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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Program for Monday, June 10th, 2019

Youth Exchange - Farewell to Gaspard and Takako!

For Today's Event:

Registrars: Moe Pomerleau
Front Door Greeter: Yvonne Brown
Back Door Greeter: Sevda Barin
Invocation: Anil Chitte
Four-Way Test: Zak Shaw

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Monday, June 17 – Club Awards
  • Monday, June 24 – President Jules' End-of-Term Speech
  • Monday, July 1 – Canada Day, no meeting
  • Monday, July 8 – Welcome President Gord

Program from Monday, June 3rd, 2019

The meeting began with a recap of the weekend’s 41st Annual Art in the Park, our Club’s largest fundraiser. Randy Winters confirmed that, in spite of having to close early on Saturday severe weather warnings, the event brought in over 21,000 attendees!

Through President Jules’ presentation of the Environmental Fact, we learned about the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, the only venomous snake still found in Ontario. 

The Club then welcomed Rebecca Rivard, who was inducted as the newest member of our Club! Walter, Rebecca’s sponsor, told the incredible story about how he first came to know her; Shaun, Rebecca’s husband, was the paramedic who helped Walter’s wife, Jean while she was riding in an ambulance. They had a conversation about how Rebecca should speak to Walter about Rotary, and the rest is history. Welcome, Rebecca!

John Curtin introduced keynote speaker Garnet Fenn, who spoke about Financial Literacy in the workplace. He explained that “several government, professional and private organizations are promoting the importance of financial literacy for business success and employee engagement. The Ontario government has tasked the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) with three important new mandates 1) Identify Burden Reduction Initiatives for the Capital Markets, 2) Establish an Office of Economic Growth and Innovation and 3) Improve Investor Experience and Protection”. Amazingly, only about 2/3’s of Canadian business owners feel comfortable with financial matters (BDC 12/2017), and 53% of Canadians who responded to a 2017 CSA Investor Study were “Non-Investors” – respondents who do not have any savings or securities investments set aside for their future. Some more interesting - and frightening - stats: “Of the Canadian respondents with no savings, 66% of them failed the general investment knowledge test. Canadians ranked money as their greatest source of stress – higher than work, health or family obligations”. Financial literacy is important: according to an OSC National Investor Research Study, people with higher financial literacy are 1) Less likely to report high stress about their finances, 2) More likely to feel in control of their financial future and 3) More likely to plan ahead when it comes to finances. For more information about this program, visit

Bob Morand and Ed Link (Rotary Windsor-St.Clair) introduced our Club to Southwestern Ontario Gleaners, an organization that transforms food that has been donated (mostly fruits and vegetables that are unmarketable, but still usable) into vegetable mix and fruit snack mixes that are then distributed to those who need it, both locally and internationally. This organization runs primarily on volunteers, and on Tuesday, June 11th from 6pm to 8pm, Rotarians from the area are gathering to help sort and inspect produce. Also planned is helping on a larger scale: August 16-17, Each Rotary Club will be asked to select a shift over a 24-hour period.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, June 9th, 2019 
The Safety Village
7911 Forest Glade Dr, Windsor, ON N8T 3R7
Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 
Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator
1501 Howard Ave Unit 101, Windsor, ON N8X 3T5
Meet the Governor
June 25, 2019
Social Hour 5:30pm,  Dinner 7:00pm
Camoes Club, 390 Sinasac West, Harrow N0R 1G0
Cost: $40 CAD
Please contact Brenda if you’re planning to attend
519 253-6382 or
September 21-22, 2019
10:00am - 5:00pm
Central Park Athletics
3400 Grand Marais Rd E, Windsor, ON N8W 1W7
Members celebrating their birthdays this week:
  • Bob Fields
  • Gord Faas
  • Neil McTavish
  • David Eady
Members celebrating their Club Anniversaries this week:
  • Lex McCrindle (50 years)
  • Bill McRae (41 years)
  • Maureen Lucas (20 years)
  • Julia Lee (7 years)
Dues are due! Please pick up your invoices at the meeting on Monday. This saves money on shipping costs. Thank you!
Thanks to all the volunteers, artists and attendees who helped at Art in the Park last weekend! Art in the Park 2019, the 41st year of the festival that many say kicks off the start of summer, was a huge success! In spite of having to close early on Saturday due to severe weather warnings, attendance was comparable to recent past years. Nothing but positive comments from artists, vendors and volunteers.

Click here for more pictures from Art in the Park 2019.

Last night (June 6th), our Club had our Youth Exchange Farewell Dinner for Takako (from Japan 🇯🇵) and Gaspard (from Belgium 🇧🇪) at St. Clair College Eatery 101. Fun night, great food and amazing fellowship - these kids sure will be missed! Our Monday meeting this week will be in honour of our exchange students as well - be sure to attend!
Application deadline is June 14th - Don't miss this incredible opportunity! Our Youth Exchange program is open to high school students between the ages of 15.5 to 18. If you want to explore the world, experience new cultures, meet tons of new people and make life-long friends (or if you know someone who would!) learn more about the program and apply to be a Rotary Exchange Student today! Visit or call the office at 519-253-6382
The Salvation Army needs your help with their Soup Kitchen on Wednesday nights. For more information, please contact Susan Falodun at or call her at 226 347-1565. 

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.
2019 8:30 to 2:30
10:00 to 4:15
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Saturday, July 13
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Wednesday, August 21 Filled Filled Filled         
Monday, September 16 Filled      
Wednesday, October 23 Filled Filled    

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.

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Upcoming Committee Meetings

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