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Kitchener

Kitchener's Downtown Rotary Club

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Crowne Plaza - Kitchener
105 King Street East (Downtown)
Kitchener, ON  N2G 2K8
Canada
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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 John Webster welcomed us to our regular meeting at the Crown Plaza KW at 12:35 PM.
 
 
President John named all of the club members who either helped with or attended the District Assembly / Club Leadership Training event on Saturday as the bell ringers for this week.
 
 
Today's guests included Gord Troughton of Metrolinx, visiting Rotarian Kevin Davis of the Brantford Sunrise Club, and our exchange student, Elle.
 
Welcome all!
April 22nd,  Les Piotrowski
April 28th, Ernie Ginsler
 
Happy birthday Les and Ernie
Today's Question: When is the next Rotary Leadership Institute Event?
The Answer is: Saturday May 13.  Members interested in attending can do so and get more details on the district website.
Our young pot is slowly growing and is now at $218.  None of Ray Taylor, Paul Rostrup, nor Tom Mennill found the Jack of Hearts today so we can all tray again next week.
 
Ernie Ginsler was happy that his birthday was this week and that Cam forgot and didn't roast him.  He was also quite pleased to have seen Guys and Dolls at Stratford this past weekend and reports that it is quite fantastic and highly recommends it to all.
 
Howard Pell is delighted to be having his first book signing this Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Chapters Gateway (by COSTCO).
 
 

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.
 

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Howard Pell reminded everyone that we are sponsoring the Blood Donor Clinic in Waterloo this week.  There is still a need to volunteers on Tuesday from 1:00 to 3:00 and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Contact Howard if you are available.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and donate blood sometime this week.
 
Howard also reminded members of the Ayr Bacon Fest, June 17th in support of KidsAbility.  Let Howard know if you are available to volunteer for an hour or so.
 
Our guest Dave Harvey from the Brantford Sunrise Rotary Club told us of an interesting fundraising event they are having - A Roughneck Mud Run.  Basically an obstacle course with lots of mud but is very attractive to younger folk and does not involve the selling of tickets. Our club is welcome to enter a team and is asked to promote the event however we might.  The event is on Saturday, June 10.  For details go to www.sunrisemudrun.ca.
 
President John introduced our guest speaker and club member, Carl Zehr, a member of the Metrolinx Board of Directors.  Joining Carl was Gord Troughton, Director, Kitchener Corridor Infrastructure Capital Projects Group.
 
Metrolinx has the mandate to develop an efficient and effective rapid transit network in the Greater Toronto / Hamilton Area (GTHA).  The goal for the Kitchener - Toronto corridor is to have all day, both ways GoTrain service by 2024 using electric trains.  The infrastructure required to realize this is a massive undertaking and includes over 400 projects with a total cost in excess of$30 billion and represents the largest infrastructure project in Canadian history.
Much work on the Kitchener-Toronto corridor has already been completed including:
  • Expanded corridor from a single track to 3 tracks with room to add a forth
  • 16 bridges widened or replaced
  • 7 underpasses/overpasses to remove at-grade crossings
  • 60 kilometres of new track
  • Among other infrastructure feats, enough concrete to build 5 CN Towers was poured.
However, much more work is still required to complete the overall project, including:
  • Up to 35 new bridges for road and water crossings including significant crossings of the 401 and 410
  • Modification and/or relocation of up to 17 hydro towers and as much a 3.4 km of major gas line relocation
  • Construction of 60 km of new track (2 tracks X the 30 km length) plus new signal system
  • Construction of  a new rail/rail grade separation where the Kitchener line will cross the bypass corridor
  • Noise and vibration mitigation as required for adjacent properties
  • Resolution of property impacts
In response to a question, Mr. Troughton indicated that once the system is in place, the expected travel time from Kitchener to Union Station will be 75 minutes on a regular basis.  He also indicated that direct connection to Pearson Airport is also being investigated but is not yet part of the plan.
 
For additional information those interested can check out:
  • The Metrolinx website metrolinx.com
  • Their ongoing blog called The Link, at blog.metrolinx.com
  • On Social Media through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
 

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

MEMBERSHIP STATUS

57 ACTIVE
5 HONOURARY
TOTAL 62

 

 

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 bill.proctor@bell.net

 

I will be leaving the Rotary office permanently as of this week.  I wish the club well in its continued service to the community both locally and internationally.

At this point there is no replacement in the office.  Please contact David Chatson or Adrian DeCoo if you have a matter normally directed to the Rotary office.

Sandra

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

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

Wednesday
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

Thursday
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

Friday
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

ONLINE MAKE-UP
You can go online at http://www.rotaryeclubone.org to do a makeup.

TRAVELLING?
Extend the exploration of your trip by visiting one of Rotary’s 34,000 clubs spanning more than 200 countries and geographical areas. You can find a Club online at https://www.rotary.org/en/search/club-finder.

 
 
Contact Us
Mailing Address:
Rotary Club of Kitchener
c/o KidsAbility Centre
500 Hallmark Drive,
Waterloo, Ontario
N2K 3P5
 
Telephone:
519-886-3850
 
Fax:
519-886-7240
 
Email:
RotKit@sentex.net
 
 
Speakers
IN VINO CARITAS
Apr 27, 2017
FUN, FOOD & FUNDRAISING: TICKETS $100 EA.
MARTIN JONES, CHERYL EWING & DARREN SWEENEY
May 01, 2017
OUR FOUNDATION - THE PERMANENT FUND
JIM PHILLIPS & CANDI HARRINGTON
May 08, 2017
ONLINE AUCTION 1 - Preparation
JOHN ENGLISH
May 15, 2017
'CANADA AND THE TRUMP CHALLENGE'
VICTORIA DAY - CIVIC HOLIDAY
May 22, 2017
NO MEETING
TBA
May 29, 2017
PICNIC IN THE PARK - WALKING TOUR
Jun 05, 2017
TOUR LED BY HISTORIAN, WARREN STAUCH