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Proud to also serve Puslinch Township

Guelph South

Come together as strangers
Work together as friends

We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Springfield Golf & Country Club
2054 Gordon Street
Guelph, ON  N1L1G6
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Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.
We don’t just build wells and walk away. Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children learn about disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school. And they can take those lessons home to their families, expanding our impact.
Rotary has issued a global challenge to its members, asking them to work collectively to improve education quality and access — particularly for girls — by working with communities to improve teacher training, curriculum, and water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities.
The Guelph Rotaract Club has announced their 2018 Gala event, this year benefiting the "Start2Finish Running & Reading" Program.   The event is being held on Friday March 23rd at the Summerlea Science Complex (University of Guelph) - doors open at 6:00pm.  This fun-filled night will include a three course meal, silent auction, raffle and fun activities.  Tickets are available now:  for yours contact the Guelph Rotaract Club at rotaract@uoguelph.ca.
President-Elect Linda Main has just completed the second of 2 PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) sessions and is raring to go for her year that will start on July 1st.
What is PETS?  It’s a multi-district series of speakers and workshops that all Presidents-Elect attend.  There is a 1-day event locally, then a 2-day event at a hotel in Toronto.  This is at no charge to the incoming President, the costs including accommodation are covered through the fees paid by the club to the District.  The event gives incoming Presidents the opportunity to hear from experienced Rotarian speakers and to network with other incoming Presidents.
Linda sent us some photos including one of the program – a Photo Album has been created on the club website that has the photos in it.  Have a look and see if you too aren’t intrigued and interested in becoming a future President for our Rotary club.
(Linda with Margaret Nixon's daughter Lisa  on her right - Lisa is President Elect of the Elora club)
Thursday March 8th 2018 is “International Women’s Day”, a day to recognize and celebrate womens’ contributions - including to Rotary.
Women and Rotary, why bring it up? It’s always been this way, hasn’t it? The answer is no. Women have been included as members of Rotary since 1987.   Go back in time to 1983 or 84 and there might have been women walking into the House of Friendship, but you would know she wasn’t a Rotarian.  She might be a Rotary Ann or a spouse of a Rotarian.  In fact it took a Supreme Court ruling in the US to affirm the right of Rotary clubs to allow women to even become members. Today, approximately 27% of Rotarians are women.   Past District Governor Mimi Altman District 6440, who served from 1995-1996 in the very district her father had served as District Governor 80 years prior, said “Women have proven their capabilities as Rotarians, as club presidents and district governors.  Their leadership qualities have been demonstrated at the club and district levels, the future will see them rise to the greatest heights of Rotary.
The First National Health Week 2018 in Mexico will be held from February 17 to 23.   The first National Health Week has as main activity the application of oral poliomyelitis vaccine ( Sabin ) to girls and boys from 6 to 59 months of age, with the purpose of keeping the wild poliovirus eradicated.  A group of District 7080 Rotarians - including our own Frank Oudesluys - travelled to Mexico and joined other Rotarians in 2017 and again in 2018, to administer the vaccine to the children.  Frank will give the club a presentation on the event at the April 5th weekly meeting.
Frank hasn't provided us with any photos - but we found one, with him, on the internet from the 2018 event!
Supporting our community is as easy as riding a bike!  In its first four years, Tour de Guelph has raised over $200,000 for Guelph General Hospital and for local and international Rotary projects through the Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium.  Tour de Guelph is a community bicycling event for all ages and abilities. This year choose from six routes and seven distances, from the 5k/10k route all the way to the 160k route for seasoned cyclists, there is a distance for everyone!   Register and start fundraising today - this year's goal is $125,000!  Tour de Guelph supports Guelph General Hospital and local Rotary projects. Your participation will make a positive impact in our community. 

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.

We were pleased to formally induct 2 new members at the February 8th weekly meeting:  Chris Pilgrim and Blaire Rennie.  

Chris is well known to our Club through his role as Pastor at the Guelph Salvation Army Citadel - he, along with wife Claudette, has lived a life of service and joining a Rotary Club to extend the reach of his service is a logical extension of that tradition.  We got to meet Blaire for the first time a year ago when she attended a meeting - she wasn't able to make a commitment to Rotary then but fortunately for us, she can now.  Blaire was described recently by a group that she spoke to as a "serial volunteer", with a strong non-profit, volunteer and fundraising background.
Membership Chair Frank Oudesluys welcomes  (above) Chris Pilgrim with sponsor Ann Caine (below) Blaire Rennie with sponsor Andreas Hug
On February 9th almost two hundred local diners crowded into the Puslinch Community Centre for the Rotary Club of Guelph South’s 16th Annual Pasta Dinner.   With live accordion music, yummy, all-you-can-eat pasta and wonderful door prizes, raffle prizes and silent auction items a great time was had by all. Everyone was moved by the inspirational message from representatives of Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre.   A Photo Album is available on the website (right hand side, scroll down to photo albums frame).

The 7th Annual Scotch Nosing Fundraiser presented by the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium, Red Car Service, and Cutten Fields is taking place on February 23rd. Tickets are $125.00 with one of three dinner options: Beef, Fish, or Vegetarian. Proceeds from this event will go towards finding a cure end Polio and other Rotary projects. Tickets are on sale until February 19th.

Just a week or so after the “Doomsday Clock” was moved even closer to midnight, Rotary’s efforts are more important than ever!  Rotary fosters understanding across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.

Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Rotary Club of Guelph South was proud to welcome Linda Craig as a new member.  Her sponsor Celia Clark and President Bruno Marziano oversaw her formal induction.
Our annual fundraiser in support of Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre, along with other worthwhile Rotary projects.
Friday February 9th, 5:30pm to 8:30pm, at Puslinch Community Centre (23 Brock Road South, in Aberfoyle).
Scrumptious pasta/meatballs/meat sauce, salad, dessert, tea/coffee.  Silent Auction and Door Prizes too!
Tickets go fast so get yours soon!
Tickets available online at  guelph.snapd.com under "Ticketed Events"
Ticket prices:  Adults $20.00;  Child 5-12 $10.00; Child under 5 $2.00
(Tickets also available from Rotarian Celia Clark (phone:  519-766-1097;  email: celia@digitalfrog.com)
One of Rotary's six areas of focus is peacebuilding in communities and regions affected by conflict.  "Peace on Earth" is also a recurring theme for the upcoming holiday season.  Enjoy this special 1 minute commercial from the early 90's, run by a grocery store chain in Florida, that didn't promote groceries - rather it promoted "Peace on Earth" in a compelling way (hint: turn up the volume!).
The Remembrance Day Ceremony has played a major role in Remembrance since 1931. Every year, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we gather in memorial parks, community halls, workplaces, schools and homes to stand in honour of all who have fallen. Together, we observe a moment of silence to mark the sacrifice of the many who have fallen in the service of their country, and to acknowledge the courage of those who still serve. 
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March 2018
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Rosemarie Coombs + Beth Harris
Rosemarie Coombs + Beth Harris

Rosemarie Coombs is passing the baton to Beth Harris, the new Executive Director for Michael House.  We'll get an update from them on the capital project underway at Michael House.

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Rotaract: 50 years of changing lives

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Nowhere to turn

As thousands of refugees streamed into Berlin, they strained the health care system. Rotarian and physician Pia Skarabis-Querfeld spent the last three years building a network of volunteer doctors to help those in

5 things you might not know about ending polio

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