Meet the Governor (2025-2026) Martin Ward 2024-07-19 04:00:00Z 0

Meet The Governor (2024-2025)

Katherine Hahn

Katherine joined the Rotary Club of Stratford in 2003, driven by a desire to contribute to the community that had generously supported her three children. In 2015, she joined the board of directors, subsequently serving as the president during the challenging 2020-21 term. Her leadership during this period resulted in the club being recognized for exceptional growth during Covid, ranking in the top 5% in North America. Until 2023, Katherine held the role of District Polio Chair. A multiple Paul Harris Fellow, she is a member of the Bequest Society, Polio Plus, and Paul Harris Society. Her dedication is further underscored by her upcoming role as District Governor for the 2024-25 Rotary year.
Within her club, Katherine has actively participated in various projects, demonstrating a longstanding commitment to youth services and international initiatives. Her fervor for global impact led her to undertake a NID trip to India in 2018, with her son. Instrumental in numerous annual fundraising projects, she has contributed to the Rural-Urban Dinner, Arts and Crafts Show, and Concession Booth, and initiated the Shine-On Dave Blackburn Memorial Car Rally. She continues to chair the Paul Harris Committee in her club.
A mother of three children and two grandchildren, Katherine resides on a small farm just outside the picturesque city of Stratford. Holding an Honours BA in Exceptionality in Human Learning and Crime and Deviance from the University of Toronto, she is a certified yoga instructor, a professional photo organizer, and a graduate of RLI Levels 1, 2, and 3.
Beyond her Rotary engagements, Katherine volunteers with the Stratford Rotary Hospice and has served as a past board member for the Association of Professional Photo Organizers, Stratford Minor Hockey Association, and the Stratford Agricultural Society. Her interests include traveling, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, photography, genealogy, and yoga.
Meet The Governor (2024-2025) Martin Ward 2024-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

The Magic of Rotary

This year’s theme, The Magic of Rotary, urges members to recognize and amplify the organization’s power to save lives.
At the Rotary International Assembly in Orlando, Florida Rotary International President-elect, Stephanie Urchick told incoming district governors “Don’t misunderstand me – we are not going to end polio or bring peace to the world by waving a wand and saying some funny words. It’s up to you. You create the magic with every project completed, every dollar donated, and every new member.”
Stephanie said she saw the magic of Rotary on display when she was helping install water filters in the Dominican Republic. “Two boys were watching as dirty water entered the filter, then ran out clean at the other end. “One of the boys grabbed my sleeve and said, ‘Show me the magic again,’” she said. “Obviously, the water filter wasn’t magic. We worked hard to transport those filters, install them, and work with community leaders in the area to maintain them. But those boys knew that easy access to clean water would change their lives. Knowing that I played a small part in that certainly changed my life.”
The Magic of Rotary 2024-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

Plummeting for Polio

"Plummeting for Polio:
Because Even District Governors Can Fly!"

I'm skydiving from 15,000 feet to end polio, proving that anything is possible—even District Governors can fly! Join me on this wild ride and donate to make a difference. #PlummetingForPolio #EndPolioNow

How You Can Help
Your donations will directly support End Polio, a dedicated initiative of Rotary International, working tirelessly to vaccinate children and provide medical care in polio-affected regions.

Here’s how you can get involved:
Donate: Every dollar brings us closer to a polio-free world. No amount is too small.
Share: Spread the word about our campaign. The more people we reach, the bigger the impact we can make.
Watch: Tune in to watch the jump on July 28th to see me take the plunge! Let’s celebrate each milestone together.
Katherine Hahn
District 6330 Governor 2024-25
Rotary Club of Stratford
Plummeting for Polio Martin Ward 2024-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
District Conference 2024 2024-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Seminar for Tomorrow's Leaders - 2024 Dennis Dinsmore 2024-02-22 05:00:00Z 0

Announcing 2024 PETS

March 14 - 16, 2024
Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo, Michigan
"PETS" is the acronym for President Elect Training Seminar, an annual opportunity for incoming Rotary presidents to meet with district leadership for learning and discussion. This year for the first time, this district is joining with 6 other districts across Michigan and eastern Ontario for a multi-district event.
This is a rare opportunity for presidents elect to learn from some of the finest speakers from Rotary International as well as to meet and share ideas with hundreds of other incoming presidents.
For more information, please click or tap the PETS logo in this story or contact your Assistant Governor.
Announcing 2024 PETS Dennis Dinsmore 2024-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
Call for Nominations Dennis Dinsmore 2024-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

How You Can Help

We are truly This Close to ending polio worldwide and now is the time for all of our clubs to help win the end game. Your personal help is needed to finish the promise Rotary made to the world back in the '80s.
Watch This Video interviews with two District 6330 Rotarians and polio survivors.
Become a Paul Harris Society member, fill out this simple form, pledge at least $100 per year to Polio Plus until we are down to ZERO
World Polio Day Dennis Dinsmore 2023-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

Call For Nominations

District Governor 2026-2027

Nominations are now being taken for the position of District 6330 Governor for the year beginning 1 July, 2026 and ending 30 June 2027. See this article to learn more and to download the nomination form.
Call For Nominations Dennis Dinsmore 2023-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

Corporate Memberships

In recent years Rotary has created a set of membership categories aimed at helping our clubs grow and, at the same time, meet the needs of the individual Rotarians we wish to attract.
The Corporate Membership is one such category. This article will help explain what a corporate membership is and how it can be implemented by your club.
Corporate Memberships Dennis Dinsmore 2023-05-11 04:00:00Z 0

The 2023 Friendship Exchange

On May 11th we welcomed our fellow Rotarians and partners from Lithuania, for an 11 day stay in the district and a packed agenda at visiting some of our clubs and towns in Ontario and Michigan.
The 2023 Friendship Exchange Dennis Dinsmore 2023-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

Women In Rotary Webinar

Rotary provides women the opportunity to do extraordinary things. Working together with like-minded women and men, they expand and build on existing strengths with the benefits of diversity to improve the lives of individuals and communities. 
Please join us as we hear from two extraordinary women who exemplify service above self.
Women In Rotary Webinar Dennis Dinsmore 2023-03-02 05:00:00Z 0

Got Logo?

Do you have a club logo? Do you even need a club logo? Simply put, a logo is an image that your club can use on everything from newsletters to raffle tickets, to letterheads, to web pages and to any other communication where you wish to give your club a professional view of who you are.
Free club logos can be custom made online by logging in to and going to the Brand Center. To read more about the Rotary logo see this message from RI President Jennifer Jones...
Got Logo? Dennis Dinsmore 2023-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Global Grant Scholarship


The primary consideration of the Global Grant Scholarship Grant is to forge a link between Rotary and future skilled professionals within one of seven areas of focus. The successful candidate will receive a Global Grant Scholarship, valued at $30 000 USD to fund one year graduate-level study at a university outside of Canada and the United States in 2023-24, leading to a career in one of Rotary’s seven areas of focus.

Deadlines to receive 2023-24 Global Grant Scholarship applications:

  • Local Rotary Club: November 15, 2022 
  • District Chair: November 30, 2022


Use the links on the left for more information.      

Global Grant Scholarship 2022-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

We're back! RYE YEO & YEC Training - August 2022

On August 10, YEOs (Youth Exchange Officers), YECs (Youth Exchange Counselors), Youth Exchange Committee members, and Youth Services Committee members from across D6330 gathered on Zoom for the first YEO & YEC Training session on the 2022-2023 Rotary year. There was lots of excitement as we talked about welcoming our first Inbound students to the District in 3 years!
We're back! RYE YEO & YEC Training - August 2022 Kirk Langford 2022-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Only a Plane Ride Away

Posted by Dennis Dinsmore
Rotary leaders frequently say in their speeches that "Polio is only a plane ride away". We recently got proof that this omen could become a reality when in July, 2022 the US Center For Disease Control announced the confirmation of a polio case in the United States.
An unvaccinated young adult in Rockland County, New York was verified with having polio, probably contracted from a family member or friend visiting from another country who may have had no symptoms and was totally unaware of possible infection.
Only a Plane Ride Away Dennis Dinsmore 2022-07-29 04:00:00Z 0 EndPolioNow

What Does cVDPV Mean?

Posted by Dennis Dinsmore
As we celebrate the near elimination of the polio virus throughout the world, the reports reflect another, often overlooked, number called the cVDPV which stands for “circulating Vaccine‐Derived Polio Virus”. In 2021, the year that only 4 new Type 1 cases were identified, 637 new cVDPV cases were found.
So what are these cases and why are they not considered to be included when the World Health Organization certifies a country to be polio free?  To understand this class of polio cases, we have to look at how polio immunization mechanism works. The original Salk vaccine, which is injected, uses killed virus cells to train the child’s immune system to recognize and destroy future polio virus cells. The Sabin oral vaccine, in contrast, uses live polio virus cells to achieve the same result through a much different mechanism.

Once the drops are given to the child they grow and multiply in the gut for about 6 weeks (or longer if the
child is malnourished) until the immune system learns how to overcome the invaders and proceeds to kill them. During this learning period, the child in effect becomes a walking polio factory and can spread polio via fecal eliminations.
In areas where workers can immunize a large percentage of the kids, this is not a problem. Siblings and other kids coming in contact each other are also vaccinated and can ward off the virus. In areas where immunizations are spotty and some kids are getting their drops while others are not that the unwanted spread happens and cVDPV cases proliferate.
What Does cVDPV Mean? Dennis Dinsmore 2022-05-28 04:00:00Z 0