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On Tuesday, April 24th, the Rotary Club of NOTL awarded Paul Harris Fellowship Awards to three individuals for their outstanding contributions to the community.
The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow. Recipients are Rotarians and community members who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their community and exemplify the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “SERVICE ABOVE SELF.”
This year's award winners were Darrell Boer, Yolanda Henry and Peter Manning.
Darrell Boer of Regal Florist, has donated both his time and resources in supporting the Rotary Holiday House tour since its inception nineteen years ago. Darrell is a member of the Covenant Christian Reform Church where he is a Deacon and Chairman of the Outreach Program. He has also contributed to numerous local and international charities.
Yolanda Henry is a longtime supporter of Tabitha Canada and is presently Chairperson of the Tabitha Foundation Canada. During her time, donations have totalled over $1.5 million dollars to support many programs in Cambodia (including the construction of two schools, hundreds of homes and thousands of wells). Yolanda has also organized seven hands on building trips to build homes in impoverished areas.
Peter Manning has been a Rotarian for fourteen years and has served as a long-time Treasurer for two Clubs. Peter has also served on the Holiday House Tour Committee and as Chair of the Canada Day Committee. Peter is a kind and giving individual who exemplifies the values of Rotary.
Pictured from left to right are Bill French, President of the Rotary Club of NOTL, Darrell Boer, Yolanda Henry, Peter Manning and Rotary District Governor Reg Madison
(photo by Don MacDonald)
Dave Haddow, VP Membership welcomes new Members Paul Battaglia and Jamie Knight to the Club.

Photo by Don MacDonald
Pamela Wilson presents the Me to We students from Crossroads School with certificates of appreciation for their outstanding presentation the Club. These young ladies are going to change the world for the better (future Rotarians?)
Pictured from left to right, Rotarian Pamela Wilson, Chase Brunton, Michaela Overweg, and Ashley Rowe.
For more information on Me to We please click on the following link
Photo by Don MacDonald
Hilek De Jong was inducted as an Honourary Member after having been an outstanding, long serving member of the Rotary Club of NOTL.  Pictured from left to right is Bill Clark, Chairman of the Honourary Members Committee, Siegelinde De Jong, Hielke and Club President Bill French
Photo by Don MacDonald
Outstanding Rotarian Howie Kudlats 'prepares' for happy dollars. Looking good Howie!
Our exchange student from France celebrated her 18th birthday with us. Bon anniversaire Heloise! All the best.
An interesting and informative presentation from Mayram Traub, Superintendent, Niagara EMS.
When we need it most, we're in good hands.

Congratulations to our petit, wonderful Rotarian Nicole Goodwin! Thank you for your generosity and your support of the Rotary Foundations good works worldwide. 
Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting over 33,000 Rotary service projects around the world.
Photo by Don MacDonald
Thank you to Club Members and friends of Rotary who donated over $5,000 to the NOTL Rotary End Polio Now event.  With matching grants from the Canadian Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the Rotary International End Polio Now campaign will receive over $45,000!  We are close to eradicating Polio but we need to stay the course ( a minimum of 3 years and $1.5B US) to ensure that there 0 cases worldwide. Thank you for your generous contributions.

We had a great visit to the Niagara Region Native Centre where we toured the facilities and had a presentation on the Centre's Mission and programs by Executive Director Mitch Baird. We also enjoyed a wonderful lunch which was catered by the Centre. Thanks to MItch and his team for an informative and enjoyable event.

Photos by Don MacDonald
Brian Kremen, Interim Director Niagara Pumphouse Art Centre and Miguel Mori updated the Club on the many programs that the Pumphouse presently conducts and their plans to further enhance their community engagement. They are pictured with President Bill French receiving certificates acknowledging a donation to End Polio Now in their names.

Photo by Don MacDonald
The Rotary Club of NOTL has donated $5,000 to the Krtisten French Child Advocacy Centre. Pictured are Rotarians Nadja Lepere and Ian McEwan giving Janet Handy, Executive Director of the Centre the cheque. For more information on the Centre click on the following link.
Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre Niagara

Photo by Don MacDonald
Congratulations and thanks to John Boot and Rob Weier for their generous donations to the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation is a leading, highly regarded international charity that transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

Photo by Don MacDonald
If you tell Bill French to take a hike, he won’t be offended — he’ll ask you to sponsor him and help end polio now.
French, who is president of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary Club, is near to completing a dream of his, to complete walking 500 kilometres of the Bruce Trail this year, and raise funds to end polio around the world.
Already well into his effort, French hopes to complete his 500 kilometres to coincide with the Rotary-sponsored World Polio Day on Tuesday, October 24, at 12 noon which has an even more ambitious goal — to wipe out polio everywhere, forever.
“Our hope this year for World Polio Day is to welcome our entire community to join us at our regular Tuesday Rotary luncheon, and watch a live-streamed video of Bill Gates, a huge supporter of the effort to eradicate polio,” French said.
“We have ulterior motives, of course — to raise funds,” he added. Lunch is $20, with $10 (after covering costs) going toward the eradication of polio.
“This is our fifth World Polio Day. Every year we hold a walkathon to raise money through pledges, and I thought my own 500-kilometre walk might ramp things up a bit, and encourage even more generosity.”
Anyone who would like to sponsor Bill French as he fights fatigue, bugs, rain, poison ivy and mud on the trail to End Polio Now can send a commitment via info@niagaraonthelakerotary.ca.
Every dollar raised turns into a $9 donation to End Polio Now. That’s because the
Canadian Government matches each $1 donation with a $2 grant and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matches that $3 with an additional $6 grant.
“My hope is that we can raise $2,500 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, bettering the $2,100 we raised last year,” French said.
“Our $2,500 contribution instantly becomes a $22,500 donation to End Polio Now.
“We’re closer than ever to eradicating polio but we’re not done yet. We still need funds to continue immunizations and surveillance efforts.
“Your gift will get us closer to the finish line. And I’ll be thanking you for your support each step along the way!”
For more information:
Jeannie Manning
905 468 7618
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The Rotary club of Niagara-on-the Lake was initiated by Dieter Janus, Jim Alexander, Norm Fraser and Ranjit Ahluwalia in the fall of 1993, and meetings were held downstairs at the Prince of Wales Hotel. With the noon hour Rotary club in Niagara Falls as our sponsor, and 26 active members, it became a chartered Rotary club in the spring of 1994, at a reception at the Queens Landing Hotel.
The Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake was immediately active with fundraising for local and international projects. Some of these early fundraising events were held in partnership with the Theatre Beyond Words and involved renting the main theatre at the Shaw Festival for concerts and productions. The $5000 Gift of Life donation, which brought children from third-world countries to North America for heart surgery, was the earliest program which the club undertook and is still supporting today.
The club also supported the Easter Seal Program which helped local children with physical disabilities. This has grown over the years, in conjunction with Steffanie Bjorgan, into what is now Red Roof Retreat.
The Youth Exchange Program was actively embraced by the club in 1996. Over the years, exchange students from all over the world have been hosted in the homes of local Rotarians.
In the late 1990s, our club organized the shipment of over $250,000 of used medical and computer equipment to the Caribbean. This tradition of offering help to third world countries continues today with the donation of funds to projects in Africa and Central America.
Our club has grown to over fifty members. This growth has meant that, along with the help of the community it can undertake large scale fundraisers such as the Holiday House Tour, the Icewine Cocktail party and the Fashion Show.