Stories

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My Life in Rotary – Emma McDonald’s Story

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Emma McDonald is a young Rotarian, currently residing in Sioux Lookout who told Dryden Rotarian, Carl Eisner her story while he was visiting that city. He invited her to share her story with the Dryden club.
My Life in Rotary – Emma McDonald’s Story John Borst 2015-08-24 05:00:00Z

Nault First 2015 Election Candidate to Speak to Club

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Liberal Party of Canada candidate, Bob Nault was the first candidate of the Kenora Riding to speak to Dryden Rotary about his platform in this the October 2015 election.  
Nault First 2015 Election Candidate to Speak to Club John Borst 2015-08-16 05:00:00Z

Dryden Youth Exchange Student Shares his Year in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Logan Waller gave us a brief history of his time in Denmark as a Rotary Youth Exchange student.
 
Waller left Canada on August 10, 2014 and returned June 30, 2015.
Dryden Youth Exchange Student Shares his Year in Copenhagen, Denmark John Borst 2015-08-05 05:00:00Z

Right to Play and Promoting Life-skills for Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) Programmes

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Sheryl Hoshizaki, a retired educator having been a teacher and principal also served as President of the Women Teachers Federation of Ontario.  Once in their younger days, she even threw our President, Jack McMaster over the judo floor.
 
After retirement from education, Hoshizaki joined Right To Play, where she served as Deputy Director of Educational and Aboriginal Initiatives.
Right to Play and Promoting Life-skills for Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) Programmes John Borst 2015-07-29 05:00:00Z

Dryden Rotarians Attend Nipawin District Conference

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Past President Brian Braid attended the 5550 District Rotary Conference in Nipawin, a 12 hour ride from Dryden. Keynote speakers were Mel Duncan and Ann Frisch who talked about a “non violent peaceforce” hoping to transform the world’s response to conflict. 

Dryden Rotarians Attend Nipawin District Conference Ed Iskra 2015-07-15 05:00:00Z

Yoga for the Wellness of the Community

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Dryden’s Carly Brown has several connections to the Dryden Rotary Club. She operates Lokah Sangha Yoga, providing an original style yoga instruction in a facility next door to the Masala Restaurant where the club meets weekly. 

Yoga for the Wellness of the Community Ed Iskra 2015-07-08 05:00:00Z

Brian Braid Passes the Gavel to new President Jack MacMaster at the Club’s Annual President’s Fish Fry

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Outgoing President Brian Braid ends a successful year as head of Dryden Rotary. During his tenure Dryden Rotary reached the one million dollar mark in donations with well over $100,000.00 in the past year.
Brian Braid Passes the Gavel to new President Jack MacMaster at the Club’s Annual President’s Fish Fry Ed Iskra 2015-06-22 05:00:00Z

Bound For Brazil

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Sean Wood is a Grade 11 student at DHS, son of Mike and Kate Wood and is Dryden’s newest outgoing Rotary exchange student.

Bound For Brazil Ed Iskra 2015-06-10 05:00:00Z

Spanish Exchange Student Alba Shares Retrospective on Her Year in Canada

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At Wednesday’s meeting Alba Posas Solandes reflected back on her year in Canada while we got to celebrate her recent birthday. 
Spanish Exchange Student Alba Shares Retrospective on Her Year in Canada John Borst 2015-06-07 05:00:00Z

Club Donates $30,000 to Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC)

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Chuck Schmitt, Recruitment and Fundraising Coordinator for the DRHC and Dr. Adam Moir were on hand to receive a cheque for $30,000 for the hospital’s foundation. 
Club Donates $30,000 to Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC) John Borst 2015-06-01 05:00:00Z

Club 2015 - 2018 Strategic Plan Welcomes Feedback

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Under the leadership of Rtn. Natasha Lovenuk-Markham The Rotary Club of Dryden has been reviewing its 2012 - 2015 Strategic Plan. Please review the draft 2015 - 2018 documents and make further suggests by June 1st.
Club 2015 - 2018 Strategic Plan Welcomes Feedback John Borst 2015-05-21 05:00:00Z

2015 Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) Participants Share their Experience with Club

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Rotarian Natasha Lovenuk-Markham introduced this year’s four MUNA students: Isabelle Keefe, David Marshall, and Regan Neall, all in attendance, plus Alyssa Deschene who was not able to attend. 
2015 Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) Participants Share their Experience with Club John Borst 2015-05-18 05:00:00Z

Amateur Radio Society of Dryden Needs Mobile Communications Trailer

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After a brief presentation on the role of the Amateur Radio Society of Dryden (ARSD) Dave Wessell and Bob Ernewein provided a description of their efforts to acquire a 16 foot Mobile Communications Trailer. 
Amateur Radio Society of Dryden Needs Mobile Communications Trailer John Borst 2015-05-17 05:00:00Z

Club Elects Executive and Directors for 2015- 2016

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The Rotary year runs from July 1st to June 30th of each year. The Rotary Club of Dryden President for the 2015-16 year is Jack McMaster. To view his executive and directors 
Club Elects Executive and Directors for 2015- 2016 John Borst 2015-05-10 00:00:00Z

Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Experience is “Life Changing”

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Dryden Rotarian Sally Sipos says Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village trip to build a house for a family in a developing country can be a “life changing experience”. Sally has been on 5 builds and will lead one in May of this year.
Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village Experience is “Life Changing” John Borst 2015-05-10 00:00:00Z

Access Dryden Rotary Auction April 8 - 14th

Access Dryden Rotary Auction April 8 - 14th 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z

2015-2016 Exchange Student Is First to Visit from an East European Country

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Rotary District 5550 has assigned Sandra Hrášková of Bernolakovo near Bratislava, Slovakia to the Dryden Club as its 2015-2016 Rotary Exchange student. This is the first time Dryden has had an exchange student from an East European country.
2015-2016 Exchange Student Is First to Visit from an East European Country John Borst 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z

Dryden Club’s Participation in Global Grant Submitted to Rotary International during ‘Literacy Month’

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After over eighteen months of work, it seems only fitting that Dryden Rotary’s participation in a Basic Education and Literacy Global Grant Request be submitted  to Rotary International during March which in Rotary is “Literacy” month.
Dryden Club’s Participation in Global Grant Submitted to Rotary International during ‘Literacy Month’ John Borst 2015-03-19 00:00:00Z

‘The Final Inch’: A Rotary Video on the Effort to Eradicate Polio

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The film The Final Inch depicts the problems still occurring fifty years after the development of the polio vaccine. It describes areas and Countries where the polio virus is still found around the World. 
‘The Final Inch’: A Rotary Video on the Effort to Eradicate Polio John Borst 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z

Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded to Club Members and Community Citizens

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The Rotary Club of Dryden held their Paul Harris Fellowship Award Dinner on February 25 which honoured three community members and five members of the Rotary club for their commitment to volunteering and making a difference in Dryden. 
Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded to Club Members and Community Citizens John Borst 2015-03-09 00:00:00Z

Rotary Day Celebrated at Dryden High School

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Each year Rotary International celebrates its founding on February 23rd. Locally, this year the Rotary Club of Dryden celebrated by holding a Rotary Day at Dryden High School (DHS). 
Rotary Day Celebrated at Dryden High School John Borst 2015-02-27 00:00:00Z

Club’s Foundation Approves Disbursal of $31,500 to Community Charities

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At its meeting on February 18, 2015 The General membership approved the Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation Board's recommendations for the following local and regional disbursements:
Club’s Foundation Approves Disbursal of $31,500 to Community Charities John Borst 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z

Dryden High Administrators Update Club on the Four Directions Program

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Kieran McMonagle, the Four Directions “Grad Coach” and Jennifer McMaster, DHS, vice-principal provided an update on the “Four Directions Program” which focuses on assisting First Nations and Metis students entry into high school.
Dryden High Administrators Update Club on the Four Directions Program John Borst 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z

Pat Rigey Shares Life Story with Club Members

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New Rotarian and club member, Pat Rigey briefly shared her life story in what Rotarians call a “vocational talk”
Pat Rigey Shares Life Story with Club Members John Borst 2015-02-14 00:00:00Z

Rotary Business Issues are Focus of Early 2015 Meetings

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How to use Rotary International’s new website, the process we will use to renew the Club’s “strategic plan” and a variety of presentations have been the focus of meetings so far in 2015.
Rotary Business Issues are Focus of Early 2015 Meetings John Borst 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z

District 5550’s “Adventures in Agriculture” Program Proves Exciting for Two Dryden Students

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Jed Denham and Alexandra Cooper, attended our December 10th meeting and shared with us, their experiences at the Adventures in Agriculture Program from November 26 - 30, 2014 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
District 5550’s “Adventures in Agriculture” Program Proves Exciting for Two Dryden Students John Borst 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z

Dryden’s “Track Man” shares recent history of track and field in Dryden

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Mike Wood, star Master’s Marathoner and former city councilor didn’t know the adventure he was about to embark upon when in 2009 he volunteered to rejuvenate the cross country and track and field club at Dryden High School.
Dryden’s “Track Man” shares recent history of track and field in Dryden John Borst 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z

Did You Ever Wonder Who Looks at this Site?

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One of the counters supplying data on www.drydenrotary.org is Statscounter. You can see the data for yourself by clicking on View My Stats at the bottom of this Home Page. However this story will provide a quick view of where people came from between Oct. 26 and Nov. 30, 2014.
Did You Ever Wonder Who Looks at this Site? John Borst 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z

Talents of Dryden Youth on Show at Rotary Performing Arts Evening

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Each year the Dryden Rotary Club sponsors a public speaking contest and holds a special Performing Arts Dinner so the community can listen to the best of the year’s Grade 7 or 8 students.
Talents of Dryden Youth on Show at Rotary Performing Arts Evening John Borst 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z

Exchange Student Alba Treats Dryden Rotarians and Friends to Spanish Supper

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A number of Rotarians and guests enjoyed a sumptuous Spanish supper at the Vann-Eisener residence courtesy of Alba Posas Solandes (with a little texting to Mom in Spain) We all also learned a few Spanish words to try out over the next 6 months. GRACIAS Alba!
Exchange Student Alba Treats Dryden Rotarians and Friends to Spanish Supper John Borst 2014-11-27 00:00:00Z

November Club Assembly Focus is International Service

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President Brian Braid with the assistance of Rtn. Jeannie McMaster, provided us with an overview of the International Service portfolio. McMaster is the club director responsible for the International services portfolio.
 
The aim of International service is to give assistance on a global basis whether be it of a physical or financial nature. It also involves local Rotarians learning from our global friends.
November Club Assembly Focus is International Service John Borst 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z

DRHC Establishes Patient and Family Advisory Council

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Kim Vares , Director of Patient and Public Relations at Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC) spoke to Rotary  on the topic of the formation of a Patient and Family Advisory Council.
 
The Council is to be a Partnership of patients and family members and the healthcare team.  Its purpose is to provide guidance on how to improve the patient and family experience.
DRHC Establishes Patient and Family Advisory Council John Borst 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z

Kenneth Austin’s Story Gives Realism to Remembrance Day Commemoration

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Vera Kameda-Lacroix was our Remembrance Day speaker giving us the history of her grandfather Kenneth Austin who served in both the first and second world wars.
 
She brought with her a treasure trove of clothing, pictures, and letters relating to her grandfather’s first world war efforts
Kenneth Austin’s Story Gives Realism to Remembrance Day Commemoration John Borst 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z

Rotarian Mel Fisher, "The Contrarian", Encourages All Drydenites to Vote in Fall Municipal Elections

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The following piece originally appeared in the Dryden Observer 2014 09 24 (page 4).
 
When you are out in a small, outboard fishing boat, you can steer the boat and operate the engine yourself, no problem. As your ship gets bigger, you need help. 
Rotarian Mel Fisher, "The Contrarian", Encourages All Drydenites to Vote in Fall Municipal Elections John Borst 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z

City of Dryden and Rotary ‘Hazardous Waste Day’ Breaks All Records

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Having a community Hazardous Waste Day in successive years increases the number of participants and the volume of hazardous waste gathered rather than seeing a decrease in the second year. “That is the lesson to be learned from Dryden’s 2014 very successful Hazardous Waste Day.” says Rotary organizer Roger Gould.
City of Dryden and Rotary ‘Hazardous Waste Day’ Breaks All Records John Borst 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z

Dryden Rotary Radio Bingo Passes the Million Dollar Mark in Earnings and Donations to Area Charities and Organizations

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Rtn. Rena Madden, DRCF chair, with the assistance of other members of Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation (DRCF) executive provided a short history of the Foundation and its donations over the past 10 years.
Dryden Rotary Radio Bingo Passes the Million Dollar Mark in Earnings and Donations to Area Charities and Organizations John Borst 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z

Report on RYLA Summer Camp, Exchange Student Flag Exchange, and Underwear Penalty Provide Variety at Rotary Luncheon

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September 10th ‘s Rotary luncheon proved to be a busy one. 
Report on RYLA Summer Camp, Exchange Student Flag Exchange, and Underwear Penalty Provide Variety at Rotary Luncheon John Borst 2014-09-14 00:00:00Z

Rotarian Sally Sipos Does “Vocational” Talk on Moment’s Notice

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New members to Rotary Clubs at some point do a talk on their life with a focus on their career. We call this, their “vocational” talk. Normally members give some thought to this and some are even a little anxious in the process. But not our new member Sally Sipos!
Rotarian Sally Sipos Does “Vocational” Talk on Moment’s Notice John Borst 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z

Dryden Exchange Student Recounts Her Experience in Are, Sweden

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Imagine being 16 and getting a change to spend a year of your life in a Swedish town famous for its ski hills, the Whistler or Vale of that country. That is the opportunity Jessica Stuart had as a Rotary Exchange student.
Dryden Exchange Student Recounts Her Experience in Are, Sweden John Borst 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z

Sioux Lookout Rotary Sponsors DHS Student for Rotary Exchange Program in 2013-14

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Tianna Markowski is a DHS student who was sponsored on the Rotary Youth Exchange by the Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout.
Sioux Lookout Rotary Sponsors DHS Student for Rotary Exchange Program in 2013-14 John Borst 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z

Educator and new member, Jeannie McMaster gives vocational talk

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Jeannie McMaster’s career as a teacher and educator spans a 32 year period. 
Educator and new member, Jeannie McMaster gives vocational talk John Borst 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z

First Nations, Metis & Inuit (FNMI) Coaching Program Begins at Dryden High

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Beginning in 2014 Dryden High School is piloting a new program for First Nations, Metis & Inuit (FNMI) students. FNMI is a program which provides mentorship, individual and group support for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students transitioning to and attending High School. It is the first program of its kind in Ontario.
First Nations, Metis & Inuit (FNMI) Coaching Program Begins at Dryden High John Borst 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z

District 5550 Governor, Pat Chernesky, Visits Club

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Assistant Governor Rod Riopel of Kenora introduced our DG Pat Chernesky. Pat has been a physician for 40 years and lives in Nipawin, SK.
District 5550 Governor, Pat Chernesky, Visits Club John Borst 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z

Dr. Eisener Shares His ‘Vocational’ Story

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Carl Eisener was born in Chandler, Quebec in 1953 Interestingly, he and  Rtn. Norm Bush crossed paths when he had been on this earth for about a week and Norm was about one year of age.
Dr. Eisener Shares His ‘Vocational’ Story John Borst 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z

Dryden’s On-line Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op Experiences Explosive Growth in First Year of Operation

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Jen Springett is President of the Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op (CLFC) and has been a resident of Dryden for the past few years.
Dryden’s On-line Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op Experiences Explosive Growth in First Year of Operation John Borst 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z

Dryden Outbound Exchange Student, Logan Waller, Set to Live in Denmark

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Logan Waller has just completed Gr 11 at DHS and was selected as our Rotary Youth Exchange student for the 2014-2015 school year. 
Dryden Outbound Exchange Student, Logan Waller, Set to Live in Denmark</h3 John Borst 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z

President’s Installation and Fish-fry Celebrated with Canada Day Theme

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A Rotary year runs from July 1st to June 30th of each year. June therefore sees the installation of a new president and officers and the retirement of the outgoing president. For the past three years, Dryden Rotary’s annual installation has taken the form of a “Fish-fry” at the local flying club off Gordon Road. 
President&rsquo;s Installation and Fish-fry Celebrated with Canada Day Theme John Borst 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z

Fish Fry & President's Dinner: a Canada Day Celebration

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Trevor and I were talking after our Rotary luncheon last Wednesday, when I took him the list of participants. We decided, since it is our last meeting before Canada Day, to make that an added theme for the dinner. We could even imagine we were participating in the FIFA World Cup tournament. (Sigh)
 
 
Fish Fry &amp; President&#39;s Dinner: a Canada Day Celebration John Borst 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z

Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation Approves Nearly $90,000 to Local Groups

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At its May 2014 meeting the Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation recommended to its membership the disbursement of $87,800 to a variety of local or regional causes.
Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation Approves Nearly $90,000 to Local Groups John Borst 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z

Club Inducts Five New Members

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The May 28th meeting of the Rotary Club of Dryden witnessed the induction of five new members. This was the culmination of the first phase of the 100 day "Get Your 'Ask' in Gear" membership drive. 
Club Inducts Five New Members John Borst 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z

Dream Believers Raise 100,000 plus for Local Cancer Support

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Rotarian, Mardi Plomp introduced her 2014 Dream Believer team and then provided a brief the history of this now multi-year event.
 
The idea of raising funds for cancer research began with Mardi's personal family experience with the disease.   
Dream Believers Raise 100,000 plus for Local Cancer Support John Borst 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z

Chamber of Commerce Enters Into Business Retention and Expansion ( BR +E) Program

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Gwen Kurz, Secretary-Manager at the Chamber of Commerce is presently leading a Business Retention and Expansion ( BR+E) program among Dryden area businesses.
Chamber of Commerce Enters Into Business Retention and Expansion ( BR +E) Program John Borst 2014-05-31 00:00:00Z
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Dryden’s 2011-12, Exchange Student Maela, Starts Rotaract Club in Chambéry, France

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Bonjour ! Hi everyone !
 
Since I had the best experience of my life as a Rotary exchange student in Dryden 4 years ago, I was looking for a way to get involved in Rotary. As I am too young to become a Rotarian, I became a Rotaractian !!! 
Dryden&rsquo;s 2011-12, Exchange Student Maela, Starts Rotaract Club in Chamb&eacute;ry, France John Borst 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z

Two Dryden Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) Teams Compete in Winnipeg With Club Sponsorship

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The Model United Nations Assembly is a learning simulation of the United Nations General Assembly in its structure and proceedings.
 
 
Two Dryden Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) Teams Compete in Winnipeg With Club Sponsorship John Borst 2014-05-19 00:00:00Z

Ring of Fire Talk Ropes in Rotarians

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Peter Hinz, Team Lead - Exploration and Mineral Development - Ring of Fire Secretariat had the full attention of Dryden Rotarians and their guests from City Council and the Dryden Economic Development Corporation as he described the development of the most important mineral find in Ontario’s history.
Ring of Fire Talk Ropes in Rotarians John Borst 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z

Exchange Student Perttu Raising funds for ShelterBox

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Dryden's 2013-14 Exchange Student Perttu Yli-Opas is selling copies of his photography as a means of raising money to donate to ShelterBox Canada. Each picture comes in a frame. To view the photos Click HERE
Exchange Student Perttu Raising funds for ShelterBox John Borst 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z

Alcohol Recovery Program, Teen Challenge of Central Canada, Seeking a Dryden Area Ambassador

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Reverend Steven Paulson, who has served as Executive Director of Teen Challenge of Central Canada for over 20 years, was our feature speaker at the April 16, luncheon.
 
Paulson began by asking two poignant questions: “What is the meaning of life?” And “What are you doing for your community?”
Alcohol Recovery Program, Teen Challenge of Central Canada, Seeking a Dryden Area Ambassador John Borst 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z

Club has lots of questions for Dryden Camera Club Representative

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By the number of questions Rotarians had for guest speaker Doug Robertson from the Dryden Camera Club you would think they all wanted to improve their photography skills.
 
Robertson provided an overview with a few choice slides about what the club is and what they do at their monthly meetings.
Club has lots of questions for Dryden Camera Club Representative John Borst 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z

Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services is New Focus in Dryden

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Former Rtn Maryann Jost, the regional manager for Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS) was Dryden Rotary’s feature speaker for our March 19th meeting.
Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services is New Focus in Dryden John Borst 2014-03-23 00:00:00Z
Dryden Rotarians Invited to Join in ‘Lions World Lunch Relay”
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On Friday April 4th​, Dryden Rotarians are invited to join the Dryden Trillium Lions in an International day of friendship by joining them for lunch at the Dryden Legion from 11:00 A.M. TO 1:30 P.M. 
Dryden Rotarians Invited to Join in ‘Lions World Lunch Relay” John Borst 2014-03-23 00:00:00Z

Dryden’s new librarian provides overview of a modern public library

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Our speaker Dayna Debenedet came to us as chief librarian of the Dryden Public Library (DPL) from New Brunswick, however, she grew up in Fort Frances so is happy to be closer to family and friends.
Dryden&rsquo;s new librarian provides overview of a modern public library John Borst 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z
Club Gears Up for 5th Annual On-line Auction
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Following a brief introduction to the 5th Annual Rotary online auction by chair Marg Saville, members were asked to take letters requesting a donation to the community’s various businesses. These were distributed along with a form to gather particulars such as estimated value and donor contact information etc. 
Club Gears Up for 5th Annual On-line Auction John Borst 2014-02-09 00:00:00Z

Ripple Effect leaders Gord & Deb LeMaistre Begin New School Project in Guatemala

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Gord and Debra LeMaistre have been involved with District 5550’s officially sponsored “Literacy” initiative the Ripple Effect Program since 2009.
 
They are committed to creating a rich learning environment, sustainable schools, and hope for a brighter future for children of Guatemala.
Ripple Effect leaders Gord &amp; Deb LeMaistre Begin New School Project in Guatemala John Borst 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z

‘Rotary Minute’ Videos Great Way to Celebrate ‘Rotary Awareness Month’

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January is “Rotary awareness month”. Dryden's weekly newsletter editor, Will Vermeer shared four “Rotary Minute” videos with the club. Each focused on a different way Rotary makes its motto “Service above self” into action.
&lsquo;Rotary Minute&rsquo; Videos Great Way to Celebrate &lsquo;Rotary Awareness Month&rsquo; John Borst 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z

Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network (DAARN) takes fire in community

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Rotarian Patty provided an introduction to DAARN (Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network) a new community organization with its roots in the viewing of the CBC documentary 8TH Fire - http://www.cbc.ca/8thfire/
Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network (DAARN) takes fire in community John Borst 2014-01-22 00:00:00Z
Club Christmas Social Enjoyed By Rotarian Families
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Spouses, children, grandchildren, and great grandchild of Rotarians were guests of Rotary at their annual Christmas party. For pictures of the event….
Club Christmas Social Enjoyed By Rotarian Families John Borst 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z
10th Annual Performing Arts Evening Held at the Center
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Each year the best of Dryden’s pianists and winners of the Dryden Rotary’s Public Speaking Contest perform at the club’s Annual Performing Arts evening. The meal was once again catered by Nancy Ross caterers.
10th Annual Performing Arts Evening Held at the Center John Borst 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z
Community Volunteer Connections Gear Up for Annual Christmas Cheer Hamper Drive
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Peggy Howard, Executive Director of Dryden’s Community Volunteer Connections (CVC) gave Dryden Rotary a brief overview of the organization at the November 13th meeting.
Community Volunteer Connections Gear Up for Annual Christmas Cheer Hamper Drive John Borst 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z
Club Learns 100 Year History of the Dryden Pulp Mill
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Domtar employees, Gwen Johnson and Bonny Skene, took many Dryden Rotarians on a voyage down memory lane as they shared the 100 year journey of the “Mill” in Dryden through pictures and commentary. 
Club Learns 100 Year History of the Dryden Pulp Mill John Borst 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z
CKDR 92.7 FM Dryden and Dryden Rotary Launch ShelterBox Community Appeal for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors
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NWO Rotarian in Philippines Leading One of Nine Response Teams

Rotary Philippines has issued an emergency appeal to support the ShelterBox response to help families affected by Super Typhon Haiyan.
 
ShelterBox Canada is appealing for donations to support the relief effort. The Government of Canada will match donations made to registered charities for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.
 
CKDR 92.7 and Dryden Rotarians are appealing to all Drydenites to contribute to ShelterBox Canada as a way for this town to help their brothers and sisters in the Philippines
 
Listen to the CKDR 97.2 radio appeal 
CKDR 92.7 FM Dryden and Dryden Rotary Launch ShelterBox Community Appeal for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors John Borst 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z
Dryden Doctor Discovers the Wonders of the High Arctic
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When local anesthesiologist John Dove retired he did not foresee adventures in Canada's High Arctic in his future.  But when the called went out for locums in Nunavut, Canada's new "Territory", he and his wife Alison jumped at the chance to see the "real North"
Dryden Doctor Discovers the Wonders of the High Arctic John Borst 2013-11-10 00:00:00Z
A year in Brazil changes Dryden student's outlook on life
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Rotary's long term student exchange program is one of its most exciting endeavours. Each year one student from elsewhere in the world comes and lives for one year in Dryden. In return one Dryden student lives in a foreign country. Countries involved over the past five years have been Japan, Spain, Brazil, France, Finland and Denmark.
 
In 2012-13 Drydenite, Tyler Wood spent a year in Vargem Grande Do Sul, Brazil, a city of about 40,000 two hours north of Sao Paulo.
A year in Brazil changes Dryden student's outlook on life John Borst 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z
Hosting Student Exchange is Focus of Club Assembly
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Rtns Peter K, Rena M, & Pam B gave us a number of different perspectives on the Youth Exchange program.
 
Peter provided a background on the program from the international, district, and club standpoint.
 
Hosting Student Exchange is Focus of Club Assembly John Borst 2013-10-26 00:00:00Z
RYLA Students Share Their 2013 Experience with Club
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Each of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) students gave us a brief account of their impressions of their RYLA experience.
RYLA Students Share Their 2013 Experience with Club John Borst 2013-09-28 00:00:00Z
2013-14 District 5550 Governor Visits Club
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DG Ed brought us greetings from the District 5550 which covers North Western Ontario, Manitoba and most of Saskatchewan.

He outlined a number of Rotary initiatives of importance:

 

2013-14 District 5550 Governor Visits Club John Borst 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z
Goals and Plans for 2013 - 14 Outlined at July Club Assembly
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At the July 31st meeting, President John Borst outlined his goals for the present year:


Goals and Plans for 2013 - 14 Outlined at July Club Assembly John Borst 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z
Dryden Days of Summer
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Hit by a “perfect storm” of never-ending bad news the citizens of Dryden are beginning to regroup. To the rescue are people like Suzanne Scherban who fostered the idea of holding a Dryden Days of Summer, a street fair aimed at attracting people to the downtown core. 

Dryden Days of Summer Ed Iskra 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z
2013 Paul Harris Fellow Awards
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...In appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

2013 Paul Harris Fellow Awards Ed Iskra 2013-05-19 00:00:00Z
The Dryden Entertainment Series – Continuing Success
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Wonderful concerts, amazing music and talented artists... Take some strong support from the community, add some hard working volunteers and voila! The Dryden Entertainment Series.
The Dryden Entertainment Series – Continuing Success Ed Iskra 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z
Emergency Preparedness - Are You Ready?
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If an emergency occurred and you had 20 minutes to leave you home, would you be ready? That question was posed to Rotarians by Joanne Matthews, a long time volunteer with Canadian Red Cross.
Emergency Preparedness - Are You Ready? Ed Iskra 2013-03-17 00:00:00Z
Rotary Assembly – Club Business and a Chance to Recognize Accomplishments
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Rotarian John Borst provided fellow members with a quick update on the Amarok Society, which is a registered Canadian Charity operating in Asia.
Rotary Assembly – Club Business and a Chance to Recognize Accomplishments Ed Iskra 2013-03-10 00:00:00Z
Do These Schools Ring a Bell?
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Mary Anne Misner, Anna Turcott and Rotarian Will Vermeer really did their homework this time. These members of the Dryden Geneological Society spent hundreds of hours researching the history of 24 rural public schools that used to dot the landscape in the Dryden countryside.
Do These Schools Ring a Bell? Ed Iskra 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z
Red Cross Volunteers Make a Difference in Dryden
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Carol Peterson, Red Cross Community Services Coordinator, recounted how she had been helping a friend who had cancer in 2000. This friend also had some assistance from Red Cross, but some of the equipment seemed antiquated and in poor condition.
Red Cross Volunteers Make a Difference in Dryden Ed Iskra 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z
Dryden Rotary Supports SAFE GRAD
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Schools Out! ..and Safe Grad is a SAFE, all-night celebration for every high school graduate and his/her guest.
Dryden Rotary Supports SAFE GRAD Ed Iskra 2013-03-02 00:00:00Z
Business Meeting Creates an Opportunity to Review Strategic Plan
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Dryden Rotary’s Strategic Plan is now a year old. As Dryden Rotary’s Public Relations Director, Natasha Lovenuk Markham talked about how the 7 annual goals and 22 action items are helping to guide the agendas of current and future Rotary presidents.
Business Meeting Creates an Opportunity to Review Strategic Plan Ed Iskra 2013-02-24 00:00:00Z
Rotary Auction Gets Rolling
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Preparations for the 2013 Rotary On-line Auction are well under way. This year’s Auction chairperson is Rena Madden  who used the January 30th Rotary luncheon to mobilize local Rotarians to personally deliver a letter asking local businesses to donate an article for the auction.
Rotary Auction Gets Rolling Ed Iskra 2013-02-03 00:00:00Z
Dryden Ice Dogs Are All About Hockey and Community
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Dryden Ice Dogs are celebrating their 12th  year in the Superior International Junior Hockey League which has seen many teams come and go.
Dryden Ice Dogs Are All About Hockey and Community Ed Iskra 2013-02-03 00:00:00Z
Adventures in Agriculture - Calder Benham Talks About His Adventure
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Adventures in Agriculture is an educational program aimed at senior high school students and designed to expand the knowledge of students interested in a career in agriculture.
Adventures in Agriculture - Calder Benham Talks About His Adventure Ed Iskra 2013-01-20 00:00:00Z
Path of the Paddle to Join Trans-Canada Trail
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Path of the Paddle is a proposed canoe/kayak water route spanning over 900 kilometers from Falcon River to Pigeon River in the Heart of the Continent.  It’s a water route alternative to the Trans Canada Trail and canoeing and kayaking are part of the “preferred uses” along with hiking, cycling, horseback riding, dogsledding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing.
Path of the Paddle to Join Trans-Canada Trail Ed Iskra 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z
A Goooooooooooooooal! for the Dryden Youth Soccer Club
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Youth soccer dominates Rotary Park. Dryden Youth Soccer has 450 registered players along with 84 coaches.  Soccer players from school programs and senior leagues push that number to 890. 
A Goooooooooooooooal! for the Dryden Youth Soccer Club Ed Iskra 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z
A Short History of The Royal Canadian Legion
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Gerry Gosselin of the local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion gave Dryden Rotary a brief history of the Legion
A Short History of The Royal Canadian Legion John Borst 2012-11-14 00:00:00Z
Innovative Program for 'At Risk' Students Created at Open Roads P.S.
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When student's who were not in the Open Roads Fine Arts program asked their teacher "What do you have for us?" she responded with an innovative program called "Explore: Endless Possibilities". 

Innovative Program for 'At Risk' Students Created at Open Roads P.S. John Borst 2012-10-25 00:00:00Z
Rotary Exchange Student Warms Up the Crowd
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Dryden’s newest Rotary exchange student is Xabier Lizarraga Zubeldia, and his friends call him Xabi (sabbi).  Xabi hails from Pamplona, Community of Navarra, located in northern Spain. 
Rotary Exchange Student Warms Up the Crowd Ed Iskra 2012-10-21 00:00:00Z
Dryden High School Conservation Camp Has Roots in Rotary
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Kathy Boone began her talk by raising her hand, announcing her name and her number,  sixty-five. Any of the 2500 high school students that attended Dryden Conservation Camp since 1957 would all remember the significance of this gesture.  It means be quiet and listen up.
Dryden High School Conservation Camp Has Roots in Rotary Ed Iskra 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z
Rotarian "Dart-meisters" Ensure No Fowl Play at This Turkey Shoot
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The Thanksgiving Turkey  Shoot is an annual Rotary Fundraiser designed to raise funds in support of Rotary Youth projects. 
Rotarian "Dart-meisters" Ensure No Fowl Play at This Turkey Shoot Ed Iskra 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z
Still Me
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“Still Me” is a program developed by the Oncology Unit of the Dryden Regional Health Centre, “created from the concept that if a person living with cancer can be helped to look good, their improved self-image will help them to approach cancer and its treatment with greater confidence.”

  
Still Me Ed Iskra 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z
RYLA leadership experience appreciated by Dryden youth
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At Dryden Rotary's September 12th meeting, we were graced with the presence of the 5 students that we sponsored for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) this year.

RYLA leadership experience appreciated by Dryden youth John Borst 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z
Dryden Food Bank One of Most Active in Region
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Doug Robertson, the new manager of the DrydenFood Bank provided a brief update on the operation of their organization.

Dryden Food Bank One of Most Active in Region John Borst 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z
Outbound Exchange Student Jayme Gamble Shares Denmark Experience
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On August 8th, Jayme Gamble, the 2011-12 outbound exchange student, shared her one year Youth Exchange experience in Denmark in story and pictures.

Outbound Exchange Student Jayme Gamble Shares Denmark Experience John Borst 2012-08-30 00:00:00Z
Dryden Museum - Curator Reflects on the Past with an Insight to the Future
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Leah Gardner, Curator of the Dryden Museum recently spoke to Rotarians about the museum’s past twenty-five years along with the challenges and opportunities she sees for the future.
Dryden Museum - Curator Reflects on the Past with an Insight to the Future Ed Iskra 2012-08-19 00:00:00Z
Club Gets Update on Second Chance Pet Network Shelter
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Marilyn Tinkess of the Second Chance Pet Network (SCPN) was present to give us an update on the SCPN's shelter drive at our August 1st, 2012 meeting.

Club Gets Update on Second Chance Pet Network Shelter John Borst 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z
Margaret Saville's Vocational Journey Takes Many Turns
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Immediate Past President Rena madden introduced Margaret Saville before her vocational talk. Margaret was taken aback by how much she knew.
Margaret Saville's Vocational Journey Takes Many Turns John Borst 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z
A Lifetime of Experiences in One Year - Gustavo Says Goodbye
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At the July 16th  Dryden Rotary Club meeting Rotary Exchange student Gustavo provided us with a wrap up speech after more than 10 months in Canada. He recounted his times at school, with host families, with his Rotary family, and with other exchange students.

A Lifetime of Experiences in One Year - Gustavo Says Goodbye Ed Iskra 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z
Dryden Rotarians Share 2012 Thailand Convention Experience with Club
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Dryden Rotarians. John Borst and Sandra Boyko 2012-13 President-Elect and President respectively provided a brief insight into their trip to Thailand and the 2012 Rotary International Convention in Bangkok.

Dryden Rotarians Share 2012 Thailand Convention Experience with Club John Borst 2012-07-15 00:00:00Z
Forest Fires a Red Hot Vocation for Rotarian Susan Reany-Iskra
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One of our newer Rotarians, Susan Reany-Iskra provided us with her "vocational talk" at the July 4th meeting. 
Forest Fires a Red Hot Vocation for Rotarian Susan Reany-Iskra John Borst 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Flying High at Flying Club for 2012 President's Dinner
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It was a warm and muggy night for the 2012 President's Dinner. Fortunately it was held on the shores of Lake Wabigoon at the Dryden Flying Club.

Rotarians Flying High at Flying Club for 2012 President's Dinner John Borst 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z
Club Visits New Rejuvenated Dryden Native Friendship Centre
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Dryden Rotary's June 20th meeting was held at the new Dryden Native Friendship Centre (DNFC) on Queen Street.

Club Visits New Rejuvenated Dryden Native Friendship Centre John Borst 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z
Club Approves 2012-2013 Budget
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Incoming President-Elect Sandra presented her budget for the year 2012 - 13 at the June 13th meeting of the Dryden Rotary Club.

Club Approves 2012-2013 Budget John Borst 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z
Ghost Lake Trails - Rallying a Community
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Two well known community members, Mike Wood and Chris Marchand spoke to members of Dryden Rotary about their passion for the Ghost Lake Trails Association, a volunteer organization promoting hiking and biking on about 25 kms of interconnecting trails through the Mavis and Ghost Lake area northeast of Dryden.
Ghost Lake Trails - Rallying a Community Ed Iskra 2012-05-30 00:00:00Z
Jai Mashru Reports on his Adventure in Technology
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Adventures in Technology is a five day event for high school students aimed at enhancing each participant's awareness and understanding of "science and technology, the many ways it affects our lives, and the opportunities it holds for tomorrow".

Jai Mashru Reports on his Adventure in Technology Ed Iskra 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z
"Schools Building Schools" DHS Students And Rotary Gather To View Guatemalan School Live
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Using a video link via Skype from the DHS Library to the new Tierral Blanca school in El Asintal, Guatemala that the Dryden Rotary club helped build through the "Schools Building Schools" program in Dryden High School was the topic at the Clubs May 9th, meeting.

"Schools Building Schools" DHS Students And Rotary Gather To View Guatemalan School Live John Borst 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z
Fighting Wildfires in NWO is Bigtime Job
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Dave Cleaveley, who is responsible for all fire operations in the North West region from Marathon in the east to the Manitoba border on the West, was Dryden Rotary's guest speaker at its May 2nd meeting.

Fighting Wildfires in NWO is Bigtime Job John Borst 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Tour Dryden's Leading Edge "Open Roads" Public School
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Dryden Rotary moved their Wednesday April 25th meeting to the site of the city's newest school the controversally named "Open Roads" Public School. The name may be controversal but it is what is inside that is most exciting.
Rotarians Tour Dryden's Leading Edge "Open Roads" Public School John Borst 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z
Dryden Youth Share 2012 National Youth ""Unite and Ignite".Conference Experience
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At the April 18th meeting of Dryden Rotary, Steven Patey, Megan Pinette , Leon Oombash , and Kale Greer from Dryden Youth Centre, (DYC) made a PowerPoint presentation of their trip to the National Youth Centre conference in Ottawa.

Dryden Youth Share 2012 National Youth ""Unite and Ignite".Conference Experience John Borst 2012-04-26 00:00:00Z
2012 Cultural Fair Scheduled for May 10th at The Centre
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The Dryden Area Cultural Partnership (DACP) has announced that the "Yours, mine and ours Cultural Fair 2012 will take place May 10th from 10 to 10 at The Centre on Casimir Avenue.
2012 Cultural Fair Scheduled for May 10th at The Centre John Borst 2012-04-26 00:00:00Z
Happy 70th Dryden Rotary!!!
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The 70th Anniversary Celebration of the Rotary Club of Dryden is being held on Saturday, April 21st at The Centre in Dryden
Happy 70th Dryden Rotary!!! Ed Iskra 2012-04-15 00:00:00Z
Speakers' absence provides opportunity for Club to catch up on business
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As a result of Dryden's new Chief of Police Services, Rob Davis' inability to be present President-Elect Sandra Boyko  reported on her trip to PETS ( President-Elect Training Seminar) in Russell MB in March 2nd, and 3rd. 

Speakers' absence provides opportunity for Club to catch up on business John Borst 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z
Scott Gale chronicles his journey to Dryden's United Church Ministry in Vocational Talk
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Dryden's new United Church minister Scott Gale was welcomed into his new ministry position on August 28th of this past year. Gale actually arrived with a Paul Harris Fellow, awarded in 2004 for his outstanding work in the community of Thunder Bay.

Scott Gale chronicles his journey to Dryden's United Church Ministry in Vocational Talk John Borst 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z
DOS VIEJOS CON MOCHILAS (Two old guys with packsacks) introduce Dryden Rotarians to Ecuador
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Robert Skene, one old guy with a backpack, briefly described his tour through parts of South America this past winter at Dryden's last meeting in March.

DOS VIEJOS CON MOCHILAS (Two old guys with packsacks) introduce Dryden Rotarians to Ecuador John Borst 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z
Pam Brown's Vocational talk puts focus on Morgan Aviation
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Pam Brown is her recent vocational talk focused on her new employer, Morgan Aviation - a division of Morgan Fuels in Sioux Lookout.

Pam Brown's Vocational talk puts focus on Morgan Aviation John Borst 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z
Ed Iskra recounts years in forestry during vocational talk
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Ed Iskra graduated from Forestry at LU where he was a classmate of Rtn Willie Cheslock. He started work with the Ministry of Natural Resouces or Lands and Forests, as it was called in 1971.

Ed Iskra recounts years in forestry during vocational talk John Borst 2012-03-25 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Active in Winterfest

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Dryden is putting on a show with its third annual Winter Festival on the Family Day weekend, February 18 - 20.  Hosting 27 recreation and leisure activities, this celebration is becoming a great attraction for the community.  
Organizer, Andi Kidd spoke to fellow Rotarians at their February 8th luncheon describing events happening on each of the three days.   
Rotarians Active in Winterfest Ed Iskra 2012-02-08 00:00:00Z
A Personal Journey with Polio
Chester DraperChester Draper was born in Emo, Ontario.   At age thirteen, in 1953 he, his four siblings and parents lived in Atikokan. He was an active healthy 110 lb boy, barely a teenager when he and his sister suddenly contracted polio. Polio affects people in different ways. His sister was afflicted in the upper chest and died within 24 hours.
A Personal Journey with Polio Ed Iskra 2012-02-01 00:00:00Z
JUDI GREEN: Our Newest Rotarian
Judi GreenJudi Green receives a warm welcome from Dryden Rotary President Reena Madden.
Judi was born in Red Lake, Ontario.  Her family’s involvement in a tourist camp and bush plane operation instilled a true love of the north in Judi.  Although career opportunities have come up in Southern Ontario and beyond – Judi has made NW Ontario her home.
JUDI GREEN: Our Newest Rotarian Ed Iskra 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z
Dryden Rotary Reviews Its Strategic Plan

NatashaRotarian Natasha Lovenuk Markham recently addressed Dryden Rotary explaining the review process she helped develop along with task team member Joe van Koeverden and others to examine what Dryden Rotary does and how it aligns with Rotary International’s Strategic Plan.

Dryden Rotary Reviews Its Strategic Plan Ed Iskra 2012-01-11 00:00:00Z
Adventures in Agriculture
Adventures“Adventures in Agriculture is a Rotary International program for senior high school students aimed at enhancing awareness of the multi-faceted agricultural sector.  Held each year at the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, registration and travel costs were covered by the Dryden Rotary Club with meals and accommodations courtesy of the Rotary Club of Regina Eastview. 
Adventures in Agriculture Ed Iskra 2012-01-04 00:00:00Z
A Dream in the Making

 

Dryden Mission 

 Jim Shearer, Pastor at the Dryden Full Gospel Church applies some hard work and plenty of enthusiasm for his dream, the “Dryden Mission”.  Located at the corner of Duke Street and Van Horne Avenue, the donated building has essentially become a “large garage sale” site with all items donated.

A Dream in the Making Ed Iskra 2012-01-04 00:00:00Z
Scenes from the Clubs Annual Family Christmas Dinner Scenes from the Clubs Annual Family Christmas Dinner John Borst 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z
Performing Arts Winners Entertain
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Winners of the Royal Conservatory of Music awards and the Rotary Public Speaking contest entertained local Rotary members at the Centre for Performing Arts in Dryden.
Performing Arts Winners Entertain Ed Iskra 2011-12-07 00:00:00Z
Christmas Party 2011 Members Invitation
 Christmas Dinner Announcement
Christmas Party 2011 Members Invitation John Borst 2011-12-01 00:00:00Z
Easter Seals Seeks Support from Club for 2012 Snowarama

 Easter Seals

 Founded by Rotarians, Easter Seals Ontario began in 1922 as a vision to make a better life for kids and young adults with physical disabilities. Dryden Rotarian Roger Gould explained he has been a supporter of Easter Seals for a long time and his family has benefited through the support of their son, Casey, with monies for equipment and Easter Seals Summer Camp. He then introduced Rhonda Harrison, Regional Representative of Easter Seals Ontario, based in Thunder Bay

Easter Seals Seeks Support from Club for 2012 Snowarama Ed Iskra 2011-11-30 00:00:00Z
Four inductions highlight diverse November meeting

4 Inductees Nov 23 2011

The Rotary Club of Dryden grew by four members at the November 23rd meeting when Ed and Susan Reany Iskra, Scott Gale and Jack McMaster were inducted into the club.

During the induction ceremoney it was learned that

Four inductions highlight diverse November meeting John Borst 2011-11-23 00:00:00Z
Gustavo's Neepawa Orientation
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Gustavo's Neepawa Orientation John Borst 2011-11-22 00:00:00Z
DES presents season's tickets to 2011-12 Exchange Student

 Gustavo receives pair of DES season tickets.

At the November 16th meeting, Dryden Entertainment Series, chairperson and Rotarian Angie Bujold presented the Clubs 2011- 2012 Youth Exchange Student Gustavo de Melo Orlandi  of Amparo, Brasil with two tickets to all of the remaining 2011-12 performances.

DES presents season's tickets to 2011-12 Exchange Student John Borst 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z
Rotarian Brian Braid provides Club with overview of his work and family
Brian Braid Vocational talkAt our November 16th meeting Rtn Brian Braid accepted the challenge of doing his "Vocation" talk as a last minute replacement for Dr Hofer who was called into emergency surgery.

Braid began with a brief background on his parents who shaped the person he has become. Brian was born in Calgary but family moved to Montreal while still a youngster. After completing high school, he went on to Queens University where he got a chemical engineering degree.

Rotarian Brian Braid provides Club with overview of his work and family John Borst 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z
Club donates $2000.00 to NWHU Student Nutrition Program
Cheque to NWHU Nutrition Program
Club donates $2000.00 to NWHU Student Nutrition Program John Borst 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z
Club holds Remembrance Day service

Drdyen RemembrancePat Alberts a veteran from Royal Canadian Legion lead the members in a solemn pre-Remembrance Day service. Two young trumpeters began with the “Last Post” followed with a reading by Alberts.

Pat invited everyone to a service at the Legion starting 10:30 a.m. on 11the November which would be followed by wreath laying at cenotaph.
Club holds Remembrance Day service John Borst 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z
Vocational Tour Takes Club to Steven's Funeral Home

Steven's Funeral Home was the unusual location of our November 2nd, lunch meeting.

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Rotarians Bob Stevens and Kathy Rothlisberger, played host and hostess, while the Dryden Legion auxillary caterered our meal.  


Vocational Tour Takes Club to Steven's Funeral Home John Borst 2011-11-07 00:00:00Z
2011-12 Exchange Student introduces Club to his home country: Brazil
Gastavo de Melo OrlandiThe Rotary Club of Dryden's 2011-2012 Rotary Exchange Student is 17 year old Gustavo de Melo Orlandi. He hails from Amparo, Brazil.

Gustavo was our feature speaker for our October 19th lunch meeting, where he made a power point presentation on his home country, Brazil
 
2011-12 Exchange Student introduces Club to his home country: Brazil John Borst 2011-10-27 00:00:00Z
City Council Proclaims, October 24th 2011, 'World Polio Day' in Dryden
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At its September 19th meeting the City of Dryden Council passed a resolution at the request of the Rotary Club of Dryden proclaiming October 24, 2011 as "World Polio Day" in keeping with Rotary International goals.
 
City Council Proclaims, October 24th 2011, 'World Polio Day' in Dryden John Borst 2011-10-11 00:00:00Z
Dryden Club spondsors four Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in 2011
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Rotarian Lisa Turcotte introduced our RYLA ( Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) students  Jake Wickstrom, Abigail Tourond, Alex Urquhart, and Hannah Szmon.  

Parents, Ken Wickstrom and Lois Tourond , teacher Sherry Ambridge, and KPDSB education director, Jack McMaster were also our guests.
Dryden Club spondsors four Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in 2011 John Borst 2011-10-09 00:00:00Z
2011-12 "Turkey Shoot" raises nearly $3000 for Local Community Projects
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Dryden's 2011-12 Thanksgiving Day "Turkey Shoot" raised nearly $3000.00 for local community projects. Organized by Rotarians Willie Cheslock and Arie Hoogenboom cards with 22 numbers on them were given to each Rotarian to sell. Tickets where $3.00 per number or two for $5.00.
2011-12 "Turkey Shoot" raises nearly $3000 for Local Community Projects John Borst 2011-09-28 00:00:00Z
Dolly Parton Imagination Library

The Dryden Rotary Club has agreed to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in the amount of $1500.  Literacy Chairs Andi Kidd, Debbie Lang, and Rotarian Peter Keen will, over the coming year, be rolling out the program, working with Mishkeegogamang First Nation.

The Imagination Library's mission is simple - to foster literacy and a love of reading, by sending every child in a given community, a free age-appropriate book every month, for five years from birth to age five.  A link to the Imagination Library is below.

http://imaginationlibrary.com/canada/howworks.php 

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Peter Keen 2011-09-15 00:00:00Z
Club Internet Auction Opens May 4th

  Link directly to the bidding site HERE

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Club Internet Auction Opens May 4th John Borst 2011-04-18 00:00:00Z
Confederation College describes off campus programmes; seeks out new areas to address
Patricia Lang, President of Confederation College centred in Thunder Bay, Ontario is on a tour of the northwest meeting community members and targeting Rotary clubs in the area.
 
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Lang was accompanied by Don Bernosky, Executive Director of Innovation and Skills Development, Janet Arinobu, assistant to Executive Director, and Angelina Anderson - director of Dryden, Sioux Lookout & Red Lake campuses. The college has also just opened a new campus in Wawa.
 
Confederation College describes off campus programmes; seeks out new areas to address John Borst 2011-04-17 00:00:00Z
Club promotes Rotary Online Auction by holding mini-auction.
http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/d2387f13-ab41-4208-a779-346625b4fb2e.jpgAt its April 6th luncheon meeting, Dryden Rotary held a warmup bidding auction and a silent auction as inspiration to get things rolling and in the process raised $280.00

Chair of the Online Auction Maryann Jost gave us an update on plans for the Rotary Online Auction which will take place from May 4-11th , 2011.

Club promotes Rotary Online Auction by holding mini-auction. John Borst 2011-04-11 00:00:00Z
Evening to Support Literacy in Bangladesh Puts Rotary’s International Service Front and Centre
http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/4faf4a91-206c-4ba3-82e1-1ce0677399f4.jpgCreated as a joint program of the Rotary Club of Dryden and the Dryden District of the Retired Teachers of Ontario “An Evening to Support Literacy in Bangladesh” was a fitting way to end Literacy month.  

Fifty six adults and four children attended the event. In addition another $725.00 was contributed by those who wanted to support the project but were unable to attend, an amount equivalent to another 29 attendees.

G.E.M. Munro combined storytelling with a short video clips to illustrate the work being done by the Amarok Society that they founded.

Evening to Support Literacy in Bangladesh Puts Rotary’s International Service Front and Centre John Borst 2011-04-04 00:00:00Z
CDN Cancer Society Reps Outline Fundraising Plans for 2011
http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/d9c58871-b942-400a-b731-83e6ec9dd687.jpgMarg Paquette of the Canadian Cancer Society presented a short video outlining the work of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Paquette, assisted by Amanda Lupien advised Rotarians that in the Dryden area alone, the
Society raised over $71,000 last year and of this amount, more than $26000 was spent on transportation for patients going for treatment to various out of town centres.

Together they outlined the key fundraising events for this year including the sale of Daffodils, the Hope in the City party being
organized by Rotarian Mardi Plomp, and the Relay for Life on June 3

In the District, the Cancer Society raised over $500,000 from Relays for Life in 2010
 
CDN Cancer Society Reps Outline Fundraising Plans for 2011 John Borst 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z
Mix of Issues Addressed at March 16th Meeting
http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/2301c66d-d0aa-4bc1-9199-f21c859405e9.jpgDryden Students Support Schools Building School

Brittany , Marco, & Maela gave us a short update on Schools Building Schools. They got a late start this year but will be selling bricks and doing a car wash this spring to raise money

Club Approves ShelterBox to Aid Japan Homeless

Istvan K. moved and it was  seconded by Arie that the club purchase a ShelterBox for the Japan earthquake. The club agreed
Mix of Issues Addressed at March 16th Meeting John Borst 2011-03-22 00:00:00Z
Happy Bucks
Happy Buck News for the March 9th meeting
Happy Bucks Mark Vares 2011-03-17 00:00:00Z
Club honours Rotarian Joanne Misner with triple PHF award
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On March 2, 2011 the Rotary Club of Dryden presented honored member Joanne Misner with her third Paul Harris Fellow as recognition for the countless contributions she has made to the club and District 5550.

Club honours Rotarian Joanne Misner with triple PHF award John Borst 2011-03-14 00:00:00Z
Literacy chair shares marketing plan for March 30th literacy fund raising dinner
http://www.crsadmin.com/Gen/Accounts/986/General/0872cb9c-faa8-4ab7-8f6b-dc8260eeb28c.jpgRtn Suzanne B with help from Rtn John B on the computer gave us a powerpoint presentation on the Munros and the work they are doing in Bangladesh.

On March 30, 2011 the Rotary Club of Dryden is co-sponsoring with the Retired Teachers of Dryden (District 35 of RTO/ERO) a dinner at The Centre to raise funds for a literacy project by the Canadian charity The Amarok Society’s Mothers of Intention Literacy Project.

Literacy chair shares marketing plan for March 30th literacy fund raising dinner John Borst 2011-03-14 00:00:00Z
Dyden's "Cultural Plan" once again Club's centre of focus
http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/d6cf20c6-4542-4dd7-8b23-a5a12b030bca.jpgGwen Kurz, the city’s municipal cultural planner was here to give us an update to the presentation she made in the fall.

The process involved consultation with over 300 people and online responses from about 150 people.

Dryden’s Definition of Cultureis  “A sense of place. Who we are, where we come from and what we will become.”

Kurz said, "The City of Dryden understands that the quality of life and economic prosperity are linked and is best built on community assets and by investing in place."

"Many people," she added,  "take such factors as a sense of place, local character and diversity of amenities into account when making decisions on where to live and carry on business." 

Dyden's "Cultural Plan" once again Club's centre of focus John Borst 2011-03-14 00:00:00Z
Rotary PowerPoints Draw Good Response
From time to time I have posted PowerPoint presentations on the Rotary Club of Dryden and/or RI District 5550 website.
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I thought you might like to see how often they are viewed. The most viewed presentation is the PowerPoint on the RI StrategicPlan. It has averaged 34 views per day between January 1 and March 4th, 2011 for a total of 2,160 views.

"The Tribute to Paul Harris & RI on the Occassion of its 106th Anniversary" is averaging 48 views per day over its 10 day run.

To view data on all of the PowerPoints click on more below. 
Rotary PowerPoints Draw Good Response John Borst 2011-03-06 00:00:00Z
South Asian Adventures with the Active Poor – a Canadian Literacy Story

March is Literacy Month in Rotary International.

Books

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G.E.M. Munro
 
Tangent Books
 
2010
 
pp. 241
 
$20.00
 
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Wilf Wilkinson, Past President, Rotary International has said of South Asian Adventures of the Active Poor:
 
“I found this book amazing and couldn’t put it down. I salute the author and his family for their dedication and service to these poor children and their mothers.
 
Enlisting and training uneducated mothers and making them the vehicle to teach others is almost unbelievable. However, it is happening, and that is what makes the story about this project so fascinating.”
In 2004-05 G.E.M. Munro, his wife and family of 4 children travelled to Bangladesh
South Asian Adventures with the Active Poor – a Canadian Literacy Story John Borst 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z
An Evening to Support Literacy in Bangladesh

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On March 30, 2011 the Rotary Club of Dryden is co-sponsoring with the Retired Teachers of Dryden (District 35 of RTO/ERO) a dinner at The Centre to raise funds for a literacy project by the Canadian charity The Amarok Society’s Mothers of Intention Literacy Project.  

Besides supporting local community causes, each Rotary club has a responsibility to support International programs as well. Retired Teachers of Ontario also has a program called “Program Service to Others (PSO). About 25% of the PSO projects funded support education and children in developing countries.
 
Bangladesh, is a country about the size of Southern Ontario and has a population of 140,000,000. The country has over 9000 slums, with a population of 5,400,000. Almost all of them are in cities. Dhaka the capital has a population of 18,000,000; that is equivalent to seven cities the size of Toronto. 
 
Families who live in slums are illiterate and the children do not go to school because they are simply too poor. Tanyss and Gem Munro, the founders of the Amarok Society and creators of the Mothers of Intention Literacy project have found away to bring education to slums in Dhaka and Khulan by educating mothers who must in turn educate 5 children.
 
For more information contact: Suzanne Borst 807 938 6903 or email sborst@drytel.net 
 
 
 
 
By clicking on more you can read these documents before you download them 

An Evening to Support Literacy in Bangladesh John Borst 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z
The Lighter Side
THE LIGHTER SIDE for the week of February20 to February 26
The Lighter Side Mark Vares 2011-02-28 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded at RI's 106th Anniversary Dinner
 
Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded at RI's 106th Anniversary Dinner John Borst 2011-02-26 00:00:00Z
Tribute to Paul Harris and Rotary International on the Occasion of its 106th Anniversary
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Tribute to Paul Harris and Rotary International on the Occasion of its 106th Anniversary John Borst 2011-02-24 00:00:00Z
ATTITUDE
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.
 
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and
90% how I react to it.
 
And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.
Charles Swindoll 
ATTITUDE John Borst 2011-02-21 00:00:00Z
Rtn Kidd shares brief life story through PowerPoint trials
Appearing calm, after solving equipment problems, Rtn Andi Kidd took us through the short version of her life story with the judicious use of a PowerPoint presentation.

Andi was born and raised in Winnipeg with 2 brothers and a sister. She went to public and high school in the city and was an active participant in many sports. We even got a glimpse of her first car, a VW Rabbit.

After finishing high school she headed for Europe. Upon her return she ended up in Banff waitressing. 

Rtn Kidd shares brief life story through PowerPoint trials John Borst 2011-02-21 00:00:00Z
RI 106 on February 23rd.
http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/47c02740-d983-44e6-a06f-fc78bb12d58f.jpgOn 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting. Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship
For more info, go to:
 
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"Our success or failure will not depend upon the machinery of Rotary or its physical growth, but upon the extent to which Rotary’s ideals or objectives are translated into positive, tangible results in personal, business, community, and international life. We shall be known by our works."
— Almon E. Roth, 1930-31 RI president

 
RI 106 on February 23rd. John Borst 2011-02-17 00:00:00Z
Formation of Youth Justice Committee Explained
Bill Hovi, Chair of Dryden’s Youth Justice Committee, (YJC) provided a brief overview of what the committee is expected to accomplish and how it will accomplish its mission.
 
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The program offers restorative justice for accused youth between the ages of 12 - 17 by bringing together youth accused of first-time, non-violent offences, their parents, the victim(s) and victims support persons with a trained volunteer facilitator for a "community justice conference". They work together to find a way that the youth can repair the harm resulting from their actions.

The YJC puts the community and those directly involved in charge of restoring justice in their community.
 
Formation of Youth Justice Committee Explained John Borst 2011-02-17 00:00:00Z
Birthday Wishes

 

 

Birthday Wishes Mark Vares 2011-02-14 00:00:00Z
Fines are Fine

 

As levied by Sgt. Arie for March 16, 2011

Fines are Fine Mark Vares 2011-02-14 00:00:00Z
The Grape

 

going home with Marilyn F

 

The Grape Mark Vares 2011-02-14 00:00:00Z
50/50 Draw
Weekly updates of who drew what & amount in pot
50/50 Draw Mark Vares 2011-02-14 00:00:00Z
Educators, Suzanne and John Borst, share their Vocational talk with Club
http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/3c161fe0-3d5a-4e33-bd27-4fa5b1f5a3e2.jpgSuzanne was born and went to school in the Toronto area. After getting her teacher’s certification, she started teaching in Brampton and it was here that she met John....and they were married in 1965.She is the proud mother of 3 children and two grandchildren. 

After a period away from the classroom and staying home with her children, she went back to teaching part time as well as earning her degree. After moving to Thunder Bay, she became involved in Special Education and worked in that field until her retirement in 1998. 

Volunteering with the Dryden Literacy Association, Retired Teachers Association, and Communities in Bloom has kept her busy since...and now she also has Rotary where she is spearheading a Literacy project for the club.

To read about John click on "more" below 

Educators, Suzanne and John Borst, share their Vocational talk with Club John Borst 2011-02-08 00:00:00Z
DHS Student Katrina Cockle shares her Adventures in Agriculture story
Katrina attended Adventures in Agriculture in Regina in November 2010

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The program is aimed towards senior High School Students interested in agriculture, and is ... 
DHS Student Katrina Cockle shares her Adventures in Agriculture story John Borst 2011-02-08 00:00:00Z
Rookie MP Rickford speaks candidly with Dryden Rotarians
Greg Rickford was elected to Canada’s 40th Parliament as the Member for Kenora in the fall of 2008. 

http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/4546e9d6-7b31-4497-97ee-7129cb86a1fe.jpgHe is a member of the House of Commons Standing Committees on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, and Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics. He also Chairs the All Party Tourism Caucus for the 40th Parliament.

Rickford first moved to the region in 1992 working as a nurse, healthcare consultant and lawyer. His background in healthcare includes working directly with First Nations people living in remote communities.

Greg gave us an overview as to 
Rookie MP Rickford speaks candidly with Dryden Rotarians John Borst 2011-01-23 00:00:00Z
Northern Ontario School of Medicine students speak on their Dryden placements
Our January 12th speakers were Colleen Valenti and Dani Garon. Both are third year Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Students on placement in Dryden for 8 months from September 2010 to April 2011.

http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/0fbaa192-bdb3-415a-953b-0a93156876b9.gifDani Garon was born in Schreiber, Ontario. She attended the University of Toronto where she obtained a Neuroscience Degree, followed by a Graduate Nursing Degree. Garon worked  in Thunder Bay 3 years as an Oncology Nurse and saw strong need for more doctors in that area so enrolled in the NOSM program.

“NOSM is a spectacular program,” she said. “No other medical school does same amount of placements in remote locations,” she added.  Dani has been in Dryden since August and received a very warm welcome both at hospital and in community. In her off time she is a runner and plays on a Dryden women’s hockey team.

Northern Ontario School of Medicine students speak on their Dryden placements John Borst 2011-01-18 00:00:00Z
Winter Festival 2011 to grow to three day event

http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/44653fab-764a-4702-bb27-1eb21ddc5eb9.gifThe January 5th luncheon speaker Allysa Pronger Dryden’s Event Planner supported by Tyler Peacock, the DTMS marketing manager and Rtn Andi Kidd described the plans for Winter Festival 2011 scheduled for the 3 day Family Day weekend of Feb. 19 – 21st.

Using a PowerPoint presentation they provided a brief history of the festival now in its second year. The event is funded by the City of Dryden and private sponsors in order to offer “free” recreational activities to citizens during Family Day weekend.

The Festival begins with two events: 


Winter Festival 2011 to grow to three day event John Borst 2011-01-18 00:00:00Z
‘Reach Within to Embrace Humanity’ is 2011-12 RI theme
17 January 2011 from RINews service

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Banerjee unveiled the RI theme during the opening plenary session of the 2011 International Assembly, a training event for incoming district governors. 

In making the announcement he said, "In order to achieve anything in this world, a person has to use all the resources he can draw on. And the only place to start is with ourselves and within ourselves." 

‘Reach Within to Embrace Humanity’ is 2011-12 RI theme John Borst 2011-01-17 00:00:00Z
Rotary Canada Quiz on Districts
I had to do some research for a project I am working on and decided I might make a quiz out of it. There are 10 questions. Only two show on the home page, click on “more …” to see the other 8.
 
Based on current RI website data:
 
1. Clubs located within Canada exist within how many RI Districts?
 
7
33
23
21
 
2. How many RI Districts with Canadian Clubs only have Canadian Clubs?
 
7
23
6
10
 
Rotary Canada Quiz on Districts John Borst 2011-01-16 00:00:00Z
Holocaust Survivor Attracts Large Crowd in Dryden
When Dryden Rotarian, Angela Bujold, learned from her sister who works as the religious education coordinator for the Northwest Catholic District School Board that they were binging in Holocaust Survivor and author Eva Olsson, she thought it would be an excellent opportunity for the Board to partner with the Dryden Rotary Club to hold a presentation for the community.

Billed as a local "peace" initiative Rotary made arrangements for The Centre, a 500 seat auditorium and Thursday night it was nearly full to capacity with citizens of all ages to hear the diminuative 86 year old Olsson.

Speaking in a soft voice, supplemented with a few well chosen graphic pictures Eva weaved together, the story of her message to school children, her own biographical experience and the lessons we must all learn from this horrifying example of "bullying" taken to its ultimate extreme.

Holocaust Survivor Attracts Large Crowd in Dryden John Borst 2011-01-14 00:00:00Z
Rotary in Canada, 2010 by District 7040
District 7040 of Rotary International is made up of 67 active Rotary clubs in Nunavut, Eastern Ontario, Western Québec and Northern New York State. This video was made to commemorate Canada’s Rotary Centenary.
   
Rotary in Canada, 2010 by District 7040 John Borst 2011-01-06 00:00:00Z
The year 2010 in review in under 2 1/2 minutes
Thank you to newsletter editor Wil Vermeer for the all the pictures.

The year 2010 in review in under 2 1/2 minutes John Borst 2010-12-26 00:00:00Z
Season's Greeting From District Governor Harvey Hanson and Lorraine Hanson.
A special Christmas greeting from our house to your house. May you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends and may your New Year be healthy and enjoyable.
 
http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/c15a376e-df87-46c6-b5d1-b1778373c071.jpgWe are halfway though our year as your District Governor. It has been amazing in so many ways. We have seen and heard about all the different ways that you have helped to change peoples lives and make a difference at home and around the world, as you have been Building Communities and Bridging Continents You welcomed us into your communities, into your clubs and in some cases your homes.  We have laughed with you; been serious, and we have had fellowship with you. 
Season's Greeting From District Governor Harvey Hanson and Lorraine Hanson. John Borst 2010-12-26 00:00:00Z
Maela Cataldi's Power Point
When our 2010-11 exchange student Maela Cataldi shared her story with us unfortunately the Power Point projector did not function well. Although there is no voice over, here is the presentation prepared for that luncheon.
 
Maela Cataldi's Power Point John Borst 2010-12-26 00:00:00Z
Year closes with talks on Christmas Cheer and Food Bank
Peggy Howard, Manager of Community Volunteer Connections (CVC) of which the "Christmas Cheer" is one of three components spoke first. She described how CVC was formed in 1985, under the auspices of the Dryden & District Association for Community Living. and in 1990 became incorporated as an entity onto itself.

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Year closes with talks on Christmas Cheer and Food Bank John Borst 2010-12-26 00:00:00Z
ClubRunner sends seasons greetings to its Rotary clients
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ClubRunner sends seasons greetings to its Rotary clients John Borst 2010-12-23 00:00:00Z
Rotary Christmas Dinner is Family Affair
One of the strengths of Dryden Rotary is the mix of young and old that the club enjoys. No where is that mix more evident than in the Club's annual Christmas dinner. 

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With nearly sixty people in attendance from ages nearly 2 and up the evening was alive with excitement as young and old alike awaited the arrival of Santa Claus and his merry reindeer. At one point President Peter Keen even had everyone go quiet and we heard their hooves as they landed on the roof of the Best Western Hotel.  

Rotary Christmas Dinner is Family Affair John Borst 2010-12-20 00:00:00Z
Holocaust Survivor to Speak at 'The Centre', January 13th
The Rotary Cub of Dryden in cooperation with the Northwest Catholic District School Board is sponsoring a presentation by Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson on Thursday January 13th, 2011 at 7:30 pm in 'The Centre' on Casimir Ave.

Eva Olsson was imprisoned along with her family in a ghetto and then shipped to Auschwitz in a cattle car in May 1944. Out of an extended family of 89, only she and her youngest sister survived the death camps.

Olsson will discuss the power of hatred and the importance of standing up against the forces of racism, bigotry and intolerance.

Holocaust Survivor to Speak at 'The Centre', January 13th John Borst 2010-12-14 00:00:00Z
Rotary Christmas Turkey Shot Raises $3000.00 for Charities
As each Rotarian passed the Greeter, at Wednesday's December 8th luncheon they were handed three darts to try and hit at least one of the turkeys on the board. 

For the past month, fellow Rotarians had been out selling a chance to win a Christmas Turkey at $3.00 a shot or 2 for $5.00 decreasing the odds of winning to 1 in 11.

Ninety three turkeys were placed on a huge sheet of foam board to determine who the lucky winners of an IGA turkey would be.
Rotary Christmas Turkey Shot Raises $3000.00 for Charities John Borst 2010-12-14 00:00:00Z
Club Executive Supports “Mothers of Intention” Literacy Project
At the December 8th luncheon, Literacy chair, Rtn Suzanne Borst announced that the executive had approved her proposal to support the Amarok Society’s “Mothers of Intention” program. 

The Amarok Society is a small Canadian charity founded by Tanyss and Gem Munro to assist in their work to bring literacy education to the poorest of the poor in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

With a motto, “Educate a Mother; Change the World”, the Munro’s who went to Bangladesh to assist in the improvement of the State education system and discovered that due to poverty and cultural factors woman and children in the lowest economic stratum of society were among the most illiterate in the entire world, even worse off than the worse areas of sub-Sahara Africa. 

Club Executive Supports “Mothers of Intention” Literacy Project John Borst 2010-12-12 00:00:00Z
Troy Calleran Formally Inducted into Rotary
On November 3rd, Troy Calleran was inducted as the Rotary Club of Dryden's newest member. A native of Winnipeg MB, Troy became interested in aviation at a very young age and followed his dream to become a pilot. This brought him to North Western Ontario where he worked for Bearskin Airlines for many years and met his wife, Rotarian Rita Letourneau. He is currently a pilot for WestJet Airlines.

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Troy Calleran Formally Inducted into Rotary John Borst 2010-12-08 00:00:00Z
Instructional example
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Instructional example John Borst 2010-12-07 00:00:00Z
Rotary's Performing Arts Evening Entertaining and Educational
 It was the children's turn to educate and entertain as winners of Dryden's Royal Conservatory of Music competition and Rotary's Public Speaking Contest showed why they were 2010's best.

Organized by Rtns Rita Latoureau and Trevor Szymon and MC'd by Rtn Mardi Plomp club members and their guests alternated between listening to the 3 speech winners and the two pianists.

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Fifty-five students entered this year's Rotary Public Speaking competition. 

The first person to speak was third-place winner, Teyanna Dyck, a Grade 8 student at New Prospect School. 
Rotary's Performing Arts Evening Entertaining and Educational John Borst 2010-12-05 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Invited to Attend City of Dryden Council 2011-2014 Inaugural Meeting
Dryden Rotarians are invited to attend the inaugural ceremonies of the 2011-2014 City of Dryden Council. Come and support Rotarian Mel fisher as he continues to exemplify the Rotarian motto  
Rotarians Invited to Attend City of Dryden Council 2011-2014 Inaugural Meeting John Borst 2010-12-02 00:00:00Z
Grandparents Rattle

 

Rattle moving again as Rtn Dave A had a great granddaughter added last Thursday

Grandparents Rattle Mark Vares 2010-11-29 00:00:00Z
Grandparent's "Rattle" Rolls Again
http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/fb827d21-e558-4fe3-95a8-96bfb8826074.jpgOnce again in quick succession the Club's Grandparent's "Rattle" moved again as Rtn Dave Anderson had a great granddaughter last Thursday.
Grandparent's "Rattle" Rolls Again John Borst 2010-11-28 00:00:00Z
Club Foundation Chair Describes New Ways of Giving
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This year's Rotary Foundation chair, John Borst gave us at our November 24th luncheon some background on The Rotary Foundation (TRF) of Rotary International with a special focus on introducing new ways of making donations.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians

Club Foundation Chair Describes New Ways of Giving John Borst 2010-11-28 00:00:00Z
Keyway Report on November 17th Meeting
MEETING
Nov 17th , 2010

GUESTS:
  • Maela, our exchange student from France
  • Marj Vermeer - guest of Will
  • Shirley Anderson - guest of Dave
  • Ken Kurz - guest of Arie
  • Doug Cochrane - guest of Andi

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  • Maela gave us a talk about her herself, hometown and family in Chambery, France.
  • Maela comes from a family of four - father, mother, and older sister who was an exchange student in Ohio three years ago. She also has a dog.
  • She loves rockclimbing and snowboarding.
  • Chambéry is located in a wide valley between the Bauges and the Chartreuse Mountains on the Leysse River. The metropolitan area has more than 125,000 residents, extending from the vineyard slopes of the Combe de Savoie, almost to the shores of the Lac du Bourget, the largest natural lake in France. The city is a major railway hub, at the mid-point of the Franco-Italian "Lyon-Turin Ferroviaire" rail link. Chambéry is situated in the south-east of France, 523km from Paris.
  • The 2010 tour de France came through Chambery and Maela helped decorate to get the city ready for the riders
  • There is presently an exchange student from Sioux Lookout staying in her hometown.
50 / 50:
Brian M could only find the 10 of diamonds

THE GRAPE:
picked today by Walter D
Keyway Report on November 17th Meeting Willem Vermeer 2010-11-24 00:00:00Z
"Rattle" Passes Quickly Between New Grandparents
November 17th's meeting was memorable for the speed with which the new Grandparent's "Rattle" passed between three club members. 

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In one week three members announced the birth of grandchildren. Rtn Angie Bujold became a grandmother on October 28th with the birth of a grandson. Then Rtn. Bob Stevens announced the birth of a grandaughter, Nov. 7th only to be outdone by Rtn Janet Pilozow who became a grandmother on Nov. 14th also with the birth of a grandson.

Hence after, newsletter editor Willem Vermeer flashed the smiling grandparents picture current "rattle" host Lynn Carleson passed it to Angie who in turn passed it to Bob who inturn left it with Janet. 

"Rattle" Passes Quickly Between New Grandparents John Borst 2010-11-22 00:00:00Z
Rotary Rotaract Youth Find New Way to Spread RI Message
Rotaract Regina Auxilium which is Latin meaning: "aid, help assistance, support" has this video embeded into their website. Watch it to see the number of ways its nicely symbolizes the many facets of Rotary International.


Rotary Rotaract Youth Find New Way to Spread RI Message John Borst 2010-11-12 00:00:00Z
Neighbourhood Watch Program Resurrected in Dryden
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Michelle May, an employee of the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board, spoke to us about the rebirth of the Neighbourhood Watch Program. 

May was one of the original co-founders of the Dryden organization in the early ’90s but with her departure from the Dryden Police Service (DPS), the organization soon died out.

Following a public meeting in September 2010 that was attended by approximately 30 people, many volunteers signed up to be a regular member or block/zone captain.

“Neighbourhood Watch is you assisting the police by giving the details required to help us do the investigation or to stop the crime," May said.
Neighbourhood Watch Program Resurrected in Dryden John Borst 2010-11-07 00:00:00Z
Dryden's Exchange Student Meets an Arresting Situation
Never has a teenager accepted with such a grin being handcuffed by two of Dryden's finest constables, in fact by none other than the Chief of Police himself.


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With both the Chief of Police (and former Rotary Club of Dryden, President) Shayne MacKinnon and guest speaker Constable Paul Howarth in full uniform the opportunity was ripe for a little fun with Dryden's Student Exchange student Maela Cataldi of Chambéry, France.
Dryden's Exchange Student Meets an Arresting Situation John Borst 2010-11-07 00:00:00Z
November is Rotary Foundation Month
http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/92429d9b-d3ba-4a6a-b7b4-7160d23c4f23.jpgIt is vitally important that Every Rotarian, make a gift to the Annual Programs Fund, Every Year. When every Rotarian participates, our Foundation will be able to sustain and grow the great work we do around the world and be prepared for future challenges in the years to come.

Think about what a donation of $100.00 to The Rotary Foundation can help provide:

  • Textbooks for one elementary school in Zambia.
  • Hearing aids for children in Pakistan.
  • De-worming tablets for over 100 children in the Philippines.
  • Three cataract surgeries in India.

A gift of US$100 or more changes and saves lives every minute of every day. 

November is Rotary Foundation Month John Borst 2010-11-07 00:00:00Z
LeMaistre's Report on Visit to Guatamala's "Ripple Effect", Tameja School
http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/45237e61-1b2d-4a93-b64c-511d5e5bce64.jpgOur trip to Tameja was eventful, as we travelled about 40 kms past corn fields and an above ground pipeline, following a winding gravel road.  The pipeline takes fuel from the coastal port to the interior of the country. The pipeline and road are maintained by Perenco Oil Company.  

We drove through at least 5 rivers as there are no bridges.  During the rainy season the road is washed out in many places and the rivers rise to a level that makes transportation by road impossible.  

This caused a delay in the construction of Tameja School, as it was impossible to transport the building supplies into the community.  Perenco repaired the road as soon as the rivers' water levels subsided and assisted with the delivery of the building supplies.  Perenco also prepared the building site, by levelling the land.
LeMaistre's Report on Visit to Guatamala's "Ripple Effect", Tameja School John Borst 2010-11-04 00:00:00Z
Visitor Data to Club Website Supports Marketing on Site
The bar chart below provides data on the country of origin for the last 500 visits only. (The free service only tracks the last 500 visits beyond that there is a fee.) As you can see visitors are overwhelmingly from Canada. But advertisers legitimately might ask, "How many of them are from the Dryden area?" What follows is an attempt to provide an answer to that question.

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Between October 9th and November 1st, 114 different computers ("unique visitors") were tracked to the Rotary Club of Dryden website. Of these fully 101 or 88.5% were from within Canada. Of those 54 or 53.5% were from Dryden. If one adds the computers from North Western Ontario, the total becomes 61 or 60.4%.

This is good news for those considering advertising on the site as the predominant audience is indeed from Dryden and NWO.

Visitor Data to Club Website Supports Marketing on Site John Borst 2010-11-03 00:00:00Z
ClubRunner & RI Now Have True Database Integration with “OneRotary” 
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ClubRunner, the leading provider of Rotary club administration and communications software, announced today the integration of its databases with Rotary International – one of the largest humanitarian service organizations in the world with 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. 
 
In a joint effort to unify and streamline member records, ClubRunner and Rotary International, the Evanston, IL based administrative entity that supports Rotary clubs and districts, have been working closely for the past year to establish a secure connection to completely automate member updates while maintaining full control and privacy to Rotary clubs and districts.
ClubRunner & RI Now Have True Database Integration with “OneRotary”  John Borst 2010-11-02 00:00:00Z
General Secretary Reports RI’s Financial Picture Continues to Improve
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The following report was issued the 9 September 2010 by Rotary International’s General Secretary, Ed Futa.
  
Although the financial markets have dropped somewhat since my last update on 20 May and our financial workshops at the convention in June, both Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation made significant financial gains over the previous year and finished the 2009-10 fiscal year in line with our projections.
General Secretary Reports RI’s Financial Picture Continues to Improve John Borst 2010-11-02 00:00:00Z
Canada's Governor General a Rotary Foundation alumnus
Hon. David Johnston, as of October 1, 2010, the new Governor General of Canada, in 1963 was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, (District 6290) to attend University of Cambridge in England. 

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David Johnston is an academic and author. His specializations are securities regulation, corporation law, and communications law. Among many honours, he received honorary doctorates from 12 universities and status as a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Canada's Governor General a Rotary Foundation alumnus John Borst 2010-11-02 00:00:00Z
The "Poppy"
 http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/ef80dd4c-310e-4d71-9eb3-f13fbec09550.jpgEach November, Poppies blossom on the lapels and collars of over half of Canada’s entire population. Since 1921, the Poppy has stood as a symbol of Remembrance, our visual pledge to never forget all those Canadians who have fallen in war and military operations. The Poppy also stands internationally as a “symbol of collective reminiscence”, as other countries have also adopted its image to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This significance of the Poppy can be traced to international origins.

The "Poppy" John Borst 2010-11-01 00:00:00Z
Rtn Carlson latest Grandparent, gets "rattle".
 
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Rtn Willie Cheslock passed the "rattle" to new grandparent Lynn Carlson whose daughter recently gave birth to a baby boy. It is Lynn's third grandchild.
Rtn Carlson latest Grandparent, gets "rattle". John Borst 2010-11-01 00:00:00Z
Some things just don’t need any commentary.

Alice Dancing Under the Gallows



Some things just don’t need any commentary. John Borst 2010-11-01 00:00:00Z
Why join Rotary?
 Wednesday's Oct. 27th luncheon was a special invitation to experience a Rotary meeting. This video is your opportunity to give back to the community through the combined power of Rotary.

Why join Rotary? John Borst 2010-10-28 00:00:00Z
DRHSFoundation Kicks off Ultrasound Campaign with $25,000 from Rotary
http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/07d1b9e6-19d2-44f3-bd9d-14ee875d6743.jpgRtn Joanne Misner, at the Dryden Regional Health Services Foundation (DRHSF), October 25th, Ultrasound Campaign kickoff presented a cheque for $25,000 to campaign chair Andrew Skene on behalf of the Rotary Club of Dryden. Funds for this cause were raised through the Club’s weekly Rotary Radio Bingo effort of which Misner is the organizer.

Three Dryden Lions clubs also made presentations. 
DRHSFoundation Kicks off Ultrasound Campaign with $25,000 from Rotary John Borst 2010-10-27 00:00:00Z
Rtn Mel Fisher retains seat on Dryden Council
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In what had to be one of the most contested elections in over a decade, Dryden Rotarian Mel Fisher managed to eek out a  win and remain on City Council for the next four years. Fisher placed sixth with 1586 votes. Congratulations Mel!
 
Rtn Mel Fisher retains seat on Dryden Council John Borst 2010-10-25 00:00:00Z
Exchange student presents home club’s banner to Dryden
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Maela Cataldi, Dryden’s 2010-11 exchange student presents President Peter Keen with banner from her sponsoring club, Chambéry Challes les Eaux . Link HERE for map of location and picture of meeting venue. 
Exchange student presents home club’s banner to Dryden John Borst 2010-10-24 00:00:00Z
Kenora Rtn Noseworthy Updates Club on ShelterBox Canada
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As a result of mediation a possible court battle between the two organizations was averted but ShelterBox did not get back its mailing list so that persons wanting to get back on the mailing list should go to the organization's website at http://shelterboxcanada.org/index.php and sign up for the e-newsletter.


Kenora Rtn Noseworthy Updates Club on ShelterBox Canada John Borst 2010-10-24 00:00:00Z
When you start with Rotary, good things happen.
When you start with Rotary, good things happen.

Rotary is ordinary people working together to clean the environment, stop disease and accomplish other extraordinary things.

Learn more at rotary.org.



When you start with Rotary, good things happen. John Borst 2010-10-23 00:00:00Z
Patricia Region Senior Services Inc. (PRSSI) Programs Explained
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PRSSI provides supportive housing through the building at 35 Van Horne Ave known as Patricia Gardens. Patricia Gardens provides seniors with an independent apartment setting.
 
In addition, it coordinates the Meals on Wheels, a 7 day a week supper program, that Rotary is involved in. Bradley thanked Rotary for its involvement over the past number of years.

Patricia Region Senior Services Inc. (PRSSI) Programs Explained John Borst 2010-10-18 00:00:00Z
Update on District 5550’s World Community Service (WCS) Ripple Effect Program
Gord and Debra LeMaistre of the Rotary Club of Kenora are currently visiting Guatemala and have sent back the following brief report via The Ripple Effect Facebook page.


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We are currently distributing 475 Q Beta Water Filters to schools in Guatemala. This will provide clean drinking water to over 6300 children!

We are also distributing desperately needed school supplies to Ripple Effect Schools in Guatemala all donated by very generous program supporters. So far, we have distributed 120 lbs of supplies to our schools.



Update on District 5550’s World Community Service (WCS) Ripple Effect Program John Borst 2010-10-18 00:00:00Z
Shelterbox Canada name dispute settled
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The October 2010 Shelterbox Canada newsletter is out and although the lead stories are a “Thank You for Your Support” since June 2010, of over $282,000 and an “Update on Pakistan” where shelter has been provided for over 147,000 people, the exciting story from a management perspective is the news that ShelterBox and Disaster Aid Canada recently completed successful mediation meetings with a positive agreement for both organizations to move forward. 

The former ShelterBox Canada is now operating separately as Disaster Aid Canada. ShelterBox regained the name of ShelterBox Canada which will operate as the new Affiliate of ShelterBox International. 

Shelterbox Canada name dispute settled John.Borst 2010-10-14 00:00:00Z
Bridging Continents by Building Classrooms But a Gap Remains
 http://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/9702c544-b313-4d8c-abe8-9338e369cc38.jpgIt is estimated that there are approximately 70 million children in the World who in the 21st Century get NO education what-so-ever.  So it was heartening to read in the October 2010 issue of Rotary Canada the article “Reading Writing and Rebuilding: Canadian Rotarians unite to construct an Afghan school.” (click HERE to read the article) 

The article by Paul Engleman describes how the Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development (CRCID) under the leadership of the Rotary Clubs of Calgary Heritage Park and Winnipeg lead the project in cooperation with the Canadian International Development Agency to fund a 20 room school in Jalalabad called Nasrat II.

Bridging Continents by Building Classrooms But a Gap Remains John Borst 2010-10-13 00:00:00Z
DES Chair Presents Seasons Tickets to Rotary Exchange Student
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DES Chair Presents Seasons Tickets to Rotary Exchange Student Angie Bujold 2010-10-12 00:00:00Z
Eight Fundraising Ideas Suggested for Executive to Consider
In the absence of President Peter Keen, President-elect Rena Madden called upon members to put forth fundraising ideas.
 
Rtn Borst put forth a repeat of the successful 2010 Rotary Online Auction, a proposal to host an “antique fair” and an idea borrowed from the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona to market Canada Flags for three holiday weekends Victoria Day, Canada Day and Labour Day.
 
Shayne MacKinnon was the best prepared and came with a draft brochure promoting a “Hole in One” contest that he proposed to have happen in early June 2011.
 
Other ideas presented were: a repeat of the Cakewalk or something else by Andi Kidd to be associated with Winterfest; involvement in the 2011 Oktoberfest festivities put forward by Arie Hoogenboom; a Film Festival weekend proposed by Angie Bujold and selling Grocery Cards to local supermarkets.
 
The Club executive committee will review the suggestions and bring forth a recommendation at a future meeting. 
Eight Fundraising Ideas Suggested for Executive to Consider John Borst 2010-10-12 00:00:00Z
Vote: It is a Rotarian Duty
The ballots have been mailed out. The all candidates night is history. The Dryden Observer has published its candidate platform issue and Communities in Bloom has posted responses from each candidate regarding that program.

So now it is our duty as citizens to ensure that our ballot is filled in and returned to City Hall. 

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(Disclaimer: the variations in the above graphic are not meant to present a bias towards any candidate. The variations are due to the simple mathematical logistics of the original signs and/or the absence of signs for five of the councilor candidates) 
Vote: It is a Rotarian Duty John.Borst 2010-10-07 00:00:00Z
Vocational Talk Demonstrates Rotary’s Community Outreach
As if to demonstrate the extent to which members of Dryden’s Rotary Club have influenced her vocation Rtn. Marilyn Findlay was introduced by her sister Rtn. Maryann Legros.
 
Marilyn Findlay began her vocational describing her family of husband Ron, two daughters...one in High School and one at Lakehead University......and a cat.
 
She indicated that her vocation had many contacts with Rotarians...starting with her first boss Rtn. Mel Fisher then at the City of Dryden Public Works Department.
 

Vocational Talk Demonstrates Rotary’s Community Outreach John.Borst 2010-10-06 00:00:00Z
Rotarians Asked to Support Second Chance Pet Network by Voting at refresheverything.ca
To make it easy to vote once EVERY DAY between now and OCTOBER 31st click on the banner below:
 

Rotarians Asked to Support Second Chance Pet Network by Voting at refresheverything.ca John Borst 2010-09-29 00:00:00Z
Progress Report on the Canadian Ripple Effect, Tameja school project
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In an e-mail Gord LeMaistre, of the Rotary Club of Kenora, and chairperson of the Canadian Ripple Effect Program along with his wife Debra, described progress being made on the Tameja School in Guatemala.
LeMaistre said, “Good progress is being made on Tameja, despite the worst rainy season Guatemala has had in at least 50 years. “
According to his Guatemalan contact, Julio, “The rainy season is devastating many places and lot of roads are closed. The construction is going well although a little delayed because of the road problems.” Julio goes on to say as a result, “We have faced extra costs in transportation but we have looked with some institutions to help us to cover that.” However Julio also said, “The help offered by the Municipality has been irregular because they have had to cover other needs.”
 
The school is expected to be finished this year and Gord and Debra LeMaistre are planning a visit in the very near future.
Progress Report on the Canadian Ripple Effect, Tameja school project John.Borst 2010-09-28 00:00:00Z
Nifty Sign to Promote Rotary on 50 Vancouver Buses
According to the September 27th Lulu Islander, newsletter of the Rotary Club of Richmond B.C starting today and running until September 25th, the sign below will appear on 50 Greater Vancouver buses.
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Nifty Sign to Promote Rotary on 50 Vancouver Buses John.Borst 2010-09-27 00:00:00Z
An introduction to Dryden Rotary’s 2010-2011 Exchange Student Maela Cataldi
 
Maela Cataldi
On August 21st, 2010 Rtn Peter Marshall of The Rotary Club of Dryden along with his wife and son met the club’s 2010 – 2011 Rotary Exchange student Maela Cataldi, at the Winnipeg, Manitoba  airport.


 

Cataldi had just arrived from her home town of Chambéry in France’s Savoie Department of the Rhone-Alps Region via Paris’s Oley airport.  Maela lives in the heart of Chambéry at the famous Fontaine des éléphants [In this Google street view you will be looking directly at the pink four story building which is Maela’s mother’s home. You can rotate the image to see the entire square.]
An introduction to Dryden Rotary’s 2010-2011 Exchange Student Maela Cataldi John.Borst 2010-09-26 00:00:00Z
Dryden Fire Service Emergency and Education Officer speaks on Smoke Alarms

At our September 22nd luncheon Reagan Breeze, Emergency and Education Officer with the Dryden Fire Service provided an informative and humourous talk on fire safety.

Oct 3 - 9 is Fire Prevention Week and everyone is invited to the firehall for various demonstrations on fire safety.

The 2010 year=s theme for Fire Prevention Week is 
ASmoke Alarms: A sound you can live with!@ Reagan then went on to display a wide range of smoke alarms....including an alarm that you can program with your own voice to warn children of the need to evacuate the home. 
 
Reagan Breeze also brought along a 10 minute video title “No Time to Spare” To watch the video click on more:
Dryden Fire Service Emergency and Education Officer speaks on Smoke Alarms John Borst 2010-09-26 00:00:00Z
Rotary Club of Dryden Announces $75,000 in Donations

The Rotary Club of Dryden voted, at its meeting on September 15, 2010, to make $75,000 in donations to 20 local charities and organizations. The money was raised by Dryden Rotarians through the Rotary Radio Bingo fundraiser, which was organized by Joanne Misner and Mark Vares.  Numerous Rotarians volunteered at weekly Bingo's to help raise these funds.

Rotary Club of Dryden Announces $75,000 in Donations John.Borst 2010-09-22 00:00:00Z
Membership, your club, and the RI Strategic Plan
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Editor’s Note: At the September 15th meeting our President Peter Keen made reference to a forthcoming membership drive. This article is one item from the RI Membership Newsletter for May/June. The full issue can be found HERE.

Membership, your club, and the RI Strategic Plan


The revised RI Strategic Plan focuses on strengthening Rotary at the club level and provides the framework for clubs and districts to craft a successful future. This back-to-basics plan, with its revised vision and three targeted priorities, affirms that Rotary’s future lies in strong, focused clubs that are well known for their accomplishments.

So why is the RI Strategic Plan important to your club’s membership? The answer is very simple: Dynamic clubs attract new members, and they are a source of pride for existing members. Who wouldn’t want to belong to an action-oriented club whose contributions are improving lives in  their own communities as well as communities worldwide? 
Membership, your club, and the RI Strategic Plan John Borst 2010-09-22 00:00:00Z
Craig Murray of Canadian Tire describes Jumpstart Program
 
Craig & Heather Murray, local franchise owners of Canadian Tire in Dryden spoke at the clubs September 8th meeting, about the Canadian Tire Jumpstart® Program.
 
Canadian Tire Jumpstart® is a community-based charitable program that helps kids aged 4-18 in financial need participate in organized sport and recreation. The goal is to get children more active and prevent the incidents of obesity that is now becoming too prevalent in school age children.

 
Craig Murray of Canadian Tire describes Jumpstart Program John.Borst 2010-09-20 00:00:00Z
RYLA Dryden Reps Speak with Enthusiasm About Clear Lake Experience

  

At the September 1st Club meeting, members were entertained by Rotary Youth Leadership Award participants Morgan Murdick and Chris Renaud, each of whom recounted their visit to the RYLA camp at Clear Lake Manitoba in August with a sense of excitement.
 
 
After travelling to Winnipeg both boys took a van from there to Clear Lake.
 
They talked of the friendships they developed before they even arrived at camp and described how after arrival, they had icebreaker games to get to know each other.
 

 

 
Each day, they would hold a sharing circle where they would discuss different aspects of leadership. Evenings also found them undertaking different aspects of the “Amazing Race”.
RYLA Dryden Reps Speak with Enthusiasm About Clear Lake Experience John.Borst 2010-09-19 00:00:00Z
Former Councillor Gwen Kurz speaks on Municipal Cultural Planning
 
On August 25th, Rtn Natasha Lovenuk-Markham introduced guest speaker Gwen Kurz as her Ministry has funded the position that Gwen occupies.
 
After relinquishing her position as a City Councillor, Kurz was appointed the City’s Municipal Cultural Planner in the spring of 2010, a position that Ontario has financed for a year.
 
After reviewing the various meanings of culture Kurz said her job involves the following:
Former Councillor Gwen Kurz speaks on Municipal Cultural Planning John.Borst 2010-09-19 00:00:00Z
Kathy Rothlisberger & Bob Stevens Bury Their Vocation Talk
 

 
Rtn. Kathy was born and raised in Dryden. After finishing high school she went to Marvel Hairdressing School. When her 2 children no longer required her to be at home full time, Kathy worked at different jobs including Camera Corner, Dufresne’s, Patricia Gardens, and Pam’s Pantry
 

 

With the closure of Pam’s Pantry, Kathy was looking for new work and fortunately was advised that Steven’s Funeral Home was hiring and after an interview, got the job.
 
Kathy Rothlisberger & Bob Stevens Bury Their Vocation Talk John.Borst 2010-09-18 00:00:00Z
District 5550 Governor Hanson Pays Summer Visit to Dryden Club
 
District Governor Harvey Hanson joined us for the club’s August 4th luncheon where he brought us greetings from Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith whom he met in California this spring at the meeting of all of Rotary’s District Governors
 

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 “Building Communities and Bridging Continents”, the theme for 2010 - 2011 year is something that DG Hanson thinks we have been doing for a long time. However, he urged us to think Bigger, Better, & Bolder.
District 5550 Governor Hanson Pays Summer Visit to Dryden Club John Borst 2010-09-17 00:00:00Z
Scottish Friendship Exchange Group Enjoy Dryden Centennial Celebrations

Our Scottish Friendship Exchange Group of Peter & Jean Marsden, Martin & Helen Marsh, Graeme & Joan Darkes, Branavan Pathmanaban, and Isabel Kane, plus the spouses of many Rotarians, and others local guests enjoyed a special meeting on July 30th at the Flying Club where they enjoyed a delicious fish fry.

 

The beautiful weather only enhanced the evening, however, a minor episode with Rtn Dave Anderson was a cause for concern.

 

Saturday saw the group enjoy the Pow Wow at Eagle Lake and the Shades of Blue at the Arena.

 

 

After Sunday breakfast, they were out onto Wabigoon Lake for a pontoon boat ride before coming back for supper at Plomps.

 

On Monday they enjoyed a Centennial breakfast at the Patricia Inn before leaving for Winnipeg where they were met and hosted by the Portage La Prairie Rotary Club.

Scottish Friendship Exchange Group Enjoy Dryden Centennial Celebrations John Borst 2010-09-17 00:00:00Z
Where in the World Do They Come From?
 From where in the World have visitors to this site during the past summer come? At the bottom of this Home Page you can find a "View My Stats" Counter. As you can see we have had almost 3000 visits to our Rotary website.

 

But where do they come from? This map, which you too can access, is one way of showing where "Recent Visitors" hail from.

 

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It certainly looks like most visitors live in Canada and the United States. Yet if you dig deeper you will discover France provided more visits than the United States. Eventhough 24 different Americans visited the site and only 6 people from France visited, one person from Chambéry made 79 visits. Hence the difference in these two charts.

 

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Where in the World Do They Come From? John Borst 2010-09-16 00:00:00Z
Two Summer Anniversaries Equal 119 Years of Marriage

The Rotary Club of Dryden must hold some kind of record as this summer four members representing two married couples celebrated two wedding anniversaries totaling 119 years of marriage.
 
On June 30th Joanne and Bob Bunney celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Then on August 12th, Elaine and Clare Thompson celebrated 60 years of marriage.

 

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Congratulations to both couples.

Two Summer Anniversaries Equal 119 Years of Marriage John Borst 2010-09-16 00:00:00Z
Rotarian's Encouraged to Attend DRHC Social

At the June 9th meeting Rotarian Angie Bujold asked all members to consider attending the Dryden Hospital's (DRHC) Strawberry Social on Friday June 18th.

Rotarian's Encouraged to Attend DRHC Social John Borst 2010-06-09 00:00:00Z
2010-11 Executive Sworn In at June 09th Dinner

 

 

2010-11 Executive Sworn In at June 09th Dinner John Borst 2010-06-09 00:00:00Z
Weekly Rotarifact
In 1989, the organization voted to admit women into clubs worldwide
Weekly Rotarifact John Borst 2010-05-03 00:00:00Z
In Local News
From the Dryden Observer for March 17, 2010
In Local News John Borst 2010-03-18 00:00:00Z
Mark Your Calendars!
Mark Your Calendars! John Borst 2010-03-14 00:00:00Z
Vancouver Olympic Dream: a Rotary Intern'l Video
When 12-year-old Madison skated around the rink to pick up flowers during ice skating competitions at the Winter Olympic Games last month, you would have never guessed she had prosthetic legs. Watch a video of her and some of the other children whose Olympic wishes were granted thanks to one Canadian Rotary club....

Vancouver Olympic Dream: a Rotary Intern'l Video John Borst 2010-03-10 00:00:00Z
February Rotary Minute
Rotary Minute: What is the best PR for Rotary?
February Rotary Minute John Borst 2010-02-13 00:00:00Z
Rotary River Rats Race for Still Me Cancer Program
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The Rotary River Rats were proud to be contenders once again in the 2010 Dragon Boat race for the Still Me Cancer Program.

Members of the team were intense rowers: Istvan Kinizsi, Angie Bujold, Bob Stevens, Kathy Rothisberger, Mary Ann Legros, Anna Traini, Mark Vares, Robert Shorrock who replaced Andi Kidd, Fred Plomp and  Mardi Plomp. Our most capable steersman was Shaun Kurz and our super drummer was Janet Pilozow.

Rotary River Rats Race for Still Me Cancer Program John Borst
Japan's Exchange Student Kayo Narita Reviews Visit
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Kayo provided us with a quick overview of her last 10 months in Canada.

She started with her missing her connecting flight in Vancouver and phoning and trying to tell Rtn Janet of her predicament.

Kayo described her first day at DHS - and how everyone was so friendly...but since she did not understand much English , it sounded like " blah , blah, blah...."

Japan's Exchange Student Kayo Narita Reviews Visit John Borst
Web-editor Borst explains RI "Social Media"
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Rtn John Borst gave us a brief background on some of the social networking links found on our Rotary club website.

Byholding the CTRL key and then clicking on the website link at the top of this page will take members to the club website there you will find icons for Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and You Tube. Each of these sites have Rotary related information.

Linkedin is the best for those with a business interest and has the best discussions on Rotary issue.

Web-editor Borst explains RI "Social Media" John Borst
76 pictures of RI Montreal convention available
Seventy-six pictures of the Rotary International convention in Montreal are now avaialble by linking HERE



Note you can scan the pictures scrolling through the thumbnails across the bottom.
76 pictures of RI Montreal convention available John Borst
City's Waterfront Development to Start with Marsh
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Vicki Kurz,  Economic Development Manager for the Dryden Development Corporation provided us with an overview of the City of Dryden Sustainable Waterfront Development Plan

The City of Dryden has an opportunity to develop a significant parcel of waterfront property on the shores of Wabigoon Lake.
City's Waterfront Development to Start with Marsh John Borst
Club gets preview of Moosefest 2010
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Rtn Andi Kidd introduced Devon MacKinnon, a member of the new Moosefest Board.

Since this is Dryden's Centennial this year, Moosefest has been shortened to a week from June 26 - July 4.

Club gets preview of Moosefest 2010 John Borst
SBS & Inductions Highlight June 2nd Mtg

The June 2nd meeting was highlighted by a $5000.00 donation from Dryden High School's Schools Building Schools (SBS) program and the induction ceremony of three new Rotarians to the club.

SBS & Inductions Highlight June 2nd Mtg John Borst
The TRF's "Future Vision Pilot" Explained
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The following information was shared at one of the Linkedin discussion groups:
By Letizia Cardinale

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

In anticipation of The Rotary Foundation's 100-year anniversary in 2017, the Trustees of TRF set out to develop a triennal plan to move the Foundation toward its second century of service.

100 Rotarian Districts from around the world will participate in the pilot project of Future Vision from 1 July 2010. During this pilot period, these Districts have a unique opportunity to help guide the implementation of the Future Vision Plan of The Rotary Foundation.

The TRF's "Future Vision Pilot" Explained John Borst
Rtn Marshall describes route to EMS Directorship
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Rtn Peter Marshall provided the club with an entertaining and informative vocational talk.

Rtn Marshall describes route to EMS Directorship John Borst
Model United Nations Assembly Team speak to Club
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At the May 19th luncheon, the Model United Nations Assembly Team (MUNA) students described their experience in Winnipeg in early May.

Model United Nations Assembly Team speak to Club John Borst
Norlund LeMaistre Shares 5 Conference Photos
This is one of the photos shared by Debra Norlund LeMaistre from the District 5550 & 5580 Joint Conference on the Schools Building Schools Project


The other five photos can be viewed HERE
Norlund LeMaistre Shares 5 Conference Photos John Borst
Interact age lowered from 14 to 12 years
To help promote the growth of Interact  , the RI Board has agreed to lower the age of eligibility for Interactors from 14 to 12.

Read the full news story HERE

Interact age lowered from 14 to 12 years John Borst
6 Dryden Rotarians Receive Volunteer Service Award
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The Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration's Honours and Awards Secretariat held their Volunteer Service Awards ceremony last night in Dryden.  Of the individuals recognized for their volunteerism, 6 were Rotarians - Walter Denzler (40 years), Joanne Bunney (10 years), Elaine Thompson (20 years), Rena Madden (10 years) and John Carlucci (20 years).  Brian Kenny was also a recipient, but unable to attend.

6 Dryden Rotarians Receive Volunteer Service Award John Borst
Club Assembly Addresses Seven Items
At the May 12th 2010 meeting Acting President Rena Madden took us through a club assembly updating members on a number of matters:
 
● Andi K and Peter M brought us up to date on the Air Show and the volunteers that are needed on the weekend May 22/23 to help with the Beer Gardens
● motion to authorize Peter M to buy 10 Smart Serve online applications and anyone wanting to do the course is to phone Peter
● June 9th President's dinner at Best Western...partners and spouses invited
● June 18-20 operating Bar at Walleye Masters
● July 1 need rowers for the Dragon Boat
● Joanne M indicates another successful Radio bingo year - full report in a few weeks - anyone having suggestions please email Joanne
● Janet brought us up to date on Youth Exchange - Kayo off to District conference and then her Western trip...and then going home in early August.  - Our newest student Maria from France coming the third weekend of August ...some host families still needed.
Club Assembly Addresses Seven Items John Borst
In Mission BC, Rotarians work with CiB
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Since I am the chair of Communities in Bloom Dryden & a Rotarian I thought I would share this excerpt from the Mission City Record for May 06, 2010

In an article titled "Blooming begins in Mission" regarding Communities in Bloom (CiB) in that community this excerpt appeared involving Rotary

In Mission BC, Rotarians work with CiB John Borst
Club Tours DRHC CAT Scan Unit
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Wednesday, May 5th's meeting was a vocational tour of the Diagnostic Imaging (DI) department at the Dryden Regional Health Centre.

After a brief intro from Rtn Angie , we were taken on a tour by Tina Oberg - head of the DI department.

During lunch, ...
Club Tours DRHC CAT Scan Unit John Borst
Internet Auction Closed-Results Available
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Internet Auction is now Closed. The successful bids can be viewed HERE


Internet Auction Closed-Results Available John Borst
Club Seeking Host Families for Scottish Exchange
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Thank You Dryden Rotarians

Host Families Have Volunteered

Rtn Mardi Plomp is seeking three more host families for our Scottish Friendship exchange group.  They will be here from July 30 to Aug 2nd, 2010.  If you can provide accommodation, please contact Rtn Mardi as soon as possible.

Club Seeking Host Families for Scottish Exchange John Borst
Co-operative is a Local Food Security Initiative
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Stefanie Cran and Jessica Symington spoke to Dryden Rotarians about the Local Food Security Initiative.

They asked what were we doing to address Dryden's Food Security Issues?

Co-operative is a Local Food Security Initiative John Borst
DG Morris looking for more Dryden Rotarians
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Five Dryden Rotarians Registered for District 5550/5580 Conference

In a conversation with District Governor Nancy Morris, Peter Keen reports that Morse advised him that registration for this year's district conference ends this Friday.  She advised that anyone else who is planning to attend register as quickly as possible, and at the latest, by this Friday. 
DG Morris looking for more Dryden Rotarians John Borst
Maela Cataldi –Dryden’s 2010/11 Exchange Student

Host Families Sought for Maela Cataldi

Maela, who is 17, lives in Chambery, France near the Swiss border. Maela's father is a lawyer and her mother works for the Government. Her older sister Laura was a Rotary Exchange Student two years ago in the United States. Maela wants to come to Canada to "meet new people, discover new values, a new way of life and a new culture."

Maela Cataldi –Dryden’s 2010/11 Exchange Student John Borst
Bujold & Kinizsi inducted as Paul Harris Fellows
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The club's annual Paul Harris Dinner saw the presentation of Paul Harris Fellowships to Angie Bujold , Mel Fisher, and Istvan Kinizsi by Past District Governor (PDG)  Rtn Clare Thompson
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Unfortunately, Rtn Mel could not make the meeting and will be presented with his PHF later.

Bujold & Kinizsi inducted as Paul Harris Fellows John Borst
On Line Preview of Items Now Available

Link HERE to view over 120 Rotary Internet Auction Items

Link HERE to bid on an item

On Line Preview of Items Now Available John Borst
TRF Direct Available in Canada
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As you know last night was the Paul Harris Dinner where we honoured three members, as "Paul Harris Fellows" for their contributions over the past year to The Rotary Foundation.

Sometimes as a new Rotarian it takes a bit of time to figure out how things work and what they mean. This is doubly true if you take on responsibility for the club's website. In fact I went to last night's dinner not knowing quite what to expect.

As a result something came together for me. If you look in the bottom of the fourth column on this web page you will see two download documents:

TRF Global Contribution Form and TRF Direct Brochure for Canada.

TRF Direct Available in Canada John Borst
Outdoor Burning In Areas Of NWO Restricted
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The Ministry of Natural Resources has declared a Restricted Fire Zone in much of Northwestern Ontario to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 23, 2010, the Restricted Fire Zone is in place and will remain in effect until conditions improve. The fire hazard is extreme because of unusually dry spring conditions which have resulted in increasing forest fire activity. The long-term weather forecast offers no relief in the form of significant precipitation.



Outdoor Burning In Areas Of NWO Restricted John Borst
Club introduced to its new website
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Rtn John B provided us with an overview of our club website home page.

The home page is divided into 4 columns with the left column having many Rotary links as well as the list of our executive.

Club introduced to its new website John Borst
Kick Polio Out of Africa Links to FIFA World Cup
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In the months leading up to the FIFA World Cup in June, Rotary clubs across Africa have been gearing up for the final push to kick polio out of the continent.

On 23 February, Rotary's 105th anniversary, a Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign launched with the symbolic kicking of a soccer ball signed by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a polio survivor.
Kick Polio Out of Africa Links to FIFA World Cup John Borst
Rtn Roger Gould shares his vocational story
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Rtn Roger Gould provided us with his vocational talk. Roger was born in Winnipeg....and was expected to be a girl...and his parents were so disappointed , they left him in hospital for two weeks!!!!

The family moved to Dryden in 1964 and
Rtn Roger Gould shares his vocational story John Borst
Hoshizaki House for Abused Women Sparks Interest
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Allyson Coogan - Executive Director gave us a PowerPoint presentation explaining the function and history of Hoshizaki House.  

Hoshizaki House for Abused Women Sparks Interest John Borst
Schools Building Schools In the News
This story appeared in the Kenora Daily Miner and News, on March 30, 2010
Schools Building Schools In the News Peter Keen
ClubRunner E-mail System Poweful Timesaving Tool
One of the real gems you will find after you login in the "My ClubRunner" (light yellow square) admin box is the "Email Message Centre".  

Click on that link and you will be able to make an e-mail message to any and all members of the club with just one click.

Watch this video to learn how.

ClubRunner E-mail System Poweful Timesaving Tool John Borst
Club’s First Internet Auction Set for May 5th-12th
The Rotary Club of Dryden's first ever "Rotary Internet Auction" kicks off May 5th, 2010. Your help is needed to collect items.
Club’s First Internet Auction Set for May 5th-12th John Borst
Auctions, focus of the March 24th meeting.
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Marynn Legros presented a progress report on the May 5th - 12th Dryden Rotary On-line Auction.

Then Edda Swan presented the Club with a quilt she made for our auction.

Next the club held a Mini Auction. The winners were:

Auctions, focus of the March 24th meeting. John Borst
Progress Report on Tameja - Guatemala School
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The Canadian Ripple Effect Program Committee has just sent us a progress report on the Ripple Effect Program project at Tameja, Guatemala, a school for which Rotary Club of Dryden contributed $1000.00 in 2009.

The project is fully funded and construction will begin as soon as the paperwork is completed and funds transferred. The project partners are 5 Rotary Clubs (including Dryden) and one church. To read the full report including a Backgrounder, Strengths, Opportunities, Weaknesses and Threats LINK HERE or follow the path home page, SITE PAGES, Ripple Effect Program, Progress Report on Tameja - Guatemala School.

Progress Report on Tameja - Guatemala School John Borst
Kayo's Dryden Winter Moment
Exchange student Kayo Narita of Hishino-dai, seto-city, Aichi (Nagoya) Japan enjoys a Dryden winter moment sliding.

Kayo's Dryden Winter Moment John Borst
Breaking News From Rotary International
Breaking News From Rotary International John Borst
In Rotary, March is Literacy Month

(The above Flash Literacy graphic was created by Becky Tsukishima web-editor of the Rotary Club of Richmond BC and District 5040)

by Glenn E Estess Sr.

"In Rotary, we recognize March as Literacy Month. This is when we focus on the importance of literacy and education in our humanitarian service. In my decades as a Rotarian, both at home in Alabama, USA, and abroad, I have seen again and again what a critical role literacy plays in a healthy and productive life.

In Rotary, March is Literacy Month John Borst
District 5550 Gala cost reduced for non-Rotarians
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2009-10 District 5550 Governor, Nancy Morris, has announced, in response to concerns, that the cost of non-Rotarian guests to attend the District 5550 Gala dinner will be $65.00 instead of the daily registration fee of $50.00 plus the $65.00.
To read the announcement LINK HERE

District 5550 Gala cost reduced for non-Rotarians John Borst
Dryden Exchange Student Shares Story with Club
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Michelle Riley took us back three years and gave us a blow by blow description of
her being chosen as an exchange student - to traveling to Switzerland, and to her
time spent there.

Dryden Exchange Student Shares Story with Club John Borst
Club Exec. Provides Update After Speaker Cancels
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Our scheduled speaker on 2010 Air Show was cancelled at the last minute. Instead we heard a number of reports from the Club executive members.


Club Exec. Provides Update After Speaker Cancels John Borst
Presentation of ClubRunner by Doxess
The presentation below was created to describe to the Rotary Club of Dryden Executive and Directors the advantages of the Doxess ClubRunner software. I uploaded it at Linkedin and today discovered that they provide the embedded code to place it on our site.

To see it in full screen mode click on the "full" icon on the bottom left of the presentation screen.
Presentation of ClubRunner by Doxess John Borst
Dryden Voice at Montreal 1975 RI Convention
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2010 is not the first time the RI Convention was held in Montreal.

While I was testing out a Rotary Club of Dryden, ON Google search I stumbled across a Google Books issue of The Rotarian for March 1975. (Vol. 126, No.3) On page 56 appeared this sub-title: The Games People Eat

Dryden Voice at Montreal 1975 RI Convention John Borst
Inspirational Video on Montreal’s RI Convention

2010 RI Convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada, 20-23 June



Inspirational Video on Montreal’s RI Convention John Borst
RI's 100 year journey began in Winnipeg in 1910
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The Rotary Club of Winnipeg is known to Rotarians throughout the world as "the club that made Rotary international. Thus began what is now the 100-year journey of Rotary International.

RI's 100 year journey began in Winnipeg in 1910 John Borst
ADG Knowles McGill Visits Dryden Club
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ADG Knowles McGill began his talk by bringing greetings from District 5550 Governor Nancy Morris.

Knowles indicated that he would have been here earlier but because we have so many programs booked ahead, it was difficult to get a time that would work for both parties.

ADG Knowles McGill Visits Dryden Club John Borst
February 23rd is Rotary Day February 23rd is Rotary Day John Borst
Club Supports Dryden Youth Centre
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Andi Kidd, Community Liaison Officer with the City of Dryden gave us a brief background on the new Youth Centre that now operates at Dryden High School Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Club Supports Dryden Youth Centre John Borst
Dryden Club Banner Presented to Caerphilly, Wales



While in Wales this month Treasurer Colin Sharpe visited the Rotary Club of Caerphilly and presented its president, Sandra Ashton with a Rotary Club of Dryden banner.
Dryden Club Banner Presented to Caerphilly, Wales John Borst
Plomps share story of Rotary Friendship Exchange
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Rtn Mardi and husband Fred spoke to us on their Friendship Exchange to Scotland in September 2009.

The Rotary Friendship Exchange program gives Rotarians and their families the opportunity to host and visit Rotarians around the world.
Plomps share story of Rotary Friendship Exchange John Borst
Will Vermeer Creates Family Day Video
Thanks to Rotarian Will V. we have a one minute sixteen second video segment of the Rotarian Cakewalk fundraising event. The Cakewalk segment begins at 1 min 20 sec. Will created the full 2 min 36 sec video on Dryden's first Family Day 2010 Winter Festival. (Rotary Club of Dryden
Will Vermeer Creates Family Day Video John Borst
Cakewalk Raises Nearly a Grand for Rotary Causes
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With Arie H. at the mic enticing folks to take a chair, and Joanne K as Vana parading the cake for all to see, a total of $988.50 was raised at the Clubs first ever Cakewalk fundraiser.
Cakewalk Raises Nearly a Grand for Rotary Causes John Borst
Rotarian Fisher Gives Update on Life Lease Project
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Mel Fisher provided the club with updates on 'life lease' concept Pine Ridge Terrace. Fisher gave a history on the "Life lease" concept/plan for Dryden. In essence, the proposed building consists of apartments that aren't true 'condos' but that are leased and are geared toward seniors/retirees. After some five years, Mel said the project isn't likely going anywhere for a variety of reasons (Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario, Canada)
Rotarian Fisher Gives Update on Life Lease Project John Borst
Follow Rotary International Social Media Follow Rotary International Social Media John.Borst
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Login Instruction Demo

Need help on how to Login into your personal data then view this 2 minute video

Click on this link: http://bit.ly/cZRlin

  • Learn how to access your club or district site,
  • request and reset your password,
  • login to the members-only area and
  • update your member profile.
Login Instruction Demo John Borst
DHS Schools Building Schools Annouce Bottle Drive
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Rtn Peter Keen gave a brief introduction to Michelle Riley who is the Dryden High School chair for the Schools Building Schools committee. Michelle announced that they would be holding a bottle drive on Sat Feb 20 at 9 AM and are looking for drivers with vans or trucks. Please contact Peter if you can help out for a couple of hours.
Rotary Club of Dryden
DHS Schools Building Schools Annouce Bottle Drive John Borst
Benham shares "Adventures in Agriculture" Story
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David Benham was sponsored by DHS and the Rotary club to attend Adventures in Agriculture in Regina.

The Program ran from November 25th-29th, 2009 in Regina. Twenty high school students entering Grade 11 or 12 in September who were sponsored by Rotary Clubs in Rotary Districts 5550, 5360 or 5370 participated

Benham shares "Adventures in Agriculture" Story John Borst
From RVM-Finding Their Vision: RI
Young journalists travel the world making documentary films under a scholarship program sponsored by Rotary's French regional magazine, Le Rotarien. (This 10 minute video is from Rotary Video Magazine) (Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario Canada)


From RVM-Finding Their Vision: RI John Borst
District 9790 Tells History of the Rotary Wheel
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Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario, Canada
The District 9790 history of the Rotary Wheel Begins this way:

A long serving member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Wanganui Inc was the late Ron Russell . He was inducted into the club in June 1946. Sometime back before his death, he approached Rotary International, through the General Secretary, seeking information about the Rotary Wheel and the legend surrounding it. All the information he got, was the official evolution story, of the wagon wheel, eventually becoming the gear wheel, we now know. No legend, no story.

Ron Russell then set out to encapsulate the meaning of the Rotary Wheel, and his little sermon was presented, posthumously, at a club meeting. Here is the lesson for your perusal and use.

To read the rest of the story and see four copy-righted pictures of the wheels from 1906, 1910, 1913 and 1926 LINK HERE.

District 9790 Tells History of the Rotary Wheel John Borst
IN MEMORIAM
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Remembering former Club President and active Rotarian Ian Nixon - who was taken from us far too early.

1960 - Jan 29, 2009 (Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario, Canada)
IN MEMORIAM John Borst
Lyle speaks on Leadership Training for Youth
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Rtn Brian K introduced David as being the son of Betty Lyle....who belongs to one of the most famous organizations in the Province - Retired Teachers  of Ontario (RTO)

David was born and raised in Dryden - Faced with a learning disability, Dave chose not to slip through the cracks in high school. Instead, he found his place in leadership training. (Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario, Canada)
Lyle speaks on Leadership Training for Youth John Borst
Nearly 100 Attend Community Matters Forum
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The third Object of Rotary is "The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business and community life." As Rotarians the future vitality of our community is of vital importance.

Nearly 100 Drydenites took the opportunity to influence Dryden's future by attending the Feb 2nd Community Matters forum. Rotarians spotted at the Forum were Arie H, Mel F., Angie B., John C., Bruce W and John B.
Nearly 100 Attend Community Matters Forum John Borst
Schools Building Schools
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Dryden SBS Organizers Hit the News.  Organizer Training on January 30.


Schools Building Schools Peter Keen
Dryden Rotary Helps Haiti, by buying Shelterbox
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At our January 20th meeting President Joanne Kusnick asked us to give $1000.00 as a club to purchase a ShelterBox through CanadaHelps for relief in Haiti. (Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario, Canada)

As the picture below shows please make sure you have "Haiti Disater Relief" showing and in the "message/instructions box" please write "Pay it Forward - Dryden Rotary"

 

If you need assistance please call Peter Keen at 938 1877 or e-mail him at

peterckeen@hotmail.com

To learn more watch this Rotary video in which photographer and first responder Mark Pearson reports on emergency relief efforts by UK-based charity ShelterBox, a grassroots disaster relief organization supported by Rotary clubs worldwide.



Dryden Rotary Helps Haiti, by buying Shelterbox John Borst
Kayo tries curling in Melfort, Saskatchewan
During her visit to the Rotary Club of Melfort, Saskatchwan our exchange student Kayo Narita from Nagoya (AICHI) Japan tried her hand at one of Canada's favourite winter sports, curling.

I have been trying to learn how to put a large picture into the text of an article, as you can see I finally did it. (Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario, Canada)


Kayo tries curling in Melfort, Saskatchewan John Borst
Club Rich With Fundraising Ideas

Internet Auction Chosen From Among Suggestions


At the January 20th meeting members were asked to provide suggestions for fundraisers that we could do without requiring a lottery licence.

A number of interesting suggestions were made including:
  • a wine or beer tasting evening ,
  • snow golf on Wabigoon Lake,
  • an antique show during Dryden's big birthday week in early August,
  • a hole in one contest, and
  • an internet auction.
After some discussion, it was decided that we would go with the internet auction and Joanne K would contact the Kenora club as one of their members had volunteered to let us use his programs and run it for us. All members were urged to start thinking of things to donate or businesses to contact. (Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario, Canada)
Club Rich With Fundraising Ideas John Borst
Four New Rotarians Inducted
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Four of our newest Rotarians - John Borst, Suzanne Borst, Marilyn
Findlay, and Stirling Halvorsen were inducted into the club at the meeting on January 20th.
Four New Rotarians Inducted John Borst
Rotary Newsletter Goes Electronic
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"Rotary World" Newsletter to be replaced with Electronic "Rotary Leader", April 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

To better meet the needs of Rotary's club and district leaders, RI is replacing the Rotary World newsletter with Rotary Leader, an electronic publication featuring practical information about everyday tasks, specifically for club and district officers.

Read more HERE
Rotary Newsletter Goes Electronic John Borst
2010 - 2011 International Theme Announcement
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Watch a 2 minute video clip from the 2010 International Assembly Theme Speech by Ray Klinginsmith, RI President-elect (Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario, Canada)

http://www.youtube.com/rotaryinternational#p/u
2010 - 2011 International Theme Announcement John Borst
Rita Letourneau Gives Vocational Talk
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Our own Rita L gave us her vocational talk
(Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario, Canada)
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  • Rita was born and grew up in Sioux Lookout of a First Nations mother and father from Quebec
  • She went away to school and graduated as a nurse...but has never practiced as such
Rita Letourneau Gives Vocational Talk John Borst
How secure is all this data?
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No need to worry. ClubRunner secures all your private information using the latest security technologies.
How secure is all this data? John Borst
Don't forget the eBulletin!
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ClubRunner makes it easy to publish your eBulletin, and send to all your members and friends.
Don't forget the eBulletin! John Borst
Welcome to our new website!
We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively. (Rotary Club of Dryden, Ontario, Canada)
Welcome to our new website! John Borst
 

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