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.
Happy Holidays
Thank you for a Wonderful Year!
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
We are blessed to live in a country of bounty and privilege, where we have free available COVID vaccines. As double vaccinated, and soon to be triple vaccinated individuals, we need to remember that the signs of COVID can be very subtle. As this pandemic eventually converts to an endemic, COVID will appear similar to the common cold. Our vaccines are protecting us from severe illness and hospitalization. We will continue to live with this disease, as we have with many other viruses, for thousands of years.
Let us remember that this pandemic will not be over until vaccines reach all of the corners of our world population. Rotary is making a difference and our international programs are supporting worldwide vaccination programs.
We are sorry that we had to cancel the Holiday Party. We hope that everyone can regroup and prepare for a happy healthy holiday season with friends and family. No additional positive COVID tests have been reported to date. 
One of our members suggested that we donate the money that we would have spent on the Holiday Party to support our local food banks. 
I got thinking of this, the fact that we will not be paying $130 plus for the party, and the news in the media that food banks are currently having a lot more demand than ever before. With a bottle of wine etc, we are saving about $200, so we have decided to donate this amount to a food bank instead.” 
What a terrific idea, plus an opportunity to turn the table, as we focus on supporting those less fortunate than ourselves.
As such, the club will be collecting donations up until December 15th, so that we can distribute 50/50 of the money collected to: Community Care St Catharines and Thorold; and Project Share in Niagara Falls, by December 17th.
Donations can be sent by e-transfer to  or mail your cheque to PO Box 1232, NOTL, ON L0S 1J0 
Please mark your e-transfers or cheques "Food Bank Donation". 
A CRA charitable tax receipt will be issued by the club for all donations.
(Just a thought in these difficult times.)
Thank you for your contributions and on going support.

When we return on January the 11th, invite your family and friends at 6pm for dinner and the story behind Spirit in Niagara. Mr Lepp and his head Distiller Josh Beach, will high light Spirit in Niagara Distillery.  We invite you to join in and taste the spirit! (The sign up link is already posted)

On behalf of your Board of Directors, we wish you and your family health and happiness now and in the New Year! 
Stay safe everyone! And have a wonderful holiday!!
Dates to Remember and Announcements


Dec 14: 6:30 am - 8:45 am. Rotary Team serving breakfast at St. George Church. 83 Church St. St. Catharines
Dec 14: 10:30 am- CSC meeting via ZOOM
Dec 14, 15 & 16 -Rotary Volunteers to assist with packing and delivering fresh produce for the Good Food Box Program in Welland at the Farmers Market. If available for one of these days, please contact Jeannie Manning at 
Note: we need one more volunteer for Dec 14 (have the driver. Need a navigator). Need 3 more volunteers for Dec16. Have one driver
Approximately 350 boxes are filled at the Farmers Market in Welland over the 3 days. 
The majority of the boxes are delivered to Distribution Centres.
We deliver the rest to individuals who cannot get to the Centres.
On Tuesday the deliveries are in St. Catharines.
On Wednesday the deliveries are in Niagara Falls and Welland.
On Thursday the deliveries are in Fort Erie.
It works best if we deliver in teams of two as the boxes are full and parking can be tricky. The driver can park at the door and stay in the car.
We need 4 people in 2 cars each day.
Bikes for Farmworkersis seeking used bicycle donations. Please call 289 783 1684 or 905 321 8638 for pick-up of a bicycle.
New E-Transfer Accounts for NOTL Rotary Club
Please note that e-transfers can now be accepted to the Club account. Any questions contact Steve at
Club side - - please use this for all non-charity transactions (i.e. membership dues, in-person meal purchases, ticket purchases - Paul Harris dinner, Burgers and Bingo, Niagara Power Station etc.)
Charity side - - please use this for all charity transactions (i.e. donations, fundraising ticket purchases etc.) 
Websites to Remember
Dec 7 Rotary Meeting 
Our club’s Annual Meeting took place on Dec 7.  Wow, our club is busy on all fronts, and has accomplished much to be proud of.  Highlights from our Club’s various committees include:
Governance:a motion was made to pass the new Governance document, which was passed by club members.
Treasurer:the financials were not presented, as they are still being prepared by Bridgeman and Dirksen.  They will be distributed to the club for approval by year end.  The new budget will be presented in May 2022.
Foundation:  Members were reminded that the club’s goal is a contribution of $100/member.
Nominating: a motion was made, and passed, to approve the 3 open Board positions for 3 years:
  • President Elect: Carol Lipsett, including subsequent positions of President and past President
  • Director Club Administration: Steve Hinchliffe
  • Director Membership: Tim Lutton
Fund Raising:  Upcoming events include the Garage Sale (May), ‘30 Days of Awesome’, Canada Day BBQ (July), Golf Tournament (Aug) and Icewine Party (Sept)
Holiday House Tour:  Lorna announced the Holiday House Tour raised approximately $120,000 with even the tote bags being a big success.  Thanks to everybody for their hard work.
Community Service Committee:  On behalf of Jeannie, Chris outlined the various projects including the new hub for migrant workers, St. George’s breakfast program, Newark Neighbours porch pickup, Great Lakes Watershed Clinic, Backpacks for kids, the Fresh Food Box Program, and the drive-through flu clinic.
International Service:  Jodey outlined the exciting Africa projects our club is involved in including women in market gardening, water sanitation to 4 health clinics, and a sick kids hospital.
Youth/New Generations:  Laurie announced a youth exchange student is in the works for next year!
Membership: as of year-end, there are 75 members in the club.  Stuart Istvan was inducted as the club’s newest member.  He and his partner moved to NOTL a year ago and have quickly adapted to their new lifestyle as Stuart has joined various wine clubs and pickleball. Stuart also shared that he has a sweet tooth and loves to cook … a dangerous combination!  Welcome Stuart!
Strategic Plan:  President Patricia provided an update of how the club is meeting the goals set out in the strategic plan.  Stay tuned for the Membership Challenge in January!
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