Rotaract District 7070 Newsletter

April 2016

In With The New!

Many clubs in our district have already held elections for the 2016-2017 Board of Directors, while others will soon be hosting elections in the next few weeks. This is a reminder to all Club Presidents to send me the contact details for their President-Elects. In Rotary, all Presidents-Elect attend President-Elect Training (PETS), which does not currently exist for Rotaract in our District. In order to address this, the District Rotaract Committee has incorporated PETS training at the upcoming Rotaract District 7070 conference taking place on Saturday, June 11th. All President-Elects should attend this training in order to help him/her prepare for the 2016-2017 Rotaract year. The session is appropriately titled: Mr. Johanson's School for the Presidents-Elect. See below for more details about the conference and don't forget to register! If not – you’re running behind – please do so quickly!

Congratulations to all current Directors for all their hard work, and best wishes to the newly-elected Directors in our District. Also, good luck to the members running for Director positions!

Yours in service,

Kelly Ku
District Rotaract Representative (DRR)
Rotary District 7070

Nominations for District Rotaract Representative 2016-2017

It's time to nominate Rotaractors for the District Rotaract Representative (DRR) position! Now is the chance to serve as an ambassador for the Rotaract program, a conduit of information between fellow members and Rotarians, and a leader and resource for club officers in your district.

DRR 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

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

Qualifications and criteria of DRR Elect

  • Must have served 1 full term as club president of a Rotaract Club as of July 1st, 2016 (to have some proven experience running a club);
  • Be a member in a functioning club in good standing that has no outstanding indebtedness to Club/District;
  • Should have been nominated by his/her home club (as a sign of support);
  • Demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of DRR; and
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of DRR

Attributes of DRR-Elect

  • A DRR, at the time of taking office, must have completed 2 years of membership in one or more of the clubs in District 7070

A DRR also should:

  • Possess the esteem and confidence of his/her own club
  • Have a thorough knowledge of Rotaract, its purposes, object, and constitutional documents
  • Be able to discuss any phase of Rotaract in a convincing manner and convey information articulately
  • Work with District Rotaract Chair and other Rotarians in 7070 for the furtherance of Rotaract partnerships and transition of Rotaractors into Rotary

2016 District Rotaract Conference

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

Register today!

Saturday, June 11th from 9 AM - 9 PM

TEL Building on Keele Campus at York University

Tickets are only $40 for the entire day (including dinner). The dinner portion of the conference is only $25!

Check out our amazing website for all the details:!connecting/c192n

Once you register, please RSVP on our FB event page:

We cannot wait to see you all at the conference!

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

Saturday, June 11th, 9am-9pm

4704 Keele Street

Toronto, ON


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Registrations, Photo-booth, Breakfast, Collection of non-perishable food items.
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM - Masters of Ceremony Introductions

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM - Break with Refreshments

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM - Creativity Session - Arts & Gifts

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM - Lunch (Mix & Mingle) + Button Making (Optional)

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM - Plenary Sessions #1 - Professional Development

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM - Break with Refreshments + Button Making (Optional)

3:00 PM - 4:15 PM - Plenary Sessions #2 - Rotary Family Panel

4:15 PM - 4:30 PM - Break with Refreshments + Button Making (Optional)

4:30 PM - 5:45 PM - Plenary Sessions #3 - Personal Development

5:45 PM - 6:00 PM - Walk to the Underground Restaurant

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Guest Rotarians Arrive for Some Arts & Gifts

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Evening Entertainment, Dinner (Underground Restaurant), and Awards Presentations

Nominate Outstanding Rotaractors for District Awards!

It is time to nominate Rotaractors (and Interactors) whom you believe went above and beyond the status quo this 2015-2016 Rotary year. We want to give them a special award for their time, effort, and dedication to our initiatives.

** Please note that each individual at the Rotaract District Conference needs to purchase a ticket unless other arrangements have been made. Although, those selected for awards are highly encouraged to be at the conference, they need not be present if circumstances deem otherwise. The award can be delivered to them at a later date. **

Form Due Date: May 31st, 2016 11:59PM

Location for Submission:

Revisions After Submission:

Award Presentation Date:
Date: Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Time: 6:30PM (During dinner time)

Click the link below to access the nomination form.

Thank you!

District News

Announcement of Rotaract T.O. Trip 2016 Participants

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Sarah Hui (President, Rotaract Club of Toronto) and I are Co-Chairing the Rotaract T.O. Trip 2016 (the FIRST ever in Toronto and only the second Rotaract Roundtrip in Canada) and we are very excited to announce the 6 International Rotaractors who will be participating on this trip are:

1. Karol Wierzbicki - Poland
2. Pedro José Vera Cárdenas - Ecuador
3. Giuseppe Bono - Italy
4. Natalia Tejeda Ayala - Mexico
5. Müge İbanoğlu - Turkey
6. Liu Hen Jen (Maureen) - Taiwan

This is a great opportunity for Rotaractors in our district to meet Rotaractors from different countries and show them some Canadian hospitality! We want Rotaract Clubs in our District to get involved and help us organize the trip. Many volunteers will be needed to help at the various events planned for the participants. Please e-mail if you wish to assist. There will be events where club members may attend if they cover their own costs. For example, axe throwing, going to centre island, CN Tower, Niagara Falls, etc.

Like our Facebook page to stay up to date on the trip:

Thank you again for your support. This trip would not be possible without the generous funding from District 7070 and the Rotary Club of Toronto West.

Kelly Ku

DRR, District 7070

Rotaract Club of York University's Social

Our two-part social began at iEscaped, at the Yonge and Finch location. Two teams of 7 worked hard to make their way out of the room and was able to successfully escape in time. It was the first time both new and old executive members were able to meet and it was a wonderful bonding experience. Following the escape room we met up with all our members at Shopsy’s Bar and Grill at York University for some dinner time fun. Highlights include surprising Melisa Okanovic- outgoing president- with a ‘new grad survival pack’ and Melisa giving all executive members personalized mugs and thank you cards.

- Preethu Kaduppil, President-elect

Rotaract York U's Big Ideas Forum Meeting

Preethu Kaduppil and Melisa Okanovic were asked to attend the monthly Big Ideas Forum meeting hosted by the Rotary Etobicoke Club in order to speak to club members about the recent 3rd Annual Rotaract Case Competition. They were also joined by MicroSkills, a Rexdale-based community organization, which had been the focus of the case competition. Together, they were able to see how MicroSkills had managed to apply the students’ recommendations from the case competition almost immediately and make changes to government grant applications.

Preethu Kaduppil


Rotaract Club of York University

**Throwback photo of Preethu and Melisa (Club President) at the Big Ideas Forum held by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke in September 2015**

Welcome the 2015-2016 Board for the Rotaract Club of York University

A huge thank you goes to all of our club members for their active engagement in all of our initiatives this year – whether it was networking, volunteering, or fundraising for our Ghana project. A special thank you goes to the 2015-2016 Executive Team for all their hard work and dedication this year!

We are pleased to present the incoming 2016-2017 Executive Team under President Preethu's fearless leadership!

Melisa Okanovic

Club President

Rotaract Club of York University

PERSONAL BRANDING: Promoting Yourself in the 21st Century

On April 5 Rotaract Club of Toronto and the Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto came together for their first ever career panel. The topic was on ‘Personal Branding’, and we were lucky enough to get three wonderful professionals on the panel: Rafia Kanji, Maria Shibaeva, and Susan Hunter. The format was simple, it included half an hour of prepared questions to ask the panels and then we opened the floor up to the questions from the attends. I was amazed at the in depth questions that the audience had for the panelist, and even more amazed at the details answers that the panelists gave. Afterwards many of the participants of the event stuck around to network with one another. It was great to see the impact that Rotaract’s professional development team can create when we come together. Even a couple of weeks after the event, the panelist have still been getting feedback. We look forward to working together in future endeavors.

Thank you to our panelists:

Rafia Kanji: KPMG Digital Marketer.
Maria Shibaeva-Escarraga: Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble
Susan Hunter: Principal of Susan Hunter & Associates

Katherine Kirkpatrick-Wahl

Professional Development Director

Rotaract Club of Toronto

Upcoming Events

Rotary AIDS Poker Walk

Saturday, April 30th, 9am

Leuty Pavillion, Beaches, Toronto

Please join or support Rotary District 7070 for the 6th annual walk and help those living with the challenges of HIV and AIDS at home at around the world!

Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, and other members and friends of the Rotary family forms teams and go on a 5 km walk out and back from the Leuty Pavillion in the Beaches. The Rotaract Club of Toronto has a team in the walk and would welcome any support for their team! See below for the link to their donation page: All on-line donations of $20.00 or more will receive an instant, CRA-approved, tax receipt that's easily printed. Donors submitting cheques or cash will also receive tax receipts in electronic or print format after deposits are completed.

See more at:

Rotary Trump AIDS Poker Walk

Rotaract District Social 2016 - Picnic @ Centre Island

Saturday, May 7th, 12:15pm

Centre Island, Toronto, ON, Canada

Toronto, ON

RSVP to our Social Director, Dennis Lam, at by May 5th.

*There will be a rain plan.

Welcome Party for T.O. Trip Participants

Thursday, June 23rd, 7pm

Downtown, Toronto, ON, Canada

Toronto, ON

Save the date! More details to follow in our next newsletter.

REM Bratislava 2017

The next Winter Rotaract European Meeting (REM) will be held in Bratislava in January 2017! REMs are held bi-annually in a different European city and are usually attended by 300-400 European Rotaractors. However, all Rotaract members are welcome to attend! You will need to register ahead of time for a package, including or not including a hotel. Additional social activities may be purchased a la carte. Some free city tours are included in case you have a tight budget. The socials and the city tours are a great way to network with Rotaractors and enhance your experience. The evenings are lined up with parties, often purposely themed! Attending REMs are definitely a great way to travel. Each REM has a "Pre-REM" and "Post-REM" which is a trip in a different city or even country with a smaller group with Rotaractors. Packages are created which includes the costs of your hotel/hostel, food, and activities. It's so incredible to meet people from all around Europe and create lasting friendships. It is here at these conferences that ideas are exchanged, twinning relationships are solidified, and projects are borne. I highly recommend that you try to attend one of these conferences!

Check out the Facebook link above, like the page, and stay up to date on all the details. Watch the promo video below to see what's in store for you.

REM Bratislava 2017 Teaser 1