Rotary Peace Park Thank You Deb LeMaistre 2023-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Walk for Polio and Scavenger Hunt Deb LeMaistre 2023-10-22 05:00:00Z 0

Walk & Scavenger Hunt for Polio

Kenora Ontario on Sunday October 23, 2022 — Rotary and Interact members in Kenora are taking action on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.

WHAT: A Fun Walk and Scavenger Hunt to end polio. Bring your family and friends to join us. Scavenger hunt and clues are appropriate for All ages.

One Day. One Focus. Your Way.

WHO: Local Rotarians and members of the Interact Club are asking family, friends, colleagues and supporters to help continue the effort and join us.

WHEN: Sunday October 23 at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

WHERE: At the Kenora Harbourfront in the green space on Lakeview Drive.

How: Register. Please text 807-466-1034 or email

Donations are being accepted

Purchase an End Polio Now cookie for $5.00. Compliments of Lana’s Kitchen.

Donate at Raise for Rotary

Walk & Scavenger Hunt for Polio Deb LeMaistre 2022-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

Highway Cleanup

Highway Cleanup 2022!
The Rotary Club of Kenora has for many years taken on the responsibility of cleaning a portion of Highway 17A from the Longbow Lake Road to the Highway 17 East turnoff. We had a good turnout of Rotarians to help and we all went out for dinner afterwards! Fun, Fellowship, and accomplishing something worthwhile...all part of what Rotarians do!
Thanks to Rotarian Gary Williams for organizing this event and for being our photographer.
Highway Cleanup Deb LeMaistre 2022-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
Online Auction Michael Szajewski 2022-05-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Week 2022

City Council proclaimed the week of Feb 20- 26 as Rotary Week in Kenora.
During Rotary Week, Rotary International celebrates its 117th year on February 23rd, and the Rotary Club of Kenora celebrates the good work of Rotary  here in Kenora and around the world.
Rotary is represented by over 1.2 million Rotarians and over 35,000 clubs worldwide.
Rotary Week 2022 John Dahl 2022-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Fellowship Evening @ 901 John Dahl 2021-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Donation to Handbell Ringers

A $500 cheque presentation from the Rotary Club of Kenora, presented by Ron Malashewski to Ruth Girard for the Sunset Country Handbell Ringers. The money will go towards the purchase of additional music books and binders required due to the social distancing rules that the pandemic has brought on.
Donation to Handbell Ringers John Dahl 2021-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

Thank you Days Inn

The Days Inn ran a Days Inn for Peace Fundraiser for the Rotary Peace Park and sold 130 meals! They topped up their donation to $2,500!! We are so grateful for the support we've received from this local business.
Thank you Days Inn Deb LeMaistre 2021-06-28 05:00:00Z 0

Ho Ho For Peace

Ho Ho owner Jim Wong donated $2,050.00 in HoHo gift cards to the Rotary Peace Park in honour of his mother the late Mei Wong. Cards  were quickly scooped up by local Rotarians adding $2,050.00 towards building of the Rotary Peace Park.
Pictured left to right owner Jim Wong, co-chair Peace Park Debra LeMaistre, cook Sunny Wu, server Jade Wong, manager Diane Wu, Rotarian John Dahl

Ho Ho For Peace John Dahl 2021-06-08 05:00:00Z 0

NOW Program Update

Rotarian Lloyd Mack talks to SHAW TV's Vicky Donath about the N.O.W. Program in Kenora.
Alleviating child poverty is a focus of the Rotary Club of Kenora and Rotary District 5550.
NOW Program Update Deb LeMaistre 2021-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Auction Thank You! Deb LeMaistre 2021-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
901 Westside Fundraiser Deb LeMaistre 2021-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Burgers for Peace Deb LeMaistre 2021-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Pasta for Peace Deb LeMaistre 2021-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Donation to Chiefs Advisory

 A $1,000 cheque was presented to the Kenora Chiefs Advisory by the Rotary Club of Kenora
 to help pay for cell phone minutes for people who have to isolate due to COVID-19.
Donation to Chiefs Advisory Deb LeMaistre 2021-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

Rib Tickler Comedy Night 2

Join us for a night of laughs to benefit all the good works of the Rotary Club of Kenora to help those in need in our community.
$25 tickets per screen means that everyone in your pod can get in on the fun for just 1 ticket!
Register by selecting this link:
Don't wait to get your tickets. Sales close at 4pm CT, Friday March 19th, 2021, tickets are limited get them while they last.
This amazing evening will feature John Wing and Cory Mack.
Please Note: Zoom link will be emailed from on Monday March 15th, 2021. Watch for it.
Question?: text 403-614-6818
Rib Tickler Comedy Night 2 Deb LeMaistre 2021-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary GST Charity Auction

Rotarians are asking for donations to their annual online auction. This year we are wanting to offer
goods, services, and talents!
If you have anything to donate, big or small, please contact any Rotarian or call or text 466-3707. Pick up may be arranged, or design of a gift certificate can be provided.
Thanks for your support!
Rotary GST Charity Auction Lorissa Meisner 2021-03-01 06:00:00Z 0

Honorary Paul Harris Awards

The Rotary Club of Kenora’s annual Paul Harris Evening was held virtually last night, and it was an opportunity for the club to honour members of our community for their outstanding contributions to Kenora and beyond.
This year’s recipients of Honourary Paul Harris Fellowship Awards were:
Garry Socholotuk - Special Olympics
Vicki Hawkins - Special Olympics
Olivia Whiddon - Arts;
Diane Pochailo -Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation, Hospital Foundation, and Dragon Tamers.
The Honourary Fellowship is Rotary’s most prestigious honour and is awarded in appreciation for service that exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of Rotary International.
Paul Harris founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. The fellowship program was established in 1957 to honour Harris and donors to the Rotary Foundation are recognized, when their cumulative contributions reach a total of $1,000 American. These donors are awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of their significant commitment to the work of Rotary International.
Since 1990, the Rotary Club of Kenora has chosen to honour individual citizens in Kenora, who have made a significant contribution in our club and in our local and global community in the spirit of Rotary — “Service Above Self” — with the award.
Eight Rotarians and a Rotary spouse were also presented their new Paul Harris Fellowship or a Multiple Paul Harris Fellowship on Monday by club president Steve Walker and District 5550 Governor Gailmarie Anderson.
Rotary Foundation Chair Gord LeMaistre said, “The Rotary Club of Kenora is honoured and proud to recognize citizens in our community for their significant humanitarian efforts in making Kenora a better place to live for all citizens.”
Jennifer Jones of Windsor will become the first woman nominee for Rotary International President, and she said, “In order to live in a world you would like, you have to help build it.”
Honorary Paul Harris Awards Deb LeMaistre 2021-02-23 06:00:00Z 0

Rib Tickler Comedy Night

This is going to be a lot of laughs! Everyone deserves that after the last year--and this is a way to have a fundraiser to make sure those in need in our community continue to be supported! Invite your friends...let's make this a sellout!
Anyone may purchase a ticket from anywhere!
Rib Tickler Comedy Night Deb LeMaistre 2021-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

Donation to Imagination Library

The Rotary Club of Kenora is a proud sponsor of the Kenora Chapter of the Imagination Library!
 $1,000 was donated to this great program which provides free books monthly to children ages 0 - 5 years old.
 Find out more about this program at
Donation to Imagination Library Deb LeMaistre 2021-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Dream Trip Draw

Don't miss out! We're expecting a sellout!!
Tickets are available from Consumers Frosted Foods and Safeway, and Rotarians.
To purchase via e-transfer - and provide your phone#.
Trips must be taken before October 31, 2022. May be cashed out at 100% cash value, or transferred to a different destination.
Only 580 tickets will be sold!!
All funds will be used in Kenora. Thanks for your support!
Rotary Dream Trip Draw Deb LeMaistre 2020-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peace Park

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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.
Rotary Peace Park Deb LeMaistre 2020-10-25 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Virtual Walk for Polio 2020

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.”
Rotary Virtual Walk for Polio 2020 Gord LeMaistre 2020-10-05 05:00:00Z 0

N.O.W. Program Update

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.
N.O.W. Program Update Deb LeMaistre 2020-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 5550 Conference

Due to the COVID-19 the Rotary 5550 District Conference will be held online May 23rd.

Rotarians from across the District (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario) will meet on-line to listen to top-notch speakers and get updates on Rotary.

The in-person meetings scheduled for Kenora have been cancelled for this conference due to the coronavirus, but we've come up with a solution that should work, and give our district a chance to come together to share ideas and learn from some excellent guest speakers!

Rotary District 5550 Conference Deb LeMaistre 2020-05-13 05:00:00Z 0
N.O.W. Program Interview CBC Deb LeMaistre 2020-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
Colour with Kindness Deb LeMaistre 2020-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Online Auction Cancelled Deb LeMaistre 2020-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

NOW Donations

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 ( 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.
NOW Donations Deb LeMaistre 2020-04-17 05:00:00Z 0

N.O.W. insulated bottles

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:

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N.O.W. insulated bottles Deb LeMaistre 2020-03-31 05:00:00Z 0

Centennial Gala Postponed

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. ~
Centennial Gala Postponed Deb LeMaistre 2020-03-13 05:00:00Z 0

Honorary Paul Harris Olean Jones

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
Honorary Paul Harris Olean Jones Deb LeMaistre 2020-02-27 06:00:00Z 0

Honorary Paul Harris James Trudeau

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
Honorary Paul Harris James Trudeau Deb LeMaistre 2020-02-24 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Centennial Gala

Tickets available at ScotiaBank
A Tax Receipt for $40 will be issued!
All proceeds going to the Lake of the Woods Hospital Foundation
Rotary Centennial Gala Deb LeMaistre 2020-01-28 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Health & Hunger Donations

The Rotary Club's Health and Hunger Committee has been busy distributing donations to school nutrition programs and community organizations this week.
Rotary Health & Hunger Donations Deb LeMaistre 2019-12-19 06:00:00Z 0

Kinsmen Parade

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Old Time Christmas was the theme of this year's Kinsmen Parade, so we had Carolers on our float!
Kinsmen Parade Deb LeMaistre 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

Miracle Marathon Donation

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
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
Miracle Marathon Donation Deb LeMaistre 2019-12-02 06:00:00Z 0

N.O.W. Program Expands

Posted by Lloyd Mack
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!!
N.O.W. Program Expands Lloyd Mack 2019-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

Takako Ito, Consul General of Japan 

   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.

Takako Ito, Consul General of Japan Lynn Carlson 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0

Dream Trip Draw Winners 2019

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Dream Trip Draw Winners 2019 Deb LeMaistre 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0

Official District Governor Visit

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
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.
Official District Governor Visit Deb LeMaistre 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0

N.O.W. Program back

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.
N.O.W. Program back Deb LeMaistre 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

Special Olympics Presentation

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
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!
Special Olympics Presentation Deb LeMaistre 2019-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Lobsterfest 2019 Deb LeMaistre 2019-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

Donation to Kenora Harvest

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
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.
Donation to Kenora Harvest Deb LeMaistre 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Kenora Rotary Splash Park Opens!

Posted by Deb LeMaistre on Jul 06, 2019
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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.
Kenora Rotary Splash Park Opens! Deb LeMaistre 2019-07-06 05:00:00Z 0

Lucky Duck Race Winners

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
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
Lucky Duck Race Winners Deb LeMaistre 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0
25 in 5 Community Foundation Deb LeMaistre 2019-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Duncan Carmichael

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.
Duncan Carmichael Deb LeMaistre 2019-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Splash Park Grand Opening!

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
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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!
Rotary Splash Park Grand Opening! Deb LeMaistre 2019-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

Walk for Alzheimers

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
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.
Walk for Alzheimers Deb LeMaistre 2019-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

Ripple Effect Committee Celebrates

Posted on May 06, 2019
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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.
Ripple Effect Committee Celebrates Deb LeMaistre 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

Kenora & District Chamber of Commerce Home Show

Posted by Deb LeMaistre

"Rotary Club of Kenora is very excited to be a part of the Chamber’s Home Show!

We have participated for many years, using our booth as a place to promote our club and showcase the projects and programs we are working on.

This year we have an added responsibility, as we will be helping to operate the lift to move people needing assistance to the lower floor and back up and we will be running a 50/50 draw as well!

July 1, 2019 is the beginning of the Rotary Club of Kenora’s centennial year! 100 years of doing good in Kenora and the world!

Our booth will showcase many of the local and international projects we have completed over the past 100 years, as well as offering information on our centennial project the new Rotary Splash Park at Norman Park.

July 1st is also when the Rotary Club, in partnership with Kenora Special Olympics, will hold the Lucky Duck Race at McLeod Park. Tickets will be on sale for the Lucky Duck Race at our booth, located just inside the entry doors to the arena.

Kenora & District Chamber of Commerce Home Show Deb LeMaistre 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0

NOW Program

Posted by Lloyd Mack
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.
NOW Program Lloyd Mack 2019-03-23 05:00:00Z 1

Rotary Auction

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Rotary Auction Deb LeMaistre 2019-03-20 05:00:00Z 0

Ripple Effect Update from Gord & Deb

Posted by Lynn Carlson
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. 
Ripple Effect Update from Gord & Deb Lynn Carlson 2019-03-17 05:00:00Z 0

Honorary Paul Harris Recipients

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
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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.
Honorary Paul Harris Recipients Deb LeMaistre 2019-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary S'Mores! Deb LeMaistre 2019-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

New Member Mary-Lynne Curtis

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
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!
New Member Mary-Lynne Curtis Deb LeMaistre 2019-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
Health & Hunger Donations Deb LeMaistre 2018-12-09 06:00:00Z 0

New Members Inducted

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
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
New Members Inducted Deb LeMaistre 2018-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

New Members Inducted

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
The Rotary Club of Kenora was very proud to induct 3 new members on Monday November 26th!
Pictured are President Lynn Carlson (left) and Pat Chernesky, District 5550 Membership Co-Chair (right) with new inductees Tanis McIntosh, Dan McCann, and Sat Gurram.
New Members Inducted Deb LeMaistre 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

Little Libraries

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
The Rotary Club of Kenora has recently placed two little libraries constructed by Beaver Brae students in the community. One was placed outside Keewatin Place and the other in Rabbit Lake Trailer Park.
Little Libraries Deb LeMaistre 2018-11-25 06:00:00Z 0
Holiday Gift Card Survivor John Dahl 2018-11-23 06:00:00Z 0

Dream Trip Draw 2018

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Congratulations to the Winners of Rotary's Dream Trip Draw, held November 5, 2018!
Thank you to all who purchased a ticket. Our community is the real winner in this, as funds will be distributed throughout to causes such as school food programs, sports programs, etc.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Dream Trip Draw 2018 Deb LeMaistre 2018-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Community Support Services

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Lynn Moffatt from Community Support Services, District of Kenora Home for the Aged, receives a cheque for $500 from Rotary Club president Lynn Carlson.
Community Support Services Deb LeMaistre 2018-10-19 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Dream Vacation Draw

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Be sure to purchase your ticket before they're sold out! Only 576 tickets will be sold!
Tickets are available at select businesses throughout the community, or from any Rotarian.
Rotary Dream Vacation Draw Deb LeMaistre 2018-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Special Guest Health & Hunger Meeting

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the Rotary Club of Kenora’s Health and Hunger Committee welcomed John Currie to its meeting. Currie is executive director of HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples) and a member of the Pickering, Ontario Rotary Club. He had been in Winnipeg for the launch of APTN’s First Contact series and was visiting his mother Dale in Dryden, his hometown. Currie was interested to learn about our local efforts in Health and Hunger and shared some about HIP, created by Southern Ontario Rotarians, to support the educational efforts of indigenous people and encourage all Canadians to be aware of indigenous issues, history and culture. l-r: Jim Retson, Fred Wright, John Dahl, Lloyd Mack, John Currie, Stacey Szajewski, Don Kehler and Anne Anderson (missing from photo).
Special Guest Health & Hunger Meeting Lloyd Mack 2018-09-13 05:00:00Z 0

Jeff Gustafson, Guest Speaker Sept 10th Rotary meeting

At Monday's Rotary meeting, Jeff Gustafson, professional angler shared stories with the club about his recent fishing experiences. The only disappointment was that he didn't bring a map of secret fishing spots on Lake of the Woods. 
Jeff Gustafson, Guest Speaker Sept 10th Rotary meeting Lynn Carlson 2018-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Donation to Splash Park from Randy Nickle Lynn Carlson 2018-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Meeting September 10th Lynn Carlson 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
September's Theme Deb LeMaistre 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

LOWDPOA  LakeSmart Speaker

Posted on Jul 31, 2018
July 30th Rotary Luncheon speaker - Reed Cuperio, LOWDPOA LakeSmart Program
LOWDPOA staff, Executive Director, Rotarian, Diane Schwartz-William, 2018 LakeSmart Ambassador Reed Cuperio and Assistant Executive Director, Rotarian Linda Nelson shared information about the Lake of the Woods District Property Owners Association and their LakeSmart Program with Rotarians at the regular Monday meeting on July 30th.
Rotarian, Bruce Ormiston thanked Reed for updating the club on this unique community outreach program. The LakeSmart team offers environmentally-friendly messages to shoreline residents and anyone who enjoys the lakes and environment. The program, now in its 8th year continues to expand the broad range of information and activities that it provides, encouraging everyone to contribute to a healthier lake ecosystem.
LOWDPOA LakeSmart Speaker Lynn Carlson 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Splash Park Groundbreaking

Posted by Deb LeMaistre on Jul 16, 2018
Rotary Splash Park Groundbreaking July 16, 2018
The Groundbreaking Ceremony held at the site of of the Rotary Splash Park in Norman Park was very well attended by Rotarians, supporters and plenty of children. President Lynn Carlson welcomed everyone, acknowledged our partners - City of Kenora, Northwestern First Nations Elder Jeanette Skead blessed the land, Mayor Canfield spoke about what a great addition the splash park will be for Kenora, and thanked Rotary for their gift to the city. Splash Park Committee Chair Deb LeMaistre acknowledged and thanked the major donors and all who have contributed to our fundraising efforts.
Groundbreaking was completed with the turning of the sod and a barbecue, complete with a beautiful cake.
Here is the link to the interview by CBC Radio Thunder Bay:
Rotary Splash Park Groundbreaking Deb LeMaistre 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Visit 2018

Posted by Deb LeMaistre on Jul 09, 2018
We had a visit today from the 2018-19 District Governor Elaine Thompson! Our club donated to Polio Plus in her honour and President Lynn got to preside over the meeting for the first time in her year as president.
District Governor Visit 2018 Deb LeMaistre 2018-07-09 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Centennial Project

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
WE have GREAT NEWS to share!!
City Council has passed a resolution to proceed with the construction of the Rotary Splash Park at Norman Park. The contract has been awarded to Sierra Construction of Kenora for a total cost of $537,637!!
The Rotary Club of Kenora is very grateful for the partnerships we have with the City of Kenora, the Northwestern Health Unit, Kenora Association for Community Living, and the Kenora Lake of the Woods District Community Foundation.
We're definitely going to make a BIG SPLASH to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Kenora!
Our fundraising continues as we aren't fully funded yet, so please support our efforts by donating, buying a brick, or attending a fundraiser. Thanks to everyone who has already donated. We are so grateful for your support!
Rotary's Centennial Project Deb LeMaistre 2018-06-21 05:00:00Z 0

Lucky Duck Race

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Race will be held at McLeod Park at 11 A.M. on July 1st. Come and cheer on your duck!!
A BBQ, kids' fish pond, and other events will also be taking place!
Tickets are available at Frosted Foods, Johnson's Pharmacy, The Standard, and Safeway or from Rotarians.
Tickets are $10 each
Cash Prizes!
Lucky Duck Race Deb LeMaistre 2018-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

Splash Park Donations

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
A donation of $5,000 was made to the Rotary Splash Park fundraising campaign in memory of former Rotarian George Curtis. Pictured is Rotarian Claire Noseworthy, Mary-Lynn Curtis, and George's daughter, Rotarian Darcia Curtis.
Marie Loewen and Heather Bird held a donut sale to raise funds for the Rotary Splash Park. Pictured here with Heather's son Eli is Heather, and Rotary President Deb LeMaistre. Funds raised were $1,400!
Splash Park Donations Deb LeMaistre 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

New Member Brandon

New member Brandon LaPointe, Manager of Kenora Honda was welcomed into the family of Rotary!
Pictured left to right: Membership Chair Gord LeMaistre, Assistant District Governor Fred Wright, New Member Brandon, President Deb LeMaistre.
New Member Brandon Deb LeMaistre 2018-05-28 05:00:00Z 0

Fellowship Centre Lunches

Posted by Deb LeMaistre on May 22, 2018

Rotarians were out in the community serving food at the Fellowship Centre lunch sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church! Pictured are Rotarians Mike and Stacy Michael Szajewski and John Dahl
“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”― Martin Luther King Jr.

Fellowship Centre Lunches Deb LeMaistre 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Helping Food Programs

Posted by Deb LeMaistre on May 02, 2018
Bowls and cutlery to four school breakfast/lunch programs: St. Thomas Aquinas, Pope John Paul II, Evergreen and Beaver Brae were delivered today, a donation from the Rotary Club. Also a set of pots & pans, cooking utensils and dishes were donated for transitional housing units at the Kenora Fellowship Centre.
Helping Food Programs Deb LeMaistre 2018-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Kenora Rotary Auction 2018-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Habitat for Humanity Donation

A donation of $1,000 was presented to Habitat Representative Joan Schelske (centre). Presenting the cheque is Rotary Treasurer Barbara King (left). Right is Rotary President Deb LeMaistre.
Habitat for Humanity Donation Deb LeMaistre 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Canadian Tire Donation

Pictured is John Dahl, Fundraising Chair, Randy Orford, Canadian Orford, Associate Dealer - Canadian Tire, Rotarians Deb & Gord LeMaistre, Committee Chairs
Canadian Tire has donated $5,000 to the Rotary Splash Park Fundraising Campaign! Thanks for your support!
Canadian Tire Donation 2018-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Cheeseburger in Paradise Deb LeMaistre 2018-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

Habitat for Humanity 

Posted by Deb LeMaistre on Mar 11, 2018

EVANSTON, IL (October 2, 2017) — More than 1 billion people around the world live in inadequate housing according to the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements. Through a partnership between Rotary and Habitat for Humanity, more will have access to safe and affordable housing across the globe.

The partnership will facilitate collaboration between local Rotary clubs and local Habitat for Humanity organizations, enabling Habitat to extend their volunteer pool by tapping into Rotary’s 1.2 million members in 200 countries and regions.

Habitat for Humanity Deb LeMaistre 2018-03-11 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Online Auction 2018

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
 Thank you to all who donated to our Rotary Online Auction! For information on the donations of services, new items, gift cards and gift certificates to be auctioned, please check our facebook event page at
Funds raised will be used for projects in our local and global communities.
Rotary Online Auction 2018 Deb LeMaistre 2018-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Flag Raising 2018

Members of Kenora City Council and Rotarians gather to raise the Rotary Flag in celebration of Rotary International Week.
Centre: Mayor David Canfield
Flag Raising 2018 Deb LeMaistre 2018-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Bonfires with S'mores! Deb LeMaistre 2018-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Kenora Arts Donation

Posted by Deb LeMaistre

Rotary’s $1500.00 donation to the Kenora Arts went back to the Community 100%. Employees at Riverview Industries designed and built brackets for theatre lighting. Rotarian Len Mark is seen overseeing the installation at Knox Church where Concerts are held throughout the fall and spring. Chairperson and Rotarian Lucia Melnick looks forward to the enhanced experience of the performances for the community.
Kenora Arts Donation Deb LeMaistre 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Food Program Donations

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Donation to Evergreen School Breakfast Program
Donation to Beaver Brae High School food program
Donation to Fellowship Centre Food Program
Donation to Keewatin Public School Breakfast Program
Donation to King George School Breakfast Program
Donation to Minto Family Resource Food Program
Donation to Ne-Chee Friendship Centre Food Program
Food Program Donations Deb LeMaistre 2017-12-26 06:00:00Z 0

Weyerhaeuser Donation to Splash Park

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Kenora Rotary past president Gord LeMaistre (left) and Rotary president Deb LeMaistre (second from right) receive a donation of $10,000 for the Kenora Rotary Splash Park from Weyerhaeuser plant manager Bill Candline (right) and Michelle Reynard.
The donation, from the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund, was applied for by the Kenora Association for Community Living (KACL) on behalf of the Rotary Club of Kenora.
Weyerhaeuser Donation to Splash Park Deb LeMaistre 2017-12-22 06:00:00Z 0

Hamper Delivery

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Rotarians Don Kehler, John Dahl, Michael Szajewski, and Stacey Szajewski collect hampers from St. Alban's Church to deliver to Minto Parent Child Resource Centre recipients.
Hamper Delivery Deb LeMaistre 2017-12-20 06:00:00Z 0

Donation to Imagination Library

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
A donation of $1,000 was presented to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, Kenora.
Pictured left to right: Rotary Literacy Chair Carolyn Hudson, Imagination Library Rep Miranda Duggan, and Rotary President Deb LeMaistre
Donation to Imagination Library Deb LeMaistre 2017-12-19 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Family New Year's Eve Event! Deb LeMaistre 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Ne-Chee Dinner Donation

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
A donation of $250 was made to help fund the Ne-Chee Community Christmas Dinner. Pictured is Rotary President Deb LeMaistre and Rotarian and Ne-Chee CEO Patti Fairfield.
Ne-Chee Dinner Donation Deb LeMaistre 2017-12-08 06:00:00Z 0

Imagination Library Donation

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
A $1,000 donation was made to the Kenora Imagination Library.
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is an official partner of Rotary International.
pictured l to r: Rotarian Carolyn Hudson, Director of Literacy Committee, Miranda Duggan, Imagination Library, and Rotary Club of Kenora President Deb LeMaistre
Imagination Library Donation Deb LeMaistre 2017-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Christmas Giving - Birchwood Terrace

The Rotary Club of Kenora collected a multitude of gifts, generously donated by members. These gifts included socks, scarves, puzzles, wraps, throws, large print books, calendars, ornaments, etc. Club members held a Service Meeting where we, while Christmas music played, sorted and package the gifts and wrote on Christmas cards for the residents at Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home.
The packages will be delivered and distributed by staff at the home for Christmas.
Christmas Giving - Birchwood Terrace Deb LeMaistre 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
TRF Giving Tuesday Deb LeMaistre 2017-11-27 06:00:00Z 0

Dream Trip Winners 2017

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Here is the List of Winners for the Dream Trip Draw!
Puerto Plata - Dixie Miller and Jeff Percy
Las Vegas - Judy Minor
Puerto Vallarta - Rae Bath
Orlando - Stacey Hawes
Alaska Cruise - Mark Bissonette
Palm Springs-Greg Bowman
Varadero -Suzanne Penner and j Williams
Quebec City - Ron Thorsteinson
Phoenix - Patti McLeod
Mayan Riviera - Cindy Behrsin
Dream Trip Winners 2017 Deb LeMaistre 2017-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Remembrance Day 2017

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Rotarian Past President Gord LeMaistre laid the Rotary Club of Kenora's wreath at the 2017 Remembrance Day Ceremony
Remembrance Day 2017 Deb LeMaistre 2017-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Winter Gala 2017

Posted by deb
You won't want to miss this event! It will be the premier event of 2017!!
Tickets are available by calling 548-5390.
The purchaser will receive a $75 tax receipt. 
Thanks to our sponsor Gillons Insurance for their support!
Winter Gala 2017 deb 2017-11-10 06:00:00Z 0

Blue Heron Wine Survivor Shop Night

Thanks to Brad Hewlitt, owner of The Blue Heron for hosting a very successful event!
Thanks also to everyone who supported the event. 
We're going to make a BIG SPLASH!!
Blue Heron Wine Survivor Shop Night Deb LeMaistre 2017-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Splish Splash! Burger Bash! Deb LeMaistre 2017-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

Donation to LOW Concert Group

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
A donation of $500 was made to the Lake of the Woods Concert Group to support their great programs! 
Pictured L to R is President Deb LeMaistre, Community Service Director Fred Wright and LOW Concert Group Director and Rotarian Len Mark
Donation to LOW Concert Group Deb LeMaistre 2017-09-19 05:00:00Z 0

Bank of Nova Scotia Donation

Rotarians and guests were treated to a great story of community support by the Bank of Nova Scotia Manager and Rotarian Chris Sellner on Monday. Chris talked about the importance of being part of our community and the support the Bank of Nova Scotia gives to so many great projects and programs in our community and across the country. Chris, on behalf of the Kenora branch donated $5,000 to the fundraising effort Lobsterfest put on by the Rotary Club of Kenora. The branch sold tickets and took part in the fundraiser. This donation is part of a series of donations made over the past 4 years, totalling $20,000! Thanks so much for your support Chris and the Kenora branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia!
pictured is president Deb LeMaistre, Bank Manager and Rotarian Chris Sellner, and Rotarian John Dahl.
Bank of Nova Scotia Donation Deb LeMaistre 2017-09-19 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Deb LeMaistre on Sep 14, 2017
Donation to the Confederation College Scholarship Fund from funds raised at the Rotary sponsored hole at the Con. College Golf Tournament
Donation for the purchase of games and timers to start a chess club at St. Marguerite-Bergeoys School
Donations Deb LeMaistre 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Lobsterfest 2017 Deb LeMaistre 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0

Looking for Winner

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Sunday night's #KenoraHarbourfest2017 winner of $1,450 needs to send a message to To claim the prize the matching ticket must be shown, with #2133.
Looking for Winner Deb LeMaistre 2017-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

August is Membership Month

Posted by Deb LeMaistre


August is Membership and New Club Development Month, which means it's time to celebrate our Rotary club, our members, and the good we do in our community and around the world.

Make the most of your membership. Here's a dozen ways to do it:

  1. Learn more about Rotary Global Rewards, a member benefit program that offers discounts on products and services – travel, hotels, car rentals, dining, and entertainment. Visit the Member Center.
  2. Identify a need in our community and work with our club to design a hands-on project that addresses it.
  3. Learn how to apply for a grant to implement a project.
  4. Know a young leader? Tell him or her about Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange.
  5. Explore other clubs. You’re welcome to attend any club’s meeting, anywhere in the world. Use the Club Finder tool or download the Club Locator app to find a meeting when you travel.
  6. Try a new role. Our Club need leaders. Get involved and help our club by serving as an officer and/or committee member.
  7. Attend the next Rotary International Convention in Toronto, Canada. Enjoy inspiring talks from global leaders, celebrities, and activists. Meet members from around the world. It’s the ultimate way to understand the scope of Rotary.
  8. Be part of history and help eradicate polio. Find out how to support PolioPlus and join the movement to end polio.
  9. Use the resources in the Rotary Brand Center to help you communicate, inspire, and collaborate.
  10. Meet other members who share your interests and passions through a Rotary Fellowship or Rotarian Action Group. There are about 70 groups, catering to everyone from cooking enthusiasts to water and sanitation project experts.
  11. Connect on social media. Rotary has an official page on FacebookJoin the conversation.
  12. Support The Rotary Foundation. Contributions provide millions of dollars in grants that support our humanitarian service around the world. Learn more.
August is Membership Month Deb LeMaistre 2017-08-04 05:00:00Z 0

Lucky Duck Funds Distributed

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Lucky Duck Race Funds of $7,776.15 were presented to Special Olympics at our July 31st meeting. This represents the tickets sold by the organization, in partnership with Rotary. Pictured are the 2 top sellers as well as representatives of the organization and Rotary.
Thanks Special Olympics for being such great partners!!
Lucky Duck Funds Distributed Deb LeMaistre 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0

Ondine's Farewell

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
photo by Lloyd Mack
Ondine Chien, our Rotary Exchange Student from Taiwan was presented a beautiful quilt (created by Rotarian Jean Hallas) from the Rotary Club of Kenora as a going away gift at her farewell barbeque. Ondine has spent the past 11 months in Kenora, attending St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
Thanks to her host families: Kelly & Gary Williams, Patty & Barry McLeod, Dean & Melanie Kozak, Gord & Deb LeMaistre, Fred & Marion Wright, Marion & Rod McKay, and Lloyd & Shirley Mack, and others who spent time with Ondine.
Shown here with Past President Gord LeMaistre
Ondine's Farewell Deb LeMaistre 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Visit

Posted by Deb LeMaistre on Jul 17, 2017
District Governor Peter Neufeldt presented Rotary Club of Kenora President Deb LeMaistre with the Rotary Theme Banner for the 2017-2018 Rotary Year.
Assistant Governor Fred Wright received his Paul Harris +5 Award
New Rotarians Rod McKay and Linda Biggar were inducted into the club by District Governor Peter Neufeldt. They are pictured with their sponsors, Rotarians John Dahl and Patty McLeod.
District Governor's Visit Deb LeMaistre 2017-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Lucky Duck Race 2017

to everyone who purchased a ticket and/or came to cheer on the ducks and to our partners - Special Olympics and the Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce!
Our fundraiser for Rotary Projects and the Special Olympics was a huge success!
Thanks to Scott Gammage, Darcy Wolframe, Gary Williams, Steve Halvorson, and Ken Behrsin for their help in making our race a success!
WINNERS LIST - Please pick up your cheque at
Century 21, 213 1st St. S Kenora
PlaceNameTicket #Amount
1Chris LeVasseur1598  1,500.00
2Wayne  Beckworth1339 $ 500.00
3Stella Fagnilli1384 $ 400.00
4Ken Boychuk999 $ 300.00
5Mike Schram918 $ 200.00
6K. Waite433 $ 100.00
7Rod McKay230 $ 100.00
8Brenda Cottrell1327 $ 100.00
9Ted Johnston1801 $ 100.00
10Soren Rowe c/o Sheila Mundy900 $ 100.00
11Brenda Ivey1095 $ 100.00
12Mike Tokarz1302 $ 100.00
13Raegan Carlson32 $  50.00
14Donna Chaisson1201 $  50.00
15Tiffani Grandbois132 $  50.00
16Carla Devlin Scott330 $  50.00
17Mary Ann Poirier1838 $  50.00
18Wendy Peterson1788  $  50.00
19Gregg Bowman342 $  50.00
20Sandra Tankard408 $  50.00
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Rotary International Convention - Atlanta, Georgia

Rotarians were made to feel very welcome in Atlanta, Georgia for the 2017 Rotary International Conference! More than 35,000 Rotarians from 150 countries attended the conference!
Attending from the Kenora Club were Gord & Deb LeMaistre
Rotary International Convention - Atlanta, Georgia Deb LeMaistre 2017-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Urban Forest

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
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Help the Rotary Club of Kenora  create an Urban Forest in the City of Kenora, Canada! Canada is celebrating 150th Anniversary, Rotary in Kenora is soon to celebrate 100 years of serving our community and beyond. To celebrate, we'd like to plant a forest and raise some funds to continue doing good in the world!

For a donation of $10, you can be a part of making our dream a reality, and have a tree seedling planted in your honour!

Red Pine trees grow quite quickly in our Northern climate, and are disease resistant. The Rotary Club of Kenora's President, Gord LeMaistre is a Registered Professional Forester with 40 years experience in the forest industry. He has planted thousands of trees and will ensure that the seedlings are planted correctly in a location conducive to the success of the forest.

Our Rotary Club works hard to improve living conditions for people around the world and an urban forest in our city would be a way for us to thank our community for all the support they have given over the past nearly 100 years so that we may help the less fortunate.

First planting will take place Sunday May 28, 2017. Only 200 seedlings are available for purchase.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to make our world a better place for everyone!
To Donate On-Line:
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MUNA 2017

The Rotary Club of Kenora sent a large team to Model United Nations (MUNA) in Winnipeg this year! Students were chosen from Beaver Brae and St. Thomas Aquinas to represent several countries from around the world.
MUNA 2017 Deb LeMaistre 2017-05-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leadership Academy 2017

It's time to register for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award Camp!
Basic Camp for ages 12, 13, & 14 is July 31st to August 5th
Advanced Camp for ages 15, 16 & 17 is August 7th to August 12th
The Rotary Club of Regina Oskaya is hosting the 2017 RYLA camp for District 5550, which will be held at the Anglican Church Camp in Clear Lake, Manitoba. 
The RYLA camp focuses on leadership, developmental topics of interest and recreational activities.
Contact: Sheelagh Reid at
Rotary Youth Leadership Academy 2017 Deb LeMaistre 2017-05-02 05:00:00Z 0

Splash Park Donation! Wauzhushk Onigum

Our Rotary Club was honoured to have Christopher Skead, Chair of the Wauzhushk Onigum Foundation as a guest at our Rotary Meeting. We were able to properly thank him, and everyone involved in making the Golden Eagle Bingo a huge success!
Outside of Rotary, this is the largest donation to date.
Splash Park Donation! Wauzhushk Onigum Deb LeMaistre 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Online Auction Michael Szajewski 2017-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Community Service Award 2017

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Vanessa LacSeul was the recipient of this year's Community Service Award, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kenora. Vanessa is enrolled in the Business Human Resources Program at Confederation College, Lake of the Woods Campus.
Pictured are Vanessa and Rotary President Gord LeMaistre
Community Service Award 2017 Deb LeMaistre 2017-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Ondine's Birthday

Our Rotary Exchange Student from Taiwan turned 18 this month! Happy Birthday Ondine!!!
Ondine's Birthday Deb LeMaistre 2017-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
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Ripple Effect LLanos de la Cruz

Ripple Effect's LLanos de La Cruz School
 Project is to add a 2nd story to the new addition.
 4 regular classrooms and a computer lab will be built.
 Construction is underway, with the Rotary Club of Kenora as the Lead Club in Canada,
 Rotary Club of Quetzaltenango is the Host Club in Guatemala.
 Thanks to the Carlos F. Novella Foundation for the donation of 210 bags of cement.
 Funding from CRCID and the Canadian Government, RC of Quetzaltenango, and
 Rotary Clubs and Rotarians from District 5550 including the Rotary Club of Prince Albert, SK.
Ripple Effect LLanos de la Cruz Deb LeMaistre 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

Ripple Effect VTT to Guatemala

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
The Vocational Training Team, from District 5550 left for Guatemala at the beginning of February. The team will assist with teaching at Ripple Effect's Joya Verde School in Frajanes, Guatemala for one month.
A Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation provided the funding for the team. Lead Club is the Rotary Club of Kenora and Host Club is the Rotary Club of Guatemala Norte.
Ripple Effect VTT to Guatemala Deb LeMaistre 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

Kraynyk Induction

Brian Kraynyk, owner of Kenon Builders was inducted into Rotary on January 23rd. Welcome Brian!!
Kraynyk Induction Deb LeMaistre 2017-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary On-Line Charity Auction

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
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The Kenora Rotary On-Line Charity Auction is quickly approaching. If you would like to donate an item or a gift certificate for auctioning, please message me. In return you or your business will have the opportunity to be listed in the auction with a brief message promoting your business as well as having your business advertised through newspaper, radio, and social media.
Rotary On-Line Charity Auction Deb LeMaistre 2017-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

Donations to Food Programs

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Rotarians donated to the Nee-Chee Friendship Centre's Food Program: From left to right -Rotarian Jean Hallas, Rotarian John Dahl, Ne-Chee staff. Beverly Derouard, Lifelong Care Worker, Lisa Savoyard, Receptionist and Patti Fairfield (Rotarian), Executive Director and Rotarian Len Mark
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Salvation Army Donation

President Gord LeMaistre presents a cheque to Sandra Poole of the Salvation Army for their Miracle Marathon.
Salvation Army Donation Deb LeMaistre 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0

New Year's Eve Family Event

Come and enjoy skating, swimming, water slide, kiddy pool, hot tub, etc. - in other words, full use of the amenities at the Rec. Centre
FREE for ALL!!!
New Year's Eve Family Event Deb LeMaistre 2016-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Dream Vacation 2016

Here is the Winner's List for the 2016 Rotary Dream Vacation Draw:
Maui - Carla Northcote Brewer
Nashville - Keith Singleton
Puerto Plata* - Stephanie Wolfe
Riviera Maya* - Hailey White
Palm Springs - Darcia Curtis
Puerto Vallarta* - Clayton Smithson
Cuba/Caribbean Cruise - Belinda Rowan
Las Vegas - Marshal Hardy
Varadero* - Jenn Schott
Orlando - Patt & Pam Brett
*all inclusives
Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets!!
Dream Vacation 2016 Deb LeMaistre 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0

WCS Donations

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
ShelterBox and Ripple Effect Program each received donations of $4,500 to help further the great work they do.
ShelterBox works with disaster relief, and Ripple Effect Program works to improve education for the children of Guatemala.
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World Polio Day Announcement Deb LeMaistre 2016-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Dream Vacation 2016!

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
It's that time of year again! Only 528 tickets available
so be sure to get your hands on one quickly!
Dream Vacation 2016! Deb LeMaistre 2016-09-12 00:00:00Z 0

September is Literacy Month

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
The Rotary Club of Kenora takes part in many Literacy Projects, including school breakfast programs, scholarships for students in Kenora, Mexico and Guatemala, support for the Kenora Public Library, the Ripple Effect Program. distribution of books to remote communities, and many more!
Education is not a privilege, it is the right of every child
September is Literacy Month Deb LeMaistre 2016-09-01 00:00:00Z 0

Triple Play Donation

Posted by Deb LeMaistre on Aug 28, 2016
Debbie Novak, Triple Play, receives a donation of $1,000, presented by Kelly Williams, Rotary Director of Youth Services. Also pictured is Rotary President Gord LeMaistre. Funds will be used to help with costs for children to participate in sport activities in the Kenora area. More than 1,000 children received assistance in the past year from Triple Play.
Triple Play Donation Deb LeMaistre 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0

New Member, Carter Friesen

Posted by Deb LeMaistre on Aug 21, 2016
New Member Carter Friesen (2nd from Rt.) was inducted into Rotary on August 22nd. Pictured are President Gord LeMaistre, Cindy Behrsin, Carter's sponsor Mark Duggan, Carter, and ADG Fred Wright. Welcome Carter!!
New Member, Carter Friesen Deb LeMaistre 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0

ScotiaBank Donation

Posted by Deb LeMaistre on Aug 21, 2016
Rotarian Chris Sellner, on behalf of the ScotiaBank presented to cheques today to our club. One for $5,000 for Lobsterfest and the other for $2,000 for the Rotary Golf Classic. Thanks to Chris and ScotiaBank for their great support!
Pictured with Chris are Rotarians Patty McLeod and Laura Dowdell
ScotiaBank Donation Deb LeMaistre 2016-08-22 00:00:00Z 0

Donation from TD Bank

Thank you to the TD Bank for another donation to the Rotary Splash Park! This makes the total $1,550! 
Pictured is TD Bank Manager Haider Khawaja with splash park co-chair Darcia Curtis.
Donation from TD Bank Deb LeMaistre 2016-08-08 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Exchange

The Rotary Club of Kenora is looking for potential host families for the 2016-2017 school year for a student from Taiwan. If you, or someone you know would be interested in home hosting this student, please contact Gord LeMaistre at 548-5390,
Rotary International Exchange Deb LeMaistre 2016-07-23 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Goodwill Geyser

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
The Rotary Goodwill Geyser has been refurbished by the Rotary Club of Kenora!
The old rotting platform has been replaced with a new one, constructed by Dock's 'n Lifts, and a new shroud has been installed around the spigot. The shroud has cutouts of the City of Kenora's "Boating Capital of Canada" logo, alternating with the Rotary International Wheel logo. All the chains and weights holding the platform in place were also replaced with new ones, so now the geyser shoots straight up, as it was meant to! 
Great work by our Rotarian volunteers! Showing again that we have a wealth of talent and skill in our club!!
Rotary Goodwill Geyser Deb LeMaistre 2016-07-13 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Official Visit

Posted by Deb LeMaistre on Jul 04, 2016
District 5550 Governor Rod Riopel made his first official visit to his Home Club, the Rotary Club of Kenora. His visit was made extra special by having our meeting at the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club on Lake of the Woods.
District Governor Official Visit Deb LeMaistre 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0
Changeover Meeting 2016 Deb LeMaistre 2016-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Lobsterfest 2016 Deb LeMaistre 2016-06-19 00:00:00Z 0

MUNA 2016

Beaver Brae, with the generous support of the Kenora Rotary club, sent two Beaver Brae teams to the annual MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) in Winnipeg this weekend. 

This event has been hosted for high school students from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, North Dakota, Minnesota, and northwestern Ontario for over 50 years.
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Gimli District 5550 Conference - May 2016

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Pre-registration is well underway for the 2017 Rotary District 5550 District Conference to be held in Kenora May 25 - May 28th, 2017. Mark Duggan and John Dahl are seen at the Kenora Conference Booth in Gimli, MB.
Gimli District 5550 Conference - May 2016 Deb LeMaistre 2016-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
2017 District Conference Michael Szajewski 2016-05-13 00:00:00Z 0

Lucky Duck 2016

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
 Thank You to all who purchased a ticket! 
 If you have won, you have most likely been contacted by telephone.
Our partner this year was Triple Play.
Winners were:

Congratulations to the winners of the Lucky Duck Race!
1. Laurie Cordes
2. Peter Ratuski
3. Amy Miles
4. Veronica Hart
5. Nancy Barylski
6. Dale Madison
7. Corine Petiquan
8. Paul Sirman
9. Greg Rapinda
10. Cynthia Moorby
11. M. MacInnis
12. Chris M.
13. Gregg Koz…
14. Gord Konanz
15. Amanda McCool
16. Kim Waite
17. Linda Biggar
18. Doris Bielby
19. Grant Erickson
20. Kevin Johnston

Please contact Darcia Curtis at for more information.
Lucky Duck 2016 Deb LeMaistre 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

12th Annual Rotary Golf Classic

Posted by Deb LeMaistre
Thank You to our Sponsors and Participants for Helping Make our 12th Annual Kenora Rotary Golf Tournament a Success! 
A Special Thanks to our Title Sponsor, Gillons Insurance,
and to our Master Sponsor, Oakwood Roofing, Birdie Sponsor, the Standard Insurance, many contest, tee box and other sponsors.
12th Annual Rotary Golf Classic Deb LeMaistre 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Splash Park Commercial Deb LeMaistre 2016-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Levels of Giving Deb LeMaistre 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

CJBN Auction AD 2016

Kenora Rotary Auction on CJBN

The Rotary On-Line Charity Auction is live April 22nd at 6:30 PM on CJBN. Tune in while you bid online on a select number of items and see who wins big. We'll also be featuring segments and interviews on all things Rotary!

Posted by CJBN TV on Monday, April 11, 2016
CJBN Auction AD 2016 Deb LeMaistre 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0

ShelterBox Fiji 2016

Cyclone Winston - Fiji 2016


The South Pacific Island nation of Fiji was hit by the devastating Category 5 storm, Cyclone

Winston, on Feb. 20 & 21.  With winds of 320 kms/hr and storm surges up to12 meters high,  it cut a path of destruction through the central islands of the Fijian archipelago.  Close to 350,000 people (1/3 of the population) were negatively affected and 42 killed.

It has been logistically challenging to reach the remote islands of Fiji, which consist of some 330 islands spread across 120,000 sq. kms of the South Pacific.   Based in the capital city of Suva, our ShelterBox response has so far concentrated on the Eastern and Northern Division Islands.  We have delivered our aid to the widely dispersed islands working with the Fijian Military, the New Zealand military and Sea Mercy ( a Pacific Ocean aid organization), who provided air and sea transport for us. 

Because of the dispersed nature and large numbers of islands affected, we split our ShelterBox Response Teams into small groups in order to reach more islands. My ShelterBox Response Team, consisting of Mark van Alphen (The Netherlands) and myself, traveledapproximately 350 kms on board the New Zealand naval vessel, the Canterbury, to the remote island of Vanua Balavu to deliver our shelterboxes to families who had lost their homes. We lived on board the Canterbury for a week while it was anchored off Vanua Balavu, traveled each day with the boxes by landing craft to the island and distributed our aid in vehicles provided by the Fiji government with assistance from the Fiji military.

ShelterBox Fiji 2016 Deb LeMaistre 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0

Lions Splash Park Donation

Posted by Deb LeMaistre on Mar 08, 2016
The Kenora Lake of the Woods Lions Club made a very generous donation of $10,000 to the Kenora Rotary Splash Park Fund!
left to right: Rotarian/Lion Bruce Karwacki, Rotary Splash Park Committee Co-Chairs Darcia Curtis and Deb LeMaistre, Lions President Perry Acree, and Rotarian Gord LeMaistre
Lions Splash Park Donation Deb LeMaistre 2016-03-09 00:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Night 2016

Rotary District 5550 Governor Ken Krebs (left) and Kenora Rotary president Patty McLeod with Honourary Paul Harris Fellowship Award recipients Don Parfitt and Charlie Strachan following the presentation ceremony at the service club's annual foundation dinner on Monday, Feb 22. REG CLAYTON/Daily Miner and News


Kenora Rotary honoured two local citizens with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards during the service club’s annual foundation dinner held at the Boathouse restaurant, Monday, Feb 22.

Charlie Strachan and Don Parfitt were honoured for their outstanding leadership, professional and volunteer service to the community and the Northwest Region over a period spanning decades.

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Speaker - Dr. Peter Harland

Posted by Kenora Daily Miner and News

Dr. Harland’s new adventure
Kenora’s loss was the Kingdom of Bhutan’s gain when Dr. Peter Harland decided to offer his services to the Asian country after having retired from his practice in the Lake of the Woods region in 2009.

Speaker - Dr. Peter Harland Kenora Daily Miner and News 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

Norman Park Plan

Here is the Norman Park Plan as presented by Scatliff+Miller+Murray. The Kenora Rotary Splash Park is #12 on the list, and is the blue area just in front and left of the washrooms and behind the main beach area.
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Rotary Dream Trip Winners 2015

Thank You to Everyone Who Purchased a Ticket for the Rotary Dream Trip Draw!!
Here is a list of the winners:

Cayo Coco-Helen Scribilo

Mayan Riviera- Catherine Shine

Las Vegas-Helen Creed

New York-Raoul Romaine

Puerto Vallarta-Lindsay Frenette

Whitehorse -Freda Holmes

Rocky Mountain Ski Pkg-Pam and Ed Chagnon

Niagara on the Lake-Theresa Neufeld

Holguin-Amy Foucher

Dublin-Raoul Romaine


Prelude Travel in Kenora will look after all travel arrangements.

Rotary Dream Trip Winners 2015 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0


The Rotary Splash Park Committee has been looking at ways  to raise funds for Rotary's Centennial Project, the Kenora Rotary Splash Park. The park will be built in Norman Park, and construction will begin as soon as the funds have been raised.
The Buy-a-Brick Program offers the opportunity for persons or businesses to honour a loved one, advertise their business or make a statement and support the splash park through a tax deductible donation.
I have attached the order form with more information. We are asking you to please support our fundraising efforts by purchasing a brick and also by sharing this form with your contacts.
Thanks for your support of this great Rotary Club of Kenora project!
Here is the form:
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Lobsterfest 2015

Tickets are available at Scotia Bank, Johnson's Pharmacy, Consumer's Frosted Foods and Safeway. Tickets are limited so be sure to purchase as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
Lobsterfest 2015 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0

Important Meeting in Guatemala

Posted by John Dahl on Sep 25, 2013

Rotarians and Ripple Effect Program Managers Debra and Gord LeMaistre and Rotarian John Berringer and Rowena Berringer are pictured at the signing of a Letter of Agreement between the Minister of Education in Guatemala and the Ripple Effect Program. This letter ensures that all classrooms built by Ripple Effect in Guatemala will have qualified teachers supplied by the Ministry of Education.

Important Meeting in Guatemala John Dahl 2013-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Kenora Ripple Effect Schools in Guatemala Debra LeMaistre 2011-04-24 00:00:00Z 0