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District Governor Louis Wever and
First Lady Amanda Wever
2021 - 2022

Dear Fellow Rotarians,
As we embark on the second quarter of this Rotary Year, we will be focusing on the area of Economic & Community Development for the month of October. We have all seen the changes brought about by the Worldwide Covid-19 Pandemic, the loss of jobs, homes and security. It is a challenging time Worldwide and through these hard times, there has also been growth through creativity. All over the World, persons who would otherwise be in an office or working the 9-5 job have started their own businesses and tapped into their passions. We have also seen many young entrepreneurs starting businesses online and taking advantage of the digital space. 
As Rotarians we can do many things to help those in need, in 2018 the Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur along with the Rotary Club of Barrington Breakfast in the United States started a microfinance program in Guatemala. Microfinance loans are powerful instruments for reducing poverty by enabling people to increase their income and reduce their vulnerability to economic stress. This program was aimed to complement the skills of the indigenous women by financing weavers in Sumpango, Guatemala. 
Other ways to promote economic and community development are through trainings, and well paid jobs. One of Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta’s focus for this Rotary Year is to Empower Girls – still, girls and women Worldwide face inequalities in areas including health and education, violence, and disproportionate poverty. Rotary encourages Clubs to prioritize projects that improve the health, well-being, education, and economic security of girls in communities around the World. Rotarians can develop a club-based initiative, District Grant or Global Grant. 
Bringing it closer to home, I would like to encourage you all to continue to donate to the District 7020 Haiti Earthquake Disaster Recovery Fund. 
Yours in Rotary Service,
Louis Wever
District Governor 2021-2022
District 7020
Incoming Club Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers & District Committee Members
Greetings Rotary Family,
District Governor Louis Wever and his conference team hereby invites you to join us for a time of inspiration, fellowship, training, and a memorable experience at the 2022 District 7020 PETS, Assembly & Conference in St. Maarten/St. Martin.
Be sure to save the dates: May 9th-14th 2022
Below are the links to Rotary District 7020’s Conference 2022 video and event page in which you are encouraged to like and share among your Rotarians, Rotaractors and family in District 7020 and beyond.
Stay tuned as we continue to publish updates on the commencement of registration, hotel offers and activities during your time here with us.
For more information please contact the conference team at: 
We look forward to having you join us.
The 2022 District Conference Team
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
I would first like to commend the Rotarians and Rotaractors of District 7020 for banding together once again in the face of a natural disaster to assist our fellow brothers and sisters in Haiti after the devasting 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake on August 14th 2021. District 7020 Earthquake Response Chair Haresh Ramchandani and his team have been working tirelessly in assessing and assisting where possible and they are also doing a fantastic job with keeping the District and Rotarians and Rotaractors Worldwide up to date on the progress and needs of Haiti. I would like to wish all of those who have been affected by the Earthquake much strength during this difficult time. Let us continue to donate the District 7020’s Haiti Earthquake Recovery Fund, and please spread the word to family and friends. Nap mache men dan la men avèk nou! (“We walk hand in hand with you” in Haitian Creole).
September is Basic Education & Literacy month, it is stated on that 17% of the Worlds adult population are illiterate – that is about 775 million people over the age of 15. The Rotary Foundation supports education through scholarships, donations and service projects. Rotary Clubs around the World are making their impact on education by doing actions such as: 
  1. Teaching adults to read, Rotarians in the United States partnered with ProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors after a study showed that more than half of the adult population was illiterate. 
  2. Making schools healthy by providing clean water to public schools in Lebanon so that students can be healthy and have a better education
The Rotary Foundation promotes education and literacy for all by ensuring children have access to quality education, reducing gender disparity in education and strengthening the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, to name a few. 
I have seen Clubs in our District do amazing projects to improve Literacy and Basic Education some of them are:
  1. Spelling Bee Competitions (which are known to improve a child’s confidence and improve their vocabulary)
  2. Hosting virtual or in person reading sessions for kids (which helps to develop a child’s brain, ability to focus, along with social and communication skills)
  3. The Butterfly Storybook Contest (which provides young students with a catalyst to achieve success, promotes literacy and provides books to Primary Schools across developing countries)
  4. Installation of Free Little Libraries (which improves access to books and helps to tackle low literacy rates)
I look forward to seeing the impactful projects that the Clubs in our District have planned for the coming months and I also want to encourage you all to share your projects and fundraisers with District Newsletter Chair Rosemarie Flax as we continue to Serve to Change Lives. 
Yours in Rotary Service,
Louis Wever
District Governor 2021-2022
District 7020 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Please see below a message from PDG Haresh who is the District 7020 Haiti Earthquake Response Chair:
My friends, the death toll continues to rise from the aftermath of the 7.2 Magnitude Haiti Earthquake on August 14, 2021. Now, with at least 304 dead and over 1800 injured, The Rotary District 7020 Earthquake response committee has done an initial assessment of the damage and secured logistics to provide aid. 
Now we need your help. Cash is always the easiest way to get aid to those who need it now. We also have a list of needs, of which many can be sourced locally. This will not only help with relief, but also will support the local economy. See attachment for ways to donate via check or wire transfer. To Donate by Credit Card / PayPal, click here: 
If, however, you’d like to provide help in kind with the immediate needs, here is a list of what is most needed right now. We have arranged swift clearance of all items that will be sent from this list to get it quickly into the areas in greatest need. 
Eau  / Drinking water 
Tentes et baches / Tents and tarps 
Nourriture / Food 
Kits d’hygiene / Hygiene kits 
Entran sanitaire /Medical Materials 
Medecin  / Doctor 
Couvertures de laine  / Wool blankets 
Jerrycan  / Large, portable water container 
Kits de nourriture  / Food kits 
Volontaires, secouristes  / Volunteers, first responders 
Materiels de premiers de secours / First aid kits 
Entran sanitaire /Medical Materials 
Kit covid 19 / Covid-19 kit 
Kits de cuisine / Kitchen kits 
Seau / Bucket  
Frais de fonctionnement pour le COUD / Operation fees for the Departmental Emergency Operation Centre (COUD) 
Please email if you can help, or for more information. 
#Rotary #ServeToChangeLives #RotaryResponds

Rotary District 7020 Disaster Preparedness Resources

As PEOPLE OF ACTION, being prepared for emergencies at the individual/family, club and district levels and helping others out in disasters are critical objectives that Rotary District 7020 has long strived to achieve .  We encourage Rotarians to take action BEFORE, DURING and AFTER disasters.  Here is a summary of these ACTIONS that our district takes concerning disasters 
The D7020 District Disaster Preparedness Committee encourages all Rotarians and clubs to be prepared and provides the following informational resources and references to assist in this. 
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Welcome to the second month of the Rotary Year where we celebrate Membership & New Club Development. Being a Rotarian is the best choice you will ever make – Rotary is not only a Service Club, it is also a network of business professionals with high ethical standards. Being in Rotary you learn about cultural awareness, people skills, leadership skills and public speaking. Rotarians are the movers and shakers of our communities, we are the problem solvers who share ideas, and take action to create lasting change.
At this moment there are over 1.2 million Rotarians in over 35,000 countries Worldwide. For almost 116 years, Rotarians have bridged cultures, and connected continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy, and poverty, promote clean water & sanitation and fight diseases.
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta’s call for action is “Each One Bring One”, his goal for this Rotary Year is to increase the membership to 1.3 million by June 2022 – all it takes is for one person in each Club to bring in a new member! We can do more service when new members join our Clubs by assisting financially, and bringing new ideas for projects and fundraisers.
On the other hand, we also need to retain the existing members which is very important. The Members are the backbone of the Clubs and each Rotarian has something valuable to contribute. There are a few ways to retain existing members such as making Club Meetings fun, and humorous without losing sight of Rotary’s mission, ask members for their feedback, provide leadership opportunities and put the member’s skills to use and recognize them for their efforts.
I encourage you all to also tell your Rotary Story, of why you joined Rotary, your most memorable moment of being a Rotarian and what makes your Club special. In doing so, let’s inspire others around us to join and commit to “Serve to Change Lives”.
Yours In Rotary Service,
Louis Wever
District Governor
District 7020
Dear Fellow Rotarians,

Welcome to the New Rotary Year 2021-2022! Firstly, I would like to congratulate Past District Governor Charles on a successful Rotary Year. It was another challenging year, but Rotarians have found innovative ways to carry out Club Meetings, Projects and Fundraisers. It is important for Rotarians to continue learning and growing, so that we can adapt to the new normal. The World is changing everyday, and we must change with it.

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta’s theme for the New Rotary Year is “Serve to Change Lives”, where he is encouraging members to become more involved in service projects. And, in serving others it is the best way to live, because it not only changes the other person’s life, but also our own.
One of the goals of Rotary International President Shekhar is to grow Rotary to 1.3 million members Worldwide, the call to action is “Each One, Bring One”. Impact starts with our members; we are the leaders who are improving not only our communities but also Internationally!
In a quote by Harriet Tubman: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars and to change the World.”
First Lady Amanda and I are looking forward to working with each and every one of you. Our District is amazing, welcoming and one of a kind! And, I am proud to be part of this dynamic District 7020!
Yours in Rotary Service,
Louis Wever
District Governor 2021-2022 
District 7020