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:

Douglas George, Consulate General of Canada, Detroit Michigan

The Consulate General will provide an update on Canada’s approach to improving economic relations with the United States.
Mr. George is responsible for the States of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. He is a career diplomat with over 30 years of experience, and most recently served as Canada’s Ambassador to Kuwait. As a recognized trade policy expert, he is the perfect person to offer insights on NAFTA talks now underway.

For Today's Meeting 

Reporter: TBD
Registrar: Peter Hrastovec
Front Door Greeter: Neil McTavish
Back Door Greeter: Randy Winters
Invocation: Robert Maich
Four-Way Test: Moe Pomerleau

Upcoming Meetings:

  • April 2 - Celebration of new member inductions. Members are encouraged to bring their families.
  • April 9 - Centennial Speaker #2: Water and Sanitation with guest speaker Dr. Ron Denham. Note that this meeting replaces the lunch meeting that day. Registration: 5:30pm, Buffet: 5:45 - 6:30, Program from 6:30 - 7:45, Caboto Club. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Click here to Register Now or call the office at 519-253-6382.
A special announcement was made at the last Rotary meeting: Helga Reidel, CEO of ENWIN Utilities Ltd. spoke about ENWIN’s contribution to the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Plaza: A unique geodesic light sculpture created by artist/sculptor Nicolas de Cosson and powered by ENWIN. This 7-foot-tall feature will display a show of light, and will make the plaza particularly spectacular at night. Ms. Reidel stated:

“One of our greatest and most exciting partnerships is underway right now – a special project to light the heart of our city - and will honour the 130th anniversary of electricity in Windsor, just as it honours our relationships with the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) and the City of Windsor".

We’re thankful for this impressive contribution from ENWIN and are looking forward to the Grand Opening of the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Plaza on Saturday, May 12th from 2:00pm-3:00pm at the Windsor Riverfront, just east of the Spirit of Windsor locomotive.

To watch the breathtaking video that was shown depicting the light structure, visit:

Next up, Shari Cunningham summarized the major in-club donations that have been made thus far in recognition of our Centennial year:
  • Carl Cohen on behalf of The Charles and Ethel Cohen Family Foundation: $25,000
  • The Farrow Group: $25,000
  • Don and Cathy Larkin on behalf of the Larkin RYLA Awards: $20,000
  • Gary Katz on behalf of The Peace Foundation: $10,000
  • The Benefits Company: $5,000
We’ve also had community support through donations towards the Plaza and the Gala, and a full list will be provided at a later date. Shari also explained that donations made to our Foundation can be paid as a lump sum or can be structured over time, and she encouraged those who have the means to make a donation to consider these options.
President Elect Jules Hawkins presented a banner from the President Elect Training Conference he attended in Kalamazoo, MI with next year’s Rotary International President Barry Rassin’s theme “Be the Inspiration”.
Lastly, Cathy Schmidt, Volunteer Coordinator at Canadian Blood Services, gave an inspirational talk about giving blood. She explained that the blood banks don’t have enough blood, and urged everyone to done. As the slogan says, “It’s in You to Give”. For more information and to find a location near you, visit:

Upcoming Events

Cost: Free
Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
7 - 9 pm
Spago South Windsor
3850 Dougall Avenue at Cabana Rd.,
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
April 9th, 2018
Registration: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Buffet: 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
Program: 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Caboto Club
May 03, 2018 – May 06, 2018
Grand Hotel
286 Grand Ave
Mackinac Island, MI  49757
United States
Cost: $100
May 12th, 2018
5:30 pm Reception
6:30 pm Dinner and Program
Caesars Augustus Ballroom
Members celebrating birthdays this week:
  • Cindy Duggal
Members celebrating their Club anniversaries this week. Thank you for your commitment:
  • Moe Pomerleau (6 years)
  • Mike Drake (17 years)
From the Youth Exchange Committee: Our Club will be receiving two Exchange students for 2018/2019. One boy from Belgium and one girl from Japan. We are in need of host families. If anyone would like to host or knows a family that is interested in hosting a Rotary Exchange student, please contact Sevda by email:

Thank You. 

District Tree Planting and Dedication of the Windsor (1918) Centennial Hub

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Join District 6400 and help plant the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Hub on April 28th. Our district is helping to ensure Rotary International President Ian Riseley's tree-planting challenge is met. The Hub features a 3-kilometre trail that connects the ERCA Place for Life Chrysler Canada Greenway, Herb Gray Parkway Trails and Town of Lasalle Trails.

Click here to donate a tree for $50 and/or to volunteer to plant trees

Or call 519-253-6382
10:00am – 12 noon:  District Tree Planting
12 noon  – 12:15pm:  Hub dedication and unveiling of ceremonial plaques 
12:15pm – 1:00pm:  Lunch & refreshments

This is a free event. Bring your bikes to try out the trail after the event!
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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Thurs. April 12 Filled Filled Filled Filled
Sat. May 26       Filled
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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

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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

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