Rotaract District 7070 Newsletter

May 2016

Exciting District Events Ahead!

The year is coming to a close, but we will be going out with a bang! Now is the time to soak in what is left of this Rotaract/Rotary year, and boy do we have some great events in store for you!

The 2016 District Rotaract Conference:

Discovering Your N.E.M.O (New Experiences, Meaningful Opportunities) is taking place on June 11th at the TEL Building at York University Keele Campus. It is a full day conference beginning at 9 am and ending at 9 pm. We will have several breakout sessions, most of which will be lead by Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors from our District. In addition, we will be chartering the D7070 Rotaract Club, announcing the new DRR and Rotaract Chair, giving out Awards and much more!

2016 Rotaract T.O. Trip

Rotaractors in our district will be hosting 6 International Rotaractors from Mexico, Ecuador, Poland, Italy, Turkey, and Taiwan, on a 6 day trip in Toronto from June 23-29. Contact to volunteer and like the Facebook Page to stay up to date on our events. All Rotaractors in our district are welcome to join the events; however, you may need to RSVP fast (see below for event details) as some of the events will have limited spaces available. We cannot wait to welcome our guests to Toronto! Follow the trip on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter by using the hashtag: #TOtrip

See you all in the exciting month of June!

Yours in service,

Kelly Ku
District Rotaract Representative
Rotary District 7070

Discovering Your N.E.M.O (New Experiences, Meaningful Opportunities)

Saturday, June 11th, 9am-9pm

4704 Keele Street

Toronto, ON

We are nearly sold out! Hurry and register before the spots fill up:


$40 Full Day (Apr 1 - May 31)

$25 Dinner (Until May 31)

Nomination And Election For The 2016-2017 District Rotaract Representative (DDR)

DRR Nomination/Election Procedure

Kindly email nomination to the District Rotaract Chair, Neil Phillips: Please include:

1. Name of Nominee Chosen and their Club Name

2. Your full name

3. Reasons for supporting your nominee

Nomination Period: Sunday, May 8th to Sunday, May 22nd at 11:59 PM
Voting Period: Monday, May 23rd to Sunday, June 5th at 11:59 PM

Click here for the form and further details:

2016-17 DRR will be announced at the District Rotaract Conference on Saturday, June 11th, 2016

District News

Melisa Okanovic Is Going On The Slovenia Trip!

Melisa Okanovic, the President of the Rotaract Club of York University, was recently selected as a participant on the Slovenia Roundtrip. We're very excited for you to go on this adventure!

The Rotaract Club Of Toronto Joined The Rotary AIDS Poker Walk

On April 30th, Rotaractors from the Rotaract Club of Toronto raised money for the Rotary AIDS Poker Walk and got to participate in a 5km walk. Their team raised $1195, of which a large portion will be donated to ACAS (Asian Community AIDS Services). Check out their website:

Rotary Youth Leadership Expo

The 4th Annual Rotary Youth Leadership Expo took place on May 10th at Daniels Spectrum after 6 months of meetings and lots of hard work! Volunteers arrived bright and early at 8:30 AM and we waited expectantly for the students to arrive.

This year we welcomed 200 grade 7 and 8 students across the GTA to discuss ideas of leadership and community involvement. Students were divided into three groups and rotated amongst 30 minute sessions under the direction of our amazing high school facilitators from Harbord Collegiate Institute. Each group had the opportunity to listen to Christal Earle, who is an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. She shared her personal life stories in order to drive the point home that we have the ability to overcome challenges and make a difference in the world using the skills that we already have.

Students also participated in interactive activities with their peers, where they discussed what leadership means to them and how these traits could be implemented within the context of their own lives. Special thanks goes to Heidi Ludwick for preparing the high school facilitators in being able to lead these activities.

The Marketplace for Social Change was the third session that students participated in. Ten community partners set up tables and talked to students about the work their organizations’ work on and ways to get involved. The community partners focused on a variety of different topics – mental health, arts and music, volunteering overseas and helping youth gain new skills. New to the Expo this year, were talented youth artists from VIBE who performed as students were rotating through sessions. We had a dancer, hip-hop artist and a spoken work artist who engaged the students with their artistic talents!

By 12:30pm, our volunteers were in the green room having lunch and the students were on their way back to school. This year’s Youth Leadership Expo was smaller, but more intimate and gave us the opportunity to connect with students more personally. Colleen Bowker created amazing supplementary materials to encourage students to reflect about what they learned during the day. Another great feature created this year is an online forum where students can connect with one another to discuss volunteer opportunities or ask questions that might have come up after the Expo. We’re excited to see the discussions and feedback from the students that attended the event.

Thank you to all the volunteers, community partners and entertainment that helped make the day a huge success. Special thanks should also go to Heidi Ludwick, Colleen Bowker and Joelle Ferreira for organizing the event.

We hope to see you all next year!

Note: The Expo is organized by the Rotary Club of Toronto and the Rotaract Club of Toronto.

Colleen Bowker, Rotaract Club of Toronto

District Social at Snakes & Lattes

Our District Social Director, Dennis Lam, organized a social at Snakes & Lattes. Members from the Rotaract Club of Toronto enjoyed playing Telestrations, Flash Point, and Avalon! It was fun to spend time with fellow Rotaractors and learn more about them. We interpreted each others' drawings in Telestrations, acted as good or evil knights in Avalon, and worked as a team of firefighters to save victims out of a burning building - on our first try too, I might add! Thank you to Dennis for organizing.

Kelly Ku, DRR

Rotaract T.O. Trip News

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Rotaract T.O. Trip Planning Meeting

The Host Organizing Committee (HOC) for the Rotaract T.O. Trip held a brunch planning meeting on May 1st.

The committee members are: Sarah Hui, Kelly Ku, Dennis Lam, Catherine Woodford, and Quincy Poon.

Although our core team is established, we are still looking for volunteers to assist at any point during the trip from June 23 - June 29. Please e-mail if you wish to assist.

One Spot Opened on the Rotaract T.O. Trip!

We now have one spot opened on the Rotaract T.O. Trip!! Apply before the deadline on May 22nd @ midnight.

If you know a Rotaractor who has always wanted to come to Toronto, share this post with them.

Application Form:

DRR Met Rotaract T.O. Participant in Taiwan

I had the great pleasure of meeting Maureen when I visited her club, the Rotaract Club of Taichung. She is currently the Club Secretary and will be the Club President next year. Maureen is very excited to visit Canada for the first time!

Rotaract T.O. Trip Events - Please RSVP!

Save the Date: Welcome Party for the Trippers!

Thursday, June 23rd, 7pm

Downtown Toronto - TBD

Join us in welcoming the 6 participants in the Rotaract T.O. Trip! Rotaractors from the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto will be hosting.

Rotaract Club of Toronto's Changeover

Friday, June 24th, 6:30pm

303 Bay Street

Toronto, ON

The Rotaract Club of Toronto is inviting Rotaractors to join our Changeover Dinner & Celebration!

Our club has almost 60 members and we would love for you to come and celebrate the accomplishments of this past year, cheer for the winners of the club awards and meet the incoming Board of Directors!

Also at this event we will be inviting 6 International Rotaractors from Turkey, Taiwan, Poland, Ecuador, Mexico and Italy who would have just arrived in Toronto for our week long Rotaract T.O. Trip.

Here are the details:

Date: Friday, June 24th
Time: 6:30pm

Location: The National Club

Cost: $40 at the door

Please RSVP to Katherine at before June 20th so that we can provide final numbers to The National Club.

Dinner at Ethiopian House

Sunday, June 26th, 6-8pm

4 Irwin Avenue

Toronto, ON

RSVP to Sarah Hui at if you wish to join us for dinner.

Axe Throwing at BATL The Backyard Axe Throwing League

Monday, June 27th, 8-11:30pm

33 Villiers Street

Toronto, ON

RSVP to Sarah Hui at if you wish to join us at Axe Throwing. The cost is $45 per person.

International News

Canada Contributes $40 Million To Ending Polio In Pakistan

The government of Canada is providing C$40 million over three years in support of Pakistan’s polio eradication program. The funds will help the World Health Organization and UNICEF interrupt transmission of the wild poliovirus in Pakistan. Canada is the fifth-highest per capita donor to polio eradication, with over C$500 million committed to date. It coordinates its efforts closely with Rotary, matching Rotarians’ contributions during fundraising campaigns.

Source: EPN Newsletter May 2016

What millennials love about Rotary

From the May 2016 issue of The Rotarian

If there is one absolute truth about millennials, it is this: Anyone who says there is an absolute truth about millennials risks being subjected to their collective eye roll.

Millennials are individuals, and fiercely so. According to the Pew Research Center, most of them don’t even like being called “millennials,” let alone hearing generalizations about their shared attitudes and behaviors.

Case in point: Christa Papavasiliou, 31, recoils at the notion that older folks see her generation as a bunch of selfie-snapping smartphone addicts. “I’m the complete opposite,” says Papavasiliou, who was a Boston Rotaract club president and district Rotaract representative before joining a Rotary club, the E-Club of New England, last year. “How would they like it if I stereotyped them?”

It’s a fair question. And yet, it seems we can’t help ourselves. the rest of the article in the link below!

From left: Christa Papavasiliou, Jermaine Ee, and Yvonne Kwan.

Pope Francis thanked Rotary

More than 9,000 Rotarians gathered in St. Peter's Square at The Vatican on April 30th, invited by Pope Francis. "Vaccinations against polio are important," he said. "Tell the Rotarians to please continue."

The photo shows Pope Francis shaking hands with Rotary International President, K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran.

Rotary Global Rewards Program

Do you know about the Rotary Global Rewards Program? Take advantage of discounts and travel savings. Find an offer here:
Rotary Global Rewards – “Travel” (:30)

2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia

Next year's Rotary International Convention will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. It's never too early to start planning!! Take a peak at the promotional video below to see what the convention is all about.