Rotary Club of Peterborough

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A group of Rotarians was on hand to welcome our newest exchange student.  Mati is coming to us from Italy and everyone in the Club is looking forward to meeting her and helping her experience all the wonders of our City and Canada during the next year.  The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is alive and well in Peterborough.
Welcome Mati, Our Newest Exchange Student 2017-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
 
The public launch and sign unveiling of the Rotary Adult Outdoor Gym at Beavermead Park was on June 29, 2017. This is a joint project between our Club and the Peterborough Kawartha Club, in collaboration with the City of Peterborough. This outdoor gym is the two Clubs' joint gift to the city to commemorate Canada's 150th Birthday. From left to right at the sod turning are Mayor Darryl Bennett, Peterborough Club President Bruce Gravel, and the Peterborough Kawartha Club President Kim Winter. Despite the rain, a good number of Rotarians turned out to mark the occasion.
 
Rotary Adult Outdoor Gym Sod Turning, June 29, 2017 2017-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
Our weekly meeting was held at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club and was our annual Presidential Changeover and Awards ceremony.  One of the highlights of the day was the presentation of a $20,000 cheque to the Habitat for Humanity Youth Program, which was the proceeds from our Club's 2017 auction. In 6 years we have raised and donated $120,000 to this unique and important program, that works with youth to provide affordable housing. Left To right are Sarah Burke, Bruce Gravel, Kenzi Card, Erika Rankin, Brian Kelly, and Emily Ferguson. There were also numerous notable awards and presentations during the meeting and you can see photos and descriptions of them by clicking Here or on the link in the Photo Albums section below and to the right.
Presidential Changeover and Awards, June 26, 2017 2017-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Our First-ever Tri-Club Axe Throwing Social event was held at Peterborough Axe Club on May 7, 2017. 22 participants from the three area Rotary clubs participated. Many were first-time steel chuckers and a great time was had by all. Even Grumpy wasn't grumpy! Pictured are the enthusiastic axe throwers and the winner of the tournament Brian Menton from the BEL Club, a past District Governor. His last name should be Bunyan!
First-ever Tri-Club Axe Throwing Social 2017-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Get ready for the annual Rotary Spelling Bees.  The annual Seniors' Spelling Bee will be held at Royal Gardens on May 9 and everyone is welcome to come out and watch seniors from several area retirement residences compete.  On May 13th the 6th annual Student Spelling Bee for students in Grades 4 through 8 will be held in the Whetung Theatre at Fleming College.  Click on the link to the Spelling Bee under Site Pages on this page and you can find all of the details, practice spelling lists, and participant instructions. 
6th Annual Rotary Spelling Bee
will be held
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at
Fleming College, Peterborough
- See more at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/219/SitePage/rotary-spelling-bee-1#sthash.Yo9wObvl.dp
6th Annual Rotary Spelling Bee
will be held
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at
Fleming College, Peterborough
 
The French Language Spelling Bee
will be held on
April 08 at Wenjack Theatre
Trent University
and
The Senior Spelling Bee is on
May 9 at Royal Gardens
- See more at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/219/SitePage/rotary-spelling-bee-1#sthash.Yo9wObvl.dpuf
6th Annual Rotary Spelling Bee
will be held
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at
Fleming College, Peterborough
 
The French Language Spelling Bee
will be held on
April 08 at Wenjack Theatre
Trent University
and
The Senior Spelling Bee is on
May 9 at Royal Gardens
- See more at: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/219/SitePage/rotary-spelling-bee-1#sthash.Yo9wObvl.dpu
It's Time for the Annual Spelling Bee 2017-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday March 8th, our exchange student, Lais Viana, who is visiting us from Brazil, was interviewed on the the CHEX TV Morning Show by hosts Teresa Kaszuba and Caley Bedore. 
Our Exchange Student on CHEX 2017-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
We were pleased at our weekly meeting of March 06, 2017 to present a cheque for $20,000 to Peterborough's Habitat for Humanity Youth Program. The donation is from the proceeds of our 2016 Rotary Dinner and Auction. In five years, our Auction has raised $100,000 for Habitat! Our 2017 Auction raised an additional $20,000. We are the only Rotary club in Canada that partners with and supports the Habitat Youth Program.
Proceeds of Rotary Auction to Habitat For Humanity Youth Program 2017-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

The 31st Rotary Carl Oake Swimathon was held on February 17, 2017, and it was another successful fundraiser.  The Swimathon Committee announced $44,000 in donations after expenses and more money is still coming in.  The award for top donor went to Rotarian Peter MacLoghlin who raised $3,150.00. A cheque for $11,037 was presented to Coralie Jacobs, development officer at Easter Seals.  The money is used to send children with physical disabilities to a fully accessible summer camp as well as providing kids with mobility equipment. However, the whole event is dependent on the team of volunteers, pictured above, who put in many hours of dedicated service. For more information and photos visit the Swimathon website at https://ptborotaryswimathon.com/

Another Successful Rotary Carl Oake Swimathon 2017-03-02 05:00:00Z 0
 
A hardy contingent of Rotarians braved the 34 degree F. water of Chemong Lake on February 05 to raise money for various charities in the 2017 Polar Plunge.   L to R are Assistant Governor Rick Storey, Peterborough Rotary President Bruce Gravel, District Governor Margaret Walton, Kawartha Rotary Club President Kim Winter, and Bridgenorth, Ennismore, and Lakefield (BEL) Rotary Club President Tony Davidson as they take the plunge. Together, they raised over $6,000, and got to enjoy a welcome hot tub after the event. 
The 2017 Polar Plunge 2017-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Club President Bruce Gravel, Auction Chair, and Amy Simpson, Auction Vice-Chair, at our annual Dinner & Auction, January 21, 2017, at Peterborough Golf & Country Club. Our club's second-largest fundraiser, this year's auction raised over $26,000 (net, after expenses) for our Habitat Youth Program and other club good works. This was Bruce and Amy's 5th Anniversary of running the auction, which has raised $163,003 over the 5 years.
Another Successful Auction 2017-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
 
The 31st Rotary Carl Oake Swimathon is set to hit the pool on February 17, 2017.  Since 1987 the wider community has joined Carl Oake to make the Rotary Club of Peterborough's swimathon a success for the people of Peterborough. In that time over one million dollars has been raised and, with your help, we have supported a special Easter Seals Ambassador every year for 30 years.  Get involved by sponsoring a team or joining a team.  You can find all of the details at the Swimathon website at https://ptborotaryswimathon.com/
The 31st Rotary Carl Oake Swimathon is February 17, 2017 2017-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
 
Get ready to attend the annual Peterborough Rotary Dinner and Auction which is being held at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club on January 21, 2017.  This is a major Club fundraiser and is also an occasion of fellowship, fun, and astounding auction items.   Cocktails and Silent Auction start at 5:30 pm with Dinner commencing at 6:45 pm. Black tie is optional.  Tickets are $125 each and this year you can buy your tickets online and get an instant charitable receipt for $60 by clicking HERE.
Annual Dinner and Auction, January 21, 2017 2016-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Our weekly meeting fell on Hallowe'en this year and, in keeping with President Bruce's aim of infusing fellowship and fun into our meetings, members were invited to dress up to mark the occasion.  Many members arrived sporting creative and often humorous costumes.  Pictured above is not the apprehension of a dangerous escaped inmate by the authorities but rather Arlene Blunck and Rick Storey in their highly convincing costumes.  
Hallowe'en Dress Up, Our Weekly Meeting of October 31, 2016 2016-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
 
Our Club was honoured by a visit from District Governor Margaret Walton of Bracebridge who brought us greetings and explained many of the projects in which Rotary International is involved.  While in Peterborough she was taken on a tour of Rotary projects which included the most recent Habitat for Humanity build, the Rotary Greenway Trail, the Five Counties Children's Centre and the Rotary Education Centre at the Riverside Zoo. In the photo at top Margaret is seen with Rotarian Sarah Burke (L), executive director of Habitat for Humanity for Peterborough and the Kawarthas, and our President Bruce Gravel.  In the bottom photo Margaret is pictured with Assistant District Governor Rick Storey of our Club and President Bruce. 
A Visit from Our District Governor, the Weekly Meeting of October 17, 2016 2016-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Willis and Peggy Cleveland who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on August 18, 2016 with a celebration held at their condo complex.  Their family along with neighbours, friends and Rotarians were in attendance. May you both have many more years of wedded bliss!
Congratulations Willis and Peggy!!!! 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
Our weekly meeting of August 8 was the occasion of our first Wild and Crazy Shirt day and many members of the Club presented themselves in some fairly outlandish togs.  This was a new venture by our our new President Bruce Gravel to inject some levity and fellowship into our weekly meetings.  In the photo on top are President Bruce, Amy Simpson, and Lyn Kimmett and in the bottom pic are Mo Cox, Milan Ichniovsky, and Marie Press.  In addition the Holiday Inn staff obliged a request for seasonal food by putting on a delectable buffet complete with fries, pizza, hamburgers, sausages, and salad.  All in all it was a nice break from our usual meeting
Our First Wild and Crazy Shirt Day, Weekly Meeting of August 08, 2016 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
The Peterborough Rotary Club has committed at least $100,000 as well as mentors and volunteers for the first 5 Habitat for Youth Project homes and on July 28, 2016 we were honoured by a special reception with Peter and Autumn Phillips, the royal patrons of the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, at the boathouse of Lakefield College.  On the left President Bruce Gravel and his wife Frances (centre) are pictured with Philip and Autumn. On the right President Bruce, Assistant District Governor Rick Storey and District Governor Margaret Walton are seen at the sod turning for the new Habitat home in Warsaw, with a sign noting our Club's partnership with Habitat for Youth Program.
Rotary and The Royals for Habitat For Humanity 2016-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
 
The Student Exchange program is an activity that is very close to all of the ideals of Rotary.  Every year we host a student sponsored by a Rotary Club in another country and we send a student to a foreign country for a year to be hosted and entertained by a Rotary Club. At our weekly meeting of July 18, 2016 we were honoured to have three exchange students in one place at one time.  Left to right are Jackson Harding, who is outbound from Peterborough to France, Leo Meili who has been our guest for the past year and is now heading back to his native Switzerland, and Noah Storey of Peterborough who has just spent a year in France.  Each students has described the exchange student experience as the event of a lifetime. 
 
 
 
The Student Exchange Program Is Alive and Well, Weekly Meeting of July 18, 2016 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Jul 16, 2016
Rotary was invited to participate in Peterborough Pulse an open street festival Saturday July 16 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We decided that this was an opportunity to promote our club so agreed to “Adopt-A-Barricade" on the Charlotte St entrance to the festival at Louis St. Our shelter had the  Swimathon, Auction & Spelling Bee vertical banners placed to face Charlotte St & club banners from around the world were hung from the roof frame (see photo). Rotarians Mo Cox & Susan Sharpe supplied tables & chairs which we transported on a trolley. Rotarian Tracey Osmond provided  cookies & suckers which we placed on the tables beside Club & Spelling Bee bookmarks (with the offer of a free ice-cream cone). 12 Rotarians wearing the new Rotary vests served 2 hour shifts.Thanks to co -captains  Pete MacLoghlin & Bill Crins, Tracey, Brant, & our Rotary volunteers
President Bruce, Neil Campbell, Andi vanKoeverden, Lyn Kimmett, Doug Armstrong, Jim Scates, John McCormack, Gord Fallen, Nick Avlonitis, & Jason Stabler. 
Rotary at Peterborough Pulse Peter MacLoghlin 2016-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Jun 03, 2016
International Trails Day Festival was held Saturday June 4 with various events in the area to celebrate our area trails. Pete MacLoghlin & Lloyd Graham organized a Rotary Paddle Walk & Bike event in Millennium Park. Pete had a station under the roof of the Silver Beam clubhouse to promote cycling & walking, handing out trail maps, outlining routes, & promoting Rotary. While Mike Evans, Chick MacLoghlin, & Cycling Dudes members Hendrik Jongsma & Barry Diceman were present to lead walks & bike rides. In addition Mark a bike technician from BIKE was kept busy tuning & cleaning bikes. Lloyd Graham supervised the waterfront activities from the boathouse with the help of Omar. Joe van Koeverden & Audrey Laiken took Leo out for a kayak ride. Click on “read more” to see the kayak photo + the photos in Photo Albums 
 
Rotary Trail Day Festival Peter MacLoghlin 2016-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 06, 2016
On Saturday May 7 The Rotary Clubs of Peterborough-Kawartha, Peterborough, & Bridegnorth-Ennismore-Lakefield (B.E.L.) held the annual Spring Cleanup organized by Rotarian Gunther Schubert & his committee. The event is well organized with 6 stations spread throughout the city & another in Bridegnorth. From our club Joe Kapron & Stan Pineau served as co- captains of the Riverside Zoo station & Pete MacLoghlin captained the Bowers Park station. Each station has a picnic table under cover of a pop-up shelter with coffee & tidbits donated by Tom Hortons. Volunteers are provided with gloves, safety vests, & garbage bags then are assigned to areas for collecting garbage & recycling materials. Mark Zippel led a group again this year in a cleanup of Harper Pk. Rotarians Lyn Kimmett & Nick Avlonitis hit ‘paydirt” around The Wellness Centre area. Photo shows the Bowers Park station with former Kawartha Rotarian Robert denBoer flanked by Rotarians Lyn Kimmett (Peterborough), & Kim Groenendyk (Kawartha). 
Rotary Super Spring Cleanup 2016-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
A tremendously enjoyable time was had by competitors and spectators at the Rotary Senior Spelling Bee which was held on May 3 at Royal Gardens.  Seniors from several of the city's retirement homes and recreation centres took turns trying to spell particularly difficult words including some selected by co-chair Rick Storey from Book One of the 1937 Canadian Speller.  Pictured are from left to right, champion Daniel McGarity from Princess Gardens, second place finisher Marguerite Haffie from Mapleridge Recreation Centre, and third place winner Teresa Morris from Peterborough Manor.  Saturday May 7 the action continues with the 4th Annual Student Spelling Bee at Fleming College. 
The Annual Rotary Senior Spelling Bee, May 3, 2016 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

 
Our weekly meeting of April 11, 2016 was highlighted by a presentation of a cheque for $20,000 to our local Habitat for Humanity Youth Program (HYP).  The funds were raised at our January 16, 2016 Rotary Annual Dinner and Auction. This is the fourth annual $20,000 cheque presented to HYP, with a total of $80,000 of our 5-year $100,000 commitment. This donation is another example of our 100% volunteer-run Rotary club helping our local community.  This HYP project helps high school students raise funds towards the construction of a house for low-income families, giving them a "hand up, not a hand out". L to R are Brian Kelly, Chair of Habitat Peterborough, Hilla Yasini, Rebecca Hubble, student rep on Habitat Youth Council, Sarah Burke, President Alan Ingram and Auction Chair Bruce Gravel.
 
Rotary Supports Habitat For Humanity, Weekly Meeting of April 11, 2016 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
It was an honour to induct new members at our weekly meeting.  Pictured from left to right are Past President Kevin Duguay, Hannah Routley and Richard Morgan of Trent University who comprise our first Corporate Membership, Assistant District Governor and District Membership Director Lynne Chant, new member Elizabeth Ichniovsky with her Rotarian husband Milan, and President Alan Ingram.  Our Club continues to be a dynamic and active member of the community and we welcome our newest members.
We Continue to Grow, Our Weekly Meeting of March 14, 2016 2016-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
Our Weekly meeting of March 07, 2016 was a very special occasion for the Club and long time member Frank Bayliss who celebrated his 95th birthday on March 4th.  Frank was congratulated on his longevity and service to Rotary and in return he shared his birthday cake with the members.  Frank is pictured with President Allan Ingram on the left and one of our newest members, retired ecologist Bill Crins, on the right.  Bill gave his classification talk and impressed us with his educational background and experience.  We are indeed fortunate to have both Frank and Bill as Rotarians
Our Eldest and Newest Members, Weekly Meeting of March 07, 2016 2016-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
The date for our Annual Rotary Auction and Dinner is rapidly approaching and we are in need of auction items, and Rotarians and guests to attend.  Make sure to buy your tickets at the Registration desk at any of our weekly meetings.
 
Get Ready for the Annual Rotary Dinner and Auction 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
 
It's always exciting to welcome new members to our Club and at our weekly meeting we had the pleasure of inducting two new Rotarians.  Pictured from the left are Rotarian Cal Langman and the new member he sponsored, Milan Ichniovski, President Alan Ingram, new Rotarian Peter Thomas, and Betty Halman-Plumley of the Club who introduced Peter.  We also had an interesting presentation by David McKinstry who was born in Peterborough and with his partner, Michael Rattenbury, made history in Canada in 2001 when they were the first gay couple to co-adopt a child.
Welcoming New Members, Our Weekly Meeting of November 02,2015 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Our guest speaker at this week's meeting was former NHL great Bob Baun.  He regaled us with tales of his time in the hockey spotlight and life after hockey.  He is pictured holding his three Stanley Cup rings with Rotarians Alan Ingram on the (left) and Cal Langman (right).  
A Visit From Bob Baun, Our Weekly Meeting of Sept. 21, 2015 2015-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin
Many Rotarians & Rotary partners attended the official opening of Rotary Education Centre today Thursday July 30 at 3:00 pm. President Alan Ingram gave a brief presentation reviewing the development of this exciting Rotary project. Alan acknowledged the bequest of $100,000 from Clarence "Pug" Pugsley a Past President to the Rotary Club. The project was enthusiastically supported by John Scott the executor of Pug's estate & close friend Rotarian Bob Phillips. Alan noted that the Zoo was created by Ross Dobbin the General Manager of the PUC & Rotary President in 1929 in 1933 when he was given 2 alligators at a convention in Florida! MPP Jeff Leal, Mayor Darryl Bennett, & John Stephenson Pres & CEO of the Peterborough Utilities Group each congratulated the Rotary Club for providing the funding to build this impressive Centre with the use of the Pugsley bequest. President Alan then presented a cheque for $100,000 to Jim Moloney manager & curator of the Zoo, click on read more to see the photo. The classroom will be used for the Zoo's Education Programs such as Zoo Crew Parents & Tots program & The  Zoo Academy for grades 1, 2 & 5. Go to Photo Albums for more photos of the event
 
Rotary Education Centre at Riverside Park & Zoo Official Opening Peter MacLoghlin 2015-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Our weekly meeting of July 27, 2015 was the occasion of a special induction ceremony.  Doug Armstrong was a former President of our Club from 1987 to 1988 and after an absence of several years he has decided to re-join the Club.  Sally Harding is returning to the Club after a extended absence to battle cancer.  Abi Adeusi is joining our Club as a brand new Rotarian.  She is a lawyer practicing family law in Peterborough and was introduced by Sally Harding.  In the picture, from left to right, are Sally's spouse and fellow Rotarian Wayne Harding,  Doug Armstrong, Joe McCulloch, District Governor Lise Dutrisac, Abi Adeusi, Sally Harding, and President Alan Ingram. 
New and Returning Members Induction, Our Meeting of July 27, 2015 2015-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
 
Our Club is once again assisting Habitat for Humanity in building a new home for a deserving family.  Pictured are Colin MacKenzie (L) and Alan Ingram with Habitat Youth Council members at the build site on Sunset Blvd.  Members are encouraged to contact Colin about volunteering to help in this worthy cause. 
New Habitat for Humanity Build Site, July 11, 2015 2015-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Our weekly meeting was the occasion of the naming of the Rotarian of the Year and this significant award goes to Joe McCullough (aka Grumpy).  The presentation was assisted by his son Andrew (on the left) and Chantal Bailey, vice-principal of Prince of Wales Public School where Joe manages the Rotary breakfast program.  This meeting was also the annual Presidential changeover and as one of his final duties President Kevin Duguay passed on the role of President to Alan Ingram.  Among other award recipients were Rick Storey who was presented with the Special Recognition Award for superlative service to the Club and community and our Secretary, Brian Wilson, who was given a Paul Harris Foundation Recognition award.
 
Rotarian of the Year, Our Weekly Meeting of July 06, 2015 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on May 23, 2015
The Rotary clubs of Peterboough & Peterborough-Kawartha held a Learn to Geocache event on Sat May 23 starting at 2:00 in the Trent Severn Activity Centre. Arlene Blunck was the convenor from our club. Besides Arlene other Rotarians attending were Pete Macloghlin & his friend Bill McKnight, Allison Rolph-Seiderer with her daughter Chloe The afternoon started with an interesting overview of the sport of Geocaching which started in 2002 & has grown to become a very popular activity . There are over 1000 geocache sites in the Peterborough area including 100 on The Rotary KTCT from Atkinson Rd to Omemee. After a brief lesson on the use of the GPS devices we split into 2 groups to find the 6 geocahe sites the Parks Canada staff have made. It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon to walk between the canal section above the Liftlock to The Trent Severn headquarters. For more info go to www.geocaching.com or contact Arlene
Rotary Geocaching Social Peter MacLoghlin 2015-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on May 16, 2015
The Rotary Clubs of Peterborough & Peterborough-Kawartha hosted the 13th annual Rotary Family Fun Day & Fireworks on Saturday May 16 in Del Crary Park from 6:00 to 10:00. There were many activities for the kids of all ages to enjoy including 5 big Bouncy Castles , 4 small Bouncy Castles, face painting, a candy floss machine , glow bands, with many food vendors to sustain the energy. We appreciate the financial assistance of our many sponsors including our premier sponsor Swish Maintenance. Bill Cole representing Swish drew the winning ticket in the 50/50 draw held just before the spectacular fireworks show
Rotary Family Fun Day & Fireworks Peter MacLoghlin 2015-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on May 01, 2015
The 3 area Rotary Clubs organized a day of picking up garbage from 6 sites in the City + Bridgenorth. Rotarian Kim Zippel led a group in the cleanup of Harper Park which is recognized as the most important natural area in the city. Kim & her crew met in Bower Park where this photo was taken from the left Kim, Lyn Kimmett, Brian Wiison, Pete MacLoghlin & Mark Zippel. Harper Pk is located in the SW area of the city between Harper Rd & Sir Sanford Fleming Dr
Rotary Community Super Spring Clean Up Peter MacLoghlin 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
The excitement is building as the Rotary Spelling Bee fast approaches. The big event will be held May 09 at Fleming College and one school which has completed all of the activities leading up to the Spelling Bee and chosen its competitors was eligible for an early bird draw for $1000.00.  Pictured is Diane Mather, Principal of the lucky school, St. Joseph's in Douro, accepting the $1000.00 cheque from Rotarian and Chief Executive Officer of the Peterborough YMCA, Bob Gallagher.  The money will be used to support literacy in the school. 
The Spelling Bee Early Bird Winner, Our Weekly Meeting, April 27, 2015 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
 
Our weekly meeting of March 02 was the occasion of inducting two new members into our Club.  Pictured from left to right in front are Assistant District Governor Lynne Chant, our newest members Jason Stabler and Marie Press, President Kevin Duguay, and District Governor nominee Margaret Walton from the Bracebridge Rotary Club.  In the back are sponsoring Rotarians Lucas Smith and Colin MacKenzie.  We were also pleased to have Fiona Dawson, Director of Tourism for Peterborough and the Kawarthas as our guest speaker.
Our Newest Memebers, The weekly Meeting of March 02, 2015 2015-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Jan 17, 2015
 
The 29th Rotary/Carl Oake Swimathon will take place on Friday, February 13th, in the YMCA pool from 7:00 to 8:30 am. This event is the largest fundraiser for the club raising over $50,000 each of the past two years. The Swimathon committee requires total support from each Rotarian by either entering a team or making a significant donation. Donations can be made on line by clicking on Donate to the Peterborough Rotary Club Foundation in the left side column of the Home Page. Form a team from your workplace, family or friends. 32 teams have been entered but our goal is to have 40 teams. You can  support the Swimathon by purchasing tickets to the Peterborough Petes Game on January 22., Rotary receives $4 for every ticket sold. Photos from the Pete's game can be viewed in Photo Albums
2015 Rotary/Carl Oake Swimathon Peter MacLoghlin 2015-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Dec 19, 2014

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President-Elect Alan Ingram scheduled 36 Rotarians to assist in the packaging and distribution of the Salvation Army Christmas Hampers. Rotarian Lucas Smith volunteered daily from December 15 to December 20 with the toy drive and Christmas hampers. Pictured above are Shirlanne Pawley-Boyd, Cameron Boyd, Atul Swarup, and Alan Ingram. On Tuesday evening December 16 and  Wednesday afternoon December 17, 12 Rotarians joined the lineup to fill the food hampers. On  Saturday,  December 20, 24 Rotarians and family members, including the ageless Frank Bayliss, arrived at the Salvation Army church before 8:00 am to deliver the Christmas hampers. We thank the Salvation Army's coordinator Joanne Minaker for giving Rotarians the opportunity to serve in this annual community drive to celebrate the Christmas season. Photos taken Saturday Dec 20 can be viewed in Photo Albums

 

2014 Salvation Army Christmas Hampers Peter MacLoghlin 2014-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Nov 19, 2014

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President Kevin & former Rotarian Matt Phillips from The Publican House Brewery officially launched the production of the Roaring Rotarian Fund Raising Ale at Artspace on Thursday Nov 20. The event was well attended by Rotarians, Rotary Partners & guests who had an opportunity to taste the beer (thumbs up) while nibbling on tasty appetizers. Kevin & Matt gave a brief presentation describing the partnership in support community projects. Roaring Rotarian Tote bags with coasters, a gift certificate for 1 can of Rotary ale & a Roaring Rotarian Ale order form were given to everyone. Roaring Rotarian Ale can be purchased at The Publican House Brewery 300 Charlotte St. Now it is up to Rotarians to make this fund raiser a sucsess by placing an order & spreading the word. Remember that 50 cents is given back to the club for each can sold. For event photos go to Photo Albums

Launch of the Roaring Rotarian Fund Raising Ale Peter MacLoghlin 2014-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Aug 20, 2013
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60 people turned out for an evening of Rotary fellowship at Viamede Resort on the shores of Stoney Lake hosted by Rotarian Ben Samann and organized by Kevin Duguay and the Social Committee. The Hardings and Tremblays arrived by boat from Youngs Point.  Guests included the Club's new Exchange Student Paula Perez, a team of students from the Habitat for Youth Council, the Storey and Vass families and Wendy Hill-Coyle looking fabulous with her new hair style. The weather was perfect so we were able to be outside during the social hour and take in the gorgeous lakeside scenery. A delicious buffet dinner featured roast pork cooked over an open fire with tables set on the deck overlooking the lake. After dinner Ben took  nine guests for a pontoon boat ride followed by a short tour of the resort wilderness trails. Thanks to Ben and Kevin for such a delightful evening. A FEW PHOTOS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE SITE - ENJOY!

Viamede Social, Wednesday, August 21 Peter MacLoghlin 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Dec 17, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Peterborough and Selwyn Township (Smith-Ennismore and Lakefield) are the managing partners of the 3.5 km section of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail (KTCT) between Atkinson Road and the Hwy. #7 bridge. Rotarians Pete MacLoghlin and Mike Evans recently installed signs at each end recognizing this partnership. The township has undertaken the maintenance of the trail including brush and grass cutting and ensuring good drainage in ditches and culverts. RGWT committee members do a monthly inspection and complete a Volunteer Trail Monitoring Form which includes checking that the trail surface is in good repair, signs are visible, the area is clean, no overhanging branches, good drainage, and if there is any evidence of vandalism or trespassing.

Rotary Signs installed on the KTCT Peter MacLoghlin 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Nov 11, 2012
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The annual Paul Harris Awards dinner took place Monday evening at The Holiday Inn. President Atul welcomed our guests including DG John Gordon (Barrie) & ADG Gary Traill (Lindsay). Past President Lloyd Graham chaired the Paul Harris Awards Ceremony following the meal where 5 very worthy recipients from the community received Paul Harris awards. John Martin was nominated by Rotarian Peter Norris for Community Service. John is a founding member of the DNA (Innovation) Cluster at Trent. He also served on The Fleming College, Peterborough Foundation & PRHC Boards. In addition John established a private foundation which supports the peterborough Community in areas of health, education, & the environment. A.J. McNaught was nominated by Rotarian Jack Gillan for Community Service. AJ served on the boards of the Peterborough Legal Centre & the YWCA including a term as chairperson for both organizations.She also is an advisor to Peterborough People First & was recently on the Board of Directors for Our Space. Dr Donald D. Curtis was nominated By Rotarian Bob Gallagher for Community Service. Don has been a leader in many community organizations including the YMCA, Canadian Canoe Museum, Peterborough Lakers & Particpaction. In addition Don was Chief of the Medical Staff at Civic Hospital for many years. Dave Patterson was nominated by our club secretary Brian Wilson for Vocational Service. Dave has been involved in numerous volunteer capacities including yje boards of PRHC, Five Counties Children Centre, Peterborough YMCA & The United Way. Dave is a Big Brother & assisted The Sisters of St Joseph develop their new residence. He also has helped many local companies to establish business plans & systems. Warren Craft was nominated by Rotarian Lloyd Graham for New Generations Service. Over the past 19 years Warren has personally raised over $100,000 in the annual Camp Kawartha Green-In-Motion even to raise money to assist disadvantaged children attend Camp K. He served on the Board of Camp K including a term as Chairperson. Warren had polio as a boy & attended Camp Merriwether with a Rotary sponsorship in the late 1960’s & he says this was the reason for he decided to give back. Warren has been a member of the Bonnachords a men’s choir for the past 20 years & has had a few solos parts. He also participated in local & provincial plowing matches for many years. In addition Warren has been awarded the Brian Desbiens award from his employer Fleming College who also nominated him for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Rotarian Mel Headon was nominated for Rotary Club Service & will receive his award when he returns from Florida next spring.

Paul Harris Fellowship Awards Dinner Nov 12 2012 Peter MacLoghlin 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Oct 02, 2012
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On Wednesday, October 3, an event was held on The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail (KTCT) to celebrate The Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield and The Rotary Club of Peterborough becoming the managing partners of the 3.5 km section of the KTCT in Smith Township from Atkinson Rd to Highway #7. Rotarian Pete MacLoghlin the chair of the RGWT committee spoke on behalf of Rotary followed by Mayor Mary Smith who said how pleased she was to have the township become a partner with Rotary. Smith Township councillor Sherry Sennis chaired the “gathering” which was held on the trail near the Lily Lake Rd crossing. The audience included Rotarians Nick Avlonitis and Mike Evans, members of The Cycling Dudes & Biker Babes who arrived on their bikes (photo), ORCA, City and Township staff plus Lion Club members who manage the trail west of Highway #7 to Omemee. The Rotary Club of Peterborough conceived, financed and built the 16 km section of the KTCT between Atkinson Rd & Omemee in 2003. The KTCT is a 60 km rail corridor from Manilla in the west through Lindsay and Omemee to the Jackson Creek Trail in Peterborough at Atkinson Rd. More photos are in Photo Journal
Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Celebration, October 3, 2012 Peter MacLoghlin 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Jun 11, 2012
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The 3 Rotary Clubs, Peterborough, Kawartha, & BEL hosted this joint evening meeting in the Athletic Centre at Trent U. Presidents Sue Sharp (Peterborough) & Morgan Smith (Kawartha) chaired this meeting that started at 6:00. The programme featured Olympic rowers Brian & Carol Love who met at the training camps for the 1976 Olympics. Brian gave a presentation on the 1976 Montreal Olympic games followed by Carol who described the Row to Podium programme. A 50/50 draw was conducted to raise money for children requiring financial assistance to attend the Trent Summer Sports Camp. Following the meeting Rotarians & guests were given tours of the athletic complex
Tri Club Meeting June 12 at Trent Peter MacLoghlin 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on May 26, 2012
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Rotary has a close connection with Camp Kawartha. In 1985 11 Rotarians purchased the camp to form Camp Kawartha Inc. For many years the camp held an annual Bikathon as a fundraiser. A few years ago this event was renamed The Camp Kawartha Green-in-Motion to include other types of trail use such as walking & running. This year the Camp decided to change the format to team entries. We entered a team from our club with team members Mike Evans, Mo Cox, Nick Alvonitis, Mike Evans, Pete & Chick MacLoghlin & raised over $1000 winning the McCadam Cup for raising the most money by a team. We met at The Camp K Ecology Centre on Pioneer Rd on the Trent U campus to cycle an 18 km ride from the Ecology Centre thru the Trent campus to the Rotary Shade Shelter & up the RGWT to Lakefield, returning to the Ecology Centre for lunch. Our thanks to the Rotarians who donated pledges to the team in support of Camp Kawartha. Photos have been posted in Photo Albums
Team Rotary enters Camp Kawartha’s Green-in-Motion Event Peter MacLoghlin 2012-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Doyle on Apr 08, 2012
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The following individuals are our Raffle Winners for the 2012 Garden Show Raffle. Thank you to all those who purchased a ticket and supported the Rotary Club of Peterborough. 

$1000 - Dave Parkinson
$250 - Judy Kennedy
$100 - Kathy Ogrodnik
$100 - Sandra Kelly
$100 - Maureen Scollard
$100 - Peter White
$100 - Ken Tremblay

Pictured is the Grand Prize winner of $1000, Dave Parkinson, receiving his cheque from Melissa Doyle (left) and President Sue Sharp.
2012 Garden Show Raffle Winners Melissa Doyle 2012-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Apr 08, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Peterborough participated in the 2012 Garden Show at The Evinrude Centre over the Easter weekend from April 5 through April 7. Rotarians served as parking attendants at the Evinrude  and Canoe Museum parking lots requesting a $2 donation for parking assistance. Another team of Rotarians sold Raffle tickets inside the Evinrude Centre. Thanks to Rotarian Jack Gillan who organized the shifts and all those who volunteered their time.The show drew big crowds and by 10:30 Friday morning both parking lots were full.  Photos have been posted in Photo Journals
The 2012 Peterborough Garden Show Peter MacLoghlin 2012-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Jan 21, 2012
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 The Rotary Clubs of Peterborough, Peterborough Kawartha & Bridgenorth-Ennismore-Lakefield hosted 27 Rotary curling teams in the annual Can-Am Bonspiel this past weekend, January 19th,20th,& 21st. Rotary teams from Florida, Arkansas, Wisconsin,& Washington DC participated with teams from Southern Ont including London, Meaford/Thornbury, Stratford, Niagara area, Burlington, Cambridge, Oshawa,& Kingston. Past members of our club Ron Bassett (St Catherines) & Past President Moe Grant (Barrie) returned to curl with teams from their Rotary clubs. Ken Seim chaired the organizing committee which also included Nick Avlonitis, Jim Coyle. Joe Kapron, & Gord Regts. Curling took place at Peterborough Golf & Country Club (PGCC) & the Lakefield Curling Club. A banquet was held at PGCC on Friday evening Jan 20. Can view photos in the Photo Journals section of this page.
58th ANNUAL CAN-AM ROTARY CURLING BONSPIEL Peter MacLoghlin 2012-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Oct 31, 2011
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Pete and Chick MacLoghlin met our Youth exchange student Ryssa Moffa this past September in Zagreb.  Ryssa is busy with Rotary trips, school  and synchronized figure skating, in which she has been selected for the Croatian national skating team. We spent an afternoon exploring the old city  followed by dinner in the renovated  basement of a 300 year old building. Photos have been put into Photo Journal.
Meeting Our Exchange Student in Zagreb Croatia Peter MacLoghlin 2011-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Oct 29, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Peterborough became a Managing Partner of The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association (KTCTA) in Sept 2011. On the weekend of November 4 & 5 the KTCTA hosted a successful inaugural Adventure Travel Festival featuring explorer Eric Larsen discussing his expeditions to the South Pole, North Pole, and Mt Everest in Lindsay on Nov 4 & Peterborough Nov 5.Rick Storey attended Eric’s  motivational workshop followed by his evening presentation on Friday Nov 4th in Lindsay. Eric’s fascinating talk combined with amazing photos was well received by an enthusiastic audience of 150 people Sat evening in Peterborough’s Fleming College Saturday evening. KTCTA appreciates the financial support of Rotarians Bill Morrison (Best Western), Dan McWilliams (MacWilliams Moving), Gordon Brewerton (Examiner), Mike & Heather Evans, Pete & Chick MacLoghlin as sponsors for the Festival. Rotarian Diana Birrell  won a pink Swiss group day pack donated by President Sue from Brant Basics as a door prize. For more go to www.adventuretravelfestival.ca. The photo shows the famous Doube’s trestle bridge a historic landmark  on the KTCT
Saturday Nov 5 KTCTA Adventure Travel Festival Peter MacLoghlin 2011-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Oct 25, 2011
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 The Club’s annual meeting to award five community leaders with Paul Harris fellowships was held at a special evening meeting on Oct 24.  John Bruce, retired guidance teacher at Holy Cross, supported the Club’s Youth Exchange students. Bill Lockington, who has served the community in many volunteer capacities, was recognized for his involvement with the Community Foundation. Jill Adams was recognized for her volunteering service in the Arctic, Jamaica, and Bangladesh.  Dr Anne McIlmoyle started the science fair competition in area schools. John Mackle the 5th recipient was not able to attend so will be presented his award at a later date. For more details you can read the Bulletin in Site pages and see  photos in Photo Journals
Oct 24 Paul Harris Award Meeting Peter MacLoghlin 2011-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Oct 23, 2011
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 Our RGWT Committee continues to make improvements on the Club's 16.5 km cycling and pedestrian trail which goes from The Ecology Garden to Lakefield. The original section of this trail from Hunter St to Trent University was completed in 1994 with extensions added over the next few years. The last major project on the trail was the construction of the Tollington bridge over the canal at Nassau Mills just south of Trent at a cost of $700,000 which was completed in 2007. In 2010 an attractive shelter was built just past Trent at the start of the Lakefield section of the trail with landscaping of the adjacent area including a rock spillway to divert water runoff. To see a photo of the shelter click on more.This year new street signs have been added and the originals replaced.  The signs were manufactured by FastSigns which is owned by Rotarians Wendy Hill-Coyle and Jim Coyle. FastSigns also made a sign for the shelter to acknowledge the financing of the shelter by our Rotary Club, Community Futures, and The City of Peterborough.  A motion detector system has also been installed on the trail at the intersection of Parkhill Rd  and Auburn Street to change the stoplights. Recently Pete Macloghlin and Mike Hill placed markers to allow the city to install Rotary signs, made by FastSigns, to mark each km on the trail. Photos can be seen in Photo Journals
Rotary Greenway Trail Update Peter MacLoghlin 2011-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on Oct 16, 2011
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 Our weekly meeting was held at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club and we were treated to a very nice lunch in pleasant surroundings.  President Sue presented Past President Moe Grant with the Presidential Citation Award.  Our guest speaker was Bill Byrick, the Director of Athletics and Recreation at Trent University (pictured).  Mr. Byrick brought us news of the exciting developments in athletics at Trent University, including the completion of the 76,000 square foot Trent Athletic Centre. He outlined how Trent Athletics fills the recreation and fitness needs of a large student population as well as the community.
Getting To Know Trent Athletics, October 17, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on Oct 02, 2011
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Former CHEX TV Sportscaster Gary Dalliday joined former Toronto Maple Leafs player Bob "Boomer" Baun as a guest speaker.  In an interview-style format the two veteran sports celebrities entertained the Club members with anecdotes of a different time in hockey when the Maple Leafs won three Stanley Cup championships in a row.  Bob Baun also offered his insights on the modern form of hockey, life after hockey, and the necessity of living your life with enthusiasm.  Rotarian Alan Ingram is pictured with Mr. Dalliday in the middle and Mr. Baun to the right during a moment of obvious hilarity.
Sports Veterans Join Our Weekly Meeting of October 3, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on Sep 25, 2011
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 Our weekly meeting was jam-packed with activities and reports.  Mo Cox and Todd Robertson each received a Rotary coffee mug for sharing the distinction of being Rotarian of the Month.  President-Elect Atul Swarrup and a host of presenters took us through the Club's Strategic Goals for the next five years. New Member Wayne Harding gave us his informative and often humorous classification talk and our visitng exchange student from Finland, Raine Nieminen, showed us a fascinating presentation about his native country and his activities. He presented a pennant from the Rotary Club in Nokia Finland to President Sue (pictured).
Activity Filled Weekly Meeting of September 26, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on Sep 18, 2011
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 We were joined for our weekly meeting by three local candidates in the upcoming Provincial Election.  Jeff Leal, Liberal, Dave Nickle of the NDP, and PC candidate Alan Wilson answered questions submitted by members of the Club and engaged in some lively banter and gentle sparring.  An event like this is essential for ensuring that each of our members makes an educated and informed decision in the October 6th election.
Provincial Candidates Debate, September 19, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on Sep 11, 2011
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 At our weekly meeting we were honoured to have District Governor Brian Menton and his wife Dorothy as our guest speakers.  Brian and Dorothy took turns at the podium and accompanied by pictures they gave a very inspiring message about how much Rotary enriches its members and the communities around the world in which they volunteer.  Brian presented our President, Sue Sharp, with the International President's theme banner (pictured).
Visit from District Governor, September 12, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on Aug 14, 2011
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The induction of a new member is always a special occasion at our meetings and today's assembly was highlighted by the induction of our newest member, Gordon Brewerton, shown with President Sue Sharp.  Gord is assuming the postion of Publisher of the Peterborough Examiner after a successful career in the media relations and newspaper fields, and more recently Publisher of the Cobourg, Port Hope, and Colborne newspapers.  We are certainly looking forward to getting to know him better and benefit from his experience. The guest speaker at the meeting was Dan Taylor, President ot the GPAEDC who spoke about Peterborough, the Economy, and the GPAEDC. 
Inducting a New Member, August 15, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on Jul 24, 2011
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 At our weekly meeting of July 25 we had the pleasure of finding out that the Sergeant-at-Arms had selected Diane Pick as the Rotarian of the Month. We also had the honour of welcoming two members of Africycle who are cycling around Lake Ontario and visiting Rotary Clubs on the way.  The group has supplied over 3000 bicycles to needy people in Malawi and if you would like to donate, visit the website at http://www.canadahelps.org/GivingPages/GivingPage.aspx?gpID=13202  Our guest speaker was Murray Watson (pictured) who spoke on his struggles to cope with clinical depression. He has developed his own effective treatment which deals with lifestyle or spiritual therapy.  You have to get away from yourself and concentrate on the needs of others; the depressed can find happiness in others.  Murray’s speech was enlightening and inspirational.
Weekly Meeing of July 25, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on Jul 17, 2011
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Our weekly meeting of July 18 was the last time that our current exchange student will be in attendance.  After a goodbye soiree at the home of the Exchange Committee Chairman, Lloyd Graham (pictured with Lauro) it will be time for Lauro Rezende to return to Brazil.  We also had the pleasure of having former MP Peter Adams as our guest speaker who gave us a very interesting presentation about the Casa de Angelae project, which allows four young women with mental challenges to live independently in their own home with parental support. 
Saying Goodbye to Lauro, July 18, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on May 16, 2011
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Our weekly meeting was held offsite at the newly renovated and opened The Venue on George Street. During the meeting Lillian Mackie, chair of the Ways and Means Committee, presented Prince of Wales principal Penny Hope (pictured) with a cheque for $2000 to allow the school’s Artist in Residence program to continue to function until the end of the school year. Our guest speaker was our host and owner of The Venue, Mike Skinner, a former Kenner student who founded Operitel and also runs the Kawartha Entertainment Group.  He  spoke on The Impact of Social Media on Business.
Meeting at The Venue, May 16, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on May 16, 2011
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The Rotary Club of Peterborough is 90 years young!  The club was chartered a way back in 1921 and at the weekly meeting of March 28, 2011 we were all treated to slices of birthday cake to commemorate the occasion.  Sally Harding and President Moe Grant (pictured) did the honours of cutting the cake.  At the same meeting Lynn Zimmer, Executive Director of the YWCA, presented us with a special award for our outstanding contribution to the Crossroads Safehaven Campaign. Our guest speaker was Chief Murray Rodd of the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service
Celebrating 90 Years! Ray Saitz 2011-05-16 18:29:10Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on May 16, 2011
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Our Guest Speaker was Trent University Professor Dr. Suresh Narine (pictured). He spoke to a theme of "Remaking the World: How Green Chemistry and Bio Materials are Creating a Sustainable Future."  He gave us some pretty good reasons why we all need to get away from our dependence on fossil fuels. 
“Remaking the World” -- Meeting of March 21, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-05-16 18:28:57Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on May 16, 2011
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Our regular weekly meeting was the occasion of a Club Assembly which included updates on our finances and the numerous committees which provide so much of our community involvement and fund-raising. Added features were a classification speech by new Rotarian John Thomas and the presentation by President Moe Grant of a Sapphire pin to Mike Evans (pictured) for significant financial contributions to the Rotary Foundation. 
Club Assembly of March 14, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-05-16 18:28:44Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on May 16, 2011
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In the YMCA pool on Friday February 25th from 7:00 to 8:30 am 29 teams took turns swimming beside Carl who completed 106 laps in the 25th annual Rotary Carl Oake Swimathon. Congratulations to Chairman Dan Shaw & his committee for raising more than $46,000 towards Easter Seals & many other Rotary projects. Rotarians Ken Seim, Pete MacLoghlin, Betsy McGregor & Kerri Davies entered teams while Mike Evans & Melissa Doyle were at the registration desk recording the team donations. Many other Rotarians came to help Dan during this event. The Brazilian Bobsled team featured a fantastic decorated inflatable outrigger canoe manned by Rotarians Rick Storey as captain with Wendy Hill, Joe McCulloch, Lloyd Graham & our exchange student from Brazil, Lauro Rezende serving as crew. You can also find descriptions of the Swimathon in the Photo Journal section on this page.
Rotary/Carl Oake Swimathon Peter MacLoghlin 2011-05-16 18:28:32Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on May 16, 2011
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Our weekly meeting was given a glimpse of another side of Peterborough that is very real but which we rarely experience.  Mark Graham, Executive Director or the Peterborough Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, and assisted by Sam Blondeau (pictured) and Joe Meisenheimer, gave us a presentation on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.  He explained its mission and success to date along with details of the various aspects of the program.
Weekly Meeting of March 07, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-05-16 18:27:38Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on May 16, 2011
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Our weekly meeting was the occasion of welcoming a new Rotary member.  Robert Gauvreau was introduced by Jay Amer and inducted by President Moe Grant (pictured).  Our guest speaker was writer Roderick Benns who read a selection from The Legends of Lake on the Mountain: An Early Adventure of John A. MacDonald which is part of the Leaders and Legacies series of young adult books. He gave a very informative presentation on the series of books and the nature of responsible citizenship. 

Rotary Welcomes a New Member, February 28, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-05-16 18:27:20Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on May 16, 2011
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Peterborough's Economic Journey was the topic addressed by Dr. Tom Phillips of Fleming College at our weekly meeting.  Dr. Phillips highlighted the transformation in Peterborough's economic base from natural resources to manufacturing and finally today's emerging knowledge-based and service era.  Any change presents productivity challenges and Dr. Phillips outlined the necessity of innovation, investment and transformation as the key areas of emphasis. 
Weekly Meeting of February 14 Ray Saitz 2011-05-16 18:26:52Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on May 16, 2011
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Our weekly meeting had the pleasure of welcoming J. Murray Jones, Warden of Peterborough County, as our guest speaker.  Mr. Jones gave a very interesting and lively presentation of the challenges facing Peterborough County and its neighbour the City of Peterborough and the accomplishments of the past year. 
Weekly Meeting of February 7, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-05-16 18:26:33Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on May 09, 2011
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 Our weekly meeting had the benefit of an intriguing and interesting guest speaker whose topic was near and dear to us all -- agriculture and food. Tony Ambler (pictured) is noted for being the President of Swish Maintenance.  However, he and his wife Victoria have embarked on a new venture, Yorkshire Valley Farms which specializes in organic chicken produce.  His presentation was a fascinating outline of the trials and triumphs of beginning a new business and the state of world agriculture and food production in general.  A reminder:  the meeting of May 16 will be off-site at The Venue on George Street and our host and owner of the Venue, Mike Skinner, will be our guest speaker.
Weekly Meeting of May 09, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Apr 29, 2011
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The 10th annual Garden Show hosted by the Peterborough & Northumberland Master Gardeners was held at The Evinrude Centre Friday evening April 8, Saturday April 9 & Sunday April 10.Past President Lloyd Graham scheduled Rotarian parking lot attendants directing patrons to parking spaces for a donation of $2 to the club. Without this service there would have been a major traffic problem. In addition Lisa Smith arranged the selling of Raffle tickets by Rotarians as a fundraiser for the club with a 1st prize of a Montreal weekend Getaway, 2nd prize of a Niagara Region Adventure, & 3rd prize of Garden Equipment. The draw will be held Monday April 18 during our weekly Rotary meeting. This fundraiser was initated by Past President Susan Mackle who continues to serve as chair of our Rotary Garden Committee. Saturday April 9th was a gorgeous warm sunny spring day so the Rotarians on parking duty stayed warm & dry, however, Sunday was cool with a steady downpour of rain + the occasional roar of thunder so umbrellas & rain gear were in order. The parking lots at the Evinrude Centre and The Canoe Museum were full both days an indication of the large number of patrons attending this very popular show. The new portable Rotary booth organized by Director Ken Seim was used I believe for the 1st time & is quite impressive. You can view the booth & more pictures in the Photos Journal column on this page.
Rotary at The Peterborough Garden Show Peter MacLoghlin 2011-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Apr 27, 2011
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On Monday May 2 our club hosted the Kawartha & BEL Rotary clubs in a shared evening meeting at the Peterborough Golf & Country Club. Rotarians, their partners & Youth Exchange students, Lauro Rezende form Brazil (Peterborough) & Carol Fernandez from Argentina (Kawartha) enjoyed an evening of Rotary fellowship including a lovely buffet dinner. President Moe chaired the meeting, Joe McCulloch assisted PDG Tom Bennett in the role of Sgt at as they both had to stand on their toes to scan the audience. Among the many Happy Bucks Peter Eatson presented a cheque for $500 on behalf of the Rotary Wheels committee for the sale of the van Eleanor Humphries had donated. Our guest speaker Diedre Dionne an  RBC Olympic Ambassador gave a fascinating talk on her experiences as a member of The National Aerial Ski Team from 1999 to 2009. Funds raised from fines & a 50/50 draw were donated to Rotary’s Japanese Relief Fund. You can read the weekly bulletin in the Bulletin Download section of Site Pages. Dates to remember - Saturday May 21, Rotary Victoria Day Fireworks & Wed June 1 the Rotary/Holiday Ford Golf tournament
May 2 an evening meeting with Kawartha & BEL Rotary Clubs Peter MacLoghlin 2011-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on Apr 27, 2011
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Our weekly meeting was augmented by our MPP from Queen's Park, Jeff Leal, who gave us an update on his activities and projects on behalf of the Peterborough riding.  Jeff also answered questions from members about issues of concern ranging from the HST to a rail link to Toronto and alternative energy. 
Queens's Park Update, January 31, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-04-27 10:12:48Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on Apr 27, 2011
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Toronto-based Israel Consul General Amir Gissen (pictured) was the guest speaker at our weekly meeting of January 24.  Mr. Gissen was an articulate and very thought-provoking speaker. He spoke about the similarities between the Canadian and Israeli spirit and values. He also addressed the common threat to both of our countries from "radical Islam" and the role of Iran in much of the current political and social upheaval. Rotarian Alan Ingram thanked Mr. Gissen with a very insightful reflection on the role of Jewish community leaders in the development of the Rotary movement and its many programs.
Israel's Consul General Guest Speaker Ray Saitz 2011-04-27 10:12:12Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on Apr 27, 2011
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Our guest speaker at this week's meeting was MP Dean Del Mastro who gave us an update on his perceptions of past progress and initiatives for the future.  Also addressing us were Stephanie Lacey, Senior Development Officer for Easter Seals, Samantha Wheeler, last year's Easter Seals Ambassador, and Rotarian Carl Oake, (pictured). They reminded us of the importance of getting out and supporting this year's Carl Oake Swimathon which is taking place on February 25 and raises an enormous amount of funds for Easter Seals.
Meeting of Janaury 17, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-04-27 10:10:52Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Apr 27, 2011
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Once a month for the past 10 years these 7 Rotarians & Paul have enjoyed an evening of social bridge. Many other Rotarians have joined us to sub for one of the regular players. Left click on the photo to enlarge.
Rotary Fellowship Peter MacLoghlin 2011-04-27 10:10:29Z 0
Posted by Ray Saitz on Apr 26, 2011
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Our weekly meeting was the occasion for an all-candidates' meeting.  Representatives of the four Federal parties running in the upcoming election fielded questions from our members and responded to comments made by each other.  The meeting was moderated by Ken Armstrong who was ably assisted by Paul Wilson as the bell ringer.  
All-Candidates Meeting April 25, 2011 Ray Saitz 2011-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter MacLoghlin on Apr 26, 2011
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Rotarian Alan Ingram initiated this project to have our club volunteer in The Salvation Army's annual Xmas Toy & Food Hamper Drive. Alan organized 2 groups of Rotarians to assist in packing the food hampers on Tuesday Dec 14 & Wednesday Dec 15.On Saturday Dec 18 10 Rotarians & an "elf" of their choice delivered toys from the Armouries & another group of 10 Rotarians with their elf met at 8:00 am to deliver the Xmas food hampers from the church. The photos were taken at the church Saturday Dec 18 while we were waiting for the turkeys to be delivered,there was an hour delay as the truck with the turkeys was stuck!.Rotarian Lloyd Graham, his elf, exchange student Lauro Rezende & President Moe were part of the Rotary team. Approximately 1500 food hampers were delivered to families in need.
Xmas Food Hampers Peter MacLoghlin 2011-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
 
 
Once again the Rotary Club of Peterborough supervised the parking for visitors attending The 2016 Garden Show at The Evinrude Centre April 8 - 10. John Thomas and his committee scheduled Rotarians to direct traffic at The Evinrude Centre and Canoe Museum parking lots. Rotarians asked for a $2 donation from each driver to assist them in finding a parking space. John announced at the April 11 meeting that we had collected over $4200. which will be used to help cover the cost of hosting our Exchange Students. Our thanks to John for all the time and energy he puts into making this a successful fundraiser. John was on site for every shift, provided 2 way way radios and orange T-shirts to the attendants and counted the buckets of twonies collected. In the photo John is supervising President-Elect Bruce Gravel in the Canoe Museum parking lot
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This week the club held an evening meeting in the Curve Lake Community Centre co-chaired by Chief Phyllis Wiiliams & President-Elect Alan Ingram. Rotarians had the opportunity to visit the Whetung Gallery before the meeting . In the Community Centre after registering with Jack Gillan there was time to meet with leaders of The Curve Lake First Nations & fellow Rotarians before enjoying a delicious buffet dinner. After the meal Chief Williams provided us with a mid term update on the Seed for Good Life project that Rotary helped to finance with a donation of $10,000. A more complete description of the meeting can be found in the Bulletin. A few photos have been posted in Photo Albums

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November is Rotary Foundation month and Past District Governor Reid Asselstine and his wife Mary attended our meeting on behalf of the Rotary Foundation.  Reid eloquently explained why the Foundation is so important to Rotary and how members can ensure the continuance of the values and commitment of the Foundation by making a donation to the Foundation. On Thursday, May 07, 2015, District 7010 will be holding a gala Million Dollar Dinner at the Holiday Inn in Barrie, Ontario.  All of the details are at the website at http://www.district7010milliondollardinner.com/index.html   Reid also inducted the newest member of our Club,  Sharon Lees (centre),  who was sponsored by Audrey Lakien (L).

A New Member, and a Million Dollar Dinner, Our Weekly Meeting of November 03 Ray Saitz 0
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We had a very interesting off-site weekly meeting when we visited the New Canadians Centre on Romaine Street. We were treated to delicious food and wonderful hospitality.  The NCC is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting immigrants, refugees and other newcomers to the Peterborough and Northumberland regions. It strives to empower immigrants and refugees to become full and equal members of Canadian society, and to provide community leadership to ensure cultural integration in a welcoming community. Pictured is our Rotary exchange student Sarah-Sophie Dahl from Denmark presenting her "Exchange Student moment" to the Club.  Photo by Roberto Bonifacio.

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Sarah Dahl is our newly arrived exchange student from Denmark  Sarah was introduced by (left to right) host dad, Wayne Harding, host counselor, Andi VanKoeverden, and President Kevin.  Sarah has been in Canada just over a week but has already had a visit to Sudbury to meet the new District exchange students and to have an introduction to Canada with a visit to Science North.  Sarah has many interests including athletics and horses. She speaks fluent English and will be attending high school during her year in Peterborough.

Welcomng Our New Exchange Student, Our Weekly Meeting of August 25, 2014 Ray Saitz 0
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The student exchange program is a vital and ongoing part of our Rotary Club.  This week we welcomed our exchange student from Chile, Paula Perez, back from a cross-Canada trip with 42 other Rotary exchange students.  She is now heading back to Chile taking many memories of her year in Peterborough with her, and leaving many memories behind for all of the Rotarians who came in contact with her.  Pictured left to right is Lloyd Graham who has been a councilor for 15 exchange students, Paula, Elisha Miller who is heading off for a year in Denmark, and Rick Storey of the Exchange Student Committee who chaperoned the country-crossing group when they were in Ottawa.

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There was a large turnout of Rotarians and guests who went to visit the new Seneca College School of Aviation at the Peterborough Airport.  The campus houses Seneca's  Bachelor of Aviation Technology Program, the only aviation technology-based program in Canada. To support and train the 100+ students who are admitted into the program the school has its own fleet of 19 aircraft and 10 flight simulators as well as science and computer labs.  Instructor Nicky Godfrey (pictured) gave us a presentation about the School and and then the membership was treated to guided tours of the facility provided by some of the aviation students.

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At our July 07 meeting we had the pleasure of welcoming a new member, and a new executive.  Our newest member is Audrey Lakien, a native of Montreal who has numerous interests and has had several interesting occupations including working with computers, health and fitness, real estate, and physical therapy and has traveled extensively. She is pictured along with (L-R) Nick Avlonitis, Joe McCulloch and President Gord Regts.  At the same meeting we also welcomed the new executive for the coming year.  Pictured on the right is incoming President Kevin Duguay (L) presenting outgoing President Gord with a plaque bearing a gavel and a Paul Harris Fellowship pin for service above self.

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This week we had the special honour of recognizing the winners in our Canada Day Essay Contest.  The essay theme was “What it means to me to be a Canadian.” 120 entries were submitted from 6 schools and this year’s 4 winners all came from the Grades 4-6 category.  Pictured cutting the special Canada Day cake prepared by the staff of the Peterborough Golf and Country Club are, left to right, Claire Corcoran of St. Theresa’s, Eric Dreslinksi, who read the winning essay of his son Simon of Orono Public School who was in Ottawa on a field trip, Lily Bowman of St. John Elementary and Dash Atayan from St. Theresa’s.  Also in attendance to bring their Canada Day greetings were local politicians from the City, County, Provincial, and Federal levels of government.

The Canada Day Essay Winners, Our Weekly Meeting of June 23, 2014 Ray Saitz 0
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Rotarian Lyn Kimmett presented a cheque for $6000 to Dave Adams representing Five Counties Childrens' Centre.  Lyn explained that the Freedom 55 donation of $6000 was specifically for the Centre. Dave and his daughter Amanda thanked the club. Amanda had been a client of Five Counties from infancy to her 19th birthday. She will graduate this spring from the University of Guelph and has accepted a full time position at the university. Our weekly presentation was by Rotarian Steve Kylie who provided a fascinating update on the Mount Community Centre project which was initiated by the Peterborough Poverty Committee as a project to provide affordable housing, a food centre, and preserve The Mount St Joseph historic building.

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Our weekly meeting had the great pleasure of welcoming the winning students of the 2014 Rotary Spelling Bee and their parents and teachers.  Chair Rick Storey, pictured along with the third place winner of the Senior Division, Sneha Wadhwani of Monsignor O' Donoghue and second place winner in the Senior Division, Oponaopemipo Remi-Adelasoye of The Children's Montessori School, welcomed all of the guests and recognized them for their tremendous efforts in making this year's Spelling Bee such a success.  Also on the program was our exchange student, Paula Perez from Santiago, Chile, who gave us an interesting presentation about her home city and country and the highlights of her one year stay with our Club. 

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A highlight of this week's meeting was a cheque presentation to Peterborough's Habitat for Humanity Youth Council members.  Accepting a giant cheque for $20,000 from Rotarian Bruce Gravel and President Gord Regts  is Kiersten Mangold, Jessica Kelly, and Erin Young.  The money will be used to fund construction of a local home built by the youth program of Habitat for Humanity. 

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Today’s very special meeting announced the renaming of Highway 35/115 to the John M. Turner Memorial Highway. A record 160 people came out to
recognize the late John Turner and to support his family. Emcee Cal Langman described John as a hero, committed family man, businessman, Rotarian, and a man with a successful political career. John lived the Rotary motto, Service Above Self. His roles in politics included MPP of Peterborough and the very distinguished Speaker of the Legislature of Ontario. John held many volunteer appointments with local organizations, community groups, and charities. He received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012. He was a non-partisan politician, a true Canadian statesman, and a wonderful friend to many. Pictured at left is the unveiling of the John M. Turner Memorial Highway sign, and at right past president Sue Sharp presents flowers to John's wife June. 

 

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Elizabeth Manley told the fascinating story of her career as a figure skater, winning Canadian, World, and Olympic medals, but her very real and serious message was about her battle with and victory over depression. As a result of her struggle with mental illness and its stigma in the 1980s, and in thanks for all the support she has received over the years, her passion is to give back to the community.  Elizabeth is a supporter of Home of Our Own, which helps intellectually challenged people live in their own home and as part of the community.  The Elizabeth Manley and Friends ice show is coming to the Peterborough Memorial Centre April 5 to raise money for Community Living Peterborough and it's her only show this season.  Elizabeth received a standing ovation for her presentation. She is pictured with President Gord, Lesley Parnell who introduced her to the Club, and her husband Brent Theobald.

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Our guest speaker this week was Jim Moloney from Peterborough Utilities who is the Manager and Curator of the Riverview Park and Zoo.  During his presentation Mr. Moloney confided that his favourite animal is the lemur (pictured).  The Peterborough Zoo started because Ross Dobbin a Rotarian and at the time General Manager of the Peterborough Utilities Commission needed a home for an alligator gifted to him during a trip to Florida.  Mr. Moloney thanked Rotary for the opportunity to speak about the zoo and to be considered for a donation to the guest services and education building project which is part of a its 10 year capital plan.  Coming in 2015 will be a Red Panda exhibit and in the long term there are plans to refurbish the cat exhibits.

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Our weekly meeting was the occasion for another one of our annual visits from local politicians.  Dean del Mastro, MP for Peterborough and area, gave us an update on his activities and concerns for the past year.  Also in attendance was Constable Matt Janssen of the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service.  Rotarians volunteer to work with numerous groups and, as such, are required to get a Criminal Record Check annually.  Constable Janssen was on hand to take applications and he is pictured with Rotarians Bob Gallagher (centre) and past president Atul Swarrup as they fill out applications.

Political Update and Record Checks, Our Weekly Meeting of January 20, 2014 Ray Saitz 0
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Our first guest in our annual Political Outlook Series was J. Murray Jones who has served 5 terms as Warden of Peterborough County and is a resident and municipal representative for Douro-Dummer. J. Murray reviewed the past year and spoke of the many successes, and some concerns such as the lack of infrastructure funding from the Provincial Government.  His slogan is "Peterborough County is more than ploughing roads" and he is thrilled to be Warden and very proud of Peterborough County. Questions were asked about the Race Track/Slots, roads, Trent Severn Waterway, and Shining Waters. He fielded the questions with great political savvy.

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Our weekly meeting was honored to have three guest speakers.  Murray Rodd, chief of the Peterborough Lakefield Police Service, Tim Farqharson, the Deputy Chief, and Mary Smith, Mayor of Smith Ennismore Lakefield, presented a summary of the Police Services Board Strategic Plan and the next phase of the Service's evolution.  In addition we were pleased to welcome our newest member.   Sarah Tate is Habitat for Humanity's executive director and in the few years she has held the post she has taken the organization from a small non-profit to one that is now very successful and building 4 homes per year with 15 full time staff and a successful youth build program supported by Rotary.  She is pictured getting officially inducted by Rotarian and a past president Susan Sharp (left). 

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We had a very interesting weekly meeting.  Pictured above is Lynne Chant, our Assistant District Governor, presenting Past President Atul Swarrup, on behalf of the Club, with a certificate of appreciation from Polio Plus for raising money.  We were third in our district for the amount raised.  Our guest speaker was Martin Yuill, Interim Executive Director of the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster.  Martin shared information about the cluster, The Cube, and explored how all of us can work together to deliver business innovation which has a great influence on our community.

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At our November 18, 2013 meeting we had a very informative presentation by four of our fellow Rotarians who have just returned from Honduras where they helped install water pipes to supplement the water tower that we recently installed. A slide show gave us an idea of the living and working conditions at the project site, including showing the water pipes being laid and the local laborers who were paid for their hard work. David Keene (left in photo) of Friends of Honduran Children presented a plaque to Rotarians (l to r) Piero Ronca, Mo Cox, Garry Humphreys, and Mike Evans in appreciation of their efforts.  

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Our Club continues to grow and this week saw the induction of our newest member.  Lesley Parnell (left) introduced Kim Zippel amd Past President Joe McCulloch performed the induction. Welcome Kim!  Our guest speaker this week was Allan Seabrooke from the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority who, along with his assistant Kathy Reid, outlined the 5 Ws of the organization. He outlined many of its programs and activities. For much more information visit the ORCA website at http://www.otonabee.com.

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The Rotary Club of Peterborough recognized this year's Paul Harris Fellows at a celebration dinner on November 4 at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club.  The Paul Harris Fellow was created in the memory of Rotary's founder. A contribution of $1,000 to support the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation is made in these people's names to recognize them for outstanding commitment in their avenue of service. 
Photos of the event have been put into a photo album which you can view in the Photo Albums section of the Home page or by clicking HERE.

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We had two speakers today. First up was Marc Garneau who shared some of his experience as an astronaut. From a Naval background, he flew his first mission in 1984 and through two additional missions has circled our planet more than 400 times. His story is quite remarkable and he reminded us that Canada was the 3rd country to have a vehicle in space. Our second speaker was the local Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, who encouraged us to participate in the Ontario Health Study. She is striving for the involvement of at least 10% of the local population in garnering a new and broad based data base. Further details are at their website: www.ontariohealthstudy.ca  Mr. Garneau and Dr. Pellizzari are pictured with President Gord. 

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Outer Space and Inner Health, Our Weekly Meeting of October 07, 2013 Ray Saitz 0
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Every year Musicfest brings free music to Crary Park to entertain thousands of people for the whole summer.  Members of our Club sell 50/50 tickets and raise in excess of $25,000 each summer for our Club.  We also give back some of the proceeds to Musicfest to help fund all of that music.  At our weekly meeting Tracey Randall of Musicfest (pictured) was presented with a cheque for $10,000 by Committee Chair Joe Hall and President Gord.  Our guest speaker for this week was Jack Veitch from the Canadian Mental Health Association who spoke to us about the valuable services provided by the CMHA and World Mental Health Day.

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Helping Make Musicfest Happen, Our Weekly Meeting of September 30, 2013 Ray Saitz 0
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Our guest speakers were Mike Kinsey, District Chair of the New Generations Committee, and Laura Dunford who is an employee at the Ministry of Natural Resources and was recruited by Rotarian Ken Seim to accompany Mike and several other participants on a Group Study Exchange to Taiwan for five weeks in 2013.  Laura put postcards and banners on each table and narrated a slide show of the trip. She said that it was a very busy five weeks in which five strangers got to know each other and experienced a vibrant and different culture.  She is pictured presenting President Gord with a banner from the Rotary Club of Sanchung Chianshi in Taiwan.

The Benefits of a Group Study Exchange, Our Weekly Meeting of Sept 23, 2013 Ray Saitz 0
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The Rotary Club of Peterborough is calling for Nominations for the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition by September 30th. Winners will be recognized at a celebration dinner on Nov 4 at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club.  The Paul Harris Fellow was created in the memory of Rotary's founder. A contribution of $1,000 to support the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation  is made in these people's names to recognize them for outstanding commitment in their avenue of service. 
If you know of someone who does exceptional service to the community or at an international level, someone who uses their vocation to serve, or someone who does exceptional work with youth,  then please put his or her name forward with a description of why you believe that person makes a difference. We are also looking for nominations for Rotary club members who go above and beyond to serve the Rotary Club. To find out more information you can go to the excellent story in the Peterborough Examiner by clicking HERE.  To nominate someone click on the Paul Harris link to the left under Site Pages and download the nomination form in either PDF or Word format, print it, fill it out, and then return it by mail to P.O. Box 172, Peterborough, K9J 6Y8 or email it to secretary@peterboroughrotary.ca

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Our new exchange student is Paula Perez who is visiting us from Chile and today was the special occasion of her 18th birthday.  Paula was presented with a small cake topped with a candle and the Chilean flag.  She is staying with Kevin and Barb Duguay and will attend Holy Cross Secondary.  The guest speaker at today's meeting was MPP Jeff Leal who brought us an update of the significant developments at Queen's Park.  Of special interest to Rotarians was his update on naming the 115 Highway after former Speaker of the Legislature and long-time member of our club, John Turner. It appears that this initiative has the support of all 3 parties and the town councils along the 115 are in the process of adding their support. Cal Langman thanked the member for his efforts in recognizing John.

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 Paula Perez Our new exchange student who is visiting us from Chile had a momentous occasion -- her first day of school in Canada.  She is staying with Kevin and Barb Duguay and will attend Holy Cross Secondary.  She is seen dressed in her school uniform and preparing to leave for her first day at school.  Good luck Paula!

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Our guest speaker this week was Adam Noble, a truly inspiring 19 year old from Lakefield who has a biography that includes more awards and honours than most of us will receive in a lifetime.  At the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in 2012 Adam was awarded the Dudley R. Herschbach Award which is presented to the project judged to have the greatest potential to change the world.  His research initially involved discovering the effects that silver nano-particles had on the environment.  Unfortunately these particles do affect other organisms and are very toxic to the base of our food chain.  Adam found that silver nano-particles move up the eco-system and harm other organisms such as fish.  He pioneered the use of Euglena algae to extract 99% of the nanosilver from waste water to protect the system.  From this research he moved on to design a silver nano-particle of a particular uniform size that will kill cancer instead of cause it.  He tried different types of cancer on which to focus and chose neuroblastoma.  The nanosilver treatments kill the tumour but not healthy cells.  You can find out more about this at the Gofundme website at http://www.gofundme.com/3oigh0  In the photo Adam is seen chatting with Rotarians Jay Amer, Lloyd Graham, and Amy Simpson.

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The annual Holiday Golf Classic proves that Rotarians can have a lot of fun while raising a significant amount of money for a worth cause. Joe McCulloch presented a cheque for $24,000 to Dave Adams and Mike Taylor from Five Counties Children’s Centre (pictured) which was the proceeds from the golf fund raiser.  Joe thanked his entire committee, the volunteers, and the sponsors,  especially Holiday Ford. Dave Adams noted this was the 36th annual event and in total the golf classics have raised well over half a million dollars.

A Huge Donation to Five Counties Children's Centre, Our Meeting of June 24, 2013 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting was graced by representatives of our municipal, provincial, and federal governments who were in attendance to help us celebrate the recognition of four outstanding students who won our annual Canada Day essay competition.  The four students, pictured along with Kevin Duguay, Chair of our Canada Day Committee, are Maria Vassilakos who is in Grade 6 at St. Theresa’s, Mackenzie Lunn, a Grade 4 student at St. Patrick’s, Jodi Overwijk who is in Grade 4 at St. Patrick’s, and Claire Johnston, a Grade 6 student at Kawartha Heights Elementary School. The essay theme was: “What it means to me to be a Canadian.”  The contest was open to elementary students ages 10 to 14 in Grades 4-8. Over 100 entries were received this year from four classes. 

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Canada Essay Winners, Our Weekly Meeting of June 17, 2013 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting was the occasion of two special events.  Rick Storey, Chair of the Spelling Bee Committee presented the awards to the first, second and third place finishers in the Junior and Senior Divisions (pictured).  Two schools were tied in the special category for promoting literacy and making learning fun by having an innovative process for selecting spelling bee competitors.  Accepting the awards of $1000. each were Michele Hamel from Monsignor Jamot School and Anne Marie Dwyer from Immaculate Conception School.  For our exchange student from Belgium, Gregoire d’Harveng, the year is coming to an end and after a tour of the East Coast of Canada he will return home.  He recapped his exciting and educational year with a slide and video show and discussed the many changes in his life over the past year, including making many new friends.

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Spelling Bee and Gregoire's Exchange Year, Our Weekly Meeting of June 03, 2013 Ray Saitz 0
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Our main presentation was an update on two essential services with which we are involved. Diane Pick is a member of the Club and also Chief Executive Officer of Five Counties Children's Centre.  Diane gave a slide presentation which introduced Ryan and Cadence and how these two youths are using the Centre’s resources to overcome their challenges. The Centre was founded by Rotary about 37 years ago and Rotary continues to provide some financial support.  Diane reminded us that “our investment makes dreams come true.”  Our other presenter was Jacob Rodenberg (pictured), Executive Director of Camp Kawartha.  Rotary started the Camp for boys in 1921 to give city boys an outdoor experience.  Jacob pointed out that kids spend less time outdoors and often suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder (lack of time in a natural environment) and Ecophobia as a result of all the negative information about the environment. Last summer, 847 campers attended CK Summer Camp and 95 attended counsellor training and leadership camp. He also gave an update on the Outdoor Ed programme at the Camp through the school season. You can read about the entire meeting in the Bulletin.

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Camp Kawartha and Five Counties Update, Our Weekly Meeting of May 27, 2013 Ray Saitz 0
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Every Rotary member knows that attendance at the weekly meeting is important. Yet, our members come from such diverse backgrounds that it's often difficult for many of them to fit a weekly meeting into a busy schedule. However, it's possible to maintain a perfect record of attendance that fits into a hectic timetable and is a perfect way to meet new people in a different city or country. When travelling look for a local Rotary meeting and make arrangements to attend the meeting. That's what Peterborough Rotary member Bob Bathgate did when he was in Fredericton. The photo shows Bob on the right along with John Carkner, President of the Fredericton Sunrise Rotary Club. If you can't find a Club you can also come to this website and click the link at the left to do an online makeup.
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Today’s speakers were Kathi Neill, Megan Bolton, and Evan Bates from the Youth Division of the John Howard Society. The speakers took turns outlining the John Howard Youth programmes including institutional support for prisoners through programs such as Rethink for Anger Management, Anti-theft workshops, and Substance Abuse. The emphasis is to shift from custodial to intervention measures using for example Extra Judicial Measures (police referrals) and Extra Judicial Sanctions which include stressing meaningful consequences.  Peterborough Rotary has pledged $50,000 towards the Children’s Playroom in the Crossroads Shelter.  Lynn Zimmer, Ex Director of the YWCA, accepted a further $5000. cheque towards that goal from President Atul Swarup (pictured). 

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Donations and Restorative Justice, Our Weekly Meeting of May 13, 2013 Ray Saitz 0
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The Swimathon wrap-up event was held at 11:00 in the Holiday Inn. Chair Lyn Kimmett announced that this years Swimathon raised $50,300 & that Rotarian Sophie Andreou has agreed to co-chair the 2014 Swimathon. Lyn & Carl thanked the committee, Century 21 staff, sponsors & of course the participating swim teams. They then presented a cheque for $12,500 t Easter Seals rep Coralie Jacobs. Dave Di-Bella from Freedom 55 presented Dave Adams of 5 Counties with a cheque for $6000. Rick Storey thanked long distance swimmer Annalise Carr for her contribution in promoting the Swimathon especially among students, joining carl in the pool & speaking to students at Prince of wales & Crestwood.Awards were presented for best dressed teams 1st The catholic School board, 2nd the Rotary Jacque Cousteau & 3rd the McColl family. The Schhool board & McColl teams were the recipients of a 1 week gift of a hot tub from RotoSpa. St Peters High school team received an award for raising $1590 the highest of participating school teams.. Lyn on behalf of Rotary president Atul thankd everyone involved in the Swimathon then highlighted our club’s projects including $100,000 for building 5 homes with Habitat for Youth, RGWT upgrades, Camp Kawartha. Honduras mission, Polio Plus, Rotary Victoria Day Fireworks Festival, YWCA Crossroads home, the school brealfast programme at Prince of Wales &  Langley Scout Park. Atul expressed his admiration to Carl for raising $800,750 in the 27 years of the swimathon

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The District 3490 GSE team from Taiwan was hosted by our club, Kawartha & BEL from Sunday April 28 to Thursday May 2 as described in this weeks bulletin & Ray’s posting on the Home Page. Wed afternoon May 1 Rick Storey led the team on a bike ride on the RGWT from our Rotary Shade shelter north of Trent to Beavermeade. Rotarians Mo Cox, Pete Macloghlin & exchange students Gregoire & Jordan Pind cycled with the group while Gord Regts & Peter Koselag transported the bikes to & from the Community bike shop (B!KE). It was an ideal day for cycling & provided an opportunity to showcase Peterborough from the RGWT. The group really enjoyed the chance to be outside & get some exercise. The photo was taken at the Rotary wheel in Rotary Park beside the London St pedestrian bridge

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Our weekly meeting had two very interesting parts. Rick McFee told us how in 2000 he participated in The Arctic Millennium Expedition in which he and four others travelled 7200 km from Inuvik to Iqaluit by snowmobile in 3 months.  One of the highlights of the trip was The Trans Canada Trail Water Drawing Ceremony in which water was carried from Tutoyaktuk on the Beaufort Sea to share with all the communities visited on the way. Rick outlined the goals the expedition hoped to achieve and showed us many photos which he took during the expedition.  We also welcomed the members of the Group Study Exchange from Taiwan District 3490 who gave us a very informative presentation on the beauty and wonder of Taiwan.  The team's leader, Rotarian Polish Chiu, introduced the other members of the team and presented several gifts from Taiwan to President Atul (pictured).
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Our weekly meeting at the Holiday Inn was the occasion for a presentation of an award and a heartfelt presentation.  President Atul awarded long time member Mel Headon with a well-earned Paul Harris Award.  Our weekly speaker was Julie Kirkpatrick, a local lawyer and author of The Camino Letters.  She outlined the inspiration for the book which was her 600 km pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela from the Pyrenees in France to the cathedral in the Spanish city of Santiago.  Along the way she tried to fulfill 26 daily tasks suggested by 26 friends and the book is a collection of the letters she wrote on a daily basis to each friend.  She outlined the physical challenge but more importantly she summarized the life changing nature of the solitary walk as a pilgrim on a much-travelled route.
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Our weekly meeting was the occasion of two significant cheque presentations.  Rotarian Ken Tremblay handed over a cheque for $500 to Chris Entwhistle, a Grade 7 and 8 teacher at Prince of Wales Public School.  The money will be used to purchase a sno-cone machine to help raise money for school projects.  In another presentation, Rotarian Nick Avlonitis presented Tom Kingdon and Tracey Randall of Musicfest (pictured) with a cheque for $1428 which were the proceeds from the sales of Diner's Club Books.  Our guest speakers for this week were Christine Painter and Barry Diceman who brought us up to date on the progress of the Lang-Hastings Trail.  Peterborough is now part of hundreds of kilometres of connected trails spanning the eastern half of the province.
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We had the opportunity of welcoming three intelligent and personable students to our weekly meeting.  Pictured from left to right are the Kawartha Club's outbound student Jordan Pind who is off to Taiwan, our visiting student from Belgium, Gregoire d'Harveng,  and Kennedy Crockower whom we will be sponsoring when she travels to Brazil.  Each student got some time at the podium for an introduction and we all wish them well.  Our guest speaker for the meeting was City of Peterborough planner Brian Buchardt who brought us up to date on the proposal to transform the Louis Street parking lot into an urban park. 
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Our weekly meeting of February 25, 2013 was held at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club and it was our honour to welcome Ashley Brzozowicz. She was a member of the Canadian Olympic 8-person rowing team which won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. Ashley told us how she came to find her sport and develop her skill in rowing. She showed a film of the 2012 race in which Canada placed second behind the U.S.A. She is pictured with Rotarian Colin MacKenzie and President Atul. 
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On Friday February 22, after months of planning, the Rotary/Carl Oake Swimathon was held in the YMCA pool. This year the Swimathon featured 14 year old Annaleise Carr who swam Lake Erie in 2012.  The photo shows Annaleise with Carl. In addition to joining Carl in the pool Annaleise spoke to the students at Prince of Wales and Crestwood schools. This year over 30 teams participated in the Swimathon, raising close to $50,000. Rotarians serving on the committee included Chair Lyn Kimmett, Carl, Mike Evans, Rick Storey, Sophie Andreou, Pete MacLoghlin, Don Earle, Melissa Doyle, and Joe Hall. Our thanks to Rotariam Bob Gallagher who once again arranged for the Swimathon to be held in the YMCA pool.

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Our weekly meeting of February 04, 2013 was the occasion of a momentous donation to the Habitat For Humanity Youth Program.  Chairs of the Rotary Auction Committee, Amy Simpson and Bruce Gravel, and President Atul presented a cheque for $20,000. to Daisy O'Neil, chairperson of the Habitat Youth Council, and Sarah Tate, executive director of Habitat for Humanity (pictured). The money represented a portion of the proceeds from our Rotary Auction and Dinner at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club.  The donation will go towards the construction of a new house at 749 Young Street.  Rotary members are being urged to help out at the construction site from Tuesday Feb 26 through Friday March 01. 
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Our Club continues to get evidence of its popularity with the addition of new members. Our weekly meeting of February 11, 2013 saw the induction of our newest three members (pictured).  Joining our Club is Lesley Parnell, a long time Peterborough resident and City Councillor for the the Otonabee Ward, Hannah Routly, Executive Director for the Health Services Foundation, formerly St. Joseph’s Care Foundation, and Paul Teleki, founder of Preferences, a market research and strategic planning business, and App Dev Corporation. Our guest speaker was Dr. Tony Tilly who heads Fleming College. He showed a slide presentation entitled, The Past and Future of Post Secondary School Education.

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Our MPP Jeff Leal  (pictured) began by paying tribute to the late John Turner who was a “friend of us all.”   He commented on how it was the first day on the job for new premier Kathleen Wynne.  Mr Leal told us that change is on the horizon but many things will stay the same and the government will continue with its program to generate and distribute wealth for the betterment of the citizens.  He stated that economic growth and financial responsibility are both ahead of budget targets. Mr Leal decided that at the risk of peering into a crystal ball that he would look ahead.  Our region is in for big changes and he outlined, as he saw it, the future of the Peterborough area in terms of the economy, tourism, agriculture, and education.  He also answered some very timely and interesting questions from the audience.
Queen's Park Update, Our Weekly Meeting of January 28, 2013 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting was pleased to welcome a politician and an ambassador.  This year's Easter Seals Ambassador is Aiden Cameron who is pictured with Coralie Jacobs of Easter Seals and Carl Oake for whom the annual Rotary/Carl Oake Swimathon is named.  The 27th Annual Swimathon will take place at the YMCA on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 7:00am.  Over the course of 26 years this event has raised more than $800,000 to support local causes. This year's goal is to raise $50,000.  Also on hand was County Warden J. Murray Jones. Mr. Jones reviewed the year 2012 which, as he said, had its highs and lows but generally was a good year.
A Visit from the Easter Seals Ambassador, Our Weekly Meeting of January 14, 2013 Ray Saitz 0
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Our Club continues to grow and this week we welcomed Lorne Kelsey who is transferring from the BEL Club, and Matt Philips who was inducted by Past President Joe McCulloch and acting President Kevin Duguay (pictured).  The guest speaker this week was our Member of Parliament Dean Del Mastro who brought us greetings from Ottawa and outlined the accomplishments and concerns of the past year. He also picked a few topics that will be important for the riding in the coming year.
A New Member and our MP. The Weekly Meeting of January 21, 2013 Ray Saitz 0
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Mayor Daryl Bennett gave his annual State of the City address and touched on many of the accomplishments of his past year as Mayor.  He also fielded questions on unemployment, downtown decline?, provincial downloading, municipal reaction to increased provincial police regulations, increasing taxes, loss of government offices downtown, signage for service clubs, more green space downtown and ensuring that the City’s welcome signs be placed at City entrances rather than exits.
Mayor Bennett's Annual Address, Our Weekly Meeting of January 07, 2013 Ray Saitz 0
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 The Rotary Club of Peterborough assists each year with the Salvation Army Xmas Hamper project. Rotarians helped to unload the food Dec 17, pack the food hampers Dec 18 & 19, & deliver the food hampers on Dec 22. Thanks to Rotarian Alan Ingram who arranged for the club’s participation & drew up the schedule.

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The club needs everyone to support the Rotary Auction which is being held Sat Jan 26 2013 at the Peterborough Golf 7 Country Club. Bruce Gravel & his committee have planned a fun evening with dinner & entertainment & many awesome items to bid on. Bruce is still looking for auction donations & we need to sell out!

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Our weekly meeting was highlighted by a significant presentation and an interesting and thought-provoking guest speaker. Past District Governor (PDG) Dawn Straka made a presentation of the Rotary Foundation Bequest Society Pin to President Atul and his wife Charlotte who have made a bequest to Rotary International Foundation (pictured) She was ably assisted by another P.D.G. Willis Cleveland. Our guest speaker today was Scott Haldane, the C.E.O. of the Y.M.C.A. in Canada. Scott was not at our meeting to speak about the YMCA but rather about his recent appointment to the National Panel of the First Nations Education. The Panel’s mandate was to develop options which might include legislation to improve elementary and secondary school education on First Nation reserves. The Committee recommended developing a First Nations Education System for Canada which would involve: Co-create a child centred First Nations Act; Co-create a National Committee for First Nations Education; Facilitate and support creation of a First Nations Education system through Regional and National organizations; Ensure adequate funding; Establish accountability and reporting networks.
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Rotarian Colin McKenzie wound up his turkey draw event by handing out turkey vouchers to two lucky Rotarians and presenting a cheque for $400 to Chantal Bailey of Prince Of Wales Public School (pictured).  The money will be used to support the Breakfast program at the school.  Our speaker this week was outstanding teacher, author, and columnist Drew Monkman.  He gave a very interesting talk about all forms of wildlife in winter in the Kawarthas.  An ominous aspect was the changes, both good and bad, wrought on wildlife and nature by climate change. 
Helping a Breakfast Program and Animals in Winter, Our Meeting of December 17 Ray Saitz 0
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After one year of planning and fund raising by the Trail and Development Steering committee, construction of the 33 km Trans Canada Trail on the CN rail bed from Hastings to Peterborogh has been completed. Rotarians Mike Evans and Peter MacLoghlin were members of the steering committee and Mike will continue to serve as the treasurer of the Lang-Hastings TCT Inc. Management Board. The trail starts in the village of Hastings and runs west past Lang over the Keene Road and across a large wetland to the CP rail tracks. These tracks are in the process of being decommissioned and once that is finalized the trail will be extended across Technology Dr, under Highway 7 to connect with our Rotary Greenway Trail on Ashburnham Dr. More photos in Photo Albums

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Musicfest produces the free summer concerts for 10 weeks at Del Crary Park on Wednesday and Saturday evenings during the summer. The Rotary Clubs of Peterborough & Peterborough-Kawartha operate the 50/50 draws at every concert as a fundraiser for the Clubs and Musicfest. Another fundraiser we participate in is the selling of Diner’s Cards which each have 30 coupons for discounts in area eateries and sell for $20. At our weekly meeting of December 03, Pat Hooper and Tracey Randall (pictured) of Musicfest thanked us for our contributions and brought an ample supply of Diner's Cards.  Nick Avlonitis has distributed 200 Diner’s Club booklets for Rotarians to sell. This has the potential to raise funds for the club  and since they are a great value it makes them easy to sell, so we should be able to sell out!  Our guest speaker this week was Wayne Harding, the CFO of McCloskey International Ltd. He presented the history of the company since its inception in 1985, in Ajax, Ontario. The Peterborough operation is 400,000 sq, ft. with plans for an additional 100,000 sq. ft. and employs 300 people.

Musicfest Diner’s Cards at Our Weekly Meeting of December 03, 2012 Peter MacLoghlin 0
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Camp Kawartha a 4 seasons Outdoor Education Centre with 150 acres of property including 1200 feet of shoreline on Clear Lake, wetlands, and bush has a strong connection with our Rotary Club. The Rotary Club of Peterborough established Camp Kawartha as a summer camp in 1921, the year the club was chartered. In 1985 a group of 11 Rotarians negotiated the purchase of Camp Kawartha from the YMCA to form a non for profit facility, Camp Kawartha Inc. In 2005 the club financed and constructed a straw bale addition, Rotary Hall (photo), to the the existing dining room Cockburn Hall, named after PDG John Cockburn who was a founding director, as our Centennial project. This past year the camp was honoured with a donation of over $100,000 from the estate of Rotarian and founding camp director Clarence “Pug” Pugsley . With this generous gift the board decided to completely renovate the kitchen, replace the panelling in Cockburn Hall with drywall, and paint the dining area walls. Rotarian Mike Evans has been working on this project twice a week and today Rotarian Peter Macloghlin, a Past President of Camp Kawartha, helped Mike paint followed by a general cleanup. The estimated cost for this major project was $150,000 but with the work of volunteers and staff the cost should be about $100,000. Rotarians on the present board include Jay Amer, Dan McWilliams, Lisa Smith, Mike Evans, Peter Koeslag, Don White, and John Cockburn. The dining area is now completed and the kitchen will be finished in time for the start of the school winter programmes. For more photos click in the Camp Kawartha Update Photo Album.

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Our speaker this week was Allen O’Dette (pictured), President of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, who was brought up in Peterborough, went to school here, and graduated from Trent University. Among his topics he stressed that any new local industry that we try to attract must be of the small or medium sized variety, rather than a large, major industry which was the focus in past years. Of interest to our Club, Mr. O'Dette emphasized that we must attempt to attract the next generation of entrepreneurs, not only on the main street, but in clubs such as our own.
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 Our speaker today, Wilf Wilkinson, is probably known to most Rotarians for his involvement both in Canada and internationally, He is past District Governor, Past President of Rotary International, recipient of many awards, including the Order of Canada, and a tireless worker for Polio Plus. As a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation he stressed the need for funds so that Rotary can meet its goal of promoting peace, good-will, and the alleviation of poverty by bringing resources to where they are most needed through the Rotary Foundation. We must spend the money in the best possible way, using it to help people who need it the most. An additional highlight of the day was the presentation by Mr. Wilkinson of a pin to Club member Willis Cleveland (pictured) for an astonishing 48 years of perfect attendance

Wilf Wilkinson Visits our Club, the Weekly Meeting of November 19, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting was held at the Peterborough Curling Club and we were joined by team captain Matt Murdoch and his team of 22 avid curlers who are visiting from Scotland and who are staying with local Rotarians. Our Remembrance Day observation was very special and interesting.  Rotarian Lloyd Graham interviewed three Rotarian Veterans: John Turner (WW II), Frank Gishman (WW II) and Peter Koeslag (Korea) (pictured). Amazingly, all 3 served in the Air Force. John joined up at age 19, in 1942. Frank was 21 when he enlisted, and Peter was 18.
Remembrance Day and Visiting Scot Curlers, Weekly Meeting of Nov. 5 , 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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We continue to attract members to our Club and our weekly meeting was the occasion of inducting our newest member.  Susan Mackle and President Atul are pictured welcoming Betty Halman-Plumley. She is a financial consultant with Investor’s Group and the recipient of the 2009 Women in Business award, among many other accomplishments. Our guest speaker was Trent University professor David Sheinin who outlined several problems looming in next week’s U.S. presidential election: The Local, Race, The Precision of Process, Wisconsin’s Legacy, and What’s Left of Machine Politics.
Our Membership Grows Again, Weekly Meeting of October 29, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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Principal Lori Mudd and Vice-Principal Chantel Bailey (pictured) of Prince of Wales school spoke to our Club and expressed great appreciation for the Breakfast Program that we operate. From 65 to 85 students received breakfast each day.  The school also needs help picking up milk in the afternoons and asked for retired Rotarians’ help. Club members were warmly invited to visit the school for a tour.
Thanks for Our Breakfast Program, the Weekly Meeting of October 22, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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Our guest speaker was Steven Franklin (pictured), President and Vice Chancellor of Trent University, a position he assumed in September 2009.  The theme of President Franklin’s talk was Building on the Past, Building for the Future and he gave us an excellent presentation on the strengths that Trent has to move confidently into the future, and the challenges facing the university.  Trent has a 5 year program to prepare for the future and includes a number of new programs being developed in the Schools of Environment and Health Sciences.
The Future of Trent University, Our Weekly Meeting of October 15, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting was the occasion of a very interesting presentation by Examiner columnist Andrew Elliott.  He talked about the lasting impression that architect John Belcher had on Peterborough in the 19th and 20th centuries. Also present in full hiking attire was Rotarian Betsy McGregor (pictured) who will be embarking this coming Saturday on the epic El Camino de Santiago or Walk of St. James, which is an 800 km trek from the French Pyrenees to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. It is a spiritual quest but Betsy will also be taking pledges to kick start the Rotary Youth Habitat for Humanity Project.  Good luck Betsy!
Historic Architecture and a Long Walk, Weekly Meeting of September 10, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting was held off-site at the newly renovated and impressive Peterborough Airport.  Malcolm Hunt, Director of Planning and Development Services for the City of Peterborough, (pictured) gave an interesting presentation outlining the past, present, and future of the airport which is gearing up to become the home of Seneca College's Flight Training Centre. 
Peterborough Airport So Far, Our Weekly Meeting of October 1, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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Our guest speaker was our returning student Ryssa Moffat who spent a wonderful year in Croatia. During her time abroad she made the most of all opportunities, mastering Croatian, German, Spanish, trying new foods such as salt cod stew, Turkish coffee, and 45 coloured hard boiled Easter eggs, travelling extensively to Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Andorra, and competing with the national ice skating precision team. She was joined at the podium by Joel Mills (left) who is off to France and our incoming student Gregoire d'Harveny (right) who just arrived from Belgium.
Celebrating Rotary Student Exchange, Our Weekly Meeting of August 27, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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In a unique partnership the Rotary Club and the Holiday Inn are making life a little better for those in need.  Under the direction of Rotarian Colin MacKenzie, each week the food not eaten during the meeting is donated to a worthy community group such as the Crossroads Shelter for Women.  Joining Colin at the podium to receive grateful thanks for their part in this tremendous act of generosity were Terry Merrill, General Manager of the Holiday Inn, and Executive Chef Martin Vanden Anker. 
A Food Sharing Partnership, Our Weekly Meeting of August 20, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting of July 16th was a very special meeting because so many of the guiding principles of Rotary were demonstrated.  We announced our commitment to support Habitat for Humanity's new Youth Program and we have committed $100,000 during the next five years as well as acting as mentors for the youths and volunteering. The Reverend Terry Noble of St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church was presented with a cheque for $1700. to help support the St. John’s Saturday Community Lunch program.  The benefits of the Rotary Youth Exchange were clearly displayed when our exchange student from Finland, Raine Nieminen, gave us a slide presentation and summarized the astounding range of activities and learning experiences that he has encountered during his stay of 11 months.  Raine, who leaves for home on July 23, presented us with a beautiful wooden plaque (pictured) which he made himself as a memento of his stay.  He will be missed by the members of the Club who enjoyed his weekly interesting and often humorous anecdotes of his activities during the previous week.

 
Weekly Meeting of July 16, 2012 -- Habitat Youth, Lunch Program, Farewell to Raine Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting of July 09 was packed with interesting and celebratory activities.  Rick Storey (pictured), the Group Study Exchange leader, and group members Jeremy Campbell and Daraleigh Irving gave a presentation about their Group Study Exchange entitled  District 7010 meets Japan.  It was fascinating to hear about the cultural diversity of Japan, the hospitality of the Japanese hosts, and the benefits of the exchange program.  Rick Storey was also honoured by being named Rotarian of the Year for his determined efforts on various committees to demonstrate service above self.  
Rotarian of the Year and GSE at Weekly Meeting of July 09, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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In advance of Canada Day on July 1st, our weekly meeting of June 25 was devoted to celebrating Canada.  In attendance we had representatives of each level of government from the City to the County, Province and Canada and the winners of our annual Canada Day Essay Contest.  Each of the elementary school winners (pictured) read his or her essay and they all brilliantly encapsulated what is so rewarding about calling Canada home.  You can see a selection of pictures from this very entertaining and informative occasion by clicking on the link in the Photo Albums section in the bottom right of this page. When you see the pictures you can select Slide Show to see the pictures with their descriptions.
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Our weekly meeting was the occasion for congratulating the winners in the Rotary Spelling Bee which was held May 12, 2012 at Fleming College. Each of the winning competitiors in the Grades 4 to 6 and Grades 7 and 8 categories received a plaque or trophy to recognize his or her accomplishment.  In addition, each winner's school received a cash award to foster literacy in the school. Rick Storey, Chair of the Spelling Bee Committee also made a special presentation to Cogeco Cable for its highly professional and extensive coverage of the event.  Well done to all!  We're all looking forward to next year's Spelling Bee.  
Spelling Bee Champs Visit Our Weekly Meeting of June 04, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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At our regular weekly meeting we were given an update on a very special Rotary project.  Former President Mo Cox described in pictures and words the completion of the Nuevo Paraiso water tower in Honduras. Our club financed the project with an $18,000 donation and has financed several other projects for this community, including a water and sewer system, ditches for surface water drainage and a school for young women to teach them some skills to improve their lot in life. The community was started by Sister Maria Rosa for orphaned and abandoned youth.  Mo, Mike Evans, Garry Humphreys, and Lucas Smith flew to Honduras at their own expense in February 2012 to celebrate the official opening of the water tower.


Weekly Meeting of May 28, 2012 -- A Very Special Rotary Project Ray Saitz 0
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Sarah Tate of Habitat for Humanity (HfH) Peterborough attended her first Rotary meeting and gave a presentation on HfH’s Youth Program, for which she was hopeful of our club’s support. The HfH Youth Program is the first one in Canada and its goal is to build five homes in Peterborough. She showed us a video the Youth Council made, expressing its desire to work with Rotary. 
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Besides working through a very busy meeting, we had the pleasure of seeing President Sue present Rotarian Pete MacLoghlin with a multiple Paul
Harris Donor Award pin (pictured).  The Spelling Bee Committee is getting ready for the Elementary Students' Spelling Bee this Saturday at Fleming College and urged members and their families to drop in. 

Weekly Meeting of April 07, 2012. A Multiple Paul Harris Award Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting of April 30, 2012 was graced by the re-appearance of Rick Storey who has just returned from a five week Group Study Exchange to Japan.  Rick is chairman of the Spelling Bee Committee and he is now getting the Club ready for the Spelling Bee extravaganza on May 12 at Sir Sandford Fleming College.  Rick is pictured with promotional bookmarks which were handed out in numerous Grades 4 to 8 classes in the Peterborough area.  For more information you can click on the Spelling Bee link to the left under the Site Pages.
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Dr. Don Harterre (pictured) and Hannah Routly of the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation, formerly St. Joseph’s Care Foundation, spoke on its impact on healthcare in Peterborough today. The Foundation is the basis for five Network Family Health Teams and supports 21 clinic offices in the city and county and through fund raising it provides education, research, innovative programs, and purchases capital equipment. Dr. Harterre also answered questions from Rotarians and provided very interesting details of health care in Peterborough.

Weekly Meeting of April 23, 2012 -- The GPHSF and health care in Peterborough Ray Saitz 0
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Our club continues to grow.  This week we had the pleasure of inducting Lucas Smith into Rotary.  He is pictured with President Sue and his sponsor Dr. Gary Humphries (right).  Our guest speaker was Ed Arnold, recently retired editor of the Peterborough Examiner, author of 11 books, and the first recipient of the National Newspaper Association"s News Legend award.  He impressed us with stories of Peterborough's unknown heroes, or legends, from the past right up to the present. 
A New Member and a Legendary Editor, Our Meeting of April 02, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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The weekly meeting was the occasion for warm wishes for a good trip and memorable experiences to Rick Storey who is leaving for Japan for five weeks as the leader of a Group Study Exchange.  He is pictured presenting a Rotary Language Training Grant cheque for $750 to Kengo Miyata in recognition of his services as a translator for Rick while he was preparing for the exchange.  The guest speakers were Trish O’Connor and Chris Westcott who spoke about the ongoing efforts to restore Atlantic Salmon to Lake Ontario. 

Off to Japan -- Weekly Meeting of March 19, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting was honoured by Murray Rodd, Chief of the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service (pictured).  Chief Rodd explained and described the challenges facing a modern municipal police force.  In particular he outlined the current budget request of the Police Service and gave reasons why the force needs increased revenue to meet the demands placed upon it by legislation and the nature of the City.  It was a fascinating and revealing insight into the Police Service.
Chief Murray Rodd Addresses Weekly Meeting of January 23, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting was the occasion for our yearly update from our Provincial MPP Jeff Leal on developments and ongoing initiatives at Queen's Park. We were also urged to get involved in the Purple Pinkie Project to help Rotary International achieve its goal of eradicating polio from all countries.  Each innoculated child in the developing world has his or her pinkie dyed purple on immunization day and local Rotarians will be selling paper Purple Pinkies at Lansdowne Place.  President Sue (pictured) displays her own purple pinkie next to the official banner.
Weekly Meeting of January 30, 2012 -- Join the Purple Pinkie Project Ray Saitz 0
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Alan Ingram introduced our new Paul Harris Fellow,  John Mackle. John worked in the education system for 37 years and is the retired Director of Education for the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board.  The prestigious award was presented in recognition of his significant contributions to the community and the education system.  He is pictured accepting his Fellowship from President Sue.  Our guest speaker was Trent University professor emeritus Lionel Rubinoff who gave a thought-provoking discussion about the ethical dilemmas facing a health system with declining resources and an aging population. 
Paul Harris Award and Medical Bioethics -- Weekly Meeting of March 26, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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Assistant District Governor Sue Davidson (pictured), a 12-year member of the B.E.L. Club, presented a very interesting slide show entitled “Reach Within to Embrace Rotary”. Beginning with the establishment of the Peterborough Rotary Club in 1921 Sue went on to discuss the many notable achievements of the Club such as establishing Camp Kawartha, Five Counties Children’s Centre, the Rotary Greenway Trail, Langley Park, Student Exchanges, Police Plus, Honduras water supply, Wheelchairs, Group Study Exchanges and the sponsorship of other Rotary Clubs. Sue urged us to particpate in the many opportunities to serve and to enjoy fellowship and friendships available to us as members.


Reach Within to Embrace Rotary -- Our Weekly Meeting of February 06, 2012 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting was honoured by Peterborough County Warden J. Murray Jones who gave us an update on accomplishments of the past year and plans for the future.  Also on hand was Cora Lee Jacobs from the Easter Seals Society who joined Carl Oake and Dan Shaw at the podium  (pictured) to remind us that the Carl Oake Swimathon is fast approaching.  It's on February 24 and volunteers and teams are needed to help make this a record-breaking fundraiser for Rotary and the Easter Seals.
Weekly Meeting of January 16, 2012 -- Getting Ready for the Carl Oake Swimathon Ray Saitz 0
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 Plans are well underway for the first Peterborough and District Children's Spelling Bee.  The committee under the direction of Rick Storey has set the date as May 12, 2012 and the location as Sir Sandford Fleming College.  A Site Page has been set up and it can be accessed via the link on the left side of this page.  You can download the official poster, a brochure, and a list of Sponsorship Opportunities. 
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 A welcome visitor to our weekly meeting on November 21 was Isaac Arulappan, a Rotarian visiting from Manapparai in South India.  It's always interesting to meet other members of Rotary from both local Clubs and those in distant countries.  Isaac is seen in the photo chatting with Peterborough Rotarians Dianna Birrell and John Cockburn.  The international scope of the Club was further empahsized during the meeting by Susan Mackle who displayed a banner she received when she visited the Rotary Club of Gibraltar during her vacation.
Greeting a Visiting Rotarian, November 21, 2011 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting was the occasion of our Remembrance Day service.  Ken Seim played the Last Post, and Reveille after a moment of silence.   Raine, our exchange student from Finland  read “In Flanders Fields” and Peter Koeslag read “They Shall Not Grow Old”. Our guest speaker was Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Borland (pictured) who graduated from Adam Scott Secondary and received his degree in Military and Strategic studies from Royal Roads Military College in British Columbia. He has been stationed in many countries including Germany, Croatia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.  He opened with a visual tribute to the soldiers of WWI and WWII and followed with an interesting and often moving series of slides showing the harsh realities of serving in Afghanistan. 
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Our weekly meeting on October 31, 2011 was enlivened by the presentation of a LARGE cheque for $10,000 to Little Lake Music Fest. Pictured left to right are Melissa Doyle (director), Pat Hooper, former Rotarian and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Music Fest, Emily Martin, General Manager of Music Fest, President-elect Atul Sarrup and Diane Pick (chairperson).  Selling 50/50 tickets at the Music Fest is a joint effort of our Club and the Kawartha Club.  Special thanks went to Bob Fisher and Matt Holmes for keeping the funds straight each evening and a special t-shirt was given to super volunteer Mo Cox for the number of sessions worked and being top seller.
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 Director Gord Regts has sent an email to remind us that staff from the Peterborough Lakefield Police Force will be conducting “Police Checks” starting at 11:15 at the August 8 Rotary meeting, cost is $6.34. 30 Rotarians completed Police Check forms at the August 8th meeting which can be picked up at The Police Station starting Monday Aug 15. For those Rotarians who could not take advantage of registering at the meeting you will have to go to the Police Station at the corner of Water & McDonnell Streets, 2nd floor, to start the process. If you live outside the city Gord Regts & President Sue have the letters of introduction you require to take to the OPP office on Landsdowne St E. to start the police check.
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The District 7010 RYLA leadership camp was held at the Geneva Park Conference Centre on the weekend of April 15-17 located north of Orillia on the shores of Lake Couchiching. Club Director Melissa Doyle's son Logan was one of the 3 participants selected by the Rotary clubs of Peterborough, Peterborough-Kawartha & BEL. Rotarian Amy Simpson drove the students to Geneva Park.RYLA is the acronym for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards & the District provides a training weekend for youths between 15 & 17 years of age that have been demonstrated leadership skills. Each club in our District 7010 has the opportunity to select a student to represent their club.The group photo in this article was sent to club secretary Brian Wilson from the District 7010 RYLA committee.
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The draw for the 3 prizes from our Garden Show Raffle ticket sales was held Monday April 18 during the club's weekly Monday noon hour meeting at The Holiday Inn. Chair Susan Mackle & her Garden Show committee members conducted the draw. The wining ticket holders in the order of the draw were, Marie Bradford from Omemee the 3rd Prize-Garden Equipment, Kelly McEvenue from Mississauga the 2nd Prize-A Niagara Adventure & Roy Wood from Peterborough the 1st Prize-A Montreal Getaway. Roy is a former member of our club & his ticket was sold by Rotarian Willard Chapman.Susan estimates that $7500 will be raised from our participation in this popular show. For more information go to the Garden Show section in the Photo Journals column.
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For a more detailed description of this meeting go to the Bulletin Download Site in the Site Pages column.One of the highlights of the meeting was the Garden Show Raffle draw described in the previous article.Our guest speaker was Rosemary Ganley the founder of Jamaica Self Help. Rosemary reviewed the history of this remarkable NGO which focuses on 7 key projects in this country of extreme poverty. CIDA which has funded Jamaica Self Help annually since it's inception over 30 years ago promotes JSH as the example of an ideal NGO . Rosemary mentioned that they are sponsoring an Adult Trip for 10 days in January 2012, the website is www.jshcanada.org
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A highlight of our weekly meeting was an informative presentation by Chris Fleming (pictured) about gold's evolving role in the marketplace.  Mr. Fleming has excellent credentials to know all about this shiny precious metal and its history and future.  He holds a PhD in chemistry and is a specialist in extractive metallurgy and has recently retired from his position as CEO of SGS Lakefield Research but still maintains a position as a senior adviser.  It was fascinating to discover that gold never disappears but is endlessly recycled and its history as a central part of the world's economy.   
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Our weekly meeting was enhanced this week by a very interesting presentation on the challenges and rewards of sheep farming.  John Steele retired from banking 12 years ago and along with his wife transformed a modest cow farm into a successful sheep farm. They own 300 acres and rent 700 acres for more than 7,000 sheep including 2,250 ewes. You can find out more about this remarkable enterprise at http://www.shepherdschoice.ca
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Our first meeting of the New Year was augmented by a large number of guests who came to see our incoming Mayor, Daryl Bennett, give his inaugural address to the Rotary Club.  Mayor Bennett was joined by Councillors Jack Doris and Henry Clarke in a presentation (pictured) of an Accreditation Canada national award for Outstanding Practice to Pharmacist Murad Younis, who was accompanied by his son Ahmed.
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Members of the Rotary and their partners, children, spouses, and guests met for an evening of hilarity and fellowship at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club.  As part of the festivities we were entertained by members of the Peterborough Pop Ensemble who performed some rousing and often innovative versions of favourite Christmas songs. A fine evening was had by all in attendance.
Annual Rotary Christmas Celebration Dec. 20, 2010 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting had the pleasure of welcoming Dave Marsh and Murray Cowling who represent the Manvers Concerned Citizens Committee.  They discussed the many pitfalls and potential health risks of installing wind turbines on agricultural land to produce wind generated electricity.  Through the use of a video and many first hand accounts Dave and Murray hoped that we could realize that wind farms are not the benign producers of electricity as many people in the industry claim.
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The guest speaker at this week's meeting was Yvonne Lai from Peterborough's New Canadians Centre.  She spoke about the Centre's continuing efforts to help new immigrants integrate into the community and shared some success stories.  Last year the Centre helped 307 new arrivals to Peterborough from about 59 different countries.
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Our weekly meeting was given a note of class as we were serenaded by four members of the Kawartha Youth Orchestra.  Our guest speakers were Music Director Michael Newnham and President of the KYO, Ian Crawford.  They told us of the many benefits of involving young people in the orchestra and the importance of music to those youths.

Kawartha Youth Orchestra, Nov. 22, 2010 Ray Saitz 0
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Our weekly meeting was transformed into an annual general meeting and we had our elections for positions on the Board.  A highlight of the meeting was the recognition of Paul Harris Fellow Al Gregory for his continuing support and the induction by President Moe Grant  of Ken Seim as a new Paul Harris Fellow (pictured). 
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This week we held our observation of Remembrance Day.  Dan Robertson was a Grade 7 James Strath student in July when he won the Rotary Essay contest and his essay on why "I am Proud to be a Canadian" seemed so appropriate for Remembrance Day that he read it at this ceremony.  He is pictured accepting his $100. prize from Bob Phillips, Chairman of the Rotary Remembrance Day Committee.  Dave Edgerton, former President of Legion Branch 52 and Wall of Honour founder, gave a talk about the necessity of preserving war memorabilia.  Another highlight of the meeting was when Dr. Gary Humphries won over $3200 in the Queen of Hearts draw and donated it to the Rotary Foundation.

Remembrance Day Meeting, Nov. 8, 2010 Ray Saitz 0
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This week we were touched and inspired by our guest speaker Larry Gillman (pictured).  Larry is involved in many local community activities and serves as President of the Beth Israel Synagogue. He gave us a moving description of the struggle waged by him and several other local volunteers to help the patients of the Howard Hospital in Zimbabwe. He detailed the impact of poverty and the destruction wrought by AIDS on the residents of this impoverished and devastated country.  
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It was a big day at our weekly meeting when Rotary members Melissa Doyle and Nick Avlonitis presented a giant $10,000 cheque to Emily Martin and Pat Hooper of Peterborough Musicfest (pictured).  The donation was our portion of the proceeds raised through the sale of 50/50 tickets at the music festival held twice weekly in Crary Park all summer. Our guest speaker of the week was Sue Martin from Canadian Blood Services who impressed us with the need to donate blood.
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For our weekly meeting of October 4 we hosted a mayoral debate between the two men vying for the position of Mayor.  Incumbent Paul Ayotte and his opponent Daryl Bennett presented us with a lively exchange and gave us much-needed insights into each person's platform.  It will be interesting to see who emerges as the Mayor of Peterborough after election day on October 25.

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Our weekly meeting was held at the beautiful Canterbury Gardens and we were treated to an excellent lunch.  The guest speaker was Karen August who gave us a very informative history of the Market Hall and brought us up to date on the current renovations. The venerable landmark is being transformed into a state-of-the-art performance centre while retaining the ambiance and acoustics that have made it famous.    
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Our weekly meeting moved for this week to the Peterborough Golf and Country Club and a highlight was a presentation to the Five Counties Children's Centre of a cheque for $27,145.50. That was the amount of money raised by the Holiday Ford Golf Classic.  Representatives of the our club, Holiday Ford and Five Counties were on hand for the cheque presentation (pictured).
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DG Dawn addressed the club today.She emphasized that the DG visit purpose is to support the club & members not to be an inspector!Dawn was introduced by PDG John Cockburn & thanked by PDG Willis Cleveland.Sgt at Arms Pete MacLoghlin conducted a clubrunner quiz & presented the Rotarian of the Month award to Lillian Mackie
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The Rotary Friendship Team from El Salvador completed a 10 day tour of District 7010 this past weekend in Peterborough. The team started with 5 couples but one couple had to return to El Salvador because of a sudden death. Four couples including DG Mario Andino arrived at Kawartha Rotarian George Currie' s Ennismore home at noon on Saturday August 28 where they were met by DG Dawn Straka & their hosts from our club, Mo & Helen Cox ,Piero & Gianna Ronca, John & Shirley McCormack, Pete & Chick MacLoghlin. After lunch each couple left with their Rotarian hosts for tour of the area then home for supper & a visit before retiring to bed. Sunday August 29 at 9:00 am they left Peterborough for a day in Niagara Falls with DG Dawn as their host.They will fly back to El Salvador Monday August 31.The host couples thoroughly enjoyed their time with their El Salvadorian guests. DG Dawn is to be congratulated on organizing this 1st Friendship team tour to District 7010
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Here's a photo of Bill Lockington, our guest speaker,  He brought us up-to-date on the year old Peterborough Community Foundation.  Quite a few Rotarians were at the mike this meeting and some of them are in the Photo Section on the page below (and on your right).  How many can you name without looking at the file name?
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At our July 26 meeting Lisa Chen, Jasmane Heamel, & Maggie Cummings made presentations. The club hosted Lisa a Youth Exchange student from Taiwan over the past year. This was Lisa's last meeting before flying home later in the week. Lisa thanked her host families & all the Rotarians who had included her in some activity; she concluded her presentation with Powerpoint slides of Taiwan & her recent trip to the Maritimes. Lloyd Graham presented Lisa with a walking stick as a memento of her year in Peterborough. Jasmain, our club's outgoing student for 2009-10, has just returned from a year in Taiwan where she became fluent in the Chinese Mandarin language. She gave a synopsis of her experiences. Maggie our outgoing student for 2010-11 who leaves for a year in Denmark later this week thanked the club for giving her this amazing opportunity & has participated in District 7010 Youth Exchange activities since her selection.
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A special dinner meeting featured the presentation of 5 Paul Harris Fellowship Awards and the induction of our new President Moe Grant and his Board of Directors.  Enjoy the photos!
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The Rotary clubs of Peterborough & Peterborough-Kawartha are selling 50/50 tickets at Music Fest concerts in Del Crary Park every Wednesday & Saturday from June 26 to August 28. Melissa Doyle is orgnizing the schedule for volunteers from our club. In Clubrunner go to Calendar where each concert is listed. To register click on the dates(s) you can attend then follow the user friendly directions. Melissa will send an email to confirm your attemdance. This is an easy way to be involved in a major fund raiser for our club. We need 10 volunteers for every concert, family & friends are welcome to join you, so if every Rotarian attends 3 concerts we will achieve full participation from club members. The photos are from The Peterborough Singers Beatles concert on Wed June 30
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We were treated to an excellent program by Sally Harding and her committee.  The "Isadore Black Essay Challenge" finalists presented their thoughts on "What it means to be a Canadian".  Local dignitaries addressed the club and presented awards to the essay winners.  Lastly, many of us enjoyed some wonderful freshly baked treats sold to help defray some of Lisa's upcoming trip expenses.  Check out the photos!
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Camp Kawartha hosted another successful Surf n' Turf fundraiser dinner & auction on Saturday evening June 26. The event was sold out with 300 guests attending including many Rotarians. Rotarian Dan McWillims was the emcee for the evening. The dinner prepared by Franz featured roast beef cooked to perfection & fresh lobster. Camp Kawartha is a 4 season outdoor facility on the shores of Clear Lake, founded by our Rotary club in 1921 as a summer camp for boys, it was sold to the YMCA in 1954.In 1987 10 Rotarians purchsed the camp as a non for profit camp from the YMCA.The transformation of the camp from a neglected site to a state of an art 4 season facility is amazing & due to the dedication of staff, board of directors,& many Rotarian volunteers.The dining room is named the Cockburn building after Rotarian John Cockburn & a large 2 story educational facility is named The Comstock Centre for Rotarian Max Comstock. In 2005 our club financed & built Rotary Hall, a straw bale constructed addition to the Cockburn dining hall, as our centennial project. Rotarian Don White is the current president of the board
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Past President Paul Hartung returned from the RI Convention in Montreal to chair the Rotary meeting on June 21. We welcomed Shirlanne Rawley-Boyd (photo), Chief Advancement Officer for SSFC, as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Peterborough, see above photo. Shirlanne was introduced by Bob Phillips followed by Joe McCulloch highlighting the world of Rotary in his excellent induction speech. Three Rotarians, Lisa Smith. Matt Holmes, & Paul Ayotte gave their classification talks. Mike Evans received another Paul Harris award from Paul. Sally Harding reminded us that Lisa Chen will be offering her baked good next week at our Canada Day meeting which will replace the usual Canada Day cake.Lisa will be accepting folding money as a fundraiser to help pay for her District Youth Exchange trip in July. For more details go to Photos & you can read the Bulletin in Site Pages.
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Our club has operated the school brekfast programme at Prince of Wales School on Monaghan Rd for the past 15 years with teacher Donna Babcock.  Every school day a team of Rotarians prepares breakfast for between 20 & 30 students. To celebrate the final week of the school year each team serves a special breakfast in a friendly competition.Today June 21 the Monday "B" team served up a gourmet breakfast. Susan Fairs & Amy Gagne made delicious strawberry crepes with Doug Armstrong & Pete MacLoghlin providing watermelon & juice. Go to Photos for more on this day.
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Susan Sharp announced that the club will be selling the current edition of the Eastern Ontario Map Book donated by Millhouse Maps for $12.

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At our June 28 meeting Lisa will be offering yummie baking goods that she made as a fundraiser for her July Youth Exchange trip to the Maritimes. Lisa will be accepting donations ie folding money for sampling her tasty wares.
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This is an evening meeting at The Holiday Inn which replaces our noon meeting starting with cocktails at 6:00 pm. Mo Grant will assume his duties as club president & Paul Harris awards will be presented. Tickets are $30, guests are welcome. Tickets can be purchased from Ken Seim or Joe McCulloch. Deadline for ticket purchases is June 30.
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At our June 14th meeting Rotarian Diane Pick, CEO of 5 Counties, & Dave Adams, Director of 5 Counties Foundation, gave an overview of the 2 million dollar renovation plans for the Centre. Our board has accepted the challenge of raising $175,000 towards the costs not covered by the provincial government. Director Karen Wilson has sent every Rotarian an email providing details about the renovation plans & use of the money raised by the club. If the club agrees to this project the club will be recognized by a naming opportunity for eg. the new Waiting Room. Our club spearheaded the approval & construction of the original building in 1974. President Jim urged every Rotarian to consider this proposed fundraising project, contact Karen or Dave Adams if you need more information. The club will vote on the proposal at the July 12 meeting. Bruce Gravel will have more details in this week's Bulletin. Personally I favour asking the Kawartha & BEL clubs to join our club in this Rotary project.
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Our June 7 meeting was held off site at The Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters newly completed Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre,4601 Guthrie Dr. Franz catered lunch providing an outdoor BQ. Rotarians were able to tour the superb wildlife & fish exhibits. On outdoor fishing pond has bee constructed to allow visitors to have a fishing experience.Robert Pye gave an interesting overview of the OHAF  mandate including some of their politiacal & educational programs. For more details go to Photos on this page & read your Bulletin
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The 33rd Rotary/Holiday Ford Golf Classic was held June 2 2010 at The Pinecrest Golf Club.125 golfers paid a registration fee of $160 from which after the deduction of the green fees the remaining proceeds went to Five Counties Children's Centre.There were 3-Hole-In-One prizes for 1 of 2,2 year leases on a new 2010 Ford & $20,00 cash sponsored by RBC Dominion Securities.The weather was warm & sunny for the 1st 14 holes then the rain showers struck.Dinner at The Junction was donated by the management of the Junction. After dinner Peter Norris conducted a very successful auction including an autographed Mile Fisher hockey jersey.Carl Oake won a hotly contested bidding war with Mike Winslow & then presented the jersey to Travis an 18 year old client of Five Counties who was overwhelmed with Carl's generous gift to him.This was the highlite of the day for most of us!!
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The weekly meeting got off on a suspenseful note as Gord Fallon tried to pull the Queen of Hearts out of the deck to win over $2000 in the Queen Of Hearts draw; unfortunately, he was unsuccessful.  Our guest speaker was Gord Rodin, co-founder of the Peterborough-based charitable organization Seeds of Hope.  He gave a moving and very interesting presentation about the group's aid to the poverty-stricken residents of Grande Goave in Haiti. You can find out more at the Seeds of Hope website at www.hopegrows.ca 

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Another very successful Fireworks event was held as scheduled on Saturday May 22. This event is organized by The Rotary Clubs of Peterborough & Peterborough-Kawartha. From our club Rotarian Steve Kylie was again the co chair & Rotarian Melissa Doyle was in charge of organizing volunteers. From 6-9:30 pm there were many play stations set up,including a 9 hole minature golf course, large tricycle racing, a haunted house, a huge slide, bouncing,jousting, & face painting. Free ice cream bars courtesy of the Scates family of Central Smith Dairy were enjoyed by participants including 450 students from this week's Canadian Science Fair. A 50-50 draw was held with he winner receiving $750. The fireworks once again were spectacular. Go to Photos for more details of the evening.
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At the weekly meeting we were treated to a roast beef lunch, a very large turnout with many guests, and a visit from the United States Consul General, Kevin Johnson.  Mr. Johnson gave a very insightful analysis of U.S. - Canada relations and was quite complimentary of the strengths inherent in Canada, although he also elaborated on some of the issues between the two friendliest nations on earth.  

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The weekly meeting had an additional highlight. Susan Fairs presented the Peterborough Garden Show grand prize of a trip to Victoria BC to visit Buchardt Gardens to Dieter and Hilde Becker of Port Hope (pictured).  This month they are also celebrating an astonishing 52 years of marriage.  Our guest speaker was the President of Fleming College, Dr. Tony Tilly, who spoke about the future directions and goals of the College.

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The meeting was the occasion of the drawing of the winners of the Garden Show Raffle. Susan Fairs and Paul Hartung presided over the draw and our guest speaker Andrew Blazey, the VP of Siemens-Milltronics, was called upon to select the winning tickets (pictured). Dieter Becker from Port Hope won a trip for two to Buchardt Gardens in Victoria, BC.  New Rotary member Lesley Heighway also gave her classification talk.

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The Club was pleased to welcome its newest member, Martin Parker, who is an avid and very knowledgeable birder.  Our guest speaker was Chris Maher (pictured) who enlightened us on a very serious issue, organ donation.  Chris is the recipient of a transplanted liver and through the generosity of another person he has had his life saved and immeasurably rewarded.  The problem is in making sure that people take the time to register to "recycle" their organs at http://www.giftoflife.on.ca

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At our regular Monday meeting we were somewhat shocked by Charlie Burge's story of his hurried exit from the Garden Show in an ambulance bound for PRHC. We were gratified by his priase for the quick attention he received in the emerg.  Our guest speaker was Rotary member and former Publisher of the Peterborough Examiner, Darren Murphy (pictured) who spoke about the current state of newspapers and assured us that they will be around for a long time to come.

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We need to make Sustainability and The Environment a global concern, which was the message that Mike Nickerson spoke to the Club about today.  Mike is an internationally known speaker and the author of three books about sustainability.  His message was about the possibilities that we have to make the future a better time for our children by resisting the impulse towards unlimited growth today.

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The club welcomed its newest member Ken Tremblay, the new CEO of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.  Our guest speaker, Syd Birrell (pictured), did double duty as a speaker and as the fill-in piano player who guided us through Oh Canada and Happy Birthday.  Mr. Birrell gave a moving and informative talk about his son James who tragically died of neuroblastoma and in whose memory the James Fund was established to raise funds for neuroblastoma research. 

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Rotary Club of Peterborough Past President Lloyd Graham spoke to the club about his participation in a Group Study Exchange in Africa.  Lloyd had a wonderful slide presentation surrounding the works he and his committee were doing in Africa.
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During a recent 3 week vacation to Argentina Eric & Donna were able to meet with the 3 Rotary Youth exchange students that they have hosted, Augustin Caralallo in 1994, Germana Pascal Marcius in 2006, & Lula Engles in 2002. Lloyd Grham served as the councellor for each student. Agustin is married to Veronica & has a 3 year old daughter Milagros. See Photos for further details.
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Donna Clarke from Homegrown Homes was the speaker today at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Peterborough.

The presentation spoke about how this program was made in Peterborough.

Donna Clarke recognized the Rotary Club's financial support for this over ten year old local housing program. 

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The Rotary  Auction returned bigger & better than ever.The auction was held at The Peterborough Golf & Country Club, on the evening of Friday Jan 15. This years theme was The 100 km Dinner & Auction, promoting Peterborough & surrounding counties.Rotarians Brian Wilson, Eric Wilke, Kevin Duguay, Gord Fallen & their committee are to be congratulated on a very successful event. There were 186 people in attendance & bidding was brisk on the many Silent & Live Auction items. Rob Russland was in fine form as the auctioneer with Rotarians Peter Norris, Wendy Hill, & Kerri Davies in a supporting role promoting the Day at The Firehall Day with some tantallizing tidbits. Brian annouced at Rotary on Monday Jan 18 that he expected that the auction to raise over $22,000.
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130 Rotarians & their guests attended The Rotary Club of Peterborough's Xmas  meeting on Monday evening Dec 14  at the Peterborough Golf & Country Club. President Jim chaired the meeting with his right arm in a sling following shoulder surgery last Friday! Club Director Ken Seim & his committee are to be congratulated for organizing a superb evening of Rotary fellowship includuing door prizes.Ken played his trumpet for the singing of O Canada.A highlight of the evening was the surpise appearance of a pink gorilla with a Balloon a Gram package  to celebrate Jenny Ingrams special birthday, courtesy of husband Alan. We were delighted to see Ada Lee thanks to Rotarian Stu Stovel's planning. Sgt at Arms Lloyd Graham dressed in his Scottish regalia managed to "levee" appropiate fines. Happy Bucks inluded the Steinmillers for their recent return from Argentina, see the article about the Rotary connection. We enjoyed a lovely buffet dinner featuring pork tenderloin & a delicious dessert table.Our guest speakers Rev Kevin Derry (Trinity United) & Pal S. Dosaj (Hindu faith) reminded us of the true meaning of the  Christmas Spirit. See photos for further details.
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This week Don Ford gave a presentation on the Access Centre.

The Access Centre Covers an area from Victoria Park Avenue in Toronto to Algonquin Park in the north.

It was amazing to note how many staff hours are involved in the care that is provided to the persons needing this assistance.

The meeting concluded at 1:40 p.m.

Please remember to do something nice for someone this week.

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Dr Dean Oliver, is the Director of Research and Exhibits at The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. He was the guest speaker today at our annual Rotary Remembrance Meeting.

Dr. Oliver, a historan described how The Museum handles all the information and artifacts that come into their care.

He went on to explain how the Museum works. It was a very interesting presentation.

The Rotary Club had invited guests from the various veterans associations in Peterborough made up of members from the Army; Navy: Air Force Associations and the Merchant Marine.

The membership appreciated Dr. Oliver's attendance at the club and his interesting presentation. Many members stayed to speak with Dr. Oliver following the meeting.

A rousing standing ovation was offered to the invited veterans as well as the veterans who are members of the Rotary Club for their service to their country.

The meeting finished at 1:30 p.m.

Please remember to do something nice for someone this week!

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Immediate Past President Paul Hartung seen standing at the podium beside seated Presedent Jim Coyle conduct the Annual General Meeting and Election of New Officers of the Rotary Club of Peterborough.
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Once again our club was a sponsor of this event which introduces Grade 8 students to the various sections of the county agriculture buisness.Rotarians under the leadership of Past President Paul Hartung assisted in the day's program by supervising the 5 "workshops" that the students rotated thru.Some of the workshops included the DNA Cluster at Trent U, crop issues, exploring agricultural machinery which included tractors with a GPS system to assist in crop sewing.The event took place in the Morrow Building on the Exhibition Grounds from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Go to Photos for more details.
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This was the first morning meeting of the 2010 Carl Oake Swim-a-Thon set for February 26, 2010.

It takes a lot of organization for this day and though it seems far off in the future it is really just around the cornor.

The photo taken by Rotarian John Brine shows some of the members of the Carl Oak Century 21 Real Estate team and members of the Rotary Club of Peterborough striking the committees and strategy for this wonderful annual fund raiser.

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The Rotary Club of Peterborough welcomes the Rotary District 3010 'Vocational Tour'.

The Rotary Vocational Tour from India was very interesting and informative.

They have been meeting in Niagara-On-The-Lake. We were very impressed with the businesses and professions our fellow Rotarians from India are involved in.

There were questions from some of our club members about the incredible changes that are taking place in India.

The picture is of the visting Rotarians and the head table.

The meeting adjourned at 1:40 p.m..

Please remember to do something nice for someone this week.

 

 

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This week our guest speaker was Bea Quarrie who spoke about the challenges that the Hungarian people faced in the 1950's for those who felt they needed to leave their country.

It was a moving presenatation of her life as a child with her family attempting to get out of Hungary.

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Rotary Club of Peterborough assists in the laying of sod at Camp Kawartha on Friday October 23, 2009.

It was a great day but hard work as some members of the club volunteered their efforts.

The Rotary Club of Peterborough has a wonderful history with Camp Kawartha going back decades.

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Dave Adams was the guest speaker at our October 19th  Rotary meeting. Dave reviewed the history of the Centre by reminding us that our club conceived & provided the financing to construct the centre which opened with 4 staff members in 1975.Rotarians Ed Myers, John Lowes,& Stu Stovel served on the committee that planned & raised the money to construct the Centre. Dave provided a brief description if the current programs offered by 5 Counties.See the Bulletin forfurther details.
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The speakers today were Dr Joyce Barrett, pictured at left, a guest and Brendan Moher a member of the club giving their own impressions of  proportional representation as it pertains to electoral reform. It was a very lively discussion and captured the attention of the members.

There is no Rotary Meeting next week as it is Thanksgiving!

Please remember to do something nice for someone this week!


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Making music is a gift and we were given a real treat with a presentation and short concert by a small group of musicians representing over 200 others in Peterborough's New Horizons group of bands.  Spokesperson Lori Schuett, pictured on the left, gave us a lively discussion about the bands and hoped to recruit a few Rotarians to join.
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We had our weekly meeting at the brand new Camp Kawartha Environment Centre located in the Trent Nature Areas at Trent University . We were honoured to be the first group to ever use the facility. Using innovative green architecture techniques, the structure will be amongst the most sustainable in Canada.  We were greeted by Captain Climate, aka Glen Caradus, pictured at left, and got a good look at what makes the building so environmentally exciting.

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As the summer slowly fades we were treated to a quiz about Rotary history by Sergeant-at-Arms Peter MacLoghlin and a timely presentation by our guest speaker, Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, the medical officer of health for Peterborough City and County.  Dr. Pellizzari, pictured at left, spoke about the preparations for a potential N1H1 pandemic and the possible ramifications for any business which may have numerous employees down with the flu.  Her presentation was thought-provoking and her answers to questions very informative.
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The meeting got off on a challenging note as Sergeant-at-Arms Peter MacLoghlin quizzed the members on their abilities to use the Clubrunner website.  A cheque for $20,082.50, which was raised through the Rotary Holiday Ford Golf Classic, was presented to the Five Counties Children's Centre. The meeting concluded with an interesting speech from our Assistant Deputy Governor, Susan Davidson, pictured at left.  The next meeting of August 17 will be the evening Stoney Lake Cruise. 

Weekly Rotary Meeting of August 10, 2009 Ray Saitz 0
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The highlight of the regular weekly meeting was the presentation to Lily Dart of her Paul Harris Fellowship award.  Lily has raised over $8500. through her group Kids for All Kids and the money has built a school in Kenya.  Presenter Lloyd Graham, seen with Lily in the photo, said that Lily may be youngest person to ever win the honour of a Paul Harris Award. The meeting closed with an interesting presentation by John Gillespie of Flying Colours.
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We had 48 Rotarians & their guests turn out for this special meeting on the Stoney Lake cruise ship.There was a severe thunderstorm on the drive to the lake but the bad weather cleared by the time we boarded the ship.This was strictly a fellowship meeting with no agenda, giving us a chance to relax, visit, take in the Stoney Lake ambience while enjoying cocktails followed by a delicious buffet meal.Our thanks to Alan Ingram & Ken Seim for organizing the evening. For a pictorial view go the Photos section. 

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The Peterborough Rotary Club and the Kawartha Rotary Club are partnering with FOL to sell 50/50 tickets at the Festival of Lights at Little Lake this summer, starting on June 20, and continuing every Wednesday and Saturday until August 22nd. The money raised through the 50/50 draw goes back into the Festival of Lights and other events at Crary Park. For the full FOL lineup go to Festival of Lights. We'll publish the names and amounts of the 50/50 draws as they occur. Good Luck!
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The meeting got off to a lively beginning when Sergeant at Arms Alan Ingram dusted off many of the members' skeletons in the closet and challenged each table to identify the Rotary member described in an often revealing anecdote from the past. Who would have known that some of our members had such interesting adventures in their past?  The guest speaker was noted Peterborough lawyer Peter Lillico who gave a thought-provoking presentation on the topic The Cottage Conundrum: Keeping it in the Family. He is pictured to the left being thanked by Rotarian Jane Parr. There is no meeting next Monday, August 3 because of the Civic Holiday.

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It was a memorable and often tearful meeting as Manon, our French exchange student, bade farewell and presented a series of photos highlighting the many people she has met and the trips she has taken.  Manon was accompanied by the Kawartha Club's incoming exchange student, Jessica Rodrigues from Brazil.  Both of these exceptional young women are a testament to the joys and spirit of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Manon and Jessica are pictured to the left.
Al Harding, of "Al on the Roof" thanked the Club for its support and he was followed by Stu Harrison, General Manager of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, who gave a presentation on the benefits of the upcoming harmonized provincial and federal sales taxes.
All in all, a good meeting and one to be remembered.
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President Jim Coyle was at the helm for his first regular meeting as the Club's new president. To his credit, the meeting went without a hitch.  Alan Ingram as Sergeant at Arms stumped most of us with his quiz about Canadian Prime Ministers and Parliamentarians and raked in many loonies.  Alan was also presented with his Rotarian of the Year award and thanked the Club for the honour. Our guest speaker was Peter Grummett, pictured at left, who suffered a grievous head injury about ten years ago.  He gave an inspiring talk about his traumatic injury and his epic struggle to overcome what could have been a life-destroying tragedy.      
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Posted by Peter MacLoghlin
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The final meeting for President Paul Hartung was celebrated in fine style. We had a large turnout for this special evening meeting,118 in total with over 50 guests, including many Rotary partners. Paul Harris awards were presented to four community leaders, Ed Arnold form the Examiner, Lily Dart a 12 year old student, Dr Don Harterre for his leadership in organizing the Family Health Teams, & Bill Bradburn representing the Bradburn family,one of Peterborough's more senior families.Ross Verner received a Paul Harris award from the club for his many years of service most notably as the club secretary for the past 5 years. The meeting concluded with President Paul Hartung handing the chain of office to Jim Coyle. President Jim then presented a Paul Harris award to Past President Paul.
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Sally Harding & her committee organized yet another memorable Canada Day meeting. This annual meeting was started by Rotarian Isadore Black in the early 1990's. Students are asked to write an essay on what it means to be a Canadian. There are 2 divisions, Junior for grades 5 & 6, Senior for grades 7 & 8.The top 3 students in each division attend this Rotary meeting to read their essays & receive their prizes, bikes to the 1st place & ipods to the runnerups.The Black family donate the prizes in memory of Isadore. Our local politicains spoke to the students & presented the prizes to each student. The meeting ends with everyone having a piece of cake decorated with the Canadian flag. Go to the Bulletin Download site & Photos for more info. As a footnote Rotarian Jim Scates won the 50/50 draw at the Festival of Lights on Wedneday June 24th. Jim generously donated half of the winnings to Manon to help her pay for the upcoming Rotary Maritmes trip & the other half back to the Festival
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Rotarian Betsy Mcgregor gave an informative & entertaining presentation on the ehical issues involved in the cloning of animals, eg pigs, for use in our healthcare. For eg using the heart of a pig cloned to a specific person for transplant purposes. Betsy incuded her audience by having Rotarians at each table make decisions in regards to these issues. Go to the bulletin download site in Home Pages for more details & Photos of todays meeting
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Weekly Rotary Meeting of June 8, 2009

This weeks picture is of a bear that had just crossed highway 28 just north of Coon Lake Road, just above Burleigh Falls.

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The Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs for Ontario was the guest speaker at our May 25th Rotary meeting. He had met with the Curve Lake & Hiawatha bands in the morning.MPP Jeff Leal introduced Minister Duguid who gave us an informative overview of the history of governments failed relationships with the first Nation poeple & how his Ministry is planning to correct the situation. For more details you can read the Bulletin in Site Pages & click on the Photo section,both on this Home Page. Dr Gary Humphreys was named the Rotarian of the Month by Sgt at Arms Moe Cox.
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Garry & Eleanor Humphreys hosted this Rotary party at their lovely home as a fundraiser to assist Manon in paying for her Rotary Maritimes trip this summer.Manon had spent hours preparing delicious French gourmet dishes. Gary & Eleanor supplied a range of fine Canadian wines & gourmet cheeses.Rotarians Sally Harding,Sally's husband Wayne, Lloyd Graham. Mo Grant,& Rick Storey assisted in serving the wine & food. There was an excellent turnout by Rotarians & their partners & $1900 was raised, which allow Manon to go on the Maritimes trip. Eleanor led us to the vineyard planted in 2002 ,as a fundraiser for Polio Plus you could purchase a vine for $20. Moe & Helen Cox were able to locate their vine loaded with grapes of the MoePlant variety!. Go to Photos for more details. 

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Weekly Rotary Meeting June 1, 2009

The sunset picture shown is of Lake Huron just north of Goderich at Port Albert.

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Posted by Peter MacLoghlin
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The  Peterborough Rotary  clubs once again provided play stations including giant slides,jousting, a bouncy castle,face painting, live bands,& treats before the fireworks at Del Crary park on Sunday May 17. The fun started at 6:00pm & ended at 9:30 when the fireworks started.Go to photos for more details.
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Regular Rotary Meeting of Monday March 16, 2009

The picture this week is of a wonderful lake scenery. It won't be too long before all the ice is gone and the land and trees green up!

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The event was held in ideal weather conditions for either cycling,walking,running,or roller-blading.Mayor Paul Ayotte biked to Jackson Park & MPP Jeff Leal was present with his son who rode his bike in the event.Camp K Past President Warren Craft raised $5000 & Pete & Chick MacLoghlin raised over $1600 & many Rotarins had signed Pete's pledge sheets. There were many school groups with Westmont Elementary leading the way.There was a choice of 4 distances- 1 km, 5 km, 10 km,or 30 km. Most cyclists rode the 30 km route to Lakefield & back on the Rotary Greenway Trail. Before the ride Jason organized a "People Toss". After finishing the ride we were served Domono Pizzas donated by Alan Hill & ice cream cups donated by the Scates of Central Smith Dairy. Water was available at each check point courtesy of Rocky Ridge.A raffle was held with the grand prize being a new bike donated by Canadian Tire. Go to photos to view the action

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Carl Oake Swim-A-Thon a great success!

Picture shown is of Dan Shaw, member of the Rotary Club of Peterborough and the Chair of the 2009 Carl Oake Swim-A-Thon.

Click on the more tab below to get more club details. Go to Photos for a pictorial description of the Swim-a-Thon.

 

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President Paul opened the meeting at 12:25.Go to photos for a visual tour of the meeting. Sgt at Arms Rick Storey conducted an entertaining quiz based on the Guinness Book of Records. Two tables were asked to guess a record from the Book & the table closest to the answer did not pay a fine.Our guest speaker, Jennifer Harrington updated us on the new Ontario Disability Act,known as AODA an acronym for The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005.Dan Shaw asked that every Rotarian be involved with the Swimathon which is being held on Friday March 6 at the YMCA from 7-9 am.Support Rick Storey & his Rotary team with a generous donation, enter a team or help out the day of the Swimathon.Mike Evans pledged $1000 to Frank Parish who is on the Rotary team, so my suggestion of a $100 pledge is peanuts by comparison! I had suggested a pledge of $100 from each Rotarian because this year you do not have to sell Cash Calendars or purchase tickets to an Auction! Alan Ingram is encouraging Rotarians to support Kawartha Foodshare by staffing the warehouse from 5-7pm every Monday.Go to Photos for new photos of our Easter Seals Ambassador Brittney Freeland and Carl promoting the March 6thSwimathon.
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The 23rd annual Rotary/Carl Oake Swimathon will be held at the YMCA pool on Friday March 6th.To date the Swimathon has raised $550,000.Chairman Dan Shaw told Rotarians that this years goal is to raise $50,000. Dan encouraged us to try to form a team & if not to at least take a pledge form & sign up doners.This is the major fundraiser for the club so we need every Rotarian to become invloved.The official Kick off will be Monday February 2nd at our weekly Rotary meeting
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Joe McCulloch organized an entertaining celebration of the 250th birthday of Robbie Burns at today's meeting.After Pres Paul had chaired the regular part of our agenda, including an interesting classification talk by Jane Parr the ceremony started with the entry of the Haggis to the sound of the bagpipes.Then Joe gave a toast to the haggis with a "wee" dram of scotch that he shared with the piper, Bob Saunders & the server.Bob,the piper then went thru the ceremony of addressing the Haggis with a magnificaent flourish of his scabbard. Joe gave an interesting history of Scotch whiskey & a short biography of Burn's life. Bob recited several well known Burn's poems as well as a poem by a Canadian giving Katie O'Shanter's side of the famous poem about Tam O'Shanter's escapdes, which he deliverd with passion to Wendy Hill. Thanks Joe for a wonderful day & the opportunity to enjoy a dram of 2 of Scotland's finest malt whiskeys.
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President-Elect Jim Coyle chaired today's meeting.We welcomed the induction of Bruce Gravel as the newest member of our club, Bill Morrison will serve as Bruce's mentor. Tanya our 2007-08 exchange student from Russia was at the meeting. Our annual Xmas message was deilvered by Rev Kevin Derry the minister at Trinity United & Prof Pal Dosaj of the Hindu faith from a Christain & non Christian perspective. The meeting ended with Steve Vass & Paul Bodrug on keyboard leading us in Xmas carols
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The team from our club with lead Joe McCulloch, second Jim Coyle,vice Ken Seim, & skip Nick Avlonitis won the Rotary Can-Am curling bonspiel held in Stratford this past weekend.This was the 50th year of the bonspiel which includes Rotary teams from Canada & the USA.Each team has Rotarians from one club.Our team defeated a team from Madison Wisconsin in the championship match.The team will play in the Rotary World Championship Bonspiel in Perth Scotland in 2010.A team from our club has won the bonspiel 5 times.
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We held a very successful Family Xmas meeting Monday evening at The Holiday Inn.The room was full with many Rotarians & our partners in attendance.President Paul was in fine form as he chaired the meeting.Hi-lites included the introduction of a group of Exchange students by Brad Hunt, a Xmas gift for Manon which included a photo book of Canada & an Ontario calendar, a magician show, & a presentation by members of the District Wheelchair Team that spent 10 days in San Salvador this past November. Note that there is a regular noon meeting on Monday Dec 22.Go to Bulletin Downloads on Site Pages & Photos for more details.
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Elections of Rotarians to the Board of Directors for the next Rotary year took place ot the club meeting on December 1st. Elected as Directors were Arlene Blunck, Jon Bryan, Andrew Pyle, Gord Regts, Ken Seim, & Dan Shaw. Jim Coyle will serve as President in the new Rotary year of 2009-2010
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Andrew Pyle co-ordinated a touching Remembrance Day meeting.  Lee-Anne Quinn recently returned from her duties in Afghanistan had a very relevant message.

Our meeting of November 17th featured author D'Arcy Jenish who introduced us to his book - "Montreal Canadiens, One Hundred Years of Glory".

Check out the photos!

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The Rotary Club of Peterborough hosted 22 Scottish Rotarians from Nov 7-9.Our club is one of 22 Rotary clubs that are hosting the 2008 Scotland to Canada Team on this biannual Rotary Curling Tour,which this year started on Oct 31 in Montreal & concludes on Nov 23 in Kitchener .In Nov 1956 the 1st team of Canadian Rotarians curled in Scotland and in 1960 the decision was made to conduct a tour every 2 years, alternating between Canada & Scotland.At each city the curlers from Scotland stay in the homes of Rotarians from the host club.All participants enjoyed the curling & Rotary fellowship this past weekend. The Scots arrived from Kingston Friday Nov 7 at the Peterboough Curling Club (PCC) where lunch was served followed by the 1st draw from 2:00 - 4:00. The teams were piped in & 5 sheets were in play. Friday evening the curlers met at Riley's for a night of billiards.The 2nd draw was played Sat afternoon at the PCC from 1-3. Jim & Wendy Coyle hosted a house party for the curlers & their hosts which included 70 people!The Scots departed from Peterborough early Sunday morning for Meaford.See Photos for more highlites from this weekend where we had this unique opportunity to meet new friends from Scotland. 
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We welcomed two new members, Cory McMullan and Robert (Bob) Shewell.  The meeting also featured an address by our District Governor, Tom Bennett.

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Today's meeting was hosted by the Morrison family at the Best Western Otonabee Inn.We welcomed Maryke Savenije from South Africa who the club hosted as our Youth Exchange student in 1985.Maryke sat a table with her host families Pete & Chick MacLoghlin, Ivan & Pat McCully, Don & Marilyn White,& Gordon & Elizabeth Powell.Maryke presented Pres Paul with a banner from the Rotary club in her home town. Mo Cox & his El Salvador team had on their new blue T-shirts. They leave Monday Nov 3 on their mission to disribute 1000 whellchairs.Gary & Eleanor Humphreys hosted a fantastic tequila tasting evening on Sat for the Coyles & their guests who had bid on this event at the 2007 Rotary auction.Remember to support Jon Bryan's committee by attending the comedy fest this Sat Nov 1at Showplace.Gord Regts needs 15 voulunteers to erect the gift shop at the Festival of Trees on Sunday Nov 23 at 8:00 pm.
October 27th Meeting Peter MacLoghlin 0
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The District 7010 World Comminuity Service committee (WCS) is sending a wheelchair disribution team to El Salvador from Nov 3- 13. Rotarians participating from our club include Mo Cox, Susan Sharp, Mike Evans, Eric & Donna Steinmiller.The team will distribute 1000 wheelchairs directly to the people in need with the the assistance of local Rotarians. The chairs cost $250 each & are paid for by the clubs in Disrict 7010 & individual doners. The team members pay their own expenses including airfare.Go to Oct 27 meeting in Photos on this page
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President Paul chaired this special meeting that gave Rotarians & their guests an opportunity to hear the candidates from the 4 major federal parties.The candidates were allowed 3 minutes to give opening remarks.This was followed by questions submitted br club members then ended with each candidate giving a closing statement.The candidates were,Conservative-Dean Del Mastro our MP.Green Party-Emily Berrigan,Liberals-Betsy McGregor,& NDP-Steve Sharpe. Go to Photos & The Bulletin Download site for more info.Our next meeting is on Oct 20th at The Holiday Inn
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This educational day focusing on issues in Agriculture was conceived & organized by our President-Elect Jim Coyle.Rotary was the major sponsor with assistance from GPAEDC & the Workforce Development Board.The forum was held in the Morrow Building & started at 10:00 am.300 students from Grades 7&8 participated by attending 1/2 hour workshops on Milk,Grain,Meat,Fruits & Veg,Innovation Cluster & Soil & Crop.Lunch consisted of hamburgs BQ'd by Rotarians,Apples & milk.All the food was donated by local producers.See Photos for more info.

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Sgt at Arms Pete MacLoghlin selected John as his Rotarian of the Month for September.John was chosen as the representative of club members that served on The District Conference organizing committee. John was the chair of the registration committee & spent countless hours behind the scenes to ensure that the Conference ran smoothly.John has been a member of our club since 1974. He served as President in 1984-85, Club Secretary for several years,& led a GSE team to England in 1999.John represents the spirit of Rotary as a committed Rotarian who works quietly behind the scenes & always completes any project that he has agreed to participate in.Perhaps John's most significant contribution to Rotary was in 1989 when he represented our club as the Mentor in the formation of The Rotary Club of Peterborough-Kawartha which meant that he recruited the members required to form the club & guided these future Rotarians on the path to becoming a chartered club. 
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A very successful District 7010 Conference titled Kawartha Homecoming was held in Peterborough from Sept 25-28 under the leadership of District Governor Tom Bennett and hosted by the 3 local Rotary clubs.Wendy Hill,Alan Ingram,John McCormack,Will Cleveland,Joe McCulloch,Jon Bryan,Lloyd Graham & Susan Mackle represented our club on the organizing committee. A best ball golf tournament was played on Thursday Sept 25 at The Kawartha Golf & Country Club.That evening Rotarians had an option to view a Petes hockey game from one of the private boxes . Friday Sept 26 the Conference opened at 1:00 Calvary Church.Friday evening participants enjoyed Rotary fellowship as local Rotarians hosted guests for dinner in their homes. Saturday Sept 26 the conference continued at the Calvary Church. The morning featured Roy McGregor a Globe & Mail columnist who writes about the lives of ordinary Canadians.This talk was followed by a presentation by the 2008 GSE team from District 7010 led by our own Lloyd Graham who visited 3 countries in southern Africa. In the afternoon Lieutenant Governor David Onley gave a passionate talk on the issues of accessibility for the challenged members of society. David was thanked by Kate Morgan herself a physically challenged individual.Saturday evening DG Tom hosted The Gala at The Wellness Centre. Guests enjoyed a gourmet 5 course meal followed by dancing with the music of Terry Gueil's band.Past RI President Wilf Wilkinson presented a RI Foundation Distiguished Service award to Carl Dixon from Orillia, one of 50 awarded in the world!.
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Today's speakers presented an overview of the restoration of The Hope Mill at Lang.Bob Rehder a retired engineer from GE was the Chair of the team that restored the mill into working order.Bob with aid of a power point presentation reviewed the changes from a ruined building filled with racoon poop to a functioning saw mill powered by water power.A highlite for me was the design of a Solar Kiln for drying lumber.Rotarian Peter Koeslag who introduced Bob,was a key member of the restoration team & Rotarian Mike Evans serves on the Board. Professor Kathryn Campbell who lives in the stone house across the road from the mill serves as the archivist of the committee & gave an interesting account of the history of the mill. It was built in 1836 by William Lang as a carding & fulling mill for processing wool.The photo shows the restored water turbine that powers the mill.

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Sgt at Arms Alan Ingram announced today that Moe Grant was his choice as Rotarian of the Month for August. Moe was the chair & chief organizer of the club's Festival of Lights committee that ran the 50/50 draw this summer. In addition Moe was the chair of the Rotary-Holiday Ford golf tournament held in June. Moe is the manager of corporate accounts at BMO. Congratulations Moe for this recognition of your service to the club & the community.
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Paul Ayotte the mayor of the City of Peterborough attended today's meeting to hear Reeve Cathcart's address.Since Paul is a huge Green Bay Packer fan he was awarded the Cheesehead head gear by Joe McCulloch. Paul mentioned that there is still room on a bus that is going to a Packer's home game in 7 weeks. Paul did stay to hear Andrew's talk.
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Rotarian Andrew Pyle came to the club's rescue when Neal Cathcart the Reeve of Cavan-Millbrook had to cancel for health reasons. Andrew has had many years of experience as an economist in the banking industry. Andrew gave a state of the union address on the economy. Andrew stated that there was a glimmer of hope that economy would improve.Andrew is a Director on this year's Board of Directors.
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Rotarians Carl Oake & Martin Wormald received their 25th anniversary pins recently. The club thanks Carl & Martin for their 25 years of service in Rotary. Martin proudly displayed the Rotary jacket that he received as winner of the low net score at the Rotary Club of Belleville's annual golf tournament on Wed August 13th, take a peek in Photo Journals.Carl was also successful on the links.He won his division at the PGCC club championships held this past weekend.
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At the Aug 11 meeting our guest speaker was Fred Sorrell who gave a an entertaining talk on how we should introduce potential new members to the Rotary family. Fred is a Rotarian from Windsor who has served as club president & District Govenor for District 6040. Fred started by pointing out that the international aspect of Rotary seperates us from other service clubs.The public is aware of local projects but we need to educate them on our international service.Fellowship & Service are the cornerstones of Rotary.Prospective members should be taken to a club activity before attending a meeting so they will feel more comfortable at the meeting & be more aware of what it means to be a Rotarian. Fred concluded his talk with this Chinese proverb "Man must sit in his rocking chair with his mouth open before a roast duck flies in".
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Past President Rick Storey introduced Manon Fricheteau who is our Youth Exchange student for 2008-09. Manon is from France & is being hosted by Sally & Wayne Harding. We urge every Rotarian to include Manon in an activity that you are planning.We also need at least 2 more host families. Rick reported that Tanya is back home in Siberia.
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 Today we celebrated the induction of former Rotarian Doug Armstrong as a member of the club. Doug was introduced by golf buddy Alan Ingram. Doug was a very active Rotarian serving as club president in the 1980's,chair of Easter Seals & other major fund raising committees.
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At the August 11th meeting we bid farewell to Tanya Litvinova our visiting exchange student from Russia. Tanya leaves Peterborough on Thurs Aug 14 to return home. Yesterday Glenda & Ted Hunter hosted a BQ for Tanya & her host families. Tanya served some Russian food that she had prepared. At todays meeting Pres Paul presented a book on Canada to Tanya & Past Pres Rick Storey surprised Tanya with a birthday cake to celebrate her 17th birthday tomorrow. 
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