Rotary Club of Kemptville

Celebrating Over 80 Years Of Service To Our Community

Club Executives & Directors
Past President
International Chair
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair
E Secretary
Youth Services Chair
Oct 20, 2016
Business Club - Breakfast meeting
Loc: New Rideau Restaurant / Time 0730
Oct 25, 2016
Halloween Party & Bonfire
Loc: Rotarian Jeff's
Oct 30, 2016
Dec 10, 2016
Mar 11, 2017
October 2016

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kemptville


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
The New Rideau Restaurant
7780 Merlyn Wilson Road
Kemptville, ON  K0G 1J0
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Tonight was a work night for the members of our club. It was all hands on deck as we prepared Quiche pies for distribution at the House of Lazarus. Pictured below, above "Chefs Norma & Mike" work at prep for the waiting assembly line below.

Tonight's speaker was Maj. Mike Calnan (Ret) who is the founder of the swords and Ploughshares museum. Mike gave us a background on the museum, how it came to be and what their objectives are. His history with the museum dates back to his time spent with his father collecting badges and medals. This eventually evolved to firearms and jeeps. The organization uses old and decommissioned vehicles and equipment to highlight military history. There are no paid staff everyone is a volunteer. The primary activity is research and acquisition of significant items. The second activity is restoration. The third is presentation and education through parades and ceremonial events. The fourth is preservation of the items.
Pictured below, Mike is thanked by Rotarian Jo-Anne.

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.

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.

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.

This evening's programme was delivered by the North Grenville Toastmasters Club. President Bill Kilfoyle gave us background on the club, they type of person it benefits, when they meet and how they conduct their meetings. He then turned things over to two of their club members, Miriam Mas and Moe Wozniak. Miriam gave us a presentation of the medical benefits of humour and laughter. She was followed by Moe who delivered a dead pan narration on how to properly cremate a piano. Both presentations were greatly enjoyed by all present.
Pictured L-R are Bill, Moe, and Miriam
Please note that there will be a Board of Directors meeting immediately following our regular meeting. If you have anything for the agenda, please forward it to the appropriate committee chair or President Cora.

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