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Please remember !
As of October 17, 2016 the Rotary Club of Oakville will no longer meet weekly but on every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. In case such a Monday is a holiday, the meeting will be deferred to the following Monday.
Also, our current venue is Oakville Golf Club
Located at 1154 Sixth Line in Oakville
Our Mailing address is:
30 Normandy Place, Oakville ON, L6K 3V2
October 22, 2016
Annual Tree Planting event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oakville
On a partly sunny, chilly and windy Saturday morning a week ago a respectable crowd of app. 40 people gathered at Perkins Passage in Oakville for our annual tree planting event. Amongst them were 8 Rotarians, 8 Rotaractors and 24 Interactors….quite an impressive head count !
Leading us, teaching us, organizers were a  group of 4 staff   from Oakville Parks and Open Spaces 
and 3 from  Oakville Green (a non-proft local environment organization) (
under the guidance of
Curtis Marcoux
Forest Ecologist
Parks & Open Space
Town of Oakville | 905-845-6601, ext.3231 |
Thank you, Curtis, to you and your associates ! And, of course, thank you for the photos !
Ready for action !
See the boys on the right...still discussing the  best strategy.....
It's cold ! Last week it was  still summer.........
You can't start early enough to become a Canadian forester....
Caring for the environment means not just talking but doing !!
The next generation will be happy.. about Oakville being kept green...
The original goal was to plant 200 trees, but with the unexpectedly high turn out, particularly of young people, we
ended up planting 320 trees ! A job well done !   Thank you to all !
A special credit is owed to our own Judy Warrington, who as so often was the driving force behind this project and, as you would expect, in the center of the action. Thank you, Judy !

Judy Warrington (left)
Rotary of Work
If you want to learn what Rotary is all about, come out, take a look at events like this and participate !  Then you may as well join the Rotary Club of Oakville !
The perfect cooperation of Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors and other volunteers…..very young, young and not so young anymore.
Rotary at its best !
Next year again !
Indian Summer
(Webmaster could not take part due to
An error occurred in our posting of October 20, 2016 re:
mailing address:
The correct mailing address is
Rotary Club of Oakville 
Rotary Centennial Towers
17 Stewart Street
Suite 101
Oakville, Ontario L6K 1X4
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January 10, 2017
IMPORTANT NEWS for all Rotarians, Friends of Rotary and Visitors
As of October 17, 2016 the Rotary Club of Oakville will no longer meet weekly but on
every 1st and 3rd Monday
of the month. In case such a Monday is a holiday, specific arrangement will be made and posted on the "Upcoming Events" at
For the months of January though March we are meeting at:
Seasons Restaurant
134 Lakeshore Road E.
Oakville Ontario
Rotary District 7080 Award
We are proud to announce that our District 7080 has received the following award:
APF stands for "Annual Programs Fund".
October 3, 2016:  Meeting at the Oakville Golf Club, one of the places, which we are trying out as a regular venue for our meetings.
The Oakville Golf Club is a private, year-round, member-owned Club located at 1154 Sixth Line in Oakville. The Club provides quality facilities and a high level of professional services to enhance the enjoyment of the golf, dining and social activities offered to its Members, their families and guests.
The Club House surrounded by the lush green of the 19 whole golf course.
We were served an excellent dinner in a cosy, much appealing environment.
Yes, autumn has arrived !
Lively conversations
President Tareq is opening the meeting
Rolf Soeder extracts Happy Bucks from those who have reason to be happy
and Fines from those who misbehaved
Our special guests of the evening:
Amalia Froom
of the
Lions Foundation of Canada
Guide Dog-in-Training
what a cutie !
Amalia gave an excellent presentation about this remarkable program, which helps thousands of people cope with a wide range of disabilities.
Here is the story:

Lions Foundation of Canada


Lions Foundation of Canada, with haedquarters in Oakville, was founded in 1983 by Lions Clubs across Canada. The vision was to provide Dog Guides, at no cost to Canadians with visual disabilities, helping them to achieve freedom and independence. The Lions Foundation began with the Canine Vision Canada Dog Guide program in 1985, ensuring its graduates would “never walk alone” again.

In 1988, the Foundation expanded with the Hearing Ear Dog Guide program, providing Dog Guides to Canadians who are deaf or hard-of hearing. This addition ensures new Dog Guide handlers would have a “link to the world of sound”.

In 1991, a third Dog Guide program, Special Skills Dog Guides, was added to extend Dog Guide capabilities to individuals with other physical or medical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or injury due to accidents. These Dog Guides ensure their handlers “will never be alone”.

The Special Skills program recently expanded with the introduction of the Seizure Response Dog Guides. The Dog Guides are trained to assist people with epilepsy by responding to their seizures.

The Foundation’s newest program is Autism Assistance Dog Guides. These Dog Guides help provide safety, companionship and unconditional love for children 4-12 years of age who have autism. As well as providing comfort and consistency for both the child and their family, Autism Assistance Dog Guides provide calming relief for children in high anxiety situations, and reduces the stress commonly experienced in public places. Bonding with the Dog Guide helps both the child and their family gain increased independence and social interaction.

Each Dog Guide costs the Lions Foundation approximately $25,000, yet they are provided at no cost to Canadians with disabilities. This incredible gift of freedom and independence is made possible only through the dedicated support and generosity of several groups. From the foster families who raise the puppies, to the Lions Clubs, Lioness Clubs, Leo Clubs, individual and corporate donors who provide the financial backing, each pillar of support makes the Foundation’s work possible.

The future Dog Guides are bred at our facility in Breslau, Ontario and then placed with a foster family for approximately a year with specific and strict training guidelines before they are again tested for suitability in their role. Those individuals in need who are partnered with a dog are trained in Oakville at no cost. Over the past many years the Lions Club of Kitchener has contributed over $600.000.00 to this valuable program much coming from revenues of our Magic Show held in November of each year.

Syrah, a well behaved scholar
A pleasant meeting with guests introducing the audience to an exciting program at a very enjoyable venue !!
A happy President made a new friend.....
Rotaract Oakville informs about upcoming events .....
Rotaract Soccer Event Update - also see below !
- Our next fundraiser will be taking place September September 17th, 12-5pm at the Sixteen Mile Creek Sports Complex. Individuals can register or donate online via
- Please circulate the attached poster and Rotaract brochure to all your friends and family, and invite your Facebook friends to join the event at
- If you're able to assist with the soccer event in any other way, please let Leeanna ( know.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
September 2nd-5th: Burlington RibFest
- They need help with selling reloadable drink/food cards, recycling, and serving beverages
- If interested, please email your name, phone number and advise if you are SmartServed (yes/no) to
- Below are the shifts. So far we have Chris and Laura interested for the Saturday morning shift.
10:45 am -3pm
2:45 pm- 7pm
10:45 am -3pm
10:45 am -3pm
10:45 am -3pm
2:45-8pm (Close at 8pm Monday)
September/October to June: Start2Finish Reading Program
They are looking for caring and enthusiastic people to volunteer at the Start2Finish Running & Reading Clubs in Burlington at St. Paul Catholic School, Wednesdays 3:10-5:10pm and in Oakville at Oakwood Public School, Thursdays 2:45-4:45pm. More details on the volunteer description is attached. Please reply back to Sandra Strauss if interested:
Next meeting: Sunday, August 28th at Longo’s Loft 469 Cornwall Rd
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For those available to meet up on earlier on the day of our next meeting, we plan on meeting at 10:30 am to work on our soccer event. Please let Leeanna know if you are able to help out. Afterwards, we will get lunch and meet at the Longo’s Loft to discuss our progress and provide updates on the event.
On August 28th, we are looking to:
-       Go to grocery stores for sponsorships
-       Go Downtown Oakville to ask for sponsorships and to post posters
-       Distribute flyers and post more posters around the community
And once again......:
Important !!!      We need sponsors !!  We need them urgently !!!
You will always be welcomed at ROTARACT meetings and functions !
Rotarian of the Month August 2016:
Rod Craig
Rodley: 1969 to 1988

Rod was born in 1969 in Rodley, which is a village in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire, England. Rodley is situated within the Bramley and Stanningley ward of Leeds, inside the Leeds Outer Ring Road, 5 miles (8.0 km) north-west from the city centre and 4 miles (6.4 km) north-east from Bradford.  Rod lived with his four siblings in Rodley until 1988. Here’s a school photo from c.1976 - the tall one is Jeff, in the front from r. are Rod, Sarah and Jim.

Rod was schooled in Rodley, Intake and then Leeds. Already at the tender age of 7, he developed an affinity to math, numbers and money and he became one of the younger customers of the local Post Office, where he opened his first savings account.  Obviously, an accountant was in the making!
Student life

Rod studied at Liverpool Polytechnic (which became Liverpool John Moores University 1992) and he graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting & Finance.
                                                                                                                               The hungry scholar
Nice hair style !  What happened                                                                                                                       
to the beard ?
          upscale accommodation                                                                                                                                                                      
During his years at Liverpool Polytechnic School of Business & Law Rod met the love of his life, Jullie Hands, who pursued a law degree at the same school. Their relationship started in 1990 and they have been together ever since.
2 proud graduates: Rod Craig & Jullie Hands
After graduating in 1991 Rod worked for three accounting firms, preparing and auditing financial statements and income tax returns. His client base comprised small and medium sized owner managed businesses. During this time Rod studied to become a Chartered Accountant and he was awarded his designation in 1996. In 2000 he became a Partner with Burrow & Crowe.
John Gordon Walton: 1991 –1996, Leeds
Mazars 1996 –1997, Leeds
            Burrow & Crowe 1997-2005, Leeds
  Audit Manager 1997 -2000, Partner 2000 -2005

Some more family snaps!
The Craig clan 20 years on (Alex, Jeff, Rod, Jim and Sarah c. 1996)
The Craig clan another 5 years on (c. 2001). “It was a special occasion as Jeff was visiting from Melbourne and Jim was visiting from Gateshead. At that time the rest of us lived in Leeds.” (Rod’s nephew Matthew Pritchard is the one sat in the plant pot holder!).
In 2006 Rod and Jullie relocated to Worcestershire. Rod decided to broaden his professional experience and became a recruiter of Chartered Accountants. In 2008, at the start of the global financial crisis, Rod moved into industry and worked for a self-storage franchisor.
Sphere Group 2006 –2008
Recruitment Consultant

Storage King 2008 –2011
Financial Controller

Another change, after Rod’s move to Worcestershire                                 
December 9, 2006:                                                                                               
Jullie & Rod tie the knot !
       the newly weds
Mr. & Mrs. Craig sen. at Rod’s and Jullie’s wedding
in Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire.
Back to life.......................

In April 2011 Jullie accepted an offer from RSA to relocate to Newfoundland to take a senior position with RSA Canada’s subsidiary, Johnson Inc., which is based in St. John’s.
St.John's, NF
In April 2011 Jullie accepted an offer from RSA to relocate to Newfoundland to take a senior position with RSA Canada’s subsidiary, Johnson Inc., which is based in St. John’s.
Initially Rod was hired by Oceanic Consulting Corporation on a 12 months contract. Six weeks into his term, Oceanic was acquired by one of the largest private groups in Canada and Rod helped the previous owners with the sale negotiations and then helped the new owners with the post-acquisition integration. Rod used this time of transition well and advanced his education towards becoming a Canadian CA.

In April of 2012 he then joined Bluedrop Performance Learning as Chief Financial Officer. In June of that year he helped Bluedrop to open the Toronto Stock Exchange.
                                                                           Newfoundland: a bit colder than in the UK !
Meanwhile Jullie advanced at RSA and received a call to relocate to Toronto at the end of 2014.
They quickly found a beautiful house in Oakville, where they have happily resided ever since.
Professionally Rod is working hard to build his own business as a VIRTUAL CFO:
         August 21, 2016:
Another joint effort to ship
used school furniture to the
Dominican Republic !
The Rotary Club of Oakville in action !!!!
Used school furniture have been donated to the Rotary Club of Oakville. All the items were consolidated at a storage place where they are now waiting for the next sea container to be shipped to the Dominican Republic. There, they will be delivered to schools, which have been supported by our Club since many years.
                                                                                                                                           Jason Simon & Scott Noble (Rotaract)
Len Warrington
Cathy Longo-Bon
Judy Warrington, driving force behind our Club's
support work in the Dominican Republic
Melanie  & Logan 
                  Phil Thieu (Rotaract)                                             
                                                                          Jason & Logan
Ralf Soeder (left) & Scott
                         whoever this may be.....
Amin Anwar
                            Len & Scott
The entire team without.....
..and with Klaus Simon, webmaster & court photographer (far right)
A well synchronized team !
A job well done !
yes ,that's how we felt at the end
August 22, 2016:
The last outdoor meeting of Summer 2016
at George & Diann Farrow's backyard
    our money guys..discussing how to match the books
                        Rod Craig & Richard Roberts
our hosts: George & Diann Farrow
the ...notorious ... bar gang: George, Len & John "Jaguar" Smith
George & Diann with Klaus Simon (webmaster & court photographer)

President Tareq Nasser, Bod Dodds, Erika Simon                                                                                                    Wayne Snyder,                                                                                                                                                              Amin Anwar,  Nada (President's wife)                         
                                                                                                                                                             former member Bob  Clark
The Ladies of Summer (forget about the guys !angel)
Peggy Dodds with Diann; Mary Lang (in pink)
Diann, Peggy, President Tareq, Bob
Jean Wettlaufer, George, Len (back)
our caterers retire; George bids them farewell
Yes, they took care of us very well !
This brings the outdoor meetings of Summer 2016 to a close !
Thank you, Diann, thank you George !
We will be back here next year !  For sure !
Did you live through the wild 1960 ?  Then you certainly remember Donovan.
You didn't ? It was before your time ?  Here you can learn about Donovan.
Donovan Philips Leitch (born 10 May 1946), known as Donovan, is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music (notably calypso). He has lived in Scotland, London and California, and, since at least 2008, in County Cork, Ireland, with his family.[1] Emerging from the British folk scene, Donovan reached fame in the United Kingdom in early 1965 with live performances on the pop TV series, Ready Steady Go!.

His most successful singles were the early UK hits "Catch the Wind", "Colours" and "Universal Soldier" in 1965. "Sunshine Superman" topped America's Billboard Hot 100 chart and went to number two in Britain, followed by "Mellow Yellow" at US #2 the following year, and then 1968's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" in the Top 5 in both countries. He became a friend of pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones and The Beatles. He taught John Lennon a finger-picking guitar style in 1968.[5] Donovan's commercial fortunes waned after parting with Most in 1969, and he left the industry for a time.

Donovan continued to perform and record sporadically in the 1970s and 1980s. His musical style and hippie image were scorned by critics, especially after punk rock. His performing and recording became sporadic until a revival in the 1990s with the emergence of Britain's rave scene. He recorded the 1996 album Sutras with producer Rick Rubin and in 2004 made a new album, Beat Cafe. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014.


Click here for some of Donovan's most famous songs:


Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador

Hall of Fame folk singer and polio survivor Donovan recently became a Rotary polio ambassador.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Planet Earth Publicity

Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood.

Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry.

In a recent , Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I hadn’t had that experience maybe I wouldn’t have gone on to write and sing my own songs for the past half a century.

“I feel strongly that having a disability in one area makes you explore others instead. That was the case for me after having polio,” says Donovan, who recently became a Rotary polio ambassador.

Donovan went on to record several hit albums and singles in the UK, United States, and other countries. His top singles include “Mellow Yellow” and “Hurdy Gurdy Man.” Donovan collaborated with The Beatles on songs including “Yellow Submarine” and has shared the stage with musical icons Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.

“Having had polio never held me back as I got older. Although having one leg smaller than the other isn’t much fun I could always get about without any trouble,” Donovan says. “Luckily in the music industry everyone was only interested in my singing and playing and not the size of my legs.”

As a Rotary polio ambassador, Donovan will support the , a collaboration between Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and the Royal Horticultural Society. The purple represents the colored dye that health workers use during immunization campaigns to mark the fingers of children who have received the polio vaccine.

“It was very easy to join this campaign because I had polio, and I wanted to tell everybody that it’s almost eradicated around the world,” Donovan says. “This is very important. I want to help with that last push, which is always the hardest. ”

Rotary News

August 15, 2016:
District Governor Bill Proctor and his wife July
visit the Rotary Club of Oakville
Bill Proctor and his wife Judy
Bill Proctor, District Governor  ("DG") for District 7080 was born in Hamilton, Ontario but grew up in Cooksville, which is now part of Mississauga, Ontario.
His is a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo and is retired from a career in education with the Waterloo District School Board. Bill has served as a teacher at both the elementary and secondary levels, as consultant and principal on the academic side and as Manager of Information Technology Services on the business side
Bill has been a member of the Rotary Club of Kitchener since 2000.  He has been active on many committees and has served as chair of the Youth Exchange and Membership committees.  He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2008 and served as President of the club for the 2009-10 year
Klaus Simon introducing the District
He is currently chair of the club’s Meeting and Memberships Support Committee.  He joined the District Training committee in 2011 and served as the Director of Training for the District for several years.  Bill is a multiple Paul Harris recipient.  Bill is a graduate of and facilitator with the Rotary Leadership Institute.
In addition, Bill is currently the Returning Officer for the Provincial Electoral District of Kitchener-Conestoga
Last but not least, Bill is a volunteer with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Waterloo-Wellington Ground Water Festival, and the Waterloo-Wellington Science & Engineering Fair
Bill is married to his life partner, Judy and they have one daughter with partner Jeanette.
He assists his wife  with her work with the May Court Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, the oldest women’s service club in Canada.
                                               Now it's the DG's turn
DG Proctor delivered an outstanding presentation with the theme “The World Needs Rotary”. Bill referenced the significant accomplishments of the Rotary Foundation ( ) over its first 100 years.  Noting that while the eradication of Polio is arguably one of the best known initiatives, what is less known is the infrastructure that has been established within that program which will serve the local communities for years to come. Outlining the work of the foundation as well as the substantial contributions of each local Rotary Club including the Rotary Club of Oakville,  Bill provided a compelling case that the world needs Rotary.
Referencing the "Object of Rotary", Bill brought the objective
“ The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men and woman united in the ideal of service”
to life with historical references including the Rotarian roots of UNESCO. Further demonstrating why the world needs Rotary.While building the compelling case for why the world needs Rotary, the DG noted that Rotary will only work with active and committed Rotarians and while the world needs Rotary – Rotary needs the world.
                                                                                                                                                          they turned their back on the photographer wink
an attentive audience: George Vincent, Jean Wettlaufer
and "Jaguar" John Smith
Bill concluded his remarks with appreciation to the Rotary Club of Oakville listing the various projects and initiatives that serve humanity locally and internationally.
Rotarian Frank Morewood thanked Bill for his compelling and motivational presentation concluding that there is no doubt that the world needs rotary.
(composed by Klaus Simon, webmaster with the helpful input from George Vincent)
Our beautiful Ontario summer.........
                         August days are..................
......and Monkey Days !!!
Dawn of another steamy hot SUMMER DAY
(at Oakville Pier)
Wanna know how hot it is ?
It's So Hot....... I saw a chicken lay an omelette!!
It's So Hot....... I saw a squirrel picking up nuts with pot holders!!
It's So Hot....... I saw a funeral procession pull thru a Dairy Queen!!
It's So Hot....... Jehovah's Witnesses started telemarketing!!
It's So Hot....... the best parking spots are guaged by shade rather than distance!!
It's So Hot....... you can wash and dry your clothes at the same time!
It's So Hot....... I saw two trees fighting over a dog!!
It's So Hot....... I saw a cop chasing a thief, and they were both walking!!
It's So Hot....... cows give powdered milk!!
It's So Hot....... my thermometer goes up to "Are you kidding me?"!!
Wanna LISTEN how hot it is ?
Here you go......
Hot enough ?
                                      No rain since weeks: Farmers are not happy.....
best way to stay cool: on the water
Oakville Harbor
......these lazy hazy.......
July 1: Canada Day Fireworks
try this improvised air conditioning
Who invented the modern Air Conditioning ?
On July 17, 1902, Willis Haviland Carrier designed the first modern air-conditioning system, launching an industry that would fundamentally improve the way we live, work and play.


  • Born November 26, 1876, in Angola, New York
  • Earned engineering degree from Cornell University in 1901
  • Started working at Buffalo Forge Company in 1901
  • Designed the world’s first modern air conditioning system in 1902
  • Developed Rational Psychrometric Formulae in 1911
  • Founded Carrier Engineering Corporation in 1915
  • Awarded honorary doctorates from Lehigh University (1935) and Alfred University (1942)
  • Died October 7, 1950, in New York City
  • Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1985
  • Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century” in 1998

A Lifelong Lesson

Willis Carrier would grow up to solve one of mankind’s most elusive challenges – controlling the indoor environment. As a child, though, he had difficulty grasping the concept of fractions. Realizing his struggles, his mother taught him by cutting whole apples into various-sized fractional pieces. He later said this lesson was the most important one that he ever learned because it taught him the value of intelligent problem-solving.

Willis Carrier: The Inventor of Modern Air Conditioning

Genius can strike anywhere. For Willis Carrier, it was a foggy Pittsburgh train platform in 1902. Carrier stared through the mist and realized that he could dry air by passing it through water to create fog. Doing so would make it possible to manufacture air with specific amounts of moisture in it. Within a year, he completed his invention to control humidity – the fundamental building block for modern air conditioning.

Carrier Enables Industries to Flourish

The “Father of Air Conditioning,” Willis Carrier’s invention gave rise to numerous industries that power our economy today. Manufacturing of everything from baked goods to wartime supplies was made possible by air conditioning. Air conditioning led directly to summer movie blockbusters as people came to cooled theaters to escape the heat. The precise control of temperature and humidity made possible by his invention even enabled shopping malls, transatlantic flight, and the computers and servers that power the Internet.

Bringing Comfort to the World

Willis Carrier recognized early on that climate, comfort and production requirements would determine the value of air conditioning. From the beginning, he began to develop a network of international dealers, distributors and customers. Success with early installations in Europe and Asia were indicators of air conditioning’s universal application across international borders.

Sustaining Carrier’s Vision

Willis Carrier’s legacy lives on today as the company he founded continues to reinvent the industry and shape the world we live in. Carrier leads the industry with energy-efficient products and manufacturing practices. Every day, Carrier brings productivity and comfort to the world through new innovations – all built on energy efficiency and sustainability.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:15pm
How long will it last ?
Rain on the weekend ?
Who knows !  Enjoy the summer as long as we have it !!
Fall isn't too far away !
Indian Summer
And don't forget:
Good night, Oakville !           
August 8, 2016
Summer Meeting at the Warringtons'

our hosts:  Len & Judy Warrington, both Past Presidents of our Club                            
Rotary friends since decades: George Farrow, "Jaguar" John Smith,
Len Warrington - all Past Presidents of our Club
comparing notes: George Vincent & Wayne Snyder
one of our older members:
Bob Langlois
                                                    still going strong ...
                           excellent food...plenty
accountants amongst themselves:  Len Warrington & Rod Craig
                              Rotary days are not diet days !!
                Dessert time for Erika Simon
Thank you, Judy and Len !
August 7, 2016:
Rotarians George Vincent and Klaus Simon (both liaisons to the of Oakville Rotaract Club) attended their first meeting in 2016-2017 of the
Klaus Simon (left) and George Vincent
The meeting was a social lunch aimed at getting to know one another and to exchange ideas of what could be done in 2016-2017.
in the front left: Leeanna  and Tareq
both Co-Presidents
Turn-out was excellent considering this steamy hot summer Sunday. A group of bright, ambitious, multi-ethnic young professional men and women had gathered, and it soon became obvious that these Rotaractors are a valuable resource for the Rotary movement. Just wait, until they have gotten themselves organized !   The Rotary Club of Oakville will be at their side with support and help to achieve their goals.
A number of activities were discussed and an action plan will soon be made available.
Have a great year, Rotaractors !!
July 25, 2016
Annual Barbeque for the Residents
of our Senior Citizen Homes
Rotary Centennial Tower
President Tareq welcomes our guests
on the right: Len Warrington
Master of Ceremonies: Len Warrington
                                                                                                                   Our Rotary Home:  Rotary Centennial Tower - Full House !
Running the Bar: Judy Warrington, George Farow, John Smith
(Don't they look like trouble ?)
When is the food ready ?!?!?!                         
 Stewart Street Management (except for the lady in the back)
                                                                                                                                                                       An ideal occasion for a confession
                                                                   The money guys: Richard Roberts & Rod Craig
                                                                                                                                                                                    A Rotarian at Work
Helping hands:Tareeq, Leanna, Phil
Members of our ROTARACT Club
                          Here we go; finally !!!
                 Healthy Appetite was observed !
Rotaractors Tareeq and Leanne
          George Vincent, Rae Townsend, Richard Roberts
left to right: President Tareq, "First Lady" Nada, a friendly visitor,Jean Wettlaufer
Klaus Simon (webmaster) with George Vincent (r)      
                                                                                                                                                               ...this time with Tareq.....
At the end of this pleasant evening: didn't we all feel like this ?
We love our Seniors
Rotarian of the Month July 2016
Amin Kawar
Amin is another member of the Rotary Club of Oakville, who moved from Jordan to Canada in search of new opportunities and challenges.He was born in Amman, Jordan in 1963.
Amin is a member of the prominent “Kawar” family which is involved in many social and business efforts since many years including the well-established “Kawar Group” of companies  ( It is one of the leading conglomerates in Jordan.
Amin’s father, Kamel Kawar was a mining engineer and geologist and, his mother, Widad Kawar, a history teacher and a known collector of traditional dresses and artifacts. His grandfather, Amin “senior” started the first pharmacy in Amman in 1927 before venturing out into phosphate mining and shipping. He eventually established Amin Kawar and Sons Company in 1955 which became the leading shipping and transportation company in Jordan, nowadays with operations in several countries.
As we wilI learn lateron, Amin’s education and professional life was designed and built around the Kawar Group, in which he held various management positions. It is therefore appropriate to take a closer look at the very interesting history of the Kawar Group.
Going back in time - Amin spent his childhood with his 3 sisters in the Amman area. Age 14 his parents sent him to boarding school in Surrey, UK, where he gained his high school graduation diploma in 1981 after 4 years.

From here he moved to the United States to Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan to pursue his academic education where he obtained a BA degree in Economics in 1985.  He would return to university to obtain an MBA International Transportation in 1994 from the Cardiff University in Wales UK. He also obtained some professional designation such a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Shipbroker (UK) and Project Management Professional (PMP).
Equipped with these academic credentials Amin moved back to Jordan in 1985.  His interest was to pursue a career in economic development but was unable to find employment in that field at the time. He joined the family’s shipping business starting as an operation supervisor at the port then moving on to other jobs including sales, container line salesman, marine claims clerk, ship broker and container ship planer. He gained lot of intentional experience as the company acted as agent for many international shipping companies who served the ports of Jordan.
In 1990 Amin was selected to manage the Jordanian representation of MAERSK Group in Aqaba, one of the world’s largest shipping companies headquartered in Denmark,  who had made Kawar group to be their local partner. 
After 5 years Amin returned to the Kawar Group to assume the position as Corporate Development Director.
In 1999 Amin was seconded to the Jordan rail privatization project. A consortium headed by Wisconsin Central Railroad of Chicago had won the concession. They asked him to be part of the startup and transition team, which offer he accepted with the full blessing of his family.  
After the project had been terminated Amin was appointed as Post Master General in 2004 where he over saw the improvement of the postal service in the country. This was short term 2 year assignment.
Back to Aqaba
In 2006 Maersk line took over the container port of Aqaba and went back to the company to the as Chief Commercial Officer of the port, where he stayed until where he stayed until 2009.
Between 2007 he had the opportunity to give part time lectures “Transportation Management” at the German-Jordanian University in Amman.
Amin developed an early affinity to Canada since the 80s when he visited his friends in the country and really admired it. His wife Leen who has family in Canada shared this affinity. But it took until 2009, when he came over to settle. Business responsibilities such as directorships at home made him go back and forth to Jordan for a couple of years. In 2013 he followed the call of the German-Jordanian University in Amman to return for a 2 year term as a visiting professor. He came back to Canada in 2013.
Amin is married to graphic artist Leen.  They have been married since 1990 and are very happy to be living in Oakville. They have four children. 24 year olds twin daughters working in Toronto, an 18 year old attending University of Toronto and 10 year old still at school.

Although Amin has been closely associated to Rotary in Jordan – most and foremost through his late father and uncle who were active Rotarians – Amin never was a Rotarian, until he joined our Club in 2012. However, his membership was short lived because of his relocation to the German-Jordanian University in 2013.
Last year he came back to Canada and to Rotary and as such he is one of our newest members. This didn’t stop him from stepping forward, when last October the Club was short of one board member. Amin took this position – after being a member for only a few weeks.
Thank you, Amin !
Amin on the far right and (from right to left) Past President George Farrow, Wayne Snyder, Peggy Dodds (passionate Friend of Rotary and wife of Rotarian Bob Dodds) and Randy Shermet (President-Elect)

Midnight Madness July 15, 2016
picture-perfect weather !
Snapshots..........The Rotary Club of Oakville in Action.......
Good Night, Oakville ..
Famous Rotarians : Angela Merkel
Honorary Member of the Rotary Club Stralsund-Hansestadt (founded in 1991)
Angela Dorothea Kasner, better known as Angela Merkel, was born in Hamburg, West Germany, on July 17, 1954. Trained as a physicist, Merkel entered politics after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. Rising to the position of chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union party, Merkel became Germany's first female chancellor, and one of the leading figures of the European Union, following the 2005 national elections.
Early Years
The daughter of a Lutheran pastor and teacher who moved his family east to pursue his theology studies, Merkel grew up in a rural area north of Berlin in the then German Democratic Republic.
She studied physics at the University of Leipzig, earning a doctorate in 1978, and later worked as a chemist at the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences from 1978 to 1990.
First Female Chancellor
After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Merkel joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) political party and soon after was appointed to Helmut Kohl's cabinet as minister for women and youth and later served as minister for the environment and nuclear safety. Following Kohl's defeat in the 1998 general election, she was named secretary-general of the CDU. In 2000, she was chosen party leader, but lost the CDU candidacy for chancellor to Edmund Stoiber in 2002.
In the 2005 election, Merkel narrowly defeated Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, winning by just three seats, and after the CDU agreed a coalition deal with the Social Democrats (SPD), she was declared Germany's first female chancellor.
Merkel is also the first former citizen of the German Democratic Republic to lead the reunited Germany and the first woman to lead Germany since it became a modern nation-state in 1871. She was elected to a second term in 2009 after forming a coalition with the small “ Freie Demokratische Partei (FDP)”. In 2013 she was reelcted for a 3rd term, but had to share the power with the SPD, because the FDP had missed the 5% mark, which is required to be represented in the Bundestag. Only two post-war German leaders have achieved a third term previously - Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl.
Merkel made headlines in October 2013 when she accused the U.S. National Security Agency of tapping her cell phone. At a summit of European leaders she chided the United States for this privacy breech, saying that "Spying among friends is never acceptable." Later reports revealed that the NSA may have been surveilling Merkel since 2002.
                                                                                                                                                                 not happy: cel phone hacked
Chancellor Merkel is seen as more pragmatic than charismatic. Earlier in her political career some saw her as boring, provincial and rather dowdy - an image she tried to shake off with bright, colourful outfits and a new hairstyle.Over time Mrs. Merkel has developed image of a prudent, pragmatic and down-to-earth leader, earning her the nickname "Mutti" – (=Mommy) mother of the nation. Also called "Angie".
In November 2015, Forbes magazine ranked Mrs Merkel the second most powerful person in the world - the highest ranking ever achieved by a woman - and later that year she was named Time magazine's "Person of the Year", citing her role in Europe's crises over migration and Greek debt.
      not very flattering !

U.S. President Barack Obama recent visited to Germany in April 2016 to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders.

Obama  heaped praise on the German leader, telling German newspaper Bild that Merkel was "courageous" in her response to Europe's refugee crisis and he highlighted the importance of the U.S.' relationship with Europe's largest economy.

U.S. Barack Obama greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the opening evening of the Hannover Messe trade fair on April 24, 2016 in Hanover, Germany.
U.S. Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
at the opening evening of theHannover Messe trade fair on
April 24, 2016 in Hanover, Germany.

"Germany remains one of America's closest and strongest allies - an indispensable partner not only for our own security and those of our NATO allies, but also for the security, the prosperity and the dignity of people across the whole world," he told Bild in an interview published on Saturday. "With Chancellor Merkel, Germany has raised the stakes and plays an even bigger role on the international stage," he said, with her work to tackle terrorism, reaching a nuclear deal with Iran and her dominating role in the EU.

Obama's trip to Germany had not gone without a hitch, with thousands of protesters gathering in Hanover to protest a planned but unpopular free trade agreement between the U.S. and EU, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Critics of TTIP fear it threaten public services, the environment and consumers. While in Germany Obama also met with Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and that time U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron  to discuss security and humanitarian concerns over Libya and fragile Syrian peace talks.


The European Union (EU) & The Euro Crisis
Germany - Europe's most powerful economy - is the biggest paymaster for the EU…and in particular …for eurozone bailouts, so Mrs Merkel has to a great extent driven the agenda during the EU's efforts to restore confidence in the euro.She has become the symbol of fiscal austerity, prescribing sweeping budget cuts and tight supervision by the EU as the cure for southern Europe's chronic debts.
Her message is that the heavily indebted countries - Greece, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal - will only become globally competitive by putting their national budgets in order and slashing the money spent on public services.But her role in setting tough conditions for bailing out stricken eurozone "periphery" countries triggered widespread hostility in those EU states. Some protesters in Greece and Spain even likened her to Hitler, suggesting that Germany was again imposing its agenda on the rest of Europe.Critics say her reluctance to resort to bailouts weakened the eurozone's credibility when the debt crisis escalated in 2010. Investors shunned the sovereign debt issued by Greece, Portugal and other ailing eurozone economies, pushing their costs of borrowing to unsustainable levels.Many European politicians believed her insistence on austerity was pushing Europe deeper into recession. Eventually Mrs Merkel decided that fiscal austerity was only part of the solution, and that more fundamental EU reform would be necessary.
The eurozone crisis has tested her talent for consensus-building to the limits - and she never fails to remind Europeans that the crisis is far from over. However,Germany's resilience, low unemployment and healthy export success have boosted her popularity at home, where she is widely seen as a safe pair of hands in tough times.



                     Working Toward . . .
Mediation, conflict resolution, and peace where there is war, understanding where there is disharmony, food security where there is hunger,health care where there is disease, education where there is illiteracy,conservation where there is environmental degradation, sustainable economic development where there is poverty.......

                       The Rotary Foundation

History & Growth

At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klump proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International. In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.


1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.

1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.

1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.

1985: The was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.

1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to . 2013: New enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.       

Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.

Areas of Focus


Promoting Peace

Sixty-five million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution, and 90 percent of armed-conflict casualties are civilians, half of them children. Through service projects, fellowships, and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns, members train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and aid refugees who have fled dangerous areas. Members also pursue projects to address the underlying structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources. Through our partnerships with several leading universities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and support long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict. We provide up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers.   


- Rotary Peace Centers

Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our partner universities. Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real-world needs. We have peace centers around the globe at: , Thailand (certificate program), , USA, , Japan, , England, , Australia and , Sweden.  Two types of peace fellowships are available:

- Master's Degree

We offer master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution. Programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months during the academic break. Each year, we award up to 50 master’s degree fellowships. Through academic training, study, and practice the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and around the globe. Graduates of the program are reintegrating refugees in Sudan, creating jobs for disadvantaged women in India, and supporting reconstruction in devastated regions of the world.



- Professional development certificate

For experienced professionals working in peace-related fields who want to enhance their professional skills, we offer a three-month program in peace and conflict prevention and resolution at in Thailand. This program incorporates two to three weeks of field study. We award up to 50 certificates each year.

Fighting Disease

More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. We aim to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas. Our members educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Many of our projects ensure that medical training facilities are located where the workforce lives.














Rotary's top priority is the , but our members take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can't afford to pay for health care. Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow.


Providing Clean Water

More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Our projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.    


















Rotary Smiles .....
                                           LIFE EXPLAINED

On the first day, God created the dog and said, sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this I will give you a life span of twenty years.

The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"
And God said that it was good.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh.. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."

The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"
And God again said that it was good.

On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."

The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"
And God agreed it was good.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."

But the human said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"
"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves.
For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family.
For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren.
And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Famous Rotarians:  Neil Armstrong
Former U.S. astronaut Neil A. Armstrong was an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Wapakoneta, Ohio, U.S.A. 
Neil Alden Armstrong was born August 5, 1930, on his grandparent's farm in Wapakoneta, Ohio. He took flying lessons in an Aeronca Champion and received his pilot license on his 16th birthday, before he had his driver's license.
Armstrong's education was interrupted in 1949 when he was called to active duty. He entered pilot training at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. In 1950, he went to Korea where he flew 78 combat missions in an F9F-2 Panther from the carrier USS Essex.During one run over North Korea, Armstrong's fighter was severely damaged. He made it back to a South Korean base, but was forced to eject. For his service in Korea, Armstrong received the Air Medal and two Gold Stars.
Armstrong resumed his studies and graduated from Purdue with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1955. He earned a masters' in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California in 1970.
Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) at the Lewis Laboratory (now Glenn Research Center) in Cleveland in 1955. He transferred to the NACA High Speed Flight Station (now Dryden) at Edwards AFB, California in 1958 to be a test pilot. In 1960, Armstrong received his first taste of spaceflight at the controls of the X-15 rocket plane. He made seven flights, reaching speeds over Mach 5 and altitudes of over 200,000 feet.
NASA Astronaut

Armstrong became an astronaut in 1962. He served as backup crew for Gemini 5, and then was chosen to command Gemini 8.
On March 16, 1966, Armstrong and Dave Scott conducted the first successful docking in space. But shortly afterwards, the joined spacecraft began spinning out of control. Armstrong disengaged the Gemini from the Agena, but the tumbling worsened. It was later determined that a Gemini thruster had failed on. Armstrong regained control by using thrusters intended for re-entry.Thanks to Armstrong, disaster was avoided. Though the flight had to be cut short, the primary objective had been met, and the crew splashed down safely in the Pacific.
Armstrong's successful performance on Gemini 8 led to his selection as commander of Apollo 11.
His mission was to fulfill President Kennedy's goal of putting men on the moon and returning them safely to Earth. Armstrong, Mike Collins, and Buzz Aldrin launched on their historic journey on July 16, 1969.
Leaving Collins in lunar orbit, Armstrong and Aldrin approached the surface of the moon. Armstrong saw a football-stadium-sized crater out his window. "A generally undesirable landing area for the first one," he told NASA's Oral History project. "We could have tried to land there, and we might have gotten away with it," he said. But, "There were some attractive areas far more level, far less occupied by boulders and things, a half mile ahead." He found a good spot just before running out of fuel. At 2:18 p.m. Houston time on July 20, 1969, Armstrong reported, "Houston, Tranquility Base here - the Eagle has landed."He later said, "I was absolutely dumbfounded when I shut the rocket engine off and the particles that were going radially from the bottom of the engine fell ... and instantaneously disappeared."
Armstrong took that first "one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" at 9:56 p.m. Aldrin soon joined him. In the debriefing, Armstrong reported that he was very comfortable in the lunar gravity. "It was, in fact, in our view preferable both to weightlessness and to the Earth's gravity."
They set up the flag, accepted congratulations from President Nixon, deployed experiments, and unveiled a plaque which read, "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon July, 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."
The Eagle lifted off on July 21. Aldrin reported seeing the flag knocked over by the exhaust. They docked with Columbia, transferring 47.7 pounds of precious lunar samples. They splashed down in the Pacific on July 24, earning the praise of a nation.
Reflecting on their success, Armstrong said, "When you have hundreds of thousands of people all doing their job a little better than they have to, you get an improvement in performance. And that's the only reason we could have pulled this whole thing off."
Armstrong resigned from NASA in 1971 after serving as Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics at NASA Headquarters.
Professor and Businessman

Armstrong became a Professor at the University of Cincinnati in 1971. "I most enjoyed the class interaction with the students," he told Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA).
"I taught in the areas of aeronautical engineering and rigid body mechanics."Armstrong left teaching in 1979. From 1980 to 1982, he was Chairman of Cardwell International, Ltd. He was then Chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation, Inc. and in 1989, became Chairman of AIL Systems, Inc. which later merged with EDO Corporation. "We had great teams of able and highly motivated people," he said when asked about his work there. "The challenge was to choose most carefully how we invested our intellectual, financial and operational resources to make our team as effective and productive as possible." Armstrong retired from EDO in 2002.
Armstrong's experience was tapped as a member of the National Commission on Space in 1985, and in 1986, as Vice Chairman of the President's Commission of the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident.
Of the future, he told RNASA, "I am delighted that the President has proposed that we energize our program with a return to the moon and subsequent exploration of Mars. Funding and implementation of the proposal will require that the Congress is persuaded that the public supports the initiative. With that support, the future can be very exciting."The RNASA Foundation agrees, and offers its sincere gratitude and recognition of the man who continues to inspire us all to follow in his giant footsteps.
The Board of Advisors of the RNASA Foundation elected Neil Armstrong as the 2004 winner of the National Space Trophy, "For his most significant contributions to the U.S. Space Program as the first explorer to land a manned spacecraft on the Moon and the first human to step on the surface of the Moon. Mr. Armstrong is the world symbol for manned space flight exploration and engineering excellence."
Armstrong passed away on August 25, 2012. Her left behind two grown sons and his wife Carol.
As the Rotary Year 2015/2016 was coming to a close (on June 30, 2016) members, spouses and guests of the Rotary Club of Oakville gathered at the
on June 27, 2016 for a festive dinner to celebrate a successful Rotary year and for the “Change of the Guards”.
                                                                             on Lakeshore Road
                                                                         stylish, upscale dining
During the “social” preceding the dinner good mood developed and intense conversations amongst friends took place throughout the restaurant.
The patience of some 30 hungry guests was put to a test when it took a while before dinner was served, but the fine quality of food and wine made good for the delay.
            Rudy & Lina Habesch, Rod Craig
                                                               George & Diane Farrow
                                          left to right: Judy Warrington, Erika Simon, Peggy & Bob Dodds
Amin Kawr, George How Pak Hing, Randy Shermet (President Elect for 2017/2018)
front: Lina Habesch & Frank Morewood
 back left to right: Erika Simon, Judy Warrington,
      Peggy & Bob Dodds,
       Richard Roberts, Len Warrington
Klaus Simon (webmaster),
     Peggy & Bob Dodds
                                                                                                                         Erika Simon (webmaster's wife)
                                   front: Jean Wettlaufer, Diane Farrow; back: Tareq & Nada Nasser
                                           Beatrice Cunningham, guest of Tareq & Nada
           Tareq Nasser: at this time, still "President Elect"
left to right: David Abbood, President of Rotary Club of Oakville-West, Ralf & Kimberly Soeder
After dinner President George Farrow, with 51 years of service the longest serving member of the Club, gave an impressive account of the Club’s development during the ending Rotary year. President George in particular mentioned that Rotary “is fun again”, that the mood has gotten so much better, that - thanks to a strong Program Committee - the weekly meetings have become more interesting and lively, and that two fundraisers have been run successfully providing the Club with badly needed funds for charity projects. In this context George underpinned the importance of the Club’s committees for generating the projected results. Although George mentioned quite a few members specifically, he also emphasized that each and every Rotary accomplishment is the result of all members working together. This cooperation has significantly improved throughout his tenure.
                                              George's "Annual Report"
Then the time came when President George became Past President George and when he passed the helm on to Tareq Nasser, the new President for Rotary Year 2016/2017.
                                               receiving his "Past President Pin"
Now Past President George was thanked for his hard work, his dedication and leadership, for his great sense of humor even during hard times. Diane, George’s wife was also honored for her supporting George in his difficult task to bring the Club back on the right path.
A good round of applause rounded up a very successful Rotary Year 2015/2016.
New President Tareq Nasser has big shoes to fill, but as a well-seasoned Rotarian – he has been the President of a Rotary Club of Amman, Jordan and also gained experience on the District level – he is the right man for the job.
In his inauguration speech Tareq outlined his priorities for his presidency and appealed to all members to work together and help to continue George Farrow’s work. All members seemed to have the impression that the Club can under Tareq’s leadership, with his wife Nada and a strong Board of Directors by his side, look forward to another successful year.
The Nassers
Thank you, George, thank you, Tareq !
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Something to think about..........
The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.
You don't have to actually answer the questions.
Just ponder on them.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Sydney to Hobart winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss Universe pageant.
4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last five movies to win the Academy Award for best picture.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers.
They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies..
Awards tarnish..
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here's another quiz:
See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the
most credentials, the most money...or the most awards.
They simply are the ones who care the most
so true !!!
(a special Thank You to George Vincent, who provided this story)
Have an Enjoyable Canada Day weekend !!
Where He Lived as a Youth Sioux Lookout (Ghost River) -Red Lake –Kapuskasing
His Childhood Home (1939 to 1947) :
               Log Cabin Home
 Railway Access Only - No electricity - outdoor toilets -
water hauled from the lake -wood burning stoves only
Primary Education
•Up to Grade 4 in one room school, Grades 1 to 8, in Ghost River
•Rest of public school and much of high school in Red Lake, a Northwestern Ontario gold mining camp. Seven (7) operating gold mines at the time,   still 2 operating, one of them the richest gold mine in the world (Goldcorp)
•Finished high school in Kapuskasing, a pulp and paper town in Northern, Ontario
Post Secondary Education
•Royal Roads Military School, Canadian Navy  
BaSc in Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
MaSc in Geotechnical Engineering, University of Toronto
PhD. Geotechnical Engineering, University of Waterloo                   
•17 publications in Scientific Journals
His Eclectic Work Career 
  • 5 years teaching:Adult Education, College and University
  • Professional Engineer, Consultant, Business Owner, Senior Manager for 54 years working the Civil Engineering, Mining, Construction, Water, Energy business sectors
  • Working in Canada, US, Africa, Asia
One of Bob's Drill Rigs With Some of his Children and Nieces Thunder Bay (circa 1980)
One of Bob’s Projects: Diavik Diamond Mine, NWT, Canada (2003)
Diavik Diamond Mine - one day’s production
   "....Diamonds are forever, forever....."   Shirley Bassey in "Goldfinger" (1967)
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The map of Africa shows some of the more exotic places where Bob has worked but he also has worked and resided all over North America (California, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York,  Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, NWT, Inuvik) and in South America (Venezuela and Colombia). 
In his work career Bob lived in Toronto, Oakville, Thunder Bay, Phoenix (Arizona) and Lake Tahoe, California.
                                             Gold mine in Ghana (2013)

                                                                                No details disclosed !
Aside from travel, work and pampering his dear wife Peggy he spends time in community work and reading (mostly fiction - about one novel a week). Bob and Peggy have 7 children and 11 grandchildren.
And then there is Rotary !!!!
Bob is a Rotarian since 1983. At many of the place, where he spent a longer period of time, he joined local Rotary Clubs. He served as President twice for clubs with 115 and 43 members and, of course, he is a Paul Harris Fellow. In June 2007 he became a member of the Rotary Club of Oakville  but shortly thereafter took a leave of absence for 5 years while he was working in the U.S. At most times Bob is accompanied at the meetings by Peggy, who - although not being a Rotarian herself - is very much involved in Club activities. The "Dodds Doublepack" is very popular and much liked by the other members.
Bob (right) with Fellow Rotarian Rod Craig
a bit of Rotary history.......
The Boys of 1905:
A History of Rotary International 


On February 23, 1905 a Chicago lawyer, Paul P. Harris, called three friends to a meeting. What he had in mind was a club that would kindle fellowship among members of the business community. It was an idea that grew from his desire to find within the large city the kind of friendly spirit that he knew in the villages where he had grown up.

The four businessmen didn’t decide then and there to call themselves a Rotary club, but their get-together was, in fact, the first meeting of the world’s first Rotary club. As they continued to meet, adding others to the group, they rotated their meetings among the members’ places of business, hence the name. Soon after the club name was agreed upon, one of the new members suggested a wagon wheel design as the club emblem. It was the precursor of the familiar cogwheel emblem now worn by Rotarians around the world. By the end of 1905, the club had 30 members.
Watch this amazing video on
..and this one :
Paul Harris 1933 Rotary International Speech
In 1933 Paul Harris gave this speech at the 24th Rotary International Convention. It was heard around the world. Watch this remastered video on
                      Glen C. Mead, RI President 1912-1913