Rotary Club of Oakville  

Club Newsletter 

Volume 1 | Issue 2

Dec 2019

“The biggest adventure is what lies ahead." 

J.R.R. Tolkien

As we say goodbye to the last decade and usher in the new one, we send each other warm blessings of Peace. As Rotarians we play a role in promoting peace through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships. Rotarians around the world are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
 
Peace and love for our community (local and global) are at the heart of what we do. This issue is jam packed with examples of how we achieve that. We have helped many underprivileged communities by supporting a diversity of projects across the 5 avenues of service.  Our club's strength lies in our ability to work together toward a common goal. We don't shy away from challenge, in fact, it fuels us to keep pushing through.
 
At one point on our life's journey, we each found ourselves on the path that led to Rotary.  Spotlight on a Rotarian Series will share these stories because stories teach us to love, to forgive, to be just and to strive for better than we have.
 
Our first feature will be on George Farrow. His full story is featured on our website (link is provided if you scroll below to the Spotlight section).
 
Until we see you next year, from our Rotarian family to yours, happy holidays and Peace to all.
 
 
Dana Dennaoui
PR & Media Chair
Rotary Club of Oakville
What have we been up to?
 
Though the cold has been relatively mild, we were hit with a fierce snowfall the day we commemorated Remembrance Day. Many braved the cold and attended the ceremony to lay a wreath at the Veteran's Wall Memorial at George's Square. Earlier that week, Mr. Tim Speed from the War Plane Heritage Museum was our guest speaker at our club meeting. He left us speechless after sharing some of the stories from the brave men that fought in the wars that passed. We stood a moment of silence and renewed their memories in our hearts.
 
We were treated to a lovely talk by NHL hockey legend and 2-time Stanley Cup winner Adam Graves , Co-Founder of Smilezone Foundation. Mr. Graves shared with us inspiring stories and anecdotes of how giving back played a large role in shaping him into the man that he is today. 
 
RCO 's Legacy Committee and Centennial Committees held their first meetings independently. Many great ideas were shared and proposed on ways to celebrate our upcoming centennial celebration. Proposals for Legacy projects for our club were brought forward.  
 
The International Committee had the big wheels churning working on supporting projects around the world such as schools in Pakistan, Gift of Life in Jordan, workshops for women empowerment in Kenya, and hospitals in Guatemala.
 
New Generations Committee is in the process of sponsoring a new Interact Club at Loyola Secondary School after a successful recruiting event in the late fall. RCOT is sponsoring the Interact Club at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School
 
Our support for our local community has been received with much gratitude and we are looking forward to serving them again in 2020. Charities we are currently supporting are Food4Life, March of Dimes, Lighthouse for Grieving Children and the Salvation Army. Each of these offers opportunities for hands on volunteering so if that's where your heart lies, reach out to one of the Community Affairs Committee members and they can connect you. 
 
With the help of the Indigenous Committee, RCO will be assessing 122 polytechnic schools in Feb, 2020. Psychometric metrics will help these students learn about their strengths and weaknesses and help them draw the trajectory of their academic/ vocational future.
 
Our Membership Committee has been working behind the scenes to streamline recruitment and engagement processes for our club. Short informative videos have been made available to our club on this topic that are relevant to all members. Pls click here to watch.
 
And to top it all off, we just had our annual Christmas Dinner Party celebration with the Oakville Choral Society filling the air with magic. We celebrated with our families, friends, and community members and had a wonderful time. A special thank you goes to our lovely Christmas Dinner Committee for putting it all together and making it a night to remember. 
 
PH Awards
 
The date for the Paul Harris Award Dinner has now been set and will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Le Dome Banquet Hall, 1173 North Service Road E., Oakville.  Please mark this date in your calendar.   The guest speaker will be Alan Mallory, a motivational speaker and a former member of  RCOT.  He will be speaking about his ascent of Mt Everest.
 
We will be awarding seven Paul Harris Awards at this year's dinner; two from each of the Oakville clubs and one from the Passport Club South. 
 
Pls contact for ticket and event info michaelphenry01@gmail.com
Golf To Give
 
We are happy to announce that our next golf tournament has been locked in for Monday, Sept 21, 2020 at Piper's Heath Golf Club (5501 Trafalgar Rd, Milton, ON L9E 0Z5) 
 
A special announcement will be made about a Hole-in-One prize so keep your eyes open for it!
 
Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Pls contact michaelphenry01@gmail.com
The Speaker Series Committee put the gears into accelerate. Our next speaker is going to be Rt. Hon Beverly McLachlin , first female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and companion of the Order of Canada. We have announced a new partnership with Appleby College for our biggest club fundraiser, that is going to take our event to another level. Date is Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 at Appleby College in Oakville. 
 
 

What are we looking forward to?                                             

RCO Club Meetings

* Ontario Council for International Cooperation
Date: Jan 06,2020
Time : 6 pm-8pm
Venue: Oakville Golf Club
Kimberly Gibbons has been the Executive Director of OCIC since 2005. Kimberly believes in supporting community-led development and an enabling environment for civil society organizations, and in mobilizing Canadians to achieve universal sustainable development. 
 
*Club Assembly
Date: Jan 20th, 2020
Time : 6pm -8 pm
Venue: Oakville Golf Club
 
Our second Club Assembly of the year. We will be presenting updates on all the projects we've been working hard on in the past few months.
 
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District 7080 Conference 
Date: May 30th, 2020
Early Bird @ $99 for Rotarians until Dec 31,2019
Venue: Bingemans located in Kitchener
 
This is an event that you won’t want to miss.  You will be motivated by inspiring speakers, and a team building, hands-on children’s service project that will involve you from concept, to creation, to completion.  There will be activities available for children, mini golf for everyone and a barbeque lunch!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Ngo, Conference Chair,  at adgrotary@gmail.com
 
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SAVE THE DATE
Rotary Club of Guelph Centennial Celebrations
Date: Feb 21st, 2020
 
 
On February 20, 1920, the Rotary Club of Guelph, under the presidency of a local pharmacist Dr. Alexander Stewart, was chartered and in 2020 Rotarians are celebrating 100 Years of Rotary in Guelph.  2020 will be a very exciting year for Club Members to be one of a few clubs in District 7080 which has or will soon celebrate 100 years of service.  
 
Two very special dates include the Charter Day Luncheon on Friday, February 21, and a Gala Dinner on April 25 to celebrate Earth Day and the completion of our 100-acre Rotary Forest near Guelph Lake.
 
Guelph Rotary invites you to SAVE THE DATES while you anticipate further details for this “once-in-a-lifetime” celebration.

Rotarian Spotlight On: 

George Philip Farrow

Rotarian Since:   1961
Describe yourself in one word:  *A schemer, and a dreamer !
Hobbies: Art, antique cars, cooking, sculpting
Currently Reading: 
The Second World War volume III by Winston Churchill
If you could deliver one message to the world, what would it be:
Be gentle with one another. Live by the 4-way test in everything that you do
 
* Effort has been made by the editor of this newsletter to capture part of this amazing man's story in a feature presented on our Club's website. Click here for more!
 
 
 
 
 
Russell Hampton
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