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Club Updates
The Rotary Club of Ottawa welcomed its International Exchange student for 2016-2017 at the Ottawa International Airport on August 19th. Kokoro Nakayama, from Nishinomiya, Japan was met by members of the Club's New Generation Committee, her host family, Ed Coderre and Kristie Kelly and the Benhocine family. Celia Benhocine was the club's outbound exchange student in 2015-2016, spending the year in Japan. Kokoro will take the next week to settle in and register for school before enjoying a wilderness canoe trip with two of her host families. Welcome to Ottawa and Canada Kokoro!!

Ariane served as District Governor in 2014-2015 and is currently the District 7040 Interact Chair, reviving Interact in the district after a five-year gap without a district chair. During the first year, she started the Common Hope Interact Vision Team mission to Guatemala and is currently recruiting for the second mission, as well as trying to organize a Rotaract mission. She is thanked by DG Nabil Oudeh and Club President, John Lark.

It was a great year for Rotary Club of Ottawa. Thank you to our immediate Past President Julie Cugalj for her leadership and passion during her Rotary term. We also welcome to our new President John Lark and wish a successful Rotary year in his term as a Rotary Club of Ottawa. 
The Rotary Club of Ottawa welcomes our club member and past President the new District Governor Nabil Oudeh for his 2016-17 Rotary year. We also congratulations to District Governor Elect Susan Bellor and District Governor Nominee Martha Waaver. And we also wish to express a big thank to the Immediate Past District Governor Claude LaLibertè for his leadership and passion to "Be a Gift To the World" during his Rotary term as well. 

Anna Kyewski - Our Rotary International Exchange Student was the guest speaker at the meeting on June 13. Anna highlighted her year in Ottawa and thanked the club, host families, and others who supported her exchange. Ambassador Wnendt, Federal Republic of Germany attended also the meeting and thanked Anna for being an ambassador for her home country and to Rotary for its international exchange program.
Club President Julie Cugalj's Message:
Well...a crazy, busy 5 days with 200 of the most energetic and engaged teenagers in the nation. Our country is in good hands - these youth are unstoppable! Another Adventure program down in history...class of ‪#‎AIC2016‬ rocks!

Gem Munro, Amarok Society spoke to our club on April 25, 2016. It was incredibly inspiring and hopeful. Did you know there are 70 million primary school aged children who are too poor to afford an education? The Amarok Society teaches uneducated mothers how to read and write, and then teaches the mothers to be neighbourhood teachers – educating their own and their neighbours’ children every day in their homes, with astonishing results. To find out more about the Society, visit

President Julie Cuglj (centre) was pleased to welcome 2 new members to our club at our lunch meeting on April 18. Blair Davidson introduced Rick Evans (2nd from right) and John Lark introduced Rong Chuan Wu (2nd from left). Rick is a chartered accountant, specializing in business evaluation. Rong is the Taipei Ambassador to Canada. Congratulations to both!

Our Syrian refugee family has been settling in Ottawa. This past week, the three eldest children started school, allowing Mohamed and Shooga to start their English language classes. Earlier today, the family came to Christchurch Cathedral to meet their Rotary and church sponsors. It was a wonderful event. A highlight was a heartfelt thank you from the family read by Mohamed and translated by Rotarian Rouba Al-Fattal.

The Rotary reception succeeded beyond our expectations!
Besides having a distinguished keynote speaker, the Assistant Deputy Foreign Minister, Ms. Alexandra Bugailiskis, and a Syrian refugee family Al-Dakhil share their inspirational story, we were humbled that Mayor Jim Watson joined us, and that Minister John McCallum paid us a surprise visit to show his support for the work of the Rotary Club and the Syrian refugees!
Our thanks to all the diplomats, guests, musicians, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters who made this an amazing event!
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Nepean-Kanata Rotary Club President Eddie Villarta presented a cheque for $7,500 toward the Syrian Refugee Initiative-a truly wonderful contribution! (This was included in our 33,000 total). Congratulations to all those involved, Rotarians and friends!

Gary Pluim from the Rotary Club Ottawa South presented President Julie Cuglj with a cheque for $7500 in support of the Syrian Refugee project. Colin Rousseaux, Ways and Means Committee, and Peter Houliston, Chair, International Committee were on hand to thank the Ottawa South club for its commitment to this project. Thank you!!

Jen des Groseilliers was the lucky winner of the club's turkey raffle in support of our Syrian Refugee project. Thank you to everyone who participated by selling and buying tickets. It is projected that we raised almost $3,000!

The annual New Members Dinner is a wonderful opportunity to get to know new members who joined our club the past year. New members were introduced individually to Rotarians and guests and given an opportunity to talk about how they were introduced to Rotary and their interests in service in the club. The event was held at the elegant Royal Ottawa Golf and Country Club.
Adventure in Citizenship
April 30 – May 03, 2017
Guest Speakers
Aug 29, 2016
Gib Patterson and guest
Golf Industry in Ottawa region and Canada
Sep 12, 2016
Dr Luke Michael Howard
-Clinical Hypnotherapist
Theres no such thing as hypnosis (A general talk on hypnosis)
Sep 19, 2016
Rick Baker, C.A.R.P.
The role of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (C.A.R.P.)
District Conference
DG Nabil's Message:
Club Executives & Directors
International Service
Club Administration
New Generations