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A donation of $750 was made to the Salvation Army's Miracle Marathon. Pictured are Rotarians Sandra Poole of the Salvation Army, and Rotary President Kelly Williams
In the first two months of 2019, the Nutrition on Weekends (NOW) Kenora program has been rolled out to seven Kenora elementary schools (King George VI School, Evergreen School, Pope John Paul II School, St. Louis School, Keewatin Public School, Ecole Ste. Marguerite Bourgeoys and Gaagagekiizhik School. The program currently being introduced to Valleyview School.) and is now feeding 248 children each weekend. (This is approximately 100 more than estimated based on Northwestern Health Unit statistics indicating 8% of school populations with similar programs in their catchment area are accessing those programs.)
  Past District Governor and E/MGA Zone 24 West District Membership Co-chair/Chair Paul Harris Society Pat Chernesky and Carolyn Ferguson, major gifts officer for Rotary, joined the packing on Wednesday at the NWHU. Thank you all for your service!!
   The Rotary Club of Kenora was honoured to have Rotarian Takako Ito, Consul General of Japan as featured guest    speaker at their meeting on September 26th to discuss Canada-Japan relations.
was introduced by Rotarian Bruce Krawicki's grandson Thomas, an Interact Student from St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

About the Consulate-General of Japan

  The Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto is the Japanese diplomatic mission responsible for overseeing the relationship between Japan and Ontario. A branch of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Consulate-General functions as the window to the Government of Japan to Japanese nationals living in Ontario and Canadians who wish to do business with Japan or visit or simply learn more about the country. In addition, the Consulate-General is the link between Japan and the Government of Ontario, as well as the province's business and cultural communities.

We were proud to welcome 2 new members to our Rotary Family! Ron Malashewski and Kelly Smith were inducted at Monday's meeting.
L. to R.: Ron's Sponsor Steve Walker, President Kelly Williams, Kelly Smith's Sponsor Lynn Carlson, Kelly Smith, Ron Malashewski, Past President James Retson.
Rotary’s Official Visit of District 5550 Governor Fred Wright was held Monday evening at St. Alban’s Church Hall. A fish fry, some great laughs and fellowship was enjoyed by all. The club president Kelly Williams presented Fred with a donation of $2,000 to be used for Kenora Rotary’s Nutrition On Weekends (NOW) Program. Rotarian Lloyd H. Mack is the Chair of the Program, which helps kids eat healthy on weekends in Kenora.
Nutrition on Weekends (NOW) Kenora is back underway with volunteers packaging the first weekend bags on Thursday, Sept. 5th for King George VI and Evergreen Schools (a total of 60 bags). The bags are being packaged in a central location and delivered to the schools this year. Additional schools will be added over the coming weeks with expectations of about 150 weekend bags being packed when the program is fully up and running.
The Special Olympics, Kenora Chapter, again partnered with our Rotary Club to put on the Lucky Duck Race on July 1st of this year. President Kelly Williams presented a cheque for $7,770.50 to members of Special Olympics, representing their share in the profits. Thanks everyone who volunteered, or sold or purchased tickets! We appreciate your support!
A donation was made to Harvest Kenora to help with their endeavor to promote food security in Kenora.
Harvest Kenora is a collective of people working to promote sustainable small-scale agriculture, community building, and a love of gardening! Harvest Kenora is a sub-committee of Climate Action Kenora.
JULY 6, 2019
It was a great day to celebrate in Kenora on Saturday July 6th when our Rotary Club celebrated the Grand Opening of the Kenora Rotary Splash Park!
Balloons (biodegradable), cookies from Lana's Kitchen, free drinks and beach towels and a free draw - courtesy of Century 21, and free Rotary Splash Park t-shirts! All this was just part of the celebration, along with the Kenora Scottish Pipes and Drums escorting dignitaries into the park.
Guest Speakers were MPP Greg Rickford, Kenora Mayor Dan Reynard, Grand Chief of Treaty 3 Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, and Rotary Club of Kenora's President Kelly Williams. MC was Splash Park Chair Deb LeMaistre.
We had music provided by Wolfe Sound and Music, Chad Gropp's food truck on site with half the food sale profits going to the splash park.
Of course we held the official ribbon cutting, the official splash park turn on by 5 year olds Layla Nordlund and Sunna Hutchison, and also planted a beautiful blue spruce as Rotary's Centennial Tree, donated by Debbie's Greenhouse and planted by President Kelly Williams and DG Fred Wright.
You are invited to the GRAND OPENING of the Rotary Splash Park!
July 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Norman Park, Kenora
  • Balloons (biodegradable ones)
  • Cookies by Lana's Kitchen
  • T-shirts - shot from a connon!
  • Music by Kenora's Pipes and Drums!
  • Bubble Machine!
  • Food - Gropp's Food Truck!
  • Free giveaways from Century 21!
  • FUN for the Whole Family!
  • Live Broadcast by Q104!
  • Q104 Swag!
  • Music by Wolfe Sound & Music!
  • Rotary's Centennial Tree will be planted, donated by Debbie's Greenhouse
Guest Speakers:
MPP Rickford and a representative for the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will attend the launch and will formally present the Rotary Club of Kenora and the City of Kenora with a plaque to mark the Splash Park completion as a result of receiving a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2018.
Deb LeMaistre, Splash Park Committee Chair
Kelly Williams, President of the Rotary Club of Kenora
Mayor Daniel Reynard
Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Treaty 3
This celebration will also be the start of the Rotary Club of Kenora’s Centennial Year, celebrating 100 years of doing good in our community and the world!
Thank you to Scott Gamage, Hilly Lake Construction and Darcy Wolframe, Wolframe's World of Water for your help with the race! Your consistent assistance for many years is very much appreciated!
Winners of the 2019 Lucky Duck Race
  1. Wayne Robertson
  2. Jessica Ronning
  3. Rylee Riev
  4. Sandra Ivanovich
  5. A-1 Rentals
  6. Henry Sieradzki
  7. John Kozak
  8. Bride Cavanagh
  9. Diane Wu
  10. Roxy Stribell
  11. Joe Kurtz/Jessica Scott
  12. Cathy Hall
  13. Shane Legros
  14. Matt Poole
  15. Jen Kennedy Gornik
  16. Jen Arundell
  17. Amy Payne
  18. Bill Johnson
  19. Bill Ashdown
  20. Doug Gan
Duncan Nelson  Carmichael
Duncan will be sadly missed by the members of our club. He had been a valued member for 16 years.
CARMICHAEL, Duncan Nelson
Mar 28, 1964 - April 29, 2019
It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Duncan Nelson Carmichael at Lake of the Woods District Hospital in Kenora Ontario.
Duncan is survived by his mother Loraine, her partner Leslie Kozak, loving brother Ian (Stephanie); niece Alexis Carmichael and nephew Andrew Carmichael. He is survived by numerous aunts; uncle Grant (Kym) Keith; numerous cousins and special long time friend Tony (Tracy) Terazakis and long time employee Jo-Anne van der Krabben.
Team Rotary walked in the IG Wealth Walk For Alzheimers on Saturday May 11th and raised $340 for their charity. All funds will remain in our community to assist with programs for alzheimers. To donate, go to IG Wealth Walk for Alzheimer's Kenora.
The Canadian Ripple Effect Committee Celebrates 10 year Anniversary!
At the 2009 District 5550 Conference, an agreement was signed making the Ripple Effect Program District 5550's signature World Community Service Program. The Canadian Ripple Effect Committee was formed to manage the Ripple Effect Program, and the members pictured have been members of the committee since that time:
Left to Right: Gord LeMaistre, PDG Peter Peters, PDG Doug Mortin, PDG Peter Neufeldt, PDG Brian Cocks, Joanne Misner, Deb LeMaistre, and Darlene Cocks (front)
other members of the committee are Glenn Hagel, Marian Kettlewell, John Berringer, PDG Ed Thompson, and Brenda & Colin Taylor.
Rotary Club of Kenora’s Nutrition on Weekends (NOW)
The Rotary Club of Kenora’s Nutrition on Weekends (NOW) Kenora pilot project is officially underway.
After a couple of weeks of grocery shopping and stocking our pantry, a group of Rotarians and friends gathered Thursday afternoon, March 21, to package the first weekend’s bag for each of the 17 participating children at King George VI School.
Each child receives two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks each weekend. The challenge is to provide as healthy a food choice as possible, accessible (easy to open for example) and at reasonable cost. The first bag included a cold cereal, a hot cereal (instant oatmeal) and two fruit choices (apple sauce and two mini mandarin oranges) for breakfast, a beef vegetable soup, chicken salad and crackers kit, can of ham, soda crackers, cereal sticks, carrot sticks for lunch options, and a granola bar and cheese and breadsticks for snack options. There were dips and peanut butter packets included to utilize with different options.
Rotarian Carolyn Hudson provides an emotional thank you to Gord & Deb LeMaistre for the update provided to the Club on their recent trip to Guatemala to oversee Ripple Effect projects. Gord & Deb dedicate significant time, energy and their own resources to support this humanitarian project to build, equip, and support schools for children whose education is at risk. Carolyn has a passion for the initiative and has participated in a vocational team that traveled to the area to mentor Guatemalan teachers. 
President Lynn Carlson presented Paul Harris' to her Father, Ross Booth, and her husband Kim Carlson
Also receiving a Paul Harris award was Pamela Osborne-Brett. Pam couldn't attend, but was awarded her Paul Harris by husband Pat Brett.
Rotarian John Dahl received his Paul Harris +6 from District Governor Elect Fred Wright
Rotarian Patrick Brett is presented with a Paul Harris +4 from District Governor Elaine Thompson
President Lynn Carlson is awarded her Paul Harris +3 by District Governor Elaine Thompson
Two valuable members of our community became Honorary Paul Harris Fellows last evening at the Rotary Club of Kenora's Paul Harris Dinner. Laurine Goerzen and Todd Penner received their well deserved awards amid a roomful of Rotarians and friends. The Honorary Awards are presented to citizens of our community who demonstrate Rotary's motto of Service Above Self.
We were very proud and happy to induct Mary-Lynne Curtis into the Family of Rotary! Pictured is Mary-Lynne with sponsor Claire Noseworthy, President Lynne Carlson, and Ron Noseworthy who performed the induction ceremony. Welcome Mary-Lynne!
Two new members were inducted into Rotary. Welcome LaDon Klywak and Emma McDonald. Pictured with the new Rotarians are Membership Chair Gord LeMaistre and President Lynn Carlson
Welcome to Our Club!


"Service Above Self"

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Clarion Lakeside Inn & Conference Centre
470 1st Ave S
Kenora, ON  P9N 1W5
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Rotary Club of Kenora

P.O. Box 164


Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Past President
Corresponding Secretary
Director Membership
Director Fundraising
Director Public Relations
Director Youth Service
Director Club Service
Director International Service
Director Community Serice
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Upcoming Events
Guest Speakers
Kelly Williams
Dec 16, 2019 12:20 PM
Annual Meeting and Birchwood Gift Event
Charlene Kissick
Jan 06, 2020 12:00 PM
All Nations Hospital - Community Engagement Project
Ren Amell and Youssef Al-Masri
Jan 13, 2020
Kenora Refugee support partnership
Rotary Club of Kenora Grant Recipients

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

Kenora Rotary Splash Park

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