Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 09, 2017
This week our speaker is Dave Williams from the Mitchell Rotary Club.  Every year for the past five years the Rotary Club of Mitchell visits 800-1,000 Grade 5 students in Huron and Perth counties to inform them they are the future.
It may be difficult for these students to believe, but they are the most impressionable and can learn and understand an anti-drug message – that the use of methamphetamines (or meth) is dangerous.
Dave will explain all the details of this project of what they do and what they try to achieve.
 
This meeting is open to the public. Meeting will be at Craigowan  Country and Golf Club on Highway 59 just North of Woodstock. Meetings starts at 6.30 pm and costs for a meal is $ 20.00.
 
 
Don't Meth With Us - We are the Future! Wim Duizer 2017-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 02, 2017

"Invite all the people you know !!"

Join us Thursday October 5 at Boston Pizza in Woodstock from 5-8pm! Proceeds of all food sales, dine in or take out, will go towards fundraising activities of Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club. 
Just by having dinner at Boston Pizza between 5-8 you help us to raise money.

 

October 5: Boston Pizza Polio Plus Fundraiser Wim Duizer 2017-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 25, 2017
It designed to start a conversation that could lead to real change in how the Oxford County community deals with poverty and food insecurity.
A town hall meeting hosted by Operation Sharing on Tuesday, September 26 will feature keynote speaker Dr. Lynn McIntyre of the University of Calgary who will present key findings from her 30 years of research on how to reduce household food insecurity or inadequate access to food due to financial constraint.
 
Vanessa Giuliano, spokesperson for Operation Sharing, said the town hall meeting is designed to bring together not only experts in poverty reduction but also those accessing welfare assistance, low-income families, as well as their front line workers — to share their experiences.
 
“We welcome anyone with ideas about food insecurity and homelessness,” Giuliano said. “It’s a conversation to start the ball rolling — to talk about and put policies in place.”
The event will also feature poverty researcher Dr. Tracy Smith-Carrier from King’s University College, as well as Ken Brooks, a lawyer specializing in poverty law, Warden Paul Mayberry, Chris Cunningham of Southgate Centre and Oxford director human resources Paul Beaton.
 
The day after the town hall meeting a professional workshop with policy makers, including politicians and other representatives, is expected to lead to a declaration of intent.
 
Who: Oxford County Town Hall Meeting
 
Where: Unifor Hall, Woodstock Ontario
 
When: Tuesday September 26, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
September 26: Operation Sharing’s Town Hall meeting to delve into food security, poverty Wim Duizer 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Vincent on Sep 10, 2017

Join us at Rotary this coming Wednesday, September 13th for an exciting program. 6:30 pm dinner ($20) at Craigowan Golf Course, followed by a great speaker. Please RSVP to John at narcisian@yahoo.ca 519-532-0443 for meal count.

For over a decade, Kevin Bulmer worked in the auto racing industry, including time as the Marketing Director and General Manager of the first-ever NASCAR-sanctioned weekly race track in Canada. In addition, his 15 years of media experience, working dir...ectly with branding and business marketing, has taught him how easy it is to fall into the trap .... of Racing in Circles.

Many of the people and organizations Kevin has met, have shared admirable traits like:
1. They worked hard and most had a positive mindset with good intentions
2. They were incredibly creative and resourceful
3. They took massive amounts of action

With so many positive attributes in play, why was there so much frustration at attracting new customers, sponsors or new participants?

Learning from the racing metaphor, there are only three of four crucial things you need listed above. A fourth key ingredient is missing. When driving on the track with a loose tire, you can’t hide from a bad vibration. Ignore it, and you eventually crash. You need the fourth tire, with all of them tight and balanced to run the race.
Kevin will talk about the fourth tire and help us review how many of our tires may be loose in our life or organization. Then we’ll learn how to tighten them.

This is your opportunity to hear a unique slant on preparing yourself and our organization to run a winning race.

General Bio: Kevin Bulmer is a professional Speaker, Certified Life & Executive Coach & Host of “Journeys with the No Schedule Man,” a weekly podcast featuring conversations on personal and professional growth, available worldwide on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube and at NoScheduleManPodcast.com.

Stuck in your story, the risk of racing in cirlcles Doug Vincent 2017-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
 
This week the theme of our meeting was Caribbean, hosted by Rosalinda Taylor.  In addition to our salads and desert, chicken wings and pizza were enjoyed by all.
 
Many wore beach/Caribbean costumes as anticipated and it was a fun night of games and laughter combined with some Club business.   It is hard to believe the summer is almost over and this was our last summer meeting of the season. Next week there will no meeting in lieu of Toy Show on August 26 and 27.  Our next regular meeting is September 6 at Craigowan Golf Club.
Caribbean night at Taylor's Wim Duizer 2017-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Our Summer Meeting Series continues...
 

Everyone enjoyed the food, fellowship and picturesque home farm of Rotarian Peter Stam for this joint meeting of Woodstock-Oxford and Tavistock clubs.  

There were many family friendly activities to enjoy, including swimming in the fresh pond, fishing or coasting calmly on a pedal boat.  Many could take a nature walk or enjoy feeding and playing with the baby goats.  Simpler entertainment included enjoying good foods and the fellowship of a great group of people.  

Thanks to Peter and Edie for their generous and warm hospitality.

 

Summer Social hosted by the Stams' Sylvie Morin 2017-07-29 04:00:00Z 0
At our last meeting, we had a club assembly which included a review of the upcoming Toy Show & Auction as well as group meetings by our main Committees to discuss and plan for the coming Rotary year. Committee Chairs were asked to brief the overall membership on what their committee plans to do in the coming months.
 
As a reminder for the meal count, members are assumed to be coming and will be charged for their meal. If unable to attend, please advise POD Chair John Narcisian at narcisian@yahoo.ca by Sunday evening, so he can advise the venue accordingly.
Guests are always welcome but please email John your intentions to help facilitate food arrangements. 
July 26: Club Assembly at Craigowan Doug Vincent 2017-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Vincent on Jun 22, 2017

It was a great event as we celebrated our Rotary achievements for the past year and shared appreciation with many of the community organizations and individuals who have supported us in serving the needs of our community.

During the program, several (see list below) were acknowledged and presented with Appreciation Certificates.  Rotary could not accomplish what we do for the community without their ongoing support.   It is always a highlight of the year to see what has been accomplished.

In addition to celebrating the past year, we turned over the reigns to our new leadership team (as of July 1st).  Incoming President Grace did a wonderful job of outlining her vision for the club during the coming year.  The evening concluded with a great song "Go Make a Difference" in keeping with our new Rotary motto "Rotary . . Making a Difference."

Thanks again to those recognized: Giant Tiger, Heart-FM, Hendrik Mulder, Woodstock Museum, Springbank Cheese, Pharmasave (Wdstk & Ingsl), Leon's, Scott's noFrills, Tirecraft, Jacob's Auctioneers, Kelsey's, Royal Bank, Total Rentals, Bobcat of Brantford, Woodstock Boy Scouts, Dwight Blok, Rod & Karyn Liddle.

 

 

June 21: Volunteer Appreciation Night Doug Vincent 2017-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 19, 2017
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Last week Dave Sutherland, owner of the Lignition Corparation from Brantford, was our interesting speaker. He explained how farmers can be a vital key in the proper management of Carbon Dioxide (CO2).  
 
They can do this with a positive affect on the environment by using an effective new ag-carbon product as a fertilizer that boosts crop yields.  Higher yields are good for the farmer and it is also great that they can capture more CO2 in the process.
 
Dave did a great job of explaining exactly how and why it works, guaranteed!  He and his company are well recognized in the agricultural industry through this new technology, including several featured news articles.
Creating a Super Photosynthesis for Crops Wim Duizer 2017-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Vincent on May 29, 2017
Join us at Rotary this week to learn from some of our own members who attended the neighbouring District 6330 Conference. They will report on lots of Rotary fun, fellowship and new ideas that were shared. Many new friendships were also started.
Short presentations by: PDG Doug Vincent, John Narcisian, Linda Taylor and Leigh & Alma Yates. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Five Star Buffet on Norwich Ave, 6:30 - 8 pm.
Your're Welcome!
May 31 meeting: Report on district 6330 Conference Doug Vincent 2017-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 24, 2017
Please join us Wednesday May 24th at 6:30 pm for a presentation from Peter Stam. Peter is a Rotarian since 1999. He came to Canada as a young man when he was 18 with a dream and a bag of clothes. He will share with us what his immigration to Canada has brought him.
 
Everybody that knows Peter is more then welcome to come out and learn a little more about him. We meet at at the Five Star Buffet on Norwich Avenue, Woodstock. Come for dinner, a cocktail or just join us for Peter's presentation... We'd love to see you!
 
Please RSVP to Club President Sylvie at smtmorin@gmail.com to reserve your seat.
May 24: Peter Stam shares his life story with us Wim Duizer 2017-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on May 17, 2017
Please join us Wednesday May 17th at 6:30 for a presentation from Jennifer Jimbere. Jennifer will highlight her business services and offer tips to better your performance all around.
We are meeting at the Five Star Buffet on Norwich Avenue, Woodstock. Come for dinner, a cocktail or just join us for Jennifer's presentation... We'd love to see you!
Please RSVP to Club President Sylvie at smtmorin@gmail.com to reserve your seat.
 
May 17: Jennifer Jimbere Sylvie Morin 2017-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Apr 25, 2017
It's that time again...We are going bowling Wednesday night!

Come cheer us on - it's all for fun and in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Woodstock & District's annual Bowl For Kids Sake, Wednesday, May the 3th, 6ish pm - 9ish pm @ C & D Lanes.

Work & Play - gotta love Woodstock-Oxford Rotary! Join us. All members are encouraged to raise funds for this evening. If you would like to support our team please click on the following link to help raise funds for us. Thank you ! https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/big-brothers-big-sisters-of-woodstock-and-district/BFKS2017/team/rotarywoodstockoxford/
Bowling night Big Brothers Big Sisters May 3 Sylvie Morin 2017-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Apr 18, 2017
Join us for dinner or a cocktail at Ody's Restaurant @ 6 pm Wednesday night for our weekly social hour.

Did you know JA London runs several youth programs here in Woodstock & Oxford County?

At 7:30, we meet Melissa Derbyshire to find out details about Junior Achievement London, how they deliver programs, the impact of these on our youth, AND how you can get involved with JA in our community... Meeting starts @ 7:30
April 19: Junior Achievement London Sylvie Morin 2017-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 04, 2017
This week we will have an club assembly where we will discuss membership and our new meeting format. Everybody is welcome to attend this meeting. We will have a meal at 6.00 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites here in Woodstock.
 
You can also come only for the business part of the meeting. This will start at 7.30 pm
 
Hope to see you tomorrow.
April 5 meeting: Club assembly Wim Duizer 2017-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 28, 2017

Originally Josh Martin was scheduled to speak this evening but unfortunately he had to cancel due to sickness. April 8 is coming closer and that's why it has been decided to discuss all ongoing business concerning the Fish Fry.

Meeting will start with a meal at 6.00 pm at the Quality Hotels and suites here in Woodstock. Straight after we will discuss business. Everybody is welcome to attend.

We hope to see you tomorrow evening.

March 29 meeting: Fish Fry meeting Wim Duizer 2017-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 06, 2017
This week our speaker, March 8,  will be Jay Heaman of the County of Oxford. He will present to us the plans for Oxford County to have zero waste and use 100 % Renewable energy in the coming years. This process will involve a lot of steps and challenges and Jay will tell us about that.
 
We live in a time of transition where there will be considerable changes in our environmental footprint. Very exciting and lots of opportunities ! Please mark your agenda's and invite others ! Please rsvp to duizer@silomail.com.
 
Social time and a meal starts at 6.00 pm at ODY's  in the Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock. You can also come for the business part only. This starts at 7.30 pm. If you would like to learn more of the future Energy and Waste policies of Oxford County this meeting will be very interesting.
 
March 8: Jay Heaman, County of Oxford Wim Duizer 2017-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Feb 28, 2017

This week president Sylvie  will learn us the ins and outs of Social Media and how to use and navigate some of the key Rotary websites. We are looking forward to a fun and learning experience ! This evening is open to everybody.

We meet for dinner at 6.00 pm in Ody's Restaurant at the Quality Hotels and Suites. If you are interested in the seminar only then you can come at 7.30 pm to the William Board Room.

February 29 meeting: Rotary websites explained Wim Duizer 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Hemsworth on Feb 20, 2017

This week our social Media whiz, president Sylvie, will learn us the ins and outs of Social Media and how to use and navigate some of the key Rotary websites. We are looking forward to a fun and learning experience ! This evening is open to everybody.

We meet for dinner at 6.00 pm in Ody's Restaurant at the Quality Hotels and Suites. If you are interested in the seminar only then you can come at 7.30 pm to the William Board Room.

February 22 meeting: Social Media Seminar Tom Hemsworth 2017-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Feb 14, 2017
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Feb
2017
Woodstock-Oxford
225 Bysham Park Drive
Woodstock, ON
Canada

We know how hard Jan - Feb - March can be for some in our community. No one should have to chose between necessities. How about a little pulling together to help fill some bare food cupboards?

Join the Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club Rotarians & friends for a fundraising Happy Hour at the Upper Thames Brewing Company to savour the goodness of locally-crafted beer!

Mmmmmmm BEER!

In partnership with the good folks at Upper Thames Brewing Company (UTBC), the Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club will be donating $1 per libations purchased during this Happy Hour in support of Operation Sharing's Food For Friends local Food Card Program. 

Because TOGETHER, we can do so much more...

- See more at: http://woodstockoxfordrotary.org/event/rotary-happy-hour-fundraiser-at-utcb/#sthash.ZihxV8Ft.dpuf
February 15: Upper Thames Brewery Company Happy Hour Sylvie Morin 2017-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Feb 06, 2017
Join us this Wednesday, February 8th from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the dining room at Ody's Restaurant, found just inside the Quality Suites and Conference Centre, 580 Bruin Blvd, Woodstock. Order your own fare or enjoy a cocktail. This is our social time - we'd love to see you and catch up or meet & greet some new faces!
We gather in the Wellington after dinner for BOVINE LIVES MATTER!, a presentation by Chris Keane on cow comfort & care.
February 8: Bovine Lives Matter Sylvie Morin 2017-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Feb. 1st Meeting - Globetrotting Missions: Making a Difference Hands-on Sylvie Morin 2017-01-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 22, 2017
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It is fitting that, especially in January, we visit each other and support each other. It has been a rather bizarre winter so far, and possibly, already, the dreariest, longest January of all time.
 
Thankfully, Rotarians have many friends.
 
This week, Wednesday, January 25th, our good friend Dom Riccuito of the RC of Ingersoll, as well as his guest, will be joining us for dinner in the dining room at Ody's Restaurant at 6pm to discuss Ingersoll's Rest and Relaxation Lottery for 2017/2018.  Their tickets are on sale until February 24th and we want you to get yours here! Come say hello and get yourself a ticket or two... 
If you're planning to stay to do a little business with us, join us in the Wellington Boardroom on the 2nd level at the Quality Hotel at 7:15 p.m. We'll be presenting our budget, talking about our club succession, and doing a little discovering... 
 
Indeed, a free on-line reading program has been met with some success in the RC of Wilmot. The RC of Tavistock is incorporating this program in their projects too. So....what IS this free on-line ready program? We're about to find out! We'll be all ears for a quick presentation on this added value for any service group or organization. This program is largely supported by District 7080 AG Brian Bennett, who will also be in attendance. AG Bennett would love the Oxford Cluster to be the first in our District to adopt the program unanimously. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
January 25th Meeting: Reading, Writing & Arithmetic Sylvie Morin 2017-01-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 15, 2017
Social and meal from 6 - 7.15 pm Join us for dinner or come for a cocktail in Ody's Restaurant (inside Quality Suites & Conference Centre), 580 Bruin Boulevard, Woodstock, ON.
 
Our Club Business program starts at 7.30 pm in the William Board Room.
 
This week Wim Duizer one of our members will give a presentation how our food is produced here on the farm in Ontario. Which farming practices are used for land and crops, how do farmers work with animals, what do certain labels mean we find in the store.
 
The goal of the presentation is to give some inside in modern farming and how farmers constantly adapt to changes. Everybody is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to duizer@silomail.com.
January 18 meeting: The Real Dirt of Farming Wim Duizer 2017-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Jan 08, 2017

Wednesday Social ~ from 6 - 7:15 p.m.

Always looking to meet new - and greet familiar - faces. Order your own fare.
Join us for dinner or come for a cocktail.
Ody's Restaurant...
(inside Quality Suites & Conference Centre)
580 Bruin Blvd., Woodstock, ON

Our club business program starts at 7:30 in the William Boardroom. This week - January 11th - Rotarian Peter Stam will present a photo library and 1st hand account of his recent mission trip to the Carribean, aiding in projects started some 20 years ago. Flanked by poverty and weather-related destruction, local residents in many areas have struggled to survive. Come see how we have made an impact in this community!

Everyone is welcomed. Please do RSVP to President Sylvie at smtmorin@gmail.com or call 226.228.8390 to reserve your seat.

January 11 meeting: Mission trip Carribean Sylvie Morin 2017-01-09 00:00:00Z 0

We've done so much ~ help us DO MORE in 2017.

Join us at 6pm on Jan. 4th at Ody's Restaurant, Woodstock (located inside Quality Suites & Conference Center) for a meet & greet. Order your own fare or just come for a social.

The Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford is seeking good people to do good works in and around our community. We have some big projecys coming up as we start into the new year. Bring your fundraising ideas, talents, and skills to our group. You'll be impressed... with what Rotary - locally & worldwide - has to offer you in return.

The world NEEDS Rotary ~ and Rotary needs YOU. Let's talk!

January 4: first meeting in 2017! Sylvie Morin 2017-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Dec 11, 2016

We made Santa's "nice" list! Joyful & triumphant we are!
Please join us for dinner and Christmas cheer this coming Wednesday, December 14th @ 6.30 p.m. at the house of Rosalinda and Kevin Taylor, 61 Sioux Crescent in Woodstock. Come for the dinner and cocktails, stay for the fun & friendships!

The more the merrier - but please RSVP to Sylvie Morin, smtmorin@gmail.com

December 14: Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Christmas Party Wim Duizer 2016-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Dec 06, 2016
This evening we will evaluate the 2016 Fish Fry and start planning for the 2017 Fish Fry. This is the biggest fundraiser for our club so all members are encouraged to come out to the meeting. Also today the sale sheets for the cheese fundraiser are due.
 
Guest are welcome at the meeting. It will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Dinner is $ 20.00. You can also come after dinner for the business section of the meeting. This will start at 7.30 pm. Have a wonderful day!
December 7 meeting: Let's talk Fish Fry Wim Duizer 2016-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Nov 27, 2016
Also this year we will sell cheese again during November/December. The money raised will be used to help eradicate Polio. You can order from the form below. Please place your orders before December 7 at peter@mankar.ca then we will get the cheese to you before Christmas.
Cheesefundraiser 2016 Peter Stam 2016-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 20, 2016
Our speaker/Presenter will be Glen McDonald, a well known Woodstock resident. His main hobby is model railroading. Tonight we are going to learn about the Woodstock Model Railway Club.
 
The general theme is Canadian National/Canadian Pacific operations during the 1950's -1960's  steam to diesel transition era. Woodstock names denote areas and some industrial buildings but the only actual scale model is of the CN station. Following Glen’s presentation, as a Club, we are invited to witness first-hand the layout the various members have created at their Devonshire facility where there will be an opportunity to observe, first hand an elaborate model of Woodstock and other areas with several trains running and performing various tasks.
 
Everybody is welcome to attend and members are encouraged to invite friends to join us for this meeting at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Social time and meal from 6.30 pm to 7.15 pm. Cost for a meal is $20 but you can also come after the meal at 7.15 pm to listen to the speaker. We hope to see you on Wednesday November 30!
 
 
November 30: Glen McDonald about Woodstock Model Railway Club Wim Duizer 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 20, 2016
This week we have our annual meeting for the Woodstock-Oxford Rotary club and our Benefit Trust. We have this meeting once a year. Everybody is welcome to attend. This meeting will make very clear what we all do and our financial statements will be explained.
 
Meeting is at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Social time and meal from 6.30 pm to 7.15 pm. Cost for a meal is $20 but you can also come after the meal at 7.15 pm to attend our Annual Meeting. We hope to see you on Wednesday !
 
 
Wednesday November 23: Annual meeting Wim Duizer 2016-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Nov 13, 2016
Regular meeting deferred to Woodstock Santa Claus Parade work party on Sat. Nov. 19th. Rotarians family & friends (16+) will meet at Woodstock Fairgrounds at 5:15. Collecting cash donations on behalf of City of Woodstock in support of the annual Santa Parade.
 
Free City bus shuttle from end of Parade route back to fairgrounds. Wear your festive attire - Rotary vest options will be distributed at Fairgrounds If you'd like to help/join our work party, please contact Chris Dennis: chris.dennis@sudsjiffy.com
Saturday November 19: Santa Claus Parade Sylvie Morin 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 05, 2016
This Wednesday we will have a Club Assembly at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Everybody is welcome to attend to listen what is all happening in our Club.
 
Social time and meal from 6.30 pm to 7.15 pm. Cost for a meal is $20 but you can also come after the meal at 7.15 pm to attend our Club Assembly. We hope to see you on Wednesday !
November 9: Club Assembly Wim Duizer 2016-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Oct 10, 2016
PLEASE NOTE: we will not have a regular weekly meeting this Wednesday, Oct 12 as we are getting ready to be dazzled at our District 7080 Conference in Niagara Falls!!

Do join us for our next scheduled meeting Wednesday, October 19th at Finkle Street Tap & Grill - we will have stories to tell...
October 12: No Meeting Sylvie Morin 2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Sep 18, 2016
Join us Wednesday, September 21st as we gather for food, libations & a little Rotary inspiration. Our District 7080 Governor Bill Proctor & wife Judy will be among us; you can expect to learn about and celebrate what Woodstock-Oxford Rotary is doing.

President Sylvie invites everyone to gather for a social at Finkle Street Tap & Grill, 450 Simcoe Street, Woodstock for 6pm. Order your own fare. Meeting starts at 6:30.
— bij Finkle Street Tap & Grill.
September 21 meeting: District Governor Bill Proctor & wife Judy Sylvie Morin 2016-09-19 00:00:00Z 0

Join us, this Wednesday September 14th to learn about . . .
"Rotaplast" - Medical Mission trip to Bangladesh, by Jean Aitcheson.

6:30 - 8 pm Dinner ($15) and program at Quality Inn Hotel & Suites, 580 Bruin Blvd (at Hwy 401 & 59), Woodstock, ON.

Several times each year. Rotarians sponsor these plastic surgery mission trips to developing countries, providing much needed medical services to young children with cleft palates and other facial deformities.

You have seen the shows on TV and now is your opportunity to hear it in person. Public Welcome.

Please RSVP for meal count to DougV@DougVincent.com or 519-537-3753.

"Rotaplast" - Medical Mission trip to Bangladesh Doug Vincent 2016-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Aug 15, 2016
This Wednesday we will end our summer meetings at the house of Peter and Edie Stam. The last Wednesday of the month there is no Rotary meeting because of the Toy show and Auction in the weekend before that.
 
Everybody is very welcome to join us, this is always a great meeting. If you like to swim, go for a walk, pedal around in a pedal boat or just enjoy the food and fellowship of a great group of people then this is a great opportunity to come out. Meeting starts around 6.00 pm.
 
It is handy to bring a lawn chair. Cost for a meal is $ 15.00. Everybody is welcome but RSVP is appreciated to peter@mankar.ca
 
GPS directions 656441 15th line, East Zorra-Tavistock
Cell # 519-532-2181
If you don't use GPS, take hwy 59 north to Hickson, turn right at the flashing light at Hickson. go towards Bright. about 3 miles out of Hickson is the 15th line, there you turn left onto the 15th line and then the 3rd farm on left with the trees. Fire # 656441
August 24 last summer meeting at Stam's Wim Duizer 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Aug 15, 2016

ImageWondering what the Toy Auction and Show is about?.

Come out on August 27 and 28 and see for yourself, the auction part is a charity auction, where people like you, can consign scale farm, truck and construction toys to the auction.

The auction which often features many hard-to-find items. It starts Saturday morning at 9:30 am and is open to everyone. There is no admission fee other
than a small buyer’s premium for purchasers. But buyers actually get a bargain since there is no sales tax charged. That is because it is a charity event sponsored
by the Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford. The Rotary Club uses the commission and buyer's premium for their humanitarian projects.

If you happen to have any farm toys or memorabilia that you’re thinking of parting with, this is a great place to do it.

Just contact Peter Stam at 519-532-2181 or peter@mankar.ca to consign your items.

For more information, click on MORE...

31st Annual Rotary Toy Auction and Show, August 27 and 28, 2014 Wim Duizer 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Aug 15, 2016
Our summer meetings continue. This week we visit the Rotary Club of Tavistock. District-Governor Bill Proctor will visit and outline his plans for the coming year at the District level.
 
Meeting location will be at Quehl's restaurant, 33 Woodstock Street South in Tavistock.
 
This place has an excellent reputation for excellent food. Everybody is very welcome to join us.
 
August 17 meeting: District-Governor visit Bill Proctor to Tavistock Wim Duizer 2016-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
August 10 at Riffs Music Lounge Sylvie Morin 2016-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jul 31, 2016
August is here and we have another summer meeting this week.

Join us this Wednesday at 774481 Oxford Road#14, Woodstock at Wim and Caren Duizer (for GPS you might find it under Norwich or Eastwood). Go south on Highway 59. In Curries go left (East) on Curries Road until you hit Oxford Road#14. Go left (North) and first house is after two km. on the left side.
 
Pool is open and farm tour available for those who are interested. $15 (meal included). Please RSVP to duizer@silomail.com

It's good to be a Rotarian!
August 3 meeting at Duizer's Wim Duizer 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Jul 26, 2016
Our Summer Meeting Series continues!

Join us this Wednesday at 61 Sioux Crescent, Woodstock, home of member Rosalinda (Linda) Taylor. Because who doesn't like pool parties? $15 (meal included).

It's good to be a Rotarian!
July 27 meeting: Summer meeting at the Taylor's Sylvie Morin 2016-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Jul 25, 2016
 
Volunteers needed for our upcoming Container Loading Event in Exeter
 
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend - Global Literacy Program I would like ask for you assistance once again.   We are set to load one container of school supplies headed to rural schools in South Africa.
 
Location:  This loading will take place Friday August 5th at the Hensall District Co-Op warehouse located at 210 Wellington St. W, Exeter ON
 
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm approximately
 
We require packers, stagers, documentors and dis-assemblers for the morning and afternoon shifts.
 
Morning Shift: 8 am-12 pm
Afternoon Shift: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
RSVP by email to brian.hall@hay.net 
Thanks for your continued interest and support of this project.

Sincerely,

Brian Hall
Rotary Club of Grand Bend
Global Literacy Project Website
 
P.O. Box 1261
Grand Bend, ON  N0M 1T0
Canada
Friday August 5th container loading Peter Stam 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Vincent on Jul 12, 2016
During July/August we have less formal meetings and usually meet at member's homes or other outdoor venues. This week, we are trying something new at Woodstock Meadows Golf & Country Club.
July 13 meeting: Woodstock Meadows Doug Vincent 2016-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Jul 12, 2016
 
Event: Brian Bennett's BBQ Bash
Date: Jul 20, 2016 at 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Fee: $15.00
Location: Home of Brian Bennett
View Map 81 King Street
Tavistock, ON
Canada
Details:

You are all invited to a BBQ at Brian Bennett's home - (Assistant Governor/Tavistock Rotary Club). This will serve as our official meeting for this week.

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 20th; 6pm

Place: 81 King St, Tavistock, ON   (Here is a Google map link to Brian's home)  https://goo.gl/maps/qgJSoGJpCBB2  

Our special guest will be Brian's granddaughter, Nicole Cooke, who will share her experiences at the Adventure in Citizenship in Ottawa this past May. We will be joining members of the Tavistock Rotary club.

Food and drinks provided (the standard $15 per person stipend applies)

Please bring your own lawn chair!!

RSVP by Sunday July 17th to smtmorin@gmail.com.

July 20 meeting: Brian Bennett's BBQ Bash Sylvie Morin 2016-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 20, 2016
Contact: Martin Jones
Fee:
$70.00
Online Registration
 
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Jun 28, 2016 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Whistle Bear Golf Course
1316 Dickie Settlement Road
Cambridge, ON
Canada

                               District 7080 Changeover and Annual Awards Night

Come celebrate the achievements of clubs from all across the District, enjoy the fellowship of fellow Rotarians and guests, have a great meal, and help to honour Will Pugh and usher in Bill Proctor as your next District Governor.

This year our celebrations will be at the beautiful Whistle Bear Golf Course in Cambridge, easily accessible from the 401.

5:30 pm -  Reception and Registration 

6:30 pm -  Program Begins

Use the link on the left to register.  Please indicate any dietary restrictions or allergies in the comment box that appears on the registration screen.

Deadline for registering is Wednesday, June 22.


 
June 28: District Changeover Wim Duizer 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 20, 2016
This is the last meeting of this rotary year. In July a new year starts with a new president. Everybody is very welcome to attend this meeting to listen to our President Chris as he will reflect on this past year. There will also be a ceremony to induct our new President Sylvie.
 
Start meeting: 6.30 pm at Quality Hotels and Suites in the Burtch Room
Costs for a meal: $ 15.00
 
We hope to see you on June 29!
June 29: Change over meeting Wim Duizer 2016-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Jun 13, 2016
This coming Wednesday, Jun. 15th @ 6pm, we are pleased to welcome all of you for some silliness and fun! Yep - it's Trivia Night!
$15 dinner event. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President Chris Dennis at chris.dennis@sudsjiffy.com or call 519-788-4758 to reserve your seat
June 15: Trivia night Sylvie Morin 2016-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
How we travelled a month in Australia with no hotels bills ... Doug Vincent 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 31, 2016

Rotary Medal Awards Presentation

 

Quality Hotel & Suites
580 Bruin Blvd
Woodstock, ON
N4V 1E5

Event Description


An annual event, Rotary Clubs of Ingersoll, Tillsonburg, Tavistock, Woodstock & Woodstock-Oxford present this year's bursary awards to students throughout local high schools who are good students, have demonstrated excellent moral character, have been active in school activities and have made worthy contributions to the life of their schools. These recipients exemplify characteristics, abilities and interests which make them both worthy representatives of their schools and personify the Rotary motto "Service Above Self".

June 1: Rotary Medals presentation Wim Duizer 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 23, 2016
This evening we will watch a movie how a container with school supplies loaded here in Canada will be shipped and used in South Africa. It will give an insight how all these supplies make a difference to the children in the country where the container is being shipped to.
 
Meeting starts at 6.30 pm at Quality Hotels and Suites in the Burtch Room
Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
Everybody is welcome to attend
What happens with container with school upplies once it arrives at destination Wim Duizer 2016-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 15, 2016
This week's speaker is Terry Jarvis, a member of the Rotary club of Guelph. He is speaking to us as an ambassador of Shelterbox Canada. Shelterbox Canada provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. He will explain all aspects about this important work.
Everybody is welcome to join and listen to this presentation.
 
Meeting starts at 6.30 om at the Quality Hotels and Suites in the Burtch Room
Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
Rotary business from 7.15-7.30pm
Presentation starting around 7.30 pm
Meeting adjourned around 8.00 pm
 
We hope to see you on Wednesday
 
May 18 speaker: Terry Jarvis telling about shelterbox Canada Wim Duizer 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on May 02, 2016
It's that time again...We are going bowling Wednesday night!

Come cheer us on - it's all for fun and in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Woodstock & District's annual Bowl For Kids Sake, Wednesday, May the 4th, 6ish pm - 9ish pm @ C & D Lanes.

Work & Play - gotta love Woodstock-Oxford Rotary! Join us.
Bowling night Big Brothers Big Sisters Sylvie Morin 2016-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Apr 25, 2016
Please reserve this date ! May 7, starting at 8 AM at Maple Lane school in Tillsonburg,
 
we will be loading 2 containers 40 ft long with school supplies from this school. The past year Maple Lane school closed, this school has all kinds of furniture that was not needed anymore. The items are school desks, chairs, books and other items. The Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford, Friends of Rotary and with the help of many other Rotary Clubs in the Rotary District 7080 has been able to obtain a Global Grant for the Philippines to refurbish 5 schools that were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, the total Global Grant is for $140,000 USD. As part of this Global Grant, we are planning to ship these 2 containers with school supplies to these schools in the Philippines, we will also send some medical equipment and 6-8 pallets of food from the Ontario Christian Gleaners in Cambridge. In the Philippines, in an average year they have 29 Typhoons, so you can imagine the constant need they have. Please sign up to come and help us with the loading of these containers.
 
We are looking for about 30-35 persons for preparation and loading. We are also looking for some persons to take charge of preparing items for coffee break and lunch time. We are looking for a person or company who is able to donate the use of a tractor trailer with closed Van trailer to pick up about 12 pallets of books from the Thames Valley warehouse in London at 951 LEATHORNE STREET , LONDON, Ontario, N5Z 3M5. on the Friday May 6 or before.
 
Please contact us if you can help. Peter Stam Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford. 519-532-2181 or peter@mankar.ca
Loading 2 containers with school furniture for Philippines Peter Stam 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 25, 2016
This week we can use your input to help determine a key future project. Past President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen will facilitate this meeting. What we need is an open mind and new ideas. This meeting is open to the public and it will start at 6.30 pm in the Burtch Room at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $15.00
April 27 meeting:brain storm session fundraising project Wim Duizer 2016-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Apr 17, 2016
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So much work & time goes into the preparation and execution of an event like this...
 
...and it was all worth it!
 
Woodstock-Oxford Rotary wishes to thank all their neighbouring Rotary Clubs, partners, sponsors, suppliers, supporters, friends and family for their part in the near flawless execution of our 35th annual fish fry fundraiser. And what a great night it was!
 
 
The community has once again gathered on a Saturday night at the Woodstock Fair Grounds for another installment of our biggest annual fundraiser. With anticipation for Knechtels of Port Dover's famous perch dinner, and a live music party kick-off by well-known music group "Ferguson-Drive", event goers were lined up early to enjoy this long-standing, inter-generational community event. In a long-standing partnership with Woodstock & District Developmental Services (WDDS), they enhanced the evening with a silent auction and a special kind of draw for 3 big ticket items up for grab. Event attendees were privileged to purchase special keys among a limited number available; 3 of which opened a door related to each of the big prizes.
 
Of course, one of the main attractions to this event was the midnight draw for an all-inclusive trip for 2 to Cuba, courtesy of Pharmasave Woodstock & Ingersoll locations. Again, our congratulations to Nicole Mathias, winner of the trip to Cuba!
 
We hope to have a tally of the monies raised and look forward to distributing those funds to worthy projects.
 
Click the following link to read an article by Meagan Stacy of the Sentinel-Review.
 
Be sure to mark your calendars & save the date for next year's Fish Fry - April 8th , 2017.
 
Fundraising Success at our 35th Annual Fish Fry! Sylvie Morin 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 11, 2016
This week we have the pleasure to get to know Rosalinda (Linda) Taylor a little better. Linda is our newest member and she will share with us some things of her life story. Friends and family are welcome to attend. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites in the Burtch Room.
Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
April 13 meeting: New Member Discovery Wim Duizer 2016-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 04, 2016
Our speaker this evening is Lindsay Nadeau, Board Chair of Kedesh Maternity Home a Registered, Non-Profit, Charitable Organization with the vision of providing shelter and support to pregnant and parenting women in Woodstock and Oxford County.
 
Everybody is welcome to learn more about Kedesh Maternity Home. Our meeting starts at 6.30 pm in the Burtch Room at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
April 6 meeting: Kedesh Maternity Home Wim Duizer 2016-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Vincent on Mar 27, 2016

Rotarians and friends . .
Please join us this Wednesday for 6:30 pm dinner (Quality Inn) and a very interesting speaker on our Ontario Health Care delivery system.

The Ministry of Health is reviewing coordination and delivery of health care in the province and through the LHIN (Local Health Integrated Network) your views are welcomed.

...

Details below. Please RSVP to DougV@DougVincent.com

Where is your Health Care going ? Doug Vincent 2016-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Vincent on Mar 13, 2016
St Patti’s Fellowship Party
 
Come dressed in Green or your St Patti’s attire.
               - Food - Music - Games - Fun -
 
Bring a Pot Luck dish and your favourite beverage
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2015 - 6:30 pm - Spouses & Guests Welcome
     Home of Leigh & Alma Yates, 519 Crestwood Crt, Woodstock
 
Please RSVP to John & Josie with what you plan to bring:  narcisian@yahoo.ca or  (519) 532-0443
 
March 16: St Patti's Fellowship Party Doug Vincent 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
April 16, 2016: 35th annual fish fry Wim Duizer 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Join us Wednesday, March 9th for "Rotary's work in Mexico".
A Shoebox Distribution and Dental Mission Trip report.
Quality Inn, Dinner 6:30 pm ($15) followed by presentation.
This will be a presentation by our own Doug & Grace Vincent on their recent humanitarian activities and our Rotary involvement, helping in poor areas of Mexico. Public Welcome. (Please RSVP for meal count)
March 9 meeting: Rotary's work in Mexico Doug Vincent 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Feb 22, 2016
Celebrating the induction of a new Rotarian this Wednesday, Feb 24th, 2016. Join us for dinner & a chat about how YOU can join the family!

111 years old never looked so good!
February 24 meeting: Induction of new member Sylvie Morin 2016-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Feb 15, 2016
This Wednesday, Feb. 17th @ 6pm join us to learn about Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as a sustainable and better fuel source. Murray Logan, of Faromor in Shakespeare, ON, will share with us the many benefits of using this source of energy for vehicles
.
$15 for dinner. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President-Elect Sylvie Morin at smtmorin@gmail.com or call 226-228-8390 to reserve your seat.
February 17 meeting: Murray Logan Sylvie Morin 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Feb 07, 2016
This Wednesday, Feb. 10th @ 6pm join us to hear great stories and adventures as experienced by Clarence Cormier during his tenure with the Canadian Air Force (CAF).

$15 for dinner. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President-Elect Sylvie Morin at smtmorin@gmail.com or call 226-228-8390 to reserve your seat.
February 10 meeting: Clarence Cormier Sylvie Morin 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Feb 07, 2016
Please join us in congratulating long standing Rotarian Leigh Yates in receiving his Paul Harris Society member distinction in recognition for his generous contribution to the Rotary Foundation.

Pictured here, flanked by PDG Syd Harmon (left) and President-Elect Sylvie Morin, Leigh was proud to wear his coveted new pin accessory.

It's good to be a Rotarian!
 
Congratulations to Leigh ! Sylvie Morin 2016-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Feb 02, 2016
This evening Past District Governor Syd Harmon will speak to us about how to become a member of the Paul Harris Society. The Rotary Foundation is the organization that manages all Rotary finances worldwide. Becoming a member of the Paul Harris Society is one way of contributing to the Rotary Foundation. Syd will explain to us what it means to become a member of the Paul Harris Society and which privileges it will give.
 
Meeting will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites in the Burtch Room. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00.
 
February 3 meeting: PDG Syd Harmon Wim Duizer 2016-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 24, 2016
Next Wednesday, Jan. 27th @ 6pm, we are pleased to welcome Cheryl Gregory of the Oxford Presbytery Refugee (United Church) Sponsorship Committee. Join us to learn about their plans to sponsor a refugee family and what it REALLY takes to pull it all together.
$15 dinner event. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President Chris Dennis at chris.dennis@sudsjiffy.com or call 519-788-4758 to reserve your seat.
January 27 meeting: Cheryl Gregory Wim Duizer 2016-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 18, 2016
This week our speaker will be Sylvie who will have a presentation on membership recuitment.Sylvie is a strategic thinker and a communication specialist. She is strong in networking and she would like to share how we approach others with the good news of Rotary.
 
Everybody is welcome to come out. Meeting starts at 6.30pm in Burtch Room in Quality Hotels and suites. Costs for a meal is $15.00
 
January 20 meeting: Sylvie Morin on membership recruiting Wim Duizer 2016-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 11, 2016
Tonight we will be reviewing and voting on the various positions that are open in our organization. Our organization is very transparent and members are encouraged to participate in Board positions. Great way to be active and learn a lot! Meeting will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
 
 
 
 
January 13: Review of club Officers and Benefit Trust nominations Wim Duizer 2016-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Jan 03, 2016
This Wednesday, Jan. 6th @ 6pm join us as we welcome speaker and written word artist Peter Wright who - after a series of unfortunate events and hardships - tells us his story about finding peaceful new beginnings in Canada.
$15 for dinner. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President-Elect Sylvie Morin at smtmorin@gmail.com or call 226-228-8390 to reserve your seat.
 
January 6 meeting: Peter Wright Sylvie Morin 2016-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Dec 12, 2015

We made Santa's "nice" list! Joyful & triumphant we are!
Please join us for dinner and Christmas cheer this coming Wednesday, December 16th @ 6 p.m. and wear your best "FUN" Christmas outfit! Come for the dinner and cocktails, stay for the fun & friendships!

The more the merrier - but please RSVP by Monday Dec.14th.

...

Help us extend the invitation?

December 16: Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Christmas Party Sylvie Morin 2015-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Nov 29, 2015
This Wednesday, Dec. 2nd @ 6pm join us as we welcome the lovely Kelly Gilson, Executive Director of United Way - Oxford who will share the agency's success in raising big local monies for big local benefits.
$15 for dinner. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President-Elect Sylvie Morin at smtmorin@gmail.com or call 226-228-8390 to reserve your seat.
December 2 meeting: Kelly Gilson Sylvie Morin 2015-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 23, 2015

A Journey of Rotary Service . . . Philippines

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, our own PDG Doug Vincent will report on his recent travels to the Philippines. During his time there, he visited our humanitarian projects and spoke at the Manila Zone Institute, where senior Rotary leaders gathered from across Southeast Asia.

He will share his shocking experience of finding Joel - the Man in a Cage - and his emotional roller coaster ride while trying to free this man from his pris...on.

Through his UN and Rotary network, he was able to negotiate with a mental treatment facility in Cebu to accept this victim for assessment and treatment. He also was able to visit an Air Force General, who assisted in planning the evacuation with a medical team.

This is sure to be an exciting adventure as we ride along with Doug, sharing his Rotary service experiences and our club's work. Doug is a highly rated speaker across the Rotary world and we are fortunate to have him share his humanitarian activities.

Please invite friends and colleagues to learn more about what Rotary and our Woodstock-Oxford group does, on an International scale.

Public welcome. $15 dinner event. Please RSVP to Sylvie Morin at smtmorin@gmail.com or call 226-228-8390.

December 9 meeting: PDG Doug |Vincent Wim Duizer 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 23, 2015
On Wednesday, Nov. 25th at 6pm please help us welcome 2 new members: Past President Erik Tremblay of Unisource and proud new father Mike Li of BDO (Woodstock). 7080 District Governor Will Pugh and Assistant Governor Brian Bennett will be among us to celebrate!
We will also be enjoying testimony and photographs from Shayna Oosterink who experience her 2014-2015 Student Exchange Program year in Thailand.
$15 dinner event. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President-Elect Sylvie Morin at smtmorin@gmail.com or call 226-228-8390 to reserve your seat today!
November 24 meeting: Shayna Oosterink exchange student and installation new members Wim Duizer 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Nov 23, 2015

Say Cheese!
We are ready to receive your SpringBank Cheese orders.
Just in time for Christmas, staff appreciation gifting, goodness for gathering among friends, perfect for the hostess with the mostest! Get yours!

Contact a member of Woodstock-Oxford Rotary or comment below to be contacted for your order.

...

This fundraising effort is to support world-wide Polio Eradication (and we are so close).

www.woodstockoxfordrotary.org

Christmas Cheese Fundraiser Sylvie Morin 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 22, 2015
Rotary
                                                          Club of Grand
                                                          Bend
Friends of the Global Literacy Project,  
 
This is a reminder that we will be loading 2 more containers of surplus school supplies  on Saturday November the 28th and are still seeking volunteers to help stage or pack in the morning between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm, or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, or both.
 
Location: 210 Wellington St, Exeter ON (Hensall District Co-Op Warehouse)
Time: 8 am - 4 pm
 
We also require 8-10 people to help pre-stage and dis-assemble items in the warehouse Friday November 27th at 9:00 am  
 
Please bring some work gloves and rugged footware to ensure your safety.
 
RSVP to spwilsongb@gmail.com if you can participate either days.
Thanks for your continued interest and support of this project.

Sincerely,

Paul Wilson
Rotary Club of Grand Bend
Global Literacy Project Website
519-521-9411
November 28: Container loading in Exeter Wim Duizer 2015-11-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Nov 16, 2015
Correction- Join us this Wednesday, Nov. 18th at 6pm we will have the annual meeting for our Club and the Woodstock-Oxford Benefit Trust.
$15 dinner event. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President-Elect Sylvie Morin at smtmorin@gmail.com or call 226-228-8390 to reserve your seat today!
Correction- November 18 meeting: annual meeting Sylvie Morin 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
This coming Wednesday evening, Nov. 11th, we welcome District Foundation Representative Brian Clark, who presents to us the ins and outs of The Rotary Foundation, what it is, how it works, where the money comes from and goes, why it's so important, and how you can help.
$15 dinner event. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President-Elect Sylvie Morin at smtmorin@gmail.com or call 226-228-8390 to reserve your seat today!
November 11 meeting: Brian Clark Sylvie Morin 2015-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
November 4th - Woodstock Legion Associate Member, Stan Whiston Sylvie Morin 2015-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Oct 24, 2015
This coming Wednesday evening, October 28th, we will travel to Habitual Chocolate, 389 Dundas Street in Downtown Woodstock to tour their facility, learn about their operations and sample some tasty treats! .
$10 event. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Past President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen at edwinvw8@gmail.com or call 519-532-0972 to reserve your spot!
 
 
 
October 28: Habitual Chocolate Sylvie Morin 2015-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Mission trip Philippines Doug Vincent 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Vincent on Oct 19, 2015

Last week we had an excellent presentation by Doug on the new Rotary Branding that is being promoted, following extensive research into what Rotary means to the average person.

In addition to discussions on what branding is all about, we reviewed ways that Rotary can do a better job of sharing public awareness in our community. Projects with public exposure, social media, signage, wearing apparel and good publicity from hands-on activity are all things that can be done to en...hance awareness. (See comments on photos).

We also discussed membership and the fact that people want to know more about "the cause" of Rotary and what we do to make a difference in our troubled world. Then they will be anxious to join us and help.

As requested Doug has shared the slides taken from his power-point presentation.

 

 
 
 
 
October 14: Rotary branding Doug Vincent 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 19, 2015

Saturday October 17 Rotarians in the region gathered to load their 50th and 51st container of school furniture and equipment. Led by Grand Bend Rotary, members from London and Woodstock-Oxford Rotary also have been involved assisting.

Thanks to a good working relationship with the Thames Valley School Board, surplus desks, chairs and other school items are donated to Rotary for shipment abroad. So far, containers have gone to Haiti and South Africa, with Philippines also on the list for rehabilitation of schools damaged from the typhoon disaster(s).

 
 
 
 
Container loading October 17 Wim Duizer 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 19, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Author appearance, Reading: Litontour

Knox Presbyterian Church

59 Riddell Street
Woodstock N4S 6M2
Cost: $15

Authors Lauren B. Davis, Farzana Doctor, Terry Fallis and Martí Sales read from their latest works at the Knox Presbyterian Church on October 21 at 7pm, followed by a question and answer segment.

Rotarians meet at the  Woodstock Public Library (519-539-4801) at 6.30 pm.

October 21 meeting: Interternational festival of authors Wim Duizer 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Shipping School Supplies for South Africa - Container Loading Sylvie Morin 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 06, 2015
Join us this Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30 to 8 pm in the Burtch Room at Quality Hotel & Suites, 580 Bruin Blvd. Woodstock, for another great program!
 
Our own PDG Doug Vincent will be speaking on the recent research and importance of Rotary branding. Guests welcome. Dinner $15 followed by program.
October 14 meeting: Rotary Branding & Public Awareness Wim Duizer 2015-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 05, 2015
Jack Bingham has been a member of the Woodstock-Oxford Rotary club since 1982.  We invite all, near or far, who know Jack and his wife, Sally to join us in celebration of Jack's 32+ year tenure as a Rotarian. Friends and guests also welcome to join us.
 
Our meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites (Burtch Room). Cost for a full meal is $ 15.00 per person.
 
October 7 meeting: member appreciation Wim Duizer 2015-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 27, 2015
"Be a gift to the world" is this years Rotary theme and we welcome our District Governor, Will Pugh, to inform us of his plans for the coming year at the District and International  level.  All members are encouraged to bring their spouse and/or a friend of Rotary. For people that are interested in Rotary this is a great evening to come out. If you would like to come please RSVP to Chris Dennis: chris.dennis@sudsjiffy.com

The meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites and costs for a dinner is $ 15.00. We hope to see you on Wednesday.

September 30 meeting: District-Governor visit Wim Duizer 2015-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 21, 2015
At this week's meeting we will be discussing the vision for our Club par two. This is an important process and all members are encouraged to attend and give their opinion. Also guests are welcome because we all have different ideas about what is important in efficient Service Club. This will be our final meeting about this topic and after this our Board will evaluate all the information and formulate a plan for the coming years.
 
The meeting wil start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
 
September 23 meeting: visioning meeting part two Wim Duizer 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 15, 2015
At this week's meeting we will be discussing the vision for our Club. This is an important process and all members are encouraged to attend and give their opinion. Also guests are welcome because we all have different ideas about what is important in efficient Service Club.
 
The meeting wil start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
 
September 16 meeting: visioning meeting Wim Duizer 2015-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Vincent on Sep 07, 2015

This Wednesday evening, September 9th, members will learn more about Interact and Rotaract clubs with a view to possibly starting one at a local high school. Public are welcome to join us.

PDG Norm Bindon has a wealth of experience in working with Rotary Youth Programs and Ed Broeders is current Chair of Youth Service for District 7080. We may also have a former Interactor to share her experiences. See more details below.

$15 dinner event. Guests, please RSVP for meal count to DougV@DougVincent.com or 519-537-3753 to reserve your seat today!

September 9 meeting: Interact and Rotaract Doug Vincent 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Aug 23, 2015

Let's restart Summer - I wasn't ready...

Can't believe how fast the summer weeks have come and gone? Soon we'll be sharing the roads with school buses and waving to our local crossing guards... To my horror, I've seen some tree leaves turning to fall colours already. Oh - the tell tale signs that summer is almost over. But not quite yet. Let's hang on for a couple more weeks!
 
We worked so hard at the 2015 Ontario Toy Show & Auction this last weekend of August, so we will NOT have a meeting scheduled for September 2nd. That will allow us some down time and a chance to tally our fundraising efforts.
 
We will resume our regular dinner meetings at the Quality Hotel & Suites (Burtch Room) September 9th , 2015 at 6:30pm. Be sure to send regrets with a club official to advise if you cannot attend a meeting - out of courtesy - otherwise, we will be expecting you! We would love to welcome new faces - so please do extend invitations to family, friends and prospective members to join us! 
 
In the meantime...
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
 
 
Back to our regularly scheduled program... Sylvie Morin 2015-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Aug 20, 2015
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Coming up this Wednesday, August 26th, our last of the summer meeting series will be hosted by Sargeant-At-Arms John Narcisian and his wife, Josie. Our feasting and gathering will take place at their home located at 46 Beaver Place in the northeast part of Woodstock (near Algonquin School/Springbank & Landsdown areas). 
 
We will be discussing the upcoming Toy Show and Auction, tying up a few loose ends in preparation for this very important fundraising event.
 
BYOchairs, $15 for your meal contribution, dress for the weather and proudly wear your Rotary pins, a few bucks for the 50/50 draw, a few more for a happy/sad buck sharing session, and your friendly disposition!
 
Friends, Family and other fun guests are always welcomed by invitation from a member or click here if you'd like to join us.
 
WORK & PLAY REALLY DO GO TOGETHER!
            
 
August 26 meeting: Last Summer Meeting at the Narcisian home Sylvie Morin 2015-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Aug 09, 2015
This week we will have our meeting at Peter and Edie Stam's house. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm and it is always handy to bring a lawn chair. Our summer meeting's are a great time to meet Rotarians, talk about Rotary and all the good things that summer bring to us here in Ontario. Everybody is welcome to attend but it is appreciated if you RSVP to peter@mankar.ca.
 
GPS directions 656441 15th line, East Zorra-Tavistock
Cell # 519-532-2181
If you don't use GPS, take hwy 59 north to Hickson, turn right at the flashing light at Hickson. go towards Bright. about 3 miles out of Hickson is the 15th line, there you turn left onto the 15th line and then the 3rd farm on left with the trees. Fire # 656441
 
 
 
August 12 meeting: Summer meeting at the Stam's Wim Duizer 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Aug 03, 2015
Tomorrow evening at 6.30 pm we will meet at Kelsey's in Woodstock. Everybody will pay for there own food. While we wait for our food our president Chris will discuss some Rotary business. Then we will have dinner and after that there will be a short presentation to thank Heart FM for their contribution to the Fish Fry and also Simon of Kelsey's in Woodstock.
 
This will be informal and fun meeting. Everybody is welcome to come out. Please RSVP to Peter Stam: peter@mankar.ca
 
 
August 5 meeting at Kelsey's in Woodstock Wim Duizer 2015-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jul 26, 2015
This week Wednesday we will meet at Wim and Caren Duizer. Address is 774481 Oxford Road#14 in Woodstock (Look under Norwich on your GPS device). The pool will be ready and people that are interested can have a look on the farm.
 
Please RSVP to duizer@silomail.com. The weather looks great and we should have a good time!
July 29: summer meeting at Duizer's Wim Duizer 2015-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
For this weeks meeting we would like to meet at the Roth Park pavilion at 7pm.
 
Have dinner at home. We will start the evening with a brief meeting and then we go for a stroll down one of the waters edge trails to pick up some garbage. Bring your own garbage bags please. Please wear a Rotary shirt if you have one so that we may draw some attention to ourselves.
 
Everyone is invited, so encourage family and friends to join in!
 
Have a great day!
 
Edwin
July 22 meeting: Roth Park pavilion Wim Duizer 2015-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
The visioning meeting for next Saturday has been canceled so instead we will have a meeting this Wednesday. We are planning a potluck at Southside park at the pavilion beside the navy cadet building at 6:30 pm. There will be a bbq available for those who want to bring something to cook.
Everybody is welcome to join us for this meeting. The summer meeting are a great opportunity to get to know one another better and have a good time. We hope to see you on Wednesday !
July 15 meeting (visioning meeting on July 18 is canceled!) Wim Duizer 2015-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
This week we will be holding our meeting in Southside Park at 7 pm. All members and guests are invited and we hope to see you there.
 
This week we will be incorporating our monthly board meeting into the regular meeting. This will give everyone a chance to see how a board meeting is conducted and what topics are typically discussed. Although members and guests are not allowed to vote on any issues discussed there may be an opportunity for you to give some feedback on the items discussed or ways to make our discussions more effective.
 
We would like to provide an ice cream treat for this event and it would be very considerate if you could let me know if you plan to attend(edwinvw8@gmail.com). No one wants to risk missing out on ice cream!
 
Please come out and support our new President Chris Dennis as he begins his term of office!
 
Thanks and have a great night!
 
Edwin
July 8 meeting: Meeting in Southside Park Edwin VanWeerdhuizen 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 22, 2015
Everybody is invited for the last meeting in this Rotary Year as president for Edwin VanWeerdhuizen. Edwin has done a great job this year to Light up Rotary. He has made a number of positive changes in our Club. He was leading our weekly meetings in a refreshing way, well prepared and with a lot of new ideas.
He has done a good job working together with other clubs, discussing what everybody responsibilities are, acknowledging what individual members do, finding worthwhile goals for fundraising. So this meeting will be a little celebration what Edwin has done for our Club. We also hope to acknowledge sponsors that helped us throughout the year. And last but not least we will end this meeting with a new President. We are excited with our incoming president and invite everybody that would like to celebrate this evening with us. Please RSVP to edwinvw8@gmail.com.  Meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
June 24 meeting: Changeover meeting Wim Duizer 2015-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Jun 21, 2015
So happy to announce the 2015 Special Edition replica to commemorate the Ontario Toy Show & Auction. This detailed IH 1026 tractor has never been produced befo...re. It features pedals, levers, ROPS & canopy and promises to be a popular edition to the OTS Canadian Show series.
Order now via details below.
August 29 and 30 Ontario Toy show and Auction Peter Stam 2015-06-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 16, 2015

Please join in and help us load another container with school supplies bound for South Africa on Friday, June 26.

Loading location is at the Thames Valley School Board Warehouse Facility Located at 951 Leathorne St, London.

Help with one or both shifts:...
Morning shift 8:30 - 12:00
Afternoon shift 12:30 - 4:30

email gbrotary@gmail.com
or call Paul 519-521-9411
if you can lend a hand!

June 26: Help load a container with school supplies Wim Duizer 2015-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
June 17 meeting: No regular Rotary meeting at Quality Hotels and Suites Wim Duizer 2015-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
This coming Wednesday evening, June 10th, we welcome Regional Coordinator of HIV/AIDS Services Carlen Costa, who comes to us from the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection in London, for a special presentation about the workings of this gem of a community support & resource.
$15 dinner event. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen at edwinvw8@gmail.com or call 519-532-0972 to reserve your seat today!
June 10 meeting: Carlen Costa Wim Duizer 2015-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 31, 2015

Rotary Medal Awards Presentation

 

Quality Hotel & Suites
580 Bruin Blvd
Woodstock, ON
N4V 1E5

Event Description


An annual event, Rotary Clubs of Ingersoll, Tillsonburg, Tavistock, Woodstock & Woodstock-Oxford present this year's bursary awards to students throughout local high schools who are good students, have demonstrated excellent moral character, have been active in school activities and have made worthy contributions to the life of their schools. These recipients exemplify characteristics, abilities and interests which make them both worthy representatives of their schools and personify the Rotary motto "Service Above Self".

June 3: Rotary Medals presentation Wim Duizer 2015-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on May 25, 2015
This coming Wednesday evening, May 27th, don’t miss this one-time opportunity to hear Greg, a professional speaker, corporate trainer and change leader. His company, Unique Training & Development Inc. is in demand across North America helping clients grow to higher levels.
$15 dinner event. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen at edwinvw8@gmail.com or call 519-532-0972 to reserve your seat today!
May 27 meeting: Greg Schinkel Sylvie Morin 2015-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 18, 2015
This week Sylvie, John and Leigh will present what they have learned this past Saturday at the District Leadership presentation. Everybody is welcome to attend this meeting. This presentation will inform you what Rotary does and how much you can learn at the District Leadership course.
The meeting will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
 
May 20 meeting: Sylvie, John and Leigh will present Wim Duizer 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 10, 2015
This week will be the first of a number of Rotary information series. We will discuss our website. The idea behind this series is to clarify what we would like to achieve and what is expected from the persons involved. As a group we can only succeed if everybody knows what needs to be done. Guests are very welcome to attend this meeting. The meeting will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites.
May 13 meeting: Rotary information series Wim Duizer 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on May 03, 2015
Join us this Wednesday evening, May 6th, to hear about Rotarians Grace and Lynn's recent mission to the Philipines, to provide much needed aid where devastation by the tremendous Typhoon has left people in remote areas still in need of relief efforts. See how Rotary continues to support after an initial call for help...
$15 dinner event. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen at edwinvw8@gmail.com or call 519-532-0972 to reserve your seat today!
May 6 meeting: Grace and Lynn's recent mission to the Philipines Sylvie Morin 2015-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Vincent on Apr 26, 2015

Woodstock-Oxford Rotary - Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund

You may have read or seen the news about the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Many people have perished or are missing. Homes are totally destroyed or too dangerous to be inside of them. Late today, we had some shocking photos shared by a friend on facebook.

The need of receiving assistance will be very high and we assume people will be asking “What is Rotary doing” to help. We have contacted Rotary friends who live in the affected district. We anticipate they will give us a firsthand report on what local Rotarians are doing to help and what the priority needs are. Let’s not just assume we know what they need and start arranging to ship items until we know their priority needs.

In the meantime, Woodstock-Oxford Rotary has set up a “Nepal Disaster Relief Fund” where people can donate online and receive a Canada tax receipt.

Anyone can go to www.woodstockoxfordrotary.org and at the top click ‘Donations’ then ‘Donate to our Charity’.
That links to an donation page where you can ‘Select your preferred fund,’
from a drop down menu. ie: Earthquake in Nepal
Then fill in the amount and credit card details.
You will receive an emailed receipt within minutes.
or
Send a cheque to Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Benefit Trust
c/o Peter Stam, Treasurer 656441 15th Line, R7 Woodstock, ON N4S 7W2
Please include an email address if possible for your tax receipt to be sent.
If no email it can be sent regular mail.

We expect to work with known Rotary contacts and friends in the affected area, to ensure we are satisfying their priority needs and to oversee delivery of relief items with proper stewardship of our donated funds.

Donations through our Benefit Trust do qualify for the Government match. This will be for all donation done between April 25 and May 25.

There is also consideration being given to a Rotary Foundation matching grant to help rehabilitation efforts. In this way we can leverage our donations 4 to 1 for maximum effect.

Woodstock-Oxford Rotary - Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund Doug Vincent 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Doug Vincent on Apr 26, 2015
Rotary.org
How to Recruit New Members and Strengthen Your Club - A Membership Matters! Webinar on 6 May 2015
It’s here:  the final webinar in the Membership Matters! webinar series. As someone who has expressed interest or attended a previous webinar, we are specially inviting you to join us on Wednesday, 6 May 2015 at 10:00am CDT/Chicago time (UTC-5).
This webinar will feature two Rotary leaders who will share some of the exciting ways clubs around the world are growing and strengthening their membership using creative strategies for attracting new members.  
About the panelists:
Rotary International Director-elect Jennifer Jones – Jennifer Jones is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland in Canada and has been a Rotarian since she was 27 years old.  A popular speaker and trainer at Rotary events, Jones has served as Club President, District Governor, a multiple-time District Conference Presidential Representative, and a leader for several Rotary Committees.  She will continue her commitment to strengthening Rotary’s membership during her term on the 2015-16 RI Board of Directors.
Rotary Coordinator & RIBI Membership Chairman Robin Brown – Robin Brown is a member of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District in England and has been a Rotarian for almost 25 years.  He has previously served Rotary as an Assistant Rotary Coordinator, Chairman of the RIBI Leadership, Development and Training Committee and as District Governor, where he successfully oversaw net membership growth during his term. Brown was selected by RI President Gary Huang as one of his District Conference Presidential Representatives. 
 
May 6 Webinar: How to Recruit New Members and Strengthen Your Club Doug Vincent 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0

“All That Hope Contains” An inspirational and heart warming talk by Charles & Colleen Deiner of the Rotary Club Of Middleburg, ZA

 

Rotary Club of Grand Bend

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 from 6:45 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Grand Bend , ON

A presentation of the Global Literacy Program from a South African perspective including a full length screening of the Documentary “All that Hope Contains” followed with a talk by Charles & Colleen Deiner from the Middelburg Rotary Club, South Africa. There will be time for questions and an opportunity to meet the Deiners over coffee afterwards.

Admission is free.  Seating is limited to 80.  

Please register now to assure your seats.

Donations in any amount to the program are always welcomed.

Tax receipts available.

Register: http://www.eventbrite.ca/register?orderid=420206543082&client_token=b0d7882fce6a4de0b0d792343c4b295f&eid=16619081119

 
 
 
May 19: Charles&Colleen Deiner of the Rotary Club of Middleburg Peter Stam 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 26, 2015
As some of you know, a Rotary “flame” was launched in December in Chennai, India, to commemorate India becoming polio-free and to promote the need to go the last mile in the battle to eradicate this horrible crippling disease. The torch has made its way through several countries already, and will pass through all three polio endemic countries  – Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria – before arriving at the 2015 Rotary Convention in São Paulo 6-9 June.
 
On May 11 the flame will arrive during the meeting at the Woodstock Rotary Club. Meetings starts at noon.
The lunch at Quality Inn will be a cluster event with DG Patsy Marshall present as well as Hajra Wilson.  Elaine Hutchison, a polio survivor from Oxford County will bring in the flame.  All interested in this event should attend as this will be a wonderful meeting. Let president Edwin know by May 08 if you are interested to come out (edwinvw8@gmail.com).  Lunch will be $15.00
 
May 11: Rotary flame Wim Duizer 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
May 9th, 2015: BrewHaHa 2015 Wim Duizer 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Apr 20, 2015
Join us this Wednesday evening, April 22nd, to learn about student life in Cremona, Italy from our special guest Rotary Youth Exchange student Maria Bellestriero. Will she be bringing home good memories and fun stories from her stay here in Oxford County this past year?
$15 dinner event. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen at edwinvw8@gmail.com or call 519-532-0972 to reserve your seat today!
April 22 meeting Sylvie Morin 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 19, 2015
Join us to share memories of Frank!
 
 
 
 
 
 
June 16, 1923 to September 8, 2014
 
Frank wanted to have a wine & cheese event at Parkwood when he was living there, but didn’t manage to get one arranged before he passed on.
 
Son Tom, other Springbank Cheese employees, and Parkwood Institute staff members thus decided to host a Celebration of Frank’s Life Wine & Cheese Event for family members and friends. We hope that you will attend.
 
Date:              Tuesday, May 26, 2015  
Time:    2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Place:   3rd Floor Veteran’s Wing Dining Room
              Parkwood Institute
              St. Joseph’s Health Care London
              550 Wellington Road, London, Ontario
 
                      Please use Parking Lot 3           
Frank Hemsworth Celebration of Life May 26 Wim Duizer 2015-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Edwin Van Weerdhuizen on Apr 05, 2015
Club Assembly. So what do the various positions do in our Rotary group?
 
Chris and Edwin will be going over the responsibilities of the various positions within our group. At this time we will also be seeking volunteers for our various committees and projects that we undertake through out the Rotary year. If you are a guest and you would like to volunteer you can also let us know at this meeting and we will add your name  to our volunteer list for projects. This is a very rewarding experience and you will learn on the way.
 
Meeting starts at 6.30 pm at Quality Hotels and Suites here in Woodstock at the 401. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
April 8 meeting: Club Assembly Edwin Van Weerdhuizen 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 30, 2015
As always our meeting starts at 6.30 at the Quality Hotels and Suites. After dinner we will go to Operation Sharing which is located at College Avenue United Church, 22 Wilson Street. The start time is 7 pm. There is parking behind the building which is accessible off of Peel Street.
 
Everybody is welcome to attend. Operation Sharing has a lot of great programs running for all people in Woodstock that need extra help for their food and housing.
April 1 meeting: Operation Sharing Wim Duizer 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Silvie Morin on Mar 23, 2015

Join us this next Wednesday evening, March 25th, as project enthusiasts from Stratford, ON tell us about a different kind of blue box that can change filthy, contaminated water into SAFE drinking water. AQUABOX - it saves and transforms lives!

$15 dinner event. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen at edwinvw8@gmail.com or call 519-532-0972 to reserve your seat today!

https://youtu.be/qZ-MOkxFGlU

 
 
March 25 meeting: Aquabox Silvie Morin 2015-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sylvie Morin on Mar 14, 2015
Join us this Wednesday evening, March 18th, to learn about Woodstock & District Developmental Services. After providing services for more than half a century in Oxford County and area, WDDS is still growing strong!!
$15 dinner event. Please contact Woodstock-Oxford Rotary President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen at edwinvw8@gmail.com or call 519-532-0972 to reserve your seat today!
March 18 meeting: WDDS Sylvie Morin 2015-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Silvie Morin on Mar 09, 2015
Join us this Wednesday evening, March 11th, to hear about home life in Jaraga do Su, Brazil from a young man's perspective. Rotary Youth Exchange 2014-2015 student Eric Nunes de Oliveira is experiencing student life right here in Oxford County and has made several visits around the region. Outstanding opportunities for youth within Rotary - come find out about them!
$15 dinner event. Please contact President by email at Edwin Van Weerdhuizen at edwinvw8@gmail.com or call 519-532-0972 to reserve your seat today!
March 11 meeting: Eric Nunes de Oliveira Silvie Morin 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Silvie Morin/Wim Duizer on Mar 02, 2015
Join us this coming Wednesday evening, March 4th, to learn from our guest speaker Dr. Matt Walker, Veterinarian at Oxford Bovine. In a presentation stemming from his November 2013 travels, Matt tells us what bovine farming in China is like. This was the second time he visited China. As a dairy farm consultant he has also been to Russia three times, two times in Mexico, several times in the United States and throughout Canada.
Matt is a partner in Oxford Bovine, the largest dairy veterinarian practice in Canada.
$15 limited seating dinner event. Please contact President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen by email at edwinvw8@gmail.com or call 519-532-0972 to reserve your seat today!
March 4 meeting: Dr. Matt. Walker Silvie Morin/Wim Duizer 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0

Presenting our 34th Annual Fish Fry Dinner & Dance. Got YOUR tickets yet?

Contact Peter Stam @ 519-532-2181
Marj Gibbons @ 519-536-9555
WDDS @ 519-539-7447 Ext. 244...
or email us at rotary.fishfry@gmail.com

Our pride & joy annual event - this year in support of Indwell local housing solutions and other humanitarian Rotary projects.

Saturday, April 11th, 2015
Doors open at 6 pm - Dinner served at 7 pm.
Featuring live music by "Ferguson Drive" and" Nova Star", an auction event, and a chance to win tickets to warm & sunny CUBA!!

2015 Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Fish Fry Peter Stam 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Woodstock-Oxford Rotary on Mar 02, 2015
What a super fun gathering of some of our Woodstock-Oxford Club members and friends in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake fundraiser! Some pretty impressive scores, some terrible bowlers, some fabulous cheerleaders, lots of laughs and all heart! Way to go gang!
Gotta love Woodstock-Oxford Rotary! Join us.
February 25: Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake fundraiser Woodstock-Oxford Rotary 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Over 40 organizations participated in our first Volunteer Fair today to display and share what their organizations do in the Woodstock area community. Many people attended to learn and gain more knowledge about volunteer opportunities that are available.

Thanks to Sylvie Morin, a new member in Woodstock-Oxford Rotary for coordinating this event. We hope to make it an annual show so please let us know if your group wants to be included next year. Great work Rotary!

February 22 Volunteer Fair Doug Vincent 2015-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Clarke/Wim Duizer on Feb 22, 2015
Just a reminder that this week we will be going to the bowling alley to bowl for kids sake and support Big Brothers and Big Sisters. If you have not advised me that you will be joining us please let me know so I can make sure we have enough space for everyone (kevinjclarke55@gmail.com). If you do not want to bowl we would be more then happy to have you come cheer us on. Also I have reserved a table at The Charles Dickens for 8:15 and everyone is more then welcome to join us there.
 
See everyone there !
 
Kevin Clarke
 
There will be no meeting at the Quality Hotels and Suites this week
February 25 meeting: Bowl for kids sake Kevin Clarke/Wim Duizer 2015-02-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Silvie Morin/Wim Duizer on Feb 15, 2015

Governor Patsy Marshall will be our featured speaker for Rotary this Wednesday, February 18, 2015. In addition to officially welcoming two new members, she will share reasons why people join Rotary and how it can bring lifetime enjoyment.

Patsy will also review the reasons why Rotary participation can be a significant part of one’s life, such as: personal growth, leadership development, networking with friends and making a difference in the community on a global scale.

Join us this Wednesday evening 6:30 to 8 pm. $15 dinner event. Please contact President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen edwinvw8@gmail.com or 519-532-0972 to reserve your seat today!

February 18: District Governor Patsy Marshall Silvie Morin/Wim Duizer 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Silvie Morin on Feb 09, 2015

Join us this Wednesday evening to learn from our speaker guest Lisa Woods, of the Woodstock Fire Department, to learn about basic fire suppression!

$15 limited ...seating dinner event. Please contact President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen by email at edwinvw8@gmail.com or call 519-532-0972 to reserve your seat today!

February 9 meeting: Lisa Woods Silvie Morin 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
February 4 meeting: James Rijneveld Wim Duizer 2015-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 27, 2015
This Wednesday we will have a Club Assembly. Everybody is welcome to attend. All members are strongly encouraged to come. This evening the club will be informed what the Board has been doing and what their plans are for the rest of the year. There will a discussion for which organization we will raise funds this year.  Input from members is important.
Several comities will give an update about their activities. The meeting will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $15.00
January 28 meeting: Club Assembly Wim Duizer 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 20, 2015
Natasha will be presenting information on the Indwell organization and how they are transforming the Harvey Woods building to serve the Woodstock community. This is a very ambitious project and it will be a very interesting story. Everybody is welcome to come and listen. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites (Birtch room). Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
January 21 meeting: Natasha Thuemler, Indwell. How we serve in the Woodstock Community Wim Duizer 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer/Sylvie Morin on Jan 11, 2015
Passionate about our city and its future, Mayor Trevor Birtch shares his vision for Woodstock and his mission to make a difference.

Join us this Wednesday @ 6pm for a Meet N' Greet with the Mayor.

$15 limited seating dinner event. Please contact President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen by email at edwinvw8@gmail.com or call 519-532-0972 to reserve your seat today!
 
January 14 meeting: Meet our new mayor Wim Duizer/Sylvie Morin 2015-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Dec 08, 2014
On Wednesday, December 10th, join us for a Meet N' Greet with New York Yankees 3rd Base Coach, Rob Thomson.

$15 limited seating dinner event. Please contact Club President Edwin Van Weerdhuizen by email at edwinvw8@gmail.com or call 519-532-0972 to reserve your seat today!
December 10 meeting: Rob Thomson, NY Yankees Third Base Coach Wim Duizer 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
December 3 meeting: Benefit Trust Annual meeting Wim Duizer 2014-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary Club of Grand Bend on Nov 26, 2014
 
Next Loading Date
Saturday, December 6th
 
Taking Place at the 
Hensall District Co-op Warehouse
210 Wellington St, Exeter
ON N0M-1S2 
 Meet at the Loading Docks
Start Time: 8:30 am
 
Note: We will be working in a climate controlled area unaffected by weather
 
PLEASE JOIN US
Saturday December 6th in Exeter 
to help load our 40th container of school supplies bound for South Africa:
 
Morning shift 8:30-12:00
Afternoon shift 12:30 - 4:30
 
Help with roles that match your interests and abilities; dis-assembly, staging, loading, packing, inventory documentation or supervision
 
Please click on the email below to reply
or call Paul at 519-521-9411
if you can lend a hand!
              
 
 
December 6 container loading in Exeter Rotary Club of Grand Bend 2014-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
November 12 meeting: Legion Poppy Fund Campaign Sylvie Morin 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 06, 2014
 
November 19 we will welcome Helmut Schneider, president of the Oxford Community Energy Cooperative (www.oxford-cec.ca). The Oxford Community Energy Co-op was conceived as a partnership project between Prowind Canada, Ontario Sustainability Services and IPC Energy in August 2013.
 
November 19:Oxford Community Energy Cooperative Wim Duizer 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary? Peter Stam 2014-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
November 5 meeting: Laura Berkin Sylvie Morin 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 19, 2014

Our Rotary meeting on October 22nd will be at the International Festival of Authors at Knox Presbyterian Church. Details:

The International Festival of Authors Returns

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Tickets $15.00

IFOA Ontario will visit Woodstock to present an evening of author readings, followed by a lively question and answer segment and discussion.

Don't miss this literary evening in the spacious sanctuary of Knox Presbyterian Church. The event will be followed by a reception in the Library, featuring local foods and wine, where you will have the opportunity to experience our vibrant local culture and meet and talk with the authors.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved at the Library or at Merrifield Book Shop,

About the Visiting Authors

Lois Leveen (United States) is a novelist, poet, educator and historian. Her work has appeared in numerous literary and scholarly journals such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Bitch magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and on NPR. Leveen gives talks about writing and history at universities, museums and libraries around the United States. Leveen presents Juliet's Nurse, a reimagining of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet from the perspective of the nurse.


Helen Humphreys (Canada) is the award-winning, bestselling author of four books of poetry, six novels and two works of creative non-fiction. She is the recipient of a City of Toronto Book Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry and is a finalist for the 2014 Trillium Book Award. She was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence in 2009. Humphreys presents her haunting memoir, Nocturne, an intimate self-examination and exploration of her grief after the sudden death of her younger brother, Martin.

 

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (Canada) is the author of the novels Perfecting and The Nettle Spinner, as well as the story collection Way Up, which won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. She is also an award-winning instructor with the University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, The Walrus, NumeroCinq, Joyland and Storyville. Kuitenbrouwer presents All the Broken Things, a spellbinding novel of exceptional heart and imagination about the ties that bind us to each other.

We hope to see you on Wednesday!

 

October 22 meeting: International Festival of Authors Wim Duizer 2014-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 05, 2014

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of three, one-day workshops. Participants may only take one part per day and must have completed the prior part(s) to take the next higher part. These are fast-paced, interactive courses offered to refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase his or her base of knowledge in Rotary. Courses are fun, topical, interactive, and geared toward busy business, professional and community leaders who want to be knowledgeable about Rotary and more effective leaders in both their vocation and club.

Our district offers the RLI program in partnership with several other districts known as the RLI Shinning Waters Division and additional information about RLI can be found by visiting its website: www.rli-shinningwaters.org (or see the link under District Links on the left side of the main page of the district website).

The deadline for registering is Tuesday, October 21.  Rotarians from other districts may register by contacting the event Registrar - Cathy Campbell (ccampbellca@aol.com) directly.

The fee for this event is $75.00 and includes all training materials and lunch.  It should be paid online at the time of registering (this fee is usually reimbursed by the participant's club, please check with your club president).

Location: The Family Centre - Waterloo Region Family & Children Services
65 Hanson Avenue,
Kitchener, ON  N2C 2H6
Canada

- See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50042/Event/23e333bd-fe2f-4049-a11a-a94bf2ecf60a

October 25 from 8.00 am-4.30pm Rotary Leadership Institute in Kitchener Wim Duizer 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 05, 2014

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Gary Baumbach is the Chief Executive Officer at the Woodstock Library and he will tell us this evening:  What's going on at the library. This will be an interesting evening for everybody living in and around Woodstock. The library has so much to offer! Please feel welcome to come and listen. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00

October 8 meeting: Gary Baumbach Wim Duizer 2014-10-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 28, 2014

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October 1 we welcomed Connie Lauder as our speaker. The title of her presentation is: Why Woodstock is important to me. She spoke not so much as a past member of city council but why she cares so much about Woodstock.

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen

 

Over the next few minutes I would like to enlighten you on why I am so passionate about my community we all call Woodstock. Sit back while I tell you why I like to brag about this great City.

 

 

October 1 meeting: Connie Lauder Wim Duizer 2014-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 22, 2014

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The Global Literacy Team has been able to secure funding for 2 more containers that will be loaded on Saturday October 4th.  This will require a few more volunteers than usual.  We will be loading 2 containers side by side with furniture and books from pallets.  We need a crew inside each container, and a crew that brings goods to the container.  Taking this approach will make everything more efficient with less start/stops.

 

Location:  Hensall Co-op, Exeter at the old cannery at the corner of Wellington St and Marlborough.

Time: Beginning at 8:30 am, planned completion 4:30 pm

AM Shift: 8:30-12:30

PM Shift: 12:30-4:30 shift

Full Shift: 8:30-4:30

We are also in need of 10 volunteers for Friday October 3rd to do some furniture disassembly.  This work will begin at 8:30 am.  Please bring along some screw drivers, sockets for your use.

If you can help on one or both days, please reply and indicate which days and whether you plan to help for the full day, AM or PM shifts so we can plan accordingly.

Sincerely,

 

Paul Wilson

Rotary Club of Grand Bend

Club Secretary

P.O.Box 1261

Grand Bend ON N0M1T0

Telephone: 519.521.9411

Email: secretary.gbrotary@gmail.com

Website: www.grandbendrotary.com

 

Container loading for South-Africa on October 4 Wim Duizer 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 21, 2014

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This week's speaker is Norm Watson and he is a member of the Rotary club of Stoney Creek. This club raffles a Harley Davidson heritage-softail-classic.  Tickets are $20 each and there are 3,500 Tickets printed.

Norm will explain about this fundraiser and how we can become part of it. For more information visit: http://www.harleydavidsonraffle.ca/

Everybody feel free to come out this coming Wednesday. The meeting will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00

September 24 meeting: Norm Watson Wim Duizer 2014-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
District Conference Wim Duizer 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 14, 2014

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 "Light Up Rotary" is this years Rotary theme and we welcome our District Governor, Patsy Marshall, to inform us of her plans for the coming year at the District and International  level. Patsy is a warm person and engaging speaker. All members are encouraged to bring their spouse and/or a friend of Rotary. For people that are interested in Rotary this is a great evening to come out.

The meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites and costs for a dinner is $ 15.00. We hope to see you on Wednesday.

 

September 17 meeting: Visist of District Governor Patsy Marshall Wim Duizer 2014-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 08, 2014

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Tomorrow president Edwin will present his budget for the coming year. All members are encouraged to attend to take part and support the budget discussion. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00. Guests are welcome to come out.

September 10 meeting: discussing the budget Wim Duizer 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 08, 2014

The city of Woodstock is going under road construction on Juliana Drive located in front of Bruin Blvd  to Norwich Avenue; beginning at  7am on September 15, 2014. 

This construction can take up to 2 week’s; therefore there shall be alternate routes for entry and exit for our guests and employees.  Below are the directions we need to adhere too;

  1.     Entry and exit for Cars only shall utilize from Norwich Avenue must enter and exit the Wendy’s and Tim Horton’s entrance and travel through to Bruin Blvd to come to the Hotel.

 2.     Entry and exit will also be available when traveling east on Julianna drive and enter on Bruin Blvd to come to the hotel. Cars can also utilize this entrance/exit; transport trucks can only utilize this entrance during this road construction.  

September 15 start of construction Juliana Drive Wim Duizer 2014-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 01, 2014

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This week we will have our first meeting back at the Quality Hotels and Suites again. Our president Edwin has a lot of great ideas and he and his Board of Directors are excited to start the new season. This week our first speaker will be Rachel Martin, Secretary of Fundraising committee for Eastdale Public School. We welcome everybody to come out to our first meeting at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites.

Costs for a meal is $ 15.00  To avoid making a voluntary donation to the Sgt. at arms bring your favourite sunglasses!  cool

September 3 meeting: update from Eastdale Wim Duizer 2014-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Aug 11, 2014

This week there will be no meeting because we participated with the Dragon Boat race this past weekend. Our team, the Woodstock-Oxford Wreckless Rowers got first price in our league. After a rough start in the first race we won the second and third race. It was again a fun day and we would like to say a big thank you to Lisa (and Chris) Dennis for organizing this year's team. Also a big thank you to Jeff for being patient with us and an awesome coach.

Also a big thank you to Leigh and Alma and Frances for supporting the team.

 

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August 13: no meeting Wim Duizer 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jul 28, 2014

Tomorrow evening our meeting will be organized by Kevin Clarke and Chris Dennis. The meeting is at 644 Hummingbird Cr in Woodstock. If you would like to join us for this meeting please contact Kevin: kevinjclarke55@gmail.com or Chris Dennis: chris.dennis@sudsjiffy.com.

The meeting will start at 6.30 pm.

July 30th meeting: At Clarke's residence Wim Duizer 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Jul 28, 2014

ImageWondering what the Toy Auction and Show is about?.

Come out on August 23 and 24 and see for yourself, the auction part is a charity auction, where people like you, can consign scale farm, truck and construction toys to the auction.

The auction which often features many hard-to-find items. It starts Saturday morning at 9:30 am and is open to everyone. There is no admission fee other
than a small buyer’s premium for purchasers. But buyers actually get a bargain since there is no sales tax charged. That is because it is a charity event sponsored
by the Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford. The Rotary Club uses the commission and buyer's premium for their humanitarian projects.

If you happen to have any farm toys or memorabilia that you’re thinking of parting with, this is a great place to do it.

Just contact Peter Stam at 519-532-2181 or peter@mankar.ca to consign your items.

For more information, click on MORE...

29th Annual Rotary Toy Auction and Show, August 23 and 24, 2014 Peter Stam 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jul 13, 2014

ImageThis week we will have our meeting and dinner at Banana Leaf restaurant. 'Come on in and indulge your senses with the many tastes of Thailand.  From sweet to spicy and every spectrum in between'. This is how Banana Leaf Restaurant invites its guests.

Everybody is welcome to come out to this meeting. As usual the meeting will start at 6.30 pm at 369 Dundas Street in Woodstock. We hope to see you on Wednesday.

July 16 meeting: Banana Leaf restaurant Wim Duizer 2014-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
June 25 meeting: Changeover meeting Wim Duizer 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 09, 2014

ImageThis week our speaker is Ron Fraser, past police chief of the city of Woodstock and current counsiler of Woodstock. Ron is the president this year of Woodstock Rotary. Ron is a very engaging speaker and he is open for questions about everything that is going on in Woodstock. Everybody is welcome to come out. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm. at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00.

June 11 meeting: Ron Fraser Wim Duizer 2014-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 02, 2014

wh-4p-gdThe five Rotary Clubs in Oxford County present bursary awards to graduating students from each of eight secondary schools. One male and female student from each high school in Oxford County are awarded for their contribution to their school and community.

This year's Rotary Medals awards will be presented on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm at a banquet at the Quality Hotel and Suites, Bruin Blvd., Woodstock.

June 4: Rotary medals Wim Duizer 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 01, 2014

ImageElaine Cougler is a Woodstock writer and resident who has turned a former teaching career into one of writing. Her novel of historical fiction, The Loyalist’s Wife was published in June last year. It’s publication is timely for it represents a fresh look at the American Revolution from the point of view of those loyal to the King. When American colonists resort to war against Britain and her colonial attitudes, a young couple caught in the crossfire must find a way to survive in the wilds of New York State.

The author herself is a descendent of Loyalist settlers. With vivid scenes of desperation, heroism and personal angst, Elaine Cougler takes us back to the beginnings of one great country and the planting of Loyalist seed for another.

Terry Fallis, Stephen Leacock medal winner and author of The Best Laid Plans had this to say: “Elaine Cougler has written a page-turning novel of the American Revolution through eyes of a conflicted loyalist soldier and his indomitable wife. You’ll feel the hardship of homesteading, the fear of the enemy, the blows of battle and the pain of separation. You’ll be transported through history. This is not just a novel written about another times, it seems written in another time.”

We are very pleased that Elaine will speak to us. Guests are welcome to come out. Our meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00

June 18 meeting: Elaine Cougler Wim Duizer 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 25, 2014

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Rachel has been our outbound exchange student to Brazil. This evening she will share with us her experience over there and how the Rotary exchange program influenced her life. This will be a fun, interesting evening for everybody. If you or one of your children is interested in the Rotary exchange program then this will be a great evening to attend. The meeting will start at 6.30 pm with supper at the Quality Hotels and Suites.

May 28 meeting: Rachel Dennis with her Brazil presentation Wim Duizer 2014-05-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 19, 2014

ImageJackie is the membership District representative for District 7080. She is also a member of the Ingersoll Rotary Club. This evening she will explain the core focus points for the District membership committee. This is a great meeting for everybody to get new ideas what Rotary can do in your life. Everybody is welcome to the Quality Hotels and Suites. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm.

 

May 21 meeting: What does Rotary mean in your life ? Wim Duizer 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 11, 2014

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Meredith Maywood is the Tourism Specialist here in Oxford County.  Maywood’s formal education in tourism and geography is augmented by past experience in tourism, marketing and economic development at two other municipalities, a conservation authority, and a private sector business in the food and wine industry. This evening Meredith will be talking about the Tourism Industry in Oxford County including its successes, potential and direction.

May 14 meeting: The tourism industry in Oxford County Wim Duizer 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 05, 2014

ImageThis week is scheduled for a Club Assembly. President Kevin and incoming president Edwin are encouraging all members to be there and speak up about anything they would like to discuss about our Club activities. If preferred members can email topics they would like on the agenda to Kevin.

There will be a brainstorm session for new fundraising ideas and what will be our fundraising efforts for the next Rotary year. The members make the Club so in order to make a strategy for the new year it is good to have input from the members.

The meeting will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites.

May 7 meeting: Club Assembly Wim Duizer 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 27, 2014

ImageThis week's meeting we will have an evening of fun. This evening we will play euchre. Members are encouraged to bring their spouse. Also friends are welcome. The meeting will start at our regular time at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites.

April 30 meeting: fun night Wim Duizer 2014-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 21, 2014

This week our speaker is one of our chartered members: Jack Bingham. He will share with us what he did during his professional career. Some of his life values and a short reflection as a long time member of the Woodstock-Oxford Rotary club.

Jack is a very engaging speaker and for some of our younger members it will be an opportunity to learn something from Jack. Also friends are very welcome to come out for this meeting. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00

April 23 meeting: Jack Bingham Wim Duizer 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
May 15: Foundation Dinner focusing on Microfinance Wim Duizer 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 21, 2014

ImageThe day is almost approaching for the installation of brand new playground equipment at Eastdale Public School. This has been a major fundraising effort for our Rotary club this year. If you would like to help out to finalize this project please confirm a date that would work for you to Kevin Clarke: kevinjclarke55@gmail.com

Saturday May 3 @ 9 am.-? Installing boarder and pea gravel

Saturday May 10 @ 8 am. -? Installing the two playgrounds and putting down mulch.

Construction of new playground at Eastdale public School Wim Duizer 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Apr 04, 2014

I just received this in response to our fundraising for Typhoon Haiyan relief, below you can click on the links to see where the matching funds are going.

In this fundraiser initiated by the Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford altogether over $70,000 was raised, we received donations from all over Ontario from individuals and other Rotary Clubs and even some from the USA, although the USA money did not qualify for the matching from our government it still adds in to our fundraising.

Thank you all for your support.

 

Folks,

Sending this out to everyone who provided an email on their THRF declaration forms.

In case you missed this:

http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/04/03/pm-announces-government-contribution-typhoon-haiyan-relief-fund-philippines

http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/04/03/typhoon-haiyan-relief-fund

Please pass on to interested parties in your organizations, congregations, etc.

Thank you all for your support.

Bob

Government Matching donations to Typhoon Haiyan relief Peter Stam 2014-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
A celebration of Love and Laughter Kevin Clarke 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 31, 2014

ImageThis week Rotarian Peter Stam will inform us about his recent mission trip to Cuba. Peter and his wife Edie have organized several mission trips to Cuba over the last 10 years. They have a passion for the people and the country of Cuba. Peter will give us a little update why there is such a need in Cuba. Also he will share what they have done on this recent mission trip. Everybody is welcome to come out to this meeting. If you would like to learn about Cuba and Rotary this will be a great evening  to join us.

Meeting is at the Quality Hotels and Suites and starts at 6.30 pm in the Burtch Room. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00.

April 2 meeting: Peter Stam Wim Duizer 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 31, 2014

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On April 9 our speaker will be Jennifer Belleth who is the volunteer Engagement Coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society, Oxford County Community Office. She would like to share their mission information about who they are and their impact in Oxford County. Also one of the Youth Students from Youth Troop will share with us why she wears a Daffodil. April is Daffodil Month for the Canadian Cancer Society. Everybody is welcome to come out and learn more about this great organization.

April 9 meeting: Jennifer Belleth Wim Duizer 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 24, 2014
ImageThis week our newest member Edwin van Weerdhuizen will give his vocational speech. That means he will share with us what he does for a living. Most likely he will share some of his personal background too. It is a nice way to learn a little more about each other. If you are not a member of Rotary you are most welcome to come out to our meeting. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00.
March 26 meeting: Edwin Van Weerdhuizen Wim Duizer 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
April 2012, Fish Fry 2014 Wim Duizer 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 16, 2014
ImageOur own PDG Doug Vincent will share the purpose and background of our Rotary logo. How was it developed and what does it mean?  

Why is it important and what was the process for the recent review and revised Rotary brand recently announced by Rotary International? 
 
What are implications of us having an annual Presidential theme and logo? 
 
Doug will discuss and review the importance and impact of all this to our club. 
 
Be sure to attend and learn more about what our RI leaders and staff have been doing to enhance Rotary awareness on our behalf. 

March 19 meeting: The Story of our Rotary brand Wim Duizer 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 02, 2014

ImageImageImageThis week there is no regular meeting at the Quality Hotels and Suites. We will go and see: 'I was a Greenhouse' directed by Adrian Konstant. He has spoken to our Club earlier in the year. The movie will start at 6.30 pm. at the Twin Princess Cinema, 46 King Street North in Waterloo.

We will meet at 5.30 pm. at the Quality Hotels and Suites and I try to set up a carpool. Please let me know if you are planning to come: duizer@silomail.com. This way transportation and ticket sales can be arranged. The costs for a ticket is $ 12.00.

March 5 meeting: Watch 'I was a Greenhouse' Wim Duizer 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Join Rotary promotion Wim Duizer 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Feb 17, 2014
Image"All But Not and Facets"
Please join us for dinner this evening at 6:30pm at the Quality Hotel and Suites in Woodstock.  Following dinner we will carpool to the Woodstock Art Gallery, 449 Dundas Street, Woodstock, Ontario at for a tour starting at 7:15pm.  Stephanie will give us information on upcoming classes and events as well as show us their current exhibitions, All But Not, and Facets. 

This is a wonderful opportunity to tour our very own Art Gallery.  Guests and friends are always welcome!
February 19: Tour of the Woodstock Art Gallery Jantine Stam 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Feb 10, 2014

ImagePower of HOPE Community Organization is a registered not-for-profit organization that helps families in the communities of Wellington County, Kitchener/Waterloo Region, Perth County.

Karen Geerts will speak to us this evening. She is the Director for Woodstock and surrounding area Oxford County.
Power of HOPE provides essential items such as pajamas, toiletries, towels, hats, mitts, socks, slippers and soft toys to families in need, including children and women in crisis as well as men, women and children with little or no family income.  Through the generosity of friends, families, local businesses and fundraising events, HOPE was able to collect 2,000 stuffed toys and 585 pairs of pajamas in 2011. 

Power of HOPE Community Organization's mission is to provide support with compassion and integrity to families in need throughout the local community’s .What they raise in a local area stays in that local area.

Please feel free to come out and listen to Karen as she will have a good presentation. Our meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00

www.powerofhopeontario.ca

 

February 12 meeting: Power of Hope Wim Duizer 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Clarke on Feb 10, 2014

ImageThis Wednesday evening our Club will Bowl for Kids Sake with Big Brothers and Big sisters. We do not meet at the Quality Hotels and Suites. If you would like to join our team please contact me: kevinjclarke55@gmail.com. This is a great event with a lot of community groups participating. We will bowl from 6.30 pm until 8.00 pm. Feel free to come out to support this great cause.

If you would like to make a donation please click on the following link: https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1092274&supId=376089605

Thank you

February 26: Big Brothers and Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake Kevin Clarke 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas Vincent on Feb 10, 2014

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Hi folks: 

We thought this would be a great opportunity to get together on Valentine’s Day. 

Deluxe Buffet with Chocolate Fountain + Music, Games, Fun & Entertainment. 
 
Where else can you go at this price for a nice evening, including food & entertainment.

Quality Inn, Woodstock, ON (Hwy 401 exit 232N) - 6 pm to 11 pm, Friday, February 14th. 
 
Please join us and bring some friends. Advance tickets are $30.

Doug and Grace 
 
 

February 14: Valentine's Party Douglas Vincent 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Feb 03, 2014
ImageWe are looking for volunteers to sell tickets for the 'Golf gives back Lottery' on Saturday February 22 and Sunday February 23 from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. We have divided the day in two time slots from 10 am to 1.30 pm and from 1.30 pm until 5.00 pm. Please contact President Kevin when you can help out with this fundraiser: kevinjclarke55@gmail.com;
London Golf Show Wim Duizer 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Feb 03, 2014
wh-4p-gdThis week we will watch a Rotary video about membership. It is a very inspiring video. Everybody is welcome to come to the meeting to learn more about Rotary. What it means to be a Rotarian. Our meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
February 5: Membership Wim Duizer 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 19, 2014

ImageThis week the incoming exchange student from the Woodstock Rotary Club, Maria Verona speaks to our Club. She comes from Finland and will share with us her exchange experience so far. Everybody is welcome to attend. If you know of somebody that would be interested in youth exchange please bring them out. This evening we can hear first hand what the exchange experience is all about.

Meeting starts at 6.30 pm. at the Quality Hotels and Suites and costs for dinner is $ 15.00

Januari 22 meeting: Maria Verona (Edwin Van Weerdhuizen) Wim Duizer 2014-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 11, 2014

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SCREENINGS:
Monday, March 3rd 2014 - 6pm
Tuesday, March 4th 2014 - 6pm
Wednesday, March 5th 2014 - 6pm
Thursday, March 6th 2014 - 6pm (pending ticket sales)

LOCATION:
Princess Twin Cinema
46 King St, North. Waterloo.
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ITINERARY:
6:00pm - 6:15pm - Thanks to the people involved.
6:15pm - 8:00pm - Screening of film
8:00pm - 8:30pm - Cast and Crew Q & A

 

 

 

Movie: I was a Greenhouse directed by Adrian Konstant Wim Duizer 2014-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 06, 2014

ImageThe New Year has started and on behalf of the Woodstock-Oxford Rotary club I wish you a great 2014 and I hope you can stay warm with these extreme cold weather. Tomorrow we will have a Club Assembly. There will be committee updates, project updates and questions that can be asked about every aspect in our Club. Everybody is welcome to attend.

The meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00

January 8 meeting: Club Assembly Wim Duizer 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Dec 09, 2013
ImageThis week our speaker is John Utting. He is a banker at CIBC here in Woodstock and he will give a presentation on modern banking. Everybody is welcome to attend the meeting at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00 
December 11 meeting: John Utting Wim Duizer 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Dec 06, 2013
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Ontario Toy Show and Auction.

The first Ontario Toy Show was originally founded in 1986 by the Vincent family. Since then, it has grown into Canada’s major Farm Toy Collector event, attracting many hobbyists from across Canada, the United States and abroad. It is held annually in Woodstock, Ontario on the weekend prior to Labour Day weekend.

Through the years a reception, dinner and toy auction has been added and the Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford has become involved with the event as a fundraiser for their community service projects.

The weekend regularly attracts dealers and collectors who search for or bring rare and high quality toys to sell or trade.
A little Toy Show and Auction History Peter Stam 2013-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Working to Support Filipino Disaster Victims Peter Stam 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Dec 03, 2013

We are collecting your cheese orders today to raise funds to immunize children against polio!

Cheese is the perfect gift for this Christmas season and our annual cheese fundraiser is off to a great start!  Proceeds support Rotary's PolioPlus Program.  There are still 3 countries remaining for eradication of Polio:  Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. 

Our blocks of cheese and gift boxes are the perfect addition to your Christmas party smorgasbord!  Do you have staff or customers you'd like to show your appreciation to?  Give a gift you know they would enjoy. 

Please submit your orders to Jantine TODAY via email jtstam@hotmail.com or at our Rotary meeting this evening. Thank you!!

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Time to Send Your Cheese Orders In! Jantine Stam 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Dec 02, 2013
This week our own Mr. Doug Vincent will share his knowledge about Rotary with us. A fireside chat is especially done for new members and their family but everybody that wants to know more about Rotary is welcome to come out to the meeting. This will be a very informal evening where you can learn what Rotary is all about. As always the meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00.
December 4 meeting: Fireside Chat Wim Duizer 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 24, 2013

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This week Deb Roloson will give us an update on everything that is going on at WDDS (Woodstock and District Developmental Services). Deb is very passionate about her work and we look forward to hear about the progress of new projects at WDDS (Young street and others).

Everybody is welcome to come out at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00.

November 27 meeting: Deb Roloson Wim Duizer 2013-11-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 17, 2013

ImageThis week we have an interesting topic. Our speaker, Harold Offenhammer, will educate us about clean air. A lot of times the air we breathe in our houses or the places where we work is not clean. He will explain to us what is all in the air and how we can improve this. Our Benefit Trust will also have a short annual meeting this week.

Everybody is welcome to attend our meeting at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00

November 20 meeting: Harold Offenhammer Wim Duizer 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 11, 2013

ImageThis week our speaker is Stephen J. Smith. Stephen will present a slideshow relating to the local military. Stephen is a Military Historian & Researcher. His specialties are the 168th Battalion CEF "Oxfords Own" & Oxford County Military Contributions. He is the Youth and Education Chairman, RCL Branch #55, Woodstock, Ontario.

In this week where we remember those who have fought for the freedom we enjoy today, Stephen is a very fitting speaker. Everybody is welcome to attend our meeting at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00

November 13 meeting: Stephen J. Smith (Remembrance Day) Wim Duizer 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Nov 11, 2013

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As the central Philippines recovers from Typhoon Haiyan, the death toll continues to rise. It is believed more then 10,000 people have died because of this disaster.

As you may know, the Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford has raised funds for victims in the Philippines before for another disaster and a partner of one of our members is from the Philippines, so we have close connections to that country. 

It is reported that most of the damage has been caused by huge and strong winds, rather than water flooding.  Of course the streams and rivers are overflowing and full of rubble and many homes have been swept away.  All of this is on top of the recent earthquake and the recovery that everyone is dealing with.    You can see a report by clicking here.

We understand that many people are missing and others are living outside in makeshift tents.  Government buildings are still not used until engineers can assess their structural integrity.  You can see a slide show and news report here.

Our Rotary Club is collecting disaster aid which Rotary Clubs from the Philippines will oversee there.  Anyone wishing to contribute can make a cheque out to Woodstock-Rotary Benefit Trust and note “disaster activities” or online go to www.woodstockoxfordrotary.org  at the top click on Donate to our Charity, it will bring up and drop down menu, then click on Disaster Relief Fund Philippines and you can fill in there. or click on the following link.   Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Donate Page    (In either case, Canada tax receipts are issued). The Woodstock-Oxford Benefit Trust is on the list to receive the Canada matching for Philippine disaster. So every dollar you donate will be matched by the Canadian Government.


Peter Stam

 

International Services
Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford

Typhoon Haiyan Phillippines Peter Stam 2013-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 03, 2013

ImageThis week we will have our annual meeting. All club business will be discussed. Also we would like to vote on a budget for this coming year. It is very important for all members to come out and vote to support the proposed budget. Also this is your opportunity to give your opinion about all Club business and projects.

Meeting will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00. Also non-members are welcome.

November 6 meeting: Annual meeting Wim Duizer 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Nov 03, 2013

This coming Saturday we will be loading the last container coming out of the closed Norwich public school on 9 Elgin street in Norwich.

We hope to start at 8.30 AM., stop for lunch and work at it until the loading is finished. If we have enough people, we should be done around 3 PM.

When you are coming to help, (We still hope that more people will sign up)please confirm with me that you are coming so we can keep organized and have enough food there.

We ask that if possible, to bring some tools like screw driver, battery power drill, vicegrip and some wrenches to dismantle some tables etc. You may want to bring a camera if you like to take some pictures.

As you may know, this container will be shipped to South Africa, as a group, we have shipped over 30 container loads to Haiti and South Africa where the supplies are being distributed among about 600 schools in Mpumalanga where many schools have hardly any tables, desks, chairs and books, in this container we also hope to ship 26 pallets of school books donated by the Thames Valley Board of Education because the books are surplus.

Check the blog from July this year and October last year to read a little of where the supplies are going.

 http://middelburgrc.blogspot.ca/2013_07_01_archive.html

Hope to see you on Saturday.

 

Peter Stam

Information on loading the container of school supplies November 9 Peter Stam 2013-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 28, 2013
Our speaker this week is Erin Van Weerdhuizen who has been a Rotary exchange student to New Zealand. She will share her experience with us. You are welcome to come out and listen how this experience has enriched her life. Erin is the daughter of Edwin who will become an official member of our Rotary club in this same meeting. The meeting will start at 6.30 pm. at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00.
October 30: Erin Van Weerdhuizen Wim Duizer 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 28, 2013
This week Edwin Van Weerdhuizen will be installed as a new member of our Club. This is a very exciting event and we congratulate Edwin and welcome him. All family and friends are welcome to witness this event. The meeting will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
October 30 meeting: EdWin Van Weerdhuizen Wim Duizer 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 20, 2013

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This weeks meeting is extremely interesting for everybody that is involved in agriculture and also for everybody that would like to learn how modern agriculture works in a sustainable way to preserve our environment.

Our speaker, Matt Wilson, is the Nutrient Management Program Lead for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs. He works out of the Guelph head office and is responsible for the overall administration of the Ontario Nutrient Management Program. He will explain to us what this program is trying to accomplish. Of course he is an expert in everything involved in Nutrient Management Programs.

Everybody is welcome to come out at 6.30 pm. at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is 15.00.

 

November 23 meeting: Matt Wilson, OMAFRA Wim Duizer 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 13, 2013
ImageThis week Mr. Mike Gauthier will speak to our Club. He is the District Governor of our District 7080 for this Rotary year. If you want to know more about Rotary this is a great meeting to attend. Everybody is welcome. All Rotarians are encouraged to bring their spouse or partner. Friends of our club are encouraged to come out and have a great evening. 

The meeting does start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites and the cost for a meal is $ 15.00. 
October 16 meeting: District Governor Mike Gauthier visits our Club Wim Duizer 2013-10-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 07, 2013
EREY-EN-cThis week our speaker is  Hubert Singh. He is the chairman of the District Membership Committee and a very engaging speaker. He will give us tools to help us to attract new members. Every member should try to be at this meeting. Also all friends of our Club are welcome to come out to the meeting. Meeting starts at 6.30 pm.at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is 15.00
October 9 meeting: Membership Wim Duizer 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 07, 2013

ImageOne of our Rotarians, Jantine Stam is getting married to Adam Steward on Saturday October 12th @ 2:30 p.m. at Old Saint Paul’s Anglican Church in Woodstock. If you would like to witness this joyful event you are welcome to attend the ceremony.

Marriage Jantine Stam to Adam Steward Wim Duizer 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 29, 2013
ImageThis week we welcome Steve McInnis from the Canadian Food Grains Bank who is going to show us a presentation of their trip to Rwanda and Kenya. Steve is a member of Knox Presbyterian Church. Learn more about the project he is chairing. Everybody is welcome to come out at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
October 2 meeting: Steve McInnes (Frances) Wim Duizer 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Sep 28, 2013

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Preparing for another Container load of school supplies to go to South Africa.

As most of you know, with the combined Rotary Clubs and Friends of Rotary, we have been involved in shipping containers of school supplies to Haiti and South Africa. http://middelburgrc.blogspot.ca/2013_07_01_archive.html

The school supplies are being donated by the Thames Valley and Maitland school boards where schools have been closed and they have no further use for some of the desks, chairs, books etc.

Up to date, there have been over 30 container loads shipped to the above countries where the need is very high as in many schools there, the students have to sit on the floor because they have no desks or chairs. 

The next container will be loaded in Norwich where we have loaded before, but there is more left to be loaded. At the moment, the loading is being planned for the end of October, as soon as we have the finances in place, we can set an exact date.

For each container the cost is around $5,000 and we have commitments of $3,000 this far.

We welcome any Rotary Clubs or Friends of Rotary who want to help us raise the funds, we do issue official tax receipts which you can use as a write off for donations.

We will keep you up to date on the progress.

School supplies for South Africa Peter Stam 2013-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 22, 2013

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his week we will receive an update what is new at the United Way of Oxford, what the goals are for the coming fundraising year etc. Kelly is a very passionate speaker and the United Way of Oxford raises over 1 million dollars every year. This money is going to several agencies in Oxford County.

Everybody is welcome to come out. Meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Cost for a meal is $ 15.00

September 25: Kelly Gilson, United Way of Oxford Wim Duizer 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 15, 2013
ImageThis week at Rotary we will see and hear a presentation about a program running at St. Mary's High School called "GST" which stands for the Good Samaritan Team.

Sandra Standish, teacher, coach, Student Council Advisor and PHE/Athletics Department Head co-founded this program in 2007 with her Vice Principal Stan Verschoore. The program is now entering its 6th year and is largely student run.

The program works to combat bullying behaviours that take place in our schools and to promote building and maintaining harmonious, supportive, inclusive relationships with others. Some of the school-wide mottos and slogans the school has worked with in the past include:  "One Person Can Make a Difference, but Together We Are Powerful!", "Love & Lead Out Loud", "StandUp 2 Bullying: If You See It, You Can Stop It!".

Sandra still oversees GST at St Mary's HS and has appeared this past year on Rogers TV "What's Happening in Woodstock". She was also asked to run a workshop at last year's annual  "When Faith Meets Pedagogy" conference in Toronto where over 2,000 Catholic teachers across the province come together to learn and grow as educators to better meet the needs of our children. The workshop spurred other teachers to start a program to promote a sense of belonging for all students and staff in their schools.

We look forward to learning more about this successful, engaging program. Meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
September 18 meeting: Good Samaritan Team Wim Duizer 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 09, 2013
The budget presentation that was scheduled for this week has been cancelled. This will be done later this year. Instead there will be a video presentation of the Rotary Convention. Everybody is welcome to join us for supper at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00
September 11: Video presentation Rotary Convention Wim Duizer 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 02, 2013

Welcome back to our first meeting of this new Rotary Year in the Quality Hotels and Suites. Everybody is welcome at 6.30 pm. Costs for a meal is still the same at $ 15.00. This evening we will have a short update from representatives of Eastdale Public School about their playground equipment. Also Mr. Ray Taylor will give an update about the upcoming District Conference.

Don't miss out. There is only one first meeting of the year !

September 4 meeting: Eastdale Public School and Mr. Ray Taylor Wim Duizer 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 02, 2013
ImageMark your calendars and save the date! The 2013 District 7080 Conference is around the corner and will take place on Friday October 25- Sunday October 27 at the Waterloo Inn (475 King St N, Waterloo). Note-worthy events include the District's inaugural Collaborative Action for Serving Humanity (CASH) panel, which will reward meritorious Rotary, Rotaract and Interact projects with district funding (think the Dragon's Den), and back by popular demand, the George  Stroumboulopoulos- styled Conversation Across Generations hosted by Mark Cashin. Also look out for the Right Honorable Paul Martin, who will give an interactive, sure-to-impress keynote address. For more information and regular updates, please visit the conference website at: http://www.districtcon7080.com/2013/index.html
 
As you know, district conferences are not just for fellowship and celebrating accomplishments
District 7080 Conference October 25-27 Wim Duizer 2013-09-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Aug 12, 2013

This week our summer meeting will be hosted by Peter and Truus Van Wees. Please RSVP soon and call: 519-458-4343.

Their address is 687013 Highway#2 in Princeton.

August 14 meeting: Peter & Truus Van Wees Wim Duizer 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Aug 12, 2013

Saturday August 10, 2013 we participated again with our team, the Reckless Rowers, during the Dragon Boat races at Pittock. The Woodstock Rotary Club did an awesome job organizing this event. It is a true community event that brings people together. The weather was fabulous and the pressure was up because our team won a gold medal in our category last year.

After a shaky first race the Reckless Rowers managed to win Gold again and our winning time was close to a second faster than last year. Thank you for all who participated in making this a fun day.

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2013 Dragon Boat Race Wim Duizer 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
August 7 meeting at Leigh and Alma Yates Wim Duizer 2013-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Jul 24, 2013

Polio Eradication End Game strategy update:

The Gates Foundation will match two-to-one, up to US$35 million per year, for every dollar Rotary commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication through 2018,” said Jeff Raikes, the foundation’s chief executive officer, in a prerecorded video address shown during the plenary session on 25 June. “If fully realized, the value of this new partnership with Rotary is more than $500 million. In this way, your contributions to polio will work twice as hard.

Every $1.00 anyone gives through the Rotary Foundation will become $3.00 and you will receive a tax receipt for your donation.

The Rotary Foundation is not just for Rotarians, many persons that are not member of Rotary, but want to support Rotary's projects are donating to the Rotary foundation. The Rotary Foundation has a 92% efficiency in fundraising and listed as #48 on the list of best Foundations to give to on the Forbes List of best charities.

Give the world hope, INVEST in The Rotary Foundation. www.trfcanada.org / www.rotary.org/ 

For more information, contact us.

 
Polio Eradication Update Peter Stam 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Jul 16, 2013

This past Rotary Year our Club participated in a project that is helping Children with Cerebral Palsy in Hermosillo, Mexico to learn motoring and other skills so they may be able to get meaningful work.

You can see some results of what the assistance from our Rotary Clubs in Oxford County and Mexico can do for children in need.

Please click on the link below or copy and paste into your browser.

http://youtu.be/Y2nkAzC0R8E 

The link below is from the Rotary Club Mileno in Hermosillo of what they have done this past year.

http://youtu.be/kUC5fXEIQPY
Our Rotary Club's participation with Cerebral Palsy Project Peter Stam 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jul 15, 2013

This week Wim and Caren Duizer will host the meeting. Everybody is welcome to come out. If you want you can bring your swimming gear to use the pool and if people are interested they can have a little farm tour.

Please RSVP to Wim: duizer@silomail.com

The address is 774481 Oxford Road#14 in Woodstock (usually it is under Norwich if you use a GPS device) 

Directions:

1. When you leave Woodstock at the Toyota plant go east on Dundas St.

2. Continue onto Hwy 2

3. Slight right onto Hwy 53 (signs for ON-403 E/​Brantford/​Hamilton)

4. Turn right onto Towerline Rd/​County Rd 15 (signs for County Road 15/​Towerline Road)

5. Turn left onto County Rd 14

Destination will be on the right, directly after Firehall Road

 

 

July 17 summer meeting at Wim and Caren Wim Duizer 2013-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jul 07, 2013

This week our summer meeting will be hosted by Jantine and Adam. Their address is 853 Sloane Street. Across from the portables of Roch Carrier School. Their Lane fits 5 cars and the rest can park at the school. Meeting starts at 6.30 pm. Please RSVP if you are planning to come out to: jtstam@hotmail.com

Directions: From Clarke Street turn west onto Sloane. They are up the hill on the right.

July 10 meeting: Summer meeting at Jantine and Adam Wim Duizer 2013-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
July 3 summer meeting at the Clarke's Wim Duizer 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 23, 2013

ImageWe would like to invite all Friends of Rotary to come out this evening to witness our current President Peter Stam handing over the gavel to incoming President Kevin Clarke. Peter has put in great effort in his second term as President of our Club and it is nice to celebrate this evening with each other and have a good time. Peter will evaluate the past year and Kevin will slightly touch his plans for the upcoming year. Above all this evening is to have a good time. Spouses and friends are all welcome.

So feel free to join us for dinner at 6.30 pm. at the Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock. Costs for dinner is 15.00.

 

June 26 meeting: Change over meeting Wim Duizer 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Jun 23, 2013

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians and friends to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

As Rotarians, we are encouraged to donate yearly to this Foundation where we also receive a tax receipt for the donations anyone makes.

It are not only Rotarians that donate to this Foundation, there are many friends of Rotary donating to this great cause.

Yearly, people donate to this Foundation approx. $200 million plus and a tax receipt is send out to the person donating.

The Rotary Foundation has a 92% efficiency in fundraising and listed as #48 on the list of best Foundations to give to on the Forbes List of best charities.

If you are ever considering to donate to a Foundation, please check out the website below where you can read more about the different projects.

http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/TheRotaryFoundation/Pages/ridefault.aspx

The Rotary Foundation. Peter Stam 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Jun 19, 2013

This year again, the Annual Rotary Fish Fry and Silent Auction was a big success.

There were about 650 people in attendance and many of them see this as a yearly meeting with some good fellowship, a great meal by Knechtel's (fresh perch) and great music by Ferguson Drive and Mister E.

WDDS (Woodstock District Developmental Services)organized the Silent Auction with their volunteers and many great donations which in turn sold well, The silent auction and donations raised over $16,000 thanks to the donors and buyers.

The live auction was another success with a set of tires sponsored by Al's TireCraft , a value of $1,000, a television set sponsored by Leon's of Woodstock, a value of $600.00 and a weekend away in a cottage, a value of over $1,000 sponsored by the owner of the cottage.

The midnight draw, ( it was a little later)2 draws for trips to Las Vegas was what everyone was waiting for, it made some very happy people, have a good trip guys. The trips were sponsored by Pharmasave Woodstock and Pharmasave Ingersoll.

The dance evening finished at 1 PM, looking around at the crowd, everyone had a great evening.

The Fish Fry evening raised over $15,000 for the Rotary Club to be spend on local and International Humanitarian projects.

Between the Rotary Club and WDDS the total money raised was over $31,000

Thank you to all who attended, donated, purchased, sponsored and volunteered, without you, it would not happen and because of you, we can help many people in need.

If ever, you want to know more about Rotary or want to join our club, or just help with some projects once in a while, please feel free to contact us.

 

Peter Stam

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Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 17, 2013

 ImageThis is a very interesting meeting. Also for Friends of Rotary. We are going to the Oxford Archives at 6:30 pm.

The County of Oxford Archives acquires, preserves, and makes accessible inactive public records created by, for, and about Oxford County.

These records include:

  • administrative
  • legal
  • fiscal
  • historical records of the County of Oxford 1850 to the present, and its predecessor, the District of Brock, 1842 to 1849.

The address is:

County of Oxford Archives
Governor’s House, County Square
82 Light Street,  
Woodstock,  ON
N4S 6H1

T: 519-539-9800 x 3918

We will be leaving there around 7:15 pm. and going to Charles Dickens for dinner. Please sign up for dinner with Frances. Email to: francesandsigi@rogers.com

June 18 meeting: Tour at Oxford Archives Wim Duizer 2013-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 09, 2013
ImageThis week our speaker is Rose Roi. After retirement, she took the horticultural program that is required to become a Master Gardener at the University of Guelph & currently belongsto the Stratford group.

If you would like to get free education in gardening then you are welcome to join us for this evening at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for dinner is $ 15.00.

June 12 meeting: Master Gardener Rose Roi Wim Duizer 2013-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 03, 2013

The five Rotary Clubs in Oxford County present bursary awards to graduating students from each of eight secondary schools. One male and female student from each high school in Oxford County are awarded for their contribution to their school and community.

This year's Rotary Medals awards will be presented on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm at a banquet at the Quality Hotel and Suites, Bruin Blvd., Woodstock. Costs are $25.00. Contact Paul LeRoy of the Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford to book attendance, 519-537-3611 or email pleroy@smithleroy.com.

June 5: Rotary Medals Wim Duizer 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 03, 2013

This past Saturday, June 1, Woodstock-Oxford Rotarians Chris Dennis and Kevin Clarke, participated in this annual fundraiser to raise funds for Domestic Abuse Services Oxford (DASO) at the Woodstock Museum Square.  This year’s event, which attracted approximately 100 people to Museum Square, raised about $7,500. All funds go to Domestic Abuse Services Oxford (DASO) for the shelter’s sexual assault and abuse counselling program.

Good job Chris and Kevin and a big thank you. 

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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes - Saturday June 1, 2013 Wim Duizer 2013-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 19, 2013
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This evening Rachel Wolfe and Renee Ballard will speak to us about the Eastdale Public School playground.  Eastdale Public School is the only public school in Woodstock without playground equipment.  We'll hear about their initiative to obtain accessible equipment

May 22 meeting: Eastdale Public School Playground Wim Duizer 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 13, 2013

ImageThis evening the topic is not about the YMCA. Our speaker is Barbara Wright from Domestic Abuse Services Oxford (formerly Women's Emergency Centre - Oxford). DASO is committed to ending the cycle of domestic abuse and helping families make the transition to lives free from violence and abuse.

Barbara will promote the 'Walk a Mile in Her shoes' event and share with us what it is all about and what the impact of DASO is in our community. Everybody is welcome to join our meeting at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for dinner is $ 15.00.

Update on May 15 meeting: Barbara Wright, Domestic Abuse Services Oxford (DASO) Wim Duizer 2013-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 12, 2013

ImageIt has been about two years that our Club made a large donation to the YMCA here in Woodstock to support their renovation project. This evening Lindsay Whitaker will give us an update what has happened since and what is currently happening at the YMCA.

Everybody is welcome to our meeting at 6.30 pm this coming Wednesday at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for dinner is $ 15.00

Future meeting: Lindsay Whitaker with update about YMCA Wim Duizer 2013-05-13 00:00:00Z 0
Wednesday May 29 meeting: Ending Domestic Abuse Through Action ! Wim Duizer 2013-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 05, 2013

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This week our speaker is our outbound exchange student Rachael Dennis. Rachel is going to Brazil later this year. Rachel will present to our Club the presentation she has prepared for her host Rotary club in Brazil.  

Rotary Youth Exchange programs are open to students ages 15-19. To qualify, applicants should be above-average students who have demonstrated leadership in their community. Candidates should also possess qualities such as flexibility and a willingness to try new things that will enable them to fully experience life in another country and become excellent cultural ambassadors.

Rachel is sponsored by the Woodstock-Oxford Rotary club and we would like to invite you to join our meeting at 6.30 pm at the quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for dinner is $ 15.00.

May 8 meeting: Outbound Youth Exchange Student Rachael Dennis Wim Duizer 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 29, 2013

This evening our speaker is Gordon Britton member of the Rotary club of Grand Bend. The rotary club of Grand Bend leads the container loading project. They coordinate that all usable school supplies from schools that close in South West Ontario are loaded in containers and shipped to South Africa.

He will show us a video what happens with the containers once we have helped loading them. Everybody is welcome to listen and learn about this wonderful project. The meetings starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00  

May 1: Container project South-Africa Wim Duizer 2013-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 21, 2013
wh-4pThis week our speaker will be Howard Pell, a member of our District 7080 Training Committee. In addition to sharing Rotary information and President-Elect training, this committee coordinates many training opportunities for members.

Howard will review the Club Leadership Training and Rotary Leadership Institute which contain a wealth of personal and leadership development opportunities in addition to the Rotary content which helps to make our club stronger.

You are welcome to join are meeting at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00.

April 24 meeting: Leadership Training Opportunities with Rotary Wim Duizer 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Apr 09, 2013
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Please join us this evening as our guest speaker is Clarke Bovaird-Roberts, our inbound Youth Exchange Student from New Zealand. 

She has a special presentation prepared for our club about her home country, her family, Rotary Youth Exchange, and I'm sure her friends!  Clarke is an ambassador of New Zealand and is here to promote peace and understanding.  If you are interested in learning more about New Zealand and Rotary Youth Exchange, this would be the perfect night to join us for dinner!  If you know of a Youth who is possibly interested in Rotary Youth Exchange (ages 15.5- under 18 by Sept. 2014), a neighbour, friend, niece/nephew, student, please ask them to join us!

If you are interested in experiencing an exchange here in your own home, how about becoming a host family!  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about another culture, and share ours.  This is a unique experience to positively change a young adult's life forever!  Join us tonight for more information. 

Dinner is $15 and begins at 6:30pm.  Only have time for the presentation?  Join us at 7:10pm in the Burtch room at the Quality Hotel and Suites.  Our meeting adjourns at 8:00pm
Rotary Youth Exchange Student Clarke Bovaird-Roberts from New Zealand Jantine Stam 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Three more days until our much anticipated 32nd Annual Rotary Fish Fry! 

~ Eat until your bellies are full and dance until your legs are tired ~


Advance purchase only??  That's right!  Tickets are available only in advance, and we still have a few left! 

Here are the Details:
When: THIS Saturday April 13
Where: Oxford Auditorium, Nellis Street, Woodstock
Time: Doors open at 6pm.  Dinner starts at 7pm
Price: $40
How Do I Get Tickets: Call Peter @ 519 532 2181
                      or email stamnurseries@cwisp.ca

Delicious LOCAL Perch from Knechtels in Port Dover
Shooting for the Stars Silent Auction by WDDS supporting Youth Summer Camp.

Live Music from 9 P.M. to 1 A.M. by local musicians Ferguson Drive and Mystere
Live Auction of a set of car or light truck tires, donated by Tirecraft
and a large TV set donated by Leon's.

Midnight Draw of a trip to Las Vegas(must be present to win)donated by Pharmasave.

Proceeds of this event are going towards Young Street housing Project by WDDS and other Rotary Humanitarian projects locally and International.

Some past and present Rotary supported projects are, Oxford County grade 3 Free Dictionary program, Little Healing Heart operations, Flood and Disaster victims in the Philippines, YMCA, Woodstock Museum School, Oxford County Nutrition programs, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Operation Sharing, WDDS, Hurricane Sandy victims in Cuba, Mexico Cerebral Palsy support program, Polio Eradication and many others.

Last Chance for Tickets for our 32nd Annual Fish Fry Jantine Stam 2013-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Apr 08, 2013
Oxford County Rotary Clubs, including our own club, deliver dictionaries to Grade 3 students throughout Oxford County. 

We love this program as it encourages and promotes literacy in our local schools.  Each student receives a dictionary that they may keep for them self.

Frances and I visited a French immersion school in Woodstock yesterday and handed out about 30 dictionaries to a group of happy and engaging students.  We were able to take a picture of some of the happy students (this is their goofy pose).  The students shared with us their stores of how they help others, and we shared with them what we all have in common.  We played a fun guessing game of how many Rotarians there are in the world.  Do you know the answer?  About 1.2 million!  One young girl in particular had a wonderful reaction when the class was told by their teacher that we were bringing a 'cadeau' that they could keep. 

This is just one of the wonderful ways you can be involved with Rotary and positively affect a young child's life in Oxford County!

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Local Grade 3 Dictionary Program Jantine Stam 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 01, 2013

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Aldo Villanovich is a Civil Engineering Project Manager with many years of water and sanitary projects experience in rural Canada and has guided a previous WaSH project in Gualan, Guatemala. As a member of WASRAG (Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group) for the Guatemala Rotary Regional Team, he can provide much information on ongoing Projects/Programs & proposed future Projects/Programs.

The supply of good quality water will be a big challenge for the coming years in the world. Feel free to come and listen to Aldo. Meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00.

 

April 3 meeting: Water projects in Gualtemala Wim Duizer 2013-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 24, 2013

ImageOne of Canada's Nuffield Scholars and a well recognized Public Communications expert will share her ideas on how we can enhance our Rotary Club image and communications in the local community. Karen Daynard of KD Communications is a well recognized Agri-Marketer from Guelph, having worked with many well known clients for several years.

Karen will share her thoughts on the management of public image and public relations with reference to how a service club can elevate their status in a community. The by-product advantage is creating awareness of what Rotary does and attracting member prospects who want to be part of helping us making a difference.

Feel free to come out. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00. 

March 27 meeting: Karen Daynard Wim Duizer 2013-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 17, 2013

ImageWe have ended our 'Golf Gives Back' fundraiser. We have sold over two hundred tickets for $ 20.00 each. The final weekend of our tickets sales was at the London Golf show on February 23 and 24. A big thank you to all members that came out to sell tickets that weekend. A special thank you to Peter Van Wees who proved once again that he he is a true salesman.

Also other members that have sold tickets and of course all the people that have bought tickets to support this fundraiser. We have raised $ 2,000 for WDDS.

If you would like to see the list with prize winners click on the following link:

http://golfgivesback.org/winners/2013-winners-prize-list

Thank you all,

Rama and Wim

Golf Gives Back fundraiser Wim Duizer 2013-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Mar 17, 2013
Join us this Wednesday as Barbara Fisk, District 7080's RI Convention Promoter, speaks about our upcoming Rotary International Convention. 


Rotarians from around the world gather each year to exchange great ideas, connect with old and new friends, have fun, and advance the work of Rotary. The 2013 RI Convention will take place in Lisbon, Portugal.

This Wednesday is a great night to bring your spouse along and learn about this convention and upcoming conventions.  Many Rotarians use this as an excuse to visit a country they've always wanted to visit, and they usually extend their vacation before and after the convention to tour the country.  Are you a friend of Rotary and interested in traveling?  Our educated and high profile speakers at the international conventions do not disappoint.   

Visit the Convention site for more details.  http://www.riconvention.org/en/2013/Pages/ridefault.aspx

Future Convention Locations:
2014 Sydney, Australia
2015 Sao Paulo, Brazil
2016 Seoul, Korea
2017 Atlanta, Georgia

See you Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Quality Hotel and Suites in Woodstock.  Dinner is $15 and our meeting adjourns at 8:00pm. 

Rotary International Convention - Lisbon, Portugal Jantine Stam 2013-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 11, 2013
ImageFrances will tell us all about her recent trip to Israel. She has lots of pictures with her and she is a good speaker. Please feel welcome to come out the Quality Hotels and Suites. Meeting starts at 6.30 pm and costs for a meal is $ 15.00. Please note that the meeting has been moved from the Burtch room to the Altadore room on the lower level. The heater for the Burtch room is not working properly.
March 13 meeting: Frances Gottschlich Wim Duizer 2013-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 04, 2013

2012ThemeLogoThis week we will watch two stories. First one is called 'Breaking the Cycle'. With help from 30 Toronto-area Rotary Clubs, the PACT crime reduction program transforms the lives of at-risk youth. 

Second story is about Dr. Rahim Muljiani and A.H. Tobaccowala. At a free clinic in Rural India, two Rotarians show that humanitarian service can take many forms. Feel free two join the meeting at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Meeting starts at 6.30 pm. Cost for a meal is $ 15.00

March 6 meeting: Rotary Video Magazine Wim Duizer 2013-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Feb 25, 2013
Using our RC Foundation for Effective Rotary Service� and AGM

In addition to our Foundation AGM, Ray Taylor, Ernst Young Tax Expert and Treasurer of RC Kitchener, will share suggestions on how we can use our benefit trust to promote more effective Rotary service.

By encouraging community tax deductible donations, disaster relief and humanitarian aid mission trips our club can be more efficient and active in this role helping others. It can also enhance our public awareness in the community.

Ray is a senior CRA tax expert and works with his Rotary Club and Church in administering project visits and humanitarian activities. Lately our RC Foundation has become more active and this should continue to develop with Ray�s input and suggestions.

Everybody is welcome to join our meeting at 6.30 pm. at the Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock. Costs for supper is $ 15.00

February 27 meeting: Ray Taylor tax expert/annual meeting Benefit Trust Wim Duizer 2013-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Feb 16, 2013
Make my team complete for BFKS 2013


ImageWe plan to bowl for BBBS on WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20th at 6:30pm. We need 6 bowlers, but if we have 12 we can bowl in pairs. We'll be bowling 5 pin, from 6:30-8:00 pm in Woodstock. They are asking for $75/person.

I hope if our club donates their usual Rotary meal cost towards this, and with a few outside donors, we should be able to reach this goal! This will be a fun night and an opportunity for us to have fun outside our our regular meeting and meet members in our community with similar values. We plan to go out for food/drinks afterwards.

If you'd like to donate online, you'll receive your tax receipt immediately. If someone would like to donate cash/cheque, anything $20 and up will receive a receipt.

* Dress in the style of your favourite decade!!

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Tim Hortons, Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake is back in Woodstock and we're celebrating 100 years of mentoring in Canada. Help make 2013 the year of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Please join my team, lace up some bowling shoes, and dress in the style of your favourite decade throughout the last 100 years!

Simply go to http://woodstock.kintera.org/bfks click Register to Bowl, select Join an Existing Team, select my team and register!

We’ll have a great time, while supporting an amazing cause!


Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Woodstock and District Association Inc.

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Bowl for kids sake Big Brothers and Big Sisters Jantine Stam 2013-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Feb 10, 2013

ImageWednesday we will have a special Valentine's meeting at Bronson's Steakhouse in Woodstock. This evening is open to all members and their partner and friends of Rotary and spouses. Everybody can choose their own items from the menu. A price indication for the main course is between $ 15- $ 25. Drinks will be on top of that. (if you would like to see the menu go to http://www.bronsonssteakhouse.com/dinner.html).

You can arrive between 6.00 pm and 6.30 pm. At 6.30 pm. we will order our meal. This is a fun evening in a nice setting. If you want to come please RSVP us by replying to this email.

We hope to see you Wednesday !!

Tim Koetsier and Wim Duizer
Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford

February 13 meeting: Valentine's Dinner Wim Duizer 2013-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Feb 04, 2013

ImageThis week Grace will give a presentation of her recent Humanitarian trip to the Philippines. She has been visiting some of the disaster relief projects that were supported by Canadian Rotary friends. In addition, Grace has been helping to distribute relief items to those in need, which were shipped from Canada.

Everybody is welcome to come to hear first hand what Rotary and Grace have done for the Philippines. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock. Costs for dinner is $ 15.00.

 

February 6 meeting: Dr. Grace Balankig Wim Duizer 2013-02-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 28, 2013
A little while ago we filled in our Club Evaluation Forms. This evening there will be a summary and discussion about how we are doing as a club. It is important that all members come out this evening to be a part of the discussion. Also non members are welcome. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00 and we meet at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites.
January 30 meeting: Club Evaluation Wim Duizer 2013-01-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 20, 2013
ImageAnnette Broschinski of RR 1, Princeton has completed a two-week course in Permaculture Design at the Whole Village Farm and Ecovillage in Caledon. As Annette described it "Permaculture is about that - ensuring communities are thriving, reaping a good harvest of life and vitality. People helping people, not for financial gain, position or power, but to experience joie de vivre" (zest for living).
There are three ethics guiding permaculture: care of the earth, care of the people and sharing surplus.

If you are interested to learn something new please feel welcome to come out. Meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00

January 23 meeting: Permaculture Wim Duizer 2013-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 14, 2013

ImageMichelle Franklin from the United Way will be our guest speaker this evening. She is going to talk to us about the impact their fund raising has on the community and how they measure it. We are hoping we will be able to use the same measuring system for our own fund raising and anyone could benefit from this information.

Please feel welcome to attend this meeting. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00.

January 16 meeting: United Way of Oxford Wim Duizer 2013-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
What is Rotary? Peter Stam 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Become a Rotary Exchange Host Family Peter Stam 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 07, 2013

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This week we will learn about new plans for expension at WDDS. Feel welcome to learn about this project. Our meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00.

January 9 meeting: WDDS update Wim Duizer 2013-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Dec 31, 2012

ImageOn our first meeting of 2013 Kerrie Gill will talk to us about the Woodstock Museum School. All schools in Woodstock can apply to participate in this program. This program provides elementary students with a valuable week of learning and discovery. This innovative approach to education allows teachers to move their classroom to a museum setting for a full week of curriculum-based experiential learning. As you all know we have supported the Museum School financially and some members volunteered their time to guide the students.

Feel welcome to learn about this project. Our meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal is $ 15.00.

January 2 meeting: Woodstock Museum School Wim Duizer 2013-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Dec 31, 2012

Good afternoon Rotarians and Friends,

Wishing you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

This year has come and gone, and it went fast.

When I look back, it is amazing how many things have happened this past calender year.

In January we started with helping loading a container of School supplies heading to South Africa.

In February, The Philippines had a Flood disaster and we raised with friends and the community over $9,000.00 to help people that were effected by that.

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Presidents message, 2012 year in Review. Peter Stam 2013-01-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Dec 17, 2012

This week we will have our Christmas Party at the Bingham's. If you want to attend you are welcome. Please RSVP Wim Duizer: 519-532-2411.

Our next Club meeting will be January 2 at the Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock. Our speaker is Kerrie Gill and she will speak about the Museum School Woodstock - A Creative, Educational Experience

December 19: Christmas party at the Bingham's Wim Duizer 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Dec 17, 2012

ImageWest Allis-West Milwaukee School District in partnership with the West Allis Rotary Club Skype Mentoring Program

Vision: Students will be provided with the opportunity for academic enrichment by being paired up with a mentor through the use of Skype to extend their learning and build relationships within the community.

Process:

• Students were identified at the Intermediate School level that may be in need of academic support

• Mentors from within the Rotary Club were assigned to a student to tutor in math

• Mentors and students meet twice a week for a half hour. Dates and times are determined by schedules of mentors and students. Each mentor is asked to briefly log the date, time and lesson covered from each session.

• Students are asked to bring homework, quizzes, tests and questions to the sessions

• The math mentors all were given Teacher Edition textbooks to help guide their instruction

Benefits:

• The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is promoting the use of 21st Century Skills and 24/7 learning through the use of technology

• Students are offered one-on-one academic support

• Flexible scheduling in case student/mentor needs to reschedule

• Relationships are built with prominent community members throughout the City of West Allis-West Milwaukee.

 

Future Plans:

• 2012-2013 school year: plans to expand the program to all two Intermediate Schools.

• Mentors will continue to be paired with students to build community relationships

Summary of December 12 meeting Wim Duizer 2012-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Dec 09, 2012
This week Becky Schneider will speak to our Club through Skype. A few months ago this did not work out and now we will try this again. Hope to see you all at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal are $ 15.00.
December 12 meeting: Becky Schneider Wim Duizer 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Dec 09, 2012
ImageDear All,

With great happiness and pride, Rotary India Humanity Foundation announces the inclusion of Christian Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana, as a partner hospital in Saving Little Hearts. 3 children have been admitted to the Hospital on 30 October 2012 with sanction from TRF, consent & presence of DG Mr Upkar Singh Sethi (RI D 3070), sponsonship by MG 77513 (RC Chowrenghee & RC Woodstock-Oxford), presence of IPP Ms Urmi Basu (RC Chowrenghee) & representatives of The Indian Army.

Thank you God & Rotary,
Warm regards,

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Sushmita Dasgupta
Another Hospital is doing heart surgeries in India Wim Duizer 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Dec 02, 2012

This week Ross Brewitt is our guest speaker and he is here to promote his newest book: Just Another Hat Trick. If you love hockey you don't want to miss this evening. Ross is a very entertaining speaker. Please feel welcome to come out to this meeting. Meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock. Costs for a meal are $ 15.00 

About Ross

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Ross Brewitt has three Canadian best-sellers to his credit, two more books published in the U.S. In 2012 he has written his first novel.

Early years

Born in Schreiber, Ontario, hard by the shores of Lake Superior, he spent his early childhood there, then moved to Fort William. Married to his wife Sylvia, they raised three children there before moving to Toronto in 1966.

Hockey Night in Canada

There he joined Hockey Night in Canada as an advertising salesman with their marketing arm, Maple Leaf Sports Productions, and quickly moved up the ladder, eventually becoming General Manager.

He added the expansion Buffalo Sabres to the company roster and the publications of all nine CFL Teams and the Grey Cup magazine.

ProStars…

Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky with Ross Brewitt.

 

Going out on his own in the promotions field, he formed the ProStars, sponsored by Molson’s, a five-year summer touring fastball team made up of active Leaf players: including Sittler, McDonald, Palmateer, Boudreau, Valiquette, McKenny, Ullman, Boutette, Ferguson, Favell, Shack, Turnbull.

… and OldStars

Brewitt then turned to hockey, taking a team of recently retired ex-NHLers on the road – criss-crossing Canada and the U.S. over six winters – including Ullman, Pilote, Stapleton, White, Tallon, Edestrand, Edwards,

Author coaching the OldStars – 1984

 

Williams, Sanderson, Mahovlich, Nevin, Stanfield, Pappin.

 

December 5 meeting: Ross Brewitt, Author, speaker, columnist Wim Duizer 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 18, 2012

All members received a questionnaire this week. Please take a moment to fill it out and bring it along with you. We will discuss the outcome of the questionnaire at our meeting.  This is your opportunity to have a say in what our Club is doing.  Also, the Board of Directors will explain what their duties are this Rotary year.

Everyone is welcome at 6:30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites for fellowship and dinner. The cost for dinner is $15.00.

November 21st Meeting: Club Assesment Wim Duizer 2012-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 12, 2012

2012ThemeLogoThis meeting we will discuss and approve our financial Statement for 2011-2012. Everybody is welcome.

The meeting will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal are $15.00.

November 14 meeting: Annual meeting Wim Duizer 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 04, 2012

ImageOur speaker is Syd Harmon, Past District Governor and member of the Brampton Heart Lake Rotary Club. In district 7080 Syd is chairing the Rotary Foundation Committee. The Rotary Foundation started in 1917 with $ 26, the first donation was to Easter Seals. It is now $55 million and growing. So far in our district there are about 90+ members of the Paul Harris Society that are adding $90,000per year plus the members & clubs contributions. That is only in our District.

Please come out and listen what the Rotary foundation is doing around the world. The meeting will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for a meal are $15.00.

November 7 meeting: Rotary Foundation Wim Duizer 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Nov 04, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford has set up a fund to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.  If you would like to make a donation, please to go www.woodstockoxfordrotary.org.  Click on 'Donate To Our Charity' on the top of the page.  The first fund in the drop down box is for Hurricane Sandy.

The Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford will distribute the funds through local Rotary Clubs who have assessed the needs of those affected.  A charitable tax receipt will be provided immediately from our website.
Disaster Aid for Victims of Hurricane Sandy Jantine Stam 2012-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas W Vincent on Nov 01, 2012
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Hi Rotarians and friends:
Dateline: New York, Friday November 2, 2012


They say that if you get handed a lemon, then have a positive attitude and make lemonade.  So that is what we have been doing the last couple of days here in New York, since some of our meetings have been either postponed or cancelled.  With vehicle restrictions and media reports keeping people away,  visitor activity is lower than normal. That means we have enjoyed great prices on Broadway shows, such as Jersey Boys @ $27. and Phantom @ $40. 

We also had the opportunity to participate in a TV show taping of Anderson Cooper who has been placing a lot of focus on the disaster and people affected by it.  We saw two sisters who both lost their homes all positions.  There was a man from NJ who lost his home in a massive fire of over 100 homes, .  Yet all of these folks seemed thankful for the safety and health of their families.

Other frustrated folks have been

Update from NYC and Hurricane Disaster Douglas W Vincent 2012-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 21, 2012

endpolioThis presentation is made by Dr. Bruce Aylward, Assistant Director-General for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration, World Health Organization.

Right now we are at a watershed moment in the polio eradication initiative. If you look at a map for 2012 of polio you will find only 4 countries, and just part of four countries, where this disease still exists: Northern Nigeria, part of Chad right on its border, in Pakistan and right on the border with We're this close to a polio-free world finally. With India going polio-free this past year, we now have one billion more people who are no longer at risk of getting paralyzed by polio or at least the polio virus from their country. Come out to listen what needs to be done to eliminate polio.

Everybody is welcome at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Cost for a meal is $ 15.00

October 24 meeting: Polio Video Presentation Wim Duizer 2012-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Club Minutes October 10th 2012. Leigh Yates 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 15, 2012
ImageThis week's meeting Tim Koetsier will tell us about Mercy Ships. He will share some personal experiences since he has served on board of a Mercy Ship. Also Rotary International has a partnership with Mercy Ships.
Everybody is welcome to attend at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for dinner is $ 15.00.
October 17 meeting: Mercy Ships Wim Duizer 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Oct 15, 2012
ImageOur regular meeting on Wednesday October 31st will be canceled and in its place we are having a Curling Social on Saturday October 27th at Woodstock Curling Club at 2pm! This is going to be a fun afternoon for Rotarians, our spouses and our friends to socialize and learn something new!

The curling club will provide experienced trainers who will teach us the rules of the game and we will have on opportunity to show off our new moves as well. Experienced curlers and past Rotarians are warmly invited! We will be able to have up to 40 curlers, and 30 watchers. There is a warm room for those who would like to come out to socialize and watch. Following our lessons and game, we plan to defrost with coffee, tea and snacks. The cost per person depends on how many are in attendance, but should easily be under $15/person.

Join us for a fun afternoon. I guarantee there will be many laughs as we learn a new sport together!

Please RSVP to jtstam@hotmail.com or francesandsigi@rogers.com.

More details will be provided in regards to attire and footwear. Curling equipment will be provided.
In Rotary,

Frances and Jantine
Curling Social - Saturday October 27th Jantine Stam 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 02, 2012
ImageThis evening our speaker is Tad Milmine and he is a RCMP officer. His presentation is about bullying among children. Many children have a good idea of what bullying is because they see it every day! Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending themselves.
So, everyone needs to get involved to help stop it.
You cannot miss this meeting. Feel free to bring out friends or your spouse. Meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock and costs for a meal are $ 15.00. 
October 3 meeting: Bullying ends here Wim Duizer 2012-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 24, 2012
Tomorrow we will have a Club Assembly. A budget will be presented and there will also be a vote to approve the budget.

Also the chair of every committee or program will give a recap of their activities in the past year, financial statements and plans for the coming year. For the new members this is a great meeting to hear what is happening in our Club. For all members this is your change to give your input on the activities in our Club. Meeting will start at 6.30 pm.
September 26 meeting: Club Assembly Wim Duizer 2012-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 17, 2012
2012ThemeLogoGrowing are membership is an important goal for every year. With more members we can do more projects and have more fun. This evening our speaker is George Szczepski, member of the Rotary Club of Cambridge. This year he received the Membership Recruitment Award in his club for bringing in 12 new members.
It will be very interesting to listen to this inspirational speaker. Meeting starts at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and suites. Cost for a meal is $ 15.00
September 19 meeting: Mr. George Szczepski Wim Duizer 2012-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 10, 2012
ImageYou do not want to miss this evening if you like technology. At 7.15 pm there will be a live presentation through Skype. The speaker Becky Bzdak will explain us how we can integrate Skype in our Rotary projects. Meeting will start as usual at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Costs for dinner are $ 15.00.
September 12 meeting: Live Skype presentation Wim Duizer 2012-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Sep 09, 2012
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As a Rotary Exchange student, you will spend one year living in another country, usually with three or four host families. You'll learn a new way of living, experience different foods, study different subjects, enjoy a new culture and maybe even learn a new language. In addition you will learn a great deal about yourself and gain confidence and self sufficiency.  You'll also be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas. You can help bring the world closer - and make some good friends in the process.

The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people - regardless of nationality - desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for ourselves and our children. Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures, thus planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.

You will attend school in your local community, as well as participate in Rotary activities and civic functions. At the same time you will make new friends, see exciting places and experience adventures that will take a lifetime to recount. Rotary's Youth Exchange Program is recognized by participants, parents and schools as the best student exchange program in the world. It is the largest of its type in Canada and is backed up by caring and dedicated Rotarians who provide the infrastructure of the program. You will stay with three or four host families who have been screened by Rotary. These Rotary accredited families are volunteers who will welcome and care for you, supervise your year and introduce you to their culture and lifestyle. You will become part of those families and their community.

The Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford is hosting an information night for student's and their families on Friday September 28th at 7PM at the Holiday Inn, Woodstock.  If you will be between 15 1/2 and under 18 years of age by September 2013, you are eligible to apply for this exciting opportunity!

Please RSVP for this information night to Jantine jtstam@hotmail.com
Rotary Youth Exchange Information Night: Fri. Sept 28, 7PM Jantine Stam 2012-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Sep 09, 2012
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Our club is welcoming a youth exchange student from New Zealand in January 2013.  Her first host family has been arranged, and we are looking for 2 more host families.

A host family is a vital part of the cultural exchange, immersing the student in a variety of activities while in the host country.  The host family plays a large role in offering the student a view of another country and gains the opportunity to learn about a new culture from a young leader. 

Hosting is a tremendous experience in which you can share in a young person's hopes and dreams and develop a lifelong connection with a student and family from another country.  It can be challenging to help a young person transition to a new culture and ease into surroundings but the rewards are immeasurable. 

Host families in the Youth Exchange Program come in all shapes and sizes.  They can be Rotarians or non-Rotarians, and may include young children, older children, or no children at all. 

If you would like to apply for this rewarding opportunity, please contact Jantine Stam jtstam@hotmail.com, 519 788 7826.  If you would like to speak to a couple who have hosted before, we can easily arrange for that. 
Wanted: Host Families Jantine Stam 2012-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 04, 2012
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If you think a game of golf is a great way to do fundraising then you definitely do not want to miss out this evening. Colin Gray will explain to us this evening how a Club can join them and raise funds. The meeting will start a t 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. The costs for a meal are $ 15.00

Everybody is welcome for our first meeting in the new Rotary year at the Quality Hotels and Suites.
September 5 meeting: Golf Gives Back Wim Duizer 2012-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Aug 31, 2012
Well, the Toy Show is past and it was a successful one.

It started with people asking for donations at different businesses, delivering flyers to Dealers and other Toy Shows.
Setting out the signs in Woodstock, set-up Friday evening and Saturday morning.
Signing in people, administrative work, billing, showing Toys, balancing the books.
Setting up Sunday, unloading Toys, cashier at the doors, helping people load up again Sunday afternoon, taking the signs down throughout Woodstock.

You have all been part of something that was done this past weekend or past weeks.
Here we are using the  "Service Above Self" slogan and it fits you all.
With the money we raised, we are putting it to work where there is suffering, illiteracy, do operations for children, Polio vaccination and other needy projects.

I want to thank you for all you have done for the Toy Show and Auction, there is a Dutch saying, many hands make work light or light work.(veel handen maken licht werk) 
We could not have done it without you.

I hope you will participate again next year.

At our next meeting I hope to have a financial statement for the Toy Auction.
Our 27th Annual Toy Show and Auction a success. Peter Stam 2012-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Aug 23, 2012
Our 27th Annual Farm and Construction Toy Auction and Show is coming up this weekend on August 25 & 26.

On Saturday August 25th the Toy Auction will start at 9.30 A.M. The room is open for registration and viewing at 8.30 A.M.. At noon there will be a auction of donated toys from local equipment dealers and other farm related businesses. 100 % of the proceeds of this auction goes towards Rotary and will be spend on our projects,

Like past years, it promises to be another great event with many different Toy show collectors and vendors, ie: John Deere, Case, Ford New Holland, Massey Ferguson and other Toy Tractors and Equipment.

The Toy Show is on Sunday August 26 from 10.00 A.M. to 3 P.M. were collectors and vendors will have tables set up for the public to come and look and purchase their products.

Please do come out and enjoy the Toy Auction and Show.
27th Annual Farm and Construction Toy Auction and Show August 25 & 26 Wim Duizer 2012-08-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Aug 19, 2012

Just a reminder of our Wed night meeting this week. We need to know how many are coming to plan food.
Thanks for letting us know asap please at: rotary@teamvincent.com

Hosted by: Vincent's and Dennis'
744797 County Rd 17 (1 1/2 mile west of traffic circle on Hwy 59 N)
6:30 pm - Bring lawn chairs

Featuring a selection of International Foods
and fresh Oxford County Corn Roast

Partners are invited and welcome join us.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there,
Doug, Grace, Chris and Lisa

August 22: Summer meeting hosted by Vincent's and Dennis' Wim Duizer 2012-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Aug 14, 2012

Just a last reminder that the meeting is at the Stam's this evening starting at 6.30 pm.

If you think of it, bring a lawn chair. The summer meetings are very informal(shorts/t-shirts) if you think it is too hot for you you can bring your swim wear and jump in the pond.

Please send a confirmation to us if you have not done so yet, so we know how much food we need to prepare.

We will also have vegetarian food available.

GPS directions 656441 15th line, East Zorra-Tavistock

Cell # 519-532-2181

If you don't use GPS, take hwy 59 north to Hickson, turn right at the flashing light at Hickson. go towards Bright. about 3 miles out of Hickson is the 15th line, there you turn left onto the 15th line and then the 3rd farm on left with the trees. Fire # 656441

August 15 meeting at the Stam's Peter Stam 2012-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Jun 24, 2012
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Starting next week we'll be hopping from yard to yard for our casual summer meetings!  Think of it as a relaxing night off from cooking, that is, if you're not the host!

We always enjoy our summer meetings as they are informal and very social.  Please check the side of this page under 'Speakers' to see where our next meeting is at!  Guests are always welcome and the cost this year is $10/meal.
Back Yard Hopping! Jantine Stam 2012-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Jun 24, 2012
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Join us this Wednesday June 27th as we celebrate our accomplishments from this Rotary year!  We are also recognizing our many volunteers as they are a very important part of our club and functions. 

Please invite your better half to celebrate with us as they too are an integral piece of our club.  See you Wednesday at 6:30pm at the Quality Hotel and Suites in Woodstock.
Volunteer Appreciation and Change Over Jantine Stam 2012-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jun 11, 2012
This will be a great evening to learn more about Chris and his family. Everybody is welcome to attend the meeting at 6.30 pm at the Quality Inn and Suites in Woodstock. Costs for a meal are $ 15.00. 
June 13: Chris Dennis's vocational speech Wim Duizer 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Jun 11, 2012
ImageThis evening we will be having some teachers over that have been using this program that is designed to help students young and old to inprove their skills in reading and math.

This program is endorsed by Rotary and through Rotary the schools can get a substantial discount when enrolling students.

When we were delivering Dictionaries at Rehoboth Christian school about 3 years ago, Principal John Heikoop asked us if Rotary had a program available to assist students that needed to upgrade their skills in Reading and Math. http://www.autoskill.com/rotary

This is where it started, please come out and learn howmuch this program can help students, the speakers are teachers from Rehoboth Christian School.

The meeting starts at 6.30 PM at the Quality Hotel with a meal, cost $15.00 and the meeting should last until 8 PM or a bit longer depending on the questions that may come up.

Please RSVP to peter@mankar.ca or 519-532-2181

June 20: Computer Assisted Literacy Solution (CALS) Peter Stam 2012-06-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 31, 2012
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The five Rotary Clubs in Oxford County will be presenting bursary awards to two graduating students from each of eight high schools.
June 6: Rotary Medals Awards Night Wim Duizer 2012-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 24, 2012

 Your invitation to a great evening of

 Rotary Fun & Fellowship

 Bring your partner and friends for a Guaranteed Good Time

 Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

 

 

at a secret location.

 Meet at 6: 15 pm to carpool from Quality Inn lobby. Last departure is 6:30 pm.

Cost $17. each.

Featuring: Music - Live Entertainment-Fun - Food - Mystery

 
(Snacks & light lunch, so please  have your supper in advance)

Please RVSP to

Wim by Sunday, May 27th

 (519) 467-0230 or duizer@Silomail.com

 All Welcome, Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford

 

 

May 30 meeting: fun evening, bring a friend/spouse Wim Duizer 2012-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 21, 2012
ImageThis evening we welcome Cpl. Darren Morgan and Sgt. Steve Kielt. They are both leading members of the London Customs and Excise Unit of the RCMP.

Contraband Tobacco has a significant impact on Canadian society. Persons involved in contraband tobacco, including the end users, are undermining global and domestic health objectives, contributing to the expansion of organized crime, inviting criminals into their communities, undermining the local legitimate economy and evading taxes that support Canada’s social programs.

Tackling the illicit tobacco trade requires more than law enforcement, which is why the RCMP and its partners also work together to raise awareness in the public of the consequences of purchasing and possessing contraband tobacco.


Please feel free to come out to this interesting meeting at the Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock. As always the meeting will start at 6.30 pm and costs for a meal are $ 15.00
May 23 meeting: RCMP Illegal Tobacco Trade Wim Duizer 2012-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Messages from Exchange Student Anouk Masson and Stevi-Mae Kruger Jantine Stam 2012-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on May 13, 2012
Peter and Edie visited the RI convention in Bangkok this month. When they were there they traveled through Thailand. This evening Peter will share with us a presentation about this beautiful country and his update of the convention. Everybody is invited to join us for supper at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock. Cost for supper is $ 15.00.
May 16 meeting: Peter and Edie Stam's recent visit to Thailand Wim Duizer 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on May 13, 2012
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Doing Good In The World

Doing Good: Supporting Maternal and Child Health

Haiti has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the Western Hemisphere. Rotarians around the world are working to reduce these rates and improve access to essential medical services for all mothers and their children.

The Rotary Foundation provided a fully equipped medical Jeep for midwives to use to reach some of Haiti’s most remote villages. Watch a video about this project.

In honor of a special mother in your life, please consider making a gift to support Rotary’s work to help women and children everywhere.

Every Rotarian Every Year Jantine Stam 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 30, 2012
Frances Gottschlich and Alma Yates "Classification Speech"
Join us this evening as our two newest members do their Classification Talk. This will be your opportunity to learn more about our fellow Rotarians and what work experiences they've had to date. There may even be a captivating personal story as well!

Please invite your spouses for this fun and social evening where we will truly enjoy the fellowship that comes from being a part of Rotary. Meeting will start at 6.30 pm at Quality Hotels and Suites. Supper is $ 15.00.
May 2: Get to know our newest members: Frances and Alma Wim Duizer 2012-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Apr 22, 2012
This week Woodstock has a cause to rally behind. Acting Mayor Jim Northcott on Thursday proclaimed April 22-28 as Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness week.

This evening Joanna Mitchell will inform us why organ donation is so important. Joanna's six-year-old daughter Ryley had a heart transplant when she was a baby. Please join us for dinner this week at 6:30 pm at the Quality Hotel and Suites. Dinner is $ 15.00 and you will be witnessing a very inspiring story.
April 25 meeting: Organ Donations. Wim Duizer 2012-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
April 11 speaker: Author of the Remains of War Jantine Stam 2012-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Apr 01, 2012

ImageMy name is Fernanda and I'm from Santiago, Chile in South America. I am 18 years old and I have a little brother of 16, my mom is a psychologist and my dad is an electrical engeneer.

I have had a lot of fun in Canda and I want to become a doctor.

Fernanda is going to speak and show some pictures about her home country Chile, feel free to come out and join us for a meal and listen to what Fernanda is going to tell and show us.

Meals are $15.00 each and we start our meeting at 6.30 PM.

April 4 speaker: Fernanda Bahamonde Goldberg from Chili Peter Stam 2012-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 25, 2012


ImageIn February Rama together with his brother went for a trip to visit their country of birth India. This week he will share with us a presentation about all the beautiful sites he has visited. He will also explain how this country has developed over the last 40 years. The enormous economic growth but also the challenges people are facing here today.

Everybody is welcome to join for this meeting at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites. Dinner is $ 15.00 and the meeting will be adjourned at 8.00 pm.
March 28: Rama Murthi's recent trip to India Wim Duizer 2012-03-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 19, 2012
ImageSue and Chelsea will be present from the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Their mission is to lead the fight against diabetes by helping people with diabetes live healthy lives while we work to find a cure.

Their mission is delivered by:
- providing people with diabetes and healthcare professionals with education and services
- advocating on behalf of people with diabetes
- supporting research
- translating research into practical applications

They will speak about a program they have called Camp Discovery. For more details check them out online

http://www.diabetes.ca/leadlivecure/

Guests are always welcome! Dinner is only $15 and begins at 6:30pm at the Quality Hotel and Suites in Woodstock. Our program concludes at 8:00pm.

March 21 meeting: Sue Taylor and Chelsea Passmore Wim Duizer 2012-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 12, 2012
ImageDr Grace Balankig will share a firsthand report on the devastation caused by the recent Typhoon storm and flooding in the Philippines. She recently visited the affected area which is also home to some of her family members. Her brother had one of their family farms wiped out, in addition to over 2000 deaths of friends and neighbours. Her report will include the work of Rotary providing aid in this area, including our local Rotary Canadian donations assisting those in desperate need.
Please feel free to come out for this meeting. Supper will be served at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotels and Suites in Woodstock.
March 14 meeting: Philippine Typhoon Disaster Relief Wim Duizer 2012-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Mar 05, 2012
Our own Doug Vincent and Dr Grace will share experiences of their recent Rotary travels, helping provide humanitarian aid to those in desperate need.
This will include reports on our Club’s involvement in the Guatemala Medical Mission and the Healing Little Hearts surgeries in India.

It promises to be an excellent opportunity to learn what our Woodstock-Oxford Rotary Club and community donors have done to support those who need our help.
Partners and interested friends are invited to attend. Hope to see you Wednesday at 6.30 pm at Quality Hotels and Suites.
March 7 meeting: “Healing the World” Wim Duizer 2012-03-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Feb 28, 2012
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The future of how young people define their future

Recognized around the world as an effective approach to transforming the energy of youth into entrepreneurial success, Fusion is the future of youth business and life skills training and empowerment.

Whether they are engaging in activities, such as sports, recreation, cooking, and the arts, or employing leading edge technology to develop skills in graphic design, music and media production, youth between the ages of 12 and 18 can develop the skills they need to define their future at Fusion.

From a perspective that understands that deep-rooted personal interests underlie the drive for success in business and in life, the Fusion approach releases the entrepreneurial spirit by providing access to activities, equipment, facilities and professional support that engage young people where they are interested. And we do it in a safe environment – without risk – without judgment.

Fusion provides everything necessary for a young person to realize a future by focusing on what fuels them.

Please feel free to join us for supper this evening at 6.30 pm at the Quality Inn and Suites. After our meal we will leave for a tour at the Youth Centre.

February 29: Tour Fusion Youth Centre, Ingersoll Wim Duizer 2012-02-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Feb 26, 2012
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By Dan Nixon 
Rotary International News -- 27 February 2012

The World Health Organization has officially removed India from the list of polio-endemic countries. Ghulam Nabi Azad, India's minister of Health and Family Welfare, made the announcement at the Polio Summit 2012 in New Delhi on 25 February. Azad said that he had been informed of WHO’s action by its director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan. 

"It is a matter of satisfaction that we have completed one year without any single new case of polio being reported from anywhere in the country," said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the summit, which was organized by the government of India and Rotary International. "This gives us hope that we can finally eradicate polio not only from India but from the face of the entire mother earth. The success of our efforts shows that teamwork pays."

Big News - India Is No Longer Polio Endemic! Jantine Stam 2012-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Feb 26, 2012
We are excited to announce that we will be inducting two new members next Wednesday March 7th:  Alma Yates and Frances Gottschlich!  This is an exciting moment as our female population will be tripled in size.

Please join us in welcoming them to our club!
Membership Inductions on March 7th! Jantine Stam 2012-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Fish Fry Tickets Are Now Available! Jantine Stam 2012-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
February 22: No regular meeting, bowling at C&D Lanes !! Wim Duizer 2012-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Feb 13, 2012
I’m bowling in the 2012 Tim Horton’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids’ Sake (BFKS), on Wednesday February 22nd from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The goal of BFKS is to provide services in the form of mentoring to every child in Woodstock and District that needs a positive role model in their lives. I NEED YOUR HELP!
It’s easier than ever to sponsor me and help a child. Take the time to sponsor me online, it only takes a minute and you receive your tax receipt instantly!

Each time we pair a child with a volunteer we start something incredible; a life changing relationship built on trust, friendship and empowerment. These children are more likely to graduate high school, have better self-esteem and are more likely to give back to the community when they are adults. Imagine being part of something so great, and with your donation, you can have the chance to START SOMETHING BIG!

Thank you for your consideration in sponsoring me in this event.

We are looking for Rotarians to join our team! We have canceled our regular Rotary meeting to support this event. We are hoping to donate our regular meal money this evening to BBBS Woodstock! If you'd like to join our team simply go to http://woodstock.kintera.org/bfks click Register to Bowl, select Join an Existing Team, select my team and register!

Thank you for your support!

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Woodstock and District Association Inc.

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February 22: Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids’ Sake Jantine Stam 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Feb 13, 2012
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Youth Camp

WDDS provides an annual 8-week summer camp for young people aged 13 to 19 who have a developmental disability and reside in Oxford County. The participants are able to enjoy a traditional summer camp experience with numerous opportunities for self expression, social interactions, and community exploration. Activities include, but are not limited to crafts, music, sports, cooking, computers and access to specialized/adapted equipment!

This non government funded camp is provided through fundraising efforts, community sponsors and individual donors. WDDS is very appreciative of any support, financial and otherwise, to ensure this much needed camp becomes a reality each summer!

A  big fundraiser for the Youth Camp is the Silent Auction at the Fish Fry. Come out to hear what Deb has to say. The meeting will start at 6.30 pm at the Quality Inn and Suites. 

Deb Roloson explaining WDDS Youth Camp Wim Duizer 2012-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Feb 12, 2012
 As you know, we have been collecting donations for families that have been effected by the Floods in the Philippines recently.
This far we have been able to send $6,000.00 to Rotary Clubs working with the families in the Philippines, with another $2,000.00-$3,000.00 to follow.

Donations were received from residents of Woodstock and surrounding area's, from different Rotary Clubs and members of the Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford

We want to thank all of you in the name of the Flood Victims for participating with this fundraiser and be assured that you are making a difference in their lives.

For the Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford
Treasurer Peter Stam
Philippine Flood Disaster Peter Stam 2012-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 29, 2012
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This week we have our first ever Cluster Conference which will be held at the Quality Inn and Suites.  If you could register at the attendance table that would be greatly appreciated! Meeting will start at 6.00 pm.

Join us for our cluster version of a District Conference! The 5 Rotary Club's of Oxford County will be getting together for dinner. We have a great Rotary themed guest speaker arranged through our Dictrict. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other Rotarians in Oxford County and share accomplishments and project ideas.

All clubs will be cancelling their meetings to encourage attendance to the Conference!   We are very lucky to have it on our regular Rotary night at our regular location! Also this is a great evening to bring out guests and prospect members to learn something about Rotary.

Hope you can all make it!

February 8: Cluster Conference Wim Duizer 2012-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Jan 22, 2012
 Last week we had the privilege of skyping with Mark Hemsworth, Founder and Director of Rent-To-Own Africa.  www.rtoafrica.com
Mark has now been in Africa for 3 years, and founded his business in 2009 to facilitate access to productive assets - such as irrigation pumps and ox carts - for Southern Africa’s growth-oriented entrepreneurs.

From Mark's blog http://markhemsworth.blogspot.com "The business has 105 people living in rural Zambia who owe us over $100,000, and my team of people are working hard to collect this money and grow this amount to $300,000 by October".

Our club has been following Mark's progress in Africa from the beginning and are so proud of his accomplishments.  His business has certainly grown and is successful.  88% of his customers succeed with their contract with Rent-To-Own!

Mark has been recognized for his achievements and has become a Rainer Arnhold Fellow.  Rainer Arnhold Fellows are people with good ideas about change in places that need change the most.  http://www.rainerfellows.org/?q=node/55
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Rent-To-Own Update Jantine Stam 2012-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 15, 2012

ImageThis week our speaker is Mark Hemsworth. As you all know Mark is a son of Tom Hemsworth. If you want to read some of his stories you can go to his blog: www.markhemsworth.blogspot.com.

It has been three years ago that Mark went to Zambia for Engineers Without Borders (www.EWB.ca) This has been a life changing event. Currently he is a business owner of Rent-to-Own. A company that helps local people to start their own business with micro credit.

Mark will tell us about his past experiences and plans for the future. Hope to see you all this coming Wednesday in the Quality Hotels and Suites. Our meeting starts at 6.30 pm.

January 18: Mark Hemsworth about his business in Zambia Wim Duizer 2012-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jan 08, 2012
This coming Wednesday our speaker will be mayor Sobeski. He will address the issues Woodstock is facing in the coming year. Also he is open for all questions. So please feel welcome to come out for dinner this week at 6.30 pm in the Quality Hotels and Suites.Image
January 11 meeting Mayor Sobeski speaking Wim Duizer 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Jan 08, 2012

 We had a grand time last Saturday!  Three of us from Woodstock-Oxford joined the crew in Ingersoll and loaded 2 containers - one headed to Haiti, one to South Africa. 

The weather was wonderful and chose to cooperate on a day where a lot of the work was done outside.  Inside the school, the temperature was more like the countries that the supplies were heading to.  Victory Memorial in Ingersoll was the location of our small project.  The cost to ship one container is approximately $5000.  Our club donated $500 towards this, and has provided many volunteers over the last year. 

The Rotary Club of Grand Bend spearheaded this project and I believe these were containers 16 & 17.  These containers were loaded with children's desks, chairs, teacher's desks, filing cabinets, wheel chairs, crutches, sleeping mats, and many books!  We even found some books for the adults in some of the boxes which were swiftly given to one of our local ministers to dispose of!

It was a super day and we met Rotarians and volunteers from all over:  London, Grand Bend, Ingersoll, etc.  This was just another example of Rotary making a difference, and we would never succeed without the help and support from all of you!  Thank you!

Convivial Container Loading in Ingersoll Jantine Stam 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Jan 01, 2012
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 Hajra Wilson will be leading a group to New Delhi for a polio immunization trip. 

 

The dates are January 11th to 23rd, 2012.  

 

If you are interested in joining her on this trip, please contact her immediately as space is limited.  Her email address is hajra.wilson@me.com

Immunization Trip to New Delhi Jantine Stam 2012-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Douglas W Vincent on Dec 19, 2011

We’ve seen the devastating news about the Washi Typhoon and resulting disaster that has occurred in the Philippines.

Many people have lost everything and over 1000 are now reported dead, with and estimated 900 people still missing.

These people need our help! Rotarians and friends can encourage their hope and help them to rebuild their lives.

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Over 1000 are dead and 900 people are still missing.

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Many have lost their homes, farms and livelihood.

Please make a difference with your financial donation today:

Online – go to www.woodstockoxfordrotary.org and select “Donate to our Charitable Foundation” link.

Then select “Flood Disaster Relief Fund, Philippines” so your contribution goes to this special account.

Cheque – Make out to: Rotary Club Woodstock-Oxford Charitable Benefit Trust

and mail to: Peter Stam, Treasurer. 656441 15th line, RR# 7 Woodstock, On. N4S 7W2

(Canadian tax receipts will be issued electronically if online payment or via mail if cheque payment.)

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Imagine drinking this. No water, food or electricity here.

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Devastation when wind and water swept away everything.

We have reports that friends and neighbors are walking knee deep in mud, searching for lost loved ones in their community.

There are first hand reports of no water or electricity and farming crops wiped out, in addition to houses and farm buildings.

In addition to several news sites, you can see the devastation at this Washington Post photo gallery.

Please help these people in desperate need. There are local Rotarians in the recipient community to oversee the humanitarian aid.

Dr. Grace from Woodstock flew to the Philippines today to help family and friends who have been affected with damage and loss.

In a previous email I told you of her family residing in the area and loss of their farm operation with other neighbors..

We hope that you will consider contributing to this cause, helping share a light of hope into the dark corners of despair that many

are feeling right now. For more information please contact myself or Peter Stam, our Treasurer peter@mankar.ca

With appreciation and best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

PDG Douglas W Vincent, RC Woodstock-Oxford

Rotary Club of Woodstock-Oxford sets up Philippine Disaster Relief Fund Douglas W Vincent 2011-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Turner on Dec 04, 2011

”Nothing is Impossible” is the subject of our speaker’s message this week. Murray Coulter, long time Woodstock lawyer (now retired from the firm of Nesbitt Coulter), active community supporter and world traveler will be our guest speaker for this meeting. Murray’s dynamic message about individuals who “ got things done” and achieved outstanding results for their efforts is both informative and inspirational and one you and/or your spouse/partner won’t want to miss. Don’t be shy about bringing a guest to hear this “feel good” message.

This week's meeting December 7:"Nothing is Impossible" Paul Turner 2011-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Nov 28, 2011
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 Hi Folks,
Come join us tomorrow, Wednesday November 30th, at Boston Pizza in Woodstock!  Our Rotary Club will be serving the customers between 5 and 8pm.  10% of the meals sales during that time will come back to our club and will fund our Oxford County Grade 3 Dictionary Program and our Rotary Medals High School Bursary Program.

This is a great night to treat your better half to a night out, and delicious food.  Their menu has many delicious choices (not just pizza).  There is also a family restaurant section so feel free to bring kids/grandkids out.  

Coming up we've got an exciting speaker, our Christmas Party and a tour of the Art Gallery.  Click on the dates on the side of this page for more details!

Rotary this week! Jantine Stam 2011-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 13, 2011
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This week our speaker is an associate Professor of Medicine of the University of Western Ontario School of Medicine. Division of Radiation Oncology - Department of Oncology University of Western Ontario

Dr. Venktesan is a Staff Radiation Oncologist at the London Regional Cancer Program and his current practice is Radiation oncology with special interest in head and neck cancer and genitourinary cancers. He also is very knowledgeable in mouth and throat cancers.

You can ask any question about cancer to this high profile speaker !. This is going to be a very interesting evening so please join us for dinner at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotel and Suites.

  

Speaker November 16: Dr. V.M. Venkatesan, MD, DLO(E), FRCS(E), FRCPC Wim Duizer 2011-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 07, 2011
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On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in military service. 

At public gatherings around the country, Canadians pay tribute with two minutes of silence to the country's fallen soldiers from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions. Please make time this week to remember.

Remembrance Day Wim Duizer 2011-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Nov 07, 2011

In October we inducted Chris Dennis to our club. Chris is managing 2 locations for Jiffy Lube, one in Stratford and one in London. He is married to Lisa and they have two daughters. We got to know Chris and Lisa this summer with the Dragon Boat races. Their daughters helped out with the Toy Auction. They are both very passionate about being active in their community. Welcome Chris to our club.

After a farewell party two years ago Peter Van Wees has decided to rejoin our Club again. He was reinducted on november 2 and we are very pleased that he is part of Woodstock-Oxford Rotary again. Peter is a master salesman and married to Truus. They have 5 grown up children and reside in Princeton. Welcome back Peter.

Welcome Chris Dennis and Peter van Wees Wim Duizer 2011-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 21, 2011
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This meeting we will listen to the exchange student from Chili ,Fernanda Bahamonde Goldberg.  She is hosted by the Woodstock Rotary Club.  A Rotary Youth Exchange student will spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country.  Of course this is a huge life experience for the student but it also enriches the lives of Rotarians that host the students or have a chance to meet and talk to the students.

Come out this Wednesday at 6.30 pm at the Quality Hotel and Suites to meet Fernanda. For $15.00 you will receive a meal and an interesting evening.

October 26 meeting Fernanda Bahamonde Goldberg, exchange student Chili Wim Duizer 2011-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Oct 12, 2011
Watch the video that was shown at the International Convention in New Orleans in May of this year.
The Last Percent Jantine Stam 2011-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Oct 09, 2011
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Looking for Applicants for GSE Team Leader
 
The Group Study Exchange program is sponsored by the Rotary International Foundation. The idea
behind this exciting program is to give young business and professional men and women between
the ages of 25 and 40 a unique opportunity to experience a cultural and vocational exchange. The program provides
travel grants for a four person team and a Rotarian team leader to travel to RI District 2060 in the area around Vincenza,
Italy from May 12—June 10, 2012.
 
We are looking for an experienced Rotarian who wishes to use her or his team building, leadership and communication
skills to provide guidance and management to an enthusiastic and focused group of  non Rotarian team members be-
tween the ages of 25 and 40.  The exchange requires a month out of the country and preparation for the exchange re-
quires weekly meetings from the time of team member selection to the departure date for the Exchange.

Far Horizons - Group Study Exchange Newsletter Jantine Stam 2011-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Oct 02, 2011

ImageAfter 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.

Rotary has to raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.

Please feel welcome to join us for supper at 6.30 pm at the Quality Inn in Woodstock to listen what Hajra has to say. 

October 5. 2011 speaker Hajra Wilson: Polio eradication update Wim Duizer 2011-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Sep 26, 2011

Founded in 1930, Welcome Wagon is a Canadian-owned, FREE greeting service for families experiencing a lifestyle change. We greet people who are undergoing lifestyle changes with a friendly visit including moving to a new neighbourhood, planning a wedding, expecting a baby, a new executive, manager or professional, 50 plus, or new parents/grandparents.

Please join us for dinner this evening as we learn about what Welcome Wagon does here in Oxford County.  Dinner is at 6:30pm at the Quality Hotel and Suites in Woodstock.  This cost is only $15 and our program concludes at 8:00pm. 

September 28 meeting, Brenda Vargas Welcome Wagon Wim Duizer 2011-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Sep 11, 2011
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In response to the humanitarian crisis in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and
Somalia, The Rotary Foundation (Canada) has established the Rotary Horn of
Africa Famine and Refugee Relief Fund, which will support recovery projects
in the affected areas. The worst drought in 60 years has gripped the Horn of
Africa, leading to acute famine in parts of Somalia, where hundreds of
thousands of people are now fleeing to Ethiopia and Kenya for aid. More than
10 million people are affected in the drought-stricken countries, including
3.7 million who are at risk of starvation. Use the attached form to
contribute to this fund and mail a cheque to The Rotary Foundation (Canada)
mark Horn of Africa Fund.
 
Horn of Africa Fund Jantine Stam 2011-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Aug 30, 2011
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Thank you everyone for your support during our Toy Show and Auction last weekend.  We had many volunteers from Supermodels to Money Takers and Car Parkers to Sign Setter Uppers.  Our very organized ladies behind the computers and money machines did a great job.  We promise to provide an update on our success when the information becomes available.

Due to your volunteering efforts at the Toy Show, this week's meeting has been canceled. 

Next week Wednesday September 7th marks our return to the Quality Hotel and Suites, and we have our very own District Governor Brian Carmichael as our guest speaker.  His mission statement is "Foster, Support and Inspire an environment in which clubs will succeed".   This is a very special visit and DG Brian's positivity and enthusiasm will make for a great program. 

As this is a special event, it won't feel the same without your better halves.  We had a great time socializing with them this summer at our casual meetings, and we'd like to invite them all to our kick off meeting of the year. 

See you Wednesday September 7th at 6:30pm at the Quality Hotel and Suites in Woodstock.  Dinner is $15 and as always, guests are welcome!

No Meeting this Week Jantine Stam 2011-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Aug 08, 2011

This week our summer meeting will be at Peter and Truus VanWees' home, on Wednesday August 10th.  You are welcome to arrive anytime after 6:00pm. 

Their 911# is 687013 on Hwy#2 if you continue on to Princeton.  For the GPS users their street address is 82 Dundas St. E, Princeton, Ontario.

Everyone is welcome to join us including friends and family of Rotary.  Speaking from experience your belly will be full and happy.  If you could kindly call Peter or Truus if you plan to attend that would be great.  519 458 4343.

Summer Meeting this Week Jantine Stam 2011-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Aug 08, 2011
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 We had a wonderful day August 6th at the Dragon Boat Races at Pittock Conservation Area.  The Woodstock Rotary Club are the organizers of this fantastic event which hosted 49 teams!

Of those 49 teams there were 6 Community Challenge teams, WORR (our team) being one of them.  After 3 exciting races of an average race time of 2:22 for the 500m, our team brought home GOLD!  We are the Community Challenge Champions, and we won GOLD in the Silver Division!

For full results check out http://www.dragonboatwoodstock.ca/

We are so proud of our team! A special thank you goes out to our French Steersman whose many years of experience got us out of a cramped, dangerous but exciting situation!

I've attached a cool video from you tube from that day.  If you watch it to the end you actually see our team (that won!) doing high fives beside their team. 

Woodstock Oxford Reckless Rowers Bring Home Gold Jantine Stam 2011-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Turner on Aug 08, 2011
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I called the box office today and there are still tickets available for Guys & Dolls!  Friends and family of Rotary are invited to join us on August 21st to watch this wonderful production.  Please call 1-855-372-9866 to reserve your seats.  Here are the details...

Play: Guys and Dolls (Broadway Musical)

Location: Huron Country Playhouse – Grand Bend

Date: Sunday, August 21st at 2:00 p.m. (This is the official opening for this production)

Ticket Cost: $42.00 including H.S.T.

From past experience, Drayton Festival Theatre Productions are always well done and their musicals feature very fine experienced performers and singers. This is a Frank Loesser musical which most people know and is always great entertainment.

Would you like to join us for dinner afterwards?  The Old Schoolhouse in Grand Bend has been recommended as a delicious place to eat.  If you would like your name added to the reservation, please call Paul Turner at 519 537 3570 or email him pkturner@oxford.net at you earliest convenience!

Looking forward to the show!

Tickets Still Available for Guys and Dolls - Broadway Musical Paul Turner 2011-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Stam on Aug 07, 2011
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The upcoming 5 weeks are a bit busy as we also have the Youth Exchange Weekend on September 10-11, 2011.  We will be hosting the new incoming Rotary Exchange students again at our Farm.

There is going to be an information session for the students, Counselors and Host Families in the morning.
In the afternoon the Woodstock Rotary Club is making their Dragonboats available for practice and a race.

At night we are planning a BBQ  and everyone in the Cluster Clubs are invited to come and meet the students and the BBQ will be at cost. This is a family event.

On Sunday we are doing breakfast and free time for the students to get to know each other.

We will need a few volunteers to help.  If you're interested, please speak to me. 

More info to follow soon.

Youth Exchange Weekend Peter Stam 2011-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Aug 01, 2011

 Please join us this Wednesday, following our dragon boat practice, at 8pm at Doug Vincent's home for a corn roast and dessert.  Doug is just around the corner from Pittock Conservation Area on County Road 17.  His 911# is 797.  If you head north on Hwy 59, go left through the round about (west), he's on the right maybe a km down the road. 

If you could kindly RSVP to Doug at dougv@teamvincent.com, that would be appreciated!

Aug 3rd Corn Roast and Dessert Jantine Stam 2011-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wim Duizer on Jul 25, 2011

This week's meeting is at the Tremblay's residence at 45 Sioux Cres. in Woodstock.

If you enjoy a good dinner you should attend this meeting !! Cost for dinner is $ 15.00 and please phone the host Erik Tremblay  if you plan to attend:  416-220-3414.

Wednesday July 27 meeting Wim Duizer 2011-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 25, 2011

We're competing for Gold (or at least best sportsmanship) in our brother club's Dragon Boat Festival at Pittock Park.  It will be held on Saturday August 6th.   Chris Harris is our new team leader so if you'd like to sign up please contact him.  Cost is $30, and the money goes towards a very good cause, Rotary!  We'll need at least 8 girls on our team, but looking for around 24 people! 

 

Our practice is scheduled for Wed. Aug 3rd at Pittock from 7-8pm.  All members are invited to join us for practice, or come out and have some laughs watching us!

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Posted by Peter Stam on Jul 18, 2011

Just a reminder that the meeting is at the Stam's this Wednesday eve. starting at 6.30 pm.

If you think of it, bring a lawn chair. The summer meetings are very informal(shorts/t-shirts) if you think it is too hot for you you can bring your swim wear and jump in the pond.

Please send a confirmation to us if you have not done so yet, so we know how much food we need to prepare.

We will also have vegetarian food available.

GPS directions  656441 15th line, East Zorra-Tavistock

Cell # 519-532-2181

If you don't use GPS, take hwy 59 north to Hickson, turn right at the flashing light at Hickson. go towards Bright. about 3 miles out of Hickson is the 15th line, there you turn left onto the 15th line and then the 3rd farm on left with the trees.  Fire # 656441 

Meeting Wednesday eve. July 20 2011 Peter Stam 2011-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Jun 27, 2011

 Please join us this Wednesday for our President's Change Over meeting.  Wim will speak about his year as Club President. 

We are also happy to be handing out some cheques to organizations in our community tomorrow as well! 

This is the perfect opportunity to bring your spouse along as it's our last meeting of the year at the Quality Hotel.  Our fun and social summer meetings begin next week and we always enjoy the company of your better half at our summer meetings too!

On a side note, I'd like to thank the volunteers who came out last Saturday to help the Grand Bend Rotary club load their container to Middleberg, South Africa.  It was nice to learn about their programs in SA last week at our Rotary meeting with Charls Diner as our speaker.  It was neat to load the container beside him on Saturday as he enjoyed choosing the items for his school in SA.  

Change Over Meeting Jantine Stam 2011-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Jun 27, 2011

Thank you everyone who came out last Friday to celebrate our 30th Anniversary.  We were able to hand out a handful of Paul Harris Fellowship recognitions, as well as a thank you plaque to our charter members.  In total we had 10 charter members in attendance that evening!  What a blessing.  Photos will be posted on our website soon.


30th Anniversary and Dragon Boat Festival Jantine Stam 2011-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Jun 19, 2011

 Please note that the container loading at Norwich District High School scheduled to happen this weekend has been postponed until sometime in July.  Instead a few of us will be helping out London Rotary Club load a container in Ailsa Craig.

Any questions please contact Peter Stam. Thanks for your understanding!

Container Loading in Norwich Postponed Jantine Stam 2011-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on Jun 06, 2011
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In preparation for the 30th Anniversary on June 24th, we would like to fill up another big book with Woodstock Oxford Rotary Club collectables!

Do you have crafty fingers?  Do you enjoy history?  Or do you enjoy lending a hand when needed?  If you said yes to one of these questions, you've been accepted.  We are looking for two people to put our Rotary Collectables into an archive book.  We already have two made that can be used as guidelines, however you may design the book however you please. 

We have compiled some collectables from the 1992 onward that are looking for a permanent home in the pages of this book.  Please contact Jantine at jtstam@hotmail.com if you'd like to volunteer.  If you are a friend of Rotary or spouse of a Rotarian, if this is an interest of yours we would love your help. 

Two Crafty Volunteers Needed Jantine Stam 2011-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jantine Stam on May 19, 2011
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Canada Mold Technology is a world class supplier of injection molds and tools for the automotive industry.  Last week we had a very organized and informative tour of the Woodstock business. 

Canada Mold Technology Inc. primarily designs, builds and maintains plastic injection molds for the automotive industry. Canada Mold Technology Inc. designs and builds plastic injection molds both for interior and exterior components such as instrument panels, instrument panel substructures, instrument clusters and bezels, interior door panels, consoles, A, B, and C pillar sills, knee bolsters, exterior bodyside moldings, bumper fascias, air dams, step pads, wheelwell liners, wheel flares, front grilles, screen cowls and more.

We would like to thank President Yutaka Fukada for the tour, along with Veljo Kljakic. 

Tour of Canada Mold Technology Jantine Stam 2011-05-20 00:00:00Z 0