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We are offering online Club meetings 4 times a month – 2 midday meetings and 2 early evening meetings with new engaging meeting formats that give our members increased opportunity for friendship and meeting times that are convenient for younger Rotarians who work, female Rotarians with family commitments, as well as current and prospective members.


Based on the advice of health officials, most Rotarians will be getting their flu shot to help minimize the impact on our health system as we move into the second wave of COVID19. As we work towards a vaccine for COVID today, we are nearing the end of another battle that Rotary International has been waging for decades, and the largest global health initiative ever - the eradication of polio. We are SO CLOSE to eradicating this terrible disease which now only exists in two countries. The below video demonstrates the work that has been done and why a zero count matters. We are very lucky to have access to vaccines and the health care that we have - so we would challenge all of our friends, family, and fellow Rotarians - if you are going to get your flu shot this season, make a donation of $20.20 towards helping make this vaccine available to everyone who needs it, and give 2020 new meaning. The added benefit?? Every donation made is generously matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, tripling your contribution!
To find out more about why zero matters, check out this video!
The Rotary Club of Ottawa is interested in finding out about local businesses that are owned by Rotarians, or the families and friends of Rotarians, who are offering products and services that would interest our members - especially coming up to the holiday season.
Please use our form to tell us about the business. This information will be shared with our Club members and beyond.
Thrive Project Zimbabwe is a Toronto-based non-profit initiative committed to reducing infant and maternal mortality in Zimbabwe. This landlocked country in southern Africa is experiencing a multifaceted crisis, including hyperinflation, more than 90% unemployment and a failing health infrastructure.
In addition, food insecurity results in most infants being born prematurely. Compounding the problem was the loss of all the country’s infant incubators in a fire at a Harare hospital.
Two of the founders of Thrive Project Zimbabwe, Kerry Grier and Munesu Munyaka, arranged for the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to donate 32 surplus incubators valued at more than $300,000. They worked with local volunteers such as the Toronto firefighters, who built crates and packed the incubators, but could not source enough funds to ship the containers to Zimbabwe. The Canadian Ambassador to Zimbabwe contacted John Lark and together with Mrs. Ché Weist, both members of the Ottawa Rotary club, they obtained sufficient funding to ship three containers to Zimbabwe.
It’s no small task to fully reinvent life itself from your home, but with any luck and a little creativity, the new ways of spending time together that people are discovering are succeeding in making this period of isolation a little less isolating. This is why it was so wonderful to receive an invitation from the Rotary Club of San Antonio, Texas for a virtual happy hour!
Other than getting to know a small group of extraordinary Rotarians from the San Antonio Club, we were entertained by a fun video and enjoyed a lively cultural exchange. We were also able to replicate the best part of any social gathering - smaller, more intimate gatherings with two small chat groups.
We can’t in good faith suggest that hanging out remotely is an adequate replacement for time spent physically together, even if and when we develop better virtual social skills. We all still undoubtedly long for the human touch of actual face time. But in this moment, it’s worth remembering that the options we have can be inspiring, too—and even satisfying, if we get creative enough. Events like this give us the opportunity to widen our Rotary networks to across the world; so we will likely be doing more events like this in the future.
In fact, we had such a wonderful time that we will be doing it again -- we have invited the San Antonio Rotary Club to a Holiday Cheer virtual happy hour on December 7!
Rotary Club of Ottawa

We meet In Person & Online
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Online via Zoom
Ottawa, ON
(613) 860-1521
Mondays at 12:00 NOON, alternating Mondays at 7:00 PM
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Rotarians pledge to restore the monarch butterfly’s disappearing habitat

Seventy-five percent of the world’s plant species are dependent on pollinators, such as the monarch, to survive

History: A Home for Headquarters

The idea that Rotary should own its headquarters dates back at least to the 1920 convention, when RI President Albert Adams said that he hoped to someday see the headquarters in a beautiful building of Rotary’s own.

Hunger hits home: The pandemic reminds us that food insecurity isn’t just ‘over there’

Hunger and malnutrition unleashed by COVID-19 could carry the impact of the pandemic far into the future.

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Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
President Elect
Community Service Lead
International Service
Membership Relations
Program and Communications Lead
New Generations
Adventure in Citizenship Programme / Redécouvrons Notre Citoyenneté
April 25 – 29, 2020