Join Us to Celebrate Our 100th Anniversary of Service

 
Club Updates
On November 28, 2016 Margot Nicholls presented the 100 year history of the Rotary Club of Ottawa. Thanks to Bekir Akca for posting the video. It may be viewed at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/OttawaRotaryClub/videos/1288827914501147/
A print copy of her presentation has also been posted on the club's website at: http://www.rotaryottawa.com/SitePage/history-of-rc-ottawa
 
 
 
An informative and enjoyable lunch meeting today. District Governor, Nabil Oudeh, met with his home club's Board of Directors and was the guest speaker at lunch. The BOD appreciated learning more about activities and goals at the  District and how to benefit from even greater involvement. DG Nabil also spoke about the importance of keeping club's energized, enhancing youth programs, including Interact and the need for diversity and inclusiveness.
 
Emin Kara, a Rotarctor from Ankara, Turkey, completing a University exchange in St. John, New Brunswick, visited the capital and attended the Rotaract Club of Ottawa meeting on Sunday night and our lunch meeting on Monday. Emin spoke about his experiences in Rotary and exchanged a banner with club President, John Lark.   
 
 
 
 
When:                       
Sunday November 13th 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
 
Where:                     
Richmond Room. Ottawa City Hall
 
What:                      
Presentation by three members of the Ottawa Rotaract Club who were Rotary International Youth Exchange participants themselves. They will talk about their experience and answer any questions potential student candidates may have for them.
 
Who:                        
Any Ottawa high school student that may be interested in participating in these International Youth Exchange Programs.  They can come with their parents if they wish to do so.  The Long-Term Exchange Program (full year) is limited to Grade 10 or 11 students.
 
More information:        
You may contact André Bourdon, Chair, New Generation Committee, Rotary Club of Ottawa for additional information.  (albourdon29@yahoo.com or 613-739-1038).  The one-pager descriptions for the Long-Term Exchange Program (LTEP) and Short-Term Exchange Program (STEP) are attached.
 
Rotary International Youth Exchange Programs Timelines:
Sunday November 13th:                Information Session
Friday November 18th:                  Deadline for submitting preliminary applications to André Bourdon (albourdon29@yahoo.com)
Week of November 21st:               Interviews of candidates
Thursday December 1st:               Deadline for submitting preliminary applications of selected candidates to Rotary District 7040
 
For more information, see the Youth Exchange page on this website: Click Here
Rotary celebrates 100 years of service in Ottawa!  In recognition of "Rotary Day" the official Rotary International Flag will fly over the City of Ottawa from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, October 29th . District Governor, Nabil Oudeh, and Rotarians attend the flag raising.

 
 
 
Francis Gary Powers Jr. was our guest speaker on October 24, 2026. Mr. Powers is the founder of the Cold War Museum in Midlothian, VA and is the son of U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers. Given his background and expertise, he was hired as a consultant for the making of the blockbuster movie Bridge of Spies and has contributed to books published about the U2 incident. His website is at www.garypowers.org.
 
 
The weather cooperated and we saw a good turnout to this year's Fly Day event. Over $10,000 was raised in support of the Ottawa Rotary Home!! Thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered! See photos on this site and more on www.flyday.ca.
 
 

 

"Come Fly With Us"

On Saturday, October 1, 2016, the Ottawa Flying Club and the Ottawa Rotary Club are holding the 58th Annual Fly Day, a unique event that provides the public an opportunity to see Ottawa from above, in support of a local charitable organization.

The Fly Day event raises funds for the Ottawa Rotary Home, which provides respite care to families of children with physical disabilities. This year 's Fly Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, weather permitting. The event is held at the Ottawa Flying Club, 20 Lindbergh Private (off Hunt Club just east of Riverside Drive).

At Fly Day, people can take 20-minute sightseeing flights over the city. The cost is $40 per person, and the flights are provided by Ottawa Flying Club pilots. Fly Day is a wonderful opportunity to see the nation's capital from the air and is a popular event for families. Fly Day is timed to view the fall foliage at its peak.

 
The Rotary Club of Ottawa's "All That Jazz" golf tournament at Emerald Links was held on Friday, September 9th. A warm sunny day and Rotary fellowship contributed to an enjoyable experience for all. Thank you very much to all participants, sponsors and the organizing committee! Monies raised will go to the Club's international and community service projects. See the photo album on this site.

Rotarian Shireen Begum - her speech focused on the international aspect of Rotary and her visit to a Rotary Club in Bangladesh. She received a beautiful plaque from them and had the honour of presenting one of their members with a Paul Harris Fellowship. Shireen also spoke about the state of maternal & child health and the need for more care.

 

 

 

Rotarian Gib Patterson - gave us an update on his classification in Rotary. Gib’s Rotary name tag would have to be a full body billboard to fit in all the different areas he has worked in: farmer, teacher, real estate developer, golf club(s) owner and plowing match coordinator. Everyone had lots of questions. I think we all know his classification could be shortened to “Community Builder”.

 

 

 

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 www.amaroksociety.org
 
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!
 
Click the link for more pictures...
 
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
Dec 05, 2016
Lisa A. MacIntyre
Canada's Refugee Effort Overseas
Dec 12, 2016
Dec 19, 2016
Dec 26, 2016
 
Fundraising Projects
 
TURKEY RAFFLE
Committee Service Fundraiser
Draw Date: December 12, 2016
$5.00 each/ $10 for 3
 
 
 
District Conference
SAVE THE DATE
September 29 & 30
2017 District Conference
Rotary District 7040
Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort, NY
Watch for details in December
 
 
DG Nabil's Message:
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
International Service
Membership
Club Administration
Secretary/E-Secretary
New Generations