billions of dollars in damage. Soon after the storm, Rotary clubs worldwide began rushing relief aid and funds into devastated communities.
|Let's Talk Fundraising||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 24, 2013||
Our District has a number of clubs that have very successful fundraising events. But most clubs are continuously on the lookout for new ideas.
|Rotary clubs take action for typhoon-ravaged Philippines||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 17, 2013||
Rotary clubs around the world are pledging emergency aid to communities in central Philippines after last week’s massive typhoon flattened entire coastal towns and villages, killed thousands of people, and displaced nearly 600,000 more.
The situation remains dire as widespread destruction has made food, water, and medicine scarce in remote areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm to make landfall on record.
Rotary President Ron Burton is urging our 34,000 clubs worldwide to continue to assist storm victims. Read the full article in "Rotary News"
|The Rotary Foundation receives Guatemala’s highest honor||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 03, 2013||
The government of Guatemala awarded the Order of the Quetzal, the country's highest honor, to The Rotary Foundation last month, in recognition of Rotary's humanitarian work in Guatemala and its contributions to the campaign to eradicate polio.
Read the full story in Rotary's Weekly Update.
|Rotary Foundation Technical Advisers - "Tech Talk" Newsletter||Posted by Martin Ward||on Nov 03, 2013||
The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers is a group of volunteer Rotarians who provide technical expertise and advice to Rotarians planning and carrying out Rotary grant projects around the world.
View the October 2013 Tech Talk Newsletter.
|Putting Rotary's New Look To Work||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 18, 2013||
Rotary’s new visual identity has everyone talking. Some Rotarians like it and are already using it, as you can see in the example above. Others aren’t so sure. As you begin incorporating the new guidelines into your communications, keep the following in mind.
|Running the Distance for Polio Eradication||Posted by Martin Ward||on Oct 14, 2013||
6330 PDG Tanya Wolff is featured in a story in Rotary International's Weekly Update - A weekly newsletter providing updates on news and information for Rotary members, as well as developments from around the Rotary world.
In the story, PDG Tanya describes why she runs for polio. Read the full story here.
|Why Rotary?||Posted by Don Moore||on Oct 06, 2013|
|Clifford Rotary's Polo Plus Pledge!||Posted by Don Moore||on Oct 02, 2013||
After a successful road toll during the Civic Holiday weekend, Clifford Rotary has made a $5,000 payment the Polio Eradication program of Rotary International!
|Young Professionals Bring Their Vision of Rotary to the Table||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 28, 2013||
How will you make room for the next generation of young professionals and volunteers in your clubs? Rotary International asked Rotaractors and young Rotarians to weigh in on how it should work and what it will take to turn today’s young leaders into tomorrow’s Rotary members.
|Ambassadorial Scholarship Was A Life Changer||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 27, 2013||
(from the September Issue of "The Bridge")
GRANT RUMLEY, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Marysville, MI used his 2012-13 Ambassadorial Scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Get the full story on page 5 in The Bridge.
|October is Vocational Service Month||Posted by Martin Ward||on Sep 27, 2013||
(from the September Issue of "The Bridge")
If you are planning events for your club for October and you are looking for a speaker perhaps you might consider inviting Paula Lee, District 6330 Chair of Vocational Services, to address your membership.
|Our Rotary Exchange Students Have Arrived ....Almost!||Posted by Don Moore||on Sep 08, 2013||
Presqu'ile Rotary Camp near Owen Sound, Ontario was the site of the annual orientation conference for our newest summer inbounds. There were 19 of our 21 exchange students present who met each other for the first time ....Instant friendships were formed and life-long friends will result from this meeting.
If your club is NOT in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, contact District Chair Claire Sherwin at email@example.com. He would be more than happy to discuss the program with you! You won't regret it!
|District Governor Change Over||Posted by Don Moore||on Jul 19, 2013||
PDG Tom & Heather Robitaille were guests of the Rotary Club of Walkerton on July 18th for the DG Change Over, the traditional handing over the reins to the incoming District Governor, Don Moore. Pictured from L-R are District Trainer PDG Mike Atkins and Marg, Marie Moore, DG Don, PDG Tom & Heather Robitaille, DGN Nancy Ottewell, and DGE Doug Burnard.
|Rotary Received Top Honors for Future Vision||Posted by Amy van der Putte||on Apr 26, 2013||
Rotary has received a Silver Edison Award in recognition of the Future Vision Plan.
You can read more about the honor Rotary received HERE.
|Rotarians Honored as Champions of Change at White House||Posted by Amy van der Putte||on Apr 05, 2013||
|"Thank you" from Rotary International||Posted by Amy van der Putte||on Dec 21, 2012||
Sakuji Tanaka, 2012-13 President of Rotary International, and Wilfrid Wilkinson, 2012-13 Trustee Chairman of The Rotary Foundation wish to thank you for your recent contribution.
The Rotary Foundation
PS. Would you like to maximize your contribution and support for Rotary Foundation programs? Visit www.rotary.org/matchinggifts to see if your employer matches contributions to The Rotary Foundation, and double the good you do!
|FOUNDATION NEWS - District 6330 is qualified!||Posted by Amy van der Putte||on Oct 10, 2012||
As a qualified District, District 6330 is eligible to apply for Rotary Foundation District, Global, and Packaged Grants.
A major step in preparing the District for the introduction of Future Vision on July 1st, 2013!
|2012-13 District Directory Now Avaiable for Downolad||Posted by Dennis Dinsmore||on Jul 01, 2012||
|James Van Wyck||Posted by Amy van der Putte||on Sep 08, 2011||
|Rotary World Peace Fellowship||Posted by Michael Zinn||on Feb 06, 2007||
Applications for Rotary World Peace Fellowship must be received by March 31st. Learn more.
|Press Release Template||Posted by Michael Zinn||on Sep 01, 2005||
Here is a press release template to help you publicize your club's events.
|District Directory Now Available||Posted by Dennis Dinsmore||on Aug 07, 2005||
The 2005-06 Rotary District Directory is now available online for download as a PDF file.
|Free District Map||Posted by Dennis Dinsmore||on Jul 10, 2005||
A new district map is available free for download.
|Website Q & A||Posted by Dennis Dinsmore||on Jul 15, 2004||
Since opening this website July 1, 2004 we have received a number of questions from district Rotarians. Some of the more frequent questions are addressed here.
|What is Rotary?||Posted by Dennis Dinsmore||on Apr 27, 2004||
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
|District Governor Tom and his classmates with President Tanaka at the Toronto Peace Symposium "Peace Though Service"||Posted by Tanya Wolff||