The Bridge
News and Information review
for District 6330 Rotarians
Volume: 2017-2018  Issue: 8
February 3, 2018

District Conference May 4-5, 2018

Registration is now open - details available here.

Upcoming Club and Area Events

April 7 - District Learning Assembly - Sarnia, Ontario and Owen Sound, Ontario
April 14 - Rural Urban Night - St. Marys, Ontario
April 25 - Hanover Comedy Night - Hanover, Ontario
May 4-5 - District Conference - Grand Bend, Ontario
May 11 - East Coast Kitchen Party (London area clubs)
May 31 - Stratford Short Story Contest - submission deadline
If you have a story to tell, pictures to show off, or an event to publicize, please send it to the editor and we will publish it and/or make sure it gets on the District 6330 website.
To have your event listed, send links to published details for your upcoming events to the Editor. Your feedback, suggestions, and submissions are welcomed.
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The Rotary Calendar designates February as Peace and Conflict Resolution Month

Rotary International President Ian Rieseley has put 3 of his 6 Presidential Peace Conferences in February in honour of the designation of February as Peace and Conflict Resolution Month.
Peace building is not only a major focus of Rotary's current president, it is also one of Rotary's Six Areas of Focus and has been a major focus of Rotary for decades. Think of our Rotary Youth Exchange Program - building peace one young person and one friendship at a time. 
During February I encourage you to consider what you and your club can do to further peace building in your community (maybe even in your own club) and internationally
- one friendship at a time.
There is still time to signup for the closest February peace conference:
February 9-11 - Environmental Sustainability and Peace, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Registration for this event closes on February 4. Details can be found here.
If you like to travel, consider attending one of the other Presidential Peace Conferences in February:
17 February — Water and Sanitation and Peace, Beirut, Lebanon
24 February — Disease Prevention and Treatment and Peace, Coventry, England, UK
District Governor - Martin Ward & partner Mary Ruston
email:  phone: 519-671-6340
Information and Recent News
District Learning Assembly & PETS
President Elect Training (PETS) is April 7-8, 2018 and coincides with District Learning Assembly on April 7, 2018 in Sarnia, Ontario.
New this year is a remote session for the District Learning Assembly on April 7, 2018 in Owen Sound, Ontario.
More details, and the registration page, are available here.
2018-2019 Rotary Theme Announced

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to 
Be the Inspiration

Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

Read the full article here.

Youth-led Service Grants (for Canadian Clubs)

Do you know youth in your community that have a service project in mind?

It could be an Interact club, a Rotaract club, or other youth group. The Canadian government has recently announced Youth-led Service Grants.
TakingITGlobal (TIG) is looking for passionate young people with ideas to support through Youth-Led Service Grants. Three levels of grants available:
  • $250 - for simple project ideas to be implemented by 1 or 2 people,
  • $750 - for bigger project ideas to be implemented by a larger group of people, of
  • $1,500 - for project ideas that require a larger group of people to implement.
Enhancing Rotary's Public Image
Rotary launched a new public image campaign some months ago called - "Rotary: People Of Action" - a lot of materials have been developed to help clubs get the word out about what they do in their communities and around the world. 
Recently, the Rotary clubs in San Diego, California used these People of Action materials to display large posters and video clips at the San Diego airport - visible to all passengers travelling through the facility. The displays were in place for 2 weeks, including the time period for the International Assembly (training for next year's District Governors). 
This was Rotary public image promotion on a grand scale to be sure - but - some of the ideas may apply to your club for promotion in your town. If you're interested, you can read the full article here.
Interact Video Awards shows global impact of Interact
Interact clubs around the world showed how they make a difference in the ninth annual Interact Video Awards! Congratulations to the Interact Club of Mark R. Isfeld Secondary for being named “Best Video” award winner for their “People of Action” video. The judges also recognized three runners-up for sharing their inspirational stories: The Interact Clubs of Alexandria, Plovdiv, and Sfax Doyen.
Get inspired — watch all the finalist's videos and learn how to get a head start on creating your own video for next year's Interact Video Awards.

Three of our District 6330 Interact clubs submitted videos to participate in the contest - congratulations to all participants - the videos are outstanding.
Toronto Convention 2018

Rotary International Convention - Toronto - June 23-27, 2018

Our proximity to Toronto, makes this convention an opportunity not to be missed. Details can be found here.
If you haven't done so already and intend to go, please register for the International Convention in Toronto - June 23-27, 2018.
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