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.
Dryden Forester Ninety Obituary Past-President
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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. 
5550opinions Blogging District 5550 Logo Rotary Foundation Spotlight talk Trump Website Wethe4 Women
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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.
75 years Anniversary Celebration Dryden kenora
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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.
Conferderation College Dryden Campus Education First Nations Students
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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
Pat Rigey Shares Life Story with Club Members John Borst 2015-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Business Issues are Focus of Early 2015 Meetings John Borst 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
District 5550’s “Adventures in Agriculture” Program Proves Exciting for Two Dryden Students John Borst 2014-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden’s “Track Man” shares recent history of track and field in Dryden John Borst 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 29, 2014
One of the counters supplying data on is Statscounter. You can see the data for yourself by clicking on View My Stats at the bottom of this Home Page. However this story will provide a quick view of where people came from between Oct. 26 and Nov. 30, 2014.
Did You Ever Wonder Who Looks at this Site? John Borst 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Talents of Dryden Youth on Show at Rotary Performing Arts Evening John Borst 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Exchange Student Alba Treats Dryden Rotarians and Friends to Spanish Supper John Borst 2014-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 23, 2014
President Brian Braid with the assistance of Rtn. Jeannie McMaster, provided us with an overview of the International Service portfolio. McMaster is the club director responsible for the International services portfolio.
The aim of International service is to give assistance on a global basis whether be it of a physical or financial nature. It also involves local Rotarians learning from our global friends.
November Club Assembly Focus is International Service John Borst 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 16, 2014
Kim Vares , Director of Patient and Public Relations at Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC) spoke to Rotary  on the topic of the formation of a Patient and Family Advisory Council.
The Council is to be a Partnership of patients and family members and the healthcare team.  Its purpose is to provide guidance on how to improve the patient and family experience.
DRHC Establishes Patient and Family Advisory Council John Borst 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 05, 2014
Vera Kameda-Lacroix was our Remembrance Day speaker giving us the history of her grandfather Kenneth Austin who served in both the first and second world wars.
She brought with her a treasure trove of clothing, pictures, and letters relating to her grandfather’s first world war efforts
Kenneth Austin’s Story Gives Realism to Remembrance Day Commemoration John Borst 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Mel Fisher, "The Contrarian", Encourages All Drydenites to Vote in Fall Municipal Elections John Borst 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 24, 2014
Having a community Hazardous Waste Day in successive years increases the number of participants and the volume of hazardous waste gathered rather than seeing a decrease in the second year. “That is the lesson to be learned from Dryden’s 2014 very successful Hazardous Waste Day.” says Rotary organizer Roger Gould.
City of Dryden and Rotary ‘Hazardous Waste Day’ Breaks All Records John Borst 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden Rotary Radio Bingo Passes the Million Dollar Mark in Earnings and Donations to Area Charities and Organizations John Borst 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Report on RYLA Summer Camp, Exchange Student Flag Exchange, and Underwear Penalty Provide Variety at Rotary Luncheon John Borst 2014-09-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 02, 2014
New members to Rotary Clubs at some point do a talk on their life with a focus on their career. We call this, their “vocational” talk. Normally members give some thought to this and some are even a little anxious in the process. But not our new member Sally Sipos!
Rotarian Sally Sipos Does “Vocational” Talk on Moment’s Notice John Borst 2014-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden Exchange Student Recounts Her Experience in Are, Sweden John Borst 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Sioux Lookout Rotary Sponsors DHS Student for Rotary Exchange Program in 2013-14 John Borst 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Educator and new member, Jeannie McMaster gives vocational talk John Borst 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Aug 05, 2014
Beginning in 2014 Dryden High School is piloting a new program for First Nations, Metis & Inuit (FNMI) students. FNMI is a program which provides mentorship, individual and group support for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students transitioning to and attending High School. It is the first program of its kind in Ontario.
First Nations, Metis & Inuit (FNMI) Coaching Program Begins at Dryden High John Borst 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
District 5550 Governor, Pat Chernesky, Visits Club John Borst 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 15, 2014
Carl Eisener was born in Chandler, Quebec in 1953 Interestingly, he and  Rtn. Norm Bush crossed paths when he had been on this earth for about a week and Norm was about one year of age.
Dr. Eisener Shares His ‘Vocational’ Story John Borst 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden’s On-line Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op Experiences Explosive Growth in First Year of Operation John Borst 2014-07-09 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden Outbound Exchange Student, Logan Waller, Set to Live in Denmark</h3 John Borst 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jun 24, 2014
A Rotary year runs from July 1st to June 30th of each year. June therefore sees the installation of a new president and officers and the retirement of the outgoing president. For the past three years, Dryden Rotary’s annual installation has taken the form of a “Fish-fry” at the local flying club off Gordon Road. 
President&rsquo;s Installation and Fish-fry Celebrated with Canada Day Theme John Borst 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jun 21, 2014
Trevor and I were talking after our Rotary luncheon last Wednesday, when I took him the list of participants. We decided, since it is our last meeting before Canada Day, to make that an added theme for the dinner. We could even imagine we were participating in the FIFA World Cup tournament. (Sigh)
Fish Fry &amp; President&#39;s Dinner: a Canada Day Celebration John Borst 2014-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden Rotary Charity Foundation Approves Nearly $90,000 to Local Groups John Borst 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jun 01, 2014
The May 28th meeting of the Rotary Club of Dryden witnessed the induction of five new members. This was the culmination of the first phase of the 100 day "Get Your 'Ask' in Gear" membership drive. 
Club Inducts Five New Members John Borst 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on May 31, 2014
Rotarian, Mardi Plomp introduced her 2014 Dream Believer team and then provided a brief the history of this now multi-year event.
The idea of raising funds for cancer research began with Mardi's personal family experience with the disease.   
Dream Believers Raise 100,000 plus for Local Cancer Support John Borst 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Chamber of Commerce Enters Into Business Retention and Expansion ( BR +E) Program John Borst 2014-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden&rsquo;s 2011-12, Exchange Student Maela, Starts Rotaract Club in Chamb&eacute;ry, France John Borst 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Sponsor 2014-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Two Dryden Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) Teams Compete in Winnipeg With Club Sponsorship John Borst 2014-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on May 03, 2014
Peter Hinz, Team Lead - Exploration and Mineral Development - Ring of Fire Secretariat had the full attention of Dryden Rotarians and their guests from City Council and the Dryden Economic Development Corporation as he described the development of the most important mineral find in Ontario’s history.
Ring of Fire Talk Ropes in Rotarians John Borst 2014-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Exchange Student Perttu Raising funds for ShelterBox John Borst 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Alcohol Recovery Program, Teen Challenge of Central Canada, Seeking a Dryden Area Ambassador John Borst 2014-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 06, 2014
By the number of questions Rotarians had for guest speaker Doug Robertson from the Dryden Camera Club you would think they all wanted to improve their photography skills.
Robertson provided an overview with a few choice slides about what the club is and what they do at their monthly meetings.
Club has lots of questions for Dryden Camera Club Representative John Borst 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services is New Focus in Dryden John Borst 2014-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden Rotarians Invited to Join in ‘Lions World Lunch Relay” John Borst 2014-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden&rsquo;s new librarian provides overview of a modern public library John Borst 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 08, 2014
Following a brief introduction to the 5th Annual Rotary online auction by chair Marg Saville, members were asked to take letters requesting a donation to the community’s various businesses. These were distributed along with a form to gather particulars such as estimated value and donor contact information etc. 
Club Gears Up for 5th Annual On-line Auction John Borst 2014-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
Ripple Effect leaders Gord &amp; Deb LeMaistre Begin New School Project in Guatemala John Borst 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
&lsquo;Rotary Minute&rsquo; Videos Great Way to Celebrate &lsquo;Rotary Awareness Month&rsquo; John Borst 2014-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden Area Anti-Racism Network (DAARN) takes fire in community John Borst 2014-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Club Christmas Social Enjoyed By Rotarian Families John Borst 2013-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Dec 02, 2013
Each year the best of Dryden’s pianists and winners of the Dryden Rotary’s Public Speaking Contest perform at the club’s Annual Performing Arts evening. The meal was once again catered by Nancy Ross caterers.
10th Annual Performing Arts Evening Held at the Center John Borst 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Community Volunteer Connections Gear Up for Annual Christmas Cheer Hamper Drive John Borst 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Club Learns 100 Year History of the Dryden Pulp Mill John Borst 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 17, 2013

NWO Rotarian in Philippines Leading One of Nine Response Teams

Rotary Philippines has issued an emergency appeal to support the ShelterBox response to help families affected by Super Typhon Haiyan.
ShelterBox Canada is appealing for donations to support the relief effort. The Government of Canada will match donations made to registered charities for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.
CKDR 92.7 and Dryden Rotarians are appealing to all Drydenites to contribute to ShelterBox Canada as a way for this town to help their brothers and sisters in the Philippines
Listen to the CKDR 97.2 radio appeal 
CKDR 92.7 FM Dryden and Dryden Rotary Launch ShelterBox Community Appeal for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors John Borst 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 09, 2013
When local anesthesiologist John Dove retired he did not foresee adventures in Canada's High Arctic in his future.  But when the called went out for locums in Nunavut, Canada's new "Territory", he and his wife Alison jumped at the chance to see the "real North"
Dryden Doctor Discovers the Wonders of the High Arctic John Borst 2013-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 07, 2013
Rotary's long term student exchange program is one of its most exciting endeavours. Each year one student from elsewhere in the world comes and lives for one year in Dryden. In return one Dryden student lives in a foreign country. Countries involved over the past five years have been Japan, Spain, Brazil, France, Finland and Denmark.
In 2012-13 Drydenite, Tyler Wood spent a year in Vargem Grande Do Sul, Brazil, a city of about 40,000 two hours north of Sao Paulo.
A year in Brazil changes Dryden student's outlook on life John Borst 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 25, 2013
Rtns Peter K, Rena M, & Pam B gave us a number of different perspectives on the Youth Exchange program.
Peter provided a background on the program from the international, district, and club standpoint.
Hosting Student Exchange is Focus of Club Assembly John Borst 2013-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA Students Share Their 2013 Experience with Club John Borst 2013-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Sep 18, 2013

DG Ed brought us greetings from the District 5550 which covers North Western Ontario, Manitoba and most of Saskatchewan.

He outlined a number of Rotary initiatives of importance:


2013-14 District 5550 Governor Visits Club John Borst 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Goals and Plans for 2013 - 14 Outlined at July Club Assembly John Borst 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jul 21, 2013

Hit by a “perfect storm” of never-ending bad news the citizens of Dryden are beginning to regroup. To the rescue are people like Suzanne Scherban who fostered the idea of holding a Dryden Days of Summer, a street fair aimed at attracting people to the downtown core. 

Dryden Days of Summer Ed Iskra 2013-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on May 18, 2013

...In appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

2013 Paul Harris Fellow Awards Ed Iskra 2013-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
The Dryden Entertainment Series – Continuing Success Ed Iskra 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Mar 16, 2013
If an emergency occurred and you had 20 minutes to leave you home, would you be ready? That question was posed to Rotarians by Joanne Matthews, a long time volunteer with Canadian Red Cross.
Emergency Preparedness - Are You Ready? Ed Iskra 2013-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Assembly – Club Business and a Chance to Recognize Accomplishments Ed Iskra 2013-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Mar 02, 2013
Mary Anne Misner, Anna Turcott and Rotarian Will Vermeer really did their homework this time. These members of the Dryden Geneological Society spent hundreds of hours researching the history of 24 rural public schools that used to dot the landscape in the Dryden countryside.
Do These Schools Ring a Bell? Ed Iskra 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Mar 02, 2013
Carol Peterson, Red Cross Community Services Coordinator, recounted how she had been helping a friend who had cancer in 2000. This friend also had some assistance from Red Cross, but some of the equipment seemed antiquated and in poor condition.
Red Cross Volunteers Make a Difference in Dryden Ed Iskra 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden Rotary Supports SAFE GRAD Ed Iskra 2013-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Business Meeting Creates an Opportunity to Review Strategic Plan Ed Iskra 2013-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Feb 02, 2013
Preparations for the 2013 Rotary On-line Auction are well under way. This year’s Auction chairperson is Rena Madden  who used the January 30th Rotary luncheon to mobilize local Rotarians to personally deliver a letter asking local businesses to donate an article for the auction.
Rotary Auction Gets Rolling Ed Iskra 2013-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden Ice Dogs Are All About Hockey and Community Ed Iskra 2013-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Adventures in Agriculture - Calder Benham Talks About His Adventure Ed Iskra 2013-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 15, 2013
Path of the Paddle is a proposed canoe/kayak water route spanning over 900 kilometers from Falcon River to Pigeon River in the Heart of the Continent.  It’s a water route alternative to the Trans Canada Trail and canoeing and kayaking are part of the “preferred uses” along with hiking, cycling, horseback riding, dogsledding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing.
Path of the Paddle to Join Trans-Canada Trail Ed Iskra 2013-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
A Goooooooooooooooal! for the Dryden Youth Soccer Club Ed Iskra 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
A Short History of The Royal Canadian Legion John Borst 2012-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Innovative Program for 'At Risk' Students Created at Open Roads P.S. John Borst 2012-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Oct 20, 2012
Dryden’s newest Rotary exchange student is Xabier Lizarraga Zubeldia, and his friends call him Xabi (sabbi).  Xabi hails from Pamplona, Community of Navarra, located in northern Spain. 
Rotary Exchange Student Warms Up the Crowd Ed Iskra 2012-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Oct 09, 2012
Kathy Boone began her talk by raising her hand, announcing her name and her number,  sixty-five. Any of the 2500 high school students that attended Dryden Conservation Camp since 1957 would all remember the significance of this gesture.  It means be quiet and listen up.
Dryden High School Conservation Camp Has Roots in Rotary Ed Iskra 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian "Dart-meisters" Ensure No Fowl Play at This Turkey Shoot Ed Iskra 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Sep 25, 2012

“Still Me” is a program developed by the Oncology Unit of the Dryden Regional Health Centre, “created from the concept that if a person living with cancer can be helped to look good, their improved self-image will help them to approach cancer and its treatment with greater confidence.”

Still Me Ed Iskra 2012-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA leadership experience appreciated by Dryden youth John Borst 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden Food Bank One of Most Active in Region John Borst 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Outbound Exchange Student Jayme Gamble Shares Denmark Experience John Borst 2012-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden Museum - Curator Reflects on the Past with an Insight to the Future Ed Iskra 2012-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Club Gets Update on Second Chance Pet Network Shelter John Borst 2012-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Margaret Saville's Vocational Journey Takes Many Turns John Borst 2012-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jul 17, 2012
At the July 16th  Dryden Rotary Club meeting Rotary Exchange student Gustavo provided us with a wrap up speech after more than 10 months in Canada. He recounted his times at school, with host families, with his Rotary family, and with other exchange students.

A Lifetime of Experiences in One Year - Gustavo Says Goodbye Ed Iskra 2012-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden Rotarians Share 2012 Thailand Convention Experience with Club John Borst 2012-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
Forest Fires a Red Hot Vocation for Rotarian Susan Reany-Iskra John Borst 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Flying High at Flying Club for 2012 President's Dinner John Borst 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Club Visits New Rejuvenated Dryden Native Friendship Centre John Borst 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Jul 10, 2012
Incoming President-Elect Sandra presented her budget for the year 2012 - 13 at the June 13th meeting of the Dryden Rotary Club.

Club Approves 2012-2013 Budget John Borst 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on May 29, 2012
Two well known community members, Mike Wood and Chris Marchand spoke to members of Dryden Rotary about their passion for the Ghost Lake Trails Association, a volunteer organization promoting hiking and biking on about 25 kms of interconnecting trails through the Mavis and Ghost Lake area northeast of Dryden.
Ghost Lake Trails - Rallying a Community Ed Iskra 2012-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on May 22, 2012

Adventures in Technology is a five day event for high school students aimed at enhancing each participant's awareness and understanding of "science and technology, the many ways it affects our lives, and the opportunities it holds for tomorrow".

Jai Mashru Reports on his Adventure in Technology Ed Iskra 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
"Schools Building Schools" DHS Students And Rotary Gather To View Guatemalan School Live John Borst 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on May 15, 2012
Dave Cleaveley, who is responsible for all fire operations in the North West region from Marathon in the east to the Manitoba border on the West, was Dryden Rotary's guest speaker at its May 2nd meeting.

Fighting Wildfires in NWO is Bigtime Job John Borst 2012-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Tour Dryden's Leading Edge "Open Roads" Public School John Borst 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Dryden Youth Share 2012 National Youth ""Unite and Ignite".Conference Experience John Borst 2012-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
2012 Cultural Fair Scheduled for May 10th at The Centre John Borst 2012-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Apr 14, 2012
The 70th Anniversary Celebration of the Rotary Club of Dryden is being held on Saturday, April 21st at The Centre in Dryden
Happy 70th Dryden Rotary!!! Ed Iskra 2012-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Speakers' absence provides opportunity for Club to catch up on business John Borst 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Scott Gale chronicles his journey to Dryden's United Church Ministry in Vocational Talk John Borst 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
DOS VIEJOS CON MOCHILAS (Two old guys with packsacks) introduce Dryden Rotarians to Ecuador John Borst 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Pam Brown's Vocational talk puts focus on Morgan Aviation John Borst 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Ed Iskra recounts years in forestry during vocational talk John Borst 2012-03-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Feb 07, 2012

Dryden is putting on a show with its third annual Winter Festival on the Family Day weekend, February 18 - 20.  Hosting 27 recreation and leisure activities, this celebration is becoming a great attraction for the community.  
Organizer, Andi Kidd spoke to fellow Rotarians at their February 8th luncheon describing events happening on each of the three days.   
Rotarians Active in Winterfest Ed Iskra 2012-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 31, 2012
Chester DraperChester Draper was born in Emo, Ontario.   At age thirteen, in 1953 he, his four siblings and parents lived in Atikokan. He was an active healthy 110 lb boy, barely a teenager when he and his sister suddenly contracted polio. Polio affects people in different ways. His sister was afflicted in the upper chest and died within 24 hours.
A Personal Journey with Polio Ed Iskra 2012-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 24, 2012
Judi GreenJudi Green receives a warm welcome from Dryden Rotary President Reena Madden.
Judi was born in Red Lake, Ontario.  Her family’s involvement in a tourist camp and bush plane operation instilled a true love of the north in Judi.  Although career opportunities have come up in Southern Ontario and beyond – Judi has made NW Ontario her home.
JUDI GREEN: Our Newest Rotarian Ed Iskra 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 10, 2012

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

Dryden Rotary Reviews Its Strategic Plan Ed Iskra 2012-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 03, 2012
Adventures“Adventures in Agriculture is a Rotary International program for senior high school students aimed at enhancing awareness of the multi-faceted agricultural sector.  Held each year at the Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, registration and travel costs were covered by the Dryden Rotary Club with meals and accommodations courtesy of the Rotary Club of Regina Eastview. 
Adventures in Agriculture Ed Iskra 2012-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Jan 03, 2012


Dryden Mission 

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

A Dream in the Making Ed Iskra 2012-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Scenes from the Clubs Annual Family Christmas Dinner John Borst 2011-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Dec 06, 2011
Winners of the Royal Conservatory of Music awards and the Rotary Public Speaking contest entertained local Rotary members at the Centre for Performing Arts in Dryden.
Performing Arts Winners Entertain Ed Iskra 2011-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Christmas Party 2011 Members Invitation John Borst 2011-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Iskra on Nov 29, 2011

 Easter Seals

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

Easter Seals Seeks Support from Club for 2012 Snowarama Ed Iskra 2011-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 22, 2011

4 Inductees Nov 23 2011

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

During the induction ceremoney it was learned that

Four inductions highlight diverse November meeting John Borst 2011-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Gustavo's Neepawa Orientation John Borst 2011-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 15, 2011

 Gustavo receives pair of DES season tickets.

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

DES presents season's tickets to 2011-12 Exchange Student John Borst 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 15, 2011
Brian Braid Vocational talkAt our November 16th meeting Rtn Brian Braid accepted the challenge of doing his "Vocation" talk as a last minute replacement for Dr Hofer who was called into emergency surgery.

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

Rotarian Brian Braid provides Club with overview of his work and family John Borst 2011-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Club donates $2000.00 to NWHU Student Nutrition Program John Borst 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 08, 2011

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

Pat invited everyone to a service at the Legion starting 10:30 a.m. on 11the November which would be followed by wreath laying at cenotaph.
Club holds Remembrance Day service John Borst 2011-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Nov 06, 2011

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

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

Vocational Tour Takes Club to Steven's Funeral Home John Borst 2011-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
2011-12 Exchange Student introduces Club to his home country: Brazil John Borst 2011-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
City Council Proclaims, October 24th 2011, 'World Polio Day' in Dryden John Borst 2011-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Oct 08, 2011
Rotarian Lisa Turcotte introduced our RYLA ( Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) students  Jake Wickstrom, Abigail Tourond, Alex Urquhart, and Hannah Szmon.  

Parents, Ken Wickstrom and Lois Tourond , teacher Sherry Ambridge, and KPDSB education director, Jack McMaster were also our guests.
Dryden Club spondsors four Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in 2011 John Borst 2011-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
2011-12 "Turkey Shoot" raises nearly $3000 for Local Community Projects John Borst 2011-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Keen on Sep 14, 2011

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

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

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Peter Keen 2011-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Club Internet Auction Opens May 4th John Borst 2011-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 16, 2011
Patricia Lang, President of Confederation College centred in Thunder Bay, Ontario is on a tour of the northwest meeting community members and targeting Rotary clubs in the area.

Lang was accompanied by Don Bernosky, Executive Director of Innovation and Skills Development, Janet Arinobu, assistant to Executive Director, and Angelina Anderson - director of Dryden, Sioux Lookout & Red Lake campuses. The college has also just opened a new campus in Wawa.
Confederation College describes off campus programmes; seeks out new areas to address John Borst 2011-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 10, 2011 its April 6th luncheon meeting, Dryden Rotary held a warmup bidding auction and a silent auction as inspiration to get things rolling and in the process raised $280.00

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

Club promotes Rotary Online Auction by holding mini-auction. John Borst 2011-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Apr 03, 2011 as a joint program of the Rotary Club of Dryden and the Dryden District of the Retired Teachers of Ontario “An Evening to Support Literacy in Bangladesh” was a fitting way to end Literacy month.  

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

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

Evening to Support Literacy in Bangladesh Puts Rotary’s International Service Front and Centre John Borst 2011-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 28, 2011 Paquette of the Canadian Cancer Society presented a short video outlining the work of the Canadian Cancer Society.

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

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

In the District, the Cancer Society raised over $500,000 from Relays for Life in 2010
CDN Cancer Society Reps Outline Fundraising Plans for 2011 John Borst 2011-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 21, 2011 Students Support Schools Building School

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

Club Approves ShelterBox to Aid Japan Homeless

Istvan K. moved and it was  seconded by Arie that the club purchase a ShelterBox for the Japan earthquake. The club agreed
Mix of Issues Addressed at March 16th Meeting John Borst 2011-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 13, 2011 
On March 2, 2011 the Rotary Club of Dryden presented honored member Joanne Misner with her third Paul Harris Fellow as recognition for the countless contributions she has made to the club and District 5550.

Club honours Rotarian Joanne Misner with triple PHF award John Borst 2011-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 13, 2011 Suzanne B with help from Rtn John B on the computer gave us a powerpoint presentation on the Munros and the work they are doing in Bangladesh.

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

Literacy chair shares marketing plan for March 30th literacy fund raising dinner John Borst 2011-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 13, 2011 Kurz, the city’s municipal cultural planner was here to give us an update to the presentation she made in the fall.

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

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

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

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

Dyden's "Cultural Plan" once again Club's centre of focus John Borst 2011-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 05, 2011
From time to time I have posted PowerPoint presentations on the Rotary Club of Dryden and/or RI District 5550 website.

I thought you might like to see how often they are viewed. The most viewed presentation is the PowerPoint on the RI StrategicPlan. It has averaged 34 views per day between January 1 and March 4th, 2011 for a total of 2,160 views.

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

To view data on all of the PowerPoints click on more below. 
Rotary PowerPoints Draw Good Response John Borst 2011-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 03, 2011

March is Literacy Month in Rotary International.

Books Asian Adventures with the Active Poor
G.E.M. Munro
Tangent Books
pp. 241
Wilf Wilkinson, Past President, Rotary International has said of South Asian Adventures of the Active Poor:
“I found this book amazing and couldn’t put it down. I salute the author and his family for their dedication and service to these poor children and their mothers.
Enlisting and training uneducated mothers and making them the vehicle to teach others is almost unbelievable. However, it is happening, and that is what makes the story about this project so fascinating.”
In 2004-05 G.E.M. Munro, his wife and family of 4 children travelled to Bangladesh
South Asian Adventures with the Active Poor – a Canadian Literacy Story John Borst 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Mar 03, 2011 

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

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

An Evening to Support Literacy in Bangladesh John Borst 2011-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
The Lighter Side Mark Vares 2011-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded at RI's 106th Anniversary Dinner John Borst 2011-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Tribute to Paul Harris and Rotary International on the Occasion of its 106th Anniversary John Borst 2011-02-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 20, 2011
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and
90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.
Charles Swindoll 
ATTITUDE John Borst 2011-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 20, 2011
Appearing calm, after solving equipment problems, Rtn Andi Kidd took us through the short version of her life story with the judicious use of a PowerPoint presentation.

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

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

Rtn Kidd shares brief life story through PowerPoint trials John Borst 2011-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 16, 2011 23 February 1905, Paul P. Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram E. Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting. Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates brought together these four men and eventually led to an international organization of service and fellowship
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"Our success or failure will not depend upon the machinery of Rotary or its physical growth, but upon the extent to which Rotary’s ideals or objectives are translated into positive, tangible results in personal, business, community, and international life. We shall be known by our works."
— Almon E. Roth, 1930-31 RI president

RI 106 on February 23rd. John Borst 2011-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Borst on Feb 16, 2011
Bill Hovi, Chair of Dryden’s Youth Justice Committee, (YJC) provided a brief overview of what the committee is expected to accomplish and how it will accomplish its mission.
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