Meeting Speakers
Oct 28, 2019 6:00 PM
Monday Evening Club Assembly
Oct 30, 2019
Nov 06, 2019
Rotary Foundation Month
Nov 20, 2019
Electrical Safety - Speaking from Experience
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RCOS eBulletin – October 23, 2019
Lunch meeting was held at KS on the Keys      Scribe: Scott Vetter
  • Ryan Chase, RYE alumnus, and his father Dave Chase


  • No meeting on Oct 30 (due to our General Assembly Oct 28)
  • November 1 - 2 is our 2019 District Conference Clayton, NY. If you are interested in attending click on the District Conference link at
  • Saturday, 09 November 2019 the Stittsville Rotary Club will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner. Check their website for further details. (See poster below.)
  • Save the Date: Eva informed us that PROBUS will have Sue WIlliams talking about Crossing the Atlantic on Nov 27 at 10am. 91 Pike St (at Lorry Greenberg Dr)
  • Save another Date: November 29 - 30 for the Rotary Club of Orleans Festive Home Tour. Tickets are $50. For more information contact:
  • Last week we met at Maplesoft - GumDocs Survivorship Centre. (See story below.)


50/50 Draw
President Alex presided over the draw today, Sam had the lucky ticket (again), but drew the Jack of Spades.The pot currently sits, on or about, $190.
Happy Bucks
President Alex happily collected our loonies and happy news.
Guest Speaker

Ryan Chase just came back from a one-year Rotary Youth Exchange in Stuttgart, Germany. He had a wonderful time taking Grade 11 in a school there while billetted with three different families. He and several other RYE students had a great time during a three-week Eurotour in the summer, and he also thoroughly enjoyed the World Convention in Hamburg.

Ryan found the experience to be life-changing and spoke passionately of the importance of the RYE program. He feels that providing youth with such eye-opening and profound experiences will have a very positive effect on their lives and all those they interact with.

It was a very well-presented and interesting talk that made us all feel we should look at the RYE program again!

President Alex closed the meeting at 1:30pm, and many members stayed to chat further with Ryan.
Several RCOS members pose with Ryan Chase and his father Dave.
Rotary Club of Ottawa South members Bernie Ingimundson, Joan Hunter and Alex Davidson pose with Ryan Chase and his father Dave.
RCOS Visits the Maplesoft - GumDocs Cancer Survivorship Centre
The Rotary Club of Ottawa South (RCOS) met at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation’s Maplesoft-GumDocs Cancer Survivorship Centre to hear about recent developments and the positive impact of the Centre.

The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation (ORCF) has earned a leadership position in Canada with its compassionate and effective means of delivering comprehensive services to cancer survivors and their families. The ORCF has three areas of focus: Cancer Coaching, Research and Clinical Trials, and they are very active in all areas. Coaching to empower survivors to overcome fear of occurrence, fatigue, nausea, PTSD, anxiety, brain fog, loss of control.

John Ouellette, Vice-President, Philanthropy, welcomed us warmly and gave us an update as we settled in to a healthy and delicious meal in the Maplesoft-GumDocs Centre’s kitchen and meeting area. Last year the Centre had over 8,000 visits and provided 1,700 referrals to other local services. It is a comprehensive resource, plugged into local health services and the non-profit community to best suit the needs of the Ottawa and Eastern Ontario region. The ORCF shares its methodology and provides training to other clinics and foundations, helping them to build on their own success. 

Historically there have been three avenues of treatment: radiation, surgery and chemotherapy. The ORCF is one of the organizations helping fund an exciting fourth pillar: immunotherapy. Using the immune system to identify and fight cancerous cells. This avenue is showing great promise without the significant and negative side effects associated with radiation, surgery or chemotherapy. Companies form across North America are now coming to Ottawa first to participate in clinical trials using immunotherapy.

In 2010, the CyberKnife radiosurgery robot was installed at The Ottawa Hospital. It was the third in Canada and John reported that it is currently one of the busiest in Canada. It is more powerful, more accurate, and more versatile than regular radiation, and results in less discomfort, faster recovery, and better outcomes for patients. RCOS helped fund the purchase of the CyberKnife. Funds donated by RCOS assisted in the purchase of the CyberKnife.

Brandon Fong, a brain cancer survivor who thanks ORCF as a major component of his journey to health and happiness, gave a very candid and interesting talk of his road to recovery. He used his experience to illustrated that beating cancer physically needs complementary mental and emotional recovery. Being told “you’re cured” is incredible, but it doesn’t help someone pick up the pieces of their life — family, friends, work, health, etc. — and move forward with their life. The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation provided the coaching, tools and support that enabled Brendan to make positive and proactive steps.

In addition to the leadership of a strong management team and a capable and caring staff, progress at the ORCF is powered by the talented and respected doctors who are attracted to work with the Centre. They are fortunate to work with renowned and dedicated people, including Dr. Shawn Malone, Dr. John Bell, Dr. John Sinclair, and Dr. Rebecca Auer.

For many years, part of the proceeds from the annual RCOS golf tournament has been donated to the ORCF. Chair of the golf committee, Bernie Ingimundson, says that “It takes a lot of work to run an effective tournament, but Rotary Club members, volunteers and sponsors are all happy to contribute because they strongly support the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.” This year, a cheque for $25,000 was presented, bringing the running total to over $700,000. It is a partnership that the Rotary Club of Ottawa South is both very pleased and proud to maintain.

John Ouellette commented that “Ottawa is fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers throughout the region that help friends, neighbours and people they don’t even know. And the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is especially proud to have been chosen by the Rotary Club of Ottawa South as a privileged partner for over 20 years. Members of RCOS have always demonstrated true service above self and are by far the most generous service club supporting cancer projects that this community has ever seen. RCOS is filled with wonderful “Cancer Champions”.”


The Rotary Club of Ottawa South is thrilled to continue its partnership with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. (l-r: John Ouellette, Vice-President, Philanthropy – ORCF, Alex Davidson, President – RCOS, Brandon Fogg – ORCF Client/Spokesperson, and Bernie Ingimundson – RCOS Golf Tournament Chair)


Staff from the Maplesoft-GumDocs Cancer Survivorship Centre celebrate with members of the Rotary Club of Ottawa South to mark this year’s donation of $25,000.