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Introducing "My Big Fab Rotary Dinner".  Rotarians are asked to invite non Rotarians (minimum 4, maximum 8) over for dinner on April 3, 2019 (with alternate date of April 20, 2019).  Each non Rotarian guest will be asked to donate at least $30 (payable to the club to benefit the Polio Plus Campaign) for a fantastic candlelight wine and dine event hosted by the Rotarian and Partner.  Photos during dinner to be posted online. A great opportunity for public image, to introduce guests to Rotary, Foundation, and Polio...and have a lot of fun.  With 1500 members x 6 guests each paying $30, potential for $270,000 to End Polio.  If matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at 2-1, total for night could be $810,000...a great dinner event for a fantastic "Rotary Day".
Friday, May 10 – 8:30-12:30
You won’t want to miss this powerful experience!  The KAIROS Blanket Exercise. Experience the history you did not learn in school!
 
The Blanket Exercise is based on participatory popular education methodology and the goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.
 
On Saturday, February 16, 35 enthusiastic participants at the Southwest NS Training for Leaders of Clubs, or TLC, learned about technology, public image resources, the Foundation and more; they met some new people, and worked hard on their club action plans. Feedback on the new format was very positive, with Michael Fairn, Secretary, RC of Middleton saying: "No question the best TLC I've attended... on so many levels! ... I heard only good comments and praise from each of the Middleton attendees yesterday."
 
Upcoming TLC dates are as follows: March 9 - Corner Brook, March 16 - St Pierre et Miquelon, March 23 – Sydney, March 30 – Halifax, April 13 – Truro, April 27 – PEI. Mark your calendars now and plan to participate in an all new Training for Leaders of Clubs this spring; it will be time well spent!
 
The spring Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) session is being held in Dieppe NB on Saturday April 6, 2019 at the CCNB Campus,  505 Rue du College  located off Champlain St in Dieppe, NB. The sign in desk opens at 8:15 am and the sessions will run from 9:00 am to about 4:00 pm. 
 
Having Rotarians attend an RLI session has proven to be a major benefit for both the member and their clubs.  The basic RLI program consists of series of three one day Parts. The material in each part is organized to gradually increase the participants' Rotary knowledge and leadership skill and are taken sequentially over a period of time. An overview of the RLI program  and the three parts can be found on the RLI page of the Website.
 
An enthusiastic group of Harbourside Rotarians braved freezing rain to go on a field trip meeting to the Dalhousie School of Engineering.  We heard from Dr. Graham Gagnon who holds the NSERC/Halifax Water Industrial Research Chair in Water Quality and Treatment. His team works with Halifax Water and Cape Breton Water and many others - and they are researching a disruptive UV-LED technology. Did you know that water issues kill more people than violence?  The slide from UNICEF is a powerful image. 
 
We are exploring a collaborative project with the Dal team, together with a Rotarian in India, who is a Dal Alumnus, to pilot the water purification devices in some schools in India - it could have huge impact! Masters student, Carolina, tested the devices in Nunavut - and she gave us a demo of how they work when we toured the labs. Thank you to Godfred for starting the conversation about a possible grant opportunity and for arranging the wonderful field trip!
We’re excited you’re joining us at the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, 1-5 June. This issue of Convention News contains important program updates to help you plan your convention experience.
 
We have our first group of speakers!
•             Steve Farber, Founder and Chair of the Extreme Leadership Institute
•             Daniel Flynn, Co-founder and Managing Director of Thankyou
•             Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG
•             Dr. Pia Skarabis-Querfeld, MD, Chairwoman of the Board, Medizin Hilft, member of the Rotary Club of Kleinmachnow
•             Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
 
 

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