BICKLE, Frank H. - Frank Henry Bickle, 91, of R.R.6, Woodstock, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, at St. Mary's Memorial Hospital, St. Mary's on Friday, March 9, 2018. He was born in East Zorra Township, Oxford County on September 24, 1926, a son of the late William and Edna (Miller) Bickle. Frank resided all his lifetime in East Zorra Township where he and his wife established "Orchard Park Farms". He was a past President of Oxford Fruit Co-operative and Fruit and Vegetable Association in Woodstock; was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sebastopol-Tavistock where he had served on the Church Council; was a member of the Rotary Club of Tavistock (53 years) where he served as President (1960-1970) and was honoured by being made a "Paul Harris Fellow" of Rotary; was a former member of Tavistock Lodge #609 A.F. & A.M. Frank loved to travel and explore our awesome world and had a passion for nature. Frank is survived by his wife, the former Kathleen "Kaye" Wittig, whom he married at Sebastopol on August 18, 1956; two children, Tom and wife Kathy Bickle, Jane and husband Andrew Fenton; three granddaughters and five great grandsons.

A great Tavistock Rotarian has passed away at 91 2018-03-26 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Tavistock is proud to sponsor a free, new reading program for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 6. Kids aged 4-12 years can have fun learning online with thousands of fun activities. You can sign up free in the panel on the left,  The program is compatible with most internet browsers used by desktop and tablet computers. 


What is Free Reading Program? The Rotary's goal is to enhance the literacy skills of English language learners of all ages. The free reading program will help improve English reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and much more! 65,000 + students are currently using the program.


Rotary Launches Free Reading Program 2017-01-01 05:00:00Z 0
Tavistock Rotary made their annual Christmas visit to seniors at peopleCare and The Maples on December 21st
Seniors Visit December 2016 2016-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Skate with Santa - November 2016 2016-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Tavistock Supports Ontario Toy Show & Auction 2016-09-03 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Donates to Stone Gates Restoration 2016-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
During last week's official DG visit to our club, we presented him with a $700 cheque for Rotary's Polio Plus campaign. Pictured are District 7080 Governor Bill Proctor, President Eva McLaren and AG Brian Bennett.
DG Bill Proctor Visit 2016-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary was pleased to offer assistance at the hospitality area for the mounties after their Musical Ride in Tavitstock on Monday August 15th
RCMP Musical Ride - August 15, 2016 2016-08-15 04:00:00Z 0

Nicole Cooke, Rotary’s Tavistock’s representative to the Adventure in Citizenship program in Ottawa in May 2016, updated members at the club's July 27th  meeting on her experiences.

She experienced a mock election campaign and practiced public speaking and debating. She visited the Canadian War Museum, the House of Commons and the Senate where they were addressed by the Speaker of the House. She also got the chance to meet Elizabeth May who was very inspiring to her.

She spent time... with a couple of Syrian refugees and attended a Citizenship Ceremony where she witnessed new Canadians receiving their Citizenship in a moving ceremony.

She thanked the Club for the opportunity which she said was “total life changing.”

Nicole Cooke - 2016 Adventurer in Citizenship 2016-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Just in time for the July 2016 Canadian Baseball Championships in Tavistock, Rotary donated a $12,000 electronic scoreboard for Optimist Park , similar to the one donated a couple of years earlier at Queen's Park.
Rotary Donates New Scoreboard 2016-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
On June 8th we welcomed Susanne Rea, organizer of the World's Greatest Meal to End Polio, to a meal hosted by the club at peopleCare. Pictured are President Eva with Susanne and 9-year-old twins Sophie Spicer (left) and Ella Spicer (in the blue).
World's Greatest Meal - June 2016 2016-06-08 04:00:00Z 0
The 2016 Rotary Medals program held on Wednesday June 1st when the 5 Oxford Rotary club presented awards to the 8 Oxford County high schools. Tavistock President Eva McLaren is seen presenting awards to Katherine Gerber and Mitchell Weber from Waterloo Oxford DSS with teacher Joanne Wright looking on.
Rotary Medals - June 2016 2016-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Tillsonburg working in cooperation with the Rotary Clubs of Oxford (RC's of Ingersoll, Woodstock, Tavistock, Woodstock-Oxford) and supported various friends from other communities and Rotary Clubs helped today to fill two shipping containers with surplus school desks, chairs, bookshelves and books from Maple Lane School thanks to the gift of these materials by the Thames Valley District School Board. These things will be shipped to the Philippines island of Cebu which was devastated by the Hurricane 3 years ago and is still trying to recover. This project was funded by the Rotary Clubs of Oxford with Matching Grants from our Rotary District and the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. The Rotary Foundation celebrates it's 100th Anniversary this year and it's founding purpose was for "Doing Good in the World".
Container Loading - May 2016 2016-05-07 04:00:00Z 0
Woodstock Volunteer Fair - March 2016 2016-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Two New Paul Harris Society Members - February 2016 2016-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Ken Sommers - 4x Paul Harris Fellow 2016-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Skate With Santa - December 2015 2016-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
President Eva getting ready for a BBQ to raise money for eradication of polio - October 2015
Raising Money for Polio 2016-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Tavistock will be meeting bi-weekly at member's homes over the summer - please check calendar for dates and locations.
Summer Meeting Schedule 2015 2015-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Our 2015 Rotary Medalists - Lauren Holdsworth (Tavistock) and Nik Kuttis (St Agatha) from Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School shown with President Brian and WODSS teacher Joanne Wright.
Our 2015 Rotary Medalists 2015-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Brian Bennett Receives His Paul Harris Fellow from Eva McLaren 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda R. Knechtel on Nov 24, 2013

Our annual poinsettia deliveries are scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec 8th.  245 poinsettias are to be delivered to the residents at the following locations:

Bonnie Brae - Peter and Avis Francis
People Care - Brian Bennett (& granddaughter), Ken and Bobbi Sommers
The Maples - Willard Gerber, Linda and Gerry Knechtel, Peih Leng Ooi


Rotary Poinsettias at Senior`s Residences Linda R. Knechtel 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Foster on Oct 08, 2013

Do you know how to safely share the road with transport trucks? If you are like most motorists, you may not be aware of the unique handling and stopping capabilities of large commercial vehicles. Finding out just may save your life or that of your passengers! Studies conducted over the years by both Transport Canada and the American Automobile Association reveal that a significant number of collisions between cars and trucks are the result of improper road sharing.

Mike Paolozzi, a member of the Ontario Trucking Association’s prestigious Road Knights Team, will be on hand to make a presentation on “Sharing the Road with a Truck".

This Week's Speaker - Road Knight, Mike Paolozzi Kevin Foster 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Oct 06, 2013

As previously reported the Club agreed to pick up 50% of the cost of bringing the Rachel's Challenge program to Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School (WODSS), who are picking up the other 50%. The program will presented at WODSS on Tuesday, November 5th with student assemblies in the morning and afternoon, and a community assembly in the evening, largely organized by Rotary.

Plans are actively underway for the Community Event and the next organizational committee meeting will be held on Thursday morning (see calendar) for those members who are interesting in attending. 




Rachel's Challenge Update Brian Bennett 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Oct 01, 2013

We were pleased to welcome DG Mike Gauthier making his Official Club Visit to our club meeting on Wednesday October 2nd, during which DG Mike inducted 3 of our Wilmot satellite members - Dee Radke, Rick Douglas and Margaret Walker - into Rotary.

In his remarks to the Club he focused on the 2013-14 RI Theme "Engage Rotary - Change Lives" and the importance of growing membership in Rotary, especially in North America.  In response to a question from the floor as to whether the cost of dues is an impediment to younger people to join Rotary, Mike maintained that the District and International dues at $200 per member are as low as practical and that a good portion of this cost is for insurance.  He went on to challenge member on finding new and innovative ways to interest people to join Rotary, citing for example those clubs that have adopted "no meal" meetings in order to minimize the financial burden on members. 


Visit of District Governor 7080 Mike Gauthier Brian Bennett 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Sep 24, 2013

Ray Taylor, a member of the District 7080 Conference Committee, will be on hand to present a video and answer questions about the upcoming 2013 conference.  Of particular interest to Tavistock Rotary will be the tributes to Dr Bruce Halliday and Jim Francis at the District 7080 Memorial service.


This Week's Speaker - Ray Taylor Brian Bennett 2013-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Adams on Feb 17, 2013

The Stratford Festival’s Groups & Schools Sales Manager, Maria Williams, will tell us what the Festival has to offer in 2013! She will share the thrilling highlights of their 2013 season and how our Rotary Club can organize an unforgettable excursion for our members and guests.. There are fantastic rates available to groups of 10 or more, an opportunity to raise $$ for our Club.



Our Feb 20th Meeting - Maria William, Stratford Festival Eric Adams 2013-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Feb 05, 2013

On Wednesday Feb 6, we welcomed Tessa Feryn, who was our Club's representative to the Adventure in Citizenship Program in Ottawa last May 2012.  Tessa gave a very inspiring talk about her visit to the House of Commons and other Ottawa sites.  She said that the experience really made her appreciate being a citizen of Canada and gave her new sense of confidence in herself, as evidenced by her address to the Club.



Our Feb 6 Meeting - Tessa Feryn 2012 Adventurer Brian Bennett 2013-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Apr 12, 2012
On Monday April 7th we enjoyed an excellent presentation given by Festival City Rotarian, Jean Aitcheson, on her medical mission to Guatemala last November.  Her 100+ slides gave the club a great insight into the medical needs of the Guatemalan, whether it be dental, medical or optometric.  Her presentation also included some beautiful views of the Guatemala countryside and the lives of the Guatemalans.

Shown below are (left) Jean receiving banner from Rotary Antigua Guatemala, a very active club and (right) Guatemalan women and girls wearing their traditional costumes hand loomed and embroidered huipuils (blouses). 

Guatemala Medical Mission Brian Bennett 2012-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Feb 04, 2012

The Polio Challenge has surpassed the US$200 million mark and has raised US$202.6 million as of 17 January 2011.

In addition Jeff Raikes, Chief Executive Officer of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that the Gates Foundation has awarded The Rotary Foundation an additional US$50 million grant for polio eradication.  The new $50 million grant from the Gates Foundation is not a challenge grant; it results from Rotary’s early achievement of the $200 million milestone and of the need for continued funding support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  

The End of Polio is Near Brian Bennett 2012-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Dec 22, 2011
Reminder to all members that our next meeting is January 9th to allow them to enjoy the Christmas season with their families.  Members should check the Calendar of Events for January programs, focussing on building membership and our finances (refer to posting "The Future of Tavistock Rotary - Membership and Finances")
Merry Christmas from Tavistock Rotary Brian Bennett 2011-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Dec 11, 2011

A big thank you to Grace and all the Rotarians who distributed poinsettias to local seniors' homes:

Bonnie Brae - Sue & Kevin Foster, Gillian & Eric Adams

PeopleCare - Eva McLaren, Grace Thier  

Maples (nursing section) - Harry Lawry, Willard Gerber

Maples (retirement scetion) - Frank & Kaye Bickle, Linda & Gerry Knechtel  


Christmas Poinsettias @ Senior's Homes - Sunday Dec 11th Brian Bennett 2011-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Dec 08, 2011

Reports presented Our Dec 5th regular and director's meeting can be found at:

A. Future or Tavistock Rotary/Membership   B. Finances & Projects

These reports were accepted in principle and are to be further studied and plans formulated during Janurary 2012 with all discussions/decisions circulated via club bulletin.. All concerns/suggestions are welcome and should be submitted to one of the commttee members.

The Future of Tavistock Rotary - Membership and Finances Brian Bennett 2011-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Dec 08, 2011

The 2011 Dictionaries have arrived  and being delivered by the volunteering Rotarians listed below:


Tavistock Public School - Eva + Kevin
Zorra Highland Public School - Eric & Gillan
Plattsville & District Public - Linda + Steve
Hickson Central Public School - Brian + Frank


Rotary Grade 3 Dictionaries Brian Bennett 2011-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Oct 08, 2011
Please check out the first edition of Far Horizons, the Group Study Exchange Newsletter. It has information about the program, the location of this year's exchange, a call for Team Leader applications and a call for Team Member applications.
Group Study Exchange 2012 - District 2060 Brian Bennett 2011-10-08 17:28:20Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Sep 25, 2011

On Monday  September 26th, we were pleased to welcome Kayla Skubowius and Tessa Weidner, our 2 second place winners, both from Shakespeare, to our meeting. (The first place winner, Mackenzie Kalbfleisch, was unable to attend due to death of her grandfather and will join us at a future meeting).   

Kayla, pictured on the left, gave a brief overview of her "dance studio" submission and Tessa, pictured in the middle, and overview of her "eco athletic complex".  They each receive $500 for their efforts.

Mike Yarich Entrepreneurial Challenge - 2011 Brian Bennett 2011-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Sep 11, 2011
Rotarian Pat Dimeck, District 7080  Shoebox Distribution Team Leader, spoke to Tavistock Rotary on Monday Sept 12th, conveying thanks on behalf of the children in México who are so appreciative of  our support. The work that we do as a Rotary team is truly satisfying and honourable.

One of the attached pictures shows a newly refurbished water fountain in Jardin de Ninos in Agua Prieta. Rotary has since refurbished/repaired three more fountains in other schools in a similar way so that the children have clean water at school. The other photo  is on location as the children are opening their new knapsacks that we gave to them with school supplies etc. inside.

Pat’s main intention was to demonstrate that we do so much more long-term work now than simple shoeboxes. We are very happy to see the project head clearly in this direction, although we continue to value the simple gift-giving . The original project is what has inspired and helped to facilitate the great relationships with Rotarians and other great people in northern Mexico.

District 7080 Shoebox Program Brian Bennett 2011-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Aug 20, 2011

 As you are aware the Tavistock & District Historical Society has been collecting "memories of Bruce Halliday" for presentation to Elizabeth. There have been a good number of submissions but none to date from any Rotary members.  We all know Bruce's love and commitment to Rotary and it would be a serious omission if there were no Rotary "memories" included in this collection.

Deadline for all submissions is Tuesday September 20.  If you would like to submit a memory, please bring along to a Rotary meeting before that date and we will make sure it is included.

Memories of Bruce Halliday Brian Bennett 2011-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
NOBODY - Gazette - 053011 Brian Bennett 2011-06-28 20:36:44Z 0
Rotary Medalsts 2011 - Gazette 062211 Brian Bennett 2011-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Adams on Jun 12, 2011

On Monday June 13, Tavistock's 2011 Adventurer in Citizenship, Priyanka Dhariwal, a Grade 10 student at Stratford Central High School, spoke to the Tavistock Rotary Club about her week long visit to Ottawa last May.

She and 250 high school students from across Canada were guests of the Rotary clubs of Ottawa and were presented to the Governor General of Canada and to the senior officials of the Senate and the House of Commons. They also learnt all about Canada, its government, its people and culture and about the various regions of our great country from the participating students. They were billeted in the homes of Rotarians and friends and enjoyed visits to national museums and were given tours of the National Capital. Priyanka said "she met so many new friends and would not have missed this experience for anything"

She and her parents thanked Tavistock Rotary for this generous scholarship.

Our Adventurer in Citizenship, Priyanka Dhariwal Eric Adams 2011-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Jun 07, 2011

President Brian is pictured with Annie and Erich at this week's Rotary Medals dinner, held Wednesday June 8th, 2011 at the Quality Inn in Woodstock The dinner was hosted by the 5 Rotary clubs in Oxford where Rotary Medals were presented to 8 Oxford County high schools.

Our Medalists, Annie Rowland (Tavistock) and Erich Woolley (New Dundee), are graduating students from Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School, and very much epitomize the desirable qualities required of a Rotary Medalist - persons of excellent moral character, have participated in one or more school activities, be a reasonably good student and made some worthy contribution to the life of the school.  In essence Rotary Medalists have the characteristics, abilities and interest which would make them both worthy representatives of their school and personify the Rotary motto "Service Above Self".   (Check NEWS for Gazette article 062211)

Our 2011 Rotary Medalists - Annie Rowland and Erich Woolley Brian Bennett 2011-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Jun 01, 2011

At our May 30th meeting we welcomed Lynne Ross and 2 of her fellow teachers at Hickson Public School, Ruthann Strickler and Jacquie George, along with 11 of their students and their parents, to present an update on their Who is NOBODY? program.  Lynne expressed their gratitude to the Tavistock Rotary club for their support of this program which, based on the great success it has enjoyed in the first year, surely bears continuation in future years.

Lynne, Ruthann and Jacquie introduced each of the 11 students who each shared with us how they helped NOBODY into a SOMEBODY (be sure to check out the Photo Album for pictures of the activities)  (See also NEWS for Gazette article)

The presenting students (their project in brackets):

·         Keaton Jones [Braves Game Helper]

·         Matthew Schultz [Bird House]

·         Joella Fletcher [assisting at the vet clinic and looking after a puppy]

·         Isabelle Livingston [school supplies for Cuba]

·         Ruby Dyck-Steinmann [Baking Cookies for kindness]

·         Brooklyn Cressman [Motorcycle Ride for Tyler Todd]

·         Justine Norman [planting 6 Trees in school yards]

·         Ben Goodbun [food drive for the people affected by the explosion in Woodstock]

·         Nathan Dunk [fundraising for cancer as his dad has brain cancer and his cousin has bone cancer]

·         Mac Alexander [collecting eyeglasses for 3rd world countries]

·         Cameron Allen [collected bottles for cancer] 

NOBODY @ Hickson PS - 053011 Update Brian Bennett 2011-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Building Rotary Membership in Oxford County - Radio Ads Brian Bennett 2011-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on May 04, 2011

The new digital edition of The Rotarian debuts in July.  The Rotarian digital magazine will bring you the same content you’ve enjoyed for years -- in paperless form. Each month, digital subscribers will receive a link to the new issue in an e-mail from Zinio, the world’s largest digital newsstand.   Full details of how to subscribe will be provided at next Club meeting - for a preview of the digital magazine click here The Digital Rotarian

The Rotarian Magazine Goes Digital Brian Bennett 2011-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Building Rotary Membership in Oxford County Brian Bennett 2011-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
District 7080 GSE Team in Chile Brian Bennett 2011-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
New Generations Ad - Tavistock Gazette Brian Bennett 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Mar 03, 2011
Saturday April 16th is the date of Woodstock Oxford Rotary's  30th Annual Fish Fry!   Their delicious perch is once again from Port Dover and they are happy to say that "Ferguson Drive", a Woodstonian band, will be entertaining once again!

This is always a fun night and our proceeds support these Rotary projects: Grade 3 Dictionary Program, Grade 6 Values Influences Peers (VIP) program, Rotary Medals High School Bursaries, Woodstock District Developmental Services, and many more programs in Oxford County

Woodstock Oxford's Annual Fish Fry Brian Bennett 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Mar 03, 2011

Our very own charter member, Jim Francis, celebrated his 99th birthday on February 24th.   Since the club's chartering in 1948, Jim has maintained uninterrupted membership for past 62+ years in Tavistock Rotary, serving as President in 1959-60 and again in 1997-8 (at the age of 75).

At the club meeting on Feb 28th Jim was presented with cupcakes baked by his favourite young server Caitlin.   Congratulations Jim! 


Happy 99th Birthday Jim Brian Bennett 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Mar 03, 2011

Recently Katie Badali from Rotaract District 7080 spoke to Club on what's happening with Rotaract in our district Rotaract 7080 Site.  She explained that Rotaract is a non-profit service club for students and young professionals ages 18 toe 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. There are more than 8,200 Rotaract clubs in about 170 countries and this is ever increasing as Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Rotaract believes in the motto “Service Above Self” and is committed to making a difference at the local, grassroots level, with members addressing their communities’ needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.

Katie encouraged Tavistock Rotary to look into the formation of a community based club for Tavistock and area, including New Hamburg and committed her team's 100% support in this effort.  Such a club would indeed be a complement to and mentor of a possible Interact club being comnsidered for Waterloo Oxford

New Generations - Rotaract in District 7080 Brian Bennett 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Feb 10, 2011

Effective November 2010, our member data is realtime updated with Rotary International databases.   This means that any change made in a selected records of a member (e.g change in email address) is immediately updated at RI.  For further information on this interface and the member fields that are shared please refer to Rotary API or information posted on club bulletin board.

Clubrunner Member Data Integration with RI Brian Bennett 2011-02-10 08:17:45Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Feb 09, 2011
 On 23 February, Rotary celebrates its 106th anniversary..
Happy Anniversary Brian Bennett 2011-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Feb 09, 2011

Plans are currently underway to former Tavistock Rotarians to ask if they would be willing to be an Alumni Member of Tavistock Rotary.  Alumni members will be registered as an Honorary member of Rotary International and enjoy the rights and privileges of that membership class.  He/she will have no attendance requirements, pay no dues but is free to attend any meeting/function/project of our or any other Rotary club.   Full details can be found at Alumni Members.

A list of 30 former members has been compiled and is presently being reviewed by all members to determing who should be invited - see Former Members


Tavistock's Alumni Rotarians Brian Bennett 2011-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Feb 09, 2011

On Saturday, February 19th, about 25 people are needed to dismantle desks and pack a container at Princeton school, starting at 8 am.  Our Haitian Rotarians have committed to rebuilding 40 schools there after the devastating earthquake and we are pleased to support them by helping send needed school furniture and fixtures. There are also several shelving units to tear down, student desks and chairs to alter by removing the wire baskets with zip cuts or bolt cutters and the usual moving of goods to the halls and gym. We will have one crew begin the load while another group does the alterations. Lunch and drinks will be provided.

DRRAG (Disaster Relief Rotary Auction Group) School Equipment for Haiti Brian Bennett 2011-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Jan 26, 2011

Dr. Bruce Halliday, M.P., 84, of Tavistock, passed away peacefully at his residence with family by his side on Saturday, January 1, 2011.  Relatives and friends will be received in the Francis Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock Street North, Tavistock, on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A service to celebrate the life of Bruce will be held at Grace United Church, Tavistock, on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 2 p.m. A private family interment will be at Grace United Cemetery prior to the service.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Tavistock Community Health Inc., Grace United Church Living Legacy Fund or the Prostate Cancer Foundation would be appreciated and may be made by calling the Francis Funeral Home at 519-655-2431.

Dr. Bruce Halliday 1926-2011 Brian Bennett 2011-01-26 18:38:15Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Jan 23, 2011

On Monday January 24th, 2011, President Brian accompanied Bill Gladding of the Tavistock Gazette to HIckson PS to sit in on the joint presentation of the 6 elementary classes and their NOBODY dolls.  2 members of each class in turn presented a story of what they had done to make NOBODY a SOMEBODY in these initial weeks - projects included shovelling snow, support of endangered animals (habitats of koalas, pandas, koala bears and penguins), school supplies for Haiti, a soldier's food care package, just to name a few - full details can be seen at Tavistock Gazette - Feb 2, 2011

It was extremely gratifying to see first hand how these students are enthusiastically taking hold of the NOBODY project and very much look forward to seeing and hearing future projects as each of the remaining students take NOBODY home for a week.  A time will be arranged to invite selected students and their teachers to a future Rotary meeting (or 2 or 3) 

NOBODY @ Hickson PS - Update #1 Brian Bennett 2011-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Jan 23, 2011
Gordon Scheifele, a plant breeder and retired University of Guelph researcher and former president of the Ontario Hemp Alliance, spoke to our Club at our January 24th meeting.  The main focus of his presentation was explaining the values of industrial hemp farming, the details of which can be found at Industrial Hemp 101.  Gordon emphasized that industrial hemp is NOT marijuana.  "It has virtually no THC," Scheifele said. "But it has high levels of other cannabinoid chemicals. They can make you sick or sleepy. You're better off smoking rope or a newspaper -- it would be safer."

Gordon Scheifele on Industrial Hemp Brian Bennett 2011-01-24 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Bruce Halliday - Tavistock Gazette Brian Bennett 2011-01-06 12:35:29Z 0
Dr. Bruce Halliday - Woodstock Sentinel Brian Bennett 2011-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Jan 02, 2011

Bruce Halliday was born in Woodstock, Ontario, son of Clarence and Edith Halliday, nee Edith Victoria Phillips. His great, great grandfather, John Halliday, came to Canada from Dumfries-shire, Scotland and located in Lanark County in Ontario in 1816. Bruce had considerable experience in travelling in Canada in his early years, having lived in Oxford County, Ontario and in Alberta, before attending public schools in Saskatchewan and Montreal and high schools in Toronto, Sherbrooke and Ottawa. At the University of Toronto, he learned to follow the old maxim, "Never let our studies interfere with your education." As a result, when he graduated in 1951, with an M.D. degree, he had developed an understanding of people and an attitude toward patients and confreres which contributed greatly to his subsequent success as a family physician.

He came to Tavistock in July, 1952, after an internship of one year at Toronto Western Hospital. It soon became apparent that Dr. Halliday possessed, in good measure, the qualifications necessary for successful participation in a medical partnership. In 1953, he and Dr. Taylor formed a partnership which proved to be the nucleus around which developed the Tavistock Medical Group (today known as Tavistock Community Health Inc).

Early in his practice, Dr. Halliday began to acquire additional experience in anaesthesia. His proficiency in this field was further promoted when he was awarded a scholarship which was used for more training in anaesthesia. He was active in medical organizations and is a former Secretary and a Past President of the Ontario Chapter of the College of General Practice of Canada (1967), a member of the Ontario Medical Association and of the Canadian Anaesthetists Society and President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (1971-2).  He was honoured as Canada’s Family Physician of the Year in 1975.

Dr. Halliday had a firm conviction that a physician should take an active part in municipal and community affairs. He was an elder in Knox United Church in Tavistock; Past President of the Rotary Club of Tavistock; member of the Tavistock Men’s Club and Board of Trade; member and former Chairman of the Tavistock Public School Board. He was active with the World Crokinole Championships and spearheaded the formation of the Tavistock and District Historical Society in 2005.  He has been inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame (1995).

He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons from the Ontario riding of Oxford in the 1974 federal election. A Progressive Conservative, he was re-elected four times in 1979, 1980, 1984, and 1988. During 5 years of that time he chaired the federal parliamentary standing committee on human rights and the disabled. His committee released eight ground-breaking reports. ‘Obstacles’, a report issued in 1981, later formed the basis of the federal government’s disability policy. The Canadian National Institute for the Blind later noted that ‘. . .[in] over two decades in public and private life on behalf of disabled persons, Dr. Halliday . . will be remembered for his ability to bring together disabled persons, politicians and bureaucrats toward a common cause . . . [and] . . . has set a pace that has left an enduring legacy in Canadian society’.   He was also the 2004 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians.

Bruce was predeceased by his first wife, the former Janet McGhie on February 18, 1983. He is survived by his second wife, the former Elizabeth Alice Vander Spek, whom he married on April 18, 1984; three children, Kathryn and husband Dan Cressman of Plattsville, Mark Halliday and Andrea Halliday, both of Tavistock; one granddaughter, Lydia Cressman; one brother, Dr. Ian and wife Norma Halliday of Ottawa; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Cornelius and Alice Vander Spek of R.R. #2, Tavistock, and several ''Vander Spek'' brothers-in-law and sisters-in- law and their families.

Bruce was an active member of Tavistock Rotary since 1956. In his 54 years in Tavistock Rotary, he served as President in 1957-8, chaired the publication of Facts and Fantasy, a History of Tavistock & District, published in 1967, named a Paul Harris fellow in 1982, attended many Rotary International Conventions in various locations throughout the world and almost all Rotary District Conferences in 7080.

Bruce remained a very faithful member of The Rotary Club of Tavistock during his years serving as MP in Ottawa. Quite often Bruce would leave for Ottawa "after" the regular Rotary meeting in Tavistock in order to be in the House on Tuesday mornings. Bruce had perfect Club Attendance until his recent illness. As well Bruce and his family hosted many International Youth Exchange students over the years. Robin Wilson was the first student to be hosted in Tavistock by the Halliday's and she has remained close to the family since 1970.

Bruce loved being a Rotarian and was very proud of the work accomplished over the years in Tavistock.


In Memory of Dr. Bruce Halliday 1926-2011 Brian Bennett 2011-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brian Bennett on Dec 16, 2010

On Friday, Dec 17th, Rotarians Barb, Brian and Kevin delivered 6 of Rotary's "Who is NOBODY?" kits to the primary classes at Hickson PS. During the 1 hour assembly with over 120 students and teachers in attendance, the program was explained in detail and our Rotarians gave each NOBODY doll its first attachment, a heart with the Rotary logo attached.  Check out our Photo Album for pictures of this kickoff event.

We look forward to having progress updates at future Rotary meetings as each class' NOBODY becomes a SOMEBODY over the next 6 months.  In the meantime, if you have not already done so, please take a moment to visit the Who is NOBODY website to see the program in action.

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Tavistock Rotary Paul Harris Fellows Brian Bennett 2010-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
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A pictorial History of Tavistock (1890-1920) -The Lemp Studio Collection - A project of the Rotary Club of Tavistock by William J. Gladding
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Tavistock Rotary's 2014 Adventurer, Nicole Stewart, is shown below with Rotarian Ken Sommers on the left and mother Rachel on right, following her presentation to the Club on Wednesday August 6th.  Nicole was one of over 200 16-18 year-olds who spent 4 days in early May exploring their Canadian identity, learning first-hand about Canada's democratic institutions and gaining a better understanding of what it means to be a Canadian citizen.  Nicole's presentation showed us what a worthy representative she was for our club, continuing an annual tradition of Tavistock Rotary. Copy of Tavistock Gazette article --->


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Dear Friends:
Today, as we mark World Polio Day, I commend Rotarians for your efforts to eradicate Polio. I was deeply humbled to accept the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award in Toronto on October 18, and extend my personal thanks for this special honour.

I have a great deal of admiration and respect for the good works carried out by Rotarians in Canada, and around the globe. Your organization has made extraordinary contributions to a diverse range of humanitarian services – championing the eradication of polio chief among them. Your members make a positive difference in communities around the globe.
Canadians have been proud to work with partners, such as Rotary, to eradicate polio. Since 2006, Canada has disbursed $297 million to support polio eradication efforts, namely through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Canada's support to the GPEI has contributed to the immunization of millions of children around the globe. We will continue to work with our partners to help put an end to this devastating childhood disease which can be prevented with a simple vaccine.

Once again, thank you for bestowing the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Champion Award on me. More importantly, thank you for leading global efforts to end polio. I offer my best wishes to the Rotary Foundation for continued success in your laudable endeavours.

The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada

(Shown below is Prime Minister Harper receiving Rotary's Polio Eradication award from RIPE Ravi, and Wilf Wilkinson (RI Trustee))


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We will be presenting Paul Harris fellowships to some of our members as well as welcome our 2014-15 District 7080 Governor Patsy Marshall at this week's BBQ (directions can be found in the Summer Schedule posting below)


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On Wednesday July 9th we were welcomed by Melissa Baer (aka "The Farmer's Daughter") when we were give a tour of the farm and then served a scrumptious organic meal prepared and served by Melissa.


Our First BBQ at Vibrant Farms Brian Bennett 0
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Tavistock meetings will be bi-weekly during July & August, each a BBQ with spouses/guests welcome - see schedule with map links below.  Wilmot meetings will continue Thursday mornings on alternating bi-weeks.  Check out calendar for full details


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Our first annual mini-putt event was held at the New Hamburg fairgrounds on Saturday June 14, 2014 in conjunction with the Q'ing for Life activities.  Each hole showcased a Rotary theme - BUSINESS, CLEAN/SUSTAINABLE WATER & SANITATION, THE ENVIRONMENT, POLIO ERADICATION, LITERACY, COMMUNITY, INTERNATIONAL, YOUTH & MICRO-CREDIT.

Wilmot Rotary Mini-Putt June 14, 2014 Brian Bennett 0
Rotary Cluster Dinner - May 15, 2014 - Freedom From Want Brian Bennett 0

You are the missing piece


Tavistock Rotary and its Wilmot Satellite welcome you to one of our meetings to learn more about Rotary - refer to masthead for meeting times, locations and contact info.

Our goals are Excellence – Leadership – and Service.  Our motto is “Service Above Self” showing our commitment to improving our local and international communities.  Come check us out and learn what Rotary is all about.

For more information check out our This is Rotary brochure

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At the Regional Success Seminar in Toronto, a presentation on membership growth included this fascinating video on selling the why of what we do and not the what when it comes to spreading the word and growing our membership. Worth the 18 minutes.


The Question of why we do what we do Brian Bennett 0
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Pictured below are the club's Bruce Halliday Scholarship winner - Rianne Beach (top) and the 2013 Rotary Medalists - Riley Mills and Katelyn Shantz (bottom)


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Posted by Brian Bennett

In this most joyous of seasons I want to extend a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Tavistock and Wilmot Rotarians and their families. Also in this season of reflection and looking forward I thought it would be a good opportunity to review where we’ve been and where we’re going.

2013 saw the continuation of established Rotary programs – Adventure in Citizenship, Rotary Medalists, Bruce Halliday Scholarship, Grade 3 Dictionaries, Poinsettias at Senior’s Homes, Polio Plus, support of local organizations – and a couple of new programs – Rachel’s Challenge and the Peace Dinner.  2013 also saw the beginning of a new Rotary club in Wilmot - initially as a satellite club of the Tavistock club until they can gain charter strength.

Unfortunately the number of Tavistock members continues to decline to the point where the Board at their November meeting decided that a series of Club Assemblies should be held to decide of the future of the Tavistock club.  At those December assemblies it was decided to –

·         Forego the usual Wednesday meeting format using these weekly times to identify and assess any membership prospects

·         Actively canvass Tavistock businesses and other persons to determine interest in membership in Rotary

·         Hold a joint monthly meeting with our Wilmot Rotarians to share membership ideas as they go through their own campaigns

·         Find ways to put our accumulated funds to work in the community (a sign at the baseball diamond being the first item pursued).

During this process we need to parallel what any failing business does when it is trying to reestablish itself.  We need to find new ways of reaching prospective members.  We need to be prepared to change the way Rotary in Tavistock works, realizing that what worked for the last 65 years may not work going forward.  And most importantly we must be prepared to work hard at reestablishing Rotary in Tavistock.

I am into my fourth term as President and I want to thank you for the opportunity of serving you and promise to actively continue to work toward the successful rebuild of Rotary in Tavistock and the expansion of Rotary into Wilmot…….. Brian.                                 

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We are currently in the process of delivering Rotary dictionaries to all area Grade 3 students.  This annual literacy program covers the Grade 3 students at these 4 area public schools - Tavistock, Hickson, Zorra Highland and Plattsville.



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On Wednesday November 20th we welcomed Rachel Knechtel, our 2012 Adventurer in Citizenship - (click on this link Adventure in Citizenship for full details of the program).  Rachel gave a very inspiring slide show on journey to Ottawa last April and the very busy 4 days with close to 300 other Adventurers from across Canada.  Following her presentation she thanked the Club for giving her this opportunity and acquiring many new friends from other parts of Canada.  Pictured below is the full class of 2012:




Our 2012 Adventurer in Citizenship - Rachel Knechtel Brian Bennett 0
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LastTuesday, November 5, 2013, we were pleased to welcome Larry Scott, uncle of Rachel Joy Scott, to Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School for the first ever presentation of the Rachel's Chellenge program.  The Rotary Club of Tavistock/Wilmot were pleased to join forces with WODSS to bring Rachel’s Challenge to the school where all 1,250 WODSS students packed the cafetorium for the 2 morning sessions.  A 3rd presentation was held in the evening when parents and others in the community heard about the program. 

Almost every student or adult attending the presentation was totally wrapped up in Larry's 1 hour presentation of Rachel's life and her continuing legacy ... "I have this theory that is one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go".   Take a moment to explore  Rachel's Challenge  for yourself if you were not able to attend.

The students have joined a fraternity of over 20 million people who have been reached in similar live events around the world.  At the end of the 2 student presentations all students were asked to take up the "I Accept" challenge which they did by signing a banner hanging in the WODSS lobby (see picture below)



The work of Rachel's Challenge continues through formation of the FOR Club last Tuesday afternoon.  75 students received additional training in establishing a school club to encourage the Waterloo Oxford community to meet these 5 continuing challenges:  1. Look for the Best in Others, 2. Dream Big, 3. Choose Positive Influences, 4. Speak with Kindness, and 5. Start their own Chain Reaction of good deeds.  (A special thank you to Rotarian Susan Douglas for volunteering to be an adult advisor to the FOR Club)

Rachel's Challenge @ Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School - Tuesday Nov 5th Brian Bennett 0
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At our August 21st BBQ we were pleased to welcome our 2013 Dr Bruce Halliday scholarship recipient - Rianne Beach of Petersburg, along with her mother Joanne.  Rianne is entering the Medical Sciences program at University of Western Ontario this Fall. She was introduced by our Honorary member Joanne Wright who said that Rianne achieved one of the highest standings in her final year at WODSS that she had ever seen.   

This annual $1,000 award is given by The Rotary Club of Tavistock, "in memory of their distinguished club member, longtime Member of Parliament, respected family physician and ardent community worker, Dr. Bruce Halliday, awarded to a graduating student at Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School (WODSS), entering medical sciences or general sciences (with a noted interest in medicine) at university, or any students entering a nursing program."

Rianne is pictured below receiving her cheque from President Brian with Elizabeth Halliday looking on.



2013 Halliday Scholarship Winner - Rianne Beach Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

The current activities of our Wilmot Rotary satellite group are listed below - meeting times are as listed in joint calendar (as indicated by [W])  

  • last Saturday saw 8 members and family pick up litter on Notre Dame Dr between Petersburg and St Agatha, the first such activity for the Adopt-a Road program


  • have welcomed new member Pati McAbee
  • at next meeting (Nov 20th) Erin Martin will be with us to explore ways to engage social networking in the extension of Rotary in our communities
The Wilmot Rotary Corner Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

As they graciously did last year, Roger and Mary have invited all Tavistock/Wilmot Rotarians and their spouses to a BBQ at their house on Wednesday August 7th, starting at 6 p.m.  Please advise Brian if you are planning to attend.   Their home is at 90 Athelone Crescent in Stratford. Click for Directions


Our Next BBQ Wed Aug 7 at Home of Roger and Mary Black Brian Bennett 0
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Our 2013 Rotary Medalists are Katelyn Shantz of Mannheim  and Riley Mills of New Hamburg shown below displaying their medals presented to them at the recent Rotary Medals Banquet in Woodstock.  Full coverage of the event can be found at 2013 Rotary Medalists


Rotary Medalists 2013 Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

Tavistock Rotary lost it's last remaining charter member, Jim Francis, this past Wednesday.  He was there on charter night in 1948 and continued as a member of Rotary until his death at the age of 101.  Jim served 2 terms as President of Tavistock Rotary, first in 1959-60 and again in 1997-98.  His 65 years in Rotary were filled with unselfish service and devotion to his family, his business, the community and his fellow Rotarians.


Following is the tribute to Jim published in the Stratford Beacon Herald:

TAVISTOCK - James Francis was a successful businessman who amassed in his 101 years a lengthy list of accomplishments, but what mattered most to him was helping others. Francis, born in 1912, died Wednesday in the Bonnie Brae Nursing Home.  In September 1936, he arrived in Tavistock from Exeter and founded Francis Furniture and Francis Funeral Home and he remained active in both thriving enterprises in some capacity until the time of his death. His son Pete said they were as close as a father and son could be. “He and I were business partners for years and even though he was my father, he was more like a brother to me.”

While business was an important part of his life, Francis spent an extraordinary amount of time and effort on helping anyone who needed it through his participation on several community and municipal boards and committees. “He was a very positive person and very interested in people,” his son said. “He cared for the welfare of people in his community as well as everywhere else in the world. He enjoyed people to the fullest.”

Francis was a founding member of the Tavistock Men’s Club, its second president and a charter member of the Rotary Club and twice a past president. And although he wasn’t a veteran, he was honoured to be a member of the Tavistock Royal Canadian Legion for more than 50 years, a Tavistock councillor, a deputy reeve, and a tireless volunteer and executive for countless other charities and organizations.

Ken Sommers, a director of the Rotary Club, knew Francis for more than 50 years. His father founded what is now Sommers Generator Systems the same year Francis launched his own enterprises. “Jim was the type of guy who was always involved in everything,” Sommers said. “He was very good for the community. He had his finger in everything that was good for the community. He was a very unique individual.”

Among the large family mourning his loss are his wife Ivy, his son and daughter, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends will be received in the Francis Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock St , Tavistock on Sunday June 16 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Grace United Church, Tavistock, Monday June 17 at 1 p.m.

In Memory of James Hamilton Francis Brian Bennett 0
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This past Tuesday Past President Kevin Foster lost his wife, Susan, following a courageous battle with cancer.  Married for 35 years Kevin and Susan raised 2 great sons and are the proud grandparents of 5 grandchildren.  Known throughout Stratford as "Susan at the Bank", she spent many years with TD Canada Trust in Stratford and was loved and respected by both customers and co-workers.  But family was her first love and adored her sons and grandchildren.  Our hearts and support go out to Kevin in this difficult time for him.


Repeated below is Susan's obituary from the Stratford Beacon Herald:

FOSTER, Susan D. - Susan Debora Foster, 52, a resident of Port Albert since June 2011 and formerly of Tavistock and Stratford, passed away in Stratford General Hospital on Monday, June 10, 2013. She was born in Stratford on July 20, 1960 a daughter of Larry Pitts and the former Beverley McKone. Susan had been an employee of TD Canada Trust in Stratford for more than twenty years. She is survived by her husband, Kevin Albert Foster, whom she married in Stratford, on May 4, 1978; two sons, Michael "Mike" Foster and his partner, Dorie Woolrich, Terry and his wife Samantha Foster; five grandchildren, Dylan, Madison, Sabastian, Anthony and Isabelle; her parents, Larry and Jean Pitts; her brother, Jason and wife Chantale Pitts; two sisters, Andrea and husband Jason Melville and Lori Ann Britton; her mother-in-law, Evelyn Campbell; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rick and Jane Foster, Larry and Colleen Brickman and Brian Foster; her uncles and aunts, Donald and Audrey Pitts, Donald and Kathy Burton, Jack and Mary-Graham Pitts, Wilf and Carole Mohr. She is also loved by several nephews, nieces and cousins. Susan was predeceased by her mother, Beverley (McKone) Boyd; her sister, Cindy Boyd; her father-in law, Henry Campbell and her aunt, Beth Wickie. Relatives and friends will be received in the Francis Funeral Home, 77 Woodstock Street North, Tavistock on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and on Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 10-10:45 a.m. where a service to celebrate Susan's life will be held at 11 a.m. The Rev. Rob Congram will officiate. A reception will follow. As expressions of sympathy, donations to Stratford General Hospital Foundation; Alexandra Marine General Hospital, Goderich or Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, Kitchener would be appreciated and may be made through the Francis Funeral Home by calling 1-519-655-2431.


In Memory of Susan Foster Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

Tavistock Rotarians Steve Locke and Brian Bennett were pleased to represent the Club at this annual fundraiser to raise funds for Domestic Abuse Services Oxford this past Saturday morning at the Woodstock Museum Square.  This year’s event, which attracted approximately 100 people to Museum Square, raised about $7,500. All funds go to Domestic Abuse Services Oxford for the shelter’s sexual assault and abuse counselling program.

The Rotary Clubs of Oxford County participated for the first time this year. “I’m nervous,” John Gilvesy, assistant governor for Rotary District 7080, said as he stood unsteady in his red patent heels.  Full coverage in Woodstock Sentinel Walk a Mile


Walk A Mile In Her Shoes - Saturday June 1, 2013 Brian Bennett 0
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About 150 attendees turned out to the Rotary Clubs of Oxford County dinner themed Ending Domestic Abuse Through Action last Wednesday (May 29th) at the Quality Inn in Woodstock.  The keynote speaker was Michael Kaufman who spoke about how important it is for all men to speak up against the epidemic of violence against women. 

“It’s important because boys look to men to define what it means to be a man. It’s important because men look to other men to define their values as men. If men aren’t speaking out against abuse, if men aren’t speaking out in support of positive and healthy and safe relationships, then some boys and some other men will assume that we think that it’s OK for men to act like the boss in relationships and that it is OK for some men to use violence,” Kaufman said.

All funds raised at the event go to Domestic Abuse Services Oxford.  Click here for coverage in Woodstock Sentinel Peace Dinner


Rotary Peace Dinner - May 29, 2013 Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

The Mike Yarich program has been changed for 2013. The new program is designed to provide financial support to secondary school graduates requiring financial assistance to pursue post-secondary school training to prepare them for a career in the hospitality industry.  (“Hospitality industry” includes, but is not limited to - Culinary Skills – Chef Training, Culinary Management, Food and Nutrition Management, Golf and Club Management, Hospitality Management (Food and Beverage, Hotel), Concierge Services and Artisanal Culinary Arts.)

Annually $500 non-repayable bursaries will be awarded to a maximum of 3 qualifying students requiring financial assistance to pursue post-secondary school training in the hospitality industry.  Secondary school graduates, 2011 or later, from Tavistock and surrounding area (refer map) will apply in writing to the Rotary Club of Tavistock - applications must be submitted by August 15, 2013.


The Mike Yarich Hospitality Bursaries Brian Bennett 0
Internatiional Plowing Match in Mitchell - Sept 18-19 Kevin Foster 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

 The Tavistock and Waterloo Rotary clubs, along with former Uxbridge Rotarian, Dee Radke, have decided to hold an initial 3 "fireside chats" to which interested persons in New Hamburg and Wilmot would be invited to learn about Rotary. We would really like Tavistock and other area Rotarians to attend 1 or more of these sessions,  inviting anyone in Wilmot area that they think might be interested to attend 1 of these chats.  The dates are:

  • Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:30 p.m. – hosted by Dee Radke in New Hamburg - DG Ian Ferguson in attendance
  • Thursday, May 23rd at 7:30 p.m. – hosted by Brian Bennett in Tavistock - District Membership Jackie Curry in attendance
  • Monday, June 10th at 7:30 p.m. – hosted by Steve Locke in New Hamburg - PDG Syd Harmon in attendance


Update on Rotary in New Hamburg/Wilmot Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

In keeping with this year's RI theme PEACE THROUGH SERVICE, the Oxford cluster of Rotary clubs is holding a dinner with the theme "Ending Domestic Abuse Through Action!".   The featured dinner speaker, Michael Kaufman,  will draw upon his pioneering work around the world and role as co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign to analyze the root causes of violence against women. He charts an optimistic pathway for women and men to work together to end the abuse.

Social hour - 5:30 p.m.  Dinner - 6:30 p.m.  Speaker - 7:45 p.m.

The Quality Hotel & Suites, 580 Bruin Blvd, Woodstock, ON  - Tickets $30.00

Tickets available from Brian Bennett (519.301.5620)



Oxford Cluster Peace Dinner Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Eva McLaren

From January 17th  to February 5th  Jean was on a Medical Outreach Mission to Philippines, working on the smaller island of Guimaras, where they delivered Humanitarian Medical supplies in cooperation with the Manila Rotary Club.  Pictured below is Rotarian Joe Odumodu, Pharmacist and Jean presenting banner and 12 hockey bags of medical supplies to Rotary in Manila.


Our Mar 6th Meeting - Jean Aitcheson on Her Philippines Trip Eva McLaren 0
Posted by Eva McLaren

Monday March 18, 2013 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  As has been our custom in past years we have cancelled our Mar 20th meeting in favour of attending the Festival City Rotary Spaghetti Dinner.  It will be held in same location as last year - the Army Navy Airforce Hall 150 Lorne Avenue, Stratford. Tickets are $15 each with proceeds towards Festival City's International and Local Projects.


All-You-Can-Eat-Spaghetti Dinner Eva McLaren 0
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  • Member Dues for those under Option A reduced to $150 per quarter effective January 1, 2012 - no change for Option B
  • Mike Yarich Scholarship format under review as present method is not attracting sufficient interest - for further discussion at February Board meeting
  • $500 approved as Club commitment to Cluster Matching Grant - Hermosillo, Mexico for children with Cerebral Palsy to help out with buying equipment to teach and help with motoring skills - total grant $4,275
  • Consideration being given for a craft beer or wine tasting event at Waterlot restaurant in New Hamburg in late May as opportunity to introduce Rotary in New Hamburg
Highlights of Jan 23rd Board Meeting Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Ken Sommers

April 28 - May 1 2013 - An Investment in Canadian Youth by the Rotary Club of Ottawa. The Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program will celebrate its 63rd Anniversary in 2013. This spring, 220 outstanding senior high school students from across Canada will spend four days in the National Capital in a program designed to develop their potential as leaders in their communities and in Canadian society. 

Our club is currently looking students interested in attending this year's program.  Please contact Ken for additional details



Rotary Adventure in Citizenship 2013 Ken Sommers 0
Posted by Brian Bennett


Rotary's Humanity In Motion Public Service Announcement (PSA) entitled “You Are The Missing Piece” will air from mid January 2013 through mid February 2013, during Rotary Awareness Month, on The Canadian Television Network (CTV).  Schedule for CKCO Kitchener:

      CTV News at 6 pm (Mon Thur Fri): 1 spot week of Jan 14 and of Jan 28
      CTV News at 6 pm (Sat/Sun): 1 spot week of Jan 21 and of Feb 4
      CTV News at 11:30 pm (Mon thru Sun): 2 spots week of Jan 21 and of Feb 4

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… Humanity in Motion. You can view the PSA at

You Are The Missing Piece Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

It is bad when a disaster strikes anywhere, but when it strikes people that have nothing to start with and their neighbours can't help either because they don't have much of anything to give, then it is a real disaster. On their own it will take years to recuperate.  About 14,000 homes were completely destroyed, and 200,000 homes damaged in the Santiago De Cuba and Holguin area during hurricane Sandy.

The Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club is organizing containers of a wide variety of supplies for shipment to Cuba.  Tavistock Rotary approached Yantzi TIM-BR Mart to see if there were any building supplies that could be sent. They graciously donated over $5,000 of building materials which were delivered to the Woodstock drop-off point last Friday. On behalf of both Rotary Clubs a big thank you to Yantzi TIM-BR Mart Total Home for their support.

Disaster Aid to Cuba Brian Bennett 0
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Yes, we are still meeting at Quehl's but are moving to the Les & Hap's Room in the front part of the restaurant - enter through the front door.  New meeting day is Wednesday, the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month (see previous article).  The new start time is 6:00 p.m.

For our first meeting on January 2nd, Eric Adams will [C]hair, Kevin Foster is [S]gt-at Arms and Harry Lawry is [G]reeter.


Our 1st 2013 Meeting - New Day, New Time, New Place Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

With Quehl's closed on Mondays starting January 2013 and wanting to build on some of the "opportunities" identified in our November 26, 2013 Review (see "Download" section) we have adopted the following meeting schedule effectiive January 2nd:

  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month - dinner meeting starting at 6:00 p.m. at Quehl's
  • 2nd week of month - meet in New Hamburg (day, time and location to be announced)
  • 4th Wednesday of month - Board of Directors' meet at Quehl's starting at 5:15 p.m.

Please check the Calendar/Club Events for complete times and member assignments for all meetings



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Merry Christmas from Tavistock Rotary Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Ken Sommers

Our annual club Christmas dinner this year is being held at the Queen's Inn, 161 Ontario St., Stratford. Fellowship starts at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30. As usual spouses/guests are most welcome. Please let Ken Sommers know if you are NOT coming, otherwise we'll expect you.


Club Christmas Dinner - TUESDAY, Dec 4th at Queen`s Inn Ken Sommers 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

On Monday, November 26th, District 7080 Governor Ian Ferguson made his official visit to our Club, along with District Trainer Adrian DeCoo and Past DG Syd Harmon.  ADG John Gilvesy and District Membership Committee member Jackie Curry were also on hand. 

After DG Ian`s opening remarks, Adrian DeCoo led a open discussion where we discussed the strengths and weaknesses in our Club currently, following which a number of  “opportunities” were identified.  The Notes from this meeting can be found in the Download section of our website.

It was clear from this meeting that CHANGE is necessary for Rotary to survive in Tavistock - that`s where the “opportunities” come into play.  Our Dec 17th Club Assembly will be devoted to this subject and the “opportunities” assigned.


Can Rotary Survive in Tavistock? Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

WODSS' Commencement for the 2012 graduating class was held on Friday evening November 16th at the Avon Theatre in Stratford.  At that Commencement Tavistock Rotarian Brian Bennett was present and along with Elizabeth Halliday presented the inaugural Dr Bruce Halliday Scholarship.  This $1,000 scholarship is given to a graduating student entering medical sciences or general sciences (with a noted interest in medicine) at university, or any students entering a nursing program.

The recipient this year was Miss Madison McGrogran, who did extremely well in the sciences and who is currently studying biochemistry at Guelph university.  She was chosen for her marks, her excellence in the sciences, and the field in which she is studying.

Also at the Commencement, our 2012 Rotary Medalists, Brittany Hammer and Mack Gingerich, were presented with their $400 awards.



Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School Commencement Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

On Monday November 12th we welcomed 13 veterans and spouses to our club for our annual veterans' appreciation dinner.  Joining us at this dinner were Barb Mathies and Susan Pellow of the Tavistock & District Historical Society, who after dinner took everyone over to the Veterans' display at the Museum and gave an excellent talk on the many items on display there.


Our Annual Veterans Dinner - November 12 Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Our next meeting is Wednesday, August 15th - a joint meeting with the Woodstock-Oxford club.  It will be held at home of Peter Stam on the 15th Line just south of Cassel Side Road (see address and map below).  Spouses are welcome. 

I have to confirm attendance in advance to Peter Stam so would you please let me know, either by email ( or phone (519.301.5620) of your intentions no later than Sunday August 12th. 


Our August 15th Meeting Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

We'll meet at the Upper Queen’s Park Bandshell at 6:45 and go from there to find picnic tables to enjoy the picnic supper that each of you are bringing.  Afterwards we will go down to the river and enjoy the opening festivities of Stratford Summer Music (  Don’t forget a lawn chair to enjoy the music.  Significant others are welcome as long as they bring a picnic supper.


Our July 16th Meeting in Stratford Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Please check out the calendar for complete schedule of summer meetings and location details.


Our Summer Schedule Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
One of the most effective and efficient ways of supporting the Rotary Foundation is through the recurring giving program, (see Rotary Direct.) By enrolling in Rotary Direct you are providing a stable stream of support to Rotary Foundation’s programs at an amount, payment method and frequency convenient to you.  No more reminders, no more checks, and no more stamps. It is automatic, quick, safe and secure. With Rotary Direct you will be leading by example while having more time to spend on your other goals and activities, and less time chasing down contributions.


Supporting the Rotary Foundation Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Growing membership is critical.  Please take the time view this recent RI webinar (Strengthen Your Membership) where two Rotarian club experts identify opportunities for growth and how to capitalize on them, including discussions of: • Conducting club assessments • Identifying target groups • Multi-year Planning • Achieving successful growth...and much more!




Building Our Membership Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

On Monday June 11th, we welcomed Peter Stamm of the Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club who gave excellent presentation on his recent trip to Thaliand to attend the 2012 Rotary International Convention in Bangkok with 20,000 people in attendance. Prior to the convention Peter ad Edie toured the Thailand countryside and we were treated to some excellent pictures of their travels. Based on what we saw there is no question that Thaliand is a beautiful and extremely interesting country, well worth the trip for anyone who could visit there.

Peter Stamm's Visit to Thailand Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
At our last Directors' meeting a change was made in member dues for the coming Rotary year.  This was brought about by a reduction in the meeting meal costs as we have opted for "plate service" rather than "country style" as has been served previously.  The other change to member dues is the introduction of an optional 'per meal' payment plan in addition to the 'all in' plan in place currently.

Effective July 1, 2012, members shall choose either of the following dues plans:
  • Option A - $175 quarterly, payable first of each quarter, covers all RI fees and meal costs
  • Option B - $100 payable July 1st and January 1st to cover cost of RI fees, meal tickets purchased 7 at a time for $100.

As the Clubrunner system will be used to generate member billings and track payments for the coming year, members are asked to advise which option they wish by June 1st, 2012.



Member Dues for 2012-3 Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
On Monday April 30th, the club heard an excellent overview on the workings of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) given by Natalia Welniak of the communications department of the OIPRD.  Established in 2007, the OIPRD is a civilian agency responsible for receiving, overseeing, and detailing with all public complaints against the 24,500 sworn police officers in Ontario.   A copy of her complete presentation can be found at OIPRD Presentation


Presentation from Office of the Independent Police Review Director Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Representing Waterloo & Oxford District Secondary School, our 2012 Rotary Medalists - Miss Brittany Hammer and Mr Mack Gingerich - (both of Tavistock) are pictured receiving their Rotary Medals from President Brian.  The Rotary Medals dinner was held Wednesday June 6, 2012 at the Quality Inn in Woodstock at which time all 5 Oxford cluster Rotary clubs honoured 15 students from 8 area high schools - copy of program found at -  Rotary Medals 2012 


Our 2012 Rotary Medalists Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
A one-day information packed event where participants will find out what is new in Rotary and in our district for the new year. Topics covered will be Membership, Fund Raising, Board Responsibilties, Rotary Foundation, Public Relations, International Projects and much more. It is a great way for Rotarians to better understand their roles at all levels in helping their club improve its effectiveness and ability to provide service to others.

I (Brian) plan on attending and would be great if 1 or more other Tavistock Rotarians joined me. 
District 7080 Club Leadership Training - Saturday April 21st Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
As is our annual practice we have cancelled our meeting for Monday March 26th, so that we can attend as a club, spouses included, Rotary Festival City's "All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner".  Dinner runs from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Guests welcome.


Full details can be found at The Annual All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner.  Pete Francis is looking after booking our seats as a Club.   Let him know your preference please.
The Annual All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner - March 26th, 2012 Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
We were pleased to welcome David Johnson, Wayne Stock and Brett Schultz to our meeting on Monday March 5th to present to us the "Royal Reno" project in Queen's Park pictured here:


David explained that "special care has been taken with regards to the architectural design of the Pavilion to ensure a strong street-view presence, while still maintaining an esthetically pleasing appearance for the park environment. The Pavilion area itself is 100x60’ with 4 foot high walls along the three exposed sides. Wire chainlink screening will fill in the rest for safety reason. There is a concession area, accessible washrooms, and a general park utility/storage room. The multi-use Pavilion also boasts an 85’x22’ covered patio/picnic area."   He went on to say that the estimated price tag is $1,030,000 with government funding expected to cover about 40% of this estimate.  The Royal Reno "team" is currently approaching businesses, service clubs and the community to raise the balance.

Full details can be found at Royal Reno - Queen's Park Tavistock

Queen's Park - The Royal Reno Brian Bennett 0
An Invite from Woodstock Oxford Rotary Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett


37 Rotarians and guests were on hand at our Monday February 27th meeting to honour our charter member (from 1948) Jim Francis on the occasion of his 100th birthday 3 days previous.   Division 7080 DGE Ian Ferguson was on hand, accompanied by his "royal" entourage of PDG Doug Vincent - RC Woodstock Oxford; PDG’s Paul Truex and Charlie Whittaker - RC Guelph; PDG Roy Cooper - RC Burlington Central; PDG Barry Howie - RC Oakville Trafalgar along with Linda Davies - RC Burlington Lakeshore.  Other visiting Rotarians were on hand from Stratford Rotary, Festival City Rotary, Woodstock Rotary, Woodstock Oxford Rotary, and Welland Rotary (Jim’s niece and nephew).  A number of ‘significant others’ were also in attendance, including Jim’s wife Ivy.

 DGE Ian presented Jim with a personal letter from RI President, Kalyan Banerjee, as well as a bound copy of RI’s 100th Anniversary book.  Many memories of Jim were shared and a number of other recognitions were given Jim, including President Brian’s announcement that Tavistock Rotary is establishing a scholarship in Jim’s honour.

 All in all a great evening and thank you to Jim for his 64 years of dedicated Rotary service.

Click here for Tavistock Gazette feature Jim Francis

Jim Francis Turns 100 Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
At the recent District 7080 Oxford cluster conference, Bruce Halliday was recognized as a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation - President Brian is seen here along with Bruce's widow Elizabeth Halliday, daughters Andrea and Katherine and DG Brian Carmichael looking on.  Brian's remarks were as follows:

"Arch Klumph, founder of The Rotary Foundation, once said 'No one can tell us what Rotary will be tomorrow, but one thing is certain: What Rotary will be tomorrow depends on what we Rotarians do today.'

"Today, we give special recognition to a deceased member of this club who made a commitment to the future. Bruce Halliday chose to make a generous gift of lasting value - a gift to the Foundation's Permanent Fund, and he is now among the ranks of Foundation Benefactors. Bruce understood that we live in a world where millions suffer from war, disease, poverty, poor medical resources and inadequate educational opportunities.  Bruce understood that if we are to save and change lives, we must continue to seek ways to bring the world closer to peace and understanding.

"Bruce made a commitment to the Foundation's endowment, a legacy that will privide an income stream to meet these urgent needs well into the future. On behalf of The Rotary Foundation Trustees, we congratulate and thank Bruce for his permanent gift to the international work of Rotary servce."

Bruce Haliday RI Benefactor Recognition Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
At the recent District 7080 Oxford cluster conference, a scholarship being established in Bruce's name was announced, to be awarded a final year student at Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School pursuing post secondary studies in the fields of medicine, nursing or dentistry.  More details to follow. 
Bruce Halliday WODSS Scholarship Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Eric Adams

Reminder - District 7080 Mini-conference for the Oxford cluster -  Wednesday February 8th - 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Quality Inn Woodstock.  Significant others welcome.  Full details at Rotary Beyond the Club

Every Rotarian is asked to attend, as well a great opportunity for guests/prospective members.  There will be no meeting on Monday Feb 6th in Tavistock that week.

District 7080 - Oxford Cluster Conference Eric Adams 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

Continuing an annual tradition we welcomed Tavistock veterans and spouses to our Nov 14th dinner.  Joining us were - Harold and Doris Winhold, Wesley and Pearl Jackson, Bob and Doris Gladding, Henry Fallick and Ronald McKay.  Our own Rotarian veteran, Harry Lawry, led a very entertaining exchange of war experiences by these veterans. 

We were pleased to be joined by Warden Don McKay who joined us in tribute to the outstanding and never to be forgotten contributions of our veterans.

Honouring our Veterans Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

Stay tuned to CBC and CBC News Network starting October 17th to see the running of This Close PSA.  It runs for three weeks and then again for a month beginning in mid January through to Rotary's Feb 23rd celebrations!

On another front, during the week of  24-28 October 2011, donors will receive 2- for-1 recognition for every online  contribution of US$100 or more made to PolioPlus on promotion will  begin on 6 a.m., Central Standard Time (CST), on Monday, 24 October, and end at  12 noon sharp (CST), on Friday, 28 October.


Rotary's World Polio on CBC and 2-for-1 Recognition Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

While the weather wasn't ideal, at least it didn't rain, and we were able to raise close to $400 for Polioplus.  We were also able to distribute a large number of PolioPlus brochures, thereby creating desired awareness of Rotary's goal of eliminating polio - the final 1%.

Special thanks to Mike's Valu-mart for the kind donation of foodstuff, Best Little Pork Shoppe for donation of additional foodstuff, the Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club for helping out through the sale of Polio Golf Balls, and of course the loyal Tavistock Rotarians who turned out to help. 

Our World Polio Day BBQ - Saturday Oct 22nd @ Mike's Valu-mart Tavistock Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

Please check out the first edition of Far Horizons, the Group Study Exchange Newsletter  GSE 2012. It has information about the program, the location of this year's exchange, a call for Team Leader applications and a call for Team Member applications. 

Group Study Exchange 2012 - District 2060 Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

In response to the humanitarian crisis in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, The Rotary Foundation (Canada) has established the Rotary Horn of Africa Famine and Refugee Relief Fund, which will support recovery projects in the affected areas. The worst drought in 60 years has gripped the Horn of Africa, leading to acute famine in parts of Somalia, where hundreds of thousands of people are now fleeing to Ethiopia and Kenya for aid. More than 10 million people are affected in the drought-stricken countries, including 3.7 million who are at risk of starvation. Forms are available to contribute to this fund.

How the fund will be managed - An international committee of Rotarians close to the situation will oversee the fund. They will identify the needs of the affected communities, manage the distribution of funds, oversee project implementation, report on projects, and ensure proper stewardship. This approach is similar to how the Foundation managed the Solidarity in South Asia fund after the 2004 tsunami and the Rotary Japan 2011 Disaster Recovery Fund.
Recognition - Cash contributions designated for the Rotary Horn of Africa Famine and Refugee Relief Fund are eligible for Paul Harris Fellow and Major Donor recognition. Donations will count toward club and district total contribution goals; however, they will not count toward Annual Programs Fund goals.

The motion was passed and the District will match all club and member donations made to The Horn of Africa Relief Fund dollar for dollar to a  maximum of $50,000.00 

Rotary Horn of Africa Famine and Refugee Relief Fund Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

The Club held their BBQ at the Fryfogel Tavern on Monday July 25th where they heard about the Perth County Historical Foundation's efforts to create an arboretum at the Inn.  Reg White, chair of the Arboretum and a Stratford Rotarian, presented complete details of the plan and the 5 trees recently planted, of which we saw on the property after the presentation.   They are looking for groups to plant trees more trees, of a type indigenous to the area, something which Rotarian Eric mentioned would be an idea that recently departed member Bruce Halliday would jump to the support of.

Check out this article for more complete details of the project - Fryfogel Arboretum 

Visit to Fryfogel Tavern Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

(From District 7080 Website) The Rotary Club of Tavistock and the Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise were the latest winners of the Club of the month competition. The R.C. of Tavistock worked with the local Hickson Public school students and staff to introduce the "Who is nobody" program. Here the students are motivated to discover their unique strength. A more detailed description is in the attached article by the Tavistock Gazette

Tavistock Rotary Wins District 7080 Club of Month Award for NOBODY Program Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

Santa needs a Rotary club if he is a Rotarian.  Checking the International Directory and then the RI web site for Where Clubs Meet, sure enough, there is a possible club. The Rotary Club of North Pole is in District 5010, Alaska, located near Fairbanks. This is a smidgen baffling since everyone knows the real North Pole is in Canada. Santa may prefer to be in the warmer south of Alaska rather than the north. He could also be a member of an E-club but doubt that as he clearly likes Rotary lunches.

Next Santa would need a classification. There are several possibilities, Toys-Export, Reindeer-Teamster, Counsellor Pre-Adolescent Behaviour, Toys-Manufacturing or Elf Management.  All valid classifications. There is no indication of a Rotary pin on his jacket but it could be concealed under all that fur trim. If Santa is a Rotarian, he plainly is a 100% attender and has never missed a Rotary lunch.

The real evidence is, does he act like a Rotarian? Does he put “Service Above Self?” The answer is unequivocally yes. Santa is dedicated to improving the lives of children. He is committed to bringing happiness to children around the world no matter what race, religion, creed or ethnic group they are from. He distributes tens of thousands of books to children to increase literacy and he gives gifts of toys that stimulate young minds to achieve their full potential. He volunteers as a mentor, spending countless hours at shopping malls listening to children’s secret wishes. Santa without question works to realize the Object of Rotary.

The only conclusion that can be reached is, “Yes, Virginia, Santa Claus is a Rotarian! Let’s hope he does a make up at our club this year!   (PDG Chris Offer District 5040) 

Is Santa Claus a Rotarian? Brian Bennett 0
Rotary International Convention - May 21-25, 2011 - New Orleans Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

Carrying on a long established tradition, 5 veterans (and 3 wives) were welcomed to our Nov 8th dinner meeting - Henry Fullick, Bob Gladding, Bob Winhold, Ron McKay, and our own Harry Lawry.  Also on hand was Pastor Rick Brown of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tavistock along with his wife Paster Bonnie Schelter Brown.

Pastor Rick delivered a very inspiring talk on Female Munitions Workers in WWII and the story of one of these workers, Louise Johnson.   His address can be found at Female Munitions Workers - WWII

Honouring Our Veterans - November 8, 2010 Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Eric Adams

President Brian and I (Eric Adams), representing Tavistock Rotary, attended the District 7080 Conference all day Saturday October 16. It was well attended by all clubs throughout the District, including the youth of Rotary who were there as members of Interact and Rotaract Clubs. In fact the Rotaract clubs helped to organize the Conference and gave it the theme -"Tomorrow is Today". Indeed, they launched us into the electronic age of communications which as DG Bernd Dinnert said "will reinforce the importance of connecting with younger generations. Every club, he said, seems to recognize this challenge"…..  at the conference we were all given the opportunity to "bridge the gap" between generations.

2010 District Rotary 7080 Conference - "Tomorrow is Today" Eric Adams 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

President Brian is pictured presenting the Club’s $1,000 cheque to Seana Feryn, as her father, Pat Feryn, looks on.  Seana is a graduate of Stratford Central HS and is currently enrolled at George Brown College where she is studying Events Planning.


Seana highlighted her Mike Yarich submission to the Club …. a proposal for a non profit organization entitled “Let Them Make Music”. “Let Them Make Music” would be a summer camp run by professional musicians, college students studying post secondary music, and high school students who have reached Grade 5 or above in their selected instrument. The camp would be run out of one the high schools located within or close to the Tavistock community.  Seana commented that extra curricular activities such as sports, music, and clubs have proven to have a positive impact on a community’s youth. By being enrolled in such programs children and teens may find something where they show talent or feel dedication towards progressing. Not only do these activities give them a sense of self confidence and an eagerness to learn but it also keeps them away from many of the negative influences (substance abuse, crime, etc) that have sadly become more popular among youth over the past years).

Seana Feryn - Our 1st Mike Yarich Enterpreneurial Challenge Recipient Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

At Rotary's International Assembly this past January, noted auther and motivational speaker, Michael McQueen, gave a very inspriing talk on fostering intergenerational connections (Generation Y) and envisaging the future of Rotary while at the same time celebrating the successes of Rotary in the past.


In the video of his address (which President Brian has available to any who want to view on their own), Michael states "that there is an army of passionate, talented, and inspired young people who are ideally placed to join your ranks and continue the amazing work of Rotary in their communities as well as around the globe",   (A copy of Michael's address can be found in the "News" section of our website.)

Michael McQueen - "No Success Without Succession" Brian Bennett 0
Distict 7080 Conference - Oct 15-17, Delta Meadowvale, Mississauga Brian Bennett 0
Stratford SPCA Paws In The Park Dog Walk-A-Thon - $300 Donated Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

As of August 19th, 2010 Rotarians have raised approximately US$144.4 million for the US$200 Million Challenge, Rotary's goal to match US$355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.   

A "Club Link" on Club Web Site has been added for the PolioPlus thermometer, updated monthly - check it out.

Rotary's Polio Plus Fund Update Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cephas Roth, 30+ year member of the Tavistock Optimist club, active community participant and friend of many Rotarians, in his battle with cancer.  His daughter Jessica has created a blog about Cephas' progress (see "Club Links" on Club Web Site).   Please take a moment to check it out.
Cephas Roth Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

We were indeed privileged to host 5 fantastic Rotarians from Chile on Monday Sept 27th.  At noon, Brian, Eric and Ken attended the Woodstock club's lunch meeting, following which Brian took Carolina Mora and Gabriel Ugarte to meet faculty at Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School and Eric took Macarena Rojas and Roberto Silva to meet with Guy Bellehumeur a Stratford architect.  Unfortunately Rosemarie del Solar could not join in the afternoon visits as she was resting an ankle she broke sailing Lake Ontario on Saturday.

She was able to join us for our evening dinner meeting, during which each member of the GSE team gave a brief summary about themselves, following which Roberto showed some dramatic slides on the Feb 27th earthquake which had a rating of 8.8 on the Richter scale.  Club banners were exchanged at the end of the meeting concluding, a most enjoyable day.  Team profile can be found at 4340 Team . 


A special thanks to Ken and Bobbie Sommers who opened their home to Macarena for the 6 days she was in our cluster. 

District 4340 GSE Team Visit - September 27th, 2010 Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Quehl's have provided a list of possible menu items for our weekly meeting, which those members in attendance last Monday indicated their preferences for.   The resulting wieghted averages and final ranking can be found at Quehl's Menu Preferences
Our Weekly Quehl's Menu Brian Bennett 0
Rotary's 5th Avenue of Service Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Our Charter Member, Jim Francis, seen here with DG Bernd, who recognized Jim's 62 years in Rotary with gift of a Rotary tie.
DG Recognizes Charter Member Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Every member is asked to complete the 2010 Member Survey - see News or pick one up at the next Rotary meeting.

Please take your time and give us your best input, for the summarized feedback from this survey will help form the basis of building Tavistock Rotary.
Member Survey Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

DG Bernd Dinnert along with ADG Ron Archer is shown with President Brian at our July 12th meeting at the Best Little Pork Shoppe (Shakespeare). A full turnout of members and spouses were on hand to greet DG Bernd and his wife Anne as well As ADG Ron and his wife Linda.

In his remarks to the Club, DG Bernd underscored the importance of attracting new and younger members, so that the legacy of Rotary in Tavistock and area can be continued. At the same time Tavistock Rotary needs to be proud of their 9 Paul Harris Fellows as well as the average Rotarian years of our 7 longest standing members (total of 328 years or 46.9 average).

DG Bernd's Visit Monday July 12th Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Pictured is 2009-10 President Kevin's final act - the passing of the gavel to 2010-11 President Brian.

For copy of President Kevin's closing remarks click here
Changing of the Guard Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
President Kevin on awarding Dr Bruce Honorary membership in Tavistock Rotary:
"It gives me great pleasure to be along side all the members of this Rotary Club and as my last honorable duty as president of the Rotary Club Tavistock for 2010, we recognize and honor one of our most active and a long time members of this club, Please stand and give fellow Rotarian Dr. Bruce Halliday a warm THANK YOU!

Bruce, on behalf of The Rotary Club of Tavistock, we can't thank you enough for the many years you have put into this club, your community and Rotary International. This takes a lot of dedication and persistence and Guidance to do what you have done over your years in Rotary to help make life in your community, the province of Ontario and the World a better place.

As you are battling these issues that life has brought your way, we know that once again you will over come these issues as you have in the past. All members of the Tavistock Rotary are here with you, Elizabeth and the rest of your family to help however we can. Please let us know how, where when and what we can do for you as you have for Rotary.

Bruce as President of Rotary in Tavistock, it's my pleasure along with all the members of this club to thank you by making you, Dr. Bruce Halliday an Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Tavistock."
Dr. Bruce Halliday - Honorary Member Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Following is a Letter to the Editor of the Tavistock Gazette (06/23/10)

"On Monday, June 14, the Rotary Club had a very fine presentation by Lisa Miettinen on our new library nearing completion. It was good to hear how various groups in the Community, are once again coming together to provide appropriate equipment for the new setting.

Unfortunately, and much to my disappointment, nothing was said about the old Tavistock Library building other than that it is to be put up for sale by the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock who has ownership of it, and claims it will cost too much to maintain the building as a leading piece of Tavistock Heritage. It was originally donated to Tavistock in 1916 by the Carnegie Library Foundation, at a value of about $15,000 with the understanding that it would be maintained by the Village of Tavistock, which has since been taken over by the Township.

While I appreciate the excellent work that Lisa is putting into the new Library and its contents, it might be appropriate for her, or somebody else, to review Village and Township records to see if we have kept up our commitment to maintain and service the "old" building. I shall look forward to seeing these figures from Lisa or the Township before the building goes up for sale.

Respectfully submitted, Bruce Halliday"
What About the Old Library? Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Pictured is President Kevin presenting Ashley Baer with her 2010 Rotary Medal at the June 2nd Awards Night. Ashley, along with Ryan Baumann, not able to attend, were our medalists from Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School.

Ashley was recently named one of the top students in Waterloo Region - check out this link (note that the other WODSS top student, Scott Malloch, was one of our 2009 Medalist).
Our 2010 Rotary Medal Winners Brian Bennett 0
Tavistock Heritage Dogwalk - June 6, 2010 Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Jim Francis

Remaining Schedule for 2010 - PLEASE DON'T FORGET YOUR TURN.

Week of Bonnie Brae PeopleCare Maples
8-Aug Peter Francis Brian Bennett Ken Sommers
15-Aug Kevin Foster Frank Bickle Brian Bennett
22-Aug Willard Gerber Ivy Francis Shirley Hanlon

Full 2010 schedule plus instructions can be found in the "News" section.

Driving for Seniors - 2010 Jim Francis 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
On Monday April 26th we welcomed Dr. Paul Bartlett and Bill Gladding of the Tavistock Historical Society. Following Paul's excellent presentation of "homes on the 16th", President Kevin presented them with the final $3000 installment on our $15,000 committment made in 2005.
Presentation - Tavistock Historical Society Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
At our June 28th meeting Dr. Bruce Halliday presented each member with a Tavistock cancelled first day issue of this commemorative Rotary stamp (see picture) along with a first day cover click here and copy of Canada Post article celebrating our 100 years in Canada. click here

Thank you Bruce for your thoughtfulness and generosity - much appreciated.
Rotary 100th Anniversary Stamp - June 18, 2010 Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Agreement has been signed with Estate of Mike Yarich whereby Tavistock Rotary will award $1,000 and $500 awards annually to Grade 12 students submitting "proposals for the establishment of a profit or non-profit organization for Tavistock and the surrounding area". We are currently defining "Tavistock and local rural area" following which we will arrange announcement of Challenge in the Tavistock Gazette and our approach to area high schools. Students interested will submit their proposals using the Forum set up on club website.
Mike Yarich Entrepreneurial Challenge - Agreement Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
On Sunday, January 24, 2010.David Henry Jutzi, 82, of Tavistock, passed away at his residence.

David was a Past President (1964-5, 1986-7 and 1987-8) and Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Tavistock.
Remembering Dave Jutzi Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Last evening we were pleased to welcome Mayor Don McKay to our meeting. Now in his 7th year, Mayor Don shared with the club a number of his favourite books, along with updates on happenings in the township and county.
During the question period there was considerable concern expressed over the disposition of the present Carnegie library, which it was maintained was having an impact on the current library fund raising campaign. Mayor Don promised to take our concerns to this week's Council meeting for some future direction on any funds realized on the sale.

Mar 8/2010 - Mayor Don advised Township council voted to set aside any proceeds from sale of library for future library needs. The interest on any funds will be used to fund a youth initiative probably through the Optimists.
The Mayor's Visit Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Following our decision to purchase 10 Aquaboxes for immediate delivery to Haiti, Jim Scott visited our Club to update us on program. The Aquabox program "A Gift of Clean Water - A Gift of Life", developed by the Rotary Club of Stratford, represents an ideal way of supplying a most needed commodity to Haiti, following the disasterous earthquake a week ago.

In addition to the Club's donation, we encourage other Tavistock citizens to purchase an Aquabox for Haiti, at the cost of $135 (charitable receipt given)

Read on for complete Tavistock Gazette write-up:
Tavistock Rotary Buys 10 Aquaboxes for Haiti Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Blain McCutcheon
The malaria net project is moving fast now. After the first 15,000 net purchase, when we were involved in some of the distribution, we rewrote the Memorandum of Understanding between me, Against Malaria Foundation and PSI (Population Services Incorporated). This memorandum basically shifts all the work to PSI who agreed to visit every school to re-check the needs, distribute all the nets, hang all the nets and revisit the schools after 60 days to make sure the nets were still there and being used properly. PSI agreed to do all of this, including furnishing all the man-power, equipment, etc, taking the required number of pictures (40) and video at each school and obtaining signatures from the head-master (mistress) for proof of delivery and hanging.
Malaria Net Project Update - Nov 2009 Blain McCutcheon 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Carrying on a long established tradition, 7 veterans were welcomed to our Nov 9th dinner meeting.   Sharing their wonderful stories were - Henry Fullick, Bob Gladding, Ed Winhold, Ron McKay, Alex Ritchie, Fred Sinclair, and our own Harry Lawry.
Honouring Our Veterans Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Our initial inventory of 100 sleeves is available for sale at several locations. Always looking for more locations - please speak to Kevin or Brian if you have an idea or two.

[Copy of flyer can be found in the Downloads section]
Drive for Polio Eradication Golf Balls Project Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
It was great to see Harry installed Monday evening, and equally great to learn that he has already attended his first Rotary conference this past weekend.   Harry has resided in Tavistock for 5 years, moving here to be close to his son, Clive, and grandchildren.
New Member - Harry Lawrey Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

Excellent presentation this evening from Scott and Joanne. 

Scott, one of our 2009 Rotary Medalists,  is a fifth year student at Waterloo-Oxford (which means that he is a 2009 graduate who has returned to take part in W-O activities and to take advantage of our high academic standards.)  He is a co-president of our student activities council, and a talented actor/singer.  He is involved in a multitude of student activities, too many to name them all.

Joanne is an English teacher and in her tenth year teaching at W-O, her 12th overall.  She come from Northern Ontario, but her Mom was born and raised in Tillsonburg, so she considers Oxford County Home.

Together they gave a very interesting overview of life at W-O, causing many of us to wonder whether Tavistock Rotary can assist on some their international projects.

Oct 26th - Scott Malloch & Joanne Wright Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

REMINDER - those wanting to carpool to Woodstock for this event should meet at Kevin Foster's by 6 p.m. at the latest

Your chance to share the gift of Rotary with a neighbour, friend or colleague, featuring Rotary International Director-Elect Ken Grabeau.Ken is one of the 17 global members of the RI Board of Directors, who will lead us into the future during 2010/12. Please check Upcoming Events for details and online registration. Reminder that Nov 16th meeting cancelled in favour of this event.

Reach Out --- and Touch Someone -- Nov 18th Brian Bennett 0
Dave Jutzi Honoured Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

Rotary has teamed up with Google to make nearly 100 years of The Rotarian available free online.

Full-color, searchable scans of all issues of the magazine from 1959 to 2008 are now available through Google Books, with more issues to follow. The site is accessible from The Rotarian's page on the RI Web site.

The Rotarian Online Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
It was with great pleasure we welcomed Jaime Doucet, along with her family, to our Sept 28th meeting to tell us about her Lake Ontario swim.   Jaime, one of our 2 initial Rotary Medal Winners last Spring, swam the 52km distance across Lake Ontario with her relay partner, Sarah Sine, over the August long weekend.  Included in her talk was a slide show which can be viewed using this link -
Our Medal Winner's Visit Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

District Governor Bob Palmateer will be visiting the Tavistock club, Monday Oct 5th.  All members urged to attend (except for Peter, Willard and Ken who will be looking after our bingo).


Distict Governor Visit Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett

With the postponement of our dog walk until next Spring, might be a good idea to check out Perth County SPCA's walk on Sunday, September 20th (Jackson is!) and see how they run their event.  The SPCA branch is still on board as a partner for our event so our support for them would be welcome.   Starts at the Upper Queen's Park Bandshell in Stratford - click on link for full details -


Perth County SPCA Dog Walk - Sept 20th 10 a.m. Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Updates to 2009/10 brochure have been made, expanding the names of Tavistock Rotarians who can be contacted - see Downloads . Please make sure your contact info is correct.  Copies will be available at each meeting - please use them.
New Club Brochure Updated Brian Bennett 0
Visit from Waterloo Rotary Club - Aug 24th Brian Bennett 0
Adventure in Citizenship for 2009 - Tori Smythe Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Every year from May until October, 3 members each week take nursing home residents out for a drive. The residents really appreciate this annual activity, organized by Rotarian Jim Francis, as it gets them out and also, in some cases, they are able to see where they used to live. Members also seem to like the interaction with the residents.

Check "News" for driving schedule
Driving Residents of Nursing Homes Brian Bennett 0
Our May 25th GSE Dinner Brian Bennett 0
Tavistock Heritage Dog Walk - October 4th, 2009 Brian Bennett 0
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship Brian Bennett 0
Our Inaugural All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner [POSTPONED] Brian Bennett 0
TAVI TALK Winter 2009 Grace Thier 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Update on proposal (copy can be found in "Forums - General"):

1) Saputo on board with idea
2) Tavistock Historical Society willing to assist with mapping out the Heritage Walk, creating historical signposts, etc

Brian still looking for interested Rotarians to sit on his committee to develop the idea further. Also looking for 2 non-profit organizations to both a) supply manpower and b) share in proceeds.
Tavistock Heritage Dog Walk - Update #1 Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
Pictured are our Waterloo-Oxford recipients - Jaime Doucet and Scott Malloch - receiving their medals from President Eric Adams and Dave Harris, Woodstock Rotary President. For copy of program and names of all 18 recipients click here
Rotary Medals Program - Wednesday June 3rd Brian Bennett 0
Posted by Eric Adams
At its Jan 26th regular meeting at Quehl's, the Rotary Club of Tavistock received a grant of $500 from TD Canada Trust for local community projects. Representing the TD Canada Trust, Ms Sue Foster presented the cheque to Club President Eric Adams. She said that as an employee of the bank she had worked over 60 hours as a volunteer on local community projects for the Club to earn this award.

Ms Foster was very involved in the local Rotary's 60th Anniversary celebrations last June; she participated in the Club's program for seniors for summer rides as well as the Christmas visits to residences and nursing homes. She also helped her husband, President Elect Kevin Foster, to construct the Rotary float for the Tavistock Christmas Parade which won third prize.

In receiving the cheque, the Rotary President warmly thanked Sue Foster on behalf of the Club and the local citizens for all the volunteer hours she had completed to make these local projects so successful. He praised the TD Canada Trust for this initiative and assured the bank that the funds would be used for some new projects in the Tavistock area. Some of these were discussed at Monday's dinner meeting and will be announced later.
Grant From TD Canada Trust Eric Adams 0
Posted by Brian Bennett
On Sunday Dec 16th, 2009 club members delivered 259 poinsettias purchased from Cozyn's Garden Gallery in Stratford to residents of Tavistock's three nursing and retirement homes (see Photo Gallery)
Christmas Poinsettias Brian Bennett 0
Updating Club Brochure Brian Bennett 0
Mayor's Message - January 5, 2009 Eric Adams 0
Our Rotary Float Brian Bennett 0
Rotary Dictionaries in Tavistock and Area Brian Bennett 0
District 7080 Shoebox Program Grace Thier 0
Happy 60th - Tavistock Rotary Brian Bennett 0