$90,000+ Raised with SKATE 48 2024-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Play for Good Lottery Donation Vanessa Marshall 2024-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
5 Club Events Paul Walman 2023-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Fighting Hunger with Food4Kids Robert Dippell 2023-06-15 04:00:00Z 0
Local Allocations Celebration Anne Brubacher 2023-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary support for Ukraine

From our past member Doug Edwards we have learned that the Rotary Club of Kitchener Conestoga (RCKC) has initiated fundraising to assist the people of Ukraine during this very difficult time of the Russian invasion and the unimaginable hardship it continues to cause to those who remain in the country. They are currently seeking to raise $70,000 in addition to $100,000 already raised and sent (see the recap below detailing the impact). 

To donate directly to the RCKC International Aid Fund via e-transfer.  All funds go directly into the RCKC IAF bank account at the Bank of Montreal.  100% of the funds are then forwarded to their contacts in the Ukraine for direct aid to those that need it.

The recipient address is:              donatetoiaf@kcrotary.ca

It is set for auto-deposit so no secret word is required. They will assume any funds being received are for the Ukraine Project but there is a spot to indicate this on the e-transfer form.

Rotary support for Ukraine Robert Dippell 2022-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
John Webster-Wellness Robert Dippell 2022-11-03 04:00:00Z 0
President Vanessa's Goals for 2022-2023 2022-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

President Changeover Dinner

The Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River had their President's Changeover Dinner on June 28, 2022, where the Club recognized the many outstanding contributions of it's outgoing President Steve Knipping and welcomed in the President for the 2022-2023 Rotary Year, Vanessa Marshall, and her Board members. 
Paul Harris Awards were given out to three very well deserving recipients:
Amichai Tsarfati
Bill Brubacher
Rodney Goetz
Additionally, several Milestone's were celebrated including:
Rotary Anniversaries
31 YEARS: Rod Goetz and Jon Kaufman
30 YEARS: Pierre Lapalme and Bill Muirhead
25 YEARS: Gerry Muller
10 YEARS: Abe Herbst
5 YEARS: Lori Hough and Anne Kalbfleisch
Milestone Wedding Anniversaries: 
45 YEARS: Duane and Gloria Eby
                    Paul and Revie Walman
40 YEARS: Lori and Mark Hough (absent)
                    Pierre and Terry Lapalme
35 YEARS: Anne and Bill Brubacher
30 YEARS: Kathi Smith and Ray Teed
5 YEARS: Gerry Muller and Anne Maranda
Incoming President Vanessa provided an outlook for the 2022-2023 Rotary Year, which can be read under News Stories on our Website.  
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Six of our Rotarians had the oportunity to spend an afternoon assisting Nutrition for Learning packing food bags for kids. We will be providing assistance on an ongoing basis. Nutrition for Learning provides an important service in our Community. If you re interested in finding out more about what they do, you can check out their website at: www.nutritionforlearning.ca 
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Kidsability Update

President Chris introduced Lisa Talbot and Linda Kenny from the Kidsability Centre, and their update on programs there. 
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Panther Thank you Marilyn A. 2020-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Kidsability update

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At our April 27th meeting, President Chris introduced Lisa Talbot and Linda Kenny from the Kidsability Centre for their update on programs there. 
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Skate 48 Top 50 Celebration

On March 2nd, the Skate48 committee welcomed the top 50 fundraisers to a celebration at St. Louis Bar and Grill in Waterloo. The event was to celebrate the success of the 29th Skate48 held in February which raised $173,000 for the club to donate back to worthy causes primarily within our community.
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Graham's Transplant Journey Louise Gardiner 2020-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Caborca Mexico NID Trip Paul W. 2020-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Skate 48 2020

On Saturday Feb 8th, after weeks of preparation, our club held another Skate 48 hockey event.
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Roberto Angellis Lyra-Poetry

Our speaker on January 28, 2020, was Roberto Angelis Lyra, who had previously spoken to our club some time ago. Roberto gave us a dramatic reading of his poetry.
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Rancheria Update

On January 7th our speakers were members Steve K. and Martin B. presenting on their recent service trip that included Pierre L. to Rancheria Nicaragua.
The Rotary team in their standard poses!
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Ray of Hope

Posted by Rob D. on Dec 03, 2019
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On Dec 3rd we were joined by Tonya Verburg, CEO and Scott Brush, Chief Development Officer of Ray of Hope.
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Now that's a makeup! Afroza A. 2019-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Tom O'Donnell Comedian Rob D 2019-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
Walter Waganka of Medstar Sharon M. 2019-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Roberto Angelis Lyra, author of Re: Le-gîon & The Other Side of Suicide Peter M. 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

Creative Capital of Canada

Posted by Rob D. on Sep 24, 2019
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On September 24th we were joined by Scott Higgins, President of HIP Developments to speak to us on the topic of Creative Capital of Canada.
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Who-Am-I's-Vanessa and Dan Robert D 2019-09-17 04:00:00Z 0

ION-Much more than a train

Posted by Rob D on Sep 10, 2019
Our speaker on September 10th was Regional Councilor Sean Strickland. Having served on regional Council since 2000 including many subcommittees related to the Regional Transportation Plan, Sean provides a unique perspective on our newly unveiled LRT.
ION-Much more than a train Rob D 2019-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

Demine Robotics

Posted by Lorie H. on Aug 27, 2019
On August 27th our speaker was Jared Baribeau from Demine Robotics, a company that helps build machinery to destroy unexploded landmines.
(shown: Jared in the black ball cap with some of the Demine Robotics team and a prototype of their machine)
Demine Robotics Lorie H. 2019-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Shelley Campagnola, MCRS Darryl D. 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Chris Wood-Waterloo Region Airport Gary H. 2019-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
Pierre Laplame-Tibet and Nepal travelogue Anne B. 2019-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Ontario Christian Gleaners James S. 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

Terry Pender-Arts and Culture

Posted by Dennis Y. on Jul 02, 2019
On July 2nd our speaker was Terry Pender who recently became the Arts and cultural reporter at the Record on the topic of the Regions lack of a long term vision for planning and support to the local Arts and Culture scene.
Terry Pender-Arts and Culture Dennis Y. 2019-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
Thank you from local allocations recipients Anne B. 2019-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaractors in action

Posted by Spiro D.
On June 25th our Rotoractors Araf and Vima entertained us with Syrian poetry, Arabic and Lebanese songs and Araf on the keyboard.
They are very grateful for the support our club has given their club
They don’t get chance to come out to many meetings but have helped out with all our fundraisers.
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President Changeover Dinner

Posted by Rob D on Jun 18, 2019
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On June 18th we gathered at Grey Silo Golf Club to celebrate the successes of the club under the stewardship of Gerry Muller and to welcome incoming President Chris Toal!
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Women's Crisis Services Rob D. 2019-06-11 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Rob D on Jun 11, 2019
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International Chair Doug Edwards presents MEDA representatives Dean and Chris a cheque for $5000 in support of the microfinance project in Rancheria Nicaragua. 
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John Lomax-CIRCLE

Posted by Sharon McMorran on Jun 04, 2019
On Jun 4th, our guest speaker was John Lomax, chair of district 7080 committee called CIRCLE - Community Indigenous Resource Committee for Learning and Education.
John Lomax-CIRCLE Sharon McMorran 2019-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program Waterloo/Wellington  Marilyn Allen 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Mudpuppy Chase May 2019

Mudpuppy Chase 2019 - 5k
Another successful Mudpuppy Chase was held on May 5th at the David Johnston Research + Technology Park at the University of Waterloo. Over 1000 runners participated in the 600M, 3K and 5K races that were held under sunny skies. Net proceeds will be used to support our Allocations Committee grants to both local and international charitable causes focused on children, youth and families!
Congratulations to our committee for a successful event and thank you to all our members for their support in putting on this great event!
Mudpuppy Chase May 2019 Rob D 2019-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Travelogue

Posted by Afroza Akhter on May 27, 2019
Afroza’s visit to Rotary Clubs and projects in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This Urban Ecology Centre is a direct outcome of the support of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee where kids, youth and parents can learn & enjoy everything about recycled products & processes. This is where the oldest Rotary club (100 years) meets every Tuesday in Milwaukee
Rotarian Travelogue  Afroza Akhter 2019-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
Rotaract update Afroza Akhter 2019-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

International Allocations

Posted by Doug Edwards on May 27, 2019
On May 21, Doug Edwards on behalf of our International Allocations committee was pleased to present to Steve Rutledge a cheque in the amount of $5000 in support of their adopt a village program in Laos.
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Local Allocations 2019

Posted by Rob D on May 27, 2019
On May 14, 2019 we welcomed all our 2019 Local Allocations grant recipients to our meeting to celebrate.
Anne Brubacher Chair of the Local Allocations Committee presided over the meeting.
Local Allocations Committee members: Anne Brubacher – Chair, Rod Goetz, Duane Eby, Jaci Mulvey, Marilyn Allen, Anne Kalbfleish, Brandon Snider, Gary Heuval and Vanessa Marshall
Mission statement: “We believe in directing the majority of our charitable donations to projects which involve children and youth aged 18 and under.  We believe in planting seeds, investing in people and helping youth and children who have physical, mental or spiritual needs.  We believe in supporting projects that will make a significant impact.  Our primary focus is on non-profit or charitable organizations that can demonstrate that they are financially viable.  Together, we can make a difference in our Community by investing in our Children and Youth.”
The allocations committee provided $55,000 in grants to 31 organizations.  The job was extra challenging this year as they had requests for more than $134,000 from 56 non-profits and schools.
Local Allocations 2019 Rob D 2019-05-27 04:00:00Z 0

Canoeing the Grand Social

Posted by Brandon Snider on May 26, 2019
One May 26, 14 canoes containing over 30 Rotarians, friends and family set out for an expedition Canoeing the Grand. Following the successful expedition, the participants assembled at Shawna and Dave Timlock's house for a bbq lunch! Fortunately the timing worked well and the weather as excellent! Thanks to  Brandon for organizing and for the Timlock's for hosting the food festivities!
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Kidsability Foundation

Posted by Rob D on Apr 23, 2019
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On April 23rd we welcomed Lisa Talbot, Executive Director of the Kidsability Foundation and Linda Kenney, CEO of the Kidsability Centre. At this meeting President Gerry and Ami presented our speakers with a cheque for $40,000! Congratulations to all club members for making this possible!
Kidsability Foundation Rob D 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Doug Craig-Regional Reform

Posted by Rob D on Apr 16, 2019
We were joined at our meeting of April 16 by Doug Craig, past mayor of Cambridge to discuss the current issue of Municipal Reform/Amalgamation.
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Peace is Everyone's Business

Posted by Rob D-with a lot of help from Lowell on Apr 09, 2019
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Our speaker on April 9 was Lowell Ewert, who gave an overview of how everyone can imagine how their work and personal connections are located on a continuum of promoting peace. 
Peace is Everyone's Business Rob D-with a lot of help from Lowell 2019-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Bonspiel Social

Posted by Rob D on Apr 08, 2019
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GRRC Bonspiel Social-the bonspiel was held on Saturday March 30th at Westmount. 25 members and guests attended and had a great time learning the game under the watchful supervision of a couple learned instructors. Thanks to Brandon and Steve for organizing this great event!
Rotary Bonspiel Social Rob D 2019-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

Rancheria Nicaragua trip

Posted by Rob D on Apr 02, 2019
Our speakers on April 2 were President Gerry and his wife Anne along with member Martin and past member Warren Hamp to talk about their recent trip to Nicaragua to assist in a residential project supported by our club. Pictured is Gerry and Anne with Martin in the back of the cart.
Rancheria Nicaragua trip Rob D 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0
Carl Zehr-Municipal Amalgamation Lorie Hough 2019-03-26 04:00:00Z 0
Jim Poling-Editor of the Kitchener Record Gary Heuvel 2019-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Violette Khammad-Rotary Peace Scholar  Duane Eby 2019-03-12 04:00:00Z 0

Peace Scholar

Posted by Christopher Toal on Mar 05, 2019
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Our speaker on March 5th was Katelynn Folkerts who is a Masters Student in Peace and Conflict and a recipient of a Rotary Peace Scholarship.
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Alex MacFarlane-my career in comedy Robert Dippell 2019-02-25 05:00:00Z 0
Luisa D'amato-The Record Sharon McMorran 2019-01-28 05:00:00Z 0
Electoral Reform and Proportionate Representation ROB D 2019-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
Summer Camp 2019 Marilyn Allen 2019-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
Drew Ripley-Balloon Artistry and Kwartzlab Rob D 2019-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

JP Magic

Posted by Rob D on Nov 27, 2018
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On November 27th our presenter was JP Magic pictured here with his thanker Steve and his assistants Duane and Vanessa.
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Future leaders wanted Gerry Muller 2018-11-26 05:00:00Z 0
JuneyT Brandon Snider 2018-11-25 05:00:00Z 0

Sounds of Christmas

Posted by Joanne Renaud on Nov 19, 2018
Message from Nicole Gaus who has visited our club in the past about a fundraiser that she is holding in support of Kidsability.
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Congratulations to the Club

Posted by Rob D on Nov 13, 2018
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Kathi  Dick District Governor visited our meeting on November 12th to present Past President Marilyn Allen with a Rotary Citation for 2017-18 .
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MCC-Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) Rob D 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Shore Centre

Posted by Rob D on Nov 06, 2018
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On November 6th we were joined by Lyndsey Butcher MSW, Executive Director of Shore Centre.
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Laurie Blaikie-Youth mental health Rob D 2018-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Learning for Humanity

Posted by Lorie Hough on Oct 29, 2018
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On October 23rd, Rod Goetz presented our Guest Speaker Philip Baker - CEO of Learning for Humanity with a certificate of immunization of 50 children from polio.
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Food 4 Kids Waterloo Wellington Darryl Dalke 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary 7080 DG-John Gilvesy Duane Eby 2018-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
City of Kitchener Update Mike Fortuna 2018-09-28 04:00:00Z 0

Waterloo Fire Rescue Services

Posted by Donna Simpson on Sep 04, 2018
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John Percy is the Public Education Officer of Region of Waterloo Fire Rescue Services.
He was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
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Waterloo Biofilter

Posted by Rob D on Aug 21, 2018
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On August 21st, our speaker was member Bill Muirhead on the topic of Waterloo Biofilter.
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Welcome President Gerry

Posted by Rob D on Jul 16, 2018
On July 10th, we welcomed Gerry as our President for his first official meeting! With Gerry at the helm, it is sure to be a fun year!
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Toastmasters-Don Critelli

Posted by Rob D on Jul 16, 2018
On July 10th we were joined by Don Critelli, Business Development Manager for the Chamber of Commerce to speak about Toastmasters.
Toastmasters-Don Critelli Rob D 2018-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

Supervised Injection Site

Posted by Rob D on Jun 26, 2018
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We were joined at our Jun 26th meeting by Stephen Gross from the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre to discuss supervised injection sites.
Supervised Injection Site Rob D 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
President Changeover Dinner Rob D 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

ONEXONE Foundation

Posted by Rob D on Jun 12, 2018
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We were joined by Shoraez Shahjahan of ONEXONE Foundation to discuss the First Nations School Breakfast Program.
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Work for a Cure-Bernardo Ricine Rob D 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
RI Convention Rob D 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Strategic Plan update Rob D 2018-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Who am I-Pattie  Rob D 2018-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Who am I-Justin Rob D 2018-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Peace Scholarships

Posted by Rob D on May 22, 2018
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Duane Eby presented to the club a summary of his attendance April 26th at the Graduate Student Fellowship Symposium held at the Ballsillie School of International Affairs.
Peace Scholarships Rob D 2018-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Local Allocations Presentation Day Rob D 2018-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Mudpuppy Chase Rob D 2018-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Camp Enterprise Rob D 2018-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

Earth Day Tree planting

Posted by Rob D on Apr 23, 2018
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On Sunday April 22nd, in recognition of Earth Day, the Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River held a tree planting at Proctor Woods behind Sandhills School on Victoria Street in Kitchener. An intrepid group of Rotarians were joined by family members, Rotaractors and District 7080 Governor, and namesake of the Proctor Woods, Bill Proctor with his wife Judy to plant 35 trees. The weather was amazing and mud was everywhere for this historic event that was encouraged by Rotary International President Ian Riesley. Food and refreshments were enjoyed by all after the work was done with some maple themed treats as draw prizes. Thank you to Marilyn for organizing and to all for the support of this event!
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Lutherwood-Youth Homelessness

Posted by Rob D on Apr 17, 2018
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We were joined by Jacqueline Terry and Donna Bunchen of Lutherwood to discuss their youth programs dealing with homelessness.
Lutherwood-Youth Homelessness Rob D 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Happy anniversary Rob D 2018-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Economic Impact of Conestoga College Rob D 2018-04-16 04:00:00Z 0
Nogales Shoebox Program Update Rob D. 2018-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Caborca Mexico District 7080 Field Work Rob D 2018-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Child Witness Centre-Looking for volunteers Rob D 2018-03-19 04:00:00Z 0
Mike Farwell- "The Luckiest Guy in the World!" Brandon S. 2018-03-19 04:00:00Z 0


Posted by Rob D on Mar 12, 2018
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(Sponsored by Kitchener-Grand River Rotary Club)
Delightfully inviting youth with active interests in community engagement for personal and professional development to join us:
Interested youths between the age 18 and 30 years may contact one of the following Rotaractors;
Simona @ +1 416 556 3704 or email: simona.kovacevska@edu.uwaterloo.ca  
Amisha @ +1 647963 2711 or email: amishayadav7@gmail.com
Aaraf @ +1 647 244 4694 or email: aaraf2007@gmail.com
We meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 6 pm at the Waterloo University Campus.
Lisaard Innisfree Hospice Rob D 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Member Update: Pierre Lapalme Rob D. 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
New Rotaract Club Rob D 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peace Scholar-Rizwan

Posted by Rob D on Feb 06, 2018
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Our speaker on February 6th was Rotary Peace Scholarship recipient Rizwan who is studying for a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies at UW-Conrad Grebel. Rizwan was joined by Ernie Ginzler and two faculty members Jennifer Ball and Sherri Sutherland.
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Speaker Amanda Snyder

Posted by Gary H. on Jan 30, 2018
 Our speaker on January 30, was Amanda Snyder speaking of her international volunteer experiences.
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Rotary International Convention Toronto 23-27 June 2018-UPDATED  Rob D 2018-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
David Levinson from Canadian Federation of Independent Business Rob D 2018-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

Communitech/True North Waterloo Event

Posted by Rob D on Jan 16, 2018
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On January 16th, Steve Currie, VP of Strategy and Innovation for Communitech joined us to talk about this important community organization and their event True North Waterloo to be held in late May 2018.
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MAD Moment Rob D 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
RI Theme 2018-19 "Be The Inspiration" Rob D 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
M.A.D. Moment 2018-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Beer 2018-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Camp Enterprise - 2017 Hanan Awaad 2017-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
District 7080 Club Leadership/District Assembly - April 22, 2017 - Holiday Inn, Cambridge 2017-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

The Goal is Zero

Posted on Feb 27, 2017
Polio survivor and active Rotary volunteer, Ann Lee Hussey, shares what drives her commitment to end the disease once and for all. Via Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: http://endpol.io/2ldrull
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Christmas Food Hampers Hanan Awaad 2016-12-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River MudPuppy Chase May 1, Laurel Creek 2016-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Bill & Melinda Gates 2015 Annual Letter 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Southeast Asia Declared Polio Free as of March 27, 2014!! Kathi Smith 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
India Celebrates 3 Years Polio Free!! Kathi Smith 2014-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
You Can Change the World - Join Rotary Kathi Smith 2012-08-04 00:00:00Z 0

Skate 48 - 22th Anniversary!!

Posted by Glenn Stewart on Jan 21, 2012
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Saturday February 18th marks the 22nd annual Skate 48 Hockey Tournament hosted by the Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex. This one game challenge style tournament which is attended annually by over 60 teams has provided many entertaining but competitive hockey days while raising funds for charities and other worthwhile causes in our community and throughout the world. Over the 20+ years of this event, almost $2 million has been raised! see www.skate48.com for all details

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Rotarians - You Can Do It!! Kathi Smith 2011-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Skate 48

Posted by Martin Ward on Nov 17, 2007
Planning underway for the next Skate 48 event.
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United Nations praises Rotary Martin Ward 2006-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Mudpuppy Chase Martin Ward 2006-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Board Meeting Martin Ward 2006-10-10 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Receives $70,000 to Complete Peace Park

Posted by Kathi Smith on Jan 23, 2005
The Trillium Foundation has awarded the Rotary International Peace Park $70,000. The money will be used for a Peace statue that will be created by a local artist and to complete educational panels in the park that explains Rotary.
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Rotary Fun Fair 2014 at KidsAbility

Posted by Kathi Smith

All five Rotary Clubs in K-W got together to provide a day of fun for kids and families from KidsAbility on June 14.

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Bill Gates Congratulates Rotary on Polio Free Southeast Asia!! Kathi Smith 0
Doing Good In the World - check out Rotary! Kathi Smith 0
This is Rotary Glenn Stewart 0
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Rotary & Global Polio Eradication

Posted by Kathi Smith
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Thank you for your interest in Global Polio Eradication. Cupcakes for Polio is a fundraising initiatives of the Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, what better way to show appreciation to your family, friends and work colleagues. Please consider purchasing some delicious cupcakes to help our cause.

Cupcakes for Polio - this link will take you to the page where you can order your cupcakes or make a donation to help eradicate polio from the world.

Rotary International, along with UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and governments of the world, have reduced polio cases by 99% worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. More than 10 million people are walking today who otherwise would have been paralyzed. The number of countries with endemic polio has since been reduced from 125 to 3.

It’s a Good Investment: This objective aims to ensure that the world remains permanently polio-free. The benefits of a polio-free world will extend to all children everywhere, in perpetuity, protecting them forever from this debilitating, preventable disease. The world has invested $9 billion dollars toward polio eradication and an independent study published in the medical journal Vaccine estimates the net economic benefits at US$40 to 50 billion over the next 20 years – a savings that can be put toward fighting other diseases.

The Human Cost: If we don’t end polio now, experts say the disease could rebound to 10 million cases in the next 40 years.


- In this video, Dr. Bruce Aylward delivers his talk on how we will stop Polio for good. Bruce Aylward is a Canadian physician and epidemiologist who heads the polio eradication programme at WHO, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative

- Rotary news release: Rotary and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Extend Fundraising Partnership

- Newswire article on Canada's $250 million dollar increased investment

Sponsored by: The Cake Box

The Cake Box was named as one of Canada's top 5 bakeries by Bakers Journal. They bake their cupcakes fresh daily sourcing local ingredients when possible and making everything from scratch. No artificial ingredients or preservatives are added.

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Skate 48 - Raising funds to help children and youth

Posted by Kathi Smith


Skate 48 is The Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River's largest fund raiser.   Millions of dollars have been raised through this event to help children and youth in our community and in the international community.  Thanks to all of the great volunteers who make the event such a success and thanks to the wonderful supporters who come out year after year and work so hard to raise the money to further the work for children and youth.

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You Are the Missing Piece..... Join Rotary

Posted by Kathi Smith


Making the world a better place is an intricate puzzle and piece by piece, the women and men of Rotary have worked hard to fight hunger, promote literacy, and move the world toward peace. But there is still much to be done, still some missing pieces, and one of those missing pieces is you. Learn how you can help Rotary put together a better world at Rotary.org.Rotary. Humanity in Motion


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World's Biggest Commercial

Posted by Kathi Smith

On Wednesday, October 24th, people around the world added their images to creat the world's biggest commercial to mark

World Polio Day and to tell the world that we are "this close" (1%) to ending polio in the world.

Click on the link and watch, you may see people you know.


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Help End Polio - Buy End Polio Music Kathi Smith 0

Help Make History - Contribute to the Eradication of Polio

Posted by Kathi Smith
As we approach the Holiday Season - consider donating in the name of a family member or friend to help achieve 100% polio eradication.  You do not have to be a Rotarian to help in this campaign to create a polio free world!Image
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October 24 is World Polio Day Kathi Smith 0
End Polio Now - We need your help! Donate Today! Kathi Smith 0
Rotary - Bringing Peace to the World Kathi Smith 0
What is Rotary? Kathi Smith 0
Rotary Celebrates one year Polio Free in India Kathi Smith 0

The Last Percent

Posted by Kathi Smith


We're so close, we can't stop now - we never have before!


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Skate 48 - February 19th

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For the 21st year, we will be hosting Skate 48 at the Kitchener Auditorium and Twin Icepads on February 19th.  Teams from throughout the Waterloo Region are busy raising funds to help youth of our community.  The money raised is donated to Kidsability among other youth serving organizations. If you have a team that is interested in playing or  if you can't play hockey and are interested in supporting youth, contact John Murray at

jpm@giffenlawyers.com .

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Lincoln Heights Thanks Rotary

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Lincoln Heights Public School was one of the recipients of the proceeds from our fund raising.  The school expressed their gratitude on their school sign!
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2010-2011 Theme Unveiled

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The RI Theme for 2010-11 was unveiled today at the 2010 International Assembly in San Diego. RI President-Elect Ray Klinginsmith announced the theme Building Communities - Bridging Continents. 

In selecting the theme, Klinginsmith said he reviewed past RI themes and noted that only a very few spoke to non- Rotarians.  With this theme, he hopes to have changed that.

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Rotary Shares - Learn About our Allocations

Posted by Kathi Smith

The Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River provides opportunities for funding to charitable organizations that focus on children and youth under the age of 18.  Check out the allocations process by downloading our Allocations Committee package.  Deadline for application is March 1, 2010. 

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The Rotary Foundation Receives Top Rating

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The Rotary Foundation Receives Top Rating!  The Rotary Foundation has been declared one of the best charitable foundations in the world!

The Rotary International Foundation has been declared number three out of 10 of the top charitable foundations in the US by Charity Navigator.  Rotary was ranked third behind the National Christian Foundation and Feed the Children.  Rotary was ranked just above the Mayo Clinic.  Rotarians should be proud of their Foundation!!

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Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything

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If you have someone who is hard to buy for on your list - why not consider a donation to PolioPlus?  Make a difference in the life of a child by making a donation to PolioPlus and make the donation in the name of a family member or friend who doesn't need more "stuff".  Donations go to the Rotary Foundation of Canada.  Let Kathi Smith or Paul Walman know and we will provide you with the certificate to give as a gift.

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Canadian Rotary Stamp to be Released

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Canada Post has announced that a special commerative stamp, honouring Rotary, will be released in 2010.  The stamp will be issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Canada and also the 100th anniversary of Rotary becoming international.  

The design of the stamp is being created over the next several months. 

This is great news for Rotary and also for Rotary on Stamps Fellowship.

A host of diligent and very patient senior leadership in Rotary have worked to make this happen.

More details will be available as we move towards our centennial in 2010.

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Mudpuppy Chase - Sunday, May 3

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This great fund raiser for the kids of our community allows runners to choose from a 3 Km, 5 Km or 10 Km route.  It gives them a chance to run through the downtown of Kitchener in search of the elusive mudpuppy!
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Bill Gates Announces Additional Fund for PolioPlus Kathi Smith 0
Rotary Peace Park Tree Planting Martin Ward 0
Rotary Foundation - Sustaining Membership Kathi Smith 0

On-Line Donations

Posted by Martin Ward

You can make on-line donations to the Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River. Whether in support of a Skate 48 team, a Mudpuppy runner, or any other club project. Follow the link below to get the details.

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New Member Goals

Posted by Fraser Moull
Your membership committee in conjunction with the board has set a goal of adding ten new members to our club by June of 2007. Jim McIntyre  has been making weekly announcements urging you to consider inviting a potential new member to Breakfast.
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The Brampton Christmas Parade

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Last weekend the other exchange students in our district and myself were allowed to walk in the Brampton parade!!! It was one of my greatest Rotary moments ever!!!
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Rotary Peace Park Celebration - June 6

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Join Rotarians and their families from all five clubs in Kitchener Waterloo to celebrate the dedication of the Rotary International Peace Park on Tuesday June 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.  The completed Peace Monument will be unveiled.  Entertainment will be provided by the Bluevale C.I. Choir - conducted by the talented Nancy Kidd.  A special presentation by children from Elizabeth Ziegler school will be made.  All Rotary meetings are cancelled for the week.

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Peace Park Sculpture Selected

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The final selection of the Peace Park Sculpture has been made.  John Hofstettor's submission of Tibetan Peace Flags was chosen.  "Prayer flags are simple devices that, coupled with the natural energy of the wind quietly harmonize the environment, impartially increasing happiness and good fortune among all living beings." 
The jury unanimously agreed that the piece best captured the values of Rotary, the hopes for peace and fit within the natual beauty of the peace park.

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2005-2006 Theme Selected

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Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar has chosen a familiar theme for the first year of Rotary's second 100 years.  Service Above Self was selected in 1911 as the motto for Rotary because it so aptly articulated the ideals that the fledgling organization was in the process of developing.  By choosing this motto as our theme this year, Rotarians will have an opportunity to reflect upon the true meaning of Service Above Self.

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