Rotaract District 7070 Newsletter

January 2016

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2016! The new year is all about setting goals and working to achieve them throughout the year. This can include starting your own business, traveling, furthering your education, and so forth. Rotary offers many opportunities to help you reach your goals. To start, I have posted some current leadership development and educational opportunities below.

In Rotaract news, our District has been very active over the holidays with organizing the upcoming Rotaract District Conference! I am excited to announce that the theme for this year's conference is: Discovering Your N.E.M.O - New Experiences, Meaningful Opportunities. The District Rotaract Conference Committee, lead by Past District Rotaract Representative, Weiting Xu, is excited to bring you an exciting and engaging conference that will be filled with clever puns! Check out our poster below and participate in our "Share Your N.E.M.O" contest (due Feb 29th) for a chance to win a free ticket to the conference on June 11th. Registration will open on February 1st.

Please do take a look through our newsletter and see how Rotary and Rotaract can help you achieve your goals this year and learn about what Rotaractors in our District have been up to!

Yours in service,

Kelly Ku
District Rotaract Representative (DRR)

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Early Bird Registration will launch on February 1st. Be sure to "Like" our Facebook Page: "District 7070 Rotaract" to receive updates about the conference!
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Rotaract District 7070 Holiday Party!

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On December 18, Rotaract District 7070 held a Holiday Party in Liberty Village. About 50 Rotaractors from District 7070 and their guests attended the event. The celebration was an opportunity for members of the five Rotaract Clubs in the district to connect and learn about their respective communities.

The evening started with a massive rock, paper, scissor tournament, where everyone in attendance competed. The victor of each match absorbs their foe to be part of their entourage of cheerleaders. The tournament ended with a suspenseful match when Rotaract Club of York University’s Weiting Xu bested Rotaract Club of Toronto’s Joseph Hanna. As the night continued, drinks were consumed, snacks were nibbled, board game dice rolled, and new friendships were made.

In addition to the festivities, guests lived the spirit of “be the gift to the world” by bringing a small gift. Instead of a Secret Santa of Yankee Swap type event, we asked guests to bring a gift that they would give to their childhood self. In turn, these gifts would be donated to the CHUM Christmas Wish Toy Drive. In addition to the car-trunk-worth of toys, clothes, arts & crafts supplies, and books, a $100 donation was also made.

The Rotaract District 7070 committee wants to thank the District for making the event success and hope to see everyone there for the next social event…stay tuned!

Dennis Lam
Secretary, Rotaract Club of Toronto
District 7070 Rotaract Social Director

The Rotaract Club of Toronto Presents: The Gatsby Speakeasy

Friday, Feb. 26th, 8pm

303 Bay Street

Toronto, ON

Dress Code: Gatsby Inspired
Early Bird: $25 (ends February 1, 2016)
Regular (door price): $35

Ticket includes: Appetizers, Silent Auction, Prizes, DJ, Dance Party, Photo Booth & More.
Alcoholic beverages will be sold at the party for $6 each.

Buy your tickets here:

Proceeds of this event will go to SKETCH which was founded in 1996 in Toronto.

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The Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto Presents: Murder Mystery at the ROM

Friday, Feb. 12th, 4:30-8:30pm

100 Queens Park

Toronto, ON

1) Make teams of 2-4
2) Buy tickets at
3) Print out the ticket sent to you
4) Meet us at the OISE Building ROOM TBA at UofT, St.George with your printed ticket
5) After watching the story behind the murder, you will make your way over to the ROM

The team (2-4 people) who solves the mystery first will get tickets to a Rotary Club lunch - one of the most amazing networking events a student can attend!

Tickets are $15 for Rotaract Members, or $20 for everyone else!

All proceeds will be going to help the children of Sandy Lake First Nations Reserve by providing food and helping to build a school!
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The Rotaract Club of DC/UOIT is getting really busy this year with many events. We are fundraising for shelter box, helping raise money for "water project", and the cancer society. Not to mention we also have our big event on March 2nd "Professional Development"; it is a chance for students to be mentored by professional in their field of study. In this event we will be working hand in hand with Rotarian to make this event successful. We are really excited for the many events that we have coming up!

Carolina Rodriguez Ramirez
President, Rotaract Club of DC/UOIT

The Rotaract Club of York University Hosted a Winter Social

On December 22, the Rotaract Club of York University community gathered at Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate the coming of winter. Members were invited to share a meal together, following an intense skating session on the rink. Many of the Rotaractors had no prior skating experience but the team's skating experts were able to teach them the ropes pretty quickly. A few sore ankles and cold hands later, the team headed to Spring Rolls. There, the club participated in the Rotary fellowship they are known for.

Dru Gheorghe
Rotaract Club of York University

Past District Rotaract Representative, Weiting Xu, travels to Nepal!

Various Rotaract Clubs around the world plan "Rotaract Roundtrips". You can learn about these trips here:!travelling/cf0m. Our Past District Rotaract Representative, Weiting Xu, is currently in Nepal on the "Ro Trek Tour 2016 - Discover Nepal... Re Discover Yourself" trip, which is organized by local Rotaractors. What are you waiting for? Start planning your next adventure!
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Psssst! Our District is Launching a New E-Club!

Last October, at The Rotary District 7070 Conference, we announced the new D7070 Rotaract Community EClub. This is exciting news as it demonstrates our district’s commitment to supporting Youth Service, one of the Five Avenues of Service.

We have been working to recruit new members to help launch the new EClub and we need your help! We are asking all Rotarians in our district to reach out to Rotaractors from Clubs you have sponsored, who may no longer be involved. This is a great opportunity for them to jump back in the Rotaract world regardless of their geographical location in District 7070. Or, other youth who feel would make great Rotaractors – and future Rotarians. The club is open to all young people ages 18-30, which include RYLA participants, past youth exchange students, and even graduating Interactors. Please note that the youth you reach out to do not need to be involved in a Rotary-sponsored program.

Please tap into your rolodex/email list and see who you can inspire to learn, lead, and serve. Let’s do our best to engage the youth today and help grow the Rotary family.

To receive more information regarding the EClub, simply provide the following URL to interested persons:

Feel free to use this Elevator Pitch to help us recruit...

“A Rotaract EClub is an internet-based service club that meets virtually on a bi-weekly basis and conducts its projects and events through the web – as well as connecting with existing Rotaract Clubs. The club will offer Rotaractors a chance to get involved and make a difference without the commute, and provide the opportunity to mingle with Rotaractors across the district. It also provides a space for on-going learning, opportunities to lead and learn new skills, and a great network to connect and have fun with”.

World Rotaract Week

Monday, March 7th, 12:15am to Sunday, March 13th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

Save the date for World Rotaract Week! The District Committee is thinking about organizing another social gathering to celebrate. Stay tuned!

New Rotaract Pins Now Available!

You may now purchase Rotaract pins with the new Rotaract logo. For the moment, only general club member pins are available and they come in the traditional lapel pin or the magnetic lapel pin. Russell-Hampton Co. is a Rotary International Official Licensee that sell the pins. See below for their website.

Earn the Presidential Citation

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Around the world, clubs are taking action to Be a Gift to the World, and President K.R. Ravindran wants to recognize your hard work. Earn the Presidential Citation for Interact Clubs or Rotaract Clubs by completing all the required activities before 31 March. Challenge other clubs to join you and work together to complete all the activities.

To qualify for the 2015-16 Presidential Citation, Rotaract clubs must complete two mandatory activities and at least three additional activities between 1 July 2015 and 1 April 2016 (unless otherwise specified).

The clubs’ accomplishments will be verified by Rotary data after the deadline. No exceptions to the deadline will be granted, and no forms or reports should be submitted to Rotary International.

Rotaract club presidents will be able to track their clubs’ progress toward each of the citation’s goals by signing in to after 1 July 2015. They are responsible for regularly checking that progress and verifying the accuracy of RI’s data. Any discrepancies should be brought to RI’s attention immediately.

Sponsor Rotary club presidents and district governors also will be able to track the progress of their Rotaract clubs on starting on 1 July 2015.


  • Report yourself as Rotaract club president or report your adviser on
  • Confirm the club’s membership roster on by completing and saving the Confirm Membership and Contact Information form available under Club Administration.


  • Add or update your club’s meeting location, time, and day, and other information on
  • Have at least 15 club members reported on Members can register themselves by creating an account, or the Rotaract club president can report them.
  • Post at least one completed service initiative on Rotary Showcase.
  • Post a project in need of assistance on Rotary Ideas or contribute to a project there.
  • Have the club or any of its members contribute (any amount) to either Rotary’s Annual Fund or PolioPlus.
  • Maintain a club website or social media pages and be sure they are reported on (Also, be sure your website and social media accounts comply with Rotary’s visual identity guidelines.)

Source: Rotary New Generations Newsletter - December 2015 | Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders

Nominate Your Club for a Rotaract Outstanding Project Award

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Every year, Rotaract clubs around the world develop innovative solutions to community problems that change lives. Tell Rotary International about your club’s best local or international project from the past year. They will share your success and inspire others to take action. To nominate your club for the 2015-16 Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards:

  • Select one project that highlights your club’s commitment, creativity, and collaboration. We’re looking for high-impact, sustainable service that aligns with at least one of Rotary’s areas of focus.
  • Collect photos, social media posts, local media coverage, and videos of your members in action that demonstrate how your club creates positive change.
  • Complete the nomination form by 1 February.

Questions? Email them to

Source: Rotary New Generations Newsletter - December 2015 | Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders

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RotaryVoice #20 – Andrea Tirone - Rotary Club of Toronto

Our past DRR, Andrea Tirone, is a former Rotaractor of the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto and the Rotaract Club of Toronto. She was recently featured in @RotaryVoices, a rotational twitter account from Rotarians around the world. See below!

Hi Everyone! I am your Rotary Voice for this week representing District 7070 in Ontario, Canada!

I recently joined the Rotary Club of Toronto in July of this year after 11 years as a Rotaractor! With over 250 members, The Rotary Club of Toronto is one of the largest clubs in Canada and one of the largest Rotary Clubs in the British Commonwealth. It was organized in 1912 (Club No.55) and has acted as Host club for Rotary International Conventions in 1924, 1942, 1964, 1983 and will again in 2018!

As a Rotaractor in both the University of Toronto and downtown Toronto Clubs, I have held many Club director positions, including having had the opportunity to serve as President and District Rotaract Representative twice, as well as serving two terms on the RI Committee for Rotaract and Interact. I have had the pleasure of attending 7 Rotary International Conventions and last year served as Co-Chair theInternational Rotaract Conference (Interota) in Toronto and Montreal.

In 2010, I completed a Master of Arts in Political Science as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in South Africa, and returned to Canada to work as a Career Educator at the University of Toronto and most recently as a Job Evaluation Specialist for a large union in the education sector. I subsequently realized that my vocational calling lay elsewhere, so I returned to school last September to train as a Psychotherapist at the Transformational Arts College in Toronto.

I look forward to spreading the Rotary Voice through this blog and our Twitter account over the next week!

Andrea Tirone – Rotarian

District 7070, Toronto, Canada

Global Leadership - An International Experience

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Lead by Passion, Purpose, and Action

The Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) convenes young adult leaders who offer a new vision for the future. They see this primarily as an opportunity to help young adults grow into stronger community leaders. Their conference is designed for maximizing all activities and resources accepting only 54 participants per year. This allows for the personal attention and focus without becoming a convention.

They have a partnership with the United Nations and Rotary International creating great potential and opportunity for this to have a ripple effect with generations to come.

With a stressed global economy, a job market reaching a record low and a job market that is as competitive as ever, now is the time to act. The objective is to tap the energies of this highly motivated generation of 19 – 29 year olds and to further inspire them to lead by Passion Purpose and Action – the motto for GLI.

Sponsorship may be possible through your local Rotary club. Please visit their website for more information or to send in an application form.

Feel free to contact Yvone Joubert, a Rotaractor from Alberta, Canada with any questions you may have. Her e-mail address is:

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Now accepting applications for 2017-18 Rotary Peace Fellowships

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Take the eligibility quiz and watch the application checklist video. Applications are due by 31 May. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by 1 July. Find everything you need to complete the application process.

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.

Check out the Rotary Peace Map to see where Rotary alumni are creating positive change.

Two types of peace fellowships are available.


Rotary offers master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break. Each year, Rotary awards up to 50 master’s degree fellowships at these institutions:


For experienced professionals working in peace-related fields who want to enhance their professional skills, Rotary offers a three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand (fact sheet). This program incorporates two to three weeks of field study. Rotary awards up to 50 certificates each year.

Source: Rotary New Generations Newsletter - December 2015 | Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders

Rotary Peace Fellow Application Checklist

The Rotarian Photo Contest

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Do you have a great shot from a club project or fundraiser? Did you capture a memorable moment at the convention or during an international trip? Enter your images in The Rotarian's 2015 photo contest and you might see them in the pages of the magazine.

Enter up to three photos taken since 1 January 2015 in The Rotarian magazine’s 2016 Photo Contest. This year, the contest has three categories: people, places, and projects. While some photos might have elements of all three, select one category to enter your photo. Show how you capture the people, places, and projects of Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, and Rotary Youth Exchange. Submit your entry by 29 February and you could win $500, or your photos could be featured in The Rotarian.

Their previous guest judges have included Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers David Hume Kennerly and Carol Guzy and Kathy Ryan,director of photography for the New York Times Magazine. This year's judge will be announced soon.

Source: Rotary New Generations Newsletter - December 2015 | Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders

2016-2017 Rotary Theme Announcement!

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“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Rotary President-elect John Germ.

Learn more about the 2016-2017 theme.

Listen to Mitty Chang discuss the future of membership in Rotary at the District Assembly, which is attended by Governor-elects around the world. He is a former Interactor and Rotaractor, and now a Rotarian. His message is that Rotary needs to adopt the spirit of innovation again to attract new members, especially millennials, who make up half of the world's population. His company, Candeavor, is partnering with Rotary to offer one free landing page to every Rotary club - forever. The site is hosted for free and all the landing pages are connected to a universal template that is updated annually - Candeavor will update it for you! They've called it: "Project Doing Good". Beta testing begins Feb 1st and will roll out to all Rotary Clubs on July 1st, 2016. Exciting news!
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Rotary has been named one of the top 10 nonprofits creating change in the world by CNBC

5. The Rotary Foundation

This not-for-profit organization works to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace. Using Rotary Foundation grants, Rotary's 34,000 clubs across the globe develop and carry out sustainable humanitarian projects and provide scholarships and professional training opportunities.

One of its biggest initiatives aims at eradicating polio through its PolioPlus program, launched in 1985. Since then, Rotary and its partners, including the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have immunized more than 2.5 billion children, reducing the incidence of polio by 99 percent and eradicating it from all but three countries.

Score: 96.31

Source: CNBC's Top Ten Charities Changing the World in 2015

Spotlight on International Service: Rotarians and Rotaractors in Germany are Helping Refugees

Rotarians and Rotaractors in Altenburg, Germany, have created an appealing way to connect with refugees who have resettled in their community. In the Weltcafé, local residents and refugees meet to chat and learn from one another over a cup of tea. Operated by local volunteers, Rotarians, Rotaractors, and refugees themselves, the cafe is open once a week, enabling refugees to share their stories, learn new skills, and receive much-needed support.

Source: Rotary New Generations Newsletter - December 2015 | Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders
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