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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
President David Chatson welcomed us to our regular meeting at the Crown Plaza KW (in the Aqua Lounge).  In Secretary Cam’s absence, he also took on the role of Secretary.
President Dave named Jim Phillips and the On-Line Auction Committee as as bell ringers.  As noted at the last meeting, we unfortunately have a bit of an overlap with Car Draw, and have to give some thought an action to securing auction items and sponsors.
Sargent-at-arms Mike Pollard introduced our guests as Nikki Proctor (daughter of Bill) and our guest speaker, Julie Sperling.
Stand in Secretary Dave Chatson had no birthdays to announced, but promised that Secretary Cam would make up for missed birthdays at future meetings!
Barry MacLeod, Paul Rostrup and John Frezell missed out on their opportunities to collect $346.
Peter Gray will be celebrating his 30th anniversary tomorrow, and will be vacationing in Israel in November.
PDG Bill Proctor noted that his guest and daughter Nicki will take on the role as artist in residence at the Kitchener Library in January.
We had several members provide stories with respect to Car Draw ticket sales.  While we have not been breaking ticket sales records at the market, sales have been going reasonably well.  Visiting Rotarians are willing participants, including a Rotarian from Uganda who has a couple of children attending university here, and another university student attending locally, but who just completed a Peace Scholarship position in England.  She was interested to learn of Ernie Ginsler’s role on attempting to secure a similar program in Waterloo.
Barry MacLeod will meet with those selling tickets at next Monday’s meeting.
Martin Jones reminded us that we will resume our Nutrition program at Forest Hill Pubic School at the end of the month.  We are taking on a second day (both Thursday and Friday), so there is room for additional participants.  Just email Martin.
PDG Bill Proctor reminded us that we have until this Friday to register for the one day District Conference (Peace Through Music) to be held at the Living Art’s Centre in Mississauga on September 23.
Cheryl Ewing introduced our speaker, Julie Sperling. 
Julie holds the 2017 Kitchener Artist in Residence position (January to December).  This position is awarded by application, and Julie is its first ceramic artist.
Julie works for the federal government in their climate change and environment group.  In 2014 she decided to combine her passion for mosaic art and her former job into creation a series (20 and growing) of climate change mosaics.
Julie’s project, entitled, Climate in Pieces: From Art to Action will engage the community in an open dialogue about the environment using a series of mosaics.  You can follow her on her blog, and read her bio at:
Julie noted that she does not obtain her mosaic pieces from Michael’s or another craft store, but rather creates her own pieces from items that she owns (dishes, old boots, insulator, asphalt) or has found in nature (shells, coal, rocks).  She spends her most enjoyable time with her hammer and hardy.
Residents of Kitchener have the opportunity to create a small modular mosaic symbolizing their commitment to take one practical action to reduce their carbon footprint. These community-made pieces will be used to create a larger mosaic representing the community's collective effort to protect our natural environment.  To date about 2,400 pieces have been created.
Julie’s philosophy is that an artist is responsible to know what she is “talking about”, and has therefore spend a lot of time researching her topic.  The artist should then take a position, in this case make a commitment to make some impact on climate change.  She also does not believe that an artist has not done a good job if she has to explain her work.
After numerous questions, President Dave thanked Julie in our normal manner.
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


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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
Kathi Dick, Rotary 7080
Sep 25, 2017
Visit from District Governor
Juanita Metzger, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention
Oct 02, 2017
Solving the world’s problems, one porch chat at a time.
No meeting
Oct 09, 2017
Enjoy the holiday!
Victoria Star Motors
Oct 16, 2017
Car Draw Early Bird
Bob Egan, Kitchener Public Library
Oct 23, 2017
Why I left Blue Rodeo to join the KPL! (and Carl Zehr TechBar Update)
Abigail Bimman, CTV Southwestern Ontario
Oct 30, 2017
Dan Younger, Professor Emeritus
Nov 06, 2017
Remembrance Day Program: William Tutte - WWII Codebreaker & Keeper of Secrets
Alan Quarry, Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Laurier
Nov 13, 2017
Celebrating Entrepreneurship Week with Top Entrepreneur at Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship
Christopher Tuckwood, The Sentinel Project
Nov 20, 2017
Una Hakika - Using Technology to Stop Rumours and Build Peace in Kenya
Karl Allen-Muncey, Lab Director
Nov 27, 2017
Civic Innovation Lab at City of Kitchener
Monica Reid, President
Dec 04, 2017
History of the 21st Annual Christkindl Market
Holiday Celebration at the Registry Theatre
Dec 11, 2017
Join friends and fellow Rotarian to celebrate the end of one year, and the beginning of the next!
David Chatson
Dec 18, 2017
Club Business and AGM
There is no meeting on Monday.
Dec 25, 2017
Enjoy your holidays surrounded by family, friends, and love
There is no meeting on Monday.
Jan 01, 2018
We hope that your 2018 is off to a terrific start!
Robert W. Park, Professor & Chair, Anthropology
Jan 15, 2018
The Culture & the History of the Artic
Jean Lowry
Jan 29, 2018
What is exciting in the world of International Development
Dorian Werda, VP, TICO
Feb 26, 2018
"Consumer Travel Protection and you" by the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO)