The Bridge
News and Information review
for District 6330 Rotarians
Volume: 2017-2018  Issue: 9
March 1, 2018

Area of Focus: Water and Sanitation Month

Clean water is a basic need for human beings. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. However, at least 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water, and this is what motivates our members to build wells, install rainwater harvesting systems, and teach community members how to maintain new infrastructure. Read more about Rotary’s work in the area of water and sanitation.

District Learning Assembly
April 7 in Sarnia & Owen Sound

Year after year the Training Committee works to make the District Assembly more interesting and more topical for the attendees. This year is no exception. The committee has created a superb agenda for the day. Come out to the assembly - either in Sarnia, or in Owen Sound. You will not be disappointed - it promises to be a day well spent for both new, and seasoned, Rotarians.
Get a group together from your club and register here soon
- there's a price increase after March 14
Are you going to the International Convention in Toronto? Have you registered already? The cost of registration jumps again at the end of March - if you're going and haven't registered yet, do it now to save. Details can be found here.
District Governor - Martin Ward & partner Mary Ruston
email:  phone: 519-671-6340

Upcoming Club and Area Events

March 17-18 & 23-24 - Maple Magic Family Festival & Pancake Breakfast - Wiarton, Ontario
April 7 - District Learning Assembly - Sarnia, Ontario and Owen Sound, Ontario
April 14 - Rural Urban Night - St. Marys, Ontario
April 21 - Rotary Learning and Information (RLI) - Lapeer, Michigan
April 21 - Hanover Comedy Night - Hanover, Ontario (Date Correction made)
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
July 14 - Private Collector's Garage Tour - Mildmay, Ontario
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.
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Information and Recent News
District Learning Assembly - April 7, 2018
Are you excited about this year's District Learning Assembly? 
We are!   Here's Greg Schinkel from our District Training Committee to tell you more.
And, for the first time, we will be holding a remote session in Owen Sound.
Here's Assistant Governors Phil and Ralph to tell you more.
Rotary Learning and Information
Saturday  April 21st, 2018  --- 8:30AM to 4:00PM, Rolland-Warner Middle School, 3154 West Genesee Street, Lapeer, Michigan.  
The Rotary Leadership Institute Program’s ‘Rotary Learning and Information’, consists of three parts, I, II and III, to be taken progressively. Each part is a one day seminar, those taking Part II must have completed Part I; to take Part III, Part II must have been completed. The Parts are divided into 6 modules of approximately 55 minutes each. Attendees register for one part only at a cost of $75.00 which covers light breakfast, breaks, lunch and materials.
District Conference 2018
The District Conference is in Grand Bend on May 4 & 5. Are you thinking about going?
The conference theme this year is "Embracing Change" - we hope to inspire you to create the change in your club  that is required to secure the future of Rotary service in your community. During the conference we'll be exploring ideas for club structure, and learning from each other. For more information, or to register - go here.
Our Rotary International President's Representative is coming to us from Rotary In Great Britain and Ireland where she is the General Secretary of that organization. She too has been involved in working with new club structures and has a lot to share with us. There's a sample of what we will be discussing in the video below.
Water Water Day - March 22
The UN designated day to bring attention to the importance of clean water, sanitation and hygiene is approaching. 
The UN theme this year is "The Answer is in Nature", encouraging nature-based solutions to the current water challenges. 
The UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 is that by 2030 everyone has access to safe water. This target includes protecting natural environments and reducing pollution. 
For project ideas go to 
Who says Rotary can’t be fun?

SURF’s up: Who says Rotary can’t be fun?

(from Rotary Voices - Feb 20, 2018)

Have you ever thought of turning a hobby or passion into something even more beneficial through Rotary? I am a third generation Californian and grew up bodyboarding at Huntington Beach and Del Mar, before starting to surf 34 years ago. Back in May, I got this crazy idea to do something with my interest in surfing. Read more of this post
Can You Help Distribute Equipment to Northern Communities?
The Rotary group Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP) is asking for help with a project to distribute hockey equipment and concussion awareness education to Northern communities.
As you may be aware, sports related concussions have serious consequences. As sports equipment becomes more available, and youth participation increases, awareness and education is critical to get in front of injuries.
The HIP group is working to provide recreational opportunities by supplying hockey equipment - and is providing awareness and education regarding concussion injuries.
Help is needed to fund shipment of the equipment and the educational materials. If you, or your club, can help with this project, please read more and donate. Details and contact information can be found in the 'Read More' link.
The Rotary project called Honouring Indigenous Peoples is supported by many Rotary Districts in Southern Ontario including 6330. More information about HIP can be found on their website by following this link.
District Grants 2018-2019 - Now Open for Proposals

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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