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

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(519) 821-3863
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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!" 
 
January 24, 2020
 
One of the great things about our Club is the incredible quality of the inspiring speakers each week!

University of Guelph alumni, Gavin Armstrong, developed a product for malnourished people in developing nations that is helping 100's of thousands here at home too: The Lucky Iron Fish. I use it! You can get it at Danby here in Guelph. When you buy one they automatically give one to someone in need somewhere in the world.

 
January 18, 2020
 
The four Rotary Clubs of Guelph proudly came together as a Diamond Sponsor of the Beyond Borders Charity Gala for 2020. With Rotary celebrating 100 years in Guelph, it was a great opportunity to showcase Rotary in the Guelph community. 
 
 
Beyond Borders is a unique one-semester program offered to Grade 12 students in Guelph. The program focuses on leadership development, business, math, and global development and  sustainability. There is  a strong emphasis on team-building, skill development, and experiential learning. This inspiring program is led each year by teacher Mike Parsons, in the Upper Grand District School Board. 
 
 
This year, around 50 students participated in the Beyond Borders program, culminating with their Charity Gala at the River Run Centre on Saturday evening, January 18, 2020. All 750 show tickets were sold out, and they also had a wonderful silent auction with over 100 items, plus exceptional food treats for guests in the lobby.
 
The students are only given about 6 weeks to prepare this huge Charity Gala event, and each year, the students do an amazing job. It's hard to imagine how each gala could possibly be better than the one before, but somehow they continue to raise the bar with their amazing effort and talent. The 2020 gala was called "Illuminate: Be The Light".  And wow - these students shone in a big way, raising $114,500 for charity!  
 
 
January 15, 2020
 
The Rotary Club of Guelph's main centennial project will leave a lasting legacy in our city. Here are the four components:
 
NATURE CENTRE
The Grand River Conservation Authority’s new Nature Centre near the Rotary Forest will be a gathering place for park visitors to take part in nature programs and access information. The Centre will have modern learning spaces for the 20,000+ young people who will benefit each year from hands-on programs.
 
OBSERVATORY AND PLANETARIUM
The observatory at Guelph Lake is an ideal location for stargazing where everyone can broaden their minds and be inspired by the wonder of the universe. The observatory will have a retractable roof containing three powerful telescopes. The inflatable planetarium for the Nature Centre will be a fantastic and awe-inspiring education tool for all ages. 
 
ROTARY FOREST TRAIL
The third component is a fully accessible trail within the Rotary Forest supporting a range of activities all year round. It will connect the Rotary Forest with the future Nature Centre and Observatory within the park.
 
LINK TRAIL
The fourth and final component is to link an existing trail, built in part by Rotarians in the early 1980’s, from Victoria Road to our new Rotary Forest trail. The new trail will be an all-weather, fully accessible link aligned with the Guelph Trail Master Plan. It will link the city-wide trail network to Guelph Lake, Rotary Forest, the new Nature Centre, Observatory and Planetarium.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Guelph's Centennial Project is delivered with the support of:
 
 
 
 
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