Kemptville Live 2024

The weather for the 2024 edition of Kemptville Live was great this year. Thousands enjoyed the music and the event. This year's winning ticket number 807 with a payout of $5183. The winner, from the Vancouver area, grew up in the area and still has family here. Pictured are the winner showing his winning ticket stub and past-president Vic presenting his cheque.
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Camp Merrywood 2024

Every year, our club provides a pizza night for the campers and staff at the Camp Merrywood Easter Seals Camp. This event is one of the highlights of our Rotary service year, bringing together Rorarians and their families to provide this meal. Pictured below are some shots of our crew getting ready to serve the campers.
Camp Merrywood 2024 2024-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Bursary Winners

The high school year is finished and most graduates are preparing for post-secondary education in the fall. With the end of the school year come the graduation ceremonies and achievement awards This year, our club provided four $1000 bursaries to deserving graduates whose applications closest reflected the criteria set out.
This year's recipients were:
Teresa Ferguson- St. Michael Catholic High School (Presented by Rotarian Anna Van Andrichem-Rochon)
Ellie Kehler, Izzy Stewart, & Owen Wood- North Grenville District High School (Presented by Rotarian Vic Budz)
Rotary Bursary Winners 2024-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

Some Fun Time

While Rotary works towards the betterment of our community and beyond, we also have fun doing it. We recently took part in a tour and wine tasting at Smokey Ridge Winery. Paul "Smokey" Leblanc and his wife Debbie shared with us, the history of the vineyard and led us through a tasting of their product. The tasting included different aspects of tasting as well as suggested food pairings with each of the five wines we sampled.
The pictures below show our group touring the vineyard and the sampling room. All in all, it was a most enjoyable evening with knowledgeable hosts.
Some Fun Time 2024-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

Kemptville Shalom Small Homes

Our speaker this evening, pictured below, was Janne Ritskes of Shalom Small Homes Kemptville. Janne explained that these homes are being built to serve members of the community who are over the age of 55 and are in dire need of affordable housing. It was noted that over a third of the seniors in our community live below the poverty line. This venture is unique in that it is being built in partnership with the municipality and local businesses without government money. Donations of money, labour, and materials are enabling this build which will provide below market level to a few qualifying seniors. The initial built will consist of 4 units on land leased for a long term from the municipality for a token sum.
For more information, follow the link
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District Governor's Visit

Our guests of honour tonight were District Governor Pardeep Ahluwalia and his wife Simi. The meeting was informal with discussion on topics ranging from how to share and promote what we do to local and international projects and the variety of fellowship opportunities Rotary provides.
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Maplefest 2024

The pre-eclipse weather turned out to be beautiful for the 2024 edition of Maplefest. This joint fundraising event between our club and the Kemptville Youth Centre was a great success. Thanks to On The Bend Sugar Shack and the Kemptville Campus for allowing us to participate in the event again this year. Pictured below are our group of volunteers getting ready to feed our hungry supporters.
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Puzzling Fun

If you love jigsaw puzzles, competition, and team work, this event is for you!
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January 2024 Update

The new year is upon us and our club has been busy after the Christmas break. Two students have been selected to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange short term programme. Rotarians Vic & Nancy recently transported our students to Gananoque to attend their first outbound orientation.
Besides our normal housekeeping issues, we have also begun to get prepared for our participation in the North Grenville District High School Rotary Science Fair and Maplefest. More details to follow.
On a cheerful note, President Vic has been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship sapphire award. He is seen pictured below receiving his award from ADG Cora.
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Rotary Food Drive

This year's annual food drive for our community food banks was a great success. In addition to the food collected during the Santa Claus Parade, another drive was held with the assistance of the eQuinelle community.
Pictured below are members sorting the generous donations that were received
and delivery to one of the food banks.
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2023 Rotary Santa Claus Parade

In conjunction with the Municipality of North Grenville, our club hosted the largest Santa Claus Parade we have seen in several years. The weather was cooperative and families anxiously awaited the arrival of Jolly Old Saint Nick.
There was great joy as this couple arrived along the parade route.
The link below will take you to the CTV News coverage of the event.
Merry Christmas to all!
2023 Rotary Santa Claus Parade 2023-11-21 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating 60 Years

Our club, in partnership with the Kemptville Youth Centre, recently held a pancake breakfast to mark the 60th anniversary of B&H - Your Community Grocer. The weather was perfect for the event and the turn out was great. Jim and Judy Beveridge, like Jim's dad Keith before him donated the essentials to ensure that the event was a success. This legacy business in our community has supported multiple causes which has allowed our small town to thrive. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to them by the community.
Pictured below are a couple of photos of the event.
Celebrating 60 Years 2023-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

Young Writer's Contest

Our club, as one of its mandates is invested in youth. We are proud partners with the Kemptville Youth Centre and as well as being the sponsor for the NGDHS Science Fair. We also support the arts and as such, with the sponsorship of The Egg Farmers of Ontario, we hold the annual young writers contest. Winner of this year's contest was in the 10 - 13 year old age category, Emilia Parks-Vigar  and in the 14-18 year old age category was Andrea Geleyne.
Pictured below are some of this year's winners and club members.
Young Writer's Contest 2023-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

Camp Merrywood

After a two year hiatus, our club hosted its annual Pizza Party at Easter Seals Camp Merrywood. Serving pizza to the campers and staff is one of the events we enjoy most during the year. Pictured below are this year's pizza team.
Camp Merrywood 2023-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

B&H - 60 Years

Join members of the Rotary Club of Kemptville and the Kemptville Youth Centre at a Pancake Breakfast celebrating B&H's 60 years of contributing to our community.
B&H - 60 Years 2023-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

Kemptville Live

Despite the weather on Friday, this year's edition of Kemptville Live was another great success. Pictured below is the sky over the main stage Friday night before Blue Rodeo performed
and the winner of the 50/50 draw, Nancy Mace receiving her cheque from the members of our club.
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Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Our club was happy to have RYLA participant Kira Schiissler present on her experience. Kira explained to us how the 3 day event was structured and the exercises they went through.
Kira also told us how it had changed her with respect to being to achieve her goals. She followed up with a great Q&A session.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2023-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

2023 Kemptville Live Winner

The winner of the 2023 KEMPTVILLE LIVE Rotary Club 50/50 draw was Nancy Mace who held ticket number 4037. The prize amount was  $7310. Congratulations!
2023 Kemptville Live Winner 2023-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

Club Officer Changeover

July 1st marked the beginning of a new year for our club. As is our custom, we held a changeover dinner where the new officers of the club were installed. This year's event was held at Salamander's restaurant. Pictured below are the members of the club who gathered for the occasion.
Our next big event is the 50/50 draw at Kemptville Live.
Club Officer Changeover 2023-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

Student Bursaries

The school year has ended for our local students and the Rotary year has ended for members of our club. It was fitting that we completed another year of service by presenting $1000 bursaries to four outstanding students and members of our communities. Congratulations to each one of them on their accomplishments.
The recipients pictured below receiving their bursaries from Club President Vic Budz are:
Emilie Padbury - Ecole Notre Dame Francophone Catholique
Vincent D'Angelo - St. Michael's Catholic High School
Eli Batchelor - North Grenville District High School
Sebastian Yap - North Grenville District High School
Student Bursaries 2023-07-04 04:00:00Z 0

House of Lazarus Fire

The House of Lazarus recently suffered a devastating fire at it's food bank in South Mountain. With the exception of one freezer of meat, everything else in the food bank was lost. Our club has donated $1000 to help them rebuild and replenish their supplies. Pictured below, club treasurer Dave Pelletier presents our cheque to House of Lazarus executive director Cathy Ashby.
We would challenge other service clubs and businesses to match our donation to this valued organization that assists so many in this area.
House of Lazarus Fire 2023-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

Student Bursaries Available

The Rotary Club of Kemptville is providing up to four bursaries with a value of $1000 to high school students pursuing post-secondary education. Click on "read more" below to view the application criteria.
Student Bursaries Available 2023-04-12 04:00:00Z 0

Maplefest 23

With the arrival of spring, the sap in our maple trees starts to run and the process of turning it into liquid gold begins. The first weekend of April marked the return of Maplefest at the Round The Bend Sugarbush on the college campus.
Again this year, members of our Rotary Club partnered with the Kemptville Youth Centre to provide a delicious pancake breakfast.While Saturday's weather wasn't great, a good number of people came out to enjoy the meal and golden product. The weather on Sunday was spectacular and so were the crowds. below, members of both organizations prepare for the door's opening to serve their hungry patrons.
Maplefest 23 2023-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

Community Resource

The speaker at our March 28th meeting was Angie Brown. Angie has lived in Kemptville most of her life. She currently works for Victim Services (Leeds & Grenville) as a crisis response team leader and as a homeless outreach coordinator. At various times she has managed our local food bank, volunteered with the Fill-A-Bag food drive, kettles, been a coordinator of a teen moms program, coordinator of the community Christmas dinner, friendship lunch board and local volunteer. 
In her presentation, Angie provided some insight into the hidden poverty in our community. We tend to think of homelessness and individuals sleeping on the streets which we really don't see here. What we don't see is the number of people "couch surfing", that is sleeping on a friend's couch for a couple of days or in their car if they can afford one. The lack of affordable housing in this area makes a difficult for people to get by. Without adequate housing, it is impossible for most to maintain any sort of employment, which also has an adverse effect on a person's mental health. This is just one example of the need.
Angie's presentation was an eye opener for many of us as to just how great the need in our community is.
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Rotary Science Fair

The Rotary Science Fair was recently held at North Grenville District High School. This year marked the return of the fair for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our club not only sponsors the fair, but we also provide judges for the event as well as a light breakfast and a hot lunch to the several members of the community who served in the judging of the various categories.
There were winners in each of the categories but the winners of the Best of Fair award were: 1st) Liam Gibson - General Chemistry 2nd) Layla McEvoy - Plant Biology and 3rd) Tommu Crus - Human Studies
Congratulations to them and all who participated.
Rotary Science Fair 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

El Salvador Stove Project

Rotarians Cora and John Beking recently returned from working on a project in El Salvador. The project involved the purchase and distribution of smokeless stoves to the needy population. The stoves which are brick and mortar with a flat metal surface burn at a high temperature with a minimum of wood needed to fuel them. The stoves, which cost US$100 each are donated by contributions from area Rotary Clubs and are provided to underprivileged families. It should be noted that the stoves aren't free and that each family pays a small amount (to us) to receive one. Being smokeless, the stoves greatly improve the air quality in the homes where they are used. For more information, please contact our Rotary Club.
Pictured above, Rotarians John and Cora serve a traditional El Salvadorian meal to members and guests for the evening.
El Salvador Stove Project 2023-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

Kemptville Campus

Liz Sutherland, executive director of the Kemptville Campus recently visited the club to give us an update on what was happening there. Liz took us through a brief history of the campus, the transition from being an agricultural college towards becoming a community hub as well as the tenants and activities that are currently in place. Many of us were surprised at the amount of usage that this great local facility has.
For more information on all this facility has to offer, visit their website at
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A New Year Begins

2023 began with dual celebrations. We were pleased to welcome our District Governor, Michel Wong Kee Song to our first meeting of the new year.
We also celebrated the induction of Shadi Abdelmalik as the newest member of our club and look forward to his contribution to the community.
A New Year Begins 2023-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Time

Members of our club and friends met recently for an evening of fellowship, food and fun. It was a great way to close out a busy 2022.
From our families to yours, may you have a safe, healthy and fun filled holiday break.
Holiday Time 2022-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
Help Warm Up Ukraine Nadia Diakun-Thibault 2022-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Giving Tuesday - November 29th Nadia Diakun-Thibault 2022-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
Merci beaucoup! Thank you! 2022-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Santa's Coming

Saturday, November 19th marks Santa's annual pre-Christmas visit to North Grenville. Starting at 4:30 pm, he will participate in a parade of celebration through our municipality's streets. Non-perishable food items will be collected at points along the route.
Rotary's theme for this year is imagine. Pictured below are members of our club preparing our float with the theme Imagine a World Without Hunger.
Santa's Coming 2022-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Remembrance Day 2022 Nadia Diakun-Thibault 2022-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Santa Claus Parade 2022

"Imagine" a world without poverty and hunger, a world of peace and love. 

The 2022 Santa Claus Parade Presented by the Rotary Club of Kemptville
In partnership with the Municipality of North Grenville
Saturday, November 19th at 4:30 p.m.
Santa Claus Parade 2022 2022-11-09 05:00:00Z 0

Community Time

Our club has had a busy couple of weeks with community projects. One of Rotary's primary objectives is the eradication of Polio. Rotary International has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years, and the goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary has reduced polio cases by 99.9% since the first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.
Dutch Rotarians have led the world in using tulips to benefit this critical polio eradication project. What began as the purchase of rights to name and sell a new variety of tulip during a 2013 charity auction, has blossomed into a continuing and internationally successful fundraiser.  The Rotary Club of Kemptville ordered some of these tulips and arranged to donate them to the local Horticultural Society to be planted at the Rotary Park, commemorating Rotary World Polio Day which is October 24. Pictured below are members of the club, our municipal council and members of the horticultural society who participated in the planting of these bulbs in Rotary Park.
At the end of the month, we partnered with Restore (Habitat for Humanity) to host a volunteer appreciation BBQ. The weather was glorious for this time of year and in addition to providing support for the event, we were able to have some outside fun.
Community Time 2022-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

Young Writer's Contest

Our Rotary Club recently held a young writers competition in conjunction with the Kemptville Youth Centre's annual book fair. This year's event, our second and sponsored by the Egg Farmers of Ontario had two categories; authors between the ages of 10 to 13 and authors from 14 to 18. The submissions were judged by an independent local panel. Prizes for each category were $400 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place.
Placings in the 10 to 13 category in order of finish were Elizabeth Newman, Ethan Geurts and Ayla Ritchie. Placings in to 14 to 16 year old category were Andrea Geleynse, Eliza Batchelor and Oceanne Joanette. Congratulations to all!
Pictured below are the winners with Rotarians Cora and John representing the Egg Farmers of Ontario and club president Nadia.
Young Writer's Contest 2022-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

Kemptville Live

Another successful year of the Kemptville Live Music Festival has passed. Five days of music and fun were enjoyed by thousands on the Kemptville Campus.
The winner of this year's Rotary Club 50/50 draw was Amanda Lalonde with winning ticket number 3820. Thanks to everyone for your support of our community initiatives.
Kemptville Live 2022-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Year End

The last couple of weeks have been busy ones for our club. Pictured below, Rotarian Vic presented our Rotary bursaries to deserving students at North Grenville District HS and TR Leger. Unfortunately, we don't have a shot of the grad from St. Michael's.
Subsequent to that, the club held its annual pot luck Officer changeover dinner and social gathering at Rotarian Nancy's. The evening concluded with Past President Nancy placing the president's pin on incoming President Nadia.
The finale for the year had Rotarians John and Cora from our club attending a reception for incoming Rotary International President Jennifer Jones. It is worth noting that Jennifer is the first female president of  Rotary International and is Canadian. Pictured below are Rotarians John and Cora with President Jennifer and Past District Governor Faye.
Rotary Year End 2022-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

Agrilands Presentation

Our club hosted an evening with the mayor, who explained the municipality's vision for the surplus lands at the College following the construction of the new provincial prison in our community. We also took the occasion to present Paul Harris Awards to Debbie Wilson and Rick Grahame of Grahame's Bakery for their silent and significant support to our community.
Pictured below are Debbie and Rick receiving their awards from Rotarian Anna.
Pictured below, Mayor Peckford and President-elect Nadia engage in a Q and A about some aspects of the mayor's presentation.
To view the mayor's presentation and the awards, follow this YouTube link
Agrilands Presentation 2022-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Mayor Peckford speaks to Rotary about Surplus Farmside Lands

On June 9th, the Rotary Club of Kemptville hosted North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford, who presented the vision for the future use of surplus Provincial agricultural lands from the former Kemptville College. Mayor Peckford's presentation was followed by a Fireside-Farmside chat with Nadia Diakun-Thibault, President-elect of Kemptville Rotary and moderator for the evening.
Mayor Peckford speaks to Rotary about Surplus Farmside Lands 2022-06-09 04:00:00Z 0


As a support for our community's 1st annual Buskerfest, members of the club and friends served close to 200 breakfasts to those early participants in the day's festivities. Pictured below are the crew that made it happen.
Buskerfest 2022-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

Maplefest Pancake Breakfast

To help celebrate our community's Maplefest, club members partnered with the Kemptville Youth Centre to put on a pancake breakfast at the Agroforestry Centre. The breakfast was by donation and the funds raised were used to help support the people of Ukraine. Pictured below are a couple of our early volunteers prepping the kitchen
as well as some patrons enjoying a delicious breakfast in the morning sun. A huge thanks to all who supported us in this event.
Maplefest Pancake Breakfast 2022-04-09 04:00:00Z 0

Winter Carnival

This year saw a Kemptville Winter Carnival spring up on the creek. Organizers on short notice pulled together some groups to make the weekends of Feb -6 and 12-13 days of outdoor fun. The creek was originally cleared as a skateway by the Kinsmen Club years ago. Skating and shinny have returned this year after a long absence and are being enjoyed by many in the community. Pictured below are a couple members of our club who braced the cold to provide hot dogs and hamburgers to the hungry skaters enjoying a great community vibe.
Winter Carnival 2022-02-08 05:00:00Z 0

Happy New Year

From our families to yours, our club wishes each one of you and your loved ones a safe and happy 2022.
Happy New Year 2021-12-30 05:00:00Z 0

Calendars Going!

Mrs. Claus, pictured below stopped in to get her Rotary Cash calendar. If you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift, calendars are available this Saturday at Food Basics from 11 - 3, at B&H Sunday from 11-2, and at the Municipal Centre arena from 8-12 Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Calendars Going! 2021-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas Food Drive

In conjunction with the Equinelle Residents Association, our club held a very successful food drive through their subdivision. The generosity and response to this initiative was overwhelming. Pictured below are club members sorting the donations. These gifts, which were shared with The House of Lazarus and The Salvation Army food banks, will help to make things a little easier for those in our community who are less fortunate.
Christmas Food Drive 2021-12-14 05:00:00Z 0

Santa Has Arrived

Mr. & Mrs. Claus did indeed arrive in time for Kemptville's Christmas Parade. Pictured below, they are relaxing a bit before participating in the big event.
They brought with them a crew of Rotary elves to make sure that all of their logistics were covered.
It was a great parade and appreciated by the large numbers who attended.
Santa Has Arrived 2021-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas Preparation

A little bird told us that Santa was coming to town and that there would be a parade. Members got together on a sunny afternoon to put a float together so that we could join in the festivities.
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DG's Visit

In our first in person meeting in a long while, we were pleased to be joined by District Governor Fay Campbell. Fay gave us an update on the Rotary Foundation as well as exploring what brought each one of us to join Rotary.
The evening served to welcome two new members to our club, Rotarian Vic who joins us by way of transfer from Brooks, Alberta and
our newest Rotarian, Nadia who was inducted by President Nancy and ADG Cora.
DG's Visit 2021-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

Cash Calendars Are Back

After a year's absence due to the pandemic, Rotary's cash calendars will soon be available for purchase. The cost of each calendar is $20.00 and offers a daily prize of up to $1000. Proceeds are used for Rotary's ongoing community projects. They will be available from club members and for sale at various locations around our community. Your support helps us to support the community. Thank you.
Cash Calendars Are Back 2021-10-21 04:00:00Z 0

Busy Behind The Scenes

Our site hasn't been updated in a while but we have not been idle. We have quietly cleaned up the paths along the Kemptville Creek early summer, sorted books for the KYC Youth Centre book fair and worked at small projects in between. In partnership with The Egg Farmers of Ontario, our club ran the first Rotary Writers Competition for youth. Pictured below are the sponsors and winning members for their categories.
If you wish to contribute to your community and have some fun, contact us for more information.
Busy Behind The Scenes 2021-09-26 04:00:00Z 0

Spring is Here

Members and their spouses enjoyed a socially distanced afternoon at President Nancy's.
After walking out into the sugarbush, Nancy explained their use of tap and lines.
We then saw the boildown process in action
Followed by a sampling of the finished product.
The weather was perfect and a great outdoor afternoon was enjoyed by all.
Spring is Here 2021-03-23 04:00:00Z 0

Easter Seals

We were joined in our virtual meeting tonight by members of The Easter Seals. In their presentation, they spoke not only about the programme that they run but also about how they have had to adapt it to the current health situation we are in. Joining us as well was the mother of a child who benefits from the programme. Laura explained the requirements that her son has, both financially and system supports and how Easter Seals helps meet their needs. All in all, it was a very thought provoking meeting.
Our next gathering will be on 23Feb at 1830 hours.
Easter Seals 2021-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our club's Christmas food drive. Your donations greatly exceeded our expectations and made a large difference to those families and individuals who are not as fortunate. Have a safe 2021
Thank You 2021-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas is Coming

Due to the cancellation of this year's Santa Claus Parade, the club has decided to bring a float to various parts of the community on the weekends of Nov 21/22, 27/28 and Dec 5/6. Donations of food for local food banks will be accepted along the routes from those who wish to contribute. Pictured below is the initial construction of the float,
the final product
and the construction crew.
Christmas is Coming 2020-11-11 05:00:00Z 0

Future Planning

Meeting virtually during this pandemic has its limitations and changes the way we go forward doing many things.
Our club is joining the NGGives challenge which is benefitting the House of Lazarus. This initiative by the North Grenville Community Fund is aimed at providing family Christmas hampers for those in need. Please support this initiative.
On the weekends of November 21-22 and 28-29, our club will be parading a float through different areas of our community to spread some Christmas cheer. Food donations will be accepted for anyone who wishes to donate.
Stay safe and take care of each other.
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Youth Centre Golf Tournament

This year's Kemptville Youth Centre's annual golf tournament was held at the Rideau Glen. Participants were blessed with great weather and socially distanced friendship. The event, which is a major fundraiser, surpassed expectations due to the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic. Pictured below are members of the event's prime sponsor, The Rotary Club of Kemptville and members of the Youth Centre.
Youth Centre Golf Tournament 2020-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

KYC Book Fair

One of Kemptville Youth Centre's major fundraisers is its annual book fair. This is a massive undertaking as thousands of books must be sorted before the fair opens to the public. Pictured below are members of the Kemptville Rotary Club who lent a hand in this endeavour.
KYC Book Fair 2020-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Visit

As we kick off a new Rotary year, our virtual guest this evening was District Governor Hadi Mortada.
In 2003 Hadi was introduced to Rotary by a friend who was a member. He subsequently joined the Rotary Club of West Ottawa. He told us the thing he enjoys about Rotary is the fellowship. You meet interesting people, have a chance to travel and work on unique projects.
He believes that opportunities are there for us and that we need to take advantage of them. His goals for this year are for Rotary to be visible and stay aligned. He believes that we need to keep Rotary accessible and affordable. We also need to change the mindset of “that is what we have always done”. We need to collaborate with other like-minded organizations and have fun!
If you are interested in joining a community minded group, please contact President Nancy.
District Governor's Visit 2020-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Final Meeting of Rotary Year

As this Rotary year rapidly draws to a close, some members of the club had a social distancing meeting at President Nancy's. Although we were well spaced out, the acoustics were great and a good time was enjoyed by all who participated.
Final Meeting of Rotary Year 2020-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

Community Involvement

Although our club is now meeting virtually due to the Covig-19 pandemic, we are still working to assist our local community. We recently went through our budget and reallocated funds so that donations could be made to our local food banks. Stay healthy, stay safe and keep an eye out for your neighbour.
Community Involvement 2020-04-13 04:00:00Z 0


Due to the current public health  situation, our club will not be physically gathering until further notice. Our meetings will be held virtually for the foreseeable future. Please follow public health directives and stay safe. Thank you to those on the front lines for their efforts in keeping us safe.

Diabetes Canada

Our recent speaker was Dalia from Diabetes Canada. She provided us with an overview of the types of diabetes, symptoms, as well as some of the contributing factors linked to type 2 diabetes. We enjoyed this very educational and well received presentation, each of us taking away something new. For further information, please contact their website
Diabetes Canada 2020-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

Having Fun

All work and no play make Jack and Jill a dull couple. Having a social component compliments any service group. Past and current members of our Rotary club recently enjoyed an informal dinner and fellowship evening.
Having Fun 2020-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Back Into The Swing of Things

After the holiday break, we are back into a regular routine. While we have conducted business the last couple of weeks, we also had personal trainer Richard Chartrand come in and speak to us about non-aggressive strength training and its benefits for older members of the community. We also said goodbye to Rotarian Bob Milne from the Rotary Club of Crieff, Scotland. We were pleased to have Bob join us for a couple of meetings during his stay in Canada. Pictured below, Rotarian Bob and President Nancy exchange club banners.
It should also be noted that beginning in February, our club will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.
Back Into The Swing of Things 2020-01-22 05:00:00Z 0


Our first meeting of 2020 was a semi-business meeting where we had a debrief of our calendar fundraiser and a general catch-up with each other. Joining us for the evening was Rotarian Bob Milne from the Rotary Club of Crieff, Scotland. Bob is in the area visiting family.
On the good news front, Rotarian Ben and his wife Esther have a new baby sister for son Harrison. May baby Erin bring them much joy!
We are recharged and as a club are looking forward to a happy and productive New Year.
IT'S 2020 - WELCOME BACK 2020-01-08 05:00:00Z 0
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Climate Change Presentation

Posted on Nov 26, 2019
Our speakers this evening were Raymond Lemay and Phil McNeely from the Rotary Club of Orleans Rotary Climate Action Team. They presented climate change information to the club as well as information on how to form a climate action team.
Following a lively question and answer discussion, President Nancy thanked our guests for their presentation.
Climate Change Presentation 2019-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

Santa Claus Parade

This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA
This past Saturday was a busy one, with members of the club transitioning from our cash calendar fundraiser to our annual food drive during the Santa Claus Parade. Thanks to our community for their support in helping us support those less fortunate.
Santa Claus Parade 2019-11-26 05:00:00Z 0

4-H Awards Night

The winner of this year's senior award was Andrew Ferguson. Andrew's $500 bursary cheque was presented on behalf of our Rotary Club by President Nancy and Past-President Joanne.
4-H Awards Night 2019-11-21 05:00:00Z 0

Front of House

Last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, members of our club ran the front of house for the sold out production of Shake, Rattle and Roll. This musical was a collaboration of various musical groups and individuals in support of Kemptville and District Home Support Senior's Community Services. Pictured below are members of the cast and production crew. Thanks to all who attended and supported this function. The production's three day run raised $15,379 for this community service.
Front of House 2019-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

Posted on Oct 24, 2019
It's World Polio Day!
Join your fellow Rotarians from around the world who are:
  • Using social media to spread the news about our efforts to eradicate polio.
  • Donating to End Polio Now. Your contribution will be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Tuning in for Rotary’s World Polio Day Online Global Update (shown in multiple time zones and languages) to learn about the heroes of polio eradication.
Polio will be the second human disease to be eradicated — but we need your help to do it.
World Polio Day 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor's Visit

Posted on Oct 08, 2019
Our meeting tonight featured a visit from our District Governor, Gerry Lambert. Gerry discussed with club members items such as club involvement in community and international projects, as well as building and retaining membership. Following our discussions, a delicious home made meal was enjoyed by all at President Nancy's. Pictured below, DG presents President Nancy with a banner containing this year's theme, Rotary Connects The World
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Pie Time

Every autumn, members of the club get together for a pie making evening. The pies are distributed to organizations that assist in the community. Pictured below, members of the club work in preparation as well as enjoying a social evening.
Pie Time 2019-10-01 04:00:00Z 0

KYC Book Fair

Kemptville Youth Centre's annual book fair is being held the last weekend of August. Members of the club and some of their spouses spent the evening helping to sort the thousands of books which were donated for the event. Laughs were shared as boxes were unpacked and volumes placed.
Plan to attend the book fair, grab a bargain, and help support our local youth.
KYC Book Fair 2019-08-20 04:00:00Z 0

Pizza Time

If it's August, then it's time for our club's annual Pizza Party at Easter Seals Camp Merrywood. In what has become an annual tradition, members of the club served pizzas and beverages to campers and staff. The weather was great and the evening was enjoyed by both our members and those at the camp. Pictured below are members of the club getting ready to serve the hungry masses.
Pizza Time 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0


Club members and supporters recently spent 4 days of work and music at the 5th annual Kemptville Live Music Festival. The club ran the 50/50 draw fundraiser over the course of the festival with all proceeds from the event being directly invested back into our local community. Pictured below is President Nancy drawing the winning number - ticket # 4579.
Visiting out booth is the draw winner, Jo-Anne Thompson and friend with President Nancy. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year at this outstanding event.
KEMPTVILLE LIVE - 2019 2019-07-22 04:00:00Z 0

Naming of KYC Building

The Kemptville Youth Centre's building has been dedicated as the Rotary Rolston Hall. The naming is in recognition of late Rotarian Keith Rolston whose legacy has enabled the Rotary Club of Kemptville to help KYC pay down on their mortgage. Our club was instrumental in helping KYC procure this facility. Pictured below are Rotary club president Nancy and KYC president Jennifer dedicating the building.
Following the dedication, members of the Rotary Club and Youth Centre gathered for a memorial photo.
And of course no celebration is complete without the celebratory cake.
Naming of KYC Building 2019-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

Club Changeover

The past few weeks have been busy ones for the club. Last Tuesday we took a break from everything that has been going on to have a social evening with friends and partners as well as having our official changeover of club officers. Pictured below is past-president Jo-Anne presenting the president's pin to incoming president Nancy.
Club Changeover 2019-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

Scouts Cook Off

Our club is the charter sponsor of the 1st Kemptville Scout Troop. The troop recently held a cook off between their five patrols. Each patrol was given a sum of money to shop, prepare and present a meal using typical scout camping gear. The event was held at Mapleview with judges coming from both the scouting movement and the community. Rotarian Dave represented our club as a judge. The menus included hamburgers, meat balls, curried rice, gluten free pasta and pad thai with creative beverages and deserts that included crepes. The presentation and quality of the meals impressed all of the judges - a job well done by a great group of young adults.
Scouts Cook Off 2019-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Science Fair Winner

Our guest tonight was Stewart and his parents. Stewart was this year's Rotary Science Fair's best of fair winner for his project on "milk plastic". Due to the environmental concerns we have with plastics, Stewart's hypothesis was to demonstrate the ability to create a replacement for a lot of its uses including tensile strength and be biodegradable. His presentation showed both the positive aspects of his research as well as the drawbacks. A great presentation by a well spoken young adult.
Science Fair Winner 2019-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Duck Decoy Prep.

The Rotary Duck Decoy Challenge is rapidly approaching. This event gives local businesses and organizations the opportunity to create a representation of themselves on a decoy duck. Judging is done by public ballot thanks to the generosity of our local Canadian Tire store who provided us with display space as well as by a panel of anonymous judges. Pictured below are a group of club members preparing bases for the ducks.
Duck Decoy Prep. 2019-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

Cash Calendars

The Rotary Cash Calendar is a joint project of several clubs in the Ottawa area spearheaded by the Rotary Club of West Ottawa. In addition to the funds our club receives from the sale of the calendars and puts back into the community, over $23,000 has been paid out to patrons of the calendar in our area since we began the programme six years ago. Pictured below is President Jo-Anne receiving a cheque for our sales funds from Rotarian Caroline from the Rotary Club of West Ottawa.
Cash Calendars 2019-04-04 04:00:00Z 0

North Grenville Science Fair

Youth is a big commitment of our club. In addition to sponsoring the event, today members of the club not only acted as judges but also provided a light breakfast and lunch to the judging panel. The Rotary North Grenville Science Fair continues to grow each year. Pictured below are the club's kitchen crew and the school's organizer.
North Grenville Science Fair 2019-03-29 04:00:00Z 0


Posted on Mar 12, 2019
Tonight's meeting was a special occasion for two reasons, the induction of new Rotarians, Kimberly and Sean and a visit by our district governor.
Pictured below, members welcoming Kimberly and Sean into our fold. It appears that there was some humour during the induction.
Following the induction ceremony, District Governor Martha spoke to us about the evolving nature of Rotary and conducted a small quiz to see how well we know our community based on information she had gathered from Statistics Canada. The information which was based on the last census came as a surprise to some of our members. Below DG Martha takes us through the exercise.
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Dinner's on Us

Members of the club provided a dinner of Shephed's Pie, salad, cake and ice cream at the House of Lazarus' Dinner on Us this past week. The members below were part of the group who cooked, served and organized the dinner.
Dinner's on Us 2019-03-01 05:00:00Z 0

Joint Meeting with Lions Club

We recently had a joint meeting with the Lions club to hear a presentation by the Kemptville Youth Centre. Operations manager Barb Tobin and Programmes coordinator Maura Lepore gave our clubs an overview of the services they provide, the youth they serve as well as the resources and constraints they function with. Their presentation was well received by both clubs.
Our thanks to the Lions Club for hosting us.
Joint Meeting with Lions Club 2019-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

North Grenville Community Foundation

Darren Givoque of the North Grenville Community Foundation was a recent speaker at our club. Darren provided us with the origins of the Foundation and explained how it can help both individuals and groups leave a lasting legacy in their community. Pictured below, Darren goes over some of the finer points of how the Foundation operates.
North Grenville Community Foundation 2019-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

Home Support Services

Our club recently hosted Susan Smith, executive director of Kemptville & District Home Support. Susan shared with the club the number and types of services her organization provides to the community, how they operate and some of the funding challenges they encounter. One of their major fundraisers is the Big Band Dance which this year is being held on Saturday, April 27th. For more information contact the support centre at 613-258-3203
Home Support Services 2019-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Farewell 2018

Club members finished 2018 with a social ending and are looking forward to a well deserved break. We celebrated the Christmas season with family and friends at a well organized pot luck dinner hosted by Rotarian Donovan and his wife Jenn. Pictured below are some folks engaging in pre-meal festivities.
Best wishes to all for a safe and happy holiday with those important to you!
Farewell 2018 2018-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

Nepal Water Project

The Nepal water project is now onsite. Pictured below are the project's banner and a group of local partners.
Nepal Water Project 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Oct 30, 2018
Our speaker this evening was Brian Carre, North Grenville's chief administrative officer. Brian shared his background with us as well as explaining what his role in the municipality is. The role of CAO is to be the interface between elected council and municipal staff. Staff he explained are there to provide advice to council with respect to provincial law and ensure that the decisions council make are properly executed. As CAO, he is responsible for coordinating the execution of these decisions across the various municipal departments as well as overseeing the daily operations of the municipality. Pictured below, Brian accepts a cheque from Rotarian Serge for the installation of two benches in Curry Park.
NG's CAO 2018-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Local Artist

Posted on Oct 16, 2018
Our speaker this evening was Gary Blake, President of the North Grenville Arts Guild. In his presentation, Gary shared with our members how he transitioned from a retired family physician to a passionate artist. Having not painted since the age of 12, at the urging of his wife he rediscovered the joy and intensity of art. He mentioned that he was fortunate enough to be mentored by Charlie Spratt, an area artist of renown who helped him in his new journey. He also spoke to the North Grenville Arts Guild and the great support it gives local artists. If you haven't seen the guild members works, be sure to visit their next exhibition, you will not be disappointed. Pictured below, Gary is thanked for his presentation by Reinder.
Local Artist 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

News From Down Under

District 7040's Rotary Foundation Fellowship student sponsored by our club, Garrett Milne has sent the following update for members of the club and district.
A little over two months ago I began what has been the biggest adventure of my life thus far – with one suitcase I left Ottawa, Canada on a two-day trip to Sydney, Australia.
While the physical journey began in July of this year, the actual journey began in September of 2017, when I was accepted into the Master of Health Security program at the University of Sydney. Over the course of my previous studies, I had become increasingly interested in infectious diseases, particularly from an emergency management perspective. For this reason, my specialization within this program is Biodefence and Biosafety, a program like no other around the world.
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Nepal Water Filter Project

A team of Rotarians from our district, including from our club will be heading to Nepal at the end of November to deliver and help install a water filtration systems. The systems will be installed in villages that have previously been set up with water collection systems.  Members of the team going to Nepal explained how the systems work and how they are partnering with a rotary club in Kathmandu to ensure its success. Our club agreed to provide them with some financial assistance for the filtration systems. Pictures below are members of the outgoing team.
Nepal Water Filter Project 2018-09-23 04:00:00Z 0

KYC Breakfast

The club has been busy with administrative stuff after the summer but look forward to attending and supporting the Kemptville Youth Centre breakfast. See the poster below for details.
KYC Breakfast 2018-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Camp Merrywood 2018

Members of the club recently hosted a pizza party for the campers and staff of Easter Seals Camp Merrywood. This annual event is one of the most popular with members and this year, a record was set for the numbers who enjoyed the evening. Pictured below are members of the serving like preparing to feed the hungry hoards of campers.
Camp Merrywood 2018 2018-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

Kemptville Live

Posted on Jul 22, 2018
The winning ticket number for this year's 50/50 draw at Kemptville Live was ticket number 05054. Pictured below is the crowd enjoying one of the many great acts at this year's event.
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International Visit

Posted on Jul 02, 2018
This week, members of the club hosted Rotarians from D3040 in Bhopal, India. In addition to home hosting, our guests participated in a 1000 Islands boat cruise. Assembled hosts and guests are pictured below.
International Visit 2018-07-02 04:00:00Z 0

Duck/Decoy Night

Posted on Jun 26, 2018
Our meeting tonight was to celebrate with the major prize winners of the Duck Race and Decoy Challenge and share fellowship with these members of our community.
The 1st place winner for the Decoy Challenge was the team from Sonography, pictured below with their winning entry.
The winner of the 1st place duck was away on holidays however the winners of the 2nd and 3rd place ducks were able to join us.. Pictured below is the 2nd place winner Chris. It should be noted that the 3rd place winner, Wesley also won the 50/50 draw for the evening and returned the proceeds of both the draw and race to the club for community projects.
This year's race was run in conjunction with the Navy League cadets who ran and organized the event. Pictured below is Navy League president Peter receiving their cheque from Rotarian Donovan.
Duck/Decoy Night 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Duck Race

In conjunction with the Navy League Cadets, this year's version of the annual Rotary Club Duck Race was held May 27th. Ready and waiting, the ducks were dropped from the Prescott Street bridge into the Kemptville Creek.
Once over the side, the race was on!
As the current was a tad on the slow side, the recovery crew waited patiently for the racers to hit the finish line.
And of course, no Rotary duck race is complete without the display from the Decoy Challenge.
The winning ducks were numbers: 1st #182, 2nd #749 and 3rd #1411. Thanks to everyone who supported this event.
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Dinner On The House

Posted on Apr 12, 2018
This week in conjunction with the House of Lazarus, club members and their partners were pleased to provide a community meal. Dinner on the house is open to all members of the community. Pictured below are the kitchen crew  completing last minute preparations
and the serving crew getting ready to roll. Approximately 85 members of the community joined us for a pasta based dinner with fixings.
Dinner On The House 2018-04-12 04:00:00Z 0


Posted on Apr 03, 2018
We often focus on the immediate and not so often on potential long term benefits of therapies. Tonight Karen and Clara of Saltasitc  spoke to the club on the benefits of "salt therapy". It was a most interesting programme and well received..
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Rotary Science Fair

Youth are one of the major focuses of our club. This week the annual Rotary Science Fair was held at NGDHS.
In addition to sponsoring the Fair financially, the club also feeds breakfast and lunch to the 50 or so judges who have the unenviable task of trying to determine the winners of each category and ultimately best of fair. A review of the winning project and the winner will be forthcoming in the near future.
Pictured below are the club members who participated in the day as well as the Science Fair's academic advisor.
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Besides wanting to better their community, most people join a service club for fellowship. This past week, we shared an evening of food and friendship at Rotarian Donovan's. It provided our members with a nice break from meetings and projects and gave us a chance to sit and talk with each other in a relaxed, informal setting.
Fellowship 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

Navy League Visit

A recent speaker at our club was Peter Milson.  Peter is a retired naval Captain who has recently taken over as chair of the local Navy League branch. As well as discussing the cadet programme, Peter spoke of his long career in the RCN and some of the adventures he had. We had a most enjoyable evening.
Navy League Visit 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0

Youth and Community Support

Posted on Feb 20, 2018
Our meeting this evening treated us to multiple speakers presenting an array of topics. Our first speaker was Garret Milne. Garret is a masters student in policy at Carleton University. Garret gave us background on himself, his course of studies and his future objectives. Our club is supporting him in his application for a Rotary Foundation Scholarship. Beginning in July, he will be studying for a year in Sydney, Australia.
Our next speaker was Natalie Templeton, the winner of our 4-H bursary. Natalie told us of her studies at the University if Guelph and of the impact the 4-H movement had on her academic direction and her goal of eventually becoming a large animal veterinarian.
Our final speaker was Susan Smith, executive director of  Kemptville and District Home Support. Susan shared with us the reason home support exists and the services they provide. She also spoke of the partnerships they have as well as how the organization is funded. This is a service which is both needed and well used in our community.
Youth and Community Support 2018-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

KYC Fashion Show

The Fairy Godmother Fashion Show is to promote the over 150 dresses that we have downstairs at the KYC.  These dresses can be tried on at any time by the youth in our community and they can keep them or borrow them for special events such as prom, graduation, family events, etc.  The youth are the ones who will be modelling and who have done all the prep work for the event to date.
KYC Fashion Show 2018-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Beth Donovan Hospice

The speaker for this evening's meeting was Debbie Watt, executive director of the Beth Donovan Hospice. In her presentation, Debbie took us through the origins of Hospice in general and specifically the history of BDH. Members were surprised at the extensive services that Hospice provides to our community. She spoke in depth about some of the services offered and how there is always place for someone to volunteer - many different talents are required to ensure the hospice runs smoothly. For more information on the hospice and its services, visit .
Debbie was thanked for her most interesting presentation by Rotarian Ben.
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Visit from Councillor

Our speaker this evening was Councillor Jim Bertram. In his sometimes lighthearted presentation, Jim spoke to us about politics and politicians.
Following a lively question and answer period, Jim was thanked by Rotarian Donovan.
Visit from Councillor 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0


Thanks to all who supported our cash calendar initiative this year. Without your support we would not be able to contribute to many community projects.
Thanks 2017-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

Christmas Fellowship

Posted on Dec 19, 2017
The club held its annual Christmas party this evening. It was a time of fun and fellowship for all. Pictured below, members mingle before dinner.
In recognition for her contribution to the Foundation, Rotarian Anna is presented with a Paul Harris sapphire award by ADG Mike.
Christmas Fellowship 2017-12-19 05:00:00Z 0

Music In Kemptville

Posted on Dec 12, 2017
Tonight's speaker was Karen Bedard. Karen works in the operations end of Kemptville Live , a music festival that has brought our community a good degree with of recognition not only from attendees but artists as well. Something that most members of our club were unaware of is the fact that the festival is a not for profit event which benefits our community.
Above, Karen answers questions about the event.
Music In Kemptville 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0

Donation For Rolston Room

The old armoury, the Blake Williamson Hall in Kemptville is in the process of being refurbished for community use. Pictured below is past-president John presenting a cheque to Mark Guy, the municipality's Director of Parks and Recreation for the furnishing of the Rolston room. This room is named in honour of the late Keith Rolston who was a veteran, Rotarian and a community minded member of this area.
Donation For Rolston Room 2017-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

Ho Ho Ho

Posted on Nov 19, 2017
This past Saturday was the community's annual Santa Claus parade. Pictured on our club's float were the ghosts of Christmas Present. Members of the club participated along the parade route collecting food donations for the area's food banks.
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Santa's Elves

Santa's elves were busy tonight preparing goodie bags his visit to Kemptville this coming Saturday. We hope to see all of the good girls and boys along the parade route. Please consider bringing a canned food item to the parade in support of our local food banks.
Santa's Elves 2017-11-14 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Cash Calendars

Pictured below with her husband Tom is Maretta Hay ,a recent winner of a Rotary Cash Calendar prize . The Rotary Cash Calendar is drawn daily with prizes ranging from $20.00 to $1000.00 and as a bonus, your ticket can be drawn more than once. The cost of a calendar is $20.00 and they are available from any Rotarian or at the following locations during the months of November and December: B&H Grocers, Canadian Tire, Jonsson's Independent Grocers and Rona. Calendars will also be available at St. Michael's Craft Show on November 25th between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Proceeds are reinvested to support international and community needs.
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Honouring Those Who Have Served

November 11th was a crisp, sunny day. It was a day of reflection and of remembrance for those who served and sacrificed so that we could enjoy the lives we do today. We will remember them. Pictured below are President Cora and President-elect Jo-Anne preparing to lay a wreath at our community's annual service.
Honouring Those Who Have Served 2017-11-12 05:00:00Z 0

L'iL Sucker

Posted on Oct 31, 2017
Our speaker this evening was Mike Adjeleian of L'iL Sucker - North Grenville's best kept secret. Mike shared with us his background, the profile of his business and a demonstration of the firm's product. Few members knew that we had a worldwide business located in our community. Their product is very unique, compact and definately useable. For more detail see . No pictures tonight - camera malfunction.
L'iL Sucker 2017-10-31 04:00:00Z 0


Posted on Oct 17, 2017
We seem to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately. Tonight's meeting was spent baking apple pies for the House of Lazarus. The peelers began the process
and the bakers finished it.
Bakers 2017-10-17 04:00:00Z 0

Canada Day Thanks

Posted on Oct 10, 2017
Tonight our members held a "pot luck" supper and invited the parade marshal and judges in order to thank them for their help on July 1st. Pictured below is President-elect Joanne presenting Parade Marshall Norma with a certificate of thanks.
Also thanked were judges Reinder and Maggie, pictured with P-E Joanne and Norma.
Canada Day Thanks 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0

Funeral Services

Posted on Oct 03, 2017
Our speaker this evening was Vickie Byers from Byers Funeral Home. Vickie took the club through some of the steps of preplanning a funeral as well as the types of services that are available. There were some interesting options that most club members were not aware of.
Vickie was thanked for her presentation by President Cora.
Funeral Services 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

Million Dollar Dinner

Posted on Sep 19, 2017
Our speaker this evening was ADG John Wilson from the Rotary Club of Renfrew. John spoke to us generally about the Rotary Foundation and specifically about Rotary's Million Dollar Dinner.
Million Dollar Dinner 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Quiche Night

Posted on Sep 12, 2017
Tonight's meeting was a hands on working meeting. The members of the club spent the evening preparing quiche for the House of Lazarus.
Quiche Night 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0

Books! Books! Books!

Posted on Aug 22, 2017
Tonight's meeting was a work night for members of the club. Every year we assist the Kemptville Youth Centre with their annual book fair by helping to sort the huge volume of books that are donated to the event. Pictured below are members of our team moving and sorting books in preparation of the event.
Books! Books! Books! 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

4-H Meeting

Posted on Aug 17, 2017
Tonight's meeting was held in conjunction with the 4-H dairy club at the Templeton farm. In addition to the annual corn roast, the event gave members of the club the opportunity to showcase their animals.
Of interest to the members was a tour of the new robotic milking system which was recently installed on the farm.
The evening was enjoyed by folks of all ages
With some of our members trying their hand at leading the show animals.
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Tanzanian Poultry Project

Posted on Aug 08, 2017
Our speaker this evening was Peter Morin from the Rotary Club  of Napanee.
Peter started the Africa Project by taking a 3 week trip to Tanzania soon after he retired. He met Rotarians John and Cora there in January 2011. Peter has worked with the them as technical supervisors for the programs that were running. One such project comprised of buying Chicken kits with 8 chickens and some operating equipment. To travel to the island the project is taking place on, you must take a 2 and a half hour ferry ride from the port city as well as a 1 hour motorcycle taxi ride to the village. The program lost their entire first shipment of chickens. Peter's local contact is striving to "eradicate poverty." The island's population is loosely 18,000. The island has a chronic issue with mono-cropping and as such the soil is spent.
The first section of the program was to diversify the crop rotation to ensure profitability. The second program is to implement the chicken raising program. The program has a plot on the island to experiment with soil rehabilitation strategy. The local school children came to help with the planting and all monies paid to the children went towards school supplies. There are currently 3 operating groups of 6 farmers which will be the seed mentors for the others in the community.
After a Q & A session, Peter was thanked for his presentation.
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Meeting Cancelled

Posted on Jul 31, 2017
Due to unforeseen circumstances, our meeting for August 1st is cancelled. If you have makeup time or meetings, please advise Ben.
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District Governor's Visit

Posted on Jul 25, 2017
Our guest this evening was our new District Governor, Sue Bellor. In her message, DG Sue shared with some of RI's and district goals for the upcoming year. It was also an evening for welcome and recognition.
Below, Reinder is welcomed as the newest member of our club.
President-elect Jo-Anne receives her pin from President Cora.
Paul Harris Fellow are presented to Rotarians John and Cora.
Rotarian Serge is honoured with a special presentation.
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Merrywood 2017

Posted on Jul 18, 2017
Tonight was one of the club's favourite meetings of the year, our annual pizza party for the campers and staff of Easter Seals Camp Merrywood. Pictured below is the food line with serving Rotarians on one side and happy campers on the other.
Once everyone went through the line, supper was enjoyed in the evening sun - something more than welcome this summer.
Merrywood 2017 2017-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Year Begins

Posted on Jul 11, 2017
The last two weeks have been busy ones for the club. After weeks of preparation, the Canada Day parade went ahead on July 1st without rain this year.
As is befitting, a float with the flags of all the provinces and territories presented the country from sea, to sea, to sea.
Below Rotarian Norma marches with the float displaying all of the entrants to the Rotary Duck & Decoy race. This was a good opportunity to once again showcase the efforts of our local businesses and community partners.
And nothing says summer like sun and a BBQ. Club members provide nourishment to the festivity goers.
The following Tuesday we had our club changeover of officers at Blue Gypsy Winery. Proprietor Louis Gaal gave members an overview of his products and a tasting.
Finally President-elect Jo-Anne took the oath of office to conclude our meeting.
Our meeting on the 11th was at the Swords & Ploughshares' Museum. Major Mike Calnan explained the collection and showed us what was inside. Unfortunately the outside portion of the programme was cancelled due to the typhoon.
Next week's meeting - Camp Merrywood @ 1700 hours
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Canada Day Prep

Posted on Jun 30, 2017
Members of the club have spent the last two weeks preparing our float for the Canada Day parade.
HAPPY 150TH BIRTHDAY CANADA! We hope everyone enjoys the festivities.
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Historical Society Presentation

Posted on Jun 13, 2017
Our speaker this evening was Dr. David Shanahan from the North Grenville Historical Society. David spoke to us about the importance of knowing where you are from, that is the sense of knowing the community you belong to and how it got there. He shared with us the evolution of the society, the ties it has with other organizations and the ongoing direction it is taking. After a Q & A, David was thanked for a most interesting presentation by Rotarian Mark.
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Busy Night at the Club

Posted on Jun 06, 2017
Tonight's meeting was a jam packed affair. We had as dinner guests, winners of the Decoy Challenge as well as the Duck Race winner and sponsor. We began with a presentation to the winners of the Decoy Challenge
Les from "Fat Les" Chip Stands
and Owen representing Hoffman Building Materials
There was a difference of just one vote between the two winners.
This was followed by a presentation of thanks to Dave Blue of Hudson's Autobody who has been a multi-year sponsor of our annual duck race.
After the presentation to Dave, a presentation was made to Rob, the husband of winner Karen who had the fastest duck in the race.
Our speakers this evening were the Library Sues, Chief Librarian Sue Higgins and programme specialist Sue Bergeron. Sue H took us through a youth literacy programme that is county wide which focuses on reading for young children.
This was followed by "Library Sue" reading the members a story. It was a wonderful thing to hear for both a child and someone a generation or two away.
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Duck Race Day

Posted on May 29, 2017
Sunday was a gorgeous day for our annual duck race. People were out in Olde Town, patios were full as was Rotary Park to witness this year's running of the ducks.
Above the ducks are launched from the Prescott Street bridge.
Our outriders chase the winners.
Winning Ticket Numbers are 1st #851 - $500, 2nd #291 - $200, and 3rd #221 - $100
$20 winners were numbers 22, 25, 68, 84, 352, 370, 401, 672, 709, 757, 822, 856, 977, 963, 1148, 1394, 1500
Thanks to everyone for their support.
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Ottawa River Flooding Update

Posted on May 23, 2017
Rotarian Wayne updated us tonight with some of the devastation he witnessed while working with the Ottawa Public Health Unit at Constance Bay. He went through some of the things the Unit did at the floods onset as well as what happened and the assistance that was given as the waters receded. He brought what we saw on the media to a personal level.
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Ducks & Decoys

Posted on May 16, 2017
In conjunction with its annual duck race being held on Sunday May 28th,the Rotary Club of Kemptville is currently conducting its Third Annual Business Decoy Decorating Event. Submissions from local businesses has been fantastic and we are inviting the public to view and vote for their favorite decorated duck decoy! The decoys will be on display at Canada’s Hunting and Fishing Store located at our local Canadian Tire Store between May 12 to 23, 2017. Votes will be tallied and winner selection will take place on May 26. The winner will be announced at the Annual Rotary Duck Race on May 28, 2017 where the decoys will be on display. The duck decoys will also be in the Rotary Canada Day parade, July 1, 2017. Photos of some of these great creations are shown below.
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Joint Meeting

Posted on May 09, 2017
Our gathering tonight was a joint meeting with members of the Kemptville Lions Club. It was a chance for the two clubs to learn a little bit about each other and some of the projects we are involved in. Service clubs have different areas of focus, but the main focus of all of them is service to their communities. If you would like to contribute to your community, contact one of your local service clubs to see what they do and what they have to offer. Pictured below, Presidents Wayne and Cora go through some of their clubs projects.
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Femme International

Posted on May 02, 2017
Our speaker this evening was Sabrina Rubli, founder of Femme International.
Femme International is an NGO that is dedicated to promoting education regarding menstrual health in Eastern Africa. Femme has been working in Kenya since 2013 as well as in Tanzania. Menstruation is a large deterrent to education for women who are not able to access information or products. There are cultural taboos that exist in many areas and isolation occurs for many women during menstruation. The organization is based on educating women about anatomy and strategies to ensure women are safe and healthy.
For additional information on this organization and how you can help, please visit
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Science Fair Winner

Posted on Apr 25, 2017
Our speaker tonight was the overall winner of the Rotary Science Fair, Kevin Streight. Kevin along with Science Fair organizer, teacher Matt Wilson spoke to the club about the fair. Kevin brought his display booth and experiment with him, explained the premise and demonstrated it to our club.
The future of our youth looks bright.
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After Kemptville College

Posted on Apr 11, 2017
Rotarian Serge welcomed Anne Kotlarchuk of ALK Event Management to our meeting as our speaker for the evening. Anne provided us with an overview of her transition from UoG/Kemptville College to private event management in this area.  
ALK now boasts ongoing successes with:
•    Language classes in NG -  French, Spanish, Sign Language and Inuktit
•    Shop Local – a spring trade show that will host 75 vendors on the area floor at MHG. Activities/displays will include food trucks, beer tasting, wine tasting, food sampling, animal petting, social media consultation, business coaching, and networking.
•    Bride & Groom Show – an annual event in January which has moved to e-Quinelle this year.  A great venue,
very successful and well attended.
•    In addition – Anne is working with some local not for profit organizations;
o Hospital Foundation Gala
o Comedy Night with North Grenville Community Fund
o KYC Golf Tournament planning committee
o Movie night on the Green with North Grenville Community Fund

A most informative presentation and a good news story suggesting that while closure of UoG is not good for NG, there are some good recovery stories that have come out of it for the individuals who were forced to move on.
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Business Tonight

Posted on Apr 04, 2017
Tonight's meeting was one of those necessary events, a business meeting. Members broke into their various committee groups and did a review of objectives and accomplishments. As well the district budget was discussed with questions of concern to be asked prior to its passage at District Assembly.
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KDH Update

Posted on Mar 28, 2017
Our speaker this evening was Frank Vassallo, CEO of Kemptville District Hospital. Frank was here to give us an update on what has been happening at the hospital since his last visit. In addition to scoring 100% in its recent accreditation, the hospital is moving forward with other initiatives. In the planning stages are the doubling of clinic space and well as bringing new clinics to the hospital in partnership with other health care facilities. Frank closed by reinforcing the message the patient and family satisfaction is at the core of everything they do. He was thanked by President Cora and Rotarian Anna.
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Rotary Science Fair

Posted on Mar 24, 2017
The Rotary Science Fair was held today at NDGHS. In addition to being the Fair's major sponsor, members of our club were there at zero dark hundred to set up the judges breakfast.
The judges came in, received instructions and got themselves organized.
And then it was "Fair On" for the exhibitors and judges.
And finally, feeding the judges lunch before they went back to select the winner.
Stay tuned for the winner!
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North Grenville Community Fund

Posted on Mar 21, 2017
Our speaker this evening was Rotarian Darren who spoke to us about the North Grenville Community Fund. Darren gave  a brief history of the fund, as well as the types of funds available, how they work and how they are administered. Pictured with Darren below are members of the fund's board.
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Posted on Mar 14, 2017
Due to the current and expected weather conditions, this evening's meeting has been cancelled. If you have to drive, be careful and stay safe!
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Inter-Club Visit I

Posted on Mar 07, 2017
Our speaker this evening was Ken Graham, president of the Rotary Club of Smith's Falls. Ken's visit is the first of visits by presidents from clubs in our group as we get to know each other. Ken gave the club an overview of his background, and what led him to become a Rotarian.
Ken completed his presentation by giving us a brief description of his club and some of the things they do to improve  their community.
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Welcome Back

Posted on Feb 21, 2017
Tonight we welcomed Rotarians Cora and John back from their service trip to El Salvador. A slideshow was presented detailing the events of their trip. There is very little terrain that is flat. Most of the geography is rolling hills and mountains. The presentation included a visual a tour of the stove manufacturing plant where there were displays of previous prototypes and current models of the stoves. There are also latrines being produced in the same facility. The group also had a tour of the manufacturing facility that Tito (our El Salvador’s contact) operates.
In addition to visiting a coffee plantation where housing is built by Rotoract clubs, they also participated in a programme which distributed over 600 backpacks with school supplies to needy children.
This evening we also inducted Rotarian Serge's wife Brenda, as a friend of Rotary.
Next weeks meeting - pancakes at Leslie Hall!
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Dinner at KYC

Posted on Feb 14, 2017
Tonight our meeting was hosted by the Kemptville Youth Centre. KYC is a non-profit organization with a mission to engage youth in making positive life choices in a socially accepting environment to reach their full potential as responsible productive citizens. Some members of the centre prepared and joined us for a spaghetti dinner tonight while others were out for sports night.
Following supper, KYC's new operations manager Pat Henderson, spoke to us about his background and some of the things he would like to see at the centre going forward. All in all, it was a great evening in one of the places that is very important to our club.
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Meeting Cancelled

Posted on Feb 07, 2017
Tonight's meeting is cancelled due to the projected incoming storm.
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Fraud Threats

Posted on Jan 24, 2017
Our speaker this evening was OPP Community Safety Officer, Constable Cathy Lindsay. Cst Lindsay went through various types of fraud and scams that are perpetrated in our community. They generally break down to internet, phone or door threats. Fraud artists want to separate you from your assets. Recognition of fraud or a scam is the key. The following information is taken from the OPP Crime Prevention Section pamphlet.
Door Threat?
Be extremely cautious if:
If an unknown person appears at your door, you are approached in your yard, a salesperson tries to pressure you into buying something, a salesperson suggests that they are working in your area. Fraud - recognize it - report it stop it. OPP 24 hour service 1-888-310-1122 or
Phone Threat? 
Be extremely cautious if:
Caller asks for your personal information, is requesting a donation, has something to offer like you have won a cruise or weekend away, says 'act now- they are doing you a favour'. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Internet threat?
Be careful when clicking on links you receive in emails, even email received from friends. Email addresses are sometimes hijacked and the message isn't coming from who you think it may be from. Clicking onto a suspicious link could give a third party access to your computer and your private information. Also remember that your bank or the Canada Revenue Agency will not email you to ask you to confirm you accounts or personal data - they have that information - a scammer doesn't.
For phone or internet threats, The Canadian Anti-fraud Centre can be reached at the following: Mon-Fri 8 am to 6 pm 1-888-495-8501 or
Constable Lindsay was thanked for her presentation by Rotarian Donovan.
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Legion Visits

Posted on Jan 17, 2017
Tonight's speaker was Sharon Murray, a member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 212 in Kemptville. Sharon gave the club an overview of why the Legion was founded, how they operate and who is eligible for their assistance.
We were also informed that the only fundraising the Legion does is their annual Poppy Campaign in remembrance of our veterans. The campaign runs from the last two weeks of October until November 10th. It is their hope that on November 11th, every member of the community will wear a poppy whether a donation was made or not. The funds raised from the poppy campaign are used 100% for community service and are totally separate from other Legion activities. Rotarian Joanne thanked Sharon for her presentation.
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District Governor's Visit

Posted on Jan 10, 2017
We had a busy evening tonight. In addition to District Governor Nabil visiting, we also had as guests representatives of various community groups that we partner with. The evening began with the official welcoming of this club's new Friends of Rotary. Pictured below on the right are John, Steven and Laura and their sponsors on the left.
Following the welcoming of friends, presentations were made to North Grenville Accessible Transport, North Grenville Rotary Science Fair and North Grenville Scouts. Then our speaker, DG Nabil addressed the club and our guests. Nabil's profession is conflict resolution and he shared with the club his journey from being a medical student to what he does today. He also shared how he feels about membership, both recruitment and retention and the different ways everyone can engage.
After our meeting adjourned, a desert of home made cake was shared with all.
As the evening concluded, Nabil shared his time with members and potential members.
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4-H Presentation

Posted on Jan 03, 2017
Our speaker this evening was Laura Scott, a 3rd year agricultural student at the University of Guelph. Laura explained that 4-H Clubs are separated into different classification sectors of farming. This programme is open to youth between the ages of 9 and 21 After the age of 21 interested members can become club leaders. Laura credits 4-H for giving her much of her confidence and work skills. Pictured below, Youth Services chair, Rotarian Jennifer presents Laura with a certificate of appreciation.
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Merry Christmas

Posted on Dec 21, 2016
Our club ended this calendar year with a Christmas party for members, family and friends with ages ranging from 11 months to 95. This  time for fellowship and food was enjoyed by all.
From our homes to yours, a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
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Cadets Visit

Posted on Dec 13, 2016
Our guests this evening were Cadets and Officers from Sea Cadet Corps Defiant and Navy League Cadet Corps Assiniboine.  Each of the Corps officers and cadets gave a brief overview of their programme while local Navy League chairman, Mike McIntosh contrasted the two different programmes, how they are set up and funded. Pictured below are representatives of the two Corps with club members Cora and Donovan.
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Posted on Nov 29, 2016
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.
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About Rotary

The Rotary Club of Kemptville is a group of like-minded people working to improve our community and have fun doing it. Ninety percent (90%) of our funds and actions are dedicated to local projects. Local projects we support include the Youth Centre, Camp Merrywood, House of Lazarus, the high school science fair as well as providing bursaries to deserving, graduating high school students.. We also promote local events like the annual Santa Claus Parade. We are part of a 1.2 million member global organization, and we do support some international work.  To see who we are follow the link
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Santa Claus Parade

Posted on Nov 20, 2016
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.
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Adventures in High Tech

Posted on Nov 15, 2016
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.
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New Member Induction

Posted on Nov 08, 2016
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.
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Rotary Curling Tour

Posted on Nov 03, 2016
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.
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Outdoor Fun

Posted on Oct 30, 2016
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.
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Rotary Work Night

Posted on Oct 11, 2016
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.
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Swords and Ploughshares

Posted on Oct 04, 2016
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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RING Update

Posted on Sep 27, 2016
Tonight we had an update from member Bob Johnston who is actively involved with Refugees In North Grenville (RING). Bob let us know about some of the logistical challenges they faced with the arrival of the community's family on short notice. He also went through some of the hurdles they have had since the family arrived as well as a lot of the background struggles they had with the applications and bureaucratic process in sponsoring. A very informative presentation.
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Getting ready for Canada 150

Mom always said, “It’s never too early to plan for a party!”.  With this in mind the Rotary Club of Kemptville recently made a $500.00 donation to the Kemptville Horticulture Society to aid in preparations for Canada’s 150th Birthday in 2017.  The donation ensures that the Horticulture Society are able to purchase five hundred Canada 150 tulips bulbs that have been specially developed by the National Capital Commission in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial.  With fall just around the corner, horticulture club volunteers will plant the bulbs at Rotary Park in Old Town Kemptville.  Rotary Park was developed in 2000 as a community millennium project.  The park is now a destination point for locals and visitor alike to come, sit a spell, relax and take in the beauty of the South Branch of the Rideau River.  Come spring the park gardens will be in full bloom with elegant white blossoms with red flames reminding the community of our maple leaf flag. 
Pictured are: Horticulture Society members John & Doreen who recently took on much of the garden revitalization and President Diane Tappin along with Rotarians President Cora Beking and Nancy Miller McKenzie.
About Rotary
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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Northern Challenges

Posted on Sep 20, 2016
For the past two weeks, Beverley Illauq has spoken to our club about communities in the north, the living conditions and some of the challenges these communities face. In looking at ways the club could partner with a northern community, she presented 5 workable options for the club to consider. Details are attached to tonight’s club bulletin and will be discussed next week.
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Former Mayor Addresses Club

Posted on Aug 31, 2016
Former councillor and mayor, Ralph Raina was our club's speaker this morning. Still actively involved in the community, Ralph shared his vision and objectives for the municipality with the members.
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KYC Book Fair

Posted on Aug 16, 2016
Youth are one of our club's main focus. Once again this year, members of our club turned out to partner with the Kemptville Youth Centre in preparation for its annual book fair. Members, as pictured below helped with categorizing, sorting and preparing sale tables.
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In House Discovery

Posted on Aug 09, 2016
We are a small club in a small community and you would think everyone would know what's going on. We had a unique meeting tonight in which members shared the ways in which they serve the community. There were programmes that members didn't know existed and ways of sharing that we hadn't considered before. It restored why we do what we do.
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Camp Merrywood 2016

Posted on Jul 26, 2016
Last week, members of the club joined the campers and staff of Easter seals Camp Merrywood for our annual pizza party. The weather was great and we were able to enjoy our meal in the sun. The camp is designed for children with disabilities and the staffing ratio is one to one.
Below members of the camp staff get ready to get pizza from our enthusiastic Rotarians for their campers
Once everyone had their food, there was some serious "chowing down"
At the end of it all, President Cora was thanked by Camp Director Beth and site manager Jacques who presented a plaque of appreciation.
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Presidential Changeover Dinner

Posted on Jul 06, 2016
Our club celebrated its changeover of club officers at the Smokey Ridge Winery in North Dundas on July 5th. Our hosts Smokey and Debbie took members on a tour of the facility as well as to the vineyards. They explained they type of grape they use, the products they make and went through the process.
Following the tour, a chicken and steak dinner was served with buffet salads and deserts. Grill master Donovan did another great job this year and the meal was enjoyed by all. Following dinner, President-elect Cora thanked Smokey and Debbie for the tour and hosting us.
Then it was time to get down to business with Past-president John presenting now President Cora with the President's pin of office.
The evening concluded with the presentation of the new board.
Front Row L-R John, Cora, Dave, Jenn, Mike B
Back Row L-R Jeff, Nancy, Ben, Bob
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Happy Canada Day

After a great deal of planning, members and participants assembled at the college for the beginning of the 2016 Canada Day Parade. Floats and groups were assembled and ready to go. Unfortunately Mother Nature decided she would delay things a bit and sent a 20 minute Hollywood Rain Storm through the area. A lot of people got wet but that didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the participants and after a brief delay the parade got underway.
Participants of ages took part in the festivities
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Busy Year End

The end of the 2015-2016 Rotary Year was a hectic one. In addition the tidying up all of the loose ends, we were also involved with Canada Day preparations and the presentation of bursaries at the local high schools. Pictured below is President-elect Cora presenting a bursary to the deserving student at St. Mike's.
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Nutritional Options

Our speaker this evening was Carol Pillar, a holistic nutritional counsellor. Carol councils people with concerns regarding healthy eating and Gastrointestinal concerns. Carol feels that she is essentially a teacher who works to allow people to achieve nutritional harmony. Each approach to nutrition is hinged on the individual. Organic, whole, live, is preferred over food that are/have artificial, modified, hydrogenated, flavouring, color.
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2016 Duck Race Results

A big thank you to …
Mr. Dave Blue of Hudson Autobody, the prize sponsor of the 5th Annual Duck Race held Sunday, May 8th,   We’d also like to thank B&H Grocer, Canadian Tire, Girl Guides, Craft Show Oxford Mills, Jonsson’s Independent Grocer, North Grenville Shop Local Fair, North Grenville Sustainability Fair, and the North Grenville District High School for providing us with space to sell tickets.
Congratulations to our winners: 1122 - 1st  Phil Neveu  $ 500.00,  1068 -  2nd Catherine Brunton  $ 200.00, 1302 -  3rd  Kathy Lafontaine  $ 100.00 and all $ 20.00 winners:  77 Alicia  Hogman, 264 Don Johnston, 293 Jessica Nahmabin, 406 Ben Varano 421 Claude Smith, 429 Bruce Wehlau, 706 Terry Coville, 954 Leang Family, 967 Glen Higgins,988 Pamela Warner, 1071 Val Harten, 1109 Lianne  Arbour, 1158 Lynda Sharpe, 1306 Monica Dalupan, 1308 Monica Dalupan, 1313 Lorna Carley,  and 1323 Leah Curnock.    
We hope that everyone will try again next year … Your support provides much need funds to aid community projects and activities!
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5th Annual Duck Race

Posted on May 10, 2016
The generous members of our business community set the tone for the race by entering their business ducks for display prior to the running of the great race.
Then our 5th Annual Duck Race went off on a cold and windy Mother's Day. Over the side they went
And then down the mighty South Branch they raced
Followed by the outriders to the Finish Line
The big winning duck numbers were First-1122, Second-1068, and Third-1302. $20 winners were ducks 77, 264, 293, 406, 421, 429, 706, 954, 967, 988, 1071, 1109, 1158, 1242, 1306, 1308, 1313, 1323
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Rotary Casino Night

Posted on May 09, 2016
Our club members and their guests enjoyed an evening of fun and fellowship at our annual Casino Night. There were games to be played
and fellowship to be shared.
For the whole story watch the video
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Rotary Casino Night

Join us on Saturday, May 7th for an evening of fun and entertainment at Rotary Casino Night. The event is being held in the Myers Showroom on Elvira Street. Tickets available at Kemptville Scotiabank. See below for complete details.
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Indiginous Relations

Posted on Apr 19, 2016
Our speaker this evening was Beverly Illauq. In a very interesting presentation, Beverly went through a comparison of the northern Innu and indiginous peoples below the tree line as well as the effects of treaties and how people were gathered for both groups.
Her thought provoking presentation allowed our members to reflect on a number of social issues.
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Rotary Science fair

Posted on Apr 12, 2016
A major focus of our club is youth. Tonight we were pleased to welcome Best of Fair winner Jasmine Friedrich-Yap and the Rotary Science Fair organizer, teacher Matthew Wilson. Jasmine brought her well researched and documented project with her, displayed and explained it and her results to the club. It was very motivating to see the quality of the project that this young individual attained.
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District Governor Visit

Posted on Apr 05, 2016
Tonight our club was visited by our District Governor, Rotarian Claude LaLiberté. DG Claude was interested in meeting our members and not giving the typical speech that no one would remember. He touched on District matters and had a very open Q&A session. He concluded his visit with a presentation to what he called the least recognized and appreciated member of the club - the club secretary. Pictured below Secretary Ben, DG Claude, and e-Secretary Dave.
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KDH Update

Posted on Mar 22, 2016
Tonight's speaker was the CEO of Kemptville District Hospital, Mr. Frank Vassallo. During his presentation, Frank took members through updates to the hospital and things it has achieved.
Frank also went through the hospital's new brand - The Patient Experience Starts Here - which is a reminder to each staff member that they are the face of the hospital and are how people will remember their experience with the hospital.
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Children's Services

Posted on Mar 01, 2016
Tonight's meeting began with a presentation on behalf of R.I. to Past-President Donovan for the increase in membership we showed last year. Pictured below President John presents PP Donovan his award.
Our speaker this evening was Erin-Lee Marcotte. Erin is a manager with Lanark-Leeds-Grenville Family and Children's Services. In a very informative presentation, Erin took us through the steps and criteria used by family services when they intervene on behalf of a child. She indicated some of the sources the agency uses both to project children and assist families as well as pointing out the everyone is legally obligated to report suspected abuse of a child.
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Annual Rotary Duck Race

The 2016 Rotary Family Duck Race will be held on Sunday, May 8th at 1:00 pm from Rotary Park. First through third prizes sponsored by Hudson's Auto Body are $500 $200 $100 respectively. Thanks also to m5digital for supporting our printing needs. Tickets are $5 each and a maximum of 1500 tickets will be sold.
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Meeting Cancelled

Posted on Feb 16, 2016
Tonight's meeting is cancelled due to inclement weather. Please don't go out and if you have to, be extremely careful.
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Pancake Dinner

Posted on Feb 10, 2016
As the Lenten season is upon us, members of the club had an informal evening. We joined together in fellowship at St. James Anglican Church for a delicious pancake dinner. Pictured below are members enjoying their meal and each other's company.
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Hunter Safety

Posted on Feb 02, 2016
Tonight's speaker was retired conservation office, John MacKenzie. John spoke to the club about hunting and hunter safety. During his talk, John showed the evolution of safety in hunting. As well as safety, John also dispelled some of the myths surrounding the practice of hunting.
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Poling Insight

Posted on Jan 26, 2016
Tonight our speaker was Josh Bennett who is with Ipsos Reid. Those who are politically inclined tend to think of poling as a political being. Ipsos Reid is the third largest poling company in the world and it was surprising to learn that political poling accounts for only 9% of their business.
Josh took us through a polling process for the last federal election and explained how some of the questions are framed, and how some of those election night predictions come so quickly. A most interesting presentation was followed by a lively Q&A period.
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Dinner at KYC

Posted on Jan 19, 2016
Tonight we enjoyed dinner at the Kemptville Youth Centre. Before dinner members enjoyed using some of the facilities (pictured above). Prior to dinner the centre's director, Robin Heald (below) gave members an update on KYC's services, usage and and future objectives.
Following Robin's presentation, it was time to hit the food line. A delicious spaghetti dinner with various sauces, salad and juice was provided to us. A great evening.
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Mayoral Visit

Posted on Jan 12, 2016
Our first speaker of the year was North Grenville mayor, David Gordon. Mayor Gordon spoke about where the municipality is and where he envisions it going. Club members enjoyed a very open Q&A period with the mayor.
Also this evening, the club presented a cheque to the Harry Pratt Community Fund. Pictured below is Rotarian Jeff (L) presenting a cheque to Rotarian Daren who also sits on the board of the fund.
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Happy New Year

Posted on Jan 03, 2016
Happy New Year and best wishes to all for a safe and happy 2016. Please note our upcoming events and meeting locations.
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2015 Christmas Party

Posted on Dec 08, 2015
Members of our club took a break from its busy calendar to celebrate friendship at our annual Christmas party. We opted on a truly pot luck dinner​ and the meal we were provided easily surpassed what we would have had in a lot of commercial venues. Stories of Christmas traditions in foreign lands were shared as well as silent and Chinese auctions. A carol sing along capped a most enjoyable evening.
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Santa Claus Parade

Posted on Nov 22, 2015
The weather was fantastic for the celebration of Kemptville's annual Santa Claus parade. Young and older alike enjoyed the parade with its many floats, a sure sign of our civic pride. Honourary Rotarian Harry Pratt was this year's Parade Marshall, a mark of respect for all that Harry has given to this community over the years. Our club's float once again collected food along the parade route for those who are less privileged than a lot of us are and we had a crew in Rotary Park providing comfort food and warm drinks to those who found themselves a bit hungry or chilled.
 Pictured above are some of the kitchen crew that helped keep us warm and fed.
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4-H Corn Roast and Visitors.

Posted on Aug 30, 2015
This week Rotarians met at the home of Debbie and Daryl Brown for our annual 4-H corn roast where we and about 40 4-H members got together and enjoyed fresh corn on the cob and hot dogs. We were asked to assemble in the front yard after dinner and the 4-H club presented several members with awards for their 100th anniversary garden displays in various categories.
Then the 4-H club members lead a Holstein cow out and demonstrated how it is groomed for shows. The cow patiently put up with her tail being teased, baby powder put on to whiten her cream spots,  and hair spray to keep the hair on her back standing up, and black polish to make her shine. Then it was time for photos and she continued to patiently stand there with everyone gathered around. Afterwards our Rotary club was presented with a 100th anniversary bench made by the wood working 4-H club members.  
Thursday August 27 was a special evening to meet our El Salvador, Noreste club friends and their partners. We had 8 Rotarians and two guests come over for a great evening of fellowship and reunion, especially for those who had gone to El Salvador as a team in 2012 and for those who have supported projects there. Tito shared with us some of the changes and growth in Telnique and we discussed our project for 2016. The project will include staying in the village, building latrines, building a fence around the day care, painting and setting up a play structure there, establishing community gardens, and a health clinic with our nurses and their doctors. 
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Pizza Party 2015

Posted on Jul 27, 2015
On a beautiful evening, our club hosted its annual pizza party for the campers and staff at Easter Seals Camp Merrywood. This event has been a tradition in our club for many years as has our affiliation with the camp.
Our club's Queen, Norma serves up the first slice. And the line just kept going.
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Exchange Students Visit

Posted on Jul 20, 2015
Youth is one of the primary focuses of our club. Tonight we were visited by two short term exchange students, Elsa who is visiting from Belgium and Mallory who is sponsored by our club and will be traveling to Belgium. For more information on the District's youth exchange programme, click on the following link .
Pictured above left to right are Mallory, President John and Elsa.
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A new Rotary year begins

Posted on Jul 08, 2015
The new Rotary year began on Wednesday, July 1st. A contingent of our members met at Riverside Park to work a food concession in conjunction with the Canada Day festivities. While the day was interrupted by staggered rain, some took advantage of the situation. It was great to see kids being kids.
Our first official meeting of the year was held at Beking's Poultry Farm. Incoming president John took the members on a tour of the facility and explained their process to us. We have never seen that many eggs.
Following the tour, we retired to the house to enjoy the Presidential dinner. Steaks and chicken with all the fixings were enjoyed bythe membership. Following dinner, outgoing president Donovan presented incoming president John with his pin of office.
The meeting concluded with Rotarian Rob being named Rotarian of the Year. Pictured below is Rob receiving his award.
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Decoy Winner

We were pleased to have the winner of the decoy section of our Annual Duck Race, Howard Wilson join us this evening as our guest. Pictured below is Howard with the winning decoy and President Donovan with the winner's trophy.
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Our Community Hospice

Posted on Apr 27, 2015
Our speaker for this evening was Dawn Rodger, Executive Director of the Beth Donovan Hospice. Dawn is a licensed funeral director who worked with a local funeral home prior to making the transition to Beth Donovan Hospice as a Volunteer Coordinator in 2008 and eventually to its Executive Director in 2010. She believes that Hospice is a calling and a lifestyle for her.
Dawn began her presentation by showing a short video of three families who have experienced the Beth Donovan Hospice for what it is. She then gave a quick history of where the Hospice started and where it is today. It began in Merrickville at the St Ann Roman Catholic Church in 1992 and moved to Kemptville in 1997. Hospice has called Asa Street and the KDH home but has now resided at 25 Hilltop Crescent in Kemptville since 2013. In 2014 they started a Day Hospice at St.John’s United Church in Kemptville on Thursdays from 10am to 3pm and offer breakfast snacks and lunch, caregiver respite, shared experiences, yoga, reflexology and art therapy. As well a local automotive dealer has provided a vehicle that transports those who require it to and from the program. Dawn informed us that in 2013/14 they offered palliative care to 137 people and in 2014/15 have offered palliative care to 201; all at no cost to those who requiring their assistance.
Beth Donovan Hospice provides compassionate support and professional care to individuals and their families as they journey through the challenges of life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life transitions. Whether in a home or hospital setting, the experienced staff and trained volunteers of Beth Donovan Hospice give of themselves to ensure that the families receive the assistance, support and guidance they need. If you wish to find out more about the Beth Donovan Hospice, on how to volunteer or to donate to their organization you can visit their website at or call them at 613-258-9611 or as Dawn said just stop by at their location 25 Hilltop Cres. Kemptville.
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April Speakers Update

Posted on Apr 23, 2015
We have had a busy couple of weeks at the club. On April 14th, Mr. Dirk Visbach representing the Kemptville Players was our guest speaker. Kemptville’s longest running theatre company, which has been in existence since 1937, was started by G Howard Ferguson. It briefly closed from 1948 to 1950 when it reopened. In 1967 they performed out of Leslie Hall and were called the St. James Players and in 1974 the name was changed to Kemptville Players Inc. A move to the FJ Parish Hall from 1980 to 1990 was followed by a trip back to Leslie Hall from 1991 to 2005. The N.G. Municipal Centre has been their current home since 2005.
Kemptville Players have won numerous awards for their productions and are always assisting the community in one way or another during various community events. They encourage new members and support existing members to develop their theatrical skills while providing opportunities for creativity and camaraderie. They accept all volunteers whether it is for acting onstage or backstage duties such as prop design, make-up and hair, costumes, etc. Their upcoming production is "The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play" by written by Joe Landry and directed by Sandra Tobin. It will be staged May 8th, 9th, and 10th 2015 at the North Grenville Municipal Centre Theatre.
Our speaker on April 21st was Dr. Gerasimos Kambites. Dr. Kambites is a 3rd generation Canadian of Greek heritage who was born and raised in Montreal. He studied at what was the Sir George Williams University in Montreal and following graduation, had an interesting and varied career. He was a videographer for the Transworld Snowmobile Expedition in 1973. That experience led him to Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts and Sinai’s St. Katherine’s Monastery where he spent 6 months. Earning a Master’s in Divinity, he went to medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario before heading to Uganda. He was ordained to the priesthood by the late Metropolitan Vitaly, founded Annunciation Orthodox Church on Bukasa Island and St. Xenia’s of St. Petersburg in Ottawa, eventually leaving the priesthood. He then studied psychiatry and now works as an Orthodox psychotherapist.
In 2008, Dr. Kambites took part in National Geographic’s Genographic DNA tracking program. The greatest irony for him is that his genetic map marks him as having originated in East Africa, in the Northern part of Lake Victoria. By moving to Uganda, in a true sense, he was just coming home. His book, Tears on the Equator tells us of his life in Africa. Some advice he gave to those wanting to accomplish projects in Africa or elsewhere Internationally is that you should listen to the people on the ground at the because those are the folks who know what is really needed the most, a lesson he learned from experiencing this first hand.
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Partnership Works

Posted on Apr 06, 2015
Like almost most things, when there is cooperation things work better for all involved. The Rotary Club of Kemptville has partnered for several years with the Rotary Club of West Ottawa on a cash calendar project to support community projects. Pictured below president Donovan receives our club's share of the calendar proceeds from West Ottawa's Rotarian Brook.
Tonight's keynote speaker was Jane Fullarton, Executive Director Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville was founded in 1977 with one office in Brockville.The office in North Grenville was opened in 2011. The organization provides quality mentoring services for children. Over 879 children in Leeds and Grenville were served in 2014, 250 of which reside in North Grenville. They have many different programs;Traditional matches, Couples matches, Big for a day and Go Girls Game On. For Traditional matches you are asked to commit for 2-5 per week for a minimum of 1 year. There are currently 34 children on the waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister. While they are waiting, they participate in a program called Big Bunch and activities are organized and supervised by adult volunteers who are BIGS for a day. There is one outing per month and they have a variety of fun activities for the youth clientelle participate in.
Further information on Big Brothers and Sisters can be found on their website Jane was thanked for her in depth presentation by President Donovan.
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Councillor visits club

Posted on Mar 30, 2015
Our program director, Ben Vorano introduced this evening's speaker, Councillor Barb Tobin.
Councillor Tobin began by telling us a little of her childhood and why she is who she is. Born and raised as an only child in Cornwall, Ontario her parents were quick to tell her that yes she was special at home but she would be viewed quite differently outside her home, teaching her a lot about life. Growing up in a mixed faith family, she learned to navigate different types of people and their perspectives.
She studied Graphic design as post secondary education and ended up teaching at North Grenville District High School when her husband was posted to the Grenville County O.P.P detachment. After teaching for 28 years at NGDHS she is still in her first year of retirement. Barb really enjoyed teaching at NGDHS and thinks teaching is the best reality show going, she loved it so much she worked past her retirement date.
Entering her 3rd term in politics she is asked many times why she didn’t run for Mayor. She responded by saying that she wants to focus on volunteering more in the community. She has taken the Hospice Volunteer course and has done some volunteering at the Salvation Army sorting canned goods, a job she always wanted to do. Barb thinks very highly of Service Clubs and thinks they are “the backbone of the community”.
Barb touched on some points of interest in Kemptville. The Highway 43 expansion is vital with our community’s continued growth to allow people to flow into our community without too much restriction and traffic. The Kemptville College is a big project that has a lot of work yet to be done.
Councillor Tobin was thanked by Rotarian Jenn Franssen who is a fan of Barb because she knows how much she advocates for youth in our community also thanked her for sharing about herself.
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Tax Time Tips

Posted on Mar 23, 2015
Our speaker this evening was Cathy Sheppard from Sheppard and Associates, accountants and tax preparation specialists. Cathy shared with us information about tax deductions that we can get which a lot of us aren’t aware of. These deductions could ultimately either save you money or enhance the amount of your refund. Her presentation was filled with tips on tax filling and was at times quite candid. Pictured below, Cathy engages our members.
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Inductions and Fun

Posted on Mar 16, 2015
Members of the club had a twofold reason to celebrate tonight, the first being the induction fo our newest members; Rotarians Bob, Jeff and Joanne. They are pictures below with their sponsors; Rotarians Donovan, Jennifer and Gord. Also in the photo is our membership chair, Rotarian Nancy.
Following the induction ceremonies, members of the club celebrated St. Patrick's Day with a delicious pot luck supper. No one went home hungry!
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Mike & Ness Photography

Posted on Mar 09, 2015
Tonight's guests were Michael Pacitto and his wife Ness McCutcheon. Pictured below, Mike gave our club members an overview of their background and business.
Mike is originally from the area while Ness hails from New Brunswick. Mike and Ness moved from the Ottawa area back to North Grenville to assist Mike's parents with our local paper, The North Grenville Times, where he does the graphics for the paper.
They also run a photograpny business, Mike+Ness Photo. Their photography business came from their mutual love of photography. They participated in some shows in Toronto and found that people were willling to pay them to take their photos. Their website reflects that they specialize in Weddings, Band Promos, Business Headshots and Real Estate. Mike also mentioned that they have done website and graphic design, video production. Mike says that they are at a turning point in their business and they are going to go into video production.
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Business Meeting

Posted on Feb 23, 2015
Last week's meeting was an informal pancake dinner at Leslie Hall to mark the commencement of the Lenten season.
Tonight's meeting was devoted to club business as we had some catching up to do.
President Donovan informed us that the Municipality of North Grenville has invited us to participate in this year’s Canada Day festivities which will be held at Riverside Park. The theme is going to be “Old Fashion Family Picnic”. It is up to us in what capacity we wish to help, whether it is as food vendors or just volunteers, it remains entirely up to the club.
Rotarian Rob spoke about the cash calendars. We were shut out last week but managed 3 winners the week before. Our total for the year now stands at 10 winners since January 1st. He also mentioned that the Rotary Club of West Ottawa has received their cheque and will be attending in the coming weeks to deliver a cheque for the proceeds that we earned by selling the cash calendars.
Youth Committee Chair, Rotarian Jenn spoke about the upcoming North Grenville Rotary Science Fair. It is happening on Friday March 27th at the North Grenville District High School from 8am to 2pm. The organizer of the event Matthew Wilson is looking for volunteers to act as judges for the event. Jenn passed out an itinerary for the day in case anyone was interested in judging or just to stop in and take a look at the various projects. If you are willing to be a judge please contact Matthew by February 25th at 613-258-3481 or email him at
President Donovan spoke about the Bike Rodeo. On February 17th O.P.P Officer Cathy Lindsay came to the club to speak about a project that she was heading up and asked if we were interested in helping with instead of conducting a bike rodeo. She has planned a day at the skate park for BMX biking and skateboarding on the first Saturday after school ends for summer break. The official date is Saturday June 27th 2015 and the location is the skate park at Riverside Park. We could be in charge of the food and Gord has mentioned he could provide entertainment. The Police Services Board are providing shirts and the health unit will be there ensuring all skate park users are wearing their helmets properly. We as a club agreed to help as a partner in this event in lieu of a bike rodeo.
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Storm Internet

Posted on Feb 09, 2015
Storm Internet was founded in 1996 with a motto of “Rediscover Customer Service”. With customer driven support and service serving over 8000 square kilometres, Storm provides many personalized services including...Internet (in various forms); D.S.L.; Wireless; Fibre Optics; WiFi “Hotspots” and Phone- Voice over IP- Internet Protocol. They are a company that is looking to provide rural areas with the best internet that they can get.
Myles started his job with Storm in February of 2014 and is one of 30 employees that make up the Storm Internet’s company.
Myles spoke about the Ottawa Valley South Project which is enabling places such as Campgrounds; Yacht clubs; Centre Towns; Trailer Parks; Housing Developments, to access Internet services not otherwise provided. They also facilitate fairs and festivals receiving internet services which in turn help the businesses there sell their goods via debit and credit card transactions.
Myles mentioned that Internet benefits and Community in many ways be it through education and schools, businesses, government and tourism which go hand in hand and finally events such as fairs and festivals.
Rotarian Rob thanked Myles on behalf of the club.
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Hunger and Health

Posted on Feb 03, 2015
Rotarian Ben had a split format this evening as he covered the topics of hunger and oral cancer.
Ben discussed how he had found the Hunger Awareness Day to be a fun event to participate in. Based on what he discovered, he decided instead to quiz us all on how much information we had on Canada’s food banks and how many citizens utilize their services each year.
The numbers are staggering...
-Just under 900,000 Canadians turn to food banks each month. 93,000 are using them for the first time. There are currently only 800 food banks in Canada. A total of 14 MILLION people per year use a food bank. Basically, the equivalent of the entire population of Ontario! This information certainly gave cause for reflection.
Ben continued on with the second part of his program and spoke about Oral Cancer, the third deadliest cancer. Close to 43,250 people are killed in the U.S. each year. Average of 1 person per hour per day! Often oral cancer is only discovered when the cancer has metastasized to another location, most likely the lymph nodes of the neck. Prognosis at this stage of discovery is significantly worse than when it is caught in a localized intra oral area. Besides the metastasis, at these later stages, the primary tumor has had time to invade deep into local structures.
Oral cancer is particularly dangerous because in its early stages it may not be noticed by the patient, as it can frequently prosper without producing pain or symptoms they might readily recognize, and because it has a high risk of producing second, primary tumors. This means that patients who survive a first encounter with the disease, have up to a 20 times higher risk of developing a second cancer. This heightened risk factor can last for 5 to 10 years after the first occurrence.
Ben recommended that at your regular Dentist appointments you ask for a thorough exam of your mouth because early detection is the key to successful treatment and a longer life span.
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Club Supports Science Fair

Posted on Jan 29, 2015
The Rotary Club of Kemptville has donated $1,000 to North Grenville District High School (NGDHS) for its inaugural intermediate science fair scheduled for Friday, March 27 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The science fair, which will be named, “The North Grenville Rotary Science Fair,” is spearheaded by teacher Matthew Wilson. Last October, Wilson presented at a Rotary meeting where he talked about the importance of science in the lives of students. He shared his wish to create an annual science fair at the school. Following his presentation, club members decided to donate funds to help make Wilson’s idea a reality.
“A major priority for our club is youth,” said Jennifer Franssen, the club’s Youth Services Committee chair. “We want to help make this an ongoing event by being involved each year.”
Wilson, who has been teaching for 14 years, but is new to NGDHS, has hosted science fairs at a number of schools. But, his new goal is to create a science fair at NGDHS that grows each year to involve secondary grades and students from other schools.
This year’s fair will be open to students in Grades 7 and 8, and will involve community judges. Student participants will have the opportunity to win Best of Fair, Best Visual Display, and an environmental naturalist award sponsored by the Ferguson Forest Centre.
“I want to thank the Rotary Club of Kemptville for their donation to the science fair,” said Wilson. “I feel science is extremely important in this day and age. There are so many careers that involve science, and it’s great to get students involved as early as possible.”
Pictured below, Rotarian Rob Horning persents a cheque the school.
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Hunger Awareness Day

Posted on Jan 26, 2015
Our club participated in Rotary Hunger Awareness Day on Saturday January 24th with several of our members participating in baking goods for needy families in our area. Many thanks go out to all who participated and special thanks to Rotarians Cora and John for making the arrangements and taking care of all the leg work involved in such an endeavour.
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Winter Fun

Posted on Jan 20, 2015
Members of the club enjoyed a great day outdoors at Rotarian Nancy's. Part of Canada is winter and club members made the best of it with a sleigh ride.
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The Benefits of Partnership

Posted on Jan 17, 2015
The club recently participated in the sale of mums in partnership with the Rotary Club of West Ottawa. The proceeds of this fundraiser are earmarked for our club's youth programmes. Pictures below is Rotarian Darren receiving a cheque for our share of the sales.
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Rotary Day of Service

Posted on Jan 12, 2015
Rotary Club of Kemptville is To Hold Rotary Day of Service
No one in our community should go hungry. With Rotary’s help, no one will.
Food Collection
24 January 2015 the Rotary club of Kemptville and local churches are joining forces to combat the issues of hunger and food insecurity in our community. Members of the Rotary club of  Kemptville will collect donations for the House of Lazarus  at the churches of Kemptville to assist people and families who are having difficulty obtaining adequate healthy food. Donations of non-perishable food and cash will be accepted next Sunday Jan 25th.
Hunger touches our community every day. When people are hungry and can't afford to buy adequate food, they turn to their local food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens. In January after all the holiday festivities, which include special events and food drives, some of these organizations find their shelves a bit bare
  “Rotarians believe that no child should ever go to bed hungry.”
Organizers from the House of Lazarus have stated that they cover a wide geographic area and the need is great.  Any donations and help are always appreciated.
About Rotary
Rotary members, as volunteers, conduct projects 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 their communities and throughout the world. For more information, visit
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Bowen Therapy

Posted on Jan 12, 2015
After our Christmas break, tonight's speaker Carolynne Doucette spoke to us about Bowen therapy. Bowen therapy is a unique, noninvasive muscle and tissue therapy. Through sequences of precise and gentle moves applies over areas of the body rich in sensory receptors, the body is encouraged to relax and reset or rebalance itself at a cellular level. The body is then able to let go of old patterns of pain and tension, restoring itself to a state of balance and wellness. Pictured below, Carolynne applies touch to volunteer, Rotarian Jennifer.
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Update on New Condos

Posted on Dec 08, 2014
Tonight’s guest speaker was Fred Heller from Trillium Housing. Fred was here tonight to speak to the club about the downtown condominium development. He represents an investors group in residential housing.
Fred advised that they had bought the old Scotiabank building and woudl be renovating it into a sales center, construction on that to begin in the next few weeks.
Mr. Heller stated that he doesn’t have much info on the specifics of the building itself because that is not his area but he did mention it would consist of enough units for 100 families with the prices of the units ranging from $150,000.00 for studio sized to $500,000.00 for penthouses. There would be no rentals.
He hopes this is a catalyst to bring more people in and could be a prototype for other small towns. If all goes well construction would begin in the Summer of 2015 with 9 to 12 months of construction of the concrete framed building. You could see the first occupancy in2016 and completed in 2017. There would be no commercial outlets in the building, it would be all residential.
Fred was thanked by president Donovan.
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Chief Military Engineer Returns

Posted on Dec 02, 2014
Tonight's speaker was MGen Christine Whitecross, Canada's chief military engineer and a fellow Rotarian. General Whitecross has previously spoken to our club about the role our military engineers have played in Afghanistan. Tonight due to a last minute glitch with the availability of AV equipment, she modified her presentation to explain how a small town girl from Chalk River became Canada's top military engineer. The membership probably enjoyed the personal touch of this presentation more than they would have the prepared one. That being siad, it is hoped that we can have her back to do her planned programme.
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Happy Halloween

Posted on Oct 28, 2014
Members of the club got together last Saturday for a potluck halloween party. Some creativity was noted in the costumes worn.
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Canada to Scotland Curling Tour

Posted on Oct 27, 2014
Rotarians from D7040 will be getting a taste of Rotary in Scotland all through the month of November as part of the 2014 Canada to Scotland Rotary Curling Tour Team.    
You are invited to follow the team through the Team Blog –  and on Twitter @CanadaScot2014 . During the tour the team will be posting both the curling results and some of the off-ice highlights. Visit the Blog now – have a look and bookmark the page.
22 Rotarians from across Ontario and Quebec will be visiting 12 different locations across Scotland this year. While in Scotland the team members will be staying with and curling against local Rotarians in each area. 
Canadian and Scottish Rotarians meet and compete for the Transatlantic Rotary Curling “Quaich” every 2 years – alternating play between Canada and Scotland.   The first tour took place way back in 1956 – and has been going strong ever since.   The scores of all the games played at a dozen different curling rinks over the month are added together to determine the winner that year.  The 2014 team from Canada will be out for revenge after the touring Scot’s won the Quaich while touring Quebec and Ontario in 2012. 
Curlers from D7040 are Sherri Agnew (Captain) - Kingston , Bill Beattie- Kingston and Dave Pelletier (Sgt. at Arms) from Kemptville.
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People First North Grenville

Posted on Oct 14, 2014
Joining us as guests this evening were Carole Pollock and Odette Leger representing People First North Grenville.This organization is a self-advocacy organization, committed to creating a supportive community for people with intellectual disabilities and reaching out to people who may be in need of guidance and support.
Carole presented a brief slideshow on the history of People First, explained what it is all about, its benefits and their mission statement. Carole also had information on how to get involved and news on upcoming events and activities.
A fundraising BBQ at the Kemptville Legion will be held on Sunday Oct 19 from 12pm to 2pm, followed by a dance from 2pm to 6pm. Tickets are available at the door.
Carole and Odette were thanked by President Donovan.
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Science Fair Presentation

Posted on Oct 06, 2014
Tonight’s speaker was Mr. Matthew Wilson, an intermediate school teacher at North Grenville District High School. Matthew has taught intermediate school for his entire 14 year teaching career.
Matthew believes that science fairs are a great chance for students at all levels of learning. Ultimately, Matthew is looking to start the science fair at N.G.D.H.S. this coming spring and is looking for support from our Rotary Club. His goal is to expand it to the high school level and eventually the community but must first create the culture for it in the school and then work on that base.
Returning from a western tour, Rotarian Mark presented President Donovan with a banner from the Rotary Club of Brandon Sunset.
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Benefactor's Certificate Presentation

Posted on Oct 05, 2014
Rosemary Wrong recently attended a meeting of our club to receive a special Rotary International Benefactors Certificate on behalf of her late father, Mr. Jim Wrong. Jim was a Rotarian in Kemptville and member of our club for many years. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and Past President of our club. Pictured below is Rosemary receiving the certificate from President Donovan who made the presentation on behalf of Rotary International.

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For 80 years, the Rotary Club of Kemptville has been serving our community. Please join us for a gala dinner to celebrate our anniversary on November 22nd.
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A break for fun

Posted on Sep 21, 2014
Members of the club took a break from our normal routine and had a fun evening at the Rideau-Carleton Raceway. In the 5th race, some got to see a bird's eye view of the events on the ground by riding in the pace car. A great time was had by all.
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Informational Speakers

Posted on Sep 16, 2014
Joining us this evening as guests and speakers were Patrick McGarry, Sharon McGarry and Meghan Murphy. Patrick shared an overview of their firm's move to North Grenville and plans for their family based business in our community. Meghan spoke to us about some of the aspects of preplanning a funeral and the various factors involved, including some of the misconceptions. A series of seminars are also available ranging from Executor Duties to Final Estate Tax and Funeral preplanning.
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A time of Remberance

Posted on Sep 08, 2014
Our meeting this evening was a mix of sadness and celebration. Our programme was a celebration of PDG George's life. Members told stories of George and his influence on their lives. We were priveledged to have the long time love of his life, Norma, join us and share this special evening with us.
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A Visit to a 4-H Club

Posted on Sep 01, 2014
Tonight’s Rotary Club meeting was held at Harvex Agromart located in Oxford Station. This meeting was our annual 4H Corn Roast evening. In the continuing series of visits to 4-H clubs, this year we were informed about field crops by Harry Bennett, 4-H leader and an employee at Harvex Agromart.
The 4-H group he leads is a 10 member group between the ages of 9 and 21. They have named their group “The Bad Weeds”. Tonight 6 youth and their parents were present for the meeting.
Harry went on to tell us that their motto is “Do by Doing”. During their time with Harry the youth learn about farm safety; weed identification; herbicides; and plant fertility. They partner with the Food for All food bank project and raised $6350.00 this past year. Harry also noted that this is the 101st year of 4-H in Canada!
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Great Community Loss

Posted on Aug 26, 2014
Flags were lowered to half staff today in Rotary Park to mark the passing of club member and twice District Governor, Dr. George Fisher. He will be missed not only by members of this club who he mentored and nurtured, but as well by our district and our community to which he and Norma gave so much.
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Rideau Canal Cruise

Posted on Aug 18, 2014
Members of our club had a nice social evening with our partners offsite tonight. We enjoyed a tranquil cruise on the Rideau canal system from the Merrickville Lock up to Kilmarnonick and back. Afterwards several members of the club enjoyed dinner in Merrickville.
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N.G. Times Editor Visits

Posted on Aug 12, 2014
Our guest speaker this week was  Dr. David Shanahan, editor of the North Grenville Times newspaper. David spoke about the ups and downs of running a local paper and how it became a weekly issued paper. “A Truly Local Community Paper” was the core idea, with local content and is “open” to the community because “a community really works when they know what’s going on in their community”. He deems it “The Voice of the People”. It was noted that 7000 papers are distributed each week with 4 to 5 paid staff and that the paper is paying for itself now.
Pictured above David and Honourary Rotarian Don share a laugh.
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RC Stittsville's 10 Anniversary

Posted on Aug 07, 2014
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Please come help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary.
Our choice of venue for this celebration is at the "NEXT Restaurant" here in Stittsville where you will enjoy hot and cold hors d'oeuvres created by Chef Blackie. 
Please view the attached flyer which shows all of the information for our 10th Anniversary Celebration.
Let us celebrate with you, our fellow Rotarians.
Thank you,
Rosemary Brummell
President, Rotary Club of Ottawa- Stittsville
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District Governor Visits

Posted on Aug 05, 2014
We were pleased this evening to host our District Governor, Ariane Carriere. DG Ariane spoke of some of the accomplishments this club has had in our community and elsewhere. We were given a review of the District's goals for the year and how they tailored into Rotary's goals for the year. There was also a presentation on our Foundation and the various ways we can support it.
President Donovan thanks DG Ariane for her visit and presentation
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Canada - Scotland Curling Tour

Posted on Aug 05, 2014
This Rotary curling tour began in 1956 and is played every two years, rotating between Canada and Scotland. Going to Scotland this year representing our club and one of three members from our District is Rotarian Dave.
Rotarian Bruce (R) 2010 team member presenting Rotarian Dave the club's Curling Guardians Trophy
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Vocational Talk

Posted on Jul 31, 2014
Rotary Clubs are composed of members of varying backgrounds and talents. Pictured below, Rotarian Mike McIntosh presents the club with his vocational talk.
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Polio Plus Recognition

Posted on Jul 18, 2014
Our club was recently recognized as one of the District's top three contributors for the month of June in the ongoing battle to end the disease of polio.
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Pizza Party

Posted on Jul 14, 2014
Members of the club and their significant others participated in our annual Pizza Party at Easter Seal's Camp Merrywood located on the Big Rideau near Port Elmsley, ON. The camp, opened in 1948 caters to children with physical disabilities and helps them to succeed.
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Nova Scotian Invitation

Posted on Jul 08, 2014
Rotarian Frieda Burger from the Rotary Club of New Minas joined us as a guest this evening. She invites any Rotarians travelling to the Annapolis Valley to share their hospitality. They meet Wednesdays at 0700 at the Ken Wo Golf Course. Their website is
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Canada Day Prep

Posted on Jul 08, 2014
Members of the Club once again participated in  the Kemptville annual Canada Day celebration. Pictured below are club members in the early stages of float preparation.
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Changeover of Officers

Posted on Jun 23, 2014
Tonight we had our annual changeover of club officers. Pictured below, Past-president Jill presents incoming President Donovan with his officer's pin.
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TTC Golf Tournament

Posted on Jun 21, 2014
Members of the club recently manned the Fast Food Station for the golfers participating in the annual Tallman Truck Centre Charity Golf Tournament. This tournament annually contributes the proceeds of the tournament to a local charity. The members below are set to go for their first customer!
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Weekly Happenings

Posted on Jun 16, 2014
Prior to dinner, a shocked Rotarian Dave was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow. It is not often that you will ever see him speechless.
This evening’s speaker, Cahl Pominville is the Director of Corporate Services/Clerk for the Municipality of North Grenville. He spoke to us about a trip that he had taken to Japan  as a result of his being president of (AMCTO) the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario. His interesting presentation complemented by a slide show gave us an overview of the purpose of the trip as wll as some of the interesting things he encountered. He was the only Canadian in the group which consisted of municipal officers providing feedback on local tourism at the request of the government of Japan.
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Classification Talk

Posted on Jun 09, 2014
Our newest member, Rotarian Daren gave us his classification talk this evening. Pictured below with Daren is President Elect Donovan.
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Duck Race Winner

Posted on Jun 03, 2014
This year's Duck Race winner Logan, and his mom Laura receive his winnings from President Elect Donovan. Logan wasn't sure how he was going to spend his new found fortune.
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Busy Week at Rotary

Posted on May 27, 2014
This has been a busy week for our club. On Saturday we hosted the Ontario portion of the District Foundation Walk which was the most successful of the three walks held in our District.


On Sunday in conjunction with the Dandelion Festival, we held our annual Duck Race. Pictured below is the duck recovery boom.


On Tuesday prior to our monthly business meeting, a cheque was presented to Canadian Aid for Chernobyl to support a 13 year old girl at the orphanage in Chausy, Belarus.

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Auricular Accupuncture

Posted on May 12, 2014
Our speaker this evening, Lise Couture spoke on the topic of auricular acupuncture. Lise described how this form of acupuncture differs from Chinese acupuncture. She spoke of some of the things that this type of treatment can be used for and how long it typically takes for relief to begin.
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Scouts Commissioner Visits Club

Posted on May 05, 2014
Our speaker this evening was Dan Gilpin, Group Commissioner of the North Grenville Scouts. During his talk, Dan spoke of the Scouting movement, its aims and some of the challenges it faces. He also gave the club an overview of the programme that our area youth are provided with as well as a recap of the events the members of the scouting movement have participated in this year. For more information on our local Scouting movement, please contact .
Pictured above is the presentation of a certificate of appreciation to the club from the Scouting movement. Our club was the charter sponsor for the scouting movement to come to Kemptville in the first half of the last century.
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Canadian Aid for Chernobyl

Posted on Apr 21, 2014
Our speaker this evening was Rotarian Dave Shaw from Brockville. Dave is the founder of Canadian Aid for Chernobyl. This registered charity was founded a couple of years after Dave and his family hosted one of the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Belarus. After seeing how her health had improved due to living in a clean, healthy environment with a proper diet, he wanted to do something to help those people living there.The Rotary Club of Brockville partnered with Dave’s organization and sponsored the first container to go to Belarus. Currently the two Brockville clubs as well as the club from Prescott pack the banana boxes full of food that now go to Belarus in multiple containers. The list of recipients for the 600 boxes of food that is sent changes annually.
Dave also spoke of the orphanage in Chausy. Canadian Aid for Chernobyl works extensively with them and has improved the facility greatly over the years.  The children living there have much better living conditions than do the children in the general population.
 If you are interested in finding out more about this organization and what it does, visit their website at .
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Coach Visits Club

Posted on Mar 31, 2014

Our speaker this evening was Kevin Savoy. Kevin is a business coach who works with business owners who want to take their firms to the next level. Although he works in a variety of areas, Kevin ran us through a personality profiling platform called DISC. He explained that each of us have a dominant set of characteristics in one of these four areas: outgoing, people orientated, reserved and task oriented. He went through the characteristics of each group and how they work with each other.


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Recent Visitors to Club

Posted on Mar 24, 2014


Rosemary Wrong, the daughter of late Rotarian Jim thanked the club for all the support and organization for her father’s memorial service. Above, Rosemary presents President Jill with a cheque to the club from her colleagues in memory of Jim.


Ashley Hill, owner of High Performance Recovery spoke to the members about Athletic Therapy and how it can be used not only for recovery from injury, but for prevention of pain and injury as well.


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Organic Farming

Posted on Mar 10, 2014

Tim and Roshan Aubin of Aubin Farms run a completely organic farm near Spencerville.They grow a little bit of everything. In addition to veggies they also sell beef, lamb, chickens and turkeys at the farm. About 50% of their product is sold at the farm with the balance being sold at local markets or to customers who pre-order their meat and vegetables. Some of the points made about organic farming were quite interesting and gave our members cause for thought.


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Local Navy Cadet Representatives Visit Club

Posted on Feb 24, 2014

President Jill presented a cheque for $1000 to local cadet Navy League chair Mike  and CPO Katie on behalf of the club. These funds will assist the local sea cadet corps in their operations. Sea cadets are an organization which provide leadership and basic military skills to youth between the ages of 13 and 18.


Following the cheque presentation, a presentation was made to outgoing League president, Rotarian Donovan in recognition of his efforts to put the local corps on sound footing. Donovan will now be involved with the Navy League at the provincial level.


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Address by Alzheimer’s Society

Posted on Feb 10, 2014

Louise Noble the executive director of the Alzheimer’s Society of Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville spoke on some of the aspects and symptoms of this terrible disease. In a very interesting presentation she covered items such as steps that can be taken to slow the disease as well as the resources that are available to caregivers and the community.


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Rotarian Don G. Honourary Member

Posted on Feb 03, 2014


Before we commenced with dinner and our programme, President Jill presented Rotarian Don G. with a certificate honouring his over 50 years of service to our club and recognizing him now as being an honourary member of our club.

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Dr. Eamon speaks on World Sight Day

Posted on Jan 20, 2014

Our speaker this evening was Dr. Carla Eamon. The theme of Dr. Eamon’s presentation was the World Sight Day Challenge and  Optometry Giving Sight. 
During her talk, Dr. Eamon pointed out that in many countries of the world; there is no one to provide eye care. Optometry Giving Sight helps to set up local colleges so that there are trained individuals available in some of the world’s poorest countries to help with basic diagnosis. 300 million people in the world are unnecessarily blind or vision impaired because they cannot obtain an eye examination and the glasses they need. As a result they are restricted in their education, in the work they can do, and the lives they and their families can lead.
The amount of $5.00 can provide an eye examination and a pair of glasses. She also pointed out that  85% of the amount contributed goes directly to programme. Dr. Eamon was thanked by Rotarian Ben.

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Speaker returns

Posted on Jan 13, 2014

This evening’s speaker, Anne Walsh returned to give us a practical demonstration of the Art Therapy process she had previously spoken to us about. In an interesting an exercise, we were broken into groups and given a series of questions which asked us who as a club we felt we were, who our target groups were and how do we reach them. After we had identified the points given to us, we were asked to build a physical bridge with craft supplies demonstrating how we arrived at our conclusions. Some of creations were quite interesting. This was an exercise that was enjoyed by the members of the club.

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Club Welcomes New Member

Posted on Dec 16, 2013

Our newest Rotarian, Daren was welcomed into the club at our annual Christmas party on December 17th. Pictured with him below are his sponsor, Rotarian Rob, President Jill, and past President Jennifer.


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Art and Soul

Posted on Nov 18, 2013

Our speaker this evening was Anne Walsh, the proprietor of Art and Soul. Anne is a therapist who uses art as a medium to enable her clients to express themselves. In addition to doing monthly sessions with KYC and KPS, Anne also works with our local hospice. Her most interesting talk was followed with an equally interesting Q&A session.


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Wildlife and Habitat

Posted on Nov 11, 2013

John McKenzie spoke to us on wildlife and habitat as well as the habits of various animals. In an informative session which was a cross between presentation and Q&A, John gave humorous examples of “bad guys” which ranged from hunters and fishermen to tourists and the perception and reality of each group. He noted that habitat is more important than animals because if you have the habitat you will have the wildlife. As an aside, he pointed out for those who feed wildlife including birds, that in the USA, the feeding of wildlife is a $2 billion industry.


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Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre

Posted on Nov 04, 2013

Rotarians Monique and Ian Warrack from the Rotary Club of South Ottawa spoke to the club on behalf of Rotarians for Wabano. The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is one of 10 provincial specialized Aboriginal Health Access Centres that is recognized and funded in part by the province of Ontario. In addition to health services, the centre also provides after school, community, Social Enterprise and Vocational areas and training programmes.  For more information on the centre, you can visit their website at or email Rotarians at


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Community Support Services

Posted on Oct 23, 2013

Susan Smith (pictured below), executive director of Kemptville And District Home Support Services Inc. recently addressed our club. KDHSI is a volunteer based organization, providing support to seniors and adults with physical disabilities living independently in our community. During her presentation, Susan outlined the many services that her organization provides to the community. For further information, you may contact them at 613-258-3203 or visit their website at


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Youth Exchange Student Home

Posted on Oct 08, 2013

Recently our returning Youth Exchange student Katherine, spoke to the club about her year long exchange to Ecuador. Katherine gave us an overview of her year in Ecuador; her host families, her schools, as well as the trips she took to the Amazon and Galapagos (where she spent her birthday) which were facilitated by the Ecuadorian youth exchange committee.
She spoke of the differences in celebrations,food, and cultural differences. In closing, she thanked the club for selecting her and for providing her with the opportunity to become a citizen of the world.
If you are a high school student interested in participating in a life changing experience, Contact our Service Projects chair or see the District Youth Exchange website .

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Chesterville's 75th Anniversary

Posted on Sep 20, 2013
The Rotary Club of Chesterville will be celebrating its 75th anniversary on Friday, October 25th. The cost of the event which will be held at the Chesterville Legion is $35.00 per person. Enjoy a roast beef dinner and the evening's speaker, Max Keeping. Cocktails at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 7:00pm. Should you wish to attend or require additional information, please contact club president Eric Duncan (
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September - New Generations Month

Posted on Sep 08, 2013

In the Rotary calendar, September is New Generations Month and this year, the week of September 8-14 is Youth Exchange week. This past weekend, the new inbound exchange students and the returning students to our district gathered at 4-H Camp Overlook outside Malone, New York. For the incoming students, there were orientation sessions to help them adapt to their new surroundings. For the returning students, there were debriefing sessions which enabled them to share their experiences with each other as well as their correspondents. These sessions were complimented with integrated team building games and exercises including low and high ropes courses as well as a zip line. Pictured below is Katherine, our club's student who has recently returned from a year in Ecuador on the "Flying Squirrel".


If you are interested in participating in a once in a lifetime experience, please contact our Service Projects Chair.

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BNI BBQ for Youth Centre

Posted on Aug 30, 2013

The local BNI (Business Network International) has committed to support youth initiatives in Kemptville for the next three years exclusively with every collection and event they do.  They have already taken a number of collections for KYC this summer. The work they are doing for our community and support specifically for our next generation of leaders is greatly appreciated.  Enjoy their wonderful chicken dinner Saturday, September 28th with your family. They have a goal to raise $5,000 for local children’s charities.  Please see the poster below for complete details.


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KYC Golf Tournament

Posted on Aug 30, 2013

The first annual Investor's Group golf tournament on behalf of the Kemptville Youth Centre was held on August 17th at the Rideau Glen golf course. The weather was perfect and the participants were treated to a BBQ lunch and dinner as well as some interesting contests on a couple of holes. Pictured below are the tournament winners, Rotarians Rob, Dave, Serge and Donovan receiving their prize. Rotarian Rob also won the prize for the longest drive. Approximately $5000 was raised to support the activities of the Youth Centre.


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Important meeting notice

Posted on Aug 14, 2013
Please note the following changes to our scheduled meetings:
  • Our meeting on August 20th will be our annual 4-H BBQ and corn roast. This year's event will be held at the farm of Howard & Lynn Carkner in Easton's Corners. A map to the event will be included in the Kemptarian.
  • We will be holding an inter-club picnic at Blockhouse park in Merrickville on Saturday August 24th. This meeting will serve as a replacement for our meeting of August 27th. The meeting on August 27 is cancelled.
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Rotary Bursary Award

Posted on Jul 24, 2013

Lauren Nickerson has won the Rotary Bursary for Grade 12 students from the North Grenville District High School with excellent academic achievement and outstanding community service.  Nickerson had a mid-term average of 91% and has been active in the Kemptville Youth Musical Theatre Company, the Merrickville Children’s Choir, Sarah’s Hope (which is raising money to help rebuild a school in Kenya) and the North Dundas Soccer Association, among other activities.  She hopes to have a solo career as a classical vocalist in the future or some role in inclusive musical education.  She will begin work on a degree in music at the University of Ottawa in the Fall.

In applying for the bursary, Nickerson was required to write a 500-word essay on one of the following subjects; “What can one person do to promote world peace,” “What can I do to contribute to my community,” and “How would living by the Four-Way Test make my life better.”  The Four-Way Test is the statement all Rotarians strive to live by:  “Is it the truth; is it fair to all concerned; will it build good will and better friendships; will it be beneficial to all concerned.”

Nickerson entitled her essay “How Living by the Four-Way Test Makes Life More Fulfilling.”  Here is the complete text:

“Despite the many differences between individuals, there is one thing we have in common:  all of us are searching for a quality of life that makes our existence worthwhile.  We long to be fulfilled, to be the best individuals that we can be.  Oftentimes we simply become so discouraged that we give up trying, and allow ourselves to become less than we could be.  The Four-Way Test asks us to examine what we think, say, and do in order to create a healthy and productive environment for ourselves and others.  Though there are four qualities involved in the Test, it can be categorized into two sections; honesty and the value of truth, and the care for oneself and others.  By following the Four-Way Test, we can strive to have the best quality of life that we possibly can.

There are many personal benefits to having a deep-rooted value of honesty.  As an honest individual, people learn to respect you and grow in trust of your words, your ways, and your convictions.  It is the honest individuals who are rewarded with promotions,. Entrusted with additional responsibilities, and make known in the greater community by those who appreciate their honesty.  It is invaluable to be able to face any situation with a clear conscience, without the heavy guilt and shadows of dishonesty.  In addition, it is gravely important to be able to decipher between the truth and a falsehood in situations around you.  So much of our world is comprised of greys and half-truths that it takes a clear mind and a clean conscience to be able to make its way through without being blindsided.  To be able to speak and recognize when the truth is being spoken allows clear communication and a better quality of life. 

When I was young, I drilled “Love Your Neighbour as Yourself” into my head.  I took from this that others must always come first, no matter what.  But as I grew up I realized that in order to love others we must also love ourselves.  As the Four-Way Test states, we must make sure that the situation is fair and beneficial to all concerned, which includes ourselves.  By caring for ourselves we ensure that we are not being overrun, and therefore have more energy and resolve to pour into the world around us.  However, it is equally as important to care for the needs of others in order to live a full and vibrant life.  It is essential to remember that people love those who love them. . . and when you invest in the world around you, and show people how to care for themselves, it provides a well-balanced and healthy environment in which to live.

By keeping these in mind, we are able to build a firm foundation for ourselves, living and growing in honesty, in self-care, and in respect for those around us.  We must never forget that every small action leads to something, whether positive or negative.  It is our responsibility to be sure that it is life that we are inspiring, and to be sure that we take every thought—every action—captive in order to build towards the quality of life that is ours to embrace.”

Lauren Nickerson is a credit to her parents, her teachers and her community.  We wish her well as she embarks on a new and exciting career.

Image Pictured with Lauren are club president Jill Eagle and New Generations committee member Rob Horning.

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Origins of the current Farmers' Market

Posted on Jul 22, 2013

When Nicole and her husband Bruce opened The Branch seven years ago, they made a conscious decision to use local produce wherever possible. They found that there had been a farmer’s market in the past but for whatever reason; it had gone by the wayside. They had come to Kemptville from the San Francisco area where they were used to an abundance of locally grown produce. They approached their vendors and asked if they would be interested in forming a market.The response was positive so they provided the initial location for the market in their parking lot. It gave the various businesses an opportunity to create a local network. The farmer’s market is a true market in that it supports all types of vendors ranging from local artisans to agricultural vendors. Vendor’s pay a small membership feeto participate. It is a great venue for like-minded people to meet and provides an important outlet for supporting our local economy.


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Camp Merrywood Pizza Party

Posted on Jul 14, 2013

Our club spent this evening enjoying a pizza party at Camp Merrywood. Members and guests served pizza and cold drinks to the 72 campers in this session and the camp staff.

Easter Seals Camp Merrywood is located on a beautiful peninsula stretching out into Big Rideau Lake. The camp sits on 30 acres of property between Smiths Falls and Perth in Eastern Ontario.

Built in 1948, Camp Merrywood began as a summer camp for kids with polio. Six campers attended in its first year.

The site has 12 buildings including: six camper cabins that can accommodate up to 72 campers per session, a health hut, dining room and lodge, music and theatre building, nature building, specially adapted swimming pool. Merrywood offers a full waterfront program and activities such as sailing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and white-water rafting.



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Golf Tournament in Support of Kemptville Youth Centre

Posted on Jul 07, 2013
A golf tournament is being held on Saturday, August 17th in support of Kemptville Youth Centre at Rideau Glen Golf Course. Registration and a light lunch are available at 11:00 with a shot gun start at noon. This will be followed by dinner in the club house at 5:00 pm. Cost is $120 per person prior to July 26th and $125 afterwards. Please go to the New Generations folder of the Club Documents section of the website for complete details.
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Youth Exchange Final Weekend

Posted on Jun 10, 2013

Our inbound exchange student, Patyrycja, spent the past weekend with the other students in the district for a farewell gathering. This weekend marked the final time that this year's group of students will be together. The students were billeted at Camp Smitty near Eganville and had a mixture of free time and strenuous exercise. The highlight of the weekend was a trip to the Barran River Canyon. After hiking to the top of the trail to see the canyon from above, the students put their canoes in at Brigham Lake and pulled out at Squirrel Rapids, a trip that required 3 portages - two of them very strenuous. Pictured below are this year's inbound exchange students and members of the District Youth Exchange Committee.


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News From Abroad

Posted on Mar 11, 2013

Hi Dave

Somewhat different form of make-up this week. Rotary clubs  in France, working with Disney France, arranged the French premiere of the film  The Fantastic World of Oz. One of the small arts cinemas in Briancon offered to  put it on and we started with champagne and cheese straws. Quite a number of  members of the Briancon Club brought their families, including many children. We each contribute 15 Euros towards Brain Research. I'm guessing that there  were about 100 attendees.

Best wishes


PS I'll be heading back to the UK to visit the  family next week and return to Canada on the 27th. See you in April.
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World Hope Reaches out from Kemptville

Posted on Mar 04, 2013

Stephanie Gilmer of World Hope Canada recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Kemptville about the activities of her organization, which has recently relocated to downtown Kemptville. Active in Ukraine since 2000, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and, most recently, Swaziland, World Hope is a Christian relief and development not-for-profit working with overseas partners to create dignity and inspire hope. Its clearly targeted programmes include Hope House in Ukraine, a safe home for young women who are still attending school but have outgrown government orphanages or were living on the street. In Swaziland, where the highest rate of HIV infection in the world prevails, they have a programme to reduce its spread, called Reach 4 Life New Testament. In Sierra Leone they have provided prostheses to people amputated in the civil war, dug wells and built latrines and are working to alleviate malnutrition both there and in Congo. Gilmer formerly managed the programmes of the Salvation Army in Kemptville for almost eight years and worked as a missionary in Zaïre (now Congo) from 1986 to 1990.


Stephanie Gilmer, of World Hope Canada, recently spoke to Kemptville Rotarians about her work. 

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KYC Strategic Planning Meeting

Posted on Jan 03, 2013
The Kemptville Youth Centre is having our  Strategic Planning Session on January 21st. We need your help. If you or other  Rotarians are available to join us for all or part of our session on January  21, we would appreciate your help. Our planning goes from 2 to 8 pm with supper  at 6 pm. Please let me know if you are available for any part of our session.
Kindest regards,
Robin Heald
Executive Director Kemptville Youth Centre

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Highland Dancing Recital in Support of Community Living North Grenville

Posted by Gord Sowten on Nov 22, 2012

On Saturday February 2nd, 2013, the Andrea Goral School of Highland Dancing, along with the Duart-Dillon School of Highland Dancing, will be holding its second annual recital.  Our first recital coincides with an initiative put forth by the Northern Ontario School of Highland Dance.  On this day 40 plus Highland Dance schools from around the world will participate in a WORLD WIDE RELAY HIGHLAND FLING.  The goal of this event is to increase participation in Highland Dancing and to support a non-profit local charity.

The recital will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic High School in Kemptville, Ontario.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this event, please feel free to contact Andrea Goral at 613-258-9700 or

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KYC Needs Volunteers

Posted on Nov 07, 2012
Some of our volunteer jobs are:
1.     Board of Directors Volunteers
-         On average 10 hours a month time commitment
-         One or more regularly scheduled monthly meeting
2.     Youth Centre Volunteer
-         Volunteer with youth drop in and/or other programs
-         One on one or small group interactions
-         Supervision of youth
-         Program planning an option
-         Group facilitation an option
-         Assistance with program prep work
-         Assistance with general operations
-         Assistance with e-waste social enterprise
3.     Administrative Volunteer
-         Not working with youth
-         Office administrative duties
-         Assist Executive Director with special events planning
4.     Committee Volunteers
-         Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, and Building and Maintenance committees are in need of extra members.
Please forward any inquiries of interest to Robin Heald, Executive
Director of Kemptville Youth Centre at 613-258-5212 or
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Posted on Nov 07, 2012

Kemptville Youth Centre
Annual General Meeting
Please join our board, staff, youth and community partners in making a difference for the youth of Kemptville and the surrounding area.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
At the Kemptville Youth Centre
5 Oxford Street West
From 6:00 to 7:30pm
Light refreshments available.
To RSVP or for inquiries to join our Board of Directors or one of our committees, please call Robin at 613-258-5212 or email
For more details you can visit us online at:
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Scotland to Canada Curling Tour

Posted on Nov 02, 2012

The 2012 Scotland to Canada Curling Tour was in our area this week. The tour, which was established in 1956 alternates every two years between Scotland and Quebec/Ontario. This year marks the 30th time that Rotary Curling Teams have crossed the Atlantic in what is now a biannual event. Although the Scots whipped the Canadian side at the Hunt Club quite handily, the members from Kemptville acquitted themselves quite well with a heartbreaking loss of 7-6 with the score being determined by measurement in the last end.

Seven Scots were home hosted by members of our club. In addition to the curling, the Scots were treated to a tour of Parliament with lunch in the Parliamentary Restaurant followed by a tour of the Museum of Civilization. A farewell party was held at Rotarian Bruce's on the final evening of the Scottish stay. The theme of the event was "Strengthening Ties and Building Friendships". This objective was certainly accomplished.

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United Way Spaghetti Fest

Posted on Oct 24, 2012
Just a reminder that United Way Spaghetti Fest is this Saturday at the new High School from 5:00 to 7:00 pm of which I am on the Fundraising Committee. Hope you can join us and support event by purchasing your tickets at the Municipal Centre or from me and feel free to send through your networks.
It’s going to be a great event, but only as good as the number of tickets sold and attendees. Kemptville 73’s will be there helping out and having fun, local restaurants will be vieing for bragging rights for top sauce, cake raffle with yummy treats from local bakeries, eateries and raffle for an LA Kings Jonathan Quick Jersey, generously donated by the Kemptville 73’s. Sunday night will see United Way drop the puck at the Kemptville 73’s game and fun for the whole family. Tickets will be sold at Spaghetti Fest for that game as well.
Won’t you help by buying your tickets and helping promote the event over this last week…..
Best Regards,
Teri Devine
Economic Development Coordinator
Municipality of North Grenville
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Ottawa Rotary House Challenge

Posted on Oct 20, 2012
The Ottawa Rotary House has the chance to be highlighted at the Community Foundation of Ottawa’s 25 anniversary celebrations if our video receives the most “Likes” out of the collection of videos posted.  Videos have been posted by several organizations that the Community Foundation has supported over the years.  We only have 11 days to make this happen!! Here is how you can help:
1.     Visit to view the video which showcases the great work the Rotary Home does

  “Like” our video on YouTube.  Unfortunately you cannot like a video on YouTube unless you have an account.  We would like to ask that you take a few
minutes to open an account and “like” the video to show your support.

Pass this email on to EVERYONE you know!  Post on Facebook, Twitter etc.

All votes must be in by October 31st so please vote today!

Thank you for your support!

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Free Electronics Pick Up

Posted on Oct 09, 2012
The Kemptville Youth Centre  will be a partner in a free electronics pickup from October 15th to 20th. Follow the link for more complete details.
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Rotary Club Samples New Winery’s Wares

Posted on Oct 09, 2012


Guest Norma Fisher (left) and Rotarian Keith Nixon and Past President Rob Horning were among the Rotarians and their guests who recently enjoyed sampling a selection of locally hand-crafted wines at the Blue Gypsy Winery near Oxford Mills.  Vintner Louis Gaal and his wife, Claire Faguy, bottled their first vintage last October and have been working hard to keep up with demand ever since.  Their delicious fruit wines—apple, cranberry, cherry, strawberry and blueberry—are complemented by a range of  tastes less commonly found in wine—maple, maple-apple, ginger and chocolate-flavoured honey wine (mead).  Claire and Louis have planted a wide variety of fruit on their 10-acre former orchard located on Lindsay Road, with the intention of eventually growing as many of the ingredients of their production on their own property.

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Welcome Home

Posted on Oct 08, 2012

Home from his travels, Rotarian Keith presents President Anna with a banner from the Rotary Club of Cape Town (am Kap), South Africa. His travel logs can be seen below.
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Gilmer Encourages Rotary’s International Work

Posted on Oct 04, 2012

Sheldon Gilmer (above right) receives a certificate of appreciation from Kemptville Rotary President Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon at the conclusion of a talk on his international work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on October 2, 2012.  A donation was also made on his behalf to the Club’s safe cooking stove project in El Salvador.  Gilmer has been travelling to Congo for 26 years, working on a variety of medical, community health and development projects.  In recent years he has made four trips of three weeks each to Congo and shorter trips to Ukraine, taking time out from his agricultural equipment manufacturing business, located near Heckston.  Gilmer works with a faith-based international relief and development organization called World Hope Canada, which will be moving to Kemptville on November 1.  The national headquarters of the agency will be located in the Kollaard Building, at 210 Prescott Street.  Gilmer, who emphasized the importance of working in partnership, concluded his talk by encouraging Rotary to keep up its commitment to international development work with local partners in developing countries.

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United Way Spaghetti Fest

Posted on Oct 03, 2012

The Kemptville Youth Centre is a very grateful member agency of the United Way of Leeds and Grenville. Without the United Way funding, the Kemptville Youth Centre would not be able to provide the Youth of our community with the services and support that the Youth Centre provides and which the United Way of Leeds and Grenville helps supports.


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Youth Exchange News

Posted on Sep 18, 2012
District 7040's inbound students, including Patrycja from our club have arrived. Their first district gathering was held at 4-H Camp Overlook which is just outside Malone, NY. At this orientation, the students whose language skills in English were at varying stages , undertook team building exercises including low level and high level rope courses. As a finale, they climbed to a 70 foot platform and zip lined to the end of the course. Meet our inbound and return students in the video below.
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Inbound Student Arrives

Posted on Aug 20, 2012
Our inbound long term student has arrived. Patrycja was met at the airport by Rotarians Jenn and Dave as well as by members of her host family. Tired but happy, she is settling in.
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Kemptville Rotarians Help Spencerville Stampede Succeed

Posted on Jul 31, 2012

Rotarians John and Cora Beking (shown here with their son Chris, left) were the tireless local organizers for the Spencerville Stampede, held on the 28th and 29th of July.  Over 3,000 rodeo fans attended the event, held this year for the first time at the Spencerville Fairgrounds.  The huge success of this highly professional competition is encouraging plans to bring it back next year.


The Rotary Club of Kemptville provided volunteers to handle ticketing at the entry gates and servers in the refreshment tent.  Shown here are Rotarian Brian Cassidy (left) and Nancy Miller-Mackenzie preparing a tray to serve refreshments in the stands.


Rotarian Donovan Arnaud attaches an admission bracelet to one of the younger fans at the Spencerville Stampede.
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10July2012 Kemptarian

Posted by Jill Eagle on Jul 12, 2012

The Official Newsletter of the Rotary Club of Kemptville
District 7040, Charter 3741, November 1934
July 10, 2012 ~ Volume 89 ~ Issue 1

Your Club Board Members












President: Anna Rochon 

 New Generations: Jennifer Franssen
Past President: Rob Horning

 Foundation: Susan Hunt
President Elect: Jill Eagle

 Membership: Rob Horning
Treasurer: Colleen Morris-Wilson

 Secretary: Jill Eagle
E-Secretary: Dave Pelletier

 Public Relations: Ken Mews
Club Administration: Cora Beking


The Meeting on June 26 was the change-over BBQ at Rotarians Jennifer and Donovan’s.

The Meeting on July 3, 2012 was held at Saunders’ Country Critters Zoo.

Number of Rotarians present at this evenings meeting:  16 =   59 % attendance

President Anna chaired the meeting.

Don Gilchrist led the club in sing O Canada and in singing grace.

Jim Wrong – Honourary member


  • Birthdays – Jill Eagle, Colleen Morris-Wilson, Bruce Wehlau, John Wilson, Rob Horning
  • Wedding Anniversary – John and Cora Beking
  • Club Anniversary – Gord Sowten, George Fisher,

Dream a Dream Lottery
– Rotarian Gord gave a brief summary of the Dream a Dream lottery which appears to have broken even.

Spencerville Stampede – Rotarian John B. provided more information on the upcoming event and sent a signup sheet around for various activities.

Rotarian Donovan reminded everyone that the meeting on the 17th of July is at Camp Merrywood.  Those wishing to help are to be there at 5:15 with the pizza being served at 5:30. 

Perth Theatre Night - Rotarians are reminded to get their ticket money to Rotarian Mike G. for Perth Theatre Night on August 1, 2012.

Dues are due! Please provide Rotarian Mike G – who is subbing for Rotarian Colleen - with your payment at the next meeting. 

 50/50 Draw WinnerDon Gilchrist

 Program:  Kate Westrate – Kate provided the members with information on complementary medicine (homeopathy etc) and provided a sheet of information on 10 steps to good health. She was introduced by Rotarian Cora B. and thanked by Rotary Mike G.

Upcoming Programs

July 17 – Pizza Night at Camp Merrywood

July 24 – Dave and Kathryn Mayberry – Canada Food Grains Bank

July 31 – NO MEETING

August 1 – Perth Dinner Theatre Night

 President Anna lead the club in reciting the Four Way test.

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

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Posted on Jul 09, 2012



Outgoing Kemptville Rotary Club President Rob Horning (left) congratulates Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon, the 2012-2013 president of the club.  Other members of the Board of Directors for the year beginning July 1st are Jill Eagle, President Elect for 2013-2014, Jennifer Franssen, Service Projects; Susan Hunt, Rotary Foundation; Cora Beking, Club Administration; Colleen Morris-Wilson, Treasurer; Jill Eagle, Secretary; Dave Pelletier, E-Secretary; Rob Horning, Membership; and Ken Mews, Public Relations.

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Invitation to the District Changeover

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

On Thursday June 21st the Rotary Club of Brockville and  the Rotary Club of the 1000 Islands will host the District 7040 District  Governor changeover. DGE Rene Melchers will take over from DG Bill Gray. This  is a very special evening in Brockville as both club Presidents will also  change.

 The location is the Brockville Country Club at 1548 King Street West in  Brockville. The festivities will start with a social/cocktail hour at 6:00  PM  and dinner at 7:00 PM. Cost for the evening is $30.00, reservations required. To  reserve, please email Jack Henderson, or call Jack at 613-342-6691.

 Please reserve by June 18th.

 Please join us for this special occasion. 

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Peace Through Service - Theme 2012-13

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon on Jun 05, 2012

RI President-elect Sakuji Tanaka will ask Rotarians to build Peace Through Service in 2012-13. 

"Peace, in all of the ways that we can understand it, is a real goal and a realistic goal for Rotary," he said. "Peace is not something that can only be achieved through agreements, by governments, or through heroic struggles. It is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways."

Peace has different meanings for different people, Tanaka said.  

"No definition is right, and no definition is wrong," he said. "However we use the word, this is what peace means for us. 

"No matter how we use, or understand the word, Rotary can help us to achieve it," he added. 

Tanaka, a businessman from the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, shared how becoming a Rotarian broadened his understanding of the world. After joining the Rotary Club of Yashio, in 1975, he said, he began to realize that his life's purpose was not to make more money, but to be useful to other people. 

"I realized that by helping others, even in the simplest of ways, I could help to build peace," Tanaka said. 

He noted that the Japanese tradition of putting the needs of society above the needs of the individual helped his country rebuild after the tsunami and earthquake in March. 

"This is a lesson that I think the whole world can learn from, in a positive way. When we see the needs of others as more important than our own needs -- when we focus our energies on a shared goal that is for the good of all -- this changes everything," he said. "It changes our priorities in a completely fundamental way. And it changes how we understand the idea of peace." 

Tanaka will ask Rotarians to focus their energy on supporting the three priorities of the RI Strategic Plan , (Support & strengthen clubs, Focus & increase Humanitarian Service and Enhance Public Image & Awareness) he said. He added that he will ask the incoming leaders to promote three Rotary peace forums, to be held in Hiroshima, Japan; Berlin; and Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

“In Rotary, our business is not profit. Our business is peace,” he said. “Our reward is not financial, but the happiness and satisfaction of seeing a better, more peaceful world, one that we have achieved through our own efforts.”


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Rotary Foundation Sends Thanks

Posted on May 21, 2012
On behalf of the mother who will receive prenatal care, the father who will have access to fresh water for his family, and the children who will learn to read and write in their newly furnished school, thank you for your gift to The Rotary Foundation. Your Rotary Club’s contributions bring health and hope to these individuals, these families, these communities. In 2011-12, RI President Kalyan Banerjee challenges us to Reach Within to Embrace Humanity. Thanks to you and the members of your Rotary Club for making this gift. It is one step toward a better world.
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KYC Fundraising Event

Posted on May 07, 2012
The Kemptville Youth Centre held an information and fundraising event outside Giant Tiger last Saturday, May 5th. Assisting with the event were New Generations Committee members Jennifer and Jill.

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Kemptville Youth Centre Requests Assistance

Posted on Apr 26, 2012
On Sunday, May 27th KYC is asking for our assistance at the Bike Tour Race concession at the Snowmobile Clubhouse.  Breakfast food will be sold to racers from 9:00 to11:00 am  and lunch from 11:00 to 5:00 pm. They would like to have 2 volunteers for four (4)  2 hour shifts to work with KYC Board members and youth. The time slots are as follow: 9:00-11:00, 11:00-1:00, 1:00pm-3:00, and 3:00-5:00. Please consider and confirm your availability to Rotarian Jennifer.

The Rotary Club of Kemptville - Serving The Community

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Past R.I. President's Message to George and Norma

Posted by David Pelletier on Mar 26, 2012
Past R.I President Wilf Wilkinson was unable to attend our Foundation Dinner. He did however take the time to send a kind personal note which was shared at the function. The video is below.

Past R.I. President's Message to George and Norma David Pelletier 2012-03-27 00:00:00Z 0

2012 Foundation Dinner

Posted by Anna Van Adrichem-Rochon on Mar 18, 2012

T - Together
E - Everyone
A - Achieves
M - More

The Rotary Club of Kemptville "Team" truly came together on Saturday, with one focus in mind - to have a successful Foundation  Dinner Event.  This happened in spades.  In just over a hour the Municipal Centre was transformed into a beautiful room, all the auction  items arranged, and all banners and flags in place.  The evening was filled with fellowship, food and a festive spirit.  I was proud to welcome the many guests from throughout the District to our community.  Congratulations to everyone that played a role in this memorable event.


District Governor Bill Gray, PDG George Fisher and club past president Jennifer Franssen

For more photos, log in and check the members section of the website.
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El Salvador Team

Posted on Mar 06, 2012
Members of our El Salvador team have returned from a successful trip to El Salvador. While on the trip they assisted with a stove project that the club had sponsored among other things. Each of the members present spoke of an aspect of the trip that they were responsible for. Their presentation was well received by the members present and their guests. The club partnered with Club Rotario San Salvador Noreste on this project.
The membership has decided to move forward and seek partnering clubs here as well to complete the stove project and improve life in Barrio San Diego. Image

Pictured above are Rotarians Claire, Jill, and Cora presenting President Rob with a banner and plaque that were given to the club while in El Salvador.
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Rotary Wine Fellowship

Posted on Feb 23, 2012
The meeting of the Rotary Wine Fellowship for Friday, Feb. 24th has been cancelled due to weather. The next event will be held March 30th at the same time and location.
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Youth Exchange Students Enjoy Winterlude

Posted on Feb 11, 2012
Fifteen inbound exchange students to our District as well as six rebound students and two rebounds from other districts celebrated Winterlude this weekend with seven members of the District Youth Exchange Committee. During their stay in Ottawa, the students took in the ice sculptures in Confederation Square as well skating on the canal. In addition there were guided tours of the Parliament Buildings as well as the Museum of Civilization.
Two local students will be going out on long term exchange from our community in fall 2012, one sponsored by our club and one sponsored by Nepean-Kanata.




For more information on the Youth Exchange programme visit their website at:
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El Salvador Team Leaves

Posted on Jan 24, 2012
Our El Salvador team left on Monday, January 23rd. Follow their mission by clicking on the blog link in the "Club Links" section at the bottom of the page.
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Rotary Foundation Dinner

Posted on Jan 19, 2012
The Rotary Club of Kemptville will be holding a Foundation Dinner on Saturday March 17th. See inside for complete details.
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