Posted on Nov 08, 2017
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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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Posted on Oct 25, 2017
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On 2017 World Polio Day (Tuesday October 24th 2017) we were honoured to accept the offer of local entrepreneur Mike Shirazi, owner of LEVELZ Hair Connect, that he would provide haircuts all day in his shop with all proceeds to the campaign to eradicate polio.  These donations will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation....
 
2017 WORLD POLIO DAY - LEVELZ Hair Connect Fundraiser 2017-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2017
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On Tuesday October 24th 2017 - the 5th Annual "World Polio Day" - a group of Rotarians joined Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie for the raising of the "End Polio Now" flag at Guelph City Hall.
We are thisclose to ending polio!
 
 
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Posted on Oct 18, 2017
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VOLUNTEERS - A GIFT TO OUR COMMUNITY  The Volunteer Appreciation Brunch is an annual event to recognize 100 of the tireless volunteers within 10 organizations throughout Guelph and Wellington County who give so much of themselves and expect so very little in return.  In addition, Rotary Club of Guelph South will be making donations to each of the selected organizations as a thank you for everything that they give to those in need. 
2018 VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH - SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES 2017-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2017
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Smallpox is the only human disease ever eradicated. Let’s make polio the second.
Join the fight on World Polio Day. www.endpolio.org 
  
 
 
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Posted on Aug 20, 2017
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On August 15th 2017 the Rotary Club of Guelph and Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre jointly hosted 45 children through "Better Beginnings, Better Futures" (Guelph) to visit the farm, enjoy the swimming pool and playground, play some soccer, visit the horses and enjoy a barbecue.  For many of these city children, this was their first visit to a farm!
 
HOSTING "BETTER BEGINNINGS, BETTER FUTURES" AT SUNRISE 2017-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2017
 

This is the 20th Anniversary of Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium's "Ribfest". The dates this year are Thursday, August 24th to Sunday, August 27th, 2017.

They are offering a kickoff concert on Thursday, August 24th. The opening act will start at 6 p.m.The headline band will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The park will be open from 5 p.m. with food and beverages available for the evening. The bands are listed on the home page (www.ribfestguelph.com).

Ribfest has been voted Guelph's best outdoor event and, with your support as a volunteer this year, we can make it even better.

Many volunteers are members of the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium or family members or friends.  Other Rotarians from Guelph's other service clubs also lend a hand. Community volunteers are very welcome and absolutely critical to our delivering a successful event to the community.

To volunteer, go to the Ribfest home page and click on the "Volunteer Signup" link.  Thanks!

2017 RIBFEST at "Ribberside Park" in Guelph August 24-27, 2017 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
AUGUST IS ROTARY'S "MEMBERSHIP AND CLUB DEVELOPMENT" MONTH 2017-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 31, 2017
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...and how sweet it is!!
 
The Rotary Club of Guelph South celebrates its sixteenth charter year anniversary today (July 31st 2017). We are proud of the impact the club has made in the community and beyond in such a short time. It's all because of great ROTARIANS and FRIENDS! Happy Sweet 16 Rotary Club of Guelph South!
 
Rotary Club of Guelph South
Coming together as strangers.....working together as friends.
SWEET SIXTEEN.... 2017-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 20, 2017
Hazel has been a Rotarian for a number of years, and was previously a member of Rotary Club of Guelph.  We were pleased to welcome her as she transferred her membership to our Club on July 20th 2017.
 
    Hazel was welcomed by (l-r) Membership Chair Frank Oudesluys,
    sponsor Celia Clark and President Bruno Marziano.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER HAZEL DICKIE 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 06, 2017
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2016-2017 President Richard Van Dyke was thanked for his service by new 2017-2018 President Bruno Marziano.  Bruno presented Rich with a special memento of his year as President and his "Past President" pin.
 
     (Past President Richard Van Dyke pins President Bruno Marziano) 
THANKS PAST PRESIDENT RICHARD VAN DYKE 2017-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 01, 2017
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The 2017-2018 Rotary International theme for this Rotary year, from July 1st 2017 through June 30th 2018, is "Rotary: Making A Difference".
 
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....
2017-2018 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL THEME 2017-07-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 25, 2017
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Another successful event!  The $80,000 target was not only met but exceeded - almost $100,000 raised, thanks everyone for your support!
A photo album has already been created and is available on the club website home page (look for the "Photo Albums" frame on the right hand side of the home page) and will be added to as we get more photos.
 
***   SAVE THE DATE FOR 2018:   SUNDAY JUNE 24th  ***
4th ANNUAL TOUR DE GUELPH 2017-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2017
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.
 
JUNE IS ROTARY FELLOWSHIPS MONTH 2017-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 28, 2017
The Rotary Club of Guelph South was proud to welcome DAVID TURVEY as its newest member.  Dave comes to us very familiar with Rotary, both his parents having been members in Hamilton. Dave was formally inducted on Thursday May 25th 2017 and will be a wonderful addition to our club!
 
     (L-R:  Rotarians Brian Cowan, Margaret Nixon, David Turvey, Richard Van Dyke)
WELCOME NEW MEMBER DAVID TURVEY 2017-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
MAY - ROTARY'S YOUTH SERVICE MONTH 2017-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 30, 2017
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!
2017 VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH 2017-04-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 14, 2017
 
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.
 
 
15th ANNUAL 'TASTE OF ITALY' PASTA DINNER 2017-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
The University of Guelph's Rotaract Club is holding their annual gala/fundraiser on March 24th 2017 in support of Children's Help For Uganda.
 

 
We're happy to support the Rotaractors, this event and this cause, and encourage others to, as well!
GUELPH ROTARACT CLUB'S 2017 GALA 2017-03-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 23, 2017

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.

 
ROTARY'S 112th ANNIVERSARY - February 23rd 2017 2017-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 02, 2017
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.
 
 
WELCOME NEW ROTARIAN - RUSSELL POWELL 2017-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
SAVE THE DATE: 15th Annual Taste of Italy Pasta Dinner 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 15, 2017
The 2nd Annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch will be held on Sunday April 23rd 2017 at Cutten Fields in Guelph.  We are grateful to Event Partner Davies & Mahnke Private Wealth Management for their support of this event.
Sponsorship opportunities are now available - for more information contact Rotarian Matt Anstett (519-400-7944, anstetts@rogers.com).
2017 VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH - Sponsorship Opportunities! 2017-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 01, 2017
HAPPY  NEW  YEAR!
Best wishes for a wonderful 2017 
from all of the members of
ROTARY CLUB OF GUELPH SOUTH ....
2017 Happy New Year! 2017-01-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 16, 2016
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Holidays Schedule
Due to the upcoming Christmas and New Years holidays, along with scheduled renovations at Springfield Golf & Country Club, we will not be holding our regular weekly breakfast meetings at Springfield as usual....
    
 

Regular Weekly Breakfast Meetings at Springfield Golf & Country Club are being cancelled for the upcoming weeks:

       DECEMBER 29th 2016

       JANUARY 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, 2017

Watch our website for more information on the January weekly meetings programs and meeting venues.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year....
From all of the members of the Rotary Club of Guelph South
   

2016 HOLIDAYS SCHEDULE Dianne Paron 2016-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 15, 2016

The Rotary Club of Guelph is hosting their annual "Sparkles In The Park" celebration in Riverside Park (Guelph), every night (5:30-9:30pm) from December 17th right through the big New Years Eve wrap-up that includes a spectacular fireworks display.  You won't want to miss it!

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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.  

LEST WE FORGET......REMEMBRANCE DAY NOVEMBER 11th 2016-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
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)
OUR NEWEST ROTARIAN - DEB ALLEN 2016-10-27 04:00:00Z 0
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!
 
 
WORLD POLIO DAY Guelph - October 24, 2016 2016-10-26 04:00:00Z 0
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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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Posted on Sep 15, 2016
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We were pleased to welcome District 7080 Governor Bill Proctor, his wife Judy, and Assistant Governor Randy Seager to our weekly meeting this morning.
 
Bill was our "Mr. Pronouncer" for the 2015 Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee, and today was a great opportunity to get together with him once again!
 
Bill provided the members in attendance with a wonderful presentation on the importance of Rotary and Rotarians, locally and around the world.  He stressed how important it was for Rotary to grow its numbers, so that it can not only continue to do good around the world but increase the amount of good it does.
 
(ADG Randy Seager, Past ADG Margaret Nixon, DG Bill Proctor, President Rich Van Dyke)
DISTRICT 7080 GOVERNOR BILL PROCTOR VISIT 2016-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 25, 2016
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Thanks to Rotarian Brian Cowan for this video of the 3rd Annual Tour de Guelph that was held on June 26th 2016.  This video is also available on our YouTube channel.
 
 
2016 TOUR DE GUELPH VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE 2016-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2016
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July 1st marks the start of a new Rotary year, and 2016-2017 Rotary International President John Germ has selected "Rotary Serving Humanity" as the theme for Rotary International for the year.
 
 
2016-2017 ROTARY YEAR 2016-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2016
The final meeting of the 2015-2016 Rotary year was a great opportunity to hand out donations to two very worthy organizations.... Amarok Society and One4Another International.
Barbara Melara, Chairperson of Amarok Society and Glenn Pascoe, founder of One4Another International, received the donations from incoming President Richard Van Dyke on behalf of the Club.
For more information check out their websites:  www.amaroksociety.org and one4anotherintl.ca for more information on the great work that both organizations do.
 
 
What a wonderful way to close off a remarkable Rotary year!
FINAL MEETING OF 2015-2016 ROTARY YEAR 2016-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2016
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Following on the success of the first two years, the organizing Committee set out to enhance yet again the 2016 event.  For instance, the registration venue was moved indoors, to the Athletic Centre at the University of Guelph.
A marketing campaign, using social media, generated more than 400 online registrations by the week preceding the event, and the total number of riders in 2016 increased to 664 from 565 in 2015.
 
More importantly, this fundraising event raised $66,000 exceeding the goal of $60,000!  This remarkable result will help Guelph General Hospital purchase a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, and make a difference locally and internally through important Rotary projects supported by the 2 Rotary Clubs (Guelph South, Guelph-Trillium) that co-organized the event along with the Foundation of Guelph General Hospital.
 
The date for the next event has already been set - June 25th 2017 - so save the date!  We are so grateful to our Presenting Sponsor, Scotiabank, and the other Gold/Silver/Bronze Sponsors, Friends and Vendors for their support in making the 2016 event the overwhelming success that it was.
 
2016 TOUR DE GUELPH - WHAT A SUCCESS! 2016-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 23, 2016
2015-2016 President Bill Smith presided over his last regular weekly meeting this morning.  He was thanked at the end of the meeting by Past President (2014-2015) Geoff Allen who presented him with a special memento of his year as President and his "Past President" pin. 
 
 
Bill indicated that he is looking forward to wearing the "Past President' pin and sitting with the other members as incoming President Rich Van Dyke takes over starting in July.
 
Club members and spouses/partners also enjoyed a special Rotary Year Changeover celebration at NV Lounge in Guelph on Tuesday June 21st - a photo album is posted on the website.
THANKS 2015-2016 PRESIDENT BILL SMITH 2016-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 21, 2016
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On May 19th 2016 at our weekly breakfast meeting we welcomed the three Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School students that our Rotary Club sponsored for the 2016 Rotary Golden Triangle Camp Enterprise 3-day program in Waterloo.
 
 (L-R:  Rotarian Linda Main, Camp Enterprise Students Leah, Cameron + Abby, Rotarian Karen Dowell)
OUR 2016 CAMP ENTERPRISE STUDENTS 2016-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
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Once again in 2016 Rotary Club of Guelph South sponsored senior students from Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School in Guelph to attend the 3-day residential business and entrepreneuriship program in Waterloo.  Youth Services Chair Karen Dowell, along with Rotarian Linda Main represented Rotary Club of Guelph South and attended the special dinner meeting on May 10th.
 
 
    (Photos courtesy of Bob Housser Photography)
 
A photo album has been posted to the website, accessible through the "Photo Albums" link on the home page (frame on right hand side) and also from the "Youth Service" menu link at the top of the home page.
 
Camp Enterprise Golden Triangle is a cooperative effort between multiple Rotary Clubs in the ‘Golden Triangle’ region surrounding Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph, Waterloo and Fergus. Selected students have the opportunity, at no cost, to attend a 3 day immersive camp at the University of Waterloo about business and entrepreneurship. Students get to attend keynote speaker lectures and participate in collaborative activities culminating in a business plan presentation at the end of camp. Visit the website www.rotarycampenterprise.com for more information including our FAQ section to learn more about Camp Enterprise Golden Triangle or apply for an interview opportunity.
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Our Rotary Club is proud to be a Sponsor of an athlete taking part in the Guelph 2016 Special Olympics Ontario Spring Games, being held May 26th to May 28th 2016.
Our athlete is Lianne Nichol, and her sport is 5-pin bowling.
 
We'll be rooting for Lianne as she joins all of the other Special Olympics athletes!
PROUD TO SPONSOR A SPECIAL OLYMPICS ATHLETE 2016-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
As we wrap up a very special April "Volunteer Month" we're grateful to Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott for sharing with us his inspirational speech from the April 10th "Volunteer Appreciation Brunch" held at Cutten Fields.
 
To read it, click on the "Volunteer Appreciation Brunch" menu option under the main banner above, it will open in a new window.
 
 
Thanks for your attendance and this wonderful talk, Ted!
 
 
1st ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH 2016-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2016
 
We have now received the professional photos, courtesy of Pete May of one2one Photography of Kitchener-Waterloo.  Click on the "Volunteer Appreciation Brunch" link above (or on the "Photo Album" link on the home page) to see the wonderful photos he took of that day!
 
Thanks Pete, we are so grateful to you for being a sponsor of this event.
1st ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION BRUNCH PHOTOS 2016-04-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 11, 2016
 

Volunteers are the roots of strong communities. Just like roots are essential for trees to bloom, volunteers are essential for communities to boom. Thanks to volunteers, our communities grow strong and resilient. Even the tiniest volunteer effort leaves a profound and lasting trace in a community, much like tree rings that appear over time.

April 10 to April 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week (NVW), a time to celebrate and thank Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers. This year marks the 13th consecutive year that Volunteer Canada and Investors Group have partnered to deliver the NVW campaign.

Volunteer Canada and Investors Group’s Volunteer Recognition Study indicates that most volunteers prefer a genuine thank you for their efforts. Sincere words that highlight the impact of a volunteer’s contributions or simple personalized tokens are meaningful and appreciated.

Rotary Club of Guelph South hosted the 1st Annual Volunteer Appreciation Brunch to extend its thanks to 100 volunteers representing 10 different volunteer organizations in the Guelph and Puslinch area.  Thanks to Event Partner Davies & Mahnke Private Wealth Management, Platinum Sponsor Hammond Power Solutions, and a number of other generous sponsors, donations of $1,000 were made to each of the 10 organizations.  

Women in Crisis, Guelph-Wellington Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre
Hospice Wellington Action Read Community Literacy Centre
Special Olympics, Guelph Event Welcome In Drop In Centre, Guelph
Salvation Army Syrian Newcomer Project Start2Finish Reading and Running Clubs
Puslinch Pioneer Non Profit Publication Torchlight Distress Centre of Guelph
 
Also in attendance were representatives of all levels of local government including Township of Puslinch, City of Guelph, Province of Ontario and Government of Canada.  They also took the opportunity to express their thanks to the volunteers in attendance.
 
We were honoured to be able to kick off National Volunteer Week with this special event, to recognize our local volunteers!  A Photo Album is available on the website and will continue to be updated as more photos are available.
CELEBRATING NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK 2016-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 21, 2016
What better time than the month of April - Volunteer Appreciation Month - to recognize some of the folks that give of themselves so unselfishly, through their contributions to volunteer-based and charitable organizations?
 
To that end, we are initiating an annual event to recognize volunteers, starting with 10 organizations in 2016.  It's the least we can do, and we're very much looking forward to it!
 
1st ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION EVENT 2016-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 29, 2016
Thanks to everyone that helped make our 14th Annual "Taste of Italy Pasta Dinner" another resounding success, allowing us to continue supporting Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre and the incredible work that they do there.
 
                                     The talented kitchen crew - Photos by Nicolas Bell
 
Special thanks as well to Nicolas Bell of snapd Guelph for the photography and coverage in the March 2016 Issue of "snapd Guelph, along with the photos on their website guelph.snapd.com 
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL 'TASTE OF ITALY' PASTA DINNER 2016-02-29 05:00:00Z 0
February 23rd 2016 marks the 111th anniversary of the first Rotary meeting in Chicago.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROTARY! 2016-02-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 18, 2015
The final meeting of 2015 was used to distribute proceeds from the 2nd Annual Tour de Guelph Family Cycling Event.  President-Elect Richard Van Dyke and his Service Projects Committee had recommended 4 organizations worthy of support, and representatives were invited to attend to receive the donation.
 
      
             Projects Director Marko Andan accepts donation on behalf of Ghana Medical Help

Click on the "read more" link in order to see more photos from this special meeting.....
 
 
"TOUR DE GUELPH" DONATIONS - December 17th 2015 2015-12-18 05:00:00Z 0
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On October 22nd 2015 the 10th Annual "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" was held in Guelph, raising just over $16,000.  On December 3rd 2015 the Rotary Club of Guelph South hosted teams, sponsors and beneficiaries of the event at a special weekly meeting where cheque presentations were made and representatives of teams received souvenir team photos.  District Governor Elect Bill Proctor was also in attendance and participated in the presentations.
 
(L-R:  President Bill Smith, Westwood Public School Vice-Principal Mike Anderson, District 7080 Governor Elect Bill Proctor)
 
Click on the "read more" link in order to see more photos from this special meeting.....
"GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE" Donations - December 3rd 2015 2015-12-09 05:00:00Z 0
On Thursday December 10th we will welcome Rotarian Ernie Ginsler (Rotary Club of Kitchener) who will speak about the launch of the Global Peace Centre Canada in Waterloo. Local Rotarians have been closely involved in the establishment of this Centre and two, Ernie Ginsler and Lowell Ewert, sit on the founding board. The K-W Cluster has raised close to $150,000 for Rotary Peace Scholarships for students studying peace building at the University of Waterloo and Conrad Grebel University College. It is their long-term goal to see RI support a Rotary Peace Center in Waterloo.  For more information on supporting peace building in Canada, contact Ernie Ginsler at ernie@ginsler.com
 
"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.
 
 
 
LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH.... 2015-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 18, 2015
On Saturday, November 7, 2015, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston participated in the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association’s (CanTRA) 35th anniversary celebration at the Royal Winter Fair. Her Excellency delivered brief remarks and His Excellency presented two CanTRA volunteers with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The award recipients were Ann Caine of Puslinch, Ontario and Eliane Trempe of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec.
 


Through the healing power of horses, Ann Caine turned personal tragedy into a world of possibilities, which has had a great impact on therapeutic riding in Canada and around the world. As a founding member of the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association in Canada (CanTRA) and the Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association, she led and supported the incorporation of medical professionals in therapeutic riding programs, and played an important role in developing para-equestrian sport at the recreational and Paralympic levels.

Eliane Trempe was the force behind the development of therapeutic riding in the province of Quebec. She founded the Fédération québécoise d’équitation thérapeutique (FQET) in 2000, and joined the CanTRA board in 2005, with which she continues to serve. She has initiated the FQET membership eligibility rule that requires member centres to also be CanTRA-accredited, as this field is not protected by federal or provincial government regulations.

(The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) empowers children and adults with disabilities through the use of the horse. For more information please visit: www.cantra.ca) 
 
Ann of course is a valued Charter Member of our Rotary Club and we could not be more proud of her....congratulations Ann!
Congratulations to Rotarian ANN CAINE 2015-11-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 06, 2015
At the November 5th weekly meeting we welcomed yet another new member, who was inducted into Rotary membership by none other than District 7080 Governor Will Pugh.  As it happened, DG Will was scheduled to make his visit to our club and was invited to do the honours.
 
 (L-R: Sponsor Neil Mahnke, Membership Chair Margaret Nixon, District Governor
 Will Pugh, new Rotarian Dario Di Renzo, Rotary Club of Guelph South President Bill Smith)

Dario was introduced to our Rotary Club by Rotarian Neil Mahnke, attended a number of meetings and then was sponsored for membership by Neil.  Dario  (classification: mortgage brokerage) is going to be a dynamic and enthusiastic addition to our Rotary Club, and we're very glad to be able to count him as a member and a friend!
WELCOME NEW MEMBER DARIO DI RENZO 2015-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
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October 23, 2015 GUELPH
 
Last night the Rotary Club of Guelph South hosted it’s 10th annual Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee at the Delta Hotel in Guelph.  A record 20 teams took part including 4 teams from local Rotary clubs.
 
The funds raised go to support two Guelph charities – Westwood Public School breakfast program and J.O.E. (Jobs, Opportunities, Enterprise) a grassroots program offering work experience for young adults with mental challenges, and for the Olive Tree Project (maternal health) in Haiti.  Cheque presentations to take place next month.
 
In the 6th round Davies & Mahnke Private Wealth Management team, The Money Bee$,  beat out the Sesquipedalian Savants team from the Rotary Club of Guelph.  The attached picture of the 2015 Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee winners – The Money Bee$ - was taken by Rotarian Pat Lewis.
 
 
From left to right are Rotary Club of Guelph South President Bill Smith, BUZZ the Spelling Bee mascot and the 3 members of The Money Bee$ team (Michael Schout, Brian Davies, Terry Van Dreumel).

Congratulations to the Champions, all of the teams that participated and to the sponsors, so critical to a successful event.
 
CONGRATULATIONS 2015 SPELLING BEE CHAMPIONS 2015-10-23 04:00:00Z 0
On October 15th our Club was pleased to formally induct its newest member, Pat Lewis.  Pat (classification: Human Resources/Finance) has attended a number of our meetings, participated in service projects and Tour de Guelph, and has overall embraced Rotary.  She even did a make-up at the Rotary Club of Penzance during a recent visit to England!  We know that Pat is going to be a dynamic addition to the club....and a lot of fun!
 
(L-R Membership Chair Margaret Nixon, Rotarian Pat Lewis, President Bill Smith)
WELCOME NEW MEMBER PAT LEWIS! 2015-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 08, 2015
One of the very special aspects of being a Rotarian is that you are welcome at any of the Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  More than one of our members has taken advantage of the hospitality of other clubs during their travels.  
 
For example, Brian Cowan did a make-up at a Rotary Club at Disney World - and brought back a make-up form in the shape of the Disney mouse ears.
 
Recently two members - Pat Lewis and Geoff Allen - were traveling in England and were warmly welcomed at local clubs that they visited.
 
      
  Rotarian Pat Lewis is welcomed to Rotary Club of Penzance President Jon Symons on Oct 2nd 2015 
 
   
    Rotarian Geoff Allen and wife Deb are welcomed at the Rotary Club of
     Westminster West in London (across the street from Buckingham Palace no less!)
VERY SPECIAL ROTARY MAKE-UPS 2015-10-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 06, 2015

How to support your favourite "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" team:

 

Each team has its own fundraising page on CanadaHelps, and you can help your favourite team (or teams!) raise funds for the worthy causes being supported by this event.

From the drop-down menu find the team you wish to support, then make your online donation and get a tax receipt immediately by email.

Could not be easier!

 

Help your favourite team reach its target and possibly raise enough to qualify for a "Spellover" or even win a coveted award for most pledge $$ raised.

 

Go to www.canadahelps.org and search on "Rotary Club of Guelph South Charitable Foundation".

 

Thanks for your support!

 

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!    
Faire un don maintenant par CanadaHelps.org!
 
 
SUPPORT YOUR FAVOURITE SPELLING BEE TEAM 2015-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
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The excitement is building as final details on this year's teams are received!  19 teams will be competing for spelling supremacy at the 10th Annual event being held at Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre.
 
Returning Champion Blue North Strategies' "Blue Jays" team will be trying to channel the success achieved by a certain Toronto major league baseball team.  They are sure to be challenged by 2014 runner up team from Rotary Club of Guelph-Wellington, along with the other 17 teams.
 
We're pleased to welcome some new teams this year participating in a Corporate Challenge including first time teams from Reid's Heritage Homes, Paragon Kitchens, Tonin & Co, Mortgage Guys, BDO Canada and Scotiabank.
 
Not only will it be a lot of fun, it should also raise about $20,000 that will be directed towards worthy causes, including 2 Guelph-based ones (Westwood Public School Breakfast Program and J.O.E. Jobs, Opportunities and Enterprise program) and Olive Tree Projects in Haiti (maternal and child care) along with other Rotary projects.
 
Dinner tickets are now available - $50 each - for a scrumptious sit-down dinner and the evening's entertainment.  Contact any Rotary Club of Guelph South member for more information or tickets.  Come and cheer for your favourite team!
 
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565 enthusiastic riders, generous event and prize sponsors, a group of volunteers that gave up parts of their weekend - and the most glorious weather imaginable.  All of it came together today to result in a successful 2nd annual event. 
 
This year, the Guelph General Hospital Foundation is committed to updating its entire suite of IV pumps, approximately 300 of them at a cost of almost one million dollars.  Approximately $750,000 has already been raised for this project, and proceeds from 2015 Tour de Guelph will go towards that fundraising drive, as well as to the two Rotary Clubs (Guelph South and Guelph Trillium) for their support of worthwhile projects.
 
The IV pumps are specialized equipment, important tools that the hospital caregivers need to help them save lives and improve health.  From administering anaesthetics and keeping patients hydrated prior to surgery, to delivering antibiotics and pain medications during recovery, IV pumps are an integral part of a patient's care.
 
A photo album of candid photos taken at the 2015 Tour de Guelph is now posted on this website:  go to the "Photo Albums" links on the right hand side of the website.  More photos will be added as they come available.  Our thanks to all of the riders for their participation and for the valuable fundraising by way of pledges and online donations that they did!
 
2015 "TOUR DE GUELPH" AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS! 2015-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 25, 2015
The June 25th 2015 Rotary Meeting marked the final regular weekly meeting of the 2014-2015 Rotary year, and President Geoff Allen's final meeting as President.  He ended a most successful year by inducting another new member: Idabelle "Bella" Hodgkinson.  Bella has attended quite a few meetings, including the District Assembly, and already shows great enthusiasm for Rotary!  We know she will be a wonderful addition to the Club.
June 30th 2015 also marks the end of Margaret Nixon's 3-year term as District 7080 Assistant Governor.  Margaret excelled in the role and brought distinction to herself and our Club by her performance over the past 3 years.  We will miss her leadership at the District level but look forward to having her undivided attention back at the Club level.
 
Thanks Geoff and Margaret for a very successful 2014-2015 Rotary Year!
WELCOME NEW MEMBER IDABELLE "BELLA" HODGKINSON 2015-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 07, 2015

(Rotary Club of Centre Wellington is based in Elora, and is part of our Guelph & Wellington Cluster of 6 Rotary Clubs)

The 10th Annual, this is always a popular event to attend....just be sure you take a big appetite when you go!  
So much wonderful food from all of the different vendors, a great way to get to know some of the Elora-area restaurants.

 

2015 "Grand Taste" Event - Rotary Club of Centre Wellington 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
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On Monday March 23rd Guelph-area Rotarians were honoured to welcome Rotary International President Gary C.K. Huang, along with his wife Corinna, to Guelph.  They visited some local service projects including Hospice Wellington and Hopewell Homes' Playsense Centre.
 
The day ended with a sell-out gala banquet celebration at Hanlon Convention Centre with President Gary & First Lady Corinna as special guests of honour.  What an incredible coup for Guelph and District Governor Patsy Marshall, to have the Rotary International President in our midst!
Welcome to Guelph Rotary International President Gary Huang 2015-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 20, 2015
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On March 19th we were happy to host a couple of young people who give us hope and make us proud with their commitment to service.
 
Rotaractor Daniella Rizzo provided us with information on the University of Guelph's "Global Vets" program and the opportunity she has to participate in a 2-1/2 month internship, providing veterinary support in a third world coutnry.
 
Mikayla MacDonald is a young lady that our Rotary Club sponsored for the 2012 Camp Enterprise program when she was a senior at Bishop Macdonell High School.  She was so inspired by Camp Enterprise, and other family members involved in Rotary, that she has geared her post-secondary education towards social justice.  She is also a "New World Ambassador" for The New World Community, a Canadian next-generation social business non-profit.  
 
 
It is exactly the kind of results that we hope for, when we make the investments that we do in Youth Service initiatives, and we are just so proud of these young people!
Our wonderful youth ambassadors 2015-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
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   Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual "Tour de Guelph" family cycling event, being held on Sunday July 5th with the start/finish point at the University of Guelph.  This event is a joint effort by Rotary Club of Guelph South, Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium and Guelph General Hospital Foundation, with the proceeds from the event going to support the GGH Foundation and worthwhile Rotary projects.
 
 
   The first annual event, held in 2014, was enthusiastically embraced by the Guelph community and local riders.  Have a look at the video above - and we expect the 2015 event to be even better!
   If you don't ride, don't worry...you can still participate.  You can sponsor a rider, you can make an online donation, and you can register online to volunteer to assist that day in one of the many roles available.
   Check out the link above, or go direct to the "Tour de Guelph" website  www.tourdeguelph.ca and get more information, make a donation or register to ride or volunteer.
   Thanks for your support! 
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Following the successful 2015 "Taste of Italy" Pasta Dinner - the 13th annual event - our Rotary Club was once again pleased to be able to provide Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre with a $4,000 donation from the proceeds of the event.
 
Rotary Club of Guelph South has held this event for the past 13 years as a fundraiser for Sunrise, resulting in total donations to date of an impressive $48,570.84!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New CEO Rob Vandebelt (right) accepted the $4,000 donation at the March 5th 2015 Rotary Meeting, from Rotarian Linda Main (left) and Rotary Club of Guelph South President Geoff Allen (centre).
DONATION TO SUNRISE THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTRE 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2015
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Another successful event!  We're grateful for the support and enthusiasm of our guests, and for the hard work of the many volunteers that planned and organized the event.   We're also so appreciative of the many generous sponsors who supported the event with their donations of prizes for the raffles, door prizes and silent auction.
 
Final numbers are still being tallied but we look forward to being able to present Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre with a $4,000 donation.  A Puslinch treasure, we have been proud supporters of Sunrise and its programs for many years. The "Taste of Italy" Pasta Dinner in fact was created specifically to benefit Sunrise, and since its inception in 2003 we are proud to have donated a total of $48,570.84 to this worthwhile organization.
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Posted on Feb 22, 2015
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Celebrating Rotary’s 110th anniversary and 30 years of PolioPlus

This year marks both the 110th anniversary of Rotary and 30 years of our campaign to rid the world of polio.

This year marks 30 years since Rotary launched its campaign to rid the world of polio:

During a speech at Rotary’s annual training event for leaders in February 1985, then President Carlos Canseco announced what he called “the biggest news in Rotary,” an organized campaign to eradicate polio by working alongside the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Prior to that, Rotary Foundation grants had supported immunization activities in individual countries.

This February 23rd 2015 will mark 110 years since the first Rotary meeting:

Paul P. Harris, an attorney, wanted to create a professional group with the same friendly spirit he felt in the small towns of his youth. On Feb. 23, 1905, Harris, along with Gustavus Loehr, Silvestre Schiele and Hiram Shorey, gathered at Loehr's office in downtown Chicago. This was the first Rotary Club meeting. They decided to call the new club "Rotary" after the practice of rotating meeting locations among the members' offices.

From that one historic meeting, Rotary has grown to a worldwide organization of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries and territories. From those four visionary members, there are now over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. There is also The Rotary Foundation which since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion. Among thousands of successful projects funded, Rotary has spearheaded the ongoing world-wide effort to eradicate Polio.

Each Rotary club is different in size and activities, though all share in certain similar characteristics: the club has weekly meetings, generally built around fellowship and networking, a meal and a program; it looks for local and international service opportunities; it is made up of a diverse group of men and women of all ages who share a certain degree of professional recognition in the business or the non-profit worlds; and all members share a dedication to the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self."

Rotary's "Four-Way-Test" is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use in their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and it is recited at club meetings: "Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?"

During February, visit a Rotary Club. See what grew from that first meeting in Chicago so long ago. Learn about the varied community and international projects that clubs are sponsoring and supporting, and the fellowship among Rotarians. Rotary clubs' meeting locations and times can be found by going to rotary.org and clicking on the "Club Finder" button at the top.

See you at Rotary.

SPECIAL ROTARY DATE: FEBRUARY 23, 2015 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
One of the organizations that we supported in the 2014 "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" is Olive Tree Project.  Founded in 2008 by Sarah Wallace Olive Tree Projects was created to serve and save the children of Haiti. Although orphanages and schools are typically recognized as children based programs, OTP has also recognized the effect maternal care can have on a child’s life.  CBC Edmonton recently posted an update.....Audio of interview with Sarah below.
 
 
 
CBC Radio Update on Olive Tree Projects (Haiti) 2015-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 21, 2015

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.  Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life."

"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done."

Be A Gift To The World - 2015/2016 Rotary International Theme

Highlighting Rotary's biggest challenge, the eradication of polio, Ravindran said, "A future without polio is a gift that we have promised to the children of the world. And indeed it is a gift that we will give."

2015-2016 Rotary International Theme 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Happy New Year and the best for 2015 for all from Rotary Club of Guelph South.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2015-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 07, 2014

Member Karen Dowell is Community Development Coordinator for the Guelph-Wellington Chapter of Parkinson Society of Central & Northern Ontario.  Besides organizing the Guelph 'Superwalk' Karen also personally participates in them!  This year she participated in the event held in Collingwood, along with other Rotarians.

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         (L-R  Rotarians Karen Dowell, Jennifer Wright, Bev Taylor, Brian Hickey, David Wright​)
Rotary is not just about belonging to a Rotary Club....it is about belonging to the international "family of Rotary"!

PARKINSONS 2014 'SUPERWALK' 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 07, 2014

On Saturday December 6th a number of club members stood with the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle at Stone Road Mall.  We have been happy to help the Guelph Salvation Army Citadel with this campaign for many years.  It is heartening to meet the folks who need no encouragement, who come willingly to the Kettle to make their contributions - to hear their stories of why they so willingly support the Army. And in particular the adults who encourage the youngsters with them to put some coins into the Kettle, impressing on them at a young age the spirit of giving, the true spirit of the season!

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(L-R  Rotary Club of Guelph South members Peter and Celia Clark, Rotary Club of Guelph member Mahmud Ali Hassain)

Not far from the Salvation Army Kettle there was a large table of wrapping materials, and members of the Rotaract Club of Guelph - most of whom are in the middle of writing final papers and exams - were there, wrapping gifts for mall shoppers and collecting proceeds for the Guelph Food Bank.

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GIVING BACK....Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign 2014-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 04, 2014

December 4th 2014 was a special meeting in many ways, not the least of which was because we officially welcomed 2 new members to our Rotary Club:  Eric Gowland and Linda Main.  President-Elect Bill Smith did the honours.

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Eric was accompanied by his sponsor, Rotarian Ann Caine.

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Linda's sponsor - President Geoff Allen - could not attend the meeting, so Assistant Governor Margaret Nixon stood with Linda as she was inducted.

We know they will both make fine Rotarians, and we're excited to get to know and work them.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS - ERIC GOWLAND & LINDA MAIN 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 27, 2014
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On November 20th we enjoyed hosting representatives of the sponsors, teams and beneficiary organizations for the 2014 "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee".

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Teams and sponsors were provided with special "thank you" plaques, with photos of the team they participated in or sponsored (all team photos courtesy of Sam Anderson-Coats Photography).

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We so appreciated Westwood Public School's recognition of our donation to their Breakfast Program from the Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee proceeds.

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We handed out cheques totalling $11,500 that morning - it was a very good day!

GIVING BACK....Proceeds from "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 29, 2014

One of the highest profile programs associated with The Rotary Foundation is the End Polio Now program, a global initiative to eliminate polio forever.  Started in 1985 by Rotary and now a partnership of Rotary International, the Centre for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, we are "thisclose" to achieving our goal.  Only 3 countries - Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan - still have reported polio cases, and even those have drastically reduced in numbers.  Our goal is to ensure that no other child ever has to endure the the disease and the debilitating and often times fatal effects of it.

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On October 24th - World Polio Day - Rotarians representing the 6 Clubs in the Guelph, Fergus & Elora cluster assembled with Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge outside of Guelph City Hall for a flag raising.

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Posted on Oct 28, 2014
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The "Blue Grass Boys" team from Blue North Strategies managed to nail every word they were presented with, on their way to an impressive 3rd Spelling Championship.  As other teams fell from contention, it was down to the last 2 teams:  "Blue Grass Boys" and the "Literally Quacked" team from the Rotary Club of Guelph-Wellington.  It was a classic and exciting competition as the victorious teams from the last 2 years (Blue North in 2012, Rotary Guelph-Wellington in 2013) went head to head for this year's award.  Blue North prevailed and took home - for the third time! -  the coveted Spelling Champion trophy, medals and prizes.

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CONGRATULATIONS to 2014 "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" Champions! 2014-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 20, 2014
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Congratulations to District Governor Patsy Marshall and her District Conference organizing team on an awesome event held the weekend of September 19-21st 2014 at Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre.  In an innovative move, the program included an actual on-hands service project....packing bags of dry soup mix "soup meals in a bag".  Ably assisted by Rotaractors and Rotary Youth Exchange Students, teams of District 7080 Rotarians wound up packing thousands of bags of soup mix!

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A mixture of different dehydrated ingredients were added to the soup mix bags, providing nourishing meals.  It was work, but worth it!

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Congratulations to Event Chair Margaret Nixon and the organizing team for coming up with a great District Conference.

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Posted on Sep 15, 2014

A small but mighty group of dedicated volunteers met early on Saturday September 13th and cleaned the stretch of Brock Road in Aberfoyle (between the Aberfoyle Mill and Duff's Church).  By starting at 7:30am they were able to escape most - but not all! - of the rain that developed. Thanks to all of you for helping us meet our obligation to the County of Wellington.

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ADOPT-A-ROAD PROGRAM: ROAD CLEAN-UP IN ABERFOYLE 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 25, 2014

District Governor Patsy Marshall, along with ADG (and Rotary Club of Guelph South Member) Margaret Nixon, welcomed Guelphites, and
assisted the event host Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium's President, Mary Visser Kerr, to open Guelph's 17th Annual Ribfest.

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17th Annual Guelph Ribfest! 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
LOBSTERFEST! Saturday September 27th 2014 2014-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 15, 2014

     This year the Multiple Sclerosis Society (Guelph-Wellington Chapter) is holding our very first Summer Relay! The Val Bremner Memorial Summer Relay is a brand new fundraiser that will be held on August 9th at Ponsonby Recreation Park in Guelph. Participants attending this event will bike or run the country roads of Wellington. The event will be followed by music and entertainment! We will need many volunteers to help on the day of this event to ensure its success.

      I am wondering if members of the Rotary Club of Guelph South would be interested in helping? Volunteers are needed to assist in set up, registration, rest stops, food prep and serving, route logistics, prizes and bartending.

      Interested volunteers can contact me, Sandra Clarke at Sandra.clarke@mssociety.ca or (519) 569-8789. Your support with this initiative would be greatly appreciated! Sandra Clarke | Volunteer Coordinator | Central West Ontario Division MS Society of Canada | 35 Belmont Ave W | Kitchener, ON N2M 1L2 Phone: 519-569-8789 | Fax: 519-569-8475 | Email: sandra.clarke @mssociety.ca

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY (Multiple Sclerosis Society Guelph-Wellington) 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 15, 2014

Paul has officially joined the Rotary Club of Trenton as of July 1st  (his moving to Trenton being the lame excuse he came up with for not attending any more of our weekly meetings....).

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 Paul is shown here with Angie Gill, the President of his new Rotary Club, Rotary Club of Trenton (proud home of the 2007-08 Rotary International President, Wilf Wilkinson). 

Seriously though, we're glad that Paul continues to be a Rotarian, even if it's no longer with our Club, and we wish him and his Club all the best!

 

ROTARIAN PAUL MORAN 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 15, 2014
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Hosted by our sponsor Club, Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium, Ribfest is a wonderful 3-day event (held at "Ribberside Park" in Guelph) that is managed and staffed by volunteers.  Volunteers make this wonderful event happen and we need your support.  There are many different opportunities available for everyone and we encourage you to explore the different volunteer positions and find something that is right for you!   If you are interested in meeting new people, gaining skills, listening to wonderful music and helping your community enjoy itself; Ribfest has an opportunity for you.  (Oh yes, there are also those wonderfully tasty ribs!)

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Go to www.ribfestguelph.com and follow the links for volunteer opportunities.  All volunteer positions will require a police check. Any volunteers serving at the beer tent are required to be Smart Served. All the qualifications are listed with each volunteer opportunity.

Looking forward to seeing you at Ribfest,  volunteers@ribfestguelph.com  (Donna Graham,  Volunteer Coordinator)

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Posted on Jul 09, 2014
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An awesome 4-minute video, inspired by RI President (2010-2011) Ray Klinginsmith and the work of Rotarians worldwide.  You won't see one photo of rich old men sitting around having lunch!!  Because that's not Rotary, not today.  What you WILL see is what Rotary actually is - examples of more than 1.2 million committed men and women, in more than 200 countries and geographic areas around the world, fulfilling the Rotary objective of "Service Above Self" and President Ray's theme "Building Communities - Bridging Continents".   (The song was written by Jerry Mills.  The video was produced by Rotarian Bob Gallagher with full cooperation from Jerry Mills)  ENJOY!

 

 

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Posted on Jul 06, 2014
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Considering how many smartphone devices are now in use, it shouldn't be a surprise that Rotary-specific applications have been developed.  These are all free to download and can become very valuable to Rotarians by providing them with information they need quickly, including contact information for their fellow club members (if they have a ClubRunner website), a club locator (with day and time of meeting and contact information) and subsets of Rotary International website data without having to drill through many screens!

1.  Club Locator:

Find Rotary clubs with our free Rotary Club Locator app. Using your smartphone or tablet, you can search for clubs by keyword, country, state/province, district, and even by meeting day. Or you can simply select the “Near me” feature and find club meeting dates and times within a certain radius of your current location.

The Rotary Club Locator app is available for iOS devices in the , for Android devices in , and for BlackBerry in . Key features:

  • Display a club’s location on a map
  • Search clubs by keyword
  • Search clubs within 1-100 miles of your physical location
  • Save your search results
  • Add a club to your contact list
  • View club officer information (only available to Rotarians and Rotaractors)

2.  ClubRunner Mobile App:

 

The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your ClubRunner website on the go! Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you access the key info you need while you're on the go. Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app is comprised of 3 main modules.You now will have the ability to view your member directory, view thearticles posted to your website and locate the nearest club right from your iPhone or iPod, bringing you even closer to being able to connect, collaborate and communicate

 
To download the app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play, simply type in 'ClubRunner' in the search bar. Our mobile app is compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch sets that have iOS 3.1 or later and with versions of Anrdoids that are 2.3.3 or better.
 
Released as Version 1.1, the app currently features the following modules:
 
Member Directory
Immediately view the most up to date member directory, upon login. You can browse your member profiles which give you the necessary contact information you need to connect with just one click. Make a call to any of their phone numbers, email them directly from your iPhone, or even add them to your contacts list.
 
View Posts on Your Website
View the latest feed of home page stories that are on your website, directly on your phone, so you never miss any information!
 
Club Locator
Based on your current geographic location, ClubRunner’s Club Locator will instantly show you a map to visually locate the closest clubs near you. Click on a drop pin to expand and view more information on the club, including their meeting day and time and address. Perfect for doing makeups anywhere in the world!
 
3.  Take Rotary With You
 
     Don't let the slim description of this app fool you!  This smartphone and tablet app enables you to stay connected with Rotary wherever you go. Read the latest Rotary news, keep in touch with Rotary’s social networks on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and watch videos. The app also provides direct access to popular documents, Rotary Showcase, Rotary Club Central, the Rotary Shop, and End Polio Now.
     The home screen of the app lets you access the information most regularly and frequently accessed by Rotarians on the Rotary International website, without the need for logging in and drilling through screen after screen to find it.
     It is available only currently for Android and iOS (sorry Blackberry & Windows Phone users!)
THERE'S A ROTARY APP FOR THAT.... 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2014
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This inaugural event, in memory of George Vettor, was jointly organized by The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital, Rotary Club of Guelph South and Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium.  Not a race, it was a family-friendly cycling event that everyone could enjoy with routes ranging from 5km through University of Guelph grounds up to the 100km route that wound through beautiful countryside roads in Guelph, Puslinch Township, Halton Region and Guelph-Eramosa Township - starting and ending at the University of Guelph.

This event, long overdue for an increasingly cycling-crazy town like Guelph, was modeled after the Cambridge Tour de Grand, now in its 18 year and a local institution.  We are so grateful to Don Pavey, Chair of the Cambridge event, for so graciously sharing his vast knowledge of the organization of events like this.

Our objective was to try to attract about 500 riders for the inaugural event, and we got pretty close, 463!  Mother Nature smiled on us as well, blessing us with a perfect day for a ride that attracted many last-minute registrants.  

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We are so grateful to the many generous sponsors, donors, riders and their pledges, and especially the team of volunteers that made everything go so smoothly for a first-time major event.

We are confident that word will get around about Tour de Guelph, and that it will become a regular and in-demand fixture on the annual Guelph events calendar!  See you in 2015!

SUCCESSFUL INAUGURAL TOUR de GUELPH 2014-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2014
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July 1st is the start of the new Rotary year and that means that we say goodbye, with our thanks, to outgoing 2013-14 President Brian Cowan and welcome new 2014-15 President Geoff Allen.

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Brian passed the gavel over to Geoff at his final regular weekly meeting on June 26th.  Geoff will chair his first regular weekly meeting as President at Springfield Golf & Country Club on Thursday July 10th, 7:30-8:30am.

We are so grateful to Brian for his leadership and contributions to our continuing success over the past year!  Watch our "Past Presidents" page (link on left side of home page) for Brian's wrap-up presentation to the club on June 26th.

Geoff, we are looking forward to your year as President and helping you, as a club, to "Light Up Rotary".

WELCOME 2014-15 PRESIDENT GEOFF ALLEN 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 30, 2014
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RI President Gary C.K. Huang chose "Light Up Rotary" as his theme for 2014-15. Huang was inspired by the teachings of Chinese philosopher Confucius who said: "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness."

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"There are so many problems in the world, so many people who need help. Many people say, 'There's nothing I can do.' So they sit there doing nothing. Meanwhile everything stays dark. The Rotary way is the Confucius way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world," said Huang, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Taipei in Taiwan.

Huang urged club members to "Light Up Rotary" in the coming year by hosting a Rotary Day in their community and including local Rotaract and Interact members in their service projects. "How you Light Up Rotary is up to you," Huang said. "You know where you are strong, you know what your community needs, and you know how you can help."

Huang also shared his membership development goals, including the need for more women and young adults and his goal to increase membership to a total of 1.3 million members. He asked Rotarians to invite their spouses, family members, and friends to join Rotary.  "We need to assume leadership for building strong clubs, and that starts with bringing in new members," he said.

Addressing the status of the fight against polio, Huang noted that with the current momentum Rotary is on track to achieve full polio eradication by 2018.  "When we eradicate polio — and we will — we will have proved ourselves an organization capable of great things. And we'll be even better equipped for the next challenge we choose to take on. We'll have given the world a gift that will endure forever," he said.

By continuing to fight against polio, setting an example in local communities, and growing membership, Huang hopes to see Rotary shine brighter than ever.  "Light Up Rotary is our theme, but it is more than our theme. It is how we live in Rotary, how we think in Rotary, how we feel, how we work," Huang said. "It is how we make a difference — every day, in every club, every district, and every country where we serve."

NEW ROTARY YEAR STARTS JULY 1st "LIGHT UP ROTARY" 2014-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2014

We couldn't be more proud - our small but mighty Rotary Club took home 4 awards at the District 7080 Changeover Dinner & Awards ceremony held at Hanlon Place Convention Centre on Wednesday June 25th.  President-Elect Geoff Allen represented the Club and received the awards from outgoing District 7080 Governor Mike Gauthier in recognition of our Club's efforts over the past Rotary year, from July 1st 2013.

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The awards included:  2013-14 Presidential Citation with Distinction; 2013-14 Rotary Club Central Award; Recognition of Smaller Club Membership Growth; and Membership Development and Extension Award. Congratulations to all members of the Club who made it all possible!

ROTARY CLUB OF GUELPH SOUTH WINS 4 AWARDS! 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 09, 2014

July 1st is Canada Day - and that means the Canada Day Celebration at Riverside Park in Guelph, hosted by the Rotary Club of Guelph!

For more information or to volunteer check out their website at www.canadadayinthepark.ca.

Got Duck? - Race for charity & WIN!

Canad Day in the Park also means the annual Duck Race, a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Guelph-Wellington.
Information on where you can buy tickets is available on their website  www.gotduck.ca  and tickets are also available at the event.

 

CANADA DAY AT RIVERSIDE PARK July 1st 2014 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2014

There's still time to register, either as a rider or as a volunteer, for the inaugural 2014 "Tour de Guelph" family cycling event being held on July 6th 2014 in Guelph.  For more information, or to register online, go to www.tourdeguelph.ca.  

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We're proud to be co-sponsors of this event along with Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium and the Guelph General Hospital Foundation.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation and worthwhile Rotary projects.

TOUR DE GUELPH....less than 4 weeks away! 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 01, 2014

      At our May 29th weekly meeting we had an opportunity to spend some time with Majors Wilbert and Bertha Abbott before they retire from their careers with the Salvation Army, most recently as pastors of the Guelph Citadel.  
     
Wilbert was a member of our Rotary Club from October 2009 through June 30th 2013.  At that point he and Bertha focused their efforts on preparing the Citadel for the transition to new leadership and, as of late, getting ready for their move back to their home in St. John's NFLD and retirement!

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       (Rotarian Ann Caine, Wilbert Abbott, Bertha Abbott, and Rotarian Celia Clark - May 29th 2014) 
     Wilbert and Bertha related to us how they came to meet more than 45 years ago and how they moved through the ranks in the Salvation Army through to their current posting in Guelph.  Retirement will allow them more time to spend with their 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
     Thank you to Wilbert and Bertha for their service to our Rotary Club and our community....enjoy your well-deserved retirement!

FAREWELL AND BON VOYAGE, WILBERT AND BERTHA ABBOTT 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 21, 2014

At today's Rotary meeting we welcomed the 3 students from Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School (Guelph) that we sponsored in the May 6-8 Golden Triangle Camp Enterprise.
As usual, these 3 grade 11 students wowed the group with their presentations and how well they expressed themselves.
All 3 spoke eloquently about how much they took from the 3-day camp, and how they made connections and took life and business lessons that will be helpful to them in their future endeavours.
Thank you Alex, Harrry & Raechel!

 

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                    (L-R:  Raechel Mills, Alex Varney, Harry Sivashankaran)       

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Posted on May 12, 2014
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At the May 8th 2014 weekly meeting Rotary Foundation Committee member Anna Lammerding presented President Brian Cowan and Rotary Foundation Chair Andreas Hug with their Paul Harris Fellow Award.  

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                              (L-R   Andreas Hug, Anna Lammerding,  Brian Cowan)

Brian and Andreas are the 10th and 11th respectively Club members to be so awarded.

OUR NEWEST PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AWARD RECIPIENTS 2014-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 09, 2014
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      From May 6th to 8th, 3 senior students from Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School that we sponsored attended the 2014 Camp Enterprise residential program at the University of Waterloo.     Our Rotary Club has sponsored at least 3-4 students to attend this camp every year.
 
     Camp Enterprise Golden Triangle is a cooperative effort between multiple Rotary Clubs (including Rotary Club of Guelph South) in the ‘Golden Triangle’ region surrounding Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph, Waterloo and Fergus. Selected students have the opportunity, at no cost, to attend a 3 day immersive camp at the University of Waterloo about business and entrepreneurship. Students get to attend keynote speaker lectures and participate in collaborative activities culminating in a business plan presentation at the end of camp.  More information, programme, photos etc are available on the website www.rotarycampenterprise.com.  
     Our Youth Service Committee Chair, Karen Dowell, quarterbacked our Club's involvement in the camp and had the assistance of other Club members (who transported students, acted as chaperones, etc) and the Guidance Department at Bishop Mac in the selection of the 3 students sponsored for the 2014 camp.
      We look forward to welcoming the 3 students (Harry Sivashankaran, Raechel Mills and Alex Varney) to our May 22nd 2014 weekly meeting where they will tell us about their experience at the 2014 event.

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(I had a great time at the Golden Triangle's Camp Enterprise last week. It was great to see the students' business plans come together from beginning to end. They did a great job and I look
forward to helping out again next year!  
Gabby Dickert, Rotaract Club of Guelph)

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Posted on May 05, 2014

It has been wonderful to watch the enthusiastic response to the inaugural 2014 "Tour de Guelph" family-friendly cycling event that is being organized for July 6th.
This event, organized by and benefitting The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital plus worthwhile projects supported by Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium, is perfectly timed to coordinate with an increased focus on the benefits of cycling at both the municipal and provincial level.

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Be sure to visit the website  www.tourdeguelph.ca  and register.  Or, if you won't be riding, register to volunteer for one of the many jobs available that day, become a sponsor or make an online donation.

However you can help, it will be appreciated and will be instrumental in making this event the signature event that we know it can be!

TOUR DE GUELPH - Exciting! 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 24, 2014

On April 17th 2014 we were so pleased to welcome yet another new member to our Rotary Club.....Sue Arnott.  Sue is a Wellness Consultant, through her company and website, www.vitalitylady.ca.  

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         (L-R   President Brian Cowan, Rotarian Sue Arnott, Past President Thomas Newby)


WELCOME NEW MEMBER SUE ARNOTT 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2014
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(Rotary Club of Centre Wellington is based in Elora, and is part of our Guelph & Wellington Cluster of 6 Rotary Clubs)

The 9th Annual, this is always a popular event to attend....just be sure you take a big appetite when you go!  
So much wonderful food from all of the different vendors, a great way to get to know some of the Elora-area restaurants.

 

2014 "Grand Taste" Event - Rotary Club of Centre Wellington 2014-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2014

Our Rotary Club joined the Guelph Chamber of Commerce (Category: Service Club) and was proud to register a table at the 2014 "Tabletop Show" hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at Cutten Fields.  We used the opportunity to promote our Club, the inaugural Tour de Guelph cycling event, and our annual Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee.

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We shared the booth with the Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium, due to the Tour de Guelph promotion, and Cynthia Walker-Parks and Geoff Allen represented our Rotary Club at this very well attended event!

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Posted on Apr 08, 2014
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The new website for the 2014 Tour de Guelph in memory of George Vettor is now up and running!  www.tourdeguelph.ca

Check it out!  You will be able to get information and register for the ride.  You can also make a donation, sponsor a rider, or take advantage of many of the sponsorship opportunities available.  Tax receipts for donations are issued immediately.  The website also has a volunteer registration page where you can sign up if you'd like to help out that day.

Just click on the links on the website home page, to either register or donate....it's that easy!

The Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph-Trillium, and the Foundation of Guelph General Hospital, thank you for your interest in this event.

 

TOUR DE GUELPH - New Website Now Available! 2014-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 31, 2014
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Registration forms are now available on our website (under "Site Pages" and "Downloads") and from the new Tour de Guelph website hosted by Foundation of Guelph General Hospital (www.tourdeguelph.ca).  That site will be live very soon and there will be online registration and pledging functions available.  You'll want to take advantage of the discounted early registration fees, only in effect until June 27th 2014.

Also take an opportunity to review the growing list of generous sponsors who are making this event possible.  Again, information on how to become a sponsor is also available on our website or on the Tour de Guelph website.  Any amount is welcome and will support the Foundation of Guelph General Hospital along with worthwhile Rotary projects supported by Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium.

Here are the key contacts then for the event, for more information:

For Information on the Event: info@tourdeguelph.ca

Registration registration@tourdeguelph.ca

To Volunteer for the Event: volunteer@tourdeguelph.ca

Thanks for your support!

Registration Information for July 6th 2014 Tour de Guelph 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 29, 2014
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Rotary Club of Guelph South is so excited to formally announce the upcoming inaugural "Tour de Guelph" family-friendly bicycling event to take Sunday July 6th 2014 starting from and finishing at the University of Guelph.  This event is in support of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital and the Rotary Clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium, and is being jointly organized by the 3 groups.

For this inaugural event a minimum of 600 participants and volunteers of all ages are anticipated, all coming together in support of our community and healthy, active living.

A critical aspect of the event will be sponsorships, and there are many opportunities available, starting with any level of cash donation, in-kind sponsorships and recognized sponsorship levels from "Friend" ($300) to "Presenting" ($15,000).  Information on sponsorship opportunities and logistics of the day itself is being posted on the home page of our Club website as soon as it becomes available.

As well, this event is being held in memory of George Vettor, and some biographical information on this legend of the Guelph bicycling community is included in the "Site Pages" section of this website, under the "2014 Tour de Guelph" heading.

A copy of the Sponsorship Opportunities brochure is found in various places on the left hand side of this website:  in "Download Files", "Site Pages" and "Club Links" areas - please feel free to download the brochure, and to circulate it to anyone or any Company that you feel may appreciate the opportunity!  Please note the critical date of April 25th 2014 for confirming sponsor participation.


TOUR de GUELPH 2014 In Memory of George Vettor 2014-03-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 20, 2014

On March 20th Doug Dane was our guest speaker, bringing us an inspirational message on overcoming adversity.  In fact his own personal experience - that might have ruined some - he has turned around to become a strength and his motivation to become a motivational coach, through presentations and workshops or one-on-one coaching and guidance.

Douglas Dane is a cognitive authority on changing your life.  He is living proof that it doesn’t matter what you have been through, anyone can achieve amazing things!   For anyone struggling with their past or present, who want to change their future, Doug’s passion is teaching people the secrets to moving through the pain of their past.

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     (Rotarian Celia Clark thanks Doug Dane for his talk, March 20th 2014)

Doug challenges us to "step out on the ledge", to move out of our comfort zone, with reassurance that you won't fall - you'll fly.  He asserts that vertigo - that fear of falling - is actually essential to your success, and that if you change your mind, you can change your life.

(More information on Doug and his story can be seen on his website   www.talkingworks.com)


DOUGLAS DANE - March 20th 2014 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 18, 2014

At the March 13th 2014 weekly meeting we welcomed Rotarian Cheryl Ewing (Rotary Club of Kitchener) who heads the District 7080 Mexico Shoebox Project, now in its 16th year. 

When I took my first trip to Nogales I finally truly understood the power of Rotary. The willingness of strangers to put us up and help us get to the project—the diversity among us, but at our core, common values— it was overwhelming.

The project, now entitled “Shoebox & Beyond”, brings much-needed aid to two impoverished Mexican communities – Nogales and Aqua Prieta.  The program provides shoeboxes filled with necessities such as groceries, blankets, warm clothes, backpacks, hygiene supplies, and textbooks. Through the project they have also been able to provide the community medical supplies, firefighting equipment, educational fire safety colouring books, and one year, even an ambulance!

After four years with the project, one of the Nogales Rotarians said, “Cheryl, you keep coming back and we trust you because you do so.” Cheryl realized that her real success had been about building relationships with the Rotarians of Nogales; getting to know the people her work was helping on a deeper, richer level. Today she says the project is as much about going to visit friends as it is about doing the work of Rotary.

It’s about sustainability; not necessarily in providing things, but in building sustainable relationships. By building these relationships, you truly know the people you are working with and helping, and they feel they can be honest with you about the needs of their community. Even better, understanding how much alike we are in our hearts, that this is where change takes place. That is the power of Rotary.

Today Cheryl leads a District/US team of over a dozen volunteers to make the annual trip to Mexico. “Seeing the changes in the community as a result of our work, and being a major part of that, is something I am deeply proud of.”  In January of 2014 the Shoebox & Beyond project celebrated its 16th anniversary. And it shows no sign of stopping!

Our Rotary Club has supported this project for many years, and Club member Margaret Nixon has gone on 2 of the trips with the District team and serves on the organizing committee.  We were pleased to once again present Cheryl with our donation of $1,000 towards the project.

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   (Rotarian Thomas Newby presents Cheryl Ewing with our $1,000 donation)

And while we were handing out cheques, we presented Rotarian Ann Caine with our cheque for $4,000, our donation made to the Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre from the proceeds of the recent "Taste Of Italy" Pasta Dinner held at the Puslinch Community Centre.  (Ann is Executive Director of Sunrise).

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   (Rotarian/Service Projects Committee Chair Frank Oudesluys presents Ann Caine with our $4,000 donation)

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ROTARACT CLUB DINNER EVENT - MARCH 28th 2014 2014-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Feb 28, 2014

Every March Rotary International puts the spotlight on the important issue of literacy.  Here is the message from Rotary International President Ron Burton for March 2014:

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MARCH IS ROTARY'S "LITERACY MONTH" Dianne Paron 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Feb 28, 2014
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On February 27th 2014 we were excited to welcome 2 new members to our Rotary Club:  Rich Van Dyke and Elaine Bradshaw.

Rich has taken over the Co-operators insurance brokerage on Scottsdale Road in Guelph, previously operated by Rotarian Paul Moran.  Paul also sponsored Rich as a member.  Rich's new involvement with Rotary is consistent with Co-operators long-standing practice of supporting Canadian neighbourhoods and communities.  (L-R:  Rich Van Dyke, Assistant Governor Margaret Nixon and President Brian Cowan)

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Elaine is a Certified Professional Coach and Certified (Advanced) Energy Psychology Practitioner, and through her business provides consulting services to individuals to help them relieve stress and support their success and well-being. She helps them to release stress and anxiety, and achieve their goals with confidence.  (L-R:  President Brian Cowan, Elaine Bradshaw & Rotarian Celia Clark, Elaine's sponsor).

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We know both Rich and Elaine will add value to our Rotary Club and we look forward to getting to know them better!

"Coming together as strangers.....working together as friends"

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS, RICH & ELAINE Dianne Paron 2014-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 23, 2014

WELCOME TO OUR HOME PAGE!

You may have seen the CTV spots that began on February 24th 2014 and found our Rotary Club through the http://joinrotaryontario.com/ website. 

If so - welcome! - and please feel free to wander through the pages of our website to get an idea of what we're all about.

We're a smaller, newer Club than many others but one that we feel can offer some distinct advantages.  We'd love to meet you in person, so please accept this as our invitation to visit us at one of our regular weekly breakfast meetings.  You will be our guest for the first visit.  We enjoy fellowship, a breakfast, and a program that usually involves an interesting speaker.  We're finished by 8:30am so that everyone can get on with their important business.  We meet at the Springfield Golf & Country Club, 2054 Gordon Street, in the south end of Guelph. 

If you would like to join us for breakfast, and find out if YOU are the missing piece, please give one of us a call ahead of time, and let us know you'll be attending:

          Membership Chair       Margaret Nixon             519-824-0852
          President                    Brian Cowan                 519-763-1268
          Secretary                   Dianne Paron                519-763-1935

Looking forward to meeting you!

INTERESTED IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE? 2014-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Feb 21, 2014

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.

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(The first four Rotarians (from left): Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele,
Hiram Shorey, and Paul P. Harris, circa 1905-12.)

Today - 109 years later - there are more than 1.2 million Rotarians in more than
34,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries!

We are the world's first - and largest - service club.

HAPPY 109th BIRTHDAY ROTARY (FEBRUARY 23rd, 2014) Dianne Paron 2014-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Feb 21, 2014

The 12th Annual "Taste of Italy" Pasta Dinner at the Puslinch Community Centre was another wonderful success!  A capacity crowd enjoyed a yummy dinner and relaxing fellowship, while a wandering accordionist added to the ambience.  There were door prizes handed out to some lucky guests, and some very impressive raffle and silent auction prizes.

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(Thanks to our friends at Rotaract Club of Guelph for the terrific photo!)

The leftover food was all delivered and donated to the Guelph Drop-In Centre the next morning, and was very much appreciated by Sister Christine.

We're so grateful to all of those that attended, Event Chair Frank Oudesluys and the team of volunteers who made the event happen - especially the very important cooks, it's a big job! - and the many door prize, raffle and silent auction donors.  We are confident that we will, again this year, be able to make a sizable donation to the main beneficiary of the event, Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre.  

Thanks for your support and see you in 2015!

12th ANNUAL "TASTE OF ITALY" PASTA DINNER Dianne Paron 2014-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jan 31, 2014

Get your tickets NOW for the oh-so-popular "Taste of Italy" Pasta Dinner being held on Friday February  21st 2014, 6:00pm, at the Puslinch Community Centre in Aberfoyle. 

Proceeds support Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre and other worthwhile local and international Rotary projects.  This is the 12th annual event and it's always a crowd pleaser, with wonderful food, ambience and fellowship.

Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children (5 - 12 years of age) and $2.00 for children (4 years of age and younger).  Tickets are available from any Rotary Club of Guelph South member, from Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre in Puslinch, or by calling 519-767-1502.

EXCELLENT FOOD - SILENT AUCTION - RAFFLE AND DOOR PRIZES

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12th ANNUAL "TASTE OF ITALY PASTA DINNER" - FEBRUARY 21st 2014 Dianne Paron 2014-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jan 26, 2014
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The Rotaract Club of Guelph is selling roses for Valentine's Day!  $40 per dozen for beautiful red roses wrapped in cellophane and decorated with ribbon.  Orders can be emailed to rotaract@uoguelph.ca or use their online ordering form (link below):

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LPcod2PcFqd4yT8FpyiQdFeGJ9naLHI4WnehSfuCo04/viewform

Orders will be delivered to the 4 Rotary Clubs in Guelph on their usual meeting day just before Valentine's Day, and can be picked up there.  Alternatively for an additional $10 they can be delivered to another address.

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Proceeds are going to support ShelterBox Canada, providing emergency sheltering options for disaster victims all around the world.

ROTARACT CLUB OF GUELPH Dianne Paron 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jan 24, 2014

The Rotary Guelph-Wellington Cluster held the first of several area, multi-club events
of the 2013-2014 year. The featured speaker, Ron Denman, charter president of
WASRAG (the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group) and worldwide authority
on Rotary water projects, spoke to a group of approximately 100 Rotarians, spouses,
friends and 16 Guelph Rotaractors on Tuesday evening, Jan 21stat the Guelph Golf
and Country Club.

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  (Featured guest speaker Ron Denman, Guelph Country Club, Jan 21, 2014)

His message was clear. Many past water projects have failed in that they provided
wells, western technology and goodwill, but fell short of meeting true local needs,
aligning with local culture, providing local employment and revenue opportunities,
and most importantly long term sustainability. But the good news was that the
new Global Grant structure has worked to address these issues and now projects
must adhere to clear needs assessments, involvement of local people and be truly
sustaining in nature. WASRAG has numerous projects on the go and even more
clubs are getting involved in long term work. Gone are the days of a simple small $$
project developed and completed in one year. Collaboration with multi clubs here at
home and working closely with the host clubs and local recipient peoples abroad are
solving real problems and making a lasting difference in the world.

Water is not the end goal. Water is a means to it.

Other dinners are planned and Ron’s presentation is available for all to share.
Check out more information about WASRAG onwww.wasrag.org.

GUELPH-WELLINGTON CLUSTER DINNER JAN 21st 2014 Dianne Paron 2014-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Dec 15, 2013

Thomas Newby, on behalf of wife Becky, son Lucas and especially daughter Hannah (@HopeforHannah12) expresses his family's gratitude to everyone that so generously contributed all of the new unwrapped toys that will be distributed next week to children in both Sick Childrens' Hospital and Ronald McDonald House in Toronto.

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(Lucas and Hannah with about half of the toys collected, ready to be distributed on December 19th 2013)

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!! Dianne Paron 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Dec 15, 2013
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On Tuesday January 21st 2014 the Guelph Cluster of Rotary Clubs will proudly host a very special dinner meeting with the theme being Rotary International's "Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group" (WASRAG).  The dinner meeting is being held at the Guelph Golf & Curling Club, and will feature a very special keynote speaker - Dr. Ron Denham, Chair of WASRAG and a member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton.

 

(In the Youtube video above, Dr. Ron Denham, Chair of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, talks about the importance of work undertaken in the areas of water and sanitation for sustainable development. How Rotarians contribute through projects and local clubs and how UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education can be more involved through its vast knowledge and expertise, as well as its alumni network and partner institutes in the regions.)

GUELPH CLUSTER DINNER - January 21st 2014 Dianne Paron 2013-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Dec 11, 2013

On December 12th 2013 the Rotary Club of Guelph South held a special meeting where $11,500 in donations were distributed (Wyndham House STEP Program, Westwood Public School Breakfast Program & Friends of Ile a Vache Haiti) and some of the team representatives were in attendance to receive "thank you" plaques with team photos for their participation in the very successful event held on October 24th 2013.

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2013 SPELLING BEE DONATIONS & PLAQUE PRESENTATIONS Dianne Paron 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Dec 04, 2013

On November 28th 2013, prior to the start of the Rotary Club of Guelph South's Annual General Meeting, Bruce MacEachern was inducted as our newest member.  Bruce is owner of Amplify Coaching & Consulting, and was looking for an opportunity to give back to the community.  After attending a few of our meetings, he indicated an interest in joining Rotary, and was subsequently sponsored by Rotarian Paul Moran. We welcome Bruce to the Club, and know that he will be a wonderful addition.

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(L-R Rotary Club of Guelph South 2013-2014 President Brian Cowan, newest Rotarian Bruce MacEachern, sponsoring Rotarian Paul Moran and Rotarian Karen Dowell, at Bruce's induction on November 28th 2013)

WELCOME NEWEST MEMBER....BRUCE MACEACHERN Dianne Paron 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Nov 27, 2013
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The Club's leadership team for the 2014-2015 Rotary year (that begins on July 1st 2014) has been pretty much finalized.
 
Two Directors from the 2013-2014 Board will not be returning - Frank Oudesluys, a Charter Member and 2 time Past President, will be taking a well deserved break from the Board, having served on it continuously in some form since we were chartered....thank you for your service Frank!  And Past President Paul Moran, also a member of the Board for many years, will be relocating to the Quinte area after the new year....thank you too for your service Paul, you will be missed!

So here is the current roster for the incoming Board of Directors - the status of the President-Elect position will be updated as it too becomes finalized.  Thank you to the Club members who allowed their names to stand for nomination to the Board of Directors.

PRESIDENT        Geoff Allen
PRESIDENT-ELECT       TBA
PAST PRESIDENT       Brian Cowan
SECRETARY       Dianne Paron
TREASURER       Peter Clark
DIRECTOR       Thomas Newby
DIRECTOR        Karen Dowell
DIRECTOR       Celia Clark
DIRECTOR        Cynthia Walker-Parks

 

 

2014-2015 Board of Directors Dianne Paron 2013-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Nov 17, 2013
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We’ve all been shocked by the devastation in the Philippines as a result of the enormous and destructive Typhoon Haiyan - believed to be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall.
ShelterBox Canada, a registered charity, is assembling funds from donations that will be matched by the Canadian Federal Government until December 8th, for humanitarian aid shipments of temporary shelters and other essential goods.

A Global Gift catalogue is also available on their website, where you can order holiday gifts starting from $20.00 All Global Gift donations received by December 8th 2013 will be going towards Typhoon Haiyan relief and will be matched by the Canadian Government.  Start a new holiday tradition!
** Special Note:  this date has been extended now to December 23rd 2013 **
Go to www.shelterboxcanada.org or phone toll-free 1-855-875-4661 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm Eastern Time) to donate quickly and easily online:

 

 

Ever wondered what's actually in a Shelter Box?  Here's a graphic showing typical contents:

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SHELTER BOX CANADA - Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Relief Dianne Paron 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Nov 11, 2013

On Thursday November 7th we welcomed Past District Governor Robert Palmateer to our weekly meeting.  Bob is the District 7080 Chair for Rotary Foundation and spoke of "why" it is so important for us all to support Rotary Foundation, "our charity".

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(L-R Rotary Foundation Chair Andreas Hug, PDG Bob, Assistant Governor Margaret Nixon and President Brian Cowan)

The Club was proud to make a $500 donation to Rotary Foundation's "Polio Plus Fund" that will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, making it into $1,500 - enough to immunize about 2500 children against this terrible crippling disease.  Rotary has been working with the United Nations, World Health Organization and Centre for Disease Control since about 1985 in a global project to finally eradicate the disease.

NOVEMBER IS "ROTARY FOUNDATION MONTH" Dianne Paron 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Oct 31, 2013
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The Rotary Club of Guelph South is pleased to offer this wonderful selection of poinsettia pots (provided by Terra Nurseries) to help support our fundraising projects.  A part of your purchase price will be donated to the Rotary Foundation Fund, in support of community projects in Puslinch, the City of Guelph and programs that help communities in developing countries.

What a wonderful seasonal gift to deliver your greetings, whether it's "Cheers" or "Thank you" or "Thinking of you".  Something special for family and friends, but don't forget your local dry-cleaner, corner store manager, the person who cuts your hair....or just brighten up your own space, at home or office.

THE DEADLINE FOR ORDERS IS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7th 2013.  Follow through the rest of this story for a copy of the order form.

Thanks for your support!!

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"PICK A POINSETTIA" FUNDRAISER Dianne Paron 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Oct 24, 2013
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Presidents of the Guelph Cluster of Rotary Clubs, along with the Assistant Governor, assembled at Market Square (Guelph City Hall) for the official flag-raising in honour of 2013 World Polio Awareness Day on Thursday October 4th 2013.

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WORLD POLIO AWARENESS DAY (October 24, 2013) Dianne Paron 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Oct 24, 2013

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(L-R Rotary Club of Guelph South President Brian Cowan, "Literally Quacked" team members, Rotarian Bill Hammond)

Congratulations to the winners of the 8th Annual "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" held at Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre on Thursday October 24th 2013:

"Literally Quacked"  team from Rotary Club of Guelph-Wellington

In their 8th appearance, the Rotary Club of Guelph-Wellington's team finally captured top prize, nailing the word G-N-E-I-S-S-I-C.

Other winners:

Most Pledge $$ Raised:                         "BEE-Leeve in Realtors" team (Royal LePage Royal City Realty & Re/Max Real Estate Centre)

Runner-up Most Pledge $$ Raised:         "Spellicans" team (Paul Moran Insurance Inc, The Co-operators)

Best Costume:                                      "Wicked Spellers" team (AIDS Committee of Guelph & Wellington County)

Best Team Spirit:                                  "BEE-Leeve in Realtors" team (Royal LePage Royal City Realty & Re/Max Real Estate Centre)

 

Watch for a photo gallery from the event within the next few days - photos courtesy of Bob Housser Photography.

 

8th ANNUAL "GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE" Dianne Paron 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jun 30, 2013

 Twitter  We're looking forward to sharing our latest news.....in 140 characters or less! Follow us and we'll keep you informed as to upcoming speakers, events and other relevant Rotary news.  Our Twitter handle is @gsrotary (GuelphSouthRotary).

ROTARY CLUB OF GUELPH SOUTH IS ON TWITTER! Dianne Paron 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
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    The Rotary club meeting you walk into today might, at first glance, seem very different from the weekly meetings of 50 years ago. And if you could pay a visit to every one of Rotary’s 34,000 clubs, you’d see men and women from all different backgrounds, speaking just about every one of the world’s languages, involved in service projects from the local to the global. You’d see clubs that are getting together to repair a neighborhood playground this weekend, while working in partnership with other clubs to install sanitary facilities in a school thousands of miles away. And you’d see a group of people who are absolutely committed to making the world a better place, in ways large and small.
   There’s a lot that’s different about Rotary today. But the foundation that Rotary is built on hasn’t changed. Rotary is based, as it’s always been, on our core values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. These are the values that define us as Rotarians: they’re the values we live by, and the values we strive to bring to the communities we serve. Every one of us in Rotary is here because we
were invited, and because we made a choice to accept that invitation. Every day since then, we’ve been faced with another choice: whether to just be a member of a Rotary club, or to truly be a Rotarian.
   Being a Rotarian is a commitment that goes far beyond just showing up at meetings once a week. It means seeing the world, and our role in it, in a unique way. It means accepting our communities as our responsibility, and acting accordingly: taking the initiative, making the effort, and doing what’s right, not what’s easy.
   All of us came to Rotary to get involved, and to make a difference. And in Rotary service, as in just about everything else in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. If you only put in a token effort, you won’t accomplish very much, and you won’t find very much satisfaction in what you do accomplish. But when you make the decision to truly engage Rotary — to bring Rotary service and Rotary values into every day of your life — that is when you start to see the incredible impact that you can have. That’s when you find the inspiration, the excitement, and the power to truly change lives. And no one’s life will be changed more than your own.
   In the 2013-14 Rotary year, our theme, and my challenge to you, will be Engage Rotary, Change Lives. You’ve chosen to wear a Rotary pin. The rest is up to you.

Ron Burton, Rotary International President 2013-2014

2013-2014 ROTARY THEME - A Message from Rotary International President Ron Burton Dianne Paron 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
HAPPY 146th BIRTHDAY CANADA! Dianne Paron 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
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John Hewko, General Secretary of Rotary International, shared this photo and story from Lisbon Portugal, site of the 2013 Rotary International Convention.  More than 20,000 Rotarians will be in attendance at the event that runs from June 23-26.  The photo is of Belem Tower, illuminated with the "End Polio Now" image.

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After 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.

Reaching the ultimate goal of a polio-free world presents ongoing challenges, not the least of which is a hundreds of million dollar funding gap. Of course, Rotary alone can't fill this gap, but continued Rotarian advocacy for government support can help enormously.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

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Good news from the Independent Monitoring Board, which said that "Stopping polio transmission by end 2014 is a realistic prospect."

Rotary International and its partners CDC, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, and World Health Organization (WHO) have been working tirelessly to eradicate polio. Learn more about our work at www.endpolio.org

The Independent Monitoring Board , which is charged with evaluating progress and assessing risks in the global polio
eradication program, issued its seventh report.

The report concluded that "stopping polio transmission by the end of 201...4 is a realistic prospect" if the program continues to improve and address key risks

"All of those who work towards polio eradication should be proud of what they have achieved over the last two years. The prospects of interrupting polio transmission globally have been transformed by their work." http://ow.ly/lKzk5
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2013 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION IN LISBON, PORTUGAL Dianne Paron 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jun 04, 2013

At our June 6th 2013 weekly breakfast meeting we were pleased to once again welcome Graeme Archibald who is here from Scotland visiting his daughter and grandson who live in Guelph.  Graeme last visited our club in October 2012, and it was wonderful to see him again!  Graeme is Assistant Governor for District 1010 in northern Scotland, a Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Rotary Club of Elgin, a club of 74 members with one very special honourary member.....HRH Princess Royal (Princess Anne).  Graeme's role as Assistant Governor has him responsible for 12 clubs.  Graeme's club meets on Thursdays as well, although they are a lunch club.

Our club also boasts an Assistant Governor - Margaret Nixon - so we couldn't resist the opportunity to photograph the two Assistant Governors together!

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Some more information on District 1010, and Graeme's home club, follows.....

VISIT FROM GRAEME ARCHIBALD, DISTRICT 1010 ASSISTANT GOVERNOR Dianne Paron 2013-06-04 04:00:00Z 0
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   On Saturday June 1st the Rotary Club of Guelph South held its first "Grate Groan-Up Scavenger Hunt".  This event was developed, a joint effort by the Membership and Public Relations Committees, to have fun as a Club and to raise both the profile of our Club and the nearby new local businesses in the Clair & Gordon retail/commercial quadrant.
   There was no fundraising involved here!  Rather, teams of members (with their distinctive yellow Rotary shirts on), some with family or friends, were given a set of clues - from those clues they had to identify the business that clue represented, then go to that business and "scavenge" some token (eg. business card) to show that they had been there.  The winning team was the one that captured the most within the 1 hour time limit.
   Following the event the teams met back at the Hug residence for a barbeque lunch and more fellowship.  Just more of the fun and camaraderie that our Rotary Club is known for!

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       (Scavenger Hunt team members with LOTS of samples from Global Pet Foods & Royal Canin)

We are grateful to the local businesses that participated.  A link to the Photo Journal from the event is posted on the left side of the website home page.

Now we can't wait to hold another, even bigger and better, event!

1st GRATE GROAN-UP SCAVENGER HUNT Dianne Paron 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on May 25, 2013

The Rotary Club of Guelph South is pleased to announce an innovative new event designed to raise the profile of our Rotary Club and the new retail/commercial businesses in the Clair & Gordon quadrant.  Not a fundraiser, this is also a fun fellowship event for the Club members.  Having fun wihile serving others is very much a priority for ALL Rotary Clubs.

The First Annual "GRATE GROAN-UP SCAVENGER HUNT"

What?   This is a fun event where club members follow clues that lead them to colect small items or photos from businesses in the south end of Guelph.

Why?     The Rotary Club of Guelph South is staging this event to raise awareness about the Club and to promote local businesses in the south end of Guelph.  We are hoping to gain new members and we are hoping that businesses will gain new customers as a result of this event.  It is NOT a fundraising event.

When?    Saturday June 1st 2013   11:00am to 3:00pm

Where can I get more info?  Call Geoff Allen (519-766-1091 or 519-546-3991) or Karen Dowell (519-763-0366)

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GRATE GROAN-UP SCAVENGER HUNT! Dianne Paron 2013-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
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"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

On May 23rd our Rotary Club had a presentation by 3 of the 4 Camp Enterprise students from Bishop MacDonell High School that we sponsored for the 2013 event. 

Started in Canada in 1976, by the Youth Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Toronto. Camp Enterprise is a 31/2 day program for high school students.  The program consists of a series of panels, presentations and discussions on the subjects of business and the free enterprise system where students can interact with business professionals.

Since 2005 (9 years) our Rotary Club has sponsored students to attend the Golden Triangle Clubs Camp Enterprise (14 Rotary Clubs from Cambridge, Fergus, Guelph and Kitchener/Waterloo) and this year we sponsored 4 students:  Tyler Lipke, Jackson Jacobi, Sarah Schlotzhauer and Alicia Black.  We are indebted to Les Schmidt, past Guidance Counselor at Bishop Mac and their business club advisor, for his assistance over the years in selecting the future leaders from that school to attend Camp Enterprise.  Les refers to these Grade 11 students as the "best of the best".

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      (L-R:  Bishop Mac students Tyler Lipke, Sarah Schlotzhauer, Alicia Black along with Rotarians Frank Oudesluys & Karen Dowell)

Les introduced the students who all expressed their feeling that the event was FANTASTIC, they loved it and appreciated the opportunity to attend.  The 4th student we sponsored, Jackson Jacobi, unfortunately was unable to attend.

Tyler and Alicia found the negotiating skills workshops and role-playing to be the most valuable (eg. labour vs management).  Sarah's favourite was the famous "Dragon's Den" where they grouped to develop business plans, in their case an eco-friendly cab company using electric cars. 

Alicia expressed that it opened her eyes to both business and Rotary Clubs, and what we do.  They found that you had to quickly get to know the other student participants as you were put in groups for interactive projects.  Tyler expressed that what he got out of it was that you have to fight for what you really want, not low-ball.  Alicia echoed that - you need to stand your ground for something that is important to you.  Sarah appreciated the opportunity to learn about different aspects of business, in particular e-commerce.

The 3 students proceeded to answer questions from the Rotarians in attendance.  Tyler and Sarah are both hoping to attend Wilfred Laurier University because of its business-oriented programs - Alicia is still considering her future plans.

We enjoyed hearing from the students, and from Les Schmidt (although he really needs to work on his shyness, and putting more energy and enthusiasm into his presentations - NOT!) and wish them well in their continuing educational endeavours.

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On May 16th we welcomed Terry Manning who is about to embark on a 6000km bike tour across the US and Canada.  Terry is a member of the Board of Directors for the Foundation, and was accompanied and introduced by David Parr from the Foundation's Planned Giving Committee. Terry came dressed appropriately to promote a bike ride!

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Terry Manning's incredible 6,000 kilometre bike ride across North America begins June 16 at Astoria, Oregon and ends August 5 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with one leg running through Ontario from Sarnia to Niagara Falls. Terry's target is to raise $10/kilometre, a total of $60,000 for Guelph General Hospital's Emergency Department!

Rotarian Geoff Allen, on behalf of our Rotary Club, was pleased to be able to present Terry with a donation cheque for $500.  As of May 16th Terry had already raised more than $14,000 in donations.

A copy of the May 14th Press Release regarding the Coast-to-Coast bike tour follows (click on the "more" link......)

COAST-TO-COAST BIKE RIDE FOR GUELPH HOSPITAL FOUNDATION Dianne Paron 2013-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on May 14, 2013

Past District Governor (2007-2008) Dave Patterson has passed away.  Suddenly at his home on Monday, May 13, 2013, David Ray Patterson, long time Palgrave Rotarian, in his 75th year, beloved husband of Pamela Patterson for 49 years. Loving and guiding father of Warren and his wife Heather, Natalie and her husband Brian James. Proud grandfather of Blake, Liam, Sydney, Evan and Chantal. David was honoured to be appointed as District Governor for Rotary and he believed in everything Rotary stood for. Funeral service will be held at Egan Funeral Home, 203 Queen Street S. (Hwy. 50), Bolton on Thursday morning, May 16 at 10:30 o’clock.  A reception will follow at the funeral home. A private family interment will be held at Morningside Cemetery, Palgrave. 

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(President-Elect Karen Dowell with District Governor Dave Patterson & Pam Patterson, Oct 4th 2007)

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Palgrave Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 844, Bolton  L7E 5T5  - or -  Sleeping Children Around the World, 28 Pinehurst Crescent, Toronto  M9A 3A5.  Condolences for the family may be offered at www.EganFuneralHome.com.

 

R.I.P. PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR DAVE PATTERSON Dianne Paron 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on May 09, 2013

Our May 9th 2013 weekly meeting featured a guest speaker from Opportunity International, VP Operations Jannalee Anderson.  Jannalee gave a presentation on Opportunity International, founded in 1971, an international organization which combines microfinancing and education for sustainable business start-ups in developing countries.

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                                (Rotarian Andreas Hug introduces Jannalee)

Based in London, Ontario, Jannalee is a graduate of both the H.B.A. and the M.B.A. programs at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where she became an instructor and an international recruiter. She also taught at Tong Ji University in Shanghai and worked as a forecasting and pricing analyst at McCormick Canada.   

Subsequently, as an Assistant Professor of Business at Tyndale University College, Jannalee developed a Micro-enterprise Development course and field research trip to Central America as well as co-founded the International Development degree program. As a result of her growing passion and involvement with microfinance, Jannalee accepted a position on the Philanthropy team with Opportunity International Canada. In this role, she seeks to build partnerships with individuals, businesses, and foundations that want to expand entrepreneurial opportunities for people living in poverty.

Having visited more than twenty countries in the developing world, Jannalee has witnessed the need for transformational microfinance first-hand. “I have not discovered anything more effective than microfinance in breaking the cycle of poverty.” says Jannalee. “Opportunity is a story of hope, dignity, stewardship, and sustainable development.”

 

OPPORTUNITY INTERNATIONAL'S JANNALEE ANDERSON Dianne Paron 2013-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Apr 24, 2013

The Rotary Club of Guelph South held a most special new member induction ceremony today, Thursday April 25th 2013.  At that meeting Olivia ("Livvy") Hadar received her new member pin and was formally welcomed to the Club by Assistant District Governor Margaret Nixon and her sponsor (and the Club's Membership Chair) Geoff Allen. 

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(L-R:  New Rotarian Livvy Hadar, Sponsor Geoff Allen, ADG Margaret Nixon)

What was very special about the event was the fact that it was both Livvy and Margaret's birthday!  Both "birthday girls" sported special badges for the day.

Livvy is owner of an English Language Consulting firm in Guelph, and we know already will be a valuable addition to our Club.

Welcome to Rotary Livvy from all your new Rotarian friends!

WELCOME NEW MEMBER OLIVIA HADAR Dianne Paron 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Apr 13, 2013

 The Rotary Club of Centre Wellington Centennial (Elora) is hosting this, their marquee event, on April 28th.  It is a wildly popular event - amazing food and it raises funds for a great cause, the Groves Hospital (Fergus) Foundation.

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GRAND TASTE 2013 EVENT IN ELORA Dianne Paron 2013-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Apr 03, 2013

We were so pleased to welcome a very special visitor to our April 4th 2013 weekly meeting - Miss Hannah Newby!

Hannah's father is Rotary Club of Guelph South President (2012-2013) Thomas Newby.  Hannah is clearly daddy's girl.  Hannah just turned 1 year old last month, 2 months after a very successful heart transplant operation.

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ATTENDING HER FIRST ROTARY MEETING..... Dianne Paron 2013-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Apr 01, 2013

Camp Enterprise Golden Triangle is a cooperative effort between multiple Rotary Clubs in the ‘Golden Triangle’ region surrounding Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph, Waterloo and Fergus. Selected students have the opportunity, at no cost, to attend a 2 day immersive camp at the University of Waterloo about business and entrepreneurship. Students will get to attend keynote speaker lectures and participate in collaborative activities culminating in a business plan presentation at the end of camp.

The Rotary Club of Guelph South continues its annual tradition of sponsoring 3 students from Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School in Guelph, providing the cost of the program and transportation to and from the event.  Members of the Club also serve on the organizing Committee for the annual event.

Following the event we welcome the students to a weekly meeting where they give us their impressions of the event and an overview of the various activiites that they took part in.

For more information see the webpage:   http://rotarycampenterprise.com

Correspondence received from a previous year participant:  

Prep Exercise

Camp Enterprise is very physically and mentally exhausting, but well worth it. I thought I knew a lot about business before this camp, but I will walk away from it with new and interesting knowledge about the business industry. Overall, Camp Enterprise is one of the best experiences I have had during my high school career and I would encourage anyone who is interested in business to participate in this camp. As well as having fun and making new friends, Camp Enterprise has helped prepare me for university. And what I can expect next year in a business program.          Sophie Roe

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2013 CAMP ENTERPRISE Dianne Paron 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
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 Rotary International and Rotary clubs throughout the world have partnered with the World Health Organization and UNICEF in a project to eradicate the scourge of polio for once and for all....and we are THISCLOSE to finishing the job!

     

Click on the 'More" link below to see a timeline of Rotary's involvement with this worthwhile global project.  Donations towards eliminating the $5.5 billion funding gap - the amount estimated to complete the eradication of polio in the last 3 endemic countries - can be made online at the Rotary Foundation Canada website (www.trfcanada.org).

WE'RE THIS CLOSE TO ENDING POLIO.... Dianne Paron 2013-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Feb 10, 2013

 

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Once again the annual "Taste of Italy Pasta Dinner" in Puslinch, supporting Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre, was a resounding success!

Despite the worst snowstorm in 5 years, hungry supporters of Sunrise and Rotary turned out in large numbers to feast on sumptious pasta, meatballs, salad, desert and beverages.  Generous donors and sponsors provided gifts and services that were auctioned and raffled off, and some lucky diners walked away with great door prizes as well.

We're grateful to all those who supported the event, and to the volunteers who organized, decorated, cooked and cleaned.  We're also grateful to the Township of Puslinch for ensuring that the Community Centre parking lot was cleaned, even during that snowstorm, allowing easy access for all our hungry guests.

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Dianne Paron 2013-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jan 10, 2013

Get your tickets NOW for the oh-so-popular "Taste of Italy" Pasta Dinner being held on Friday February 8th 2013, 6:00pm, at the Puslinch Community Centre in Aberfoyle.  Proceeds support Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre and other worthwhile local and international Rotary projects.

This is the 11th annual event and it's always a crowd pleaser, with wonderful food, ambience and fellowship.

 

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Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for children (5 and older) and $2.00 for children (4 and younger).  Tickets are available from any Rotary Club of Guelph South member, from Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre in Puslinch, or by calling 519-767-1502.

EXCELLENT FOOD - SILENT AUCTION - RAFFLE AND DOOR PRIZES

11th ANNUAL "TASTE OF ITALY" PASTA DINNER Dianne Paron 2013-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Dec 03, 2012

On Thursday November 29th 2012 the Rotary Club of Guelph South was pleased to induct its newest member....Bruno Marziano.  Bruno was sponsored by Past President Frank Oudesluys.  Frank could not attend the induction ceremony, so Membership Chair Geoff Allen stepped in and did the honours.

Bruno's classification is "General Contracting - Design/Build".  It is particularly appropriate that he would become a Rotarian - he is the son of Rotarian Ralph Marziano, a member of our sponsor club (Guelph-Trillium) and Jane Marziano, a past member of our club.

We know that Bruno will add energy and commitment to our group, and we are proud to welcome him!

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WELCOME NEW MEMBER BRUNO MARZIANO Dianne Paron 2012-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Nov 24, 2012

On November 22nd we welcomed Kathi Smith, a Rotarian who serves on the Membership team at District 7080.  She updated the club members on  the latest Rotary membership numbers, and initiatives being developed at the District level to help clubs attract new members and retain the members they already have.  Assistant District Governor Margaret Nixon (L) and the club's Membership Chair Geoff Allen (R) thanked Kathi for her presentation.

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Rotary Membership Update - November 22nd 2012 Dianne Paron 2012-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Nov 08, 2012

On November 8th 2012 we were honoured to welcome MBdr Evan Shields who spoke to us about his career in the Canadian Military, including serving in Afghanistan.  "MBdr" is the "Master Bombardier" rank in the Canadian Artillery branch of military.  MBdr Evan is a Guelph native, a reservist bombardier with Guelph's 11th Field Artillery who served in Afghanistan in 2008 and 2009.  His inspiration for a military career is his grandfather, Howard Wilson, a Second World War veteran and soldier for 31 years.  We are grateful to Rotarian Geoff Allen and his wife Deb for arranging such an inspirational speaker during Remembrance Week!

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(L-R President Thomas Newby, MBdr Evan Shields, Rotarian Geoff Allen)

LEST WE FORGET..... Dianne Paron 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Oct 31, 2012

  2012ThemeLogo       Local Rotarians Advocate for Peace

Rotarians across Wellington County will come together on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 to advocate for peace. Charged by Rotary International, Rotary will host a dinner to advocate for global peace beginning at 6 pm at Guelph Place, 492 Michener Rd., Guelph.

Dr. Ian Spears, associate professor, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Spears has spent his professional career studying conflict and war; why it remains such a part of our contemporary world; and, how to put an end to war and conflict.

Who?                           Local Rotary Clubs across Wellington County

What?                          Rotary Peace Dinner

When?                         Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Where/Cost?               Guelph Place Banquet Hall, 492 Michener Rd., Guelph. $35/ticket

Who is invited?           All members of the community including youth, immigrants to forge new friendships and partnerships

Why?                           The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace is one of the cornerstones of the Rotary movement. Rotary has established itself as a world leader in fostering Peace Through Service. Rotary has accomplished a great deal in this area throughout our history, but we must continue to look forward and recognize the future of Rotary and the future prospects for world peace.

To purchase tickets contact: tel: 519-824-0852

For more information contact: Sandra Lastovic,

tel: 519-835-9930, Lastovic.s@mortgagecentre.com

ROTARY PEACE DINNER - November 14th 2012 Dianne Paron 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
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As promised....here are the 10 words used during the "Audience Spelling Game" at the 2012 "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee".  Congratulations to all the winners!

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2012 "GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE" Dianne Paron 2012-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to 2012 "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" winners - BLUE NORTH STRATEGIES!

BLUE NORTH STRATEGIES also won the 2008 Spelling Bee, and have been back each year attempting to repeat.  Last night their team "The Blues" held on to beat out a persistent opponent, the DAVIES & MAHNKE PRIVATE WEALTH MANAGEMENT "Money Bees" team, going six rounds to finally decide who would be able to claim spelling supremacy for another year.

Congratulations to the members of the Blue North Strategies winning team - Brent Klassen, Kris Culp and Lisette Vanderkamp.

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The winning team with their Champions Trophy, Medals and Prizes - with (r) Rotarian Brian Cowan (photograph courtesy of Bob Housser Photography)

2012 SPELLING CHAMPIONS! Dianne Paron 2012-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Aug 31, 2012

For 2012 your support of the Spelling Bee will help Wyndham House, Guelph Wish Fund for Children, and our Nicaragua project, Condimentos del Carizal, along with our worthwhile Rotary projects.

ImageWYNDHAM HOUSE:
Located in Guelph, Wyndham House operates both a young men and young women's Long Term Residential Program, each staffed 24 hours a day, each with capacity for eight youth.  The clients have full access to a Life Skills Development Program as well as an After Care Support Program, thus empowering and educating them with the skills and abilities needed to make positive, healthy life choices about their future.  In addition to the Long Term Residential Program, their programs include an Emergency Youth Shelter as well as a Youth Resource Centre in the downtown.  For more information visit their website at www.wyndhamhouse.org.

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This organization grants a favourite "wish" to children who are 19 years of age and under, who have serious or life-threatening illnesses, severe handicaps, or who have been critically injured.  The child must reside in Guelph and South Wellington County.  It is the hope of the charity to provide the child and family with a special moment or memory that will help, if only for a short time, to relieve the pain and anxiety caused by their illness or injury.  The Guelph Wish Fund for Children also provides support to deserving children, and their families, who must travel outside our community for treatment and therapy.  For more information visit their website at www.guelphwishfund.org.

CONDIMENTOS DEL CARIZAL:
This is an economic development project in Nicaragua, initiated by our Rotary Club.  We have provided start up funding for a group of women to start a small preserve making business using locally available tropical fruits.  Several members of our Club have already visited this economically disadvantaged village near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.   More information is available on our website.
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We are grateful for the support of everyone through the "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" and look forward to continuing to support such worthwhile projects and organizations!

WHO DOES THE "GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE" HELP??? Dianne Paron 2012-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Aug 21, 2012

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Members of the Rotary Club of Guelph South took advantage of the beautiful weather on Saturday August 18th to clean the stretch of Brock Road in Aberfoyle that they have taken responsibility for, through the County of Wellington's "Adopt-A-Road" program.  Public Relations Chair Karen Dowell had recently arranged for custom t-shirts for club members and volunteers, and on Saturday they had their debut!

 


THE ROTARY CLEAN-UP CREW AT WORK.... Dianne Paron 2012-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Every team registered for the 2012 "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" will be collecting pledges, and there are prizes for the team members of the two teams that collect the most in the way of pledges.  Also, teams that collect more than $500 in pledges are eligible to collect a "Spell-Over" allowing them another chance to spell a word that they may not have spelled properly.  Teams that collect more than $1,000 in pledges are eligible for a second "Spell-Over".  As a bonus, the 1st team that collects $500 in online pledges is eligible for yet another "Spell-Over"!  

While we have about a dozen teams confirmed verbally to date, teams only get added to the CanadaHelps list when we receive their registration forms.  Congratulations to the Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School team for being first!

You can support your favourite team by making an online pledge via the CanadaHelps website....click on either of the English or French buttons below and support your favourite team of spellers!
Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org! Faire un don maintenant par CanadaHelps.org!

***  For the latest information on sponsors and teams, be sure to click on the
GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE link on the left hand side of this webpage  ***


SPONSOR YOUR FAVOURITE SPELLING BEE TEAM.... Dianne Paron 2012-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
WHAT ROTARIANS DO WHEN THEY'RE NOT HELPING OTHERS.... Dianne Paron 2012-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jul 19, 2012

At the July 19th weekly meeting, President Thomas and Past President Frank performed this skit (from PETS, the President Elect Training Session) for the club members:

Confessions of Two Rotaryholics

THOMAS
My name is Name1 and I’m a Rotaryholic.
I really don’t know how it happened.

One day, a friend asked me to join this organization called Rotary. I went to one meeting, it looked like fun. I told my wife: “They meet for about an hour a week. We enjoy a meal, talk about stuff and do a community service project every now and then. I can afford an hour a week, for goodness sake”. 
 
FRANK
Hi, my name is Name2 and I too am a Rotaryholic. What’s an hour a week? And I will make some new friends and help the less fortunate.

What’s that? Our club’s going to help out with Habitat for Humanity next Saturday. Sure! After all, that’s why I joined – community service. It will be fun! You need some folks for the fund-raising committee? I haven’t done anything like that before, but … what the heck. 

THOMAS
Oh yeah, we need someone to volunteer to get the supplies for our Rib-Fest fundraiser next month. Anyone? Anyone? Oh I guess I can handle that.

You need some members to read to deliver dictionaries next week? Sure, why not. Those kids are always so appreciative.

You know, there are AIDS orphans in South Africa that need money so they can go to school and get an education so they’ll have a brighter future. Come on folks, we can help. Let’s put together a committee and see what we can do. 

FRANK
You need fresh water and improved sanitation after the earthquake in Haiti; sure we can raise money for that.

So the club needs volunteers to go house to house and collect food for the food bank. Sure, I can do that and I’ll get my wife and kids to help too.

No, we are not addicted to Rotary or anything like that. We can stop any time we want to. 

THOMAS
What’s that? Our President–elect just left the club and it’s April and we need someone to step up to the plate ‘cause PETS 2 is next week? Sure I can step in.

So, there’s an all-day training program called Club Leadership Training coming up on Saturday in April? Yeah, I guess I need to go.

What’s that? A District Conference in October – 3 days of fun, fellowship and inspiration? Count me in! Come on honey, you should come too. 
 
FRANK
Yes dear, it does seem like I’m spending a lot of my “free” time on Rotary, but it’s all good stuff. You know, we’re making the world a better place! Let’s take our vacation money and instead of lying on a beach somewhere, let’s go to India to combat polio.

The Foundation Dinner, you say? Great speaker, recognizing lots of clubs and individual contributors? The entire district is invited. It’s only $125 for the two of us! 

THOMAS
Oh, as a past club president you think I should serve as an Assistant Governor or at least serve on a District Committee. Yes, I guess I can make that fit. And I guess, no, I won’t drop off any of the club committees I’m already on.

So we need to find a host family for our Youth Exchange student for a few months? We REALLY need someone desperately… I’ll ask my wife and see if we can do it. It’s only for 3 months. We will have to repaint the bedroom. 
 
FRANK
What’s that, Director of Training? You’d like me to accept a leadership role at the District level? I’m flattered. Thank you for the honor….

Thank you for recognizing my work for the District for the last year… well, yes it’s been a lot of work but I’ve enjoyed it. What’s that? Another year? Well, thank you for the vote of confidence. It’s all for the good of Rotary.

What’s that you want me to do? A Rotary International Convention? Sure we can go to Japan or England or New Orleans. Let’s go honey. It will be fun. Let’s rationalize the cost as our vacation. We will get to be with 30,000 other Rotarians all in one place. Wow! 
 
THOMAS
Honestly. It started with just a little job here, a committee there, an event here, a project there... 

FRANK
Pretty soon, everyone around me was telling me: Hey man, you’re hooked. My son thinks I am in a sect of some kind. He say’s, “All you talk about is Rotary.” I tell him it can’t be a sect because it is non-political and non-religious. 
 
THOMAS
Things like Service Above Self, Rotaractors, Interactors, Earlyactors, PolioPlus, TRF, World Community Service, AGs, PEs, DGs, DGEs, DGNN’s, GSEs.

You know, I thought I found a 5-step program to get help. Turned out to be the 5 Avenues of Service! And now I realize I haven’t done anything lately for Vocational Service! Got to do something for Vocational Service…. I’m a TERRIBLE Rotarian! 
 
THOMAS & FRANK
We thought we could stop anytime. We were wrong. What can we say? 
 
THOMAS
My name is Name1 and I’m a Rotaryholic. 
 
FRANK
My name is Name2 and I’m a Rotaryholic. 
 

CONFESSIONS OF TWO ROTARY-HOLICS Dianne Paron 2012-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jul 10, 2012
The 2012 District Conference features a new twist - it will be a joint event for both Districts 7080 and 7070. 

2012 DISTRICT CONFERENCE Dianne Paron 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jun 30, 2012

Club Members:

You can now check out your Attendance for the year-to-date. Log on to the website and, in the "My ClubRunner" table, click on "My Attendance". You will see a list, by meeting date, as well as make-ups showing when and where you made it (e.g. date, location, club name or committee etc.).

If you find any discrepancies, please advise Secretary Dianne so corrections can be made.



ATTENDANCE RECORDS AVAILABLE ON CLUBRUNNER Dianne Paron 2012-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
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July 1st saw the start of a new Rotary year for our Club, and the changeover to a new President, Thomas Newby.  Thomas is looking forward to a productive year, and Past President Paul Moran is looking forward to a well-deserved rest!

On June 28th Paul turned over the gavel to Thomas, President and Past-President pins were exchanged, and Paul was given a gift for his service to the Club.

WELCOME NEW PRESIDENT THOMAS NEWBY..... Dianne Paron 2012-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
PEACE THROUGH SERVICE: 2012-13 ROTARY THEME Dianne Paron 2012-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD: ROTARY FOUNDATION Dianne Paron 2012-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on May 20, 2012

 2012 Spelling Bee Poster


Planning for the 7th Annual "GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE" is well underway and teams and sponsors are being actively recruited. 

Check out the "GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE" link to the left for more information including sponsorship opportunities, team and sponsor registration forms, pledge forms and more.

Never seen a "GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE" before?  Go to YouTube and search on Guelph-Rotary-Spelling Bee for a 15-minute video from one of our earlier events....see how much fun you can have by participating!

2012 "GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE" Dianne Paron 2012-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Apr 22, 2012
About 225 Rotarians attended the Annual Club Leadership Training and Assembly at EC Drury in Milton on the weekend. DGE Ian Ferguson launched the day-long event words of inspiration for the coming year.

Incoming club executive members had an opportunity to listen to veteran Rotarians, who provided valuable information about club management as well as fundraising, Foundation, Public Relations and New Generations to name a few.

Pictured, DG Brian Carmichael speaks to Rotarians about membership.  2012-2013 Director and Membership Chair Geoff Allen was in attendance....can you find him in the photo?

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WHERE'S GEOFF? Dianne Paron 2012-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Apr 08, 2012

On April 5th we welcomed our newest member, Wendy Banki.   Wendy was sponsored for membership by Rotarian Margaret Nixon (left) and formally inducted as a member by President-Elect Thomas Newby (right). 

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Wendy's mentor will be Rotarian Celia Clark.  Wendy is retired from the Commercial Printing industry.  She will be a wonderful addition to our Rotary Club....

WELCOME NEW MEMBER WENDY BANKI Dianne Paron 2012-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
MARCH 22nd IS "WORLD WATER DAY" Dianne Paron 2012-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Mar 14, 2012

WWCCAC CEO Kevin Mercer

Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre CEO Kevin Mercer with Rotarians Brian Cowan (who sits on the WWCCAC Board of Directors) and Margaret Nixon at the Rotary Club of Guelph South's March 15th weekly meeting.  Kevin was the guest speaker and updated the Club members on the activities of the WWCCAC and the recent Drummond Report recommendations to the provincial government on health care issues.  Brian introduced Kevin. Margaret thanked Kevin, presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation, and advised him that the Club is making a $20 donation to the PolioPlus worldwide polio eradication cause that Rotary International is partner to that will innoculate 40 children.

WATERLOO WELLINGTON COMMUNITY CARE ACCESS CENTRE Dianne Paron 2012-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Feb 27, 2012

Members of our Rotary Club have been traveling back and forth over the past year to El Carizal, a small community just outside of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, where we have been supporting a local womens jam-making cooperative "Condimentos el Carizal".

Right now Rotarians Richard Puntis and Frank Oudesluys are there (Rotarian Geoff Allen was there a couple of weeks ago) and construction of a proper kitchen has begun, with financial support from Rotary Club of Guelph South.


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NEW KITCHEN BEING CONSTRUCTED IN NICARAGUA Dianne Paron 2012-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Feb 26, 2012

Pasta for Ponies!! 

Rotary Club of Guelph South recently held their 10th annual Taste of Italy Pasta Dinner at Puslinch Community Centre. This year they raised over $6,000 in support of Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre and other worthwhile Rotary projects.  Sunrise is celebrating their 30th anniversary and their volunteers and families came together with Rotarians and the community to enjoy delicious pasta and meatballs, live entertainment and great silent auction items.  The Rotary Club of Guelph South extends a sincere thank you to all who donated or attended and made this event such a success.

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Pictured are MC for the evening Rotarian Brian Cowan and Scott van Engen, Chairman of the Board for Sunrise.

10th ANNUAL TASTE OF ITALY PASTA DINNER A GREAT SUCCESS! Dianne Paron 2012-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Feb 12, 2012

Congratulations to Charter Member Margaret Nixon who has been appointed by Rotary's District 7080 to serve as Assistant District Governor, responsible for the Guelph Cluster of 6 Rotary Clubs (Guelph, Guelph-Trillium, Guelph-Wellington, Guelph South, Fergus-Elora and Centre Wellington Centennial).  She will assume this role on July 1st 2012.

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Margaret served two terms as our Club President (2002-2003 and 2006-2007) and is the first member of the Rotary Club of Guelph South to be appointed an Assistant District Governor!

MARGARET NIXON 2012-2014 ASSISTANT DISTRICT GOVERNOR Dianne Paron 2012-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jan 11, 2012

Get yours before they are sold out!   IT IS A SELL OUT, ONCE AGAIN....

Tickets for this popular fundraising dinner event, held at the Puslinch Community Centre in Aberfoyle, are now available.  Contact any Rotary Club of Guelph South member, or Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre.

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SORRY FOLKS...IT IS SOLD OUT! 10th ANNUAL "TASTE OF ITALY" PASTA DINNER Dianne Paron 2012-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jan 11, 2012

Congratulations to Rotary Club of Guelph South Charter Member Neil Mahnke who was awarded his second Paul Harris Fellow at the December 22nd 2011 weekly meeting.  He received his first in March 2009.

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2nd "PAUL HARRIS FELLOW" FOR NEIL MAHNKE Dianne Paron 2012-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary club members worldwide are cautiously celebrating a major milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio. India, until recently an epicenter of the wild poliovirus, has gone one year without recording a new case of the crippling, sometimes fatal, disease.
 
India’s last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal State on 13 January 2011. The country recorded 42 cases in 2010, and 741 in 2009.

A chief factor in India’s success has been the widespread use of the bivalent oral polio vaccine, which is effective against both remaining types of the poliovirus. Another has been rigorous monitoring, which has helped reduce the number of children missed by health workers during National Immunization Days to less than 1 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Rotary celebrates India’s first polio-free year. from Rotary International on Vimeo.

ONE YEAR WITHOUT ANY NEW POLIO CASES IN INDIA Dianne Paron 2012-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Oct 20, 2011

 

 

 The 2011 Champion Speller team is "The U of G Bees" sponsored by the University of Guelph's Office of Research.  The 3 team members were Jane Colwell, Steve DeBrabandere and Laura Beaupre.....all decked out in Harry Potter gear, complete with wands, dry ice and chants! 

CONGRATULATIONS 2011 "GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE" CHAMPIONS! Dianne Paron 2011-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Sep 10, 2011
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SEPTEMBER 11, 2011.....We today remember the terrible tragedy of the terrorist attacks against the U.S.  The quest for world peace is even more important since that day.

"Building Peace" takes a look at The Rotary Foundation's Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution program. Hear from the Peace Fellows themselves about the program and learn what they are doing now out in the field. 


 

BUILDING PEACE.....ROTARY WORLD PEACE FELLOWS Dianne Paron 2011-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
NEW ROTARY CLUB FINDER APP Dianne Paron 2011-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Aug 21, 2011
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Rotarians and friends of Rotary responded with extraordinary generosity again during the 2010-11 Rotary year. Contributions to our Annual Programs Fund exceeded US$100 million for the fourth time in history, and we far surpassed our goal of $95.5 million. In fact, contributions to the Annual Programs Fund were the second-highest ever, at nearly $108 million. Thanks to each of you for your efforts and personal financial support.


2010-11 RI President Ray Klinginsmith and 2010-11 Foundation Trustee Chair Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar appreciate your contributions. Watch their video message.

Rotary Thanks You from Rotary International on Vimeo.

ROTARY FOUNDATION 2010-2011 YEAR RESULTS Dianne Paron 2011-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Aug 20, 2011
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Newest member Geoff Allen gave his Classification Talk on August 4th, giving us some insight into his life.  Wife Deb was also in attendance - our first opportunity to meet her as well!

CLASSIFICATION TALK - GEOFF ALLEN Dianne Paron 2011-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jul 31, 2011

There is a WORLD POLIO DAY and it is celebrated on October 24th of each year.

  Ending Polio Worldwide

 There will be more information provided as it becomes available from Rotary International and the District on publicity and events surrounding this day. 

 

DID YOU KNOW?..... Dianne Paron 2011-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jul 31, 2011

Rotary International has embraced the use of social media (eg. Twitter, Facebook) as a means of increasing and improving dialogue between Rotarians and those they interact with.  The following is a 2-minute video overview of what RI considers to be the potential for the use of social media by Rotarians.

 

RI Social Media video from Rotary International on Vimeo.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE FUTURE OF ROTARY Dianne Paron 2011-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jul 30, 2011

On July 31st 2011 the Rotary Club of Guelph South celebrates the 10th anniversary of its chartering.  There are still eight original Charter Members in the Club (Ann Caine, Celia Clark, Peter Clark, Bill Hammond, Neil Mahnke, Margaret Nixon, Frank Oudesluys and Dianne Paron) and there is a vigor, vitality and congeniality in this Club that would be the envy of many others!  Every year we get better and do more good, both locally and internationally.  And we have a heck of a good time doing it!  NOTHING BUT GOOD NEWS AS WE START OUR SECOND DECADE.....

(The original Club photograph taken at the 2001 Charter Night, along with Ralph Marziano of the Guelph-Trillium Club, our sponsor Club, who very much championed our formation) 

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HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY ROTARY CLUB OF GUELPH SOUTH! Dianne Paron 2011-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26th 2011

5:30pm at the Italian Canadian Club in Guelph 

The Guelph Area Cluster of Rotary Clubs will participate in a District 7080 Mini-Conference (in lieu of the usual annual District wide Conference) that will include a dinner and speakers.   More information will be forthcoming.....

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS..... Dianne Paron 2011-07-31 00:00:00Z 0

Our Club website's "favicon" icon is now the round "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" logo.  A favicon is a small icon, usually 16 x 16 pixels. It is used by browsers for display in the browser's address bar and bookmarks..   For those using the Internet Explorer web browser, when you type in our website URL or otherwise link to it, you will notice in the address bar (at the top of the screen) that, instead of the Internet Explorer "blue e" icon, there is now our Spelling Bee icon! Thanks ClubRunner for this cute little addition to the website.

DID YOU NOTICE? Dianne Paron 2011-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jul 08, 2011
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New 2011-2012 President Paul Moran chaired his first weekly meeting as President on July 7th 2011.   He outlined his vision for what the Club could realistically accomplish during the 2011-2012 Rotary year, consistent with the visioning exercise done in June 2010.....

WELCOME 2011-2012 PRESIDENT PAUL MORAN Dianne Paron 2011-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
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HELP YOUR TEAM REACH THEIR PLEDGE GOAL AND EARN AN ADDITIONAL VALUABLE "SPELL OVER"

Take advantage of the opportunity to donate online via "CanadaHelps", an online website where you can use the drop-down list to select the team that you want to donate to, then make your donation by credit card (VISA, Mastercard or American Express), Interac debit or even PayPal, in a safe and secure online environment.  BONUS: You can even have your tax receipt emailed to you immediately upon making your donation if you choose that option.  You'll be helping your team, and you'll be helping others at the same time.  For 2011 the proceeds from the "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" will be going to Michael House in Guelph, Condimentos el Carizal in Nicaragua, and other worthwhile Rotary projects.

 Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org! Faire un don maintenant par CanadaHelps.org!

2011 GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE....TEAM PLEDGES Dianne Paron 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
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June 30th marked the end of the 2010-2011 Rotary year, but happily it was also the induction date of new Rotarian Geoff Allen.  Geoff was sponsored for membership by our incoming 2011-2012 President, Paul Moran.
WELCOME NEW MEMBER.....GEOFF ALLEN Dianne Paron 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jun 30, 2011

A new photo album has been posted to the Club website (home page, scroll down on right hand side to "Photo Album" section) and a selection of photos from our 10th Anniversary Charter Night event have been posted.

This new version of the website now has a 'slide show' feature....enjoy! 

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Did you know these Rotary facts?

Number of Rotarians worldwide

 1,223,083

Number of Rotary Clubs worldwide

       34,164

Number of countries/geographical areas that there are Rotary Clubs

            214

Number of Rotary Districts

            530

Number of Rotaract Clubs (ages 19-30)

         8,440

Number of Rotaract Club Members  

     194,120

Number of Interact Clubs (ages 12-18)  

       13,009

Number of Interact Club Members

     299,207 

 

 

  (May 31st 2011 numbers)

 
   
   
                                                                                            

    

ROTARY....BY THE NUMBERS..... Dianne Paron 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jun 25, 2011

The Rotary Club of Guelph South was pleased to be able to donate $600.00 on June 23rd to Bonnie Melichercik of the charitable organization "Friends of Ile a Vache" for the purchase of a rainwater cistern in order to provide clean water.

 

DONATION OF CISTERN TO HAITIAN VILLAGE Dianne Paron 2011-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
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July 31st 2011 marks the 10th Anniversary for the Rotary Club of Guelph South.  To celebrate, Club members, spouses, partners, friends and representatives of other local Rotary Clubs and District 7080 enjoyed a "Nine 'n Dine" event at Springfield Golf & Country Club. 

The event was organized by Past Presidents Margaret Nixon and Neil Mahnke, and Neil MC'd.  

 

10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Dianne Paron 2011-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jun 25, 2011

Beginning in July 2011, The Rotarian will bring you the same print content you’ve enjoyed for years -- in paperless form.

If you switch to digital, a link to the new issue will be delivered to your e-mail inbox each month from Zinio, the world’s largest digital newsstand. Plus download the Zinio app on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, or Samsung Galaxy to take The Rotarian digital magazine with you wherever you go.

Want to trade your print subscription for digital? Go to the Rotary International website and fill in a form to begin receiving your digital subscription. As a current subscriber to The Rotarian, your method of payment will not change.  Go to  www.rotary.org then click on the "Media and News" tab, then click on "The Rotarian" look below....then click on the "Subscribe Now" link under tne notice that the digital version of The Rotarian is coming in July.  That will take you to the form that needs to be completed to change your print subscription to the digital one.

Want the digital edition but don’t want to give up your print subscription? Starting in July, you'll be able to add a year's subscription to the digital edition for US$12 through Zinio (watch for details on www.rotary.org). You will continue to receive your print subscription through Rotary International, and the method of payment for your print subscription will not change.

"THE ROTARIAN" MAGAZINE....GOING DIGITAL Dianne Paron 2011-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
2011-2012 ROTARY THEME: REACH WITHIN TO EMBRACE HUMANITY Dianne Paron 2011-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jun 23, 2011

On June 16th the Rotary Foundation Committee had the honour of presenting Paul Harris Fellow Awards to 2 deserving non-Rotarian candidates:  Barbara Zuccala (nominated by Rotarian Cheryl Cowan) and Dr. Paul Thistle (nominated by Rotarian Wilbert Abbott) who were selected after nominations were solicited from Club members.....

(A photo album from the awards event is on the Rotary Club's home page

 

PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AWARDS Dianne Paron 2011-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Jun 06, 2011

As of 31 May, Rotarians have raised about $174.7 million for Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge. These contributions will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.   As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

PROGRESS FOR ROTARY'S $200M CHALLENGE FOR POLIO ERADICATION Dianne Paron 2011-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Margaret Nixon on May 24, 2011
July 31st 2011 is the 10th Anniversary of our chartering as a Rotary club.  And what a 10 years it has been!  A celebration is in order, and that's exactly what's being planned for June 24th at Springfield Golf & Country Club (2054 Gordon Street, Guelph)....a "Nine 'n Dine" event with golfing (for those that like to chase little white balls around) and sumptious food, including an "around the world" experience with food stations.  Dinner is $35 - the awesome fellowship is free!  Golf is extra - $40 for 18 holes, $20 for 9 holes (that doesn't include a golf cart, that cost is extra again).
OUR 10th ANNIVERSARY CHARTER NIGHT CELEBRATION Margaret Nixon 2011-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
BILL GATES GIVES KEYNOTE SPEECH AT ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION Dianne Paron 2011-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on May 12, 2011
ClubRunner Mobile App Now Available!
We're very excited to announce that the ClubRunner Mobile App is now available for download! Released on May 4, 2011, the ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your ClubRunner website on the go!
CLUBRUNNER MOBILE APP NOW AVAILABLE Dianne Paron 2011-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on May 12, 2011
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Our Rotary Club was pleased to once again sponsor four students from Guelph's Bishop Macdonell High School, so that they could attend the 2011 Golden Triangle Rotary Club's "Camp Enterprise".  Our Rotary Club is one of nine (9) local clubs that participates in this program annually.

2011 'CAMP ENTERPRISE' STUDENTS Dianne Paron 2011-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
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The "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" will be held on Thursday October 20th 2011 and this will be the 6th Annual event.....but this year with a brand new "hive"!

We are excited to announce that new Platinum Sponsor Delta Hotel Guelph & Conference Centre will be hosting the event for 2011 and 2012.  Not only are we happy to welcome this new event sponsor, we look forward to being able to accommodate even more participants with the larger venue.

We are also honoured to once again have the support of Title Sponsor Hammond Power Solutions, and Gold Sponsor Investors Group.

Honourary Chair for the event for 2011 will be Wellington County Ward 7 Councilor Don McKay. Esteemed Judges Jo Phenix and Lloyd Longfield will be doing an encore performance.  Our new MrPronouncer for this year will be Hugh Spencer, former head of the English Department at Guelph Collegiate (GCVI) where he taught for close to 25 years.

If you have never seen an adult Spelling Bee and are wondering what it's all about, we would humbly suggest that ours is the best but you be your own judge....watch our YouTube video, a 15 minute production from the 2006 inaugural event that will give you a good idea of how much fun it is for everyone involved.  Recruitment for the limited number of teams for the 2011 event will be underway very soon.

 

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APRIL is "Magazine Month" - Share your copy of The Rotarian with your community during Magazine Month, and help promote Rotary’s work around the world.....
ROTARY MONTHLY THEME - APRIL Dianne Paron 2011-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of Guelph South is proud to continue its tradition of sponsoring students from Bishop Macdonell High School in Guelph to attend the Golden Triangle Rotary Clubs Camp Enterprise, held each year in Waterloo on the first weekend in May.

This year we will be sponsoring 4 students, and we look forward to hearing about their experience at a regular weekly club meeting in  May.

What is "Camp Enterprise"?

Camp Enterprise is an extensive three-day camp offering students the opportunity to participate in leadership activities. The programme consists of a series of panels, presentations and discussions on the subject of business and the free enterprise system where students can interact with business leaders. Camp Enterprise involves:

  • Face-to-face opportunities to discuss issues
  • An insight into business concepts
  • An opportunity to build skills in the Art of Negotiation
  • Presentations on the Private Enterprise system
  • An opportunity to develop teamwork skills
  • Challenging team games
  • Panel discussions
  • A chance to meet and speak with today's business leaders
  • Inspirational speakers
  • An opportunity to forge new friendships

 The objective of Camp Enterprise is to expose, to challenge and spur student's imagination on the whole subject of business and private enterprise.   The programme is intended to provide students with a broad view of professional, business and management careers. The programme presents business and management as challenging positions offering enormous personal satisfaction, allowing the individual to exercise maximum creativity and providing endless opportunities.

The 'Leaders of Tomorrow' are selected from Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph & Cambridge area high schools. Attendees will be students who are enrolled in Grades 11 or 12, have demonstrated leadership skills and who are active in various school committees and activities.

Contact the Rotary Club of Guelph South for more information on Camp Enterprise or Rotary itself....come and have breakfast with us (Thursday mornings 7:30-8:30am at Springfield Golf & Country Club, 2054 Gordon, Guelph).

This YouTube video is from Northumberland Rotary's Camp Enterprise - it's safe to assume that when you get a group of motivated students and inspirational speakers together for a weekend at a residential retreat, that you'll get very similar results! 

 

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Congratulations to Andreas and his team (Anna Lammerding & Neil Mahnke) for coming up with a winning social event - a "glow in the dark mini putt" golf tournament. It was also a fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation and early results indicate that it may have raised as much as $400 for our charity. They sold lots of "mulligans" and everyone had a lot of fun. Great job by the Committee and congratulations to all of the prize winners!
1st ANNUAL 'FOUNDATION CUP' EVENT IS A WINNER! Dianne Paron 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
ONE DAY ONLY....DOUBLE RECOGNITION POINTS FOR ONLINE CONTRIBUTIONS Dianne Paron 2011-02-22 00:00:00Z 0
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 Welcome back Peter & Celia from their trip to Nicaragua where they were able to visit the El Carizal "jam project" that our Rotary club is very involved with....
PETER & CELIA VISIT NICARAGUA Dianne Paron 2011-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Our 9th Annual 'Taste of Italy' Pasta Dinner was not only a sell-out, it was an unqualified success.  A collection of photos from the event have been posted in a new Photo Album  now available from the website home page.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL 'TASTE OF ITALY' PASTA DINNER Dianne Paron 2011-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Feb 01, 2011

On November 3, 1910 the first Rotary club meeting in Canada was held in Winnipeg. Today is a great day to celebrate Canada's Rotary Centennial project.

 

Our Rotary Centennial School in Afghanistan was dedicated on Sunday September 26th, five months ahead of schedule and under budget.

ROTARY CANADA CENTENNIAL PROJECT Dianne Paron 2011-02-01 22:30:06Z 0
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The members of the Rotary Club of Guelph South wish everyone a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous 2011.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Dianne Paron 2011-02-01 22:28:41Z 0
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Planning is enthusiastically underway for the annual "Taste of Italy" celebration, hosted by the Rotary Club of Guelph South.  Proceeds from the February 11th 2011 event will be used by the Rotary Club of Guelph South to support charitable works on both the local and international scene.  We are happy to announce that Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre in Puslinch will be a key beneficiary again this year.
"TASTE OF ITALY" PASTA DINNER Dianne Paron 2011-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to the organizing committee....the 2010 "Taste of Italy Pasta Dinner" is a total sell-out.   We look forward to welcoming our guests on Friday February 11th at the Puslinch Community Centre, and providing them with a delicious meal, entertainment and fellowship.

ANOTHER SOLD OUT PASTA DINNER! Dianne Paron 2011-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS Dianne Paron 2010-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Dec 19, 2010
On November 25 2010 the Rotary Club of Guelph South hosted a special breakfast meeting with some of the sponsors and beneficiaries of the October 2010 "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee".....
SUPPORTING LOCAL CHARITIES Dianne Paron 2010-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dianne Paron on Nov 25, 2010

Rotarian Ann Caine, a charter member of our Rotary Club, was among thirteen exceptional Ontarians that received the 2010 Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship for their contributions to their communities. Created in 1973, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship recognizes people who have made exceptional long-term contributions to the quality of life in the province.

CONGRATULATIONS ANN CAINE! Dianne Paron 2010-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
END POLIO NOW Dianne Paron 2010-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Cynthia Walker, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Guelph South, and David Parks were married on January 12th 2013 in Guelph. 

Congratulations and best wishes from everyone for a long and happy life together!

 (Is that a beautiful bride or what???)

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CONGRATULATIONS Cynthia and David Dianne Paron 0
REACH WITHIN TO EMBRACE HUMANITY Dianne Paron 0
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The Rotary Foundation is OUR charity, and all Rotarians are encouraged to support our charity with an annual donation commitment.

The Rotary Foundation is a multi-faceted force for good in the world - watch this 9 minute video for information on the various programs that are funded through donations made:

 

EVERY ROTARIAN, EVERY YEAR Dianne Paron 0
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On Thursday October 21st the Rotary Club of Guelph South hosted its 5th Annual "Grate Groan Up Spelling Bee". Before an almost capacity crowd 16 able teams competed for spelling supremacy, with returning 2009 Champions "Suite Segue Schpellarz" from Segue Music repeating as 2010 Champions!
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There are as many reasons to support The Rotary Foundation as there are ways to do good in the world.   By contributing to the Foundation, you help support the Foundation's six areas of focus, which help to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. By giving US$100 a year through the  Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative, you become a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member. Contributions to EREY are the primary source of funding for Foundation programs.

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We're pleased to announce that the Honourary Chair for the 2010 "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" will be Barb McKay.  Barb McKay is currently Ward 7 County Councillor, having been elected to that role following 3 terms as Township of Puslinch Councillor.  Barb's term on County Councillor is finishing and she is retiring from active public service at the municipal government level.  She will continue her many community-oriented volunteer involvements though, and with a special education background, being Honourary Chair for the 2010 Bee is a perfect fit!
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TOMORROW IS TODAY.....

It's only 3 weeks away!  The annual Rotary District 7080 Conference is being held this year in Mississauga at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel (Hwy 401 and Mississauga Road) from Friday October 15th through Sunday October 17th.  You MUST watch this absolutely awesome 2:25 minute promotional video for more information.

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President Frank chaired the meeting: moment of silent reflection, toast to Canada and Rotary around the world.  There were no guests or visiting Rotarians at this meeting.      

WEEKLY MEETING - Sept 9 2010 Dianne Paron 0
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6 weeks and counting .....plans are well advanced for the 5th annual Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee, including 18 teams already registered.  The beneficiaries of this year's fundraiser will be Hopewell Children's Homes PlaySense Activity Centre and Michael House, along with other worthwhile local Rotary projects.

2010 GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE Dianne Paron 0
SEPTEMBER IS ROTARY'S "NEW GENERATIONS" MONTH Dianne Paron 0
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What would it take to change the world? Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

THIS IS ROTARY...Service Above Self Dianne Paron 0
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After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.

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Rotary International President' Monthly Message Dianne Paron 0
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 As of 19 August 2010, Rotarians have raised approximately US$144.4 million for the US$200 Million Challenge. These contributions will help Rotary raise US$200 million to match US$355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Charitable Foundation.

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July 1 2010 is the start of a new Rotary year.  The Rotary International Theme for this year is "Building Committees, Bridging Continents".   Incoming Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith wrote the following about how he came up with this theme:
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Thursday July 1st is Canada Day, and our Club will be withdrawing our regular weekly meeting for that Thursday - we'll meet again for the first weekly meeting of the new Rotary year on Thursday July 8th with new President Frank chairing the meeting...

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Saturday June 26th saw fully half of the club members turn up for the 1st Adopt-A-Road clean-up on Brock Road in Aberfoyle...
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Joan Wilkinson, wife of Rotary Foundation Trustee and 2007-08 RI President Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, died on 22 March. She was 78.

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Thomas, a member of our Rotary Club since 2007, won an "Emerging Leader Award" from the Chartered Insurance Professionals at their National Leadership Awards....way to go Thomas!

CONGRATULATIONS THOMAS NEWBY Dianne Paron 0
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL PASTA DINNER... Dianne Paron 0
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This year, the club increased its level of support in the provision of dictionaries to eligible Grade 3 students by extending a presence into the private school sector of our community....

GRADE 3 DICTIONARIES PROJECT Dianne Paron 0
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Congratulations to the organizing committee for the upcoming "Taste of Italy" Pasta Dinner - the tickets are all sold out more than 2 weeks before the event....
SOLD OUT! Dianne Paron 0
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The team from Segue Music "Suite Segue Schpellarz" won the 4th Annual Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee.  They successfully spelled the word 'vexillologist" (definition: a study of flags) in the 6th round - the only team of the 3 in that final round that spelled their word correctly....
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Our Rotary Club celebrated not only the visit by the 2009-2010 District Governor Bob Palmateer, along with wife Sherrin, but also the induction of new member Wilbert Abbott...
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The Rotary Club of Guelph South awarded its first "Four Avenues of Service" Award to Charter Member and Past President (twice!) Margaret Nixon at a special awards dinner on September 21 2009 at the Springfield Golf & Country Club....
FOUR AVENUES OF SERVICE CITATION Dianne Paron 0
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Tickets are now available for the 8th Annual "Taste of Italy" Pasta Dinner, held each February at the Puslinch Community Centre.  Proceeds from this fundraiser go to support the Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre.

 

 In this, the 8th year, we're going to continue to improve the meal that you'll be offered....this year there will be meatballs too!

So get your tickets NOW before they sell out....and bring your appetite.

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The Rotary Club of Guelph South was pleased to be able to welcome two new members - Brian Cowan and Cheryl Cowan.  Brian and Cheryl are Puslinch residents and are eager to join the rest of the club in "Service Above Self" both in their community and internationally.

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The new Rotary Year starts on July 1st with a new Theme "The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands"...
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President Karen Dowell capped off a most successful year with a visit from outgoing District 7080 Governor Norm Bindon, who presented the Club with the 2008-2009 Presidential Citation....
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Thursday June 18th's weekly meeting will be the big year-end finale for the team that has been keeping OUR charity - Rotary Foundation - front and centre throughout this Rotary year....

ROTARY FOUNDATION EXTRAVAGANZA Dianne Paron 0
ADOPT-A-ROAD CLEAN UP IN ABERFOYLE Dianne Paron 0
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We're happy to announce that the 2009 "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee" will have Honourary Co-Chairs:  Paul and Jean Truex...
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The Rotary Club of Guelph South has donated $1,500 to the Guelph Food Bank, and thanks to the "Kraft Hunger Challenge" our donation is being matched by Kraft Canada...
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On April 2, 2009 we were proud to welcome our newest member....ANDREAS HUG.  Andreas is a Management Consultant.  Rotarian Ann Caine is his sponsor.

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The Rotary Club of Guelph South was pleased to be able to provide a donation of $4,000 to the Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre, located in Puslinch Township, at its March 19 2009 weekly meeting...

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The members of the Rotary Club of Guelph South were pleased to observe the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Neil Mahnke, a charter member and Past President of our Rotary Club....

NEIL MAHNKE, PAUL HARRIS FELLOW Dianne Paron 0
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WHO SAYS GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS WON'T USE A DICTIONARY???  On Monday February 9th our Rotary Club visited their second school, the new Rickson Ridge Public School in the south end of Guelph, where they handed out dictionaries to the Grade 3 student, then watched the students dive into them...
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Don't miss this family favourite being held on Friday February 20th at the Aberfoyle Community Centre in Puslinch Township.  Doors and bar open at 5:30pm, dinner is served starting at 6:00pm....
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Four members of the Rotary Club of Guelph South visited the 2 Grade 3 classes at Aberfoyle Public School on Friday January 23rd and presented each Grade 3-er with their own dictionary, courtesy of Rotary....
2009 GRADE 3 DICTIONARIES PROJECT Dianne Paron 0
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On December 4th the Rotary Club of Guelph South welcomed sponsors and team members from the 2008 "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee", along with other guests, to a special weekly club meeting in the "Pines" room at the Springfield Golf & Country Club...
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Looking for more information on the 3rd Annual "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee"The link on the left (Under "Site Pages") will take you to another series of pages that will have information on not only this year's event (October 23, 2008 at Guelph Place Banquet Hall) but on last year's event as well....
2008 GRATE GROAN-UP SPELLING BEE Dianne Paron 0
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Congratulations to Charter Member (and Past President) Frank Oudesluys as he was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award at the December 4th weekly meeting.....
PAUL HARRIS FELLOW FRANK OUDESLUYS Dianne Paron 0
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July 1st marks the start of the new Rotary year.  We have a new President (Karen Dowell) and a new Board of Directors and an energized club ready to make a difference!  The Rotary International theme for 2008-2009 is "Make Dreams Real" and the July 2008 message to all Rotarians from 2008-2009 RI President Dong Kurn (D.K.) Lee follows....
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On Thursday July 10th we were honoured to welcome a visitor from Rotary of Bexley (Borough of Bexley, Greater London area) in District 1120.  He is here currently on a visit to his daughter who lives in the south end of Guelph....

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Congratulations to the 2008 Winners of the "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee", THE BLUE PRINTS team from Blue North Strategies and team members Kris Culp, Nancy Harper and Brent Klassen.
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Again for 2008 our Rotary Club sponsored 3 students from Guelph's Bishop MacDonell High School to attend the 3-day Rotary-sponsored "Camp Enterprise" in Waterloo....
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Our Rotary Club is now a proud supporter of the County of Wellington's "Adopt-A-Road" Program.  We have made a 3 year commitment to conduct roadside cleanups 3 times a year of the stretch of roadway through Aberfoyle down to McLean Road....
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On Monday April 14th "Buzzie" the Bee and President Elect Karen Dowell presented a $4,500 cheque to Program Director Karen Calzonetti at the Playsense Activity Centre in Guelph.

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Guelph Rotaract is a non-profit organization affiliated with Rotary International for 18 to 30 year old young professionals in Guelph and surrounding area that strives to serve the community on a local and international level.

GUELPH ROTARACT CLUB Dianne Paron 0
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In the late 1960s, noting the success of the recently formed Interact program, the RI Board realized the need for a program of service, activity, and fellowship for young adults no longer of Interact age (14-18). The name Rotaract (Rotary in Action) was selected to show the program's close affiliation with both Rotary and Interact clubs.
ROTARACT 40th ANNIVERSARY Dianne Paron 0
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The Rotary Club of Guelph South hosted its 6th Annual "Taste of Italy" Pasta Dinner, held annually at the Puslinch Community Centre in Aberfoyle that featured a tasty meal, friendly table service, a silent auction and penny raffle.

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During the first Rotary club meeting on 23 February 1905 in Chicago, Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Hiram Shorey, and Silvester Schiele met to talk about their personal experiences.  Harris then unfolded his general plan for their club meetings...

ROTARY'S 103rd BIRTHDAY Dianne Paron 0
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Past President Margaret Nixon has just returned from Mexico, representing our Rotary club on the team of 18 Canadians that traveled to Nogales Mexico to provide shoeboxes (and baskets) of gifts to underprivileged children there....

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Dictionary delivery to Grade 3 Children

The Rotary Club of Guelph South, along with the three other clubs in Guelph, donated dictionaries for all Grade 3 children in Guelph, Aberfoyle, Elora, and Fergus....

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CONGRATULATIONS to the winning teams at the 2nd Annual Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee held on Thursday October 25th at Guelph Place Banquet Hall!  Here's a photo of the Champion Spellers team "The Spell Checkers" from John Calvin Christian School (sponsored by Hammond Power Solutions) with the trophy presented by Charter President Bill Hammond...
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All of the team names and team members are set for the October 25th "Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee"...

THE TEAMS... Dianne Paron 0
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We're grateful to those sponsors who have made such a significant contribution to the 2007 event, including: 

TITLE Sponsor Hammond Power Solutions
GOLD Sponsor Investors Group
GOLD "Audience Spelling Game" Sponsor Guelph Mercury
GOLD Event Sponsor Straight Street Event Services
GOLD Prize Sponsor Research In Motion
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Our weekly meeting on Thursday October 11th had the theme "The BUZZ on the BEE" and the focus was the preparations that have been ongoing for the upcoming event on October 25th.  Past President Margaret Nixon chaired the meeting, and was no sooner finished the announcements, when in walked our new Spelling Bee mascot!

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The Champion Speller trophy is back in our possession, after spending the past year with the 2006 Champion team, "ALL CAPS" from the University of Guelph's Communications & Public Affairs Department.  President Elect Karen Dowell picked up the trophy on Friday October 5th from team leader Andrew Vowles.
RETURN OF 2006 CHAMPIONS TROPHY Dianne Paron 0
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We are pleased to announce that acclaimed author Jean Little has agreed to serve as the Honourary Chair for our 2nd Annual Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee that will be held on Thursday October 25 2007 at the Guelph Place Banquet Hall....   

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We were so pleased to welcome a very special visitor to our regular weekly meeting today.  Reg Pugh, a member of the Rotary Club of Gladstone-Port Curtis, Queensland, Australia has been on a home exchange program with a professor from the University of Guelph, and did a make-up today with us....
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Welcome Thomas Newby...

On Thursday July 19th at a special Visitors Meeting we were pleased to welcome Thomas Newby as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Guelph South.

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Rotary International has approved our club's name change to

ROTARY CLUB OF GUELPH SOUTH

Nothing else has changed..."Wellington South" or "Guelph South"...we're still the club that  "came together as strangers, and work together as friends".

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The Pikangikum Water Purification Project

  This project was designed to respond in a small way to the desperate needs of children and families in Pikangikum First Nation.  Children in Pikangikum (population 2,400) live in severe poverty.  Hunger is part of normal life.  Housing conditions are indescribable, with serious overcrowding, lack of running water, and outdoor toilet facilities.  The community's infrastructure is in desperate need of upgrading, with an overtaxed hydro generating system and lack of community facilities.  The school is outdated, having been built some forty years ago for 250 students and now trying to accommodate more than 800 students; 200 students cannot attend school because of lack of space there.  Many children and youth engage in solvent abuse (gas sniffing).  The rate of youth suicide is extreme.

 

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On Friday February 23rd our Rotary club held the 5th Annual "Taste of Italy" Pasta Dinner at the Puslinch Community Centre in Aberfoyle.  Diners were treated to a tasty meal, attentive table service, a comfortable ambience, and opportunities to participate in a silent auction and raffles.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL PASTA DINNER... Dianne Paron 0
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On January 25th a 2/3 majority of the members in attendance at the weekly meeting voted on a proposal to amend the name our Rotary club, from "Wellington South" to "Guelph South".....

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The Rotary Club of Wellington South has committed up to $3,500 from the "Touch A Word" program to the PlaySense Activity Centre in Guelph for adaptive computer technology...

1ST "TOUCH A WORD" PROGRAM DONATION Dianne Paron 0
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Rotary Club of Wellington South Donates $12,000 to Tikinagan (First Nations)

The Rotary Club of Wellington South has donated $12,000 to provide a reverse osmosis water purification system for the Pikangikum School.

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   We had a good weekend at the 2006 "Ribfest" celebration, hosted by the Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium, held at Riverside Park.   The weather co-operated a little more than it has the past couple of years, and the coffee business was steady....

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July 1 2007 marks the start of the new Rotary 2007-2008 year.  The new Rotary International President, Wilfred (Wilf) Wilkinson, has selected the theme "ROTARY SHARES" for his year in office.  His main priorities for the upcoming year will be Health, Literacy and Water, as he has stated that "continuity is essential to Rotary's success".

President Wilf - the first Canadian Rotary International President in more than 50 years - was interviewed for the March 2007 issue of The Rotarian magazine....

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(A report to Gerry Duncan from Melissa Rosato on Margarita Island - February 2005)
I have revisited the first collector we have installed and know that I can be assured the materials are suitable (this is the first time we are working with PVC plastic posts); I am in the process of buying the rest of the materials and getting those 8 young men to build the remaining collectors.
MARGARITA ISLAND FOG COLLECTOR UPDATE Dianne Paron 0
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The members of the Rotary Club of Wellington South are proud to be funding the 10 fog collectors for the project that will determine the feasibility of collecting adequate potable water from fog in the arrid relatively unoccupied side of Margarita Island, Venezuela.
FogQuest - Margarita Island Project Dianne Paron 0
How secure is all this data? Dianne Paron 0
Don't forget the eBulletin! Dianne Paron 0
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Rotary's 100th Birthday Celebration

We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively.

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