March 5, 2019 Luncheon

Stephen Bedford introduced guest speakers.
Debbi Sexsmith, an Urban Indigenous Homeward Bound  program coordinator at the Niagara Region Native Centre. This program addresses needs and challenges of homeless, Indigenous, single mothers living in poverty in seven of Ontario's Friendship Centre communities.
March 5th, 2019 Luncheon Jansin Ozkur 2019-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
NOTL Rotarians do the Rotary International Conference 2018-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 15, 2017
Heloise Blais, our new exchange student from France met the Club for the first time on Tues. Her first official act was to present Club President Bill French with her home Club's banner. We're looking forward to a great year with Heloise.
PS ... Our French will probably improve as well.

Photo by Don MacDonald
Welcome Heloise 2017-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 15, 2017
We were pleased to have District Governor Reg Madison and his wife Lorreta join us for our meeting this week. Reg gave a great overview of District 7090 key priorities and encouraged all Rotarians to 'Make a Difference" both in our local communities and around the world. Pictured is Past Assistant Governor and NOTL Rotary Member Ian McEwan thanking DG Reg.

Photo by Don MacDonald
District Governor Reg Madison visits NOTL 2017-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 10, 2017
The Lord Mayor and male Rotarians had their nails painted to raise awareness of the need for medical care for the women of Cambodia. For more information on the Tabitha Foundation of Canada's women's hospital project please visit their website ( or to donate online go to TABITHA FOUNDATION CANADA - Donate to Nails for Nokor Tep - CanadaHelps
I don't think we've ever seen the guys look this happy. Thank you to Monica and Yoko from Ospa at the Oban Inn for helping to make this such a special event.

Photo by Cosmo Condina
Lord Mayor and the Rotary guys get painted in support of Tabitha Foundation hospital project 2017-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 10, 2017
The Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake is providing assistance to Civil Air Rescue Emergency Services (CARES) Niagara to keep their headquarters at Niagara District Airport dry. Rotary President Bill French and Club member Nadja Lepere presented CARES volunteers, Terry Nord and Randy Klaassen with a cheque for $2,000.
The donation will go toward replacing the roof shingles on CARES’ 30-year-old building at the airport, which began to leak last fall. 
“It will be a relief to not to have to cover our equipment with plastic in order to keep it dry,” said Gord Tessier, CARES building manager and pilot. “It’s a challenge considering we need to be ready to launch 24/7/365.”
Providing aviation search and rescue resources for south central Ontario, CARES Niagara owns and is financially responsible for its training facility and operation of a mobile command vehicle and a Cessna 182 aircraft. In addition, a member owns a Cessna 337 Skymaster. CARES members are trained to professional standards, and evaluated every two years by members of the Canadian Forces.
CARES Niagara is a registered charity, and member of the national Civil Air Search And Rescue Association (CASARA) whose members are all volunteers, serving in a variety of roles, both on the ground and in the air. For more information, to volunteer or donate to CARES, see the web site, or leave a message at 905-684-0408.
Rotary Club Lends Support for Civil Air Rescue Emergency Services 2017-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2017
Sharon Frayne, local author and member of the Niagara Writer’s Circle  brought to life the important contributions of the Johnson family and their connection to NOTL.  Chief ’Smoke’ Johnson, Chief George Johnson  and the poet Pauline Johnson, Mohawk members of the Six Nations helped shape Canadian history and culture. Stories by the Writer’s Circle are featured  weekly in the Niagara Advance to celebrate Canada 150.
Photo by Don MacDonald
Award winning author Sharon Frayne brings local Canadian history to life 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2017
Elizabeth Zimmerman, Executive Director of the YWCA Niagara Region presented an overview of the "Y's" services.
The YWCA provides shelter, food and assistance to women and families in poverty across the Niagara region. Elizabeth was joined by June Mergi, President of the Niagara Falls Rotary Club. and President Elect Jim Craig. The Niagara Falls Club is an active sponsor of the YWCA programs.
Photo by Don MacDonald
YWCA Niagara Region presentation 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2017
The Rotary Club of NOTL presented the proceeds of the High Tea Spring Fashion Show to RAFT. Presenting the cheque is Sandra Nass and Jeannie Manning (Fashion Show Committee), Nadja Lepere (2016-2017 Chair of the Local Service Committee) and Bella Grace Boutiques. The RAFT offers support and social services, programs and resources for youth throughout the Niagara Region. With special thanks to Bella Grace Boutiques for making this fundraising event possible.

Photo by Don MacDonald
Rotary makes a $3,600 donation to RAFT 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2017
President Bill French bids Bill Francombe adieu as he moves back to Toronto. Dr Bill was a long standing, much loved Member of our Club. His contributions and great sense of humour will be dearly missed. All the best Bill and Patricia.

Photo by Don MacDonald
Dr Bill relocates to the Big City 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 07, 2017
Marion Boon, Executive Director of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network gave an information presentation on disaster preparedness and the roles the various levels of government play in major disasters.
For more information check out their website...

Photo by Don MacDonald
When disaster strikes, are you ready? 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary donates $5,000 to NOTL Syrian Refugee Project 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 16, 2017
A dedicated group of Rotarians and community volunteers led by Betty Disero and Sandra Nass collected, cleaned, bagged and sold the Town's "gently used" tulip bulbs. The sale raised $2,000 which was donated to the Town to be used to help reforest NOTL with naturalized tree species. Thanks to all for all your hard work.
Tulips for Trees 2017-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 16, 2017
John Mather was recently  recognized as the NOTL Volunteer of the Week by Communities in Bloom.
John was a 2016 recipient of the NOTL Rotary Club Paul Harris Award and is the Club's President Elect for 2018-2019.
He's also a great guy who can be counted on to get things done. We couldn't think of a more deserving person for this recognition.
Good on you, John.
Rotarian John Mather NOTL Volunteer of the Week 2017-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Ward Simpson appointed Chairman of the Board for Red Roof Retreat 2017-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 16, 2017
MPP Wayne Gates gave an entertaining overview of his political track record (we're going to call him "Rocky" from now on) and an impassioned account of his focus and priorities at Queens Park.
Photo by Don MacDonald
MPP Wayne Gates entertains NOTL Rotary Club 2017-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 16, 2017
Carl Bodimeade, Senior Vice President of Hatch Engineering presented an overview of the history of power generation in Niagara. It was a fascinating and somewhat different historical perspective on our community. Carl is pictured here with President Ursula Kucharski receiving a donation to the eradication of polio in his name.

Photo by Don MacDonald
The history of power generation in Niagara 2017-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 16, 2017
Rotarians Jeannie Manning, Doug Holroyd and Bill Francombe receive Paul Harris medals recognizing their contributions 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.
Paul Harris recognition 2017-07-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 06, 2017
President Ursula and Community Committee Chair Nadja Lepere present Lord Mayo Pat Darte and Library CEO Cathy Simpson with a $5,000 donation to the Library Renovation Fund.

Photo by Don MacDonald
Rotary donates $5,000 to Library Renovation Fund 2017-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 11, 2016
God again decided to sprinkle on NOTL for a few minutes on Saturday morning then give over the rest of the day to the Sun and Heat Goddess.
Perfect day for Polo and Gourmet Burgers.
A huge thank you to Patrick and his team, and to all the volunteers. A fabulous Job done. Thank you Don, for the great pictures. Pictures tell better than words.
Successful September Polo Event 2016-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2016
Getting to Know Jackie, McNally.
Sad... a farewell To Ana we will miss her.
A great Japanese presentation from this wonderful young man.  It was just great.
August 20, 2016 2016-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 14, 2016
Juliet's Induction.
  RI , PH award pins given.
A week in the life of Ana.
Pictures from May 2016 2016-05-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 18, 2016
Words fail me!
Many of you may remember Duda and Pietro  our  youth exchange students from Brazil, I believe  in  2008 / 2009
Jeannie is still  on vacation in  Brazil and had both of them   staying  with her and Lee  last week in Florionapolis.
 Both of them are now lawyers.  Aren't they lovely young people.
Now it's Wardie's turn.
After his Rotary makeup meeting in Port McQuarie in NSW where the meeting consisted of body surfing and wine , Lisa and him then met with Jordan and his mum Lyndal.  It's a tough life.
Ok guys,  That's quite  enough , when are you coming back?????
 This week we will have a presentation from Ron Clavier, artist at The Pumphouse.
The following week ( March 29th ) is the 5th Tuesday at The Exchange on Queen Street ,  for beer tastings and beer related food.
SOME INTERESTING NEWS 2016-03-18 04:00:00Z 0