Local & International News
President Paul Crant of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown is pleased to announce that the club has sponsored a school based Rotaract Club at the University of Prince Edward Island.  The club’s charter is on its way from Rotary International. The new club is meeting in the Don and Marion McDougall Hall at 2:00 pm on Fridays.
The charter club executive is: 
  • Berk Erbas, President
  • Jeremy Xu, Vice President
  • Emily Caldwell, Secretery
  • Kai Chen, Treasurer
(President Berk (left) and Vice President Jeremy (right) met PEI Premier Wade McLaughlin at the Premier's Dinner on Feb 5th, organized by the Island Rotary Clubs.) 
“It is a real privilege to see this club start up with so much enthusiasm”, said Martin Ruben, Director of Fundraising and Rotaract liaison, “Along with Rotarian Michael Morrison, we have enjoyed working with the Rotaract adviser at UPEI, Richelle Greathouse, to facilitate the creation and operation of the club.”
The Rotaract Club of UPEI has chosen mental health as its focus for 2018.  In the coming weeks and months, it will be holding fundraisers to support Lennon Recovery House Association who are creating a facility in the village of Rustico. “Our club chose mental health as our focus as there appears to be a critical need in the community for better facilities,” said Rotaractor Berk.  “We are thrilled to be contributing to the community in such an important manner.”
Before the 2018 District Conference begins you won't want to miss the Thursday Professional Development Day (PDD) on May 24th at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre in the Town of Conception Bay South (outside of St. John's). That is where all Rotarians can take their leadership skills to the next level. It's free for incoming Presidents and Secretaries and only $30 for all other Rotarians. Lunch and transportation to and from the conference hotel is included in your PDD registration. 
Beginning Thursday May 24th evening with Home Hospitality with Rotarians from the six regional clubs, an event not to be missed, the conference officially begins on Friday May 25th at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre in St. John's. The conference has great keynote speakers, plenary activities, music, entertainment and lots of opportunities for district Rotarians to "Join Leaders - Exchange Ideas - Take Action"! For more details and to register go to: http://rotary7820.com/page/district-conference
The Rotary International President's Representative to the 2018 District Conference is Michael Webb from the Rotary Club of Mendip, England. Mike is a current director of The Rotary Foundation.  You won't want to miss him speak. He will deliver an inspirational address on the 2017-18 theme "Rotary: Making A Difference" as well as a report on Rotary worldwide. 
Here is the latest on the Friday and Saturday Breakout Sessions:
District Membership Chair Wendy Scammell and DGN Lousia Horne will lead a breakout on Membership - including an examination of the results of the district's exit survey of 100 people who left clubs in our district over the past 18 months.
Public Image is a key focus of Rotary International and our district. Carrie Jones, Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 24 East is travelling to St. John's and will talk about Public Image and the new "Rotary: People of Action" campaign.
  •  Hear all about "Santa to the Coast" from Past President Geoff Goodyear. The Rotary Club of Happy Valley - Goose Bay has been involved with this project for decades and it even won a Rotary Significant Achievement Award.
  • Designed by Interactors and Rotaractors and led by Kristina Ennis (a former Rotaractor, now Rotarian), this breakout is an opportunity to hear from our future Rotarians about the work they are carrying out in their own areas as well as what their needs for the future may be. 
  • Where do the Funds we donate to the Rotary Foundation go? District Foundation Chair PDG Stella Roy leads a panel that will showcase successful District Grants and Global Grants. "Exchange Ideas" afterwards in the Q&A and then "Take Action"!
  • He's helped many clubs in Newfoundland develop their strategic plan - he can help you as well. Rotarian Alex Twells leads the breakout on the “How To” of Strategic Planning – How to Assess your Club to Move Forward.
The Rotary Foundation and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education work together to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis. We’re offering up to 10 scholarships for graduate study at the IHE Delft campus in the Netherlands. The partnership aims to increase the number of trained professionals who can plan and implement water and sanitation solutions in developing areas. The scholarships are also designed to promote long-term, productive relationships between Rotarians and skilled water and sanitation professionals in their communities.

Scholars will receive a Master of Science degree in urban water and sanitation, water management, or water science and engineering. Graduates work with their sponsor Rotary clubs on a related project to benefit their local community. The application is due 15 June. For more information, review the application toolkit and scholarship terms and conditions available from Abby McNear, Rotary Grants Manager,+1-847-425-5656 rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org

The Rotary International office in Zurich, Switzerland, will coordinate this scholarship program. If you have questions, please write to Vanessa Court-Payen at vanessa.court-payen@rotary.org.
Are you tired of winter yet? Looking for an early Spring?
We have a couple of openings for the outbound exchange to Vancouver Island and western Washington state. Their district is looking forward to repaying the hospitality that we extended to their delegation last Fall.
Please contact PDG Tom McCaughey for an application at dgtom7820@gmail.com or (709)682-7259.   
RFE’s are an inexpensive way to explore other districts, to meet some great friends and learn about their culture and their projects and to generally be treated as very welcome guests and not a tourist.
This is Holly White, handing in her final dissertation earning her a Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in December 2017.  Holly is the first Peace Scholar from Newfoundland and Labrador and was sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest.
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 professionals from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of our peace centers.
Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Fellowship develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
February is Peace and Conflict Resolution Month within Rotary. It’s now time to begin preparing for our next applicants. 
Here’s how you and your clubs can become involved:
The Halifax Harbourside Rotary Club is looking for partners and support to undertake a mechanized borehole water project in Bawiu, a small village near Navrongo, in the Northern-most part of Ghana. This is the driest part of the country. The community is among the poorest in the region and lacks the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers.

The population of the community is estimated to be 1,012, a majority of which are youth. Improved maternal health education and programs, reducing infant mortality, have led to higher birth rates and population growth over the past 10 years.
About 70% of the economy in the Bawiu community depends on agriculture. The farmers rely on rainfall to water their crops and animals. The average rainfall for the community is 940mm per annum with most rain falling between June to September.  The dry season is from November to March and in January, the driest month, there is only 1mm of rainfall. The mechanized borehole project will provide an opportunity for farmers to farm all year round, bringing an immense economic benefit to the community.

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