The Bridge
News and Information review
for District 6330 Rotarians
Volume: 2017-2018  Issue: 12
June 2, 2018

My Turn to Say Goodbye

This is a bittersweet issue of 'The Bridge' for me - it's the final issue of my year as your District Governor. Mary and I have enjoyed visiting each of our District clubs - getting to know some of you a little bit better. We will miss you.
The strength of our District (and make no mistake, District 6330 is a strong District) lies in our individual Rotarians and Rotary clubs - and the passion we all share for the work that our individual clubs do both in our own communities and internationally.
It has indeed been an honor and a pleasure serving District 6330 during this past year as your District Governor, and although we anticipate taking a bit of a rest, Mary and I will continue to serve in the future.
On June 19 in Chesley, Ontario we pass the baton to DGE Jim Schlatman (and Audrey) who will hit the road running in early July - bringing you the message from RI President Elect Barry Rassin, and challenging you to continue strengthening your clubs.
Come join us in the celebration and welcome Jim and Audrey - follow this link for details and registration.
Are you going to the International Convention in Toronto? Have you registered already? If you're going and haven't registered yet, do it now - you're running out of time. 

June is Rotary Fellowships Month

Have you considered the benefits of joining a Rotary Fellowship?
  • Connecting with the Rotary family over a shared interest, like a hobby, recreational activity, or profession
  • Uniting with people from other cultures, which fosters long-term friendships and a better understanding of the world
  • Expanding the Rotary experience beyond the club and district
  • Getting to know other Rotarians, Rotaractors, program participants, and alumni from a variety of cultures and regions
  • Developing vocationally by meeting with others with the same profession
  • Exploring new opportunities for service
If you can’t find a fellowship that matches your interest, you can start your own. Begin
by looking for local members who share your passion. Use social media and Rotary’s Discussion Groups to reach members around the world. Visit My Rotary to propose a new

Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (SURF) is one of the newest fellowships. Besides connecting Rotarians and others who are interested in surfing, its mission is to attract young people to Rotary, while raising funds for Rotary causes.

Since it was officially recognized by Rotary International, the fellowship has grown to
more than 320 members in 20 countries and has completed 16 events, including Learn to
Surf events. “We’re building friendships from Orange County [California, USA] to Hawaii, and from San Diego to Australia, Brazil, and France,” says Brett Morey, chair of the fellowship and past president of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, California, USA. “Bonfire events for high school students have created opportunities for other students to learn about Interact and various Rotary youth service programs. Being in their element, and making Rotary fun, that’s the key.”
District Governor - Martin Ward & partner Mary Ruston
email:  phone: 519-671-6340

Upcoming Club and Area Events

June 9 - Rotary Amazing Race,  Wiarton, Ontario
June 19 - District Changeover, Chesley, Ontario
June 23-27 - Rotary International Convention, Toronto, Ontario
July 6 - After Hours Club Boat Cruise - Sarnia, Ontario
July 13 - Greater Flint Sunrise - Golf Outing - Davison, Michigan
July 14 - Private Collector's Garage Tour - Mildmay, Ontario
Aug 11 - Shine On - Car Rally and Show - Stratford, Ontario
If you have a story to tell, pictures to show off, or an event to publicize, please send it to the editor and we will publish it and/or make sure it gets on the District 6330 website.
To have your event listed, send links to published details for your upcoming events to the Editor. Your feedback, suggestions, and submissions are welcomed.
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Information and Recent News
In Memory of Maurice Oliver (PDG)
Past District Governor Maurice Oliver a 53 year member of of the Rotary Club of St. Marys passed away on May 9.
There will be a Celebration of his life on Saturday June 9, 2018 at 11:00 am at Elgin Missionary Church, 4192 Perth Line 36 Stratford - with a luncheon to follow.
Rotaractors: Find your road to Rotary
(from Rotary Voices - May 31, 2018)
Rebecca Fry will be presenting a workshop on the Road to Rotary at the Rotaract preconvention.

By Rebecca Fry, a member of the Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley

In 2005, I made a seemingly small decision to apply for “science camp.” It happened to be the Rotary-sponsored, National Youth Science Forum. Fast forward 13 years and I’ve been heavily involved in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract and most recently I took the next exciting leap and joined the Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley. Selecting the best Rotary club to join was an 18-month journey. Read more of this post

Toronto Convention Update
...thanks to DG Neil Phillips from District 7070 - here's an update on the Toronto Convention.

Is this your first convention?  Overwhelmed by what to see and do? 
- Well here's a few tips.

1.  Be sure to make the Opening Ceremonies on Sunday.  There are two times; it may be noted on your registration page in MyRotary - or you'll find out when you pick up your badge.  It's an amazing welcome to the (literal) world of Rotary, and watching the Flag Ceremony you truly appreciate the breadth of our organisation.

2.  Interested in speakers for the morning plenary sessions?  Well info is being updated regularly - see here for a list of people already announced.  They're always high quality and engaging.

3.  And the many breakout sessions in the afternoons.  Choose among dozens and dozens of topics.

4.  The House of Friendship.  Imagine a large philanthropic tradeshow, with booths on every area of focus, fellowship, merchandise sales, entertainment, food.  Easy to lose yourself for hours, and connect with friends from near and far.

5.  Closing Ceremonies Wednesday are a major highlight, with loads of entertainment.  Can't tell you much about that yet, though.  ;-)

And through it all, events, events, events!  Both the Rotary and Rotaract Host Organising Committees have been active planning - click on those two links to see what's happening.  We'd love to see you there if you're not already busy volunteering (hint, hint).

Golfers Going to the Toronto Convention
... you may be interested in this:
Play Glen Abbey Golf Course, Home of the 2018 Canadian Open Championship
Date : Sat June 23rd, first tee time : 1pm
Cost : $150 (CDN); Club Rental $70 (CDN), includes a dozen new balls
Transportation : Private Car OR Train/Taxi to Oakville (about 25 miles west of Toronto) OR Private Bus (if adequate numbers)
If you would like to play, please contact David Knoppert ASAP :
Trees, Trees, and More Trees
Congratulations to our District Clubs for responding to Rotary International President Ian Riseley's request to plant 1 tree for every member.
Don't miss the Rotary Peacebuilding Summit
Are you looking to enhance your convention experience? Plan to join us at the Rotary Peacebuilding Summit in Toronto, 22-23 June, the culmination of a series of 2018 presidential peacebuilding conferences.

Attending the summit will help you:
  • Understand how Rotary uses its areas of focus to prevent conflict
  • Identify conflicts and their root causes in your communities and worldwide
  • Develop action steps toward creating peace, including strategies for your community
  • Connect with others interested in working toward peace
Registration is now open for both Rotarians and the public— register today and invite a friend!
Toronto Convention 2018

Rotary International Convention - Toronto - June 23-27, 2018

Our proximity to Toronto, makes this convention an opportunity not to be missed. Details can be found here.
If you haven't done so already and intend to go, please register for the International Convention in Toronto - June 23-27, 2018.
WASRAG Summit Meeting
JOIN US for the 10th World Water Summit in Toronto on Friday June 22, 2018. 
Montreal Conference 2018

Rotarians in Zones 24 & 32

The Zone Conference in Montreal September 18-22, 2018 is different than its predecessors - for one thing, it's now not only open to all Rotarians - all Rotarians are encouraged to attend.
You can also sponsor a young leader now to #changetheirtomorrow.
Aren't  you curious?   Read more to check it out.
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