Rotaract District 7070 Newsletter

June 2016

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Thank you!

My year as DRR is now officially over and I would like to thank everyone for their support and dedication this past year. I would also like to take the opportunity to introduce our new District Rotaract Representative (DRR), Melisa Okanovic, and our District Rotaract Chair, Mark Chipman, who will be there to support and lead you through this year!

It has been a pleasure serving you all and I hope to continue to help the Rotaract program in our district grow to it's fullest potential. Best of luck to all the Club President's at the Rotaract Club of Toronto, Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto, Rotaract Club of York University, Rotaract Club of DC & UOIT, Loyalist College Rotaract Club, and the D7070 Rotaract Club, which was chartered a few weeks ago! I look forward to seeing all the great work that you will do.

Lastly, I would like to thank our past District Rotaract Chair, Neil Phillips, and the members of the District Rotaract Committee: Weiting Xu (District Conference Chair), Dennis Lam (Social Director), and Attilio Ronzani (Social Media Director). I cannot thank you guys enough for your hard work!

Yours in service,

Kelly Ku

DRR 2015-2016
Rotaract Club of Toronto

2016-2017 Theme: Rotary Serving Humanity

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Start the Rotary year by meeting the new Rotary International President John Germ and find out why he chose "Rotary Serving Humanity" as his theme.

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2016 District Rotaract Conference (DRC)

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

The 2016 District Rotaract Conference titled "Discovering Your N.E.M.O - New Experiences Meaningful Opportunities" took place on Saturday, June 11th from 9 AM to 9 PM at York University. The theme was inspired by the Disney Pixar film: Finding Nemo.

The 2015-2016 Rotary Theme was "Be a Gift to The World" and every one of us have gifts to give, which we can discover, hone, and use through Rotaract, where we are offered new experiences and meaningful opportunities.

We had our largest attendance ever this year, welcoming 140 Rotaractors, Rotarians, Interactors, RYLA participants, Youth Exchange Students and guests. Many of our speakers and facilitators were from the Rotary family. It was really a fantastic day that brought together people from our district to provide training, fellowship, and celebration. We held our first ever PETS training, chartered a new Rotaract Club (D7070 Rotaract Club), and honoured outstanding Rotaractors in our district.

We hope to see you all next year at the District Conference!

Thank you to the Conference Chair, Weiting Xu, and the organizing committee members for putting together an outstanding conference!

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Rotaract T.O. Trip 2016

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What is a Roundtrip?

Rotaract offers many great traveling opportunities, one of which is called "Rotaract Roundtrips". These trips are organized by Rotaract Clubs around the world to foster fellowship and cultural understanding between Rotaractors from different countries. The number of participants per trip ranges, but it is generally between 2-10, and each individual pays a subsidized registration fee, generally between $150-400 CAD. Five participants joined the T.O. Trip and each paid their flight ticket and $250 CAD in registration fees. Our district hosted them for 6 nights from June 23-29th and took them to all the great places in Toronto and Niagara.

My Co-Chair on this trip, Sarah Hui (now Past President of the Rotaract Club of Toronto), first introduced me to the concept of these trips after she traveled to Poland for a Roundtrip. Thereafter, she traveled to Turkey, and most recently, France, for even more fellowship and adventure! Last year, I participated in the Siberian Roundtrip and was hosted by four different Rotaract clubs. Needless to say, it was an incredible experience and I am so fortunate to see a side of Russia that not many people get a chance to discover. Further to our travels, other members in our district have attended these trips too. Most recently, our DRR, Melisa Okanovic, participated in the Slovenia Trip and PDRR, Weiting Xu, traveled to Nepal last year!

Sarah and I came together last December to fundraise, organize, and lead the Rotaract T.O. Trip this year. Our main organizing committee members included: Dennis Lam, Catherine Woodford, Quincy Poon, Weiting Xu, and Jessica Beesaw. Without them and all our other volunteers, this trip would not have been possible, or as well organized! We would like to thank our fantastic sponsors: Rotary Club of Toronto, Rotary Club of Toronto West, Rotaract Club of Toronto, The Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto, The Rotaract Club of York University, and District 7070! We cannot thank you enough for your support!

- Kelly Ku

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T.O. Trip Participants

Mexico: Natalia Tejeda Ayala - Club Rotaract Tijuana Nueva Generacion
Positions: Director of Image and PR, and Vice-President.

Turkey: Muge Ibanoglu - Rotaract Club of Denizli

Position: Past President

Taiwan: Maureen Liu - Rotaract Club of Taichung
Position: Community Service Chair

Poland: Karol Wierzbicki - Rotaract Club of Warsaw Castle

Position: Club President

Italy: Giuseppe Bono - Rotaract Club of Taranto
Position: District Treasurer

A Few Photos From The Trip

Rotaract Roundtrip Video

Meet our participants by watching the video below and see all the great sights and attractions we took them to. #totrip

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Travel with Rotaract

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Taiwan Rotaract Roundtrip 2016

Thursday, Nov. 17th, 12am to Sunday, Nov. 27th, 11:45pm


6 Cities in Taiwan

Fee: $250 USD

To apply for the Taiwan trip, you need to be:

1. Be between 18-35 years old.
2. Good knowledge of English language.
3. Be/was an active member of a non-Taiwanese Rotaract club.
4. Interested in Taiwan and Taiwanese culture.

Application process:

Fill in the following application form between 1st July -31st July, 2016: