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DG Notes Jan 2021
DG Notes January 2021
Greetings everyone. I hope that your year is moving along in a positive and safe way.
Our Rotary year is becoming busy in the District as we move into a world where we are slowly addressing solutions in dealing with COVID in 2021. I am proud of how our District Rotarians are dealing with Covid restrictions. Our Covid numbers have been very low over the past few months and we can look forward to a more positive spring and summer. Because of my Dental OR work in Sydney I have been fortunate to be included in a health care group who will receive the Covid - 19 Vaccine this week. I consider this opportunity to continue my work in the hospital in a safer way to be a gift, but unfortunately it doesn’t give me permission to travel or visit at least for a while. If you get the chance to receive the Vaccine, please take advantage of the offer.
I will bring you up to date on some of the news and initiatives that the District is doing to help our clubs to thrive.
  • I have fewer than 10 clubs left to visit. Kevin Armstrong or I will contact Clubs separately to work on getting together. The visits this year have been very positive and there has been a good exchange of information and ideas. If you wish, please contact Kevin or me and we will help you to set up virtual visits with anyone of the Leadership Team members.
  • To recognize the contributions to the “End Polio Campaign” by Rotarian Pam Harrison, who recently passed away, the Foundation Committees of Districts 7810 and 7820, under the guidance of Zone Polio Coordinator PDG Stella Roy, established the D7815 Polio Plus Society in memory of Pam Harrison. Those who commit to contributing $100 US per year until Polio is eradicated will become charter members of the newly formed “District 7815 Polio Plus Society”. You may contribute by going to our 7820 Website.    Click on the Polio Plus Society button.                                   
  • In 2021 we would like to see our membership grow and become more inclusive. Our Membership Committee under the guidance of Kevin Connors is encouraging Clubs to look seriously at other types of membership along with our traditional membership model. For example, if you induct any Corporate members over the next 3 months or have inducted any this year, the District will reimburse the club for the cost of a Corporate Membership plaque up to $50. Please contact Kevin or me and we will help you out with this new model.
  • A little reminder to those Club Treasurers that District dues have been waved for the second half of the Rotary year. That will be a saving of $30 per Rotarian. This initiative has meant that more than $75,000 has been left with the clubs this year.
  • We can help clubs with Public Image projects this year with some matching funds. Check out our 7820 Facebook site for particulars.
  • Our Systemic Racism Tool Kit is now up on our District Website. A huge thank you goes out to Lori Anne Jones and her hard-working Task Force. The Task force’s next endeavour will be a speaker’s series coming up in February.
Please consider donating blood in 2021 if you can and remember to be safe and “Live Rotary”.
Best regards, DG Ian
DG Notes Feb 2021
DG Notes February 2021
      Greetings Rotarians. Rotary is moving forward in many positive ways and we anticipate a time in the near future when more of us will feel safer as we become protected from Covid 19.  We still have to be aware, though that there could be a few bumps in the road before we are completely safe, so during this time, please be kind and respectful to each other. From information that I have gathered throughout the District about Covid restrictions, meeting guidelines are different in every province.  At present, Newfoundland and Labrador and Saint Pierre et Miquelon are dealing with many restrictions while NS meetings are now restricted to 25 members. PEI was the only province that was slowly easing meeting guidelines, but as of today new restrictions are being introduced.   Please check with your own Provincial Public Health Authority frequently as regulations for meeting keep changing.
Our Racism Task Force under the guidance of Lori Anne Jones has successfully introduced the District’s Racism Tool Kit. Our first Expert Panel Discussion on Racism was recently presented was well received. The presentations have been recorded and they could serve as a good Club Meeting Presentation whenever a live speaker may not be available. Please contact District if you need more information.
     We are rapidly moving towards establishing collaborative committees involving both Districts 7820 and 7810. As we move towards becoming a larger and more inclusive District 7815 with New Brunswick, our Public Image Committee will need individuals with varied experience. District 7820 would also like to invite any Rotarians with interest in working on our joint Membership Committee to volunteer as we collaborate with District 7810 in mapping out the purpose and direction of the 7815 Committee.  If we have any Rotarians with background in dealing with media outlets in particular with press releases and other methods of getting our Rotary message out to the communities, we will welcome your help. Our new Environment Committee is also looking for more interested volunteers. Please contact Kevin Armstrong or me if you are interested in helping out.
     On the membership file, our Chair Kevin Connors has been busy talking about how to increase membership to Clubs, Area Governors and all those interested. Any Club that brings in a corporate member this year will receive a plaque from District for the Rotarian to place in their business to let their clients know that they are proud to be serving their community.
If each Club could bring in one or two corporate members it would help to make our District stronger and more inclusive.
     We have also extended the PI Grant for another week to allow every Club a chance to get their application in. To date we have received many good applications.
     On the training front Alana Hirtle is coordinating a training day for leaders of Clubs and any Rotarians interested in learning more about what we do as Rotarians. April 24, 2021 is the day that is set aside for this, please so mark it in your calendars. Any Rotarian in the District is also welcome to attend training sessions put on by District 7810 which will specifically deal with President and Secretary training. These half day sessions will occur the week before and after our session on April 24,2021 Anyone planning to attend any of these sessions will be better prepared be if they peruse the learning modules found in the Rotary Learning Centre before attending. Alana and her team are also considering a TLC session on member engagement during virtual meetings in the near future.
     We are waiting on direction from Rotary International on the status of Youth Exchange for next year. We have been told that decisions will be announced in March. Virtual student exchanges are now happening now in the Rotary world in preparation for future in person exchanges.   
     The Polio Society for D7820 and D7810, in memory of Pam Harrison, has now raised over 25% of its $10,000 goal. Please Consider committing $100 US per year and become a charter member of the Society. We  have less than 100 days to try to reach this goal in that in turn will help to eradicate polio.
     April 22 is Earth Day, and it might be a chance to think about a hands-on Environmental project that week or even that day.
     Thank you to those individuals who are able to get out to donate blood and for the photos that have accompanied your news. Keep on giving. I will give again in March.
Please continue to “LIVE Rotary”
Best regards,
DG Ian
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