The Bridge
News and Information review
for District 6330 Rotarians
Volume: 2020-2021  Issue: 5
November 2, 2020
Editor: Colin Macdonald (

District Governor David’s Message

November is Foundation Month

November is the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, the fourth and last of four months to have a length of 30 days and the fifth and last of five months to have a length of fewer than 31 days. Thanks Wikipedia!

November in the Rotary calendar is Foundation month! It's a good time to reflect on the great Rotary Foundation sponsored programs we support and on how each of us can contribute to make sure these programs continue.  Thanks to everyone who participated in raising awareness on World Polio Day and other events in October, because of your efforts we contributed $89,691 to Polio Plus! The plus in Polio plus has provided $29 million in grants to clubs around the world to help with Covid 19 projects!

This year we are asking each member to consider being a "Every Rotarian Every Year" which means you make a personal commitment to give to the Foundation because it is the best possible investment we can make!

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Thanks again for giving and being a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

Our District Foundation Chair Martin Ward and our District International Service Chair Jim Thomas are available to help clubs answer questions clubs regarding the Foundation or service projects that are available please reach out!

It is a great time to be a Rotarian with our communities focused on helping others and looking for ways to have fellowship while staying within our “Stay Safe” guidelines! Helping others and fellowship, two components of every Rotary club.

DGN Mike Chaffee and PDG Diane Chantler your Membership Chairs have an exciting zoom call on November 9th @ 5:00 pm featuring Dr Bill Wittich who authored a book, Stop Recruiting / Start Attracting: A Book About Change & Membership in Rotary Clubs! This zoom meeting is open to everyone who wants to help us Grow Rotary!

Our District Noon zoom on November 10 @ noon will give us an opportunity to recognize veterans in our clubs! Graham Trude will be sharing his experience when he was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 for a nine-month operational tour as a front-line soldier.

Coined “The Singing Soldier”, Graham currently is a Police Officer in the Town of Orangeville, Ontario. With deep country roots, Graham has previously achieved international audiences with his theme song entitled “Real Canadian Joe” from the hit TV series on wild TV.

Also District Governor Tom Gump will be having a conversation with Jim Swan discussing how and why his district started a Veterans club in Minnesota.

Please click the link below to join the webinar: (Colin, please link to our website invite)

Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends and stay safe!


David & Susan Elliott

District Governor 2020-21


P. 519.870.5268
Upcoming Club and Area Events
District 6330 Membership
Nov 09, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
District 6330 Noon Zoom - An event for everyone
Nov 10, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Jazz for the Light
Nov 13, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Hy-Brid Meetings
Hy-Brid Meetings
To increase member engagement in these uncertain times it is possible to offer an in person and virtual experience for members who prefer not to mingle by holding an in-person meeting alongside a Video conference (ZOOM Meeting). This can be achieved relatively easily and at modest cost.
Basic requirement
Hi-speed Internet /WIFI connection
2 PC Lap tops (One to act as the Podium PC to manage the presentation and display of in-room PowerPoints etc and one to host the Zoom Call)
USB Camera to view in room audience (You could use a Smart Phone)
Tripods/stands for cameras and mics.
District 6330 Membership
To join Zoom Webinar Click Here
Jazz for the Light, November 13th at 7:00 pm
The Rotary Club of Southampton is proud to be partnering with our friends at the Southampton Marine Heritage Society and the Southampton Jazz Club to raise funds to restore the iconic Southampton Range Light that has been battered by recent storms. The Range Light has stood on duty at the mouth of the Saugeen River for over 100 years and is now in need of extensive repairs.
The show was recorded in front of a LIVE audience at Southampton Golf and Country Club and is being broadcast through Zoom Webinar and FaceBook Live on Friday 13th November at 7:00 pm
Join us and enjoy a Takeout Meal from one of our many participating restaurants and help save our light. If you don't live in Saugeen Shores, don't worry you can still join us for a virtual fun evening. We look forward to seeing you online. Tickets start at $25 per household.
For tickets and donations go to:
YouTube Link for Promo Video:
Global Grant Scholarship, valued at $30,000 USD
Global Grants Scholarships
Each year Rotary District 6330 selects one student to receive a Global Grant Scholarship, valued at $30,000 USD, to fund one year graduate-level study at a university outside of Canada or the United States in 2021-2022, leading to a career in one of Rotary’s seven  areas of focus.
Interested applicants should
1. Go to the Rotary District 6330 web site
and download: • Global Grants Scholar Application • Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships – Terms and Conditions
Virtual Bike Ride Across Canada for Rural Nicaraguans

“Today we got up at 4am. As usual, it was tough.” Terry Fox, Canadian Hero

“That keeps me going, day after day. What I am doing is miniscule compared to what Terry went through, day after day after day,” says David Knoppert, a 68 year old Rotarian from the London Hyde Park Rotary Club. On October 1st, 2020, David started his ride across Canada, starting from Victoria, BC. By riding 40 km a day (the same daily distance that Terry Fox ran on one good leg) he estimates that he will arrive in St John’s at the end of April 2021.

ShelterBox Update
UPDATE FROM THE FIELD: Nongoma in Burkina Faso
There were a few incidents in the neighbouring village earlier on in the year, so we thought we were spared. Until the armed groups arrived in our village. It was at the market that they started shooting, and my husband who was there died. We were forced to flee without taking anything with us.”
34-year-old Nongoma is a mother of seven living in Burkina Faso, West Africa.  Currently, her and her children are living in a camp for internally displaced people, after fleeing for their lives after attacks on their village. That day, Nongoma’s life was changed forever.
Nongoma and her husband used to be agricultural producers but now she cannot work and relies on humanitarian assistance like yours to keep her and her children safe. “I was lucky enough to be housed here next to people from the same village and we continue to have very good relations.”
Weekly Polio Update; Africa Down!
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