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Rotary's Virtual Walk for Polio was a success!
Our goal was to raise $1,500 US for the End Polio Now Campaign, and we exceeded our goal! We raised $1,750, which, with the 2 to 1 match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, translates to $5,145 US. This means that Kenora Rotary has funded the equivalent of 8,575 kids being vaccinated against polio!
Thank you to all who participated and/or donated to this great cause!
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Tickets are available from Consumers Frosted Foods and Safeway, as well as from Rotarians. To purchase via e-transfer - dlemaistre@hotmail.com and provide your phone#.
All funds will be used in Kenora. Thanks for your support!
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Rotary Club of Kenora, in partnership with the City of Kenora and the MMIWGT2S Memorial Committee, will develop the Rotary Peace Park along First Avenue South. The park, which is still in the planning stages, will include a beautiful granite monument to honour MMIWGT2S, a peace pole with the words "May Peace Prevail on Earth" engraved in several different languages on it, and a flag pole. Other inclusions are being discussed at this time.
It is the hope that this park will be a quiet resting place for visitors to pause and reflect.
•There are more than 250,000 peace poles around the world in every country in the world – the closest one to Kenora is at St. Vital Park, installed by the Rotary Club of St. Boniface-St. Vital.
•Planting a Peace Pole is a way of bringing people together to inspire, awaken and uplift the human consciousness the world over.
• Peace Poles are now recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument to peace. They remind us to think, speak and act in the spirit of peace and harmony.  Stand as a silent visual for peace to prevail on earth.
NEWS RELEASE: “World Polio Day to be marked with Virtual Walk”
 Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is one step closer to this World Polio Day.
The Rotary Club of Kenora is planning a Virtual Walk on World Polio Day, Saturday, Oct. 24, to raise funds and awareness of the service organization’s top priority for more than 30 years. Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours toward eradicating polio worldwide and helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Because of the efforts of Rotary and its partners, nearly 19 million people who would otherwise have been paralyzed are walking, and more than 1.5 million people are alive who would otherwise have died. Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.
“We are almost there!! We must continue the effort to fulfill a promise to all children for a polio-free world.”
An estimated 11,000 people in Canada were left paralyzed by polio between 1949 and 1954. The disease peaked in 1953 with nearly 9,000 cases and 500 deaths - the most serious national epidemic since the 1918 influenza pandemic. The last major polio epidemic in Canada occurred in 1959, with nearly 2,000 paralytic cases. Canada was certified "polio-free" in 1994. - The Canadian Public Health Association website
Africa region declared free of the wild poliovirus by World Health Organization (WHO) on August 25, 2020. This is a historic and vital step towards the global eradication of polio.
“In the face of a pandemic, the world has had very little good news to celebrate in global health this year, and the challenges ahead are formidable,” said 2020-21 Rotary International President Holger Knaack. “That is why we must recognize this great achievement and commend all of the people who played important roles in eradicating wild polio in the African region. It took tremendous effort and partnership over many years.”
Local Rotarians and members of the Interact Club are asking family, friends, colleagues, and supporters to help continue the effort by joining the World Polio Day Virtual Walk on Oct. 24. Wherever you are (around your neighbourhood, in your backyard) and by whatever means (walk, ride or run) join the cause so that children, anywhere in the world, never again face paralysis or potentially death from the poliovirus.
You may register and make financial contributions to the Kenora Rotary Virtual Walk for Polio online through Raise for Rotary https://raise.rotary.org/Gord-LeMaistre/celebration . Donors who give $10 USD or more through Raise for Rotary will receive a tax receipt via email. Donations made by cheque will receive a receipt by email if donors provide an email address or by regular mail if they do not.
Those not requiring a tax receipt can also mail donations to the Rotary Club of Kenora, Box 164, Kenora, P9N 3X3. Indicate the funds are for the Virtual Walk for Polio.
All donations to polio through Rotary will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

About Rotary
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who unite and take action to create lasting change in communities around the globe. For more than 115 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to improve lives through service. From promoting literacy and peace to providing clean water and improving health care, Rotary members are always working to better the world. Visit endpolio.org to learn more about Rotary and the fight to eradicate polio.
Thanks go to all that supported this fundraiser.Special thanks go to the Special Olympic athletes who partnered with Rotary.
And the winners are.....
1st – Ray Racette – $1500
2nd – Brenda Bye – $500
3rd – Sarah Gordon – $400
4th – Ann Marie Norseworthy – $300
5th – Kailee Ernewein – $200
6th – Christine Skene – $100
7th – Liz Redmond – $100
8th – Larry Boucher – $100
9th – Betty Getsm – $100
10th – Lynn Carlson – $100
11th – Bryan Holmstrom – $100
12th – Steve Parker – $100
13th – Tanis McIntosh – $50
14th – Joan Heino – $50
15th – Ron Friesen – $50
16th – Marim Fish – $50
17th – Allen Kobylka – $50
18th – Scott Schelske – $50
19th – Debbie Novak – $50
20th – Greg Rapinda – $50
The Rotary Lucky Duck Draw will be held on Sunday September 13th at 12 Noon at McLeod Park!
   Get your tickets from any Rotarian or member of Special Olympics Kenora.
The Rotary Club of Kenora supported the "Light Up Central" fundraising efforts with a donation of $5,000.
These funds were given to Rotary by the Canadian Tire JumpStart Program to donate or use as we saw fit. We decided that supporting local youth through community clubs would be a great way to put the funds to good use.
Thank you to Canadian Tire JumpStart and to the Light Up Central Committee for helping to make our community a great place to grow up in!
Pictured are left - Tim Gosnell -Light Up Central and Kelly Williams - Rotary Club of Kenora President -2019-29
The Nutrition on Weekends Program (N.O.W.) is receiving incredible support!
It has been a busy spring for Kenora Rotary and facilitating the Nutrition on Weekends (N.O.W.) Kenora program during the COVID-19 pandemic. We were able to increase our assistance to those who rely on school nutrition programs when school programs are not accessible. The Rotary Club of Kenora in partnership with the Northwestern Health Unit and local schools, the N.O.W. Program increased the number of bags being delivered (as many as 350 a week) and the size of those bags (5-7 days worth of breakfasts, snacks, and lunches).
Thanks to all those who volunteered to assist with the program. A version of the program will continue this summer with the health unit handling all finances, Rotarian Stacey Szajewski has volunteered to continue shopping and organizing volunteers for packing, and schools are continuing distribution.
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There are ways to support the Nutrition on Weekends (NOW) Kenora program during the unprecedented situation due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The N.O.W. Program has been managed by Rotary for the past 2 school years and will continue, with assistance from the Northwestern Health Unit and local schools.
Donations to the COVID-19 Community Response Fund from the Kenora Lake of the Woods Community Foundation (www.klwcf.ca) may be directed to the NOW Program. All funds donated will stay here in the region and are being distributed on April 17. Please indicate in the Message section that your donation is to be allocated specifically to NOW. A tax-deductible receipt will be issued.
The Northwestern Health Unit is also accepting donations for NOW and will issue a charitable receipt. Your cheque should be made to the Northwestern Health Unit and indicate on the Memo line that it is for NOW Kenora. The address is 210 First Street North, P9N 2K4. Please address it to the attention of Chelsea Socholotuk.
Our Rotary Club appreciates all the support received from our community.

The Rotary Club of Kenora is fundraising to help alleviate child poverty in our community!
The N.O.W. Program has been managed by Rotary for the past 2 school years and will continue, with assistance from the Northwestern Health Unit and local schools.

We are “selling” double insulated stainless steel bottles to keep liquids cold or hot. They have the Rotary logo on one side and on the opposite side: “Investing in our World
Investing in our Children.”
When you purchase a bottle for $50, you are helping to feed a child for a month of weekends and by using the bottles, you are helping to save our world.
The top has a push-button close/open on the top and there is a hanger hole in the lid for carrying the bottle hands-free.
For information on how to purchase, please contact Fred Wright: Fred.wright2020@gmail.com

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The Rotary Club of Kenora has postponed the Rotary Centennial Gala due to COVID-19. We are grateful for all the support and generosity from participants, volunteers, and everyone involved but want to make the best decision for the safety of our community. ~
St. Thomas Aquinas teacher James Trudeau was honored for his commitment to the Rotary Interact Club which has a membership of 20 students ages 12 to 18. James also volunteers with Rotary's Model United Nations for high school students who compete at the MUNA event in Winnipeg each year. James has a long history of volunteering. Pictured with James Trudeau are Rotarian James Clifford Retson and President Kelly Williams
Scouter Olean Jones was presented with an Honorary Paul Harris for her work with Scouts Canada. Olean has a very long history (42 years) of volunteering with Scouts Canada and has held numerous positions within the organization
The Rotary Club's Health and Hunger Committee has been busy distributing donations to school nutrition programs and community organizations this week.
Old Time Christmas was the theme of this year's Kinsmen Parade, so we had Carolers on our float!
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.
Welcome to Our Club!


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Dean Rohrs
Nov 30, 2020 7:00 PM
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