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
Posted by John Borst on May 25, 2019
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.
Dream Believers Dryden Ontario Harry McMaster Parade Picnic WeLoveDryden
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‘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
Posted by John Borst on May 21, 2019
#7 in a series.
A request to provide a compendium of links to the 2019 Council on Legislation from a PDG at District 7390 was the inspiration for this post. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on the bigger picture of what happened this year which may portend future directions and trends.
Council on Legislation Liberal Rotary International Social media Traditional
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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
Posted by John Borst on May 17, 2019
Did the Council of Legislation change the status of a member of a Rotaract Club with Enactment 19-72? The answer is no. They are still Rotaractors. They are not Rotarians. That is the conclusion one has to draw from  the experience of two Rotaractors who also have membership in Rotary Clubs.
19-72 Council on Legislation Enactment Rotaract Rotaractors Rotarian Rotary
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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
Posted by John Borst on May 16, 2019
As reported some two weeks ago, the Council on Legislation gave Rotary Executive the authority to alter the name of The Rotarian magazine if it was necessary to be consistent with Rotary’s rebranding initiative.
RIBI Rotary Magazine Survey The Rotarian rebranding
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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
Posted by John Borst on May 14, 2019
Author of Women Also Serve: Duarte Invites Women to Join Rotary tells her first person account of what it was like to be a woman Rotary pioneer.
California Dr Sylvia Whitlock Rotary International Rotaryc Club of Duarte United States Supreme Court Women of Excellence
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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
Posted by John Borst on May 14, 2019
Chris Mills and Cameron Miles, two Dryden High School students shared their trip to Saskatoon for a Rotary Adventures in Technology Program sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Saskatoon.
3D printer Aventures in Technology High School Innovation Place Rotary Club of Dryden Saskatchewan Abilities Council Saskatoon prosthetic limbs
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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
Posted by John Borst on May 13, 2019
Variations of the statement below, I have seen many times over the years. A male, with many years of dedicated service, made it in a Facebook post, this past week.  
Language barriers to thought interpretation misreading unintented
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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
Posted by John Borst on May 12, 2019

Eight steps Rotary must take to be a "Smart" Organization

“Smart’ is the word of the century. Smartphones, smart cars, smart cities, and smart organisations fill the pages of city newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals.
Big Data Constant Learning Rotary International Smart Cities Smart Organizations Strategic Organisers
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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
Posted by John Borst on May 10, 2019
The need to replace Sushil Gupta, RIPN 20-21, who resigned for health reason, presented the opportunity for the 20-21 Nominating Committee to correct a historical injustice.
#ItsTimeRI Dr Sylvia Whitlock Holger Knacck RI Nomination Committee Women in Rotary
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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
Posted by John Borst on May 10, 2019
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.
Assemble Team Create Plan Awaken Purpose Design Program Establish Vision Grand Events Inspire Action Instill Hope Market Event Unite Participants
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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
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.
Dryden Ontario Generosity Giving PRIDE Rotarians Winnipeg
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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
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.
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
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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
Posted by John Borst on May 07, 2019

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.”
501(c)3 501(c)4 COL Council on Legislation Council on Resolutions Tax Status
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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
Posted by John Borst on May 06, 2019
# 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 Amazon.com. 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.
Dues Membership Seniors
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Membership, RI Committees and Dues Provided Lots to Debate by COL Delegates John Borst 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0 Dues,Membership,Seniors
Posted by John Borst on May 06, 2019
May is Youth Services Month. Rotarians in every community quite justifiably put much effort and coin into providing support to its early years’ cohort. Youth Exchange programs, adventure series of various types, scholarships, food programs, literacy supports, are some of the best-known Rotary activities.
Advertising Age Marketing Seniors
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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
Posted on Apr 29, 2019
# 3 in a series
Enactments 19-40 to 19-55 addressed issues of elections and nominations at the President and Governor levels plus two Miscellaneous election items.
Council on Legislation District Governor Elections Nominations President RIBI Rotary International
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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
Posted on Apr 28, 2019
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!
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
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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
Posted by John Borst on Apr 28, 2019
Tanisha Grandbois, the Executive Director of Sunset Area Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Services, is more commonly known by its acronym VCARS (pronounced vic-cars).
Dryden First Nations Police Municipal Police OPP Rotary Club of Dryden Sunset Area Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Services VCARS kenora
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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
Posted by John Borst on Apr 28, 2019
#2 in a series
COL approved ten changes to Clubs in the areas of Administration, Membership and Meetings and Attendance. They also rejected ten proposals. Two items were withdrawn.  
Attendance Club Constitution Council on Legislation Membership Rotary International
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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
Posted by John Borst on Apr 28, 2019
It is with regret that we learned of Sushil Gupta’s, (President-nominee for the 2020-21 Rotary year) decision to resign his position as a result of his health. I am sure it was an extremely hard decision to make and I am sure the people of India and throughout Rotary are disappointed.
Diversity Equality Inclusion President Rotary International Women in Rotary
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#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

# 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.”
Ragged Road Rotary Club of Dryden Sally Sipos Women in Rotary Women of Excellence
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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
Posted by John Borst on Apr 24, 2019
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.
Bulletins ClubRunner DACdb District 5550 Newspapers Public Image Coordinator Rotary Dryden Rotary International SEM SEO SMM The Purpose Driven Life
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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
Posted by John Borst on Apr 22, 2019
June 30, 2019 is nearly here and with it the end of if this Rotary year. But something else associated with Rotary ends too,Rotary International's current Strategic Plan.
Diversity Innovation Research Rotary International Rotary Year
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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
Posted by John Borst on Apr 18, 2019
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. 
Board of Directors Rotary International Women in Rotary
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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
Posted by John Borst on Apr 18, 2019
Jennifer Groves, an employee of the Kaakewaaseya Justice Services provide legal services to Treaty 3 Residents who live both on and off reserve. Groves is a specialist in writing Gladue reports.
First Nations Gladue report Jamie Tanis Gladue Kaakewaaseya Justice Restorative Justice Supreme Court
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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
Posted on Apr 16, 2019
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
Posted on Apr 14, 2019
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.

Canada Consent Indigenous Supreme Court United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Veto
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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
Posted by John Borst on Apr 14, 2019
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.
Christmas Cheer Community Support Centre NW Integration Northwest Health Unit Rotary Club of Dryden caregivers mobility
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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
Posted by John Borst on Apr 12, 2019
Sponsored by the late Bill Beatty, Denis joined the Rotary Club of Dryden in1995 and remained an active member until his passing on April 3rd, 2019. 
Dryden Regional Health Centre Foundation Patricia Region Senior Services Rotary Club Soccer League
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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
Posted by John Borst on Apr 09, 2019
Words like “True’, or ‘Authentic’ applied to human endeavours are problematic whether applied to a member of a political party, fans of a sports team, a religious faith or a service organisation like Rotary.
Altrurians Authentic Darell Thompson Four-Way Test Manual of Procedure Paul Harris Rotary International The Rotarian Age Truth
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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
Posted by John Borst on Apr 09, 2019
Editor's Note: The following is a legacy piece first published in Spring 2012 at 5550opinions.
Sometime around now, a committee is about to meet within Rotary to decide whom to nominate as the 2014-15 President.
President Rotary Club Rotary International Women in Rotary
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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
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
Posted by John Borst on Mar 22, 2019
Dryden’s economic wows have been front and centre for so long that it was a delight to hear the optimism in Tyler Peacock’s upbeat presentation on Dryden’s future. 
Bridge Road Developments Ltd. Dryden Ontario Economic deelopment Senior's Housing Timberland Estates
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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
Posted by Willem Vermeer on Mar 18, 2019
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
Chance Meeting with Former Roommate’s Brother Leads to Life in Dryden. John Borst 2019-03-18 05:00:00Z 0 Barrie,Calgary,McKay Construction,Orillia,Rotary Club of Dryden
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
Posted by John Borst on Mar 03, 2019
When a new member joins a Rotary Club, they eventually have to give a little speech on their life story, especially their work history. We call it a “Vocational talk”. This is Graham Harrison’s story.
Chatered Accountant Genealogical Society Magna International Noranda University of Manitoba
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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
Posted by John Borst on Feb 26, 2019
The following call for submissions is patterned after a call at District 9940 in New Zealand.
Twenty-nineteen marks the 30th year Rotary International has officially welcomed women as members.
30th year Celebration Rotary International Women
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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
Posted on Feb 21, 2019
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.
Despair Hope Membership Mission Rotary International Strategic Plan
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To Hope or Despair, that is the Question? 2019-02-21 06:00:00Z 0 Despair,Hope,Membership,Mission,Rotary International,Strategic Plan
Posted on Feb 19, 2019
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
Posted by Elaine Thompson on Feb 18, 2019
Gone are the days when all Rotary Clubs met weekly over a meal and attendance was taken and tracked. Over the past decade, flexibility and innovation have become the mantra of Rotary International. And the grassroots have taken up the challenge of creating new ways for clubs to meet the demands of modern society and different cultures.
Club Hybrid Passport Satellite Traditional e-Club
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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
Posted by John Borst on Feb 18, 2019
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. 
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Democrat Puerto Rico Shaping Rotary Futures Committee Zone 24 & 32
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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
Posted on Feb 17, 2019
Cole Ford and Ashley Armit, two students from Dryden High School, attended the 2018 Rotary Adventures in Agriculture Program in Regina organised by the Rotary Club of Regina Eastview from November 21st - 25th, 2018.
Adventures in Agriculture Canadian Western Agribition Dryden High School John Deere McKay Empire Weiss Regina
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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
Posted on Feb 17, 2019
Corrine Gregory and Wallis Zbitnew, two North American Rotarians have both written books on Rotary’s take on the golden rule. While the authors bring a different approach to the task of reflecting on how the “Test” can be used in life and work, they have the same goal to use it as a means to develop a more ethical and civilised society. 
Books Character Counts Four-Way Test Mr Apple
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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
Posted by John Borst on Feb 14, 2019
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.
Happiness Index Legatum Institute Prosperity Index Volunteering
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The Happy, Healthy Rotarian John Borst 2019-02-14 06:00:00Z 0 Happiness Index,Legatum Institute,Prosperity Index,Volunteering
Posted by John Borst on Feb 13, 2019
The heart of Rotary is the service club and the community in which it exists. People join first and foremost because they want to give back to their community. Finding fellowship and honing leadership skills are pleasant extras.
All Our Relations Global Grants Nishnawbe Aski Nation Rotary International Tanya Talaga residential school sixties scoop suicide youth
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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
Posted on Feb 11, 2019
Dr Pat Love speaking to the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs, Colorado asked Rotarians to identify a malady which is more highly correlated with early morbidity than obesity, smoking and drug abuse and is also correlated with violence, careless acts and substance abuse. 
Loneliness Pagosa Springs The Purpose Driven Life
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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
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.
America Magazine Peace Researchers at the European Centre for Development Policy Management Rotary World Peace Partners War conflict
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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
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. 
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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
Posted by John Borst on Feb 09, 2019
The Dryden Recreation Extension And Modification (DREAM) Committee has made excellent progress in raising funds for Dryden’s Recreation Centre comprised of two arenas, swimming pool and recreation facility.
Posted by John Borst on Feb 07, 2019
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.
Brownfield Government Road Highway 17 Rotary Club of Dryden
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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


Author of Women Also Serve: Duarte Invites Women to Join Rotary tells her first person account of what it was like to be a woman Rotary pioneer.

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Variations of the statement below, I have seen many times over the years. A male, with many years of dedicated service, made it in a Facebook post, this past week.  

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Eight steps Rotary must take to be a "Smart" Organization

“Smart’ is the word of the century. Smartphones, smart cars, smart cities, and smart organisations fill the pages of city newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals.

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The need to replace Sushil Gupta, RIPN 20-21, who resigned for health reason, presented the opportunity for the 20-21 Nominating Committee to correct a historical injustice.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted by John Borst on Feb 05, 2019
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”.
Council on Legislation Council on Resolutions District Governor Diversity Innovation John Hewko
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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
Posted by John Borst on Feb 04, 2019
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. 
DHS Education Four Directions Indigenous KeewatinPatricia DSB
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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
Posted by John Borst on Feb 04, 2019
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. 
Ambassador Linda Hiebert Rotary Club of Kenora ShelterBox Shine for ShelterBox
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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
Posted by John Borst on Jan 24, 2019
Dryden hunter and entrepreneur, Marc Mcnay, owner of the Real Deal shared the story of his rise to prominence as a promoter of wildlife hunting.
Big Game Conservation Hunting South Africa
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Dryden Hunter, the “Real Deal” John Borst 2019-01-24 06:00:00Z 1 Big Game,Conservation,Hunting,South Africa
Posted by John Borst on Jan 14, 2019

Each year, no doubt at significant expense, Rotary creates a Presidential Theme and a logo to accompany it. Most, thank goodness, are immediately forgettable.


2019-2020 Design Rotary International Theme
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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
Posted by John Borst on Dec 24, 2018
“We are getting older and will eventually need many of the services provided by Patricia Region Senior Services Inc.” Joy Auren, the new Volunteer and Community Engagement Planner at Patricia Gardens, told Dryden Rotarians at their meeting on Wednesday. 
Dryden Patricia Gardens meals on Wheels
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Volunteers Needed for Programs at Patricia Gardens John Borst 2018-12-24 06:00:00Z 1 Dryden,Patricia Gardens,meals on Wheels
Posted by John Borst on Dec 16, 2018
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. 
2018-19 Mid-term report Peter Marshall
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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
Posted by John Borst on Nov 25, 2018
Who knew! The Mary Berglund Health Centre’s (MBHC) Community Garden has grown to include animals and redubbed McRotary’s Farm in honour of our club's support of its gardens and health project.
Community Service Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation Ignace Mary Berglund Community Health Centre Vounteerism
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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
Posted by John Borst on Nov 18, 2018
Ted Mitchell, a Dryden High School Teacher, and a member of the Oxdrift Legion ask Rotarians to  “try to remember or imagine the world of a military person during war”.
Legion Oxdrift World War I
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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
Posted by John Borst on Nov 15, 2018
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. 
NOW NWHU Nutrition on Weekends Parent Council St Joesph's School
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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
Posted by John Borst on Nov 04, 2018
Rtn. Cynthia Palermo and student Samantha Meek, one of two DHS students, spoke to the club about the Rotary Adventures in Human Rights program they attended in the summer of 2018. Payton Zilkans also attended, however, was not available for the presentation.
Adventures in Human Rights Canadian Museum of Human Rights District 5550 Manitoba Rotary World Peace Partners Winnipeg
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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
Posted by John Borst on Jul 26, 2018
Here is what happened when District Governor Elaine Thompson,  met Elaine Thompson Rotarian extraordinaire of the Rotary Club of Dryden. 
District Governor Elaine Thompson Rotary Club of Dryden Winnipeg
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And Your Name Is? John Borst 2018-07-26 05:00:00Z 2 District Governor,Elaine Thompson,Rotary Club of Dryden,Winnipeg
Posted by John Borst on Jul 25, 2018
The 2018-2019 District Governor Elaine Thompson visited the Dryden club on July 4th. Elaine and her husband Ed, a former Past District Governor, were travelling home to Winnipeg by RV after visiting the Rotary International Convention which was in Toronto from June 23- 27th
District 5550 District Convention District Governor Membership Goal Strategic Plan
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District Governor for 2018-19 starts her tour of clubs with Dryden. John Borst 2018-07-25 05:00:00Z 0 District 5550,District Convention,District Governor,Membership Goal,Strategic Plan
Posted by John Borst on Jul 23, 2018
Humberto Pacheco, speaking on behalf of Brian Eschbach President of the Dryden Tennis Club described how Dryden lacks the facilities of other local communities such as Kenora or Sioux Lookout. This lack of courts prevents DTC from holding local tournaments and improving our young players.
Dryden Milestone Park Pickle Ball Rotary Club of Dryden Rotary park Tennis
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Dryden Tennis Club Needs Proper Facilities, says Pacheco John Borst 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0 Dryden,,Milestone Park,Pickle Ball,Rotary Club of Dryden,Rotary park,Tennis
Maryn Wrolstad is Dryden’s Out-going Exchange Student for the 2018-19 year John Borst 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0 Chelles,France,Rotary Club of Dryden,Youth Exchange
Maryn Wrolstad is Dryden’s Out-going Exchange Student for the 2018-19 year John Borst 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Maryn Wrolstad is Dryden’s Out-going Exchange Student for the 2018-19 year John Borst 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 04, 2018
The Rotary year extends from July 1 to June 30th. As a result, a new executive is sworn in during the last meeting in June.
2018-2019 Dryden Flying Club Executive Committee Fish Fry Installation of Officers Rotary Club of Dryden Rotary Year
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New Executive Installed for the 2018-2019 Rotary Year. John Borst 2018-07-04 05:00:00Z 0 2018-2019,Dryden Flying Club,Executive Committee,Fish Fry,Installation of Officers,Rotary Club of Dryden,Rotary Year
Dryden Rotarian Sally Sipos is a Leader in Habitat for Humanity Builds John Borst 2018-06-23 05:00:00Z 0 Award,Build,Global Village,Habitat for Humanity,Partnership
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jun 04, 2018
In response to a spike in impaired driving arrests two years ago, Sergeant Michelle Teeple began to fight back galvanizing leaders and agencies in our community to form a group to tackle the issue of impaired driving.  
DAIRS Drunk Gaming Ignace Impaired Police Rotary Dryden Simulation
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Community Attacks Impaired Driving Ed Iskra 2018-06-04 05:00:00Z 0 DAIRS,Drunk,Gaming,Ignace,Impaired,Police,Rotary Dryden,Simulation
Posted by John Borst on Apr 26, 2018
One of the customs of a Rotary Club is for a new member to give a talk on their vocation. Such short speeches have become known as a “vocational talk”. Although members are expected to focus on their “work,” there is a large autobiographical component to most talks.
Bob Macdonald and Donna Pollock gave their talks at the April 11th meeting.
Club learns the background on two new members John Borst 2018-04-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 26, 2018
One of the customs of a Rotary Club is for a new member to give a talk on their vocation. Such short speeches have become known as a “vocational talk”. Although members are expected to focus on their “work,” there is a large autobiographical component to most talks.
Bob Macdonald and Donna Pollock gave their talks at the April 11th meeting.
Membership Vocational Talk
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Club learns the background on two new Club learns the background on two new members John Borst 2018-04-26 05:00:00Z 0 Membership,Vocational Talk
Public School Board’s ‘Hockey Canada Dryden Skills Academy’ Explained to Club John Borst 2018-04-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 18, 2018
Harry Funk, Capital Coordinator, for Bridge Roads Development (BRD) described the progress he and his company are making to bring Dryden its first new seniors housing development in over thirty-five years.
BRD Bridge Roads Development Residence Rotary Dryden Seniors
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Clearer Financial Picture for New Seniors’ Residence is Emerging John Borst 2018-03-18 05:00:00Z 0 BRD,Bridge Roads Development,Residence,Rotary Dryden,Seniors
How a visit to a Dryden Concert lead one Resident into Disaster Relief John Borst 2018-03-15 05:00:00Z 0 Mudmen,ShelterBox,Texas,UK,Volunteer
Club Disperses nearly $54,000 to area community projects John Borst 2018-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Dryden Rotary’s Cynthia Palermo shares an inspiring vocational talk with the club John Borst 2018-03-02 06:00:00Z 0 Adventures in Human Rights,Communityy service,Dryden High School,Vlocational talk
Posted by John Borst on Mar 02, 2018
According to Cynthia Seitz, a director with Dryden’s Second Chance Pet Network, the organisation now takes in dogs and cats from an expanded region including 50 First Nation reserves, Northern Manitoba, and Nunavut
Cats Dogs Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation Dryden ON Second Change Treasures Second chance Pet Network
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Second Chance Pet Network expands catchment area to 50% of Canada John Borst 2018-03-02 06:00:00Z 0 Cats,Dogs,Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation,Dryden, ON,Second Change Treasures,Second chance Pet Network
Posted by Ed Iskra on Feb 12, 2018

During her 20 seasons dealing with forest fire emergencies, Kendra Saville (left) witnessed first hand the devastation, turmoil and upheaval caused by wildfires across Canada.

Jeannie McMaster Kendra Saville Shelter Box
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ShelterBox Journey Ed Iskra 2018-02-12 06:00:00Z 0 Jeannie McMaster,Kendra Saville,Shelter Box
Managing Dryden’s Forestlands is a Never Ending Balancing Act John Borst 2018-02-06 06:00:00Z 0 Chip trucks,Crown land,FMP,Forest management,Forestry,Wood Supply,sustainability,woodchip
Ice Dogs Hockey Club to Host the Dudley Hewitt Cup in 2018 John Borst 2018-02-06 06:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Dryden, ON,Dudley Hewitt Cup,Hockey,Ice Dogs
Posted by John Borst on Feb 06, 2018
Dryden Rotary’s online auction will take place in 2018 from April 10th to 17th.
Rotarian and Past Club president, Brian Braid will chair the 2018 fundraising event.
2018 Auction Donors Online Search Volunteer Website
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Club Gears Up for Annual Online Auction John Borst 2018-02-06 06:00:00Z 0 2018,Auction,Donors,Online,Search,Volunteer,Website
Posted by John Borst on Feb 06, 2018
The ‘New Year,’ wasn’t the only reason Dryden Rotarians had to celebrate, as 2018 began. January 2018 will stand out in the history of the Club, as the year it reached parity between men and women. 
ClubRunner Dryden Rotary Equality History Induction Invitation Membership Women
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With Two New Members, Club Reaches Two Milestones John Borst 2018-02-06 06:00:00Z 0 ClubRunner,Dryden Rotary,Equality,History,Induction,Invitation,Membership,Women
Posted by John Borst on Dec 27, 2017
Another story of a Rotarian from “Away”, takes a short-term job in Dryden and then stays. That’s a common theme of many residents of this town and it’s part of LeeAnne Benson’s vocational story too.
Education Rotary Dryden Thunder Lake Vocational Talk
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LeeAnn Benson: Another “From Away and Stay” Rotarian John Borst 2017-12-27 06:00:00Z 0 Education,Rotary Dryden,Thunder Lake,Vocational Talk
Dryden Rotarians Organize to Support Meals on Wheels in 2018 John Borst 2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0 Hospital,Meals on Wheels-,Rotary Dryden,Volunteers
Lutherans to establish support group for caregivers of people with dementia John Borst 2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0 Church,City of Dryden,Lutheran,caregiver,dementia
Posted by John Borst on Nov 30, 2017
The Rotary Club of Dryden has seen excellent growth in both the number of pages viewed and the number of visitors during 2017.
Club Data Dwell time Page Views Returning Visitors Unique visitors Website
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Club’s Website Grows by Over 300% in 2017 John Borst 2017-11-30 06:00:00Z 0 Club,,Data,Dwell time,Page Views,Returning Visitors,Unique visitors,Website
Hoshizaki House is focus of meeting on November 29 John Borst 2017-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
ClubRunner Creates App for Dryden Members on the Go John Borst 2017-11-23 06:00:00Z 0 ClubRunner,Dryden Rotary,Mobile App
Club Listens to the 2017 Dryden Rotary Public Speaking Contest Winners John Borst 2017-11-22 06:00:00Z 0 Dryden,,Ian Nixon Award,KeewatinPatricia DSB,Northwest CDSB,Public Speaking
In Memory of Veterans, Local Rotarians Share Connections to Our Military John Borst 2017-11-19 06:00:00Z 0 France,J.A. Loucks,Lancaster bomber,Normandy,RCAF,Remembrance Day,War Graves Commission
Rotary Exchange Students Deliver a Pleasant Surprise to the Community of Churchill Ed Iskra 2017-11-18 06:00:00Z 0 Churchill,Hubbs,,Varja
Posted by John Borst on Nov 17, 2017
This month as we do each year, we celebrated Remembrance Day on November 11th.  It is appropriate on such days to remind all Rotarians that “Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.”
Concert Conference Environment Jon Brooks Peace Remembrance Day Vancouver War
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Rotary President Puts Focus on Environment and Peace in 2018 John Borst 2017-11-17 06:00:00Z 0 Concert,Conference,Environment,Jon Brooks,Peace,Remembrance Day,Vancouver,War
Royal Conservatory Students Entertain Rotarians at Paul Harris Fellowship Night John Borst 2017-11-05 05:00:00Z 0 Competition,Exams,Piano,Royal Conservatory,Students
Posted by John Borst on Nov 01, 2017
ShelterBox, a supplier of crisis shelter tents, and an official partner of Rotary International is richer by 2 ShelterBoxes after Dryden Rotary’s concert staring The Mudmen, a Celtic rock band featuring none other than two bagpipers. 
Concert Entertainment Mudmen Rotary Dryden Rotary Foundation ShelterBox
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ShelterBox Reaps Benefit of a Fun Concert John Borst 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0 Concert,Entertainment,Mudmen,Rotary Dryden,Rotary Foundation,ShelterBox
Posted by John Borst on Oct 31, 2017
Among the highest tribute, Rotarians can pay a non-Rotarian resident of a community is with a Paul Harris Fellowship. At its meeting on October 25th, Dryden Rotary honoured Willene Moffat and  Jim Shearer.
The award honours those who exemplify the Rotarian motto “Service Above Self”. 
Awards PHF Paul harris Fellowship Rotary Dryden Volunteer
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CLUB HONOURS TWO DRYDEN CITIZENS WITH PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIPS John Borst 2017-10-31 05:00:00Z 0 Awards,PHF,Paul harris Fellowship,Rotary Dryden,Volunteer
Posted by John Borst on Oct 25, 2017
On the evening of October 25th six of our Rotarians Jeannie McMaster, Patricia Rigey, Patricia Vann, Pam Brown, Clare Thompson, & John Carlucci, were also awarded Paul Harris Fellowships having contributed $1000 to The Rotary Foundation.
PHF Paul Harris Rotary Foundation The Centre Vounteerism
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Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded to Seven Members; One Posthumously John Borst 2017-10-25 05:00:00Z 0 PHF,Paul Harris,Rotary Foundation,The Centre,Vounteerism
Rtns McMaster and Plomp, Promote Mudmen ShelterBox Event on CKDR John Borst 2017-10-22 05:00:00Z 0 Celtic Rock,Fund raiser,October,The Centre,Thursday 28
Dryden Students Report on new ‘Rotary Adventures in Human Rights’ program John Borst 2017-10-18 05:00:00Z 0 High School,Human Rights,Museum,Peace,Students,Winnipeg
Posted by Leanna Bullock on Oct 05, 2017
During a new members’ first few months, they are required to provide club members with a brief account of their life and work. Here are a couple of excerpts from the vocational speech by Rotarian Leanna Bullock. 
Community Dryden High School History Red Cross Hospital Rotary Dryden Teacher Vocational Talk Volunteerism
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Leanna Bullock shares her ‘Vocational’ Talk with Club Leanna Bullock 2017-10-05 05:00:00Z 0 Community,Dryden High School,History,Red Cross Hospital,Rotary Dryden,Teacher,Vocational Talk,Volunteerism
A Rotary Life Lived: An Interview with ‘Rolly’ Swan on the occasion of his 90th birthday John Borst 2017-10-04 05:00:00Z 0 Biography,City of Dryden,Dryden Rotary,Rolly Swan,family
CLUB BRINGS ‘CANADA’S ROCK WARRIORS’ TO DRYDEN FOR SHOW OCTOBER 28TH John Borst 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0 Concert,Fundraising,Mudmen,Rock,Rotary Dryden,ShelterBox
Canadian Troubadour, Jon Brooks to appear at Midtown Stage November 9th John Borst 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0 Concert,Folk Song,Jon Brooks,Midtown Stage,Rotary Dryden,Video
Club’s 2017-18 Exchange Student Shares her Country, Family and Dreams Ed Iskra 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0 Dryden,Rotary,Sweden,Youth Exchange
Posted by John Borst on Sep 20, 2017
William (Bill) Beatty, age 90 years, passed away surrounded by his family on September 19thafter a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
A Memorial Funeral service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held Monday, September 25th at 11:00 a.m. in the First United Church with Rev. Erin McIntyre and Alice Bloomfield officiating.  Interment will follow in the Dryden Cemetery.
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Club Mourns Passing of Past-President Bill Beatty John Borst 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0 Dryden,Forester,Ninety,Obituary,Past-President
Rotarians Pitch-In at the City of Dryden’s Hazardous Waste Day Ed Iskra 2017-09-14 05:00:00Z 0 Community Service,Dryden,Hazardous Waste,Household waste,Landfill site,Volunteerism
Club’s 2017-18 Exchange Student Shares her Country, Family and Dreams John Borst 2017-09-13 05:00:00Z 0 Boras,Fika,Kanalleland,Rotary Youth Exchange,Sweden,Volvo
Sarah Wood reports on Rotary Exchange Year in Brazil John Borst 2017-08-30 05:00:00Z 2 Brazil,Dryden High School,Hammock,Rotary Youth Exchange,Snakes
Posted by John Borst on Aug 16, 2017
Rotarians Rena Madden, Joanne Misner and Joanne Bunney took former Rotarian Bill Beatty out to The Lodge for his 90th birthday. Bill served as club president in 1987-88. 
Anniversary Dryden ON Past President Riverview Lodge
Former Rotarian Bill Beatty celebrates 90th birthday John Borst 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0 Anniversary,Dryden, ON,Past President,Riverview Lodge
Posted by John Borst on Aug 16, 2017
Club Rotarian, John Borst provided a brief updated vocational as part of President Ed’s "Spotlight" Program. Although the idea was to speak for only 3 minutes, in the absence of the planned speaker, Borst was encouraged by the chair, to speak a little longer. 
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Borst is first speaker in club’s ‘Spotlight’ Program John Borst 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0 5550opinions,Blogging,District 5550,Logo,Rotary Foundation,Spotlight talk,Trump,Website,Wethe4,Women
ClubRunner's place among the 4 major RI website providers John Borst 2017-06-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 17, 2017
“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
Approximately 100 Rotarians and guests converged on The Centre in Dryden on April 22nd for the celebration of 75 years of Rotary in Dryden.
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Club Celebrates 75 years of Rotary in Dryden Will Vermeer 2017-05-14 05:00:00Z 0 75 years,Anniversary,Celebration,Dryden,kenora
Posted by John Borst on Apr 26, 2017
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.
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THE DRYDEN CAMPUS STORY OF CONFEDERATION COLLEGE John Borst 2017-04-26 05:00:00Z 0 Conferderation College,Dryden Campus,Education,First Nations,Students
Club inducts two new members John Borst 2017-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
Treasury Metals projects production start in 2020 John Borst 2017-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 05, 2017
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
Of the Four Questions in the 4-Way Test which is most important and why? 2017-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
Roy Napish Shares Indigenous Cultural Views with Club John Borst 2017-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
Blight Provides Club with a Glimpse of Mill’s Future John Borst 2017-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
Clare Thompson shares stories from the club’s past John Borst 2017-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
MP Robert Nault brings a political update to club John Borst 2017-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
Club Receives Update on DRHC, CT Scanner Campaign at First Annual Spaghetti Dinner Evening John Borst 2017-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Club hears update on Pine Ridge Seniors housing initiative John Borst 2016-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
2016 Dryden Rotary Performing Arts Awards John Borst 2016-11-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 16, 2016
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
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
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
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
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.
Posted by John Borst on Nov 02, 2016
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
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
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
What does it mean to be human? 2016-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 27, 2016
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
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
Dryden Airport, Focus of Club on October 19th John Borst 2016-10-12 05:00:00Z 0
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

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
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
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
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
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
Amarok Society Introduces Club to Rahima, a mother sponsored by the Dryden Club. John Borst 2016-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Artist Willene Moffat Shares Techniques of her work in glass John Borst 2016-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
Police Chief Palson Introduces himself & his approach to policing to club John Borst 2016-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
History of 'L’ll Bands' Hockey Tournament Shared with Club John Borst 2016-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
Understanding of AODA Necessary for Meals on Wheels Volunteers John Borst 2016-03-15 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
Principles by which a Company Can Become Stronger, Competitive and Profitable John Borst 2016-02-11 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
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
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
Annual Christmas Dinner: a photo opportunity John Borst 2015-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 07, 2015
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
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
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.
Rena's Story 2015-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
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
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
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.
YOUTH EXCHANGES 2015-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Are You Ready to Make a Difference? 2015-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Ever Wonder What Life Is Like Half Way Around the World 2015-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
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
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


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.


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.


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:


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:
Join Rotary 2015-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
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.
By completing the Join Rotary form, you let clubs in your community know you're interested in learning more about membership. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Your Path to Membership 2015-11-13 06:00:00Z 0
Explore Dryden Rotary 2015-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
Invasive Species in Lakes within the Dryden Area John Borst 2015-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Divers Shares Story of ‘Canadian Pure Wild Rice’ with Rotarians John Borst 2015-11-02 06:00:00Z 0
Solomon & Sons Toured by Dryden Rotarians John Borst 2015-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
Former NDP leader in Ontario, running for Federal seat John Borst 2015-10-05 05:00:00Z 0
Rickford Speaks to Rotarians on Behalf of the Conservative Party John Borst 2015-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Drydenites Enthusiastic About Disposing of Hazardous Waste Safely John Borst 2015-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
Dryden Native Friendship Centre Shares 2015-2020 Strategic Plan With Rotarians John Borst 2015-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
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
Nault First 2015 Election Candidate to Speak to Club John Borst 2015-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
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
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

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
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jul 08, 2015

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
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

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

Bound For Brazil Ed Iskra 2015-06-10 05:00:00Z 0
Spanish Exchange Student Alba Shares Retrospective on Her Year in Canada John Borst 2015-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
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
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
2015 Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) Participants Share their Experience with Club John Borst 2015-05-18 05:00:00Z 0
Amateur Radio Society of Dryden Needs Mobile Communications Trailer John Borst 2015-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Club Elects Executive and Directors for 2015- 2016 John Borst 2015-05-10 00:00:00Z 0
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
2015-2016 Exchange Student Is First to Visit from an East European Country John Borst 2015-03-25 05:00:00Z 0
Dryden Club’s Participation in Global Grant Submitted to Rotary International during ‘Literacy Month’ John Borst 2015-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
‘The Final Inch’: A Rotary Video on the Effort to Eradicate Polio John Borst 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
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
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
Club’s Foundation Approves Disbursal of $31,500 to Community Charities John Borst 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden High Administrators Update Club on the Four Directions Program John Borst 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0