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.
Club Assembly - Rotary
Tuesday May 18th at 12:00 noon
 
Please join President Ken as he leads you through club updates and planning.
 
The ZOOM link will be sent to you in a separate email.
 
Announcements
Club meetings scheduled
 
May 18- noon- Club Assembly
May 25- 7pm- Chef Brian Carberry will lead us in preparation of Dutch/Indonesian appetizers followed by Virtual Fellowship rooms with fellow Rotarians
June 1- noon- Pandemic Update with Dr Robin Williams
June 8- 7pm- Mars Sample Return- The Search for Ancient Life with Senior Mission Scientist Tim Haltigin
June 15- noon- Your Club Membership
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS-
 
Oxygen Concentrators for India appeal, from DG Frank Adamson’s presentation last week.
Send donations to the Rotary Club of Essex Foundation, PO Box 42, Essex, ON N8M 2Y1. Contact Neil McBeth. You may e-transfer money to him at nrmcbeth@gmail.com. The funds will then be transferred to the Foundation and a tax receipt sent providing you send along the donor name and complete address.
 
 
May 18th- Club Board meeting via Zoom at 6pm
Contact President Ken at   klschander@gmail.com
 
May 19th- CANCELLED- International Services Committee meeting
Contact Ben Buholtz at:   buholtzben@gmail.com
 
Rotary International Convention- June 12- 16th Virtual Meeting.  
 
June 16th- International Services Committee meeting at 7pm.  Contact Ben Buholtz at:   buholtzben@gmail.com
 
Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Clean up- Postponed due to Emergency Health regulations- date TBD.  Great Lakes Rotary Clean up tee shirts - Contact Martin Quick with your size. $12.00 per shirt.  martinquick123@gmail.com
 
1st Annual Golf Fundraiser to be held at Thundering Waters GC.  DATE CHANGE- OCTOBER 12TH- Calling all Golfers and Friends.
Organize a foursome and plan to join in.
Funds raised at this event will support our work for our Club Service teams. Contact- Howard Kudlats             hkudlats@gmail.com
 
The 31st United States-Canadian Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians, Golf Championship will be held on October 2 - 6, 2021 in Niagara-On-The-Lake. Contact Rotarian Martin Quick   martinquick123@gmail.com
 
Websites to Remember
RI Website: http://www.rotary.org
District 7090 Website: www.rotary7090.org
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake
Tuesday 11 May 2021 Weekly Meeting
 
President Ken opened the meeting with a toast to the Queen, Canada and Rotary, and then led members in reciting the ‘Four-Way Test’.
 
Today’s Speakers:
Patricia Murenbeeld introduced the meeting’s guest speakers from: Rotaract, Interact, Slapshot, the Adventures in Citizenship Program, the Short-Term Exchange Program, and previous exchange students in recognition of May being ‘Youth Services Month’.  
 
Presentation
The month of May is Youth Services.  At the meeting, representatives from all levels of Rotary met together for the first time in the history of the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Generational diversity is one of Rotary’s competitive advantages. Few organizations span generations and build personal connections the way we do.
  • Interact:  Lauren Kruitbosch along with the current club president, Janvi Ganatra, outlined the objectives and activities of Interact, which is for members age 13-18. This club was newly formed out of the Niagara On the Lake Lord Mayor Youth Council, in February 2021 with the guidance of Rotarian Catherine Goezern. Their initiatives include virtual trivia nights and conducting a ‘parks litter survey’.  Upcoming events include an outreach night, a virtual fitness night, and a mental health and a wellness conference. The aim of their activities is to connect, have fun, and support young people in the community.
  • Rotaract:  Tejal Saini spoke on behalf of the Brock Niagara Rotaract Club, which has 40 members.  Their focus is on volunteerism and community building, fighting disease, and wellness initiative.  Each month, they have a separate theme/activity. e.g. Jan (Recruitment night), Feb (Black History), Mar (Donations to mental health), and April (Earth-day cleanup).  They won the ‘Community Engagement Award’ that they are very proud of.  Further details can be obtained by contacting brockniagararotaractclub@gmail.com
  • Slapshot (Student Leadership Award Program for Students High on Learning):  Jane Bellefleur and Isaac Newkirk discussed how Slapshot allowed them to focus on their leadership skills.
  • Adventures in Citizenship Program: Janvi Ganatra and Olivia Gaeta presented their experiences engaging with students across Canada exploring Citizenship rights, responsibilities and challenges. Presentations were made by: Past Prime Minister Joe Clarke; Speaker of the House, Anthony Rota; Elections Canada; Canadian Human Rights Commission; Wabano Aboriginal Centre. The program culminated, with witnessing a real Canadian Citizenship swearing in Ceremony, which very much touched their hearts.
  • Short term Rotary Exchange Program: Alexander Soukop, who went to Austria, spoke about how she enjoyed her summer experience being immersed in a new culture.    
  • International Youth Exchange Program:  Danny Lamb traveled to Brazil as a Rotary exchange student.  He spoke about how the positive leadership skills he learned while away.  Jasmiin Kaasinen (from Finland) was in NOTL in 2009/10.  She spoke about her international experience “broadened her perspective”.  The NOTL club has sponsored over 100 inbound/outbound students over the years.
  • Jeannie Manning summarized the presentations of the guest speakers, by highlighting that there are many similarities between people in different countries.  (Jeannie has had 12 different students live with her over the years!) Thank you to all of our Rotarians who have served as Host Families over the years. Without Host Families, we could not offer this incredible life changing experience.
 
We listened, learned and celebrated these incredible young people and their contributions to the world.
 
Hats off to all of these incredible participants and to our Rotary Club for providing them with these opportunities to soar!!
 
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