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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Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Registration: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Program from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Place: Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Ave. Windsor, ON N8X 4K2

Today's Program:

NOTE: This evening program replaces the usual lunch meeting. There is no lunch meeting on February 5th. This is the first of the Centennial Speaker Series, and the topic will focus on Peace and Conflict Resolution. Dr. Frederic S. Pearson, Professor of Political Science, Director - Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University and Past President of Rotary Club of Detroit, will be presenting​. As part of his work at WSU, Dr. Pearson has brought visiting study delegations from the Middle East and Europe, immigration experts to the Detroit community, and twice conducted educational peace study tours of Japan. He is also involved in the local and international peace efforts of Rotary International. We encourage everyone to not only attend this inspirational talk, but to bring guests! Please let us know you’re coming in advance: Purchase your tickets online now ($25/pp) at:, or call the office at 519-253-6382.

It’s our Centennial. Let’s celebrate together!

For Today's Meeting 

Reporter: TBD
Registrar: Tom Goebel
Front Door Greeter: Jeewen Gill
Back Door Greeter: Anil Chitte
Invocation: Bill Mcrae
Four-Way Test: Gord Faas

Upcoming Meetings:

  • February 12 – Youth Exchange Auction
  • February 19 – No meeting (family day)
  • February 26 – Dr. Norman King, Professor Emeritus, Principal Iona College, Coordinator of the Interfaith Coalition
  • March 5 – World Service Committee Report
  • March 12 – Dr. Joseph Myers,  UHS Doctor of Optometry and co-founder of the Eye Health Institute, University of Michigan
  • March 19 – TBD
  • March 26 – Douglas George, Consulate General of Canada, Detroit Michigan


Last Monday, our Club honoured its past presidents with what we hope will become an annual tradition. It was amazing and heartwarming to see so many of those who have lead Rotary Club of Windsor (1918), now known as the club that has “given millions to those in need”, all come together in one room. The question posed to each president was “how do you remember your year?”, and we heard countless unbelievable accomplishments this club has made throughout its history. From Past President Lex McCrindle (1981-82) to Past President Lou Valente (2016-17) and many in between, our club has helped support initiatives such as eradicating polio (referred to by Past President Don Marsh), establishing a community donations program (Past President Janet Kelly), supporting the John McGivney Centre and Maryvale (referred to by Past Presidents Romeo Girardi and Maureen Lucas), building the Safety Village (as described by Past President Stephen Payne), helping Haiti with earthquake disaster relief (mentioned by Past President Bill McArthur), raising money for the Willistead Manor through Art in the Park (as stated by Past Presidents Shari Cunningham and Gary Wintermute), and so many other amazing projects. Mottos to live by were given by some, including “Be a Gift to the World” by Past President Mike Drake, “Money isn’t to be accumulated, it’s to be spent and raised again” by Past President Charlie Clark and “Make Every Day Your Masterpiece” by Peter Hrastovec. Past President Lex McCrindle, warmly referred to as the “Dean of Past Presidents”, gave an inspirational speech reflecting on our club’s past, the state of our club’s present as well as hopes for the future. To see photos, watch videos and read Past President Lex McCrindle's complete address, please visit our website at:

Upcoming Events

Centennial Speaker #1: Peace & Conflict Resolution

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

Centennial Speaker #2: Water & Sanitation

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

District Conference 2018

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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
7:00 PM Dinner and Program
Caesars Augustus Ballroom
Members celebrating birthdays this week:
  • Gary Wintermute
Members celebrating their Club anniversaries this week. Thank you for your commitment:
  • Bev Cyr (24 years)
  • Zora Savic (13 years)
The Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Plaza:
"On February 1st a major step took place for our Centennial Plaza project which is our major Legacy initiative. With the signing of an official agreement between City of Windsor officials and President Colleen on behalf of the Club and myself on behalf of the Foundation Fund, our project is now officially launched. With a reasonable break in the weather we will achieve major completion status by May of this year - in time for our opening day celebrations. The first of two capital cost payments from the Foundation will be deposited with the City this week. I wish to acknowledge the work of Legacy Chair Janet and Centennial Chair Maureen and a cooperative and complimentary City Administrative team. I also wish to thank the Club members, Major Sponsors, as well as those who contributed with the purchase of benches and in other ways. It is this generosity that continues to make this a year to remember". 
- Don Marsh , Chair Foundation Fund.
Our Annual Youth Exchange Auction is a fun event where Rotarians will bring in items for Auction and then bid on these items.  All money raised is earmarked for a special account that the Youth Exchange Committee uses for our Exchange Students and Host Families. Some examples are Christmas gifts for the Host Families, welcome gifts for our students, student bus passes, events planned to bring Exchange students and potential host families together, etc. Our goal is to ensure the continuity of this very important Rotary initiative!
We ask all Rotarians to consider donating a gift, and absolutely bringing money to bid on a special gift for Valentine’s Day!

Rotary Clubs of Essex County Blood Drive Challenge starts in February, and February 10th is Rotary Day. Contact Dennis Segatto for details.




Congratulations Ron Arkell, recipient of the Rajir (Roger) Mann International Service Award (2018)

Rotarians - support BANA, our community partner, by attending their Speakeasy Gala event:
In honour of our 35th Anniversary the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) is having a celebration and you’re invited!

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, you get to walk into ours.”

Journey with BANA as we send you back in time to the days of prohibition with their “Roaring 1920’s Speakeasy” themed gala on Saturday, February 17th at Caesar’s Windsor
Be part of the festivities as we acknowledge three and a half decades of service provision to Windsor and Essex County and help us launch the future of treatment and education in our community.

Not your average fundraiser; we`re “Putting on the Ritz” for this elegant affair. Whether you’re in vintage apparel or modern formal dress you’ll be transported back in time as the sounds of 
smooth jazz fill the air, zoot suits and flapper dresses are all the rage, and good times are had by all.
Don’t miss musical performances from the Windsor’s Favourite Jazz Group – “the Brian Burke Quartet” and “Some Guys who like to Sing” along with a special appearance by “the Windsor Circus School,”
unique photo opportunities and over $10,000 in raffle prizes including:
  • 2 round-trip tickets to any regular WestJet Destination
  • Vacation destination packages
  • A Spitfires Suite package
  • Original art and Home Décor pieces
  • Photography sessions
  • Auto detailing
  • Dental and Vision packages
  • …and much, much more!
A fun-filled evening of surprizes, entertainment and excellent food is on order for this swanky affair so join us for Valentine’s Day because this is the event for you.

So get on your “glad rags” and come along with us for a night to remember.
Tickets are available online at 
Be a part of the Club's significant 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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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

The next Foundation Fund Board meeting is scheduled for Feb.21 at 4 p.m , Farrow Board room.
To have your meeting posted, contact the Rotary Office at 519-253-6382 or