Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) 7911 Forest Glade Drive, Windsor, Ontario N8T 3R7
Tel: 519-253-6382  Fax: 519-253-7723  
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Meeting Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00

Place: Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Ave. Windsor, ON N8X 4K2

Today's Program:

BANA/Children's Fest Report

For Today's Meeting 

Reporter: TBD
Registrar: Joel Rocheleau
Front Door Greeter: Jules Hawkins
Back Door Greeter: Randy Winters
Invocation: Kay Douglas
Four-Way Test: Cristina Melnik

Upcoming Meetings:

  • January 22: Kevin Smith, CEO, Goodwill Industries‎ Essex/Kent/Lambton
  • January 29: Rotary Reflections by Past President Lex McCrindle on Past President’s Day
  • February 5: Centennial Speaker #1: Peace and Conflict Resolution. Note that this meeting replaces the lunch meeting that day. Registration: 5:30 pm, Dinner: 6:00 pm, Program from 6:30 - 7:30, Caboto Club. Register Now

After years of keen anticipation and planning, the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) has finally started its Centennial year celebrations. The January 8th Kick-Off luncheon was a truly momentous occasion, and with close to 300 people in attendance, the feeling of excitement in the room was undeniable.

The event focused on the many projects Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) has undertaken in the past as well as what they have in store for the future. We were reminded of local Rotary initiatives such as Easter Seals, the John McGivney Children's Centre, Maryvale Centre, Art in the Park Windsor and $200,000 in grants raised for community groups since 2013. The Club has also been very active in developing countries, building infrastructures to help with delivering clean water to those who would otherwise have gone without and helping to eradicate polio worldwide.

In terms of what the club has planned for 2018, Maureen Lucas, chair of the Centennial Committee, explained that we’re all “really excited about what the next year will bring". The committee wanted to focus on contributing towards legacy projects that would not only help both local and international communities, but that would have a lasting impact. "It’s our hope that the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Park, located on the riverfront, will attract visitors from near and far, and that they're not just going to see a wonderful community project" says Lucas "but they're going to see Rotary as a partner with the City of Windsor".

The audience was advised to mark May 12th in their calendars: In addition to the grand opening of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Plaza, also planned for that day is the dedication of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Hub (connecting trails across the county - in collaboration with Essex Region Conservation Foundation), as well as the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Gala. Rotary International President Ian Riseley and his wife, Past District Governor Juliette, will be guests of honour at the event, which will be held at the Caesars Windsor Augustus Ballroom. Past Rotary International Vice President Jennifer Jones will be emceeing the event.

Other initiatives planned for the upcoming year include scholarships (in collaboration with WindsorEssex Community Foundation), international projects, a speaker series and a museum exhibit to open in July as part of the club’s centennial legacy projects.

Extra highlights of the afternoon included the patriotic performance of “This Is My Home” sung by the Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus and a powerful video screening of the club’s history over the years. You can watch the centennial video here:

Thanks to everyone who came out to support our club. To another 100 years!

Upcoming Events

Global Education Development Fund Dinner

Contact Clinton at or

(519) 890-0472

January 13th, 2018
6:00 PM
RCIC: 5420 Empress St, Windsor, ON

Centennial Speaker #1: Peace & Conflict Resolution

Register Now

February 5th, 2018
Registration: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Program from 6:30 – 7:30 
Caboto Club

Centennial Speaker #2: Water & Sanitation

Register Now

April 9th, 2018
Registration: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Program from 6:30 – 7:30 
Caboto Club

District Conference 2018

Register Now

May 03, 2018 – May 06, 2018
Grand Hotel
286 Grand Ave
Mackinac Island, MI  49757
United States

Centennial - Gala

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May 12th, 2018
6:00 PM Reception
7:15 PM Dinner and Program
Caesars Augustus Ballroom
Members celebrating birthdays this week:
  • Jude Chigbo
  • Bev Cyr
Members celebrating their Club anniversaries this week. Thank you for your commitment:
  • Jesse Thompson (2 years)
Message from Dr. Clinton Beckford:
Fellow Rotarians,
My World Community Service project, Global Education Development Fund is fundraising for their ‘Tanzania Textbook Project’. We are having a fundraising dinner on January 13, 2018 (see attached below). Tickets are $25.00. You can support the project by buying a ticket or by purchasing a book, or two, or three….. For just $10.00 you can buy a textbook for a Primary School child in Singida, Tanzania!!!! If you are a member of an organization or company please consider purchasing a block of 10 tickets or making a donation to a worthy cause. Please contact Clinton at or (519) 890-0472. You may also make donations to WCS through Brenda (call 519-253-6382) or donate on-line at and select "Global Education Development Fund".
Thank you.
Be a part of the Club's 2nd major fundraiser. To volunteer please contact Coordinator Walter Willms at 519-966-7150 or He, or a designate, will be in attendance at every bingo.
2018 8:15 to 2:30 10:00 to 4:15 (Payout Duties) 11:30 to 4:15
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The Bingo Charity Association has given our Club an extra Bingo date for fall 2018. Albeit coincidentally, the additional $1000 revenue during our Centennial Year will be much appreciated.

Battery Box Program

The Battery Recycle Box Program is active. Please drop your used batteries, light bulbs, ink cartridges and other recycle items in the battery box at the back of the room.

The link for to see Club pictures for 2016 and 2017 is:

On-Line Make-Ups

To do an on-line make-up, go to:

Record Your Make-Ups On-Line

If you've completed a make-up (engagement activity), please report it using the on-line form:

Upcoming Committee Meetings

To have your meeting posted, contact the Rotary Office at 519-253-6382 or