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Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:15 PM
Italian Canadian Club
135 Ferguson Street
Guelph, ON N1E 1L4
Canada

Phone:
(519) 821-3863
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March 29, 2020
 
President Carolyn Weatherson announces postponement of our Rotary Forest Day and Rotary Centennial Gala (April 25) and cancellation of Rotary Canada Day in the Park 2020 (June 30 / July 1), due to Covid-19.  Link
  
 
 
 
March 20, 2020
 
While our weekly club meetings are suspended due to COVID-19 closures, President Carolyn has a great idea: let's stay in touch by sharing our HAPPY BUCKS here.  In true Rotary style, many of us are finding things to be grateful for in these trying times!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, The Rotary Forest Tree-Planting Event is being postponed to a date yet to be determined.
We look forward to planting with you when it is safe to do so. 
Thank you all for your years of support and dedication to the environment.

 
 
Join us on April 25th for our final planting to complete the Rotary Forest.  The Rotary Forest project began in 2007, thanks to the vision of a team of Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Guelph in partnership with a team from the GRCA.  The project's ultimate goal is to increase the canopy cover in the City of Guelph and surrounding area by planting 60,000 trees by 2020 and create an exciting hub for the community. 
 
Park at Lakeside Church  - 7654 Conservation Road, Guelph. A shuttle will take you to the site!
Rain or shine!  Come for one hour, or stay for five!
Wear your boots and learn how to plant a tree while having fun with your neighbours, family and friends.  Shovels provided!

 
Each year, we call on hundreds of environmentally-minded citizens to help us transform a 40-hectare area, across from the Guelph Lake Nature Centre, into a wonderful new resource for our community, with trees that will clean our air, our water, and link nearby forest habitat to create a corridor for wildlife. This vision of a healthy community for generations to come is celebrating its 13th and final year in 2020 

Each year we plant a wide variety of trees with a special grove or area.  One year we planted a white pine grove, another a walnut grove, we created a beautiful wildflower meadow for pollinators, for Canada's sesquicentennial we even planted a sugar maple grove in the shape of a giant maple leaf! Last year we planted a birch grove. We plant evergreens as well as a variety of deciduous trees each year like oaks, maples, and hickories as well as shrub species like chokeberry, ninebark and serviceberry which increase diversity and provide additional food sources for birds and wildlife.

Each tree can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.  The Rotary Forest's 60,000 trees over their lifespan will be equivalent to taking 201,120 cars off the road.

This incredible project has been recognized by Rotary International as an exceptional community project.  We were honoured to have Elizabeth May, Mike Schreiner and David Suzuki join us in 2018 to plant special disease-resistant elm trees grown by the University of Guelph.  
 
While celebrating our past, we look to the future and look to the sky.
 
Our centennial project has four components and will leave a lasting legacy in Guelph.
 
 
 
Planetarium
Learn about the sky in the inflatable Planetarium at the new Guelph Lake Nature Centre. An awe-inspiring education tool for all ages!
 
Observatory
Look to the sky from a new observatory at Guelph Lake. With a retractable roof and three powerful telescopes, it is an ideal location for stargazing, where everyone can broaden their minds and be inspired by the wonder of the universe.
 
Year Round Trails
Access the Observatory and Nature Centre using the new, fully accessible, year round Trails that link to Guelph’s trail network, running from Victoria Road around Guelph Lake and through the Rotary Forest.
 
Nature Centre
Rotary also contributed toward the Grand River Conservation authority’s new Nature Centre, a gathering place for park visitors to access information and experience the Planetarium. The Centre will have modern learning spaces for over 20,000 young people who will benefit each year from hands on programs.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Guelph's Centennial Project is delivered with the support of:
 
 
 
 
February 7, 2020
 
Yesterday, we received the sad news that Ken Hammill has passed away. He was 91. His legacy and impact on our Guelph community is immeasurable, with widespread agreement that "Ken Hammill made Guelph a better place." He was also a longstanding Rotarian at our club, leaving his valued imprint on our organization, too.
 
Amongst his many, many achievements, Ken was a founding member of The Guelph Community Foundation so it was fitting for Chris Willard, our fellow Rotarian and current Executive Director of The Foundation, to provide a moving, personal tribute to the memory of Ken at our Rotary Club meeting. 
 
Click below to read Chris Willard's tribute.  Also see the wonderful tributes to Ken in Guelph Today, the Guelph Mercury Tribune, and the Mayor's Statement
 
January 31, 2020
 
Our fellow Rotarian, Tom Funk, has spent the past two years scouring our club archives and gathering information on various topics to produce a book about our club's first 100 years in Guelph. The book will be available for purchase in the next few months.
 
This week at Rotary, Tom provided a fantastic 30-minute overview about our club's long history and amazing contributions. You could have heard a pin drop, and everyone left the meeting with smiles and a warm sense of Rotary pride.  
 
Tom's presentation was inspiring, prompting comments such as "If I wasn't already a Rotarian, I would definitely want to become one after hearing all that!" 
 
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Meeting Cancelled - Dr. David Hughes
Apr 03, 2020
"The Future of Food"
Good Friday
Apr 10, 2020
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Meeting Cancelled - Crista Renner
Apr 17, 2020
Classification Talk
Meeting Cancelled - The Guelph Youth Choir
Apr 24, 2020
A choral performance!!
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