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May News
Ahoy there!
Is this  weather just not AWEFUL. I feel that I am back in Scotland, cold and damp.  However saying that even Edinburgh at this moment is 9C and SUNNY!
Positive thinking and  sunny spring weather will be here before we know it.
The Paul Harris dinner last week was really an evening to remember. A full house of well turned out guests  , great food and worthy recipients.
 I will be adding the pictures  to our website when I get them from Cosmo.
 Congratulations to Howie, for organizing  a great event .  Hope you and  Jolanta  enjoyed your Honeymoon!  But then who wouldn't?
This week's speaker will be MPP Wayne Gates.
You probably will want to be there to hear what he has to say and possibly ask some question!!!
Although I wasn't at last week's meeting I believe these happy folk received some PH gems.
 Congratulations  to Bill, Jeannie and  Doug.
Carl Bodimead,  SVP Hatch Engineering  last week's speaker after his  presentation, receiving an "End  Polio Now " certificate.
A reminder that the  Rotary Fashion Show will be held on 28 May.  I believe tickets are at a premium,  so  if you need  any  please contact  Jeannie or Pamela re availabilty.  
Please mark in your calendar this year's New Board Induction to be held at Red Roof Retreat on July 4.
 I promise it will be summer by then though cannot guarantee the weather.
 also The Heart and Stroke, Big Bike Niagara on the Lake-  Contact team leader Jeannie 
May News 2017-05-06 04:00:00Z
Well here we are again,  Did I miss winter?.... apparently not.
Got to say that Ken did a great job,   he will be a fabulous  secretary and  I can pass the baton with no worries
 We have a few bits  of news to tell you about.
Congratulations to Juliet  and her husband Peter,  who won the Best  New Festival Award for 2016.  Way to go guys!  We are very proud of you.
Now mark these in your Calendars.
The Rotary Leadership Institute  will take place in Niagara College on  Saturday April 1  from 8am - 4 pm.
 There are 3 parts  to this and you can chose what part you would like to attend.
The cost is $75 and you will be reimbursed by the club.
Bill French is attending and has all the information,  so if you are interested call him.
The Paul Harris Awards will take place in The Prince Of Wales on Tuesday April 25.
Our own Hielke will be receiving an award from the club and Dick Coyne and David Hemmings will receive community awards.
 Howie is the event coordinator,  so if you have not signed up yet please do so soon. So far it looks as if it will be well attended.  Its a great night so join in and congratulate the award winners.
 AND who can forget  Red Roof's  PASTA DINNER  on April 30th to be held at John Michaels Banquet hall  1368 Uppers road, Thorold?
$25 pp, $10 children 6-12 and under 5 FREE!
 Get your tickets now.
15th Annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser
Sunday April 30, 2017
Doors Open at 4pm & Dinner Begins at 5pm
To raise money for our Respite Program
John Michaels Banquet Hall
1368 Uppers Lane, Thorold, ON
For ticket inquiries please contact Claire at claire@redroofretreat.com
For all other inquiries please contact Karen at karen@redroofretreat.com or 289.362.6104
This event sells out FAST so get your tickets TODAY!
Tickets are:
$25 per adult or $10 per child under 10
Tables of 10
Purchase your tickets by clicking here! 

If you are interested in donating item(s) for our Raffle, Silent or Live Auction please contact:
Karen Post at 289.362.6104 or by email at karen@redroofretreat.com

The RI conference is in Atlanta Georgia on June 10 - 14.
We have quite a few club members who will be attending this  annual conference. It's  really a bit like The Haj something one should go to once in a lifetime ( If you are a Rotarian I mean!!   Get my drift?)   So if you haven't been to Atlanta now is your chance to go.
 Look on the RI website for further information.
 July 16 - July 22 on behalf of Wellspring Niagara there will be a bicycle  tour around Lake Ontario.
For more information on this please visit  the website,  Wellspring.ca/niagara/tourdulac
In case you don't know what Wellspring is... It's a centre  in which  provides free social, emotional, psychological, informational and spiritual support to individuals living with cancer, their families and close supporters. 

It is a  not-for-profit, charitable organization, which  relies solely on the financial support of the community.

  Dave Lambert was a strong supporter of Wellspring so maybe in memory of him?  They also need some volunteers to assist with the back up van.




This coming week the speaker will be........
Debbie Demizio, Vice president Media Relations , Bruce Trail.
I think that's about all I can manage for the time being.
 See you all next week.
Spring 2017-03-22 04:00:00Z
November business.
 So it's November and it's still great weather.
 November is  also Foundation Month.  Have you contributed?  If not, contact  myself  or Martin. We can get your contributions to the appropriate place.
Do you know it only 30 days until the Holiday House Tour.    ( It's also only 6 more sleeps until the US election, but we won't go there.!)
 You should by now have most of the "Save the Date" cards given to you from Betty and have them distributed around town, as well as  to friends and family.
Much easier than selling tickets eh?
 Last Tuesday did not see a large  turnout  of members at the meeting and although  all the volunteer charts  were  on the wall  for the tour  Friday 2 December and Saturday 3 December, not a lot of names appeared on the sheets.
Please, please try and get your names either on to the sheets  this coming week for your volunteering preferences OR  call Jackie McNally at 905 468 3647 ( home)  905 933 3767 ( cell) to give your availability.
 We  have several large homes which need many volunteers, so your presence is absolutely  VITAL .
Two weeks  ago we saw  our newest member Sandra Nass inducted.
We really welcome her into our club and we appreciate the added oestrogen to offset  the testostorone.  FYI we now have 15 female member which represent  29% of the club.  We are getting there and   may just  take over in 2018.
Please put  Tuesday December 13 into your calendars.  It is the Annual Holiday  Party Bash to be held at The Old Winery.
Details will be forthcoming at a later date.
November business. 2016-11-02 00:00:00Z
For all those at  cottages i hope that you are having a blast... It certainly has been a great year to have a cottage.
Just a few reminders of what's happening in the next few weeks.
 As if you didn't know  The Polo event is  taking place on the commons on Saturday and Rotary is premiering their 2 gourmet burgers.  Come along and try them.
 Admission is $15 and it is an event that is well worth watching.  Pretend you are watching a Royal event.
 Thank you for all those who got back to me regarding volunteering.  ww now have a full quota... just wish us luck that the weather cooperates and all our  team efforts go to plan.
This coming Tuesday, Bill French's son Mathew , from Johnson, Cranberry Marsh will be giving a presentation " From Bog To Bottle" ... AND sampling will be involved!  You don't want to miss that  now do you?
The following week is  D.G Marlee Diehl's visit.  We all should make her feel welcome in NOTL.  ( Reminder to the board for their little spiels)
SEPTEMBER  2016-09-04 00:00:00Z
This and That.
A Short bulletin with bits and pieces of information.
On Saturday Ana, Pia, the St Catharine's exchange student , Maddie and her friend all took part in  The Foothill Rotary Club Mudfest.
 You may recall that Saturday was rainy and cold and ... well muddy!
 I picked up four very cold tired girls , bundled them in the car with the heater at full blast, then delivered them to their perspective homes where they  were all looking forward to long hot showers.
But the verdict... IT WAS FABULOUS.   go figure!
 Ill give you pictures when I get them.
This week it's finally Pamela's turn to tell us all about her....  It's her "Getting to Know Me" speech.  This is  the new title as  we have  been told  that "Classification speech" is too terrifying.
So it's  now renamed
 Come and find out all about Pamela on Tuesday.
A reminder that if you wish to add a monthly payment to The Rotary Foundation, I can help you with that.
Jeannie, is taking names for The Heart and Stroke Big Bike ride - have fun for an hour riding, hooting and tooting through the streets of NOTL waving to tourists.  It's a lot of fun, honest!
This and That. 2016-05-15 00:00:00Z
Happy Thanksgiving
Just a few reminders .
This week we have Tobi Brockway giving her Classification speech.  
It's always a pleasure to hear what our members have been up to in their lives.
Polio Day October 20.  This is your pledge sheet.
Bring family and friends to walk around the track and raise money for the eradication of polio.  This walk is in place of the regular meeting sandwiches will be served.
<POLIO DAY Back 2015.pdf>
Happy Thanksgiving 2015-10-11 00:00:00Z
Another fabulous Ice Wine Cocktail party... and I can REALLY attest to Ray's cocktails......
  Congratulations to Howie and his fab team ,  Jolanta, Charlotte, Jan, Stephen, Ruth, Nadja,  and Ward.  Jeannie,  Lee, and Ray on the bar and Bob and Elly Forbes did the 
waitoring.   The illustrious Howard Kudlats was also the Photographer. 
 And doesn't the Pressie clean up well!
 A huge thank you to Colleen and Eugene  Johnston for allowing us to use their beautiful home for the event.
 $10,000 will be donated  to NOTL Palliative Care.
ICE WINE COCKTAIL PARTY 2015-09-27 00:00:00Z
Holiday House Tour 2015
Yes its that time of year again!
 The committee is in full gale force mode and you will be hearing lots of pleas in the next few months leading up to the big week-end.
The sign up sheets for the 6 houses will be available on October 6th;  it is always a good idea to get your name  in for the houses that you really want to be in.  Remember we ask that you try as much as possible to put your name into two slots.
 Betty Disero will be allocating you ten tickets to sell in the next few weeks.. so get the word out to family and friends.
Holiday House Tour 2015 2015-09-27 00:00:00Z
Summer stuff
Where is summer going?  I feel it's going   just too fast!
The DG's  Official visit.
 The District Governor, Kevin Crosby, accompanied by  the Assistant DG Michael Brown,  will pay his official visit to our club on Tuesday August 18.  
Please make an effort to attend and give both  a great welcome.  The only way that you can do this is to be there!
Another event in NOTL that may be of interest  to you this week-end.
I normally wouldn't do this but I believe this may be of interest to a few members.
Many of you may have seen the interesting steel framed house being built on the water on  Front Street, a few houses down from the Golf Club.
This house in being built by a company called   "Bone Structure"  who are having an open house today, Saturday and Sunday.
 The house is partially completed and it is fascinating to take a peek inside.  There are many employees  on site who will answer all your questions about this different building technique
This will probably be your only chance to go through the house, unless you are invited OR  (This is a biggie!) we get it on a future  Holiday House Tour.  
Start putting out your feelers.... This would be a coup!!!
Summer stuff 2015-08-07 00:00:00Z
Fashion Show.
The atmosphere was great and there was a "Buzz" in the room.
Elegantly dressed ladies ( and a few dapper gentlemen ) attended the third annual fashion show, held this year in the
new Prince of Wales, Royal Cambridge Room.
A welcome bubbly was given to start the event and a lovely afternoon tea, with delicious scones and sandwiches were provided.
Fashions were presented by Bella Grace, Hatley Boutique, Halley's Fashion for Men, BeauChapeau and Presents Jewelry.
Local models, including cute kids, paraded the room showing off fashionable attire.  Our own model Jordan Maffey, showing no fear, cut a fine swathe in several outfits, which may indeed be the start of a new career back in Aus.
The event was in aid of our Scholarship Fund for Patience Gaudet.
There were prizes galore and I believe everyone left having had an enjoyable and wonderful afternoon.
Fashion Show. 2015-06-05 00:00:00Z
Canada Day
On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec. The anniversary of this date is July 1, officially known as Canada Day across the ten Provinces and three Territories. 
This morning the Canada Day team from the Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) Rotary club met with the Friends of Fort George in the park to finalize details of the Canada Day event.
We also took pictures of passing the flag From the Friends of Fort George to Rotary, a symbolic gesture to recognize that Rotary will now be in charge of the Canada Day celebrations held in Simcoe Park. The event includes a pancake breakfast, a luncheon barbecue, a parade with a celebration cake which is 4ft x 8 ft in dimension, music in the bandshell along with displays of antique cars and stands for other charitable organizations.
People in the flag passing photograph from left to right: Amanda Gamble Executive Director Friends of Fort George, Jim Alexander Ad Hoc Director and Erika Alexander General Manager both Friends of Fort George . Receiving the flag, Nina Cole President of the NOTL Rotary club and Betty Desero co-chairs of the event along with Joan Coyne chair of the pancake breakfast.
Canada Day 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z
The Fun Box
The Fun Box Lorna Penman 2014-11-01 00:00:00Z
New Board Induction








New Board Induction Lorna Penman 2014-08-03 00:00:00Z
Canada Day Rotary BBQ, Simcoe Park.

The Canada Day Rotary BBQ was again  a huge success.

 The weatherman tried his best to scare us but thankfully he was foiled.  It turned out to be sunny and hot,  just what  July 1 should be.

Thanks to all the Rotarians who came out to help fill the mouths of those in Simcoe Park.  You all did a great job.

 And that cake........ It just gets better and better every year.  Should have taken the planters down though those pesky things got in the way although with a little help from friends and The Sand Trap it all came about.

 Thank you Catherine  and the staff at Willow Cakes and Pastries you did a fantastic job.


Just Cooking up a storm... and those onions!



 The serving staff got it right eventually  gloves/ tickets and TORN the right way, thanks to a certain OCD member ( you know who you are!)


 Shelter Box advisors.  I heard there was a wee bit difficulty in the tent erection.  Maybe you should stick to Ontario and not venture out in the field.


 The " Condiments"  ( sounds like a rock band!)



Canada Day Rotary BBQ, Simcoe Park. Lorna Penman 2014-07-05 00:00:00Z
Ice Wine Cocktail FUNDRAISER.
It was a magical evening;
 Lindsay and John Barfitt's beautiful, spacious home was the perfect setting for 150 people who attended the Ice Wine Cocktail  fundraiser.
 Even the weather cooperated and we could not have asked for a finer evening as guests spilled out into the garden. Harley, the Barfitt's landseer dog, was  interviewed by Cogeco TV and he coped with the interview extremely well.  He was the inspiration for the evening's black and white theme.
 Two huge dining  tables were laden with  elegant  appetizers donated  by more than 22 restaurants in the region, as well as 2 ice wine  martini bars and a wine bar,  the wines and ice wines  also donated by wineries in the area.  These helped  keep  the attendees thirst at bay.  There was even a Gelato Cart set up under the stars in the garden; who could ask for anything more?
 The final numbers are not yet tallied  but a rough guess would be that  between $9000 - $10,000  was raised, which will be split between Hospice Niagara,  St Catharines and the Niagara on the lake community Palliative Care in town.
 A huge thank you to Lindsay and John, our  most gracious hosts and a thank you to all the committee members  who worked so hard to  make  the evening such an immense success.

A Magical Setting.



Floral creations by Betty Ferguson.

Ice Wine Cocktail FUNDRAISER. Lorna Penman 2013-10-13 00:00:00Z
A fond farewell to Julie.

A fond farewell was given to Julie  at Howie and Jolanta's home last week.

A great turn out, fabulous weather  and a superb venue helped to make this  occasion bittersweet.

 Julie has been with us for a year.  Her smiling face, that twinkle  and her  upbeat personality will be sadly missed.  She surely  has been one of our highlights this past year.

She has now returned to her family  in  France but I am sure we haven't heard the last of her by a long shot.

Au revoir Julie,

Bon chance and many thanks to Jolanta and Howie for a memorable evening.










A fond farewell to Julie. Lorna Penman 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z
Red Roof Retreat Pasta Dinner.


11th Annual Pasta Dinner Fundraiser

In Support of Respite Programs for Children with Special Needs

John Michaels Banquet Hall

1368 Uppers Road, Thorold

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Doors Open at 4 pm

Dinner at 5 pm

$20.00 per person

$10.00 for children 6 -12yrs

Children 5yrs and under Free

Prizes and Auction

Pre-order tickets by:calling 905-684-0235 or email office@redroofretreat.com

Red Roof Retreat Pasta Dinner. Lorna Penman 2013-04-03 00:00:00Z
Friends Of Laura Secord.


We had a fascinating talk last Tuesday  by Caroline McCormick "Friends of Laura Secord"  , also one of her direct descendants.

She gave us information on The Laura Secord Commemorative Walk to be held June 22, 2013 .


There will be further information regarding this walk on our new web site, once it is up and running!



Friends Of Laura Secord. Lorna Penman 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z
Jenn:Christmas Update


I have received this fabulous account of Jenn's Christmas in Norway.

It is a MUST Read.

It has been a while since I have sent an update and I am so sorry for that! Since moving in with my new host family I have been so busy! Christmas is one big month long event here in Denmark and there is always something to do! Starting December first there is an advent calendar shown on T.V. (like a miniseries). They play a 1/2 hour segment everyday up until Christmas. There were 2 shown on T.V. but my favourite was called Jul i Valhal. It is about 2 kids who find the world where the old Nordic Gods live (called Valhal). It was a little hard to understand at first but as the month went on I started to pick it up. There are also Christmas markets in many of the cities and towns selling fresh christmas cake and cookies and hand made decorations. My host family also did an advent calendar where we all bought each other one present and each day one person got to open a gift. It was really nice! The month was filled with Christmas lunches and get togethers where you meet up with friends and family to eat special types of fish, meat, and bread and play games with presents. I went to I think 5 Christmas lunches over December!

Christmas night was really great, we went to my host mom's sister's house along with her parents (morfar and mormor...literally translates to mommom and momdad ahaha). So in all we were me, my host mom (Inge), my host dad (Henrik), my host brother (Jens, 12), my host sister (Hanne, 9), my host mom's sister and family (Helle, her husband Henrik and 3 sons Kasper, Morten, and Daniel), and my host mom's parents (Rigmor and Svend Aage). Denmark has a lot of great traditions that I would like to bring back to Canada. Firstly, Christmas is celebrated on the 24th at night. We had a big dinner all together with duck, pork, red cabbage, and 2 type of potatoes. Then afterwards we went to the living room to the tree. They put real candles on the Christmas tree which just amazed me since I was the only one worried it would burn down, which it didn't of course. They also sing songs and walk/dance around the Christmas tree which was SO FUN! One of my 'host aunt' s sons plays the piano so he played while we all sang. I actually got sort of emotional while we were singing because it was the whole family coming together to celebrate. I did cry on Christmas, but the whole family understood and my host parents were so great comforting me, so the bad homesickness didn't last very long. I was also lucky to receive some really nice gifts that I wasn't expecting at all! My host parents bought me a really nice Fjallraven backpack (extremely popular here) and a gift card to one of my favourite stores here. My 'host aunt' knitted me some thick warm socks which is hilarious because I'm always wearing wool socks around the house and my morfar (host mom's dad) made me a hand made spinning top since he is a carpenter and my host siblings gave me a hoptimist (a cute little danish toy).  It was so nice of them to think of me at Christmas and so generous too! My parents also sent me some presents in the mail including some nestle chocolate bars that I had been missing! It was a little weird waking up on the 25th with Christmas already 'over' but I can honestly say that if I had to have Christmas away from home, I am SO GLAD that it was with this family. We drove home on the 25th and stopped by my host dad's mom's house for a Christmas lunch and then went home. I skyped with my family a bit when we got home, which worked out perfect because it was just after they had woken up and opened presents. For New Years, my host family went to Jutland to visit their friends and I stayed home to go to a party that a girl in my class at school was having, she conveniently lives just around the corner from me. On New Years they have a big dinner just like Christmas, so my friend's mom kindly invited me to their dinner they were having with some neighbours. The Queen of Denmark also does a speech every New Years (that I could kind of understand with subtitles!) The party was pretty good, they have a cute tradition of jumping into the new year (by jumping of chairs and couches) and then we went outside to set off fireworks. Danes are firework crazy!! Fireworks are illegal all other times of the year so every other person on the street was setting them off!

After New Years I went to Copenhagen on my own to visit my neighbours from Canada. They live across the street from me, and I have babysat their children for over 4 years. The mother has 2 sisters that both live in Copenhagen and dance in the Royal Danish Ballet. So I met them there and we saw a dance rehearsal and got a tour of the stage and the Queen's box (where the queen sits to watch shows!). Then we went out for lunch and they showed me around Copenhagen a bit. It was so nice to see a familiar face and catch up with them, without feeling homesick. It actually gave me a new perspective on exchange. The mother has been visiting her sisters in Copenhagen for 18 years, but not once has she been outside of Copenhagen. I've been in Denmark for 5 months and had a completely different Denmark experience than she has had. I kept saying, "you should really go to Fyn its so nice there!" or "have you tried _____, you should really taste/do/see that". It really showed me how awesome an experience I am getting to have!

Then this passed weekend, my host family and I drove to visit their friends Bent and Bente (yes they have the same name, Bente is the female, Bent the male) in North Jutland. We went to an island called Fyr that is said to be the only place in the world that you can find a certain type of clay (no one knew what it was called in English). It is found in layers that you can peel apart and find fossils inside. They dug it out in huge masses to burn into bricks, so there are huge kind of like canyon holes, where you can see the layers of clay and layers of ash from an old volcano. The next day we went to the North Sea! It was so beautiful! There were old German bunkers from the war all along the coast that have just been abandoned that we could go in a walk around. There was also an over 100 year old light house. It was so neat to see the sea creatures on the beach that you would never see in a Canadian Lake. I saw a starfish for the first time!

Living with my new host family has been fantastic and I really think it has improved my exchange a lot (not that it was bad before!). Even though my host siblings and I can't have full out conversations quite yet, I still like just spending time with them even if its doing dishes with my host brother (which he makes really fun) and playing Mario Kart Wii etc etc. My host parents treat me like their own kid which is awesome because it doesn't feel like I'm on my own, they actually care for me and make sure I'm okay and have everything I need. I'm also speaking a lot more Danish with them than I was with my last host family.

School is going pretty good, there is still a lot of classes that I can't participate in just because the teachers are speaking so fast so it is really hard to follow along with the lessons. Luckily I have English and French classes that I can do all of the work, and I get to help the other students with grammar so it has helped me to get to know the other students in my class a lot better. Right now I am in the middle of working on Scholarship applications and extra forms for university next year so that has also been keeping me busy. I am also doing a physics course online from the School Board in Canada because I never took physics in high school.

Coming up soon, my host family and I are going to Lalandia at the beginning of February, it's sort of like a water park summer house thing. I went to Lalandia in Billund with my last host family, which is where Legoland is, but the original Lalandia is in Lolland, which is where I am going. There is also a big Lego convention in Copenhagen where we will be going over the winter break in February, my host dad is a huge lego fanatic! We will also get a chance to live in a flat on Nyhavn (the beautiful harbour in Copenhagen) and go see Hamlet's castle!

I think that is all, I hope you all had an awesome Christmas and New Years! (Glædelig Jul og Godt Nytår!!) I will try to keep you updated as the months go on, it is hard to believe I have been in Denmark for 5 months and the time is only going faster with all of the activities coming up! So far living in Denmark has been such an amazing experience and I thank you all so much for being a part of it and supporting me through everything. Please pass on my thanks to the rest of the Rotary Club!




Jenn:Christmas Update Lorna Penman 2013-01-20 00:00:00Z
Christmas Party

For those of you who did not attend this year's Christmas Party I believe that you missed out on a great evening

The venue, the food and I think the entertainment was great. Although I still cannot believe the cunning and cheating that went on during the Trivia.  The police were almost called in. 

Thank you to Ursula for the organization and story and Rose for her jokes, they were great.

The Night before Christmas  was a hoot and thank you to all those who participated to make this so enjoyable to all the audience and who didn't mind acting a wee bit silly.  You are all great!

Of course Santa's visit is always appreciated.  Just how does he have time to make a visit each year to us?  It's incredible and I even think it is the REAL Santa 'cause I saw the same Santa at the Parade.


 We will show all the pictures taken at the meeting on Tuesday, there is just too many to insert here.

Christmas Party Lorna Penman 2012-12-15 00:00:00Z
The presentation of Cheques

Lat week we presented cheques for our annual  contribution to  The Walker Cancer Centre  at the new hospital  as well as our ongoing contribution to The new Community centre.


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                     Presentation  to Jim Garrett and Donna Scott  of the NHS by President Kudlats                            Presentation To Kevin Turcotte for Community Centre



The presentation of Cheques Lorna Penman 2012-10-27 00:00:00Z
Diary from Denmark

We heard from Jennifer this week.  She successfully hosted a sit down “Canadian Thanksgiving” dinner for 16 on the weekend.  Her host mother, Helle, is a fabulous cook.  They were unable to secure a “Turkey” so they cooked two geese…..We sent her our recipe for stuffing, gravy and the traditional vegetables, which they do not eat in Denmark.  Apparently it tasted like “a home memory” according to Jenn.  Helle invited her two future host families, as well as her counselor and his family.  According to Helle, they sat around and talked and ate too much, such is a Canadian tradition.  Jenn looked up the meaning and purpose of Thanksgiving and was able to explain to everyone why we celebrate Thanksgiving.  Apparently Helle really liked the way Jennifer cooked the brussel sprouts as they were not bitter and she will cook them that way herself from now on.
Jenn seems to be doing really well.  She is taking an on-line physics course through the NCDSB so that she doesn’t have to take it in first year of university next year.

Submitted by Debbie McPherson - Jenn's Mom!
Diary from Denmark Lorna Penman 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z
A few personal glimpses from Rotary District Conference at Brantford

Since I only attended part of this conference (Sat. 8.30 am – 3.30 pm) I am unable to provide a comprehensive report and will only give a few personal highlights. As we all know, this year’s RI theme is Peace Through Service. This theme was very appropriately chosen by President Tanaka who is personally acquainted with the devastating effect of war on his home country of Japan. He also knows how to be a peacemaker. In a poem he emphasized that;

Every time we bring water to those without,

Every time we provide an opportunity for literacy,

Every time we give another child polio drops,

Every time we do what Rotarians do,

We are creating the basic conditions needed for Peace”.

We were reminded of several examples around the world where conflicts were largely resolved by non-violent movements which had been initiated by visionary individuals: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa and others. I learned that there are six Rotary Peace Centers around the world where already 600 young people have received a master’s degree or certificate in peace and conflict resolution. What an army of dedicated non-violent peacemakers!

We were inspired by several presentations of very energetic young people who showed that by hard work, persistence in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles they were able to succeed. For example when the 14-year old Annaleise Carr was turned down as a counselor for Camp Trillium (a childhood cancer support centre) because she was too young, she became the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario as a fundraiser for this camp! The one-legged Paralympian swimmer Darda Sales shared how, in spite of several initial failures and heartrending disappointments, she and her team finally became gold medal winners in the 400 m relay!

Proud to be a Rotarian!

Hielke De Jong

A few personal glimpses from Rotary District Conference at Brantford Lorna Penman 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z
Our Club a Winner at the District Convention.

  FOR 800!   FOR $150   FOR $ 125

Our club took the responsibility to support the silent auction at our district conference last week.  President Howie and the club agreed that the members would each donate a bottle of wine  and that Rotarian Bill Charnetski would take this to the convention.  Almost immediately Rotarian Cliff Brown donated a beautiful woven wicker " Horn of Plenty" and Rotarian Adam Martens donated Shaw Theatre tickets, setting the position that with the 20 bottles of wine,  we were going to get serious!

Getting serious Bill and Emily got with the program....spent two days on an extensive wine tasting tour with their Wine Club, garnered 8 tasting packages which were added to the 2 that President Howie provided and designed the display.

Losing all sense of reality Bill and Emily decided to build 3 separate packages.

1. Wine Lover's Delight. - 20 bottles of NIAGARA wine together with wine tasting for a group of 4 from 3 wineries.  The presentation you see below was augmented with grape vines and bunches of red and green wine grapes and a VW van, complete with surf board.


This presentation received the second highest bid in the silent auction.  However , it was taken to the banquet for a further live auction.  Thanks to a stupendous algorithmic bidding  WHICH was SPEARHEADED by past DG'S Bruce and Haddow, it sold for $800!!!!

2. The Shaw Festival Experience - 2 tickets to either Lady Windermere's Fan or Our Brothers in the 2013 Season in a red jeweled box, plus tastings at 5 Niagara wineries for 2, plus a NOTL Rotarian Guide on request.

This presentation finished in the silent auction at $150!

3. Serious Winery Tours and Tastings. -  a Classic Tour and Tastings for 10 at Angels Gate Winery, plus Tasting for 6, with Cheese and Chocolate at Peninsula Ridge Winery and Chocolate for  paring with full body wines.

This presentation finished in the silent auction for $125!.


By line - Vice President , Bill Charnetski

(I would like to add my sincere thanks and appreciation for the fabulous work done by Bill and Emily, who took on this task and  in the face of adversity braved going to all these wineries in search of donations.)


Our Club a Winner at the District Convention. Lorna Penman 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z
Jenn Update

Diary from Jenn and parents

Jenn sent us a panic email Sunday morning.  Helle her host mother, asked her to cook dinner tonight and she wasn’t sure what to make…. We sent her our corn chowder and bacon cheesie (our family favorite) recipe…..

I think it was a success! It tasted good to me, of course not as good as Dad's but I think it was a close second :)
They seemed to all enjoy it, especially the bacon cheesies!
Thanks for all your help!!


Looks Yummy.


I think they liked it!!!!!
Jenn Update Lorna Penman 2012-09-20 00:00:00Z
The District Governor's Visit.
Last week we welcomed District Governor, Rick Sterne to our Lunch meeting.

He appeared to enjoy his visit and he thought that we were doing great work with our various projects and programmes.

Stephanie Hall gave us a rather touching "Rotary Moment" and The DG showed gave  a very thought provoking video presentation.

He encouraged us to continue with our fight to end polio: Challenged us to sponsor  a Peace Scholarship Student; urged us not to be afraid of change; ask someone to join Rotary and above all else - Have fun.

On behalf of the Club, President Howard gave  a $1000 cheque to the Foundation  to The Polio Plus Programme.




Three VIP's

The District Governor's Visit. Lorna Penman 2012-09-15 00:00:00Z
It was a pleasure to welcome Pastor Doug Hiebert to our meeting on Tuesday.
Pastor Doug will accompany  church members to complete a clinic and pharmacy in Burundi, a place where he has  lived in the past  with his family.  He shared some interesting and scary tales with us on  how it was living in an extremely third world country with a young family and lack of health care.

Ward will  accompany them to set up a pharmacy in the clinic.
Niagara on the lake Rotary Club has donated $1000 to the project, which will go towards the cost of pharmaceuticals and the  pharmacy set up.
This truly embraces this year's theme "Peace through Service."

Good Luck Wardie and we will look forward to some interesting tales on your return.....whenever that may be.


Receiving  our  cheque from Patrick MacNeil
ImagePastor Doug. 
Ward receiving his pith helmet from Cliff. ......"Dr Livingstone, I presume".
  Doesn't he cut a fine swath and looks  ready for anything. ...... perhaps boxes of antibiotics falling on his  head?

Let me introduce Julie Brochard, our lovely exchange student  from Normandy, who arrived  on Wednesday.
She was greeted at the airport by Ruth, her counselor and Joan, whom she is staying with over the Labour Day week-end.
I met them briefly at the NOTL Farmer's market on Wednesday evening ( just like in France!) and was introduced to a very tired but extremely happy young woman.
Joan has spent the last few days taking her out, as you can see in the photo ( Is that pigtails Joan?) and she and her husband Dick, will probably take her for a sail or two over the week-end....lucky girl!

We will meet her on Tuesday and don't forget to say Bonjour!

Thanks for the lovely photos Joan.Image

A warm welcome.

CHARMING NEW EXCHANGE STUDENT. Lorna Penman 2012-08-31 00:00:00Z
Farewell BBQ
Another great summer's evening at Franco's House to bid a fond farewell to David Fowler and Ivan Sack.

David has been  member of the club for over 10 years while Ivan a short 15 months. 
David and his wife  Lesley are   leaving to be nearer their  daughters and Ivan and his wife  are moving to be nearer their mothers.  Life has a way of reversing doesn't it?

We wish David and Lesley all the very best in the future and hope to see Ivan back in our midst in the not too distant future.

Thank You Elizabeth and Franco for a great evening.

A pensive David.

2 happy campers.

I'll be back!


New Rotarians.  You gotta get them young!

There's always wine.

Farewell BBQ Lorna Penman 2012-08-26 00:00:00Z
Induction of Peter Manning.
It was with great pleasure that we welcomed our newest member , Peter Manning into our club.
Peter was formerly a member of the Queenston /Lewiston Club so is no stranger to Rotary, nor Niagara on The Lake.
We look forward to hearing his classification speech and having him in our midst.


Peter with a very thoughtful President Howie.

( Lighten up Howie, you are allowed to smile once in a while! it's not that bad!)

Induction of Peter Manning. Lorna Penman 2012-08-18 00:00:00Z
Jen arrives in Denmark.
Jen McPherson, our outgoing exchange student arrived in Denmark this week to start her exchange year.
She appears  to  be ensconced into  a very caring host family. 
Good Luck Jen.
We await our inbound student Julie Brouchard from France,  who is due here at the end of August.




Jen arrives in Denmark. Lorna Penman 2012-08-07 00:00:00Z
Canada Day BBQ

Canada Day 2012

 Wonderful weather and record crowds helped to make this year's Niagara on the Lake  Canada Day/1812 Rotary BBQ a huge success.

With a starting inventory of 20% over last years record, we had a virtual sell out, grossed $10214.34 and a good time was had by all.

Many thanks to a hard working committee and the great support of the club;

Until next year!




Canada Day BBQ Lorna Penman 2012-07-30 00:00:00Z
New Board Induction

President Howard Kudlats receiving  his badge of honour from District Governor Rick Stern.

Wish I knew what he said!

Who's Missing?


Appears a happy group of Rotarians.


he's still talking!

New Board Induction Lorna Penman 2012-07-16 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange, Niagara Historic Hike.
The Youth Exchange students had a wonderful weekend and had a very
emotional farewell. We had many comments from billeting families about how
polite and engaging and delightful the students were during the entire
weekend. One billeting family have 2 younger children of their own and they
are already talking about which country they would like to visit on a Rotary
Youth Exchange when they are old enough. We are planning a wrap-up meeting
in a couple of weeks to get a complete evaluation and feedback and get
suggestions/improvements we should implement next year. The soccer
tournament was very popular and we will investigate the possibility of
adding a swim in the public pool following next year's soccer tournament.
Many thanks for all the Rotarian volunteers who made the weekend go so

The 1812 Youth Exchange hike was a great success thanks to Ralph Tallman and volunteers.  This was followed by a fun game of soccer organized by John Jullien and coached by the two and only Pat MacNiell and Ward Simpson (a few students were heard to say they did not understand the coaches accents and that Canadians had strange soccer rules)




Rotary Youth Exchange, Niagara Historic Hike. Lorna Penman 2012-06-17 00:00:00Z
Rotary Youth Exchange, Niagara Historic Hike.
Rotary Youth Exchange, Niagara Historic Hike. Lorna Penman 2012-05-22 00:00:00Z
General Assembly News.

"Pennies from Heaven"






Andrew MacLauchlan receiving his cheque  (from a "I no See" but nonetheless happy president) as our contribution to  support him  in The International Scholar Laureate Programme at  the Conference in Beijing.


The Secretary making sure that absolutely everyone is aware of what went on at the RI convention.

( An aside..... She will be unavailable for the next few weeks as she is going to seek plastic surgery !!!!!!!!)


General Assembly News. Lorna Penman 2012-05-20 00:00:00Z
Marcel's Presentation

Marcel Gave his presentation this week to an enthralled audience.
His witty, informative talk gave his listeners a great insight into his home  in Switzerland and also his fun year here in Canada.

We will miss you Marcel with  your twinkling eyes and impish Smile





A tear in me eye!
Marcel's Presentation Lorna Penman 2012-05-13 00:00:00Z
Juliette's presentation
Our exchange Student Juliette Duflo gave her presentation on her home in France as well as giving us an inkling of what she has been up to in the past year.

She admits to arriving here  8 months ago with a very limited vocabulary "Hello my name is Juliette" to giving us today's presentation in almost flawless English with the most  beautiful French accent.

Her talk was both funny and heartwarming.

Juliette YOU are AWESOME.


Juliette's presentation Lorna Penman 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z
Ron Sheldrick
Don Sheldrick and his wife attended last week"s lunch and gave a heartwarming presentation  to the club on the Wells of Haiti.


He is seen here receiving his Polio Eradication Certificate from Cliff Brown.

Ron Sheldrick Lorna Penman 2012-04-26 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Awards.


It was a beautiful evening at The Benchmark Restaurant at Niagara College.  The Food, service , members and guests made it a truly memorable evening.

Cliff Brown did a fabulous  job in "roasting" Howie who  in turn gave a great acceptance speech.  A truly worthy recipient of a Club Paul Harris Award.

Don McDonald introduced John Wiens and I was overwhelmed at his numerous accomplishments in community service over the years.   John accepted the award in a very gracious speech.  What a well deserving person to receive a community award.

Congratulations to both and also a big thank you to Ursula for organizing such a classy evening.





Paul Harris Awards. Lorna Penman 2012-04-18 00:00:00Z
Interclub lunch At Hilton Garden.
The Niagara on the Lake club hosted  this year's Rotary Clubs of Niagara Annual Joint Lunch on Tuesday.
The  Fife and Drum Corp  from Fort George was the  welcoming committee which set the tone to this year's 1812 theme.
The Guests listened to local historian and author Ron Dale who informed us of the important events leading up tho the war of 1812.
The sole  American present was our district governor John Heisse who was of course outnumbered , however he took it well and was allowed to leave unharmed.
Interclub lunch At Hilton Garden. Lorna Penman 2012-04-07 00:00:00Z
Danny Lamb presentation
Danny Lamb one of our former outbound exchange students  gave us a presentation of  his recent trip to Uganda as well as an insight into his life living with Hydrocephalus.

This delightful young man  was born with the birth defect Hydrocephalus and due to modern medical techniques as well as the insertion of a shunt is living a fulfilling life.

As he puts it,  he realises how he "dodged a bullet' as many children born with this defect also have a mylomeningocele , a neural defect of the spinal cord which usually leads to paralysis of the lower limb. 
Danny is now an ambassador for this cause and his recent trip to Africa to a Convention gave him further insight into the problems and what is being done for these children worldwide.

Danny is now a 4th year student at Brock university studying music.

We wish Danny all the best for his future and good luck with his band.

Danny Lamb presentation Lorna Penman 2012-03-29 00:00:00Z
Presentation by Tana Silverland
Tana gave the club a heartwarming presentation about SOS Children's Villages Worldwide.

This amazing  young woman  has been biking across Canada for 2 years to bring awareness to these villages which provide long term family based care to orphans around the world.  She   asked us to try and spread the word to families and friends.
  Tana left us with a lasting impression of " This mad Englishwoman who jumped up and down in front of us to gain our attention. "...and she did just that!

You can get more information about Tana's journey  at   tanasilverlandwordpress.com
and soschildrensvillages.ca

Please think about giving to this fabulous organization.

Thank you Tana.

You  may  not heard the last of us  just yet!
Presentation by Tana Silverland Lorna Penman 2012-03-17 00:00:00Z
The Inter Club Lunch April 3 2012

Niagara On the Lake Rotary Club is hosting this Year's Inter-club Lunch meeting with the four  St Catharine's Rotary Clubs.

April 3rd 2012 11:30am - 1:30pm

Hilton Garden Inn


$26.00 per person Includes Tax and Gratuities

Salad, Entree, Desert, Coffee or Tea. Cash Bar.

This Years' Speaker is  Historian / Author Ron Dale on the 1812 Bicentennial.

The Inter Club Lunch April 3 2012 Lorna Penman 2012-03-10 00:00:00Z
Bill Miles Re-induction
It was a great Pleasure to re- induct Bill Miles back into our Club.
Unfortunately Bill will only be with us a short time before he moves to Burlington but we are very glad to have him for the next few months.

Bill Miles Re-induction Lorna Penman 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z
Stephanie Hall, Classification Speech.

Stephanie, with her bubbly personality  gave us a great classification speech about her short but rewarding career as a Veterinarian.
Stephanie was introduced to Rotary at an early age and participated in RYLA .
She entertained us with stories of her time spent in the  Vet Programme in the Cotswold's in England when she  was on first name terms with The Duchess of Cornwall's dog.

She is an avid horseback rider as well as a dab hand at dry-walling.
Please contact Stephanie if you wish her to renovate or build as attested by the pictures she showed us.  She along with her Father and partner appear to be  very good at it.

ImageThank you Stephanie.(Sorry about the pic!)
Stephanie Hall, Classification Speech. Lorna Penman 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z
Presentation by Matt Bedrosian

Matt Bedrosian gave us a timely   informative  talk about RRSP's ,TFSA's  and debt reduction.

However Matt did not answer my question......

Is it better to buy a  Louis Vuitton purse or a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes as a tax deduction?.

Answer please.
Presentation by Matt Bedrosian Lorna Penman 2012-02-21 00:00:00Z
Student Presentation.
Our 2 students Juliet and Marcel along with our outbound student Jen McPherson gave a great presentation on their team building trip  to Algonquin.
Juliet's slide show  gave us  an insight  into what looked like a great week-end.

Student Presentation. Lorna Penman 2012-02-21 00:00:00Z
Christmas Choral Thank You and presentation of cheques.
Valentine's Day saw a great turnout of spouses to join us in a special "Thank You"  lunch for  all those who made this Year's  Christmas Choral  such an overwhelming success.

This year the recipients were: 

Community - 

Youth Unlimited:-
an organization in St Catharines who provide, among other things, a drop in centre  designed for teenagers ages 12-19 and a  Young Child Programme for young mothers who wish to  continue their high school education.

Pathstone Foundation , Rotary House
:- their Mission is to improve the quality of lives for children / teens and their families. They have  9 places in their  newly renovated house for children and teens with mental and developmental issues.

International -

Sleeping Children Around the World.- An organization which provides bed kits to poor children in underdeveloped countries.  Our donation will provide 18 kits to children in the Philippines.

Adrie's House of Hope:- An orphanage in South Africa which cares for children abandoned by the devastating effects of AIDS . This donation will help with the purchase of more equipment.

Grey Cavanagh and Dave Dryden receiving their cheque on behalf of Sleeping Children around the World.


Ruth deLaat receiving the cheque on behalf of Adrie's House of Hope.


Ernie Reimer receiving the cheque on behalf of Youth Unlimited, St Catharines.


Chris Blake receiving the cheque on behalf of Pathstone Foundation.


Christmas Choral Thank You and presentation of cheques. Lorna Penman 2012-02-15 00:00:00Z
Adam Martens Classification Speech.
Our American Boy, Adam Martens gave  his classification speech last Tuesday
"You too could work in Theatre  if you have a thought to do so", he told us.......... just as he decided to do  at 19 and then proceeded to do just that.

He gave us an  insight into his  various work experiences in the Arts  in Florida and especially in his fundraiser role.

I'm sorry Adam but since you shared with us the information  that you raised 4.2 million dollars in six months in your last Theatre in Florida  we rather expect you to maybe raise one "measly"  million for us next year.

Thank You in advance Adam.

Adam Martens Classification Speech. Lorna Penman 2012-02-11 00:00:00Z
Student Presentation.

 Marcel and Juliette giving their week's presentation.

 What you lost  there Juliette?





Its always a pleasure to hear what they've been up to .



Student Presentation. Lorna Penman 2012-02-04 00:00:00Z
Paul Gordon, presentation on Camp Quality.

Last week's speaker Paul Gordon,  a member of Hamilton Downtown Rotary Club  gave a great presentation on Camp Quality,   a camp for kids and teens living with Cancer.

This camp gives a fabulous opportunity to these children to participtae in an outdoor camp away from the confines of their hospital environment.

It sounded great fun.  The children have 1 on 1 support while at camp and volunteers for these children are always needed. 

If you know someone over the age of 18 who likes to " play, eat and sleep" and loves children maybe they would like to volunteer for 1 week in the summer.

For more information on Camp Quality go to www.campquality.com


Paul Gordon receiving his Eradication of Polio certificate from Bill Charnetski

Paul Gordon, presentation on Camp Quality. Lorna Penman 2012-02-04 00:00:00Z
Induction of New Member Martin Quick.

 We are pleased to welcome Martin Quick into our club, our tallest member. (Sorry John!)

 Martin comes to us from The Sonora 49ers in California and will be a great asset to our  club.





He was pinned by  David Fowler.

Induction of New Member Martin Quick. Lorna Penman 2012-01-27 00:00:00Z
Terry Francis recieving Paul Harris Pin.


Terry Recieving his Paul Harris pin plus one.




Congratulations Terry.

Terry Francis recieving Paul Harris Pin. Lorna Penman 2012-01-19 00:00:00Z
Presentation of Cheque from Peller Estates.

 It was with the greatest of pleasure that President Ward Simpson received a cheque for almost $2000  from Laurie Richardson , Peller Estates .

This was collected from their Silent Auction on behalf of our Holiday House Tour. 

We thank  the Staff at Peller Estates and assure them that the money will be put to great use,


Presentation of Cheque from Peller Estates. Lorna Penman 2012-01-19 00:00:00Z
Thank You Lunch for Holiday House Tour 2012


It was at a very well attended lunch meeting that the club  thanked all those decorators, homeowners and helpers who made this years Holiday House Tour such a sucess.  Without them of course this popular Niagara on the Lake event could not take place.

We hope to see most of you again next year.

A Great Big Thank You.








Thank You Lunch for Holiday House Tour 2012 Lorna Penman 2012-01-19 00:00:00Z
Holiday House Tour Draw

 The 2011 Holiday House Tour Ticket Prizes were drawn on Tuesday by our two exchange students.

First Prize: "Tea for Two" at the Prince Of  Wales and 2 Tickets to the Shaw Theatre, was won by Jennifer Olsen  of Niagara-On the-Lake.

Second Prize: a $75 gift certificate from Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club and Green Fees for 4, was won by Donna Froese of  Niagara Falls.

Third Prize:  2, $50 Certificates from RIverbend Inn, Niagara on the Lake was won by Jen Raymond of Ancaster.

Fourth Prize:   2  tickets for the Whirlpool Jet Boat was won by Gail Campbell, of  Niagara -on-the-Lake.




Holiday House Tour Draw Lorna Penman 2012-01-13 00:00:00Z
Arm Westklake, Classification speech

 Arn  Westlake  gave the club an interesting and entertaining  Classification speech  at our last meeting. 

Arn has been a Rotarian since 1976, first in Thunder Bay then  moving to Niagara on the Lake.  He joined our Club  briefly in 2002 but for personal reasons had to take a leave of absence, returning last year.

 We most certainly will be tapping on Arn's wealth of experience and making good use of his many talents.


Thank you Arn

Arm Westklake, Classification speech Lorna Penman 2012-01-13 00:00:00Z
Christmas Parade.

 Pictures speak louder than words.


Santa   (Does any one know this man?)

Prince Charming with his 2  beautiful princesses, 2 Grand Scottish Dames and 2 lively elves.


And last,  but not least a cold, cold judge.



ImageA fabulous Day!

Christmas Parade. Lorna Penman 2011-12-10 00:00:00Z
District Governor John Heise's Oficial Visit.

 It was almost "standing room only" at The irish Harp when the club welcomed District Governor John Heise for his official visit.

 He met with board members prior to the  lunch meeting, when they were able to update him of their committee's various projects and events of the past year.

Governor John had the pleasure of inducting our newest member Veterinarian Dr Stephanie Hall into the club and then gave a short  encouraging speech .


District Governor John Heise's Oficial Visit. Lorna Penman 2011-12-01 00:00:00Z
Christmas Chorale
Christmas Chorale Lorna Penman 2011-11-20 00:00:00Z
The Passing Of George Howse.



George Howse.
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend George Howse

 George was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 124. He taught for many years at Princess Margaret School in Niagara Falls. During his career he served on the Niagara District School Board for 3 terms. George also served on Niagara-on- the-Lake Town Council for 2 terms, was a serving member of the Order of St. John and was a founding member of the Niagara- on-the-Lake Rotary Club.


 "All Rotarians will miss George. He was a founding member of our club, respected teacher respected veteran who will be fondly remembered on Remembrance Day.
George is now at peace..............."Quiet Please"

Ward Simpson, President

There will be a Visitation at Morgan's on Sunday 2-4 p.m. and Monday 7-9 p.m.
 The Funeral  will be held at St Andrew's Presbyterian  Church, Simcoe Street,  Tuesday at 11 a.m.

The Passing Of George Howse. Lorna Penman 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z
Remembering with Grace Bannerman

 Grace Bannerman being presented with a Polio Now certificate after giving a lovely talk on her experiences at Vimy Ridge last year.

H.er parents must be very proud.





Remembering with Grace Bannerman Lorna Penman 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z
The Passing of George Howse.

 It is with sadness that we say goodbye to George Howse who died on Tuesday.

 George was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 124. He taught for many years at Princess Margaret School in Niagara Falls. During his career he served on the Niagara District School Board for 3 terms. George also served on Niagara-on- the-Lake Town Council for 2 terms, was a serving member of the Order of St. John and was a founding member of the Niagara- on-the-Lake Rotary Club.


 "All Rotarians will miss George. He was a founding member of our club, respected teacher
respected veteran who will be fondly remembered on Remembrance Day.
George is now at peace..............."Quiet Please"

Ward Simpson President

There will be a Visitation at Morgan's on Sunday 2-4 p.m. and Monday 7-9 p.m.
 The Funeral  will be held at St Andrew's Presbytarian  Church, Simcoe Street,  Tuesday at 11 a.m.

The Passing of George Howse. Lorna Penman 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z
The Workings of The Foundation

 Franco and his team,  Joan and Vinay , informed us all on the workings of The Foundation,  what  goes where and to whom.  Please remember and give to the Foundation this year.

Thankyou ,

Franco, Joan and Vinay.


The Workings of The Foundation Lorna Penman 2011-11-04 00:00:00Z
Youth Exchange Cultural programme.

 The Rotary Club Of Niagara-on-the-lake

Requests students age 15 - 18 to apply for Youth Exchange Cultural Programme for the academic year September 2012  to June 2013.

 Host Families are arranged.  Choose from 19 countries.

One page application (deadline Nov 6)

Send to rotarygloria@sympatico.ca

Youth Exchange Officer.

More info at www.rotaryye7090.org

Youth Exchange Cultural programme. Lorna Penman 2011-11-03 00:00:00Z
Holiday House Tour 2011.




The Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the Lake invites you to join us for the 13th Annual Holiday House Tour on December 2nd and 3rd.

 We have 6 fabulous houses to tour with the additional venues at Riverbrink Fine Art Gallery, McFarlane House, The Pumphouse Visual Art Centre and the Niagara Historical Museum.

 A lunch break can be taken at St Mark's Church, Peller Estates Winery or Niagara on the Lake Golf Club.

 Tickets are $25 Cad, $25 US.  These can be used both Friday and Saturday.

 There is a direct link to the website: Click on "Ticket Sales" at the top of the home page and you will be directed to the site, which will enable you to purchase tickets.

 OR :

 Phone 905 351 3807.

Chamber of Commerce on line: www.niagaraonthelake.com







Holiday House Tour 2011. Lorna Penman 2011-10-21 00:00:00Z
Walk To End Polio Now

In honor of  World  Polio  Week, which starts on 24 October, the Rotary Club of Niagara-on the-Lake is holding a “WALK TO  END POLIO NOW” campaign  at Niagara-on the-Lake’s new Community Centre, as part of Rotary’s 26-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease  polio.


Members of the public are invited to donate to the campaign at the Walking Track  or  the lobby  throughout the week, and / or they can sponsor members of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club who will be walking the track at lunchtime on Tuesday, 25th October.


For further information on Polio week do to downloads.

Walk To End Polio Now Lorna Penman 2011-10-19 00:00:00Z
Tribute to Dr Ken Goodwin From The Gift of Life


John Rydzic, a representative from Rotary Club International's  Gift of Life gave the members a wonderful presentation, sharing some of the highlights of Ken's many years of  involvement in the Gift Of Life .

 He told us that Ken  had the radical idea that he believed   children's surgery be performed   in their own country where they had family support and familiar surroundings. This  led to a medical team being formed and taken to Guatemala City where they now  have performed 30 successful heart surgeries over the years.

Ken was involved in many projects subsequently  but his most important legacy  was his personal "hands on" involvement with all the children and parents coming to Toronto for surgery.

John  Rydzic presented a  plaque to Ken's widow, Nicole.  Pictured on the plaque is  Vennia del Carmen the last child he helped through  The Gift of Life.

A cheque for $1600 was presented to John Rydzic which were  donations given  by individuals and friends of Niagara on the Lake Rotary Club in a tribute to  Dr Ken Goodwin's work and the 33 children he helped to save.

Look to The Niagara Advance this coming week for a story  on Dr Ken Goodwin  and the Gift of Life.

Tribute to Dr Ken Goodwin From The Gift of Life Lorna Penman 2011-08-26 00:00:00Z
The passing of Dr Ken Goodwin



It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Dr Ken Goodwin.

Ken was a long time Rotarian, a very regular attendee, most of the time riding his bike.  He was a special person, quiet and unassuming but dedicated to the welfare of others and the environment.

Ken was a great advocate of the local hospice palliative care, Amnesty International  and  of course his main focus in Rotary was "The Gift of Life".  He was the chairman of the local district 7090 committee of this group.

He will be greatly missed by us all.


There will be a service to celebrate the life of Dr. Ken Goodwin on Tues at 2pm in the Morgam Funeral Home, Regent st., Niagara on the Lake.
There will be no visitations.

With Great Respect & Sympathy 

The passing of Dr Ken Goodwin Lorna Penman 2011-07-24 00:00:00Z