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.
Welcome District Governor Frank Adamson.
Tuesday May 4th at noon

The Rotary Club of Niagara On the Lake is one of 65 Rotary Clubs that compile District 7090, known as “The Best Friends District.”

Please join us this Tuesday May 4that noon, as we welcome our District Governor Frank Adamson. Frank has the distinct honour, along with President Ken, to have served their full 12-month leadership term, during a World wide pandemic. 
Frank joined the Rotary Club of Fonthill in 2012 and has served as Club Administrator, President and Chair of the Pelham Mudfest Challenge, the club’s major fundraiser. He has been on two medical missions to Honduras representing his club.  He was instrumental in forming the Rotaract Club of the Ontario College where he served as faculty advisor and he recently helped to establish the Rotaract Club of Niagara where he has been the club advisor.  He attended the Youth Exchange Algonquin Experience in 2017.
At the district level Frank has been a member of the Million Dollar Dinner Committee, the Assistant Governor of Area 7 for two years, Chair of the Endowment Fund Committee and is a member of the RLI Faculty.
He and his wife Judy, are major donors, Bequest Society members and Frank is a Paul Harris Society Member.
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Club meetings scheduled
May 4 -noon-DG Frank Adamson
May 11- 7pm-Rotary Youth Programing Showcase
May 18- noon- Club Assembly
May 25- 7pm- Chef Brian Carberry and Friends
June 1- noon- Pandemic Update- 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
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. 
You choose two, out of a selection of 22 sessions. All are welcome.
May 15th and 16th- Newark Neighbours Food Drive Pick Up.
We are seeking volunteers to assist in this Hands On Community Service Project. Please contact President Ken if you can help.
Rotary International Convention Saturday June 12-Wednesday June 16 Virtual Meeting.  Further details at
Rotary Great Lakes Watershed Clean up- Postponed due to Emergency Health regulations- date TBD
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        
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
Websites to Remember
RI Website:
District 7090 Website:
Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake
Tuesday 27 April 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 Speaker:
Tim Jennings - Executive Director/CEO of The Shaw Festival:
Alan Walker introduced the meeting’s guest speaker, Tim Jennings.  
A respected and awarded performing arts manager with more than 35 years of international professional experience, Tim Jennings is a passionate social advocate known for his creativity, financial acumen, leadership skills and energy.  He joined the Shaw Festival as its Executive Director in 2015.

Tim was also appointed to the Lord Mayor’s Niagara-on-the-Lake COVID-19 recovery advisory group and regularly collaborates with similar groups regarding arts and tourism across North America. Additionally, with the assistance of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, he created the Education and Community Outreach Specialists program and rehired many of the Festival’s independent contractors as summer employees who worked the remainder of the season as ambassadors for The Shaw, creators of online content and artist educators in education and outreach programs.
2019 was the best year ever for the Shaw Festival.  The Shaw Guild has approximately 330 members to help support the Shaw Festival.  When Covid hit, the Shaw Festival helped make and then donated 2,000 PPE gowns plus masks.  Fortunately, an astute move by Tim to purchase pandemic insurance in 2016 allowed the Festival to keep most of its artists and workers employed during the Covid outbreak. Tim highlighted the importance of the Festival.  Specifically, he noted that in NOTL, 14% of people work in arts, culture and heritage vs a normal average of 2%.  Approximately 40% of the audience at a performance is from the US.  Post pandemic, Tim realizes the importance of getting people back together to help relieve the mental stress from Covid.  He is also looking to hire a more diverse group. He originally planned to reopen the Shaw Festival on May 1, but it is now more likely to reopen later in the summer, including a series of outdoor concerts.  
It was asked “what can our Rotary club do to help the Shaw Festival?”  Tim responded with “Rotary means a sense of community.  Let Shaw know where Rotary sees a need, as Shaw is a center point to help other groups.  Shaw is there to serve public good.”  It was also asked “How do the actors rehearse safely?”  Tim replied “the actors rehearse via Zoom.  However, they hope to be able to practice in person in early June.” Tim hopes to get ‘priority vaccines’ as the Shaw is in the top 20 employers in Niagara.
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