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.
Niagara Power Plant Tour
Tuesday September 28 at 6:30pm
 
Niagara Parks Power Station Visit – Evening of September 28th  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
 
Our visit to the Power Station for the Light Show is fast approaching! Here is a link with details to give you an idea what to expect - https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/attractions/currents-niagara-night-show
 
We need to arrive 15 to 20 minutes ahead of the prompt 6:30 pm start time to make sure everyone is there and briefed. Masks required of course!
* Parking in the area can be pricey so please car share wherever possible! *
 
Rotary must pay Niagara Parks with one cheque on the night so ALL members will need to pay $35.00 each to Rotary Club of NOTL by cash or cheque please. We are committed to 35 tickets minimum.
 
Anyone who has not already signed up to attend can still go but will need to pay on the night. Spaces are limited to 100 and we have no idea what other groups/individuals are visiting so 1st come 1st served basis! 
 
If you want to attend and have not already advised Jan, please email him at janvanharen@live.ca to confirm.
 
Looking forward to seeing you at the Power Station  7005 Niagara Parkway, L2E 6T2
 
Dates to Remember and Announcements
DATES TO REMEMBER:
 
September 28– 6:30- 8:00PM - Tour of the Niagara Falls Power Plant see above - No Club Meeting Today
 
Sept 29- 7PM Fundraising Committee meeting at Penny Milligan’s house
 
October 2 - SAVE THE DATE- Participate for POLIO event. See complete details below.
 
October 5 - 6PM - Doug Gibson’s Stories Across Canada - Feature Speaker Doug Gibson author and past Publisher and President McClelland and Stewart- Dinner Meeting at Spirit in Niagara 458 Lakeshore Road $20.00 cash or cheque. Cash Bar. Proof of double Covid-19 vaccination required for entry. Click here to reserve your spot and book your guests.
 
October 12 Club Assembly 6PM  – Dinner Meeting at Spirit in Niagara 458 Lakeshore Road $20.00 cash or cheque. Proof of double Covid-19 vaccination required for entry.
 
October 13- 10AM International Service Committee- Zoom meeting
 
October 14- 4PM Club Board Meeting on Governance Policy Review –Strewn Winery Board Room  
 
October 18- 6PM- NOTL Rotary Board Meeting-Strewn Winery Board room
 
October 19- Noon End Polio Now feature speaker Dr. Bruno- Lunch Meeting at Spirit in Niagara 458 Lakeshore Road $20.00 cash or cheque. Proof of double Covid-19 vaccination required for entry.
 
October 21 to 23: District 7090 Virtual Conference- sign up details to follow in future see below
 
October 26- NOTL Ghost Walk – details to follow
 
November 9- SAVE THE DATE - Paul Harris Awards Dinner at Ravine. More details to follow.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS-
 
Participate for Polio
 
TAKE ACTION TO ERADICATE A DISEASE FOREVER
 
The Participate for Polio Event will be held Saturday Oct 2, at 10:00 am, starting and finishing at the St. Davids Lions Park (1462 York Rd, St Davids). Free parking is available. Participants can ride, walk, run or roll on a 13 km or 30 km bike route, or a 5 km walking route. Both bike routes are on level ground, headed towards Old Town (we don’t go up the escarpment). The walking/running route meanders around St. Davids. Route maps will be provided at the event.
 
The Lions Club will host a BBQ after the ride/walk. The cost is $10 for a hamburger, fries, and soft drink (vegetarian option available). Please advise Jan if you plan on attending the BBQ at the Lion's pavilion. This is a fundraising activity for the Lions Club. We’re pleased to support our long time partners.
 
If you have any questions, please email Bill French at frenchwe@gmail.com.We look forward to seeing you on Oct 2nd, having a fun day and to raising $60,000 to help eradicate Polio.
 
COVID Protocols The event will comply with all COVID protocols in place at the time of the event (e.g. masks, social distancing and the number of attendees). Current COVID protocols allow for outdoor events of 100 people.
Cyclists/walkers will have a maximum group size of 20 and will have staged start times.
 
Important Information for Rotary Members Our first request is that you register for a My Rotary account on the Rotary International website. The many benefits to this account are highlighted on the Rotary International website. Once you have a My Rotary account, your donation to this event will be included in your Paul Harris Fellow recognition and will be attributed to the Rotary Club of NOTL. If you need a My Rotary account, please click on  https://my.rotary.org/en/. It will take you to the Rotary International website page to register. If you have an account/when you’re set up, you can proceed to the Raise Rotary fundraising page to register.
 
Participate for Polio Event Registration (Members and non-members) To register for the Participate for Polio event, click https://raise.rotary.org/Frank-Adamson/challenge1. The event, organized by Rotarian Frank Adamson, is open to all Rotary members in the Niagara Peninsula, their family and friends and the community. To create your personal fundraising page, click on Join the Team under Team Members. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email from Raise Rotary containing a link to your personal fundraising page. You can include this link in your email and social media communications to everyone. By clicking on your personal link, it’ll take them to your page to sponsor you and make a donation to End Polio Now!
 
Donations/Tax Receipts All donations will be matched two to one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That means every dollar donated becomes a $3 contribution to End Polio Now! Donations can be made:
  1. Online, on your personal fundraising page using a credit card.
  2. By cheque made payable to the NOTL Rotary Foundation.
 
Please contact Bill French (frenchwe@gmail.com) to arrange for pickup of cheques after the event.
Tax receipts for online donations will be emailed to you by Rotary International shortly after the event. Tax receipts for donations made to the NOTL Rotary Foundation will be provided by the Club in early 2022.
 
District 7090 Conference is coming soon - October 21-23, 2021.  Save the dates!.
The District has designed it so that there are many ways you can participate. 
 
Thursday October 21, there is a virtual conference event beginning at 6 pm - you won't want to miss the interaction and the cocktail and appetizer feature. 
Sign up at:   https://rotary7090.org/event/district-conference/
 
Friday October 22, it is a day of service –  and fellowship
Join us for planting our End Polio Now Tulip Garden in Simcoe Park at 0900hrs  
At 6-8pm join in Rotary District fellowship at Oast House Brewery, upstairs in the Hayloft!
 
Saturday October 23 is an in-person conference in Hamilton Ontario (our District Governor’s hometown) from 9:30 to 3:30 pm - with hopefully the chance to stream the keynote lunch speaker.  Sign up at:  https://rotary7090.org/event/district-conference-2/
Be sure to make a plan to take part in it. 
 
Anne Bermingham our District Governor would like to see each and every Rotarian in our District take part in some aspect of the conference.  Let’s keep serving to change lives.
 
District 7090 training opportunities.
1) Rotary 101- September 30th also November 18th
2) District Conference- October 21,22,23
3) Coaching- 3 sessions beginning January 22
Please refer to the link below:
 
Websites to Remember
RI Website: http://www.rotary.org
District 7090 Website: www.rotary7090.org
Your Club website: 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary is a Dynamic Organization
Tuesday September 21
At the Sept 21 meeting, the Rotary Clubs of Batavia, Caledonia, Dundas, Olean and Niagara-on-the-Lake jointly met via zoom.  District 7090 Governor Anne Bermingham led the special joint meeting.  It was an excellent opportunity to learn more about what other Rotary clubs do. 
 
Anne started the meeting, asking each club to introduce themselves, describe their club, and highlight the various projects they are involved in.  Four ‘Breakout Groups’ with participants from each club were subsequently formed.  Each Breakout Group had one of the following themes to discuss amongst themselves: Impact (what are we doing to impact and serve our community?), Reach (how are we reaching out to new potential Rotarians?), Engagement (What are we doing well to engage our current members?), and Adapt & Innovate (What are some changes we have made in the last few years to evolve our club?)  The groups got back together to share what they learned from one another.  Numerous positive ideas were shared including: having meetings at different times of the day, having club reunions, letting the community know where their financial donations go, engaging with other local service clubs, and partnering with international events.
 
Anne summarized the discussions by highlighting to the 5 clubs that Rotary is ‘people of action’ … we make things happen.  It was an excellent meeting, where we all had the opportunity to meet Rotarians from different clubs plus learn from one another.
 
 
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