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Upcoming Events
The hot weather is on its way and the SOAR Planning Committee is preparing for another great beach volleyball tournament at Petrie Island on Saturday, August 13, 2016. This is one of the largest fundraisers for the Rotary Club of Orléans and the funds raised go towards projects taking place in the community and internationally. With each year, this volleyball tournament grows in the number of teams as well as the sponsors. The Rotary Club of Orléans is proud to be able to count on the support of the local residents and business owners who have been involved since the beginning and welcome those who are new to the SOAR family.
Registration CLOSES Augsut 9th!
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Si vous connaissez des étudiants exceptionnels, nominez-les!  Vous trouverez le formulaire en cliquant sur "Read more..."
If you know exceptional students, nominate them!  You will find the form by clicking on "Read more..."
The Rotary Club of Orleans requires Host Families! 
Have you ever wanted to host a foreign exchange student? The Rotary Club of Orleans is sponsoring a lovely young lady from France, who speaks French fluently as well as English. Manon is 17 years old and attends Béatrice-Desloges High School in Orleans. We are looking for two families to host Manon from January to July, 2016.
The Rotary Youth Exchange is a country-to-country exchange of high-school students. In District 7040, students must be between the ages of 15 and 18 years, at the time of departure, for a cultural and educational experience for both the student and those serving as hosts. The duration of the exchange is typically 11 months with the students arriving in mid August and returning home mid July.
Host Family Responsibilities
Hosting an exchange student can be an incredibly rewarding experience for your family, providing an international experience without leaving home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities.
Your job as host parents is to ensure the student's participation and assist them in adapting and learning the new language. Remember, their culture is likely quite different and learning to ‘fit in’ and get comfortable in their new country can be a challenge – please be patient!
The host family must ensure the following:
1. Fill out a volunteer affadavit or host family affidavit
2. Get a police check (everyone in the home 18 and over) – we will help you with this.
3. Do an on-line training and abuse prevention which is good for 3 years.
4. Have a separate bedroom for the student.
5. The Rotary Club will visit the home and interview the family.
Please click here to view "A Guide for Host Families". 
For additional Youth Exchange information, visit
For further information about hosting our student, please contact Peggy Gilmour at


Miracle League of Ottawa Receives Ontario Funding of $150,000

On Friday, May 15th, over two dozen Orléans residents gathered at Notre-Dame des Champs Park to celebrate a great vision becoming a reality. They included the Desrochers family, David Gourlay of Ottawa Champions baseball, MPP Marie-France Lalonde, Councilors Monette, Blais and Mitic, and many Rotarians.

In the summer of 2012, local elected representatives, Champions for Ottawa Baseball and the Rotary Club of Orléans were approached by the Desrochers family to help support a dream. Rolly and Michelle Desrochers know that sports give their son Bryce, born with cerebral palsy, a great deal of joy. Their dream was to build a Miracle League park in the Nation’s Capital to allow Bryce and other children to play baseball in a safe environment. They have been fundraising for the past three years.

With the announcement of $150,000 from Jamie Puddicombe of the Ontario Trillium Foundation on Friday, this project has now successfully met its goal of raising $1.6 million. The funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will be used to rubberize the surface of this specialized baseball diamond. This will allow players in wheelchairs to be able to speed from one base to the next. This facility is expected to serve over 4000 children, young adults and youth with special needs across the Ottawa region. Construction is well underway and the facility is expected to open this summer. 


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Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...

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