The Bridge
News and Information review
for District 6330 Rotarians
Volume: 2019-2020  Issue: 12
June 2, 2020
Editor: Colin Macdonald (

 District Governor Tony’s Message
 June 2020

Rotary Fellowships Month

As I reflect on the year, it could not have been one of more contrast. The year started with a round of traditional club visits and then COVID-19 hit us. I will probably be the last of the Road Warrior DGs and now I have become the first Virtual Governor….so I guess I am now really a Hybrid Governor. 
At the beginning of the year I set out 5 key messages:
  1. Continue to GROW the Rotary Family
  2. Get your message out by telling stories
  3. Support OUR Foundation
  4. Remember success comes through integrity, inclusiveness and diversity
  5. Connect, be People of Action and continue to #DOGOODERY!
Overall membership has remained steady despite the current uncertainty and this year we have established one new Interact Club, 2 new Rotaract Clubs, a satellite club and we have the Global Passport Club about to Charter.  Many clubs have been re-energised in this virtual world whilst it is fair to say a small number are struggling to come to terms with the challenges of physical distancing.
Clubs have been creative in how to stay connected, continue service projects and to rapidly develop virtual fundraisers from Stay at Home Galas, The East Coast Kitchen Party, Trivia Nights, Euchre Tournaments,  Online Auctions, to COVID-19 Challenges.  Zoom is now synonymous with Rotary. In this new world of hyper connectivity, I have attended more meetings and met more people from within the District and from all over the world than I would have ever done before Zoom entered our everyday vocabulary.
With your help our Foundation has responded robustly to the COVID-19 Pandemic and interest by clubs in levering value from grants is growing, however it can only continue to do this if clubs and we as  individuals continue to make ‘The Rotary Foundation’ our charity of choice.
During our round of club visits many clubs recognised our visit by a donation to the Magic Cupboard Project. We came across this project on a Polio Immunization trip to India in 2018 when we visited a school and it was sad to see that the teachers had so few resources. Children were acknowledged for their achievements with an item from the “cupboard” such as a pencil, paper or other small items.  With your generous support we will now be forwarding $2,200 Cdn to India. A small donation of cash goes a long way in India and our friends at the Rotary Club of Agra will ensure your gift will get to the school and ultimately the students.
Our District Conference 2020 Vision has been re-imagined into a virtual event and rescheduled to the morning of June 13th to avoid clashing with the rescheduled virtual RI Convention which opens on June 20th. The Conference will feature great inspirational speakers and Rotarians who will tell their Rotary Stories, grab yourself a coffee and we look forward to welcoming you all to the ‘John and Tony Morning Show’. Registration is now open at
The theme for this year ‘Rotary Connects the World’ and next year’s theme of ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’ could not be more apt and is vital as we move forward that we continue to grasp the opportunities this pandemic has thrust upon as there has never been a greater need for service.
Best wishes to incoming Governor David and First Lady Sue as they embark on their own virtual voyage of discovery…enjoy!
On behalf of Sylvia and I, we wish to thank ALL members of District 6330 for giving us the privilege of being your Governor and First Lady, we both fondly cherish the memories, connections, and new friendships we have made on our journey to support you…’s been a blast..!
Take care, have fun and continue to Dogoodery..!.
Tony and Sylvia
Tony Sheard
District Governor 6330 2019-20
Rotary Connects the World
DG Tony's monthly message is available in video - follow this link to view the video.
Upcoming Club and Area Events
Hope in the Valley - Stay @ Home Gala
Virtual Gala
Jun 06, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
District Conference
Zoom - virtual event
Jun 13, 2020
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
President-Elect  Business Meeting - Review of District 6330 Budget and Policy and Procedure Changes
Jun 15, 2020 7:00 PM
Past District Governor Council Meeting
Jun 16, 2020 7:00 PM
Rotary International Convention - virtual event
virtual event
Jun 20, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
District Governor Handover from DG Tony to incoming DG David at the Rotary Club of London
Jun 29, 2020
Annual Business Meeting, Approval of Budget and Policy and Procedure Changes for 2020-21.
Jun 29, 2020 7:00 PM
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District 6330 Conference

District 6330 Conference 2020 – Saturday June 13th

Pre-show starts at 8:30 a.m. and the Conference starts at 9:00

Our Team has been working with our speakers, presenters and some volunteer techies on how we can deliver the BEST EVER Conference. Please join us as we have an exciting lineup for you. Registration is fast easy and free! Everyone is invited! Please register now! The first 100 registered will be entered into an Early Bird Draw for a 2 day stay in Southampton. in 2021!

For more information about the Conference, Agenda, Speakers, etc. Click Here

    District Conference Introduction Video
    Save the Dates for upcoming Zoom Events:
    Saturday, June 13th, 8.30 am - District Conference 2020 Vision. (Registration now open)
    • Monday, June 15th, 7 pm - President-Elect  Business Meeting - Review of District 6330 Budget and Policy and Procedure Changes
    • Tuesday, June 16th, 7 pm - Past District Governor Council Meeting
    • Monday, June 29th Noon - District Governor Handover from DG Tony to incoming DG David at the Rotary Club of London
    • Monday, June 29th, 7 pm - Annual Business Meeting, Approval of Budget and Policy and Procedure Changes for 2020-21.
    Zoom invites will be sent out nearer the time.
    Important Change to Global Grant Funding
    An important change is being implemented to global grant funding for 2020-21.
    • Matching of cash donations, by clubs and individuals, to be discontinued as of July 1, 2020.
    • Matching of DDF contributions to Global Grants continues at 1:1
    The Rotary Foundation has issued the following notice:
    The global grant program has been very successful and has grown at an incredible pace since its launch in 2013. This growth, however, means that we expect the demand for global grants to dramatically exceed the capacity of the World Fund.
    Rotary Peace Fellowship Candidate
    Every Rotary year 100 individuals are selected for a Rotary Peace Fellowship to study for a Master’s Degree or a Certificate at some of the most prestigious Universities in the world.  These Fellowships provide tuition, board, books, fees, transportation, and field study expenses.  As you can image the competition for this program is intense and some years more that 1,000 applications are received.
    Hope in the Valley - Stay @ Home Gala
    Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary is excited to be hosting Hope in the Valley -- a Stay at Home Gala on Saturday, June 6th!  This online “virtual gala” will feature 90 minutes of impressive local entertainment, interviews and much more.  All the details can be found on the event website --
    Registration is done through the website AND Gala guests are encouraged to make it a REALLY “gala” event by ordering a delicious meal from one of the many local restaurants who have enthusiastically jumped in to support the event. Links to the restaurants are on the website.
    Weekly Polio Update; End Game Struggle
    Help our Rural Communities - Stay at home
    Rotarians, we are people of action.  Right now our action just looks a bit different than it did a month or two ago.  One of the best things that we can do right now is to STAY AT HOME and use our large lists of contacts to share accurate and needed messages.  They may simply be messages of encouragement or they may be messages that will help to protect our front line workers and our neighbours.
    The Ontario Government is telling residents in urban areas to avoid heading to their cottages and rural properties across the province during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We would like to reinforce that message as small towns in “Cottage Country” are in a high-risk situation at the moment for the following reasons:
    20 YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP: Working Together in The Philippines

    20 YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP: Working Together in The Philippines

    Rotary is at the heart of all that we do at ShelterBox. Beginning as a Rotary Club project 20 years ago, our partnership with Rotary International has grown over the years, becoming their official Project Partners in Disaster Relief in 2012. By working together, we are ensuring that no family is left without shelter after disaster. Not only do Rotary and Rotaract clubs around the world support ShelterBox financially, but on many of ShelterBox’s deployments local Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Response Teams work closely together at an operational level. Rotarians often have great connections with communities and authorities that can help response teams understand the situation and respond better together.
    International Convention - Honolulu 2020 - Virtual Conference
    Learning Centre
    Finding yourself with extra time on your hands? Why not brush up on your Rotary knowledge and skills from the comfort and safety of your own home. 
    Rotary Learning Centre
    Find yourself with extra time on your hands? Why not brush up on your Rotary knowledge and skills from the comfort and safety of your own home. 
    Rotary Links
    Rotary International
    Object of Rotary
    Joining Rotary
    Rotary History
    Rotary Foundation
    For New Members
    Learning & Reference
    District Info
    Organization Chart
    Organization Chart with Photos
    Club Directory with Contacts
    District Map
    Rotary Youth Exchange
    Covid-19 Response
    District Links
    Video Library
    2020 District Conference
    District 6330 Passport Club
    Paul Harris Society
    E-Club of Canada One
    District 6330 on Facebook
    Rotary Foundation Canada
    Rotary Leadership Institute
    Rotary Zones 24 & 32
    6330 Rotaract Clubs
    Rotaract Club Highlanders
    Rotaract Club of Fanshawe
    Rotaract Club of Goderich
    Rotaract Club of Sarnia-Lambton
    Rotaract Club of Stratford
    Rotaract Club of UWO
    Rotary News (RSS) Feed

    With help from a Rotary Foundation global grant, a group of women in rural Costa Rica are using ecotourism to enrich their families' futures.


    Rotary clubs in districts across Italy worked together to procure state-of-the-art equipment needed to combat the deadly coronavirus disease for 26 hospitals around the country.


    The ongoing evolution of Rotaract is redefining its place within Rotary.


    Rotary clubs in East Africa are forging partnerships to provide hand washing stations and food in areas where social distancing is a luxury that few can afford.

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