October 24, 2021
Upcoming Events
Passport Club - Business / Statutory Meeting
Oct 26, 2021 4:00 PM
Passport Club - Social Gathering
Nov 09, 2021 4:00 PM
Passport Club - Business / Statutory Meeting
Nov 30, 2021 4:00 PM
Passport Club - Social Gathering
Dec 14, 2021 4:00 PM
Passport Club - Business / Statutory 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

Rotary's Polio Challenge
Since 2013, the Gates Foundation has matched every $1 Rotary commit to polio eradication 2-to-1. In January 2020, the Gates Foundation announced that they will continue to match 2:1 every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication up to $50 million per year through 2023!
Rotary has contributed more than $2 billion to fight polio, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, and countless volunteer hours since launching its polio eradication program, PolioPlus, in 1985.
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 is World Polio Day. After decades of tireless work, we have achieved a world where wild polio only exists in two countries - while amazing, it means our work is not yet done. Every year on October 24, we commemorate World Polio Day by honouring the people whose lives have been affected by this disease and forging on in our fight to eradicate it.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to two extraordinary Rotarians, David Wood and Yves Soumillon, for planning an executing an event in Cornwall to help raise money for efforts in the fight against polio. "Donuts to end disease" was a huge success and we are proud to have such motivated Rotarians among us.
Would you like to test your trivia skills? Our friends over at the Rotary Club of Westmount will be back this Thursday to host their monthly trivia night! Click here to check out the event.
We all know how great it feels to do some spring cleaning to usher in a brighter season. While the seasonal changes that most of us are seeing right now do not evoke the same sense of renewal, they remind us how tough it can be to hunker down for the winter months. Now is a great time to do some autumn cleaning and donate used goods to organizations in our communities that help out those in need.
November 2nd to 4th is the virtual summit for Zone 28-32. Click here to register!
Remember - the next person you meet could make a great Rotarian!
Have a great week,
Secretary's Thoughts
Our business (statutory) meeting this Tuesday will feature a special guest speaker, PDG Doug Vincent. Please join early, we'll be "live" online one half hour before the scheduled 4 pm Eastern start to meet the speaker and enjoy fellowship.
Please invite a guest!
The meeting link:
President Elect's Report
District Training Assembly: Polio
Did you get a chance to join the District Training Assembly on Polio on the 17th? Secretary Chris has recorded the session (https://vimeo.com/634691662/1aaf509bd0) so you can hear Dr. Deepak Purohit PDG. Lucid and complete, it is a briefing on polio eradication and the involvement of Rotary that we all should be aware of.
Until you get a chance to listen, here’s a simple question that Secretary Chris asked and the somewhat more complicated answer.
Why do we need to keep raising money to irradicate polio when there are currently only two cases of polio in the world?
In India there are millions of children and no cases of polio for the last 10 years, but we are still immunizing all children. It is the same throughout the world. The important thing is that, where there is one case of polio anywhere in the world, every child in the world is at risk of polio myelitis unless they are vaccinated. Even if there are billions of children, they all need to be vaccinated. 
So (1), we need money to continue to vaccinate for as long as there is polio in the world.
And (2), we need money to continue research. Although there are only two cases of wild polio, there are 300 cases of vaccine-derived polio in the world. The need also is to develop another vaccine. A polyvalent vaccine covers all three strains of polio: PV1, PV2, and PV3. PV1 and PV3 viruses are already extinct, so we now need a new monovalent vaccine against PV2.
In areas where there is no oral vaccine available, or where there are cases of vaccine-derived polio, vaccinations must be delivered by injection. This is from 10 to 20 times more costly than oral vaccines. 
Dr. Deepak Purohit

Ariane Carriere, Membership Chair

There is a fantastic article in the October Rotary magazine called Making Space for Nomads. If you have the digital subscription, which most of you do, you'll be able to access the link without a problem. If you get the paper copy, you can find it on p.56.
It describes exactly how I envisioned a Passport club when I started organizing it in 2017, and I quote " The club's focus on professional achievement and on allowing members to set their own volunteering course has driven member satisfaction." Another thing the club does is that members call each other to find out more about each other and Rotary. That is a lead-in to "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 participation/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 participation/attendance right now is not where it should be but it is improving since a few more members have been adding in what they have done.
This week, Fred picked up 80 calendars for the Cornwall and area Rotarians. We are trying to work out something with the Quebec Rotarians for delivery. 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. 
Finally, the fundraiser for PolioPlus organized by Dave Wood and Yves Soumillon in Cornwall. Thank you for doing that.