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District-Wide Exit Interview Survey – How Did We do?
100 former Rotarians were surveyed.  53% indicated that they left Rotary within 5 years of joining.
What’s the biggest reason why they left?
Come to our breakout session to find out!
This year, our District Membership Team conducted anonymous and confidential exit interviews with 100 former Rotarians who had left Rotary in our District since July of 2016.  We asked them 10 open-ended questions and received honest feedback which you can use to help your club strategize for the future.
This breakout session, will take place on Friday, May 25 at the District Conference in St. John’s and will be led by District Governor Nominee and former District Trainer Louisa Horne, of the Halifax Harbourside club and District Membership Chair Wendy Scammell, of the St. John’s Northwest club.
 Short Term Exchange Program (STEP)
New in 2018-2019, District 7820 will begin offering youth aged 15-19 the opportunity to go on short term (summer) exchanges.  Under STEP, Rotary matches students in two countries for a family-to-family exchange. The families then plan a reciprocal exchange for the students in July-August, with the 2 students together in Canada one month and in the other country the other month. 
For Rotary clubs, short term exchanges are much lower cost/effort than traditional long term (school year) exchanges. Rotary helps ensure a safe and secure exchange environment via our youth protection processes, but STEP does not require Rotary clubs to recruit volunteer host families. Club costs will be just $200 per student. All other costs of exchange are the responsibility of the student/family.
The application/selection period for Summer 2019 exchanges will be October-November 2018. For more information on how your Rotary Club can begin to offer short term exchanges to students in your area, please email Michael Craig, District Chair of Youth Service
The 2016 Council on Legislation (COL) was absolutely groundbreaking for Rotary and its clubs around the world.
The 2016 COL approved a number of changes to the old Rotary rules around attendance, meeting time, place and frequency and signaled a new era in Rotary marked by a recognition that change is needed for clubs to attract and retain quality members to remain vibrant forces in their local and world communities, well into the 21st Century.
Clubs within District 7820 have taken the change message very seriously. Here are some of the innovations that clubs within our district have tried or are currently implementing:
Camp Gencheff in Stratford, PEI, hosted Rotary Youth Exchange students and parents April 27-29 for the annual In-and-Out Orientation session.  Our 2018-2019 outbound students and their parents participated in training sessions designed to prepare them for the students’ year abroad. Our 2017-2018 inbounds (students here from other countries) were also there, participating in training to prepare them for their return home. 
A special thanks to Angie Arsenault (Summerside), Kim Palmer-Nickerson (Charlottetown) and Bill Kendrick (Charlotteown Royalty) for leading the local hosting and Alida Campbell (Halifax Harbourside) for leading the orientation sessions.
Photo above:  In-and-Out Rotary Exchange Students, immediately after D7820 outbounders received their red Canada blazers.
Photos below: Students on exchange from Germany, Austria and Switzerland talk to students going to German-speaking countries next year; and 
 Alida Campbell checks in as students and parents play Barnga, a card game specially designed to simulate cultural differences and conflicts.
Rotary International’s Council on Resolutions (COR) meets online each year to vote on proposed resolutions submitted by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI. The COR has the authority to adopt resolutions. Most adopted resolutions are then considered by the RI Board or the TRF Trustees.
District 7820's representative to the COR is PDG Greg Coldwell, and every club and district may propose resolutions. If your club is considering proposing a resolution for the COR, please follow the guidelines in this link. https://my.rotary.org/en/document/how-propose-resolutions-council-resolutions
The deadline to submit proposed resolutions from clubs and districts for the 2018 COR must be received by Rotary International on or before 30 June 2018, including the governor’s confirmation of endorsement.  There are no exceptions to the deadline.
For just $20 you can buy a chance to win a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey autographed by 2017-18 Rotary International President Ian Riseley - just in time to go to the Rotary International Convention in Toronto June 23-27, 2018.
Tickets are now available! Just contact Avalon Northeast Rotarian Jerry Young:
Payment can be by cash, VISA or Master Card.
The jersey was signed by RI President Ian Risley when he was at Camp Gencheff helping to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rotary on Prince Edward Island. Tickets will be drawn on May 27th at the District Conference in St. John's. The signed jersey will be sent to the winner in time to attend the Rotary International Convention in Toronto and, in particular, the Beyond Borders dinner at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Sunday June 24th.
Only 150 tickets are available so get yours NOW!
Proceeds from the draw will support the 2018 District Conference.

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