Posted by John Borst on Jun 11, 2017
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This slide share from the RI Atlanta Convention provides a comparison of data for Club Collaborator, DACdb, Roster on Wheels and ClubRunner
ClubRunner's place among the 4 major RI website providers John Borst 2017-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 17, 2017
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“The finish line is in sight!” says R.I., V.P. Jennifer Jones in this TED Talk – PurdueU video. Watch this 15 minute talk to learn how Rotary got into the business of the eradication of polio, the sheer magnitude of organizational effort required to save millions of lives, and how threats and violence have been responded to by those doing the immunization in the three countries that remain.
Just how close is “This close!” in Rotary’s eradication of Polio campaign 2017-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Will Vermeer on May 14, 2017
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Approximately 100 Rotarians and guests converged on The Centre in Dryden on April 22nd for the celebration of 75 years of Rotary in Dryden.
Club Celebrates 75 years of Rotary in Dryden Will Vermeer 2017-05-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 26, 2017
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The quality of any community is measured by the educational opportunities available to its citizens. Forty-two years ago Dryden became the second Northwestern Ontario community to establish a satellite campus of Thunder Bay’s Confederation College which had been established just eight years earlier.
THE DRYDEN CAMPUS STORY OF CONFEDERATION COLLEGE John Borst 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 19, 2017
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April 19th saw the induction of two new Dryden Rotarians: Leanna Bullock and Lee Ann Benson.
Club inducts two new members John Borst 2017-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 12, 2017
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2020 is the year the Treasury Metals Gold and Silver mine is projected to go into production mine Vice-President Norm Bush told the Dryden Rotary club at the April 12th meeting.
 
Treasury Metals projects production start in 2020. John Borst 2017-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 05, 2017
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Al Skene, President of Skene Transfer and Supply, using video shared the story of what hauling freight across ice roads in North Western Ontario is really like
Ice Road Hauling in NWO: the Real Story John Borst 2017-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 27, 2017
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by Corrine Gregory
 
Last week I asked my Rotary newsletter members this intriguing question. The answers I received were very interesting, particularly since everyone seemed to have a very passionate opinion about why "of course it HAS to be Question X!"
Of the Four Questions in the 4-Way Test which is most important and why? 2017-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 22, 2017
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Guest speaker Roy Napish, shared an oral history of his culture, comments on the role of treaties and his experience with residential schools.
Roy Napish Shares Indigenous Cultural Views with Club John Borst 2017-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 15, 2017
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Jim Blight, General Manager of local Domtar mill, provided the club with an overview of the current Domtar operations and their future plans to transition to local operations.
Blight Provides Club with a Glimpse of Mill’s Future John Borst 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 08, 2017
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Clare Thompson, the Club’s only Past District Governor, shared interesting and humourous insights on the history of Dryden Rotary over the past 40 years ago.
Clare Thompson shares stories from the club’s past John Borst 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 01, 2017
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MP Robert Nault was here to bring us an update on activities in Ottawa, but first he wished the Rotary club a Happy 75th birthday and then mentioned Canada’s 150th anniversary.
 
MP Robert Nault brings a political update to club John Borst 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 15, 2017
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It was the club’s first spaghetti dinner evening.  Rtn. Chuck Schmitt presented a preview of the next fundraising drive at the hospital for a new CT Scanner as well as an update at the hospital’s hirings.
Club Receives Update on DRHC, CT Scanner Campaign at First Annual Spaghetti Dinner Evening John Borst 2017-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 15, 2017
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Rtn. Joanne Bunny presented President Carl Eisner with a $1000.00 donation from Walter’s Auto Body in memory of past Rotarian Walter Denzler, the founder of Walter’s Auto Body.
Walter’s Auto Body donates $1000.00 in Memory of Walter Denzler the Company’s Founder. John Borst 2017-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 08, 2017
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Rotarian “Carm” Fyfe as her “vocational” talk shared her family history with the club on February 8th.
 
Carmela was born in Italy and came over to Canada with her parents and three sisters. They first settled in Molson MB. One was later born in Ontario after her father transferred to Wabigoon.
Carmela Fyfe shares family history with club John Borst 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 30, 2017
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Everyone is invited to a Rotary Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 11th, 2017  at the Dryden Regional Cultural and Training Centre. For $20.00 you can experience Carm's delicious home-made pasta dinner, plus salad, garlic bread, and dessert.
 
Tickets are available at the Centre or by calling 220-1105 or 223-4345
Spaghetti Fundraiser at the Centre Ed Iskra 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 25, 2017
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Jim Shearer of the Dryden Mission brought us an update on the progress of his “mission”. He last presented in 2012.
 
The Mission is now a registered charity existing to help families and individuals find a relationship with Jesus Christ through “Serving One Another with Love". 
Jim Shearer brings Club an up-date on the work of the Dryden Mission John Borst 2017-01-25 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 18, 2017
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Wednesday’s guest speaker was Tom Ball of MAG Logistics. Ball provided background on MAG Logistics’ September 8, 2016, agreement with Discovery Air to buy DA’s Fire Services business. Final details and regulatory filings are expected shortly to finalize the deal.
MAG Logistics buys Discovery Air John Borst 2017-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 16, 2017
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Mardi Plomp is now a regional Information Referral Coordinator with the Ministry of Attorney General who helps people experiencing a family break-up access the right information they need.
 
Her new job is part of a “Better Justice Together” program put out by the Ministry of Attorney General to ensure that access to the court system is cheaper, easier to navigate, faster and brings an integrated feel to it allowing justice partners to share and access information.
Rotarian Plomp takes on Information Referral Coordinator role in Ontario’s ‘Better Justice Together’ Program Ed Iskra 2017-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 15, 2017
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Jakeob Gouliquer and Devon Carr, the 2016 Adventures in Agriculture students from DHS reported on their involvement in Adventures in Agriculture Program, November 23 - 27, 2016 in Regina.
 
Their PowerPoint provided pictures of equipment - the first being a John Deere tractor that costs about $850,000.
 
DHS students Gouliquer and Carr report on the 2016 Adventures in Agriculture Program John Borst 2017-01-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2017
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Editor’s note: the following article was first published at the World Economic Forum
 
By John Hewko, General Secretary Rotary International
 
We are close to eradicating a human disease for only the second time in history. A global public-private partnership has reduced the poliovirus caseload by 99.9% over the last 30 years, but there’s still plenty of work to do.
 
Even before we reach that milestone, the knowledge and infrastructure built to fight polio is being repurposed to take on other global challenges.
6 key numbers in the fight to end polio 2017-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 10, 2017
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It is with deep regret that The Rotary Club of Dryden shares with you the loss of a brother Rotarian, Walter Denzler. Walter joined Rotary on October 24, 1969, and just retired from the club on December 1, 2016, a run of 47 years. We will remember him as the person who led us each week in the singing of O' Canada.  His obituary follows:
Rotarian since 1969, Walter Denzler, passes away. John Borst 2017-01-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 21, 2016
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For our final meeting of 2016, Dryden Rotarians visited Princess Court to share lunch with Rtn. Walter Denzler who has been a Rotarian since October 24th 1969 and retired this month.
Club’s longest serving member Walter Denzler, retires John Borst 2016-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 14, 2016
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Rotarian, Kim Anderson-Fuerst, the club’s organizer of our contribution to the Dryden Meals on Wheels (MOW) program. Kim brought us up-to-date on the programs growing need as well as refreshed our memories on the way the program is delivered.
Dryden Rotarians Apprised of Meals on Wheels Growing Needs John Borst 2016-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 30, 2016
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Rtns Jeannie and Jack McMaster provided an update on the Tri-Club northern literacy project.
 
The three Rotary clubs in Northwestern Ontario namely Dryden, Kenora and Sioux Lookout have agreed to jointly fund a literacy initiative to provide books to the school at Sandy Lake First Nation.
Club approves budget for Tri-club Northern Literacy project John Borst 2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 30, 2016
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At the Nov. 30th meeting Rtn. Mel Fisher provided an update on the 22 unit Pine Ridge Seniors housing project planned for the lot across from 330 Van Horne.
Club hears update on Pine Ridge Seniors housing initiative John Borst 2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 23, 2016
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For the first time in many years, Dryden Rotary’s Performing Arts Evening was not held at The Centre, Dryden’s performing arts venue.
2016 Dryden Rotary Performing Arts Awards John Borst 2016-11-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 16, 2016
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Michelle Teeple of the OPP startled Dryden Rotary with some eye-opening statistics on drinking and driving in the Dryden area.
 
Teeple, a police officer for 23 years, thought drinking and driving by young people was on the decrease until she went into liquor store last May and found it almost bare so asked an employee why?  
OPP’s Teeple shocks club with area drinking and driving stats John Borst 2016-11-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Will Vermeer on Nov 09, 2016
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After a preliminary outline of the origins of Remembrance Day,  Rtn. Will Vermeer gave us an indoor “Spirit Walk”, that is a story about a veteran buried in the Dryden cemetery.
Virtual ‘Spirit Walk’ puts focus on a veteran this Remembrance Day Will Vermeer 2016-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 09, 2016
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In 1992 a group of far sighted Rotarians saw the need for members of Rotary clubs to better train future leaders. In that year a grassroots coalition of Rotary districts implementing a leadership development program for "potential" leaders of Rotary clubs. It is called the Rotary Leadership Institute of RLI for short.
Six Dryden Rotarians Graduate from the Rotary Leadership Institute John Borst 2016-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 08, 2016
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On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 MPP Bill Mauro, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, was in Dryden to present a cheque from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for $124,000.00 to Gary Nichol of the Dryden Soccer Association.
Dryden Soccer Fields at Rotary Park receive NOHFC grant for multi-use complex. John Borst 2016-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 03, 2016
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By Devin Thorpe
From the October 2016 issue of The Rotarian
 
Dressed in a black burqa under a blazing sun with temperatures topping 100 degrees, Hina is going from house to house, knocking on doors. Plastered against the walls of the mud-brick homes, neat rows of hand-patted dung cakes dry in the sun to be used for cooking fuel. Open sewers stagnate beside the uneven dirt roads where children play.
POLIO IN PAKISTAN: IMMUNIZING A POPULATION ON THE MOVE 2016-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 02, 2016
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Henry Wall, our guest speaker and CAO of the Kenora District Services Board spoke on the mandate of the Board (KDSB).
 
Wall began with a brief history of KDSB and its origins in the District Social Services Administration Boards Act of 1998. Its mission is “Dedicated to Improving Lives”.
Henry Wall of Kenora District Services Board briefs club on its work John Borst 2016-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 02, 2016
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By Kalyan Banerjee, Foundation Trustee Chair 2016 - 17

 

Back in 1956, the Rotary International Board of Directors designated a week in November ­urging all clubs “to devote a programme to The Rotary Foundation.” In 1982, the Board determined that the entire month of November should be dedicated to the Foundation.
Celebrate Rotary Foundation Month 2016-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 02, 2016
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By John F Germ, President, Rotary International
 
Looking back at the momentous 1917 Rotary ­Convention in Atlanta, it is difficult to see what could have been ­contentious about the words of then-President Arch C. Klumph: “It seems ­eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the ­purpose of doing good in the world.” 
Arch Klumph’s Revolution 2016-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 02, 2016
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What does it mean to be human?

By Misaki Otani, member of Interact in District 5170  (California, USA)     
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Posted by John Borst on Oct 27, 2016
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The second 2016–17 RI Board of Directors meeting was held from 19–22 September, 2016. At this meeting the Board reviewed 12 committee reports and recorded 64 decisions.
 
 
Big changes coming to RI in next few years John Borst 2016-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 26, 2016
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The guest speaker at the October 26th meeting was Jack Nesbitt of the Dryden Go-Getters.
 
Jack, a retired teacher of 34 years, is a former resident of the City of Dryden who left in 1959 and returned in 2014.
Dryden Go-Getters’ Centre Seeks to Expand John Borst 2016-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 12, 2016
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Norman Sanders, manager of the Dryden Regional Airport (DRA) spoke to the club about the future of our municipal airport.
Dryden Airport, Focus of Club on October 19th John Borst 2016-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 05, 2016
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Katarina began her talk by telling us a little about her home country Finland. 
2016-17 Exchange Student, Katarina Närhinen, shares her story with club. John Borst 2016-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 28, 2016
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Katherine Campbell, Director, Planning, Integration and Service Quality at the Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC) introduced three medical students from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) Virginia McEwan, Krista Dowhos, and Lauren Turner.

 

All three are third-year students and provided the club with a background story on their journey on the road to becoming a doctor. Although all are our speakers are women about 40 percent of the NOSM students are men.
 
Three students from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine share their stories John Borst 2016-09-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 21, 2016
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) students, Mitch Turcotte, Sarah Urquhart, Jenna Stuart, and Jailla Stuart of Dryden shared videos they made at this year’s RYLA camp.
2016 RYLA students share their experience with club members John Borst 2016-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Sep 18, 2016
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At its 2016 Business Excellence Awards gala on September 17th, members of the local Chamber of Commerce voted to award the Rotary Club of Dryden its "Business Celebrating Youth" award for its support of area youth projects.   
 
 
Dryden Rotary Receives Award for Business Celebrating Youth Ed Iskra 2016-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 07, 2016
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Dryden Rotarian, Brian Kenny is part of a study at McMaster University on the effects of aging. 
Dryden Rotarian part of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging John Borst 2016-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 27, 2016
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2016-17 District Governor (DG), Rod Riopel has been a Rotarian since 1996.  Besides having been President of the Kenora Club he has held other positions in the club as well.
District Governor, Rod Riopel visits club John Borst 2016-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 27, 2016
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[The Dryden club was in receipt of this letter of thanks from Barbara Melara, President, Amarok Society Board of Directors]
 
Dear Rotary Club of Dryden
 
We are really pleased to introduce you to Rahima, the mother/student you are sponsoring!  
Amarok Society Introduces Club to Rahima, a mother sponsored by the Dryden Club. John Borst 2016-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 11, 2016
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Local artist, Willene Moffatt spoke to Rotary about her work as an artist.
 
Moffatt has gone through various forms of art from pottery to painting and is now working mostly with stained glass.
Artist Willene Moffat Shares Techniques of her work in glass John Borst 2016-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jun 12, 2016
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Dryden's new police chief Doug Palson was our feature speaker at our June 8th meeting. 
 
Chief Palson was raised in the Interlake area in Manitoba, is of Metis descent, and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and Brandon University.
Police Chief Palson Introduces himself & his approach to policing to club John Borst 2016-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jun 10, 2016
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Sandra gave us a wonderful oral and pictorial history of her time in Canada.
 
Her presentation alternated between showing PowerPoint pictures and telling stories of her experience.
2015-16 Exchange Student Sandra Hraskova Reviews Her Stay in Canada John Borst 2016-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on May 30, 2016
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Sarah Campbell our MPP was here to describe the challenges and rewards of being a provincial member of parliament.
 
One such reward is seeing one of your private member’s Bill passed such as her most recent an item on tracking progress on the twinning of Highway 17 between Kenora and the Manitoba border.
Challenges and rewards of being a member of the Provincial Legislature John Borst 2016-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on May 29, 2016
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Sarah Campbell our MPP was here to describe the challenges and rewards of being a provincial member of parliament.
 
One such reward is seeing one of your private member’s Bill passed such as her most recent an item on tracking progress on the twinning of Highway 17 between Kenora and the Manitoba border.
Challenges and rewards of being a member of the Provincial Legislature John Borst 2016-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on May 29, 2016
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Deanna Pacheco stepped forward to do her vocational talk when the meeting room was switched to the lounge. A vocational talk gives an opportunity for a new member to tell other club members a little about what you do for a living and a bit about your personal history.
 
Deanna Pacheco does ‘vocational talk’ with little notice. John Borst 2016-05-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on May 17, 2016
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Guest speakers for May 11th were Kim Vares and Chuck Schmitt from the Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC) who spoke on Transforming the Local Health Care System and the issue of raising funds for capital improvements.
Transforming the Dryden Area Health Care System John Borst 2016-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on May 11, 2016
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Gem Munro was here to give us an update on the Amarok Society (AS) and their work which has been supported by funds from our Rotary club
Update on Literacy Program in Dhaka Slums Wows Club Rotarians John Borst 2016-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on May 01, 2016
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Gord LeMaistre and John Beringer of the Kenora Rotary club were present to provide an update and a brief history of the Ripple Effect Program (REP) and our club’s involvement.
 
The Ripple Effect Program is committed to creating a rich learning environment, with sustainable schools and the hope for a brighter future for children in Guatemala.
Kenora Rotarians Update the Club on the Ripple Effect Literacy Initiative John Borst 2016-05-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 24, 2016
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Memorial Paul Harris Given in Memory of Rotarian Willie Cheslock

Each Year the Dryden Rotary Club   celebrates the founding of Rotary International by remembering its founder Paul Harris. This year the 111th Anniversary of Rotary was no exception as a formal dinner was held at The Centre. The highlight of the evening was the awarding of 7 Paul Harris Fellowships.  
Paul Harris Fellowship Awards Honour 3 Rotarians and 3 Community Citizens John Borst 2016-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 17, 2016
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Keith Grant, manager of the Dryden Food Bank provided a brief history of the Food Bank starting from the early days when some of our local churches saw a need to help a few families that were having hard times at Christmas time during the late 1980s.
Club makes major donation to the Dryden Food Bank John Borst 2016-04-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 15, 2016
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The highlight of the March 30th meeting was the induction of our two newest members, Deanna Pacheco and Caryl Hron. Rotarian Will Vermeer conducted the ceremony after an introduction of the two members by their sponsor Rotarian Mardi Plomp.
 
 
Club Inducts Two New Members John Borst 2016-04-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 12, 2016
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Sheila Wilson, herself a young professional, was our guest speaker to talk about the Dryden Area Young Professionals Network (DAYPN)
 
The need to pay attention to and attract more young people to consider a business career in the Dryden area was identified by the DDDC in a 2014.survey of Dryden and area businesses.
Dryden Area Young Professionals Network Established John Borst 2016-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 26, 2016
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Guest speaker, Joan Schneider’s dive into the quilting business was much like not being able to swim when all of a sudden you are thrust into the water and have to learn in a hurry.
 
Her delve into quilting began when she and her husband were driving by the vacant Oxdrift Public School when her husband casually said they should “buy it”. 
Buying School Leads to the Unexpected in Quilting John Borst 2016-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 23, 2016
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At its meeting on March 16, 2016 The Dryden Rotary Club presented a cheque to the Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network (DAARN). The cheque was in the $2,500 to continue to improve race relations in Dryden and the surrounding area.
Club Supports DAARN with a Cheque John Borst 2016-03-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 20, 2016
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Ziggy Beardy, project officer with the Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board (SLAAMB http://www.slaamb.on.ca/profile ) shared with Dryden Rotary a short history of the L’ll Bands Hockey Tournament that is now held in Dryden for a week each February. 
History of 'L’ll Bands' Hockey Tournament Shared with Club John Borst 2016-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 15, 2016
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Our program for Wednesday March 9th featured Tammy Rollins speaking to Rotary on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and how it applies to Patrician Gardens, its staff and volunteers.
Understanding of AODA Necessary for Meals on Wheels Volunteers John Borst 2016-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 06, 2016
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When you are the editor of a small town weekly newspaper, people what to know what kind of guy or woman you are.
 
Locally, the editor of our town newspaper, The Dryden Observer is Chris Marchand. On Wednesday last, Chris shared a few highlights from his life story with Dryden Rotary
Getting to Know the Editor of Dryden’s Weekly Newspaper, 'The Observer' John Borst 2016-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 28, 2016
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Monique Watford and Lori Russell of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Susan Traini of the Dryden Area Family Health (DAFH)Team spoke to Dryden, Rotary about dementia, and the  importance of building a dementia-friendly community.
CMHA & DAFH Promote Dementia-Friendly Community John Borst 2016-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 22, 2016
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Mayor Greg Wilson began his presentation with a portion of a report which had been requested by our Member of Parliament Bob Nault.  The Trudeau Liberal government was looking for “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects.
Mayor Wilson Shares Plans for Dryden with Club John Borst 2016-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 11, 2016
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James Blasé, a Partner with, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Consulting, and who serves clients across Manitoba and Northwest Ontario was our keynote speaker at the February 10th meeting of Dryden, Rotary.
Principles by which a Company Can Become Stronger, Competitive and Profitable John Borst 2016-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 08, 2016
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At the February 3rd Rotary luncheon, Gary Nickle gave the Rotary Club of Dryden a status update on the proposed change room facilities at the soccer fields in Rotary Park. 
Club Gets Planning Update for Soccer Club House at Rotary Park John Borst 2016-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 27, 2016
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Ernie Remillard, a hometown boy who left Dryden and came back after many years in Southern Ontario to head up the Northern Lights Credit Union as CEO in 2012 shared with the club NLCU’s merger with the Thamesville Community Credit Union (TCU) and the formation of a new credit union to be called Nexus Community Credit Union.
Remillard Describes the Creation of NEXUS Community Credit Union to Club John Borst 2016-01-27 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 20, 2016
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From time to time a club luncheon focuses on the business of the club rather than having a guest speaker. This is called an “Assembly”.
 
The January 20th luncheon was such a meeting and was led by President Jack McMaster.
Assembly Updates Club on a Variety of Initiatives John Borst 2016-01-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 09, 2016
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Izzy Harvey and Meghan Lovett were Dryden High School students visiting to tell us us bit about their time at Adventures in Agriculture, a program sponsored by the Club and District 5550.
Adventures in Agriculture is a Big Deal in Western Canada, Eh! John Borst 2016-01-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 20, 2015
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At some point shortly after joining Rotary each new member provides the club with a brief presentation of their life story. This is called a “vocational talk”. Thus on Wednesday December 16th Rtn. James Kroeker was called upon to share his “vocational talk.”
 
Rotarian James Kroeker Entertains Club with his Life Story John Borst 2015-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 15, 2015
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Dryden Rotary held its annual Christmas family dinner, this year, at the Centre. As often happens Santa made his appearance much to everyone's delight.
Annual Christmas Dinner: a photo opportunity John Borst 2015-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 07, 2015
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The Dryden Syrian Refugee Committee was formed when Drydenite, Jerry Wilson contacted Dr. Ghada Ibrahim because she was the only person of the Muslim faith he knew in Dryden.
 
After talking her into chairing the committee and creating a loose connection with the Lutheran Church community and partnering with the Mennonite Central Committee they now have a designated family to sponsor.
Dryden Syrian Refugee Committee Visit Moves Rotarians to Respond Generously John Borst 2015-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 01, 2015
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by K R Ravindran RI Pesident 2015-2016
 
When the Canadian army liberated the Netherlands in 1945, they found the country on the brink of starvation. Seeing the suffering of so many, and especially moved by the faces of the children, four Canadian privates stationed near Apeldoorn that year decided to make that Christmas special for as many Dutch children as they could.
By Being a ‘Gift to the World’ Rotary Multiplies JOY 2015-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
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Asked to join The Rotary Club of Dryden in 2000 by a Rotarian member whom I respected as an individual, I had limited knowledge of the service organization.  My children were young and we were involved with a business which demanded much of my time.  Perhaps because of these demands; and not being born and raised in this community with a wide circle of friends, prompted me to attend a meeting and expand ‘me’ as an individual.  My subsequent joining of the organization and volunteering also impacted our children in a positive way through their own volunteer efforts at Habitat for Humanity and animal shelters.
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Posted by John Borst on Nov 29, 2015
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With the help of the Rotary Club of Dryden, Dryden seniors are close to achieving the first new modern apartment complex in over 35 years.
 
The meetings speaker, our own Rotarian Mel Fisher, had been involved in an earlier attempt to develop a co-op complex under a “life-lease” concept, a form of seniors’ development popular in Manitoba.
Rotarians Spearhead Grass Roots Initiative which Sparks First New Seniors’ Housing in Dryden in Years John Borst 2015-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 19, 2015
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2015's Dryden Rotary Performing Arts evening added more speakers and piano winners for the audience to listen to, with the result that over 70 Drydenites attended the dinner and performance of our community's youth.
2015 Performing Arts Evening Expansion Proves a Success John Borst 2015-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Do You Know What Rotary is Doing in Dryden and Around the World 2015-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
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Are you interested in learning a new language or meeting new people? Rotary Youth Exchange is the opportunity of a lifetime for the more than 8,000 students who participate each year. By sharing your own culture and embracing a new one, you help foster global understanding—and learn a great deal about yourself and your home country in the process.
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Leadership is an essential aspect of Rotary—and we offer both clubs and programs to help emerging leaders develop their skills. Through these groups, participants strengthen their leadership skills, serve their communities, increase their world understanding, build friendships, and more.
ROTARACT, INTERACT, AND RYLA 2015-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Do You Want to Share Your Skills and Experiences With Others? 2015-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Are You a Young Person looking to Grow Leadership Skills? 2015-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Are You a Young Leader Seeking a Scholarship? 2015-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 14, 2015
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Rtn Roland (Rolly) Swan was a 13 year old boy when the Germans occupied his country of birth, Holland. As a Remembrance Day tribute Swan shared some memories of what it was like to live in Holland, during the World War II years.
Remembrance Day 2015: Life in Holland during the WWII German Occupation John Borst 2015-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Do You Want to Make a Positive Change in Our Community and the World? 2015-11-13 06:00:00Z 0

WHAT IS ROTARY?

Rotary brings together people who want to use their skills, experiences, and expertise to solve some of the world's most pressing problems — from organizing local initiatives like helping to fund new equipment at the hospital, working hazardous waste recycle day, or youth scholarships to global efforts like eradicating polio.
 
It all begins at the weekly club meeting, where members catch up with friends, hear what's happening in their community, and organize club activities and service projects. It's a fun way to connect with the people in your community who share your passion for doing good.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN A ROTARY CLUB?

People like you join Rotary to meet new people and get involved in their communities. As a Rotary club member, you'll also have the chance to:
  • Connect with community leaders who care about issues facing Dryden and hometowns around the world
  • Apply your personal experience and professional skills to solving challenges and creating positive change
  • Network and develop your professional skills, including public speaking, fundraising, and project planning
  • Involve your family and friends in your efforts to improve the world
Learn more about the membership process and member responsibilities. Still have questions? Write to the membership chair.

MEET OUR MEMBERS

Rotary boasts over 1.2 million members in more than 34,000 clubs worldwide. The Dryden club has about 55 members.  In nearly every corner of the world, you'll find a Rotary member who puts our motto, Service Above Self, into practice to make the world a better place.  
 
Here are just a few Dryden Rotarians:
 
 
And here are just a few from across the world:
 

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN ROTARY

If you're not ready to join a Rotary club, you can still get involved in Rotary and the work we're doing to improve lives everywhere. Here are some ideas to get you started:
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The entire process — from asking about joining to becoming a member — is explained below. Explore the Rotary International website to learn more about our organizationour priorities, and the benefits of membership.
 
I WANT TO JOIN
 
By completing the Join Rotary form, you let clubs in your community know you're interested in learning more about membership. 
 
MATCHED WITH CLUB
 
You are matched because of location with the Rotary Club of Dryden. Clubs also exist in Kenora and Sioux Lookout. For all other clubs link here.
 
CONTACTED BY CLUB
 
A member of Dryden Rotary club will contact you, by email or phone, to discuss your interest in joining. You may be invited to a club meeting, social event, or even to volunteer on a service project. This way, you get to try out the club before joining.
 
INVITED TO JOIN
 
If you and your prospective club are a good fit, you will be invited to join. After you accept, your club may hold an induction ceremony to welcome you and commemorate this important event. As a new member, you may also go through orientation or be matched with a mentor. Every club has its own traditions and ways of welcoming new members.
 
I'M A MEMBER!
 
You will have a more positive experience in your new club if you take an active role. Join a committee. Lead a service project. Organize a social event.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERSHIP
 
The first Rotary club was founded in 1905 with the idea of inviting members from a variety of professions. It turned out to be a great way for people to connect with, and support, their communities. Clubs retain this principle today, with members representing a variety of professions.
 
As a member, you will be asked to:
  • Pay club dues
  • Attend meetings regularly and make up missed meetings at any club worldwide, including e-clubs
  • Use your professional skills and talents to create positive change
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Explore Dryden Rotary 2015-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
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Jill VanWalleghem, a local MNR biologist, spoke to Rotary on the growing presence of “invasive species” within the lakes around Dryden.
Invasive Species in Lakes within the Dryden Area John Borst 2015-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 02, 2015
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Local entrepreneur, Kailey Divers, former owner of the Flower Forest shared the story of her new business “Canadian Pure Wild Rice” with Dryden Rotarians. She established the firm in 2008.
Divers Shares Story of ‘Canadian Pure Wild Rice’ with Rotarians John Borst 2015-11-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 24, 2015
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On October 21, 2015 Dryden Rotarians enjoyed a vocational tour at Solomon’s courtesy of Rtn Roger Gould.
Solomon & Sons Toured by Dryden Rotarians John Borst 2015-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 24, 2015
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Wilmer (Willie) Cheslock became a Rotarian on January 1, 1998, having been proposed by Rtn Larry Neely. He passed away unexpectedly October 19, 2015 of a type A aortic dissection or “tear” in his aorta.
Remembering Willie Cheslock: 03 July 1953 – 19 October 2015 John Borst 2015-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 16, 2015
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Ember McKillop of the Green Party of Canada was the fourth and final candidate in this Federal election to speak to the Dryden Rotary club members. Using a slide presentation, she said that the Green Party is "not just about the environment" and then went on to describe in some detail their full Party platform.
Green Party's Ember McKillop Final Candidate to Speak to Club John Borst 2015-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 05, 2015
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The Kenora Riding’s third candidate to speak to Dryden’s Rotarians is Howard Hampton, former leader the New Democratic Party (NDP) in Ontario.
Former NDP leader in Ontario, running for Federal seat John Borst 2015-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
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Greg Rickford, our local Conservative candidate in the upcoming Federal election, provided us with a brief history of his record over the last 4 years. 
 
Rickford Speaks to Rotarians on Behalf of the Conservative Party John Borst 2015-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 15, 2015
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For the third consecutive year Dryden residents have taken the opportunity to dispose of their hazardous waste in a safe and secure manner. 
Drydenites Enthusiastic About Disposing of Hazardous Waste Safely John Borst 2015-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 15, 2015
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The September 9th meeting was held at the Dryden Native Friendship Centre (DNFC) where DNFC Executive Director, Sally Ledger provided us with a brief report on the result of their first strategic plan and an overview of their new 2015-2020 plan. 
Dryden Native Friendship Centre Shares 2015-2020 Strategic Plan With Rotarians John Borst 2015-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 06, 2015
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Dryden’s Rotary Exchange Student for 2015-2016 is Sandra Hrášková. She arrived in Dryden on August 23rd, after flights from Vienna to Toronto and Toronto-Winnipeg. I interviewed her before the meeting on September 2nd.
Exchange Student, Sandra Hrášková Arrives and Shares her First Impressions John Borst 2015-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 06, 2015
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Dryden Rotary’s September 2nd meeting had the entire 2015-2016 Ice Dogs team plus their Director of Hockey Operations, President, Coach and Public Relations volunteer present. Each spoke briefly to the club.
Dryden Ice Dogs Establish Community Outreach Program John Borst 2015-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Aug 24, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Aug 16, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Aug 05, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 29, 2015
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jul 15, 2015
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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 0
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jun 22, 2015
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jun 10, 2015
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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.

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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 0
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on May 21, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on May 18, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on May 17, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on May 09, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on May 09, 2015
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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 0
Access Dryden Rotary Auction April 8 - 14th 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 26, 2015
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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 2015-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 18, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 16, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 08, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 26, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 22, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 22, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 13, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 11, 2015
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 16, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 08, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 29, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 29, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 26, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 23, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 16, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 05, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 24, 2014
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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 0
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 21, 2014
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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 0
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 02, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Aug 26, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Aug 19, 2014
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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 0
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Aug 05, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 22, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 15, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 08, 2014
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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 0
Dryden Outbound Exchange Student, Logan Waller, Set to Live in Denmark</h3 John Borst 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jun 21, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jun 01, 2014
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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 0
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on May 31, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on May 30, 2014
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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 0
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on May 18, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on May 03, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 24, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 24, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 06, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 22, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 22, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 20, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 08, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 06, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 28, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 21, 2014
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 10, 2013
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 02, 2013
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 26, 2013
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 26, 2013
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 17, 2013
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 09, 2013
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 07, 2013
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 25, 2013
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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 0
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 18, 2013
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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 0
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jul 21, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on May 18, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Apr 08, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Mar 16, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Mar 09, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Mar 02, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Mar 02, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Mar 01, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Feb 23, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Feb 02, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Feb 02, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 19, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 15, 2013
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Nov 18, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 13, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 24, 2012
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Oct 20, 2012
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Oct 09, 2012
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Oct 02, 2012
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Sep 25, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 11, 2012
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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 0
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Aug 29, 2012
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Aug 18, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Aug 05, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 31, 2012
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jul 17, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 14, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 10, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 10, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 10, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 10, 2012
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on May 29, 2012
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on May 22, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on May 15, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on May 15, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on May 13, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 25, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 25, 2012
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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Apr 14, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 30, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 30, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 30, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 30, 2012
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 24, 2012
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Ed Iskra graduated from Forestry at LU where he was a classmate of Rtn Willie Cheslock.
Ed Iskra recounts years in forestry during vocational talk John Borst 2012-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Feb 07, 2012

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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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 31, 2012
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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 24, 2012
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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 10, 2012

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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 03, 2012
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 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 03, 2012

 

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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 20, 2011
Scenes from the Clubs Annual Family Christmas Dinner John Borst 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Dec 06, 2011
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 30, 2011
 Christmas Dinner Announcement
Christmas Party 2011 Members Invitation John Borst 2011-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Nov 29, 2011

 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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 22, 2011

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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 21, 2011
Gustavo's Neepawa Orientation
 
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Gustavo's Neepawa Orientation John Borst 2011-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 15, 2011

 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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 15, 2011
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 0
Club donates $2000.00 to NWHU Student Nutrition Program John Borst 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 08, 2011

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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 06, 2011

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

Funeral Home Tour
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 26, 2011
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 10, 2011
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 08, 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 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 27, 2011
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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 0
Posted by Peter Keen on Sep 14, 2011

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 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 17, 2011

  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 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 16, 2011
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 10, 2011
https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 03, 2011
https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 28, 2011
https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 21, 2011
https://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 0
Posted by Mark Vares on Mar 16, 2011
Happy Buck News for the March 9th meeting
Happy Bucks Mark Vares 2011-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 13, 2011
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 13, 2011
https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 13, 2011
https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 05, 2011
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 03, 2011

March is Literacy Month in Rotary International.

Books

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G.E.M. Munro
 
Tangent Books
 
2010
 
pp. 241
 
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 03, 2011

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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 0
Posted by Mark Vares on Feb 27, 2011
THE LIGHTER SIDE for the week of February20 to February 26
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Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded at RI's 106th Anniversary Dinner John Borst 2011-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 23, 2011
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The following PowerPoint was prepared for the February 23rd meeting of the Rotary Club of Dryden which coincided with the 106th anniversary of Rotary.

Tribute to Paul Harris and Rotary International on the Occasion of its 106th Anniversary John Borst 2011-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 20, 2011
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 20, 2011
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 16, 2011
https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 16, 2011
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 0
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Posted by Mark Vares on Feb 13, 2011

 

As levied by Sgt. Arie for March 16, 2011

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Posted by Mark Vares on Feb 13, 2011

 

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The Grape Mark Vares 2011-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Vares on Feb 13, 2011
Weekly updates of who drew what & amount in pot
50/50 Draw Mark Vares 2011-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 07, 2011
https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 07, 2011
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 22, 2011
Greg Rickford was elected to Canada’s 40th Parliament as the Member for Kenora in the fall of 2008. 

https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 17, 2011
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.

https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 17, 2011

https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 16, 2011
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 15, 2011
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?
 
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2. How many RI Districts with Canadian Clubs only have Canadian Clubs?
 
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Rotary Canada Quiz on Districts John Borst 2011-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 13, 2011
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Jan 05, 2011
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 25, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 25, 2010
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.
 
https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 25, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 25, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 22, 2010
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ClubRunner sends seasons greetings to its Rotary clients John Borst 2010-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 19, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 13, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 13, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 11, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 07, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 06, 2010
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Instructional example John Borst 2010-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 04, 2010
 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 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 01, 2010
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 0
Posted by Mark Vares on Nov 28, 2010

 

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

Grandparents Rattle Mark Vares 2010-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 27, 2010
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Grandparent's "Rattle" Rolls Again John Borst 2010-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
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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 0
Posted by Willem Vermeer on Nov 23, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 21, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 11, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 06, 2010
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 06, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 06, 2010
https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 03, 2010
https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 02, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 01, 2010
Oakville, Ontario, CANADA  

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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 01, 2010
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 01, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 31, 2010
 https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 31, 2010
 
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 31, 2010

Alice Dancing Under the Gallows



Some things just don’t need any commentary. John Borst 2010-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 27, 2010
 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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 26, 2010
https://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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 24, 2010
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 23, 2010
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 23, 2010
https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/c11ad1d5-030a-461b-850b-262b52c450e3.jpgRon Noseworthy gave us an update on the split between Shelter Box and the group now known as Disaster Aid Canada.

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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 22, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 17, 2010
https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/56e574c1-eeaf-4ca9-bcfb-d5a7374c5406.jpgPenny Bradley, coordinator of services for Patricia Region Senior Services Inc. (PRSSI) gave us a brief overview of the services offered to seniors on a fee for service basis.
 
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 17, 2010
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 0
Posted by John.Borst on Oct 13, 2010
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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 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 12, 2010
 https://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 0
Posted by Angie Bujold on Oct 11, 2010
 https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000000986/Stories/43881428-bf2d-4b63-8da5-c148a9b9aeca.jpgThe October 6th meeting closed with a presentation to exchange student Maela Cataldi of a Dryden Entertainment Series (DES) ticket for herself and a guest for the entire concert season by Rtn and DES chairperson Angie Bujold. 
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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 0
Posted by John.Borst on Oct 06, 2010
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 0
Posted by John.Borst on Oct 05, 2010
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 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 28, 2010
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 0
Posted by John.Borst on Sep 27, 2010
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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 0
Posted by John.Borst on Sep 26, 2010
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 0
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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.]
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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:
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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 0
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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 0
Posted by John.Borst on Sep 19, 2010
 
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.

 
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At the September 1st Club meeting, members were entertained by Rotary Youth Leadership Award participants Morgan Murdick and Chris Renaud, each of whom reco