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, July 22nd, 2019

Speaker: Elder Theresa Sims, Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Keeper 
Topic: Windsor Indigenous People And Their Issues

For Today's Event:

Registrar: Margurite Reid
Front Door Greeter: Tony Mancinone
Back Door Greeter: Jim Blue
Invocation: Susan Falodun
Four-Way Test: Michelle Morency

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Monday, July 29 – Speaker: Anna Jurak, Executive Director Windsor Brain Injury Association. Topic: Brain Injuries and Injury Prevention
  • Monday, August 5 – Civic Holiday, no meeting
  • Monday, August 12 – Speaker: Brian Yeoman, Chair DBIA  - Downtown Business Improvement Association. Topic: Development and Progress in the Downtown Core
  • Monday, August 19 – Speaker: Claire Sanders, Climate Change Specialist, ERCA. Topic: Climate Change
  • Monday, August 26 – Official Visit of District Governor John Chambers

Program from Monday, July 15th, 2019

Last meeting was packed! President Elect Gerry Pocock was presented with his 20-year pin by Mike Drake. Congratulations, Gerry, and thank you for your continued commitment to Service Above Self.
Ron Arkell explained that many years ago, our Club raised funds to build swimming pools for local children in underprivileged areas. The signage was not easily visible. Ron worked with David Eady as part of the history committee, and together with the help of Moe Pomerleau, Janet Kelly and Mike Clement from the City, the 2 pools now boast beautiful legacy signage that proudly show the work of Rotary. Ron also spoke about our international water projects. To date, our Club has drilled wells in 42 villages in Ghana, but there are still 18 more villages that are in need. He showed an example of the dirty water that is currently being used in one such village - Sibiri, a village in Jirapa, Ghana. He reminded us that it costs $6,000 for a well.
Club member David Eady who is a member of the Windsor Volunteers for Literacy, presented a cheque for $2500 to club members Colleen Mitchell, Greg DeHetre, and Rebecca Rivard  who are part of our Club's partnership with Literary Arts Windsor/BookFest. The partnership also includes Ryan Mancini and Peter Hrastovec. BookFest will take place October 17 - October 22, 2019.
Justin Falconer, Senior Director at Workforce WindsorEssex, started with some stats on the current labour force. True, the unemployment rate is holding steady, but if you look at the labour force, there's a "10,300 person increase in the size of the labour force over the last 9 months", which is huge. Employment rate, as a percentage of the population that is working, is up 3.5% points in the last 9 months. Falconer explained that their organization's website is "the most important asset" they own. They now have the ability to collect their own data. They launched "the region's largest job board" and make it easy for those seeking employment by posting available jobs on a map, which also displays key services such as proximity to child care and transit. The site also helps people plan their careers and displays census data. Workforce WindsorEssex has also helped launch similar job boards in London and other areas. For more information, visit

Click here to see pictures from this meeting (courtesy of Gordon Drake)

Upcoming Events

Saturday, August 3 (Youth)
Saturday, August 24 (Youth)
Sunday, August 25 (Adults)
Saturday, September 14th (Family)
President's Night
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Windsor Club
2072 Riverside Dr E, Windsor, ON N8Y 4S5
Cost: $35
Please contact Brenda if you’re planning to attend
519 253-6382 or
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Urban Surf Co.
55 E Pike Creek Rd, Windsor, ON N8N 3S1
Cost: $20
Saturday, August 17, 2019
12:00 - 2:00pm
Southwestern Ontario Gleaners
40 Industrial Rd, Leamington, ON N8H 4W4
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:
  • Janice Forsyth
  • Colleen Mitchell
Members celebrating their Club Anniversaries this week:
  • Chandra Kania (Club: 4 Years / Rotarian: 27 Years)
  • David Langford (6 Years)
  • Keren Escobar (1 Year)
July 18, 2019: Today, we say goodbye to Gaspard, our Youth Exchange student from Belgium. It's been an incredible year, and Gaspard: You're always welcome back anytime! Here are also some pictures of last weekend's District 6400 Central States Rotary Youth Exchange Conference, where Rotary International President Mark Maloney was in attendance.
Baby announcement:
Welcome Harris Romeo West - born July 4, 2019 - 8'3". 2nd grandson for Romeo and Gerty Girardi and first child for Laura and Byron West.
Everyone is doing well!
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
Please contact Brenda if you’re planning to attend
519 253-6382 or

To volunteer, sign up at: or call 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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Monday, September 16 Filled 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.

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