Dr. Sylvia Whitlock: Rotary's first female president of a Rotary Club

October 16, 2020
Our Rotary Club was honoured to host Dr. Sylvia Whitlock as guest speaker, via Zoom from her home in California. What an entertaining and informative story she told about how women members were finally admitted to Rotary only after it actually became a 'civil rights issue' that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987. The court ruled that Rotary did not meet the definition of a 'private club' and therefore could not exclude female members. While Rotary International lost its legal battle to remain a 'men's club' it proved fortuitous, as history shows. That same year, Sylvia became Rotary's first ever female president of a Rotary Club, thus breaking the glass ceiling for hundreds of thousands of women who have served in Rotary ever since. 
Sylvia also described how she is still a "Rotary Geek" serving humanitarian causes and encouraging absolutely everyone she meets to become Rotarian - as should we all. 
Sylvia's personal and engaging story is on this video (36 minutes) where she is introduced by Jennifer Jones. Jennifer (a Canadian!) will become Rotary International's first ever female president in 2022-2023.
Rotary has come a long way since its founding in 1905.  
Dr. Sylvia Whitlock: Rotary's first female president of a Rotary Club Terrie Jarvis 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

The plus in PolioPlus

October 17, 2020
Rotary's involvement with the End Polio campaign began in 1979 with a multi-year project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. Since then, along with our global partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have helped to reduce polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.
In 1985, Rotary launched PolioPlus to bring many added benefits to the polio eradication efforts. The “plus” could be providing a hand-operated tricycle for a polio survivor, or providing access to clean water in a community. It might be additional medical treatment, bed nets, or soap. A 2010 study estimates that vitamin A drops given to children at the same time as the polio vaccine have prevented 1.25 million deaths by decreasing susceptibility to infectious diseases.
The plus in PolioPlus Terrie Jarvis 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Paint Night - Halloween Edition

October 16, 2020
Our virtual paint night last August was so much fun, we’re doing it again on Sunday, October 25 from 6-8pm.
We hope you'll join us with friends to enjoy two hours of stress-free, creative fun … a relaxing and rewarding break in these COVID-secluded times. And each $20 donation will help support Rotary projects, so you'll be doing good while having fun. Charitable tax receipts will be provided. 
Rotary Paint Night - Halloween Edition Terrie Jarvis 2020-10-14 04:00:00Z 0

Duck Race Winners!

October 12, 2020
Many thanks to everyone who purchased ducks to support this Rotary fundraiser.
Duck Race Winners! Terrie 2020-10-12 04:00:00Z 0

Adopt-A-Family 2020 Campaign

October 7, 2020
Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Guelph will “Adopt-A-Family” for Christmas, and is asking for the usual generosity of club members and friends to become the Secret Santa for families in need.
Liz Sandals, the club's campaign coordinator, says, "In 2019, our club supported five families, an increase over previous years (two families in 2017, three in 2018). How many families can we support this year? Let's make it a bumper year, because so many families are in need."
Adopt-A-Family is a bit different for 2020, 
because of COVID
Adopt-A-Family 2020 Campaign Terrie Jarvis 2020-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

Supporting the environment becomes a new area of Rotary International focus

September 27, 2020
With so much attention paid to COVID since March this year, this exciting announcement made on June 25, 2020 has received little recognition, but it's a big deal. Huge, in fact.
"The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus:  supporting the environment."  
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins:
  • Peacebuilding and conflict prevention;
  • Disease prevention and treatment;
  • Water, sanitation, and hygiene;
  • Maternal and child health;
  • Basic education and literacy; and
  • Community economic development.
Global grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. 
Supporting the environment becomes a new area of Rotary International focus 2020-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

Orange Shirt Day, September 30

September 30th is Canada's annual "Orange Shirt Day" in recognition of the harms done by the residential school system. It's a day when all Canadians should tune in and create bridges with each other for reconciliation. It's a day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, as well as the many others who suffered effects. It's a day about self-esteem and well being. WEAR ORANGE on September 30 to show your support.
The date, September 30, was chosen because that was the time of year the trucks and buses would enter Indigenous communities to “collect” the children and deliver them to their harsh new reality of cultural assimilation, abuse, shame and deprivation.
Many Canadians remain poorly informed about the history of residential schools and the generational after-effects, so here is a great chance to learn by attending a 1.5 hour webinar presented by the Rotary Club of Pickering and the Rotary-inspired HIP organization (Honouring Indigenous People). It's on September 30, 2020  from 4pm to 5.30pm. Details and pre-registration are here
Orange Shirt Day, September 30 Terrie Jarvis 2020-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Lobsterfest 2020 reminder

We need to finalize the orders by September 19 for pickup at the ICC on September 26. You can order or even change your order for meals HERE and pay by cheque or eTransfer. Or use the attached order form (below) or call Rosemary at 519-822-4687.
Help us out by ordering soon, and by promoting this opportunity to others.  
Check it out right HERE
Lobsterfest 2020 reminder Terrie Jarvis 2020-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Land Acknowledgement

September 11, 2020
A Land or Territorial Acknowledgement is a tradition that has dated back centuries for Indigenous people, but for many non-Indigenous Canadians, officially recognizing the territory or lands we stand on is a fairly new concept. Many Indigenous people say it marks a small but essential step toward reconciliation. 
Starting today, our Rotary club meetings will include this Land Acknowledgement statement, the same one used by our Indigenous Awareness Committee and similar to the one read before Guelph City Council meetings. 
As we gather, we are reminded that Guelph is situated on treaty land that is steeped in rich indigenous history and has been home to a variety of peoples over the millennia. Today, this area has become home to many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. As a community, we have a responsibility for the stewardship of the land on which we live and work. Today, we acknowledge the historic Mississaugas of the Credit, the First Nation people who were the treaty signatories of the territory on which we are meeting.
Land Acknowledgement Terrie Jarvis 2020-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

Rotarians supporting Cameroon

September 10, 2020
For many years, our club has supported Rotary Global Grants in Cameroon, working in close contact with the Rotary Club of Kumbo. We have formed a strong bond with past president Ibrahim Yaouba of RC Kumbo, who oversees our Rotary projects there and who visited us in Guelph about 15 months ago.
Ibrahim has updated us regarding the desperate humanitarian tragedy in Cameroon's NorthWest region where our projects are located. Local lives continue to be impacted by the effects of continuous displacement, confrontations between the military and non-state armed groups, as well as the threats posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Rural hospitals and clinics in Cameroon are bare, dilapidated and totally rundown. Rotary is stepping up to send shipments of medical supplies but help is needed to cover the cost of shipping.
Rotarians supporting Cameroon Terrie Jarvis 2020-09-10 04:00:00Z 0

A school named Hectorine

Hectorine Villanovich, wife of our former club member Aldo, passed away on July 22, 2020 after a long illness. Her memory will live on through this couple's tireless Rotarian work in supporting poor communities in Guatemala. In fact, a school will be named after Hectorine.
After relocating from Guelph to Burlington, Aldo joined the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore, and that club is spearheading the next improvements to Hectorine's special school in Guatemala.
Donations are welcomed. 
A school named Hectorine Terrie Jarvis 2020-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary's Digital Duck Race 2020

Guelph’s popular duck race fundraiser has returned in a new format. Although the ducks couldn’t bob towards a finish line before an eager Canada Day crowd this year, they’ll have a "digitial race" online on Thanksgiving. The event and fundraising is being shared by two clubs, the Rotary Club of Guelph-Wellington (the annual duck race organizers) and the Rotary Club of Guelph, as part of celebrating 100 years of Rotary in Guelph.
All proceeds will support local charities in their COVID recovery and relief efforts.
"Got Duck" tickets can be purchased here until the Digital Duck Race on Thanksgiving. They cost $10/each, 6 for $50 or 14 for $100. 

The grand prize is a $5,000 shopping spree in Downtown Guelph. Nine secondary prizes include electronics, $500 gift cards, a tool package, beer fridges and a chance to test drive an exotic car. Two early bird prizes of Apple Airpods will be drawn. The “duck race” finale will be on Thanksgiving. Click here for more prize details. The prizes are pretty sweet, thanks to generous donors.

Rotary's Digital Duck Race 2020 Terrie Jarvis 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Guelph Rotary in hundreds of ways

September 2, 2020

When Rotary reached its centennial in Guelph this year, the Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium decided to celebrate 100 years of Guelph Rotary in hundreds of ways. 


The call went out to nominate local non-Rotarian volunteers who make or have made a difference by helping others with their Service Above Self. 100 volunteers will be selected and recognized over the coming weeks, each one is being thanked during a weekly meetings of the Guelph-Trillium club. Each volunteer will also receive a letter of thanks, a certificate and $100 towards their chosen cause. Nominations are still being accepted. Email info@trilliumrotary.org for more information.


A goal was set to collect and donate 100 dozen eggs and 100 blocks of cheese for the Food Pantry at Chalmers Community Services. Since June, over 249 dozen eggs and 102 blocks of cheese have been collected for the Pantry!   

100 cheers for the Rotary Club of Guelph-Trillium. We are so proud of you! 

Celebrating Guelph Rotary in hundreds of ways Terrie Jarvis 2020-09-02 04:00:00Z 0

Lobsterfest 2020 - with a difference

Lobsterfest has been a highlight on the Guelph calendar since 1980, and we’re not letting Covid-19 stop this 40-year legacy … especially not during Rotary Guelph’s centennial year! 
While we can’t hold our usual dinner-dance-auction at the ICC, we’ve come up with a Covid Variation, and we need YOU to help make it a success.
Lobsterfest 2020 - with a difference Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-30 04:00:00Z 0

We are "This Close" to ending polio in the world!

August 25, 2020
The World Health Organization has officially certified the Africa region to be free of wild poliovirus.  

This milestone comes four years after Nigeria — the last polio-endemic country in Africa — recorded its final case of wild polio. It’s a significant step forward in the fight to eradicate polio and protect the world’s children from this paralyzing disease.
We are "This Close" to ending polio in the world! Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-29 04:00:00Z 0

Weekly meeting August 21, 2020 Program:

Steve Dyck was our guest speaker this week with his Classification Talk which is now known in our club as an Up Close & Personal presentation. Our club loves these opportunities to get to know more about newer members!

Steve joined Rotary in October 2019 with the classification “Solar Energy.”  He is the owner of Guelph Solar, a rapidly growing company headquartered in Guelph.  Steve was the Green Party candidate in the last Federal Election.

Steve's life story is fascinating, especially as he marvels at the changes that have occurred. What hasn't ever changed is his constant love of people, starting with his family, and living up to his lifelong value for decision-making: Will it be beneficial to all?
Weekly meeting August 21, 2020 Program:UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH STEVE DYCK  Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

Weekly meeting August 14, 2020 Program:

Watch the video recording here
"This is why I come to Rotary," commented one member during this presentation
This week's well-advertised meeting was attended by over 70 individuals, including many prominent guests. The very high expectations regarding our speaker were easily exceeded by his authentic presence and compelling story. He told about a little boy called Devon Clunis suddenly transplanted from Jamaica to Winnipeg at age 11, with the cultural shock and difficulties that ensued but overcome with help from special individuals in his life. All of which led him to a life of service helping others, and becoming the first Black Police Chief in Canada.
What an uplifting story, and what a message of hope and inspiration about the POWER OF ONE that each of us can be if we just treat others with dignity and simply ask, "HOW CAN I HELP YOU?"
Special tribute this week:
Two of our longstanding members had anniversaries of note:  Ron Newton, a Rotarian for 67 years, and Joe Valeriote, a Rotarian for 53 years! Congratulations, and thank you for your lifetime of Service Above Self. 
Weekly meeting August 14, 2020 Program:DEVON CLUNIS, WINNIPEG POLICE CHIEF (Retired)  Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary District Grant to help Food4Kids Guelph

August 13, 2020
A Rotary District Matching Grant of US$8,000 is going to help Food4Kids Guelph with the purchase of grocery gift cards being mailed to families needing help during these Covid times.
All four Rotary Clubs in Guelph are chipping in $1,000 each that will be matched by a Grant from our Rotary District 7080.
Rotary District Grant to help Food4Kids Guelph Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary online painting class a great success

August 7, 2020
When Covid-19 struck in March 2020, and shutdowns suddenly occurred everywhere, even the university closed down, and most students returned home.
However, about 60 international students were stranded at the University of Guelph and could not get home for various reasons. Since then, life has been been difficult for these young students, isolated on campus in Guelph with little to do and far from home.
So how did a bunch of them end up participating in a Rotary Online Painting Class, led by Ben McCarl from the Rotary Club of Guelph, learning to paint this Night Sky scene?
Rotary online painting class a great success Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Grant for Indigenous youth "Water First" internships in Ontario Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-09 04:00:00Z 0

Weekly meeting August 7, 2020 Program:

Watch the video recording here.
Today, the Rotary Club of Guelph welcomed as our guest speaker The Honourable Bob Rae, Order of Canada, former Premier of Ontario, professor, lawyer, international mediator, author and the newly-appointed Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations.  What a tremendous opportunity to interact with one of Canada’s most outstanding political and intellectual leaders. 
Despite his well-earned fame, Bob seemed just like one of us, with warm chit-chat and appreciative humility. He spoke of his great admiration for Rotary, what it stands for, and for Rotarians being action-oriented people that get things done for the greater good. This matched Bob's theme throughout his presentation:  that what we SAY is not enough; it's more important what we DO and HOW we do it. 
He went on to address the global challenge of Covid-19, giving us an insight into one his top priorities representing Canada at the UN. As a lifelong activist in Human Rights, we could not have a better Canadian representing all of us in his new role. 
Weekly meeting August 7, 2020 Program:THE HONOURABLE BOB RAE Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International will get its first woman President in 2022-23 Terrie Jarvis 2020-08-06 04:00:00Z 0

18 remarkable years of the 1*2*3 GO! program

July 31, 2020
Today our club paid warm tribute to Jean Truex, wife of our club member Paul Truex, for her 18 years of dedicated service in creating and running the Rotary-supported pre-school and early literacy program in Guelph called 1*2*3 GO! 
Brian Martin, chair of our club's Literacy & Numeracy Committee for two years, reported that the 1*2*3 GO! program would not be resuming when schools reopen next September because the program's operating space at the Tytler Public School is no longer available due to renovations. 

THANK YOU, Jean, on behalf of the hundreds of children whose lives you have improved. 
18 remarkable years of the 1*2*3 GO! program Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Weekly meeting July 31, 2020 Program:

This week's program featured a panel discussion by four esteemed educators, all members of our Rotary Club, discussing plans for BACK TO SCHOOL. We heard from Martha Rogers, Bonnie Evans, Barb Holmes and Marguerite Campbell. 
This topic is on everyone's minds these days, being mindful about the pandemic whilst balancing the urgent need for schooling. The timing of today's discussion today was perfect, coming right after yesterday's announcement of the Back To School guidelines announced by the Government of Ontario.
For such a contentious topic, the presentation ended on a positive note of optimism, with deep appreciation for the commitment of our educators in helping to steer along this difficult path. 
Weekly meeting July 31, 2020 Program:BACK TO SCHOOL ISSUES & PLANS Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

Our centennial exhibit at the Guelph Civic Museum

July 28, 2020
The first thing you see in the foyer.On July 24, the Guelph Civic Museum finally re-opened to visitors after a long closure due to Covid-19, but you can't just drop in. You have to book a "timed admission ticket" online through their website. No worries - their booking system is pretty easy.   
Terrie Jarvis said, "I was very keen to visit the museum to see the Rotary Guelph Centennial exhibit created by our talented Rotarian, Ben McCarl." As a member of the Centennial Committee, Ben had brought both his creative and engineering skills to this wonderful Rotary display at the museum.  
Here are some pictures of our exhibit ... but seeing it in real-life is even better.
Our centennial exhibit at the Guelph Civic Museum Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-27 04:00:00Z 0
Weekly meeting July 24, 2020Program: STAYING TRUE TO YOUR BRAND IN TIMES OF CHANGE Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Centennial Book - now available

July 27, 2020
Here is news we have all been waiting for.
Our club’s Centennial Book (1920-2020) is finally available in print, and it is fantastic.
Congratulations to Tom Funk and Justin Funk for producing this incredible record of Rotary's remarkable history in Guelph. It’s beautifully assembled, very informative and totally inspiring. 
This is a great opportunity to relive many great Rotary memories. Every Rotarian should have a copy on his/her coffee table.
Rotary Centennial Book - now available Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

Club updates from our weekly meeting July 17, 2020

Another week, and another wonderful Rotary meeting with plenty of information for club members, including: 
  • Centennial book
  • New member induction - Lucy Mutharia
  • Rotaract Club presentation
  • Fellowship activities - Call A Rotarian, and Bread Bar Socials
  • Fundraising
  • Rotary Local Lager
  • ZOOM tips from our Marketing Team
Club updates from our weekly meeting July 17, 2020 Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

New Member: Welcome Lucy Mutharia

July 17, 2020

This week, our Rotary Club gained another awesome member, Dr. Lucy Mutharia, who was warmly introduced by Noma Vales.

Lucy, we are all looking forward to getting to know you.


New Member: Welcome Lucy Mutharia Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

Snippets Friday July 3rd 2020


New Rotary President Tracey Curtis welcomed Rotarians to her inaugural meeting of the Club on July 3, 2020. She reminded everyone that she was wearing the 1957 vintage Rotary medal. Donated by member Ab Moore to Past President Carolyn Weatherson (2019-2020), it is worn as a symbol of office for the new president each year. To open the meeting, Tracey chose the beautiful trumpet music of Oh Canada by William Leathers of Mississauga, a 2020 graduate of the Juilliard School (of music) in New York City. (see You Tube for more details).
Snippets Friday July 3rd 2020 Rosemary Clark 2020-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

Handing over the club president medallion

The Rotary Club of Guelph has a presidential tradition, based on a 1950s Paul Harris Fellow medallion in our club archives.
Watch this short video as outgoing president Carolyn Weatherson speaks of handing over this medallion to incoming president Tracey Curtis. 
This medallion's history is worth reading.
Handing over the club president medallion  Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-05 04:00:00Z 0

New Member: Welcome Felix Arndt

July 3, 2020

Tom Funk introduced new member Felix Arndt who came to Guelph from Berlin, Germany and is the John F Wood Chair in Entrepreneurship in the Department of Management, in the Gordon S. Lang, School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph. Felix also holds positions as a Research Fellow at the Center for Business and Sports of the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Agder, Norway. He has purchased a home in Guelph and plans to be getting married soon. Felix is active in sports and gymnastics, and has been a coach and international judge for Dragon Boat racing. 

Welcome, Felix, as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Guelph. 
New Member: Welcome Felix Arndt Terrie Jarvis 2020-07-03 04:00:00Z 0

Our amazing 2019-2020 Rotary year

On Friday, June 26, 2020, the Rotary Club of Guelph's outgoing president, Carolyn Weatherson, summarised our club's amazing 2019-2020 year. It's a must-read!
"Fellow Rotarians, this year you put your heart and soul into incredible projects that are uplifting our community, our country, and vulnerable people far beyond our borders. What all of you have accomplished this year is nothing short of inspiring. It has been such an honour and a privilege to serve you during this historic year.

Please raise your glasses for a toast: TO TEAMWORK!"
Our amazing 2019-2020 Rotary year Carolyn Weatherson 2020-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

Gary Tatum Youth Awards 2020

June 2020
Our club extends warm congratulations to the following 2020 winners of the Gary Tatum Rotary Achievement Award:
  • Myles Ansley, representing St. John Bosco Catholic High School
  • George Sun, representing Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School 
  • Tiara Russell, representing Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School
  • Jessica McCabe and Derek Whalen, sharing and representing St. James Catholic High School
The Public school award winners will be announced at their fall commencement ceremonies.
Gary Tatum Youth Awards 2020 Randy Seager 2020-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Program: David Akin - Chief Political Correspondent for Global News Randy Seager 2020-06-11 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Program: Jim Rooney - Guelph Sports Randy Seager 2020-05-22 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Program: Shakiba Shayani - Guelph Chamber of Commerce


We were pleased to welcome  Guelph Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Shakiba Shayani to our Club Zoom meeting. Shakiba shared her insights as her team and its members work to support our community during this pandemic, and beyond.


Rotary Program: Shakiba Shayani - Guelph Chamber of Commerce Randy Seager 2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 closures impact on Rotary events

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
Covid-19 closures impact on Rotary events Randy Seager 2020-03-30 04:00:00Z 0

Club Members - Share your HAPPY BUCKS here

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!
Club Members - Share your HAPPY BUCKS here 2020-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Forest Tree Planting Day

Posted by Carolyn Weatherson on Feb 11, 2020
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.  
Rotary Forest Tree Planting Day Carolyn Weatherson 2020-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Guelph's Centennial Project

Posted on Feb 10, 2020
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.
Learn about the sky in the inflatable Planetarium at the new Guelph Lake Nature Centre. An awe-inspiring education tool for all ages!
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:
Rotary Guelph's Centennial Project Terrie Jarvis 2020-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

Ken Hammill, Guelph Icon and Rotarian

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
Ken Hammill, Guelph Icon and Rotarian Terrie Jarvis 2020-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Guelph's 100 year history, in 30 minutes

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!" 
Rotary Club of Guelph's 100 year history, in 30 minutes Terrie Jarvis 2020-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

Lucky Iron Fish

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.

Lucky Iron Fish Randy Seager 2020-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Guelph supports the Guelph Lake Nature Centre Randy Seager 2020-01-24 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Guelph supports Beyond Borders Charity Gala 2020

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!  
Rotary Guelph supports Beyond Borders Charity Gala 2020 Terrie Jarvis 2020-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Why I love Rotary, by Carolyn Weatherson  Carolyn Weatherson 2020-01-04 05:00:00Z 0

Centennial Pins now available

Celebrate 100 years of Service above Self by wearing the new Centennial Anniversary Pin.
Lapel pins will be available to purchase ($10 per pin) at the club meeting January 3 and subsequent meetings. 
Wear the Centennial Pin and show the community you are a proud member of Rotary in Guelph.
Centennial Pins now available Randy Seager 2019-12-23 05:00:00Z 0

Yes! There is a Santa Claus

Five local families will wake up Christmas morning and know for a fact that the spirit of Santa Claus is alive and well, thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Guelph members. Our club members donated $3,000 and with a corporate donation from Walmart of $1,000, 8 adults and 11 children will have presents under the tree for Christmas morning. These families are referred to the Adopt-A-Family program by social workers and community agencies who will also deliver the presents to the families.

The gifts we purchased for these families were largely items they NEED such as food gift cards, winter clothing, diapers, car seats, boots, bedding, etc.  However we were able to    also buy gifts on their WANT list, like lego, chromebooks, wagons, LOL dolls, electronic games, learning toys, jewellery kits, markers and art supplies. 

A sincere Thanks and WAY TO GO from the Children and Youth Committee

Pictured above are Courtney McGillivray, Store Manager, Walmart, Guelph Stone Road store and on right is Rotarian Dianne Dance.



Yes! There is a Santa Claus Randy Seager 2019-12-02 05:00:00Z 0

Doc Doc

No one is going to win a prize for identifying the licence plates on a vehicle that is parked near 135 Ferguson Street in Guelph most Fridays.  These special plates read DOC DOC and belong to non-other than Rotarian Dr. C. Harold “Hal” Jackson, a member of the Rotary Club of Guelph who holds two PhD degrees (Doc Doc) from the University of Western Ontario, now corporately branded as Western University since 2012.
Doc Doc Randy Seager 2019-10-22 04:00:00Z 0
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May 24, 2019 Rotary Meeting - KidsAbility

Rotary Club of Guelph offsite meeting at KidsAbility
On Friday, May 24, 2019, our Rotary Club held its weekly meeting offsite at the new KidsAbility Guelph hub on Imperial Road. The purpose was to provide our members with an update on KidsAbility, and the opportunity to tour their new hub which was opened in 2018, allowing KidsAbility to bring their various services under one roof, in a space designed for their specific needs.  It was a fabulous visit for us!  Read more about their Guelph hub here
After brief welcomes by Linda Kenny, CEO of KidsAbility, and Lisa Talbot, Executive Director of the KidsAbility Foundation, the key presentation was by Erin, mother of six year old Walter, this year's KidsAbility Ambassador.
Erin explained how KidsAbility had come into her family's life around the time Walter turned one and was failing to reach normal milestones in his development.  She gives credit to KidsAbility for helping Walter to reach his sixth birthday. He has Leigh's Syndrome, a severe and fatal neurological disorder. Walter stood by patiently while his mum spoke, sporting a fancy hairstyle for Crazy Hair Day at school!
Read more about Walter's story here.
President Paul Dredge presented our Rotary Club's cheque for $4,000 to KidsAbility. Young Walter seems a bit unsure about the big guy standing alongside his mum! Also in the picture are Lisa Talbot, Linda Kenny, and Walter's sisters.
Rotary has supported KidsAbility from its very start back in 1957, and continues to be a major supporter throughout Waterloo Region and Wellington County. KidsAbility extends their huge thanks to Rotary in this short video which can be viewed here. Please watch it!
We are very grateful to KidsAbility for their remarkable help given to children and families needing specialized support in our communities. We also thank them for hosting our club's offsite meeting.  It was great! 
May 24, 2019 Rotary Meeting - KidsAbility Terrie Jarvis 2019-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

May 17, 2019 Rotary meeting - Induction & Classification 

New member inducted - IRENE SZABO
May 17, 2019
The Rotary Club of Guelph is delighted to welcome Irene Szabo to its membership, introduced by Tracey McGrath. 
Before pursuing her passion to help people through real estate, Irene promoted real estate training and personal development seminars and provided one-on-one life coaching. After owning and managing rental properties, Irene dedicated herself to the real estate industry, starting as a realtor assistant and, in 2008, becoming a fully licensed agent.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Irene spent several years in Toronto and now calls downtown Guelph her home. She invests her time and energy into building a strong community of friends, families, and businesses through volunteer initiatives. Irene is a voracious book reader, enjoys interior decorating, and loves to travel.



May 17, 2019 Rotary meeting - Induction & Classification   2019-05-23 04:00:00Z 0

A NEW INITIATIVE: Integrated Youth Services Network Model

May 1, 2019
An Integrated Youth Services Network Model for Guelph and Wellington County
Rotary has a long and proud history of helping to make good things happen in communities. The Rotary Club of Guelph is now facilitating a significant local project - to make youth services more accessible by providing youth with a centralized system to gain access to everything from employment counselling to mental health and addiction help.
The Challenge
We are fortunate to have many wonderful health and wellbeing services in our area, but they are spread out and independent from each other, making it difficult (often impossible) for individuals to find and access the right resources in a timely way when needed. This challenge is especially true for young people needing help, with mental health and related concerns topping the list. 
So … what if we could change this situation, and somehow make it easier for young people and their supporters to “navigate the system” and get friendly, knowledgeable, speedy help through a one-stop shop? A place that is attractive, warm and welcoming so youth want to be there?
A grassroots community initiative towards this aim is well underway in Guelph-Wellington, led by the Rotary Club of Guelph 
The Vision 
To establish an Integrated Youth Services Network for Wellington County and the city of Guelph, where youth (age 12 – 26) are at the centre of services that are available in our community, and youth have equal access to a continuum of services from employment to mental health and addiction services. Our vision includes service providers working together to enhance the integration of services and build a system to better meet the needs of youth in our community. 
A NEW INITIATIVE: Integrated Youth Services Network Model Terrie Jarvis 2019-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

Indigenous Awareness Committee

2019 Indigenous Youth Award presented by the Rotary Club of Guelph
The Rotary Club of Guelph has great pleasure in announcing Alexis Hamilton as the winner of the 2019 Youth Award at the annual “Turtle Island Heritage Festival” in Wellington County. The Award Certificate was accompanied by a $500 cheque from Rotary to help Alexis further her education.
The annual Turtle Island Heritage Festival celebrates Indigenous history and culture. The event is hosted by the Wellington County Museum and Archives in coordination with the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB), the Grand River Métis Council, and other representatives from the community. 
Each April, the museum invites both high school and elementary school groups to spend a day at the museum participating in interesting and informative workshops. With about 300 students attending per day, this year’s festival was attended by some 1,200 local students over a four-day period. 
Alexis Hamilton receives her award from Rick Le Feuvre,
Chair of the Indigenous Awareness Committee at the Rotary Club of Guelph
Each year, the organizing committee of the Turtle Island Heritage Festival selects a student of Indigenous ancestry to receive Rotary’s annual Indigenous Youth Award for demonstrating leadership qualities in the community and in the promotion of Indigenous culture. 
Alexis Hamilton, this year’s Award Winner is 16 years old and a grade 11 student attending College Heights Secondary School (CHSS).  
Alexis is the daughter of a 60's Scoop survivor, and has become a key member of her Anishinaabe Community.  She is a part of the Community Health Centre Indigenous Healing Advisory, the UGDSB First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Council, and has attended many ceremonies with Nancy Rowe at the Kinomaagaye Learning Lodge. Last year she also helped orchestrate the Guelph Walkout in protest of Doug Ford's curriculum changes to Indigenous Curriculum.  During this protest, Alexis made an impassioned speech addressing identity problems concerning Indigenous Youth.  Alexis has also created presentations on the Indigenous Water Crisis, and Social Justice Issues in Indigenous Communities, and has presented to many different classes at CHSS.
Alexis has participated in three Sweat Lodge ceremonies as well as the 13 Moon Teachings Ceremonies at the Kinomaagaye Learning Lodge.  She attended the Pow Wow at Conestoga College.  She has also attended many Indigenous Workshops at the Guelph Community Health centre, e.g. beading, moccasin making, and shaker making.
The Rotary Club of Guelph is proud to honour exceptional students such as Alexis, and sincerely hopes she will one day become a Rotarian as she continues to live up to Rotary’s global motto of“Service Above Self”. 
Indigenous Awareness Committee Dianne Dance 2019-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Forest 2019

Despite the weather turning out to be freezing cold with high winds on our Rotary Forest Day, about 400 volunteers still showed up and planted a whole bunch of trees! 
12th annual tree planting at Guelph's Rotary Forest on Saturday, April 27, 2019
This year, a total of 6,800 trees will be planted by volunteers in the Rotary Forest at Guelph Lake Conservation Area
April 22, 2019 by:  GuelphToday Staff
Several Girl Guides and Sparks groups came out to plant during the 2018 tree-planting event at Rotary Forest at Guelph Lake Conservation Area. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday file photo
Rain or shine, a total of 6,800 new trees will be planted this spring as part of the Rotary Club of Guelph’s legacy project that seeks to plant a total of 60,000 trees by 2020.
The Rotary Club of Guelph is partnering with the Grand River Conservation Authority and Grand River Conservation Foundation for its Rotary Forest tree-planting event on April 27.
“We are calling on environmentally-minded citizens to help 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 and link nearby forest habitat to create a corridor for wildlife,” said the Rotary Club of Guelph in a press release.
Now in its 12th year, the Rotary Forest tree-planting began as a legacy project to celebrate the Rotary Club of Guelph’s one-hundredth anniversary, which will occur in 2020.
This year, participants will create a ‘pioneer species’ grove, which will include the planting of species that are traditionally first to populate abandoned fields or previously-forested areas destroyed by fire. The 28 species being planted this year will include white birch, trembling and largetooth aspen, eastern cottonwood and balsam poplar.
A ceremonial white birch will be planted during the event. Rotary Club of Guelph notes the white birch is an iconic northern tree, used by Indigenous groups in the building of birch bark canoes, as well as a wide variety of other uses.
The Rotary Forest is in the process of transforming a 40-hectare area across from the soon-to-be-built Guelph Lake Nature Centre into a new resource for the community. When it is completed in 2020, a total of 60,000 trees will have been planted.
Participants are encouraged to wear boots and learn how to plant trees between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. while having fun with friends, family and neighbours. 
Parking is available at Lakeside Church on Conservation Drive, with a shuttle bus to drive participants to and from the planting site. 
A shuttle bus will also leave Guelph Central Station every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from platform 15. The downtown shuttle will make one stop at the corner of Woodlawn Road West and Victoria Road at 15 minutes past the hour.
Refreshments and food will be available to purchase. Participants are asked to bring their own containers.
Wild Ontario will be on site with demonstrations of birds of prey and musical entertainment will be provided by Terry Van Dreumel.
Rotary Forest 2019 Terrie Jarvis 2019-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

What it means to be a Rotarian

Our member, Ruth Thatcher, shares these wonderful reminders that were sent to her by a Rotarian friend in Scotland.  
    Digs wells from which they will never drink
    Restores eyesight for those they will never see
    Builds houses they will never live in
    Vaccinates children they will never meet
    Plants trees they will never sit under
    Educates children they will never know
    Feeds hungry people, regardless of colour, race, or politics
    Knows real Happiness
Thanks for sharing, Ruth!
What it means to be a Rotarian Ruth Thatcher 2019-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Remembering Bill Winegard

Our beloved Rotarian friend and highly esteemed Guelphite, Dr. Bill Winegard, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2019 at the age of 94. 
Our club dedicated the following Friday's weekly meeting to Remembering Bill, with many touching tributes from far and wide.
This video featuring Bill, made in 2017 as part of Guelph's Canada150 stories, is well worth watchng.   
This 90-second video shows our MPP, Mike Schreiner, paying tribute to Bill in the Ontario Legislature, a few weeks after Bill's passing.
Memory Basket 
Many Rotarians shared their special memories of Bill Winegard and placed them in our “Memory Basket” as we celebrated his life at our special meeting on February  8th. Some of the common themes were:
  • His love of Canada and meaningful /thoughtful reflections he shared at Remembrance Day Services
  • Wisdom, strength, compassion
  • Always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need
  • His passion for teaching 
  • Reading to elementary school children at the Tytler and Winegard schools for many years
  • Advice shared with others in public service to always cherish their families and loved ones
  • Service to the federal government in many capacities always carried out with class and dignity
  • Amazing sense of humour
  • Generous, peaceful, a willing mentor 
  • His favourite quote: “As one person I cannot change the world but I can change the world of one person”
  • His frequent words of wisdom to other Rotarians starting up new projects : “Keep Going!”
Special thanks to all who shared memories. May all these memories be held tenderly in our hearts.
Remembering Bill Winegard Terrie Jarvis 2019-02-09 05:00:00Z 0
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Camp Enterprise 2018 Report

Another successful year for Rotary Camp Enterprise
From May 1-3, 2018, 46 lucky high school students, from grades 10, 11 and 12 had the opportunity, at no cost, to attend a 3-day immersive camp at the University of Waterloo focused on business and entrepreneurship.  Rotary Camp Enterprise is a unique cooperative effort of Rotary Clubs in the ‘Golden Triangle’ region surrounding Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph, Waterloo and Fergus in Rotary District 7080.  The program, sponsored by 11 Rotary Clubs across the region, costs approximately $15,000 and is paid fully by Rotary.
Camp Enterprise 2018 Report Terrie Jarvis 2018-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

World Water Day is Almost Here!

Posted by WASRAG
World Water Day Competition - Your club could win $500!
What is World Water Day? 
World Water is fast approaching!  Your club and district can help celebrate World Water Day. It focuses on the approximately 1.8 billion people worldwide who must rely on water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid, polio and other waterborne diseases.
The UN's Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.  In 1993, the UN General Assembly designated March 22nd as World Water Day.  It is now a globally recognized event.
$$$$$ - What can you win? 
Two prizes will be awarded: 
$500 US for the best project (i.e. the one with the most impact)
$500 US for the most innovative project
What must you do?
Whatever works best for your community!  In some areas March 22nd is in the middle of a dry season - or a monsoon.  In the north, rivers may be frozen until Spring.  The choice is yours!  All we ask is that the project improve the quality of water and/or level of awareness of it in YOUR community. You could, for example:
  • Clean up debris along a waterway, lake, creek, pond, stream, or other water source.
  • Prevent erosion by planting trees and native plants along a water source.
  • Build awareness in your community - encourage students to write essays on the importance of water and what THEY can do to protect it.
  • Encourage farmers in your area to use eco-friendly chemicals that will not damage fragile water systems.
  • If your community's water source is safe, eliminate plastic water bottles.  If they are a necessity ensure they are collected and recycled appropriately.
Use your imagination!  The bottom line is to educate your community on the importance of protecting its water sources.  Get them involved! 
Whenever possible, please consult with your local water or conservation authority to ensure that your efforts are compatible with conditions in your area!  For example, cleaning a watercourse during spawning season could have a negative impact. 
Need Ideas? 
A good place to look is the World Water Day website.  You will find a wealth of ideas to kick-start your project.   
Share your story  
Please use your project to celebrate World Water Day.  You can promote it at your regular club meeting closest to March 22nd, 2018.  WASRAG will share some of them in its monthly newsletter.  And - why not tell your story to the Rotary world yourself?  Go to the RI website and post it on Rotary Club Central and/or Rotary Showcase! 
Who will judge the entries? 
The members of WASRAG's Membership Satisfaction Team, including Chris Etienne - USA (Chair) and Tom Bos - USA, Ada Cheng - Hong Kong, Rich Churchman - USA, Toro de Silva - Brazil, V.N. Singh - India, Ndukwe Chukwu - Nigeria and Rob Crabtree - New Zealand will review all applications and submit a short-list of finalists to WASRAG's Operations Team.
How do you enter the competition? 
Submit a brief description of your project, including what you have done, the target audience and the expected impact of the project.  Remember to tell us your Club name and District number and give us a contact name, email address and phone number.  Some projects will be showcased on the WASRAG website.   
DEADLINE:  Please submit all entries by May 1st, 2018.  
AWARDS:  Winners will be notified by May 31st, 2018.  The awards will be presented at WASRAG's Annual General Meeting on Saturday June 23rd, 2018.
Please send all entries to WorldWaterDayChallenge
How it all started! 
Many of you will have read the fantastic story of the Rotary Club of South Ukiah (California) District 5130's "Cleaning the Rivers of the World" program in WASRAG's October 2017 Newsletter.
Spearheaded by passionate water champion, Salvador Rico, the South Ukiah club challenged Rotary clubs around the world to clean up rivers in their communities.
Inspired by Salvador and his club's efforts - WASRAG now invites you and your club to get involved in water - and maybe win some funding for your water projects!
Have you registered for WWS-10?  Stay tuned for more news on the exciting speakers and events we have planned for June 22, 2018 at Toronto's Delta Hotel, right next to the Convention Centre, the day before the Rotary International Annual Convention.  Go to REGISTER NOW......
World Water Day is Almost Here! WASRAG 2018-03-01 05:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ranjit Singh
ROTARY CLUB OF GUELPH PRESENTS $100,000 TO HOSPITALS At their regular Friday meeting on November 15, 2002, Bob Bothwell, Co-Chair of the clubâ?Ts Dream Home Lottery 2002, asked the Rotary Club of Guelph President, Kate Quarrie to present a cheque for one hundred thousand dollars to Bob Ireland, Chair of the Partners for Better Health capital campaign. This is the first of what is expected to be five presentations.
Governor Paul's Farewell Letter Ranjit Singh 0