Rotary Club of Kemptville

Celebrating Over 80 Years Of Service To Our Community

Club Executives & Directors
Past President
Community Services Chair
Membership Chair
Public Relations Chair
Foundation Chair
Club Secretary
E Secretary
Youth Services Chair
Apr 25, 2017
Loc: New Rideau Restaurant / Greeter: Rtn Mike B.
Sabrina Rubli / Femme International
May 02, 2017
Loc: New Rideau Restaurant / Greeter: Rtn Joanne
Jeff Carrs / Paramedics
May 16, 2017
Loc: New Rideau Restaurant / Greeter: Rtn. Donovan
Annual Duck Race
May 28, 2017
Loc: Kemptville Creek
RI Int'l Convention
Jun 10, 2017
Loc: Atlanta, GA
Canada Day Parade
Jul 01, 2017
Pizza Night
Jul 18, 2017
Loc: Camp Merrywood
April 2017

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Kemptville


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 6:30 PM
Castleview Restaurant
7780 Merlyn Wilson Road
Kemptville, ON  K0G 1J0
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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