October 17, 2021
Upcoming Events
FundRaiser for Polio
Oct 23, 2021
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Passport Club - Business Meeting
Oct 26, 2021 4:00 PM
Passport Club - Social Gathering
Nov 09, 2021 4:00 PM
Passport Club - Business Meeting
Nov 30, 2021 4:00 PM
Passport Club - Social Gathering
Dec 14, 2021 4:00 PM
Passport Club - Business Meeting
Dec 28, 2021 4:00 PM
Passport Club - Social Gathering
Jan 11, 2022 4:00 PM
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District Governor's Foundation Moment

PolioPlus is a Signature Program of The Rotary Foundation

PolioPlus is Rotary's priority program which supports global efforts to eradicate polio. It was launched in 1985, with the help of Dr. Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine, as a worldwide program to protect children from the harsh and fatal consequences of polio. In 1988, the World Health Assembly challenged the world to eradicate polio. Since that time, Rotary's efforts, along with partner agencies, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments around the world have achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide.


As of 2019-20, The Rotary Foundation has raised over US$1.8 billion for polio eradication. When the world is certified polio-free, our contributions will make Rotary the most significant non-governmental financial contributor to the global polio eradication effort.

You can help end polio by making a gift to the PolioPlus Fund at endpolio.org.

Did you make a donation to PolioPlus when you received your COVID vaccination? It's not too late.

Executives & Directors

President Elect
Past President
Public Relations/Communications
Director Greater Cornwall
Director Greater Montreal
Director Greater Ottawa
International Service
The Rotary Foundation
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Simmy Ahluwalia
October 10
Elisa Holland
October 19
Join Date
Ginette Valériote Legault
October 1, 2009
12 years
Jacinthe Paille
October 2, 1998
23 years
Mohamed Omar
October 29, 2013
8 years
President's Message
Maddie Roy
member photo
October is Community Economic Development month!
Today we commemorate International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
The 2020 Rotary all-member survey found that 46% of new Rotarians/Rotaractors joined to serve their communities and 17% joined for friendship. There are so many reasons to join Rotary, what was yours?
November 2nd to 4th is the virtual summit for Zone 28-32. Click here to register!
October 24th is World Polio Day. Yves Soumillon and David Wood are planning a fundraiser in Cornwall - selling Krispy Kreme, doughnuts at Freshco Grocery Store on October 23rd. Yum!
The Rotary Club of Cornwall-Sunrise is hosting Rotarian extraordinaire and polio survivor John Nanni to speak at their meeting on October 18 at 7 pm. Click here to read more about John and sign up for this meeting.
Want to see where End Polio Now events are happening throughout the world? Click here to check out the map!
Remember - the next person you meet could make a great Rotarian!
Have a great week,
Members Thoughts
This week from Past President Jacinthe:

Every year, Rotarians, their family, friends and the rest of the world celebrate new milestones in the eradication of polio on October 24, known as World Polio Day. It began in 1979, when Rotary started a multi-year project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. The Polio Plus program was launched in 1985, with an original budget of US$120 million. Since then, thanks in great part to the funds raised and efforts provided by Rotarians, poliomyelitis, the disease caused by the polio virus, has been eradicated from all but two countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan). A polio-free world is within reach!

To find out more about Rotary’s involvement, the program, events that will occur on October 24, or to donate, go to https://www.endpolio.org/world-polio-day.

President Elect's Report
Vision Exercise
Nothing recent to report on our Vision Exercise, but it has attracted attention at the District level and we've had an offer of support from outside the District. I will update you as soon as I have reliable information.
Margaret Shibley

Ariane Carriere, Membership Chair

Meet Brian Patterson
Born in Sarnia, Ontario in 1947 I was raised as a farm boy, first in Sarnia and then in Innerkip (outside Woodstock). Attended The Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston and served in Valcartier Quebec, Nicosia Cyprus (as UN special forces peacekeepers], and back at RMC on staff. Left CAF in 1976 and did too many things to summarize here but joined the Napanee Rotary Club in 1989 (at invitation from Judge Peter J. Coulson). Served Napanee as President (twice) and in every position available at least once. Had a particular passion for Rotary Youth Exchange and hosted 14 inbound students as well as serving at District 7040 for 14 years as Secretary of Y/E. I went to El Salvador with a D7040 World Community Service Team led by Bruce Hicks from Gananoque) along with Ariane Carriere. Best experience ever as a Rotarian!
Moved to British Columbia in 2018 after retirement from owning 5 Marlin Travel locations, and a Financial Services Company to be closer to children and grandchildren and of course joined Rotary. Immediately I was appointed to a Director position and became Treasurer next year. I would like to ‘slow down’ a little and enjoy retirement while still remaining connected to Rotary.
The October "Coffee with a Rotarian" is now in the Documents section.
Since we are now doing more club meetings, you need to report your attendance differently. This document How to report your attendance at a Club meeting tells you what to do. It's not a makeup so you actually need to go into the Meetings section. Our attendance right now is not where it should be. We are only at 22%.
I am repeating this again because Simmy has not had many people contact her about calendars. We agreed at the end of the last Rotary year to take part in the West Ottawa Rotary calendar fundraiser and ordered 150 calendars. We receive $10 for each one sold. This is the cover:
You can start selling any time. Simmy will have a supply in Ottawa and we hope to get some calendars in Cornwall in time for another fundraiser:
Join us here in Cornwall if you are able.