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Posted on Mar 24, 2017
The Rotary Science Fair was held today at NDGHS. In addition to providing the prize, members of our club were there at zero dark hundred to set up.
The judges came in and got themselves organized
And then there was "Fair On" Exhibitors and Judges
And then feeding the judges before they go back to select the winner
Stay tuned for the winner!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 www.opp.ca
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.
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 www.antifraudcentre.ca
Constable Lindsay was thanked for her presentation by Rotarian Donovan.
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 www.kemptvillerotary.ca or call President Cora @ 613-258-5396.
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