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On the exact same day, our numbers grew even more with the induction of all the new members of the Rotary Metro Club of Ottawa, a satellite club of the Rotary Club of Ottawa. This enthusiastic group has taken the plunge after several years of helping to promote Rotary and work on various fundraisers for service projects, both here and abroad. District Governor, Ariane Carriere, Area Governor, Faye Campbell, and several members of the Executive and Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Ottawa were present to welcome the new club.
In recognition of the Rotary Club of Ottawa's 100th anniversary, the Rotary Centennial Scholarship Program will provide scholarships of up to $100,000 (over a minimum of four years) to at risk and homeless youth, who graduate from the Rogers Achievement Centre, the on-site high school at Ottawa's Operation Come Home. Scholarships will cover community college or university tuition, books, computers, and supplies.
Congratulations to Rotatactor Erika Desmarais, who was awarded the 2014 Russell Hammond Award for outstanding involvement in the Rotary community, international or club service. Ms. Desmarais, from the Rotaract Club of Ottawa, received a plaque and $200. From left: Rotarian Eva Hammond, Erika Desmarais, and Angela Wellman, president of the Rotary Club of Ottawa (2013-2014).
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The Rotary Club of Ottawa has joined the Miracle League, the City of Ottawa and the greater Ottawa community and other Ottawa-area Rotary clubs to build the first fully-accessible baseball diamond and children's play centre in our capital city -- a $900,000 project. Representing the Rotary Club of Ottawa at the kick-off ceremony on November 9 were (above from left) Miao Tsai, Angela Wellman (president) and Nabil Oudeh.
The Miracle League provides children, young adults and adults with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball on a purpose-built Miracle Field, a custom-designed field equipped with a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries. The field may also include wheelchair accessible dugouts and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players.
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