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Every year, we celebrate those Rotarians who have passed on during the period between our District Conferences.  This year we were privileged to honor the following District 7090 Rotarians by the reading of the name, the ringing of the bell and by walking a rose from the back of the room to the vase in the front.  It is quite a moving experience, led by our own PDG Charlotte Herlong, 2004-2005.  Here is a copy of the complete program
2016 - 2017 HONOR ROLE
Jonathan "Jon" Asplin of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore
Phil Barrancotta of the Rotary Club of Lockport
Maynard Bath of the Rotary Club of Hamilton East-Wentworth
Gordon "Gordy" Black of the Rotary Club of Jamestown
Douglas P. "Doug" Burr of the Rotary Club of Fonthill
Marvin L. Caplan of the Rotary Club of Hamilton
Jack Collinson of the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls, ON
Frank J. Cooper of the Rotary Club of Welland
James Cunningham of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines Lakeshore
Patrick J. Cunningham of the Rotary Club of Buffalo
George Dalby of the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls, ON
Betsy Dixon-Lang of the Rotary Club of Greater Jamestown AM
Ron Dumbrell of the Rotary Club of Fort Erie
Bruce Elliott of the Rotary Club of Fonthill
Ross Elliot of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South
William "Bill" Finley of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines
James "Jim" Hanson of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines
Soren Harrison of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South
Arthur L. "Bud" Jocoy of the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls, NY
Bernie Keefer of the Rotary Club of Clarence
Richard Klepfer of the Rotary Club of Buffalo
Thomas E. Lamb of the Rotary Club of Hamilton
Colin Millar of the Rotary Club of Hamilton Mountain
Norm Naab, Sr. of the Rotary Club of Clarence
William "Bill" Nelson of the Rotary Club of Hamilton
Alan Richards of the Rotary Club of Brantford
Gord Thompson of the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM
Ken Thur of the Rotary Club of Hamilton East-Wentworth
G. Douglas "Doug" Vallee of the Rotary Club of Simcoe
Peter Vance of the Rotary Club of Waterdown
Ashley Ward of the Rotary Club of Albion
Terry Wilkes of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines
Robert G. "Bob" Wilson of the Rotary Club of Hamilton


Do you know someone who uses a wheelchair for mobility? Do you know someone who has significant hearing loss, or poor vision? What if this person wanted to attend a meeting or other event at your Rotary club? What if they wanted to join your club? Could you accommodate them?
This is a topic many of us probably don’t give much thought to, unless a specific situation comes up. Yet, as Rotarians, most of us would opt to provide accessibility to our activities for people with disabilities if it were brought to our attention.


Is Your Club Really Ready to Recruit Young Professionals? Most clubs would love to bring in some young professionals as new members. But, many clubs aren’t sure about how they should recruit young professionals. Guess what? Recruiting young professionals really isn’t the most important issue. The most important issue is making sure your club is ready to attract, welcome and retain young professionals once they become aware of Rotary. As my friend, Amy Gringhuis (member of the Hamilton Tonic After 5 Rotary Club), put it, “You need to set the table before you invite your guests in for dinner.”
So, how do you make sure your club is ready to welcome and engage young professionals? We’re going to address that in workshops that will start in the fall. In the meantime, if you’re eager to get started, check out the ideas in this great article about Rotary International’s Young Professionals Summit.


Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about your options for joining other leaders and volunteers in your community who are part of Rotary.  There are four things you should know about Rotary:
  • Rotary is simply an opportunity to build friendships, serve the community and improve the world.
  • Rotary joins leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations.  We are a network of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world.
  • Rotary exchanges ideas, bringing our expertise and diverse perspectives to help solve some of the world’s toughest problems.  It's people like you and me, working together to make the world a better place.
  • Rotary takes action to bring lasting change to communities around the world.  We take pride in providing sustainable solutions.
I hope you will reach out to a Rotary club in your area and let them know you are interested in becoming part of our team.
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Kevin Crosby, IPDG
Director, Membership
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