The Bridge
News and Information review
for District 6330 Rotarians
Volume: 2021-2022  Issue: 2
August 5, 2021
Editor: Colin Macdonald (

District Governor Erin’s Message

September Is Basic Education and Literacy Month!

Happy Fall Ya’ll!  Ok, maybe not quite yet, but as the weather turns cooler (did anyone else notice how that happened right as August turned into September?) and the kids head back to school, it sure feels like fall!
My tiny Executive Assistant, Emerson, had her first day of preschool last week.  It was amazing and there were no tears (from Emerson, Dan, or me)!  The experience, however, made me even more grateful for all educators and the amazing things they do for our children.
Which brings me to… September is Literacy Month!  Every child and adult should have the opportunity to explore words, pictures, and stories to learn, inquire, and explore.  As a district, we have done an amazing job providing the resources and opportunities needed to make this happen— let’s keep it up! 
Especially with our unique COVID circumstances on each side of the border, now is more important than ever for our clubs to support literacy in our communities and throughout the world.  If your club has stories or pictures, please share them so we can collaborate our ideas on how to serve to change lives.
Speaking of sharing stories, please join us on Monday, August 13th for the Noon Zoom with RI Director Valarie Wafer!  A Zoom link will arrive in your email next week.
Thank you all for everything you do to put service above self!  Have a wonderful September!

Yours in service,

Erin Shankie
District Governor
District 6330
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Upcoming Club and Area Events
International Day of Clean Air for blue skies
Sep 07, 2021 8:00 AM
International Literacy Day
Sep 08, 2021 8:00 AM
International Day to Protect Education from Attack
Sep 09, 2021 8:00 AM
International Day of Peace
Sep 21, 2021 8:00 AM
Grand Bend's Autumn Indulgence
Sep 25, 2021
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Information and Recent News
African Region marks one year since being cerftified wild polio free


Rotary joined its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to mark the first anniversary of a historic public health milestone: the World Health Organization’s African region being certified free of wild polio.

The anniversary was celebrated on 25 August during a WHO Regional Committee for Africa meeting, which also addressed current challenges to eradicating polio and new tactics to achieve a polio-free world.

Africa’s milestone has already benefited children’s health and public health across the continent. The infrastructure and innovations that helped the African region become free of wild polio are playing an important role in the COVID-19 pandemic response and are available to use in future public health emergencies. Polio workers also now conduct other routine immunizations, deliver medicines, and provide other health care services.

Shelter Box Update


ShelterBox is preparing to send a team to the Caribbean region, after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake and continuing aftershocks rocked Haiti on Saturday August 14.  
Now with Haiti in the path of Tropical Storm Grace, survivors of the earthquake could be hit tonight by strong winds, driving rain, flooding and deadly mudslides. Many will be facing these conditions with their homes already destroyed. Existing rescue efforts could be severely affected.
Polio Update

Polio Headlines 18 August, 2021

Polio, peace and politics are now at an inflection point. Where do we go from here?
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