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The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
Australian entrepreneur announces $1 million gift to Rotary
On Wednesday, over breakfast with the Rotary Club of Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australian entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith announced a donation of AU$1 million to Rotary (about US$750,000), citing admiration of Rotary members for the time they devote to others. The Rotary Australia Benevolent Society (RABS) will administer the funds. “With 29,500 Rotarians in 1,100 clubs throughout Australia, we have an army of volunteers eager to assist those in need,” says Michael Perkins, RABS chair. “The impact of this donation will be felt throughout all of Australia, from the cities to the...
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of December auctions.
Convention: City of peace
Though Atlanta has seen its share of violence and inequity over time, today it brims with reminders that there is another way. Get inspired while you’re visiting for the 2017 Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. Take a short walk from the convention center to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. There, you can see the handwritten notes, speeches, and sermons of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., experience an interactive 1960s-era lunch counter “sit-in,” and learn more about persecuted groups all over the world. A streetcar will take you to the Martin Luther King Jr...
The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
CNBC has ranked The Rotary Foundation No. 3 in its annual list of Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. The list includes some of the largest and highest-rated charities that help women, children, the poor, and the environment throughout the world, according to Charity Navigator, and that maintain high standards of financial health, accountability, and transparency of reporting. The Foundation was noted for connecting 1.2 million members from more than 200 geographic areas to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges, including projects that focus on disease prevention,...
 

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Chatham Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
The Links of Kent Golf Club Events Centre
120 Indian Creek Road West
Chatham, ON  N7M 2E2
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In honour of World Polio Day 2016, we are happy to host our Pizza for Polio Day with our friends in Chatham Sunrise Rotary.
 
Proceeds from all pizzas ordered today will go towards ending polio now! Participating restaurants are: Andy's Place, Boston Pizza, Godfather's Pizza Chatham, Domino's Pizza Chatham, Mike's Place, Feo'z Pizza, Quo Vadis Pizzeria, Pie-Zano's, Pizza Tonite and Original 2 Pizza. Thank you for your generosity and participation!
 
Thanks to everyone ordering a pizza pie today for your support!
 
 
 

 
We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for our 77th Annual Banquet, Ms. Artis Shreve Lane. Ms. Lane, an internationally-renowned artist, hails from North Buxton and resides in Los Angeles. Ms. Lane's impressive resume includes sculptures and portraits of such well-known figures like Rosa Parks (commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute), former President George H.W. Bush, athlete Michael Jordan, Nelson Mandela and many others. Likely her most well-known commission is a stunning bronze bust of Sojourner Truth, an African-American abolitionist. This bust is the only sculpture of an African-American woman at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. and was unveiled by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009.
 
We are thrilled to have such an esteemed and accomplished keynote speaker in Ms. Lane. We hope you can join us at the John D. Bradley Centre in Chatham on October 28th for this important event celebrating Ms. Lane's successes, learning more about her professional career and her artistic inspiration. Tickets are now on sale for $60 and can be purchased by contacting the Rotary Club of Chatham office at 519.354.8300 or rotaryc@ciaccess.com. Refreshments at 5.30pm, multi-course dinner at 7pm. All welcome!
 
 
 

 
PRESIDENT FANNIE VAVOULIS -  SWAN SONG, JUNE 2016
 

 
TV BINGO SUPPORT MANY ROTARIAN COMMUNITY
EFFORTS, LIKE FREE SWIM PERIODS THIS SUMMER
AND FILLED SCHOOL BACKPACKS.
PLAY THIS TUESDAY 7 PM ON COGECOTV
CHANNEL 6 IN WALLACEBURG AND 11 IN THE REST OF
CHATHAM-KENT, CLICK ON TV BINGO FOR MORE.
CLI POSTERS!
 
 
 
We've moved, to the Links of Kent Golf Club on Indian Creek Road in Chatham's south side. It's been a long and winding road since the first meetings at the Grey-Dort Club in 1921; decades at the William Pit Hotel and Christ Church Auditorium, a shorter time at the Tree Room in the Wheel's Inn, and recently in the Rotary Lounge at the Capitol Theatre. The commonality in these otherwise uncommon venues has been the professionalism and attention afforded Rotary by our landlords and catering services, and it is much appreciated.
The Club is looking forward to welcoming prospective members, and anyone interested in joining us for lunch in the Events Centre to hear what Rotary is about.
 

 
 
WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN! Coincident with World Polio Day on October 24 2016, and to raise money towards the Rotary goal of Eradication, local Pizza Parlors will be donating a portion of their proceeds. Look for a listing of local partners and let your friends know.
Last year was a big success due to the participation of  Pie Zano's, Keith, Andy's Place, Godfather's Pizza, Alysson, Pizza Pizza, Pizza Tonight, Mike's Place, Sparky, Qua Vadis Pizzeria, Boston Pizza and Feo's Pizza.
 

 
Thank you, Chatham-Kent and visiting Beach Boy fans, for a great Evening. Picture have been added to the website - scroll down at the Left for Photo Albums.
 
 
 

 
The official ground breaking of the future Chatham-Kent Hospice took place in Chatham on April 17. The 7 Canadian Rotary Clubs in District 6380 all support the Hospice, and in response the District has contributed grants of about $3,000 to each Club to aid in this signal project. Pictured with Hospice Fundraising Chair Jennifer Wilson are District Governor Don Riddell (Troy MI), Assistant Governor Barry Fraser (Chatham) and 2015-16 Governor Elect Henry Dodson (Auburn Hills). Watch this spot for future news.
 

 
 
Barry Fraser and Don Leonard were singled out for honours by the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce this week. Barry is of course a former Club President, current Assistant Governor, has been elected District 6380 Governor for 2017-18, and is now in addition Chatham-Kent Citizen of the Year. Sparky is our current Club President, marking his year with big fund raisers, big events, and big service commitments, and in his spare time is General Manager of Victory Ford-Lincoln. His firm has been named Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Chamber. Both are also local television personalities, appearing regularly on Cogeco with TV Bingo and taking the opportunity to talk about the service activities of the Rotary Club of Chatham.
 
Congratulations to Sparky, Laurie, Barry and Carolyn.                                
 

 
 
 
Every three years, Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council gives us a voice in how our organization is governed.
Each Rotary district sends a representative to the Council. Representatives deliberate and act upon all proposed enactments and resolutions. Enactments seek to change Rotary’s constitutional documents, and resolutions express an opinion or make a recommendation to the RI Board.
Our own Past President and Past District Governor Keith Koke has been selected to be District 6380's representative at the next Council - a well deserved and unsurprising choice!
 

 
 
        
Sandee and Keith display a cheque for $103,691.32 made out to ShelterBox Canada, earmarked for use by typhoon victims in the Philippines. 
This represents the total donations collected for by the 7 Chatham-Kent Clubs of Rotary District 6380. Over $100K was elgible for doubling by the Canadian Government, thus providing shelter and basic utensils for over 2,000 people. Thanks to all those members and others who responded, and to the Chatham Board of Directors for our Club's contribution from the Service Fund.  
ShelterBox was started by a Rotary Club in England, and ShelterBox Canada continues to partner with individual Rotary Clubs in humanitarian efforts.
                 
 

 
 

The newest addition to Chatham-Kent’s trail system -  Rotary Eco Trail in the O'Neill

Nature Preserve was officially opened. The Thornhill Park ceremony at 114 Thornhill Crescent in Chatham saw the cutting of the ribbon at the trail head . Two Rotary Club of Chatham members did the deed - Environment Committee Chair Barry Fraser (L) and Councilman Doug Sulman, who also represented the Municipality. Joining them was a vital member of the effort, the Manager of Parks, Cemetaries and Horticulture Tom Beaton (R).

 

Also on hand were Kathryn Kielstra of C-K, Bronwen Buck of the Carolinian Canada Coalition, resident neighbours of the Nature Preserve, walkers, Rotary members, and the Press. Following the official duties, Randall Van Wagner with the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, who has been invaluable in cataloging the Preserve, led an interpretive tour of the attendees and their families.

This granular surface trail forms an 880 metre loop through the O’Neill Nature Preserve, formerly Paxton’s Bush.  Building the trail has been the result of a collaborative effort between the Rotary Club of Chatham, Carolinian Canada Coalition, and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

 

The trail will be developed as an “EcoTrail.” It is an interpretive trail with a difference. Hiking and biking are good for you and the environment, but this trail will go the extra mile to help nature as well. Features along the trail will inspire users to learn more about nature in their own backyard, and to make a difference in the environment where they live, work and play. 

 

 
 
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