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Did you know August is Rotary Membership and New Club Development  Month? Here are some ideas on membership building from rotary.org.

All Rotarians are ambassadors of Rotary and their clubs. This is especially relevant during Membership and New Club Development Month in August, when the focus is on building strong, vibrant clubs by inviting prospective members to join Rotary. Check out a message from RI President Jennifer Jones


Rotary Peace Park Support

The McKibbon Family was the first local family to step forward and embrace the plans to build a peace park here in Kenora. Over the last 3 years the McKibben's have donated $20,000 towards the Rotary Peace Park.The family met with Rotarians at the site to hand over a final cheque of $3000
The McKibbon Family includes...
Gary & Jennifer McKibbon,  Kenora
Graeme & Emily (nee McKibbon) Todd with Silas and Saige, Keewatin 
Sam & Amy McKibbon with Hadley, Merritt BC
District Governor Fred Wright drops Santa into a dunk tank.Fred is not expecting much for Christmas this year. Debbie's Greenhouse held a fund raiser event with a dunk tank and bbq in support of the Nutrition On Weekends Program.Thank you Debbie and Vince for your long time support to Rotary programs.

Thank You Kenora Rotary! 

In the month of May and June, the Kenora Rotary Club generously put together two charity BBQ's during our 25K in 5 hour Giving Challenge and our 3rd Annual KLWCF Charity Golf Tournament with Westland Insurance. 

 Both events had a wonderful response while making community members and hungry golfers very happy during their lunch hours and breaks. Both events combined raised over $2,400 in support of the Community Foundation. 

We're very appreciative of the partnership that we have with Kenora Rotary. We'd like to thank Sheelagh Reid, Rotary President as well Gary Williams, Rotarian and main organizer of both BBQ's along with all the Rotarians and volunteers who made these events a major success! 

Photographed L-R (Sheelagh Reid, Jake Goselin (Community Engagement Coordinator @ KLWCF), Gary Williams. 

Imagine Rotary

Imagine Rotary” is the 2022-23 presidential theme that RI President-elect Jennifer Jones selected She is asking Rotary members to dream big and take action: “We all have dreams, but acting on them is a choice. Imagine a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.” 

There is, of course, a deeper meaning behind each element of the design. The circle in aboriginal culture for instance, signifies our connections to one another. The dots around it represent people and there are seven because of Rotary´s areas of focus.

The circle and the dots together become a navigation star – our guiding light. The solid line underneath is what is referred to as a digging stick and it is used when doing hard work. And since Rotary members are people of action – it represents a tool for getting things done.

The colors green, purple, and white are not necessarily connected to aboriginal culture. President-elect Jennifer Jones asked the new crew of Governors to use one, two, or all three when dressing for official events instead of using a theme jacket. “As we celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion, I wanted all of us to be able to express ourselves differently in what we wear, but still have connection,” she explained.

There are several ways to interpret the colors: Purple for example stands for polio eradication, green for the environment, the newest addition to our areas of focus, and white for peace, our core mission. Together, they are the colors of the women’s movement, the Suffragette – a subtle nod to this history as Jones pointed out, since she will be the first female RI president.

Some of the Rotarians that came out in support of the KLWCF Golf Tournament on June 16th. Another $700 for the Foundation
Pictured here left to right are Rotarians, Dan Hrabec, Gary Williams, Kelly Williams Diane Schwartz-Williams
Rotary Club of Kenora raised $1700.00 for the Kenora nd Lake of the Woods Regional Foundation during the 25 in 5 BBQ fundraiser at Copperfin Credit Union. Monies raised were to added to the Rotary Endowment Fund. Making chequre presentation to Executive Director Tara Douglas  was club president Sheelagh Reid and BBQ organizer Gary Williams.
Why Fellowship Month?
  • Enables Rotarians to make lasting friendships outside their own club, district or country.
  • Contributes to the advancement of Rotary's public image and identity.
  • Serves as an incentive for joining Rotary and for continuing as a member.
Debra LeMaistre reaches another level in support of the Rotary Foundation. Deb is a multi Paul Harris Fellow +6. Deb is a strong supporter of the Rotary Foundation and achieved this level with donations to the Rotary Foundation.For every $1000 USD contributed in a lump sum or by smaller amounts adds another PHF

Lenard Whiting Receives Honourary Paul Harris Fellowship

On May 19 at Gardner House, Lenard Whiting was presented with an Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship by Honorary Rotarian Lucia Melnick and Rotarian Gord LeMaistre of the Rotary Club of Kenora.
" Lenard Whiting, Tenor, and native of Kenora has returned home after forty years of living and performing in Toronto, to share his talent, passion, and experience. Over the course of his distinguished career, he has worked with the Canadian Opera Company and many other opera companies across the country. He has also performed as a concert artist in Europe, USA and Canada., and of course here in Kenora. Lenard's impressive career started here and was in the Festival of the Arts for many years, and was the winner of the Rose Bowl. He is now the Vice President of the Kenora Festival of the Arts.
Lenard was appointed Music Director at St. Alban’s Cathedral and Artist in Residence with the Kenora Catholic District School Board where in collaboration with Artistic Director, Darcy Ura, stage director, Edward Franko and as music director and conductor produced one of the best productions of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat featuring the incredible talent of the young people here in Kenora.
Lenard and Edward's TrypTych Concert and Opera company will continue to produce many exciting musical events here in Kenora. 
 On behalf of Lucia and the Rotary Club of Kenora , we are pleased to have presented Lenard with an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow, which means that he has a concern about his fellow citizens, and a strong interest in making the community a better place for everyone.
Congratulations Lenard
Rotarian Gary Williams organized  a successful BBQ for the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Community Foundation. Thank you to the many volunteers that came out for a few hours of fun.BBQ ended up raising $1700 for  the Rotary Endowment Fund,

More Items Donated By Kenora Businesses For Rotary On Line Auction

Night At Bob's Burger Bar Featuring North of Springsteen on June 18th... Includes best table in the house for 10 friends, prime rib dinner for 10, Chance to do a song with the band, dancing till closing
3 Different bundles of A & W products including one with 4 Teenburger combos valued at $135.00
Mojo Mavens Creations offers  a dozen specialty cookies and a dozen whoopie pies to be auctioned off
Metal outdoor poster in support of the Ukraine by an unknown artist courtesy of Big Graphic.
Rotarian Fred Wright presents a cheque for $1000 to Heather McMurphy to help sponsor the Kids Zone at Harbour Fest this summer
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Aug 22, 2022 12:00 PM
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Rotary Club of Kenora Grant Recipients

This is a PARTIAL List of those who have benefited from donations from the Rotary Club of Kenora:

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