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22 St. Andrews St. N., St. Marys
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St. Marys, ON  N4X 1C5
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Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating

The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.

The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.

In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.


International Literacy Day
The United Nations' (UN) International Literacy Day annually falls on September 8 to raise people's awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world.
Reading the Past, Writing the Future
http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/ERI/icons/quotes-L.png;pvc3ecf34125d1d84aThe world has changed since 1966 – but our determination to provide every woman and man with the skills, capacities and opportunities to become everything they wish, in dignity and respect, remains as firm as ever. Literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all.http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/ERI/icons/quotes-R.png                                                                                                         UNESCO Director-General    
This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honours the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.
Fifty years ago, UNESCO officially proclaimed 8 September International Literacy Day to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.
Now International Literacy Day is celebrated worldwide, bringing together governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, NGOs, private sectors, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field. On this day also International Literacy Prizes are awarded to people with outstanding solutions that can drive literacy towards achieving the 2030 Education Agenda. This year the focus is on innovation.
This is the first year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this context the vision of literacy is aligned with lifelong learning opportunities with special focus on youth and adults. Literacy is a part of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. The target is that by 2030 all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy (SDG Target 4.6).
The International Literacy Day will be celebrated all around the world. The main global celebration of the day will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris in the form of a two-day conference on 8 - 9 September, the highlight of which will be the awarding of the Literacy Prizes. At the same time the Global Alliance for Literacy (GAL) will be launched, a new and ambitious initiative to make all major stakeholders pull together to promote literacy as a foundation for lifelong learning.

In Rotary, the theme for the month of September is Basic Education and Literacy, one of the six areas of focus.
Did you know that 1.7 million additional teachers are needed worldwide to meet the goal of universal primary education?
How can we take action?
-Participate in a world community project to provide teacher training and needed classroom supplies. A few of our members already help load containers heading to South Africa with unwanted school room supplies from schools that have been closed in our area. We welcome more of our members to help with this worthy "Global Literacy Project" which is an ongoing project of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend. On Aug 5th I had the privilege of helping them load containers #62 & 63. Not only do you have a great feeling of satisfaction knowing that these items will not be littering the dump but that children who have nothing will now have desks, chairs, blackboards, etc. You also have the opportunity to meet many wonderful Rotarians from our area. 
Did you know that 57 million children worldwide are not in school and that 781 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate?
How can we take action?
- Volunteer in a classroom or after-school program
- Serve as a mentor to students in your community
- Organize a Canada150 literacy program that would include all school age children in our community (stay tuned for more information coming in the near future)




   RIPE Ian Riseley Events


RI President Elect Ian Riseley from the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, will be visiting our District from September 24th-26th, 2016. He will be joined by his partner Juliet who is also a Rotarian and PDG.

Rotary Club of London Meeting:

On Monday, September 26th, 2016 he will be the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of London. The meeting will take place at the London Convention. Tickets are only $25 and you should be there by 11:45. Please contact Jim Belton jimbelton@rogers.com to confirm your attendance.

Area 2 and District 6330 Clubs Meeting- Rotary Foundation Centennial Year:

On Monday, September 26, 2016 he will be joining Rotarians in Mildmay as part of the Area 2 meeting. All Clubs are welcome to attend. The meeting will begin at 5:30 at the Mildmay Community Centre. Tickets which include dinner are only $25.00. Please contact AG Tim Mancell tmancell@wightman.ca with the number of people that will be attending from your Club. Mr. Riseley will be joined by Carolyn Ferguson our Senior Gifts Officer for the Rotary Foundation.

Please mark your calendars for these events. Mr. Riseley is a fantastic speaker and you don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity. Let’s give him a big District 6330 welcome and show him all the great Rotarians we have “Serving Humanity.”

Polio Watch (Sept 2016)
by Polio Eradication Co-Chair Joan Fisher

Polio eradication has endured an unfortunate setback in Nigeria. Two confirmed cases of type 1 of the virus came to
light in July. Prior to this detection, there had been no new cases of polio in Nigeria since July 24, 2014.

While these cases are isolated to the state of Borno, they are linked to a strain of the virus last detected in Borno in
2011. This demonstrates the insidiousness of the polio virus that can go undetected for 5 years and then paralyze two
innocent children.
Borno has been victim of civil unrest in recent years, suggesting pockets of children may not have
been vaccinated. Local gaps in surveillance to identify the disease may also have existed, allowing the virus to
continue circulating. To combat this latest outbreak, Nigeria’s government has stepped up immunization through
five, large scale vaccination campaigns taking place from August to November and strengthening surveillance across
Borno and at-risk communities.
To reduce the risk of the spread of the virus, immunization campaigns are also being
launched in the surrounding countries of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and the Central African Republic.
Globally, as of July 13, 2016, 21 new cases of polio have been identified. There are 13 cases in Pakistan, 6 cases in
Afghanistan and 2 in Nigeria. At the same time last year there were 36 cases. Fundraising is one of the key ways to
combat the spread of this disease. Rotarians are encouraged to sponsor Past District Governor Tanya Wolff as she
participates in her 5th marathon, The Scotiabank Toronto Marathon, on Sunday, October 15th to “End Polio Now”.
Rotarian donors receive a tax receipt and their Paul Harris Fellow points.
Contact Tanya at: pdgtanya@gmail.com.         

                                  2016 - 2017 District Governor Diane & Bill Chantler
Our pictures will tell the story. First of all, we must thank President Stan and his wife, Kathryn for being such wonderful hosts for the evening. What a beautiful setting!
Group photo taken by Bill Chantler
The following pictures were taken by Nelda Oliver
DG Diane talks about the year ahead.
Remember the 3 F's ...
Fun, Fellowship, Friendship
AG Dianne Yundt (L) with Pres Stan Malcolm and 
DG Diane Chantler

Although this is an old You Tube video (2014), I thought it would be of interest to our members.
Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and philanthropist.
He is best known as the lead vocalist of rock band U2.

“Whenever I go doing my work in Africa, The Rotarians have been there before me. It Is very humbling thing to discover just exactly what “Service Above Self” adds up to when you see it in practice in the field” ~ Bono
If your computer system does not support this video, please click on the 'You Tube' link below.

The Rotary Foundation has been improving lives since 1917. Learn about our work and be inspired to join us in meeting humanity's greatest challenges! (This video premiered at the 2016 Rotary International Assembly.)

Click on the title or the video frame to view a very short video...


Welcome to our Rotary Club! 


Sep 26, 2016
Oct 03, 2016
Billy Strathdee
His exchange to France
Oct 17, 2016
Heather Smith
Haitian Education Project
Oct 24, 2016
Oct 31, 2016
Nov 07, 2016
Veterans' Dinner
Remembrance program
Nov 14, 2016
Analee Leavitt
Her exchange in Thailand
Nov 21, 2016
President Stan Malcolm
Classification Talk
Dec 05, 2016
Brett Dill
His exchange to Brazil
Dec 19, 2016