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Last week the world learned that 215 bodies of Indigenous children were found in an unmarked mass grave on the property of the former Kamloops Residential School. This is a horrific reminder of a time in Canada's history that saw children torn from their families and placed in the residential school system. There are thousands of children still unaccounted for from this time. While we may be tempted to say this is in the past, over 7 generations of Indigenous people continue to feel indescribable effects of personal and intergenerational trauma to this day. This is not just a historical issue; it is a current issue.

Speaking as a descendant of settlers, we need to sit with the discomfort of our country's actions, that though we might not be directly responsible, we still greatly benefit from colonization in Canada. The discovery of the bodies of lost souls underscores the need for us to begin the work of understanding and reconciliation.
 
Our May Noon Zoom featuring John Currie ED of HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples), and Clay Melnike District 6330 HIP Co-ordinator  was a first step in what will be a journey through some dark places on the way to enlightenment and unity.
 
Here is the link in case you missed it; https://youtu.be/T5EqxoiqxNQ
 
To honour the lives and spirits of those 215 children, I encourage you to wear orange this week.

If you are able to, please take a moment to pause @ 2:15pm and remember the children that never returned to their families and communities.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
David Elliott
 
District Governor 2020-21
 
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
 
 
For further information as to how Clubs can sell bulbs, contact: Joan Fisher, District Tulip Co-ordinator, at email: sinkpolio@rogers.com, phone: 519-432-3954.
 
The Council on Legislation (COL) has begun a new three-year cycle in the 2020-2021 Rotary year.  The first order of business was the 2020 Council on Resolutions (COR) that is now completed through an online process.
 
The Council on Resolutions meets online every year to vote on proposed resolutions and urgent enactments. Resolutions are requests to the Board or the Trustees to take an action that is outside the purview of the constitutional documents. Ideally, a resolution should affect the Rotary world, rather than address local or administrative issues. An urgent enactment is a change to the constitutional documents, proposed by the RI Board, that the Board has determined cannot wait until the next Council on Legislation, which is held every three years.
 
Representatives from all Rotary districts vote on items proposed by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI. Adopted resolutions are then considered by the RI Board or The Rotary Foundation Trustees. Urgent enactments that have been adopted will amend the constitutional documents, and will take effect one month after the Council on Resolutions report has been sent.
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Dear district governors,

In these difficult days, we are so heartened to receive such uplifting reports on the unrelenting efforts of our Rotary members who have responded in their communities against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, the single question we hear time and again as we traverse the virtual world is, “Are we getting involved with COVID vaccination?” Considering the success and expertise we have gained in our polio eradication effort, this question is both natural and timely.

The answer is yes. We will have an important role in the months ahead.
 
 
I have recently received a number of questions from across the District on how best to respond over diversity and racism in these uncertain times.
 
At the RI Virtual Conference last week President Mark Maloney Rotary’s reminded all Rotarians that our core values are the bedrock of our organization:
  • Fellowship
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Diversity
He went to say “we must become better listeners and be more openminded learners” and he urged “all clubs to hold a mirror to ourselves and ask if our membership and club experience reflects the diversity of our communities…. where ever we come up short we must be willing to correct our course and face the challenge without fear or hesitation”
 
Are you unsure where to start with your new member orientation? Have members learn more about Rotary and even test their knowledge with the new Rotary Basics course in the Learning Center. They’ll read about Rotarians from around the world, learn about our values and causes, and deepen their understanding of Rotary through this interactive course.

The Rotary Basics course was designed for new Rotarians, but it’s also a great refresher for other members — and even nonmembers — who want to know more about Rotary.

To take the class, use the link above. Anyone who isn’t signed in to My Rotary will be prompted to do so before going to the Learning Center.
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