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Oakey, the Cooperator's Oakville Family Ribfest mascot attended a private function in December to herald this year's major event taking place at Sheridan College between Friday June 23 and Sunday June 25. Visit www.oakvillefamilyribfest.com for details about this year's Rotary event.
At the annual Paul Harris Award dinner for club members six recipients were identified. These six deserving members received awards for their service above self in their carrying out of responsibilities on behalf of Rotary Oakville Trafalgar.
Pictured above are Cliff Thompson, Karen Milner, Jennifer Estall, Ron Salem and Trish Peden. Pictured below is Claire Conway who received her award on a different date from President Bent Fink-Jensen.
On Thursday November 3rd the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar gathered to recognize the sponsors who through their involvement have made the annual Ribfest possible.
First and foremost, we are proud to recognize and thank our presenting sponsor, The Co-operators. With their long-time support, their name has become synonymous with Ribfest and the expectation of an outstanding event that offers a fun-filled, family outing in the heart of Oakville, Halton and the GTA. As one of the leading multi-line insurers in Canada, The co-operators is dedicated to making our communities better. And, they will continue to be part of Ribfest as they have renewed their support for 2017.
Please join us in welcoming Dave Pecharich, Sarah Walker and Matt Donohoe from The co-operators – THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR OUTSTANDING SUPPORT OF RIBFEST.
We could not work with a more accommodating host than Sheridan College. The space offered at its Trafalgar Road campus provides everything needed to create a fantastic event: huge event area, lots of parking, friendly staff that help organize the event and talented students who participate in its execution. And leading the way of friendly, accommodating staff at Sheridan is Shelley Barr. Welcome Shelley and thank you for all your help!
First Ontario Credit Union
The long-time support of First Ontario Credit Union has been invaluable to the success of Ribfest. Being able to count on their partnership has enabled our event to grow and become more financially stable each year, just like the over 100,000 Ontarians that trust First Ontario for their banking needs. Thank you for investing in Ribfest and welcome Allan Tran from First Ontario Credit Union.
Our friends at the Cross Avenue Home Depot take care of two important audiences at Ribfest: children and sponsors. For our younger attendees, the Home Depot provides countless wood-working kits and friendly staff so that each child can take home a wood project and apron as a great memory of Ribfest. For our sponsors, Home Depot outfits the sponsor’s tent with comfortable patio furniture so that guests can enjoy their ribs in style. Thank you Home Depot for your long-time support of Ribfest and please join me in welcoming Keith Dobson.
Instant Imprints and The UPS Store
Ribfest is successful because of the countless hours partners, volunteers and Rotarians contribute to the planning and execution of the event. Jeff Parker and Anita Gateley, from Instant Imprints and The UPS Store, are two at the top of the list, whose efforts have a tremendous impact on the event. Together they provide countless signs, banners, flyers, lawn signs, stickers and promotional materials that ensures everyone within a 100 km radius knows about Ribfest. Thank you both for all you do for Ribfest and for your continued support of the event. Welcome Jeff and Anita.
Kopriva Taylor Community Funeral Home
Ilona Korpriva is Ribfest! A cherished friend of both Rotary and Ribfest, Ilona dedicates countless hours to ensuring our club and event are successful. She serves on the Ribfest sponsorship committee and as Oakey, our wonderful Ribfest mascot. Thank you Ilona for allowing us to count on the volunteers from our community and please come forward to receive your plaque.
U-PAK Disposals Ltd.
Ribfest takes great pride in being a Zero Waste event with the help of U-Pak Disposals. U-Pak lives up to its mission of providing clients with an organized and efficient method for managing waste. It provided Ribfest with all the bins required to manage the event, helping us reach our goal of Zero waste. Welcome Mark Thompson and thank you for all your support.
This is one sponsor that needs no introduction because nothing goes better with a plate of mouth-watering ribs than an icy cold Labatt’s beer. Thank you to Andy Cardin and the entire team at Labatt’s for supporting Ribfest and making sure there was always cold beer available at the event.
Le Dome has become a wonderful friend to Rotary over the last two years, hosting our weekly lunches and supporting activities we organize like Ribfest. Their support ensured our hundreds of volunteers were well fed and fueled all weekend long. Thank you Anthony Turco and your entire team at Le Dome for taking such great care of all of us.
Carpet Warehouse has been a long-time supporter of Ribfest. Having our local businesses invest in Ribfest sends a message that Ribfest is a worthwhile event and is important to our community. Welcome Domenic and Mary Tonelli and thank you for believing in Ribfest!
Whitehall Homes & Construction Ltd.
Building a great event takes many hands and careful planning. Whitehall Homes & Construction knows the value of great work and attention to detail and can appreciate how important support from our partners can be to pull off a project this size. Welcome Lisa Herceg and Shelley Fournier from Whitehall Homes & Construction and thank you for your generous support.
Cobbs Bread Upper Oakville
Partnering with Cobbs Bread Upper Oakville is aligning our principles of community service. Every Cobbs Bread store bakes from scratch each morning and donates unsold goods to charity at the end of the day. For our Ribfest volunteers, they were grateful to enjoy the delicious treats provided by Cobbs Bread Upper Oakville. Please welcome Raj Wadhwa.
Montfort Mediterranean Cuisine
Keeping our volunteers well fed during Ribfest is important to our club and partners like Montfort Mediterranean Cuisine make it easy to do. Welcome Rebecca Shoufany and thank you for the care you show to our 300 Ribfest volunteers!
The 28th Annual Strawberry Social hosted by the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar and Acclaim Health was a great success with over 100 attendees. Thanks to Vanda Albuquerque and her team of volunteers for putting on such a wonderful community event. The video link below recaps the welcoming speeches by MC Trish Peden, President Bent Fink-Jensen and Acting Mayor Jeff Knowles.
Posted by Julia Le, Oakville Beaver...Photos from Club Members
Posted by John Kubacki on May 26, 2016
On Wednesday May 25th, we celebrated 27 graduating high school students who are going on to college or university.
It was a great evening with about 150 people in attendance.
The three Oakville Rotary Clubs collaborate on this program, which distributes $60,000 to graduating students who need the financial help but who also show dedication to leadership in extra-curricular activities and/or volunteering in the community.
The recipients were moving in their desire to overcome personal or family obstacles and strive to reach goals that were inspiring to hear.
Everyone was moved by Logan Townsend, our speaker, who was a 2015 Award recipient. He spoke about mental illness and his personal challenges to get from a troubled childhood to a healthy life at York University. He thanked his grandparents, Rotary, as well as the CAS for helping him, and encouraged the award recipients to face their obstacles and move forward. Logan received a spontaneous standing ovation!
The Education Awards are an example of the three Rotary Clubs in Oakville working together to achieve an outstanding success in helping deserving students.
At our meeting on February 4 we presented cheques to two of our community partners. Standing left to right are our Community Services Committee Chair Jennifer Estall, President-Elect Bent Fink-Jensen, Jacqui Gardner from Meals on Wheels and Kjeld Thomasen from Community Youth Programs.