Rotary Club of Kemptville

Celebrating Over 80 Years Of Service To Our Community

Club Executives & Directors
Past President
International Chair
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
E Secretary
Youth Services Chair
Club Assembly
Dec 06, 2016
Loc: New Rideau Restaurant / Greeter: Rtn Mike B
Grants Management Training Seminar #3
Dec 10, 2016
Loc: Cornwall, ON
Mike McIntosh / Navy League
Dec 13, 2016
Loc: New Rideau Restaurant / Greeter: Rtn Joanne
Annual Christmas Party
Dec 20, 2016
Loc: Jenn & Donovan's / Greeter Rtn John
No Meeting
Dec 27, 2016
Grants Management Training Seminar #4
Mar 11, 2017
Loc: Cornwall, ON
December 2016

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kemptville


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
The New Rideau Restaurant
7780 Merlyn Wilson Road
Kemptville, ON  K0G 1J0
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We had a change of venue for tonight's meeting. We were hosted by Lee and Terry MacIlvenna at their business, Geronimo's in Old Town Kemptville. After serving a delicious soup and sandwich dinner, Terry gave us a brief overview of how they transitioned from banking to running their own small business. Members enjoyed the informal meeting and unique venue. Pictured below, president Cora presents Lee and Terry with a certificate of appreciation.
This past Saturday saw our club take part in the annual Santa Claus parade. Our club split into two groups for this day, those who walked the parade route with our float passing out candy and collecting food for our local food banks and those who manned the BBQ at Rotary Park providing warm refreshment to those attending the parade. Pictured below are our Disney themed members who walked the parade route. A good time was had by all! A reminder that there is no meeting this coming Tuesday.
Every year, clubs in District 7040 run a series of "Adventures" programmes for high school students. Some of the many adventures are in citizenship, environment and technology. This year two students from our community participated in the Adventures in High Tech programme run by the Rotary club of Nepean-Kanata from October 16th to 20th.
Tonight Gurjot and Oliver shared their experiences with members of the club. Included in their adventure were trips to Carleton and Ottawa Universities as well as Algonquin College. Commercial venues included InGenius Software, L-Spark, Shopify, NAV Canada and the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories at Chalk River. These young men said that they were made aware of educational and career opportunities that they wouldn't have known existed without the programme.
Pictured below with Oliver and Gurjot are Rotarians Dave and Jennifer of the club's youth services committee.
We had an interesting presentation tonight from Rotarian Mike on "Roaring Rotarian" beer. Mike spoke about its origins and its availability. One thing that always makes a meeting enjoyable is the induction of a new member. Tonight we were pleased to induct Rotarian Wayne into our Rotary family. Wayne has contributed a great deal to our club already and we are pleased to welcome him on board.
The 33rd edition of the Canada/Scotland Rotary Curling Tour has just passed through our area. The tour, which is 60 years old competes for a series of trophies, alternating sides of the Atlantic every two years. Hosted in this area by our club and the Rotary club of West Ottawa, the Scottish team and their hosts began with a Rotary luncheon meeting with West Ottawa.
From there the team proceeded to the Hunt Club for a match against a Canadian squad. For the total score on 5 sheets, Canada emerged a point ahead.
The following day included tours of the Aviation museum and Parliament. Our guests were treated to a pot luck supper at Rotarian Bruce's with entertainment provided by both groups.
From here the group left for Kingston to continue the tour through central and southern Ontario. The tour is 29 days and is a test of skill and stamina.
This year we had a non-traditional Halloween meeting. Members met at the home of Rotarian Jeff and his spouse Laura to gather around a bonfire in costume to enjoy fellowship and a great chili dinner. Despite the cool temperature, a great time had by all who attended.
Tonight was a work night for the members of our club. It was all hands on deck as we prepared Quiche pies for distribution at the House of Lazarus. Pictured below, above "Chefs Norma & Mike" work at prep for the waiting assembly line below.
Tonight's speaker was Maj. Mike Calnan (Ret) who is the founder of the swords and Ploughshares museum. Mike gave us a background on the museum, how it came to be and what their objectives are. His history with the museum dates back to his time spent with his father collecting badges and medals. This eventually evolved to firearms and jeeps. The organization uses old and decommissioned vehicles and equipment to highlight military history. There are no paid staff everyone is a volunteer. The primary activity is research and acquisition of significant items. The second activity is restoration. The third is presentation and education through parades and ceremonial events. The fourth is preservation of the items.
Pictured below, Mike is thanked by Rotarian Jo-Anne.
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Rotary members, as volunteers, conduct projects and donated time and energy to address today’s humanitarian challenges, including illiteracy, disease, hunger, poverty, lack of clean water, and environmental concerns while encouraging high standards in all vocations. Rotary members strive to build goodwill and peace, and provide humanitarian service in the communities and throughout the world. For more information, visit or call President Cora @ 613-258-5396.
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