January 31, 2021


Our Next meeting is February 23rd, we will celebrate Rotary’s 116th anniversary with guest speaker Dean Rohrs, past RI Vice-President.
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Membership Committee Meeting
Feb 09, 2021 7:00 PM
Monthly Club Meeting: Rotary's 116th Birthday!
Feb 23, 2021
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Mar 09, 2021 7:00 PM
Monthly Club Meeting
Mar 30, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Apr 13, 2021 7:00 PM
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Foundation Moment with DG Hadi

What is a Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarship?

Established in 1947, the original Ambassadorial Scholarship program was designed to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. With the launch of the Rotary Grants model, scholarships are now used to fund a study by graduate students whose career goals support an area of focus. The funding is the same as a humanitarian global grant with a minimum scholarship amount of US $30,000. Upon returning home, Rotary Scholars share with Rotarians and others their experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country, and what career they will go into in order to meet the six areas of focus and spread goodwill and understanding.

Do you know any students that you would like to nominate for a scholarship?

Thank You/Merci,
Hadi Mortada,
Governor/Gouverneur 2020-21
Area Governor 2014-19
Club President 2013-14
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Margaret Shibley
January 10
Brian Foster
January 20
Ginette Valériote
January 30
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Len Goddard
January 1, 1968
53 years
President's Message
Jacinthe Paille
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February is Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution Month!
As we are about to start the month of February, I wanted to share some Rotary news:
The President of Rotary International, Holger Knaack, confirmed what most of us already believed would happen: the 2021 RI Convention, which was scheduled for June 12-16 in Taipei, Taiwan, has been made a virtual one. Although it won’t be the same as meeting friends in person, we can expect some high quality webinars and workshops in June –and it will be free! Stay tuned for more details.
As of July 1, Rotary’s new Vice-President will be our very own Zone Director Valarie Wafer! Congratulations to Valarie, who is currently the Chair of the Zone’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.
I want to take some space here to say that I truly enjoy our monthly meetings. I thought the Jan. 26 meeting was excellent! Don’t forget that on February 23rd, we will celebrate Rotary’s 116th anniversary with guest speaker Dean Rohrs, past RI Vice-President.
And finally, congratulations to Len Goddard for his very interesting talk for our Passport Education Centre. If you missed it, you can watch the recording on the club website. And I encourage all of you to connect with the next member you’ve been paired with for the February edition of Coffee with a Rotarian!
Secretary's Thoughts
Hi fellow Passport Club Rotarians and friends,
My thoughts this week may be slightly shorter than usual as I want to make room for the article you will see below from Margaret who has given us an excellent summary of where we stand with the FAR project of which we are partners with our fellow District 7040 Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston along with all of the other Kingston Clubs and the Rotary Club of Madras India.  Sorry if I have missed any others.
In his “Foundation Moment” in last week’s Bulletin, DG Hadi talks about Large Foundation Grants that now take place right here in North America as well as other “Developed Areas” of the world where there is a need.  I stand to be corrected, but this was not always the case, in fact I believe that it was RI’s response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005 that proved to be the game-changer.    The effects of Katrina were mostly felt in New Orleans and coastal Louisiana in late August and early September of 2005.  An estimated 1,200 people died as a direct result of the storm.  It was the costliest storm in U.S. history (an estimated $108 billion) and its effects are still being felt today.  I t was decided that this catastrophe warranted assistance from the Rotary Foundation which was subsequently made available.    
I don’t believe the FAR project is considered a large Rotary Foundation project but at $140,000, it may be among the group of larger global grants approved for our District.   Read all about this great project, which is a Centennial Project with all of the Kingston clubs participating, but with Cataraqui-Kingston in the lead, and please think about joining Margaret and I on Tuesday morning to learn more – and it will also count and a make-up of course!!
Have a great week everyone!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Project Update: The Rotary Facilitator of Alumni Relations (FAR) Project 
Launched 12 September 2020, at the Kingston Community Health Centre
  • Kingston high school alumni of the Pathways to Education program will continue to receive support while they move on to post-secondary education and meaningful employment
  • For those alumni who wish to postpone the immediate employment vs. further education decision, 20 Rotarians (including 2 from D7040 Passport) received professional mentorship training and are matched with individual alumni as needed
  • This is a Global Grant Project, the product of financial support from local (including D7040 Passport), national, and international Rotary Clubs, with matching grants from District and Rotary International funds. Five Clubs in India contributed a total of $24,500
  • $140 000 CDN (approximate) was raised to fund the Facilitator of Alumni Resources (FAR) position for 3 days a week for 3 years
The Power of a Global Grant Project
This is a large project with many partners, both financial and operational, which makes it both more stable and more impactful. Local Community partners are developing an endowment fund that will take over from the Rotary financial start-up funds at the end of this project and continue to fund the FAR position indefinitely. Both Pathways to Education and KEYS will continue to serve students. Now that’s impact!
As of the 22 January oversight committee meeting with representatives of Pathways to Education and KEYS:
  • Thirty-one (31) graduates from the Pathways program in June of 2020; a significant drop in graduation from high school compared with previous years 
    • Covid constraints and opening of new high school in the north end may have influenced potential graduates to return to high school for one further year
    • If correct, suggests more alumni than usual considering attending post-secondary institutions in the fall of 2021
    • Initial data supports this possibility – Jon Oosterman (the Facilitator of Alumni Resources) has already helped 10 students with applications relating to post-secondary attendance beginning in fall 2021; earlier uptake of assistance than normal 
  • Twenty-one (21) of the 31 graduates decided to continue to post-secondary institutions; 19 of these remain in the post-secondary stream as of the beginning of 2021
  • Pathways is identifying their graduates from previous years to follow up on current status; many will have continued to post-secondary institutions  
    • Particular targets are alumni who will graduate from post-secondary this May; intent is to determine degrees / diplomas attained so as to link the graduates with potential employers
    • KEYS has provided this service in the past, but there may also be a potential contribution from Rotary members
  • Mentoring program – establishment of connections influenced by Covid 19 constraints; has prevented normal in-person recruitment efforts which Pathways particularly relied on to
    maintain connections with their alumni and which it hoped to use to introduce potential mentors and mentees to one another; however:
    • Three (3) mentor/mentee relationships successfully established and maintained; 
      3 more are in the works
    • KEYS and PATHWAYS personnel established a target of 10 such established relationships by the end of the first year of the program, and are positive about their status to date
    • Much more interest being expressed by potential mentees in the past few weeks; full expectation to exceed the target
  • First interim report to the Rotary Foundation (TRF) and Rotary partners due July 2021
What’s next? Want to hear more?
You are invited to attend the Feb 02, 2021, Tuesday morning Cataraqui Kingston Rotary Club meeting.  Roger Romero, Program Coordinator at Pathways to Education, will discuss the impact that Covid 19 restrictions have had on the delivery of the program. Jon Oosterman, Rotary Facilitator of Alumni Resources, will provide some stories of the impact the Rotary FAR program is already having with alumni and soon to be graduating Pathways students. 

Topic: Cataraqui Kingston Rotary Club Weekly Meeting
Time: Feb 2, 2021 07:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada). The meeting officially gets underway at 7:15AM and the guest speakers are expected to start around 7:40AM, but if members are planning to attend it would be good to sign in before 7:15 AM if at all possible. 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87418157077?pwd=Skt3OVgrcTFiUUNlSVZzWVJPUUdLQT09
Meeting ID: 874 1815 7077 Passcode: 764042
Margaret Shibley
President-Elect Maddie Roy
One of our goals for this Rotary year is to have two of our members pledge to become benefactors to the Rotary Foundation. But what does that mean?
The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.
There are many ways to support the Rotary Foundation - including some club initiatives to look forward to in the coming weeks and month!
One of the easiest ways to leave a Rotary legacy and contribute to the good that the Rotary Foundation does is become a benefactor. This is when "you include the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in your estate plans or when you donate $1,000 or more to the fund outright."
Consider becoming a benefactor and helping us reach our goals and support the Rotary Foundation!


                           with Membership Director Ariane Carriere
This is an excerpt from an article about a newly chartered Passport Club. You can read the full article here.
“Prior to the Pandemic our intent was to operate the Passport Club as a service-based club with the requirement of 16 hours per quarter of service by each member.  In-person meetings would be quarterly, and members would be encouraged to attend other clubs’ weekly meetings.  Covid-19 changed all that.  Our members are still required to have the service aspect; however, it's not limited to Rotary only.  Any service that a member might perform such as Board meetings, Meals-on-Wheels, faith-based, soup kitchens, etc. with other organizations that our members might be affiliated with (as we all know Rotary is usually just one of the organizations that our members are involved with) counts towards the service hours requirement.  Chartering took some time. We did mass emails to former Rotarians. These lists were available on our District management system (ClubRunner). Once we started receiving replies we would reach out to the individuals and "convince" it was a good idea for returning to Rotary.”
The February list for Coffee with a Rotarian can be found here. Nico will be contacting someone for another Meet the Member article for February.



Have You Tried the Learning Center?

Use the course catalog to get direct links to all RI courses. These deep links will take users directly to the course after they sign in to My Rotary. Write to  learn@rotary.org if you need assistance getting these links.
New courses are now available in the Learning Center:
  • Rotary Foundation Basics. This course has been updated and includes a new quiz to test your knowledge.
  • Leadership Basics. This course from Toastmasters International focuses on essential leadership skills and is now available in several languages.
  • Leading a Team. This Toastmasters International course focuses on leading a small team and is now available in several languages.
  • Rotary’s Action Plan and You. This course shows you how your club can make a greater impact and implement other facets of the Action Plan. It’s now available in several languages.
  • Get Ready: District International Service Committee. This course shows the committee’s role in connecting members with resources to carry out sustainable service projects.
Remember that every course that you take counts as an attendance credit that you can mark in makeups.