Monthly NEWSLETTER          September 2020
Inside this Issue: 
  • President's Message 
  • Club Breaking News
  • Club Matters
  • Foundation Moments
  • Rotary International
  • District-7040 News
Meeting in person and on Zoom simultaneously at Le Westin on September 11, 2020
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
September is a very special month for our Club. It is important to note that September 18, 2020  is the 28th Anniversary of our Club. Since September 11, 2020, we had our Weekly Club Meeting in person at Westins Hotel and on Zoom simultaneously. We were all exited to go back to the hotel for our lunch meeting to enjoy our fellowship in person.
This month, our Club decided to participate the Guatemala Literacy Project by donating $1000USD. We also donated $2000 Can to the Beirut Tragedy project leaded by the District 7040. We decided to apply the Global Grants for our own project - Water & Sanitation Project in Nigeria with contribution $5000 Can and seeking support from other Rotary Clubs worldwide. All these actions demonstrated that we are People of Action. By working together with other Rotary Clubs we can create greater impact and help more people in need!
On behalf of Rotary Club of Old Montreal, I would like to take this opportunity to express our heartful thanks to our Founding President Santoso Hanitijo who founded our Club and served the Club for 28 years! Special thanks to all the founding members and members of the Club! Congratulations to our Club for 28 years’ serving the communities and people in need!
Happy 28th Anniversary to Rotary Club of Old Montreal!
Susan Xianshu Huang
President 2020-2021
Club Breaking News
  • Happy 28 Years Anniversary of Rotary Club of Old Montreal 
    on September 18th, 2020!
  • President Susan Xianshu Huang and Secretary Suzie Lim Quan Choy became the Paul Harris Society Members in September 2020! Congratulations!!
  • Congratulations to PP Marie-Laure Liao and PP Mark H. Chau who became the Paul Harris   members!
  • From September 11 to 25, our club weekly meetings were held at 
    Le Westin in person and on Zoom simultaneously. 
Club Matters
  • In September, 2020, our club weekly meeting were held in person and on Zoom.
  1. September 4th, 2020 - Zoom Meeting
-Meeting in person decision:
President Susan announced that from Sept. 11th, 2020, the Weekly Club Meeting will be held at Westins Hotel. This decision was made by the Board members according to the majority members’ response to the letter sent by President Susan requesting the opinion of going back to the meeting in person or on Zoom. Out of 31 emails sent to the members, the Club received 15 responses. Among the 15 responses, only 3 members opposed to meet I person and12 members agreed to go back to the hotel for the weekly meeting starting September 11th, 2020. President Susan, Vice President Santoso and DGN Michel went to the Westins Hotel for a trial lunch to check their arrangement for the seating in the meeting room and the security measures of the hotel.
-Financial update
IPP Linda reported the financial statement of 2018-2019 prepared by PP Peter. She also updated the accounts balance of our Club.
-Membership Committee update
DGN Michel reported that our old member Mr. Andre Trepanier agreed to become an active member at our Club starting from Oct.1st, 2020
-International project update
--PP Amina reported that our Club decided to support Guatemala Literacy Project sponsored by Rotary Club Windsor-Roselandfor donating $1000 USD.
--The Club also decided to donate $2000 Can for Beirut Tragedy leaded by District 7040.
--PP Amina also announced that our Club will lead the Water & Sanitation Project in Nigeria to apply the Global Grant. Our Club will contribute $5000 Can for this project and will request other Rotary Clubs’ involvement to support this project.
-Fundraising Committee update 
PP Mark proposed to organize the Third Gold Tournament in Oct, 2020 for the small fundraising. The date is to be determined.
   2. September 11th, 2020-Meeting in Person and on Zoom simultaneously at Le Westin
On September 11th, we had our Weekly Club Meeting at Le Westin after almost 6 months’ meeting on Zoom. DNG Michel has done a lot of coordinating with the hotel for the menus and the arrangement. All the fellow members attended the lunch meeting was so happy to see each other again and enjoy the fellowship in person. In the same time, Fellow members James, Marie-Laure, Liliane etc joined the meeting in Zoom. We had our old friend Maha joining us on Zoom too.  We had a visitor Mr. Rizwan Hasan, Rotarian from RC Sherbrooke D-7850 living in Montreal for three years.PP Peter was invited to say the Grace. He expressed his happiness to be back to the lunch meeting and felt grateful that all the members were healthy and safe. He mentioned that the most important thing is to be positive during this pandemic time. Fellow member Mark Balcar shared his experience in hospital and he felt grateful that he was 90% recovered. He was so happy to be back to the Club healthily. PP Samuel shared his experience in the past six month. He mentioned that besides hard working as usual he spent a lot of time with his family which improved the family harmony and love. Founding President Santoso also shared his thoughts as to how to face the challenging time and be positive and happy. At the end of the meeting, President Susan thanked every members attended the meeting in person or on Zoom. A group picture with masks was taken. A memorable meeting ended after singing Oh, Canada.
   3. September 18th, 2020-Speaker: Founding President Santoso-28th Journey with Rotary Club of Old Montreal
Speaker-Founding President Santoso Hantijo
Founding members Raymond St-Pierre and Samuel Lai
September 18th is the 28th Anniversary of Rotary Club of Old Montreal! Happy Birthday to our Club. Founding President Santoso Hanitijo made a wonderful speech on "28 Years Journey with Rotary Club of Old Montreal. Founding member Raymond St-Pierre and Samuel Lai also presented at the meeting. Santoso expressed his heartful thanks to the support of Rotary Club of Montreal Westward who sponsored Rotary Club of Old Montreal. At that time, Founding President Santoso was the only Chinese origin and the weekly club meeting was held in Holiday Inn China Town. For the past 28 years, Rotary Club of Old Montreal has served the local communities and helped the people in need in the world. The mortal of Rotary is inclusion, equity as well as diversity. We welcome all the cultures and all nationalities. We promote peace and mutual understanding. We are happy to have members with different nationalities. Founding President Santoso have been a Rotarian for 35 years and he has been serving Rotary Club of Old Montreal for 28 years. He said that it has been always a honor to serve the club. It is in giving that you receive. Today we are meeting at Le Westin where the Founding Member Raymond St-Pierre is the General Manager. Founding member Samuel Lai expressed his heart felt thanks to the fellow members who helped him building up the business so that he is able to contribute more  to the Club to help more people in need. DGN Michel Wong Kee Song, the first visitor of the Club also shared his first visit to the Club when he visited Montreal from Mauritius. When he moved permanently to Canada he then joined the Club as he found our Club is the most interesting, lively and multi-cultural one. Since then, he has been with the Club until today. Past President Peter Wong, fellow member Malcolm, Mark Balcar, Suzie Lim also shared their happiness with the Rotary family and the challenge ahead. President Susan Xianshu Huang lastly expressed her thanks to the Founding President Santoso and the founding members who founded our Club. She thanked all the members of the Club who served the local communities and people in need. We will continue the journey facing the challenge ahead to grow our club and make our club stronger. IPP Linda Beloin, PP Marie-Laure Liao from Vancouver, Rachel Tonye. James Zdralek from Germany, Komlan Messie from Nigeria also joined our meeting from Zoom. Mr. Barry Rouland from Passport Club, Madame Maha Maalouf Kassouf from Zahlé-Békaa, Lebanon also joined our meeting.
  4. September 25th, 2020-Speaker: Mr. Collin Thacker on Guatemala Literacy Project
Our Speaker Mr. Collin Thacher on Zoom with us
Past President Marie-Laure Liao became Paul Harris Member
Past President Mark H Chau became Paul Harris Member
Founding President Santoso Hanitijo was awarded Paul Harris Gold Pin for his contribution
Paul Harris Members 
-On September 25th at our Weekly Club Meeting, Mr. Colin Thacker, a fellow Canadian Rotarian and chairman of the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) Board made a detail speech on Zoom on Guatemala Literacy Project which we donated $1000 USD. The GLP is the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district effort in Rotary, and works to end the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education. There are more than 100 other Rotary Clubs supported this well-respected and Global Grant proven project(Global Grant #2012567 ).  This grant will provide textbooks, computer education, teacher training, and youth development for poor children in rural Guatemalan communities. Without interventions like these, 90% of these children will never graduate high school.
GLP has been carried on in more than 20 years. There are 685 Clubs involved in 9 countries, 82 districts. In Canada, there are 75 clubs participated in this project. GLP has created 207 Textbook projects, 94 Reading Programs, 53 Computer programs an 731 Rise Youth Development programs. In total, 57,222 students benefitting every day. Susan from Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland (International partner of GLP) said that their club has been involving with this project for 15 years. Some of their members even traveled to Guatemala for this project. Tis project will help provide educational resources to over 7,000 students each day. This year they are aiming to raise $400,000 fund for this project including the funds from Rotary Foundation, District and some business cooperation. A business cooperation in Guatemala agrees to match the fund they raise. So every donation will multiple 3.5 at the end to fund this project.
President Susan thanked Mr. Collins for his interesting presentation on Guatemala Literacy Project and congratulated him for what they have done to help the poor students and the families in Guatemala. She mentioned that Rotary Club of Old Montreal was proud to be part of this meaningful project.
-PP Marie-Laure attended the Club Meeting from Vancouver.She expressed her happiness to be back to the Club and enjoy the fellowship. DGN Michel’s wife Suzanne and daughter Crystal also joined our club Meeting. DGN Michel made a big surprise to PP Marie-Laure and PP Mark H Chau by presenting them the pins of Paul Harris and the Certificate to be the Paul Harris members. Congratulations to PP Marie-Laure and PP Mark H. Chau to become the Paul Harris members! DGN Michel also awarded a special Paul Harris pin to Founding President Santoso for his 28 years serving the Club.
- Kenzie, the President of Rotaract Club Downtown Montreal, Melisa, President of our Interact Club and her team and Maha Maalouf Kassouf attended the meeting on Zoom. Our Interact Club got a project of selling different products to raise funds. They also plan to travel to North of Quebec for a cultural exchange with the youth.
-After the Club Meeting, Suzanne and Crystal helped to do the filming of the members playing the ball to be played at the Discon 2020 showing the continuity of our Club’s serving the communities and helping people in need.
Foundation Moments
What is a Major Donor and Arch Klumph Society Member?
Major Donor – The Rotary Foundation recognizes individuals or couples whose combined giving reaches US$10,000, regardless of the gift designation. This recognition level can be achieved only through personal contributions. Major Donors may elect to receive a crystal recognition piece and pin(s) commemorating the gift at each new recognition level. Since Rotary’s Major Donor recognition began there have been over 30,000 Major Donors.
Arch Klumph Society – Donors whose cumulative gifts total US$250,000 or more are recognized as Arch Klumph Society members. Recognition includes an induction ceremony and your picture and biography in the Arch Klumph Society interactive gallery at the Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. Members also receive invitations to society events, along with membership pins and crystals that commemorate their giving level. Since the society’s creation in 2004, there have been over 700 Arch Klumph Society members.
What is a Paul Harris Society Member?
The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank
individuals for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.  Paul Harris Society contributions also count toward Sustaining Member (Annual Fund contributions only), EREY, Paul Harris Fellow, and Major Donor recognition. Recognition consists of a chevron style pin and a certificate provided by your District Paul Harris Society Coordinator.
Paul Harris Society members are listed in the Paul Harris Society Report.
What is The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment Fund?
Gifts to Rotary's Endowment ensure that future Rotarians will have the resources they need to design and implement sustainable projects year after year. Donations to the Endowment Fund can be made as an outright gift or a planned gift, such as a bequest in your estate. As of the 2018-19 Rotary year, Rotary’s Endowment totals US$374.5 million and has US$828.9 million in commitments.
Call for  END POLIO NOW donation
Oct. 24th, 2020 is the EndPolio Day of Rotary. We invite all the members to donate $20.20 -$202.00 or any amount you would like for EndPolio Day. The donatation  can be made through Etransfer to .
For your information, as of 2018-19, The Rotary Foundation has raised over US$1.6 billion for polio eradication. By the time the world is certified polio-free, our contributions will make Rotary the largest non-governmental financial contributor to the global polio eradication effort.
We count on your kind support! The Rotary Foundation is counting on your help!
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District - 7040 News
Friday, October 16, 2020
District  Business Meeting
 Opening Plenary & Virtual Cocktail Party
Saturday, October 17, 2020
                                   #1- First Impressions
                                   #2. Partnering with Youth
                                    #3  Innovating Club Models
                                    #4. District 7040 Green Initiative
                                   #5   Growing Rotary
Sunday, October 18, 2020
                                   #1. Simple Tech Tools to Tell / Share Stories
                                   #2. ABCs and 123s of Rotary
                                    #3  Partnerships Open Opportunities 
                                    #4  Family Friendly Rotary
                                    #5. Same But Different: Rotary and Rotaract
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