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Service Above Self

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM

Holiday Inn

150 George St North
Peterborough, ON K9J3G5
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P.O. Box 172Peterborough, ON   K9J 6Y8 

 

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A highlight of this week's meeting was a cheque presentation to Peterborough's Habitat for Humanity Youth Council members.  Accepting a giant cheque for $20,000 from Rotarian Bruce Gravel and President Gord Regts  is Kiersten Mangold, Jessica Kelly, and Erin Young.  The money will be used to fund construction of a local home built by the youth program of Habitat for Humanity. 

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Today’s very special meeting announced the renaming of Highway 35/115 to the John M. Turner Memorial Highway. A record 160 people came out to
recognize the late John Turner and to support his family. Emcee Cal Langman described John as a hero, committed family man, businessman, Rotarian, and a man with a successful political career. John lived the Rotary motto, Service Above Self. His roles in politics included MPP of Peterborough and the very distinguished Speaker of the Legislature of Ontario. John held many volunteer appointments with local organizations, community groups, and charities. He received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012. He was a non-partisan politician, a true Canadian statesman, and a wonderful friend to many. Pictured at left is the unveiling of the John M. Turner Memorial Highway sign, and at right past president Sue Sharp presents flowers to John's wife June. 

 

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Elizabeth Manley told the fascinating story of her career as a figure skater, winning Canadian, World, and Olympic medals, but her very real and serious message was about her battle with and victory over depression. As a result of her struggle with mental illness and its stigma in the 1980s, and in thanks for all the support she has received over the years, her passion is to give back to the community.  Elizabeth is a supporter of Home of Our Own, which helps intellectually challenged people live in their own home and as part of the community.  The Elizabeth Manley and Friends ice show is coming to the Peterborough Memorial Centre April 5 to raise money for Community Living Peterborough and it's her only show this season.  Elizabeth received a standing ovation for her presentation. She is pictured with President Gord, Lesley Parnell who introduced her to the Club, and her husband Brent Theobald.

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Our guest speaker this week was Jim Moloney from Peterborough Utilities who is the Manager and Curator of the Riverview Park and Zoo.  During his presentation Mr. Moloney confided that his favourite animal is the lemur (pictured).  The Peterborough Zoo started because Ross Dobbin a Rotarian and at the time General Manager of the Peterborough Utilities Commission needed a home for an alligator gifted to him during a trip to Florida.  Mr. Moloney thanked Rotary for the opportunity to speak about the zoo and to be considered for a donation to the guest services and education building project which is part of a its 10 year capital plan.  Coming in 2015 will be a Red Panda exhibit and in the long term there are plans to refurbish the cat exhibits.

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Our weekly meeting was the occasion for another one of our annual visits from local politicians.  Dean del Mastro, MP for Peterborough and area, gave us an update on his activities and concerns for the past year.  Also in attendance was Constable Matt Janssen of the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service.  Rotarians volunteer to work with numerous groups and, as such, are required to get a Criminal Record Check annually.  Constable Janssen was on hand to take applications and he is pictured with Rotarians Bob Gallagher (centre) and past president Atul Swarrup as they fill out applications.

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Our first guest in our annual Political Outlook Series was J. Murray Jones who has served 5 terms as Warden of Peterborough County and is a resident and municipal representative for Douro-Dummer. J. Murray reviewed the past year and spoke of the many successes, and some concerns such as the lack of infrastructure funding from the Provincial Government.  His slogan is "Peterborough County is more than ploughing roads" and he is thrilled to be Warden and very proud of Peterborough County. Questions were asked about the Race Track/Slots, roads, Trent Severn Waterway, and Shining Waters. He fielded the questions with great political savvy.

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Our weekly meeting was honored to have three guest speakers.  Murray Rodd, chief of the Peterborough Lakefield Police Service, Tim Farqharson, the Deputy Chief, and Mary Smith, Mayor of Smith Ennismore Lakefield, presented a summary of the Police Services Board Strategic Plan and the next phase of the Service's evolution.  In addition we were pleased to welcome our newest member.   Sarah Tate is Habitat for Humanity's executive director and in the few years she has held the post she has taken the organization from a small non-profit to one that is now very successful and building 4 homes per year with 15 full time staff and a successful youth build program supported by Rotary.  She is pictured getting officially inducted by Rotarian and a past president Susan Sharp (left). 

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We had a very interesting weekly meeting.  Pictured above is Lynne Chant, our Assistant District Governor, presenting Past President Atul Swarrup, on behalf of the Club, with a certificate of appreciation from Polio Plus for raising money.  We were third in our district for the amount raised.  Our guest speaker was Martin Yuill, Interim Executive Director of the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster.  Martin shared information about the cluster, The Cube, and explored how all of us can work together to deliver business innovation which has a great influence on our community.

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At our November 18, 2013 meeting we had a very informative presentation by four of our fellow Rotarians who have just returned from Honduras where they helped install water pipes to supplement the water tower that we recently installed. A slide show gave us an idea of the living and working conditions at the project site, including showing the water pipes being laid and the local laborers who were paid for their hard work. David Keene (left in photo) of Friends of Honduran Children presented a plaque to Rotarians (l to r) Piero Ronca, Mo Cox, Garry Humphreys, and Mike Evans in appreciation of their efforts.  

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The Rotary Club of Peterborough recognized this year's Paul Harris Fellows at a celebration dinner on November 4 at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club.  The Paul Harris Fellow was created in the memory of Rotary's founder. A contribution of $1,000 to support the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation is made in these people's names to recognize them for outstanding commitment in their avenue of service. 
Photos of the event have been put into a photo album which you can view in the Photo Albums section of the Home page or by clicking HERE.

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Our Club continues to grow and this week saw the induction of our newest member.  Lesley Parnell (left) introduced Kim Zippel amd Past President Joe McCulloch performed the induction. Welcome Kim!  Our guest speaker this week was Allan Seabrooke from the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority who, along with his assistant Kathy Reid, outlined the 5 Ws of the organization. He outlined many of its programs and activities. For much more information visit the ORCA website at http://www.otonabee.com.

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We had two speakers today. First up was Marc Garneau who shared some of his experience as an astronaut. From a Naval background, he flew his first mission in 1984 and through two additional missions has circled our planet more than 400 times. His story is quite remarkable and he reminded us that Canada was the 3rd country to have a vehicle in space. Our second speaker was the local Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, who encouraged us to participate in the Ontario Health Study. She is striving for the involvement of at least 10% of the local population in garnering a new and broad based data base. Further details are at their website: www.ontariohealthstudy.ca  Mr. Garneau and Dr. Pellizzari are pictured with President Gord. 

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Every year Musicfest brings free music to Crary Park to entertain thousands of people for the whole summer.  Members of our Club sell 50/50 tickets and raise in excess of $25,000 each summer for our Club.  We also give back some of the proceeds to Musicfest to help fund all of that music.  At our weekly meeting Tracey Randall of Musicfest (pictured) was presented with a cheque for $10,000 by Committee Chair Joe Hall and President Gord.  Our guest speaker for this week was Jack Veitch from the Canadian Mental Health Association who spoke to us about the valuable services provided by the CMHA and World Mental Health Day.

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Our guest speakers were Mike Kinsey, District Chair of the New Generations Committee, and Laura Dunford who is an employee at the Ministry of Natural Resources and was recruited by Rotarian Ken Seim to accompany Mike and several other participants on a Group Study Exchange to Taiwan for five weeks in 2013.  Laura put postcards and banners on each table and narrated a slide show of the trip. She said that it was a very busy five weeks in which five strangers got to know each other and experienced a vibrant and different culture.  She is pictured presenting President Gord with a banner from the Rotary Club of Sanchung Chianshi in Taiwan.

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Photo Albums
John M. Turner Highway Announcement
Paula skis at KNSC
Paul Harris Fellow Recognition, November 4, 2013
Paul Harris Awards Nov 12 2012
Social at Viamede
Rogers Cove Splash Pad
Tri-Club River Road Rotary Park cleanup July 18
Presidential Changeover July 15, 2013
Taiwan GSE team bike ride Wed May 1
Camp Kawartha update
Lang-Hastings TCT photos
2013 Rotary/Carl Oake Swimathon
Whitby Rotary Fitness Park
Rotary Trans Canada Trail signs
Kawartha Trans Canada Day Celebration October 2012
Tri Club Meeting at Trent June 12 2012
2012 Garden Show Photos
Team Rotary at Camp Kawartha’s Green-in-Motion
Canada Day Meeting of June 25, 2012
Water tower work at Nuevo Paraiso, 2011
Langley Pk meeting Aug 29 2011
Rotary Can-Am Curling Bonspiel
Zgareb visit with Ryssa
July 5 opening of the Tollington Bridge
Rotary Trans Canada Trail
RGWT
MusicFest 50/50 Draw
2011 Canada Day Award Recipients
Garden Show
2011 Swimathon Awards
Rotary/Carl Oake Swimathon
DG Dawn Straka
Friendship Team Visit
Xmas Food Hampers
July 26 2010 meeting
July 12th - Name the Rotarian
50/50 Draw at Music Fest
A New Rotary Year Begins
Canada Day 2010
Camp K Surf n Turf
Breakfast Crepes
June 14 2010 meeting
The Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee
Meeting at OHAF June 7
Rotary/Holiday Ford Golf Classic
Rotary Fireworks May 22 2010
Swimathon 2010
Rotary Auction 2010
Steinmillers in Argentina
December 14 Xmas Meeting
November 23rd photos
Adventures in Agriculture Oct. 20 2009
December 7 2009 Meeting
Oct19 2009 Meeting
September Photos
50/50 Festival of Lights
Stoney Lake Cruise meeting - Aug 17
July 7- evening meeting
Canada Day meeting June 29 2009
Rotary Omemee Trail
Manon's Primtemps Soiree
Camp Kawartha's Green-In-Motion Fundraiser
Rotary-Carl Oake Swim-a-Thon
Robbie Burns Day
Scots Curling Tour in Peterborough
Kawartha Homecoming-2008 District Conference
Trail Tree Planting
School Breakfast Program
Can-Am Curling Bonspiel
Swimathon 2010
Rotary Victoria Day Fireworks
Paul Harris Awards Meeting
Johan's Polar Plunge
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