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RoTell - March 22, 2023

Rotary Club Ottawa South eBulletin

In-person at KS on the Keys and via Zoom.
Editor: Scott Vetter, Assistant Editor: Rosemary Parker


  • David Oliver gave a solo presentation of Newfoundland's anthem, and then we all joined in a rousing version of O Canada.

  • Welcome to Julia Ginley from RC Orleans!

  • Golf Tournament: Foursomes are adding up, so get your team together and book online asap. There will be an article on our golf tournament on

  • Bursary Program: Still a little time for applicants for the Global Grant Scholarship. $35,000 US scholarship. Applications are due by March 31.

  • Membership: We're thrilled to welcome Tom Batchellor and Ian Schwartz as new members!

  • Communications / Programming: Andre is getting more info on the Ottawa Farmers' Market at Lansdowne - for both the free volunteer table and a paid vendor booth.

  • Community Blend Coffee: The Kin Club of Orleans has bought a case of Community Blend coffee to sell and raise funds. Julie, her son Alex, and Scott are working on a more structured approach and tips to help organizations promote and sell the coffee.

  • Next Week's Speaker: Elsabe Falkson will be speaking on the Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup, Bee Friendly No Mow May project and Dim the lights in May.

  • Dreamers Walk Canada and Yuk Yuk's present:
    SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2023 - 7:30 PM
    Marriott Hotel, Lower Level at 100 Kent St Ottawa
    Buy Tickets

  • Rotary News

    Kateri Clark will be attending the President Elect Rotary Leadership training in Cornwall from March 31 – April 1, 2023.

    The Rotary District Conference is being held in Montreal on May 5,6,7 this year and there is still time to register. This year’s theme is ‘inclusion’. Visit the Rotary District 7040 website to register.

    Stephen Campbell will be attending a seminar in Cornwall on March 25, 2023, on “How the Rotary Foundation Works”. If you are interested in getting to know our foundation better speak to Stephen and join him at the seminar.

  • To learn more about Rotary and specifically Rotary clubs in Ottawa visit:
Supporting Child Literacy in Ottawa
Shaun Hopkins, President - StoryBook Ottawa
StoryBook began just over 10 years ago when Susan and Shaun Hopkins moved to Little Italy and wanted to give back tot he community. The opted to assist St. Anthony Catholic School by providing a book to each student. More than a gesture, their ongoing commitment has gifted St. Anthony students with over 1,500 books and visibly contributed to a stronger culture of reading and learning at the school.
Giving books directly to the students brings the magic of reading home. Not only are the books read by and to siblings, and by parents learning English, but it may be the child's first book and can be the start of a library in the home.
The importance of reading at home and literacy, and the impact on an individual's life is remarkable. StoryBook Ottawa works with many schools in Ottawa's lower-income neighbourhoods and relies on sponsors (such as Rotary Clubs) to help them reach their goals.
StoryBook Ottawa's purpose is “to advance education by providing books to students attending publicly-funded English and French elementary schools in low-income Ottawa neighbourhoods”. It's worth taking a moment to learn more about this impressive organization, run by volunteers who understand the life-changing power of good literacy skills. View Shaun's presentation (PDF file) or click the button below to visit StoryBook Ottawa's website.

Dreamers Walk Canada - Warriors' Gala

March 27, 2023 - 6 pm -11 pm

KS on the Keys 1021 Dazé Street

Lebanese Buffet

Silent auctions and Live auctions
Dance and Speakers and more!
Single Ticket: $80      Company Table $600

For More Information /tickets go to




Rotary Club Ottawa South Meeting

Join us via Zoom

6:30 pm Wednesday March 29, 2023


Celebrate Earth Hour Saturday
Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 - 9:30 PM
The RCOS Environment Club would like you to turn off the lights, TV, radio and computer. Light some candles. Talk with those in your household about what the environment means to you, what power means to you; and how you might live more environmentally responsibly.
Maybe your power shut-off lasts more than an hour. Maybe your thoughts of how you could live more eco-consciously lasts more than day.
Upcoming Events
Weekly Meeting (Virtual)
Sep 27, 2023
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM UTC-04:00
Weekly Meeting (Hybrid)
KS on the Keys + Zoom
Oct 04, 2023
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM UTC-04:00
Weekly Meeting (Virtual)
Oct 11, 2023
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM UTC-04:00
Weekly Meeting (Hybrid)
KS on the Keys + Zoom
Oct 18, 2023
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM UTC-04:00
Rotary Ottawa South Board Meeting
KS on the Keys / Hybrid
Oct 20, 2023
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Polio Eradication Fundraiser
Oct 24, 2023
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2023
Weekly Meeting (Hybrid)
KS on the Keys + Zoom
Nov 01, 2023
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM UTC-04:00
Weekly Meeting (Virtual)
Nov 08, 2023
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM UTC-05:00
Weekly Meeting (Hybrid)
KS on the Keys + Zoom
Nov 15, 2023
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM UTC-05:00
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