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.

Interesting Architectural Treasures in NOTL

May 10, 2022 - 6 p.m.
Brian Marshall, Managing Partner Northwind Design
Interesting Architectural Treasures in NOTL

Brian Marshall is an architectural design/heritage restoration consultant, published author, and frequent columnist for the Lake Report newspaper. Brian has a passion for heritage buildings, for their restoration and proper maintenance.  NOTL is blessed with a treasure trove of heritage properties, many with very interesting histories, and Brian is going to share some of these with us.  

Join us at Spirit in Niagara Distillery at 468 Lakeshore Road in NOTL at 6 pm on Tuesday May 10, 2022.  Please pre-register for this in-person meeting by the Sunday night at midnight prior to the meeting. You can register through our Club Calendar at:
Meal cost is $20.00 per person. (Contact is Steve Hinchcliffe)
* All attendees are asked to complete an online COVID screen.
(This can be done on your mobile phone or on the meeting date. The results can be downloaded in a Pdf or printed)
* Please only attend in person if you are asymptomatic and healthy and wear a mask.
A Zoom option is available and a link will be provided before the meeting. 
Meeting begins at 6 pm.
See you there.
Dates to Remember
May 10 - 6 pm - Interesting Architectural Treasures in NOTL - Brian Marshall
May 17 - Noon Club Assembly - Club President Patricia Murenbeeld
May 24 - Noon - Colourful History of the Welland Canal - Adrian Perry
May 31 - 5Th Tuesday Event - TBD
June 7 - Noon - Thomas Caldwell - Service Above Self while building your business - Thomas Caldwell
Thank you to our outgoing President Patricia Murenbeeld for her dedication and service to our Rotary Club and our Community.  At our Club meeting on May 3, 2022 Patricia announced to our Members that she is stepping down from her position of Club President effective May 3, 2022 and that she will be taking off 1 year from Club involvement. We wish Patricia all the best and thank her for her service.
In view of this situation, the Club Board took the following steps:
Under our current Club by-laws, section 3 states, "If any Officer or Board Member vacates their position, the remaining Members of the Board will appoint a replacement."
Accordingly, Past President Ken Schander made the following motion to the Club Board, seconded by Barb Babij:
To nominate Greg Fedoryn as Interim President for the remainder of Patricia Murenbeeld’s term as President, from May 4, 2022 until June 30, 2022.  
This Motion was passed unanimously by the Club Board on May 4, 2022.
Motions Passed at May 3, 2022 Club Meeting
The following motions were passed by Club Membership at the May 3, 2022 meeting:
#1- MOTION- To Fund ReachOut Niagara Family Services in the amount of $5,000 Can for their ongoing Mental Health programs.
#2 MOTION- To fund in the amount of $6,500 Can, the rebuilding of a bridge as outlined in the list of needs by Red Roof Retreat and to provide “Hands On” volunteers to assist in any projects requiring man/woman power.
#3 MOTION- To accept as presented, the financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021, for both the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake Foundation.
#4 MOTION- To pay the invoices from the Accounting Firm  Bridgman and Durksen in the amounts as follows:
Club invoice – $3,000 plus GST of $390 for a total of $3,390 Can
Foundation invoice – $4,500 plus GST of $585 for a total of $5,085 Can
Volunteers are needed for the following: 
* Meal Train for Jodey Porter 
Jeannie is the Conductor of the Meal Train and will set up the process for Jodey in the near future.  If you want to get a head start, think of a Gluten Free Supper for 2.  When the train leaves the station you will be able to select a day and bring your dish to Jodey.  Many hands make for light work and diversity in the menu!
* The Icewine Cocktail Party Committee  is looking for Committee members to help with the logistics, sponsorship, ticket sales, and general planning for the September 17 event.  Please contact Chris Hatch for more information.
* Giant Garage Sale - May 13, 14 and 15
Thanks very much to all the Members who have come out and helped. 
Based on the feedback we have received and the huge amount of donations we have received from the Community, we have decided to expand the Gigantic Garage Sale to include a Preview Sales Event on Friday evening - May 13th from 6 - 9pm.  An Admission fee of $25 will be paid at the door. 
We need Volunteers for the Gigantic Garage Sale for the following Shifts:
Friday May 13th - 5 - 9 pm
Saturday May 14th - 8am - 1pm and 12pm - 5pm
Sunday May 15th - 8am - 1pm and 12pm - 5pm
You will see we have allowed an overlap for shift change on Saturday and Sunday. We estimate that we need 12 - 15 Volunteers per shift and if you can handle more than one shift that would be great.
We are down to the wire – one week to go! We especially need volunteers for the Sunday shifts. Please let me know as soon as possible what shift works for you and I will draw up a schedule.
For those of you that volunteering to work cash, we request that you arrive ½ an hour before your shift as we will be using the Square software system. Barb would like to review how it works for those who may not know.
Thanking you all in advance.
Carol, Penny and the Gigantic Garage Sale Organizing Team
Carol Lipsett ( 905 321-2392)
* NOTL Rotary Club Wheel - May and June 2022
Now that we are back to in-person Club meetings, we require your assistance to volunteer to perform the following duties in conducting our Club in person meetings.
To volunteer for the Club Wheel as Greeter/Health Check, 50/50 Cashier or Sergeant at Arms for either the month of May or June 2022, please contact Steve Hinchliffe to volunteer your service to fulfill one of these important roles.  
* July 1- Canada Day Please contact Gary Hatton for further information.
* July 30- Canada Games Torch relay - 20 volunteers are required to assist at the torch relay stations on route in NOTL.  Start at 8 am and Finish at 11 am. Duties will include the following:
  • Processing the Torchbearer check-ins/registrations at the opening pep rally.
  • Supervising the torch handoffs at each location. This would include taking in the first torchbearer and sending off the next. 
  • Supervising the individuals who have purchased the Rotary T-Shirt at each handoff location and sending them off at the correct time.
  • Helping to set up and tear down the opening pep rally and closing celebration.
If you would like to Volunteer to help with the Torchbearer duties outlined above and get a free Rotary Volunteer T-Shirt and assist in a great event in our Community, please contact Greg Fedoryn President-Elect directly at
There will be a full onboarding session for all volunteers in the month of May. 
Here is the link to the Canada Games Torch Relay. 
* September 10 - Niagara Polo event
* September 17 - Icewine event
Dates to Remember 
* Discover New Horizons in Houston - June 4 - 8, 2022
There is no experience quite like attending a Rotary International Convention. It’s an opportunity for members to connect personally with people from around the world, celebrate our service, and work together to find solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges. 

The 2022 Rotary International Convention will be held in Houston, Texas, USA. Those who can’t make the trip in early June can still experience the convention virtually with links to be provided in future.
E-Transfer Accounts for NOTL Rotary Club
Please note that e-transfers can now be accepted to the Club account. If you are making an on-line payment to either the registered charity or the club account, please let the Treasurer know. The e-transfer accounts are: 
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
The Remarkable History of the Avondale Dairy Bar
May 3 Meeting
President Patricia opened the meeting by acknowledging all First Nation peoples, and the land that our meeting was being held on.  This was followed by a toast to the Queen, Canada and Rotary. 
Membership Chair Carol Lipsett mentioned the club is looking for additional volunteers for the May 13-15 Giant Garage Sale.  And President Elect Greg Fedoryn is looking for volunteers for the July 30 Canada Games torch relay.  Please see the Weekly Bulletin for further details.
Greg introduced Ray Sheehen as this week’s guest speaker.  Ray, affectionally known as the ‘Ice Cream Guy’, is the proprietor of the beloved Avondale Dairy Bar located at 461 Stewart Road.  This ice cream institution had its grand opening on June 30, 1955.  Bob Stewart was the grandfather of the Dairy Bar, running it from 1955-1979.  Bob and Ray are the only two people to have run the Dairy Bar.  Ray runs the business based on three values: products, people, and history.  Ray highlighted that the business is ‘fanatical’ on quality.  (For those of you that have sampled Avondale’s ice cream, we’re sure you’ll agree!)  He shared some of the fascinating history of the Dairy Bar, starting with the original delivery trucks had no refrigeration and were drawn by horses.  Some changes were made over the years, including switching the serving dishes from glass to plastic, and introducing the concept of ‘first come first serve’.  Despite these basic changes, Ray has tried to keep the Dairy Bar unchanged, including still using the original 1960’s music and hand drawn signs.  It is this ‘charm’ and the strong values that has made the Dairy Bar so successful over the years.  Multiple generations now visit it.  Ray shared wonderful stories, including those of customers from 50 years ago returning years later to recall their touching memories of the Dairy Bar’s early days.  Ray summarized how the Dairy Bar has become a local ‘ice cream institution’, and that he is proud to be the guardian of it.  (The other guardian is the resident farm cat, who has become a rockstar!)
Patricia concluded the meeting by thanking Ray for his excellent presentation. Members were reminded that next week’s meeting will be held at 6:00 PM at the Spirit-in-Niagara Distillery.
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