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Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...

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Chatham Rotary

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We meet Wednesdays at 12:15 PM
The Links of Kent Golf Club Events Centre
120 Indian Creek Road West
Chatham, ON  N7M 2E2
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Come join Rotarians and their friends at the Unigasco Lounge at the Capitol Theatre on May 26
and watch the Parade of Classic Cars below on King Street.
Space is limited, but TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!
This is a fundraiser for a Rotary Club of Chatham world water project in 2018.
A ticket is $30 and includes finger food from William Street Cafe....there will
be a cash bar. Contact Tania at - but do it
quickly-- we need to know by the end of this week!
In honour of World Polio Day 2016, we are happy to host our Pizza for Polio Day with our friends in Chatham Sunrise Rotary.
Proceeds from all pizzas ordered today will go towards ending polio now! Participating restaurants are: Andy's Place, Boston Pizza, Godfather's Pizza Chatham, Domino's Pizza Chatham, Mike's Place, Feo'z Pizza, Quo Vadis Pizzeria, Pie-Zano's, Pizza Tonite and Original 2 Pizza. Thank you for your generosity and participation!
Thanks to everyone ordering a pizza pie today for your support!
We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for our 77th Annual Banquet, Ms. Artis Shreve Lane. Ms. Lane, an internationally-renowned artist, hails from North Buxton and resides in Los Angeles. Ms. Lane's impressive resume includes sculptures and portraits of such well-known figures like Rosa Parks (commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute), former President George H.W. Bush, athlete Michael Jordan, Nelson Mandela and many others. Likely her most well-known commission is a stunning bronze bust of Sojourner Truth, an African-American abolitionist. This bust is the only sculpture of an African-American woman at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. and was unveiled by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2009.
We are thrilled to have such an esteemed and accomplished keynote speaker in Ms. Lane. We hope you can join us at the John D. Bradley Centre in Chatham on October 28th for this important event celebrating Ms. Lane's successes, learning more about her professional career and her artistic inspiration. Tickets are now on sale for $60 and can be purchased by contacting the Rotary Club of Chatham office at 519.354.8300 or Refreshments at 5.30pm, multi-course dinner at 7pm. All welcome!
We've moved, to the Links of Kent Golf Club on Indian Creek Road in Chatham's south side. It's been a long and winding road since the first meetings at the Grey-Dort Club in 1921; decades at the William Pit Hotel and Christ Church Auditorium, a shorter time at the Tree Room in the Wheel's Inn, and recently in the Rotary Lounge at the Capitol Theatre. The commonality in these otherwise uncommon venues has been the professionalism and attention afforded Rotary by our landlords and catering services, and it is much appreciated.
The Club is looking forward to welcoming prospective members, and anyone interested in joining us for lunch in the Events Centre to hear what Rotary is about.
WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN! Coincident with World Polio Day on October 24 2016, and to raise money towards the Rotary goal of Eradication, local Pizza Parlors will be donating a portion of their proceeds. Look for a listing of local partners and let your friends know.
Last year was a big success due to the participation of  Pie Zano's, Keith, Andy's Place, Godfather's Pizza, Alysson, Pizza Pizza, Pizza Tonight, Mike's Place, Sparky, Qua Vadis Pizzeria, Boston Pizza and Feo's Pizza.
Thank you, Chatham-Kent and visiting Beach Boy fans, for a great Evening. Picture have been added to the website - scroll down at the Left for Photo Albums.
The official ground breaking of the future Chatham-Kent Hospice took place in Chatham on April 17. The 7 Canadian Rotary Clubs in District 6380 all support the Hospice, and in response the District has contributed grants of about $3,000 to each Club to aid in this signal project. Pictured with Hospice Fundraising Chair Jennifer Wilson are District Governor Don Riddell (Troy MI), Assistant Governor Barry Fraser (Chatham) and 2015-16 Governor Elect Henry Dodson (Auburn Hills). Watch this spot for future news.
Barry Fraser and Don Leonard were singled out for honours by the Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce this week. Barry is of course a former Club President, current Assistant Governor, has been elected District 6380 Governor for 2017-18, and is now in addition Chatham-Kent Citizen of the Year. Sparky is our current Club President, marking his year with big fund raisers, big events, and big service commitments, and in his spare time is General Manager of Victory Ford-Lincoln. His firm has been named Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Chamber. Both are also local television personalities, appearing regularly on Cogeco with TV Bingo and taking the opportunity to talk about the service activities of the Rotary Club of Chatham.
Congratulations to Sparky, Laurie, Barry and Carolyn.                                
Every three years, Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council gives us a voice in how our organization is governed.
Each Rotary district sends a representative to the Council. Representatives deliberate and act upon all proposed enactments and resolutions. Enactments seek to change Rotary’s constitutional documents, and resolutions express an opinion or make a recommendation to the RI Board.
Our own Past President and Past District Governor Keith Koke has been selected to be District 6380's representative at the next Council - a well deserved and unsurprising choice!
Sandee and Keith display a cheque for $103,691.32 made out to ShelterBox Canada, earmarked for use by typhoon victims in the Philippines. 
This represents the total donations collected for by the 7 Chatham-Kent Clubs of Rotary District 6380. Over $100K was elgible for doubling by the Canadian Government, thus providing shelter and basic utensils for over 2,000 people. Thanks to all those members and others who responded, and to the Chatham Board of Directors for our Club's contribution from the Service Fund.  
ShelterBox was started by a Rotary Club in England, and ShelterBox Canada continues to partner with individual Rotary Clubs in humanitarian efforts.

The newest addition to Chatham-Kent’s trail system -  Rotary Eco Trail in the O'Neill

Nature Preserve was officially opened. The Thornhill Park ceremony at 114 Thornhill Crescent in Chatham saw the cutting of the ribbon at the trail head . Two Rotary Club of Chatham members did the deed - Environment Committee Chair Barry Fraser (L) and Councilman Doug Sulman, who also represented the Municipality. Joining them was a vital member of the effort, the Manager of Parks, Cemetaries and Horticulture Tom Beaton (R).


Also on hand were Kathryn Kielstra of C-K, Bronwen Buck of the Carolinian Canada Coalition, resident neighbours of the Nature Preserve, walkers, Rotary members, and the Press. Following the official duties, Randall Van Wagner with the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority, who has been invaluable in cataloging the Preserve, led an interpretive tour of the attendees and their families.

This granular surface trail forms an 880 metre loop through the O’Neill Nature Preserve, formerly Paxton’s Bush.  Building the trail has been the result of a collaborative effort between the Rotary Club of Chatham, Carolinian Canada Coalition, and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.


The trail will be developed as an “EcoTrail.” It is an interpretive trail with a difference. Hiking and biking are good for you and the environment, but this trail will go the extra mile to help nature as well. Features along the trail will inspire users to learn more about nature in their own backyard, and to make a difference in the environment where they live, work and play. 

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