The Bridge
News and Information review
for District 6330 Rotarians
Volume: 2020-2021  Issue: 4
October 2, 2020
Editor: Colin Macdonald (

District Governor David’s Message

October is Economic and Community Development

Welcome to October and to our Canadian members Happy Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks. As Rotarians we are thankful for so much!

Clubs have done an amazing job helping our local communities lessen the impact of Covid 19. We have all learned a lot about virus spread and the importance of restricting activities to stay safe. Some club members remember when Polio had a similar impact on our communities!

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide!

Today, polio remains an endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

I have been asked since we have done a great job eliminating Polio why do we need to continue donating to End Polio Now?

Easy answer would be;

Yes we celebrate Africa is free of the Wild Polio virus but we need to continue immunizing children to make sure it does not start a second wave. We all understand what is meant by a second wave with Covid 19 as we are living it now and the same can happen if we stop immunizing children. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

Rotary International President Holger Knaack said it best “we need to finish our commitment we made to the children of the world to eliminate polio and fix our roof while the sun is shining”!

I am encouraging each Rotarian and Rotaractor to do your part to help us End Polio Now and your district Polio team is here to help support your club!

Katherine Hahn and her End Polio team of PDG Tanya Wolff, Pam Harrison, Dianne Yundt, Kirk Langford and PDG Martin Ward have created ideas to help support clubs to raise the profile of Polio and prepare to celebrate our results on October 24th, World Polio Day!

All information regarding promoting Polio can be found on this link

Please review the info and share the email request to family and friends asking for their support to End Polio Now.

Your $25 donation will become $75 with the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation matching fund formula. If every Rotarian in our district donated $25 we would raise over $100,000 to End Polio.

I am asking all clubs to participate on October 24th “World Polio Day” for the World’s Greatest Meal.

Susan Rae a Rotarian in Australia came up with the idea on how we can raise awareness to eliminate Polio. Simple concept to have a meal, invite others, share the story of polio and asking for support eradicate polio!

We have discovered thru Covid 19 Rotarians are very social as we struggle with not meeting in person and changing our social behaviors. The World’s Greatest Meal allows us to connect with family, friends and depending on the community guidelines and your own personal situation we can still have a meal with others. It may be only your bubble, dropping off a meal for someone who is shut in, supporting a local business by having take out, etc.

Thanks again for all you do to End Polio Now!


David & Susan Elliott

District Governor 2020-21


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Information and Recent News
Nominations for District Governor for 2023-24
WANTED – Nominations for District Governor
for 2023-24

Each year we call upon our Clubs to explore with the members of their Club the exciting opportunity to serve as District Governor. 
District 6330 selects a District Governor by Nominating Committee.
Nominations for District Governor to serve during the Rotary year 2023-2024 are now being accepted until October 31st 2020.
Members in good standing who are willing and able to serve as District Governor and have served as Club President are eligible to be nominated. Qualifications and responsibilities of the Governor-Nominee can be found in the 2019 Manual of Procedure Article 16.010 Qualifications of a Governor Nominee.
Membership Webinar November 9, at 5:00 p.m.
Global Grant Scholarship, valued at $30,000 USD
Global Grants Scholarships
Each year Rotary District 6330 selects one student to receive a Global Grant Scholarship, valued at $30,000 USD, to fund one year graduate-level study at a university outside of Canada or the United States in 2021-2022, leading to a career in one of Rotary’s seven  areas of focus.
Interested applicants should
1. Go to the Rotary District 6330 web site
and download: • Global Grants Scholar Application • Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships – Terms and Conditions
Educating in a Pandemic and Beyond

Facing the challenges of COVID-19, Rotary clubs and partner organizations are finding new ways to support access to education

The Aquabox Story

Rotary’s clean water project crosses continents

Stratford club changing lives one litre at a time
(By Diane Sewell - The Rotary Club of Stratford)
What do you get when you mix two distant Rotarians, some single malt scotch and a friendly conversation on a South Pacific cruise?
A twist of fate that brings millions more litres of safe drinking water to people in crisis, that’s what.
It was roughly 14 years ago that Jim Scott, a member of the Rotary Club of Stratford, bumped into a fellow ship-going Rotarian from Sussex, England who told him about a project called Aquabox. “We were sipping away and discussing how our respective clubs made money and what we did with it,” says Scott. “So this fellow says to me, ‘there’s a club not far from us in Wirksworth and they do this Aquabox thing’. He told me what it was and I thought it was a pretty cool idea. It seemed like a straightforward thing to do – and badly needed.”
ShelterBox Update
2020 has been a year like no other. While coronavirus continues to spread around the world, extreme weather events are now lurking as well. 

This year’s Atlantic Basin hurricane season is more active than usual. The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has already recorded more powerful named storms than average since the start of the season.
But what does an extremely active hurricane season look like in practice? The 2020 hurricane season, which runs from June to November, is already off to a flying start. By early August, there have already been a record-high of nine named storms, including two hurricanes. The NOAA is forecasting 19 to 25
Rotary Celebrates 50 years of Youth Exchange!
Weekly Polio Update; Africa Down!
Polio This Week 15 September, 2020
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Youth Exchange students often say their experience abroad was the best time of their lives. Being part of the program can be life-changing for Rotary members as well


First woman confirmed as Rotary president-nominee  EVANSTON, Ill. (October 1,  2020) — Jennifer


Facing the challenges of COVID-19, Rotary clubs and partner organizations are finding new ways to support access to education.


TIME 100 recognized Funsho for his instrumental leadership and work with Rotary members and partners to achieve the eradication of wild polio in the African region.

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