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Proud to also serve Puslinch Township

Guelph South

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We meet Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Springfield Golf & Country Club
2054 Gordon Street
Guelph, ON  N1L1G6
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We were thrilled to be able to formally induct 2 new members today: Martin Litchfield (sponsor Russ Powell) and Charlie Barnes (sponsor Linda Craig).  Both have a long tradition of volunteer service, and becoming Rotarians is a natural progression.
   (l-r: Russ Powell, Martin Litchfield, President Linda Main, Linda Craig, Charlie Barnes)
We're pleased to announce that Food4Kids Guelph has received confirmation of its non-profit incorporation, and is in the process of getting its charitable status finalized.  This exciting news is accompanied by their new logo and new website www.food4kidsguelph.ca - we hope you'll check it out!
Tickets are still available for the April 2nd fundraiser breakfast being held at Cutten Fields.  Help us ensure that more kids have their weekend food needs met by attending the breakfast or making a donation.
Tickets are now available for the upcoming fundraiser in support of the @Food4KidsWW program in Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin. Help the Rotary clubs in Guelph as they address the issue of the 1500-1800 children in local schools who experience severe food insecurity in their homes.
Many local school children already benefit from weekday, in-school nourishment programs such as breakfasts, snacks and/or lunches that are available to all children in the school.  But for the children facing severe food insecurity at home, there is a serious gap in their access to food over weekends and during school holidays.  Local food banks and food pantries are not able to cover this gap adequately, despite their best efforts due to the inability of families to access the food they require.  When children are nourished consistently their opportunities for a better future increase and their health and well-being are positively affected. They feel like they belong in their environment, whether it is the school classroom, playground or in the greater community.
Join us for breakfast, donate a silent auction item or become an event sponsor....contact us for more information and THANK YOU!
Congratulations to the 10 organizations selected to be honoured at the 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Brunch to be held on Sunday April 7th at Cutten Fields.
Each of the organizations will be invited to have up to 10 of their volunteers attend the event - those volunteers will enjoy a delicious brunch, as our guests, and the organization itself will receive a donation of $1,000.
On February 8th 2019 we hosted our annual fundraiser to benefit Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre, along with other worthwhile Rotary projects. 
The sell-out crowd of 240 guests enjoyed delicious all-you-can eat food, fellowship, door prizes, raffles and a silent auction boasting a wide range of items to be bid on.
While final numbers aren't in yet it's looking as if net proceeds will exceed $9,000 - a record for this event.
We are so grateful to the table sponsors along with the donors of silent auction/raffle/door prize items.   
Their generosity went a long way towards making this event the huge success it was.
We used the event as an opportunity to make a $5,000 donation to Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre, along with a $2,800 donation to Childrens' Help for Uganda.
A photo album is on the club website home page (right side) along with a photo carousel (left side).  Thanks to the volunteers, sponsors, prize donors and especially our guests!
Tour de Guelph is a cycling event in support of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital and local Rotary projects through the Rotary clubs of Guelph South and Guelph Trillium.
Its intent is to build and support community well-being within Guelph-Wellington.  Tour de Guelph is for all ages and abilities and welcomes participation from community members as well as visitors to Guelph-Wellington.
In its first five years, the event has raised over $300,000 for our community and has grown into one of Guelph-Wellington’s largest community sporting events. The ride continues to grow each year, now attracting close to 1,000 riders.
Our Rotary meeting theme this week was "GivingThursday" and we spent it donating contents & packing 10 Christmas Gift Bags for @ChalmersCentre, which we do every year, along with something new this year - 5 shoeboxes for @ShoeboxGuelph #ShoeboxProject.  Great fun & felt good too!  
As usual our members enthusiastically participated, both with the donated goods and the packing of the gift packages.  Guest Nicole Greco jumped right in there as well, helping with the packing and taking left over donated goods to Hope House for us...thanks Nicole!

This week Guelph General Hospital had its official ribbon-cutting for its new CT Scanner. Marianne Walker, GGH president and CEO, said the machine will improve the quality of care, create increased efficiency and will save money.

The previous CT scanner was 13 years old and performed over 300,000 scans. It frequently broke down and need repairs. It will be refurbished and used in a developing country. A year ago the hospital put a new CT scanner at the top of its wish list.

Cost of just under $1 million was paid for primarily through donations and fundraising in the community, including the Tour de Guelph community cycling event.

Rotary Club of Guelph South President Linda Main represented the club at the ribbon cutting ceremony.


Thanks to everyone that supported Tour de Guelph, YOU were part of this too!

  (L-R:  DGE Lesley Barmania; ADG Darlene Carpenter; President Linda Main; D7080 Governor John Gilvesy)
On September 6th we welcomed 2018-19 District 7080 Governor John Gilvesy to our club for the first time.
DG John was welcomed by Club President Linda Main.  Also attending was Assistant Governor Darlene Carpenter and, for her first visit to our club, District 7080 Governor Elect Lesley Barmania.
John was clearly outnumbered here, and it's a good representation of the involvement and elevation of women in Rotary!
DG John is a member of Rotary Club of Tillsonburg; ADG Darlene is a member of Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium; DGE Lesley is a member of Rotary Club of Meadowvale.
Thank you all for attending our meeting.
Again in 2018 we enjoyed hosting a busload of youngsters from the Shelldale Community Centre at Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre.  These city kids had an opportunity to whoop it up in a country setting, enjoying the fresh air, the animals, the BBQ and food, the swimming pool and the sports activities.  A group of volunteer Rotarians, along with Sunrise representatives, supervised the youngsters during the visit.  We're grateful to Sunrise for making their facility available for this event, and we know that the youngsters had a really good time!
On July 12th the District 7080 Director for Rotary Foundation and Past District Governor, Norm Bindon, attended our weekly meeting and presented the Club with a cheque for $4,597.00 representing proceeds from the Rotary Foundation as a District sponsored grant, towards the work done at the Olive Tree Projects birthing and maternal health in Haiti.   In January 2018 four Rotarians from our club (Peter and Celia Clark, Geoff and Deb Allen) went to Haiti in order to do renovations to their kitchen and install solar panels on the clinic roof in order to provide a more consistent source of electricity.  Donations to the Rotary Foundation are invested and after 3 years are available to clubs, both at the District and International level, to assist clubs in financing worthy projects like this.
And, while Norm was there, he was honoured to be able to award a Paul Harris Fellow +3 Pin to Rotarian Brian Cowan.  This pin with a special stone recognizes a level of contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations Brian!
On June 19th members and guests gathered to celebrate the end of another successful Rotary year.  President Bruno Marziano’s term will end of June 30th and he was thanked for his service to the club over the past year.  Incoming President Linda Main presented him with an engraved award as thanks, and he expressed his thanks to the members for their involvement that made the year such a success.  Everyone enjoyed barbecued steaks and ribs, along with various salads and accompaniments.  Mother Nature cooperated and provided perfect weather for eating and fellowship outdoors.
Rotary Club of Guelph South Rotarian Pat Lewis, along with Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium Rotary President Norm Greensmith, today welcomed + exchanged banners with visiting Rotarians (President-Elect K.K. Chugh, President Hernant Shah) from @3201Rotary District, Rotary Club of Coimbatore Metropolis, India. 
K.K. Chugh has a brother in Guelph, and they are staying with that brother while they attend the Rotary International Convention being held in Toronto.  They had originally reached out to our Club, to attend our regular weekly meeting.  However we had cancelled this week’s meeting due to the President Changeover event, and instead invited them to approach the Guelph-Trillium Club about attend their meeting.  They spoke with Norm Greensmith who readily accommodated them, and our own Pat Lewis offered to attend as well to extend greetings on behalf of our Club and present them with our banner.
Their club’s signature project is “Hope After Fire – Reconstruction Surgery for Burn Deformities”.  They will be providing us with information on it, and are looking forward to getting more information on our projects.

Just a couple more of the more than 1.2 million members of our “Rotary family” that we have the privilege of getting to know!
The pilot project for servicing the Guelph area is progressing well, with the school year soon coming to a close.  The project team has been working through the logistics of this new program on a smaller scale with the intention of being able to incorporate more volunteers and increasing the number of students that can be serviced starting this fall.
We are grateful to the project team for all their work in getting this project started, and are looking forward to a full roll-out that more of us can be involved with.  Stay tuned!
                                      (Members of the Food4Kids project team)
Rotary Club of Guelph South has, since 2007, sponsored senior students from Bishop Macdonell High School to attend the Golden Triangle Camp Enterprise 3-day residential business development program that is sponsored by 9 Rotary Clubs in the Guelph, Cambridge and K-W area.  The program this year ran from May 1st through 3rd in Waterloo.  This year we sponsored 4 students, and we were pleased to welcome 3 of them that were available to attend our May 17th weekly meeting and give us their impressions of their participation. Nestor Rivera, Happy Tran and Zachary Taylor shared how they were part of a break-out group that developed a business plan for a new business with a mens’ hair care product.  They also spoke about their visit to the Velocity Project and in particular how much food was made available to the participants!
    (Rotarian Frank Oudesluys, Happy, Nestor, Rotary President Bruno Marziano, Zachary)
In particular, Nestor expressed a desire to pursue involvement in a Rotaract Club after having observed the presentations by the Rotaractors.  While none of them had known about Rotary, or Rotaract, before taking part in Camp Enterprise, they now have a better idea of what both are and appreciated the opportunity to be part of the group that attended Camp Enterprise.  We were gratified to get the following feedback from their business teacher at Bishop Mac, Kevin Da Costa:  “I have spoken to the 4 students from BM who went and they all loved it! Extremely positive reviews and they were very grateful to have the chance to go.”
Puslinch Mayor Dennis Lever presented our $5,000 donation to Lynne O'Brien, Executive Director of Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre.  This donation is from proceeds of the 16th Annual "Taste of Italy" Pasta Dinner, an event held annually in Puslinch to benefit Sunrise.
On April 19th we had past member Cheryl Cowan speaking on her involvement with the Royal City Quilters Guild and our partnership with them in the creation of 200 "Comfort Quilts" over the past year.  Cheryl displayed some sample quilts and advised on the disposition of the 200 quilts.  She has since written an article for the upcoming RCQG newsletter that she has shared with us:
We are pleased and proud of our involvement with this worthwhile project of RCQG.
On Friday March 23rd the University of Guelph Rotaractors hosted their annual Gala, this year to benefit the Start2Finish Running & Reading Program in Guelph.  Everyone, including the Rotary Club of Guelph South members that attended the event, had a great time and very much enjoyed the dinner.  Their Facebook page has some photos, including these:
Only 5 cases of polio worldwide so far in 2018!  Be proud to be a Rotarian and part of the monumental 30 year effort to eradicate this disease for good.
Last week marked the launch of Food4Kids Waterloo Wellington in Guelph!  Food4Kids is a program that sends home food on Fridays with children facing food insecurity to help through the weekend.  The project will be a partnership of the four Guelph Rotary Clubs who are going to be volunteering and funding this program, with the SEED providing space and help with ordering, management and distribution.
On April 26th the weekly meeting will focus on this program.  Thanks to Hazel and Celia for their efforts on behalf of our Rotary club towards this new program.
In this photo, the steering committee is about to start the packing. Please help spread the word - we are so excited to make this happen.
To learn more about Food4Kids, check out the website https://www.food4kidsww.ca/gwd
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March 2019
NICOLE GRECO Manager, Membership Services
Mar 28, 2019
Guelph Nighthawks Professional Basketball Club
Guelph Nighthawks Professional Basketball Club

Nicole is the Manager of Membership Services for the new Guelph team in the Canadian Elite Basketball League.  Nicole joined us at our December meeting where we assembled gift bags for Chalmers Community Services and shoeboxes for the Guelph Shoebox Project.

The following is the message from the President of the new club, from their website (www.thenighthawks.ca):

“Basketball is the second-fastest growing sport in Canada, and in Guelph the Nighthawks have a unique opportunity to support the growth of the game at a community level. The Guelph Nighthawks Professional Basketball Club are firm believers that the only way to find success is through the development of the game at a grassroots capacity throughout the community. You will find the entire Nighthawk family will be active members within the city, sharing our resources, building our community and coming together as one around the game of basketball.

Game nights will be an experience like no other in Guelph. We’ll invite you to come downtown early, wear your Nighthawk colours, enjoy one of the many restaurant patios, peruse some of the shops and partake in the vibrancy of downtown Guelph. Once inside the Sleeman Centre these athletes will not only put on an incredible show, but your night will be built around an evening’s worth of memorable entertainment for both the ardent basketball fan and those looking for an entertaining and affordable night out with their family.

We look forward to building and growing Guelph Nighthawks basketball together, with you, as we lead to tip-off in May, 2019.

Cameron Kusch, President
Guelph Nighthawks Professional Basketball Club”


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