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Service Above Self

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre
14 Anderson Lane
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
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The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.
As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our six areas of focus (https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes).
The Foundation has invested $3.95 billion in programs, projects, and scholarships. It has a best in class, 4 star-rating from Charity Navigator and invests 91% of its revenue in programs.
Past District Governor/Past President Dave Haddow shared the Club's experience in being awarded three $25,000 Foundation Scholarships for local students to pursue post graduate degrees at international universities.
President Elect John Boot described how the Foundation's Global Grants helped fund three major water and sanitation projects that the Club led, the most recent being a $160,000 project in Marsabit, Kenya.
The NOTL Club has also been awarded annual Foundation grants for many years to support projects that the Club has championed, the most recent being the sensory room at Red Roof Retreat.
To help the Foundation to continue to 'do good in the world' and in turn to help support the great work of the Rotary Club of NOTL please donate at https://my.rotary.org/en/donate
Pictured is Dave Haddow
Pictured is John Boot
Photos by Don MacDonald
Rotarians, family and friends recently went to work cleaning NOTL beaches. Sadly, it was required work. Rotarians Joe Will and Jason Lalonde and family are hard at work doing good.
Photos by Mary Garratt
The Rotary Rocks were officially unveiled today by President Nadja Lepere and Paul Lalonde, Chair of the Community Service Community.
Seated on the new rock amphitheater are Members of the Rotary Club of NOTL, representatives of the Town of NOTL and our partner in the project Roxburgh Construction.

We're delighted to welcome eight new Honourary Members to our Club.
Honourary Memberships were awarded to several retired Rotarians (Dave Bergen, Ruth deLaat, Sali MacDonald, Franco Olivieri, Petra Browning and Bill Francombe) who were long serving members of our Club and made signification contributions throughout their Rotary career.
Community members Connie Haddow and Rose Campbell were recognized for their strong, ongoing contributions to the Club's programs and fundraising events.
We're honoured to have them as members of the Club and thank them for all their support and contributions over the years.
Back row, right to left: Dave Bergen, Ruth deLaat, Franco Olivieri, Bill Francombe, Rose Campbell
Front row, right to left: Connie Haddow, Petra Browning, Sali MacDonald
Photo by Don MacDonald
On Sat Oct 20th Rotarians provide a pick up service for community donations to Newark Neighbours. It was a great opportunity for residents to declutter and re-organize and as a result, a very successful day for Newark Neighbours. Thank you to Newark Neighbours for their caring support of our less fortunate community members. 
Pictured is Hilary Bellis, President of Newark Neighbours and Team, and Rotarians Pamela Wilson and Ian McEwan
President Nadja Lepere welcomes District Governor Melisa Schrock and Rotary International President Barry Rassin to the 2018 District Conference at the NOTL Community Centre. 

Barry urged the audience to build a stronger organization by inspiring young people and by spreading the word in their communities about the work Rotary does. “I ask you to inspire with your words and with your deeds.” 

One source of inspiration, Rassin said, has been Rotary’s work to eradicate polio. He described the incredible progress made in the past three decades: In 1988, an estimated 350,000 people were paralyzed by the wild poliovirus; in 2017, just 22 cases were reported. “We are at an incredibly exciting time for polio eradication,” he said, “a point at which each new case of polio could very well be the last.”

Left to right; Melisa Schrock, Nadja Lepere, Barry Rassin

It looks GREAT!  A few final touches and it's good to go.
Thanks to Paul Lalonde and the Community Service Committee for spearheading this project. It's a great addition to our community and will be enjoyed by the Town's resident and guests for many years to come.
With thanks to the motley Rotarian work crew and our partners in the project, John Roxburgh and Denis Vachon of Roxburgh Landscaping
Recently, the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake hosted the Icewine Cocktail Fundraiser in the lovely home of Dawn Barnes and Pierre Jean Jerome. The event was, again, a huge success raising over $20000 which was shared equally between  Wellspring Niagara and ShelterBox Canada. 
Nadja Lepere, President of Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary, describes the evening as  “a great night supporting two deserving causes”. Guests enjoyed canapés donated by the best restaurants in the area, beer courtesy of a local micro brewery and wines donated by Niagara’s finest wineries. Icewine martinis, always a hit, were available from two specialty bars.
 The night has proven to be a gathering point for friends and an opportunity to make new friends. The Icewine Cocktail Party is now an annual event and on the ‘must attend’ list for many in town. Throughout the year, the local Rotary Club provides great entertainment value at their fundraising events in support of Rotary projects.
Rotary  President  Nadja  Lepere  presents  a  $10,000 cheque  to  Caprice  Aiello  of  Wellspring  Niagara
Geoff  Lloyd  of  ShelterBox  Canada  receives  a  $10,000 donation  cheque  from  Nadja  Lepere. 
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
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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.
Laurie Gunton
Aug 11, 2020
Founder of Smooth Move for Seniors and New Member

Laurie Gunton is the founder of Smooth Move for Seniors. In addition to having three boys, volunteering in the community, and a professional with years of experience in the corporate world, she decided to add entrepreneur to the list!


Laurie created SMFS because she saw that there was a huge need for that extra pair of helping hands, when the decision has been made to move. The elderly, mentally/physically challenged or ill find it extremely challenging. We all do even under the most normal circumstances!  The challenge of knowing they have to cut their contents to under half, can be too much for them. They don’t know where to begin. How to sort, donate, sell, pack are all steps necessary to get the project going and that’s what I will talk about. 


Laurie is backed with over 25 years of work experience, mainly in the print background (Sales, Customer Service and Team Leader), BA in Sociology from York University. She has also met eligibility, education and exam requirements to become a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist. This certification also requires her to take ongoing seniors courses.


Laurie brings a positive, enthusiastic and compassionate attitude to her work. In her presentation she’ll talk about decluttering, sorting, packing/unpacking, selling and donating. How you can get started now too!

Joan King
Aug 25, 2020
The Terry Fox Foundation- One Day, Your Way
President Ken
Sep 08, 2020
Club Assembly
Leah Klassen
Sep 15, 2020
Rotary Youth Exchange- The Netherlands experience and COVID-19