Rotary Club
of Niagara On the Lake

Welcome to another issue of our weekly bulletin! Find out who our upcoming speakers are, what we covered during the last weekly meeting, and upcoming events and announcements.
 Setting the Stage at the Shaw Festival  
July 13, 2021  at 7:00 PM Zoom Meeting 
Jul 13, 2021 7:00 PM
Lesslie Tunmer Shaw Festival Head Scenic Construction
Setting the Stage at the Shaw Festival
How does the Shaw Festival transport its audience to magical and wondrous places like Narnia, Brigadoon, Medieval France, foggy Scottish moors, Grand Hotel, Mythical  Greece? How do you elevate a world famous actor off the Festival stage to dizzying heights in a throne chair that shoots out flames and snakes and have him around for more than one final performance? How do you build a worn down blitz bombed 2 storey house in London England to safely hold 6 actors, while having the house rotate to stage action in various rooms? How do you take the creative vision of Theatre Directors and Designers and through wood, cloth, paint, steel and great ingenuity, transform those creative visions into innovative and visually compelling set design?  The answer is simple. You hire Lesslie Tunmer in 1994 as Head of Scenic Construction at the Shaw and let him create stage magic ever since. Lesslie is a gifted and engaging public speaker with  a great many stories to tell and a font of knowledge to answer your many theatre questions. Please join us and invite your friends for the Club Zoom presentation on Tuesday July 13, 2021 at 7PM. Bring your popcorn.
Lesslie Tunmer Brief  Bio
Lesslie was born in Johannesburg South Africa. After graduating from college, studying civil Engineering, he moved to Canada in 1983. He worked at western Canada Theater, in BC, for 2 years, then moved to start working at the Shaw festival theater in 1988. Lesslie spent 1 year working back stage then moved over to the scene shop as carpenter and welder to start build sets. In 1994 moved into the position of Head Scenic Construction at the Shaw.
Club meetings scheduled
July 6- 7pm- Zoom Induction of the new Board of Directors
July 13th- 7pm- Shaw Props Manager- The Insiders Report
July 19th 6pm- Board of Directors meeting
July 20th- noon- Club Goals for 2021-2022- at the Lions Pavilion- St Davids
July 27th- noon- NOTL Fire Chief- Nick Ruller- at the Lions Pavilion- St Davids
August 3rd- noon-
STILL SEEKING - All members are asked to fill in and submit the Committee Participation request form.
Contact Carol Lipsett at
BLOOD DONATIONS- This is a project that you can do whenever it works for you. If it doesn’t work for you, you can encourage someone who can give blood to do so.
Canadian Blood Services is calling for an additional 23,000 blood donors across Canada by July 31st to replenish the blood inventory following sustained rise in demand as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
Call a friend or neighbour and invite them to also donate. Take photos and post them on our Social media Facebook page.
Book at
1st Annual Golf Fundraiser to be held at Thundering Waters GC.
Funds raised at this event will support our work for our Club Service teams. Contact- Howard Kudlats            
Websites to Remember
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District 7090 Website:
Your Clubwebsite: 
Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake 
July 6  Club Change Over/Induction Meeting.
Club Changeover and Induction Ceremony Tuesday July 6 2021
Due to the ever-changing provincial health regulations we had difficulty obtaining confirmation to schedule a Club celebration event where everyone could meet in person and enjoy the fellowship. Being restricted to 25 people in the outdoor event at the Rangers Retreat B&B in NOTL ( the beautiful home of Brian Carberry and Jan Van Haren), we held a virtual and Zoom meeting together. At 6PM the NOTL Rotary Club Board Members got together in person with their partners and joined our District 7090 Governor Anne Bermingham in fellowship.   
Just after 7PM the Zoom meeting opened up with 20 Club Members joining the Celebration virtually. Like all of our regular meetings we opened with Ken Schander making a Call to Order, with the National Anthem sung, and the Rotary Four Way Test recited.
The first order of business was to offer thanks to our Past President Ken Schander for his exceptional service and leadership during the extremely challenging prior fiscal year of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our current President Patricia Murenbeeld presented a gift of flowers to Ken’s wife Francis and a Rotary gavel plaque and card from the Club Board to Ken, commemorating his year of service as Club President.  President Patricia thanked both Frances and Ken for their service to the Club and our Community. President Elect Greg Fedoryn thanked Ken for his outstanding service to the Club and on a personal note, Greg thanked Ken for his support in helping and training Greg in his prior role as Club Secretary.  Ken is a man of faith and he certainly needed that to get through the challenges of 2020 and 2021, as noted by Greg. Barb Babij our new Club Secretary and poet extraordinaire recited her Ode to Ken Schander, which over a period of some 7 minutes wonderfully encapsulated who Ken is as a person and what he has accomplished in his life. Special thanks goes out to Francis Schander, Ken’s friends and fellow Rotarians for spilling the beans on what makes Ken, Ken. Wonderful work Barb.
Ken Schander in his following remarks thanked everyone for their support of him as Club President during his one year term of office. Ken will continue to provide his wisdom and counsel to the Board as Past President for the coming fiscal year.
Our District Governor Anne Bermingham addressed the Club and commended our Club for its outstanding service. She noted our Club was a leader in the District 7090 in new member growth and Club membership retention. She noted our great progress in building an ambitious 3 year strategic plan and updating the Club’s Governance documents.
Our District Governor Anne Bermingham officiated  the Induction of Patricia Murenbeeld, as Patricia recited her oath of office to become Club President.  Following the Induction of Patricia Murenbeeld as NOTL Rotary Club President all of the New Board were Inducted into their office after affirming their own oath.   
After the completion of the Induction oaths, our President Patricia addressed the Club and guests, pointing out that we faced a very challenging and ambitious year ahead.  The implementation of our 3 year Strategic Plan and Governance Regulations lies ahead. We Rotarians are people of action but we have to have some fun too.           
We welcome to our new 2021-22 Club Board which comprises the following Club Members:
President - Patricia Murenbeeld
Past President- Ken Schander
President Elect- Greg Fedoryn   
Treasurer- Steve Dainard
Secretary-Barb Babij
Club Directors
Director of Club Administration- Jan Van Haren
Director of Community Service -Jeannie Manning
Director of New Generations- Angela Bachert
Dirtector of International Service-Jodey Porter
Director Membership- Carol Lipsett
Director Foundation-Joe Will
Director Public Image -Jolanta Janny Kudlats
Director of Fundraising -Penny Milligan 
Following the close of the Change Over/Induction Ceremony we signed off on the Zoom meeting.
What followed next for the in person Club Board members and their guests was an outstanding Indonesian Rice Table banquet prepared for days by our generous hosts Brian Carberry and Jan Van Haren.  It was truly a most memorable evening.
Special thanks goes out to Brian and Jan for their outstanding hospitality provided to their guest on this special occasion.
Special thanks also goes out to our new District 7090 District Governor Anne Bermingham for taking the time to come to NOTL and join us in person for the Celebration.     
Greg Fedoryn
President Elect
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