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Guelph South

Coming together as strangers...working together as friends

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Springfield Golf & Country Club
2054 Gordon Street
Guelph, ON  N1L1G6
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The final month of every Rotary year is Fellowship Month. This is a fitting designation since fellowship is particularly to the forefront with changeovers being very much the priority in June. Fellowship is of course one of the five core values of Rotary, the others being service, diversity, integrity and leadership.
See the May 2017 Issue of Guelph SNAPd news publication - and watch for the photo gallery that will be available on this website very soon!
On February 24th over two hundred local diners crowded into the Puslinch Community Centre for the Rotary Club of Guelph South’s 15th Annual Pasta Dinner.   With live accordion music, yummy, all-you-can-eat pasta and wonderful silent auction items a great time was had by all. Everyone was moved by Andy Spencer’s impassioned speech about how much Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre has helped his daughter Cora.
Both rooms were buzzing with animated conversations.
Our grateful thanks to our table sponsors, Bella Hodginkson, Deb & Geoff Allen (Royal LePage Royal City Realty), Hammond Power Solutions, Rich Van Dyke – (The Co-operators), Robb Atkinson and Des von Teichman (Royal LePage Royal City Realty), Scotiabank Guelph.
Thank you also to our many generous donors, Build a Basket Creations Inc. Coldwell Banker Neumann Real Estate, Mandarin restaurant, Matthew Bulmer, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Milburns Auto Sales & Service, Shelley Adlington, Snap'd Guelph, Springfield Golf and Country Club, Sue Wilson, Tamara's Esthetics and Reflexology, Zehrs Hartland as well as numerous Friends of Rotary and Friends of Sunrise.
We appreciated the discounted Puslinch Community Centre rental fee approved by the Township Council and the enthusiastic support of our local community. Thank you all for helping us raise almost $7,000 in support of Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre as well as other Rotary Projects.
Save the date for next year (February 9 – just in time for Valentine shopping!)

After setting up his law practice in Chicago, Paul P. Harris gathered several business associates to discuss the idea of forming an organization for local professionals. On 23 February 1905 Harris,  Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary club meeting.

Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. 

Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.

The Rotary Club of Guelph South is proud to welcome RUSS POWELL as its newest member.  Russ was formally inducted on Thursday February 2nd during our first meeting back at Springfield Golf & Country Club since before Christmas.
Russ was inducted by President Richard Van Dyke (far right) along with his sponsor, Rotarian Celia Clark.  He was presented with his membership badge and pin by Rotarian Frank Oudesluys, who will act as his mentor.
We know that Russ will be a wonderful Rotarian, and we're so pleased to have him as a member!
The incoming 2017-2018 Rotary International President has announced his theme for that Rotary year:
We are embarking on a new era in Rotary.  We are the change makers!  Change energizes us and helps us to grow. Change can be exciting and fun.  It also has its challenges. We are part of an incredible organization.  We are transforming lives throughout the world.
It's true!!   It's what we do!!   Come join us....


This morning's weekly meeting included presentations by 3 club members of family members that bravely served their country during either World War 1 or World War 2.  Thomas Newby brought a photograph of his grandfather, and Geoff and Deb Allen brought audio/video recollections of both of their fathers.  Deb followed up with some information on her own service, for 8 years, with Guelph's own 11th Field Regiment.  Geoff provided a little history lesson, explaining "Armistice Day":

"Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War 1, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning - the 'eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month' of 1918.  The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day.  The first Armistice Day was held at Buckingham Palace, commencing with King George V hosting a "Banquet in Honour of the President of the French Republic" during the evening hours of 10 November 1919.  The first official Armistice Day events were subsequently held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on the morning of 11 November 1919.  This would set the trend for a day of Remembrance for decades to come."

The audio/video presentation of Deb and her father has been posted to our YouTube channel and can be viewed here:


On October 27th 2016 we were so happy to welcome Deb Allen as our newest member.  Deb considers the entire club her "sponsors" - and they enthusiastically welcome her - and hubby Geoff will act as her mentor.  Deb has been a constant at club events and she FINALLY made it official!  Welcome to our Rotary Club Deb.
(L-R: Rotarians Geoff Allen, Deb Allen, Rotary Club President Rich Van Dyke)
On Monday October 24th 2016 Rotarians gathered outside of Guelph City Hall and watched Mayor Cam Guthrie raise the End Polio Now flag.
(L-R: Rotary Club of Guelph South members Deb Allen, Geoff Allen, Margaret Nixon, Ann Caine, Richard Van Dyke, Linda Main)
World Polio Day is celebrated on October 24th each year, and the Guelph event was one of more than 3,000 held around the world.  It celebrates Rotary's involvement in the eradication of this disease, spanning more than 30 years now, resulting in it only being endemic in 3 countries in the world (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan).
We are closer than ever to creating a polio-free world!
Our Club celebrated the 15th anniversary of its being chartered on July 31st 2016.  A special family-oriented dinner celebration was held on September 16th 2016, hosted by Rotarian Bella Hodgkinson at her beautiful home. 
A photo album from the event is now available on the website (right hand side of home page, under "Photo Albums") along with a carousel of photos, just above that, of the club over the past 15 years.
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