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RoTell - May 15, 2024

Rotary Ottawa South eBulletin

Editor: Rosemary Parker  Assistant Editor: Scott Vetter
Ottawa Rotary Home is looking for volunteers to assist with garden bed cleanup and other gardening tasks for Sunday, May 26th at 10:00 am. Meet at the Rotary Home at 823 Rotary Way, Ottawa.
Rideau Valley Conservation Area have invited us to the official opening of the Baxter Conservation Area accessible bridge, boardwalk and education platforms on June 21st from 12 noon to 1 pm in Kars, Ontario.
What is Red Shirt Day for Easter Seals?
Red Shirt Day of Action for AccessAbility and Inclusion is a day when people across Canada come together and wear red to create a visible display of solidarity: to show their support for disabled people and their families, celebrate the achievements of disabled Canadians, and to pledge their commitment to help create a fully accessible and inclusive society.

Easter Seals Red Shirt Day 2024 is on Wednesday, May 29th. Wear your red shirts in support!!

Dim the Lights!
Dimming the lights at night at your home is a crucial step in safeguarding migratory birds. Every year, billions of birds embark on their journey north in spring and south in fall, often flying during the night. However, as they pass over populated areas, artificial lights can disorient them, leading to detours, energy depletion, and collisions with buildings or windows. Do your part and DIM THE LIGHTS!
The goal of "No Mow May" is to pause mowing lawns during May to allow flowering plants to help provide food for pollinators. Early spring is a time where floral resources are often limited for pollinators, especially in urban and suburban landscapes. Again, let's do our part and allow the pollinators to do their job!
Rotary Club of Cornwall Annual Rose Campaign
BGC Ottawa Morning Social
On Thursday, May 16th David H, Tom and Rosemary attended the BGC Ottawa Morning Social at the Taggart Parkes Family Clubhouse on Heatherington Road. It was an uplifting and entertaining morning. There were many beautiful stories about how BGC Ottawa has positively influenced youth. This year, the focus was all about family - the one you have, the one you choose and the one you find at BGC Ottawa. Adam Joiner, Chief Executive Officer, thanks the doners for their generous giving. Morning Social raised $628K to help BGC Ottawa give kids a brighter future.
Exciting Meetings for the Month of May:
Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm - Golf and Dinner Meeting at The Meadows Golf Club (4335 Hawthorne Road). Food, Friends, and Golf!
Wednesday, May 29th at 12:30 pm at KS on The Keys - Youth Services Bureau 
EarlyAct Club at Featherston Drive Public School (1801 Featherstone Drive) is meeting on Monday mornings at 9:00 AM.  Volunteers are welcome. Fay Campbell is the contact for this initiative. If you are able to help out, please contact Fay!
May 15, 2024
Guest Speaker - Julie Cugalj - "Mental Health Awareness and Stigmatization"
Julie spoke openly and candidly about her journey with mental health. Please see the three links below to gain insight into her journey. Thank you to Julie for her courage to share. 
The link below is a video interview from 2009 called "Cancer of the Soul"
"When Motherhood Isn't a Joy" a Globe and Mail article:
"Chronic Passive Suicide Ideation" an essay in which Julie read from: 
Please put on a push for foursomes – the most fun anyone is going to have on a
golf course this summer!

Auction items: keep Julie apprised as to who you are approaching, and what you’ve secured.
All members are asked to bring a bottle of wine, or give Rosemary $20 in cash or e-transfer (she will purchase the wine) to add to a gift basket that will be assembled for the silent auction. Thank you!
This year, we offer the best value and most fun of any golf tournament in the area – tell your friends and help sell foursomes and sponsorships!
Chris would like an update at every golf meeting from members who have been assigned specific tasks - please come prepared. Next meeting is Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 6:30 pm at The Meadows Golf Club, 4335 Hawthorne Road.
All Ottawa South Rotary Members are encouraged to volunteer at our tournament on Tuesday, June 4th at The Meadows Golf Club, 4335 Hawthorne Road.


Rotary Club Ottawa South Next Meeting:

Wednesday, May 22nd at 6:30 pm 
(The Meadows Golf Club - 4335 Hawthorne Road)
Try it, talk about it - share the caffeinated love of Community Blend coffee!
Upcoming Events
Celebration and Official Presidential Changeover
The Meadows Golf and Country Club
Jun. 26, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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