Rotary Club of Niagara On the Lake

Rotary this week-  
Join us this Tuesday April 20that noon for Next Steps for Club Visioning with DG-elect, Anne Birmingham

The ZOOM link will be sent to you in a separate email.
This has been a historic year for everyone. Your Rotary club has achieved great success in our contributions to Service, plus our membership growth, over the past few years. We want to maximize your Rotary Club experience so that you feel vested and excited about your contribution of time and energy. 
The District leadership team and the Club Strategic Planning team will test the strategies identified by club members to date. 
We are now putting our Strategic Plan together. At this meeting we hope to validate our future planning and direction for club goals for the next three years.
Be a voice at the planning table.
This is YOUR Rotary Club. 

Please help us to make the most of your experience as a Rotarian and member of the Rotary Club of Niagara On the Lake.

Last week April 13th meeting-

A Gala Evening with Brad Thachuk

  • President Ken opened the meeting with a toast to the Queen, Canada and Rotary, and then led members in reciting the ‘Four-Way Test’.
Jody Buholtz introduced the meeting’s guest speaker, Brad Thachuk.  
Bradley Thachuk is the Music Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in Canada, entering into his 11thseason as their artistic leader and conductor in September 2021.  He is also the Conductor for the ‘Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s BPO Rocks!’ series, Conductor and Arranger for Steve Hackett’s ‘Genesis Revisited’ project, and a lecturer in Orchestral Literature at the world-renowned Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Brad discussed his programming philosophy that is aimed at the community.  In contrast, he does not believe in the philosophy of ‘we can’t compete with the TSO and its large budget, so let’s play obscure pieces.’  Brad highlighted how the thinking “we’re not big enough for this” in a smaller community such as NOTL is incorrect.
Brad discussed the various phases of growing public interest in the Orchestra:
  • Stability - can we maintain getting the audience into the hall? i.e. Brad is concerned about people who used to attend, but no longer can.
  • Getting more people into the hall - by improving on excellent musical pieces.
    • Brad noted that classical music will outlast other forms such as jazz. And that the Orchestra level develops through playing the classics.
  • Expanding the knowledge and taste of the audience.
Brad outlined how over time he has elevated Canadian content by including longer pieces of different Canadian composers, including indigenous people.  Looking forward over the next 3 years, Brad’s upcoming work will feature 2-3 female composers.
Challenges outlined by Brad:
  • Needing to improve the music programs in the schools in the early years.
  • Bringing the Orchestra into Niagara is tricky as finding appropriate venues is difficult.  (St. Marks Anglican Church is the best venue in NOTL.)
  • It is difficult to be in NOTL in the summer as there is so much already going on here.
  • Playing outdoors is expensive, and you need to deal with the variable weather.
It was asked “what can our Rotary club do to explain the benefits of having a symphony orchestra in our region?”  Brad responded with “by increasing awareness of the orchestra through Rotary’s contacts.”


Club meetings scheduled
April 20-noon- Club Visioning/SP with DG Elect- Anne Birmingham
April 27- 7pm- What’s Happening at the Shaw Festival 2021
May 4 -noon-DG Frank Adamson
May 11- 7pm-Rotary Youth Programing Showcase
May 18- noon- Club Assembly
May 25- 7pm- Fun and Fellowship
June 1- noon-Pandemic Update with Dr Robin Williams
April 19th- Board Meeting- 6pm

Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Clean up

For Rotarians interested in participating in this Clean up event please email Rotarian Mary Greco at:

Current COVID-19 Government legislation has forced the District to make adjustments to this event. As such the date for our club participation is still to be determined.
May 3rd- New Generations Committee Meeting at 5:00 pm
May 12th- Celebrating our Foundation- Virtual GALA event and Fundraiser 7:30 pm
May 15th- 0830-noon- Rotary Playbook- District Training Assembly.  All are welcome.
Rotary International Convention Saturday June 12-Wednesday June 16. Further details at
Rotary Opens Opportunities

Mark your calendars for an exciting opportunity to connect with Rotary members worldwide at the 2021 Virtual Convention: Rotary Opens Opportunities

Registration at a special rate of $49. After 21 days, you will pay $65 to register.
SAVE THE DATEAUGUST 24TH- Calling all Golfers and Friends to join in our club's 1st Annual Golf Fundraiser to be held at Thundering Waters GC.
Please let your neighbours and friends know. Organize a foursome and plan to join in.
October 2-6th- The 31st United States-Canadian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians, Golf Championship will be held in Niagara-On-The-Lake. Contact Rotarian Martin Quick
BIKES FOR FARMWORKERS- Please spread the word. Anyone wishing to donate a bike can call Mark at 289-783-1684 to arrange for a pick-up or drop-off, or Terry at 905-321-8638
Websites to Remember
RI Website:
District 7090 Website:

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