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2012-2013 DG Calendar

District Events and Dates
New RI President (2012-13) - Sakuji Tanaka (Japan) Jul 01, 2012 - Jun 30, 2013
New DG - Vance Lewis - (2012-13) - BVI Jul 01, 2012 - Jun 30, 2013
New RI Theme, 2012-13 - Peace through Service Jul 01, 2012 - Jun 30, 2013
February - World Understanding Month Feb 01, 2013 - Feb 28, 2013
March - Literacy Month Mar 01, 2013 - Mar 31, 2013
International Women's Day Mar 08, 2013
Rotaract Week Mar 11, 2013 - Mar 15, 2013
World Water Day Mar 22, 2013
April - Magazine Month Apr 01, 2013 - Apr 30, 2012
World Autism Awareness Day Apr 02, 2013
World Health Day Apr 07, 2013
Earth Day Apr 22, 2013
Rotarians-At-Work Day Apr 27, 2013
D-7020 Conference, 2013 BVI
May 14, 2013 - May 18, 2013
Green Wave Day May 22, 2013
June- Rotary Fellowships Month Jun 01, 2013 - Jun 30, 2013
RI Convention 2013 Jun 23, 2013 - Jun 26, 2013
RI Convention 2013, Lisbon, Portugal Jun 23, 2013 - Jun 26, 2013
New DG - Jeremy Hurst (2013-14) - Cayman Islands Jul 01, 2013 - Jun 30, 2014
New RI President (2013-14) - Ron Burton (USA) Jul 01, 2013 - Jun 30, 2014
International Day of Peace Sep 21, 2013
New DG - Paul Brown (2014-15) - Jamaica Jul 01, 2014 - Jun 30, 2015


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Posted by Maria Buncamper-Molanus

Rotary Club of St. Maarten Inducts two new members
District Governor 7020 Vance Lewis conducts ceremony

The Rotary Club of St. Maarten has two new members that where inducted during the lunch meeting on Wednesday February 13th at Divi Little Bay.  Here for the opening of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) DG Vance Lewis was on hand from Tortola,  to conduct the induction ceremony assisted in the pinning ceremony by the Honorable Governor Eugene Holiday who was a member of this club and is currently a Honorary member.
Joining Rotary are  Debbie Biscontini and Geeta Usha Khatnani. Debbie Biscontini has a PhD in Economics and taught economics for much of her career, her classification within Rotary is Economist. Mrs. Bisconiti is also a volunteer Treasurer with the Dawn Beach Estate Lots Foundation.
Geeta "Ushi" Khatnani is the owner and manager of Mr Tablecloth and has joined the Rotary Club of St. Maarten under the classification of Retail.Ushi has been on the island since 1980 and lives with her husband Pishu and has 2 children and is has been a member of the Indian Merchants Association. Both new Rotarians have already demonstrated their involvement in community service within and without the Rotary organization. Recently inducted Rotarian of the Mid Isle Club Veronica Jansen Webster joined the other new members in the ceremony.
The opportunity was also taken by chairman of the RYLA Task Force Mr. James Ferris to present the the RYLA program to District Governor Vance Lewis.




Posted by Maria Buncamper-Molanus

President Ger-Dwina Browne assisted by Secretary Rainer Ranis, Treasurer Ikmareka Hunt and Community Director Catherine de Windt organized a recruitment drive on Friday last at Carl & Sons.
Students of MPC who where identified as having leadership potential were invited and provided with a power point presentation in which information was shared of what Interact is all about and the Community Service, fundraising activities and fellowship that the Milton Peters College Interact club has been involved in over the past 3 years.
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. The MPC,  St. Maarten Academy and Learning Unlimited Interact Clubs are sponsored by The Rotary Club of St. Maarten, while the St. Dominic High School Club is sponsored by St. Maarten Mid Isle Rotary Club.  Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.
Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of , leadership skills and personal integrity, being helpful and  respectful to others taking on individual responsibility as well as hard work and understanding that all this and goodwill  goes beyond the local geographical boarders.
As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.The recruitment drive resulted in 23 students of the Milton Peters College signing up to be Interactors. The official ceremony will be organized shortly. Anyone interested in joining an Interact Club should contact any member of the Rotary Family for more information.
Posted by Christy Almeida




Dear Past Present and Future Leadership,
Zone 34 has organized its first Peace Symposium in Atlanta in honor of Rotary International President Tanaka’s theme, Peace Through Service.  This symposium will be at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel, One Hartsfield Centre Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30354 on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 8am – 3:00pm.
A very exciting program has been arranged by Co-Chairs Margie Kersey (District 6900) and PDG Betsy Owen (District 6930). Among the events will be a "peace dance” performed by an African American troupe, Interact and Rotaract Clubs presenting their prize winning projects, and a video displaying the peace projects of the clubs of Zone 34.  Our presenters will be Peter Kyle speaking on Partners and Peace”, Dr. Abidemi Fasanmifrom Nigeria, speaking on "Gender Equality and Peace”, Jay Hakes speaking on "Energy Sources and Peace, and Wes Boughner speaking on  projects clubs might accomplish for peace. Along with many other fun activities a peace pole will be planted to welcome visitors to the 2017 Rotary International Convention to symbolize our present and future commitment to the peace initiative.
If any of your New Generations groups (Interact or Rotaract) or clubs would like to help make origami cranes for the event, we will be happy to accept them if mailed to arrive by February 18. Instructions are attached. Please mail finished cranes to Christine Barrett – 3591 Montana Rd., Buford, Ga 30519, 865-293-2401. If your New Generations groups are sending in their Peace Projects, please send them by February 8 to Rich Panyik – 227 Chandler Walk, Loganville, GA 30052, [email protected].
If any of your clubs have pictures of their peace projects for the slide show, please (by February 8) mail them or email them to Margie Kersey – PO Box 464381, Lawrenceville, GA 30042,404-680-7336, [email protected].
We are asking you or your appointee to work with the committee to ensure that there is a big contingency from your district in attendance.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Atlanta on February 23 to join in the festivities to celebrate Peace Through Service. Registration information is attached to this email or http://www.IsMyRotaryClub.org/Register/GuestMemberExternal.cfm?EventID=77199599 will work. Be sure and mention "Rotary District” when making your reservations at the hotel to receive the discount rooms of $89.00. You can also register through your Dacdb under the date under on the calendar tab. See you there!
RID Anne L. Matthews



Posted by Christy Almeida





Posted by Christy Almeida

Posted by Joylene Griffiths Irving


The Rotary Club of Kingston Invites District 7020 to:

Celebrate Rotary Awareness Day

Monday, January 28, 2013


Wear your most outstanding Rotary regalia to work

and attract attention to Rotary.

Wear your pins, badges, medallions, Paul Harris Fellow pin and medallion,

shirts and hats where possible.

Presidents, Secretaries, Vice Presidents and Sergeants wear your Chains of Office.


Throughout the day talk about Rotary, service, volunteering, Family of Rotary

and invite non Rotarians to your next meeting. Then share the reactions you get on your club’s website and face book page, along with pictures.


Share your feedback with the Rotary Club of Kingston at : [email protected] or [email protected]

District Governor Vance Lewis has endorsed this initiative as a part of Rotary Awareness Month.

Posted by Christy Almeida

The Four Rotary Clubs on St. Maarten/Saint Martin are planning one of the largest Youth conferences St. Maarten has hosted for the second time called RYLA. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA participants can be ages 14-30, but most clubs and districts choose to focus on a narrower age range, such as 14-18 or 19-30.

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for the youth, provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders, encourage leadership of youth by youth and recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities.

The St Maarten/St Martin hosted RYLA will take place February 14-17, 2013.

The conference will target persons between the ages 14-17 years old from 10 countries in the Caribbean. In addition to Intercators from St. Maarten and Saint Martin,  participants are expected to come from Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Us Virgin Islands, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Island, Turks & Caicos and Anguilla.


Between seventy and one hundred and twenty participants are expected to attend the conference and preparations are in full swing.

Intercators on St. Maarten/Saint Martin are making their preparations for the Valentine’s weekend during which the 3 day conference will be held. The conference is being made possible through the generosity of sponsors such as CIBC, Nagico, Sol and Russell Bell Transportation.

In addition to being fun filled and an opportunity to make new friends the young leaders will be brushing up on their leadership skills such as listening and feedback. Effective public speaking, conflict resolution, dealing with bullying in an assertive but non aggressive way and much more are on the agenda. But it’s not only the leadership skills that will be polished, also team-building, culture and challenge exercises as well as community services projects are part of this grand event. The evenings are filled with more relaxing yet exiting activities which will put vocal cords and dancing skills to the test.    

More details about RYLA and Interact Clubs can be found on www.rotary.org. Details such as registration for the St. Maarten/Saint Martin 2013 RYLA can be found on www.rotarysxm.org.

Posted by Christy Almeida



Chers Rotariens du District 7020

Heureuse année District 7020! Nous sommes seulement à cinq mois de la Conférence de 2013 qui se tiendra au British Virgin Islands, du 13 au 18 mai 2013. Comme étant Chairman de la Conférence, je voudrais saisir cette occasion pour exprimer notre enthousiasme pour la conférence à venir, sous le thème de «Experimenter la passion du Rotary».

Félicitations et merci à ceux qui se sont fait déjà inscrits. Si vous ne l'avez pas encore fait, vous êtes invités à visiter notre site de Conférence à www.rotary7020conference.com ou le site du District 7020 à www.7020.org pour obtenir de plus amples informations sur la conférence et surtout, pour vous retrouver parmi les centaines que nous comptons voir visiter les beaux rivages des îles Vierges britanniques

Les deux sites vous guideront étape par étape sur les processus d’inscriptions et vous offriront également la possibilité de soumettre toutes les questions que vous pourriez avoir au sujet de la Conférence. Pour les pays de notre district qui auront besoin de visas BVI comme Haïti et la Jamaïque, nous avons simplifié les processus pour vous comme suit:

1. S'inscrire à la conférence.
2. Envoyer une copie scannée de votre passeport avec tous les détails, votre numéro de passeport et d'autres faits tels que l'endroit où votre passeport a été délivré, sa date d'expiration et votre photo à l'attention de : Laura Arthur secrétaire de la Conférence de District 2012-2013 à [email protected]
3. Toutes les personnes nécessitant un visa doivent s'inscrire et soumettre la demande de visa au plus tard le 28 Février 2013. Nous suggérons que les personnes qui ont besoin de visas en tant que groupe doivent s’inscrire et envoyer des informations nécessaires de leur passeport.
4. Après que votre demande de visa fut agréée nous vous enverrons une copie de votre visa.
5. La copie de votre Visa doit être présentée à la compagnie aérienne quand vous voyagez pour les îles Vierges britanniques.
6. Pour les Rotariens haïtiens votre point de contact en Haïti est PAG Caleb Lucien. S'il vous plaît envoyez-lui un courriel à [email protected]. PAG Caleb coordonne le voyage des Rotariens haïtiens qui comptent participer à la Conférence.

Nous avons prévu une conférence extraordinaire dans le but de vous fournir de nouvelles et passionnantes informations sur l’apprentissage du Rotary, l’excellente camaraderie et l'exposition aux belles îles Vierges britanniques. Si vous avez des questions sur l’inscription à la conférence, s'il vous plaît veuillez nous écrire a : business.servicesbvi2013 @ gmail.com. Pour des questions générales au sujet de la Conférence écrivez nous a : [email protected] e-mail.

Rendez-vous à la conférence!

David Archer
Président de la conférence de district

"Experience the Passion of Rotary"
Posted by Vance Lewis


Happy New Year! First, let me take this opportunity on behalf of both myself and my partner Monica, to wish you all a very peaceful, healthy and Happy New Year.

We have reached the halfway point in the Rotary Calendar. I would suggest that all clubs review their Club Planning Guides to see how many of your goals have been achieved. Let us also review our progress in increasing the Rotary awareness during the first 6 months of the 2012-2013 Rotary year, and what more can be done in the next 6 months. This will ensure that we can reflect positively at the end of the year, with pride, on our accomplishments during the Rotary year.

Currently, Monica and I have visited 81 of the 82 clubs in the District and like you, I feel this is a great time to reflect on and take stock of the last few challenges we have to complete before turning over our gavels and chains of office. And in the same spirit, join me in congratulating all our incoming club leaders and officers duly appointed. DGE Jeremy and Michelle along with 531 other DGE’s head off to San Diego this month to attend the International Assembly. This and every year in January is the final training for the DGEs prior to them taking office on July 1st. It is a fantastic opportunity to mix with senior Rotarians from around the world to learn about Rotary and to share ideas. We wish Jeremy and Michelle a safe and enjoyable trip and look forward to them coming back full of knowledge and enthusiasm for the year ahead. 

Some of our District’s accomplishment year-to-date are:


·      Chartering of new Rotary Community Corps and Rotaract clubs

·      Completion of travel by one of our 2 outbound GSE team.

·      Our 3 Ambassadorial Scholars are well underway with their studies

·      Increased giving to the Foundation Rotarians in the District

·      Increased our membership across the District


It has been a fascinating and at times awesome but humbling experience to see our great District at work. Everywhere we have traveled we have felt the warmth of your hospitality. We have seen many of the very valuable projects in which you are engaged in and I can say I am truly impressed.

Looking forward, January is “Rotary Awareness” month. Having seen many of your activities, it is clear Rotary is very much alive in our District. But how many people outside of Rotary know what we do? What is the public’s perception of Rotary? Can we improve our efforts in making people aware of what Rotary actually does and our achievements? How many people know of the significance of Rotary’s involvement in the eradication of polio? Sometimes we are reluctant to tell our story of Rotary’s work in our local and global communities.

Communication is a wonderful tool and we should use it to the fullest extent to tell the world just what a great organization we are. And we should also talk about our personal Rotary moment. These are things that help to increase awareness of Rotary around our communities.

Rotarians, let us pause and reflect; some 3 years ago, on January 12th a terrible earthquake destroyed many lives in Haiti. Rotary was there in the beginning doing what we do to change lives for the better. Today, this story is no longer front page news for mainstream media, but we as an organization – Rotary, is still in Haiti!  We continue to build wells to provide clean and safe water; we build latrines for sanitation and schools for education, all with the aim of changing peoples’ lives for the better.

This is what we do as Rotarians - and we should be proud to tell our stories as we recommit to our motto of Service Above Self and as we continue our Rotary journey. Let’s continue to move onwards and upwards as we build Peace Through Service.


Posted by Christy Almeida

Dear Fellow Rotarians of District 7020

Happy New Year District 7020! We are only five months away from the 2013 District Conference to be held in the British Virgin Islands, May 13-18, 2013. As Conference Chairman, I would like to use this opportunity to express our excitement for the conference ahead, under the theme, "Experience the Passion of Rotary".

Congratulations and thanks to those who have already registered. If you have not, you are invited to visit our Conference website at www.rotary7020conference.com or the District 7020 Website at www.7020.org to obtain further information on the Conference and, most importantly, to be included amongst the hundreds we anticipate will be visiting the beautiful shores of the British Virgin Islands to take part in the Conference.

Both websites will take you through a step by step process to register and will also provide an opportunity to submit any questions you might have regarding the Conference. For countries in our District that will need BVI Visas such as Haiti and Jamaica, we have simplified the process for you as follows:

1. Register for the Conference.
2. Email a scanned copy of your passport fact page which details your passport number and other issuing facts such as the place where your passport was issued, its expiration date and your photo to [email protected] Attention: District Conference 2012-2013 Secretary, Laura Arthur.
3. All persons requiring Visas should register and submit Visa request not later than February 28, 2013. We suggest that persons who require Visas register and send passport information as a group.
4. After your Visa has been processed we will email you a copy of the Visa.
5. Present Visa copy to airline agent when traveling to the BVI.
6. For Haitian Rotarians your point of contact in Haiti is PAG Caleb Lucien. Please email him at [email protected]. PAG Caleb will also be coordinating travel for Haitian Rotarians coming to the Conference.

We have planned an amazing conference for you rooted in providing new and exciting Rotary information and learning, excellent fellowship and exposure to the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Should you have any questions about Conference Registration, please email [email protected]. For general questions about the Conference please email [email protected].

See you at the Conference!


David Archer
District Conference Chair

"Experience the Passion of Rotary"
Posted by Christy Almeida

January 2013

Dear fellow Rotarians,

I am a Japanese businessman, and I wear a suit almost every day. The Rotary pin is always on my lapel. It is there because I am proud to be a Rotarian. Anywhere I go, people will see the pin and know who I am. Other Rotarians will see it and know that I am a friend, and people who are not Rotarians will see it as well. I want to be sure that all of them also understand the meaning of this pin.

This is why I am asking all of you to wear your Rotary pin and to raise awareness of what the pin means. I believe having that pin on your lapel changes you. It makes you think more before you speak and before you act. It makes you remember, all the time, that you are a Rotarian – and that as Rotarians, we are here to help.

All of us should be ready to talk about Rotary. When someone asks you about that pin, you should be ready to answer them. What is Rotary? What does Rotary do? These are questions that each of us should always be prepared to answer.

We cannot go to prospective members and ask them to join Rotary only because we want more members. We have to show them that Rotary is a wonderful organization, and that they will be happier because they belong to a Rotary club.

When we ask people to join Rotary, we are doing this to help them as well. I think all of us are grateful to the person who asked us to join. I know that my life is much happier, and has been much more productive, because of Rotary. It is clear to me that the day I joined the Rotary Club of Yashio was a day when I took my first step down a different path in life – a path of greater connection, greater satisfaction, and a deeper sense of fulfillment and peace.

This is a feeling that I want to share with others. And I know that one way to do that is through bringing in new members. But we must also do it by raising awareness of Rotary and Rotary’s work, by focusing on our public image and wearing our Rotary pins every day.


Sakuji Tanaka
President, Rotary International 

Posted by Vance Lewis



•    The First peace symposium
•    Zone 34
Zone 34 is organizing its first Peace Symposium in Atlanta in honor of Rotary International President Tanaka’s theme, Peace Through Service.

The symposium will be:

•    Renaissance Concourse
•    Atlanta Airport Hotel
•    One Hartsfield Centre Pkwy
•    Atlanta, Georgia 30354

•    Saturday, February 23, 2013
•    8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

A very exciting preliminary program has been arranged by Co-Chairs PDG Betsy Owen (District 6930) and Margie Kersey (District 6900).

Among the events will be

•    talks by a Peace Fellow and other peace speakers
•    a "peace dance” performed by an African American troupe
•    Interact and Rotaract Clubs presenting their peace projects
•    a video displaying the peace projects of the clubs of Zone 34  

We will be planting a peace pole - which will welcome the visitors to the 2017 Rotary International Convention at the Atlanta Airport to symbolize our present and future commitment to the peace initiative.
The Symposium committee will be planning the details.  We are asking you or your appointee to work with the committee to ensure that there is a big contingency from your district in attendance.  We are looking forward to seeing you and your District’s members in Atlanta on February 23 to join in the festivities to celebrate Peace Through Service.

Registration information will be forthcoming from Betsy and Margie soon.

Yours in Rotary Service
RID Anne Matthews

Email: [email protected]
HPhone: 803-782-4225
OPhone: 803-767-3938
Posted by Kitty Bucsko

District 7020 is planning and moving forward to create a new Rotary club– an E-club.

Rotary E-clubs became official in July 2010 when the 2010 Council on Legislation voted to make E-clubs a permanent part of Rotary International. E-clubs meet online in a variety of formats. An E-club operates the same way as does any other Rotary club. An E-club is designed primarily for business, professional, and community leaders who are unable to attend a weekly meeting in person (due to physical disabilities, location constraints, or busy schedules).

At this time, District 7020 is looking only for current Rotarians who might find it more convenient to participate in an Eclub format. Participation will be limited at this point to the District 7020 geographic location. Our goal right now is to inform the district and to find out how many Rotarians in the district would be prospective E-club members. The E-club option offers the opportunity to meet, conduct service projects, and participate in Rotary fellowship.

From time to time, Rotarians who miss their regular Rotary club meeting may make up a meeting by attending an e-club meeting online – a valuable service for all members. Are you interested? Or do you know of someone in District 7020 for whom this E-club would be a
viable option? Please send an email to Kitty at [email protected].
Posted by Christy Almeida on Jun 29, 2012

Posted by Jeremy Hurst on May 18, 2012

District 7020 has adopted a Strategic Plan in line with RI's Strategic Plan and is now encouraging all clubs to implement their own. This will help your club strengthen, grow and become more vibrant over the coming years.

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