GUEST SPEAKER  :  District Governor Beth Selby

Beth’s intro to Rotary: "People often ask me how I became involved in Rotary. While my official Rotary involvement began in 2004 as a member of the Rotary Club of Belleville, my rotary experience started in 1993 when my husband, Barry (then a member of the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise) and I were counselors to the first of five students involved in the Rotary Exchange program. This experience is "My Rotary Moment".

One of Beth’s goals this year is to assist Club Presidents with strengthening their clubs. She believes the key to membership retention is engagement. We are great at attracting people to Rotary, but we need to engage them in social activities and service projects to retain them as members. Let's demonstrate the value of membership in Rotary International and grow Rotary!

She talked about Rotary International President Mark Maloney’s theme : “In this ever-divided world …                   ROTARY CONNECTS  THE WORLD.”

Mark’s Goals are to: Grow Rotary; Involve Our Families; Build a Viable Path to Rotary Leadership and to connect Rotary’s History with United Nations.

  • Grow Rotary

    • Make clubs irresistible

    • Focus on member engagement

    • Organize new clubs

    • Examine our demographics

    • Stress the importance of a Club Membership Committee

  • Involve Our Families

    • Welcome children at Rotary events

    • Allow them to grow up in the family of Rotary

    • Involve families in our communities in our projects and activities

  • Build a Viable Path to Rotary Leadership

    • Make leadership roles doable

    • Create leadership strength through proactive, succession planning

  • Rotary’s History with United Nations

    • Rotary celebrates 115 years, the United Nations 75 years

    • What can we do together to build a healthier, more peaceful, sustainable world?

The District Governor's Goals are:

 - 20 in 2020 -  (20 Inbound and outbound Rotary Exchange students in District 7070)

 - Assist Presidents to strengthen their Clubs

 - Organize new clubs

 - Focus on the Rotary family

 - Expand knowledge of District Grants & Global Grants

 - Increase support for The Rotary Foundation

 - Increase service locally and internationally

 - Heighten our public image 

Beth encouraged all clubs to strive for the Rotary Citation (available on our District website and in each District Newsletter).

She encouraged everyone to sign up today for the District Conference Oct 25 – 27, 2019. Rotary District 7070 Conference, JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa 1050 Paignton House Rd., Minett, Ontario.  Here are some details.   NOTE: Book your room at the fantastic rate of $135 per night. (this rate is good for the entire week (Oct 21 thru Oct 28).

Following the Speech, Assistant Governor John Burns paid tribute to Bob Stephens , who is a 69 year member of the Rotary Club of Bowmanville. The club made Bob an Honourary member and his donations to the Rotary Foundation were well noticed as Past District Governor Michael Bell gave to Bob his major Donor pin and awards. Well deserved. Interesting to note that Bob often came to our Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood , especially in the early years to say hello and maintain his attendance too. Well done Bob. Many standing ovations.

A very special thank you to Peter Hernandez of the Rotary Club of Oshawa who took many photos and they are shared in a post of our Oshawa-Parkwood Rotary Facebook Page.

Thank you District Governor Beth, and Assistant Governor John Burns for making tonight a tremendous success.


IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT, MAKE UP : Go online at go to the club locator and find a club or clubs near your destination. Or you can add the free App Rotary Club Locator to your phone for instant look up of any club in the world. Please mail or fax your make-ups to Secretary Robbie Larocque, or give your make-up card to the attendance/registration officer at the next club meeting.