The Bridge
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for District 6330 Rotarians
Volume: 2021-2022  Issue: 4
October 5, 2021
Editor: Colin Macdonald (

District Governor Erin’s Message

October is Economic and Community Development Month!

Happy October!
I can’t remember if I have ever shared this, but my “day job” revolves around leadership—training leaders, developing teams, organizational leadership, and continuously learning.  As such, I am a self-describe ‘leadership nerd’ and like to soak up everything that is shared with me.  A colleague recently emailed an article that discussed how to lead when your team and you are exhausted.  Not only does this apply to my business world, but I related so much to Rotary as I was reading it.  Here is an excerpt:
Encourage “the fundamental feeling that people are good enough, that they have earned their place, and that their worth is not just a function of their actions and results, but of who they are and how they carry themselves. So, don’t only talk about ‘getting things done’ in your conversations with your colleagues, but also recognize ‘who they are’.”  (Read more at the link:
We are functioning in a different space than we are used to.  Even in the article it discusses the difference between where we are now and where we were a year ago when COVID-19 was still “new”.  There have been several days recently when I wished for those first few months of our lockdown.  Yes, things were unknown and stressful, but we were all trying to navigate it together.  Now, we have guidelines all over the place, some people are working from home still, some people are not working at all anymore, and some people are working outside of the home with safety measures that change daily.  It’s stressful and it’s one of the reasons I am so strongly focused on removing barriers.
We have Rotarians who have stepped up and Rotarians who have stepped back since the pandemic began.  This does not mean they are not “good” Rotarians.  It doesn’t mean they don’t want to serve.  It just means that life is different. 
Most of the time, we don’t know what others are going through.  We don’t know the silent battles they are fighting or what the capacity in their lives is.  Now, more than ever, I ask each of you to have empathy and compassion.  If you haven’t already, please watch our August and September Noon Zooms.  Both speakers addressed mental health in their conversations and sparked excellent discussion.
One of my focuses as a leadership and team consultant is perspective taking.  If you are not familiar with the term, it essentially refers to the process of understanding another’s point of view and/or putting oneself in another person’s position.  It is related to having empathy, to openly communicating, and to problem solving (i.e.- removing barriers).
As we move through the fall and toward the holiday season, as COVID-19 guidelines change, and the weather turns colder, I encourage you to consider that each of your fellow club members is coming from a place that perhaps you cannot see and/or have not experienced.  Meet everyone with kindness, an open heart, and an open mind.  Be the person who listens, who helps, and who serves to change lives.
Yours in Service,
DG Erin
PS- Please join us for the next Noon Zoom on Tuesday, October 19th with Dr. Todd “Bowtie” Jenkins who will talk with us about DEI.
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Upcoming Club and Area Events
Rotaract Club of UWO charter date
Oct 05, 2021 8:00 AM
World Teachers' Day
Oct 05, 2021 8:00 AM
Rotary Club of Burton charter date
Oct 22, 2021 8:00 AM
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2021 8:00 AM
Rotary Club of Grand Blanc charter date
Oct 30, 2021 8:00 AM
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Information and Recent News
The Rotary Club of District 6330 Passport has launched its new environmental project, 6330 PEP!
In upcoming months members will be available to speak with your club about this project.
The Passport club members will collect these items and we will use our community contacts to repurpose them. One of our community contacts is London, Ontario - Reduce, Reuse,Recycle. As we gain more contacts we will expand our project. Would your club like to partner with us?
Contact Lynn Coates or Sue Storie for more information.
Sue Storie
Shelter Box Update

Our ShelterBox Canada Heros

Each year, Rotary helps us to go further, support more people, and access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach. Thanks to your support this past Rotary year we have been able to deliver aid to families recovering after disaster in India, Honduras, Philippines, Tanzania, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Ethiopia. The partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary is serving to change lives.
Natural disasters and conflict are inevitable and frequent, and the need for aid is continuous. ShelterBox Canada receives incredible financial and logistic support from Rotarians all over the world. The ShelterBox Canada Hero program recognizes the incredible support that Rotary Club’s provide in raising funds and awareness for disaster relief.
Polio Update

Polio Headlines 22 September, 2021

How does Taliban control of Afghanistan affect Rotary's final push to end polio? What is Rotary's response and where do we go from here? Read on...
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