Rotary Club of Burlington Central
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Weekly meetings are back to normal at the Holiday Inn.
Burlington Central

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 7:15 AM
Holiday Inn Burlington - Zoom
New Mailing Address - March 2022
PO Box 71028 Maplehurst
Burlington, ON L7T 4J8
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Dear Rotary Club of Burlington Central,
Your support of ShelterBox Canada has made a life-changing impact around the world. Thanks to your Club, families will receive the shelter, essential aid, and technical assistance needed to rebuild their lives after disaster and conflict.
Last year, ShelterBox was able to provide over 143,000 people with emergency aid thanks to our generous supporters. Together, we're not only changing lives -- we're saving lives.
Your Club's donation of $2,380.00 will help empower families with not only shelter but with the ability to recover. By providing shelter aid and the training needed to rebuild, families can restore normalcy to their lives, communities can work to recover together, and families can even return to work or school.
We are proud to be Rotary International's Project Partner, further strengthening a global circle of friendship. We also believe in being people of action. At ShelterBox, we are impatient to see no family left without shelter after disaster. Thank you for joining us in our mission and helping ensure we are always prepared to help when the unthinkable happens.
If you have any questions about your donation or about our responses, please do not hesitate to call me at our office at 647-352-1930
Kind Regards,
Stephanie Christensen
Executive Director
ShelterBox Canada
Thanks to Mae Radford and Burlington Central - the Food Bank receives 312lb of donated food.

The 4 Rotary Clubs of Burlington are once again supporting the Salvation Army Christmas Dinner Drive helping over 500 families AND the Kettle Campaign.
There is still time to help; cash or tap when you see a kettle, volunteers will be out until December 24th.
Thanks to all the volunteers including Bern, Elaine and Gerry from the Rotary Club Burlington Central who were out on Saturday
#rcbc7080 #community #serviceaboveself #Burlington #rotary The Salvation Army Burlington Community & Family Services
"Mae Radford finishes the Hike for Hospice and places the name of her friend, who passed away at the Carpenter Hospice, on the Memorial Board.
Mae is grateful to the many Rotarians who sponsored her in The Hike.”

The Rotary Club of Burlington Central @rcbc7080 weekly meeting starts with our President Rene Papin reading out Truth and Reconciliation statement.
Our club has a newly formed Research and Reconciliation committee.  In observation of Orange Shirt, the committee invited Jim Daschuk, professor at University of Regina.
Jim gave our club an excellent presentation and described what this Orange Shirt Day truly means.  The past, the present and future for Indigenous community.
This level of research is continuous in our club and we are looking forward to finding ways to help and contribute to Indigenous culture, people and learn more.

The 4 Rotary Clubs of Burlington joined together to sponsor the Stock the Box Challenge for ShelterBox Canada in the amount of $2500!
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Feed the Need RCBC GoFundMe campaign

For RCBC it's time to pivot, without our traditional fundraising we need your help. Covid 19 has impacted more people than ever from all socio economic groups.

Help us feed the needs in the community donate now.

Since 1986 the Rotary Club of Burlington Central has given 2,640,000 to charity.
This past year food security is one of the programs that we have focused on.
We are community builders who collaborate with community leaders on projects, we are people of action who connect passionate people with diverse perspectives, we are problem solvers AND we need your help in a new way of fundraising!

Our goal is to raise $30,000 in 30 days! Funds will be directed to RCBC supporting Rotary’s 7 areas of focus including food security.

Click here to donate:➡

Thank you



"Rotarians Eric Anderson, Wayne Gowan and Mae Radford (and spouse Bert) deliver supplies for the Meal Bag Program.  Thank you to all Rotarians for your generous giving of supplies.  We are always grateful for the service provided by Rotarians"

Spring Training 2021
Virtual Beer Tasting Event
Rotary Club of Burlington Central with the support of Wellington Brewery is hosting an entertaining evening of Beer Tasting on Zoom as a fundraiser in support of the Rotary Club of Burlington Central’s many community charities.
Where: On Zoom In the comfort of your own home.
When: Friday, April 16, 2021
What Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
What does it Cost: $119.00 per couple.
How do I send the money: Just e-transfer payment to and mark in the comments box Virtual Beer Tasting
Is there a tax receipt: Yes, (1) tax receipt in the amount of $49.00 will be issued for each booking of two persons attending the event, just provide your mailing information at time of booking in the comments section of the e-transfer.
What’s included in the evening:
  • An entertaining and educational evening of fun presented by Marvin Dyck, Head Brewer at Wellington Breweries and Wilma Zondag, Beer Educator.
  • A selection of beers – Helle’s Lager, SPA, Arkell Best Bitter, County Brown Ale, Upside IPA and Russian Imperial Stout.
  • Five Brothers Artisan Cheese, Jewels Under the Kilt Flavoured Nuts. Chocosol Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Bar
  • 2 Rotary 4 Way Test – Koozies
  • Virtual Beer Tasting Kit Delivery – Direct to Your Door
  • and more….
How do I Connect: You will receive a link in your email on Friday, April 16, 2021.
Book today, space is limited….
Like to know more…. call, text or email – Glenn Warnica – Cell (905) 638-2516 or
We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!


Well that was a great event - I'm sure enjoyed by all

Wellington Brewery put on a really good presentation and with the selection of beer and food pairings it was a wonderful evening "in".

Click the "Read More" button to see some pictures from the earlier Wine Tasting.
The Rotary ‘GREAT LAKES WATERSHED CLEANUP’ is fast approaching.  On Saturday April 24, over 20,000 Rotarians on both sides of the Canadian and U.S. border will roll up their sleeves to collect refuse along the shoreline, and innumerable waterway tributaries to the Great Lakes basin.  This is great example of ‘ROTARY IN ACTION’ and brings considerable community attention to the importance of ‘ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY’

Virtual Tasting Event with real Wines and Chocolates

February 13, 2021


Have you had enough fun yet this year?

Are you perhaps participating in a dry January?

Fear not, February is coming. President Owen and his trusty band thrill seeking Rotarians would like to invite you to a VIRTUAL WINE TASTING EVENT held in the comfort of your own home and hosted virtually by Nadia Senchuk of Leaning Post Wineries. Leaning Post Wines offers distinctive, terroir driven wines for wine geeks.  From Leaning Post Wines you can expect a unique wine tasting experience focused on the celebration of terroir. They aim to have wines that show a sense of place… that is what terroir is all about.

Rotary will deliver 4 bottles of wine carefully selected by the winery to your home. They include a cohesive selection of their best sellers and the highlights of their styles.

  • 2019 The Fifty Chardonnay
  • 2019 Rose
  • 2019 The Fifty Pinot Noir
  • 2018 Cuvee Winona [Merlot/Syrah blend]

For your food selection we suggest ordering in from a local restaurant thus ensuring your complete control over dietary considerations and budget.

A box of delicious Walker’s chocolates will be delivered with the wine and made available for dessert.

If you wish to confirm your attendance please e-transfer the price of the wine and chocolate package of $100.00 to Keith Williams at before January 31. For more information please call Dave Beckett at 905-630-9554.


Four Burlington Rotary Clubs at Christmas
Together, the four clubs in Burlington joined to prepare 800 goody bags full of candy canes, chocolates, a cookie and other sweets ready to add to the Christmas Dinners served on Christmas Day by the Meal Bag Program at Wellington Square United Church.
It has been a tough year: some folk lost their jobs, families lost loved ones, some had health issues and some became more socially isolated than ever.  Many community partners, friends, churches, and organizations, including Rotary, rallied together and did everything they could to deliver a safe ‘pandemic proof’ Christmas dinner and deliver a message of hope to those in such need. The Meal Bag Program at Wellington United Church is so grateful for the Christmassy candy bags provided by the four Burlington Rotary Clubs that gave that special touch, a sweet ending to the Christmas dinner.
Our partners, volunteers and friends who delivered the hot meals heard inspirational stories of gratitude for the meal on Christmas Day.

Don Osborne, Board Chair, Carpenter Hospice(right) accepts two cheques from Mae Radford, Director, Rotary Club Burlington Central (left).The first cheque was for $1,250 in support of the HIKE for Hospice and the second for $5,000 is a part of Rotary's $20,000 commitment to the Hospice.
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On the 4th Friday of every month, Rotary Club Burlington Central delivers hygiene/cleaning products to the Meal Bag Program at Wellington Square Church.  Oct 23, Jamie Edwards (right), Mae Radford (left) drop off the items from club members to Lisa Lunski (centre) Community Coordinator.
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ZOOM FAQ for Rotary Meetings
If you want to “Raise Your Hand” – click on “Participants” at the bottom of the screen and select the raised hand symbol, it may take some time but the host will get back to you.  You can always send the host a personal CHAT if you get no response.
Clicking on “Participants” also lets you select yes/no for a quiz or a poll.
If you need to switch your video off – click on the video button on the bottom left of the screen, if you move your mouse to the top right of your individual picture you will see a “hide self view” option – DO NOT USE THIS OPTION.  You can’t see yourself – but every else can still see you.
If you want to share a video to everyone in the zoom meeting, you will need to “share your screen”, but before you share you should start the video on your system and pause it – then share your screen > select the share audio in the bottom left and then click on the paused video and then resume playing.
A separate committee meeting may be scheduled following the regular meeting – a zoom breakout room will be set up and meeting participants will be moved to that room, the regular meeting will continue.
General Tips:
  • Try and place the camera at eye level
  • Make sure you have decent lighting (fluorescents will make you look very pale).
  • If you are using a virtual background, best to have a clear background behind you.
  • Stay muted until you need to speak.
This was the first Induction Celebration for our Club presented virtually.  There were some hurdles prior to the meeting, but we overcame them and the meeting started just after the scheduled time.
Guests arrived just before 6:45 pm and were entertained by our SAA Rod Collard until 7:00 pm.  We look forward to hearing the answers to the questions this Thursday morning. 
All stood as Piper, Gordon Scott, piped Owen, Nima and family in to start the celebration in true Scottish Canadian form. 
Family and Guests were welcomed and the traditional proceedings were started by David Dean at the piano playing the National Anthem.  Assistant Governor Janet Canavan led us with the Toast to Canada and Rotary.  Bernie Scrivener gave us the history of the Herb Stoneham Presidential induction event.
David Roscoe gave his final speech as President with reflections of his Rotary year.  He thanked the Board of Directors and SAA and announced two Rotarians of the Year.   Joe Watson and Keith Williams.
Lesley Barmania, District Governor, gave us an inspirational speech prior to the start of the formal presentation of the Pin exchange.
Lawrence Leung retired his Past Presidents Pin and said a few parting words thanking the Club members for assisting him during his year as president.
David Roscoe removed his Presidents Pin and replaced this with his Past Presidents Pin thanking the board members for all their assistance during the past year.
Owen McElhinney removed his President Elect Pin and Nima McElhinney pinned his kilt jacket with his new Presidents Pin.
Rene Papin received his President Elect Pin and said a few words looking forward to the next year prior to his presidency.
Kathy Thomas (Past President and Honorary Member) and Andrew Gaydon were asked to say a few words to help us better understand our new President – Owen McElhinney.  This ended with all singing Happy Birthday to Owen who just turned 60 the Monday previous.
The Rotary Club of Burlington Central, 35th President, Owen McElhinney, gave an inspiring speech and direction for the upcoming year, reflections and a sincere thank you to fellow Rotarians, past and present.  Owen greeted his Board of Directors for 2020/2021 and announced his Sergeant at Arms for the upcoming Rotary year – Mr. Joe Chalklin.
The meeting ended with Owen reciting the 4 Way Test, with some help from David, Lawrence and Rene.   Twice!
A special thank you to Sandhya Maini, District Governor Nominee, for all her support with the Zoom meeting.  
Thank you to everyone who attended the Zoom meeting!
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