Week of October 31, 2022
Why are we Rotarians?
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That's a question that we should ask ourselves every once in awhile. As Rotarians we donate a lot of time, money and effort to various causes. Why do we do that? There are times when our personalities may clash with other members, or may not agree on a particular board decision or project. So what keeps us engaged?
We keep on going because we, as Rotarians, wholeheartedly believe in the Rotary mottto Service Above Self. Think about that for a second. As Rotarians we want to serve our people, our community, our country and the world in a way that has a positive and meaningful impact. 
The chair of our international committee, Najeeb Syed, would say... every day many children and mothers lives are saved thanks to Ready To Use Therapeutic Food and Ready To Use Supplementary Food provided through our Club's Trust for Malnutrition and Stunted Growth a recipient of the Rotary Foundation Grant.  It is through YOUR help and contribution to the club, no matter how large and small, that is making this happen.
Our club's charitable contributions along with The Rotary Foundation have helped provide food and clothing to many in our community that needed most. Rotary offers that opportunity through service projects and other philanthropic activities. Some of these projects are geographically borderless, making an individual contribution far-reaching. Rotary also provides an amazing and diverse network of professionals, which is an excellent opportunity for knowledge exchange and great fellowship. We are also able to offer our professional expertise to the club, using our vocation for good, and gain new skills through being active in various committees.
I am a Rotarian because I believe in making a difference one person at a time; collectively one community at a time.
On that note, please remember that we are still collecting thermal clothing, fleece clothing, fleece blankets and animal food to send to Ukraine. 
Today's meeting will be a very informative one dealing with new ways of teaching special skills to our kids.
Important dates to remember this month:
Thursday November 10 - November Club Social - Lock Street Brewing Co. - Drinks and Appetizers courtesy of incoming club President Michael Sommer to celebrate the year.
Saturday November 19 - District Foundation Celebration - St. Catharines Museum - Sponsored by Jonas Martin with Martin Stewart Real Estate Team, Michael Sommer with Royal Lepage NRC Realty and Julio Batres-Gavidia with Paradigm Ventures Niagara, Inc.
Tuesday November 22 - Guest Speaker - Mario Grouso - Past President of Holt Renfrew and Joe Fresh
Tuesday November 29 - Guest Speaker - Cyndi Mcleod - President of Global University Systems Canada - Niagara Falls University

Yours in Rotary,

Julio Batres-Gavidia
Club President - 2022-2023
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In a Man's World Video
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Luke Vorstermans
Founder Roll a Hippo Foundation
Chair, Hippo Roller Project
Rotary Club of Gibsons, BC
Tel: 778.872.4402
2022 Paul Harris Luncheon
Wednesday October 26th at NOON.
Community Service Request for Donation Recipients
If there are any donations requests for Christmas, could I please have them 
by mid October. Every year we do give a donation to Community Care, Salvation Army and St Georges Church
breakfast club.  I would like to assist Ukraine families newly located in St Catharines for assistance at Christmas
I would need some contact information for them as well.
Thank you 

Graham is riding in the Big Move for the Walker Cancer Centre
Raising over $40,000 for Pakistan Flood Victims
Congratulations to Najeeb Syed, a very active member of our club and the chair of the International Committee who in the last month has raised over $45,000 to help feed Pakistan Flood victims.
World Polio Day is October 24

World Polio Day, held every year on October 24, is an opportunity for Rotary members to rally the world around the fight to eradicate the disease forever. Since 1988, we have seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. For more than three years, we've seen wild polio cases in only two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This year the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South will be joining the other Rotary Clubs of St. Catharines (Downtown an Lakeshore) in a flag raising ceremony taking place at the St. Catharines City Hall on Friday October 21st, 2022. Please join us in being part of this very important ceremony. 
More information will be posted here.
Rotary International News

Members promoted mental health, protected mangrove forests, and helped Indigenous young people increase their economic opportunities


District 2232 is working to identify needs, connect with Rotary clubs worldwide, and support those affected by the war


Members of a Korean Rotary Club help at a dog shelter


Rotary members continue to provide relief a year later to those affected


Rotary partners with Bahçeşehir University to establish Peace Center in TurkeyNew center will train regional peacebuilders through a one-year Rotary Peace

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St. Catharines, ON L2R 5J5
(905) 380-4710
Club Meetings are on the First and Fourth (Fifth) Tuesday of the Month. Socials on the Third week of  the Month (Day and Time for socials vary depending on the activity). Board meetings on the Second Monday of the Month. 
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Feb 27 Club Lunch
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Feb. 27, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Club Board Meeting
Cats Caboose
Mar. 11, 2024 7:00 a.m.
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Cats Caboose
Apr. 08, 2024 7:00 a.m.
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Mike Gionet
February 4
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February 8
Michael Sommer
February 26
Jennifer Iutzi
Brian Cumberland
February 1
Sandy Rothman
Hatem Swais
February 22
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Ed Telenko
February 1, 1969
55 years
Howie Vant
February 1, 1996
28 years
Lynn Beaudry
February 8, 2011
13 years
Mark Beaudry
February 8, 2011
13 years
Krystal Riddell
February 28, 2017
7 years
Rotary Magazine
Around the world, some 773 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Most of them are women. Many of them are locked in poverty by a lack of education and opportunity. In this issue of Rotary magazine, we take you on a photographic tour of a Rotary-supported literacy project in Guatemala that is changing that by helping children to stay in school and inspiring them to dream big.
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