Join Us to Celebrate Our 100th Anniversary of Service

Club Updates
The Rotaract Club of Ottawa invites all Rotarians and friends to join them on Thursday, March 23 to celebrate their Anniversary Gala for Polio Plus! This year marks the Rotaract Club of Ottawa's 15th year of service, and they are celebrating at the Canadian Museum of Nature with an incredible keynote speaker, Jennifer Jones, Vice President of Rotary International! For more details and to purchase tickets, please go to: We hope to see you there!"

If you would like any further information about this event or have any questions, please feel free to contact myself (at this address) or the principal organizer Mark Donoghue at
Thank you very much for your support, we hope you will share this with your Club!
Tom Wilkinson, Rotary Club, PEI, updated members about Rotary's work in support of people in North Korea. This effort was initiated by the Eva Hammond and Randall Eastman, Rotary Club of Ottawa who in 2005, coordinated a delegation from North Korea to Canada. This work continues today. Randall Eastman is also instrumental in the growth of Rotary in China.  
Jennifer Mallard, Lead Architect, NAC Rejuvenation Project
Banner Exchange - Kokoro Nakayama, our club's inbound exchange student from Japan and President John Lark
On Sunday, February 12 in the middle of what would turn out to be the heaviest snowfall of the season (27 cm), the annual Rotary Club of Ottawa Chilly Chili Sunday event took place.  Rotarian, Robert Therrien, a member of the New Generations committee, “catered” the evening Rotaractor meeting, along with a group of Rotarians.
The Rotaractors showed their spunk, wading through unplowed sidewalks for several kilometers in a few instances, to make it to their evening meeting at Ottawa City Hall.  Some really intrepid skaters took to the ice beforehand on the Rink of Dreams in front of City Hall.
Rotaractors had a choice of several home made chilis, salads and desserts before starting their meeting.  Rotarians were impressed with the very sizeable turnout, with about twenty Rotaractors showing up.  They would have liked to think it was because of the reputation of their chilis but this year’s Rotaractor group has a large and active membership, gearing up to celebrate its 15th year of service with a gala at the Museum of Nature on March 23.

Rotarian Rich Fisher reports that our Rotary Club's day at the Foodbank was fun! Sorting and packing boxes for distribution to the Foodbank's many Ottawa area centres. The 2 hour shift went very quickly, then out for some socializing. Thank you to all who organized and participated!!


In this annual, unique opportunity, 200 young Canadians from across the nation -- from every province and territory -- come together in the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program. Meetings with political leaders, discussions among themselves -- they learn to appreciate the diversity of Canada and the privileges and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship. Click on the logo below to see AIC youtube video.
This year's Christmas luncheon was enjoyed by club members and guests alike. The program included a reading by Rotarian Rich Fisher (a Ukrainian Christmas story), the turkey raffle drawn by Colin Rousseaux and President John Lark and a thank you and rotary calendar presentation to serving staff at the facility. Guests included some spouses, 2 Rotaractors and Robin Rousham, retired member. Kokoro, our exchange student from Japan and Mohamad and Shoq Othman, from Syria,  each addressed the attendees expressing thanks and season's greetings. Mohamad treated guests to a performance on his oud. The luncheon ended with Christmas carols including a Canadian version of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Angela Kelly served as choirmaster. The fellowship was wonderful, the meal delightful and the event wrapped up the year in a most festive way. Members are reminded that the next club meeting is Monday, January 16, 2017.
On November 28, 2016 Margot Nicholls presented the 100th year history of the Rotary Club of Ottawa. The video may also be viewed at the following link:
A print copy of her presentation has also been posted on the club's website

In recognition of our 100th Anniversary, Margot Nicholls presents a history of the club and its activities 1916 – 2016.

Posted by Rotary Club of Ottawa on Monday, November 28, 2016
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.
Sunday November 13
th 2016 at 6:00 p.m.
Richmond Room. Ottawa City Hall
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.
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.
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
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


"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
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.
Adventure in Citizenship
April 30 – May 03, 2017
Guest Speakers
Mar 27, 2017
MGen Denis Thompson
Apr 03, 2017
Force Commander for the Multinational Force and Observers
Hilary Clauson, Aga Khan Foundation
Apr 10, 2017
Value and Impact of International Development
Dr. John Bell
Apr 24, 2017
Local cancer research and personalized medicine
Fundraising Projects
"All That Jazz"
Golf Tournament, BBQ
& Auction
Friday, June 23, 2017
District Conference
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 Elect
Community Service
International Service
Vice President
Club Administration
New Generations