Week of October 31st, 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
Club News
Let's Talk Diabetes - What you Need to Know
Juan Burry - St Catharines Men Shelter Expands
Juan is one of our Rotarians! We are thankful for him and his team at The Salvation Army for providing shelter and resources for people in need!
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2022 Paul Harris Luncheon
From left to right: Paul Harris recipient Anita Djurkovic, District Governor Lisa Bishop, Past President and Paul Harris recipient Krystal Riddell, President Julio Batres-Gavidia, Paul Harris Recipient Susan Baldry
Click red more to find out more about each Paul Harris Recipient . 
Medical Supplies and Clothing For Ukraine
Members of our Rotary Club joined other Rotarians from the district in helping with the Ukraine packing of medical supplies. Anna and Victoria from AMD For Hope will be sending it off to Ukraine. They have accomplished 3 previous containers this year. All of this is in cooperation with  Not Just Tourists and the Warehouse of Hope. 
Helping a Ukrainian Family Settle In
Saban, Jeff and Dan rebuilding a dining table at a Ukrainian refugee apartment today. our club my be small in number but we are huge in heart❤️
Polio Flag Raising
On October 21st, Cathy Henry and Dan Toppari joined other members from the Rotary Club of St. Catharines (downtown) and Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore at the St. Catharines City Hall to raise the Rotary End Polio flag to mark the global day for Polio eradication. 
Graham Repei participated in the Ride For Polio Event
On October 1st, our club member Graham Repei participated in the Ride For Polio benefiting Rotary's world wide polio eradication program.
He raised $450 which 
For every dollar that you raised the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to add $2.00. So your $450 donation becomes $1350 going to the program!
Congratulations Graham on such accomplishment, we are proud to have you as a member of our club.
Michael Sommer Featured in Gillian's Place Annual Report for 2022
Our incoming president Michael Sommer was featured at Gillian's Place Annual Report for 2022 for raising over $21K!
Rotary International News

Rotary’s latest alumni award honoree, Gaetano Scamarcio, pursues scientific and societal progress


Awash in woodland wonder, a skeptical writer acknowledges the therapeutic benefits of forest bathing.


As an avid sports fan, President Stephanie Urchick is well-positioned to light the lamp, clear the bases, and split the uprights. Whatever the sports metaphor, she’s destined to keep Rotary in the winner’s circle


Rotary clubs launch initiatives for community well-being


Second woman takes office as president of Rotary InternationalOne-year term will prioritize adapting to changing times and advancing peaceEVANSTON, Ill., USA – 25

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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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Upcoming Events
Celebration of Ukraine
St. Mark’s Church
Jul. 20, 2024 7:00 p.m.
Rotary Lunch
Jul. 23, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Ribfest Setup
Montebello Park
Aug. 01, 2024
Rotary Lunch
Johnny Rocco's
Aug. 06, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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Graham Repei
July 10
Victoria Biliak
July 12
Krystal Riddell
July 17
Michael Sommer
Marjan Plat
July 13
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Mike Gionet
July 1, 2010
14 years
Joseph Trussell
July 5, 2021
3 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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