Monthly NEWSLETTER          August 2020
Inside this Issue: 
  • President's Message 
  • Club News
  • Club Matters
  • Speakers' World
  • Foundation Moments
  • Rotary International
  • District-7040 News
The Family of Rotary Club of Old Montreal 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
This August, although we had our Club Meetings on Zoom, we all enjoyed our fellowship and gathering online. Great thanks to all the members who participated in the Zoom meeting. Thank you for your great support!
This year, our Club decides to lead the International project ourselves. We will apply for the Grants for the Nigeria project for Water & Sanitation proposed by our fellow member Komlan Messie. We would like to help more people in need to make their lives better and healthier!
We would also like to continue participating for the “Every Rotarian, Every Year” program to support Rotary Foundation and I’d like to encourage all the members to become Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member in 2020-2021.
Please be ensured that what we are doing and contributing today will make a difference to the world tomorrow!
Thank you all for your commitment and contribution! I am proud of you all!
Susan Xianshu Huang
President 2020-2021
Club Breaking News
$3400 USD Disaster Relief Grant is received from 
D-7040 District for our COVID-19 “Dan la rue” Food 
Bank project (thanks to IPP Linda Beloin and Local Service Chair Ilario Maiolo etc).
Club Matters
  • Weekly Club Meeting on Zoom
  1. August 7th, 2020
DG Hadi Mortada, Mrs. Maha maalouf Kassouf, President of Rotary Club of Zahlé -Békaa and Mr. Barry Rouland, Area Director for Montreal of D-7040 Passport Club joined our meeting. DG Hadi made a great speech; Maha updated us about the Beirut Tragedy and seeked for help; Barry expressed his wish to learn more about what we are doing and would like to participate the projects we are leading. DG Hadi shared his Rotary Story and had a very good conversation with the members. After the Club meeting, DG Hadi met with all the Board Members to learn about the Club’s active members,major fundraisers, major local beneficiaries, international service projects, our sponsored Rotaract and Interact clubs, Rotary foundation contribution, Club history, Recent Club initiatives in supporting COVID-19 and Club’s visibilities on social media etc. The communication between DG Hadi and the board members went very smoothly.
   2. August 14th, 2020-Speaker: Jim Fares
   3. August 21st, 2020-Speaker: PDG Katie Burke
  4. August 28th, 2020: Speaker: Larbi Bennouna/Mark H Chau
  1. On Aug. 7th, 2020, DG Hadi joined our Weekly Club Meeting and addressed to the members.
As he was born and raised in Lebanon, he expressed his condolence to Maha for Beirut Tragedy. He told Maha that we are a big family and we work together. He and his wife don’t have a family here but Rotary becomes their family. He calls Rotarians family members as they are with us for life.
DG Hadi shared his story of how he became a Rotarian and how he gets involved with Rotary and became DG of 7040. A friend of his from Lebanon once invited him to attend the lunch meetings of Rotary Club in West Ottawa. After a few times visits to the Club meetings, he found out the people are nice and they would like to know about what they are doing. In 2003 he became a Rotarian. In 2007, he was sick and was hospitalized. During that time, every day, 1-2 Rotarian members would go to the hospital to visit him bringing him the books and food which moved him deeply. From then on he felt Rotary is his family. He recovered from the sickness and was proposed to become the President of 2013-1014 and he accepted. After this, he accepted to become the Area Governor in 2014 and today he is the District Govonor for 2020-2021. He requested us to share our story of how we become a Rotarian and why we stay in the Rotary family.
This year our theme is Rotary Opens the Opportunities. He made the following requests:
  • To promote Rotary more on social medias for more visibilities.
  • To continue our Virtual meeting even if things go back to normal.
  • To make our Rotary accessible and affordable.
  • To cooperate with other service organizations such as Toast Master.
  • Do things differently
  • Invite your aluminums and friends to our club meetings and activities
  • To make one day called “Environmental Day” to do some environmental friendly work for the local communities and let the communities know we are helping.
  • Call for donations for the Silent Auction of $100 /item to be donated to Rotary Foundation
  • Call for Ad on D-7040 for $300/year to help the Virtual District Conference to be held on Oct. 16-18.
  1. On Aug. 14th, Mr. Jim Fares, President of Rotary Club of Westmount spoke at our Club Meeting for Fish Industry. Jim had a very interesting background. He has worked in the Restaurant Management, International Fruit Trading, Residential Real Estate and website management. He is now working as VP data management and site coordination for and B2B etc. Jim did a very detail and interesting speech on the Fishing Industry. His topics covers:
  • Facts and figures
  • Wild catch techniques
  • Farming techniques
  • Sustainability
  • Traceability
  1. On Aug. 21st. PDG Katie Burke was our Speaker at the Club Meeting, Her topic is Rotary Foundation -Scholarship Grants. It’s nice to learn that there are two types of funded studies Rotary is offering:
  • District Global Grant Scholarship:
- $30,000USD for students going for Master Degree study on the Seven areas of focus outside -Only one scholarship for the district
  • Studies at the Master’s level (year 1)
-Resident of D-7040
-Studying outside of home country
-Endorsed by a district Club
-Already accepted into University program
- Not open to Rotarians and their family.
  • Peace Fellowships
            1)  Master’s Degree
-2-year studies at one of7 Universities sponsored by Rotary International.
-The candidates must have 3 years working experience.
-The grant will be $50,000-60,000USD.
-50 awarded per year
- Not open to Rotarians and their family.
           2)  3 month Certificate Program
     -This program opens for all the Rotarian who has 5 years working experience.
     -50 Candidates per year
     -The Rotarians have to pay their own travel expenses.
4. On Aug. 28th, Fellow Rotarian Larbi Bennouna did the Classification Talk and PP Mark H Chau did the presentation to RMB
1) Fellow Rotarian Larbi made a Classification Talk on him and his carrier. Larbi was born in 1966 and he came to Canada in 1984. He has 3 boys. He graduated in UQAM University in 1991 for Project Management(MGP). In 1992 he finished his MBA and 1993 he had PhD degree in Administration. Since 2015 he is the CEO of SETYM International doing consulting on international development. He is the Lecturer of UQAM University.  He is also the Honorary Advisor of Republique Democratique du Congo.
Larbi’s SETYM International Inc. is a Canadian company specializing in Capacity building(training and technical support). SETYM is an international renowned market leader. The company has expertise in Project Management; Public Governance; Management and organization and Public Procurement.
2) PP Mark H Chau did a short presentation on RMB Montreal on:
  • What is Rotary Means Business
  • Resources of RMB: over 90 RMB Clubs in the world. Networking and connecting to Rotarians in Business
  • RMB Montreal Chapter (Chapter 96): is the first one registered in Canada
  • You can have your detailed profile in the RMB website to promote yourself and in the meantime, you can search other Rotarians in RMB Club for Busines opportunities.
  • Official registered as a non-profit organization with self-funding
  • Membership fee: $100/year
  • Domain registration has done and the website is under designing
  • Try to get more members. Presentations are scheduled for other Rotary Clubs until the end of September.
  • First meeting will be at the end of September,2020
Foundation Moments

What is “Every Rotarian, Every Year” All About?

The Rotary Foundation even has banners to celebrate clubs where every member contributes at least US$25 to the Annual Fund with a US$100 per capita during the Rotary year.  Today nearly 1/3 of Rotarians participate in this initiative.

What is a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member?

A Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member is an individual who personally contributes US$100 or more each Rotary year to the Annual Fund. These contributions also count toward Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society, EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year), Major Donor, and club recognition.

What is a Paul Harris Fellow?

Established in 1957, Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given to individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Rotary Foundation grant. Recognition consists of a certificate and pin.  Paul Harris Fellows can also be given on behalf of someone through Foundation Recognition points or through a combination of points and outright donations. Since it’s creation, over 1.6 million people have become Paul Harris Fellows, including notable figures such as U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk. 


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Rotary International
Letter from President Holger Knaack
Greetings, fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors!
I am so honored to serve as your president this year. We have important work ahead of us at Rotary, and we are going to have a lot of fun as we do it.
Last year, we launched our five-year Action Plan to build a stronger future for Rotary. We are working to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The last several months have shown that we — as Rotarians and Rotaractors — can realize these goals as we forge a new path for the future.
Without question, COVID-19 has posed new and previously unimaginable challenges for Rotary. But within every challenge is perhaps an even greater opportunity. And while I could not have known what lay ahead when I selected my theme for the year, Rotary Opens Opportunities has even greater relevance as we begin our new Rotary year.
I am incredibly inspired by how our members have adapted and responded to COVID-19. This global pandemic has made it difficult for many of our clubs to operate as usual, but we persevered, and over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed connecting with my fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors in a new way: by visiting hundreds of clubs from my home. It’s been fun to attend so many meetings virtually. If you haven’t already, I encourage your club to try an online meeting or add an online component, like hosting a guest speaker from a Rotary or Rotaract club located in a different part of the world.
As we build a stronger future for our organization, it’s good that we are reaching out to new people and introducing them to Rotary. It’s important that our clubs reflect the communities we serve. More diverse voices in our clubs and in our leadership will help Rotary stay in touch with a changing world.
So let’s find every opportunity to show we value each and every member. Let’s seize this moment to build on what we’ve learned, to embrace our new reality, to welcome new faces, and to find additional ways to shine. This is how we will have a continuing impact on the world. And if you need assistance along the way, Rotary offers many resources that can help you reach your goals.
Rotary means different things in different parts of the world, but we are all united by our core values and by The Four-Way Test. Rotary may change, but our values remain constant.
I look forward to hearing about how you’re finding new opportunities to engage and make an impact in your club and community. Rotary Opens Opportunities, both for the people we serve and for ourselves.
Thank you.
Holger Knaack
RI President, 2020-21

Rotary International
District - 7040 News
- The District Conference is virtual, on October 16-17, 2020.

- Pre-registration is required through District 7040's website:
Sponsorship opportunities link:
Board Members Introduction
President – Susan Xianshu Huang
Immediate Past President – Linda Beloin
President Elect/ Local Committee Chair /Legal Advisor – Ilario Maiolo
Vice President/Senior Advisor – PP Santoso Hanitijo
Membership/Club Admin/E-Sec – DGN, PP Michel Wong Kee Song 
Treasurer/PR – IPP Linda Beloin
Fundraising Committee Chair/Rotaract – PP Mark-H Chau
Foundation Committee Chair – PP Peter Wong
International Committee Chair– PP Amina Gerba
Secretary – Suzie Lim Quan Choy
Other Responsibilities
Interact Liaison:                      Rachel Tonye
Speakers:                               Malcolm Olafson
Internet/Web Service:                  Liliane Rushemeza
Bulletin Editor
Susan Xianshu Huang