South Community Garden Box Construction is Happening! Susan Reany Iskra 2023-06-07 05:00:00Z 0

Local Rotarians recognized as Paul Harris Fellows

June 4, 2023
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The Rotary Foundation (Canada) is a registered charity that supports Rotary International’s effort to “do good in the world”. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
Local Rotarians recognized as Paul Harris Fellows Susan Reany Iskra 2023-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
Latest from the South Community Garden Susan Reany Iskra 2023-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Highway Cleanup 2023

May 13, 2023
A sure sign of spring... a group of Rotarians and partners tackled the cleanup of the 4 km Thunder Lake Hwy 17 corridor.
Highway Cleanup 2023 Susan Reany Iskra 2023-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

Happening at the South Dryden Community Garden

June 4, 2023
Another step forward in the construction of the new South Dryden Community Garden. A group of Rotarians were on-site on Friday to unload the initial delivery of lumber that will be used to build the garden boxes.
Happening at the South Dryden Community Garden Susan Reany Iskra 2023-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Adventures in Human Rights

March 28, 2023
Registration is now open for Rotary Adventures in Human Rights held in Winnipeg in September.  If you are a high school student entering grade 11 or 12 in September 2023, you are eligible to apply.  Please apply to
Rotary Adventures in Human Rights Susan Reany Iskra 2023-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Going! Going! Gone!  Rotary 2023 Online Auction is Now Closed

March 28, 2023
Our 2023 Online Auction is now closed and the Rotary Club of Dryden extends a huge thank you to the following businesses and individuals for your support:
1st Choice Janitorial Supply
Absolut Hair Design
AgriTech North
All That Is Online Shopping
AMH Tax & Bookkeeping
Anderson's Homestead Golf Course
BEI Outfitters
Best Western Plus Dryden
Blinds By Melina
Bling It On Vintage and Custom Jewelry
Blueberry Road
BMO Nesbitt Burns
Bobby's Sport Shop Ltd.
Boreal Audiology
Boreal Coffee
Boreal Signs
Brenda Bell Law Office
Bulk Zone
Calypso Hair Fashions & Retail Centre
Canada Safeway
Canadian Tire Associate Store
Casey's Clothes Closet
Casually Hip
Clark's Bait & Tackle
Clean More Service - Baywash
Cloverbelt Country Meats
Cutters Hair Studio
Cynthia Palermo
Dave McKay Construction
Dingwall Ford
Dingwall Medical Group
Domino's Pizza
Don's Creations
Douglas Graphic Design
Downtown AutoPro
Downtown Dollar
Dr. Brian & Dr. Suzanne Lockyer
Dr. Istvan Kinizsi
Dryden & District Museum
Dryden Entertainment Series
Dryden GM
Dryden GM Ice Dogs
Dryden Home Hardware Building Centre
Dryden Pool & Fitness Centre
Dryden Powersports
Dryden Ski Club
Dufresne Furniture & Appliances
Edward Jones
Eecol Electric
Egli's Wool and Sheepskin Shop
Emcon Services Inc.
Everguard Fire & Safety
Foraged North
Fountain Tire
FYidoctors - Krasko-Turcotte & Veneziano
Golden Nectar
Gould's BrandSource Furniture & Appliances
Guenther's Flooring & Window Decor
Huber's Bavarian Meats
IG Private Wealth Management - Ken Nephin
Itayeda Furniture & Design
Jennifer Caie Art
Keewatin-Patricia District School Board
King Street Family Dental
Kusnick Electric
Latitude 50 Realty Inc.
Lock and Key Service
Lotto One
Lough Electric
McAuley & Partners
McDonald's Family Restaurant
McKinstry Chrysler
McLeod Chiropractic
Michelle's Top Drawer
Morgan Fuels
Nancy Ross Catering
Northwest Goods
Novel Ideas
Oshtugon Computers Inc.
Paddling Sunset Country
Patricia Inn
Peterbilt Dryden
Pharmasave Dryden
Photography Captured by Eliana
Pizza Hut
Propane +
RBC Royal Bank
Red River Co-op
Schmidt Greenhouses
Second Chance Pet Network
Sew Many Things
Skene Transfer & Supply
Solomon and Sons
St. Aubin Saw Shop
Standard Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Steven Blair Contracting Ltd.
TD Canada Trust
Temple Bay Lodge
The Hair Loft
The Palace
The Pet Store
The Quilting Trunk
Valhalla Hotel & Conference Centre
Vermilion Bay Co-Op
Walter's Auto Body
Wellwise by Shoppers
Wilderness Air Ltd.
Willene Moffatt
Willow Day Spa
Wilson's Business Solutions
Wolseley Canada
Your Choice Catering
Congratulations to all the successful bidders and thank you to everyone who bid over the past week!
Going! Going! Gone! Rotary 2023 Online Auction is Now Closed Susan Reany Iskra 2023-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Newest Club Member Inducted

March 23, 2023
Our club is proud to announce the induction of our newest Rotarian, Paula Goldrup. Welcome Paula!
Newest Club Member Inducted Susan Reany Iskra 2023-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

2023 Online Auction is Open

March 21, 2023
Have you registered yet? This is your opportunity to bid on some great items donated by businesses and individuals.
Auction items start closing at 1 pm Monday, March 27, and finish closing at 1 pm Tuesday, March 28. Make sure to check out the closing time for any item(s) that you're bidding on.
2023 Online Auction is Open Susan Reany Iskra 2023-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
RYLA 2023 - Applications Now Open! Susan Reany Iskra 2023-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
Preview Online Auction Items Susan Reany Iskra 2023-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
Dryden Ice Dogs honour Rotary Susan Reany Iskra 2023-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary Online Auction is back!

February 9, 2023
After a brief hiatus, the Rotary Club of Dryden's online auction is back for 2023 and will be running from March 21-28!
The auction is one of our club’s major fundraisers to support local youth, seniors, and community projects, as well as international projects such as ShelterBox, Rotary International's efforts to eradicate polio, and literacy initiatives.
We hope you'll check out the auction and bid on some great items. If you're interested in donating an item to the auction, then please check out our 2023 Online Auction donor page for more information.
Rotary Online Auction is back! Susan Reany Iskra 2023-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

Three New Rotarians Inducted

January 29, 2023
Three new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Dryden at our Wednesday meeting. A warm welcome to new Rotarians Fabian Velez, Sonja Wainio, and Benjamin Feagin!
Three New Rotarians Inducted Susan Reany Iskra 2023-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Dryden Club Recognized for Contributions to PolioPlus

January 9, 2023
At a recent gathering of Dryden Rotarians, club president Patty Vann received a certificate from District 5550 Governor, Fred Wright, in recognition of the Dryden club's contributions to PolioPlus.
The PolioPlus initative was launched by Rotary International in 1985 and was the first and largest internationally coordinated private-sector support of a public health initiative. The eradication of polio is one of Rotary International's longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with its partners, Rotary has helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries and reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide.  For more information about Rotary and its polio eradication efforts:
Dryden Club Recognized for Contributions to PolioPlus Susan Reany Iskra 2023-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

Club's Charity Foundation Supports Area Initiatives

January 9, 2023

Nine initiatives in Dryden and area recently received support from the Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation. In December the Club's Foundation announced grants totalling $41,700 that were distributed to the following:

  • Christmas Cheer organizations in Dryden, Ear Falls, Red Lake and Ignace
  • Dryden Food Bank
  • Ignace Ski Club-Trail Grooming Machine and Groomer
  • First United Church's Community Table
  • St. Joseph’s School's Indoor Tower Gardens
  • Free Reading program
The Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation is operated by the Rotary Club of Dryden and assisted by the Rotary Club of Sioux Lookout. The applications were approved under our youth, poverty, health and community mandates.

Funds are made possible by radio bingo on CKDR on Thursday evenings from October to April. We are grateful to be able to assist our NWO communities with these donations through countless volunteer hours by our club members and the support of all the people who play bingo with us each Thursday evening.

Club's Charity Foundation Supports Area Initiatives Susan Reany Iskra 2023-01-09 06:00:00Z 0

Dryden Cares Kits

Decemer 3, 2022
Dryden Rotarians met recently to pack Dryden Cares Kits, small personal care kits for the homeless and less fortunate teens and adults in our community. Each kit includes items for winter warmth and a collection of toiletries. The Dryden Cares Kits will be available through several social agencies in town.
Dryden Cares Kits Susan Reany Iskra 2022-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

Happy to Help with Fall Fest 2022

The Rotary Club of Dryden was happy to be a part of such a great event in our community! Kudos to the Dryden Fall Fest organizing committee and the sponsors and volunteers who all helped make the Fall Fest activities happen.
Happy to Help with Fall Fest 2022 Susan Reany Iskra 2022-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

South Dryden Community Garden Project

The South Dryden Community Garden Project is a Rotary-led collaboration between the Rotary Club of Dryden and the City of Dryden.
The garden is located at the corner of Wabigoon Drive and Van Horne Avenue, the most densely populated area of Dryden, and will provide people in the area the opportunity to grow their own fresh produce and contribute to food security.
There were four work parties this fall to put up the fence and gates and to prepare the site for building the garden boxes next spring. Volunteer labour was provided by Dryden Rotarians, friends of Rotary, and the Dryden Kinsmen. Funding has been through the Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation and the City has provided the land and other infrastructure.
Special thanks to Shaun Kurz for designing the site and providing the Bobcat.
South Dryden Community Garden Project Susan Reany Iskra 2022-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Book Exchange wraps up Basic Literacy & Education Month

September is Rotary's Basic Education and Literacy month, and Dryden Rotarians wrapped it up with a mini book exchange at the conclusion of last evening's meeting.
Before we made our book selections, our Club's Literacy Chair, Lucille Ayers, updated Rotarians and guests on the various education and literacy activities that the Dryden club was involved in, initiated, or supported financially in the 2021-2022 Rotary year. These activities were recognized earlier this year when the Club received a District 5550 Literacy Award.
For example, the club donated scholarships and bursaries to area high school students, provided sponsorships for youth to attend various leadership events, sponsored the Free Reading Program on our website, supported the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, built three Books for Sharing boxes in our community, and raised funds to support schools in Guatemala and Bangladesh.
Any books that didn't go home with a Rotarian last evening will be added to Dryden's Books for Sharing boxes.
Book Exchange wraps up Basic Literacy & Education Month Susan Reany Iskra 2022-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
National Truth & Reconciliation - September 30th Susan Reany Iskra 2022-09-24 05:00:00Z 0

Lucky Ducks on the Wabigoon River

Wasn't that a ducky afternoon!

Skene's Landing on the Wabigoon River was the place to see ducks on Sunday...not Mergansers or Mallards, but 1,000 little yellow ducks bobbing their way towards the dock in Rotary's Lucky Duck race.
And the winners from all these lucky ducks were:
Duck #263 - P. Rigey for $1000
Duck #562 - H. Hanson for $500
Duck #410 - D. Miller for $400
Duck #414 - J. Hewitson for $300
Duck #350 - A. Aitken for $200
And one more winner - Rotary Youth programs in Dryden.  The community's support for the Lucky Duck Race makes our club's Youth programs a winner too!
Thanks to everyone who bought tickets or came down to the Landing to cheer the ducks on. And a big shout out to Lotto One for selling tickets for us as well!
Lucky Ducks on the Wabigoon River Susan Reany Iskra 2022-09-20 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians assist at "We Run This City"

Seventeen Rotarians were out early on Sunday morning to help with Dryden's "We Run This City" race. This was a great event for people of all ages with 5 KM and 10 KM walks and runs. This year's proceeds will go to the new Dog Park in Rotary Park.
Rotarians assist at "We Run This City" Susan Reany Iskra 2022-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarians visit Dryden District Conservation Club

For a small group of Dryden Rotarians, Saturday was a great opportunity to visit the Dryden District Conservation Club and learn about their many activities, to hear how the funds donated by the Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation have been put to use, and to try their hand at archery.  
Rotarians visit Dryden District Conservation Club Susan Reany Iskra 2022-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

New Books for Sharing Box Installed in North Dryden

Are you looking for some summer reading? Our newest Books for Sharing box has just been installed in North Dryden at the Hatch Memorial Parkway at 199 Wice Road. This is our third book box in Dryden; the other two are at the Laura Howe Marsh and at Kinsmen Park, both on Van Horne Avenue.
The Books for Sharing boxes are a partnership between the Rotary Club of Dryden, the Friends of the Dryden Public Library, and the Dryden Public Library. The City of Dryden’s Public Works took care of the installation of all three boxes - many thanks to them for their assistance with this great project!
How does a Books for Sharing box work? It's pretty simple -- "Take. Read. Share. Return or replace only if you wish."
The Friends of the Dryden Public Library monitor the boxes on a regular basis and stock them with books from the Library's inventory of gently used reading material when necessary. There is usually an adequate supply of most books, however we are often in need of books for very young children (board books, easy read, primary). If you wish to donate children’s books, please send us a private message on Facebook to arrange for pickup.
New Books for Sharing Box Installed in North Dryden Susan Reany Iskra 2022-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Amarok Partner with Mothers in Bangladesh

The Rotary Club of Dryden raised $36,000 through its Second Annual Xmas Promotion for schools in the urban slums of Bangladesh. These funds support our sponsored school, the Durbar-Shaikat Rotary Mothers’ School, and other similar schools in Bangladesh. Each school teaches 25 mothers in the morning, each of whom teaches five neighbourhood children at their home in the afternoon. 
Rotary and Amarok Partner with Mothers in Bangladesh James Kroeker 2022-06-23 05:00:00Z 0

Books for Sharing Boxes on the Map!

The word is spreading about our Books for Sharing boxes!
The Kenora Little Libraries Facebook page has added the locations of our two Dryden book boxes to their Google map showing where you can find Little Libraries in Kenora and area. Check it out at
Our Books for Sharing boxes are a partnership between our club, the Dryden Public Library, and the Friends of the Dryden Public Library and we're looking forward to the installation of our third box soon!
Books for Sharing Boxes on the Map! Susan Reany Iskra 2022-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

2022 Highway Cleanup

Dryden Rotarians, family, and friends were out for their annual cleanup of a stretch of Highway 17 East on Saturday May 30th. 
2022 Highway Cleanup Susan Reany Iskra 2022-06-01 05:00:00Z 0

Fundraisers for ShelterBox

Thank you so much to everyone who supported our recent Cook for Peace fundraiser where $20.00 from each food package sold was donated to ShelterBox in support of their aid to Ukraine.
We raised over $3000.00 and Ecole Catholique De L'Enfant-Jesus joined in with a school student fundraiser and added $105 for ShelterBox! Thank you all!
If you'd like to know more about ShelterBox's efforts in support of Ukraine, you can visit
Fundraisers for ShelterBox Susan Reany Iskra 2022-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

April 14 Bingo Cancelled

The Rotary Club of Dryden has made the decision to cancel the radio bingo scheduled for tomorrow, April 14, due to the impact of the storm that is affecting our area.
We are asking people to hold on to their bingo cards as these will be played on April 21st as a regular game.
The Monster bingo that was advertised to be held on April 21st will be deferred until May 5th.
The Monster bingo advertised for April 28th will continue as scheduled.
Thank you for your understanding and for playing Rotary Radio Bingo.
April 14 Bingo Cancelled Susan Reany Iskra 2022-04-13 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA is back!

Check out the poster below for more information about RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly. 
Interested students must contact the Rotary Club of Dryden through the DHS Guidance Dept. or email your letter to
Please do not apply on line.
RYLA is back! Susan Reany Iskra 2022-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
eRYLA 2022 - The Building Blocks of Leadership Susan Reany Iskra 2022-04-02 05:00:00Z 0

Wrapping Up our Bingo Season - Schedule Update

Our regular Bingo was cancelled on April 14th because of the winter storm so we've had to make a few adjustments to our schedule.
Thursday April 21st - regular Bingo USING CARDS DATED APRIL 14
Thursday April 28th - '80th Anniversary' Monster Bingo
Thursday May 5th - Monster Bingo (previously scheduled for April 21st)
Check out the posters below for more details about the April 28th and May 5th Monster Bingos and our website for information on where you can purchase your cards.
Wrapping Up our Bingo Season - Schedule Update Susan Reany Iskra 2022-04-01 05:00:00Z 0 Rotary Radio Bingo

Cook for Peace Fundraiser

More than 2 million people are reported to have already fled Ukraine to neighboring countries in freezing temperatures, facing an uncertain future. The UN is predicting as many as 16 million people will be affected by this crisis and in need of humanitarian assistance, including 4 million refugees. 
Cook for Peace Fundraiser Susan Reany Iskra 2022-03-10 06:00:00Z 0

Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation supports Red Lake Hospital

The following was recently posted online by the Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital in Red Lake. It's about their new blood culture incubator in their laboratory, the purchase of which was supported by a donation from the Dryden Rotary Charitable Foundation.  This is one of the ways that the funds raised through CKDR Rotary Radio Bingo supports communities and residents in our region.
Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation supports Red Lake Hospital Susan Reany Iskra 2021-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Lobster Sale Deadline is December 4th! Susan Reany Iskra 2021-11-30 06:00:00Z 0

Bingo is back!

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CKDR Rotary Radio Bingo is back!
The first bingo of the new season is on Thursday, October 14th, at 7 PM and we're starting off with a 'Monster' bingo. You can find a list of all the regional Bingo Card vendors here on our website.
Bingo is back! Susan Reany Iskra 2021-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
Another Successful Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day Susan Reany Iskra 2021-10-08 05:00:00Z 0 City of Dryden,Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day supported by Rotary Club Susan Reany Iskra 2021-08-13 05:00:00Z 0 City of Dryden,Hazardous Waste
Over 3,500 Interactive Activities for K-6 Readers Susan Reany Iskra 2021-07-14 05:00:00Z 0 The Free Reading Program,basic education,literacy
Rotary Volunteers Make Vaccinators feel like "Superheroes" Dr Says John Borst 2021-05-24 05:00:00Z 0 CoVid-19,Dryden Rotary,Superheroes,Vaccination,Vaccines,Volunteers
20-21 Rotary Radio Bingo Tops Record and is a Pandemic’s Silver Lining John Borst 2021-04-27 05:00:00Z 0 Lottery licenses,Pamdemic's Silver Lining,Record year,Rotary Radio Bingo,Volunteer hours
Lillian Berg Gr. 7/8 put “ACTION” into Reconciliation with a study of The McIntosh Indian Residential School John Borst 2021-04-18 05:00:00Z 0 Downie & Wenjack Fund,Lillian Berg School,McIntosh Residential School,Reconciliation,Walk for Wenjac
The Club’s Website has a Fresh New Look Lucille Ayers 2021-04-14 05:00:00Z 1 ClubRunner,Custom Page,Dryden Rotary Website,HomePage,Menu
“Homelessness and drugs are problems we must face” says Dryden resident, Shauna Pinkerton John Borst 2021-04-08 05:00:00Z 0 Culture of drugs,Dryden Ontario,Homelessness,Mental Health Problem,NWHU,Vancouver's East Hastings Street
Durbar-Shaikat Rotary Mothers’ School, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Share Their Stories 2021-04-06 05:00:00Z 0 Amarok Society,Bangladesh,CoVid-19,Cox's Bazar,Dunbar-Shaikat Rotary Womans' School
Club’s International Team Makes District Presentation on Amarok Education Model John Borst 2021-04-05 05:00:00Z 0 Amarok Society,Bangladesh,Cox's Bazaar,Mothers' School,University of Manitoba Rotaract Club
Treasury Metals aims for a construction decision at Goliath by Fall of 2023. John Borst 2021-03-29 05:00:00Z 0 Construction Fall 2023,Gold deposits,Goldlund,Miller,Open Pit,Treasury Metals
A Gentleman’s Gentleman Passes from the Club John Borst 2021-03-28 05:00:00Z 0 Clare Thompson,Elaine Thompson,Gentleman's Gentleman,Obituary,Past District Governor
Beezer's bees hit the sweet spot with Dryden Rotarians John Borst 2021-03-14 06:00:00Z 0 Beezer's Honey,Honey Maid,Jr. Beekeeper Course,Reagan Breeze,honeybee,roof top hives
Dryden Hospital and Youth Receive Big Winter ‘21, Grants from DRCF John Borst 2021-03-13 06:00:00Z 0 Digital X-Ray Machine,Dryden Regional Health Centre Foundation,Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation,Grants,youth
Dryden Working Circle Shares Progress 2021-02-20 06:00:00Z 0 Colonization Avenue Renaming,Dryden Working Circle Committee,Indigenous and non-Indigenous community,Land Acknowledgement Statement,Truth and Reconciliation Committee of Canada
Firefly shines light on Restorative Justice for youth 2021-02-16 06:00:00Z 0 Alternative justice,Court,Firefly,Restorative Justice,youth offender
Scientists from the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE) to Train at the Experimental Lakes Area in NWO John Borst 2021-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Ashley Apland Talks on FireFly’s Services to Youth in NWO

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Ashley Apland, Clinical Manager for Youth Mental Health at Firefly explained that Firefly is a non-profit organization which provides full youth services to NWO. This includes “Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy service, mental health services, developmental assessments, autism, and spectrum disorder services”, she said.
Ashley Apland Talks on FireFly’s Services to Youth in NWO John Borst 2021-01-30 06:00:00Z 0 Children and Family Services Dryden,Firefly,Lake of the Woods Child Development Centre,Mental Health,Northwestern Ontario Patricia Centre for Children and Youth
Thirty Year Member, Elaine Thompson, Passes Away 2021-01-27 06:00:00Z 0 31 years,Dryden Club,Obituary,Past President
Personal Trainer, Kris Skramrud, Speaks on Surviving the Pandemic in Good Shape 2021-01-17 06:00:00Z 0 CoVid-19,Dryden,Excercise,Personal Trainer,Walking
Dryden Rotarians Create Virtual Awards Night 2021-01-16 06:00:00Z 0 Award,Dinner,Life member,Paul Harris Fellows
Club Donates Two Gifts to the Community Over the Holiday Period John Borst 2021-01-10 06:00:00Z 0 Dryden Food Bank,Dryden GM,Dryden Ski Club,Skandic Skidoo,Sysco,Turkeys

Club Assembly Deals With Constitution & By Laws Revision, Virtual Christmas Dinner & 2020 Christmas Cheer Hampers

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Dryden Rotary's November 4th virtual meeting had no speaker, instead it held what in Rotary-speak is called a "Club Assembly". This really means a business meeting where all members dealt formally and informally with a variety of items. On the 4th three items were dealt with Revisions to the Club's Constitution and Bylaws, how we would handle our traditional Christmas dinner meeting and changes to our annual Christmas Cheer hamper collection during the pandemic. 
Club Assembly Deals With Constitution & By Laws Revision, Virtual Christmas Dinner & 2020 Christmas Cheer Hampers John Borst 2020-11-18 06:00:00Z 0 Bylaws,Christmas Cheer,Christmas dinner,Constitution,Food Hampers
Update on Rotary’s Goal of Eliminating Another Virus-Polio Carl Eisener 2020-11-13 06:00:00Z 0 $20.20,Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,Polio,Rotary District 5550,Rotary International,Virus

Minor Hockey Breakfast Program Needs Help with Training Equipment

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Skills training in hockey for both girls and boys has undergone a revolution in the past decade. Today coaches use “Rush Defenders”, “High-speed Deke Trainers” and “Reactive Sniper Machines”. And there is even Synthetic Ice so you can skate all year round on makeshift rinks or even your living room if you are that dedicated.
Minor Hockey Breakfast Program Needs Help with Training Equipment John Borst 2020-11-01 05:00:00Z 3 Breakfast Program,DMHA,Dryden Minor Hockey Association,Dryden Ontario,Reactive Sniper,Rush Defender,Speed Deke Trainer
Four Takeaways, From the NWHU Medical Officer of Health’s Speech on Covid-19 in NWO John Borst 2020-10-23 05:00:00Z 0 Covid 19,Dryden Ontario,Manitoba,NWHU,Northwestern Health Unit
Walk Through Laura Howe Marsh Provides Opportunity for Fellowship During Pandemic John Borst 2020-10-22 05:00:00Z 0 City of Dryden,Covid 19,Laura Howe Marsh,Recreation,Rotary Fellowship,Walking Trail
Mothers’ School Student in Bangladesh Describes How Poor in City Slum Surviving Covid-19 2020-10-19 05:00:00Z 0 Bangladesh,CoVid-19,Food Security,Kulna,Mothers' School
Speaker Allan-Riives Seeks Volunteers to fill Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child John Borst 2020-10-18 05:00:00Z 0 Bosnia,Operation Christmas Child,Shoebox
Literacy Chair Informs Club About “The Free Reading Program” John Borst 2020-10-12 05:00:00Z 0 Free Reading Program,Rotary Clubs,Scarborough,literacy
Hazardous Waste Day Volume Grows by 50 Percent in 2020 John Borst 2020-10-08 05:00:00Z 0 Batteries,City of Dryden,Hazardous Waste,Household waste,Miller Environmental,Paint,Pesticides,Petroleum

Transportation is Focus of Consultation to Determine Location of Canada’s Nuclear Storage Facility 

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In 2023 Canada, after a long exhausting consultation period, will decide where they will build a repository for our spent nuclear fuel. Beginning with 22 sites, only two remain: a site about 35 km west of Ignace, Ontario and a second in the Municipality of South Bruce about 50 km southeast of the Bruce Power Nuclear facility.  
Transportation is Focus of Consultation to Determine Location of Canada’s Nuclear Storage Facility John Borst 2020-10-06 05:00:00Z 0 Highway 17,Ignace,Nuclear Fuel Waste Act,South Bruce
2019-20 Exchange Student Morgan Kruger’s Life in Hualien City, Taiwan John Borst 2020-09-20 05:00:00Z 0 Hualien,School,Student Exchange,Tiawan
District 5550 District Governor's September 2020 Newsletter 2020-09-14 05:00:00Z 0
Kenora Rotary Creates Four Little Libraries for the Community John Borst 2020-09-06 05:00:00Z 0 Beaver Brae,Kenora Ontario,Library,Rotary Club of Kenora,literacy
Africa Declared Free of the Wild Polio Virus Pat Chernesky 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0 Afganistan,Africa,CoVid-19,Pakistan,PolioPlus,Virus
District Governor Visits Dryden Rotary Electronically John Borst 2020-08-23 05:00:00Z 0 District 5550,District Convention,District Governor,Melfort,Rotary International,Saskatchewan
Covid-19 Puts Tourist Camps in Crisis Across NWO John Borst 2020-08-10 05:00:00Z 0 Camps,CoVid-19,Coronavirus,Fishers,Hunters,North Western Ontario,Petition,Sunset Country
Brazilian Exchange Student Loly Reviews Her Year in Dryden John Borst 2020-07-14 05:00:00Z 0 Black Bears,Churchill,CoVid-19,District 5550,Exchange Students,Fort Frances,Manitoba,Melfort,Polar Bears,Sioux Lookout,Smores

Former European Exchange Students Join Dryden Meeting via Zoom

Posted by John Borst
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Four former exchange students from European countries joined the July 8th meeting via zoom to hear Loly Cartocci - Bazanelli’s presentation and say hi to the club members. They were Alba Posas Solandes of Spain (2014-2015), Katarina Närhinen of Finland (2016-2017), Varja LindstrÖm of Sweden (2017-18) and Sigvart Støverud of Norway (2018-19).
Former European Exchange Students Join Dryden Meeting via Zoom John Borst 2020-07-13 05:00:00Z 0 Exchange Students,Findland,Norway,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland
Dryden Rotary Start New Rotary Year Off With Fund Raising Event – A Drive Through Pancake Breakfast John Borst 2020-07-06 05:00:00Z 0 Breakfast,CoVid-19,Drive-through,Dryden Native Friendship Centre,Pancake
Advertisements on Rotary Club Websites: it’s not a simple matter John Borst 2020-07-03 05:00:00Z 0 Advertising,Banner,CMS,ClubRunner,Rotary Club of Dryden
Club President Plomp, Passes Gavel on to 20-21 President Anna Traini John Borst 2020-06-29 05:00:00Z 0 Anna Traini,Annual Meeting,Mardi-Lee Plomp,President's Pin,Rotary Club of Dryden
Club Newsletter Editor Reaches 1000th Issue Plateau John Borst 2020-06-12 05:00:00Z 0 Bulletin,Newsletter,The Rotarian,keyway
Local Bee Expert Gets Rotarians All-a-Buzz About Bees John Borst 2020-06-09 05:00:00Z 0 Bees,Bumble,Honey,Social,Solitary
Northern Youth Services Focus is Indigenous Youth and Families John Borst 2020-05-31 05:00:00Z 0 Beaver Lake,CoVid-19,Mennonites,Summer Camp


Posted by James Kroeker on May 30, 2020
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I am pleased to be working together with Rtns Cindy Palermo and John Borst to promote and continue Dryden rotary sponsorship of the Cox’s Bazar Dryden Women’s School in Bangladesh. In 2019, our committee travelled to Kenora for an evening presentation to the RC of Kenora and to Winnipeg for an evening presentation to the Winnipeg Rotoract club at the University of Manitoba. We presented to our club and were overwhelmed by the generous support from members of over $2,000. Cindy organized a presentation by Tanyss Munro at the Dryden High School for her students and the public.
COX’S BAZAR DRYDEN WOMEN’S SCHOOL REPORT TO DRYDEN CLUB EXECUTIVE James Kroeker 2020-05-30 05:00:00Z 0 Amarok Society,Bangladesh,Cox's Bazar,Dryden Women's School,International Service

Rotary Clubs in the Slums of Cox’s Bazar Help Dryden Woman’s School Succeed

Posted on May 29, 2020
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Editor’s Note: The following was written by Tanyss Munroe as a report to the Rotary Club of Dryden, ON to demonstrate how the Rotary Clubs of Cox’s Bazar were contributing “Time, Energy and Effort” instead of dollars to the school they were funding.
With the help of Anwar Sadat, a Rotarian of the East York Rotary Club, we were introduced to 3 Rotary Clubs in the city of Cox’s Bazar, just beside the world’s largest refugee camp (Rohingya). The people in the slum of 8,000 people where your school is, live in far worse conditions than those in the refugee camp.
Rotary Clubs in the Slums of Cox’s Bazar Help Dryden Woman’s School Succeed 2020-05-29 05:00:00Z 0 Amarok Society,Bangaldesh,Cox's Bazar,Rohingya,Slums,Womens' School,literacy

Panna’s Story: How Just the Thought of Literacy Builds Dreams

Posted on May 29, 2020
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My name is Panna. I am seven. My parents were separated when I was two years old and my mummy gave me to my granny to raise because she could not take care of me. From then I am living with my grandmother. She is a beggar and every day she takes me on Cox’s Bazar beach and we beg to people. But we are not too good. Many days I am very hungry.
Panna’s Story: How Just the Thought of Literacy Builds Dreams 2020-05-29 05:00:00Z 0 Beach,Beggar,Cox's Bazar,Little girl,Womens' School,literacy
Princess Court Family Council Works to Make Institution More “Home” Like John Borst 2020-05-23 05:00:00Z 0 Atmosphere,Cycling Without Age,Dryden Ontario,Family Councils,Princess Court,Trishaw
Dryden Rotary Radio Bingo Profits Pass the Two Million Mark John Borst 2020-05-21 05:00:00Z 0 CKDR,Grants,Millions,Rotary Radio Bingo
DRCF and Club Approve $53,000 in Grants to Six Local Organizations John Borst 2020-05-20 05:00:00Z 0 DRCF,Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation,Grants
Next DRCF Meeting to Review Grant Requests is November 2020. John Borst 2020-05-20 05:00:00Z 0 CKDR,DRCF,Grants,Rotary Radio Bingo
Ice Dogs-Rotary 50/50 Draw Up-in-the-Air for 20-21 Season John Borst 2020-05-19 05:00:00Z 0 2020-21 season,50/50 draw,Hockey,Ice-Dogs,Joanne Bunny
NW Health Unit Staff Discuss Food Security During the CoVid-19 Experience John Borst 2020-05-18 05:00:00Z 0 ConVid-19,Food Security,NWHU,Northwestern Health Unit
Dryden ‘Haute Couture’ Designed Patriotic Covid-19 Masks John Borst 2020-04-24 05:00:00Z 0 Canada,CoVid-19,Design,Masks,Patriot
Why ‘Maternal and Child Health’ are the Focus for April in RI Carl Eisener 2020-04-21 05:00:00Z 0 Baby,Death,Health,Maternal,Mother
KDSB’s Profile Set to Rise in Dryden John Borst 2020-04-18 05:00:00Z 0 City of Dryden,EMS,First Nations Police,Henry Wall,Homelessness,Housing,KDSB,Kenora District Services Board,Native Friendship Centre,Northwest Emergency Medical Services,Shelter,land ambulance

Rotarian Discovers The Cost of Living in Dryden Fifty-four Years Ago

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Preamble: Although this isn’t directly about Rotary it is a rare glimpse of what life and the cost of living was 54 years ago. As I was sorting though stuff in preparation for my move into “town” I found a booklet which we created as a guide, plan, record and diary of our first trip across Canada.
The year was 1966. My sister was living in Vancouver and getting married. Having been married the summer before we decided we would camp our way across the country. It was the first time I would visit Dryden.
Rotarian Discovers The Cost of Living in Dryden Fifty-four Years Ago John Borst 2020-04-11 05:00:00Z 0 Camping,Dryden Ontario,Rotary Club of Dryden,cost of living
Dr. Carl Eisener Reflects on DRHC’s Ability to Handle COVID-19’s Most Serious Cases Carl Eisener 2020-04-06 05:00:00Z 0 CoVid-19,DRHC,Equipment,Respirator,ventilator
Dryden Rotary Goes Hi-Tech with First Ever ZOOM Video-Conference Meeting John Borst 2020-03-31 05:00:00Z 0 Best Western Plus,Meetings,Rotary Club of Dryden,Vidoe-Conference,ZOOM
Dryden Rotary On-line Action Delayed Due to COVID-19 Brian Braid 2020-03-19 05:00:00Z 0 2020,CoVid-19,Delayed,Dryden Rotary Auction,Reschedule
Reliable Sources for Updates on State of COVID-19 in Canada John Borst 2020-03-16 05:00:00Z 0 Canada Child Benefit,CoVid-19,Sources,Update,Virus
March Meetings Cancelled Due to CoVid-19 Protocals John Borst 2020-03-15 05:00:00Z 0 Cancellation,CoVid-19,Meetings,Pandemic

World Rotaract Week Celebrated from March 9 - 15

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March 9th, marks the beginning of World Rotaract week. Legally, anyone who is an adult, 18 years or older, can join Rotary, yet, few Rotary clubs have many members under age 30. The first Rotaract Club was created in 1968 at Charlotte North Rotary Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States partly to address this situation. However, Rotaract Clubs were not Rotary International’s first youth clubs. 
World Rotaract Week Celebrated from March 9 - 15 Carl Eisener 2020-03-11 05:00:00Z 0 Interact,Rotaract,Rotary Club of Kenora,Rotary International,University of Manitoba
TD’s Dawn Jones Shares Story of the TD Grade One Book Giveaway John Borst 2020-02-10 06:00:00Z 0 CCBC,Canadian Children’s Book Centre,Julie Flett,Mary Cardinal Collins,Monique Gray Smith,My Heart Fills With Happiness,Orca Book Publishers,Plains Cree,TD Canada Trust,TD Grade One Book Giveaway
On Feb 23rd we say “Happy 115th Birthday Rotary!” Carl Eisener 2020-02-09 06:00:00Z 0 115,2020,Anniversary,February 23,Rotary International
Dryden Rotary Losses Its Most Senior Member “Rolly” Swan John Borst 2020-01-22 06:00:00Z 0 Aug 17 1927 - Jan 20 2020,Death,Dryden Ontario,Roland (Rolly) Swan
New Community Group Seeks to Create a “Fall Festival” in Dryden John Borst 2020-01-21 06:00:00Z 0 City of Dryden,Fall Fest,Festival,Halloween,Laura Howe Marsh,Rotary Club of Dryden
Club Grows to Sixty-Four Members to Start Off 2020 John Borst 2020-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
Vocations: The Key to Rotary's Success in Our Community Carl Eisener 2020-01-13 06:00:00Z 0 Code of Conduct,Friendship Exchange,VTT,Vocational Training Team,Vocations

New Member’s Career Path Follows the Heart

Posted by John Borst on Dec 09, 2019
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All new members who join Rotary give what is called a vocational talk. Originally it was a way for members to get to know what your business was. Over the years it has morphed into more of a life story
New Member’s Career Path Follows the Heart John Borst 2019-12-09 06:00:00Z 0

December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month: A Need for Vigilance

Posted on Dec 08, 2019
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Even with a vaccine more than 300 children die needlessly everyday from measles.

By Carl Eisner, MD and Past President Rotary Club of Dryden
December is Rotary’s disease prevention and treatment month. This is one of the six areas of focus of the Rotary foundation. Much headway has been made in this area over the past decades – for instance, polio has been 99.9% eradicated, compared to where the world was with polio when rotary became involved.
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month: A Need for Vigilance 2019-12-08 06:00:00Z 0 Cleveland Clinic,Doctors Without Borders,John Hopkins,Mayo Clinic,Measles,Rotary Foundation,Samoa,Vaccination
The Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation Approves Thirteen Grants Totalling $31,011 John Borst 2019-11-17 06:00:00Z 0 Christmas Cheer,Chukuni,Dryden Food Bank,Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation

Are Women the Future of Dryden’s Most Vital Organizations?

Posted by John Borst on Nov 14, 2019
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Dryden Rotary is unique among District 5550’s forty-six clubs because it has more women than any other club. Of the club’s 63 members 32 are male and 31 are female. However, when It comes to leadership within our organization women are more likely to serve on our Board of Directors and the Board of The Dryden Rotary Foundation. The latter is a separate body which determines the grants we distribute.
Are Women the Future of Dryden’s Most Vital Organizations? John Borst 2019-11-14 06:00:00Z 0 Boards,Governance,Institutions,Leadership,Women in Rotary,Women on Boards
Loss of Two Volunteer Organizations Requires Meals on Wheels in Dryden to Find New Volunteers John Borst 2019-11-11 06:00:00Z 0 Dryden Ontario,Meals on Wheels-,Volunteers
Ignace, Ontario Plans to be Canada’s Site for Used Nuclear Fuel John Borst 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0 Canada,Ignace,NWMO,Nuclear Fuel Waste Act,Nuclear Waste Management Organization
Rotary Day at the U.N. is November 9th Carl Eisener 2019-11-04 06:00:00Z 0 Peace,San Francisco,UN Economic and Social Council,United Nations,World War II

Annual Rotary Awards Evening a Time to Celebrate Many Accomplishments

Posted by John Borst on Oct 27, 2019
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Once a year the Rotary Club of Dryden hosts an awards evening in which it celebrates three local Drydenites who exemplify Rotary's motto "Service Above Self" through their volunteer efforts, Rotary members who have donated one-thousand (USD) dollars to The Rotary Foundation, winners of the Dryden Royal Conservatory piano competition and inducted new members who have joined the club. 
Annual Rotary Awards Evening a Time to Celebrate Many Accomplishments John Borst 2019-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Strategic Plan is Focus of DRHC CEO’s Operational Update John Borst 2019-10-21 05:00:00Z 0 Chief Exective Officier,Doreen Armstrong-Ross,Dryden Regional Health Centre,Strategic Directions
2019-20 Exchange Student ‘Lolly’ shares her background with the club John Borst 2019-10-14 05:00:00Z 0 Amazon River,Brazil,Itupeva,Rotary Youth Exchange,São Paulo

October 24 is Rotary End Polio Day-Give Today

Posted by Carl Eisener on Oct 08, 2019
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Ramesh Ferris was born in India to an impoverished single mother in 1979. When he developed polio as an infant, she surrendered him to an orphanage, knowing that he would have no chance for a good life if she kept him. He had the good luck to be adopted by a Canadian couple, and with proper rehab, braces and crutches, he learned to walk short distances at a slow pace.
October 24 is Rotary End Polio Day-Give Today Carl Eisener 2019-10-08 05:00:00Z 0 Bill and Melina Gates Foundation,Cycle to Walk,EndPolioNow,Infant Paralysis,October 24,Ramesh Ferris,UNICEF,WHO
Six Humanitarians Honored for their Work with Refugees 2019-10-06 05:00:00Z 0 Humanitarians,Refugees,United Nations

District 5550 Governor Fred Wright Visits Club and Puts Emphasis on the Reduction of Child Poverty  

Posted on Oct 06, 2019
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Rotary International is divided into around 535 Districts. That averages out to about 65 clubs per district. Each District has a four-digit number. Dryden is part of District 5550. Each District is managed by a person titled the District Governor. Each governor serves for only one year from July 1 to June 30. For the 2019-20 year our District Governor (DG) is Fred Wright from Kenora.
District 5550 Governor Fred Wright Visits Club and Puts Emphasis on the Reduction of Child Poverty 2019-10-06 05:00:00Z 0 DG,District,District Governor,Poverty,Rotary Club of Dryden,Rotary International,Strategic Plan,Visit
Putting the Plus in PolioPlus 2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0 Clean Water,Creating Jobs,Nigeria,PolioPlus,Preventing Disease,The Rotarian,Water

Dryden Rotary Works with District and other Clubs to Create a Literacy Program in Bangladesh’s Urban Slums

Posted by John Borst on Sep 29, 2019
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Each month Rotary defines a theme for Rotarians to focus upon. September’s theme is Basic Education and Literacy. It is for that reason that our International Services Director James Kroeker and DHS law and justice teacher Cynthia Palermo spoke to the club on the topic of the Amarok Society.
Dryden Rotary Works with District and other Clubs to Create a Literacy Program in Bangladesh’s Urban Slums John Borst 2019-09-29 05:00:00Z 0 Amarok Society,Bangladesh,University of Manitoba,literacy

Rotary 'Vocational Training Team' Program a Means to Support People With Autism 

Posted on Sep 25, 2019
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by Dr. Corina Yatco-Guerrero, member of the Rotary Club of Sta. Ana (Davao), Philippines

I am a Neuro-Ophthalmologist and my husband is a Neurologist; we both practice in Davao City, Philippines.  When our third child, Emmanuel, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at the age of two, we were both stunned and perplexed.
Rotary 'Vocational Training Team' Program a Means to Support People With Autism 2019-09-25 05:00:00Z 0 Autism,TEACCH,Vocational Service,Voctional Training Team,basic education,literacy,skill trsining

Transforming mathematics education in Ecuador's low income schools

Posted on Sep 25, 2019
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By Octavio Jarrin R., member of the Rotary Club of La Puntilla, Ecuador and Keith E. Axtell, member of the Rotary Club of Marin Evening, United States

An assessment of mathematics teachers in Ecuador showed they received little training in content preparation and teaching techniques. This resulted in teachers with little motivation and enthusiasm when preparing and teaching their classes.


Transforming mathematics education in Ecuador's low income schools 2019-09-25 05:00:00Z 0 Ecuador,Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL),Guayaquil,Mathematics,Monte Sinai,basic education,teacher training
2018-19 Rotary President to be Feature Speaker at District 5550 Conference John Borst 2019-09-21 05:00:00Z 0 Barry Rassin,Conference,District 5550,District Governor,Fred Wright,Japan,Music Awards,Paul harris Fellowship,Rotary Club of Dryden,Sioux Lookout,Tri-Club,kenora

What the ‘together’ in Rotary’s vision statement means

Posted on Sep 19, 2019
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Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create

lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

— Rotary International Vision Statement

By Paddy Rooney, governor of District 7390 (Pennsylvania, USA)

The word which defines much of our world today is division. We are divided in so many ways by race or creed, ethnicity or belief, by gender or age or sexuality. But the divisions have gone beyond mere realities and instead have become a source of dissension among us with the result that we have sliced and diced ourselves into smaller and smaller groups or tribes which only further exacerbate our  sense of alienation one from the other.


What the ‘together’ in Rotary’s vision statement means 2019-09-19 05:00:00Z 0 Rotary International,Together,Vision Statement,differences

Why the loss of ‘The Dryden Observer’ Matters

Posted on Sep 18, 2019
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by John Borst, editor Rotary Club of Dryden Website
In May of this year The Dryden Observer ceased to publish and the community of Dryden loss a little of its soul. Somewhat ironically it was Pope Francis speaking to an audience of Italian journalists on September 16th who reminds us why the local community newspaper is vital in the life of a community. 

Why the loss of ‘The Dryden Observer’ Matters 2019-09-18 05:00:00Z 0 Advertising,Canada,Closing,Community,Fake news,Heritage,Journalist,Newspapers,Reporters
Club receives reports on Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) for 2019 John Borst 2019-09-17 05:00:00Z 0 Camp,District 5550,RYLA,Shaol Lake,ShelterBox,YouTube

The Contrarian Reflects on the New "New Morality"

Posted on Sep 14, 2019
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by Mel Fisher, Rotarian and blogger as DrydenCurmudgeon. Mel's columns were published in the Dryden Observer and will now be co-posted here.
A page out of Willy Brant’s diary — Joe and I dropped off some veggies at the food co-op and were sitting in 'Timmies' when a carload of teenagers came roaring in and occupied the table next to us; I got the impression they considered that was  ‘their’ table and us old codgers were interlopers to be sitting next to it.  Well dressed, nice looking kids, all chattering at once, I didn’t pay much attention till I heard one girl announce ”Well I will never have any kids, that’s for sure!”.
The Contrarian Reflects on the New "New Morality" Mel Fisher 2019-09-14 05:00:00Z 0 The New Morality,Timmies,hippies,megatrends,rap,teenagers

Together Dryden Needs to Find a Solution to Our Youth Centre Crisis 

Posted on Sep 12, 2019
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Commentary by John Borst, editor Dryden Rotary News and We the Northwest News and Views

We have all heard the meme “It takes a village to raise a child.” We are also prone to nod in agreement and then go on about our business of living and forgetting about the kid who goes to school without having breakfast and hasn’t got a lunch to eat, or the teen who hangs out downtown or at school staying away from home as long as possible.  But in a small city like Dryden even youngsters with three meals a day and a loving home can suffer from anxiety, loneliness or fear of their peers.  


Together Dryden Needs to Find a Solution to Our Youth Centre Crisis 2019-09-12 05:00:00Z 0 City of Dryden,Community Safety and Well-Being Plan,Dryden Regional Health Centre Foundation,KeewatinPatricia DSB,Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services,Northwest Health Unit,OPP
Democracy is Set to Take a Giant Leap Forward in Dryden John Borst 2019-09-12 05:00:00Z 0 City Council,Democracy,Live stream,Paticipation,Vigilence
Club Looking for Students Interested in Student Exchange in 2020 2019-09-12 05:00:00Z 0 Dryden High School,Dryden Library,Long,Short,Student Exchange
Dryden City Council Set to Webcast Meetings Starting in October 2019 John Borst 2019-09-11 05:00:00Z 0 City of Dryden,Council,Encoder,Panoptic PTZ video camera
Dryden Rotary Website to Become More Community Based John Borst 2019-09-10 05:00:00Z 0 CKDR,Club,ClubRunner,Community,DrydenNow,Q104,The Observer
Poole Describes How the Salvation Army and Community Outreach Go Hand-in Hand John Borst 2019-09-09 05:00:00Z 0 Kettle,Salvation Army,Thrift Store
Dryden Youth Centre Needs Support if it is to Continue 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0 District School Board,Dryden Police,KDSB,Stats Canada,Youth Centre

Thunder Bay Runners Take First in We Run This City Half-Marathon

Posted by John Borst on Sep 02, 2019
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Full Race Results Published Here
Sunday morning September 1, 2019, dawned wet and cool for the Dryden's Young Professionals' Second Annual We Run This City Half-Marathon and 10 km road races. The weather, however did not deter the the twenty-three runners in the half-marathon or the forty-six participants in the 10 km race.   
Thunder Bay Runners Take First in We Run This City Half-Marathon John Borst 2019-09-02 05:00:00Z 0 10 K Race,Half-Marathon Race,WRTC,We Run This City,Young Professionals

Club Looses Member Marg Saville to Cancer.

Posted by John Borst on Sep 02, 2019
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It is with profound sadness the The Rotary Club of Dryden announces the passing of its member Margaret Saville. Margaret joined Rotary in June of 2011. Her funeral service will be held at the United Church at 7:00 pm.
Club Looses Member Marg Saville to Cancer. John Borst 2019-09-02 05:00:00Z 0
‘We Run This City’, Dryden’s Premier Road Race, All Set to Go John Borst 2019-08-24 05:00:00Z 0 10 km,Dryden Rotary,Half-Marthon,Road Race,Volunteers,We Run This City,Young Professionals
WHAT CAN A ROTARIAN DO WHEN THERE IS NO COMPLAINTS POLICY? John Borst 2019-05-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club,RI,blog,compaintant,complaint,critique,member,policy

‘WeLoveDryden’ - Show Your Hometown Pride on June 8

Posted by John Borst on May 25, 2019
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Imagine if the 8000 residents of Dryden marched in the same parade, what a scene it could be.
Okay, 8000 is a little extreme but 1000 would be a super goal and would pack a wallop for our sense of community. Packing a wallop is just what the organisers of Dryden’s first “We Love Dryden” day want to achieve. So put June 8th on your calendar and participate in one or more of the three events.
‘WeLoveDryden’ - Show Your Hometown Pride on June 8 John Borst 2019-05-25 05:00:00Z 1 Dream Believers,Dryden Ontario,Harry McMaster,Parade,Picnic,WeLoveDryden
Links to Series on 2019 Council on Legislation Plus Concluding Comments John Borst 2019-05-21 05:00:00Z 0 Council on Legislation,Liberal,Rotary International,Social media,Traditional
Sing-along with this Saskatoon-Nutana version of the Four-Way Test. John Borst 2019-05-19 05:00:00Z 0 Four-Way Test,Rotary Club,Saskatoon-Nutana,Song
Did the Council make Rotaractors, Rotarians? No! John Borst 2019-05-17 05:00:00Z 0 19-72,Council on Legislation,Enactment,Rotaract,Rotaractors,Rotarian,Rotary
Results of Survey on Changing the Name of The Rotarian John Borst 2019-05-16 05:00:00Z 0 RIBI,Rotary Magazine,Survey,The Rotarian,rebranding
The Duarte Story as told by Dr Sylvia Whitlock John Borst 2019-05-14 05:00:00Z 0 California,Dr Sylvia Whitlock,Rotary International,Rotaryc Club of Duarte,United States Supreme Court,Women of Excellence
High Tech Industries in Saskatoon Awe Dryden Students John Borst 2019-05-14 05:00:00Z 0 3D printer,Aventures in Technology,High School,Innovation Place,Rotary Club of Dryden,Saskatchewan Abilities Council,Saskatoon,prosthetic limbs
What is wrong with this statement on women in Rotary? John Borst 2019-05-13 05:00:00Z 0 Language,barriers to thought,interpretation,misreading,unintented
Can Rotary Morph into a ‘Smart’ Organization? John Borst 2019-05-12 05:00:00Z 0 Big Data,Constant Learning,Rotary International,Smart Cities,Smart Organizations,Strategic Organisers
Rotary’s Chance to Right a Historic Injustice Fails John Borst 2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0 #ItsTimeRI,Dr Sylvia Whitlock,Holger Knacck,RI Nomination Committee,Women in Rotary

The Power of ‘Creating Memorable Rotary Events’

Posted by John Borst on May 10, 2019
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On May 3, 2019, Past Rotary International Director (PRID 2009-10), Dr John Blount spoke to the delegates attending the 2019 District 5550 conference on the topic “Creating Memorable Rotary Events.
John joined Rotary at age 27. He was President of the Sebastopol Club at age 32 and Governor of District 5130 eight years later.
The Power of ‘Creating Memorable Rotary Events’ John Borst 2019-05-10 05:00:00Z 0 Assemble Team Create Plan,Awaken Purpose,Design Program,Establish Vision,Grand Events,Inspire Action,Instill Hope,Market Event,Unite Participants


Posted by John Borst on May 08, 2019
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Drawing from a lifetime of personal and professional experiences, from his humble beginning as an Indigenous youth living in Winnipeg's North End, to working  alongside  business, community and government leaders, Kevin Chief brings a unique voice that is able to attract diverse crowds into inclusive  and healthy conversations about diversity, policy, and social change.
THE ACT OF GENEROSITY GROUNDED IN ROTARY - MELISSA'S STORY John Borst 2019-05-08 05:00:00Z 0 Dryden Ontario,Generosity,Giving,PRIDE,Rotarians,Winnipeg


Posted by John Borst on May 08, 2019
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Karen Ingebrigston, the executive director, explained the background on Firefly and a soft push to see if there were any potential future board members in the crowd.
FIREFLY PROVIDES WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO John Borst 2019-05-08 05:00:00Z 0 Best Start Program,Children and Family Services,Dryden,Firefly,Lake of the Woods Child Development Centre,Making Connections for Children and Youth,Northwestern Ontario,Patricia Centre for Children and Youth,Sioux Lookout,kenora

COL takes small steps to streamline its proceedings but rejects the big one.

Posted by John Borst on May 07, 2019
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RI’s tax status changed from a 501(c)4 to a section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the US Internal Revenue Code.

#6 in a series
Enactments 19-96 to 19-115 dealt with proposed changes to the before, during and after periods of the Council on Legislation itself.
Rotary International provides a good summary of what occurred during this session, however I have reordered their report to correspond more closely with the chronological order which took place.
An attempt to make the Council smaller and meet more frequently failed.
As Rotary reports
A measure to allow the Council to meet every two years, instead of three, but with a smaller number of delegates, failed 174-334. 
The Board argued having a smaller half-sized council meet more frequently would make the process more manageable with more robust debate, and allow Rotary to be nimble and flexible. Districts would have been paired, with one district's delegate attending every other council. 
But opponents were against shrinking the council, denying districts the ability to send its own representative every time. 
On the other hand a motion allowing the council to meet on line before meeting face to face to find where agreement existed at the 80% level did pass so that those items could be dispatched with “consent” which is a small step in streamlining proceedings. Although only 117 resolutions were dealt with in 2019, the high end is 613.
Another rather strange streaming feature also passed “by the narrowest of margins”.  Council members voted 258-252 to strike RI past presidents, and all but one board member from taking part in future councils as non-voting members. The president, president-elect, and one director would remain as non-voting members. It was put forward as a cost saving measure.
Notes revealed that in 2016 the cost of hosting the COL was 3.3 million, with the cost of the average delegate at $3,600. The 17 member board plus 14 Past presidents cost was $118,000 or $3,800 per non-voting delegate. In my view the decision smacks more like an attempt by Past District Governors to retain control of the Council and lessen the influence of the Directors and Past-Presidents even though they are non-voting delegates.
The Director’s did make a major gain with an “emergency” piece of legislation gaining approval. The Board may now propose legislation it deems urgent to the Council on Resolutions, which meets online every year, instead of waiting for the next Council on Legislation. Proposal 19-96 passed 325-182, and offers the Board a means of recommending constitutional changes more frequently than every three years. Evidently something similar already exits but it has never been used.  Given where RI’s strategic plan is pointing, especially in Strategic Priority Four on future governance, I think the odds just increased this new authority may be put to use.
Regarding the change in tax status, although it passed 374-120 the very vocal minority “feared the measure would change the way clubs have to operate by requiring only activities that qualify as charitable, and would harm the reputation of The Rotary Foundation as the charitable arm of Rotary.” Rotary reports however, that “A joint committee, composed of members of both the Board and Foundation, has reviewed the idea for more than 18 months, and argued the change would not change the way Rotary clubs operate or be harmful to The Rotary Foundation.”
Finally before closing in two of its last resolutions 19-115 and 19-116 “the Council approved two measures that clean up and modernize The RI Bylaws and standard Rotary Club Constitution, making them more understandable. The enactments make no substantive changes. But proponents noted these documents have not received a comprehensive review like this in almost two decades and have accumulated redundancies and archaic language. So if you've avoided these documents in the past, give the new edition, when available, a second look!”
As an historical footnote, “This is also the first time a sitting RI President has ever proposed an item to the Council.”
COL takes small steps to streamline its proceedings but rejects the big one. John Borst 2019-05-07 05:00:00Z 0 501(c)3,501(c)4,COL,Council on Legislation,Council on Resolutions,Tax Status

Membership, RI Committees and Dues Provided Lots to Debate by COL Delegates


Posted by John Borst on May 06, 2019
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# 5 in a series
Rotary has shouted out loud and clear that Rotaract Clubs are now officially clubs of and in Rotary rather then clubs outside of the family of Rotary. The path there had many twists and turns including an appeal to Social Media by President Barry Rassin. His was a post I just happen to read. Then the next thing I knew it I was hearing that Rotaractors would now be Rotarians too.
n my opinion it was a decision that made much sense since as I have argued in earlier posts, Rotaractors are adults and qualify by age for Rotary. I also live in a small working-class town in which Rotaract makes little sense. Hence if an eighteen to thirty-nine year old is interested in service to community Rotary is where they should be.
The debate over dues for seniors in 19-89, 90, and 91,  I found fascinating primarily because the reasoning wants so poorly thought out. Rather than being a recognition that the aged like youth may require some adjustment to the cost of being a Rotarian, 90 and 91 especially were more a reward for long time service than age. 19-89 made the best case primarily on the basis of age but did include a short service factor.
The real reason we should provide a reduced cost to those 80 years or older is a recognition that it is a service to do so. At that age the social aspect of Rotary is our greatest benefit to others including our members. Isolation and loneliness face the elderly. Multi-generational contact may not be possible elsewhere in our age stratified society. A reduction for long-time service is not a justifiable reason for a reduced fee as is proposed in 19-90 and 91. Both create two classes of seniors, which certainly is not fair to all concerned.  A reduction based solely on age does warrant consideration.
I also found the rejection of a standing committee on “Information Technology” disappointing. Nothing is so all-pervasive in this age than “information technology”. Perhaps it was the term itself that was part of the problem. Somehow, it is a dated expression. The next wave of the revolution is already poking at the door. Some call it, The “Internet of Things”. Concepts such as “Smart Cities” are being developed. So are Smart organizations especially mega-companies such as We too are an organization. We too should be exploring and evolving into a “smart service organization”.  It should not be left to our staff, we need our governance leaders to part of the process. But that is a topic for a future post.
There is not enough space to comment on other items, however, I do wish to say, I wish Rotary would report on the rational for the withdrawal of an item. Some items leave one wondering why? A little more transparency would go  a long way in developing confidence in COL’s leadership and the delegates thing and an understanding of the process.
Membership, RI Committees and Dues Provided Lots to Debate by COL Delegates John Borst 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0 Dues,Membership,Seniors
Marketing Rotary to Older Adults: Let’s Not Miss the Boat John Borst 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0 Advertising,Age,Marketing,Seniors
A Short Study. Should RI change the name of its magazine, if so to what? John Borst 2019-05-01 05:00:00Z 0 Magazine,Rotary International,Survey,The Rotarian
COL Motions on Our Magazines, Privacy and Past-Presidents Are a Surprise John Borst 2019-04-30 05:00:00Z 0 Club size,Council on Legislation,Districts,Magazine,Privacy,Rotary International,The Rotarian
Dear Nominating Committee for 2020-21 Replacement President-Nominee 2019-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
COL Rejects Glorious Opportunity to Make Rotary More Democratic 2019-04-29 05:00:00Z 0 Council on Legislation,District Governor,Elections,Nominations,President,RIBI,Rotary International

Dryden’s Rotary Exchange Student in France, Maryn Wrolstad, Shares Her Latest Adventures

Posted on Apr 28, 2019
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Sorry, it has been a while since my last email. I’ll give you an update on what’s been going on. We had our Paris/Toulouse/Barcelona week-long bus trip at the end of February. It was exhausting but a lot of fun!
Dryden’s Rotary Exchange Student in France, Maryn Wrolstad, Shares Her Latest Adventures 2019-04-28 05:00:00Z 0 Barcelona,Champs Élysées,Eiffel Tower,France,Louvre,Paris,Rotary Club of Dryden,Rotary Youth Exchange,Sagrada Familia,Salvador Dali museum,Toulouse,l’Arc de Triomphe
If you are a Victim of a Crime, you need to know about VCARS John Borst 2019-04-28 05:00:00Z 0 Dryden,First Nations Police,Municipal Police,OPP,Rotary Club of Dryden,Sunset Area Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Services,VCARS,kenora
Council on Legislation more active in adopting changes to Clubs John Borst 2019-04-28 05:00:00Z 0 Attendance,Club,Constitution,Council on Legislation,Membership,Rotary International
#RIWPNow! – Join the Campaign for a Woman President @RotaryWP John Borst 2019-04-28 05:00:00Z 0 Diversity,Equality,Inclusion,President,Rotary International,Women in Rotary
Council on Legislation Rejects All Changes to Rotary’s Avenues of Service, Object of Rotary, and Core Values John Borst 2019-04-27 05:00:00Z 0 Council on Legislation,Enactments,Rotary International,Vote

Sally Sipos work with Habitat for Humanity earns a Woman of Excellence Citation

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# 5 of 30 Women of Excellence to celebrate 30 Years of Women in Rotary

Compiled from resources from Patty Vann, Tommy Johnson, Peter Keen and John Borst
In 2017 Rotary International and Habitat for Humanity formed a partnership to ensure that in the future more people will have access to affordable housing around the globe. Rotary General Secretary John Hewko stated that “Habitat’s aim to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope aligns perfectly with Rotary’s commitment to make positive, lasting change in communities around the world. With Habitat’s expertise and the power of Rotary’s volunteer network, we will help build the foundation for stronger communities.”
Sally Sipos work with Habitat for Humanity earns a Woman of Excellence Citation 2019-04-26 05:00:00Z 0 Ragged Road,Rotary Club of Dryden,Sally Sipos,Women in Rotary,Women of Excellence

It is time to replace the “Public Image Coordinator” with an “Integrated Communications Coordinator”  

Posted by John Borst on Apr 24, 2019
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It has now been five years since Rotary’s new branding initiative launched. To assist Rotarians in implementing the change, Rotary created, at the Zone level, a responsibility portfolio called the Public Image Coordinator. Some but not all Districts followed suit.
It is time to replace the “Public Image Coordinator” with an “Integrated Communications Coordinator” John Borst 2019-04-24 05:00:00Z 0 Bulletins,ClubRunner,DACdb,District 5550,Newspapers,Public Image Coordinator,Rotary Dryden,Rotary International,SEM,SEO,SMM,The Purpose Driven Life
The Emergence of the Rotary Butterfly Begins on July 1st John Borst 2019-04-22 05:00:00Z 0 Diversity,Innovation,Research,Rotary International,Rotary Year

A Short History of Women on Rotary's Board of Directors

Posted by John Borst on Apr 18, 2019
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Women currently account for 22% of Rotary International's membership.  The growth of women in Rotary officially began on 4 May 1987, when the United States Supreme Court confirmed the Californian decision supporting women in the case Board of Directors, Rotary International v. Rotary Club of Duarte and the Council on Legislation confirmed the decision. 
A Short History of Women on Rotary's Board of Directors John Borst 2019-04-18 05:00:00Z 0 Board of Directors,Rotary International,Women in Rotary
Kaakewaaseya Justice Services and the Role of the ‘Gladue Report’ John Borst 2019-04-18 05:00:00Z 0 First Nations,Gladue report,Jamie Tanis Gladue,Kaakewaaseya Justice,Restorative Justice,Supreme Court

Rotary says 'Let's talk about diversity and inclusion'

Posted on Apr 16, 2019
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The theme of Rotary International’s April 2019 Training Talk Newsletter is on “Diversity, equity and inclusion.” Just last week I addressed this topic by sharing in graphical form the principles inherent in Rotary’s policy statement. Because this topic is of such importance to our future as a Rotarian, I am sharing the contents of the April 2019 newsletter so that it gets as wide a distribution as possible.  
Rotary says 'Let's talk about diversity and inclusion' 2019-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Understanding the relationship between consent and veto between Canada and Its Indigenous Peoples

Posted on Apr 14, 2019
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By Roshan Danesh
Some politicians, journalists, business leaders, lawyers and others have adopted the practice of using the terms “consent” and “veto” interchangeably when discussing the role of First Nations in decision-making regarding lands and resources.

Understanding the relationship between consent and veto between Canada and Its Indigenous Peoples 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0 Canada,Consent,Indigenous,Supreme Court,United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,Veto

Community Support Centre NW Needs Help with Purchase of New Mobility Van

Posted by John Borst on Apr 14, 2019
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Debbie Dokuchie, Executive Director at Community Support Centre NW (formerly the Dryden Volunteer and Recruitment Centre), began her talk by announcing that the organisation had undergone a name change to the Community Support Centre NW to better reflect what they do.
Community Support Centre NW Needs Help with Purchase of New Mobility Van John Borst 2019-04-14 05:00:00Z 0 Christmas Cheer,Community Support Centre NW,Integration,Northwest Health Unit,Rotary Club of Dryden,caregivers,mobility
Apatisiwin Employment Counsellor for the Dryden Native Friendship Centre Explains Role to Rotarians John Borst 2019-04-13 05:00:00Z 0 Apatisiwin,CPP,DNFC,EI,Employment,North Western Ontario,Rotary Club of Dryden
Remembering Denis Belleville John Borst 2019-04-12 05:00:00Z 0 Dryden Regional Health Centre Foundation,Patricia Region Senior Services,Rotary Club,Soccer League
What Is a ‘True Rotarian’ Anyway? John Borst 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0 Altrurians,Authentic,Darell Thompson,Four-Way Test,Manual of Procedure,Paul Harris,Rotary International,The Rotarian Age,Truth
It’s Time for a Woman President in 2014-15! John Borst 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0 President,Rotary Club,Rotary International,Women in Rotary
Diversity and Inclusion in Rotary, what’s the difference? John Borst 2019-04-07 05:00:00Z 0 Dance,Diversity,Inclusion,Invitation,Rotary Club of Dryden,Rotary, International


Posted by John Borst on Mar 31, 2019
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This PowerPoint had two requests that occurred at the same time. The District Governor wanted a report on the Club's annual events and projects. At the same time, the President-elect wanted help in creating a PowerPoint on the same topics.  Hence, this presentation with its thirty-seven slides was born.
From Personal Advocate to National Advocate: Wendy Wiedenhoeft’s story with the CNIB John Borst 2019-03-31 05:00:00Z 0 CNIB,Canadian National Institute for the Blind,Lake Joseph Centre,North Western Ontario,Phone It Forward
Dryden Economic Development Officer Optimistic About City’s Future John Borst 2019-03-22 05:00:00Z 0 Bridge Road Developments Ltd.,Dryden, Ontario,Economic deelopment,Senior's Housing,Timberland Estates

Don't just sit in the house, go outside and enjoy nature

Posted by Willem Vermeer on Mar 18, 2019
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Each week the editor of the club’s weekly KEYWAY newsletter includes a column titled “The lighter side” in which items of a humorous nature appear. The item this week took the form of three pictures under the banner in the title.
Don't just sit in the house, go outside and enjoy nature Willem Vermeer 2019-03-18 05:00:00Z 0
The Lady Rotarian, the Gentleman Rotarian: Why do we see one and not the other? John Borst 2019-03-15 05:00:00Z 0 Lady,Women in Rotary
Mae Concepcion Dolendo, PP of the Rotary Club of Waling-Waling Davao Philippines is known for her ‘House of Hope” and its Foundation 2019-03-14 05:00:00Z 0 House of Hope,Philippines,Rotary Club of Waling-Waling Davao,Rotary District 3860,Sembawang Corporation
Alexandria Ritchie only Twenty-four and Already a Rotary Woman of Excellence 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0 Rotaract Club of Virginia Commonwealth University,Rotary Club of James River,Women of Excellence,Zone 33/34
MP Robert Nault Updates Rotarians on Federal Initiatives in the Kenora Riding John Borst 2019-03-12 05:00:00Z 0 Canada Child Benefit,First Nations,Kenora Riding,Liberal Government,Robert Nault
JUDITH DIMENT OF THE MAIDENHEAD THAMES ROTARY CLUB, AN ADMINISTRATIVE STAR IN ROTARY'S CAMPAIGN TO ERADICATE POLIO 2019-03-04 06:00:00Z 0 D1090,EndPolioNow,Judith Diment,RIBI,Rotary Club of Maidenhead Thames,Rotary Club of Windsor St. George
Toronto Calling is Theme of Graham Harrison’s Life Story John Borst 2019-03-03 06:00:00Z 0 Chatered Accountant,Genealogical Society,Magna International,Noranda,University of Manitoba
Help Celebrate 30 years of Women in Rotary John Borst 2019-02-26 06:00:00Z 0 30th year,Celebration,Rotary International,Women
Rotary Clubs in the News for February 26, 2019 John Borst 2019-02-26 06:00:00Z 0 Aggragation,Daily,News feed,Rotary Club,Test
Rotary Clubs in the News for February 25, 2019 John Borst 2019-02-25 06:00:00Z 0
Melissa Munn Explains Métis Nation Ontario Programs Available in Dryden John Borst 2019-02-24 06:00:00Z 0 At risk,Children,Dryden Ontario,Metis Nation Ontario
Rotary’s Obligation to Promote a Civilized Society John Borst 2019-02-22 06:00:00Z 0 Four-Way Test,Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.,Paul harris Fellowship,Social media,Truth

To Hope or Despair, that is the Question?  

Posted on Feb 21, 2019
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I am proud to say I am an American because I have the good fortune to live in a country that listens and reports – it provides a journalistic communication mechanism which gives prominence to controversial personalities and their radical ideas. At the end of the day, when the disillusion with the status quo reaches a critical point, incredible change happens through the ballot box, and new ideas are put to the test for at least four years. At the individual level, the process can be so disruptive and painful that many want only that it will end. The first view offers hope; the latter only leads to despair.
To Hope or Despair, that is the Question? 2019-02-21 06:00:00Z 0 Despair,Hope,Membership,Mission,Rotary International,Strategic Plan

The Importance of Wearing the Rotary Pin

Posted on Feb 19, 2019
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I am a Japanese businessman, and I wear a suit almost every day. The Rotary pin is always on my lapel. It is there because I am proud to be a Rotarian. Anywhere I go, people will see the pin and know who I am. Other Rotarians will see it and know that I am a friend, and people who are not Rotarians will see it as well. I want to be sure that all of them also understand the meaning of this pin.
The Importance of Wearing the Rotary Pin 2019-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
A REVOLUTION IN THE TYPES OF ROTARY CLUBS IS UNDERWAY Elaine Thompson 2019-02-18 06:00:00Z 0 Club,Hybrid,Passport,Satellite,Traditional,e-Club

What Rotary can learn from AOC as symbol

Posted by John Borst on Feb 18, 2019
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AOC, AOC, AOC: it’s a chant frequently heard throughout the United States since the November mid-term election. For those not of the USA, who do not follow American politics, AOC stands for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. On January 3, 2019, she became the U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district and at the age of 29, the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress. 
What Rotary can learn from AOC as symbol John Borst 2019-02-18 06:00:00Z 0 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,Democrat,Puerto Rico,Shaping Rotary Futures Committee,Zone 24 & 32
Rotary Adventures in Agriculture 2018 Another Success for Dryden Students 2019-02-17 06:00:00Z 0 Adventures in Agriculture,Canadian Western Agribition,Dryden High School,John Deere,McKay Empire Weiss,Regina
Two Books on Rotary’s Four-Way Test Available at Amazon 2019-02-17 06:00:00Z 0 Books,Character Counts,Four-Way Test,Mr Apple

The Happy, Healthy Rotarian

Posted by John Borst on Feb 14, 2019
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Are Rotarians happier and healthier than most people in society? Although I could find no article which definitively answers that question, there is plenty of evidence from research that volunteering in a community through an organisation makes you happy with the result that you are more likely to be healthier as well. It is especially true if the benefits that accrue are to your community.
The Happy, Healthy Rotarian John Borst 2019-02-14 06:00:00Z 0 Happiness Index,Legatum Institute,Prosperity Index,Volunteering
Are Global Grants Distorting the Heart of Rotary? John Borst 2019-02-13 06:00:00Z 2 All Our Relations,Global Grants,Nishnawbe Aski Nation,Rotary International,Tanya Talaga,residential school,sixties scoop,suicide,youth
How Might a Philosophy Professor Analyse Rotary’s Four-Way Test 2019-02-12 06:00:00Z 3 Four-Way Test,Philosophy,Wilmington
The Biggest Problem That No One Talks About 2019-02-11 06:00:00Z 0 Loneliness,Pagosa Springs,The Purpose Driven Life


Posted on Feb 10, 2019
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Researchers at the European Centre for Development Policy Management in a report arguing that while “the nature of conflict and violence is changing and old tools and approaches need rejuvenation, funding for peace-building, while increasing, actually remains low.” Worse, researchers say, support for such efforts is vulnerable to sudden domestic policy shifts inside donor states. “The current geopolitical flux will profoundly affect political support to peace-building,” E.C.D.P.M. researchers worry.
WHY ROTARY'S PEACE INITIATIVE IS NEEDED MORE THAN EVER: AN INFOGRAPHIC 2019-02-10 06:00:00Z 0 America Magazine,Peace,Researchers at the European Centre for Development Policy Management,Rotary World Peace Partners,War,conflict


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We the 4 is a blog on Rotary International, its clubs, districts, and Rotarians. It is a component of the Rotary Club of Dryden’s website where Rotarians can express opinions or information pieces on Rotary issues or experiences. 
About 2019-02-09 06:00:00Z 0


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Opinions expressed on The Rotary Club of Dryden’s blog Wethe4 are those of the author or authors of the piece. The Rotary Club of Dryden takes no responsibility if any reader misinterprets the opinion of the author or authors to be that of Rotary International, its Zones, Districts or Clubs.
Disclaimer 2019-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

An Idea from Saskatoon on What to do with Dryden’s Brownfields

Posted by John Borst on Feb 07, 2019
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Do you know what a brownfield is? The Merriman Webster dictionary defines it as “a tract of land that has been developed for industrial purposes, polluted, and then abandoned..” Cambridge English lumps together “interstitial spaces, brownfields, disused industrial estate, railway lines and stations, abandoned ports,  and plots in ruins as unproductive areas within the economic structure of the city which could potentially be used for temporary activities.
An Idea from Saskatoon on What to do with Dryden’s Brownfields John Borst 2019-02-07 06:00:00Z 0 Brownfield,Government Road,Highway 17,Rotary Club of Dryden

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With Dryden Rotary’s most recent announcement of the approval of another $53,000 in grants to local and area organizations The Rotary Club of Dryden has breached the 2-million-dollar mark in grants.

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The Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation is now accepting applications for its next round of grants. The deadline for the summer/fall applications is basically November 1st as the Foundation’s directors meet that month to review and approve the applications.  

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It’s Time to Melt the “Frozen Middle” and create a “River of Hope”

Posted by John Borst on Feb 05, 2019
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The issue of climate change and the melting of the polar caps is everywhere at this moment in history. However, according to one former  Rotary International director  Rotary has its ice cap. Rather than being found at either end of Rotary’s linear structure, it is according to the director found in the middle of its structure or to use a quote from a comment on FaceBook the “Frozen middle”.
It’s Time to Melt the “Frozen Middle” and create a “River of Hope” John Borst 2019-02-05 06:00:00Z 0 Council on Legislation,Council on Resolutions,District Governor,Diversity,Innovation,John Hewko

Dryden High School’s “Four Directions” Program Doubles Indigenous Student’s Graduation Rate

Posted by John Borst on Feb 04, 2019
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In the book All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward, Tanya Talaga, explores the alarming rise of youth suicide in Indigenous communities in Canada, with a special emphasis on North Western Ontario.  Part of that story is grounded in the abysmal history of Indigenous education from the late 19th C, through the 20th C until today. 
Dryden High School’s “Four Directions” Program Doubles Indigenous Student’s Graduation Rate John Borst 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 1 DHS,Education,Four Directions,Indigenous,KeewatinPatricia DSB

Shine for ShelterBox Dinner Raises Nearly $4000 for Emergency Disaster Relief Agency

Posted by John Borst on Feb 04, 2019
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Seventy patrons from Dryden and North Western Ontario, attended a Shine for ShelterBox fundraiser at The Centre on the evening of January 30, 2019. ShelterBox is an emergency disaster relief agency which provides emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster or conflict. 
Shine for ShelterBox Dinner Raises Nearly $4000 for Emergency Disaster Relief Agency John Borst 2019-02-04 06:00:00Z 0 Ambassador,Linda Hiebert,Rotary Club of Kenora,ShelterBox,Shine for ShelterBox
Rainbow Alliance Dryden supports LGBTQ2S+ community in the area John Borst 2019-02-03 06:00:00Z 0 GSA,Gay-Straight Alliance,LGBTQ2S+,PRIDE,Pflag,Rainbow Alliance Dryden
2019 Dryden Rotary On-line Auction Set for April 8 -15 John Borst 2019-01-28 06:00:00Z 0 Auction,Donation,Donors,Online
Proposal Made to Club to Start Livestreaming as a Means to Grow Membership John Borst 2019-01-28 06:00:00Z 0 BoxCast,Livestreaming,Membership,North Western Ontario,Video-Conferencing
Dryden Hunter, the “Real Deal” John Borst 2019-01-24 06:00:00Z 1 Big Game,Conservation,Hunting,South Africa
Let’s learn to keep it SIMPLE in Rotary design! John Borst 2019-01-14 06:00:00Z 0 2019-2020,Design,Rotary International,Theme
Let’s learn to keep it SIMPLE in Rotary design! John Borst 2019-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
Volunteers Needed for Programs at Patricia Gardens John Borst 2018-12-24 06:00:00Z 1 Dryden,Patricia Gardens,meals on Wheels

Club President Peter Summarises Accomplishments at Mid-point in his Term

Posted by John Borst on Dec 16, 2018
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As we approach the mid-point of this Rotary year, it is time to reflect on the achievements and activities our club has been part of, both locally and areas farther afield. It seems like an eternity since our annual fish fry at the Flying Club when Past-President Ed and his Executive turned over the mantle of responsibility to the incoming group. 
Club President Peter Summarises Accomplishments at Mid-point in his Term John Borst 2018-12-16 06:00:00Z 0 2018-19,Mid-term report,Peter Marshall,
Horses at the Heart of ‘Horseshoe Connections’ Wellness Learning Program John Borst 2018-12-09 06:00:00Z 0 Dryden Area,Horses,Minnitaki,Ranch,Wellness
Viherjoki and Graver tie for First Place in the 2018 Dryden Rotary Ian Nixon Memorial Public Speaking Contest John Borst 2018-12-02 06:00:00Z 0 Dryden,Ian Nixon Award,Open Roads School,Public Speaking,St. Joesph's School
McRotary’s Farm Grows in Ignace John Borst 2018-11-25 06:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation,Ignace,Mary Berglund Community Health Centre,Vounteerism
Remembrance, The Legion and Imagining War John Borst 2018-11-18 06:00:00Z 0 Legion,Oxdrift,World War I
Patricia Region Tourist Council Creates Interactive Digitized Version of their Famous Fishing Map John Borst 2018-11-18 06:00:00Z 0 Camps,Dryden Area,Fishing,Hunting,Lodges,Patricia Region,Tourism

Nutrition on Weekends Pilot Program Offered at St. Joseph's School

Posted by John Borst on Nov 15, 2018
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The research is clear that a hungry child is at a clear disadvantage compared to a well feed child when it comes to school-based learning. Hence many jurisdictions have a breakfast program.
There are a few children, however, whose level of food security is such that they may not be getting enough food at home on the weekends. 
Nutrition on Weekends Pilot Program Offered at St. Joseph's School John Borst 2018-11-15 06:00:00Z 0 NOW,NWHU,Nutrition on Weekends,Parent Council,St Joesph's School
Club learns about 2018 Rotary Adventures in Human Rights Program John Borst 2018-11-04 05:00:00Z 0 Adventures in Human Rights,Canadian Museum of Human Rights,District 5550,Manitoba,Rotary World Peace Partners,Winnipeg
Museum Curator Promotes Current Travelling Exhibit on Medical Records John Borst 2018-11-04 05:00:00Z 0 Dryden,Medical Records,Museum,Ontario,Volunteers
Dryden Rotary Club Donates 15K To Furnish New Hoshizaki House John Borst 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0 Crisis Centre,Hoshizaki House,Women
Dryden Rotary 2018 Awards Night a celebration of our best Young Piano Students, Outstanding Community Volunteers and Club’s Paul Harris Fellows. John Borst 2018-10-27 05:00:00Z 0 Awards,Community Service,Paul Harris Fellows,Royal Conservatory of Ontario,Volunteers
Local Chiropractor Neil McLeod shares his story with club members John Borst 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0 DHS,Football,Howe House,McLeod Chiropractic,Sunset Plaza,Vocational Talk
Exchange Student Lindsay Coles shares the story of her year in Belgium John Borst 2018-08-26 05:00:00Z 0 Belgium,Dinant,Dryden Rotary,Rotary International,Youth Exchange
Council makes progress on multiple fronts says, Mayor John Borst 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0 2015-2018,City of Dryden,Council,Financial Plan,Greg Wilson,Mayor
Ollerhead, Lutheran Parish Mission director briefs Rotarians on Haiti Initiative John Borst 2018-08-06 05:00:00Z 0 Dryden Lutheran Parish,Haiti,Mission,Ollerhead,Thomassique
How to be ‘FireSmart’ if you live in a high-risk wildfire zone John Borst 2018-07-30 05:00:00Z 0 Dryden Fire Centre,FireSmart,Landscape,MNR,Property,Wildfire