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If you tell Bill French to take a hike, he won’t be offended — he’ll ask you to sponsor him and help end polio now.
French, who is president of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club, is near to completing a dream of his, to complete walking 500 kilometres of the Bruce Trail this year, and raise funds to end polio around the world.
Already well into his effort, French hopes to complete his 500 kilometres to coincide with the Rotary-sponsored World Polio Day on Tuesday, October 24, at 12 noon which has an even more ambitious goal — to wipe out polio everywhere, forever.
“Our hope this year for World Polio Day is to welcome our entire community to join us at our regular Tuesday Rotary luncheon, and watch a live-streamed video of Bill Gates, a huge supporter of the effort to eradicate polio,” French said.
“We have ulterior motives, of course — to raise funds,” he added. Lunch is $20, with $10 (after covering costs) going toward the eradication of polio.
“This is our fifth World Polio Day. Every year we hold a walkathon to raise money through pledges, and I thought my own 500-kilometre walk might ramp things up a bit, and encourage even more generosity.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Bill French as he fights fatigue, bugs, rain, poison ivy and mud on the trail to End Polio Now can send a commitment via info@niagaraonthelakerotary.ca.
Every dollar raised turns into a $9 donation to End Polio Now. That’s because the
Canadian Government matches each $1 donation with a $2 grant and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matches that $3 with an additional $6 grant.
“My hope is that we can raise $2,500 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, bettering the $2,100 we raised last year,” French said.
“Our $2,500 contribution instantly becomes a $22,500 donation to End Polio Now.
“We’re closer than ever to eradicating polio but we’re not done yet. We still need funds to continue immunizations and surveillance efforts.
“Your gift will get us closer to the finish line. And I’ll be thanking you for your support each step along the way!”
For more information:
Jeannie Manning
905 468 7618
We were pleased to have District Governor Reg Madison and his wife Lorreta join us for our meeting this week. Reg gave a great overview of District 7090 key priorities and encouraged all Rotarians to 'Make a Difference" both in our local communities and around the world. Pictured is Past Assistant Governor and NOTL Rotary Member Ian McEwan thanking DG Reg.

Photo by Don MacDonald
Heloise Blais, our new exchange student from France met the Club for the first time on Tues. Her first official act was to present Club President Bill French with her home Club's banner. We're looking forward to a great year with Heloise.
PS ... Our French will probably improve as well.

Photo by Don MacDonald
The Lord Mayor and male Rotarians had their nails painted to raise awareness of the need for medical care for the women of Cambodia. For more information on the Tabitha Foundation of Canada's women's hospital project please visit their website (Nokor-tep.net) or to donate online go to TABITHA FOUNDATION CANADA - Donate to Nails for Nokor Tep - CanadaHelps
I don't think we've ever seen the guys look this happy. Thank you to Monica and Yoko from Ospa at the Oban Inn for helping to make this such a special event.

Photo by Cosmo Condina
The Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake is providing assistance to Civil Air Rescue Emergency Services (CARES) Niagara to keep their headquarters at Niagara District Airport dry.
Rotary President Bill French and Club member Nadja Lepere presented CARES volunteers, Terry Nord and Randy Klaassen with a cheque for $2,000.
The donation will go toward replacing the roof shingles on CARES’ 30-year-old building at the airport, which began to leak last fall. 
“It will be a relief to not to have to cover our equipment with plastic in order to keep it dry,” said Gord Tessier, CARES building manager and pilot. “It’s a challenge considering we need to be ready to launch 24/7/365.”
Providing aviation search and rescue resources for south central Ontario, CARES Niagara owns and is financially responsible for its training facility and operation of a mobile command vehicle and a Cessna 182 aircraft. In addition, a member owns a Cessna 337 Skymaster. CARES members are trained to professional standards, and evaluated every two years by members of the Canadian Forces.
CARES Niagara is a registered charity, and member of the national Civil Air Search And Rescue Association (CASARA) whose members are all volunteers, serving in a variety of roles, both on the ground and in the air. For more information, to volunteer or donate to CARES, see the web site Ontario.casara.ca, or leave a message at 905-684-0408.
Sharon Frayne, local author and member of the Niagara Writer’s Circle  brought to life the important contributions of the Johnson family and their connection to NOTL.  Chief ’Smoke’ Johnson, Chief George Johnson  and the poet Pauline Johnson, Mohawk members of the Six Nations helped shape Canadian history and culture. Stories by the Writer’s Circle are featured  weekly in the Niagara Advance to celebrate Canada 150.  
Photo by Don MacDonald
The Rotary Club of NOTL presented the proceeds of the High Tea Spring Fashion Show to RAFT. Presenting the cheque is Sandra Nass and Jeannie Manning (Fashion Show Committee), Nadja Lepere (2016-2017 Chair of the Local Service Committee) and Bella Grace Boutiques. The RAFT offers support and social services, programs and resources for youth throughout the Niagara Region. With special thanks to Bella Grace Boutiques for making this fundraising event possible.
Photo by Don MacDonald
President Bill French bids Bill Francombe adieu as he moves back to Toronto. Dr Bill was a long standing, much loved Member of our Club. His contributions and great sense of humour will be dearly missed. All the best Bill and Patricia.
Photo by Don MacDonald
Elizabeth Zimmerman, Executive Director of the YWCA Niagara Region presented an overview of the "Y's" services.
The YWCA provides shelter, food and assistance to women and families in poverty across the Niagara region. Elizabeth was joined by June Mergi, President of the Niagara Falls Rotary Club. and President Elect Jim Craig. The Niagara Falls Club is an active sponsor of the YWCA programs.
Photo by Don MacDonald
Marion Boon, Executive Director of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network gave an information presentation on disaster preparedness and the roles the various levels of government play in major disasters.
For more information check out their website... http://www.crhnet.ca
Photo by Don MacDonald


Contact Howie Kudlats at hkudlats@gmail.com to purchase tickets.

It’s a great party for a great cause. Featuring amazing icewine cocktails, beer and food, donated by local wineries, breweries and restaurants. 

Guests are asked to dress in black and white, smart casual attire. Proceeds from this event go to a local cause. 

#icewinepartyNOTL #niagaraonthelakerotary #niagaraonthelake

John Mather was recently  recognized as the NOTL Volunteer of the Week by Communities in Bloom.
John was a 2016 recipient of the NOTL Rotary Club Paul Harris Award and is the Club's President Elect for 2018-2019.
He's also a great guy who can be counted on to get things done. We couldn't think of a more deserving person for this recognition.
Good on you, John.
Rotarians Jeannie Manning, Doug Holroyd and Bill Francombe receive Paul Harris medals recognizing their contributions to the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is a leading, highly regarded international charity that transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
Rotary inducted their new Board of Directors at Red Roof Retreat with a ranch style party on July 4th, 2017. A special thanks to Steffanie Bjorgan for hosting the event and to Oast House Brewery (Rotarian Patrick McNeill) and Strewn Winery (Rotarian Joe Will) for their support.
Bill Francombe (Rotarian and retiring  Chairman of the Board for Red Roof Retreat) did a masterful job as Master of Ceremonies.
Dave Haddow (NOTL Rotarian and Past District Governor, District 7090) was at his best in officiating the induction of the new Board.
All in all, a great event and we raised $1,750 in support of Red Roof Retreat.
Photos by Don MacDonald
Rotary once again celebrated Canada Day at Simcoe Park. Breakfast and lunch was served to an especially large Canada 150 crowd. Music by the Shea D Duo (Rotarian Juliet Dunn and husband Peter Shea) and a variety of family activities rounded out a great day in the park. The day was capped off by the Friends of Fort George Cake Parade and the Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band and dancers.
Thank you to Joan Coyne and Paul Lalonde for your leadership and tireless efforts and the Rotary and friends team for making this a special Canada Day.
Happy Birthday Canada!
Photos by Don MacDonald
Dan Patterson gave a very interesting  presentation on the College's key accomplishments and its future plans. His presentation helped us to understand the breadth, depth and cross functional integration of the College's programs. NC is a jewel of our community.
A dedicated group of Rotarians and community volunteers led by Betty Disero and Sandra Nass collected, cleaned, bagged and sold the Town's "gently used" tulip bulbs. The sale raised $2,000 which was donated to the Town to be used to help reforest NOTL with naturalized tree species. Thanks to all for all your hard work.
Rotary has participated in this event for many years. This year we were the top fundraising team bringing in $3,700!
Thanks Jeannie Manning for your years of leadership in making this happen.

MPP Wayne Gates gave an entertaining overview of his political track record (we're going to call him "Rocky" from now on) and an impassioned account of his focus and priorities at Queens Park.
Photo by Don MacDonald
Carl Bodimeade, Senior Vice President of Hatch Engineering presented an overview of the history of power generation in Niagara. It was a fascinating and somewhat different historical perspective on our community. Carl is pictured here with President Ursula Kucharski receiving a donation to the eradication of polio in his name.

Photo by Don MacDonald
President Ursula and Community Committee Chair Nadja Lepere present Lord Mayo Pat Darte and Library CEO Cathy Simpson with a $5,000 donation to the Library Renovation Fund.

Photo by Don MacDonald
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The Rotary club of Niagara-on-the Lake was initiated by Dieter Janus, Jim Alexander, Norm Fraser and Ranjit Ahluwalia in the fall of 1993, and meetings were held downstairs at the Prince of Wales Hotel. With the noon hour Rotary club in Niagara Falls as our sponsor, and 26 active members, it became a chartered Rotary club in the spring of 1994, at a reception at the Queens Landing Hotel.
The Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake was immediately active with fundraising for local and international projects. Some of these early fundraising events were held in partnership with the Theatre Beyond Words and involved renting the main theatre at the Shaw Festival for concerts and productions. The $5000 Gift of Life donation, which brought children from third-world countries to North America for heart surgery, was the earliest program which the club undertook and is still supporting today.
The club also supported the Easter Seal Program which helped local children with physical disabilities. This has grown over the years, in conjunction with Steffanie Bjorgan, into what is now Red Roof Retreat.
The Youth Exchange Program was actively embraced by the club in 1996. Over the years, exchange students from all over the world have been hosted in the homes of local Rotarians.
In the late 1990s, our club organized the shipment of over $250,000 of used medical and computer equipment to the Caribbean. This tradition of offering help to third world countries continues today with the donation of funds to projects in Africa and Central America.
Our club has grown to over fifty members. This growth has meant that, along with the help of the community it can undertake large scale fundraisers such as the Holiday House Tour, the Icewine Cocktail party and the Fashion Show.