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Kitchener's Downtown Rotary Club

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Crowne Plaza - Kitchener
105 King Street East (Downtown)
Kitchener, ON  N2G 2K8
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For members who pay their account by Credit Card you will see a balance forward from the previous statement of $25.  This is because the increase in dues from $125 semi-annually to $150 ($300 annually) was not taken into account when processing the credit card payments, although it was billed on your January statement. 


Ray Taylor, Treasurer

The winner of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250 is: Ticket #00610, Joan Maxner of Brantford.  
Congratulations Joan and thank you to all who purchased tickets in support of the Rotary Club of Kitchener and the charities it supports, primarily KidsAbility.
Early bird prize draws:
Ticket #01614 – Dennis Howard- $250 gift certificate from Swanson’s Home Hardware
Ticket #01537 – Stella Cocks – Ranger Night for 4, dinner and tickets to a Kitchener Ranger hockey game.
Congratulations to Dennis Howard and Stella Cocks
Meeting was called to order by President John at 12:35.
John welcomed all members & guests then spoke of how well the KidsAbility Fun Day went on Saturday, June 10th and thanked Jill & Paul for their efforts in organizing the volunteers for the event, as well as, the many members that were able to come out.
Goes out to all members who participated in the KidsAbility Fun Day.
Today's Guests
Mike Pollard  livened up the meeting with his sense of history surrounding the creation of Father's Day and how it became a National holiday in the 1972.  Introduced exchange student Elle Yodsanga and Doug Reilly [Mary's husband].
This week's Happy Birthday wishes go to Mary, Cheryl and Mike.   Happy Birthday!
None for today.
Total to date: $542.00. Jim Brown had Elle draw three tickets.
Person #1 Richard Bruckeder        No Luck
Person #2  Doug Reilly                 No Luck
Person #3 Mike Pollard                 No Luck
Neil Swayze was happy to announce that he & his lovely wife celebrated their 45 th wedding anniversary on June 3rd.

The Classification and Membership Development Committee on behalf of the Board of Directors have approved the following proposal for membership in the Satellite Club of the Rotary Club of Kitchener. 

Candidate: Jessie Bruce Classification: Software Development: Regional Sales Manager Sponsor: Melissa Tummon.

Candidate: Michelle Gardiner Classification:  Online Sales: Account Manager.

Sponsor:  Louise Gardiner.


Any objection to acceptance must be in the hands of Secretary, Cam Yule, in writing, no later than Friday, April 21, 2017.

1st Publication.



John announced that there is NO regular meeting June 19th, so everyone can attend the District Changeover meeting on Thursday, June 22 at the Glencairn G.C. In Milton.
Also our club changeover meeting takes place on July 10th at the Glass & Clay gallery.
Howard Pell had three announcements:
a) Dom Cardillo Trail clean-up this Wed. June 14th at 4:00 pm. He will contact satellite members to see if they would like to attend.  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  HOWARD WILL LET US KNOW THE NEW DATE AND TIME.
b) Charity BBQ in Ayr for KidsAbility is this Saturday, June 10th from 12;00 to 11:00 pm. Still could use some volunteers so contact him if you wish to help out. Food and family entertainment available.
c) CAR DRAW begins July 1st. Howard will have the online sign-up and the sign-up boards available for members to book their times. Really need members for the July 1st kick off at St. Jacobs market. One could bring in a lot of dollars that day in the short  span of 4 or 5 hours.
Ed Fowler introduced Elle who needed no introduction to our group.
For the first time, Howard Pell videotaped the presentation so her host families [who couldn't attend] would be able to see her.
Elle Yodsanga presented her talk about her year in Canada as an exchange student with a photo slide show of all the marvelous times she had meeting new people; making friends and attending various functions.
She is very impressed with the natural beauty of Canada and enjoyed many opportunities to explore. She especially enjoyed camping both in the Fall and winter. It took a bit of time for her to adjust to the weather; when everyone else were wearing shorts & T-shirts; she wore sweat shirts & pants. She was thrilled to accompany one of her host families to their cottage at Christmas and was wowed by all the snow. She also enjoyed meeting other exchange students from Japan & Brazil.A lasting impression was made when she went to the Rotary winter camp for in-bound and out-bound students and created her own sleeping accommodations out of snow. Lucky she had a good sleeping bag and winter gear for this adventure. High school in Canada was different from her experiences in Thailand. It was fun with many clubs & activities to join. Her choir experience was great although she felt others may not have felt so. Her friends taught her how to skate and text which was greatly appreciated. One of the ways she felt she has grown is in the area of making decisions and overcoming some of her fears [e.g. of dogs] because the host families were so helpful and willing to give her various kinds of experiences from going the Quebec Winter Carnival to playing with the family pet dog. She thanked everyone for this wonderful experience; it was life changing for her. She finishes her year with a trip out east and will look forward to being in Ottawa for the July 1st celebrations of Canada's 150th birthday.
Mary thanked Elle for her openness, big smile and warm, friendly approach to her experiences here in Kitchener; she'll miss her.

President:  John Webster
Past President:  Karen Redman

President Elect:  David Chatson
Co-Secretary: Cam Yule 
Co-Secretary: Candi Harrington

Treasurer: Ray Taylor

Board Members:
Adrian DeCoo

Alasdair Douglas

Cheryl Ewing

David Smith

Howard Pell

Hubert Singh

Karen Redman

Martin Jones

Susana Jimenez



Note: The new location of our meetings beside the pool at the Crown Plaza is now our regular meeting location.
Please remember to advise Bill Proctor of situations which would require some acknowledgement from the club - special anniversaries, illness, celebrations, hospitalizations etc.

You are the eyes and ears for the club and without your notification to Bill situations and circumstances will go unnoticed. Bill can be contacted at 519-570-2119 or


Sandra has now officially retired!   On behalf of our club she was presented with a beautiful flower arrangement and dinner gift certificate for her and Jim to enjoy!   Your board is in the process of investigating the best way to replace the MANY things Sandra has done for us, often without most of even knowing!!  Sandra will be formally recognized at one of our upcoming events.

Please continue to email any information or inquiries, including make-up requests to as it is now monitored by Dave Chatson and John Webster

Sandra, THANK YOU! for your years of service, guidance and often times patience with our club.  Best of wishes to you and Jim!!

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Note: The new location of our meetings beside the pool at the Crown Plaza is now our regular meeting location.


Make Up and Make Friends
Can’t make a meeting? Use it as an opportunity to  meet fellow Rotarians at another local Club or online!  If you attend another meeting within two weeks before or after the missed meeting, be sure to let our Club Secretary know.


Club                 Meeting                          Location
6:30 p.m.          Guelph Wellington              Guelph Golf and Country Club

07:15 a.m.  Kitchener Grand River   Walper Hotel
6:30 p.m.*  Waterloo      Granite Club
    *meets alternating Tuesdays

07:30 a.m.   Guelph Trillium   Cutten Fields
12:15 p.m.   Cambridge North   Galt Country Club
12:15 p.m.   Kitchener Westmount   Crowne Plaza

07:15 a.m.   Centre Wellington   Elora Gorge Family Restuarant
07:30 a.m.   Wellington South   Springfield Golf and Country Club
12:15 p.m.   Preston Hespeler   Galt Country Club

07:15 a.m.   Cambridge Sunrise   Galt Country Club
12:15 p.m.   Kitchener Conestoga   Westmount Golf Club
12:15 p.m.   Guelph     Italian-Canadian Club

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Contact Us
Mailing Address:
Rotary Club of Kitchener
c/o KidsAbility Centre
500 Hallmark Drive,
Waterloo, Ontario
N2K 3P5
Cheryl Ewing & Grant Recipents
Jun 26, 2017
2017 Rotary Club of Kitchener Grant Awards Meeting
Holiday - no meeting
Jul 03, 2017
President John Webster & Pres-Elect David Chatson
Jul 10, 2017
Turnover Meeting - Evening Event
Adrian DeCoo & Wayne Boehler
Jul 17, 2017
Car Draw Kick Off
Laura Muirhead & Kathie Must
Jul 24, 2017
Child Witness