Monthly NEWSLETTER          October 2020
Inside this Issue: 
  • President's Message
  • Club Breaking News
  • Club Matters
  • District 7040 Conference Highlights
  • Foundation Moments
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
October 2020 was the EndPolio month of Rotary. Thanks to all the Fellow Members’ participation in the “Call for Donation to EndPoilio Day on October 24th, 2020. Besides the donation of $1500 USD from our Club to Rotary Foundation, we have received $1326.22 donation from our members. As you all know that all the donation to Poilo eradication will be matched by the Gates Foundation in 2-to-1 ratio. Rotary has contributed more than $2 billion to fight polio, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation.
October 2020 was also the month of challenge we took for fundraising in this pandemic time. The Third Golf Tournament of our Club was held on October 7th, 2020 at St-Raphael Golf Club with 60 Golfers’s participation. $7644.58 was raised by this event which gave us great encouragement at this difficult time. Great thanks to the Fundraising Committee headed by PP Mark H. Chau and all the support and donation from the fellow members and our friends! Thanks to you all!
As COVID-19 continue to spread, our challenge for fundraising will be more and more serous. However, with the support of all the Rotarian members, we have confident that we are going to embrace this challenge and find a way out from this pandemic period.
Be Positive! Be Healthy! Be Safe! God bless all the Fellow Rotarians and their Families!
Susan Xianshu Huang
President 2020-2021
Club Breaking News
  • The Third Golf Tournament was held on October 7th, 2020 at St-Raphael Golf Club with great success. $7644.58 has been raised from this Event. Congratulations to the Fundraising Committee headed by PP Mark H. Chau.
  • $1326.22 donation for EndPolio has been received from the Fellow Members of our Club
  • $1500 USD has been donated to Rotary Foundation for EndPolio Day on October 24th, 2020
  • $411 has been donated to DISCON's Silent Auction through donating the Items and Bidding by President Susan Xianshu Huang
  • $500 has been donated to Welcome Hall Mission Shelter for Rotaract Downtown Montreal’s SPOOKtacular Trivia Fundraising Event
Volunteers of the Golf Tournament
President Susan Xianshu Huang and IPP Linda Beloin
PP Marie-Laure Liao and her friend
PP Amina Gerba and her friend
Fellow Member André Trépanier and his wife
Club Matters
  1. October 2nd, 2020 - Zoom Meeting
-Back on Zoom Meeting
As Montreal became the Red Zone Alert, for the concern and well-being of all the members, the Board decided to go back on Zoom for our Weekly Club Meeting.
-Financial update
IPP Linda updated the accounts balance of our Club. In the same time, IPP Linda and PP Peter presented the Welfare account of 2019 and budget for 2020-2021, Welfare giving and Commitment and the Fund raised in 2019.
-International project update
We are preparing the necessary documents for the Water & Sanitation Project in Nigeria for Global Grant. Our international partner in Nigeria has been selected.
-Fundraising Committee update 
PP Mark announced that there were 60 golfers at our Golf Tournament to be held on October 7th, 2020. Everything is ready for this fundraising event.
-Board decided to send a letter to all the Donors who supported us in the past requesting their donation. Fellow member Mark Balcar took the task of preparing the letter, PP Peter and Malcolm would prepare the name list.
-Interact Club
Our Club has received the new Certificate for our Interact Club and will present it to them by Fellow Member Rachel.
   2. October 9th, 2020 - Weekly Club Meeting on Zoom
In this meeting, report of the Third Golf Tournament,  brain storm on the various fundraising ideas from the members; District Conference information  and Foundation Moments sharing were covered. In the same time, the members shared their thoughts and stories during the pandemic period and enjoyed the fellowship.
The Third Golf Tournament was held on Oct.7th, 2020 at St-Raphael Golf Course with great success. $7644.58 has been raised from this Event. Congratulations to our Fundraising Committee headed by PP Mark H. Chau. Great thanks to all the volunteers DGN Michel, PP Peter, Secretary Suzie, PP Mark Chau, IPP Linda, Mark Balcar. They did a wonderful job in receiving our guests, selling raffle tickets, guiding our guests, preparing the lunch boxes etc. Special thanks to DGN Michel who was there from 09:00 am until 6:00 pm. Every members contributed their effort in helping this Golf Tournament in their own way. Congratulations to PP Mark for organizing such great Golf Tournament. Great success! Thanks PP Santoso, PP Peter and Secretary Suzie who sponsored $ 300 each for this event. Thanks to Mark Chau, IPP Linda, Mark Balcar and President Susan who sponsored the gifts for Raffle. Thanks to PP Amina ,PP Marie-Laure , PP Mark, IPP Linda, Liliane and President Susan who participated in golfing to support this event. Thanks to DGN Michel, Mark Chau, Mark Balcar, PP Amina, PP Marie-Laure and President Susan who brought the guests to play to support.
- President Susan talked about the continuity of the Golf Tournament and was optimistic for a much bigger event next year. She also proposed a creative fundraising idea-Virtual Chinese New Year Concert to be held on Feb.12th, 2020 on Chinees New Year day. As her Montreal Chinese Culture & Arts Foundation already organized two editions of Montreal Chinese New year Concert in the past, she had the resource of organizing this fundraising event. All the artists will be the first class performers from China. The Concert will be played on Yourtube on Chinese New Year Day for 15 days and people who would like to watch it will give certain amount of donation. President Susan would present to the Board for the detail arrangement by the end of Nov.2020.
- PP Mark updated the fundraising ideas discussed at the Fundraising Commitee meeting such as Golf Tournament, Products sales (Masks from President Susan and Skin Care products) , Christmas cakes, Silent Auction, Chinese New Year Concert etc. He agreed with President Susan that we had to be very creative in fundraising activities this year. He was optimistic that with all the effort of the Fellow Members and friends, we could probably reach our goal.  
- PP Amina also presented a few Fundraising ideas such as the Shea Butter product from her company for sales that our club would get 30% out of it; Food delivery from the Chef of Queen Elisabeth Hotel etc.
- Mark Balcar proposed that we could do Candle making at the non-profit organization called Light a Dream.
- President Susan presented the request from District 7040 for Silent Auction donation and Advertisement support during DISCON on Oct. 16-18, 2020 . All the funds raised from the Silent Auction would go to Rotary Foundation.
   3. October 16th, 2020 - Club Meeting on Zoom
Speaker-Mrs. Rhonda Massad from Ricochet
-At this meeting, we had the honor to have Madame Rhonda Massad, Vice President of  Ricochet to be our Speaker.
Ricochet’s parent company is AJOI whose mission is to establish and maintain street and community outreach work for the West Island youth aged between 12 to 25 years old, who are at risk or are living difficulties on the territory. They also offer services to adults struggling with homeless. Ricochet’s mission is to create housing solutions for young adults struggling with homeless in the West Island. Right now, they have two projects: 1) social housing of 14 units in Pierrefonds-Roxboro with community’s support (0-3 years); 2) short term shelter for homeless to stay for 14 days. With their strategic presence, they have 1) reduced the number of public safety interventions among West Island youth aged 12-17; 2) they improved the quality of life of thousands of vulnerable people; 3) during the last 12 years of street work, they performed 37,469 interventions, whether by listening, sports, accompaniment, referrals or distribution of prevention materials.
Founding President Santoso said the Thanks to our Speaker and commented that what they were doing was really a great job in helping those homeless young adults in West Island and appreciated that they reached out to us for help.
-President Susan announced that Oct. 24, 2020 was the EndPolio Day. DG Hadi requested all the members to donate $20.20 for this special occasion. President Susan was going to send out a letter to all the members for this special occasion.
  4. October 23rd, 2020 - Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker- Ms. Lyne Macdonald from Light a Dream
Thanks to Fellow Member Mark Balcar, we had the Speaker Madame Lyne Macdonald from Light a Dream. At this meeting we had two visitors, one was our old friend Mrs.Maha, the other one was Mr. Sacha le Chene invited by Mark Balcar.
Madame Lyne Macdonald spoke about her non-profit organization Light a Dream. It’s mission is to serve young adults from 18-21 who had mental problems for special need. They usually offered two programs for those adults: 1) business working skills training (4 days a week) ; 2) 2-3 years’ certificate program. They could offer the candle refilling service as well as making all kinds of candles making with different shape and colors. This service will Light a Dream to the mental discarded adults.
Founding President Santoso expressed our thanks to the Speaker saying that what they were doing brought hope to the mental retarded adults which was very touching. Fellow member Mark Balcar encouraged the members to go to the store of the organization to support them by refilling their candle pots or making Christmas candles for the friends and families.
5. Oct. 30th, 2020 - Weekly Club Meeting on Zoom
During this meeting, President Susan reported that $ 1326.22 has been received from the members for EndPolio Day Oct. 24th, 2020. The list of members was as follows:
Susan Xianshu Huang:    $202.20
Peter Wong:                   $202.02
James Zdralek:               $202.00
Santoso Hanitijo:            $150
Michel Wong Kee Song:   $150
Suzie Lim Quan Choy:     $150
Larbi Bennouna:             $120
President Susan expressed the sincerely thanks to the above member’s donation and support.
-An One Month EndPolio campaign ending Nov.24th, 2020 was launched by our Club with he help of IPP Linda, Fellow members James and Malcolm. Great thanks to them!
-Silent Auction:
1) President Susan asked help from Fellow Rotarian Luke in Ottawa who did the Silent Auction for District 7040. Luke has sent the Silent Auction website to us. James was going to check the website during the weekend and Malcolm was going to create our user name on the website. It looked like we could have the website ready in two weeks and we could start to collet the donation for the Silent Auction.
2) Fellow Member Larbi already donated two pieces of African Masks worth of $600 to the Club for the Silent Auction. President Susan mentioned that she would donate a few pieces of Chinese paintings for this good cause. A letter requesting the donation for the Silent Auction will be sent out soon.
3) PP Amina agreed to offer her line of products for sales which 30% going to our Club
4) President Susan would offer 10,000-20,000 masks to the Club with 0.25/piece. If the Club would sell at $1/piece, the Club would get $0.75/piece.
5) Virtual Chinese New Year Concert was proposed on Feb. 12th,2020 at the Chinese New Year Day by President Susan.
President Susan said that during this pandemic period, we had great pressure on the Fundraising. Therefore we had to be very creative. She asked the member to participate at least one Fundraising activity and help to share the Fundraising information to their families and friends for their help and support.
President Susan announced that we had two birthday Fellow Members in this month. They were Mark Balcar and Peter Wong. All the members attended on Zoom meeting sang the Happy Birthday and the meeting was ended in pleasant atmosphere.
District  7040 Conference Highlights
The Discon 2020 was held on Oct.16-18th, 2020 with great success! The topics covered were:

              #1- First Impressions

              #2. Partnering with Youth

              #3  Innovating Club Models

              #4. District 7040 Green Initiative

              #5   Growing Rotary

              #6. Simple Tech Tools to Tell / Share Stories

              #7. ABCs and 123s of Rotary

              #8  Partnerships Open Opportunities 

              #9  Family Friendly Rotary

              #10. Same But Different: Rotary and Rotaract

Foundation Moments
from DG Hadi Mortada
Who is a Rotary Foundation Bequest Society Member?
Those who have made commitments for future gifts of $10,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation are invited to join the Bequest Society. Donors may elect to receive various benefits and recognition pieces commemorating their commitment at each new recognition level, including pins, crystals, named funds, and special seating at the Rotary International Convention.  A bequest gift of at least $10,000 in your name to The Rotary Foundation creates a legacy of your generosity and compassion as you are helping many people live better lives around the world. Today there are over 18,000 Bequest Society Members worldwide.
Will you join them by leaving a gift to Rotary in your estate? Ask me to put you in contact with The Rotary Foundation’s Planned Giving team.
What is a Rotary Foundation Benefactor?
A Rotary Foundation Benefactor is a person who has notified The Rotary Foundation that they have made provisions in their final estate plans to Rotary for US$1,000 or more, or who has made an outright gift of US$1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin. They are listed in the Benefactor Report and identified in the Club Recognition Summary.
Clubs with 100% member support of Rotary’s Endowment are eligible to request a Rotary’s Promise Club electronic certificate. Qualifying support may be a commitment for a future gift to The Rotary Foundation in an estate plan or an outright gift of $1,000 or more to the Endowment.
A US$1,000 gift to The Rotary Foundation creates a legacy of helping people live better lives around the world. Today there are over 100,000 Benefactors worldwide.
Will you join them by making a gift of $1,000 to Rotary’s Endowment or by leaving a gift to Rotary in your estate?
PolioPlus is a Signature Program of The Rotary Foundation
PolioPlus is Rotary’s priority program which supports global efforts to eradicate polio. It was launched in 1985, with the help of Dr. Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine, as a worldwide program to protect children from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio. In 1988, the World Health Assembly challenged the world to eradicate polio, and since that time, Rotary’s efforts, along with partner agencies, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and governments around the world have achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide.
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.
You can help end polio by making a gift to the PolioPlus Fund at
"Here is my personal challenge to all of our members.
When we get our flu shots this year, let's make a donation to Polio for $20.20. Why $20.20, it is in honor of this year 2020.
Imagine if we make a donation of $20.20 or let's say we round it up to $25. When it is matched by the Gates foundation it becomes $75.00."
"Voici le défi personnel que je lance à tous nos membres.
Lorsque nous nous ferons vacciner contre la grippe cette année, faisons un don de 20,20 dollars à Polio. Pourquoi 20,20 $, c'est en l'honneur de cette année 2020.
Imaginez que nous fassions un don de 20,20 $ ou, disons, que nous l'arrondissions à 25 $. Lorsque la Fondation Gates fait un don équivalent, il devient 75 dollars."
Rotary’s Polio Challenge
Since 2013, the Gates Foundation has matched every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication 2-to-1. In January 2020, the Gates Foundation announced that they will continue to match 2:1 every new dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication up to $50 million per year through 2023!  Rotary has contributed more than $2 billion to fight polio, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, and countless volunteer hours since launching its polio eradication program, PolioPlus, in 1985.
Thank you for supporting Rotary and leveraging your generosity!
You can help end polio by making a gift to the PolioPlus Fund at
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!
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
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