The Bridge
News and Information review
for District 6330 Rotarians
Volume: 2019-2020  Issue: 6
December 2, 2019
Editor: Colin Macdonald (

 DG Message - December - Disease Prevention and Treatment Month

With December upon us it is a good time to reflect and celebrate the many good things and accomplishments that have occurred throughout the year and then look forward to how we may increase our impact in the future.  Having almost completed my club visit schedule I am privileged and truly impressed to have witnessed the breadth and extent of “dogoodery” that clubs within our District are involved with, which is changing lives within our local communities and around the world.
At this hectic time of year, it is a time for family, a time to reconnect and a time through service above self to ensure those less fortunate are cared for.
The Rotary Theme for the month of December is Disease Prevention and Treatment; one of our 6 areas of focus. While Rotary’s flagship project is the eradication of polio, we are, through our global and district grants, busy throughout the world improving water and sanitation to prevent the spread of water borne diseases, improving maternal health and helping with avoidable blindness initiatives and much more. Only last week members of our District were on the ground on a Medical Mission to the Dominican Republic. You can learn more about disease related issues by becoming a member of one the many Rotary Action Groups dedicated to improving health. For example; Addiction prevention, Dementia, Diabetes, Aids, Hearing, Hepatitis, Malaria, Mental Health, Multiple Sclerosis.
Mental Health is one of the fastest growing problems and often manifests itself in victims falling between the cracks in our society and sometimes ending up as homeless on the streets of our Towns and Cities. I encourage you all to reflect how we may address this issue in the coming years.
At this time of giving I ask you all to consider those less fortunate than ourselves and make a financial gift to our Foundation. Rather than give a physical gift why not make a gift donation to the Rotary Foundation in the name of the recipient?
We also need to reflect on our own health and wellbeing after such an active year to ensure we take time out to relax and recharge our bodies and souls ready for the year ahead so we may continue to do, even more “dogoodery” in the world.
Sylvia and I wish you a joyous Holiday Season and a Happy Healthy New Year and we look forward to seeing you at the District Conference - 2020 Vision in Saugeen Shores June 19th to 21st.
DG Tony's Monthly video Message
DG Tony's monthly message is available in video - follow this link to view the video.
Tony Sheard
District Governor 6330 2019-20
Rotary Connects the World
NOTE: For those of you who are avid viewers of my Tony Talk Videos. Check how many times I “reflect” in my December message and send me an email with the number of occasions and I will put the correct entries into hat and draw one winner at random for a pair of END POLIO NOW SOCKS! This years must have stocking stuffer!
PS Sorry about the road traffic background noise.

Make A Difference on Giving Tuesday - December 3

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December 3rd is Giving Tuesday, check out the online giving tool allowing you to donate seamlessly and choose the area you would like to support.
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Upcoming Club and Area Events

Dec 4 -14 Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army - St. Clair, Michigan
Dec 08 - Starbright Christmas 2019 - Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, Stratford, Ontario
Jan 17 - 19 - Sarnia Book Sale - Bayside Centre, Sarnia, Ontario
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Information and Recent News
World Polio Day cheers major achievements toward global polio eradication

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are celebrating a major milestone this World Polio Day: confirmation that a second type of the wild poliovirus has been eradicated, which is a significant step toward the ultimate goal of a polio-free world.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced the historic feat in a video address during Rotary’s Global Online Update on 24 October. He said an independent commission of health experts certified the global eradication of the type 3 strain, which hasn't been detected anywhere in the world since Nigeria identified a case of polio that it caused in November 2012. The type 2 strain was certified as eradicated in 2015.

Rotary Hand Up Alive and Well
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Need funds to support your WASH project?  We may just have the answer for you!

A few years ago The Rotary Foundation and WASRAG combined to offer the PPP (Program Planning and Performance) program.  This program funded travel and accommodation expenses to, and in, a host country for Rotarians from an international partner club.  The goal was to provide more effective pre-planning of grant requests.

That program ended some years ago – but the need still exists.  TRF’s requirements have expanded to include:

Chile has Awakened - An OpEd by a Rotary 6330 Exchange Student - Mateo Pommiez N.
As various news outlets have reported, and if you don't know about this is a good moment to inform yourself, Chile (my country), in the last month started going through a so-called “crisis”. Chile has experienced an awakening. I'm currently living outside of the country, so I feel a tremendous need to raise my voice for the millions of Chileans who have been suffering for decades.

During these weeks, millions of people have been protesting around the country for inequality and repression from the government. These are not small protests. I’m talking about massive marches with more than a million people, all of them asking for their rights. The country is asking for dignity.
Massive Affordable Book Sale in Sarnia
The Sarnia Bluewaterland Club is holding a three day book sale with over 40,000 books! Paperbacks are $1 and Hardcover are $3 or 2 for $5. On Sunday it's bring your own bag and fill it for $5. Come on out and get some great deals.
District Conference 2020
Mark the date, Conference Registration open in January 2020!
2020 International Convention Honolulu
Discover the true spirit of aloha and Rotary with your family, friends, and fellow Rotarians in Honolulu. It’s the perfect setting for the entire family of Rotary to celebrate, collaborate, and connect while experiencing the warmth and welcome of Honolulu.
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