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1173 North Service Road East
Oakville, ON  L6H 1A7
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Every year the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar manages various fundraising events such as the Oakville Family Ribfest (June), Wines & Lines (October 26) and the Rotary Online Auction (November 4 to 18). The funds raised through these events go towards helping others help themselves within our community and internationally.
On Thursday October 12 at the Oakville Family Ribfest Sponsor Recognition Luncheon a number of these organizations received funding.
Brenda McCann from the Oakville Parent-Child Centre receives a cheque from Community Services Chairperson Ken Auden.
Satti Sawh from March of Dimes acknowledges the funding provided for the Jean & Howard Caine Apartments.
Kathleen Cymek accepted a cheque on behalf of the Trillium Health Foundation
Andrea Pohl acknowledges the cheque presented to The Willow Foundation.
The presentations made on October 12 are just a small example of how Rotary continues to work with its community partners. 
On Thursday October 12 the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar expressed its appreciation to all of the sponsors who made the June 2017 Oakville Family Ribfest such a great success.
A complete list of the 2017 sponsors can be seen at https://oakvillefamilyribfest.com/sponsors/
Not all of the sponsors could attend the luncheon but some of those who could are highlighted below. 
  • The Co-operators
As our presenting Sponsor for the past several years, our partnership with the Co-operators has been very rewarding. The Co-operators believe the world is a better place when taking care of the things that matter most. Their support helps build stronger, safer communities and we at the Oakville Family Ribfest are very grateful. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.
Three representatives are shown below with Ribfest Chairperson, Trish Peden. They are Matthew Donohoe, Dave Pecharich and Sarah Walker.
  • Oakville Beaver
The Oakville Beaver has sponsored us from the first year of Ribfest.The enthusiasm that our local newspaper has shown for the Oakville Family Ribfest is outstanding. They are a great partner of Rotary.
Daniel Baird represented the Oakville Beaver/Metroland West Media and is shown with Ribfest Chair Trish Peden.
  • Espresslabs
The EspressLab tagline is “We listen, we challenge and we deliver, with a passion that generates truly creative work for our clients.” Well they did just that for us. They rebranded us and redesigned our website and it is amazing. Thank you for your sponsorship and patience with us.
Daniel Polsinelli is shown with Ribfest Chair Trish Peden.
  • Home Depot
The Home Depot has been a fried to Rotary for many years. They provide the Childrens Workshop area for the kids to do some great woodwork and their staff guide the kids along with ever so much patience and kindness. Home Depot also provides the beautiful patio furniture for the Sponsorship tent. You help put ‘Family’ into our ribfest.
We were pleased to have John Melchiorre and Lina Faustino with us.
  • Instant Imprints
Instant Imprints and the UPS Store on Cross Ave. have been a huge part of Ribfest. Their sponsorship have been amazing and we are so grateful.
We were delighted to have Jeff and Anita Parker at the luncheon.
  • First Ontario Credit Union
First Ontario Credit Union has sponsored us for many years. and we can see why! Thank you for your support.
We were happy to have Ankita Rai and Indira Sattan attend.
  • Kopriva Taylor Funeral Homes
Ilona Kopriva has been not only a valued Sponsor to Oakville Family Ribfest, but a close friend of Rotary as well. Kopriva Taylor Funeral Home has given back to the community over and over again under Ilona’s leadership.
We were very pleased to thank Ilona.
  • Flir Systems
Flir Systems  is the world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of thermal imaging infrared cameras. They have supported the Oakville Family Ribfest for many years. I can remember the year Greg was in the Sponsorship tent and he looked at the logo’s and he pointed higher on the board and said “ How do I get us up HERE!”
We were delighted to have Greg Bork with us.
  • Sysco Toronto
Sysco Toronto was our official meat supplier for the ribs.  We thank you for your support and Sponsorship.  
It was our pleasure to have Jay McClintock and Dan Cripps attend.
  • Little Electric
Little Electric has been our vendor of choice for our electrical set up from the start. They are generous with their sponsorship and we thank you so much.
We were pleased to have Joe Privatt attend.
  • GTAA
2017 was our first year having Greater Toronto Airports Authority as a sponsor. They are so busy with their 44.3 million passengers and yet take time to sponsor a community event. We were delighted to have them.
We were happy to have Kathy accept the award for Theodora Philos.­­­­­­­­­­­
  • Oakville Community Foundation
We received a grant from the Oakville Community Foundation for which we were very grateful. It allowed us to grow and we thank you.
Ribfest Chair Trish Peden thanked Wendy Rinella from the Oakville Community Foundation.
  • Le Dome Banquet Hall
As you can see, we meet at Le Dome Banquet Hall every week. These folks look after us very well! They continue their support by sending food for hundreds of volunteers who are the backbone of our festival. We cannot thank you enough!
We were very pleased to thank John Rizzuti.
The Oakville Family RIbfest is the biggest event in this area and we are proud to create an amazing event that families can enjoy. We could not do it without the help and support from all of our sponsors.
We also recognized people who jump into action and work hard  for event even though they are not Rotarians. They are very much the Friends of Rotary. They assist out of the goodness of their hearts.They truly live our code, “SERVICE ABOVE SELF”.
Acknowledged at the luncheon were:
Barb Ferrone, Karol Bilecki, Gino Paccione, Ilona Kopriva, Phil Shearn and Steven Whitten.
The 2018 Oakville Family Ribfest will be from June 22 to June 24. Be sure to save the date!
Our guest speaker on September 10 was Hon. Edward Otto, Member of Parliament for Agago County in
Northern Uganda.
He described his journey from fleeing Joseph Kony's Lords' Resistance Army to coming to Canada and getting a law degree from University of Toronto. and practising in the Greater Toronto Area as a barrister, solicitor and notary public. In 2015 he was elected to the Ugandan parliament as an independent. His main message was that education is the key to progress in Uganda and the need for funding for students.
The 2017 Oakville Family Rifest was held at the Sheridan Campus in Oakville from June 23 - June 25. Cooperators was the lead sponsor for the 6th Annual event. Some 30,000 to 35,000 people attended the event that included a number of ribbers, other food vendors plus vendors displaying goods, services and information. Thanks to all of our great volunteers that once again turned out to make this such a wonderful event. 
On May 25 the three Rotary Clubs in Oakville held their annual Education awards dinners where 26 deserving students received bursaries.
To view photos of the students, please click on "2017 Education Awards" under Photo Albums.
Held at Le Dome the dinner recognized the dedicated work of the staff at the local high schools and the generosity of our corporate donors.
Guest speaker was Meghan Desmarais a 2015 award recipient who spoke about 'service above self.' Meghan herself was a previous winner of the Donna Messer Service Above Self Award. This year's recipient of the Donna Messer Service Above Self Award was Justin Mitchell Zeus Eden
Rotary has had a successful partnership with Make a Great Pass for the past few years. Make a Great Pass takes used soccer equipment and ensures its reuse in communities around the world. Copy and paste the link below into your browser to see the interview that tells some more of this success story. 
Stepfanie Johnston who is attending the University of Sudbury attended the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar to give an update on her activities and to express her thanks to the club for the scholarship. The Indigenous Scholarship is the first presented by the club in its efforts to provide support to First Nations.
We have received a video that represents the impact that our WASH project has had in the Ugandan villages of Barlonyo and Aloi. Please copy and paste the link below into your browser. 
The annual Paul Harris Fellowship Community Awards dinner was held January 26 at Le Dome. At the dinner hosted by the three Rotary Clubs of Oakville deserving recipients were recognized by Rotary and the Provincial and Federal governments for their 'service above self' within the community. 
From left to right: Diana Berriman, Gerald Popp, Carol Goriup,Artemis Karabelas, Katy Joaquim and Ruth Renwick.
The Paul Harris Award is the highest recognition presented by the Rotary Clubs of Oakville. Its purpose is to acknowledge outstanding contributions and exceptional service to the community.
Key note speaker for the evening was the inspirational Rob Buren whose personal story of making the impossible possible received a standing ovation.
Additional photos of the evening can be found in the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar's photo album at www.rcot.ca.
At the annual Paul Harris Award dinner for club members six recipients were identified. These six deserving members received awards for their service above self in their carrying out of responsibilities on behalf of Rotary Oakville Trafalgar.
Pictured above are Cliff Thompson, Karen Milner, Jennifer Estall, Ron Salem and Trish Peden. Pictured below is Claire Conway who received her award on a different date from President Bent Fink-Jensen.
Wines and Lines Event
Oct 26, 2017
Mell Caneva
Nov 02, 2017
Our Exchange Student
Mark Clearihue
Nov 09, 2017
Juno Beach Centre Association
Rebecca Babcock
Nov 16, 2017
Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation
Paul Harris Dinner
Nov 23, 2017
Claire Conway
Nov 30, 2017
International Committee Update
Fareen Samji
Jan 04, 2018
Python's Pit
Ralf Soeder
Jan 11, 2018
Oakville Neighbours Helping Refugees (ONHR)
Michael McQueen
Jan 18, 2018
Engaging the Next Generation in Rotary (Video)
David Moses
Feb 01, 2018
Helping the Healing and Building of bridges with Indigenous Communities
Melanie Klein
Feb 08, 2018
The Hunger Project Canada
Samantha Murray
Feb 15, 2018
Plan Canada
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