Rotaract District 7070 Newsletter

October 2016

Rotary District 7070 Conference 2016

Voices of Rotaract: DC 16'

The 2016 district conference from October 21-23rd was a chance for all tiers of Rotary to connect, share, and innovate for change! Featuring a number of Ted-Talk stye presentations, this year's district conference "Revved up Rotary" by inspiring Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors alike! Here's what a few attendees had to say:

"I always leave our district conference feeling inspired by the stories of service that I hear and the passion shown by our Rotary family. It was also a great weekend of fellowship that brought our members closer together!" -Kelly Ku (Rotaract Club of Toronto)

“District 7070 Conference is a spectacular way to connect with Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors from across the district. The TED-style talks were engaging, thought-provoking and empowering - just the thing to get rev'd up for Rotary!” -Dennis Lam (Rotaract Club of Toronto)

"Loved connecting with both current and future Rotarians about truly significant topics - especially Microfinance" - Dru Gheorghe (Rotaract Club of York University)

"I liked all the new people I got to meet from all over the district. I also liked how they made me feel like I was doing something useful and important by being part of a Rotaract club. I like knowing that my efforts are making a difference in this world, even if it is minimal." -Alisha Gopaul (Rotaract Club of DC/UoIT)
“This was my first Rotary Conference and it couldn't have been any better! I enjoyed meeting new people and learning from the talented speakers" - Farzeen Saleheen (Rotaract Club of York University)
“Not only did i meet new Rotarians from across the district, and even from areas around my home town, I bonded and grew with my fellow York rotaractors.” - Daniel Je (Rotaract Club of York University)

"The string of inspiring speakers opened my eyes to issues I was unaware of. This was my very first District Conference and won't be my last!" - James Chang (Rotaract E-Club)

"This is my 3rd time attending a District Conference and as always, I leave fully pumped to pursue opportunities within my community. The Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, youth exchange students, guest speakers, first-time attendees and guests are a delight to talk to. Each have pushed me to continue with the things I'm passionate about, especially at times of hardship. Every day, I wake up knowing that I can check off more items on my bucket list because of the influence and support I have in my life. Thank you to the entire Rotary family for unforgettable experiences, always." - Weiting Xu (Rotaract E-Club)

Rotaract Roundtrips: Melisa Okanovic on SloTrip 2016

Have the chance to travel around the world? Check. Have the opportunity to meet dozens of other international Rotaractors? Check. See the work of Rotary on a global scale? Check. Ever since I had heard about Rotaract Roundtrips I knew it was one of the Rotaract experiences I simply had to have. Roundtrips combine everything I love about being part of the Rotary family with my passion for travel and adventure. After what seemed like countless applications being prepared and sent off- finally! I had been chosen to participate in SloTrip 2016, a Rotaract Roundtrip to the beautiful European country of Slovenia. What followed was one of the best ten days of my life.

I had thought I knew what hospitality meant prior to travelling to Slovenia, but the Rotaractors and Rotarians there redefined the word for me. I had never before been so welcomed to a new place. The wonderful thing especially about visiting Slovenia, a very small country, on a Roundtrip was that I got to experience almost every beautiful corner of the country in the time I spent there. White-water rafting, wine tours, castle views, Slovenia has it all. The Rotaractors of Slovenia immersed us in their culture but equally looked for moments to learn about our own cultures. In that was, it was a multilateral cultural exchange. Not only did I have the amazing opportunity to connect with host Rotaractors, I also got to interact with my fellow ‘trippers’, and after spending day in day out for over a week with these amazing Rotaractors, we formed lifelong bonds. There was never a dull moment on SloTrip, and by the time my last day in Slovenia arrived I almost couldn’t bring myself to leave.

When I first found out that I had been chosen for SloTrip I wasn’t sure if I could make it work with my schedule to take off the time to travel. Having the support of my friends, family and club made it possible for me to go, and I am so thankful that I didn’t let my concerns stop me from taking this once in a life-time opportunity. I encourage everyone to look into Rotaract Roundtrips and experience for yourself the wonders that Rotary has to offer internationally, and if support is ever needed, to reach out to the District!

By: Melisa Okanovic

District Rotaract Representative

District 7070

Rotaract Recents

Kick-off Event by YorkU

The Rotaract club of YorkU had it's first event of the year to meet and greet new and prospective members! Hosting a few Rotarians from their sponsor club, the Rotary Club of Etobicoke, the event reached out to get to know new members and engage the future of Rotaract!

End Polio Now Booth

The Rotaract Club of DC and UOIT held a fundraiser earlier this month seeking donations to support Rotary's End Polio Now campaign. On October 18th and 20th, club members took to their booths to sell their baked goods at the UOIT UA Atrium.

Toronto Rotaract wants you to Get Your Move On!

Save the Date! This November 18th the Rotaract Club of Toronto is hosting an aerobic event to fundraise in support of Fred Victor, a social service charitable organization that fosters long-lasting and positive change in the lives of homeless and low-income people living across Toronto. Bring out your friends to Get Your Move On! Contact the Rotaract Club of Toronto at to sign up.

Upcoming Art Gala at UofT

Save the Date! University of Toronto Rotaract will be holding an art gala for visual and performing artists, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Scarborough Women's Shelther, and SKETCH, an outreach organization for homeless and at-risk youth. The gala will take place on November 25th, held at Hart House at the University of Toronto.

World Polio Day 2016

World Polio Day was on Monday October 24th 2016, and in commemoration of the movement, Rotary International live streamed the event at The stream covered everything from the End Polio Now mission, to the modern day state of the Polio virus that Rotary teams are fighting every day.


World Polio Day 2016

Rotary ShelterBox

With the start of the battle to regain control of Mosul from ISIS on October 17th, Maureen Vaught from Rotary news writes that the knowledge of the impeding battle beforehand allowed Rotary the "unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis." Read more about how Shelterbox has been working since July to collect supplies to aid refugees from Mosul from Vaught's article here:

What's In Store for November

Women’s Hostel Birthday Party

Club: Rotaract Club of Toronto

What: Every month the Rotaract Club of Toronto will be throwing a birthday party at the downtown women’s hostel. This small gesture goes a long way to show appreciation for residents.

Where: 86 Lombard Street Toronto

When: November 12, 2:30-5:30pm

Meet and Greet

Club: Rotaract Club of DC and UOIT

What: This event is to initiate new members into the club as well as for the members to get to know the Rotarians of the sponsoring clubs (Rotary Club of Oshawa Parkwood and the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise)

Where: UOIT Downtown building

When: November 17th, 2016

Congratulations to all our district clubs on their continued success!