March 28, 2021


Our next meeting will be this Tuesday March 30th at the regular 5:00PM Eastern time.  The link will be open at 4:30 for those wishing to have an opportunity to chat with members beforehand.
The link to join meeting is the same every month.
Please use the link below - note that a password is not necessary - participants are admitted by the meeting Chair from a Waiting Room.   
Meeting ID:774-1711-6547
Upcoming Events
Monthly Club Meeting
Mar 30, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Apr 13, 2021 7:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
May 11, 2021 7:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Jun 08, 2021 7:00 PM
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Foundation Moment with DG Hadi

How The Rotary Foundation Touched One Person’s Life

“What we do is touch other people . . . open the horizon to them . . . say ‘You matter.’ You see, the five men who chose me to become a Rotary Scholar are gone . . . but they are not. They never will be. Because along the way, I will in my own way share with others - and have - what those five men and the 60 members of the Rotary Club of Marshall, Texas and the tens of thousands of other members of Rotary did in 1956 when they said, ‘Bill Moyers, you can matter.’” Bill Moyers, TV journalist and commentator, and former Deputy Director of the Peace Corps.

Can you help identify a candidate for a Global Grant Scholarship that will make a difference in the world?

Thank You/Merci,
Hadi Mortada,
Governor/Gouverneur 2020-21
Area Governor 2014-19
Club President 2013-14
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Executives & Directors

President Elect
Past President
Director Greater Cornwall
Director Greater Montreal
Public Relations/Communications
Director Greater Ottawa
International Service
The Rotary Foundation
President Nominee
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Christopher Thompson
March 24
Fred Carriere
March 29
Terry Forth
Mehrun Forth
March 22
Rotary Focus #7 ENVIRONMENT 
 The Rotary Climate Action Team (RCAT) invited Dr W Silver to give the monthly presentation - her topic was "Recapturing Wasted Carbon for Climate Change Mitigation". Her perspective was through soil amendments using compost which showed great promise. Her presentation can be found at in the Monthly Forum, Library of Presentations. 
ESRAG - the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group now has more than 1000 members. There are 3 chapters in North America that meet separately.
Spring is coming - here are 2 Rotary challenges: 1) Rotary for Bees (Australia) has the 1m2 challenge - plant at least 1m2 with early flowering plants to feed the pollinators; 2) Small Gardens (Andy Barrnet in California) - similar to the first but uses many types of vessels including gunny sacks to grow flowering plants, vegetables or fruits (strawberries or tomatoes). Contact me for more information. Brian Foster
President's Message
Jacinthe Paille
member photo
March is Water and Sanitation Month!
March is Water and Sanitation Month! / April is Maternal and Child Health!
As the month of March is coming to an end, it brings with it our monthly club meeting – and that always makes me happy. I love to see your faces on the screen!
So, on Tuesday, March 30th, 5:00pm EDT, tune in to our club Zoom meeting for some fellowship (as of 4:30pm); Rotary information, events and celebrations; and the induction of our newest member, Renée-Claude!
March 31st marks the Transgender Day of Visibility. From the website, “This day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people, their contributions to society and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. » Let’s help making an inclusive world by celebrating all contributions by the LGBTQIA+ community !
Finally, if you are available on Thursday, April 1st at 12:15pm, the Rotary Club of Kingston is celebrating their 100th anniversary on Zoom! Here are the details from Paul Elsley, president of the club:
I am hoping that you can join us this coming Thursday for our Centennial birthday party. The first half hour is social time - the meeting begins at 12:15 pm. Here are some of our plans...
  • a congratulatory video from Jen Jones
  • unveiling of a plaque at the Blue Martini restaurant - site of the very first meeting
  • Miss Emily (local musician) will sing happy birthday
  • birthday cupcakes being delivered to each member
  • the story of our first meeting  - club historian Paul Van Nest
  • themes from the 1st 100 years - Bob Mallette (longest serving Rotarian and current Club Secretary)
  • a birthday trivia contest
  • the induction of our 11th new member of the year
Topic: RCK Meeting - Centennial Birthday Celebration
Time: Apr 1, 2021 11:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 870 3262 6545
Secretary's Thoughts
Hi fellow Passport Club Rotarians and friends,
Please look for Brian Foster’s Environment update in the left hand column near the bottom of this week’s Bulletin, and remember that this is now RI’s 7th area of focus!  Brian has also provided a link to information on the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group or ESRAG for short.  Brian is our very own ESRAG Watch Dog!
Please note that this week Jacinthe in her column at the top of the Bulletin has called attention to a number of important activities that you can become involved with and has provided links where appropriate.
And also please note Corina’s project is on hold for the moment, due to some important developments.  Corina he will be providing an explanation at this week’s monthly club meeting on Tuesday at 5 PM.
Yours in Rotary Service,
President-Elect Maddie Roy
This week I had the pleasure to attend a meeting about the potential for restarting and revamping the Rotaract Club of Cornwall. An enthusiastic young Rotaractor from Alberta (involved in Rotaract Canada policy making) led the discussion, which yielded a wonderful conversation about the role of Rotaract in our community and how we can help empower Rotaract Clubs. I'm sure this is a conversation that we will continue to have at a club and district level so keep your eyes peeled for any opportunities to collaborate with Rotaractors!
Here is a message for an event that we could all greatly benefit from, brought to our attention by Margaret:
Caravane Philanthrope
( ) is a social organization that works with kids and seniors in need, locally and in international refugee camps. They also share their knowledge and experience with educators. A new session, Play is Essential, will be piloted April 1 - no joke!
FREE online presentation: "Play is Essential" by John Shibley, April 1, 19h00 (EST time).
Interested in participating in a test run to give us constructive feedback? Sign up at the URL provided in the link above (or click here). You will get a Zoom link when you've registered.
Have a great week everyone :)


                         Membership Director Ariane Carriere
The April list for Coffee with a Rotarian can be found here. Please check it out because the format is slightly different from what we've had.
When was the last time that you entered a makeup? In case you've forgotten, there is a download file on our home page, on the left-hand side. Our attendance is down.
We have been invited by the Pacific Northwest Passport Club to participate in a joint meeting. They usually meet on Saturdays. This would be for fellowship and to compare some of what we do. If you are interested, let Ariane know. So far I have heard from one interested person.

Meet the Member - David Wilder

Originally from Nobel, Ontario, I spent my adolescence in Deep River, then left for university. I returned to Deep River in 1979 to work as an Instrumentation and Controls Engineer at the Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories. I got married, had two sons, and eventually retired in Deep River in 2009.

At that time, I was chair of the education committee for the Algonquin Chapter of Professional Engineers, I was on the board of directors for the Deep River Science Academy, and I had recently joined the Rotary Club of North Renfrew (Deep River).  

My interest in Rotary had been piqued a few years before, when my wife and I were approached by Bob French to host a youth exchange student. We were a host family twice. It was a rewarding experience for us and our boys. After joining the club, I became the treasurer and years later, president.
In 2018, we moved to a condo in Ottawa, and I joined the Passport Club the following year, sponsored by Ariane.

My current passion is another volunteer program, Engineer-In-Residence, where I am paired with a teacher to organize science related classroom activities. I work with the teacher to identify an activity related to the curriculum, then get the materials and run it in the classroom. As an example, in the last one I did (before Covid), the students, grades 4 and 5, built working models of the lungs, using balloons, straws and pop bottles.

One thing I really like about the Passport Club is that I can take credit for the time I spend on this program.


Things always work better when we use the team approach in our District. As the District bulletin editor, I know there really should be someone to be my assistant/backup/replacement. Only I know what I receive in the way of articles and news events, and how it goes into the bulletin. The ClubRunner bulletin is an online version, where several people could work on stories, but at the end you pull it together into one.
Is there anyone that might be interested in something like that? I'm trying to set up the new version by July so that we can start a new Rotary year with a team bulletin. Send a message to Ariane if you have that interest, and especially if you are familiar with using ClubRunner for online bulletins.
Articles should be sent to me no later than the 25th of any month to be included in the next month's bulletin. Right now I receive them, but I'd like to have a team.